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Baby Tales Continued {Charlie’s Birth Story}

May 14, 2014

Yesterday, I shared all the details and pictures of Owen’s arrival just about exactly four years ago.  Today, it’s time for Charlie’s story (and hopefully sooner – rather than later, Baby #3’s story will be written … 4 days until he/she is due!).

Baby #2:  Charlie’s Story

When we were pregnant with Charlie we decided to make the move from our tiny one bedroom Minneapolis condo to an actual house in the ‘burbs!  Molly was probably the most thrilled with this decision.  A house meant a yard (with fence, so she could have a little independence outside).

We had about six months to get all moved in and set up before Charlie’s arrival and had the nursery completed before his debut (something that is probably NOT going to happen this third time around).

Molly awaiting Charlie's arrival in his much too overboard red, white, and blue nursery

Molly awaiting Charlie’s arrival in his much too overboard red, white, and blue nursery

Shortly after his arrival, we decided to completely change his nursery because it was way too red, white, and blue for us … read more about that, and see more nursery pics here.

Charlie’s due date was actually MY birthday … April 2nd.  Well, that day came and went with no baby, but we did manage to take a couple last ‘family of three’ pictures before his arrival:

Last Family of THREE picture ... Palm Sunday, one day before Charlie was due

Last Family of THREE picture … Palm Sunday, one day before Charlie was due

Owen was pumped for his new little brother to arrive (or so he told us).  Really, I’m pretty sure he didn’t have a clue what was about to happen!

Car seat ready for a new baby!

Car seat ready for a new baby!

I had a doctor appointment on April 4th, and we set up an induction date of the following Monday (which would have been at exactly at 41 weeks).  I told her that I really didn’t want to be induced, and she told me she was pretty sure the baby would arrive that night (apparently, by the way I checked out that afternoon).  Huh?  That was news to me, as I felt absolutely no different at that particular moment.

Sure enough, however, she was right.  Just like Owen, I woke up at midnight with contractions.  I went downstairs to lay on the couch and time them, and ended up waking Matt up around 2am to leave.  At that point I was in NO HURRY.  Matt even took a shower and packed his bag (because why would you have a bag already packed when the baby is 3 days late?!?!).  I ran around the house packing up our bags, packing up a very confused Owen and Molly, and all their stuff.  By the time we were in the car, and calling the doctor my contractions were coming MUCH closer together (probably from all the ‘running around’).  They were at about 3 minutes apart, and I think that was the moment I started to think we better hurry.

There was still no 100 mile-an-hour driving.  No running red lights.  Just me ‘gently’ suggesting that Matt drive a little faster this time.  Since we moved out to the suburbs since our last delivery, but I kept my same doctor and thus delivery hospital, we were about a half hour away from the hospital (on a straight shot), but about 45 minutes (at least) with a quick detour to my mom’s to drop off Owen and Molly.

We arrived at my Mom’s and there was no taking pictures of us (like we did with Owen).  I don’t think I even got out of the car.  My mom must have sensed we were in a hurry, as she just took Owen and Molly inside, gave me a quick hug in the car, and said goodbye.

We got to the hospital, had to pause in the middle of the parking garage for a rather intense contraction, and then continued into the Maternity area.  I remember the clock in the elevator on the way up to the delivery area and triage room said 3:33am … just about the same exact time as we arrived with Owen.

We checked into triage, and I was checked out.  I assumed she would say that I was at a 3 or 4, but I was shocked (and so was she) when I was actually almost at a 9.  First words out of my {wimpy} mouth??  “Can I still get an epidural?!?!”  She assured me there would be time, and we were off to our delivery room.  She called the doctor right away who arrived within 10 minutes of us settling into our room.  My contractions were MUCH more intense than I ever remember with Owen (probably because I opted for the epidural right away with him).

The doctor arrived, checked me out, and told me the baby would be here within the half hour.  What?!?  “Epidural?” I stammered.  She told me it wouldn’t do any good, plus the anesthesiologist was tied up in surgery at the moment.  Gulp.  Going all natural was not my plan, but I quickly came to realize that THAT was exactly what was about to happen.

She told me she’d break my water, and then expected to be ready for pushing soon after.  Whoa!!  This was moving 100 times faster than last time!  You’ll notice I have NO pictures of this delivery process like I did for Owen.  It was about the furthest thing from my mind at the time.

Now … I know most mothers in the history of time delivered all their babies without the help of pain meds.  I know quite a few women nowadays that have chosen to go all natural for many great reasons.  In my mind leading up to that day, however, I was NOT exactly planning on being one of those women.  I’m not overly proud of that … I guess I’m just wimpy.  It was not to be, however.

