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Joseph Judea Windham is Born!

Posted on: November 5, 2011

Joseph Judea {aka Joseph J, Jude, Baby Brother}
Born at 11:08pm on 11/4/11 {his due date, just like big sister Julia}
Weighing 8 pounds 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches

On Friday morning I woke up and ironically tweeted/facebooked this ::

Three hours later, my water broke. Just like my labors with the girls, it took a good hour before contractions set in. So I walked. And walked. And walked. During this time, we got the girls to a friend’s house and talked with our delivering midwife, Monika.

Around 1:30pm, we went to the birthing  center. Contractions were about 2 minutes apart, but were not all that painful and were relieved when I rested. But being a third time “quick laborer” Monika felt better if I was nearby in case I transitioned quickly.

Once at the center, I was dilated to 4cm {no change from my check up earlier in the week}. Jonathan and I decided to go walking outside. After an hour, the contractions were picking up in pace, but I was getting tired. We went back into the center and Monika gave me some herbs for cervix stimulation and had me lay down. After a good hour of light sleeping, I realized I had completely stopped contracting. Monika gave me more herbs and Jonathan and I tried walking to bring back the contractions. By 5pm, no progress had been made. We opted to try pumping to create stimulation. I went 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off. Around 6pm contractions were back, but still easy to get through. By 7pm they were causing me a good amount of pain, but were still only coming 2-3 minutes and lasting only 45-60 seconds.

Finally by 8pm, things began to pick up speed. The contractions weren’t getting closer together, but the intensity was overwhelming. I was having to focus on my breathing and bear down from the mounting pressure. Somewhere around 9pm, we decided I should get into a hot shower to help alleviate the pain. This would later prove to have been a mistake.

After 30 minutes in the shower, I was getting overheated and started having the urge to push. I came back out into the room to cool off. Things kept progressing when I said I needed to pee. While sitting, I had more contractions and the need to push was paramount. Monika said to groan through it and lightly push to help open my cervix. At this point things got dicey. While sitting, I couldn’t cool down and began feeling light headed. Everyone started placing cool rags on my back and chest, while Monika kneeled in front of me to maintain communication. Suddenly I felt like I needed to throw up. I stood up, but got very dizzy and sat back down. By this time, I was loosing focus and my ears began ringing {a big uh-oh for me}. I muttered something about feeling faint and then…

I fainted.

I woke up in a complete blur laying on the bathroom floor. Monika was lifting my legs, Jonathan was by my side running my arms and my mom was kneeling by my head. Everyone was telling me to take long slow breathes. It took a good bit for me to realize what was happening. A few contractions hit and then I remembered. I was finally able to get to my feet, and Jonathan held me up while I made it to the bed. By this point I was shivering. I couldn’t stop shaking and felt ice cold. Several sheets and blankets were put on top of me to help warm me up and calm me down.

During this time, my contractions were coming much stronger and beginning to piggy backing. I screamed out my need to push, when Monika gave me the go ahead. I began pushing while Monika massaged {aka, pushed back} the top of my cervix that was still remaining {swear words may or may not have been said – having your cervix “massaged” is a lot more painful than it sounds, especially during contractions}. I knew we were making good progress when I felt the dreaded ring of fire as Joseph began crowning. After what seemed an eternity, Joseph made his way into the world. He was/is a happy healthy baby and already a champ at latching on and eating.

After he was born, I had some major blood loss. I can recall hearing Monika say “her uterus is squirting blood everywhere” {nice mental picture, huh?}. A good 45+ minutes passed with Monika, my mom, the birth assistant, and a second midwife all administering pitocin shots, an IV for fluids, and trying to clamp my uterus to stop the blood loss. Thankfully, while I suspected things weren’t going well, everyone kept reassuring me all was fine. It wasn’t until 6am, and Monika knew I was completely in the clear, before she said they were flirting with the idea of transferring me to the hospital because of the amount of blood I had lost. Praise God for His hand over my life and for keeping me safe!

We were discharged by 8 this morning. They kept us a little later {typical discharge is 6-8 hours after delivery} because they wanted to make sure my bleeding didn’t pick up again. Praise to God again that everything has been smooth sailing since they first got the blood loss under control.

Now about Joseph Judea ::

I have already related how we decided on Joseph, but not Judea. Judea was only recently decided upon. For weeks, we had been considering another name, but it never sat right. Then a week before Joseph was born, Jonathan brought up Judea. We love it for several reasons ::

1. Judea was the birth place of Christ {Bethlehem is located in Judea}.

2. In Acts 1:8, Christ tells the disciples “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
While re-reading through Acts recently, this verse stood out to Jonathan. He was struck with the thought that he is starting and building a legacy founded on Christ for our family and that Judea is the next step in carrying on that legacy {the Gospel going first to Jerusalem and then Judea}. We both love that our legacy is being passed on to our children {and their children, etc}.

3. Judea is the land of the Tribe of Judah. Our own Judah is, and always will be, dear to us.

4. We just love the name Judea {which is derived from Judah and means The Praised One} and love the nickname Jude. And to make it even better, Joseph Judea has his own Beatles song {Hey Jude}, just like his sisters {who have the songs Julia and Michelle}. Yes – that was all planned and thought out, we are crazy folk like that.

