My Birth Experience With Gio – The Perfect Day

My son, Gio, was born on December 6th, 2013 at 4.38 am

I was due on December 11, so he was 5 days early. My husband and I had gone to the doctor for my 39 week check up. Everything was normal. She checked how dilated I was and it was 1 cm. I asked her if that meant I was going to be late. I had read that for many moms who were giving birth for the first time, they went past the due date. My doctor said there was no way of telling. 1 cm was average for 39 weeks. She had had patients who weren’t dilated at all, and had given birth 2 days after. So I had no clue.

IMG_7967Gio was head down, so that was a great sign. I had explained to my doctor throughout the past 39 weeks that I wanted a natural birth. I had hired a doula (for those that don’t know, a doula is like a midwife but without the medical credentials. Someone that can basically help you through the whole birth process. Most people hire them if they are going to have a natural birth without an epidural so that they can show the mom what positions to get into to alleviate the pain and so on. They are not licensed to deliver a baby). My doctor was on board with everything. So finding out that Gio had turned and was head down was a great sign and I was feeling confident about it all.

Towards the end of my visit, I mentioned that I wanted her to check my amniotic fluid. For the past 5 days I had felt more wet than usual and I wanted to make sure nothing had ruptured. She sent me to the hospital next door so they could do some real tests in the lab. They gave me a hospital gown and laid me down on one of their beds. They took a swab and told me they would let me know within 20 mins if it was amniotic fluid or not. Meanwhile, they hooked me up so they could monitor Gio’s heart rate.

After 10 mins or so, I heard this beeping sound. Sounded scary. I looked at the screen and Gio’s heart rate had dropped. I didn’t freak out. I read every book there was on pregnancy and child birth. I also spent every day reading other women’s birth stories on baby center and I knew that it wasn’t anything to worry about. See, when you are that far along, the baby is growing and there is little room to move in there, so it’s only natural that every now and then they will bump into the umbilical cord, or even pull or sit on it. When that happens, it affects their heart rate. So I thought surely this must have been the case, because not one time in all visits I’ve had, did we see any issue with his heart rate.

birth 1The nurses came in and moved me a bit, and everything was back to normal. But because that happened, they told me now they had to monitor me for at least an hour or an hour and a half to make sure it didn’t happen again. The results came back on the amniotic fluid test and it was negative, meaning I wasn’t leaking. So that was great! I waited an hour and right when I was getting up and getting ready to remove the wires, Gio’s heart rate dropped again. Sigh…. They called my doctor in and she wanted to proceed with a C section.

See here’s the thing I have learned about hospital births in United States. They LOVE protecting themselves from any possible lawsuits whatsoever. To the point where if they see the slightest little thing that doesn’t look exactly the way they want it to, they opt for C section. And I understand to an extent, because they don’t want to take any chances. But I think when it comes to making that kind of decision, the patient’s pregnancy should really be considered. Here I was, 39 weeks pregnant, with never a problem or issue; never a drop in heart rate; passed all sorts of tests with flying colors; no signs of distress, nothing. And to put me in for a c section based on the heart rate dropping for a second I thought was a bit extreme. I, more so than anyone else, wouldn’t put my child or myself at risk. I wanted my child to be healthy more than anyone in that room. So when I heard “C-section” i said no. I told her I trusted my gut feeling and my body, and I just simply wasn’t ready to deliver him. I asked her if heart rate drops are normal this far along, and she said yes. But that she wanted to have a c section so that we wouldn’t risk at all. I asked her what kind of percentage of a risk are we talking about? She said she couldn’t give me an exact number but that it was probably less than 1 %. I told her “Then I will take my chances”.

birth 2So they reasoned with me. They told me they wanted to monitor me overnight. I agreed. I just didn’t want to be cut open earlier than necessary. If I truly felt like my son wasn’t breathing right, and that monitor was showing it dropping often, I would be the first to cut my damn self open If I had to. But I knew that wasn’t the case. Heck, if it wasn’t for the fact that I wanted my amniotic fluid checked, we wouldn’t have been there to begin with. God knows how many times his heart rate had dropped throughout my pregnancy and we knew nothing of it. And guess what, we were OK! I just had to trust my instincts.

