baby fever

September 16, 2011

This morning, my family welcomed a new addition to the brood. Aubrey Rae was born at 10:56 AM, weighing 8 pounds 3 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches long.

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Last night, my sister Kirstin was brought to the hospital at 7 pm to be induced. Her due date was today, but she needed to get some antibiotics for the strep virus before they could start pumping her with petocin. My mom, her mother in law, and I were on call all night — constantly text messaging each other to see if any progress was made. Early this morning, she was 4-5 cm. dilated, so we all headed in together.

At that point, not much was happening. Kirstin had an epidural the night before and she was progressing pretty slowly, so we all visited, told jokes, and Kirstin tried to get some rest before the big event. Around 9:30 this morning, her water broke on its own (right before they were going to call the doctor to do it for her), and she went from 7 centimeters to 10 centimeters in a matter of 15-20 minutes. At this point, Kirstin was feeling a lot of pressure and pain, despite the fact she had an epidural — and everyone but the doctor figured out it was time to have a baby.

Aubrey was sitting pretty low, so the nurse assumed that she wouldn’t have to push too much, and boy was she right! We waited… and waited… and waited for that doctor. In fact, the nurse had her start pushing before the doctor even arrived. When the doctor got there, he looked frantic and frazzled — and the gleam in his eye told us he really would like to kick a few people out of the room, but he really and truly had absolutely no time to do so (score one for me!). I was pretty excited that I got to stay in there!

With 2 pushes with the doctor in the room, Aubrey was born — let’s just say this Auntie was blubbering like a fool.

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If you have never seen a birth before, it is honestly and truly one of the most amazing things to watch. Although to be perfectly honest with you — it squashed some of my baby fever like a bug. My big sister was truly a champ and stayed focused and calm the entire time — and she was overjoyed to see that the baby looks exactly like her (pout and all!).

Aubrey is an incredibly alert baby, and she did not sleep a wink until almost 3 hours after she was born. She couldn’t stop looking around and taking in her new world.

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Mama and baby are doing just great and are resting up for more visitors this afternoon and evening. They will likely get to go home sometime tomorrow and get settled in as a (now) family of five (or 6 if you include the dog).

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I am so incredibly proud of my sister for bringing this unbelievably beautiful baby girl into this world, and I know she will continue to be a great mother with each passing day.

Congratulations, Kirstin and Landon! Aubrey is perfect in so many ways.

{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }

RunEatRepeat September 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Gorgeous! Congrats!!!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers September 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Adorable! Hurray for Auntie Chelsey. Such a happy family. :)

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Suzanne September 16, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Congratulations! She is beautiful!

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Kendall (On An Inhale) September 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

What a sweetheart!! Congrats!!!

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Oh my goodness, she is precious! Congrats to your family!!

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Kristen @ Chocolate Covered Kristen September 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

What a pretty baby!

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Lara @ TresLaLa September 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Congrats to your growing family! Your sister looks radiant, and you look like a natural! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Thanks Lara!

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Courtney September 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Congratulations! Also, your sister looks absolutely amazing in the pics above for just delivering a baby!

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

She looked absolutely amazing the entire time. Seriously – I could not even believe it!

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Simply Life September 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

oh so cute! yay! congrats!

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Parita @ myinnershakti September 16, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Congrats!!! SO SO exciting!
P.S. You look like a natural in that pics! ;)

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 16, 2011 at 3:56 pm

YAY!!! Congrats Aunt Chelsey! :) Kiss the new niece a lot and tell her how beautiful she is from the start! (that’s sweet that she looks just like her mommy!) Your sister looks like a champ! BEAUTIFUL for just having a baby! :)
Congrats to the whole family & may Miss Aubrey live a Blessed life!

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Thanks Auntie Julie! I was already all over that little girl. The grandmas were mad that I held her first – haha!

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Lucy @ Porridge and Parsnips September 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Aww, such lovely photos :) Congratulations to all of you!

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Alyssa September 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

congrats! babies are the best.

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Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health September 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Congrats to your sister! And to you for having a new family member! Your sister looks fabulous for just having given birth! And, I’m not sure I ever want to witness a birth haha…I’ve watched that baby video in health class and no thank you- I don’t need to see a woman’s nether regions being stretched that far open

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I really had no choice at that point – haha!

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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm

She’s gorgeous! Congrats to the whole family. I love the name too :)

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Jenn's Adventures September 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Congrats Auntie Chelsey!!!!!! =)

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Christina @ This Woman Cooks! September 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Congrats auntie! She is soooo beautiful!!

