{Brave Richmond Loerke} Birth & Meaning

Friday, May 23, 2014

Many of you have asked about Brave's delivery as well as the meaning behind her name.
Here's the skinny for any of you who are interested in reading more!


Two weeks before my due date I thought my water broke in the middle of the night.
Thankfully, I had an apt later that morning to see my OBGYN who confirmed we'd soon be having a baby!
After my appointment, I went home and continued laboring in our bathtub for several hours.
When it was time to head to the hospital Tim, Molls, Bek, and Whit were by my side.


They were truly amazing and I couldn't have asked for a better group of friends to support me!



Bek rubbed lavender oil on my swollen feet.


Molls held my paws and made me laugh.



Tim encouraged me and played Ben Howard on repeat.


Never before had I felt so supported or believed in.


After 16 hours of labor I eventually waved my white flag and surrendered to an epidural.
I was exhausted, but not without a new found respect for mamas.


 Soon after, I was able to rest while everyone else stayed awake on pints of Graeter's & Netflix documentaries.



The nurses changed my position every 30 minutes or so and sweet Bek kept me company.
We ate Popsicles and talked about how excited I was to kiss Brave's nose for the first time.


By 8am the following day I was finally 10cm dilated.
I don't think anyone in the room was more excited for me to start pushing than Tim.


This song played quietly in the background as I began to push.


I had the best nurse Sadie who was 39 weeks pregnant.
She made me feel so at peace and strong.


This was the moment I reached my hand down to touch Brave's head for the first time.
I remember thinking she had so much hair!


Soon after that Tim and my OBGYN were gowned and gloved.


Kelli was gracious and let Tim help her deliver sweet Bravey Train while Molls & Bek looked on.


Tim was so excited to announce the gender he yelled, "It's a boy!"
Kelli quickly asked him to look again.
Even when Tim mistook Brave's swollen labia for testicles I knew Brave was a girl.
{because mama's always know}


Seeing Brave's face for the first time was magical.
Her nose was as cute as a button and her eyes were wide open.


After 38 weeks of carrying her and 29 hours of labor, this was the moment I realized it was all worth it.



Have I mentioned how much I love my OBGYN, Kelli? She's amazing.
If I can turn out to be half the mama she is sweet Brave will be a life changer.


Brave was born at 9:14am, weighing 7lbs 5oz, and was 19" long.


Molls never left her side. Because that's what best friends do.



Today Brave is 1 month old. She likes to be swaddled 24/7, sit on the front porch with her Papa, go on walks, doesn't care if I drop food in her hair, and sleeps in my armpit each night.
She's truly one of the greatest gifts Tim and I have ever been entrusted with.
As far as her name goes, we've known for a long time that we wanted to call our firstborn Brave.
Tim has told me how brave I am almost every day that he's known me.
It's changed my life.
Our hope is to raise a daughter who does courageous and brave things each day.
Hopefully her name will serve as a reminder to allow her faith to be larger than her fears.

Happy Weekend, dear ones.
You are brave.

{Photos by Whitney Neal Photography}

46 comments:

Taylor Norton said...

Kelli is my OBGYN too!! She delivered Greta!! She is truly wonderful. So thankful for sweet Brave and your healthy delivery!

Hannah J said...

That's such a lovely story. We are off to our antenatal classes tomorrow morning - we had the choice of doing 3 shorter sessions or 1 all in go, decided on the second. My friend was telling me how she didn't do hers and never had any intention. I think between all the medical dramas I watch and all the stuff I've read I've got some idea but still I'm a little freaked out, I keep having this feeling that I'm going to kick Chris out and be bawling wanting my Mum.

I asked another of my friend;s but did you have a feeling you were having a girl before you knew? I'm convinced that Blueberry is a girl but I won't know for another 6 ish weeks. All I know for sure right now is that he or she is a fidget pants who will not sit still lol (Unless My Mum or Dad are in the room, then s/he decides to be a statue lol)

Kylie said...

You had me in tears. I admire your friendships and hope the birth story of my first born (one day) is even a portion as beautiful as Brave's. Congratulations to you and Tim. Great birth photographer :)

Sarah Wilson said...

