Well....it finally happened. My worst fear. I literally have woken up in the middle of the night, sweating, after having this nightmare. You guys...I missed Liam's birth!
In my defense, January 8, 2017 was a crazy weather day in Portland. Here's the story:
On that Sunday morning, snow had begun to fall in Portland. We were expected to get 2"-4", which is a lot for this sea level town. My client, Mandy, had been admitted to Kaiser Sunnyside after losing some fluid. She was feeling a few contractions, but they weren't very painful. I was scrambling to check the weather reports and cameras to see what my drive would look like when it was go time. Around 5:45pm, I texted her mom, Jeanne, to again see how she was doing. Jeanne informed me they had given her Pitocin but hadn't done an internal check lately. She said that the contractions were starting to be more regular and get way more uncomfortable. I asked how far apart they were and she stated, "2-3 minutes. Quite painful."
If you could have seen the look on my face.
I rushed out the door, taking a longer route than normal, but it was the most clear of snow and ice from what I could see. The roads were definitely slick, so I was driving carefully, but still pushing the limits. Mandy was a first time mom, so I expected that she could be pushing for up to two hours. Regardless, I didn't want to meander!
While I was in route, Jeanne continued to update me:
It's a darn good thing I grew up in Idaho and know how to drive in crazy weather. I was barely stopping for red lights by this point!
I literally got to the hospital, parked in a hurry and RAN into the room. I always come with camera in hand, and good thing I did! Little Liam had made his appearance about a minute before I ran in. He was on his mama's chest when I arrived. A minute or two later, they cut his cord. Mandy had pushed two times before newborn Liam came out.
What a rush...and what a story!
One of the highlights of this birth story was seeing Mandy's Grandmother meet Liam. She has had some pretty serious health issues and it had been uncertain at times if she would be here to meet him. What a joy. I would absolutely LOVE to have images of my grandma meeting my kids minutes after they were born!
It is clear that this little boy is joining a family filled with love and faith. Welcome to the world, little Liam! We're so glad you couldn't wait to join us. <3