A New Addition to the Balance Family

by Jessica on September 4, 2013

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I am delighted and touched each day by this new addition to my life.  Friends had warned me before that a baby changes everything, and now I can understand why.  Dylan Bosco Desa was born August 25th at 4:06am.   He was born after a speedy labor, just four hours from our arrival at the hospital.  I can attribute much of the ease of labor to the breath work practices that I used to breathe through the contractions and remain calm.  This even fooled the nurses into thinking that I was in earlier stages of labor.  Today I wanted to introduce Dylan to the community – he has been on this earth for 10 days!

The nine month pregnancy and birth have once again shown the power of keeping expectations at bay.   I had a very good pregnancy – even at age 38-39 my body didn’t fall apart or grow enormous and I felt great throughout.

Many things about my pregnancy and birth were outside of the “normal” course.  I will write more about each of these points in due time.  Having this young one limits my time at the computer!

1. I practiced yoga, mostly Ashtanga yoga throughout.  I learned how to modify and left certain poses out that did not feel good.

2. I ate a 95% vegan diet throughout

3. I barely gained the expected weight

4. I did not swell up despite the heat

5. My labor was very fast and relatively easy.  (I won’t say pain-free)

6.  Using the breath work (pranayama) and meditation techniques helped me to cope with labor very well.

I will share more about each point above as time goes on.  My goal is to inspire other women to change their perspectives about pregnancy.  It can be such a wonderful, positive experience!

Have you been through pregnancy?  Do you have thoughts to share?  Please comment below.

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Eleni September 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I’m so happy for you! He is absolutely stunning. I have moved out of mid city and haven’t been able to make it to balance in a while but am still practicing at home as i await the arrival of my baby boy in December. So glad to have heard the news hope to get to meet your precious little guy one day.

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Helen Barnett September 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

Dear Jessica,
I am so happy for you. What a beautiful baby boy. He looks quite peaceful! Isn’t the love overwhelming (in a good way!)?

Helen

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Jessica September 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

HI Helen,
Yes the love is overwhelming, in an awesome way. I feel that especially at night as I watch him feed and he looks up at me!

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Ramona September 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Congratulations to you!! How adorable! How lovely!

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Dana Hill September 6, 2013 at 11:52 am

So happy for you!!! He is beautiful!

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Lynn Skelding September 7, 2013 at 9:19 am

Congratulations Jessica! What a beautiful addition to your life! Each day will bring you so much joy & love. I’m looking forward to seeing him in person.

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Jessica September 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Thank you! I hope to bring him to the studio soon! He is quite peaceful most of the time and sleeps a lot.

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