Melissa woke me up around 2 and told me that the baby was coming. Having done this before the next few steps were well established - call the midwife, make Melissa as comfortable as possible and stay out of the way.
The midwife is an hour and a half away, so we had some time and discussed live blogging the birth. Be glad we did not. It would have been a long and monotonous listing of contractions and times and how much each of us wanted to go back to sleep. Betsy, our midwife, arrived around 3:20 and set up shop with an oxygen bottle, an assortment of gloves, pads, and, yes, duct tape. We did not need the duct tape as we wanted the baby to come out.
Around 4 Betsy checked on her heartbeat and we discovered that she was breech. Much prayer between those of us here and the people that were called at 4 a.m. resulted in a head down baby at 5 a.m.
Melissa labored in the tub, on a big exercise ball, on a birthing stool, standing up, laying down and walking. The breech moments at 4 spooked her and me and undoubtedly delayed her laboring abilities. About 8:30 it all got going in earnest and at 9:06 Gloria came out. The problem then was not the breech position, but she had her umbilical cord wrapped around her neck, twice, and was blue. Betsy spun little Gloria around and her color went from blue to purple to pink. Gloria is resting, Melissa is resting and all is well. We are figuring that with as much trouble as getting her out was, we are in for a long and wild ride with our new angel.