Fans of the gone-too-soon program "I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant" know that a startling percentage of American children gasp their first, miraculous breaths from the interior of a toilet bowl. If IDKIWP taught us anything during its four-season run, it's that there's a high probability that at least one person in your life was mistaken for a particularly ferocious bowel movement. It might have even been you!
Such will be the case for Livia Davis when all 7 pounds, 6 ounces of her splashed ingloriously into the toilet bowl of her parent's West Haven, Connecticut home early Friday morning. While her parents, David and Lillie, were well aware she was on the way, the exact timing of her arrival was less than opportune.
The two had just arrived home from the hospital, from which they were ordered away after Lillie's doctor determined the baby wasn't quite ready to come out. But Lillie's contractions were only growing stronger, so she did what any uncomfortably pregnant mom would do and drew herself a warm bath.
"I get out of the bath tub, I want to go the bathroom," Lillie says. It seems like NBC Connecticut did some editing for TMI, because the scene cuts next to David describing his call to 911, having determined that what was emerging from Lillie was actually a baby. With the paramedics on their way, Lillie then felt the need "to push."
"I did the first push," she said. "I feel something coming out." Something?
"Thank God we were near the toilet, because the baby slipped through my hands and actually went into the water, crying," David recalls with a smile.
At this point, of course, we are all wondering whether Lillie (or David, or some other inexplicably present third party) bothered to flush the toilet before the big final push. A photographer was not present for the scene, but I have to imagine it looked something like the rightmost panel of Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights, if everyone in it was flecked with bits of soaked toilet paper and screaming.
Despite the circumstances, David described the ordeal as one of great joy. "So when I heard those sounds, I knew that was like the best sounds I ever heard in my life," he said, presumably referring to the sounds of his healthy baby and not her descent into the toilet bowl.
In many ways, though, little Liva was lucky. Had this been New York, she probably would have spent her initial moments on this fragile Earth competing for coveted toilet real estate with rats.