Mabel’s Birth Story

  1. Kelly Mock says:

    Beautiful story! I love that you prayed with your mom before going! Mabel is gorgeous! Congrats!

  2. I just love birth stories! They always give me happy tears. I'm so glad you had an amazing doula to support you, as well as Jim! And the end is always worth all that pain. Beautiful Mabel! Congratulations again and again.

  3. Diana L says:

    Congratulations Courtney, on another beautiful baby girl!

  4. Mama, I loved this so much. And I loved what you said at the beginning about birth stories. Beautiful. BEAUTIFUL! Glory to God! Also – you are basically superwoman.

  5. Jess Beer says:

    Such a crazy few hours! Welcome to the world Mabel girl! <3

  6. Good grief, woman! You got this post up fast. Congratulations on a healthy baby girl! That is crazy that it was just 2 minutes after you started pushing! So glad you didn't have to have an emergency C-section. I won't lie and pretend like I know what all that stuff means that you said you wanted to have happen, but I'm glad it worked out how you wanted it!

  7. Jessie says:

    OH, Courtney. This post… <3 I have wanted this for you so badly, and though we don't "know" each other, I wish I could run up to the hospital and give you a big hug and scoop up your girl and thank God for her. Congratulations to you and your sweet husband, you're a family of FOUR! And SISTERS. Omigosh. xo

  8. Leslie says:

    I love reading birth stories as well and Mabel's was a fabulous one! So glad to hear everything went as you had wished. She's beautiful… congratulations!

  9. Jessica says:

    Loved reading this today! So glad that things went well, despite being a bit hectic in the beginning. Mabel is perfect and I'm so excited for your sweet family! Also, I was happy with pushing for only 15 minutes with Vivian. But two minutes? Dang girl! That's amazing!!!

  10. Megan Jowdry says:

    What a beautiful story! I found your blog several months ago when you were at the beginning of your pregnancy. It has been so wonderful to follow you on your journey. You now have 2 beautiful girls! Enjoy every moment!!

  11. Wow!! What a sweet story. I love that you documented the good and the bad, the fun and the hard times. Such a real picture of the whole birthing process. So glad you and Mabel are doing well. Congratulations on your newest little cutie!!

  12. Sarah says:

    Girl, how do you look THIS GOOD after just giving birth…sans pain meds, I might add! You rock–times about ten thousand! Beautiful story, beautiful mama, beautiful birth photos, and most of all beautiful baby! I'm so glad everything worked out in your favor. Congrats! <3

  13. P!nky says:

    Welcome to the world, beautiful Mabel! Thank you for sharing your story, Courtney! I love reading birth stories, even though I'm not quite ready to be pregnant. I find them so fascinating and everyone has a unique story to read. Wishing you a wonderful first week home as a family of four.

  14. hello erin says:

    I'm so happy she's here! And safe! And perfect! And with a whopping two minutes of pushing! She's amazing already πŸ˜‰ I can't wait to hear and see MORE MORE MORE!

  15. You are a rock star – seriously so amazing!!!!!! I am so, so, so happy for you & can't wait to see more pictures of sweet little Mabel! She is perfect!

  16. She is so adorable and I have 3 words for you: you rock mama!! Seriously, you look absolutely amazing. I can't believe how fast she came! Kinda scares me a little bit with baby #2 πŸ™‚

  17. Oh my gosh, Mabel! Well girlfriend knew when she wanted to be born and she made it happen! I'm SO glad that you got everything that you wanted after she was born. What a perfect birth story for you and Mabel. And seriously, that husband of yours… he's a keeper! Such a rockstar also! I love the squeezing of the arm and him staying cool and calm. SO HAPPY she is here and she is perfect! Can't wait to hear and see more more more!

  18. Tawnya Faust says:

    Courtney!! I still can't believe she's here and I'm so happy for you that everything went as you wanted it to πŸ™‚ What a beautiful birth story and holy 2 minutes of pushing!!! Crazy! πŸ™‚ She's beautiful, congrats to all of you again! XO

  19. JLynn Justad says:

    Congratulations girl! What a sweet story! And how beautiful your baby girl #2 is! She also happens to share a birthday with my father! Happy birthday to your sweet baby girl. Can't wait to see the rest of your updates! Love to you and your precious family! xx

  20. I have been following along with your pregnancy and have been waiting for this post to come. Wow! This is so amazing and I'm so happy for you guys. I have tears in my eyes reading this! Congrats to all of you πŸ™‚

  21. That is SO sweet. SO sweet. And those pics of you giving birth are very tasteful yet show the emotions of the moment. Thank you for sharing this!
    This is the first ever birth story I have read πŸ™‚

  22. Jess Scott says:

    What a beautiful story!!! Mabel, and God, had their own plans, but it seems like everything worked out perfectly for you! I am so glad you got the post-labor plans you wanted and everyone is healthy and happy!!! She's just beautiful! I cannot wait to follow this new journey!! πŸ™‚ xo

  23. Elena @ baby Ridley bump says:

    Wow congrats!! She is perfect! And thank you for sharing the pics and being open and honest about your experience! Did your doula take the photos? I've never really thought about having a doula but I have been hearing more and more about them and will probably consider it once I get pregnant! Congrats again!

