Easy, comfortable and smooth
12.11.2014 - 12.01.2015
As I mentioned in our previous blog, my pregnancy was wonderful. We were blessed that everything was great, we stayed fit and healthy, and most importantly we enjoyed each day. We did sometimes have some concerns about the weight of our baby as my bump was generally smaller than the average bump, but with a few scans the doubts were resolved and we were sure our baby was happy and doing well.
I finished work on the 24th of October and I had a couple of weeks to rest, organize few things for our baby (our little rabbit, which was how we started to call her) and prepare myself for labour, and enjoy the last days of my childless life. Our due date was the 4th of November and this day came and then went. Our baby seemed to be very happy in my womb so I started doing all the things that people told me would bring on the birth: drinking raspberry tea, eating dates, walking as much as possible, bathing with fig leaves, eating pineapple, and so on if this would kick-start things. I even considered jumping up and down and skipping down the street to see if this meet bring our baby out (hahaha).
The last seven days, week 41, I was a little worried as I knew that if our baby had not been born naturally by this point induction would become necessary, and I was really afraid that this might happen. As I mentioned before I had practiced hypno-birthing during my pregnancy and I can honestly say that this technique worked amazingly well for me over this last week.
From the second week of October we had developed our birth plan, prepared a couple of meditation sessions on my IPod, Simon had recorded himself speaking some affirmations, and the bags for the hospital had been packed. In summary everything was ready for our big day, except that we still did not know when that day was going to come.
We attended a breastfeeding seminar where expressing colostrum was recommended so I started expressing from week 36 and it was incredible to see how we got more than 20 syringes of 10ml in less than five weeks. This colostrum was really handy when our baby was born and helped me to feed her during the first week. The idea behind expressing colostrum is to have a backup source of food for the baby just in case the mum cannot give the baby food straight after the baby is born. This is sometimes due to a caesarean delivery, emergency surgery, the mum needing antibiotics, or breastfeeding issues, etc. I do encourage pregnant ladies to do this if they can.
Anyway, everything was ready, and after an additional week of light-exercise, meditation, and relaxation finally in week 41 our baby decided to come out and meet us and all of you.
On the 11th of November, at about 10am things started to happen (there were some of the preliminary signs) so after a shower where I used some fig leaves to create an aromatic steam, I walked in to town and back again to kick things along. The afternoon was easy, I finished doing some small tasks at home and around 5pm my contractions started. The first couple of hours they were not so bad. I had dinner at 6.30, put the last few things into the bags and watched a movie. I had a shower at 10pm and I thought it would be great if I could have a short nap to get some energy for later but this proved to be impossible as the contractions had started to increase in strength and I was firmly in Labour Land (I had baby brain).
One thing I did know was this was the day, our baby -our little rabbit- was coming. I decided to start walking backwards and forwards across our bedroom while doing my meditation exercises and Simon went to bed and started timing my contractions. My midwife was quite busy this particular day and her lack of urgency got me a little stressed. After a couple of hours walking around the bedroom and occasionally to the toilet, Simon called our midwife at 1am (thank God she was available at this time of the night) and she arrived to our place half an hour later. When she examined me she said I had dilated to around 7 or 8cm and we were ready to go to the hospital. At this moment I was in a meditative trace which was exactly how I had practiced and I was sure everything was going to be "easy, comfortable and smooth". My mum and my sister did an amazing job talking with me from Colombia, and it was the best distraction.
On our way to the hospital we were following our midwife and she was pulled over by the police. I could not believe it, because at the time I was folded over the backseat of our car having the three strongest contractions of the night. Simon had to talk to the police and explain that I was in labour and we urgently needed to get going. The police understood and said "Take off".
At the hospital everything was ready for us. The room was selected prior to our arrival because we had requested a bath, which was all set up. After we arrived the midwife took my blood pressure and heart rate and then advised it was time to get in the bath. Close to an hour later and she said the baby was almost ready and I could push, and four or five pushes later and our beautiful baby girl was born. Simon 'caught' her as she came out and put her on my chest.
From the previous July we had already chosen the names of our little rabbit. If the baby was a boy his name was going to be Leo (for my grandmother and one of our closest friends in NZ), and if our baby was a girl her name would be Maya after the poet Maya Angelou. So at 4:48 am on the 12th of November 2014, ===Maya Eggers Ramirez=== was born into the warm water of a large bath in the most relaxed and calm environment we could give to her. The atmosphere in the room was peaceful, and quiet. The only sound in the room was the rainbow meditation music that Simon had set up. It was indeed a wonderful experience and the best start we could prepare for our daughter.
We have now been blessed to have shared her first two months of life, and it has been a dream come true. She is a very calm baby, who only cries when she is hungry, and most of the time she is a happy, content, and easy-going baby, who is an amazing sleeper at night. Maya has grown and changed so much over this time.
I was supposed to finish this blog a long time ago, but my new job, being a mum 24/7, has not given me a lot time to write (hahaha). Here are some photos for all of you to enjoy of our little rabbit.