Welcoming Greta Jade: BIRTH STORY

Greta Jade Devine
Born on September 27th, at 8:30am
7 lbs 14 ozs – 20 3/4 inches
Our baby is here, and she is a GIRL! I cannot get over how absolutely perfect and precious she is. My labor started on Monday — I got my membranes stripped around 2pm, and I immediately knew that things were going to happen pretty quick after that. I could just feel it! My doctor said not to wait too long to come in once I started to feel contractions because I was already dilated to a 5. After my appointment I went home, put Lucy down for a nap, and started feeling contractions! Ah! I was starting to feel sick to my stomach because I was so nervous, so Brad gave me the sweetest blessing and it gave me so much comfort. My mother in law Gladys came to pick up Lucy, and I told her “Lucy, next time you see me, we will have a baby!” and she covered her mouth all excited. She said “Bye Mom! Have fuuuuun!” and we all laughed our heads off! Little did she know all the pain I was in for, in the next 24 hours. 😉 I was contracting about every 8-10 minutes, but it was dinner time so we quickly dropped by Zupas (my favorite) on the way to the hospital. I was about to lose my composure when the people in front of us were taking FOREVER to order! They were probably like, “What is that chick’s deal!?” with the looks I was putting off! Ha! Brad was so sweet and concerned through it all. He would have shoved them out of the way, if I told him to! 😉 We quickly ate, and checked into labor and delivery. There’s a phone at the door to get in, and I didn’t know what to say when they asked “How may we help you?” I was like “Uhh, I think I’m having a baby..” Hahah! We went to one of the holding rooms and got hooked up to the monitors. We sat and watched the presidential debate while we waited and I joked about how I didn’t know what gave me more anxiety… watching the debate, or being in labor! Ha! My contractions slowed down, so I thought that they would for sure send us back home… But to my surprise, my dilation progressed to a 6! So they admitted us around 8pm. The nurse nonchalantly said “Let me go call Dr. Johnson, he’s the doctor on call tonight.” and I was like “Wait, what!!?” – I guess if you deliver after working hours, you just get whatever doctor is on call. I was seriously so bummed because I’ve talked to Dr. Johnson on the phone before(I’m using a different name, so that I don’t slander this doctor’s name haha) and he made me feel way dumb about what I was calling about – Plus, I was just really looking forward to my doctor delivering this baby. I just really like him. Brad and I put up a fight to have my doctor come in, but the nurses said that he turned off his phone and pager for the night. So we came up with a plan to try and lay low, let the labor come as slow as possible, and wait through the night for my doctor to come in the morning! I got my IV (the first worst part) and then squirmed pretty bad for my epidural (The second worst part) but our anesthesiologist was really good at conversation and keeping me distracted. He was quick and got my body perfectly numb! I could still move my legs which was awesome, but I was unable to feel any pain. With my previous delivery, I didn’t numb on my left side, so this was a miracle! Anyway, it was a long night… I got a fever, and felt too uncomfortable to sleep. I slept from about 3am – 7am, and I was so happy that we made it until morning! I wanted to cry happy tears when my doctor walked in – haha! My mother in law gave him a huge hug. He broke my water, and all of our family that we wanted to have in the room arrived. We had both of our Mom’s, my sisters, and my brother Trevor there to film. Trev successfully filmed my first birth without seeing any of my privates haha! So I was excited he was willing to do this for me again. 😉 They all arrived perfectly on time, right before I needed to push! My nurses probably thought I was nuts having so many crazy loud people in there, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love laughing my way through delivery. I started pushing, and everyone started to freak out, saying that they could see the head already! I pushed about five times, and then the baby was out! I was honestly shocked, because with my first delivery I pushed for three and a half hours. I looked at Brad waiting for him to shout the gender, as he was looking at the baby in different angles, trying to see between the baby’s legs! Haha! This big, fat, blue baby got placed on my chest right as Brad shouted “It’s a girl!” and everyone was ‘awwwing’ over how cute she was. I was filled with so much excitement to get another girl, and that Lucy got a little sister! Ah! It felt so perfectly right. I was trying to see her face because she got placed with her back facing me! She wasn’t crying which made me worried, so I was super frazzled those first few seconds. She quickly got flipped around so that I could see her, and I started to tear up. She looked so familiar! Although she was swollen and smashed, she was so beautiful. My sweet baby girl. We laughed over her chunky cleavage, and my Mom started picking apart every detail saying who she thinks she looks like. She does it with everyone and it cracks me up. She was like, “Gladys! (Brad’s Mom) She has your fingernails!” Hahahha! I was dyyyying. They slipped baby girl into my gown for skin-on-skin, and it was pure heaven. She was covered in white goop, but I didn’t even care! I started kissing her all over. She started to get color in her face, which put me at ease, and let me enjoy the moment. She was so content lying on my chest, and I felt that immediate connection and love for her. Everyone left the room for Brad and I to have some alone time with her, and I could have basked on those moments forever. To watch Brad become a father of another little girl, was truly indescribable.A huge THANK YOU to my sister Heather for capturing these photos, and my brother Trevor for filming majority of this video. They are priceless gifts!


  1. October 2, 2016 / 1:42 am

    Congratulations! Best blog posts ever are this one and Lucy's Birth! Also I love the name! It definitely suits her perfectly. I am so glad you decided to just stick to your gut and just wait until the perfect name came! Congrats Again!

  2. October 2, 2016 / 2:39 am

    Congratulations! Greta is beautiful! We have the same doctor (he's awesome! And he guessed right with that heartbeat wives tale too!) My baby was born in the middle of the night and I was so bummed my doctor couldn't be there! Hopefully for the next baby 😉

  3. October 2, 2016 / 11:31 am

    Congratulations!! These pictures are so precious!

