The Race

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Male readers (all two of you), you may want to skip this post. It involves lady parts. There, you’ve been warned.


This second pregnancy has felt like a marathon.

9 laborious months, where I ran at a steady pace for 8 months, hitting my stride with each trimester.

The last 4 weeks was like when I hit the wall, where each step felt heavy, and I just wanted to see the finish line.

The end was like a sudden burst of energy came to my body and it was a sprint to the end.


“Ready, get set, GO!”

Except I didn’t.

Over an hour after the first contractions started at 3.06 am on the morning of May 8, I was on Twitter, telling my friends that my contractions were now five minutes apart, and I was calmly eating breakfast.

After I had taken a hot shower, washed my face and brushed my teeth.

The husband was informed at 4.00 am that he should get ready. We discussed when we should wake the toddler to take him over to his grandparents, who are a few minutes walk away. We agreed that it was a good time, as we would not be caught in day time traffic.

At 5.00 am, I suggested strongly to him that we should call his parents, move the bags to the car and wake the toddler.

At 5.25 am, while waiting for him to return after dropping the Monkey off, I was on the floor and moaning.

I could feel the baby’s head pushing through.

Squealing tires, burning rubber and 20 minutes later, I barely walked into the Emergency room at our chosen hospital, gasped out my name, my doctor’s name and endured questions as to my due date, how far apart are the contractions and so on.

You know those movies where the pregnant woman is moaning and being rushed in a wheelchair to the delivery room?

Yeah, that was me.

Clothes off, gown on, more questions, needles being jammed into my hands, more moaning and more, “I have to push!” and “Breathe, breathe, don’t push yet!”

When my doctor walked in, I was never more relieved to see a human being.

More things happened. Legs up.

“Okay Alison, push.”

I screamed and pushed.

“His head is out!”

I pushed again and screamed. It was…..primal.

And out came my second son.

It was over, 30 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.

My son was finally in my arms.

Mother and baby

May 8, 2012

Lesson learned? Just because your first baby took his own sweet time to come, it doesn’t mean the second time will be the same. Nothing about this experience with Scrumplet was in any way similar to when I had Monkey.Β 


As I write this with my heart full of joy, I’m also thinking of a few Mamas who’ve suffered losses. Know that my thoughts are with you.

Dear friends, know also that I’m reading your blog posts, tweets, Facebook and Instagram messages and comments on my posts. I may not leave comments or reply to each tweet/ message because I’m too busy taking in my newborn and making time for my toddler, but know that I do read them all and I thank each and everyone of you for your well wishes and love.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • May 10, 2012 Lady Estrogen

    “OVER” 30 minutes? Hahaha.
    Gawd, that’s nice and quick, luv. Congrats on a safe and PRIMAL birth πŸ™‚ x
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    • May 13, 2012 Alison

      Primal seemed the only word appropriate to describe the whole thing πŸ™‚ Thank you Lady E!

  • May 10, 2012 ML

    I’m so happy he’s here. Congratulations!
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    • May 13, 2012 Alison

      No happier than me, heh. Thank you!

  • Lady, just the fact that you posted is amazing! Enjoy your time, we are all right here when you get back. Congratulations!!!!! xo
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      I managed to squeeze in some time to write this after everyone went to bed! And thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Life As Wife

    Did you plan do go all natural or did you just not have time? I’m trying to remember what you did with Monkey…

    Do happy for you! Everyone’s labor should be that quick!!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      A natural delivery was what I wanted, but I wasn’t going to say no to pain management if I needed it! But there was no time, the baby was coming!

      (I had an epidural with the Monkey)

  • May 10, 2012 Anna

    what a story and such a beautiful pic! congrats!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Anna!

  • May 10, 2012 tracy

    So happy for you, mama. So happy. He’s beautiful. You damn well BETTER ignore my blog, comments, tweets, pictures, etc this week. I love you. xo
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my friend. And I can’t ignore you, it’s not possible! Love you too. xo

  • May 10, 2012 Shell

    That sounds like how my first was- though we were at the hospital for almost an hour before he was born. LOL

    Congrats on your scrumplet! And spend time offline line soaking it all in… or getting sleep if you can. We’ll all be here when you can get back! xo
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Shell! I’m loving the time with my boys. LOVING IT.

