1. Eva says:

    November 17, 2016 at 5:53 am

    Thank you! This is a beautiful story and reflection. Greatly appreciated as my husband and I embark upon our journey of artificial insemination. I’ve also been told to expect a C-sec…so was nice to read you. Love your blog and your sharing photos of Luke. He’s truly adorable. Very best to you 3, Eva

  2. silvia says:

    November 17, 2016 at 6:03 am

    I love your blog! I am also a mother and I can tell you that my two kids are the most beautiful thing in the world! So, don’t be afraid and keep on being as wonderful as you are! This is the best ever!

  3. Mindy says:

    November 17, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Thank you so much for sharing that. I have three vaginal births and one cesarean. And once you are holding that sweet baby in your arms nothing else really matters.

  4. snicklefritzin43 says:

    November 17, 2016 at 8:16 am

    thank you for sharing your story. I, too, had to be delivered by c-section, nearly 50 years ago…for the first and 39 years ago for the second…treasured children, wonderful adults! and my daughter had to have a c-section for her first child who was breech, 16 years ago. Two years later she delivered v-bac a wonderful boy who is now 14, 5’10” and still growing…How they arrive still is a surprise, no matter the medical term..the glory and delight of a new child and the joy the parents feel is so well shown in your photos.Thank you for this most beautiful story this morning. I love your blog.

  5. says:

    November 17, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Oooh, mama. That picture of Luke on B2’s chest – my heart.. it’s melting. So happy to hear you made a speedy recovery and that you and the babe are doing well. Hugs to you, lady! Something is coming your way soon. 😉 XO

  6. says:

    November 17, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Oh my godddd Cynthia I’m crying (on the inside at least, because no one wants to see that in the office). This is such a beautiful post! SO GLAD to hear that everything went smoothly and omg. Luke is just the cutest!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love you and so happy for you and the bowls!!!

  7. says:

    November 17, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Could he be any more perfect?! That last picture- gorgeous and darling in every way. You will be so glad to have written out your birth story; I wish I had taken the time to write mine out. Although there are still vivid memories, some of the details are fading in my own mind. Things always seem to turn out differently than expected. We took a bradley methods course for my first, was so determined to have a natural unmedicated birth, and ended up with a c-section. (Was able to go vbac for my second though and all went well without complications.) Thanks for sharing your heart with us.

  8. says:

    November 17, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I couldn’t help but remember my first pregnancy with your story. I had my heart set on a vaginal birth with absolutely no drugs. Big guy had other plans though, at 40 weeks and 6 days I wasn’t dilated at all. Inducing would have done nothing and ultrasounds showed him big so we scheduled a c-section for 2 days later. Even though I have a high threshold for pain the thought of a spinal freaked me out. I cried for a good day and then accepted that it was actually happening. Low and behold it was really a pleasant experience. The baby came out and everyone said it’s a healthy baby, I’m shouting what is it since we didn’t know! And the ultrasound was right, he was big at 10lb3.9oz and 23 inches! Recovery was easy, again high threshold for pain. 13 months later I had another c-section (too close together for a VBAC). It was kind of nice picking the birthdate for a second child to arrange childcare for the first…then I got a call while out to dinner for my “last meal” the night before the scheduled c-second delaying it a day since the hospital was full. 22 months later another c-section, this one weighing in at 10lb12.5oz. I’m just thankful I had three healthy boys coming however they chose. Congrats to you, every birth story is a special memory.

  9. says:

    November 17, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    So, it’s apparently mandatory that I grab a box of tissues BEFORE hopping on your blog. I cried my eyes out, with tears of joy, and then sent about a million virtual hugs your way. Luke is such a cutie–I really can’t wait to meet him and give you a real life squeeze!

