Melissa Surgecoff‘s didn’t know she was pregnant until she gave birth to her son, Liam while sitting on the toilet.
Surgecoff recalled how there were obvious signs she overlooked but by the time her son was born, she had zero idea she was pregnant — she originally believed she was passing a kidney stone.
Surgecoff, 38, recalled that in the early morning of March 8 — she believed she was experiencing intense menstrual pains. But as the day went on, the cramps got faster and more intense. She then asked her fiancé, 37-year-old Donnie Campbell, to call 911 and report she was passing a kidney stone.
“The only relief I would get was sitting on the toilet,” she said. “So I was in the bathroom, and I … couldn’t sit still. I was screaming, I was trying not to be loud like I didn’t know what this was.”
At one point, she felt something rush out of her.
“I look in the toilet and I still didn’t know what it was,” she said. “And I thought I basically lost an organ because I didn’t know!”
Surgecoff said she stood up and didn’t realize what was in the toilet bowl until her fiancé went to look.
“I’m screaming, I’m freaking out, I’m in shock,” she recalled. “I don’t know what’s going on, and Donnie went to the toilet, and he rescued the baby.”
Campbell revealed that he initially thought the baby may have been feces. Thankfully, he said he knew to clean off the infant based on several TV shows that he’d seen before, so he did so using his sweatshirt. Liam then began to breathe.
“I kept watching his stomach and he kept breathing on his own and then it became more of a celebration,” he said. “I stood up and held him close to my heart against my body to keep him warm.”
Surgecoff said when EMS arrived at their home, they were still expecting Campbell to be passing a kidney stone — so the baby addition was a surprise to them, also. They all went to the hospital and confirmed Liam was perfectly healthy, apart from a slight iron deficiency.
And while Surgecoff said she had always experienced irregular periods and believed she had just gained weight as a result of the pandemic and medication.
“So if you look back on it now, yeah, there are clear-cut signs,” she said. “Like my feet were swollen. … My shoulders and upper body were swollen and just like, you know, gaining weight.”
And while their family was equally as shocked — they were over the moon to help after Liam arrived.
“Normal moms have nine months to plan to do whatever, to save and get gifts and buy stuff,” Surgecoff said. “Once they found out, they went into super overdrive.”
Surgecoff and Campbell have been together since 2014 and had planned to get married in September 2020. They postponed the wedding due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but plan to marry, as new parents, on June 18 of this year.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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