Heartbreaker Arrivals and Birth Stories

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Heartbreaker Arrivals and Birth Stories

Please post your birth stories here, and include your baby's day of birth and I'll add it to the original post! Biggrin

Dec 13, 2009:
(Mommy: Lavender444) Andrew Thomas arrived at 0753 am at 31 weeks by c-section. 4 lbs 0oz and 17 in.

Dec 30th, 2009:
juno610 ???

January 8th, 2010:
(Mommy: Juliekb) Lucas Vincent arrived at 10:29 am by c-section at 34w 2d. 4lbs 7oz, 16in - no oxygen or cpap!

January 12th, 2010
(Mommy: Soon2BeMomOf3) Jacob Hanley arrived by c-section at 34 w 2d at 11:07 am. 6lbs 5.6 ounces, 18.5 in.

January 13th, 2010
(Mommy: AMANDADION) Sophie Victoria Marie arrived at 37 weeks at 5:15am. 7 lbs 7.5oz and just under 20 in

January 20th, 2010
(Mommy: domommy) Joshua arrived at 38 w 1 d at 1:30pm. 6lbs 14oz 18in.

January 23rd, 2010
(Mommy: *~*Amber*~*) Erykah Jade arrived at 38w 5d at 8am. 5lbs8 oz

January 26th, 2010
(Mommy: Heatherbella) Kennedy Adelaide - w. 7lbs 4oz, l. 20"

January 28th, 2010
(Mommy: capricornchrissy) Mila Sierra, weighed 7 lbs, 10 ounces, 19 inches long.

January 29th, 2010
(Mommy: terib526) Matt

January 31, 2010
(Mommy: Caiomhe) Daniel Blair, w. 9lb 6oz, l. 21"

February 1st, 2010
(Mommy: jackie79) LillyAnn Marie, 11:23 AM, 6lbs 15.3 oz, 19.5 inches

February 2nd, 2010
(Mommy: entmama04) Myah Addison, 5lbs 14 oz, 19in

February 5th, 2010
(mommy: mcraig) [COLOR=DarkOrchid]Santannah Lynn[/COLOR]

February 8th, 2010
(Mommy: babyit-uk) Christopher Logan @ 38 weeks!!! weighing 3.250kgs (7lb11oz) and 50.5cms long (about 19 inches)

February 8th, 2010
(Mommy: fuocoragazza) Dominic Anthony, 8 lbs 5 oz, 20 inches

February 9th, 2010
(Mommy: iamelated) John Maurice (Jack) born at 41w5d, 9:10 pm by surprise c-section. Weighing 7 pounds 15 ounces, 20 inches long.

February 12, 2010
(Mommy: Lorah) Isabella Jenavieve, Born 37.1 weeks gestation at 8:38pm, via emergency C-Section. Weighing 6lbs 2 oz and 18 1/2 inches long.

February 12, 2010
(mommy: ababyboy4me1) Sierra

February 13, 2010
(Mommy: trixiepixie) Alexis Sophia Thompson P****** born at 3:24 pm at 38w5d. Weighing 6lbs 11oz 20 inches long, via surprise c-section which was originally scheduled for February 15th...apparently she just couldn't wait that long to see us Smile

February 17th, 2010
(Mommy: lioness4)Julia Marie born @ 39 wks gestation at 7:31 am, via repeat c-section weight 7lbs 3.4oz's and 19 1/4 inches long.

February 19th, 2010
(Mommy: DrakePlusOne) Seth Randolph

February 23rd, 2010
(Mommy: kridda_88 ) William Michael Erastus born at 39 weeks 2 days, 5:47 a.m weighing 5 pounds 12 ounces, between 19 and 20 inches long.

February 27th, 2010
(Mommy: nero1281) Erin Grace White born at 40 weeks, 11.34 am by surprise c-section. Weighing 8 pounds 9 ounces, 21 inches long

March 2, 2010
(Mommy: aunt_freya) Elliott Frances, 7 lbs. 12 oz, 21 inches

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January 8, 2010

Lucas Vincent's birth story:

After posting about reaching our goal of 34 weeks and 1 day (the point at which DS1 was born) on Thursday, I was feeling very confident about going a couple more weeks at least. I had been feeling really great lately after seeing a chiropractor and going to the pool (both approved by my doc), and my contractions had really been mild and under control lately, even with weaning off the Procardia that week by doctor’s orders. I slept great Thursday night. Friday morning, my MIL had gotten Isaac up for the day, and he came into my room and crawled in bed with me, waking me up around 8:45am. We snuggled for a bit and turned on some cartoons. I was just lying there waking up when I felt a little popping sensation in my belly. I knew it wasn’t a kick, and I knew right away something was up. I felt a little trickle of fluid and checked immediately to make sure it wasn’t blood. I’d had a partial placental abruption with Isaac and had been paranoid about that. It wasn’t blood. So I got out of bed and started walking to the bathroom when all of a sudden – GUSH – Niagra Falls! There was absolutely no doubt my water had broke. And since he was breech, his head wasn’t down there to plug up my cervix, so all the fluid rushed out very quickly with every movement he or I made. It was a mess. MIL got Isaac dressed and I gather my stuff (I still hadn’t packed my bag, regret that now) while leaking fluid everywhere. We rushed to the hospital, and I was starting to have mild contractions every 5-7 minutes or so, not much different from the ones I usually have. They did a quick u/s to confirm he was still breech, and checked my cervix. I was already 4cm and 90% effaced! And she could feel a foot and leg sticking out. So they prepped me, got me a spinal block and got him out quickly. My water broke around 9am, and he was born at 10:29am (and the hospital is a 15 min drive from my house) - that’s how quick they moved. My spinal block didn’t work well, and part of my right side didn’t get completely numbed, so I felt a lot of discomfort mostly on that side. But it was mainly just very rough pulling and pressure that I felt, but it hurt pretty bad. They gave me extra morphine during to help some. Lucas came out screaming and kicking, such a wonderful sound, and they cleaned him up and brought him over to see me and let me kiss him. It was such a special moment for DH and I, because with Isaac, he was not breathing at birth and was taken away from us immediately and it was hours before we saw him again. That was so hard on me. So this was even more special. He did so well. After I was cleaned up, they even brought him to me to hold for 5 minutes or so. It was awesome. I had told my doctor before hand throughout this pregnancy, that my primary goal was to be able to hold my baby after he was born, because I didn’t get that last time. Well, I got my wish, even though I still wasn’t able to cook him longer. What a blessing.

