On May 24th at 8:26am, after 7 hours of labor, my second child was born. A girl (very much to my surprise). Her name is Zelda (after my grandmother). She was born at home. My partner, Loretta is amazing. Our son, Ellis, was also born at home, and he attended most of his sister’s birth. Winnie, our trusty Pit Bull, was also here, but did not get off her bed the entire labor. Our midwives, Tenaya and Mary, were so great, and Loretta’s aunt arrived during the labor just when Ellis needed her. She was an incredible help. One of the great things about having a baby in your own home is that once the baby is born, you are already home. You can go to sleep in your own bed and make food in your own kitchen and shower in your own shower.
Even though Zelda was born almost exactly on her due date, before she arrived, it felt like she would never come. We had really been expecting her to come a week or two early. Loretta would have a couple of contractions here and there, and we would get excited, and then nothing would happen. We had taken to going to Berkeley Bowl every day in hopes of having a water breaking experience at the grocery store. When Loretta finally went into labor, it felt like we had been waiting forever. Maybe Zelda was trying to tell us to take it easy.
Loretta, Ellis, Winnie, and I are so happy to welcome Zelda into our lives. Here are a few pictures from hours after Zelda was born.