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The One Where We Have A Son

Depending on weather and traffic, it can take us over an hour to get to downtown Chicago, so our “plan” for going into labor went something like this: (1) drop the dogs off at daycare when contractions are very far apart; (2) drive downtown when contractions are very far apart; (3) hang out in a hotel room near the hospital until contractions are 5 minutes apart; and then (4) walk across the street to the hospital.

I thought it was a great plan and I was a little surprised when IT DIDN’T WORK AT ALL.

I started having cramps five days after my due date, on a Sunday morning.  They felt like normal cramps.  I didn’t need to grab the door jamb and huff.  I didn’t think they were lasting very long–maybe 10 seconds, not 60–and they didn’t seem to fall into a pattern.

So I ignored them.

In retrospect, this was not an appropriate course of action.  A less hormonal, more caffeinated woman would have put the proverbial two and two together and hoofed it over to the hospital.

But I had convinced myself that I was, shall we say, closed like a bank on Sunday and the baby was never going to arrive of his own accord.  I’m embarrassed to admit this, but something happened to me when I went past my due date.  The excitement had been building and building, and when the day came and nothing happened, I found myself at a “celebratory” due date dinner with Scott, whimpering into my spaghetti and meatballs because I was so wound up with anticipation.  When I didn’t go into labor the next day, or the day after that, or the day after that, the suspense was just too much to bear and large parts of my brain, including the part that does basic math, simply shut down.

Which brings me to the part where we discovered that my estimation of the duration and frequency of the cramps was wildly off-base.

Scott got back from a Starbucks run around one.  I told him I was “a little crampy” and we had the following exchange:

SCOTT:     I think we should call the doctor.

ME:     Nah, that’s silly.  They feel like normal cramps.

SCOTT:     What do you mean, “normal cramps?”‘

ME:     I mean the kind of cramp you get when you’ve had a bad enchilada.

SCOTT [looking around for food wrappers or take-out]:   Well. . . did you have a bad enchilada?

ME [also looking around]:   Come to think of it, I can’t say that I did.

That’s when Scott realized he was dealing with someone who, at least temporarily, had the mental capacity of a piece of lawn furniture and that he would need to play a significantly larger role in the proceedings if his son was to be born at a hospital.  He insisted that we time the cramps.

There are apps for this, and I had already downloaded one.

I timed a few of the cramps.  AND LO, they were neither “10 seconds long” nor “infrequent.”

screenshot 1Now, I may have been a little slow on the uptake but I am not a total moron.  I took one look at the screen and was like “holy shit! I’m going to have a baby!” And Scott put his palm to his forehead with a smack that could be heard by people at outdoor barbecues in the Florida Keys.

There were a couple of things we had to deal with before heading downtown, though.  The first was that I was starving.  I wanted to eat before going to the hospital because I wouldn’t be allowed to eat once I got there and ROHRBAUGHS DO NOT GO INTO BATTLE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.  If we had a family crest, that’s what it would say.

The second was these bozos:

T and SScott was supposed to have taken them to daycare “at the beginning,” when contractions were “very far apart.”  But as it turned out, there hadn’t been a beginning.

There was only one thing to do under the circumstances: we got in the car.on way 2

We ALL got in the car: one woman in labor, one stressed-out husband, one shepherd mix who was like ARE WE GOING TO THE PARK? THE PARK?? and one bulldog who likes to sit on the driver’s lap and roll the windows down with her feet.

on wayAnd we drove to. . .

Domino’s Pizza.  I’m not kidding. We picked up a pan pizza with pepperoni.  Then we drove to the doggie daycare place, and then we headed downtown.

At some point between slice of pizza #1 and slice of pizza #2, my water broke.  We hit Lakeshore Drive and Lake Michigan stretched white and frozen out into the distance and I was relieved because we were almost there.

It’s a good thing, too, because by that point my contractions were only four minutes apart.

