The Race


Male readers (all two of you), you may want to skip this post. It involves lady parts. There, you’ve been warned.


This second pregnancy has felt like a marathon.

9 laborious months, where I ran at a steady pace for 8 months, hitting my stride with each trimester.

The last 4 weeks was like when I hit the wall, where each step felt heavy, and I just wanted to see the finish line.

The end was like a sudden burst of energy came to my body and it was a sprint to the end.


“Ready, get set, GO!”

Except I didn’t.

Over an hour after the first contractions started at 3.06 am on the morning of May 8, I was on Twitter, telling my friends that my contractions were now five minutes apart, and I was calmly eating breakfast.

After I had taken a hot shower, washed my face and brushed my teeth.

The husband was informed at 4.00 am that he should get ready. We discussed when we should wake the toddler to take him over to his grandparents, who are a few minutes walk away. We agreed that it was a good time, as we would not be caught in day time traffic.

At 5.00 am, I suggested strongly to him that we should call his parents, move the bags to the car and wake the toddler.

At 5.25 am, while waiting for him to return after dropping the Monkey off, I was on the floor and moaning.

I could feel the baby’s head pushing through.

Squealing tires, burning rubber and 20 minutes later, I barely walked into the Emergency room at our chosen hospital, gasped out my name, my doctor’s name and endured questions as to my due date, how far apart are the contractions and so on.

You know those movies where the pregnant woman is moaning and being rushed in a wheelchair to the delivery room?

Yeah, that was me.

Clothes off, gown on, more questions, needles being jammed into my hands, more moaning and more, “I have to push!” and “Breathe, breathe, don’t push yet!”

When my doctor walked in, I was never more relieved to see a human being.

More things happened. Legs up.

“Okay Alison, push.”

I screamed and pushed.

“His head is out!”

I pushed again and screamed. It was…..primal.

And out came my second son.

It was over, 30 minutes after we arrived at the hospital.

My son was finally in my arms.

Mother and baby

May 8, 2012

Lesson learned? Just because your first baby took his own sweet time to come, it doesn’t mean the second time will be the same. Nothing about this experience with Scrumplet was in any way similar to when I had Monkey. 


As I write this with my heart full of joy, I’m also thinking of a few Mamas who’ve suffered losses. Know that my thoughts are with you.

Dear friends, know also that I’m reading your blog posts, tweets, Facebook and Instagram messages and comments on my posts. I may not leave comments or reply to each tweet/ message because I’m too busy taking in my newborn and making time for my toddler, but know that I do read them all and I thank each and everyone of you for your well wishes and love.



  1. Lady Estrogen says:

    “OVER” 30 minutes? Hahaha.
    Gawd, that’s nice and quick, luv. Congrats on a safe and PRIMAL birth :) x
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Primal seemed the only word appropriate to describe the whole thing :) Thank you Lady E!

  2. ML@My3LittleBirds says:

    I’m so happy he’s here. Congratulations!
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  3. Ashley {at} My Front Porch Swing says:

    Lady, just the fact that you posted is amazing! Enjoy your time, we are all right here when you get back. Congratulations!!!!! xo
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      I managed to squeeze in some time to write this after everyone went to bed! And thank you!

  4. Life As Wife says:

    Did you plan do go all natural or did you just not have time? I’m trying to remember what you did with Monkey…

    Do happy for you! Everyone’s labor should be that quick!!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      A natural delivery was what I wanted, but I wasn’t going to say no to pain management if I needed it! But there was no time, the baby was coming!

      (I had an epidural with the Monkey)

  5. Anna says:

    what a story and such a beautiful pic! congrats!
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  6. tracy@sellabitmum says:

    So happy for you, mama. So happy. He’s beautiful. You damn well BETTER ignore my blog, comments, tweets, pictures, etc this week. I love you. xo
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you my friend. And I can’t ignore you, it’s not possible! Love you too. xo

  7. Shell says:

    That sounds like how my first was- though we were at the hospital for almost an hour before he was born. LOL

    Congrats on your scrumplet! And spend time offline line soaking it all in… or getting sleep if you can. We’ll all be here when you can get back! xo
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you Shell! I’m loving the time with my boys. LOVING IT.

  8. Raquel@2dayswoman says:

    Gosh, that was mighty quick! You’re lucky you made it to the hospital on time :-) I quess Scrumplet was so ready to come out it didn’t take him longe when he made up his mind. Congratulations, he looks adorable.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      You’re right, when he decided to come, he came quick! My husband was really glad we made it to the hospital too :)

  9. Kristi says:

    Yay!! So glad baby and mama are safe and happy. What a whirlwind childbirth!!
    Congrats to the whole family!!
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  10. Jen says:

    Wow! What a birth story!!!

