Generation Cedar

Hi to all you sweet ladies!  I borrowed a laptop from the hospital and have relished reading your precious comments!  ..Don’t think I haven’t cherished every single one, and thanked my God as I read all the prayers and concerns that were lifted up for us.  It was one of the most trying events of my life and I was fully aware of the intercessions on our behalf.

(Our original “updates from Kathy” didn’t work out since the hospital’s system isn’t updated enough–but she did a great job communicating with Robin and I want to thank them both for their stamina and excitement in sharing this with us.  I’ll be putting together a video from Kathy’s pictures and filming a bit later to share.)

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I’m still going to wait about the full story–don’t have long left with the computer loan, and the story must be told gently 😉

family1It was so good to see my children welcome their new sister…

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I am so grateful for my family…my mom, dad, Bria and my dear friend Kathy (who was behind the camera) faithfully “labored” beside me through the long night.  It was tough on them too–physically and emotionally.  My father prayed and my mother cried her share of tears and I was blessed to be accompanied by her tenderness.

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Let me just publically cheer for my husband…he was incredible.  He served me tirelessly for the 15 hours of labor at the hospital, warming my rice pack, standing in the gap for me when the nurse encouraged pitocin, praying over me, holding me and telling me all the things I needed to hear to endure what was a very difficult labor. God has given me such a gift in him.

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And did I mention he was very protective of me too?  What kind of husband wouldn’t check out the safety of the birthing ball before he let his wife ride it?

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God was so faithful to give me second-shift nurses who not only didn’t mind natural labor, they PREFERRED it and even taught natural child-birth classes.   What are the odds?  That’s why I don’t bet on odds, but rely on the Lord because “He doeth all things well”.  All my nurses were great; but I really anticipated that at best, I’d just get a nurse who “tolerated” our decision to go natural.  It makes a huge difference in a nurse who just lets you labor naturally but doesn’t really support it, and one who is actively encouraging you to stay the course!

By the way, I know there are those out there who are wondering, “what about the way you feel about working mothers?”  I’ll admit, this has always been one area that is hard for me.  I don’t know these ladies’ personal circumstances, and maybe I don’t have a good answer for the question now that so much medical care has been moved out of the home; but I know God did use them to bless me and I wanted my readers to know the apparent contradiction does not elude me…maybe more thoughts on it when I have more energy 😉

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We were all shocked at how long the labor dragged on, especially since I started labor early Tuesday morning and didn’t even arrive until that night–during what we thought was active labor.  The contractions came hard, just too far apart for a long time.  Resisting the urge to “hurry it up” was difficult in the moment of exhaustion, but my husband was so strong for me and made the decisions that I was too tired to make.  I’m so thankful for that…intervention would have precipitated more intervention, and at the stage I was when we talked about it, it would have been more complicated than at an earlier stage.

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Kudos to the hospital too…they really respected our wishes to be left alone during the night so we could rest; they were so sensitive and respectful of the things we requested, and they attentively cared for our every need.  (We go to a Catholic hospital and I think their respect for children and life makes a big difference in their care.)

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Ellia Brynn

8 lbs. 7 oz.

I’ll post more details in a day or two;  for now, I’m glad to be holding Ellia Brynn (pronounced “EL–ee–yah” and resting and learning to walk normally again (yay!)…God is so good…His mercy endures forever.

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28 Responses

  1. Thank you for sharing your pictures you have a beautiful family.I also go to a catholic hospital and I think you are wright about the care you get due to thier respect of life.

  2. Oh Kelly (and family) we are soooo rejoicing with your family. I love to hear of the details of our faithful God. Isn’t just beautiful the testimonies we get to have with each birth???

    I have been emotional and praying a lot for you through all this and my 11 year old son says to me the other day, “Mom, have you ever met her in person?” I said “no” and with a bewildered look on his face he said “oh, um, okay.” What must he think of a mama who is all emotional and wrapped up in another mama’s life whom she has never met. LOL Funny how this internet thing does that!

    Anyway, continuing to pray and rejoice with you!

    Amazed at His Grace,

    Michelle
    She Looketh Well

  3. Kelly,
    Love the name! Love the pictures too! Looking at her little face she could easily be thinking, “God has blessed me so much with my wonderful family. He’s really put me in good hands.”

