The Birth Story

August 20, 2012

It all happened so fast but now I can’t imagine having to wait any longer to have Brooke in my life… thanks for coming early.

The first morning (Tuesday) I was in cali I started having small contractions but I just thought they were nothing and that they wouldn’t stay consistent.  I was so very wrong.  I went to do errands, treated myself to lunch and when I got back to our friends house I knew something was up.  The contractions were still far apart from each other and not that uncomfortable but I had a strong feeling that it was going to be time soon.  I called my mom and MIL and they immediately booked flights to come.  What would we do without family?

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Tuesday night was really tough.  I hung out on the ball for a while, took multiple baths (that helped big time) and didn’t sleep a wink.  I really didn’t want to go to the hospital too soon because I didn’t want to be turned away and have to come back home.  In the morning I took a shower, got ready and when my MIL came in to check on me I was hunched over the counter having a contraction and she said WE ARE GOING:)  I guess having 5 kids yourself helps you to become an expert on when it is time to go to the hospital.

We threw everything in our suitcases and drove the 30 minutes to the hospital.  PS road maker people, bumps in the road hurt women having contractions.  We forgot to grab bfast and so I ate a package of oreos in the car to fuel me.

They checked me out and took me in at about 7 Wednesday morning.  I was just beyond excited to be at the hospital and that I was admitted because that meant it wasn’t all in my head and that I was going to meet Brooke sooner than we thought.

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My MIL was there with me and we went on a walk around the hospital which made things progress a little bit.  We would walk for four minutes and we would be laughing and talking and then a contraction would come and I would turn into a beast and want to cry.  They were worse than I thought they would be.  Those of you that have given birth natural, WOW.  That is all I have to say.

I had the epidural at around 11 a.m. when I reached 7 cm.  It was night and day, I felt on top of the world.  The shot in the back didn’t even hurt and a few minutes later I was back to myself again.  I was tired because of not sleeping the night before and because of already having 24+ hours of contractions but the epidural let me take a nap (which slowed things down and was perfect to ensure everyone was there).


Remember how I was nervous about never meeting my doctor before?  She was INCREDIBLE.  I absolutely loved her, she was so encouraging and helpful.  I also had the PERFECT nurse.  He was beyond nice, he was also a runner and was better than I could have imagined.  They both made me feel like I was the only patient they had to see and gave me so much attention and care.

At about 4:10 they told me it was time to start pushing.  That scared me big time, I had no idea what to expect.  I actually went into the whole situation kind of naive and just wanting to have my own experience and live in the moment.

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I assumed that since I had the epidural everything would be easy.  Pushing for 50 minutes was the hardest thing I have ever done.  There wasn’t pain (more like pressure) but the actually act of pushing took so much strength, work and mental power.  It was way harder than a marathon (maybe I am just a wuss) but I think that pushing was really tiring.

The moment she came out I was completely overcome with emotions and felt like we had already been best friends forever.  I just kept feeling that this was so right.  My life was only going to get better and better.

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She came out ready to wave at the camera.   If you know me in real life then you know I talk and laugh really loud so Brooke has been hearing me for a long time and right away I could tell she recognized my voice.

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The doctors let us decide how long we wanted to hold her before they cleaned her and took her vitals etc.   I can honestly say it was the best 30 minutes of my life and just writing this is making me cry so hard because of how grateful I am for that time.  At this particular hospital the baby never leaves your sight the entire time you are there unless there are a lot of problems.  I was so happy about this because I think I held her 98% of the time we were at the hospital.  I didn’t want her to leave ever.

I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day.  Brooke is my world.

HilJo August 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

:) :) :) That is so awesome. What a blessing that the timing worked out so perfectly, and what a beautiful family!


Erica August 20, 2012 at 5:58 am

I was secretly hoping you would share the birth story. Thanks for sharing your life with us!


Leticia @ Running Around Hungry August 20, 2012 at 6:07 am

Thanks so much for sharing that day with us!! I am so happy for the three of you!! Hearing you talk about the contractions brought back memories from nine years ago…scary things, those contractions! ;)

Take care of your beautiful little family; isn’t motherhood THE BEST?!?!?!

PS – I emailed you about some exciting news! ;-)


runtothetruth August 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

So happy for you! She is adorable and your going to be an amazing mother and inspiration for your little girl! :D


Kate August 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

I’ve never given birth and I won’t be any time soon, but I am both impressed and inspired. I don’t think I’ve seen any pictures of you not smiling! You make the most beautiful family. Congratulations!