    Congratulations. :)

  11. Not a Perfect Mom says:

    and you look absolutely beautiful…
    as does your newest joy…
    congratulations Alison….
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  12. Amy @ Counting My Kisses
    Twitter: CountingKisses

    You look gorgeous and Scrumplet is beyond adorable!! So happy it was a quick labor {and that you got to the hospital in time!!}. Congrats, momma! We’re all so thrilled for you!! :)
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  13. Karen says:

    Congratulations.I am glad it was quick. With my second I was at the hospital for less than an hour and a half when Lucie was born. I too, thought it would take forever like with Lucas. You look beautiful in the picture with your sweet sweet son.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you Karen! I’m glad it was quick too, I dreaded a long labor like the first time.

  14. christine says:

    Aw, congratulations Mama. And please, don’t worry about responding, soak up that new baby and enjoy spending time with your boys!

    By the way, holy cow. That’s the kind of labor a have nightmares about. :)
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      I was really glad it was a quick labor though!! I actually felt a real high immediately after :)

  15. Laura says:

    Wow! That was super fast. You’re definitely a rockstar! It took us about an hour and a half to leave the house ourselves. I knew, since my water broke, that it was just a matter of getting checked out, so I wasn’t really rushing. My husband however thought there was even less of a rush, so he didn’t even really pack much for the hospital stay, expecting we’d be sent home. We weren’t. But it still took 16 hours to have a baby.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      It was super fast, I was surprised. Although my doctor had told me he expected this to be quick, seeing as I was already 3cm dilated from 36 weeks, and it was my 2nd baby. I just didn’t know it would be THAT fast :)

  16. Lisa Nolan says:

    Oh so sweet! I’m happy it was quick! Enjoy your special moments with your new monkey (I call my son monkey so I’m allowed!) I will see you sooner (or later!) on Yeah Write and Moms Who Write and Blog/Pinterest!

  17. Katie
    Twitter: ksluiter



    ok, really, I can’t keep yelling or I will wake the baby. Welcome to the world of two boys. It’s lovel here. :)
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Hee!!!! Thank you my friend. I’m loving my world of boys right now. xo

  18. Rach (DonutsMama) says:

    Whoa Mama!! That is awesome–short labors are the way to go, lol! Glad you made it to the hospital in time. Congrats on the newest member of your family!
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  19. Runnermom-jen says:

    He’s finally here!! Hooray! Thank you for sharing your amazing birth story with us. Holy cow, what a race it was indeed.
    Enjoy this special time. :)
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  20. Bee says:

    Congratulations! He’s so precious!
    I can totally relate. It was less than three hours from first contraction to the birth of my son. Quick and amazing.
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  21. Stephanie says:

    That is pretty much how both my labours went :)

    Congrats on your new son :)
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  22. Julie says:

    Such an exciting birth! And no time to chicken out about going natural, either. All that adrenaline though, can you even remember the pain? *Ducking*

    He’s beautiful, and I hope you are immersed in your family right now!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Hah! I do remember the pain. But really, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

      I’m totally immersed. Totally.

  23. Susi says:

    Congrats again. Glad you made it safe to the hospital and all went well. Amazing how fast these things go sometimes. It took a lot longer with my three. :)
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  24. Just Jennifer says:

    Congratulations!! Sounds like you did great. And sounds a bit like my first delivery, except you went a bit faster.

    And I guessed May 8! Woohoo!
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  25. Elizabeth says:

    So very happy and excited for you! What an absolutely adorable little Scrumplet! Enjoy lots of little kisses and snuggles. And so glad that after all this time your labor went quickly! =)
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  26. Delilah says:

    You’re my hero! That is an awesome birth story! Scrumplet is gorgeous and I’m so happy he’s here.
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  27. Elaine says:

    Girl, you almost had him in the hallway! ha! I’m glad you made it though and Scrumplet sure is scrumptious!! ;)

    You’re both gorgeous and I’m so excited to watch him grow! xoxo
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Oh yes, I nearly did. If I had stood up any longer, he would have fallen out haha! And thank you. :)

  28. julie gardner says:

    Oh, so much love to you and your boys…so so much.

    I think you know how I feel about the moment that second baby joins the family.

    Pure. Joy.

    Now. Promise me you won’t feel guilt about your presence here or anywhere else but where you need to be.

