Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Be careful when overdue with a baby!

So in October I was due with baby #4. At 2 1/2 weeks overdue I wasn't all that worried, just annoyed that baby wasn't here. I was 27 days late with 2 out of 3 of the boys. Yep, almost four weeks...doesn't that sound fun? So on October 26 I headed out to the chicken coop in the evening to lock up the chickens. Jason wasn't home yet and most days it was my job to get them in the coop at dusk. Being hugely pregnant, this was not my favorite job. Chasing little boys with a huge belly is one thing, chasing chickens is something else. Everytime I went out there is was a huge ordeal. They would run in and out of all the doors while I tried to get them back in. Sometimes this would take a half hour or so just to get them all contained. But this day I thought I was smart. I would close the gate on the outside run, run into the coop and shut the sliding door behind me and run over and close the little chicken door. I figured even if they went out the little door they weren't going anywhere because the fence was closed. Brilliant plan. And it worked great, I actually got the little door closed before any of them ran out. So took my time feeding them and went to leave....but the door wouldn't open. The sliding door isn't on a track and is incredibly heavy. With my giant belly I could not get the leverage to get the door open. I had it open about 2 inches and I was trying to wedge my arm in it and push it open. It wasn't happening. So I'm starting to panic a little. The boys are alone in the house and I'm stuck in the coop with the chickens. I am using all my strength to get that door open...wouldn't budge. I had my shoulder wedged in trying to push it open and I hear from across the yard "Are you ok?" Jason was home! He had come to save me!!! He came running and let me out. Meanwhile, I had been having contractions all day,and the whole time I was in the coop. Yep, had the baby later that night! So I trapped myself in the coop while in labor, just didn't know it yet. That could have been seriously bad. I'm sure none of those chickens are trained in midwifery!
On a brighter note...our baby girl was born the morning of October 27. We got a pink one!

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