The next morning I was scheduled for an ultrasound. I passed it again. It came back very very good. I had enough fluid, Gio was still head down, no umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and everything was ok. I was waiting to hear from my doctor to release me. I don’t know if this was intentional or not, but we ended up waiting 5 hours. Then the Ultrasound lady came and said she had missed something before. And she said it would be best if I just stayed and had the baby. That sounded weird. And I expressed that to her. “How is it that 5 hours ago everything looked perfect. But as soon as I’m ready to leave you guys found something?” She said my placenta had finished doing its job and it was basically not doing anything anymore. I’m not a doctor, but I did do quite a lot of research the whole 9 months I was pregnant, and I had read that for most women, when the placenta is done, your body goes into labor. Some women’s bodies are different and perhaps maybe I was one of them, but it just didn’t feel like it. I asked her to send my doctor in.

We waited a few hours and my doctor finally came.  I told her I did not want to have a c-section and that I needed proof in order to convince me to do so. The monitor was showing a normal heart rate, ultrasound was good, so I needed something concrete to push me toward the C-section route. She negotiated with me. We decided I was going to spend another night in the hospital and if I hadn’t dilated any more, she would strip my membrane (I told her I didn’t want to take pitocin – a drug used to induce you). What a night! I went from having a complete birth plan, normal, everything ok, to having to possibly be induced. (Check out Egreis Gjergjani Birth Plan to see details). My goodness! I cried and cried and cried for hours. My poor husband and my in laws were trying to comfort me. I just couldn’t understand how things can go the other way so quickly. Now granted, I am a bit OCD and I’m a huge planner/organizer (must be the Capricorn in me). So part of me feeling that way was my fault. I have yet to learn to accept it when things just don’t go as planned. Especially when it comes to child birth. Some things you just can’t control. What your body does is not up to you at that point. So I spent the remainder of the night reasoning with myself and trying to accept whatever was coming. I finally felt relaxed.

birth 3I had hired a birth photographer, Morgan Lang, to capture my entire birth experience. I texted her when all of this was going on to keep her updated, in case I did have to go in for a sudden birth. She came to the hospital, along with my doula, and we basically  set out a plan for the next few hours. I told them to go home that night because there was no way I was going to give birth. I was only 1.5 cm dilated. I wasn’t going to get induced. So looked like it would be the next morning at the very least.

It was 11 pm when my hubby finally fell asleep. I felt so badly for him. He had been up for 2 days straight, next to me, in that hospital. I’m not a fan of hospitals in general. I hate the smell and the overall aura. Even though this was a great, great, new facility. I had a new room, with a bathtub in it, and couldn’t really ask for anything better to be honest. I couldn’t complain. My husband passed out. I was too nervous to fall asleep. Exactly 15 mins later I felt a contraction. I had experienced plenty of contractions before. None of them were painful though. This one was a bit more than usual. A few minutes after that, I felt another. Again, stronger than the previous one. And 2 minutes after I felt the third one, and this one….well, let’s just say it made me get out of bed.

I called my husband’s name. He was too passed out to hear me. So I yelled! I’ll never forget  his face and how quickly he got up when he heard me. It was funny but cute at the same time. “Call the nurse” I said. Next thing you know water is running down my legs. I thought for sure this is my water breaking. Nurse came in, checked, and said “No, just a contraction”. Then she checked if i had dilated any more, and I was at 2 cm. I texted my photographer and doula and updated them. Told them they should come to the hospital around 5 am cuz most likely I will deliver then if this keeps up.

birth 4I laid back down and at 1 am I woke up in extreme pain. I had read and heard about contractions and how painful they could be, but boy I had no idea they would be THIS bad! It was unbelievable. The kind of pain that literally makes you hold your breath and look up and wish to God for it to be over, ASAP. I felt the need to push for some reason. I knew that meant it was GO time. I was in tears. I don’t know how some women say it wasn’t painful for them. If you are one of them….my God, you are BLESSED! Cuz I don’t think I have ever felt that kind of pain before. They checked me and I was 5 cm dilated. So I had gone from 2 to 5 within 3 hours. At one point I felt like I was literally going to pass out. I grabbed my husband by his shirt and I said “Get me the epidural”. He looked at me and he goes “babe is this one of those tests…where you ask me for it but I say no, and try to help you not think about it?” I just gave him that look. “Jeremy, you don’t get me this epidural you will regret it”. He just looked at me and then yelled “NURSE!” Now that I think about it, it was funny. But at that moment, I kid you not, I was about to just fall over and pass out.