Thanks you everyone for all your prayers and support over the last few weeks as we waited for Joseph Judea. We are beyond thrilled to have him in our arms. And I should say, Julia and Hannah are equally as smitten with him as Jon and I are.



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29 Responses to "Joseph Judea Windham is Born!"

ok i’m so glad everything is good! girl that story is God sovereignty all over it- so glad you are great and joseph is great! ahh seriously my heart is racing! excited to meet him! I want to bring you a meal too

SOoooo glad all is well and that God took great care of you during a rough labor!! Congratulations on making a beautiful baby boy!!

Wow Sarah, you posted quick! Crazy story. I am praying for you all. Hope you are able to get some good rest after all that!

Congratulations to you and your family, Sarah! What a story! I’m glad everything was ok in the end and that you are enjoying your brand new baby boy. I love the middle name :).

Wow, and you are posting about this already? Congratulations!

Congrats!!! It’s funny but for some reason I woke up this morning thinking about you. I love the name. My oldest son’s middle name is Judah, and I adore the middle name Judea that you guys picked. I’m glad you and baby are home and well.

Congratulations Sarah!! I am so glad everyone is home safe and sound. You might have to e-mail me your address some time. 😉 Hope things continue to go wonderfully!

Congratulations! A beautiful name. (debi – Katie’s NJ friend)

Congrats!! I’m so excited for you guys and LOVED reading through your story. 🙂

WOW! congrats! He’s precious and glad you’re doing well too!

He is so handsome, Congratulations to you and Jon for bringing this child into your family as well as ours. We are so excited for all of you and I am sure that the girls will spoil him rotten. Take good care of yourself Sarah, till we meet again. Love …Lola, Felix, Grandma and Ted.

Congratulations, my dear friend! Joseph is beautiful and so precious in that photo. I’m sure he’s even more amazing in real life! You amaze me that you posted this so quickly after giving birth. What a birth story too! My goodness…God was definitely all over that situation. I’m so glad you are recovering well and loving life with little Joseph. I love the story of how he got his middle name. So cool! And so happy for all of you. I’ll bet Julia and Hannah are already in love with him. 🙂 Take some time to rest and enjoy time with your family. You deserve it. We will all be here when you are ready to resume writing.

Many blessings and hugs,

Welcome to Joseph Judea! I love his name and your reasons for picking it! And I’m so glad that he arrived safely – I can’t imagine how scary that must have been at times (fainting/blood loss/etc). But yeah, anyway, so exciting!!! 🙂

Praise God for pulling you through and keeping everyone safe and healthy! I am so proud of you Sarah and your birth story is beautiful! Am I correct that you and Emily had babies on the same day!!??

Congratulations!! So glad he’s here!

Sarah (& Jonathan),
We are so thankful for God’s provision through your hard labor…it looks like the outcome was well worth it!!! Congratulations on Baby Joseph! We love his chubby rolls and head of black hair! Wish you lived closer so we could bring you a meal and play with the BIG sisters!
Rejoicing with you over your new son,
Joe, Shirley and boys

Oh.my.goodness. He is ADORABLE! Congrats! So happy to hear you’re recovering and Joseph Judea adjusting. God is good. All the time.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again-Praise God for Joseph Judea and your safety! You are awesome to persevere through a tough labor and come out praising, oh and get this up so quickly! You amaze me dear friend.

Oh if only I could snap my fingers and be in Austin to cook for you guys, play with the girls, and snuggle those chubby arms!

Congratulations!!!! He is so beautiful and I am so thankful that you are doing well after all you have been through. I am so glad that your mom was able to be there with you all I think his name is just awesome and am so happy to hear that the girls have bonded with him so quickly.

Whoa, girl! That sounds intense!!!!!!! I am sooooo glad you are well and that nothing more serious happened. I can relate to the feeling of the ring of fire, and having not anticipated feeling it, I am just glad it’s in the past!

Can’t wait to read about the girls’ reactions soon!

What a birth story! Love it!! He is precious and I’m sure his sisters are elated!

Both of our tiny ones were born on their due dates, too. With this next baby, I’m just going to go ahead and plan for my water to break on that day in April. 😉

Congratulations! Love Amelie

Congratulations, Sarah! I’m thankful that you and the baby made it safely through the birth process. Quite a story!

Um yeah…so how did I forget to comment on this before? Because I read this post literally the second I saw it posted! 😀
He’s so handsome! I loved reading your birth story…in fact, I can’t get it out of my head pretty much anytime I take a shower. Hehe. So glad you were both ok! I have never actually passed out, just come very very close 2 times.
How are the newborn days going for you? Wish I could bring you dinner!
Love, Alicia

Congrats!!! I had to re-read to make sure that you were sitting when you fainted. Yikes! I’m glad you and baby are doing okay.

Congrats on the birth of Joseph!!

Goodness, girl you are a champ! PTL for you and your new bundle of joy! He’s adorable!!

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