MONTGOMERY - Kevin and Amanda Swartzentruber were expecting the arrival of their fifth child around March 10, but the newest member of their family decided to wait a couple of extra days before he made his grand appearance last Wednesday. Lucky No. 5, this particular little one was to be the first boy in a family with four darling little girls and decided that once he was ready to welcome the world, he couldn’t wait until his parents made it to the hospital.
With their four girls, Kiah, 11, Ava, 8, Kari, almost 6, and Margaret, 3, Amanda had very long labors. So Wednesday afternoon when she started experiencing light contractions, she thought nothing about it and carried on with her day.
“She didn’t even mention the contractions to me until we were heading out the door to church,” said Kevin. “She told me she thought they would continue to progress but we had a plan in place and thought we had plenty of time because of our experiences with the girls.”
At the conclusion of church, the family stopped for gas and headed home with Amanda behind the wheel. With their plan in place, Kevin put the girls to bed and Amanda started preparing to leave for Daviess Community Hospital. “Amanda took a bath and was getting things ready and I had called her mother, Rosa, to come take Amanda to the hospital. Rosa was just a few minutes away.”
As the couple prepared to leave, Kevin had told his mother-in-law that the garage door would be open and Amanda would be waiting in the van. Kevin decided he still had enough time to take a quick shower and to brush his teeth, but as he was applying the toothpaste, he heard Amanda scream from the garage.
“I yelled for Kevin that the baby was coming,” said Amanda. By the time Kevin arrived in the garage, little Judah was well on his way. There was no time for the family to make the 10 minutes trip to the hospital.