A Christmas Evie Miracle

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Our little family is feeling so incredibly blessed this Christmas! Daughter #3, Evelyn Jane, was born yesterday morning and I will never, ever forget the experience. Here's the play-by-play, for those of you who are interested (and not squeamish about terms like "dilation" and "afterbirth"):



{Keep in mind that, as of Christmas Eve, I was a whole week overdue and extremely frustrated with my OB doctors. I had been in and out of early labor contraction patterns for almost two weeks and was dilated to a 3.5 as of Sunday the 20th. I was so DONE with being pregnant and I was feeling guilty about my mom, dad, and sister, who had come to Delaware to meet the baby a week earlier. We all wanted this baby to come out!!}


7:15 a.m. – I wake up. My husband, Michael, is getting dressed for work. We had been up talking and praying (and me crying) until the wee hours of the morning. He looks at me, surprised, when I whisper that I think today’s going to be the day.


7:20 a.m. - Still laying in bed, I have my first contraction, but I've grown skeptical over the past two weeks. I have a doctor’s appointment at 8:30 and I’m worried they’ll make me wait longer if I'm not yet in active labor. The hospital does not schedule inductions on holidays or weekends, and my family was leaving on Sunday. I’m feeling anxious, but decide to get up and get ready for my appointment, hoping that I have another good contraction soon.


7:27 a.m. - The second contraction comes seven minutes after the first. My hopes for real labor without an induction are increasing.


7:50 a.m. – I get out of the shower and the contractions are coming pretty strong. They are increasingly painful but I figure that I’ve got some time because my water hasn’t broken yet. (This was my first experience with back labor - not fun.) Michael and I decide that this is the real deal and we should probably just go straight to the hospital. He calls my doctor to advise them that I won’t be making my appointment. The plan is to get ready for the day, drop off some stuff at Michael’s work, and head down to the hospital.


8:00 a.m. - I put on some make up and start to blow dry my hair, chatting with my family in between contractions. My mom wants my 20 year-old sister to see my labor pains and we all joke about how this is the ultimate birth control! Everyone gets excited that the baby is finally coming! We all hope together that she will arrive sometime before that evening so that I have a chance of spending at least some of Christmas Day with my other girls at home.


8:15 a.m. – Contractions are really starting to hurt and they are coming faster. It takes all my focus to manage the pain. I try as hard as I can to relax and breathe low. There is less chatting and joking with my family - it was game time. New plan: Michael calls a co-worker and asks him to swing by our house to pick up some paperwork because we need to head to the hospital right away. I'm still convinced there is time though because my water had not yet broken. I brush my teeth and pack my toiletries bag for the hospital.


8:35 a.m. – It feels like there is no break between my contractions. They come one after another. Somehow, using all my willpower, and with Michael and my dad on each arm, we make it down the stairs and out the front door. My water breaks during a particularly hard contraction on the front porch and all I can manage to yell is “Water!!” Michael runs inside to grab my water bottle and suddenly realizes that I am talking about a different water.


8:36 a.m. – I’m absolutely frozen in pain on the porch. Even though our hospital is about two blocks away, it felt like it might as well have been in another state. My legs start to shake and give and I blurt out "I need to push - NOW!" My dad (a family doctor in Arizona who also does OB) says, “Looks like we’re having this baby right here.” Thank goodness he was with us!


8:40 a.m. – We get back in the house and head for the living room. Michael and my dad lay me down on my ottoman (you remember my ottoman…). The baby is crowning. I start pushing, with my sister holding my back up and Michael and my mom holding my legs.


8:54 a.m. – Baby Evie is born in my living room, two feet from our Christmas tree. There is not a dry eye in the place. We tie the cord with dental floss (no clean shoelaces available) and Michael cuts it with my trusty pair of sewing scissors (sanitized with Purell, of course). All of the clean towels have been used already, so we wrap her in a beach towel. Evelyn is absolute perfection and I am so in love.



8:56 a.m. – The doorbell rings! Its Michael’s co-worker, coming to pick up the paperwork. My mom and sister quickly hold up a sheet to block the view before the front door is opened. The conversation is very brief and sort of awkward, I'm sure, for Michael's co-worker. He becomes the first person to find out the baby has just been born.


8:58 a.m. – A rustle at the top of the stairs. Thankfully, both of my girls had stayed up late the night before and had slept through all the commotion of the morning. Claire (my two-year old) is awake now and shouts from the landing "Hey guys! What's goin' on?!" We direct Claire's attention to the baby as she rounds the corner, so that she doesn’t notice the afterbirth just then being caught in my (formerly) favorite casserole dish. Grace (my four-year old) comes downstairs shortly thereafter. The girls begin presenting Evie with pacifiers, blankets, toys, and presents from under the tree. We decide that we should probably still go to hospital to have everyone checked out.


