Samuel Robert Krahn Chodos just missed his due date by 6 hours and 13 minutes!
Natasha's water broke at 2:46am on Monday, March 30. Contractions started shortly thereafter and eventually we called both of our parents. We told them we'd keep in touch. We'd also been keeping our midwife informed of our progress and she was monitoring things over the phone.
Natasha was in the midst of contractions which had been about two to three minutes apart for about 45 minutes when all of a sudden she thought she felt the head. (At the time we didn't realize the contractions were so close together but afterwards, when we had time to think about it we recognized that fact. But they went from being 10 minutes apart, and minor, to 2-3 minutes apart, and quite intense, very quickly.) Natasha told Dave "I think I feel the head coming -- you need to check" so he did and he called our midwife and said, "I see the head!" Our midwife said, "It's probably just the membranes" and then with the next contraction the head came out and Dave said, "The head is out!" and he dropped the phone and then with the next contraction he caught the rest of the baby and laid him on Natasha's stomach and then picked up the phone and said, "The baby's born." and our midwife said she'd be right there! It was 6:13 am when Sam made his appearance
So Dave got some towels to cover Sam with. Sam was squeaking so we knew he was okay. Dave unwrapped the cord, which was loosely around Sam's neck and leg, and Natasha asked if it was a boy or a girl and Dave said, "It's a boy."
Anyways, once our midwife arrived she checked out Sam and pronounced him healthy. We called our parents, and realizing that Natasha was fairly weak after the birth, we asked her parents to come ASAP and they arrived at 5:30 that afternoon.