Labor Updates By Daddy: Jayden Elijah’s Birth Story

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This post, written by Greg, originally appeared on MommyDaddyBlog.com.

We are currently at the hospital where Mommy is in labor! She started having contractions at 5:07 AM this morning. We wrote down the times and lengths of every contraction. Once her contractions were 10 minutes apart and 90 seconds in duration, we checked into the hospital. Last time her cervix was checked (hour and a half ago), she was 4 cm dilated. Her contractions have become more painful and are now only 2-3 minutes apart. We were told that she should reach 10 cm and be ready to deliver by this evening!

Mommy is doing REALLY good. I cannot begin to explain how proud I am of her! I can tell that her contractions are really painful, but she is taking it very, very well. She is such a strong woman. Boogie is going to be so happy that he has such a wonderful mommy. I keep telling her that he is going to be so proud of her.

If you are passing through Mommy Daddy Blog today, please take a minute to show Mommy some support. As stated before, she is taking this extremely well and I am so, so proud of her. She told me to tell everyone she said Hi and that she’s bouncing on the birthing ball to ease her contractions!

Update 4:10 PM: Mommy is now 5cm dilated and we think her water may have broken. Her contractions are now just one minute apart, and she is still doing amazing. She is so beautiful right now and I love her with all my heart.

Update 4:33 PM: Mommy is now 6cm dilated, and is still handling this whole thing like the strong woman that she is. Seriously, this woman is Superwoman.

Update 6:36 PM: Mommy went ahead and got the epidural. The pain of the contractions were too excruciating for her. However, epidural or not, Mommy was strong. She still is strong, and I am still very proud of her. She is doing so well. After getting the epidural, Mommy and I got a little nap time in (we hardly got any sleep last night). She is now 6.5cm dilated without contractions and 8cm dilated with contractions.

Update 9:37 PM: As I type this, my face is drenched and eyes blurred with tears of joy. This is the best day of my life. My son is here. My beautiful baby boy. 7 lbs. 0.7 oz. , 20 in., born at 8:18 PM. I love my little son with all my heart. He looked up at me, grabbed my finger, and smiled at me. I can’t stop crying. He is so beautiful.


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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Funmilayo June 3, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    I’m so happy for you guys, I have been reading your blog sporadically, a friend recommended it, I’m on my way to pop too, 35 weeks preggo this week, and it’s been refreshing reading your blogs πŸ™‚
    Congratulations and God bless!

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  • Aubree May 7, 2008 at 2:15 AM

    This was amazing to read. What a beautiful male point of view, Greg! ^-^

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  • Britney May 4, 2008 at 5:53 PM
  • Brie May 4, 2008 at 12:40 AM

    Congratulations you two! What a special time in your lives.

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  • Jared May 1, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Congrats! That finger grab is killer, eh? I feel ya. Totally had me choked up too. Enjoy it man…they grow up fast! πŸ˜€

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  • Jazzy April 30, 2008 at 5:43 PM

    I’ve been lurking on this site since you both found out your exciting news. This is the best post ever written on this blog! I’m very excited for you both. Congratulations!

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  • mihoriel April 29, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Congrats Mom & Daddy! Happy Birthday, Boogie! Awww you guys are parents!! And reading was so exciting especially since it led to a beautiful boy.

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  • tanyetta April 29, 2008 at 2:30 AM

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is so beautiful πŸ™‚

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  • regina April 28, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Wow, Congrats to you Mommy & Daddy!
    Peace & Love!r

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  • Keisha April 28, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    I’m crying too.

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  • Gina April 28, 2008 at 7:44 AM

    To read that just brought tears of joy to my eyes. CONGRATS TO YOU BOTH!!!!!! Makes me wanna do it again….

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  • B April 27, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Congratulations to both of you!

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  • Tina Silva April 27, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    That is wonderful news and congrats on becoming new parents!! Can’t wait to see a photo of the lil guy. All the best to you three!!

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  • Ana April 27, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    BLESSING ABOUND! CONGRATS! I can’t wait to see the pix. πŸ™‚

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  • Elle April 27, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Congrats to the both of you! (=

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  • Brandy April 27, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Congrats on the two of you! I’m very happy for the both of you. I look forward to following your adventures.

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  • dara April 27, 2008 at 9:03 AM

    OMG! Ya’ll have me in tears. And tell Mommy she is strong with or w/out epidural!!!! The very act of incubating another human being for 9 months takes enormous strength! CONGRATS to both of you. You are in for a wonderful ride!

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  • Thea April 27, 2008 at 9:01 AM

    YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! congrats mom & dad!!!!

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  • mommy.on.top April 27, 2008 at 8:07 AM

    Congratulations to both of you! Can’t wait for the pics of Boogie! Good luck to breastfeeding, parenting, and life in general. πŸ™‚

    mommy.on.top’s last blog post..The announcement

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  • Jessica April 27, 2008 at 6:54 AM

    CONGRATS again! And now the real fun begins!! Rest up while you guys have the chance. I’m ecstatic for you guys–surely not a fraction of how happy you 3 are. Welcome to the world Boogie!

