His Arrival, What a C-Section is like, and Recovery


My son David was born on Friday, December 13th via c-section. I want to tell you a little bit about his arrival, what the c-section was like and how recovery has been for me. 

First of all, David is healthy, content and an excellent sleeper. He has been eating well, and all systems are a go as far as his intestines go. We are incredibly grateful for a healthy boy.

Justin and I love being parents and I can honestly say we have enjoyed the process of learning David and trying to keep him fed, happy and rested. My friends with babies told me that you fall even deeper in love with your husband when you have a baby, and that has held true. Justin is a great dad, he’s taking great care of me, and I could not imagine a better mate to go through this with. (. . . . AND I’m crying. oh hormones!)

So, we knew David was going to be born via c-section because he was breech. He loved having his head jammed up into my ribs. I tried singing a lot in order to get him to flip (my voice is pretty terrible) but I guess he likes the sound of flat notes and off-pitch tunes. 

The doctor who did the surgery was one of my favorites from the OBGYN practice. That was a major contributor in my relaxed attitude about the whole thing. I trusted her, she answered any and all questions, and even offered some advice along the way.

We arrived at the hospital a few hours before the surgery on Friday. Justin and I went into triage and they began to prepare me for surgery. It hadn’t really settled in yet that we were meeting our son in a few short hours. 

C-Section prep was fairly basic. I actually really enjoyed the hour of privacy, other than nurses checking on me, prior to the surgery. Justin and I just chatted and laughed about things. He helped keep my blood pressure down if it spiked, and we shared a few more guesses about what the baby would look like, etc.

When the nurses came to roll me back to the operating room I began to get a little nervous. It still didn’t feel like it was really happening, but I was just nervous about the unknown. Justin went into the “daddy lounge” to wait until he could come into the operating room. 

Once I was in the operating room, I was a little more nervous but was trying to stay calm. A sweet nurse started talking to me and was telling me about her daughter, and the distraction from all that was going on was a gift. 

Almost every nurse or tech introduced themselves to me along the way and explained what they were doing. 

I received the spinal, after a little numbing shot, and that was painless and easy. The catheter, which I was most nervous about, was completely painless as well because I was numb.

Once I was laid back, and the blue sheet was up, they mentioned that they were going to test me to make sure I couldn’t feel anything. I couldn’t, so they got started.

Justin came in, fully scrubbed, and sat by my head.

It was still very surreal, and I can’t ever remember what we really talked about. We were listening to the doctors talk and taking note of time that they called out. 

I was calm and felt nothing except pushing and pulling the entire time. There was absolutely no pain whatsoever. I was surprised, however, how rough they were when they were getting the baby out. The bed was shaking! Justin and I laugh about it now. He said it seemed like if they pulled even a little bit harder, they would pull me right off the bed. 

Suddenly, I heard a faint cry and I looked to Justin. I didn’t hear it again, but he said he heard it. Seconds later, even though it felt like an eternity, we heard David crying and I was told to look to the left for a “drive by view” of him as he was taken into the warm room. 

Justin went to be with him immediately while they stitched me up.

As I laid there, I remember feeling a bit of shock but I was still very calm. I wasn’t as emotional as I thought I would be, but I think that was because it was all so fast! 

Justin walked in carrying  our son and put him by my face.

It was such a sweet moment and I love that my husband was the one to introduce me to him. 

We moved to recovery, which was fairly uneventful, and then we were moved to the room we were staying in. Justin and David were with me the whole time. 

Once we were in the room, I got to really hold him and look at his face. It was amazing. I can’t even find words to really describe it.

A kind nurse came in and began explaining what was going to be happening, etc. and only minutes later my family arrived.

Justin had been keeping everyone in the loop during the whole process. 

I will treasure the moment I saw my dad, mom and sister look at him for the first time. And I can’t wait for my brother to meet him at Christmas. 

My in-laws came shortly thereafter, and they all took turns holding him as Justin and I talked about his birth. 

After 3 nights in the hospital, Justin and I were beyond ready to get home. 

Justin is the swaddle MASTER.
During our time in the hospital, my parents and sister stayed at our house. They decorated it for Christmas, and even hung lights outside. It was so fun to come home to a clean and decorated house. 

