Delia - Mama (homebirthing, breastfeeding, cosleeping, baby wearing, cloth diapering type of a Mama!) to
Jeena Kongju (Jan. 20/06) and Maria Konae (June 18/09)
Congratulations!!! I'm so happy for you!! I can't wait for the birth story!
Wow, that eggplant meal did wonders!!
Molly & Elton 10/2/04
Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
Baby #3 due 6/21/13
Congratulations, Harmony and WTTW to your baby girl! I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to hear all about it!
that's great! Congrats to everyone. Can't wait for pic and story
Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
Huge CONGRATS hun!! That's awesome, can't wait to see the family
(nak for the last bit of this)
First off, I am so sorry this update took so long to get out! The wireless network at the hospital was not working for us, so we have been completely out of the loop for the last two days. I have been dying to post this update!
So... we left off with me out of back labor and going to the doula's house. I labored over there for about 2 or 3 hours (I need to get the time frame from her - I can't remember). I finally got into her hot tub and things started speeding up big time. Contractions were piggy-backing each other, much more intense, and I was feeling pushy. DH went to tell the doula this, and we head to the hospital. I was riding with the doula, DH followed in our car. She was so amazing. The drive to the hospital is 40 minutes long, and No Fun when you're in active labor, but she got me through it. By this time my contractions were 2 to 3 minutes apart and really rough, but we were carrying on regular conversation in-between them.
At the hospital I had to get my antibiotics for GBS and they had to do a strip of fetal monitoring before I could get in the tub. I arrived somewhere between 6 and 7 cm with the newest midwife at my practice on call (she is SO awesome, I really had the best labor support team imaginable). So they fill up the tub, I get in, and my pain level goes from about a 7 or 8 to a 4 or 5. If you can labor in warm water, especially a birth pool do it!! I cannot recommend laboring in water highly enough. I was so relaxed through labor, it was absolutely amazing. The contractions slowed to ever 4 to 5 minutes, but they were as strong as ever and I was pushing through all of them. At one point the MW checked my cervix again and I was 8 cm dilated. I asked MW and doula if it was "okay" to push when I wasn't 10 cm yet. They both assured me that if I felt like I needed to push, I should. So I did.
The bag had been bulging since I was in the doula's tub, and during one of my pushes the bag broke. Meconium... It's hospital policy that if there's meconium in the amniotic fluid, you can't deliver in water. So it was out of the tub for me. My pain level went from about a 5 to a full 9. Ouch!! The baby had turned posterior again, I didn't have fluid to cushion the contractions, and no warmth from the water. Once again, the doula worked her magic. She got me into knee hip position on the bed, pushed on my belly, and then did the sacrum release thing backwards. The end result was that the 9 dropped down to a 7 or 8 and I could actually labor again. At some point I started pushing full strength again, moved to the bed, and the midwife checked my dilation. Nine with a tiny lip. That was 2am. I pushed for 23 minutes. Head and body all came out in one last push. DH was attempting to catch her. Umm, she came out a bit too forcefully and shot past him and (luckily) into the midwife's hands. So much for all of my attempts to push slowly. I was lucky to end up with only a 2.5 degree tear (the midwife insisted it was just a 2, but the rather surly OB who was backup that night said it was a 3). Honestly, in my mind the stitching up was the worst part of the entire experience. I don't know if it was because the OB was a bit rough or what, but that stands out in my mind as the most horrible part of all.
So our little girl was born at 2:23am, 6lb 3oz and 19.5 inches long. She looks all Korean to me, but the Korean relatives say she has my nose. She is a champion nurser, going for 2 hour stints twice last night. In fact, the LC said that it looked like my milk was starting to come in already today, at least on the left side. Going along with that, I am a lot sore. But it's getting better. I was surprised at how little blood loss I've had. Definitely less than with my normal periods, at least at one time. I remember my m/cs were like that, too, but I assumed that was because I was pretty early.
We have a ton of pics that are better than these two, but they all happen to show me in various states of undress, and I am not willing to put those on the internet!
(btw, I'm finding it really amusing that my ticker says I still have 4 days to go - that, and my friend who I ate pineapple and eggplant parm with had our abies on the same day!)
Harmony, JM, A, & M Our preschool-at-home blog
6w5d on 6/19/07 hb of 107 bpm 10/1/07. Lost at 7w6d
What a great story, Harmony! You did awesome! It soundsC like your a doula was a real life-saver for you. Your baby is so adorable!
Congrats to your friend, as well. Did she end up going into labor on her own then?