Donna Lebano was at a Chicago Blackhawks playoff hockey game last week, and it was a good one. So when she went into labor during the second period, it would have been tough for the ardent hockey fan to leave ... so she didn't.
She was there with her three sisters for a girls' night out. According to WGNTV, she was only eight months along and thought she still had weeks to go, but her son had other ideas. And Donna had other ideas than most women in labor probably would have -- she wasn't about to let his impending arrival get in the way of her seeing the end of the game.
She told the station:
No way was I leaving. We are a Hawks family. I had to see the end of the game.
Talk about a hardcore fan. So she stayed, and after the Hawks secured the win, her sisters rushed her to the hospital. Shortly thereafter, she delivered her son, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 5 ounces. Both mom and baby were fine, but what a way to push the limit.
She's not a first-time mother, so that likely had something to do with her choice, but I think it also shows that she is not someone who is going to let her children dictate all of her choices in life -- and that's okay. I'm sure some will call her irresponsible and selfish, and yes, things could have gone wrong, but they didn't.
Today's parents (myself included) are so wrapped up and involved in our children's lives from the moment of conception, often giving up our lives as we knew them. It's so different from the way I was raised when parents were so much further removed and nonchalant about everything from our birth plan (did they even exist?) to our schoolwork to what we did when we walked out the front door. We devote ourselves out of love for our children, because we want to do what's best for them, but I'm not sure that always putting them first is what's best for them or us, and Donna seems to be drawing a line pretty early that she has other priorities. I don't think that makes her a bad mom.
Personally, I would have delayed drawing that line at least until after I delivered the child, because boy was she pushing it. But it all ended well, and what a birth story they have to tell.
She told ABC:
We're doing fantastic and we think of Owen as Hossa's hat trick. Two goals in a playoff game and a baby delivered moments after getting to the hospital is an epic hat trick.
Do you think it was irresponsible to stay for the end of the game rather than heading to the hospital?
Image via WGNTV