Evan’s Birth Story {or How to Have The Unplanned Drug-Free Birth You Never Wanted}

Thank you all for all of the sweetest messages, comments, and tweets about Evan’s birth!! I am overwhelmed by the love and support and working on replying to all of you :) That said – this post is not for people who don’t want to know about childbirth. I really didn’t hold back on the details, so if you read this and puke – well, don’t say I didn’t warn you…

I’ve obsessed over read a lot of articles, posts, and forums these last few weeks trying to figure out what people feel like before they go into labor. Did they know it was going to happen? Was it sudden or slow? How did they KNOW they were in labor? And the verdict? Ummm… there is no consistency. Here’s what happened to me…

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Early Labor

I didn’t go to bed expecting to wake up in labor – and truthfully I didn’t wake up knowing I was either! No, I woke up at 5:30 having to pee, like usual. I sat up and felt a small gush and thought, “WTF was that?” I waited to see if it would followed by anything else, but it didn’t so I went to the bathroom to pee. I checked to see if was pee or blood (it wasn’t) and then looked it up online. The only thing I could think of was that it was my water breaking a little bit and decided to follow the advice I read online — drink a glass of water, lie on my side, and see if gushed more after 20-30 minutes. During this time I noticed that I was definitely having contractions. They were a tiny bit more painful than normal (they felt like really bad cramps). After about 30 minutes I got up to pee again… and nothing. No gushing at least. I did have a lot of pink cervical fluid, which was new.



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As the morning progressed, and the kids woke up, I continued to have mild contractions and I started to feel like I was leaking. There was no more gushing, but I felt like something was very slowly trickling out of me all.the.time. It was annoying more than anything and I didn’t know what to do! When Dan got up, I told him I needed him to stay home from work and that at some point we would have to go up to the hospital to check to make sure it wasn’t amniotic fluid. Better safe than sorry!

In the meantime, we got Braeden ready for baseball (where he went with my mother-in-law, who later picked up L as well) and Livie ready for dance pictures (my friend Tracy took her).


I kept procrastinating on going up to the hospital and spent the morning showering, walking around the neighborhood, and Googling anything and everything that had to do with labor symptoms. It was a very productive morning.

After eating lunch, I FINALLY decided we should go up to the hospital. My contractions continued to be regular, about 8 minutes apart, but still mild. They were lasting about 45 seconds and peaking halfway through. We got to the hospital around 2 and checked into Labor/Delivery. I told the triage nurse, Bonnie, that I didn’t really think she was going to keep me (we left all of our bags in the car) – but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t leaking amniotic fluid. She agreed it didn’t hurt to check! She hooked me up to the monitors and then used a speculum (so fun /sarcasm) to collect some “stuff” to send to the lab. She didn’t see any fluid – but she said it didn’t mean anything, so we waited. She also checked me and I was 3cm dilated, 50% effaced and -2 station. A big difference from Tuesday when I all sealed up and not effaced at all. This was the moment where I actually thought for the first time, “Woah. I think am really in labor!”

After about 30 minutes, the results came back from the lab as negative. Who knows what I felt gushing in the morning! She did talk to the Dr. on call and he offered to come in induce if wanted and I said, “No thanks!!” She agreed with my decision and told me that she was pretty sure that I would be back later that weekend – and that I was definitely NOT going to make it to my induction.

They discharged me around 4 and on the way home I asked Dan if the kids should say with his step-mom for the night. He agreed (smart thinking!), so we picked them up from his mom’s, hung out with for a little bit, and then Dan dropped them off (and picked up food for dinner). During this time nothing terribly exciting was going on. I was starting to have stronger contractions, but there still 7-8 minutes apart. It was actually frustrating me that they weren’t getting closer together. In fact, between contractions I felt great and kept thinking they were going to fizzle out — until another contraction would hit. The contractions were painful, but so much easier than pitocin induced contractions. I had scheduled an acupressure/acupuncture appointment for noon – but ended up canceling it. At that point I wondered if I should have kept it to move things along! Instead, I just stayed active. I convinced Braeden to go on another walk with me (I’m pretty sure I walked about 3 miles on Saturday!) and while Dan was gone I decided to clean the master bathroom and mop the floors. Hello final nesting!

Finally around 10pm the contractions started getting closer together and I also started experiencing “bloody show.” Hallelujah! I told Dan that if he wanted to get any sleep that he might want to do it then, so he went to bed. I laid on the couch watching TV and “sleeping” between contractions.


