Before we went to bed, I texted Donna. She said that the contractions were getting more organized. I asked them to text me when they left for the hospital. Regardless, it will be a long night.
Rob, Amy and I made a plan. If they arrived at the hospital in the middle of the night, I was going to go when I got the word. Rob and Amy would come later in an Uber!!
I woke up to go to the bathroom at 4:30am. No texts. I checked my GPS app for the location of Donna and noticed that they had just arrived at the hospital.
I threw on my laid out clothes and jumped in the car. It was a cold crisp morning but no frost on the windshield. I drove to the hospital. There was no traffic.
When I arrived at the hospital, I was met with a sign prohibiting visitors due to the flu season and recent concerns about the novel coronavirus. Oh no!
I walked around to the emergency entrance, was scanned through security, and directed to the waiting room without any delays. Phew!
As I was walking down a deserted hallway, a construction worker started down the hallway. I figure that I must look kind of funny with my St. Louis stocking cap on so I removed it.
The construction worker said, “That’s right. Let your hair down.”
This made me laugh since I am not sure how I can let my hair down when it is very short!!
When I arrived at the labor and delivery floor at 5:13am, I checked my phone. Nathan had texted to let me know that they were in the hospital at 5:11am. I responded that I was as well. That was fast!!
I prayed and read my Bible app. There was an Our Daily Bread in the waiting room so I read January 30. Isaiah 35:3-4 seemed to pertain to today. (I am always amazed that the Bible will speak to you whatever you are experiencing. That is quite a miracle.)
“Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, take courage, fear not.”
Amy and Rob arrived at 7:50am. I had not heard from the birthing couple.
Other grandparents in the room were receiving their good news.
Amy informed me that today one can purchase corn dogs for 15¢ at Sonic. Reg $1.49. This made me laugh because you will often hear “back when I was born gas cost 35¢.” Baby Girl can say, “When I was born, corn dogs cost 15¢.” Ha!
We joined other waiting soon-to-be grandparents and aunts and I started to write this post….
…To God Be the Glory!
Here are and were my prayers:
Thanks for a full term pregnancy.
Thanks for a healthy baby.
Thanks for a strong and knowledgeable mother.
Thanks for encouragement and support from a loving father.
Thanks for a mother and father in a healthy marriage.
Thanks for a caring extended family of parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandparents, great grandparents, etc. etc. etc.
Thanks for many friends in the USA and around the world who were faithful praying for this baby.
Thanks for qualified doctors, midwives, pediatricians and their nurses.
Thanks for a clean medical facility.
Thanks to be born into a Christian home.
Thanks to be born in America.
Our granddaughter has so many amazing advantages at birth. As we have traveled around the world, we have seen many children who don’t have the advantages that she has.
Name: Lucy Grace Miller
Birth Date: January 30, 2020
Birth Time: 6:21am.
Weight: 8 lbs. 10 oz.
Proud Parents: Nathan and Donna Miller
To God be all the glory! Thank you dear family and friends for your prayers.