What a beautiful post! I loved every bit of it. The journey truly was a brave one!

Such a precious gift!

Amy Martin said...

Her parents are amazing, so of course sweet Brave will do the greatest things.
Well done, all of you!

lucinda smith said...

an beautiful story - the pictures tell the tale so well! brave is lucky to have such a stong, courageous, and loving mama guiding her to one day become an amazing woman herself. and you have been blessed with an incredible support group of friends and loved ones. congratulations to all!

kelly said...

After having two babies by birth and one by adoption, I can't read any birth story without tears!!! Motherhood is a gift.

Lisa said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Baby girls are God's promise for a life full of love and laughs!! Perfect song to the perfect journey!! Sweet love to you both. Welcome to the best thang ever...mama hood:)

Lisa
Smyrna GA

Heather Counsellor said...

So. Very. Beautiful. Thank you Em and Tim for sharing your world with us. Your lives change ours. May God bless sweet Brave and her awesome parents.

Lindsay Martin said...
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Lindsay Martin said...

Been following you fun folks for a while-what an incredibly beautiful story; brought little tear drops to my eyes! Y'alls friendship and faithfulness never ceases to bring a smile to my face. Congratulations again and again and happy one month little Brave!!

Christine Robertson said...

Oh Em, my adam's apple is now the size of a melon and my nose is all runny! She is precious and what a gift she too has been given to have you for a momma! Hope we meet again one day but if not, I am thankful to have shared some of our time here on earth together

Anonymous said...

The entire post was beautiful, and then I got to the last sentence. Thank you for being a loving mama for a second to a grown up without one. Forever grateful for this moment.

Julie Williams said...

Oh, I just love a good birth story. Congratulations on your leetle baby girl. Her story is beautiful and she is already enriched with a lot of hard work and love.

xoxo

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing your story! What beautiful photos :) Just had a baby girl myself 13 days ago and am enjoying watching your journey into motherhood :) Prayers and blessings to the three of you.

rosecoloredlenses said...

That was the sweetest birth story...totally made me cry just like the one you wrote about Molly and Rowan's birth. Good job Emily! So happy for your little family.

Kristina said...

I love the way you shared your story with us. And the name is just so perfect. Especially because of what it means to you! You are wonderful and so so brave for sharing (bits and pieces of) your life with the world. You change lives every day. May the Lord bless your lovely family!

Val Fenton said...

As its been said "a picture says a thousand words"...the photos of your friends and husband are beautiful. It brought smiles and tears!! You are blessed.

Meg - Life of Meg said...

What a sweet, sweet encouraging story! Thanks for sharing - and what servants your friends and hubby are. May your sweet Brave grow up to be as inspirational and fearless as you are. Happy one month, Brave! :)

Lindsey Hoskinson said...

Oh, I love this! Wow, I kinda feel like I was there, too! :) Brave is absolutely beautiful & certainly blessed to have you both as parents. I have enjoyed seeing your journey thus far & look forward to many more posts! Congratulations, again, and I have loved her name since I first "heard" it, but seeing the story behind it makes me love it even more.
P.S.- 16 hours of labor w/o an epidural? Wowsers, that is impressive. I think I lasted about 30 minutes with my 1st child & 2 hours with my second! Brave, indeed! :)

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful story, Em. Brave is the luckiest little girl to have you and Timo as parents. Much love. Xoxo

~pen~ said...

teary-eyed. congratulations, all.

Britton Barton said...

Beautiful. My favorite picture by far is you touching Brave's head for the first time. Not just because of your obvious joy but because of the look in your husbands eyes. SO much emotion and you can't even see his whole face :) Congratulations to y'all!

Clare Hubbard said...

Stunning... I am always in awe of the miracle of life. Thank you for sharing your story so vividly. Isn't our bodies just SO amazing? I remember preparing for the birth of my son, and thinking, my body is designed for this and I can't wait to experience it! You are a beautiful mama and Brave is just perfect. Thanks again.

