Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It's Another Girl!

Julia Danielle was born Sunday, January 10th at 8 pm.


At noon on Sunday, we sat down to watch Pilgrim's Progress as a family. Contractions started then and were every 10+ minutes. I was begging the Lord to let them continue. They were short and so infrequent! We watched the movie while Elena kept track of my contractions.

By the last half hour of the movie, I was ready for a smaller audience. I called my friend to come pick up the boys and Lydia. Shortly after they left, we called the midwife, Robin; my good friend & photographer, Gretchen; and my sister. They arrived at 4pm.





When Robin checked me after arriving, she said I was 7 cm! I was ecstatic!! Well, 3 hours in the pool later, I was still a 7. Grrrrr! Robin broke my water to get things moving, and although the discomfort was significantly less, contractions were still far spaced. I kept falling asleep between them. We finally figured out that baby's head was lopsided, so Robin had me get on the couch and lie on my side. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. (slight exaggeration; meaning: This was very uncomfortable!) When each contraction hit, I said: I feel like I'm going to throw up!

30 min later, no vomit, and baby had moved into proper position. I was able to get back in the pool. More falling asleep between contractions, but I distinctly heard Robin tell Kyle: If she doesn't make more progress, she's going to have to get out of the pool again.

According to Kyle, a demon spoke through me at that point and growled: I'M NOT GETTING OUT OF THIS POOL!

So, I got serious and started pushing with every contraction. Robin slowed me down and 4 pushes later, I had a baby girl in my arms.


Julia weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long.


(Winners of the Baby Bet to be announed soon.)

21 comments:

Stack said...

She is just beautiful!!! I love the name Julia...

Congratulations Clarks!!!

Stacey Hamlin
AKA Stack

A Mama Story said...

congrats, y'all. :) She's a beauty!!!

Sharleen Enes said...

Dearest Ginger and family, my heart leaps with joy at this beautiful story of Little Miss Julia's welcoming into your wonderful family. I am so happy to have met you while visiting Paul and Aki. I will watch for further postings of Julia, along with all the rest of your lovely children. Peace, Happiness, Love, and Blessings to all of you in this special year of 2010.
Your friend in Christ, Sharleen Enes

Sharleen Enes said...

Dearest Ginger and family, my heart leaps with joy at this beautiful story of Little Miss Julia's welcoming into your wonderful family. I am so happy to have met you while visiting Paul and Aki. I will watch for further postings of Julia, along with all the rest of your lovely children. Peace, Happiness, Love, and Blessings to all of you in this special year of 2010.
Your friend in Christ, Sharleen Enes

Dakota said...

No fair. You even look pretty when you're in pain.

dkt said...

Beautiful! So thankful that all went well!

Blessings as you raise this little one in the fear and admonition of the Lord! :-)


dianna

Meghann said...

Congratulations Ginger and family! She is beautiful~~I have to say that I related so much to this post...especially the part of being determined to NOT get out of the pool again. So happy for you :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations from the Newtons! Wow! Julia is precious! And, yep, how do you look so beautiful in labor? Enjoy your little blessing!

Kathi Bailey said...

Congratulations...stopped by for some CM homeschooling advice. Found it, but wanted to comment on beautiful Julia.
You do look very pretty to be in labor:)
Enjoy your newborn weeks...they go fast!
- Kathi

Tina said...

Congratulations Ginger and family!!! Your little Julia is beautiful! Would you mind if I asked for your mailing address? I have a little gift for Julia. I would really appreciate it.

My email address is
dragonfryehill at yahoo dot com

Warmly,
Tina Frye (a blog reader)

I'm the mother of Cyrus,Ekie and Grace. We went through our adoptions at the same time.

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations, Ginger! I am so happy I popped in to check your blog. Praying your babymoon is wonderful!
Elizabeth

DeniseinSC said...

So pretty...both of you! A treasure from the Lord! Denise H.

Stan53 said...

Well done Mum. Your fan club are very proud of you. Hope you don't mind, but I linked to your blog in a comment I have made in mind.
From me, Stan, Stephanie, my wife, and our family, congratulations!

~Stephanie said...

She's beautiful, Ginger! And I agree, it's not fair you look so stunning while you are in labor.
Congratulations!

Edward and Gretchen said...

Ginger,

Whoo, now that we've had our baby too I wanted to take the opportunity to tell you what an honor it was to be at Julia's birth. Thank you so much for inviting me to be there. The two home births you shared with me were an encouragement and inspiration. I'm not so sure I would have ventured away from the hospital had it not been for you.

Amy Herbel said...

Congratulations! Julia is precious! Blessings on all your family!

Shell said...

Aww, how precious, a sweet girl. Congratulations Clark family at the birth of your newest family member.

In Christ,
Shell and family

Julie said...

What a beautiful bundle of joy! She is so sweet.

Gretchen said...

Congratulations Ginger! What a beautiful baby girl. I'll second everyone else on your ability to look so beautiful during labor.
Take care!

Nealy said...

Still waiting for you to announce the winner of the Baby Bet so I can bask in my glory!

Jeff said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!