I have been up all night.
Assisting the labour of my dear sister-in-law, Kathleen. At 3am this morning she had a baby girl. They have had four boys previously, so this was an absolutely amazing, and somehow extra special thing. They thought they'd never have a girl...
I was so proud and honoured that she wanted me there to help her during that trying, but precious time. I also realised I had never been a birth helper before, as I am usually the one having the baby! So I just assumed myself as someone whose hand could be squeezed as hard and as often as necessary... And someone to sit through, and "go through" each contraction, (and wish I could do some of them for her).
Kathleen worked so hard, was ever full of grace, and love for her child, ahead of herself.
It is a wonderful day! I cannot wait to get to know this new little girl.