The Birth Story of London Everleigh {Part Three}

birth story part 3

In parts one and two, I shared how London Everleigh arrived via planned homebirth with a midwife.

It’s an amazing story (to me) of waiting on God, learning to trust Him more and more and having the courage to bring her into this world the way I had planned and get to experience it. Although I know that’s not always the case even if you had planned a homebirth, like my friend Sarah, but not matter what, a baby’s birth is a miraculous thing. 

In honor of London’s 1st Birthday, here’s the rest of the story…

London's birth announcements

Part three is all about the rest the day and week she arrived. 

I was laying in bed, undressed with a towel to cover me, still in awe that our baby was here and I birthed her at home, I just couldn’t believe it.

I just held her and just looked at her. So perfect. 

Shortly after I birthed the placenta, which I think was a piece of cake compared to birthing London.

Lisa, my midwife opened a bottle of organic pineapple juice that was in my birth-kit and told me to drink up. 

Mamaw holding London

My mom arrived a few minutes later. She couldn’t believe she missed everything. She told us that when she got back she just dilly dallied around down stairs because it seemed quiet, so she decided to come upstairs, and lo and behold, the baby was born. 

The midwife began cleaning up some of the mess while I just held her. I had her latch to start nursing, which only lasted for a few moments. Oh so precious moments. 

My husband wasn’t in the room, being the busybody he is, decided it was a good time to sweep the leaves off of the roof, the only way I knew was because I could hear him. Earlier I had asked someone to open the window while I was laboring in the bed.

In retrospect I am now thinking, I wonder what our neighbor must have thought if he heard me when I was pushing the baby out. 😉

London's birth story part 3

Lisa, my mom & I just adored London. My mom had my camera I had purchased a few days earlier taking some snapshots. Lisa did some routine newborn checks. And kept reminding me to keep drinking the juice. By law she had to ask me if I wanted to vitamin k shot which we declined.

London getting checked out

My husband arrived back into the room, it was time to cut the cord. We delayed cutting the cord until it completely stopped pulsing, you can read some benefits of that here

London weighed in at 8 lbs 1 oz

It was time to weigh her, she weighed in at 8 lbs 1 oz. She was the biggest baby of our three. 

Lisa instructed my mom to make me some eggs and toast. She brought it up to me, I ate it up quickly, giving birth is hard work. 🙂

I nursed London again, then Lisa helped me to the shower where I cleaned up. After, everyone left the room so I could just rest in bed. I couldn’t nap since I was so excited, so I just rested my body. I just starred at her for a long while. My midwife came a checked on me again, then left to be back the next morning. 

My mom decided it would be fun to go get some cupcakes for the kids with strawberry filling, for an “it’s a girl” reveal before she went to pick them up from school a little early. 

Still up stairs, I heard them arrive. They came up the stairs with their Dad and Mamaw and I got my phone ready to capture the moment, here is what happened:

Kids meeting London

Watch the video here

Cupcake Reveal

They were soooo excited. After, we all went downstairs to watch Lincoln and Julia bite into the cupcakes. She’s a GIRL!!!

Holding London

It was time for Big Brother & Big Sister to hold sweet baby London. 

I ate some leftover food from the previous night’s crockpot dinner then went upstairs with London to nurse her and take a real nap. I was able to nap for a couple of hours. 

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I went back downstairs and enjoyed the evening with the family. My husband ordered take-out from one of my favorite steakhouse’s, their Mac-n-cheese is to die for. 🙂

After the kids went to bed, my husband made a fire. Then he held London and adjusted her for the first time. Daddy is a wellness chiropractor. We all just continued to admire and be thankful for London and rest on the couch and before we knew it, it was time to head to bed. 

London's first week

Later that week we enjoyed wonderful meals from friends, sweet gifts from patients and time as a family of 5. London got her newborn pictures, her first visit to our office and got over jaundice via the sunlight. 

I cannot believe she is ONE today!!! 

Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl! 

 

About Rachel

Rachel is a mother to four children and a wife to a wellness doctor. Her passions are faith, family, and health. You can find her writing about her family adventures and inspiring you to make healthier choices for your family.

Comments

  1. What a precious story! Congratulations and Happy Birthday to little London! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

  2. I remember seeing your announcement and being so excited that our baby’s would have the same birthday. 🙂 Little did I know I had several, several, several more hours ahead of me. 🙂 Happy birthday, London. 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for posting this birth story. I’ve had six, and am now a grandmother (my second grandchild is on the way). You’re story brought tears to me eyes. It was so beautiful!

  4. It was such a joy to serve you and your family.. I love you. Lisa

  5. Kimberly says:

    I can’t believe it’s been a year already! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

  6. Carol Meyer says:

    Can’t believe it’s been a year already!
    I’m so grateful and thankful that you let me be apart of this Miracle for God.
    I’m one very happy wife, mommy & mostly Mamaw.
    Love you all so very much.

  7. Thanks for sharing your story of the birth of your beautiful baby girl! It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year. Happy Birthday baby girl!

  8. Wow! beautiful baby, beautiful story, beautiful family:)

  9. Such a beautiful story and what a wonderful first day!

  10. I have enjoyed your other two posts and this one brought tears to my eyes. Such a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. I had two home births too and they were so amazingly special. Love all of the photos you shared.

  11. Congratulations, Mama. I LOVE birth stories and of course, yours is beautiful. It totally made me laugh that your hubby went onto the roof to do leaves right after the birth, love that. My hubby would never do that… they’re all so different, husbands! Aren’t they. SO happy for you guys. Blessings. We have three, too, and our final babe was birthed at home. My husband delivered him, as the midwife didn’t arrive in time. 😉

  12. Congratulations, Rachel – she’s beautiful! I so enjoyed reading the story (and seeing the pictures) of how she joined your family!

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