Beth called me yesterday morning at 8:30 to tell me her water had broken at 11:30 the night before and that Graeme was in Boston when it happened. She was at the birth centre. She'd been there since her water broke. Graeme was on flights trying to get back to Austin. He wasn't expected for another 5 hours. She was worried he wouldn't make it in time. The midwives were going to try to slow things down with positioning. She said she'd call me later.
At first I was worried that he wouldn't make it. Her contractions were 4 minutes apart. But then I remembered that this was her first birth and she very likely had HOURS ahead of her. I was glad I hadn't reminded her of this on the phone. You don't really need to hear that when you are already several hours in.
I was right. Baby Texan was born last evening "around 6 or 7, I'm not sure," according to Graeme. As of last night, Beth was doing fine, although there was still some bleeding the midwives were trying to slow down but it looked like it would be fine. The baby (I never asked her name... but I assume they're still going with the original choice of Kate - suggested by yours truly) is doing great, too, with only a bit of bruising on her head (sounds like the last while was pretty tough on Beth and B.T.). She weighed around 7 pounds so although she was officially a month early, I think in reality she was right on time.
I hope to get more details from Beth today. I'll spend my day trying to get Aeroplan to get me a flight to Texas leaving earlier than my original departure date of September 20.
Congratulations, guys! Get some pictures to us! Erika, I'm so glad to be an aunt with you!