Monday, November 19, 2012

We weren't planning a home birth...


... and we didn't anticipate our sweet baby girl being born in our garage (yes, you read that right!), but that's exactly what happened this past Friday night!

We were planning a hospital birth and knew that the baby would probably come quickly since I was only in labor with Master W. for a short 3 hours, but we had no idea just how quickly she would actually arrive! I felt my first contraction sometime around 11:25 p.m. on Friday night so we immediately called Hubby's folks to come watch the kids so we could go to the hospital.

Within minutes we were dressed and walking through the house to the garage, figuring we'd wait in the car until his folks arrived (they live five minutes away so the wait wouldn't be long). But by the time we were in the garage and Hubby had pulled the car out to make it easier for me to get in, I was feeling the need to push and I knew we wouldn’t make it in time. So we called 911 and the operator coached Hubby through the delivery. His parents arrived just in time to lend a hand and watch him catch the baby (yes, on the floor of the garage... Hubby's dad quickly gathered up and put down towels and blankets before she arrived), and the paramedics arrived just a few minutes after that. They whisked us off to the nearest hospital in the ambulance and the rest is history!

I hope you enjoyed our dramatic baby story! I've never met anyone else whose labor and delivery took less than 30 minutes total. It's pretty surreal.

Normally I don't post photos of my babies' faces, but I couldn't resist one little newborn shot taken just before we were released from the hospital to go home.

28 comments:

  1. Hmm..I came close! With my first the only reason she wasn't born in the car was I held her in because of fear and no labor pains! Second one - after drowsing from 2:00-7:00 a.m at the hospital, they gave me petocin to get my contractions (that I couldn't feel) closer together and my son was born less than 30 minutes and 2 pushes later. :) Enjoy that sweetheart!

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    1. Wow! Two amazingly fast births - you are awesome!

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS!!! To the story and the fact that you just had a baby and you look AMAZING and you threw together a blog post!!!! You = rockstar.

    Congratulations sweet girl!! What an amazing story. What a start to the holidays!! xoxoxoxo

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! I'm glad you enjoyed our story. It's been fun seeing the look on people's faces when we tell them. Priceless! LOL

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  3. Congratulations! I'm glad all went well!

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  4. Oh goodness! What a birth story! Well done to you (and to hubby)!! Congratulations on the gorgeous new arrival!

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! Sometimes I'm still blown away thinking about it... talk about a crazy birth story!

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  5. Beautiful baby and momma!! That is an amazing story!! Take care!

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    1. Thank you, Clara! We're enjoying every minute with our little sweetheart.

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  6. I have tears in my eyes reading that...Congrats on the safe arrival and having quick thinking people around you!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! It's amazing how smoothly everything went, considering I never in a million years would have planned that out as a possible birth plan. LOL

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  7. Congratulations!! You both look wonderful and I can't believe how fast she arrived!! I'm expecting another 13 hour slog with mine but what a great story to tell. Both of mine were born at home, my daughter shows people the exact spot on the floor!!

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    1. Thank you, Lucy! How wonderful that you've had several home births already! I think it's cute how kids process things like this. I can see Miss C. doing exactly what your daughter does.

      Here's hoping you have a short – or at least shorter – labor and delivery!

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  8. Hurray! I'm glad to "meet" my first real life person with such a quick delivery. It must have been quite intense!

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    1. It was wild! Looking back, nobody panicked. Everyone pulled together to make it happen as safely as possible. We were all more than a little dazed afterward, though! LOL

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  9. Such an amazing story and such a special baby! Congratulations! So glad you are both doing well and what a happy Thanksgiving you'll have for sure! :)

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! She really is a special little baby and we'll always have this incredible memory of how she decided to enter the world. I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  10. After the efficient way you completed your "to do" list before baby was born, I am not at all surprised that she arrived with that same speedy, efficient manner. How could she have arrived any other way?!? Truly amazing! I'm glad it all worked out as well as it did for you. Congratulations and the warmest of wishes to you and your family.

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    1. That is so true! LOL Thank you. We're all so happy that everything turned out so well, especially given that we were at home when she was born. I couldn't have asked for a more memorable birth experience!

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  11. Can't wait to see you all and to meet her! xo!

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    1. We can't wait to see you too! Sorry it took me so long to write back to your comment... it must have gotten lost in the craziness here. :) xoxo

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  12. Hi Michelle.WOW! I am so impressed.Congratulations! You are totally awesome. This will be such a great story to tell your children and grandchildren.I am so happy that you and the baby are doing okay.Daddy,too! My husband would have freaked out. He would have jumped in the car and went for help and left me there.She is so beautiful in her picture.
    I am going now and try to do a little Blog Hopping before Sallie(my computer) breaks down. She is so freaky. It took me an hour to go to 3 blogs this morning and she kelp going to other places and trying to download stuff I didn't want.Maybe Santa will bring me a new one.
    Take care. Tell the kids Merry Christmas and I hope your Holidays are very happy ones.

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    1. Thank you, Joyce! She's such a doll. :)

      I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Christmas this year. I wanted to thank you for your sweet note and Christmas card, too. You are so thoughtful!

      xoxo

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  13. I'm ridiculously slow in telling you Congratulations!!! But I saved this post in my google reader until I had time to sit down and the computer and read this and send you good wishes. Hope everything is going well with that sweet girl!

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    1. Aaaw, thank you Kelli! She is such an easy baby – thank goodness! LOL We just love her so much.

      I hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful Christmas!

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  14. Oh my gosh!!!! I can't believe this story...wow! Sorry I'm so late to see it. This is really amazing and with a really great ending. :) Congrats!

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    1. Hi Amy! Thank you for your sweet note – I'm glad you enjoyed our story. It sure was a wild ride, though now it feels so "normal". I don't know that I'll ever get tired of retelling her story... people are always so shocked when they hear when she was born. LOL

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