Our family is living proof that you may have plans for your life, but God’s plans can be completely different. And as we’ve seen, God’s plans end up being much better than anything we can dream up. And I’m going to go ahead and say that God has a wicked sense of humor! I mean, having a pregnancy test turn up positive the day you are driving home with two newborn is pretty hilarious.
When we were out of state for the birth of Parker and Campbell, I started feeling extremely sick the second week. I chalked it up to the lack of sleep from two newborns and thought the flu had hit me. Clue #1: When I was pregnant with Carson, I thought mono had flared up again. Clue #2: I couldn’t eat eggs with Carson and eggs almost made me throw up that week. Clearly I’m a slow learner. Mom actually suggested several times that I might be pregnant and I (very hatefully) told her that wasn’t possible. Sorry Moozie!
We finalized their adoption on Friday and drove halfway home. The next morning, we loaded up the three boys to make it home. We made a stop for gas at a Pilot Truck Stop in Bucksnort, TN and when I went in, I decided to see if they had a pregnancy test. Something was just telling me all of a suddent to take a test. They had one brand and it was super cheap, so I figured it probably wouldn’t even work. Not the case-that test turned positive in two seconds. I just started laughing when I saw it, especially since I was in a gas station finding out I was pregnant.
I went out to the car and told Nick I had something to show him and flashed the test to him. I will never forget the look on his face or the hysterical laughter we had as we were feeding two babies and learning another was on the way. We sat at that truck stop for at least an hour because we were in such shock! So it’s safe to say this girl has been a surprise from the beginning.
And she continued this trend with her arrival. On Friday, July 14, Carson told us that baby sister would be born in two days and we laughed; my due date was August 10, so we thought we had another four weeks to go. Clearly he knew something we didn’t. On Sunday, July 16, Parker woke up around 6:30 a.m. and I took him in the living room to feed him a bottle. He went back to sleep on me, so I stayed on the couch. I snoozed a little, but I couldn’t get comfortable because the baby felt like she was lodged in my ribs. I was moving around to try and get comfortable and all of a sudden I felt like I peed in my pants. I thought to myself, “did I seriously just do that?” Carson woke up and sat down with us on the couch, so I didn’t get up for another 15 minutes. When I did finally stand up, I took off for the bathroom because I thought I couldn’t control my bladder. After a minute, the volume of liquid clued me in and I just sat there and thought, “well, that’s interesting.” I went to our room and woke Nick up. It was about 7:45 and as soon as his eyes opened, I told him I thought my water had broken. Talk about a way to wake someone up! I called my doctor and they said I should come to the hospital, so I called my Mom and told her we wouldn’t be making it to church. She was shocked and immediately came over to stay with the boys. I took a quick shower and painted my nails before we headed out (I couldn’t have a baby with a terrible pedicure).
We left the house around 8:30 and were at the hospital 20 minutes later. The minute I stepped out of the car, water went everywhere. It was lovely to walk in with pants that were soaked! They sent me to triage and said they would page Dr. B and let her know because she wasn’t on call. Two seconds later, Nick said “isn’t that her outside?” She happened to be at the hospital to check a patient, so I was thrilled! She came in to check me because they had only done paperwork. She asked if I was planning to get an epidural and when I said yes, she told the nurse we needed to be in a room quickly as I was already 6 cm dilated. Wow! I’m glad we didn’t hang out at the house any longer. The contractions had been every 2-4 minutes since we left and they were strong.
I had to wait a bit for the epidural because the doctor was in the OR and let me tell you, I have respect for women that have a natural birth. Those contractions were no joke, so I was very happy when she came in. Once the epidural went in, I felt super sick immediately because my blood pressure bottomed out. They reversed it quickly and I felt much better. Dr. B came in around 11:30 and said I was ready to push. I could not believe we were already at this point! I voted for her option to rest for a bit and the room started getting busy around noon. It was 12:20 when I started to push and our 6 pound 12 ounce baby girl showed up at 12:30. Dr. B actually had to use the vacuum to help get her out because she was face down. The cord was also wrapped around her neck twice, so I was very happy to hear a cry. As Dr. B was fixing me up, she made a comment that we were very blessed and were clearly looked after. I can’t explain it in my words, so here’s the Google explanation:
Velamentous cord insertion is an abnormal condition during pregnancy. Normally, the umbilical cord inserts into the middle of the placenta as it develops. In velamentous cord insertion, the umbilical cord inserts into the fetal membranes, then travels within the membranes to the placenta. The exposed vessels are not protected by Whartons jelly and hence are vulnerable to rupture. Rupture is especially likely if the vessels are near the cervix, in which case they may rupture in early labor, likely resulting in complications of death.
This little girl has been a miracle from the beginning and a safe birth is another example of God having His hand on her.
Meet Annsley Paige!
Mom brought Carson to meet his newest sibling, but he had to wait because she was getting her first bath in the nursery. He was dying to see her and the look on his face when they brought her in was priceless.
Welcome to the family, Annsley Paige! You were a surprise from day one and your arrival was the same way, so I have a feeling you are going to keep us on our toes. We never planned on having three babies in 8 months, but I’m so glad God decided to bless us with you. My Mom is one of my best friends, so my prayer is for us to have that relationship. I can’t wait to see what life holds for you-and how you handle three brothers!