Willow Jeanetta Rose

Willow Jeanetta Rose

8 lbs. 7 oz, 21 1/2 in. long

born Nov. 2, 2010 @ 4:43 pm

delivered at home, by her Daddy…

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants. They shall spring up among the grass like willows by flowing streams.”

Is. 44:3-4 ESV

The Story

I can’t figure out why I haven’t already been on here posting about Willow’s birth–the only thing I can figure is that I am still on complete SHOCK over the whole thing!

Everything about this pregnancy has been so up and down–the spider bite (do I take the steroid or not, etc., etc.), her position (head down, head sideways, etc. etc.), my iron (up/down, up/down), should we just go to the hospital or have her at home (back & forth, back & forth)…I could not wait to have this baby in my arms just so I’d know she was okay!  I had some contractions Friday night that I just knew would turn into me holding a baby–they did not.  So when I started having the same type of contractions Tuesday morning, I didn’t think I would go into labor.  But I felt like I should go ahead and tell BJ because he was working an hour away and didn’t want to press the time more than we had to.  I told him he would have to decide if he wanted to come home from work because they were so similar to Friday nights (anywhere from 10 to 12 minutes a part–we’re talking eeeaarrrly labor, the kind you don’t usually keep track of!).  He decided to come on home considering I was due (I don’t say overdue because even though my “due date” was Oct. 26th, I wasn’t exactly sure on that date and according to our midwife Willow had no signs of an overdue baby).

He got home around 10:45 or 11:00 am.  My contractions stopped about noon.  Great–I was feeling horrible that I had even called him and told him anything!  So about 1:30pm, I decided to take a nap.  I woke up with a strong contraction but was able to go back to sleep.  Then 30 minutes later, the same thing happened.  Fell back to sleep again.  20 minutes later, again.  This time I decided to tell BJ.  It was probably around 3:00 pm this time.  I started walking around, I was feeling contractions and they were getting stronger but were very irregular.  At 3:30 BJ called our midwife Cheryl to say he was pretty sure I was really in labor and then called my Mom to have her come out.  He went down to blow up the pool for our water birth and I hollered for him at 3:40 to say they were really starting to hurt (where’s my pool, my only source of pain relief???–ha!).

He put the pool in our room and started filling it (takes way to long when you really need it!).  I honestly felt like I could feel the baby move down.  I got in the tub for about three contractions when I felt like I needed to push.  He called Cheryl to see where she was and tell her I needed to push (he never once freaked out, but bless his heart).  He mentioned something to her about him telling me to not push until she got here–I started to almost cry and said “Please don’t tell me not to push!” Thankfully Cheryl said to him, “BJ, your wife knows when she’s having a baby.  If she has to push, she has to push”  Bless her. The next thing she said to BJ was, “BJ, I am not going to make it to this birth in time.  You can either call 911 and have an ambulance come or you can deliver the baby.”  He made the choice to deliver (with Cheryl walking him through things on the phone when needed).

She also told him that if I was planning on doing a water birth again, we needed to know that once the baby’s head was out, the next contraction the baby had to be out and come up out of the water or he would have to get me out of the water no matter how much pain I was in, position, etc.  In my heart, I just knew God was telling me to get out of the water; no water birth this time.  Anyone who has ever had a water birth or used water as pain relief knows this is not normal.  But God was so good to speak so clearly to me that I climbed right out.  BJ was in total shock.  I leaned by the side of our bed.

BJ called my mom in from watching the kids and said we were about to have a baby.  She called my Dad & he came up and watched the kids.  Even up to this point, my contractions were so irregular.  The last contraction before I started pushing was six minutes before.  It was just so weird!  Not saying it wasn’t painful–it was!  But just very different than any other labor, almost as if there was no transition or something (no water breaking until pushing, either).

