September 18, 2008

The Birth Story

This past weekend I had said a couple times I have a feeling it will be Sunday. I don't think I had any physical indication to make me think that, but I was having more regular pressure and light contractions every day, and we also were having the heaviest rainfall in decades where we lived. Anything can happen. I had a feeling.
My midwife Lynda called on Saturday morning to check on me and tell me to "sit pretty" since she was at a birth 2 hours away. She just wanted to be sure it wasn't my time, too. I assured her I was fine and went about my day. That night I slept the best I've slept in over a week. It was wonderful and made me think that my body might be resting up for the big day.

Sunday morning hubby asked if I felt like we needed to stay close to home, as we go to church forty minutes away. I was feeling that consistent pressure again and felt like we probably should stick around here. I also wanted to call Lynda to see if she made it home!
I made a grocery list and headed to the store. I heard from Lynda and she was home and had plenty of rest. I then took Noah and Carter to Target. When we got home, I baked a beer bread, made spinach dip, and a cheesecake. I chopped up veggies and washed fruit, stocking the fridge.

I was about to head back out to Target to get a new garbage can but wanted to wait for the bread to finish baking. I sat down to check email and was just about to show Jeff something on the computer when I felt a little "burst" like a tiny water balloon. It was 5:40 pm

I jumped up and said I think something just happened! I ran to the bathroom and sure enough, my water had broke! We were all excited and called Lynda and my Mom right away. Since I wasn't really feeling contractions or anything labor-like, it was hard timing them to give Lynda an idea of where I was at. But, over the next twenty minutes I timed them and they were about 8 minutes apart. But with every twenty minutes, they were closer and closer, although still not uncomfortable. Within an hour after my water broke, I was at about 4 minutes apart and Lynda was on her way.

Jeff and I went upstairs and readied the bed with our sheets and pads. Lynda arrived and we made a delicious snack spread on the counter- thankful for my major nesting in the kitchen earlier that day!

I went about the evening as I would any normal Sunday night and got the boys a bedtime snack, watched Tom & Jerry in our bedroom, and prepared them to look for their baby sister in the morning! After they went to bed, I checked their school's website to see if school was cancelled due to all the flooding we'd had all weekend. No school the next day! I was so excited to see this. I wasn't planning on letting them stay home from school when she was born, but this was working out great! I have to say that I thought about this throughout the whole night and it really made me happy that it was working out this way.
We all hung out for a while just chatting and getting excited for what was to come. After a little while I realized that there probably wasn't going to be anything happening anytime soon, so we decided to watch a movie! My Mom went out and rented Baby Mama and we all retreated to the basement to continue our little party. Throughout the movie I could feel the pressure getting stronger, but I was able to sit and eat and enjoy most of the movie in comfort. Toward the end I decided to move to the floor and would get on all fours every now and then, or walk upstairs and busy myself as the contractions got stronger. When the movie was over, I was ready to go to my bedroom and labor alone. Everyone moved upstairs where they could be closer to me while I went up to our bedroom. They quietly let me do my thing. It was about 11:15 pm.

Gray woke up shortly after I went upstairs and I tried to snuggle with him in my bed for a while. Then he really wanted me to get in his firetruck bed, but at this point, I was getting too uncomfortable to consider that! I didn't have to breathe through anything yet, but moving around and standing at the side of the bed was helping. I did that a bit by his bed, but he really was starting to get upset. So, Daddy came in and took him to be with Mimi (my Mom) downstairs.

Jeff and I went to our bedroom and he rested on the bed while I labored beside it. Soon my controlled breathing was necessary and I continued to stand or squat a bit through each contraction. Within an hour they were coming on very strong. I sent hubby for some celery and crunched it between each contraction. It may sound crazy, but it felt so good! Hubby also was able to get Gray to bed around this time and ended up crawling in the firetruck bed with him.

Lynda and my Mom stayed downstairs but kept their ears to the stairs. Lynda said she could tell how far along I was by my breathing and the sounds I was making. There was never a need to check me to see how dilated I was, just listening to me was giving her the exact information she needed.
At this time things were starting to move along more quickly and quite intense. I felt like I was managing the pain very well by standing and rocking and squatting/bouncing through the rough ones. But they were very short and I knew as soon as one began that it would be over very soon. This kept me going. Around 1:20 am I had one very tough contraction and felt what I thought was the beginning of an urge to push, so I yelled out I think I need to puuuuuuuuush!

