A story about a boy.

Posted on | August 20, 2013 | 104 Comments

Hey-o! I had a baby! And I’ve been so caught up with all that entails I haven’t even had a chance to come and tell you about it. But it happened! Oh shite, did it happen. It was wonderful, and terrible, and this has been one of the hardest and most amazing weeks of my life (yeah he’s a week old already I really am a blog slacker). The last time I felt this way was nearly 5 years ago when Harper was born. Childbirth (no matter HOW you do it) is freaking HARD and the weeks following it are brutal. Some days are harder than others. It’s crazier than Amanda Bynes is what I’m saying but here I am so let’s talk about it and look at my baby!

Smith12BWAs I had complained about for what, weeks? I was in prodromal labor for a while, which meant I wanted to kill people. Contractions were fairly constant for weeks, sometimes coming 3-5 minutes apart but never getting worse or closer. It was exhausting and frustrating to say the least. It wasn’t so much that I wanted him here early as much as I wanted the labor to either shit or get off the pot you know? Either get going or stop torturing me night and day and let me sleep. Scot was already on leave and I was walking around 4 cm dilated. We walked, we hung out as a family of three night and day, and we tried to keep ourselves busy while we waited.

Sunday morning at 5am I felt a contraction. There was nothing special about it whatsoever except during it It felt like he was going to kick through my belly button. I stood up to go to pee and yeah, that was my water. Even though it was so clearly my water breaking, I was so convinced I’d be pregnant forever I still questioned it. Like, did I just pee myself BAD? I started shaking a little because I was so excited it finally happened: we were having a baby and we were having it that day. An end in sight! I walked around a bit and nothing drastic seemed to be happening so I woke up Scot and had him call the hospital. They were super excited that I had been at a 4 at my previous appointment and said to stay at home until things got intense. Scot went to Starbucks to get stuff for us and my mom and I finished packing our bag. Then I got on the birth ball. I ate a breakfast sandwich and made jokes with my mom, contractions were about 5 minutes apart. Slowly but surely they were getting hard to talk through.

Before I knew it I was making some dying animal noises through them. It was now about 7:00 and Scot was rubbing my lower back to help me through them. One hit and when it was over I was like, “NOPE. NOPE. We’re going NOW”. He woke up Harper so we could say goodbye. I was in a tremendous amount of pain but there was no way I was leaving without hugging my baby. We all headed outside to give hugs and I was basically trying not to show that it felt like I was being murdered from the inside out. I failed. Harper cried because she was so upset seeing me in pain. We reassured her she’d be meeting her brother by the end of the day but mommy had to be in pain a bit first. We ended on a happy note and got the hell out of there. By this point I was out of my gourd. The car was the worst possible place I can imagine to be.

The car ride consisted of me yelling “NO NO NO NO NO NO NOPEEEE NO” essentially the entire ride. They were so close together I couldn’t even rest and I was told Scot if we got there and I was a 5 or 6 or something, I was getting the epidural. NO WAY could I endure hours more of this. We pulled up to valet and they offered me a wheel chair. No. Sitting is no. By this time I can tell I am scaring people but can not find an eff to give. The lady registering us is calm and slow and as I am doubled over a chair I picture myself kicking her in the neck. Her “I’m a normal person alive and not in labor” voice is making me want to kill her. Eventually she walks us to the birth center while I make more dying cow noises. The nurses there see and hear me and make the very wise decision to skip triage and take me to a room – where I walk around yelling as they ask me to get my pants off and get on the bed so they can check me.

Somehow I do it (no idea how) and she announces I am at 9. Oh. Right. About all that TRANSITION IN THE CAR. It’s 7:55 and suddenly the room is swarming with people. Doctor on call, baby nurse, more nurses, shit is HAPPENING. They tell me I can push whenever I want, so I start. I can’t even talk about this part because literally? I felt like I was turning inside out. I don’t think I’ve ever hated anything more in my ENTIRE life than pushing. I could hear myself screaming and being a total lunatic but could do nothing to stop it. I watched many natural childbirth documentaries and remember this one lady just sitting there in a tub and she barely made a peep when the baby emerged. NOPE. NOPE DOT COM. I think I actually scream-cried the baby out as opposed to pushed. It was that insane.

