How to Lose 10 pounds in 1 day!

12 Jul
Have a baby! Seriously…I highly recommend it!

SOOOO…the delivery/birth story…read it IF you dare…

Last Saturday night was the 3rd of July, and we drove to the BYU campus to watch the “Stadium of Fire” fireworks show! We were running late, and parked far from the field where we eventually watched the fireworks…so it was quite a long trek at a fast walking speed…and I started getting some strong contractions. The fireworks were great, and we stayed up until 1:00am lighting sparklers and doing some other simple fireworks back at home.

Of course…staying up late meant that I was bound to go into labor! Around 2:30am, I woke up and realized that I had been having strong contractions all night. I was having very bizarre dreams, and I remember at one point moaning from the pain, and Jared asked me what was wrong. I gave him some explanation about Lea bringing baby wipes, etc, etc…
He didn’t question me…although he knew I was totally out of it and not making sense…
Yeah…I was tired…and I was dreaming…

So, at 3:00am, I realized my contractions were much, much stronger that they had been previously during the week (when I thought I was in labor)…and that this was the real thing. I called the midwife, and started walking the neighborhood streets with Jared. My wonderful midwife arrived very quickly, and since everything was set up from earlier during the week (from the false labor), there was little setup work to be done, beforehand!

My midwife filled a tub (in our room) with hot water, so I could experience a waterbirth!

I wore a tank top and a skirt in the tub, so I could feel modest. It worked perfectly! However, I soon discovered that the tub didn’t do much for my contractions. I actually seemed to slow down and progress slowly…so that was a bit frustrating.

Finally, at 7am, I asked my midwife to break my water. In my previous pregnancies, my water has always broken during the early morning hours, starting my labor. This time, I was getting impatient, and didn’t want to have an all-day labor experience! Things were going so slowly compared to my previous delivery with Maiya, it seemed. I labored mostly in the tub, and Jared and my midwife (as well as her assistant) catered to my every need…such as helping put pressure on my tailbone area during contractions.
My Dad took the girls to church at 9am, and I guess I finally felt the go-ahead to have this baby! After 3 very painful minutes of pushing (hmm…a new experience for me…because Maiya was “pushed” out rather effortlessly, and within 1 contraction), I was able to deliver a perfect little boy! Introducing Ethan Lee!! I was VERY relieved to survive those 3 minutes (how in the world do women push for 30 minutes…or an hour?!)!! My Mom was there to witness the delivery (and take photos), and Jared, of course, was a great support. It was very hard for both of them to see me in so much pain…and Jared even began to tear up as he was cheering me on.

People have been asking me if I would do a home birth again. My answer?
OF COURSE!!

Going “natural” isn’t easy…but it is certainly worth it! I just kept telling myself that the pain would soon be over, and it would all be worth it. And truthfully…it was! A morning of pain isn’t much in exchange for a healthy, beautiful baby!

Also, I MUCH preferred this home birth experience, over my previous 2 hospital births (which really weren’t bad experiences…but a home birth is soo much better)!! I love the personal attention from a midwife (who stays with you during your entire labor…instead of arriving just to catch the baby), and the privacy of being able to labor and birth in the comforts of home.

Overall, I’m not sure if a waterbirth was the right thing for me, although I’m glad I got the chance to try it. Women swear that it is one of the best “natural epideral”…but I had a hard time getting comfortable during contractions. I seem to labor faster when I am up and moving, and not relaxing in a warm, comfortable bath. Next time, I will likely have a tub as a backup option, but will try laboring without plans of a waterbirth, perhaps. Who knows?

My midwife, Melody Pendleton, lives in Mapleton Utah as well, and came highly recommended from several other ladies in our church ward, who also used her for their home births. She was a wonderful fit for us! A midwife always has an assistant when attending a birth, and Melody brought Roxanna, also a midwife who lives in Mapleton, who was an absolute pleasure to meet and get to know! Both of them are very big into homeopathics (i.e. herbal pain remedies, etc), and I enjoyed learning a great deal from them!
Ethan Lee was 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 20 1/2″ long. He definitely has a touch of red to his hair, so we will see if it turns out as red as Ella’s, or is more of an auburn color! He is a wonderfully tempered baby, and never fusses. He is a great eater, napper, pooper, etc! He has his Daddy’s nose, lips, eyes, fingers, toes, and temperment (thank goodness)! His adoring sisters love to kiss him repeatedly, and are so excited to have him as part of our family!

BED HEADS!


I am recovering quickly, feeling almost back to normal!! What a blessing to have such a great delivery, and fantastic recovery! Thanks for your love, support, and prayers!

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13 Responses to “How to Lose 10 pounds in 1 day!”

  1. Becky Clinton July 12, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    As one who thinks they would have enjoyed – if that is the right term – a home birth, I was looking forward to your “story.” My daughter Kelly has had hospital midwife births for her three boys and I don't think she'll ever change. The midwife team has been wonderful to work with, and the hospital is very accommodating (water births, etc.). Anyway, congratulations on your boy and a safe, happy birthing.

  2. Stacey July 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    what a great weight loss program! I'll have to try that one sometime! 🙂 You're a champ, and my hero. 🙂 He's definitely a cutie!

  3. Sarah July 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I, too, had two hospital births and then one at the birth and women's center with a midwife. It was far better than the hospital and much easier (if you can say that about labor lol.)

    You look so beautiful right after, how do you do that????

  4. Morgan -Ing July 12, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I am so glad it worked out perfectly. 🙂 He's adorable, and home birth is such a blessing. 🙂 Congrats to you all!

  5. Kate and Dennis July 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    Yay! Look at those two proud big sisters! 🙂 Congrats!!

  6. Lara July 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Wow, great pictures! I feel like I didn't miss a thing. You're awesome!

  7. Nicholle July 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm #

    I loved that you shared your pictures!! What a great experience!!! I'm so happy for you!!

  8. Linda July 14, 2010 at 3:58 am #

    Congratulations! You look rested, happy, and beautiful, even right after giving birth. Your baby boy is a little doll!

  9. Stina July 15, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    Congrats! What a beautiful boy! I loved reading about your labor experience. You are amazing.

  10. Lisa July 22, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    Congratulations! What a blessing 🙂 I hope I get to meet him the next time you are in my neck of the woods!

  11. Jenny July 23, 2010 at 12:30 am #

    Congratulations- beautiful pictures! You look amazing Alisa – like you didn't even have a baby! So sad we didn't get to see him before we returned to TN. He looks like Maiya did when she was a baby. Can't wait to see how he will change and grow up!

  12. Tennison and Camille July 23, 2010 at 4:36 am #

    Good job Alisa! Congratulations to the family and on the natural birth! You are officially a member of “The Warrior Club”. =0) And you look BEAUTIFUL!

  13. GayLynn July 26, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    That's so cool that you delivered at home! I've always wanted to try the tub method. Congrats on a healthy, beautiful baby boy!

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