There is nothing like the birth of a baby, especially when it is your grandchild. With our first, we cherished holding our little bundle, just hours old, in the normal confines of the hospital room. But this second one had a different plan!
I was the designated grandparent to come stay with big brother, should the trip to the hospital require leaving in the middle of the night. Sure enough, I got the 3:00am call asking me to come. I jumped in the car and raced down the highway for the half-hour trip, little suspecting the drama that was unfolding. I arrived to find two police cars in the street with lights flashing… Inside, I was met by my son-in-law, Matt, who informed me that baby Mya had already been born! Less than 10 minutes before, the baby had made her abrupt entrance into the world, on the bathroom floor attended only by her parents – before any help could arrive! By then, the police were cheerfully assisting and the EMTs soon joined them. It was a scene of joyful chaos, as baby and mother were both doing well, and it was just a matter of preparing them for the trip to the hospital.
How privileged I felt to be present. To see baby Mya, just minutes old, still white with mucous but already gaining a pink glow. To hug Matt, still fresh from the shock of delivering his own daughter, impressed with his level-headedness through it all. To see my own daughter, Karen, radiant with joy as they strapped her into a chair to take her downstairs. Relief and happiness were written all over their faces. They were precious moments, that will remain with me forever.
When the assembled multitudes finally left the house, and the street returned to darkness, it was unbelievably quiet. Big brother Ben had slept through it all! The adrenaline was still pumping through my body, and I could hardly wait for dawn to come so I could take Ben to the hospital and hold that little bundle – cleaned up and wrapped in hospital blankets, as expected.
Click here for Karen’s personal account of Mya’s arrival.
Click here for pictures of the event.