the birth story {part 2}

read part 1 here

As I manned my stair post, I realized my contractions were coming so quickly {and that they were so incredibly painful} that they were like the end of labor, yet it still wasn't enough to convince me this was the real thing.

You'd think a mother of almost five would know real labor for sure, but being 11 days late, something in me refused to fully believe this was it

My phone chimed in the other room, and I waddled to the kitchen to see who it was. It was Rob texting me, just a couple of minutes after he'd left to take the kids to my dad's house: "Are you okay? Do you need me to come back?"

Another crazy hard contraction hit and I was back into my plie position, but it wasn't helping it like it had in previous labors- another sign that I was closer to the end than I thought. After it was over, I laid my forehead on the kitchen counter, and prayed out loud over and over, Jesus, I cannot do this without you. I am so weak, and this is happening so fast, and it hurts so much, oh God, please help me.

The pain was finally starting to convince me that this might actually be going somewhere, maybe even tonight.

Instead of my standard I'll be okay, I texted Rob back this time, "meet Dad half way."

Another text back: "Did you call the midwife yet?"

My initial thoughts were "Call the midwife? It's only been a few minutes or something- what would I tell her? I've been in labor for 25 minutes and I think it's time? They're going to think I'm crazy."

But before I could talk myself out of it, I decided {a.k.a. Jesus led me to} go ahead and call her just to see what she thought about my situation.

I pulled out my birthing information card and called her quickly from my squat position as another contraction hit. I told her I'd had lots of really hard contractions, but they were so fast I couldn't time them, at least a handful in the last 15-20 minutes {I was guessing on the conservative side, but I'm pretty sure it was way more thinking back}. I told her I wasn't sure if it was the real thing.

She said she'd have the on-call midwives come, and I {being paranoid about being an overly-panicked laboring woman, and doubting this even was really it} asked if she was sure they should come and what would they do if it all just stopped? They were both driving over 45 minutes to get to me, and I would feel so bad if nothing happened after all. 

But she assured me in her amazingly calming voice if nothing happened, they'd rest on the sofa and go home in the morning. We hung up, and somehow I felt so relieved they were going to be here soon. { I later found out she called the other midwife and said "go now"...apparently I sounded quite like I was in actual labor! :)}

I texted Rob back that they were coming, and found out he was going to meet my dad after all, and would be back soon {thank you, Jesus}.

I made my way to the living room to find something tall to lean on as the contractions were getting tougher and tougher. I used the sofa to support my arms as I squatted deep into the contractions. As they began to be nearly unbearable {and it had only been 30ish minutes total}, I finally let myself believe that this baby was REALLY coming.

Everything was so much more painful than I remembered in my last labor, and I prayed through and after each contraction like a mad woman. I told Jesus how there was no way in the world I could do this without Him and started quoting Psalms 34- and told Him I knew His promises were true and that he would help me through this, and I needed Him for strength.

Each contraction was so intense I could barely stand afterward, and I started to wonder if the baby was going to come before Rob or the midwives made it back. I texted a friend {whom I'd just texted maybe 30 minutes before that I was optimistically hoping the baby would come in the morning} that the baby was coming now and it was hard and fast and please pray for me.

I was shaking and sweating and laying my head down on the back of the sofa in between squat-contractions when Rob came home. I was so happy to see him- at least I wouldn't be completely alone if the midwives weren't here. I told him how these felt like the end of labor contractions and not the beginning ones- that they really, really hurt and they were so fast.

I asked him to bring me the Bible and I flipped through Psalms as he put on our favorite worship CD and rushed to get the bed ready with the shower curtains and plug in the crockpot full of washcloths. 

The contractions were happening only a minute apart or less now, and lasting for 15-20 seconds. It was so intense my legs and hands shook after each one, and I ended up just laying my head on the Bible and praying like crazy- singing the words of the song playing as a prayer- fill me up God, fill me up God, and told Him I needed Him so much, and that I knew He made my body to do this, and I trusted Him to do what He wanted to do, and prayed for less pain.

Rob came to check on me once he was done, and he rubbed my lower back when I was having contractions. I begged him to pray for me, and told him what every woman says I'm sure- that I wasn't sure I ever wanted to do this again. ;) 

I was shaking and getting so tired so quickly, I moved to the bedroom and tried to squat for a few contractions and rest on the pillows in between contractions, but I was so shaky from the pain coming every few seconds- I was trying to think of ways to cope with it in the meantime.

