Sloan Silas was born yesterday morning (July 11th) at about 7:30 in the morning. Weighing in at 7 lb. 6 oz. and 21 inches long, he is hale and hearty! And mom is doing great! The midwives came this morning for Micah's 24 hour checkup and affirmed that she's doing fine. The rest of the kids spent last night at their other grandma and grandpa's house, so Mom and Dad had a peaceful evening and a good night's rest.
Micah had planned a home birth, but not one sans midwives! LOL.
The midwives live about an hour and a half away, and since Micah awoke at 6:15 with contractions and gave birth at 7:30 the midwives didn't quite make it in time. Adam and I helped catch the baby with the midwife on the speaker phone! It was quite a great experience and a tale we can tell for years to come.
The kids were kept occupied while the main event was taking place. (They're watching a movie.) Sully kept wandering out into the living room to watch Dad fill the birthing pool. A water birth was the plan, but it all happened too quickly. I was making muffins for the kids' breakfast when Micah said, "Oh! My water broke!" Muffins abandoned. Micah, not wanting to damage the new couch, rolled off onto the floor. It was a blur of activity after that as the midwives were called, and Adam and I knelt with Micah, all poised to catch that baby who refused to wait for the midwives to arrive. It all went exactly as it should and mom and baby were soon arranged on the floor as comfortably as we could make them until the midwives arrived, which they did a few minutes later. I've often wondered when hearing tales of people giving birth on the way to the hospital, "How do they know what to do?" You don't have much choice! It just happens. And, thank the Lord, all was well.
Watchin' a movie...