We know that each and every child is different, unique in it's own way. What we did not expect was that each pregnancy/labor/delivery was also completely different. This one set records and threw us curve balls.
So, as I said, this pregnancy and delivery was different. Here is how. All our past pregnancies, Lindsay had few, if any, Braxton hicks contractions and once her labor started, she really went fast! It was less than 3 hours with Grace.
This pregnancy, Lindsay was having contractions off and on for weeks. None of them were strong. None of them did we think she was in labor. It was just different. We had everyone prepped for a fast labor and delivery. Dr. Roberts was going to "sprint to the hospital" (these were his words, which we thought was funny since he had broken his foot)! My parents were going to race down here to help with the kids and because we didn't think they would make it soon enough, we had 3 or 4 people on call ready to come keep the kids.
Nana Holding Baby Mercy
Saturday the 14th came. Lindsay's friend Kimmy (who was due a little after Lindsay was) had just had her baby. Lindsay went to visit, then. . . She jumped on the trampoline. She took evening primrose oil. She took castor oil. We went for a long walk. When I drove, I tried to hit every pothole. She jumped up and down in the family room. We also tried something I won't mention.
The New Family Photo!
In the heat of the moment, my parents forgot their cloths and everything else, and they were wearing dressy cloths. My dad took the Kids back to
Finally, at Sunday the 16th, we decided she was far enough along to go to the hospital. She was not in much pain. The contractions were very manageable. They were regular at every 4 min. apart. I think the only person to sleep good that night was me. Everyone else, including the doctor was ready to go.
After arriving at the hospital, the nurse checked Lindsay right away. Lindsay was only 4 cm. dilated and 60% effaced. We were kind of disappointed. We stayed in the room and talked and laughed. Lindsay and I took a couple of walks down the halls. We visited Kimmy, who was still in her room.
Finally, at , Dr. Roberts informed us that Lindsay was at 8 cm. and fully effaced and had been that way for about 1.5 hrs. He suggested that we break Lindsay's water. We agreed to allow this to be done. Lindsay even laughed a little during the conversation. The nurse was amazed and how much Lindsay had it together!
Dr. Roberts broke Lindsay's water and less than 15 min. later I was staring at my new daughter! What a precious little girl! I had been praying for a quick, painless delivery for Lindsay. I think God knows best. Overall Lindsay was in labor for 22.5 hrs. so it was not quick. But, up until the last 15 min. - the pain was not unbearable for her! What mercy God had on us! What an answer to prayer!
Isaac, James, and Grace came tornadoing into the room just a couple hours later to visit their new sister. Isaac was eager to help, offering to carry Mercy everywhere she needed to go and just dieing to hold her. James was James. He doesn't show much emotion. But I think he was excited about it too! Grace just pointed and said, "baby." She had her baby doll. So there was "Mommy's baby" and "Sissy's baby." (We still call Grace, "Sissy")
Again, I am amazed at this miracle of birth and the gift of life. I am so happy that God has entrusted us with this little girl. She is so beautiful. I believe that she will grow to become a powerful woman of God!
Thank you so much Lord for these blessings you have given us! Thank you for rewarding us with this little girl! Help us to train up our children in the way they should go. Help us to sharpen them into straight arrows that will be used effectively for Your kingdom!