|Gabriel - 3 months old|
|Wevli - 3 years old|
|Maraya - Almost 6!|
|Ilayas - 8 and 4 days|
|Yenilove - Just 3 days til she's 11!|
|Junior - Now 18. We made it! Whew!|
Thank you to Kyle for the awesome pictures this summer!
Did I never write anything about Gabriel's birth? Here is what I wrote to friends and family the next day, April 24th:
Born last night around 10.30pm. Contractions started regularly early Saturday Morning so two full days of laboring but never dilated past 3cm. Head would not stay in birth canal. Was trying to come out the front and we couldn't manipulate it into position. But I am thankful they let me give it my all this time. My doula was amazing!
|Doula Calin, Gabe, and I|
I think I forgot to write that this birth also ended in a c-section but I think everyone got that from the context clues, haha. So my VBAC-2 attempt failed but I gave it a valiant effort. And it felt a lot less discouraging this time because I was able to max out my potential rather than the c-section happy doctors making the call early.
Speaking of my doula, if you are giving birth on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, I highly recommend Calin Lisenbee! She, again, was amazing! She squeezed my back with every contraction and then taught Jeres to do it too, relieving the excruciating back pain. She brought me smoothies for days after birth. She brought me banana bread on house visits before birth. She thoroughly answered any and all questions. I just wish I could have had her for the first two births!
|Daddy and Gabriel Dwayne|
We ended up with a 9 and a half pound big boy! We argued about the name until... well even after the birth. It was everyone led by Ilayas vs. Daddy. Daddy wanted the name Dwayne which we found out is an Irish name meaning dark or black. Perfect. I am Irish and Jeres is dark or black. I liked it more when I found out the meaning, but not enough to be a first name. And besides, the rest of us had been discussing baby names for months and we all liked Ilayas' suggestion of Gabriel, like the angel who told Virgen Mary she would be having a baby.
Here are some more fun photos from this summer by Kyle:
|Carlo and Maraya|
|Junior and Ilayas|
|Ivenson and Wevli|
|What is this called? Dap? In the river.|
|Maraya got in there too.|