  • May 10, 2012 Raquel

    Gosh, that was mighty quick! You’re lucky you made it to the hospital on time πŸ™‚ I quess Scrumplet was so ready to come out it didn’t take him longe when he made up his mind. Congratulations, he looks adorable.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      You’re right, when he decided to come, he came quick! My husband was really glad we made it to the hospital too πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Kristi

    Yay!! So glad baby and mama are safe and happy. What a whirlwind childbirth!!
    Congrats to the whole family!!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Whirlwind it was!

  • May 10, 2012 Jen

    Wow! What a birth story!!!

    Congratulations. πŸ™‚

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jen!

  • May 10, 2012 Not a Perfect Mom

    and you look absolutely beautiful…
    as does your newest joy…
    congratulations Alison….
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Holly.

  • May 10, 2012 Amy

    You look gorgeous and Scrumplet is beyond adorable!! So happy it was a quick labor {and that you got to the hospital in time!!}. Congrats, momma! We’re all so thrilled for you!! πŸ™‚
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Amy!

  • May 10, 2012 Karen

    Congratulations.I am glad it was quick. With my second I was at the hospital for less than an hour and a half when Lucie was born. I too, thought it would take forever like with Lucas. You look beautiful in the picture with your sweet sweet son.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Karen! I’m glad it was quick too, I dreaded a long labor like the first time.

  • May 10, 2012 christine

    Aw, congratulations Mama. And please, don’t worry about responding, soak up that new baby and enjoy spending time with your boys!

    By the way, holy cow. That’s the kind of labor a have nightmares about. πŸ™‚
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      I was really glad it was a quick labor though!! I actually felt a real high immediately after πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Laura

    Wow! That was super fast. You’re definitely a rockstar! It took us about an hour and a half to leave the house ourselves. I knew, since my water broke, that it was just a matter of getting checked out, so I wasn’t really rushing. My husband however thought there was even less of a rush, so he didn’t even really pack much for the hospital stay, expecting we’d be sent home. We weren’t. But it still took 16 hours to have a baby.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      It was super fast, I was surprised. Although my doctor had told me he expected this to be quick, seeing as I was already 3cm dilated from 36 weeks, and it was my 2nd baby. I just didn’t know it would be THAT fast πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Lisa Nolan

    Oh so sweet! I’m happy it was quick! Enjoy your special moments with your new monkey (I call my son monkey so I’m allowed!) I will see you sooner (or later!) on Yeah Write and Moms Who Write and Blog/Pinterest!

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      I call my toddler Monkey too πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Katie



    ok, really, I can’t keep yelling or I will wake the baby. Welcome to the world of two boys. It’s lovel here. πŸ™‚
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Hee!!!! Thank you my friend. I’m loving my world of boys right now. xo

  • May 10, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Whoa Mama!! That is awesome–short labors are the way to go, lol! Glad you made it to the hospital in time. Congrats on the newest member of your family!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Rach! I’m glad I made it too!

  • May 10, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    He’s finally here!! Hooray! Thank you for sharing your amazing birth story with us. Holy cow, what a race it was indeed.
    Enjoy this special time. πŸ™‚
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Holy cow, indeed!

  • May 10, 2012 Bee

    Congratulations! He’s so precious!
    I can totally relate. It was less than three hours from first contraction to the birth of my son. Quick and amazing.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      I was totally on a high right after! And thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Stephanie

    That is pretty much how both my labours went πŸ™‚

    Congrats on your new son πŸ™‚
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Lucky you! And thank you.

  • May 10, 2012 Julie

    Such an exciting birth! And no time to chicken out about going natural, either. All that adrenaline though, can you even remember the pain? *Ducking*

    He’s beautiful, and I hope you are immersed in your family right now!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Hah! I do remember the pain. But really, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

      I’m totally immersed. Totally.

  • May 10, 2012 Susi

    Congrats again. Glad you made it safe to the hospital and all went well. Amazing how fast these things go sometimes. It took a lot longer with my three. πŸ™‚
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      The speed in which this happened totally surprised me too πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Just Jennifer

    Congratulations!! Sounds like you did great. And sounds a bit like my first delivery, except you went a bit faster.