I looked at the clock- it had only been less than one hour since we started this thing- how much did that mean I have left to go? Every contraction became like 15 seconds of deep uttering of Jesus.... Jesus... Jesus.... please help me. When it was over, it was 30-45 seconds of oh Lord, please give me strength for the next one.

I turned my head toward the bathroom door and I remembered hearing the words "the midwife's epidural" in my head. I totally think the Holy Spirit reminded me of it, because the water made all the difference in the world. {is it weird that I love the "coincidence" that the Spirit is the living Water who brings us comfort??}

Rob started filling up the bathtub for me, and I went in and instantly relaxed. The contractions slowed down a bit, and lying back in the hot water made the intense pressure bearable. Instead of squatting and pushing through the pain, I found myself trying to relax into the contraction {a method that never ever worked for me before}, and imagine it working to open everything.

Even after just one contraction in the tub, I couldn't imagine leaving the water. I wasn't there long before the first midwife arrived around 11:20- 11:25, and oh goodness, how glad was I to see her!

She checked the baby's heart rate {perfect}, and quietly asked me a few questions, and a few contractions later around 11:45 {I think- you lose track of time in labor land}, the other midwife arrived, oxygen tank and extra supplies in hand. I remember wondering if she would let me take a whiff to feel better. Surely oxygen was safe, right? But I didn't ask. ;)

The water was such a gift though- I can't imagine how much harder the contractions would have been otherwise. The contractions were still right on top of each other, and I could feel the baby moving down into my pelvis, but I tried not to fight it- just to relax my face and imagine my body opening up, and I sang the words of those worship songs in my head- all to you, I surrender, everything, every part of me

I prayed for a break after the harder ones- and when the easier ones came I could smile through them. I didn't want to talk at all- I had pretty much lost all desire to speak since back at the sofa.

Thankfully, the midwives were PERFECT. They knew exactly how to do this birthing thing- they spoke quietly and softly, and assured me I was doing great, and checked on the baby periodically after contractions. I didn't have to be "checked" thankfully, and there were no bright lights or people coming or going or beeping monitors, or painful IV sticks or blood being taken. 

It was so natural- I was going to have a baby, and they were there to make sure everything was okay, and there was no panicky, rushed feeling EVER. It was everything I was hoping our home birth would be. Once I asked them to pray for an easier one for the next contraction, and one of the midwives, Melina,  waited through a contraction to place her hand on my belly and pray for me. Perfect, I tell you.

Rob was in and out, bringing me water and a fan, and I could tell he was a little nervous. This was such a different situation from the hospital too- he kept asking questions and worrying about preparations and providing refreshments. It was actually really cute, even when I was in labor {most of the time anyway ;)}. He did really good- and he even had the camera ready when the baby was born! :D

The Lord never left me the entire time- it was like His strength was just enough to get through that one contraction, and I couldn't think about how much I had left anymore. It hurt like crazy- it might have been my most painful natural labor even, but I wasn't fearful at all- I knew God made it this way, and I wasn't afraid of the next one coming. When the pain changed again, into my tailbone, right after midnight, I felt the urge to push, and oh my goodness, I was so happy to be close to the end!

A few contraction pushes later, I felt that very distinct fullness, he started to crown, and the other midwife, Diane, softly coached me from the side of the bathtub to relax between contractions and let everything stretch. It felt so good to know I only had a little to go. I was coaching myself mentally too-  breathe him down....he's almost here... you're so close... just let your body stretch, let it open...

When the contractions hit, I pushed with all my might and the head, the rest of the head, then the shoulders came out, and I fully expected the baby to come sliding out like the other four had. No such luck. ;) Keep pushing, she told me, and his body was BIGGER than his head and shoulders! 

I kept pushing until I felt his feet come out, and in one fell swoop the midwife lifted him up on to my chest- and praise the Lord, it was OVER by 12:14, less than 2 hours from when I realized it was happening! :) They brought a towel and quickly dried him off- and he was so perfect and such a manly looking little baby boy! He started crying, and turning red, and I told him I was so glad he was finally here. 


They checked his heartbeat as I held him. I never had to let him go for his first minutes, except to hand him to his daddy.


A few minutes later after the cord cutting, we moved to the bedroom, and had lots of time together before they did his full assessment/weighing. I was eager to see how much he weighed- I knew he was big in the womb, and he looked even bigger when he came out!!