Luckily it only lasted about 4 contractions and he was out. I was SO in shock that it had gone so fast and so in shock that he was here. We were just looking at eachother and kind of laughing and looking at him in disbelief and the nurses were cheering because oh my god they got all the stuff ready in time and we did it. He was born at 8:08, less than 20 minutes after I landed on the bed to be checked. Talk about your almost car baby. YIKES.

We got all the annoying “after” stuff out of the way, I took some Motrin and before I knew it we were on our way to the room we’d be staying in. High fiving nurses as we came out. I have to be totally honest here – I felt amazing. I had the natural birth I had wanted SO badly. Physically I felt one trillion times better than I thought imaginable after birth (with H I left that delivery room crying over 4 hours later because everything was so bad from the epidural). I had my baby boy in my arms, my husband was looking at me like I was super woman and my first born was going to be able to finally come meet her brother within a few hours of me leaving her. It was one of the happiest days of my entire life.

23495678One of my dearest friends Fiona was going to come photograph the birth for us. Considering WE barely made it to the hospital in time there was obviously no way for her to get there. So she came once we got settled into our room and was there when H came. These photos are absolutely priceless to me and I tear up every single solitary time I look at them. I can honestly say I am so glad I don’t have photos of the birth. I was a scary faced scary screaming person and frankly out of my mind for 13 minutes. No need to commemorate that. This right here though? I’ll have these forever and I couldn’t be happier.

I had no plans of ever writing a birth story. But I just word vomited and I’m glad I did. It was an amazing day that deserves to be written down. And I share it here because I am proud of it, and so thankful for all of you who care about our family and have been so supportive over the years. I’ll be back soon, as these first couple postpartum weeks slowly get better (just because it was natural doesn’t mean my body escaped unscathed – it’s been a rough road this past week). Right now we are settling in to our new normal, and I couldn’t be happier.

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  • http://www.pecklife.com/ Emily @ PeckLife.com

    AHHH, I am so happy for you and your family. What a relief to have the birth you wanted! We have such similar stories (terrible with epidural with #1 and GREAT with all-natural #2 except I had to push longer)…but I too made loud cow noises and scream cried pushing him out. OUCH. I hope you take it easy on yourself over the next few weeks and enjoy those new baby smells and snuggles!!! He is so so so precious! <3

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  • http://asortafairytaleblog.com/ mandy @a sorta fairytale

    Best birth story, ever. I’m so happy for you and your family!!

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  • SilverPoppy

    Congratulations on your natural birth and I’m so glad you made it to the hospital in time. Giving birth in the car would have sucked so bad.

    On a kind of random note: I wish my hair looked as awesome as yours did after giving birth. I was all nappy and had knots like everywhere. I would not have photographed that mess for anything.

    Thanks for sharing your story. All the best!

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  • Jennifer

    These photos are the most precious pictures I have ever seen! You ARE super woman! Every mother is! I hope you and your family are loving your new little one (and how could you not?) and soaking up every precious moment! Congratulations Mandy!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  • Kristen

    This happened to me in march! Kept waiting forever for real labor, the kid was late and I kept thinking he is never going to come. Then bam woke up in the middle of the night to intense contractions floored it to the hospital with contractions on top of one another, got to ride in the wheelchair, I couldn’t walk. The checked me and then ran me to a room. And then there he was, 15 min after check in. Congratulations! You will have an exciting story to tell your new one.

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  • Jennifer Pebbles

    LOVE your story!! I’ll be right there with you in a couple of months, when my daughter will be meeting her little bro for the first time. I hope I don’t want to kick the nurse in the neck! :D Congrats and so happy for your lovely family!!