Contractions were coming in every minute. We called my doula and told her to come. My body was processing this whole thing super quickly and it wasn’t giving the contractions a chance to build up. I went from none basically, to full on transition phase. Thank God, I hadn’t missed the window to get the epidural. I was pretty close to it. But I think they felt bad not to give me one, considering how much I was crying and screaming.

They said the whole process of giving me the epidural and it kicking in would take 20 mins. Knowing my contractions were coming in every minute, I calculated that would be 20 contractions later. That felt like the LONGEST 20 minutes I have ever experienced. But when it finally did kick in, it felt SO much better. Within 30 minutes I was 9.5 – 10 cm dilated. Ready to give birth.

birth 7It was 4.20 am. My nurse told me the lady next door was also at 10cm dilated and there was only one doctor on call. So I thought, “Great! Another obstacle”. Normally, I’m such a positive person. I always, always push myself to think of the positive things that could happen instead of the negative. But at that moment I just couldn’t do it. I felt overwhelmed. The doctor that was going to deliver my son wasn’t the one I had gone to for the past 9 months. So that was scary. Nothing about my plan had gone the way I had thought it would.  My doula that I had hired to be there, had just gotten in there, so she had missed the entire process which is when I would have needed her help the most; i got an epidural when I thought I would be the last person to get one…so just all of that was too much for me to handle. On top of that I was getting the shivers from the epidural and my whole body was just shaking uncontrollably and I remember it being VERY cold. One thing that gave me joy was that my birth photographer was there, even though I told her to come at 5 am. She said she had a feeling it would be earlier than that, and she came way before. I really wanted to film my son’s birth. It’s a memory that will last me forever. So I was thankful that I would get that at the very least.

birth 5My nurse told me to do 3 practice pushes. By the 3rd push she told me to close my legs, cuz I guess GIO was crowning already. And the doctor wasn’t even in the room. So within a minute it was “LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION”. All lights came on; a group of at least 10 nurses and the doctor were there. I had my husband on my left holding my head and hand and whispering “I love you” and my doula on my right side telling me how to breathe. I felt completely relaxed at that moment. My husband asked “Are you ready to see your son?” They grabbed my hand and let me touch his head as he was crowning. I will NEVER forget that feeling. I cried and smiled at the same time. I was shaking. It was finally feeling real. This is happening! I’m about to see my son! He’s coming.

birth 62 more pushes and he was out! Literally, just like that. It was unbelievable. I couldn’t stop crying. He latched on IMMEDIATELY. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I let him nurse on me for 2 hours. I had mentioned in my birth plan that I wanted the nurses to give me alone time with my son, and not run any tests until I’ve had him for at least 2 hours. They respected it. He was 8 lbs and 4 oz, 19.75 inches. I had them skip the eye ointment, and all shots they give at the hospital. I also didn’t let them bathe him. My husband and I did, but we waited a few more hours for that.

Around 7 am Jeremy’s parents joined us at the hospital. My family is back in Albania, so unfortunately they couldn’t be with us, but my husband kept them updated the whole time with pictures and videos.

I have to say that once I saw my son, nothing else mattered. I had been so stressed out about things not going as planned; worrying about a c section and his heart rate; not comfortable with another doctor I had never met that was going to deliver my son; all of these things in the end DO NOT MATTER. As long as your child is healthy that is ultimately all you will care about. I speak from my own experience. I truly no longer cared about the ordeal I had to go through the last two days to get to where I was right then. I gave birth to a very healthy baby boy who was absolutely gorgeous. I could live with that.

birth 6One thing I remember is that Gio barely cried. He was just so happy and calm. Must have taken after his dad, cuz my side of the family, lol….well let’s just say we are loud! It’s in our blood. He was cool with us wiping him down and bathing him, slept pretty comfortably and wasn’t crying at all those first few days/nights in the hospital. He did lose 10% of his body weight in those two days however. My milk hadn’t come in and the colostrum just wasn’t enough for him I guess. But they let me take him home as long as I agreed to take him to his pediatrician in two days.

