Gracelynn Rae Daigle was a surprise catch for her parents, Kelsey residents Jayson and Christina Daigle, on Father’s Day.
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“We were out at a pond off Mosquito Road for Father’s Day,” said Jayson Daigle. “Our three boys and I were out bass fishing. Christina was in our van when her water broke.”
The three boys, Andrew, 14, Adam, 10, and Johnathan, 5, were still out on the pond, but fortunately Jayson, 36, was putting the fishing poles away in the van at the end of the day.
“I’d been feeling a little strange, but I didn’t want to say anything because it would ruin Father’s Day,” said Christina, 35. “I told him I’d let him know when it was time.”
“Adam and I were in the boat, rowing around the pond and we had just pulled the boat up to the edge of the pond,” said Andrew.
The family piled into the mini-van with Christine lying in the back and sped to Marshall Hospital.
“The road was kind of bumpy and winding and I didn’t know whether to go slower or speed up,” said Jayson. “I asked her and she just told me to get there. It took us about 12 minutes to get to Marshall and the baby was born 28 minutes later. The boys and I were covered in foxtails. We weren’t prepared at all.”
Gracelynn was due to arrive on June 22. No one, not even the doctors, said Jayson, was prepared for the speed of the delivery.
“Jayson pulled up in front of the Birthing Center and my water kept breaking all the way from the van to the room,” said Christina. “It left a trail and it was so embarrassing, but everyone was so nice about it.”
While the boys pulled foxtails out of their socks in the waiting room, Daigle washed up and joined his wife in the delivery room.
“We were nervous as heck — wanted to know what was happening,” said Andrew. “It was very suspenseful.”
“The doctor told her to push a little and Christina said, ‘How do you push a little bit?,'” said Jayson. “It only took about 5-7 minutes of pushing.” The baby was born at 8:38 p.m.
Gracelynn, at 7 pounds, 3.9 ounces and 19 inches, was the only baby born at the Marshall Birthing Center on June 16, Father’s Day. Joining her three brothers, she is Jayson’s first child and the first girl in the little family. Family consensus is that the new baby looks like Jayson’s 89-year-old grandmother who lives near the hospital at Western Slope Health Center, and can’t wait to meet Gracelynn.
As Johnathan marveled that the baby had five fingers on each of her tiny hands, Jayson said, “She was early, fast and on Father’s Day, too. What better Father’s Day present could you have?”
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.