The doctor said that the cord had been tightly wrapped around his little neck twice, which explains why he was unable to get out of the breech position. She said there’s no way he could have turned around. And had he gotten much bigger, it would have been even tighter and may have caused more problems. She said it looks like he was lucky to have been born early and by c/s. So it’s all good.

He weighed 4lbs 7oz, 16” long, just slightly smaller than his big brother, though he was gestationally 1 whole day more mature at birth. I still can’t believe I had two 34 week babies. My body just has a limit I guess.

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Monday night I went to work @ 11pm like always. Around 1230am or 1am, I felt a small gush. I always wear a pad for incotinence so I thought nothing of it, just that maybe baby had pushed on my bladder. I went to check my pad and it was saturated with fluid. I changed my pad and went back to working. I am a nurse so I am used to being on my feet all night at work. I kept feeling little gushes so I texted my husband @ 230 and told him that I was going to stop in LDR on my way out of the hospital. A couple of hours later, the leaking had picked up and I was having mild contractions, so I finshed my charting and passing my morning meds and taped report and left work a couple of hours early. I had to go home and get my husband because he didn't have any keys to the other vehicle. We dropped our youngest son off at Grandma's house and headed back to the hospital. When the dr tested the fluid, it was indeed amniotic fluid and since we were supposed to be a scheduled c-section, they made the call to the Dr and he said let's go ahead and get the baby out. I was in the OR by 10am and Jacob was born at 11:07 am. He weighed in at a whopping 6lbs 5.6 ounces and was 18.5 inches long. He had a very vigorous cry at delivery and I truly thought he would be able to stay with me. But his respirations were in the 100's. He was shown to me and then whisked off to NICU. The neonatologist told us that he would probably only be in NICU for a little while, maybe a day or two.

However, today he was not doing as well. He had to be intubated and put on a respirator and they gave him Surfactant to help his lungs expand. They also have him on 3 antibiotics because they suspect he may have aspirated somthing @ delivery and may now have pnuemonia.

Hopefully the surfactant will help and he will be able to transisiton out into Special Care instead of NICU tomorrow.

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Sophie Victoria Marie, January 13th, 2010 at 5:15 am.

So as my earlier post I had been back and forth to the hospital 3 times only to be drugged up and sent home as I just wasn't progressing from 3 cm's dilated and 90% effaced.
Tuesday morning (after spending 8 hours at the hospital the day before...contracting every 4 minutes) I was just tired and sick of the labor pains and not advancing but knowing that the hospital wasn't going to do anything until I was 4 cm's or my water had broken. I started the day by having some "rougher" loving and hoping that it would either bring on stronger contractions or my water breaking. But nothing....still contracting every 4 minutes...so out comes like 5 cups of raspberry tea..... Nothing..... So at 8 pm I decided that a walk was what is best....So out I go to Tim hortons (about a 30 minute walk) through the snow just giving it.....Well I get there and I am feeling alittle bit more pain but nothing to bad....So I sit down have a cookie and a tea and start my walk home....Well then it started, the pain got so bad that I had to stop.....I got half way home and called my DH to come and get me...
We went home and I decided to walk around the house a bit and try and keep it going, I really didn't want to go back to the hospital and have them tell me.."sorry"
So after my DH finished his gaming (world of warcraft) at about 11:30 he decided it was time to head to the hospital.
We got there at around 12 and the nurse said you're 4..let's get you and epidural and have this baby...Well I hugged her and said let's go...finally I was having my baby!
So I got my epidural by about 2 am and was all settled and happy. The checked me at 4 am and I was just at 5 cm's so they decided to empty my bladder and get some pitocin started...Well Emptying my bladder did something because all of a sudden my epidural wasn't working and I was feeling every contraction very badly.. They got the epidural guy back who had to top me up twice before I was numb again. I was only 5 so they got me numbed again....
The nurse was having trouble finding Sophie's heart beat so as soon as I was numb she called the resident in to put an internal heart monitor on her head. They asked me to go onto my back so he could put on the monitor....Well to his surprise and everyone's else's (Even mine as I felt nothing) she was crowning and there was no time...People were scrambling and the OB doctor actually never made it into the room until her head was out. The resident doctor had enough time to get gloves on only! HA ha.....
I told each and every single one of those people that once I go...I go so be ready to catch!
I went from 5 to delivery in 45 minutes.
Anyways she came out but she was pretty quiet, (unlike her sister who screamed like they were killing her) and the nurses couldn't get her to breathe at a normal rate so they had to call in the NICU people who tried for about 1/2 hour to clear her out. They did a pretty good job but they wanted to take her to the NICU for observation for the morning. It worked well for me because I had to let my epidural wear off before they could move me. About 20 minutes after she was born the epidural came back to see how it was all working and was like "what the heck happened??? You have your baby?" ha ha

So that is the story of Sophie's birth!

