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.