Congrats on making it to your lodge hun!!
Congrats on your lodge...looking forward to following your journey!
Yay!!! Congrats On your Lodge!!!!
Yay! Can't wait to hear about it!
Congrats on your lodge and GL with your VBAC!
Congrats on your lodge & can't wait to hear about your journey!!
Yay! A lodge of my very own!
Well for those that don't know me, I'm Cyn mom to Desmina, age 2 and wife to Fred.
I planned a natural childbirth with my first daughter but things did not go as planned.
We don't get to take a lot of family pictures, but here is one when she is 10 months old. I have some on the older computer.
We meet that guy from Dukes of Hazzard. I can't remember his name since I don't watch the show.
My long winded birth story. I'll put it in quotes so that you can skim the birth story if you want.
I woke up at around 6:15 having contractions. They seemed to be coming at a regular interval. I woke up Fred and we timed them together. They were anywhere from 3 to 8 minutes apart and lasted 30 seconds to over a minute long. The longer apart they were, the longer they were. We practiced some relaxation. I had 2 soft stools. We decided to try to get some sleep just in case they were the real thing. I was able to get some sleep, waking up every 15 minutes with an intense contraction. Fred called our doula and he got up to make breakfast. I got up and used the restroom and saw that I had some bloody mucous! I called our doula and let her know and she said that she would come whenever I wanted. I asked her to come in a couple more hours. By 11:30 when she came, my contractions were coming on strong and regular. We felt that it was still too soon to go the hospital. It wasn't hurting too bad. I was able to talk through some of them. At 5:13 my water broke. It felt weird. I was sitting at the dining room table talking to my doula and all of a sudden a contraction and something kind of sunk in and I felt as though I jumped. All of a sudden: TRICKLE TRICKLE....and it kept coming. I cried becacuse I was kind of embarrased. We went the hospital after that. The nurses were really nice. Unfortunately, my midwife was on vaccation so I had to wait for the OB to get there. Fortunately, he is an advocate of natural childbirth as well. The nurses let me wait for him to do the cervix check. He did not get to the hospital until 7. By then my contractions were really strong. He checked me and I wasn't dialated at all. I screamed afterwards because it caused my contractions to get stronger. I really don't remember how many more times they checked me. I was told that I wasn't allowed to labor in the tub because Desi had passed some meconium. I had to be monitored on the strip every 30 minutes, which I think they allowed me to be mobile for more. By 10 my contractions were getting so strong I couldn't handle it anymore. Fred suggested I take a shower. They allowed me to take a shower in the other room. I labored in the hot shower for almost 2 hours. My doctor wanted to see me at 11 and I had him see me in the bathroom. He saw that I was doing well and allowed me to labor in there longer. Now I know why they say having a water birth is like having an epidural. It felt delcious and I could barely feel the contractions when the hot water hit. I got out at 12. They checked me. I don't remember what I was. Maybe a 2. The contractions were so painful!!!! And I was having a fever. I started shaking violently which made the contractions worse. I know I was begging for an epi at this point or a C sec...but I only did it when the nurse left...so I guess I wanted Fred to talk me out of it. By 4 I still wasn't progressing. I told him that I needed an epi. He tried to talk me out of it, but I told him I couldn't make it. I told him that it depended on the cervix check. They checked me and I was only at 4. I saw that this was going slow so I asked for the epi. My doula had left to nurse her son. When she got back, they were shooting me up. It took a while because I kept having contractions and they had to stop. When the medicine kicked in I felt so much better. The contractions felt as they did earlier in the day. Desi though wasn't doing well. Her heartrate was going way up. They had me lay on one side to get oxyen to her. At some point I had to wear an oxygen mask. think they checked me at 6 and I was only at 5 cm. The nurse said that if I wasn't progressing she would have to give me pitocin. They allowed us to do nipple stimulation with a pump for an hour and a half. Still no progress so they gave me pitocin. The contractations became intense again but I was able to handle it. Shift change and the nurse from hell came. She talked to me as thouhg as I were deaf. She was rough with her cervix checks and had an ugly grimace on her face. She was rude to our family and talked back to my doctor. I felt the urge to push around 9 or so. I was at an 8 I think. At 11 I was finally able to push. My doctor came in and checked to see if I was doing it right. It appeared as thouhgg I was. He left. I pushed for an hour and a half. Everyone was encouraging except for the mean nurse. She kept telling me to do it harder and I felt that I had to listen. After an hour and a Half the doc came back and he said that her head wasn't coming down. He wasn't concern on that and said that I could use forceps or a C sec. We opted for the sec because of my physical state. I still tried to push while they were preparing me for the section. They wheeled me to surgery. And at that point my memory is bad. I know they did the spinal there. My arms started shaking uncontrorably. I heard them say girl or I thought and Fred tried to put Desi in my arms but I was shaking too hard to hold her. I fell asleep. At 2 I woke up. Fred wasn't there, but my doula was there. I fell back asleep and kept waking up to them telling me to relax. I woke up again at 2:30. I was still in the operating room. I wanted to know where my baby was. I was upset that I didn't get to hold her right away. I kept asking for her, but she wasn't there. The nurses kept telling me in a little while, but it wasn't until 4 that I got to hold her in my arms. So there it is
Because of our hospital experiences we decided to do a home birth this time. I love our midwife. We have been going to a hypnotherapist to prepare for this birth and also doing things from Birthing from Within.
Today was our last session with the hypnotherapist. I feel very positive about my impending labour! Thanks for sharing my journey!
Cool, how was the hypnotherapist?
Yeah!!! I can't believe that you're so close now!!!
Congrats on your lodge! I think its great that you get to do an HBAC, and that DH is so supportive!