After my water broke, the contractions were WAY worse.  After about 10 minutes, I told the nurse to go get the doctor and tell her I was going to start pushing.  I clearly remember her asking, “Is this because you feel like you need to push OR because you want this to be over?”  I didn’t reply.  I think it was a combination of both (but probably mostly the ladder).

Anyway … long story, short(er), I pushed for about 20 minutes before Charlie arrived at 5:12am.  His delivery was a lot more ‘chaotic’.  I was yelling (a bit … I tried my hardest not to, but just couldn’t help it a couple times).  I was pushing as hard as I possibly could.  I was in pain (understatement of the year).  And I was a sweaty mess when he finally arrived, but as soon as I saw my healthy boy {most of} that all faded away.  Charlie came out screaming (unlike Owen), Matt was able to cut the cord, and I was able to hold him right away (no waiting this time like with Owen).

You’ll notice in the picture below how ‘crazed’ I look this time after delivery.  I popped a bunch of blood vessels in my eyes from pushing so hard.  My hair, that was once in a pony tail, was ALL OVER.  My mascara was all over my face (come to think of it … why did I even have mascara on?!?  hmmm … not really sure).

Charlie is here!  Thank goodness he came fast!

Charlie is here! Thank goodness he came fast!

The first thing I remember about Owen was his one dimple.  With Charlie, it was his HUGE blue eyes!

Charlie's big blue eyes!

Charlie’s big blue eyes!

Still … to this day, his eyes are big and bright blue (just like his Grandpa Bruce’s most people say).

Charlie was put on the scale to take his vitals … 8 lbs, 4 oz and 20 inches long!  Very similar to his brother only no cord wrapped around his neck and no meconium!

Charlie's Stats

Charlie’s Stats


He also looks thrilled to be here, doesn't he???

He also looks thrilled to be here, doesn’t he???

Matt even looks a bit more tired this time around.  There was no sleeping on the cot and relaxing prior to Charlie’s arrival for him, either!

Matt's first time holding Charlie

Matt’s first time holding Charlie

We called my mom shortly after Charlie’s arrival and she was just shocked that he was here already!! Apparently, new Big Brother Owen hadn’t slept much after we dropped him off at 3 am, so they were ready to come meet Charlie (though I don’t think he had a name at that time).

They got ready, had some breakfast, and then headed over to introduce the new brothers to one another.

Owen (and Grandma) meeting Charlie for the first time

Owen (and Grandma) meeting Charlie for the first time

Owen was a bit obsessed with Charlie’s nose … not exactly sure why.

More nose touching ....

More nose touching ….

A note to self this timemake sure the big brothers’ hair is cut before baby #3 arrives … Owen looks a little on the shaggy side in all these pictures and for several more weeks to come after this!

We had my mom take our first family picture:

First 'Family of Four' Picture

First ‘Family of Four’ Picture

Charlie spent the rest of Day 1 meeting ALL his aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins!  No overturned bee truck to slow Grandma and Grandpa Stahl this time!

Here’s Charlie with Grandpa Bruce (my Dad that passed away about a year ago when Charlie had just turned 1):

Charlie and Grandpa Bruce (where he gets his blue eyes, I think)

Charlie and Grandpa Bruce (where he gets his big blue eyes, I think)

With Grandma Stahl (and all her Grandkids):

Grandma Stahl and all her Grandkids!

Grandma Stahl and all her Grandkids!

And with the other three cousins, Samantha, Carolina, and Jackson:

Other three couins!

Other three cousins!

It was a big first day ….

Exhausted Charlie!

Exhausted Charlie!

The next day brought more excitement, and to our happy surprise … Owen absolutely LOVED his new little brother:

Owen and Charlie, Day 2

Owen and Charlie, Day 2


How could you not love this guy, though?!?

Scrunched up Charlie!

Scrunched up Charlie!

Welcome to the world, Charlie!!

Welcome to the world, Charlie!!

Thankfully, Charlie seemed to get the hang of nursing right away!  And he loved to cuddle (still does to this day):

Snuggles from Charlie

Snuggles from Charlie


We finally were ready to leave on the third day, and got Charlie all dressed.

Ready to leave!!

Ready to leave!!

Going home!

Going home!

This time we made sure that the car seat was adjusted properly (live and learn, I guess).

Once home, Molly got her introduction to the newest addition:

Molly meeting Charlie

Molly meeting Charlie

I really would like to know what was going on in her head.  “You brought another one home???”

Oh, just wait Molly … there’s a third coming soon!!

As is our tradition (I guess), we showed Charlie is room and crib (even though he didn’t actually sleep there for months ….)

Showing Charlie his crib and nursery (apparently, he didn't like the red, white, and blue, either!)

