Wow! What a birthday story
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Family reunions just won’t be the same for Cara Pittman and her 18-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Rodriguez.
On March 19, the mother-daughter pair became grandmother-mother, a feat right out of the Steve Martin comedy “Father of the Bride 2.” At 11:38 p.m. Pittman, 39, gave birth to a healthy five-pound baby boy named Nathan Donald at Aspen Valley Hospital. About eight hours earlier, at 2:56 p.m., Rodriguez delivered her own bundle of joy, Josh Kian, at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
The pair did not plan to be pregnant at the same time, Pittman said.
“We did have a lot of people say, ‘Wouldn’t it be neat if you had them on the same day?'” Pittman said. “I said, ‘Please no!'”
Little did their mothers know, Uncle Nathan and his nephew had other plans.
March 19 started out simply enough. Pittman, of Carbondale, was scheduled to be induced in Aspen. Her original due date was March 28 but Pittman said doctors were ready for her to give birth sooner. Rodriguez and Pittman’s own mother, Barbara Smith, of Roosevelt, Utah, planned to be there for the labor and delivery.
“We knew he was coming,” said Rodriguez, of her new brother. “But as soon as we hit Aspen, I started having contractions.”
Although Rodriguez wasn’t due with her first child for another four days, her contractions were no child’s play. Luckily for Rodriguez, her 71-year-old grandmother was at the wheel.
Dubbed the “Viper Grandma,” Smith took control of the situation and directed her Dodge Viper back toward Glenwood as Rodriguez was practicing her breathing exercises.
“Grandma came (to visit) one day early,” said Rodriguez, of New Castle. “And that was very very important.”
Smith ” revisiting her grandson and great-grandson Tuesday in Glenwood Springs ” still can’t believe the miracle on March 19.
“You know that song, ‘Wake the town and tell the people?’ … Well,” Smith said, chuckling. “I’ve got a couple pictures in my wallet and when I was going back (to Utah), I stopped to get gas and showed them to a complete stranger. I said, ‘Guess what just happened!'”
Smith points to a religious connection with the coincidental same-day deliveries.
“I have been making prayers to St. Joseph,” she said. “And they were both born of the Feast of St. Joseph.”
“The power of prayer is pretty phenomenal,” Pittman added. “The expression that my mom has used regarding this entire ordeal is that she has been on a ‘Rocky Mountain high.’ That’s her new expression.”
Pittman said becoming a mother and a grandmother within a nine-hour period can be a difficult experience to describe.
“It was a day of patience. It’s just shocking to be a grandma and a mom at the same time,” she said. “And to have my mom there, who became a grandmother and great-grandmother on the same day ” I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The only step further would have been for us to be at the same hospital.”
Nathan’s birth also has some parallels for Pittman and her husband, Lloyd.
“He was born exactly four years and four months after we got married,” Cara Pittman said.
Rodriguez said her husband, Josh, is enjoying being a first-time father, though witnessing the delivery was a little shaky.
“He almost fainted three times,” Cheyenne Rodriguez said, followed by a smile.
“The midwife said, ‘I think you should stick around,'” Smith said. “Then I went back up to Aspen.”
Not only was Smith her granddaughter’s “designated driver,” as she puts it, but she also helped soothe Cheyenne as she experienced labor and delivery ” like any great-grandmother would.
“She was there for my delivery, she took pictures, then left and took them up to my mom,” Cheyenne said. “We have so many pictures my husband took at the hospital. We almost used up all of the pictures on our camera, and we have a digital camera. He just wants to be involved in everything.”
With the family using tag phrases such as “Rocky Mountain high” and “shock and awe” to describe the events of March 19, there will always be a story behind Nathan’s and Josh’s birthdays. Especially at family reunions.
“That’s pretty much a matching set,” Cheyenne said.
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