The kids have a new cousin, and I have a new niece!
I have got to be there when all of my nieces and nephews have been born, and as a L&D nurse, I see babies born every day. The birth of my own family members is always special and I have been honored to be involved with all of them.
This one was different. My stubborn and headstrong sister knew what she wanted and I got to be there to support her and strengthen her and learn from her. As she had my niece in a planned home birth.
I had been very hesitant about a home birth from the beginning, I know everything that can happen when a baby is born, but after going to all of my sisters midwife appointments with her, talking with the midwives that I work with I felt better and started to get excited about seeing a home birth.
And it went perfect.
Baby Gwenevere born just past midnight.
I got to take lots of pictures during labour for my sister. All of which I cannot post here. But they are beautiful and show the strength and determination that is within my sister. And I am so incredibly proud of her.
The kids were very excited to be able to visit baby Gwenevere a couple of days later. And we have been talking and practicing about how to hold babies.
Nick was a little nervous
But Katheryn was excited and was great with holding him (not necessarily so great when she was done holding her, but that is what swaddling is for)
I got to have some more baby snuggles.
After the initial holding of the baby, the shine wore off and the kids wanted to play with Jeremy.