    Michelle,
    It is funny, isn’t it? The posters on Kelly’s blog really don’t know each other personally. I think it’s great, though. Maybe the Lord is giving us an answer to that question He was asked so long ago: “Who is my neighbor?”

  4. Thanks for letting us peek into your room and family, Kelly. I am sure it is hard for you to do…I appreciate your effort. And she is beautiful, as are all of yours. Blessed recovery and rest.

  5. Oh, Kelly, thank you for sharing! That picture with your whole family gathered around the hospital bed is gorgeous! Your cup certainly hath runneth over, my friend. Hello, little Ellia!

  6. I feel like I’ve commented a billion times, saying the same thing: What a beautiful, perfect, little treasure. Congratulations, Kelly.

    Also, no one would guess you had just given birth in these pictures. you’re just lovely!

  7. What a precious little bundle of love! She’s gorgeous with those chubby little cheeks! Didn’t ever catch exactly how much she weighed other than 8 lbs and something. Did I miss it?
    And you look wonderful….50 lbs, ha! You are a little skinny momma even with the baby weight. I’m so jealous! 🙂
    Blessings to you and your family!

  8. You all are SO PRECIOUS! I love you and we’ve never even met…ah, the body of Christ…what a beautiful thing! CONGRATULATIONS!! Rest up and enjoy your hospital “vacation”. 🙂

  9. It’s so good to hear from you in person! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful pictures. New life is something to celebrate! Your family is beautiful and you look great. 😀

  10. WOW! Great update!I just realized that now you have 6 girls. That wasn’t clear to me before. How amazing is that? God is so good! I praise Him for the women who helped you and for an awesome, fun hubby that was willing to try out the birthing ball. Looks like he got the hang of it! Keep enjoying that cutie! I love how she is chunky (at least in the photos). 🙂

  11. Kelly,

    Thanks for the update. I can’t get over what a pretty baby you have. She has that filled-out healthy look…and you look fabulous! Skinny-winny! I tend to get puffed up with water weight so I envy you your youthful slender look!

    And kudos to you for enduring the hard labor without drugs! You’re a trooper!

    Jill F. mom to 8-all birthed very very differently each time!

  12. Kelly, thanks for sharing these photos. They’re so sweet I’m rethinking my strict no-camera-of-any-sort-until-after-the-birth policy!

  13. Congratulations to you all! What a blessing, we praise God for this gift! Can’t wait to hear the birth story 🙂 Thank you for sharing this miracle.

    Always encouraged by your blog!

  14. Thank you for that incredible story. My husband and I are praying that we will be blessed again, our son is almost 8 months. It is so nice to see a mother happy to do it naturally.

  15. Kelly,

    Thank you SO much for sharing these pictures of your family with your blog friends. I especially enjoyed the group picture with all your children and your husband cuddled around you (smiles).

    I’m also thankful that you had nurses and hospital staff that took seriously your decision to do a natural birth. God knew just what you needed to get through that difficult period in time. He knew you didn’t need just people who felt only “okay” with natural birth, but really supported it in their hearts.

    As you know Kelly, I’m one of your readers that doesn’t have children yet in my life, and one of those reasons is fear. When I see you with your newborn girl, I just smile, and wish SO much that I had the strength and courage that you have to birth children, naturally. When I see the heart-felt smiles, and the genuine love in your eyes surrounding this birth, I know that you truly love children and desire them with all your heart. What a wonderful testimony for me!

    Anyway, I am rambling. Take great care, and I am SO glad Heavenly Father has blessed you with a loving and caring husband and family. May God continue to bless and enrich your life, always.

    Love,

    Mrs. Lady Sofia

  16. I wouldn’t stress on the issue of working mothers one way or another. I think it’s clear God placed them there to bless you (and others), so the matter doesn’t need concern. If it weren’t for female doctors, I definitely wouldn’t have kids; no men delivering my babies!

    Congrats!

  17. Kelly — thanks for posting the beautiful pictures and birth story. I was also blessed with wonderful nurses during all 3 of my labors; I couldn’t have done it without them.

    You look fantastic for having just had a baby!!

    Ellia is beautiful. I love the family picture too.

    Get some rest and enjoy your newborn bonding time!

  18. Congrats on the new baby!!!!! God is great !!! Very happy you could have her naturally too!!!! Enjoy your little newborn (for some reason they don’t stay that way for very long 🙂 and that newborn smell… I love that newborn smell

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