My Birth Story


It was 3am…I was woken up by a very strong contraction. I didn’t know it then, but that was nothing compared to what was coming. Earlier that day we went to the hospital for a non-stress test and my doctors appointment. I was six days past my due date and I felt ready to go. I started feeling contractions during the testing, and they were showing up on the screen. They were not painful so I was still unsure of if they were actual contractions or not. After the test we had a couple hours to kill so we went to lunch. From then on my stomach was tightening and I was getting menstrual like cramping in my lower stomach. Still, I had no idea what was to come.

When the doctor walked into the exam room she looked at me and said “you’re still here!!??” I rolled my eyes and said “I know, she’s a stubborn little Taurus.” My doctor gave me my internal and what the nurses in the hospital later called “The Patti Special” which was trying to strip my membranes to get things going. She then told me I waited long enough, that I was ready and she left the room to make a phone call. Michael and I were confused as to what was going on, it all happened to fast. She walked back in and said, “well, you got your wish…not sure if you are going to like it though.” When she called down to the maternity ward they had an “opening” for the next morning. She told me to be there at 7am and they would break my water. However, she thought I was probably going to go into labor that night. I really did not want to get induced, I wanted things to happen naturally. We left the hospital with so many emotions…nervousness, excitement, and a little bit freaking out. We both were happy that we “knew” when it was going to happen. We felt that we were being held hostage the past month, not knowing “when” was killing us. Now I could go home and get prepared.


My contractions kept going that night. My mom came over so I could show her how to give Munchkin his meds in the event Michael could not come home to give them to him. My exercise ball was my savior. As the contractions got more uncomfortable, I would bounce on my ball and find a little relief. My mom kept telling me ” you will know when you’re in labor.” I was at the point where it was difficult to talk through them, but apparently, they were going to get much, much worse.


I got  a break from them around 11pm or so. We went to bed, but it was really hard to sleep with all the anticipation. I finally fell asleep after 1:30, and I think Michael was sleeping with one eye open at that point. By 3am I was woken up with a strong contraction. They were about 9 minutes apart. I decided to get up and go out front on my ball. It was 3:50 and I decided then I better eat something because we could have a LONG day ahead of us. I had VOO in the fridge and ate some of that.


It got to a point where they were five minutes apart or under. I called Michael to come out front.   I continued to time the contractions for an hour to make sure they stayed under 5 minutes. I called the doctor and she told me to head over to the hospital. It was 5:30am at this point and we were due to come in at 7am anyway.

here’s a video of us in the car leaving for the hospital.I can’t even believe I am posting these videos … I had been up since 3 and barely slept before, not my prettiest moment.


We pulled up to the emergency room and a nurse came down to take us up. Not only after a snide remark from the ER receptionist on all of the “stuff” I was bringing. My overnight bag, baby bag, and my ball. It was pretty obnoxious  being that I was in labor, but what do you expect. They took us into the delivery room, a very big, pretty room with a flat screen TV. I was happily bouncing on my ball through the contractions. Again. I will say it. I had NO idea what was in store for me.


bouncing on the ball, more swollen than that time I got poison ivy so bad I looked like an elephant lady, excited, and NO idea what was in store…

At this point they were getting a little stronger but I was able to handle it. I kept thinking, at this rate, I can do it…piece of cake. We were waiting for my doctor to get in so she could break my water. 7am came and went and still no sign of her. Finally, a little after 8:30 she came in and did the job. Weirdest feeling ever. There was meconium mixed in with the amniotic fluid meaning she had a bowel movement in the womb. This is not rare for post-term babies. The doctors told me because of this they had to have a few other Pediatrician come in when she was born to make sure all was well. Ironic because my BIGGEST obsession ALL day was pooping on the table. I just kept saying, I don’t want an epidural until I poop. I do not want to poop on the table. The nurse at one point told the doctor how I was obsessing over that, and they offered me an enema. There was NO way I was taking one because that would mean I would definitely poop on the table. Michael assured me he wouldn’t look at me differently if that happened and to just relax and drop it. So I did. I still don’t know if that happened or not. If it did, the nurse did a good job covering it up for me, knowing how I felt about it.

After my water was broken they contractions started getting stronger. Aghhh. This is what they meant when I would “know” when I was in labor. There was NO doubt about it now.


I was hooked up to a monitor that was showing my contractions and how strong they were. Michael loved watching it, and he was giving me full minute to minute on when I was getting one, how strong it was going to be, etc. It was actually very helpful. They got MUCH stronger, and were coming at like 2 minutes apart. Michael was amazing coaching me through them. I was still trying to hold off and go natural, mainly because I didn’t want to slow down the process. On the other hand, I wanted to have the energy to push when it came time, and couldn’t see that happening being in THAT much pain for even another hour longer.


