Leena Grace Kidwell
born Friday, February 22, 2013
at 5:58 PM
on the Karanda Hospital Mission Station
Dear Leena (light),
Its been a long journey this past month, but we finally did it! Your birth was the light at the end of the tunnel for me to get through the number of nights of contractions and no sleep. How appropriate is your name now to this birth story. You were so very worth every minute of it though, and I praise God for the blessing of your life and having you in my arms. We have loved you from the moment we knew of your existence. God has had His hand on your life in so many ways already.
Here is our story of your birthday:
Thursday night mommy started early labor (once again) and it was much harder this time around so we hoped this was for real. But once more, at 5:00 AM, the contractions petered out, leaving mommy very tired and in a heap of tears. Throughout the morning, mommy continued with contractions every 10 minutes, and finally at 2:00 PM they began to become more regular and strong again.
God ordained a wonderful couple (who just happened to come out for the weekend) to take care of your brothers for the afternoon not knowing if this was it, or if it was more false labor. You were 2 days past your due date, so we were really hoping this was near the end. They took Saint and Luke down to play at the guesthouse at 4:30 PM, and by the time they were out the door, mommy was already feeling very strong contractions. But upon checking mommy, she was only still 3 cm dilated, which is what she had been for 3 weeks. Within the hour, mommy knew she couldn't possibly be 3 cm still, and asked daddy (he's a doctor) to check once again. Sure enough, mommy was now at least 7 cm dilated! Daddy rushed around to go get a car to take us down to the hospital. While he was gone, our friend, Miss Rejoice (a midwife here) came to help. She has helped mommy through a number of tiring nights and took such good care of the both of us.
Before daddy got back with the car, mommy was already fully dilated and her water broke walking to the door. Daddy and Miss Rejoice helped mommy lie down on the living room floor and in a few minutes you graced us with your beautiful cry of life! We did it little girl!
You were born 2 minutes before 6 in the evening at our house, which was not at all in OUR plan! But God had it all worked out. He had and has HIS hand on your life. There was a flurry of nurses and midwives in and out helping make sure everything was alright, and by the time your brothers came back from their play date, you were snuggled up with mommy on the bed. What a blessing!
You weighed 3 kg. exactly (6.6 lbs), and were 48.5 cm (19 inches). What a little lady. Welcome to our family!
Always loving you,