9:45 a.m. – We arrive at the hospital and there are no wheelchairs so we walk up to the labor and delivery wing and announce, “I just had a baby. Where should I go?”



10:00 a.m – We are checked out by the doctors and nurses and the results all come back great. Evie weighed in at a whopping 9 lbs even!! We recount our story about 20 times. A guy comes in and takes my picture with Evie in a giant Christmas stocking ((awesome)) for the Dover newspaper. After a few short hours at the hospital, we are cleared to head back home happily to spend Christmas as a family. Hooray!



The rest of Christmas Eve is full of BBC chick flicks, my mom's famous Swedish meatballs and collective head-shaking. I am SO not a home birth kind of gal, but the experience was nothing short of life-changing and completely spiritual for me and my family.


The birth of any baby is amazing and miraculous, but we're all feeling a special connection to sweet Evelyn Jane, our little Christmas Evie.



Thank you for all your love and support. I have the best readers and I truly appreciate each and every one of you!!


Lots of love and Merry Christmas,

jenny

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DeShawn & Sara said...

One Thousand Congratulations...she's beautiful. A Christmas miracle indeed! :)

Amanda said...

I am speechless!! What a true blessing. Congratulations to you and your family. Happy to hear that mother and baby are well and healthy. She is beautiful. Enjoy this special time with your family.

Adrianna said...

God bless you, your family + your new baby! What a wonderful Christmas present. She was just waiting for the right time to make her grand entrance. And boy did she ever. Congratulations :o)

Wanderluster said...

Oh my, what a dramatic entrance for Evelyn Jane! And what a fun story you will have to recount at every Christmas. So good to hear that everyone is healthy and doing well. I'm sure you'll never quite look at your ottoman nor casserole dish quite the same.

What a beautiful baby. Congratulations!

Madcap said...

I haven't commented before, but I've been checking constantly to see how things are. What a fabulous story! Congratulations to all of you, and what a beautiful baby!

Callie said...

Oh my goodness what an incredible story!!! So glad everyone is healthy!

Now I have to ask, what are your plans for that ottoman???

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

So beautiful (the story and the baby)!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome Christmas story with us all :)

Aimee said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing Christmas gift! Welcome, Evelyn!!!

The Waits said...

Beautiful! I am so happy for you and your family! Merry Christmas!

nkp said...

That is the most amazing, wonderous miracle for certain. I'm shedding some serious tears here. Congratulations! She is beautiful!

Emma said...

spectacular! congratulations!!!

nkp said...

That is the most amazing, wonderous miracle for certain. I'm shedding some serious tears here. Congratulations! She is beautiful!

Susan said...

What an amazing story! Got a little teary there! Can't imagine being in your shoes--congrats!! :)

Mrs. Petrie said...

WOW!! I'm expecting next month and your story was inspiring. Evelyn is beautiful. Congratulations.

Clare said...

That is unreal!! What a crazy story! Congratulations to you and your family. Merry Christmas!

Elizabeth said...

i dont think i've ever commented before, but wow. what a story! beautiful baby and beautiful story. thanks for sharing.

Tricia said...

A Christmas miracle, indeed. Congratulations to your sweet family. Evie is beautiful! What a perfect little angel. You look quite miraculous yourself, btw. Merry Christmas to your happy family.

XO*Tricia

Laurie said...

OMG!!!! Congratulations! What an amazing experience! Best wishes to you and your entire family--what a Christmas miracle.

Toria said...

I'm crying! What an amazing experience and story and I'm so happy for your Christmas miracle. Evie (Evelyn) is the PERFECT name. I am speechless. Thank you for sharing and congratulations to all of you!!!
We miss you and hope to meet up sometime in the next year or so?!?!

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful experience! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us! Many congratulations, and may God bless you!

HMB said...

That has too be the BEST xmas story ever!! I read it to my husband and we just sat there in complete awe!!
Congrats and God bless to a wonderful little Xmas gift ;)

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing your story... an especially great one for Christmas :). Congrats and enjoy your new little one!!

Mrs. Limestone said...

Congratulations - she is beautiful!

dr said...

Congratulations! Welcome to the world baby Evie!

Brenda said...

I am crying. What a beautiful and amazing story. SHe is beautiful and you look amazing. Congrats!!!

Robin said...

Beautiful baby and an amazing story! Merry Christmas and congratulations...God is good!!

Jenny said...

Congratulations! That is such a beautiful story. A great way to end my Christmas day.

Jill said...

wow...that's so incredible! congrats on the new little bundle of joy! she's adorable :)

merry christmas!

Jules said...

Amazing!! Congratulations to you and your family. And you look gorgeous in the pictures, to boot! :)

Katie said...

