Jane Lily is here!
The birth went great.
It was so similar yet so different from Alice's birth.
The timeline was identical, even the day of the week.
For both births, it went like this:
I started having mild, 15 min apart contractions Wednesday night.
They continued all day Thursday.
At 11pm they got stronger and closer together.
At 4:01am (Alice), 4:07am (Jane), baby was born.
So with this birth, we decided to go to the birth center around midnight.
A wonderful lady from a church came to our house to stay with Alice.
I felt amazing when we got to the birth center. Like too good.
I was afraid it wasn't the real thing.
I had so much energy and was kinda hyper and talking and laughing between contractions.
I calmed down as time went on but overall the pain of the contractions was really manageable.
At the birth center it was me, Stephen, our midwife Sheri and our doula Rene.
Sheri and Rene were great and helped when we needed it but mostly stood back and gave us our space.
Stephen was awesome.
Somewhere around 3 or 3:30, when the contractions were getting more intense, I got in the tub.
It's amazing how much the water helps, everyone should do a water birth.
Hospitals that don't allow water birth are just cruel.
It really cuts down on the pain.
After being in the tub for a little while I felt the urge to push and in about 6ish pushes, Jane was out!
(That is compared to an hour and half of pushing with Alice! And no tearing this time.)
She nursed right away with no problems.
She was born March 20th, 7lbs, 4oz and 20 inches long. (Alice was 6lbs 11oz, 19in)
We stayed and rested at the birth center till 11am and then went home.
Alice ran out to the car and said "Baby Jane! Hold her!"
She seems to be adjusting really well to Jane and hasn't had any jealousy issues yet.
Jane is doing great, eating and sleeping well and has barely cried at all.
It's been a really easy recovery for me.
I did a mini photo shoot of her when she was 4 days old.
Newborn photos are harder than they seem, but I think I got some good ones :)