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April 07 Birth Stories!

April 2007 Jellybeans

Flower:Sweet Pea & Daisy
Birthstone: Diamond
Astrological Sign: Aries & Taurus
Chinese Lunar Calendar:Boar

ARRIVALS!!

:sleepygirl: - 42
:sleepyboy: - 43

January
January ~ 3rd
Olivia Hope ~ (devermee)
6:13 am
2lbs 3 oz
14.5 inches

January ~ 24th
Jennifer Renee ~ (ljones4521)
2 lbs 5 oz

February
February ~ 16th
Caoilainn Gael ~ (firefly34)
9:59
3lbs 15.8 oz
16 inches

February ~ 23rd
William "Gavin" ~ (CearaGen814)
5:10 PM
5lbs 6oz
18 inches

March
March ~ 1st
Josh ~ (Saige)
6:00 PM
3lbs 4oz
15.5 inches

March ~ 5th
Isabella Ryann ~ (caitybugsmommy)
5lbs 7oz
18 inches

March ~ 6th
Caleigh Grace ~ (auret)
1:57 PM
3lbs 6 1/2 oz
15 3/4 inches

TWIN GIRLS!!
Luci Anna ~ Ella Rose ~ (Django)
9:51 AM****9:53AM
5lbs 1oz****4lbs 7oz
18 inches***18 inches

March ~ 14th
Brayden Nicholas~ (ericamgreen)
1:21 PM
6lbs 13oz
20 inches

March ~ 18th
Liam ~ (SandyBaltimore)
3:44 pm
6lbs 15oz
20 3/4inches

March ~ 19th
John Henry ~ (ilovesporty)
7:38pm
8lbs 5.5oz
21 inches

March ~ 22nd
Jackson Reid ~ (Audna)
6:55pm
5lb 13oz
19.5 inches

Anayah ~ (Bella01)
7 lbs 7 oz
19 inches

March ~ 23rd
Hailey Elizabeth ~ (xSweetAngelx)
4:43am
6lbs 6oz
19 inches

Connor ~ (ElishaConway)
4lbs 7oz
18 inches

Jonathan Connor ~ (Cassidy1999)
12:32am
6lbs 6oz

Luke Joshua ~ (corydory74)
7lbs

Michael - John ~ (kayla_joy)
8:07am
8lbs 5oz
21 inches

March ~ 24th
Braelyn ~ (brandywine01)
1:48pm
6lbs 11oz
18 1/2 inches

Annsley Faith ~ (tiff0502)
8:25pm
7ibs 3oz
19 3/4 inches

Maverick Gabriel ~ (pie_u)
1:05pm
8lbs 9oz
20 inches

March ~ 25th
Riley Jean ~ (stephstretch2001)
5:19pm
5lbs 14oz
19 1/2 inches

March ~ 26th
Grant Jakob ~ (JennRoser)
1:26pm
6lbs 9.2oz
19 1/2 inches

Maddox Cole ~ (hhuntley)
8:28pm
6lbs 15oz
20 inches

March ~ 27th
Jameson William ~ (gump)
12:53pm
7lbs 1oz
20 inches

March ~ 28th
Claire Isabelle ~ (scorpio1971)
11:49pm
8lbs 11oz
20 1/2 inches

March ~ 29th
Phineas Richard ~ (Happay)
7:51pm
7lbs 9oz
20 inches

Colton Charles ~ (christne)
8:11am
7lbs 10oz
19 1/2 inches

March ~ 30th
Brandon ~ (chelly_baby)
3:38am
7lbs 8oz

Tabitha ~ (mommysheenax3)
1:03pm
8lbs 7oz
20 inches

Avery ~ (birdy_17)
1:54 pm
7lbs 11oz
21 inches


April
April ~ 1st

Rylee Paige ~ (gabby98)
2:13am
7lbs 2oz
18 inches

Seth ~ (armywifefisher)
9:43am
8lbs 3oz
20 3/4 inches

Benjamin Lowell ~ (MrsLaurieJean)
7:57pm
6lbs 2oz
20 inches

Kyon Deshon Kier ~ (MyShim)
11:53 pm
8lbs 15.2 ozs
21 inches

April ~ 2nd
Gianna Belle ~ (ClassiclyAmber)
1:12am
6lbs 9oz
19 inches

Caroline Jo ~ (Juri)
2:17am
8lbs 5oz
20 inches

Jameson Scott ~ (mommy2krj)
5:18pm
6lbs 5oz
18 1/4 inches

Tyler ~ (catwmn00079)
10:45 pm
9 lbs. 1 oz
22 inches

April ~ 3rd
Garrett Wayne ~ (brandyr)
6lbs 12oz
11:00pm
17 1/2 inches

Aloryn Paige Randall ~ (txducky)
4:01pm
7lbs 13oz
19.5 inches

Alyssa Lee ~ (jesyka9908)
4:23 am
9lbs 6 oz
20 inches

Lydia Hope ~ (Tommi)
7:55am
8lbs 4oz
19 1/2 inches

April ~ 4th
Quinn Lee ~ (rollergirly)
7:53pm
6lbs 11oz
19 3/4 inches

Allison Beatrice ~ (abschropp)
2:23am
6lbs 11oz
19.2 inches

April ~ 5th
Corban Jedidiah ~ (Renee0407)
2:27 am
8 lbs 9 oz
20 1/4 inches

Juliana Andrea ~ (heather32200)
1:39 am
8 lbs 9 oz
20 1/2 inches

Nora Ann ~ (my2turkeys)
9:58pm
9lbs 4oz
20 1/4 inches

April ~ 6th
Sophia Grace ~ (Mimi820)
9:49am
7lbs 11oz
21 inches

James Edward (Jamie) ~ (Gaidinsgirl)
8:04am
8lbs 13oz
20.5 inches

April ~ 7th
Sophia Renee ~ (ProudMommy729)
11:47 a.m.
7lbs 3oz
20 inches

April ~ 9th
Noah Atticus ~ (dorahall)
4:28pm
6lbs 15oz
20 inches

Emma Nicole ~ (Sweet_T)
12:24pm
7lbs 1oz
19.5 inches

April ~ 10th
Elijah Esteban ~ (miszstephy)
5:20 pm
7lbs 9oz
21 inches

April ~ 11th
Helaina Ember ~ (Chrissy77g)
2:04pm
9lbs 4oz
21.5 inches

Luke Bower ~ (racidoodle)
6:04 am
7lbs 12oz
20.5 inches

Cannon Richard ~ (Silverwind)
7:29pm
8lbs 14oz
51 cm

April ~ 12th
Cora Grace ~ (MaryCat)
1:08 pm
8lbs 0oz
20.5 inches

April ~ 14th
Ella Dawn ~ (merrycharter)
11:22 pm
8lbs 15 oz
19 1/4 inches

Amelia Ryan ~ ( klassiqbeauty)
5:42 am
7lbs 6oz
20 inches

April 15th
Cashton Charles ~ (jksmiller)
11:41 am
6lbs 12oz
20 1/2 inches

April ~ 16th
Sarah Sioux ~ (ttcgal)
2:58 pm
7lbs 7oz
22 inches

Hayden William ~ (robgem)
5:30 pm
7lb 8.5oz
51 cm

Jacob Thomas ~ (MaybeGracie)
11:03 am
8lbs 9oz
51cm

Shiloh Eleanore Grace (MissMichigan)
9:47 am
7lbs 8oz
19 inches

Sophia Jean ~ (Leia'sMommy)
9:20 am
7lbs 11.1oz
19 1/2 inches

Sebastian Blake ~ (babyit_uk)
8:46 am
3.480kgs
50cm

April 17th
Toby William ~ (tracelynn)
5:52 pm
9lbs 0.5 oz
21 inches

Brandon Michael ~ (dea8885)
11:41 pm
8lbs 13oz
22 inches

Brooklyn Nicole ~ (bugbutler)
10:16 pm
9lbs 6oz
20 1/2 inches

April 18th
Aiden Matthew ~ (thinkpink)
7:37 am
9lbs 5.8oz
21 1/2

Mariah Juliet Ida Woo ~ (My4th)
7:05
7lbs 2.4oz
19.5 inches

Shelby Grace ~ (Princessemily)
10:15 am
8lbs 10oz
20 inches

April 19th
Cole Joseph ~ (mommyglb)
8:03 am
7lbs 8oz
19 3/4

Sabrina Deborah Mary ~ (MomToBe26)
3:18 pm
8lbs 7oz
22 3/4

April 20th
Adam Vance ~ (TrishaMomto3plus1tobe)
3:08 am
8lbs 1oz
19 3/4 inches

April 21
London Mae ~ (Junebugz77)
3:57 pm
6lbs 7oz
19 3/4 inches

April 23rd
Beatrix ~ (MRSDJ1234)
6:04 am
10lbs 10oz
21 inches

Allison Nicole ~ (2x's_a_charm)
1:08 am
7lbs 10oz
20.75 inches

Henry Matthew ~ (Nikkinms)
11:31 pm
8lbs 9oz
22 inches

April 27th
Brian Alexander ~ (Halfpass4)
12:40 am
7lbs 10oz
20 inches

Cadence ~ (Basschick)
1:16 pm
8 lbs 9 oz

April 29th
Reilly Elin ~ (Sunny_az_mom)
11:30am
8lbs 5oz
21 inches

May
May 4th
Andrew Robert ~ (teachercarrie)
4:39pm
9lbs 10oz
21 3/4 inches

Expectant Gender Tally

- 40

- 47

(waiting for delivery)- 18

April 1

Chelly (chelly_baby)- BORN: Brandon March 30 ~ 7lbs 8oz
Genevieve (CearaGen814)- BORN: William "Gavin" February 23 ~ 5lbs 6oz
Brooke (Klyllie)- :sleepygirl: :sleepyboy:
Heather (heather32200)- BORN: Juliana Andrea April 5 ~8lbs 9oz
Kris (caitybugsmommy)- BORN: Isabella Ryann March 5th ~ 5lbs 7oz
Charlene (cdorkin)- :sleepygirl: Madison Grace
Julie (Juri)- :sleepygirl:

April 2

Tracy (Django)-BORN: Luci and Ella March 6th ~ 5lbs 1oz & 4lbs 7oz

Amber (ClassiclyAmber)- BORN: Gianna Belle April 2 ~ 6lbs 9oz
Sara (babywishing)- :sleepyboy:
Jessica (Jesyka9908)- :sleepygirl: BORN: Alyssa Lee April 3 ~ 9lbs 6 oz
MyShim- BORN: Kyon Deshon Kier April 1 ~ 8lbs 15.2 oz
Cassidy(Cassidy1999)- BORN: Jonathan Connor March 23 ~ 6lbs 6oz
Brandy (brandywine01)- BORN: Braelyn March 24 ~ 6lbs 11oz
April 3

Lisa (scorpio1971)- BORN: Claire Isabelle March 28 ~ 8lbs 11oz

firefly34- BORN: Caoilainn Gael Feb 16 ~ 3lbs 15.8 oz
Brandy (brandyr)- BORN: Garrett Wayne April 3 ~ 6lbs 12oz
April 4

klassiqbeauty- BORN: Amelia Ryan April 14 ~ 7lbs 6oz
Bella01- BORN: Anayah March 22 ~ 7lbs 7oz
Angie (angiepat)- :sleepygirl:
Sweet_T- BORN: Emma Niclole April 9 ~ 7lbs 1oz

April 5

Brie (brianna1972)- :sleepyboy:
Melissa (Silverwind)- BORN: Cannon Richard April 11 ~ 8lbs 14oz
Steph (stephstretch2001)- BORN: Riley Jean March 25 ~ 5lbs 14oz
Joelle (my2turkeys)- BORN: Nora Ann April 5 ~ 9lbs 4 oz

devermee: BORN: Olivia Hope Jan 3 ~ 2lbs 3 oz
Beth (suprisebaby)- :sleepyboy:
birdy_17 BORN: Avery March 30 ~7lbs 11 oz
mrsdreaslove- :sleepyboy:

April 6

Tiffany (tiff0502)- BORN: Annsley Faith March 24 ~ 7lbs 3oz
Krista (Mommy2OliviaNQuinn)- :sleepyboy: Quinn Alan
Karen (gabby98)- BORN: Rylee Paige April 1 ~ 7lbs 2oz
Monica (monadel74)- Guessing boy & girl

Amy (abschropp)- BORN: Allison Beatrice April 4 ~ 6lbs 11oz
Meg (ilovesporty)- BORN: John Henry March 18~ 8lbs 5.5 oz

Cara (cjlalonde1)-

April 7

Christine (christne)- BORN: Colton Charles March 29 ~ 7lbs 10oz
Karen (kbeaudrie71)- :sleepygirl:

April 8

Tracey (traceylyn)- BORN: Toby William April 17 ~ 9lbs 0.5oz

Audrey (My4th)- BORN: Mariah Juliet Ida Woo April 18 ~ 7lbs 2.4oz
Dani (DaniDueApril07) :sleepyboy:

April 9

Noel (babym8kr)- :sleepyboy:
Erica (ericamgreen)- BORN: Brayden Nicholas March 14 ~ 6lbs 13oz

April 10

gump- BORN: Jameson William March 27 ~ 7lbs 1oz

April 11

Patty (armywifefisher)- BORN: Seth Taheton April 1 ~ 8lbs 3oz

txsducky- BORN: Aloryn Paige Randall April 3 ~ 7lbs 13oz

April 12

Mimi (Mimi820)- BORN: Sophia Grace April 6 ~ 7lbs 11oz
laurieblondie
soyyodt
miszstephy- BORN:Elijah Esteban April 10 ~ 7lbs 9oz
MaryCat- BORN: Cora Grace April 12 ~ 8lbs 0oz
snowfox
Chris (2x's_a_charm)- BORN: Allison Nicloe April 23 ~ 7lbs 10oz

April 13

Sheena (mommysheenax3)- BORN: Tabitha March 30 ~ 8lbs 7oz
happay- BORN: Phin March 29 ~ 7lbs 9oz
Meg (Meg C)- Guessing boy
corydory74- BORN: Luke Joshua March 23 ~ 7lbs
rkzorn- :sleepyboy:

April 14

fufub- Guessing girl
Helen (MRSDJ1234)- BORN: Beatrice April 23rd ~ 10lbs 10oz
dea8885- :sleepyboy:
jonacie22- :sleepygirl:
rollergirly- BORN: Quinn Lee April 4 ~6lbs 11oz

MaybeGracie- Jacob Thomas April 16 ~ 8lbs 9oz
April 15

Jenn (JennRoser)- BORN: Grant Jakob March 26 ~ 6lbs 9.2oz
Jenn (jksmiller)- Cashton Charles April 15 ~ 6lbs 12oz
Ann (girl007)- :sleepygirl:
Lisa (ttcgal)- BORN: Sarah Sioux April 16 ~ 7lbs 7 oz
Nikki(Nikkinms)- BORN: Henry Matthew April 23 ~ 8lbs 9oz
pie_u- BORN: Maverick Gabriel March 24 ~ 8lbs 9oz

April 16

Rachel (racidoodle)- BORN: Luke Bower April 11 ~ 7lbs 12oz
Claire (babyit-uk)- BORN: Sebastian Blake April 16 ~ 3.480kgs
Angie (gaidinsgirl)- BORN: James Edward April 6 ~ 8lbs 13oz
Jane (jjlsim)- :sleepyboy:

April 17

Megan (meggowaffles)- :sleepygirl:

Tommi (Tommi)- BORN: Lydia Hope April 3 ~ 8lbs 4oz
bugbutler- BORN: Brooklyn Nichole April 17 ~ 9lbs 6oz
crazyjane25
Tina (MomToBe26)- BORN: Sabrina Deborah Mary April 19 ~ 8lbs 7oz

April 18

Ingrid (Leia's Mommy)- BORN: Sophia Jean April 16 ~ 7lbs 11.1oz
staciej- Guessing girl
NewAtThisJen- Guessing boy
mwallace
Elisha (ElishaConway)- BORN: Connor March 23 ~ 4lbs 7oz

April 19

Laurie (MrsLaurieJean)- BORN: Benjamin Lowell April 1 ~ 6lbs 2oz
Angel (thinkpink)- BORN: Aiden Matthew April 18 ~ 9lbs 5.8oz
Beth (auret) BORN: Caleigh Grace March 6th ~ 3lbs 61/2oz
Danielle (danielle91113)- :sleepygirl:
sarahdawn- :sleepyboy:

Gemma (robgem)- BORN: Hayden William April 16 ~ 7lbs 8oz

April 20

basschick-
dorahall -BORN: Noah Atticus April 9 ~ 6lbs 15oz
CrazyJenn
LanesGirl- :sleepygirl:
LaCole - Guessing boy
Melinda (Junebugz)- BORN: London Mae April 21 ~ 6lbs 7oz
Sandi (kayla_joy)- BORN: Michael-John March 23 ~ 8lbs 5oz

April 21

Hannah (MissMichigan)- Shiloh Eleanore Grace April 16 ~ 7lbs 8oz

April 22

St. Margaret-

AlwaysSoSilly

Saige ~ BORN: Josh March 1 ~ 3lbs 4oz

April 23

Mary (merrycharter)- BORN: Ella Dawn April 14 ~ 8lbs 15oz
Heidi (hhuntley)- BORN: Maddox Cole March 26 ~ 6lbs 15oz

April 24

Julie (Saundersgirl)- :sleepyboy:

Erica (daisies73)-

Lisa (ljones4521)- BORN: Jennifer Renee Jan 24 ~ 2lbs 5 oz
Sazix- :sleepygirl:
YummyMummy2Be- :sleepyboy:

April 25

Rachel (Mrs.S0724)
denkula- Guessing girl
Trisha(TrishaMomto3plus1tobe)- BORN: Adam Vance April 20 ~ 8lbs 1oz

April 26

Emily (Princessemily)- BORN: Shelby Grace April 18 ~ 8lbs 10oz

Maretta (hexagonalsnail)- Guessing girl-

Anita (ab+rb=bb)- :sleepygirl: Emily Marie
Helena (irishlassie413)- :sleepyboy:

April 27

DisaCole- Guessing boy & girl
Kristen (ProudMommy729)- BORN: Sophia Catherine April 7 ~7lbs 3oz

April 28

nikkismom- :sleepyboy:

April 29

MarineCorpsBaby- Guessing girl
Amy (patrical)- :sleepyboy:
Crystal (crysllewis)- :sleepyboy:
Geri (mommyglb)- BORN: Cole Joseph April 19 ~ 7lbs 8oz
Julie (sunny_az_mom)- BORN: Reilly Elin April 29 ~ 8lbs 5oz

April 30

Geri (mommyglb)- Guessing girl
Christine (chrissy77g)- BORN: Helaina Ember April 11 ~ 9lbs 4 oz
Carrie (teachercarrie)- BORN: Andrew Robert May 4 ~ 9lbs 10oz

:angel10: Angels in Heaven :angel10:

Pam (Perkyp99)
Kristen (kris11483)
Jen (JenIsrael)
sterre
Paula (Fiona's Mummy)
Rachael (ShiningLight)
J.B. (eavansmama)

April Jellybeans Interactive Calendar

http://freecal.brownbearsw.com/April2007

Birth Buddies

scorpio1971 & Saundersgirl
CearaGen814 & Chrissy77g
MissMichigan & Bella01
Armywifefisher & TrishMomto3plus1tobe
ElishaConway & Brandywine01
Hurral23 & Crysllewis
Mrsdreaslove& Myshim
KMV729 &Tiff0502
Mommy2Olivia & My4th
Thinkpink &JennRoser
Brandyr & MRSDJ1234
Txsducky & basschick
Leia's Mommy & Corydory74

