North Highlands, CA (KTXL) -- Bringing a new baby home to join the family is always a momentous occasion — even more so since three days ago no one in the Robinson-Meredith clan knew baby Presley was on the way.
"I don't even know what I was thinking I can't even … I don't even know. I was scared…you know and these guys are all around like 'Oh my god. How? What just happened?' And I'm at the same point. How am I gonna tell James this?" said Lindsey Robinson of North Highlands.
"She texted me and said, 'I need you to be calm.' Soon as she said that, I said, 'This is not happening,' and she said, 'It's a girl," said James Meredith with a laugh.
Meredith and Robinson have been a couple for 10 years and now share four children all under eight years old. Robinson, who's had her period throughout each of her pregnancies, thought she was having a bad case of cramps when she started feeling some pain Saturday.
When it wasn't any better Sunday, she told her boyfriend she'd better spend part of her Mother's Day at the doctor's office.
"Soon as I went to put my shoes on to go to the hospital …. went down to my knees, the pain was so bad… I couldn't even breathe through it," she said.
On birth control, she thought she was dealing with a rupturing cyst — not an impending delivery.
Halfway to Mercy San Juan hospital it became clear this photographer by trade –used to capturing other people's memories — was about to make the mother-of-all memories for herself. She called 911 from her car.
The 30-year-old who'd just been out riding motorcycles a few days earlier, couldn't move by the time paramedics arrived.
They checked her out, but the two-man crew had never delivered a baby before and told their anxious patient they just saw blood and nothing else.
"Go to put my pants back up, and as I go to lift my bottom up … out my 6 pound, 13 ounce baby came," Robinson said.
Enter little Presley Faith — a secret 38-weeks in the making that's finally out. Looking at photos of Robinson two days before delivery, it's easy to see how that secret was kept.
She was posting to Facebook, celebrating reach her goal of 138 pounds after suffering with weight fluctuations caused by Graves' disease. As unbelievable as Presley's arrival was, it's actually the second time the Robinson-Meredith clan has been dazzled by a delivery in three years.
"It was instant. It wasn't a gradual cramp. It was like cramping pressure. I felt the need to push," she said.
Robinson took a home test on March 30, 2012, thinking she was maybe three months along at the most. She delivered her youngest son at 36 weeks just 11 days later.
Now with this new arrival daughter Bella's glad she's no longer the only girl in the family.
"She's really cute," said the 7-year-old.
And mom, well, she's just waiting for it all to settle in.
"Over the top. Family and friends don't even believe this right now. 'Again?' That's what they're saying. 'How does this happen? Only you.' My friend called me a magician," Robinson laughed.
She regularly suffers from sciatic back pain and now thinks she mistook her baby's kicks for some of that discomfort.
She still can't believe what happened.