Katie @ msfitrunner August 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

Yay! I love birth stories! You did awesome and seems like you had a seemless labor and delivery. I had all of mine without drugs because the needle in the back scared me more than the pain of no drugs. See, now a marathon will be a cinch to you;)
I was convinced I was going to have my third on the road – we got stuck behind a school bus – he was born 14 minutes after I checked into the hospital, I hadn’t even been admitted or hooked up to anything! When they are ready, they come.
Glad you are enjoying every minute, and you looked gorgeous the whole time!;-)


Maegan August 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

So happy for you, Billy, and Brooke! It sounds like things worked out perfectly — even Billy’s class schedule! Your Brooke clearly has a spectacular sense of timing. :)

I love that you’re already having TV marathons with her. I really think you need to get her hooked on shows like Friday Night Lights and Arrested Development now so that there’s a chance her first words will be something awesome like, “Clear eyes, full hearts can’t lose,” or “There’s always money in the banana stand…” ;)


Danica @ It's Progression August 20, 2012 at 6:36 am

such a beautiful story…I’m so happy that everything went well for you and especially that exactly who you wanted to be there could be there with you!!


Kristina August 20, 2012 at 6:52 am

As someone who reads your blog everyday – so happy for this special event in your life! Brooke is absolutely beautiful… and how is it possible that you still looked so great after being in labor for 24+ hours? :) looking forward to reading about all of the new adventures with your new family!


Anna August 20, 2012 at 7:01 am

So so so happy for you guys!


Michelle (The Runner's Plate) August 20, 2012 at 7:05 am

I am thoroughly all of these posts about your new baby!! For the first time after reading a birth story post I actually WANT to have a baby. (I’ve read far too many other birthing posts that left me scared out of my mind.) So happy for you and Billy!! Can’t wait to read more!!


Kamaile August 20, 2012 at 7:07 am

She is really a pretty baby! Congratulations and enjoy every minute! :-)


Lauren August 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

This was the sweetest post. Brooke is such a doll!! Thanks for sharing your family with us!! And you sooo do not look like you just had a baby. Must be all that running ;)


Jenn@ Run It My Way August 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

Beautiful… Thank you so much for sharing this, I have goosebumps right now!

In a weird way, reading this makes me less scared about the whole process of having a baby. I won’t have one for a while yet, but the thought of childbirth is less terrifying!!


Christine August 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

What a beautiful birth story! I love that she got to stay with you all of the hospital stay! That is so special. So happy for you all!


Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile August 20, 2012 at 7:10 am

It’s amazing how you still look SO pretty even after giving birth!!! I’m so happy for you two, she is beautiful, too! :D


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries August 20, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I was thinking the same thing! :) You rocked it, Janae!


Joy August 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

Oh my goodness. You have me all choked up!

Your story is beautiful and I’m so glad you guys have Brooke in your life.


Kelly Sites August 20, 2012 at 7:16 am

Fantastic! And it all worked out so perfectly- you were all together- your moms made it in – in time for the baby to be born, and now you are in your new home and ready to start your new adventure. Enjoy every minute. I still remember the birth of my twins (14 years ago) like it was YESTERDAY. I remember every moment.
Kelly in Michigan


Lauren August 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

Thanks for sharing! What a beautiful story :)


Ali August 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

Congratulations! What a gorgeous baby girl and beautiful birth story! It made me tear up just thinking about when I get to meet my little one..although I have a long way to go still! I’m glad everything worked out perfectly!


Maryann August 20, 2012 at 7:26 am

What an amazing story. Congrats :)


Jennifer August 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

I’m so happy for you, Billy, and of course, Brooke! Your story almost made me cry. You showed so much resilience through it all– the move and everything–and almost always with a smile on your face. You have the best days of your life ahead of you!


Corrie Anne August 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

Okay. I didn’t read everything.. birth stories tend to scare me!!! Maybe I’ll brave up later, but I love how HAPPY you look at the hospital!!!! That’s so you! What did I expect, right??? So happy for you.. again. :)


Christina @ The Athletarian August 20, 2012 at 7:44 am

Thank you so much for sharing this, Janae! I am so so SO happy for you and Billy.


