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IMG_0972 I figured since our little girl will be two weeks old tomorrow, I better write out her birth story!

My mom delivered all four of us past 40 weeks. In fact I was the closest to my due date and I was born six days after it! I must be following her pattern because 40 weeks came and went and I. was. still. pregnant. And then 41 weeks came and I. was. still. pregnant. I had gone 41 weeks exactly with Aiden so to hit this day and really not feel any different was discouraging to say the least. I went to my appointment and had to talk through setting up my induction and find out that I was dilated to a 2 but my cervix was still thick. I cried after we left the appointment. I actually thought I was going to have to be induced. But sometime later that day in talking it out or praying, I came to accept that whatever happens will happen and I just needed to be ok with it. I felt peace return and I was ok with still being pregnant.

We decided to go to the Mall of America that night for something fun. I started to feel like I had indigestion and thought maybe it was the steamed kale I had tried for the first time that night. My mom said she was just going to believe it was the baby dropping and in my head I thought, “yeah right”. Well, I’m not sure if it was or wasn’t but when we went to bed that night around 10:30pm I started having contractions. They were sporadic though so I didn’t think much of them and tried to sleep (which wasn’t very successful). But at midnight the contractions started coming every 2-3 minutes and they were fairly strong. I thought about taking a bath to see if they were the real deal but after talking to our doula she reminded me that at this point it was most likely the real deal. I think I knew it too but I am glad I listened to her. We got ready to go and woke up my mom to tell her we were leaving. It of course had snowed so the roads weren’t great but even still we made it to the hospital in pretty good timing. The contractions weren’t super fun in the car and before arriving at the hospital I was started to make my moaning noises so I knew things were progressing quickly.

We got into the emergency room where three guys stood there staring which was just great. “Yes, I am in labor thank you very much,” was my thought but soon a nurse came with a wheelchair and we were on our way to the maternity floor. The nurse asked about my contractions and I think maybe she thought I wasn’t that far along.

We got in and I signed the necessary paperwork and then made our way to the room where once again I don’t think the nurses realized how far along I was. All they were concerned about was hooking me up to the monitor to check the baby’s heart rate. I asked to please be checked and they said they wanted to do the monitoring first (20 minutes of monitoring). But after hearing me work through a couple of contractions I think they realized I was farther along then they thought and they did check me. I was 5 centimeters dilated and 85% effaced. Our doula came shortly after this and encouraged me that I was over half way. Oh, by the way we arrived at the hospital at 1:45am.

They let me lay on my side while they did the monitoring which was better than my back but not great. Finally my doula asked if I could get on all fours. They got an exercise ball for me to lean over. This position was much better even though they were still monitoring me. I was hoping they would get a clue and just forget about it but they said they were looking for one more good acceleration in the heart rate. I just wanted to punch them but I decided to keep my mind focused on labor and not the nurse (who was just doing her job).

I listened to my body and when I started to feel like pushing I did. Not real hard but still a push. And it brought some relief. They realized I wasn’t far away (the midwife checked me and found me to be complete) and ordered the birth tub to be filled but then when the midwife came in, my doula heard her and the nurses talking. She went over and asked what was going on and apparently the midwife was new to that hospital and needed a second midwife in order to do a water birth. The other midwife was 30 minutes away and my doula told her we didn’t have that much time. Not long after this my water broke to reveal meconium (poop in the amniotic fluid) which meant I couldn’t have a water birth anyway. The midwife asked if the position I was in was the one I wanted to deliver in and so my doula asked me. I said, “I don’t know.” But we kept the position anyway. And before I knew it I was really pushing. One push and she was crowning so the midwife told me to push again right away (even though I could feel the crowning I didn’t really realize I was at that point so I wasn’t sure why she was telling me to push again) and then she was born. It was 2:41am – not even an hour after we arrived. And it was a girl!!!!

I felt the instant relief of it being over with and I was so excited it was a girl. A little while later I delivered the placenta and got stitched up for a 1 degree tear. No one could believe how fast it went. Josh actually missed the crowning but made it down there in time to see her come out because he didn’t think I was delivering yet!

It took us a while but we finally decided on the name Josephine Pearl. Josephine means “she shall increase in wisdom” and Pearl means “priceless jewel”. We couldn’t be happier!

The last two weeks have been a little rough with adjusting to nursing and life with a newborn and two little boys but we are starting to get the hang of things. I’m so thankful for the help we have received from others! And I am so thankful for the meals I prepared beforehand. By the way I still plan to share my 5 week menu with you now that I have a new computer!

When I wrote out the boys’ birth plans, I wrote them more like a letter to them. Since I didn’t do that for Josephine, here is a little letter to her:

Dear Josephine,

Welcome to the world sweet baby girl! Daddy and I were so excited to meet you. It was getting really hard to wait for you because mommy wanted to meet you so badly. I had a feeling you were a girl but I wasn’t completely sure. I asked to announce your sex when you were born and it was so fun to say, “it’s a girl!” (Daddy had already seen that you were a girl but he waited to say anything until I said it.) We prayed that you would have a sweet gentle spirit and that is the way you seem to be. Different people have commented how peaceful you are. My favorite thing that someone has said about you so far was our friend Anthony. He shared some of who he senses the Lord has made you to be. He said, “she will move in great wisdom. Wisdom will come naturally to her. She will be able to give answers to problems very easily. I also sense a very compassionate heart and that she will be someone who will be used to bring healing to others.” Daddy and I just looked at each other and smiled because the meaning of your name means “she shall increase in wisdom”. Anthony had no idea that was the meaning. God is so amazing! We believe these words for you and we are confident that you will be used by the Lord for great and mighty things. But our biggest prayer for you is that you would know the Father’s love for you and that you would have a deep love for the Father even as a young girl. We love you and are so proud to call you our daughter sweet Josephine!

P.S. Mommy chose your middle name of Pearl because it is the meaning of my name and it has become very significant to me in these past few years. If you are ever struggling with how you feel about yourself, look to the meaning of your name. Pearl means “priceless jewel” and that is what you are…and what you will always be, both to daddy and me and to the Lord. Never forget that!

Your Mommy


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