WOW....great job mom! I love how you posted that he won't be here any time soon and then your next post you were off to the hospital, lol. Makes me have hope that my LO will surprise me soon. He's adorable...great picture of the family.
Very cute pics! I like the one of your DS holding him--he looks so proud!
This birth story will probably take longer to read than my labor was…
Sunday morning, I woke up pi$$ed at the world. I felt like I had PMS – big time. I warned DH to stay away from me or I'd bite his head off for no reason, so he hung out with his DS outside most of the day. All the contrax I had been having for a couple of days before were gone; I had maybe 3 BH all day. That evening DH took his DS home (1hr away, each way) and got home around 9pm. He was planning on taking him home much later, but for some reason decided against it. My nipples started to itch really badly after DH got home and it took everything I had not to mess with them. I wonder if this was a sign of impending labor…
Around 10pm, I had my first contraction. By 10:10, I decided to time them online for fun. They were 2 minutes apart. I really was sure that it was false labor and they’d go away, so I really didn’t mention them to DH. When he saw the contrax thing on the computer, he freaked out and started running around the house tying to get ready, but not really knowing what he was supposed to be doing. I finally talked him into going to take a shower so he’d leave me alone.
By the time he was done, I had my bag packed the rest of the way, DS was out of bed and packed, I had our neighbors ready to take us to the hospital (we don’t have a car), and had coffee brewing to take with us for after LO got here. I was still convinced that the contrax would stop, though! We were on the road by 11pm for the 5 min. hospital ride. I had 2 contrax in the car and decided I would not have one more contrax while sitting – ever!
Got to the ER and told the lady at the desk why I was there – DUH! I had a contrax in the lobby and they tried to get me into a wheelchair. NO WAY! So instead, the desk lady got pissed and told me I either had to walk into the back – right now – or sit in the chair. So, mid-contrax, I laughed at her. Shoulda seen the look on her face! The ER nurse was another “fun” one. She was calling up to L&D to let them know we were there when another contrax hit. I was instantly down on hands and knees, getting through it and I heard her telling the L&D nurse that I “was in a lot of distress from the pain” and to “have some pain meds ready.” :rolleyes:
Once again, they tried to get me into a wheelchair, telling me that it was policy. I refused and started walking. Thankfully, they gave me a great orderly to take me up. He was more excited than my DH! Every contrax on the way up had me on hands and knees – you should have seen the faces on some of the people we passed in the halls! :eek: By the time we got on the right floor, I was feeling pushy and decided that the chair would slow me down enough to get into a room.
They tried to put me into one of those rooms where they check to see if you’re really in labor, but I warned them that LO was coming in the next 5 minutes. So they took me to a LDR instead. I got there, pulled off my shirt because I was so hot, got my pants down so they could check me and laid on the bed long enough for the RN to say I was only at 6cm. Right then I had a real pushing contrax. I didn’t let myself push, but felt that ring of fire. I told the RN to check me again and I was 9cm.
Next contrax I let loose with a primal scream that made my DH look like he had just seen/heard the most unbelievable thing in the world and I felt LOs head come out. I told them, but was told it was my bag of waters putting pressure on me. RN was trying to get the EFM on me and wanted me to lay down on my back. Another lady was attempting to get at one of my arms for an IV. DH was running around the room waving my birth plan around, telling them to leave me alone with the monitoring, etc. And I'm on hands and knees, half on the bed saying, “I know that was his head.” Pretty funny now that I look back at it – not funny at all at the time! DH finally heard me and was now just staring at Los head saying, “Uh, guys…” So, the on-call doc walks in, sees LOs head and 1 shoulder (still in waters) hanging out of me and no one doing anything about it. She decides that she had better do something and starts to pull LO out the rest of the way. I start screaming at her to leave me the hell alone and just catch the baby, DH jumps into action to get her to stop, but it was too late and he was born.
I turned over and saw my son quietly laying on the bed, looking around. The staff was still in shock, so no one had tried to make him cry yet. DH really stepped in then. He made sure to get the baby on my chest, didn’t let the dr clamp the cord right away, kept all hands off LO unless absolutely necessary, etc. I had until the placenta came out before giving the baby over to DH for evaluation, etc. (15 min?) When I birthed the placenta, there were big pieces left inside. Just then, one of my regular OBs got there (the one I like!) He gave me the option of getting an IV and having some Nubian administered so he could try to get the extra pieces out right there, or wait and see if they’d come out on their own; and if not, go to surgery and have a D&C – possibly under general anesthesia if it became an emergency. Of course, I opted for plan “A.” Not fun! I couldn’t keep still, even though it didn’t hurt – just lots of pressure. He got it all out!! I don’t think the other OB would have even tried…
Oh, no tears or anything!!! I have absolutely no pain.
We named him “Gordon D. C_____” after his dad and grandpa. The “D” should be Durwood, but I couldn’t do it to the poor little guy. Now we have to find a name that starts with D to call him! He’s a BFing champ – latched on without any help. I’ve only heard him cry twice, both times when I was asleep and he got hungry. He’s got super blonde hair, which completely surprised me. I was positive that he’d have dark hair like DH. Turns out he was a blonde until he got older. Who’d have thought?!
OK, guess I ought to take a breath now! Thanks for reading!!!
What a great story! I'm sure it was not funny for you at the time, but it's funny to read! WTG, you did great!
Great story and pics. I would have loved to have seen the looks on their faces. Priceless.
Great story! I bet you had everyone a little wigged out when you delivered that fast. It's funny how people are so set in their ways that they can't imagaine that anything out of their control could happen:)
i seriously have goose bumps from your story, wth were the nurses thinking, ummm, i think a birthing woman knows when something as large as a babies head comes out of her body! i'm shocked at how quickly your labor came on!!! Beautiful pictures, i hope you al are doing well and enjoying your new family!
I think they figured they knew better than I did. DH is the only one who believed anything I was saying, and who listens to DHs in the delivery room?!
I had nurses stopping in to meet "the lady who knew what she was doing" the whole time I was in the hospital! LOL
WOW! I just read you birth story and I laughed and laughed! Then I read it to my DH! Incredible how it all played out and how wonderful for you. Congratulations!
WOW that sounds so intense! great story!
Just got a chance to read your story and all I can say is WOW!!! Amazing! I am so glad your DH really stepped up and took care of things for you, I know you were worried about that. You all look great! Congrats mama!!!
P.S. Your LO picked a great birthday hehe
I didn't even realize you had already had your baby until I saw the picture in your siggy and saw he is a week old already!
Great birth story!! I can't believe things happened so fast for you!! I loved your pictures too what a cutie!
Thanks, Katie. I have to say that I got lucky for the second time in a row. I've only heard this little guy cry for real twice! He does the usual fussing, but has only cried during his bath at the hospital and at home. His big brother was the same way!!!
I just got caught up on your birth story. What a story! Congratulations on you beautiful son.
Wow that's quite a story! Thank goodness DH kept his ears open vs the closed minded/ear'd nurses.