    And I guessed May 8! Woohoo!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Yay for guessing right!

  • May 10, 2012 Elizabeth

    So very happy and excited for you! What an absolutely adorable little Scrumplet! Enjoy lots of little kisses and snuggles. And so glad that after all this time your labor went quickly! =)
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Elizabeth!

  • May 10, 2012 Delilah

    You’re my hero! That is an awesome birth story! Scrumplet is gorgeous and I’m so happy he’s here.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much!

  • May 10, 2012 Elaine

    Girl, you almost had him in the hallway! ha! I’m glad you made it though and Scrumplet sure is scrumptious!! πŸ˜‰

    You’re both gorgeous and I’m so excited to watch him grow! xoxo
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, I nearly did. If I had stood up any longer, he would have fallen out haha! And thank you. πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 julie gardner

    Oh, so much love to you and your boys…so so much.

    I think you know how I feel about the moment that second baby joins the family.

    Pure. Joy.

    Now. Promise me you won’t feel guilt about your presence here or anywhere else but where you need to be.

    And when you need to be here, don’t feel guilt about that either.


    Okay. Good.

    Because I don’t want to have to come to Malaysia to kick your cute mama butt.

    All right then.
    Carry on.

    And oh so much love to you. Always.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      If I can make you come to Malaysia, I’d do anything.

      And thank you. So much. xo

  • May 10, 2012 Sara

    WHAT A ROCKSTAR! Congrats on your little boy and WAY TO GO on a speedy delivery!

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Sara!

  • Seriously, you wrote a post?
    I am starting to think you have a clone … congrats to y’all, just gorgeous.
    Relax, enjoy, sleep xxx
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      I do have a clone πŸ˜‰
      And thank you Nicole!

  • May 10, 2012 Lauren

    And yet you still had the time to text and break our date! I’ve never had an “I’m in labor” SMS before..LOL. KUDOS TO YOU! Enjoy the new baby…life is about to get more interesting πŸ™‚

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Yeah I was on the floor when I texted you, haha!! Life IS more interesting πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Kimberly

    You’re doing the most important things and that makes you a wonderful mom.
    He is scrumptious.
    Congrats my friend with a shot gun vagina. Xoxo
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Shotgun vagina, hahahahahahaha!!!
      Thank you πŸ™‚ xo

  • May 10, 2012 Ann

    Congratulations to you and yours Alison! Hugs all around and he is SO adorable!

    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Ann!

  • May 10, 2012 Melanie

    Congratulations again! I am in awe of you, mama. He is truly scrumptious! Truly.

    Wishing you lots and lots sweet time (and rest) with your new little one and your big boy.

    So excited for you.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Melanie!! Sweet times have been had so far, love it.

  • May 10, 2012 vania

    Hot damn! did you have like 4 hours of labor? ok, forget that!
    Congrats mama! so happy for you guys!
    i can’t believe you posted. go rest and enjoy this wonderful time. big hugs sugar!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      3 hours actually! πŸ™‚
      Thank you sweetie, am loving my two boys!

  • May 10, 2012 angela

    Ha! He just knew when he wanted to get here. And then he was πŸ™‚

    Enjoy every moment of these squishy newborn days.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Yeah he sure did!! I am loving every moment.

  • May 10, 2012 Stasha

    And that’s how it’s done!! Awesome job mama!! He is beautiful. And you look so beautiful too!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my friend!

  • May 10, 2012 Recovering Supermom

    This brought tears to my eyes. Many congratulations to you and your family!
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Alexandra


    Yes, they come faster with each one.

    Just so you know.

    SO HAPPY, dear lady.

    Your children are angelic.
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    • May 14, 2012 Alison

      Thank you my friend. If I had #3, he/ she would just fall out at this rate, right? πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Bruna

    They say the second baby comes much faster than the first especially when they’re close in years.

    SO happy for you that Scrumplet has finally arrived. You look beautiful and radiant in your photo with baby in arms.

    So happy for you Alison!
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Bruna! My doctor did say he’d come fast but I had no idea it would be THAT fast!