April 07 April 06
ricalynnand reeveslady
rkzorn melliebellie
Mommy2OliviaNQuinn Louiseab
Jesyka9908 sweet_nth
babym8kr ~Angie~
dasies73 jackierp00
Bella01 ToniosMommy
crysllewis AmyDS
Junebugz77 susan_2424
traceylynn goosieparaoosie
CearaGen814 sabby2

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"devermee" wrote:

January 6, 2007
My husband & I recently made the move from MI to IA. The move took place on Dec 27 and for the time being have settled into the basement at my parent's house. The move went very well, without any complications. We both started our new jobs on Dec 29.
On Dec 30, I noticed some tightening in my abdomen and realized I was having contractions, though they were not painful. We went to the hospital that night & they gave me an injection of a medication, Brethine, which stopped the contractions almost immediately. They sent me home with the same medication in the pill form and was taking that every 6 hours to prevent further contractions. I took it easy for a few days and the conractions eased up.
On Jan 2, I started having some more contractions again despite the medication that I was taking. That night the contractions started to become painful and were coming more regularly, so we made another trip to the hospital. We nearly got stopped by a state trooper on the drive there and DH had to explain the situation to him. At the hospital, approximately 3 AM (Jan 3), things moved fairly quickly and the doctor told us to anticipate the baby being born soon since my bag of waters was visible. We were at a small Community Hospital and since the baby would be coming so early, they called in the Neonatal ICU team from a larger hospital. They were there shortly via helecopter. At first it looked like the baby would be born there at the smaller hospital, but we were able to hold off on delivery of the baby for a while despite the contractions coming at regular intervals. I remember praying that the contractions would stop, but realized that God had other plans for us that morning. Throughout it all, I could feel baby moving around strongly which was a constant reassurance to me. Next they flew in a Maternal team so that they could transport me to the larger hospital since it looked like we had time before the baby was born. This was my first helicopter ride ever & really don't remember the actual ride much at all. With me was a NICU Nurse Practictioner and Labor & Delivery flight nurse. The contractractions continued to intensify on the flight, and I just remember them updating me on how close we were to our destination. DH, my mom, dad & sister made the hour drive as I was being transported via helicopter. When I arrived at the next hospital, I was met by the doctor immediately and he performed a bedside ultrasound. He was able to see that my bag of water was partially in my uterus, but partially coming out which is the reason I was feeling so much pressure despite only being 3-4 cm dilated. The ultrasound also reavealed that the baby's umblical cord was prolapsed so he said we needed to do an emergency C-section. Needless to say, things moved very quickly from that point. The ultrasound picture I have shows a time of 6:02 AM and baby Olivia was born at 6:13 AM. It was difficult to make the decision without DH there with me, but I knew that whatever was best for the baby had to be done. At that point, the contractions and pressure were so intense that I really believed that we weren't going to make it to the C-section. I remember seeing a clock in the OR showing a time of shortly after 6 AM, and the next thing I knew, I was in the recovery room.
The team that was there with us was wonderful, every step of the way, they called DH on his cell phone to let him know what was happening, met him at the ER, and rushed him up to the OR where I was. He made it there just minutes after they had Olivia out and before they had stiched me back up. DH was able to be with Olivia as they brought her to the NICU.
Our precious little girl, Olivia Hope arrived at 6:13 AM on January 3, 2007 with a weight of 2 lbs 3 oz and a length of 14.5 inches. We were expecting her to come in early April, but she decided to meet us at 26 weeks 5 days gestation. She is absolutely beautiful!
The NICu here is a wonderful place where she has her very own room or 'suite' where there is a pull out couch for DH or I to spend the night when we want to. Since it is an ICU, visitors are limited but they have a webcam available above her bed so that visitors can see her when they are in the waiting room!
After she was born, Olivia was given a slippery substance called surfactant to help her immature lungs work more effectively. She was placed on a ventilator to assist her breathing. She is a strong little girl and suprisingly, even within the first 24 hours of her life, the nurses were able to continually decrease the amount of oxygen that she was getting. She has bright lights shining on her to correct jaundice since her bilirubin is a little bit high. She is recieving nutrition through an IV line that is placed in the vessels of her umbilical cord. She is attached to a heart monitor, blood pressure cuff, and oxygen saturation monitor continuously. She is bruised up and has some scratches on her back, mostly all from delivery. The nurses place a gelly-lotion on her skin to help protect her fragile skin.
They are drawing bloodwork frequently and making constant adjustments to her care based on the lab results. She did need a blood transfusion yesterday mostly because of the amount of blood that they have been drawing from her. Thankfully, her labwork is fairly stable so they haven't been needign to draw blood as frequently anymore.
She had an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) done the other day that revealed a PDA. PDA is a patent ductus arteriosus - this usually closes within the first few days of life but since she was born so early, her artery has remained open. She was given 4 doses of medication, Indocin, to try to help close the artery. If this aretery remains open, too much blood will flow through her lungs and make it harder for her to breath and will strain her heart. If the medication does not work, they will do surgery to fix the artery.
She is a fiesty little girl. She is always wiggling around in her bed and stretching. The nurses reposition her every few hours and she loves to lay on her tummy. They tuck her in with blankets and try to make her as cozy as possible in her little bed. She loves to hang on to things with her hands, whether it is her breathing tube, an IV line or someone's finger!
We feel truly blessed with the wonderful people who have been placed into our lives as we begin this journey! They have told us to expect that she will be in the hospital until her due date, which is 3 months from now. Olivia has a great team of doctors, nurses, etc taking care of her who we will continue to play a major part in our lives.
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posted for ljones4521

Hello ladies,

I am the girl who posted a few months ago regarding a complete placenta
previa. It later grew into placenta increta (the blood supply of the
placenta grows into or through the uterine wall). I was hopsitalized on
Januay 17, 2006 after a massive bleed. On January 24, 2006 I gave birth
to my daughter, Jennifer Renee. She weighed 2lbs 5oz and is absolutely
beautiful. She is the pircture of perfection just in minature form. She
doesn't hav any real medical conditions other than those expected when
treating a 27 wk. old. Today she required her first transfusion and I
had my 8 pint of blood. I lost a lot of blood during the surgery and am
still stuggling with my recovery.

Lisa in MD

Lisa, here is the link to read any comments left for you. Congratulations.
http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=671502

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u can update my info if u like... caoilainn gael was born 16th feb 2007 at 0959.. she is 16inches n 3pounds 15.8ounces

thanks jesica

"firefly34" wrote:

ok so, the docs have been doin uts everyday for the last week n was planning the surgery for a later time but at half 7 the uts showed that there wasnt time as the placenta stopped working and the amnionic fluid had dropped to 3cm... my doc took me into surgery right away n took her out. she is doing great right now there is no need for an incubator as shes breathing very well... anyway i dont know how to paste pics in here so u can find a couple pics of the baby at www.dropshots.com/firefly34
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"chrissy77g" wrote:

I received the following email from gen:

Just have a second. I'm on my way to St. Louis Childrens Hospital.

Could you post the following info on both the april and march boards? Thanks.

William "Gavin" E. was born Feb. 23 2007 at 5:10pm via c/s. He weighed 5 pounds 6 oz. 18 inches long. He had the cord tied twice around his neck, so it was good he came when he did. Even more important: My placenta was deteriorating rapildly, to the point if he hadn't wrapped that cord around his neck and stayed put a couple more weeks he would have been stillborn. Gavin is truly a miracle baby. He was helaported to the hospital. I got to see him all of 30 seconds. I got to touch his face, but didn't even get to see his full face because of the tubes. Scott has been with him the entire time - started kangaroo care today. He has a lung problem, but is a fighter and is getting better every day. I will be up at the hospital for the next week with him while Scott is working. I am excited to see my baby and hold him for the first time. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

"CearaGen814" wrote:

After two harrowing days of hospital food I was finally discharged from the hospital. My mother arrived Saterday at a quarter to midnight and spent the night in the room with me. It had been a rather lonely day with Scott up at the hospital with Gavin. When they released me on Sunday we came to Gavin's hospital ASAP!!

Scott was doing Kangaroo Care when I got hear. I tell you, when I saw my men I couldn't stop crying. I was so happy to see them both. Scott switched places with me and I got some skin to skin contact w/Gavin. Oh, he did not like leaving his daddy, but as soon as he was with his momma he calmed down. A little while later it was time for a diaper change. His nurse took the nose thingy off so that I could see my sons face for the first time. Oh, he is beautiful. (I was worried for a while because the only pic I had was right before the airlifted him out and it was a warped pic. I kept saying - geez, he's a bit ugly!!! Nope he's not!!!) He has light auburn hair, just like his momma. We haven't seen his eyes yet (too swollen from the nose hose). He went from 35% Oxygen on Friday to room air yesterday. He has forced air though, and hopefully later today he will be off the nose hose (CPAP?), I'm still learning these terms. If that happens I get to let him nuzzle at the breast while they feet him my BM (it is starting to come in yeah!!!) in a feeding tube.

He's so tiny, but what a fighter!! When I look at him I can't believe all that he survived to make it into my arms!!

1. His umbilical cord was in a spot on the placenta that 90% of babies M/C
2. My placenta was deteriorating - if he had gone to term he would have been stillborn.
3. I possibly have a blood clotting disorder - which can cause preterm labor, miscarriage, and a whole slew of other stuff. The test to confirm it will cost $3000 (hopefully my insurance will cover it!!!) and if it is positive than Gavin will probably be our last child.
4. Cord wrapped around the neck.

I'm truly amazed at the miracle that has entered into our lives. I am so grateful for your support, and prayers. It is amazing the way God works sometimes. I will update when I can, they have a great family center here and a room that we can stay in that is first come first serve. We will be tring to get into the Ronald McDonald house for the rest of the week. Scott is taking Monday (today) off, but will be leaving me here w/my mom. I'm glad she is here, I think I'd go crazy w/o her and Scott!! Donovan will be staying with us on Saterday. He was very upset at his mother when she took him from the Hospital on Friday "I want my daddy and I want to take my baby brother home!!" He screamed!!!!

Anyways, sorry for the novel. I'll post pics when I can!!!

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"saige" wrote:

Josh is here!!!!!

I have been in a whirlwind. Sunday night I started having contractions and went to labor and delivery. They gave me two shots to stop the contractions and was sent home. But I was having major chest pains, which at the time they said were just muscle spasms from the shots. So I spent the night in pain and then went for my appointment to assess the baby's stress level at the specialists in the morning. To my surprise to say the least, my blood pressure has sailed through the roof. I had headaches and swelling. They diagnosed me immediately with pre-eclampsia and I was put in the hospital.

Remember, I'm only just 32 weeks at the point.

My pre-eclampsia continued to worsen in the hospital and they told me they would have to deliver Josh no later than 48 hours from my admitance. The goal was to get in two steroid shots to help mature his lungs. Luckily, we were able to get both shots in and Josh was delivered via c-section on March 1st at 6 pm. He was exactly 32 weeks.

He weighed 3lbs 4 ounces and was 15 1/2 inches long. He's so tiny. Miraculaously, he hasn't needed any oxygen and is perfectly healthy except for being pre-mature in almost every way. His apgar were an amazing 9 and 8!

He must stay in the NICU for about two months until he's closer to his due date of April 22nd. He is getting fatty acids and nutrients through an iv and has amazingly started to take my breast milk as well! He only gets a tiny bit and it's still through a tube, but he's digesting it which is what's important.

Josh is just amazing and such a little fighter. I just got out of the hosital today and I must say, leaving him behind was the hardest thing I had to do. It just broke my heart. I'm still on a major emotional roller coster over all of this, but am very grateful that he is doing so well.

I've been able to hold him a couple of times and hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to kangaroo hold him ,as they call it. When they'll strap him to my chest, skin on skin contact for some bonding time. Keep your fingers crossed for me there. I really want to be able to be closer to him.

My c-section wasn't too fun though. I've had a lot of leaking from the incision and swelling because of the pre-eclampsia and the steriods. I also had a little panic attack during delivery. After I heard Josh crying and knew he was alive, I just broke down and started freaking out that I wasn't feelling right. They ended up having to knock me out. But I did get to see Josh before that happened, thank god.

Anyway, I need to rest for now, but just wanted to let everyone know where I've been and that my precious little mircacle is here!!

PS. I know my "my day" in pics was the 1st, but I'm kind of going to have to reschedule. lol.

Thanks for listening. (hope this makes sense. I'm a little groggy. )


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I just posted a regular thread. No birth story yet.

But Isabella Ryann arrived 3/5/07

5lbs 7oz 18 Inches long.

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"auret" wrote:

Caleigh Grace was born Tuesday March 6th at 1:57 via emergency c-section. She weighed 3 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and 15 3/4 inches long.

I'm home from the hospital, but Caleigh (with a short a, Cal like in California) will stay in the NICU for a few weeks yet.

I was on bedrest from Wednesday until Tuesday with my symptoms fluctuating quite a bit. But on Tuesday all my blood work showed some real danger signs. My platelet count dropped to 47,000 (normal is about 300,000) and my liver enzymes were very high. If my platelet count dropped any lower, any surgery would be very dangerous to both me and baby. So, I had a c-section Tuesday afternoon! I had to put under general anesthia b/c of my health complications. Everything went without any complications and Caleigh arrived at 1:57 Tuesday afternoon! Recovery from surgery has been painful, but my health is returning well. My b/p is back to normal and my platelet counts are back to normal range as well!

Caleigh is a real miracle! She was born at 33 weeks and 1 day ... but is doing better than we could ever expect. She has *never* gone on a ventilator even from her first breaths. She scored 8 and 9 on her APGARs at birth. She had an feeding tube for the first day, but took bottles like a pro after that. She takes nearly a full bottle already every 3 hours. She had an IV for her first day, but had it removed by day two. She spent a day and a half under the billirubin lights, but that was it. She's now completely wireless/tubeless expect for heartrate and respiration monitors! The nurses in the NICU have nicknamed her "wild woman" b/c she's so fiesty. She's so tiny, but motors around her incubator like a little wiggle worm (I think she's trying to escape!).

Your prayers and thoughts were so incredibly appreciated ... God answered them with this perfect tiny, little miracle! And He continues to bless us all with a much bigger strength and quicker recovery than we could have hoped for! Please continue to pray for us, as the hospital is more than an hour and a half away. I'll be home for a day and a half, then we'll go back to stay near the hospital for as long as we can. We hope Caleigh will come home with us by the beginning of April. Smile

I'll post pics as soon as I can sort through the camera.

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"ilovesporty" wrote:

Hi girls! Here is the birth story I posted to our website...
We arrived at the hospital Sunday evening about 4 pm and met with Dr. Lee about 4:30 to begin the induction process. The first step wasn't exactly fun, but we made it though without too much hassle. Contractions started a little later, but I was able to sleep fairly well Sunday night to get ready for the big day. I was started on Pitocin Monday morning about 7 am when I was about 3 cm dialated. I had my epidural about 8:30 am and the fun of having assistance dilating began. Dr. Lee had to break through a lot of scar tissue from my surgeries last year in order to prepare me for delivery. After laboring most of the day (thankfully without much pain), I began pushing around 6 pm. Henry was apparently happy swimming around and took his time arriving. Since he was being a bit stubborn, Dr. Lee had to help him make an appearance using vacuum extraction. Finally, Henry was born at 7:38 pm on Monday, March 19, 2007. He weighed 8 lbs, 5.5 ounces and was 21 inches long. We are thrilled to have him here and he is such a good baby!

Dave and I were able to come home tonight (Wednesday), but we had to leave Henry behind due to a mild case of jaundice. He is going to be absolutely fine, but needs to be under a special light to help him clear his system of bilibrubin. The pediatrician says this is fairly common and usually goes away after the special light treatment. We're hoping to be able to bring him Thursday. **I just spoke with the pediatrician and we can go get him later today!**

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"Klyllie" wrote:

Things have been pretty crazy around here and I haven't had any time to post!! I miss you ladies so much.

As promised...here is the birth story. My dad was in town, he is a peri and used to work in the same practice as my peri now. He asked how I was feeling and I told him that I was feeling pretty crappy. He made me go take my blood pressure. It was higher than usual, as I have extremely low blood pressure, but still low enough not to raise too much concern about pre-e. However, being the protective father, my dad made me go to the hospital and asked my doc to run some tests. Turns out my platelet count was really, really low, this combined with the swelling that had started and my elevated bp made them worry that I was getting pre-e. My doctor gave me the option to wait a couple days and run the test again, but warned me that if my platelet count dropped lower that we would probably have to do a transfusion, or he said we could do an amnio on Reid, baby "B", to make sure that the lungs were developed. If they were, we would go ahead and deliver. I opted for the amnio. The lungs were developed and so we went ahead with the c-section the following day.

The surgery went well...I just had a spinal, not even an epidural. It was strange to feel everything that was going on without feeling any pain. Both babies came out breathing on their own...no oxygen for either one. Tahna, the little girl, weighed 6lbs 4oz...she is now 6lbs 9oz. Reid was 4lbs 13oz...he is now 5lbs 2oz. Thank goodness we took them out when we did, Reid had stopped growing and pushing it to 38 weeks would have led to some problems for him. Both babies are doing great bfing and we haven't had to supplement. Bfing is harder than I possibly could have imagined...but we are working it out. I have the babies on a 3 hour schedule...I just couldn't do on-demand feeding with twins...I would be feeding all of the time. The little ones wake up every three hours on the hour and are ready to go. Luckily this is working and they are gaining weight.

I want to thank you all...you have all contributed to making this journey the best experience of my life. The support and friendship I have found on this board means everything to me. I wish you all the best in welcoming your blessings to this world.

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"SandyBaltimore" wrote:

Liam Arrives 3/18 6lbs15oz 20 3/4 inches born at 3:44 pm on Sunday March the 18th.

Well what a week! The hospital has internet access and I just found out and been here since yesterday go figure!

Anyway Liam has arrived! I awaoke at 7 to my water busting and went to the hospital on arrival I was 4cm and contracting at regular intervals. They wanted to speed up my delivery so after a few hours they introduced pitocin as I was only 5cm at that time. I was then checked 6/7. Then checked to be 8 cm about 15 minutes after that. Then oh within 5 minutes from that point I was ready to push. I got a nice second degree perineum {spelling on that} rip. Geez took an hour to get stitching done but Liam was there and he had unfortunately swolled some amniotic fluid and had to go to the nicu for a few hours. After a few he came and joined us back in the room where I began to breast feeding then they took him for first bath etc.

We get out of the hospital tomorrow and I have tons of pictures to share!!!!!! He is getting some testing done at the moment. He was an rh positive baby so I had to get the shot again because I am rh negative!

But he is absolutely perfect!!! Thank you Lord for such a blessing to our family and thank you everyone putting up with me! LIAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM IS WONDERFUL!

Latched on like a champ and the staff at the hospital has been great though you girls know I am a pain in the rear!

Wanted to let you all know!

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"xSweetAngelx" wrote:

I wrote some of the birthstory, but I'll write it all up now...This way I can copy it...then I can go send some pics and the story to some family members lol.

Around 1 am, I was getting really excited to have the baby, so I did everything to try and fall asleep (even make myself orgasam) I know tmi. Anyways around 1:15 am, I started having intense contractions...where I was screaming/moaning in pain...Ive had BH like this before...so I thought all they were was a bunch of painful BH's...so I laided around...trying everything to get rid of them...around 3am..i felt like I had to make a huge BM...so I went to the potty, and while sitting there pushing...My water broke. It was like a balloon being popped...Even DH heard it...anyways I told DH we needed to go to the Hostipal. On the way there DH was speeding going 65mph in a 45mph zone, he got pulled over needless to say, as the very young cop was walking up I had an extreamly intense contraction...and he radioed ahead to the hostipal and followed us there, when we got there, he(the cop) walked me in got me in a wheelchair, and helped me though the regerstartion and contractions...When I got upstairs they hooked me up checked to see if my water broke (Which they were sure it did) and checked me...I was dialated to a 5. They immetally called the surgical team, and my OB....took them a good 30-45 mins to get there...When they got there, they rushed me into the C-section room(DH wasn't allowed because they put me to sleep for it..due to rods in my back) Last thing I remember is the anastergioligist, telling my OB to get a gown on, that the baby was in distress. She was born at 4:43 am, weighing 6 pounds 6oz...19 inches long...

