Here is the short version of my most favorite race ever and the best prize. More to come later when I compile the details!

5pm Running Wednesday evening – back pain started.
2 am Lower abd. pains into the night that continued throughout Thursday at school…
5:30pm Pizza on the way home from work on Thursday that was INHALED
6pm Went home and continued to eat more food!
7pm Graded papers but pains became worse and worse! Graded in between contractions. Otherwise was crawling on floor.
8-11pm Contractions became more close together
11:30 pm plug broke (blood)
Hospital time!!
Midnight arrival at hospital – 3 cm dilated
Doula arrival at 3 am along with EPIDURAL – 5 cm dilated
Sleep/rest from 3:30-4am
4am – contractions return, curses, moaning, screaming and shaking
around 6am – pushing
6:38 am It’s a boy!!!!

We are in love!! This is the best “medal” anyone could ever get after finishing a “race”!



  1. Nice job! Glad it went well and hope you are all settling in nicely.Congratulations again!

  2. i guess inhaling junk food is a sure sign of impending labor! nice job…have fun and keep us updated!

  3. Congratulations! Sounds like everything went off without a hitch. I am LOL at grading papers between contractions. I would have been at the hospital demanding drugs (shamefully I have done that). He is so cute! I love it when newborns are wrapped up tight like a little burrito.

  4. yay 🙂 CONGRATS again!!! love the “race report” too!! sooo happy for you guys!

  5. Mama Simmons Reply

    I have goosebumps and my eyes are watering up… knowing exactly what you just went through and how in love you are! 🙂 It just gets better… Congrats again!

  6. Oh my gosh!!! I’m so happy for you! I feel like I know you, I’m so happy!!! You look great in the picture, too. Get the running stroller ready…we’re heading out for a blogger meet up! Oh, and me and Abby decided we should go ride mechanical bulls at a honkeytonk bar…that includes you!

  7. Congrats! That short report makes it sound so quick and easy! I am so happy for you and your family!

  8. I love your race report! How cute! He is soo tiny! 🙂 I’m super happy for you guys! Enjoy your new lil bundle of joy!! 🙂 I hope your feeling okay too!

  9. I’m working a blue “sweet pea” hat as a gift from the DFMC team! Great race report!

  10. jsmarslender Reply

    Yea! I’m so happy for all three of you! What a treat – I’ve been busy for the past few days and just got a chance to check blogs and – yea! – wonderful news! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Congratulations!

  11. Congrats! You all look like a happy wonderful little family. Enjoy!

  12. Angela and David Kidd Reply

    Congrats! You will just continue to fall more in love everyday. It’s amazing.

  13. Congratulations Natalie!Now get out there and start running again:) – kidding.Enjoy some well-deserved rest before getting back into any training.Jack

  14. I love how you wrote EPIDURAL in all caps. LOL!Can’t wait to hear all about it. Enjoy your new love and try and get some rest in when you can.

  15. Chellie has Issues Reply

    I had a feeling they were contraction! I always though doulas were antiepidural. I’m glad you got one! Makes things easier. Congrats and love the name!

  16. Serenity Now Reply

    oohhhh, you look great! Doesn’t it feel good to be HOME with your baby?? Sounds like you did fabulous – you definately WON this race!

  17. It is the best prize. However, a new race has just started. Enjoy it! Can’t wait to hear more about your little guy.

  18. Congratulations – you look so happy – and rested!! Looking forward to seeing more pics.

  19. Awwww, your first family picture. He is sooo little and adorable!Not like I really have experience or anything, but it sounds like once things really got going, your labor wasn’t all that long. Glad you were able to get the epidural if you really needed it. Congrats!!

  20. RunToFinish Reply

    I would have been rolling around like ooww it hurts let’s go, but you graded papers and ate pizza, i love it.welcome to the world racing baby!

  21. Chic Runner Reply

    CONGRATS! I’m so happy for you guys and that picture is just adorable. You look amazing 🙂

  22. Congratulations and the boy will be a great runner you ll see my mom was a runner and the day before I was due was at the track walking

  23. KK @ Running Through Life Reply

    A GREAT BIG CONGRATS to you and your new family!!! He is super cute!!! And I am so impressed you ran up until the end!!! GO YOU!!! You inspire me so much!

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