Beth @ Running with the Sunrise August 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

Aw, I have tears in my eyes. Thank you so much for sharing your birth story with us! Brooke is just perfect. I’m not quite at the point where I’m ready to have kids, but think I will be in a few years, and reading your story was so helpful for me because I am absolutely terrified of childbirth. Seeing you get through pregnancy while keeping up with your running and getting through childbirth has made me feel a lot more confident about having my own kids. :)


Chelsa August 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

You are so amazing Janae! I’m so happy for you and your family! Enjoy Brooke every second!


Jess August 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

Wuss? I think not – I would rather run 100 back-to-back marathons with my leg hanging off than give birth. I think all caring mothers are superstars, epidural or natural.

Thanks for sharing this – LOVE that you had your characteristic grin still going and that your baby girl did a little wave for all of us readers ;)



Dani @ Run Daniella Run August 20, 2012 at 7:53 am

Nothing better than the birth of your child :) Its a moment in time that will stay with you forever, you can really understand the love of a mother when you become one. Brooke is so blessed to have you as a mom, you are going to do so great with her! Can’t wait to follow along with all of the adventures the 3 of you are going to have in the coming months! :) PS – How long does Billy attend Law School? I know nothing about law school and wasn’t sure how long it would take him to complete all of his education?


Cat @ Breakfast to Bed August 20, 2012 at 8:04 am

remember how I told you I had the captain naturally and with the peanut I practically tackled and anesthesiologist to get the epi? now you know why. It’s a miracle, that drug.
Beautiful story.


Theresa August 20, 2012 at 8:05 am

such a wonderful story, i’m ridiculously happy for you and billy, sooooo great!!

and YAY for PB loving again, it made my heart a little sad that you didnt like it much while preggo!


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Yellow Haired Girl August 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

I’m so glad you shared this! She’s just the cutest little thing :)


Kaitlyn August 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

Aw, so sweet. Thanks for sharing!


Renee August 20, 2012 at 8:17 am

What a great story. And pushing is hard. I pushed for an hour with my first, but my second-10 minutes. You are most certainly not a wuss.


Shannon August 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

I hope I can type this while looking through the tears of happiness for you! That was an awesome story however, the love you have (Billy too) is so wonderful, Iam so happy for you. Thank you so much for sharing. I bet all that running really helped you but really helped Brooke too. She is precious.


Charissa Steyn August 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

wait to go girly!!!! you make an epidural sound very enticing…im trying for a natural- we’ll see how that goes!!! hope my little one comes just a tad early too ;) you make being a mommy sound fantabulous! Can hardly wait anymore!


Tina K August 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

Thanks for sharing you labor story. It makes the whole thing seem less scary for when I get to experience it. It sounds like you were a rockstar and Brooke an absolute angel. So sweet!


Irene August 20, 2012 at 8:29 am

Oh gosh, I just cried at work. I am SO glad everything went just as you’d hoped. I want to have a baby so badly now!!!!!!!!!!!! I will just look at pictures of sweet Brooke to hold me over a little while.


Emily August 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

So happy for you! :)


Lizzie August 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

Brooke is the sweetest– I can tell she already knows she has the most amazing parents ever! Congratulations, you guys are so blessed to have such a perfect, healthy little girl! This story was so great =)


Kayla @ Keep Moving Forward August 20, 2012 at 8:32 am

I was gone for the weekend and just filled myself in on all of your posts since the birth announcement! I am so happy for the two of you! You already look and sound like you are going to be the most incredible parents in the world! Congrats again!


Leslie August 20, 2012 at 8:33 am

Janae – I have tears in my eyes! I just found out I’m pregnant with my first the Saturday before you had your little girl so now the HRB posts are really hitting close to home. What an awesome story and I’m so happy all of your family was able to be there for you when the time came. I’ve followed along from the birth announcement and can’t wait to read more about your adventures with Brooke, thanks so much for sharing!!


Kathy August 20, 2012 at 8:51 am

Lovely story…..OK, I know its waaaay too early to even imagine but, then when you think you can’t LOVE a little one any more than you already do LOVE the first ….a little bundle #2 comes along and the tears!! OH, THE TEARS….b/c the LOVE grows and is shared and multiplied 10 times over.

It’s crazy how a girl can truly change after giving birth…once…twice…and even three times!! (Just think of that TV gal having 19! Crazy LOVE for sure!)


Katheryn August 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

Beautiful! I’m so happy for you!