Now as for mom when I was in recovery...I started hemerging(sp) apparently, Insted of tighting my uterus relaxed allowing blood to flow...which caused bloodclots, they for awhile thought I might need an emergency historectmy.Needless to say, for all my bloodloss I'm anemic(sp). but we both are home now and doing fine.

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"tiff0502" wrote:

Sorry I didn't update sooner Wink It all happened so fast. I went to the hospital on Saturday @ 3:30pm because my blood pressure had been pretty high all morning. I get there, they hook me up to the monitors and watched my blood pressure for about an hour. Everything looked good and my bp went down to a safe level. So the nurse calls my dr. to tell her the update and they start getting ready to send me home. Well....wouldn't you know it - I started having regular contractions 3-4 minutes apart. They started getting stronger - so the nurse tells me to go walking around the hospital for 20 minutes or so and come back. I continued having the contractions and when they hooked me up again - the size/strength of the contractions was DOUBLE! I was actually in some pretty bad pain. So, after an hour more of that, the dr. says that they are ready to do the c-section in an HOUR. At 8pm they started the surgery and we had our sweet baby girl @ 8:25pm. She weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces and is 19 3/4 inches long. We were released from the hospital yesterday and she is nursing great, although quite the sleeper.

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"Cassidy1999" wrote:

I have a brand new baby boy!!!!

After a miserable bout of prodromal labor, Jonathan Connor decided to grace us with his presence on Friday 3/23. I was 38+4weeks.
Thursday went pretty much like every other day has for the past 2 weeks. I woke up after a miserable night of painful irregular contractions that stopped just in time for me to have to get up and get the kids moving with no sleep. I decided that I would just resign myself to the fact that he wasn't coming unless I was induced and went on about my business. Towards the afternoon, my "usual" contractions started getting stronger again, but still irregular. I didn't really think much of it because I had been doing the same thing every day for a while. Then I went to the bathroom and felt an extra gush that I was pretty positive wasn't pee, but wasn't completely convinced that it was amniotic fluid, so I decided to risk being embarassed and get checked. So, off we went.
We made it to L&D about 5:30pm. The nurse came in and used the litmus paper to check for amniotic fluid which was "inconclusive". I'm thinking "great, just my luck". Then she checked my cervix and to my surprise I was already dilated to 5cm. I was still thinking that they would send me off to walk or something since my contractions were still irregular, but the nurse said if she did that I'd probably carry a baby back with me. Needless to say, I was thrilled. So, we settled in to have a baby!!!
My doctor was actually on the elevator when we came in, so she was able to get right in there and assess the whole water breaking issue. Turns out that the amniotic sac actually has two membranes and I ruptured the first, but not the second. So, she went ahead and finished the job for me and since I always have dysfunctional and really long labors she offered to go ahead with the pitocin. I agreed since I knew it was inevitable anyway. So, I got the pitocin and my epidural and waited and waited. Then I started to feel everything. Not good. The anesthesiologist kept trying to adjust my meds, but nothing worked. So, at 12:32am I delivered a 6lb 6oz baby boy with no drugs! Thank goodness it was only a 6 hour labor and 6lb baby! No episiotomy or tears either. Overall, I think it went very well. I spent a little over 24 hours in the hospital and then asked to get out. So we are all home now and doing great! Our little guy is absolutely adorable!

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I started having contractions on Saturday, a few here and there. They continued on into Sunday becoming somewhat more intense but nothing regular. I also had been losing mucous plug with some blood in it all day. Nothing really came of them but I had a regular OB appt on Monday morning. When I got there I told the doc what had been going on and he did an ultrasound to check his size, which he said was around 6 lbs 12 oz. He told me since I was 37 weeks to head on up to L & D cause we were going to do a csection!

I got up there around 11:45am. Nurses came in immediately and got all my paperwork done and started an IV. By 1:00 I was headed to the OR. They preped me and gave me my spinal. Surgery started around 1:10 pm and at 1:26pm my beautiful baby boy entered the world. He looked so tiny but screamed like a big boy!

Grant Jakob was born March 26, 2007 @1:26pm weighing 6lbs 9.2 oz and 19 1/2 inches long.

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Luke's Arrival

On Thursday, I had been having fairly strong contractions all day, and I didn't want to go to the hospital too early. So, my brother was here in case we had to leave in the middle of the night, so he could stay with Will. He is a great cook, and he made a HUGE DINNER. I laughed and said that I hoped the steak with sauteed mushrooms was greasy enough to 'send me over the edge' and into labor. Though I was uncomfy, I went to sleep at around 9, and was having painful contractions in my dreams. LOL....at about 3 am, one woke me up. The next one, less than 2 min. away, was REALLY PAINFUL. I woke DF up, and away we went. We called the hospital en route. I was tearing our RangeRover apart I was in so much pain. We went about 80 mph all the way. I had to wait for contractions to stop before even getting out of the car. We raced through the hospital (I was soaking wet as my water broke on the way). We got off the elevator (which faces the nurses' station) and all the staff was standing there watching me as the elevator doors opened. Once a big contraction ended, I ran off the elevator and was begging everyone for an epidural. They led me to a labor room, where I stripped off my clothes, hopped into bed, and my midwife checked me between contractions. She said, there's no time for an epi, as you're over 8 cm dilated. I had about 4 more killer contractions and then HAD TO PUSH. It was about 4 or 5 strong pushes that I thought were going to kill me. They were so strong that I HAD TO SCREAM, even though every part of my brain was trying to calm and quiet myself down. I couldn't believe it when they said he was coming out. It was awesome. Because he was born so fast, he had a lot of fluid still in him, requiring lots of suction. However, his breathing and color, etc. were good from the get-go. He weighed exactly 7 lbs and is 19 inches long. Poor DF was teary-eyed, as he was hating to see me in such pain. He was thanking God that the baby came fast. The car ride really scared him half to death. All I remember is the midwife saying to him, "Now what role do you want to play during this labor, Dad?" And he answered, "I don't know. I just need you all to get him OUT, I guess."....LOL...He was so traumatized!!!! It was such a hassle being in the hospital for 5 days. (We just hung out in a room most of the time, and nurses assessed Luke every 4 hours for 5 days, to make sure he didn't withdraw from the pain meds that I had been taking).DF has been so wonderful throughout this and we are both just totally floored at how perfect Luke is and how in LOVE WITH THIS BABY we are. William is psyched to have a little brother and is excellent with him. I'm gonna copy this note into the 'birth stories'. Thanks to all of you girls for your support throughout this time and good luck to those who haven't gone into labor yet. It feels great to be home and I am recovering quickly. I had a tubal ligation on Saturday, but other than the breastfeeding soreness am feeling great. No more back pain.....YAY!!!!!!!!! Love you all!!!!! ~Cory
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Claire Isabelle has arrived!!

Hi Guys! Thanks for all your warm wishes and thanks Julie for letting everyone know!!!

K, where to start??? Wednesday morning, another morning with no sleep, I just couldn't stand the back and rectal pain/pressure anymore so I drove myself to L&D. I figured that they'd check me and that I'd still be 3 cm and they'd send me home. I was 3cm alright, but they kept me for a couple hours and by 10am I was 5cm. I called Mike and they moved me over to the delivery room at noon. They broke my water (what a weird feeling, but didn't hurt) and I went to 6cm within the hour. I asked for my epidural because I was only feeling contraction pain in my back and bum. Yep...total BACK LABOUR. Not nice at all. When I was getting my epi Mike decided to pass out, but the nurse caught him and the doctor and her eased him to the floor. He came to after about 10 sec. So, after the epi I felt much better but I couldn't feel anything at all - not even pressure. I went to 9cm in about another hour and started pushing at 9:15pm. At first it didn't go well because I couldn't feel where to push and I spiked a fever. The baby's heartrate started to climb and they were worried that I wouldn't be able to get her out. The doctor gave me 3 more pushes and told me that she'd help with the vacuum but that if she wasn't out after that I'd go and have an emerg. c-section. After 2 pushes she was crowning but I was told to stop pushing because the cord was around her neck. She gave me an episiotomy at that point and 2 more big pushes she popped out at 11:49pm. She had shoulder dystocia (shoulder was stuck) and there was no way she would have made it out without the vacuum. She also had fluid in her lungs and spent about 3 hours in the special care nursery for observation. Finally Mike brought her to me around 3am. I was so relieved that she was okay after all we've been through. She's a big girl at 8lbs 11oz and we think she's the most beautiful thing we've ever seen. She's eating like a pro but man, bf-ing is alot more work than I ever imagined!!!!!

GL to all you ladies having your babies and to all the ones I probably missed while I've been gone. It's the most amazing feeling in the world. I highly recommend it Wink

I will post some pics tomorrow when we get more settled. Hugs to everyone!

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on the thurs morning i woke up crampy and had abit of a show, dbfs mom popped over 4 a coffee then as soon as i shut the door on her, i felt a gush so rang dbf at work n we went to hospital, i got checked n was sent home for a couple of hours then went back and i was about 4cm. the contractions were gettin strong so i had some entinox which worked 4 abit but then the midwife suggested the birth pool so i went in for abit, it was relaxing but i got hot n fed up so i got out, contractions still gettin v.painful i had a shot of pethedine (didnt do anything) i kept crying saying i couldnt do it, the time was dragging n i was only about 6/7 cm labor had really slowed down, my m/w suggested i got sent to the other hospital about half hour away as they dealt with more difficult deliveries, i was too much in pain to decline so off in the ambulance i went with dbf following, we got there n after about 10mins the new m/w checked me n said omg its head is there y arent u pushing?!! his head was right there ready to come out n i cudnt tell lol i was in too much pain i think. so i got pushing then about an hour later at 3.38 in the morning he came out, dbf cut the cord n he had to go on a heater 4 a little bit as he was cold. i had a nice 2nd degree tear which is quite sore but im coping just glad to be back home, my son is so perfect i cannot express in words how proud i feel.

thank u for everything ladies, your words of encouragment have been such an inspiration to me. thank you again uve all played an important part in the last 9months of my life

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So, here's the story:
Checked in at the hospital at 5am. It went fine but one of the nurses yelled at us for not calling an hour before we got there. No one had told us to call - but whatever, that's the chance we take and we told her so! Right after I got there I guess someone came in so they put off giving me the IV. A first (young, I think) nurse tried to give me my IV and she couldn't do it. So, it was until 7am that I got my IV. Because someone else was ready to deliver they waited until 9am to give me the pill by my cervix. I had slow regular contractions after that but they didn't do anything. At 1pm they started the pitocin and at 2:30pm the doctor came in and broke my water. Yuck, I didn't like that. By 3pm, I'd had enough of the contractions. They hurt really bad but weren't doing anything. So, I got an epidural that took effect at 4pm. I had a few problems with the epidural and kept having to hit the button for more meds. Things were going really slow and pretty much all the contractions were doing was lowering Phin's heartrate. I started to get scared that I'd have to have a C-section and I didn't want that. They had monitors coming out of every hole in my body, I felt like a pincushion. I just dozed and prayed really hard that my cervix would open up. Finally at 7pm, just as Survivor was coming on, I hit 4cm. By 7:20, I was at 7cm. The nurse told me if I felt any pressure to tell them to come right away. At 7:40 I rang the button. I felt a bulge between my legs and my ankles were so swollen they were bothering me. When the nurse looked, Phin's head was about to pop out. The tv was shut off and she got the doctor. I pushed maybe 3 times while Phin just sort of slid out. He was born at 7:51pm on March 29, his scores were 8 and 9 (same as Elias), he's almost a pound smaller at 7lbs 9oz and an inch shorter at 20 inches. I tore in the same spot as last time but not as bad so I have maybe one stitch and I feel much better than last time too.

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Wow - First, I must say that I think it is amazing how some of you ladies get on here and post your birth stories so quickly...here it is 10 days later and I'm just getting around to it!!

My story is crazy...my little guy was born a month before his due date. I went in for an appt. with my midwife on Tuesday night (March 20th). At that time I was only in my 36th week and she decided to check me and see how I was doing. She said good words like "soft" and "thin" and that I was dialated to 1-2. She could also feel the head. Looking on the ultrasound, we saw that the baby's lungs were doing that practice breathing. Well, over the next two days, I just felt different. On Thursday, I started having irregular and not painful contractions. When I called my midwife in the morning to let her know, she told me that if I went into labor I would have to go to the hospital (instead of having a homebirth). About 7pm, I started having contractions that were 10 minutes apart. Again, I called the midwife and she told me no big deal, that you could have contractions like that for a week. She also mentioned taking Benadryl to try to stop the contractions. I didn't realize that she wanted me to take the Benadryl right then...and called her an hour later to tell her that the contractions had moved to 5 minutes apart. At that point, I started taking Benadryl....but the contractions kept coming. Good thing was that my midwife then told me that she would deliver the baby if the contractions couldn't/wouldn't stop. By 11pm, I was not a happy camper - the contractions were getting painful, but didn't seem to be regular. My husband called the midwife at that point and she had him fill a tub full of HOT water. She said they would make or break the contractions. As it turned out, the hot water didn't do too much. The contrations slowed a little and didn't progress or get more regular, so we went to bed. I continued to wake up off and on throughout the night with painful contractions.

In the morning, I started trying to wake DH up...starting at 5am. He kept saying he was too tired!! Finally about 6am, I got him to wake up and call both the midwife and my girlfriend who was going to attend the birth. I was scared to move cause I felt like if I did the baby would be born right there on my own bed. When DH was ready to go and my friend had arrived with her teenage daughter to watch my girls, I got out of bed (still in my pjs), slipped on a pair of shoes, and went straight to the truck. It is a half hour to the midwife's office...we got there at about 7:30am. She checked me - I was fully dialated. What she actually said was that there wasn't anything holding the baby in except the water. I think the midwife could tell that I was stressed and tired, so she let me go get in the jacuzzi tub and relax while she put in the IV (for antibiotics for that beta strep thing). Next time she checked me, she said the baby had pooped in his water so we had to get him out.

So, I got out of the tub, moved to the bed, and in two pushes we had our little boy! Smile His cord was around his neck, his shoulders were stuck, and he came out purple from being bruised. We are still confused about the dates, because my midwife looked at him and said he couldn't really be a 36 week baby...more like a 37-38 week baby. I had a miscarriage just before this pregnancy and so the dates were hard to figure, but we had been going by what they said at the ultrasound. Oh-well, he's here, he's perfectly healthy and I am soooo glad not to be pregnant anymore!!!

Michael-John was born at 8:07 am on Friday, March 23rd. He weighed 8 lbs 5 oz.

We stayed at the midwife's office for about two hours and then headed home. I spent the rest of the day on my own couch, holding my precious bundle, and greeting friends and family who came to meet the baby.

As I was typing this, Michael-John was sleeping happily in the sling on my chest. He is now starting to squirm...must be time for his lunch. I'll post this now and try to figure out how to post pictures later



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I woke up Sunday, April 1 just feeling exhausted. All day long, there was nothing that I could do to gain my energy back, and so I spent MOST of the day in bed resting and sleeping. I couldn’t remember the last time I had spent so much time sleeping!

Closer towards the evening, I rolled out of bed for the second time and decided to make my way downstairs. Around this time, I noticed contractions again – and every now and then, I’d feel one in my back. By the time 9:00 pm arrived, I was having regular contractions, and feeling most every one in my back first. However, they were totally manageable and I really didn’t even think much of these contractions except for the back pain. When I spoke to a friend on the phone and told her what I was experiencing, she suggested calling the midwife. So I did, and at my midwife’s recommendation, I went upstairs and checked myself. WHEW! I was about cm dilated, and could literally feel the sack bulging out of my cervix. At that point, I began to question if I would be having the baby soon! HA! I told my midwife what I discovered, and she asked if I thought that tonight would be my night. “I honestly have NO idea! I mean, part of me thinks that surely something must be going to happen soon….” - - but I couldn’t guarantee to her that I was in active labor at that point! She suggested us putting the boys to bed, and then seeing if something happened after that. I don’t know HOW she knows these things!?!

Immediately after putting the boys down for the night, I crawled into bed and laid on my side, thinking about these contractions. It was seriously starting to irritate me that I couldn’t tell which way things were going. I felt out of touch with my body. 30 minutes passed, and Corey spoke with the midwife, asking her to come on out. Since she lives an hour and 15 minutes away, we knew it would take her a little bit to get here, but it was also just after 10:00 at that point, so the roads were more than likely clear for her to get here a bit sooner than normal. I was still second guessing everything – and telling myself that we were probably having her out here for nothing. I honestly thought at that point that we’d just be sending her back home with no baby in our arms yet. Corey said, “Better safe than sorry, though. Let’s just see what happens.”

Corey pulled out some chux pads and ran a hot bath for me. I got in there and little did I know that it would be a few HOURS before I climbed back out!  The hot water helped me relax and made the back contractions ease up quite a bit. Thank goodness! While I was in the tub, though, the contractions gradually picked up and between 11:30 pm and 1:00 am, I was in full blown labor! With each and every single contraction, I motioned to Corey and he put his hand on my lower back just right to put pressure on my spine and ease the pain. It helped a LOT! I absolutely needed him there doing that for me, and he was just awesome.

The contractions grew intense, and I could feel the powerful waves start to push baby down and slowly start to spread my hip bones apart. The baby was moving down further and further, and pretty soon, I could feel such a pressure on my butt and the baby’s head at the opening. Now I was softly moaning and involuntarily pushing with each contraction. “Thaaaat’s good! That’s what we want!”, my midwife spoke gently. She grabbed her Doppler and kept a check on baby’s heartbeat here and there. “Baby sounds good! Everything is going great! You are doing PERFECT!”, she said. I could REALLY start to feel baby’s head coming out, and for some reason, I started to arch my back in the water. “If you’re going to have this baby in the water, then you’ll have to keep your butt below the water. If not, then let’s get out and try something different” my midwife told me. I felt like I was trying but to no avail to get the baby down past a certain point, so my midwife directed me to come forward and get up on my feet (with help, of course!). Corey and the MW assistant helped me up, and before I knew it I was standing up in the tub and REALLY pushing the baby out! Her head had crowned and more was coming out when the midwife directed the birth team to help me out of the tub and let me squat on the floor beside it. SQUATTING! How could I have forgotten about squatting? It works SO well and feels SO good birthing a baby that way. I should have been in that position all along! They helped me squat on the floor, and the baby’s head popped out so fast after that…and then the shoulders and everything else came out in practically one big motion. WHOOSH! It felt great! The baby was covered in the creamy vernix and I reached down to pick up my child “Oh my baby! Oh my baby!! I can’t believe it!”…after a few seconds, it actually occurred to me to see WHO I had just birthed, so I quickly looked down there and proudly, loudly exclaimed, “…and it’s a GIRL! Oh my goodness! A girl!! Her name is Gianna Belle! She’s so beautiful! A girl, Corey, a GIRL!!” I held her so close, and kissed her and loved her. She was just sucking all over her hands and was TOTALLY ready to nurse right from the get-go! I couldn’t believe that, either! This was a first for me! It was a bit before I could nurse her, though, and she pitched a FIT over it, too!

