Baby Madison is 2 months old! Wow, time sure does fly by with a newborn. In some ways it feels like she’s been a part of our family forever yet it feels like it was just last week that I pulled her up into my arms for the first time. I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life. I’ve always wanted to be a Mom and I love my little girl more than she’ll ever know.
Part One of my birth story was easy to write with a few moments of uninterrupted computer time. Between my notes and a few videos it was easy to piece together. I’m realizing that it’s going to take some time to write up the rest of my story. I want to honour my experience and give myself some time to sit, reflect and write (which is next to impossible with a baby and waves of family visiting from out of town.) We brought a new life into this world and that experience is very sacred to me. I don’t want to rush her birth story just because I know people are waiting and wanting to read it.
What IS ready to share is Madison’s birth video! My husband spent countless hours putting together some of the gorgeous photos we got from Vairdy Photography as well as video footage we have of her birth. (It was challenging to narrow down the photos and video clips – check out my NEW YouTube Channel where I’ll be uploading additional video clips.)
Dear Friends, this is a family friendly edition however if you don’t want to see my breasts then stop here
Madison is a name that came to Rich when I was pregnant. I liked it but wasn’t willing to take a close look at names until after she was born because we didn’t even know if we were having a boy or a girl. I also wanted to meet this little soul before deciding on a name. When she was born we immediately knew that Madison was the right fit. I was laying in bed, staring at our beautiful baby (the day after she was born?) trying to decide if we wanted to give her a middle name. Rose immediately popped into my head, as if I asked a question and someone or something provided the answer for me. I thought Madison Rose Ralph sounded pretty but didn’t understand the significance of “Rose”. We later learned from my mother-in-law that Rose is the birth flower for the month of June – neat! When we created this video I realized that Rose has a deeper significance to us and Madison’s entrance into the world. My 78hr intervention-free birth experience put one of my favourite quotes to the test:
“Attending births is like growing roses. You have to marvel at the ones that
just open up and bloom at the first kiss of the sun, but you wouldn’t dream
of pulling open the petals of the tightly closed buds, and forcing them to
blossom to your time line. ” ~Gloria Lemay
How fitting that Madison chose the middle name Rose, as well as a traditional birth attendant that would support her coming into this world on her own time. We are eternally grateful.
READ PART THREE – A FATHER’S PERSPECTIVE HERE!