I didn't really think he'd break the double digits- but he did: 10 lbs. 0 ounces!

And at 22.5 inches, he broke all of our baby records by 2.5 inches! He was a crazy big boy even for our extended family. 

The midwives stayed for the next two hours, helping me get up, checking my blood pressure, and checking on and admiring the baby. It was 2 a.m., but I felt great, and couldn't sleep a wink for the next 3 hours. :)


The Lord was so present- so kind to me. It was so painful and quick {I even wanted to back out when it started, ha!}, but it was by far the most amazing birth experience I've had. I loved being able to be at home and to be able to focus on relying on the Lord to get me through, to be able to soak in worship music that sunk deep into my soul, repeating words of praise to God when I couldn't even form a single thought. 


Looking back, I'm so thankful we "randomly" went back to the bookstore the weekend before to pick up that Jesus Culture worship CD. I'm so thankful we had time to take the kids to my dad's house because it started before they went to bed. I'm so thankful the midwives got there at just the right time when I needed them. God is so in the details we don't even think to notice sometimes, you know?

I also think that the Lord urging me to get in the water made me be able to birth a very large child perfectly and quickly without injury, while at the same time relieving the intense pain so much. I still look at Zane and then my belly, now a week later, and wonder how he ever fit inside me. How did I not break something getting him out? It's only by the Lord's mercy.


If anything pregnancy and birthing shows you, it's that God knows what He's doing. It's a miracle that our bodies can grow these amazing mini-humans for 9 months, and then we can be able to push them out- it's almost ridiculous how awesome it is. To believe that could randomly happen by chance is impossible. It's so perfectly, amazingly done that it practically shouts that we have an incredible Creator.

A Creator so good to His children, he gives them the birth that is perfect for them- even if it's 11 days later and faster than they thought. :) 

I know that almost every male scholar out there has a different, general, interpretation of this verse as a parenting promise for women, and they may be right, but I honestly believe that this verse is a specific promise for mamas who have to endure the curse of painful childbirth:
“Yet she will be saved through childbearing--if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.” 1 Timothy 2:15
I believe the Lord gives us strength and saves us through the process of childbirth when we seek Him with faith, knowing He will answer. He brings a peace and a trust in what He is doing that surpasses understanding. It still hurts, but He doesn't allow the spirit of fear to enter, and we can make it through even terrible pain because He gives us strength.

He saved me through another new life being born, bringing me to trust Him even in the worst pain of my life. 

Our God is worthy of all praise, honor, and glory. 

He is so good to us, sweet friends. 

He has been so very good to me. I can't wait to see what He has planned for this little man's life. :)







Psalm 34:1-10
1 I will bless the LORD at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD;

let the humble hear and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,

and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me

and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him are radiant,

and their faces shall never be ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him

and saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the LORD encamps

around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!

Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

9 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,

for those who fear him have no lack!

10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;

but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

65 comments

Kimberly Geldard said...

Holy cow what a great story and so blessed!! Plus you look gorgeous for someone who gave birth to 10lbs!!!!

Kelly Williams Hale said...

Beautiful story - brought me to tears. God is so good!! You are absolutely right - it's almost ridiculous how awesome it is to "grow" a baby :) God bless you and your big family!!!! Kelly

Lydia (The Thrifty Frugal Mom) said...

Oh my, yes I totally know what a birth like that is like. Our 2nd was like that and I still say even though it was my fastest and smallest, it was also my hardest because the contractions came SO fast. Unlike you though, we had to have her in the hospital since she was over 4 wks. early. Now you are making me wonder how much different it would have been if I could have birthed her at the midwives in the whirlpool.

So glad he's here, healthy and handsome!

Tawnee said...

This actually brought tears to my eyes. I have no children yet but do plan on it one day though I am not sure I would do a home birth I admire that you did. Also it never occur to me that I could pray through the labor, I guess I just assumed the pain would be so bad( im a big baby) that I just wouldnt but now when I do decide to have kids I will be determined to pray thorugh the pain.

Rachel Erin said...

What a beautiful story and a beautiful family! God is SO good!

Shannon said...

I love that story! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!

extraordinarilyuniquelyme said...

Absolutely beautiful! The story, your faith, your baby and your marriage.

Renee said...