  • May 10, 2012 Corinne O'Sullivan

    Squee!!!! Oh congratulations, Alison! I’m glad your delivery went well and now you get to cherish your little scrumplet!

    Rest up, inhale that new baby smell and enjoy it. So excited for you and your family!

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Corrine!!

  • May 10, 2012 AnnMarie

    Oh, Alison! I was wondering! Congratulations!!! He’s gorgeous and you do NOT look like you just gave birth! How exciting! I feel very blessed that I get to be on your journey of parenting your beautiful boys!
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      I was on a high I think, after delivery πŸ™‚ And thank you.

  • May 10, 2012 viviene

    30 minutes?!?!?!!? Wow..

    Congratulations on the arrival of your cute little one!! =D

    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      It would have been quicker if I hadn’t been lying down, hah!

  • HE’S HERE!!! Congrats, Alison!!!

    I’m so happy to hear that both mama and baby are safe and sound and doing well.

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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you!!! We are doing well!

  • May 10, 2012 Kimberly

    I could not be any happier for you! Enjoy the time with your sweet boys. We will be here when you’re back. xoxo
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Don’t you dare leave me. xo

  • May 10, 2012 Jess

    I’m happy that your second was easier. Congratulations!
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      No happier than I was!! Thanks!

  • May 10, 2012 Kiddothings

    I can’t believe you’re blogging.

    Such a speedy delivery! SO happy for you and your family. Now, take lots of rest and savour the time with the new one! Take care πŸ™‚
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Blogging is the one thing keeping me sane πŸ™‚

      And thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Mama, Hear Me Roar

    Primal? You are a force of nature! Glad you made it there in time.

    You and Scrumplet look so beautiful. xo
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      It was a close one! Thank you.

  • May 10, 2012 Nikky44

    So Happy for you !!!

    I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger and Beautiful blogger awards! You can check it on my latest Blog post!
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Nikky! Sorry to be late with the checking out of the awards, thank you, heading over now!

  • May 10, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Holy. Cow.

    This made me cry with joy

    (and primal kinds of things).

    It’s so great to live this with you Alison – so glad the hard part is over (it is – sleepless nights and sore boobs got nothin on labor).
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    • May 15, 2012 Alison

      Me make you cry? πŸ™‚

      Sore boobs – oh, sore boobs.

  • May 10, 2012 Erin

    Congrats!!!! What a beautiful baby πŸ™‚ I’m so glad that things went smoothly for you. It’s crazy how different labor and children for that matter can be. All 3 of mine were different.

    Hope you and the baby continue to do well. Get as much rest as possible. It’s very different the 2nd time because you can’t just nap whenever. You have to nap when both children are napping.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Erin! We’re doing well. And I’m getting good sleep when I sleep!

  • May 10, 2012 Mark

    I took your warning and didn’t read a word. After all, I am drinking coffee right now.
    Still, I did scroll down in hopes of seeing a newborn baby. And you didn’t disappoint. He’s beautiful!
    Half of your male readers, m.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Mark!

  • May 10, 2012 Karin

    Congrats, wow, this was fast. Lucky you made it to the hospital in time. Enjoy your first days with your little Scrumplet. πŸ™‚
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I almost did not make it in time πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Heather

    He is a peach! And your birth story sounds like mine, its scary when they come so fast! You wait forever for it to happen and then snap, it’s over. Congrats to you and your family! I’m sure Monkey will love being a big brother.

    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I know, I honestly didn’t think it was going to be that quick, considering how slow my last week was πŸ™‚ And thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Ado

    Wow, wow, what a story! 30 minutes!!! YOu had me on the edge of my seat!!! Wow! Go you!
    I had a similar story with Ella – not quite as dramatic but similar – did I forget to tell you that no. 2 pops out quickly?? Oops?
    Your little scrumplet is just so round and perfect – love seeing the photos!!!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha oops indeed. It was so quick, I was shocked when the contractions went from every 5 minutes to every 2 and I could feel the baby move down. And I was still at home!

  • May 10, 2012 Adrienne

    So sweet Allison! I love the picture! I can’t think of better to have a baby. Quick! Hee Hee.

    It really shows your heart when you mention friends that have suffered losses. You’re special girl. <3
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I loved that the labor was so quick!

