Right after giving birth to my daughter, I remember my husband was bouncing around next to my hospital bed, excitedly composing a group text message to announce the birth.
"Who are you sending it to?" I asked, and he rattled off dozens of family members and friends. In that eagerness to share such wonderful news, he totally could have accidentally included a wrong number.
Well, this is just what happened to Florida couple Lindsey and Mark Knox. In the new dad's haste to trumpet the arrival of son Cason, he informed a complete stranger about the birth, including some rather intimate details.
"We are at the hospital. Having a baby today!" the first text read. And then, "She has dilated to between 5-6."
When Dennis Williams received the text, he shared with his brother Deorick Williams before responding, "Congrats lol but I think someone got the wrong number."
Mark apparently didn't see that message, as he soon forwarded the baby's birth stats and a photo of newborn Cason. That's when Dennis and Deorick decided that if they were going to be treated like family, they might as well act like it.
"Well I don't know y'all but me and the boys will be thru to take picture with the baby," he wrote.
Though the Knoxes realized their error and apologized, true to their word, the men got the hospital and room number details from Mark and soon arrived with a gift for the baby and to pose for photos with the new parents, who apparently found the whole mix-up hilarious. They later wrote online:
"What a blessing these two guys were to our family. They were so sweet and kind to do this! You 2 are great guys and thank you for giving to someone you didn't know! If we all only had this kind of a heart."
This whole story is awesome, but I just have one question: Why would you give out your hospital room info—where you just birthed a newborn baby—to people you didn't know? Luckily, in this case, it all turned out okay, but you never know. Maybe that's just the paranoid New Yorker coming out in me, though.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.