My pregnancy with Chloe was easy - tired the first trimester, felt amazing during the second trimester and back to being tired and swollen the third trimester. I have a love/hate relationship with being pregnant. I love it until I just don't any more, usually around the 32 week mark. It FLEW by - running around after a three year old and working part-time will do that.
Joe and I at my cousin's wedding - 27 weeks pregnant
36 or 37 weeks pregnant. My underwater photoshoot. I cried before going - I was huge, I didn't have anything to wear, there's no way I could do this. Probably one of the best things I could have done - I have never felt so beautiful. Thanks Bonnie!
I was ELEVEN days late. My due date was November 25. I remember my dad jokingly saying to me, when I found out when I was due, to hold out for his birthday on December 1. I thought, that's not very nice! Little did I know, she wasn't ready to make an appearance until much later.
It was a Friday. I had my membranes stripped and saw the acupuncturist at the birth center. She thought for sure I'd be there that night having this baby. The night came and went. Saturday, I went back to have my membranes stripped again. I would be two weeks late on Monday, meaning, if this kid didn't come before then, I'd be transferring my care to the hospital. Low and behold, my water broke at noon that day! To be honest, I wasn't really sure if that's what it was, because it definitely wasn't like how they portray it in the movies. I unfortunately left out that piece of info when I called my midwife later when I was having some pretty painful, but irregular contractions. By 4pm, I was in full on labor, still at home! I couldn't believe how fast it was happening. Joe called Bonnie, our doula and Shaunti, our midwife, and told them the baby was coming!
The rest is really a blur of pain and then sweet relief. All I can remember is that we arrived at the birth center around 4:30pm and Chloe Elizabeth Leggett made her appearance at around 5pm. Yup, that fast.
It was such a wonderful, happy, painful, joyful experience. I had the birth experience I wanted and it was beautiful. And here we are, over one year later.