Announcing Noah Luke

14 Apr

Celebration.

My son arrived yesterday, Wednesday, April 13,  2011 at 6:14 pm.  After approximately four hours of labor!  He was born in the water.  The last hour of his labor was the most intense hour of my life. Ever.  No question.  I was raging through labor and was convinced that at 5:30 when we arrived at Inanna birth center that I was certainly in transition.  When Jean, my midwife checked me she let me know I was 4cm.  I was freaking out inside my head because I had NO idea how I would manage through the rest of labor with contractions that were blowing me to smithereens like these were.  They were right on top of each other, more intense than anything I experienced while in my ten hours of labor with Zoe, they were more than a minute long, and barreling through my body at less than a minute apart. They truly made me question my own sanity at choosing natural birth.  Needless to say, and to keep it brief today (I’ll write the whole story later), 40 minutes later I was holding my son in my arms.  Hardest hour of my life, but worth it.  Worth it all.

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5 Responses to “Announcing Noah Luke”

  1. Sarah April 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    Joy – you have no idea how inspiring you are to me. Your son is beautiful!

  2. Des April 15, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    wowza! But you did it!!!!!

  3. ElizabethFrank123 April 15, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    Congratulations, he’s beautiful :)

  4. Jeani April 15, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Oh I ‘m so sorry it was so hard. Mind blowing to be at 4.5 feeling like transition. You made it. Take care. J

  5. Michelle April 17, 2011 at 9:39 am #

    Transition in hyperdrive! I guess you were in transition, going from 4cm to fully dilated that quickly. That is A LOT of work. I have seen other mommas do it and it looks rough. You are so brave, so strong! Warrior momma!

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