Gio was born on a Friday morning. We decided to have him circumcised on Sunday. I wanted him to have a 2 day break before I put him through that procedure. He did very well. I personally couldn’t watch him going through it, but I had my husband hold his hand. Gio never left our sight that entire hospital stay. I don’t think I slept at all. I was too infatuated with him. I held him almost the entire time. God, I miss those moments already and he’s only 5 months old now. Everyone will tell you to hold on to these memories because they will pass quickly, and I never believed it. But here I am now reminiscing when it was not that long ago.

Whenever someone tells me they are about to give birth in the next few days, I get soooo happy for them. They are about to experience the most beautiful thing in the world. They will have the happiest day of their life, and they don’t even know it. I am happy and jealous at the same time. I absolutely loved giving birth to Gio. Nothing like it.

So as I write this, I have this beautiful face staring at me, bouncing around on his little chair. How did I get this lucky? How did I get this blessed? Whatever it is that I’ve done right in life….I am thankful. And whatever wrongs I’ve made, I’m also thankful that the man above sees past it and gifted me this miracle for me to love, cherish and have. Becoming a mother has been the most amazing thing that has happened to me. I am forever grateful. And I hope and wish every woman gets a chance to experience it some time in their life. It is ultimately the true meaning of life.

Egreis Gjergjani

40 comments on My Birth Experience With Gio – The Perfect Day

  1. Manal
    May 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm (3 years ago)

    One of the most beautiful videos that I have ever seen.. brought me to tears.. I love the passion you have for everything that has to do with your family. It makes me want to have my first child.. I just have a big fear of that.. I don’t know how to overcome that fear.

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  2. Semira Mustafic
    May 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm (3 years ago)

    Aye this made me cry! Beautiful!

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  3. Arta
    May 21, 2014 at 3:54 am (3 years ago)

    I truly enjoyed reading this particular post because it was very close to home! I gave birth to my daughter April 3rd and had such a similar experience starting with hospital visit to epidural when I can no longer take the pain! My daughter was born 7.13oz 19.5 inches! We did vitamin K but skipped the vaccines ! Nicely written 🙂

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  4. regina
    May 21, 2014 at 7:52 am (3 years ago)

    hey its fashionhillz from IG
    I just read this post and it is sooooo helpful and beautiful. You really make me feel empowered to stand my ground on some procedures, and not back down when it “inconveniences” the hospital staff. Im sooo worried about the delivery date coming up, due july 8th….i really hope to have a good experience, but i can’t help but think what if everything will go wrong?! i mean, I’m not being a downer, just really worried. you had done a lot of research, i commend you on that, and i constantly feel like i need to do more, but constantly feel very overwhelmed with where to look, who to believe. aaagghhh again, this post was really really special and beautiful and I’m happy for your family, Gio is perfect and i congratulate you on that! ill stop freaking out now. lol

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  5. bvalentic2 (from instagram)
    May 22, 2014 at 11:53 am (3 years ago)

    I am speechless in how well you have expressed every emotion and experience. I will be having my second this coming December, although with my first I was very young and missed out on a lot of this planning and knowledge and organization and this has made me feel like I really want to make up for that this time. Plus the hospital didn’t take very much note of me, another young girl having a baby stereotype I guess. But hey that’s in the past and I’m one hell of a mother 🙂 But anyways I think what you have shared is amazing and I don’t even know you but I take everything you say to heart and really consider it genuine and real and like a very good friend giving me advice. So thank you. Oh and your maternity shoot, amazing! I am excited to create something so great with some of your ideas, I hope you don’t mind. Looking forward to reading that post. Congratulations Gio is absolutely adorable. xo! -Bvalentic2 (Canada)

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  6. Aileen
    May 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Omg! This is just beautiful! I’m 33 weeks pregnant and this makes me feel so much better about birth. Your pictures are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your family is beautiful

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  7. Anonymous
    May 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I’ve had two baby boys. And each experience was soo different! Brought back memories! I’m in love with my boys. Such a beautiful experience. Gio is beautiful. Made me tear up reading and watching the video.

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  8. Mira
    May 22, 2014 at 6:02 pm (3 years ago)

    This made me cry… alot .. !