      And thank you πŸ™‚

  • My ovaries are squealing. Such a beautifull baby! My second was nothing like the first either.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Hee! Thanks Tinne!

  • May 10, 2012 Mrs. Weber

    What an awesome birth story…And your quicker the second time around birth gives me hope, so thank you!

    Scrumplet is beautiful and so are you. Welcome to motherhood x2!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Have hope! And thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Natalie

    I’m so glad your labor was quick…I’m hoping for a quicker one myself this 2nd time around! He’s a cutie…again congrats on your precious little boy!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I hope you do too and thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Jessica

    Wonderful birth story, Alison. Thank you for sharing it, and your pregnancy, and your mothering, and yourself…with us! Congrats again.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank YOU for reading, for supporting. xo

  • Sooo happy for you! (I can’t even remember if I’ve already commented or not on this…sorry mommy brain.) Wish I was closer to I could hold Scrumplet for you so you could pee in peace.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! Fortunately, we have many loving arms here to hold the baby πŸ™‚

  • May 10, 2012 Katie E

    Wow, that was fast! Congratulations again! Enjoy this time with your new teeny one.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      It was and thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Jackie

    Congratulations Mama! You have a beautiful baby!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jackie!

  • May 10, 2012 Kristin

    That’s exactly how my mom’s birth experience was with my younger brother. With me, she had a nice, slow progressive labor that allowed her to clean the entire apartment before heading to the hospital, where she got an epidural and waited some more. I came out quietly, peacefully, and immediately went to sleep.

    With my brother, she woke up in labor, thought she had to poop, and realized he was beginning to crown. In the toilet. She barely got to the hospital on time.

    Congratulations, Alison! And welcome to the world, Scrumplet! πŸ™‚
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, that sounds almost like my experience!! My first was like your birth πŸ™‚

      Thank you!

  • May 10, 2012 Kir

    wow, wow, wow….you GO GIRL! I mean holy CRAP right? You could feel his head, that had to be an “OMG moment” but look at you holding him, that picture makes me smile every single I look at it.

    thanks for writing this for all of us, I’m just so glad Srumplet is here for all of us “internet Aunties” to coo over. xoxoxo
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Yes, it was that OMG moment (okay, more like oh shit)! And I’m so glad Scrumplet has all his Internet Aunties to love on him. xo

  • May 10, 2012 Natalie

    Yay Scrumplet! Yay Alison! Yay for wonderful babies and happy families. So happy for you guys.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you, Natalie!

  • Congratulations, Alison, and every best wish! πŸ™‚ You two look so beautiful πŸ™‚ And I TOLD you he would be born on May 8th like my daughter!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      You guessed right, Susanna!

  • May 10, 2012 MommaKiss

    Having had 2 c-sections, I was never actually in labor. True story. So, reading actual ‘birthin’ babies out of your hoo hah’ stories are enlightening to me πŸ™‚

    CONGRATS to you and your whole family!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha, hoo hah! Thank you Momma Kiss for your well wishes!

  • May 11, 2012 Mrs. Jen B

    So, so happy for you! And I don’t think *anyone* expects your normal level of internet activity right now, sweetie. Enjoy that gorgeous baby!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Jen, I am!

  • May 11, 2012 Dwija {House Unseen}

    Alison, I just love this story! I’ve been the movie lady in the wheel chair before, too. Makes for some great memories πŸ˜€
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Dweej! May your 5th baby be kind to you (home birth, right? Yahoo!)

  • May 11, 2012 Robbie

    amazing birth story and congrats to your family!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Robbie!

  • May 11, 2012 Jocelyn

    Yay, Alison, congratulations!!! May 8 is a simply wonderful day for a birthday! I should know, it’s mine too. πŸ˜‰ Your delivery sounds a lot like mine with D – I, however, didn’t know it was the “real thing” and she was born 20 minutes after we got to the hospital. I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying being a new family of 4!!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Happy Belated Birthday to you, and yay for May 8 babies!

      We’re doing well, thank you for your well wishes!