The birth team let the water out of the tub, cleaned it and ran a new, sparkly hot bath for me and Gianna. Within minutes, we were back in the tub relaxing and bonding. My midwife was also waiting for the cord to stop pulsating so that we could cut it. She kept checking it every so often, but it was a good 35 minutes before it stopped pulsating, and she set it up so Corey could come over and cut the cord. Then we had to wait on the placenta. Corey held Gianna now while I got in a in a squatting position in the tub to push out the placenta. After that, my birth team cleaned me off in the tub, and then helped me to my bed. Corey brought over Gianna, and I put her up to me to nurse, which she was past ready to do. She latched on like a champ and had such a strong suck! Whew! That kicked my uterus in gear again with those intense contractions! After that, my midwife gave Gianna a thorough checkup and found that she was very tiny indeed – weighing in at only 6 pounds 9 ounces and 19 inches long! Everything about her is perfect. God has blessed us with another healthy baby! BiggrinBiggrinBiggrin

Gianna Belle
6 lbs. 9 oz.
19 in. long
Born at 1:12 AM, April 2, 2007

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I was awaken at 5:30am on March 24th by a pain in my pelvic. At first I thought I had just caught a cramp or something because I always got them in my lower back and my legs. I tried changing positions but the pain only got worse. I went to the bathroom and found it hard to go. Then minutes later I got a really strong contraction and then another. They were close like 3 minutes apart and so strong that I could feel them in my rectum. I then woke up my dh and we called my doc. My doc said go to labor and delivery. It took me a good 15 mins just to get dressed because the contractions were so strong and painful. I became nervous at one point that I wouldn't make it to the hospital. My husband woke our 2 sons that are 3 and 3and a half and they were super whiny from being awaken and didnt know what was going on.
As my husband drove, it seemed like every bump in the road brought on the worse contractions and I hollared the entire way to the hospital. My dh was so nervous he parked in the ER right next to the ambulances. It was funny. That God we didn't get a ticket.
We got to L&D and my bladder felt so full, yet everytime I tried to pee the contractions would come and they were getting stronger and stronger. When they checked me I was a 3 and that hurt so bad all I could do is cry. What's worse I caught a bad contraction in the middle of being checked. My blood pressure was up, so due to my history the on call doctor ran labs for pre-eclampsia and PIH(pregnancy induced hypertension). They came up negative and they proceeded to offer the epi. I took it, but they explained they have some new epi which also is given with a spinal block. Well I was fine until the needle hit a nerve and my left leg jumped. I panicked and told them to stop and I changed my mind. I freaked so bad because I got hot and began to sweat uncontrollably and my legs got super hot that they had to hold me down and apply cold compresses to me to calm me down. Shortly after I was fine and was able to relax. The labor progressed fast. THe next hour and a half I was 6 centimeters and then 7. The nurse was so nervous because I tested positive for group b strep and she was trying to get the second dose of antibiotics in and wasn't sure she could because there is a time space between the first and second bags of antibiotics. Soon I was a 7 and a half /8 the nurse said and the doctor came in with a crochet like thing to break my water. I"m like can we just wait and see if it breaks on it own. (I was being such a chicken~LOL) She's like no I"ll break it and I didn't feel it thank God for epi and every contraction then got more and more intense and the water leakes for awhile. My husband had left to drop the boys off over my MIL's house and had returned. My Mom and one of my sisters had arrived by now also. I was so thankful because my Mom has lung cancer and she's been feeling so well and God has been blessing her health so much. I'm her last born (the baby) and would've just cried if she couldn't make it to the birth.
Soon it was time to push. It seemed I got this point so fast and as they broke down the bed and turned the warmer on for the baby, all I could think is oh my God, I'm about to meet my baby. Of course the reality of pregnancy kicked in ages ago with the pains and weight, but this part was so unreal.
They had me laid flat on the bed so the baby could pass under my pelvic bone. Pushing like that was so hard. It took an hour to push him out. I got the labor shakes real bad and my back began hurting really bad. At first I thought it was from the epi, but we learned it was back labor. THe baby was post terior looking up instead of down. THe doctor kept trying to turn him but she couldn't. Finally and I do mean finally, he crowned and she told me to stop pushing and he turned slowly as he came out all by himself. They took him out and laid him on my chest. I was to weak to really hold him but I was so glad it was over. I prayed so hard for a fast and safe delivery without stitches and God gave it all to me. Praise God for giving our family an addition so beautiful.
I was in alot of pain the next two days I felt like I strained every muscle in my body literally. I couldn't even push good to pee. By Sunday nite my blood pressure was super high and while I got released Monday, Tuesday I had to go back and get put on blood pressure meds as a result. My OB was busy the day I delivered and never came once to see me in the hospital. So I saw her associate Tuesday who said many women can run into problems postpartum. So I guess the pre-eclampsia or pih tried to show its ugly head but I'm praying confessions of being healed everyday. I felt so bad lastweek I couldn't stop crying. I couldn't sleep and I think the baby blues was getting to me. The meds have really helped and I'm feeling stronger by the day. I'm breastfeeding and I'm literally up no matter the time doing that every 2 hrs . Getting sleep is a challenge. But I sleep while he sleeps.
My 3 yr old is acting out horribly so I've had my hands full. Please keep me in prayer and I will keep you all in prayer too.


(SMILING AT HOME WITH DADDY)


(TWO DAYS OLD)


(GOING HOME FROM HOSPITAL)

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Jameson William Perry was born on March 27th, 2007 at 12:53PM. I had a scheduled c-section due to placenta previa. It was a strange feeling waking up that morning knowing that I was just going to go have my baby. All of our natural childbirth classes were now useless!

We arrived at the hospital and they hooked me up to fetal monitors. It was a surreal moment for me because I had read so many birth stories and that is always the first thing they do. I guess it was the realization that NOW was MY time. While being monitored, the nurse started an IV. I had heard that the IV hookup could hurt worse than anything, but I didn't think it was that bad. All of the fluids they gave me though made me swell up like a balloon!

After about an hour, it was time to go have baby! I walked down to the OR. What a weird feeling to walk in there. I guess I thought they would wheel me in there. DH was all dressed in his scrubs. They gave me the spinal which was NO PROBLEM at all! I thought it would hurt or I would feel uncomfortable pressure, but I didn't and it was a piece of cake! Suddenly my toes and legs got very warm and they spun me around to lay down. Everything happened really fast after that. I was a little overwhelmed. It seemed as if everyone was talking at once and I couldn't tell if they were talking to me or not.

Once strapped down, I looked over at DH, who was just standing there in the corner. I asked him if he felt okay. He said he did, but later on, he said he felt faint. I think seeing all of the medical stuff really got to him.

Soon, they put up the drape so I couldn't see anything. DH, I and the anethesiologist started chatting. I was trying to distract myself so I wouldn't hear what they were doing behind the curtain. After about 10 minutes, the anethesiologist said, "there's the head! Now he's born!"

I heard a gurgle and a cry. I had this huge feeling of relief. I felt like the pregnancy journey was over and I had just transitioned into another new journey of motherhood.

I felt helpless just strapped to the table. I couldn't see my baby very well and I couldn't hold him. The good thing was DH was there and had some special time with him. I remember hearing DH say, "Hi Jameson. I'm your dad." Too cute.

DH finally brought him over to me. I still couldn't see him very well. That was frustrating. Then, I got a wave of sickness. I didn't care so much about seeing my baby anymore because I felt so sick. That made me mad that I could be so selfish in time like this, but I didn't really have any control over how I was feeling.

They wheeled me into recovery where I did my first round of breastfeeding. Amazing! I loved it. He latched on pretty quickly. I loved the hospital and the staff. It couldn't have been better. They were so helpful and patient. They made us feel as if our baby was the only birth they had there. In actuality, the nurse said they deliver over 700 babies a MONTH there!

We feel so blessed to have this amazing, healthy little boy home with us.

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Birth Story Seth Taheton April 1 9:43am 8lbs. 3oz. 20 3/4 inches. head 31 3/4cm

Wed. night I had major heartburn for 4hrs to the point where I was cring.

Thursdy night picked DH up from airport

Friday night major heartburn again and after 3 hrs I went into L&D. It went away and I was sent home.

Sat had heart burn off and on but that night it got bad again so I went into L&D again. I was hooked up bp was up to 167/99 after an hr bing hooked up the took a urin sample and blood work. They wanted to set up an induction date after my 39w but I informed them I already had one on Wed.

Sunday at 12:25am they came into the room to explain to my I had protin in my urin and I was not going home without a baby. That it could be my liver acting up and not heartburn. I was moved to a LDR room at 1:30am

2:22am they broke my water started Magnisum cause my bp was still high and my blood work came back to show my liver enzines was high. This stuff sucks. I felt like I was on fire, I could think, I got an bad headache, started cring for no reason. Just felt like hell.

3:17am I started contrating in a pattern and was 5cm 90% effeced

3:32am got pain meds. and not changed

5:45am I said forget it and an epidural and I noticed I was swelling up pretty bad.

6:05am 7cm

6:40am 9cm

7:53am contractions started spacing out so they started pitocin.

9:30 complete after finding out the reason i didn't feel i needed to push was the cathater was blocking his head from pushing against the cervix. i started pushing. now hear comes a good tip as the head started coming out she had me to stop pushing as they counted to ten and instead she had me to grunt take a breath bare down and grunt and take another breath and so on until he was out. This put me to pusing for about 2 to 3 seconds and then taking a breath. He was born sunny side up ( face looking up) which is why labor took so long too. I have always had to have stiches with my other kids even the one that was only 5lb 10oz which was my last one I still torn. He was 8lbs 3oz ang I didn't tear at all, I think it was because of the way she had me pushing it gave it time to stretch. Once his head was out I head the doc say someone get him he is going down. My DH passed out LOL. I think it was because he hadn't ate and he was like me dead tired from all his plane rides and not getting alot of sleep cause of all the problems I was having. With the next contraction I pushed as long as I could until he was born at 9:43. I got to reach down as he was coming and pull him up on me. He laid on me for a few min. and once daddy was able to stand he cut the cord so the cord wasn't cut right away. After a few more min they had to take him over to give him a little oxygen.

After 30 min or so they brought him back over for me to feed him. At this point everyone left the room to let me and DH be alone with him. about 5 min. into feeding I noticed he looked gry to me. I had DH hit the call button and turn on the over head light to see if it was just the lighting, but he still looked gray to me. He was still sucking but sounded congested and was grunting. I sent DH to get a nurse. She came in and took him to the warmer. She started oxygen on him and hooked him up to the oxygen monitor. She then told DH to go get another nurse now. The other nurse came in and she told her that his oxygen level was 48% so she went and got the doc. they got it back up and then took him to the nursery. After over an hr they broght him back and explained to me it was due to the magnasuim they keeped him hooked up to a portable monitor and he was fine from that point on.

About 4hrs after that I started passing hudge clots and my bp dropped to 98/50 which is very low for me. They started the poticin back up and watched me. After a couple hrs. I stopped passing clots and bleeding had slowed down alot. At this point I was very very dizzy and felt like crap.

At Mon. 1:30am I was finally moved to a room. That evening my 22month old trip over her older sisters foot and feel into the door hinge. SHe had to be taken to the Er cause it cause a very very big knot on her head. She was ok just had a concussion.

When I had my oldest the had pads that you could break and they got cold to help with the sweeling, I loved them. One of the nurses asked if I wanted an ice pack and she brought one in made from a size one diaper. You just take the end with the tape rip it at the top in the middle fill it with ice and fold it over and take the tabs wrap them around and you have a ice filled pad you can put to help with the swelling down there. It was a live saver cause I was very bad swollen.

We are home and he likes to eat every hr to hr and a half. so no sleeping around here.Tylena loves him and is all over him gives him kisses about ever min.

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April 2nd I went to the Dr. at 5pm, I was dialated to almost 3cm and 70% effaced and he could feel my bag of waters bulging with baby's head right there. My Dr. said anyday, or possibly longer. So I came home with an appt. made for the 9th and u/s scheduled to check size.

I got everything ready at home in case I had to leave. At this point all I have had were BH and some light menstrual-like cramps. I went to bed at 1230am and got up at 1am feeling nauseous from acid reflux. Took a bath and shaved my legs and relaxed for about 30 minutes. Back to bed and slept so good until I woke up in a nice sized wet spot at 315am. My water had broke!! I woke DH and said I was not positive that it had broke, I was not contracting at all. Took a shower and washed, blow dried my hair. At 430am we left for the hospital. The nurses confirmed, after several tests that my water had indeed at least started leaking. I was dialated to almost 4cm and 80% effaced, still not feeling contractions. I sat in the rocker, and about 9am I finally started feeling the contractions that I had been having. DH went downstairs, was gone 10 minutes, when he returned and 945am I told him I him I had 3 strong contractions that I had to concentrate to get through. By 1030am when I had a contraction I my whole body would shake uncontrollably, this made it difficult to breathe through. At that point the nurse checked and I was 5cm almost 6cm and 90% effaced and completely thinned out! I asked for a light epi, at 1130am that was in and working. Had planned natural, but the shaking was taking a lot out of me. I loved it, it was light enough I could feel the contraction but no pain. I labored from 1130am until 3pm. Then I was starting to feel a ton of pain and pressure and asked for a little more epi medication! They said to wait about 30 min. so labor would not be slowed down!! My nurse, who was awersome, decided to check me at 3pm instead of 4pm like the dr. said...good thing...I was fully dialated and baby's head was less than a knuckle from insided!!! My body had pushed her down on its own!! The nurse got everything ready, and had me do some test pushes from 330pm until she called the Dr. at 340pm and told her the baby was coming fast!! I had to lay and wait on the Dr. With every contraction her head was getting closer and closer to crowning without me intentionally pushing. Finally at 350pm the Dr. arrived and I started pushing...11 minutes later...at 401pm Aloryn was here!! Total labor time was 12hrs 46min. from my water breaking at 315am. But I only had contractions for a little less than 7hrs! I had 2 very small internal tears that required a stitch each.

It was all so much easier than I had imagined....I feel lucky...I know it could have been so much worse!!!

If you read it all, thank you I know it was long!!

Aloryn born 04/03/07 0401pm est 7lbs 13oz 19.5in...breastfeeds like a champion.

Good luck to those ladies who are still awaiting there little bundles!!!

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Well Corban Jedidiah finally made an appearance. I'll try to keep my story short...cause you know how long winded I can get.

I went in on Tuesday for my induction at 8:00 pm. They didn't have a room available for me until 10:30 pm. They started by painfully shoving a Cervidil insert under my cervix about 11:00 pm. I contracted over the next 12 hours, which was quite more painful than I thought it would be. I truly had no idea and was unprepared. I got a dose of Nubain to help fend off the pain. After 12 hours of Cervidil I had only dialated to 1.5 cm! OMG! I was disappointed. Not only that, but the internal check hurt so bad that it left me in tears! I'm telling you I was miserable. Not to mention, my MIL arrived at the hospital. Cervidil was the biggest waste of time and pain I ever had. The doctors were busy with emergenices and didn't have time to remove the Cervidil. So finally around 2:00 pm the Nurse removed the Cervidil. For something so small, I can't believe how much it hurt coming out. Bottom line, my whole Cervidil experience SUCKED!

The doctors on duty during that time NEVER got around to see me, so I labored on my own for another 2 hours. Once the Cervidil was out the contractions weren't nearly as painful though. The nurse gave me a cocktail of Nubain and Phenergan, I think, during that time also. That helped a bit and I was able it ignore the endless chatter of my MIL, who somehow got stuck in the seat and wouldn't leave. Finally around 4:00 pm the nurse painfully checked me again, seeing how the doctors got lost in the hospital somewhere. The miserable labor on my own had gotten me to 2 cm dialated.

Around 5:00 pm and 6 hours after arriving, my MIL finally managed to work herself out of the chair and out the door. The doctors, whoever and wherever they were, also decided about that time to hit me with Pitocin. After hearing all the stories about Pitocin and what I went through with Cervidil, I was rather scared, and was anxious for any type of pain relief, particularly an Epidural. But they said I hadn't progressed enough to get an Epidural, so the nurse gave me another dose of Nubain, which helped. She also started me on the lowest dose of Pitocin, one. By the time her shift changed, she had only bumped me up to two n the Pitocin.

I labored on the Pitocin until I waited for the doctor on duty to arrive at the hospital. Would you believe she was at home diddling around? I cannot believe my experience with doctors that night! I was told that she'd break my water whenever she arrived, which would be sometime between 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm. Well, she didn't arrive until about 10:00 pm. She painfully checked me, and told me I was 3 cm dialated...more disappointment, then she broke my water. As she was leaving the room she told the nurse, "be liberal with the Pitocin and Epidural." That was the last I saw her until it was time to deliver.

Finally my luck changed. The anethesialogist (sp) was already out on the hall and came in right away to give me an Epidural! The nurse assured me that they were going to get this baby out of me...and gradually began to increase the Pitocin I was receiving. From there, things progressed rather quickly. The nurse came a couple of times to check my progress, but for the most part I slept painlessly until about 1:00 am. Around that time, I started to feel a bit of pressure on my tailbone. It gradually increased over the next hour to start to feel like the need to take a BM. Rather than call the nurse, I just waited it out. The Epidural made everything more than bareable...but I was getting anxious. From the time I received my Epidural until 1:00 am, the nurse had increased the Pitocin from 2 to 14.

The nurse finally came around about 2:00 am and checked me one last time and said I was ready. Then she began to move like molassass. It took her 15-20 minutes to get everything set up and ready. Finally she sat down and had me push a bit. I gave four pushes before she said that's it, she was going to call the doctor, because the doctor was still getting ready! Okay, I was a bit peeved at that, because I had felt the baby crown! I said, "the doctor should be here already!" The nurse tried to reassure me and then called the doctor on the intercom to come and make her grand appearance. Meanwhile, I could actually feel the baby being sucked back into my body! Thinking back now, I wish I had just finished pushing the head out...but I didn't.

So, the doctor arrives on seen and wants the bed to be adjusted because it's too low. Then they nurse and doctor start talking about how some doctors like to catch the baby sitting on the stool, but others like to catch the baby standing. Are they kidding me? Am I the only one that realizes I'm having a baby? Interrupt their grand talk and ask if I can push now, as I felt the next contraction coming on. The doctor tells me whatever I feel, go ahead...so I push once or twice and the baby's head pops out. It was the oddest sensation. BTDT moms...especially those who've just given vaginal birth know exactly what I mean. Doctor tells me to stop pushing so she can do whatever they do while they're down there...then gives me the go ahead to push the rest of the body out. One push and Corban is out with another odd, but milder sensation.

I think my first words after he was born was, "well, that's done." Where that came from, I do not know. My feelings after he was born was relief and emptiness. It felt strange, but great not having all that extra baby inside me. Right after the birth, I felt extremely cold and had uncontrollable shaking, which was odd. I asked for the heat to be turned up but the doctor said it wouldn't make a difference...it was hormones.

As far as my DH, he did pretty well with the birth. He was very attentive and responded to all my requests. He avoided all the exams, I think because he knows how uncomfortable I was with him watching. He watched the whole birth though. He saw the head crown and get sucked back in. He even cut the cord, which surprised me. He was a real trooper.

Anyway...Corban was born at 2:27 am on April 5, 2007. He weighed 8 lbs 9 oz and was 20 1/4 inches long. If anyone recalls me mentioning, the doctor had done an external check on the size twice and told me she thought he'd be 7.5-8.0 lbs. Well, on the way out I heard the nurse and her discussing his weight...and the nurse was praising the doctor on pinpointing the size he'd be. That lying doctor knew he'd be at least a pound heavier than she she told me. What is wrong with these people?!?!?!

Moving on...my postpartum stay at the hospital was WONDERFUL! The staff was gracious and responsive. The food was EXCELLENT. Corban had some problems latching, but he seems to be catching on lately. I have one extremely sore nipple and one mildly sore nipple from the past day or so...but I'm sure that'll pass soon. Corban resembles Robin Williams if you ask me....that or one of those troll dolls with the wild hair.
Renee

EDD April 7, 2007
Born April 5, 2007

"I've been shot in the bum by a little angel"
"The Easter bunny bit me!"