  4. October 2, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Congrats Hailey! You so much deserve all this happiness. The pictures really captured the precious moment it surely was. I am so happy for you and your family. You and Brad have the cutest girls. Blessings and lots of love from Catalonia!

  5. October 6, 2016 / 12:20 am

    This brought tears to my eyes, Hailey! Seriously the sweetest and most precious thing, having this moment on film and in pictures. Congrats mama!

  6. October 6, 2016 / 12:34 am

    I teared up watching this!!! It was beautiful to see the miracle of life!! Oh Hailey and Brad, I am sososo happy for you guys!!! Greta is darling, and Lucy's excitement about her new sister was precious!!!! So much love to you from Ohio!!!! <3 xoxoxo


  7. October 6, 2016 / 12:56 am

    Oh goodness I teareda up watching this! Reminds me of these moments with my little ones. They are such sweet, sacred moments! What a treasure this video will be!

  8. October 6, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Congratulations Hailey & Brad!!! I was smiling from ear to ear during the whole video… and then when Lucy said "Can we take her home…please?!" I started to cry! You have such a beautiful family! Many well wishes to you all 🙂

  9. October 6, 2016 / 1:03 am

    This is so beautiful and makes me want to have another baby, haha. Congrats to you and Brad and you're entire family. She's beautiful, and Lucy's reaction to her is precious.

  10. October 6, 2016 / 1:05 am

    That was SO beautiful! Even my husband teared up a little bit while watching and that really means something. Thank you so much for sharing, Hailey! Lucy and Greta are so lucky to have you and Brad!

  11. October 6, 2016 / 1:09 am

    lucy is the sweetest big sister!! i couldnt stop awwww-ing when she asked if we can take the baby home! congrats to the devine for another cute little girl 🙂

  12. October 6, 2016 / 1:40 am

    Sooooo cute! I am beyond happy and excited for you guys! Such a loving and adorable family!

  13. October 6, 2016 / 1:40 am

    What an absolutely precious, beautiful video! Thank you SO much for sharing. It completely inspired me! Congratulations!!

  14. October 6, 2016 / 1:41 am

    Oh my goodness. Congratulations to you. Darling family, darling new baby, and DARLING story!! Your video brought me happy tears. So precious, every single bit of it.

  15. October 6, 2016 / 1:56 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! The video was absolutely beautiful! Congratulations your family is beautiful!

  16. October 6, 2016 / 2:16 am

    What a treasure! Thank you for sharing these tender, precious moments. Congratulations to your family!

  17. October 6, 2016 / 2:34 am

    Made me cry watching the video and reading your birth story! I'm in my third trimester with my third baby boy and I just can't believe it! Babies are such precious blessings, so excited for you and your family!

  18. October 6, 2016 / 3:35 am

    Wow!! The tears are flowing. Congratulations on bringing such a sweet girl into the world! I can't wait to see how she will grow perfectly into your family! Also, Lucy is such a sweet big sister!

  19. October 6, 2016 / 4:40 am

    Oh my goodness, this was the sweetest most beautiful post ever! So happy for you guys! Your family always inspires me and make me want to be better. Thanks for sharing! <3

  20. October 6, 2016 / 4:40 am

    Thank you so much Hailey and Brad for sharing such personal moments. They truly are a reminder of the important things in life. Congratulations on baby Greta! God bless your family!! 🙂

  21. October 6, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    So amazing Hales!!! Thanks you for sharing ❤️

  22. October 6, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    Lucy is just the CUTEST and most tender older sis!

  23. October 6, 2016 / 5:49 pm

    Great video, I'm glad you had your doctor in the end, and Greta is the sweetest name. Greta and Lucy the perfect chorus of a song!

  24. October 6, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I've never cried during a birth video, but today I did for the first time. Love, love, love.

  25. October 7, 2016 / 12:17 am

    Awe congratulations Hailey, Brad & Lucy! Greta is sooo cute! What a beautiful video for you guys to look back on.

  26. October 7, 2016 / 4:08 am

    I cried! I love your beautiful family! Congratulations!!! She is absolutely beautiful!

  27. October 7, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Snuck a peak at your wristband, and our both our middle names are Dawn :). Love little Greta!

  28. October 7, 2016 / 10:06 am

    I held it together until I saw little Lucy holding her and the way she looked at her reminded me of how my little Brodey held his brother Jack for the first time. So so beautiful!

  29. October 7, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Dr. Quinn was my doctor as well! I picked him for our 2nd pregnancy after our first daughter was stillborn. He is such a sweet man. So happy your little Greta is here safe and healthy. Congrats to your cute family!

  30. October 7, 2016 / 5:59 pm

    The video is so touching! Lucy saying "please" — oh my GOSH. Congratulations on another gorgeous baby girl!

  31. October 8, 2016 / 4:04 am

    Seriously made me cry! I love how sweet Lucy was!! She's already such a great big sister. Congratulations!!

  32. October 10, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Congratulations..This is absolutely one of my fav. videos ever my eyes was full of tears watching it 🙂
    Iam so happy for u guys….God Bless Her & her sister

  33. October 11, 2016 / 12:49 am

    I have a little Lucy, too, and she is almost three. We get asked all the time if we want to have another, and watching this video just about made up my mind for me! When Lucy asks if you can take Greta home at the end, I lost it. Thanks for sharing and congratulations!

  34. October 17, 2016 / 1:37 am

    I was tearing up watching the video, seeing all the photos, and reading your post Hailey! It was so beautiful and I'm so happy you shared Greta's birth with us! Congratulations on another beautiful little girl!

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