Mommy's Juice!: The Day the Water Broke   

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Day the Water Broke

Here's a story I've been saving.  For what exactly I don't know.  Maybe to save myself further embarrassment, or maybe to save until I had enough followers to fully appreciate it.  Whatever the reason, I saved it, and now, at last, I share it: the day the water broke!

Exactly eight months and two weeks pregnant with my first child, I had gone into my check-up on a Monday and been informed that yes I was dilated, but only by a small fraction.  "What does that mean," I asked?  "It means you could go into labor tonight, or you could go into labor next month."  Thank you modern science for such a reassuring answer.

Because I had gained so little weight, the thought of my going into labor early seemed extremely unlikely, to both myself and my doctors. So I left my appointment that day with little fear that anything monumental was soon to come.

The following day I woke up as usual and headed to work.  Tuesday's were staff meeting day, and as I would do on any other Tuesday I headed over to the conference room at 10am to start the "most boring hour of the week."  This Tuesday however would prove to be different thanks to the fact that the moment I sat down for the uneventful meeting I immediately felt what I knew had to be the break of the levee.

Trying not to make a scene in a staff meeting of 8 I turned to the co-worker next to me and quietly whispered, "I think my water just broke."  In an attempt to save my pride she offered to go grab me a sweater to wrap around my waist so I could quietly leave the room.  But by this point the levee wasn't leaking, it was a full on flood and no sweater would disguise the puddle surrounding me.

And so the announcement was made followed by a variety of screams including:
"I have a blanket in my car!"
"Call 911"
"Who has leather seats?"
With me in the background crying, "this is so gross!!!!!"

Five minutes later my chair is rolled into the hallway with a blanket wrapped around my waist, a co-worker is outside speaking to a police officer on a bike, the only person with leather seats has pulled his truck up to the conference room door, and my boss is staring in shock at the office mangers breasts unable to speak a word due to his falling into a shock moments earlier.  I think it goes without saying that this was literally, without doubt, the most embarrassing moment of my entire life!

Upon arriving at the doctors office with the leather seat owning co-worker I sat with my doctor who says, "things like this almost never happen."  No shit doc!  Less than six hours later Jackson Tyler Beard was welcomed to the world.  Guess somebody was in a hurry!


  1. All the grossness paid off :). Congrats :)
    I can just imagine the looks on your co-workers’ faces as that happened. It seems like something straight out of a reality TV show.

  2. Just think of it as a good experience for your co-workers and bosses to be very tolerant of women who are late in the game when it comes to expecting. you've paved the way for future preggos (and we thank you!). :)

    The picture is a gorgeous one. That was a beautiful little baby!

  3. Wow, what a story! I have had 3 kids and my water has never broken on it's own with all of them. Yet my sister has had her water break multiple times. I think I will leave it that I'm grateful for my pregnancies. lol.

  4. I love this story! Thanks for sharing! When I was pregnant with my son this was one of my biggest fears!

    Coming over from the blog hop

    1. Lucky for you it didn't come true! Thanks for stopping by. Heading over to check out your blog now!

  5. Love this story. You're brave to share it, and gave me another reason to be glad I was induced. Here from the hop and joined you (GFC) as a follower.
    Karen @ BakingInATornado

    1. Thanks Karen! I had an early c-section second time around. Much less exciting! Heading over to check out your blog now!

  6. Oh so embarrassing! But thanks for making me laugh. I had so many funny moments when I was pregnant and working. You reminded me of those. Thanks!

  7. Glad to know someone else had the experience that the doctor's say "never happens." I was in the McDonald's Playland with my first son when my water broke for my second. The kicker - I was telling my son we had to go home because he had peed in his pants and I didn't have any dry ones. :) Thanks for sharing your story!!

  8. Wow! That is amazing! Returning the follow. Thanks for following!

    Julie @ Naptime Review

  9. Oh my gosh, what a story!! I may now be slightly terrified of my water breaking! I love finding a labor story that is humorous and not scary! Thanks for linking up with us this week!