Gwendolyn's Birth Story

 I thought this would be a good post to ring in the New Year, especially since today is our due date and Miss Gwen is one week old, so here is the story of our sweet daughter's birth!

It was the day after Christmas - we had a lovely celebration the day before.  The plan was to spend a nice relaxing day together opening the presents we didn't get to on Christmas Day, and playing with out new together gift - a Nintendo Wii!

We slept in pretty late, cleaned up and put away some of our Christmas gifts, and then we decided to head out and get some lunch at Qdoba.  By the time we got back it was past Wyatt's nap time, so we put him down for a little while, and then Derek and I tried out a few of our Wii games.

I was feeling fine, but generally just a little crampy here and there throughout the day.  I was actually feeling optimistic about the cramps because I had a secret hope that she would come on Derek's birthday, and I thought this was a good sign!

We got Wyatt up and opened a couple more gifts with him, ate dinner together, and watched one of Wyatt's movies that he got for Christmas (Praise Baby - he loves those!).  

Right around 7:00 PM I started noticing some actual contractions - I knew they were contractions because they were slightly painful and wrapped from the front of my belly around to my back.  I started discreetly timing them with an app on my phone while we watched the movie with Wyatt and got him ready for bed.  They were coming about 9 minutes apart, but they weren't too painful yet, so I didn't say anything to Derek because I wanted to make sure they were the real thing.

I took a picture of my almost-39-week-belly though, just in case.

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We read Wyatt a bedtime story and got him in bed - it was a sweet time putting him to bed, because I think I knew it was the last time we'd do that as a family of three.  

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My cute boy, jumping on the bed in his Christmas pajamas.

After he went to sleep Derek and I came upstairs and decided to watch one of our movies that we got ourselves for Christmas.  All through the movie my contractions were coming 9-12 minutes apart - still nothing I really had to breathe through yet, but they were getting a bit more painful.

After the movie ended I told Derek that I had been having contractions, and that they actually hurt, but that they were only 12 minutes apart (they had slowed down a little).  He was concerned but I told him they weren't bad yet so we had some time, but we might be having the baby on his birthday after all!  

We decided to go to bed and get some rest, and by the time I actually climbed into bed (about 10:30 maybe?), they were getting a bit more painful - I started to slow-breath through some of them while Derek timed them on his phone.  They were still coming 12 minutes apart at this point, and I  told Derek I thought it would stink if they just stayed at 12 minutes apart all night, because we wouldn't get a bit of sleep and we'd be exhausted by the time the baby came (I really thought they might stay 12 minutes apart for hours, because they seemed pretty steady right about there).

Then right around 11:30 they all of a sudden went from 12 minutes apart to 6-7 minutes apart immediately.  They also got significantly more painful - I switched to the "he-he" breathing technique and Derek thought we should call my doctor and my mom.  I know they usually say to head in at about 5 minutes apart, so I didn't think they'd want me to head in yet anyway, but after a couple contractions Derek talked me into agreeing to call my mom to come over and stay with Wyatt.  He called her about 11:45 AM.

By the time he got off the phone with my mom I decided I'd go ahead and call my doctor just to see, since the contractions were getting noticeably more painful (but still pretty manageable), and we live about an hour away from our hospital.  I talked to my doctor around 12:00 AM (happy birthday to Derek!), and she said to come on in and they'd check me out at least, so we started gathering the last few things we would need to take with us to the hospital. I did notice that I was shaking a bit between contractions, and it crossed my mind that shaking was a sign of being in transition, but I thought there was no way I was that far along in my labor, and I dismissed the shaking as nerves. At this point I had to pause and breath through contractions but they were still 6-7 minutes apart and I still felt like things were under control and we had plenty of time.