Of course, looking back, this is when I SHOULD left to go to the hospital. They only shifted from 7-8 to 6-7, but things went a lot faster than I expected from this point on!

Active Labor

Around 11 I had some major stomach cramps (not contractions) followed by a fun bout of “I think my intestines are going to explode out of my body.” Active labor had begun and I didn’t even realize it!. At 11:30 I made the executive decision to wake Dan up. He pretty much jumped out of bed. We packed the car (again), and we were off to the hospital by midnight. I was still tracking my contractions and I realized after about 5 minutes in the car that they were now 2 minutes apart and peaking at the 50 second mark. Umm, what? I told Dan to DRIVE FAST and even encouraged him to run red lights onto ongoing traffic. It was not good.

I really don’t remember much of that ride, but I do remember praying that the contractions slow down a little. My body agreed slightly and I had a few 4 minute contractions here and there. The ride to the hospital is about 30 minutes on a good day and we made it in about 20. We did get behind a car in the residential area very close to the hospital going slow (well, he was going 30 in a 25!) and I screamed at Dan to pass him. I’m not sure if Dan REALLY understood the urgency at that point (he was still obeying stop signs!), but he did finally pass him. We probably scared the hell out of that car.

When we pulled up to the hospital, I pretty much jumped out of the car and ran into the ER (Dan went and parked the car). Thankfully, it was NOT busy. Through a contraction, I gave them my details (due date, Dr info, and status of contractions) and one of the nurses in triage grabbed a wheelchair and quickly took me up to Labor and Delivery. Dan arrived as they checked me in – this time he had ALL of our bags!

The triage nurse (who happened to be the nurse that delivered Livie!) was FAST. She could see that I was in serious active labor and had me change into the gown and hooked me up to the monitors for about 2 minutes to get stats. She asked the front desk to call my Dr. and tell him to come in immediately and also told the charge nurse I was going to need a room and a wheelchair. She then checked me and said I was 6cm, fully effaced, and 0 station. I thought at this point this was right where I wanted to be so I was happy about that. She asked if I planned on getting an epidural and I said yes, definitely. Ha.


I sent this picture to a few of my friends at 12:51 that said “Made it to the hospital and I’m 6cm. I’m ready for my epidural!” About 2 minutes later I was moved to my delivery room and shit.got.real.


The triage nurse got me to the room and told me I should try to pee before they set up my IV because I probably wouldn’t be able to go again. I sat down on the toilet just as I was having a contraction and HOLY SHIT. Not only was the pain unreal, but I suddenly felt this intense pressure like I had to push. At that moment I knew I was NOT getting an epidural and that I was probably in transition.

I recovered and for about 30 seconds thought that maybe it was just because I was sitting on the toilet that I felt that way – so I didn’t say anything to the nurses. Until the next contraction hit and the same thing happened. Oh boy. By the time the third contraction hit I couldn’t hold it in anymore. I shouted to the nurses that I felt the need to push and just started crying through the contraction. Honestly, it wasn’t just the pain that made the feel so horrible, but the pressure and the urgency – and the fact that I just had NO control over my body. It was intense. Of course, this was all happening while the nurse was trying to give me my IV and attempting to give me a round of saline and my antibiotics for GBS. They immediately checked me after my declaration and said, “Oh yeah – she’s complete and the baby’s head is right there.” Note to self: 6cm to 10cm in less than 10 minutes is not enough time to get an epidural.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t TIME to push. The Dr. still hadn’t arrived. Every time I had a contraction (probably 10 total), I would scream (and simultaneously cry), “I needed to push.” and the nurses (there were 3 in the room) would shout back to me that I needed to take a deep breath and blow it out of my mouth and forget about pushing. Yeah, easier said than done. During one of the contractions my water finally broke and I shouted sometime like, “Oh my God – my water broke.” It wasn’t that my water breaking was a BAD thing necessarily, but I remembered that with the other two that once that happened that added extra “cushion” was gone! The nurses cleaned it up right away, flipped me to my right side, and asked for an oxygen mask – I’m guessing to help slow the baby from just pushing himself out. At this point the nurse had a hard time picking up his heartbeat on the monitor (and obviously it was really important for them to make sure he was OK during such an important phase), so she was manually holding the monitoring and moving it around trying to find him. I’m sure it looked like a complete circus.

