Friday, October 16, 2009

Labor of Love

taken by Beth





If you remember I woke up on October 9th and wrote this, just waiting and hoping that "today was the day". Then of course I did go to the midwife and was told, "nope, not in labor." That is when I gave this update. Well that is where I left off, but I have so much more to tell.

On the way home from the hospital that morning and after having yet another non-stress test, Erin texted me to wish me luck and I believe my response was somber and full of frustration. There I was 6 days late, having false labor for 4 days and yet being sent home. I tried to stay calm and strong but deep down I was so very upset. At this point I wanted my body to cooperate and give me what I had been waiting for, my miracle baby.

Once I got home, I had a flood of emails from Beth and Steph telling me that I had no choice, they were on their way over. Soon after that I read on Twitter that they literally had a caravan heading my way. Soon I found out not only were Beth and Steph coming, but my other favorite girls Erin, Sarah and Arianne were coming for the "put CE into labor party".

I'm not going to lie, I was just about to take castor oil when i found out they were on their way. thank goodness I didn't! I would have been a party pooper!

So while I read all the twitter love from my girls and other wonderful online friends I slowly began to have timeable contractions 4 minutes apart, lasting a minute. My heart was pounding knowing that today was going to be the day.

As I walked around the house, Mr. CE kept asking if I was able to breathe through them. You see, the midwife told us not to call or go to the hospital until I was unable to breathe or talk through them. Instead he kept reminding me from the kitchen to do my pelvic tilts. (I think I tweeted that too). Down to my knees I went and with each contraction I would picture my baby descending down. I would picture the moment I would hear her first cry. It was those thoughts that got me through every contraction.

I'm not sure what time it was, but all my girls showed up at my door. To their surprise, they didn't have to help get me in labor. Little did they know, they were soon to become my coaches, my labor coaches.

We all sat there, eating our jimmy johns and coldstone creamery cupcakes. Magic food they say...I think they may be right. I would have contractions, hand my sandwich to Beth and sway back and forth, and they continue to eat. There they all sat, talked and watched me labor. They soon became my rocks, they may not realize how important they were to keep me calm, but they were my rocks. All my pretty little rocks...

Soon the contractions picked up. Erin was timing them on her iphone, Steph was taking video, Arianne was helping me sway to (what the hell music where you listening too anyways??), Beth was with her camera and sweet Sarah was was cheering me on. All my ladies, rocks and who knew? My labor coaches...



There we all gathered in a circle, swaying, laughing, moaning, breathing. I remember having a contraction, being done and then popping back up to the activities around me. They were getting stronger but I was in such good company, the contractions were totally tolerable. I was calm. My body did the work, just like it was supposed to. At this moment I remember thanking my body for allowing me to carry my healthy baby.

Thank you, thank you.

Soon it was time to call my midwife. The contractions were 3-4 minutes and 55 seconds long. It was at this point I was breathing and moaning at a much lower tone (or so I was told). Almost grunting as one of my ladies pointed out.

The call was made. The verdict? Leave for the hospital now.

OK.

"well this is it" is all I could think of. "this is it"

I remember everyone packing up their things. I remember my husband started to have his own version of "Mr. CE panic".

After a week of hoping to go into labor, there I was surrounded with so much love and friendship and it was so very beautiful. It truly was a labor of love.



Beth wrote about this day here
Erin's words about it here



and to my pretty little "rocks"...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for every little thing you all did for me not only during this labor of love, but through out my entire pregnancy. Eden Elise is so very blessed to have such wonderful Aunts who love her. I love each one of you so very much.

Thank you just doesn't seen enough,
Crooked Eyebrow

30 comments:

keli.h said...

beautiful post ... beautiful moments.

Carrington said...

This is such a beautiful story- such a picture perfect end to pregnancy and beginning of life! I want to know the rest!

Sarah Viola said...

D, your labor was one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of. Thank you so, so much for sharing it with me. Love you.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh my gosh, I agree with Sarah. I will work on the video this weekend!

