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June Bud Birthdays/Mommy Birthdays/Information/Birth Stories

2007 June Buds & May Monkeys

May/June Mommies

Active Mamas
Christine (capricornchrissy)-January 14
jcali-February 12
tanned_mommy-February 15
Kim (I'm_a_pepper)-February 28
Amy_&_Eva-March 2
Theresa (I love my boys)-March 8
Heather (HeatherJT)-March 16
Kathy (summerblue)-March 16
Stephanie (Coconut2)-March 21
Erica (harlee629)-March 22
Kristin (kaliquen)-March 25
esti1423-May 6
Kimberly (kisses_278 )-May 9
Melissa (Mel02)-May 13
Shelley (Mommyto3girls)-May 13
Melanie (MommyMelanie)-June 9
Fawn-June 13
Deanna (dlm677)-June 17
Janae (mommy.nae)-June 27
Kathleen (kathjoy)-July 12
Jacquie (Jaxie)-July 15
Erin (erinlee0726)-July 26
DrkAngl020-July 30
Lenora (nori_garsi)-July 31
Jamie (kenziesmama07)-August 4
Alana*sMommy-August 9
Amanda (drewsmom1)-August 27
Kristi (BuckeyeK)-August 28
abbysmama-September 7
Beth (haysmama)-September 8
raekrasko-September 26
Jamie (Casper67)-October 25
Susanna (SusannaChristine)-November 7
Sally (MissSally)-November 10
Holly (hollydoll)-December 1
Tori (torintrav)-December 21
Nicole (Nicole518)-December 25
Marie (Quiltingmarie)
Leslie (IowaMommy)
Becky (mrstkat)
Mirjam (Mirka185)

Lurkers/Less-Active Mamas
Diana (dye3737)-March 7
Christy (jcwato)-March 13
Leah (lpotter)-March 27
Michelle (lunabelle)-May 13
Janet (Jannn)-September 21
Heather (Ladyfeather)-October 10
Kate (kanjdn)-December 31

MIA Mamas
Rachael (tootsiemum)-January 13
HevnlyBaby2007-March 15
Simop-April 30
alika99-June 15
Debbie (h2oski)-July 12
Amy (myah)-September 19
Kenalyn-September 26
Columbe (Dovely74)-October 16

June Bud/May Monkey Birthdays

March 21
Danica Pearl:angel13:
Catherine (Catherine77)
2 lbs. 13 oz.
15 in. long

May 4
Jack Lewis
Sally (MissSally)
2:54 p.m.
5 lbs. 5 oz.
18 in. long

May 11
6 lbs. 14 oz.
19 in. long
Kawailehua Tomie K-L
Tori (Torintrav)
9 lbs. 12 oz.
20.5 in. long

May 12
Austin Levi
Kim (I'm_a_pepper)
5:01 a.m.
6 lbs. 12 oz.
19.75 in. long

May 13-Mother's Day
Brandon Michael
Lenora (nori_garsi)
11:06 a.m.
5 lbs. 14 oz.
20 in. long

May 18
Preston Lee
Heidi (mommieof5)
5 lbs. 3 oz.
18.5 in. long
Jason Robert Jr.
Nicole (Nicole518)
8:05 p.m.
6 lbs. 7 oz.
19.25 in. long

May 24
Emma Grace
1:34 p.m.
4 lbs. 10 oz.
16.5 in. long

May 25
Mackenzie Garvin
Jamie (kenziesmama07)
4:47 a.m.
8 lbs. 15 oz.
21.25 in. long

May 27
Willow Grace
Katie (KatieAndKage)
7 lbs. 11 oz.
21 in. long
Katherine DorAnn
Emilie (excited mom to be)
5:34 p.m.
8 lbs. 1 oz.
20 in. long

May 31
Richard Robert Frederick- "Freddie"
Jamie (spaatz1329)
7:56 a.m.
8 lbs. 13 oz.
21 in. long
Kinzie Kirk
Leah (hopingandwaiting)
7:34 p.m.
6 lbs. 3 oz.
20 in. long
Seth Brayden
11:35 p.m.
8 lbs.
21.5 in. long

June 1
Samuel Charles
Wendy (mom2SweetBoys)
7:17 a.m.
8 lbs. 12 oz.
20.25 in. long

June 2
Eleni Demetria
5:49 a.m.
8 lbs. 10 oz.
21.25 in. long
William Walter
Kristina (dkpendergrass)
5:49 a.m.
6 lbs. 9 oz.
19.75 in. long

June 3
Alexander Mitchell
Karen (lakarencita)
7 lbs. 7 oz.
19 in. long
Amaya Suvan
Aisha (aisha024)
Karl Thomas
Shannon (avalon321)
8:52 p.m.
9 lbs. 2 oz.
21 in. long

June 4
Grace Lynn
Steph (lotus23)
6 lbs. 14 oz.
19.5 in. long
Lola Rae Krasko
Rae (raekrasko)
11:21 a.m.
8 lbs. 10 oz.
21 in. long

June 5
Dorian Lisa Price
Rachael (tootsiemum)
6 lbs. 8 oz.
20 in. long
Joshua Henry
Kate (kanjdn)
7 lbs. 8.5 oz.
20.75 in. long
Sylvia Katharine
Kristin (kaliquen)
7 lbs. 5 oz.
20.75 in. long
Xavier Dario
3:43 a.m.
5 lbs. 2 oz.
18 in. long
Vincent Chase Ward
Stephanie (Coconut2)
10:32 a.m.
9 lbs. 10 oz.
21 in. long
Shelley (Mommyto3girls)
1:30 p.m.
4 lbs. 2 oz.
17 in. long
Danica Jordyn
Christy (jcwato)
9:30 p.m.
8 lbs. 6 oz.
20.125 in. long

June 6
Garrick Donovan
Amy (myah)
7 lbs. 12 oz.
19 in. long
Lucien Tyler Elliot
8 lbs. 3 oz.
20 in. long
Brooke Elizabeth Bell
1:13 a.m.
7 lbs. 10.8 oz.
20 in. long
4:17 p.m.
7 lbs. 6 oz.
19.75 in. long

June 7
Reese Maximus
Melanie (Zackysaurus)
7 lbs. 10 oz.
19.25 in. long
Avery Sophia
Heather (Ladyfeather)
1:13 a.m.
7 lbs. 5 oz.
18.25 in. long

June 8
Madelynn Jade
Kimberly (kisses_278 )
10:32 a.m.
8 lbs. 4 oz.
21 in. long
Ethan Richard
Holly (Hollydoll)
6:52 p.m.
7 lbs. 8 oz.
20.5 in. long

June 9
Amelia Ellington
Lisa (lisatb)
2:43 a.m.
8 lbs. 3 oz.
21.5 in. long

June 10
Ruby Nicole
Shannon (sngowd)
3:09 a.m.
6 lbs. 15 oz.
21 in. long

June 11
Brady Thomas
Kathy (kathjoy)
8 lbs. 2 oz.
19.25 in. long
Claire Elaine
Kristi (BuckeyeK)
Gabriella Marie
Heather (HeatherJT)
5 lbs. 15 oz.
19 in. long
Sophia Addison
June (Fanbaby)
6 lbs. 15.2 oz.
19.75 in. long
Zoe Kay
Leslie (Parkersmom)
8 lbs. 2 oz.
19.25 in. long
June Olivia
7:21 a.m.
7 lbs. 2 oz.
21 in. long
Amanda Grace
8:15 a.m.
7 lbs. 6 oz.
19.5 in. long
Mieka Claire
3:37 p.m.
7 lbs. 13 oz.
20 in. long

June 12
Andrew Neil
Amanda (drewsmom1)
8 lbs. 1 oz.
21 in. long
Zackary Alexander
7 lbs. 8 oz.
19.25 in. long
Zander Jay
Janae (mommy.nae)
7 lbs. 7 oz.
20 in. long
Caitlin Marie
Mommy Melanie
1:55 a.m.
8 lbs. 19 oz.
Michelle (lunabelle)
12:44 p.m.
7 lbs. 12 oz.

June 13
Chase Alexander
8 lbs. 1 oz.
20.5 in. long
Dallin Harris
9 lbs. 4 oz.
20.1 in. long
Eliza Rose
Kathy (summerblue)
8 lbs. 3 oz.
21 in. long
Julian Jareth
8 lbs. 8 oz.
21.25 in. long

June 14
Abigail Elizabeth
Erin (erinlee0726)
8 lbs. 5 oz.
20 in. long
Emma & Chloe
Tyghe Austin
7 lbs. 14oz.

June 15
8 lbs. 9 oz.
22 in. long
Rivkah Hadassah
Kate (kspt1999)
7:50 a.m.
8 lbs. 1 oz.
21 in. long
Cody James
Theresa (I love my Boys)
3:53 p.m.
6 lbs. 8 oz.
19 in. long

June 16
Luke Andrew
Melissa (Mel02)
8 lbs.
19.5 in. long
Zavier Lee
5:51 p.m.
5 lbs.
18 in. long

June 18
Madison (Madi) Johann
Leslie (IowaMommy)
7 lbs. 2 oz.
21 in. long

June 19
Taylor Marie
8 lbs. 8 oz.
20.5 in. long
Samantha Ann
4:35 p.m.
6 lbs. 5 oz.
20.5 in. long

June 20
Sydney Margaret Moorhouse
7 lbs. 14 oz.
21.25 in. long

June 21
Lincoln Arnold
Debbie (h2oski)
8 lbs. 10 oz.
21 in. long
Kaeden Ray
Dicia (drkangl020)
6:01 p.m.
9 lbs. 6 oz.
21.5 in. long
Evan Christopher
Beth (evsmommy)
7:01 p.m.
7 lbs. 1 oz.
20.25 in. long

June 22
Emre Altan
3:54 a.m.
9 lbs. 11 oz.
22 in. long
Adrian Robert
Christine (capricornchrissy)
10:50 a.m.
8 lbs. 8 oz.
20 in. long
Alexander John Andrews
2:51 p.m.
7 lbs. 13 oz.
21 in. long

June 23
Abigail Violet
Kimberly (abbysmama)
8 lbs. 6oz.
21 in. long

June 24
Charlotte Levina
8 lbs. 3 oz.

June 26
Victor Tristan
Colombe (Dovely74)
7 lbs.
19 in. long

June 28
Cain Parker
Susanna (susannachristine)
7 lbs. 8 oz.
19 in. long

June 29
Gavyn Noah
Heather (LittleMama07)
Harlee Paige
Erica (harlee629)
7 lbs. 5 oz.
19.5 in. long
Hayden Danny
Beth (haysmama)
10:45 AM
7 lbs 1 oz
19.5 inches
Preston James
Leah (lpotter)
8 lbs. 3 oz.
19 in. long
Sevana Elise
Diana (dye3737)
8 lbs. 4 oz.
19.5 in. long

June 30
Eva Carylynn
7 lbs. 1 oz.
19 in. long

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Can you put Adrian on there?

Adrian Robert, born June 22, 10:50 a.m., 8 lbs 8 ounces, 20 inches long.


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Brooke born 06/06/07 7lbs 6ozx 19 3/4 ins long at 4:17pm. Her middle name and last name is too unique do not want to put on internet.

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"sallystevenson926" wrote:

Here is Jack’s birth story and a couple of recent pictures. He changes from day to day. It’s amazing that he can look so much like me and so much like Jonathan at the same time!

