First Guest Blogger — Daddy x 2!

Jordan is coaching me (Ryan) through how to do a post here on MamaBlogga, so hopefully I won’t mess anything up too badly. She is currently in a hospital bed holding our new baby girl Rebecca who was born this morning at 4:58 am. Jordan’s contractions started almost 36 hours before, but only got really strong about midnight. About two thirty in the morning Jordan decided that it was time to head to the hospital.

By the time we got all ready and actually got to the hospital it was 3:30. The nurse checked her out and told us she was at an eight and asked if Jordan had wanted an epidural. The moment of truth.

Bit of background: Jordan had a very bad spinal headache caused by a botched epidural during Hayden’s birth. She was basically flat on her back for a whole week afterwards. So when she found out she was pregnant again, she decided she wanted to go natural. She has been practicing self-hypnosis with some good results for several months now. During several of her stronger contractions before we came to the hospital she had doubts that she could go through with it.

Jordan replied to the nurse, “Well, I wasn’t planning on it?” The nurse, sensing Jordan’s hesitancy, told her that she had come this far and Jordan could do it without. So it was—no epidural, au naturel. I believed she could do it, but then again, I’ve never had to go through anything like what she was.

The doctor got there about 4:30 and she started pushing. She had to “learn” how to push all over again since her first birth was with an epidural and she couldn’t feel anything. Only a (what it seemed to me) a short thirty minutes later, Rebecca was born.

Mom and baby doing fine

A small personal note—I was very proud of Jordan for going through with her desire to go all natural. At times she questioned if she could do it, but she was a champ and did amazing. (With the help of a great nurse.)

All Rebecca’s vitals were strong, which was a relief since Hayden had a few issues after he was born. She weighed in at 5 lbs 13 oz and came in at 18.5 inches long. She almost immediately got to nurse and did so for almost an hour before she was taken away to get some shots and get her first bath. So both mom and baby are doing great other than a bit tired. So hopefully Jordan will be able to get online tomorrow and fill in any gaps that I might have left out.

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30 responses to “First Guest Blogger — Daddy x 2!”

  1. Tabitha says:

    She’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  2. Madame Meow says:

    Awww, congratulations to you all! :o ) And I’m glad your natural birth experience went well, Jordan! Good for you!

  3. An Ordinary Mom says:

    Congratulations! She is darling!

    I am so happy your natural birth went well. Rest up and good luck transitioning to having another little one in the home!

  4. Kasie@~The Art of Life~ says:

    She is beautiful. :)

  5. phyllis says:

    congratulations! enjoy the beauty….

  6. Jared & Toria says:


    Bravo for filling in for Jordan on the blog. Don’t lie to us, we know that you are a master blogger.

    Congrats to the both of you. Rebecca is a cutie. Can’t wait to see her……whenever we get back up there or your guys come down here.


  7. uncle kevan says:

    YAY!!! Welcome to the family you sweet baby! We have been waiting for your arrival for quite some time now. Your Aunt Brooke and I can’t wait to see you and smother you with love. CONGRATULATIONS!

  8. Lindsey says:

    I am so happy for you! She is beautiful! Please call me if you need anything! I would be happy to watch Hayden for an afternoon so you can get some rest!

  9. Laura, Owen, Genevieve & Johnathan says:

    Hi Jordan, congratulations! She’s beautiful. I hope she’ll be a great sleeper too, on top of all her other early accomplishments! Your dad sent me the link to your blog. Cheers, Laura

  10. Sarah says:

    Nice work! You made one beautiful baby. : )

  11. Erin Brown says:

    Hey Jordee,

    Rebecca’s beautiful! I’m so glad to hear that the natural child birth went well. And I know I’m jumping the gun a little here but I can’t wait to see more pictures!

    Auntie Erin

  12. Richelle F says:

    Congrats! She’s beautiful!

  13. Lindsey says:

    Oh, how wonderful! Way to go with the natural birth; I’d love to be able to do that. She’s such a sweet looking baby. Congratulations!

  14. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    Oh how exciting – congratulations!! And I love your choice of name… ;)

    She’s just beautiful! :)

  15. Jane @ What About Mom says:

    oh, Congratulations! And way to go on the natural part!

  16. Todd, Stacy and the kiddos says:

    She is beautiful! We hope your first night at home went well! Can’t wait to meet her in person!

    Way to blog, Ryan…DaddaBlogga!

  17. Janice says:

    Congratulations on thenew baby! She’s beautiful!

  18. Andy Beal says:

    Congratulations to you both. She’s a beautiful baby!

    I pray for God’s blessings on your family.


  19. Congratulations to Jordan McCollum - Baby Rebecca Arrives says:

    [...] If the doctor’s had let her, Jordan would have probably live-blogged the birth! Instead, her husband Ryan was coached through his first blog post. You can read the details here. [...]

  20. Marnee says:

    She’s absolutely beautiful! Bless your family. :)

    Great post, Ryan!!

  21. Lyndsay & Chad says:

    Congratulations Jordan and Ryan!

  22. Great Grandma Vivian says:

    So glad Rebecca arrived safely and beautiful

    My love and congratulations to all, Great Grandma Vivian

  23. Summer says:

    Congratulations! She’s gorgeous!

  24. Karen Andrews (miscmum) says:

    Congratulations! I’m so sorry I’m arriving late! She is gorgeous and I love the name! xxx

  25. jen says:

    Well done all – what a cutie!

  26. Twisted Cinderella says:

    Oh congrats! She is beautiful! Good for you for going natural. My little bundle arrived via c-section on July 22.

  27. killlashandra says:

    Congrats congrats! I’m so glad I stopped by to visit and read the good news. You both look wonderful! :)

  28. Donetta says:

    How wonderful! You look so beautiful Jordon as does your sweet daughter. I have a Rebecca too. She is named so and the meaning is “captivator” so shall your daughter be.

  29. Jacob from Group Writing Projects says:

    Just find out- mazel tov! May little Rebecca bring you guys more joy and happiness than you could hope for.

  30. Kayley&Kailin says:

    Aww congratulations !!!! I have 2 little sisters 1 little brother 3 big sisters and 2 bigbrothers I know how it is to hold a baby for the first time Kailin is the newest 1 she 6 days old <3 good luck ~Kayley

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