Charlie’s Birth Story

Baby | Jun 25, 2015

egi and gioBefore you continue reading this one, if you have a second (or an extra 15 minutes) please read my birth story with Gio. Only after you have read that one will you understand how different my experience with Charlie was. Complete opposite from one another, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, even though they were NOTHING I had planned for nor envisioned.

With Gio I was 5 days early when he was born. Charlie arrived on June 9th at 5.42 AM, 3 days past my due date. I had been 3 cm dilated and 70% effaced for about 2 weeks. Every day I was experiencing contractions but nothing serious. There was one night, about a week before we was born when I was getting contractions every minute and I thought that was going to be the night, but an hour later they went away. So false alarm. We even called my in laws to come over middle of the night. Ayiyi!

It was a night like all other nights: big ol’ belly I was tired of pushing around, more rice krispies wrappers than I could count laying all over the kitchen counter, and a big bottle of water. I had just changed into these all white maternity pajamas I just got in the mail. And as we are getting closer to heading to bed, hubby asks his usual question “sooooo babe, do you think tonight is the night?”. As if I knew exactly when this child was going to come! I did know that it was going to be dark outside whenever I did have him. I don’t know why. But even with Gio, I told my husband from very early on that I just knew it was going to be dark outside, and the next day there would be snow. Of course he looked at me crazy, but he’s always giving me those looks so I’m used to them. This time I was right though! Gio was born at 4.38 am and it was pitch black outside. And the next day it snowed 🙂 With Charlie, similar thing. Except I didn’t feel any snow coming. I just knew it was going to be dark again.

So we headed to bed, played around on our phones like we normally do, then pillow talked for a bit until I got tired and closed my eyes. I kept having dreams that night of being in pain and discomfort. It wasn’t until 4 am that I opened my eyes and realized it wasn’t just a dream…I was actually in pain and discomfort. I was in the middle of a contraction right there and then. It wasn’t a bad one, but it wasn’t one of the usual ones I had been having the past 2 weeks. So I waited it out…I played on my phone. Another contraction came and this one stung a bit too. So I reached over to tap Jeremy on the shoulder. He didn’t feel a thing. He’s also a very heavy sleeper so that doesn’t help. I tapped him a few more times, then started saying “babe…” No response. Then I hit him with the “JEREMY!” He could be dead asleep, he always responds to that! LOL. So he woke up finally and was all freaked out! “Is it time? Is this it? What’s up babe?” I told him to calm down. I didn’t know if this was IT, but my contractions were starting to hurt. And we both knew that this meant it was GO TIME. Last time I went from first painful contraction to birth in a matter of hours so we knew we had to move somewhat faster than usual.

belly with charlieWe both got out of bed. I felt the need to shower for some odd reason. Mind you it’s 4.15 am at this point. I was contemplating whether I should wash my hair or not. I wanted to, but I didn’t want to blow dry it after. You know…typical things you worry about when you’re about to give birth *rolls eyes* I know…something’s wrong with me! Anyways, I decided to wash it 🙂 I wanted to feel clean and smell good. I went in the shower while Jeremy decided to shave. Sure….why not! LOL. I blow dried my hair (my way of blowdrying it is literally just hold the blow drier to my hair and that’s it. I don’t do the round brush thing or whatever other tools people use to blow dry their hair all nicely). I just wanted it dry and clean. I put nice lotion all over, deodorant and some sweats and a white t-shirt. Hubby asked me if I could cut his hair. I cut his hair all the time and two days prior I had made a comment about his hair getting long and not looking good in pictures LOL. I was referring to our birth photos we were going to take during labor. Well,l I was truly joking but I guess that comment stayed with him haha. So here we are … 4.45 am and I’m cutting his hair with his clippers. I did a damn good job too, I might add! Once we finished, I went to grab my charger for my phone so I could pack it in my hospital bag before we headed out to the hospital. By this time, I had gotten just one really bad contraction. I had to hold on to my vanity chair and freeze for a minute until it went away. But the other ones after that weren’t as bad. So we were doing ok, time wise. So we thought…..until my water broke!

