A military couple in Colorado Springs waited all day Wednesday for a very special delivery--the birth of their baby!
As 11 News has reported over the past few weeks, a whirlwind of events has led up to this day. On November 2nd, Sergeant Ray Littlefield boarded a Chinook helicopter for a trip home to be with his wife in the delivery room. The helicopter crashed near Fallujah, Iraq, killing 16 soldiers. Ray Littlefield suffered back injuries, cuts and bruises. And after spending a few days in a hospital in Germany, he thought he’d miss the big day.
As fate would have it---the baby waited for his return. Early Wednesday morning, Dawn Littlefield checked into Memorial Hospital to induce her labor. "I'm excited but a little overwhelmed. We got up pretty early this morning," said Ray.
Minutes turned into hours, as family and the media watched the clock and waited for updates. At lunchtime, Ray and his daughter went to the park across the street. "I just wanted to get her out of the room while they were doing some of the prep work," he said.
By mid-afternoon, Dawn's father joined the watch. But he's taking this wait in stride. "It hasn't been that bad on the other babies. I've been there from the beginning," said Kevin Galenski.
Update: Just before 10pm Wednesday, Raymond William Littlefield entered the world! He weighed in at a healthy 7 pounds 14 ounces. Both mom and baby are just fine. So are Dad and the Littlefield's other two children.
SGT Ray Littlefield still doesn't know how long he'll get to spend with his newest child. In a few days the Army will re-evaluate his situation and decide when he will go back to Iraq.