Sunday, May 18, 2008

~This is Elijah's Mommy...with my labor story~

~My hope was to be able to go to church on Mother's Day, and then go into labor the next day or two. God granted my wish! Here are the kids and I on Mother's Day. Phillip had to go to Colombia for a week, and so we both prayed about and made the decision that He HAD to go, so God would be with me while he was gone. He bought me this nice coursage for Mother's day and he wrote me such a SWEET card!~
~My sister and I got the privilege of singing together for the special on Mother's Day morning.~
In my last post I told you that...on Tuesday I went to my midwife appointment and was measuring 50 WEEKS pregnant! That was a midwife (named Cheyanne) that I had never seen before and she was READY to induce me THAT DAY, except that I begged her to wait until Phillip came home on Saturday! Well, the next morning...Wednesday morning I got up and had early signs of labor!! (My water hadn't broken yet, and I knew that with ALL the fluid I was carrying it was too dangerous for it to break at home!) So, I jumped into the shower and Laura called my midwives office and they told me to go to Good Sam hospital. Before I left I called Phillip in Colombia, and he was getting chocked up thinking of me here and him there, but he knew that there was nothing he could do but PRAY! (And PRAY HE DID...ALL DAY LONG!!) On the way to the hospital I told Laura that if they put me on a monitor to see what my body was doing that they would see that the contractions I was having weren't really that strong and they would probably send me home. So, I told Laura that I was going to tell them that before they sent me home that they HAD to talk to my midwife Cheyanne!! Well, when I got to the hospital, GUESS WHO WAS ON DUTY? YES, you are right...it was Cheyanne! The minute she saw me she said, "We are having a baby today!" THANK THE LORD! (Though I was SAD that Phillip couldn't be with me (AND I DIDN'T KNOW HOW I WOULD LABOR WITHOUT HIM) I was sooo big and miserable that I was READY to have a baby!) ~Kimberly took this picture before I left the house heading to the hospital!~
~My dear sister Laura and Sherry Patton were a HUGE blessing to me during my labor and delivery! Thanks Ladies!!~
~My sweet parents got there about 2 hours before Elijah was born so my Moma got to be with me during labor and delivery too!~
~In labor...Waiting for Elijah to come. They started my pitocen in an IV at 3:45 PM to get Elijah to move down so that they could SAFELY break my water. At 7:30 PM they broke my water, and he was born at 9:07 PM...NO PAIN MEDS...NO EPIDURAL...just JESUS and ME!~
I know that this is probably more info then you want to hear but they said that my amniotic fluid weighed 30 lbs (and they didn't weigh it all!) I weighed about 107 or so before I got pregnant, weighed 150 the day before he was born, the fluid weighed 30 lbs, and little Elijah weighed 8 lbs. 3 oz!! ~One EXHAUSTED but HAPPY Mommy holding her ADORABLE Miracle from Jesus...Little Elijah Phillip!~
~Proud Aunt Laura with Elijah~
~Gram and Gramp praying a Prayer of THANKSGIVING that Elijah made it here safely and is perfectly healthy!~ GOD IS AWESOME!!!!
~PRECIOUS Little Elijah!~
~It is a tradition with me (as it was with my Moma) to buy our children gifts to give them when they come to the hospital to see their new sibling..so here are their gifts all ready for them to come and see Elijah!~
~Big sisters Kimberly, and Sarah, and "big" brother Noah seeing their little Elijah for the first time!! OH THE LOVE THEY HAVE FOR HIM!!~

Thanks TONS for your prayers...I couldn't have made it without them!! And Thanks also for all of your sweet comments! Elijah and I are doing well, just taking it slow these days as I'm still very tired. Thank the Lord that nursing is going good, and THAT DADDY GOT HOME FROM COLOMBIA YESTERDAY!! YEA!!! He LOVES his new little son just as much as he loves his Kimberly, Sarah, and Noah. =D
I have another post of pics to post soon!

20 comments:

lila said...

