Oh Baby!

Yesterday, one of our summer directors Daniel or Captain D as he is more commonly known here at Fortress, welcomed a baby girl into the world with his wife Taylor! Elliott weighed 9 lbs and Taylor was pushing for nearly 3 hours!

It was 3 a.m Sunday morning when Taylor said it was time and they left for the hospital right away. Luckily, Captain D had been preparing for the baby for a while.

"I'm excited about it, Taylor has been painting our house a ridiculous amount. I've been rushing back and forth from the house and the hospital trying to get everything ready," he said.

Taylor went into labor around 3 p.m and then pushed for about 3 hours. Daniel recalls the room being really calm and quiet until the baby started coming out and it got really intense really fast.

"I was like weeping, it was very scary. It was very emotional," he said, "I thought we were all gonna die. Everyone was crying. There were tears in my eyes, I was just so scared and it was beyond the point where you wanted to look away," he said of watching Elliott come out.

Daniel's first thoughts was that he wanted to hold Elliott, but he didn't know who to help in the room. Taylor's mom was crying, and Taylor was in pain.

What does Daniel think of becoming a father now?

"It feels the same, except with a little bit of anxiety. It's going to be different when i get to make decisions because the baby is still in the hospital right now," he said.

Please keep Elliott in your prayers because she might have pneumonia and will be in the NICU for 5 days. Daniel did say he and Taylor are doing well now and he slept like a baby on the little hospital couch last night.

The interns were at Fortress welcoming the youth group from Westside Church of Christ from Arkansas when we got the news that the baby was born. Then Dani said Taylor sent her a picture of the baby and we all ran into the office to get a glimpse of Elliott. Let's just say there were a lot of "oooos" and "awwws."

Daniel is originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has experience working with children from his time spent in New York working at Camp Shiloh, a non-profit Christian organization that mentors at-risk children and teens.