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Welcome Baby Blake!

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So, this little dude decided to make his debut…right on his due date! Hot diggity dog!

His timing was impeccable, to say the least.

Without going into too much detail, I started having contractions Sunday evening but they kept coming and going like they had been for the last week and things really weren’t progressing. Then at around 9:30pm they started to pick up and not stop. By 10:30, I had called the doctor and was ready to head to the hospital.

Got to the hospital at 11pm, got admitted by 11:30 because I was dilated to a 4 and then things started getting painful. From 11:30 until 12:30 {when I got my epidural}, my water broke and I went from a 4 to a 7! My contractions were coming fast and furious. I’d like to point out that epidurals are a miracle.

I was pretty comfortable until 3:15 am when I was finally completely dilated and ready to push. My epidural seemed to be wearing off, so I kept clicking that little button to make the drugs work faster! Anyways, I pushed my little heart out through the pain {which PS was really really painful} and delivered our little Blake at 3:53 Monday morning. All 8 pounds and 2 ounces of him.

IMG_0264The umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck 4 times and he came out bluish purple, so they pressed a button and a bunch of nurses came rushing in. I never saw him/held him until after I heard him cough, sneeze and then finally cry. It seemed like forever, but it was only about one minute that they were working on him. My poor husband was a little freaked by the whole experience, but was grateful Blake started to breathe almost immediately. I was really glad at that point that I was a little out of it.

After he was breathing on his own, we were both able to hold him and cuddle him. What a sweet boy he is!!

He has a calm demeanor and is a champion eater! We all love his to pieces!

Especially his big sister.

IMG_0287Oh and a fun little side note: turns out the epidural fell out of my back while I was pushing, so I felt every part of his 14 inch head come out of me. OUCH.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need a nap.

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108 Responses
  1. dianna

    My son had his cord wrapped around 3 times as well. I remember that one minute of panic. My epidural never worked and I know exactly how you felt! Although my little guy was 5 lbs 14 oz his head was 14.5 inches ๐Ÿ™‚

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    i’m finally catching up and omgoodness, what a beautiful baby and story! seriously, epidurals are the greatest inventions, ever! Just too bad your fell out… ugh. So happy for you and your family, he’ absolutely precious!!

  4. Sara

    He is gorgeous! What an amazing blessing! I love reading birth stories! Each one is so different! I had an epidural with my first and pushed out the next three naturally. Very painful indeed… but worth it! Hope you are soaking up these precious moments!

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  7. Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    LAUREN! He is positively beautiful! Thanks for sharing your birth story with us… these always have a way of makinf me cry.

    Believe it or not, the same thing happened to me with my first… I felt all 9lbs 13 ounces!

    Congrats to you on your new little bundle and I can’t wait to see you soon!


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  9. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective

    Congratulations, Lauren! He is a beautiful baby! So glad you are both healthy and happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. katie

    Congrats on the new baby boy! The umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck too when I was born. Glad all is well!

  11. Grace

    So happy for you, congratulations from the bottom of my heart! God bless you ! Tia little angel is so beautiful

  12. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen

    He’s absolutely perfect and let me tell you, you are a beautiful new Mommy ๐Ÿ™‚ As the mother of 4, I’m amazed at how quickly the pain fades and the love grows. So fast and big that we actually decide to do it all over again! Congratulations Lauren ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    Congratulations! He’s gorgeous! Sorry the delivery was difficult. Glad baby and mom are doing well. I’ll look forward to more updates.

  14. HeatherZ

    He looks perfect!!! 18 months ago I too had a baby with the cord wrapped 3 times around her neck. Mine was a c-section. but she is perfect now. Congratulations.

  15. Carla

    Congratulations Lauren and family. He is an adorable little dude. Yes, epidurals are indeed a miracle. Took them three tries to get mine started when my daughter was born but once they did I could have delivered an elephant. Go take your nap. You deserve it and you must surely need it.

  16. Grace

    Congratulations .. what a beautiful boy! Glad everything went well and you look great too .. God bless your growing family and will give you rest and plenty of energy for the little guy when you are home ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Leann

    I have watched this pregnancy progress over the months and now your precious baby is here! Thank you for sharing your experience with us all. Congratulations to the three of you on the addition of Blake, now bringing your family to four! God bless.