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I went to the ob last Tues and was 4 cm dilated and she didn't think I would make it until the end of the week so we scheduled an induction for 1/29. I got in at 6:30 and they started the pit very low at 1 bc I have fast labors and my ob didn't get in until 9. I had a feeling she would be late. She broke my water at 9:25 when I was 6 cm. Meanwhile this woman had a horrid birth apparently missing the epi she wanted and she was screaming and her voice kept changing and was yelling she couldn't do it. I was ready to jump out the window and thankfully had done this before or I might have tried. The anesthesiologist was at a csection so I was afraid I may go naturally too (sorry I am not brave). Last time with dd they broke my water and there she was. I had back labor and it got pretty intense. I got my epi at 10:30 and I was 8 cm. I went to 10 in 5 min. The epi was the bomb. Mike said I was a new person. I am happy how quickly I got to 10. I pushed longer than I did with the other two: from 10:45 until 11:06. She had to cut my episiotomy scar bc he kept crowning and then going back in- not pleasant! Hi shoulder got stuck and the umbilical cord was as huge as a small snake. Everyone stopped to look at that. It was huge. He was shorter and heavier than my other two at 8 lb 4.8 oz 19 3/4 in long. He is such a snuggler and hates to be cold. We had him circ'd yesterday and he had a bleeding episode so they had us stay later. My ped didn't bat an eye and he is great in a crisis but it was unnerving and I felt so bad. We didn't have any issue with his brother. I actually feel better than after my last baby so I am hoping I will heal quickly. Now I need a nap!

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Kennedy's Birth Story

After a rather uneventful pregnancy it was determined at our 36w4d ultrasound that our baby was breech. I had suspected that baby was breech for a while, but at my 30w4d appointment, midwife Sandy felt baby was head down. I was surprised! Two week later, at my 32w4d appointment midwife Margaret thought that baby was breech. The fact that the midwives couldn't agree meant we were sent for our 36w4d ultrasound on New Years Eve which proved once and for all that baby was breech.

On the morning of January 26, 2010, we arrived at the hospital for our scheduled c-section. Our midwife, Sandy, and midwife-in-training, Dawn, met us there at 6:45 am. They confirmed baby was still breech and started my IV. Then we all just sat there and chatted until 7:45 am when nurse Vanessa came in and told us they were ready for us. It all seemed surreal. I mean, was I really going to meet my daughter today?

DH put on his Elvis Suit (as he calls it) and we were off!

The midwives and nurses wheeled my bed down the hall to the entryway to the operating room.

They only took me as far as the operating room door and then I had to get up and walk into the room. Here I am going in!

DH wasn't allowed into the room until they had administered the spinal, shaved me and prepped me. I sat on the operating table for the spinal and midwife Sandy held my hand. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Once the spinal was done everyone was quite adamant about me getting on my back quickly. I guess it's a problem when people go numb before they lay down! I could feel my feet starting to get warm as I was lying down. They put a wedge under one side of my body to tilt me and allow the fluid to run down my legs. The spinal freezing felt more normal than I expected it to. I was really worried about how it would feel to be out of control of the majority of my body, but it was just fine.

The drape was then put up and a nurse shaved me. They did a bikini cut which is below my hairline. I'm all for hiding scars! My tummy was then prepped and DH was brought into the room.

The air about the room was very upbeat. There were probably 10 or more people in the room and most people were just having little conversations. It was very relaxing. At one point I heard the OB talking to his assistant about the movie Avatar. We had just seen it two days prior and quite liked it.

Next thing I knew they had started the incision. They hadn't told me, but I heard them say something that led me to believe they had started and I was right. I can't remember the exact conversation but DH and I were just chatting about things as we waited. It was all rather calm and surreal. Next thing I knew I heard suction which I imagine was them sucking up the amniotic fluid. Then someone told me she was half out then all the way out! I then heard the cutest little squeak from the other side of the curtain. I remember thinking "Is that her? Is that my daughter?" Next thing I knew there was this cute little face peering over the curtain at me. That's my girl!

She was then taken over to the pediatrician for evaluation. DH was still sitting with me but we had already agreed he'd go over with baby, so after a reminder he went to her. I could see her from where I was so I watched as they evaluated her. It all felt so weird. She was JUST inside me! At this point I realized no one had mentioned the baby's gender. The DNA tests we had said girl, but I still wanted to be sure. I remember asking "Is she still a girl?" Someone replied "Yes"?, phew!

While the pediatrician had her he evaluated her hips and everything seemed to be just fine. Frank Breech can often have hip problem. She did have a bit of an oddly shaped 'Breech Head'? but that should disappear in a few days.

Everyone was asking us what her name was and we proudly announced "Kennedy Adelaide"?. DH was offered to cut the cord so he handed me the camera to capture the moment from my angle.

Kennedy Adelaide H***** was born on Tuesday, January 26, 2010, at 8:27 am, weighing in at 7lbs 4oz and measuring 20 inches long. Her Apgars were 9 and 9. What a strong girl! After all the standard checks were done baby was handed to DH and shown to me. What a prefect and beautiful little girl! It was hard to believe she was here and that she was ours!

We sat there for quite a while waiting for them to sew me back up. Baby Kennedy was sucking her fists, wanting to nurse, so it was a bit hard to wait so long to get out of the operating room. After a little while DH left with the midwives to take Kennedy to our room. The nurses lifted me off the operating table and back on to my bed for the ride back.

When I arrived at the room everyone was waiting for me. The hospital nurses had to do a bunch of checks on me and then the midwife-in-training, Dawn, held Kennedy up to breastfeed. I was starting to get pretty dozy by this time so I wasn't much help.

The recovery has been really good so far. The first day was a bit of a blur. I know it involved Tylenol, Advil, morphine, Gravol, nausea and extreme drowsiness. DH was a savior that day as he was primary caregiver for Kennedy. I was just too drowsy to be of any help, plus, I couldn't get out of bed. The nurses bathed her and DH learned all about it, along with cord care. One of the nurses, Vanessa, went above and beyond that night. I was beyond exhausted and she latched baby on and held her there for a good 20 minutes while I drifted in and out of consciousness. What great care!

We ended up only staying in the hospital for 2 nights. The first one wasn't bad but by the second night the bed was getting very uncomfortable. Kennedy has nursed well since day one, I'm so proud. Today she is 4 days old and hasn't received any bottles or supplements. I never imagined it would go this well.

Here are a couple bonus pictures of our sweet girl.

