This pregnancy was good. I was not as active. We lived in a different part of Florida in a house we'd bought a mortgage for. I got preggie almost immediately after we moved in. I think I had my first miscarriage, but it was so soon after conception that I don't "officially" count it because I couldn't have gotten a positive on the pregnancy test at that point. So, that was my first 'slip'.
I didn't really get out to walk. And didn't get very active. I probably ate too much chocolate and other sweets. I'd done that with the other children, too... to some extent. But this time, for whatever reason, I gained weight like crazy. 40 pounds, to be exact. Because of that, and a couple other details, I just knew I was preggie with a boy. I didn't tell Jessie because I didn't want him to be totally let down if I was wrong. I knew for sure I was right when Karen (our midwife again) told me to let Daddy check for parts. Jessie cried like a baby again when he realized he had a boy.
For the full story (a three part series in itself, check it out HERE).
I readily remember that when Karen, our midwife, arrived, I was 7cm dilated. I was very happy to hear that. Everyone was sure our baby would be born very quickly. He was not.
It took about 21.5 hours for him to make his entrance into the world. He was also very high... not engaged the way Karen wanted him to be. But I still pushed him out quickly.
In only two pushes, to be exact! My fastest to that point. He was a blue-chord-around-the-neck-baby, but not as limp as Kat when she was born. Karen put oxygen in front of his nose and he pinked right up.
Once again, I felt the same miraculous heart expansion and capacity-to-love-growth that happens at each birth. It is just amazing! Jmy was another 10 pound 4 ounce baby! He was NOT as fluffy as Tea, though. He was just solid. And has remained solid ever since (now five years old!).
Jmy was born in Mama and Daddy's bedroom, on our Kingsdown bed that I bought for $800 from a lady who had horrible allergies in Virginia, in Daddy's "castle" house in Florida. I remember lying down diagonally and Karen, being sorta wedged in between the wall and me on the bed.