My sixth pregnancy progressed like all the others. Yet, something was different. This was our first child who would be born to us in Pennsylvania, the land of our inheritance. Miraculous events surrounded this child as God gave us a house worth two times what we could afford, a house we just adored. I wrote about these amazing events in a previous article, “My Adventurous Husband with the Crazy, Impossible Dreams Might Just be Right!”
I thought that this baby was a boy, although I didn’t know for sure. Chris picked out his first name, “Cooper.” Our oldest son came up with the name “Yale” for the middle name. Put the two names together and you get a name that means, “Barrel Maker from the Hill.” That sounded like a silly name to me. I love selecting strong, amazing, and prophetic names to inspire me through the long, tiresome months of pregnancy. “Barrel Maker from the Hill” did nothing for me.
“What does that even mean?” I asked God.
“I’m so glad you asked,” God answered. “You are now in the land of your inheritance. That means that you will be receiving lots of blessings, resources, influence, and gifts of the Holy Spirit – more than you can imagine. You are going to need lots and lots of vessels (barrels) to hold all of the blessings I have for you. This child will have an important role in containing and stewarding those blessings. “From the Hill” is from Life Center, your church, which is on a hill. The freedom and love that is represented at Life Center is this child’s birthright. You and Chris have had to battle and fight your way into that freedom. This child will live in it right from the start.”
Wow! That was a powerful name after all!
Cooper’s labor was very similar to Chai’s. My water broke the night before. Contractions started slowly in the morning. We took a tour of our new house (which we had not yet moved into) to try and speed things up. By the time we were returning to our rental home, my contractions were quite intense. I took my place in the warm birthing pool. The contractions were much more painful than with Chai, yet I was able to thank God and praise Him for them. I had never done that before!
Also, I began to speak to the baby. Our church had introduced us to a class called, “Blessing Babies in the Womb.” We hadn’t been able to take the class, but we were beginning to understand that babies have spirits that are alive and active just like adults. Their spirits perceive words, emotions, and circumstances happening around them. Their spirits and bodies submit and work during labor, similar to how a woman’s spirit and body have to submit to the pain and work to bring the baby forth. In fact, mom and baby need to work together in harmony.
So I began doing something I had never done during labor. I began talking to the baby. After a contraction I would say, “Good job, Baby! That was great! Keep coming down. Get into the right position. Don’t be afraid. This is going to be wonderful! I can’t wait to see you! You are doing great! I love you!”
Cooper was born right around lunch time with his little hand up on his head. The midwife said that this normally slows a baby’s entrance into the world, but it didn’t seem to delay Cooper at all! I was so pleased with my little Barrel Maker, and my life was overflowing with blessings!