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Yay! I can't believe I'm 36 weeks today!

So I guess I start with how I met DH, right? His name is Ben. We met in college where we were both working in the computer lab. Photobucket

I thought he was a little goofy and he teased me all the time. A mutual friend of ours suggested we get together so I decided to give it a try. That was my sophomore year. 2 years later my mother passed away right before I was headed to Rome for a semester. I decided to go anyway because I felt like my mom would be so mad at me for canceling the trip. So I went. Ben was the only thing that got me through my mom's death and being so far away from everyone I knew. After that I knew we were meant to be together. We were married in 2004.

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We spent the next 3-4 years buying a home and traveling and just being married. When I turned 30 we decided it might be time to start a family.

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So need to sidetrack for a second! One of my closest friends had her baby on the 17th and I'm so excited for them! She had her first using Bradley, but tried Hypnobabies this time and I can't wait to hear details of how her birth went. All I know so far is that she said that Caleb's birth was much easier than Aidan's so I'm guessing hypnobabies worked well for her!! Biggrin I'm so excited to be an "auntie" again! Yahoo

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We were able to get pregnant very quickly (month 2) which was suprising and wonderful but scary at the same time IYKWIM! My first pregnancy went smoothly, m/s in first 18 weeks or so, normal aches and pains but really no issues. So when I went into labor 10 days before my due date it was suprising!

Here is Ethan's birth story as I originally wrote it.

Ethan Benjamin O______
born June 21, 2009 at 38weeks, 4 days
7lb, 7oz
19 1/2 inches long

Went to dinner with friends on Saturday June 20th, but called it an early night and went to bed around 10:00ish. At 11:30 I woke up when my water broke. At first it was just a trickle, but by the time I got to the bathroom it was small gushes. Then the contractions started. Ben helped me set-up the Hypnobabies CDs and I started listening to them in the living room. Much to my surprise, I hated being on the birth ball, and I quickly discovered either hands and knees, or leaning against the wall felt best. I was feeling the contractions pretty strongly, and mostly in my back, as the baby was sunny-side up. Ben started to get the birth bag ready to go to the hospital. I was feeling the contractions stronger and stronger, so we started timing them. We both questioned whether we were timing correctly when we discovered they were a minute long coming every one to two minutes apart. This went on for over an hour. Then we called the midwives and checked in with them. At this point, I decided that we needed to go to the hospital to get checked out at least. The ride to the hospital was very uncomfortable and felt like it took forever. We arrived to the hospital around 2:30am on Sunday, June 21, 2009. When we got to the hospital we went into triage. They checked my blood pressure and pulse and I answered general questions. Then we had to wait for a space in triage to get an internal check. At this point, Ben thought we’d probably be going home and wouldn’t be admitted still. I think he felt this way because I was doing so well with the contractions just breathing through them. After a little bit a space opened up and I got checked by Lucie, one of the midwives. Much to everyone’s surprise I was 8cm dilated and our baby was coming that day – a Father’s Day gift for Ben! Also the first day of summer! We were taken up to the Alternative Birth Center room where we got settled. At that point, I probably should have told Ben to get the birth bag from the car, but I really needed him by my side and didn’t want him to leave. The contractions kept coming and I found the best position was leaning face first against the wall. Ben was rubbing my back most of the time and I just kept trying to breathe through what was now pain, not just strong pressure. This went on for awhile. Eventually I tried the ‘birthing tub’. This felt good on my back, but I couldn’t stay in for very long as I was feeling restless and just couldn’t. Around this time I just felt like I couldn’t handle things anymore and Ben had to coax me through the contractions. After some time, around 4:00am, I felt like it was time to push. Lucie checked me and I was almost fully dilated with only the rim of the cervix present. At that point, I was told I could push so that’s what I started to do. I know some women say the pushing feels good because you are finally doing something with the pain and pressure, but to me it felt awful. My back was killing me and the pressure just felt enormous. I was having a really hard time pushing and it felt like the baby wasn’t coming out. Lucie, the nurse and Ben kept telling me I was making progress and to keep going, but after awhile I felt like they were lying to me! I was getting very tired at this point. Lucie and our nurse both commented to Ben that I must have been an athlete as my legs were so strong. ha ha! After what felt like forever, we could finally touch our baby’s head and he really was getting closer. Unfortunately, he just wasn’t coming out – he’d come out a bit, then go back in. For a while, we just kept doing this as his heart rate was extremely stable. I could tell the nurse and Lucie were a little surprised he was handling the contractions and the pushing so well. Eventually, this wasn’t the case. The baby’s heart rate started to drop and was at 80bpm and Lucie and I decided that an episiotomy was necessary to get him out of the birth canal. So the episiotomy was cut and I kept pushing. Finally, at 6:48am, after 2 ½ hours of pushing, our baby was born! I turns out that he had his hand up next to his head, so I had been trying to push both his head and hand through at the same time! Not to mention he was sunny-side up.

