I guess I wasn’t really surprised that baby decided to arrive in the middle of Hurricane Harvey.
Nor was I entirely dumbfounded that he insisted on keeping his little self turned posterior, refusing to descend properly and wearing mama out. Yes, I said HIM… baby #12 brings the grand total to 7 boys, 5 girls. He has been a crazy active little person from the get go, painfully so in this last month. My money says he will be a soccer player with a powerhouse of a goal kick. And his wiggles and kicks kept him turned absolutely backwards until he started going into distress and mama was nearly exhausted. So in the driving rain with creeks and rivers rising all around us, the midwife made the call. We were heading to the hospital.
I was a little disappointed, I will confess. I have only been able to deliver two out of my seven births at home, for one reason or another. But God went ahead of us and scheduled a fabulous doctor to be on call- one whose style of practice was uncannily midwife-like. God followed behind us and made sure they didn’t close the highways until AFTER we made it through to town. And God hovered over us and fixed little Mr. Hurricane’s distress, so that he was born completely healthy and energetic and LOUD.
I don’t know why we were supposed to be at the hospital, but I honestly saw God’s hand driving us there. I have learned to accept His swift kick in the pants rather than waiting for the 2×4 upside the head. Did we meet someone we were supposed to meet? Did we avoid something that we will never know, because we didn’t stay home? I don’t know if I will get an answer to those questions or not. But I am so grateful for excellent medical care, both through the midwife and the hospital. So thankful for a healthy baby and relatively easy delivery. Blessed that our area only experienced minor inconveniences compared to our near neighbors in Houston.
We are so blessed, y’all. Our dozen crazy kids keep us hopping. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank You Lord for each of these gifts, and help us to be wise parents and mentors for every one of them.