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Sophia Renee
11:47 a.m.
7lbs 3oz
20 inches

All day Friday I had been really crampy but didn't really think anything of it. I got home from work and was walking out of my house and though that I felt a little trickle so I called my doctor and he wanted me to go into L&D just to make sure it wasn't my water breaking. By the time I got there I was having some mild contractions but nothing that wasn't manageable. Come to find out, my water hadn't broke but the kept me there to see if I really was in labor.So DH and I walked around for two hours to see if my cervix would change anymore. By the end of the two hours I had dilated another centimeter so I was admitted (which was about midnight)

My contractions were strong at this point, but still bearable. I got into my room and was checked within the hour, but was still at a 4. They decided to give me Nubain so that I could get some sleep (2:30a.m. by this point). I was able to sleep from 2:30-5:30 when the on-call doctor came in to check me again. This time I was dilated to a 5 but my contractions were practically gone (the Nubain had knocked them out). So they startecd me on pitocin at a bout 5:45. My contractions gradually got worse and by 9:30 the doctor decided to break my water (still unchaged at a 5).

Now this is where everything starts to really pick up. The very first contraction after my water broke was horrible - but I still made it through it. The nurse had asked me if I was planning on getting an epidural and I told her I was but wanted to wait to see how the pain got. Within the next 5 minutes I couldn't take it anymore and my back was killing me (definately back labor). The nurse explained to me that it woudl take about 30-45 minutes for the anesthlologist (sp?) to come up so I decided to have her go ahead and order him to come and see me (which was around 9:30). My epirudal was all done and in place by 11:00 but I was only getting comfort on my right side. So he had to keep giving me extra shots, which didn't work, and ended up giving me a button so I could control the amount of medicine that went in. By this point I was feeling immense pressure and told the nurse, asking to get checked. From 9:30-11:10 I dilated from 5cm-10cm and was ready to push. I opted to not push yet so I could rest a bit, seeing as how there is no guarantee as to how long you'll be pushing for. The on-call doctor came in and told me that they couldn't get a steady ready of the heartbeat on baby so they wanted me to start pushing right away (no real concern as they could still get her heartbeat, they just wanted to be safe).

I started pushing at 11:40 and by 11:47 she was out - 2 contractions and 3 pushes later. I didn't tear at all too! She is absolutely perfect!!

All in all - once my labor progressed (and after my water broke) it went VERY fast.

She is doing very well at breastfeeding - latched on right away after she was born. It is a little uncomfortable to me (as her mouth is kinda small and doesn't get all of my nipple in my mouth, which can be very painful!) So we're in the hospital until tomorrow but are so blessed that we got our little Easter Bunny Baby!!

Oh, and Jacquelyn is IN LOVE with her. She always wants to hold her and make sure she is happy. She kisses her all the time and is being the best big sister!

Here is a pic of her a couple hours old:

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Okay ladies, thanks for all the good thoughts and good job Tracylynn for finding my webpage!!!

So I had my baby April 1st at 7:57pm. Was I the first actual April baby???

Here is my story:
I woke up Sunday morning because I thought I had to pee, as I got out of bed I felt like I had started peeing a little. Made it to the bathroom and had a little pink mucous...and had a slight belly ache which equals poops.
I woke up every half hour with cramping all night, every time I had cramps I would have a little mucous-ie (don't know how to spell it) thick water leak out of me. I woke DH up at 6:30 because I was taking a shower trying to feel better or make the cramps go away. Called the Dr around 9:30 they said to come in. I went in and was 3cm at like 11. They said my water was leaking so I couldn't go home and I was going to have my baby. (my thought April Fools Day, great!!)

The contractions got worse from 11 until at 4 I couldn't stand them anymore and I got an epi. By this point I knew that I had been in labor for 13 hours and still had to push, so I needed the epi to deal with it. It took the Dr a while to get the epi to work, it didn't work right away, he had to give me more meds 3 times. Either way it wasn't painful (so don't worry!) What did hurt was the contractions while I was waiting for the epi to start. The nurse checked me once I was numb and come to find out I had gone from 5cm to 10cm while we were trying to get the epi to work (thats why my contractions were so bad!!)

I pushed for 2ish hours, had to get an epiosomity (sp?) and had the baby at 7:57. the pushing wasn't bad at all more of a workout. Yes I pooped on the table, but you don't notice or mind at that point, neither did DH!

Benjamin is great! he is sooo tiny, none of our clothes fit he was 6lbs 2oz when he was born and lost a little, when we left the hosptial he was 5lbs 12oz. The whole thing was amazing, weird and a totally different experience. Here are 4 pictures

Oh by the way you swell after delivery here I am with DH and Ben:

Me and my sister

Little Benjamin

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ok so it all started on the 3rd, i noticed i was having a lot of cramping that would come and go, into the afternoon i decided that it must be contractions. so me and dh went and took an hour walk. we got home and i still felt the cramping, but it was nothing unbearable at all. as it was getting closer to the night time they started to get uncomfortable and i was able to time them using the contraction timer online. they were about 5 to 7 minutes apart and lasted about 40 ish seconds. this kept up for hours. at around 12 i called the hospital and spoke with the midwife there and she said that when they were about 5 mins apart and lasted 1 min to go in. now they started getting painful, at about 3 am we went to the hospital, got hooked up and i was a fingertip dilated and 30% effaced. they sent me home and said the contractions were too too spacey, they were from about 3 mins to 5 mins. i was in tears, so upset cause they were hurting to bad. so we went home and stayed up all night cause they were so painful. at about 730 went back to the hospital and got monitered, the contractions were about 3 mins apart lasting 1 minute but still no more dilation. they decided to keep me and gave me a room and told me to go walk around the hospital for about an hour and try to take a hot shower. we went walking round and round the labor and delivery unit. i would stop and lean aginst the wall every couple minutes cause the contractions were so painful. when we got back to the room i really had no desire to take a shower but the nurse kept insisting so i went in there for about 10 minutes. at about 11 the midwife came in and checked me and now i was about 40% effaced but nothing else. she told me to go walking again and take a longer shower. so we went for another hour... rested.. go back in the shower for about 20 mins... at about 3 got checked again, still no progress. i went in for another shower and when i got out my mother had came. when i was checked again around 4 i was now 80% effaced.. so upsetting and im like moaning through every contraction making such slow progress.... so at about 6 the midwife came and i was now 1 centameter dilated, so she decided to start me on some pitocin. OMG the nurses could not find a vein for the life of them. i was crying cause they kept poking my hands and arms and couldnt put it in a vein. so then she said i could have an epidural because the contractions would be getting so much worse. then finally the came in the door.. he looked just like howie mandel LOL.. he was so comforting and so nice, i was so scarred. but at the end of it the the nurses that couldnt find a vein to put my IV in hurt so much worse the the epidural! so then they told me soon they would have to put in a cathater! the scarriest thing in the world to me.. so i told them to wait, finally i had to pee so bad i told them i needed it.. it wasnt that bad. the epidural worked miracles. the midwife would come in every two hours to check me, i was basically progressing 1 centimeter an hour, when i hit 3 centameters she broke my water, what a weird feeling, and they attached a little thing to the babies head so they could moniter the heart beat that way. i asked for some more epidural a couple of times and they were pretty good about giving it to me. i was begging for for some more epidural at about 1030 and they didnt want to give it to me...i told them i was having so much pain and rectal pressure and they said it was normal. finally she checked me at 11 and i was 7 1/2 dilated so she figured i would have plenty of time and called to c if i could get more epidural, he came and i felt a little better. i couldnt feel pain but i had so much rectal pressure, like i had to push.. i kept breathing through the contractions then about 30 mins later i rang for the midwife and she didnt even want to check me cause she just checked me about 40 mins ago... she checked me at 11 45 and i was 10 cent! ready to push! it was the midwife and 2 nurses in the room.. one nurse i didnt care for much at all. durring pushing my dh was giving me ice chips and faning me off when the contraction would pass. i was getting hot flashes, my legs were shaking. it was the hardest experience in my life. i remember looking at the clock and only an hour had passed.. and i would ask the midwife .. soon? and she owuld say not yet. when you see me get up and put my coat on then its soon.. finally she put her coat on and i was determined to get this kid out.. and she was finally born at 1:39 on April 5th weighing 8 pounds 4 ounces 20 1/2 inches long. she did pass a BM when i was in labor so they had to suctino her out pretty good.. but they got everything so she didnt swallow it at all.. her apgar scores were 9/9 and she stayed with me in the room over an hour before they took her to the nursery. i did tear on the inside a 1st degree tear and she put in 5 stitches, also i had a few rips on the outside but nothing to stitch up.

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Happy Easter ladies!!!!! I came home today with my little "easter bunny"...she's sooo cuddley!

Here's my story:
I arrived at the hosital thursday night to receive my IV antibiotics since I was GBS +...at my OB appt earlier that morning I was almost 4cm so my midwife said I was "ready"....I got to the hospital at 12:30am and was hooked up to the monitor and IV. Throughout the night I felt a lot of what I thougth were BH contractions. Well......at 7am I immediately felt the most strongest contraction ever. They hit me instantly. I called for the nurse and of course if was change of shift...I was gripping the bed rails in PAIN! (Now, originally the plan was for me to get pitocin after 7am to kick start my abor) but THANK GOODNESS it started on it's own. I was soo happy I was already in the hospital because I probably wouldn't have made it if I were home. The contractions started at 7am and I delivered her 2 1/2 hours later.

My midwfie had just came in and was so happy that I started laboring on my own. I immediately asked for an epi.....it hurt soo bad. The Doc came in and gave me the epi and it felt great! I progressed to 10 cm by 9:15 am and started pushing. The pressure was unbearable. Finally after about four long pushes, Sophia entered the world!!She had the cord wrapped around her neck twice!!! The midwife was very concerned because her heart rate drooped really low. She came out blue and was brought over to the exam table for oxygen. Soon she pinked up and cryed..I started bawling!!!!

Sophia was born at 9:49 am weighing 7 lb 11oz and is 21" long. She is such a wonderful baby. I am feeling a bit sore, but made it through with no epis or stitches, thank goodness!!!!!

I will post pics soon....I just got home from the hospital......

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Alyssa Lee Ruggiero
Birth Date: April 3rd,2007
Time: 4:23 AM
Weight: 9lbs, 6oz.
Length: 20 Inches

I woke up on Monday morning(my due date) to some pretty bad cramping, that I assumed to just be some really bad braxton hicks contractions because they were'nt really regular and Id been having some pretty bad braxton hicks recently. After getting my shower and having some breakfast, I went to the bathroom and noticed that I was having bloody show. I was pretty excited to see this, but I didnt want to get my hopes up. My husband was at the store picking some things up and after he was done, he was going to visit a friend of his that lives about an hour and a half away. I decided that Id better call him and have him come home just in case it was the real thing. While I was waiting for him to get home, I strated having really painful, regular contractions. I was timing them at 4 minutes apart and lasting for about 60 seconds. I then decided to call my doctors. They had me go into the office to be examined and monitored once my husband got home. When they examined me, I was 90% effaced and 2-3 cm's dilated. I was on the monitor for a little bit and definitely having real contrations. My doctor said that I was definitely in labor and told me to go home and grab my bags because I was going to the hospital to have my baby! Yay, it was finally time!!!
I went home, got a quick shower, ate and grabbed my bags. When we got to the hospital, I was 100% effaced and 4cm's dilated. The nurse asked me if I wanted anything for the pain. I really didnt want to get the epidural and decided that if I could handle it, I would just take demerol or stadol. At that point, I was in pretty bad pain, so I decided to get some stadol. The stadol really helped me deal with the pain for about an hour and then the pain was back and stronger than ever. They examined me again about 3 hours later and I hadnt progressed at all. At this point, I was in so much pain that I just couldnt take it anymore, so I gave in and got the epidural. The epidural immediately took my pain away and relaxed me so much. They started me on pitocin at this point hoping that things would progress. About 3 more hours passed and I was examined again. I still hadnt progressed at all. Another 3 hours passed and still nothing. 4 hours later, my doctor came in the room and told me that the baby's heart rate was dropping significantly after every contration and because I had made no progression even after the pitocin that I would have to have a c-section because they beleived that the baby might be too large to fit through my birth canal. I was really scared now, but knew that this would be the best thing to do for the baby.
When they were wheeling me in to get my c-section, I was really terrified. My mind was racing. It was really hard for me to calm down. When they were done prepping me, my husband was allowed to come in. I held his hand the entire time and kept trying to focus on him. I dont think I have ever been so scared in my entire life. My whole body was trembling, which they told me was completely normal.
Suddenly, I heard Alyssa crying. All of my fears and worries vanished and turned to happiness. I cryed because of how happy I was. I hadnt even seen her yet, but I loved her more than anything in the world! I heard my doctor saying, wow that is a big girl! I was wondering how big she could be. They weighed her and told me 9 pounds and 6 ounces. I was in shock because at my last prenatal visit, my doctor had estimated her weight to be around 6-7 pounds. She told me that she didnt expect me to have a big baby. Boy, was she off! All of the doctors from my obgyn's office were very surprised. My husband was able to bring Alyssa over to me for a few minutes before I went to the recovery room. She was such a cutie! I couldnt beleive how adorable she was! I was so in love with her right away!!!
I was in the recovery room for quite a while. They kept asking me if I could wiggle my toes, but I definitely couldnt. I asked how long it usually took for other people to start wiggling their toes and I was told about an hour. I started worrying that I was gonna be parilyzed from the waist down. I worry way too much!!! About two hours passed and finally I was able to get the slightest movement out of my toes. I was then trasferred to my post partum suite and shortly after, they bought Alyssa to me.
The first 24 hours following the c-section were the most painful. Im still in pain now, but it is definitely getting much better every day. Im just so glad that my husband stayed with me the entire time that I was in the hospital. We came home on Friday. Alyssa went to her 48 hour checkup at the pediatrician on Easter morning. She is doing great!!! We go back to the pediatrician on the 16th. Boy, being a new mom is so much work, but definitely well worth every second of it!

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Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:48 am Post subject: Finally my birth story

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I had to be at the hospital at 5am. My induction was supposed to begin at 5:30 but the baby would not cooperate for the monitor so my induction didn't begin untill 7:30. Well we went through all the usual stuff. The Dr. checked me at 11:00 and I was 1 maybe 2 cm. Then again at 1:08 I was 4 cm. Well at about 2:15 I told the nurse uhoh uhoh. She said don't say that. She checked and I was 10 cm. She told me not to push let her get the Dr. (he was across the parking lot) I said ok then a ciouple of minutes later I said uhoh uhoh. My husband said uh we need a nurse over here
and Connor actually fell out I did not push at all. The Dr. then walked in like 60 seconds later. Connor weighed 4 lbs 7 oz. 18 in. long. He didn't need any oxygen. We went home when he was 48 hours old.

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Nora Ann
April 5, 2007
9lbs 4oz
21 1/4"
9:58 pm

Here's my story:

I went in last Wed, Apr 4th for an appt. she stripped my membranes again and my TMI, my plug came out with her hand. So she said labor was definately coming for me that night. She sent us home for 2 hours and wanted us back at her office at 7 pm. We set up Reilly at the sitters overnight and went back. I was having contrax by then, so she sent us to walk the local mall until 9:30 ot until the contrax were 5 minutes apart or under. They quickly got to 4 min. so at 830 I was admitted to the hospital. She had me walk a lot there, and to no avail they wouldn't progress. She broke my water at 5 am on the 5th, and they still didn't progress, so at noon on the 5th she started pictosin. She told them no to go above 10 on the drip. Around 8 or so I got and intrathecal, the prick Dr, missed the first 2 tries, it was agony, I just sobbed uncontrolably. He was so insensitive. WHen that finally worked the contrax wouldn't get any closer together and I was only at 6 cm. That was around 8 pm. THe doc came in and told me that I should have progressed from my 4 cm at least one an hour, I had gone only 3 in 4 hours. She said we could elect for a c-sect now or she would let me go 3 more hours then order me into a c-sect. I talked it over with Dh and after 30 some odd hours of labor, we decided that a safe baby was the most important thing. Something was obviously wrong that I wasn't dialating. The baby was also extremely high. We opted for the c-section. The jerk anesthesiologist came back and gave me a spinal, I almost cried when I saw it was him again, totally nice and nailed it in the first try this time, thank goodness. I think the nurse told him he was out of line after the first time. He was super good to me in the OR too.
Nora was born at 9:58pm. I puked before and twice during the c-sect, from the first intrathecal, and from being exhauseted. I was so tired I could barely hold on to see what she was. As soon as Dh and the nurses left to take her to the nursery, I passed out cold the rest of my surgery. I didn't get to hold her until 2am. I didn't trust my tired self. In the end I would have done it all over again.
After the surgery we found out that if we had waited and tried those 3 more hours, I would have ended up in an emergency c-sect. There was no way she could have been born vaginally. Nora's head was crooked, she never engaged in the birth canal. All 30 hours of my contractions were just beating her and my uterus up. The doctor said my uterus was a total bruise and extremely overstretched from all the contrax. I just thank God for a healthy baby and that we decided to go with the c-section when we did. I feel good about my experience. I did everything in my power to bring her here naturally first. Everything the doctor told me to. My OB also said that she would have no problem letting me try for a vbac if we decide to go for 3. There was no lasting damage done to my system. So that made me happy. I can say, that this recovery has been very hard, as opposed to the vaginal birth I had with Reilly. Still worth it!

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heres my birth story which is nothing like i expected it to be.

I walked all over the place last week even til the day i was in labor.

April 9- at around 11am I went to use the bathroom and saw mucus come out. it looked like snot and that never happened to me before. so i put on a panty liner and went on my merry way. I went to the bakery to get some snacks, went to burger king, walked around a little bit looking at clothes and whatnot.

9pm- time to go to walmart to buy some bras. I just needed some. I got those and got home at around 1030pm.

April 10
3am- I had never felt a contraction before but from 3am-430am I was having some crazy contractions. now those are painful. every 6 mins. dbf was getting ready for work at 430am and saw how much pain i was in but i didnt want to really show how much pain i was in. he asked me if i wanted to go to his brother and sis in laws house. and i said no because i just didnt want to do anything but scream!! then i got up and went because I would be alone if I didn't go over there.
5am- got to his bros house and he dropped me off. as soon as he leaves i try to sleep but the contractions go from 6 mins to 3 mins. i called him 10 mins after he dropped me off and said TAKE ME TO THE HOSPITAL NOW !! he wasa nervous wreck. But we got there at 6am.

So when I get to the hospital they made me sign papers because it wasnt my hospital and they didnt know anything about me. i had my handy dandy medical records with me. Smile I got on the bed at 7 and they asked me if i wanted an epidural or pain medication. i said no epidural. clearly not smart. i almost ended up breaking the bars on the bed. I was having contractions still after the pain medication and yelled GIMME THE EPIDURAL NOW !! after that i was in sweet heaven. By 1230 I was 6 cm. When I got there I was 100% effaced and 2cm dilated. When they checked me at 430 I was still 6cm. The pitocin wasnt working or anything. I was just getting a really swollen left leg that i couldnt move. The doctor came and said that they were going to have to perform an emergency c section bc i was not dilating. He even gave me a little while longer hoping I would dilate but that didnt work. I had a fever and the baby did as well so they had to get him out. I was petrified of a csection. They did it though and he came out in 10 mins !! 7lbs 9 oz. 21 inches on April 10, 2007 at 520pm. I wanted to hold him but I couldnt because i was cut open and strapped down. I wasnt disappointed bc i couldnt have a natural delivery but im glad i overcame the csection which is the reason why my abdomen is killing me now !!! It was such a great experience. CHILDBIRTH IS THE MOST AMAZING THING IN THIS WORLD. But I dont think I can do it again. But it was a wonderful experience.