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  • Sonya

    Congratulations! You just gave birth like a rock star! I hope to go natural with my next as well. This convinced me that I can do it (even if I scream cry). Pictures are gorgeous. Who knew that hospital rooms had such great lighting?!

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  • Elizabeth

    I laughed. I cried. I wanted to have a baby. Okay, so only 1.5 out of those three are true. I didn’t cry (though almost, from laughing), and only the rare birth story makes me want to have a baby, but this is one of them. It kind of makes no sense because of the insides dying, cow noises, insanity thing, but who knows why the female brain even decides the things it decides. I’m so happy for you guys and am stoked for Harper. I was 2 when my brother was born so I don’t remember meeting him (though he was trying to die for many months, so that’s probably good). I do remember meeting my other younger brother when I was 8, and I wish we had photos like this. I think there is one or two, but these are such a keepsake and so precious.

    Congrats, Mandy! Once you’re, like, recovered and want an adult beverage (which I fully believe you deserve… make that like 10 adult beverages, you are superwoman), I insist on buying you one. Or a dirty burger. You know, whatever.

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  • http://www.kympiez.blogspot.com/ Kymmie

    Oh, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re so clever, and so happy. I love his name, your birth stories, and the photos. Oh, they’re my favourite bit. I don’t know you in real life, but I’m sure tearing up at it all. Birth is always so beautiful. Yes, even with the screaming and the swearing. Bloody amazing really. Look at your family. Complete. Completely deliriously happy. x

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  • Amy S

    So happy for you guys!!! I’m glad you were able to get the natural birth you wanted, and you ARE super woman! I had photos of this nature done when I had Jaycee, and having the moments when her big sister would meet her for the first time are simply PRICELESS. Congratulations to you all!!

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  • http://www.bohomamasoul.com/ Tricia Miller

    Of course you have the BEST BIRTH STORY EVER. It’s better than any of those silent, baby-emerges-like-butterfly-while-mom-is-in-a-yoga-pose stories. You win all the kick ass birth stories, and you are my birthing hero.

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  • jojobee

    So many congratulations on your family of four! I have followed your journey with such interest and a common point of view – we welcomed a little boy into our family of “mama, dad, and 4 year old girl” as well, about 3 years ago. I SO know that feeling of having that amazing second birth after a difficult first, and the amazing love that just HAPPENS, when you were wondering how in the world to love another person as much as this first incredible thing you made…And as it turns out, I love my little guy so much that I am a little embarrassed at how disappointed I was at the ultrasound that he was a boy. I would not change my best little guy for anyone, anywhere. You will love this – it is HARD – but you will love it. I’m so happy for you!

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  • Cally

    I had almost the EXACT SAME birth story with my second, and as intense as I know this was, I smiled all the way through while reading it. You ARE a super hero, girl. Double high fives for sure. Congrats to you all! xoxo

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  • jen_schoeph

    congrats, congrats, congrats. i am so happy for you and your family! you are correct, a great story and one to be written to be remembered for all of time! smith has a wonderful family & life ahead of him!

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  • Lexie

    Baby Smith is wonderful, I am glad it went by fast, last year I drove a friend to the hospital and aah she almost had the baby in the car then.. 5 hours in the hospital until they gave up and drove her for a c-session so you are a Lucky mama of a hairy baby boy. and Harper happiness around her brother is just wonderful

    Lexie [Hello-mynameis.net]

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  • Alys

    Thank you for sharing your story, this proves that I could have the natural birth I want even if it’s scary and painful it would be worth it. I particularly like how zen you look

    Congratulations!

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  • http://www.twopretzels.com/ TwoPretzels

    A thousand congratulations to you. What a precious family, a precious baby. I love his name, too.

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  • ThePinkHerbivore

    Oh my goodness, I love this! That was freaking hilarious because I totally know how it feels! I’m so glad that I was in the privacy of my own hospital room for that. :) I’m so happy for you! He is beautiful and I love the name Smith. Congrats on going natural! :) Enjoy this time with your newborn.

