On Monday, June 18th, our housekeeper Veronica came to work as usual. She did our laundry, swept out the house and cooked dinner. Between 1:30 and 2 pm, she came to me to say, "Tutaonana kesho", "See you tomorrow". Then she walked 30 minutes up the mountain to her small house which she and her husband made from sticks and mud.
Her friend Margaret met her there and Veronica said she thought they should go to the hospital. Margaret checked and told her that the baby was coming now! Veronica's new baby boy was born at home. Then she and Margaret walked further up the mountain to the nearest road and got a ride to the hospital. At around 6 pm, she call us on the phone and said, "Bibi, we have a baby boy!"
The next morning, Tom and I drove to the hospital to see her and the baby. We arrived at around 10:30 am, but Veronica had already been discharged. After some errands in Lushoto, we drove home and walked up to her house to visit.
Veronica was at home in bed with her little son surrounded by many caring women including her mother and her friend Margaret. She introduced us to her son who is named Fadhili, but she told us, "Ataitwa Thomas", "He will be called Thomas". What a great honor. He is a beautiful boy and weighed 4 kilo at birth, which is around 8 pounds.
Please keep Veronica, her husband and sons Ismaili and Fadhili "Thomas" in your prayers. We thank God for the safe delivery of this beautiful new baby.