Our baby was born with a full head of black hair, blue eyes, Ben’s nose, and a mixture of other features we haven’t figured out yet! I held him on my chest for a little while, but he wasn’t interested in breastfeeding. At that point, my placenta detached and I started gushing blood, in fact a little too much blood. So I was given a shot of pitocin to stop the bleeding. It didn’t stop for a bit, so Lucie asked the nurse to start putting an IV together as I might need one. Thank goodness, it stopped right after she had the IV ready! Ben was holding his son at this point. Then the nurse took the baby and weighed him at 7lb, 7oz. and gave him a bath in our room with daddy watching. I was cleaned up and stitched.

Then finally, we were left as a family of three to get to know each other. We marveled over our son’s features and mulled over a name for him, finally deciding on Ethan Benjamin O______. Life was good! We spent over four hours in the ABC room. The nurse was so surprised that I went to the bathroom so many times during those hours. I felt a little dizzy from the blood loss, but otherwise good. After this time, I got into a wheel chair and we were wheeled up to our postpartum room. We kept Ethan with us the whole time and I just didn’t want to let him out of our sight!

Overall, the birth went fairly well. I was very glad to have done the Hypnobabies classes as they really helped with the pain tolerance. I have a really low pain threshold and I think I would have been a mess without Hypnobabies. I was very pleased to get the natural birth I wanted without any drugs. The only interventions I had were the episiotomy and the pitocin shot after Ethan was born. Both seemed necessary at the time, and afterwards as well. I think we made the right decisions throughout our birthing time. Most of all, I was thrilled that our son was healthy and happy and that we had created our own little miracle! I’m still amazed at how much happiness and joy he brings into my life.

Looking back now (17 months later) I'm a little less pleased about the episiotomy but do still feel it was necessary. Otherwise it really was a pretty good birth for my first baby!

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So here are more pictures of Ethan:

August - relaxing outside

Ethan's First Christmas

March 2010

June 21, 2010 - First Birthday!

October 2010 - pictures in signature!

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Awww so cute, thanks for sharing.

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Wonderful birth story, and I love the pics!

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welcome to your lodge Smile thanks for sharing your stories so far!

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Thanks ladies!

So onto this pregnancy -

We had our BFP on April 9th. The first u/s was on May 5th at around 8 weeks. here's a photo of the gummy bear!

At the end of July I had my 20 week u/s and found out this baby is a GIRL!!! Holy moley - I really thought it was a boy, but we are thrilled it's a girl! At the same appointment I was diagnosed with a complete placenta previa which made me very upset.

When I had an u/s again to check on the placenta - miracle of all miracles, the previa was gone and I'm in the clear for the natural birth I want and have been planning! Baby was also still a girl! Somehow I stilll doubted she was!

Here's a pic at 30 weeks pregnant.

From there I've had pretty boring appointments. Had my 36 week appointment today. Everything is looking great. Took the GSB test, the last obstacle in my natural birth plans. I'd hate to be tied up to an IV so keep your fingers crossed the test is negative! I'm looking forward to using Hypnobabies again with this baby. Also, I'm thrilled that if the baby came today I'm able to use the ABC at the hospital again which is wonderful.

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I'm so glad the placenta moved & your NCB plans are right on track!

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Had a great day today! Went to my friend's baby shower which I helped organize. It was a lot of fun and I felt good physically the whole time! Yahoo

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That is great news. I wish I could say the same. LOL

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Welcome to your lodge! And thanks for sharing! Can't wait to hear if you passed your GBS test!! Being hooked up to an IV would be no fun, so hopefully it comes back clean! So do you have your hospital bag packed?

