My daughter, Margaux (pronounced Margo), was born one chilly morning in December 2019. Below are the details leading up to her birth. Just a warning, the following is a very detailed account of that special day. If you want to get straight to the main part of the story, scroll down to “When Things Get Interesting.”
Leading up to Labor
The day before my daughter was born, I went to a holiday party for group exercise instructors at Gold’s Gym. Since I’m one of the lead group exercise instructors, it was my job to help with setting up for our afternoon of fun. I felt pretty normal for the most part that day but I decided that I would go ahead and find a sub for my last two classes that week before I planned to go on maternity leave.
Fast forward to later that night, everything still felt pretty normal as I watched the Miss Universe pageant (congrats Miss South Africa!). Since I had been having trouble sleeping, I stayed up and watched Real Housewives of Atlanta. I finally went to bed and I couldn’t sleep because I thought I was having Braxton-Hicks contractions but I had several. I tried repositioning myself and going to the bathroom but I was still getting them so I decided to take a shower. That’s when I thought that something might be up. Continue reading “My Birth Story”