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Birth story of Myah Addison

Myah Addison
February 2, 2010
5lbs 14 oz

Friday, January 29 - Doc appt he stips my memebranes and says to call him monday if nothing happens over the weekend. Baby has its hand on its head.
Monday, Feb 1 - Well nothing happened over the weekend that was productive. So he takes all morn to decide that he does not want to induce me for the reason of that hand. They then talk a c sec and I got so scared. I was crying and I talked and pleaded with baby to move.
Tueday, Feb 2 - Wake up as norm just fine no contractions. get doing things around the house and near 8 am a start to get a few contractions so I sit down and time them for a bit. They are 3-4 mins lasting just over a min around 9 am I start to get the shakes (I was not cold). I call dh tell him he needs to come home and I start making calls to find someone to watch the other 4 kids. My sister takes them for a while but she had to work so I let dh deal with that since I was a bit busy. We get to L&D at 1030 am and they get me on the monitor and the contraction are lasting longer than I had thought. they aslo check me and I am at 4 cm. so they have me walk for a while and check again around 2pm and I was at 5 cm. so they admit me then and tell me my doc will be in around 430pm to break my water..... I panic a lil cuz I know how fast things move after it is broken.
Doc arrives at 345pm ( 45 mins early).... he checks and I have gone backward i am now only 3cm. doc looks for a hand and finds none. so he sees if he can get baby to stay down and he is able to hold baby down on my cervix and so he breaks my water. Turned out to be a good thing. I had polyhydramnios (too much fluid). Apparently you are to have around a quart of fluid; I had close to if not over a gallon. So he broke my water at 402 pm and I got supper around 5 and like normal I could not eat it. They also hooked me to the monitors for a while to make sure the head stayed down and the cord did not fall down. So I ask for my supper to be place in the fridge for later.. Dh tries to eat the meal they gave him as well between my contractions cuz they had picked up. So this is around 530pm and I get taken off the monitor. I can't remember what happen between 530pm and 630pm. Nurse comes in and checks at 630 and then we debate whether I was going to walk or ride to the bigger room (it was full when I was admited) I walked tothe bigger room (which in hindsight was not such a good idea to me). So at 7pm we get to the bigger room and I labor in there for 15 mins while hanging on dh wanting to cry. Then my doc comes in and says "You're gb+. we need to get the anti's on board". So the nurse was quick and worked with me and got the iv in between contractions. They waited and had me breathe thru 2 contractions on the bed while the anti's flow in. Once they were in doc checks again and I am at 8cm and 100%. He says that we need to get set up that cervix will melt away and no sooner than he siad that and I was grunting. While waiting for a contraction; doc looks at dh and asks if he wants to catch baby. Dh had a look of surprise and decided not to. I was complete at 722pm. Dh got to annouce to the room what baby is. Myah was born into the world at 727pm. They laid her on my chest and suddenly I did not have a name for her. DH cut the cord. Myah started making odd noises breathing so I had them take her to the warmer to check her out and she was fine. I got the first hour to bond with her before they gave her the meds (vit k and eye goop) she nursed well in that hour and acted like she had been for months.

She was sent home on a bili blanket and has now come off that and is gianing wieght like she should.

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Well my little boy arrived on Monday Night 08 Feb at 11.00pm @ 38 weeks!!! weighing 3.250kgs (7lb11oz) and 50.5cms long (about 19 inches)

Here is how it happened.....

Monday everything was totally normal I didnt have any signs that things were going to happen that night. I had got the kids ready for bed and we were all cuddled up watching playhouse disney waiting for DH to get home from work. It was 9.00pm when I had a very intense BH and was feeling loads of pressure when I felt/heard a pop and a huge gush of water. I got DD to hand me the phone and phoned my MIL (who thankfully lives downstairs) to come up, she took the kids while I got myself to the bathroom called DH who was just around the corner from home thankfully to come quick. When he arrived he was flapping like a headless chicken lol but I hadn't had a contraction yest so wasn't worried. We got all our stuff together and got to the hospital at 9.30pm then it was 15 mins to fill out paper work answer questions before they checked me. It was about 9.45 when the OB checked me and said cervix was soft but still 1cm and that we just needed to wait for labout to start. They got me set up and put me on a monitor and contractions started coming at about 10.00pm after 20mins she checked me again and I was at 4cms, then things really started to happen we walked down to the delivery suite to get settled there and my contractions really stepped up a notch - I really didn't remember them being that painfull lol - all this time I was still loosing tons of water with every contrax. they put me on the monitor again and it was horrible not being able to move around. I asked to get up as they were so painful so she checked me again (at 10.45pm) and I was 8cms so she said we would move to the delivery room and to tell her when I needed to push. after just two more I felt the urge so she got me up on the bed and said that with the next contraction she needed to break the last membrane and to not push!! It was so difficult not to push and I had to pant it out while she broke the last bit of waters, when they broke I just felt him coming and immediately felt the "ring of fire" then she said push and with one push his head came out, then a second push came his body all over at 11.00pm!!! I was actually in shock it happened so fast!! Christopher came out screaming but quietened down immediately when they put him on my chest. I needed just two tiny stiches which they gave me without any anasthetic (sp!).
He is totally gorgeous and I am so in love with him, as soon as we got settled he latched on straight away and has been feeding like a champ Smile He has been feeding every 3hrs more or less which is good.

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Mila's Birth Story

Not much to tell really. I had a repeat c-section at the same hospital, so I knew exactly what to expect. I went in at 2:00 to check in. We immediately went to our pre-op room where I was monitored and hooked up to an IV. DH stayed with me. We tried to relax, chat, took some video. At 3:30 the anesthesiologist came in for my epidural. It went in without a hitch, I had very good luck with the epi both times. The anesthesiologist thought it was a riot that my baby's name came to me in a dream. He said it was very "Carlos Castaneda" of me. Then I got a 10-minute lecture on Carlos Castaneda and how he believed in taking peyote so that your dreams would be more vivid and could guide you in your life's decisions. Or something like that. Pretty funny. Anyway, then it was time to shave me and prep me for the operation. My doc came in with some wise-cracks about how he had to interrupt his golf game to come deliver my baby. Then it was showtime! My DH came in wearing his scrubs outfit. He stayed by my head most of the time. After what seemed like an hour of pulling and pushing, my little girl came out, screaming her head off. I think my DH was a little woozy or light-headed or something. He didn't get any good pics of her until after she was cleaned up. They brought her to me, all bundled up. DH and I held her while I got cleaned and stitched up. Once she was bundled up and with us, she stopped screaming and just looked around. She was perfect and content. She rooted around for a breast, she was ready for her first meal! I held her while they wheeled me back to the pre-op room. Once we got there, they stripped me down and encouraged skin to skin contact. She immediately started nursing with no problem. My family came in to visit: my DH, 2-year-old son, mother, MIL, and sister. The rest is just the usual somewhat painful recovery stuff. My meds did make me sick this time and I spent the first couple of days feeling nauseous and vomiting. Other than that, no problems. Mila Sierra arrived on January 28, 2010. She weighed 7 lbs, 10 ounces, 19 inches long.

