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    2007 June Buds & May Monkeys








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    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 (Nicole51-December 25
    Marie (Quiltingmarie)
    BBL
    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


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    June Bud/May Monkey Birthdays




    March 21
    Danica Pearl
    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
    Madison
    Alana*sMommy
    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 (Nicole51
    8:05 p.m.
    6 lbs. 7 oz.
    19.25 in. long

    May 24
    Emma Grace
    Jannn
    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
    mrstkat
    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
    Simop
    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
    Kenalyn
    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
    Shaylen
    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
    Jailynn
    8 lbs. 3 oz.
    20 in. long
    Brooke Elizabeth Bell
    tanned_mommy
    1:13 a.m.
    7 lbs. 10.8 oz.
    20 in. long
    Brooke
    BBL
    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
    CalBearInBoston
    7:21 a.m.
    7 lbs. 2 oz.
    21 in. long
    Amanda Grace
    jenfred03
    8:15 a.m.
    7 lbs. 6 oz.
    19.5 in. long
    Mieka Claire
    Fawn
    3:37 p.m.
    7 lbs. 13 oz.
    20 in. long

    June 12
    Yasemin
    mybunnygirl
    Grant
    Marie(Quiltingmarie)
    Andrew Neil
    Amanda (drewsmom1)
    8 lbs. 1 oz.
    21 in. long
    Zackary Alexander
    Casper67
    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.
    Marshall
    Michelle (lunabelle)
    12:44 p.m.
    7 lbs. 12 oz.

    June 13
    Chase Alexander
    jcali
    8 lbs. 1 oz.
    20.5 in. long
    Dallin Harris
    Frostie
    9 lbs. 4 oz.
    20.1 in. long
    Eliza Rose
    Kathy (summerblue)
    8 lbs. 3 oz.
    21 in. long
    Julian Jareth
    alika99
    8 lbs. 8 oz.
    21.25 in. long

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

    June 15
    Benjamin
    esti1423
    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
    HevnlyBaby2007
    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
    Jacquie(Jaxie)
    8 lbs. 8 oz.
    20.5 in. long
    Samantha Ann
    Deanna(dlm677)
    4:35 p.m.
    6 lbs. 5 oz.
    20.5 in. long

    June 20
    Sydney Margaret Moorhouse
    blesseda2ndtime
    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
    Hevnsnt7
    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
    LasVegasWXGIRL
    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
    dreamer1980
    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
    Amy_&_Eva
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by sallystevenson926 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by frostie View Post
    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.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kisses_278 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by nori_garsi View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by blanchers View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kimber2442 View Post
    I apologize in advance that this is so long, and probably way TMI in parts.

    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”.

    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PieceofParadise View Post
    CARMINE ANTONIO WALKERS BIRTH STORY



    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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