Screenshot_3Things went alright for the first thirty minutes we were at the hospital.  I was only two centimeters dilated and not in so much pain that I couldn’t watch the nurses as they hooked me up to an IV and wrapped the fetal monitors around my belly.  They asked if I was planning to have an epidural and in COMPLETE, ADORABLE IGNORANCE of what was about to happen I chirped “we’re keeping our options open, but we’re hoping to avoid one, thanks!”

Then I hit a wall of heat, like I’d opened the door to a sauna.  My memories get a little jangled up after that, from the pain.  I know the nurse handed me a tiny, kidney-shaped bowl for puking in and Scott took one look at it and moved the trashcan over to the bed.  I know I cried, and Scott teared up because I was crying, and the nurse kept pushing the monitors into my belly in order to find the baby’s heartbeat.

That was the worst part: Because of the way the baby was positioned, the nurses were constantly “losing him” and pressing the monitors into me during contractions to get him back.  Every time they pressed, I wanted to scream.  Or I did scream–I’m not sure.  At some point the contractions started coming on top of each other, lasting 90-120 seconds rather than 60.

Sitting here today, I honestly can’t tell you what the contractions felt like.  I can’t describe the pain–not because it was indescribable, but because it’s exactly as people say: I have no memory of it.  But at the time?  At the time I was like STICK AN EPIDURAL IN ME I AM DONE.

The anesthesiologist came in and during a break in contractions I asked him how many epidurals he’d done in his career–which, from the youthful looks of him, had been about two weeks long.  I have no idea what his answer was because right then another contraction hit and WOWEE WHO WAS I KIDDING.  If he had graduated the previous Friday with a degree in agricultural science, I would have been all STEP ON UP, DOCTOR. IT’S AN HONOR TO BE YOUR FIRST HUMAN PATIENT.

In the first two hours that I was at the hospital, I went from two to seven centimeters.  Then I got the epidural, and an hour after that I was at ten centimeters.  I pushed for six contractions and all of a sudden there was a little human HEAD where there hadn’t been one before and Scott and I opened our mouths like HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME and the baby was born.
chr bornWe named him Christopher Hunt Rohrbaugh.  “Hunt” is for “Huntsville” because exactly one year earlier, Scott had proposed in the backyard of our house in Alabama.

Let me pause for a second and say something about the epidural.  You know how some people get worked up about epidurals?  How some people say that if you get one, you lose out on the joy and empowerment and pride of a totally natural childbirth experience?  Well, this was my face right after Christopher was born.  This was my face.

me after laborAnd this is my son when he was about a week old.

Christopher

Christopher 11 Days IIIHe’ll be six weeks old tomorrow.

I’ve signed a lot of documents in my life, and as a lawyer I’ve reviewed tens of thousands of them.  But until the nurse handed me my discharge paper to sign, I’d never seen a document that took my breath away.

It says I have examined the child, and I have determined that the child is mine, and I am taking the child home.

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  1. merrymac12 #

    He’s so beautiful!! And I think that’s the best smile I’ve ever seen. Congratulations.

    March 28, 2015
    • Thank you, my friend! It was one of those smiles you can’t control, you know?

      March 28, 2015
  2. So, so awesome! Huge congratulations to you and your husband. He is absolutely beautiful. Enjoy 🙂

    March 28, 2015
    • Thank you, Jennifer! He looks so different now. Much chubbier. 🙂

      March 28, 2015
  3. Woohoo! Beautiful baby. Congratulations. 🙂

    March 28, 2015
  4. This is the sweetest post I ever read. When I got to the part about the pizza I thought, “This is a grave miscalculation.” And then to the trashcan part and I thought, “Scott has the right idea.” And then I got to the smiley baby part and I laughed and thought “That kid is frikkin’ adorable.” And then I got to the paperwork part and I teared up right here in the ER waiting room where I’m sitting with my kid with a ruptured eardrum. Kids are awesome even if they have snot and barf and oozing ears. You are going to have a wonderful time!