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Dominic Anthony L****
8 lbs 5 oz
20 inches

Birth Story:

Around 5 PM I went to the bathroom, and as I was walking down the hallway I felt like I had peed myself again. It was weird, and I commented on it but continued to watch the Super Bowl. Lol After I went to the bathroom the second time, and stood up, water splashed on the floor. I was pretty sure it was my waters breaking, so we went to the hospital and they confirmed it in L&D. They got me hooked up to the monitors and D's heartrate was really elevated--so they gave me an IV thinking it might be dehydration and the IV would bring it down. Eventually his heartrate dropped a little and they were pleased, but they felt my contractions were not strong enough or regular enough that they put me on pitocin. About an hour into pit I asked for an epi--I was 4cm and 90%--and after I was given the epi I was much happier. About 20 minutes after that they had to take me off pit because D's heartrate was dropping and my blood pressure had dropped very low so they put me on the hands and knees position for 2 hours. And for some reason my Epi wore off on one side, so I was feeling one sided contractions that sucked just the same. Around 5 AM ish they checked me again and I was 6 CM (I'd only had the pit for about an hour because we were not tolerating it well) but the Dr felt that my contrax were not strong enough or regular enough to continue with my son's low heartrate (It had dropped to the 90's) so I had an emergency C that happened really quickly and I was scared. It was surreal to hear my son scream for the first time--they rushed him over to me, showed me, then he and my husband left and I was alone. That sucked too. Finally it was over and they wheeled me into my room where I moved from one bed to another and a nurse commented on a "little blood" but it was no big deal. I had the shakes for the next 4 hours and my skin was very itchy. I commented to my husband that I felt weird on my legs, and I reached under the blanket to touch them and when I pulled my hand out my fingers were covered in blood. I asked my husband to look down there and he immediately called a nurse. Soon my room was full of people and they were putting pressure on the c-section site, and got something I think they called a sandbag? and wheeled me to the OR. They knocked me out and had to reopen me, where they had found a vein that had clotted, filled with blood, then hemorraged. Luckily I noticed it before I lost too much blood. A little sore, a LOT tired and totally in love with my son! Pardon

Just born:

lol, They were mirroring each other:


Finally home:

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LillyAnn Marie
11:23 AM
6lbs 15.3 oz
19.5 inches

Birth Story:

The Tuesday (January 26) before Lilly was born, my BP was 150/100 and then after laying down 140/98. I was 1cm dialated and 40% effaced. The dr. gave me the option of being induced the next day or bedrest for six days so that I could make it to 37 weeks. I opted to wait and try to hit the 37 week mark. DS was delivered at 37 weeks and had some breathing complications for his first few hours. I wanted her to bake as long as I could.

On Sunday, January 31, we went and ate a steak dinner and dropped off DS at my in-laws. I was admitted to the hospital at 10:00. By 11:00, I was hooked up to the pitocin. I requested an Ambien per dr. orders. The AMbien did not work as well this time as it did the last with DS. I started feeling contractions at about 2:00 AM and requested the epi. Within 15 minute, they administered it and I felt alot better. The dr. came in at 7AM to check on my progress. I was 4cm and she broke my water. When she did this, the baby dropped very quickly and her heartrate dropped.Theyt made me turn on my right side and she did not like that - heart rate stayed low. Then, they had me turn back on my left side and it finally went back to normal - very scary 5 minutes. They turned the pitocin off for about an hour after that to give Lilly a break. I was contracting on my own but not strong enough, at eight they turned the pitocin back on. By 10:00, I was 8 cm dialated. The nurse told me to tell her if I felt any pressure which is really hard to do with an epi. I asked her to check me at 10:30 and I was a 9 and about 15 minutes later, I was complete and ready to push. I pushed for about 20 minutes and Lilly was born at at 11:23 AM on Feb. 1 , 2010. Her apgar scores were 8 and 9. We were able to nurse right away and she has done great. We are so in love with our baby girl.

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Julia's birth story.

So I knew of my babys birth day for 3 wks...I counted them days down till tues(the night before c/s) I was excited but sad as this my last pregnancy. I couldnt get to sleep knowing my baby would be born in a few short hours...the moment a woman has kids she waits for her daughter to be born...it was finally happening...I had my boys now it was time for my girl.
So at 4:45am I got dressed and by 5am I was ready...we left the house for the hospital by 510am,got there at 5:40 am (a nice quiet night drive). It was quiet at the labor and delivery and as soon as I came in they got me in my room and prepared for my c-section(iv,cath,acid reducing drink and shaved)

my last belly pic)

(was so tired)

(my dh in his baby uniform)
it all went fast and before I knew it I was getting in to the OR,getting my epi in(I had the epidoral shock this time...ekk) and they had started.one nurse asked "What is your name and what are you in here for today." Of course my tubal and a c-section.
My hubby came in and held my hand...at 731 am Julia was born with, as predicted a bush of black hair, and a fiesty cry...

