Monday, December 26, 2005

I missed it!

I missed the birth I was waiting for. Missed it! I've had my pager with me for the past week or so and was really looking forward to meeting the little one I had gotten to know over the previous six or so weeks. Tonight I ran out to the grocery store and didn't have it with me - when I returned to the house I'm catsitting at it was beeping. I called the hospital, thinking I had a long night ahead of me, only to hear that she'd delivered the babe!

(I suppose I should add that the OB shouted to the nurse that I shouldn't feel bad because *he* missed it too...)

I missed it. I'd only missed one other birth on my rotation - at the time I was dog-sitting and left to let the dog out. The woman, who asked me if I could stick around with her, who had been dialating 1cm every two hours then went from 6-10cm and pushed the little one out in less then half an hour. Why? because I left to walk the dog.

the lesson? When I am cat or dog-sitting the pregnant women that have asked me to be present at their delieries will progress so fast that I will miss it.

(edited to add: my mom reminded me that I predicted the babe would arrive today and it did. Yet I'm not nearly as happy about that as I should be. I missed it!)

(I am knitting socks while I swatch for Rogue; there are many reasons why it's the sweater I chose and now my decision is about which yarn to use....(and dare I say that I might need to include a few other colors of yarn that mysteriously bought themselves in my pile of "sweater possibilities" yarn?)


Blogger Norma said...

Oh, BUMMER. It makes me wonder who was walking the dog or cat when I went in to give birth. The doc on call had told me not to come in -- it was New Year's Eve and she really didn't want to be bothered. But I had the baby 20 minutes after I got to the hospital.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Is it wrong to say that I'm still chuckling over this? Maybe just a little. Don't fret, my friend. You'll have plenty more births to attend in your lifetime.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Latoya said...

I'm sure that you'll have plenty of other births to witness. Its the desire to be there that counts.

9:47 PM  
Blogger Theresa said...

Sorry you missed the birth, but so happy about Rogue. I'm starting next week. Which yarn are you using?

10:27 AM  
Blogger K.T. said...

I can understand that you are bummed about missing the birth. And the good news- a baby is born.

BTW- my OB saved my life a few years ago. I think it is a FINE specialty. And I loved the OB so much and they were so competent, they agreed to be my GP also. Don't know what you have decided- but a great OB is worth their weight in gold.

Happy New Year!

6:33 PM  
Anonymous Julie said...

I love that you're doing Rogue! That's definitely on my longterm to-knit list. I can't wait to track your progress on it.

Happy holidays, and a belated congrats on the boards. Now you can relax and just focus on what you were meant to do - doctoring!

10:32 PM  
Anonymous Kathy said...

Babies are like that :-)

A belated Happy Birthday -- you're still a mere baby!!

2:07 PM  

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