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    Emily Malone

    culinary arts grad. nutrition facts lover. vegetarian chef. marathon runner. country music maniac. failed dog trainer. barre fanatic. loving mama.

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    A Look Back.

Graham’s Birth Story.

I decided to write this story in just one post, rather than stringing it out across several posts and days.  Because of that, it is really long!  I wanted to capture and remember all of the details of Graham’s birthday for my own memories, and I hope you enjoy me sharing them with you. 

It’s hard for me to believe that last Thursday I sat at this very desk, in this same chair – scooted way back to accommodate my massive belly – typing away about who knows what, having no idea the changes that would come in just a few short hours.  And one week later, I’m sitting here still scooted back a bit – this time with a snuggly little newborn in rocket ship pajamas, peacefully breathing against my chest.

I spent last Thursday out with friends – eating doughnuts and watching our little ones run around at the playground.  The kids swung, bounced, and fought over a rubber football, while the moms talked and all gave guesses on when and how my labor would eventually begin.  For what would ultimately be my last day alone with Cullen, it was a good one.

We went out to eat almost every night that week – a combination of my laziness and not wanting to cook, and the knowledge that our life as three would be changing at any moment.  Thursday night we decided to meet a friend out for sushi.  I walked around Fremont in drizzly rain with a heavy toddler on my hip.  I ate veggie rolls and chatted about cupcake ideas for Cullen’s second birthday party, and I felt no different than I have any other night of my pregnancy.

We laid on the couch that night like we always do – sipping tea and watching Breaking Bad.  I assumed my regular position of legs across Casey’s lap, and hands on my belly – poking and pushing back against the kicks that came every night right around this time.  Eventually, I hauled my giant body into bed to rest up for another day. 

I woke up to go to the bathroom several times throughout the night – nothing out of the ordinary.  Nothing ever felt or seemed strange, and I fell right back into bed each time as I have done for months and months.  Around 4:30am on Friday, I woke up with the strange feeling of being halfway in and out of a dream.  I remember laying there thinking about a new book that I had ordered for Cullen, and thinking – why am I peeing my pants?

I got up and went to the bathroom, still confused as to why I was suddenly not controlling my bladder, but in the early morning haze and sleepiness, I assumed this was just a weird pregnancy thing.  It wasn’t very much though – not even enough to wet the sheets – so I continued to think it was (relatively) normal.  I went to the bathroom and realized that my stomach hurt, and thought maybe I was getting sick.  I had my phone in the bathroom with me (not sure why), and I remember sitting there when my daily phone alarm went off at 5am. 

At this point I went back into the bedroom, knowing Casey’s alarm would have gone off as well.  I told him that I wasn’t feeling well, and I thought maybe my stomach was just really upset.  But I also knew it could be the start of something more.  He sprung into action and immediately got up and put his things into our half-empty hospital bag, just in case this was something more.  He suggested that I get into the shower in case it was, in fact, labor – I’d feel more relaxed and fresh going into a big day. 

I texted my friend Katie, who would be taking Cullen during our hospital stay, and told her not to get out of bed yet, but to keep a phone nearby just in case.  I also texted our family with the message, “Looks like we might have another Friday baby!  We’ll keep you posted!”  Little did I know at that point that it would be the first and last update they would get. 

As soon as I got into the shower I realized that this was not an upset stomach – it was definitely labor – and it HURT.  I turned the water up as hot as it would go and let it pound on my back.  I immediately regretted getting in the shower, because now I never, ever wanted to get out.  I could have stayed in there forever, and the only thing that got me out was knowing how much was still left to do before things really picked up.

And of course, as soon as I stepped out of the shower, things really picked up.  Casey had brought his computer upstairs hoping to wrap up a bit of work while I finished packing and breathed my way through early labor.  I grabbed my phone and opened a contraction timer app, thinking that these incredibly painful contractions seemed alarmingly close together.  And they were – lasting about 45 seconds each, and only 90 seconds to 2 minutes apart at most.  Casey took one look at me, turned his “out of office” message on, shut his laptop and said he thought we needed to call the midwives.

My focus was completely on Cullen, and the need to get him settled before I could even think about what was happening to me.  Katie was planning to come over around 6:30am, and I ended up texting her around 5:50 and told her I needed her to get in the car sooner.

Having had an incredibly long and emotionally draining labor experience with Cullen, I think I was in a bit of denial about what was happening to me.  With Cullen, I had regular and painful contractions for what was literally DAYS, and was still sent home from the hospital twice for lack of progress.  It was demoralizing and I felt so defeated.  I was absolutely determined that it would not happen again, and I had spent months trying to mentally prepare myself for handling labor “better” this time.  I fought back and said there was no way I was going to the hospital after an hour of labor.  Casey called anyway.

I attempted to talk briefly to Megan, the midwife on duty, but at this point I was having a hard time talking through the stabbing pain wrapping around my abdomen.  Each contraction brought me to the ground, and the brief 45-60 seconds breaks in between were only enough for me to gather my thoughts, attempt to pack or grab one thing, and then drop when the next one hit me.  Megan suggested we get in the car and come in. 

Again, my focus turned to Cullen.  We went into his room to wake him up, and he greeted me with a sleepy, sweet smile and outstretched arms.  Despite wrenching pain throughout my body, I lifted him out of his crib and squeezed him tight, knowing our whole world was about to change. 

The night before, he had begged me to read him his favorite Dr. Seuss book despite already being up far past his bedtime.  I promised him I’d read it to him in the morning, and without missing a beat he trotted over to his bookshelf, grabbed the book, and held it up to me with his tiny little hands.

“Mommy read?”  I started to cry.  This was it.  I was determined to be present and soak in this moment with him, and yet I felt trapped in a body that was totally out of my control.  I wanted our last moments as three captured in some way and tossed Casey my cell phone for a picture.  Here is the one picture from my labor that we ended up taking, and I think it sums up the experience pretty accurately. 


I got through three pages of One Fish, Two Fish before admitting that our moment had passed and we needed to get moving.  Casey got Cullen changed and dressed while I grabbed the last of his essentials from his room.  At one point I had dropped to my knees in the hallway and was desperately trying to breathe through the pain, when Cullen walked over next to me and started mimicking my breathing.  It was simultaneously precious and heartbreaking.

Katie arrived, and I knew that once I went down the stairs I wasn’t going to make it back up.  I didn’t even glance back into my bag – whatever was in there was coming with us and anything else we’d have to do without.  Cullen was excited to see his (very sleepy) buddy at his house so early in the morning, and despite mom “acting funny” he was in great spirits. 

I think at this point I really still believed this was just what “normal” labor felt like – something I hadn’t really experienced the first time.  With Cullen, I never naturally dilated past 5cm, and the process of getting to that point was more of a dull, slow, never-ending pain.  This was something entirely different.

Katie looked worried and kept commenting that my contractions seemed incredibly close together.  Casey was racing around the house, installing Cullen’s carseat in her car, and grabbing any last minute essentials he could remember.  We all walked out the front door into the dark Friday morning, and I waited for another contraction to pass.  The minute it ended, I grabbed Cullen and held him tight until I felt another one coming.  For so long I had anticipated this moment, but honestly by the time it came, I needed him to go in order to focus on myself.  It was emotional but it was quick, and I felt instant relief knowing he was settled, happy, and in great hands. 

Katie’s car pulled away, and I stood outside in chilly darkness gasping for breath and doubling over with pain.  I told Casey we needed to leave immediately, and I started to panic a bit that somehow – despite only having been in labor about two hours now – we’d waited too long. 

I walked straight to our car while Casey grabbed what was left inside.  He kept asking me if I needed certain things, and at this point I started to lose the ability to communicate.  There were things that I wanted to say and do, but my body had taken over.  The only thing I could get out was “don’t forget my camera.”  I remember pausing at the back deck – the spot where I’d taken all my pregnancy photos – thinking I’d love to have just one more from the final day.  But my body and brain seemed to know that there was no time for it, and I kept walking.

Casey started the car and I told him that I was going to wait for the next contraction – the minute it was over and I was in, I needed him to drive faster than ever before.  Thankfully, our hospital is just about two miles from our house, so even though getting in the car felt impossible I knew it would at least be over quickly. 

We sped down our street in drizzly darkness, and the first contraction hit me about thirty seconds later.  I lifted up out of my seat, pushing up with my arms and writhing in pain.  The seatbelt alarm dinged faster and faster, ringing in our ears as I moaned and gasped.  The force and pressure of what was happening inside me, now trapped inside a car that was bouncing and turning made me feel like I was literally being ripped apart from the inside.  The contraction ended and I begged Casey to get to the hospital before the next one hit.  I glanced at the clock on the dashboard – it was 6:54am.  How had this gotten so out of control so quickly?

We flew across the Ballard Bridge, and somewhere in the middle I got slammed with a contraction that I think will be burned into my brain forever.  I ended up turned around in the seat, facing backward on all fours.  I felt my whole abdomen surge and intense pressure pushing downward.  I wanted to tell Casey that I was pushing.  I wanted to tell him that I could not stop my body from doing it.  And all I could get out was, “Casey, Casey” over and over again.

I had one more contraction in the car and I screamed for Casey to stop driving.  I could not take the force of the car in motion against my laboring body.  Once it ended he pulled up in front of the ER doors and ran inside to get me help.  One unimpressed receptionist and another groggy wheelchair attendant greeted me with an overly calm demeanor.  That changed pretty quickly when I dropped to the floor of the lobby.

Casey had to leave me in their hands so that he could go park the car, and I spent what felt like minutes trying to convince myself to bend in half and actually sit down in the wheelchair.  My escort kept trying to get me to lift my legs into footrests, and I couldn’t find the words to tell him that I physically could not move them.  I felt paralyzed with pain.  I ended up yelling “just drag them” and we started our journey to the fifth floor.

At this point, a lot of what happened became a blur.  Of course I didn’t realize it then, but I know now that the contractions I had in the car as well as the ride from the ER to the birthing center were all through the transition stage of labor.  I had absolutely no control over anything, and just could not seem to communicate anything I needed or wanted.

The elevator doors opened onto the third floor and I spilled out of the front of the chair onto the floor.  I needed to be on all fours and I could not stay in the seated position.  My escort looked panicked and kept saying “ma’am you can’t do that.  You need to get back in the chair!”  I remember looking down the hallway and seeing a few other concerned faces asking if we needed help.  I asked him to pick me up and dump me back into the chair.  I looked up and saw Casey running down the hall in front of me, bags in hand.  I yelled out to him that we still hadn’t made it there yet.

We got into another elevator and headed to the fifth floor.  I remember the doors opening and seeing faces of babies and mothers on the walls in front of me.  I remember thinking, “I made it.”

We sped past the check-in desk and straight into room 542 – directly next door to the room where I gave birth to Cullen.  The wheelchair pulled up right next to a bed, and I got out and draped myself over it without ever looking up.  I remember a sweet voice telling me her name was Shirley, and she squeezed my hand and rubbed my back, but I never even looked at her.  Casey tells me that at his point they wheeled in the baby prep cart and delivery tool table, and that the midwife immediately put on her delivery gear upon seeing me. 

I draped myself over the bed, shaking uncontrollably and saying “oh my god” over and over again, and my midwife calmly responded with, “Emily it seems like you are pushing – are you pushing?”  All I could give back to her was a tearful, I don’t know what’s happening to me.  She told me I needed to get onto the bed so I could be checked, and I told her I could not lay down.  She asked me to get undressed, and I said that I couldn’t move.  Someone behind me stripped off my clothes, and I climbed onto the bed on my hands and knees – pushing with forces I didn’t know I had inside of me. 

Megan responded, “That’s great Emily, just keep pushing right like that.  If that position is comfortable for you just go with it.”  At this point I choked out – SHOULD I be pushing?  To my knowledge I hadn’t even been checked yet, and I was still half-expecting to be told I was 6cm and finally in active labor.  Megan seemed surprised and told me that I had in fact been checked, and that I was fully dilated to 10cm and my water had already broken.  I was shocked.

At this point I realized that this was actually happening.  I had hoped for a natural birth this time around, but never imagined this scenario.  There were no photos of me gracefully posing in a hospital gown.  There were no text updates to family members letting them know we’d been admitted, or that I was 6, 7, and then 8cm along.  There was no iPad playlist or snacking or anything I had envisioned this experience would be.  There was just Casey squeezing my hand, and me gasping for breath and shaking out of control – absolutely terrified out of my mind. 

At some point I asked “is it too late for an epidural?” and everyone in the room kind of chuckled.  It was one thing to go into labor hoping and wishing for an unmedicated delivery, but ultimately knowing that I had choices (choices that I had exercised the first time!).  It was another thing to have it sink in that my only choice was to now push out a baby without as much as a Tylenol. 

