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We barely made it to the hospital in time. He arrived weighing in 9''7 oz 20 1/2 inches long. He is so precious.
His name has a few meanings... Josiah means "Fire of the Lord", "Strength of the Lord", "God has healed", and "whom God supports." I always get chills when reading in Kings and Chronicles about what a mighty man of God Josiah was.
2 KINGS 22:2 "And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.” 2Ki 23:25 And like unto him was there no king before him, that turned to the LORD with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there [any] like him.
I love that he threw aside all the idols and was sincere in his love for the Lord. I feel like the Lord is calling us to step out in faith and remove all things that don''t bear fruit. God wants us to remove any idols stumbling us and preventing me from being used by the Lord and hindering me from being a blessing to my family. We have given over to God every decisn from finances to fertility. Valor means Courage and boldness, or to be strong. We can''t wait to see how God will use this little one. May we be like the great king who turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. Thank you for yur many prayers! Bless you all.
For those who like me.. love to read birth stories here is ours.. or just delete.
~~~Josiah''s Birth Story~~~
I had been praying/researching having an unassisted homebirth/waterbirth. My dear husband was not at all interested in that, but understood the importance of laboring at home to avoid unnecessary medical intervention. With this pregnancy I have felt so private. The thought of being monitored, poked and prodded and bothered during labor seems SO unnatural and NOT at all ideal. I REALLY didn''t want to end up at the hospital with bad nurses, or offered drugs or bothered in anyway.
He agreed to me laboring in a birthpool, but wanted to end up at a hospital for delivery.. I had the high hopes that he''d get into me laboring at home and just decide to deliver at home. I had all the supplies on hand Just in case we decided the hospital was too far. :-)
Monday evening I was having contractions that fizzled out. I called my mom to let her know we may need to drop off the kids in wee hours of the night should labor arise. Early Tuesday morning around 1:27 am I started having more contractions. I had been cleaning the last few hours and had a spotless home and felt quite prepared. I listened to the Hypbirth cd once or twice more and tried to sleep. (very difficult). I looked over at hubby sleeping peacefully and was envious.
Around 3:00 am I was having contractions that just felt like the real thing. I called my mom to tell her hubby would drop off the kids. We got the kids into the van and hubby dropped them off around 3:30 am. I got into a nice warm bath and relaxed a bit. I started tidying up again and feeling very pleased with my efforts. :-)
Hubby got back and couldn''t get back to sleep. He faithfully started setting up the birth pool. the contractions were pretty intense from the beginning, but not unbearable. I could sleep through some of them... I was pretty tired from the lack of sleep the last few days of being sick and not getting rest. I was regretting my cleaning spree and wishing I''d had slept instead of obsessing over how things looked.
I laid in bed a felt a gush and thought my water had broken. It was my mucous plug. 5:30 I hung out on the toilet for awhile upstairs sitting backwards on the toilet with a pillow facing the wall. hubby watched movies.
I alternated between different beds in our home and leaning on the toilet as I was very uncomfortable and felt alot of pressure. Pool was all set but I waited to get in so as not to slow down labor. Finally around 8:30 am I
slipped into the pool. Hubby had been boiling water and filling it with a hose and was ever so careful to keep it at just the right temperature! What a sweetie. He took a nap. The contractions were coming every 2-6 minutes and I was irritable. Time just seemed to be standing still. Throughout the day I went from the beds upstairs to the bathroom and pool, to walking outside in our yard. In our small downstairs bathroom, with my back against the toilet, head down, leaning against the walls, with the lights out. (very calming).
The contractions/surges seemed very intense. I was breathing through each of them and trying to visualize my baby coming down the birth canal. I would imagine my body going limp and numb during the contraction. This worked ok for most of the labor. Hours started going by. I started feeling panicky. If labor was this intense now, I feared how it would be in transition. It bothered me that hubby could eat, and I couldn''t stomach one bite. He also could watch tv when it just seemed to agitate me... then seeing him nap while I was breathing through a painful contraction...Arrggg. It didn''t seem fair at all.
The pool seemed too hot. I got out, laid on the couch...all the sudden I felt this slight odd sensation... I jumped into the pool. The next contractions were HARD! I couldn''t think or concentrate. I started crying/whining a bit then what I did next freaked my husband out...lol.. I started pushing. He started freaking out telling me to stop. I told him I wasn''t. My body was doing it for me. I was very much in transition..
