Zach is born

After many years of dreaming, nine months of gestation, and 12 hours of labor, our beautiful son was born into the hands of our midwife. He was born at home, with no painkillers or medical interventions, just like Nature intended.

From the moment he came into this world, Zach had his eyes open and was intent on looking around. He made every effort to focus on my face, and from that day on the characteristic that has most defined him has been his amazing curiosity for all that surrounds him. I attribute this to his peaceful birth in a dimly lit room, with soft voices and a warm body (mine) waiting to envelop his.

Our first weeks of parenthood have been challenging and rewarding at once. I understand now why some parents would choose to use pacifiers, bottles, formula, and other “band-aids” for issues that arise when dealing with a newborn. I have to keep reminding myself of the developmental importance of breastfeeding on demand, cloth diapering, etc. The choices we make now will have a huge impact later!

We have the privilege of getting to know this little person, who changes and develops at lightning speed. I’ll post as much of our journey as time will allow.

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7 thoughts on “Zach is born

  1. Congratulations and I am so happy you had the birth you wanted. It doesn’t always work out.

    A piece of advice, if i may! You only ever can be a “good enough” parent. You will never be perfect and it would not be beneficial to your child(ren) if you were. Good enough means you try, you think, you love and you laugh when it doesn’t work out.

  2. Congratulations! My second son was born at home, and was calm and looking around just as you describe Zach. Glad you are all doing well!

  3. Congratulations!! Yes, those first weeks and months are such a challenge. Hopefully you have good friends/family who can help support you all as you figure out this new role as a family of three. Exciting and exhausting times!

  4. Hurray! I missed this announcement initially. I’m so happy for you. 🙂 Homebirth rocks (still working on my own daughter’s birth story. I don’t know why I’m so stuck on it…). Hope all continues to be going well on a daily basis for you.

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