Ryan's Birth Story

Monday August 20th was just a normal day..

I was exactly 38 weeks pregnant to the day
I woke up went on a walk and then had my 38 week appointment at 10:15 in the morning.

The doctor checked me and I was still dilated at a 2.. and 80% effaced.

I had been getting these really frequent sharp pains that wouldn't go away.
( I got them for most of my 3rd trimester but they were getting more and more frequent )
The doctor told me the pains were a result of him literally sitting on a nerve,
and he was more than ready to pop out at any minute.

However, I hadn't had many ( or any ) contractions.
I could feel my tummy tighten often but I guess I was just waiting to feel really painful? HA

I jokingly said when I left the doctor, "How can I get this little one out!?"
She knew I walked a lot and laughed and said you can keep walking!!
BUT ALSO - if anything walking will also help with the sharp pains.

I went to the grocery store after my appointment and stocked up on groceries..
I was in the cracker isle and all of the sudden got a sharp cramp in my lower abdomen.

The cramping began to come more frequently and I called my mom because something felt different.

I got home, put the groceries away, made sure my hospital bag was all packed in case something were to happen and then did exactly what the doctor had said.

You will think I am absolutely crazy but I walked  a total of 10.5 miles that day.
(I'm convinced that's what made my water break that night haha)

Not 10.5 miles all at once!!

I would go on a 3 mile walk, then come home, then go back out again and etc.
It helped with the sharp pains of him sitting so low, and it kept my mind off everything.

Aaron got home from school and we made dinner,
I ate 3 dinners... literally. I was so hungry.
(And now I'm so grateful I did because little did I know I wasn't going to eat for another 30 hours)
We went on a walk together after dinner (contributing to the 10 miles ha) and then
I took a long bath, got ready for bed and was asleep by 10.

I was awaken at 2:30 in the morning by a gush of water.

( Let me just say that the last thing I assumed would put me into labor would be for my water break )

 I knew it wasn't very common for girl's water to break before getting to the hospital.

I woke Aaron up, and he was in denial as well haha.

So we laid there a little longer ..... and GUSH again.
Water everywhere.

I jumped out of bed and water was literally coming out like a fountain.

Aaron finally realized this wasn't normal HA and he called my parents at 2:30 in the morning Utah time.

With my fountain of water coming out, I jumped in the shower,
Aaron jumped up and started packing his bag, and helping me get all my last minute things.

As we were both running around trying to get everything ready,
all of the sudden Aaron stopped me and grabbed my hand..
After two years of life together, it was time to bring a little one into our family.. and we both knew it.
He looked at me, and we both had tears in our eyes.
It was one of those moments that I will never forget.
He grabbed me and held me tight, and whispered in my ear..
"this is it, you can do this....
I love you."

We checked in to the hospital at 5:10 AM and I went to the front desk.
"Um, I think my water broke.."
Nurse: "You think??"
"Um, yes... Ha I'm pretty sure."

They immediately checked my into my room and got me all hooked up to the IV's.
I was dilated to a 3 and the nurse kept telling me
I was having regular contractions about 3 to 5 minutes apart.
I still didn't really feel them- (weird??)

At 8 AM my doctor arrived and put me on Pitocin to make my contractions stronger.

The nurse kept coming in to check on me to see if I was "in pain" yet..
Still no pain but I was starting to feel uncomfortable and feel pressure.
It took me about 5 hours to dilate from a 3 to a 5.
It felt like an eternity.

My mom is amazing and took the first flight out of Salt Lake City, UT to Houston and arrived around lunch time.
I was relieved to see her!
My in - laws were there... And the waiting began.

By Tuesday afternoon I was at a 6 and contractions were coming strong.

I was trying to be strong and hold back tears,
and the pressure was getting worse.

They put my epidural in at about 3 in the afternoon.

Modern medicine is incredible.

I was able to feel my whole body except for my tummy.
My body was able to relax for a little bit,
I even took a little nap.

By about 5 PM I was dilated to a 7.

By 6:45 PM I was dilated to a 9..
The nurse told me she would come back in about an hour and that I should be ready to push by then.

But the pressure was getting worse.

We immediately called the nurse back in at 7:15 and she realized that I was at a 9.5 and told me it was about time to push.

I was relieved it was finally here.
Aaron held my hand tight and talked me through the whole thing.

After about 45 minutes of pushing, out came our beautiful baby boy.

 August 21st 8:14 PM

 Daddy got to cut the cord.

We were completely overcome with emotion.
Our little piece of heaven was so perfect.
I couldn't believe he was OURS.
I kept telling Aaron "This is our baby, he's my baby!"

In that moment, everything felt so right, I immediately knew him, and he knew our voices.
I have never felt so close to heaven.
The miracle of life is truly the most incredible thing in the world.

