Giving birth to Katie is my proudest accomplishment in life. In the midst of soul-splitting pain I dug down deep and found the courage to finish the grueling marathon that began nine months earlier. I can honestly say I have never been the same since. Not just because I instantly fell in love with our precious newborn. Not even because the sweet cooing noises she made during those first few weeks of life are forever seared into my memory.
I am a different woman because giving birth was my moment of truth, and I succeeded.
Success looks different in every situation.
One of my sweet friends pushed for many, many hours before her midwife recommended a caesarean. Her triumph is that she sacrificed her idea of what birth should be to safely bring her son into the world. Another friend of mine delivered a full-term 4 pound baby boy due to an abnormality with her uterus. She didn’t get the birth she wanted, either. It made her determination to push past her disappointment, bond deeply with her son, and parent him with love and dedication simply miraculous.
I’ll be better prepared THIS time
Babypotamus’ big debut in August/September has got me thinking a lot about birth stories. Building memories this time is especially important to me because my first few days with Katie are a total blur. I was awake for over two days when she was finally born. I was so tired I was literally hallucinating.
This time around we’ve hired a fabulous birth photographer, Lynsey Stone, to capture everything for us. If you have never seen her work click on over to view some of the most unforgettable moments ever captured by a camera lens.
I want to hear your stories!
So what do you say? Was birth all you expected it to be? Did it change you? Did you learn something in the birthing process? Please share your story with us!
Simply sign up with Mr. Linky below using the URL to your specific birth story post (and not to your blog homepage…this will help find your post without having to search your blog for it).
It would also be SUPER-NICE if you would link to this post from your blog so your friends can share in the fun, but it’s not a requirement ; – )