That left Jody to cheer lead and video which is a much more reasonable expectation. Naturally, Jody still entertained the midwives.
Jacob exclaimed, “Seriously… gross…no way would I want to be there. I will MAYBE be in the next room.
Sophie’s response was, “Yes absolutely, just try to stop me…go ahead just try!”.
Vivian’s response was, “Sounds boring… will there be someone to play with?”.
Amelia’s response was, “Yes mom and dad. I love and cherish you both so much. I will be there to share this moment with you”…. Not really, I made that up. I’m sure that was what she was thinking.
Jacob couldn’t resist and came in to be close. At one point he was cowering next to the couch peeking over the arm of the chair. We woke Sophie 20 minutes before Gretchen delivered and she sat front and center. Jody stepped in to get Vivian minutes before delivery. Viv sat groggily on the couch trying to figure out what was going on. Millie was the last to join the party and verbalized her displeasure with being woken from a very pleasant slumber. She finally calmed down and sat gazing curiously trying to figure out where the new cool looking baby came from.
For those of you not familiar with how a home birth works, I will briefly explain our experience. Most of the labor was spent walking outside, in our bedroom either lying or leaning against our bed or kneeling on the floor. We had calm classical music playing in our dimly lit room. The flickering soft glow of a candle bounced silhouettes against the wall and a hint a lavender essential oil hung in the air from our diffuser. Gretchen remained calm and in control. I helped her pace her breathing and supported her through contractions. When she entered into transition she moved to a birthing tub we had set up in our living room. She wore a dark loose gown so she could be both comfortable and modest. The entire process was a very sweet and bonding experience. Sharing such a surreal and wonderful miracle together as a family will be marked in Gretchen's and my mind forever.
Part 3 coming soon.