• Q’s Birth Story

    July 2, 2014

    Here is Q’s birth story! Finally!

    I’m sorry that it took me so long to publish it. Every time I would sit down to write, I didn’t know where to start and what to say. I wanted to make his birth story really exciting, but, truthfully, my labor and delivery were kind of “uneventful.” Of course, I don’t mean “uneventful” in that giving birth wasn’t an amazing, life-changing experience, but there wasn’t any crazy drama or surprises. In fact, my labor and delivery were low-key, straight-forward, and even enjoyable!


    Ok, so here goes… Q’s birth story!

    It all started at 3:38 in the morning on Sunday, June 8th. I woke up in the middle of the night to pee and noticed that my sweatpants were wet. I thought maybe my water had broken, but it didn’t seem like that much fluid, so I went back to bed.

    As soon as I climbed back into bed, I noticed a wet spot on the sheets, but I still wasn’t sure if my water had broken, so I grabbed my iPhone and started Googling stuff. Haha! A few minutes later, it felt like I needed to pee again, so I went to the bathroom and a lot more liquid came out. Five minutes after that… even more liquid. I knew there was no way my body was producing that much urine in so little time, so I knew my water had broken… well, that I was leaking fluid and it was GO TIME!

    At this point, I was so excited and woke up Mal. I know I had the biggest, goofiest smile on my face when I told him. I was so pumped to meet Q! And, honestly, I just wanted to get the show on the road already!

    Mal immediately popped out of bed and then we spent the next hour or so getting ready to leave the house. He took a shower while I made us two breakfast sandwiches. Of course, as soon as I’m in labor, I immediately thought of food! Haha! I just remember everyone telling me to make sure that I ate something because labor can last a really long time and you need fuel to get you through.

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    Mal and I ate our sandwiches and then we ran around the house doing some last-minute clean up. We knew the next time we’d be home, we’d have a newborn, so we wanted the house as put together as possible.

    We also took some time to say goodbye to Murphy. I felt soooooo sad leaving him. I literally had a pit in my stomach when we left for the hospital, and I missed my little puglet the entire time we were gone. We left a key to our house for our dog sitter, so she could come pick him up later that morning, so I knew he was in good hands, but it was still sad saying goodbye.


    Mal and I left the house around 5:00 AM and whizzed into the city. Q had some great timing with his arrival, and I am so thankful he decided to come in the wee hours of Sunday morning instead of Friday afternoon in the summer!

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    We arrived at the hospital about 20 minutes later and checked in to the maternity ward. Once I was admitted, one of the residents on staff examined me and broke my water… for real. Prior to that, I just was leaking fluid, so she applied some pressure and then there was a big rush of water. Mission accomplished: Water broken. (It didn’t hurt, but it didn’t feel awesome either.)

    After that, I was told to just hang out and wait for my contractions to get going. At this point, they were pretty non-existent. I was having them, but they were irregular (ranging from 7-10 minutes apart) and not very strong (they just felt like period cramps).

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    Basically, not much was happening on the labor front, so Mal went to get us iced coffees, egg sandwiches, and fruit salad while we waited. My second egg sandwich of the day actually ended up being the last thing I ate for almost 24 hours, so I’m glad that I doubled up on breakfast!

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    Over the next 5 hours, we waited for my uterus to do… well, something. My contractions were still pretty much non-existent, so the doctor suggested starting pitocin to move things along. He said: “Let’s have a baby,” and it sounded like a great plan to me!


    Once the pitocin started, my contractions became more regular, and I was having them every 4-5 minutes. They hurt, but they were bearable because I had a 4-5 minute break after each one to rest and recover. Mal distracted me from the pain by doing crossword puzzles with me and showing me adorable pug pictures on Instagram. It actually kind of worked!


    As my dose of pitocin was increased, my contractions got stronger and closer together. Getting through each one wasn’t so bad (well, it wasn’t fun either), but not having a break to recover made them so painful. At one point, I was having double and even triple contractions, which meant I didn’t have a break at all between them and, wow, they hurt like a bitch! I was not a happy camper, so when the nurse suggested an epidural, I was ALL about it. (Long before I started the pitocin, I spoke with the anesthesiologist about the possibility of getting an epidural, everything from how it worked, where it was inserted, and, of course, the possible risks and complications associated with it, so I was comfortable with the option long before I was in terrible, give-me-drugs pain.)


    After almost 6 hours of painful, omg-these-suck contractions, I was more than happy to have an epidural and not feel any of them! Hooray for drugs!

