By JENNIFER ZIELINSKI
KELOWNA — Amy Ardley has been through this before, three times to be exact, but her fourth will be a tale she will tell for a very long time.
The story will also be remembered by a couple who was taking a late evening walk when they were waved down by Ardley and her husband, Justin, as Ardley was about to give birth in her truck.
Ardley started having contractions about 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Pregnant with child No. 4, she wasn’t overly concerned.
She says once the contractions became more regular she sent Justin to pick up her sister to babysit her other children, Kaiden, 5, Maiya, 4, and two-year-old Felix.
“At 8 p.m. we headed down to the hospital,” she said. “My exam showed that I was only two centimetres dilated and since my contractions weren't too painful yet we agreed with my midwife to go home for a bit until things progressed a little further.”
Back at the house by 10 p.m., Ardley says she went to lie down and tried to sleep since her contractions were not frequent.
“An hour later it was like a switch flicked,” the mom-to-be said. “My contractions went from a four to a 10 on the pain scale instantly and my water broke not long after 11 p.m.”
With her sister still at the house, the couple quickly packed up into their truck and headed for the hospital. That is when things quickly got out of control.
“Halfway to the hospital I started feeling the urge to push. I felt down and could feel baby's head so I yelled to my husband to pull over. He stopped on the side of the road at Springfield by Leckie and yelled to a nice couple walking to call 911.”
There was no time, Ardley delivered her baby right there in the front seat of the truck just after 11:30 p.m.
“It was just 20 minutes after my water broke,” she explained. “I tucked the baby inside the housecoat I was wearing to keep her warm.”
The ambulance arrived about three minutes later and the new baby along with mom were rushed to the hospital.
“It was quite the experience to say the least. I'm just glad she was my fourth baby, not my first.”
Both new baby Violet and Ardley are doing well and headed back home Monday to be with the rest of their family.
She says all of her other children’s births were normal and also delivered at the hospital.
“Our other kids are very happy she's here and are completely in love. They think she's a moving doll.”