. .:: Little Everett was born on a peculiar day, just as the rain started pouring in Colorado, just before massive flash flooding hit our state. As I drove to the hospital, I was in disbelief at the volume of water falling from the sky. There was very poor visibility, indeed. And inside the shelter of the room, momma labored peacefully in the tub, with no idea how incredibly close she was to meeting their little boy. Her face was overcome with such surprise when she discovered that she was complete, and suddenly had an urge to push. (She attributed it all to her morning acupuncture session, as well as the weather). After a sweet natural birth (maybe ten minutes of pushing), she exclaimed, "That really wasn't so bad!" After birth, rather than doing an immediate newborn exam, the staff turned the lights out, put naked baby on mommas chest, and left them alone to bond, latch, and rest, for a healthy chunk of time! I've never witnessed that before, and it was absolutely beautiful to see. ::. .