    And when you need to be here, don’t feel guilt about that either.


    Okay. Good.

    Because I don’t want to have to come to Malaysia to kick your cute mama butt.

    All right then.
    Carry on.

    And oh so much love to you. Always.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      If I can make you come to Malaysia, I’d do anything.

      And thank you. So much. xo

  29. Sara says:

    WHAT A ROCKSTAR! Congrats on your little boy and WAY TO GO on a speedy delivery!

  30. By Word of Mouth Musings says:

    Seriously, you wrote a post?
    I am starting to think you have a clone … congrats to y’all, just gorgeous.
    Relax, enjoy, sleep xxx
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  31. Lauren says:

    And yet you still had the time to text and break our date! I’ve never had an “I’m in labor” SMS before..LOL. KUDOS TO YOU! Enjoy the new baby…life is about to get more interesting :)

    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Yeah I was on the floor when I texted you, haha!! Life IS more interesting :)

  32. Kimberly says:

    You’re doing the most important things and that makes you a wonderful mom.
    He is scrumptious.
    Congrats my friend with a shot gun vagina. Xoxo
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  33. Ann says:

    Congratulations to you and yours Alison! Hugs all around and he is SO adorable!

  34. Melanie says:

    Congratulations again! I am in awe of you, mama. He is truly scrumptious! Truly.

    Wishing you lots and lots sweet time (and rest) with your new little one and your big boy.

    So excited for you.
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  35. vania says:

    Hot damn! did you have like 4 hours of labor? ok, forget that!
    Congrats mama! so happy for you guys!
    i can’t believe you posted. go rest and enjoy this wonderful time. big hugs sugar!
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  36. angela says:

    Ha! He just knew when he wanted to get here. And then he was :)

    Enjoy every moment of these squishy newborn days.
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  37. Stasha says:

    And that’s how it’s done!! Awesome job mama!! He is beautiful. And you look so beautiful too!
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  38. Recovering Supermom says:

    This brought tears to my eyes. Many congratulations to you and your family!
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  39. Alexandra says:


    Yes, they come faster with each one.

    Just so you know.

    SO HAPPY, dear lady.

    Your children are angelic.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you my friend. If I had #3, he/ she would just fall out at this rate, right? :)

  40. Bruna
    Twitter: beeswithhoney

    They say the second baby comes much faster than the first especially when they’re close in years.

    SO happy for you that Scrumplet has finally arrived. You look beautiful and radiant in your photo with baby in arms.

    So happy for you Alison!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you Bruna! My doctor did say he’d come fast but I had no idea it would be THAT fast!

  41. Corinne O'Sullivan says:

    Squee!!!! Oh congratulations, Alison! I’m glad your delivery went well and now you get to cherish your little scrumplet!

    Rest up, inhale that new baby smell and enjoy it. So excited for you and your family!

  42. AnnMarie says:

    Oh, Alison! I was wondering! Congratulations!!! He’s gorgeous and you do NOT look like you just gave birth! How exciting! I feel very blessed that I get to be on your journey of parenting your beautiful boys!
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  43. viviene says:

    30 minutes?!?!?!!? Wow..

    Congratulations on the arrival of your cute little one!! =D

    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      It would have been quicker if I hadn’t been lying down, hah!

  44. elizabeth-flourishinprogress says:

    HE’S HERE!!! Congrats, Alison!!!

    I’m so happy to hear that both mama and baby are safe and sound and doing well.

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  45. Kimberly says:

    I could not be any happier for you! Enjoy the time with your sweet boys. We will be here when you’re back. xoxo
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  46. Jess says:

    I’m happy that your second was easier. Congratulations!
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  47. Kiddothings says:

    I can’t believe you’re blogging.

    Such a speedy delivery! SO happy for you and your family. Now, take lots of rest and savour the time with the new one! Take care :)
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  48. Mama, Hear Me Roar says:

    Primal? You are a force of nature! Glad you made it there in time.

    You and Scrumplet look so beautiful. xo
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  49. Nikky44 says:

    So Happy for you !!!

    I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger and Beautiful blogger awards! You can check it on my latest Blog post!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you Nikky! Sorry to be late with the checking out of the awards, thank you, heading over now!

  50. Lady Jennie says:

    Holy. Cow.

    This made me cry with joy

    (and primal kinds of things).

    It’s so great to live this with you Alison – so glad the hard part is over (it is – sleepless nights and sore boobs got nothin on labor).
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  51. Erin says:

    Congrats!!!! What a beautiful baby :) I’m so glad that things went smoothly for you. It’s crazy how different labor and children for that matter can be. All 3 of mine were different.