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  9. Beiita Salvador Ortiz
    May 22, 2014 at 7:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Hiiii, I´m from Spain. I follow you since you have Gio. I love your shoe collection and I admire you before, but now I declared your FAN..how you share your day with people you don’t know and always with a smile. I know that everyone show want they want, but there is too much sadness in the world since for worried about your problems (sorry if sounds Contemptuous) I mean I’m happy see other good people happy, Why don’t share with the rest of the world??? For finish, I will read you providing that it could. Kiss

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  10. Anonymous
    May 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm (3 years ago)

    congratulations! your happiness is very contagious and the miracle of life the way you just described is for me a mix of happiness and sadness , i will give my complete life if i can conceive at any moment. Your story is so full of blessings and I’m happy for you and all the preggos around the world. I hope for myself someday God will give me the precious gift of being a Mom ! for now I’m so enchanted with Gio’s instagram acct. squeeze his cheeks for me lol!
    take care 🙂

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      May 22, 2014 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

      The day will come for you too darling. Just envision you already holding your baby in your arms. It will come. Just think positive and stay the way you are <3

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  11. Helen M
    May 23, 2014 at 9:56 am (3 years ago)

    Ur story reminded me of when I gave birth to my son (not that I have forgotten it, it was only 3 1/2 months ago) the details, how can a mother forget. And that feeling when you touched his head, i was giving up at some stage and felt so helpless that I had no energy to push anymore, I didn’t believe them when they would say his head is showing and they told me to touch his head and when I did, my god, it was like all of a sudden I got all this energy and was pushing for my life to see him. It’s amazing experience and I hope every female on this planet goes through it. I enjoyed every minute of my pregnancy and I’m enjoying evey second with my son. I love being a mum. And I love your blog so inspiring in many ways <3 love the photos.

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  12. Lucy
    May 23, 2014 at 11:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi there, my name is Lucy I’m new to your blog. I was reading some of your post and the one that touch me the most was this one, the birth of your son Gio. Let me tell you, you had me in tears from beginning to end. I absolutely loved your video it touch me. My son is now 14 months and it seems like I gave birth to him just yesterday. Thank you for sharing this experience, I really enjoyed reading it. It reminds me of how truly grateful I am with god for giving me the opportunity of becoming a mom to wonderful son. Thank you

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  13. Kashmear
    May 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I follow you on Instagram as well as your blog and I must say I can honestly relate to how you felt when you gave birth to Gio. It was the best moment of my life when I gave birth to my little girl Makai (on December 18, 2013). My daughter was 5 weeks early and her delivery was not the way I planned at all. For me it was a normal day just going to my doctor visit. They checked my urine sample and I had 2+ protien. When they checked my blood pressure it was 193 over 122 which is extremely high and not good on the baby. All throughout my pregnancy I was dealing with my high blood pressure, I was hospitalized for 4 days when I was 14weeks and I was on 2 different medications to keep it stable and I was put on a low sodium diet (I gained 6 pounds my whole pregnancy) so me and my fiancé stayed in the doctors office for almost 2 hours, she wanted me to relax and see if my blood pressure would come down some. It didn’t so she sent me to the hospital, mind you I hadn’t even packed my bag for the delivery yet nor had I got my daughters bed together. My doctor said we would most likely be having her on the weekend and it was Wednesday. We had already scheduled to induce me on December 30 because I was so high risk for getting preeclampsia. And here it was December 18 and I had preeclampsia! At first the nurse took blood sample to run test when I first got to the birth center and they hooked me up to all the monitors. Blood work came back great. But my blood pressure was still outta control. They were giving me everything and nothing worked, so they called my doctor and she said to induce me. Within 20 minutes of being induced I started feeling contractions and they were coming fast, next thing I knew 4 nurses came running in my room. After every contraction my daughters heart rate would drop and they had to stop the contractions. Again they called my doctor and she said to get me ready for a c-section and she would be on her way. See my doctor was off that night but she promised me on my first doctor visit that she would be the one to deliver my baby, and she did. I was scared but I just rolled with it because I knew her health was the most important thing. A c-section was not planned and I didn’t want one but that’s what I got. Child birth is unpredictable but becoming a mother is the greatest gift ever!!!!!! I wish I knew u personally since I’ve been following you since before you were pregnant, I can see u have a huge heart and your genuinely a great person. Keep being a great mother to Gio because your doing an amazing job!!!!

