I know that this is old news, but I really wanted to write about this for me and for Aubrey. Aubrey Faith Reeves was born February 6, 2008 at 11:02 a.m. I had her at the Allen Birthing Center. My midwife was an awesome and amazing lady named Amy Giles. Amy is the kind of girl that I would love to hang out with and be friends with. She's so sweet and compassionate, loves God and is just an amazing lady. Don't think I could have done the natural thing without her encouragement and prayers throughout my pregnancy and delivery.
So I went into actual labor the day before around 4:30 pm. My contractions remained steady throughout the night. My sweet sister in law Savita came over to help monitor me, since I didn't really know what to expect because my labor with Alyssa was induced. It was me her and Aaron laying in bed all night long, awake of course. I didn't go into the birthing center until 8:00 am the next morning. When I arrived I was dilated to a 4. Amy made me walk around the house for about an hour to speed things along. My contractions were getting worse, but still bearable. She let me go upstairs and lay in bed to try to rest for a little while. While up there, we were talking about the pain and I asked her if the pain was as bad as it is going to get, and she said she thought I was peaked and the rest would be down hill. Throughout my whole pregnancy, Aaron and I and everyone at New Rivers were praying for me to have an amazing delivery. My prayer was that it would be fast and less painful, and that I wouldn't tear. We had also been praying for an amazing God experience. For God's presence to fill the room while I was in labor. Alyssa's birth was beautiful because I got her at the end of it , but not right and the way I would have wanted it to be. I so desired for this experience to be different. I wanted to feel what God had intended it to be. I had asked Aaron to download some worship music for me so that I could try and focus on God during the labor time. So as I was laying on the bed, the pain was uncomfortable enough that I wanted to cry, but still bearable as I said before.
He gave me the ipod and I began listening to the worship music and singing. Aaron just sat there watching me, smiling and I know praying. It was the song My Romance. The words were"Look at the way the flowers bloom for you. They want to show you their beauty. Running waters dance you and I romance. Unto you be all the glory. Angels dance around you, the earth it sings about you, open up the heavens Lord, let your kingdom come to earth." It was the perfect song. It was talking about God's glory and beauty and his creation and giving him the glory for everything He has given us. It's beautiful! I got emotional, caught up in the moment of realizing how great God is and how many beautiful things he has blessed me with, and how he, within moments was about to gift me with his highest blessing, another life that was mine. I started crying and right then I heard a very loud pop and felt a forceful jarring, then another pop. Aaron heard it too. It was my water breaking. After that the pain seemed almost unbearable, but somehow I got through it. I literally ran for the hot tub and jumped in, because I heard that the warm water helps with the pain. It helped me relax in between the contractions but it really is an indescribable pain. I labored in the water for about 35 to 40 minutes and had Aubrey in the water. Aaron reached down and pulled her out, and brought her up out of the water and handed her to me. She came out so wide-eyed crying at the top of her lungs. Just perfect. Aaron said that he would never forget the look on my face as long as he lives when she came up out of the water. He said I had a look of amazement and stun. I did lose a lot of blood because she was quite big. She weighed 9 lbs and 7 oz, but amazingl God was faithful in answering our prayers. I didn't rip at all and she came quick. Although it hurt so badly, I felt so proud and had such a feeling of accomplishment like there wasn't anything in the world I couldn't do now. We came home with her that night, and slept in our own bed. I wouldn't have done it any other way. I believe that was the way the Lord wanted ME to do it. It was beautiful! The hardest and most wonderful thing I have ever done in my life.
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