Today is Rebekah's first birthday. I won't get to spend her birthday with her. Gina and I are going to Eureka Springs today, and Rebekah is at a Pathfinder Camporee in southern Louisiana. We have already celebrated her first birthday with a great birthday party that she shared with her big sister Autumn, and her cousin Katherine. You can check it out here.
It really doesn't seem like a year since she was born. We were eagerly awaiting her arrival. I think Cynda was really eager. Because Autumn had been such a long and difficult delivery, the doctor didn't want Rebekah to get too big before delivery. The date was set to induce labor on October 25. After work on the 24th Gina and I traveled to Baton Rouge. We arrived about 2 o'clock in the morning.
The next morning Cynda and Dave got up early to go to the hospital. Gina and I stayed with Autumn. Dave was going to call us when it was time to go to the hospital. We had just gotten up when Dave called and said Rebekah is here. We couldn't believe it. How could she already be here.
REBEKAH JUST A FEW HOURS OLD
When Cynda was settled in the delivery room, her doctor broke her water, then walked to the other end of the hospital to her office. She turned on her computer so that she could monitor Cynda. She looked at the monitor and thought, Cynda is either throwing up or having monster contractions. She immediately left her office and started running through the hospital hallways on her way back to the delivery room. Meanwhile David had been having a hard time getting the nurses to believe that the baby was coming. He stepped out of the room and yelled for a nurse. Because Cynda had only been in the room for a few minutes, the nurses didn't take him seriously. Rebekah was born 30 minutes after the doctor broke Cynda's water. Rebekah was known around the hospital as Speedy Baby.
CYNDA ADMIRES HER NEW BABY
Autumn was intrigued with her new sister. She wanted to hold her all the time. I would take her walking around the hospital so she didn't have to stay in the hospital room. Whenever we would return to the room, Autumn would say, "I holdy I holdy". If she couldn't hold Rebekah she would cry. She really loves her sister.
AUTUMN GIVES REBEKAH A KISS
Whenever I would take Autumn for a walk, we would pass a poster in the hall just down from the room. It said "Quiet" and showed a little girl in a nurses outfit putting a finger to her lips and going shhh. Every time we would pass the poster, Autumn would have to stop and put her finger to her lips and say shhh.
AUTUMN AND THE POSTER
October 25 one year ago was a really great day. Rebekah was healthy. Cynda had an quick delivery, even if it was a bit hectic there for a few minutes. Speedy Baby was famous throughout the hospital. If she never has her 15 minutes of fame again, she had it the day she was born.
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I was born in 1956 in Madison, Tennessee, while my parents were attending Madison College. I grew up along the Front Range in Colorado, attending schools in Longmont, Brighton, Boulder and Loveland, Colorado. Two years after graduating from Campion Academy, I married my sweetheart, Regina. We lived in Loveland, Colorado for six years before moving to Mena in western Arkansas.
I love the people of Mena and the friendly easy going way of life here. I have owned and operated my own business since moving to Mena. I enjoy the natural beauty of western Arkansas and being out of doors.
My newspaper column in The Mena Star, An Arkie’s Faith, premiered on January 7, 2016. In March 2017, I published my first book, titled An Arkie's Faith, using articles from the column.