Some how, some way  I didn’t have the baby without the Dr present! He arrived probably 20-25 minutes after they called him (he said he was prepared to come in for me after sending me home, so I guess my trip to the hospital wasn’t for nothing!) and at first tried to crack jokes to lighten the mood. I seriously was just trying not to shoot the baby across the room, so I don’t really remember what he was saying. I just know for the majority of the time I had my eyes closed and that I was not amused. After what seemed like an an eternity (it was probably less than 5 minutes), he was finally prepped and ready to deliver and asked me the most magical questions in all the land…”Are you ready to push?” Hell. Yes.

For most of my screaming, Dan was sitting the chair next to my bed staying quiet and filling out paperwork. The best one he filled out? The one for my epidural that I never got (Dan thinks the nurses were just amusing me). So when they finally broke down the bed and let me put my feet on the stirrups, he was called to action. I’m sure this was his favorite part! The Dr. told me pull my legs back (with help from Dan and the nurses) and just push as hard I could when I felt my next contraction. Of course, my body picked that exact moment to take a 2 minutes break! I felt like a year passed and then finally – the first push… It hurt like a bitch and took me a few to get a grasp on what I needed to do (doing this before, you’d think I’d remember). Apparently Evan’s head started to crown because everyone was talking about his hair color (and particularly how it wasn’t red – I’m 0 for 3). This is also when everyone in the room discovered that we didn’t know the sex of the baby yet – and they got really excited. The Dr. asked if we had guesses — Dan didn’t, but he said I was definite that it was a boy. The next push was much more efficient and burned like hell. I felt his head pop out, and the pain increase times ten. Everyone started shouting “One more push!” I also heard the Dr. say – “Oh, this isn’t going to be a small baby” and guessed that I was right and it was a boy. Just as the next contraction hit, I started screaming, “I can’t do this!” over and over again. The nurses were trying to calm me, while Dan and the Dr. were all “you’ve already come this far!” So, I dug deep and just pushed as hard as my body would let me through the pain — and within seconds Evan came barreling out. I could see he was a boy before Dan announced it. They laid the baby on me for a few minutes and then I INSISTED that Dan cut the cord (he was trying to get me to do it).


I have no idea what the Dr. and nurses were doing to me at the point (and I probably don’t WANT to know), but I remember just starting at Evan and thinking, “We did it!” Honestly, it’s still kind of blowing my mind that all of that happened in less than 24 hours!


They then moved the baby to the scale where everyone guessed his weight (nobody guessed below 9lbs!) and it came up on the monitor as 9lbs 4oz. This is the weight I guessed in my baby pool — so I got something right! I knew he wasn’t going to be small. They then warmed Evan up, took his vitals (I think his APGAR scores were both 9), and took his footprints…


While all of that was going on, the Dr. quickly delivered the placenta (also not fun when you have no drugs, by the way) and I felt that immediate sense of relief. I forgot how great that feeling is! He then cleaned me up and starting prepping for stitches. I got a little novacaine (finally – some drugs!!) first. I’m not sure what kind of tear or how many stitches I have, but I’m definitely NOT surprised that I had to get them. Ha.

Once we were both put back together — we got to “meet” for the first time. Oh, how happy I was to see that face!




I’ll skip all of the gross parts of MY recovery — but we’ve now moved into Day 3 and I feel pretty great. I have no swelling (which is definitely thanks to the awesome nurses who brought me countless diapers full of ice on demand) and most of the pain/pressure it gone. I’m not planning on riding a bike any time soon, but I’m also not cringing at the thought of sitting down either. The afterbirth pains have been horrible (as expected), but my milk came last night/today and they are slowing down and my uterus is back in place (breastfeeding works wonders for that!). My biggest pain complaint is actually my hips and back. I need to pick up a postpartum band (I know I have one, but I can’t find it) and I know it will help shift things back into place.

Evan is doing fantastic. He is in that newborn sleepy phase, so the verdict is still out on how he will do with nights and days – but so far, so good! He’s nursing like a pro and is pretty mellow. He LOVES his wubbanub – and has been cracking everyone up because he holds on to it like he KNOWS it’s his toy/paci.

"I love my wubbanub." (Thanks to @kwidrick!)

We’ve been calling him Easy E because he’s just so chill (even the 24-hour fussies and all of the blood draws he has done haven’t really bothered him).

Easy E says, "Good morning , yo!"