Friday, May 4th, I woke up at 5:30 a.m. to pee and my underwear was wet. I didn’t think anything about it and went and laid back down in bed thinking I had just peed a little bit. Fifteen minutes later, I had to pee again, and I was even wetter, so I told Jonathan that I thought my water was broken. So I called the OB’s office and they said to get to the hospital immediately! We checked in about 7:30 and they checked me and I was dilated 2 cm same as I had been for the past week, but my water had definitely broken! They put me in my room, hooked me up to all the monitors, and in less than an hour I had my epidural and they started pitocin. I was having one contraction on top of another within an hour. The nurse came in and checked me again and I was 4 cm. Two hours later, my OB came in and I was still 4 cm and the baby had not moved down any since my last office visit. He tried to push the baby down, but he kept moving back up. While all this was going on, I was feeling contractions on my left side because the epidural didn’t hit one of the nerves in my back. That was the worst pain I have ever felt in my entire life! Anyway, the OB came back in an hour later and rechecked me and I was still 4 cm, not making any progress at all. My BP was running 180/100 through all of this, so my OB said I would have to have a c-section. I completely freaked out because I was hell-bent on having him vaginally. They brought the consent forms, and I refused to sign them at first, but everybody talked me into it. They take me back into the operating room at 2:41 p.m., and Jack Lewis Stevenson was born at 2:54 p.m. weighing 5 pounds 5 ounces, and 18 inches long.

After the surgery, the OB came into my room and told us that I had developed toxemia and would have to be put on a magnesium drip to help bring my blood pressure down. My feet and hands were about 4 times their normal size. That is really the last thing I remember until they took me off of it Sunday morning. Jack was on oxygen because his lungs were really premature, but he wasn’t on a lot and they weaned him off of it by Monday morning. Sunday I had to get out of bed after laying flat on my back for over 48 hours. I got up fine and walked to the bathroom where I was having to give myself a sponge bath. My BP dropped suddenly, and I passed out. Let me tell you, getting off the floor after having a section is really really really hard! Well, getting out of BED is really hard! They made me sit for a while before they let me finally walk down to see Jack. That was the first time I had seen him since they let Jonathan hold him in the operating room. It was so hard seeing him hooked up to all those machines, but I knew it was for his own good.

Sunday they started letting me pump, and my milk came in FLOODS! I’d pump every 3 hours and walk down to see and feed him. Now I’m having trouble getting him to latch on, but I’m still pumping every 3 hours. I think he’s maybe a little too little to get my nipple in his mouth, but that’s another topic.

I got to come home Tuesday morning, but we still pumped every 3 hours and took it to him. He only had to have a little bit of formula while I was on the magnesium, so I guess that wasn’t too bad. Jack got to come home Wednesday morning, and it seems like I haven’t put him down since we got home! He is so good…never cries or fusses…yet.

A good thing that’s happened since I’ve been home is that I’ve lost 30 pounds since he was born! Most of it was probably fluid, but I’m smaller now than I was before Jonathan and I started dating! He can’t believe it…neither can I. I can actually wear my wedding band now! And I can see the veins in my feet again!!

I hope y’all enjoyed our birth story. Of course, nothing with me can ever go the way I plan it. I’m just glad the high BP is gone, and Jonathan is glad that I am finally in a good mood!

First time in the carseat

Screaming Jack

Naked baby

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"frostie" wrote:

Our third child, a baby boy is due June 10th, so I can't tell his birth story yet, but if anyone is inclined to read it I can tell the brief birth stories of my two daughters, Bella (5) and Cadence (2).

If anyone gets bored, you can skip it. Smile

I decided with Bella that I was going to go all natural, no drugs, nothing. So my labor really started on a Saturday afternoon when we were walking around Best Buy. My back started hurting A LOT, and I was feeling some pressure too. I of course had no idea it was the beginning stages of labor, but I did know that as long as I was walking around and around it felt better. Then later that night I started getting contractions, but they weren't really strong and not consistent, so after about midnight my husband finally fell asleep, but I couldn't. I just kept pacing around our little apartment and finally decided to take a shower because I knew it was only a matter of time before we went to the hospital. Finally around two or three in the morning we ended up going to the hospital.

Once we got there they hooked us up to the monitors to make sure everything was fine and that I was really having contractions. Then after checking that, they let us walk around and get in the shower on the birthing ball and other things to relieve the pain of contractions. Finally on Sunday afternoon after dilating to a 9 1/2 and then stopping they decided to give me pitocin and some demoral to take the edge off the pain. They told me if I didn't progress any further they may need to do a C-section. After a few hours of that I was finally dilated to a 10 and they told me I could push. It took a few hours, but then Bella was born at 5:17p.m. I was very tired, but very excited.

Cadence's birth was easier as she was the second baby and my body and I knew what we were doing more or less.

It was about midnight on a Friday night and I was asleep and dreaming that I was having contractions. So I woke up and it turned out that I really was having contractions! I tried to go to sleep but was in too much pain, so I started packing my hospital bag (I hadn't packed it yet!). So after packing and walking around for maybe an hour more I decided it was time to wake up my husband and head for the hospital. I woke him up and he thought I was waking him up for work. Then when I told him I was in labor and let's go to the hospital, he asked, "Are you sure you're in labor?". I was so mad because I was positive I was in labor, and I knew what I was feeling.

Anyways, we got to the hospital, and we had to wait a while. The nurse said that our midwife was in with another patient and would have to wait. When she came out to check on me (which felt like forever later!) it turns out I was 7 cm dilated. I told them I wanted the epidural, they gave it to me and about 4 hours later Cadence was born! I was so excited because I was able to push her out in about 15 minutes this time!

Birth stories are great, aren't they? I think they make the pain worth it because everyone has their own story to tell, no one's is the same, and it becomes something you treasure and something you are proud to share with anyone that is willing to listen.

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"kisses_278" wrote:

Madelynn Jade decided to make her debut on June 8, 2007!

A week before she was born I was dialated to a 3 and 85% effaced. Well, the friday of that week I started having small contractions that lasted for about 45 seconds to a minute every three minutes for a long time and I had a slight blood tinged discharge. So we called the doctor and he said to go to labor and delivery for a labor check. Well, they kept me for a few hours and said not yet and sent me home. I was a little sad because I was so excited to get to meet her, but didn't. Throughout the next week, I had started sleeping alot more than usual. Thursday, June 7th, rolled around and about 5:30 I started having labor pains, strong ones. So I got on contractionmaster.com and had my sister time my contractions, they were comming every four to five minutes. We call the doctor and we head back to the hospital to get checked. We got there and they checked me in and sent me up to labor and delivery. I sat up in the delivery room for about four to five hours before they decide to send me home, at that time it was about 10:30 to 11:00 p.m. My friend Jenn is a nurse and she was my nurse that night and she told me to go home, eat and take a warm bath to help relax myself. Yet again am I dissapointed to not get to meet my daughter. So I go to my sisters and eat some of the shepherds pie we had made before she had to rush me to the hospital. Then I drive home and take a warm bath my contractions were doing ok when I was taking my bath. But as soon as I got out and laid down in bed they got to where I couldn't bear it. Then I had to go to the bathroom and when I wiped there was alot of blood on the tissue and in my underwear. I told my fiance and my mom and we headed back to the hospital. When we got to the hospital it was 2 a.m. on June 8th. They hooked me up to the moniters and my contractions were hitting the top of the chart. An hour later they decide to keep me and Jenn puts my IV in and I lay in the bed crying through every contraction, forgetting to focus. Chris finally got me to focus on him and he had to keep telling me that it wasn't pain it was pressure and it would be over shortly. At about 5:00 a.m. I was dialated to a 5 and I finally broke down and got the epidural. After that it seemed like all the pain in the world dissapeared into thin air. I slept for a good 4 hours. They came in at 9:30 and broke my water and by 10:00 I was dialated to a 9 and they said only a few more minutes and I'd be ready to push. It was 10:25 when they started bringing everything in and told me that I was going to do some practice pushes. They told me to do three practice pushes and I only got through half the first one before they told me to stop and went to go get my doctor. By then it was 10:30 and they told me to bear down and push and at 10:32 Madelynn Jade was born. My fiance cut her cord and blood shot everywhere which was gross, it got all over me. I asked my doctor how much he thought she weighed and he said oh about 8lbs. 4oz. and when they weighed her he was exactly correct. She was 21 inches long and had a full head of hair.

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"nori_garsi" wrote:

I figured I would post my birth story first and then all my good pics and happy thoughts later. Warning: My experience giving birth was incredibly traumatic for me so it may not be the greatest read, but here goes:

I had been going for my weekly BPPs and NSTs at the hospital. I had secretly started worrying that I had stopped gaining so much weight and that my belly looked a lot smaller and tighter. I was relieved at my appt. that I had gained three lbs. and that my belly was now measuring at 35 weeks, when I was only almost 34. I went in for my weekly test and they did the BPP first. We waited for him to fill out his papers so he could take us for the NST when he asked to speak to me and my mom (who had flown in for the weekend) for a second. My heart sank and I knew something was wrong. They told me that my fluid levels had dropped from an 8.4 to a 4.4 in the last week and that I needed to be admitted to Labor and Delivery.

They took me to L&D and my hopes of having a natural delivery began to spiral out of control. They hooked me up to the monitors and just watched for a while. His h/b was good and he was reactive. I waited for the doctor on call from my medical group to make a decision and they came back and told me that he wanted to induce right now!!! I completely freaked. Luckily, the doctor called my specialist who decided that they would hydrate me with IV fluids for 48 hours to see if there was any improvement. So for the next two days I received fluids and prayed that they would bring up my levels. Meanwhile, I had apparently been having lots of strong, but irregular contractions that I couldn't even feel. They did an internal and I was long and closed.

Saturday, they took me for the ultrasound. My levels had gone up to 6.2. It was a waiting game to see what would happen. I was hoping it would be enough but then they got the results of my bloodwork and found that in the two days I had been there my white count had increased a lot. I had an infection and because I had started experiencing tachycardia, they diagnosed me with corioamnionitis...which was not good!!! Because of this, the specialist determined the best course of action was to induce labor and get the baby out. Saturday night they put the cervadil in to start ripening my cervix. The internist came to talk to me about what would happen if my thyroid levels took a dramatic turn and I went into a thyroid storm. In the middle of the night they came and put in a catheter which was quite an unpleasant experience. Sometime during the night my contractions started coming more regular and baby's h/b was not handling it well. Even more bad news!!! I knew a c-section was coming.

Sunday-The doctor on call came to check on his progress. He was still not handling the contractions well. I was only a fingertip dilated. They started the Pitocin. I could feel my h/b totally out of control as well. My contractions started coming three minutes apart but I never felt them. His h/b kept plummeting with every contraction and they started talking about a possible section. Next thing you know she's rupturing my membranes and inserting an internal monitor. It all happened so fast it was really like a dream. I was absolutely terrified and I could see the worry on the doctor's face as well. I was hysterical by that point and they were trying really hard to keep me calm. They stopped the pitocin because he was reacting so poorly and my h/b was going crazy. They had to put me on oxygen because I was hyperventilating. Finally, they decided on a section because they didn't think either of us would be strong enough to survive the long journey to 10 cm. They took me to the OR and luckily my fiance was able to come. I felt the usual pulling and tugging but then they started pushing and I literally couldn't breathe because it felt they were pushing so hard. He was stuck and I think they had to use a vacuum to get him out. Then he was out and I just waited for what felt like forever to hear him cry. Finally he cried and I cried. I got to see him for a split second but I couldn't really see him because I didn't have my contacts in. I started feeling a lot of pain in my back and I asked them to knock me out.

I woke up in recovery and the pediatrician told us that he was good but he was breathing heavy and could need to go to the NICU. If he did have to go to the NICU he would have to be transferred to a different hospital because their NICU was full. I was so devastated. We waited and waited and waited and finally Chris couldn't stand it any longer and he went down there and they told him that he was doing better and that he could come up in a little while. I was soooooooo relieved. I finally got to hold him but I was unable to breastfeed because I was in so much pain. I tried several times but had a lot of problems (still having). My poor fiance pretty much took care of him all night and my mom during the day. Finally when I started feeling better he developed jaundice and we had to leave him there...which broke me for some reason. I felt so guilty. I felt like it was my job to keep him safe and I failed him. I was bawling and so they sent a nun in to talk to me. I felt a lot better after talking to her. I left the hospital we got to come in and see him and feed him. Finally this morning we were able to bring him home. It still feels very surreal!!! It was a really overwhelming and traumatic experience for me, but it was so worth it in the end. As much as I wanted to have this baby as naturally as possible, I'm grateful to the doctors for doing what they needed to do to bring my little Brandon into the world. I know this was long but I just needed to get it all out. That was the story of my very first Mother's Day!!!