With Gio I never experienced the water breaking because they broke it for me at the hospital. From what I had seen in movies and such I always pictured it to be this super dramatic “OMG my water broke and it’s all over the floor” scene. But turns out it wasn’t all that dramatic for me. I felt a gush of water down my legs, but it wasn’t as much water as I thought it would be. It definitely wasn’t all over the floor or anything. But I screamed “my water broke, OMG”. At that point Laney (my bonus daughter) had walked in our room. Jeremy woke her up to let her know we were heading to the hospital and our in laws had been notified and they were already on the way, but we needed her to sleep next to Gio until they arrived. She walked in right as my water broke so of course she freaked out. She ran to my closet, got me a new pair of sweats, helped me put them on, and meanwhile I’m thinking where the heck is Jeremy? He’s just literally standing at the bathroom door all lost and shocked. So I changed and brought him back to reality really quickly. Told him we HAD to go! It was 4.55 when we shut the door behind us and headed to our car. I was getting contractions every 2 minutes at this point.

checking in hospitalOn the way to the hospital, which was 15-20 minutes away, I called and texted Morgan, our birth photographer to let her know. She lives near the hospital so it was a lot quicker for her to get there. My first time around I was worried she was going to miss the whole birth and not be able to capture it. This time however all I could think of was EPIDURAL!!!!! Being in the car while contracting is the WORST! Wait, let me rephrase…it is NOT GOOD, with “the worst” being giving birth naturally! I’ll get to that later…I felt every bump and every lane switch on that road. I kept screaming for Jeremy to go faster. I was worried I had missed the window for the epidural. But my husband kept telling me to think positive. I couldn’t think at all. I just wanted it all to be over.

By the time we pulled up to the hospital i was in tears. I was in so much pain. I couldn’t get out of the car, let alone walk. So they had to take me in a wheel chair. We go inside, and the lady at the front desk is asking me questions so she could enter me in the monitor and let the labor and delivery unit know. She starts asking for my date of birth, SSN, due date, insurance, etc then asks Jeremy some other questions, meanwhile I’m literally crying my eyes out and kept screaming “he’s coming!” My birth photographer, Morgan, who had been through this with me before and knows how fast my deliveries are, told the lady in her lovely soft spoken voice “Ma’am, she tends to go really fast. I’ve seen it happen with her first. We should take her to L&D asap”. But she didn’t pay us no mind. It’s 5.15 at this point. I was finally instructed to go upstairs on the second floor where L&D is (L&D stands for Labor & Delivery).

The entire time I kept crying and making these horrible sounds because I was in so much pain. I felt like no one believed me. 3 nurses greeted me and took me to our room. I was hooked on the monitor at 5.27 am. I kept asking for the epidural but I didn’t see anyone make any moves for it. Of course, when you’re in that pain you want to get it right away and for it to start working right away too. One of the nurses told me that in order for me to get one she had to put an IV in and get fluids inside of me. So she started doing that. Then there was paperwork to be signed. They kept handing me papers to sign. I literally drew a line. I couldn’t even breathe, let alone write. I remember they kept asking me all kinds of questions, meanwhile I kid you not I felt Charlie’s head coming. I was screaming from pain, they were asking Jeremy if I was taking prenatals, when the due date was (which they asked like 6 times already), if I was a smoker etc etc. I get that this is all normal procedure. I went through it the first time around. But this time, I was about to pop, literally. I stopped asking for the epidural at this point. I knew it was too late. They weren’t taking me seriously, and I can understand, because as many women as they see daily, I’m sure there are so many of us who exaggerate and scream when they’re just 2 cm dilated. So i can understand them not taking me seriously, but being in my shoes and experiencing what I was feeling, I wanted to strangle them all! I told myself forget about epidural. Not happening. Ask for the doctor! No signs of a doctor any where near. They checked me and I was 7-8 cm dilated and 3 minutes later, when I suddenly screamed “I NEED TO PUSH” they checked again and I was complete, meaning 10 cm. So it was BABY TIME!

