A Beautiful Beginning: Laurel Louise’s Birth Story.

Because Brian and Carolynn’s journey to parenthood is complex, I asked her to share some snippets in order to get it right:
“After 3 years of infertility and a year on the adoption journey, we welcomed miracle number one who was totally a surprise, our little Ellory Maeve. We held off on the adoption journey for a year then were back at it, along with trying a few more procedures. After 2 years of no luck on either path- God blessed us with another surprise miracle on our own, Laurel Louise. She came intensely quick leaving momma no time to get that epidural relief she was hoping for lol.”
At our consultation, they warned me that Carolynn delivered Ellory very quickly after receiving an epidural. This time when she text me at dinner time saying see was tracking contractions anywhere from 2-7min apart for a few hours so she went to the hospital. Though having surges regularly, she was only 3cm and sent home after a couple hours of monitoring because to a hospital active labor admittance is “4cm dilation.” Nearing midnight we decided she should call me once she’s back in triage. The call came by 245am that Carolynn was 6cm and getting an epidural soon. I knew better than to wait so I left immediately. (Never ignore intuition!!) At 3:11 Brian told me she had her epidural put in. At 3:13 he said her water broke. THEN AT 3:14 “SHE’S FULLY DILATED.” I frantically replied, “JESUS, I’m pulling into the hospital, keep those legs closed!” 3:18a, “Dr. is here now and she’s ready to push! You here yet?” Me, frantically racing through the halls, “WAAAIT!” HAHA! Like she wanted to wait any longer to meet this baby. I walked in to a very much in pain mama and a head full of hair crowning. She came out just in time for Carolynn’s single push dose epidural to kick in (::eye roll::) at 3:29. 7.6lbs and 20″ Laurel was chill and so content, waiting to meet her big sister. Ellory came in full of joy and couldn’t keep her hands off her new baby! You have so many fun times ahead and I’m thankful you have been blessed twice over. Congrats and happy it all worked out!!

Love, Melanie

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