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  1. Sally Doersam
    January 5, 2020 @ 1:50 pm

    That was the most beautiful birthing story. It filled my heart with calmness and gratitude for you and Luke. What an incredible loving experience for Ford to come into the world. Well done and congrats to you and Luke.

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 8:06 pm

      Thank you, Sally! It was an incredible experience! Sending much love. xoxo

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      • Lindsey
        January 6, 2020 @ 5:12 pm

        What a beautiful birth story! Thank you for sharing your personal story. You will help many woman and men think differently about this experience. Keep it coming! You’re right where you should be. Best of Luck to you Kasey, Luke and Baby Ford!

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        • admin
          January 8, 2020 @ 2:48 pm

          Thank you, Lindsey! Happy I can share my experience in hopes to help others 🙂 xo

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  2. Jessica DeAn Moore
    January 5, 2020 @ 2:20 pm

    This is amazing, I’m so happy for you babe ! I believe this is the best, home, comfortable, I love old traditional ways. Extra nutrients for the baby by leaving the cord attached !? Who knew ? No meds in his little body! I mean you should open a birthing home in Idaho ! I would come ! Wake up as a family to snow covered mountains and a relaxation period for new moms. Midwife on call! Whoaaaa! An Airbnb for expecting moms ! Sign me up
    Keep doing you girl ! Xxxx

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Jessica!! What a GREAT idea!! A birthing center in the Idaho mountains – sign me up too!! 🙂 Sending much love! xoxo

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    • Erin
      January 11, 2020 @ 2:25 pm

      Jessica I am slowly working on it! There are many, many obstacles to opening and operating a birth center. I fancy a birth cottage where women can come give birth if their home space is unusable, but really there is no place like home! ♥️

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  3. Angela
    January 5, 2020 @ 2:22 pm

    Absolutely beautiful !! I had both our girls early in 2000 and 2003. This was almost unheard of then. I would have loved to birth this way. I am not a fan of hospitals and did not like being there for several nights. With our second daughter there was no time for an epidural so I went all natural and what an experience it was. Thank you for stating your beautiful experience with us. Ford is just precious.

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:59 pm

      Thank you, Angela! I had never known anyone to do it before I got pregnant. I’m so glad more people are opening up the conversation. I’m so happy to share with y’all! Happy New Year! xo

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  4. Lexie
    January 5, 2020 @ 2:25 pm

    What a beautiful boy!! Great job!!

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    • Chrissy
      January 5, 2020 @ 2:49 pm

      Such a beautiful story! Great job Mama and the whole tribe. Ford is just perfect <3 I found myself vicariously living through your words. I have an (almost) 2 year old and even with an amazing doula at the hospital my experience was horrifying. 2 years later I JUST feel recovered from the PP anxiety. Your story gives me hope for next time! I look forward to your next post on the 4th trimester because ever since my experience I've tried sharing openly and being there for any other Mamas in need!

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      • admin
        January 5, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

        Thank you for the kind words, Chrissy! I’m sorry to hear you had a bad experience. PP anxiety and what we go through is REAL! I’m so glad to hear you are pen with others – it’s so needed! Sending much love! xo

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  5. Kate
    January 5, 2020 @ 2:33 pm

    So beautiful what a wonderful experience!! He is such a beautiful boy! I’m 3 and a half weeks from having my first baby too and this brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations!

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:57 pm

      Hi Kate! It was a beautiful experience. I can’t wait for you to experience it, mama!! Wishing you the best! xoxo

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  6. Chrissy ( @chrissywerner11)
    January 5, 2020 @ 2:39 pm

    This story is incredibly beautiful! Ford is just perfect! I’m so glad you shared. I found myself living vicariously through it. I have an (almost) 2 year old and JUST felt recovered from PP anxiety because everything went terrible in the hospital (even with an amazing doula). Gives me hope for next time <3 I look forward to your next post because ever since my 4th trimester experience I started sharing more openly with other women and try to be there as a friend to any Mama in need. Congrats and GREAT JOB to the whole tribe 🙂

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    • Emily
      January 6, 2020 @ 7:26 am

      I completely agree with you Chrissy on living through her words. I wouldn’t say I had a horrific time with my hospital birth, but there were definitely some things I wish we had done differently. This story is beautiful!