Love it! For our next child, I want to try a home birth too. Our 1st two experiences weren't that great in the hospital. You look so happy & amazing! Congratulations again :)

loveleeliz said...

God is soooo good! Thank you so much for the rest of your story (I have been waiting anxiously)! What a beautiful, beautiful experience! So happy for each and everyone of you!!

Rosenda said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! It brought me to tears and I love how the Lord is so good to us in times when we really need Him. Yes, He is so in to all the details! May the Lord bless your new baby and entire family.

Maggie Baker said...

Ahhhh I love your birth story! My husband and I don't have any children yet (we for sure hope that some day my womb may be blessed) but reading your story made me cry. I LOVED how Jesus was SO present and your story really showed me the miracles of a new life, God's strength, God's perfect timing, God's gentle arms... ahhh so awesome!!
Thanks for sharing and I'll be praying for rest for you and your husband!

Wessies GIrl said...

What a beautiful story! Welcome baby Zane and be blessed and grow strong in the Lord and the power of His might! Knowing that you were born for such a time as this! What an awesome little generation changer!

Scarlett said...

This is one of the most beautiful blog posts I have EVER read! Thank you for sharing your precious story. I love that you were listening to jesus Culture (if I were to ever go through labour again, which I won't, but if I did, Jesus Culture and Bethel Music would definitely be in the room with me!!!)!
Many blessings on your new babe and your beautiful family!!!
xo

Laura Deery said...

Wow, what an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing... I am due with my first in 3 1/2 weeks and this is so wonderful to read. I will be giving birth at a hospital, but this is exactly the kind of experience I hope to have - one where I am able to be totally dependent on the Lord for strength. I absolutely trust that He created us for this and I am so excited for it! Your story is such an encouragement that He is faithful :) Thank you!

Anna McCrary said...

Thank you for sharing. God bless you and your new addition to your family.

Leah said...

Oh wow! What amazing and fast experience! God has truly blessed your family. I am pregnant with our 6th and due right before Christmas and planning our 4th homebirth. Isn't it the most amazing thing when the baby is there and the pain is gone? What a miracle:)

hclehnig said...

Thank you so very much for sharing your most personal story; what an absolute testimony!
God's Richest Blessings,

Heidi

mrshdjohnson said...

I Love hearing your story. The story of my oldest's birth is very similar - she was born in 1 hr and 35mins - it was crazy hard and intense, but I so knew Jesus was with me. Glory to His HOLY HOLY name!!!

Kenz2410 said...

Thanks for sharing your story! I love that you played Jesus Culture during the birth. They're my favorite!

Laura said...

Such a beautiful story! Tears started flowing when I read that you said "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" inbetween contractions... often the only words I could utter during my labors were those and such comfort they do bring! Praise Him for such a perfect experience for you!

Cheryl Z said...

What a beautiful story. My fifth birth is so similar! Also the first (and only) homebirth for us. Also a 2-hour labor. Also born at about quarter after 12 in the morning! But it was a girl and she was only 9 pounds (#8 was the 10-pounder). And the dr. was coming from further away, as well as the nurse, and they were both late. My husband and I were alone, but it all went well and it was actually one of the easier deliveries I've had. Number 4 was longer, but more intense, much like this one was for you. Praise the Lord for the miracle of birth :)

Cara Shields said...

Love!! God is good

The Mama Behind the Story said...

What a lovely story!!! I had my fifth baby at home in water and while reading your story, my first thought was, "Get this woman some water!" and then you mentioned the bath tub. :) The water really does make all the difference. I can't imagine ever having another "land/dry" birth again.

Congrats on your newest little fella. :)

Nicole said...

What a true testimony to Gods strength and love! What a beautiful boy!
www.nicole-blissfullyblessed.blogspot.com

Danielle said...

You inspire me! I don’t have any kids yet of my own but have still wondered what type of birth I would want. It’s so encouraging to hear your story of how the Lord got you through it!

Michele-Lyn said...

What a beautiful story, beautiful mama, beautiful baby and faithful God! <3

Tori said...

Wow, thank you for sharing this! I feel a bit overwhelmed thinking about all the options and health concerns and things I should do to be ready to be a mom someday...and your story encouraged me--it can be simple, safe, and surrounded by Jesus. Thank you!

HollyLane said...

What an amazing beautiful story. I read your blog often but don't often comment. Shine on Girl!