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    Once the epidural was in, I couldn’t leave the bed. I could still feel my legs and move them around pretty well, but it felt like I had pins and needles in them, so it probably would have been pretty tough to walk. Basically, I wasn’t going anywhere until after my baby was born! 

    The next 8 hours involved a whole lot of hanging out and waiting for my cervix to dilate to 10 cm. Mal and I napped, watched a Friends marathon on TV, did more crossword puzzles, read magazines, and played on our phones.

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    It was actually kind of fun, and it definitely wasn’t the “labor” that I expected!


    By 11:00 PM, I was almost fully dilated, so the doctor said he’d give things another hour and then it would be time to push. Woohoo! Finally!

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    At midnight, I started pushing, and I pushed every 2-3 minutes for 3 hours and 41 minutes until Q came into this world. I remember it being painful, but I was so exhausted, I kept dozing off between contractions. Crazy, right? I actually don’t remember a lot of what happened between 1:00 AM and right before Q was born. I was definitely in the zone and pushing with all my might, but I don’t have a lot of coherent memories from those couple of hours. Mal was by my side the entire time, coaching me and holding one of my pins-and-needles legs. He was awesome and totally calm the entire time, and I KNOW he saw some crazy things happen! Haha!

    Before I knew it, everyone (Mal, the doctor, nurses, a couple of residents) started to get really excited because they saw the top of Q’s head and he had BLONDE hair. I just assumed he’d have dark hair, but he was blonde like his dad, which made me so happy and gave me a second wind to push like mad so I could meet him.

    After that, things seemed to progress quickly. I just wanted him out (I was also in a lot of pain), so I pushed like crazy and got that little guy out. I still remember seeing him for the first time. I sat up and saw his arms and legs flailing all around like a mad man. Seconds later, he was on my chest and we were meeting for the first time.


    It was love at first sight.


    Shortly after that, Q was weighed, measured, and tested. He met his dad for the first time, and I was stitched up, cleaned up, and wheeled into our room where we all stayed as a family of three for the next 2.5 days.


    It’s crazy to think that after months and months of waiting to meet Q, he was finally here, all 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 inches of him. And the second I saw his little face, my life immediately changed for the better.


    The end.

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    { 41 comments… read them below or add one }

    Erin July 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Congrats!!! So great you had a smooth one! Isn’t the epidural the best thing ever? I waited a very long time to get it as I originally thought i didn’t want one, but 32 hours later I caved, and then kicked myself for not getting it sooner! What a relief 🙂


    caitlin July 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I love the #eggsandwiches haha


    Shel@PeachyPalate July 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Delighted to hear you didn’t have any drama!!! A long one mind you! He is absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait to see more pics!


    Nic G July 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    What a nice story, thanks for sharing!


    Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse July 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Such an amazing story! It is crazy how everyone’s birth story is so different 🙂 I was all about getting the epidural, and I am so glad that I did. It made my labor enjoyable, and I could still feel everything that was going on. I wrote about my experience on my blog as well, and I am so glad that I documented it 🙂


    Alyssa July 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    That’s such a great story!! I can’t even imagine what it must be like to see your baby for the first time. Congrats!!


    Kamila Gornia | for passion-driven solopreneurs July 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Awww I love this so much! xx


    Megan July 2, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I’m so glad you had a good experience 🙂


    aleesha July 2, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful story. I had tears running down my face the whole time I was reading this post. I am so happy for You, Mal, and Q. and Murphy 🙂


    Amanda N. July 2, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    So wonderful! And Q and I share a birthday. He picked a good day to be born!


    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake July 2, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Ugh, I’m tearing up! This is an absolutely beautiful story and wow, you will have this forever to look back at! Thanks for sharing and I’m so happy for all of you!



    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast July 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I love birth stories- and I’m so glad yours went so smoothly! It makes me excited to do this again in a few weeks. I had a great experience with my first and every now and then get nervous that this one could be totally different, but encouraging birth stories are helpful! You did awesome, mama!!


    Susan July 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I loved this post!! It brought back the birth of my first son, almost 21 years ago (to be followed by his brothers, 16 and 7)! I know what you mean about the first moment you saw him – changes your life forever and you are so very in love with that little baby boy!!!! ENJOY!! They grow up fast!


    Erin m. July 2, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Great story! Congratulations again!


    Karen July 2, 2014 at 8:08 pm


    What a nice story. It’s refreshing to hear that it was a good and even enjoyable experience for you and Mal. Too often you hear the horror stories. I also noticed that you never seemed nervous throughout the pregnancy about labor. Maybe since you went into it with a great attitude you had a great experience.


    Caroline @ Broccoli Hut July 2, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I love reading birth stories! I’m so glad your delivery went smoothly. Thanks for sharing with us!


