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My husband Stephen and I planned a BBQ for family and friends for Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016, but the night before Easter I fell into active labor. Being as sweet as he is, my husband offered to take me to the hospital, but me, being as stubborn as I am, said “absolutely not.” We had a BBQ planned and we’d bought so much food! I had made decorative desserts like Rice Krispies treat eggs and bunny cupcakes, and Weslie wanted to have a lemonade stand; so the BBQ must go on!

The next day I was experiencing heavy contractions as our guests started to arrive. Minute-long contractions every 3-5 minutes! I was using my breathing techniques and squeezing the heck out of my husband’s legs, doing my best to stay calm while hosting our guests and allowing friends and family to laugh and share stories. Secretly I didn’t hear any of the conversations as I was REALLY going through it. Finally, the food was ready to eat, and we did just that. We ate, and then I stood up from the table (as much as I could. I was really just hunched over using the table to support my weight and help me through my contraction). I announced I needed to leave for the hospital, but I insisted that our guests should please stay and finish all the food they would like.

My adorable husband got our car packed (he double-checked, then triple-checked, then checked again…well, you get the idea) with the hospital bag and every extra “just in case item” we could think of. The car ride was silent. My husband was just trying to pace himself and I couldn’t stop smiling and looking at his gorgeous face. Looking at my husband keeps me calm and makes me feel safe.

As we arrived at the hospital the doctors checked to see how far into labor I was. As it turned out, I was dilated to a 5, but my baby was still sitting really high in my belly. The doctor said we needed our baby to be lower down for my water to break. I told my doctor “Our baby is very moved by music.” I looked to Stephen and said “Play JUNGLE BOOGIE” (Kool and the Gang). I hope you know that jam: “GET DOWN GET DOWN da da dadada” – and as we were singing and dancing to the song I could feel my baby moving down! He was really listening to the music and doing his work.

In the meantime we got my epidural. Stephen played some encouraging music; obviously Kendrick Lamar was our choice. This was the part I was the most nervous about, because when I had my daughter Weslie, the epidural needle got stuck in my back and it was really painful to have it removed. In fact, in my last labor the epidural was the only painful thing that happened. So my nerves were very high as they were putting the needle in, but Stephen held my hand and kept whispering in my ear that I was strong and I could do this. He kept his eyes locked with mine while Kendrick yelled in the background.

After the epidural my water broke and I was almost instantly dilated to an 8, so we prepped everyone for what would be a very special moment. I gave Weslie a kiss on the forehead and she reminded me that I could do it. “You did it with me so you can do it again” she said. My mother and I locked eyes and she gave me courage from just looking at me. My mother has been there for me for everything. She is my hero and I love her so much. I was so grateful my mother could be there to support and help bring this new life into the world. And Connie, Stephen’s mother – this will be her first grand-baby. Her love was stretching out from her so far, her smile filled the room. My husband has given me strength from the beginning. We have learned so much together, and this was our moment to share in something monumental. Stephen held my hand and gave me the support I needed to bring in our baby boy Maddox.

Now it was the moment to start pushing, so of course we thought it appropriate to play the song “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa. In case you couldn’t tell, I told my husband the most important things for us during this labor were 1st – health, and 2nd – a KILLER playlist of music. All the nurses and our doctor were singing along with us and we were all so cheerful. I pushed a couple of times, and at one moment I noticed my husband rolling up his sleeves on his shirt, which sent me into straight laughter. I couldn’t help but call him out on it, and everyone in the room started laughing as a group. We shared a couple of other jokes back and forth, which kept me laughing uncontrollably. With every laugh, my whole body would rumble and my baby would push out a little more. I heard my doctor yell “Keep laughing” because every time I laughed, Maddox was moving out. We took one last push (a total of 5 pushes) and we welcomed our beautiful MADDOX LAUREL BOSS into the world full of laughter, song and dance. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect labor for our baby boy!

We are so grateful to UCLA hospital, our doctor, our family and friends that came out to support, and all of you at home! Thank You So Much! This pregnancy experience has truly been magical. A special moment we will remember forever.

