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“Ma’am, Did You Know You Have a Baby in Your Pants?”

Posted by on July 26, 2010

Our first walk around the campground.

It’s been awhile since my last blog and we have a lot of catching up to do and a lot of pictures to share.  I’ll try and catch up but it may take some time. For now, here’s the most exciting news we have to share.

The week I found out I was pregnant, we were in Virginia at a campground that had cable.  We spent an afternoon cleaning out the Airstream and while doing so, watched a show called “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant.”  I know, right? Crazy. How does one NOT know she is pregnant? We were intrigued, of course.

In one scenario, a woman showed up at the hospital complaining of severe abdomen pain. That pain moved down into her pelvic region and then suddenly disappeared while she was on the ER bed.  When the doctor cut open her pants, they exclaimed with great surprise, “Ma’am, did you know you have a baby in your pants?”  Seriously. And, given the title of the show, of course the woman was all’ “Wha? No! A baby?”

Emerson loves her Daddy!

In another scenario, a woman went camping and woke up with stomach pains.  She rushed to the campground bathroom only to discover the baby was making its entrance into this world. In the bathroom stall.  On the toilet.  Obviously, I’ve seen my share of campground bathrooms.  All I can say to this is “Ew. I SO wouldn’t want to have a baby in a campground bathroom.”

Thankfully, I neither had a baby in my pants or in our campground’s bathroom.  On July 5, 2010 at 2:53 a.m., Chris and I welcomed our beautiful baby girl, Emerson Skye, into this world…at our designated birth center near Keene, NH.  It was an intense, magical, crazy, humorous (now), and beautiful moment. (For those not interested in my birth story, you should probably stop reading now….)

Traumatized after bath time.

My due date was July 3, and coincidentally, I woke up that day with early signs of labor.  I told myself for months that I would not be THAT woman that panicked and called her midwife too early.  Alas, I was totally THAT woman.  I called her right away actually. I felt she needed the warning that labor was underway.  I’m polite (and annoying) like that.

On July 4, the contractions grew more intense so we met Mary the Midwife at the birth center that morning only to learn that I was only in the very, very, very early stages of labor.  She sent me home. D’oh!

The day progressed slowly but the contractions grew worse.  I was sure I was moving along at a good pace.  I was doing an exceptional job of using my breathing techniques learned in class and my hypbirth CDs.  I considered myself the model woman in labor.  Seriously…I was thinking positive at that point.

Emerson Skye

Mary called around 8:30 that night and asked if we wanted to come back in to be checked.  You bet I did! This was it! I knew it!  We got there and I had only dilated one more centimeter…to a big, whopping 2.  Mary said it could be quite awhile before active labor began (days, even) and recommended we go back home.  But, I refused.  I didn’t want to go back home.  We got permission to stay the night and we all agreed that I would probably be going back home in the morning.  All this happened around 9:30 p.m.

At 11:30 p.m., my water broke.  Mary checked in on us and told me to try and get some rest.  We all still believed it was really early. I promise, I tried to relax.  Chris was amazing at helping me try to breathe properly.  I was listening to the hypbirth sessions on my iPod and struggling to take those deep breaths that the woman in my ear kept telling me to take.

Our first outing was to our pick up our CSA share at the farm.

In my perfect labor dream, I was silent throughout labor. I had fears of being vocal.  In one of the birth videos we watched in class, one woman yodeled her way through labor.  I didn’t want to do that.  And, I didn’t yodel.  But, somewhere around 12:45 a.m. or so, I became demon-possessed, channeling my inner Sigourney Weaver from the movie, Ghostbusters.  You know, “There is no Lani, there is only Zuel.”  And, I did what I really did not want to do…ever.  I screamed.  At the top of my lungs. Probably the loudest I have ever been in my life.  I began telling Chris in my Zuel-like voice to take me to the hospital.  I needed the drugs.  If this was early labor, I was so not prepared for natural childbirth.  Yes, we both still believed this was early labor.  I had visions of Mary coming into the room and saying, “You are only dilated to a 4.  Get some rest.”  Right. Rest? I don’t think so. So, we both avoided calling her into the room.

Introducing her to farm life early.

My screams continued and Chris tried to calm me down.  Around 1:30 a.m., however, the screams and my pleading for a hospital and drugs became too much.  Chris finally called Mary and we waited for that dreaded news that I had not progressed into active labor yet.

Mary came in and once again I screamed like a baby and begged for drugs.  In her calming voice, she, too, told me to relax and then checked my progress.  As I yelled out, “I can’t do this!” Mary uttered words that were music to my ears.  She said, somewhat shocked, “It’s not that you can’t do this! You’ve already done it!” No, there wasn’t a baby in my pants but it was time to push.  And, pushing I could do! My superhuman strength kicked in at that point (just ask Chris) and my screaming ceased.  And, it’s true…a woman immediately forgets the pain of labor once she sees her baby for the first time. The experience was incredible.

So, that’s my story.  Emerson is beautiful.  We are blessed.  And, really, really tired.  We look forward to seeing how this next chapter of our lives progresses.  For now, we continue the Airstream life and are very excited to start our travels once again with the newest member of Aluminum Bliss.  Stay tuned…

29 Responses to “Ma’am, Did You Know You Have a Baby in Your Pants?”

  1. James Schipper

    Congratulations! I wish my initials were something cool like ESP :-)

  2. Mom

    Great story and told with no pain or panic!!! See, the pain is already a memory and now you can smile when recalling!!! I enjoyed it and the pictures so much…..

  3. kim

    i’m really glad you got to give birth they way you envisioned it. Hell yea, it hurts!

    Congratulations, lovely name to match a lovely little girl.. you two must be over the moon!

