A Georgia woman went to the hospital with the assumption that she had kidney stones, but what she left with was MUCH heavier, and not entirely what she had been planning for.
Stephanie had been suffering from severe abdominal pains, but immediately dismissed the idea when doctors asked her if there was a chance she was pregnant.
Earlier that year she’d been diagnosed with menopause, she hadn’t missed a single period, and there had been no morning sickness or weight gain.
Doctors began preparing Stephanie for a CAT scan, but when one examined her stomach he immediately ordered an ultrasound instead.
‘It wasn’t until we heard the heartbeat that reality set in,’ Stephanie’s husband Michael Jaegers told reporters. This was it, their giant baby miracle was set to arrive 30 minutes from the time she first learned about her pregnancy! She was 38 weeks along and ready to deliver.
‘There are no words to describe the range of feelings associated with being told that you’re having a baby – in 30 minutes.’ But the parents, who already had three children back home, didn’t have much time the news sink in. Shaun Jude Jaegers was ready to arrive into the world. The healthy baby boy was delivered at 3.50am on Wednesday at 7 pounds 3 oz and 19 inches long. Doctors later told the parents that Shaun had been a breech baby throughout the entire pregnancy, meaning he was delivered feet-first rather than head-first.
The position limited Shaun’s ability to move and is also the reason why Stephanie didn’t ‘show’ during her pregnancy. Michael revealed on Facebook that the hospital also explained that, although a menstrual cycle is rare during pregnancy, ‘it can happen’. Stephanie had also broken her ankle just a couple weeks before, limiting her movement as she allowed the injury to heal.
And the mother had been told nearly three years ago that she would likely be unable to have another child after requiring a blood transfusion during the birth of her daughter. ‘All of this together ruled out in our minds even the remote possibility of a pregnancy,’ Michael wrote.
Both parents admit they were at first overwhelmed when they found out that a newborn would be joining their sons, aged 16 and 11, and two-year-old daughter back home.’I went from googling kidney stone treatments to a panic attack over the fact that not only were we pregnant, but the baby was coming within the hour,’ Michael wrote.
‘Most parents have a good nine months to plan for such a blessing, we had 30 minutes notice.’ ‘I cried and I was scared,’ Stephanie told Inside Edition. ‘We didn’t know what to do.’ ‘We had started getting rid of baby stuff.’
However, they did still have a dusty old car seat in the attic, and the family had saved plenty of their sons’ old baby clothes. Their children were more than excited to help out with their new baby brother, although their little sister was having trouble adjusting to no longer being the youngest in the family.
As the shock of the surprise finally worn off, the family is happily getting to know their most current bundle of joy. ‘I do believe everything is meant to be,’ Stephanie stated. ‘We are grateful he is here and he is a sweet little baby.’
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