Everyone tells you how quickly times flies when you have kids, and it’s so true. Tomorrow, we celebrate Genevieve’s first birthday. My heart is so filled with joy as I look back on this year and reminisce about how God crashed into her labor and birth.
In case you’re new here, Genevieve is my third baby. After I had my second child, I got incredibly sick and my immune system went crazy (you can read that story here). The doctors told me it was too dangerous to have any more babies, but God healed my body from everything and blessed me with this beautiful little miracle.
When I look back on Genevieve's birth, I always chuckle to myself. Hindsight has a way of making birth feel joyfully humorous! As with the end of most pregnancies, I was so ready for her to be born! I went to my midwife and said, “I need you to check my cervix!!” I knew there had to be some progress going on, and I was getting terribly impatient! She checked and told me I was between 6-8cms dilated and she could feel the head. I was so relieved! That news reaffirmed that Genevieve wouldn’t stay inside me forever! But… I had to go grocery shopping before she came. And, you can’t go grocery shopping hungry, so we stopped for lunch first!
A few hours later, we returned home and stocked the pantry shelves. We knew Genevieve should be making her appearance today, so my husband got to work setting up the birth tub and I took a bath and relaxed. I had some contractions, but they weren’t regular and I just couldn’t figure out if I was really in labor or not. My mom and dad were visiting and helping watch my older kids, and every few minutes, my mom would ask if I called Jeni (my wonderful midwife) yet. I would frustratingly explain that I just wasn’t sure this was “it.”
My contractions started to grow in intensity, but they were so sporadic. After much pressure from my mom, I texted Jeni and asked her to come. Minutes later, my water slightly broke. Then I realized I really was in labor! I thought, “I don’t want to do this tonight!” After all that waiting for birth to come, I was having second thoughts… but I put on “The Father’s Blessing” by John Paul Jackson. It filled my heart with reassurance that I was made for this moment. Then, I decided to walk over to the pool. I was having a really hard time walking, and this was a huge concern to my mom, but spoiler alert, it’s because the baby was just about to be born! Jeni and her assistant Shannon made it with about an hour to spare. The entire birth lasted 2 hours and 15minutes, with only 40 minutes of regular contractions!
Oh, and my last funny birth memory to share… you know that moment where the mom is weeping and so thrilled that she had a baby. Yeah, that wasn’t me! I remember thinking, “What just happened? Did I just have a baby!?” And that response was curtesy of the powerful cocktail of birth hormones!
Next week, we’ll dive a bit into the science behind birth and just how it coincides with Scripture… until then, what are your favorite birth memories? Or if you haven’t experienced birth yet, what are you believing for in your birth?
Oh, and in case you've never seen The Father's Blessing... this is for you today!
Is a wife, mother of four, author of Re:Birth, and lover of afternoon naps.