He started running around throwing the bags in the car. I couldn''t move. I was paralyzed with the thought of moving during a contraction, or having a car baby. :-)
I stripped out of wet clothes, threw on a robe, NO shoes.. and we hopped into the car. I didn''t think we would make it. Contractions still came every 3-5 minutes apart, and each time my body would give a little push. (The urge to push was SO
strong) In fact it seemed that the involuntary push was the only thing that caused the contraction to go away for a few minutes! I didn''t see HOW we would make it there without me delivering this baby.
We finally pulled up to the hospital me stark naked but with a robe on no shoes mind you... and leaking... In the hospital waiting room! I barked that were were in labor and I was pushed in a wheel chair to labor and delivery.. They didn''t seem to catch on that we were ready NOW until I told them I was going to start pushing. This turned into a hysterical comical scene about 5 women running around like chickens with their heads cut off in every direction... The nurses were setting the room up. One of them said.. I see a head! The urge to push kept coming so I''d push. each time I''d push they''d all in unison scream "NO PUSHING!BREATHE!!!" It was so funny!
I didn''t care. I was not waiting for anyone. my doctor came down and enthusiastically through gloves on and told me to do whatever felt right.. They were all amazed that my bag of water was protruding out.. so the whole way there what I felt I was pushing out was the bag ( I actually thought it was the head) It would come out a bit, then go back in...
She asked if I wanted to touch the bag, and I just said NO though now I wish I had taken pictures. :-( They cut the bag my body started to push him out!I think his head was out in one or two contractions! Almost immediately my doc asked if I could push the shoulders out.. my body instantly began.. I joined in with what my body was doing and he easily slipped out!
It was over SO quickly! The placenta just came out on it''s own a couple minutes later. My little guy was so precious!
In hindsight, I wish hubby would have filmed it... but we were literally at the hospital about 5-8 minutes until I pushed out the baby. I got many cheers from all the nurses there. I was quite the story about how I came in pushing. :-) We are home the next day. I have NO tears, not much bleeding and feel GREAT!!! I don''t even FEEL like I delivered a baby... (with the exception of the contractions I still get) God has been SO merciful to allow me to labor completely at home in water as I wished. It has been an unforgettable AMAZING experience! To God be the glory! My husband is such the trooper! The kids have been fantastic. Alidaw4!
God is so good! This is the ending of a really great year for us! We have a brand new baby girl, great health, and lots of LOVE and a peaceful home! SO MANY things to be thankful for. Daddy has been busy working hard, going to school, playing basketball, and coaching Special Olympics again. Busy being a great father and husband. :-)
Mommy is thriving amongst positive supportive friends and surrogate family members. OC Christian Moms is WONDERFUL. We LOVE the gals from our La Leche League. I am in a neat Bible Study CBS and have many neat goals for the upcoming year! I begin training for my very first Marathon in JANUARY! Nervous but VERY excited.
Canaan & Elijah are SWEET kind thoughtful kids. The best you can ask for! EXCELLENT big brothers. Smart little guys obsessed with becoming firefighters, police officers, and astronauts. They Turned THREE this year. They had a fun party at Adventure City. They love walks in the great outdoors, mud pies, finding bugs, puppies, Buzz Lightyear, GOBOTS and their many friends! Our favorite thing is the Zoo with TRAINS!!! They are excellent counters, painters and playdough sculpters...and terrific dancers!
Anaiah is a sweet easy adorable baby. We couldn''t ask for more. She is a unexpected gift we love and adore.
That''s what''s up with us! So while your reading this CALL us and set up a day to visit! We love and pray for each of you every night. Have a BLESSED New Year!
Huatzin, Alida, Canaan, Elijah, & Anaiah Grace
These are busy times in the Rodriguez household! Mommy and daddy are adjusting very well to parenting three. We are now a family of FIVE! Can you believe it! We are TOOOO BLESSED!
Fall is finally here. Mommy is beginning to do many homeschooling activities with the Boys. Our week is pretty busy. We have many many friends and groups! Our favorite of course is Orange County Christian Moms Playgroup!
Daddy has gone back to school for his trade. The boys are wonderful big brothers to their little "Princess Niah". Mommy is in a very great bible study called Community Bible Study.
I can''t wait to see how we will all change and grow. It will be interesting to see what changes, blessings, and challenges this new year and new family will bring us.
