Maya was born at home at 10:15 pm on Monday, November 25, 2013, weighing 5 pounds 10 ounces, measuring 18.5 inches.
|Days after birth.|
They spent a good deal of time trying to fill the birth pool, but they were having problems with the water not being hot enough. I only got a little bit of hydrotherapy in the shower before all the hot water in the house apparently went out. Never got in the birth tub. :( Huge disappointment.
|The tub all ready, except that the water never got hot enough :(|
Apparently, Maya is a miracle baby in more ways than one. She had her cord wrapped around her neck and torso, and the cord was not directly linked to the placenta, what is known as a velamentous cord insertion. They asked if I had had any ultrasounds done, because this normally would've been found at the 20 week sono. The problem is that if the veins and artery connecting the cord to the placenta happen to run over the cervix (vasa previa) instead of above the baby, then if the water breaks, the baby can cut off the blood supply and not survive birth. Midwife was shocked that my last sono was just last week! Alex and I are just amazed at what a humongous blessing this baby is.
We each held Maya for about an hour before finding out if we had a girl or a boy. I finally cried when Alex peeked and then introduced me to her by name
|Daddy showing off her footsies.|
I had just gotten belly henna done Sunday evening, on our way home from our Ignatian retreat. I originally was going to get it the Friday after Thanksgiving, but something kept telling me that Maya may be early. The henna artist advised me that it was unlikely that the henna would still be there for the Birth Day 2 weeks away, but I couldn't risk waiting too long. So it was pretty cool that I got to have it done just on time after all. I feel like so many things lined up for us!
|My belly henna design.|
|Thank you, Lord, for our miracle!|