Our little Lucy Joy was born on November 22, 2017 at 9:39 p.m. at 6 lb. 14 oz + 19 inches of pure perfection after a quick 5 hour labor and less than 5 minutes of pushing! I wanted to write out her birth story on here just as I wrote Graham’s, so here we go..
Exactly one week before Lucy was born I was at my 38 week (plus 2 days) appointment and was happy to hear that I was already 3 CM dilated! Though I was so excited, my anxiety levels were rising thinking about going into labor without my mom being here to take care of Graham and having to leave him with friends, having him stay the night somewhere unfamiliar. I knew the Lord would have taken care of everything and Graham would have been okay despite his separation anxiety from me at that point in time, but my heart was heavy thinking about it nonetheless. My mom planned to come the day before Thanksgiving (the 22nd.. when Lu was born), but she thought that I might go into labor before then so she drove up and got here on Monday the 20th. I felt so much more at peace and ready to go into labor any time knowing that she would be with Graham and he would be able to sleep in his own bed.
Fast forward to Wednesday. My Dad arrived Wednesday afternoon and we went out to eat with me being so miserable physically and thinking I wouldn’t go into labor anytime soon haha! I went to my 39 week (plus 2 days) appointment after lunch and was already dilated to a 5!! Couldn’t believe it since I hadn’t really felt any contractions besides braxton hicks and had minimal cramping. I asked my midwife if she could sweep my membranes to hopefully get things going (it did). I got home and started having consistent contractions around 4:30 p.m., but they weren’t painful at all so I didn’t think I was in labor, but my mom (being the wise woman she is) encouraged me to call the on call midwife and tell her my situation. Sure enough, she had me come in and I was 6 CM when she checked me! Contractions were slowly but surely becoming more painful and more intense, so I asked for my epidural. When I got the epidural the first time around it was seriously painless when they injected it and everything I had hoped for! This time around, not so much. It was so painful and I kept having bouts of lightheadedness as my blood pressure kept going down, but after a little while that stopped and they had me lie down on my side with the peanut ball to get Lu to keep moving down and it worked like a charm. Before I knew it I was feeling super intense pressure very low so I called for the midwife and nurse to come check me and I was 9.5 CM and about ready to push!
At this point my body was shaking uncontrollably as it was transitioning to the last phase of labor and I was just hoping + praying that I wouldn’t have to push 1.5 hours like I did with Graham, which felt like an eternity! Within 3 contractions and in less than 5 minutes (and no tearing at all!!!!), little Lucy Joy was out of me and in my arms!! Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I felt SO relieved, overjoyed, and filled to the brim with love for our precious baby girl. Could not believe it was all over and we were a family of four, just like that. She didn’t leave my chest for a couple hours after she was born and it was pure bliss (they didn’t even weigh her or do anything, they just wanted mama and baby to bond.. loved every second of it). I was so eager to nurse her as I felt more confident the second time around and she latched right away and has been such a good little nurser!
The name Lucy means “light.” Eliot and I have both loved the name Lucy for years, even before we met, and we both love little Lucy from Narnia so much because of her childlike faith and joy. We chose Joy as her middle name because we were filled with so much joy throughout my pregnancy and in this season of life that the Lord has us in. The Lord multiplied our joy when He brought her into our lives and we couldn’t be more thankful to Him for this precious gift. ❤