Jen said...

Congratulations! Was Zane's face bruised as a result of the quick birth? I ask because our fourth child (weighed 9.11 and came in two hours!) had a terribly bruised face. They wrote "bruised face" on his isolette because the nurses kept thinking he was turning blue from not breathing!

Looks like you are doing beautifully! Congrats again!

Ashleigh Bomar said...

Wow! What an amazng story! I had a 37 minute unassisted (unplanned!) homebirth with my little Levi so I FEEL YOU SISTER!

Sending our love from Dripping Sprngs, TX.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing birth story!! I can totally feel you through your laboring hours!! God is so so so amazing!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Best wishes from Singapore!
ChinYee

E said...

How beautiful! I have tears in my eyes for how God cared for you during your labor and brought your son into this world safely!

faith said...

what a beautiful birth story! so blessed, you are!! congrats on the new addition!

Rita said...

Wish I had that faith over eight years ago! Glad all went well and congratulations!

Carissa said...

What an amazing account that can be kept for all time. He is beautiful and so is your story, thanks for sharing!!

Susan Sene said...

Sounds like a beautiful birth!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!! I love how you were so focused on the Lord throughout your labor. The book I've been reading (Redeeming Childbirth) has been great for my focus...inviting God to be an active part of my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and beyond instead of wishing it away or trying to avoid as much discomfort as possible. Totally not saying pain meds is a bad thing - only that our heart going into labor and birth and even motherhood in general should not be fear-based and wanting to avoid discomfort. Through pain we are made stronger - both physically and spiritually and NO woman can go through any part of labor and childbirth without some sort of pain. It was great to finally see this and welcome this as an opportunity to grow instead of wishing it away. :)

Ulrika said...

I'm jealous of women who get to do normal vaginal delivery. I don't and I miss out on that experience. In the end what matters is that the baby gets out of there safely for both baby and mom of course but I would have loved to get to experience vaginal delivery. (I've experienced it from the baby's perspective (though luckily don't remember that LOL) but not from a mom's.)

valerie said...

Blessed be His name!!!!

Melanie Jason said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful birth story! I just found your blog and look forward to reading more of it.

Melanie
http://jasonadoption.blogspot.com/

cal+claire said...

SO beautiful! I'm desperately praying for a VBAC - I'm high risk so hospital is really my only option, but have found this amazing hospital where the doctor is natural friendly and the nurses are midwives. I have been so nervous and a little scared, but it was just such a great reminder that the Lord never leaves us!

Alyssa Falkenstein said...

What a beautiful story! I am so proud of you and excited for you! We had our first at home, and someday when God decides we're ready for another, he/she will be born at home as well. Your passion for Christ is so obvious and so lovely, it makes me want to hug you and go out for coffee haha. You truly were blessed with a great birth! If you would like, you can read my birth story as well :) Enjoy you're babymoon! <3

http://christiancrunchyattached.blogspot.com/2013/04/my-birth-story.html

Alyssa Falkenstein said...

your babymoon**

Brooke said...

LOVE your story! my fifth was my first and only homebirth, so this brought me right back to his birth 13 months ago. so so happy for you and your family. your boy is so beautiful. and God is so so good.

Christine:) said...

What a beautiful birth story. Thank you so much for sharing all the details! I absolutely have loved following your pregnancy:)

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Casalena said...

Absolutely Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!! <3

IAMALOVER said...

I am 29 weeks pregnant with my third :) After reading you and Zane's birth story I am getting excited about having a great birth! God is so good and his mercy endures for ever :) I love Jesus Culture too by the way! Thank you for sharing
Courtney :)

JoyBelle said...

Congratulations! I got to see his precious photo on Instagram when you posted but I'm so excited I got online and got to read the birth story tonight. I can relate to it so much having just had my first homebirth (and first water birth) of my fifth baby as well (also a boy)! Like seriously, so many things were similar like how fast and furious and how much harder than my other natural births. BUT so worth it.

BTW, totally off topic, but my husband was at The Awakening in Chicago!!! We had Kim Walker-Smith's new CD playing when I was in labor. Love that ministry and the sweet voices of the singers.

Very happy for your family and I cannot wait to hear about how the siblings met their new brother!

