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It has been so sweet having a little snuggly girl around the house. For the past two years, it has been everything cars and trains and trucks so it has been fun to do dresses and pink and flowers for once. My good friend, Abby, came over after we came home from the hospital to take some newborn photos for us and they turned out beautiful. Kate has been doing so well at home. She sleeps good and is, for the most part, a happy and content little girl. We love the way she is fitting into our little family and we are happy to be a family of four now!

If you missed Kate’s birth story and fresh 48 photos, you can check them out here!

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This is a story of God’s faithfulness, grace, and unfailing love. This is a story of my baby girl, Kate. She is my little miracle. When I had her brother, Emmett, two years ago, I was left lucky to be alive after the complications I faced post delivery. Not only that but to correct what had happened to me it almost always requires the surgeon to perform a hysterectomy. It is literally a miracle I did not have to have one while they repaired my uterus. There should have been no way for me to have another child but by God’s grace I am able to and we have Kate. That is why I call her a miracle baby and here is her story.

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On Thursday, April 7th I was feeling crampy all day but I wasn’t thinking that it would really turn into active labor. Our good friends, the Blombergs, offered to watch Emmett while Barry and I went out on one last dinner date before baby girl arrived. I thought it would be a good way to take my mind off wishing I was in labor so we took them up on their offer. We had a wonderful dinner, just the two of us, we picked up Emmett and went home. After putting Emmett to bed and watching some tv I still had no real indication that I would go into labor that night.

birth story 4birth story 5birth story 4Around 9:30 we climbed into bed but I had a hard time falling asleep. I couldn’t get comfortable and I just didn’t feel right. I tossed and turned till about 10:30 when I thought I felt my first contraction. Since I was awake anyway, I decided to watch the clock and see if I had anymore. I had two more mild contractions that hour. I had a feeling labor would be starting soon. At 11:30 I got up to use the bathroom and as I stood up I thought it felt like my water broke. I still wasn’t 100% certain that I was in labor because I wasn’t having strong regular contractions yet. So, I went to the bathroom and then climbed back in bed to wait and see if my contractions would get stronger and more regular.

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By 12:30 my contractions were consistent enough and lasting long enough that Barry suggested we start packing the car to go to the hospital. My contractions grew stronger and closer together as we got our stuff together to leave. When we woke Emmett up he was happy and alert. He asked us “Airplane?!?” because the last time we woke him up and got him dressed in the middle of the night was when we were traveling to California to see our family. Once we explained that we were not going on an airplane but baby sister was coming he got it and kept saying “Baby out! Baby out!” We loaded him up in the car and were on our way.

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At home and in the car my contractions were not extremely regular so it was hard to gauge how quickly I was progressing. They were averaging 2-4 minutes apart and about 45 seconds long. We quickly dropped Emmett off at my sister in law’s house and then went to the hospital. We got checked in and settled into our room. The nurse asked some questions and checked my progress around 2:30 AM. I was 4 cm and 80% effaced. That sounded like good normal progression to me since I was 3 cm and 50% effaced the day before at my doctor’s appointment. I asked the nurse to call for my epidural. I figured it would take about an hour or so for the anesthesiologist to come and administer it and by then I would probably be at 5 cm which is what I wanted to make it to before I got the epidural.

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The nurse informed me that because I was strep group B positive, she would first have to set up my iv and then she would be able to call and order my epidural. So she got started getting the iv set up and by the time she was finished, which felt like forever, I was so ready for my epidural. My contractions had quickly become more and more intense. Since I had to be hooked up to the iv, I was stuck in the hospital bed which did not make laboring any easier. As the contractions got much worse I was wondering where in the world my anesthesiologist was and that was when I realized I felt like I had to push.

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It was a little after 3:00 AM, not even an hour after my first check, I told my nurse that I think I have to start pushing. She checked me and instead of telling me how far progressed I was she quickly said we have to call the doctor. It was in that moment I realized I am having this baby right now, without an epidural. I kind of lost it mentally. My first thoughts were, “No! no! no! I can’t do this naturally! That was not the plan. I cannot do this!” but I knew that at that point I had no choice, I had to. She was coming and she was coming now.

birth story 19birth story 21I was ready to push but the doctor was not at the hospital yet. They had me try to wait and control my breathing so he could get there in time to deliver the baby but my body wasn’t waiting. I was in a lot of pain, to say the least. I think everyone in the birthing center could hear my screaming. My nurse looked me in the eyes and reeled me in. She helped me focus and get through each contraction. The nurse and Barry helped me get through it without completely losing it.

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As I was controlling my breathing and trying to stall my pushing the nurse said, “She has lots of hair!”. At that point, I knew I was so close to delivering but the doctor still wasn’t there. I asked where he was and they said he was in the parking lot and will be in soon. He got to my room and quickly put his gown on. The nurse told me to stop screaming and focus all my energy into pushing through my legs. This was the hardest part of the entire natural birth. When you have an epidural  there is no pain so it is a lot easier to focus on effective pushing. Without the epidural, my mind just kept focusing on the pain. It took a lot of intentional effort to redirect my attention and really focus on effectively pushing. But I did it. I pushed 3 or 4 times and she was born. I just remember being in shock that I just did that. I was so relieved it was over and that she was here and healthy.

