Our Birth Story: The Baby Of Wall Street

Here’s our birth story!

After a nice day with friends, we’d just finished our tea and sat down to spend the evening watching a film. Fast forward just 3.5 hours and Hay and I are parents, whilst The Wolf Of Wall Street remains half watched!

That is right, I’m a dad! What an experience, particularly as it seems that the missus is a birthing machine! I’ll fill you in with all the details and my thoughts at another time, but I thought I’d take the opportunity to write a short update whilst the wife, baby and dog sleep.

It was around 10pm and Hay got a really bad pain. We both breathed through it and shook it off as a Braxton Hicks contraction. Just five minutes later, Hay had another one, then five minutes later another. That’s when I realised she was in labour.

We’d been told at the NCT classes to hold on as long as possible before going to hospital, but Hay was in serious pain. We rang the midwife who advised to come in, grabbed our bags, dropped the keys with next door and arranged for a friend to look after Dax in the morning.

We got to he hospital at 12am as the contractions became more frequent – around every two to three minutes. We got to the hospital and Hayley went ‘into the zone’. She barely spoke and just cracked on. She was awesome.

We were told that it was a full moon which made everything go a bit crazy, and that was certainly the case. It was really busy in there with four other woman in labour, which meant that a midwife didn’t see us until 45 minutes after arriving.

It became evident that Hayley was getting close and needed to push, which she did with all her might. By just after 1.30am, Baby L was with us, happily suckling on mum’s boob and weighed in at 5 pounds 14 ounces.

The baby had delayed cord clamp, plenty of skin to skin and slept next to Hay all night as the adrenaline surged through our bodies!

In just 3.5 hours, we’d gone from a normal Sunday evening watching a film to becoming parents. The midwives were in shock, as were we. They did warn us about the full moon!

Everything went perfectly though. Hayley and Baby L are fine, I was able to stay the night, and we are home within 12 hours.

So that’s our birth story. Here’s a couple of photos:

Baby L DADventurer

Baby L

  • Lindsay Newcastle family

    Oh wow that was quick ! How early was baby ? Congratulations to u a hope u are all well

    • Thanks! Yep all good ta. Baby was just over 2 weeks early although she was still full term which is good! 🙂

  • Tom @Ideas4Dads

    Many congratulations to you and the family matey great news 🙂

  • lianne

    Aw wow, huge congratulations to you both!! You did beat me! lol. Im currently 39+3 and impatiently waiting!! 😉 Welcome to the world Little L!!

    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays…

    • Hi Lianne – Thanks! I know, can’t believe we beat you to it! Good luck, I’m sure it’ll happen imminently 🙂

  • Cariemay

    Aww congratulations – she’s adorable, and wow for a quick labour (I’m trying hard not to be envious sat here at an enormous 39 weeks and wondering when the next full moon is)

    • Many thanks! Haha – I think Hayley is a bit concerned about being “that woman” who had the quick and straightforward pregnancy 🙂

  • Thetraindriverswife

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful little girl, I’m pleased it went well for you.

  • Congratulations! What a fantastic birth story, well done Hayley, you really have an amazing lady there! #MMWBH

    • Thank you! Exactly, something to tell the grandkids in the future eh?! Also, as a dad blogger, it gave me quite a good story to write about. Hay says thanks! 🙂

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  • Maria

    Congratulations! I’m hoping you, baby, and wife are getting some rest and as much sleep as you can. As a mother of a baby that came 15 days early (normal Tuesday morning ended in my husband and I becoming parents), I know how you feel. Congratulations again!


    • Thanks Maria! All being go well so far thanks – first 2 days we all got a lot of sleep but last night she was a bit more restless. Hope all is well with your family 🙂

  • Let’s Talk Mommy

    Congratulations! That is amazing. Sounds almost exactly like MM birth watching and movie and boom she was there and we were all home again with another child.Glad all went well and look forward to more updates and gorgeous photos. Way to go family! Thanks for linking up to Share With Me. So excited to read about your new family addition. #sharewithme

    • Many thanks! Quite a surprise isn’t it?! We still need to find the time to finish watching the rest of the film haha!

  • Catriona Stephen

    Congratulations to you both! 🙂 what a fast labour, sounds similar to mine. I was sat watching the Star Trek film and suddenly started contracting! Well done to Hayley 🙂 I’m excited to hear updates about your little one. I need to find a better way than twitter of following your blog 🙂

    • Thanks – ah, another quick labour? All we were ever told was that it would take a long time and be a slow build up, but it’s good to know that other people have been in our situation 🙂 I enjoyed the Star Trek film so would have been slightly annoyed if Hay had gone into labour during it! Luckily we were only part way through The Wolf of Wall Street! 🙂

  • Mummy’s Blog

    congratulations, she’s lovely #babybabble

  • Aww huge congratulations, sounds like an amazing and definitely adrenaline inducing birth! Welcome to the world of parenthood!! Xx #babybabble

  • Twinmumanddad

    Congratulations! Thanks for linking up to the #binkylinky

  • Disillusioned Dad

    Brilliant, I’ve been waiting to read this properly and now I have internet I’ve been able to, what a beauty and I’m glad everyone is doing well. I can’t believe your DADventurer family graphic hasn’t been updated yet haha, and what I really want to know is….did you get to finish the film yet?!!!

    • Thanks mate! I know, I realised it was a flaw by saying I was a “dad to be” – every profile I’ve created since I started blogging is now out of date, including the DADventurer graphic. Going to take ages to change everything to “new dad”. We sat down on Thursday night and watched the rest of the film 🙂

  • Congratulations to you both (and Dax). Sounds like a fantastic labour. Little L is a beaut x #binkylinky

  • Absolutley beautiful! Congratulations to you!!!!!

  • Rachel Cooper

    Ahhhhh she’s beautiful – and congratulations to you all!! #binkylinky

  • Wow – what a quick birth! Beautiful baby, congratulations! And thank you for linking up to #BlogBumpClub. I love a good birth story.

  • Super Busy Mum

    D’awww super congratulations you guys and WOW to just a short 3.5hr labour!!! Gorgeous post and I cannot wait to read the updates on little L’s first days with you guys. Congrats again and thanks for linking up with the MMWBH x

    • Thanks Debs 🙂 Will be linking up to MMWBH today so you can see my update after a week 🙂

  • Jo Smith

    Oh wow!!! congratulations!! Way to frickin’ go in the 3.5hrs by the way… we have a super-mum in the house!
    Can’t wait to read some more (and look at some more beautiful piccies!)

    Thanks for linking to #babybabble

    • Thanks Jo! Sorry, missed this comment! Yeah, she was pretty super-human during it all, particularly for a first pregnancy!

  • Wow, this “Archive Post” is not that old. Still allows me to say “Congratulations, you new Dad!” I’m impressed you could write so well amid this chaos. I couldn’t even brush my teeth for the first few days. Cool Dad.

    • Cheers Pamela – yeah “archive” might be a bit misleading – think I have something in place which calls posts over 5 days archive! Thanks for the congrats and I cope my not brushing my teeth or showering etc! 🙂

  • Keri Jones

    Ahh how lovely and quick for your first! Kudos to Hayley! Belated congrats to you both she’s beautiful 🙂 x

    • Thank you! Hay’s has to take (most of) the credit though 🙂

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