I remember her birth so well. The moment I realized I was in labor. The anticipation of Everette getting home from work. You know how it is……I was at about 42 weeks, and every day could have been ‘the’ day, but Monday was when my midwife had to go to training all day long, and Everette had to get a tiling job completed for a client. It was then, about 9:20 am as their work days had begun that I called them to say that I was in labor.
My 2 most recent labors had been really fast, like 49 mins & 1 1/2 hrs, but they were at the hospital and after AROM, so we didn’t know what to expect. Of course, thats an exciting part of labor & childbirth. One just never knows!!
It wasn’t until I was actually in labor that Everette said we could have a homebirth (my dream). Fortunately, my midwife, Joanne, was so supportive of our freedom to choose that she had already agreed to come see me at the house and decide while in labor if I would stay home or not. Of course, her and I had already made plans for a homebirth but we weren’t going to pressure Everette into it.
When Everette saw Joanne bring in all her medical stuff, he felt much more comfortable about the whole thing. Oxygen. IV’s. He started to relax. And then when he got to go to his own fridge for a snack during labor, he was thrilled to stay home for labor. And when he helped Joanne pack up her stuff at the end of the day, and she was the one to drive away while he re-entered his own house to find all his children and his wife tucked in their beds, all snug under the same roof with newborn daughter tucked snuggly in our own bed….he was SOLD on homebirthing.
For dessert Toveli picked having a raw fruit fondue. The caramel sauce was just soaked dates (about 1 cup), lime juice and some celtic salt whizzed until thick and creamy in the blender.
The chocolate sauce was coconut oil, coconut butter, cacao & stevia.
A big hit with the family, and so pretty. A guilt-free finish to a healthy birthday celebration.