At one point, the contractions got so unbearable and I was getting no breaks between them; I didn’t know how much longer I could take it. When my doctor told me it was going to probably be another four or five hours until I would be pushing, I said “Okay, let’s do the epidural.” Michael just let out a sweet chuckle like he was so amused at my sudden change in attitude. I giggled during the 45 second break from the pain. It was going to be at least another 30 minutes until the anesthesiologist could make it in because there were six other women on labor and we ALL wanted the epidural at the same time. At this point I was in SO much pain. Finally, when he came in, the moment he was putting it in Michael told me I had me strongest, longest contraction of the day. He kept telling me how proud he was of me because I had to sit still curled up in a ball for the needle. I was petrified of moving and that thing going somewhere it shouldn’t so I just breathed through it. Kudos to my yoga teacher, Nicole’s classes for helping me through that moment. He told me it was off the charts and lasted almost 4 minutes! I felt it too, but needed to get through it.

After the epi kicked in I was a happy camper. I could still feel pressure, but I had SO much relief from the agonizing pain. The worst pain I ever felt and before going through this I couldn’t have even imagined how bad that really was until I went through it. Fast forward a few hours later…it was time to start pushing….

There is no shame in the epidural. The pitocin was more than I could handle when she told me I had hours to go.

It was finally here…I was running the marathon all day and it was time to cross the finish line. I had to save all my energy for this moment, it was time to meet my baby girl. The pushing started with just myself, Michael and our nurse. We did some practice pushes and a few other docs popped in between to see how it was going. Finally, it was time to really start pushing and a whole team of doctors came it and got suited up. They put the light on my crotch and set up the table to examine Ella. Apparently I was pushing like a champ. My family told me that Michael came out bragging about how great I did and the nurses and doctors were talking about me too. They loved my marathon analogy and were amused that I was at the gym the day before working out still. Not much of a workout, but I was still there.

Every time I felt a contraction I had to push. People described it to me before hand like I had the urge to make a bowel movement. I thought this was a comparison, but no. You LITERALLY feel like you have to poop, and have to push “there” because the baby’s head is on putting pressure on your rectum, and you have to focus your push on pooping that baby out. 😉 Now I REALLY felt like I was going to poop on the table, and it was hard to not hold back. As much as I wanted to try and not poo, I had to push there as hard as I could. So I did.

Finally, her head was right there. I was only to give half pushes at this point. The cord was wrapped around her neck and they had to try and cut it. A few minutes later, my baby was there. A bloody mess, swollen like her mommy, but still so beautiful. I looked over at Michael and we both had tears in our eyes. I grabbed his face and kissed him and just kept saying “Oh my God, Oh My God!”

Ella didn’t cry right away and I panicked. The doctors took her over to the table and my doctor looked at me and re assured me it was okay. She said we all see movies and think babies need to cry immediately and when they don’t we freak out. Shortly after I heard the sweet sound of my babies voice. They had to clean the meconium out of her mouth, my doctor already got the cord from around her neck. The next moments felt like FOREVER, all I wanted to do was hold her. Michael was over at the table to see her and take some pictures.

The doctors were stitching me and I was getting more and more anxious by the minute. Ella was crying and I kept saying “She wants her Mommy!” “When can I hold her, she wants her Mommy!” I told the nurse that breast feeding was important to me and I wanted skin to skin contact as soon as possible. They were very pleased about this and made that happen as soon as they brought her over. Michael went out to share the news with our family who were anxiously waiting outside for a few hours.

she stopped crying the moment she was brought to her Mommy

While he was out there, Ella and I bonded. She latched on IMMEDIATELY. My little genius girl. I heard so many horror stories of people having trouble breastfeeding in the hospital, so I was beyond thrilled when she was drinking like a champ.

Michael came back and reported the excitement going on outside to me.

they will kill me for posting this…our families minus my parents and brothers (there but not in the shot). ^check out my sisters crazy hair from running

The nurse told us to have our moment with the baby, then we could have our families come in to meet her.

so happy

The paparazzi arrived, and they were loaded with tears and flip video cameras.

The labor and delivery part were a piece of cake after the epidural. It was the recovery that I wasn’t prepared for. I will save that for another day. It was all worth it, I will tell you that much! Also, I couldn’t have been happier with my hospital experience. I don’t think it could have gotten better than it was. The nurses, doctors, everyone was amazing!

If you had time to read my story, I hope you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for following along in my journey!

I hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule soon 🙂


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  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Uhh, I must be a wimp, because I’m scared that this was tough, even for you!

    Anyway, just motivation for me to work out reguarly when it’s my turn.

