Addie’s birth story

Thank you all so much for your words of congratulations on Monday’s post!  It was great to finally be able to share our good news with all of you.

Today I wanted to share Addie’s birth story, because I’ve had a lot of friends asking for details.

(Warning: this is wordy.  Please bear with me!)

Addison was due on Monday April 8th.  However, April 8th quickly came and went.  And still no Addie.

So my doctor scheduled an induction for Monday April 15th, because he does not like to go beyond 41 weeks.

The morning of the 15th, Brandon and I arrived at the hospital at 7:00 am, where I was immediately given a snazzy new outfit to wear.


The doctor started me on a “cervical ripening” medication right away.  He explained that for cases like mine, he prefers to use this medication first, before moving to Pitocin.  With Pitocin, evidently you are confined to your bed and can’t eat.  He predicted that my labor was going to be a long one (possibly 48 hours), so he didn’t want me to be hungry and uncomfortable for that duration of time.

Throughout that Monday, I was able to eat …



… and do lots of walking to try to move things along.

Unfortunately, Addie didn’t appear to be in much of a hurry.  Despite my contractions getting more intense throughout the day, by 11:00 pm, I was only dilated about 2 cm.

That was so not what I wanted to hear!

The doctor and I agreed at that time to start my epidural.  He then planned to break my water and start me on Pitocin, if he felt it was necessary.  Then he wanted me to rest up for the night, because he anticipated a long day the following day.

The epidural was ridiculously easy (seriously … not the scary thing that people make it out to be).  After that, I figured the process would be a breeze.

Nope … not so much. Winking smile

Soon after breaking my water, the doctor and nurses hurried back in my room and started moving me around in the bed and talking medical talk.  They eventually explained to me and Brandon that following the epidural, my blood pressure dropped (a common side effect).  Addison evidently did not like the drop in my blood pressure combined with my water being broken.  She wasn’t handling things as well as they would have liked.  To try to help her, the doctor decided to start adding fluid back into the amniotic sac.  This whole process made me and Brandon nervous, but we just kept praying that everything would be OK.

I tried to sleep for a few hours, but it was nearly impossible.  My mind wouldn’t shut off and I just wanted to know how my little girl was doing.

Around 3:00 am, my doctor returned to my room.  He checked my cervix and said that I was only 3 cm.  He then explained that he had been monitoring me all night, and he was concerned about the baby.  Every time I had a contraction, her heart rate would drop.  Additionally, her resting heart rate was suddenly increasing from 140 bpm to over 180 bpm.  He said that if I was further along with my labor, he would try to have the baby naturally.  But since I was only 3 cm, he thought it was best to have a C-section.

At this point, I got pretty emotional because I knew that with a C-section, I wouldn’t get to hold my baby right away.  But I also knew without a doubt that we needed to do whatever was best for Addison.  So Brandon and I quickly agreed on the C-section, and then prayed and prayed.

The C-section itself wasn’t bad.  I got really shaky (like, teeth chattering) because of the epidural, and I sometimes felt like I couldn’t breathe (partly because my nose was so congested from crying!).  But other than that, it was an easy process.  Brandon sat next to my head the entire time.  When the baby was about to be born, they allowed him to stand up and take pictures.

(I actually have some pretty amazing pictures of her coming out of my belly, but I didn’t want to gross anyone out haha.)

After maybe 10 minutes of cleaning her off and making sure she was in good health, they wrapped her up and brought her over to my head.


It was so hard not to be able to hold her right away.  I was crying my eyes out, but I was just so incredibly thankful to have a healthy little girl.

After that brief moment together, the nurses took Addison back to my room to finish doing their check-up.  Brandon was able to go with them and spend some quality daddy-daughter time with Addie.


I stayed in the delivery room and was sewn back up.  After maybe 15-20 minutes, I was finally able to return to my room and hold my baby.


I was also able to breastfeed her for the first time, which was the most amazing moment ever. Red heart

Because I had a C-section, I stayed in the hospital until Friday, which is a little longer than normal.

Throughout the next several days, I slowly started going through the healing process.  For the first 24 hours after the surgery, I had to stay in bed.  But after that, I was able to slowly start moving around.

The nurses and doctors all commented on how well I was recovering.  But I was definitely thankful to have that extra day in the hospital … having nurses and lactation consultants available around the clock was a huge help!! Thumbs up

We also had several visitors, including a few friends …


… Addie’s Uncle Matt (Brandon’s brother) …


… and my mom. Smile


My mom stayed for over a week and was such an incredible blessing.  She cooked and froze meals, cleaned, ran errands, and basically just did anything and everything she could think of to make life easier on us!

By the end of the week, I think we were all a little tired of the hospital. Winking smile


After receiving all of our discharge paperwork, we got packed up and ready to head home!


We said good-bye to one of our favorite nurses, Helen …


… and hit the road!


Since being home, we’ve had our good moments and our tougher moments.  But overall, we have been very blessed to have a positive transition into the “real world!”

We’ve already discovered that Addie loves anything that swings …


… or vibrates.