So, the troops all came in the room, lights still dark but some candles lit so Lynda could see. I stayed by the side of the bed while they quietly watched me. It seemed like a good ten minutes went by before the next contraction came, and during this was when I had a fleeting moment of wondering if maybe I wasn't ready to push... and what if I was only dilated to 4 cm or something?! But soon the next one came and I immediately went over to the floor and got on all fours. I began to push and Lynda said Oh yeah. It was time!

Jeff stayed by Lynda and my mom was at my front, helping me bear down as I pushed (still on all fours.) I felt like I really had to push hard and wasn't sure anything was happening, but they soon told me her head was out. Lynda had to maneuver her a bit as she was arching her back through the next pushes, but a few minutes later, after 8 minutes of pushing, Ivy LaRue was here! And she cried immediately with the cutest pouty lips ever! It was 1:40 am.
She was behind me still, so Lynda took care of her and I just remember saying well, is it a girl? And Lynda said it's a girl! She passed her through my legs like a football and I held Ivy in my arms for the first time. And yes, after a few moments I did take a peek and saw that indeed... it was a girl.

We waited for the umbilical cord to stop pulsating, about 15 minutes, and then my Mom cut the cord. Soon Lynda had me push out the placenta and it gently came out in two pushes. I got up off the floor and got in bed with my new sweet baby. She latched on quickly and nursed for about an hour and a half! My Mom was wonderful helping with any of the clean up- which there really wasn't much mess at all! Lynda did all the newborn checkup things and measured and weighed her: 8 lbs 12 oz and 22 1/2 inches long.

She then assisted me in the shower so I could clean off and then we went over all the newborn basics and any additional info I needed to know about taking care of myself. It was soon time for her to say her goodbyes and Jeff and I snuggled into bed with our new little girl, in awe of what just took place at the very foot of our bed.
It was very hard trying to fall asleep as all I wanted to do was stare into Ivy's beautiful face. We wondered if it was all a dream. Everything was just perfect.
Carter got up around 4 am to go to the bathroom and Jeff went to ask him if he wanted to meet his new sister. He proceeded to tell Daddy about how he really wanted an Obi Wan costume. Jeff said, ok, but do you want to go meet your new sister?

Carter crawled into the bed with us wide eyed and wide mouthed and oohed and ahhed over her. She's so cuuute! he kept saying. And did she just pop out of your tummy? He hopped down and went back to bed and shortly Noah appeared in our room- ready to meet baby Ivy. He climbed into bed with us and literally didn't leave my side until I had to force him out. He was in awe of her and I think wanted to stay close to me, too.

Gray woke up later in the morning and was all giggles at the little peeps and squeaks coming from this new baby in our bed. We were all there, one big happy family, snuggled together at home with new life and new adventures and it felt so right.

Everything was just perfect.


143 comments:

  1. Another beautiful photo, and I won't ever tire of hearing that story. SO happy for you and so wanting to get well to come visit!

    xoxo

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  2. Such an amazing story, sounds like the most peaceful one yet. I'm so proud of you, so happy for you, and I just love you! Can't wait to meet Ivy, up for visitors tomorrow?

    Carrington
    www.capribythelake.com

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  3. Congratulations. What a gorgeous story. I found myself crying in the end. Thank you for sharing this precious few hours of your life with us.

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  4. Sounds like everything went perfectly! Congratulations :) she came pretty much exactly a week after my little boy

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  5. Congrats again! The story is beautiful as is your precious daughter!

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  6. That is just amazing, I am so happy for you! Thanks for sharing! :o)

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  7. What an incredible story to share with not only us, but with your daughter one day. I am absolutely moved to tears - how wonderful for you and your family. Congrats again.

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  8. I definitely got tears toward the end. Everything sounds so peaceful and beautiful, especially the candlelit room as she was being born. What a story you will have to tell her someday, when she's pregnant.

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  9. Wow, what an amazing story. I got tears in my eyes.

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  10. What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing Ivy's arrival with us!!

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  11. beautiful story. i am so glad everything went so well! what a blessing. it's just awesome.

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  12. what a simply lovely story of your birthing. i love it. i wish i heard more like it. mine with my daughter was VERY similar and when i relay it to others i am saddened at how much surprise there is at a natural/pure birth.

    you go girl(s)!

    : )

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  13. That sounds absolutely beautiful and perfect. Who knew giving birth could be so enjoyable. Now I definitely want a homebirth if I have another.

