Four generations for the Quesnel family from left, Elizabeth Ann Dedrick, Nancy Quesnel, Jordan Quesnel and baby Caden.
Caden Robert Cutting made his avant-garde entrance April 13 at 12:09 a.m. at the home of soon to be grandparents Dale and Nancy Quesnel.
He was born to Jordan Quesnel and Cody Cutting.
Jordan was released from Fletcher Allen Hospital late April 12 with the advice to take some Tylenol for pain and benedryl to sleep.
If this was in fact true labor, she was advised to wait and see how the next 24 to 48 hours unfolded.
Much to the surprise of all parties involved, baby Caden arrived less than four hours after those words were spoken.
“On the ride home from the hospital Jordan was in so much pain,” Jordan’s father Dale Quesnel, a member of the Ticonderoga Police Department, said. “She was riding up front with me crying, I had half a mind to turn around and go back and tell them, ‘she’s staying here.’”
Jordan and her family arrived home just after 10 p.m.
“After Jordan got out of the shower I heard her hollering for me,” Jordan’s mother Nancy Quesnel said. “I realized not only was she in real labor, but she was very close to delivering. I asked for someone to go get my mother who lives next door and call an ambulance, to help me deliver this baby and got Jordan laying on my bed.”
Elizabeth Ann Dedrick, grandmother and former EMT, arrived to hold Jordan’s hand and be her extemporaneous labor coach.
“At one point Jordan looked up at me and said ‘I’m scared,’” Nancy said. “I remember thinking, ‘me too.’ But my response to her was that both mine and my husbands grandmothers’ children were all born at home and that women have had children in fields prior to that. I told her that they did it and we could, too.”
Nancy recalls looking over her shoulder to ask soon-to-be father Cody if he wanted to see his son being born. Minutes after Caden’s birth, Nancy was rubbing Caden’s his chest to stimulate his breathing when he started to cry, much to the relief of his family. Moments later an ambulance arrived and transported Jordan and baby Caden to Moses Ludington hospital where both were pronounced healthy. They were later transported to Fletcher Allen to assume recovery.
“Jordan has always been an unconventional girl, there was no surprise that she labored the same way,” said Nancy.
Jordan was born in May of 1994, three years after her sister Jamie. Jamie also recently became a mother, giving birth to a daughter, Karagyn, on April 22.
“At the time of Jordan’s birth my father presented me with a light purple lilac bush that still blooms every spring in my yard,” Nancy said. “I will carry on this tradition and plant a dark purple one for Jordan and Caden. When the dust settled we were no worse-for-the-wear, although I am sure I acquired many gray hairs that night.”