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?)

7 Comments:

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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