Congratulations!! Evie is beautiful!

Mrs. Jetplane said...

Congrats to you & your family...It was most definitely a Christmas miracle...

Kat said...

She's beautiful and so are you! What an amazing story! Congrats on your perfect little Christmas miracle!!!

Candied Fabrics said...

Wow! What an amazing story, whant an amazing family! Congratulations to you all! A Christmas Eve miracle indeed!

lindsey said...

you are officially supermom! a baby is alwaysalwaysalways a blessing, but what a fun story she will have to tell. i hope the rest of your Christmas was just as wonderful!

brynalexandra said...

oh my gosh.... I'm so speechless! I've said it probably a million times, but you are such an inspiration to me creatively, and more importantly, as a strong woman! You are so blessed. This was such a Christmas miracle, thank you so much for sharing your story... I'll never forget it as long as I live!

jtbrown said...

Congratulations and it sounds as though it was a beautiful birth!

Re:Fresh Design Studio said...

wow, that is quite the story! I'm so glad everything went ok despite the last minute change in plans. What a blessing!

Merry Christmas!

Salsa Mama said...

You are so amazing, Jen!! Merry Christmas to all of you. (I'm so glad your dad was there, too!) What a blessing to have your little one with you...finally! :) She is so beautiful.

MMW said...

Oh I'm crying. What a beautiful story! Congratulations on your little miracle. Happy Christmas,
xoxo MMW

Cereal In My Stiletto said...

That is an incredible story!! Wow, congratulations and Merry Christmas!!

Kate Wangsgard said...

Holy cow. This is amazing. I love that you had her on your ottoman. And the afterbirth in a casserole dish. It is just too perfect to be true. She's beautiful. Congratulations!

zinke said...

I have been following your blog FOREVER and I just adore your work!

You have me in tears; I love this story and I thank you so much for sharing it with just enough details! God is a God of Miracles, and it looks like you're holding your very own miracle now!

Congratulations!

The Glam Lamb said...

That story is awesome!!! Congratulations to you and your family. I just read this to my boyfriend - we both are laughing and can't believe what a great story this is!!!

Steph said...

Most craziest, amazing, beautiful birth story ever! Congratulations on your Christmas Evie miracle! She is gorgeous!

rhilborn said...

Wow! Congratulations:). What an amazing wonder of God in little Evelyn's birth.

sketch42 said...

Oh My GOD! I feel like you are kidding, but obviously you arent! That is an amazing story!!! What a way to enter the world kiddo!!! Good luck to you and your family!!!!

Melissa Stover said...

that's the best birth/christmas story ever.

Sharnel said...

Seriously moving birth story. Made all the more special with your family being present and it being Christmas Eve.
So beautiful.
Merry Christmas Jen to you and your growing family.
x

allegra said...

best christmas story ever. CONGRATULATIONS! what an amazing little story- got me teary eyed! She is soo gorgeous and glad she came at home when you had helpers/family before they left! what perfect timing! chubby babies are the cutest! she's so perfect. rest up and i'll pray for a healthy recovery!

thanks for your help on paint by the way! you are such a sweetie to help a girl out:)

merry christmas to you and your new baby girl

Laura said...

A beautiful story, and a beautiful little girl. What an amazing Christmas! Congratulations.

Kara Camille said...

Oh my goodness--what an amazing story. Congratulations--she's perfect. I love her name, so sweet and fitting! I'll be telling your famous story, seriously unreal! Wishing you the best!!

jomama said...

your story made me cry. congratulations! it's so special to have a newborn around during this special season.

Felicia & Brandon said...

What an amazing story! Congrats to all of your family!

Anna said...

Jenny! Congratulations! She is perfect! I couldn't even comment right away as my eyes were filled with tears. I'm just so happy for you and your family. What a miracle! I'm Anna, the girl who emailed you a few days ago on the 21st and told you "I'll be thinking of you and hoping she arrives soon...maybe she just wants to give you a christmas present on christmas day!" And boy did she ever give you a wonderful Christmas present, miracle and memory...I don't think your casserole dish will ever be the same though! :) Again, congratulations!

Beth said...

Hi
Wow! I stumbled upon your blog not too long ago and have been checking each day to see if you had your baby... OMG! What an amazing story! Congratulations to you and your family!!!
I hope you and your family are doing well. Thanks for inviting us into your world.

simply seleta said...

Oh my goodness!!! What an incredible {and tear jerking} story! I cannot believe how many things perfectly fell into to place...it's right out of a book. And was a blessing each step of the way. Sending hugs and warm wishes to your family!

You're going to love having three little ones. I now have four. :-)

Nathalie said...

Wonderful! Congratulations! You look amazing as well...

Sofia said...

Congratulations!
Thanks for sharing this miracle with us. An amazing Christmas tale!The baby is so beautiful and you two together are the image of hapiness.