That didn't last long.  Around 12:15 AM I had a contraction downstairs (they were getting stronger again by now - I had to get down on my hands and knees during the contractions because I had a lot of pain in my back, and that was the most comfortable position to be in).  I went upstairs to get some aromatherapy lotion I thought might be helpful (because you know, I still had plenty of time left to labor), and before I could get back downstairs I had another one.  They dropped from 6-7 minutes apart to 3 minutes apart immediately (again)!  Somehow I thought they would come closer together more gradually, but both times they just got closer together immediately.  

At this point they were definitely getting stronger and harder to breathe through (I was on my last breathing technique by now), and we were still waiting for my mom to get there - I was getting a little more nervous by this point because things seemed to be getting worse pretty fast. Derek was trying to hustle me out to the car so we could just be ready to drive, but I couldn't imagine sitting in the car through those contractions.  

My mom got there, and by the time I got out to the car (around 12:30 AM) the contractions had changed again - the first one I had in the car was so intense, I ended up crying out in the middle of it because I couldn't breathe through it anymore.  I felt a couple gushes that I thought might be my water (later figured out it was blood), and I yelled out to Derek that I wanted to push, and I tried to breathe so I wouldn't.  

He drove as fast as he could out of our subdivision (the roads were icy from our white Christmas), and I had a couple more contractions before we got out to the highway.  I was trying really hard to just breathe through them, but there was so much pressure and pain at the peak of the contraction that I ended up crying out instead.  I felt like I could push, but Derek reminded me to breathe and try not to as he drove.

Derek was on the phone with my mom telling her what was going on and he kept saying I wasn't going to make it to the hospital - he started to pull off into a fire station right across the highway from us, but I was in denial and thought we could still make it, so I told him to drive and just get me to the hospital.  

He was sweet and got on the highway instead, but we made it a couple hundred feet before I had another contraction that made me scream, so Derek called 911 and pulled over.  When he pulled over I was begging him to keep driving and just get me to hospital (the hospital that was still an hour away), but he said we weren't making it and that I needed an ambulance.  I have a smart husband - I was so glad he was there because he made such a good call there, and I wasn't thinking clearly.

A policeman responded to the call first and stopped to make sure we were okay, and I started to have another contraction.  I lowered my car seat back and got on my hands and knees again, tried to breathe, and ended up screaming that I wanted to push (but I didn't yet), and praying for the Lord to help me.  By the time that one ended the policeman had the door open, the ambulance was there, and Derek was shouting at the EMT's to get me to the ambulance before I had another one.  He really took charge and made sure I was okay, and I was so proud of him.  

I had some presence of mind to ask Derek to at least grab the small hospital bag that had the camera in it (the important stuff, you know), and then I hustled over to the gurney they had for me and climbed up.  They tried to strap me down to it, but I had another contraction and told them I needed the strap off.  They wheeled me up into the ambulance, probably right around 12:40 AM.

There were four EMT's, all men in their early 20's.  At first someone said Derek could drive down behind the ambulance, but I was crying and said I needed Derek with me.  I wanted him to ride in the back, but the EMT's said there wasn't room and he couldn't, which made me panicky because I wanted Derek with me.  Then they told me that there was a window up front and I turned around and saw Derek there and I could talk with him, so I was okay.

There were three EMT's in the back with me, two on my left and one behind me.  The one behind me took my blood pressure and and pulse, one on left put in an IV, and the other one donned some gloves so he could be prepared.  

When they put the IV in my arm one of them said they might be able to get me some medication and I told them to give me whatever they could, even though I hated that idea because I know IV meds can affect the baby - but in that moment I just wanted to make it to the hospital if I could. But then the guy told me that he didn't think they had any pain meds they could give me that would be okay for the baby at this point, so I didn't get anything.  

Amidst all this I was pausing every minute or two trying to breath through a contraction, and I always ended up screaming instead.  Derek said the guy driving the ambulance sped up and put on the siren when he heard me screaming, so I guess it did some good!  During one of the contractions I felt a really big gush and the guy told me my water had broken (which I obviously knew too).  I remember crying out prayers for the Lord to help me (at first I think the EMT's thought I was telling them to help me, but then they realized I wasn't talking to them), screaming that I wanted to push, and wimpering "I can't" (not "I can't push", more like "I can't do this" because I was scared and I really didn't want to deliver in the ambulance).