I spent about 20 minutes pushing up on my knees.  I had my arms draped around Casey’s neck, and with each contraction I used the full force of my body to pull down on him.  I can only imagine how hard he had to fight to not fall over.  I wanted each push to bring relief, but it felt like nothing was happening.  I felt no movement downward, and it was difficult to bear all of that pain without any progress.  I wanted to tell my team that I wanted something new, but didn’t know how to communicate any of that.  I finally shouted, this isn’t working.

They sprung into action and suggested something new.  After some coaxing, they convinced me to lay down on my side and push with one leg in the air.  I did this for another 20-ish minutes, and felt the same way.  Somewhere in the middle of this, there was actually a shift change at 8am, and a new midwife, Audrey, came into the room.  At first it seemed strange that they would change gears mid-delivery, but it ended up being the exact breath of fresh air and energy that I needed. 

Something about my mind’s inability to communicate was only allowing me to talk in short, blunt thoughts.  I kept saying really strange things.  In between contractions and pushes – which was only about 30 seconds – my entire body would go lifeless and I felt like I was on drugs.  I kept saying things like – I’m really bad at this.  I’m not good at pushing.  Casey, are you okay?  We’re having a boy.  I’m so hungry.  Is it weird that I wore tie-dye today?  We didn’t eat breakfast.  I can’t do this anymore.  I was a crazy weirdo and I knew it, but I also didn’t know how to stop.

The hardest part for me was the silence.  I craved constant feedback and communication, and kept asking – What is going on?  Someone talk to me.  I didn’t care what they said, or if it was even true, but I needed some sort of communication directed toward me since I was having trouble with my own.  Audrey was perfect for this, and with each push she coached “that’s it, keep going, just like that!”  It was exactly what I needed.

I remember looking down at her between contractions at some point, and feeling a need to fill the silence saying – His name is Graham.  Everyone smiled, and Casey squeezed my hand.

I finally ended up flipping into my back, desperate for anything that would bring me closer to the end.  Audrey told me I was pushing against a cervical lip and that she was going to try to manually move it out of the way.  I don’t actually remember this now, but she told me later that I “was not very happy about it” and that it was really painful.

Finally, finally, I pushed downward with everything inside of me and felt something shift.  Audrey cheered for me to keep going, and when the contraction ended I said – That one felt good – something happened!  She assured me that I was right and that the baby was moving down quickly.

The next few minutes probably passed quickly, but felt like slow motion in my brain.  With each push, I felt my body opening and the force of my belly moving down.  Eyes closed, I heard Audrey say quietly to nurse Shirley, “Oh my gosh I think he’s face-up.”  I asked if that was bad and if he was okay.  She said everything was fine.  I kept pushing. 

I flashed back to a conversation I’d had with my good friend Nicki, months prior.  We sat on the edge of the sandbox watching our boys scoop and dig, talking about her natural labor and experience with hypnobirthing.  I remembered her telling me that the key factor for her was having a “happy place” to mentally withdraw to, and to focus on being in that place instead of focusing on the pain.

I decided then and there that my happy place was being on the beach this past summer.  I pictured Cullen laughing and splashing, running toward me with sandy hands and the smile that has melted my heart over and over again.  I saw him spinning with Casey, and felt sand between my toes, and I truly disappeared into this place.

I withdrew into this memory, and my body continued to push and work in a room that I no longer felt like I was within.  Audrey cheered and coached and told me he was coming, but I already knew.  I felt his head come out, and then there was a pause.  I kept pushing but he wasn’t moving forward.  Apparently he was face-up, and then his shoulder got stuck, so Audrey had to manually rotate him out of me. 

I thought that I felt this process when I delivered Cullen, but this experience was like nothing I knew before.  It burned and it stung and I ripped and I knew it, and yet the painful part of it was over for me.  I felt my son arrive and I looked down to see his gorgeous hot pink body being placed straight onto my chest. 

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He immediately let out a perfect cry, and I marveled at how clean and soft he looked straight out of the womb. 

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We both laid there and gasped, in awe of what had just happened.  I asked what time he was born.  8:17am – someone responded.  Just under four hours from the time I woke up halfway in and out of a dream.  It was over.  I had done it. 

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Casey and I stared at him and at each other.  Another baby, another boy.  Another beautiful combination of the two of us.  Another life to cherish, hold, and love so deeply. 

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The next 45-ish minutes were spent completing the delivery and prepping me for recovery.  Just as I had with Cullen, I had a concerning amount of bleeding that required shots of pitocin into my thighs, and an eventual hookup to an IV to get things to slow down.  I was pushed and poked and stitched and I tried really, really hard to focus on this gorgeous boy in front of me and not on the pain at the other end of the bed. 

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Eventually, the room cleared out and Casey and I were left to enjoy our beautiful son.  We texted family members that Graham Edward was here – messages poured in from around the country, all in shock that he had arrived so quickly. 

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He spent a full two hours on my chest – eating, sucking, sleeping, smiling.  It was such a surreal feeling to be going through all of this a second time, as up until that point all of my labor memories and experiences pointed toward Cullen.  But here was this new little person, showing me a new way, and showing me how different the second time can be. 

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Eventually, I had to get out of bed and he needed to be weighed.  We all smiled and laughed when we saw the big NINE flash up on the scale.  I have been saying for many months that this baby was much bigger than his brother!

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We spent a few hours together as just us three – mom, dad, and Graham.  Getting to knew our youngest son and soaking up all his sweet newness. 

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Casey held his new son in his arms, and my heart exploded for a second time.  Even though he is a dad already, there is something about watching a husband become a new father that is impossible to capture with words.  I have never, ever felt more in love with him. 

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After a few hours of bonding with Graham, we were both eager for Cullen to come meet his new brother.  We waited until after his nap time, and asked Katie to bring him over.  She texted me a picture of him smiling in the carseat on his way to the hospital, and for the first time all day I started to cry.

A few minutes later, I heard a tiny voice out in the hallway.  I saw his little face cautiously enter the room, and it took every bit of self control I had to not completely lose it right then.  I could tell he seemed nervous and anxious – in a strange place with mom and dad, and not used to being at his buddy’s house for such a long stretch of time. 

He climbed up onto the bed next to me, and handed me a little rainbow worm that was his “gift” for his new little brother.  Thankfully, Graham had a gift for Cullen too – a new Cookie Monster stuffed animal that was a BIG hit. 

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Despite having given birth just a few hours earlier, I got out of bed and – riding high on adrenaline – picked up my first baby.  He wasn’t jealous or upset, but he also wasn’t all that interested.  He was far more excited by the spinning stool, the cups and straws littered around on tables, and of course his new stuffed friend. 

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But he had a sweet look in his eye when we showed him his baby brother, and my fears and worries started to melt away. 

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Casey and I doted on Cullen and asked him all about his adventures that day, while Katie snuggled up sweet Graham.  It is worth saying that she and her family were a huge part of our day, and we are forever grateful for all that they did to make Graham’s arrival and Cullen’s adjustment such a wonderful experience.  We are so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.

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Before Cullen left, I found a last surge of energy to hold both of my boys together for the first time.  There is no way to write about the emotions of that moment.  But I hope that Cullen and Graham felt half of what I did, and I will cherish that feeling going forward forever. 

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We said goodbye to Cullen, who headed back to Katie’s for the night so that we could all be together in the hospital for the first time as three.  Casey and I spent the rest of the day taking pictures, calling family, and staring into the beautiful eyes of a little boy we’d waited 40 weeks and two days to meet.

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It was a totally different hospital experience than the one we’d had with Cullen.  Back then I remember it felt like people were in and out of the room constantly, and we were so drained from days of labor that all we wanted to do was sleep.  This time, it seemed funny that both of us felt like the birth of our son was such a relaxing day – we laid around all day talking, eating, kissing sweet newborn cheeks, and generally being left alone by all hospital staff other than our amazing nurse.  It was the perfect “birth” day. 

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We celebrated that evening with friends who came to visit and meet our newest addition.  It was so fun to finally be able to share him with people that have watched him “grow” from the beginning. 

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We stayed up late, talking and staring at Graham together.  I have a vivid memory of one particular late night feeding session – Graham hungrily learning at my chest, and Casey standing over me spooning bite after bite of macaroni and cheese into my mouth.  He was the ultimate partner through it all, and just as it did the first time, this brought us closer than I knew was possible. 

We survived our first night together in the hospital, most of which Graham spent sleeping on me.  I didn’t sleep much, but I also didn’t care.  We woke up Saturday morning feeling excited about starting the next step of our journey, and eager to get our family of four home together.

Around 8am, nurses and techs bounced in and out of the room doing Graham’s 24-hour vitals and tests.  He was not happy about giving up his prints.

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And his first bath wasn’t a hit either.

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My midwife came in and did a final check-in with me.  We rehashed the details of the day before so that I had a full understanding of what had happened, and what I should expect from recovery.  She told me that Graham was born face-up and asynclitic, meaning that his head came out turned sideways instead of straight on.  These factors, coupled with the fact that he was over nine pounds made it particularly difficult to push him through the birth canal.  This also explained why my tailbone felt like it was going to explode.

Finally around 10am, we were all packed up and ready to head home.  We let Katie know we were ready for Cullen, and then we got Graham dressed and ready for his big venture out into the world. 

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I asked Casey to snap a picture of our view from the hospital room – not because it was particularly relevant.  But because I wanted to remember the beautiful orange, red, and gold trees that I looked out at all day long, on the drizzly day that my precious second son was born. 

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Cullen arrived and was excited to see us, and just like that the first part of our new adventure was over. 

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Two years ago, a new mom and dad walked out of a set of big blue hospital doors.  The dad clumsily carried a squeaky clean infant carseat, while the mom stumbled along behind him – terrified of the unknowns and responsibilities of taking a new life out into the world. 


And two years later – almost to the day – that same infant carseat, now worn from love and adventure, exited those same blue doors.  But this time, a brave big brother led the way, and a strong, confident dad carried the family on his shoulders.

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And the mom who stumbled along behind found herself blinking away tears yet again – but this time it wasn’t for fear of the unknown.  This time it was the known that made her cry.  The knowledge and experience of what it means to bring new life into the world.  The awe of how big a heart can grow overnight.  And the joy of knowing how much good there was waiting just on the other side of the doors.

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Clare @ Fitting It All In     at 9:41 pm

That was so, so beautiful Emily. I was entranced throughout the whole thing! Congratulations on your two baby boys.


Tiffany     at 9:46 pm

Oh my goodness what an incredible birth story. I felt like I was there. Your second birth is very similar to my second with my son. So different and so fast compared to my first born. What a precious gift you have in those sweet boys. Congratulations!


Elle     at 9:47 pm

That was so incredibly beautiful. Congratulations on your precious family!


Chan     at 9:50 pm

Beautiful. I teared up many times! You’re in for so much fun.


Martha     at 9:50 pm

Oh my goodness Emily, this was so beautiful! This post got me all sappy and tearing up. Best of luck to all four of you. These two little boys are so incredibly lucky to experience this much love.


Jennifer     at 9:51 pm

Aw that was so sweet! Crazy how different your labors went. I’ll admit you have scared me tho, as I wait for the arrival of my third and my labors have gotten shorter each time, Im nervous about getting to the hospital and getting my other two settled somewhere! Congrats!


Sarah     at 9:54 pm

This was truly beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes
I remember 2 years ago when you were blogging about when Cullen would arrive, my guess was Oct 12 (day of my wedding) I was so close with Graham haha
Congratulations!!! This really shows just how different birth stories can be even from the same person. We are expecting our first in January so I’m excited (and terrified) to see how it goes. Any advice??


Andrea     at 9:54 pm

You are so blessed! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Big hugs to you and your family. You definitely have a talent for writing and I have enjoyed it for a several years now. :) Health and happiness to you.


Kathi     at 10:04 pm

So beautiful!! Congratulations to you and your family! I was just sure you had given birth in the car! Isn’t it amazing how completely different two births can be? Enjoy this special time.


Lindsey @ The Hungry Hydrologist     at 10:06 pm

I’ve been looking forward to reading this post! So well-written and such an exciting story. Congratulations on your new addition!


Brigid     at 10:07 pm

So precious. Thank you for sharing this, I absolutely loved it. You’re such a talented writer and an amazing mother. Though I am childless and single, I was sobbing by the end of this. I’m so happy for you and your family. I truly consider myself lucky to witness the love you have for each other. Thank you, Emily. It’s freezing cold in my house right now but all I can feel are your warm fuzzies :)


Ashleigh     at 10:11 pm

I actually teared up when reading that last paragraph, Congratulations on your new baby, and best wishes to you and your family. xoxo


sue     at 10:11 pm

what an incredibly written story! thanks for sharing! i am so happy for you and your family!


