Real Stories: Emily


Emily speaks with us about how much she loves to run, the importance of having a “playbook” and her unusual beginnings at Brookwood Baptist.

Q: Occupation/Interests/Hobbies:

A: I work at a large architecture firm downtown. When I’m not working I enjoy drawing or going on long runs with my friends and/or my dogs.

Q: What was your first thought when you discovered you were pregnant?

A: We were both so excited. I think my husband’s first thought was “we’re going to need to win the lottery.”

Q: What did you decide to name your baby? Is there a story behind it?

A: It’s still up for some discussion but we’re thinking we’ll call her “Addie.” We love the name. It’s a big decision, though, and everyone seems to have an opinion, which I have found to be quite interesting.

Q: Who is your doctor?

A: Dr. Huggins – he’s fantastic. I love the doctors at Brookwood Baptist. Dr. Sommerall is my gynecologist and she recommended Dr. Huggins to me. She knew he was my mother’s doctor and thought it might be special to have him be my doctor as well. We love that they both are so down to earth and make you feel that you’re special and unique.

Q: What made you decide to have your baby at Brookwood Baptist?

A: It was a no-brainer. I am a quadruplet and we were born at Brookwood Baptist 29 years ago. Even though quadruplets were fairly rare at the time (I believe we were the 1st recorded natural quads in Alabama!), we all turned out healthy. Because of that, I feel comfortable knowing we are in very capable hands here at Brookwood Baptist.

Q: What has made you feel beautiful during your pregnancy?

A: I think just knowing that I have this beautiful being growing inside me makes me feel beautiful. It’s hard to feel sexy, but that’s what heels are for :)

Q: What has been your guilty pleasure during pregnancy?

A: Having my husband wait on me hand and foot. I probably take it to the extreme but it’s nice having him so dedicated to making me feel comfortable. He’s going to be a great father.

Q: What do you think you’ll miss most about your “pre baby” days?

A: I’m not sure. We’re so excited to have someone to share our lives with, teach, and nurture. We’ve been blessed with such an amazing gift that it’s hard to think of having it any other way. I think it’s going to be all about time management and planning. I guess you can’t be as spontaneous. This may be a good question to ask after the little one is here :)

Q: One lesson your parents taught you that you want to pass on to your children?

A: Always be yourself, set your goals and accomplish them – don’t settle for anything less.

Q: What’s the last book, magazine or blog you read?

A: I’ve recently become a big fan of the blog, Life of an Architect. There’s always a good story or insightful tip that I can relate to. I’m a big fan of reading. A friend gave me her copy of the book Baby Wise, which I will be implementing into my upcoming routine. It seems silly not to try it and if it works – fantastic! I’ve also been reading What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which I have found to be very reassuring. With so many changes going on with your body, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. It’s been nice to have somewhat of “playbook” that helps keep you in the game.

Q: What’s your favorite date night spot?

A: Curled up on the couch with my hubby and a chic flick. He’s such a trooper!

Q: How do you make time for yourself?

A: Running. Running gives me time to clear my head and it motivates me. I love the refreshed and energized feeling you get once you’re finished – Not to mention the satisfaction that you’re doing something good for your body/health.