9 minutes after getting in the tub (2:49pm) I gave a push and my water broke in a huge gush. Right away I knew something was different, my first thought was that something was wrong. This baby wasn’t going to fit. It felt so different from Kyla who once my water broke all the way just dropped down. This baby I had to work a little harder for. I had to push with everything I had which is exactly what I did just two minutes later.
11 minutes later the baby’s head was visible. Just two minutes later the baby was crowning. I could feel the baby’s head (so much hair!). I could feel my baby’s sweet little ears. I knew it was almost time. Before I could push again baby started moving. I remember screaming out “Why is it moving?! Make it stop!”. My midwife calmly replied “It hurts when they move doesn’t it”. YES IT DOES. Apparently baby knew what it was doing though. The baby had its hand up by it’s head, a nuchal arm, and was moving to get that arm free. My midwife said she went to help get the arm free and right when she went too baby popped its arm free.
That nuchal arm was exactly why I felt like something was “wrong”. Nothing was wrong, just different!
Once the baby’s arm was free baby was on my chest just a minute later.
Pushing from start to finish was 16 minutes. Which looking back is shocking to me because the whole process felt like so much longer than it did with Ky.
I was so relieved to have my baby here. I didn’t even check to see what our Team Green baby was! I just needed a minute to adjust to the fact that I was no longer in labor, that my baby was here. After a minute or so B said “What is it?!”. I told him I’d check in a minute and check I did. This was the moment we found out who would be joining our family.
A beautiful little girl. This was the moment we had waited so long for. Our sweet baby, our sweet little girl.
Shortly after we were out of the tub, B had Mason cut the cord. I’m so grateful that our Harrisonburg birth photographer captured this moment. Otherwise I would have missed this moment.
He got emotional because he saw the blood and thought he had hurt her. My sweet little boy. He wanted a brother so badly but it didn’t take him long at all to adjust to having another sister. His love for her is palpable.
We’re all so in love with her.
With the snow falling quickly we made our way home not too long after she was born. By 7pm we were home snuggling our sweet baby (who at the time was nameless) and enjoying being snowed in.