Grenon Birth Story

Sometimes I am surprised by how much I love my job. I never thought that there would be something that I enjoyed doing so much that I would want to do it even when I wasn’t doing it. The beautiful stories that I get to tell about the birth of a new child is an incredible feeling. This birth was one of my favorites so far. She was so strong and worked so hard, and he was an incredible support for her. Some of my favorite birth photos ever came from this birth.

 

Below is a collection of photos from the birth and after, along with Mom’s birth story.

Pregnancy

What was your favorite part of pregnancy?

My favorite part of the pregnancy has been feeling the baby move inside the womb. Since this will be my last child, I really cherished feeling those movements.

What was the worst part?

The least enjoyable aspect of the pregnancy was experiencing insomnia and general discomfort in trying to get a good night’s rest. I sleep better with a newborn than I did in my final trimester.

Do you have any pregnancy or baby books you would recommend for new parents?

With my firstborn there was one book I really enjoyed using called The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook by Gill Rapley PhD. It’s a good book that offers an alternative way of feeding babies food outside the usual baby food and purees. As a new parent, it didn’t occur to me that I could skip the purees altogether.

How did you tell people that you were pregnant?

I didn’t make a general pregnancy announcement. I only told people I saw in person and immediate family.

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What special items did you pack in your hospital bag?

I kept my hospital bag light and tried to fill it with just the necessities. However, I did pack a portable chess board. For reason mistakenly I thought my husband and I would actually have the time or energy for a game of chess.

Labor

How did labor start?

I woke up at 2 am experiencing general discomfort. This was not an unusual wake up hour for me. However, I noticed pain that seemed to come and go at a consistent interval and suspected that I was experiencing real contractions. At 3 am I began recording the interval and durations of the contractions. After they consistently occurred for an hour, I called my mother to inform her it was probably baby time and that I would be by within the hour to drop off the kids.

 

We made it to the hospital shortly after 6 am. Once I was evaluated the nurse estimated I was 6 – 7 centimeters dilated. I was then moved to one of the labor and delivery rooms.

What were the highs and lows of labor from your perspective?

My experience delivering this time around in the hospital has been my best yet. Unlike my previous encounters, the nurses were very hands off after the initial check in and I was free to labor with minimal interruptions.

What did it feel like the first moment that you saw your baby?

It was a great sense of relief once I finally saw my baby. I finally crossed the finish line of a journey that started 9 months prior.

At Home

What were those first few days like?

The first few days home were quite an adjustment between juggling a newborn and also managing the needs to two older children. Once we caught up on some serious sleep debt, things started to move more smoothly.

What tips do you have for new parents during the first few weeks with their baby at home?

  • Try to relax as much as possible. It’s okay to let the messes around you grow a little larger as you adjust to a new addition to your family and begin your postpartum recovery.

 

  • Don’t hesitate to accept help from family and friends, but also don’t feel bad about setting firm boundaries where you need to.

 

  • Give yourselves a little me time each day. It can be hard to achieve, but carving a little window for yourself will be great mental boost.

Any parenting “hacks” you’ve tried so far that you would recommend to new parents?

To avoid having large piles of unfolded laundry, I like to skip moving clothes from the dryer to the laundry basket. Instead, I directly fold or hang up clothes from the dryer. It has been an effective strategy in not falling behind on laundry.

Interested in seeing more birth photos? Check out my portfolio here!

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