Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Unassisted Homebirth Baby: Moses Jeremiah Logan!


2 Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." 


 Praise the Lord our little baby Moses is here safe and sound! He is 7 lbs even and 20.5 inches long born at 40 weeks and 5 days =) Our birth adventure started on Monday morning around 8 am when I noticed my water had broken. Thinking back to my last homebirth our midwife Judith came right away after I notified her of my water breaking and coached us through labor for about 5 hours with the help of breast pump, herbal tinctures and fast walking on a schedule she had me in hard labor the same day; despite my past history of having a broken bag of waters for up to 3 days before baby is born! I naively expected the same treatment from the Williamsburg/ EVa Homebirth team....however when I called them one of the midwives (Chrissy) had let me know to hold off on trying to induce with a pump until the 12 hour mark. There was no mention of me being on a hospital like time table of how long I would be "allowed" to labor with my bag of waters broken. She called back around 4pm and asked if I would hold off until the next morning to try and get labor started as they had another mom in active labor....still no mention I was on a time table...so we listened to her advice and didn't try to get any labor started to be considerate of another mom in labor. The next morning my husband called Chrissy back and she then informed him that we had until 8pm that night to be in "active" labor or else consult with a physician! That set me into a panic! My husband asked if they would be coming over to help with labor like our last midwife and I heard her say that they wouldn't do any good here except to stare at me........I immediately went downstairs and started trying to pump with a manual breast pump which was doing nothing for me =(. I then went online to see how much an electric breast pump would cost ....way too much $ so then I looked on craigslist ....still too much $. Thankfully my friend from church Alyssa had a pump she let us borrow =) Also since the midwives were not coming anytime soon to try and help things along with herbs like our last midwife we went on a wild goose hunt for some black and blue cohosh and cotton root bark but could not find any liquid form....by the time we got back home it was after 1pm time was ticking and I was feeling the pressure! The midwives let me know they would be stopping by at 4pm to come up with a plan....They didn't get here until 5 pm...just 3 hours before the cut off time! They checked babies heartbeat and such and said I was not in active labor the baby was still high up and my cervix was still in the early stages not ready for active labor.....they left a little bottle of cotton root extract and were on their way again. My husband started to get the kids ready to go to my sisters....I went on a walk took the the cotton root every 30 minutes and pumped like a mad woman with the impending doom of the midwife team coming back to tell me that I "need"to get some "help" ie...pitocin from the doctors at a hospital  or they will no longer care for me....even though there was no sign of infection, no sign of fetal distress, and plus we already paid them $2,800!!! After much prayer and consultation with some godly midwives who do not have the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind from the Savior we were confident that this was a normal labor for my body and we would have the baby unassisted. The fear the midwives had put into my mind was all too familiar of my terrible hospital birth experiences....we signed termination papers for the midwives so they would be happy they are not liable and go on about their business with helping moms who fit into their hospital like mode of "normal" labors.  My husband did call twice to see if they would refund a portion of the payment but the other midwife (Bridgette) refused claiming they performed their full service. Well around 10 am I started having contractions and about 11:35 baby Moses peacefully made his way into the world with just my husband and I and the Lord of course guiding and protecting us! 

Chris did a great job not passing out at the birth...lol =).  About 15 minutes later we had a very knowledgeable friend (13 kids, unassisted birth champion) stop by with some equipment to weigh, measure, check baby and me out, help clean up and pray with us!

about 5 hours later Chris clamped and cut the cord and we had all our little ones come back home with my sister and nieces.

Praise the Lord for His wonderful gift of Life truly He is the one who calls our children from the womb when they are ready in His timing not mans! 

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Homebirth Midwife Appointments

As almost everyone already knows we are planning another homebirth for our new baby =). Our last birth went so smoothly! I am praying everything goes just as smoothly this time around! I just loved our last midwife and would have gladly hired her again....but she is in Missouri =(. This time we actually have 2 midwives and an apprentice that comes with them. I was really spoiled by my last midwife as she came to our house for all the appointments....now we have to drive about 40 minutes away to Williamsburg, VA. Today I had my 38 week check up and we took all the kiddos so we could afterwards tour historic Williamsburg. The midwife's office is an old colonial house turned into a business office. The kids love it there! I like looking at old houses too so it's fun for everyone =).  
 This is one of the midwifes Bridgette =) She also has 6 children!
 "New" toys are always so entertaining....
 The baby has dropped down one inch since last week and is in a good position Praise the Lord!!


