Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Welcome Paisely Grace

Welcome Paisley Grace! Paisley was born to Jason and Jessica
July 27, 2010
8 pounds 7 ounces

I had the honor of being their Doula for the second time! Jess' due date was Monday and I was praying that she would have the baby before I left for vacation, I know it was selfish but I really did not want to miss her birth! They planned on having a water birth at the Birth Center after doing much of the labor at home.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God's plans are not always our plans. Jess had her first contraction as she was leaving our favorite beach at 5:30pm. She picked up Little Caesars Pizza and headed to the park for a picnic dinner with the family. My cell phone decided to quit working and I knew that Jess was going to have her baby soon so I was trying to get it to work and at 6:30 it finally turned on and I received a Text from her asking what I was doing tonight. I replied, Costco or a birth or both.... We talked and she told me that her contractions were not very long but they were close together, she was still at the park at that point. I decided that I would finish Costco then drop the girls off (Sean was haying with the boys) and head to Jess' house.

Jess called at 7:05 and was clearly in active labor, I prayed with her and told her I was on my way. We left our cart at Costco, I did get the girls a smoothie on the way out, loaded up the van and started for home. Syndi was going to meet me at the off ramp and get my children and I was going to Jess'. On my way there my phone rang once, I saw it was Jess and then it completely died!

I pulled over at the nearest gas station, called Jess back and Jason said, they were on their way to the Birth Center the contractions were coming fast and hard. Jess was hanging on to the sun roof and breathing for dear life. I quickly called Sean and told him there was a change of plans and to please call Syndi and tell her I would not be meeting her and ask Tami if I could drop the children off at her house until he could get there. I could not make any other calls because I did not know any numbers they are all in my phone, which was inexplicably dead.
I drove by Tami's house, pushed the girls out (almost literally) and arrived at the Birth Center a few minutes before Jess. She got there at 7:49pm and was obviously in Transition!
Jason left his car with the keys in the ignition and we helped her inside. The midwife arrived a few minutes after me and before Jason and Jess.
We took off her pants and the midwife checked her, she was already complete! The bath was already filling so I helped her in and Jason moved the car. By the time he got back Jess had had a few more really strong contractions with some heavy back labor. I was trying to give her counter pressure on her hips to help with the pain but I couldn't reach so I climbed in the tub and started offering her a bit of relief.
The midwife asked me if I wanted to take off my skirt so it wouldn't get wet. I told her no, I did not have anything on under my skirt. Then I realized how that sounded so I clarified that I did have underware on but I wasn't going to stand there in my undies!
Jess asked how come her water had not broken yet as it was bulging. The midwife said she could reach her hand in and break it to which she declined. Then I felt a huge gush of water all over my legs and heard a pop. Jason said, What was that! I said, Her water just broke!
Then, because of the position we could see the baby's face as she emerged! It was one of the most amazing thing I have ever seen!
It was not a water birth because the tub had not even filled enough to cover the baby! She was born 9 minutes after their arrival to the Birth Center!
We passed the baby through her legs to Jess and she was standing there, in the water with the baby still attached and had to get out of the tub, and to the bed to deliver the placenta.
The baby was so content with a healthy little cry and pink chubby cheeks!
Seriously one of the most efficient deliveries ever. It is stressful to have a baby that fast because it is all the pain of a longer labor condensed into a smaller amount of time. Jess was fabulous and still looked amazing after it was all over!
I never cease to be amazed that God has chosen us, as women to have the privilege to have another life grow in our bodies and that he has Perfectly designed us to be able nurture and nourish that new life.
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
(Psalm 139:13-17 ESV)
My prayer for you dear sweet Paisley Grace girl, is that you will grow in your wisdom and understanding of your Lord and Saviour. I know your parents will train you in the fear of the Lord and His love for you. God had chosen the perfect family for you! You are a gift that He chose specifically for your parents. The Bible verse I have chosen for you Paisley is:
May the Lord direct your heart to the love of God
and to the steadfastness of Christ.
(2 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV)


Nicole Williams said...

Okay, that made me cry! So sweet to see that little, pink girl and all the hands holding her.

tammy said...


amy said...

What a beautiful story! You guys have such a great network of friends! I love it.

Paisley looks to me a lot like Justice with those cheeks! Gorgeous.

Stacy said...

Oh, I loved reading this birth story! YAY for a quick labor- and great job to Jessica!

(Your whole "I don't have anything on underneath" is funny! I'm sure everyone was glad for the clarification! :))

Carolynn said...

Isn't God Amazing!
Amy you are right, she looks just like Justice but without the dimple chin!
Stacy, I am sure nobody cared but I really wanted to make sure that it was clear I was not going to stand in front of my friends husband in my undies!
Nicole, it always makes me cry!
Tammy, I second your yay!