The following is a "dialog" from a private support site for 3rd Infantry Division families. "Donna" is the Gramma-to-be -- Saturday to Father's Day...
Hello. My daughter called at 4 AM. She is now at the hosp, getting tests and monitored. Her contractions are sparse... Maybe I will be Gramma later today, maybe not. Please remember her in Prayer -- Donna
OK.. here is the scoop. After Dr 1 says she is staying, Dr 2 sends her home, LOL, par for the course. I told her that staying home as LONG as possible is the best way to go. But she is ready to get this baby OUT. How well I remember!! I told her pay back is hell. (She is having back labor) Thanks all. -- Donna
Hi there. She is back at the hosp now... waiting to hear what the Dr says. We were timing her contractions over the phone and they were 2 to 3 minutes apart and lasting about a minute. (this is her first baby and she did not do Lamaze). So I asked if she felt the urge to push, and she said no, but I need to go to the bathroom. I said, "call the Dr. that's the urge to push!!" I wish I could be there. --Donna And its a girl!!
Hello. She is still there, in labor and as soon as I hear something new I will post. Wish I could be there!! -- Donna
I think she is in for a long night... she sounded a bit loopy last phone call. They had given her something for the pain. They have not checked for dilation for a bit. I will update later when I hear more. -- Donna
Hi again. Its Sun. AM and she is 5 cm. Getting an epi soon. They are predicting this afternoon. I wish I could be with her. --Donna
She is at 8 cm now, and has her epi. So, by 1 pm or so I figure Gabby will fall out. [The baby's name is] Gabrielle Renee. -- Donna
OK, now she is pushing so It will be SOON. I am so excited!! I will be a Gramma!! --Donna
Hallelujah! 7 lbs 14 oz. 21 inches... and her husband was on the phone for the delivery... from Iraq.... now I can cry. --Donna
We all got teary-eyed... I always say it's hard to be a Soldier's Mom, but it's hard to be a Soldier's Wife, too.
Donna reports that Mom and babe are doing well. She is eager to see this little miracle... and she was thrilled that the Dad got to be on the phone... the nurse described everything, as her daughter was working very hard at the time!!
Welcome little Gabrielle and Congrats to the new Mom & Dad -- and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY -- FOR REAL!