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  • http://lilixoana.com/ Liliana

    Wow, you made me laugh and awww at the same time, your family is beautiful and I’m glad you were honest about the birth, everyone always paints a pretty picture but it really isn’t always the case haha but congratulations and i give you major credit for having a natural delivery, i think i would of caved in for an epidural right when i entered even if i was 9cm, i have a low tolerance for pain.

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  • blackandwhiteandlovedallover

    You scream-cried your baby out!!!! Goddamit, I love your writing so much. Oh, and I’m happy you had that glorious boy of yours, too, and that all went so amazingly with it. That’s a great story right there. Sending love and well wishes. I know it’s tough, tough, tough. You are rocking this.

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  • Michelle Faught

    Oh the tears! Congratulations on your new family that you created! Those photos are amazing and I’m sure you’ll cherish them forever!

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  • http://www.laurendahl.com/ Lauren Dahl

    Lovely, lovely story! Your family is so beautiful, and I am happy for you!!!

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  • JaymeKubo

    Amazing. Scary. Beautiful. So, so happy for you all.

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  • Amber

    Congrats, to you and your family! I just love your blog and I’m so happy you shared your special day with us! So friggin’ happy for you!

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  • http://chasingquinn.blogspot.com/ Meghan

    Wow, what a story! Funny as shit, per usual. I’m so glad you got the birth you were hoping for! I know how hard it is when things don’t go quite as planned. And of course, you’re all so gorgeous! LOVE the pictures, like, an insane amount.

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  • kelseykw

    Holy cow what a birth story! Way to go mama, you are a rockstar! And those family pictures, perfection. All the best as you settle in.

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  • Alison Stroot

    Great story! Great writing! Thanks for sharing and a big CONGRATULATIONS to you all!

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  • Erin S.

    Congratulations to you, Scot and Harper! You are amazing! These pictures are amazing! Smith is amazing!

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  • Helen

    First of all congrats!!! So happy for you and your new family of 4 :) and second thank you for putting, so accurately, into words exactly how natural birth feels. You nailed it! I had to read most of this aloud (as best I could b/c I was laughing so flippin’ hard!) to my husband because it was so spot on.

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  • Kelly Baron

    Thank you for sharing! I’ve been checking your blog every few hours for the past few days, I was thinking about you. Congratulations on your bigger family!

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  • aliya

    congrats, mandy (and family)! i am so happy for you. smith roy is just drop dead squeezable, and what a truly amazing story. thank you for always sharing so honestly :)

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  • Christa P.

    congratulations! august 11th is a great day to have a baby! just so happens to be my birthday too! haha! lots of good vibes sending your way from olympia!

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  • Amanda Freerksen

    This is the best birth story ever because it’s so damn real. When I wrote mine I basically wrote about daisies and unicorns compared to what stuff is really like. Ha. CONGRATS!!

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  • Vanessa Porter

    Ah! Thank you so much for sharing your story! That is so crazy, you are just made for pushing out babies or something, ha ha. That’s awesome. Can I ask what was hard about going the epidural route with Harper? I think I am really leaning towards the natural route, but am terrified!

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  • http://mommabird.net/ Christene // MommaBird

    Congratulations!! Best birth story – and welcome to the world Smith!

    In that last picture, Harper is such a mini-you.

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  • Kara

    GOOD GRIEF, WOMAN! This was so great, I want to print it out and hang it on my bedroom wall one day when I’m thinking about having a baby. You ARE superwoman. I am in awe of you.

    I was in the delivery room when my baby brother was born. I was 7 at the time and our first photos definitely don’t look this magical…but I promise you, this is a moment Harper will remember for the rest of her life.

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  • Ashley

    I’m pregnant with my first and this left me a sobbing mess. So happy for you and your family!