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  14. Amazing and beautiful and just miraculous! What a beautiful story and baby girl!

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  15. I remember you sharing Grayson's birth story, and thinking it was so beautiful and perfect, and this one, Ivy's, is no less.

    I know this seemed so right for you and your family, but hearing all the details, it all just makes so much sense. It truly does seem like the perfect way to bring a child into the world and your family. I am so happy for you!

    Thank you for sharing this,

    Jen

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  16. What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  17. It sounds perfect! So happy for you and your family.

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  18. What a peaceful, joyful birth story. Congratulations again!

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  19. What a beautiful birth story! Makes me want the next 2 months to fly by so I can meet my little baby.

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  20. Oh, beautiful story! I'm so happy for you all. :) Enjoy those squeaks!

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  21. What a beautiful birth Stephanie! I am just so thrilled for you that you got your homebirth, your girl, and everything went so smoothly! Congratulations Mama! :)

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  22. Thank You for sharing such a beautiful experience!

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  23. Amazing! I'm so glad everything went so well. What a wonderful birth! And a huge blessing at the end!

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  24. I am in awe and admiration at what you went through. It was such a beautiful and peaceful birth story - the way it should be. Thank you for sharing that.

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  25. So happy for you Steph! Now that is birth is supposed to be!!

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  26. I have never considered home birth before, but this made me rethink the idea for the future! What a wonderful story- I loved reading it :)

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  27. Such a beautiful story for a beautiful family. Congrats again, Stephanie!

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  28. That was so beautiful. Thank you for letting us into your life for this special time. I am praying for all of you and wish you all the best with your new little girl.

    Katina

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  29. I don't know what to say. I'm in tears. How beautiful. How natural. How lovely. You sound like an amazing woman in labor...almost like it agrees with you. I'm so happy you got the experience you so wanted. It sounds so much more lovely than being confined to a hosp. bed and stuck in the hosp for three days. Many blessings to you and your new bigger family!

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  30. That was amazing. I hope the birth of my son goes just as smoothly. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I really felt it was just the exact thing I needed to read. God bless you and your family!

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  31. I am so thrilled everything worked out so well for you all. What a beautiful way to join the family!

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  32. That is amazing! Birth as it is meant to be.

    Thank you so much for sharing Ivy with all of us!

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  33. That is so beautiful. You made me cry. And um, ready for visitors or not, tomorrow I just might stop by.

    Love you
    Robin

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  34. what a beautiful birth story...

    blessings to you and your family

    courtney

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  35. What an absolutely beautiful story. I am so glad it went so well. God is so good!

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  36. This is incredible, it sounds like everyone's dream birth. I'm so happy for you!

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  37. I loved reading Ivy's birth story. And loved the fact that you shared it......

    xoxo

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  38. I'm just smiling. I have never heard someone tell a home-birth story...that was just beautiful.

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  39. I think that's the most beautiful birth story I've ever read! Next time we have a baby I want one like it.

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  40. Oh what a wonderful birth story! Thanks for sharing... I do love to hear me a good homebirth story :)

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  41. Today I was wondering if we'd get to hear the birth story and there your post was... waiting for me! It was a great story- I'm so glad you decided to give birth at home. Perfect!

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  42. Beautiful - made me tear up, in a good way! What a wonderful story to tell Ivy!

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  43. congratulations!!!!!!!!! How wonderful.

    :-)

    trisha
    momdot.com

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  44. What a beautiful story! You have inspired me to have our third baby at home. Thank you so much for sharing. You have changed my view on childbirth and I love it.

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  45. What a perfect birth story! I am so excited for you!!

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  46. First of all, it is amazing that you got to eat while you were in labor. So not fair. It is just perfect, though, that the pregnancy ended where it began. That is a great, great story. I am so glad everything went just like you wanted.

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  47. It was the most perfect night. It unfolded so perfectly. I will never forget experiencing this with you. Love, Mom

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  48. What a perfect, wonderful story :)

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  49. what a lovely story!! I am so happy for you!!!

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  50. I'm speechless.. in awe of the wonder of what this night must have been like. thanks for sharing it with us. I love Ivy already :)

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  51. So wonderful. Congratulations!

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  52. Awe, Steph, that is such a beautiful story-I loved how you told all the birth stories. And I LOVE the photos!! Man, you are making me wish we lived close by so I could see you all in person! A candle lit room, calm and listening to your body sounds like such a wonderful way to give birth. SUPER Congrats!!!