    March 28, 2015
    • What a lovely comment. I hope the kiddo’s ear gets fixed right up. How’d it happen? (I must know these things now that I have two extra eardrums in this world to take care of. :))

      March 28, 2015
      • The ear has healed just in time to get on an airplane (whew!). It started out as a cold that turned into a nasty ear infection in no time flat. By the time we knew about the infection the Dr said,”Don’t be surprised if it bursts,” and lo and behold next day, kid comes running in saying it has burst. Blugh. Fortunately it was a teeeeeny tiny hole that healed itself in like, two days so he was go for swimming and flying by the next week.

        April 12, 2015
  5. Congratulations of your beautiful son. The worse part of delivery for me was the epidural. Isn’t wonderful to finally be home with your child in the comfort of your own home?

    March 28, 2015
    • Oh dear. I have friends who had terrible epidurals, too. Ones that haven’t taken effect on half of the body, or ones that have caused awful migranes. Ugh! It seems like you never know in advance what part of being pregnant/giving birth/taking care of your kid will be easy and what part will be hard, no? I, for example, had an 8 hr start-to-finish labor (easy) but was completely thrown by breastfeeding. I didn’t see that coming. Anyway, it IS great to be home without someone popping in every hour to take my vitals! 🙂

      March 28, 2015
      • I had two horrible pregnancies and desired the two wonderful births that were together under four hours. It is great not to be bothered by vitals. Enjoy your baby. It is worth every minute of the ordeal.

        March 29, 2015
  6. Congrats! He’s beautiful. All the happiness to you and your husband.

    March 28, 2015
  7. Cindy #

    Just so you know, that was EXACTLY the dinner that Scott’s mother had just prior to going into labor with Scott.

    Love, Scott’s Mother

    March 28, 2015
    • Hm. Sounds like a tradition, then! We must be sure to tell the next generation that they are expected to eat a pizza during these sorts of emergencies.

      April 15, 2015
  8. Lisa #

    Congratulations on your beautiful son and your great post. I hope no one diminishes your delivery because of the epidural. You are awesome, you guys created a tiny person! You’re a parent now and that’s what it’s about.

    March 28, 2015
  9. Kristi #

    He is beautiful and then some!! So happy for you both!!❤️

    March 28, 2015
  10. Aunt Candi #

    Thanks, Kat, for posting such a beautiful and well written story of your childbirth experience. 🙂 I am still crying, from laughter and joy in reading the whole thing and reminiscing about my own 1st experience over 30 years ago with #1 cousin Sarah. I almost feel like I was there with you all and can not wait to meet your little man and see you and Scott again soon. It also makes me anxious for the day when Amanda and Craig have their baby in July. Keep posting those pictures. He is one beautiful boy 🙂

    March 28, 2015
    • Aw, thank you for this Aunt Candi. I am SO excited for Amanda and Craig! And can’t wait till I see you next. xo

      April 15, 2015
  11. Jen #

    This made me have tears of laughter and tears of joy. I’ve signed that same paper 3 times.
    Welcome to the adventure called motherhood. Nothing will ever have the same meaning again. Both for good and bad reasons. LOL

    Enjoy every single minute they pass so fast. My youngest daughter is 5 and starting kindergarten next year. 😦

    March 28, 2015
    • Jen #

      P.s. Before I got my epidural I asked the middle aged man if he had
      A. Gotten in a car accident that day
      B. Had an argument with his wife that day.
      C. Had an significant life happenings that may be distracting him from the task at hand.
      When all the answers were no I said “okay go for it.”

      March 28, 2015
      • Jen, I love your questions for the doctor who gave you the epidural. They cracked me up.

        April 15, 2015
  12. Christine #

    Tears of joy!! SO THRILLED for you both. He’s absence beautiful. Xxx

    March 28, 2015
  13. You and Christopher have the best smiles ever! Beautiful mama and son!

    March 28, 2015
    • Aw, thanks! I wanted to name him Griffin at one point, but I guess there’s a rule against naming kids after the kids of our friends.

      April 15, 2015
  14. Leigh #

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful!!!

    March 28, 2015
  15. The Sessionista #

    Congrats! He’s adorable and as usual, your humorous recounting makes me laugh. Mostly because you went to Dominos. With two dogs. On the way to give birth.