    Hope you and the baby continue to do well. Get as much rest as possible. It’s very different the 2nd time because you can’t just nap whenever. You have to nap when both children are napping.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thanks Erin! We’re doing well. And I’m getting good sleep when I sleep!

  52. Mark says:

    I took your warning and didn’t read a word. After all, I am drinking coffee right now.
    Still, I did scroll down in hopes of seeing a newborn baby. And you didn’t disappoint. He’s beautiful!
    Half of your male readers, m.
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  53. Karin @Mommy's Paradise says:

    Congrats, wow, this was fast. Lucky you made it to the hospital in time. Enjoy your first days with your little Scrumplet. :-)
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  54. Heather says:

    He is a peach! And your birth story sounds like mine, its scary when they come so fast! You wait forever for it to happen and then snap, it’s over. Congrats to you and your family! I’m sure Monkey will love being a big brother.

    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      I know, I honestly didn’t think it was going to be that quick, considering how slow my last week was :) And thank you!

  55. Ado says:

    Wow, wow, what a story! 30 minutes!!! YOu had me on the edge of my seat!!! Wow! Go you!
    I had a similar story with Ella – not quite as dramatic but similar – did I forget to tell you that no. 2 pops out quickly?? Oops?
    Your little scrumplet is just so round and perfect – love seeing the photos!!!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Haha oops indeed. It was so quick, I was shocked when the contractions went from every 5 minutes to every 2 and I could feel the baby move down. And I was still at home!

  56. Adrienne
    Twitter: themommymess

    So sweet Allison! I love the picture! I can’t think of better to have a baby. Quick! Hee Hee.

    It really shows your heart when you mention friends that have suffered losses. You’re special girl. <3
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  57. Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes says:

    My ovaries are squealing. Such a beautifull baby! My second was nothing like the first either.
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  58. Mrs. Weber says:

    What an awesome birth story…And your quicker the second time around birth gives me hope, so thank you!

    Scrumplet is beautiful and so are you. Welcome to motherhood x2!
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  59. Natalie says:

    I’m so glad your labor was quick…I’m hoping for a quicker one myself this 2nd time around! He’s a cutie…again congrats on your precious little boy!
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  60. Jessica says:

    Wonderful birth story, Alison. Thank you for sharing it, and your pregnancy, and your mothering, and yourself…with us! Congrats again.
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  61. Twisted Domestic Goddess says:

    Sooo happy for you! (I can’t even remember if I’ve already commented or not on this…sorry mommy brain.) Wish I was closer to I could hold Scrumplet for you so you could pee in peace.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you! Fortunately, we have many loving arms here to hold the baby :)

  62. Katie E
    Twitter: euregirlsandboy

    Wow, that was fast! Congratulations again! Enjoy this time with your new teeny one.
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  63. Jackie says:

    Congratulations Mama! You have a beautiful baby!
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  64. Kristin @ What She Said says:

    That’s exactly how my mom’s birth experience was with my younger brother. With me, she had a nice, slow progressive labor that allowed her to clean the entire apartment before heading to the hospital, where she got an epidural and waited some more. I came out quietly, peacefully, and immediately went to sleep.

    With my brother, she woke up in labor, thought she had to poop, and realized he was beginning to crown. In the toilet. She barely got to the hospital on time.

    Congratulations, Alison! And welcome to the world, Scrumplet! :)
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Oh yes, that sounds almost like my experience!! My first was like your birth :)

      Thank you!

  65. Kir says:

    wow, wow, wow….you GO GIRL! I mean holy CRAP right? You could feel his head, that had to be an “OMG moment” but look at you holding him, that picture makes me smile every single I look at it.

    thanks for writing this for all of us, I’m just so glad Srumplet is here for all of us “internet Aunties” to coo over. xoxoxo
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Yes, it was that OMG moment (okay, more like oh shit)! And I’m so glad Scrumplet has all his Internet Aunties to love on him. xo

  66. Natalie @MamaTrack says:

    Yay Scrumplet! Yay Alison! Yay for wonderful babies and happy families. So happy for you guys.
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  67. Susanna Leonard Hill - Children's Author
    Twitter: SusannaLHill

    Congratulations, Alison, and every best wish! :) You two look so beautiful :) And I TOLD you he would be born on May 8th like my daughter!
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  68. MommaKiss says:

    Having had 2 c-sections, I was never actually in labor. True story. So, reading actual ‘birthin’ babies out of your hoo hah’ stories are enlightening to me :)

    CONGRATS to you and your whole family!
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  69. Mrs. Jen B says:

    So, so happy for you! And I don’t think *anyone* expects your normal level of internet activity right now, sweetie. Enjoy that gorgeous baby!
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  70. Dwija {House Unseen}
    Twitter: HouseUnseen

    Alison, I just love this story! I’ve been the movie lady in the wheel chair before, too. Makes for some great memories :D
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you Dweej! May your 5th baby be kind to you (home birth, right? Yahoo!)

