Want to hear the story? wink. On Friday night, I woke up at 3am because I felt a gush a fluid. I began having contractions every three to five minutes regularly and we called the doctor at 4am. She told us to come to the hospital, so we woke up the girls. They both bounced out of bed! We dropped them off with friends and by this time, they were wide awake and happily chattering about the arrival of their baby brother!
David and I headed to Rex Hospital, which is about a 25 minute drive from our home. Once we arrived, we checked in and we found out that my water hadn't completely broken, just ruptured. Also, I was only dialated to a 5, so we were sent out for a 45 minute walk to help get things to progress. Even though I was experiencing some pretty strong contractions, I was stuck at a 5 for the entire morning. (We went on three rounds of 45 minute walks and still no change!) I was hopeful to have a natural childbirth (no epidural) and things were still looking good. Anyway, about 11:30am, our doctor suggested that we try breaking my water to see if this would help progress things along. Wowza! That certainly did the trick!! I was really, really hurting and I asked for an epidural after all. The Lord knew the true desire of my heart to go natural and guess what? It was too late for medicine! It was time to push!
Whew! So after several pushes and my doctor being very firm with me (I was in a lot of pain and honestly, I was feeling scared because I could tell JJ was really big) God gave me the strength I needed, right when I needed it most! Baby JJ came out and we were all a little surprised by his size. He is so handsome, just like daddy!
Wubs and Bella LOVE their baby brother! In fact, Emma Grace started crying after she saw JJ. When we asked her if she was okay, she said, "It's.... It's just that I love him so much!" We thank God for the tender heart He has given her. Bella enjoyed holding her baby brother but she didn't have much to say about him just yet. I think she's still processing. wink.
"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us,"- Psalm 67:1