I arrived at the hospital around and learned that Eli's Grandma had passed away earlier that day. While others may have been in a sad state, Eli talked about what an awesome day it was – sharing stories with the family about the time they had with her and together awaiting her last breath. Eliza's water broke in that same time frame and they were reminded that this was an end to one earthly life and the beginning of another. What a gift God allowed them to have.
Although Eliza’s water broke, her contractions did not start immediately. She arrived at the hospital that evening to have a small drip of Pitocin hoping that it would trigger natural labor. Success! At Eliza was 4cm and the Pitocin was turned off. Contractions were still strong and frequent and Eli praised God!
With each check, Eliza progressed 2cm. It seemed like excellent progress was being made but her labor was agonizing as the baby had turned posterior and so a lot of pressure was placed in her back. Eli stayed by her, encouraging her, praying aloud that the baby would turn and massaging her back (He should teach a class on how to support your laboring wife…). Being in water seemed to be the only thing that would ease the discomfort and make the pain tolerable. When the midwife declared her to be 10cm, we all praised God for his provision!
One hour of pushing later and Elam (with a "girlish heartbeat"and locks of dark curly hair - as stated by his Daddy) was in the arms of his Momma on December 9 at 9:31am, weighing 7lbs 5oz! Congratulations Eliza and Eli on the birth of Elam!