Where do I begin. There is so much to say. Honestly I should have typed this up months ago because I’ve lost some details.
Once again God decided to knock our socks off and allow us to get pregnant. We were completely blindsided. Excited to say the least but very shocked. I don’t know why, considering what God did with us regarding Emmanuel, currently at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if I had the five children I always wanted. :) Ok, on to baby girls story.
Let’s see, Sarai better known as “Jelly Bean” in utero, was one tough baby to carry. Unlike Emmanuel, who was a breeze, Sarai was OFF.THA.CHAIN. I suffered nearly the entire pregnancy with pelvic instability, diastasis recti(abdominal separation) and pubic symphysis diastasis Oh Lawd, it was a mess.I was seeing a physical therapist and my chiropractor a few times a week until I gained some strength. I was in cronic pain virtually my entire pregnancy and it took a toll on me emotionally. I was a complete wreck.
I prefaced Sarai’s birth story with the struggles while in utero so that you may see and truly embrace what God had in store for her birth and beyond. Are you ready? Brace yourself because this is amazing.
Sarai was due to arrive July 19th. I was nervous she would arrive three weeks late like Emmanuel. Friday the 19th I began having contractions. I thought that she might very well come on her birthday. The problem is that the contractions never increased with intensity. If they did at one point increase they would stop after taking a warm bath. I went through this for roughly four days. On Sunday I met with my midwife Molly Germash with Hearts Desire Midwifery and she gave me some “contract ease”, at least I think that is what it was called. It was some homeopathic medicine to help my contractions to steady or stop. She said if it did not work that I needed to go and see my chiropractor. I went to see Chandra Crisp(the worlds best chiropractor btw) with New Beginnings Chiropractic. She worked on me for about three hrs. I mean, adjustment, break, adjustment, walk, adjustment, walk outside bear foot and feel the grass between my toes,adjustment, lunch. ect. My contractions seemed to have slowed down….until I got half way home. :)
This is where it all gets going. On my way home(around 4pm July 22nd) I started timing contractions and they were getting closer together. About 8-10min apart(I think, it’s kind of a blur). When I got home I took a warm bath to see if they would stop and low and behold they did….NOT. Ha! I went for a walk like Chandra suggested. All evening they increased but they did not seem strong enough to get moving. From 11-1 I took a nap(I have no idea how I was able to sleep). I contacted Molly to let her know that I was doing well but was having a hard time relaxing completely. She said “why don’t you come on out so that we can help you with that”. I wasn’t ready, I was determined to labor mostly at home. For some reason I just did not feel like I was close.
(If you read my previous posts you can understand why I never thought I was even close to being in active labor).
Not too long after I got off the phone with Molly did I have an UNBELIEVABLE contraction that was so deep and intense that I knew at that moment I was in labor and that it was time to go NOW! Up until then I believe I was in denial that I was in actual labor.
We got to the birth center in Pester, TX(45-1hr) around 2:30am (I think). The ride wasn’t bad but the intensity continued to increase and it was not fun. Ramon was incredible at keeping me calm during the drive to BFE….ha! Anyways, Molly was outside ready for us as we pulled up. From that moment all I felt was love and support and the mood was perfect. I labored for a short while, took a nap until the contractions were too tough to bear laying down. I sat on the birth ball and my water broke. Yep! Fluid everywhere. Immediately after, we got in the birth pool. At some point I actually fell asleep. I remember Molly digging her nails into my hands(there goes my Major Pain moment). I remember not being able to control my pushing. I had to go with my contractions. All I could think is that I didn’t want to tear like I did with Emmanuel but I could not slow down. Just as Molly was grabbing her gloves, Sarah leaned back to check me and to her surprise I had already birthed her head. I didn’t say anything. Sarah directs me to get into a squat if I want to catch her and so I did and I pushed my girl out into my hands. Below is how quickly things went.
6:49-Sarai was born into my hands
This experience was incredible. The pregnancy was torture the labor was fast and the healing began the moment she swam into my arms.
I tell my clients all the time when they are suffering from some pregnancy related issue…
“the cure is having a baby”…I testify to that. My life will never be the same. Through so much pain came an indescribable joy.