Miriam Grace Buie entered the world on Saturday, 29 May 2010 at 5:07 AM. She weighed 10 lbs. 3 ozs. and was 23 in. long.

Originally we were scheduled to be induced Friday night, however, due to all the rooms being booked at the hospital (full moon!) we had to postpone her induction until early the next morning. When Jill woke up with her first contraction at 2:00 AM, however, Miriam made it clear that she didn't want to wait any longer. For some reason (unknown to me) Jill did not wake me up until shortly after 4:15 AM and we left for the hospital shortly before 4:30 AM.

Once we arrived to the hospital, we pulled up to the front door and walked towards the hospital to discover that St. Mary's had recently moved the emergency entrance. At this point, Jill's contractions were more forceful and closer together, though her water had not broken. Thankfully, after a few minutes, a security guard pulled up and let us through the front door where a nurse was waiting with a wheelchair. Once we were inside the hospital it was 4:52 AM. After another few minutes we were given a room and Jill went into the restroom to change into her gown. In the process, however, a hard contraction came, her water broke, and she immediately felt the urge to push. The nurse and I carried her to the delivery bed and at 4:59 AM Miriam Grace was born.

Since this experience was so different than our last birth, I felt like sharing a bit of the story. God, in his providence, protected us in a number of ways and all praise goes to him. Jill was a real trooper. A ten pound baby in seven minutes of pushing seems amazing to me. And Miriam is such a good baby. She learned to nurse right away and hardly cries. Believe it, or not, she cries even less than Hadassah did. Hadassah is in awe of the baby. When she visited at the hospital she kept pointing to her and saying, "Aww, baby."

Hope y'all enjoyed the story. I'm sure Jill will write a much better (and more detailed) account of the birth shortly.