(just born)

"It a GIRL." was cried by the nurses...I was in my own world of happiness and shock..
They asked me if I was sure I wanted a tubal...I was sure...later on they told me it was a good thing due to my thin uterus.
Once closed up they wheeled me in the post Opp/pre Opp room...I was super exhausted and couldnt keep my eyes open...Jewels was with grandpa and Daddy...she was safe..
I was put in my own room where all the nurses (due to me having one of few babies born that day) knew of Julia being my last and only girl of 4 kiddos...so she got blankies and other stuff for a girl

(1st bath)
...it was nice...to be honest I never had a kid at that hospital and didnt have good experiances there either...but it was a great birth there and all went better than planned.
Julia is a super calm,quiet baby unless she is dirty/hungry she has a zesty cry...she is a great nurser...what a way to complete my family!

coming home in carseat

holdin a paci

dressed 4 coming home...

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Warning this is very long. I wanted to get as much detail as possible but i can guaranty i left something out. Smile

Friday the 19th I had my nearly 39 week appointment and decided to have my dr strip my membranes, I was a tight 3cm dilated, she didn’t say how effaced I was. Went home and a few hours later started noticing some bloody show. Didn’t think much of it at first sense I had just had my membranes swept and I knew that it can cause a bit of spotting. Later that night I lost a fair amount of my mucus plug but once again just shrugged it off because with my first I lost my mucus plug and still went another 3 weeks. Contractions never really changed. Saturday rolls around and my contractions seem a little bit stronger but nothing that bothered. They were still very irregular too. But my bloody show was still there. All day long I had bloody show until about 6 in the evening then it just stopped. Sunday rolls around. Contractions are about the same but have started coming more frequently but still nothing regular. Bloody show was still present but once again at about 6 in the evening stopped. So onto Monday we go. By this time I had just given up on anything happening until my due date so I was at peace with being preggo for another week. But I woke up with more bloody show. By this time I was starting to get worried because it wasn’t just a little spotting here and there throughout the day it was a fair amount every time I would have it and it’s going on day 3 of this. So I called my dr and she told us to go into L&D and check on the baby to make sure everything is going okay. Into L&D we go. I get hooked up to the monitors and the monitor the baby for about an hour. Baby does great and the whole time I’m there I have 1 contraction. All day Monday my contractions were very few where as the day before I had between 3 and 6 an hour. So now I’m really thinking I’m going to my due date. That night DH gave me and amazing back and shoulder rub and we did a hypnobirthing session to get me nice and relaxed. That evening I also decided to keep repeating, in my mind to try to tap into the subconscious mind, “It’s time to release the baby, time to open up and let the baby come into the world.” Didn’t know if it would work but I had heard tapping into your subconscious mind can move things along if they are ready. Well fell asleep around 9:30 and was completely out when I was woken up at 11:30 with contractions. My first thought was “great more practice labor, I really want to get some sleep” but then I started paying attention to them and realized these contractions were way different. Rather than starting up front and moving to the back they started in the back and moved to the front. But they were still irregular, but all but one stayed under 10 minutes. I tried to go back to sleep but at 1a.m. Tuesday morning I finally had enough of tossing and turning so I got up and went down stairs. First stop on the way down stairs was the bathroom where I had a ton of bloody show. Though still a bit wary I tried to ignore it. I then proceeded down to the sofa where I had a very intense contraction that I couldn’t move through. After the contraction went away I was a bit chilled, as the house was 60 degrees, so I went and got a blanket. In about 6 minutes time I had another contraction that did the same thing. At this point I’m starting to decide that this is more than just practice labor. As I sit there I have a couple more contractions that were 6-7 minutes apart. So at 1:30a.m. I decided to go back upstairs use the bathroom and check to see if Shem was still asleep. As I walk in the bedroom he very sleepily asks me, “what are you doing?” and I respond with, “probably going into labor.” As I walk into the bathroom I hear him very quickly sit up in bed. While in the bathroom I had another contraction and a ton more bloody show. This is when I decided that I was really in labor. When I came out of the bathroom I sat and talked to Shem and we noticed my contractions going from 6 minutes apart to 3-4 minutes apart and then very quickly going to every 3 minutes. At 2:30 we decided it was time to call our moms and get ready to head into the hospital whenever we decided it was time to head in sense we wanted to labor at home as long as possible. Shem’s mom showed up to watch Shawn at around 3. I continued to have contractions 3 minutes apart, in between contractions carrying on a normal conversation with Shem’s mom while Shem loaded a batch of dishes into the dish washer. A little before 3:30 I decided it was probably time to go into the hospital as my contractions were starting to intensify and continuing to be 3 minutes apart. I called my mom wondering where she was at and she was still at home so I told her to meet us at the hospital. We then got everything ready and in the truck and headed to the hospital. Contractions were still coming every 3 minutes almost exact. We get into the hospital at 3:30a.m. get checked in and the put me on the monitors and check my cervix. It was still a tight 3cm dilated but I was 90% effaced. My mom showed up around 4a.m. In the hour while waiting to see if I would change I have to use the bathroom so I get up and go to the bathroom and still tons of bloody show. After using the bathroom I sit on the side of the bed because laying down wasn’t very comfortable. My contractions were still 3 minutes apart. At 4:30 they check me and low and behold I am now a good 4cm dilated and I have a bulging bag of water!!! They are keeping me! We were so excited. I was a little nervous with the fact that I was only 4cm dilated because I thought I would have a few more hours of labor ahead of me in the hospital. Right after they checked me my contractions started to get a little more intense, never painful just intense. Not long after Shem came back from getting our bags they started coming every 2 ½ minutes and then I started to feel some more pressure so my mom went out and got the nurse. This was around 5a.m. The nurse checked me and I was 7cm dilated with a bulging bag of water. She started setting up the room for the delivery of the baby right then, as I had progressed from a 4 to a 7 in a half hours time. While they were setting the room up I went into transition and oh my gosh the contractions were intense, still not painful though, then I had a ton of pressure they checked me again and I was complete with a bulging bag. They very quickly finished setting up the room and told me to let them know when my bag of water broke. My doctor still wasn’t there. A couple contractions later and my water broke, my doctor walked in right as my water broke. It was about 5:30a.m. To prove how relaxed I could make myself, even while in transition, they still needed to put my hep lock in so they proceeded to take care of that, I needed to be as relaxed as possible for this, as they were putting it in while I was having a transition contraction the nurse said my arm was so relaxed it was amazing, almost as if I wasn’t in a contraction. So now it was time to push baby William out. I try a couple pushes and baby isn’t moving, the doctor checks me and finds that I still have a lip that needs to finish dilating. So onto my left side I go and try not to push. Ha ha ha. In the meantime William’s heart rate starts dropping with my contractions, the cord is around his neck. So while trying to relax to finish dilating and trying not to push I distract myself with screaming, it wasn’t because it hurt it was just a distraction. It worked it kept me from pushing but it wasn’t helping my oxygen level so they kept telling me to stop screaming. After a couple contractions the doctor checks me again and I’m now complete for real. So I start pushing, because we know the cord is around the neck I have to get him out fast. That means no breaks. So I start pushing; a few contractions and an episiotomy later William’s head is out and the cord is un wrapped and he is screaming before the doctor can even think about cleaning out his mouth and nose. His body came out in the next contraction without me even pushing. He also had the cord around his shoulder going down around his chest. My doctor gives him to me for skin to skin contact while I deliver my placenta. He is beautiful! When the doctor was stitching me up they weighed him and measured him. He was 5 pounds 12 ounces 20 inches long and had apgars of 9 and 9. He is perfect!