Now, I can just focus on all the good things...my baby is here and healthy and we're finally a family!!!

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"blanchers" wrote:

So here is the birth story for our little Jason:

My doctor decided to induce me because of my high blood pressure. I went into the hospital on Thursday night. She put in a cervidil at 7:30pm and contractions started right away. They were really minor ones, but they were there! As the night went on, the contractions were much stronger, so I thought I must be really moving! But when the doctor came to check me on Friday morning, I was only 1 cm! I was so bummed. She decided to do another round of cervidil. She put in the second one at 8am on Friday morning. By 12 noon I was 2 centimeters, and she thought it was time to start pitocin. So the cervidil came out, I got a shower, and by 1:00, the pitocin was flowing. Man, did that stuff work! Contractions came strong and close together right away. I was 5 centimeters by 3:30 and was able to get the epidural. Sweet relief!!!! Wow did that make a difference. I went from total agony, to total relaxation! I progressed quickly, and I was fully dilated by 6:00. I started to push, but the little guy didn't want to come out. This was by far the most painful part of the labor. The epidural must not have worked or it wore off or something, cause I felt everything!! I pushed for 2 hours, and finally, out came our baby boy!!

He was born at 8:05pm, 6lbs. 7 oz., 19 in.

We were discharged from the hospital on Sunday, but Jason has jaundince pretty bad. Our pediatrician saw him on Monday and thought he should go to Children's Hospital in Philly for treatment under the UV lights. We got a blood test done that showed his levels were treatable at home. So he has to wear this glowing blanket 24 hours a day for a couple of days. It's making a HUGE difference already. The jaundice has made him lethargic and SO yellow. He is now much more awake and alert and turning less yellow by the minute.

What an amazing feeling it is to be a mother. I feel so blessed by God to have such an amazing gift in my little son. I wish you all a healthy and safe delivery!

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"kimber2442" wrote:

I apologize in advance that this is so long, and probably way TMI in parts. Smile

Birth Story

I didn’t think too much about it at the time, but my back had been hurting for 2 days. Not the lower back pain I had felt at times during my pregnancy…it was in the middle of my back. Then, at about 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 11, while at work, I got up to go to the bathroom and as I was walking down the hall, I felt a pretty big gush of something down there…I didn’t know what it was, but it felt more “liquidy” than regular discharge. When I sat down to pee, my underwear was wet, and as I was peeing, more liquid was coming out. I was pretty sure then that my water had broken, although it was so hard to comprehend. I was exactly 37 weeks that day.

I went back to my office (there wasn’t anyone else in the building except the custodian), shut down my computer, and called L&D as I was walking out the door and told them that I thought my water had broken. Of course they said to come in. Next I called DH and told him to meet me at the hospital. I drove to the hospital going about 85 mph with my flashers on! I was pretty calm….I think I was in shock. I wasn’t feeling any contractions.

Got to the hospital about 4:20 p.m. and as I was walking in to the ER, I was gushing fluid everywhere. I looked like I had wet my jeans. They admitted me and I was dripping fluid everywhere. The nurses checked to see if it really was amniotic fluid (of course it was) and they checked my cervix…I was only dilated to about 1 1/2. I got an IV and they started antibiotics (since I was GBS positive). I still wasn’t feeling any contractions (even though the monitor showed that I was having some), so about 6:00 p.m., they started Pitocin and moved me to a L&D room, where I would end up delivering. I really did not want to have to have Pitocin, and I was scared to get it, but I knew that they had to get my labor going.

Once they started upping the Pitocin, the contractions started becoming more strong and I started feeling them, but they were still very manageable. They were coming every 3 minutes or so, and the nurse said that was good. She checked my cervix again and I was still only about a 2. I wanted to hold off on the pain medicine as long as I could manage the contractions by myself.

Somewhere around midnight or so, the contractions became quite a bit stronger (they kept upping the Pitocin)… it was the weirdest thing…to me, the contractions did not feel like menstrual cramps at all….they would start out as a tightening in my upper uterus (above my bellybutton) – which didn’t hurt, it was just a very strange feeling – then, I started feeling it across the bottom of my pelvis, and in my hips and lower back – this was the part that was hurting pretty badly. I got up and sat in the rocking chair to alleviate some of the pressure in my back, and that helped a little. Friends and family were still coming in the room and visiting, and that helped to distract me some. Then I finally asked for some Stadol. I was unsure as to how that would make me feel…the nurse said it would feel like I had just drunk about 3 margaritas, and boy was she right. I started feeling sleepy and woozy…and was finally able to get some rest. I dozed off and on for the next couple of hours. When they checked me again, I had progressed to a 3, and the contractions were getting pretty hard to handle. I remember my dad came in the room (my parents were taking turns coming in and sitting with me) and I was cringing through each contraction. I was still feeling the effects of the Stadol, so I was still woozy and sleepy but it wasn’t helping to control the pain anymore. Each contraction started getting steadily worse. I knew that they would give me an epidural when I got to a 4. At that point, I was pretty sure I was going to ask for one. I asked my Dad to please send in my DH (he was out visiting with our friends and family in the waiting room). About this time, the nurse checked me and I was at a 4. DH came in, then the anesthesiologist came and I got the epidural. Wow, instant relief! I had a couple of contractions while she was putting in the epidural, but a few minutes later, I couldn’t feel the contractions at all. I could still feel my feet but they were tingly. When I felt of my legs, they felt like rubber…it was a very strange feeling.

After I got the epidural, things started really picking up. I was able to relax and doze on and off. DH was there sitting with me, and about 3:00 a.m. or so, the nurse checked me and I was at a 7 or 8, I believe. She said that she thought we would have a baby by 5:30.

About 4:00, the nurse checked me and I was at a 10! They started the process of getting me ready to push. About 4:15, I started pushing. TMI-the nurses told me to push like I was having a BM, but at first, I wasn’t making any progress because I really couldn’t feel anything down there and I wasn’t sure how to push to make him come down the birth canal. Each time I would make some progress, he would go back up after the contraction. Finally, the epidural wore off enough so that I could feel what I was doing, and then, it really started happening! I don’t think the nurses thought that it would go that fast, so they didn’t call the doctor in fast enough. (My OB wasn’t on call that weekend, so I got the on-call doc). Finally, they told me to stop pushing through a couple of contractions because we were still waiting on the doctor to arrive. Then, when I started pushing again, Austin started coming out! They could see his head crowning, and I could feel him starting to come out. The nurses told me to stop pushing – we were STILL waiting on the doctor. That is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, to tell my body not to push when I am having a contraction and the baby is halfway out! Finally, the nurses just had to go ahead and glove up and tell me to go ahead and push (slowly). Austin came out at 5:01 a.m. The nurse said “It’s a boy!” and most of me was not surprised – I think I knew in my heart all along that he was a “he”. Smile

Scary part ahead: He was not breathing or moving when he came out, so the nurses rushed him to the corner to put him on oxygen and to try to get him stimulated so he would start breathing. It was probably no more than 2 minutes, but it felt like an eternity. I was just numb, laying there with the doctor stitching me up (he finally arrived during this time) thinking my baby was not going to make it. I saw the stricken look on my DH’s face, and I never want to see that look again. He could see what they were doing in the corner; I could not. All we could do was wait and pray. Finally, finally, we heard Austin squeal his first cry. I don’t think I’ve ever felt that much relief in my life.

I had a 2nd degree tear and as the doctor was stitching me up, I remember him saying “I think we’re going to have to go to the OR with this one.” Scary! TMI - apparently I tore up into my vagina instead of the normal (?) way back towards the rectum. But he was able to get it stitched up without having to go to surgery. Also, apparently I had lost quite a bit of blood during labor (my DH saw this but didn’t say anything to me so as not to scare me)…I think it was probably due to hemorrhoids or a varicose vein (I heard the nurses say something to this effect) but I didn’t have to have a blood transfusion, thank goodness.

Now, two weeks later, the bleeding has almost stopped. My tear is finally feeling better, although I still can’t sit for long periods of time. All in all, it was an unforgettable experience, and, considering the final product, one I would certainly do again! Smile

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Saturday May 26th around 3pm I was getting out of my car to walk into a grocery store when I felt really bad cramps as well as my lower back hurting. While in the store the cramping became worse where I felt like leaving my cart and just going home. Well I finished shopping and drove back home thinking I had been doing too much that day and that was all it could be. Around 6 pm I noticed a contraction and figured it was the Braxton Hicks I had been having off and on over the past few weeks. Then at 6:07 another came and they were coming regularly every 7 minutes. I decided to hurry and make dinner and then lie down. After resting they became closer together so I took a shower, drank water did all the things in the book they tell you to do if you get contractions. After all that they were 4-5 minutes apart. So around 10 pm I go to the hospital thinking they will just say it was false labor. While hooked up to the monitor they they were readin 3 minutes apart. After walking for an hour to see if it was labor I had dilated another centimeter and effaced more. The nurse then told me it looks like you will be having your baby! You are going to be admitted. They admit me and my Husbamd and Mom show up around 12:30am. We walked alot and I progressed slowly throughout the night up to 5cm . Sunday May 27th same thing all day was walking until the afternoon when they put my epidural in. Took 45 minutes to get it in because I have bone spurs in between each spinal bone and he kept hitting it with the catheter- PAINFUL!!! I became real nauseated and was in so much pain for that procedure. After a couple hours go by they come in and rupture my water, however baby kept floating back up and just would not descend down. By the middle of the night on Sunday I was only up to 6-7 cm and 60% effaced. They started talking c-section because the baby would not drop. My Mom went home to take a shower and get a couple hours of sleep around 1am. It did not look like the baby was coming anytime soon! Right after she left I began to feel all these huge contractions peaking on the monitor to the top and coming 1 minute apart. The pitocin drip was at 23. The highest the Nurse can go is 20 without Doctors approval so they had to call in to get it to go higher. The anestheseologist came back in and tried to figure out why my epidural was not woring. She re-injected me and nothing happened. The pain became so intense! By then I was running a fever and non stop vomitting. She then went to the Doctor and said we need to deliver immediatley by c-section due to my fever. They were going to do a spinal and if that did not work she said they would use gas. While she was away the Nurse came in to examine me and said baby was still high and there was nothing she could give me for pain as I was going to surgery. I screamed and yelled in so much pain that I cannot stop the urge to push. She did not listen to me and carried on doing other things in the room. My husband thought I was just out of it and that there was no possible way I could be feeling the urge to push with a baby so high still so he is telling me to breathe and wiping me down with a washcloth when I finally reached my boiling point and threw the blankets off my bed and gave 1 good push and felt a pop then 2 more pushes and out comes the baby landing on the bed. The Nurse yelled for my husband to grab the cart from the closet and get her the suction to get the baby breathing. She then grabs the call button yelling "Baby on bed, We have a Baby on bed need a Doctor now!". Running through the door comes the Doctors and Nurses and they were all shocked to see I had delivered him myself. He was born on Memorial Day Monday May 28th at 4:21 am after 36 hours of labor and no pain meds for the delivery. He was 6lbs and 13 oz and 18 inches long with a apgar of 8 and 9. Perfectly healthy and the cutest baby!

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"bluebikini4" wrote:

So, I have been lurking on here every now and then, haven't posted anything for quite a while. Everything has been good for the most part.

Kesley Chalay was born on Monday ( 5/28 ) morning. She is adorable. I will try to get some pics up soon but here is her birth story incase anyone is reading them all!

I was having cramps all day Sunday. We were working on some sheetrocking and mudding stuff for my house and I finally had to stop and lay down. I felt like i was having cramps..kinda like when you're on your period. So I didn't think much of it because it didn't really hurt, was more jsut annoying. I went to eat dinner at my parent's that night and still had the cramps, mentioned it to my mom and she said if they got any worse, i should probably call my dr.