As far as recovery goes, it has been very smooth. I only had one morning of real pain, but otherwise the pain has been subtle and very bearable. Now that I’ve gone through it, I would say that a c-section is definitely not as scary as I would have thought. My mom and Justin have been wonderful about taking care of me and helping me when I need it. I’m not as helpless as I would have imagined, but there are definitely times I need assistance. I’m very thankful to have had help through the process.

A nurse asked me if I worked out throughout my pregnancy and I told her yes. She said she could tell. I think that’s a pretty big contributor to my easy recovery. I still feel strong and my body is bouncing back quickly. Justin, David and I took a walk the day after we came home and it felt good to move around. As of this moment, I feel like I’m almost completely back to normal. I’ve backed off the pain meds and and trying to continue to stay strong and get enough rest. Everything is in moderation. 

So now, we are simply transitioning into life with a newborn. David has been an excellent sleeper, allowing Justin and I to get a surprising amount of sleep during the night. That is a major contributor to how the following day goes. 

I happen to have already slipped into the “constantly posting photos of my baby” persona on Instagram.  He’s just too dang cute. 

Oh, the cats have been pretty apathetic to the whole thing. I’m trying to give them plenty of attention and still “talk” to them when they enter the room. Every once in awhile they will approach David, with much trepidation, and sniff him to death (from a distance of course), but there has been no lashing out or anything like that.

Hoping to share a few more posts over the next few weeks!

wearing the hat my grandma knit

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Comments (125)

  1. Posted December 19, 2013

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations! And go ahead and be a shameless picture posting mom! He’s darling πŸ™‚

  2. Jessica says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Lovely birth story!! Thanks for sharing. He is so sweet and adorable. Please don’t feel bad about constantly posting pictures of him on instagram (in fact, I think you need to post more!).

  3. Posted December 19, 2013


    David is so precious. Glad to hear that your Delivery was such an easy one. I have had two C-Sections and they went just as well. Recovery from #2 was alot smoother than #1, but both were good. May God continue to Bless you and your Family.

    Happy Holidays!

  4. Posted December 19, 2013

    He is beautiful. Praising god for the miracle of new life. All the best to you – Merry Christmas!

  5. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful and just perfect. πŸ™‚
    The Grass Skirt

  6. Posted December 19, 2013

    He is perfect, Kate! Reading this post made me relive my c-section, mine was very similar! Thanks for sharing, blessings to your new family of 3!

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  8. Posted December 19, 2013

    What a great birth story…I seriously teared up! πŸ˜‰ I must agree you have an adorable little baby! Congrats!

  9. Posted December 19, 2013

    So happy everything is going well for you! The first couple of weeks were terrible for me, not because of the baby or lack of sleep but because of hormones and the heaviness of the “baby blues” that descended on me. I wish I had enjoyed those early days more, and it does my heart good to see that you are πŸ™‚

    How is nursing going?

  10. Posted December 19, 2013

    Excellent! Congratulations!

  11. Posted December 19, 2013

    So beautiful!! I love his little face!!(:

  12. Shayne says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    congratulations! πŸ™‚

  13. Posted December 19, 2013

    congrats!! as a labor and delivery rn, it sounds like things really went smoothly!! soo happy for you!!! blessings and hugs!!

  14. Liz says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Oh he’s just so cute! So glad things went smoothly & you’re feeling better!!

  15. Posted December 19, 2013

    I am glad that it went so well and that you are bouncing back so fast. He is absolutely beautiful!

  16. Posted December 19, 2013

    So happy for you and Justin! And WHAT a blessing that delivery and recovery has been going so well!! David is so handsome!!!

  17. Britt says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He is so amazing! Congrats again! I have no idea if you talked about it before (if so I’d love the link) but I would love to know what kind of work-outs you did throughout your pregnancy. I run but would like to do something more low impact once the time comes.

  18. Posted December 19, 2013

    That’s wonderful! So glad to hear he’s a good sleeper. Both my girls were as well. It really makes a difference! Congratulations again. He’s beautiful!

  19. Katie says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    I’m so happy for y’all, Kate and Justin! I actually teared up a couple times reading this post. Gah.. I’m such a sap! He’s absolutely precious and no one judges for the picture overload (<– not the right word bc there’s no way you could overload on all the cuteness that is your David!)! So excited to follow along with your blog now! I’ve always been a fan, but I’m a major sucker for baby blogs!