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  7. Bonnie
    January 5, 2020 @ 2:49 pm

    Wow! So incredible, thanks for sharing this great story. Do you know what makes episiotomies more common when giving birth in hospitals?

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:55 pm

      I’m so happy to share! I am not sure why they do so many – maybe quicker deliveries. In most cases, it’s better for the mom to tear naturally than be cut.

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    • Stephanie
      January 6, 2020 @ 8:39 pm

      Episiotomies actually don’t happen frequently anymore. Based on the research I did it’s down to 29%. When we did our birthing classes the OB confirmed this as well. 🙂

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      • admin
        January 7, 2020 @ 6:57 am

        Hi Stephanie! Thanks for your input. I’m glad they are down. My wish is that woman take birth into their own hands and feel empowered to do what they feel is best for their body. xo

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  8. Gabriele
    January 5, 2020 @ 2:53 pm

    I admire your courage and recognize that your birth story wouldn’t work for me, you’re so much more chill and calm than I am, I’m full of anxiety about it all. I plan to give birth in the hospital when baby comes in less than 3 months. Was there ever a point where you were scared and wished you had decided to go to a hospital? Congrats again on your perfect little Ford!

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:50 pm

      Yes – we all have our own experience and I’m so thankful to have the choice to do it in my way. There was a moment, when the pain was extreme, that I wasn’t sure if I could do it. Thankful to have had Luke to support me!

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  9. Aly
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:06 pm

    That was an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing! Good job!

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  10. Kellee
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:06 pm

    What an amazing experience!

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  11. Jessica Klein
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:10 pm

    So happy for you! What an incredible experience! I too had amazing out of hospital births and I wish every woman knew how capable they are! Truly shifted who I am as a person, having experienced birth that way. And wow! Over 9lbs! 😱 good job mama! 🥰

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:48 pm

      Thank you, Jessica! It truly showed me how powerful woman truly are. Sending much love, mama!

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  12. Christy
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:14 pm

    What a beautiful birth story! Congratulations and many blessings to your family.

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:47 pm

      Thank you, Christy! Happy New Year!

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  13. Ginger
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

    I love this and admire you for going with your heart. I think it’s awesome and I know it was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:46 pm

      I’m so happy I followed my heart 🙂 Happy to share! xo

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  14. Belinda Miller
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:29 pm

    This made me emotional, the strength we have is unbelievable. I admire you for being so strong and researching and deciding to do it your way. I have a 22 year old and a 16 year old, both girls. I had two cesareans and feel grateful I was able to make it through. I completely agree that the hospital,lights,the quick way they take the baby away is not the way I would want to experience it today.
    Thank you for sharing, this is a blessing for new parents to be. I love following your family and send you a huge hug, lots of kisses and a Happy New Year!!! Xoxo B in Boston

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:44 pm

      Women are truly amazing! We all have our own journey. I’m thankful you had safe births. So glad you’re following along. Happy new year to you as well! xoxo

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  15. Jeniffer
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:31 pm

    That was such a wonderful post and what a beautiful experience!! I can’t wait for my baby boy in 3 weeks, thank you For sharing such a personal experience and can’t wait to read your Postpartum Mom Care and 4th Trimester post!!

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:42 pm

      I’m so excited for you, mama! Wishing you all the best during your birthing time. xo

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  16. Kim Purcell-Reid
    January 5, 2020 @ 3:52 pm

    Got teary eyed reading your story. Made me relive my own. Beautiful baby!! Congratulations and best wishes.

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:41 pm

      Thanks, Kim! Sending much love!

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  17. Heather Minor
    January 5, 2020 @ 4:06 pm

    Amazing and impressive you are incredible! He is adorable but no surprise with you two as his parents.
    Congrats and let’s get coffee or wine sometime!

    Xoxo

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:41 pm

      Thanks, Heather!! I would love that! xo

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  18. Dawn
    January 5, 2020 @ 4:12 pm

    Beautiful! I love that you didn’t clean him right away and left the umbilical cord in tact. I wish I had a similar birth story! I used a midwife with my son but in a hospital setting. My daughter was OBGYN and horrible birth experience. Congratulations on your sweet boy. My son was born 11-29! November is a great month for baby boys!

