Posted by: chicagoshells | January 2, 2013

Our Mulberry is Here

And he is amazing.

Our sweet little guy joined us five days before his due date, on Christmas Eve. We are tired but so incredibly in love with our little man.

Trouble started having labor pains at about 7pm on the 23rd. She began timing them and mentioned to me after about an hour and a half that they were fairly regular (she’d been having occasional pains for the past couple weeks before that). We timed them for about another hour, and then Trouble started feeling horrible and got sick. Other than that, the pains weren’t awful, and because I’d had a stomach virus just a few days before, we briefly wondered if that’s what was going on and not labor. For the next few hours the pains increased in intensity and she continued to get sick every half an hour or so. We thought about going to the hospital several times, but between the bouts of illness she was actually able to sleep, so we decided to wait.

At about 6am on Christmas Eve, Trouble woke me up. She was pretty sure her water had broken and was extremely concerned because it was a yellow-brown color and not the clear it’s supposed to be. We jumped in a cab and to the ER we went. They sent her to OB triage, where they found she was 4cm dilated, her water had broken…and there was meconium in it, as we had suspected. I’ve done enough research to know this isn’t necessarily a big deal, but being me, I was freaked out a bit. She was admitted to labor and delivery and elected to have an epidural. Because of the meconium, the doctor did want to move the process along a bit, so she was given pitocin as well. After that she was able to fall asleep for a bit. At about 12:30pm she was examined and was right at about 10cm. She pushed for an hour and a half and at 2:11pm our Mulberry was born.

Because of the meconium, Trouble wasn’t able to nurse and hold Mulberry immediately. Instead, the neonatologist examined him and a nurse observed him for awhile. Trouble began to run a slight fever, so that combined with the meconium meant that Mulberry was on some antibiotics while he was in the hospital. Luckily, that was just a precaution and there were no actual complications.

After all the speculation from the docors and ultrasound techs that Mulberry was a really big baby, he was a peanut…7 lbs, 1 ounce. We all spent two nights in the hospital (yes, we spent Christmas in the hospital) and then brought him home.

Watching Trouble give birth to our child was the most incredible experience I’ve ever had. I didn’t know I could love her more than I did before…but I do. She was amazing…the only time I even heard her cry out was right as Mulberry was crowning. And since then, watching her as a mommy has been equally incredible. I was the baby-crazy one, the one who was really ready to start a family. Trouble was leery. But she is so in love with our boy, and so wonderful with him. And for me, finally being a mama is as hard and wonderful and life-changing as I always knew it would be.



  1. Congratulations on the arrival of your son!!!! Fantastic news.


  2. Congrats to you all!

  3. That’s fantastic!! Congrats! So glad to hear everyone is doing well and your little mulberry is finally with you 🙂

  4. So glad it all turned out well in the end! Congratulations.

  5. Congratulations!!!

  6. Congratulations… what a wonderful christmas present!!!

  7. Aww..congrats on your handsome little man! He looks amazing! 🙂

  8. Congratulations to you both! He is adorable. I’m glad that everything ended well with the birth. ❤

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