giving birthAll of a sudden all the nurses kept telling me not to push. I told them it was impossible. I wasn’t even trying to push. I wasn’t even pushing. My body was literally pushing him out. I couldn’t stop it. There was this one nurse, whose face I can’t even remember, but I do remember she had piercing blue eyes and she told me to look at her and do as she said. She told me not to push, to relax, etc etc. I kept nodding. But each time she told me not to push, I felt him come out even more. And sure enough his head crowned. No doctor in the room still. I started freaking out! But I was in too much pain to even talk or ask anyone anything. I finally saw the doctor run inside and rush to put her gloves on. Next thing I knew my body literally pushed Charlie out completely. The doctor was just in time to catch him. It wasn’t my doctor but I had seen her before in the clinic I went to. She’s part of the group along with my doctor and a few other ones. So I felt comfortable. But at that point, even if the mail man caught my baby I would be happy. I had to get him out. The pain was unbearable. I’ve already blogged about it in my previous blog post 🙂 I won’t get into that now. I’d like to forget about it someday haha.

hospital graph

My photographer took a picture of the monitor to show the exact timeline of my birth.

So Charlie was born at 5.42 am. Exactly 20 minutes after they had hooked me up to the monitor. And was so perfect when he came out! All moms say that, I know. He was perfect to me. I was so emotional, as you can imagine, and my face shows it. Let’s just say I’m not one of those girls who look all pretty and lovely when they cry. I look down right UGLY. LOL. My facial expressions are hilarious now that I go back and watch it. Jeremy says he loves it cuz it’s full of emotion. I say he’s full of crap haha. Anyways, if you take my horrific faces out of the video and pictures, it’s actually a lovely video to watch!

I’m not sure if you’re familiar with birth photography but I HIGHLY recommend it. I learned it from my friend Jennifer who had her first boy 6 months before I had Gio. I looked everywhere for one here in Kansas City and came across Morgan, from Morgan Lang Photography. She’s a lovely mother of 5 and is now expecting her 6th child. She is so sweet and so talented that I immediately felt comfortable hiring her the first time around. And when I found out about my pregnancy with Charlie I booked her right after. Giving birth to your child is one of the most, if not the most, amazing experience you will ever go through as a woman. Being able to capture it in pictures and video is just amazing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked back at my video with Gio and all of the pictures from that day. I cry like a baby each time, but the fact that I have them means the world to me. It’s almost like I get to relive that day over and over again. I truly recommend it. You will never regret it!


Okay, enough blabbing. I’ll go ahead and share the video 🙂

And here’s some extra clips from that day:

I’ve always felt like my favorite day was the day I gave birth to Gio, but now I have two of them. I’m thankful for all the blessings I’ve received so far and I’m grateful for all the people in my life that make it all worth it. I love you and thank you for loving me.

I wouldn’t be able to do all that I do without my family and more importantly without my husband, our parents, and our kids. I’m especially thankful for my bonus kids who have been so helpful every single day. Lucas was away with his soccer camp so he couldn’t be at the hospital that day, but he joined us the day after. Him and George have gotten especially close after Charlie’s birth. I can’t wait for the day I see the three of them together, talking, playing, socializing. Ahhhhh…Heaven!

I think that’s it for now. I have had a bad migraine all day. My left eye feels like it’s about to go blind. So weird. But according to my husband I need to put away the laptop, the phone and go in a dark room for 15 minutes and see if that helps. Good thing newborns sleep all day long. I’m bringing Charlie with me hehe.



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  1. Alicia says:

    Muchas bendiciones casa vez que veo tus videos o fotos me llenan de mucha alegria, que ,maravilloso que to esposo estubo contigo todo el tiempo el mío se perdió el nacimiento de mi primer hijo 🙁 en fin dios los bendiga siempre

  2. Alison says:

    I cried like a baby…beautiful story and video.

  3. Norca perez says:

    Omg!!! I cried like a baby!!! I always ALWAYS, enjoy your videos and pics!!! This is soooo beautiful!!! You have a beautiful family!!! I love it!!! God bless you and your beautiful family!!!! And thank you for sharing this moments!!!

