Cole is our sixth child and our first child born at home. Our 5th child was born in the hospital completely natural, so this time around we thought we would like to have this baby in the comfort of our own home. We found Toni rather late in the pregnancy, as we struggled to find someone that would be both here during the busy holiday season and be willing to come out our way. Toni would have a long drive, but she was willing and we were so grateful for her help in bringing baby Cole into our family. All of our babies have been late, so when our Dec. 31st due date came and went, we weren’t too worried. I had lots of contractions, but they never stuck around. On Wednesday, Jan 4th we continued with our normal routine of walking several miles while the kids had swim practice. Only, I was having trouble walking through the contractions, even though they were at least 20 minutes apart, so we decided to stop walking after only one mile and rest a bit. The contractions were hard, but pretty far apart all evening. At 10 pm, we decided to go to bed and figured we’d call Toni in the morning if anything progressed. However, I couldn’t sleep, the contractions kept waking me up, about 12 minutes or so apart now. I really wanted to sleep. So, at midnight I decided to take a warm shower to relax. In the shower, I kept having contraction after contraction, I estimated about 4-5 minutes apart. I told my husband I didn’t think we’d be going to sleep and we better call Toni. He wanted to time a few contractions first just to be sure, since Toni had a long way to drive. The contractions were 3-4 minutes apart, so at about 12:40 am, he called Toni and she started on her way. I was nervous that things were progressing so quick. Toni wouldn’t be to our house until about 2:15 am, so I tried to lay down and just focus on slowing things down until Toni and Paula got there. When they got there, I got up and used my ball and differentpositions to get the baby in a better position. At around 3:30 am, they asked if I wanted to be checked. I said no, because I was sure I hadn’t been through transition yet and wouldn’t be ready. At 4 am, I had been feeling a lot of pressure, but was sure it was too early. However, I decided to get checked for the first time. Toni said I was completely dilated and could push when I was ready. I made her check again, because I hardly believed that I missed transition and was ready to push. It took about 30 minutes and trying lots of positions to get comfortable and finally push baby Cole out, but at 4:33 am he was finally here. My husband got to help catch the baby, which was another first. When my husband woke the other kids, they were in disbelief, they didn’t hear a thing. It was so nice to be able to shower and relax in my own bed. I can’t imagine having another baby in a hospital and wish I’d had the opportunity with my other births.