September 14, 2008

Sitting Pretty

I have found that these last few days of waiting have been God's perfect timing, because that Mom my midwife had overdue went into labor on Friday and still hadn't delivered yesterday morning. My midwife called me and told me to sit pretty- and I assured her it's not my time yet! That baby is probably here now and I am hoping my midwife has been able to make it home safely and is resting up for me!

Yesterday afternoon and evening I felt more contractions than ever and was really wondering if it will be very soon. I was able to get some sleep and was only up a few times in the night and went right back to sleep. I really needed that because the past several nights I have been up with Carter as he's had a horrible ear infection and we've all been getting over a cold and cough. I am thankful that we're much better now- and much more ready to welcome a new baby.

Also we've had very heavy rains and many of the roads surrounding our house are flooded and closed! I am hoping there are openings today. My Mom and midwife must be able to make it to our house!

Today could be it... I am up now and as I move around I can feel the pressure again. I can tell she is moving wayyyy down and I'm starting to really prepare.

I must thank you so much for your constant prayers and excited support. I told hubby yesterday that the love and encouragement I have had poured upon me from you all is greater than any church family we've ever had.

Maybe it's because we all feel like we know each other on a more personal level, I don't know, but it's real- I truly feel it and know you are genuine in your thoughts for me. It makes going into this birth feel like I am lifted up from all sides, surrounded and covered in faith and prayer and love.
I wish there was some way I could express my thankfulness for you all. My heart is so full.

50 comments:

  1. I've been reading your blog for a while, but have never commented. I am praying for you and your family and all the circumstances like weather that today could bring. I am so excited for you and your little girl. I am due in less than 2 weeks with my 2nd child (and first boy). May God reign peace over your house today!

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  2. I got chills. And then kind of weepy. It's my auto-response to impending birth, be it my own or someone else's.

    Soon indeed.

    Blessings upon you, your family and that precious new life about to join you!

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  3. A new son. Now that is something worth waiting for. Certainly smething that you would welcome with open arms into your life!

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  4. I'm still hoping Ivy comes with the full moon, but whenever she makes her way into this world, I hope you are both healthy and happy. And all your boys, too!

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  5. Ivy is already one very smart and patient girl. She's been waiting until Mommy and her whole family are ready. She'll be here soon.

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  6. Steph Great post- Thoughts and prayers with you and the whole family~

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  7. I can't believe it's still raining!

    I'm so excited for you and your family! I can't wait to read the updates over the next couple of days!

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  8. It has definitely been a joy being a daily part of this pregnancy with you and your family. God intends for us to live in community with one another. This counts.

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  9. So I guessed the baby would come on your due date but I think today would be a great day to have a baby as my baby is 1 years old today. It's a good day :) Glad to hear the midwife is all yours now! Huge relief, I bet.

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  10. Here's to a safe and healthy and happy delivery... !

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  11. just tell your mom and midwife to get themselves a pool raft and swim on in if they have to! We are planning on finally heading home today (been at the in laws since Friday) and playing in the flood waters.

    Praying for you and Ivy will be here soon!

    Jen

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  12. I am so glad that you had rest and we, your friends and readers look forward to meeting Ivy.

    I just know her timing will be perfect and my hopes are for the both of you to have a safe and healthy birth right in your own home.

    Steph&Jeff- you have created another beautiful life that so many people are anxiously awaiting to meet. Continue these next few days to feel all that love and take in every precious moment.

    All my bloggin' love,
    CE

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  13. Sharon - MomGenerationsSeptember 14, 2008 6:37 AM

    Birth... the wonder and the miracle... each time it happens! You and your entire family are as prepared as can be... now the miracle of God begins. My love and happiness and prayers for all of you are abundant...

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  14. I am SO.EXCITED. You know I'm praying for a beautiful, peaceful birth for you AND your baby girl!

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  15. Awww! I'm praying for you and your family during this very exciting time.

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  16. My thoughts are with you having Ike out your way now, with you being ready to go anytime.

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  17. Oh Steph...I'm so excited for you! I'll be thinking of you!!

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  18. Prayers for a safe and quick delivery! So exciting!!! :)

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  19. I'm all teary excited for you! Blessings and peace to you all today :)

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  20. Congrats! I know you can't wait to hold your precious little girl. I didn't know you had chosen the name "Ivy" I love it! What's the middle name??

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  21. So happy for you in this new pink adventure you are about to go on...so wonderful!

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  22. I am so excited for you! I hope everything goes as planned and you can have a wonderful homebirth. I am hoping with our next baby I can have a homebirth.

