Last Sunday morning were were awakened around 2:30 in the morning with the phone call we had been waiting for. We were expecting a call that said Cynda was in labor, but the call we got was David telling us that baby Elisabeth was here. Within 15 minutes we were on the road heading to Baton Rouge. 8 hours later we got to meet Elisabeth for the first time.
When Rebekah was born three years ago the delivery was very fast. From the time the doctor broke the water until she was born was 20 minutes. The doctor went back to her office in the hospital and turned on the monitors - realized what was happening - and turned right around but wasn't able to get there in time. Around the hospital Rebekah was known as speedy baby. Rebekah is no longer the speediest baby. Elisabeth was even faster.
Around two in the morning Cynda woke up to sharp labor pains. She told David that she thought it was time to go to the hospital. Before they could get to the van her water broke. Cynda knew that they could not make it to the hospital in time so David called 911. While he was on the phone Cynda yelled, "put down the phone and come here, the baby is coming now!" David delivered the baby at 2:18. The EMS arrived shortly after. If Rebekah was speedy baby, Elisabeth is lightning!
I knew that I had a great son-in-law, but I never thought he would be delivering babies. Elisabeth's sisters are now very knowledgeable about how babies are born. Not many kids these days get to witness their siblings birth. Rebekah is quite jealous of her Mommy Time, but Autumn is quite the big sister and loves to mother Elisabeth.
After visiting a few hours and getting to hold Elisabeth I had to turn around and make the 8 hour trip home. I'm getting way to old to travel 800 miles in 22 hours on two hours sleep. It has taken me all week to catch up on my sleep. Early tomorrow morning I will get back on the road for Baton Rouge. My wife Gina stayed last week to help out. I'm looking forward to seeing her and the whole family tomorrow, but I'm especially looking forward to holding Elisabeth again.
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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.