I went home and laid in bed and started watching a movie. Around 10:30 I got up to go to the bathroom and my water broke. I thought I had pee'd my pants Smile but more and more kept coming. I was thinking "that couldnt have been my water breaking, she is not due for another month" but couldnt' think of anything else. Then the cramps started getting somewhat painful so I woke up my B/F and told him that we may be taking a trip to the hospital that night, but I didnt' want to just get sent home so we should wait and see. I told him what happened and he got up and said we should probably just go anyway.

As we were driving to the hospital the contractions (turns out they were more than cramps) starting getting worse and worse...but still not what i was expecting labor to be. We got to the hospital and they got me into a room and checked me. The lady said that I was 7 cm dialated and that her feet were right there. She said I needed a c-section immediately. I had Justin call my family, who all rushed over, and by the time they got there, I was being wheeled in for surgery.

We all got into the other room and the Dr gave me the epidural (he is my new best friend!) and about 5 mins after that, Kesley was born.

She was exactly 4 weeks early, 5 lbs 14 oz. 20'' long. No jaundice, no health problems. Eating like a champ. Sleeping like there is no tomorrow. She is such a sweetheart-- hardly ever cries and when she does it's just for a second. Sleeps a lot, and when she is awake she is the cutest thing I have ever seen. It's unreal.

All in all, I would easily do that all over again. Espeically after seeing the end result. Good luck to all the mommies who still have their stories to experience!!

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"dkpendergrass" wrote:

Those cramp type contractions I mentioned in my last post as a pregnant woman were really the start of the REAL THING. They were pretty intermittent between 4 a.m. and 1 p.m., variable in strength and frequency (often 20 min. apart). Then around 1 they got stronger and closer together (10 min.). Between 2 and 3 p.m. they'd started being about 4 min. apart quite regularly and I had to stop what I was doing to breathe through them. We drove to the hospital (40 min.) around 3:30 p.m. (it was agony!) and by the time I got there I was 6-7 cm dilated. I was opting for an epidural, but they only just got the prerequisite fluids in me and my contractions were very strong, almost continuous and I couldn't help but start pushing. So the nurse decided to check my progress and I was already fully dilated. She pretty much said "Let's have this baby!!" and went to get the doctor. It was only about 5-10 minutes beyond that and a few pushes later and I heard William crying. Darryl (DH) kept saying "we have a baby!". I was still contracting and the Stadol was making me a bit groggy so it was hard to believe all that was happening.

Darryl cut the umbilical cord, and the nurse must've wrapped William in a blanket. He was not very messy at all, but he looked sort of grayish initially. Then he turned pink and then red and Darryl put him on my chest for me to hold. It was a very special moment, but it was still so hard to believe that I had a baby!!! and that this was the little guy I'd been carrying around inside me for so long.

I held him for a bit and then the nurse took him to be weighed (6 lbs, 9 oz) and measured (19 3/4 inches) and checked out. Then he was brought back to me and I nursed him for the first time. William definitely knew exactly what to do and he was quite voracious for such a little guy! Smile

Unfortunately, having come so quickly, he tore me up pretty badly and the doctor had to stitch me up. Darryl estimates I had 20 stitches. I didn't really feel the stitching and I was in a very euphoric mood at the time, joking with the doctor and nurses, etc. Apparently, William had managed to tie his umbilical cord in a knot in utero, though that didn't affect him negatively. One thing is that my water didn't break and the doctor had to break it a few seconds before William was actually born. This was probably fortunate, because it means that my contractions weren't as bad as they could've been.

All in all, my labour experience was pretty good! It didn't last very long and it wasn't very painful.

And now, I have thankfully had very few problems nursing William (mostly the only problem has been that sometimes he is very sleepy and in the hospital I was worried that he wasn't eating enough). He knows how to latch on properly and my breasts (thank GOODNESS) did not become overly engorged. When he went home from the hospital, William weighed 6 lbs, 1 oz. and we took him back yesterday (6 days old) and he has gained an ounce.

He's getting more and more alert and it's really neat to see all the things he can already do! His expressions are the best. Darryl & I are so proud and happy! Smile

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"raekrasko" wrote:

I was scheduled on call for my induction last Sunday. They called at 6:45 am and told me to come in. We got there about 730 and they started me on something called Cytol (sp?) which looked like little mini pills that they placed near the cervix. I began feeling cramping but nothing too bad. With the Cytol I had to stay in bed for two hours, but after that they let me get up and walk around. DH and I walked the halls for about and hour and they checked and I was at 2 cm 50% effaced. They gave me another pill of Cytol, and the contractions got a little stronger. After a few hours of that and walking, they checked me and I was almost 4 cm, so my doctor came in and broke my water. By this point it was about 10 pm, and they decided it was time to start the pitocin. I feel asleep for a little while, but woke up at about 1 am with major contractions!

So I asked the nurse for an epidural. After getting the epidural I kept waiting and waiting for for some relief but it never came! So I called the nurse in and she called the anesthesiologist, he came and up'd the dose, but my contractions were now worse then before. All he could tell me was that everyone reacts to epidurals differently, and it may not be something that works for me!! So I felt everything!

By about 1030 my body kept urging to push with each contraction, so the nurse checked and I was at a 10, so they called the doctor in and I started pushing. The strange thing is that the contractions were the worst pain I'd ever felt in my life, but when I was pushing, they did not hurt at all.

My doctor was also stretching my perinium as I was pushing, which hurt, but thanks to that not tears. Just as the baby was about to come out my doctor stepped aside and let DH deliver her. He said it was the best thing ever, and totally unexpected. At first he didn't even want to see her come out, but was so happy to have delivered her. She weighed 8 lbs 10 ounces and was 21 inches long.

Personally I think I had an awesome birth experience, even though I couldn't get any pain relief Wink

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"Kenalyn" wrote:

I started having contractions at 10pm on June 4th. They were 10 min. apart and lasting about 20-30 seconds. By 12:30pm they were every 1-4 min. and lasting 30-60 sec. At that point we headed for the hospital. When I arrived and was checked at 1am, I was at 8cm and 100%! Things were moving fast!

They quickly got me to my room and my midwife was on call (so nice to see her)... she checked and I was at 9cm. At that point, they wanted me to push, but feeling all the pain was too much for me and I demanded an epidural... finally got it when I was 10cm at 1:30am. They then broke my water.

I was so numb, that it took a little while for me to feel contractions... at one point I knew something was wrong because they had me stop pushing. Seems baby wasn't tolerating contractions that well. At that point I remember some (3 people) coming into the room. My husband was told that there was quite a bit of merconium and that the respiratory team would be there.

At 3:43am on June 5th, Xavier Dario entered the world, weighing in at 5lbs, 2 oz. and 18 inches long. They did not want him breathing because of the merconium. His first apgar was a 2 and than an 8.

I got to hold him for just a few seconds. I was in shock at how little he was (we were told to expect a 7+ lb. baby). My husband went with him to the nicu while my mom came in to stay with me. I got stitches... not sure how many.

I was really frustrated that I couldn't be with my baby and by 9:30am (6 hours later), I was completely in tears... my midwife returned and arranged a wheelchair visit for me to see him.

He spent 5 days in the nicu to keep his blood sugar and body temp up. The nurses there were wonderful and I am so glad that he got their care. They became like family.

We are home now and adjusting... he eats every 3 hours so I am very tired, but glad to have him home.

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"hopingandwaiting" wrote:

Last Wednesday (5-30) I had my weekly appointment. The doctor checked me and said that my cervix was barely starting to open, but it was pretty soft. He said it would likely be at least a few days until I went into labor. Well fast forward to the next day. At 2pm I was sitting and folding clothes and when I stood up, my water broke, there was no mistaking it. I felt fine up until that point, no pains or anything. I called DH and told him, and an hour later we were at the hospital. They monitored me for an hour. The nurse checked me and I was dialted to 1.5 cm. She told me to get up and walk around, which I did for about an hour. I came back and the doctor checked me I was only 2 cm. He told me that they would check me again in a couple of hours, he said if I hadn't dialated much by then they would give me pitocin, which I didn't want to do. So I went outside walked around for another hour. By then I was having pretty regular contractions and each one was getting stronger. I went to my room and they monitored me for about 15 minutes, and eveything was looking good. I got out of the bed, which I couldn't get comfortable in. I sat in the rocking chair and rocked, Meanwhile each contraction was getting stronger and stronger. By this time I was yelling at DH to help me, I couldn't take this anymore. So he went out and found the nurse that taught our birthing class. She came in and told me to get on the bed. She checked me and asked if I still wanted to go natural, which at this point I didn't think I could. She well it's a little too laye for an epidural. I was 9 cm! They paged the docto immediately. He was at his son's ballgame. Thankfully the ballpark was only a mile away. While he was on his way I was yelling that Ihad to push, I could feel his head right there. Well I held on until the doctor got there, after about 15 minutes of pushing Kinzie was born. I think they were still getting my IV hooked up when I started pushing. Thankfully no episiotomy, just a small tear that took 2 stitches. Noone could believe I went that fast. The doctor didn't even get a chance to change into scrubs. I am breastfeeding and he took to it the first time like a pro.
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"tootsiemum" wrote:

kind of a short story, really. I went to my forty week appointment on tuesday, June 5th, at 10:30. The Dr. was busy delivering another baby so I didn't see him until about 11:30. He checked me and said that I was dilated to a 4, and talked me into going to the hospital to get induced, since I was ready, just missing the contractions. So I went to the hospital, filled out the paperwork and got into my room. The Dr. came in at about 1 and put the contraction monitor and all that stuff on me, and said, "do you feel that contraction?" I said, "It just feels a little tight, but not like I remember." So he decided to check me again, before he broke my water and started me on the pitocin. When he checked me, he said I was dilated to a 5 so he broke my water, but decided I didn't need any pitocin because this baby was coming no matter what.
The contraction weren't too bad, then the nurse checked me again. She said I was at a 7. Then about half an hour later she checked me again, and said I was still at a 7. I remembered that I was stuck at an 8 with DD #2 until I rolled over on my side. So I rolled over on my side, and the contractions got a lot stronger. I was bawling, and my poor DH Corey did such a great job! He just held my hand and talked to me. The nurse checked me again and said I was at a 9, so she was going to get the Dr. Then I felt the urge to push. I couldn't hold back no matter how hard I tried. So the Dr. walked in just in time to deliver the baby. SHe was born at 4:03 p.m. I couldn't believe it was so fast. They didn't even have enough time to take the bottom part of the bed off. She was healthy and pretty much came out screaming. Great color and reflexes. Perfect Apgar score. No stitches for me either! Just a little of what the Dr. described as "road rash in the private area".
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"kathjoy" wrote:

My birth story is a very short one. I went into the hospital at 5:30am on June 11th for my scheduled c-section. They hooked me up to the monitor for 1/2 hour so they could monitor the baby, and started my IV fluids. We watched tv until 7:00am and then the anesthesiologist came in and went over his part of the surgery. They wheeled me into the OR at 8:00am, did some prep work and my DH came in at 8:10am. Brady was born at 8:17am weighing 8.2 pounds and was 19.25inches long... my DH watched the whole surgery! after Brady was born they did his apgars, he got a 9 for the 5 min apgar and a 9 for the 10 min apgar. They took Brady out in the hall and weighed and measured him, and then Brady and my DH came back in and sat with me until the end of the surgery. I was surprised that it didn't hurt as bad as I thought it was going to... I was afraid of the spinal, but it really didn't hurt that much. After Brady was born, we all went across the hall in recovery until 10:30am and then I went to my permanent room. By 6pm I was sick of sitting in bed so I asked to get up and walk and I sat in a rocking chair for 2 hours. I slept ok when I slept, Brady was with me until 2am and then I asked the nurse to take him so I could get some rest. The next morning at 6am I asked the nurse to take my cathader out because it was hurting me. They were amazed I wanted it out and I have been up walking around since then. This surgery hasn't been that bad. I am recovering so much quicker than I ever thought I would! I did stay the full 4 days in the hospital, but it was my choice to stay. We were both ready to come home today. I have been taking things slow, taking little walks with the baby just to get some fresh air. We had no problems or complications, my doctor was wonderful and the nurses that took care of me were fantastic. It was a great delivery!
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"MommyMelanie" wrote:

On Monday I had read the post from Fawn and I was having the same issues where I thought I was leaking and the baby was really not moving around, and I was over due by 2 days at this point. I called the doctor and they told me to come into the office to get checked.