We weren't in the ambulance long before I felt her shift down, and I just knew her head was right there.  I told the EMT she was right there and asked him to check, and he just said that the baby wasn't crowning yet.   They kept asking if I wanted to lay back, but I said absolutely no.  I started to realize that they knew what to do if something went wrong, and maybe the basics of the birth process, but that was it!  I was glad they were there because I knew they could do something if anything went wrong, but I don't think they probably covered "how to help a woman in labor" in their training!   

During all this Derek was watching from the front seat with his neck craned, and he kept trying to shout out things to help the EMT's know what to do for me.  But it was very chaotic, so I don't think they were listening.  He said at one point he saw one of them looking something up on his phone and he thought it looked like he was Googling how to deliver a baby!  We said later that Derek should have been back there, because he probably knew more what to do, with our birthing classes and the fact that he's done this with me once before!

I asked the EMT's several times if I could push, when it would be okay to push, should I push, but it became apparent that they really didn't know what to tell me.  One of them said I'd have to tell them when I wanted to push, and it depended on whether I wanted to deliver there or at the hospital.  And in that moment I really just didn't want to deliver in the ambulance, so I tried not to push.

After a few more contractions I asked where we were on the road, and how far we were from the hospital and one of them said "a long way".  I think at that point I really realized that I wasn't going to make it to the the hospital - between contractions I remember wimpering and saying I wasn't going to make it.  Though I still thought if I could just hold off on the pushing I might make it there, so it was a really weird place emotionally.  

I never wanted to be one of those women in labor who was screaming through every contraction, but there was just no way at that point that I could just calmly breathe through contractions.  It felt better to scream.  Probably, in hindsight, because I was involuntarily pushing a little bit while screaming, and it felt better than not pushing at all. 

I think I was freaking one of them out when I would scream, and at one point he said "Just calm down, it's okay!" and I remember thinking that he should try giving birth in the back of an ambulance and then tell me to calm down.  I think the guy behind me realized that someone should say something encouraging, because he started to rub my back during contractions and remind me to breathe, and told me I was doing great even when I was screaming - I was so glad that guy was back there!

A lot of the memory of the pain has faded, which I am grateful for, but I don't know if I could describe quite how it feels to be that ready to push and still trying not to - it was more than the pain, it was the mental torture of wanting so badly to push!  That was the worst part of it.

Finally I think I had a sub-conscious realization that the EMT's weren't going to tell me when to push, that I was most definitely ready to push, and that none of it was going to get better until I got her out - so with my next contraction I decided it was time and I closed my eyes and pushed.  It took one contraction, two pushes/screams (none of this hold your breath and bear down stuff), and then she was out at 1:01 AM!  I asked it she was here (probably more for the EMT's benefit than anything, because I obviously knew she was), and I opened my eyes and saw her for the first time.

She was laying there, squirming while the EMT's cleaned her up, and I just gave a happy laugh/cry and said she was beautiful.  And she was.  

I called out to Derek that she was here, and I asked if she was okay and if she was breathing since I hadn't heard her cry yet. The EMT suctioned her mouth and said she was doing fine.  Then I heard her first little squeak of a cry. I heard Derek call out saying to let me hold her (he remembered how important it was to me to hold her right away), and I said "Yes, can I hold her?", and the EMT who caught her said they had to clean her up a little first.

I think I decided the cleaning up was taking too long though, because after a few more seconds I asked again if I could hold her and reached out and grabbed her just as the nice EMT behind me told me to go ahead.  