Steph

To Think is to Create said...

I am so glad baby E waited for that perfect day so we could all be there with you. :)

It was so beautiful, moments I will treasure forever, and take with me no matter where I may hang my hat.

xoxoxo

Ms. Salubrious said...

What a heart-warming story of close friends and support! Thank you for sharing....

~Mendie~ said...

that brought tears to my eyes...its amazing to have friendships like yours!

Sara Joy said...

I'm so glad you wrote about this. I remember thinking that day what an amazing circle of friends, and how incredible that they all came together like this. This is why women are amazing, this is what sisterhood is about.
It's a beautiful story, centered around a beautiful lady and a beautiful baby. :)

Erin said...

Chiming in with Sarah. I've never attended a birth before (aside from mine), and your labor is the closest I've ever been. It was so beautiful and special to me.

Nell said...

Oh so beautiful!

Nell

Anonymous said...

TEARS.. I. Am. IN. TEARS. How AWSOME friendship can be. How BEUTIFUL friendship can be. I am sooo jealous because I love every single one of you and your "ROCKS" on twitter and through blogs, and I cant even explain how I wish I had you ALL IRL.

Beautiful.. Just Beautiful.
Beautiful friendships
Beautiful labor
Beautiful Eden
and
Beautiful momma

XXOXOX


Amy T
TrahansRus@hotmail.com

Corinne said...

That must have been so amazing! What a blessed event :)

SJ said...

Such a beautiful way to bring a beautiful and perfect little girl into the world.

Your friends are treu gems, I envy the special bond you all have.

Can't wait to hear the rest of the story....

Kim said...

This is beautiful. You were surrounded with such love, I know that made it so much easier for you. Know also, that while those pretty little rocks were there with you in your kitchen, there were so many more of us with candles lit and praying for you and that sweet little girl.
xoxoxoxo!!!

Alicia said...

This made me cry! How lucky you are to have such an amazing support system. Beautiful.

Congrats!

Bacardi Mama said...

How wonderful that you have such special friends and a beautiful new daughter.

Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry said...

I read this and I honestly have no words. I can't get over that amazing day, the importance of it, the history it created FOR ALL OF US, there are just no words to describe it.

Thank you for allowing us to be with you. And oh, Eden is so squishy and beautiful. What a precious daughter you have.

We are lucky to have YOU in our lives. Do not ever, ever forget that.

Valerie said...

Aww what a great post and such wonderful friends! Congrats to you and your husband!

Cameron said...

This is so beautiful! I'm so happy for all of you that you have such a wonderful sisterhood!

chrissy said...

I'm in tears! This is beautiful absolutely beautiful! You are such an amazing woman blessed by so many amazing woman!

Erin said...

Oh, and for posterity's sake, your text said: "NST ok, still contracting. going home 2 cry, no real labor."
Which made me want to cry!

Sarah said...

That is such a wonderful story. Be glad you did not try the castor oil, I tried it with Brandon my middle child, it is gross, i totally barfed and it didnt work, i practically jogged to get my labor going. :)

Heather said...

simply beautiful. You and all your pretty rocks. And of course that gorgeous baby!

ZDub said...

OMG, how amazing.

You have a gorgeous little girl!

I'm so happy for you!

Elaine A. said...

Your relationship with those women is utterly amazing. You are SO very blessed. What an amazing day that was for you in so many ways...

Catherine Anne said...

Beautiful!

The Fritz Facts said...

I have chills, it was so beautiful. The time you had with these amazing ladies is wonderful. Such a great group of friends you have!

Geezees Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

What a beautiful post...Thanks for sharing.
Congrats!

Stacie's Madness said...

i have chills.

Mel @ A Box of Chocolates said...

What a beautiful story to share. You are very blessed to be surrounded with such an awesome group of women. I'm glad Ms. Eden is here safe and sound. She is beautiful.