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  • Ms.Matashi April 27, 2008 at 6:14 AM

    Congratulations guys. I am so excited for the both of you. I will praying that everything goes well. The time has finally come for you guys.

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  • Maryam April 27, 2008 at 5:21 AM

    Congats again! I cried when I read the last update what a beautiful expression of love for your entire family.

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  • Candace Wyatt - Mommy to be with 8 weeks to go! April 27, 2008 at 3:57 AM

    CONGRATS MOMMY AND DADDY!!! I’ve been reading your blog for the last 2 or 3 weeks and you guys remind me so much of my husband and I. I started crying when I read that Boogie arrived this evening… you guys will be wonderful parents! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

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  • Jenn April 27, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Congratulations Sheena and Greg! Takes loads and LOADS of pictures!!!

    And hey, no worries about the epidural. Contractions are EXCRUCIATING. I was in active labor for over 24 hours when I caved for one, because my body was too exhausted to progress any further while dealing with such intense pain. I know just how Sheena felt.

    Anyway, again, CONGRATS! Rest well Mommy! πŸ™‚

    Jenn’s last blog post..Happy!

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  • Krystle April 27, 2008 at 12:58 AM

    That’s great news!! πŸ™‚ Congratulations for the birth of baby Boogie! πŸ™‚

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  • Elizabeth April 26, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Congrats! I’m so excited and happy for you both! Enjoy it all while you can, it will go by so fast.

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  • Jen April 26, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Enjoy your time with your new son!! πŸ™‚

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  • 1stopmom April 26, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Yayyyyyyy! My heart is filled with so much joy for you guys. Congratulations!!!!! No longer are you guys parents to be. You are officially Parents πŸ™‚

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  • Ambrosia April 26, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Congrats! I stopped here a few days ago and read about mucus plug. I lost mine the same day I went into labor I had my daughter, so I figured I would stop by and see what was going on.

    I can’t wait for the pictures!

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  • Helen April 26, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Perhaps this hits so close to home because I’m into my 3rd trimester, or perhaps it’s because I’ve been following your journey for the past 6 months, but whatever it is, this post moved me to tears. I’m so happy for the both of you!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Congratulations!!

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  • Lindsey April 26, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Once again, I’m so happy for you two. The father seems VERY happy about having a son.
    Can’t wait to see pictures.!

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  • Jennifer April 26, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Congratulations! Your mom definitely made it just in time. I can’t wait to see the baby pictures.

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  • Miracle April 26, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Congrats Sheena & Greg!!!!! Happy Birthday, Boogie! Awww you guys are parents!!

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  • laura April 26, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Phew! I’m having flashbacks too. πŸ˜›

    Keep being encouraging, Daddy! Sounds like you’re saying just the right things. And stay strong, Mommy! Boogie will be proud of you, and thankful too. πŸ™‚

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  • Jessica April 26, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Congrats Mommy & Daddy! πŸ™‚ Very excited for the both of you.

    Jessica’s last blog post..More updates?

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  • Holly April 26, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Congratulations! This post is so beautiful, I can barely take it! In fact, I am sitting here crying just because of the amount of love being shared between the two of you. You two are beautiful and you are going to be amazing, amazing, amazing parents.

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  • Miracle April 26, 2008 at 7:45 PM

    Checking on your progress. I’m so happy for you two. I can’t wait until the little one makes his debut. I’m sending you guys tons of well wishes. Go Sheena!!!!

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  • Elliott - 21st Century Dad April 26, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Congratulations!!! I immediately flashed back to the birth of my daughter this past August.

    Thanks to you two, I get to re-live some of that.

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  • Debbie April 26, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    How exciting! Congrats to you both! Hoping all continues to go well as it has been! Can’t wait to see pics!

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  • 1stopmom April 26, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    OMG, OMG. I am so excited!!! I am so happy for you guys and you are in my prayers. YAYYYYYY!

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  • Mika April 26, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Congrats!!! I hope everything goes well!

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  • Leslie April 26, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Congrats mommy and daddy!!!

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  • Photo Birth Announcements April 26, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Got your Tweet! WOW! Congratulations!

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  • Maryam April 26, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Congrats! Can’t wait for the next update…

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  • Jenn April 26, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Congratulations to both of you! Wow, Sheena progressed very quickly from the sounds of it! *envious* But that’s great. Whoo hoo!
    Take lots of pictures! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed, hoping everything goes smoothly! πŸ™‚

    Jenn’s last blog post..Happy!

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  • Crunchy Domestic Goddess April 26, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    how exciting! sheena is in my thoughts today. sending her lots of positive energy for a peaceful labor and birth. πŸ™‚
    and you sound like such a supportive husband, greg. keep up the great work. πŸ™‚

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  • Helen April 26, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Omg OMG OMG!!!!! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see the next post. Good luck, Sheena!!!

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  • barbetti April 26, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Congrats Greg & Sheena! How very, very exciting! All my prayers for a peaceful labor and that you are able to get rest in the hours after!

    Can’t wait to see photos of your beautiful baby!

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  • Chrissy April 26, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Congrats to both of you! You’ll be able to see your son in no time. I’m sending positive energy your way and hopefully the labor will be a breeze!

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