Gagan     at 10:12 pm

Absolutely precious and beautiful story, Emily! Thank you so much for sharing! Wish you a speedy recovery. Look forward to the new adventures!


Ingunn     at 10:12 pm




Val     at 10:12 pm

Beautiful story!


Ellie E     at 10:17 pm

Thank you for sharing such a moving, personal story of such a wondrous event. All the best to you and your family.


Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)     at 10:18 pm

I am totally teary eyed over here. I love your story. What an incredible experience and beautifully written. I’m so excited for you and your family.


Janelle     at 10:22 pm

So beautiful. Thank you for sharing!


Laura Ann     at 10:30 pm

Oh my gosh, that was awesome! Your story is so beautiful and you are an incredible writer/storyteller.. I stayed up 45 min later than I planned to, but it was totally worth it for this! Those two boys are so lucky to have you as their mother. Best wishes to you as you embark on this next chapter.


Ruth @ FacetiousFarang     at 10:32 pm

What a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing it. It definitely made me tear up a little, especially as I anticipate the birth of my little girl in a few short weeks. All the best to you and your little family.


Laura Ann     at 10:35 pm

Also, I hope that at some point you will write more about your thoughts re: epidural v. no epidural.


Ky G     at 10:39 pm

OMG absolutely beautiful. I was on an emotional roller coaster reading Graham’s birth story! I’m glad all are doing well and can’t wait to read of the new adventures :-) CONGRATS!!!


Tamara     at 10:41 pm

Beautiful <3


ever     at 10:52 pm

Oh Geeze. Maybe it’s because I’m currently 8.5 weeks along with our second, or maybe it’s knowing that my sweet little boy is sleeping so unaware of what’s to come just down the hall, but your story – Graham’s story – had me bawling from the first sentence. Thank you for sharing. Just beautiful.


Katie J     at 10:56 pm

Absolutely beautiful Emily! Congratulations, I just sobbed liked a newborn baby reading this beautiful story. Such a gorgeous memory to have of his ‘birth’ day! xx


Maya     at 11:03 pm

Oh man. This actually made me tear up, and I DON’T do that! Mazel tov!

P.S. For the record, this sounds way more painful than my unmedicated birth was… sounds like you had a combination of difficult factors. I remember that surreal feeling though! I loved my hypnobabies techniques and loved your description of your “happy place”… amazing.


Babs     at 11:26 pm

What a beautiful story! I adore your blog and am so grateful that you’ve let us all have a peek into your life. This post is even more meaningful for me because I’m a few days away from my due date with my first, and it boggles my mind that there is actually a proper baby inside me. So happy that you had a quick labor and a healthy baby!


Dina     at 11:28 pm

aaaand i just cried…such a beautiful birth story filled with so much love, admiration, and awe. thank you for sharing your story with us. best wishes for many unforgettable memories as you embark on your next chapter of life as a family of four!


Megan     at 11:34 pm

This is beautiful, I cried reading the last few paragraphs. I’m pregnant with our second now and can’t wait to see our second child. It sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing your second birth story with all of us. Your boys are lucky to have such a lovely mother.


Katie     at 11:35 pm

What a beautiful and captivating story! I don’t know how you held it together and only cried at that one mention, I was forcing back tears over here and I’ve never even met you :) Mommyhood of two looks fantastic on you.


Elisabeth     at 11:52 pm

I’m bawling into my biology book I’m supposed to be reading here. This is so touching and makes me want to become a mother too. And I’ve never seen you look more beautiful than you do in the pictures after the birth. You are glowing!


Pam     at 11:58 pm

Gorgeous, Emily, both your words and the story itself. Definitely made me cry as I sit here nursing my own second baby (two girls in our family), remembering the weight of that day when I became a mama of two. Congratulations on the addition of this precious baby boy to your sweet family! Love your writing; thank you for sharing your journey of motherhood!


Brittany     at 12:00 am

O.M.G. I wanted to keep reading and I never wanted this blog to end! Haha :) It was like one of those books that you cant put down! You are such a beautiful writer. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy and your new family of four! I suppose six, if you count the dogs! ;)


Courtney     at 12:22 am

Congratulations! What a beautiful story – brought tears to my eyes! Best of luck to all of you!


JY     at 1:10 am

Congratulaions Emily! I didn’t tear while reading this blog I was bawling. I generally just read and never leave a comment but this blog had me compelled to write a post. Emily, you are an amazing writer, mom, friend, and wife. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your life experiences and thoughts.


Marie-Sophie     at 1:21 am

God, Katie – you have such an intense and beautiful way of writing that it took all self-control not to lose it at my Office desk! Thanks for that story and the warmest congratulations to you and your Family from Germany!!!


Katy Reply:

Her name is Emily ;)


Kelsey K     at 1:22 am

Beautiful story! I gave birth there last October and now my baby is about to turn one next weekend. I can’t believe it. I remember walking over the skybridge with our new baby uncontrollably sobbing, feeling so in awe of what just happened. So many memories came flooding in from reading this. I have that exact photo of Ballard from my room one year ago with the gorgeous fall scenery. Thank you for sharing! Beautiful, beautiful sweet little boy. xo


Chris     at 1:36 am

Emily this is one of the best birth stories I have ever read. You are a fantastic writer – it’s from the heart so absolutely.

And I love that you put up a nursing photo. What a wonderful staff that you were able to hold and feed him for 2 hours.

This was so moving, and I’m so happy to have read this. Thanks for sharing!


Emily     at 1:38 am

Congratulations & very best wishes to you all! & thank you for sharing your story.


Becky     at 1:50 am

Amazingly beautiful!
I have been following you since your pregnancy updates with Cullen and as we are trying for our second baby found it hard to read without crying as I am so fond of those feelings you put in the last paragraph! There is just no greater feeling. Congratulations to your entire family, can’t wait to read about your new adventures of 4!


kiran     at 1:57 am

congratulations Emily beautiful birth story take care.


Anita     at 2:07 am

What an adventure! My heart melts. And boy can you tell a story. Thanks for sharing, Emily. I wish you the very best with your three boys.


mollie k     at 2:22 am

What an amazing, beautiful story, Emily! Tears, smiles, and laughs on this end. What a beautiful, loving family you have. I hope to experience that love and happiness one day :) enjoy every precious moment.


Michelle     at 2:23 am

Beautiful story.


Leslie     at 2:39 am

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story! Graham’s birth story reminds me of my daughter’s birth, born on the same day as Cullen. My labor was longer starting at noon but when my water broke things progressed quickly. We went to the hospital as quickly as we could and I arrived nearly fully dialated. It was surreal and I remember realizing that it not only meant no drugs but no water birth. No time to set it up…I did end up pushing a little over an hour. I never imagined my labor would end up that way! So glad you made it to the hospital! What a beautiful family of four you have, congratulations.


Kate     at 3:09 am

Oh my. Beautiful.


Diane     at 3:17 am

Wonderful, wonderful story and pictures!!!


Emily @ Life on Food     at 3:35 am

This was beautiful. Glad you are all healthy and happy!


Megan     at 3:38 am

That was so incredible, what an amazing wonderful birth story. I am so happy for you guys and he is beautiful. At 29 weeks myself with our first (also a boy), I cried throughout your entire post. happy tears :) Congratulations


Taylor Rae     at 3:55 am

Thank you for sharing this! My heart was racing and tears were falling through the whole thing. I’m so excited for your precious family of four!


Samara     at 3:59 am

Starting my day crying, but so worth it. Thank you, as always, for sharing so much of yourself with your readers. Hoping to become a mother for the first time myself this year, your experiences have given me perspective and confidence for this next life adventure. Mazel tov, and wishing you and your family health and happiness always!


Jen     at 4:00 am

So, so beautiful Emily! I’m so happy for you guys — and cannot believe how different your two labors were, wow!


Liz     at 4:16 am

That was the most beautiful birth story I’ve ever read! You’re a very talented writer. I brought that same rainbow worm to the hospital for my little sister when she was born. I remember it vividly.


Emily     at 4:23 am

Such a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing. My son was born in Oct 2012 (spaced almost evenly between your two children), and he also arrived very quickly (though not quite so intensely!). I woke up at 4am and my son was born at 7:44am. I love following along with what Cullen is up to and imagining my son at that age as well — it helps me know what to expect! And now your experiences with Graham help me better imagine what it would be like to have a second child. Congratulations again, and lots of well wishes. :)


Anna     at 4:24 am

This made me cry, Emily! Thank you so much for sharing Graham’s birth story. Congrats to you and your whole family!!


Joanna     at 4:24 am

Beautiful story. Congrats to you both!


Linden     at 4:27 am

Such a beautiful story!
I was laughing as reading it not at you but because 10 weeks ago that was me and you were much calmer I too had an epidural with my first and after having complications from it this time I was like no epidural and it had worn off in the end and I felt everything or so I thought! I was so calm and laid back laughing and talking until I needed to push and I was expecting it to feel like my first delivery, I wish I could say I remained calm but that isn’t the case I was hysterical kicking and screaming my mom and husband were trying to calm me down and I was yelling “y’all don’t understand the pain!” Needless to say I think the whole hospital heard me haha thankfully I only had to push for 20mins and when the feeling of relief when it was over was incredible!


Sara     at 4:33 am

Of course I am crying! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. The way you write is very captivating, I was hanging on to your every word!


Kate     at 4:34 am

Wow that was so emotional – I cried the whole time. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations!!!


Jenny     at 4:36 am

Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!


Kath     at 4:38 am

Amazing story! !


Shel@PeachyPalate     at 4:45 am

Wow you were miss speedy this time!!! You got some beautiful pics after! At least you didn’t have too much time to think about it beforehand!!!


Leslie     at 4:54 am

Just amazing! Congratulations a thousand times.


Jaime D     at 4:54 am

Wow. This post was absolutely beautiful and so amazing to read. What a story! I especially enjoyed reading your perspective at the end of the post. Congratulations!!


Tricia     at 4:58 am

Man you have a gift for story telling! Absolutely loved it! Tears of joy for you all and I don’t even know you guys! Congratulations, he is so beautiful!!!!


Lisa Reply:



Mari Reply:

I was goIng to comment the same exact thing :) xo congrats


Kori Reply:

I agree! I just love your style of writing, Emily. Congratulations! You and Casey have a beautiful family.


Caroline     at 4:59 am

How beautiful ! Thank you for sharing your perfect words.


Julie     at 5:05 am

Congrats! So beautiful! I’m so glad you got to experience natural labor, as I did with my first. It is truly amazing, all the pain and joy wrapped up together- and the feeling when you push the baby out- wonderful! Have fun with all the new beginnings again!


Kelly B.     at 5:06 am

Such an incredibly beautiful story! My eyes are filled with tears! You have a beautiful family and reading this makes me so eager to start one of my own. Congratulations!


Laura     at 5:08 am

Such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations!!


Beth     at 5:21 am

What a beautiful birth story that brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations and thans for sharing your wonderful story. It gets me very excited for our next to come and join us in three short months. Enjoy this special time together!


Lisa     at 5:21 am

1. This story had a way of completely swearing off birth of children ever. But by the end it had me dreaming about this day of my own! Birth is a funny thing.

2. I love your little family, Cullen is adorable as is the newest member.

3. I still cant believe you had a natural birth and can just lay there while they prod and poke at you. OUCHHH i cant even imagine this. HOW DID U DO IT?!How did you walk around after just being torn apart :-o

Not married, no children but dreaming!


Tracy     at 5:22 am

This was so beautifully written. I think I cried at least 3 times! I had my twin girls 2 weeks ago so am fresh off of the birth as well – it truly is a miracle. Congratulations Emily!


Gisela     at 5:24 am

I laughed and I cried so much reading this. Thank you for sharing your story. Please write books! I would read them all. Congratulations! <3


Jonna Green     at 5:26 am

Beautiful…..Congratulations to you all!


ashleyc     at 5:32 am

I’m a regular reader, but I rarely comment. I’m due a month from Monday with our first child, a boy. Your post has me crying like a baby at my desk at work. Such a sweet story.


Angela     at 5:34 am

You really have a gift Emily! Not only for your beautiful story-telling, but you are the only blogger to make me cry on a regular basis. ;) I’ve passed your posts onto many friends. Thanks for sharing so openly.
congrats again!


Marilyn     at 5:36 am

I’ve been looking for this post every day. So beautiful! I was hanging on your every word and misting over many. The pictures are wonderful, as wonderful as the baby at the center of it all. Dad and big brother pictures are so sweet and yours are amazing. Congratulations to your whole family, the four of you and extending to all the relatives and the relative-like friends.