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  • Maureen

    Congratulations! My oldest (daughter) is 4 years older than her brother and the pictures I have of the first moments she met him are some of my favorite ever taken! Now looking at your pictures I’m sitting here crying remembering it all.

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  • May

    Congratulations! This pictures are beautiful and your family is beautiful! I loved this post.

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  • Brandy

    It sounds sooooo similar. Ollie was so easy and fast. Naturally having him and screaming fuck for 7 minutes of pushing was so fucking thrilling. I changed into my OWN clothes before even leaving the delivery room. I couldn’t danced a damn jig. AMAZEBALLS. Congrats, mama! Welcome to land of boy mom.

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  • Nikki

    Congrats!! Another beautiful baby :)

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  • Lauren

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful family you have! Congratulations on Smith, he is gorgeous! xo

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  • Bekah

    You are amazing! I am pregnant with my first and am a huge baby myself, so the whole natural, here-comes-baby-twenty-minutes-after-arriving thing is, honestly, a little terrifying. Thanks so much for sharing. Our bodies are made to do this, and it’s always so cool to read about someone doing it the way you did. Supermom, I tell ya.

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  • kal123

    What a great story (accompanied by great pictures)! He’s a beautiful addition to your beautiful family. Congratulations :)

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  • http://www.rocky-mountain-mama.com/ Rocky Mountain Mama

    Congratulations Mandy! I am so, so happy for you! I am so happy that you were able to achieve that natural childbirth that you were wanting. I did the same with my 2nd and it was absolutely amazing. Unfortunately for me, though, it was not nearly as quick as yours. You may remember that my babies want to stay put. ;)

    But I do remember being completely out of my fucking mind for a while. When I read about you losing your shit, I had a chuckle a bit because I so remember being there!

    Great job mama! Smith is absolutely perfect!

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  • Beth Gilmore

    Congrats!!

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  • Beth Anne

    BEST BIRTH STORY EVER. & crikey, it makes me want to get knocked up like, RIGHT NOW, so I can experience birth again. I love you, I love your baby, & I am so happy for your happiness!

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  • Emily

    Congratulations!!! So happy for your new family of four. I love love loved looking through your pictures, especially because I went through the same thing not 3 months ago. Enjoy those two precious babes and please keep taking those beautiful photos.

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  • Lauren

    Congratulations!! Love your story and your beautiful family of four!!!! xoxo

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  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com Elaine A.

    You’re a rock star. And these photos are absolutely wonderful!!! I love the look in Harper’s eyes in the one of just her. Thanks for sharing Smith’s birth story and your sweet little family with us. Congratulations and much love to you all.

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  • Kayla @ Sealed With a Kay

    Congratulations! That last picture of you all as a family just melted my heart! What a sweet family you’ve got going on over there :) You’re babies are so precious!

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  • liz

    well, i don’t know you personally and i just cried haha. i was fine until i got to the picture of you hugging harper. she resembles my adelaide quite a bit and i just had a lovely future vision of expanding my family. in fact, i just made my husband come look at your pictures to reinforce the 2nd baby train haha. congratulations on smith. you have a beautiful family. i have been reading your blog a while now and this was on my favorite posts :)

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  • Meg Sexton

    And see, this is why I love you. I swear we are almost the same person. I had a natural birth with Olive too. And it was FAST! I had to be induced because my OB was afraid I’d shoot a baby out of my vag in the middle of Target or something. ;)

    I’m so glad you got the experience you wanted! You deserve it.

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  • MarionCooks

    Well, this comment is going to be a bit of word vomit, but whatever. Most of this post had me LOLing in my office, until I got to the end and basically ugly cried… (No noises, mind you; I know you’re an internet stranger – but did a few tears drip down my face while I bit my lip trying to get a grip? YUP.) I admit that I don’t normally like birth stories on blogs because they tend to be just TMI or TMS (too much sap), etc. But this one? It’s perfect. Funny, sweet, humble, awesome, blah blah. Thank you for sharing. And the photos are GORGEOUS; what a treasure! You all look so happy, and Harper is just about the cutest and proudest-looking big sister I’ve ever seen.