Showing Charlie his crib and nursery (apparently, he didn’t like the red, white, and blue, either!)

Owen did GREAT with the transition!  I don’t think he ever was really jealous of Charlie and all the attention (or maybe it was my awesome Mom skills that made it so easy … ha!).

Such a good big brother!

Such a good big brother!

They loved their matching jammies!

My two boys!!

My two boys!!


I mentioned that Owen’s labor and delivery match his personality still to this day.  Well, Charlie’s did, too!  Charlie is much more of an intense little boy.  He does everything ALL OUT.  He hugs you with ALL his might.  When he wants to snuggle, he presses his face into mine as hard as he can.  When he’s mad … he goes all out to let you know!  And he still doesn’t love sleeping.  He’s just an intense little guy, but Owen’s personality helps calm him down a bit.  They really do make a great pair (most of the time).

Owen and Charlie

Owen and Charlie

Looking back on these baby pictures of the boys has made me SOOO excited and anxious for this third guy or gal to GET HERE!!  I’m going to try my hardest to enjoy every minute of it!  The past four years with Owen and two with Charlie has literally flown by!  Yesterday I was sitting in Owen’s Practice Preschool graduation thinking soon it would be kindergarten, then high school, then college.  Aye!

Well, thanks again for stopping by today … for listening to Charlie’s birth story … and for all the nice comments on Owen’s story yesterday!

I’ll keep you posted with everything baby 3 (follow me on instagram for updates).  I’ll also be back to share some of Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy room progress, as well as some of the nursery progress soon!

UPDATE:  Read Baby Ben’s Birth Announcement HERE!


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  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane May 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I loved reading this story. Even 15 years later after yhe birth of my first I can still remember every minute. I can’t belive you are just days away now from baby #3. I cant wait to hear about it.
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    • Reply Katie May 14, 2014 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks, Bette! I know, it feels like just yesterday when I had Owen. I kept a journal play-by-play of the day, but I don’t need it … I remember everything (plus, who knows where I put that journal?!?). I’ll keep you posted. I’m SOOOOO anxious to find out the gender of this one!!

  • Reply Lila May 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I just love birth stories! I’m praying everything goes smoothly for your third cutie pie baby. Thanks for sharing!
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    • Reply Katie May 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

      Thanks so much, Lila! I hope everything goes smoothly, too! Fast like Charlie’s arrival, but not as painful! Think that’s too much to ask for?!?! Hope about just a healthy little lady or guy??
      Thanks for the comment! Hope you’re having a great week!

  • Reply Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home May 15, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Katie, I just love these birth stories about your boys. They’re so sweet. I especially love the pics of them in their matching jammies and the pic of Owen looking at Charlie for the first time. I hope you’re printing these pages to put in their scrapbooks or baby books. Here’s hoping you get to the hospital in time for the epidural with #3. Maybe you want to start camping out in the hospital parking lot? LOL? Or perhaps just have Grandma move in for the week?
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    • Reply Katie May 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Maybe I should camp out in front of the hospital, huh?? The worst would be if it was during rush hour since it’s on the other side of the city. I drove home from my doc appt yesterday in traffic, and it took over an hour. I was thinking the whole time that, if I was in labor, I would be in big trouble!!!
      Thanks for ready the stories!! So funny and very coincidental that your Caden has the exact same birthday as Owen!! I remember that Monday very well!!

  • Reply Carrie This Home May 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I LOVED reading this story! What a great way to remember those precious moments! When my daughter was born I pushed for a LONG time so I too had the burst capillaries in my after-birth photo (which by the way is MUCH worse than yours!) I’m so glad your late father got to meet your children–that is such a blessing! You have a very sweet family!
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    • Reply Katie May 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks so much, Carrie! I shouldn’t complain … I didn’t really have to push for that long (I know so many more ladies that had horribly long labors and pushing).
      Thanks for the sweet comments, too!
      Hope you’re having a good week!

  • Reply Ida May 15, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Love both boys birth stories. This story was alot like my son Adrian, all natural and insane. I looked a hot mess in our first picture together. I’m now following you on Instagram (@scggirl) so I don’t miss the announcement of Baby #3!!
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    • Reply Katie May 15, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Hi Ida! Thanks so much for reading them, and for the comment!! Yes, I’m hoping for a quick delivery (like Charlie), but with an epidural this time. I’m wimpy … can’t help it. I’ll keep everyone updated on baby #3!

