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Jaxson’s birth story


Jaxson O’Neil Florence


7lbs 4.3oz 19 inches

My delivery with Jaxson went a little differently than with Mady, my first. I was only 38 weeks when I had him and it was a bit of a surprise to me. I went to my weekly appointment on the 9th and my blood pressure was a little high and there was some protein in my urine. So, my doctor sent me home with a jug to pee in. Yes, I had to pee all day/night in this jug and then place said jug in our refrigerator. It was weird. I will never forget that part because of how off putting this was to my germaphobe husband. Haha.

The next day I had to bring back the jug to the doctor for testing. I knew, that there was a slight possibility she would admit me to labor and delivery but I really didn’t think it would happen. Those things usually don’t happen to me. I will get all excited and plan on having a baby and then go home and NOT have a baby. So, I didn’t get my hopes up. I had my grandma come with me to the appointment that day to help with Mady. I awkwardly carry this clear jug of pee in the office and try to discreetly pass it off to the receptionist to give to the doctor or nurse or whoever needed it!

We went back and I can’t remember exactly what happened but my blood pressure was still high and my Doctor didn’t like my pee results apparently. She told me that she was admitting me today and we’re going to have a baby and I was completely surprised. Then, the stress set in. Greg was at work. I didn’t have my stuff. I wasn’t ready like I should be! I mean, I was really excited but this was not my plan! I called Greg and he immediately left work and came to the hospital. Actually, I’m pretty sure he went home to get some stuff for us and changed but my memory is terrible! I do remember my grandma driving me to the hospital and running up on a curb and scaring the poop out of me though! (I’m a terrible back seat driver, haha.)

We got in the hospital and I was admitted. It was my grandma, Mady and myself in this room and now that I think about it I can’t believe I didn’t have Greg go with me to the appointment!  Oh, well. I knew next time when I had Rowan – Greg comes to all weekly appointments! Just because you never know. No worries though because I’m sure that just made my grandmas day. She got to be in on the excitement of everything.

We got to the hospital around noon that day. We let everyone know that they were going to induce me and get things going a little faster. My labor with Mady was about 19 hours so I wasn’t sure how this one would go. I was started on pitocin shortly after getting to the hospital and being admitted. Once the pitocin kicked in the contractions began to get pretty intense. I ended up asking for my epidural around 3 centimeters. After that I was much better! I could relax. I remember only feeling numb on one side and I panicked a little. I’ve heard so many stories about people feeling everything on one side. I told the nurse and she calmed me and made me feel like it wasn’t a big deal. Which, now looking back. I think I was just terrified of the pain! (Props to the all natural women! I would like to try that next time, but we will see!)


Hours went by and I still was only at about 6cm. They checked me and not too long after they checked me I felt it. The pressure! It was like Jaxson just fell right down and was ready! I quickly told the nurse that it was time and she checked and sure enough I went from 6cm to 10cm in no time! The nurses and Doctor rushed in and I think I pushed for about 15 minutes and at 11:38 pm Jaxson was here! He was placed right on my chest and he was so perfect! I fell in love with him right then and there. It all happened so quickly I felt a little in shock that it was already over with. My mom was supposed to be in the delivery room but she didn’t make it in time. I progressed so quickly compared to with Mady so no one really expected him to come so soon.

After he was born and we had a few minutes together they took him over to the other side of the room to weigh him and measure him. Then, he was brought right back to me for kangaroo care. I remember him laying on my chest crying. A lot. So, right then I latched him and he began to breastfeed. He was such a perfect little baby. By the time I had him Mady had already went to her grandma’s to stay that night. When she left I was only about 6cm and it was already well past her bedtime. All of the grandparents got to come in and meet Jaxson that night after I had him and the next morning Mady was brought to meet her baby brother!

Now here we are almost 4 years later and we have the smartest, most outgoing loveable boy I could have ever imagined. When we found out he was a boy, I didn’t know what to expect. I grew up around all girls so this boy thing was like a whole new world to me. I could have never imagined the deep love I feel for this little boy. He holds a special place in my heart and I couldn’t imagine my life without him. A mother’s love for her son is indescribable and I am so lucky to call him my son. Even on the bad days he finds a way to melt my heart like never before. He is truly one in a million and I hope to raise him to be the perfect man, husband and father just like his own Daddy.

We love you, Jaxson.











