Cierra - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
The Birth Story of Lueck #3
(Excerpt from my journal.)
Thursday, April 29th, 2010, 1:31am
Dear Baby Lueck #3,
We have everything set up for your arrival. I cannot wait to meet you! I lost mucous Tuesday afternoon, then double that Tuesday night. I lost the same amount yesterday and lost about triple that today. My contractions really picked up and there has been some change in dilation and ripening. We went for a short walk before dinner and then set everything up. I took an intermittent nap from 9:30pm to 11:15pm due to contractions and your blessed siblings. Now we are all going to sleep with great anticipation. Journey keeps asking when she will get to meet you and Israel keeps kissing you through my belly. You are already loved so much and many are praying for your safe and comforting arrival. Good night my love in all tenderness.
Cierra Lueck, Your Mommy
When it started:
I woke up at 5:08am with a hard contraction on my bladder and headed for the bathroom as I have every 2-3 hours a night for the last couple weeks. I had experienced four total hard contractions by the time I came out at 5:17 and woke up my exhausted husband to say, “It’s time.” He woke up and filled the pool for me as I kept myself hydrated and used the restroom as needed (trying to avoid contractions on the toilet – OUCH!), rocking back and forth during contractions while standing. Benjamin told me in a very tired voice, “You need to stop having babies at night so we can get some sleep.” To which I replied, “You’re joking right?” (“Yes.”) We decided to let the baby come whenever it was ready, even if it meant relaxing and causing a slower labor – so I got in the pool right away. We thought if my contractions slowed that we could get some more sleep. *smiles*
God and baby had other plans – good ones. After about 3 contractions in the pool, they picked up intensity and speed. Benjamin made sure I had a couple water bottles with a straw to sip on, which I did quite vigorously seeing as how the water was so warm. Benjamin, upon my request, poured a small glass of watered down grape juice, adding 1 scoop of greens powder and 3 scoops of brewer’s yeast powder. I chugged it at my first break in contractions. After the contractions increased in intensity and severity, I could not help but groan and pray that God help me. I reached down to feel and check to see where the baby was stationed and felt the water bag poking out. As I touched it, it popped in my hand and the water that came out felt cool compared with the pool water. I smiled and said, “My waters burst on their own!” I was thrilled as this was the first time we did not have to break them to progress labor.
With my next contraction, my prayers changed from, “Help me please, God,” to “God, let this be it! It hurts so bad. Get this baby out now, please.” I started feeling the need to push – a definite need! I only pushed with the contractions. Benjamin said, “I see head,” and I thought I felt the ring of fire coming. With the next contraction, I pushed through it and her head was out. Her body was stubbornly still inside me (my contraction had also stopped, too). Benjamin warned me not to push too hard for safety and my health’s sake. I then told him, “The head is already out! I just need to get the body out.” The baby's right shoulder was hung up on the back of my pelvis, and Benjamin gently dislodged it by shifting the torso during my next contraction. It took a few seconds, but my next contraction came and trying out different positions before, I got back on my hands and knees and delivered her into the water. Benjamin received her and set her on my chest as I spun around.
I looked at the clock – 6:40am. We wrapped the baby in a receiving blanket and I syringed the boogers from her nose and throat. Almost nothing came out. Benjamin said, “Hey, when you get a chance, can you tell me whether I had a son or a daughter?” I, of course, surprised that I did not think of that myself, chuckled and checked. “It’s Moriah,” I said with a smile – a name God gave us at the beginning of this pregnancy when the Spirit led me to start praying about a girl’s name. Shortly after she latched and started to nurse. I began having hard cramps as the placenta was ready to come out. At 6:45am, Journey woke and came out excited to see and hear the healthy cries of her new baby sister – which she bluntly told us it was all along. The cord blanched white while the placenta was inside and her cord was cut at 7:45am (a long wait with the placenta not delivered yet). Benjamin called Cathy Rude, CPM. to thank her, tell her of the baby, and ask about the placenta. With her advice, the placenta came out fine and my uterus has been contracting with minimal blood loss compared with my other births. I cannot believe that I actually had relieving breaks between every contraction – even when I was pushing her out! I also am in shock at the short labor. I think I felt chills a couple times signifying transition, but the water was so warm; I did not shake, I just felt my legs hairs stand on end. It definitely hurt – but only for about an hour with breaks! Amazing! Thank you for your prayers! Prayers answered! We have been so blessed by everyone’s encouragement.
Quote by Journey while holding Moriah: “I am holding her real soft because I don’t want to break her.”
Israel has not woken up yet at 10:10am and Grandparents are on their way to pick up the older children so we can rest.
Benjamin woke Israel after a bit of company with his family and cuddled with him for a few minutes before showing him his sister. He was so excited that he could not stop smiling and even acted shyly. He was very tender with her. What a great big brother!
Moriah Eliyah Lueck
Born 6:40am April 29th, 2010
9lbs 13oz - (One ounce shy of Journey)
22 inches long
Blonde hair, blue eyes
14 ½ inch head circumference – (same as the other two)
15 inch chest circumference