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Next came the scary part, the part I feared most. This is where my complications started last time, the placenta delivery. I probably asked the doctor 4 times if I was bleeding and how the placenta was doing. He patiently reassured me that everything was going just fine. He did a great job delivering it without any problems. After he was all finished and said everything was good a huge wave of relief washed over me. I was so happy and thankful to have a labor and delivery that went so well without any complications.

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Recovery has been much easier this time around. I felt good right away. I could get up, walk, hold her, and feed her right away. All things I was unable to do with Emmett for days if not weeks. We are so thankful to God for how He brought this sweet little girl into our lives. Great is thy faithfulness.

*Fresh48 Photos by my lovely friend Alison Kundratic

I am starting to prepare myself for the birth of my second because I am only about 4 weeks out from my due date now! The first time around you have an idea of what to expect but you kind of go into it blind not knowing exactly what it will be like. I know what I am getting myself into this time around. It’s going to be hard and I am going to need to rely on God to be my strength and support. So to prepare my mind I gathered a few different bible verses I wanted to meditate on and pray while I am in labor. I took these 10 bible verses for labor and delivery and printed them on card stock so they would be easy to use. I am hoping these scripture cards will be a valuable tool for me to keep my mind stayed on the Lord and to draw on Him for strength during labor. Below are the verses listed out and even a link to download the cards to use for yourself for free. I am hoping they will be useful for other mommas out there too!

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10 Bible Verses for Labor and Delivery:

  • “When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2
  • “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
  • “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
  • “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” Psalm 46:1-2
  • “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  • “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
  • “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
  • “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
  • “Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father…” Colossians 1:11-12
  • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy: 1:7

10 Bible Verses for Labor and DeliveryBible Verses for Labor and Delivery Printable Card Set Download

You can download a free printable set of cards with these 10 bible verses for labor and delivery by clicking the link above! Save the pdf to your computer and print! I would recommend printing them on card stock or even laminating them if you really want them to be durable. I hope these can be useful for you during labor as well!

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What else do you do to prepare for labor, physically and emotionally? I would love to hear your tips!

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Two of my closest friends had their seconds babies within one day of each other so ways to support a new mom has been on my mind lately. I think back to when Emmett was born and I don’t think I could have made it through those first few weeks with out the loving support of my family and friends! Here are a few things that I have found to be really helpful to new moms.

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5 Helpful Ways to Support a New Mom

1. Make a Meal: When we had our first baby, the best and most helpful thing people could do to support us was the bring over a meal. New moms are tired and the last thing they want to do is think about making dinner for everyone! Bring over some comfort food in disposable containers for them to enjoy. Make sure it is something they just need to pop in the oven or warm up. Make it easy and tasty. Here are some ideas from Pinterest if you are unsure of what to bring. Also, verify if there are any food intolerances before you bring anything over.

2. Babysit Their Older Children: If they already have kids, ask if you can take them off their hands for the day or evening. Allow mom to have some time just with the newborn without having to worry about taking care of the older children. Give her a welcomed break.

3. Encouraging Words: Encourage her! Sometimes well meaning people, especially moms who have been in her shoes before, want to tell her advice, that this season wont last, or sometimes just down right discouraging things. Don’t. New moms are overwhelmed with people telling them what to do, what not to do, what to think, and how to feel. Instead just show her love and encourage her in how she is doing well. If she asks for your advice or has a question by all means tell her your experience. Otherwise give her words of affirmation when you see her, text her something encouraging, or even drop her a note in the mail to make her day.

4. Give the Essentials: It is really hard to resist buying baby clothes, blankets, and toys because they are so cute! BUT, when the baby comes what mom really wants and needs are the boring but essential things. Newborn diapers, wipes, breast pads, milk storage bags, healthy snacks (because you are crazy hungry if breastfeeding!). New moms get a ton of baby clothes and blankets. Instead of or in addition to cute clothes, ask her what she could really use and bring that over when you visit. Gift cards are always a good idea as well because then they can buy exactly what they need. That way they don’t feel  embarrassed to ask for large pads, hemorrhoid cream, nipple cream, or stool softener because that really is what they need right now!

5. Prayer: Being a new mom is hard both physically and emotionally. Pray for her to have the strength and endurance she needs to get through those first few weeks and months. Pray for her emotions. New mothers not only are experiencing a huge life change but they also had added hormones that can make it even harder. Pray that she stays emotionally healthy. Pray that she feels supported during this time.

What have you done to support a new mom that seemed really helpful? How has someone come along side you to help you as a new mom? I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts!

My close friends Emma and Andrea are due with their second babies within a few days of each other so they knew they wanted to find out the gender of their babies together in a fun way. I offered to throw a double gender reveal party for the two of them to celebrate their new families. We invited our close friends over to find out together if they were going to be having more boys or little girls! You see in our group of friends we already have a total of three boys and a fourth is expected to be born any day now so we were very curious if these babies would add to the boy count or if we would be adding a little girl to the mix!

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon and I went for an ice cream social gender reveal theme. We had different toppings, some that went a long with the gender reveal theme and some that were just tasty!

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Everyone that came to party voted for if they thought each baby was going to be a boy or girl picked up a pick or blue clothes pin to wear on their shirt to show their guess.

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Emma found these great black gender balloons from Knot & Bow that were secretly filled with either blue or pink confetti depending on if they are having a boy or girl. What is it going to be??

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  • Mallory - What an awesome friend you are! Adorable.