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    Congratulations! Glad nursing is going well. Sorry that it wasn't an ideal labor, but I'm glad you're both doing well. Looking forward to your birth story.
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    WTTW Oliver! It stinks you didn't get the birth you truly wanted, but what is really important now is that he is here and beautiful!
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    for news, lol. No seriously (and with much joy) congrats and WTTW Oliver. He's adorbale.
    Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
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    Rya 7/7/09
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    I've got a happy sleeping baby and no visitors, so we'll see if I can get this typed up. Long and detailed. Sorry.

    At 3:24am on 4/25 I got up to pee and felt a gush. I knew immediately my water had broken, but had trouble believing it at first since I hadn't expected labor to start for a while yet. Fortunately there wasn't much mess and it was pink. I got my computer to look up the labor # for my MW. I heard DH get up, so told him and sent him back to bed. I informed my MW and by 4am I started contracting. They were immediately 8-10 minutes apart and felt like labor. I ate lightly and went back to bed, figuring I should rest while I could. But, the contractions and a very excited baby kept me from sleeping. Around 7 the contractions began to space out. They went to 20 minutes apart then stopped. I got up and bounced on the birth ball, went for a walk... nothing.

    At 10 I went to the bathroom to pee and on the toilet felt sudden, intense pressure. I hadn't felt anything like that with my other until I was almost fully dilated. I almost called DH to come in, thinking it might be the baby suddenly and inexplicably descending. It started to let up so I went downstairs and called the MW. They had me come in because it was weird. They confirmed my water was broken and since the midwives were switching shifts 2 of them checked me. The first said 2-3cm, 80% and 0 station. The second said 2cm, 50%, and -1 station. They monitored for a bit. Baby was fine but I only contracted a few times far apart. So they sent me home with a few suggestions for getting labor going and instructions to come back by 9pm. I had lunch, napped, and still nothing.

    I started to get really anxious at the idea of having to go back and get induced. It was starting to feel way too much like my labor with DS1 (which was less than ideal). I started telling DH I wanted to go in now and just get the induction done because my body wasn't doing anything and I was just going to get more tired. I was already exhausted from fighting the nasty cold and not sleeping much the previous night. He managed to calm me down and talk me out of it. Then I decided to try the nipple stim the MW had recommended. It worked and I was soon having contractions 4-5min apart. Around 4pm we went back to the hosp.

    The contractions fizzled out again and I was stuck in triage for a while because they didn't have any rooms free. But, at least they kept feeding me. I even got solid food! They finally got me to L&D and I did more nipple stim (the nurse was skeptical but the MW was all for it). The first round got the contrax to 5-6min and the second got then to 3 min apart. But they quickly spaced and became sporadic. At this point I hadn't been checked since around noon and had managed 2-3 hours of relatively frequent contractions. The MW checked and I was 3cm and 60%. We were all pretty disappointed. She reluctantly suggested we slowly start some pitocin. Knowing I had reacted strongly in the past and wanted to avoid an epidural she planned at start at 1 unit and stay there for 30-40 minutes before increasing to 2. She hoped my body just needed a little nudge. I agreed, hoping the same.

    They started the pit and the contractions got more intense. But they were really sporadic at 1-8 minutes apart. At 8:30 I was in pretty intense pain during contractions. They began to feel like the transition contractions with DS2. I was having coughing fits and was terribly congested. The combination made it really hard to breathe through the contractions and at times I felt like I wasn't getting enough air, which made me feel anxious. I started falling asleep between contractions. I asked for the MW back to check me. Again, we were all disappointed that I was only 4cm and 80%. I brought up the idea of pain medicine because I I barely had the energy to deal with the contractions I was getting. The MW mentioned that I had said in my birth plan I wanted to avoid meds but if I did decide to go that way she'd recommend the epidural. She told us to discuss it and left. As he had been instructed, DH tried to talk me out of it. After a long discussion we decided it was probably best. I was already hooked up to the IV and the monitors because of the pit, so my coping was somewhat limited. When the MW came back in she agreed and said it might help me progress since I was clearly exhausted and very tense.

