Say, “hello!” to the newest member in our family! Madeline Judith Ver Raitt. Andrew and I both fell in love as soon as we laid eyes on her. Born on my birthday(!) we named her after her two grandmothers. Madeline is a variation of my mom’s name, Magdalena, and means woman from Magdala (a city in biblical times). Not to mention, one of my favorite cookies! And her middle name, Judith, is in memory of Andrew’s late mother.

The labor went incredibly fast. I began having contractions at midnight on the morning of my birthday. While some of my friends were greeting me at midnight, I was timing my contractions to make sure I was going into true labor. I had a feeling a couple days prior that I would be having her within the next 48 hours because I started having symptoms like I was going to start my period.
After beginning contractions at midnight, I was ready to go to the hospital by 1 am because they were getting very close. By 5:30 am, the doctors said that I was already fully dilated! Madeline wanted to get out of there! It took a while to get my epidural done so I was in incredible amount of pain and all my breathing techniques and yoga meditations went out the window. By the time the epidural kicked in at 5:30 am the doctors decided to let me get a few hours of rest before I had to push. She finally came out at 10:20am.
What a way to kick off my thirties and the new year! BEST BIRTHDAY EVER! She is growing everyday and we can’t wait to watch her grow up and teach her about the world. Andrew and I are so blessed and thankful for all your warm wishes.  Love, Christine and Andrew

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