There we sat, our first time as a family of 3.

I am so smitten.
I can't believe I get to be his mommy.
He completely stole our hearts the first time he opened his big eyes.
He's our little angel and our world.

We love you so much little one.

Karina Marie Powell


  1. Ok, reading your birth story totally just made me tear up at my desk--so sweet!!

    Also, may I just say that you looked absolutely stunning in all these pics! Seriously, most people look like sweaty and gross, but you look really pretty...seriously, I wish I could get my hair to look that good on a normal day, ha!

    Your son is so beautiful, congrats and thanks for sharing your story! :)

  2. OH my goodness, what a beautiful story! What a trooper you are Karina!

    Ryan is just precious, and I'm so happy for you all!

    <3 <3 <3

  3. oh my goodness this made me cry. what a sweet birth story! he is a beautiful little boy karina! so happy for you guys! you make me want to have another one :)

  4. what a beautiful family! Made my day, thanks for sharing :)

  5. This is such a beautiful post. You almost had me in tears too. What a sweet family. Congrats!

  6. oh my word Karina! This seriously just brought tears to my eyes. I love your blog, and I've been waiting for this post since baby Ryan was born. I'm so happy for the Powell family right now. P.S I second the fact that your hair looks amazing, and you look perfect!

  7. I am pretty sure everyone is saying the exact same thing, but man it was soo difficult not to cry! Congrats!

  8. Congrats!!! he is so sweet :) Thanks for sharing!


  9. Give me goosebumps! This is so perfectly written. Congratulations again! There is nothing on earth quite like being a mommy.

  10. Way to make me get tears in my eyes! That photo of you and your husband is ridiculously cute! Tears in the eyes gets me every time. Congratulations. Can't wait to see more pictures of your perfect piece of heaven.

  11. So awesome! Love birth stories! :) yours is so sweet. He is adorable

  12. oh ya i cried. yay you're a mom!! he is honestly the most adorable boy i've ever seen. congrats karina.

  13. Congratulations! He is the most beautiful baby boy I have seen since my son was born (your own baby is always the cutest as I'm sure you've realized). You make such a beautiful mommy. Giving birth is such an amazing experience...what a sweet birth story!

  14. You look AMAZING for having just given birth!! And what a beautiful baby boy! Congratulations sweet momma!!

  15. so precious. you guys make a very cute family! Congrats :)

  16. what a beautiful post!! im not surprised about babyboys cuteness, you guys are just one handsome couple! Enjoy your family time!

    PS: almost everybody said this before but seriously: how can you look so perfect after just giving birth? Please tell us the secret!

  17. He's sooooo sweet and perfect. What an incredible story. I am crying :) Soon that's gonna be us...getting so ready and excited to meet our little boy...I'm at 37 weeks now :)

  18. He is ADORABLE Karina! Such a beautiful baby boy. I'm so happy for you two! You all make such a beautiful little family.

  19. He is so cute!!! Congrats! I am glad everything went well. :)

  20. The picture of you and Aaron looking at him and crying is absolutely perfect. It kills me! Congrats cute girl! :)

  21. Congratulations again! This is truly a sweet story, he's just precious! Having a boy is so much fun!

  22. Oh I totally cried reading this!! What a sweet, sweet story! I'm just so happy for you guys!!

  23. That's so cute. Congrats! And I can't believe your mom was there by lunchtime! What a great mom!!!

  24. Oh my gosh, half of that story sounded so familiar! My mom arrived in the middle of my labor too. And the epidurals are AMAZING! I love all your photos- whoever took them did a great job because they perfectly express what you are feeling. Congrats, he is a BEAUTIFUL baby!!

  25. Just found you blog. My little girl was born the same day as your Ryan. It is so fun to hear what your little boy is doing, my little Abbi is going through the same stages. Thanks for posting!

    Ashley Wright

  26. This is just the sweetest story, I was tearing up. I loved your birth story because it was so peaceful to read. Glad I stumbled across this post :)
    And how did you look so pretty after 30 hours of labor? Please tell me your secret! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Hey Karina,
    Who took all of your pictures? They are darling!

    1. Awww Thank you sweet girl! We had my mom take pictures! She did a pretty good job!:) xoxo

  28. Hey, Karina! Who took all of your pictures? They are darling!

  29. Okay somehow I've never read this post girl, so so sweet. I love your deep love for being a mom Karina. Sweet Ryan is so blessed to have you. And on a totally different note, he looks so much like "Ryan" even as a newborn, unreal.

  30. I have just recently found your blog. You have a beautiful family. My daughter is recently pregnant and I enjoyed your story. You are the most beautiful woman that just gave birth that I have ever seen! Thanks for sharing.