Six years ago my husband and I were anxiously awaiting our first (biologically ours!) child together. My due date: December 26th. Our first planned homebirth. The set up was the same as this year, Christmas Eve on Friday, Christmas Saturday and the due date on Sunday. My husband, Mark works Sunday through Thursday and kept hoping I would have the baby so he wouldn't have to go back to work on Sunday.... no such luck.
We spent Christmas Eve with his side of the family and Christmas day with my side. I took a nice long, relaxing bath that night and went to bed. I woke up (without looking back at 'notes') a little after 9am (maybe 9:30....)on my due date, and had a couple contractions. I went down stairs with my *very* attentive 5 year old, Tilor in tow. I got the big giant clock off our wall and had Ti bring me the phone after I dropped to my knees for a contraction. While I was on the phone calling Mark he was in charge of getting me some ice water. I remember very specifically calling Mark and saying: "I think I want you to come home right now." His response.......... "Call me back when you know for sure." Seriously?!?!?! Do you know how hard it was to call you NOW???
I don't remember anymore who called our midwife, but Mark did come right home from work. I think our MW arrived about 10:15am. I was already in the tub and Tilor was sitting on one end of it (it is a garden tub...with the 'counter' around the edge of it) and staring very intently at me and saying: "I'll let you know if the baby comes out, okay mom?" Gee, thank you son! *smile*
Our son Zeyon Christopher was born at 10:50 am. Our backup midwife didn't make it, but that was fine - everything went very well. When we finally got out of the tub and snuggled into bed and the midwives had made us breakfast we weighed him - he was a whopping 10lbs 4ozs!!
Here is a picture of us on the morning of my birthday on the balcony of the hotel - looking tired, but thrilled!
When we finally went to pick up the kids my mom and the little ones had made me a birthday cake and my step-dad made his *wonderful* stroganoff. It was a GREAT birthday!!
*I also got a phone call from the surro-Daddy and he wished me a very Happy Birthday!! He was in New York for work but didn't want me not to hear from them. See, it is the little things that make me smile!!!
I had my checkup on Wednesday and things are looking great. Baby growth has slowed down a little (totally fine and normal), I was only measuring 36 weeks. She hasn't said anything about the baby being big at all this time around.... kind of surprised. Maybe she is just assuming it is big, but 'normal' for me. My oldest, Tilor got to go to this appointment with me 'cuz he was out of school - he loves them! He misses not being at all of them...... This time he was able to listen to him/her with the fetoscope and she also showed him how to manipulate my belly so he could feel the back and then all the 'parts' - arms, knees, feet etc. She also showed him how she could tell the Little Intruder was in a head down position and how to put his hand around the head and move gently. Makes me SMILE!!!
My last belly shot was at 25 weeks - so here is a new one. 34 weeks - and here I am in all my glory!!
If you haven't voted on our online baby poll, please feel free! I love the fact that we had a few brave souls that are 'silent blog stalkers' come and vote! On the main page of blog on the right side there is a bright orange box that will take you to our voting area. We are at 56 guesses right now and if I remember correctly we are *very* close in boy/girl ratios!! I think we'll be closing it around the 15th of January so you have only a couple weeks left!!!
This will probably be my last update for 2010 - wow, what a ride it has been!!! Thanks for following along and I look forward to 2011!!! Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful, safe New Years!!