Stacy     at 5:41 am

I’m a regular reader who never comments, but I had to say thank you for sharing this beautiful story! I am the mother to a beautiful 7 month old baby girl and I’ve worried so much about what having a second child would do to our little family of three. You’ve eased my fears! It’s nice to hear from the other side that your heart can truly expand to love two in ways I can never imagine.



kirsty     at 5:42 am

congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your story. first time commenter after years of following — love your insights into motherhood and parenting and this post made me especially excited to welcome my first born into the world in approximately 7 weeks time!


brook     at 5:43 am

i am crying at my work desk right now. i have my second child coming in a few months and hope and pray that experience is somewhere close to as amazing and beautiful as yours. <3


NancyLee     at 5:43 am

Emily, I’ve been a labor and delivery nurse for many years and been a participant in thousands of deliveries. While all deliveries are special for the families, it sometimes becomes routine for staff. Sometimes we are so busy we just go along doing what needs to be done to assure the health of baby and mom – with those occasional deliveries and families that move us in some way. It’s just the nature of life.

That said – I had a tear in my eye (ok, a few tears!) reading your story. It was sweet and touching and I appreciate you sharing it with us. It reminds me again of the beauty of the birth of each child and the adventures of the newly formed or added to families.

And yes, I understand what you said about your husband. There’s something about a man holding his child that is, to me, unbelievably moving.

Cullen is so cute and I wish you guys all the best. Thanks again for sharing.



Caroline     at 5:43 am

Tears- lots of tears. Congratulations again on the birth of your beautiful baby boy! I’m so happy that your labor was so fast compared to last time- you deserved it :) I hope the first week with both your boys was fantastic!


Carolyn     at 5:44 am

I am pregnant with my first and this just brings tears to my eyes. Such a beautiful story and such a beautiful family. Your strength is so admirable and I hope to be able to have half of that when it comes time for me to bring my little girl into the world in December. Thank you so much for opening up your life and sharing.


Jen     at 5:50 am

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. Your family is lovely and I wish you all the best in the world.
I look forward to someday experiencing the miracle of childbirth myself and your birth stories have filled me with hope and admiration.


Erica     at 5:55 am

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing.


Semra     at 5:57 am

I am tear up, the best birth story that i’ve read!! I am 9weeks pregnant and my son is 18 months old, they will be 25 months apart. And you are giving me the idea what i will be going through 6 months later!! Best wishes to your gorgeous family!


Jen     at 5:58 am

I read this while snuggling in bed, nursing my 16 wk old daughter. Crying at first because your birth sounds so much like what I went through a mere 4 months ago (though longer 12 hrs). The picture of you on all fours reading to Cullen – same position I spent most of labor in. Miriam was also face up an then turned, thankfully, late in the game before I pushed her out. I also asked for an epidural when I was 10 cm dilated. :) and then I was crying reading about your new family thinking about how we will be when we do this again. Becoming a mother is the greatest joy I have ever known. I’m so happy you got to do it again! Thanks for sharing your story!


Tracy     at 6:00 am

Absolutely beautifully written! Teary eyed throughout!


Therese Reply:

I teared up so many times, too. Congrats, Emily and thanks for sharing!


Courtney G.     at 6:03 am

That is a beautiful birth story. Thank you for sharing with us. Best of luck to your new family of 4.


Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche     at 6:04 am

You just made me cry like 3 times! Haha such a beautiful story and although it was hard, at least it was quick! (although I’m sure it didn’t feel like it!). Congratulations again :) x


Sara @ LovingOnTheRun     at 6:06 am

This was such a beautiful story Emily! I started to cry halfway through! You write so beautifully!

So proud of you and you have another beautiful baby boy! Enjoy every moment of your new family!


Melissa     at 6:07 am

Although I know this is just re-iterating what has been commented on above-I still have to say it- you are such an amazing and honest writer. Your words are truly from the heart and we can feel your emotions with you…which is why I had tears pouring down my face reading this. Your family is perfect and beautiful and you are a rock star of a mama! I’m a pediatrician and sometimes I feel like because I am seeing babies and kids constantly in the hospital, it becomes a little bit easier to forget that these new little lives are truly miracles. Thank you for reminding me. Also, as someone who is currently hoping (and trying) to become a mom for the first time -this story particularly tugged at my heart strings and I can’t wait for my own future experience…. Thank you so much Emily and enjoy your new, wonderful family!!


Emily     at 6:09 am

wow! how suspenseful – like a movie!

My labor with Avery began like yours did – I got up to pee around 6:15am, then got back in bed sleepily and started to wonder “why am I peeing myself?”

SO HAPPY for your family! Welcome baby Graham!

P.S. I would love to know the other names you considered!


Aimee     at 6:09 am

Long time reader, never commented.

This was gorgeous, beautiful. I’m crying as I read it.

I wish your family years and years of joy and happiness all the way from Minnesota.


Sarah     at 6:10 am

So beautiful – thanks for sharing with us, Emily! And btw – your “leaving the hospital” outfit is, I think, even cuter than Kate Middleton’s :)


Lillian     at 6:10 am

Beautiful post, Emily!! You are a wonderful writer, thank you for sharing your story with us. You have a beautiful life and a beautiful family. Isn’t Ballard a wonderful place to be born? :)
I *love* the photo of Graham on the scale, and the photo of the 4 of you as a family, where Cullen is looking at his baby brother.
Your post makes me excited to have a happy family someday like yours :)


Eileen     at 6:14 am

I have been following your blog since you became pregnant with Cullen and this may have been your most beautifully written post yet. You have such a gift for writing. This brought tears to my eyes, several times. Congratulations and I can’t wait to see all the adventures that await!


Gina     at 6:14 am

My 3rd labor started out very similar to yours. I woke up with this strange feeling and an upset stomach and then BOOM…painful contractions! My prior 2 labors had lasted 20 hours and 19 hours, but this one lasted only 4 hours. I was not expecting that!

Congratulations! You did great, mama! I look forward to reading about your adventures as a mom of 2!


Rebecca     at 6:18 am

Beautifully written! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Congratulations to the new family of four!


christine jennings     at 6:19 am

Congrats again! You are beautiful inside and out. Also, you should write a book. Love how you write. Cullen is so cute!!! Graham was so bright-eyed!!! Thank you for sharing. Enjoy this time! Rest!!! Not expecting to see many posting…understandable. Helpful to many how you introduced Cullen to brother. Blessings!!!


Melanie     at 6:25 am

Congratulations!! I’m trying to blink back tears in my cubicle at work! So amazing! So very glad you and Graham are healthy and doing so well after such a fast labor experience!

My labor was induced last year when I had my son but I wonder if it almost better having it start fast and strong so that it only lasted a few hours? You are incredibly strong! Those 2 boys are very lucky to have you! Congrats!!


Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs     at 6:25 am

What a beautiful post, Emily! Tears were rolling down my cheeks even though I had a huge smile the whole way through :)

Congratulations again to your lovely family!


Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac     at 6:29 am

Emily, this is such a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. I of course teared up at the end because your stories are always so wonderful!! Sending warm wishes to your family and I am so happy that everything went well. Glad you enjoyed your first week and I hope you’re recovering well.


Jaima     at 6:29 am

This is such an amazingly well-written post. I cried though the whole thing and am sending big congrats to your whole family.


Morgan     at 6:30 am

I’m bawling right now. This was beautiful Emily. Congratulations Malone family!


Kim     at 6:31 am

As I sit here five weeks away from meeting our second child I’m in absolute tears from this story. It’s so beautiful, from the labor to the sweet last moments with Cullen before you become a family of four to having your entire family together. Thank you so much for sharing. It makes my heart so full of happiness and love. I now can’t wait to meet our new little guy and have our daughter meet her brother. Thank you.


Meaghan     at 6:31 am

Crying, Emily. Please write a book- your writing is beyond beautiful. Congratulations again on a beautiful new addition to your lovely family.


Ericka     at 6:31 am

Emily, you write so beautifully! Your voice is such a talent. Congratulations to you and your family on the arrival of Graham.


Zinzi     at 6:32 am

I too was looking forward to reading this! Thank you for sharing such a special part of your journey as a family.
Congratulations from South Africa!


Amanda     at 6:34 am

What a beautiful story. Congratulations to you all!


Jen     at 6:37 am

Absolutely beautiful story. Tears streamed down my face the entire time I was reading this. Congratulations to you and your new family. I love reading your blog!!


Lindsay     at 6:38 am

GAH! Tears!!! What a story, Emily! Congratulations again :)


Julie     at 6:39 am

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Sitting here at work crying and so happy for you, Casey, Cullen and Graham! Congratulations Malone family!


Ann L.     at 6:40 am

Amazing story! So happy for you and your family. We’re expecting our first in early December and are planning for a natural birth. I’ve got to say, I’m even more thrilled (and terrified) after reading about little Graham’s birth. Our hospital is about 25 miles away, so keep your fingers crossed for me that things are at least a little more slow going. :D Congratulations everyone!


Jess     at 6:42 am

Congratulations!!! Graham is perfect! I’m so happy for you and your family!


Betsy     at 6:44 am

That was so beautifully written, thank you for sharing, you’ve got me crying at work. Graham Edward is such a beautiful name!


Carly @ Snack Therapy     at 6:44 am

Just read this whole story — every word! Absolutely beautiful. You guys make a real cute family.


Emily @ A life to love     at 6:45 am

Congratulations! You write so eloquently about such a beautiful experience, it brings a tear to my eye.


Amy W     at 6:47 am

That is a beautifully written story and one that you will treasure forever. I remember writing some of ours and thinking at the time that I could never forget all the details but after several years and several babies you do….Isnt it crazy how each birth experience is so different than the one before?

Your family is precious. Thank you for sharing your story.
Best wishes,
Amy from Chicago


Barbara     at 6:47 am

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Long time reader here, I think my first comment. Your love for your family and joy at the arrival of Graham into your family is so evident in this post. Really, some of your best writing. Thank you.


Jamie @ A Healthy J.D.     at 6:49 am

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story Emily. You have given me hope that my next birth story might be less dramatic and frustrating than my first. My son Zachary came into this world via c-section because he too was 9 lbs 2 oz and sunny side up and after getting to 8 cm in 36 hours he just wouldn’t come down the birth canal. I remember thinking of your labor with Cullen when trying to get past my own 36 hours of labor and Graham’s birth story reminds me that every baby is different and I might get my natural birth next time! Graham is gorgeous (and I love the name because I have a nephew named Graeme!), congratulations to all of you!


Shari     at 6:51 am

Echoing what the others have said: such a beautifully written post about such a life-changing experience. Your emotion emanates from the words and touches everyone’s hearts. Wishing your family of four all the best as you take the next step on your special journey. <3


Taylor     at 6:52 am

Just like Cullen’s, Graham’s birthday story brought tears to my eyes! You are such a talented writer, and look gorgeous in all of the photos!


Leah     at 6:53 am

*happy tears*

Congrats Emily, Casey, and Cullen and welcome Graham!

This November I will be in a friend’s wedding from grad school named Graham (we call him Grey for short). :)

Emily–I’m so glad you made it to the hospital in time (my goodness!). Hooray for healthy October babies!


Jodi     at 6:57 am

Congrats Emily. I am here at work crying my eyes out. You and Casey are an amazing team and both Casey and Cullen are extremely lucky. All the best Emily!


Susan     at 6:57 am

What a beautiful story! Even though you were brutally honest about the pain, it makes me want to do it all over again! I have two boys also. Those first days in the hospital really are magical.


Heather     at 6:58 am

This had me in such happy tears – We have an 18 month old and have a baby girl due next month, so this hits especially close to home. I had a hard labor with my son, so I’m hoping for a much faster and different experience with my daughter.


Katie     at 7:01 am

Congratulations! Beautifully written and lovely pictures are always!

You are quite the rockstar handling that birth!Enjoy your time with Casey, Cullen and sweet little Graham. :)


Jess     at 7:03 am

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! You are so talented with your words. Thank you for sharing this amazing experience. Big congrats to your whole family!


Sarah     at 7:08 am

That was so lovely. Left me in tears. I want a baby with my husband so desperately and hope that soon we will be in a place where we are able to start trying. I want that story to be me. You are so lucky to even have 1, let alone 2. Both beautiful. Wishing you all the love and happiness in the world. Sarah x


Brittney     at 7:08 am

Wow, crazy how different your second birth was! Graham is beautiful! I love the name :) Congratulations Emily! I look forward to hearing more about your family of four!


