I thought it was high time that I sit down and write out Judah’s birth story while he is off having a nap. It was so helpful to have all of Nathanael’s updates and birth story to help me feel more prepared and hopefully this may help someone else too!
I knew before getting pregnant that I would have a repeat C Section, for the ultimate health of my baby. With malignant hyperthermia running in the family my ultimate concern, however minimal a risk would have been to get into a situation during labour where I would need emergency surgery and the life and death situation of not having a vapour free operating theatre.
I was fortunate that my health care providers agreed with my concerns and couldn’t guarantee the vapour free room without the prior planning of a scheduled C Section.
So at 36 weeks we received our baby boy’s birth day, there is a misconception that you have a choice in the date – you don’t – they tell you what day to turn up, which was fine with me!
I was thrilled when they said I could go on enhanced recovery, which basically allows you to continue eating till 2am the morning of the surgery and drinking until 6.30am.
You also get the joy of consuming a horrific drink with 500 calories in it – I believe that this is the same when you have a gestational diabetes check but I have never had one of those so I couldn’t be sure, anyway it was vile but I dutifully drank it.
We got to the hospital at 7.15am, and then sat and waited for an hour and a half for a midwife to turn up, to do all the checks that I had before so there is a ton of repetition just to make sure that you are who you say you are! The consultant came around and assured me that I would have my vapour free room etc but couldn’t guarantee I would be first, this was when I knew a repeat of Nathanael’s delivery day was happening again, but this time I could clearly advocate for myself.
What happens usually is the consultant decides the order of the operations on the day, however in may case with this being an anaesthetic allergy the anaesthetist trumps the authority of the consultant. So after our consultant had left i explained to the midwife – I am not sure what order the consultant has but I will say that the anaesthetist will have me in first. Low and behold the midwife said I was second and then along comes the anaesthetist and then I was first, surprise surprise! As I had then “jumped” the list I had to change midwifes at this point due to shift patterns which was great as it turns out she knew our friends and went to church which I really saw God’s hand in!
This is the part where I had some amazing friends praying for me was the spinal! I remember it being horrific last time as they had me laying on the bed and wanting to push against them – which is just ridiculous when you’re 9 months pregnant!
This time it couldn’t have been more different, I had so many anaesthetic people in the room as we are a random medical case! I was sat up when they put the spinal in and had someone explaining what was going off throughout which really helped for me to keep still and focus so that it went in first time.
Luke came in shortly after and it was a really calm atmosphere, I had said to our midwife I was very pro on breastfeeding and she said she would get baby on me straight away after checks etc which I was again thrilled with because last time I only had Nate on me during recovery.
At 9.59 they plucked Judah from me and Luke and I both looked at each other and went he does not look eight and half pounds which is what our pointless 20 week scan had predicted he would be! Turns out that Judah was a petite 6lbs 6oz! Eventually he started crying and made his presence known, and Luke was surprisingly offered whether he wanted to cut the cord which was great again as we didn’t have this at Nate’s birth.
Judah was popped straight on me and he started wriggling around all over the place and he continues to keep his activity up now!
When we told the room his name it was great as the anaesthetist who did my spinal told the room how Judah fits into the genealogy of Christ, we were definitely looked after by God that day to have the right people in the room with us!
Luke and I have never disagreed on name choices and we aren’t in to the whole “X looks like an X” business, his name was always going to be Judah which in Hebrew means praise.
Judah comes from the verb Lehodot which means “to thank” in the Bible though this is synonymous not just with gratitude but with praise.
In the temple the sacrifice of thanksgiving was called “Todah” and is heard even today to say thanks.
I am so thankful for Judah as he completes our family and not only that but I am praising God for the wonderful family he has given us. We are unbelievably blessed with our two sons, this is such a wonderful time for us all!