The only frustrating part is that we’re still in the hospital! Because I didn’t get my antibiotics AND Livie’s history with GBS, they decided to keep him here to watch his temps, do a CBC blood draw, and 48-hour culture to make sure there no bacteria growth present (which is why my little guy has a hep-lock on this right hand). The CBC came back negative – with nothing showing up and his temps have been stable since Day 1, so now we are just waiting on the culture. They discharged me today (but are letting me keep my room as a border!), but took him down to the NICU for the night (I can’t eat in the NICU, so I’m going to stay up here to sleep/eat — otherwise I can spend as much time with him as I want). *fingers crossed* we will be able go home tomorrow!

So in short (ha ha!): This is NOT the labor and delivery I expected at all, but obviously it was meant to be. I am absolutely THRILLED that I FINALLY went into labor on my own. My body worked and my baby picked his own birthday!

That said, I don’t really know how I feel about having a natural, drug-free birth. On one hand, it’s something I really contemplated doing with Livie. I was pissed when I had to be induced with her. On the other hand, now that I’ve done it with and without an epidural, I don’t necessarily get the allure of going drug free. I’m still gathering my thoughts on this (expect a post!), but all I can say is that I’m very happy this happened with my LAST baby and not my first. What a way to end an “era.”

Regardless of HOW he was born and whatever pain I experienced – it was still one of the best days of my life. Evan was definitely the missing piece of our “puzzle” and I am so blessed to have three beautiful and healthy children — and a husband who loves us (and tolerates my crazy).

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Happy Birthday Evan!


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Kara says:

He is so adorable! I love how much he loves his Wubbanub!

They made me wait to push too, for an HOUR, and I almost killed someone. That is just not a reasonable demand to make of a laboring woman :)
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  • Thank you! Yeah, I couldn’t have waited an hour. I had about 5 minutes left in me and then THANK GOD the Dr.. walked in. I did have to wait for the Dr. to do her round with Livie, but I couldn’t feel a thing (just a little discomfort in my hips) and I think waiting helped me – I tore but with her it was one stitch. Yeah, there were multiple, multiple stitches this time. So fun!

  • Wow! What a great story! I mean not cool to be going without the meds and it did not sound fun, but at least it was pretty quick? I would say quick might be preferred over like hours on end? I think its great you went into labor on your own without induction! Boo for the extended hospital stay but I hope little E is alright! Hope you guys get some rest and get to go home soon!
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    • Technically this birth was the longest labor for me — but had the quickest ending! I DEFINITELY prefer pitocin-free labor, so no complaints there! Natural labor is SO MUCH EASIER.

      I AM glad I didn’t PUSH for 3 hours without an epidural though. I think I would have been climbing the walls.

  • julie16750 says:

    Such a great story! So happy for you for going into labor naturally and then to end up going drug-free is crazy. Now you’ll have to answer the million dollar question – which was more painful, a marathon or a drug-free birth? :) Congratulations again to you and your family!

    • I am sooo hoping you go on your own!! Pitocin-free contractions are so much easier to manage. Are you aiming to go drug-free?

      It’s hard to compare the two — giving birth hurt more, however the endurance and recovery of running a marathon was MUCH more trying. Does that even make sense? I guess if I pushed for 4+ hours without drugs, I would feel differently. The majority of labor really wasn’t that bad for me! It was actually pretty calm until about 2 hours before he was born.

  • Tears. Such a wonderful wonderful birth story. It’s surprisingly similar to another one I know, internet twin. Seriously, I’m crying… I can’t wait to hear all about sweet sweet Evan and seeing him grow up.
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    • Aww thank you :) Soooo funny that this happened to you too — Addie? Or both of them?

      We better run a race together someday so we can catch up on all of our similarities!

  • Amazing story, and you look beautiful for a momma who just pushed out a big baby without meds! So proud of you and happy for you all. Lots of love from DC!
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    • Thanks! I think one perk to a fast delivery was that I didn’t have time to get all sweaty and gross. Lol! Can’t wait for you guys to meet him someday!

  • Wow what an amazing story! Evan is beautiful and I am so happy for y’all. You look great!
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  • This makes me miss my teeny tiny boy! I can see how the natural birth in a hospital, when no one is expecting it can get chaotic. Especially if you progress that fast! I know exactly the “feel like I should push” feeling. If I hadn’t planned it to be that way, I totally would have thought my uterus was taking over my body. You’re like “No, wait. I’m not ready!” and your uterus is like “sucks to be you.”
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    • I know some people despise it, but I love the teeny tiny newborn stage. Can’t I keep him this little???