Katie     at 7:09 am

So incredibly beautiful. Your family is one of a kind :) I felt I could relate to some of ideas you mentioned about how control while in Labor! Congrats!


Carol     at 7:09 am

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes! Thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations on your new bundle!


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Megan     at 7:13 am

While I know every birth story is unique, I loved reading Graham’s because it reminded me so much of my first child’s birth two months ago. It was also an incredibly fast labor (no time for any pain meds – eek!), only my son was also 3 weeks early. I loved reading about Cullen’s role in the whole story – you had me in tears this morning as I read. Congratulations and best wishes to all four of you!


Katie     at 7:14 am

He is precious! Congratulations!


Heather (Heather's Dish)     at 7:18 am

Oh Emily. I am sobbing like a crazy person over here – what a beautiful story! And an even more beautiful little boy :) Congratulations again!!!


Marie     at 7:19 am

That was the perfect birth story. Congratulations. And thank you for reminding me how lucky I am as well. Reading your story brought back so many happy memories of my own. Graham is beautiful. May the best be yet to come.


Jenny     at 7:29 am

Wow! This sounds SO much like my birth story. I went to bed feeling fine, and when I woke up in the middle of the night, my contractions were 1.5 minutes apart. My labor start to finish was only 3 hours, and it was definitely scary. The memories from it are a blur.

It was my first, but like you, I was in denial when I first woke up because I didn’t want to be embarrassed by a false alarm. So glad that everyone is healthy and happy! Congrats to your family :)


Erika     at 7:30 am

I’m reading this at work, and feeling like a fool, trying to hide my tears from anyone who’s passing by. Congratulations! I don’t think I want another baby, but your post is giving me second thoughts. :)


Ashley N.     at 7:32 am

What an absolutely beautiful story. Congratulations to you and your family.


Lucinda     at 7:32 am

Beatuiful telling of the tale – thanks for sharing. It took me back to the birth my son and the emotions on that day almost five (!) months ago. So happy for you and your sweet family of four now.



Kim     at 7:34 am

I’m so happy for you all! Congratulations!


Alyssa     at 7:36 am

Emily, you truly have a gift for writing such beautiful accounts from the heart. I love how honest you are. This post left me in tears and very excited to write my first birth story in a few short weeks. Cheers to health and happiness to you and your family!


Noelle     at 7:38 am

So lovely! I cried while reading this. I am due with my second in a month and a half and have an 18 month at home. Besides being so touching and heartfelt, this gave me hope that my second labor might not be the grueling 30 hours that my first was! Thanks for sharing and best wishes to you and your family!


Jillian D.     at 7:44 am

Such a beautiful story and written so wonderfully – you brought tears to my eyes several times. This makes me so excited to have my own family one day and see my future husband holding our newborn. Congratulations!! (love the name!)


Jackie     at 7:45 am

So beautiful! Great job, mama!


Allpointswhole     at 7:47 am

This was seriously so beautiful; thanks for sharing


colleen     at 7:48 am

thank you for sharing your amazing birth story. I never had the ‘fortune’ to have a quick delivery with my three, but I can definitely relate to giving birth naturally to 9 pound babies. hugs to you and your family of four.


Brandy     at 7:51 am

Thank you for sharing. I’ve loved following your pregnancies and just gave birth to my own son 3.5 weeks ago. Reading your story brought it all back and was very touching and personal. Congratulations on your beautiful new baby boy.


Christa     at 7:52 am

Beautiful, Emily! I bawled my way through this. We are expecting our first in a few weeks and I can’t wait for her to be here. Thank you so much for sharing!!


Kate     at 7:54 am

I know you’ve heard it MANY times, but I so enjoyed reading your story. You have an amazing gift of storytelling. The way you appreciate the wonders of the process and the amazing good fortune of your family is so touching. I was also in tears here at my desk at work this morning! Good thing for cubicle walls. Enjoy your beautiful family of four!


Krystie     at 7:56 am

Wow! What a different birth story from Cullen! Thanks for sharing, I loved it! My little girl is becoming a big sister in December and I love watching you go through these life changes before I do :)


Sherri     at 7:57 am

Absolutely beautiful! So happy for you and your family!


Diana G.     at 8:03 am

So beautiful!! God bless you and your family of 4 <3


Lauren     at 8:06 am

This was beautiful Emily. I have so enjoyed following the life of your family and had tears in my eyes reading this. All the best to you and your sweet family of boys :)


Lillian     at 8:12 am

But!! What about Huey and Indy??? :)


Sara     at 8:17 am

This totally made me cry. Our birth stories of the first and second are so similar. I’m so happy you got this experience instead of a second go around of the first time! I remember those feelings so fondly. You wrote this beautifully! Congrats!!!


Sarah K     at 8:20 am

What a wonderful story. I definitely cried while reading this. You four make a really cute family! Congratulations again!


Kelsey     at 8:21 am

Oh my Emily. This was just so beautiful! I am at work reading this and sobbing! Hopefully none of my co-workers walk up. We are currently 16 weeks pregnant with our second baby. I followed you blog all through Cullens pregnancy and birth and his life up until now. My son was born in January and my second baby is due in April so our babies will be almost the same age difference as Cullen and Graham. It is so fun to watch your family grow and kind see what to expect in the future. The nervousness of brining in another baby and not understanding how you are going to possibly spread the love you have for your son to another child. It is really hard to imagine. Thank you for sharing your story.


Shannan     at 8:21 am

Agh, tears!!! This is beautiful. I am so happy this time went a lot quicker and I can’t wait to hear more about your wonderful family of four! Congrats to all of you. :)


Tanya @ Vegan Faith     at 8:23 am

Emily, your story is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! You have touched my heart.


Katie     at 8:23 am

This post literally left me breathless and teary eyed – what an amazing story, and you did a fabulous job of telling it! Congrats on your new little family member!


Erin     at 8:25 am

So beautiful, Emily! Sitting here crying, grateful that you shared your story, and looking forward to meeting our little guy in 12(ish) weeks! Love, love, love to all the Malones.


Jacqui     at 8:31 am

Congratulations! Wishing you patience, strength and resilience for all that lies ahead :)


Maria     at 8:33 am

another favorite post from my favorite blogger goddess!!!


Ali     at 8:36 am

Your writing is beautiful! I cried and laughed through the entire story! Congrats on baby Graham!


Alice     at 8:40 am

This was beautifully written, Emily. Thank you so much for sharing.


keri     at 8:41 am

Wow wow wow!
I’ve been enjoying your blog for a while now… what an amazingly sweet and generous entry this is. thank you for sharing with us.

Welcome Graham! Congrats and blessings to you all.


Stephanie     at 8:41 am

What a wonderful story, and a beautiful family. Congratulations to you all. :)


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}     at 8:43 am

Thank you so much for sharing Emily! Congratulations to you, Casey and Cullen. This definitely had me shedding a tear at my desk at work!


Shaina     at 8:46 am

Wow, you tell a really good story!! Beautiful! And such a different experience than last time! So happy for you and your family!


padma     at 8:51 am

Emily, you’re a beautiful story-teller. So much love in one post. sobbing and I have to be in class in a few minutes, haha. I wish you and your family all the love and happiness in the world.


Tiffany L     at 8:53 am

Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing! And, congrats to you all.


Christine     at 8:56 am

As mentioned in so many of the above comments, your story was so beautifully written and thank you for sharing it with us. I, like many, teared up and am so happy for the 4 of you! Again like many others, we are trying to figure out if we are going to try and start a family and stories like this always tip the scale. Terrify me, but still tip it :) Much love to you all.


Jessica     at 8:57 am

Congratulations! I was teary eyed through the whole story and I am not a crier! What a wonderful family you have. Thank you for your blog, reading your posts is always a bright spot in my day.


Whitney @ Life - Love, Whit     at 8:59 am

Awesome birth story. I was captivated through the whole thing. I’m preggo with my 1st and have loved following along with the journey of your family. Can’t wait to read more about the next chapter.


Elisabeth     at 9:01 am

You sure have a way with telling a story, Emily! I was definitely tearing up reading it. Congratulations again!


Christina     at 9:04 am

Congrats again! He is beautiful and perfect. That little confused face Cullen makes in the picture with you in labor made me tear up. He looks so concerned sweet boy.

What an amazing birth story. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.


Shannon Bell     at 9:10 am

beautifully written! you have a knack with words and this, combined with the pure emotion and love of this experience, was truly beautiful to read. i’m 5 months with my first and all i want to do is read about birth stories!! congratulations on your amazing family!! my sister is my best friend and is my soul mate in life :-) of course my husband is pretty special too, but siblings are the best, cullen is so lucky to have one :-)


Rachel @ Personality Crafts     at 9:10 am

Holy cow, what an amazing story, Emily! You are such a beautiful writer and your boys are gorgeous. Casey is one lucky man!


Christina.vd     at 9:18 am

Congratulations Emily and family! Such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your time with your precious family.


Amanda     at 9:21 am

Thank you so much for sharing this incredible story!


EmilyC     at 9:24 am

Awesome, you rock Mama! Congratulations again. I loved what you wrote at the end about the difference between then and now. I absolutely agree with you 100%. So much to look forward to and not quite are scary/daunting as the first time. Hope your transition to life as a family of four is relatively smooth.


Elizabeth     at 9:25 am

Congratulations Emily & Family! Such a beautiful story, it made me cry. I wish you all much happiness together.


Brittany @ read, run, repeat     at 9:26 am

This is amazing. There are no words other than that. This brought me to tears several times! You, lady, are a freaking rocksteady and your newest little man is beautiful. Congratulations to you and your new family 4!!


Katie     at 9:28 am

Congratulations! This is a beautiful story. I got teared eyed several times reading. What a quick and crazy, beautiful birth. Enjoy your new family of four.


Laura     at 9:31 am

What a BEAUTIFUL birth story!! And you captured it so well- you are such a talented writer. Thank you for sharing and CONGRATULATIONS.


Crystal     at 9:44 am

Very beautiful post. Those last two pictures made me teary. Congrats to you and your lovely family of four!


Stacy     at 9:44 am

Beautiful!!! I loved it!!! Your details about his birth were wonderful. Thank you for taking the time to write it!


Lee     at 9:44 am

Love the family photos. And for what it’s worth, I like the tie-dye too!

I’m choosing to ignore the part about it being painful as I have to go through this myself in 4 months! Ignorance is bliss, right?! I’ll try to remember my happy place.


Bonnie     at 9:55 am

That was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.

I’ve never left a comment before, but after reading this, I just knew I had to. I’m actually holding back tears at my desk at the happiness I feel for a family I don’t even know. :) Congrats to you and your beautiful family.


Marissa     at 10:01 am

So, reading this at work was a bad idea because now I am tearing up in my office! Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy!


Agnieszka     at 10:08 am

I am a mother of an 18-month-old boy and am currently expecting baby#2. Your birth story is so moving and inspiring. It made me cry several times. Congratulations on your beautiful family!


Melissa H     at 10:10 am

Emily that was absolutely beautiful. I found myself laughing on crying on multiple occasions. Congratulations on your new family of four!


Sara     at 10:10 am

I’ve been reading your blog for years and have never commented, but I must say this post is fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing!


Kelli     at 10:13 am

Congratulations, Graham is beautiful! I love that big pretty mouth- he’ll have a smile like Cullen & Casey’s!
Isn’t the adrenaline rush from a natural birth amazing? It makes feeling every bit of labor & delivery worth it I think!
I’m halfway through my second pregnancy & have really enjoyed reading about yours this time. My first labor was days long too so reading about this rapid delivery gives me hope! :)
Take care, & congratulations to all the Malone family.


Melissa     at 10:14 am

So purely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your family with us Emily.


Alicia     at 10:15 am

Congratulations! I understand the whirlwind that a fast labor can be! I have birth to my daughter in 3.5 hours all naturale! Congratulations to you and your family of 4!


Nina     at 10:18 am

So beautiful! Thank you for sharing and congratulations!


Alyson     at 10:22 am

The last paragraph was PERFECT, but of course it wouldn’t have had so much impact if not for all the paragraphs before it. I’m glad this was a smoother labor/birth experience than Cullen’s. Very familiar, actually, to the story of my third birth. I’m so happy for you—so happy! And your beautiful writing reminded me why I follow your blog and have for years.


Chase     at 10:24 am

Emily, this was such a beautiful story. I am really glad you did it in one post, despite how long it is. You were so amazing to power through it all! Graham is entirely precious and perfect :)


Sara     at 10:26 am

This was so beautifully written, I cried through almost the whole thing. Thank you for sharing such an important moment in you and your family’s life.


Pam     at 10:27 am

Brings back memories of having my second baby. My two are now 29 and 27 and are best buddies. Such a sweet story.


