I found the location with no problems (except one missed turn) and parked. The first person I saw was a super-friendly security guard, who pointed me in the right direction. I noticed the building was incredibly new, and the office was easy to find.
I met with Bridget (I think that was her name), who gave me the estimate for our hospital costs. She was so sweet and helpful, and made sure I understood everything so I could pass the info along to Kurt. Then, she pointed to the sheet and said "Oh, and you'll be getting a 50% discount because your husband is a resident." WHAT?!!? I was floored! That will help so much, and I couldn't help but just feel blessed. After she finished explaining more about the costs, I ventured into my questions about having a private transition with the baby after birth, like I was planning to have at the other hospital.
She quickly smiled and said that she knew exactly who to talk to, and paged Jackie. I expected to have to go to another office or make an appointment, but Jackie came right in and sat down next to me. Honest to goodness, she was so reassuring and sweet. She said that although there would be an extra charge for a private transition, it would be no problem to accommodate. I think I probably stared at her like I wasn't hearing correctly; I had expected this to be a much more difficult process. She wrote my name down on my due date in her personal calendar and gave me her cell phone number so I could call when I knew more about when Evy might be born. Again, I must have looked stupid because I said, "So you don't mind if I call your personal cell phone number?" She said not at all, and if she wasn't able to do the transition herself she had several nurses that enjoy doing them. Another plus: when you use this service, they offer a lot of bonding time with the baby and you're given the opportunity to try and nurse early, which I wanted.
As I left, the security guard waved goodbye and said that he would see me next time, when I come in to deliver. I literally got into my car feeling so thankful. Then I realized one more thing: since we were given the resident discount, God provided us some extra money to pay for the private transition. He really does hear our prayers. All in all, I think recently I've been paying attention to the ways that God reveals Himself more than usual. He's not just a "Big Life Moments" God that shows up when we're making a big decision or need help. He's an "Everyday" God that is constantly wanting to show us that He cares about our smallest needs. I feel blessed and thankful today, and I found myself feeling kind of giddy walking into a hospital. I'm more and more excited about meeting our baby and loving on her, and having our families there. Thank you, Lord :o)