Friday, September 16, 2011

Sarah Jean's Birth Story Part 2

Almost time....

At 12 noon my midwife asked if I wanted to be checked, and I was pretty curious, then amazed to hear I was 8cm!  Contractions were about the same in intensity, but seemed to slow down unless I was up, and moving.  I was pretty wore out, but walked up and down the steps.  Around 1:30-2 Daddy put the two little ones down for their naps, our oldest was hanging out in her room, and Joshua our 6 yo was down stairs with us.   I remember having a really strong contraction, and leaning over the top of the couch, seeing my 6yo, and asking the Lord to give me help.  Joshua went off to play his DS, and I went upstairs. Leaning over my ball, on the bed, I asked my midwife to pray with me, and she did.  She also told me "Next time we should do this sooner."  I then got on the floor, leaned over the ball again pushed once, and broke my water.  There was meconium (baby pooped inside for those who don't know what this is).  Normal again for me, as 3-4 of my other babies also had this.

Baby's coming....

I knew the baby was coming, as I started to get that "I cannot do this feeling", and told the midwife " I need to get in a good position." I got up on the bed, then on my side, and began pushing @ 2:55.  I remember feeling somewhat scared as my midwife told me to stop pushing, and breathe several times. I wanted to keep pushing, and I told my Midwife I was scared.  All along she was the midwife I hoped would deliver me from the practice (5 midwives total), and in this moment I knew the Lord chose her specifically for me.  She said to me "It is ok to be afraid, but it is not ok to panic, so you need to listen to what I tell you to do."  She asked me at least 3-4 times to stop pushing, and breath.  Next thing I knew baby's head was out, then body, into my arms.   She suctioned baby out for a few minutes, and I then began asking "Is baby a boy, or a girl?"  She told me to look, and see.  I was elated to see we were blessed with our 3rd baby girl, and 7th child.  At 3:23 pm we welcomed Sarah Jean.  I was given a shot of Pitocin to help with bleeding, but baby was well, and so was I.  Alice later told me she had to help Sarah out, as she was stuck, sort of how Daniel was.  I was so thankful that I had her to keep me calm, and her 34 years of experience to know how to get our baby girl out without injury.  God is good, and we feel so incredibly blessed.  Our oldest came in right after her sister was born, then shortly after the two little ones were up from naps(again God's timing is perfect, since Nana couldn't be here), and Josh came up to meet her as well.  We skyped the older boys that night as they were still in FL.  So thankful for technology : )

Sarah Jean is now 9 weeks old, and we are enjoying every minute with her.

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