Mary and the midwife left. We wanted to go to bed, but found out that Jane had passed tons of meconium already, and it was all over her butt and her legs and her feet, so we spent quite a while cleaning her, while Tara tried to climb on top of us the whole time. By the time I had Jane almost cleaned up, she passed more meconium. By the time that was cleaned up, even more! This was kind of stressful, especially since it was 4am or so already, and Tara was kind of hyper.
We decided not to worry about emptying the birth pool, and went to sleep. We did end up sleeping from 4:30am till 9:30am, so that wasn't too bad. Then I called the neighbor where the boys were and I talked to Cees and told him he had a little baby sister. His reply: 'Again?'. Then he asked whether I was at work now.
The boys came home and admired their new baby sister and jumped on the bed. They both were leaning over her and Timmy said 'Oh, isn't she SHUTE?' Then they continued jumping on the bed. Jane slept through all this. I guess she's used to a lot of noise with 3 older siblings.
Sander was able to empty the birth pool by siphoning it. That was one of the things we had been worried about, but it worked out great, although it did take a long time.
So, this was definitely a very quick and easy birth. I was really surprised about how fast she was born after the contractions did kick in. It was on and off for most of the evening, but when they kicked in, they REALLY kicked in. I felt like I was holding them off until the pool was ready, so that I could go in there, relax and give birth. I think I was right, because that is exactly what happened!
We are still surprised about how similar this birth was to Tara's. It was literally almost exactly the same pattern, ending in another (unplanned) unassisted home water birth.
And I know next time I should just believe that when I have contractions every few minutes that this means that the baby will be born that night, even if the contractions are not strong yet. I seem to gradually go from light labor into heavier labor and by the time I am sure this is it, it is too close to the birth to get the midwife there.