One more thing i had to mention. the doctors examined my placenta and the umbilical cord and found an infection in them both. Because of this they have to treat the baby for 7 days with antibiotics and he has to stay at the hospital. Sad I was really sad and down because I wanted to take him home. We were both doing so well in the hospital recovering. I got that news the day before we were supposed to get discharged. I was discharged yesterday and I came back and stood with him until 2am. I bf him and he breastfeeds like a champ !! Smile I'm proud of him. I know I won't be able to bring him home for a week but he's a strong little man and I know everything will be fine.

ill post more pics soon !!

IM SO HAPPY ITS OVER !! && I ADORE YOU LADIES !!

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Luke's here!!

My water broke (with an unmistakable GUSH) at 2:36 a.m. on Monday, April 9. Despite wanting to labor at home for as long as possible, we were advised to head in to the hospital around 8 a.m. (We had to jump the car because DH accidentally left the lights on when he went out to get the car "ready" at 3 a.m... oops!)

I was crampy an contracting irregularly when we got there, and my contractions picked up steam for a few hours... and then they petered out. That happened a few times before we decided to try Cervadel (sp?) to ripen my cervix. When that didn't accelerate labor and dilate me past 2 cm (about 24 hours in), we bit the bullet and put in the Pitocin IV. I wasn't thrilled because that meant I needed constant monitoring, but at least I could still get up and move around through my contractions. My DH was amazing about supporting me (physically and emotionally) through hours and hours of contractions. My doula was also fabulous, by the way. I never would have made it without her.

After over 40 hours of labor, I accepted a half-dose of Nubane so I could try to get some sleep. I "slept" for about two hours, but woke with each contraction and I kept thinking I had to pee. Trying to use the toilet was miserable. While I was asleep, they doubled my pitocin dose and I dilated to 8 cm. Although my water had already broken, the doctor had to break my "forewaters" twice.

After about 47 hours, I was dilated enough to start pushing. I wasn't ever fully at 10, but I insisted I wanted to push, and the doctor said my cervix was soft enough that she could hold it open for the baby's head while I pushed. What a sensation... pushing while the doctor held my cervix open. Good lord.

So anyway, I pushed for more than 5 1/2 hours, and I was SO exhausted. I was sure I'd never get him out. I screeched a lot more than I thought I would, and I think I swore like a sailor, but I did it! Luke was finally born after 51.5 hours of labor. I had a second degree tear (no epi), so I have a few stitches, but nothing major.

He was only 7 lbs 12 oz (after all that worry that he was going to be huge), and 20.5 inches long. He's beautiful, wonderful, perfect, and he's going to be an only child!!! Smile

We're home now, and he's ready to eat (as usual!), so thanks for all your support, ladies!

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Helaina Ember Geoffroy Born 2:04 pm 4/11/07 at 37 wks 1 day
9 lbs 4 ozs 20 1/2 inches Head 14 1/2 inches Chest 14 1/4 inches

I went to my Doc's appt at 10:15 am on Tuesday, April 10th for my 37th week checkup. BP was a little elevated and I still had notable edema. Weight gain was up only 1 lb.

Fundal Height:
32 wks - 34 cm
34 wks - 37 cm
35 wks - 38 cm (u/s showed baby weighing 7 lbs 6 ozs)
36 wks - 40 cm
37 wks - 42 cm

I was now measuring 6 wks ahead in fundal height. Doc was getting concerned about baby's weight. My first baby weighed 8 lbs 13 ozs and my second baby weighed 8 lbs 15 ozs, both were born on their EDD's. My third baby, born at 38 wks, weighed 7 lbs 12 ozs. So we knew that I make big babies

We discussed the pros and cons of inducing at 37 wks gestation and the concern about mature lungs. I had been having pelvic pain and every step was hurting now for several weeks. He checked my cervix and I was 1 cm, 50% effaced, and high.

We decided to induce that day. He had me check in the hospital at 5 pm so that he could meet me at 5:30 pm and put Cytotec near my cervix. Well he forgot he had a meeting at 5:30 pm and then he went out to dinner with his wife and kids. The OB nurses paged him around 7pm since he had not shown up yet

He showed up to the hospital at 7:45 pm and checked me and I was now at 2 cms. He inserted the Cytotec and joked and said that maybe we'd have a baby by midnight or around 2 or 3 am.

Contractions started about 8:30 pm and were coming at 3 mins. apart. The nurse checked me at 10 pm and said no change in cervix. She checked me at midnight and said that I was still 2 cms and about 75% effaced. She told me that she'd give me a Benadryl to help me sleep and would start me on pitocin by 6 am. I continued to have contractions all night and I got about 1 1/2 hours of sleep.

The Doc came in about 8 am and broke my water and checked and I was completely effaced and 3 cms and said maybe baby between 10 am and Noon. I was checked at Noon and I was 4cms and they could feel the baby's head. The nurses said that once I hit 5 cms they expected me to go fast.

Finally around 1:30 pm, I started feeling lot's of pressure and contractions every minute or so. They called the Doc back and they started letting me push about 1:50 pm. DH said that he heard the Doc whispering to the nurses. The Doc said that the baby head was stuck against the anterior lip of the cervix. They had me pushing with all I could. Finally her head cleared the cervix and she was born at 2:04 pm. I did not have any tears, just a few skid marks. The only pain meds I have was one shot of Stadol to take the edge off.

My DH, Grandmother, and Mother was in the room with me. Grandma later told me that the Doc was down on his knees trying to pull the baby out when she was stuck. She was a little bluish when she came out and had apgars of 7 & 9.

We stayed in the hospital for the standard 24 hours, but they offered a little longer if I wanted due to being 37 wks gestation. The Doc told me that he was glad that we induced when we did since she was getting so big. I probably would have ended up with a c/s if I went to much longer, or if they have trouble with the baby's shoulders getting stuck, the Doc said that sometimes they have to break a baby's collar bone to get them out and perform a 4th degree episiotomy on the mother. (Yuck, cutting perinium from front to back).

We are home now and she is doing great! I love her so much and I am so glad that she is here and she is healthy!

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Emma Nicole has arrived! (took me awhile to get here!)

She joined us in the world on Monday, April 9th at 12:24pm
She weighed 7 lbs .1 oz, and was 19 1/2" long
She is absolutely perfect in every way!
We are so completely and utterly in love with this lil bundle, which we call our Emma Bean.

To make a loooong story shortish:
My waters broke at 7:45pm Easter Sunday. It was weird because we were on our way out the door of the inlaws after Easter dinner, and I was talking to my BIL about pregnancy, and he was telling me how my SIL didn't know whether her water broke. Well as the conversation ended, we walked out the door to leave and my water broke! (I wasn't sure at the time, though, as just a little leaked out) We went to the hospital, and sure enough, they had broken! I was put in a labor room right then. They started Pitocin around midnight. The contractions started shortly thereafter, and got more and more painful until I got an epidural at 6:00am. It seemed like I wasn't progressing at all, staying at 2 cm dialated but fully thinned out, until all of a sudden I was 5 cm! It went pretty quickly after that! It was pretty painful. I guess I thought an epidural was supposed to blot out all pain, and I'd just feel pressure, but it did hurt! I remember the nurse once asking if I felt the need to push yet, and I thought, "No. Should I? How will I know?". And then sure enough, the next contraction I knew it, without a doubt! I HAD to push! It went so quick I think the nurse thought I was nuts. I had to make her check my dialation again, and yes, I was ready to go. I pushed through a couple contractions and the doctor was called. I went so fast they had me breathe through some contractions and NOT push while we waited for the doc, which was horrible, but I made it! I ended up pushing through about 8 contractions total, and my little bean was born! It was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. Feeling her leave my body and join me in my arms is just such a wonderful memory. I love her so much, and it would be worth all the pain and agony in the world to do it again.

Here are some pictures.
Sorry they're huge (and so many!).

Good luck to all you ladies in waiting, and congratulations to all the new mommies!

Me, and Emma, a few moments old...

Dad and the Bean

Emma

Emma - how convenient I was trying to capture her crazy hair and she gave me a smile! makes me giggle every time I see this pic...

Emma and Me enjoying a nap

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Ok, I am going to try and get this down as quickly as I can.

I had an incoordinate labour that had to be augmented. It started Saturday night with horrible pains in my belly that I thought were gas. They were so bad that I couldn't get to sleep until almost 6am Sunday morning. At 11am I Rob's mum came round. I had had a few hours sleep but was still in bed at this stage. After a couple of minutes I thought I had better do the right thing but as I went to get out of bed I felt a small gush of fluid come out and noticed I had pink fluid running down my leg. I waited for MIL to leave then went to bathroom to check. I had a bloody show and within half an hour started to loose mucus plug. I went and told DBf he wouldn't be playing golf after all.

I went into the hospital that afternoon and they confirmed my waters had broken (it was very obvious at that stage - when trying to get a urine sample I kept getting a cup full of fluid instead.) The monitors showed all was fine with bubs so I was sent home and given till 7.15 am Mon morning to start proper labour on my own. Contractions started getting regular overnight and by 5am next morning were 4min apart so went in. I was having them every couple of minutes on drive in but as soon as we got there they slowed right down and got weaker.

I was cheched and was completely effaced but on 3cm dialated. Because my waters had broken over 18hrs before I had to have antibiotics. I was left to try and progress on my own.

By 11am I was having 4-5 contractions every 10 minutes but they still weren't strong. They checked me and I was 5 cm (had taken 4 hrs to dialate 2 cm). It was decided to augment the labour so I was given syntocinin (sp?) - meant I was hooked up to a drip and monitors from this point on.

Over the next couple of hours the contractions got worse but would not get regular so they kept upping the dosage. At this point I still didn't think it was that bad. The midwives kept bringing people in to watch me cos I had set myself up a little table and was doing the crossword puzzle. They said I just didn't look like I was in labour even though contrax were measuring big.

At some point in the afternoon we went from woah to go with contrax starting to come much quicker. I was only just under a minute break between them. At this point I hadn't had any pain relief and didn't really feel like any either. I had been getting some back labour so decided to jump in the bath to see if that would help things.

The second I got in the water my contrax started coming one of each other. I asked for some gas but I had already been feeling nauseous and that combined with no break between contrax (so almost continously sucking on gas) made me feel even worse.) I decided I needed to push and got the midwives to come help me out of the bath.

Back in the room I was checked again (5.5 hrs after last check and after almost 3 hrs of constant contrax) and I had only dilated to 7cm. Before they checked me they had thought I must have been ready to push so had said no to pethidine or any other drugs. After they checked me the midwife recommended pethidine which made me upset as I knew then they didn't think baby would be here for at least another couple of hours. At that point I pretty much cracked it. I hadn't had a break from contrax in a few hrs, I hadn't slept for 2 full nights and I kept hearing other people coming in and having their babies then leaving while I was still there.

The pethidine pretty much competely knocked me around. It took another couple of hrs during which we tried numerous positions to try and make things more comfortable and help with progressing. I was having wicked back pains (he turned twice during the labour, first from anterior to posterior, then back towards anterior at the last minute.) Finally I was allowed to push, and wouldn't you know it, after having costant contrax in the lead up my contrax completely stopped at this point. We waited for awhile but nothing happened so I pushed him out without contractions.

At 5.30pm on Monday 16 April Hayden William was born weighing 7lb 8.5 oz. He had the cord wrapped round his neck but still started crying the second his mouth was free (his had wasn't even completely out yet). I got a 1st degree perineal tear and two bilateral labia grazes that all required stitches. I had to stay hooked up to the drip for another hour after he was born and then went I got up I had a massive blood loss and they thought I was going to need a transfusion so I had to go back to bed for a while longer. In the end decided transfusion wasn't necessary.

We were in hospital till Wednesday afternoon (could have come home earlier but waited to have photos done). He's breastfeeding well, but he keeps pullinghis tongue back when he sucks so I have some blistering on my nipples. He does it when he sucks on his hands too (which he does a lot cos he gets bad wind and doesn't like to give it up.) Midwives think it was probably a habit he got into when inside. He also doesn't sleep a lot at this stage - is very alert and awake a lot. He put on 110grams his first 36 hours at home though, so he certainly isn't struggling.

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Sorry guys, I just noticed her length was wrong. Nora was 21 1/4", not 20 1/4". Thanks.

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I was scheduled to be at the hospital at 6am Monday morning for my C-section, and I woke up at 3:30am b/c of bathroom/baby kicking/heartburn and just overall excitement. I know, starting off on the wrong foot, right? After calling the hospital to make sure it wasn't overbooked, we woke up my daughter, who is 4, gathered all our stuff together and headed out. When we got there, just seeing the nurses at the front desk made me emotional, like "whoa this it," and I had to look away and say something random to my DD.
Once we got to my room, we had to wait for my MIL and SIL to show up to take care of my DD while I was in the surgery. They somehow got lost, and I was getting concerned that my DH wouldn't be able to attend the surgery at all. The doctor was running even later, so everything worked out. In the meantime, nurses were running around my room checking on things, and it seemed like they all had to ask me how long it had been since I had eaten and what. I had to fess up to my Oreo binge at 9pm, which was still before the midnight deadline. The IV was one of the best I have had. They numbed the area with Lidocaine (sp) first, and it didn't hurt at all. Then I said goodbye to everyone and walked (was not wheeled!) to the OR.
After I got there, I sat on the operating table for a bit, and watched the nurses finish setting up all the instruments. I looked at them, all shiny and sharp, and I was like, Oh crap. Then someone came in to tell the anesthesiologist that this teenage girl really wanted an epi. I felt really sorry for her, and said I didn't mind waiting. It probably wasn't entirely up to me, but we ended up walking back to my room, to the surprise of everyone, and waiting some more. The second walk back to the OR wasn't nearly as climactic, and when I got there, I laid down on the table, and the anesthesiologist tried to put my spinal in. Tried is the correct word here, b/c it didn't go very well. They gave me some more Lidocaine, and told me to tell them if I felt sharp pains in my back or legs. Well, very soon, I felt a sharp tingling pain in my back, so after jerking away, which you are not supposed to do (ha) so they gave me more Lidocaine, but then I felt it again. This happened a few more times, and I asked the nurse if they were almost done, and she said "well he is finding all the places where it WON'T work. So I thought, crap, in other words they haven't even started yet. I felt like such a wuss. They ended up going in from the side somehow b/c my vertebrae were all too close together. I remember that warm heavy feeling running down my legs and thinking, Finally!
So then everyone came in, including DH with the video camera, and they said he could get a shot of the actual birth, which was really cool. They put the drape up, and started working. I was having a difficult time believing they were actually cutting me open b/c I didn't see them, and I couldn't feel anything. It was all very surreal. They could have been back there ordering takeout and waiting for a stork to show up for all I knew. Anyways, shortly after I heard a cry, and then the doctor said "she's crying already" ( I guess they didn't have to jumpstart her. I have not seen the video yet) and they whisked her over to the table to be cleaned up, which was in my field of vision. And there was the thing that I had been dreaming about and feeling for the past nine months. It seemed like there should have been trumpets playing or something. I saw them giving her a little bit of oxygen, (her APGAR scores were 8/9) and then they wrapped her up and gave her to DH, and then he nuzzled her face next to my head. My hands weren't tied down, so I stroked her and kissed her and talked to her. I expected them to take her away while I was getting stitched up, but they never did, and she wasn't crying.
When we got back to my room, there was all this pent up energy. DD was very sad she didn't get to see them take the baby out, and felt overwhelmed in general, and I felt torn between wanting to comfort her and wanting to see what they were doing with my baby. I guess I will feel that more often.
I didn't sleep much Monday night b/c she didn't like being in the bassinet, and by Tuesday night I guess I looked pretty tired b/c the nurses strongly offered to watch her for me and let me sleep. So I took a long hot bath in an awesome birthing tub and had a really good sleep. I gave them the OK to give her a bottle, but it was the only one she has had.
I went home Wednesday afternoon, and everything is doing pretty well. Baby has figured out that pacifiers are not breasts and the bassinet is not the same thing as being held, so we are together a lot.
Anyways, the official stats: Shiloh Eleanore Grace was born at 9:47am April 16. She weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and is 19 inches long. She lost 9 ounces the first day at the hospital, which makes me think a lot of that weight was amniotic fluid or meconium. She left the hospital at 6 pounds 14 ounces, but all the nurses said she was a good nurser, so I'm not worrying too much about it. She has her first doctor's appointment Monday.

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Mariah's birth story:
(7lb. 2.4 oz
7:05pm
4/18/2007)

On Monday 4/16 I went to my last prenatal check up. My doctor said that he would be on call on Wednesday and I should schedule an induction starting on Tuesday using Cervidil and then on Wednesday start me on Pitocin. I was already 8 days late and I was caught between feeling relief and fear. I have heard that induced labors are more painful so I decided that I should go ahead and have an epidural also I have been suffering with back pain as it was. I had read that there is a high liklihood that if I have the epi that the baby could be born occiput posterior because it tends to relax the uterine muscles causing the baby to turn the wrong way. Before I had let my other pregnancies go late but my doctor told me that as the baby stays in utero the amniotic fluid absorbs which can make things more risky. I agreed but still hoped that I would start labor naturally. I was already having constant pains infact that evening I called Richard and told him that I thought I had started labor again and like several other times those pains died away. No denying that I was really irritated about this.

The plan was that I'd call the hospital at 3 to see if they had a room ready for me at 4. So Tuesday I made my last preparations. Richard came home from his work early and took me out to the Chinese buffet. I kind of felt like this was my last meal.

When I called the hospital they said that they had been busy and to come at five. An hour means everything when you are about to have a baby. I think I took a shower to kill the time.

So after we got registered, given a room and hooked up to a monitor. I had to wait for the midwife to be freed up. There was another lady giving birth. She apparently was pushing for hours.I said a prayer that her baby would come. Poor thing! Finally when the midwife arrived to check me and give me the cervidil. She said that I was already at 3cm dialated and my cervix was soft. She thought that I was already in the early stages of labor and would have little use for the Cervidil.She said she was going strip my membranes to help things move along. I declined at that but she told me that I may not need to be induced and my body would just proceed. I agreed to it so she went ahead and stripped them.That was SO painful! She assured me that my labor should go on it's own.The cervidil was pulled out after short while. I was cramping too much. I was told that it wasn't a big deal that there were small dips in the baby's heart rate everytime I had a contraction but the nurses were keeping an eye on things. As the evening progressed, my daughter arrived after work. My older son joined us for a while. I was having mild contractions so I tried napping. There were some speculations that I might have the baby as early as 3a.m. since I have had two previous fast births. I fell asleep, sometimes waking to peek at the monitor so see that I had very mild contractions that felt like Braxton Hicks. They were not getting any stronger. Around 2 a.m. a nurse came into the room to give me a pill to stop my contraction (What?! I was almost NOT having any and now they were stopping them??? I was thinking that since there were several babies being born maybe they were throwing me on the back burner, but it turned out that the doctor oncall was concerned about the small dips in the baby's heart rate.)

In time I figured out that if I laid on either side there was less a problem with the heart rate. Flat on my back seemed to bring on contrctions but also caused the dips.