Stephanie @ My Freckled Life     at 10:32 am

I am literally choked up sitting at my desk at work. What a beautiful story, and a beautiful telling of an amazing day. Congrats to you both!


Robin     at 10:34 am

You don’t know me and I only know you through your blog. But I am crying with happiness! What an amazing story and what a beautiful treasure-another beautiful treasure I should say-you have given our world. Thank you for sharing your story!


Katie     at 10:36 am

I absolutely love the way you tell stories Emily. This one had me with water in my eyes at times, holding back a chuckle here and there, and also in a panic for you at times! Through your story I catch visions of how my labor experience will be in December (with boy #2 as well). Thank you for sharing this beautiful journey with us!


Dale     at 10:44 am

Emily, your story brought me to tears remembering the birth of my own second child, which too, went very fast. I am bookmarking this one to read again the next time I am preparing for childbirth, it is a testament to the true beauty and wonder of this experience! God bless you and your family!


Jillian @ Reshape Your Life     at 10:46 am

What an amazing story! Thank you for sharing it, you brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on another beautiful healthy boy!


Samantha     at 10:56 am

Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience. Sam


Jen     at 10:59 am

Congratulations – what a beautiful story!


Rylee     at 11:00 am

SO sweet!Congrats! And thank you for sharing! (totally made me cry) Best wishes to all four of you!


Tracy     at 11:02 am

This story reminds me sooo much of my second son’s birth whose birthday is next week (16 yrs!!!). Thanks for helping me relive that special day in our lives.

You’re a beautiful writer!


Rachel     at 11:05 am

What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing. I am tearing up at work (probably shouldv’e waited until I was home to read haha). So happy for you and your beautiful family!


Jolene (Homespun Heritage)     at 11:10 am

~Tears~ Absolutely beautiful!


Meg     at 11:12 am

This is so beautiful! I am a mom of one boy and already have the same fears that you do about a second! This brought me to tears and gives me hope for our future (most likely) family of boys!


Carol     at 11:16 am

Beautiful post! Congrats to your family:)


Amanda     at 11:18 am

I don’t often comment, but I found your birth story incredibly beautiful and moving. Congratulations!


Heidi     at 11:24 am

Welcome baby Graham – what a beautiful birth!

I was in tears by the end, but had to chuckle when I read the part about your seatbelt alarm dinging – one thing our doula kept repeating over and over to us as we prepared for the birth of our first daughter: If you can comfortably sit buckled in the car, it’s too soon to be heading to the hospital. Sounds like you didn’t leave a moment too soon, and I’m glad you made it on time!


Katie@LifesNextBigStep     at 11:25 am

Emily you have such a way with words. You took me back to the day I gave birth to my daughter. Your story is so moving and amazing. Thank you so much for sharing it with us and we can’t wait to get to know Graham like we have Cullen! Congratulations to you and Casey!


Andrea     at 11:33 am

Love, love, love…that’s all I can say through teary eyes.

I felt this same way with all 3 of my boys. And at 5 months post-partum…I think I’m still hormonal. :)


Rachel     at 11:37 am

I don’t even have kids and this post moved me to tears. You are such a wonderful writer, Emily, and congratulations on your beautiful new baby boy and the expansion of your adorable family.


kim     at 11:41 am

What a great story! So happy for you! I totally cried my whole way through this story. I remember those same feelings you described. And as we are expecting number 3, some of those same unknowings came flooding back in. How will my labor be? Will we make it to the birthing center an hour away? How will the transition to three go? But I know God is Good and that children are a blessing! So, I will rest in that and look forward to the new adventure.

Congrats to you and your sweet family. Enjoy every snuggle from your little men.


Michelle @ The Fresh Direction     at 11:46 am

That was beautiful, Emily! Thank you so much for sharing. You truly have a beautiful family and I can’t wait to follow along with your new adventures as a family of four. Congratulations and all the best!!


Bethany @ Accidental Intentions     at 11:51 am

Gosh, Emily, this is absolutely beautiful. Can you keep having kids so you can keep writing birth stories? Haha. But really, the way you put this all into words is phenomenal. You have a gift! Congratulations once again on the newest addition to your family, and thank you so much for sharing this with us :)


Christine     at 11:52 am

What a beautiful birth story. I’m do glad you shared it. I wish uouandyour new family well.


Megan     at 11:57 am

Oh my goodness — such an amazing and beautiful birth story. I had to keep myself from blinking back from the verge of tears.

Your family is absolutely gorgeous and congratulations on the addition of Graham to the family — wishing you all the best… thanks for letting us all follow along with you!

P.S. Your post was beautifully written.


Arlene     at 12:03 pm

What a beautiful recollection of Graham entering this world. I probably cried four times reading this. So proud he is healthy and what a beautiful family of four!


Theresa     at 12:09 pm

This was such a beautiful post. I’m sitting at my desk crying, your words flowed so beautifully and you could feel the love you felt that day. Congratulations to you, Cullen and Casey on welcoming the newest member of your family. Also, I absolutely love the name.


Andrea     at 12:13 pm

I loved this!!! Cullen’s birth story was the first “birth story” I ever read, and I just think it is such a neat way to capture the day (or days!) of labor. My daughter is 13 months, and I still get teary thinking about her birth and what a special time those first few days were. Congratulations to you and your family – this definitely gets me excited about adding another little one to our family someday. :)


Stacy @ Stacy Eats     at 12:22 pm

Beautiful!! You had me crying numerous times. Congrats to you and your adorable family of 4!


jenna     at 12:27 pm

I shouldn’t have read this at work, people will wonder why im crying at my desk. beautiful post, what a wonderful way to capture the day


Greer     at 12:31 pm

Such a beautiful, beautiful birth story! You and Casey are so blessed. Thank you so much for sharing this with your readers. Best wishes to the 4 of you!


Rachelle     at 12:34 pm

That was a beautiful & well written post. Your words had me caught up in all the excitement!

Enjoy your amazing family & this time. It will be over so quickly.


Emily     at 12:39 pm

Im 7 months pregnant with our first and my husband and I independently read this this morning (we follow your family/prego updates religiously!) and you left us both in tears. You are an incredible writer and so much emotion comes through from your stories. Sounded like a painful yet very very very beautiful day. Congratulations!


Rachelle     at 12:39 pm

And btw, while I am adoring all your photos, I am so SO in love with the one where you are on the bed w/ Graham in front you you. Thank you so much for posting that. I applaud you for getting into the pictures with your children so they can remember you! Often being the one behind the camera, I am loathe to get in front of it knowing that I don’t look perfect. I’ve got to get over that.
You could not look more perfect in these photos! ;-)


Kim @ healthy nest     at 12:45 pm

Seriously bawling. You’re such an amazing mother and writer. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us. Congratulations. :)


Madelyn     at 12:49 pm

Congratulations Emily, Casey and Cullen! What an exciting birth story! So beautiful… I’m all teary over here. Graham is perfectly precious! Aaron and I send our love to you all :)


Angela     at 12:53 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your birth experience! How amazingly different than the first time. We are expecting our first baby November 14th. It has been fun to see you travel the same road just a few weeks ahead of me :). Congratulations!


Katie     at 1:00 pm

Emily! This was definitely worth the wait. What a beautiful birth story. Thank you for sharing it with your Daily Garnish friends.

Congratulations to you, Casey, Cullen, and the pups!


Lisa     at 1:12 pm

What a beautiful story Emily and thank you for sharing. It brought tears to my eyes, it is so well written. You have a beautiful family. I have been reading your blog for many years and it is nice to see how your family has expand and grown.

Congratulations to you, Casey, and Cullen. Enjoy this precious time together.


Theresa     at 1:23 pm

Beautiful story and beautiful family!! All the best to you all as you move forward as a family of four!!


Whitney     at 1:36 pm

i love this, congratulation on your latest addition!


Jasmine     at 1:40 pm

One of the most beautiful stories to read…congratulations!


Marjorie     at 1:55 pm

One of the blogs I follow linked to this post. I am bawling like a baby! And subscribing. :) Congrats on your new little love! What a beautiful story.


Bridget S.     at 2:16 pm

Such an incredible story! I am so glad you shared in one post. This was such an emotional post and I loved reading it. Congratulations to all of you!


Jen     at 2:20 pm

Such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. I have loved reading your blog the past two years. All the best to your cute family of four!


Kel     at 2:34 pm

Congrats to you and Casey! What a beautiful story that both your boys can treasure one day (and that brought tears to my eyes). All the best!


Nancy     at 2:42 pm

Thanks for sharing Emily it is a beautiful and amazing story that had me in tears. I’m currently expecting my second and can picture ourselves going through this in the near future. Congrats!


Amber     at 2:42 pm

Congrats! I loved reading your story. You are truly blessed. :)


Atara     at 2:55 pm

As I read your birth story 10 days away from my due date for the first time in this whole pregnancy the years are flowing down my face. I felt like I was in the room with you experiencing every last emotion you felt this story is filled with love joy and beauty and I wanted to congratulate you and your entire family and thank you for sharing your beautiful life and family with us all.


Alex     at 3:00 pm

Wow thanks for sharing your story! I can relate to a lot of what you say as I had a really fast birth with my daughter too (5h30 from the first contraction). We had a planned home birth, I can’t imagine having had to get in a car at any point of it :)


Melissa     at 3:02 pm

I am bawling. I love this, more than I can put into words.


Alexandria     at 3:59 pm

What a great story. Thank you for sharing Emily, you had me tearing up the whole way. But that may be from the hormones as we are currently expecting our first! Your blog has, and will continue to be, a great resource for me.


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries     at 4:04 pm

Whew! Crocodile tears rolling down my face! What an incredible story! And you told it so well. Congratulations!


Emilyl J     at 4:07 pm

I was glued to the computer reading! Thank you so much for sharing. I cried. I’m almost 34 weeks pregnant with my first baby (a boy!) and can only imagine what it will be like. Thank you again.


Amanda     at 4:35 pm

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!


Dominique @ That's What Domi Said     at 5:16 pm

Such a beautiful, beautiful story. What a blessing…congratulations to you and your boys! I’m not a mom- heck, I’m not even married yet- but I was on the verge of sobbing when I read the last bit. That final photo of Casey walking out with Cullen and Graham is so powerful. How wonderful that you were able to capture such a meaningful moment in that incredible photo!


Alyssa     at 5:18 pm

This was so beautifully written and brought me to tears. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, and love following your journey. Thank you for sharing your pregnancy and birth stories. I’m pregnant with my first now, and reading about your experience puts my labor fears at ease. Congratulations to you and your family!


Heathers Looking Glass     at 5:18 pm

Oh my goodness I can’t believe he came so quickly! What a great story, thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to keep up with your adventures having two at home!


Molly     at 5:28 pm

I was looking up your pumpkin spice ginger walnut muffin recipe (to make for the second time) when I stumbled upon your story. I’ve never commented on this or any other blog, but this was just so beautifully written. Thank you for sharing such a lovely and intimate family moment. I think it’s very brave!


Beth     at 5:49 pm

That was incredibly beautiful. Congratulations to you and your family and thank you for sharing such a special story with us :)


Angela     at 5:52 pm

Beautiful! I had goosebumps and tears throughout the entire post- loved it. Congratulations! And welcome to the world Graham! He is a lucky boy!


Meg     at 6:11 pm

I am totally choked up by this story and I’m not even a mother yet! Thank you for sharing this incredible experience with us.


Jessica     at 6:16 pm

What a beautiful story told by a beautiful Momma! Congratulations on your sweet baby boy!


CAROL     at 6:30 pm

What a great story! Congratulations!! What great pictures!


Mia     at 6:31 pm

Emily, this is such a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. You had me bawling half way through it, it is so heart warming and loving. Thinking and praying for your family and your newest addition. Congrats to big brother Cullen! :) ( and enjoying your instagrams)


Julie     at 6:58 pm

So incredibly beautiful! Graham’s story brought me to tears- congratulations to your lovely family and I wish you all the best on this new adventure!


Ariane     at 7:19 pm

This was written beautifully, it made me cry! I hope to one day have a family as happy as yours looks. Thank you!!


Amber     at 7:39 pm

I have been reading your blog faithfully for many years, even after I deleted most healthy living turned mom blogs out of my reader. I just love the way you write so much. Loved every word of this birth story just like I loved every word of Cullen’s birth story. So happy for you and your little family!


Lisa     at 7:41 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story! Congratulations and welcome to the world, little Graham!


Francine     at 7:58 pm

congratulations!! and thank you so much for sharing your birth story! :)


Mary Louise     at 8:12 pm

Emily – Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I’ve read it twice and both times it ended in tears. Congratulations!


