Maeve’s Birth Story.

Monday May 7th started out like any other Monday.  We’d had a really fun and productive weekend – finished up a ton of yard work and gardening, assembled new balcony furniture, built a small fence out back, and cheered at several little league games.  But Monday showed up again as it always does – a scramble of packing lunches, making breakfasts, trying to convince little boys to get dressed, and get everyone out the door by 7:45am.

I took Graham to school and headed into work for a few hours.  I was trying to wrap up as much of my work as possible so I could turn the brewery over to our staff, and leave them in good hands.  Every day that I was still there felt like a few more hours to get organized and prepared.  Casey was working from home that day and asked me if I wanted to go out for lunch – trying to take advantage of whatever time we could get before baby arrived!

We met up at one of our favorite lunch spots, and I told him that I was feeling super nauseous.  I spent the good majority of this last pregnancy feeling mildly nauseous the entire time, but this was worse than normal.  I ordered a “superfood” bowl of kale and veggies and immediately regretted it.  I ate about four bites and felt like I was going to vomit the entire time.  It sure looked good though!

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We left lunch and Casey headed home to keep working, while I headed over to Graham’s school to pick him up.  Despite his protesting, I told him we were going to swing through Trader Joe’s to grab a few things before we went home.  We made a quick grocery run and grabbed the TJ essentials – popsicles, cheese, a giant s’mores chocolate bar, and some fruit.  We pulled up at home and as I got out and carried my groceries in, I chatted with my neighbor (who was on high alert for watching the boys when I went into labor!) and told her I was headed out to another prenatal checkup soon.

I walked into the kitchen and set my groceries down, and as I stood up I suddenly felt like I was peeing my pants.  I bolted into the bathroom and collected myself as my heart started to pound.  I calmly said into the other room, “hey Case – can you come in here when you get a second?”  It took a few minutes for him to come in, and each step I took around the kitchen I could feel more and more liquid gushing out.  Casey came in and as I bustled around the kitchen quickly trying to get my groceries into the fridge I said, “I don’t want to be alarmist, but I’m pretty sure my water just broke.”  And in that moment, everything changed pretty much immediately!

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