Thursday, February 21, 2013

Canada Baby

I had the awesome privilege of going home to Ontario Canada for two weeks in February to help a friend with her first delivery and birth. When she called in the Fall to see what my thoughts were on the idea of me coming to help her, she really didn't think it would work out but decided to ask anyway. When I told Vincent about the idea he was excited and said I should go if I thought it could work out with my schedule here at home. February was the only month that I didn't have any mommies due so it worked out beautifully for Chloe and I to go. It's not every day I get a paid ticket home, get to stay with my parents for two weeks, and spend time with both my family and Vincent's family.
Kemuel David born on 2-12-13 weighing 9# 1oz

The couple considered having a home birth but since there is only one registered midwife in all of Northwestern Ontario, it can be very difficult to get in with her due to her being so busy. And although I would have loved to deliver a Canada baby (it's still a dream of mine to practice there) at this point I'm not a registered midwife in Ontario so that option was out. So instead I was her doula. My friend joked, "If somehow we don't make it to the hospital in time, you can just deliver the baby." 

A week and a half after my arrival, we started to wonder when this baby was going to come and started thinking about the possibility of changing my ticket. We kept praying that the Lord would bring this baby in His timing and knew that He had it all in His control. Then early Tuesday morning, two days before I had to leave, labor began.

Because of my friend's family history of long labors, she hoped to stay home as long as possible. My role as a doula typically includes coming to the mom's home whenever she is ready for me, providing labor support for her, making sure she's eating and drinking so she has energy, monitoring the baby's heartbeat, checking dilation progress if mom wants to know, and encouraging dad in his role as a labor support. Then when it looks like things are getting closer to delivery, we go to the hospital and I continue to be a support for mom there. In my friend's case, she labored so well and did beautifully at relaxing with contractions at home. And then, after being at the hospital for about 2 hours, she delivered a healthy 9 lb baby boy! And daddy got to catch which was really neat to see in a hospital setting! I've had other dads ask the doctor if he would be allowed to catch his son or daughter but they've always been told "that's the doctor's job." So needless to say, I was impressed when the doctor was eager to let the dad catch his son.

The nurse put a cloth diaper on him and I thought it was so cute. I don't think I've ever been to a hospital where they use cloth diapers.

While waiting for the baby to come, Chloe and I had great fun with family. It was bitterly cold the first week in February with temperatures dropping to -35 degrees F some mornings. On those days we hunkered down inside and played games, drank tea, and watched movies. The last week was a bit warmer so I took Chloe out and she loved the snow and Grandpa's animals.

Grandma and Chloe going to the barn to feed the animals.

Going to the chip truck for salt and vinegar fries is a must when I go home even if it's wintertime. They are the best and even better when I can go with Kate (sister), Krys (sister-in-law), and Jon (brother-in-law).

Chloe's uncles, especially Jeremy and Andrew, fed her all sorts of things when we were home, including bacon and perogies. She loved all the attention and food. 


Swimming with Nana at the Kenora Rec Center
 
 Chloe learned to climb stairs when we were at Grandpa's house. She didn't do so good coming down though.

It was a wonderful trip and I'm so glad I was able to do this. Thanks to all of you who made it such a refreshing and relaxing time.

And soon March will be here and I will be busy with mommies and babies once again!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Babies

Someone reminded me this week that I need to update my blog. Yes, it is definitely time. And it was on my list of things to do this week but having a reminder does help get it done. :)

A number of babies were born in November and December 2012. Although I don't have pictures of quite all of them, here are a few...

Isaiah James - born in November, this chunky little guy made his way into the world weighing 10 lbs 4 oz! Yes, his mom was amazing!
 He was fine with the picture taking as long as he had his nook...but not so much without it.

Brooklyn Kate - another November baby but much smaller, weighing only 6 lbs. She's a cute little thing.

Josiah - first of the December babies and a little guy that decided to come very fast and without much notice! I think he's already trying to keep up with his older brother who has boundless energy!

Adeline - a beautiful vbac and waterbirth baby. We are so grateful for her safe arrival.

Liberty Joy - it was very special to be able to help this precious family with their first homebirth after having their first three in the hospital.

Zachary - the last baby for 2012! And yes, his older brother and sister adore him and shower him with many hugs and kisses.

Congratulations to all the families who have a new little one! I've enjoyed working with each one of you (including those who aren't pictured on this post)! You hold a special place in my heart and I'm grateful for your friendship. May the Lord bless you richly!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Breauna





I'm so glad for the opportunity to help this mommy bring another little one into the world. She became such a sweet friend after we got to know each other during her second pregnancy and so I was excited when I was able to help her with her third baby, this time a girl!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Summer Babies

Little J
John was met with much excitement! His three older sisters were in awe of him and wanted to help out with everything. It was such a delight to help this family with another sweet baby!


  

Lane 
And then Lane arrived! He is a contented little guy and is entertained quite well with five older brothers and one sister.




Meg
Many prayers were said for the arrival of this little girl. Vincent, Chloe, and I were planning to leave for a vacation to Ontario to be with our families and since our families were very eager to have us come, they were praying too. We didn't know when her birth would happen but she came four days before we planned to leave. I was so grateful to the Lord and reminded again that He cares even about the littlest things in our lives.



Friday, April 27, 2012

Dietrich Stanley

Dietrich Stanley was born on April 15 and weighed 6lbs 2oz. He is a healthy little guy and we're grateful to the Lord for his safe arrival. Congratulations to his parents for the birth of their son. You both worked so well together throughout the labor and birth and you are wonderful parents to little Dietrich. May the Lord's blessing rest on you as you raise him to serve the Lord.

Friday, April 20, 2012

I always enjoy flying with Vincent, well, most times anyway. As long as it isn't in the heat of summer or it isn't too windy so that I don't get queasy. On this evening Vincent flew Chloe and I to Medicine Lodge so that I could see one of my clients. It sure beats a couple of hours on the road and we had a lovely time. It was Chloe's first flight and she did so well. As soon as Vincent started the engine she went right to sleep.
Such a lovely family! The girls were SO excited to have us fly in for the home visit.




It was such a beautiful evening to be in the sky. Pictures never do justice to the beauty of the skies.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Announcing March Babies!

Abigail Grace

Nathaniel