I am truly grateful for all the supportive friends the Lord has surrounded us with. God is so good!
That''s all for now!
I feel SO Blessed! God is so good! We are finally home. We gave birth to Anaiah Grace Rodriguez Tuesday July 6 at 3:15 pm. She was 9 pound 9 ounces!
She is nursing like a champ. It was a hard labor but it was the most beautiful rewarding experience I have ever had!
Monday evening after a VERY long day my water broke around 11:30 pm. Contractions started pretty soon after that. I was exhausted as I had been at an amusement park earlier (Knott''s Soak City, foolish huh?)and really wanted to sleep. But, the contractions weren''t ones that I could sleep through. My own fault for not resting more for my delivery!
By about one or two I was not able to lay down anymore, so I started cleaning and breathing through the contractions. & getting last minute things ready. The birth ball was great for the beginning of labor. I woke up hubby at around 3 or so and around I believe 5 my WONDERFUL friend/doula Sue came over.
Sue helped me find a more comfortable position during the intense contractions. I REALLY wanted to sleep but couldn''t so we tried walking around the complex. We were also waiting for my family to come down from San Diego and waiting until
further on in the labor to get to the hospital. The boys slept soundly during all of this.
The contractions were SO close together we thought she''d come quickly. About 1 1/2 to two minutes apart at times! At around 6:40 we headed to the hospital armed with donuts for the
nurses and my birth plan! lol.
When we got on the freeway I almost died! It was Horrendus! Traffic was pretty bad and it was hard to deal with contractions in the car
all the way from La Habra to SADDLEBACK HOSPITAL in Laguna Hills!
We got the BEST nurse ever! Nurse Judy said she was thrilled I would be having a natural
birth and that she had two natural homebirths herself! Through all my sounding and even my whining not one time was I offered medication!
The next few hours weren''t so bad, I found a great position and everything was manageable. It was hard because they didn''t check me so I had no idea how long the labor would last and I was beginning to get very weary. It started to
drag on and on.
Daddy was awesome. He gave back rubs, gave ice chips, held my hand and gave encouraging words. He read scripture which I thought was beautiful! (Isaiah 40:28)
"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
Sue was such a gentle presence. She would pray, rub my shoulders, get cold or hot cloths. Her singing along with the praise music was very calming. It was funny. In the middle of active labor I insisted the radio be turned to KWAV 107.9 to hear Chuck Smith do a sermon. ( I ALWAYS Listen to him at 12, today was no exception hehehe) That gave me such peace and
strength. Sue teased that I was taking notes. ( I wasn''t)
The last hour the Lord really humbled me. I had to totally lean on Him and
pray and cry out to him as things were very intense. I felt like I''d never get
to hold my baby! This wasn''t as easy as I thought it would be and I wasn''t as
proud and confident as I WAS BEFORE. I thank the Lord for Sue who was so sweet and supportive through the whole ordeal, I couldn''t have done it with out her.
I am also thankful for the Bradley Childbirth class that both informed and prepared us for this natural birth. Thanks Pauline, you are an AWESOME instructor!
Finally I was able to start pushing when they checked me I was dilated to 10 w/a slight lip. THANK GOD! I pushed on all fours not being modest anymore. I was very upset that her head would come out and go back in! Not very amusing for me!
Finally her head was out but her shoulders got stuck so they had to flip me over, she also had the cord around her neck, but I don''t think it was that tight. I finally pushed the rest of her out and was surprised to look over and
see daddy filming!! hehehe She is so beautiful and precious. I appreciate her so much as it was such work to get her out! Her apgars were 8, 9 (surprising to me
as she didn''t cry right away and the nurse seemed concerned)
It was a humbling thing for me and I feel so much closer to my wonderful husband and to my children. Thank you Sue you are amazing and inspiring!
Your prayers helped me more than you will ever know. Anaiah means God answered
me. Her name is so beautiful. Meaning, the Lord answered me with Grace. (Doesn''t the Lord ALWAYS answer you when you need Him!)I can''t
wait to see how the Lord uses this precious beautiful baby girl and how He''ll
use our family. Pictures are available at www.ocwmg.com the password is 07048482
Thank you all for the well wishes. Hope to see you all soon. Blessings and
peace in Christ Jesus,
Canaan, Elijah, & Anaiah