Their little guy is already over a year old. Talking about the birth of a baby boy, in this twelfth month of the year, feels like an appropriate thing to do. Jesus came as a gift to all mankind 2,016 years ago and this little one came as a precious addition to the Freeman family one year ago.
Leila and Nathan live on site where I work at Rock Solid Refuge. In the days leading up to Leila's due date, I brought my backpack, full of snacks, overnight necessities and camera gear, to work everyday - just in case. Turns out, I was bringing that big pack to work for weeks past her due date! It was good I had it though, I felt ready for whenever this newest baby would make it's debut. Yes, Nathan and Leila like to go old school when it comes to finding out the gender of their baby. I am pro-old school as well. I'd want it to be a surprise :)
Those weeks passed and it was a Friday night in October. At this time, I was living in my apartment in town, Tim and I were recently engaged and I had that pack sitting ready to go by the door. I'd gotten off work and was preparing dinner when I received the phone call from Leila. It was time. She and Nathan were in town already and would pick me up on their way back home. I quickly snacked and put the rest of the dinner preparations aside. There was no time for that now. I felt excited. It was bubbling in my stomach, perhaps a mixture of the rushed meal and eager anticipation.
We made it back to Nathan and Leila's place where they said good bye to their kids and to Nathan's parents, who were visiting/babysitting while they waited for the birth of their newest grandchild. Nathan packed up the car with everything they might need while at the hospital, which was also sitting at the ready - these two are super organized - and off we went on the one hour drive to Swift Current. There is a hospital in Shaunavon, but you cannot deliver babies there.
After checking in and Leila was examined, we were told to stay the night in Swift Current and come back tomorrow. My friend, Stacey, was living in Swift at the time and was also going to be present for the birth. She was a first year nursing student last year. I crashed at her place that night while Nathan and Leila stayed at a room near the hospital.
PS...Since I was there for his birth, I kind of feel like I have a slight ownership to this baby boy. Stacey put it this way: he is 1/16th hers, 1/16th mine and 7/8th Nathan and Leila's! Haha!
PPS... Happy TWO DAYS until Christmas!!!