      I think if I had planned for a drug-free birth I would have figured out a better technique to channeling that pain and pressure. I really had NO idea the latter half of labor would be so precipitous. Although, I REALLY should have. With both of my pitocin epidural births I went from 6 to complete very quickly as well, but I thought it was because I got the epidural and my body relaxed a little. Umm, apparently not!

  • What a wonderful birthing story!

    Congratulations again to you and your family :)
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  • What a great post! I loved reading every single detail! Thanks for sharing the whole experience and for your honest reflections. You have a beautiful family and I hope you get to go home soon!!!
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    • Thank you – hoping it wasn’t too much. I probably could have spared some details, but I probably could have added a few too. Haha! We are definitely overjoyed to be HOME!

  • Loved reading Evan’s birth story. :) Thank you for sharing! He looks so sweet.

  • Dang it, you made me cry on my monitor. Congratulations! I want to hear the gory details when I come for a visit. :)
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    • I will recreate the entire experience for you! Ok – not really. But come visit whenever – Dan goes back to work Monday and I have nothing going on!

  • And you succeed at being the first blogger to make me cry at work! Seriously, I’m SO happy for you & amazed at the massive amount of cuteness in this post. Evan is absolutely adorable & I can’t get over how cute L and B look holding him! (And gosh, L’s dance picture outfit?? She looks so stinking cute!) I’m really happy for you for going into labor on your own! And maybe only slightly scared about labor and delivery after reading this…. Congratulations again & hope you have a smooth recovery and keep feeling great!
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    • Sorry I made you cry!! I hope this post didn’t scare you TOO much. I have to think that part of why he arrived so quickly (after being in early labor for SO LONG) was that it was my 3rd kid. Like I’ve said before though – it was one and while it was a very exciting and painful day, it was worth it. It’s weird – a week later I can barely remember the pain of delivery. It’s amazing how quickly you forget! And thank you for all of you kind words!! I can’t wait for you to be holding your baby boy :)

  • He’s beautiful! Congratulations, wishing you a smooth recovery and I can’t wait to read your epidural vs no epidural post!
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  • Wow crazy birth! Oh I can’t imagine doing it unmedicated (not that my epidural worked that well, and then I still need a C-section) – It is always “fun” to read about other people’s experiences. I was so glad I go into Labor on my own with Ellie since I hadn’t had any contractions at all before my water broke. Ellie had a hep-lock too but in her head (I had had a fever during labor) so all her pictures in the hospital had this fashionable look….then she would never wear a headband again until a year ago.

    Hope you get to go home soon and you get to enjoy a “quiet” maternity leave, unlike last time.

    • I definitely never imagined doing it unmedicated either, but maybe I should have? lol. It was really a different pain than I thought it would be.

      They almost had to put an IV in Livie’s head when she was in the hospital (they ended up doing an IV 4 times while we were there the 10 days because she kept pulling it out) on the LAST day. We convinced them to give her 2 shots of antibiotics in her legs instead. Thank goodness she doesn’t remember.

      Lol about the headbands!!

  • Congrats again!
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  • Congrats again. He’s a cutie. And wow, what a story. I remember with my second the nurses kept telling me not to push and to blow it out – HELLO!!! :)
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    • Thank you!! Yeah – that whole “Blow it out thing” didn’t work for me. Lol. I think if they had said “Talk to me” or “Tell me about your pain” or SOMETHING I wouldn’t have screamed at them so much. Although, I was screaming, so I guess it worked!

  • So freaking proud of you! I mean, who else could write this thorough of a blog post so quickly? Oh yeah, I’m also proud of the whole giving birth with no drugs thing, too. :)

    Hope Easy E gets to go home tomorrow! That can’t be fun for you. Thankfully, he’s just as sweet and easygoing as he can be and is probably just rolling with it. Can’t wait to see him again!
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    • Well, it’s not like I was doing a whole lot in the hospital — and my adrenaline was too crazy to sleep.

      Yep, he is still just rolling with it. It’s almost kinda freaky how laid back he has been this week.

