Lyndon’s Birth Story Part 2

8:05PM
We got checked in, made it to the room, and the nurse checked me:

7 centimeters!

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I was pretty thrilled about that! I labored in the bed with the heart monitor strapped around my belly. Goodness labor was intense at this point. I remember feeling hot, and my prepared mama busted out her American flag fans and kept us all cool! I loved having her there. She knew just what to do to keep me calm and comfortable, just like moms do.

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After about 40 minutes or so, I really felt like I needed to push and I asked the nurse to check me again. I KNEW I had made progress because things were picking up with such intensity.

7 centimeters.

Forreal? Listen, I know it’s only been 30 minutes, but things were DIFFERENT. Or so I thought. But I continued to labor and wait and take it one contraction at a time.

I had Sissy and Will trade off reading scripture over me. My two books I used over and over again: My Pregnancy Prayer Journal and Supernatural Childbirth. Both come equipped with labor verses, and Supernatural Childbirth has the most amazing delivery prayer in the back. I remember yelling “LOUDER” at one point because I couldn’t hear my sweet sister’s voice over my own moaning, haha! Bless my sweet sister’s heart. Best doula ever.

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I decided to try to pee (sorry, but nothing is TMI in birth stories, so if weird lingo freaks you out you can stop reading now), knowing that it might relieve some bladder pressure and the vertical position helped the contractions intensify. I labored on the toilet for a while because my shaky legs just couldn’t hold me, and then I really started pushing without even trying. I told her nurse and she said, “Let’s not have a baby in the toilet! Come on – back to the bed!”

9:25PM
The midwife checked me, and told me the news:

7 centimeters.

I MEAN COME ON. I literally couldn’t believe it. I didn’t know how my body could do it much longer – they were just so, SO intense. Mentally, it was so hard to hear. Then the midwife said,

“What if I broke your water? There’s no pressure to do so, but it might progress things for you. And I might have to break it 2 hours from now, or I could just break it for you now.”

I looked at Will and my sister, asking them what they thought. We weren’t really sure what would be best.

2 contractions later, I looked at the midwife and said, “YES. Break my water.” I couldn’t stand the thought of doing that for 2 more hours.

9:32PM
I felt my water break between contractions and thought “let’s see how this goes!” And then the next contraction came like a tidal wave.

I started losing my mind, grabbing my sister around the neck, shoving Will away (I’m sorry and I love you). I yelled “Jesus HELP ME” and began to cry out loudly. Then I let everyone know… “THE BABY’S COMING! IT’S COMING RIGHT NOW!!!”

“Ok let me check you” said the midwife, immediately followed by “YES the baby’s coming!”

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I immediately went from 7cm to transition (10cm) and the baby’s head crowning, all in a matter of seconds. It was INSANE.

No one was ready! The midwife grabbed the giant light and shoved on a hospital gown as best as she could! The nurses flew into action, shoving a giant pad under my bum, doing their best to get everything in order before this sweet baby came.

I wasn’t even pushing. My body was doing everything, and I felt like I was on a wild ride. After a couple of minutes, they said “Look down! Your baby’s head is out!” I tried but my belly was still quite big so I couldn’t see anything!

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The midwife looked at me, “I need you to push one time – one big push – to deliver the baby’s body.”

So that’s what I did. I gave one big push, and she looked at me and said the same thing my first doctor said when I delivered Milly:

“Reach down and grab your baby.”

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9:38PM
I reached down and took hold of the incredible, miraculous tiny hot body and pulled my sweet baby right onto my chest.

And then I started laughing. Such joyous laughter! Just so overwhelming. I didn’t even cry – I just laughed and laughed. Will was crying, I was so relieved. I was thankful it was all over. I felt victorious, like God Himself had held my hand through it all. Because He had. And I felt Him laughing right there with me.

I held that baby so close, and I couldn’t believe that from the time my midwife broke my water to the time I had my baby in my arms was just 6 MINUTES. (We asked because we wanted to know how fast it happened!) Craziest 6 minutes of my entire life.

Will checked to see if it was a boy or a girl, and after one look he laughed and said, “It’s another GIRL!” We both were cracking up! Another girl!! Will comes from a family of boys, we knew Milly was a boy, and I had so many signs that pointed to “boy” with this baby it was hilarious that I was holding another girl. I was absolutely thrilled! My sister is my dearest and closest friend, so for Milly to have a sister was the greatest gift.

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I was nervous, but when I asked the midwife if I tore at all, she said only a little! I only needed 4 stitches – a 1st degree internal tear! My heart was so overwhelmingly thankful in this moment, as you can imagine.

I hugged my mama, my sister, and Elizabeth goodnight. Having them all in the delivery room with me was so, so special. I had my sister go get us Cook Out (because DUH, I just had a baby and a burger and milkshake sounded perfect), and she returned at about 1am. Never in the history of ever has a cookout tray tasted so dang good.

Will and I relished in this sweet new little girl, and debated on her name overnight. We weren’t 100% sure when she was born, but by the morning we were proudly introducing her to our family and friends:

Our beautiful daughter, Lyndon Whitfield Ray.

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And introducing her to her sister was a moment I will treasure in my heart for the rest of her life. Milly has wanted to touch her, kiss her, hold her, and snuggle her from the moment she entered our lives. Their little relationship is already off to the sweetest start.

