My Intro! WOOT! ***pic heavy***
It's been 2 years since I've had a lodge here at BN. I can't believe I'm back so soon, but I'm excited to be here! LOL.
My name is Emily and I've been posting here since I was expecting my first baby some 7 years ago. My husband Chris and I have three children already...Nolan is 6 years old, Mallory is 5 years old and Leo is 2 years old. I had a miscarriage 3 years ago as well.
Chris and I have been married for almost 7 years now, which has just FLOWN by. We got engaged and planned a leisurely 18 month engagement, but then I got pregnant 6 months later. So, we bumped it up and got married at Toronto City Hall when I was 8 months along with Nolan. There were 25 people in total...we had dinner in a private room at a nice steakhouse Downtown and called it a night. It was AWESOME.
Nolan was born 10 weeks later at 42 weeks. I started his pregnancy with a doctor and switched to midwives at around 20 weeks. We planned a natural hospital birth until about 36 weeks when DH was finally on board with a homebirth. Laboured at home, but when my waters broke there was thick meconium so we transferred to our local hospital where I laboured, and then pushed for 4 hours, until Nolan was born. He was 9ls 13oz wit a 16" head. He just looked BIG.
This is me labouring at home with Nolan:
And this is Nolan's first pic. He had meconium aspiration but ended up being just fine, although a bit of a rough start.
I ended up with two episiotomies, extensive 3rd degree tears, and a hemorrhage. I then had my gall bladder removed 3 weeks later. Because of all the cards against us, Nolan and I never got the hang of breastfeeding, and he ended up being bottle/formula fed.
Such a sweet baby though!!
This is 6 month old Nolan with his Auntie, Jorgiegirl.
Mallory was next.
My doc said to go with a doc and cesarean this time to save me the recovery I had with Nolan, when I went in to confirm my pregnancy. I called my midwives that afternoon and set up care with them. I had an easy pregnancy with Mallory. I got HUGE!!!
This is me at 39 weeks.
I went into labour with her at 40 weeks 1 day. Once I was in active labour it went very fast! We called the midwives and support people at 7pm and she was born at 9:35pm. What a high her birth was though! I pushed for 2 contractions, 5 minutes. She was born into her Auntie Jord and midwife Carolynn's hands while I sat on the birth stool. I had a long but shallow tear which was easily repaired and not bothersome to me. She was 9lbs 5oz and 21" long. A regular 14" head this time. LOL. She latched right on and nursed for 15 months. :) She was a feisty baby, and is now a feisty 5 year old.
I loved my birth with her. It was everything I wanted. No vag exams for my entire pregnancy. No episiotomy. No suctioning baby. No eye ointment, but we opted for vit K because of how fast she arrived.
Mallory and I when she was about 30 seconds old.
Here she is at a day old with MamaArty_RMT.
I got pregnant in the spring of 2007, dispite having a copper IUD in place. The string was pulled up inside by the time I realized I was pregnant and there was nothing to be done but wait and hope. It was about 50/50 it could go either way, but I did end up losing the pregnancy at 11 weeks because of the IUD. I ended up having a D&C to remove the out-of-place IUD.
I got pregnant with Leo 3 cycles later. I called the same midwives who caught Mallory and we were off! I had a subchorionic hematoma with his pregnancy...at 8 weeks I suddenly started bleeding large amounts and was sure I was having another miscarriage. A ultrasound (my first ever ultrasound!!) showed a healthy pregnancy with beating heart and, right next to it, a hematoma. I bled for weeks and spotted for weeks too. I remember the last time I had spotting/bleeding was when I was 14 weeks along. What a rip off to have to buy maxi pads while pregnant!! We opted for a 20 week ultrasound to check the hematoma. It was completely gone at that point.
The rest of my pregnancy with him was pretty uneventful. We knew he'd be smaller than the other two...he just didn't FEEL as big.
At a day shy of 41 weeks MamaArty and her husband brought over some mexican food from an authentic restaurant rumoured at having started many labours. The next morning I decided to help fate along and got out my breast pump. An hour on the pump and then I stopped. My mom called to see if I was in labour, because she wanted to head out to a wine festival for the weekend but not if I was in labour. My water broke while I was on the phone with her! LOL!
I was GBS pos so my midwives brought the abx over, expecting another fast labour like Mallory. It was 12 hours later that contractions finally kicked in, with the help of a breast pump. At 8cm my labour stalled because he was ROA and wouldn't flex his chin (a common issue with that position). So, at 1am and 8cm dilation, I was doing lunges on the stairs to try to move my pelvis into a position that would allow him to flex his head. It worked! Once he was in position my labour kicked back in...and when he finally dropped it was INTENSE. I went from 'lazy labour' to 'GO GO GO' in a half a second. No warning and all of a sudden he was crowning! We barely got my shorts of intime for me to push out his head. THe midwife told me to push slower and I believe my words were "no f*cking way!" as my body expelled his head. I had a weird break between his head and body being born...I don't remember that moment with the other two. I chatted with DH about the baby's head being out...it was surreal and weird. Then I pushed out his shoulders and we had Leo! He lifted his head right away and looked around. 8lbs 2oz, 21" long with a 14" head. 2 stitches only this time, but exhausted!
Here are some pics of his birth.
I'm labouring here at about 8cm...also reading the notes my midwives were making between contractions. DH is being silly but he loves being needed during labour. Also, as Jord once pointed out, is that porn on the TV behind me???
My sister, Alison, being cheerful for the camera while I labour in the background.
Him, looking around.
Me, the next day with my new baby. He looks grumpy in all his newborn pics, so we were worried, but he is the sweetest boy. The sweetest baby and the sweetest toddler now!
I'll post about this pg in my next post...gotta start lunch now.
Thanks for letting me share!