My Birth Story

My birth story…

8am: On 10/5, the day before Gray’s due date, I woke up with crampier contractions than usual, but we carried on with brunch and errands to keep our minds off the fact that it was 3 days after my due date.

7pm: Got pho for dinner at Ba Bar — we used to live walking distance from the Capitol Hill location and have been hundreds of times so it felt comforting to eat there. Then we did one final walk as the two of us by the water as the sun set. ❤️

9pm: The contractions were regular all day but had gotten unbearable, so we went to UW Medical. On our drive, Miguel played “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. 🎶 It’s a special song for us — during 1st trimester, on a day I was feeling particularly nauseous and exhausted, Miguel hugged me and sang the line: “And when you lose your will, I’ll be the one to push you up the hill.” 🥲 Now we say that to each other whenever one of us needs encouragement and a reminder that we always have one another.

9:10pm: Like 10 mins after we got there and right as I changed into a hospital gown, my water broke! We were admitted into a labor and delivery room with a view of Husky Stadium — Miguel and I both went to University of Washington and many football games there so it felt full circle to be back for this season of our lives. 💜💛

10pm: I was 3cm dilated so the nurse and Miguel helped me with breath work and different birthing positions for the next couple hours. Dream team! The nurse was incredible, and Daddy Doula was so encouraging and supportive — best husband ever. 🥹

12am: I became 5cm dilated and got an epidural, and then we tried to sleep!

8am: I was fully 10cm dilated and it was time to push! Again Miguel, the nurses, and doctors were soo amazing. We were chatting and laughing between pushes.

9:52am: On 10/6, baby girl Gray Yuen Marino made her debut!!!

Next level respect for my body, love for Miguel, gratitude toward the labor and delivery staff, and joy that baby made it to earth safely. We love you, our Gray girl. 💕

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