Written January, 2013.
Denai was born April, 2013. It was a wonderful, beautiful experience. I gave birth in a local birthing center and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to bring Miss Denai into this world. She is our least complicated child (until she hits puberty that is) so for now I will just share some of my favorite pictures of her.
The follow pictures depict Denai’s birth story. She was two weeks late and I finally got labor started one morning using nipple stimulation while watching Apollo 13 with Mr. Sexy. Halfway into the movie it was time to call the grandparents to watch the kids.
The contractions were amazing. Once started, they were four minutes apart but I don’t remember how long they lasted each time. My only comfort was leaning over a birthing ball (until I entered the bath tub of course). It’s amazing how everything I learned and practiced during my Bradley classes (I went through them with Mr. Sexy) kicked in immediately and helped me cope with the pain. While my contractions took over my mind and body I was still able to relax through them and then smile and make jokes while we all waited for the next one.
I was in labor for about four hours and I pushed for ten minutes. (Most intense ten minutes of my life!) It wasn’t as easy as it may sound, though. I had been having intense Braxten Hicks for weeks. When true labor started I was already dilated to 7cm and 100% effaced. I was ready to finish this thing! And oh yeah: Water births are the BOMB DIGGITY!
I hope you enjoy some of my most treasured moments from this day.