Wow Cyndi - congrats on choosing a homebirth! Your husband sounds great. I look forward to your story.
Yay Cyn! You're so close. I can't wait to follow you through the rest of your journey.
Yeah for your lodge! I cannot wait to hear about your journey. I too am eager to know about the hypnotherapist. I have an appointment with one on May 5th!
Well I was suppose to have a midwife appointment today, but my midwife forgot. So we are rescheduling. I can totally understand since I'm her only weekend client. I'm glad she does weekends for us! Today was suppose to be the 36 week visit.
I don't mind because that means I'll just reschedule for a day later on in the week; I'll be 37 weeks. I'll see if she wants to skip our weekly Sunday visit since I will see her maybe Wednesday or Friday (no use going to see her 5 days later) and I come in at 39 weeks. It's an hour away so I hate the drive. I'm thinking I may go early and even if I don't its one less appointment.
I still have this wicked cough. This time I can feel it in my whole perineum and there is pressure on my rectum too!
We did belly cast today! It takes a few days to dry, but I wanted to share the picture of the process.
Woohoo- what an awesome belly cast. Hope you guys had fun making it!
bummer about the missed appointment. sorry you're still not feeling too great, though it sounds like baby is getting ready to make an entrance soon.
Love the cast! I would love to do one, but don't think I'll get around to it. Can't wait to see the finished (painted?) product.
Welcome to your lodge :woohoo:
Thanks for sharing the belly cast photo, it looks awesome. I did one with the twins - now I wish I had done one with my first to compare. You look positively glowing in that pic!
OMG, it's lodge time already!?!?
Your belly looks great! TFS!
Bummer about the missed appoint. I love that cast! Its awesome! You look awesome!
Today's the day right - you're 37 weeks and legal to give birth at home?
Had my midwife appointment yesterday. GBS testing. I was a bit dehydrated so I"m diligent about my water intake today. I woke up with some contractions and had soft stools, but nothing major or timeable. They are stronger, but I can walk, breathe and talk through them. I put on TV for Desi and laid back down for a while.
Went downstaris to get the baby clothes, but couldn't find the diapers. I adjusted the heat for the water heater so that I could have warmer water for when the time is ready to fill up the pool. Pool isn't here yet. I am sure the midwife will bring it. At least I hope she does, we are in waiting of one more lady to go into labour.
sounds exciting Cyn! You know I'll be jealous if you go first. But I'll be so excited for you too!
And thanks for the reminder to turn up the water heater, I just went and did that.
I'm SO excited for you Cyndi!! I can't believe it's almost time, man that went by fast! (course that's probably easy for me to say lol)
Love the pictures, you have such a cute family & a cute belly!
GL with your HBAC and ELV, sounds like things are getting moving!
Nothing new. Still having contractions, but I was able to sleep and have a nap. I will go to bed early just in case. House is somewhat picked up. Tomorrow if I'm up to it, we may do a hike to get things going.
Oh wow Cyn! How exciting! Firstly, belated congrats on your lodge! I am so thrilled that you are already having contractions, here's hoping they are the real thing and are opening up your beautiful cervix!!
Send some labour vibes my way please!
Wow, I'm excited for you. I can't believe you are not more stressed about getting the tub there and making sure it is ready. I guess there is not much you can do, right? The MW will bring it if you need it anyway
I hope the "hike" goes well tomorrow and gets things moving for you.
It is always amazing to read how calm mamas are in the early stages of labor when they are birthing naturally! Very cool!
Can't wait to hear how tomorrow (or tonight!) goes for you Cyn!
I hope you get the pool soon and everything keeps progressing.. ELV!
Still nothing. I don't think this weekend is for me. I'm not ready yet really anyways. We are going to go for a hike today since its so nice!http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=e020e63b-b958-4996-a645-d44daaa1c5db
Hopefully it will be an easy cache!
Oh geocaching! What a great idea. I forgot about those. I'll have to do one with my mom this spring.
I hope you enjoy the hike.
Have fun on your hike!!!
We were unsuccssful at finding our cache. We were on the wrong side of this waterfall.
We decided to just to a small hike instead. It was a short one mile hike, but pretty steep.
We ended here.
Here is my DH.
Awwww, I love your pictures. What a nice day you had. Thanks for sharing!
Love the pics!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad you had a good hike!
That is one fabulous belly! Hope you're getting some peace and rest today.
Wow- you look great! I love the belly! And the hike looks like a lot of fun and gorgeous scenery.
Wow! You are so ambitious and what a beautiful belly!!
ELV's coming your way
Looks like a wonderful hike. And I agree with the others that you have a beautiful belly.
What an amazing mama you are, doing such a rugged hike at so far along. I felt like a beached whale waddling about at that point! You look great and such wonderful scenery - hopefully the hike got things moving for you.
great pics, looks like you had a great day. Hope things continue to progress and your tub gets there soon. Sounds like you have a great MW. Good luck with your home birth you sound so prepared and confident. Looking forward to hearing more about your journey.
Sounds like a great day!!! I can't believe you're already at 37 weeks!
Wow Cyndi, it's soo beautiful there! Those pictures are great esp. the last one
Well I had some contractions that kept me up for part of the night. I am getting crampy, but that's about it. I have a midwife appointment today. I won't check for progress. I just hate to have to drive an hour there and an hour back. Perhaps DH and I can get some eggplant dish on the way back!
Good luck at your appt. I hope the contractions keep up.
Glad to hear the contractions have started, slowly but surely!
Hope the contractions keep going! Slow and steady is a good thing!
Ohhh Sounds promising Cyndi! Good luck with your appointment!