  4. Ellen McAulay says:

    you have such a beautiful family. I follow your Instagram and I can’t help but smile every time you post a new picture or video of your perfect little family. congratulations on your new born Charlie too. He’s beautiful. xxxx

  5. Magdalena says:

    Dear Eggy,
    We’ve met in London few months ago in Gianmarco Lorenzi store when you were just few weeks pregnant with Charlie.
    I just want to congratulate you again and tell you that I cried like a baby when I was watching a video from Charlie’s birth. It was such a beautiful, full of emotions day. You are amazing. Your family is wonderful. What has been captured in the video and pictures is just pure LOVE. Kisses for Gio and Charlie xxxx Magdalena

    1. Egreis Gjergjani says:

      Hi beautiful!
      Of course I remember you and will never forget. You and your beautiful face and hair! Always so lovely!
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Truly appreciate it and next time I come to London, we shall meet again! Love always.

  6. Shayna says:

    I’m in tears such a beautiful birth video and SUCH a different experience from Gio to Charlie. You looked absolutely beautiful and I’m the same way no matter how much pain I’m in I ALWAYS shower before heading to the ER or hospital LOL. Congrats on Charlie he is absolutely stunning, and congrats to big brother Gio! Such a beautiful family and story thank you for sharing xoxoxo

  7. Christina Adamyan says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m currently 12 weeks pregnant with baby #2 and I got so emotional watching the videos. It truly is a blessing to give birth and experience motherhood. My son is almost 2. I can’t wait till he meets his sibling. I’m due 1/3. But baby may come late December. Still don’t know the gender. Impatiently waiting….

    May God continue to bless you all

  8. Arsine says:

    I’ve been waiting since you gave birth to Charlie to see this video loll so cute I love it!!!! I’ve watched Gio’s video so many times, but after watching this and reading your blog, I decided I’m going to get a photographer for when I get pregnant FOR SURE! I mean, you gave birth within 20 mins and don’t remember much from it because obviously only God knows how things will go, but you have the pictures and video to look back at forever.

  9. Loida says:

    Thanks for sharing , that’s exactly what I went true on June 5 2015 with my second boy I got on the hospital at 11:02am and asking for my doctor because my baby was coming an yeah they say to not push for the baby an wait but I got in the room and exactly 5 minutes later my beautiful son was out at 11:07 am so I totally get you… Congrats on your baby and of course welcome to this Beautiful work Charlie!!! Xoxo

  10. Lourdes says:

    It was beautiful, thanks for sharing! God bless your beautiful family!

  11. Lee says:

    You have an amazing BEAUTIFUL family! God bless you more

  12. Cristina says:

    I cried watching this video reminds me of when my son was born a year ago ….. congrats on the baby Charlie bless to have u as a mommie and gio to

  13. Heidy says:

    Your birth story its beautiful. Both of your babies are adorable. I follow you on ig and your story its beautiful. Congrats on your second prince.

  14. Essa says:

    Thank you for sharing, it brought me almost to tears. Made me think of my own birth story almost 15 years ago.

  15. Nela says:

    Congratulations!! You cracked me up when your hubby decided to shave and have a haircut at 4am lmaoo

  16. Glenda says:

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT beautiful baby BOY!!!

  17. Donette says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Oh boy i got all emotional. You have a lovely family and is Blessed. I also have a lil boy and just found out am pregnant again. Am scared but also excited but i read your blog and follow you and take notes . thanks again for this absolutely adorable video.

  18. Glenda says:

    Love to finally had a chance to read about Charlie’s birth story

  19. Suzy says:

    I loved your story! It reminds me of my birth experience with my now 2 month old baby boy. I don’t know how you did it without the epidural though, that’s amazing! I was the same way as you when I was getting ready to go to the hospital- I wanted to be fresh and clean and I even did my makeup lol! I remember trying to hold the contractions while holding my makeup brush haha. I wanted to look good for the photos but little did I realize that my makeup would melt off after all of the screaming and crying. I also dreamt that I was in pain and really was after waking to realxcontractions It was an amazing experience though and I love how you captured yours on camera. Such a great idea! I’m going to look into that for my next one. Btw I don’t know what you are saying about your faces in the videos because I think you looked beautiful throughout! And Charlie is so beautiful and perfect, just like his mama 🙂

  20. Sarah says:

    I’m not normally one to leave comments but the videos just melted my heart!