Noémi said...

congratulations and God blessing for you and your family!
I read your blog as a pregnant woman, our fourth child in my belly, I have almost two months for the labor....but it was so good to read your way of giving birth....
Thanks for yout testimony!
A good idea of you to listen worship CD! :)
Maybe I can use it too (I had two times deliver at home in the Nethelands, but now in Hungary I have to go to the hospital, we will see when and how ;)
we wish you a blessed time togheter!
Noémi from Hungary

Melanie W. said...

Thank the Lord for your beautiful miracle! I've been inspired by you and your choices for natural birth. I'm 13 weeks now and my energy is back, so now I plan to see what our local hospitals offer, as well as check out my #1 choice which is a birth center with midwives and natural birthing, however it doesn't take our insurance yet.. :(

What is the Jesus Culture CD you picked up called?

Congrats, and God bless you and your family!

lola said...

beautiful birth story!!! i also had a homebirth with my son, and i was so changed by it, i grew after that birth, grew to believe in myself and in the lords will. :)

Christie said...

Yay!! Yay!! I know I'm so late in reading this, but am so glad I waited for when I could actually enjoy it fully. Praise the Lord for His goodness! I love how he makes so clear to us His grace and love and mercy right when we are experiencing the pain of the curse. So happy for you and thanks so much for sharing!

Unknown said...

Congrats. Thank you for sharing your amazing story. God bless you and your beautiful family.

Shawna Kiloran said...

Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! I have fallen on your blog every few months for the last year or two. I always find it so inspirational! It's so encouraging to find a blog that openly speaks the Truth. This particular entry makes me a total believer in home births; my husband and I are convinced!

Keep being a positive role model for Christian wives and mothers everywhere and bringing God all the glory. May God bless your lovely family!

Anonymous said...

Amazing and beautiful! What a messenger you are for the creator. Thank you for sharing your life and inspiring us.

Lynet Sandoval Witty said...

This is by far, the best written, meaningful home birth story I have ever read. new follower and I AM SO glad I found you and your family! Such beautiful words, I only hope to look to your family and your praise to God as an example for me and my family. Congrats on that little {big} boy!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing story! My last son was 11 pounds and was a natural birth but in the hospital (started as a water birth but I delivered out of the tub.) This gives me such hope that a home birth with a large baby is possible. I can't wait to have another baby and do it at home.

Samantha said...

Thank you for that beautiful story! It reminded me so much of my last birth. My daughter was almost 10 pounds but we didn't know it. So I was very surprised when the labor was so very different than my under 8 pound babies. I wish I'd had water available because I think I could have relaxed and opened up a little easier. But God was faithful and brought me through just as you said. There was a lot of praying and scripture going on and that really helps. He is faithful!

Ellie said...

What a beautiful story! I'm so glad you shared it. I love midwives and home births, and your story is exactly why! Congratulations on a healthy big boy!

Brittany Hazeldine said...

Thank you so much for sharing your amazing birth story! I am pregnant with our first child and already feeling anxious about the birth. Your story encourages me to rely on God through it all, and that He will save me too

Gail said...

I was in tears reading this. God is amazing... His creation is truly amazing. And you've shared from the heart and brought me to tears, being able to be a part of your story just by reading it. Thank you.

Laura Rose said...

I can totally relate! Our second was born less than two hours after I felt the first contraction. No one can truly understand those crazy short labors either except those that have them. They are one of a kind that is for sure. Thanks for sharing such a personal, spiritual journey to the birth of your son. He is blessed with some amazing and loving parents, that's for sure. :)

KristaD said...

Thank you so much for putting the time into perfecting this story for us. I read it again as a 30 wk pregnant gal with my first and I was so very encouraged! Isn't God good! I'm feeling so unprepared for birth despite my research and all it keeps coming back to is abiding in Christ -he is the sustainer. We decided to use a birth center with midwives and I'm so excited to see how God works in our birth. I'm also using Jesus Culture on my playlist :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there! First off, I absolutely LOVE reading your blog. It really blesses me! Second, do you mind sharing who you went to for a midwife? I live in the Fort Worth area and I know you live in this general area. My husband and I will start trying in the next 6 months so I'm trying to get ahead of the game. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Weber said...

I just came across this post and it has given me SO much hope. My due date is today for my third, and quite honestly, I am starting to get scared knowing my first two were 9 lbs+. What a miracle and blessing to birth a 10 pound baby in a tub! You are a superwoman and I surely will be thinking of you while birthing. Thank you for sharing and to God for leading me here.