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      May 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm (3 years ago)

      The crazy part is that my mother in law and u were JUST talking about this today. She was telling me a story about a mother who died 4 days after giving birth to a stillborn baby. It crushed me. So sad. But it was way back in the day when they didn’t really know how to deal with preeclampsia. So to read this and find out you and your baby are healthy it’s great!!!! I’m so glad and happy for you. Enjoy it to the fullest and thank you for all of your sweet words

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  14. Julisa
    May 27, 2014 at 12:37 am (3 years ago)

    I couldn’t agree more with contraction pain!!my husband always asks me what it feels like and I don’t even know how to explain it!! But isn’t it all so worth it?!? My baby boy will be 2 months tomorrow and I loved being pregnant and giving birth is just a beautiful thing!!! I would do it ll over again in a heartbeat … Even morning sickness which I thought I was going to die lol!! And I only had it for a week!!

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  15. Nicole
    May 28, 2014 at 8:49 am (3 years ago)

    This is just absolutely beautiful. I just finished reading all your posts and I love how you express your experiences and happy you are able to share them. Thank you for being passionate, love your positive energy, and know that you inspire me as a first time mother!

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      May 28, 2014 at 10:50 am (3 years ago)

      Thank You Nicole

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  16. Kathy
    May 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I absolutely love how you’re so obsessed with being a mom to your gorgeous babyboy! I’m a young mom of two a boy and girl and I’m just as Obsessed! It’s an amazing feeling and you’re doing a great job. I love how you have made some changes once you became a mother but you still remain true to yourself! Keep doing good and living your life the way you want to. And keep the cute gio pics and shoe pics coming

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  17. Meri
    June 2, 2014 at 10:28 pm (3 years ago)

    That’ is such a beautiful video❤️❤️

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  18. Norca perez
    June 28, 2014 at 12:31 am (3 years ago)

    I just want to say that i cried like a baby with the birth of your prince its priceless!!! Beautifull!!! You have a beautifull family!!! God bless you and them!!! I love you your blog and your page on instagram!!! I swear that every day i go to your page too see your pics!!! Iol i love it !!!! Its like adream life!!!! Thanks for beeing a inspiration!!! And for sharing your life with us!!! God bless you i love you!!!

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      June 28, 2014 at 12:32 am (3 years ago)

      How beautiful! Thank you to you!!

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  19. Kayla
    July 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Egreis!
    I just watched the video again I had watched it before from a link on Instagram, I cried a lot it was so beautiful I wish that I could have had my experiences video taped and had more pictures, I am so happy for you to have been able to feel instincts and not give in to the c section that they are so quick to give these days, I have two boys (18 months today, and 6 months on the 20th of July) both of them had to be c sections the first because he was breech and the second because it was so soon after the first. I am hoping in a few years I am able to get pregnant and try for a natural birth! I appriciate everything you share with the world I had you on Instagram before you removed it and loved you outfits and of course perfect shoes! And I love even more as a new mother myself seeing all of your posts I can relate so much! 🙂 Gio is so very handsome and you are such a fun and silly mom and you can see the love so strong with your whole family it’s adorable! Just felt I needed to write something because I just enjoyed this so much and enjoy our posts on Instagram everyday I look forward to watching Gio grow just as I do my sons! They are so close in age 🙂 I hope you have more babies too, I would love if you would follow me on Instagram so you can see my little growing family too 🙂 thanks for just being you and being awesome!

    Love –
    Kayla
    Kace
    Sinith
    James

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      July 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Kayla! I appreciate that you went out of your way to make me smile. Truly Thankful!

