I’m so excited to share with you guys Everly’s birth story! This was my second home (water) birth, and THANK GOODNESS, it couldn’t have gone better.
I had my 41 week midwife appointment on Thursday, April 10th. Since I was overdue, and had already tried many things (walking, dancing, spicy food, pineapple, etc.) my midwife suggested a drink with castor oil in it. At first I shrugged it off, because YUCK. I’ve heard good and BAD things about drinking that stuff. However, at the same time, I was ready for her to be here.
So I did it.
The drink is…
- 1/2 cup champagne
- 1/2 cup apricot nectar
- 1 can apricots (for texture)
- 2 Tb. Castor Oil
Blend up and drink within 30 minutes. Mix well, as you’re drinking it! She also said to eat almonds when drinking it, which would help from getting diarrhea…
I waited until my husband was almost home from work to drink it. That was about 3pm. I fell asleep for an hour or so, woke up, and by 5pm was having steady contractions about a couple minutes apart.
I made dinner, put the kids in bed, and watched TV (and yes, even did some blog work!). I mean, what else am I going to do through all the pain. LOL! Around 11pm my water broke!
I was lucky enough to have my friend Amber come over and photograph the whole experience for us. She is a wonderful photographer, and if you’re local you can check her out at Amber Johnson Photography. This was her first time photographing a birth, and I’m so glad I could be her first experience.
My midwife is Victoria from Spokane Midwives. Her and Jane (the other lovely midwife there) are just fantastic! If you’re interested in a home birth (or you can do a water birth at their birthing center!) I HIGHLY recommend them!! All of my appointments were easy, quick for me since this was my fourth, but so personal as well.
The girls really wanted to be there for E’s birth. They were both present for A’s birth too, and once again we prepared them for it. My midwife Jane even had this cute book we borrowed called We’re Having a Homebirth. I waited until I was in the pool and felt close to having her to wake them. By then, it was 1:30 am.
This was RIGHT before I pushed her out. It happened oh so quickly. One thing I personally love about having a homebirth with midwives, they never tell you when to push. Your body is 100% in control of the situation.
This is bliss. Everly was born April 11th at almost 2am.
The girls were so excited to meet their new sister. I absolutely love their faces and expressions here.
A crazy little thing, she was born with a true knot. Thankfully, it was loose! I didn’t realize how scary it is, until reading up on it afterwards. Our little miracle. You can see the knot on the bottom right corner, below.
I decided not to wake A, since she’s so young still and probably won’t remember this. Crazy girl slept through all of it! She finally woke up right after E was born and started crying.
Half asleep, people all around, mommy in a pool, and a baby in daddy’s arms. She was a little in shock, to say the least!
Everything went just perfectly. We only had a tiny little scare, with me. When I was in labor I became very nauseous and threw up. With being tired, having an empty stomach, and losing a little more blood than normal, I passed out in the pool after trying to get out and into the bath. It was just a few seconds, followed by a few extra minutes of rest in the pool.
After a nice bath in some postpartum bath herbs, we (baby and me) went straight to bed so I could start nursing her and SLEEP!
Little Miss Everly <3