Region’s first doesn’t come without drama
Broken down car, ride from a friend precedes Carolyn’s grand entrance
Carolyn Crocker is the first baby of 2013 at Monadnock Community Hospital (Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
PETERBOROUGH — Amanda Crocker was standing on the side of the road on Monday, looking at the car that had broken down as she was on the way to an appointment with her obstetrician at Monadnock Community Hospital, when she felt the first labor pains.
“I started having contractions,” said Amanda, 32, on Wednesday, as she rested in a bed at the hospital, holding her newborn daughter, Carolyn, the first baby born at the hospital in 2013. “They weren’t really bad. We’d already cancelled the appointment, so we got the car towed, got a ride home and waited.”
Later that day, when the contractions started coming about every five minutes, Amanda and her husband, Eric, 33, called the hospital from their home in Jaffrey.
“They said. ‘Come on in,’ so a friend gave us a ride back,” she said. “Then they were going to send us home again. I made it as far as the lobby.”
That’s when the contractions really got closer together.
So Amanda spent the night and a 4:05 p.m. on Tuesday Carolyn was born, with Eric helping out in the delivery room.
It’s been a challenging week for Eric, who works at New Hampshire Ball Bearings. While awaiting the arrival of the baby and coping with car troubles, he has also been visiting his mother, who is currently hospitalized in Leominster, Mass. And his grandmother died last week; Eric spent Wednesday afternoon at her wake rather than with his wife and newborn daughter.
“My husband, God bless him, he’s still sane,” Amanda said. “He helped with the delivery. He was right there for me.”
Amanda said her other daughter, 8-year-old Madison, who lives with her father in Milford, was delighted by the arrival of Carolyn.
“She was so happy. She was crying so hard. She finally has a sister.”
Eric’s 5-year-old son is also excited about the new addition to the family, Amanda said.
The Crockers were planning to go home on Thursday.
“I believe Eric’s dad will give us a ride,” Amanda said. “We’re still waiting to hear what’s wrong with the car. I hope it isn’t expensive.”