Mark Matthews August 20, 2012 at 9:01 am

Wow!!! what a monumental post that makes all the other ones seem kinda silly and insignificant about now. Congratulations on your new life.


Jenny @ simply be me August 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

So happy you had a positive experience and that your families were able to be there!


Angie A. August 20, 2012 at 9:06 am

I am a total blog stalker and have been for a couple years. I must comment (finally!) to tell you a massive congrats! Your daughter is lovely, and so is her name! BEST GIRL NAME EVER! ((I guess I should note I am a bit partial-that is my only daughter’s name and she was born with a ton of hair like your Brooke’s and now she’s 13 and the prettiest, happiest, best daughter ever! The Brookes in the world really go places!) :) I wish you a LIFETIME of kisses, hugs, smiles, giggles, snuggles, and FUN!


Coby August 20, 2012 at 9:08 am

How sweet. :) Congratulations again! She is beautiful.


shelly August 20, 2012 at 9:12 am

How sweet!! You made everything seems so easy and it all went so perfect for you guys!! I’m so happy for the 3 of you!!!


Megan D August 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

I love reading birth stories. Thanks so much for sharing yours. It is just such a special/awesome thing to bring these babies into the world. I get teary eyed just reading your story. She really is perfect and you are such an awesome mommy. She is so lucky to have you. I love that you were able to be surrounded by your family and everyone made it in time (phew!).

I just have to say, both of the times I was in labor, the ride TO the hospital was definitely the worst part. So uncomfortable. And pushing is hard, but your next one should be easier. I pushed for almost 2 hours with Anna and then only 15 with Evan. 15 minutes was much better ;)


Khushboo August 20, 2012 at 9:23 am

Cue in the waterworks…thanks for sharing this, Janae! It was really sweet to read and you both are going to make (and all are) fabulous parents!


Sharsti August 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

Such a beautiful story. I love baby stories, they always make me tear up and remember my experience. Babies are the best=)


emma August 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

Oh Janae! You’ve done it again (tears streaming down face). With the birth of my son imminent, I feel even more excited to meet him having read your post :-) I wish we lived close so I could steal a few cuddles from Brooke – she is a beautiful baby :-) Sending you lots of love – and please let me know if you need more Percy Pigs to aid your recovery :-)


Caitlin O August 20, 2012 at 9:51 am

Great story!

I recognize that house you’re in – Kathryn is my husband’s aunt! It’s just like her to host you the week before Paige gets married. She and Brent are the kindest people! You are so lucky to be close to them – they will treat you very well :)


Cathryn @ Myheartscontentblog August 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

Golly, I’m a bit weepy reading that. Aren’t epidurals the best thing ever???? I used to think man’s best invention was the bicycle. Now I know it’s the epidural. SO glad you had a good birth experience!!!


Lisa August 20, 2012 at 9:57 am

:’) These stories and photos are a portrayal of the happy family I hope to create one day :)


michelle kim August 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

What a beautiful birth story! And such a blessing to have a healthy, sturdy baby at the end of it all :)
I don’t think you’re a wuss about the whole pushing thing. My friends that just gave birth described it the same way (lots of pressure), and how the husband and nurses coaching them through.


Jennifer August 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

I’m so excited for you. Becoming a parent is the first incredible moment in the life changing and life enjoyment that comes with being a parent. It’s the hadrest job I’ve ever had butnthe most amazing too! So happy all went perfectly and worked out just as you dreamed it would be! Now nap when she does. Take care. And many people will disagree….but for me….I read and followed baby wise principles and worked it into my life and kids lives. I have precious 7 month old twins that sleep 11-12 hours a night and are a joy! They eat on predictable schedules and it makes life so much more tolerable to juggle my job my three kids my husband and life in general. Check it out and see if it works for you! No matter what….soak it up! Never in your life does time move faster


Rachelle August 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Oh my gosh Janae this made me bawl like a baby! I am just so incredibly happy for you and words cannot even desribe how amazing I think you are. Everything was just so meant to be and I am so excited for you. Love you to peices and oh my goodness your new little family is absolutely perfect!


Jaeme + Randy August 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

What a wonderful birth story :).


Melissa August 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

Awesome! I’m so happy that the timing worked out perfectly in your favor. Brooke is beautiful and so blessed to have you and Billy as parents!


Erin @ The Grass Skirt August 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

This is so sweet, Janae. Brooke is so beautiful and looks like such a happy baby. I’m so happy for you and Billy. I give birth in just two months, and this post makes me even more excited…and I didn’t think that was possible!


