|Success and Relief, Katie is just minutes old.|
We walked back to the Henson's RV, I texted my midwife & told her what was up, and she called back to basically say that she wasn't 100% convinced that my water had broken (I was convinced), but just to keep her updated, try to eat dinner & maybe grab a nap, if I could. When I told her we were out with friends, she told me there was no need to rush home. I relayed the info to Steve, who was still looking very uncomfortable. Lisa had made a yummy dinner, so we all ate (I insisted on eating outside), though there was definitely some excitement & tension in the air. Steve was hustling & bustling around, trying to make sure the kids ate & all our stuff was rounded up. We realized that we had both vehicles, the van & truck, to drive home, as Steve had come to meet us straight from work. He was super nervous about me driving back, but I wasn't having regular contractions, so I assured him I'd be just fine, and if not, we'd be following each other, so it would be easy enough to just switch over to one vehicle & have Kyle & Lisa come pick up the truck. Sooo...amidst much hustle & bustle, we took off for home, me sitting on a pile of towels, since every time I stood up or shifted positions, water started running down my legs. ;)
I didn't do it on purpose, but when we got off at our exit, I accidentally went the wrong way...which totally freaked Steve out. When he called, I assured him that all was well. Being in the van with an easy-to-see clock helped me to keep track of contractions. I noticed they were about 5-6 minutes apart, but super short, and mostly felt like braxton hicks. In other words, if my water hadn't broken, I wouldn't even think twice about them.
|Linda about 1 hour before Katie was born|
With that, we headed to the basement to begin preparations for the birth. No matter how much advance prep you've done, there's always some last minute stuff to arrange. With little jobs for everyone, everyone calmed down & settled into a groove. Jake & Genna were racing through the house, with much noise & excitement. Meanwhile, I'd texted my best friends from Texas & asked for prayers for peace & unity & a smooth delivery. We all gathered together as a family & prayed for the birth. I think I'll always remember that. Even my kids that always seem to defer & say they don't have anything to add, prayed for me & for this baby.
|Linda in hard labor which didn't last long|
It's crazy how fast it all happened. According to Heather, active labor was 24 minutes! If my water had not broken as a warning, there's no way she would have made it (she lives 45 minutes away). Her sister & assistant arrived, washed her hands, put on gloves, and caught. Even though we literally live just up the street from the hospital, I don't think we'd have made it! Again, I love how God works out the details!
|The kids arrived just in time to see Katie being born|
|Dad holding Katie for the first time|
|The big girls can't get enough of their baby sister|
|Shanan and Katie are twelve and a half years apart|
|Jake loves to "pet" his baby sister|
|Katie on her first full day|
|Week old Katie sitting with Dad|
|Snuggles with big brother Jake who is potty training|