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Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day 10


I was chatting with my Mom on my hands-free while driving home from Ceramics Class and the grocery store around 6:00 p.m. this evening when I got beeped. I waited until I was stopped at a traffic light to grab the phone and see who it was. It read my best friend’s name on her mobile phone. Uh oh! This was her first day of maternity leave and she’s already calling me? That can’t be good.

I clicked over and heard her bright voice through the telephone. “I had the baby she said!”

“Oh my Gd,” I replied. She was literally two weeks early. A pang of fear traveled through my body. “Wait and I’ll get off of the other line with my mom!” I exclaimed.

I clicked over and shouted, “I’ve gotta go. Lori had the baby!”

“What did she have?” my mom asked.

“I don’t know. I’ll call you later. Bye!”

“Are you okay?” I asked Lori.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” she replied.

“Are you sure? What happened?”

Lori began telling me that she went into labor last night around midnight. At 10:20ish this morning her second child was born.

“So,” I asked. “What did you have?” (I was so positive she was having a girl.)

“A boy,” she replied.

“Really?!!?!” I exclaimed.


“What’s his name.”

“Benjamin Cooper.”


Benjamin Cooper.
A healthy baby boy.
A new life was born today… one filled with promise with many people who already love him.
What a glorious day!

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

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  1. What a great story! I had a similar experience with a friend last week, whose baby was born three weeks early. Her last day of school for maternity leave was Friday and she went into labor on Saturday!


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