  10. says:

    November 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Cynthia, you’re such a trooper! You’ve made it through one of the worst experiences a mother has to go through regarding childbirth! The anesthesia alone is incredibly scary – and the feeling of that 5000 pound weight on your chest… I still have nightmares about my last survey. I’ve had four c-sections and none of them were pleasant. But the outcome – a beautiful bundle of joy, is more than worth the 20 or so minutes of fear/shakes/tears. It turns out that going through it makes the lot of us c-section mommies quite strong. It brought four of my gorgeous girls into this world and I am irrevocably in love with each! Congratulations on your beautiful little man and I wish you only the very best!

  11. says:

    November 18, 2016 at 5:07 am

    What a wonderful story of how little Luke came into this world! Thank you for sharing. I hope you are feeling better and better each day and getting in all the snuggles you possibly can — I know I would, with those adorably chubby baby cheeks of his. 🙂 Congrats again, love! xo

  12. says:

    November 19, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this post, Cynthia. A major congrats to all THREE of you (I just loved typing that), especially with all of the emotions and everything that ended up bringing your family together. Sending major love your way!

  13. says:

    November 19, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Breech babies are a breed apart. Our daughter was breech, they turned her and the stinker turned back a few days later, hence, C-section. That odd feeling of being cheated out of labor is completely normal. I had 22 hours of it with our son two years before and was actually looking forward (I know!) to it because I knew what to expect. But our headstrong, willful, bossy little girl had a whole other plan. It is just their little way of letting you know that you aren’t really in charge, but in a good way.
    He is absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy him and your story. He will love hearing it over and over again. I know my daughter does!

  14. says:

    November 21, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Cynthia, I finally got a chance to read your post and I have tears streaming down my face from your birth story alone and then seeing the pics of you guys – SOB. So much love to you all. I felt your every emotion in this story, the fear, disappointment, acceptance, surprise, fear again – I’m choked up. Every birth story is so different, and so unexpected. You are one strong mama and I am so happy for you all that Luke is here safe and sound with the best baby hair ever!! (Also, Jean Claude Van Damme shirt and extra large helping of french toast – could I love you any more!??) Hugest hugs from Canada to you right now. (My sister in law just had a breech C-section in July too – and one of my best friends had her first as a C-section and second as a VBAC!) XOXO

  15. says:

    November 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

    how did i miss this post?! first, luke is so very precious!! that head of hair, and those little arm chubbs! these photos are all the heart-eyes! you’re such a brave and beautiful soul sharing your story here. it’s so empowering hearing what a strong, trooper-mama you were 🙂 i know how rough, exhilarating, terrifying, and awesome these first few weeks are, so i’m sending you all the warrior mama vibes i can summon! frank, amesy and i are sending love and hugs to you all! xoxo

  16. says:

    November 29, 2016 at 11:05 am

    Thank you for sharing your story! At the end of the day, what will be will be, and we have very little control over it. This was a beautifully honest telling, and while I haven’t had a baby yet, I know that there is a lot of expectation and worry bound up in giving birth and planning for it. What matters is your new baby and the health and happiness of your growing family!

  17. says:

    December 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you for your honesty! I love reading birth stories. I wonder about this too, as we hope to have our first child sooner rather than later. I’m horrible with managing pain, so labor sounds like a disaster–but it’s also sort of this Thing that is held up as the ultimate in motherhood experience. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

    And congratulations again–Luke is beautiful 😀

  18. says:

    December 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and your precious pictures! It’s funny how you don’t realize how much you have certain hopes/expectations until things don’t go that way. I had my 3rd daughter a few months ago and I had to be induced each time – apparently my body just doesn’t do labor on its own! 😂 By this last round I thought I had resigned myself to expecting to be induced, but turns out there is some hidden optimistic part of me that was really crushed that I didn’t get to go into labor, labor at home, or not be hooked up to All The Things at the hospital. But it’s also so true that it’s such a blip now compared to the joy of getting to know this sweet girl and snuggle her every day. It takes courage to share all those raw feelings, especially when you feel like you should be logic-ing your way away from them, especially on the internet, but as a fellow Googler I appreciate you sharing your story!! 😊

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