    Congratulations again!

  20. Ashley says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He is perfect! I am crying reading this and I’m not even pregnant or hormonal! πŸ™‚ In general, from my experience, the planned c-sections are a piece of cake so I am glad that it has gone smooth for you. I had one that was not a piece of cake (24 hours of labor that resulted in an emergency c-section) and my other two were a walk in the park. Congratulations again!

  21. Posted December 19, 2013

    Kate – Congratulations to you and Justin on the birth of your beautiful son David. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prettier newborn as David. He’s gorgeous! I’m so relieved to hear that you are doing so well after the C-Section. I didn’t dare leave you a comment before the surgery and bit my tongue with restraint at expressing my own trepidation. My C-section experience was something I hope to one day forget. I couldn’t be any happier for you, though. You were so very fortunate. Forgive me, but I need to find a tissue to dry the tears that have welled up and brimmed over. So happy for you. You are a natural at this motherhood thing and I applaud you, my dear. Huge and heartfelt congratulations!

  22. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations! He’s beautiful!

  23. Christy says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    David is beyond adorable. I’m so happy your recovery is going well. Merry Christmas to you and your new family of three!!!

  24. Pamela says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Love this!! Happy for yall!

  25. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations! He is so handsome, what a little sweetie! Your pictures and stories make me soooooooo excited for my little one due in 3 months. Enjoy your new family!

  26. LoriU says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    You are definitely not overloading Instagram with pictures! The more the merrier!
    So glad everything is going well. You seem to be such a calm, easy going person. I wish I was like that! Congratulations again. David is just so handsome, and I love his name.

  27. Corrine says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He’s gorgeous!! Congratulations again!!

  28. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations! Truly happy for you and your husband! πŸ™‚

  29. Tara says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He is beautiful, congratulations! I’m so glad everything went smoothly.

  30. Posted December 19, 2013

    He is a doll! Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I’m expecting my first (a girl!) in April and it is always helpful to hear a variety of experiences. Merry Christmas!

  31. Melissa says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations Kate! So glad to hear that working out has helped you in the recovery process. He is amazing and perfect. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  32. Dranrab says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    AWWWWWW!!! So Sweet! Thanks for sharing. ….Also glad to know what a c-section was like, thinking about them always made me feel queasy. Sounds a heck of a lot better than my no drug birth to a 10 pounder.

    Nicole B.

  33. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congrats to your new little family:) Glade everything went as smoothly as possible and that you are trnasistioning well into mommyhood! Welcome to the club girl.

  34. Posted December 19, 2013

    I’m at work, and not ashamed to say I just cried through that whole post! So beautiful, congrats on your handsome little man!

  35. Posted December 19, 2013

    Needless to said , but Kate ; he is perfect ! When I saw the first picture on Facebook I was like aw , he’s just perfect ! Beautiful little man <3

  36. Posted December 19, 2013

    Sounds like it went very well and I’m glad you seem to be adjusting so well! I love his little apple hat, too! How cute is that? πŸ™‚

  37. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations! I’m glad you detailed your experience. I don’t have any kids but definitely want to one day and am totally terrified of a c-section! David is just so adorable! I hope you get back to 100% soon!

  38. BWR4018 says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your birth story. It’s lovely. Congratulations! Your son is very handsome already πŸ™‚
    My daughter (our first also) turned one this past November. Seeing these pictures brings back so many wonderful memories of my daugthers birth…I can’t believe it’s been a year!! Enjoy every little moment, it truly does fly by!!

  39. Posted December 19, 2013

    Amazing! brings me right back to the early days of my little guy. I envy you being able to be alert during the surgery, mine was an emergency (after 30 hours of labour) so I was knocked out entirely and woke up about an hour afterwards. It must have been so cool to be aware of what was going on! Congratulations, he is so lovely.

  40. Tiffany says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Congrats! He is SO adorable and I loved hearing about your c-section story.

  41. Posted December 19, 2013

    Kate, he is SO precious! Congratulations πŸ™‚

  42. Posted December 19, 2013

    Thank you for sharing your experience. He is a beautiful baby!

