Monday, October 18

Blessings Overflow!


Saturday I joined the masses of women who have gone before me, and out of desperation, added castor oil to my juice and spread it on my toast that morning. Toast with castor oil, butter and honey is the way to go. If I had any greens around, I would have made a vinaigrette with it. Who recommends drinking oil? Ugh...

After the natural course of castor oil took place, I had light contractions for the remainder of the day, which turned into stronger but irregular ones on Sunday. We took the kids up to the cabin and I thoroughly cleaned it, moved furniture and went for a hike up and down hills in the woods. It was so gorgeous out. A family of beavers has taken residence on our creek and we admired the progress on their dam and the nice pond they are making before heading down along the ridge and settling ourselves by the bank of the creek, where the kids tried to spear fish and enjoyed finding all the objects on the floor of the woods that floated and sending them on their way.

Home again later that evening, we tucked the kids into bed, watched a movie on the laptop and settled in for the evening. By 2:30am, Monday morning, the contractions were regular and uncomfortable and I got up, began laundry, tidied downstairs to our dog's bewilderment, and called the midwife an hour later.

I was so thankful that once again, the children were cozy and asleep. Sean filled the wood stove, I went into the hot shower and soon the bedroom was warm and filled and ready for our baby's arrival.

This time I used a birthing chair for the last few contractions, to help bring the baby down, and it worked like magic. The midwife and Sean helped me up onto the bed and I leaned into Sean as my body pushed the baby out. Annaliese had been woken and quietly sat watching, calm and collected, like a wise old soul. She has expressed an interest in midwifery so this was the perfect opportunity for her to see her newest sibling arrive. Every night before bed she would ask me to wake her if the time for the baby came.

On my hands and knees, by far my favorite position for birthing, I gave birth to our sixth child and felt the midwife set the baby on my back. I asked if the baby was alright and what was it but the cord must have been between the legs because no one knew right away, so Annaliese got to check and tell me that God, in his goodness, had blessed us with another daughter.

58 comments:

Sarah said...

What a beautiful little girl. May God bless her and your family.

Knudson Family said...

What a sweet birth story. Congratulations on your new baby girl!

Anonymous said...

Amazing and beautiful!
Lisa

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!
Chris Ahmed

Corrie said...

Congratulations! So happy for you. Take care as you recuperate.

Mary Ann said...

Congratulations!She's beautiful!

Mrs.Mike said...

Hi, I have been following you for a while. You remind me of my mother(who is in heaven). You are who you are and be whom you want(or the Lord wants you to be). My mom was that way. We did a lot of the things you are doing with your children(like making apple cider) down to how you sometimes dress them( like the scarves on their head to keep them warm)...brings me back in time. You are giving your children blessed memories. Bless you.
Congratulations on your new little one. She is beautiful!~Missy

SinginginHisName said...

Congratulations Hannah!!! I am so happy for you all! I am glad to hear you had the baby without complications and that it was good experience for you daughter to see her first birth. Have you named this little blessing yet?

Congratulations! And God bless,
Rebecca

Treena said...

Tears of joy overflowing inside of me. I am just so happy for you and your family. What a precious gift from God to celebrate, a new baby girl. Congratulations, hope things are going well. Can't wait to see more pictures and what her name will be.

p.s-I have been watching the show Teen Mom recently, it is heartbreaking. I have to tell you, it is so nice to see a picture of your little girl, a child that I know is wanted and will be loved and cared for.

amy said...

oh hannah, congratulations to you and your family. i have been waiting and praying, and am so delighted to see this post. beautiful little girl! welcome to the world of 6!

Penny said...

Praise the Lord for a healthy delivery and a beautiful addition to your family!

Gen said...

I've been reading you for awhile, since before your last baby and I just wanted to chime in again and once again congratulate you and your beautiful family! Keep up the great work!!

Becky said...

Hannah, congratulations to you & your family! I think it is safe to say that we, your blog followers have all been anticipating her arrival along with your family. Happy to hear all went well & that you have a healthy babe. My prayers go with you :)

Melissa said...

congratulations to you all, you have been blessed indeed! She is just gorgeous. So pleased to hear it all went well. God bless you all.

impossibleway said...

That's just wonderful! Enjoy your babymoon!

Joy said...

Congratulations, Hannah! Love your birth story. :) Blessings to you!

Diane said...

She's gorgeous!!! :O)

Tasha said...

Oh Hannah, she is beautiful! Congrats on another blessing from God. I am so happy for your family. Take care.
Much love, Tasha

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful!

Melisa

Quinn said...

You have such a way with words.. you make it almost seem relaxing. :) Congratulations- your daughter is so darling. Enjoy your time with her- I'm sure you realize by now how fleeting it is.

Regan said...

Wow! She is beautiful! So happy for you!

Anonymous said...

