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3/13/13

A Baby and A Miracle

People.
*que dramatic pause*

He's here.
*this is where everyone starts cheering and falling on their knees declaring there is in fact a God and that miracles still happen*


You have no idea what a relief it is to type those words.  After being late to his own party by 14 days, I was beginning to think that my uterus had gone on permanent strike.  Thankfully God intervened. 


Meet our little Emmett Dane, born with a loud howl and scream on Wednesday, March 6.  Now this is the part where I am suppose to launch into a long dramatic monologue about what exact minute contractions started and what songs were on my Labor Playlist and just exactly how hard I squeeze Husband's leg during each push.

But to be quite honest, I just don't have it in me yet.  Also we have some pretty sweet, G-rated birth photos coming from the world's greatest photographer and we can't start without those now can we?!  Oh and did I mention I'm tired and sore and holyshmoley nobody told me how bad stitches suck?!?
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Speaking of stitches.
Most of you probably know that I have been pretty pumped about having a home birth since my mom let me attend several of her's many years ago.  I wanted to have our baby in our own cozy house, crawl into our own cozy bed after labor and spend my whole recovery cuddling our own cozy baby.

Well.  You know how they say we make our plans and God laughs?!  I feel like the hours following Emmett's birth were just that.  And since a lot people have been asking why I'm in a hospital bed in photos and wondering just what transpired this past week, I thought I would give you the cliff's notes on the ordeal.
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Right after I pushed Emmett out -- all 9 pounds, 10 ounces and 22 inches of him -- everything fell apart.  I became a gushing puddle of blood and within 20 minutes I was being whisked out the door on a stretcher, sans Husband and my brand new baby.   In the emergency room, I was stitched on for an hour with more stitches than the doctor could count and after trying to stand up and passing out before my legs were under me, I was sent to my own private recovery room for the night.  Or rather what was left of it at 4 o'clock in the morning.  Three blood transfusions and about 47 various needle pokes later, we finally came home.  

Oh.  I should mention that my squishy baby did arrive at the hospital while I was being stitched up and wearing a 3 month monkey sleeper no less.  Oh my aching lady parts.

Now I am not posting this to have anyone advise me on the evils of homebirth or just how I should have laid off the conversation hearts back in February.  My current state of hormones just isn't ready for that.  Rather I share because God is amazing and always good and completely sovereign in our lives as we bumble along trying to make choices that are right for our families.  

The doctor pulled my mom aside the next day and told her that I had lost 2/3 of my blood through the whole ordeal.  My hemoglobin was dipped down to 5 and she said it was a good thing I lived five blocks from the hospital because she wasn't sure I would have made it if I lived any further away.


So tonight I'm thankful.

Thankful for my baby that's next to me and sleeping soundly to the dull roar of his sleep sheep.
Thankful for my mom and dad that rushed to our house in record time to take care of Emmett right after he was born when his mom and dad couldn't be there.
Thankful for the prayers of so many friends who didn't even know what was going on.
Thankful for meals that keep showing up at our door.
Thankful for sisters who have been here every.single.day changing diapers and washing dishes and putting in about a million loads of spit-up-crusted-clothes.
Thankful for my best friend in the whole world that stands next to me as life throws us one curveball after another.  And I am getting to watch him become an expert diaper-changer and every girl knows that's in it's own category of Awesomeness.

But most of all I'm thankful that for the tender mercies of God that keep showing themselves in our lives.  I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world.

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Now some Emmett awesomeness. . . because we all know that's really what you are here for anyway.








44 comments:

  1. Ohhh, he is absolutely precious!!! What a handsome boy. 9lbs 10oz?!? For your first baby? Holy moly. Well, at least we can commiserate on how our boys never wore newborn clothes--they would have worn them in the womb. Haha!

    I am sooo glad you are okay! What a dramatic birth story. One for the books, that's for sure. I am happy God was looking out for you and your family and that you are safe at home being a MOMMY. What a blessing.

    Congratulations, new mama and papa!

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  2. Oh I am so glad you're ok! God is incredible. He certainly is. Praise the Lord for blood transfusions and modern medicine. Praying for you and your precious baby!

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  3. Praise the Lord for His blessings! And your baby boy is a looker already!

