I’ve know Erin for a long time. She has always been a woman of determination. She has the most contagious laugh and I always felt honored to be her friend.
On November 27th, 2016 I got the call that Erin thought labor had started.
Since it had been a while since we had seen each other, we spent time in between contractions joking about old times, and catching up. With every contraction, Erin would get quiet, not a sound made, and work through it like a champ.
At the time, there was another baby being seen at the birth center, and it seemed that every time they would cry, Erin’s body would respond with a contraction, so she decided to turn on some music. Erin, being the eccentric woman she is, didn’t pick your typical soothing music station, instead she turned on a crunk station. She said she wanted to feel “gangster”. Not too long after turning music on she calmly told someone to grab the midwife. She knew she was ready to meet Annika.
Once the midwife came in the room, Erin told her that she was starting to “freak out a little” so she knew the time to push was close. The midwife got her comfortable in the bed and proceeded to get everything set up. Erin grabbed daddy’s hand and got ready to push.
Still, with very little sound, Erin pushed.
Not many pushes later, Annika Rain made her entrance into the world.
Big brother had been waiting patiently in the other room, with his grandma, for the arrival of baby sister.
He was so excited to finally meet her.
Welcome to the world Annika Rain! We are so glad to meet you and watch you grow!