Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things.
Heather will surely write a more detailed post for those wanting those details, but for now, a shorter post will have to do.
We got home from a friend's birthday party last night, and Heather was having some contractions, but since the due date was still a ways away, figured it couldn't possibly be labor, so didn't tell anyone, and we all went to sleep.
She woke me at 12:30 or so saying that she couldn't sleep due to the contractions. Once I saw her have a contraction, I could tell that it wasn't a "regular" contraction (she gets contractions that are different than the Braxton-Hicks contractions, but happen regularly before labor starts), but was a "real" one. She insisted that it was too early, and she wasn't [mentally] prepared, but we called our midwife and asked for some advice. Since Heather wanted to sleep, and no other signs of labor had occurred, she recommended some calcium to see if that slowed anything down. Within five minutes, there were some other signs of "real" labor starting, so we called back to say we were on our way, and started getting things ready.
We got to the birth center in 80 minutes, which is about what it always takes to get there, and her water broke 4 minutes later, and Joy was born one minute after that! It was sort of surreal how quickly it all happened.
We stayed at the birth center for a couple hours, and then arrived home at around 6:30. This was the fastest labor, and fastest baby naming we've had so far. A number of people have asked, but Ellen has no family significance, but the baby name books said the name means "light".
When we got up for breakfast at 9:30, Heather's mom said, "I had the strangest dream last night, that you had a baby." It did kind of feel like that, though I noted that when Faith opened her eyes in the morning and saw Joy, she wasn't at all surprised at having a baby in our bed.
The pictures I took at the birth center didn't turn out that great, but Jonathan took a bunch at home, so I'll post those shortly at the usual place.