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"Melissa1223" wrote:

Welcome to your lodge! And thanks for sharing! Can't wait to hear if you passed your GBS test!! Being hooked up to an IV would be no fun, so hopefully it comes back clean! So do you have your hospital bag packed?

Yeah I'm so hoping no IV! Yep, hospital bag is packed. DH has decided we are going to start carying it in the car starting tomorrow! LOL, he's a little anxious, can you tell! Smile

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Well it's 37 weeks tomorrow! Hard to believe how quick this pregnancy went! I'm looking forward to my 37 week appt. on Friday as well. Today was hard physically, didn't sleep well last night and my upper back is killing me, which isn't normal for me. Hoping a good nights rest tonight will help!

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So I tested positive for GBS which sucks. I'm glad my midwives are willing to work with me though and just put the IV in for the hour and then take it out. Anyone ever decline the antibiotics period? I don't think I will as the risk seems quite a bit higher if I don't get a single dose of antibiotics, just curious if someone has?

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Emily declined the antibiotics because she didn't have time for it. LOL If they will give it to you and then disconnect, I would be ok with that. I have a feeling I am going to test positive this time too. boo.

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"Mom2ThreeKiddos" wrote:

Emily declined the antibiotics because she didn't have time for it. LOL If they will give it to you and then disconnect, I would be ok with that. I have a feeling I am going to test positive this time too. boo.

LOL - yeah if I show up at the hospital fully dialated I will decline as well! Wink Yeah I'm thinking if they are still willing to do that then it's not too bad to be hooked up for an hour. I also had a bad feeling about it this time even though I was negative with DS.

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Sorry about the GBS. I didn't ever get tested so hence never would have got the antibiotics if I had been positive.

How you feeling? Is your DS excited about the baby coming?

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I don't know of anyone personally, but I know some folk out there have declined the antibiotics and done the hibeclense thing on their own prior to heading to the hospital. Have you thought of doing something like that?

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So sorry you tested positive. That is a bummer. Sad

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"jolly11sd" wrote:

Sorry about the GBS. I didn't ever get tested so hence never would have got the antibiotics if I had been positive.

How you feeling? Is your DS excited about the baby coming?

I'm doing okay, but starting to feel exhausted from working full time, taking care of a toddler and being so pregnant, normal right?! Wink

I'm honestly not sure if DS really gets it. We tell him all the time that we are having a baby sister etc. and he really is fascinated by little babies. I'm so curious how he's going to react when she's home!

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Mine are 20 months apart. DS1 really didn't get it and was wary of his little brother when he visited us at the hospital. But when we got home he was very interested and gentle. Smile I hope your DS reacts well, too!

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Welcome to your lodge! Sorry you tested positive....I have thought about declining the antibiotics if I were to test positive this time around or just labor at home long enough that there wasn't time to get them in me. With #4 they gave me both doses but they weren't 4 hours apart because I wasn't even at the hospital 4 hours before he was born.

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Olivia Susan arrived on 12/5 at 3:41pm. She was 7lbs, 15oz and 20 inches long. She's a delighful baby! Labor went quite well but I haven't had a chance to type up my birth story. I did end up getting one dose of the antibiotics for the GBS. Labor started at 7:30am, but contractions were not too bad and irregular until 11:30am. We had to wait for someone to come to take care of DS so didn't head into the hospital. When we got there I was 6cm dialated and 100% effaced at -1 station. I labored for quite a while in the tub. Hypnobabies worked great this time and having a break between contractions makes a huge difference. DS was all back labor (sunnyside up) but little Olivia was correctly positioned and that is so much more comfortable! And even better, she took very few pushes, about 15 minutes and she arrived! DS was 2.5 hours of pushing! What a pleasant change! I pushed her out on hands and knees and it was so amazing when she came out and my midwife slid her underneath me to look at her face to face! Overall a great birth! I did tear a bit, but it's not too bad.

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Here are a couple pics from her first few days! Hope you enjoy!

We are doing well. She's breastfeeding which is wonderful and sucks at the same time - my boobs are incredibly engorged and it's semi-painful, but I'm so grateful she can latch and suck properly. Ethan never got the hang of it. she's a great baby, sleeps, feeds and poops for the most part. I love her awake periods, she's so alert and curious! She's sleeping fairly well for 5 days old. Had two periods of 3 hours of sleep last night which felt like a miracle! LOL I'm much revived today and might try to pick things up around the house today - it's a mess! Our friends are coming over tonight and bringing dinner which is wonderful!

