Meanwhile mum came home with Lillia and she was exhausted as she had been at the beach and playground all day and hadn't napped. So Pete made her dinner, bathed her and had her in bed by 6pm which was good timing as 5mins later everyone arrived at the house!
I finally felt like I could let myself go and begin labour properly! I lit the candles I had set up on the bookshelf and tv cabinet and Pete started filling the birth pool.
Lisa suggested I get into the pool and it was exactly what I felt like. The water felt so good and relaxing and I found a good place was leaning forward and half squatting against the edge. this position really kickstarted my contractions and they started coming on very quickly. The started coming hard and fast and in between them I managed a joke and asked Lisa if she brought an epidural with her, she laughed and said "oh yeah I have one in my bag, hang on!" next I moved onto my bottom and tried to lean back against the pool but I soon felt like I needed to go to the toilet. Lisa encouraged me to go and come back to the pool.
I slowly walked to the toilet and as soon as I sat down I had the hugest urge to push! My whole body took over and was pushing for me! Lisa came in and told me to get off the toilet as my baby might fall in! She said i still had time to get into the pool but there was no way i was walking! I kept refusing because I felt like I couldn't move, but quickly after a huge contraction I got off the toilet and onto my hands and knees on the floor in front of the toilet! Lisa and my photographer crammed behind me and Pete was down on the ground in front of me holding my hands as I pushed like crazy. I remember it took about 3 big pushes and her head was out. Lisa told me I needed to push again soon as the cord was around her neck. I waited for the next contraction to hit and pushed and she came out into Lisa's hands.
We walked to the loungeroom where it had been set up for me to lean back on the arm rest and cuddle my baby. I spent about half an hour getting baby to latch on and feed. Then Lisa helped me to the toilet and made sure I did my first pee. Then she helped me get dressed and put down lots of waterproof bedding pads on my bed.
After a few other checks she left us alone and said she would be back in the morning.
And that's the birth of Annabella Grace Giannakis, 15/11/11 at 8.26pm weighing 9lb5oz or 4.2kg"
Amy, thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story with us!