Robin and I were blessed with our new baby girl, Geneva Rachel Ludington, at 10:49pm on April 6. She weighed in at 7lbs. 12oz (or 3.5 kilos). Whether you are new here or have been reading me for a long time, this will likely come as a surprise, because I haven’t mentioned we were expecting.
It turns out I’m superstitious about these kinds of things. I got it in my head somewhere early in the pregnancy that talking too much about it online would cause some form of bad luck. Like skipping the 13th floor in a building, I have no logical basis for my reasoning. Since everything went smoothly, my superstition is reinforced by the idea that if I had talked about it something certainly would have gone wrong. 😉 Now that Geneva is here, I’m taking a moment to brag like any other proud father.
We had a home birth, which made perfect sense because Wyatt, Geneva’s big brother, was also born at home. Robin didn’t fall into any of the categories that suggest a high risk pregnancy. I don’t have a hospital birthing experience to compare the home birth to, but I honestly can’t imagine doing things any differently. It was great to be able to settle back into our own bed for a frequently interrupted night’s sleep, with Robin’s parents and Wyatt just down the hall, rather than spending the night in a strange place. Geneva was never out of Robin’s sight at any point following the birth and I got to be actively involved through the whole process. I realize this is currently a highly controversial topic here in the U.S., so I may be opening a can of worms by bringing up home birth in this forum, but there are very few instances where being at the hospital for a birth is medically necessary.
If you happen to be thinking about a home birth or have a family member who is considering one, email me and I’d be happy to share our experiences in greater detail. I’m not going to offer any medical advice, but I can certainly offer my perspective on what additional material you might want to refer to in making an informed decision.
Congratulations! We homebirthed all four of our children (eldest just turned twenty!). I agree, can’t imagine doing it any other way. Best wishes to your newly expanded family.
Congradulations to you and your family on the birth of Geneva. It is great that you can have a home birth.
Congratulations on the safe arrival of Geneva… let’s hope she doesn’t give you too many sleepless nights! 🙂
What a beautiful addition to your family… she looks a real sweetie.
Grats on your new baby girl another twitterer’s wife was also in labor tonight @Murnahan. Best wishes, may she grow to be rich in mind and heart.
It’s time for an update and more pics Papa! 🙂 Geneva is a month and halfish , so tell us what it’s like to have a newborn in the house, details, details, details! Hugs to the munchkins, say Hi to Robin for me too!
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