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Lauren September 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Oh my goodness, she is precious! :) Congrats to you auntie, and to your sister and her husband. Nieces are a lot of fun.

P.S. I follow you on Twitter via Joey’s iPhone and the other night he read your tweet about feeling sad that it’s not you when you hear someone is pregnant except he didn’t explain that he was reading a tweet and I thought he was saying it to me. I almost had a heart attack!!

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

hahahah! That is hilarious! And any of those “sad” feelings have been blown out of the water. I think I can wait a while.

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Sophie @ threetimesf September 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Auntie Chelsey, congratulations! She’s gorgeous!

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Alicia @Bakeaholic September 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Awe congrats! Your sister and you look alike! Just with brown hair ;) haha

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Really? I have never ever heard that before! We are total opposites!

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Alicia @Bakeaholic September 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm

haha I think it’s the eyes!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Awww congrats to them!

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Sweet and Savvy September 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm

How precious and beautiful!! Congrats to your sister! :) So glad to see she and the baby are happy and healthy!

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Katy (The Singing Runner) September 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

What a beautiful baby and family! Congratulations!!!! :)

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Lindsey September 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Too cute, congrats! I love babies!!

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles September 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Congratulations!! What a beautiful baby. I know you’ll spoil her like crazy :)

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats September 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Congrats to you and your family on this extremely special day! Witnessing births is one of the coolest experiences ever. I got to be in on quite a few throughout my summer internship.

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 16, 2011 at 5:48 pm

You seem like a natural, Chelsey! Was this title a heads up maybe??

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 5:55 pm

haha I am a natural with babies – I’ll be 100% honest with you. But no, my baby fever has been subsided after watching a live birth. Yowzers!!

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Jen September 16, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Aww so precious! Congrats to your family :)

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Thanks, Jen! To think – it will be you in a few short months!!

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aubrey @ italktofood September 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Ahhh! That’s my name!

How nice. Congrats to your sister!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 16, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Congrats to your sister and I love that name!! We actually thought about that one for Skylar!

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Christine September 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Having a baby is a cinch, don’t sweat it. I’ve never seen a baby being born, assuming you don’t count the two I pushed out myself. They tried to get me to look at it in a mirror. No, thanks.

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cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

A cinch? You’re a good woman! :)

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm

She is so precious! Congrats! Although I have to say, I think I’m more of a “I’ll be in the waiting room” kind of person…

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Tabaitha September 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

She is beautiful! Congratulations to your family! It makes me that much more excited to welcome our little girl in a month.

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Pure2raw Twins September 16, 2011 at 8:37 pm

yay for Auntie Chelsey!!! She is so precious! I remember when my little niece was born last year :) now she is getting so big haha
oh you will have so much with her!!!

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Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries September 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm

I’m gushing! This is so so so exciting and wonderful! I’m so happy the baby is healthy and your sister is doing well. What could be better?! Enjoy the cutest new addition to your family !:)

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cleaneatingchelsey September 17, 2011 at 7:12 am

Thanks Colleen! I am definitely in love!

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Laura @ LauraLikesDesign September 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

aww I love that last shot of her–she’s so adorable! Congrats on being an auntie!

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Brittany September 16, 2011 at 10:45 pm

So beautiful!!! congratulations!!

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Grace September 17, 2011 at 5:30 am

Congrats!!! She is beautiful and I don’t know about your but babies are so much cuter when they are alert and not all squinty (like I was) when they first come out! Your sister looks great, too!

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Jess @ Jess Go Bananas September 17, 2011 at 5:32 am

Conragts! Welcome Baby Aubrey! :)

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gabriella @ embracement September 17, 2011 at 6:44 am

Oh my gosh, how beautiful is she! And your sister looks beautiful too, I would seriously have no idea she just gave birth! Enjoy the newest addition to the family

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 17, 2011 at 7:06 am

Congrats to your sister! Aubrey is beautiful (and a beautiful name too)! :)

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whitney September 17, 2011 at 8:08 am

Aww so adorable! I love it. Congrats to the new edition Aunt Chelsey!

Whitney

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Amy September 17, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Shes so precious. Congratulations to your family.

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Leila @ Spinach and Skittles September 17, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Awww cute :) My niece was born the night before – same middle name!

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kate @thepseudovegan September 18, 2011 at 12:13 am

CONGRATULATIONS! I am a neonatal ICU nurse, so it is especially amazing when I see healthy, beautiful babies!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life September 19, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Oh wow! Your sister looked so beautiful having just given birth!! And I have never witnessed a birth, as I am quite certain it would absolutely terrify me and completely put me off babies for life (well not babies, but you do have to push the chicken through the plughole to get them, so you know…)

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