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  53. Oh Steph, what a wonderful story, and Ivy LaRue is a WONDERFUL WONDERFUL name! What a personality she is destined to have. :)

    All the very best, and CONGRATULATIONS!

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  54. you just completely brightened up my not so good day. thank you for that. i loved feeling at ease throughout your entire birth story! :) he he!

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  55. Beautiful beautiful congratulations to all of you! Especially Ivy who is a very lucky little baby!!

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  56. Wow. Just Wow. What an amazing, smooth and peaceful birth! Wow! I'm so happy for you and your family. I couldn't hold back the giant happy tears as I read this and your previous post. If ever anyone has made me long for another baby...it's you. It just sounds so perfect. Unfortunately, that won't be happening for me, so I will just have to settle for reading birth stories. And this one was fantastic!

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  57. You got your dream birth!! Ia m so happy for you. Congratulations, again!

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  58. Everything sounds so perfect! The way birth should be. I'm so happy for you and your whole family. Give Ivy a kiss for me!

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  59. I so wish i'd been brave enough to try a home birth. I didn't do the drugs or epidural, so what was the difference? I'm so glad you had your family at your side and that your beautiful girl is here and perfect and the baby of your every dream.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  60. such an amazing and beautiful birth story! i am in awe of you! thank you for sharing!

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  61. Okay, I'm ready to do this all over again. :) Beautiful story, Steph... just beautiful.

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  62. Wow, what a wonderful story!
    I can't wait to hear the upcoming stories and see more pictures.

    Congratulations!!!

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  63. What a beautiful story! Congratulations again on your little beauty!

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  64. What an amazing, wonderful sotry. You make being in labor sound enjoyable! Such a huge difference from hospitals and monitors!

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  65. Oh WOW. I literally read that with tears. Homebirths are just SO amazing. My fourth was born almost 5 months ago at home and there just is no way to describe how amazing it is until you have been through it! I am so happy for you and your family and she is just precious!! Congratulations to you all!!

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  66. What a beautiful birth story. It sounds like everything was just perfect!

    She is precious. Congratulations :)

    (I have to admit, I'm quite jealous! My labor was not nearly as wonderful.)

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  67. Oh my goodness, what an amazing story! How wonderful that the entire family was there to share it with you!

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  68. What a great story! Thank you for sharing it with all of us :)

    She is so beautiful...enjoy this time and don't forget to rest.

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  69. What a wonderful birth story. Congratulations!

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  70. I am so happy for you that it was the experience that you wanted! It sounds like everything went PERFECT!! Congrats again!

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  71. That is the most beautiful and powerful birth story that I have ever heard. I am so proud of you, and thank you so much for sharing this with us - the way that it was supposed to be! Praise God.

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  72. It sounds like perfection. Absolute bliss. I am so glad you were able to have the birth you envisioned. Even better, actually! It seriously sounds wonderful. Makes me teary. (what else is new, huh?)

    Congratulations, again!

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  73. I love your birth story. Thanks for sharing. I don't think I'm a good canidate for home birth myself, but I did have a drug free birth at a hospital and appreciate as little intervention as possible.

    Different birth stories are intesting to me as I'd like to have another baby someday and am already planning out what kind of birth I'd like.

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  74. A beautiful and amazing birth story! Thank you for sharing your family with us.

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  75. Beautiful birth story!!! Beautiful and perfect baby girl!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing... I wish more women would take back their births as you did!!! I'm so happy that you got the birth you desired. Birth as designed by the Great Designer!!! God is good!

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  76. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

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  77. Wow- I'm glad it went so smoothly for you- I don't think I could ever labor at home- but of course, I've only had one baby, and his birth involved back labor, pitocin, falling heart rate (his) & blood pressure (mine) and two hours of pushing. I can't believe you only pushed for 8 minutes- that's so great! :) Congratulations- she really is precious! :)

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  78. I loved reading your birth story. It was beautiful! You are a very talented writer! There was elegance to your choice of words that helped me get in your mood. Now I'm excited to have another baby!

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  79. What an AMAZING story!!! I loved reading that. It was just so BEAUTIFUL!! Congratulations again... you all are so blessed to have Ivy as a gift in your life!

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  80. Congratulations, it sounds like it was just fabulous! You are so good at this!