I still have to pinch myself. TWO GIRLS.

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And if you’re reading this, feeling afraid about childbirth, feeling unsure about God in it all, I hope you can see these truths in this story:

If you ask God for help, He will swiftly come.
His Love is greater and more powerful than any fear.

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  • emma said:

    thank you for sharing! i hope that your recovery went well and that anxiety stayed away this time!

  • Robin said:

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful journey, Nancy. Your story has ministered to my heart more than I can explain. We are two months away from welcoming baby boy no. 2, and to say I'm a bit nervous and fearful would be an understatement! This week I prayed for wisdom and resources for praying through labor. Yesterday I scoured online looking for books and resources and came up empty. Then immediately after reading your blog I ordered my own prayer journal and a copy of supernatural childbirth! Your testimony has given me hope and a renewed spirit. I 'm thankful to Jesus for his work in your life :) Praying blessings over you and your family during this precious season.

  • Sarah Milam said:

    I love this story! I recently had my second child, and during my entire pregnancy I prayed very specifically for three things. That she would be healthy, that the labor would be fast, and that I could have her without medication. And even though I prayed over and over for these things for months and had faith in God, I knew that I couldn't do it on my own. When my water broke and contractions started, it was so painful and I immediately asked for an epidural. Well of course God had other plans (and answered my prayers 10 fold) and she was born before they even had a chance to get the epidural, and she was happy and healthy. Your story and pictures brought me to tears!

  • Mariel said:

    I started reading your post while I was making lunch and ended up ugly crying my way through to the end (much to my children's concern)! Lyndon's birth story is so beautiful and brought to mind so many moments and memories of my own daughters' births. One without and epidural and one with. It is holy and mysterious work - bringing a child into the world. Thank you so much for sharing your story and blessing my heart today! I'm worshiping the Lord in my heart for his kindness and faithfulness to us.

  • Jaime said:

    What a beautiful story Nancy! :) I loved reading all the details and seeing the evidence of God's faithfulness! :)

  • Karly said:

    This is so incredibly sweet. Thank you so much for sharing. ❤️

  • Katie said:

    Wow, such a beautiful story! I have tears in my eyes after reading this. Thank you for being so vulnerable and real. Every time I read a birth story, I am so in awe of our Creator. Wishing you and your family so many blessings.

  • Charae Sands said:

    I had a wonderful and amazing delivery with my daughter. For my son, i had some health complications and had a long and difficult labor. 30 plus hours. I struggle with fear with the delivery of our future baby #3 that we will have someday. I cried reading this because I do relate to the fear and apprehension. Knowing that the Lord is there in alk of it is comforting and yet I feel the enemy still stirring the pot as it were, trying to keep my heart unbalanced.
    I wish we could be friends in real life. Lol as silly as that sounds reaching out from across the internet-verse
    Congratulations on another sweet girl and for an amazing delivery.

  • Diane Taylor said:

    Wow what an intense but beautiful ride! That is CRAZYTOWN. 6 minutes???? Well, now you can say with pride "hey - guess what you can do in 6 minutes? HAVE a BABY!". Elizabeth took the sweetest pictures. Thank you Nancy for sharing this personal story of faith, I still say that having my son Jonathan was the greatest joy in my life. Even though he is gone now, I would do it all over again, in a heartbeat. Sending you love from my heart to yours :):):)

  • Will said:

    Tears. Lots of tears. 😊

  • Reagan said:

    This is incredible! Nan!! This story makes me feel heroic as a woman and so proud of you—and it give me some baby fever :) Beautiful family!

  • Kristen S said:

    Nancy- Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and redemptive birth story! I read your first birth story after the delivery of my first. The birth did not go as planned- birth center transferred to hospital then c-section. The hardest part came from the doctor who belittled every decision of my natural birth and then bullied me into a c-section (maybe even unnecessarily!). Needless to say, I have had quite a bit of birth trauma from the experience, mostly from the doctor. Fears have taken deep root and have slowed the process of us trying for another. Your story of faithful, prayerful preparation and beautiful delivery is such an encouragement. I think it motivates me to truly process and pray over the fears I have so that I can emotionally be ready when the time comes. Congratulations on your sweet Lyndon!

  • Maggie Moore Setzer said:

    So so so beautiful! ❤️ Thank you for sharing this- it sounds like my daughter's birth at the end of June earlier this year! 9 minutes of pushing and she was here! Second babies come in to this world with a bang, don't they?! Congratulations, and I'm so happy you have a beautiful daughter to join your family! I hope you've healed well from tearing and that Milly is adjusting well to life with a baby sister!

  • Arleen said:

    Just beautiful!

  • Such a beautiful birth story! God is so good. Thank you for reminding us of his redeeming ways. All the love to your family! ❤️

  • Amanda Sali said:

    How beautiful! I used the verses in the back of Supernatural Childbirth to make my birth posters. Such a great way of getting ready mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Thank you for sharing your beautiful birth story. God is so good.

  • You have no idea how much this has helped me! My first born Malachi was a traumatic experience as well and I had him in a birth center naturally. I've been very afraid of my next experience and I've been struggling with trusting the LORD in this. Thank you!