    March 28, 2015
    • Apparently the guy at Dominos had a couple questions for Scott and Scott was like I PAID IN ADVANCE OVER THE PHONE I RRRRRREALLY HAVE TO GO NO I DON’T NEED A RECEIPT.

      April 15, 2015
  16. PattyAD #

    Lookit dat FACE. So adorable. Congratulations!

    March 28, 2015
    • Thanks, Patty! Yeah, I could stare at his face all day long. (Well, not quite. But almost.)

      April 15, 2015
  17. Congrats, he’s beautiful!!!

    March 28, 2015
  18. Congratulations!! He’s adorable!

    March 28, 2015
  19. Katherine, oh my gosh, CONGRATULATIONS. My heart is so full reading this (and as usual, your writing is impeccable — this: “At some point between slice of pizza #1 and slice of pizza #2, my water broke. We hit Lakeshore Drive and Lake Michigan stretched white and frozen out into the distance and I was relieved because we were almost there.” and your last few sentences, I just don’t have words for how much I love it — plus your dogs, hysterical). I am so happy you shared this incredible birth story with us. He is perfection, you are so radiant, this is all awesome. All the congrats in the world to you. Hope you’re getting at least some sleep!

    March 28, 2015
    • My dear, how you make time to stop here and comment boggles the mind, what with work and Bowl #2 and all the amazing photographing and cooking and other prep that’s going on over there. Thank you.

      April 15, 2015
  20. Congratulations! And as always, this post was a hoot to read – loved the photos of the dogs in the car with you all.

    March 28, 2015
    • Thanks! I took a couple pictures after the ones with the dogs in the car–a few of Lakeshore Drive and Lake Michigan–and then the roller coaster ride started. I’m just so glad I snapped a few. And I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t known that I wanted to tell you guys about it. Horray for blog friends, right?

      April 15, 2015
  21. Congratulations, Katherine! I’ve been thinking about you and hoping all’s been well with you and your beautiful family. I so appreciate your sharing your birth story–and with your usual massive wit and delightful sense of the bizarre (and food! even though it was Domino’s this time, but you’re totally allowed). Christopher is a beautiful baby, and I love how his smile lights up the room! Much joy to you and Scott!

    March 29, 2015
    • Aw, Jennifer, thank you for the kind thoughts along the way. xo

      April 15, 2015
  22. Susan #

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love this blog. I love this post. The pizza was a stroke of genius; I was similarly concerned about not eating at the hospital and shovelled off-brand Golden Grahams from a bag into my mouth the full 30-minute ride. Parenthood is so hard, right?! Only outmatched by its spectacularity.

    March 29, 2015
    • Susan, the thing that MOST brings a smile to my face from this comment is the little detail of the “off-brand” cereal. Hilarious. I might have eaten a cheap meal on the way TOO the hospital but when the cafeteria was closed after the delivery, I made Scott order me spaghetti and meatballs from a really nice restaurant in Chicago. They delivered to the hospital and they were probably the best spaghetti and meatballs I’ve ever had. (And it’s hard to say that because my mom’s are so good. But they can’t compete with post-labor meatballs by any stretch!)

      April 15, 2015
  23. Jo #

    I want to reach through the screen and smoosh his adorable little face. He’s gorgeous.

    Enormous congratulations to you both.

    March 29, 2015
    • Thank you, Jo!!! I just love his face. His nose is so freaking adorable.

      April 15, 2015
  24. Turns out I like birth stories. They just have to be awesome.

    March 29, 2015
    • Thanks, dude. I saw your comment about that on facebook before I published this and I was like “UH OH what if movita demotes me as president of her fan club and makes Scott president instead?” I mean, the amount of domestic strife that would ensue around here. . . it just wouldn’t be safe.

      April 15, 2015
      • Most birth stories are horrible because they focus on every detail of, you know, THE BIRTH. I don’t need to hear all about what happened to what part and how they’re gunna fix it. Nope. But snacking and doggy daycare? Yup.