    Mari July 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I totally teared up reading that post. It was so sweet to read that it was love at first sight. Congratulations!!


    Milka July 2, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    That’s just an incredible story. I love love love your family and thank God for Q. thank you for sharing.


    Annie July 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    We had very similar initial labor experiences! Pitocin contractions are horrible. I completely agree on the new energy and determination when they all can see the hair! Haha. I think it’s amazing how our mind forgets super exhausting/painful times too.


    fitfoodiele July 3, 2014 at 1:11 am

    awesome read and congratulations AGAIN!!! i’d be honored if you gave my 2nd fit pregnancy birth story a read too: http://fitfoodiele.com/2014/06/22/happy-birthday-odego/


    Amanda July 3, 2014 at 2:04 am

    Congratulations! You and Mal will be awesome parents.

    I also had three hours of pushing and wanted to fall asleep between contractions.


    Lisa @ Exercise eat repeat July 3, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.


    Emily @ Life on Food July 3, 2014 at 6:02 am

    What a great smooth sailing birth story! Congratulations again!


    Kate July 3, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Congratulations! You look so happy (and GORGEOUS!) in all of your post-labor pictures — glad your delivery story was smooth sailing!


    Marilyn July 3, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Aww! Such a great story. So glad you shared it. I was wondering how it all happened!
    Give the little guy a kiss for me! 🙂


    Lissy July 3, 2014 at 9:12 am

    I just watched the Business of Being Born, so it’s really nice to hear about a hospital birth that involves drugs that went well 😀 Little less scared now. I’m all for an epidural, ha ha


    Lydia July 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

    So beautiful and now I’m sitting here crying! Your face in that last picture – it’s just the picture of love! Happy for you!


    Megan L. July 3, 2014 at 11:31 am

    That is an incredibly sweet story. Thank you for sharing it. I look forward to hearing tales of Q in the future. Congrats to you, Mal, AND Murphy! Smiles and Hugs!


    Kelsey at The Primal Yogi July 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    He is so so precious! What a long labor! No wonder why they say women have a higher pain threshold than men!


    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake July 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    So glad your labor & delivery went well! He is so precious!


    Kelly H-Y July 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    So, so sweet!! So excited for you.


    Nikki July 3, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I gave birth June 17th, 15 days early. My labor was pretty quick. My water never broke on it’s own but my contractions started out 3-5 minutes apart from the get go. I sent my husband to work and I went to the gym. Yes, I was working out on the elliptical with contractions. I knew labor took a while so I wanted to hold off going to the hospital. I finally drove myself there and 6 hours later my son was born. My boy, like Quinn was born with blonde hair despite my husband and I both being brunettes and he has blue eyes, unlike both of us but it does run in our families. It’s funny how the recessive gene can overpower the dominant one sometimes.


    Michelle @ Tales of a Fit Kitty Mama July 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Beautiful story, thank you for sharing! And you and Mal are both glowing in the pictures…


    Erika July 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    Yay! Lovely story 🙂 I look forward to seeing lots of pics of Quinn and Murphy


    Katie @ Gettin' My Healthy On July 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

    For being such an “uneventful” birth, that was so awesome to read. Thanks for sharing! You must be a very photogenic person because you look so good/happy for being in labor. Haha. Congrats to both of you. 🙂


    Maureen July 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Beautiful story!


    Elsa H @ Sneaky Wears Sneakers July 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Lovely story! Is it weird that I really love reading other peoples birth stories? Congratulations! Ps. I’ve been lurking here for a while. Great blog!


    Rachel @ Health My Lifestyle July 6, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Congrats! He’s such a cutie!

    Stitched up though?! Hope you don’t mind if I ask what you mean by that. If it’s too personal I understand, I’m just ignorant because I don’t have kids yet so stitches sound alarming to me haha. Glad to see you’re doing fine!


    Erin H July 7, 2014 at 9:49 am

    What a great birth story!! In my opinion, an epi is a MUST once pitocin enters the picture. And Q was gorgeous from the get go! My son looked like an alien for a good 6-7 weeks before he got cute.


    Danica @ It's Progression July 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I’m so glad everything went well!! And, for someone who hasn’t had a baby yet, it was refreshing to hear that it was the worst most horrendous day of your life, because a lot of people make it sound that way up until the baby comes! I’m sure it’s not anything spectacular since you were obviously in pain, but anyway, it’s nice to read that it was actually alright to go through, if that makes sense.
    Congrats! 🙂


    purelytwins July 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    beautiful story and so glad there were no issues! He is adorable!!

    congrats for you two!


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