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  4. Oh my goodness he's such a cutie :) Thanks for sharing. God is good and what a blessed little family you have. Take your time recovering. There is no rush - but uh... save up all the pictures of little Emmett so we get to see them eventually :)

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  5. Praise Jesus!! I always wanted a home birth too. But alas, I needed 3 c-sections instead : ( But thank God for protecting you and that giant cutie! Good job mommy!

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  6. Oh, girl I am glad God was watching over you and you are recovering. When it comes to our bodies and having babies sometimes our plans fall apart, but look at that handsome little guy. He sure is a cutie.

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  7. I read your blog because I am quite a bit older than you, and it is fun to see your fresh view on marriage and children. I am approaching my 18th year of marriage (we married at 19) and we have a four, eight, and thirteen year old. Wow, you have really been through the wringer! What a terrifying experience. I have had three babies, each labor different. How amazing is the human body to be able to create another human being? Congratulations! And yes, your sweet baby looks just scrumptious.

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  8. Oh sweet gir! I am SO thankful for God's grace to you. Amazed that you did that and that he's such a beautiful healthy little (not so) man. Prayers for a quick and full recovery and for the adjustment from 2 to 3. You guys will be great because you already are!

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  9. Congrats!! That little guy is a bundle of some serious handsome-ness. I wish it were possible to hold him through the computer screen!

    I second the "SO glad you are okay!" statement. That must of been a whirlwind for you guys, and I am glad you have the help that you do. Don't listen to people who tell you that you shouldn't have had a home birth. Because they aren't you and they didn't pray about it like I am sure you did. I think it's funny how people see things like this and think that you must have made a mistake somewhere. Doesn't anyone stop to think that maybe this is all part of the "plan?" You went through a scary experience, but you are a stronger mom for it.

    I can't wait to see more pics!

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  10. His weight does not surprise me! He better have been packing on those pounds while he was in there for an extra 2 WEEKS. He is adorable, and I wish I lived near you and could come help out! But seriously, could he be any cuter!!??
    I am so glad that you are okay! But may I say in the pictures I saw with you and Emmett, your face is just glowing with that motherly glow that I only see on tired happy mothers. Even if I saw you without that baby I would know that you were a mother, and how do you look so gorgeous after loosing 2/3rds of your blood?!
    I'll continue to pray for your, and the babies health and hope to meet this stud someday :D
    Love,
    Wendy Kay Owens

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  11. He is beautiful! God's mercies are amazing, so glad He's taking care of you! He'll continue to care for you, too, which is the best part. You're in for a roller coaster, girl, but it's a great ride!

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  12. So glad you and the baby are healthy now. What an ordeal! He looks precious and huge! I also am loving that your hubby is sporting an Iowa shirt

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  13. He is perfect. You already knew that. :)

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  14. Congratulations! Many, many miracles to celebrate to be sure! May you have a speedy recovery and may you continue to savor the miracles around you.
    xoxo

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  15. Beyond. Words. We are SO THANKFUL you are okay, Nicole. God is good. We love you guys.

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  16. Oh my gosh he is so stinkin beautiful! What a huge huge blessing he is! He is already so handsome! I had no idea you went through so much, that's crazy! But you're right, praise the Lord for keeping you and your baby safe & living close to the hospital. I can't wait to watch you two as parents through this blog, you're gonna be amazing! Congrats again!

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  17. Congrats Nicole! Emmett is precious! I'm so glad that you are okay - 2/3 of your blood is SO MUCH to lose! That must have been so scary for your family (possibly for you, but prob not since you were most likely out of it). I'm so glad that your baby gets to grow up with a wonderful mama and your husband doesn't have to do it alone. Praise God for His blessings and miracles!!

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  18. Praise God for keeping you safe! he's precious!

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  19. Wow!!! So glad you are OK. And man, that Emmett is GORGEOUS! Congratulations, sweetie! And good job! Your lives will never be the same.

    EJ, www.thesearemyreasons.com

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  20. What a sweet, sweet baby! Congratulations! What an ordeal to go through. I am so glad you are okay.

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  21. Congratulations Supermom :) Praying for healing, and amazing times to come!