    It’s so nice to see a nice loving family together, without drama just enjoying such a special day! I really enjoyed watching the older girls look after little George at the end you can really feel how much they love and care.

    Please keep posting as you do, the posts really brighten my day!

    Sending lots of love to you and your family x x

  21. nadia says:

    I cried so hard while watching your video. I am feeling sooo broody even my husband knows to not come near me as i will make it happen. Lol abd right now ita not possible for one. But congratulations. Your sons are beautiful. May they grow up to be strong and healthy and respectful gentlemen In Shaa Allah. All the best to u and your growing family. ❤

  22. Chelsea says:

    This was so beautiful! I cried like a baby!!! I have a daughter that is a couple of months older than Gio and seeing this video makes me want more like yesterday! The whole experience of pregnancy, labor and delivery is such an amazing and beautiful experience. You have a beautiful family and it’s very obvious you love your children dearly! Keep up the good work momma, they are worth every moment of it. Thank you for sharing such a raw, emotional and beautiful experience with us!

  23. Destiny T. says:

    I am in tears watching that video. My husband was our photographer/videographer for the birth of both of our children. Sadly within a week of our 2nd’s birth his phone lost everything ( our 2 year old got ahold of if it and it went back to factory settings) including the pictures from our sons birth. So upsetting, it happened before we would back them up. I will never have those moments captured. Anyways, beautiful family, best wishes!

  24. Shannon says:

    Crying like a baby ! Love ❤️

  25. Yana says:

    Ohhh these onions! Someone is always cutting onions every time I watch your videos. OMG I know what you mean by the nurses telling you to wait and not push Hahahahah yeah ok. I can’t imagine how painful the car ride must have been, ouch!!!!!! I’m glad you got to experience natural birth, even if that wasn’t the plan. It’s insane what our bodies are capable of. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

  26. Erviola says:

    Egreis urime per lindjen e Charlit.. U emocionova aq shume kur Gio takon Charlin :'( .. u look great together.. ju pershendes! Puthje pafund per Charlin Dhe Gio!

  27. mila says:

    omg it’s such a beautiful birth story… such a wonderful video. God bless u Egi, and i can’t stop saying it,thank u for sharing it with us. i cant wait till ur next photos,blog,videos. hugs

  28. Xhesika says:

    Wow Egreis emocione pafund! Me kaq detaje sa e kishe pershkruar kete eksperience te mrekullueshme mu duk sikur isha aty :). Te te rroje djali, e t’i kesh me jete te gjate te dy! Puthje!

  29. Nina says:

    Such a lovely and precious moment! Thank you for sharing your experience! I cried of course, like everybody else I’m sure. You are truly something! Kisses and good luck. I will stay posted to see how you manage the two babies and everything else and get an inspiration.

  30. Fabiola Anguiano says:

    Omg I’m 31 weeks pregnant. And watching this got me very emotional & excited at the same time. Is my first baby so I have no idea what to expect thank you , you are very expressive and I love how you went into details with the birth experience. Gio & Charlie are so adorable.. ever since I started following you on ig. Every time I think of my baby I think of Charlie, he’s a beautiful baby, than I start wondering who is my baby going to look like his daddy or me. I can’t wait for my baby’s birth, thank you for sharing your experience. Lots of blessings for you & your family. ♡♡

  31. julia says:

    This was absolutely beautiful!!! congratulations !!!!!!

  32. Ida says:

    What a beautiful birth story – I had goose bumps the whole time reading it! Your experience with Charlie is extremely similar to mine with my son. I woke up at 2am 3 days past my due date with light contractions. I woke up my husband and his first question was “should I call out sick”. I took a shower, dried my hair, put on my jeans with a pretty purple lace top (I was going to a wedding! lol). I woke up my MIL, my husband and I were laughing singing and making jokes. I remember my MIL saying “hajt hajt – no way your having and a baby” and I thought – your probably right! I was convinced I was going to be preggo forever! We got to the hospital around 5am 5cm dialted 60% effaced. At 12:14pm I met my beautiful baby boy…..