    The epidural was started around 9:30pm. The anesthesiologist was awesome. He had just the right balance of business and humor. It was such a relief to lie down. I reacted perfectly to the epidural. I didn't even get any nausea, just pain relief. In fact, I got hungry again and got to enjoy some jello. I rested as much as possible between interruptions, but the coughing and congestion made it impossible to really sleep. DH was given a cot and napped.

    At 12:05 am the MW checked me. complete and +1. Whew. They got the room ready, woke DH (took a couple tries) and made sure they had everything ready for the cord blood donation. The nurse lifted the sheet to remove my catheter and exclaimed "Wow, there's a head!" Baby was crowning from the contractions alone! The MW scrambled into her gown and gloves and the pushing started. I think it was 20min or so. Maybe 5 contractions. They tried to stretch me but I ended up tearing. Oliver was born 12:50am, 21.5 hours after my water broke. He cried immediately and went right on my chest. Apgars were 8 and 9 and he nursed at 20min old. He nursed 90 min in his first 2 hours.

    The MW started repairing me then said that it looked like 3rd degree so she was going to get the Ob to do it. He came in and thought 2nd, but did the repair. I tore front and back (only tore back with the others) and have a hematoma (think blood blister) on one side. At 3am I got moved to PP and sent LO to the nursery for a few hours. They finally let me sleep at 4am. Oliver slept 3am to 9am, but they had me up again at 7:30.

    He's doing great. Nursing well. Went to the nursery last night because I had only slept 4 hours in the 40+ hours since my water had broken. I got two 4 hour stretches last night. He's pooping well, peeing some, nice and pink, and very sweet. Unfortunately, the coughing has given me costochondritis (swollen rib cartilage) so my ribs are in a ton on pain. I accepted the offered percocet for that and the afterpains. Hopefully it clears up quickly.

    Some pics from yesterday

    Last edited by pico83; 04-27-2011 at 11:31 AM.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12

    TTA, but would welcome a surprise


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    Congrats again! I love the pics. He already has such an expressive face! Sorry the birth was not ideal. I hope your recovery goes well despite all the tearing and whatnot. Yay for another good nurser!

    Sean Thomas - 6/30/09 @ 7:17pm 8lb 8oz, 19", 40w5d
    Calvin Michael - 2/28/11 @ 7:39pm 6lb 8oz, 18", 37w5d
    Nolan Matthew - 5/1/13 @ 11:54pm 6lb 4oz, 19", 38w4d

    May 26, 2010 - 7w1d

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    sounds like you went through quite a journey, but with a happy ending. Too bad your body just didn't want to cooperate with you. Congrats on your little man though, Oliver looks like a sweetie.
    Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
    Logan 3/3/07
    Rya 7/7/09
    Willow 5/26/11

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    First congrats on the beautiful little one, he's adorable! And I'm very sorry you didn't get the perfect delivery you wanted, but you did great considering all the hiccups along the way! You should be so proud of yourself, and heck look at that little munchkin! Perfect!!! So very happy for you and your little family, yay babies!!!!
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    I need to admit that it's hard to say on a board like this that I agreed to pit and asked for an epi. It kind of makes me feel like a failure even though I know my reasons and know that in my situation it was the best choice. I was feeling pretty good about the experience yesterday, but today I'm kind of disappointed I gave in. I guess I've already forgotten how exhausted I was.
    I guess what I need to say is that I have a lot of respect for those of you who could have stuck it out in my situation and I wish I had your strength.
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12

    TTA, but would welcome a surprise


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    Awww don't feel bad. Congrats again and thanks for sharing. He is so cute!
    Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.

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    Are you kidding? There is no way I want an epi as I know it will lead to pit, but if I'd been going as long as you I'd have done it in a heart beat. You can't have a baby when you're exhausted and if your body won't go sometimes help is needed and warranted. It's hard to remember why you did what you did the farther you get away from the experience, but remember there were good reasons. And if you can't remember, hopefully DH can remind you.
    Tiff + Bobby 8/22/04
    Logan 3/3/07
    Rya 7/7/09
    Willow 5/26/11

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