I am so proud to announce that my little boy was born earlier this month on January 8th. As my readers know it was a nearly 3 year long journey to conceive and finally birth this little guy. His name is Jasper Layne Bradley and he decided to make himself known 3 weeks in advance of my due date at 36 weeks and 4 days.
As birth plans go ours didn’t go exactly according to plan. Because he was considered late pre-term I ended up having to be in the hospital instead of the Nurse Midwifery Birthing Center. I was really against having to go to the hospital due to the environment and the decisions we would have to make about what we did and did not want the nurses to give us during our stay. Turns out it went wonderfully well, the staff at Riverbend were considerate of our choices and understanding of our situation.
I was able to have a normal vaginal birth and the only drugs I had to be on was penicillin since my GBS culture had not completed its 7 day growth period. My water broke the night before and I experienced a mild and slow labor up until 5:30 PM the next day. After 5:30 PM I went immediately into active labor and less than 3 hours later Jasper came quickly into this world. So quick in fact I almost didn’t have a midwife or doctor attending.
My labor journey was amazing and I am so grateful to be able to have that experience and come out well on the other end. I clearly remember being in the middle of it and thinking “Wow, I could never ask for or want to be on drugs.” This was mainly because I didn’t associate the surges with pain but rather intensity and knew I would lose out on so much if I became numbed out.
Jasper is growing steadily and now weighs over 7 pounds (birth weight was 5 pounds 11 ounces). He is a kind and gentle soul but also is quite clear in ‘articulating’ his needs!
I finally decided it was time to give him a bath since I had decided not to wash off all of the protective coating he received from birth. Instead of using a soap based bath I chose to do an herbal one.
First I simply made an infusion in a quart jar using equal parts of chamomile, lavender, and rose buds. Then I put water in the baby bath and added the tea mixture to it. He smelled amazing! The calming, soothing, and astringent quality of the herbs helped him to relax and soothe his crazy infant acne.
I am continuing to use herbal based baby products and will blog those recipes as I go along.