Sofia

Maria said...

Amazing, awesome, spectacular Jenny. You are a rockstar girl and a continued inspiration. Congrats and she is just perfect!

emily said...

Congratulations - what a wonderful way for such a beautiful little girl to enter the world - surrounded by love, family, and Christmas presents!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Wow, what an amazing story!! I gave birth to Stella Josephine on Nov 23rd, and your story makes me want to do it again!!

Congratulations!!! What a wonderful Christmas present!! :)

ZoeB said...

I ve been checking each day. What a fantastic entrance!A wonderful present under the tree ! Hope your ottoman survived the experience.
Congratlations
ZoeB

my favorite and my best said...

that is beyond awesome and now i am crying. how amazing. and how lucky you are.
congrats.
she is beautiful.

pve design said...

She (and the mother) are glowing!
what a special Christmas Evie!

Andie said...

I just barely started reading. It was the Rhode Island bedroom. Because I am "here" (RI!), and I WANT ONE! But that is another story for another day. Welcome beautiful baby. What a GREAT story. I've been checking in all week. I would have just been relieved for you for her to be here. UNDER THE TREE on Christmas Eve! Fabulous!

Annmarie said...

OH MY GOD. What a beautiful story! Congratulations!! What a job well done by you and your entire family! WOW.

leigh said...

Oh wow!! What a Merry Christmas!! Congratulations!!! She's beautiful and so is her name. Happy New Year and blessings to you and your new addition!

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

Oh my, what a story and what a precious little Christmas present! Welcome Baby Evelyn!

Darby said...

Jenny!! Oh my goodness...I absolutely cannot believe it! What a miracle sweet Evie is indeed! I am rejoicing with you and your sweet family this Christmas! So proud you and glad you were able to have such an AWESOME birth experience, especially after all that waiting and disappointment. The Lord truly heard your prayers!!! What Christmas miracle she is!!! Congrats to you and the whole family!!

erika said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!!! BEST STORY I'VE HEARD/READ IN A LONG TIME! Many congrats and lots of love to you!!!!

Kelly and Kimberly said...

I am freaking out!! I cannot believe that happened. I must hear this story from you AND Michael in person sometime. That would be so awesome. Now I'm all nervous that I'm going to have my little girl at home. I don't have a doctor here at my house, you see? Maybe your Dad could just come stay at my house for a couple of weeks. Hopefully I will have plenty of time to pack up the boys (yes, because I don't have any friends yet...sob) and get to the hospital. Okay, I'm starting to panic. I better go read up on giving birth. Congratulations guys! She's so beautiful and we're so happy for you! And is that a Komenda chut on her? If so, I bet Sis. Komenda is going to be pretty excited.

Sabrina said...

WOW!! What a story to tell for years and years!!! Truly a Christmas Miracle! Congratulations!!!

pegr said...

I am such a cornball,crying with joy for you & your lovely family to have been so blessed. Beautiful!

anna said...

Jennica,

What a special miracle. I am so happy for you and your family. I know that that little girl was meant to come right then and there. What a blessing to have your dad! and the rest of your family participate in such an incredible experience. It makes me cry thinking of that sweet, special little Spirit. She is beautiful.

Love,
Anna

Melissa said...

Well, of course I'm crying. I just somehow KNEW that you would birth so quickly (although I did not imagine it would be at your own front door!) That pattern of extended early labor couldn't have meant anything else! What an amazing blessing for you and your family!

Jen Kershner said...

That is the most amazing birth story I've ever heard. You couldn't make that stuff up! I'm so happy for you and your family and your Christmas miracle!

mandy said...

That is truly the best birth story I have ever heard! Love it & glad you were able to be home on Christmas.

Melanie said...

What a great story she will have to tell as she goes through life. How wonderful that she was born on Christmas Eve, at home, in about 2 mins.:) I am glad that everything worked out get.

My husband and I were born on the same day, 11 hrs. apart, in the same hospital. He says that I have been chasing him since the nursery:)

Meryy Christmas.

Terese said...

OH. MY. GOSH!!!! I can't believe your story!!! That is the best one I have ever heard. I'm so glad things worked out well in the end. She is perfection! I can't type with the tears in my eyes! Congratulations. What an amazing experience! And on your ottoman!!?! hilarious! I love the name. Perfect with G and C's. We are so happy for you guys. That is so amazing! Now I have to go back and read this again!

LoveLaCroix said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful story to be able to tell for years! And I love the name to go with it. What a wonderful Christmas present!

Fancy Nancy Chronicles said...

What a wonderful Evie story ... and to have your family there surrounding you? ~ what a forever memory. Rich blessings to you this year!

b.ellen said...

