With Lennon, I had a lengthy four-page [natural] birth plan. Starting at 36 weeks, I began doing all kinds of natural preparation to bring him into this world. I added another mile onto my daily walk + I started on evening primrose + Christopher’s birth-prep formula + using my breast pump a few times throughout the day + raspberry leaf tea + made sure Papa and I continued having sex daily. I started anticipating his arrival at 38 weeks, thinking he could come at any moment. Our bags were packed, and all I did was relax + wait on our sweet baby’s arrival. Yet even with all of these things to prepare my body + baby to come naturally + smoothly, things did not go as planned. At 40 weeks + 2 days, we went to the hospital to greet Lennon. After 16 hours of labor with Lennon and no progression at all, I finally went in for a cesarean, only to be greeted by this beautiful nine pound baby! [Lennon's birth story]
This time ’round, Leo’s cesarean was scheduled shortly after we found out his due date. Already, it has been so much different with simply knowing when Leo will come. Although he could have come early, I didn’t think my body would go into labor. I have stretched things out to the last minute; I worked much longer than I expected because I didn’t think Leo would surprise me in the middle of a photo shoot, I got my hair done days before verses weeks earlier, I put off certain errands + finalizing our packing + installing the car seat + got my nails done today + I got to plan what I wanted as my last dinner for tonight. We had such a special weekend with my family, celebrating Lennon’s last moments of being an only child + getting excited about Leo’s arrival.
Even though I am a planner, I am not sure which one I prefer: the anticipation of labor happening at any moment or a scheduled cesarean. It’s so thrilling to think you can have your baby at any moment. It also helps you prepare earlier, so that you can do some relaxing at the end of the pregancy. With having less time to chill with this pregnancy because of my job + having a child already, I’ve appreciated the option to plan things.
It is so weird to know exactly when we’re meeting him. And it has been so different not doing all of the natural preparation I did with Lennon. Although we are going in for a scheduled cesaren tomorrow, my post-birth requests are still the same as my natural birth plan with Lennon: immediate skin-to-skin contact for mama + baby, keep my placenta, no bath to baby, no Vitamin K vaccine, no Hep B vaccine, no erythromycin eye ointment on baby, no formula given to baby.
Immediate skin-to-skin contact has numorous benefits; it regulates baby’s temperature + blood sugar, baby is less likely to cry, it helps with the natural process of breastfeeding to begin + last longer. [The original place we were going to deliver Leo wouldn't grant me skin-to-skin contact, so I moved onto another birthing facility within our network.] The vaccines + eye ointment are unnecessary. Vitamin K is what helps us with blood clotting. No reason for girls to get this, considering they don’t receive any surgeries soon after birth! And even baby boys getting circumcised will produce Vitamin K on their own by the time they get their circumcision. Hepstitus B is contracted sexually or through dirty needles or if mom has it + it’s passed on at birth. Erythromycin eye ointment is for babies being born to moms with gonorrhea. [I go over these details more thoroughly + share so much more awesome material in my Modern Mama eCourse, which starts at the end of September. And I am offering a celebretory 25% discount until Aug. 31. code: leo25.]
I can’t believe we meet baby Leo Wolfe tomorrow! I am certainly anxious, and assume I won’t get a wink of sleep tonight. With Lennon, I naturally had positive thoughts. I was just so excited to meet him. With Leo, I have had many more fears. And I am pretty nervous about meeting him tomorrow. I have a hard time believing I will get two perfect baby boys! I don’t feel deserving of such an amazing story. But this mama is trying to keep positive thoughts, and I can hardly wait to hold him in my arms! [Although we are very attached to the name after calling him Leo for months now, we had a close friend choose to name their baby Leo a few days ago. Considering I love that I've never met another Greer, this has been a major buzzkill about my excitement around Leo's name. I would have simply moved onto other names on our list, had I known. So, we might be calling this baby Wolfe after all (which was my original favorite name on our list), and we'll choose after seeing his face.]