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  20. Sara
    August 2, 2014 at 10:21 am (3 years ago)

    Just read you’re a Capricorn!!! We’re so great, lol! I loved reading this post. It’s similar to my labor & delivery story. But I ended up with a c-section after 25 hours in labor…. My baby girl, Ava, was born on a Friday too 🙂 May God continue to bless you and your beautiful family. @le_petite_sari

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  21. Ariel
    August 8, 2014 at 12:27 pm (3 years ago)

    This story was so beautiful, my pregnancy hormones def had me in tears. Thanks for writing! I am 5 weeks out with a very similar birth plan (except having water birth) So it was great to hear how your birth experience went. xo

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  22. Laura
    October 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Egreis, I’ve been a fan of yours for a few years. Congratulations on the best news of being a mommy for the second time around! I have two beautiful girls myself and so badly want another right now but am putting it off because of school. I cried like a baby reading your birth experience with Gio and the video is beautiful. Keep up the amazing work on being mommy. I love you and wish you the best of luck! ❤️ Laura

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  23. Esmeralda Castro
    January 23, 2015 at 10:17 am (3 years ago)

    No matter how many times I read your blogs I always find peace within them. Thank you for sharing and being such an amazing person. Being a mother is truly the ultimate blessing in life

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      January 23, 2015 at 11:39 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      January 24, 2015 at 6:14 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Esmeralda

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  24. Noa
    January 23, 2015 at 11:28 am (3 years ago)

    So beautiful!!

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  25. Yennifer
    March 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Hey Egreis,

    I swear I teared up the whole time while reading this! Im a young mother-to-be (19 weeks along) and I am so scared! Reading your birth experience has given me a whole new perspective. I love reading your blog, honestly I think you are such an honest person! Thank you so much for sharing all of this with us! I was also wordering, can you give us a list of the books you read ? Im so curious and can’t seem to find a good maternity/pregnancy book.
    Thank you so much!

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      March 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Yennifer.
      I will find a pic of the books I read. I piled them all up one day and posted it over a year ago but i think i deleted it. I’ll try to find it. If not, i’ll just go through all of them again and make another list. Congratulations and I’m excited for you!!!

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  26. Melissa
    March 22, 2015 at 11:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! A beautiful story and amazing photos! And now your getting ready to meet another beautiful little person! My son is now seven months old , and it has been lovely to read your experience on birth and motherhood and be able to relate some of your tellings. I loved reading your views on nursing, I have been lucky enough to exclusively breastfeed and even though it can be hard at first it is something I have loved doing (I think I will be a little sad when that chapter finishes).
    Sending you best wishes and strength for your impending arrival and I look forward to reading all about it! X

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  27. Hi
    May 28, 2015 at 10:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing. One day I hope I get blessed with a healthy baby!

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  28. Kristie
    June 11, 2015 at 12:14 am (2 years ago)

    I have on IG, I have always love following you. I’m so happy for you and your growing family! I just watched your Gio video, and loved it! Had me in tears, I have 3 boys and 1 miracle girl! Babies are a true God’s blessing!
    This video was so beautifully made, every detail and captured moment.
    I love seeing wonderful, positive Women across IG. I never write to anyone I don’t personally know, I have wrote to you before and you responded…I know you so many people you try to get back to, you told me about a movie to watch which I found on YouTube that inspired you to go after your goals. Really made me look at things totally different after that movie. Thank you!
    Stay beautiful and blessings to you always!
    Kristie

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  29. Sara
    June 11, 2015 at 12:18 am (2 years ago)

    I cried… It. Add me remember when I gave birth to my daughter in April 2013. I lost my first baby 5 yrs ago and threw out my whole pregnancy I was so worried.. So it brought me back.. So many emotions.. God bless your family.. And congrats on your new little one.. and all the pictures everything looked wow.. Great job on hiring someone to do that..

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  30. Brie
    June 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Egreis,
    I’m sitting here reading about Gio since I just started following your blog! (I should have started following a looooong time ago being that I find myself reading all that you have to offer on my free time.. However, this is far from a complaint) I’m so happy/excited for you, your family and that all of your dreams are coming true! You are a great mother and I love how you refuse to take or deal with anyone’s shit!!! You go girl

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    • Egreis Gjergjani
      June 13, 2015 at 9:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Brie!

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  31. kelli
    June 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

    amazing video brought tears to my eyes you’re such a strong woman I loved watching and read this both my kids had a tough first couple of moments of life my daughter was blue from the cord around her neck and my son swilled 11oz of my fluid it was the hardest birthing experience i couldn’t have my son for two hours he had to go to the icu and be monitored and my daughter I got her about 30 minutes after birth I was so sad that I couldn’t do the skin to skin right after I felt like I did something wrong I blamed myself the whole time.

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