  71. Robbie
    Twitter: momma23monkeys

    amazing birth story and congrats to your family!
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  72. Jocelyn | ScooterMarie says:

    Yay, Alison, congratulations!!! May 8 is a simply wonderful day for a birthday! I should know, it’s mine too. ;) Your delivery sounds a lot like mine with D – I, however, didn’t know it was the “real thing” and she was born 20 minutes after we got to the hospital. I hope you’re all doing well and enjoying being a new family of 4!!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Happy Belated Birthday to you, and yay for May 8 babies!

      We’re doing well, thank you for your well wishes!

  73. Bonnie Way says:

    Awww… beautiful! (I wish my labours were that short and sweet!) I could’ve warned you that the second wouldn’t be anything like the first… I had the same experience. Well, not the second being faster than the first, just different. :)
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      This experience was 100% different from my first one. I should have known :)

  74. Kyla@Mommy's Weird says:

    WOWZA! Good work, girl!
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  75. Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. says:

    Beautiful! I’m utterly amazed you’ve posted! Congratulations!!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you Amy! (I wrote this after both kids went to sleep!)

  76. Leslie says:

    Many congratulations! So glad to know everyone is safe and healthy. Take the time to enjoy the little scrumplet and have a fantastic Mother’s Day!
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  77. Sammy says:

    Awww…congratulations! Very glad to know Scrumplet is finally out and healthy. :) Advanced happy mother’s day to you!
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  78. Galit Breen says:

    Oh YAY, you! I’m so glad that you wrote your birth story here!

    (My second two were way fast, too. Ouch.)

    Love you and both of your sweet littles!

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  79. Leah aka FFPMaMMa says:

    Congrats! So proud of you. Take your time, savor these moments, stay offline. We will all be here when you return back.
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  80. Audrey says:

    Congratulations!!! He is adorable! although your labor scares me, my first was fast, hope my second isn’t faster!!

  81. KalleyC
    Twitter: KalleyC

    Oh I so very happy for you. Congratulations and enjoy that little one!
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  82. Jennifer says:

    So happy you skipped your third breakfast & made it to the hospital in time! Your new son is simply gorgeous, as are you. Congratulations! I hope you are healing well. xoxo
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      I’m glad too, birthing him in the car would not have been ideal :)

      Thank you!

  83. Kristen says:

    I was actually head out by the time my dad got my mom to the hospital. She told me that her legs were up on the dashboard and she was screaming at my dad to go faster. The only shortcut he knew was a one way street…so he took it! My mom said it was like something in a movie. So glad you made it to the hospital on time and Scrumplet was delivered happy and healthy into your arms. Enjoy him and the new big brother that Monkey is!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Oh my, what an exciting entry you made into the world!

      We’re enjoying our time, as much as we are adjusting to it all. Thank you.

  84. Elena says:

    I saw you mention how fast it all went – but I had no idea it was this fast! Seriously, that is like in the movies. It’s funny how one birth story can vary so greatly from another.

    Congrats again to you! I’m over the moon happy for you and hope you’re enjoying your time with your newborn and watching the brothers bond. :)
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Thank you Elena!! It did feel as dramatic as the movies, hah. And thank you.

  85. francerants says:

    Oh hip, hip, hooray!!!


    xoxoxo – France

    p.s. God bless the little guy with health, love, and happiness for the rest of his life!
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  86. Christine @ Quasi Agitato
    Twitter: csiracusa

    Wowowow! You just made it!
    I’m so happy for you :D
    So…the rip in the pants…that really WAS a sign wasn’t it? Wild.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      Haha, yes, I believe the rip in the pants was totally a sign. No other explanation.

      And thank you!