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– Allison Holker Boss

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Melanie Conley

That makes me so happy being able to read your story! I have followed you through everything. First hearing that you were pregnant on dancing with the stars (my absolute favorite show). You are truly an inspiration to females all around the world.

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Madison Dives

Maddox is so adorable! So glad for you and your family! Wishing you all the best of wishes!❤️

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Alyssa Satterwhite

Beautiful family!! God bless you guys.

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Marni

Thank you for sharing your inspiring and sweet story! Your entire family is truly an inspiration and more people should seek to be like you. Congratulations on your new bundle of love!

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Madeline Chavez

Awww what an amazing story! Congrats to u and ur family!! U make labor sound so fun easy and painfree! U have a beautiful family!

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Noelle

Thanks for sharing your beautiful story! You made childbirth sound and look (seriously, you look great in these photos) so easy. Congratulations on your little bundle!

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Dawn S

So beautiful to read this. My whole family has loved you guys since So You Think You Can Dance and cheered you all on since. Your family is beautiful. Congratulations on the birth of your son, your daughter becoming a big sister and the beautiful family you all are.

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Amanda

I think Maddox looks so much like Weslie! Thanks for sharing your beautiful story. I can’t believe you stayed that long through the bbq. I’ve loved you and TWitch both since sytucd and I’m so happy for you both!

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Marisa

Your baby is prescious, congratulations!

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Meaghan Pearson

Congratulations. You and Stephen have the biggest hearts. I love seeing him on Ellen, and you dancing with the stars. I have an 18 mo th old baby boy and he is MY LIFE. Wesley is a georgeous example of having loving parents support her and be there for her. Enjoy your new family.

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Lisa Brown

He is simply breathtaking! Congratulations on a job well done! Enjoy every second, it goes by fast and before you know it he’ll be going to college. What a true gift given to your family, by Devine design.

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Christy

This is a great story! You literally laughed him out!! What a joyous boy he is sure to be!! Congratulations to your entire family. He is so precious and loved!

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T.O.

Allison, I’m so happy for you and your family! There’s no doubt Maddox surrounded by love. Congrats to you all!

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Sandi

What a great story, what a beautiful family. Your unity brings hope to a still decided, judgmental world. I just love seeing all of you, watching ya, dance and love. I lover your smiles and your pictures, thank you for sharing. I wish the very best for you and your family.

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Lorena

God Bless your beautiful family Allison! Congratulation on your new bundle of love and joy. Thank you for sharing your beautiful life stories with the world.

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Vilmary

A beautiful family and story. God bless you guys, always!

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Laura

Beautiful story! That sounds amazing. You should have dozens and dozens more babies!!
Laura, TX

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Annabella

IM SO MOVED! I’ve been with you since so you think you can dance Allison! Congratulations! I so enjoyed reading this. I love you and your family, you guys bring me so much happiness!!

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Alyssa Samet

Wow thank you for sharing! I have a 19 month old son and expecting another in august boys are the cutest! Ps u are my favorite dancer. Can’t wait to see you back on the show! Enjoy your beautiful family.

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Julia forema

This is such a sweet and funny labor story. Such amazing beauty. ❤️

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Julia forema

Such a beautiful story!!!❤️

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Erin

Maddox looks sooooooo much like Weslie! How adorable your family is!

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Tracie

What a beautiful story love all the laughter and music.

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Melissa Peterson

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience with us. We have been SYTYCD fans since season 2, and we’ve loved following you both on your journeys. Best wishes and congratulations!

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Sonia

Beautiful. Congratulations. He is beautiful. May God Always encamp his angels around this precious baby

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Carolyn Dyer

He looks so much like Weslie, especially the picture of her holding him!! Congrats to you both, such a beautiful little boy!!

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Yar

Beautiful story. Your son is very handsome and my what great hair he has too!

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Trang

Your family is so wonderful! And your birth story was so touching! Thank you for sharing it! I cried!

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Katie

L absolutely love reading people’s birth stories! So glad you had such a wonderful experience!!

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Mairi

Congratulations!! He looks so much like Weslie! Beautiful boy

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Ruth Judy

Such a beautiful story and a equally beautiful family!

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Vickie Torres

CONGRATS!! He is so precious. Such a great story and beautiful family. I admire you two so much. Being a single mother of two children the love I have for them is unconditional. You and your husband have given me hope to never give up no matter how hard life gets! Congrats again.