    Blessings, Sarah :)

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  23. I do love when we can see God's hands in our lives like this. Your sweet girl will be here so soon and I am sure is just as excited to be with you as you are to be with her. Lots of love and light being sent your way.

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  24. Look how polite Ivy is already. She is waiting her turn for the other baby to be born so the midwife can be there for her.
    I check back here about ten times a day. I know we have never met but I am on pins and needles waiting for her to get here. You are going to LOVE being a mommy to a little girl. I will be thinking and praying for you!

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  25. Good luck. I have been having irregular painful contractions but not sure if she's ready to come out this week.

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  26. I am hoping that there are roads open if she does come today. I am sure God will make it so! I cannot wait to read the news that she is here--you are going to have a beautiful birth.

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  27. It has been amazing just to watch all the support and companionship you've had and have throughout your pregnancy. The blessings and the delight! I can imagine that you are overflowing with love!

    I am certain Ivy's timing will be perfect when ever she decides it's time!

    Love,
    @

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  28. I wrote the same type of post last night. I am due with #3 in 7 days. We are housing my parents as they wait for their power to come back on in Houston. I am so very ready to meet this bundle of joy. Good luck! Lisa

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  29. It sounds like it will be very soon! Im praying for you and your family. Also praying that the roads open up. Im sure it will all be in God's perfect timing!!

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  30. Sarah, no URL, just sarah_and_donald@yahoo.comSeptember 14, 2008 10:22 AM

    Baby Ivy is very lucky to come into such a loving environment; every post I read shows how eager and welcoming you and your husband are. Congratulations. I hope the baby comes when everybody is ready! =)

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  31. Steph,
    Just de-lurking to say there are probably more of us out there praying for you and just lovin' you from afar than you could imagine.
    All my best to you and your family. I love your blog, and your heart for Jesus, it shines beautifully in your writing and your parenting. Thanks for inspiring and entertaining us - you have a gift.
    :)
    Sara Joy

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  32. Hope everything goes beautifully with your labor and delivery and welcoming of your little girl!!

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  33. I, too, enjoy reading your blog daily. I love the blogging community and the closeness we can feel for complete strangers! I have been praying for you and your baby for a while now and will continue to pray for a wonderful birthing experience for you.

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  34. I'm excited to think that today could be the day! Yeah!

    And I totally agree with the last 2 paragraphs... it's so true. We have a wonderful church and home group but there is something so geniune and real about the support here. It's awesome!

    Praying for you. :)

    Brittany

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  35. Yes, the timing will be just perfect. I know those last few days of waiting are tough...we just got to meet our little guy after going several days past what I expected. I'm praying for tons of peace for you!

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  36. Good Luck!! I hope and pray for a fast, safe, and exciting birth!

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  37. Still praying for all of you. I'm so excited to "meet" her.

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  38. oh mama, i am thinking about you. :) i remember being very sick a week or so before julian was born and i was so worried i'd have to labor and give birth in that condition, but my body knew what to do and he stayed put until i was well again. it's amazing how that works. :)
    am so excited about what is to come for you.

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  39. So excited for you. Look forward to reading more. Thinking lots of good thoughts.

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  40. I don't think I can add anything that hasn't already been said, but I wanted to add my voice to the chorus of good wishes. (Well, at 41 comments so far, it's a whole choir!) Little Ivy is so lucky to have such a wonderfully loving and kind-hearted mama and I can't wait to "meet" her. :D Blessings!

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  41. Hey Steph,

    You just did. Well said.

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  42. I'm thinking and praying for you and your little girl! I hope everything goes wonderfully!

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  43. I'm still praying for you and am SO excited to "meet" this precious baby girl! *hugs*

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  44. It's over 8 hours since you posted this and if you were anything like me, you could darn well be snuggling that baby girl in your arms by now. Just praying for safety for you both.

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  45. I too am so excited for the debut of your new baby...and I'm glad she held off until everyone was feeling better at your house, and until the other pregnant mom had her baby...so now the midwife has just you to focus on. :)

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  46. hat great patience you have! I'll admit, I expected upon getting back from our trip that I would find out you had a new baby girl at your house, but it sounds like it's not quite time yet.

    I'm so excited for all of you. I can't wait to see your daughter and your glowing, happy face holding her. I'll be thinking of you tonight:)

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  47. Oh, this is so exciting! You are, of course, in my prayers!

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  48. I AM SO DARN EXCITED! I feel like you are my sister having a baby! Which that will really happen in two months for my sister, but still...I just cannot wait to hear about her and see her!

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