Lizzeth Danelle was born at home, at 3:30am Dec 29th, 2012. 9lbs 21 1/4 in long. After all the waiting for labor to start, once it did, she was not waiting around. 5 1/2 hours and she was out. She didn’t even wait for our midwife to get here!
Labor started at 10:00pm on the 28th. I had been having contractions off and on that whole day but didn’t think anything of it as I’d been having contractions for weeks. When I got into bed that night it was like a switch was flipped and with the first contraction I knew it was real labor. I figured I’d give it some time before I woke Dean to let him know, just incase I was just hoping it was real labor
After 45 minutes I knew it was the real thing so I woke up Dean to let him know, called Rebekah (the midwife), my mom, and sister to let them know labor had started. We then went back to bed and hoped we’d get some sleep as I knew I could labor all night. Dean was out within minutes and I was able to sleep in between each contraction. They stayed 10/12 minutes apart until 2:30. At 2:30 I decided to call Rebekah and have her head on over. I was still only contracting 10/12 minutes apart but they were lasting 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.
The second I hung up the phone I must have dilated to 10 because another switch was flipped and I was then contracting ever 2 minutes and they were about 3 minutes long. I got up to go to the bathroom and as I stood up I knew Rebekah was not going to make it, baby was coming NOW! Dean started getting things set up and worked on getting the pool up, (a water birth was our plan) while I crawled back into bed trying to
Around 3:00am my water broke and I felt her crowning. One of the most painful and creepy feelings in the world I might add. Dean abandoned the pool and came into the bedroom to seeing her head. lol The look on his face is burned into my brain for life. In the doorway he stood, looking at me, and said, “oh!” I’m not sure if I giggled at that moment but is sure is funny remembering it now.
Dean guided her out and placed her on me and we took the moment to catch our breath. She was perfect! We couldn’t have asked for an easier delivery. Rebekah got to the house just before 4:00am. Dean cut the cord and then clean up began…for them. haha Once things were cleaned up we did some paper work, got something to eat, and then got some rest before the other kids woke up.
It was so precious hearing the squeals of the kids’ excitement walking into the living room to their new baby sister. They had slept through the whole thing! I pray if we have more kids that things will go just as beautifully as this few hours went.