WOW!!! Isn't God Amazing!!! This is so crazy because I had a very very simular experience two weeks ago with the birth our newest son. I'm still working up the courage to share my story... (= Enjoy your sweet little one Blessings to your family, Barbara

Em said...

Oh congrats! So glad to hear you are both healthy and that you were able to spend Christmas with your family. (And that she came while your family was still in town)

Black Zebra said...

I am crying ,rejoicing and laughing all at the same time!! CONGRATULATIONS! Girl, you are a Soldier!

Rebecca Jo said...

That is the most amazing story I've heard!!! A Christmas memory you'll never forget - that's for sure!

your comment about the formerly favorite casserole dish made me chuckle in the midst of tearing up! ;)

So excited for you & family... congratulations!!!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Wow! Congratulations on your new sweet baby.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

CONGRATULATIONS!

I just read much of this entry out loud to my boyfriend's family. They loved it! Thank you so much for sharing with us. The pictures are lovely!

Grace said...

What an amazing story you will tell your daughter when she grows up! So glad to hear you had a safe and wonderful delivery, congratulations to you and your family.

Jillian said...

AMAZING!!!!! So, so happy for you!

Averyl said...

Congratulations and MERRY CHRISTMAS! That was quite a dramatic entrance that evelyn made!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Truly. Amazing. Unbelievably-special, Christmas miracle birth story!
Evie is beautiful!!
Many blessings to you and yours!

Way to go, Mommy!!!

Leah said...

congratulations! serious tears here. you & your evie are beautiful! wishing you and your family the best.

RLG said...

By the time you mentioned your ottoman, I was literally screaming! LOL Congratulations! So glad your dad was there to help you. xoxo

Ati Okelo said...

Wow! What a beautiful story. I have never commented on your blog, but have been a regular reader, and kept checking in to see if the baby is here yet. Evie sure knows how to make an entrance- at home! Surrounded by wonderful people, and a beautiful place. She is lovely. Congratulations. I can stop being teary now :)

p.s. you are the most 'refreshed-looking' mom I have ever seen!

Shelley said...

That is one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read. Congratulations to you & your lovely family. What a Christmas to remember, the true meaning of Christmas, a childs birth.

Jana said...

WOW!! That is the best Christmas/birth story ever. Congratulations and God bless you all!

hcharnock said...

So Amazing! I had to read it to my husband. She is beautiful and you sound like you have a wonderful family. God is so good. :)

mintagehome said...

what a great story! Blessings to all of you!

Law of Attraction said...

Amazing. Congratulations. Happy Christmas.

stephanie said...

Oh my goodness. Good luck topping this Christmas gift next year. What a wonderful story. Enjoy your wonderful time with your family!

Natasha said...

I've never commented on your blog before, I usually just stalk you for decorating ideas, but today I have to tell you that's one of the best stories I've ever heard! I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes while my daughter & hubby nap. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Erfs said...

Wow! What a story! So glad everyone is happy and safe. Congratulations :)

Stephanie Sabbe said...

Wow! Congrats! That is such an amazing story and I love the name Evie.

Anne said...

Congratulations, Jenny! What an amazing birth story. It is such an encouragement to be reminded of how God truly did fashion our bodies to birth the particular babies we are given, often times with little to no medical intervention!!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way of having your baby! Congratulations and have a fantastic time with her, I think you just convinced me to have another baby :)

Jamie said...

What a beautiful baby girl and an awesome birth story! Congratulations on your newest addition and I am so glad that everyone is healthy and happy.

Rachel @ Pencil Shavings said...

O
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That is THE most amazing birth story I have ever heard. What an amazing Christmas blessing - surely a story you will be recounting for her entire life!

God's greatest blessings to you and your family this Christmas.

mrs. olson said...

Congratulations!!! That is so awesome. How perfect your Dad could be there!!

L.Duncan@home23duncanboys said...

OMG! what a wonderful story and birth! Congrats!!!


BTW, Love the name!

~Country Lady~ said...

What a delightful story! Your little girl is absolutely adorable. This is an amazing entry to the world. She'll always have stories to tell. She's a true gift from God!!

KellyB said...

Such an uplifting story. She truly is a precious Christmas gift. Congratulations and so glad everyone is doing well.

Kay* said...

wow! what a story!! congratulations!

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said...

What a wonderful story of her birth! Her name is perfect and she is very beautiful! Congratulations! This will definitely be a birth to remember! I'm so glad everything worked out so well.

Bethany Miller said...

Well done mama!! Yah for home birhs, especially accidental ones!! Evie is absolutely and utterly precious!!

Caroline said...

Amazing. I am stunned by your grace through all of this! Congratulations to you, your family & little Evie!

Anna See said...

Oh my goodness! What a Christmas Miracle!

La Maison Fou said...