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congratulations!!! she is so cute Smile

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Congratulations on the arrival of baby Olivia! She is a doll! It sounds like you had a great birth!

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Congratulations! She's beautiful.

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Congratulations! She is a cutie! Can't wait to hear/read the full story. Smile Sounds like everything went well though. Smile

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Awww Congrats and those pics are just precious!

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congrats on a great birth! She's beautiful!

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Olivia's Birth Story - first attempt

I'll begin with background. I'm a huge believer in letting our bodies do what they need to do during birth. I also really don't like OTC or perscription medications and tend to avoid these in everyday life when I can. My son was born in the hospital and was a no-drug birth with minimal intervention. I did end up with an episiotomy due to fetal heartbeat distress after 2 1/2 hours of pushing. For my daughter's birth I wanted even less intervention. With my son I took a Hypnobabies course and with this second birth I reviewed that information and listened to the CD's on my own at home.

I kept saying to myself that she had to wait until the 5th to be born because I wanted my son to be able to go to my work christmas party. It's a huge family event with petting zoo, food, Santa, free christmas trees, games for the kids etc. The party was on the 4th and we had a wonderful time. I went to sleep that night figuring we still probably had a week or so until my daughter would be born. Well I was wrong!

I woke up on the morning of the 5th around 7:15am. By 7:30am I was feeling moderate contractions. I decided I better get some things done that morning just in case this was her birthday! DH made breakfast and I supervised decorating the Christmas tree. Ethan had a great time taking the ornaments off that he could reach. After the tree I decided a shower was in order. The contractions were still around even though I'd been relaxing and drinking water. They were really irregular, anywhere from 6 minutes to 10 minutes apart at that point. I decided to go upstairs and get some work done to keep me distracted. I kept working until around 11:30 with the contractions still pretty irregular. At that point it was time for Ethan's lunch so I went back downstairs to help with that. DH had been cleaning the house, trying to get rid of his nervous energy! I ate a mozzarella cheese stick but really didn't want anything else for lunch. The contractions started getting closer together 4-5 minutes apart and finally regular. They were also becoming stronger so we decided we should head to the hospital. We called our friends but they were 40 minutes out from our house, so we called our backup, another friend who lives closer and was at home. DH threw the last minute items, my glasses & camera into the hospital bag while we waited for someone to arrive. Ethan finished lunch and we put him down for a nap. He knew something was going on though so didn't nap for more than 30 minutes before he was up. Our friend finally arrived to watch Ethan and I walked to the car between contractions. We headed to the hospital, a 20 minute drive away. The car ride was so uncomfortable. I hate not being able to move around and get into a comfortable position while in the car. I used my hypnobabies training the most during this time.

Once we got to the hospital I checked in a Triage. My bloodpressure was great and I was dialated to 6cm and 100%effaced with -1 station. So our baby still had to descend quite a bit but I was definitly having my baby soon and wouldn't be sent home. I had been diagnosed with GBS+ so the nurse needed to run an IV line for antibiotics. I personally think she was pretty incompetent because the only place she could find to put the IV was in my hand. I give blood all the time and though they sometimes have a little trouble, I've always been able to have the needle in my inner elbow. Anyway, they wanted to run a quick 20 minute fetal heartrate check before "allowing" me upstairs into the Birthing Center as the birthing center only does intermittent monitoring. Well it was awful. They couldn't get the baby's heartrate on the monitor. They'd catch her heartrate around 110, but then it would skip to 220, doubling which is very dangerous if that is what is actually happening. In light of this they decided and I agreed to be checked into a regular delivery room for monitoring. I was starting to freak out, but between DH calming me down and using hypnobabies, I was able to semi-relax by the time we got upstairs. Once we got up there, the room was actually really nice, large and lots of windows and the nursing staff was really nice. The nurse found my baby's heartrate right away and it was perfect, in the 140's. One of the nurses brought me cranberry juice, I relaxed through contractions and we waited for the 20 minute fetal heartrate check. Once it was done, my midwife got everyone together and confirmed I definitly wanted to go to the Birthing Center area, which I did. So we got the IV on a pole and I walked down the hallway to the other area. I had to stop a couple times with contractions and I leaned on DH during them.