    I hope you are healing well, and once you’re feeling up for it, I look forward to you sharing more of your life with your new and improved family!

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  • http://www.thistooisfoundhere.blogspot.com/ Kari Holtkamp

    CONGRATULATIONS!! This was a fantastic post! I loved hearing about it, and I’m so glad you made it to the hospital before he popped out in the car:) Have a great time bonding with your family of 4:)

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  • http://www.dreamstodo.com/ Ariel @ Dreams To Do

    OMG, I just snort laughed coffee out of my nose! And then it quickly turned to tears of happiness for you. Your story is beautiful. You seriously have such a way with words. The photos almost killed me. What a GORGEOUS family. Sending happy healing postpartum thoughts your way!!!

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  • Melissa

    im so glad you did it! way to go! and also way to make that hilarious. yes on animal noises, and occasional curse words asses. This is so much like my labor. mine went fast too. i can’t believe transition in the car. uhm, no thanks on that. anyway, hope BFing is going better.

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  • http://www.thenikblogs.com/ thenikblogs

    Well this made me laugh and cry through the whole. Coffee went places it shouldn’t have. Thanks so much for sharing your experience here. I think you are a super woman! I’m sure that family of yours does, too. Happy Happenings to all of you! xo

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  • http://alazycrazylife.blogspot.com/ beckyj @ alazycrazylife

    I love this so much. And *I* got teary-eyed looking at your photos. Especially the one of you and Harper, and the one of her lovingly gazing at her new bro. Amazing birth story and you ARE superwoman. Congrats!!!

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  • Suz

    Love this story!

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  • RestonStyle

    Amazing! Be proud! :)

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  • http://www.shieldswithakiss.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    Congrats to all! You are quite the superhero!! Your family looks gorgeous :)

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  • amanda smith

    I’m such a sappy pregnant woman right now… totally cried at the photos of Harper hugging you after Smith got here. So sweet. And congrats on being amazing! :]

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  • Lauren

    Congratulations!!!

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  • http://bakingyogi.blogspot.com/ Alyssa Gohn

    Congratulations! Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing!

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  • Linds

    Congrats, you are super woman!! I totally teared up reading your entry. I was recently in the birthing room with my sister during a natural birth and I think she would have given anything to have it last 20 minutes…. instead it was 11 hours. Either way, birth is amazing, congrats and enjoy this time!

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  • Jenloveskev

    Oh Mandy! This post makes me so effing happy for you guys. I feel like this was our story (but better written and 100x funnier of course). I know that pain of a fast labor all too well. It literally makes you feel like a crazy person. I am a normally pretty calm and pain tolerable person but all hell let loose when I was having Finley. Anything under 5 hours shit gets real ;) More power to you Lady! You had a natural labor and you kicked ass doing it at super speed. I am over the moon for you guys. I know these days are rough and tiring but I hope the good out weigh the bad. Sending lots of love!!! Congrats sweet friend.

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  • kapachino

    Oh just laugh-crying over here while I’m at work, nbd.

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  • Lacy

    Oh my goodness, those have to be the most precious “big-meeting-little” pictures I’ve ever see. Congratulations!!

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  • Faren

    Blog slacker!? You just had a baby, although I admit I’ve checked your blog numerous times hoping for an update.:) Congratulations to your lovely family! He is beautiful (dude I cannot get enough of his hair!) and his name is so awesome!

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  • http://www.justshireen.com/ Just Shireen

    Congrats, mama. I’m so happy for you all.

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  • barelymeasured

    What a wonderful story! Those pics are gorgeous…. makes me want to have another.

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  • Beth

    What a wonderful experience! Congratulations!