She was a little blue, and I asked if she was okay again, and they said she was fine and put a little oxygen mask near her face and covered her with a blanket.  She opened her eyes and looked around and looked at me, and I couldn't stop saying how pretty she was.  I kissed her sweet little nose and told her I loved her.  She had dark hair all matted down to her head and the prettiest eyes and cutest lips that kept forming a little "o" shape - she was so precious.

They stopped the ambulance for a minute so Derek could come back and see, and he said "there's my little girl".  It was sweet.  They had clamped the umbilical cord and let Derek cut it, and then we had to get back on the road, so Derek went back up front.

One of the EMT's asked what her name was, and I said I needed to ask what Derek thought first, since we had two possible names picked out.  I honestly looked at her and couldn't decide what I thought, so I wanted to ask Derek.  The EMT's joked about whether they would get naming privileges since they delivered her, and the nice one said it was the first baby they had delivered (it was cute, you could tell they were all proud of themselves)!  

I started getting more painful contractions after a couple minutes, and they had to press on my stomach to help the placenta detach, but after that was all done I felt a million times better, and so relieved that she was here!

They asked if I wanted to try feeding her, and I said we could, so they grabbed a blanket and made a "fort" for us so I could have some privacy while I tried to feed her (they proudly talked about how they got to build her her first fort, and it made me chuckle).  She didn't really want to eat right then though, so we just snuggled the rest of the way to the hospital.

Once we got there they bundled us up the best they could and wheeled us in.  There were a bunch of nurses inside the doors and they asked if I was Callie and said they had been waiting for me.  There were a couple other patients in the halls and they said congratulations as we passed.  Then they took us up to labor and delivery to check us both out.

My doctor came in and stitched me up, and said that I guess now we knew I had fast labors!  It was my favorite doctor on call, so it would have been great if she could have delivered her, but it was nice to have her meet the baby first anyway.  I was just glad everything went so smoothly and she got here safely!

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One of the first pictures with mom the night she was born.

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One of the first pictures with dad the next morning.

The EMT's all came up to labor and delivery with us to make sure we were okay, and I apologized for splitting their eardrums!  We shook all their hands and thanked them and then they headed out.  The nurses thought it was cute because they all came up and hung around until we were settled.  They all did a great job, and if I ever run into them around town (small towns, you know), I'll thank them again for everything they did to help deliver our girl!

Derek looked at her again while she was being warmed up, and I asked what he thought her name should be (since I still couldn't decide at all).  He looked at her and said that he just thought she looked like Gwendolyn Ruby - and that was her name!  Gwendolyn means "fair and blessed", and we liked Ruby because she's our precious gem.  


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They moved us over to the mom and baby side after they made sure we were both doing well, and we tried to get a little sleep before all the family came to meet her the next day!  The hospital stay was pretty uneventful between checks, feedings, and visitors.  We got a lot of snuggle time in between everyone coming in and out though, so I think it was a nice mixture of both.

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My mom and sister brought Wyatt down the next morning, and Wyatt was the first person to come in and meet Gwen.  We put her in the bassinet and then we had Wyatt come in and sit with me while Derek showed him the baby.  He just looked at her and didn't do too much - I think it was pretty overwhelming at first.  After my mom and sister met Gwendolyn they went back up the hill to bring down our car (since we had to leave it on the side of the road), and they left Wyatt with us, so we just relaxed together and snuggled and watched TV - it was a really sweet time to spend as our first moments together as a family of four.

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We gave her a bath the evening of the 27th, and she hated it, but I loved seeing her hair all fuzzy and clean for the first time!

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The hospital had a massage therapist there one day, so I got a lovely massage before I went home.  We stayed through the 27th and then went home on the 28th.  We technically could have stayed a day longer, but I was feeling great so we decided to just head home.  

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We dressed Gwen in her little going home outfit, packed everything up, and then headed out!  We met my mom to get Wyatt (he told Derek he missed him when Derek picked him up - it was sweet!), and then we got all four of us settled and drove home.  Wyatt kept looking at Gwendolyn the whole way, and when she cried a couple times he got concerned and asked if she was okay - it was so cute.

