February 26th, 2019.
I am 36 weeks and 5 days pregnant. Just last night we went in for an OB check-up. Dr. Flannery said everything was looking good. “I foresee you delivering on time. Everything is developing well,” she said. Awesome! I thought. I really wanted to deliver on time to optimize on my maternity leave, which would fall right before spring break.
It’s 7:30am and I am about to walk out the door to drive to work. Hmmmm. This seems different. I seem to be peeing myself just a little bit as I wrap up a few tasks around the apartment before I head off to work.
I call Charlie once I get in the car. “I am going to give Brooke a call, and call our doctor. Nothing major, babe. It could be a normal sign of pregnancy and this could all be in my head…. But I seem to be peeing myself, like maybe my water broke.. I’ll call you back once I speak to our doctor.”
On my way to work I call up Brooke, my twin sister who used to be a labor and deliver nurse that is now an NP. Brooke and I have had many talks about pregnancy. What to expect when I go into labor…. Signs that could be labor, but also signs of a normal pregnancy… And we’ve already talked about what I am about to ask her- how can I really tell if my water broke? She’s already told me what to do: go empty your bladder again, cough, and see what happens. “Hey Brookie… So I seem to be leaking. I already emptied my bladder, but I keep leaking.” Brooke replies calmly, “It could be your water. Monitor it to see if it continues and definitely give your doctor a call.”
I am almost at work and call up my OB office. No one is in yet, so they contact the on-call doc and will call me back within 30 minutes.
I walk into school and peek into my principal’s office. “Hey Don. Just an FYI- I need to take a call from my doctor within the next 30 minutes. So, if you see me on my phone, that’s why.”
A look of shock appears on his face. “Are you okay?” he asks.
I am honestly still in shock and maybe a little bit of denial. “Yea, I’m fine. I might need to go get checked at the hospital. I’ll keep you posted.”
I continue to my classroom and the OB calls back. I reshare all the details from the morning. “It sounds like your bags of water broke. You should go to the labor and delivery unit and get checked.”
Fortunately, my maternity leave sub is in the building today without an assignment. I briefed her on the day, updated my principal, and drove off to the hospital. “I’m sure I’ll be back in an hour.” I say to him.
It’s 8:10. I’m in the car on the way to the hospital and call up Charlie again. “I am headed to the hospital. I’ll call you as soon as I know more, Babe. Love you.”
More to come about the best day of my life. Happy slicing!