Dan and Hannah Welcome Owen’s little brother Max to the Family

Owen with his Omi and Papa

Owen with his Omi and Papa

Picture this.  Our daughter Molly is due on May 2nd, which just so happens to be my mother’s birthday.  Mom passed on this past winter knowing Molly was soon to have her third great-grandchild.  Wouldn’t it be sweet if the planets aligned and our grandchild came on Mom’s birthday?

Mom at 92

Mom at 92

Alas, that Hollywood ending did out occur.  Friday came and went and the Rawding baby had other plans.  There was no movement over the weekend so come Monday morning, Molly returned to teach at her elementary school in Fairfax County, Virginia wondering if today would be the day.

Molly and Tip are old school in that they didn’t want to know the gender of their new child until the big day.  They playfully had a “March Madness” -type pool for others to guess the gender and name that they had selected for their second child.  I bucked the odds (Tip and his sister Bev have had all boys) and I guessed a girl was coming; I was partial to the name Caroline.  Sweet name, right?

Monday passed, as did Tuesday, with no baby.   Molly knew if their baby didn’t come naturally by the end of the week she would be induced on Friday.  Wednesday and Thursday came and went by as well.  So Friday it would be.

Owen with Molly the day before Max's birth

Owen with Molly the day before Max’s birth

On Friday morning Tip and Molly took Owen to daycare, and then drove on to the Virginia Hospital in Arlington for an 830A appointment for their baby’s birth day.  Not so fast.  Inducing a baby is not that simple and it can take quite some time.

Molly getting ready for her Maximus day

Molly getting ready for her Maximus day

Throughout that Friday, we texted with Tip, and waited.  Soon Pitocin was administered to Molly to move the process along.  By the time Hannah and I were ready for bed Friday night at 9P, there was still no bambino.  Though it was not a restful night for us wondering grandparents, Molly and Tip had a long night into the dark of Saturday morning ahead.

Here I come, ready or not (at 30 minutes of age)

Here I come, ready or not (at 30 minutes of age)

And then on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 4A Maxwell Archer Rawding trumpeted his arrival into this world.  You may not know this, but Archer was my mother’s maiden name; though Max and Mom don’t share a birthday, they are now forever linked and connected.

The Rawding boys

The Rawding boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And now Hannah and I have an Owen and a Max blessing our family.

 

 

 

Max at Virginia Hospital in Arlington, Virginia

Max at Virginia Hospital in Arlington, Virginia

 

Our friend Amelia with Max (She took care of Owen while the other Rawdings were doing their thing at the hospital)

Our friend Amelia with Max (She took care of Owen while the other Rawdings were doing their thing at the hospital)

 

sign of 9 pounds 3 ounces

 

Tip and Max at home

Tip and Max at home

 

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