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  • michele

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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  • Josephine

    Hi fives lady! Welcome to the little man and congrats to the family! Hope you’re being well taken care of. Those first 6 weeks after birth are not my favourite ;-)

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  • Emily J. Eatmon

    amazing, mandy! congrats! i hope my second goes as quickly & naturally, too! i had an epi for my first/only

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  • Sara Stofferahn

    hi. i don’t know how to use the internet so i don’t know if this already posted: crying all the tears. way to go super woman.

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  • Jess

    NOPE DOT COM…Love it!!! Congrats on a great birth experience!

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  • ThriftyVintageKitten

    Can we please hi-five each other? Because we TOTES had the same birth story. My little dude just turned 3 months and I too had him 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital. And dying cow noises? ALL UP IN HERE. My couch and I got really friendly every time I had to face plant into its cushions to drown out the scream cries through each contraction while my 4-year-old daughter watched cartoons. I felt like a freakin’ rockstar after delivering him (also after 4 contractions) without the help of an epidural. Literally the first words out of my mouth after my son was born was, “I just TOTALLY did that without an epidural!” What I really wanted to say was, “Bow down bitches!” LOL

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  • mamakatslosinit

    Loving every minute of this!! Congratulations friend. He is so beautiful!

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  • Jamie B

    Congratulations! You are a hero! I totally have a tear falling down my face over that first photo of Harper. The LOOK on her face! And Smith is a little doll, of course. Good job mama!

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  • http://storyofababy.blogspot.com/ Samantha

    Congrats!!! Beautiful story!!!

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  • http://www.kirida.com/ Mona Concepcion

    What a beautiful story, beautiful baby, beautiful family. Not having an eff to give pretty much describes my labor, too. This is my baby, I will make whatever dying animal noises I want. The end.

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  • Monica

    Mandy, so happy to hear that you and baby and family are doing great!! Yep, had almost the exact same birth experience with our little guy (who’s gonna be 4 in Sept.!). Totally transitioned in the car and then 20 minutes later, there he was and screaming/scary noises while pushing, yep there too; so I can completely relate and I guess 20 minutes of fast/hard pushing can do that to ya!

    Gorgeous photos! So glad you guys have them! Harper looks so pleased! Beautiful photo of her holding her new brother!!

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  • http://threeloudkids.com/ Stephanie R.

    What an amazing story. It reminds me SO much of my middle sons birth. While it was my most painful birth by far, I have to admit that given the choice again I would go drug free. Congrats on your new addition, he’s perfect!

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  • Amanda

    Congrats!!! He is BEAUTIFUL. I had transition in the car, too, and a 45 minute ride to the hospital, which I arrived fully dilated. Crazy stuff. So glad we didn’t have our babies in the car.

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  • http://peonyforyourthought.blogspot.com/ Kate Hager

    absolutely love your birth story… and love smith’s name. congrats to you and your family! i’ve been following along on instagram and he is just too darn cute!

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  • http://asymphonyofgrace.blogspot.com/ erin moffitt

    Mandy — I’m so glad you wrote this! So proud of you. Those photos make ME tear up so I can’t imagine how you feel about them. How special. Enjoy your two sweet kiddos. xo

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  • Jenna

    ya mama! i love this! it reminds me so much of when i had my son. i was pacing around the house wondering if i was in labor, and then i was literally in the car with the window down wondering if i was going to throw up or cry. i remember my husband racing through stop lights and on the back, windy roads to the hospital. quickest trip ever. when we got there and the nurse told me (like you) that i was too far along to get any drugs, i remember grabbing her by the shoulders and shaking them. telling her there was NO possible was happening without some f’n drugs. she walked out to call the doctor, i pushed, and my husband delivered our son. crazy, crazy! but so blessed we were able to do it that way. congrats on everything. get some rest :)

    xo
    jenna
    http://www.mamadazeblog.com

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  • Melany

    Congrats Mandy!! I love reading birth stories and yours is no exception. So inspiring and emotional. My second labor was amazing, too. I got to the hospital at an 8, and it only took 4 minutes to push her out. Awesome. I hope you heal quickly and get as much sleep in as you can. I was super scared of adjusting to two, but it’s really not that bad! Then #2 starts sleeping through the night and all of a sudden, hey I’m a somewhat normal person again. So happy for you and your little guy is so handsome!