Jessica Kiehn     at 8:13 pm

OH MY GOSH EMILY!!!!!! You freakin ROCKSTAR! Next time, just stay home and push that baby out! :) You did AMAZING!!! I speak full, complete recovery over you, in God’s name. Get Arnica!! It healed me after my au naturel birth in DAYS. It’s for internal bruising, trauma to the body. It’s a miracle worker. I got the homeopathic kind you put under your tongue. And we use it ALL the time on our little ones when they bonk their head, etc.

Soooo proud of you. 9 lbs 1.2oz?!?!? YOU ROCKSTAR!!!
Ps he is beautiful, looks just like you and Casey.


Nour     at 8:22 pm

What an amazing birth story. Congrats a million times!


Gabrielle     at 8:46 pm

I loved it! Suspense, drama, pain, relief, happiness, joy, LOVE! How fantastic you’ve documented it all so clearly and cleanly and beautifully. Your blog is such a treasure, and your boys will one day eat it up. I love following along with your life all these years (since the move to Alexandria), and it just gets better and better. Thank you for allowing us in, Emily. :)


Eliza     at 9:00 pm

What a beautifully written love story! I am not a mother, nor even married, just a nursing student….but I found this tale incredibly moving and inspiring. You just made me look forward to having children so much!!!!!!!!!! also made me consider focusing in on maternity nursing….Thank you so much for sharing. I have never been more captivated by a blog before. and most of all Congratulations he is gorgeous.


Leah M     at 9:33 pm

Emily, what a beautifully written birth story! I can’t remember reading one that touched me so much. I love your final paragraph. It brought me to tears. I am taken back to the birth of my second. It was such a different experience than my first. Thank you for sharing. You are very talented. Congrats again! What a beautiful, previous boy to add to your sweet family.


Leah M Reply:

Precious boy it should say.


Meagan     at 10:17 pm

Congrats to you and your family! What a special day :) My SIL had my nephews early in the morning, so they had the whole day to relax! I think having babies in the morning makes all the difference!

Graham is a cute! I’m glad you’re doing well :)

I really enjoyed your writing Emily, as always! At some parts I even felt a little teary!


Lindsay     at 10:26 pm

Congratulations! What a wonderful birth story! It makes me want to go back and read Edith’s and it also makes me want #2.


Linda     at 11:05 pm

Beautiful story and a very happy family. Congratulations!


Nicole     at 12:19 am

Even though it happens everyday, birth stories never cease to amaze me (or leave me in tears). I’m so happy you had a successful delivery and your new addition is absolutely precious!


Kelly     at 4:06 am

Love your birth story! My second baby came into this world similar to yours. So fast!

I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your life with complete strangers. :)


louiewendell     at 5:37 am

You are an amazing writer. Such a beautiful story.


Haley S     at 5:46 am

Your still gave me chills…congrats to all of you! Beautiful story


Ella     at 5:53 am

Congratulations on your newborn baby!


Lisa     at 6:24 am

This was a beautiful story. I cried through most of it as I felt so much emotion and especially joy. Thank you for sharing your journey; and congratulations on another beautiful son!


Megan     at 7:20 am

What an amaZing, beautifully written, story. I LOVE your breast feeding pictures and I THANK YOU for sharing them. These are so sweet and beautiful they made me cry with happiness for you! As a reader I felt lucky to be let in on such a beautiful moment. Congratulations! You ARE and will CONTINUE to be a great mother!


Laura     at 7:30 am

Congratulations Emily! That story made me cry, it was all just so sweet.


Courtney     at 8:17 am

I LOVE this. What a beautiful story! I have tears too. Well-written. Congratulations!


Katie     at 9:38 am

This post was so captivating and beautifully written! Thanks so much for sharing and congrats on your new little bundle of joy!


Allie     at 9:55 am

Hi Emily!

I’m normally not one to comment, but this was beautifully written and left me with goosebumps! I am so happy for you and your family and wish you all the best as you embrace the newest member of your family, Graham!
As a grad school student in St. Louis, reading the posts about you and your family always makes my day! I can only hope that I find the kind of happiness that you so eloquently write about from day to day! :) Congratulations again! Graham and Cullen are two very lucky little boys!

All the best,


Alex @ Kenzie Life     at 10:21 am

I was trying not to cry at the end of this post, it was so beautiful. I can’t believe what a hectic (to say the least!) birth that was with Graham! I can imagine it’s already so stressful having a baby but way to go having a natural birth with a 9 lb baby! You are a rockstar! Wishing you lots of happy, wonderful memories with baby Graham and Cullen!


Kate     at 10:33 am

Congratulations to you and your family! Like many people have commented before, this post was so beautifully written. I’m not much of a cryer, but I found myself sobbing by the end of it. Best wishes to your family of four and all of life’s new adventures :)


Amy O.     at 11:23 am

Beautiful! I was on the edge of my seat, and then tearing up. I can totally relate to some of your experiences–the labor with my daughter went so fast that we made it to the hospital with only minutes (7!) to spare. It’s primal, transition. Wow. Congratulations! I love following your stories–you are such a gifted writer and blogger.


J.J.     at 11:43 am

Oh Emily,

I just came home from a hospital today. I had to have major surgery. Reading this made me feel so so much better! In 10 years when I have kids I hope my experience is as wonderful as your’s was. I am so happy for you, Casey, and Cullen. Congrats!!!


Matt     at 11:47 am

That was seriously one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. What an amazing story! My wife and I were trying for a natural birth with ours but it didn’t exactly work out like we were hoping. After reading this we really want to give it another shot. And our little one is only 9 months old, but now I think it’s safe to say I’ve got baby fever again. Thanks so much for sharing!


Lara     at 12:38 pm

SO beautiful, so happy for you. I especially love the photo of you and your two boys with Graham looking right at the camera!

I loved Audrey. She was the nurse who discharged us!

I can’t believe how fast your labor was after your first experience with Cullen! This gives me hope that if we have another one, I won’t go through days of hell before meeting baby!


Heather     at 12:43 pm

Congratulations! That was such a beautifully written story. I am in tears. Wishing you all the best with the new addition to your family.


Dad     at 12:56 pm

Wow Emily…you really have an amazing gift for writing from the heart. This post brought me to tears. Never stop writing, dear daughter; it is your calling (along with many other real talents, including being a great mom!) Thirty years from now, this is a post that you Casey, Cullen, Graham and Graham’s children will be so glad to have, to remember the day you became Four. much love Dad


Stephanie     at 1:11 pm

Congratulations Emily! That was so incredibly beautiful. What a blessing you have in your beautiful sons and husband.


Sig @ Melbourne Maharani     at 1:19 pm

Oh Emily. This was beautiful and I’m sitting here looking at my own first baby, just six months old and blinking back tears. Congratulations on your family. I hope this adventure is full of love and laughter again. *hugs*


Kristina     at 2:30 pm

Congratulations to you all! He is beautiful! Looks a lot like his handsome older brother. :)


Leslie     at 2:59 pm

I admire you for so many things, Emily, but most of all I think it’s for your utter appreciation of every moment of life’s journey. Congratulations on this new addition to your beautiful family.


dee     at 7:11 pm

What an amazing story Emily! Congratulations again on the birth of your second (& beautiful) baby boy. Lots of hugs and well wishes to you and yours!


Shannon     at 7:18 pm

Beautifully written. You are absolutely glowing in these pictures. Congratulations, Malones!!


Crystal     at 8:47 pm

Emily, thank you for sharing Graham’s birth in such detail. My son, close to your son’s weight, was born in the same position. Like you, I wasn’t able to have any medication or assistance with the pain. So, I can confirm, you’re a strong woman!!
Be blessed, and enjoy your beautiful family.


Maria     at 9:13 pm

So this is what baby fever feels like. I’m in trouble :-) Our first little came as a wee bit of a surprise and I told hubs that we will make sure the next one is somewhat planned so I’ve never really experienced this before. Beautiful birth story! I have tears in my eyes :-) Your boys are both beautiful. Congrats on the newest addition to your family.


Teresa H     at 10:56 pm

Thanks for sharing the birth story (always love ‘em!), and the pics are real proof that happiness = beauty – they are gorgeous! Sometimes these fast births (esp if unexpected) can be traumatic, so I’m glad to hear everyone is doing well!❤️️


maria120     at 11:57 pm

What an amazing story! That brought back so many memories for me from when my first baby was born. Almost an identical story. Except I was dilated to 8 when we arrived at the hospital and was able to get an epi :)

The last picture from post-delivery brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful, well-written story. I couldn’t stop reading!

Congrats to you and your family!


Lynne in NC     at 6:12 am

Tears of joy for you and yours are being shed over this sweet, sweet story.
Thank you so much for sharing the amazing story and the photos from Graham’s birth. I love how each child comes into the world so differently. Wow! you did it — all natural.
The photo of the four of you is precious.


Meghan     at 6:37 am

That was so beautiful, Emily. I cried tears of joy. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! All the best!


Merrill     at 7:42 am

Wow what a beautiful story Emily. So well written. Congratulations!


Lucy     at 7:54 am

I have been following your blog for a few years now, and I love learning about your journey. I hope that one day I get to experience the joy of giving birth and wish you all the best of luck!


Amber at Love, Laugh, Live Well     at 9:48 am

What a beautiful story! I’m definitely wiping away tears. Congrats and best wishes to your growing family.


Katie@Pop Culture Cuisine     at 10:33 am

I don’t comment often, but I just had to tell you how beautifully written this story was. I will admit that since the birth of my twin girls via emergency scheduled c-section a month ago I have been feeling a bit robbed of the whole “birth” experience, especially since it was so vastly different from the natural birth of our daughter 2 years ago. But after reading your story, it got me thinking that in the end it really is more about the family we have become since getting to bring them home and making that special. I just wanted you know how much your writing this touched me!


Lauren Pitler     at 12:31 pm

I’ve been following your blog for years and never commented but this was such a wonderful story I felt it necessary to tell you that it brought a true stranger, that has no connection to you except through the blog, to tears.


Meghan     at 2:34 pm

I don’t normally comment, but that was one of the most beautiful birth stories I have ever read. It brought me to tears more than once as I thought about my own baby boy’s birth about 10 months ago. Congratulations on your beautiful family.


Paula     at 2:39 pm

Beautiful post Emily & a beautiful little newborn.

That picture comparison of leaving the hospital. Wow.


Georgia     at 3:30 pm

Beautiful. Just beautiful. I totally teared up reading that. I wish you every happiness for the transition to a family of four! :)


Margaret     at 4:50 pm

WOW!!! What an incredible story!! Loved every word of it…I am not a ‘mom’ myself, but thank you for your sweet commentary of the birth of Graham; It gives me a wonderful sense of the joy you and your husband experience!!


farmerpam     at 4:59 pm

Lovely post, thank you for sharing. I teared up many a time, and couldn’t stop laughing at the wheelchair, “just drag them”, comment. Congrats to you all!


Wendy     at 5:35 pm

What a beautiful story!!! Congratulations!!!!!


Jamie     at 8:22 pm

LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Great to read all the subtle details which painted a picture of what the whole birth was like, so you can revisit it again years from now. What a contrast to Cullen’s birth story (which was one of my favorite birth stories I read before giving birth to my daughter a year ago (I had a similar multi-day labor!) Equally engaging and beautiful in every way. Congratulations Malones! Graham is perfect. Enjoy him, and thanks so much for sharing the story with your readers.


Cynthia Scott Pascual     at 1:21 am

Such a beautiful story, Emily and an equally beautiful family! Congratulations and enjoy this special time!


Holly     at 4:37 am

Thank you for sharing. Sounds like this birth was much easier than your last.

This may sound like an odd question… but… what did you do with your dogs during all this? :)


Shea     at 7:03 am

Your birth story was just like my first birth – 4 hours and the baby was here! You are a beautiful story teller and really had me crying/laughing/smiling the whole time! Congrats to you and your adorable family.


Louisa     at 7:19 am

Wow, this beautiful birth story made me cry! All the best to you and your gorgeous family.


Natalie Gibbs     at 7:42 am

Oh wow! Loved reading your experience! I totally understand the bracing down in the car and pushing up with your arms- that is how I survived riding to the hospital :) I got emotional reading the story towards the end- looking forward to our second child :)


Cassandra     at 8:26 am

Beautiful! I cried!! congrats to you and your wonderful family.


Emily     at 8:49 am

Congrats. This is such a wonderful recount of birth – makes me want to have millions of babies just to experience such joy.


