Our Journey Home

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Our sweet son

Joel Joaquin (Baby JJ) has arrived! He was born on Saturday, May 21 at 12:51pm. Our big boy weighed in at 10 pounds, 7 ounces and he was 23 inches long! It was really exciting to meet our sweet son!

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


  1. Oh, Sarah! I'm so, so happy for you! I got all weepy reading this and the kicker that really got me was Wubs:) How amazingly precious! Congratulations! I can't wait to meet him and to hug you for your amazing strength! Wow! Love you, friend!!!!

  2. Congrats!!!!he is so sweet!!!Looks like daddy!!!Iam so happy for you all. And Blogging to boot. LOL can't wait to meet him. take care Catherine

  3. wonderful news!!! congratulations sweet friends. What a blessing a son will be to your already precious and beautiful family. Joy! I'm so glad you were able to have your natural birth. God is so good to us, isn't He? Hope to see you soon. much love, my dear. Kisses and hugs to all!

  4. We love that little sweetie already and have only held him once! We plan on seeing a lot of JJ! You are a brave lady! God always helps us in our weakness and I see him all over this pregnancy and labor. Praise God for his blessings!
    Uncle Jeff and Aunt Laura

  5. Yeah, praise God for JJ's arrival and your endurance and strength! Thanks for such beautiful pictures and story. Hope you are resting well at home and enjoying your little boy! Great day for a birthday; shares with our Gavin and my sister, Laura. Love you!


  6. What a precious boy he is! I am so elated for you and love seeing the pride, joy, and pure bliss in your eyes as you gaze at your new little man. What a treasure he is. God is so good and what a blessing to have delivered him with the desires of your heart. Thank you Lord! Love you so much!! ♥

  7. Congratulations, Sarah! He looks precious. May God continue to bless you and your family. :)