  • Reply Jen Taylor May 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Katie, Great to meet you! I think it is so very special that you have taken the time to write these birth stories for your boys! They will be treasured and it was so fun to read it and feel like I was in the moment with you. Thanks for sharing a piece of your life! xo Jen

    • Reply Katie May 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Jen! Thanks so much for reading these baby tales (and taking the time to leave such a sweet note). These birth stories were so fun to put together and remember. My husband actually sat down and read them both from start to finish (he usually ‘skims’ my blog posts … at best). Hopefully, baby #3’s story will be written soon!! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jessica K May 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Such a great post! You have two very cute boys :) I only have one for now. I wanted to go all natural, but oh man…my water broke and that’s what started labor. My boy was a little early, my Dr thought he would be late because he hadn’t dropped at all and I really wasn’t dilated. I think those two factors made my labor more painful. Once I was dilated to about a six I had to get the epidural, it felt like my hips were breaking with every contraction.

    You look fine in your photos, especially after no sleep all night and having a baby :)
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  • Reply Jessica K May 17, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Such a fun post! I love the matching PJ’s, your boys are so cute. I wanted to go all natural but didn’t make it…kudos to you for doing so well without meds. I think you look just fine in your after delivery photos. You did just go through a sleepless night and have a baby afterall.
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    • Reply Jessica K May 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      so sorry for the double comment…it told me the first one failed.

  • Reply Melissa @ Simply Sweets by Honeybee May 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    What a great story! I hope to have a birth story of my own in the near future. You are blessed with such a beautiful family :)
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    • Reply Katie May 20, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the comment! I feel very lucky for our family! I wish you luck in creating your own birth story!! Happy Tuesday, and have a great week!

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney May 20, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Charlie was such a cutie pie (and still is). I just loved reading your birthing story heading over now to read Owens. I’m so exited and I want to see this new baby soon!
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    • Reply Katie May 21, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks so much, Courtney! I’m hoping to have a baby #3 birth story … SOON!!! Hope you’re having a great week!
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  • Reply Jenny Layton May 20, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I love the photos, and the nursery was darling. Found you through the Be.YOU.Tiful link party. Thanks for linking up!
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  • Reply Crystal Duncan (@FindingCrystal) May 21, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Oh my goodness. I have no idea why but your post made me cry. I am not a mom and I don’t plan to be. I guess that’s why I am so surprised about the crying thing. But just the way you described it and the pain you must have gone through, wow. And then for you to say it was all worth it? Well, I’m a freaking bawling mess. Your children are beautiful!
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    • Reply Katie May 21, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      You’re so sweet, Crystal. Sorry to make you cry … Thanks for taking time to read the story and for leaving the comment! Have a great week!
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  • Reply eunkyungsuh May 21, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I’m a little less open to sharing my birth story but I do talk about it. My 2nd one was born under 4 hrs… similar to you! It was pretty much as I was hoping it would be, except for the fact that he was born in my birthday! LOL We are pretty close. He’s pretty laid back. He started out a little weak… we had to get him donor milk and feed him with a syringe. I think that was God’s intervention to make sure that my husband bonded with him. Nothing makes pregnancy and natural delivery more worth it than hearing that your husband misses your baby when he’s at work.

    I can’t believe it’s been more than a year since he was born. Ah, I hate how fast motherhood goes by– except for the diapers… they can go… :)
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    • Reply Katie May 21, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      It does go fast, doesn’t it?!? Glad to hear your little one is doing well! I agree … diapers can go! Thanks for reading this story, and for taking the time to leave a comment! Have a great week!
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  • Reply Jenny May 21, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Katie what a beautiful and fantastic post. I love reading birth stories. And wow you still look amazing right after birth. So jealous. Your boys are adorable. I love the matching pjs. And that nursery is TO DIE for. So amazing. Your boys look like they will be best friends forever. So nice to have them close in age and to grow up together as a team. My two are close in age too and I love watching them bonding and build a relationship together. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. You have a lovely blog here and hope to see you again soon. #sharewithme
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    • Reply Katie May 21, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Hi Jenny! So glad I found your party! Thanks for hosting, and for the sweet comment! Hope you’re having a great week!
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  • Reply ghostwritermummy May 22, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Ah what a fab birth story and beautiful photos! It did go a lot quicker than you thought, didn’t it??
    x x
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    • Reply Katie May 22, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks so much! Yes … everything went a lot quicker than I thought. The labor AND the past 2 years?!?!
      Thanks for stopping by, and for the comment! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) May 22, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Birth stories are my fave to read because a new life is always nice. I love your photos. They are so real and honest. Esp that of your sons wearing the same jammies! So cute! I cant wait for the one where theres 2 there wearing the same sleeping attire =) #ShareWithMe
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    • Reply Katie May 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Merlinda! I wonder if we’ll be able to get all three in matching jammies?!? Can’t wait to find out if the matching jammies this time will have to be gender neutral (because I’ll have a girl) or all boy!!! Have a great weekend!

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