Take a good look at this face. This is the face of a woman about to doubt herself. It is a wall that almost every woman hits during an unmedicated delivery. The "I can't do it anymore and I don't want to do it anymore!" wall. And having just delivered her last child a short 21 months ago, the pain and hard work of labor was still fresh in this mom's memory. I also had the honor of being there 21 months ago, and it was a fast and furious birth. So when I got the call at 5:11 this morning, I got ready without a minute to spare.
And sure enough, after only a few hours of hard labor (spent walking the halls, swaying, vocalizing, and a little anxiety here and there) this petite mommy delivered not-so-petite Baby Anna at 10:00 am! It only took a few hard pushes. No pain meds, no interventions, and no stitches. This mom sure proved herself wrong, and did such an amazing job!
Here mom is holding her 3rd child for the first time. It was a very emotional moment... celebrating the end of labor and the beginning of life outside the womb. I saw a couple tears slide out of mom's eyes, and being a young mother myself, I couldn' t help but get a little teary too!
Compare these smiles to the first picture... Priceless! What a difference a couple hours and a wonderful birth can make! Thank you for sharing your birth, and for allowing me to be a part of it again! Let me know how the vasectomy goes. :)