‘And unto us a son is born. Unto us a child is given’
I can’t claim an immaculate conception – we all know I’m no virgin! But the whole process has been pretty miraculous. And after a week of waiting, waiting, waiting (and not being very patient) for this baby to finally wend his way out of my womb and into our world, we finally went into labour at about 10pm on Sunday night, starting off fairly easy and relaxed so I called the midwife and agreed to talk again in an hour. While I went to bed and rested between contractions (or waves as we prefer to call them!). At 11.30 we agreed that she would slowly pack the car and make her way over and got here about 2am. I was still saying we should all go to bed and try and get some more rest but she sent Ged and I on a walk under the stars on the river flat and after that things started speeding up. I spent hours in the birthing pool and we had a candlelit night enjoying ‘Pachelbel in the Garden’ on CD (thanks, Mummy!) but when day broke it was time to get out of the water and move into the next stage. Another walk down the paddock and the pushing began in earnest and then 3 hours later we had a baby in the bathroom. Ged was essential to every stage of the process and I hung off him with every wave and our midwife, Macca, was just amazing – no internals, no judgement, no directions – she just allowed the birth to progress as it would, giving us no timeframes or expectations just peace and serenity, encouragement and useful suggestions. Just the three of us, birthing our baby, at home, at Avalon, where we wanted to be and are safe and loved and held in the embrace of the land.
It was a beautiful day – brilliant sunshine, and Benjamin was born at 12.18. Just over 7lbs and 50cm long (19.68 inches). He is breastfeeding well, sleeping beautifully, and is pretty peaceful to be around. We are all a bit tired, and taking it very easy for the week. Macca is staying to make sure we are all under control and know what we are doing and generally helping out. So here he is . . .