This time around, I held my tummy in and tooks walks with my older two almost every day. I was determined that I would not have the difficulty pushing that I had with Kat's delivery. Thankfully I did what needed to be done and it was much better when it came to pushing.
This pregnancy was my first in Florida. It was easier for me to get out of the house because of where we lived. I took Ria to ballet (with Kat along, of course). Kat would watch and wish to join in... she did most of the exercises in the waiting room, at the door, while watching Ria. I also took the girls to story time regularly. I also met with a dear friend of mine pretty regularly to hang out because her Victoria is the same age as mine.
Karen was my midwife. She was quite good and good for me.
When I was 2 weeks "overdue," Karen was worried and I suggested homeopathics. She gave them to me and I started them. Immediately went into labor. Labor lasted 3 long, painful days. It was not pleasant. I should've trusted my body and baby more.
Finally at 10cm dilated and able to push. I think she was worried because Tea was not engaged as much as she expected or wanted to see. She gave me the go-ahead to push and I did. Within five minutes Tea was born. Holding my tummy in and walking had definitely made a difference!
Again, we didn't know what we were having. I was pretty sure she was a girl because, again, I'd dropped 7 pounds during the pregnancy. I was just as happy to see that I was right as I was with each other birth (when I'd been wrong).
Tea was perfect. Crazy-full head of black hair that looked almost like a wig on my first ten pound four ounce baby. She was short, too... so she had ROLLS! Absolutely adorable rolls! Her cheeks were so chubbs that when she was laid on her side, the cheek that was up in the air drooped over her mouth! She definitely had Micheline Man arms and legs from birth! When she was born we needed to stimulate her a little bit, Karen held the oxygen close to her, but she definitely was not blue or limp.
Tea was born in our living room, on our brown couch which was given to us by my friend Heather in Florida.