Most of my labor was done at home with Rafal and my wonderful doula, Michelle Patula, and by the time I arrived at the hospital I was 6-7 cm dialated and 100% effaced. I had a completely natural vaginal delivery, of which I am very proud. We were able to leave the hospital after 24 hours and we spent our first night at home as a family on Sunday.
The nights are long and sleepless, but the smiles are warm and deep. I can see the faces of so many people I love in her face–my mom and dad, my partner, myself–and I am floored by the realization that every single person in the world–from the the most generous to the most evil–was a sweet, little creature like this once. Something tells me that life will never be the same.