It was so surreal, the whole thing.  I started pushing, head came out.  Next contraction here would come baby…or not.  Basically, she was stuck ( a very mild case of shoulder dystocia).  It was the weirdest thing to be pushing with everything in me and nothing was happening.  BJ had Cheryl on the phone again (they had gotten disconnected after the head came out) and I she said to me on the phone, “Aubin you have got to push the baby out”.  I could tell by her voice and BJ’s & Mom’s seriousness this was a very big deal.  Finally, after one minute and a maneuver BJ made by lifting up on her head, she came out.  4:43 pm.  It seemed like an eternity (mom & BJ said later toward the end Willow was starting to turn purple–I cannot even imagine).  She cried a little, they laid her right on my tummy and Cheryl & Melanie (her assistant) showed up at 5:07 pm.  I was very nervous when she wasn’t crying the whole time, I guess because I finally had realized what danger she could have been in but she was perfect!

We had a planned home birth.  We did not plan to have BJ deliver our little girl!  However, because we had planned a home birth, we had her birth kit there, so after about ten minutes, Cheryl walked BJ through using the cord clamps and cutting the cord (picture Mom boiling the scissors on the stove!  The whole thing is so crazy that it really happened this way!).

There are two major things I have taken away from this whole experience.  The first is that my husband is the even more amazing and wonderful in my eyes than I already thought he was.  He never once panicked, he never once let on if he was scared.  He stepped in and did what had to be done and not only that–when there was a complication–he stepped up even higher.  I never felt any fear in him delivering Willow.  I am blown away by him.

The second thing is how at every turn of this pregnancy and birth, God guided us with His loving hand.  I believe we were supposed to have a homebirth–had we planned to go to the hospital, we would’ve gone wayyyyyyyy too late because I wasn’t convinced I was really in labor.  We would’ve been in the car and I don’t think BJ could’ve delivered her with her shoulders stuck.  Also, the coolest thing to me, is how God spoke so clearly for me to get out of the water.  Her body didn’t come out the next contraction after the head and had I still be in the water…well, I don’t really want to think about it except to just praise God for His goodness.

So there’s Willow’s story!  It’s a crazy wild one for sure.  We pray her life will be one that lives up to her entry–one that trusts God, does amazing things that go against the grain, and lives a life completely abandoned to Him, no matter what!  We are a very, very blessed family.

As for her name, taken from Is. 44:3- 4

(1) Because man of himself is as the dry and barren land, he promises to moisten him with the waters of his Holy Spirit

(2)) That is, your children and posterity will increase wonderfully after their deliverance from Babylon.

Her middle name, Jeanetta, is in honor of her Aunt Aimee and her Grandma GG.  Rose is in honor of her cousin, Micaiah Rose.

The kids are absolutely in love with her.  Even Judah, who had a little cry after realizing she wasn’t a boy, has embraced her.  They are such sweet, sweet kiddos.  I love them all so much my heart could burst!!  Very special to have my Mom be there and play such an active role.  And so cool that Dad could come right on up this birth instead of like last time when Olive was born.  God has been very good to us.


26 thoughts on “Willow Jeanetta Rose

  1. Okay, I am man enough to say that I started to cry about the second paragraph and I giggled and cried through 3 readings of the story. Crystal told me I needed to read it and I agreed. But I was gonna put it off until later. I had to read it though after seeing the pics on FB. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it with us all. BJ, seriously? Way to raise the bar for the rest of us? hahahahaha. So awesome. So very awesome!

  2. I knew the story would be as beautiful as I imagined!! So so happy for you all & thank god Willow was head down & BJ was home. I hope you are able to find some time to rest. Take care my friend, love to you all!! She is a beauty!!
    🙂 🙂 Mo

  3. I sat on the edge of my chair until I reached the end of the story of little Willow. Wow what can be said but God’s grace and mercy is certainly sufficient. Love you all and can’t wait to get my hands on this new little Skipper.

  4. WOW….is all I can really say! That is the most amazing/awesome story and I even cried. The trust that you all have in the Lord is amazing and an example to us all. Congrats, she is as beautiful as her name.