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:40 pm

      Thank you, Dawn! Boys are the best!! Sending much love xoxo

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  19. Christie
    January 5, 2020 @ 4:48 pm

    What a beautiful and emotional birth! You are amazingly strong and thank you so much for sharing. Coming from a mom of twins that had complications and spent the first 5 days of my babies being born in ICU without them. Your experience looks absolutely incredible! Congratulations on becoming a family of 3!

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:38 pm

      Thank you, Christie! Sending much love to you and your little ones! xoxo

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  20. Nicole
    January 5, 2020 @ 4:53 pm

    What a special journey you experienced! Thank you for sharing!

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 7:37 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! Happy to share xox

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  21. Stephanie
    January 5, 2020 @ 8:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing! He’s beautiful and so is your birth story! Very special to have a home birth. Congratulations!

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    • admin
      January 5, 2020 @ 8:08 pm

      Happy to share, Stephanie! Thank you – it was wonderful. xoxo

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  22. Maria Ingrassia
    January 5, 2020 @ 8:10 pm

    Your truly amazing ! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story . I can’t believe he was almost 10 pounds and that you did this naturally !God bless him !

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

      Thank you, Maria! xoxo

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  23. Holly
    January 5, 2020 @ 8:22 pm

    That picture of Ford looking at his Mama for the first time is unbelievable! Thanks for sharing your dedication and commitment to a successful home birth with us! You go girl🤗

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

      It’s my favorite picture – I will cherish it forever. Happy to share xoxo

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  24. Jordyn Smith
    January 5, 2020 @ 8:32 pm

    I am pregnant with my second. This gave me all the chills and desire to try for home birth. What a beautiful story and thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. You are literally killing it.

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

      Congrats, mama! Wishing you the best of luck in you pregnancy and birth experience. xoxox

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  25. Alyssa
    January 5, 2020 @ 8:56 pm

    I had my son Woodland Feb 7th 2019. Your birth story is so similar to mine! Except we drove to Boise to a birth center to have him… We barely made it there in time! I had in him in 3 hours and what a whirlwind experience. My midwives were amazing and being able to pull my own baby out was incredible. I would love to know who your midwife was, my next child I plan to have at home and dont know any midwives in the valley.

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    • admin
      January 8, 2020 @ 2:51 pm

      Congrats to you mama!! So glad to hear you had a good experience. My midwife’s info is here: Erin woodriverhomebirth@gmail.com

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  26. khola
    January 5, 2020 @ 9:25 pm

    that’s amazing

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  27. Holly Richard
    January 5, 2020 @ 9:56 pm

    What a beautiful story and a beautiful baby boy! I melted on the photo of you both looking at each other. Thank you for sharing a personal journey. I hope more women go this route after reading your birth story if it is an option for them. Hindsight, I wish that I had considered it for my little one that is now 2 years old. P.S. I grew up a few hours from Sun Valley so I feel nostalgic with your Idaho photos. I almost feel transported back “home” when I see the view of the mountains. Enjoy all the those snuggles!

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:19 pm

      It is my most favorite picture. I am so glad we captured that moment 🙂 Sun Valley is the best. Such a magical place xoxo

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  28. Danielle Beneski
    January 6, 2020 @ 5:41 am

    Such a beautiful experience!! Wish I had looked into home births with my first pregnancy! Motherhood is truly the most amazing role you will ever play, worth all the ups and downs! Congratulations!!!

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:18 pm

      It truly was. I am so thankful I went down this path. xoxo

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  29. Emily Hamm
    January 6, 2020 @ 7:29 am

    Your story was absolutely beautiful. The pictures are as precious as they could possibly be, the scale (ugh so cute, I have NEVER seen anything like that). If I am blessed to carry another child, your words have inspired me to go a completely different route for my next pregnancy and birth. I had a very traditional OB/GYN & Hospital birth, in which I just felt sort of ignored and one of many. I wish I had done more exploration into using a midwife, and knowing what I know now as a mother, I would love to have a different experience.

