So I kind of have a sixth sense with "feeling" when my mamas are going to have their babies. It's not always spot on, but I can get a general feeling about them when the time is close. With Erika, however, it was uncanny how I could sense baby Griffinn's arrival.
The day Griffinn came, I woke up at 5AM for no reason at all. Around 6AM, Erika had texted me that contractions were pretty consistent but spread out. Holli, who shoots births for me, was coming along to this birth because she wanted to study how I manage home births. Since Erika had given her permission early in the pregnancy, I went ahead and forwarded Erika's texts to Holli. I also told her something like, "Would you think I'm crazy if we try and head over and be there for 11?" At the time, the plan was for the midwife to come at 11 and try and get labor going since Erika was almost 42 weeks. My fear was that during a membrane sweep, Erika's water would rupture and I'd miss it. Erika had been walking around at about 5 centimeters for the better half of a week, and I knew that it wouldn't take much until a baby was here.
Holli agreed to drive over early (they live in Chalmette... an hour away from us), and we headed that way. Now, I've been to dozens of births at this point. I know enough about mamas to know that if they feel stressed, labor can stop. I did not want to make Erika feel like she was pressured or watched, so we quietly wasted time around Chalmette. I had gotten an update around 9AM, I think, but by the time 12:30 came around, I decided to check on her. Erika told me not much had changed, but I told her I'd like to come over soon, if she didn't mind. I have NEVER done that before, and I doubt I'll do it again, but I just felt it was a wise decision.
We arrived at her house shortly after 1PM. Erika and her husband Wade met Holli, and I did my usual thing of taking photos and videos of their home and and early labor. The contractions were now like 7 min apart. Erika got in the tub, and then I gave her space. I left her alone for about 30 min, but decided maybe I'll tell her we will leave for a bit to give her space. When I got back to her bathroom, that when things got exciting.