I got to the office and they checked and they found the heartbeat right away and everything was good with baby. I had dialated to 5cm and she said that the water bag was bulging. She said that I could go to the hospital, and to to them that I had been having contractions if they asked so that they wouldnt send me home

Meanwhile I hadnt told anyone that I was going to the doctor, so I called DH, MIL and my mom and told them we could go the hospital now. They were all in a frenzy to get all together, I was very calm.

On the way to the hospital, the contractions started and they were a few minutes apart, I was just hoping that my water wouldnt break on the way. We got to the hospital and they let me check in right away. After getting changed and situated in the room, my water broke.

They told me I could have an epidural whenever I needed it, I tried to hold out, and waited for about an hour. I got the epidural around 6 (we got to the hospital around 5 pm). The doctor who gave it was great and he got it on the first try and I was MUCH more comfortable

Around 7 they checked and I still hadnt dialated past 5cm, so they started on pitocin and everything was going well. When they checked at 10pm, I still hadnt dialted much more, so they upped the pitocin. They said that if I didnt start progressing by the next time they checked in two hours at all, then we would have to discuss other options.

At midnight they checked and I was at 9 1/2 cm. They wait until 1 and I was fully complete. I got to start pushing and it was great, I didnt feel any pain, we were even dicussing the news and TV between pushes. I did get a bit nauseous from bending with the pushes and I threw up once. But other than, DH found that the expeirence was so much better than he had built up in his mind.

They did have to do an episiotomy, not sure how deep it was or how many stitches, but it hasnt that bad. She came out at 155 am and she weighed in at 8 lbs and was 19 inches long. She has a full head of hair, and we named her Caitlin Marie. We are learning the breastfeeding process, and we are all doing fine!

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"Parkersmom" wrote:

I was induced Sunday night--it was 8:30pm before I was all set up and things were in place to get my labor under way. The Dr. who put in the balloon catheter asked why I was being induced because I didn't seem very ready, but the nurse said I was just over 40 weeks, so Bryan and I thought we were in for a long night. I was a little crampy and having some mild contractions until 1:30am when the nurse came and the balloon catheter had finished dilating me to a 3-4. She was going to let me sit like for a little bit till they got permission to break my water and start pitocin; however, much to everyone's surprise, only about 5 minutes after they pulled the catheter out, I felt a pop and a gush. I told Bryan I thought my water just broke, so I called the nurse and sure enough it had broken on its own. Immediately the contractions got really bad, all my own body's doing at this point. I only suffered through that for about 45 minutes when I decided it was defitinely time for my epidural. It took about 15 mins for the anest. to come in. It took 3 tries to get the epidural in the right place--after the second failed attempt I was getting nervous they might give up and I wouldn't get one, but thank heavens, the third time was a charm!!! Getting the stinkin IV in my wrist hurt way more than getting any of the 3 epidurals. By 3 am I was blissfully comfortable and slept for a little bit. At 5 am the nurse came and checked me and I was an 8 and ready in everyother way. She was utterly shocked and said this was going to go very fast. She immediately called the Dr. who arrived at 5:20am and very hurriedly had to put his smock on with my dh's help, and hold his hand on the baby's head as it was coming out too fast! He got his gloves on as quickly as possible and with just about 5 sets of pushes, at 5:40am on June 11th, Zoe entered the world healthy and happy! She barely cried and has barely cried ever since. It was such an amazing and wonderful experience. She weighed 8.2 and was 19.25" long.

She is just adorable and has been the best baby--granted only 3 days old, but a sweatheart so far. Her brothers adore her and love looking at her and holding her.

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"Jaxie" wrote:

Taylor’s Birth Story:

I started having what felt like period type cramping at 10 am on Monday, June 18, 2007. They would come and go every 5 minutes so I was excited. This continued on throughout the day, coming every 4-5 minutes in the afternoon. I actually had a doc appt. Monday so I went to that at 4pm. I told the doc I think I’m in early labor, and he did an internal exam on me. I was dialated 3cm and was 90% effaced. He said it could be tonight! So, then I was really excited. At this point, I tried not to get my hopes up too much because it could still be false labor and the contractions didn’t hurt too badly. But, I figured they were the real deal since no matter what I was doing, they came regularly. Jeremy was at work at 8pm when the contractions started getting more painful and coming about 3-4 minutes apart. So, I called him to come home and help me breathe through them. He was really helpful and would massage me each time I had a contraction. At 11:30pm I realized they were really starting to hurt and were now coming every 2-3 minutes. Also, I went to take a warm shower to ease the pain a little and then went to the restroom and noticed some trickling going into the toilet and I had no control of it, so I knew it wasn’t urine. It must be my water!! I was so excited and we called the doctor and she told us to come in. We got to the hospital at midnight and the nurse checked me in, and did an internal exam. I was at 5-6cm at this point. I then got hooked up to the IV for fluid and antibiotics since I have group B strep. We put in our relaxing music, which helped a lot and Jeremy would hold my hand during each contraction and get me a new wet washcloth for my head after each one. He is so wonderful. I was fully dialated by 2:30am and pushed until 4:45am when Taylor was born!!! I don’t remember saying this, but Jeremy says when they put her on me, my reaction was “Wow, that was it?!” My labor went very well. Oh, and the doc had to do a small episiotomy and I ended up having a 3rd degree tear. Not fun.

Taylor Marie Smith was born on June 19th, 2007 at 4:45am. She weighed 8lbs. 8oz. and was 20 ½ inches long. She is just beautiful! She took to breastfeeding with a little difficulty at first, but is now a pro.

After labor:

This part is kind of blurry for me, as so much was going on. After I was stitched up, the doctor told me that there was some bleeding that she couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. But wasn’t too concerned at first, because it wasn’t a whole lot. After about 2 hours of being in the birthing room, they were ready to wheel me up to the pregnancy floor. When I went to get up, I got very pale and weak and just sat on the edge of the bed with my head on the nurse’s shoulder. Then I stood up and a gush of blood just came right out everywhere. I actually didn’t see it myself, which I am glad. But Jeremy did and he says it scared the crap out of him. He said it was like another placenta just came out of me. The nurses called in the doc quick and laid me back down and hooked me up to oxygen. The doc went to examine me and still could not figure out where all this blood just came from. It was so far inside of me. They ended up wheeling me on my bed to the Operating room. At this point, I was pretty scared. I could tell Jeremy was too but was trying to remain strong and calm. They put me out in the OR and had an ultrasound done so they could tell where the blood was coming from. I guess the ultrasound lady passed out because there was so much blood. The OB doc tried and tried for 1 ½ hours to stitch me up to stop the bleeding but I guess my skin is just so fragile, she said it was like butter. So, instead they packed me with some gauze stuff. And had to re-stitch my vagina opening, which was also difficult I guess (very fragile skin). I came out of the OR and eventually was taken back to my room. Doc gave me the report of everything they did and said that I’m torn to shreds right now. I’m also extremely swollen and black and blue. It was just a mess down there. I ended up getting 2 pints of blood to me. Then they took a blood sample later on to see my blood count and it was still low. Don’t remember the exact number, something like 7.4? They did another one later on and then I was at 8. something.. So, they were going to send me back up to the upper floor. Well, I ended up not making it again. Same thing, got pale, lost some blood and put on oxygen. Got another 2 pints of blood given to me. After awhile they got my blood back to the 8 somethings (it went back down to 6 something before this). I finally was brought up to the next floor, after they took out my packing and the blood had slowed down. When I left the hospital, my blood count was in the upper 8’s I believe. I’m anemic now and have to take iron supplements. At first, I was pretty confined to the bed. It was sooo hard to walk or even move in bed because I was so swollen. I was finally discharged on Friday walking like an old man. As of right now, still healing. I get low grade fevers every night but end up going away in the morning. Doc said that is ok after what I’ve been through. Jeremy and I have been completely exhausted. Today (Saturday) has been good so far though. Each day seems to get better and better. Swelling has gone down a lot now, which makes it easier for me to get around a little more. Trying to catch up on sleep. It was a very traumatic and stressful experience, but everything should be ok now. And we have the cutest little girl!

Oh, I forgot to add that some of the reasons of my excessive bleeding was because of my pelvis, my tender skin, and that my placenta was not contracting smaller like it should have been. Doc wants me to seriously consider a c-section if I have any more kids, which I was planning on doing. Jeremy and I are both a little hesitant about it now..

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"dlm677@yahoo.com" wrote:

On Monday the 18th we checked into the hospital at 6:00 pm to be induced. at 7:25 we were given Cervadal. I was 1 cm dialated. We slept well through the night I was having contractions about 7-8 minutes apart. My MW came in at 7:00 and checked I was at 2 cm. She broke my water and started me on the Pitocin. What felt like only moments later I was having some pretty strong contraction only a few minutes apart. At 9:30 they started to administer the epidrual, it took about 30 minutes to get it in and by 10:20 I was starting to feel releif, however it was only on my left side. They came back in and gave me a shot of something that took the pain away on the right side. Now I was able to rest and feel good, but only for 2 hours. At 12:45 I was 7 cm and feeling everything again. I was already starting to feel like pushing. at 1:50 they tried the epidural again. It wasn't working and at 2:15 I started to push. That was the worst feeling ever. I had no eipidural. I can't imagine how women do that. By 3:30 the baby was not moving down and I couldn't take it anymore. They called the doctor in and she tried the vacuum . By 4:00 they stopped and decided to do a C Section. I kept telling them she wasn't moving down I could feel where she was with every push.

anyway at 4:35 pm Samantha Ann was born, weighing 6 lbs 5 oz and 20 1/2 in. She is absolutely beautiful and perfect and worth every ounze of pain and misery I went through.

The C section was becuase my pelvis is too narrow and couldn't push her out. There is a medical name for it but I can't remember. The induction was a great experince and had nothing to do with the section. I will however always have to have a C section.

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"SusannaChristine" wrote:

After three weeks of high blood pressure, the docs decided to induce me 4 days after my due date. I was dilated to 4 and 80% effaced when I arrived at the hospital on Thursday and they hooked me up to Pitocin at 9:15 am. I didn't feel any contractions until 11:30, and once they started, they didn't stop! I used my Lamaze breathing techniques, and Simon was a great coach.

By 2:30 I was dilated to 8 and got my epidural, which took the guy three tries to get right because my tattoo was in his "sweet spot" and he had to find another area. I was then able to sleep a little bit, but could still move my legs and feel some pressure and some back pain. They checked me at 5:30 and I was complete, but since Cain was at 0 station, they decided to let the contractions bring him down further before they would let me push.

I wish I had asked them to at least let me try, I'm pretty sure I could have made it no problem, but they didn't want me to get too tired too early. So then for some reason, the nurse turned down the Pitocin and left. This ultimately caused my contractions to become weak and erratic. At about 7:00 I could feel Cain *right there* totally ready to come out, and there was tons of pressure to push, but they told me I had to wait until my contractions were regular again. So they upped the Pitocin and I had to lie there and try not to push for over an hour.

I kept thinking I was feeling contractions and I was using every ounce of willpower not to push. The nurse told me I was just feeling him moving. So I hung in there, swearing they were contractions, but not knowing any better since I'm a first time mom. Finally at 9:30 the nurse came in and said we should try a few practice pushes so that she knew what she was dealing with. On the first push Simon said "I see his hair!" and the nurse told me to stop. She brought in the doctor and the whole crew got set up and ready to go.

