Welcome Miss Avalon!

On the evening of February 16 we had the immense pleasure of welcoming our newest daughter to our family. Avalon was born at home at 11:20 pm, into the loving hands of her daddy, and every so quickly into her mama’s waiting arms. Labor went SUPER fast, I’m talking 20 minutes from feeling back pressure til having her in arms, and thus she was born before our midwife Hannah could arrive.

I had been having a lot of prodromal labor pains as I had at the end of being pregnant with Arora and Ender About a week before the estimated due date,  I had had contractions most of the day and called Hannah, the midwife, and Sarah, my very good friend, to come over. Well baby wasn’t quite ready yet and after a long night everyone went home. After that every other day or so I would think “this has got to be IT” but it wasn’t. Valentines day, which also was my due date came and went with no baby I was very tired and frustrated that all these labor pains had not produced a baby yet.

Saturday the 16th I dropped Ender off at his first big kid birthday party and went out to lunch with Sarah. I think the added girl time really helped put me in the zone for birthing. The rest of the day went on as a usual Saturday would. That evening I took some herbs recommended by Hannah to help things along. David and I passed the evening playing our favorite game Magic: the Gathering.

Around 10:55 the game ended and I was feeling a good amount of back pressure with frequent contractions.  I asked David if he would turn something on Netflix and rub my back. We made it through one and a half Pixar shorts and I needed to ahem… head to the bathroom.

 Contractions were really picking up and I asked David to run a hot bath for me. The water felt good but the contractions were right on top of another. I asked David if he wanted to time them and he said we were past that, then he called Hannah.

Hannah who lived about 20 minute away from us said she would head right over and to call back if my water broke or I needed to push. Immediately after hanging up with Hannah, David called Sarah and asked her to come over. The two phone calls took just a few minutes but seemed to take a long time. Every contraction was longer, and harder then the last and there was only a few seconds between them. Then all at once I felt the urge to push and my water broke.

David called Hannah back and she said to put the phone on speaker and she would coach us. David helped me to stand up out of the bath. I took one step out and could go no further. I sat down on the toilet.  The next contraction I could feel the baby coming down the birth canal.  I said “I feel a head!” David reached down and supported our baby’s head. One contraction later the rest of her tiny body emerged.

  I sat down and put her on my lap. We gave her a good rub and she started whimpering and crying. I was amazed that I had a baby on my lap, that I had birthed her as naturally as I could have. That there was no frantic trip to the hospital, no doctors, no IVs, no pain medicine. She was here and I did it. Me. Me and the Lord. I could not have done this great work with out the constant help, the constant peace from my Savior.

We had not found out the gender with this pregnancy. David and I agreed that if we had a son I  would chose the name and if we had a girl David would name her. When she was born we were very excited to see our baby was a girl. David had the honor naming her Avalon with the middle name of Eve after his paternal grandmother.

Sarah arrived just a minute after the birth and was a huge support for me. She did many amazing and helpful thing such as getting a bowl for the placenta which was also birthed before the midwife arrived.

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Hannah arrived about 15 minutes after our Little Lady and made sure everything was as it should be. Avalon weighed in at 7lb 3 oz and measured 20 inches in length.

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Arora and Ender slept through the whole thing and got to meet their baby sister the next morning. I recovered quickly but we had very rough time with breastfeeding but that is a post for another day.

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My birth story

I had been having contractions on and off for weeks, literally. We had been to the birthplace at Willamette Falls hospital two times before. Each time as soon as I would arrive everything would stop, and we would be sent home. Each appointment my midwife would say “oh anytime now”, each time I was more dilated, 2cm, 4 cm, 5cm.  On July 30, I started having contractions around 11:30pm they went on and off all night.             By morning I was so tired! Mark and Kathy Haynie took Arora for the day as we expected that to be the day. After having contractions all day we went in to the hospital again and I was at 6cm, and then nothing was changing! We went home, Sunday came and I was still having contractions but not progressing.

Monday morning I had an appointment with my midwife and decided to be induced the following day. We made our plans for Arora for the next few days and packed our final bags. Well I was still having contractions all day and that night they were getting really strong and close together. We decided to go in at around 2am.  We got there and I was 6cm dilated. Two hours later I was still having contractions every minute but still at 6 cm. I was getting frustrated and so tired.

At this point I decided to have some pitocin to help the contractions. I was very scared to have an IV.  I told my nurse, Jan, that she had one chance to get it in. She did great, It was the least painful IV I can remember, but it wasn’t flowing well. Jan wanted to do another one, but I was too scared. This was at about 4:30 am.  Then the contractions kind of slowed down again. I was so frustrated! At 6:30 I told David he could have half an hour to lie down. By 7 things were picking up and I needed David’s help to get through the contractions. I was sitting in a rocking chair and power rocking.

By 7:30 things were very intense. I had a new nurse come on, Taela. I got into the bed and was checked, I was still at 6am!  I was so mad, and was crying and wanted some drugs. I didn’t know how long I was going to be in labor and I could not fathom doing this for hours more with no pain medicine.  I held out and did not have anything though. After about 20 minutes I started to feel pushy, Taela checked me again and I was at 9cm.

A new midwife came on at 8am, Marnie.  I started pushing about 8:10am and was switching positions, right side, hands and knees, left side and on my back.  Finally Ender had come down far enough that Marnie could break my water. He was still in a funny position so Marnie helped to move him. It is such an amazing feeling as I could feel him coming down my birth canal. With each push he could move a bit then move back a bit. Every few pushes I had to ask “Am I doing it right?” “Is he going to be here soon? “ David was right next to me, talking to me helping me to focus. Telling me to relax after each contraction, saying I had earned a little break. It was very helpful.

Then burning, as he was crowning and then he was born. It was so amazing to see him for the first time. So big and chubby! They put him right up on me and I could see him, lots of dark hair like his sister had.  I was so glad to be done. It felt like I had been pushing for so long, but it was only about 20 minutes. Ender David Mayer was born August 3rd at 8:35 am. It is amazing to me that I could give birth to my baby with no pain medicine, that I could fully experience the event.

Ender was 8lb 12 oz, and 20 inches long, a full 2lbs and 2 inches bigger then Arora. We were able to start nursing right away, and he was a champ. His temperament is so calm. He lets me know when he needs something but it is a soft almost peaceful cry. Arora was able to come and visit after a few hours. She was great! We had Arora bring Ender a little turtle lovey. Ender gave Arora a gift too; we think it helped to ease the transition.  My heart is full of love for my new little boy. He is a joyful addition to our family.