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New Birth

August 19, 2011

Today being Friday and me finding the 5minutes…I am ready…and the word is?????


There is nothing new like the new you feel when they lay the slippery warm cozy baby on your chest. I don’t mean after they wipe it off… I mean the slippery baby.
I have been so blessed to just push a baby out in my bedroom…just me and my husband.
No one else.
No Doctor.
No Midwife.
Just us and a toddler who was asleep on the bed.
I just kneeled down and took a deep breath in and
“You are going to wanna catch this….”I said as I took another big breath in…and….’
ta da!
an everyday miracle and no one, but us,knew our son was here.
I lay down because I was too tired to stay upright any longer…and my husband passed him over to me.
My babies had always been wiped down…or laid on me and immediately vigorously toweled while I catch my breath and stroked their fingers…but that baby was still warm and soft
slippery and blessed
cozy and unfolding with a sweet gurgle and cough
no shock or surprise of rough rubbing or cold hands and metal prodding…just
new and unfolding
his parents eyes meeting over him

Nothing is as new as that…nothing. I will never forget the feeling of something so new…that no one on the whole earth knows it has happened and how it’s just you and him and watching of the new unfold glistening in the soft light of a closet left on.

Hard to believe that story took place five years ago! Oh my goodness…5years and three kids ago..two adoptions and one more birth ago..Sheesh! It goes so fast! Well because of said kids and a HUGE thing coming up this weekend (that I can’t wait to tell you about)…I was a little late to the 5 minute friday party…Did you write one? I would love to read it…leave a comment so I can find you!~T


12 Comments leave one →
  1. August 19, 2011 2:38 pm

    Beautiful story…I wanted a home birth…sweet hubby could not quite get there…midwives at the hospital for the last two….but so true…nothing is as new…pure …and speaks of God’s unconditional love as a new……helpless…so dependent…earning nothing…but the Love that flows to the new one is uncontainable…just like God’s love for us.
    Have a great weekend…

    • August 19, 2011 3:06 pm

      I feel like I have birthed everywhere…lol… hospital…home…midwife…doctors…. with this many kids its inevitable!
      But nothing compares to the unassisted birth…it was one of the single most spiritual experiences of my life.
      Don’t know that I would do it again… but no one can take the one I did have, away from me!

  2. August 19, 2011 3:16 pm

    Loved your post, especially “so new…that no one on the whole earth knows it has happened”. What you said about no shock or rough rubbing or metal probing makes me curious to know if you notice any difference in how he responds to things that are traumatic or just difficult.

    • August 19, 2011 3:34 pm

      Well that is an interesting point…. he was and is a very good kid. He doesn’t stress out too much about anything… but he does have red hair so although he is decidedly “jolly”… he can flip the red haired switch and then look out…lol. But mostly he is very chilled out.
      The kid who was poked and prodded the most…is and was our most screamy baby.
      so you may be on to something.
      The newness you were referring too…lol…we didn’t tell anyone he was born till the next day. It was just so surreal to know that no one outside of our little house knew anything…we just enjoyed that and then when my mom invited us out to breakfast the next morning we told her we were busy with the new baby!
      Good Memories.

  3. August 19, 2011 4:55 pm

    Ohhhhh little one! So sweet! I would like to hear more about the knot I mean, I have heard but I’m sure others would like to know

    • August 19, 2011 6:07 pm

      Oh good call kells… Funny thing his cord was in a tight knot. You can see it in the picture.
      Such a tight little knot that we didn’t need to wait around for his cord to stop pulsing before we clamped and cut…since only 1% of babies ( pretty sure I looked it up back then) are born with a true knot…it was pretty interesting to us.
      I gather it would be cause for alarm had anyone been monitoring me with a fetal heart rate monitor… But whatever the case he was pink and healthy when he was born.
      Get a good look at it… Back then I couldn’t find any other pics of it on the Internet…and all the rest of the info was really scary and only on the march of dimes website…
      But he’s fine and strong….and born HUGE…9 pounds 4 ounces!

  4. August 19, 2011 5:01 pm

    yay for new babies. what an amazing story. glad to hear you had a great and safe birth with this guy. hoping more folks get the idea and return back to the basics of home birth when possible. it’s so awesome. 🙂

    • August 19, 2011 6:08 pm

      His birth was awesome… As like all women i have an awesome story to go with all of our children…or at least an awesome way they entered our family.

  5. August 19, 2011 5:17 pm

    I loved both my home births, I felt so present. Able to savour every moment of newness. What a beautiful birth story!

    • August 19, 2011 6:10 pm

      Interesting… I am too into taking care of people…so the only time I was so present was for this birth because I didn’t have to think about anything or anyone but birth.
      I would love to do it again…. But I doubt i ever would.

  6. Linda permalink
    August 22, 2011 8:25 pm

    Remarkable story. I didn’t write on Friday. How could I top this?!

    • August 22, 2011 9:12 pm

      Oh you are a doll for saying that. Thank you so much.
      I just love the five minute window and I never just know how or what will come out.
      I am just so glad people liked my story.

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