  24. Amy says:

    Mama, you are amazing! What a special & amazing story of how your sweet girl entered this world! So glad everyone is healthy! When do you get to go home?

  25. Mrs. Southern Mama says:

    LOVED that you shared those pictures. They are beautiful! What a sweet story about how she was born. You are a trooper, mama! God knew what he was doing whenever he took good care of Mabel during the delivery. Praise Him!!!

  26. I love birth stories as well! so thank you for sharing yours. i also appreciate how real and honest you are, because sometimes i feel like a failure already because some people are like 'it was so easy and amazing and look how pretty i look!' lol. Congrats again though, especially on getting the birth you wanted – she is absolutely precious and I can't wait to see more of her. Congrats!!

  27. Jana Tolman says:

    Holy cow! I think it's so amazing that things can change in just an instant–like from totally mild contractions to crazy productive ones, and no urge to push to only needing to push for two minutes. I LOVED reading this. I am so incredibly thrilled for you and your family and I'm glad Mabel is here safe and sound and you're both doing well. πŸ™‚

  28. Hannah says:

    Oh, I love everything about this! Praise the Lord for a safe and healthy delivery for both of you, albeit very fast! I'm glad that everything worked out in the end and you only had to push for two minutes! The doctor had to put an internal heart monitor on Emerson because they couldn't find his heartbeat, then when they did is was so low. So scary! I can understand some of what you went through… although, I wasn't having hard contractions like you and my water had already broken, so they had to do an emergency c-section. I'm glad you got to have you natural birth! And I can't wait to hear about the rest of your hospital time. And goodness sakes, I love these pictures, you look beautiful! So happy for you and your sweet little family of four!

  29. Congratulations to you and your family! Welcome to the world, Mabel!!!

  30. All the tears are happening right now.
    What a beautiful birth story! And all of your pictures are so amazing. You are so fortunate to have so many great photos documenting the journey!
    So, so, so thrilled for you and your new family of four!!

  31. What a beautiful story, Courtney!!
    I am so glad that Mabel is here and healthy!
    You're a rock star! πŸ™‚

  32. cristina says:

    I love birth stories too!! Thanks for sharing. Congrats again on your new addition! πŸ™‚

  33. Amazing!! I love how animated your story was too….I felt like I have told my stories very similarly πŸ˜‰ Birth is just such an amazing and beautiful thing. So great to have those precious photos as well!

  34. Candace says:

    LOVE THIS!!! So happy you got to have a natural birth, and that Miss Mabel came out safely! Sounds like you had a great hospital too–you got all your wishes! Liv came fast and furious too, and I think I was in shock for a while πŸ™‚ So so very happy for you! Enjoy your sweet baby girl and these precious first days as a family of FOUR!!!

  35. Hooray!!! I am so happy she is here! A true gift of God and an answer to many many months of prayers. What a blessing and how great that she came 2 min after pushing – a dream.

  36. Birth stories are my absolute favorites too! So many fantastic pictures, you will treasure them forever (add heart eye emojis here). Im so happy for you and your Family!

  37. Sarah says:

    you rocked it. holy cow. every moment i know was so so so worth the wait. how beautiful is that story. how beautiful is her journey already!!! i can't get over it. congratulations mama!!!

  38. Such a great story! You made me laugh and cry. Congratulations!

  39. Leah says:

    Love this so much!! Glad all went well!! She's a keeper for sure!! xo

  40. I just love your birth stories! They are funny but so sweet! So glad to hear Miss Mabel was healthy after a whirlwind day!

  41. I cried tears of joy reading this. It brought me back to my daughters birth, almost nine months ago. Her cord too, was around her back when she was born which explained why her heartrate was going down during my contractions. Thankfully I pkeaded and begged for no c-section. I pushed get her out within 15 minutes! I labored at home as well and I was in complete denial at the time. I got to the hospital and was 8cm! They were shocked I wasn't screaming! The pain wasn't bad at all!

  42. Absolutely beautiful, Courtney!! I am so thankful you shared this with us… So much love for you and your new family of four!!

  43. So beautiful! You crack me up and HOLY COW you looked amazing even after! I'm impressed! Abigail's comment in the car made me LOL. And tornado sirens?! Eek! What an adventure! Congrats!!! Mabel is precious!

  44. Allison says:

    Congratulations!!! I loved reading your birth story, thanks for sharing! So glad to hear that she is perfect and healthy and that you got what you wanted from your birth plan!

  45. Um….this is just perfect and beautiful in every way. I am so happy for you! What a blessing Mabel is to your family!

  46. GIRL you are such a rockstar. You make me feel confident that I CAN DO THIS labor and delivery thing! So grateful you shared a real and honest account of little Miss Mabel's birth and praising the lord that mama and baby are healthy!

  47. A year late to the party…but I love birth stories! This one is almost exactly like the one I had with my second kid…crazy how fast they come. We almost didn’t make it to the hospital! Oops, thought I had more time then that πŸ™‚

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