Monday, September 19, 2011

She's Here!

 Last moments of pregnancy
Just arrived at the Birthing center.

Just born! Thursday September 15,  5:59am
     First Glimpses
           Ahhh, the pain is over!       

Proud Daddy for the 6th time!

She had "cheesy" underarms : )

All curled up getting weighed- 8 pounds!

Getting measured: 22 inches long, yet she never had her feet in my ribs!

The Roberts clan
Grammy and Pop Pop (Jonathan's parents)
And our crew on Sunday morning, GraceyAnna's first public appearance.

Mommy and Daddy on church Sunday, September 18.
GraceyAnna Ruth Roberts, 3 days old

After more than a week of start and stop labor, we went to our doctor's appointment on Tuesday September 13.  The midwife did an exam and we found out why the labor had not progressed, she was head down but her head was to the side and her ear was presenting.  I was relieved to understand why the constant contractions had not progressed.  We went home and I got on my hands and knees many time throughout Tuesday, but there was no progress.  We were trying to get her to turn head down.  A friend recommended we check out the Spinning Babies website for more information.  That was Wednesday.  We tried the Pelvic Floor Release.  My pelvic bone popped and when we were finished with that exercise, I went to the bathroom and lost my mucus plug.  We did this exercise again after church and I also did "The Inversion" around 9pm,  after doing the inversion my contractions began picking up.   I walked and kept moving until around 1am and I told Jonathan it was time to go ; )  we called our dear neighbor (we call her Granny Rose) and then the midwife, then we headed to Annapolis to the birthing center Bay Area Midwifery.  We arrived there around 2:15am.  I was 4 centimeters dilated and the bag of water was nice and bulgy.  I walked around the room and bathroom and sat on the birthing ball through the contractions, I handled them until I reached 5 or 6 centimeters, then they broke my water, I sat through a couple more contractions, then I asked to get in the jacuzzi.  The water felt so good!  I labored there for the rest of the time.  Around 5:30 I was a tight 8 centimeters and we told them I would be pushing soon & within minutes I needed to push!  I sent Jonathan to get the midwives and began pushing.  She was born very quickly, within a few pushes.  I was so happy, she was here safely, (although 6 days late) I was able to have a water birth (no pain meds) no induction and we were home by 9:30am : )  Other blessings, there was no tearing and I have almost no perineal pain.We praise God for the safe arrival of our little GraceyAnna Ruth Roberts.
GraceyAnna- Means Grace upon Grace
Ruth- A true friend and companion (after her Grandmother, Ruth Roberts, Jonathan's mom)


  1. Congratulations! So happy to hear everything went smoothly, you are a trooper!
    She is beautiful and you look marvelous for just having a baby!
    What a wonderful name for that precious girl!!!

  2. Congratulations! I am so very happy for you! There is nothing like that very moment when the baby is finally out and all pain subsides. She's beautiful!

  3. Congratulations! She's beautiful, & so are you! :)

  4. Each birth is soo special! Thanks for sharing and so thankful for the great delivery! That's awesome you were able to go home soo quickly. Praying for your continued healing and adjusting to your growing family:)


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