  • May 11, 2012 Bonnie Way

    Awww… beautiful! (I wish my labours were that short and sweet!) I could’ve warned you that the second wouldn’t be anything like the first… I had the same experience. Well, not the second being faster than the first, just different. πŸ™‚
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      This experience was 100% different from my first one. I should have known πŸ™‚

  • May 11, 2012 Kyla

    WOWZA! Good work, girl!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Hah thanks Kyla!

  • Beautiful! I’m utterly amazed you’ve posted! Congratulations!!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Amy! (I wrote this after both kids went to sleep!)

  • May 11, 2012 Leslie

    Many congratulations! So glad to know everyone is safe and healthy. Take the time to enjoy the little scrumplet and have a fantastic Mother’s Day!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Leslie, hope you had a great one too!

  • May 11, 2012 Sammy

    Awww…congratulations! Very glad to know Scrumplet is finally out and healthy. πŸ™‚ Advanced happy mother’s day to you!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Sammy!

  • May 11, 2012 Galit Breen

    Oh YAY, you! I’m so glad that you wrote your birth story here!

    (My second two were way fast, too. Ouch.)

    Love you and both of your sweet littles!

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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, OUCH πŸ™‚

      Love you too! xo

  • May 11, 2012 Leah aka FFPMaMMa

    Congrats! So proud of you. Take your time, savor these moments, stay offline. We will all be here when you return back.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Leah!

  • May 11, 2012 Audrey

    Congratulations!!! He is adorable! although your labor scares me, my first was fast, hope my second isn’t faster!!

  • May 11, 2012 KalleyC

    Oh I so very happy for you. Congratulations and enjoy that little one!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kalley!

  • May 11, 2012 Jennifer

    So happy you skipped your third breakfast & made it to the hospital in time! Your new son is simply gorgeous, as are you. Congratulations! I hope you are healing well. xoxo
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I’m glad too, birthing him in the car would not have been ideal πŸ™‚

      Thank you!

  • May 11, 2012 Kristen

    I was actually head out by the time my dad got my mom to the hospital. She told me that her legs were up on the dashboard and she was screaming at my dad to go faster. The only shortcut he knew was a one way street…so he took it! My mom said it was like something in a movie. So glad you made it to the hospital on time and Scrumplet was delivered happy and healthy into your arms. Enjoy him and the new big brother that Monkey is!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Oh my, what an exciting entry you made into the world!

      We’re enjoying our time, as much as we are adjusting to it all. Thank you.

  • May 11, 2012 Elena

    I saw you mention how fast it all went – but I had no idea it was this fast! Seriously, that is like in the movies. It’s funny how one birth story can vary so greatly from another.

    Congrats again to you! I’m over the moon happy for you and hope you’re enjoying your time with your newborn and watching the brothers bond. πŸ™‚
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Elena!! It did feel as dramatic as the movies, hah. And thank you.

  • May 11, 2012 francerants

    Oh hip, hip, hooray!!!


    xoxoxo – France

    p.s. God bless the little guy with health, love, and happiness for the rest of his life!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you France!

  • May 12, 2012 Christine

    Wowowow! You just made it!
    I’m so happy for you πŸ˜€
    So…the rip in the pants…that really WAS a sign wasn’t it? Wild.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha, yes, I believe the rip in the pants was totally a sign. No other explanation.

      And thank you!

  • May 12, 2012 Carolyn

    Oh I love that you posted, wow!
    Enjoy your cuddles!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Carolyn, I am!

  • May 12, 2012 Kelley

    Thirty minutes?? ARE YOU FOR REAL? Wow! I’m impressed that it took you from 3:00 a.m. to when you arrived to the hospital to get there. I know I overreacted when it was my turn. I got there as fast as possible! I’m such a wimp. Congratulations!!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Hah, I should have done that! Thank you.

  • May 12, 2012 Asianmommy

    Congrats! Your little one is beautiful!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you!!

  • Not sure if I’m male reader #1 or #2, but this wasn’t too graphic. Or at least nothing I haven’t heard/seen before πŸ™‚

    So glad things went smoothly. My mother told me that she barely made it to the hospital before my 11# body slipped out. Sounds like you had a similar experience.

    Congrats to you and your family.

