I have been really wanting to share our birth story with you guys forever now but seriously have underestimated, ummm, having time to do anything with three little kids. Every time I sat down to write this, it just never happened. Well, my two older boys are in school right now and for the time being Brooks is sleeping peacefully in his bassinet, so here we go!
我的按摩棒极了，当我回到家时，我感觉有点不一样了。我开始想也许今晚就是我的真命天子。我每隔6-8分钟就会有同样的(不疼的)布拉克斯顿·希克斯(Braxton Hicks)，但临产前的那种感觉绝对不好玩。Nevertheless, I truly had a feeling something was going to happen so that evening I wrapped up all the baby blankets in foil (to be quickly warmed by the midwife for delivery) and I ground extra coffee. I laid out both our Chemex coffee maker and our French press, along with all of the ground beans just in case! Then, I headed downstairs to bed. However, I couldn’t fall asleep and at 10pm came back upstairs for a snack. I ate a lactation cookie and a banana and then went back to bed.
晚上11点，当我终于要入睡时，我感到浑身湿漉漉的。我不知道为什么当你羊水破了的时候，每个人都会问你确定吗?是啊，我肯定不是尿裤子了。我的羊水破了!我的第一个想法是，哦，不，我真的希望我的羊水这次不会破。我和格雷森的时候羊水破了，分娩的时候疼得多。在整个怀孕过程中，我一直在祈祷这次能快速、轻柔地分娩，因为我们是在家里生产。不管怎样，我去了洗手间，确认了一下，是的，我的羊水确实破了。我叫醒了亚当，然后我想，好吧，让我试着像他们说的那样继续睡觉，因为宫缩还没有开始。我在床上放了一个巨大的沙发垫，然后爬了回去。 It really wasn’t comfortable though so I got back up and texted my doula and midwife. About 10 minutes later, contractions started! Adam started timing them and even though they weren’t very intense yet, they were all only 3-4 minutes apart. My doula was coming from a distance, so she headed our way and our midwife set out as well.
每个人都是半夜到我家的。宫缩还是可以控制的。我说“可控”是因为如果我能通过它呼吸，它还没那么糟糕。我在巨大的瑜伽球上跳来跳去，真的很有帮助。亚当的工作是装满浴缸，这是一件好事，因为它花了2个小时来装满!!当我的助产士梅丽莎来的时候，她问我是否需要她检查一下我。我答应了，因为如果我只有1-3分，我打算让她上楼去睡个午觉。她查过我了，我其实是6!!!!我简直不敢相信。我几乎哭了。 A 6! I definitely did not feel like I was a 6 so I was very surprised. She went upstairs to make some coffee (glad I ground it all!) and another midwife started her way over to our house as well. It was going to be a full on party.
我相信梅丽莎在12:30左右检查过我。在接下来的一个小时里，我在瑜伽球、厕所和靠墙站着做宫缩。当然，它们很疼，但还是可以控制的。终于，浴缸准备好了!我在凌晨一点半左右高兴地跳了进去，然后事情就变得真实了。我本以为浴缸的感觉会和卢克分娩时一样好，但这次却不是。我觉得非常热(我的助产士和助产师不断给我的头拿冰毛巾，我真的一直在喝冰水)，我的宫缩真的在加剧。这么说吧，我再也不能安静地呼吸了!它们很疼，但我专注于欢迎疼痛，真的因为止痛药不是一个选择，我只是想让他离开。哈! Around 2:15, I announced I needed to get out of the tub and wanted Melissa to check me again. Somehow, I made that walk from the bathroom to the bed and Melissa announced I was an 8 but had some cervical lip going on. I don’t really remember the next hour that well! I was in a ton of pain and kept thinking the whole time – wow, this progressed so quickly!! I was literally fine one minute and then not fine the next. lol. I took more contractions on the toilet and then made my way back to the bed. I just sat there with balled up fists and pushed like my life depended on it (it really did). I didn’t know it was time to push and no one told me to push…but I had one mission in life and that was to get baby out. Now that I’ve done this three times, I can definitely say that pushing Brooks out was by far the most painful part and hurt way more than pushing Grayson or Luke out. Holy moly…even the hair on my head hurt. Anyway, I felt like pushing took forever but it really didn’t because 7 minutes later, out he came! Adam got to deliver him and I’ll never forget my doula saying “wow jenna, you birthed another toddler! he’s gigantic!”. At 9lbs 6oz, Brooks was the biggest of all my babies and I couldn’t believe it! No tearing either – God had really answered my prayers and I felt so incredibly thankful for the experience.
在家分娩最不可思议的事情就是在分娩后马上躺在床上休息，知道自己在家里很舒服。他们把布鲁克斯放在我的胸前，亚当和我就这样躺了一个多小时，然后亚当剪断了脐带，给他称重。然后，梅丽莎扶我走到浴室，我洗了个暖和的澡，她把干净的床单铺在床上，给我热汤。我穿上干净的睡衣，一瘸一拐地回到床上喝汤，喂孩子。这真是一个神奇的人生时刻，伙计们。梅丽莎待了几个小时，确保我的出血得到控制，孩子也没有问题，然后她就离开了我们。We had a very relaxing 40 minutes in bed before the big boys bounded down the stairs at 6:30am to meet their new brother. My mom brought them breakfast downstairs and they had a floor picnic of bagels and fruit. It was a little chaotic (but what isn’t with a 2 and 4 year old?) but they were so sweet. Grayson “wrote” Brooks a poem and asked to sing him a lullaby. Luke offered him his favorite Elmo as a gift. Nothing like a dirty toddler Elmo in the face of a three hour old baby…but what can you do? LOL.
所以这是真的!你们很多人问过亚当对在家分娩有何感受。他完全投入了!我们非常信任我们出色的助产士和助产师，亚当和我都知道我的身体可以做到这一点。说实话，一想到要去医院我就很有压力。It was wonderful to just stay home and get the job done. It all felt so NORMAL. I actually think Adam loved having a homebirth even more than I did. After a long few hours of hunched over getting that tub going, and then body blocking me when I kept pushing him during contractions with all my might (there aint no strength like the strength of a laboring woman), he was more than ready to climb in a clean cozy bed and have his newborn sleep on his chest. It was amazing!
所有的摄影都是出于礼貌茱莉亚洛林. 我们强烈推荐她！！她是doula和Bay Area分娩摄影师，我们对她进行了“第一次48小时”的拍摄。