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Yay Laura - I have my fingers crossed for you! Glad your DH is able to be at home with you and help keep things happy between you and your mom!

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Yayy for losing another MP Biggrin !! I'm glad for you that dh is around to buffer you and your Mom.

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WooHoo for a MP! I hope you come back to report that you've decided to skip the movie and go to the hospital:) If not then I hope you enjoyed the movie, and your feeling great:)

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Last night before I went to bed I really thought it was time. I was having bad cramping with contractions about every 7-10 minutes. I thought "I'll try to get some rest incase it is time", but I woke up this morning and nothing.

I haven't been telling my mom when I feel anything. I don't want to tell her I am in labor until I go to the hospital. So luckily I don't have her upset too.

So I am just sad this morning. I went in my closet and cried for a good 10 minutes and then collected myself. DH gave me a big hug. I know he is sad for me and very supportive. I am so glad I have him.

Well mom and me are headed into town to get some lunch and go to barnes and nobles. I am just waiting for my pants to dry. I only have 2 things that fit anymore :shock: Oh well it should only be a few more days I hope!

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*hugs* The constant false alarm is the scenario I kept playing in my head because I thought it was the most likely. That must be so frustrating. What a smart girl you are for not telling your mom! Wink

I only had two blouses and two pair of Liz Lange gauchos that fit in the end, too. Can't be much longer now for sure!! Hope you can enjoy the weekend Biggrin

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Big hugs. Sorry it's taking so long for baby to be ready.

I can't think of anywhere better to go than Barnes & Noble in order to relax.

And maybe the relaxing will help.....

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I wouldn't say anything to Mom either ((huge hugs)) hun. Enjoy barnes and nobles, it will be air conditioned and relatively quiet. I love checking out the sale or clearance section, you never know what you'll find Biggrin .

Sorry about the clothes, I am getting to that point as well, I feel like I'm constantly in the same thing, but either the shirts are too short or the pants/shorts are falling down :shock:

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Hmm, this lodge has been quiet since Saturday . . . ? Hoping that maybe this week will bring some baby news!!

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Laura I'm thinking of you today - I hope the quietness means baby news for you!

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I was hmmmmmmm-ing about the time lapse, too.

Hope you are doing well!

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Sorry no baby yet... but I am in much better spirits!

Yesterday I had an awesome surprise. I had a friend from a bible study I participate in just drop by and she brought me a great baby gift! She gave me a baby pillowcase, a blanket, and burpcloth that all match and she made them for me. It was a great surprise! I never have people just pop over to see if we are home because we live almost an hour from town! And when they were leaving I walked outside to see the biggest full rainbow! It just gave me a sense of peace and joy. I have been praying a lot about the baby's delivery and it was like God was telling me that he hears me, he is just waiting for the perfect time too.

Today started out rough, but I went to work. Which for me is a very relaxing happy place. Mom stayed home. When I came home she really had an attitude change it was bizarre. I made reservations for us at a spa tomorrow as a surprise to give us something to be excited about since jr has not come yet. Well she said she could not go because.... she started (monthly visitor). Ummmmm she is 55 and has gone thru "the change" no wonder she has been in such a funk... PMS! Tonight it has really be different, we laughed together for the first time since she has come here.

I still don't know when this little guy is coming, but tonight is a full moon... so you never know.

Thanks for checking on me. I was determined not to write until I had something positive to say.

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You sound amazingly positive - what a great attitude you have!!! I was unfortunately induced right around that time with DS#2 and have always regretted it - kudos to you for sticking it out (and still working!)

I had to laugh reading about your clothing issues. I am in the same boat - I keep washing and wearing the same darn things because most of my "huge" maternity tops leave my belly sticking right out the bottom!

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I'm glad to hear you are doing better. Did you go to the spa, or did you guys cancel all together? Let us know how you are today! Wishing you a baby really soon.

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Your positive attitude is an inspiration to me. I've been so down lately. When I should be thanking God for all my blessings. Thanks for being such a trooper!! Wishing you positive labor vibes........Can't wait for your arrival...

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You sound great and what a pleasant surprise to see a rainbow!! What a thoughtful friend you have to made you such a gift.