And she is Houdini when it comes to getting her arms out of a tight swaddle!


(That’s my girl friend, Jessie, trying to give us a swaddle tutorial!)

We’re all wishing and praying for a little more rest, but truly, we couldn’t be happier.


Thank you for your continued prayers and support, as we learn how to move from a sweet family of two to an even sweeter family of three. Red heart

Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Question for ya …

Update me on your lives!  What is new??

Anyone else have a C-section?  How was your experience?


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58 Responses to Addie’s birth story

  1. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Oyyyyyyyy!! My eyes welled up reading this– I’m SO happy for you and Brandon, and SO so thankful that Addie’s birth went so smoothly. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers <3

    Love ya girl! Hope you're not too exhausted yet and that you're enjoying your new precious newborn!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Brittany! Your continued prayers would be great appreciated! :) Especially prayers that we’d get on a good sleep schedule!

  2. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Congratulations, again! I’m glad that Addie is healthy, and I’m glad that you’re doing okay! I hope that you continue to heal quickly, and that you get some more sleep soon :) !
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Emily!!

  3. Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life

    I had chills the entire time I was reading! I am just so happy that everything worked out okay and that now you and Addie are home safe and healthy :) Thank goodness for medicine and doctors! They definitely know what is better in situations like that than we do! Sounds like you did an amazing time of just going with the flow and putting Addie first… What an awesome momma already! xo
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thanks, Jana! :)

  4. Heather

    I’m so glad she arrived healthy despite what seems like a few scary moments along the way and that you guys are enjoying your moments with her : ) There is nothing like it in the world! I had a scary emergency c-sec with my first after 72 hours of labor and an unplanned c-sec with my second after an attempted VBAC. Both were very different surgical experiences but I do remember the shakes/shivers you described and the strange pressure on the chest, thankfully, no post-op issues aside from the normal slow going and pain. I don’t do well being restricted, that was the hardest part LOL! Listen to your body, accept the help others offer (this was hard, too!) and you’ll be well on your way to healing in no time : ) The first week or so is the roughest post-op, so you are past the worst of it and are probably starting to feel like a human again (well, whatever that means with a new baby in the house!) So happy for you guys!

    • notsodomesticated

      I know, I’m struggling with following the “rules” after a c-section, too!

  5. Alyssa @ fit and fun in third

    I haven’t commented in so long but I’ve been anxiously following your pregnancy to hear of little Addie’s birth and I couldn’t be happier for your beautiful family!!! Cried my way through this birth story as I’m 5 weeks away from meeting my little boy and it all makes me so excited! I am just so thrilled for you…. Congrats on your little beauty!!! Xoxoxo
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww I can’t wait to hear how your delivery goes with your little one, Alyssa! I’m so excited for you!

  6. jennifer

    I had a c-section with my first because he was breach, they tried to turn him but then rushed me off for a c-section. They gave me the spinal so fast that my blood pressure also plummeted to the point that I felt horrible and said weird things and didn’t really remember my little guy being born! (I asked them if the baby that was crying was mine! I was so out of it!) I felt like I had to lie there forever waiting for them to close me up and then I had all kinds of weird heart palpitations in the recovery room which meant I spent even longer there.

    So with our second child, I really wanted to have a VBAC which worked out for me. However, I’ve discovered there is no real easy way to get the baby out. We’re expecting our third child at the end of September and I’m *planning* to have a VBAC but won’t be completely heartbroken if I end up having another c-section…there are pros and cons to both delivery methods!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      I didn’t realize that you were expecting your third! Congratulations!!

  7. jennifer

    And I can totally relate to crying with relief and joy over a healthy baby. God is good, so happy for the safe arrival of your little girl.
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  8. Tania

    Your birth story sounds almost identical to mine (I gave birth on 4/18). Except my water actually broke AT WORK. They started me on an IV and Pitocin at 1:00 in the afternoon on 4/17, and kept me on it until 1:00 the next day. At 1:30 I was still at 9 1/2 centimeters, so my doctor encouraged me to have Csection, which my husband and I agreed to so that the baby was safe. VERY emotional as well, very shakey (my teeth were literally shattering together). I’ll be thinking of you during your recovery, it’s been a little rough for me (ups and down emotionally).

    • notsodomesticated

      Just wanted to tell you that you aren’t the only one having the ups and downs emotionally. I think it’s important to be honest with each other about this, so we don’t feel alone. I’m feeling blessed and happy etc etc … but I’ve also had several breakdowns. So believe me, I understand. Sending hugs your way! Congratulations to you!

  9. Amy

    I’m so happy that everyone is home and safe and sound. I learned with our first that there’s only so much you can control with labor and birth. Just because it isn’t exactly as you hoped doesn’t mean that it’s not perfect! Enjoy your time with Addie and just embrace all the snuggles to help you heal quickly!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Amy! :)

  10. Lori

    So glad all turned out well. So excited to watch you start this journey in your life. Love u girl!
    Ps. I absolutely LOVE the picture of you seeing Addie for the first time. Her expression is absolutely priceless. xo

    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you, Lori! Love you, too! :)

  11. Leslie

    I am so so happy for you all. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes…my induction starts tomorrow night with cervidil and then pitocin Friday morning. I know a c-section isn’t the end of the world, but I totally feel you about the not holding her right away. Obviously we wait to meet our own little Addison no matter how that looks and I am so overjoyed that you and baby are healthy! Praying for some more rest for you guys!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Wow, how exciting!! Can’t wait to hear how everything goes for you!