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We celebrated Derek's birthday and I gave him his presents when we got home - though he keeps saying his biggest birthday present was Gwendolyn!

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The last week we've just been relaxing and trying to get into a routine!  Wyatt has been handling the change really well so far - he does little things sometimes to get our attention, but they're all positive things, and I'm trying to make sure we get some time to play together when Gwen is sleeping.  At first he didn't want to touch Gwen - we would tell him he could touch her if he wanted, but he just came close and looked at her, grinned, and then went on his way. But yesterday while I was holding her he felt brave and reached out one finger and touched her head - then when I was burping her he started gently patting her back too! The other day she was crying, so Wyatt came over and grabbed her pacifier and gave it back to her.  He's such a good big brother, helping with his baby sister.

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She's such a sweet baby and is pretty content most of the time.  I think she has her days and nights mixed up because we've had several rough nights, but she went four hours between feedings last night so I think there is a light at the end of the tunnel!  She likes to be warm, just like Wyatt did, and she likes to snuggle and be held.

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I always think the matching hospital bracelets are so cute - I took a picture of them when Wyatt was born too.

We rang in the New Year with Miss Gwen, up for a feeding, and I wouldn't have it any other way!  We feel so blessed to have her here, and blessed that her entrance into the world went so smoothly, especially since we didn't make it to the hospital!

I love seeing my two kids together, I love when I get to snuggle with both of them at the same time, I love seeing Derek with his new daughter, I love having all four of us home together, and I feel like the luckiest girl alive.  Just soaking up these precious times together.  Right now, life is sweet.

 

 

 

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72 comments

  1. oh my goodness, I'm in shock reading this! I'm half laughing half crying! You weren't kidding when you said it was a good story. You are tough!! But you have to tell us now that you've done both... epidural or natural?

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS, what an amazing story!!! I love it! And so proud of you, mama! Gwendolyn is so beautiful and your story made me tear up :) CONGRATS!!!!!

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  3. I just had a baby two weeks ago, so there are a lot of hormones going through me right now, but your post made me cry :) So glad that everything went smoothly - how scared you must have been! Congrats!!

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  4. Oh my goodness what a special and exciting birth story! This made me want to tear up at how sweet and thoughtful Derek was to call an ambulance and make sure you were ok. She is absolutely precious and I am so happy for you guys. I am glad you are all happy and healthy and I can't wait to see the beautiful girl she is going to be. Thanks for sharing her story!

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  5. WOW, what a birth story! You are so brave, I would have been freaking out in the ambulance. Your birth story made me tear up. God kept you and your little one safe through it all. Glad you are home and everyone is doing well!

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  6. WOW! What a story! I really take for granted that there is a hospital 7 minutes from our house! haha!

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  7. Oh my goodness what a story! Congratulations Callie! She is just beautiful!

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  8. Wow! What a birth story! Glad you guys are all ok. She is beautiful!

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  9. I was on the edge of my seat reading your story! How incredible!! What a strong woman you are! Congratulations again--Gwen is beautiful!

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  10. Wow! What a story. I just posted my firstborn's birth story, on his birthday today. Four years late, but still fun to remember. Hope your little one settles into a good day/night routine.

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  11. Wow Callie what an adventure! Gwen is adorable, I'm so happy for you all.

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  12. Wow, what an amazing story! I'm so happy everything turned out well, even though it was a little chaotic!

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  13. She is beautiful! Congrats to all of you. And what a birth story she has!!!

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  14. Amazing. AMAZING!! I cannot believe you delivered in an ambulance! Praise the Lord that there were no complications. So glad too that Wyatt has been reacting positively. What sweet kids you have!

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  15. Ahhhh-that is the best birth story ever!!! You are seriously amazing...sounds like you all handled the unexpectedness so well. Thank you for sharing this-I'm so happy for your sweet family and how God continues to write your story. Enjoy your snuggles!!!