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  22. So happy to know you are okay! God is good! Glad to know you are recovering and busy being a mommy! Praying for the 3 of you, as always!

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  23. Congratulations! He is just gorgeous and I'm glad you're doing okay!

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  24. Crying my guts out. So glad you are okay, Nicole. You look beautiful. Emmett is perfect. Your heart is radiant and I feel God's glow all around you. We love you guys so so so so so so so much.

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  25. ...this just brought tears in my eyes!...and a smile on my face!!
    He is gorgeous.
    And I'm glad you're okay.

    Congratulations!!

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  26. Oh Nicola - I am sorry to read you had so much trouble, my sister had a big big (but still very little of course) overdue baby that created some similar problems -- they just get too snug in there!! Its great to read of the support you have had from your family and that you were so close to help - I hope are not made to feel bad for your decision to home birth, it was still an amazing choice to make.(you could never have known what would transpire) Big Congratulations to you and your hubs and your beautiful Emmett!! And best wishes from afar for your recovery xxx

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  27. THIS IS AMAZING!
    Seriously.

    You. made. a human.

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  28. Oh Nicole! Having just had my baby girl a little less then three months ago, I read your story as fast as my eyes could take it up. I'm so sorry it ended up so differently than you had planned and that your body took such a beating. Give yourself lots of space and patience to heal up again... Thinking of you!

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  29. He is just amazing!!! Congratulations, God IS good! So glad you are ok and doing so well after all of that.

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  30. He is so completely and utterly perfect in every way - congrats to you and your hubs! You two must be so filled with joy.... and you also with pain. Ouch! I can't even imagine. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you... so glad you're ok :)

    xxx
    Jenna

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  31. So happy to hear everyone is doing well. God is good, and even when His plan doesn't look like ours, we know it's perfect! Your little man is beautiful (and I have a 9lb. 4 oz.-er under my...er..belt? so props for making it through that!). Get lots of rest and enjoy these weeks of recovery snuggles with your little one. :)

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  32. Oh my goodness--and in more ways than one! I am SO glad that you're okay! Praying for a quick and complete recovery for you and I don't think I can leave without telling you congrats! Emmett is sooooo adorable and I love his name, too! :)

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  33. So happy for you guys! And congrats on being SUCH a trooper with the whole hospital and losing blood ordeal!

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  34. You're amazing! I can't imagine, I'm so sorry you had to go through that, and so so happy for you and your beautiful babe!

    I'm just a reader here who was really moved by your post... I can't imagine being in such a vulnerable position of risking getting dumb comments about your homebirth decisions. I want SO SO much to give my babies a thick skin; I'm so worried because I don't have one myself and don't know how to instill one! If you get anything figured out, that would make an A-1 post :) hint hint

    All the best for the three of you for years to come :)

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  35. You are amazing!!! Beautiful, scary, wonderful birth from the sounds of it!

    He is the cutest ever!!

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  36. YESSSSSSSSSSSS! and you are so beautiful and i am so happy for you!

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  37. Wow! thank you Jesus for your survival :) that sounds really scary, I hope you heal quickly :) I love your blog and your spiritual emphasis

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  38. Praise God that you and your adorable baby boy are here and well! Congratulations on joining the mommy club too! Its an awesome journey that you have begun to walk along! I pray that your recovery is going well! I also have a post partum hemorage with my first baby autumn and need a blood transfusion and all that jazz. I'm happy to say that our second child,born 19 months after our first, Christian's born 6 months ago had no problems at all and he was born in a total of 3 hours! That's start to finish! So what happened now may never happen again. God bless you and your family! =)

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  39. oh my heavens! HUGE CONGRATS! what an angel from above!

    xo

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  40. wow, you amazing mama you! congratulations! i hope you are getting lots of rest, support and love xo

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  41. Ohmygoodness, what a beautiful baby! So glad everything worked out all right...God was definitely taking care of you.

    Cindy at Notes in the Key of Life

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  42. He's perfect!!! Blessings to all of you....enjoy every beautiful moment. x

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  43. Emmett is adorable! Congratulations! I am SO glad to hear you were able to get to the hospital so quickly and that you're recovering well.

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  44. Congratulations Nicole and family! I am glad everything was ok! Blessings, Dawn Finney

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