Wednesday, December 31, 2014
This is probably the latest I have written a birth story, but isn't that how it goes? Huge thanks to Brittany for the beautiful photos! Hopefully, I can remember the important details.
Sarah Grace's due date was October 4th, but due to my first c-section (it was a classical incision) cannot go later than 37 weeks. So, her entrance into the world was scheduled for September 22nd. As we all know, our kids have ideas of their own! While this was the longest pregnancy we have had, I was still on "modified bed rest" for several weeks before Sarah Grace's arrival. My doctor didn't want me having any contractions that wouldn't stop with water & rest, so I did lots of sitting during those weeks. At least once, I had enough contractions that I probably should have gone to the hospital, but we were really trying to make it longer. I had an appointment on Tuesday the 16th (I think....it was one day that week) & my doctor decided that we didn't need to try to make it through the weekend. Sarah Grace's new arrival date was Friday, September 19th. It was set for later in the day, so we were able to do some things at home & see Hannah Kate & Micaiah before going to the hospital. I wasn't going to tell Hannah Kate that we were having Sarah Grace until we actually left her with Nana, but she somehow figured it out by herself. Bless her heart, she then started crying that it was "too early because it's not September 22nd."
We are so blessed that Brittany was able to be there to document the day!
Sarah Grace 7 lbs 1 oz, 19.7 in
Born at 1:33 pm
She was a nice, loud screamer for a bit at the beginning....then she decided she wanted to use some of the accessories from the NICU.
You can sort of see how hard she was working to breathe here. She swallowed fluid during delivery & partially collapsed a lung.
Michelle & Brittany stayed with me a little while that night while everyone was going to check on Sarah Grace. They got a big laugh out of me on drugs! Between the pain medicine & the medicine I was given to stop the itching (side effect of the spinal), I couldn't form complete sentences. I remember handing my phone to Britt & asking her to respond to a text because I knew she knew the answer, but I couldn't figure out how to say it. Ha. It was pretty crazy! I am thankful for these sweet friends....although I am bummed that we evidently didn't get a picture of Brittany! :(
Even though we would not have chosen for Sarah Grace to go to the NICU, I know God was in control (as He always is). I felt reallllly terrible after this c-section (& I totally didn't expect it!), so I am not sure how I would have been able to care for her in the room with us. I am just thankful that she is healthy & home with us now!
Here are blog posts from Sarah Grace's NICU stay.
Now, someone PLEASE make me do the birth story a lot closer to the actual birth next time so I remember everything!
Some of you may already know, but Wesley & I are excited to announce that we will soon be hosting a podcast on The Light Network. The Light Network is a network of Christian podcasts designed to encourage, empower, & enlighten God's people. A podcast is basically an online radio show or audio lesson. You can listen to them on your phone or computer (it's super handy if you have a podcast app on your phone, but it is not necessary). Robert & Emily asked us last spring if we would be interested in hosting a parenting podcast. Wesley & I immediately thought that we were not the perfect ones for the job. After some prayer & thought, we decided we would give it a try (don't worry, we know we are not experts & plan on doing some interviews)! This is definitely a topic that is needed to encourage godly parents, & we love listening to podcasts & online lessons ourselves. Wesley has thought of some wonderful topics that we will cover on the podcast including our personal story, keeping our focus on Heaven, training children (obedience in general & in worship), the value of a child's soul, the value of children in today's society, family Bible time, infant loss, teaching our children modesty, being content......there are LOTS more, but those are my favorites. We have recorded two episodes & need to get a few more recorded before the BIG release set for January 19th. Please check back here or on the Arrows in Our Hand Facebook page for more details. We are thankful for this opportunity & pray that it will be an encouragement to families as we all strive towards Heaven. Please pray with us that families will be encouraged & God will receive the glory. For now, go check out The Light Network & listen to some podcasts so that you will be all ready for when ours releases!
HUGE thanks to our friend & brother in Christ, Shane Read, for this awesome artwork he designed for us. We kind of love it!