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  16. What a crazy awesome story!!! I'm so glad everyone turned out safe and healthy! And I know exactly what you mean about the scream contraction/pushes. I did the same thing, except I was the one screaming through the hospital. Lol. So happy she's here, Callie!

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  17. What a story, Callie! I'm so glad everyone was safe and healthy during the eventful labor and delivery. Enjoy your precious little bundle!

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  18. Oh, and my favorite part has to be the guy googling how to deliver a baby!!! Ha ha - what a story. They will talk about little Gwen's birth forever!

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  19. What an amazing story. She is so precious and I am glad that Wyatt is adjusting well. Enjoy your sweet family!

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  20. Callie, you had me in tears! What a beautiful and EVENTFUL birth story! Congratulations on the birth of Gwendolyn and I cant wait to read more of your posts as a new family of 4 :)

    All the best!

    Devon

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  21. Awesome story Callie!! I just can't...CAN'T...imagine giving birth in an ambulance! Oh my gosh!! What an awesome story to share. Hehe I love that they were all men in their 20s. Poor guys hahahaha.

    She's beautiful, congrats. :) Hope your first days as a family of four are going well. If you encounter any rough spots, always feel free to contact me since I just went through it as well. :)

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  22. Such an amazing birth story!!! You are one strong momma!!! Love her name and you have the sweetest little family! Congrats to you all

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  23. Best birth story, ever!!!!! Also, this is my biggest fear, having a baby in the car on the side of the road. I guess maybe fear isn't the right word, but... It just terrifies me because I've had 6.5 and 4.5 hour labors start to finish, always in a controlled environment. The thought of spontaneous labor has me nervous, and it's my third baby! Ah! Just goes to show that 5 minute rule is for the birds, and Mama (and Dad!) have just got to listen to their instincts and not worry about second guessing. Great story, Callie! She's beautiful. :)

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  24. oh my goodness girl! I sat here with WIDE eyes the entire time! What an amazing story! So glad everything turned out okay, I cannot imagine how scared you must have been!

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  25. I have to say Callie you look beautiful post labour!!! What an eventful story but you got your prize all safely bundled up into the world! Enjoy your family of four!

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  26. Wow! What an adventure! And what an amazing birth story! She is precious. Congratulations to you, hubby and your little guy!

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  27. Holy cow!!!
    Amazing! I was reading it like a TV show...what's next?! I really hope she doesn't split this into TWO posts LOL!!

    Congrats, SO thankful you and baby girl are okay and thankful for your amazing hubby and his instincts!

    She's perfect!

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  28. Huge congratulations! And what an amazing birth story. So glad you're all okay. Enjoy this time! x

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  29. That is crazy! I thought that only happened in the movies! haha. Congrats you are one strong woman.

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  30. Love.This.Story!!! Best birth story I've EVER EVER read!! Seriously had me sucked in the whole time, enthralled..and tearing up at times. :) I can only imagine what those 4 guys were thinking the whole entire time, mentally freaked out I'm sure.

    I wonder why one didn't switch out with Derek after they pulled over, and made him get back in the front.

    I love her name and she is absolutely gorgeous!! Congratulations again!!

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  31. CRAZY Story!!I'm so glad she made it safely!

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  32. I felt like I was reading a scene from a movie!!!

    I am so glad everything turned out fine and you have your precious little baby at home with you now!

    Kaitlyn (:

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  33. What an incredible story! You are so brave and strong! God was definitely with you all in that ambulance. Thank the Lord for persistent husbands who insist on calling for help, compassionate EMTs, mama instincts, and healthy babies! You had me laughing and crying through the whole thing!

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  34. so sweet. LOVE the story. must be something about 2nd babies because that is SO simliar to how my little girl came, (As far as labor progression at least). We made it to the hospital, but barely (10 minutes to spare) and some random nurses delivered her because my dr. wasn't there yet.

    LOVED the story. and love that you are enjoying life with 2. Isn't it wonderful? :D

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  35. Oh my goodness! I have never heard of this happening before, except maybe in a movie or on tv! I'm so glad it went so smoothly! Wow, what a story you'll have to tell Miss Gwendolyn about how she came into the world :-)

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  36. I've been reading your blog for a few months now..I so enjoy it! What an interesting, wonderful story! So happy for you and your family...your daughter is SO adorable!! :)

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  37. Wow! What an adventure!! So glad Gwen arrived safely and that all is well. I love her name! I am sorry I missed this post and the last, we were out of town. When I got back home, I saw that three "blog friends" had their babies around Christmas! Cannot wait to see more pictures of her and to see how big brother adjusts! So happy for you and your family!

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  38. Oh my goodness Callie! I'm in shock reading this crazy birth story!!! I guess Gwennie wanted to make a GRAND appearance! Congratulations in your sweet baby girl. She's gorgeous and obviously you're a rockstar!

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  39. That is THE most scary but beautiful birth story I've ever read. What an amazing story Gwen will have to share someday. That is so incredible. It gave me goose bumps! I'm super proud of you for being so strong and delivering such a beautiful baby girl. I bet those EMTs will never forget it. :)

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  40. Wow Callie! I can't believe you gave birth in an ambulance!! What an amazing story and I am so glad Gwen is healthy and safe! And the screaming, I get it, it is out of your control, you can't help it, it just happens. I love your story, thanks for sharing

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  41. Ohh, what a beautiful birth story! I'm so glad everything went smoothy even though it was crazy! She is so beautiful, I can't wait to meet her! God bless you guys!! =)

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  42. So i was reading this like any other birth story, having no idea that you were actually NOT going to make it to the hospital! OMG. Haha. At some point, my jaw dropped & I was crying. LOL! So sweet! Love how cute the emt's were, too, haha. Glad all went well! Crazy!

    Congrats - she is beautiful! :)

    P.S. love your polkadot pj's! :)

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  43. What an exciting birth story, Callie! Congratulations to your family and I am so happy for all of you. The photos bring tears to my eyes, love all those first sweet moments :)

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  44. Oh my goodness!!! First of all...congrats to you all!! Precious Gwen!! Such a beautiful name and beautiful girl!! I had cold chills and tears reading this. So amazing how God is so sovereign and protects us at all times. This needs to be a book or a movie or something ;) enjoy sweet Momma!!

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  45. Wow! Now that is a birth story! She is going to love hearing you tell that one! I'm glad you're both doing well! Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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  46. Amazing story! WOW!! I read it and then when the Hubs got home from work I read it to me. We were both shocked! So happy to hear she is here safe and sound.

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  47. Oh Callie! What a story! Talk about a tear jerker...you are such a strong woman friend. So happy everyone is doing so well :)

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  48. I'm in complete shock reading this!! You are so strong and brave. I don't know if I would've handled it so well. I don't know if anyone can top that one. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your snuggles with your sweet Gwen.

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  49. Oh my word, you were right it was so birth story! I am so glad everyone is doing well. I can't imagine but it sounds like you did it like a champ! Wow, I was in tears while reading so I can't imagine all the emotions you were going through, praise God for Gwendolyn's little life. Congrats to you & your family! Hugs!!

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  50. Crying my eyes out over here Callie!! What a wonderful, blessed, and EXCITING birth story! She made quite the entrance and YOU are one strong lady!!!!! Loved reading every little detail..especially when you talked about Ruby and her being your 'precious gem'..how sweet!!!!! Hope I dont develop baby fever now..lol! Seriously though..congrats to you and your sweet family! Makayla loved being super warm too..still does! :-)

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  51. Um....WOW!!! I don't think there are any other words to describe it...except for maybe amazing & miracle! Thank goodness for those EMT's who at least knew what to do after delivery, even if they didn't know how to coach you through!

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  52. I haven't been blogging lately, but I've been reading yours like crazy. :) CONGRATULATIONS on beautiful baby Gwendolyn. She is perfect and adorable, and her name is gorgeous. I can't believe you gave birth in the back of an ambulance! I was on pins and needles the whole time reading your story! So glad she got here safely! Oh, and P.S., your hair looks beautiful! I love it this length.

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  53. Eeek! Callie, this is such an exciting story! So glad everything went well. Congratulations on your sweet little girl :)

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  54. Wow, that is NOT the story I expected! So glad she is here, that she arrived safely and that you are all adjusting well. She is adorable!

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  55. What an AMAZING story!!! So glad she is here!

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  56. Wow! What an incredible birth story! Hooray for you! You did good. She's a beautiful baby. Congrats to you & your family on the precious new addition. :)

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  57. Amazing story - thanks for sharing!

    Our girls are just a few days apart, I rang in the new year with a feeding to. Ha.

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  58. What an INCREDIBLE story! I am in total awe of your bravery!!! Great job, Mama. So loved seeing all the beautiful pics too.

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  59. Oh Callie, I am in tears after reading your story! I am so happy everything worked out and Baby Gwen made her debut so quickly. What a crazy, wonderful story!

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  60. Wow! What a birth story! She is so beautiful and I am so happy for you guys that she is finally here! Congratulations to all!!

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  61. I thought I commented earlier but I guess I hadn't, but all I can say is WOW!! This is so TV worthy, ha! I just KNEW you were going to make it to the hospital haha I was reading as fast as I could! Most amazing birth story I've read maybe EVER! You are so strong! And Gwen is so precious! Congratulations to you all!

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  62. I've been a silent reader but wanted to say congrats! What a memorable birthing story! Congrats on your little bundle and enjoy these days of baby:)

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  63. GREAT JOB!! Oh my word! I would have died! LOL :)

    Gwendolyn is so beautiful! So proud of you and praying many blessings on your family of 4 this year! :)

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  64. Oh wow! That is quite a birth story - good job mama and huge congratulations!!! I am a new follower, found your blog via Austin Family Diary. Looking forward to reading more :)

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  65. Wow. Just wow! I've been praying for you and I'm so thrilled that little Gwendolyn has arrived safely. *Hug!* What a story! So special. And what a baby. She's beautiful! Take care of yourself and enjoy this wonderful time!

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  66. Hi, I am a new follower:) I must say this is the best.birth story.ever. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time! My siser had a quick labor with her first and has another on the way...I'll have to tell her about this story! Congrats on baby girl:) The name is adorable.

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  67. Wow! What a birth story! So glad everything went smoothly amidst the chaos! She is beautiful :) Today is my due date so it was fun reading this anticipating when we will welcome our little girl!

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  68. I was remembering that you should have had your baby by now so I thought I pop over and see how you and your family were. WOW! Congratulations! What a beautiful baby! Seriously! Love her name too. (I was totally relating to the story as with my second I had highly irregular contractions until I was well into transition labor. We almost didn't make the hospital... and definitely didn't have time for any kind of meds. I totally screamed too. I think some of it was just panic over how fast it was all happening combined with the PAIN.) Good job mom and dad and EMT's! Way to be brave!

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  69. what a wonderful birth story! I'm so glad every one was okay. You have a beautiful baby girl!

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  70. Your birth story was amazing. I, too, delivered my son at home with the assistance of two EMT's, two police officers, and more fire fighters than I care to count (10+). Labor progressed quickly for me as well, too fast for me to even attempt a drive to the hospital. Thank you for sharing. I feel relieved knowing I am not the only person who didn't make it to the hospital in time!

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  71. I absolutely love this birth story! Great job and beautiful little one!

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  72. apparently I want to torture myself because I just read this again :) Such a crazy experience! I'm still amazed that you were so present and able to remember so much.

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