Just saw you were 36 weeks. Welcome to your lodge!
Just saw you were 36 weeks. Welcome to your lodge!
Yay! Another lodge! Congrats on 36 weeks!!! Can't wait to hear your story!
Yay! Hope you have a great end of journey!
:yahoo: I'm so excited, too! We'll see if the little monkeys let me get a story up...
I'm 27, DH is 26, and we're expecting our third little boy May 5th. Our story isn't too exciting. We met at college because we lived in the same dorm and ended up spending time together because we were both much more interested in doing our homework than partying. Started dating pretty quickly, got engaged after 2 years, then got married when we graduated. I had baby fever even before we graduated, but DH wanted to wait a few years. He started grad school, I started working, but hated my job. After a bit I got through to him and DS1 was conceived, on the first try, 8 months, to the day after we got married. I had a completely uneventful pregnancy, other than terrible m/s.
TMI, but what birth story isn't?
At 36w with DS1 I had red/pink spotting. It lasted two days and got me all excited. At my next appointment I was 1cm and 50%. I stayed there for 3 weeks and I had bloody show at 38w6d. Early morning of 39w1d I was kept up by uncomfortable contractions. I eventually fell asleep and when i woke was terribly disappointed that they had disappeared. I complained to DH who suggested DTD. Afterwards, I noticed I was bleeding. It wasn't super heavy, but I got worried and called the doc. While waiting for her to call me back the bleeding became lighter and lighter pink and more watery, so when she called I said "I think my water might have broken". It took some convincing before she believe it was more than normal "leftovers" from DTD. After breakfast, I went in to L&D. They verified that it was my water, but they kept me on the monitors for over 2 hours. I had contractions every 8 min but they were painless and I made no progress (still 1cm 50%). Then the doc told me DS was having some decelerations they didn't like and they wanted to induce. There went my hopes for a natural birth, but I was super excited anyway.
They started the pit at 3:30pm. I felt the contractions almost immediately. By 5:30 they were no more than 2min apart and lasting 1min each and I was in extreme pain. I begged for the epidural, but was at 3cm so they wanted me to wait an hour. Somehow DH got me through that and at 6:30 I got the epidural. My mom came to help support me. Sometime around then they turned off the pit because I wasn't fully uncontracting. At 8:30 they checked at I was 9cm (5 hours after starting pit). They waited an hour, but I didn't get the urge to push, so at 9:30 I started directed pushing.
I pushed and pushed and pushed. DS descended pretty quickly, but then stopped just short of crowning. There was a terrible medical resident who kept telling me "come on, you can push just a little bit more" and if I had the energy I would have lashed out at him. It was just the wrong thing to say. After an hour and a half of pushing and an episiotomy the doctor decided to get the vacuum and had a pediatrician come in. DH and my mom said things got very busy and focused. The vacuum did the trick and at 11:10pm Dec 8th, after pushing for an hour and 40 minutes, DS1 was born. He was 7lbs 7.5oz, 20.5", with a 14.5" head. He had gotten stuck because his hand was up by his face. He had the cord twice around his neck very tightly. His first apgar was 3 and he was whisked away, gray, still, and silent, to be given oxygen. At 5 minutes his apgar was up to 9, so they let me hold him, briefly, before taking him to NICU for observation. So, I got my 3rd degree tears stitched up while having no idea how my baby was doing. It's fortunate I was completely exhausted or I would have been beside myself with worry. They took me to PP and I was too swollen to pee so I ended up with a catheter.
DS1 did well and joined me in my PP room around 3:30am. He latched well and nursed well. Recovery was rough for me. I was so sore and swollen. I went home 2 days PP, although I was offered an extra day. The first night home sucked and DH, being a student, didn't get any time off. But, we made it through it.
We stopped preventing when DS1 was 6 months, but I was BFing. We conceived DS2 when DS1 was 11.5 months. DS2 self-weaned at 13m having never had a drop of formula. My pregnancy with DS2 was pretty much identical to the first. Easy except for m/s, and DS2 liked to hang out low. I had spotting at 37w3d along with uncomfortable contractions every 5 minutes for 6 hours. Nothing came of it. I was 2cm and 60% at 38w and continued having little bouts of contractions. I was offered induction at 39w1d, but turned it down. I had bloody show at 39w3d and at 5am at 39w5d woke to a contraction. As soon as I felt it I thought "That was real.", something which hadn't happened with the earlier ones. They started 8-10 min apart. Around 7am they jumped at 5 min apart. I rested at home on all fours hugging a birth ball. At 8:30 they jumped to 2 minutes apart and we got ready to go. We got to the hosp at 9:15 and when I checked in the guy at the desk asked if I was there for an induction or a c/s. Apparently I was handling labor very well! My mom met us at the hosp.
I spent 20min in triage. Baby looked awesome on the monitors and I was 5cm and 80%. Lying on my back to get checked made the contractions much worse. I walked to my room and labored on all fours hugging the birth ball. Around 11am I started feeling like I should push. The doc checked and I was 7cm, fully effaced, and the pressure was from my bulging waters. She offer to break my water and after the nurse said "It'll make the pain worse, but you'll probably have him out within 10 contractions" I said "Okay, I'll take the unbearable pain!" The relief when the doc broke my water was amazing... until she told me she wanted me to lie on my side to help him rotate. It hurt a lot. But it didn't take long before I started pushing involuntarily. 10-20 minutes of pushing, with an episiotomy I didn't ask for, and DS2 was born. He kicked the whole time I was pushing and came out pink and screaming at 11:48am Aug 12. I helped lift him to my chest. It was amazing. His aprgars were 9 and 9. He was almost exactly the same size as his brother, just an ounce heavier at 7lbs 8.5oz, 20.5", and a 14.5" head. He nursed like a champ at 45 minutes. My recovery was much easier, although due to low blood sugar I fainted my first time out of bed, so was pretty much stuck in bed until I left the hosp. DS1 adjusted wonderfully to DS2 and DH had a week off, which was great.
More later. DS2 woke and DS1 wants to go for a walk!
Welcome to your lodge! I enjoyed reading your birth stories.
My DS1 kicked and his feet slid across my sides while he was coming out. It was the strangest feeling. I even had an epi but it didn't work, obviously. ;)
This pregnancy has been like the others so far: easy except for the m/s. DS2 self-weaned at 13.5 months, again when I was2m pregnant and my milk dried. He also never had a drop of formula. :D I'm planning a natural hospital birth with a MW. We moved in Oct so this is a new hosp and a new preactice. Both are veriy NCB friendly. :) I'm hoping to get to ue one of the labor tubs at the hosp. We'll see if I get a room with one.
I had my 36w appointment today and everything looks great. I did my GBS swab and hopefully that will be negative again. I told the MW I feel like I could go a few more months and she laughed and said "We can give you up to 6 more weeks." I'm expecting baby to arrive between 39 and 40 weeks again. I'll have my first cervix check at 38w and if things are favorable could have a membrane sweep then. The current plan is to decline if it's offered. I'm kind fo hoping for a due date baby because then I'd have 12-8, 8-12, and 5-5. :D
great birth stories. I'm so excited for you and look forward to following your lodge!