Do you remember the glimpse into Kelley’s in-home prenatal appointment from a few weeks back? Well, after a lot of waiting.. overdue Kelley finally got to meet her baby!
Kelley’s birth was meant to be a party – for weeks we joked about it being the party of the season and that we would hang out, have some contractions, hang out some more.. that it might drag on forever.. seeing as her first birth three years ago did. We were ready to settle in for the long haul, even though the midwife warned that second babies don’t wait around like first babies do.
So a few rounds of prodromal labor go by and fizzle into oblivion with no baby making an appearance.. typical. Kelley however was not typical. She was early with her first birth and wasn’t use to waiting, so the wait was hard to do.. but somewhere within her she found patience. she found peace. and she found this quote (on Birth Without Fear blog/FB page)
“Sweet Baby, I trust your wisdom.
I have faith that you know better than any of us earthside.
I know the veil is so thin for you that you are connected to the truth.
I will not interfere with that pureness.
I will only have patience, trust and faith.”
And with those words, I believe Kelley let go of her desires to not be pregnant anymore and gave in to her baby’s plans. And was able to have a few days where she felt GOOD. Overdue and GOOD?! obviously this meant baby’s arrival was imminent.
On the morning of July 26th, I receive a text message at 6:03am “Water broke :)” So of course, my heart stops, and I respond “Yay!!!!! Need me to come?” and she says they are counting contractions and will let me know.
8:02am and I text to tell her that Analeigh (my daughter) is out to the babysitter and I can come whenever she wants me to. She says she is gonna grab a shower and will let me know. I ask if she slept.. and she did! This baby is awesome! She slept peacefully and woke up to breaking water. That gives me relief that she won’t be so tired today.
10:00am on the dot. “you can come anytime” and I am out the door. She texts again and says her midwife assistant Holly Poulson is coming to “lay an eye on her.” Which basically means she will go see how serious the labor is and let the midwife know.
10:15 or so, and I am there. 10:30.. and I start rolling.. the team arrives.
I think this time I will let the video and Kelley speak for themselves. But I will say this – of all the births I have witnessed this was the most by the book I have ever seen. it was like clockwork, but fast! It was challenging but Kelley was one step ahead the entire time. It was just so beautiful and I am honored to have been a small part of this team.
Note – you can make this fullscreen for viewing- or view HERE for better quality. It is 8 minutes long and was intended for viewing of the family for many years to come, get the popcorn and settle in.