Let me start of by saying thank you to all of you for your prayers! God surely gave strength just when we needed it. This has been such an exciting adventure for us and I’m excited to be able to share it with you all.
The Beginning of Birth Pangs
The saga began last night at about 12:30 AM, Lauren had been in bed for about an hour and I was just getting to bed after putting in some time to get caught up on work before the baby came. Lauren had been having pretty steady contractions for a few days and in the past few hours they had started to develop a consistent pattern.
I collapsed in bed, very excited about getting some sleep (especially after staring at a computer screen for 5 hours) and pretty sure that, if the baby was coming soon like we anticipated, we had a good few hours before anything serious happened. 5 minutes after crawling under the covers, however, I hear an “Ohhhh… uuuuugh”.
“What’s the matter Sweetheart?”
“Just another contract… Oooh! It’s a good one.”
“Anything I can do?” (My hopes for a good night sleep slowly fading away).
“I think they are getting closer. Can you start timing them, we are supposed to report if they are consistently 5 minutes apart for more than an hour.”
So we did and sure enough, every 4-6 minutes a good (and I use that word advisedly) contraction came. After a little over an hour of monitoring (and no sleep) we drug ourselves out of bed and called Charlotte, our midwife. We had contacted her earlier that night to let her know that something might be happening. She said that she would be on her way and that there would be someone here soon to assess the situation and give us some coaching.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
We recited these verses over and over as we moved from Beginning labor to Transition and Active labor. It is amazing how God’s word brings calmness and a sense of comfort even in great pain and fear. It is amazing that even in the hardest contraction, I could make out Lauren say “More… Psalm”.
Once I got off the phone with Charlotte, I went back to Lauren who was definitely moving past early labor. As she moaned and groaned leaning over the birth ball, I began applying pressure to her lower back to help relieve some of the pain. “I don’t know if I can do this if it continues to get worse”, Lauren was saying after the most recent contraction. To be honest, I was getting a little worried to with the intensity and speed of the contraction. I was wondering, “What if the contractions keep getting worse, can we keep on like this? What if this doesn’t continue on for much longer and the midwife doesn’t make it in time?” But no time to think about that, the next contraction was upon us.
The Door Between Worlds
When a woman is in labor she has pain, because her time has come. Yet when she has given birth to her child, she doesn’t remember the agony anymore because of the joy of having brought a human being into the world.
12 or 13 minutes had passed since we had called our midwife and things seemed to be escalating very rapidly. Contractions kept coming faster and harder, and my poor wife kept getting louder and more concerned.
“Something feels weird!” She cried as the contraction subsided. I gulped.
“What do you thing it is?” (Not the baby I hope).
“I don’t know, call Charlotte!”
As I called, another contraction hit. As I am explaining to our midwife how fast we are progressing I hear: “I think I have to push!”
I put down the phone and we rush down to the shower, hoping to stall the labor a little bit. But just as we get down another contraction hits. Lauren fell to her knees as I tried frantically to turn on the shower and set it to a good temperature.
“I have to push!” She cried as we scrambled to get her into the soothing warmth of the shower. She leans over the shower seat and I hear a shriek that turns my blood cold. “I think his head is coming through!” Lauren cries. Ahhh! What do I do??? What are the emergency deliver techniques that we went over??? Why didn’t I pay better attention??? No time to worry about that, “There is his head!”
“Your doing it!” I yell as Lauren cries out in her exertion.
“Here he comes!”
Post Birth Proceedings
God is good!
Wow! We couldn’t believe it! We took a few moments to marvel in the miracle that had just happened before our eyes.
Lauren held on to our new little fellow while I ran around the house getting towels, nose suckers, and all the other things that you try and have on hand when a baby is born. After a few minutes, our support team started trickling in and after about 45 minutes, we were back upstairs in our room and Lauren was being cared for by much more capable hands.
Because the birth had happened so fast, there were some complications passing the placenta and Lauren lost quite a bit of blood. For a few minutes she hovered on the edge of consciousness as the midwives and assistant worked quickly to revive her and start giving her fluids while also calling the fire department for emergency assistance should things take a turn for the worst. She soon stabilized, thankfully, and the firemen gave her a clean bill of health.
Lauren finally got a chance to start feeding little Jamie… and he was hungry, let me tell you! While she worked on that, I ran downstairs to see if I could come up with some good stuff for a breakfast worthy of a champion momma.
While I tried to get Lauren to eat and drink as much as she could, Jamie was getting his baby check up. His final numbers were 7lbs 10oz for the weight and 20in for the height. He has brown/black hair and grey eyes.
Here is a picture of the two best Mommas in the world who helped so much with everything from cleaning to Jamie diapers to you name it! We are so blessed to have them.