Lauren August 20, 2012 at 11:09 am

I cried reading this, I just love you guys and am so happy and excited for the new addition to your little family :)


Heather @ Run Eat Play August 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

Wonderful story, Janae! Baby stories always make me cry! Sounds like everything went perfectly.
Having a baby and then holding her is the best feeling in the world! You guys are so blessed.


Deb August 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing (I cried happy tears!)


Genny August 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

I am sitting in my office tearing up about this post! What a great birth story and an adorable baby! Enjoy these first few weeks with her, they go so quickly!


Annette@FitnessPerks August 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

BEAUTIFUL!!! I love that it feels SO right :)

She is adorable!


XLMIC August 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

I am such a sucker for birth stories. This is so endearing, Janae. I am so very happy for you all…and…why am I crying about this? lol You have such a beautiful soul…Brooke was so smart to choose you for her mommy :)


Ali Mc August 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Agreed. :) I think she is beaming with natural motherhood talents :D


Amy @Macncheesenpeas August 20, 2012 at 12:01 pm

awwww soooo sweet. I was tearing up a little. :)


Chels R. August 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Such a beautiful story! Congrats!! I am loving all of the photos.


Amy August 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

so sweet! i love reading peoples birth stories…they’re all so different but all incredible. congrats again!!


Stephanie August 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

That was the sweetest thing I’ve ever read! She is beautiful and such a good girl waiting for you to get to Billy AND run!! I’m so glad your people made it for the birth :) When I had my daughter as soon as she heard my voice after being born she stopped crying. They do know our voices and I think that is pretty dang awesome! You are the cutest little family :)


Alexis August 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

This makes me want to cry and have a kid at the same time– PS I’m eating sour patch kids as I read this… :-) Congrats and I cant wait to hear more about her!


kaylie August 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Oh my gosh- I am dying! Such a cute story, I am so happy for you guys! Brooke looks like suc a goofball-cutie! :)


Ali Mc August 20, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Oh Janae, sounds perfect :) I too had an epidural at 7cm….I also agree with you that to date pushing Logan out was by far my biggest workout! lol

I LOVE the picture of Brooke on you for the first time because it really makes me remember how many emotions I felt when that was me and Logan :) I am even getting a little tear in my eye just thinking about it. I LOVE the look of a mothers instant love for her child and think it is the greatest gift :)

PS: I also laughed so hard that you added a photo of you getting ready to push :P I can see your leg is up in the stirup :P lol



Rene Hall August 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Thank you for sharing! I’m crying reading it. I felt the same way about my daughter when she was born. Seventeen years later and she really is my BFF. I know you and Brooke will have that bond too.
And kudos to BIlly for being such a great hubs/dad. Brooke is lucky to be blessed with such amazing parents, grandparents, and cousins. I can’t wait for Curly to meet her.


Meghan Rene August 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Congrats! Beautiful story. It makes me feel less anxious about having a baby when the time comes!


Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine August 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm

She is so gorgeous. I definitely teared up reading it. Congrats :)


Christina August 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Aww, I loved reading this! How sweet! I’m sure you are a fantastic mom!


Kay August 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

What a beautiful story- thank you so much for sharing!!


Brandi August 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

This is like the sweetest thing I have ever read! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! Reading this sounds like you had a wonderful experience and I am so glad…:) Can’t wait for more Brooke pictures ;)


Sarah August 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I wasn’t prepared for how hard the pushing was going to be either! I think it’s better to go in somewhat blind. Congrats!


Robin August 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Beautiful birth story!!!


Jeanie August 20, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I love birth stories – thanks for sharing! Like you, I was unprepared for how much contractions would hurt… And for how tiring pushing would be! But WORTH IT!


Beth @ Miles and Trials August 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Beautiful story to go with such a beautiful family (inside and out). Congratulations, may God bless little Brooke all the days of her life.


Kelly August 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Brooke is so adorable and congratulations! Sounds like it couldn’t have gone more perfectly!


Pam August 20, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I loved reading this Janae! love all the pictures that you’ve been sharing. soo sweet!! :) luv ya & ttys!! xo


Lisa @ Lisa the Vegetarian August 20, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Wow, what a story! Congratulations and I’m so happy everything went so well for you. I can’t believe how happy and calm you look in these pics!