They surrounded me, took their positions, ...... and stared. I was writhing around because of the pressure I was feeling, but they were telling me to hold on, let's wait for a contraction. They sat and looked at me impatiently for about five minutes, and I was beginning to lose hope that I would have him any time soon. I kept asking them are they SURE I wasn't having contractions, because regardless of what the monitor said, I FELT like my body knew what it was doing. So the nurse felt my stomach and said "Oh my gosh, she IS contracting! Why isn't it showing up on the monitor? Oh no, that's the wrong patient on the monitor!" They had been monitoring the woman in room 4 on my screen!

So they finally let me push and within 5 minutes, out popped Cain! His Apgars were 9 & 9 and he was healthy and hardy. I tore quite a bit, but I'm healing well. I just wish they would have listened to me, because I could have had a MUCH shorter labor! But 12 hours is nothing to complain about, and I got the vaginal birth I wanted. Over all, it was a great delivery and has made me so much more proud of every mom I know! We're home now, breastfeeding and bonding and I'm loving every bit of being a mommy!

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"momof_3cuteboys" wrote:

Tuesday, June 12th I woke up to contractions at 5:30 am. I went to the computer and started timing them…they were coming every 6-8 minutes lasting about 45 seconds long. This continued until about 9:00 am and then they just stopped. I was a bit frustrated but went about my day. The boys and I met Matt (DH) for lunch at the park for lunch at 1:00. We had a great time enjoying each other’s company. Layton and I started playing a game where I would chase after him as best as a big pregnant lady can. Anyway….I was exhausted so I came home and took a nap. I woke up at 4:30pm to some contractions. At 5:00 they were still coming so I started timing….they were 2 minutes apart lasting 45 seconds. My oldest came and started helping me time the contractions. I decided that I wanted to stand up so he would push the space bar when the contractions started and ended. The first contraction after standing up was 1 minute long and the next one was too. I started to feel kind of wet so I went to the bathroom and found blood. I told Chase to get DH. After that began the rush to get the boys ready to go to a friend’s house and us to the hospital.

On the drive to the hospital the contractions slowed to about 5 minutes apart but were more intense than they had been. Once I stepped out of the car to walk in the hospital they picked up again in frequency. I got up to my room and they put the monitors on me and checked me….I was 5 cm, 100%, with a bulging bag of waters. The nurse said that I was so stretchy she could have probably stretched me to a 10. But she couldn’t because I had tested positive and they needed to get the antibiotics in me. So I laid in the bed until they got the first bag in. Then I walked around for about 25 minutes. She checked me again and I was 8 cm. They hooked me back up and started on the second bag. After that I walked around maybe another 20 minutes. We went back to the room and I was standing during the contractions using a chair to grip. Between one contraction I squatted down to the floor. As soon the next contraction came I knew it was time. I had terrible pressure. I got back on the bed so she could check me…just a small lip of cervix left.

I was in terrible pain while sitting on the bed. My back and tailbone were killing me and I was ready to crawl out of my skin. I told the nurse I was turning over to my hands and knees. It was amazing how much that helped. The pain was so much less intense. She asked me a couple minutes later if I was ready to turn back over. I let out this guttural “NO!” There was no way I was going back to that position. DH told her that I had delivered like that with my last and she seemed satisfied with that. So I was leaning over the back of the bed (raised up) on my knees. I had the urge to push and was told that I couldn’t because my MW wasn’t there yet. That was horrible to need to push and not be able to. As soon as I heard the MW voice I started pushing. With the first push I felt my water break. Second push I felt the head come out and the rest of the body with my 3rd push—all one contraction. The MW hadn’t even been in the room 5 minutes. Since I had my back to everyone I didn’t see Dh or my baby but I remember there being mention of a unhappy little boy! The MW had me turn over to deliver the placenta and that is when I first saw my sweet little boy! The feelings that rushed over me were so overwhelming. It is amazing how much you love that little person. Zander Jay was born at 11:18pm, June 12th. He weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long.

We had to stay a little bit longer due to being GBS positive. Zander had a couple of scares with his breathing on the second day and he lost too much weight so we had to stay another extra day. But he is doing well now and is breastfeeding like a champ. We are watching his bili levels closely. We are all so in love with him and are enjoying having a baby in the house again.

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"r4444444" wrote:

Julia Rose arrived 6/12/07 @ 11:04 am
6lb, 10 oz, 19 inches
Birth Story (finally)
At 1:30 am on 6/11/07, I awoke and thought my water broke. I called the dr. and he said to go to the hospital. When we arrived the dr. checked me and said that it was not my water breaking (what the heck was it then I'd like to know). So, they sent me home and told me to come in the next day if I still thought I was leaking fluid. The next day, sure enough I was still leaking fluid so I went in to see dr. He checked me and confirmed my water had broken. I was still not dilated at all yet though. They sent me upstairs and I was admitted into my labor and delivery room. They started pitocin at 5:30 pm on 6/11 to get my cervix to start dilating. It was a very low dose and they told me that it would be very gradually increased and I would likely not deliver until the next day, in the early afternoon. At 11:00 pm I was only 1 cm dilated. At 3:00 am I was 3 cm dilated. At this point they starting bumping up pitocin every half hour. This is when the pain really began. I couldn't take the pain anymore by 5:00 am and requested the epidural. Boy do I wish I asked for it sooner. By the time they got my iv fluids going and the anesthesiologist made it to my room it was 7:00 am. The contractions were extremely intense by this point. I was 5 cm dilated now. Talk about instant relief...WOW. Thank God for epidurals! I really give women who have completely natural childbirth ALOT of credit! By 9:00 am I was 10 cm dilated! I went from 5 to 10 Fast! As soon as I got to 10 cm I got really bad chills. I kept putting more and more blankets on myself to warm up but nothing worked. Apparently this commonly happens during the "transition" stage to pushing.
I did some pushing at this point, but baby wasn't completely descended. So they let me "labor down" for about another half hour. They cut back on my epidural at this point so that I could feel the contractions/pain and be able to push better. So much for all of the relief I had from the epidural. It was time for hard labor again now. The pressure down below was very strong and I felt like baby was going to come out. The nurse came back in just before 10:00 am and it was time to PUSH. I never realized how difficult and completely exhausting the pushing process would be! It took me one hour of pushing to get her out, which they said is pretty good for a first time mom. Towards the end I was getting completely exhausted and I was sooo Hot. As soon as the head was "there" the dr. still hadn't arrived, so I had to resist pushing to wait for dr. He arrived just in time. Julia was born at 11:04 am. She came out screaming and kicking and punching and looked great! The dr. layed her on my belly. My first reaction was "she's so tiny" - but I felt a sensation of complete and utter relief that she was out of me and was alive and vigorous! I was officially a mommy!
They had a neonatal team from the NICU present to examine her, due to complications with hydrops during pregnancy and known T21 diagnosis. They took her over to table and a whole team of them examined her. At first, they said she was well enough to go to the regular nursery. But, after they brought her to nursery, her O2 saturation was dipping down, so they brought her to NICU to be monitored. They had to give her supplemental oxygen overnight. Her hematocrit level was high which is what caused this. They performed a partial transfusion, where they removed a small amount of blood from her belly button and replaced it with saline solution, to dilute down the blood. This corrected the hematocrit problem. Because my water had been broken for more than 24 hours, they had to give her antibiotics, in the event there was any infection (now why didn't they believe me in the first place my water had broken, this could have been avoided?). She had some jaundice too, so they had to put her on the bili bed too. She had all kinds of tests performed while she was there (echocardiogram of heart, ultrasound of the kidneys & spine, cat scan of the brain). They really did a very thorough job of making sure everything was OK. Everything was NORMAL except there was mild dilation in one of the kidneys. Since her birth we followed up on that and her kidneys are fine!! We are so happy her heart is healthy, as so often babies with T21 are born with heart defects. She did fail her hearing test in her left ear. We are having follow up hearing test next week. The dr. said 90% of babies who fail hearing test at birth pass when they are retested. We are hoping and praying this is the case. She had to stay in the NICU for 5 nights before she came home - no major problems, they just had to make sure her bilirubin, hematocrit levels were ok and she gained some weight back. I was discharged after 2 days, but the hospital had a room for parent's with babies in the NICU that we were able to stay the whole time. This was really a lifesaver!! We are so glad we decided to deliver at the hospital with a fully equipped NICU (I had debated about this earlier in the pregnancy whether to deliver at local hospital or further away, more equipped hospital). Time has really flown by since she was born, but we are at home and doing very well. She is breast feeding also!! It hasn't been easy, but I think we have gotten the hang of it now. We are already signed up with Early Intervention and it will begin next week. She is truly precious and words can't describe the happiness she is bringing to our family
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"lisatb" wrote:

OK here is my birth story—sorry for the delay, things have been crazy and I’m sure you can all relate  It is very long and the medical stuff is spelled incorrectly but you’ll get the idea 

I started having contractions every 6 mins on Thursday June 7th at about 4PM. These contractions weren’t bad but they definitely were contractions. I had an appointment Friday morning to have a NST and an u/s to check the fluid levels so I decided to wait it out. I called the office Friday morning before I went in to let them know I had been having contractions consistently since Thursday afternoon every 6 mins. I wanted to make sure they still wanted to go through with the u/s first or if this was just going to be it. I don’t get the u/s done in my office they are done in another office same building, but I was scheduled for the u/s first so that my Dr could go over the results with me. They told me to come in to the office first and then they’d see.
I went in and saw the Dr. she checked me and I was still just about 2 cm dilated and about 80% effaced, so they sent me to the u/s as planned and then I came back to have NST and get U/S results. U/S showed baby was 9lbs 4oz give or take a lb. but everything looked good  (I was three days over due) During NSt my contractions were coming 3 ½ mins apart so Dr. sent me to the hospital to walk and then see where I was at. So I went to the hospital and they checked me again with the monitor and made me walk for an hour after that my Dr came by and checked me again—no progress but based on baby’s size and possibility of it being a 10lb baby they decided to admit me and start pitocine to move things along. I was admitted at 1:30 PM Friday 6/8. Things were going fine they started my fluids and meds b/c I was GBS + then they started the pitocine and second bag of meds. Eventually she came in and broke my water and the contractions started getting horrible. I wanted drugs ASAP, but the guy was in the OR so they gave me Stadol which worked for like 10 mins and then I lost it—the pain was unbearable. I suffered for 30 more mins and then my favorite man showed up to give me the epi. They cleared the room and the nurse held me down hunched over so they could do it—the whole time I’m having these HORRIBLE contractions so close together seemed like 1 min apart if I was lucky, but I’m afraid to move and be paralyzed so I had an outer body experience during the epi process. Of course the first attempt went wrong hit some nerve my body spazed and blood went up the catheter so they had to remove it and try again after checking to make sure I was ok and clean up mess. Eventually I got the epi and they gave me that happy trigger button for extra painful times. Epi didn’t work 100% and I could still feel contractions so a little while later they called my friend back and he injected a boluss which did the trick right away  I was feeling great! Then baby’s heart rate crashed so on went the oxygen mask and they had hands inside trying to rub her head and stimulate her while shifting me all over the bed –eventually she was fine and it was my turn my heart rate crashed twice so for like an hour or more I was out of it totally. Then it got worse as the vomiting began along with the pushing. I think I pushed for like 2 ½ hours at least and vomited the whole time. Steve had one leg, my sister had the other and my mom had the vomit bins at my face. Finally the Doctor came in suited up and it was go time, I was convinced my epi wore off and was hitting the trigger like crazy  But I kept pushing but it was still not enough and things went bad again so they cut me not sure the degree but She gave me an episiotomy and then they had to use the vacuum to suck the baby out. Steve wasn’t able to cut the cord as it was wrapped tightly around her neck and she was blue so Dr worked quickly. She was out THANK GOD!!!
I delivered the placenta while they worked on her—piece of cake after the baby and they stitched me up. Amelia weighed 8lbs 3 oz and was beautiful and healthy although she had quite the cone head with an extra cone from the suction on top of that  poor baby! She was born at 2:43 AM June 9th. I finally made it to my recovery room at 5:30 AM—took a while to move me because I couldn’t feel my legs for so long and they wanted me to change and pee.—they did not make me shower THANK GOD! Although I’m sure I could have used one. So then the recovery seemed painful but normal—I did not develop hemorrhoids—the only thing other than an emergency c-section that didn’t seem to happen to me  I heard they could be worse than stitches so I had bought 3 things of tucks pads-- oh well! I was discharged on Monday with Amelia  Home was so nice after being in the hospital since Friday, but 2 weeks post partum I ended up with 101 fever and serious pains in my back and legs and whole body, I saw the Doctor and I had developed an infection in my uterus, has a fancy endro something name but I cannot remember it. Instead of admitting me I was put on oral meds which I wanted b/c I didn’t want to be away form baby, but the next day my fever was up to 103 degrees. My mom is a nurse practitioner and she was over helping care for the baby so she called the Dr herself to talk about it and see if I should be in the hospital. The Dr decided to keep me at home and let the meds in my system for a full 24 hours before iv meds. Eventually med worked fine along with some pain pills and I recovered. I had a mild reaction to the medication and had a rash and hives in the middle of last week and was so itchy, but the meds are out of my system now and I’m feeling 1000 times better  I’m finally really enjoying being a mom of course she is a month old and I’m trying to figure out where the time went 