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Angela

What a beautiful journey. You both are such an inspiration. God Bless your beautiful family

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Michelle Kastens

Thank you so much for sharing this!! I’ve loved watching yours & Twitch’s relationship grow from SYTYCD. You all make such a beautiful family!!!

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Joyce Zaragosa

Omg! Your special birth of your new baby boy is so precious .I really love your story and the music you played. I love watching you Allison on Dancing with the Stars., Steven on “So you think you can dance “. Your daughter Wesley is too cute and helpful with her new baby brother.
Thanks for sharing your story. God bless all of you.
Joyce (Maui-Hawaii)

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Donna Kaye

He is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with all of us. What a gorgeous family. Welcome to the world, Maddox!!

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Victoria Gilman

Thank you for sharing. I definitely laughed and cried while reading this. Congrats to your whole, beautiful family!

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Katarina

Aww! Your son is so cute. How are you feeling Allison? I really miss watching you on Dancing with the stars. Your a great dancer!

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Nadine Heugas

Congratulations on your new baby! I have been at a few dance conventions with my daughter and u guys by far are our favorite. The love u have for each other and your gorgeous children is heartfelt. Enjoy every minute of it because they grow way too fast. God bless u guys.

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Kristy

Thank you for sharing your story. I’ve been following you and twitch since your first season of sytycd (your both my favorite to date).. you are amazing and an inspiration. Congrats on your beautiful family! Enjoy every moment! Best wishes!

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Lori Ramirez

Wow. Thank you for sharing an amazing story and pictures. Congrats to you all. I have been a fan of both of you when you were fist on SYTYCD. I followed your wedding, voted for you on DWTS and now got to read this amazing story.

I can’t wait wait to see what’s next.

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Autumn

Awwwwwww!!!!!!!. That I so cute. Thanks for sharing that amazing and wonderful story with us. Congratulations to your beautiful family.You are a terrific person and the fact you shared this with us makes me cry.
P.s. I voted for you on Dancing With the Stars.
Your one of my favorites pro along with Witney and Lindsay. XO

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Molly

This is Hilarious about the music half it was a great labor

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Judy Doyle

Beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing your story. I’m glad I heard about the epidural getting stuck long after I had my 2 kids (Sydney now 16 and Hunter now 14). Sydney is a dancer!!! I used to dance (had one hip replaced and the other one is giving me problems ). Maddox looks so much like his sister. You guys are the best. May Godbless your family. Lots of love to all of you!!

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Sarah

You are literally a rock star!!! Congrats to your family ❤️

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Taylor

I just bawled reading this! I love you so much & couldn’t be more proud. I know you were so nervous for that epidural! I cannot wait to meet Maddox in a few weeks!! Ahh I love you guys so much and am so excited for this journey. Xo

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Abby wighh

You guys are a inspiration! Congrats! ❤️❤️❤️

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Carly

A beautiful story filled with love and laughter and a beautiful blessing brought into the world. Love the pics and Love Love the pic of your daughter and new son ! Much happiness as your family grows

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Julie

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story!! Much, love, good Heath and happiness to the Boss family.

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Priscilla

Maddox is so cute and he looks so much like Wesile I can’t believe it. He looks just like her. You are such an inspiring women because you bring a lot of joy into this world weather it is from dancing or your jokes. I just love you so much and you are my inspiration.

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Priscilla Cuevas

Maddox is so precious!! He looks so much like Weslie!!! Thank you so much for sharing your births story because I think that many women would be inspired from just this story. You inspire so many people including me weather it is with your dancing or you jokes or maybe even your family. You and your family bring so much joy to the world. Thank you for inspiring me and I know that you will inspire me more through out the years.

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Thelma Eckhardt

Thank’s for sharing with us your baby is beautiful I follow you on dwts and your husband on ellen enjoy you both and again congrat’s.

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Millie

Thank you for sharing your beautiful experience with us, god bless your family xoxo

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Michelle

Thank you for sharing your birth story, Allison! Maddox is absolutely precious. Congratulations to your whole family and way to go mama!