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  81. Such a beautiful birth story! Im glad you got the birth you wanted!!

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  82. CONGRATS! she is beautiful! I'm so happy your home birth went great! After having 2 of my own home births (2 hospital births too:), I couldn't help but tear up hearing your story. I can remember being in your shoes....it's amazing giving birth! So Amazingly painful, but so wonderful at the same time:)!

    May the Lord bless you as you transition into a family of "6"!

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  83. What a fabulous birth story - it sounds like you had the birth of your dreams.

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  84. Sounds like such a beautiful experience. I am so happy that everything went so smoothly, and that little Ivy is finally here!

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  85. That sounds just about perfect. So happy for you and your beautiful, safe delivery and precious, expanded family. :-)

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  86. This is SUCH an awesome story. Congratulations!!!!!! I'm so happy for you.

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  87. Unbelievable!!!

    That is unquestionably THE most PERFECT birth story I have EVER heard!!!

    You are an advertisment for home birth.

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  88. What a wonderful birth story!!!! happy that it went well!!!

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  89. Wow, could it have been anymore perfect? That's just wonderful!

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  90. what a beautiful birth! isn't it just amazing to give birth and then climb into your own bed with your brand new little one in your arms?

    ivy is absolutely adorable! i look forward to seeing photos and reading more about her in the future :)

    xo,
    erika

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  91. Congratulations Stephanie! I was so thrilled to read your beautiful birth story! What a peaceful, natural, tranquil, gentle way to bring your sweet baby girl into the world. Enjoy her.

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  92. I am truly so happy for you and for the experience that you all had! Wow, you make having a baby sound so easy! LOL! Congrats.

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  93. This is a beautiful story! I am pregnant with my 3rd baby and just reading your story made me want to have a home birth.. Even though we are planning a hospital birth with our midwife and I had 2 water births which were both great! It still sounded so nice to be at home laboring and then the sweetness of your children coming in to see the newest addition in the comfort of your own home! your story was lovely! It inspired me. Many blessing to you and your family!

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  94. what a beautiful, amazing story, steph. :) ya know, ever since you said you were having a home birth, i pictured this type of birth for you. i just expected it to be extremely peaceful and smooth and it sounds like it was exactly that. so awesome. :)
    enjoy that birth high. i swear there's nothing else on earth like it. and isn't it incredible to know you gave birth right there in your bedroom at the foot of your bed?! (that's where i was too and i just love that.)
    my husband and i got a good chuckle over carter wanting an obi wan costume. ;)

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  95. Wow, everything you shared is just amazing! I am especially impressed that Ivy nursed an hour and a half right after birth! How wonderful that your birth went so well and you were able to be surrounded by your family at home.

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  96. It is perfect, Steph. What a great birth story. I loved every word!

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  97. wow, steph what a great birth story. These are the stories that make me LOVE that I've chosen a homebirth with the one i'm carrying now.

    I can't wait!

    Ivy is beautiful. You did awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

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  98. Both of my kids were born in hospitals and although we did have issues with both of them and their heart rates dropping your home birth story makes me wonder...

    We're not planning on having any more since we're now practically elderly (36) but when I consider all the rules they had and the stuff I was hooked up to, did it prohibit the natural course of things? Would labor have been easier and would my babies have not had any problems had I been able to just do what my body was designed to do. I was stuck in an uncomfortable bed, getting up meant dragging cords with me and walking a cold unfamilar hallway with strangers and funny smells.

    Nothing was normal or comfortable about their births and really, what is more normal and natural than childbirth?

    I know I will never know the "what if's" but your story is certainly something that is a wonderful resource for other moms who may consider a home birth.

    Thanks for sharing Steph.

    Oh, and which Target did you go to? The parking lot at the one by the mall was under water the Sat. before we even got all the rain, I can't imagine what it was like afterwards!

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  99. What a beautiful story & baby! Congratulations again! (I'm coming from 5minutesformom.com.

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  100. That is an amazing story Stephanie. So so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it and Ivy with us! She is incredible! Congrats to you and your family.

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  101. ed a Home birth this has truly inspired me to have it!

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  102. Amazing, just amazing. I am in tears I am so happy after reading this!

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  103. Your birth story is beautiful! I wish I had known more about home births when I had my kids. Thanks for sharing your story.