During this time, being hooked up to the monitors and the IV, I could not count the number of times I had to go to the bathroom. Erica quickly learned how to unhook me and help me. Both she and Richard were very helpful seeing that I was comfortable. It was also nice that the hospital allowed me to drink and eat lightly. In the past I was only allowed ice chips. As the morning arrived everyone was tired. Richard had enough of the uncomfortable recliner he slept on. We were eagerly awaiting the doctor to arrive to see what's going on and make the call on if I should be started on Pitocin. I assumed they'd send me home but the nurse assured me that I had already paid for my ticket. The doctor was held up and everyone was getting very antsy and irritated. Finally when he arrived he checked me. There was really no change to my cervix (ow! the midwife bruised me earlier!). He wanted me to have an ultrasound done to make a determination about either going ahead with the Pitocin, doing a c-section or sending me home. All of the above kind of worried me. We had to wait longer for ultrasound. The doctor had to tell them to squeeze me in or otherwise I'd have to wait until 2pm. It was about afternoon when I had my ultrasound. Everything seemed fine. The amniotic fluid was borderline. It was kind of low. I asked the technician which way was the baby lying. She said she was on her side. No telling if she would descend posterior or anterior. After the ultrasound, It was up to the doctor (and me) to make the next call about what to do. He discussed it with me. I had to fill out a paper to agree upon a c-section incase it was needed and then the pitocin was started at 2pm. The contractions returned and were comfortable enough. I took a nap for about an hour keeping on my side. I made sure to get up when I could, walk the halls, go to the bathroom. It was a complete pain to have to drag the monitor and the IV stand around with me everywhere I went. I can't quite recall the time. Maybe around 5 or 6 with the nurses continually turning up the pitocin my contractions went from comfortable to unbearable. I told this to the nurse before going to the bathroom. I found myself getting down on my knees to deal with the pain. They already had the anethesiologist on his way over. It crossed my mind that the last time I had a baby (almost 13 years ago) that when I was down on the floor like that that I was really close to delivering. Everything started to happen fast. I was sat up on the edge of the bed, feet on a chair, pillow infront of me and Richard beside me holding me up. I didn't realize that they sent my daughter out of the room, all I knew was I was getting these horrid contraction that were 1 minutes apart and lasting about 2 minutes while I had to sit perfectly still for the anethesiologist. While he hooked me up it seemed like forever. I must have contracted about 5 times. I kept my head low moaning in pain. Finally when he was done I laid down but could still feel the pains. He kept adding more medication, but it didn't seem to do much at first. My doctor arrived all prepped and ready to start the show. He told me he was going to break my water. I asked him to hold off for a moment. He looked like he was going to wait--I thought the pitocin contractions were bad as it was, I wasn't ready to go any worse than that. Suddenly the doctor ripped the hook from the nurse's hand--surprising her-- and like that he broke my water. I was turned over on my side, oxygen mask on my face, holding Richard's hand feeling the last of my contractions and dealing with them as best as I could. With each one I knew the baby was descending until I felt it was time. The bed was converted and I was told to push when I felt ready to, but I could no longer feel any contractions. The doctor said to just try a push to get things started. I did and it was pretty amazing that I could feel her moving down and out without the extra pain, no complaints. I could see the doctor grabbing the scissors, so I knew I had gotten an episiotomy. With a few pushes the doctor had her out, clearing her airway and she was breathing right away. Richard, to my surprise --did cut the cord although he swore he wouldn't. I was glad that he did. Then she was handed over to me for a moment---She was covered in my blood. I guess I bled a lot. First thing I noticed about her was her eyes focused right on me. She had the most beautiful eyelashes that curl up like a lady's. She had to be whisked away since the doctor said she had meconium. I then learned--She WAS born occiput posterior and I was torn pretty bad and she had the cord wrapped around her neck twice. Fortunately they checked the cord gas and there was no problem there. The pediatrician gave her a 9/9 apgar to which my doctor was so pleased because he says that she's a tough one to give out good scores. Richard told me that he watched the doctor work quickly to get her out and breathing right away. Give the guy credit for that!

We came home Friday morning from the hospital. It was beatiful and warm out and the flowers were blooming (purple crocuses) Breast feeding has been a lot of work. I've been pretty sore, but I am very much in love with my beautiful new daughter!
Monday she went to her first doctor appointment. I was pleased that she put on weight (was 7lbs 7oz.).

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Dad giving first bath at home
with big sister Erica
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Hi everyone! Its good to be back
So here is my story....
I woke up at around 4:30am on Friday the 13th having contractions about seven minutes apart. I fell back to sleep and woke up at like 9:00 and they were five minutes apart, I still wasn't sure if I should call my midwife cause she lives like an hour and 45 minutes away so I wanted to be sure I was in labor before I made her drive all that way. They went from 5 minutes to about 3 minutes pretty fast though so I called her and told her what was going on and I called my DH at work and somehow even though DH works almost 2 1/2 hours away he got home before the midwife got there She checked me at like 11:00 and I was 4 cm and 100 percent effaced. I walked around the house with DH for like 20 minutes till my contractions hurt too bad so I went back and laid down falling to sleep for a minute or two between contractions. Somehow it took me till 1:00am to be dilated to 10, the contractions were really powerful so they put me in the tub as soon as I was fully dilated. Its felt SOOO good to get into the tub. I threw up like seven times during my labor so I had like NO energy already and I hadn't even started pushing. They gave me some shots of vitamin b12 or something like that to give me energy and they kept feeding my spoonfuls of honey and trying to get me to eat ice chips. Finally she had me try pushing cause for some reason even though I was ready I didn't have any urge to push. My water broke in the tub, but it was taking a really long time for her to move down for some reason so after about two hours in the tub and like five different positions I got out and was on the bed for another hour or so, pushing and pushing and having everyone hold my legs and push on my feet and everything else lovely. Finally the midwife told me to sit on the toilet for a while so gravity could work better, so I sat there for like half and hour fourty five minutes pushing and finally i could feel her head, I was so exhausted but when I reached down and touched her head I was so happy to know she was almost here. I pushed till her head was almost out then I knelt down by the bed and pushed her head out in a couple pushes, I was so releived cause I THOUGHT her body would follow like its supposed too, but when my next contraction came I pushed and NOTHING happened! I new something was wrong then cause I have seen how birth is SUPPOSED to happen..and it wasn't happening! So I held my breath and pushed again with all my strength and I felt the midwife wrestling with her and finally she pulled her out at 5:42am! she had to be suctioned for a good minute or two and they gave her oxygen, apparently after my water broke she pooped and swallowed some maconium water before she finally came out. She was all white and purple and my DH grabbed my head and wouldn't let me turn around and look at her cause he thought she was dead. But after a little bit of rubbing and oxygen and suctioning she started to cry. I was so happy to know it was over and now all I had to do was get the placenta taken care of, easy right? NO! I pushed on my next contraction and felt something yucky come slipping out, unfortunatly it was a blood clot, disgusting. So I tried again and the same thing happened! Finally my midwife had to reach in and get it out manually. Which seriously hurt worse then the entire rest of the birth. SO I had to get a shot of potocin and something else? Meth something or something. I also had to wear an oxygen mask for a while and they gave me like four different cups of stuff to drink, some iron mix and some post partum tea stuff and some fiber drink thing. So I really wasn't starving after birth like everyone said I would be. Anyway, they cleaned me off and somehow I got out of it without a single tear! I was so amazed and thankful. Little Amelia weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 20" long. Her head was 14" which my midwife said was the average size for a 9lb baby! But the reason she had such a hard time coming out is cause she had her hand up by her head the whole time, so after her head finally came out she kept her arm in a funny position by her body which is why the midwife had to wrestle with her to pull her out. She also had super low blood sugar cause i threw up so much so they gave her some mollasses and water in a dropper. I lost alot of blood and have been on bed rest till today but were doing alot better. Nursing is going great and sleeping hasn't been too bad either. So i finally have my beauiful baby girl and I am so thrilled. It was worth every minute and I cant believe how much I love her. I also have to give major props to my husband who has never seen so much as a cat give birth but did soo beautifuly during my labor I was astonished. He helped hold my legs and saw her head come out and cut the cord and everything. So there it is, a little long i know but thats how it goes.
Congrats to all the mommies!!
Rachel

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Tuesday 4/17--dr stripped my membranes, lost some of mucous plug and had cntx for 3 hours then they went away.
Wednesday 4/18--cntx on and off all day...went walking around the block a few times and to the mall
Thursday 4/19--started having strong cntx at noon around 4-5 min apart. Called DH to come home. Got to the hospital about 3 pm and was 4 cm and in pain! They said I needed two bags of IV fluid before I could get my epi. Got the epi around 5:15. About 8pm I was 6 cm. At 10:30 pm they broke my water. I started running a fever and it got up to 100.7 so they gave me antibiotics and tylenol. At 12:30 am I was around 8-9 and 100% effaced but baby was still high (-1 station). There was talk about c-section. They kept asking me why I had my previous c/s--it was b/c she was too big (8lbs 15 oz) and she wouldn't descend. It looked like the same thing was going on. They said this one was "no peanut" and that they would give me a little more time to progress. At 2 am they checked and there was no change so we agreed the best thing was a c/s. Adam Vance was born at 3:08 am Friday April 20th. He weighed 8 lbs 1 Oz and was 19 3/4 inches and looks absolutely perfect His apgars were 9/9. He has had no problems with nursing at all thankfully.

Since I ran a fever during my labor, it's routine to check for an infection in baby too. They pricked his heel, but that blood clotted so they had to do it again a cpl hours later. Then they did it again and again to compare the results. His white blood cells were high and kept getting higher. (now I know it was likely because of the stress of labor) However, as a precautionary measure, they had to start antibiotics. They took him at 10 pm to the NICU. I was very upset even though I knew it was most likely going to be fine. They sent away for blood cultures.

Right after they took him away, I started having horrible pain in my right chest and lungs and under my ribs. It hurt to breathe in and got worse really fast. Nurses said it was just gas pain b/c of the c/s and that I hadn't been up and walking enough. DH had just left (at this hospital dads can only be there between 10 am and 10 pm--isn't that a bunch of crap!!!!!) Anyway, I called him to tell him he needed to come back--I couldn't breathe. By the time he got there I was hysterical and panicky. The nurses gave my a percocet, put warm compresses on my chest and then had me get up to walk around. The episode lasted probably an hour but went away. I didn't think that gas pains would come up to my chest and even my neck and shoulder, but that's what they said it was and I haven't had any more problems since. (I had been on a liquid diet for breakfast and lunch and then dinner was normal. I asked a nurse if it was ok for DH to bring me food from outside--she said yes--DH brought me a cheeseburger from Wendy's--I later found out that that was probably the cause of the episode).

The next morning DH showed up, we went to see Adam in the NICU. I nursed him there and then went back upstairs. A little while later they said he could be released from NICU and that they would leave the IV in to administer his antibioticsupstairs. I was thrilled! He got back to me at 3 pm. They had to take him away for about an hour at 10 pm and 10 am for his antibiotics each day.

Monday April 23rd--I was discharged--without Adam I was so upset. He had to stay until they finished with his blood cultures which would be Wednesday. If they were positive, then more tests needed to be done. Negative and then they would have to decide whether or not to continue with the antibiotics. It was so hard to leave the hospital without him especially since we live about and hour and a half away from it. Went home for a little while, then back to the hospital to see Adam. I pumped while at home and brought back milk for him.

Tuesday April 24th--Saw my two oldest DD's off to school then made the trip to the hospital to see Adam. The nurses said that he may come home the next day! His blood cultures were negative. Antibiotics did need to continue until Friday night though, but what they were doing was trying to set up a home health care nurse to come out and administer his IV antibiotics at our house. So, we waited to find out if that would be possible. It was and we were so excited.

Wednesday April 25th (his due date!)--Adam was coming home. They said to be there early to catch the dr to do the circumcision, so we did, but dr. was doing a c/s that lasted forever. Finally he came and did it. He said to wait half an hour so they could check it. We went down and ate and then came back. His nurse was showing me how to care for it--when she took off his diaper, I immediately started crying b/c there was a lot of blood. I asked if we should wait to leave and she said to come back in 30 min so she could check it again. We came back--she was at lunch We came back again and finally got discharged. The home health nurse came at 6:30 pm to do paperwork and then give his meds. She seemed tired and there was something about her that seemed weird to me. Anyhow, she told us that she was showing us how to do all of this and that we were to do it on our own in the morning!! WTF!!!! I am not a nurse. I don't know how to take care of an IV! So, she goes to flush his IV and says she feels resistance (I have since learned that she should have stopped then). She proceeds to give him the antibiotics. Thankfully, DH noticed his arm bubbling up and turning white. She wasn't even looking at his arm. He mentioned it. She said it wasn't supposed to be like that. The IV had come out of the vein and the meds were going into his arm. I panicked! She said we had to take him back. She packed her things and left! We dropped off DD's at DH's sisters and headed to urgent care--an hour away. They said he would be fine, his body would absorb it and the swelling will go down. They took the IV out and put another in and gave him his meds in a slow drip which took an hour. Then another hour to get home.

We cancelled the home health nurse and decided to drive him an hour each way in the morning and at night for the next cpl days instead. So, thurs and fri we spent 4 hours driving back and forth and 2+ hours there getting his meds. thankfully fri nite he got his iv out and we can finally settle in and spend some time at home!

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On Sunday, April 22, at around 1pm I lost my mucous plug. I had some mild, irregular contractions the rest of the afternoon. When the contractions started getting stronger and closer together, I started timing them and around 10:30pm they had been 5 minutes apart for an hour. My mother-in-law came over to stay with DS while DH and I went to meet the certified nurse midwife at the birthing center. By the time we arrived (11:15pm), my contractions had progressed to 3 minutes apart and when the midwife checked me I was 7 cm dilated. I was handling the contractions pretty well, DH was great with rubbing my back and holding on to me as I breathed through them. It wasn’t long before I decided to give the hot tub a try and the warm water felt wonderful. However, when I started feeling tremendous pressure and the beginnings of the urge to push, the midwife decided it would be better to move to the bed and he was absolutely right. At first I was able to push through the contractions much better, but at some point I somehow tore my labia which made pushing unbearable. I started crying and ended up screaming through each push. It should have only taken a couple of pushes to get the baby out, I could feel him/her right there, but I was in agony and knew exactly what I had done and it scared me. Just as the midwife was about to cut a small episiotomy, I found the strength to give one last push and out came the baby’s head. The feeling of relief I had is more than I can describe. Once the baby was all the way out, I heard DH saying that it was a girl! I couldn’t believe I gave birth to a little girl! I had convinced myself this baby would end up being a boy even though my initial instincts at the beginning of the pregnancy were for a girl. She had to have a puff of oxygen to get her going but then I heard her cry and she was absolutely perfect. The midwife placed my little girl on my chest and eventually, after it had stopped pulsing, DH cut the cord. I was able to hold my baby while being sewn up, and knew that she was worth every stitch.

At 1:08am on Monday, April 23, Allison Nicole finally joined us after 41 weeks and 3 days, weighing 7 lbs 10 oz, and measuring 20.75 inches long.

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Born April 21st at 3:57pm.
Thursday, April 19th I went to my 40 week appt and had my membranes stripped. From that point I started to bleed and pass my mucus plug. On Friday I felt strange (can’t explain) and Friday night around midnight I started to get, what I now know, as my first contractions. They were sporadic and not too intense as I was able to fall asleep. I woke up around 2:00am and felt more contractions so I decided that I better wake DH and get his contraction timer he built…I told him to go back to sleep as I was unsure of what the heck was going on. As I started timing, I realized that the sensation was about 10 minutes apart. I finally woke up DH around 3:00am, and we decided to go to the hospital to get checked out. On our way there I called my mom and sister to let them know that I thought I could be having contractions (LMAO) but not to worry that I would call if the hospital decided to admit me. We got to the hospital around 5:30am and I was contracting at about 4 minutes apart - - then they became very intense. (Btw, my mom was already on her way to the hospital). I knew as I was having them that I had to get through them, but looking back it seems amazing that I did!!! The only issue I seemed to have was my blood pressure dropping dramatically!!! At around 3cm I finally got my epi and pitocin – and my doctor came in and broke my bag of waters (I was so happy that he came in!!!) - - I had a nurse that was so rough with me!!! After that point time just flew. The nurse came in and said that at 3:00pm I would be ready to push and so she suggested I go to sleep. (Are you kidding me)? Well at around 3:00)pm I finally got tired, go figure. The nurse came in at 3:00pm (just like she said she would – he he) and said if I was a good pusher we would not need to turn the epi off, but if I sucked at it, say goodbye. Well I had 3 sets of pushes and I was ready to go but they my doctor was at another hospital. So we waited for like 15 minutes and there he was!!! Anyway, he was upset when he got there because I had 2 severe tears. Once we started to push again – 3 sets of 3 pushes my little girl had arrived. She was sunny side up (obvious as I had terrible back labor) – and right before I pushed her out, Dr. turned her (which I could feel, but it didn’t hurt which was so strange). It is such an amazing experience. I thought I would be nervous when the time came, but I wasn’t at all.

Here is a pic of us right after giving birth!!! Btw, at the hospital they said she was 6lb 7oz, and 19 ¾ inches long….well at her pedi appt. 2 days later she lost an inch (they measured her wrong, she is 18 ¾ inches long)…..my lil’ squirt!!!!!

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Will post the birth story when able, I'm a bit under the weather...

Emily Ann was born on Friday, April 20th @ 2:18 am, weighed 7 lb. 11 oz. and 20 inches long.

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Reilly Elin

...was born on April 29th at 11: 30 a.m.

It started Saturday morning, the 28th, when I had a lot of "bloody show" but no other symptoms of labor. The amt of blood worried me and so DH drove me to the birth center where they monitored me and checked for dialation. I was 100% effaced and only 1 cm dialated so they sent me to walk an hour. When there was no change, they sent me home and I thought for sure I wouldn't be back before my appt with the OB on Monday. Boy was I wrong! Biggrin We went to a movie Saturday evening and I came home and took a bath. We both took it easy but it was hard to sleep because I was so huge and uncomfortable. Finally, at around midnight, I went to bed.

Around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, I woke up with a strong contraction. Not wanting to make another wasted trip to the birthing center, I decided to monitor the contractions and see if they went away. After about 15 minutes, DH woke up and saw the light on in our room (he had been sleeping in the spare room to make me more comfortable). We determined that I was in labor and headed back to the birth center.

When we arrived they checked me and the nurse said that I was at 1 cm but that she broke through some scar tissue on my cervix and I immediately went to 4 cm. They admitted me and moved me to a birthing room. DH and I had attended Lamaze and was looking forward to a natural birthing experience but in spite of a birth plan, the doc signed me up for continuous monitoring and so I was "tied" to the bed with a monitor, IV, blood pressure cuff and oxygen. Because of the position that Reilly was in, the nurse had me on my left side and pressing on my tummy with each contraction because the monitor was having a hard time picking up Reilly's HB. Sooooo......I was miserable. No birth ball...no walking...no positions or anything that we discussed in Lamaze. I was so disappointed. I labored this way from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. with steadily stronger contractions. Finally, being only 4 cm still, I asked for an epidural. As soon as the epidural was given, I was at 8 cm. The nurse said that once I relaxed, everything openend up. DH was FABULOUS in helping me through each transition and I couldn't have done it without him there. Finally, the doctor was called and she came in for about 30 minutes of pushing. I got to touch Reilly's curly head when she crowned and finally delivered her at 11: 30 a.m.

She weighed in at 8 lbs 5 ozs and was 21 inches long. Beautiful in every way with her daddy's hair and eyes and my mouth. She surprised us with a cute dimple in her right cheek and it was love at first sight!

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Jacob Thomas
Monday, April 16
11:03am
8lbs 9oz

1:30am - contractions start, mucous plug coming out in clumps
2:30am - start timing contractions
4:00am - contractions 2-3 minutes apart, lasting 30-45 seconds
5:30am - arrive at hospital
6:30am - admitted to L&D, 4-5cm dilated
7:00am - 5cm dilated
9:30am - 7cm dilated
10:00am - 9cm dilated, water breaks
10:30am - 10cm dilated, start pushing
11:03am - Jacob arrives!