  • I have no idea what those effaced and station numbers mean. And it effects me more than you know that your uterus had to “shift back into place.” With that said, congrats! And welcome to your crazy family, Evan!
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    • I was going to give you a quick biology lesson, but then I figured you would just be thinking about my vagina again. But, I things DO get shifted around in there when a 9lb person living inside of you. That’s why I don’t rush recovery. Don’t want my bladder to fall out or anything.

      Evan has no idea what he’s in for.

  • So happy for you and your beautiful family, Michelle! Evan is adorable! I hope you are home today resting and enjoying your family of 5!

    And you sealed the deal for me – I will be asking (demanding? begging?) for the epidural come October! :)

    • Thank you!! I’m writing a post on epidural vs. not right now — don’t necessarily count it out – but I DO recommend reading into some techniques for pain management just in case.

  • Love this. I love that you always keep it real. This story brought tears to my eyes. I’m glad you were able to go into labor on your own and that at least it was quick. I’m sorry about the lack of pain meds and the extended hospital stay, but hopefully you and Evan will be home and settled in soon. :)
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    • Aww thank you! I’m so glad I went into labor on my own too. I know it’s weird but I feel like FINALLY one of my kids picked his own birthday :)

  • I really loved reading this! As a first time mom, I know there is still so much to learn about labor. That is the one section of the baby books I’ve been kind of avoiding. I should probably read up on that before September comes along (my due date is September 21). I’m still undecided on whether or not to get the epidural so I was interested to hear your thoughts. The hubs and I are not finding out the gender so it was nice to read about someone else that did the same thing (it seems like every single pregnant person I know found out or plans on finding out).

    This comment is all over the place, but I just had so many different thoughts after reading this. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story! I love that you didn’t sugar coat the details and kept it real without being too graphic. :) Congrats on a beautiful baby boy! :) (Oh, and I registered for a Wubbanub after reading this.)
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    • One thing I will say about labor is that it’s one day. For me it was more like 18 hours of discomfort and 40 minutes of pain, but still – it’s short lived. The pain was ridiculous, but a week later and I don’t really remember it, oddly enough!

      How fun that you aren’t finding the sex! I thought it would be hard, but it was actually harder for OTHER people. Maybe it’s because I just really thought E was going to be a boy the whole time?? (do you have any guesses?)

      I’m working on a drug vs drug-free post right now… should be up early next week!

  • Yay! I was so excited to read your story! I’m also impressed at how fast you got it to us lol. I’m one of those crazy drug free women so I think it’s awesome because at least now you can say you experienced it ya know? Going drug free kind of makes you a bad ass regardless if it was planned! I’m so glad to hear it went well! I had to laugh about the pushing part. I was so there! Not pushing when your body is ready to shoot that kid out like a canon is darn near impossible. He is beautiful and I’m happy your family can now be complete!

    • Well, I was stuck in the hospital for 2 extra days and there is only so much you can do when the baby is sleeping and your husband wants to steal the baby (in his defense, he went home at night to be with the other kids)! Lol.

      Going drug free basically made me feel like I was insane for not getting to the hospital sooner! But yes, I can definitely now said I did it! Crazy. I seriously don’t know how you had an epidural free birth on pitocin — that should definitely make you feel like a bad ass for sure.

  • Coming from a newly pregnant woman, at first you had me terrified, and then you had me crying with happy tears. haha. Thanks for sharing all the moments of that special day. Reading birth stories helps with preparing me for what will happen in the fall:) Such a sweet story and I’m very happy for your family!

    • Thank you!

      I really hope I didn’t scare you (congrats on your pregnancy!!!). Reading birth stories can be highly terrifying, but it’s almost like the trainwreck you have to check out. I swear to you no matter WHAT kind of birth you have, it will be worth it!

  • You gave me flashbacks to my unintentionally drug-free delivery. I feel your pain! You are a total rockstar! So glad your recovery is going well. Congrats on your sweet little boy!
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    • Thank you!

      Is there a Labor PTSD support group we can join??? I will say that a week later it really doesn’t seem like that it was that bad. My husband would disagree (ok and my body, lol) but it’s funny how fast your memory recovers!

  • Also, I don’t know how you kept from pushing. They told me not to push but my body was just doing it on its own. I couldn’t control it!
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    • Oh – and I was pushing – I’m SURE I was. They were trying their hardest to get me to blow out my pain and talk though! I seriously thanked the Dr. 3 times for getting there fast. I only had about 5 more minutes left in me, I’m SURE of it!