Lovely.
Congratulations and welcome to the world little one!
Amelia

Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook said...

Oh, Hannah! I just wanted to bawl reading this! So thrilled that the newest little blessing is here and all went well :) Congratulations!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful baby girl. Blessings to you all in these sweet first days.

I have been following your blog for a few months now. It is such a lovely and peaceful place to visit.

God Bless!
Jennifer

Michelle said...

She's beautiful...and the birth sounds so calm and wonderful. Congratulations to you and your sweet family...

Roslyn said...

We've all been eagerly awaiting--she is beautiful! Congratulations!

Christi said...

Congratulations...God Bless you and your new little girl.

Lynn said...

Congratulations, Hannah! She is lovely for sure! I know you are happy to have her safely in your arms now.

xoxo
Lynn

~ Shannon said...

Hannah, I am so happy for you and your family! Your new daughter is just precious! I praise God that He gave you a safe and healthy delivery, and I pray that He will bless you with a swift recovery and plenty of time to enjoy your sweet little blessing!

Blessings,
Shannon

Pamie G. said...

Every day when I awake and every day when I go to bed, as I anxiously wait for our 7th grand children to be born, I also come to your website and peak in to see if God has blessed you as well. God is surely good. Congrats to your beautiful family. Blessed be the Father in his holy name! With much joy and happiness, Pamie G.

Chelsea said...

Oh! Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you and your family.

Mrs. D said...

Congratulations! She is beautiful! I've been thinking about you lots.
Hugs from Germany, Jeannine

Sarah said...

Congratulations to you all, it has brought a tear to my eye, I love hearing birth stories.( I also resorted to castor oil in the end..yuck). What an amazing experience for Annaliese, something for her to treasure forever. I am so happy for you all. x

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, what a beautiful baby girl!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on your beautiful girl. I'm so glad she arrived safely as I've been praying for you these last few weeks. Blessings
Sarah

Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you.. I was thinking something was up when there were no entries since saturday.... she is beautiful..
sue in NJ

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful blessing added to your family. I'm glad all went well. She's beautiful.

Janet

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful. Congratulations to all of you. Good job Annaliese!
Blessings from Spain,
Jules

Janel said...

Awwhhh! Congratulations!

Enjoy your blessings.

Julian said...

what a precious wee little girlie. Congrats mamma, dad, and kids.:) Thankyou Lord for new life.:)
christina

Wimberly Farms said...

How precious your little one is! I am sure the other children are having a blast with her.
Tonya

Acacia said...

Beautiful!
Congratulations!

Kiley said...

She's a beauty!!! Congratulations to your whole family! Praying that your recovery and everyone's adjustment goes smoothly.

Esther said...

Congrats!!! What a sweet babe!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations ! thanks for sharing your wisdom & new birth ! Blessings & pray
EDITH, from Normandy

Sommer said...

Congratulations on your newest blessing! She is beautiful :-)

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! She was born on my mom's birthday :-) A wonderful day to be born.

God bless your family as you adjust to having another tiny person in your life!

Trudy Callan said...

Congratulations. She's just beautiful.

Michelle said...

She's beautiful! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the new little one. She is so precious!
Castor Oil was my friend too for our last one. I must say you were much more creative then I. I just put it in my juice.
May the Lord bless her and you.
Marissa

Emily said...

congratulations on your beautiful daughter!

Nabila Grace said...

Congratulations on your new little girl! So precious! I always love the hours after birth! :o) It is truly was the of the best if days! All sickness or trouble during pregnancy seems to wash away! ;o)

monika said...

Congratulations!

joyfulhouse said...

She is so beautiful. God be praised for His gift to your family. I am thankful that she is here safe and sound. Praying for your strength as you settle into life with a newborn.

Jen said...

She is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing this. Congratulations!!

Anonymous said...

Hannah,
Congratulations, she is a sweetie! Have a wonderful time resting and enjoying the new one.
Jo

BL said...

congratulations on your new little blessing!!! She is just beautiful!!!

Zebu said...

Congratulations to you, Hannah!

I, too, used a birthing chair with my first; it was actually in a hospital with a doctor...shock of all shocks. Of course, it was put in moth balls some short time later, never to have resurfaced. It is "easier" for the doctors...Well, that could be a whole topic in itself! The birthing beds now in hospitals that claim to be so great are mainly, from what I have seen, used just as the old delivery table was...the poor woman is, for the most part, flat on her back, with someone holding her feet, just as the stirrups used to. How gravity can help there is beyond me, but it is “easier” for the doctors. Birthing suites are a fancy package that sells, I guess, the not-so-different deliveries of days gone by…By my third, I had a midwife.

I love the new look of your site, by the way. I hope that you and your precious family can hunker down in this pretty fall time of year and enjoy that new little blessing. :)