Sherman made his grand entrance on Saturday, August 27th at 2:03am. Almost 2 weeks past his expected due date. He was born weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces and 22 inches long. Let me start this post by saying that every birth is a beautiful miracle, regardless of how your baby entered the world. Birth plan, no birth plan, epidural, c-section, adoption, surrogate...every birth is beautiful in the way it was meant to be. Shermans story happened the way it was meant to happen and it just so happened to coincide with my birth plan and hope. So I write this with pride and joy...and not to say my way is better than your way, it was just our way. All births are beautiful, all births are miracles! After doing a ton of research I decided to take a Hypnobabies class, as I had heard good things from people I trusted and the whole approach seemed perfect for our birthing plans. Birthing classes teach you how to achieve deep relaxation in a short amount of time and use a lot of imagery and mental focus to get through the experience. Hypnobabies uses the same Medical grade hypo-anesthesia techniques that is used during surgery for people that are allergic to medication. Hypnobabies classes teach you to take the fear out of the birthing process through understanding what the body goes through and appreciating the beautiful, natural process that takes place between mom and baby during birth. It truly is a way to have a comfortable, pain free, birthing experience. The best part for me was taking the fear out of the process. I was honestly excited and ready to go when I went into labor. No anxiety, no fear. I cannot recommend Hypnobabies enough! It is truly a amazing technique to have a baby! Back to Sherman's story Although the extra 12 days in my belly was a long wait, I was happy that he waited till he was good and ready! On August 26th, I had a appointment with my midwife in which we decided to strip my membranes. I was 2.5cm dilated and 70% effaced. That day I didn’t have any different birthing waves from the previous Braxton Hicks, though I was hopeful! Around 4pm I started having birthing waves similar to previous Braxton Hicks, inconsistent and irregular at best. So I wasn’t even sure if it was my birthing day or not. At 6:30pm I lost my mucus plug, I started to get excited then! We put the girls to bed at 8pm then went for a walk in hopes to get birthing waves going, so they wouldn’t stall out like previous nights. When we came inside I started listening to my birthing day tracks, relaxed and slept/rested. At 11pm Jared came in and checked on me and timed my birthing waves, at that time my birthing waves were 4 minutes apart. I was completely calm and relaxed, sleeping a little even! Soon after we called my midwife and I continued resting till she arrived at 12:30am. I got in the tub for a little while to help my muscles to relax. About 1:20am my water broke, soon after my midwife started to become worried about my temperature as I developed a fever and could do be a sign of pre-eclampsia. However my 1yr old had a temp a few days earlier so I think it was because of cold coming on. There was talk of bringing me to the hospital. While the Midwife and Jared talked about possibly having me go to the hospital I lost my focus for a few minutes, which was the only time while having Sherman I felt pain. I refocused and was relaxed again. We called Deb(mother in-law) to stay with the girls if we ended up needing to go to the hospital. I pushed fluids and everything ended up being perfect! I started feeling pushy at 1:40am, and then I decided to breathe Sherman down. Shermans head came out easy with 1 push. However his shoulder got stuck and I had to push 2 more times to get his shoulder free. I birthed him out on my knees, rolling over once he came out and entered this world at 2:03. My handsome boy lay on my hip as his umbilical cord was to short to come up to my chest. We did delayed cord clamping and It took about 10 minutes for my placenta to come out. At around 3am I got up and showered walked around at ease. I will forever remember my husbands comment after Sherman was born “well that was surprisingly easy”! I was truly amazed and overjoyed with how my birthing experience went, easy and comfortable!