  • I can’t tell you how many times I just said “yes, exactly!” when I was reading. I went into my birth wanting to go drug-free, and did, but it was the hardest thing I’ve EVER done. You’re so right about the loss of control being the most challenging part — I remember crying from the pain and discomfort, but mostly because I just couldn’t get a break.

    I can’t get over how perfect your family looks, and how different all three of your experiences were. Thank you for sharing it all — it brings me back to where I was in October. And ALMOST makes me ready to do it again. Almost.
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    • I might think you are slightly crazy now for wanting a drug-free birth — especially for your first baby! That said, now that the pain has been erased from my brain I can see the allure too. I really not a “crier” when it comes to pain – not that I haven’t cried, but I can usually fight through it and there was just NO fighting through this pain. I was almost surprised when I heard myself – like it was an out of body experience! (It’s a week later and that’s what stands out in my head the most!)

      Thank you for the sweet words! Can’t wait for you to meet E!

  • Congrats!!! So impressed with you. For not wanting to give a natural birth, you were a pro and really knew everything about your body and what was going on. It is so very impressive. I wanted to and did give birth naturally – here is my post on it – yes it is for sure a bitch but I always want like it was really was like running a marathon except a shitload more painful. lol. welcome back to the early days ;)

    Evan is adorable!!


    • Thank you! I can honestly say that I am SO glad I had 2 other birth experiences before this happened because I don’t know how I would have handled it! I’m also glad I ran a marathon because it really does give you perspective! It was definitely the MOST pain I have ever experienced (and ever HOPE to experience). The Dr. asked me after birth was my pain was like on a scale from 1-10 and I said, “Umm 25?” Lol.

      I’ll have to go read your birth story! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Welcome to the world, Easy E! You know I’m a total sap and was crying reading this (even if Roo was bored!) I am just so happy for you guys–he’s perfect.
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    • It still cracks me up that Roo fell asleep. You obviously weren’t reading it to him using different voices or reenacting the screaming :)

      Thank you friend! Some day you will be meet my kids and they will all be your best friend for life. I swear.

  • WOW! What a story! I can’t believe it. But so happy for you. Hope you are feeling okay (and not too sleep deprived) right now. He is just beautiful. Almost makes me want another. And it definitely makes me appreciative I somehow made it in time for my epidural with B. Sorry, but it’s the truth. Ha!
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    • Thanks!! I am actually feeling great — minus the tired thing (more because I am in a deficite, E isn’t sleeping TOO terrible for a newborn!).

      I still can’t believe you made it in time for an epidural! If you did have another — you would need to camp out at the hospital (as would I – although, that is NOT happening – ha ha).

  • “Diapers full of ice cream?” “Stitches?” “No drugs?” You just scared the crap out of my vagina, Michelle. Also, you are Wonder Woman. Congratulations! <3
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    • Lol to diapers full of ice cream. Now that’s wishful thinking (it was just ice – I swear — they fill the diaper up with water and freeze it – it’s a GREAT ice pack, just FYI). My vagina wants your vagina to know it’s really not THAT bad. Selective memory is a wonderful thing.

  • Just got a chance to read this, and WOW, what a story!! I’m so happy you all are healthy and everything went well…even though it wasn’t exactly how you thought it would go. ;) Your story sounds like one that you’d see in a movie or something! He’s adorable! Congratulations!
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    • Thanks!! It was definitely nuts, but I truly can’t complain about the outcome. Plus I got to go into labor on my own! Totally psyched about that because I wasn’t able to the first 2 times. Third time is a charm… or something :)

  • Aww, congrats Michelle! Evan is gorgeous. And the rest of your fam is beautiful.
    I’m not usually the biggest birth story fan, but I couldn’t get enough of this one!
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    • Thank you :) I love that this birth story wasn’t too much for someone who is NOT interested in birth stories. I doubt it made you want to go out and have one, but I do bet it made you want to get drugs if you ever did. Lol.

  • Congratulations! You did an amazing job…I know this! Had both my girls (8-1/2 lbs and 9-1/2 lbs) with no drugs and it was tough! You are a rock star. And Evan is gorgeous.

  • WOW! What an amazing story! You did awesome!! Evan is gorgeous!
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  • I so enjoyed your beautiful birth story! I gave birth for the first time in october when my water leaked and had to be induced. loved my epi, didn’t love the pitocin or huge legs & feet I went home with. i! loved reading your story. you have a beautiful family.

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