Rowan’s Birth Story

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On this day one year ago Greg and I went to our doctor appointment at 7am. We woke up excited but unsure of what was to come! I was 38 weeks that day and we were going to re check my blood pressure. I had a feeling this would be the day and our doctor would send me to the hospital but I think I was in denial and didn’t want to feel the disappointment from being sent home. Also, because I have never had that exciting moment of my water randomly breaking and going into labor on my own, I wanted that! With all of my pregnancies when I begin to go into labor my blood pressure shoots up. It’s so strange! So we went to the appointment and it was high. I can’t remember the exact number but it was a lot higher than my doctor was comfortable with. So, she sent us to the hospital to be monitored! Also, if you read Mady’s birth story you will know that my mistake was NOT EATING. This time I didn’t eat before the appointment again so I made Greg go through the McDonald’s drive through so I could have anything! Haha! I didn’t want to get a lot because we all know what happens while in labor…ew.

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We get to the hospital and are hooked up in triage and we ended up getting the same nurse we had the week before when I was being monitored! She was AWESOME. The on call doctor came into the room after waiting about an hour and she talked to us and said if it was okay with us we are going to have a baby today!!! I was in shock. My eyes teared up from excitement and nervousness and every other emotion I have in my body. I felt like an emotional mess! Meanwhile, Greg was just over the moon with excitement! Haha. We got moved to our room that I would be laboring in and got things started!

Greg called everyone to let them know what was going on and take care of who was going to keep Mady and Jaxson. So then we waited. I knew this time would be fast because Jaxson came so quickly. I was started on pitocin not long after getting settled in the room. Then the contractions really started. I think I was about 3-4 centimeters and the contractions were getting INTENSE. So I hit my button and asked for the epidural. They came in to give me the epidural and I remember getting really bad contractions the whole time they were giving me the epidural. I was so nervous! The epidural is the scariest part for me. I couldn’t stop shaking from nerves. Just a few minutes later it was over and I was good to go! It’s all kind of blurry from there. I remember our family coming to see us and Mady and Jaxson came to visit.

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Then I was checked by my nurse and I was only 6 cm dilated and she talked to us for a few minutes and walked out of the room. My great grandmother walked into the room to visit me (we call her Nanny) and I remember her standing next to my bed saying something. Greg was sitting at the contraction monitor (probably messing with things) and all of a sudden I felt that push feeling! It was like Rowan just instantly dropped and was READY. My eyes got huge and I looked at Greg and said IT’S TIME! Nanny was standing there and had no clue what was happening and she began to panic a little. Haha, she’s not very good in these situations. I called the nurse back to our room and she was hesitant to check me again because she literally just checked me.  I made it very clear that it was definitely time and she quickly checked me. Surely enough I was 10 and ready. She couldn’t believe how fast I progressed! Nanny went out to the waiting room and told everyone that it was time and all the nurse’s rushed in the room to set everything up and it was go time!!!

The doctor came in. Geared up. I was up in the stirrup’s and the bottom half of the table had already been removed so I’m seconds away from my first push and another nurse comes in the room and tells the doctor that she is needed in the other room because another mom is pushing too! Then all of a sudden everyone that was about to deliver my baby ditches us and goes to the other mom!! It literally went from 8 people to just Greg and I and my nurse. It. Was. Crazy. Apparently, the other woman was going all natural and couldn’t NOT push. So that was why they rushed to her. So I laid there. I waited…and waited…still in push position I might add. I was laboring down and I could feel my body pushing this baby out of me! I kept saying to my nurse and Greg that the baby is going to fall out! I ended up waiting an hour before the doctor got back to me and it was the longest hour of my life!! I am positive that our baby was hanging out of me. Seriously. Every time my nurse would look I could just see it in her eyes that Rowan was right there. Now that I think of it I wish Greg would have looked so I knew! So everyone re-geared up and with a half of push later we had a baby!! Rowan Sky was born at 7:17pm on July 20th 2015. She weighed 7lbs 11oz and was 19 1/4 inches long and was absolutely perfect. They put her straight onto my chest and we laid there and had kangaroo time. Then she started nursing all on her own. It was perfect. She was perfect.

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Now here we are one whole year later and we couldn’t imagine our lives without this precious girl. She is smart, feisty, loving and such a daddy’s girl. She loves playing with Mady & Jaxson and makes sure that her presence is known at all times. I’m not sure how I got so lucky with our babies but I love being their mama.

