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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!