An Early Blessing
The evening of October 16, 2013 was fun and relaxing night with my wife. We went out to eat, visited Sam’s Club, and enjoyed ourselves in Tyler, TX. We talked to her parents about when they would like to come down to visit the baby once he was born. We were finalizing all the little plans so that after our scheduled C-Section on October 21, we would have help taking care of our little one.
That night, as we both went to sleep, I couldn’t help but think about how the last 9 months have flown by and I started to wonder if I was ready to be a dad. That afternoon we had visited the OB/GYN and she had told us that she was going to set up C-Section and I jokingly told her to not make it too early in the morning. Since it was a scheduled C-Section both Becky and I were at ease about having it scheduled because we could take our time getting to the hospital and we could get settled in before the surgery happened. I finally was asleep and dreaming about who knows what when Becky wakes me up to tell me that she is having contractions. I told her that she was probably having Braxton Hicks contractions and that they would go away soon. They didn’t go away and they continued to get stronger. We called the doctor’s office and we were told to go ahead and come in. I started to get dressed and put our bags in the car. We were taking our time to ensure that we didn’t miss anything. As I was making the final rounds I hear a semi-scared voice coming from our bedroom, “JAACOOOBBB! My water just broke!!!!” WHAT??? “There goes our plan to take it slow and easy,” I thought.
We finally got into the car with contractions about 3 minutes apart and head to the hospital 25 minutes away. Of course we have to hit every red light in Tyler and every bump is followed by groans from my beautiful wife. As a husband I want to take away the pain but there is nothing I can say or do to help other than walk her though breathing. I felt completely useless and stuck. Once we got to the hospital I rush her up to the 2nd floor and hand her off to a nurse who is taking her sweet time asking questions that are obvious, making her fill out paperwork, and trying to give her an IV in the middle of a strong contraction. Finally, the nurse check to see how far dialated Becky is which resulted in a pace increase and more nurses and doctors. Becky was having this baby NOW! Joshua was breech and his butt had already started to enter the birth canal.
What should have taken 2 hours to prep for a C-Section took 1 hour. I enter in the OR to see my wife laid back with her arms out to her side. The reality of becoming a dad is starting to set in and I don’t like it. “Why is he early? Is there something wrong with him? Is my wife going to be okay?” are the thoughts going through my head. After about 10-15 minutes I see the nurses take the baby to the warmer and start cleaning out his nose and throat. I then hear what every proud parent loves to hear – crying! My son was finally here and it didn’t matter that I was woken up at 3:30 AM, I had a son and he was fine.
Joshua Aidan Erickson was born October 17, 2013, at 7:28 AM. Weighing 6 pounds 14 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.