There is a superstition out there that says whatever you are doing exactly at midnight as the new year begins sets the tone for your next 365 days. We’ll, I am glad Kellie and I aren’t superstitious because if we were this would be known as “The Year of the Contraction” for us. 🙂
Around 3:30pm on December 31st Kellie started feeling contractions so we knew the baby was coming soon, possibly before the year ended. My dreams of an additional tax credit for 2010 were still alive!
We headed to the hospital around 9:30pm and contractions started becoming more intense with each passing one. Around 11:30pm we turned on the TV to watch Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve to kill time between contractions. Seconds before midnight Kellie began another major contraction so as we went from 2010 to 2011, Kellie was not exactly singing Auld Lang Syne.
At some point during the night a Bible verse went through my mind. The apostle Paul – whom I want to point out is a male – wrote: My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you…” (Gal. 4:19). That is a POWERFUL word picture. I am sure Kellie would have wanted to punch Paul right in his face for writing that as she was pushing, but I digress. Easy for you to say Paul!
As the baby was born we weren’t sure if it was going to be a boy or a girl. So as our doctor delivered the baby he handed her to me and I got to announce to Kellie, “It’s a baby girl!” Elizabeth Juliet was born at 1:38am , weighing 7 lbs. 12 ounces, 20 inches long. And we’ll never forget her birthday – 1-1-11.
The extra neat ending to the story is it turns out she was “Baby New Year – Metro Detroit” — the first baby born in the new year in our area. Her story got printed in the Detroit Free Press, the Oakland Press, and Kellie even did an interview live on the air on AM950 WWJ.