OMG!!!
That brings a tear to my eyes! Please enjoy the holiday & she is beautiful!!!
Pass on congrats to the steady hands of the two helpers as well. That is an amazing story,
bless you & your family!
Leslie

Allison Hasel said...

Congratulations! What wonderful, sweet birth story. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

Cricket said...

Wonderful!!! Congratulations. What an AMAZING story!
Little Christmas angel....

Katie said...

WOW! What a blessing! A little Christmas present! :) Enjoy!

Mary Catherine Sears said...

What a wonderful Christmas blessing! Congratulations to you and your family!

Emily A. Clark said...

It's official! You are the ultimate DO-IT-YOURSELF-ER! :) I cannot believe how wonderful this story is and how fitting it is for you to give birth on that beautiful ottoman. Congratulations to you and your sweet family. Way to go, mama!

Elizabeth B said...

Amazing story! thanks for sharing!

Desiree Wong said...

Congratulations!! I was tearing up reading it and seeing the beautiful pictures!! Is there anything better to fill a stocking with?! :)

Lindsey said...

WOW!!! I am in tears reading this sweet and amazing story! Congratulations and way to go! All the best to you all in the coming weeks.

Ashley said...

Oh wow!!! Congratulations! What a beautiful story!! So glad that your whole family was there to share and enjoy this priceless memory!!

Clare McDermott said...

Amazing!!! What an incredible, beautiful story. And so funny to see the old ottoman in the picture! Congratulations! So happy for you.

Davis and Suzanne said...

WOW! That is the best story!!! Congrats! SHE IS BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
SO excited about my Christmas gift from my husband...I look forward to having you help me:)
Enjoy this time.

Suzanne Brister

Chuck said...

Jen you are amazing!! I just love her so much and am so glad that you both are doing so well and that you were able to spend Christmas with your family. What a wonderful and beautiful experience for you and your family. We love you guys so much! Thanks for sharing your story and some pictures. I have been dying to hear your side of the story and finally see some picture of sweet Evie!
Love you!
Kristine

Rowena said...

That is almost exactly my story with my second, named Ivy, coincidentally very close to Evie! I think I was in early labor for a month. Then one middle of the night, the pains came, I waited an hour before calling my father to babysit, since I'd had false pains all month. Then before he could get there, the pains were coming every other minute and I told my husband to call 911. Ivy showed up before the paramedics, with only hubbie to catch. No OB dad, unfortunately.
If my dad had gotten there earlier, I might have had her on the Williamsburg bridge, and named her Willamina Bridget in honor.
But instead, we rode to the hospital and delivered the afterbirth there. All was fine, and the midwife at the hospital told me that when babies come so fast, everything is usually fine.

Congratulations and enjoy your Evie.

amyks said...

AMAZING! That has got to be the best Christmas present ever, delivered right there in your living room with your family around to support you. Congratulations, it doesn't get any better than that. Much love to you and your family.
PS love her name, and how appropriate:)

Team Komenda said...

We cannot wait to meet little Evie! We are so proud and impressed by you! We cannot stop thinking about all of you! We love you all so much! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Love love love from AZ,
XOXO,
Matt, Kenzi, Eric, and Holly!

Anonymous said...

your story is so amazing and and beautiful....oh goodness...
Congratulations!

Casey said...

wow! Congratulations on your baby girl! what an amazing Christmas present :)

Joi said...

Wow. What a beautiful story. Congratulations. : )

asenseofplace said...

Congratulations, she is beautiful!

kd44 said...

that is an incredible story! I had a similar labor myself a year ago (though we did make it to the hospital! :) and it's just amazing what our bodies can do. she is beautiful and such a precious gift :) congratulations!!!

Celeste Lux said...

Congradulations! I can relate...my son was born under simular conditions 5-1/2 years ago---on our stairs no less with my husband attending (no doctor in sight). I loved your story, you told it so well, and it will be something you will NEVER forget I promise you. It's amazing how natural childbirth is isn't it?

You Are My Fave said...

I cannot believe this story. Hooray for you and the entire family. Enjoy your new little one.

VidaModa said...

what a true christmas miracle! Evelyn Jane is just lovely:) Happy to hear that both you and your family are doing well...Happy Holidays!

I am Stacey... said...

That was an amazing story - one that I'm sure you and your new daughter will treasure forever.

Jeremy and Mindy said...

Wow, amazing. You have a great story. I'm so so happy for you. PS - you look gorgeous for having just given birth, SO SO jealous.

Anonymous said...

