He Likes To Walk On The Wild Side

Posted: January 12, 2011 at 8:51 am

Good morning!! Yesterday easily made the top ten list of the best days of my life. I could not have been more excited to welcome my little man into the world. Then, to top it all off, I witnessed one of the most amazing outpourings of support. You all = amazing!!!! I read through every single comment, tweet, email, etc. Every single one brought at the very least a smile to my face and at times a tear of immense joy to my eyes.

I did get a lot of comments about being sure I rest up. Don’t you worry – cuddling baby B, getting into the swing of breastfeeding again, and resting filled the majority of my day. I will still continue to regularly blog, though, as it matters so much to me. I love sharing these experiences and having a special place of my own to commemorate them and express myself at the same time. I meant it when I said I’m not going anywhere. FFF will never surpass my family’s needs, but it is still certainly one of my own needs. So, without further ado, I’m here to share the (PG rated version) details of Baby B’s arrival! Quick and to the point…


It all started Monday morning as the “Snowpocalypse” of icy roads and snow had hit our state of Georgia overnight…

9:30 am – Called my mom and jokingly told her my water broke. I wanted to freak her out about not being able to drive up to watch M like we had planned. She knew I was kidding. I told her it wasn’t happening and went about my day as normal.

3:30 pm – Did a Turbo Jam workout DVD. Didn’t even start a single contraction.

4:30 pm – My sister called and warned me that I better not go into labor anytime in the next few days because she wouldn’t be able to drive to see us.

5:30 pm – Mild contractions started. They felt the same as always and I figured they would go away after a few hours. I paced the living room floor to see if that would make them stronger.

6:30 pm – Hmmmm. 7-8 mins apart. Feeling them pretty well, but I still don’t believe it will go anywhere.

7:45 pm – Standing at the counter helping finish dinner when suddenly…did I just wet myself?? No…I just went to the bathroom. But it wasn’t a HUGE gush like water breaking. Was it?

8:00 pm – Call the doctor. He tells me I need to come in because it sounds suspicious and likely water breaking.

8:00 – 8:30 pm – Run around packing up last minute things and things for M. Peter shovels our driveway to try and get out. Contractions start coming every 5 mins and stronger. Yep. This is real!

8:45 pm – Realize we aren’t getting out of the neighborhood. Neighbors come out and offer to help. They call the ambulance for us…because yes I had to take an ambulance. We figure out how to get M to my sister-in-law’s (who lives in the neighborhood).


9:15 pm – EMT truck shows up to pick me up and drive me to the front of our neighborhood. The ambulance picks me up there. Contractions are now 3 minutes apart, but I can still breathe through them okay.

9:45 pm – Get settled and checked in to my room. Find out I’m 4 cm dilated.


10:30 pm – Doctor decides I should go ahead and get the epidural, then have them finish breaking my water (apparently only the “pre-bag” broke before), then have the baby pronto.

10:45 pm – Get the epidural. I want it by this point with contractions every couple of minutes and starting to hurt bad!

11:00 pm – Water breaks on its own.

11:30 pm – Nurse checks me. I’m already almost 9 cm dilated. She tells me to watch for pressure.

12:15 am – Nurse comes in to check in on me and I’m ready.

12:20 am – He arrives! Yep…only 5 minutes of pushing. Quick and easy delivery!

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Braedon just really wanted to have a fun 1/11/11 birthday and an exciting story to share – snow storms, ambulances, popping out in 5 minutes.I think he got what he wanted, don’t you?

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140 Comments to “He Likes To Walk On The Wild Side”
  1. I love that you did Turbo Jam the same day you went into labor. You are a rockstar!

  2. He is one good-lookin kid! Glad to hear everything went well, aside from the whole ambulance business.

  3. What a dramatic enterance! Glad the labor was quick for you. Congrats again!

  4. What a fabulous birthday–congratulations and welcome to the world!

  5. ashleigh says:

    What a great story! I am glad that everything worked out fine even with the awful weather down there. I love his birthday!!! What a lucky boy!

  6. What a handsome little man!! Congrats Tina!!!! I’m glad it was an exciting but smooth delivery :>

  7. Ah what an exciting story!!! I’m so glad you were able to make it to the hospital and had a quick labor. I LOVE that he was born on 1/11/11. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more about your first few days with another little one!

  8. Abbie says:

    Congrats! He’s adorable!!

  9. Mary says:

    Congratulations! What a handsome little boy 🙂 I’m so glad that the two of you are doing well and that you made it to the hospital safely.

  10. I can already tell this one is going to give you LOTS of trouble!!! Playing mind games with his momma and then being a star when he was born! What an easy delivery you had (well, as easy as deliveries go I suppose).

    Oh, and he is so totally adorable… and he has your nose. I cannot believe the head of hair he has! Did M have a lot of hair when she was born?

    • Tina says:

      I’m hoping he keeps being as easy as he’s been so far since delivery. Although he may just be playing more games with me and then turn into a terror. LOL

      Yep. He has my nose. Just like M did. And she had a lot of hair too but not quite as dark. I’ll have to post a picture of her as a newborn next to him as a newborn.

  11. Jolene says:

    Wow, that is so awesome. Quick and easy, we can only hope for that right?! So happy for you, and your son is beautiful.

  12. Nic says:

    Oh my gosh, that’s a crazy story! The drama! I’m so happy for you. How is M doing? I bet she loves her little brother as much as you love your new son!

