February 12th. It is peaceful outside. There is no wind; the trees are still. The sky is puffed with light grey clouds, yet it is still bright. A tiny sparrow just came and perched in a small maple tree. It is quiet.

Carmen's 39-week bump with a watermelon

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It is not a surprise that watermelons are not in season.

Though it was warm enough on the day you were born that maybe we could grow one, and yet we did . . . you! As I write this, the waterworks are here in the most magical way. I found this fitting as I found out I had polyhydramnios, which is a fancy way of saying I was full of fluid. So giving birth to my little watermelon felt right. I may have been full of water with you, but now I’m full of water in another way! And I had to laugh remembering that just before you came, your dear dad asked, What will they do with all the water?” and then I could hear the suction! 

Carmen with baby Charlotte

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As someone who has never had my water break on its own, it made me feel complete. And now, as my tears fall, I’m breaking down with water all around in pure awe, relief, wonder, joy, love, and the crash of hormones.

Carmen's kiddos meeting Baby Charlotte

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It can be so funny what sticks in our minds. I remember my Grade 7 teacher telling us all to take two fingers and pull each corner of our mouths wide open. Then she told us to imagine a watermelon squeezing through it, and that was giving birth! I am here to tell you it’s so so so much more!

The night before you were born, I found myself sitting on the couch, trying to eat all the leftover produce.

I know I have compared you to the size of fruits and vegetables over the past months, but I reflected on all that I had eaten on this journey, which has given me such a variety of vitamins and minerals for my health and yours. I knew I had the strength to do this thing.

Carmen's family with Baby Charlotte

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The kids final words surrounded me. Case said, “I want a boy more than bad,” Maelie said, “I’m going to cry happy tears when I see it,” and Ayda said,”Mommy’s baby!” Despite being described as produce for months, guess what? It turns out there really was a real baby in there! The kids were relieved.

Baby Charlotte - Carmen's Bump Day Blog, Week 39: Watermelon isn't in Season

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You were born today, Charlotte Lucia, on this peaceful and glorious day. And the sparrow just flew off into the great big world.

Charlotte at 1 week old - Carmen's Bump Day Blog, Week 39: Watermelon isn't in Season

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