So here are a couple pictures—the first is Amelia on the scale, the next is the delivery team of mom, sis, and Proud daddy, and the last is of Amelia now 1 month later 

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"dye3737" wrote:

June 29th Friday morning I got up around 8 a.m got Elton changed and into the living room. While I was walking I started to feel leaking. Didn't think nothing of it but the more I would move the more I kept leaking onto my pantiliner.
9:30a.m I put Elton down for his nap went to lay down as I was feeling cxt as soon as I laid down more leaking.
10:00 a.m I decided to take a shower that's when water leaked all down my leg.
10:30 a.m I caled m Ob as I had an appointment at 11:40 that a.m they said to come in went and as I waited for the elevator a gush came I knew now it really was my water. She sent me to the hospital.
11a.m went home got last minute things ready for Elton
11:45a.m in triage got connected
12:30 p.m did the ferning test and it turned blue which confirmed my water ruptured. 3 cm
1:15 p.m In my room my awesome nurse Nancy put my i.v in for antibiotics due to my GBS+
2 p.m water broke some more
2:40 p.m 5 cm and in lots of pain
3p.m Got Nubain strong cxt my Nurse helped me breath which helped alot.
3:30 p.m gave me oxygen due to baby not moving and being sleepy.
4:15 p.m 6 cm lots of pain still breathing kicked out my sister and Elton because I wanted to scream and wanted it quiet. I didn't want to scare him.
5 p.m made me start blowing so I wouldn't push.
5:15 p.m In agony checked me 9.5 cm got everything ready. Started pushing 4 cxt and pushes and
5:30 p.m Sevana Elise was born. 8 lbs 4oz 19.5" long. She had the darkest hair and is absolutely beautiful. Total opposite of Elton but gorgeous. No tears a perfect delivery. Elton and Sevana are exactly 12 months and 1 day apart.

Her pedi had her blood drawn due to me being GBS+ and around 10 p.m Friday they said her labs showed she had an infectionso they took he to the newborn nursery to get an I.v in so she can recieve her antibiotics. She stayed that night in the nursery. Saturday morning she came back to my room and we started BF. She stayed with me the whole day except when she gets her meds. Around 5:30 p.m my nurse came in to run more test, they pricked her foot and put blood on the card in 5 little circles. Tested her bilirubin and it was 4.5 normal is below 5 so it was high. The dr. came in and informed me that my pedi request that she stay at the hospital for a week to recieve antibiotics. I was upset because Elton also stayed in the NICU for a week after he was born.

I was just discharged Sunday July 1st at 5:30 p.m. and Sevana is in the nursery. I am sad but know it's for the best. Here are lots of pics. Enjoy
Sevana was discharged on July 6th weighing 8 lbs 6 oz she is doing great and big brother is awesome

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"capricornchrissy" wrote:

Adrian Robert was born on Friday, June 22. He was 8 lbs 8 ounces, and came into the world with attitude (he pooped on the doc on the way out). I had a scheduled c-section and everything went really well. The epidural did not hurt at all, but they had to give me extra because one of my legs didn't respond as well as the other. So it was a full 24 hours until I could do more than wiggle the toes on my right leg. The pain and recovery has been more than I expected, but I'm probably a wimp because I've never had anything more than a tooth filling before. The breastfeeding has been going great (knock on wood). They gave him to me before we left the operating room, and I held him while they wheeled me to recovery. In recovery, the nurse got him in position, put him right on me, and he immediately started nursing. Like he had been doing it for years. I was shocked, because I had been worried about it. Now we are home and all is well. Congrats to all of the other blessed mamas who had their little ones this week.
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"lunabelle" wrote:

Here is his birth story:

Marshall's birth story. Due June 13, 2007, born on June 12, 2007.

Marshall was fairly still for about three days. For the first time I laid down to do kick counts. He'd have about a half hour/day of active time which was quite unusual for him. I figured he was just getting too big in there to do too much.

On Monday I lost a bit more of my mucous plug a few times throughout the day.

On Monday afternoon I watched my best friends 11 month old for an hour and a half while she had a massage. While she crawled around the house she swept the dirt off of her hands. I had been vacuuming and mopping at least weekly for a long time but the week or more before I had just been too tired to keep up on house work. That evening I suddenly wanted everything to be very clean so I vaccuumed the entire first floor, dusted etc. swept any corner cobwebs and I just knew that it was time to make sure the toilet and tub were cleaned because if I started to get nauseaus when labour finally started, I was not looking forward to staring into THAT bowl.

Jeff was outside in the garage puttering around but I really wanted him to come in and clean the bathroom for me because he said he would and after vacuuming I knew my back couldn't handle the job. He came into the house around 9pm but wanted to go to bed. I wanted to stay up until midnight cleaning house but decided to join him instead.

On Tuesday morning around 2:25am I woke up feeling a little damp so went to go pee figuring I was losing a little more mucous again. When I laid back down in bed I had achey pain in my back and lower abdomen. I checked the time and tried to fall back to sleep. About 7 minutes later it happened again. After the third one I woke up Jeff and told him what I was feeling. He was going to stay in bed a bit longer incase he ended up having to go to work that day afterall. While I moved around upright I started having more contractions which were now 3-4 minutes apart. Jeff got up with me and made himself an egg sandwich. The contractions were getting stronger so I walked around the kitchen while he ate. During the next hour Jeff cleaned the toilet and tub as promised.

Around 5am we decided to call the midwife and let her know what was happening. The contractions were pretty intense and I let her know that I think we skipped a big part of the labour process since the contractions started out so close together. We called mom, my sister, MIL and SIL. It wasn't long before everyone arrived and we moved upstairs to Marshall's room.

I lost concept of time around this point. A short time later the mw suggested we check my dilation so we could get an idea of where we started so we could watch progression and then we could keep checks to a minimum if I wanted so I agreed. I was already 100% effaced and dilated to 5 cm with bulging membranes. I tried different positions throughout labour. The most comfortable positions for me were when I was upright. Leaning forward at all caused the contractions to really hurt in the front. Leaning back caused really bad back pains. Laying on my side slowed contractions to 5 minutes apart but gave me a little bit of a break. Being in the tub wasn't comfortable for me because our tub is a claw foot that leans back too far so I got out of there pretty quick.

Jeff was amazing. I think he left me alone for two contractions during the whole process so he could have something to eat. I really missed him when he wasn't there.

My body was extremely relaxed throughout labour. It wasn't difficult for me to remember to focus on my breathing, to keep my shoulders, neck, mouth etc. relaxed. I had some trouble relaxing my lower body.

Because another mama had gone into labour at the same time that I did I had a midwife and a doula attend my birth instead of two midwives. I'm really glad it turned out this way because they played completely different roles during labour. The doula always made sure that I was drinking water, apple juice, gingerale and kept feeding me spoonfuls of honey to keep my energy up. She also made sure to tell me how well I was doing. The midwife was totally confident and continuously checked my blood pressure, Marshall's heartrate etc. She helped me by suggesting positions to try and always kept me informed and let me make the decisions about labour.

I barely talked during labour except to say what I needed, my eyes were closed most of the time. I thought I was really loud during contractions but everyone now tells me that it wasn't so bad. I moaned through most of them and for the few that caught me in a bad position I often said "Owwwwwwww" through them. Labour was harder, more intense and painful, and more primal than I had imagined.

I stayed at 9 cms with bulging membranes for a long time. My body started to push during some contractions and I could feel my body trying to get that sac to break so the baby would finally drop down the rest of the way. The midwife talked about breaking my waters to get labour to speed up but she said the contractions would become more intense. I was a little afraid of more intense - I didn't know if I could handle more. I also wanted to avoid as much intervention as possible. About an hour later after feeling my body push some more and feeling myself getting tired quickly I asked the midwife to break the membranes. I laid on my side and the gush of warmth was soothing. The waters were clear. Contractions did become a little more intense - a lot more according to anyone else in the room but I don't remember noticing a huge difference. My body was pushing more and more. I still had a small lip of a cervix so I laid on my left side for a couple of contractions and then rolled to my right side for a couple of contractions to help the lip to dilate completely. While laying on my big papasan cushion on the floor Jeff sat on the edge of the bed beside me. During an especially intense contraction I was squeezing his calf. After the contraction I looked up at him from the floor and he was crying. I started comforting him, telling him it was okay. Now that I was fully dilated I went back to the birthing stool with Jeff sitting behind me. My body was really pushing now so I pushed along with it. The pushing sensation was so weird - so automatic. My body would push so I would start to push and gave it so much more power. I pulled back on the stool with my hands as my body pushed the baby down. The midwife was checking my blood pressure and Marshall's heart rate throughout labour. My blood pressure never rose over 108/72. Marshall's heartrate stayed around 120 until this point when it dropped into the 90's. I was oblivious but apparently everyone else in the room knew that something was up by the body language of our birth attendants. They asked me to get back onto the cushion on the floor so I did. I saw the doula preparing a needle that the midwife said she would need if she had to do an episiotomy.

Everyone started urgently telling me to push, to hold in my sounds and breath during the pushes. I was reluctant at first to do it their way because I didn't want to purple push but they insisted. My mom was sitting at my head, Jeff at my side. Mom was begging me to push. I had short breaks between pushing contractions to get my breath and energy. I pushed with more than everything that I had. I started to feel him, he was close and it started to really burn. It was really hard to push when it was causing me so much pain. It was hard to hold him there between contractions - it stung pretty bad. At one point I said no to pushing but they told me I had to so I listened and then his head was out. The midwife pulled the cord out and forced it back around his head so I could push him out the rest of the way. He passed meconium during delivery. They immediately put him onto my chest and I felt his little bum in my hand. He was so squishy. He was so dark. He was darker than blue but he was crying so I knew he would be okay so I just held him and talked to him. My mom, sister, MIL and Jeff were all crying. MIL reached over to me crying and said thank you. The midwife and doula were checking his heartrate and rubbing him to stimulate his circulation and get his colour back. He was still crying and crying and it was the best sound I had ever heard. My sister cut his cord and the attendants took him to the dresser top where they continued rubbing him and they put a little tiny oxygen mask on him. He started grunting while he cried, trying to get the mucous and fluids out of his lungs.

The midwife helped me to deliver the placenta. I tore on the inside in a couple of places. The midwife later apologized saying she hated asking me to push without giving me time to stretch but I told her not to be silly, that I trusted her to get Marshall out safely. She couldn't stitch one of my tears because it was too close to my "button" - explains the extreme pain I was feeling. She couldn't even get the anesthetic in there to do the stitches.