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Elliott Frances, born March 2, 2010
7 lbs. 12 oz, 21 inches

So, on Sunday, Feb. 28, I was having some good contrax most of the day and had lost my mucus plug. I went to bed Sunday night thinking "something" was happening. I got up at about 3 am on Monday, March 1, with contrax about 10 min. apart. I took a shower, ate some jello, had some RRL tea, walked around, watched TV, etc. until about 5, when I made DP get up because contrax were coming every 5 min. & lasting a min. pretty consistently, and I had to call the midwife when they were that way for an hour. DP got showered and ready and I called on-call at 5:45. As soon as I called, contrax started coming every 3 min. apart, and it took the MW 20 minutes to get back to me. We were already loading the car to go to the hospital.

We got to the hospital by 6:30 & I was put in triage. I was checked and only dilated 1 cm, about 50% effaced (same as at my appt the previous Friday!). However, contrax were consistently 3 min. apart. I hung out in triage for a couple of hours as contrax got more intense but stayed 3 min. apart. I was STILL only 1 cm dilated but a little more thinned out. So they made me walk. And walk. And walk. After two hours, I was dilated 2 more cm ^ finally admitted to the hospital around 10:30 am. As soon as I was put in my L & D room, I started throwing up! It was pretty embarrassing... I met my nurse, Molly, who put in my hep-lock and admin. my first round of antibiotics and fluids. We got kind of settled, I tried to just breathe through my contrax--still 3 min. apart. Molly set me up in the whirlpool tub--which was fantastic! I hung out in there for awhile, and when I got out, I threw up again--nothing to throw up, so not very nice. The nurse gave me zofran. I was checked again, and nothing had progressed. The doc from my practice, who I've never met, came in and asked if I wanted to sleep--maybe some rest would help. I got ambien and demerol at around 3 and I think I slept for about 3 hours. Then I was up again. The contrax were STILL 3 minutes apart but more intense. Tried the whirlpool again and it didn't help much, but my water broke in the tub--crazy! When I got out, I tried walking, but the contrax were really intense, and I was stopping every 3 min & in quite a bit of pain.

So, they tried more demerol in the evening (I have no idea what time...). That did NO GOOD... all I did was drift for 3 minutes and then have a painful contrax. I breathed through them pretty well. All day I had been telling myself, "pain is just fear leaving the body" over and over. Finally, a little before midnight (after almost 18 hours in the hospital), I was offered an epidural, which I gladly accepted! It was hard because my contrax were every 2 or 3 min. apart and you have to "relax". Yeah, right! The epidural allowed me to sleep for a few hours & when I woke around 3 AM I was 8 cm & 90%... I was really loopy, so I wasn't aware that after the epidural went in my bp dropped to 80/37 and I was given 2 doses of ephedrine & there were some worries... Anyway, one would THINK the last 2 cm would progress pretty quickly. Not so much. They started to administer pitocin. The doc went home & the midwife I'd been seeing pretty regularly came in at around 7 or 8? We were all just waiting. She did tell me if things didn't move forward, we were looking at a c-section. They upped the pitocin some more at around 9:15 & she said she'd be back to check on me in an hour. At 10, I made DP get the nurse because I was having tremendous pressure, like I wanted to push. The midwife checked me and I still was only 8 cm, but almost 100% effaced. She felt my cervix was "floppy" & maybe she could manually dilate the last two cm. Which is what we did... After about 20-25 minutes of pushing, the midwife realized the cord was wrapped around baby's neck twice and getting tighter w/ each push, so she cut it (which is when I tore).

Baby Elliott Frances was born at 10:33 AM--I pulled her out myself! And then freaked a little, because she was blue.

Then my placenta wouldn't come & I passed a rather large clot... I ended up having to keep the hep-lock in because they were afraid they might need to administer some more meds. Placenta finally came out 40 minutes later.

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nvm messed up my attempt at copy/paste, will fix tomorrow

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Daniel Blair W* born January 31st, 2010, 9lb 6oz, 21".

We thought we had the weekend free and clear to tidy up the house and run for groceries since they weren't supposed to do inductions on the weekends. I had gotten up early after staying up late nesting, my back had been hurting pretty good and I thought a shower might help. I was ringing my hair out with a towel when the phone rang.

It was the hospital and they had an opening. James was in the bathroom, so I dressed and phoned Mom so she could come over for Patrick.

After I told James he went to wake up Patrick while I double checked the bags and packed his diapers.

After Mom arrived we left Patrick eating his cereal and headed to Tim Hortons for food for the nurses and breakfast for us in case they made me fast like last time. I headed in by myself, lugging the boxes and cups pretty much on my belly - I'm sure it was a sight!