Dylann Stubblefield said...

love your story. our little girl is due any hour/day now. xoxo

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

That was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing it. Brave is an amazing name btw.

Kelley with Amy's Angels said...

I've read a lot of baby birth stories on blogs before, but let me tell you.....THIS story? THIS was, by far, one of the most amazing stories to SEE. I felt like I was right there!

Thank you for sharing it with us and sharing the meaning behind Brave's name! So great!

Brooke Hydrick said...

In 3 1/2 weeks I am giving birth to my son whose organs are growing outside of his body. Your story and who you are as a person inspires me and encourages me. Thank you for sharing these beautiful moments with us, for from you we draw bravery and courage. You have made the scary unknown surrounding Caleb's birth less scary for me. You have such a beautiful little family, and you, ma'am, are extremely brave. You and Tim chose the perfect name for your sweet daughter.

Julz said...

LOVE! Thank you for sharing your journey! Motherhood is such a journey. :)

Julz said...

LOVE! Thank you for sharing your journey! Motherhood is such a journey. :)

Meg said...

I have been following your blog for a while. Loving everything you do and have to say. When I found out you were pregnant I was so thrilled for you. The story of Brave's birth was so touching. Thank you for sharing it…you must know how much you touch others… because you have touched my heart in so many ways. Thank you for reminding me to live each day to it's fullest… to go on walks… to smile at the simple things in life, and to just be happy. I feel like I have known you for so long, yet I have never met you. Thank you for letting us into your beautiful loving world. It has made a difference

Cassie Baker said...

This is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing the story.

Lima said...

e, I cried reading this post. Thank you for your story.

Lima

angela, jon & cole said...

This. I. Love.
Best post yet. Miraculously beautiful.

Anonymous said...

This is BRAVE.
Such a lovely post.
Your spirit is inspiring, thank you.

amber said...

What a great post, thanks for sharing. A beautiful story that inspires me as I get ready for our little peanut's debut in October. Love the story behind the name!

Rachel said...

I don't know how it must be to get comments from strangers who know so much about and are ao invested in your life yet you've never met them. kind of strange? but being a long time blog reader, I can't help but leaving or I those comments. I am SO excited, happy and inspired by you and your growing family. I can't believe she is already here! Welcome, little Bravery. I hope you always know how loved you are and are blessed with every happy thing. Love from utah.

J.E.R. said...

This is such a beautiful and earnest story! How wonderful and lucky is Brave to have such wonderful parents in you and Tim! Best of luck and keep up the AMAZING work!

<3 Jordan & baby Samuel

Jaylene said...

My first baby is due in two months. It's so encouraging to read other first time mom's stories. Thank you so much for sharing!

Mandie said...

Those are some amazing pictures! Thank you SO much for sharing. You can just see how happy that daddy is when baby arrives. So beautiful! :)

Today's Letters said...

Holy humbled, Batman. Tim and I have read each of your comments (most of them multiple times). Thank you for your kind words that have both encouraged and challenged us to keep living a life of bravery and courage. We've always thought you guys were an extension of family to us. Thank you for confirming that once again! Much Love, Em, Tim, Bravey Train and River

Hannah. said...

I am really blessed by your story Em. You are so strong! Can't wait to kiss that bub some day.

Robyn said...

This is such a beautiful birth story- brave is so lucky to be surrounded by such love - from the very start of her life. Thank you for sharing your story and such beautiful photos x

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing your (and Brave's) birth story. So happy for you to have been blessed with your sweet miracle. Babies are the best. Even when they won't sleep. {{{hug}}} I remember month one as being pretty tough -- high five for reaching that milestone. :)

Megan Nielsen said...

http://bethelmusic.com/video/be-brave-part-1/

I came across this video on Facebook and it reminded me of your intentional naming of your sweet babe. I pray her bravery will always be contagious, as yours through your blog has been to me!

chattynatty said...

Ok so I'm totally behind on your posts hence why all the comments: doesn't help that I've had a glass of wine while catching up on my blog post readings... Beautiful- true honesty, you are amazing to have labored that long, I'm a redhead with horrible pain tolerance so I got my epidural early on. Love the name!

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