I had a baby! Maxwell Evan completely surprised me when he arrived on a Sunday morning ten days before my estimated due date. That Friday M and I had a date night with dinner and a comedy show. On Saturday I took my friend’s yoga class in Philly and grabbed (veggie) sushi after. I never felt the baby “drop” so I thought I had at least another week to go. We hadn’t even decided on a name yet. At 2:30 in the morning my water broke while I was sleeping. I wanted to let M get his rest since I knew the first part of labor is known to go on for a while. I texted my doula and took a shower before waking him. M started making us breakfast around 4. My mommy friends had advised me to eat before going to the hospital since food is banned from the delivery room and I would need my strength. My doula arrived and things started to get intense. We left for the hospital around 5:30, taking the breakfast to go. I couldn’t eat and when we arrived I was in for a shock when the nurses told me it was almost time to push. I had expected labor to go on for a day or two since my mom took that long to have me. I ended up going all natural and Max was born at 10:12 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day. He’s a Pisces just like me. Max weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and is 21 inches. He is the absolute joy of my life. I love every squeal, coo and grunt. We have been snuggled up together since the moment he was born.
Wrapped in the blanket my mom used for me
As for my quick labor…I credit it to raspberry leaf tea. Click here to read all about it’s benefits during pregnancy. I drank about a quart a day starting at 34 weeks. I ordered the tea leaves from Mountain Rose Herbs. Since the birth I’ve been drinking a blend of raspberry leaf, blessed thistle, nettle leaf and alfalfa which is said to help with milk production, postpartum and bringing the uterus back down.