  43. Posted December 19, 2013

    So happy for you and your family! David is precious! That’s my son’s name too. Did you know it means “beloved”? Merry Christmas!

  44. Posted December 19, 2013

    Wonderful – all of it. I can totally relate on the c-section, and just wanted to tell you something funny – when my twins were born that way, they said they were pinching me to see if I could feel and I said yes, they better not start yet (because you can still feel pressure, right?) and they said “you’re already cut open”. Yep, that spinal works. Enjoy this wonderful time. As to my kitty, he was glad to have my lap back to sit on and would even take the little corner he could get when I was holding the babies.

  45. Leslie says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Congrats!!!! what a adorable baby boy!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ I have 4 boys!!!!!! and we thought we were done with having kids, our baby is 7!! well I’m 22 weeks pregnant!! and finally getting my GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!! a dream come true that was not planned!! lol πŸ™‚ I can not wait to see what a baby girl will look like out of my 4 boys. We are all just THRILLED!!!!!
    reading your post made me cry! what a sweet delivery and experience for you! πŸ™‚ I’ve enjoyed reading your blog for the past year now. Again congrats on such a sweet, beautiful baby boy!!!!! πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing all that you do.

  46. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congrats, again!
    I couldn’t agree more with the statement you made about falling even deeper in love with your husband. The first time i saw my husband hold our firstborn something instantly changed.
    Enjoy the little bundle of joy

  47. Posted December 19, 2013

    Oh my stars. What a beautiful baby. I had tears in my eyes reading it. Not just because its a beautiful thing from god, but because of how you explained it all. I will never have a baby, so it was very nice to read how your experience was, and read others in the comments section. Thank you for this, it makes me feel happy seeing how many of your are so loving and caring enough to share it.

  48. Amy says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He is a beautiful baby! Congrats!

  49. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations!! He is absolutely beautiful! I’m crying my eyes out now… I’m 13 weeks pregnant. Thank you for sharing your story.. C-sections have always sounded so scary to me, but your story takes that all away. I don’t know how my labour will go, but in the event I have to have a c-section I won’t be freaked out anymore.

  50. Erin says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    It’s so funny you mention Justin is the swaddle master because that’s my husband as well! It must be the engineer thing! πŸ˜‰ He is absolutely beautiful, congratulations!

  51. Posted December 19, 2013

    I also teared up reading this. I have a 16 month old girl and it’s truly amazing. I’ve been following you for a while and am so happy for you!! Prayers from Tucson!!

  52. Branka says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations and Thank you for sharing your life with us. David is a little angel, please shamelessly post as many pictures of him as you like!!

  53. Mia says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Thank you for sharing. He is beautiful. Congrats!

  54. Brooke says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Congrats!!! He is a doll:) Wishing you a VERY Merry Christmas this year!

  55. Posted December 19, 2013

    I LOVE reading birth stories – thanks for sharing! Having a baby is one of the most magical things in the world, and regardless of the pain or how they came into the world, meeting them for the first time is completely cathartic. I’m glad you wrote it all down; I blogged about my birth process with my 2nd and am so glad that I have it. I still go back and read it and cry (the hormones never disappear!). Congratulations on this new adventure. You have so many wonderful moments ahead!

  56. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations! Glad that David arrived safely and you are recovering well.

  57. Posted December 19, 2013

    Oh Kate, he is just so perfect and absolutely precious! πŸ™‚ I am so happy for you and Justin, becoming parents is just one of the best gifts God gives us on this earth! πŸ˜‰ Don’t be ashamed of posting endless pics of your sweet little David, I’m pretty sure the majority (if not all of) your fans are totally ok with it, because you’re right, he is just too dang cute! Merry Christmas to your sweet little family! πŸ™‚

  58. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations! David is beautiful! It sounds like you are settling in to being parents very smoothly! Thumbs up for your quick recovery.

  59. Posted December 19, 2013

    congrats hun! he’s so beautiful! glad your feeling well and it was good to hear your birth story. xx. gigi. http://www.gigikkitchen.com

  60. Alice says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He is adorable! Congratulations! Welcome to the C-secton mommy club! It’s really not as bad as people make it seem! πŸ™‚

  61. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congrats! He’s so beautiful. I seriously just want to go snuggle him! I’ve been praying for you all.