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  104. wow Steph,
    I was in tears over how perfect your story is!!!...now is all I have to do is wait for my time(my due date is today)...still waiting...:)

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  105. I cry each time I read this. It's just so beautiful and perfect.

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  106. This birth story is an encouragement to me! I am due in 3 weeks with my first, I'm doing it also with a midwife, but at a hospital. I hope mine goes this smoothly!

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  107. What a cool story. I'm glad everything went so well for all of you and that it was just as you wanted or even better!

    Congratulations!

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  108. Simply beautiful! How are things going at home? Did you have help with meals, etc? I was so not in shape to take care of things, let alone other kiddos! Not trying to be nosey, just dreaming/preparing for when I get to have another one and I am thinking seriously about home birth! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

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  109. I'm so glad I finally got a chance to read this! It sounds like a wonderful experience... thanks for sharing.

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  110. congrats on your beautiful little girl ivy. i adore the name and love your birth story. i also had natural childbirth for both of my children - albeit in the hospital as i'm somewhat high risk - but i am a firm believer in the natural birth process if possible as there is nothing like it. i can't imagine numbing myself during the most amazing experience of bringing a new life into the world!

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  111. what a beautiful story... I am so happy for you and thrilled it went so well. Sounds just wonderful!

    brittany

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  112. wonderful! my sister-in-law is having her first home birth (baby # 3) and i get to be there to watch as life expresses itself so wonderfully. thanks for sharing your story. i'm going to foward it to her.

    blessings..lylah

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  113. Super duper congratulations....a truly beautiful birth story and thanks for sharing!

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  114. What an amazing, wonderful, perfect story. And what a gift to Ivy to have it written down. I love hearing about a gentle birth.

    She is just beautiful. Congratulations to you all.

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  115. So happy for you!

    What a lovely and peaceful story.

    A must-read and I put it on Alpha Mom's Reading List.

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  116. What an amazingly perfect birth story!

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  117. Simply amazing and moving. I was about to cry. Beautiful experience you have. I hope I can I have a birth like that.

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  118. Stephanie, I have been out of loop for a little while, so I had no idea until today that you'd had your beautiful little girl! Reading your birth story, I have chills - what a simply beautiful way to bring a new life into your family. I'm insanely jealous! :) But also, so very happy for you. My very best wishes for you all :)

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  119. What an amazing, beautiful story! I just love reading a birth story full of peace, no complications, and a perfect birth experience. Amazing.

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  120. ok this is such a great birth story and I am so glad that I read this. I am due to have our 3rd in April and I have chosen to do a home birth and I am so excited. I loved hearing your story and it was very encouraging to me. Ivy is beautiful and congratulations.

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  121. I wish I could stand a home birth. I just don't handle the pain well. I liked the epidural too much.

    I almost cried reading this. it's beautiful.

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  122. That was powerful Steph..truly!

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  123. Oh this is so beautiful! I had a homebirth as well and I so love reading other homebirth stories!

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  124. Awesome! I love birth stories... and I love the idea of home birth. :)

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  125. That is such a beautiful birth story! It brought tears to my eyes by the end of it.

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  126. Truly a beautiful, give me goosebumps birth story.

    Happy Birthday, sweet Ivy LaRue!

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  127. This is a great story. I hope we all can be so lucky with how everything timed and went for you. And even with the nesting food prep prior to your water breaking. Perfect!

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  128. OH wow... this is a beautiful story of your daughter's birth! I've considered a midwife for my next, but have been uneasy about the home birth part of it..... but this sounds so peaceful and surreal.... thank you for sharing!

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  129. Soooooooooooo beautiful! But I don't think I could ever be as strong or brave as you! But I am a WIMP - a total wimp!

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  130. Awesome birth story! my mom is a midwife and does homebirths in TN so i always love reading homebirth stories. My sister just had my nephew at home last week and it was awesome. Her story is here: http://stillinstlouis.blogspot.com/2010/08/birth-story-of-lazarus.html
    i love reading your blog and hope to meet you someday! I live around the corner from Emily (Designher Momma). I have yet to decide if i want take our little family blog to the next level. Either way, I really enjoy blogging! :)

    -Sarah

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  131. What a great birth story. I am planning a homebirth with this baby I am expecting now. Did you have a homebirth with any of your other kids?

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  132. I will never get tired of reading Ivy LaRue's birth story and I count myself truly blessed to have been a part of it and learn from the best teacher around..."Our Lynda"

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  133. Still amazing to read, after 5 years!

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