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:16 pm

      Thank you, Emily! Isn’t the scale cool! 🙂 Sending much love and wising you another baby and birth in the way you would like it. xoxo

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  30. Leah
    January 6, 2020 @ 7:56 am

    Such a beautiful story! So happy for you and Luke!! Thanks for being so open and honest and sharing 🙂

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  31. Erica
    January 6, 2020 @ 8:55 am

    This touched my heart, in such a way, no words could describe… So many times you’ll wonder what you did before he came along. Sweet little Ford couldn’t have happened to a nicer family. ❤️

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

      Thank you, Erica! I already can’t imagine my life without him 🙂 xoxo

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  32. Lisa
    January 6, 2020 @ 10:22 am

    This story is so amazing. And that first picture brought tears to my eyes. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing Kasey! Xx

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

      Happy to share, Lisa! xo

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  33. Taylor Monahan
    January 6, 2020 @ 11:25 am

    Loved reading this! I’m giving birth to our first baby (a boy) in mid-April. Can you share the foods/drinks/any supplements you took prior to birth to prepare your body for birth, and afterwards to help heal? I remember you saying there was a tea or drink your Midwife made to help prepare the body for birth – I’d love to know what that was! Thank you, in advance!!

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:14 pm

      I’m so excited for you, Taylor! I’ve shared all of those things on my first, second and third trimester posts under my “pregnancy” section. I will be sharing my postpartum recovery post soon. XO

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  34. Sue
    January 6, 2020 @ 12:19 pm

    This story is beautiful Kasey. Seriously, you’re so strong mama. Sending all the love to the whole Dixon crew…even Bentley on your little blessing.

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    • admin
      January 6, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

      Thank you sweet Sue! It was such a loving experience 🙂 xoxo

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  35. Missy Love
    January 6, 2020 @ 2:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story! I am of course in happy tears for all three of you. You have incredible strength and I think it’s awesome you stuck to your plan. So happy for all of you! Sending my love

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    • admin
      January 8, 2020 @ 2:52 pm

      Thanks, Missy! Love you! xoxo

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  36. Carol S.
    January 6, 2020 @ 3:56 pm

    I loved your birth story and your baby is a doll. My baby boys are 25 and 21 now, and I had wonderful hospital births with epidurals with both. I took hypnosis for childbirth classes but was open to drugs, which after a brief hypnosis attempt, I quickly begged for the epidural. It’s always a wonder welcoming a new baby, and I can tell you, there is joy at every stage!! Enjoy your instagram!

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    • admin
      January 8, 2020 @ 2:49 pm

      Awe thank you, Carol!! I get wanting drugs – it’s INTENSE!! A child is such a gift! Glad you are enjoying my Insta! xo

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  37. Tiffany
    January 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

    Congratulations! This is beautiful… whenever I have children I plan on having a natural at-home birth as well. Hopefully, it will be similar to yours (God willing), I do have a question though. Do you need to take the baby to the hospital to be registered by the state or is this something your Midwife takes care of?

    Also, he’s absolutely beautiful <3

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    • admin
      January 8, 2020 @ 2:48 pm

      Thank you! Wishing you all the best. My midwife did all my paperwork for me. No need to go to the hospital. xo

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  38. Amber
    January 6, 2020 @ 6:42 pm

    I loved your post and also loved everyone’s comments about their birthing experience! Your post makes me want to look into hypno-birthing for my next babe—40 hours of back labour with my baby boy took quite a toll but managed to be all-natural….hypno-birthing sounds like a great way to stay focused-thank you for sharing.
    Congratulations on your baby boy, it is the greatest joy we can be given 🙂

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    • admin
      January 7, 2020 @ 6:59 am

      Thank you Amber! I’m glad you enjoyed it! You are my HERO!!! 40 hours – woah!!! Wishing you all the best on your next birth. xo

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  39. Sandra
    January 7, 2020 @ 8:29 am

    What a beautiful story and thank you so much for sharing that. When my son was born that was his exact weight and length and now at 15 years old he is 6 feet tall! Enjoy every second, every minute of every day … it goes by way too fast! xoxo

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    • admin
      January 8, 2020 @ 2:47 pm

      I’m so happy to share!! What a big boy! We will see how big Ford gets 🙂 xo

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  40. Leian Couchman
    January 20, 2020 @ 6:08 pm

    Your birth story was overwhelmingly beautiful. I’m old enough to be your mother. When I birthed my babies 33 and 35 natural childbirth was in vogue along with Lamaze classes. But a home birth was unheard of. After that epidurals were in vogue and have been for many years now in my part of the country. I wish all women could be better informed of ALL birthing plans, instead of just assuming that they will deliver in a hospital. Good job young lady!

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    • admin
      January 21, 2020 @ 5:11 pm

      Thank you Leian! I agree – I wish more woman were informed about their options! Sending much love. xo

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