Sasha August 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I’m so happy for you! I can’t wait to see more pictures of your cute little family!


Sara August 20, 2012 at 4:18 pm

You make it sound not that bad! It’s nice to hear a story that doesn’t involve a lot of graphic details lol. I hope Billy told his professors that he came to class while his wife was in labor! Thats worth a bonus point in my book but they probably don’t give those in law school :)


Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries August 20, 2012 at 4:28 pm

What a precious story. :) It even made me tear up a bit! You and Billy will make amazing parents.


caitlin August 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

So beautiful!!!


Holly August 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm

What a BEAUTIFUL story! I was pretty much crying the whole time..happy tears of course :) I love that your MIL & Mom were able to be there for the special moment…things always turn out how they should :)
Brooke is just absolutely ADORABLE & I LOVE that she recognized your voice right away. I have heard babies do that, but it’s good to hear it from someone I know!
Love ya! Xo


Adrian August 20, 2012 at 6:09 pm

This post brought tears to my eyes Janae! It sounds like the perfect birth story! She is so precious. I wish you both the best of luck with parenthood. She is going to have an amazing life with 2 beautiful-spirited individuals such as yourself and Billy. Cherish every little moment.


nicole @ simply nicole August 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

AWWW. I was tearing up reading this. Such an amazing story, and you’re so lucky to have such an amazing husband and newborn!


Laura August 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Um am I supposed to be bawling after this? Because i am!! It started when you said your people were there after months of worrying about it. And her hair! I want to run my fingers through the baby softness of it! She’s going to be your little side kick and I can’t wait to read about all your adventures.
PS she got the CA birth cert just like we wanted hehe! :)


Stephanie August 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Wow, this story just put me to tears at the end! You seem SO happy in the pictures even minutes after giving birth it is unbelievable! I only hope one day my story is half as wonderful as yours – you made it look easy!! :)


Katie August 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Janae, thank you so much for sharing this!!! what a beautiful family you have! You definitely made me cry!! :)


kim@hungryhealthygirl August 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

What a sweet post! I’m so glad that everything was perfect for you and your mom made it in. Brooke is a lucky little lady to have so many people that care for her so much. It goes by super fast, so enjoy every minute.


Abby @ Change of Pace August 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I’m so glad you wrote this and so glad things went well for you guys!
I’m so happy both your moms were there!


Nicole August 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Cutest. Blog post. Ever.


Cynthia August 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

I can’t lie, I was trying to tell if the hospital you were at was the same one I was born in (I was born in San Jose), but I don’t think it is ;)


Tabaitha August 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Tears are falling right now. Such a beautiful story that you will always treasure of Brooke’s arrival.


Nikki August 20, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Awwww. I almost cried reading this. She is perfect and I am glad everything worked out with the timing. Congratulations!


Katie August 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I totally started crying while I was reading this. My boyfriend asked why I was crying, and I said “Janae had her baby, and I just read the birth story.” Then, he asked who Janae is … I mean, how does he not know? :)


Losing Lindy August 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

so awesome!


Amylee August 20, 2012 at 8:08 pm

So fun to read! You are a trooper. I loved getting to the hospital, too, because I knew that meant I was finally going to meet my baby! Best day ever. I’m so glad all of your people were there. What a blessing! I’m soaking up all this baby stuff. I want a baby more than a 2 hour marathon ;)


Meghan August 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Dangit Janae! You made me cry!! Beautifully said, with a simple eloquence. Can’t wait to have my own kids. All the best to your little family of three!!! Brooke couldn’t have asked for better parents!


Kelly August 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Congratulations! Motherhood and your new way of life will be amazing!! Each phase is more and more fun and wonderful!


Amy N. August 20, 2012 at 8:49 pm

What a beautiful story (and thanks for making it non gross for us!). There is nothing like those first moments holding your newborn. Incredible.

I agree, labor is harder than marathons, but both seem overwhelming when you’re in the midst of them.


Michelle August 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm

I am just so happy for you! Reading about other births make you think of your own — and wow, those are just some of the best moments in life. You will never forget them.

Brooke is just so adorable – the perfect addition to your family. Enjoy every minute because it all goes by WAAAAY too fast!


Jan J August 20, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I’m so glad that everything worked out just like it should. I love her name! I’ve always wanted a Brooke. My brother ruined that by naming his son Brooks, so I pushed my husband for Brooklyn, but he wouldn’t go for it. I love Brooke Lin. Very cute.