        April 16, 2015
  25. Janie #

    I am normally very lazy when it comes to comments but I have followed your lovely blog and read the whole beautiful story and this is just the best, made my day and I realised my face was aching from smiling! As for plans, pft plans are for people who wear suits and go to meetings, babies don’t do plans 🙂 I do hope Seymore and Thunder are okay with the new arrival although Thunder doesn’t look easily fazed. My first grandson was born last year and I was totally bowled over and I look at him and think yes it was all worth it the sleepless nights and sore boobs ect. Congratulations to you both and look forward to hearing the next chapter.

    March 29, 2015
    • Aw, Janie, thank you. I really appreciate this comment. A belated congrats on the arrival of your grandson! Christopher was the first for my parents, and my sister in law is due soon, too, so it’s going to be an epic year for the whole family.

      April 15, 2015
  26. I’ve got tears in my eyes reading this and only some of them are tears of laughter. Congratulations to all three of you and – welcome to the world, Christopher.

    March 29, 2015
    • Oh Linda, this is kind of you to say. Thanks.

      April 15, 2015
  27. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! He’s so very handsome! I had an epidural with my 4th…..greatest thing EVER! The only reason I can think I didn’t have one the first 3 times is I must have been insane and the 4th one snapped the brains back on. Your birth story is beautiful. I laughed and cried. Enjoy your little bird, they grow so quickly!

    March 29, 2015
    • Oh wow! I’m jealous that you have had the experience both ways, and curious about what it would be like without the epidural.

      They DO grow quickly, don’t they? He just had his 2 month check up and he weighs 12 lbs 6 oz–up from his birth weight of 7 lbs 1 oz! I like his size right now. Way more huggable. 🙂

      April 15, 2015
  28. nancy #

    Congratulations!

    March 29, 2015
  29. Jean G. Woodhouse #

    Well done. The most priceless writing of anything you have written on your blog thus far.
    What a beautiful child and wonderful photos.

    March 29, 2015
    • Well, Jean, I can’t tell you how much that means to me. I think it’s my favorite thing I’ve ever written. Thanks for saying that.

      April 15, 2015
  30. xoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxxoxoxx (so many similarities to my experience!!)

    March 29, 2015
    • Really?!? Awesome. I just wish the pizza I had was one of those pizzas from the Italian restaurant in L.A. that you wrote about once. I forget the name of it, but the next time I make it out there I am going to hit it up. Hopefully they have outdoor seating so that I can borrow Mavis and bring him along.

      April 15, 2015
  31. Jill #

    Agree with everyone else – all of your posts are wonderful and funny, but this is the best one yet! Having had one kid without an epidural and one with, I can attest that an epidural is absolutely the way to go as long as they work for you.

    I did worry about the amniotic fluid all over your car seat, though.

    March 29, 2015
    • Right?? I always thought you’d feel your water break but I totally didn’t. It wasn’t until I got out of the car and into the building that I was like “oh. hmmmm.”

      I wonder if Dominos will want to use my story in an ad. I can see it now: “pizza so good you won’t even notice your water has broken!”

      Probably not. Can’t see it having the mass appeal they’d be going for…

      April 15, 2015
  32. Lindsey #

    Congratulations! Fantastic post. I laughed so hard I snorted my breakfast during your convo about enchiladas and then the ending was just one big awww. 🙂

    March 29, 2015
  33. Congratulations!!! Boys are awesome 😉

    March 29, 2015
    • Thanks, Liene. They ARE awesome. I’m so glad I had one!

      April 15, 2015
  34. I can’t believe you had the presence of mind to take pictures along the way, but I thank you for it. Much love, happiness and sleep.

    March 29, 2015
    • Sandy Sue, if it weren’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have thought to take the pictures. I honestly couldn’t wait to tell you about it. xoxo

      April 12, 2015
  35. NextInLine #

    I too am terrible about commenting but love your blog so much, and this entry in particular. However we manage to birth our children, there should be no judgment at all; it is difficult enough to manage a pregnancy and birth. I have three boys (two pregnancies, do the math) and I think perhaps, besides my husband and therapist, the man I love most in the whole world was the one who gave me an epidural during the birth of my oldest son, 25 hours into labor, who then after a 24 hour shift, promptly fell asleep in a chair in my room. Once that sucker took hold, all I could do was gaze on him with a most abject sort of love. Took 31 hours of labor and two hours of pushing but I finally got that boy out. And yesterday he turned 20. Your story is funny as hell, love the family battle cry, and your boy is spectacular. Congratulations! Can’t wait to hear all the stories that will come from parenting. And epidurals are the bomb shizzle. No doubt.

