Forgive me little blog for I have been ignoring you. That is all over, at least for today. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I would like to share and alongside that I have also been thinking a lot about July 30th. The best day of my life. I often think about the day Dieter was born and how amazing and spiritual the whole experience was. Before too much time passes I want to record the day. For my memory as well as Dieter’s since it is the beginning of his Story and he should now about it.
There had been a lot of preparation leading up to this very special day. This included 12 weeks of Bradley birthing classes so Mommy could bring you into the world the way thousands (maybe millions) of women had done before me, naturally. It also included moving from St. Louis to Cedar, Minnesota. This was a difficult decision but we wanted you to know your Daddy and that was only going to happen if we lived in the same state as him, so after thinking about it in those terms it really wasn’t all that difficult. Because we moved only two weeks before you were born the decision was made that we would stay at Grandpa and Grandma’s house until you were born so that we wouldn’t have to worry about looking for a house amidst all that was happening.
At the time you were born Daddy was working over three hours away in a town called Worthington. He had to stay there Monday through Friday but came home on the weekends to be with Mommy. She missed him very much but was so thankful that he was working and had a very nice friend, Josh, who let him live at his house during the week. Well, one Thursday night (the 29th of July to be exact) Mommy was feeling unusually tired. She hadn’t had much of an appetite all day and was feeling a bit out of sorts so she decided to go to bed early. In the morning she woke up at 9:30, which was much later than usual, feeling very refreshed and ready for the day. It was Friday and she was looking forward to seeing Daddy that evening. Daddy had already called Grandpa and Grandma’s house wondering why Mommy hadn’t answered her cell phone. “She’s still sleeping,” Grandma told him. While eating a very delicious breakfast of oatmeal and checking her e-mails Mommy felt a very strange feeling in her tummy. “What did he just do? That was very uncomfortable.” Mommy felt a ‘pop’ that felt like the little baby inside her had done something really crazy. And yes, as you may have guessed, her water had just broke. It took Mommy a good 10 minutes or so to realize what had happened but once she did she told Grandma and they started getting ready for what would be happening very soon.
Mommy decided not to bother Daddy at work until she had called their midwife, Amy, to talk about what to do next. Amy told Mommy to drink lots of water, go for a walk, and definitely call Daddy and let him know he should be heading home. So Mommy called Daddy right away and told him he should come home. Well yes I’ll come home but I have to finish work first. “No,” Mommy said, “you should start driving now because my water just broke. We’re going to have a baby, probably not anytime soon but you should still come home.” This brought tears to both Mommy and Daddy’s eyes. Their lives were about to change forever.
During the time that Daddy was driving home Mommy and Grandma went for a walk around the neighborhood. When they got back Mommy started feeling some light contractions but was still able to enjoy some lunch around noon. Around this time Mommy also called her doula, Dee, to let her know what was happening. She told her no need to rush, it would be awhile. Through all of this Mommy’s contractions were becoming more regular and she could no longer talk through them. Grandma did a great job of helping Mommy stay relaxed. At about 1:45 they timed Mommy’s contractions. Five to seven minutes apart! Oh, things were sure moving along! Now was about the time where Daddy really needed to get home fast because this baby wasn’t going to wait much longer.
At about 2:15 Daddy arrived much to the relief of Mommy. He called midwife Amy and she told them it was time to come to the birth center. The only thing left to do was call Dee who drove over to Grandpa and Grandma’s house. Around 3:10 they were on the road for the 45 minute drive. Mommy was very uncomfortable during the drive and had a very strong feeling that Daddy might be delivering the little baby on the side of the road. Thankfully, he didn’t have to because they made it to the birth center in record time.
Now, Dieter, this is where it gets even more exciting because it’s almost time for your big debut! Mommy started getting a little scared because you were coming so fast but the midwives did a wonderful job of keeping her calm, relaxed, and focused. Dee gave Mommy wonderful back massages between contractions and Daddy was kneeling right next to her whispering encouraging words. The tub was ready and Mommy was so relieved to get in. It felt so nice and warm! Just two pushes later and, “grab your baby!” Mommy was concentrating so hard with her eyes closed she didn’t even notice that you had been born! But she quickly scooped you up and held you close. What a beautiful baby boy. You were born at 5:13 in the evening and weighed only 5 pounds 12 ounces. Perfect.