Birth Story – Zekiel James

6.13.2019 (day before due date) – We had our weekly doctor’s appointment and after being checked I was dilated to 3cm and about 80% thinned. I had been at 3cm for almost 3 weeks. I asked to be swept (at our appointment the week before, baby was still too high to be reached for a sweep). We left the doctor’s appointment with our fingers crossed that the sweep would do the trick. I had my membrane swept with Zadie also and she came a few days later. I ended up feeling a few mild contractions that night but hadn’t really felt any throughout the pregnancy so that was promising!

6.14.2019 (due date) – Zarin was determined not to go over due date so he brought our treadmill into the living room that morning (it was 100°+ outside) 😂🤦🏽‍♀️. I walked for 10 minutes and then bounced on our medicine ball and repeated a few times. We decided to lay down for a bit and relax – I was exhausted from the ‘workout’ he put me through. Before heading up, I asked Zarin to grab some York Peppermint patties (thanks for the tip Julie!). Then, I googled ways to naturally induce labor – I definitely wasn’t going to drink oil or eggs 🤢 – so I came across nipple stimulation lol! We laid in bed watching tv, I ate my peppermint patties aaaand we rubbed on my nipples!

12:20pm – Literally 15 minutes later I started feeling contractions. And within a few minutes they were stronger and coming every 3-4 minutes. I went through an hour of contractions at home while we got ready to go to the hospital.

1:45pm – We checked in to the hospital and they admitted us right away.  We were so excited! Baby time! I had to sit through another couple hours of contractions before they walked us back to our room.

4pm – Epidural!!!!!!!!!!!!! Zadie also came to visit us in the hospital shortly after. We spent some time with her in our L&D room before she headed home to go to sleep, her last day as the baby 💕 Thank you to my mom, Erick and Paige for taking such good care of her while we were in the hospital!

8pm – I was only at 5cm dilated. I also started feeling the contractions so they ‘topped’ me off.  Our L&D nurse was going back and forth on putting me on pitocin to move things along. But after topping me off she said she thought I could do it on my own. So we waited it out.

10pmish – I started feeling lots and LOTS of pressure down low.. and it continued to get worse and WORSE. The feeling wasn’t like a contraction at all. It was actually worse. Apparently, what I was feeling is referred to as the ‘ring of fire’ and usually only felt in natural, drug free deliveries (or when the epidural wears off in my case). Well, I felt it. And maybe because I asked for it. The day before, I had told Zarin I kind of wanted to feel what a natural labor would be like. I had an epidural with Zadie and pushed three times with minimal pain, of course due to the epidural. This time, even though I had the epidural again, I could feel everything at the end. I felt him coming down. I felt his head with the first push. I remember Zarin and all the nurses telling me I was almost done and I remember thinking I couldn’t do it. I remember screaming so loud feeling like there was no way I could push him out. They told me to push one more time and I felt his shoulders.

10:24pm – Our beautiful baby boy, Zekiel James Sells, was born.

I’m so thankful for the amazing team I had during delivery. Our nurse stayed past her shift to help us bring our boy into the world. She was so amazing. I’m thankful for my husband who was by my side the whole time. I squeezed the shit out of his hand during delivery. I think I may have even dug my nails in for the last push. Love you, babe.

Zadie and Ziggy came to meet their baby brother the next day. As soon as Zadie walked into the room she shouted, ‘Baby!’ and pointed to him. She immediately started kissing him and patting him on his back. They are both so in love and we could not have asked for three better babies.

Zarin and I are so thankful for all the love and support since baby boy arrived. We are tired, but so so happy. Welcome to the world baby Zeke. We love you, so.


Team Z

38 Week Update (‘cuz we don’t know if we’ll make it to 40!)

20171028_11143834 week update here.
28 week update here.
20 week update here.
14 week update here.

We are nearing the end. The end of a pregnancy I have loved and have been blessed with. I’ll miss my belly. I’ll miss feeling her kick. I’ll miss my husband’s hand resting on my belly throughout the night. But I know what is to come will be 100000000x better.

This week we’re also sharing some more photos from our maternity shoot. I was 36 weeks when we took our photos. I’m so happy we have them to remember this pregnancy and share with our baby girl when she gets older.  We actually took them at what was supposed to be our wedding venue. The venue we never got to use because we got rained out. But now, we have these beautiful photos in this beautiful space from another beautiful time in our lives. Thank you to our amazing photographer, Corey Hour! Enjoy!

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Hello Third Trimester – 28 Week Update!

Hello third trimester! We are nearing the end, guys! Time just continues to fly by, especially now that we are seeing our OB every 2 weeks  opposed to every 4 weeks. Baby girl’s kicks are getting stronger and more frequent and we are all getting super excited to meet her. I have an update on our last 8 weeks below but I thought I’d share a little more this time. Entering into my third trimester has us feeling so blessed and lucky. I can honestly say I have enjoyed being pregnant, even through the rough first trimester. But having a baby was not easy for Zarin and I. I’d like to share the story below. My husband shared it with me a little while ago and I thought it was a beautiful way to look at a difficult situation.


An elephant and a dog became pregnant at same time. Three months down the line the dog gave birth to six puppies. Six months later the dog was pregnant again, and nine months on it gave birth to another dozen puppies. The pattern continued. On the eighteenth month the dog approached the elephant questioning, “Are you sure that you are pregnant? We became pregnant on the same date, I have given birth three times to a dozen puppies and they are now grown to become big dogs, yet you are still pregnant. Whats going on?”. The elephant replied, “There is something I want you to understand. What I am carrying is not a puppy but an elephant. I only give birth to one in two years. When my baby hits the ground, the earth feels it. When my baby crosses the road, human beings stop and watch in admiration, what I carry draws attention. So what I’m carrying is mighty and great”. Don’t lose faith when you see others receive answers to their prayers. Don’t be envious of others testimony. If you haven’t received your own blessings, don’t despair. Say to yourself, “My time is coming, and when it hits the surface of the earth, people shall yield in admiration.”

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Baby Sells! 20 Week Update


14 week update here.

Half way!!! A lot has changed from week 14 to now. The biggest thing being I actually feel and look pregnant. Around week 19, I started feeling bigger and stretched out. I feel like my stomach had doubled in size overnight, too! Zarin took the photo above this morning and my mouth dropped at how huge my stomach looks! Lol! I’ve also had people at work take notice to the bump so there’s been a lot more belly rubbing going on. Everyday, though, I’m still in awe with the beautiful life that’s growing inside me and the changes my body is going through to help her grow. Pregnancy is a crazy beautiful thing, yall!

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