Julie     at 8:58 am

Emily, you are such an amazing writer! I was completely engrossed in this “story”. When I wasn’t biting my fingernails, I was crying at the beautiful emotions. Congrats to all of you! P.S. I think Graham looks like Cullen. He has his mouth. :)


Kirsten     at 9:06 am

So happy for ya’ll! My son is named Graham Edward, and he was born after a 5 hour labor… weird!


Ravyn     at 9:10 am

I’m sitting here at 30 weeks pregnant with my first baby … Now, you have me daydreaming of welcoming our second baby (which is obviously still a few years away). I loved keeping up with your pregnancy journey, and this birth story was the perfect cap to it all. Wow! So fast!!! I hope you’re thoroughly enjoying these first weeks with baby Graham & your family. You deserve it!


Christine     at 9:45 am

I think I held my breath for most of this post. Just amazing!!


Lori Ann     at 10:25 am

You write so beautifully. Blessing to you and your family!


jesse     at 10:46 am

all teared over here as we’ve been having so many discussions about trying for baby #2. couldn’t be happier for you:)



Dalia     at 1:01 pm

Congrats again on the new baby! Thanks for sharing your birthing story. Your words made me tear up when you were talking about the first time Cullen was introduced to Graham! I know you’ve decided on having much more privacy this time around, but I’d like to continue to see/read about your adventures now that you are a family of 4. Hope you and the baby are doing well :D


Amanda     at 1:53 pm

Congratulations! This was truly a beautiful post and I teared up several times. Thanks for sharing this, and like many have already said you are truly a beautiful writer.


Kelly     at 2:18 pm

I am a long time reader but have never commented. That said I just had to tell you that this was the most beautiful post! You are a truly incredible writer, your story brought me to tears! I read the last paragraph to my fiance and even he got a little choked up. Big congrats to you, Casey, and Cullen!


Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run     at 2:57 pm

You write SO well!! Not that I’ve read a lot, but that was probably the best birth story I’ve ever read. I felt like I was there with you all.

It sounds like it was an intense morning. I love your positive attitude and excitement about being a mother; it truly is infectious and I hope to be the mom that you are… some day.

I look forward to Baby Graham and big brother updates :)



Marisa     at 3:04 pm


I was in tears the entire time.

Congratulations. I wish you and your family the very best.


Danica @ It's Progression     at 4:27 pm

absolutely beautiful, Emily.


Anna H     at 7:11 pm

How beautifully written. Congratulations!


Jerrell     at 9:02 pm

Absolutely beautiful, Emily!! I’ve been reading your blog since right around the time that you announced your first pregnancy. It has been such a pleasure to follow your family’s adventures since then. This story brought tears to my eyes and warmed my heart. So so happy for you all!


lori     at 10:32 pm

I have chills. Incredible. So happy for you! Love the holding of the two boys. Just too precious. Congratulations!


Katie     at 6:00 am

What a beautiful birth story! I love your writing.


Alison     at 7:49 am

So much of this reminded me of my first delivery! I’m thinking I’d better just camp out at the hospital for my second. :)

Such a beautiful post–thank you very much for sharing.


Reenie     at 8:27 am

What a beautiful story…. congrats to you and Casey and Cullen. Graham is absolutely adorable….and you are beautiful.

Thx for sharing.


Amanda     at 8:34 am

The way you can write is just incredible. I am sobbing like a baby over here. I couldn’t wait to read this….thanks for sharing your beautiful story with us all.
Hugs from your biggest Canadian fan:)


Megan (The Lyons' Share)     at 9:10 am

Wow! What an amazing story. I can’t believe it went so quickly! Congratulations on your beautiful family.


Kristin     at 10:24 am

That was an amazing story and it brought tears to my eyes. Congratulations on your gorgeous new baby boy!!


Annette Lessmann     at 10:49 am

He looks so much like Cullen. Congratulations.


Candice     at 10:58 am

Congratulations, Emily and Casey!! I loved reading your birth story – thanks so much for sharing it. I’m so glad everything went smoothly and Graham came out healthy and beautiful! Best wishes:)


Anne     at 12:59 pm

Emily, that was absolutely beautiful. I was brought to tears many times reading the story, thank you for sharing such a heart-felt recap. I am so excited for you and your growing family. Congratulations!


Elaine     at 7:33 pm

Beautiful story!! Congratulations!!! I have been reading your blog for a while now and am so happy for you!!


Katy Widrick     at 9:50 am

I have chills on top of chills — I read this and reflected on my own (very different) birth story and was immediately brought back to the emotions and pain and excitement that go into labor and delivery.

I am amazed at you. And selfishly, since my own Audrey came into the world almost exactly a year before your Graham, I’m so glad that a person with her name became one of your biggest cheerleaders!


Rebecca     at 1:11 pm

That was a beautiful story! I’m due with a baby girl February 5th and reading this and imagining my our own experience left me teary eyed.


Danielle     at 3:45 pm

They say the second one comes quicker – but oh my goodness! That was intense! You have to show this story to Graham one day!
Congratulations and best wishes!


Rosey Rebecca     at 8:00 pm

My heart just melted. You are such a beautiful writer.

I’ve been reading your blog for a long time and look forward to each and every post.

Congratulations, Emily. You deserve all the happiness and love that this new stage of your life will bring.


Christine     at 10:11 am

Long time follower, never post – thank you so much for sharing! What a lovely written account of a moving FEW hours! Congratulations and way to go – feeling the process is a life-changing event for sure!


Chelsea     at 12:04 pm

Congratulations, again, Emily! I’ve so enjoyed your blog over the past few years. Thank you for letting us get to know your lovely family. Graham is beautiful and his story so beautifully and tenderly written. I loved reading it! I hope your recovery is quick and smooth…many blessings on this next year as a foursome!


Chelsea Reply:

Oh, an amusing addition to the “2nd labors are faster” stories: My 2nd daughter was born 6 months ago today and after 29 hours with my first I thought I’d be lucky with a 6 hour labor. Well, she came in a whirlwind 2 1/2 hours and the midwives couldn’t get here in time. My husband made it home from work with 15 minutes to spare, and we caught her ourselves. :-)


joelle (on a pink typewriter)     at 2:32 pm

Oh gosh, Emily. I realize I don’t “know” you, but this post literally brought me to tears of happiness for you and your family. Such a mistake to read this while at work! In all seriousness, congrats to you and Casey, and amazing job during the birthing. I don’t have kids yet, but I can only imagine what you went through. Hugs up from San Diego!


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Thank you SO much for sharing this experience, Emily. It can’t be easy to put an experience like labor (even if it’s not your first rodeo) into words. I was completely captivated through your whole experience — and as someone who has yet to experience childbirth, myself, it gives me so much to think about, to hope for. So happy for your family!


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Ella B.     at 9:03 am

Dear Emily,

Your birth story was amazing. It was real, honest and heartfelt. I have been following your blog for some time anxiously awaiting the birth of your second little boy. My husband and I are thinking a second baby in the next year or so. We are already parents to our wonderful 2 year old daughter. Your story gave a telling glimpse of the first few days after bringing the second baby into the world. I honestly can’t imagine sharing my love that I have for my daughter, like you I feel as though everything will change. Congrats and I look forward to your posts about the adjustment and the new baby.



caitlin     at 9:06 am

this post is beautiful! i honestly usually skim long birth stories but i clung to every word. the fact that you never even had to go through the “do i or don’t i” epidural battle, or the battle with a doctor over why you didn’t want one, is crazy because i’m sure it never crossed your mind. you’re just so strong to make it through this birth process completely naturally – thank goodness it was quick, right? though i don’t know if i’d prefer slowly building pain or quick SEVERE pain like you encountered! beautifully written story.


char eats greens     at 1:06 pm

Holy moly. Amazing story!!! And seriously, you are one attractive family!!!!! I just loved this!!! :)


Wendy@ All Kinds of Miles     at 1:13 pm

This post had me in tears- what a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing!


Tracy     at 7:13 am

Congratulations! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile but this is my first comment. Your story made me cry. So happy for you and your family! Those two pictures at the end of your husband walking are so sweet. They need to be framed together!!


Philippa     at 12:38 pm

Oh Emily, your beautiful story has me in tears! I’ve been reading your blog for years – in fact, I started reading when you posted about being horrifically hit by a car while out for a run all those years ago! – and I think I’ve only commented a handful of times. You are a wonderful writer and brought this amazing experience to life so beautifully. I am not a mother yet but hope to be one day. Reading posts like this makes me feel excited about it rather than scared s**tless ;) Thank you for sharing such a special moment for your family with us all xx


Nikki     at 11:48 am

Beautiful! As a long-time reader of your blog, I’ve loved reading about your family’s growth and changes. You are a very strong woman, and inspiring! My husband and I have been talking about having children of our own, and I’ve been so scared of the birthing process. Reading this really makes me feel like I can do it, too! And makes me less scared of “what could happen”. Thank you for sharing this with us! xoxo


emily     at 12:20 am

What a beautiful and mesmerizing story! You are so blessed with your two sweet baby boys.


Elise     at 7:19 am

Thank you Emily for your story. I’m 18 weeks pregnant and the experience you describe so beautifully made me cry in joy at the miracle and anticipation for my own labor and the beginning of my husband’s and my family beginning in April. I love the way you write too. Thanks again and congratulations to you and your family :).


Dana     at 7:15 pm

That first picture of him nursing is beautiful. Congratulations!


Betsy     at 8:28 pm

What an amazing and beautiful birth story! You are so strong and should be so proud of yourself! Congratulations!


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What a beautiful story! Your son’s birth sounds
so much like my first labor. Congratulations to you
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Marissa     at 7:30 pm

So awesome! My labor was similar in that my baby came so fast! Congrats mama!


Lauren @ sassy molassy     at 10:35 pm

Emily, this was such a great recap of Graham’s birth story. Thanks for sharing. I definitely got teary near the end just imagining the four of you walking out of the hospital. Makes me excited to someday become a mom.


Amelia     at 1:04 pm

Huge congratulations, Emily! What a sweet story. You are a champ for pushing out a 9 lb 12 oz baby in just under 4 hours. Wow! Hugs to you all.


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Anna - Piper's Run     at 3:38 pm

Wow, what an amazing birth story to share (very similar to my 2nd babies arrival; we have two girls. Congratulations on becoming a family of four! Your birth story made me laugh, cry and feel a lot of emotion. Enjoy the ride!


Rachel     at 9:17 am

I have followed you for a very long time. I have never cried harder than I did reading this post. I cannot express how much of an inspiration you are. Keep it up, your followers love you.


Padma     at 8:23 pm

Hi Emily,
I stumpled upon your blog looking for a recipe for masala burger, but your writing is so brilliant that I read many of your posts tonight. This one is the best; I cried, laughed and relived my baby’s “birth” day which was about 15 months ago.


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Amanda     at 8:21 am

I followed your blog with my first pregnancy as we were pregnant at the same time. I haven’t signed back on in 1 1/2 years and hadn’t known you had another. This story was beautiful. My husband and I are now expecting our second so this touched me even more. Especially the parts about how you handled your last moments with Cullen and when he first met his brother. Beautiful.


Emily Malone Reply:

Oh wow, welcome back! Congrats to you on your next arrival! :)


Becca     at 8:03 am

Hi, Emily! Great job with the blog – and with your lovely family! I learned this week that we’re expecting a second child, two years after our first son – and just wanted to tell you how I enjoyed rereading this post. You capture the huge range of emotions so well. Hope our family is able to transition as gracefully as the Malone’s! All the best.


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Kristi     at 5:30 pm

I wanted to thank you for sharing your birth story! I read birth stories nonstop during each of my pregnancies, and I actually prayed that I would have a fast, natural labor just like this one. I knew I wanted to give birth without an epidural, and I figured the best way to do something so painful was to do it fast! My prayer was answered. My water broke at 5:45, I arrived at the hospital at 7:45, and my baby was on my chest by 8:29. As incredibly painful and challenging as labor was, it is one of my favorite memories. Anyway, thank you for sharing your story!


Elizabeth     at 9:19 am

Emily, you are such a talented writer. I have loved reading all of your pregnancy updates as I have gone through my own pregnancy…and just today I read Cullen and Graham’s birth stories. Wow, they are so different! Both are so beautifully written. Thank you for sharing your stories in such detail – it puts my mind at ease as I prepare for my own labor in just a few weeks!


Emily Malone Reply:

Thank you so much! :) Wishing you healthy, speedy thoughts for your labor!


Jessica     at 10:10 am

I have never read your website before (stumbled on here looking for info on the Bob snack tray) and never, ever post comments, but I’m sitting here crying away and just had to tell you how beautiful this was to read. I’m expecting my second in a few weeks so it may be the hormones, but your description of the delivery and the two boys meeting each other was so moving. Thank you.


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