Another Christmas gift (my cousin´s birthday is also at this date)!!! I was crying reading your message. Big congratulations to you and to your family!!!!!! Happy New Year Dear. Jana

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

Oh, my goodness!! You don't know me, but I've been enjoying your blog for a while now. This story is just amazing. Makes me so teary-eyed! Also makes me want a home birth . . . and I'm already done having kids!! LOL! Congratulations!! I'm so jealous!! Ha!

liko said...

what a wonderful birth story!!! i'm glad all went well and mom and baby are healthy and happy!!

heidi @ wonder woman wannabe said...

WOW!! That is quite a story! What a special memory...glad you are all well!

Brandi said...

Wow Jenny, that's crazy, and so cool! What a special memory. Congratulations!

Renee said...

She looks like Mike. Absolutely the best Christmas Eve story I've ever heard. Funny, because I just wrote on Mike's FB wall about how the best Christmas stories involve babies born in snowstorms. Wrong. Best Christmas stories go exactly exactly like this. So glad mom and baby are safe, happy, and healthy.

Courtney said...

Amazing! Absolutely amazing!

Congratulations to you, your husband, and your whole family on that gorgeous little miracle of yours!

Renee said...

Also, when I say this is the best Christmas story, I mean short of the Nativity. But I feel like that was assumed. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! After having four kids I still get choked up at birth stories but this one takes the cake! My sister and I always joke that you are Super-Woman.......now it's official!!!!

Jake and Jenna said...

i am currently 38 weeks pregnant and can't even hardly handle this post! i am so proud of you and don't even know you! i cannot imagine that pain--but it looks like you just took it like a champ. what a miracle that you dad was there. congrats on a beautiful baby. i love how you call her your christmas evie. it's so perfect.

Ann said...

What an amazing story. Welcome to baby Evelyn. What a blessing she is.

Christine said...

Congratulations! It's a real miracle, I'm so happy for your family.

Pat B. said...

This is my favorite post EVER on any blog I've ever read. I am sitting here with tears in my eyes for the beautiful story that you so graciously shared with us.

Please thank your beautiful new little one and her 2 big sisters for sharing you and your talents with us all here in blogland.

Best wishes to you all at this most joyous and blessed time of year.

Sincerely,
Pat B.

Michelle said...

What a fantastic story!!! So glad it all turned out so well. Beautiful little one . . . Congrats!

Eileen said...

WOW WOW WOW! This story is amazing, and you LOOK amazing for just having had natural childbirth so unexpectedly! Congratulations to you and your family!

Erin from "skoots and cuddles" said...

Congratulations to you and your family! Evie is beautiful and I'm amazed by your wonderful Christmas story! Best Wished for a blessed 2010!

Rachael said...

Totally in tears right now. Wonderful story, and I am just glad that you and the baby are okay! This Christmas has been a Christmas FULL of Christmas miracles...loved hearing yours...and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the name!

Meg said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift and story! Congratulations! Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to you and your beautiful family!

kdnana said...

WOW... great story. CONGRATS. I'm glad it was a short labor and well worth every painful second. Imagine, having her at home. I love how Evie is short for Evelyn and Christmas Eve. Did you plan for her name to be Evelyn?

Seriously, loved the story and soooo very happy for your new addition.

All my best,
Keidy

jordan said...

Hooray for you! I love the name.

marilynl said...

Oh my!! Congratulations! So glad your Dad was there. Glad everything went well. You are blessed.

Southern Aspirations said...

oh my goodness, Congratulations! I cannot believe that you had her at home. YAY that your dad was there and that all went well. Congrats again= what a great Christmas gift!

VictoriaArt said...

There is always a big surprise hidden, when it comes to childbirth! Amazing and well done! I am happy it went rather smoothly and thank goodness for all the right help and support at hand! Congratulations, she looks like sheer perfection! And you too! You look wonderful and happy and reliefed! I am so glad she is with you all now!

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!
May Evelyn Jane grow to become a beautiful woman, inside and out!
Blessings for your family!

XX
Victoria

Seeker said...

You only *thought* you weren't a "home-birthing type of gal"!

I had all three of my girls at home (planned) and it got better every time...wouldn't change a thing!

How wonderful that your family was there to share the experience :)

Welcome, beautiful Evelyn Jane!

(I have an Isabelle Jane :)

boops said...

omg!!!! how wonderful and congratulations! what a lovely memory for you and your family! :)

michelle said...

congratulations!

Deanna Divino said...

I just started reading (or stalking) your blog and this is my favorite post yet! Congrats! Evie is just GORGEOUS!

Paula said...

Hi Jenny. I found your page via Darlene at The Only Thing Worth Walking Toward. Congratulations. What a heart story and incredible post. Truly a blessing, and I do love her name! Paula

Marija @ Holding Court said...

I recently found your blog and I'm so glad I did so in time to read this post! Major congratulations. My middle name is Eva and I've always loved it but I would have loved it even more had I been born on Christmas Eve and I went by Evie!

Looking forward to more pics of that beautiful baby!

