Week 34 of our pregnancy started off a little different than we expected. Our little trooper decided that she wanted to test readiness. This particular day, my wife and I were talking about hospital bags and getting the car seat installed in the car.
We have been trying to get things ready for the baby’s arrival for the last few months and we told ourselves that at week 32 we would have our hospital bags packed and the car seat installed. It didn’t quite happen that way which was totally my fault. I figured we would have some time and I could let it slide a few weeks. This particular night I had gotten home from work and for some reason I had this urge to want to install the car seat. It might have been because my wife had been complaining of some Braxton hicks contractions. She’s been having those for a couple weeks and I figured it was just another episode. Just in case I decided to install the car seat. A couple hours went by and she was still complaining about the contractions and the intensity of them. The just kept coming at regular intervals and I suggested she call her OBGYN.
She called their hotline and the nurse on the phone suggested that we make our way down to the hospital just in case baby ‘E’ decided to make her way into the world a little early. My wife was balling at this point. It was WAY too early. Almost 6 weeks early to be exact. We were not prepared with the exception of the newly installed car seat and the baby bag she had packed previously. We had no bags ready, the dog was pacing back and forth trying to figure out why we were in a panic and here I was trying to keep calm. I quickly got as much stuff as I could stuffed into a couple bags and hopped into the car.
Our birthing center is over 20 miles away so it took us a while to get there. On the way we called our family to let them know what was going on and tried to not speed down the highway. Let me reiterate that we were not prepared for this. We didn’t even know where to go once we got to the hospital. We pulled up to the ER and they brought us up to the place we needed to be. They hooked her up to a bunch of monitors and drew blood samples to get an idea of what was really going on. Then the dilation check….Oh LORD the dilation check. I’m not going to go into detail but I’ll just say I’m so glad I’m a guy.
The decision was made that we were going to stay the night at the hospital and she was going to get a shot to help stop the contractions. I was so focused on getting things packed for her that I didn’t pack anything for me to wear or anything. Once we got settled in the room I had to drive back to the house to pack an overnight bag for myself. It was a very chaotic night.
The bright side to this was we got to do a dry run and see what the hospital had to offer in the way of amenities. We made mental notes of items we would need and want so that when the time actually came we would be prepared. In a way I’m glad this happened. It really made this whole pregnancy real to me. Like I’ve said in previous posts, this hasn’t felt real to me since I don’t get to experience much of the pregnancy with the exception of feeling the baby kick. So, the thought of her coming right then and there made things ultra-real for me. If you’re about to be a new dad, don’t procrastinate like I did. Make sure everything is ready to go before you hit the 32 week mark.