These photos were taken 3 days before Otis was born! I have a few more maternity looks to share with you guys here on the blog so bare with me as I slowly get to my regular posting schedule. Seeing these photos makes me so happy and miss…

It’s wild to be sitting down to share such a personal story of finally meeting Otis. It’s been 10 days since we welcomed him into out arms and I can still remember the whole process vividly. I have always found it so helpful to read…

  • September 5, 2018 - 5:31 am

    nat - Oh wow, it was actually so intriguing to read how the days went. I’m surprised that the epidural was so pain free because it looks so scary.

    I’m so glad to read that everything went well!

    xx

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  • September 5, 2018 - 9:56 am

    Klaudia - So beautiful! I like that you described everything and didn’t skip details, it’s very helpful. Congratulations for you!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 10:04 am

    Kathleen - So happy for you and your family!! He is beautiful. As a labor and delivery nurse myself, it sounds like you had a great team and hearing you appreciate the work we do means a lot!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 10:40 am

    Karen - Thank you so much for sharing your story. Reading this made me cry happy tears. I’m so happy for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 10:48 am

    Katie - Beautiful birth story! So glad you had a wonderful experience! I had my boy a month ago and I had the same outlook as you, so what’s best for me and the baby and I was go with the flow. My boy came at 35 weeks and I had a c section bc he was breech. Recovery from that is not easy! But as women our body can do wonders, it’s amazing and truly a miracle. Thanks for sharing your story!! He is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 11:53 am

    Katie - Thank you for sharing your story! What a blessing he is and he is adorable! I had my baby a month ago at 35 weeks via c section bc he was breech and I went in the same way you did with an open mind and go with the flow. I wanted whatever was best for me and baby! It really did make things better and more calm! Recovery is rough esp on no sleep! I enjoy your insta stories!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 12:23 pm

    Jenna - I’ve been reading your blog for YEARS, since way back in your Philly days. It’s so heartwarming to see you building this incredible life and family. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, being open and vulnerable, even at times when it must have been so hard. You’re helping and encouraging more people than you know. Congrats on little Otis, you’ve earned this happiness!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 5:58 pm

    Emme - I have been checking in daily for updates. I was pretty sure all good as last post was your baby shower. I actually cried tears of joy for you…I have been following your journey & shared a few thoughts during the process. I couldn’t be happier for you & Blake. God Bless & much happinessReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 9:11 pm

    Mimi - I cried, shrieked with laughter and felt all kinds of emotions during this post. Congratulations again to you and Blake, it’s been so amazing to see you at the other end with Otis. I just found out I’m 4.5 weeks pregnant, I’m so thankful for every mini cramp and lightening of pain I get because I know there’s people out there like you who had a much bigger journey to just get pregnant. I can only hope I’m even half as calm as you in the delivery room. For now I have to hone in my anxiety of making it to the dreaded 12 weeks!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 9:31 pm

    Margarita - Thank you so much for sharing your birth story. It’s beautifully written. So happy for you and Blake, wishing you all the love and happiness, you both have been through so much. Welcome to the world Sweet Otis, you are so loved!!!
    xoxo
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  • September 5, 2018 - 11:39 pm

    ilysa Lapides - We are so happy to have been able to share this experience with you and Blake. You are an inspiration both of you and show great strength. It is not easy being a woman ! We are looking forward to seeing baby Otis grow and enjoying life❤ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2018 - 11:54 pm

    Amy Pearce - I’m in tears AGAIN Love this so much. What a gift Baby Otis truly is ❤️ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2018 - 4:13 am

    Jody Winter - Warmest congratulations from the other side of the world to you both! And thank you for being so honest the whole way along the journey, including the raw, messy truth about birth. I’m so happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2018 - 11:23 am

    Melissa McNear - Congratulations! Loved reading your birth story. We have a similar story. I ended up having a C-section after 40 hours of labor. Glad you and your beautiful baby are ok.ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2018 - 12:45 pm

    Gayana Bagdasaryan - CONGRATULATIONS, MAMA!!!!!!!! So happy for you! 🙂 Enjoy every minute! I haven’t met you personally, but XO-XO!ReplyCancel

  • September 8, 2018 - 2:38 am

    Reham al sarawi - Congratulations for your first new baby, hope otis will grow in good health sorounded with love and joy in your hands and his father as well as your family. I just want to express my feelings, otis is so cute he looks like you. As a mother of 5 i want to tell you that your full joy will be completed more when you see otis is growing and saying mama baba then standing next to you as a strong adult boy graduating from school heading to a new life experiencing his new journey, share every moment with him let him speack and expresses his fealings and most of all take easily and step by step.
    Reham mother from kuwaitReplyCancel

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