  4. lotus

    Ohhh, she’s so teeny, tiny and absolutely perfect and beautiful and lovely!!!! That’s so wonderful that you got the experience that you wanted! Pushing is a little bit weird, isn’t it?

    Thanks so much for sharing those awesome pictures!

  5. Airstream Mikie

    Fantastic! The newest Airstreamer!

  6. Everett

    Congratulations! It’s too bad about the yodeling thing. That would have been good to record and remix into some kind of techno song. She’s a little beauty!

  7. Lani

    Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the kind comments!

    James, as for the initials, they are quite appropriate for her right now because all she does is Eat, Sleep, and Poop. ;-)

  8. marlene

    As I was reading your birth story, I found myself squeezing my arm and making crazy faces. Yes, I forgot the pain too when my girls were born but reading other people’s stories always makes me so tense. AHHHH!

    Thanks for sharing and look forward to stories from the road!

  9. Dreamstreamrs

    Lani, Great writing, I enjoy reading your posts.

    You are blazing a trail for others who might have been afraid to try this. We can’t wait to read your next post.

    Question: where will you winter?

    Congratulations to all 3 of you!

    Jim and Debbie

  10. Tiffani

    Lani, Congrats! This is such great news and I cant wait to hear about how it all goes with the family in the Airstream. Please keep us posted!

  11. Lani

    Thanks, Jim and Debbie!
    I think we will be in Georgia and Florida for winter. Our families are there so we may check out some campgrounds in those states so we can be near them. hope you are well!

  12. Lani

    Thanks, Tiffani!

  13. Frankie

    It was a pleasure to have meet you both — Emerson is beautiful — you are both Blessed—I will be in Scarborough Me this week end camping –Baileys–campground —a family reunion — arriving afternoon of the 13th — stay a couple of day’s — travels safe maybe see you at the next bend in the road —

  14. Lotus

    I keep coming back to look at these wonderful pictures! You all look so happy. Just so anxious to hear about how things are going now! Hope all is well!

  15. Nicki

    First comment I’ve left.. so Hi!

    Oh.. wow!! Without drugs! I am in awe! I too had a few demons during labor but then I chickened out for the drugs! If I’m honest, I’d do the drugs again!

    She is beautiful. Cherish it… my first just turned eight and I’m sure he’ll be eighteen tomorrow. The time really will fly by. They are so cute and cuddly at that stage!

  16. Lani

    Hi Nicki! Thanks for the comment! We are enjoying every second – even the ones where she is screaming at the top of her lungs and waking our neighbors. :) Okay…so maybe those aren’t our favorite moments but it is part of having a newborn. She’s growing every day and becoming so alert and having longer moments of quiet happiness (woo hoo!!). :) Thanks again!

  17. Nicole

    Just came across your blog today and love it! Congratulations on the birth of your daughter, she is so beautiful. I was actually pregnant while staying in an RV (not traveling, parked in my grandmother’s back yard, it was the best living option for us at the time, long, long, long story). At first, I thought, whatever on earth did I do to deserve to be in this predicament?! And of course it was in the end, a huge blessing in disguise. We learned the value of not being “owned” by things and how little we actually needed to live. We moved out a month or so before our daughter was born, but right up until the end, we actually were racking our brains trying to figure out how we (including 2 cats and our new daughter) could actually stay in the RV. To this day, my husband and I still talk about how great we slept in our “sleeping chamber” (the bedroom in the RV). It was so small and cozy. Taking a shower with a big belly in that tiny stall got pretty interesting though! I will definitely be checking back in to see what new adventures you have set out on with your new addition. Many blessings! Nicole

  18. Nicole

    Oh and I forgot, we love the Rainbow River State Park! We live in the Tampa Bay area but we have friends and family in the Ocala area. As a matter of fact, the last time I was at the park, I was pregnant. Gosh, has it been that long ago?!?! My daughter will be 7 in Nov. It seems reading about the birth of your daughter has brought up many memories :) Anyway, I wouldn’t go in the water because I didn’t want to send my unborn daughter into shock. But the park is beautiful and I love the history. Again, many blessings and happy adventures! Nicole

  19. Freely Living Life


    Both of our boys were born living the RV lifestyle. They are 2 and 3 years old now. It’s been a blast!

    Emerson Skye is such a beautiful name! Very creative. She is precious!

    Looking forward to reading more about you and your family. :)

    The Freely Living Life Family

  20. Brenda

    I think you doing something that a lot of people would love to do but won’t. You have a beauitful baby. I’m so happy that you are camping right beside us at Camden Hill State Park in Camden, ME. I’ve never read anyone’s blogg’s before but your’s is so interesting to read and plan on following it. Keep us updated. Best wishing on your traveling adventures.

  21. Lani

    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks for the comment! If you are still here, hopefully we’ll get to chat once this weather clears up. If you are the neighbor that left this morning, I wish you safe travels and perhaps we will meet on the road!

  22. Lani

    Hello Freely Living Life family!

    Always great to hear from other families and to know that traveling with a baby can be done! Thanks for the comment. I look forward to reading more about your family and travels and perhaps we will meet on the road one of these days!

  23. Lani

    Hi Nicole!

    Thanks so much for the comment! Yes, living in this small space is an adjustment but so life changing! Isn’t it great to see how little you really need to live? It’s been one of our favorite life lessons in this experience.

    We loved Rainbow River and look forward to returning there this winter!

    Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment. Keep in touch!

  24. Jill

    Congrats on your newest member of Aluminum Bliss. Your birth story is inspiring and it is truly an incredible experience.

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  26. TravelingOnTheOutskirts

    “There is no Lani, there is only Zuel.” — I couldn’t stop laughing when I read that. lol I’ve been reading your blog all this time and somehow missed this post… I too was born in the whee hours on July 5th too! What a weird coincidence – Hope you guys have a great 1st bday! :D

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