BOURNE – Seven and a half pounds of sweetness. Bourne baby Gavin Grady arrived this week – much to everyone’s surprise.
Mom Brittney Malouin woke up on Tuesday in excruciating pain. In the ER, doctors ruled out his gallbladder and appendix. A blood test showed she was pregnant, then an ultrasound showed she was – all the way.
“That’s when [the ultrasound tech] was like, ‘not only are you pregnant, but you’re full term and in active labor right now. This pain that you feel, these are contractions. The baby is coming!'” Brittney recalled.
But the family really had no idea he was coming. Not while walking through four Disney parks in scorching July, or when Brittney served the waitress on Sunday night.
What’s wilder, the couple thought they had already had the surprise of their lives, when they discovered their 1-year-old Bennett at week 22 of this pregnancy – more than halfway there. But then came Gavin, a year and two weeks later. Brittney didn’t experience any pregnancy symptoms this time around and thought she was still working out with some baby weight from Bennett.
“I look at Brittney, I’m like, ‘Is that a real baby?! That’s a real baby!’ Of course, it was a 7-pound, 8-ounce baby that we had no idea existed at 6 a.m. That was 10:30 a.m. (Tuesday morning),” dad Tom Grady said.
Doctors say it’s rare – but it does happen. Dr. Erika Werner did not treat Brittney, but is chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Tufts Medical Center.
“If you’re raising three kids and you’re very busy, you may not be paying attention to your health and the health of the rest of your family,” she pointed out.
After celebrating Bennett’s first birthday this month, that first night at home seems surreal.
“When Bennett needs a bottle, and Gavin needs a bottle, and those two (big siblings) don’t want to go to bed. That’s going to be something,” Dad said.
With a debut like this, it looks like Gavin Grady will be something too.