  5. Thanks for sharing your story of Willow’s birth. I cried too, that is amazing, but at the same time perfectly normal. I say that because we should be amazed at what God does, how he plans everything and works it out for His glory. But it also is exactly who God is, so amazing! He does care about every little detail. You guys are such a testimony to listening to God’s voice and following in obedience.
    You do have such a beautiful family.
    God bless your precious little Willow,

  6. WOW, what a wonderful, great story, you kids r so blessed and we r too, to b able to b a part of ur lives.. BJ u ROCK!! congrates and we love u all, can’t wait to meet this wonderful lil lady.. i love the name, all of ur childrens names..

  7. What an awesome praise! So glad everything turned out the way it did. Love you all!
    P.S. – you know most women who see the pics dislike the fact that you look so amazing right after you gave birth. YOU guys ROCK!

  8. What an amazing story! You and BJ are so blessed to have been guided through the birth and I am so thankful that this little one is safe and sound.

  9. Wow. I had to read twice to take it all in! I’m so thankful that everything worked out. Praise God! She is beautiful!

    Willow and my Jordyn share a birthday! 🙂

  10. What a great story and testimony of how great God is! I love it! I also LOVE that her Bible verse and time that she was born match…so cool!

  11. Welcome, little Willow! What an amazing adventure to share as a family! You and BJ are an incredible couple. And,Judah can be proud, she looks like him:) So happy for you all!

  12. Praise the Lord Aubin~so excited and happy for you all. Beautiful family and I am very proud of you and BJ. Keep them babies coming!

    By the way, I do have an Honest Aub question… so when you are ready-LOL!

  13. So happy for all of you. Willow is already such an amazing girl. I know her sisters and brother will take such good care of her, along with you and daddy of course! Such a blessed family! Love to you, Jenn and Jackson

  14. Aubin and BJ – Wow, I am crying now. How amazing. Thank you God for being with this family. Willow is just precious and so beautiful. I’m so excited to meet her. I just love all the pictures. Olive is looking very grown up now that Willow has arrived. I love you guys so much.

    Aunt Patty

  15. aubin, I just want to cry my eyes out. I am so happy for you both and what a beautiful testiment of how big our God is. Please give sweet willow (i love her namesake) a kiss for me. I know it’s been years, but I feel so connected by our sweet Lord.

  16. Congratulations to you all, it was such a beautiful story am so happy for you guys, BJ you did a great job. I love the name and she is such a beautiful baby. love to you all. Aubin you are amazing yourself.

  17. 😀 Bless God! I’m SO thankful and joyful! “My soul shall [does!] rejoice in the LORD” (Ps. 35:9)! I love you guys in Christ. Can’t wait to meet her.

  18. Oh, Aubin, I’m so thankful for how God directed you and BJ and how He provided clarity for you—HE ANSWERED OUR PRAYERS! He’s so wonderful, so caring, so loving…and your family, your marriage, YOU are such an example and encouragement to me. I’m so glad God has made you my sister. love ya. A
    PS–Willow, what a sweet little girl, and a wonderful namesake.

  19. Thank you for sharing your AMAZING story! tearing my eyes!!!
    You guys are truly blessed and wonderful family!!! Can’t wait to meet all of your kids again! Dr. BJ, we are so proud of!
    Praying for your fast recovery and God bless you guys!
    Love you all!!!!

  20. Aubin and BJ,
    Congradulations to the most special set of parents I barely know .God is so pleased with you and your family. My mother gave birth to 13 children ,God blessed her so much .Mothers are special in his eyes .Youand BJ are doing Gods will! I thank you for sharing your birth.You have AWESOME FAMILY UNIT !

    Love Debra

  21. you are a amazing girl and it is evedent that the lord has blessed your faith may he continue to do so for your whole family thank you for the story it really blesses me to see you serve the lord and to see your comment carol and i love you all gods great blessings on all of you

  22. Scroll, scroll, scroll…I couldn’t stop reading on my little laptop screen. This is such an amazing birth story Aubin! indeed God’s hand was mightily upon you all. Her birth is such an inspiration to me. I love how BJ stepped up in such a steadfast way and how your kids have opened their heart up to another sibling…amazing. Blessings to you all as you welcome Willow into the fold.

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