  62. Posted December 19, 2013

    Congratulations and he is beautiful! I had emergency C-Section and was scared to death. I also love the fact that my husband introduced my daughter to me. He taped the whole thing and the nurse held the camera when he showed her to me. 13 years later and still emotional! I have seen the film and always comment about I don’t remember most of it in the OR. Our bodies are amazing and am forever grateful that I live in a time when C-sections are available. Nothing really prepared me for the first time I stood up…what a strange feeling.

  63. Posted December 19, 2013

    I’m a long-time reader (although I’m not a commenter, usually…shame on me!) and I feel as though I know your family. I have gotten teary-eyed reading all about David and the miracle that God has given you. I’m so happy for you all. Congratulations, Kate. You really do deserve all of this happiness! He is gorgeous!

  64. Tarah M says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He’s just beautiful! Congrats again. I’m so glad to hear your recovery is going smoothly & David is blessing you with much needed sleep! It seems like just yesterday my boys were that small and helpless. Now I’m running after a toddler & a preschooler. Everyone says it – but only because it’s true. Treasure each moment, because it goes by so fast.

  65. christa says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Gorgeous baby!!! Congratulations!

  66. Posted December 19, 2013

    He’s precious! Congratulations and I’m so glad your recovery is going smoothly.

  67. Jane says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Aww he’s gorgeous! Congratulations to you both! x

  68. v.jack says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    Reading your words, the way you describe your love for your son and your husband…you have me in tears! So glad the birthing experience and days after you welcomed David to the world were such an enjoyable experience for you. He is such a cutie!! Good job, Kate & Justin! πŸ™‚

  69. Posted December 19, 2013

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who got weepy reading this! πŸ™‚ It’s was just over a year ago that I had a little boy, Joe, via c-section, so the whole “Look left for the drive-by view” got me all sorts of emotional. Hold on to him tight…they grow so fast, it’s crazy!

  70. Vanessa says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    So glad everything is going well for you all. πŸ™‚ He is adorable! I totally agree with not feeling as emotional as you expected right as he is born. It feels very surreal with a c-section as opposed to a vaginal birth. I was shocked with my VBAC how incredibly different it was. It’s still exciting either way, but when you push the baby out yourself, the emotions seem to hit you like a ton of bricks all at once.
    I am keeping my fingers crossed that David keeps up with the great sleeping habits!

  71. kristi says
    Posted December 19, 2013

    He is absolutely perfect! I have had 2 c-sections. The first one was horrible but the second was great…fast recovery and everything. Blessings to your new little family!

  72. Posted December 19, 2013

    “My son David was born…..”
    The tears welled right then and there.
    This is bizarre that I don’t know you personally, but can feel such astounding joy for your family.

    Your post is such an encouragement to women who may have anxiousness about a C-section.
    Thanks for taking time to share this first story of David’s precious life on earth.

    {{* *}}

  73. Posted December 19, 2013

    He’s perfect!! Thanks for sharing your birth story. God is good!! Have a beautiful baby moon πŸ™‚ Precious David, what a great name and such a beautiful little guy!

  74. Jessica says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    Thank you for sharing!! I am due in a couple of months and these sweet birth stories always get me all teary-eyed and excited. Do you have any advise about what you packed in your hospital bag that you were so glad you had and what you ended up not needing? I’m working on my list and any advise would be appreciated! Thanks!!

  75. Janine says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    I actually love reading birth stories as I am an OBS/Labour and Delivery nurse myself and I love to hear about the experience from the patient’s point of view. πŸ™‚ Glad that everything went well for you and I hope you continue to have a speedy recovery!

  76. Ling says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    Thank you for this update. I was terrified of how a c-section might be. Congrats to you and your family. I hope you have an amazing holiday season!

  77. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congrats Kate! Glad to hear your c section went well! I must have had rough one! I reacted to the epidural and was shaking uncontrollably and they pushed on my abdomen so hard during delivery I was throwing up! πŸ™ no bueno. No looking forward to the next one- but in the end it’s so worth it!!!!!! πŸ™‚ congrats again! – Michelle carter

  78. Rae says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    What a beautiful story! He’s is so precious!

  79. Evelyn says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    Is that beanie perfect or what?!! Keep the pictures coming!!