Once in the birthing center I decided to get into the tub. The tub felt like heaven! I leaned over the tub on my hands and knees with one arm sticking out because of the IV. I'd say that's the only time I really noticed the IV so it wasn't too bad I guess. I stayed in the tub for awhile. The contractions were getting really tight together and very strong. I was feeling tired and like I couldn't do this anymore. For me that means I'm almost ready to push. I've felt that way with both births. I decided to get out of the tub shortly thereafter. I started to push on the bed on my hands and knees as that felt like the best position for me. At this point it was probably 3:30pm and I'd been labor since 7:30am, so around 8 hours though the contractions had only been strong since 11:30, or 4 hours. I pushed a bit before my midwife asked if I'd like my water broke. At that point, I decided that it was in our best interest, both baby and me to have her water broken since I was ready to push. My midwife broke my water and the urge to push became incredibly strong. I pushed for less than 15 minutes, breathing my baby out which was wonderful compared to what happened with my son. I was trying to go slowly so I wouldn't tear, but my body took over a bit and she came out fast and furious! My daughter arrived at 3:41pm and my midwife slid her underneath my body so I could see her. I rolled over cradling my daughter. She was perfect! Alert, pink, and thrilled to be held by mommy. I held my daughter while my placenta was delivered. My midwife asked if I wanted to see the placenta and I took a look, they are so odd looking but really cool at the same time. I then had to be stiched up as I had tore a bit. Let me tell you, even with a little bit of local pain killer in that area, the stiches hurt worse than birthing my daughter! Crazy I know, but I guess I really do still fear needles just a bit so getting stitched freaks me out more! Anyway, I got stiched up while staring at my daughter in amazement. After that the nurse weighed her, bundled her up and gave her to DH while I got cleaned up a bit. They then left us alone to enjoy our new baby. We decided to name her Olivia Susan. The Susan is after my deceased mother who I felt was watching over us throughout the entire pregnancy.

Overall a pretty good birth. A tad stressful at times, but mostly peaceful and controlled by me. Oh, I did get a full dose of antibiotics in just in time before pushing.

Olivia is a joy. She's a happy baby and at 9 days old is doing wonderfully. We are very blessed to have two wonderful children.

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Such a beautiful story! So happy for you!! Glad to hear there is hope for me this second time around. DS was born sunny side up as well and I had terrible back labor with him. I have been assuming that it would mean DD would be as well. Good to know that doesn't have to be the case!

You did a great job - and she is just so beautiful! Congrats!!

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What a great story thanks so much for sharing.

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Your birth story is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing! Olivia is absolutely gorgeous and I think it's so sweet that you incorporated your Mom's name into hers, too. Biggrin

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"Shummel" wrote:

Such a beautiful story! So happy for you!! Glad to hear there is hope for me this second time around. DS was born sunny side up as well and I had terrible back labor with him. I have been assuming that it would mean DD would be as well. Good to know that doesn't have to be the case!

You did a great job - and she is just so beautiful! Congrats!!

That definitly does not have to be the case! Back labor is absolutly horrible compared to regular labor! I hope your daughter is in a good position and you don't have back labor this time!!

Thanks!

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Congrats- she is beautiful and it sounds like you had a great birth! I am using hypnobabies as well so I like reading hypnobabies birth stories. How is your son taking to having a baby sister? Mine will be 19 months and I'm very curious as to how he will react!

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"DunyaWolf" wrote:

Congrats- she is beautiful and it sounds like you had a great birth! I am using hypnobabies as well so I like reading hypnobabies birth stories. How is your son taking to having a baby sister? Mine will be 19 months and I'm very curious as to how he will react!

Thanks! I really love hypnobabies - it allows me to let go of my fears. I even use the techniques in everyday life sometimes when I need to refocus.

DS is doing pretty well. He's interested in his sister and wants to play with her. This does make him a little rough, so we have to be right next to him. He's a little jealous sometimes and often wants to be held when she's feeding. I think he's adjusting pretty well though for not even being 18 months yet! We haven't had any major breakdowns and he hasn't tried to hit her even though he's going through a hitting phase right now. Believe it or not, though 2 children is an adjustment, it's not as scary and overwhelming as I thought it will be. Now when she's mobile maybe it will be different! LOL