  33. Your birth story made me cry! much Love your family is truly an inspiration.

  34. Erika says:

    Your birth story was amazing!!!! Made me cry! No surprise I cry for everything! I had my first baby four months. i feel like I just gave birth to him yesterday time sure does fly! I am/was if that makes any sense so hesitant to have another baby, after having my baby boy I feel like I won’t be able to love my second one as much as I love him . I know it sounds bad I read were you kind of felt the same way because gio of course is your first love but after reading your story and how all that changed for you made me feel different about having another baby some time in the future lol. You have such a beautiful family! By the way you look absolutely beautiful after u gave birth!! You looked like u never went thru all that pain!!! U have amazing skin! Just flawless! Before I gave birth I showered and put some makeup on lol after I had my son I did not look all cute anymore like u! Lol and I had an epidural! I know I’m rambling on and on and I have ur hands full but if you get a chance to read my comment… May god continue to bless u and you family! Thank you for being so inspiring and positive and kind hearted! This world definitely needs more people like you in this world

  35. Ana Mancillas says:

    I literally cried!!! Im 18 years old and i have one beautiful boy of 5 months. When i saw your video I remembered when he was born and my heart melt

  36. negin says:

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing us your awesome experience .kive you

  37. Lili says:

    I have no idea why such a happy video made me cry 🙁
    I am very happy your baby its ok 🙂 you are a great mom.

  38. TIRZAH says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. When I ever get the chance I would love to have someone record these memories. CONGRATS and welcome to the World Charlie ♡♡

  39. Amran says:

    Omg I cried during the whole video!!!! The cutest thing ever omg ❤️

  40. Blanca says:

    It was a beautiful story

  41. Hanna says:

    Literally it makes me cry whole
    Time. God bless Charlie and your family!

  42. Brianna says:

    I’m expecting my first in January so I’m slightly obsessed with birth stories. I have no idea what to expect since every woman is different but I know I cry from pain! Lol. This video was so beautiful, of course I cried. I love reading your blog & I’m originally from Kansas City so That’s a bonus ! 🙂

  43. Amy says:

    when gio met Charlie I literally just cried my eyes out. What a perfect little family you have! Congratulations

  44. Nan Goldin says:

    What a lovey story and tears do not come often for me, but you made it happen! Congratulations to you and your family!

  45. Meagan Torres says:

    This was so beautiful. I’m not a mother yet but this reassures me that the pain you go through is well worth it. Ugh! I was crying watching your video. lol

  46. Farah says:

    Hi there!
    I love your blog and Instagram! I am getting lots of good advice from you for pregnancy! I’m due Sept 7th with my first. Your stories are beautiful! I did want to reach out to you to ask how I can find the mattress pad you had in a picture with Charlie in his bassinet. It looks so comfy and perfect for a newborn!

  47. Ashleigh says:

    Wow! I have spent the last half hour reading Gio and Charlie’s birth stories. My face and shirt are soaking wet with tears. I am a first time mom expecting my baby girl Nora on 11.22.15. I have been following you on IG for a while and can say that we are a lot alike (pre-pregnancy/pre-children) lol. As excited as I am to give birth to my sweet baby it still doesn’t feel real to me that I’m about to be a mother. Reading both of your birth stories stirred every motherly emotion in me. I cried so hard every time I saw a picture of you crying in pain. I’m like Jeremy, I like your cry face. It shows emotion like mine! I have never been more excited to give birth to my sweet baby than I am right now. Thank you for sharing your stories – it has warmed my heart in so many ways!!!! God bless you all. This was just shortly after you posted your “Rev Run” post of Charlie on IG and how much you love and adore him. I am so blessed to have stumbled upon your page and to have been following you and your sweet family for a while. As creepy as it is for a stranger to say lol.. Thank you again for sharing. 🙂

  48. Suzie says:

    Amazing!!! God bless

  49. Jennifer says:

    Your birth stories and videos are beyond beautiful…I am literally sitting at work right now ( 35+2 weeks with my first little man) Crying LoL..I cant wait for these previous moments you’ve shared. I love the honesty in your blog its refreshing:)