I wear a new heart on my sleeve.
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (Isaiah 40:11 NIV)
Before I jump into the story of Emmett joining our family on the outside of the womb, I have to pause and give space to the sacred grace of God, who has given me the amazing gift of family. God sets the lonely in families… (Psalm 68:6a)
So my heart. It now has a third piece that can be held in my arms. I am constantly aware of how much my children are connected to me. Emmett James Thompson joined us on the outside, Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm. He was measured as 7 pounds 2 ounces and 20 inches long. He nursed right away and hasn’t stopped since 😉
Some things I want to remember from this experience:
Walking the halls and memorizing the mouse pictures at midnight the night before
somemost of Rob’s morning glory muffin
- Being in constant motion to encourage contractions – what a work out!
- Dr. G saying “I’ll break your water at noon!” and the nurse then saying “the doctor really can’t break your water because you’re 37 weeks” – the look Rob and I exchanged
- Laughing uncontrollably at the game on Rob’s phone
- Having my water broken and contractions pick up
- Wanting pain meds but also wanting to wait until I was at least 8 cm
- Being checked at 3:30pm and deciding to get in the Jacuzzi – I was 6 cm
- Got in the tub at 4pm and relaxed for a good 5-8 minutes with no contractions
- Then the contraction that Would. Not. Stop.
- Rob jumping out in the hallway to find our nurse to “Get her out of the tub!”
- Back in bed at 4:40pm and being checked – “You’re complete”
- I remember hearing the nurse in the hallway “Dr. G, she’s a stretchy 9!”
- She came back in and I asked, “Is it too late for meds?” K said “Yes! You’re having this baby!”
- 4:45pm They took the end off the bed and I remember sitting there bracing myself with my arms locked by my sides. First contraction in that position and I felt him drop to the final stage and the urge to push.
- I was fighting the contraction and didn’t know it.
- I heard a gentle voice say “This is getting Emmett out, I’m here with you. I’m with you.”
- 4:50pm I calmed and at the next contraction I was pushing. It took 3 or 4 good contractions to get his head out because it was so big.
- Dr. G said “ring of fire, ring of fire” And I wanted to push pause and say “What?! I don’t want to be a ring of fire!!”
- 4:59pm “He’s out! It’s a boy!”
There’s so much more I could say. But for now, I’ll end with some pictures. 🙂