    You were awesome! Love the looks of excitement from the family.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm
    • Reply laury

      Yes, working out DEFINITELY made a difference. My doctor even said she saw how much my endurance and strength worked to my advantage! All I can say about being scared is, if you’re not against using the epidural, get it! It made SUCH a difference in my experience!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Kelly

    Such a good story! She looks just like you!!!! 🙂

    May 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    Loved reading your birth story! I swear I cry everytime I hear a birth story or think of my own. It is sooo special and so worth it!!!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm
    • Reply laury

      I bet it brings back a lot of memories!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Stacy

    Hi Laury, Congrats to you and your family. Ella is beautiful. I’m sitting here at work and I’ve been anxiously waiting to read this story. I cried all the way through. What a great story.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Stacy!!! So glad you enjoyed reading it 🙂

      May 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun

    Congrats on your GORGEOUS little girl! And thank you so much for your honesty in sharing your birth story. You are already such a wonderful Mommy.
    I am nowhere near ready to be a Mom but I have so many fears. I can’t thank you enough for being so “real”.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      We all have our fear, but it’s SO SO SO worth the reward at the end!!! thanks so much for your comment 🙂

      May 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Oh gosh Laury I’m sitting here at work crying reading your post!!! You are so strong and I’m so happy you got through it and Ella is here!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    • Reply laury

      awww, thanks, Holly 🙂

      May 13, 2011 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Donna @ Love, Run & Travel

    Thank you SO much for sharing
    I love reading birth storys and yours was so wonderful
    Thank you for being honest and real 🙂

    May 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      you’re welcome! thank you!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I LOVED reading it. I seriously have tears in my eyes, I’m so happy for you! She is beautiful and it sounds like you were such a champ!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    • Reply laury

      I tried to be! Thanks!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Jennie

    Beautiful story and she is a beautiful baby! It made me teary eyed 🙂 Congrats!!

    May 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    Awwww! This is such a great story Laury – I’ve never heard a birth story so detailed so prior to this it was just whatever my imagination came up with! You actually gave me chills! Congratulations to you and Michael on this wonderful addition to your family!

    May 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Angela!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    I actually startec crying when I read this, Laury. 🙂 It’s such a beautiful story and I abslutley love the videos!! Ella’s really going to enjoy watching them when she’s older. My goodness, I’m so happy for you all!!!! 😀

    May 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Keri

    omg love this. Thank you so much for sharing your story!! You almost had me in tears!!!

    May 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    You are SUCH a Super MAMA!!!! I <3 YOu!!!! Isn't having a baby an experience like no other? For me I thought it was crazy how after some of the worst pain I have ever endured, was the most joy I have EVER felt. One right after the other. I was soooooo thankful for the epidural. It took my labor from be feeling like I was gonna "lose my cool" any minute to peaceful. I almost felt guilty at how easy it was after the epidural, but before…yeah. Now you cn say "I know exactly what you mean" hahaha. Loved the videos! I can totally hear the excitement in Michaels voice on the video and I can see it in your face. But you shouldnt be so adorable WHILE in labor. C'mon. 🙂 You look great and at a week over due!!! Dang girl, that is what I call "enduring". I could die over her hospital outfit! im excited to see her grow and see her little personality come out! Isnt it funny too how at the hospital all of your worst fears just go away AKA pooping on the table? ! You just give up. 🙂 And get that baby out! right! Thank you my sweet sweet friend for sharing the whole experience with all of us! I loved reading it! Made me feel part of the experience even though Im a United States away!

    May 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm
    • Reply laury

      I <3 you too, super mama! The epidural is a GOD SENT! Thanks...I felt so swollen I can't believe I even posted those videos but after all I was through, I seriously have NO shame anymore. People saw ALL parts of me looking the least pretty I have ever looked and I just don't care haha. I know you know what I mean 😉 That goes for pooping just have NO shame! All I know is I am glad Michael did not stay overnight in the hospital with me because there were so many things I would not have wanted him to see. Yikes! Love yah girl!! All your advice and stories along the way helped so much! xo

      May 13, 2011 at 9:11 pm
  • Reply Erika

    oh my goodness i teared up reading this! she is so beautiful! thank you for sharing this, and congratulations of course!

    May 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Shanna like banana

    What a story! Thank you for your honest perspective about it. Yowsa! You looked so great throughout it all. And Ella is so perfect!

    May 12, 2011 at 2:27 pm
    • Reply laury

      aw, thanks so much!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply Kerryne

    Beautiful story, beautiful baby, beautiful mama! You had me in tears!

    May 12, 2011 at 2:59 pm
  • Reply Chelsea

    oh my gosh your story brought me to tears! the joy of being a mom! I know i’m young but when that day comes i’m going to be so so excited <3

    May 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm
    • Reply laury

      awww, yes it’s so amazing

      May 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm
  • Reply christy

    loved reading your story but my fav part was seeing how excited your family was!! soo cute!

