It’s a girl!

by singlemomseeking on April 16, 2012

It was a warm spring day, and after having off-and-on contractions for 10 days, I doubted whether this time was for real. The contractions had started again before dinner, as they had all week.

But wait, something did feel a little different. Between bites of my sun-dried tomato pizza, I closed my eyes and took deep breaths. “I’m ready for you,” I whispered to my belly.

At 8 p.m., I called my midwife and told her the contractions were coming closer together, but they still felt easy. I wanted to stay home and see what happened. In the meantime, my man ran to the car to pack the cooler with juice boxes, coconut water, and leftover pizza. My suitcase of supplies was already in the trunk, filled with LED candles, lavender, meditation music, and pillow cases that smelled like home.

As it turned out, the suitcase never got opened. At 9 p.m., between contractions, I said, “It’s time to go.” Thunderpants drove to the hospital (within the speed limit) while I was on all fours in the backseat (yes, my seat belt was on). Between contractions, I walked into the hospital. Then, my water broke on the rug in the lobby! Hence, the “Caution” sign, thanks to yours truly:

My midwife was waiting for us in Labor and Delivery. “You’re 9 centimeters dilated,” she told me. “You can push any time.”

As I pushed out my baby — without an epidural or any drugs — I felt the greatest empathy for any woman who does opt for pain medication. I really get it. The nurses cheered me on. Thunderpants stood behind me, silent and strong (and probably freaking out) as he held one of my legs in the air.

I bore down and experienced the deepest feeling I’ve ever felt in my life. Just before 11 p.m., I birthed our daughter. Thunderpants caught her under my arms and placed her on my chest, both of them crying.

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Beckie-Lynn May 20, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Awww… what a beautiful story and a precious gift at the end! Congrats!!! 🙂


Amy May 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

In tears 🙂 I am so so happy for you Rachel!


Mike May 7, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Congrats. What a wonderful event.


Mommy to the Monsters May 6, 2012 at 5:04 pm



Anne-Marie April 27, 2012 at 3:50 pm



Tracy April 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

A great big congrats to you!!!!!!! Such amazing and wonderful news!! 🙂


Shannon April 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

Oh gosh Rachel, how have I missed so much!!! So thrilled for you and can’t wait to catch up. My blog is morphing into a blended family blog-please swing by. Congrats, love.


singlemomseeking May 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Shannon: I swung by and can’t wait to hear more. I’m reading everything I can these days about blending families.


Sara | Stinkerpants April 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm

YAY!!!!!! Congratulations!


Nicki April 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm

So happy for all of you! Hugs!


Monique April 17, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Congratulations to you guys!


Glenda April 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Congratulations! She’s beautiful!


Ewokmama April 17, 2012 at 10:13 am



T April 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

She is absolutely perfect. And you are AMAZING. xxoo


Susan April 17, 2012 at 7:08 am

Yay! I’ve been waiting for this post and you did not disappoint! :)Your daughter is so, so sweet. Much love to you all! – Susan


Dido April 17, 2012 at 1:01 am

congratulations!!! she is beyond gorgeous!
you did GOOD girl! what a story!

…and how old did you say you were…? how young is still young enough for a new beginning, and new additions….?

hm, i keep wondering… (in my early-fourties, moving toward mid-fourties, crisis…)


singlemomseeking April 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

Dido: I’m turning 40 this summer… I understand the anxiety about age and the right time to bring a “new addition” to your life!


Tracy April 28, 2012 at 5:57 am

Can I just add that I just turned 40 1 month after my little one was born and she is perfect 🙂 40 really is the new 30 !!

avigail74 April 16, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Beyond elated for you Rachel~ you done good! 😉


Nancy April 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Congratulations! SO VERY HAPPY for everyone and this new little blessing that bonds you all together. BIG sister is probably on cloud nine. ❤❤❤❤


Meredith April 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm

What happy news!


jen April 16, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Wow. Congratulations to you all. xx


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