To share such a personal thing as a birth story in such a public forum seems rather an odd thing to do. Personally, because Pipi’s birth was such an amazing experience part of me wants to shout all of the details from the rooftops (ok maybe not all the details), but then part of me wants to keep part of it secret and sacred just for Pipi, my family and me.
So my solution is to meet somewhere in the middle where I share a rather condensed version of the story, as I did here. However, I feel that this is not all I have to say on the subject. Here are the other things about Pipi’s birth that I want you to know:
- I found transition crazy – I mean I completely lost track of where I was and what I was doing. I also thought hours had passed too (turns out it was only minutes).
- It was amazing having my sister there. It feels as if it has strengthened the bond between us. A few days later when she had to leave to go back home to Wellington it was a really difficult goodbye. Well both felt the same and couldn’t quite explain it, but it was like a secret we both shared. There were a few tears.
- In my maternity notes it says that I delivered the baby. I didn’t realise it at the time, but I do remember grabbing her and pulling her out of the water. I thought the midwives assisted but they tell me it was all me. (This makes me feel pretty special.) I do remember Andrew saying “Jen, what have you got?” I’d forgotten to check if she was a boy or a girl.
- My midwife tells me that Pipi’s birth is the highlight of her professional career this year. I think because I achieved my birth plan and in light of my previous experiences.
- 2 months on I’m still on a high from Pipi’s birth.
Anyway, that’s about all I wanted to add. However, on a related topic, I recently designed and got printed some thank you /birth announcement cards to send to people that gave us gifts, meals and otherwise supported us when Pipi was born and I’m really happy with the result.
I really love all of the photos where I’m still in the birth pool, but they’re all a bit ‘R-rated’ if you know what I mean. Anyway, in order to make them a bit more ‘family friendly’ shall we say, I used Pic Monkey to cover up some of my anatomy and also changed the colour so that the water is a more pleasant colour (tmi?) I then got them (and a whole lot of other photos) printed through Snapfish (192 to be exact) and they were delivered to my door!
Snapfish do have their own range of cards you can put your photos in, including birth announcement ones, but I found it much cheaper to just print these edited photos and use them as thank you cards.
Now the challenge is to get them all out to the appropriate people before Pipi is embarrassingly too old!
If you’re anything like me, you have great intentions with thank you notes and the like, but sometimes not such great follow through!