 Getting ready to tour downtown.
 I told the kids this was George Washington.....I am really excited about homeschooling history class since I couldn't figure out it was actually Thomas Jefferson!
 The Candy Shoppe!
 I realized this may be one of the last times I eat out anywhere for a while....lol. Praise the Lord I was able to splurge and buy lunch with some money I made selling my friends clutter on Craigslist (I will make another blog post about that)
The ride back home 3 out of 5 had fallen asleep and then we had "night homeschool" =) 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Family Photos 2014


 
We somehow went over 2 years without family photos! So here we all are and I am 7 months preggo with Moses!


Gideon 16 months

Joshua 5 years.

Noah 7 Years old.

Rachel 3 years old!

Christian 8 years old!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

BABY SHOWER #6!

I am so thankful that our church family had a wonderful baby shower for me last night! My sis took pictures but I don't have them yet....so here a few highlights for now =). God is so good to me!

Acts 20:35"...it is more blessed to give than to receive."
My baby shower outfit 35 weeks!

My sweet little girl Rachel was there while the boys played at our pastor's house!

I received over 12 packs of diapers!

and 20 packs of wipes!

I just finished making thank you cards and I am ready to sleep for about 12 hours tonight!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Decently and In Order: Hampton Rental Home Living and Dining Room

Let all things be done decently and in order.
 Welcome to our dining room! There is nothing to organize in here.......so moving on to the living room.

 At first glance it looks like nothing to organize but our ottoman has a lot of storage space!



 The ottoman holds all of our media stuff and some comfy blankets.

 We have a Wii U my husband bought the kids last year and we use pencil boxes that cost $1 at Walmart or Target to divide and conquer.

 Then I found these cute little index card holders that fit perfectly in the pencil boxes to further organize also only a dollar at Walmart.

 Up to 3 remotes fit in one box which is perfect since we have 3 of them ....one is missing in action right now......even in our very organized home sometimes we lose things...We lost a pair of shoes last month and I am still scratching my head as to where they have gone....Gideon does like to throw things in the trash sometimes.

 The pencil boxes also fit up to 3 rechargeable battery holders.

 The closet
 We have a broom, a dust mop, a steam mop and vacuum and my diaper bag. The dust mop makes sweeping the floor twice as fast as using a regular broom =).

 Okay so don't laugh at our tool collection......these are all the tools we own....lol. We are just renting so any major repair needing big tools the landlord should fix =).

 I keep the extra mop and vacuum accessories in the first basket and my moby wrap in the other basket. Can't wait to wrap up our new little one!!
That's all for our living room and dining room. My favorite part is how comfy our couch is and it holds all of us as a family comfortably =).  Many cuddling memories here with the kiddos and family devotions =).

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Decently and In Order: Hampton Rental Home Master bath/closet

I made all these little labels for the under the sink stuff =)

 All we have out on top is the soap, cotton balls, floss picks, and qtips.


 In our "home" basket there is first aid stuff and light bulbs.

 The "teeth" basket we keep all of our extra teeth things. I have been keeping some old glass jars when we finish our food to use around the house for storage =).

 "Hygeine" basket has extra qutips, razors, etc....



My "hair" basket has brushes, hair spray, curling wand, flat iron, blow dryer. Then I hung up all my headbands on a command clip.

 My husband has his hair cutting stuff in these bins...he didn't like my baskets =( He likes everything to be closed with a lid on it.....now he might really have OCD....lol.


On my side of the vanity drawer I have some hygiene items that are in use. I have all my nail stuff in the mason jar. 

 One of my friends here sells Jamberry nails...and she gave me a gift in a mason jar so I just stuffed all my nail stuff in here. 

 Chris has like nothing on his side...lol.

 So our closet is an office supply storage and luggage storage...We have airbeds, another pack n play suitcases and all my husbands insurance paper things.

 Yes Chris is only wearing black and gray and khaki.....up top in the clear bins we have some cards/envelopes/labels/laminator/card stock....

 My side of the closet ..with all my clothes I cannot fit right now...lol. Up top I have our important papers binders, photos, keepsakes and scrapbooks.

 On the right side I have my cricut and two rolling wheel things for crafts and sewing machine. Oh and the baby swing my sis found on craigslist.
On the floor we have some exercise stuff!