With my last two sons, I sought out a better way to give birth. My first two hospital births were long and filled with unnecessary interventions. Thankfully, I found a birthing center here in Houston, Reunion Birth Center, that fulfilled that desire of mine.
One of the most helpful techniques used at the birthing center was the large birthing tub. I almost gave birth to Austin in the water but at the prompting of my midwives, I moved out of the tub for birth. With Evan, there was no way I was moving from the tub to birth him. I remembered the pressure and pain accompanied by leaving the tub and made the choice (even though I wasn’t prepared for a water birth) to birth in the tub. So, my fourth son was my only who was born in the water.
All this to say, he is also my only son who HATES the water! I’m curious if any other moms have had similar experiences with their babies who were born in the water? Evan has never, ever liked taking a bath. Not when he was an infant, not ever. He tolerates the pool but stays very close to me. He is terrified of the beach and freaks out at the sound of the waves.
Recently, I discovered that his disdain for water even extends to the sight of water. Our car was filthy from a trip to the beach and so I took it to the car wash, only to realize that I had inadvertently introduced my 18 month old to his worst fear.
This is too precious not to share,