    Glad to hear everything was perfect!

  80. Posted December 20, 2013

    Kate, you so have NOT overgrammed. AT ALL!
    Thanks for sharing. So glad you are recovering well.

  81. Ashley says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    He is so precious! Congrats!

  82. megan j says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    Congrats Kate! I have been reading your blog for a long time now and am so happy for you. I am a labor and delivery nurse and am so happy that everything went well for you. Enjoy your new addition and GOOD JOB πŸ™‚

  83. Posted December 20, 2013

    Awww! Congrats

  84. Gwen F says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    He’s beautiful! The hat is sooooooo cute. Thanks for sharing your story. I know that all of us who follow you feel like we know you, and are so very happy for you. This will surely be the merriest of Christmases for you and your family.

  85. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congratulations! The birth experience is so surreal-very happy it went smoothly for you!

  86. Sarah says
    Posted December 20, 2013

    he’s beautiful! congrats dear!
    and keep the instagram pictures coming! all your mommy friends will understand πŸ™‚
    i always think what did i post pictures of before i had a baby?!! probably selfies. but i think my babe is cuter than me, hah!

  87. Posted December 20, 2013

    He’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  88. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby. You should be so proud.

    X x

  89. Posted December 20, 2013

    He is so adorable.. Glad everything went ok!

  90. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congrats on baby David. He is precious. Huge props to your husband for wearing a Duke shirt to meet your son for the first time.

  91. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congratulations! I had my daughter in late August by c-section also, but it was unplanned and did not go as smoothly as yours! I’m jealous! I had 4 hrs of pushing prior & I really could have done without that πŸ™‚ I was exhausted by the point she was born but I think the emotions hit you later b/c lying there is such a weird experience and you can’t hold your baby yet. Glad it wasn’t just me!

    My recovery was incredibly painful so it must depend on the person? Just the burning every time I had to get out of bed. Maybe working out more seriously will help for any future children, so that’s a good piece of advice b/c for weeks it really sucked for me!

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  93. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congratulations! He’s so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your story. πŸ™‚

  94. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congrats!! Great post!


  95. Posted December 20, 2013

    He is to adore! So many sweet congratulations!!



  96. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congratulations!! He’s gorgeous!! I’m happy to hear that your c-section went so well, and recovery too!! I had one with my son…it was the polar opposite of your experience. πŸ˜‰

  97. Posted December 20, 2013

    Congratulations! He is SO cute!

  98. Posted December 21, 2013

    This post brought tears to my eyes. It’s so wonderful to see this happy post about such a huge blessing in your life, especially after everything that you’ve shared about getting to this point. I hope to one day have a good story like this to share. πŸ™‚ Congrats on your beautiful son!

  99. Posted December 21, 2013

    What was your exercise routine that you did? For my next pregnancy I wanted to work out more but I have no idea where to start.

  100. Posted December 21, 2013

    What a beautiful little boy, he is! Congrats!

  101. Megan says
    Posted December 21, 2013

    Congratulations! Our son was born last year on Dec 11 and this has been the best year of our lives. He will be the greatest gift you’ve received and you will fall more and more in love with him each day!

  102. Posted December 21, 2013

    You have me tearing up. Congratulations on your beautiful little boy.

  103. Posted December 22, 2013

    Congratulations on the sweet little boy darling. You’re such a sweetheart, thank you for sharing your special story, I enjoyed reading it. In fact I read it a couple more times in case I missed some detail :). What a beautiful New Year gift. Love and hugs xx

  104. Posted December 22, 2013

    congrats Kate!

  105. Amy says
    Posted December 23, 2013

    It’s such a relief to hear your birth story. I have placenta previa and my placenta doesn’t seem interested in moving up, so my doctor has begun to gently introduce the idea of a c-section as a real and necessary possibility. I’ve been trying not to think about it because it scares me so much – even though I also know I’m being a baby about having a baby. This was such a sigh of relief to read. Thank you thank you thank you! πŸ™‚

  106. Posted December 23, 2013

    congratulations!! He is a handsome little guy!