Jessica @ idkmybffjes August 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I love this! I’m so glad that Billy and your family got to be there!


Nellie August 20, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Congrats! She is so beautiful! It sounds like you had a wonderful birth experience!


Jessie August 21, 2012 at 12:56 am

Yes, I am crying!! Such a well written post filled with love & happiness. I couldn’t be happier for the THREE of you <3


Mrs.CJ August 21, 2012 at 4:44 am

What a great birth story! I’m glad everything went smoothly and you have little Brooke to love forever! Congrats to you both!! :D


Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) August 21, 2012 at 4:59 am

How amazing! So thankful all your family was there to support you and Billy.

Epidurals are the best thing ever. Can’t imagine labor/delivery without one!!!


Kari @ Running Ricig August 21, 2012 at 5:59 am

You guys are so sweet! Congratulations! I’m pretty sure people who want natural births are just nuts.


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 21, 2012 at 7:03 am

And I am most definitely crying. This is my kind of birth story – happy and no gross stuff. and I’m sure it’s harder than a marathon, it certainly lasts longer! Oh I started laughing when you said Billy went to class! I’m pretty sure if he’d told his teacher his wife was in labor they’d send him away asap! Oh law school.


Missy August 21, 2012 at 7:47 am

Wow Janae Wow! Thank you for sharing your birth story! You are beyond amazing and I am so proud to know you! (via blogger lol)


Anna August 21, 2012 at 8:20 am

This was an awesome birth story, it brought happy tears to my eyes ;)
Thank you so much for sharing this with us, you are amazing!


Zaneta August 21, 2012 at 8:31 am

LOVE this story! It all worked out so perfect, I’m so happy everyone could be there with you! :) YAY!! and Congrats again! Brooke is so beautiful! :)


Melissa August 21, 2012 at 8:37 am

Congrats on your sweet Angel! Reading your birth story made me cry and brought me back to the day my daughter was born! (She’s almost 19 months) We had similar birth stories. I am also a runner and very active, and I thought pushing was SO hard. So you’re not a wuss! :)… Anyway, I love following your blog! I have a LOL moment at least once, while reading each post!


Maggie August 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

You look incredible!!! You are gorgeous and so is Brooke….and Billy too (he shouldn’t be left out).

Congratulations sweet girl!

P.S. I’m pretty sure no one ever that has pushed a human being out should be called a “wuss.” You’re pretty dang amazing :)


Nicole@TheKidlessKronicles August 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

I don’t know how you seemed to stay so calm. Even sending Billy off to class. Well done.

The Kidless Kronicles


Erika@YouJustDidWhat August 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Congrats! So exciting!! My daughter turns 2 on Saturday, so you got me all emotional thinking about her first days. : )


Lisa August 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

This was so sweet! Awe, I am so happy for you and Billy and your whole family for this new addition! This honestly made me a little emotional at the end of your story, you went into it with such a positive attitude and I think that must have made such a difference in everything! Congrats!


Whitney August 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm

What a sweet post! It made me tear up a bit.


Sarah August 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Thank you for sharing! I love reading these kind of things!


Carrie August 22, 2012 at 3:39 am

I am crying now – what a beautiful story! You are amazing, Janae. And Brooke is gorgeous just like you. xox


Live Whole Be Free August 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

Congratulations! We’ve been following you for a while now, we are so excited for you and Billy!

Melissa :)


Courtney @ CardioQueen August 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm

This was awesome and beautiful and so fun to read! I know I’m way behind in responding, but thanks so much for posting it and just being downright awesome :)


Stacey August 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

This is so awesome!!! You are such the cutest little family!! My 7 year old wants to know how baby Brooke came out of your belly?!?! I had to be creative with my answer! Lol


Ricole Runs August 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

congratulations!!! So so so happy for you. She is gorgeous!


Page August 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Dang it, Janae! Why does this have to be so adorable!!! You guys are going to be such a happy little family!


Briana August 28, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I am just catching up on your blog and I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU and your new little family. Isn’t it the best?! And it only gets better. Alice is 5 months now and is SO fun and so smiley and full of so much personality. You will be even more in love than you are right now. I promise. XOXO!

And I love her name!!


Annie September 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

You guys are too cute! It makes me super excited to have a baby one day! You inspire me, you make me believe that you can stay healthy ( and FIT!) during pregnancy ( you look great btw)!


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