Happy 2018, my friends!! May this year burst with new life, hope, peace, and amazing surprises. ☺️ Continue reading
The transition from having a baby inside your belly to having a baby on top of your belly is an amazing and exhausting experience. My mom had four natural births, and I grew up on a farm around sheep giving birth to lambs every spring, so I assumed that I would do natural birth as well.
When I was six months pregnant, I came across more information about the Bradley method of natural childbirth (see more at: The Bradley Method Website), and my husband and I signed up for a class that ended on November 14. The empowerment I felt from learning how labor functions and how my body works during labor gave me strength to not hardly be afraid of the pain of giving birth to a child. Dr. Bradley believed that women can give birth naturally most of the time if they’re given support and good coaching; he designated the coach to be the baby’s father.
The Bradley Method gives you a lot more homework than most birthing classes. I had to watch my diet and eat lots of protein. I had to do daily exercises, such as Kegel exercises and pelvic rocks. My husband and I were supposed to practice relaxation techniques and labor rehearsals (these were harder to fit in because we were finishing up the floors in our home—going from old beige carpet to maple laminate floors; we did some almost every day.) We attended seven weeks of classes, up until our due date of November 7. Having to do all this homework gave me the mindset that I owned my birthing experience and could greatly influence it by my actions and attitudes instead of it being something done to me. Having to work together to prepare for the labor brought my husband and I closer together. We describe the labor as “our labor” not just “my labor.”
Our son is a month old, and I love being his Mom; he is even starting to smile! Here’s some of our pregnancy journey in photos!
February 11th — We had a great visit to Minnesota and didn’t know yet that our baby was on the way, but he was there!
Just as our grilled octopus, tomato coconut curry soup, and marinated olives arrived at our table at the tapas restaurant, my husband said another name idea for our baby boy: “How about Joel Christopher?” I paused…
We had been thinking of names for days, ever since we found out we are having a son the Tuesday before. Driving through the South on our road trip, we had time to brainstorm for names, and the search was getting closer when we narrowed it down to Nolan, Joel, or Boaz. Continue reading →
Joel was born yesterday the 14th of November at 2:20am!!! He is a blondie, weighed 9 lb 8 oz at birth and is 23” long. He has Stephen’s forehead and my chin. 👶
We labored at home from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon so that we were 7cm dilated when we checked into the hospital on Monday; after 10 hours of hospital labor, we got to see our baby boy, Joel Christopher Schuh. Then we got to celebrate him the rest of his birthday day!!
I love being a mama!! Joel is a good eater and sleeping pretty well for a newborn; we are so thankful for this gift!