April 07 Birth Stories!

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Here's our story...

On Thursday, April 19 I went in for my 39-week appt. around 1:30. After my internal exam I was still at 1+ cm dilated and had progressed to 70% effaced. I was feeling kind of crampy afterward and mentioned it to the dr. and she said that it could lead to labor and or not, so I went on my merry way. I called my husband around 2:00 from the parking lot to update him on my appt. and mentioned the crampiness to him in passing and headed on home. Almost the minute I walked in the door I felt stronger "cramps" and was thinking it was just gas; little did I know...

Well, they were "gas pains" that came and went about every 2-3 minutes! At this point I wasn't sure if these were true contractions this being our first baby and all. DH called home to let me know he was going to make a quick stop at Home Depot to pick a few things up and I told him what was going on and told him I was going to walk around a bit and then take a bath hoping it would help. Let's just say they continued to come at regular intervals and the walking and bath didn't help much. My good friend called and I filled her in on what I was feeling and she was almost positive that I was in the beginning stages of labor. At that point I hung up with her and called DH and told him he needed to come home right away, funny thing was as I called him he was just pulling in the driveway, thankfully. After some discussion we decided that this could be "it" and got ourselves ready to make the drive to the hospital. On our way there we stopped at Subway and DH went in to get us a sandwich since we knew if I was really in labor they wouldn’t let me eat. So, on the road between contractions I was attempting to get my last meal in! We got to the hospital parking lot and sat there for a few minutes and had a few more bites and I then headed in.

It was about 4 and a half hours after my appt. that I was admitted, in a hospital gown, and was 4 cm dilated! Not soon after I was in bed and hooked up to the fetal monitor my water broke. The was some tinge of brown in the water indicating the baby had had a bowel movement inside me, so they mentioned they’d be checking her out right away to make sure he/she did get any in his/her lungs at birth. About 2 hours later I was resting after the epidural took effect. We had planned on using the birthing ball, walking around, and massaging during labor, but those plans changed rather quickly.

After the epidural I was 6 cm dilated and I continued to progress 2 cm about every two hours till midnight when I was was fully dilated. Not too much longer I found myself pushing for 1 hour and 45 minutes and gave birth to our beautiful baby girl! It was the most amazing experience of my life. Towards the end I just wanted the baby out, I had tore and had to have an episiotmy(sp). I cried tears of happiness as they said, DH didn’t know at that point whether if I was okay or not, it was just so overwhelming, so many emotions going through me. I wasn’t able to hold her right away because they had to check her out due to the bowel movement she had in me. Meanwhile I got stitched up and DH was snapping pictures on our digital camera and bringing them over to show me since I didn’t get to see her right away. Everything was done right in the same room, so the baby never left the room. DH did get to cut the cord. He was so good during the whole labor and delivery, right by my side, feeding me ice chips and encouraging and coaching me.

Her vitals:
She was born on Friday, April 20th at 2:18 am, weighed 7 lb 11 oz, and was 20 inches long.

We named her Emily Ann. My mom is deceased so we decided to carry on her middle name. Emily has given us great joy, we can’t believe she’s a month old already! It is still hard to believe at times that we are someone’s mommy and daddy, but in the same sentence can’t imagine life without her.

Not the most attractive picture, but considering...

The "Three of Us..."
Going home...

Thank you for letting me share this amazing story. Smile

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Here is my birth story.. Sorry I'm a little behind on posting but I've been busy with visitors and such..

On May 6th at 7:00 AM I called the hospital to see if I was going to go in for my induction, they told me to be there in 2 hours.. So I got all ready and headed out to the hospital, and arrived on time at 9:00 AM. They started with the induction, they used a sort of tampon like item.. I can't recall what it is called. But anyways, they monitored me for 2 hours and I was starting to have some good contractions. They asked if I wanted to go home or if I wanted to stay there. I wasn't feeling too too bad so I decided that my hubby could take me home. So Terry and I left and drove the 25 minute ride home.

On the way I found that the contractions were getting a bit more severe and that they were located mostly in my back. Whenever he accelerated it killed me, due to the fact the carseat was pushing into my back. We got home and I was getting ready to have something to eat (the hospital told me it was okay) and I had a knee buckling contraction. I ended up sitting on a kitchen chair backwards in order to ease the pain and pressure from my back. So I called the hospital and asked them if I should come back. They said to come back whenever I felt that I needed to and to not eat. So I told Terry to take Archie out (the dog) and I would try having a shower. After the shower I laid on the bed for about 5 minutes and I told Terry it was time for us to go back. I was very uncomfortable and with this being my first baby I didn't know what to expect and how fast it would be.

We got back to the hospital and by then I was having 4 contractions every 10 minutes. So the nurse set me up in the birthing room and the doctor came up to check me. He said I was 3 CM dialated. By the way the doctor was not impressed with me I because I screamed bloody murder when he checked me, all I have to say is "MAN HANDS". After he checked me the nurse introduced me to my new best friend, Mr. Nitros Oxide.

