Meet Brigham Horace Hansen
Born June 23rd at home
He weighed 8# 4ounces and is 21 3/4 inches long
My favorite part is having the kids come in and have them ooh and awe at this little miracle that suddenly appeared. There's just something sweet about having a new baby in the house.
Here's the birth story for those that are interested. First let me just say that I prayed for many things with this baby. I really really wanted a June baby because now we now have a birthday every month from December to August! I also did not want to go way past my due date again. We don't have any plans on filling up Sept, Oct, or November by the way:) We also prayed for a nice quick boring delivery with no complications. The last 3 were eventful enough and we were ready for a textbook birth. I felt the Lord looked after us and gave us many tender mercies. How grateful I am for this little boy and my prayers being answered!
So with that being said, on Sunday I had many braxton hicks all day long and I thought maybe I would have the baby this week. Tuesday morning about 230am I started to feel real contractions about every 20 minutes. This made for a long morning wondering if I would actually have the baby that day. I woke Aaron up about 6am and told him what I was feeling. He immediately got excited and set up the crib in our room and put a fake baby in it. Then he woke up the kids one by one and told them the baby was born while filming. It was hilarious seeing their individual reactions. The older kids were not fooled! Anyways I continued to time the contractions and they were about 10-15 minutes apart and decently strong. But about 10am they started to go away and I tried not to get disappointed. I decided to rest and finish preparations. Then at 2:30 pm I started to feel them come back. So we went through the rest of the afternoon timing them and cleaning up the house getting ready for a new baby. At 430pm we finally decided this was for real and Aaron convinced me to call the midwife. They were consistently 8-10 minutes apart and seemed to be getting stronger. We took the kids over to Aaron's parents house next door to give me some peace. My midwife Sue arrived at 530pm and we found out I was dilated to 4cm and fully effaced. I was a little disappointed I wasn't further along but not really worried about it. With hypobirthing you try not to worry about the time part of it. But it is hard trying to figure out when to have the midwife come because 8 minutes apart really isn't saying much. I was mainly worried that my water would break with a contraction and then it would happen fast. As exciting as Mayble's birth was, we were wanting Sue to be there for the delivery this time.
Sue said it wasn't a big deal and she would just hang out and call the other midwife when I was further along. It didn't take long before I was getting in the shower and bath to ease my contractions. The other midwife arrived when Sue saw I was getting further along and at 8:15pm our baby was born, quick and complication free! I was so relieved to have the labor and delivery over with that I didn't even look to see what gender our baby was. Then one of the midwifes said, what is it?! and I said, oh yeah! and looked down to see a little boy! I would have been just as happy with a girl, but I will say we were pretty excited to have another boy!
Everything went just as I had hoped and I am so happy that he is finally here and that there were no problems. I felt really at peace with having a home birth and even though it is a lot of work going through the labor and delivery part, I feel so blessed that we were able to have another baby at home. Aaron's mom was surprised when we called to say he was here already and they came over shortly with the kids. They all thought it was another fake baby but once they lifted the blanket and saw him they immediately got a soft look on their face and asked if it was a boy or girl. They were pretty excited to have another brother (especially Lilly since she knew she wouldn't have to share her room with the baby again, lol).
Aaron was determined to have his name be Horace but it just wasn't feeling right for me. Horace is Aaron's grandpa and great grandpa's name so I was fine having it be the middle name. I think he was a little disappointed but we are happy with Brigham.
I am so relieved he is here and it is all over with. Now I get no sleep nights and lots of kids to deal with in the morning! But Aaron has been a huge help and the kids love him. Lilly is especially helpful. Mayble is the only one who does not like him and wants nothing to do with him. We are all happy and doing well!