  13. Kelly says:

    Okay typically I don’t think newborns are pretty. But seriously, Tina, Braedon is gorgeous! His face is precious and look at all that hair! More than anything I am just so happy for you. I know you started feel like your life was on pause there at the end. Not being able to workout, not knowing when baby B was coming, not eating like you wanted..I am so happy that the journey forward starts. How is M handling it!! Has she met her baby brother yet??

  14. What a story! He certainly has a flair for the dramatic already 🙂 So happy you are well and Baby B is just adorable – look at that full head o’hair!

  15. What a story! And what a fun date to be born on- 1.11.11..Glad to hear you’re doing so well, you make it look so effortless! He’s got so much hair!

  16. He is just beautiful! And he sure does have an interesting birth story. 🙂

  17. Thank you for sharing Tina! He is gorgeous! Congrats to you and your family and new big sister M!!

  18. Best birth date ever! What a great story and beautiful blessing. 5 minutes girl that is great!! So glad he is healthy, look at that face!! so precious!

  19. Such a beautiful baby boy! So glad that you were able to make it safely to the hospital – what a night to have a baby!

  20. Thats such a great story!! I cant believe good you look right after giving birth. You look well rested and relaxed. Amazing!

    Baby B is absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes newborns are kind of funny looking, but he is so adorable. You make pretty babies Tina!! 🙂

  21. That is a very awesome birthday! Congratulations.

  22. I love that he got to come out on his own time! And my oh my, he’s PRECIOUS!!

  23. What a beautiful little boy and pretty mama, too. Lucky birthday! 😀

  24. Caitlin says:

    He is such a beautiful little man! And you look great! Hope everything is going great! It figures that you have been waiting for SO LONG, you had to have known he’d make his appearance during the dead of winter. Definitely a story for years to come!

  25. Ha ha… what a dramatic appearance! Love it!

  26. Mandy says:

    He is beautiful. I can’t wait to hold him 🙂 What a story and what a birthday!!! Congratulations again to all 3 of you 🙂

  27. Amanda says:

    Only five minutes of pushing? Well done!! I hate pushing with the fire of a thousand suns, so of course I got to push 3 hours with #1 and 45 minutes with #2.

    Needless to say, there will be no #3 🙂

    Enjoy him and M!!

  28. Girlllll, I told you he was gonna come on 1/11/11 instead of 01/01/11. 🙂 Congrats!

  29. Meagan says:

    Aww! He is so cute. That is a great story about the birth, something that is very memorable and entertaining. Luckily you made it there on time! His date of birth is pretty cool to! Congratulations again!!!

  30. Paula says:

    Congratulations Tina!!!!!
    You and I used to chat on the O2 forum during your contest prep and I just found your blog a few weeks ago through another blog I follow. I am so happy to see you and your family doing so amazing!
    Enjoy bonding with baby B!!

  31. Emily says:

    CONGRATULATIONS TINA!! This post just made my day…so happy for you and your family for the arrival of baby Braedon! Hope that you are all doing well…you were the most beautiful mother!!

  32. Jenn (GH) says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I hadn’t logged onto reader until today and what a fun surprise. He is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Sounds like you had a lovely birth! <3

  33. Melie says:

    I am sure that very soon B is going to ask you to tell him the story of his birth over and over again! 🙂 Has M already seen her brother? How exciting can it be for her too! 🙂

  34. Kacy says:

    What a story! I think he’s going to be quite the fiesty little guy, and I like it 🙂 Take care hon!

  35. Dorry says:

    Yay! Loved reading every word. I felt like I was there with you. He sure made an exciting appearance. And he’s prefect. And you look so beautiful in your hospital bed! Great photos. So happy for y’all. I know you must be ready to get home. xoxo

  36. Becky says:

    Tina, this birth story is so great! I love how you gave the timeline (heck, I love how you REMEMBERED the timeline, haha!) and everything. I dunno how you stayed so calm, but as always…I am impressed! Baby B is just so beautiful. That head full of hair is amazing! I hope you’re feeling good and that breastfeeding is going well for you! When do you get to go home?

  37. Kelly says:

    He’s absolutely beautiful! I’m so glad you had an easy delivery and that your local EMS was able to get you to the hospital in time. Congratulations!!! 🙂

  38. LindseyAnn says:

    Wow–that sounds like quite the adventure!! Congratulations, he’s absolutely perfect and adorable! 🙂

  39. Melissa says:

    Wow..what a day!! So happy you had a great delivery and man is he ever beautiful:)

  40. So funny that you “teased” you sister that you were going into labour and then actually did. I guess Baby B wanted to show you 🙂

  41. Sarah says:

    Tina, he is just so precious. Just makes me melt!

  42. and what a little man he is!! That is quite the arrival! He was kind to mama huh? How adorable is he!?? I’m so jealous! haha I go back and forth about wanting to get pregnant but seeing little B just makes me want my own little one! Such a great story!! Glad everything turned out for the best! 🙂

  43. Way to go mama!!! One easy delivery!! whoohoo!!

    And man he is the cutest baby ever!!

  44. what a great story he will have for the rest of his life!

  45. Julie says:

    Awww…He’s GORGEOUS!!

  46. Tina!!! He is absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Bless his heart! You look amazing!!! I am SO excited!!!! 5 minutes of pushing! Wow! I hope I am that lucky! You are a rockstar!!!

    This made me so happy 🙂

  47. Congrats again!!! He is so perfect!!

  48. CONGRATS!!! He is beautiful and you are looking like quite the beautiful radiant mother 🙂

  49. Errign says:

    Welcome to the world, Baby B! 🙂

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