My husband and I sat in the room with me in pain, both from the labour and from hunger. By this time it was about 1:30 PM. We ended up walking around a bit because I was getting bored sitting in the room.
After a few more hours the contractions started to slow down. At about 8:00 PM my Mom and sister, Kirsten showed up to give Terry a break. He went home to take our Puppy out. I played cards with my Mom and sister. At this point they had given my a morphine shot so I was in love with the world and Mr. NOS of course. Those hours went by very slowly, as I was very hungry and had gone over 12 hours with no food in my tummy, just ice. I asked the nurses to let me eat and the finally told me I could. This was due to me only being 4 CM dialated the last time I was checked. I called Terry and asked him to bring me some food, I was so happy to have it delivered but I only ate a small amount. At about 11:00 PM they gave me another dose of morphine so I could sleep. My Mom and sister left. Terry slept on a bench in the hallway next to my room and I passed out from being all drugged up.

I woke up at about 7:00 AM and I wasn't having very many contractions at all and I was still only 4 CM dialated. At this point MY doctor was back from her vacation and as soon as she came in I was so happy to see her. She broke my water at 10:00 AM. Then all the action started!

I started to get heavy contractions in my back and I opted for another dose of morphine. Once I got that it helped out a bit and I was feeling a bit better. My Mom and sister came back to the hospital, as they both wanted to be there for the birth. So we got a system going right away. Kirsten (my sister) held my hand, my Mom had the cold cloth on my head and Terry was my leg holder. I was laying on my side because of the back labour. After 2 hours of sitting through constant contractions I was finally fully dialated. So it was pushing time!

I pushed while laying on my side as it felt much better than laying on my back. While I was in the middle of pushing my Dad came into the room to offer moral support. He took over the cold cloth from my Mom (she backed off to just the wetter of the cloth). So at this point I had Terry, my Mom, my Dad my sister, 2 nurses and my doctor in the room. I pushed for about 45 minutes to an hour. This was a big blur to me, I had it described to me later on by my sister and Mom. After all that pushing at 1:09 PM on Monday May 7th a baby came out!!! I saw the the baby out of the coner of my eye and said to my husband "It's a boy?". He said back to me "NO! It's a girl, we have our little girl".

So our little Lorali Ann had finally arrived after 28 hours of labour. She was a huge baby (JK) at 6 lbs and 11 oz. She may have been 11 days overdue but she was well worth the wait!

We stayed in the hospital for just over 24 hours and then we went home to sleep. I tore during the delivery so it was difficult to walk for a week or so but after that it wasn't too bad. She had many visitors come to see her all very excited for her to finally be in the world. But none as excited as her Mommy and Daddy.

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"brandyr" wrote:

We checked into the hospital and they put in some medicine to ripen my
cervix more (Cytotec). At 8pm they checked me and I was at 2cm... Contractions were
painful but nothing I couldn't handle. They were really great... kept
asking me if I was ready for my epi yet, but I figured I was doing really
well and I could handle it. Contractions started to space a bit so they
gave me some pitocin to spice it up... and man did it! The contractions
were absolutely unbearable so they gave me some meds in my IV to take the
edge off... which it did a bit... this was at 10pm and I was able to fall
asleep for about 30 minutes but awoke to some CRAZY painful contractions and
so they checked me and sent for the anesthesiologist so I could get my
epidural. I was 5cm. Well, about 2 minutes later I told the nurse I HAD to push. She kept saying no.. don't push..
you're only 5cm... but I couldn't stop it. I told her he was coming!!!
They checked me again and I was COMPLETE!! 10CM!! So I went from 5-10 in
about 2 1/2 minutes!!!! It hurt so much to try holding back from pushing. She
told me to blow air out and don't push because the doctor wasn't there...
but he was coming!!! So she said go ahead and push and 6 pushes later my
little boy came into this world.... at 11PM on the nose!

Stephen nearly passed out also when the pushing started, I was having a
terrible time with the pain and just felt like I was outside my body! It
was incredibly amazing though... and to have had him with no pain killer?!!!
WOW! I NEVER would have dreamed I'd have a natural birth... the epidural
was in the cards from the get-go because I have a low pain-threshold... but
I DID it!!

It was an incredible experience. Some of you may remember that at 5wks
gestation I started bleeding and the hospital sent me home after telling me
that I was in the process of losing this pregnancy. I wish the doctor who
had told me that could have been there to see this little guy come into the
world. He surely is our miracle!

Garrett weighed 6lbs 12 oz and was 19 1/4 inches long. He has a full head
of beautiful dark brown hair and he's the quietest baby I've ever seen!!! I
got ONE stitch (and some skid marks) and that's it!
Stephen and I are completely in love with him. It was completely worth the
wait, completely worth the pain. Sorry this all seems so out of place.. I'm
still intoxicated from the whole experience!

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Aiden was born on April 18th, 2007.
9lb 5.8 oz

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I'm new here... Elijah Hayden was born April 17, 2007, 2:37am, 7lbs 13oz, 20in. Smile My husband and I are not trying, not preventing.