As any pregnant woman can confirm, the last trimester can be pretty grueling. The magic of growing a life suddenly turns into, “I need this baby OUT.”
In fact, it’s not unusual for women to turn to Old Wives’ Tales or scour the Internet for advice about how to induce labor. For one woman in Utah who decided enough was enough, she decided to take a different course of action — legal action.
Kaylee Bays works as a clerk at a local courthouse, where she recently had some fun with her co-workers in regards to her seemingly endless pregnancy. She tells Babble that when she first started the job, one of the judges would often joke, “If you ever need an order signed, I’m happy to do it!” It was a friendly offer made in jest; one the judge probably didn’t ever expect to actually carry out.
And yet, earlier this week, that’s just what he did.
Bays tells Babble that as her due date approached, her discomfort was becoming more and more noticeable to her colleagues.
“The court workers and I would all make jokes about the baby staying in forever,” she says.
One particular day, Bays was experiencing contractions off and on for several hours and thought that surely the baby must be coming now.
“After contracting all day, they just stopped!” she laments.
I can definitely relate — this is one of the most frustrating parts about late pregnancy. I experienced painful contractions and false labor with all three of my pregnancies, only to have it suddenly stop. It was rough, to say the least.
Bays agrees, saying that she felt “frustrated and defeated” and that when she returned to work, she was greeted with a lot of questions and exclamations of “you’re still pregnant!?”
It really is the last thing you want to hear at that point, isn’t it? When no one is more anxious for the baby to come than you?
And so, that was apparently the last straw for the mom-to-be, who informed her co-workers that she was going to draft an eviction notice for her unborn child, after all, and ask Judge Davis to sign it.
The resulting notice turned out to be as hilarious as it is official. It declares that the baby has “committed a nuisance” because “Mommy is uncomfortable and running out of room for you! Too much heartburn and rib kicking, and I’m sick of waddling!”
It then orders the baby to “vacate the premises within three calendar days, counting weekends and holidays.” (Of course).
The remainder of the order appears as a regular eviction notice, listing the ramifications should the demands not be met.
Judge Davis was happy to oblige and signed the notice. He even asked for a copy for himself, because in his 31 years as a judge, this was a first.
Amazingly, just a mere 12 hours after the order was signed, Bays’ water broke and she delivered her beautiful baby girl two hours later. Her baby must have gotten the message and not only vacated, but did so in a hurry!
When the judge heard the happy news, Bays says he emailed her saying that he’s “tickled pink the eviction notice worked!”
Bays tells Babble that she is grateful to have “such a fun working relationship and morale in a place that is 99% negative cases and hearings.”
It is a very happy ending for this new mama, who took matters into her own hands and found a way to vacate her baby in a timely manner; something that most of us can only dream about.
Congrats on your new baby girl, Kaylee!