  87. Carolyn says:

    Oh I love that you posted, wow!
    Enjoy your cuddles!
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  88. Kelley says:

    Thirty minutes?? ARE YOU FOR REAL? Wow! I’m impressed that it took you from 3:00 a.m. to when you arrived to the hospital to get there. I know I overreacted when it was my turn. I got there as fast as possible! I’m such a wimp. Congratulations!!
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  89. Asianmommy
    Twitter: Asianmommy

    Congrats! Your little one is beautiful!
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  90. Jay- The Dude of the House says:

    Not sure if I’m male reader #1 or #2, but this wasn’t too graphic. Or at least nothing I haven’t heard/seen before :)

    So glad things went smoothly. My mother told me that she barely made it to the hospital before my 11# body slipped out. Sounds like you had a similar experience.

    Congrats to you and your family.

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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      It does sound like your birth story! Although fortunately my son wasn’t 11 pounds or I’d be in a world of pain :) Thank you for your well wishes!

  91. Susan says:

    In the words of my own obgyn…”now that’s the way to have a baby!”.
    Quick and dirty. Heartfelt congrats Alison! He’s beautiful.
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      My doctor predicted correctly that it would be a fast and furious labor and he was right! Thank you for your well wishes!

  92. Cookie's Mom says:

    Congratulations, Alison. I hope you and baby are feeling well and that little Scrumplet is adjusting well to life ‘on the outside’. And I thought *my* kid came out fast!!
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  93. Jessica says:

    Congratulations, Alison! I’m so happy for you! :-) Get rest and enjoy this time!
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  94. My Inner Chick
    Twitter: krrobi

    C O N G R A T S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So happy for you. Love Love Love. xx
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  95. Jennifer - Treading Water in the Kiddie Pool says:

    Yay Alison! Congratulations! It sounds like you had a pretty easy time of it, or at least it was over pretty quickly. So happy everything went well.
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  96. Tonya says:

    Sounds like the perfect delivery to me. :) Congratulations, again. Enjoy your newborn and adjusting to being the mother of two! I’m sure you are already stellar at it. xoxo
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      It did feel perfect – I was on a high after it! I’m enjoying and adjusting :)

  97. Momma Teacher Lady says:

    Wow, I don’t know that I would have been so calm! Congrats, though!!
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    • Alison@Mama Wants This says:

      I was calm because I had no idea things would progress so fast! And thank you.

  98. Maureen | Tatter Scoops
    Twitter: tatterscoops

    Congrats, Alison! Scrumplet is super cute and adorable. You are one kick ass mama for sure!
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  99. Sarah Reinhart @littlewhitewhale says:

    Finally got the chance to read this! And it reminds me soooo much of how Gus was born (he was my second child as well) Super fast. Barely made it to the hospital. Congratulations on such a beautiful Scrumplet. There’s something about those second born sons :)
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  100. Jill @ Mommy Inconsistent says:

    Congratulations! What a sweet picture! He is so adorable! What an extra special mother’s day! Have a good one!
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  101. Mirjam says:

    Didn’t I tell you, you would rock when it was time to deliver?? Didn’t I??
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  102. Jester QUeen says:

    Oh Congratulations!! I had almost the same experience with my son. Nothing major here, eating breakfast, getmetothehospitalnowI’mhavingababy!! (and the kid was being held in by the sac by the time I arrived. Yah). Very familiar. Glad everything went well and you now have your baby!!
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  103. Emmy says:

    Congrats! And wow that was a fast delivery! Enjoy your new beautiful baby! Take lots of pictures they grow way too fast.
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  104. Lorna says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been thinking about you and wanted to check in. (Kinda reading backwards to this post!)

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  105. Christine
    Twitter: christinetj

    Alison, congratulations for your 2nd baby!!

    Just wanted to say that from this story, it looks like you had an ‘easy and smooth’ birthing experience this time around – Not that kind of prolonged labour that could last >12 hrs. If I could have something like this, I think I could do my 1st baby delivery naturally, completely drug free, like what you advised. :-)

    Hope you are coping well with your toddler and the newborn. I know it is not easy. Hang in there.

    • Alison says:

      Thank you Christine!

      I did have a much better labour experience this time round. From contractions to delivery, it was only 3 hours.

      BUT, with my first son, my water broke at 8pm on a Monday night, contractions started at 11pm, and the baby was born at 11am the next day. And he had to be pulled out with forceps. I did have an epidural as well. Also, severe postpartum bleeding. It was a really hard, rather traumatic experience.

      Don’t let me scare you though! Everyone’s experience is different. Even just with my 2 boys, totally opposite experiences.

      • Christine
        Twitter: christinetj

        Oh wow! This is what I was referring to. The prolonged labour and rather complicated delivery. Glad to hear that you did not have to go through the same traumatic experience again for the 2nd one.
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