The Biggest Adventure – A Birth Story

Not my typical adventure story, but it does fit the topic. My son turns one this weekend, so I thought I’d share the adventure of his birth. Here is the birth story of my boy, Michael Richard.


January 13th was supposed to be the day of my scheduled C-section. I never expected to not make it to this date, as it was scheduled at 39 weeks and my first child was 5 days overdo. So when I went into labor early in the morning of the 7th it took me a while to be convinced it was the real thing. It was much different then my first labor, which was insanely intense immediately. This time it started like Braxton hicks, and they slowly got stronger and stronger. I was also throwing up a lot, but since I had been throwing up the entire pregnancy (nicknamed puke machine) this wasn’t a huge sign. My husband was working and I was home with my 2 year old. I was keeping my husband updated but kept telling him not to come home, because it probably wasn’t real.


Between 10 and 11, things quickly began to change. I was on my knees in pain, throwing up and basically dying.  My daughter had no idea what to think but sat and rubbed my back and brushed my hair away from my face. Dad got home from work in record time and we were off to the hospital with our 2 year old in the back seat! The 40 minute drive to the hospital was rough, my contractions were literally on top of each other when we walked in and the doctors checked me and informed me I was dilated to a 9!!!! Whoa! I was prepped for my surgery and said goodbye to daddy and daughter as they wheeled me to the operating room.


As they moved me onto the operating table my water broke, and in typical Lacey fashion I was puking off the side of the table. I could not wait for the surgery to start as I was in killer pain! Finally the drugs were all in me, I was still throwing up every 2 to 3 minutes but at least my pain was under control. They started the surgery and just as they pulled the baby from my stomach my husband entered the room, thankfully a nurse kept my daughter company so he could come in the room! I needed him because what happened next was scary. They told me the baby was out, and I heard nothing. No crying. The next things I heard were a blur. Doctors saying things like, start chest compressions, cord is wrapped around him, no heart rate, we need to intubate, page peds stat! Not the things you want to hear when you can’t see anything or do anything. I kept asking my husband (between throwing up) what was happening but of course he didn’t have answers, and while I cannot remember what he said to me, whatever it was, was perfect. Without him in that room I don’t know how I would have handled the those 8 chaotic minutes. My baby was born with no heart rate and was not breathing. They quickly resuscitated him and intubated him and within minutes he was fighting the breathing tube and wanted to breath on his own!!!!


Then we finally heard his beautiful cry! Thank goodness!!!! Longest 8 minutes of my life. My husband then left with the baby as they finished my surgery, never fun but obviously I had to just breath and be patient. I then had to wait about 1.5 hours in recovery before I could hold my little boy! That moment when he was in my arms was the greatest moment ever, they called him a tremendous fighter and said he made an amazing turn around!


He came within a breath of being flown to children’s hospital in Saint Paul (2.5 hour drive) but thankfully, they let him stay with his mama. After that scary moment following his birth everything went very smoothly! He is a happy healthy boy and mom is happy and healthy and so very thankful for the doctors and nurses and of course my husband, My everything.
One year later my boy is happy and healthy! He is walking, climbing, and laughing! Making everyday a lighter and brighter with his smiles. I still have moments where I just squeeze him tight and give thanks for him! Child birth, for sure is an adventure. In my experience, both times had many unexpected turns. Now, here I am, a mother of two beautiful, healthy kiddos! It is magical, and it is a huge blessing.


The biggest thing about birth is you can’t plan it. I am a planner, and letting that go is hard! Even with a planned c section this birth went completely against the plan!!!! So my advice, plan for EVERYTHING! ha! Or at least be prepared that anything can happen, and then just hope and pray that in the end everyone is happy and healthy!


Much Love & Happy Travels,




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  • Reply mmpalepale

    Beautiful story! Absolutely love the feature photo!

    January 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thank you so much! It’s one of my favorites 😊

      January 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm
  • Reply radhikasreflection

    Cute little kids. God bless!

    January 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Steph McCoy

    Your photos are stunning! Thank you for sharing your story.

    January 4, 2017 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thank you so much! Have a great day!

      January 4, 2017 at 3:57 pm
      • Reply Steph McCoy

        You’re welcome and you have a great day ad well!!

        January 4, 2017 at 4:33 pm
  • Reply Ancient Skies

    What a great post!

    January 4, 2017 at 5:40 pm
  • Reply Your Vacation Gurus

    Good job girl. Mom is a fighter too it sounds like. Just keep a bucket close to her bedside.😜

    January 5, 2017 at 2:23 am
  • Reply dunelight

    What a wonderful story!

    January 5, 2017 at 6:13 am
  • Reply usfman

    Wonderful pictures. I am glad your story had a happy ending.

    January 6, 2017 at 12:59 am
  • Reply Valerie

    I’ve made that intense drive to the hospital twice now! Crazy stuff!! (((hugs))) on those eight minutes, hon, that had to have been so scary. :'(
    I’m glad your story ended well! Happy first birthday to your little guy!

    January 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thank you so much! It was def scary, but the happy ending makes it a great story! Have a lovely day!

      January 6, 2017 at 3:17 pm
  • Reply bethanyk

    I loved reading your story. How scary those 8 minutes had to have been. What a wonderful happy ending!

    January 8, 2017 at 5:07 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thank you so much! It was certainly scary, but the happy ending makes it a great story 🙂

      January 8, 2017 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply bayphotosbydonna

    Love your photos and so glad to hear your baby boy is healthy today! My baby boy was also not crying and turning blue, they snatched him away to give him pure oxygen, leaving hubby and me in such confusion with no answers. He was taken to ICU and there for a few days, but seemed to be okay and healthy, and eventually we went home 6 days later, not knowing what ever did happen. Today that little baby is a healthy, successful 33 years old and 6′ 2″ tall. 🙂 Glad we both had happy endings!

    January 12, 2017 at 1:36 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thank goodness for happy endings! Thank you for sharing your story! ❤️

      January 13, 2017 at 2:12 am
  • Reply rdfullfacts

    cool but could leave out part when puking! thanks. P.S I am not old enough to hear the puking part so watch what you talk about. 🙂

    January 15, 2017 at 12:04 am
  • Reply rdfullfacts

    also love your pic in the circle thingy whatever it is called.

    January 15, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Imelda

    Those were scary moments you had there. Thank God for the happy resolution.

    Your son and my youngest are the same age, born days apart. I had to chuckle when I saw his photo because that is how my own boy is right now.

    January 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm
  • Reply Vonnie

    Great job! It’s the most important job in the world. Thank you for stopping by 🙂

    January 22, 2017 at 3:04 am
  • Reply mywanderwhy

    this is amazing, such a beautiful family – would you want to take a look at my blog and let me know what you think? I am trying to get my works out there! your feedback would be so kindly appreciated 🙂

    January 28, 2017 at 6:32 am
  • Reply amoralegria

    Wow! What a story! During childbirth is the one time when women feel helpless, like nothing is within our control. I only had one child and a very easy pregnancy (no throwing up!!) but the birth was a little difficult – but not like yours!

    You have two very beautiful children!

    February 6, 2017 at 4:48 am
    • Reply minnesotayogini

      Thank you so much! Childbirth sure was a wild ride! Happy to have my two healthy kiddos now! Thank you for reading!

      February 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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