Saturday, June 15, 2013

Meet Soraia Graça Darling!

It's another girl!  Soraia Graça Darling was born 7:45pm on June 8, 2013. Mom and baby are doing great, but we have quite the birth story for you! The following is the story as told by Caryne:

I never thought something like this would happen to me :). Here's the whole story. Friday night I started to feel like I was at the beginning stages of labor, but also had plenty time. We went to bed, but I woke up around 4:30. So, I just got up and finished getting ready. The contractions came and went, some stronger than others, but not giving me a clear yes or no, I didn't want to spend much time labor-ing at the hospital. We sent the girls off, so I could try to relax. Jeff and I took a walk outside, and we walked up the five flights of steps back to our apartment hoping to speed things up. (Haha, it worked!) The contractions were stronger, but still 8 minutes apart, so we kept waiting. Until one strong one broke my water! Then we were off, in the car, let's go! I still thought I might have some time. But in the car, just minutes from he hospital I said to Jeff, "when we get there, you need to tell them the baby's coming, I need to push!". Thankfully, here in Portugal, when you check in for labor and delivery, you go to the ER first, so that's where we walked in. Jeff checked me in, but while he was doing that, I realized there was no way I would make it to the third floor to deliver. He said, "I'm going to go park the car", I remember saying, "can you stay? I need you to stay!" Then, my grand finale, I had a contraction and pushed her out onto the floor of the ER waiting room! And yes, I was still fully dressed, she was stuck next to my knee inside my pants (sorry if that's too much information :) They laid me down on the floor and pulled her out. I saw someone holding her by her feet in front of me while they checked her out, and me to see if everything was ok. All in front of the people waiting in the ER... :) After that everything was normal, she's a great, healthy, perfect baby girl. But we had lots of extra visitors! The cop who helped me in the ER, and parked our car for us, came up to check on us, to make sure everything was ok. And a couple of the ER nurses came to visit us too. We are so blessed!

Thank you for celebrating with us, and for your prayers and encouragement!


  1. Congratulations on your new "adventurous" arrival! What a beautiful family you have!
    God has richly blessed you!

  2. Adventures in Childbirth. What a story you have to tell. God bless~!

  3. Congratulations on your new baby girl! Glad to hear the story (finally.. it felt like a long time in "cyberland" time.)
    God bless you all!