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  108. Posted December 23, 2013

    Loved reading this! Thank you for sharing your story with all of us! πŸ™‚

  109. Laura says
    Posted December 23, 2013

    Thank you so much for sharing David’s birth story with us. It is really inspirational for me to hear that working out before and during your pregnancy has helped significantly with your recovery. I love reading your blog and am so excited for you to celebrate your first Christmas as a family of three. Best present ever!!!! Thanks again Kate πŸ™‚

  110. Paula says
    Posted December 23, 2013

    Congratulations! David is adorable. Merry Christmas and many blessings.

  111. Nicki says
    Posted December 23, 2013

    Yeah!! Congrats to you. I’m glad you are both well.

  112. Posted December 24, 2013

    He’s so beautiful Kate! I’m so glad you had a good experience with your c-section! I’ll miss your beauty posts for the next few weeks, but you definitely have more important things to do! Babies are such a blessing! God bless you and your family, and Merry Christmas!

  113. mccart says
    Posted December 24, 2013

    i am here to give testimony of how i got back my husband, we got married for more than 9 years and have gotten two kids. thing were going well with us and we are always happy. until one day my husband started to behave in a way i could not understand, i was very confused by the way he treat me and the kids. later that month he did not come home again and he called me that he want a divorce, i asked him what have i done wrong to deserve this from him, all he was saying is that he want a divorce that he hate me and do not want to see me again in his life, i was mad and also frustrated do not know what to do,i was sick for more than 2 weeks because of the divorce. i love him so much he was everything to me without him my life is incomplete. i told my sister and she told me to contact a spell caster, i never believe in all this spell casting of a thing. i just want to try if something will come out of it. i contacted traditional spell hospital for the return of my husband to me, they told me that my husband have been taken by another woman, that she cast a spell on him that is why he hate me and also want us to divorce. then they told me that they have to cast a spell on him that will make him return to me and the kids, they casted the spell and after 1 week my husband called me and he told me that i should forgive him, he started to apologize on phone and said that he still live me that he did not know what happen to him that he left me. it was the spell that he traditional spell hospital casted on him that make him comeback to me today,me and my family are now happy again today. thank you traditional spell hospital for what you have done for me i would have been nothing today if not for your great spell. i want you my friends who are passing through all this kind of love problem of getting back their husband, wife , or ex boyfriend and girlfriend to contact [email protected]. and you will see that your problem will be solved without any delay.

  114. Posted December 24, 2013

    Congrats! He’s absolutely beautiful!

  115. Posted December 30, 2013

    Congrats Kate!
    The C-section information was helpful to me for when I have kids soon.
    I was wondering what type of exercises you did during your pregnancy? and were they different as the weeks past?

  116. Posted January 1, 2014

    Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and an early Happy Mothers Day! A pretty neat present to get, huh? Thanks for your wisdom and advice, and best wishes to your new family.

  117. CourtM says
    Posted January 6, 2014

    Hi Kate! Congratulations on David and welcome to mommyhood! I recently moved to the Raleigh area and and expecting my second baby in May. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind sharing where you delivered or the obgyn practice you used. I understand you may not want to share publicly, I just thought any recommendations or insight would be beneficial! Thank you!!

  118. Melissa says
    Posted January 6, 2014

    I haven’t been on the blogs for a while, so this wish is late (I hope you see it). David is adorable and congratulations!

  119. Posted January 12, 2014

    Congrats! My son was born December 13th also! (2009) πŸ™‚

  120. Posted January 12, 2014

    Congrats! My son was born December 13th also! (2009) πŸ™‚

  121. Posted March 6, 2014

    First, let me start with saying I love your blog. Second, I was truly excited to read that your son was born on my birthday and on a Friday. My husband and I both were born on a 13th and we got married on a 13th, so it is kinda our thing! I’m hoping that we will be pregnant soon and hope to have a baby born on the 13th too! Congrats and he is simply beautiful! Enjoy!!!

  122. Anna says
    Posted April 24, 2014

    New to your blog and I’m loving it! Especially love that I, too, have a Friday, Dec 13th son born in 1996 via scheduled c-section! Everyone thought I was crazy to schedule delivery for that day…he was due 12/21/96… But I wanted him born as far from Christmas as safely possible, plus his big brother was also born on the 13th (Feb 1990). Congratulations to you and your sweet family!

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