Marshall was placed back onto my chest with his little oxygen mask which he kept trying to take off of his face. He nursed for a little bit but he continued to grunt. We were almost at the point of taking him to the hospital to see a pediatrician for the grunting when his cries became clear. Jeff had left to go and have a cigarette and was back now after pulling himself back together and he took Marshall. My mom helped me to the bath and cleaned me off. I could barely sit and I could not stand up straight because I was so sore. I wasn't allowed out of the tub until I peed - that took a while. The doula made my bed up for me but I wanted to be downstairs with my family. I held a now pink little Marshall who was awake and alert checking us all out, nursing like a champ. He was born at 12:44pm weighing 7 lbs, 12 oz. His apgar was 6 at 1minute, 9 at 5 minutes.

I couldn't sleep that afternoon, Marshall barely slept as well. Other than the pain down below I felt wonderful. I wasn't sure I ever wanted to go through labour again but emotionally I felt really good.

Marshall continued to nurse really well. The midwife was really great at showing us how to latch properly. Marshall lost 6 oz's in 3 days. By day 5 Marshall weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz! Yesterday at 9 days old Marshall weighed 8 lbs. He really likes his mamas milk.

I love him so much that it brings tears to my eyes. He is the cutest baby this mama has ever seen and now I know I would do it all over again and I am so glad I had a homebirth. My recovery was extremely fast. The day after I was hanging clothes on the line and doing dishes. I've had lots of help but have felt so well. I can't imagine doing it any other way.

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Can you add Amaya Suvan, June 3.

Sorry I haven't been around in a long time...Real life sent me a monkey wrench big time!

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Can you add me to the birthdays -May 13th. Also when I finally add my birth story do I just add it here?

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"mommy2three2be" wrote:

Can you add me to the birthdays -May 13th. Also when I finally add my birth story do I just add it here?

Yes you can just add it here. I had to cut and paste the other ones because we were moving them from a different thread. When you're ready you can go ahead and it!!!

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Hi, my daughter was born June 30th (even though she was due 7/10! Lol so can she be June Bud too? she was 7 lb. 1 oz. and 19 inches at birth....my bday is March 2. Thanks!

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Of course she can be a June Bud!!! I'll add you to the list!!!

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My son Vincent Chase Ward was born Tuesday June 5th 2007 at 10:32 AM via C-Section. He weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces and was 21inches long. It was a planned c-section since my daughter was a c-section as well. I was extremely nervous the day before when we went in for pre-op but the morning of the surgery I was so ready to not be pregnant anymore I was oddly not nervous. We arrived to the hospital at 7 AM to check in. They brought me back to the operation waiting area where I put on my lovely hospital gown and socks. They hooked me up to an IV and started my fluids before surgery. I had to sign more paper work and talked with the doctors. My surgery was for 9 AM but got delayed because there was an emergency c-section that needed to get pulled in before me. Dang it that is the second time this has happened to me. So my boyfriend Shane and I waited and talked. Then they came to get me and bring me back to the operating room which is extremely cold at about 9:50 AM. They sat me on the table and hooked me up to a blood pressure monitor, heart monitor, and oxygen. Then they sat me up and cleaned my back three times. After that they proceeded with the spinal. The first time it shot down my right side, the second time it shot down my right side again but hurt really bad, then finally the third time it went in just right. Thank God. I was so scared the spinal wouldn't take and they would have to put me to sleep. They laid me down and put up the curtain. Finally after what seemed like forever they let Shane come into the operating room with me. He sat at my head and held my hand. He was more scared than I was but tried so hard not to show it. The spinal went up high and put my throat to sleep so I couldn't swallow, very scary the first time it happened this time I was more prepared mentally for it. Shane freaked a little but I told him it was okay. They had to mess with my fluids because my blood pressure dropped after they gave me the spinal. After what seemed like forever we heard our baby boy cry for the first time. It was amazing. Shane stood up and saw him. He said the first thought that crossed his mind was "How did something that big fit inside her stomach?" They brought him to me and laid him on my chest and let me hold him and kiss him for a minute before Shane and he went to the nursery. I just tried to relax while they finished up my surgery. It took a little while because I had a lot of scar tissue from my first surgery and they were also fixing my scar from my first surgery which was messed up. They brought me back to the recovery room where they hooked me up to a morphine drip with a button I could push every six minutes. They also pushed on my stomach which at first was fine but once I started getting feeling back was like cruel and unusual torture. They brought the baby back to me so I can breastfeed and bond some. They had to give him a bottle in the nursery because his blood sugar was low. They said big babies have that problem at birth. I got to breastfeed which he took to like a champ. I held him for a while but then they had to go back to the nursery. Luckily by then I had feeling in my legs and was able to move them so they were going to move me to my own room very shortly. I got wheeled down the hall way to my own room. We passed Shane who was standing outside the nursery staring at our son in amazement. They tortured me some more in the room, although I know it is good for me wow it sure does hurt. They brought the baby and Shane to my room. Because of his low blood sugar we had to bottle feed him after every time I breastfeed him and he had to repeatedly get his blood sugar checked. That was just the first day though after that his blood sugar finally stabilized and he was all good. I however got a fever of 102.9 the first day after surgery. I had to get blood work done and be put on an antibiotic IV. They also once again would not let me breastfeed while I had a fever, so he had to be bottle feed. We later found out the second day I could breastfeed with a fever that it would not make the baby sick or give him a fever but in fact strengthen his immune system with my antibodies through the breast milk. I stayed with fever for three days so I had to stay in the hospital for an extra day, they would only release me if I was fever free for twenty-four hours. Finally after five long torturous days my fever stayed down long enough for them to release me and the baby home. I was in a lot of pain having an infection and it was very scary getting sick after such major surgery but my baby was worth it in the end. He actually didn’t get named until he was one day old and the birth certificate lady came in asking us what his name was then we looked at each other and said um?, but Shane said Vincent Chase and I asked if he was sure and he said yes so I got my way and that is what we named him. I figured after major surgery and an infection he didn’t really want to fight with me on his name. He got circumcised when he was two days old and he took it like a champ, didn’t cry or anything. They wheeled him away and brought him back in about fifteen minutes, then showed us how to take care of it, and he was fine. I had to get some tests done while in the hospital, blood work which showed elevated while blood cell count and a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia. They couldn’t figure out what was causing the infection other than an extremely high fever, I would tremble, and it would cause me more pain than what I was already in. I was so relieved to be released; we were starting to get cabin fever from being locked up for so long. I walked the maternity hallway everyday probably four times a day, which was really good for me because when I had Victoria I only walked the hallway once in the three/four days I was there. They said walking would help but I don’t really believe that I mainly walked because I was restless. The first time I got up and walked was to check on Vincent. The nurse took him to the nursery because he was really fussy and we figured it was because he hadn’t pooped in quite awhile even though the nurse swore he would be fine; she suggested he was hungry but he wasn’t. They kept insisting I bottle feed him since he was so big and they felt he wasn’t eating enough. I didn’t want to he had enough bottles to last him; I thought she was going to give him a bottle so I wanted to walk to the nursery on the way there though she was on the way back with him. Turns out he pooped and stopped fussing; go figure mommy was right about her baby. Oh well he motivated me to get up and start walking, little stinker. We had a lot of visitor’s which wasn’t too bad, Shane’s dad was mine and Vincent’s paparazzi he took about a thousand pictures the three days he was there with us. Victoria absolutely loved her brother and bonded with him instantly. She wasn’t jealous of him which was a big fear of mine and she adored holding and helping me with him. She didn’t want anyone to hold him except for us and her. They are going to be the best of friends. It was nice finally being released and being able to go home that Saturday afternoon. Well that is Vincent and I birth story, hoped you enjoyed.

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Can we be added?

Hailey Jane born June 23rd @ 8lbs 1 oz, 20.5", 3:36PM

And mine is Kat (KJRS82804) Jan. 3rd

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This was on myspace so it was writen last year in June.
On Wed. the 20th of June at 10:30 am I went to my OB check and I had been feeling a little different, Hailey wasn't moving as much and I felt like I had been leaking for a few days. The dr. checked and said I wasn't leaking but sent me to the hospital to get a u/s (ultra-sound) and an NST (Non Stress Test) plus set me up to go in and start pitocin that night. I went from there to the hospital were they did my NST first and then my u/s. The nurse said that we could go home and rest for a bit and that we should come back at 5:00pm to get everything started. Later that night, about 2:00pm the Dr. called and she that he was really happy that we were going to be induced cause Hailey's amniotic fluid was getting low. It was at 6.8. At 4:00pm I was to call the hospital just to make sure there was room there for me. There wasn't so they told me to try again tomorrow the same time. So on Thursday I was running around the house just making sure I had everything cause I swore to myself I was forgetting something and the phone rang. It was the hospital saying that they couldn't take me again, that they had 4 ladies all go into hard active labor around the same time and that there was not enough staff to watch me. I was so disappointed by this time I started balling. The nurse set me up again for a Friday try. When Friday came we all looked at eachother (Dh, my mom, and me) and said that we were not going to answer the phone if the caller id. said the hospital. They ended up calling at 4: 10pm and my mom did answer it and was happy when they said that they still had room for us but only needed us to come in at 8:00pm and not 5:00pm. Then thinking we were in the clear and nothing was going to happen we answered the phone when they called back about 2 hours later. They made my Dr. call me and talk to me and tell me that we would have to put it off again. I started balling and handed the phone to my mom. She got on and being a nurse herself ripped the Dr. a new one. She told the Dr. that she didn't understand why they would set me up to be induced if they were just going to call and cancel every time. She also said that we wanted another u/s to check fetal movement and amniotic fluids again. The Dr. agreed I think more out of fear my mom would come though the phone.
We got there about 6:30pm and they took me to the u/s tech and she did what she needed. Then she took me back to the L&D unit. The Dr. came in and said that they were going to send a few ladies home that weren't in "active" labor and that they wanted me to stay cause my levels went down to an even 6. So at 8:10pm I was finial admitted. They were really nice and came in to check on me, I think cause of my mom. I think the word got around that she was the reason I was there. They started a drug I forgot the name at around mid-night that was meant to "ripen my cervix", but it ended up being to much and the contractions were to close together so they stopped the drug around 3:00 am. Then they started the pitocin after about 30min. They called the epi person to come in and start that. My legs went numb almost as soon as they put the drug in. I was doing great the whole day, the contractions were so strong that I went from 2.5cm to 10 by 3:00pm. I pushed for only 35 min. and out came Hailey at 3:36pm. She weighed in at 8lbs. 1oz. and is 20.5in. long. She is so beautiful!
After about an hour my tummy really started cramping hard they said it was normal. After 2 hours my mom started wondering cause the pains were worst then the contractions I was having. The nurse came in and the next thing I remember was saying "mommy it hurts" I was postpartum hemorrhaging. I really don't remember much after that, I was told that I passed out two different times and I had 9 nurses in the room trying everything they could to being me around. I do remember one nurse plus my MIL (Mother-in-Law) yelling at me saying "Kathryn breath with me". I was rushed into the OR were later I found out that I had torn not once, but twice and one was so far up they didn't see it. I ended up losing 1500cc of blood. They put 4 bags back in and now I'm doing a lot better. I'm up and walking around for the most part. I'm still bleeding a lot, but they said I would with increased movement. We were sent home on the 25th and besides her jaundice which we have been treating with a bili-light (sp) everything seems to be ok.

right before I started pushing

Shes here

Proud Dad

1 day old

Getting ready to go home

First time in her carseat....didn't like it until we started moving

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I haven't put my birthdate yet.

I will be 22 on July 30th.

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Would it be okay to add Ruby Nicole to the list of June buds? We didn't become members until October 2008, but it would be great to have her on here too!

Ruby Nicole June 10th 6lbs 15oz 21inches born at 3:09 PM

Thanks a bunch!!!!