Two weeks ago at this time, our nine-month wait was over and we were finally holding our newest daughter.
The night before, we had felt as if we couldn't wait any longer. Both Jonathan's mom and my mom were visiting, and the baby was overdue. So...Jonathan and I went out and bought a bottle of castor oil!
I went to bed at ten and slept through the initial mild contractions for five hours. Jonathan stayed up all night so as to be alert whenever I'd need him.
In the early morning hours, he set up the birthing tub in our living room. I called the midwife when I knew we were getting close to active labor, but she was finishing up another birth and couldn't come. Things got intense around five-thirty in the morning, when the contractions became painful. Jonathan held me and helped me relax, until I knew it was time to get in the tub.
Almost immediately, I was ready to start pushing! The midwife arrived after a couple pushes, and eight minutes later, our sweet baby girl was born!
Our two other little girls had just woken up, so they were able to come out and see their new sister just moments after I lifted her from the water. Both our mothers were there, and our dear photographer friend was there just in time to capture some priceless photos.
We are so grateful the Lord protected us through the labor and delivery, and worked out the timing and everything so well. It was an AWESOME experience having our baby at HOME! We are thankful for all the love and support that has been shown to us in the last couple weeks as we've been getting to know our precious new blessing. :)
Photo Credit: Ful'tography by Jamie Fuller