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Madelyn’s birth story

I have been wanting to post these personal memories for a while and I am kind of sad that I have waited so long. It’s hard to remember all of the little details that were so special to me. That’s the strange thing when you give birth. Even though in the moment of it happening it is such a big moment and you think how you will NEVER forget how painful or exhausting it is. You forget. It’s like you get amnesia. Now, I can remember moments but I definitely don’t remember details the way I wish I did. So, I strongly encourage every mother to keep a diary or anything about your pregnancy & birth experiences.

With my first, Madelyn. I was only 18. So the thought of writing down the special time wasn’t on my radar. I was just excited for it to happen and to have my sweet little baby in my arms. I didn’t really understand the significance of the whole experience the way I would a few years later with my other two. Then, when I had my second time just got away from me and before I knew it here I am 11 months already after our third was born! So here it is! I’ll be posting Jaxson & Rowan’s birth stories this week also! Don’t worry, they get faster! Haha!

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Due date was February 28, 2009. I had a lot of false labor with her. At least what I thought was false labor. Like I said she was my first and I was 18. That should tell you everything. Lol. We were so excited that every time I would get any contraction we were sure it was go time. We got sent home from the hospital once or twice. Finally, the night of February 23rd I was literally up all night. I was SO uncomfortable all night. When your 9 months pregnant you get used to being uncomfortable and not sleeping well. This night was different. My back was throbbing. All night! I had a early doctor’s appointment the next day so when we got up to go to it I didn’t eat. I just assumed I would eat something when we left. (BIG MISTAKE) When we arrived at the doctor I got checked and I was 3cm dilated! I was so shocked. Apparently, I was in labor all night. There is back labor which I knew nothing about! We were sent straight to the hospital due to my blood pressure also being up pretty high. I’ll never forget how shocked, and excited and then nervous I was all within just a few minutes. So we went to the hospital and walked up to the labor and delivery and got our room. Thinking back now it’s pretty hysterical how much I looked like a pregnant teen walking in that hospital. (I was wearing a black Hinder shirt I got from a concert. Hahah. How embarrassing!) Once we were settled it gets very blurry for me. What I do remember is we had so many visitors! People waiting for this precious girl filled up the waiting room. Little did we all know we would be waiting for oh, about 18 hours.

Now the process was starting. I decided to get my epidural not long after I was in the hospital. Thinking back now I should have waited a little longer. I was so scared of the pain that I wanted to make sure I had the epidural! Hours went by and I wasn’t dilating anymore. They ended up breaking my water which helped dilate a little. I don’t remember if I was even contracting at this point or not. They started me on pitocin and from what I remember that wasn’t doing a lot for me either. They ended up putting something on my cervix to help along with the progress. Now this is all HOURS later. Not sure on exact times. At one point they had to put a monitor on the baby so we could hear the heart rate better. I remember being so hungry! This is why I stated above that not eating before my appointment was a BIG MISTAKE! Once, you’re admitted in the hospital you can no longer eat or drink. Ice chips were an option but I was so beyond those darn ice chips. I NEEDED WATER. I remember I would try to take sips of my melted ice and it would make me throw up. That was annoying.

Finally after days with no sleep and a whole day with nothing to eat or drink it was push time at 3:00am! I didn’t know what to expect! I had Madelyn’s dad, my mom and his mom in the room. I pushed for 1 hour and 6 minutes and Madelyn was born February 25th at 4:06am! She weighed 7lbs 13oz and was 19 inches long. When she came out I was hysterically crying. So much emotion. I swear in that moment all my emotions I had never had in my life came to me. I was so happy she was finally here and it was finally over! In that moment I swore I would never give birth again!  LOL. That was the most intense day/night of my life! I remember when they first laid her on me she wasn’t crying so all I knew to do (from the movies) was to pat her on the butt! Lol. She started crying seconds later and all was great! She had the craziest cone head too! Everyone came in to meet her and then they all went home and Mady’s dad and I were put into our recovery room. Thinking I would now be able to get some rest. HA. That didn’t happen! The nurses brought her to us not long after we were in the room and she cried and cried and CRIED! I didn’t know what to do. I called my mom and she didn’t answer and I thought to myself. I can’t call my mom. I am the mom. We made it through that and I was able to breastfeed her for the first few days and then started her on formula. The DR recommended formula because she had a pretty bad case of jaundice. We went home from the hospital on her due date Feb.28th and here we are 7 years later. Going into 2nd grade this year so smart and absolutely beautiful. Inside and out! She is something to be proud of.