Ok, I’ve put a lot of thought into this so I’m going to do some rambling before I show you the photo.
Firstly, to set the scene. Mrs W over at clinically fed up tagged me for the “Your Favourite Photo” meme set up by Tara at Sticky Fingers. I was very pleased because I’d fancied joining in but don’t like to put myself forward for that sort of thing! By the way, Tara, I should apologise because I’m a lurker not a commenter on your blog – I’ve been following your every move for some time without telling you I’m there. It sounds so much worse when you actually put lurking into words.
So, onto my favourite photo. I have agonized over this for the last few days. I wanted it to be one I had taken. Frankly, after seeing Mrs W’s entry I wanted it to be brilliant as well but I’m a realist if nothing else. Nice it would have to be! I had several shortlisted and was having terrible trouble choosing which was my favourite.
And then suddenly today I had an epiphany. Of course, my favourite photo isn’t one I’ve taken.
If you’ve been reading here for a while (or have read my son’s birth story) you’ll know that my daughter was born by planned caesarean section and that it took me a long time to come to terms with that. I desperately wanted a home birth but she was my first baby and I was naive. I caved into health professionals who told me I couldn’t even consider home birth because she was breech. Subsequent research told me that many women successfully birth breech babies at home with a skilled attendant experienced in delivering breech babies (and yes, such a creature does exist).
I moved on from her birth (and really, with such a gorgeous girl, how could I not?), grew up a bit, did some research and decided that by hook or by crook I would have a good go at having my next baby at home. We hired an Independent Midwife, who I still think very fondly of, and I had the boy at home, in the back room. I did end up in hospital with a retained placenta, but how proud and happy was I that I had achieved this at home….
The boy was born at 19.14 on the 10th of October 2007, this picture was taken at 19.15. I do wish I’d sorted my hair out before the midwife took a picture.
Ash at Ash’s Blog because I loved her blog and pictures and this might kick her into blogging again (please?)
It’s Tara’s meme and her rules can be found here.