33 years ago today, in Joliet, Illinois, it was 101 degrees. Vacation Bible School was going on in the yard outside our parsonage. The baby wasn't due for another three weeks, so I was spending most of my time indoors to stay out of the heat.
Very early in the morning, labor set in and so Steve called our sweet neighbors who came over to stay with Hans and Peder and we were off to the hospital. Labor stopped and started a few times. But when it got closer to 10 am, my doctor said he needed to get to the clinic for office hours. He ordered pitosin. It did the trick. In 15 minutes they were wheeling me into the delivery room.
Dr. Rousonelos announced, "It's a girl!" to which I replied, "Are you sure?" After having two boys, I didn't want to get my hopes up for having a girl, but I sure was happy! The nurse measured Heidi by holding her upside down by the ankle. "17". No, that can't be right. I'd better measure again. Yes, she's 17" long; 6 pounds, 2 ounces." She was and still is beautiful. Happy, happy birthday, Heidi!