    March 29, 2015
    • I love love love this comment–the image of the doctor falling asleep in your room is just amazing. And I could not agree more–now that I’ve gone through this I just can’t see why people judge each other. The way I see it, you never know what parts of pregnancy/birth/parenting are going to be hard for you and easy for someone else, or the other way around. So it seems like the best thing to do is to keep in mind that the relationship someone has with their kid is what matters, not the logistics of how their kid came into the world, or what their kid ate, etc.!

      April 12, 2015
  36. Bex Miller #

    Both giggling and tearing up 🙂 He’s lovely, congratulations to you both!! xx

    March 29, 2015
  37. Ahhh, so awesome! He is absolutely gorgeous, and your story is fantastic. It is hilarious that you stopped for pizza on the way, because I can totally imagine myself doing something like that (I do NOT want to enter into something that could take hours to days without some solid food in me). Congrats to you both! (On the baby, of course, not the pizza.)

    March 29, 2015
    • Yeah, Willow, I went back and forth with my doctor on the food and drink thing. In the end he said I could do clear liquids like gatorade rather than JUST ice chips. The first thing I ate after the delivery was a Twix bar, and at midnight we ordered pasta and meatballs from a place called Rosebud on Rush. The meatballs were amazing.

      April 12, 2015
  38. Ooooooooh girl, I am SO happy for you! Way to go, he is gorgeous!! Not to mention your post-birth face. Radiance itself!!! Congrats to you, Scott, and welcome lil’ Christopher! Xoxoxo

    March 29, 2015
  39. aspen1386 #

    What a lovely post, tearfully lovely!

    March 29, 2015
  40. Oh fantastic. Congratulations to all of you. I’m so happy right now having read this (just like all of your other readers). Please post lots of baby pics!

    March 29, 2015
  41. jenny_o #

    Congratulations you two! He is beautiful 🙂 And he already looks more than a little mischievous!

    March 29, 2015
  42. Congratulations on your precious little boy! I’m totally impressed that you had the time and energy to write such a lengthy post so soon after having a baby. And it’s such a fun story! Considering how soon you had your son from when the contractions started it seems like you were made to have babies. With my first son I was pushing for 1.5 hrs (thank God for epidural). Second son – we hardly made it to the hospital and no time for epi. Good luck with everything.

    March 30, 2015
    • Magda, I think I typed this post out with one finger, one sentence at a time between interruptions over the course of a month. 🙂 You’re amazing for having your second son without the epidural. Was it awesome?? I’m so curious about what it was like. Of course now that I’ve done it one way, I want to do it the other way. Thanks for the kind comment!

      April 12, 2015
      • Thanks! To be honest, the second time around I didn’t have a choice. I asked for epi but there was no time even for the IV fluid since it takes a while. Everything was more vivid and raw but went fast. I didn’t think I could do it without meds. Overall, my second labor was better than the first one. Enjoy your precious moments!

        April 14, 2015
  43. Sher Abbott #

    Congrats to you and your honey bunny! Your son is so photogenic! I have really missed your blogs! I know you will be very overwhelmed during this time of your life. But you can do this! I hope you continue to write your blog for those of us that love your stories!

    March 30, 2015
    • Sher, I really appreciate this comment. Thank you.

      April 12, 2015
  44. He is so stinkin’ cute! That plan of yours was way too good to work at all.

    March 30, 2015
  45. Condogulations! The pooches have a peep all of their own to play with!