    May 12, 2011 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Katie

    I have known so many women who gave birth and I’ve never heard such a detailed story about what it is like! Thank you so much for sharing this, and you did wonderfully! I’m not sure I could do that, and epidurals….I really don’t see how any could do it without that.

    May 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply laury

      I don’t either!!! I have a whole new respect for women that do the whole thing natural! They must have some kind of sense that shuts off the pain center in their brain because I couldn’t handle it!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply jenni sauer

    that was a great story! i am glad you posted it so i can be a little more prepared for what is ahead!! she is beautiful 🙂

    May 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Jenni! Yes, there’s a lot they don’t tell you. I think some of it is better lest not to dwell over. All worth it, best thing in the world! Good luck to you!!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    Amazing story! Thank you for sharing 🙂 Your little girl is so cute!! Wish you both all the happiness in the world!

    May 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

    Omg this is the best labor story ever. You are so amazing Laury and you did it like a champ. Ella is such a beautiful little girl and I’m so happy everything went fantastic throughout the pregnant. I can’t even imagine the pain you must of been through! Its smooth sailing from here on in. And I love how you were bouncing on the medicine ball lol Too cute 😀

    May 12, 2011 at 11:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks so much, Jenny 🙂 Yea, a little rough after the birth but all worth it!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Loved reading this!
    Also, loved all the details! Birth is so amazing, it’s great to hear your personal story! So happy for the three of you!
    Or, I guess four counting Munchkin, how does he feel about baby Ella?

    May 13, 2011 at 12:20 am
    • Reply laury

      He’s undecided. He smells her a lot and looks freaked out when she cries. He also still thinks the bassinet is his, so it’s been a challenge keeping him out of it at night. We’re still giving him lots of love and attention every second we get so he doesn’t get too jealous!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:02 pm
  • Reply John Socratous

    Hi Laury

    That was a very nice story. So, hows your baby doing now? She looks just like you..

    May 13, 2011 at 2:28 am
  • Reply blackhuff

    Thank you for sharing your birth story with us along with video and photos 🙂

    May 13, 2011 at 4:51 am
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Thanks for sharing your story! I literally just found about this whole pooping on the table thing from one of my friends a couple weeks ago. I had no idea! Your baby girl is beautiful and I’m so glad everything is OK!

    May 13, 2011 at 9:46 am
    • Reply laury

      yea, it’s been something I feared even years before I thought about having children!

      May 13, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    What a beautiful story! So glad that Ella arrived safe and sound 🙂 congrats!

    May 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm
  • Reply susan

    Such a beautiful post Laury, smiling reading it. I’m delighted and excited that all went well and you have a beautiful healthy happy daughter. Love to you, Michael and Ella x

    May 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Susan!!!! Hope all is well with you! Miss yah 🙂

      May 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I really enjoyed reading your story 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!

    May 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply La.

    She totally looks like you! I think we have a ball bouncing pic as well! I had NO IDEA!!!! That’s just the way it is! Welcome to the “I’ve birthed a baby club!” I’m glad it went well and wasn’t a horror!

    May 15, 2011 at 1:09 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks…you don’t understand anything about it until you’ve truly been through it!

      May 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Your baby is so beautiful I am so happy for you that she is finally here.

    May 15, 2011 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Suzanne Williams

    Thank you for being so honest and telling your whole story. There is a lot for all of us who have not had a baby to learn. Thank you. Your baby is beautiful and you are a champ for documenting for all of us.

    May 15, 2011 at 11:08 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks, Suzanne!

      May 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Rawxy

    Congrats to you and your family on your beautiful little one! I loved reading your story – and even let out a little laugh when I read the part about pooping on the table – Seriously, If I ever decide to have children, this will be close to the top on my list of fears 🙂

    May 16, 2011 at 12:44 am
  • Reply Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    CONGRATULATIONS i was so excited that you shared your story because it’s not all the time that mothers will open up about their experience, but this was remarkable. i love how yoga filtered its way in to help you out and get through some of the tough moments of labour! You looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL btw, andim not just saying that, you really do. And baby looks PRECIOUS! welcome into this big world gorgeous little Ella.

    Thank you again for posting this. Love you XOXOXOXO <3
    All the best in health for you and your (new) family 🙂


    May 16, 2011 at 10:28 am
  • Reply Molly

    Oh she is more than adorable! Aw not going to lie def. teared up reading this. Congrats :o)

    May 16, 2011 at 10:36 am
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    Congrats!! This totally made me tear up, haha

    May 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Laury!!!!!! I am just catching up on your recent posts and OMG I just got SOOO emotional reading this post! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ella is beautiful!


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