I announced back in June that my wife and I were expecting our third child. We took our babymoon to Aruba in July and had a great time. I also shared some thoughts on booking a flight for a child that hasn’t yet been born. Well, the moment that you’ve all been waiting for — or at least my wife has been waiting for — finally arrived….
I’m now the proud father of a new 8 lb baby boy!
Our Abbreviated Birth Story
My wife is really into natural childbirth, particularly natural childbirth that takes place outside of a hospital setting. Both of our previous children were born in a free standing birth center, rather than a hospital, and with the help of a midwife rather than a doctor. It was a great experience, and that’s what we were planning for this little guy.
I know, that probably makes us sound like hippies, but we’re really more like nonconformists. Or something like that.
It turns out that we live a pretty good distance from the birth center — there just aren’t that many of them after all — so I was a bit nervous about getting there in time. Back when our oldest son was born, my wife labored for about 15 hours. Then with our daughter, it dropped to about 3.5 hours. As a researcher, my inclination is to plot these data points to help predict how long she’ll been in labor this time around. I couldn’t quite decide, however, whether I should use a linear fit or a decaying exponential… but either way, I was fairly well convinced that we wouldn’t have a lot of warning this time.
A Babymooning Mattress Run
Well, last weekend my wife started to have real contractions. After consulting with the midwife over the phone, she concluded that we should go in. We were mostly packed, but still, it felt like a fire drill.
It turned out to be a false alarm — the contractions were real, but she hadn’t made much progress yet, and certainly wasn’t in active labor. This was really disappointing to her. At that point it was late in the evening and we were facing the prospect of turning around and going all the way home. Empty handed, as the case may be.
Then I remembered that I was one night shy of hitting the first tier of my Hyatt Sweet Dreams Sweet Rewards summer promotion. All I needed was one more night to hit the first threshold of 15 nights by September 30th which would earn me 30,000 bonus points. Geez, how could I forget about that??
So rather than driving all the way home, we decided to make a mattress run out of it by staying at the nearby Hyatt Place. Not only would I pick up the bonus points, but we’d also be in the vicinity of the birth center in case labor started back up again soon. Talk about a win-win.
As we were sitting on the couch, my wife actually commented about how much she appreciates our travel life, and all the ancillary benefits that come along with it — like how most of her friends would never have considered spending $100 on a hotel that night, while for us it was just “part of the game.”
It’s funny how something as simple as an unexpected night in a Hyatt Place can make you appreciate all the good things that come from this hobby.
Anyway, the night turned out to be completely uneventful, and actually turned into one final babymoon. (Thanks Mom and Dad for staying with kids!)
This Time For Real
A few days later, it was once again showtime. But now, she was certain it was real. And in fact it was.
I again breathed a sigh of relief when I arrived at the birth center with a still very pregnant wife. The midwife quickly confirmed that the little guy was on his way. My wife went about “doing her thing” for a couple hours — I find it really hard to describe the laboring process — while I sort of stood by and tried to appear useful.
Due to some unfortunate minor complications, we ended up having to transfer to the nearby hospital which did not make my wife happy. She’s a big believer in “Plan the Dive, Dive the Plan” and this was definitely not the plan. But that’s how it goes sometimes.
Within an hour of arriving at the hospital, however, she successfully pushed out the little guy — her third all-natural childbirth. It was an awesome moment, and I couldn’t be more proud of her! She’s a rockstar.
We’re now at home and mom and baby are doing great! A little sleep deprived, but doing great.
So don’t be like me and almost forget to finish off your Hyatt Sweet Dreams promotion. If you’re only a night or two short of the next tier, it’s almost certainly worth a mattress run in the next day or two.
Is anyone else taking advantage of Sweet Dreams Sweet Rewards? How many bonus points have you earned?