Ben’s Birth Story Part 1

Well, little B hit the 3 week mark on Wednesday (see pic below!!) and since time is REALLY flying by I thought I would finally sit down and write his birth story.  It was quite the day!!  I’m breaking it up into two parts as it’s pretty long!!  Enjoy!!


January 28th, 2015

Dear Little Man,

Here is how your birth date all went down! Let me break it down for you.

5:45am- Just a typical morning when I rolled out of bed. Obviously, I had been awake for a while and had gotten up to use the bathroom MANY times over the course of the evening. You weren’t your typical active kicking self, but I assumed it was just a night when you were sleeping.

Recycled pic but this was the first and last meal of the day!

Recycled pic but this was the first and last meal of the day!

6:30am. After showering and getting ready for work as I had a big day full of meetings, I went downstairs to eat. You were still really quiet in my belly and not moving around much. I figured that I would eat something and that would jump-start your movement. So I drank a big class of cold water and had some Ezekiel bread with almond butter!

7:15am Still not much movement from you and I just dropped your sister off at school. I made a decision that if I didn’t feel anything by the time I got to the office I would call the doctor. Certain that things were OK, I still just wanted to be sure. You were such an active baby in my belly and this morning you were unusually quiet.

7:45am—Still nothing even with me poking around. I called my doctor and left a voicemail with the doctor on call.

8:00am– I explained to the doctor on call that you were typically so active and this morning things felt “off.” I told him I thought that things were probably fine but at nearly 38 weeks he said we should get you checked out just to make sure.

…. Now here is where all my type A planning comes in that changes EVERYTHING

I explained to the doctor that I was at my office which was right next to one of their partner hospitals that also had a Labor and Delivery unit and could I just got to that one to get checked out instead of making the 30 minute drive to the hospital that I was set to deliver at. He said that was fine and would be no problem since he could get into the system and could monitor me from his office. My thought was that I would get hooked up and monitored for the standard 20 minutes and make it back to my office for my 9:30 meeting!!

8:15am– I arrived at the nearby hospital and explained the situation. They looked at me like I was an alien when I told them I just needed to checked out and have a non stress test because this was not my “home” hospital for delivery. Nevertheless, I got into a room and hooked up to a machine in minutes. Of course your heart was beating and things were fine. I also called your dad on the way over to ensure him that things were fine and that no one needed to come be with me. Your sister had a performance in her kindergarten class and everyone was watching her. I told your dad I had a 9:30am meeting and that I was planning to be at it.

9:00ish– The head nurse came in and said you looked great on the monitor and she was trying to get ahold of my doctor.

9:30am (Clearly at this point my plan had failed at making my 9:30 meeting) The nurse came back in and said the doctor wanted me monitored until noon and no eating but I could have water. I called your dad and said he could come and keep me company after your sisters performance was over.

10:00am– I was checked by a doctor to see if I was dilated. 1 ½ cm… with Braxton hicks contractions coming every 8-12 minutes. I was NOT in labor!

10:30am Your dad walked into the room with the bag that I had sort of packed over the weekend. I laughed at him when he walked in and said, “what are you doing?!? we are NOT having a baby today!”

12:00pm– The 12:00 hour rolled around and a nurse came in and said my doctor was on the phone and wanted to talk to me. I picked up the phone and said hello. He apologized that we couldn’t have the conversation in person and actually offered to FaceTime with me. I laughed and told him it was fine. Here is where I got the news… He explained that he had been watching me since I arrived at the hospital on the monitors and he had been consulting with other doctors in the practice about the possibility of getting me to my home hospital. However, he was concerned because every time I was contracting your heart rate was dropping. He explained them as “dips.” He said that sending me over via ambulance wouldn’t be covered by insurance because the hospital I was at had a labor and delivery unit and was perfectly capable of delivering you. He also said that he felt that taking me off the monitor could be too risky. He felt that at nearly 38 weeks you were better off coming out today. Then he went on to say that he thought there would be a high likelihood that I would need a C-section.

OK, so now I was going to have a baby TODAY at a hospital that I had NEVER been at and with a doctor that I had NEVER met… !! And I was going to probably need a C-section! Cue the hysterical waterworks!!

I put your dad on the phone who of course was incredibly calm during this time. He’s great at remaining calm when I am totally panic stricken! The doctor explained everything to him as well.

For the rest of the story come back on Monday…..  

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!  Stay warm!!

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9 Responses to Ben’s Birth Story Part 1

  1. Holy Cow!!! What a crazy start to his birth story! I’m not going to lie, that is one of my biggest fears – my office is about 45+ minutes away from my “home” hospital, but only about 15 minutes away from the sister hospital. I keep worrying that things are going to happen early and I’m going to be in this exact situation – at a hospital I dont know with a doc I’ve never met!! Eek! I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story though, considering clearly all turned out for the best for the little guy!
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  2. Valerie says:

    Oh my goodness- so much excitement already and this is only the first part?! Wow girl!

  3. Kim says:

    Oh, wow!! 3 weeks later I’m glad to know that everything worked out – had to be a scary experience!! Glad that you went in to be checked out that morning!!!
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  4. Marcia says:

    Ok this isn’t TOO exciting! What a start to a birth story!
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  5. Oh no! I can only imagine what it must have been like to have your birth plan go completely out the window like that! So glad that the story has a happy ending and that you and Ben are both okay. Looking forward to reading Part 2!
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