Our New Addition

Joshua Asher Weiser is here. (Joshua=The Lord is my salvation and Asher=Blessed)

He was born November 17th by emergency C section. He weighed 8 lbs. and is 21 inches long.

He spent two days in the NICU at Mission Hospital in Asheville.  Though he had a rough start, he is doing great now.  I spent five days at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville.  I would not wish an emergency C section on my worst enemy!  It is a horrible ordeal!

I will write more about our birth story soon.  Look for an upcoming  birth story called “Birthing Joshua”. 

We have been recovering for the past six weeks.  I had anemia in addition to having the emergency C section.  Recovering involved a lot of sitting, and my husband and oldest kids doing the tasks I would normally do, taking care of the younger kids, cooking, cleaning, and helping me get up to go to the bathroom, etc.  For the most part, I only had to take care of our newborn baby, Joshua.  But, it is hard to not be able to do even the basic things you normally would do.

After the surgery, the doctor put me on restricted activity for six weeks, no driving, no lifting, minimal standing and walking, etc.  I was told if I lifted anything over 10 lbs, or if I over exerted myself, I could cause severe scar tissue and set back my recover process.  The doctor had said my incisions should be healed enough to start walking some after the six week mark. 

Praise God, I am finally feeling better and able to get around some. 
We made it to our six week mark this week, so I am ready to start moving more and get out of the house more.  Though I am very tired, and sleep deprived from having a new born baby, the brain fog is starting to lift.  Yesterday, we took a short day trip to the Charlotte NC area to explore.  I did a little walking.  I am writing a story about it called “Dan Nicholas Park”.  

Facing death affects you.  Facing trials affects you.  Facing the loss of your dreams and plans affects you.  I would not have been able to face any of these things had I not had faith that God was with me and helping me through.  I had planned on a beautiful natural birth with a midwife, but instead we birthed in a hospital hooked up to medical devices that I never wanted.  I had planned to hold my new baby immediately at birth, instead I was unconscious from general anesthesia and my baby was sent to another hospital.  I had planned on my birthing expenses being $2,500 and instead it will cost $40,000.   I had planned to be back on my feet within a week or two of delivery, instead it has taken six weeks to get back to basic functions, and could take six months before I am able to function as I did before the surgery. 

We faced a huge challenge of life and death for us both. But God was there with us and gave us strength to go through these trials.  With each passing day, we are stronger and grateful to be here.

I thank everyone for your prayers, well wishes, and checking on us as we have progressed through this trial.  When we returned home from the hospital, the local homeschool community brought meals to our home for two weeks.  What a blessing it was!  My husband has cooked eggs and oatmeal for my breakfast for six weeks, served me raw milk, and given me my vitamins and iron supplement, and helped me eat healthy so I could recover quicker.  My iron level went from an 8 at surgery to an 11 four weeks later, because he consistently fed me a protein and iron rich diet.  I could not have done this and looked after the family on my own, and his contribution has made a huge difference in the speed of my recovery.  It has not been easy and most days he had to get up by 4:30 am to make breakfast for me and the family, and get ready for work.  Then he hurried home to help with dinner, laundry, cleaning, dishes, etc. too.   I am grateful for each blessing that has come, and has allowed my body time to heal.  Now, I am ready to make him breakfast again (I’ve accomplished two days of cooking breakfasts, lunch, and dinners so far), but he can keep the chore of the dishes if he wants too!

I am excited about life, about what God is doing in my life, my family, and I am looking forward to more activity in the days and weeks and months ahead.

I have set up a baby registry at Walmart, if anyone would like to send gift certificates or items to bless our family, I greatly appreciate it.  Thank you in advance. 


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About Melinda Weiser

I am a sinner, saved by grace. I am on a journey and offer to share my story with the hope that it will bless you. My one desire is to bring glory to my creator. I am a wife and the mother of 6 children, plus two in heaven. I enjoy homeschooling, research, teaching, homesteading, natural gardening, grass based farming, cooking, fresh raw milk, herbs, children, midwifery, and music. I am a writer, biblical mentor, and also work part time in the healthy foods and vitamin business www.weisernaturalfoods.com I have a BSW degree from Kansas State University, and trained professionally as a medical social worker, biblical counselor, tutor, and vocal performer. Thank you for stopping by to read about our homeschool and family life adventures. Be blessed!

2 thoughts on “Our New Addition

  1. Heidi

    Congratulations! So glad to hear it – some of the others in the Explorers loop had asked me about your baby coming and I am so glad to know that God was watching over you and is taking care of your family! Praise God.

  2. Weiser Academy

    Thank you all so much for all the prayers and encouraging words you sent on my behalf.  I truly appreciate it.  Be blessed!


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