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A Third Pink Bundle

Last night I witnessed a miracle. It’s a miracle that I am privileged enough to witness more than most people in the world. I witnessed the miracle of birth. But this birth was very special to me. My beautiful birthing goddess sister, breathed her baby out with amazing strength and trust and focus. She welcomed her third baby girl onto her chest with a big sigh of relief.

It was a tough journey. Growing a baby while looking after a 3 and a 1 and half year old, I have nothing but respect and awe for what she has done. Also, having to wait 8 days past her due date after having two previous babies who came a few days early, you’d think she would’ve gone crazy. She didn’t. She was frustrated and anxious for baby to come but never cranky, crazy or impatient (though I’m sure she felt that way on the inside). I think this is because she trusts her amazing body. Her body instinctively knows what to do. Even when her brain questions (“I don’t know when to push”) her body knows. It takes over and she just needs affirmation and reassurance to allow her body to do the work it is doing.

I also can’t forget the daddy bear. The calming male presence. Trusting his wife. Trusting birth. He watched, quiet, patient, and made sure my sister was well hydrated and safe. The look of joy in his eyes while he helped pull out his baby girl, while the love of his life breathed her out. The tears that flowed while his strong hands held his naked daughter. He’s a brilliant birthing partner.

I am so thankful to be allowed into these precious moments. It is truly an honour that I sometimes take for granted, and shouldn’t. But for this day, I am especially thankful. Welcome earthside, my chubby adorable little niece, Bree Xanthe. I love you so much already.

Long time, no see!

I started this blog about 2 and a half years ago, after my second son was born. It was mostly to occupy the innumerable hours I spent awake in the middle of the night, feeding a newborn and being bored. I was pretty consistent for a few months there but then it all got too hard, and since I’m a closet perfectionist when it comes to my writing, I just stopped writing altogether. But…(writing perfectionist starting a sentence with “but”?? Deal with it!)… It seems that once a year or so, I get a huge pang of wanting to restart my blogging. The catalyst this year is that I have soooo many friends having babies at the moment. It makes me think about all things baby, mummy and midwifery.

I love when my friends ask me for advice about birth or babies or breastfeeding. It’s not a chore. I don’t get sick of it. I spend a considerable amount of time, even outside of work thinking and talking about these things. I also love hearing about people who are really eager to empower themselves with all the research based information available regarding all things birth and baby. I’d like to help consolidate some of the information people want to know. So friends… this is where I need your help! I’ve got a few posts in the pipeline, but I want to know – What would you like me to write about??

Looking forward to being inspired!