We welcomed Gideon Matthew into the world April 25th at 9:18 PM Central Mountain Time!! He is 7 pounds 12 ounces and measured 21" long. He bested Lydia, my biggest baby, by 5 ounces. He is very sweet and quiet, tolerating well even the coldest wipes against his tiny baby bottom!
Joshua and I are praising God for His care and protection of Gideon and me during these last few weeks. We see now that had we not trusted Him and rather listened to the advice of the doctors several weeks ago, Gideon would have been several pounds smaller and not as fully developed. How good God was to give us clear direction in that decision!
We had an ultrasound at the doctors office today to confirm that he was in position and his measurements looked good. They estimated that he would be between 7 pounds 8 ounces and 7 pounds 12 ounces. Pretty accurate! They also said that he was facing up, towards my belly button. That meant that his head was not resting in the proper position and could have been what had delayed active labor. Also, That there was not a risk to him, or me, because of this, only that it could make pushing more challenging.
We arrived at the hospital after 8 PM, my contractions were 5 minutes apart, and he was born after only about an hour. When he was born, he was facing the correct position, and we think it was because I had chosen to labor on my knees leaning over the back of the bed. My water broke on its own shortly before he was delivered. He was born very pink, and cried strongly but very briefly. He is nursing well and has already made two dirty diapers for Daddy. He is strong and curious, turning towards lights and sounds...especially his daddy's voice.
I was so blessed to have my best friend, Joshua, and my dearest Nashville friend, supporting me through labor. They communicated everything I wanted to the hospital staff and doctor when I couldn't and were so very encouraging. Our pastor and his wife generously opened their home to James, JoyAnna, and Lydia for the evening. God has taken care of every detail so perfectly...what a faithful, merciful, and loving Heavenly Father we serve!
I cannot wait to introduce the older children to their little brother in the morning!
Thank you, dear friends and family, for praying for this boy and his mama! God has heard and answered, and I am in awe again of His goodness towards His people!