Well, my family and I just moved out of the first (and only!) home we've shared together. It was bittersweet. We are ready for the next chapter in our lives, but that doesn't necessarily make leaving our house easy. My husband poked fun as I got all teary-eyed walking through the empty space one last time.
As I was unpacking our things in our new space, I came across ALL of my files from the families I've served. I won't lie...I'm kind of a hoarder when it comes to these things. But how could I not be? The perinatal period is full of precious experiences. So many first moments, and so often we find ourselves asking the question, "Is this normal?" It's such a novel and exciting time.
If we've worked together, you know how much I love to take notes at births. More specifically, I enjoy jotting down special words and gestures that make the experience unique, and reading the details really took me back! Still feeling very nostalgic from our move and here I was, crying again while skimming birth notes. My life is richer because of the families I've worked with, and I will always give thanks for the time I've spent with them.
Here are just a few notes I wrote down that made me smile:
What are some of your favorite moments leading up to labor and birth? How did you feel holding your baby in your arms for the first time?