I know it's late, but in celebration of Jacob turning one month old today, here's his birth story. Smile

I hadn't been trying any methods of natural induction prior to my due date. But in the days leading up to his due date, my boss started to act as though I'd be there forever, and my doctor started talking about medically inducing me only 10 days past my EDD. Between the two of them, I was getting seriously annoyed. So I decided I wanted the baby to come the weekend he was due - as soon as his due date hit, I figured it was safe to get him moving.

We spent Sunday afternoon walking around the mall near our home. Sunday dinner was a recipe I found for honey curry chicken - with a bit of extra curry. Sunday evening...well, who hasn't been told that nipple stimulation, orgasm, and semen are all useful in moving things along? Wink

Blame whatever you like, the contractions started at 1:30am. I couldn't get back to sleep through them, so I set up camp on the bedroom floor and timed my contractions while reading a book. My mucous plug was really coming out now, after a couple days of light bleeding. At 4am, the contractions were 2-3 minutes apart, lasting for 30-45 seconds, so I figured it was a good time to wake up the soon-to-be-daddy and tell him I was in labour.

Turned out to be good timing, since the contractions got a lot worse soon after. We showered, packed our hospital bags, and called my co-worker to let him know we were headed to the hospital. There was a big snow storm at the time, so the drive took longer than usual. The drive was awful, since I couldn't get into a comfortable position during the contractions. I was so relieved when we finally got there at 5:30am.

The next hour was spent sitting in the assessment room waiting for the nurses to realize that I wasn't lying when I said I was in labour. I had to sit ("and lean back!") in a chair while they monitored the heart rate and contractions. It hurt so bad to sit back. After a good fifteen minutes of this, I couldn't take it anymore. They had plenty enough tape, I was leaning forward. Sure enough, a nurse bustled in soon after to give me trouble for messing up the monitors. I refused to sit back, so she gave up and sent the resident doctor in.

Finally, after several "be back in a few minutes", I was checked internally at 6:30am. I was 4 or 5 cm dialated with paper thin sacs. The cranky you're-not-really-in-labour nurse suddenly became the cheerful let's-get-you-admitted nurse. Yes, let's.

I was set up in L&D and hooked up to the IV to receive antibiotics for my GBS. I was now fully 5 cm dialated. I had to stay in bed for the IV, but moved to the hot tub as soon as it was done. The tub felt so much better as most of the pain was in my back. Isaac joined me in the tub and applied pressure to my back through each contraction. It really helped. I wasn't exactly exciting company or anything by this point, but I was still doing okay. Then the new shift's nurse came in and told me she had to check the baby's heartrate - at this point, I started full out crying. After sitting in the chair being monitored, I dreaded having anyone come at me with the doppler for the rest of the labour.

I stayed in the tub for a couple hours, then wanted to lay down in bed for a while. The back labour was still really bad, so the nurse told me she wanted me to try going on my hands and knees and rocking the baby into a better position. It seemed to work well enough, or at least made things more bearable. She was a great nurse, honestly, though at the time I just wanted all these people to stop coming at me with all their questions and dopplers, expecting answers and movement as I moaned through my contractions. Isaac was great, though - very encouraging, but still staying back and fairly quiet for the most part. I just wanted Isaac there holding my hand and everyone else to stay out of my face.

I lose track of time at this point, but I think it was around 9:30am that I was checked again. I was 7 cm with bulging sacs. The doctor made to break those sacs when the wonderful wonderful nurse stopped him. She reminded him that I was having a natural child birth and that it would be plain and simple mean to break my water at that point, as it would make the contractions much worse. She asked him to wait until 8 cm.

I was getting pretty out of it at this point. I would moan through each contraction, trying very hard to breath properly, then basically pass out in between. Poor Isaac was getting a bit worried. I don't remember much except that it felt like the contractions were coming almost constantly and that everything was moving far too quickly - I had envisioned a much longer labour, with breaks in between the contractions to recover, maybe even say a word or two to my husband. But no.

Shortly after 10:00am, the nurse checked me again. I was now 9 cm with very bulging sacs. She said she'd call the doctor to break my water, but then she checked me again and, to use her words, "tickled the baby's head" during my next contraction. Nice warm gush of fluid and my waters were broken. I was relieved, as it took a lot of pressure off down there - it had been getting pretty uncomfortable.

I think it was around this time that I was offered laughing gas. I hadn't wanted any sort of pain medication, so Isaac waited until I said yes, I'll take the gas. The nurse wanted me to take it to help control my breathing. It definitely helped that way. Deep breath in, long moan out, deep breath in, long moan out. I didn't like the fact that I started to feel numb after a few breaths, so I usually took it away from my face at that point. But the last of the contractions were really bad, so I pretty much just sucked that gas back like there was no tomorrow.

After that things really started moving. The doctor arrived, took a look at me, and said he'd be back later. He was still in the room, though, when I said (loudly) that I needed to push. The nurse said it wasn't time yet, but I told her I needed to push, now. I had been fairly quiet through labour thus far, but that all ended immediately. She asked my husband if I'd been that way before (she was a new nurse, filling in while the other one was on break), and my husband assured her that no, this was very very different. So she checked me again and sure enough I was 10 cm and the doctor had just walked out of the room. She started moving a lot faster at that point.

Suddenly everyone was back. The old nurse, the new nurse, the doctor, the resident doctor, the med student, and possibly one or two other nurses, I really didn't care at the time. They told me to start pushing.

Here is where I'm rather disappointed with my "technical performance", if you will. I sucked at pushing. It hurt, everything was moving way too fast, and I didn't want to push. I recall thinking that if I just refused to push, they would have no choice but to cut me open and pull Baby out. Not exactly rational, I know. That's the thing with the laughing gas - it helped me stay in control through the worst of the contractions, but then I was feeling pretty disoriented and out of control for the delivery. But if I hadn't used it, then I wouldn't have been very much in control during the last contractions, but perhaps I'd have been more focused during delivery. Hard to say whether I made the best choice there, but I used it and that's that.

The baby's head was now part way out. I hadn't even realized until my husband was suddenly on his back on the floor. The sight of the head didn't go over well with him. The nurses had him lie down. I remember just being annoyed that I didn't have his hand anymore, and that everyone was rushing to help him and I didn't know what to do. Poor man. Fortunately, he was up again shortly and was fine for the rest of the delivery.

I, however, was less fine. I was attempting to push a kid through a very small hole. The doctors were getting more insistent that I keep pushing, as I was doing a pretty bad job of it at that point. I knew it, but I couldn't seem to convince myself to suck it up and do better. They had me feel his head and told me that he'd be out in another push or two, but a few pushes later and he was still in the same spot. Then the nurse who had been there through my labour (and came back early from her break to be there for the delivery) leaned over and quietly told me that my baby's heartrate was dropping and staying down and I needed to push the baby out, for Baby's sake. Everyone else was just randomly yelling at me to push ("push through your contractions!" - but I couldn't tell when I was having a contraction anymore!), but she just told me this quietly and directly. It was much appreciated. A few proper pushes and Baby was there, 11:03 am.

Less than 10 hours of labour, start to finish. It moved so much faster than I'd expected, I felt like I couldn't keep up, but the nurse and Isaac were both great at keeping me focused and assuring me I was doing well.

Baby was so blue when he came out, and so quiet. The doctor tried to take him away, but the same wonderful nurse told him not to, that the baby had a good heartbeat and would start crying right away. I was still just trying to find out whether it was a boy or girl - when I could finally string together enough words to ask, Isaac told me it was a boy. Isaac says that he started flailing his arms and making faces as soon they started touching him. He was nice and healthy.

They laid him on my chest and left us alone for a couple minutes. I pushed the placenta out when they told me to, but otherwise just laid there looking at our son until they took him to be weighed and such. 8 lbs 9 oz - a fair bit more than six or seven lbs like my doctor said! The doctors and nurses kept commenting on how he was such a big baby, and how rarely they have natural child births these days.

Once I had him back, the nurse asked how I was feeling. I wasn't sure what to say - very happy because he was here, relieved that the labour and delivery was over, absolutely exhausted, or incredibly sore.

My vagina. It hurt. It burned. But! I hadn't torn at all! I was so relieved. No stitches were needed. I wanted to hug the doctors for helping him come out without tearing me.

I was given Tylenol and Motrin while the baby was given his tests and eye ointment. They brought him back to me to feed. The little man breastfed from each side - he had no problems latching on. He looked so content to lay there feeding away.

I showered (which felt pointless, as I just kept bleeding), went to the washroom (the nurses insisted that I pee), and was moved to the maternity ward, our swaddled son in my arms. A couple days later, the three of us were back at home, everyone happy and healthy.

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Cadence Abigail Grace Nelson
Friday, April 27th, 2007 1:16pm
8lbs 9oz, 20.8 inches

I was starting to get antsy starting a few days after I was due (April 20th) , b/c my DH had a week long trip coming up that he couldn't get out of. I had no contractions, no show, nothing to indicate it might be happening. Every night I went to bed hoping this was it, and DH wouldn't have to commute to work and then come back, and every morning I sent him off. Thursday night, I had some bloody show. I got all excited, finally SOMETHING, and then lo and behold, I wake up at 5:30am and nothing. So I sent DH off to work and went back to bed to read a novel.
I had asked my SIL a day earlier what contractions actually feel like, b/c I thought maybe I was having them and just didn't realize it. She said just really strong period cramps. She never felt them in her back. So I'm lying there, and all of a sudden I get this prolonged period cramp with no warning, and nothing in my back. I'm like hmmm...I should look at the clock in case this is it. It was 9:55am. At 9:58 I had a smaller twinge. At 10:02, another big one. I was like ok...maybe something's up here. About 10:20 the cramps sent me to the bathroom...emptying my bowels (TMI) and there was a TON of bloody show. (I was still reading my novel!! lol) I had a couple more trips to the bathroom, and the pain was coming every 3-4 min. I decided I should call DH (I didn't want to bother him and have it be a false alarm) so at 10:45 I called and said I think I'm in labour, you might want to head home. He asked if it hurt, I said yes! He said ok, I'll talk to my boss and call you back. He called back and said he'd be there in an hour and a half. (It only takes 1hr 15min but he told me later he didn't think it was a big rush as I didn't sound too concerned over the phone). My SIL texted me asking "Anything?" I wanted to get showered and ready before anyone coming over so I ignored it and got in the shower...where I promptly realized things were speeding up. I had one as I was putting shampoo in my hair and before it was rinsed out I got another one. They were roughly 2 min apart, and starting to make my eyes water. I tried going on hands and knees in the tub, but standing upright seemed to be most comfortable. So after about 20min I got out and started getting ready. I had planned to do my hair nice, put on makeup etc b/c I'm one of those people who look DRASTICALLY different w/o makeup. I get told "you look tired today" or "are you sick?" and the last thing I wanted was labor room pics of me looking worse than my worst. However, I had a contraction as I was getting ready and I was crying and thought, I really don't want to be wiping mascara out of my eyes in labor!! I was going to leave my hair down, but I got hit with a wave of nausea and almost vomited. I thought, forget that, I don't want to be shoving my hair out of my face every 2 seconds!! So up it went. They were strong enough at this point that I had to stop what I was doing and talk myself through them. I said stuff like, "You can do this" and "ok its not that bad, you get a break in between" (although sometimes there was no real break...the pain lingered). I prayed a little too. All this time I was debating whether to call my Mom over, or my SIL or both...I kept deciding against it b/c my SIL has 2 small children who would be really distracting, and I didn't want to bother my Mom. But I knew both of them really wanted to know ASAP when something was up. Finally at 11:45am I was in enough pain that I wanted someone to at least be there with me till Jared got there. I phoned my Mom, and told her what was happening. She said well I'm at work, but ____ will be here at 12, so Tanya (my sis) just has to come pick me up and I'll come over. I was thinking that she'd leave AT 12, so there'd be no point b/c Jared would be home at 12:15pm. But I had a contraction during our conversation and she wouldn't take no for an answer. She later said when she heard that she knew I didn't have long to go and I needed to have someone there. (I was her firstborn, and her labor was 2hrs 8min from start to finish...she woke up with contrax 2min apart, in transition) Then I realized she meant someone else would be there soon so she could leave right now. She and Tanya arrived at noon, and I was running around the house trying to grab all my last minute things. DH still hadn't even packed his stuff yet!! I had told her on the phone that my contrax were 2 min apart. We were talking and I had one, and then another...and she goes, Honey, those are NOT 2 min apart. We have to go to the hospital NOW. (they were 30 secs - 1 min apart now) I said no, I want to wait for Jared. I didn't want him feeling like he wasn't there for me when I needed him. I finally texted my SIL and told her what was up. My Mom and Tanya were almost ready to pick me up and throw me in the van when Jared arrived at 12:15pm...and stayed outside!!! We were all trying to figure out what the heck he was up to. Finally my Mom goes running out muttering "He better get his buns in here NOW" and gets him to come in. He was CLEANING OUT THE CAR!!! :shock: He thought we had tons of time lol!! He walked in and took one look at me (I was in the middle of a contraction) and realized ok, we need to go now!!! Tanya was trying to call the hospital to let them know we were coming (I hadn't called b/c I didn't want to be told it was a false alarm) but I couldn't remember the direct line to the mat ward so she had to go through all the stupid menus...and my SIL was trying to call me to get an update so Tan finally just gave up. Jared got on the line in the car and it took a full 2 min before we even got thru to a person! My SIL finally got thru to me, and I had a contrax while on the line. She coached me thru it. I said I had to go, we were almost there, and she goes "Ok, well call me when its closer to the time" Lol As if I would be calling on the delivery table!!!
DH pulled into the parking lot, sees that there are no stalls near the entrance so he decides to go to the upper parking lot. Its bumpy, I'm having a contrax, and I was like, I am NOT walking all the way down there. He's like there's no parking!! I said Get my sister to park it later!! We have to get in there! So we head up to the mat floor. He offered to get me a wheelchair but I'd found that being in a bent position made the pain worse so I walked. I had one all the way up the elevator, and then we arrived and got put in a room. The nurse asked me to give her a urine sample. DH goes in with me to help me get into a gown (major event...the man refuses to believe women even use a bathroom and will NOT use it if I'm in the room or vice versa lol) and I'm trying to pee but only got one drop of blood. I hadn't eaten or had anything to drink that day. Finally I come out and apologized that I couldn't give her a sample. She said thats ok, lets get you up on the bed so I can check you. I was dreading that moment, b/c I thought as we walked into the labor room, "What if I have like 15 hrs of this to go thru? I'm probably only 2-3 cm right now" - so she checks me and gets this shocked look on her face. She goes "You are 9cm dilated right now...there's only a little lip of cervix left. She checks again and says, "Your waters are bulging...there's no cord in front or anything, but if they break, you will be pushing. I just sent the other nurse on her lunch break and I need to find the dr. So just lay there and DON'T PUSH!" At that point I started to realize that VERY quickly, I was going to have a baby. It became very real to me in that moment.
My Mom and Tanya had gone down the hall to the waiting room, but then all these alarms started going off and Mom saw a bunch of people going in and out of my room. They walked right back and planted themselves outside my door for the rest of the labor. The dr arrived a few minutes later. It was my own dr's husband...she was taking live teleconference courses over the Internet and had handed all outpatient stuff to him. They called her but he was the one who came. A tad awkward, but he was really great so it was ok. They brought in a guy and said "We have a nurse student here today, would it be alright if he observed?" I said "sure" and DH goes, Are you sure??? (I normally wouldn't do that). The dr looked up from what he was doing and smiled, "NObody cares when they're in pain". They hadn't even had time to assemble all the instruments on the tray properly, I could hear them explaining that to the dr. He told me, "I'm going to break your water now, ok?" Knowing that the pain would get even WORSE, I said, Are you sure? He laughed and said, "Well, we want to get this over with, don't we? Why go through more pain than you need to?" So he broke my water...felt a bit like I was peeing, but the warmth actually felt good. DH was amazing...going and getting water for me, telling me I was doing good. He was so excited. And still in his shirt and tie from work lol! I had about 20-30 min of contractions, breathing through them etc while waiting to be fully dilated, and the nurses were scurrying around the room getting the incubator and everything ready. The dr at one point left the room and told my Mom that it would be a while yet. She turned to Tanya and grinned, Its not going to be very long at all! Then it was time to push. They told me "When you feel the pain, take a deep breath, and then let it out. Then take another deep breath, hold it and PUSH. We're gonna try to do that 3 times per contraction." So started the pushing. I never actually got the urge to push. I had my legs propped one on DH's hip and one on the dr's. One nurse had her hand supporting my head and counted to ten with me with each push. They had to keep telling me to slow my breathing down, to not let my breath out during a push. I was feeling pretty panicky and kept asking DH why it had to hurt so bad. In between one of the first few sets of pushes, I asked the dr how long I would be pushing. He was like, oh, maybe 1 or 2 hrs. I was like, "I don't think I can do this for 1 or 2hrs!!" He winked at me and said, "Well, thats with all the stuff we have to do afterwards too, right?" (trying to make me feel better lol). At one point, I didn't want to push and the dr and the male nurse student were like, but it feels better to push. I was like, "No it doesn't!!!!!" They laughed. Jared at one point joked, No pain, no gain! I said Jared Nelson!!! That was the extent of my DH bashing lol. He really was awesome.
While I was pushing, it wasn't "relieving" like they say. It felt like someone was smashing my pelvis with a sledge hammer. One nurse offered me nitrous oxide. I said no. The next push she offered it again. I was like, No, I don't want to feel anymore lightheaded than I already do (I actually felt like passing out after one push). She offered it again on the next push, holding it a foot from my face. I was like No! The other nurse said, she doesn't want to feel more lightheaded. Then she offered again!!! This time me, DH AND the nurse said no. As the baby started to crown, it became excruciating agony. They let me feel baby's head, to encourage me, and that was cool! - but it got to the point where I was yelling a little at the end of every push. They tried to get me to hold my breath, to have more power, but I couldn't help it. I HAD to make some sort of sound just as a vent! The "ring of fire" felt like someone was ripping me with razors all the way around. My second to last push, I gave a loud shriek. Tanya said to my Mom in the hall, I don't know how much more of this I can take!! Mom said, Don't worry, it'll be over soon. Then I pushed one last time...and gave the longest, loudest, highest scream I'd ever heard or done. :oops: I was SO embarassed...but it really felt beyond my control. Jared said it was "eerie". My Mom turned to Tan and said, Maybe this will be a one-kid family!!! Lol She came out all the way, and Jared was the first to announce - It's a girl!!! He was in awe with the whole experience...He's normally squeamish and didn't want to even look down there during labr but he said it was amazing. They took her and wrapped her in a towel and handed her to me. I was crying and smiling and couldn't stop touching her little face...it was so surreal. She was still covered in lanugo, and her hair was all kinky..I think it will be curly. She is so perfect! The dr and nurses were all like, "Oh, she's a big baby...at least 9lbs!!" I was so gratified to hear she was 8lbs 9oz. She's so dainty and delicate. NOTHING like most of my friends babies, who look 3 months old from the start. She was totally healthy..Apgars were 9,9,and 10. No jaundice or anything.
The dr massaged my belly for a few seconds and just pulled the placenta out. DH got to cut the cord, which was bigger than I expected. Then they started stitching me up. I had 3rd degree tears, and it took about 30 min. I took some nitrous oxide to help till the freezing started working, and it actually knocked me out to the point that I was dreaming about some random thing completely unrelated to labor! They didn't put enough freezing in near the bottom, so I felt every stitch....oh my goodness, it hurt SO bad!! And they're telling me to "relax" and "open up" and it was SO super sensitive down there!!! I ripped in a big W...up each side, and almost to the anus but not quite, and up inside my vagina.. They never told me how many stitches I have lol.

It was a crazy 3hrs and 20min of labor. I never used HALF the stuff I packed lol!! We stayed in the hospital 2 full days and were released Sunday afternoon. Someday soon I'll post some pics for you lol...but I have to go now. Sorry it's so long!!!

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