When it comes to babies, expect the unexpected.
You never know how long you’ll be in labor and even your due date isn’t always reliable, unless you’re Carson Daly apparently!
A couple months before his daughter Etta Jones Daly was born, he and his girlfriend Siri mapped out to the hour of when it would be most convenient to have their baby.
“If we could have a baby around five o’clock on Thursday, that’s perfect!” Carson recounted this morning. “Then we can spend two days in the hospital, then we can leave on Saturday morning, have the weekend, and then come Monday, the [eleventh] of September, I can just take a few days off or whatever. It’s like a four-day weekend basically.”
Lo and behold, Etta arrived right on time, despite a power outage!
On his first day back from paternity leave, Carson spilled all the details about what the scene was like in the delivery room.
“She started contracting within 14 hours of eating the salad just like all of the comments on the website said. That salad really worked! I even had a contraction or two after eating it!”
On Thursday morning, things seemed to be running right on schedule.
“We wake up at like 5 a.m. to pack our bags to go to Izzy’s to have breakfast first and then to check ourselves in.”
Here’s where things started to go awry.
“Her cell phone rings. It’s St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica. They go, ‘Uh, don’t bother coming in today. We have to reschedule your induction. We have no power. There’s a major power outage at the hospital and UCLA and Westwood too.’”
“So I call the nurse back…I said, ‘Listen, this is what we’re going to do. We’re going to come down there. We’re going to get checked in if that’s alright with you. We want to wait it out because when the power does turn on, even if it’s noon today, we just want to be ready to flip a switch and get going because I’ve got to have a baby by five tonight!’”
Carson and Siri were determined to have this baby on time and luckily, it all went like clockwork.
“We check in. We feel sort of weird about doing it. The hallways are half-lit like a horror movie, you know? We go in, we get all set up. Sure enough 10:30, the whole hospital comes back on. Lights are on. It’s go time! Flip the pitocin switch!”
So here comes the hard part. No, not for Siri, the one actually giving birth! We’re talking about Carson, of course!
“Siri’s doctor is so forceful. She said, ‘Come here, Carson! Come and look!’ I can barely stand the environment! It’s just so gnarly…I’m like, ‘I don’t wanna look!!’ It’s a warzone.”
We’ll spare you all the gory details and just tell you that Etta Jones Daly was born at 5:15 on the nose. She weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long. She’s happy, healthy, and has a gorgeous head of hair already!
Listen to Carson’s full account below:
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles