Holden’s Birth Story

My doctor recommended an induction for Holden to be done about three days before his due date if he didn’t come on his own.  I asked why just out of curiosity and was given some statistics on women over 35 having babies, blah, blah. But I trust his judgment and went with it. I truly thought I would go into labor on my own since Emmy came a week early on her own. The induction was originally set for Monday at 5 a.m., but I was able to finagle that being moved until 6 a.m. because any time before then seemed inhumane!

Here I am the morning of the induction:

We got to the hospital and checked in, I got into my gown, got my iv, etc. and then was checked for my baseline and was dilated to a 3 and 75% effaced. They started my pitocin around 7ish. I started feeling contractions soon on, but they were manageable. My doctor got to the room to check on me around 8:30 and broke my water and I asked for my epidural then.

I had to have the bag of fluids before the epidural could be administered and was decently uncomfortable, but got my epidural about 30 minutes later. Honestly, afterward, I felt so calm and good. (It was like this too with Emmy.) I could have napped or just relaxed. I felt 1000 times better.

Ann came up to visit before her doctor appointment at 10:30 and I was dilated to about a 6. (Our sweet girls share their birthday!)

About 20 minutes later I was at a 7. (It was so blissful to not feel any of this!)

My sister came up around 11:30 to bring Tommy coffee and the nurse asked her if she was going to stay for the delivery because I was that close. Ha!

At 11:45 the nurse came in to check me, had me push once and then told me I was ready to have this baby and would be meeting him in about 30 minutes! I seriously thought she must be out of her mind since Emmy took FOREVER to push out. She called my doctor and he got there around noon and I pushed like 3 times and the little guy was out by 12:17.

I seriously cannot tell you how night and day the difference was between Emmy’s birth and this one. It was amazingly easy. I felt so much better (probably because I got a decent night’s sleep the night before and didn’t feel a thing) and was able to hold my little guy after he was born. (Emmy’s birth story is here.) Reflecting on this, I think I was a little traumatized after her birth.

Of course, I cannot have tiny babies…he was 8 pounds, 14 ounces and let’s just say it’s probably a good thing he didn’t have another 3 days to gain weight. He might have had a hard time getting out!

Big sister came up to meet Holden that night. She was sooo proud!

We really couldn’t have asked for a better day or experience and we are so in love with our little man and best big sister!


  1. What a great story! Drew was easier to birth than Trent too and was about a half pound bigger. I think it's amazing that our bodies remember for us and make it a little easier. He is precious, and I can't wait to read about y'all's life as a family of 4. Congrats!!!

  2. Sheesh! Easiest delivery ever!! I cannot believe he weighed so much- you were so tiny, I figured your babies would be too! Glad it was so quick this time around.

  3. sounds like it couldn't have gone any better! you seriously don't look like you just had a baby in these pics! no fair ;) and there is no way you're over 35!!!!

  4. This is so precious, Katie. I had not heard the entire birth story so I enjoyed every word of this!! I don't think Tommy has stopped smi This ling! I am so very happy for all of you.
    Love, Aunt Angie
    P.S. The picture of you and Allison is gorgeous, and the family picture is beyond wonderful.

  5. P.S. I don't know what happened to the above comment. I don't know how the word This appeared in the middle of smiling!
    Love, Aunt Angie

  6. I swear it's like we had the same births! I went back & read Emmy's birth story and my experiences were so similar! I was so worried Landon's birth was going to be as hard as Preslie's was & I was NOT looking forward to that. Amazing what a good epidural will do! ;) I can't wait to see more pic of little Holden!

  7. Congrats again on your second blessing! That is great that you had such an easy L&D

  8. Congratulations!! You look way too pretty to have just given birth :) Such a precious family!

  9. Congratulations sweet blog friend. What a wonderful blessing.


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