    ArOOOOO! Stuart

    March 30, 2015
    • Breaking news: the baby has started following Seymour with his eyes. He hasn’t seemed to notice Thunder yet. I’m sure Thunder is quite put out by this, actually. 🙂

      April 12, 2015
  46. ibreatheimhungry #

    That is one cute kid you have there! GOOD JOB YOU TWO!!!

    March 30, 2015
  47. just teared up again (for the second time) after hearing the birth story (and i’m with Rachael; i don’t even like birth stories from most people) and you three are awesome. Or shall i say five, because i expect there to be LOTS of comic relief from Thunder and Seymour in these first stages of wee Christopher’s life.
    I have to cut my comment short because Stella just called to me from her tent and asked “Mom? is child services the one who takes your kids away?” WTF. Better go see what’s going on.

    March 30, 2015
    • HA! I read the part about Stella and the tent to Scott.

      April 12, 2015
  48. Sandra R #

    Congrats to you all!! He is so adorable, what an amazing smile! And that picture of you, radiant post birth shows the genetic origin of that winning smile. We have a picture of me with a smile like that. I was hugging my epidural pump at the time!! The adventure continues, so glad you will be sharing parts of it on your blog. I was afraid you would bail on us.

    March 30, 2015
    • Sandra, thank you so much! I appreciate that a lot.

      April 12, 2015
  49. Your radiant face and your son’s beautiful smiling face say it all. Congratulations to you all. I’m so happy for you!

    March 30, 2015
  50. What a beautiful story and even more beautiful/adorable baby boy. I know exactly how you felt as your due date passed by with no baby and you just figured it wasn’t ever coming, I felt exactly the same way for all TEN days more daughter was delayed! I also believe every birth story is unique and almost none go as planned or expected, my two certainly did not. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

    March 30, 2015
    • Oh my goodness, ten days would have been the end of me. Good for you for surviving that ETERNITY. And thank you for the kind words!

      April 12, 2015
  51. a #

    Congratulations! He’s adorable!

    But…you’re in Chicago and you stopped at Domino’s for pizza? Whyyyyyy????? (We had Domino’s for lunch today, but that’s because THERE ARE NO BETTER OPTIONS!)

    (Similar to you, when I knew I was going to be heading to the hospital, I ate lunch and stuffed my bag with snacks. You never know when they’ll let you eat again.)

    March 31, 2015
    • Ha! This is weird, but I love the pan pizzas at Domino’s. Not the regular ones–just the pan. We probably SHOULD have stopped at Giordanos or Lou Malnatis for a deep dish but then we would have had to wait 45 minutes for them to make one (they only do them to order), and by that point. . . well, things could have gotten a little dicey. 🙂

      April 10, 2015
  52. Anna F. #

    Congratulations! Nice work!

    March 31, 2015
  53. So many congratulations!!!! ❤ He's beautiful!

    April 6, 2015
  54. Your account of your labor has me in stitches. Literally(ish). I’ve been up and down since last night telling Chris I’m feeling “kinda normal crampy” to which he said “what’s normal crampy” and I said “i dunno, the kind that some people would go to the hospital for only to learn it’s indigestion. It’s nothing.” We’re at 38 weeks. Maybe I need to DL an app…

    PS – Congrats on your little. He’s beautiful.

    April 8, 2015
    • Emily, I love your website! Your photography is gorgeous. I’m thrilled to start following you. So this is your first, right? If you want the gory details that I left out here, I am happy to email them to you. 🙂

      April 8, 2015
      • I do!!!! I want all the details!!! No really. Like, the tmi stuff, too. 🙂

        April 8, 2015
  55. Amy #

    Ok, I’ve said this to you before, but he is SO CUTE!!! I love that smile. That is a crazy birth story! He was obviously quite anxious to meet you guys 🙂 Very jealous of how short you labored…although once you get the epidural it’s really a walk in the park, hehe. Welcome, little Christopher!

    April 13, 2015
    • Yeah, Amy, I definitely got lucky with the short labor, huh? And with my doctor being the one who was on call the next day. He came in to deliver me, which was super nice of him, but then the next day also happened to be his hospital day, so I got to see him again instead of someone I didn’t know. Loved that.

      April 15, 2015

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