I'm glad your Mom has mellowed a bit and you are able to enjoy her being with you.

I hope you'll still be able to get to the spa, it sounds wonderful.

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I got a call from my doctor today asking if I would induce tomorrow. I told her I was really commited to waiting until at least 42 weeks (Sunday) and then we could make a decision. Although she was apprehensive, she agreed. As a compromise, today I am going in for the nonstress test along with the biophysical. My husband is coming with me so we can talk about everything together.

I like my doctor because even though she is concerned she is willing to do what we want. She just wants me to know the risks of waiting.

If I do have to be induced next Tuesday I only want a slow drip of pitocin.... NO EPIDURAL (because I am more scared of that than any pain I can imagine)

I will post after my doc appointment.

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Good luck today! I"m glad dh is able to go with you.

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hope the nst went well--thinking of you Biggrin

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Hmmm, no update yet? Wonder if this could be a good sign? Smile

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Thinking of you! Hope the NST went well. Biggrin

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Just saw this on the July board!

http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=516947

Congratulations!!

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Wow! Big baby!! Congratulations!!

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Congratulations! I can't wait to hear from you mommy:)

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Yea!! Congrats Biggrin

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CONGRATS!!!

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Just bumping you, how are you?

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I read about this on the July board, too! Congrats for your lovely, healthy baby and having him when you were both ready.

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How did I miss this?! Congratulations!!

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Hey Ya'll... I am sorry I have not written in almost a week. It is crazy how you just completely lose track of days and time once your baby comes. Now my time revolves around when the next feeding is... can I bursh my teeth fast enough, etc. I am going to try to post my birth story... it is long because I was in labor almost 27 hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I went 26 hours with no pain medication, but you will see what happened. Hold on lemme see if I can do this::

I wanted to send our birth story around because as Kiva knows... somethings don't go as planned. So here is how it goes:
Wednesday July 12:
12:00 pm- I got a call from doctor wanting to induce on Thursday because I was 10 days past due date. So Bill and I of course call Bridgett and get her opinion.
3:30 pm- We agree to go to doc office and get a bio-physical/non-stress test to see how baby is doing. If all is ok we are going to wait until at least after Monday july 17 to think about induction (2 weeks past due date). At doc office they give ultrasound and they say not much amniotic fluid and baby is big so they doc will let us do what we want but she feels it is safer to induce.
4:00 pm- We call bridgett and get more feedback. I am really upset at this point because I really don't want to induce.
5:00 pm We pray that God would allow us to go into labor on our own. If not we decide to induce.
10:00 pm- A contraction wakes me up and curls my toes.... I am in LABOR!!!!!!!!!!!! Bloody show and all. I am so excited, but try to calm down so it does not stop. It continues all night. YESSSSSSSSSSS Contractions 6 mins apart 60 secs

Thursday July 13:
4:30 am call hospital because we are scheduled to induce at 6 am. They ask us to come on in, since I am far past my due date.
6:30 am Checked in hospital. Labor still going... Contractions have slowed to 8 mins apart 45 sec. The are concerned and still want to give me pitocin. We talk for a long time. Agree to much smaller amount than normal of pitocin. Nothing else. (it took us about an hour to decide)
7:30 am pitocin starts. Labor progresses very gradually. Bradley relaxation techniques work! I work thru labor and it builds all day. It is definitely work, but managable. Bill helps me all day. We laugh between contractions in the morning. Late afternoon I can no longer laugh during contractions. I tell bill to quit making me laugh because it hurts! Bridget was right... I cannot laugh the whole way thru labor!
7:00pm I am at 9 cm. Things are strong. I am slowly groaning thru contractions. I am starting to get tired. I am thinking it is almost time to push. The doctor breaks my water, she did ask but I was kinda out of it because I was so tired so I agreed. The baby dropped down to 9.5cm and transition began. Transition was hard... not just hard work bad pain. I could not catch my breath, but I knew it was the shortest part of labor. So I figure I can deal with 45 minutes of this.
10pm...Still in Transition and 9.5 cm. At this point I am hysterical. I was hyperventalating (sp?) and kinda out of touch with reality. Something just felt WRONG. Like I said ti might have all been in my head, but it just felt like the baby was not going to fit... so I got really scared and I just couldn't get that last .5cm. Poor bill is really having to help me keep me calm and it was not working. I tried walking, all fours, squatting, you name it. I could not get a hold of the contraction and I would lose my breath and gag. I thought I was going to kill the baby because I could not breathe... this was not fun. At 10pm I begged them to help me ( until this time the doctor and crew have been great and have not offered any pain medication). I begged for something so I could finish labor (I have been in labor 24 hours). They say they can give me an epidural, but it is not use because it might not take effect for 30 minutes and the baby could be here already. So I agree to wait it out
10:30 pm 9.5 cm still crying and screaming so loud. I beg for something again. The agree that I can have epidural. I cry that I have caved in the pain. I was really upset then a contraction hit and I told them to hurry up.
Sometime around 11:15pm I got the epidural. It is really odd. Because you go from being a hysterical woman to laughing about how I must have sounded from outside the room. Poor bill seems pretty shell shocked. Maybe he needed and epidural too.
Baby was born at 12:41pm. (almost 27 hours of labor)

