The Months Leading Up to Her Arrival
June 30, 2014:
20 weeks pregnant; Little buddy- 4 months old
It was a sweet but challenging pregnancy. Not only was I adjusting to being a new mommy to our newborn foster son, but vomiting became part of my daily routine-usually several times a day. I was grateful by week 20 when it went from several times a day to just a few times a week. That was considered a success. An aqua beach pail from the dollar store became a close companion.
Despite the sickness, I was grateful to God for sustaining the sweet life inside of me.
August 17, 2014:
28 weeks pregnant; Little buddy 6 months old
The Lord gave much grace to both Joel and I in the midst of the challenges, and we stood in awe of His faithfulness as we watched our little buddy grow outside of me, and our even littler one grow inside of me.
September 26, 2014:
33 weeks pregnant; Little buddy- 7 months old
At this point I started to receive some confused looks while out in public. I grew tired of responding and explaining when people said, “Wow, those two will be close in age”.
November 13, 2014:
40 weeks pregnant
At last, after 9 long months, contractions began one chilly November evening. It was time to meet the newest member of our family-and find out if it was a boy or girl! After laboring at home as long as Joel (and my mother) would let me, we headed to the hospital at 2:00 AM, November 13th, my due date.
By the time we arrived to our room, I was dilated to 6 cm. Labor continued to progress quickly and naturally-this little one was coming quickly, so we thought. Joel assisted me in staying focused on my breathing and my mother assisted Joel in whatever he needed…it was quite the team. Joel also made sure to brush his teeth plenty so that he could continue to be in my face helping me breathe without me complaining about his breath. 🙂
Around 7AM labor began to stall. Though our little one was head down, he or she was face up, which was not ideal, and quite painful, especially without an epidural. However, by God’s grace, the help of an amazing nurse, and Joel and my mom on each side of me, after 3.5 hours of pushing and repeating Isaiah 41:10 in my mind, “I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you”, I gave one final push. After 15 hours of labor, our sweet little girl entered into the world on November 13th, 2014, at 12:35 PM.
Finley Grace Lind, 7lb 10oz, 21inches
November 23, 2014:
Finley Grace- 10 days old; Little buddy- 9 months old
Little buddy loves his new little sister. He enjoys trying to eat her toes and giving her kisses by licking the top of her head. Finley is a feisty and talkative little girl. She has added much noise and joy to our home!
Within nine months we have gone from a family of 2 to a family of 4. Our hands are full and our nights don’t involve much sleep with two babies eight months apart but we are grateful for the blessing of children! We pray that little buddy would be able to be in our family as Finley’s big brother forever.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” -Psalm 127:3-5