Introducing Our Daughter

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Meet Miss Sophie Caneel

Born Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:35 pm
6 lbs. 7 oz, 19 inches long

We are completely smitten! She was actually born on her due date too, which is so neat! I can’t believe I made it all the way to my due date, especially with being 4 cm dilated and 90% effaced for two weeks.  She will go by Sophie and her middle name is pronounced Kuh-Neel, we named her after the resort we went to on our honeymoon, Caneel Bay in the Virgin Islands. Here’s a brief story about her birth, and I promise nothing graphic is included.


Thursday night, I was a little discouraged that she hadn’t come yet as I was very uncomfortable and really wasn’t wanting to be induced.  Nothing wrong at all with being induced, I just really wanted to experience going into labor on my own.  We were scheduled for another ultrasound and dr. appointment on Friday, so I was trying to decided whether or not to ask for an induction. So I was praying as I went to bed and just gave it over to the Lord and said He was in control of whatever happened.  Well, I got up and went to the bathroom and I heard an audible pop.  I got up and my water broke.  It was a small gush of fluid, so I woke Adam up (this was around 11:30 pm) and we called the dr. and headed to the hospital.  While I was hooked up to the machine that checks your  contractions at the hospital, my water REALLY broke some more. I mean river rapids gush of fluid!! I was also having regular every 5 minute contractions at this point.


They admitted me and got my IV started, and they numbed my hand first which was glorious since I really hate needles.  My contractions were getting lots and lots stronger, but I had to get a full bag of IV fluid in before they would do the epidural, so I felt really strong contractions for about 3 hours.  Then my BFF the nurse anesthetist came in and gave me the epidural, which went great! They numb the back first and then put it in so while it did hurt when they numbed it, it wasn’t bad at all.  After that, I was feeling really good and able to relax.  After the epidural, my contractions started to slow down so they ended up having to give me pitocin to get them going again, which really helped.  Through the night, I just read and relaxed and our parents came in and visited with us as well.


At 11:30 they said I was ready to start pushing, and I pushed for about an hour.  Wow, that was super hard work! Like the most intense workout ever! And at 12:35 our beautiful baby girl was welcomed into this world! We are at home and doing great and loving being a family of 3 (well 4 counting Hershey)! And don’t worry, I still have plenty of recipes and posts lined up to share with you all, so there shouldn’t be any gap or lag in posting.

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  1. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl! I look forward to updates on your new family of 4.

  2. awwwww omg I am so happy for you!!!! SHE IS GOOORGEOUS!! Cutest lil baby!!!
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  3. Congrats on your new bundle of joy! she’s beautiful!
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  4. CongratulationS! That was such a nice story (for those of us still anxious to have our first baby in a few weeks!) Hope you continue to heal and all is well!!

  5. Congratulations!! I’m so glad everything went smoothly =)
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  6. Congratulations! She is a beautiful girl!! Your labor sounds a lot like my son’s. Glad to hear you are all home and well 🙂
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  7. Jodi pavlik says:


  8. I loved reading this with tears in my eyeS… Sophie is precious! ConGrats! Im dying to neet my baby gIrl and im still four mOnths away!

  9. She is beautiful! Congratulations on your new, sweet bundle of joy!!

  10. She is absolutely beautiful! Welcome to the world SophiE!
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  11. Congratulations to all of you! Sophie is beautiful…welcome to the world baby doll!

  12. What a precious little angel! Looking foward to many sweet pictures and stories, Ohh…….. And recipes too!!!

  13. Sophie is just precious! Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing and hearing more of her in your future posts!

  14. char riippi says:

    CONGRatulations!! She is so beautiful! you must be on cloud nine! Keep those pictures coming….
    and recipes… (when time allows!)

  15. She is absolutely darling Stephanie! Congratulations to you and Adam! I can’t wait to hear more about Sophie 🙂
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  16. pAT cHAFFIN SUPAK says:

    Stephanie and Adam, Congratulations!! Sophie is simply adorable! As someone before me said, keep those pictures coming. we love them.

  17. adorable!!!!!! beautiful!!!!!!

  18. Wishing you all the blessings in the world!! she is lovely 🙂

  19. Ruth Johnson says:

    Congratulations, Stephanie! She is beautiful. I’m so happy for you guys!

  20. Congratulations on your adorable daughter!!!!!

  21. congratulations to you both !! She is beautiful !! enjoy her as much as you can, they grow up so fast !! liz

  22. Congratulations! She is Absolutely beautiful!

  23. Congrats mommy steph! She’s a little beauty!! eNJOY YOUR LITTLE BUNDLE OF LOVE!
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  24. christy spurlock says:

    Congratulations on your sweet bundle of joy! she is beautiful!

  25. This little “maC” is your best recipe yeT! God bless your Newest Addition ENjoy every moment!

  26. Brittany LW Murphy says:

    Congratulations Stephanie and Family! Your baby girl is beautiful! 🙂 She is so blessed to have such a loving family – and what a gift! 🙂 Prayers to you all!


  28. Lindsay H says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful gift from God! She is precious and very blessed to bE part of your family!

  29. Yeah! Congratulations, she is beautiful! I’m so happy that everything went well and that you’re all doing great. Make sure you rest up and don’t worry about posting anytime soon…we’ll all be here when you have the time! 🙂
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  30. Congratulations, she is absolutEly perfect! Cant wait tO see more pics 🙂

  31. awww, how precious! Congratulations to the both of you!!!!!

  32. congrats stephanie!
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  33. Congratulations! She is absolutely precious and I love her name, especially the significance of her middle name. You are in for one amazing ride, mama!
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  35. Wonderful news! Congrats!!
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  36. Congratulations! I had my own little girl just a few days before you… Oct. 8. She Also came on her due date and our baby girls were the exact same size! Funny!