Baby Asa joined us September 9th at 6:10pm. All 6lbs 9oz, 19.5" of him are just pure sweet joy. So far (keep in mind I'm writing this only on day 5), he has been a fairly mellow baby. His brother was a handful to say the least (colic, reflux, breastfeeding issues, etc.), so to experience what most people consider a "normal" baby is a welcomed relief.
In the early morning hours on the 3rd I had strong contractions 10 minutes apart for several hours and I thought for sure we were on our way to the hospital when they suddenly stopped. As I laid there in bed I realized I didn't get any family photos with the baby belly. So morning came and I called my neighbor friend and asked if she'd be willing to take a few photos. I'm so grateful she was available and willing! Thank you Katrina for blessing us this way!
I woke up on the 9th suspecting my water had broken because I had a little leaking going on. So hubby and I with hospital bag in hand went to the doctors at 9am to confirm. Sure enough I was right and we headed on over to labor and delivery. We were settled in my room about 10:30am. I had been having strong contrations for about 2 weeks, sometimes 10 minutes apart, sometimes an hour apart and they were still up their inconsistent ways. I walked the halls, squatted, tried to get them going and nothing was happening. Thankfully I was 5cm dialated already so I knew once the contractions decided to kick in it should be fast. The doctor came in at 3pm to see how things were going and discovered that even though I was leaking my water bag wasn't fully ruptured so he popped it and I prayed. I want as little intervention as possible in my births and at this point I was getting nervous that things might not go how I would like. I was able to have a natural, no drugs birth with jack (not even an IV) and my desire was to do the same with Asa. However, I also had to trust that everything was in God's hands. So no matter what happened I had to trust in His perfect will and timing.
Well, the Lord was fast to answer because with in 5 minutes I had a contraction, then another and another. They came fast from that point forward. My regular doula wasn't able to be there so I had backup doula Julia. She was great. She arrived just in time, around 4:30pm. I had never met her before but she dived right in and worked with me through the hardest part of labor to push this little guy out. At 6pm I measured 10cm and got the green light to push. 10 minutes later Asa was in my arms. Once his head and arms were out my doctor told me to reach down and pull him up to me. That was fabulous! I am so blessed and grateful for the wonderful people that were there to help me welcome this little guy into the world. And so thankful to the Lord for His abundant faithfulness and the many many answered prayers.
My doula took some beautiful photos that I wish I could post here but if you want to check them out click here.