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  • http://www.edibleperspective.com/ Ashley

    So happy to have just found your blog! Best.birth.story.ever. I love your humor through the recap, especially about kicking the check-in lady in the neck. I’m not sure how you actually refrained! ;) What a beautiful family and such treasured moments captured within hours of Smith’s birth. All the best to you!

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  • Shaleen

    I am new to your blog, but found you tonight through Shutterbean. I never comment on blogs, but reading this birth story was like re-living my own birth story. I was determined to have my third baby naturally. I labored at home for such a long time and TRANSITIONED IN A CAR–DURING RUSH HOUR!!! Your description of the woman behind the counter was SPOT ON. My receptionist however was in training upon my arrival. I thought I would have to rip her eyeball out of her head ala Uma Thurman style in Kill Bill. I ended up having my baby 20 minutes after our arrival standing up! But I felt like a rock star once it was all said and done. Congrats to you and your beautiful family!

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  • http://solitaryinsanity.com BrookeDS

    Congrats on a beautiful baby boy! I LOL’d at “TRANSITION IN THE CAR.” My daughter was born on july 19th, 8 minutes after our arrival at the birth center. FUN times. Ha.

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  • http://www.tenacioustinkering.com/ Jayne

    Word vomit some more. Your story is incredible. I’m a little scared of having a baby now. A little. And a little more of me wants to try out this adventure, even though try is hardly a good word to use when it comes to HAVING A BABY! Congrats. :-)

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  • Caitie Davis

    Loved reading your birth story–read most of it out loud to my husband (we are planning on a natural birth as well), and we laughed through most of it. Thank you for being so honest and hilariously open about the whole process (they really need to add your story to the books!).

    Congrats to you and your sweet family :)

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  • http://www.alwaysoverthinkingit.com/ tara

    Hell yeah woman! That’s awesome! Your family is gorgeous (including you of course!) Your birth story is awesome. And also weirdly makes me want to have a baby like right now. Except for the pain part…

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  • http://permendous.com/ Suzanne

    Just beautiful. And so funny, as always. Congratulations on your new normal! xoxo

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  • Harper Herdeman

    These pictures have made me a blubbering mess!! So wonderful!

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  • Rachel Harding

    Nope dot com! You are amazing! One beautiful family for sure! Congrats lady!

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  • Saar Dockx

    I really laughed reading this post “Shit was happening”… amazing! :D I wish you and your family the best of luck! You will have the two most beautiful babies in the world now!!! Congrats!!!

    much love from Belgium,
    Saar

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  • Jenny

    Congratulations, he’s adorable. Seriously, so cute.
    Reading this, I teared up. It’s like you actually just wrote my daughter’s birth story. Like you were in the room or in my head or I don’t even know, hell, you very well could have been for all the where-with-all I had for my 15 minutes of turning inside out shoot me now pain. So congratulations, fellow survivor!
    Worth it 110% but oh boy, I’m so done. AMIRIGHT.

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  • http://olivineandopal.blogspot.com/ TheSuburbExperiment

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful. If I switched out the names, this is almost exactly the birth story of my 3rd. Except much wittier. And mine went even faster so we had to drive to the hospital with our other 2 girls in the car. I remember screaming, “I need a rootie tootie epidural!” as we crossed the Narrows bridge because I needed to curse but I didn’t want to in front of the kids and my husband working SO HARD to keep a straight face. Yep, that’s the memory I carry around with me.

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  • Becky

    Were you in the delivery room with me?!?! Pretty much same thing word-for-word. I LOVE the pics. A fave of mine is both my girls, snuggled up asleep, waiting to be discharged.

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