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Debbie

What a beautiful story! I’m honored that you shared it with your fans!! He’s a beautiful baby and very lucky to have been born to such amazing parents! And a great big sister as well!! All the best wishes for a lifetime of beautiful memories!!!

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Tara Floyd

You guys are just such a breathe of fresh hour, so genuine and precious. What a fun birth! Maddox is beautiful.

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Raynetta Carvil

This made me smile. Congrats on your beautiful family. Thanks for inspiring!

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Janet

Allison your story is wonderful

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Debbie Gaughran

Allison, what a beautiful story. How wonderful it was for you to be surrounded by so much love. Your husband and daughter, and the rest of your family!!! The pictures say it all!! Some of them actually made me cry!!!! Congrats on little Maddox!!!

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Darla Espinoza

Boy he is one of the prettiest babies I’ve ever seen ! Congrats Boss family! You are very lucky to have him but he is also very lucky to have you good luck to you and your family !

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Bethany

This will be a story to tell him when he gets older! This was the cutest story! It turned my stressful day into a happier day:) Maddox is so cute!

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Hannah

Congrats! Maddox is absolutely beautiful!

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Patty (Trish)

Beautiful story with a beautiful baby boy and Big Sister! Congratulations on your new family! Thank you so much for sharing!

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Tami Schlappi

Thank you for sharing the inside scoop!! I felt like I was there ( wish I could’ve been). This brought tears to my eyes…especially the beautiful photos (and what you said about your amazing mother)! What a sweet experience and I am so happy for you and your family. There is nothing like a newborn baby in your home. I am so happy and jealous!!! Love you all! ❤️

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Dustie

How kind of you to include so many people in the room; acknowledging their moment in your experience. I’m typing through tears at what a special, full of grace and joy birth story you experienced, and thank you SO MUCH for sharing it!

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Davis Neves

so perfect! very inspiring! science should study your method & apply it to hospitals everwhere 🙂

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Iddy Nellans

This made me cry happy tears. Such a joyous moment with such beautiful people. It genuinely brought joy to my heart. Thank you for sharing.

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Missy

Awesome! As a music therapist, your post makes me very happy! So overjoyed for all of you!

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Kendall Malfavon

This brought me tears of joy ! My daughter is three mo the old and reading your birth story brought me right back to the day she was born. So excited for you guys! Congratulations ! Thanks so much for sharing. You guys are my favorite dancers and I love following you guys.

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Staci

Such a handsome baby!! Look at all that hair!! You and your family are what people dream of. Congrats!!

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Sandi

He is a beautiful baby

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rhonda day

I love your story .you have such a beautiful family.congratulations on the birth of your son

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Karen Miller Williams

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story and family photos! What an extraordinary beginning for you all… Another beautiful soul in your life and surrounded with so much laughter and love! Big hugs to all!!!!

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Mary Stock

What a beautiful story! Love you guys congratulations and welcome Maddox!

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Kaylynn Ticas

Maddox is so adorable, you truly are an incredible mom, Happy Mother’s Day !!!!!!!!!!!

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Kaylynn Ticas

Maddox is so adorable,you truly are an amazing mom, Happy Mother’s Day

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Angela White

So special… I had a very similar sweet experience with my baby boy Maddox who is now 9 next month 🙂 I love being a mother and I know you do too. It is monumentally the best thing in life,.. And the hardest lol

Anyway, blessings to u! Oh, and I am also an Easter baby…. My birthday is 3/29. 🙂 Enjoy motherhood. And keep dancing! You have been my fave dancer since I first watched SYTYCD years ago:)
Love your family 🙂

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Tami Larsen

So happy for all four of you! I feel so grateful to be a very small part of your lives! You are such an inspiratition to so many! Can’t wait to meet Maddox!!! Love you all! Tami

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Abbie Ross

Perfect, sweet family of 4!! Congratulations Twitch, Allison, and big sister Weslie! Maddox is so lucky to have been born into such love and a joy filled home!

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Mina

So glad to read this story!!! Congratulations to you both 🙂 I can’t say I followed through the whole romance BUT I’ve certainly known and loved you both since SYTYCD!!! Your baby’s too darn gorgeous. Greetings from Argentina!

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