A peaceful beginning

“Seven” was a surprise… and as unexpected as the pregnancy, so was the timing of birth and delivery. I was certain that Seven would arrive early and fought against discouragement and discontent as the due date approached… and then passed. For a time I became that crazed prego lady who tried every Internet suggestion… raspberry leaf tea, jumping jacks, squats, spicy food, pineapples, acupressure, sex, dancing and even my legendary running man. No dice, and life was on hold. I didn’t travel too far from home or let the kids go anywhere… just in case.

Eventually, I realized that I’m not in control (go figure) and life continued. Knit together fearfully and wonderfully, the day that the Lord has made is good…
We had sent Darci and Brynn off to a friends house for a sleepover and the boys and I nestled into the family room for a movie and a little “sleepover” of our own.
I woke up a few times (a recent norm) with contractions and somewhere between exhausted and hopeful I realized that the contractions were stronger and longer than the usual. I sat on our bed next to Stephen and waited to see if I had another…
And then, at about 1:10 AM my water broke…
Christy and the other midwives, Darc and Brynn and several of my girlfriends were all here within 30 minutes or so, and the baby party began.
At first, I felt a bit anxious and wondered if I could really do this; did we make a mistake by deciding to be at home… Was I going to disappoint everyone if I ended up at the hospital… I think Stephen was a little bit nervous too and he took a moment to pray over us and I remembered that our days are numbered by a God whose plans for us are good and that I could trust him for the outcome of this day…

I was expecting the event to be over and done with in a couple of short hours, but this time I labored through the night… and it was such a beautiful and peaceful experience. There was laughing and reminiscing over birth stories, Stephen and I spent some time walking together outside, the gals spent time reading Psalms and praying over us and I couldn’t have imagined it going any better.

At some point I began to transition and the contractions got pretty intense so we moved the party to our bedroom and at about 7:00 AM it was time to push…

I had another brief moment of doubt during the intensity of those last few contractions, but in just the moment I needed it I heard one of my girlfriends praying for God’s strength and I closed my eyes and asked him for strength and endurance… and then Stephen prayed about the beautiful picture that this was of the way that Christ labored for us to have life… and with the next push (and a loud outcry that brought all the kids in to welcome their newest sibling) came the beautiful head of our precious blessing. (Darc, by the way, was with me the whole time… helpful, a little nervous at the end when mommy yelled a bit, so excited to be a part of it all.)
“It’s a girl” announced a proud daddy as he laid her on my chest.

And as peaceful as the night had gone, our baby girl exhibited the same peace right from the start. She was content to lay in my arms without crying and several commented on her peaceful demeanor. So far, she seems to be one of the calmest and quietest babies we’ve had…
We thought, “discussed” and prayed over her name… 
And would like to introduce Livvy Zayin Lloyd.

I was hoping to find a name that would represent peace but wasnt crazy about Shalom etc. I love the name Olive and it’s meaning but we know a couple of Olive’s and I just couldn’t settle on it. As I searched through the spreadsheet of 500 plus five letter names that Stephen put together for me I came across Livvy, which comes from Oliver and also means olive tree; which is a symbol of peace.

Zayin is the Hebrew number 7 and the seventh letter in the Hebrew alphabet. One of our friends texted us the name after “Seven” was born and the more we thought about it, the more we liked it. Biblically, the number seven symbolizes peace, rest and blessing. And, as a friend pointed out, you can find Zayin in Psalm 119. Verses 49 through 56 are dedicated to Zayin.

Later in the eve of Livvy’s birth our small group came over for dinner and to spend time with us praying over our new daughter. It was such a blessing to me to have been able to birth at home and to  be surrounded by so many folks welcoming this precious addition with us. We have loved all of our visitors, appreciated the help with the kiddos and been especially grateful for the food and meals. I probably need to be resting a little more than I have been… as my mom pointed out, “I’m no Spring chicken anymore” and my aging body has definitely let me know that I’ve overdone it a few times. Overall though, recovery is going well, the kids adore their new sister and we are thankful for the abundance of blessings that God has showered on us.

Published by Tiffanie Lloyd

I am a detail-oriented and energetic multi-tasker traveling at the side of my best friend, and momma to eight amazing kids. God has gifted me with creativity; I'm an entrepreneur, writer, and photographer with a passion for women's health, particularity in childbirth. I'm a Parenting and Childbirth Educator, Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, and working toward certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Thanks for stoping by! Be sure to check out my archives, and sign up for notifications about new posts!

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