  12. Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness

    I’m so happy everything went overall and you and Addison are healthy!! Congratulations again! My eyes started to well up as I was reading, she’s SO adorable.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Charlotte!

  13. Amber @ Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    OMG, I seriously sobbed the whole time I read this! So happy for the three of you! XOXO
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you, Amber! Hope you are doing well!

  14. Nicole

    Awww…glad you all are healthy and happy!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, girl! :)

  15. Koryn @ High Heels & Healthy Alternatives

    Like many others, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time reading your post! So Incredibly Happy for you both & the new baby!! She’s so beautiful!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Koryn!!

  16. Koryn @ High Heels & Healthy Alternatives

    Love that last pic too – absolutely beautiful family! Ok, now I’m teary again… lol! :)
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  17. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Awww this brought tears to my eyes! I’m so happy you are all healthy and at home now. :) Addie is so precious.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, my friend. Love ya!

  18. Holly

    Totally cried reading this. SO beautiful!! I was on the cervical ripening stuff too- did absolutely NOTHING for me. But the pitocin kicked in QUICK. I went from 2cm to 8cm in an HOUR! The poor nurse felt so bad for me because I didn’t have an epidural yet and she had NO idea I had progressed so quickly..she thought I was just being a big baby. Haha! She kept apologizing..I’m like totally fine, just give me the drugs!! LOL! I agree, the epidural wasn’t bad at all…except that I had to get it twice…but once it kicked in…AHHHH..heaven ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yeah I remember you saying you had to get it twice … crazy!

  19. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    She is precious! SO so glad to hear that everything went pretty smoothly and she is a healthy little squirt! :) Hope you guys are able to get some rest and recovery soon! I know you’re enjoying these sweet (though I know tiring) days! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Avery! :)

  20. Michelle

    Yay ! Even though things didnt turn on how you planned with the birth plan, its looks like you are doing so well !! Congrats :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Michelle!

  21. Kathy

    It’s not easy making decisions in the moment when they weren’t part of the original plan but it sounds like you guys made the right one given the circumstance. Glad you’re both healthy and home! Praying for a speedy recovery.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Kathy. Hope you’re doing well, too!

  22. Angelica

    Congratulations again! I am very happy that you and Addison are safe and sound!

  23. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    She is so beautiful!! I’m so glad she is healthy and you are home with your wonderful baby girl!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Laurie!!

  24. Lauren

    You are such an amazingly strong person! I love the photo where Addison is looking at you like “Mom? Is it really you? What just happened?” lol
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha thanks, Lauren! :)

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  26. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily

    Congratulations!! All 3 of my children were born c-section. Good luck to you as you recover, just remember not to try and do too much too soon!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Jen!! :)

  27. Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart

    Congratulations! She is beautiful :) I had a c-section with my son (10 months ago) and the actual surgery went fine and so did the recovery…it just took longer then I thought…I needed more patience lol! Praying the Lord blessed you with a speedy recovery !
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Amy!

  28. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    ahhhhhhh I’ve been so crazed prepping for the baby and move I missed this! CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS! So excited you and your little swaddle houdini [hehe!] are in great health and that you’re home from the hospital! <3 Ahh h cannot wait to hear lots and lots more as the days go on! We need to find eachother on facebook to better keep in touch – I'm about to lose my mind from the craziness the USMC is dropping on us. Anywho! Get as much rest as gorgeous Addie will allow you and keep posting oodles of photos of that cutie! So excited for you and the hubs! eee! <3
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  29. amy @ fearless homemaker

    So happy that everyone is healthy, even though your birth story was a bit more stressful than you hoped it would be. She’s such a doll – so glad y’all are home + settling in! =)
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  30. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I am so happy for y’all, and even though it wasn’t what you expected or thought, it is amazing that you have such a beautiful new girl and family! LOVE to you. :)

  31. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    Congrats!! Sounds like quite the interesting experience but I am so glad everyone is OK and doing well. How exciting that she is finally here! Love ya!
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  32. Mary@FitandFed

    Of course I’m glad she’s safely here, but it is too bad that the doctor broke the waters so early and baby didn’t tolerate it. I wish you speedy healing and much happiness with this baby.
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  34. xlovehappyx

    I know this is an old post, but I had to read the beautiful birth story! :)
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  35. Gina

    Your delivery story reminds me of a documentary called “The Business of Being Born.” I’m 28 weeks pregnant & have been doing research on delivery options. The documentary gave me a different perspective of hospitals & their birthing techniques. If you have time you should watch it & it’s free online. I’m not affiliated with the documentary whatsoever. I’m glad to hear that you have a healthy baby girl.

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