Welcoming Mini-man into our Clan

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Two years ago Damon and I were on a cruise when I noticed something peculiar. One day I’m enjoying soda and cruise food and the next (literally the next day) soda made me ill and all I wanted to eat were salads. I suspected something was up but dismissed it. However, my suspicions were confirmed when we got home – I was pregnant. 10 months later, we welcomed a bouncing, baby boy into our family.

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When my due date arrived, I was done being pregnant. At my check-up with my midwife she said I was close but could still be another week. As you can imagine, I couldn’t bare the thought of waiting any longer to give birth. I was anxious to meet mini-man and to stop being pregnant. That night I tried as many home remedies as I could to jump start labor – spicy food, Epson salt bath, magnesium, etc. I don’t know if these worked or if it was just time – but in a few hours I was in labor.

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I woke Damon up at one in the morning and he called our midwife who confirmed I was in labor. She hurried over and began setting things up. What happened next was one of the most amazing experience of my life.

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In bed with Damon I began to progress. There was no pressure to hurry; the room was calm; my midwife encouraged me – I felt so safe and strong. Many of my friends said that labor scared them. I never felt more empowered. Not once during the process did I think ‘I can’t do this’. I trusted my body and the people around me. This made for a very easy birth.

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After nine hours of labor, mini-man was in my arms. The first thing I heard my midwife say was ‘Oh my god he’s huge!’. Turns out I had just pushed out a 10lb, 22 in little boy with no drugs! That’s right no drugs – just peace, quiet, and a lot of amazing support.

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And we were off. Nothing can prepare you for parenthood. But the experience of a homebirth is a great way to start. Immediately it’s just you and the baby. I think that immediacy forces you to step up and start taking care of the baby.

Believe it or not, most women can have a home birth. I know the idea can be scary, but i encourage you to look into it. You never know until you try and what you gain is amazing.

Realizations

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Today is a sad day for me. Without going into too many details an announcement was made today that hurt me and many of my friends. Its hard to dedicate your work to something you believe in only to have that work be thrown away and makes me look like a liar. I am happy with the announcement but not with how it was done. Its made me realize I need to move forward with my own dreams. I need to stop living for others and the past. I need to move for the positive and for today. So here are my positive affirmations for today:

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* it’s St. Patrick’s Day – which means corned beef! (one of my favorite things in the world!)
* today mini-man is 13 months old!
* I have a loving and supportive partner in life
* I am traveling more than ever before and I am getting to share these adventures with my son.

I love my life and want to resume sharing it through this forum. It’s been a while but I really miss writing and hope to pick this back up. Who knows what the future holds and I want to write it all down.