We Couldn’t Wait Another Moment: The Birth of Townes

To be honest, there was a tiny thought in my head telling me not to worry about writing a birth blog post for our newborn son, Townes, but that wouldn’t be fair to him at all. Ultimately, I think he may enjoy looking back on this story someday, and for that reason alone, it is worth writing.

Townes came early and fast, and his birth had some scary moments, but ultimately, he arrived safe and healthy, thankfully.

On Monday, February 15th, I woke up and Skylar let me know that she had been having contractions since around 4:00 am. So, around 10:30 a.m. we left for Columbia, and my only goal was to get us there as quickly and safely as possible given the weather conditions on that day.

Once we arrived at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, things were seemingly normal for the first hour or so, but that normalcy wouldn’t last very long… Our baby’s heart rate started to plummet, so they were having Skylar adjust the way she was laying, and at the time, it helped his heart rate to go back up. Unfortunately, the fluctuation of his heart rate continued to occur, so we were admitted and taken upstairs to the room where she would eventually give birth.

After we got settled into the room, Skylar saw the birth doctor and she wasn’t too concerned initially, but after a short time, the heart rate kept plummeting, and the situation became urgent. At one point, his heart rate plummeted to approximately 40 bpm, and the room filled with doctors and nurses immediately. I didn’t know what to think, to be honest, but I know I was very concerned for my wife and son but tried to remain calm. I cannot remember all of the medical details, but the birth doctor basically said that Skylar had to have our son very quickly or she would have to go to the O.R. for an emergency C-Section because he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck.

Ultimately, in a heroic and resilient fashion, Skylar pushed and gave birth to our son without having to get an emergency C-Section. She had to be so tough at that moment; it truly amazed me how motivated she was to give birth to our son and allow him to come out and get that cord unwrapped from his neck. Maybe it was more serious than we knew at the time, which makes me infinitely grateful for her and his safety throughout the process.

Rodney ‘Townes’ Bruner made his dramatic appearance on Earth at 4:08 p.m. weighing 5lbs 9oz and measuring 19.5 inches long. His skin was blue whenever he first arrived, but he got his color back quickly and is healthy and happy right now. Townes is tough like his mother and lucky to have parents, siblings, and family that love him very much. If I’ve learned anything throughout this process, it is to never underestimate the toughness of a woman.

Townes, we love you beyond measure and we are thankful to add you to our wild family. One day, you may read this and I’m positive that you will gain even more respect for your mom and the medical workers that helped us be sure that you can live your best life possible.



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