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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      It does sound like your birth story! Although fortunately my son wasn’t 11 pounds or I’d be in a world of pain πŸ™‚ Thank you for your well wishes!

  • May 12, 2012 Susan

    In the words of my own obgyn…”now that’s the way to have a baby!”.
    Quick and dirty. Heartfelt congrats Alison! He’s beautiful.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      My doctor predicted correctly that it would be a fast and furious labor and he was right! Thank you for your well wishes!

  • May 12, 2012 Cookie's Mom

    Congratulations, Alison. I hope you and baby are feeling well and that little Scrumplet is adjusting well to life ‘on the outside’. And I thought *my* kid came out fast!!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Sue! We are doing well!

  • May 12, 2012 Jessica

    Congratulations, Alison! I’m so happy for you! πŸ™‚ Get rest and enjoy this time!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Jessica, we are!

  • May 12, 2012 My Inner Chick

    C O N G R A T S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So happy for you. Love Love Love. xx
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much, Kim! xo

  • Yay Alison! Congratulations! It sounds like you had a pretty easy time of it, or at least it was over pretty quickly. So happy everything went well.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you! I couldn’t have hoped for a better experience.

  • May 13, 2012 Tonya

    Sounds like the perfect delivery to me. πŸ™‚ Congratulations, again. Enjoy your newborn and adjusting to being the mother of two! I’m sure you are already stellar at it. xoxo
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      It did feel perfect – I was on a high after it! I’m enjoying and adjusting πŸ™‚

  • May 13, 2012 Momma Teacher Lady

    Wow, I don’t know that I would have been so calm! Congrats, though!!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      I was calm because I had no idea things would progress so fast! And thank you.

  • May 13, 2012 Maureen

    Congrats, Alison! Scrumplet is super cute and adorable. You are one kick ass mama for sure!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Maureen!

  • May 13, 2012 Sarah Reinhart

    Finally got the chance to read this! And it reminds me soooo much of how Gus was born (he was my second child as well) Super fast. Barely made it to the hospital. Congratulations on such a beautiful Scrumplet. There’s something about those second born sons πŸ™‚
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Oh second born sons. Special little boys they are πŸ™‚

  • May 13, 2012 Jill

    Congratulations! What a sweet picture! He is so adorable! What an extra special mother’s day! Have a good one!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      It was an extra special Mother’s Day, thank you!

  • May 14, 2012 Mirjam

    Didn’t I tell you, you would rock when it was time to deliver?? Didn’t I??
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha! You did, you did πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2012 Jester QUeen

    Oh Congratulations!! I had almost the same experience with my son. Nothing major here, eating breakfast, getmetothehospitalnowI’mhavingababy!! (and the kid was being held in by the sac by the time I arrived. Yah). Very familiar. Glad everything went well and you now have your baby!!
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Haha, yes I growled at my husband I believe πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • May 15, 2012 Emmy

    Congrats! And wow that was a fast delivery! Enjoy your new beautiful baby! Take lots of pictures they grow way too fast.
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    • May 16, 2012 Alison

      Every day – I’m taking pictures every day πŸ™‚

  • May 22, 2012 Lorna

    Congratulations! I’ve been thinking about you and wanted to check in. (Kinda reading backwards to this post!)

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    • May 22, 2012 Alison

      Thank you so much Lorna!

  • June 12, 2012 Christine

    Alison, congratulations for your 2nd baby!!

    Just wanted to say that from this story, it looks like you had an ‘easy and smooth’ birthing experience this time around – Not that kind of prolonged labour that could last >12 hrs. If I could have something like this, I think I could do my 1st baby delivery naturally, completely drug free, like what you advised. πŸ™‚

    Hope you are coping well with your toddler and the newborn. I know it is not easy. Hang in there.

    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Christine!

      I did have a much better labour experience this time round. From contractions to delivery, it was only 3 hours.

      BUT, with my first son, my water broke at 8pm on a Monday night, contractions started at 11pm, and the baby was born at 11am the next day. And he had to be pulled out with forceps. I did have an epidural as well. Also, severe postpartum bleeding. It was a really hard, rather traumatic experience.

      Don’t let me scare you though! Everyone’s experience is different. Even just with my 2 boys, totally opposite experiences.

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