April 28, 2013
And just like that we knew our life would never be the same
It has been one week exactly since the birth of our precious girl, Juniper Beatrice. She is perfect in every way because she is ours - like she's always been here. So much love for this girl.
Many of you know that we had excitedly planned a home birth yet despite all my hopes and dreams for one, Juniper ended up being delivered in a nearby hospital. She and I are fine and healthy and thankfully there was never a real emergency situation but nevertheless this was not a part of the plan and I'm still processing it all. At times I feel so sad that this was not our reality.
I will tell you that I am so thankful to have had the chance to labor in the comfort of our home with my amazing husband and midwife team and I am especially thankful that despite going to the hospital in the end I was able to have her naturally under the care of a wonderful backup physician without undergoing another c-section. I didn't escape completely unscathed as I had a major episiotomy (9lbs 7 oz of baby will do that to ya!) but it's still better than major surgery.
At some point I would love to share her full birth story - if not just to write it all down - and also because so many of your own birth stories were an inspiration and comfort to me in the days leading up to her birth.
But for now I just wanted you all to know that she's here, safe and sound, and exactly as she should be.