On Monday, July 21, at 10:57 am we met our daughter, Moxie Elizabeth :)
7 lbs, 10 oz, 20″
Moxie’s birth story starts a few weeks ago, when we confirmed that the baby (we waited until she was born to find out she was a she!) was breech, and started trying various ways to get it to flip head down. I started seeing a chiropractor who said my pelvis was at a 35-45 degree angle, and needed to be 0-15, preferably 5 degrees. He did adjustments on my hips over two weeks, and I could feel a huge difference. The baby still did not want to flip on it’s own, so last week I went to go see the OB who would be able to do an external cephalic version.
We checked into the hospital for the version on Friday morning. There were several nurses who had never seen the procedure done, who wanted to watch, which of course I was happy to let them see it. They monitored the baby for a while, the doctor did a quick ultrasound to confirm the head was still up, then covered my belly in ultrasound gel. He dug in and flipped the baby in one try – it hurt a lot but was probably less than a minute long. He said “okay!”, and it took me a minute to realize that was it! He insisted that it’s not usually that easy or fast, and I believe the chiropractic adjustments made it possible for her to flip around so easily with the doctor’s help.
They monitored her for a while longer, then we left!
On Monday, I woke up at 5 am having contractions. Just like with Mark, they started out very close together. We went to the birthing center at 9 am. I hadn’t wanted Kyle to leave me alone to take Mark to school yet, so as soon as I was in the birth center he rushed Mark to school and back, and got back around 10. The midwives had gotten the birthing pool ready for me and I was so happy to get in it! The hot water relaxed my legs and back, and the only position that had been close to comfortable was leaning over so I was able to hang on the side of the pool and float a little.
Around 10:30 my midwife asked if I felt like pushing and it didn’t take long for her to arrive after that! They put her immediately on my chest and then had to pick her up again so Kyle could say it’s a girl!
She was ready to nurse right away, and Kyle and I called all our family to let them know she was here!
Kyle went to go get Mark, while I had an herbal bath and Moxie got measured, then the boys came back for us and we went home! We were home before 3 pm. Mark was very excited to see me and the baby. He is learning quickly to pronounce “sister”, “she” and “moxie” and is very proud of his little sister!