The Arrival

The birth of Karston was early (36 weeks) and quick. Looking back, it is now evident that it would have been much quicker if it weren’t for some unnecessary medical care.  With Kyrie it was much, much quicker. Longer pregnancy (39 weeks); shorter labor (born 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital). Well, this pregnancy followed the pattern. This was the longest I have ever been pregnant- 39 weeks 6 days. Knowing how quick my labors are, I tried finding a midwife for a homebirth. But with certain laws about midwives in Kentucky, it is really hard to come by one. I found a few, but for various reasons was unable to get one. My next choice was a midwife that delivered in a hospital- that too didn’t work out. So the next and only option left was to go with an ob/gyn – and that also didn’t work. I spent so many hours calling different offices and nobody would take me that far into my pregnancy. So our plan was to just go to the hospital and use whoever was on call.  I had moments where this worried me or I wondered if anything was wrong, but for the most part I was at ease with the whole thing. I knew the Lord would bring how He would want him to be brought. With that plan in mind, I knew as soon as labor started I wanted to head up to the hospital to allow as much time as possible to contact the doctor and call. So around 12:30 am on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning I awoke to the same contractions I had been waking up to for the past month or so. I went to the bathroom and got back in bed. Then at 12:55, I woke Mark up. The contractions were very painful. He asked if I wanted to take a hot shower while he timed the contractions. It sounded great, but after a few minutes I decided we should just go ahead and go. Mark gathered our things. My mom woke up (she had driven up the Saturday before) and Kyrie woke up; they sent us off in the car around 1:15 am. I don’t really think this needs to be said, but the car drive was no fun at all. The last two contractions in the car I was feeling the need to push. After missing our exit, we pulled up to the ER (where I thought he was going to be born in the waiting room) where a nurse was just walking in from a break. She grabbed a wheelchair and met us at the door. She wheeled me up while Mark stayed down to register me. (And yes at that point I thought I would be delivering Kanon without Mark there) My mom had called ahead to let the nurses know we were coming. So as soon as the elevator doors opened there was a nurse waiting to take me into the room. All the other nurses were spaced out in a line from the elevator to my room. They were the best nursing staff I’ve had so far. They were so calm. And if you can imagine them calmly undressing you in about 2 seconds, then that is what happened as I was walking to the bed. I got in the bed and immediately needed to push. The one nurse that was left told me to breath through two more contractions. I tried. Then in walked Mark. And in walked the midwife. And in two pushes Kanon was born. At 1:44 am – 9 minutes after walking through the emergency room doors and 2 minutes after walking into my room, he was here. so fast. The Lord worked every detail out perfectly. I even had the midwife I wanted to have. I feel so very blessed.



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11 responses to “The Arrival

  1. Oh my. Sometimes I’m so envious of those with quick and easy births. 12+ hours, pushing, and then a c-section aren’t my idea of a good time! What an amazing testament to God’s hand in all details of our lives – so glad that Kanon is here!

  2. Amy Sikes

    oh wow! cutting it close!! Congrats on your newest baby! He’s gorgeous!!

  3. Heidi Young

    Congrats again to you and Mark and Karston and Kyrie! I’m glad your labor and delivery went so well–sounds like the timing was perfect! I can’t wait to see him in person and hold him and cuddle him. Hope you all are doing great, and I hope that you are getting some sleep 🙂 Love you.

    • maemarie

      Thank you! I was glad I got to talk to you on the phone…still would have been better to see you come through the door. It makes me that much more thankful that you were there for the other two! Love you!

  4. Julie Williams

    9 minutes?! 2 pushes?! That’s crazy…and sounds like a dream! : ) Thanks for the blog site – I love looking at all your pictures and projects!

    • maemarie

      I think as much as labor can be a dream it is. I would not last any longer. Just because it is short does not mean that it is not VERY painful!

  5. Tess

    Congratulations Keatons ! I rejoice with you in your new baby boy. Thank you for taking time to share the workings of God in your family.

    Psalm 128

    1 How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
    Who walks in His ways.
    2 When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
    You will be happy and it will be well with you.
    3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
    Within your house,
    Your children like olive plants
    Around your table.
    4 Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
    Who fears the LORD.
    5 The LORD bless you from Zion,
    And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
    6 Indeed, may you see your children’s children.
    Peace be upon Israel!

    Much love,


    Well, Maegan, what a night and day experience. Birthing your children is something that will be in your heart for ever, no memory will ever replace it.
    Kyrie and your mother watching you leave and calling ahead, reminded me of a cold Jan evening in Champaign-Urban Illinois, a small apartment, 3 small children and my mother watching us leave for the hospital from the apartment door, Mark was born soon after arrival, not as soon as Kanon. When Dad called to report the baby was a boy my mother said your mother cried, saying “another boy I wanted a sister. However she and her brothers were so excited when we arrived home. Look at me, back to the Keaton family baby, 8 lbs 9 oz and 22 inches long, God prospers in all areas of life. You have a wonderful family. I love all of you, Grandma Mary

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