This posting is most precious. He is adoraable and I'm so happy your mom and dad made it there to greet precious Elijah. I'm glad Daddy is home. I know Elijah is too. Thanks so much for the post. love you tons

danielpauledwards said...

Heather, I LOVE this post of your sweet baby! Makes me kinda want another .... just kinda! :-) Do you think your water really was 30 pounds?!?! That's hard to believe. The picture of all the kids looking at him makes tears come to my eyes. Your girls are going to be such blessings and babysitters for you!
Love,
Angie

Liz said...

Oh Heather...congrats, congrats!!! 5 more weeks for me!! I wish my L7D story were that wonderful but I was induced, didn't do anything, and had to have a C-section and now will have to have another!! He is gorgeous!

Missy said...

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am so happy for you that it is finally over. I felt so bad for you with just seeing your pictures. Can't imagine how you felt carrying all of that around. Thank the Lord for another perfect addition to your family. Will be excitedly waiting for more pics. I am glad that "Daddy" is home now. I am sure that was so heartbreaking for him to not be there with you. Glad that you are all together as a family again!

Bethany said...

Isn't it odd that I am so excited for a stranger that I've not met! :) The internet is amazing thing. I've been anxiously awaiting your good news. :) All I can say is thank the Good Lord that your water didn't break at home--what a mess that would have been!!!!! (for medical reasons, too, obviously)

Congrats! More pics soon!!!!!!

sankey family said...

Thank you so much for sharing your and Elijah's story with us, Heather. I enjoyed every word!
Baby Elijah is just adorable. Maybe we'll get to see you all somewhere this summer before you head back to Colombia!

Twila G. said...

What a beautiful post and precious baby!! So glad everything went well. Congratulations to you all!

Michelle said...

Loved the story! He is adorable and I'm so glad Phillip made it home safely.

Leah said...

Heather - I am so glad that things went well and your baby is so precious! So glad that Philip is home and your family is doing well! Thanks for posting the pictures and we look forward to seeing the rest!!!

The Going Blog said...

I'm so thankful that Elijah (and Philip) are home safe :-) The baby is a doll. Take care of yourself!!! You worked hard!

Lavy Country said...

Congratulations to all of you! Isn't it amazing that the day they arrive the family just seems more complete?! I'm so glad God was with you during delivery. I can't imagine what that must have been like without your husband. Elijah is beautiful! Welcome baby!
Wilma

A Moment in the Life of a Mother said...

Heather, Elijah is so adorable. I'm so happy for you!! It must have been rough without Phillip there. I would have been sobbing like a baby and then because of the pain...lol. So glad he is home and can see little Elijah. Congratulations and God bless!!

Eileen said...

Heather as you were telling your story it brought back memories of my last one, but we won't go there, just wanted to say I know what it was like carrying all that fluid I did the same thing altogether after my last one was born I had lost around 60 pounds, she only weighed 8'1".
Want to say CONGRATS! Once again. Glad to here that "DADDY" made it back home safely.

Martha C said...

Heather, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about the baby and seeing all the pics. Even shed a few tears! :-) Babies are just the sweetest things on this planet!

Sherry L said...

I must confess this post 'brought a tear to my eye', as Uncle Mark says.
Bridget, Kimberly's dog, said someone is going to get tears in their eyes when she bites them if we don't quickly get your four children here for them to pet her. Just joking!
LOVE, Mom & Dad D in Phoenix

Kim M. said...

Thanks for sharing your story and pictures. I like the gift idea for your kids. :-) Great tradition.

Vonnie said...

Oh he is so darling Heather and Phillip. I wish so bad I could hold him and give him a kiss. So I guess you will just have to give him a kiss from his auntie and tell him that I live just too far away!!!

Ronda said...

So glad that your labor and delivery went well! Congratulations on your darling little boy...he is so very cute! I loved the picture of the other kids admiring him...how precious! Enjoy every minute of this special time in life! God bless all of you!

julie f said...

Loved the story and pictures...I am so thankful that the little one is here with you now!

Thanks for sharing...take care of yourself!!

Love,
Julie and family

Keith said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful boy!

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