My name is Rachel, I come from a family of 13, 11 children, 6 of whome were homebirths that I not only was able to watch, but also got to cut a couple umbilical cords I have been married to Ryan for almost 2 years already-
he also comes from a pretty large family, he has six siblings, and though his mom had all hospital births, she was a natural birther as well. He is truly the man of my dreams! We have a beautiful 15 month old daughter, Amelia Ryan, who we gave birth to in our own home with a great midwife after 28 hours of labor and 3 hours of pushing! It was a long and hard pregnancy, labor, and delivery, not to mention she was 10 days past her edd, but SO worth it.
Ryan and I met when we were just 16 years old, I lived in Michigan at the time and made a visit to California to visit my cousins and other family, and was introduced to him through one of my many cousins. I saw him three times on my visit and when I went home I KNEW I would be going back to California, for him! We had a long distance relationship for almost two years, we flew back and forth visiting each other several times during those years and always had gigantic phone bills, and wrote enough real, and e-mail letters to make a book out of! When I turned 18 I packed up my belongings and moved out to California to be with him. We were planning on going to a bible college in Southern California together, but due to an accident and financial issues in my family, that wasn't able to happen. Which at the time was horrible, but now I look back and see the Lords hand in it all along. When I was 19, I enrolled in a culinary arts program through the junior college and became a certified pastry chef. Ryan had an incredible job and was able to go to college at night taking classes in criminal justice. We planned on getting married in April of 2006, and when that couldn't work out, we changed the date to July 2006, again for uncontrollable reasons it couldn't happen. Well, August of 2006 is when we found out we were expecting for the first time We both wanted to be married before we started a family, so it was a secretly good thing cause now we HAD to get married FAST! October 28th 2006 we were finally married! And 6 months later, we had our beautiful daughter. The next October we moved to Southern California for Ryans job, a 12 hour drive from everything and everyone we knew!
It was hard, especially since we were so used to be around friends and family so much. That same month I found out I was pregnant again, but 6 weeks later started bleeding and discovered it was a chemical pregnancy. I was heart broken even though it was such an early m/s, but then the following month I had symptoms again, and sure enough,
I was pregnant! We were much more cautious with things this time and didn't tell anyone we were expecting til I was 10 weeks. In March we had the big u/s and found out we were having a BOY! We were both in shock, we were so sure it was another girl. Ryans jaw just dropped when the tech showed us the goods This pregnancy has been so much easier then my first, where I experianced extreme sickness, gained way to much weight, (how Im dont know, since everything I ate came back up!) and just looked awful the entire time. I am so thankful, especially since I spend most of my time chasing my daughter around the house picking up her messes and playing endless games of peek a boo. Even though I am excited to meet my little boy, I am not in a hurry to get him out, and I am really enjoying the experiance of pregnancy. I have huge fears of a hospital birth, and am a little anxious about that. I have my birth plan all written and signed but I have seen so many birth plans get tossed as if they are nothing, that I really dont know how much it will help. I had orginally planned on delivering in a birthing center, but the only one in my area was not able to open due to some paper work problems or something silly like that. I am seeing a midwife, and while she acts like she fine with natural birth, I cant help but have my doubts. But I guess I will leave it up to the Lord and just stay strong. I know my husband will be with me, and he is not be pushed around easily.
I am so happy to be sharing this journey with you all, and feel more confident in myself already, just by reading of the support you have given other mama's here. Well, thats my story thus far I will try and get Ryan to take some pics of my belly tonight, since the last one I have is at 16 weeks!!