PS, I have to tell you, you have great taste, I think my daughter's bedroom wallpaper is the same as your header :)

Congrats again!

Debra said...

You so made me cry with this story. Congrats!!!!!!

Carey said...

Congratulations! What an amazing story. Evelyn is beautiful and you are just glowing! Hard to believe you just gave birth. Cheers!

Petertammenson said...

That is fabulous!! She is beautiful! What a wonderful experience for your entire family! God bless and happy healing!

Nikki said...

Congratulations! Love the name you chose, what a beautiful Christmas present!

Sheila said...

Amazing, amazing story. I'm SO thrilled for you and your family! She's gorgeous - congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on such a beautiful baby, and such an amazing birth story! You are truly blessed!

The Drama Mama said...

OH. MY. GOODNESS. I just found your blog (blog hopping), what an A*M*A*Z*I*N*G story...WOW! Praying for your precious family of 5! What a Christmas miracle!

Sarah said...

Wow! That is an incredible birth story! I'm sure you're thrilled to finally have her here. Congrats! Evie is adorable!

Anonymous said...

My mouth dropped! Jenny- I started following your blog a few months ago. My sister and I love your taste and laugh at how much you remind us of ourselves with all of your $ saving techniques.
Anyways- what a story!!! What a great experience for you and your whole family...congratulations, and have a fun with your sweet new miracle.

Karin said...

I don't know you, and although I read your wonderful blog daily I don't think I've ever commented before, but I just had to tell you that your beautiful story had me crying real tears of joy for you. Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby and best of luck! BTW - you look fabulous!!
Karin

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Wow, what a story, I loved hearing all of this. Big congrats to you and your family. She is a beauty and I know this has to be such a special time for your family. Miracle, yes!

paula said...

so you just may be my hero. The story brought tears to my eyes. she is absolutely gorgeous. Congratulations Jenny. I am so proud of you, although I may never see your ottoman the same way again:)

Iliana said...

Really got chills reading the beautiful birth story. So amazing!

Jennifer said...

Jenny,
All we can say is wow! You are so blessed to have such an amazing experience, surprising and scary as it was. My sister and I love reading your blog! I awoke with a call from my sister telling me you had your baby and all about your exciting Christmas Eve morning. What a fantastic way to enter the world, worth every casserole dish and ottoman!!!
Love, Holly & Jenny
Milwaukee, WI

mommyto2 said...

Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful little girl! What a story!!

Natalie :)

Devon said...

I can honestly say that I was not expecting that story--what an amazing woman you are!! Congratulations to your entire family and please give a high five to your dad. Rock star timing on his part.

What a blessing.

Hello Lover... said...

Congratulations! What an amazing story to tell her someday! She is beautiful - love the cheeks!

Simon and Rachel Henry said...

I hope I would look 1/2 as beautiful right after giving birth as you did! I love your story and your easy-going attitude about it, although I'm sure you were freaking out!
Congratulations!
Rachel (a subscriber to your blog)

Tanya said...

What a woderful amazing story!! My husband still has the stocking he came home in 37 years ago. :) Thank you for sharing your story and your new baby girl is beautiful.

Paty said...

Congratulations!!!! She is so cute!!
Best regards,
Paty

Kyla said...

Congratulations Jenn.
It's an incredible story.
Kyla

Erik & Marcie +2 said...

Wow, what an unbelievable and amazing birth story!! Thank you so much for sharing. What a special blessing for Christmas. I am so glad you are all doing well!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Oh my goodness! What a tale indeed! From first contraction to delivery in literally minutes. I'm glad everything worked out for you guys. What a blessing she is and look at those sweet round cheeks! Looks like Christmas eve will forever more be the most special day for you guys. Congrats!

Bekah: said...

Tears are streaming down my face. I cannot imagine what a special expereince that was. Sweet little Evie. I love her name. You are an amazing woman. So glad your Dad was there. Congratulations!

Debe said...

Almost 200 comments and I will quickly add that I am in awe at your Christmas miracle. You must have felt some strong parallels! So your Christmases will now involve another wonderful birthday. So glad ALL is well!

Suertecita said...

Oh my gosh what a beautiful story. I'd been praying for you since your last post. I also had my baby on the way to the hospital. My first was born in our car right across the street from the hospital and its something I will never forget. God bless your family and that sweet little baby.

JJ said...

Oh my, what an amazing story! Never heard one like this, congrats! She is beautiful, and my, what cheeks she has!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

HOLY HECK! Now that's better than any TV Christmas specials we've been watching. Yay for dad who was there and knew what to do. Go you for delivering a 9 lb beauty at home with no pain meds. Congratulations...what a special Christmas eve to remember!

Abbie said...

What an amazing birth story! Congrats on your Christmas Eve baby!

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