Our Sophie has finally arrived!!!!
Wow, there’s so much to recount of the past 36 hours. But I’m excited to share it and the miracles God has done in our lives.
It started Monday afternoon. I got a text from my wife that she had been having contractions…they has become a daily occurrence so we both kinda wrote them off. After work I played with my kiddos while my wife made dinner. It was about 6:45pm when her expression told me, this might be it.
Our midwife came by at 8:15pm and checked her. She was already at a 4 and 80% effaced. She told my wife, “I think I’ll stay.” It was at this point, while I was putting our kids to bed, that my wife told me the sheets and mattress protector we had received from a friend were for a twin bed, not our king bed. The kids were over the moon with excitement at this point so I loaded them into the car and we made a Target run, rocking out to Toby Mac and What Does the Fox Say, all of us running on adrenaline. I am still flabbergasted by how much a mattress protector and 1 bed sheet costs these days. But we made a successful run and got back home.
My wife was laying in bed, Dan in Real Life, our favorite movie was playing on TV, and a chill worship Playlist going on Spotify. This was actually happening! Our kids went to bed and actually slept wonderfully. I prayed over them and tucked them in with our dogs.
Active labor began about 10pm, Monday night. She took a short, hot shower while I stood nearby speaking word sof love, encouragement and Scripture over her. She laid back down and soon was shivering. Transition came way very soon while Shane and Shane live played in the background. There was one moment where she said I can’t do this, but we worked through it with our Father. My wife was just letting our Father carry her. She then wanted to get in the bathtub.
Our midwives came in and drew a bath. My wife got in with me awkwardly perched on the tub side, me trying not to sit on the jacuzzi jet button (lol can you imagine me setting off the jets at that time?), and our midwife next to me. We passed transition and were in the home stretch. My wife had several very intense contractions. Our midwife said at the beginning of one, just ride it like a wave. And Oceans came on, the words of waves coming through the worship music. It was a very confirming moment that our Father was present. It was amazing. It was such a holy moment. We were worshiping Jesus in a very intimate place, a time when we needed him to show up and he was carrying his daughter through labor. I was praying , ‘She is your daughter, please carry your daughter through this. We love you and we worship you God’ I was praying ‘I am not worthy.’ I wasn’t. Neither for God’s presence in our bathroom nor for my wife’s trust and reliance upon Jesus in that moment of pain, I was not worthy to be there. But I was. I was speaking 2 Corinthians 12:9 over mywife, “My grace is enough. It is all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become!” Another hard contraction hit and I was praying for Jesus to lead her through as we stood in this hurricane. And Crowder’s How He Loves Us came on, ‘loves like a hurricane.’ God was there. I get tears in my eyes remembering it.
And then, before our midwife had time to get her gloves on, my wife said, ‘She’s coming!’ Our midwife guided her head out, and I helped receive her in the water (we hadn’t intended a water birth but God had other plans!). Sophie came out and I cried and cried, oh thank you Jesus. My wife snuggled her and let her nurse. And I held them close.
We did it. It was just 2 1/2 hours of active labor. It was an absolutely incredible experience with God. My wife is beyond amazing. She’s amazing. I am SO PROUD of her. We have been given a beauty baby girl. 7 lbs, 6 oz. Brother and sister are crazy about her. After birth, my wife had had a small tear. Our midwife team sewed her up and I showed Sophie our home, I cried over her walking down the dark hallways, just praying, “Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus.” It was all I could say. Mommy and Sophie are healthy. Today is wonderful. Friends are over and the sounds of my son and his best friend come from the backyard on the trampoline (much needed play time). I am so thankful.
Thank you Jesus.
Sophie sleeping the morning away on my chest
Mommy and Big Sissie snuggling Sophie
Our Sweet Family
Thank you Jesus.