James dropped me off at the entrance to hospital and went to clean and vacuum the car and install the car seats. I went upstairs and got the initial paperwork done but they couldn't start the Ivs until an Ob came on shift because my doctor hadn't given me the form to sign. So I had to wait so I could hear the risks, etc. I was measuring 42 weeks during the prep work which surprised the nurses since most stop measuring past 38-40 or get smaller after baby drops. I guess that was why my back had been bothering me so much.

James came up with the bags around this point. We took a few last time pg pics.

After awhile the head nurse came in to review my allergies because almost all the nurses had brought salads and no one brought toothbrushes so they had to be extra cautious about who came to work with me. It felt a bit like she was waiting for me to say I was kidding or exaggerating. She almost cancelled the entire induction, I remember trying so hard not to burst into tears.

A bit later the ob made her way up and we went over my entire history again, especially my previous birth and spinal injuries. She did an exam and then they started the IVs.

We chilled out for a bit waiting for the contractions to start. I started to read a book for an hour or so before asking to walk around. They had to get a portable monitor for the pit which took another half an hour. Once I was all hooked up James headed off to go check on Patrick and I started my rounds.

I walked. And walked. And walked some more. In hindsight I should've brought slippers. I hadn't so I was required to wear my big heavy snow boots - which would be fine if I were walking outside, but it was a cozy warm hospital and I had walked for over an hour and a half. I'm sure I was not a rose after that.

The battery started getting low on the portable close to 1hr 45 min or so of walking and I was stopping every 3-4 min to catch my breath so back to the room. Sitting was majorly uncomfortable at that point so I opted for a shower since I knew water therapy was a big help the first time. James came back about the same time and offered to stay with me after I was taken off the portable pit.
While the water helped it was awkward having to have someone within arms reach at all times, so after another half hour or so I got out. My mistake. Water drowns out how much pain pressure I actually feel so when I I finished drying off I was almost bending over in pain. We tried the ball and counter-pressure but it didn't really help.

At that point we had another cervix check and with only a 2 cm change since the start we didn't want to hinder things like the first time. We opted for the epidural, which would turn out to be another waiting game. We had to have my old charts pulled because of my history with diffult placement and go over them with 2 nurses and the ob.

It hurt would be an understatement, and I remember one nurse asking me when it was over if I screamed because of how much I remembered the first one hurting or if it really was that painful. Knowing now that my S.I. joints in my tailbone are out I can say it was probably both the actual placement and the pressure on those joints that made me scream, but yeah.... it hurt. Haha.

After the epi was in James left to get supper for both of us - bringing me my last chinese food for the next year. I was warned not too eat too much since it could slow labor, but I wasn't risking starving in the last phase again. There was periodic adjustments to the pit and a few times it was lowered because my contractions were too close together. They would try rolling me on my left to increase the oxygen, especially after one instance where Daniel's heartrate was dropping, but he didn't approve of that in the slightest. His heartrate would go even lower if I tilted left, and each time they tried my epidural would completely fail on that side. With Daniel so much bigger and "stuck" in my tailbone my SI joints were driving me up a wall, but I was too numb on the right side to move around at all.

Two 'top-ups' on my epi and a heartrate monitor attached to Daniel's scalp later Daniel and I were stablized. James went to put Patrick to bed at Mom & Dad's and I read books or played solitaire on my ipod. Around 11 I started having a lot of pressure pains, and was checked - 8cm but Daniel's head was still very high. He was stuck after all. James came back just prior to that check and he started cleaning up the room a bit and putting our things back in the locker in case things started to progress quicker.

Midnight came and I was having waves of pressure but breathing through them when they started kept things under control - another nurse/ob change but my chief nurse decided to hang around the area for awhile longer since she had gone through all my medical stuff with pretty much everyone. She gave up around 1am and transferred me to a new nurse. 10 minutes later I asked James to go get her and requested another check.

9 3/4, just like the last time. She went and got the OB and had my epi turned off so I would be able to move around if I wanted. I couldn't do much and tried sitting up to get gravity to lend a hand. The OB came and offered to try moving things out of the way - which worked, thankfully. We were done and ready to go.

Daniel's heartrate continued to drop periodically and I was kept on oxygen tilted to my right since it seemed to give him the best chance. From there I had the ob resident, the chief ob, and 4 nurses with nicu standing by. Toward the end both OBs were whispering about a c/s, and the ob told me "We know now that he's too big for you, but it doesn't matter because we need him out so you're going to have to push."
10 minutes later my baby boy was born with a broken collarbone and very hungry and angry. They cleaned him up briefly while I got stitched and examined and then brought him to me to nurse. He was born shortly after 2am weighing 9lbs 6oz and 21". We had to stay in our room for over an hour because my bleeding wasn't slowing and they were concerned about hemorraging, but it did subside eventually. After that I was wheeled holding Daniel to bathe and test his reflexes - all of which he passed successfully. We were issued our room which had one other mother in it, and by this time it was close to 5am so James was given 5 minutes to stay and then we were left on our own.
Daniel nursed almost the full day around the clock, and due to my bleeding I was asked to stay an extra day. Grandma and Papa and Patrick and Daddy all showed back up around 9 to meet the baby and I was blessed to get to hold Patrick for the entire stay - I had missed him so much! They left around lunch time and we went back to our eat-sleep-nurse-nurse-nurse-poop routine.

The following day my mommy buddy was discharged and a much larger family moved in. With the constant noise and in and out commotion I asked to leave - though they had offered yet another day given everything - thankfully we were allowed to go home. We brought up the carseat to pass inspection then James took it back down to put back in the car. Nobody had told us we had to leave with the baby *in* the seat (it was a RF/FF type that wasn't removable) so I was kept at the nurses station until a nurse could verify who I was and that I was allowed to leave, and that Daniel was in fact mine. That was a very painful 20 minute wait with no chairs and no pain medication. Once everything was verified we set off to pick up Patrick and make our way home.

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I'll at least get his birthday up Smile Then I'll try and find my birthstory and c/p it.

Seth Randolph 2-19-10