Labor is unpredictable. Sometimes it's much longer than anyone anticipates. Last weekend I was able to be with a mama who's labor kept her up through the night and working all the way into the next afternoon. She was a trooper! She was so calm and focused. She breathed through her contractions and restfully waited for the next. When her moment came, she dug down inside herself to find the strength and energy she needed to deliver her baby. And she did it!
Mommy and Daddy welcomed a beautiful little girl with a head full of hair into our world. Everyone was thrilled! The proud Papa couldn't stop looking at his little girl and Mama was grinning from ear to ear over what she had accomplished.
I went to visit with the family tonight. I asked Mama how she felt about the birth. Before she said a word, her face lit up. She smiled that huge smile of hers and said, "It was wonderful!"
I know my heart was smiling, too.