For Unto Us a Child is Born!

She’s here! And we are so in love!

Jubilee Rei made her debut on December 18, 2019 at 36 weeks! We decided to send an extra newsletter this month as a Christmas special for our supporters.

Meaning Behind the Name

A few months after we were married, Terence’s father fell ill. Terence was devasted. As people who work full-time in ministry, we would never be financially capable of providing for his father, and in many Asian cultures, this makes him a bad son. 

Ingrid then made a suggestion, “You may not be able to give him a house or pay for his medicine,” she said, “but you can leave him a legacy. We can name our first child (his first grandchild) after him.” This was also during the time when our doctors told us the only thing they could do was pray. So after this conversation, we began to pray for our future child by name, the name of Terence’s father

After six grandchildren, my mother has not had a child named after her sake. So once we found out we were expecting a girl, Terence and I thought of combining our parents names (Judith and Rolly). We found the name Jubilee, which in the Old Testament was the most anticipated time in Hebrew culture--the Sabbath of all Sabbaths. We thought this name was so perfect for our situation and honored both of our parents.

As you all know, it was during Home Assignment in the States that we found out we were expecting. We couldn’t see a doctor for six months, our insurance had issues, and it was a time of truly trusting God to provide during the early parts of the pregnancy. We had been calling God our girl’s best Physician and Insurance Agent, the Great Provider. Psalms 23 says, "The LORD is my shepherd/protector," or in Hebrew, "Yahweh rey." We felt that this name was a testimony of God’s protection on her life when we were on Home Assignment.

Although her name is Jubilee Rei, we have nicknamed her “Reilee” as a tribute to Rolly, just as we had prayed.

Journey To Jubilee

After a lovely baby shower from our Southeast Asia (SEA) Field, we installed the car seat that they all chipped in to give us, took a nap, and decided to end the night with a Christmas movie. 

However, Ingrid started feeling contractions throughout the film. Not painful, but noticeable. Other symptoms started to occur that correlated with labor, but without any pain. After walking a mile outside to see if things would change, we decided to wait until the morning--We had an appointment with our doctor anyway. After all, if it was true labor, there's no way to sleep through it, right? Terence, convinced she was really in labor, packed for the hospital just in case. 

Morning came and we headed to the hospital for our appointment. During the appointment, our doctor noticed that Ingrid had lost a kilo. She decided to do an ultrasound to check if the baby was alright.

"Hmm, baby is all the way down already... And your amniotic fluid is really low... Oh, the placenta is [medical jargon]."

"What does that mean?" 

"It means the baby is coming this week."

We looked at each other in shock. We are only 36 weeks! We still have four weeks to go. What do we do? The doctor decided to check Ingrid's cervix just in case. Our doctor who is usually really poised, suddenly expressed shock.

"Oh! Oh! I can feel the baby's head! You are already 3cm dilated!" She looked at Ingrid and said, "Baby's coming tonight. You aren't going home." Turns out Ingrid was in labor since the previous night! Her water had partially broken without her knowing it.

She was admitted in the hospital even though Ingrid was still in no pain. They started Ingrid on a drop to help strengthen her contractions. After hours, the doctor came back and checked Ingrid again. Still, she was only at 3cm dialated (10 cm is needed for delievery). The contractions were getting worse and worse. We walked around and tried different techniques to quicken the labor. After a few more hours, the doctor checked again. Still 3 cm.

Since we didn't know when the water broke and it had been 24 hours since Ingrid's first contractions had started, the doctor called for an emergency C-section. Turns out, Ingrid's hips would not expand to allow for dilation. Our little girl had been stuck for hours while contractions kept trying to push her down. 

Ingrid was taken to prep for surgery, but the epidural wasn't working. After four attempts, she was put under. Terence was still allowed inside and witnessed the debut of Jubilee Rei Kiper Lustaña. Ingrid was woken up to meet her, then brought to the recovery room. Reilee had trouble breathing, so she stayed in the nursery for observation. 
But praise the Lord, she passed all of her tests, and we were reunited with her after 6 hours. 

Now we are home, and we are celebrating our first Christmas together. As we celebrate the birth of Reilee, we remember what this Advent and Christmas season is all about. We celebrate God sending his Son to this world as an infant. 

Thank you everyone for your prayers and support! We cannot wait for you all to meet her. 

Merry Christmas and have a Happy 2020!
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