Bride Gives Birth & Attends Her Own Wedding Reception a Few Hours Later

weddingMost women would never dream of skipping out on their own wedding day unless they get cold feet and run for the hills at the very last minute. I mean, you'd have to have a pretty good excuse for leaving right after the ceremony and not having a big party afterwards, right?

Danielle Clelow was 38 weeks pregnant with her baby boy when she married her husband, Aaron, and much to her shock, she found herself having contractions as she walked down the aisle and recited her vows. She managed to make it through the ceremony and even grabbed a quick sandwich afterwards before she headed to the hospital and delivered her 7-pound, 7-ounce baby, Paddy, at around 6:30 p.m.

And even though she'd just given birth, there was no way Danielle and Aaron were going to miss their wedding reception entirely -- so they were given the ok by doctors to leave the hospital and head to the party at about 10 p.m. -- with their new baby in tow! (Hope they didn't have to pay extra for bringing an unexpected guest.)

This is such a great story, and this couple will definitely never forget their wedding day, but can you even imagine being able to bounce back less than four hours after giving birth and actually go and socialize with people? Maybe I'm just a big wimp, but the whole thing really blows my mind.

After I had my son, I honestly couldn't get out of bed without assistance for at least a good 36 hours or so. I remember when the nurse finally came in and told me it was time to get my act together and take a shower -- I almost cried. The simple act of getting out of that hospital bed, walking five steps to the bathroom, and actually bathing myself was a feat in itself. Never in a million years could I have even taken the elevator down to the hospital cafeteria -- let alone attended my wedding reception!

But then again, if I knew there was a huge party going on in my honor, maybe that would've given me the shot of adrenaline I needed to put on my game face and get back to my guests. And having a few extra slices of wedding cake probably would've helped reel me in too.

Do you have any big events happening around your due date?


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Sirena Robinson

Impressive. I was up walking around within a couple hours, but my LO was in the special care nursery, so I had to go across the hospital to see her, so not hell nor high water could have kept me in that bed, but I would NEVER have been ready to go to a party the night after delivering.

nonmember avatar Heather

Why would someone even plan a large wedding when they are that far along pregnant?

Refur... Refurbished

She's 38 weeks pregnant and she was shocked that she went into labor? 

Heath... HeatherMazzone

I had my first baby at 6:49am and took a shower at 10am the same day. I felt great until I got home and the pecs wore off. Then I needed help.

MomaL... MomaLlama

It seems nuts that they would plan a wedding, (and it sounds like a decent sized wedding considering a full blown reception that went on for several hours)  when she was 38weeks pregnant.  Even if she didn't have the baby early (and 38 weeks isn't exactly early) she would still be massively pregnant.  I worked right up until my delivery, but I was huge and cranky and tired.  I would want to enjoy my wedding not thinking about my aching feet and back.  Kudos to her though.  I just would have made it a lot earlier and or waited 'till after the baby was born. 

Mrscj... Mrscjones

My baby will be born two days before my birthday. She's amazing though I would have just wanted a good sleep.

momma... mommaluvto5

"Hey let's expose our baby who is only a few hours old to a bunch of people carrying all sorts of germs!!"  Good idea.

Krist... KristinRox

My best friends wedding was scheduled 3 days after my last son was born. I was a bridesmaid. Unfortunately I didnt make it to the wedding, because my son had be admitted to the NICU, and I couldnt bare to leave him.

Krist... KristinRox

However, I do have to say that even though I had a c section, I would have happily been able to walk down the aisle to support my friend, with no issues.

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