He was a whopping 9lbs 14.4oz That big boy did not want to fit thru me... but he did with only one stitch!

In the end bill and I were very happy. I was sad for a bit that I could not handle the pain, but really in the whole scheme of things I was terrified that I was going to hurt the baby or worse end up in an emergency c-section. So I think everything worked out for the best.

Since I only had the epidural for a little over and hour, I was able to get up and move around within several hours. We were able to bond with baby and it was a very special time, the doctors left and gave us sometime alone with the baby. Then Bill went to the nursery. I never knew how much I would love this little baby.

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ok I am gonna figure out posting pics tonight.

today we have our first doc appointment. So I feel a little frazzled, but last night I got some good sleep... little Brewster only woke up 2 times... 12 am and 3 am so I got sleep between there.

oh yeah here are his stats:
William Brewster Kinman 5
Born July 14 12:41 am
9lbs 14.4 oz
22 inches long

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Congratulations!

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Sweetie~you did FANTASTIC!!!! 26 hours of natural childbirth is a long time to hang in there and I am so proud of you! What a big boy you have....can't wait to see pics, I'm sure he is GORGEOUS!

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You did awesome! That is one big baby!!! Congrats again!

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What an exciting birth story - sounds like you did great! 26 hours is LONG, and boy was he a big baby!

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Wow mom you did awesome!! I'm so happy for you that you were so strong. It sounds like you did what was best for you and your baby. Glad to hear your poor DH made it through all that. It sounds like it was a wild night for you all. Can't wait to see him:)

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Actually, it sounds like you did very well. I can understand how you felt about the breathing. It's hard enough when you feel you can't get your own breath let alone worrying about affecting your baby. You did what you felt was right for your situation. Congratulations again on your healthy baby boy. Biggrin

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What an amazing story! I am so happy for you Biggrin

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You did fantastic!! I can't wait to see pictures!

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Congrats on your Bastille Day baby!

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How are you doing? Hope all is well with you and your family.

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I keep wanting to post, but between breast feeding and having family around I cannot get it done. Things are going very good. I am healing and the baby is doing well. I am still getting the hang of breastfeeding... or I should say Brewster is working on his latch. He just wants to be lazy and bite on the end of my nipple sometimes. OUCH! :shock:

Here are a few pics of my "big" little guy.

I hope I am doing this right.


Can you believe that big boy came outta me ?!

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What a beautiful baby he is! The breastfeeding will get easier. I had to be persistent to really be sure to get a good porton of my boob in there because Charlotte was doing the same thing to me.

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He is adorable, I just love the family pic!

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Congratulations - what an amazing birth story and a beautiful little guy you have! I was in labor as long as you with my first and it was no picnic - I think you did an amazing job with your little (BIG) guy Smile

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Oh, he is beautiful--and so are you, mama! Thanks for sharing the pics Biggrin

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What a day!

My little bear has been nursing and fussing and just unhappy since about 4 am this morning. Finally around 4 pm he vomited some big chunks of what I like to call "milk mucous" ewwwww. I guess my breast milk curdles in his stomach sometimes.

I have not been able to set my little man down with out crying until now. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh relief for a bit.

EVerything else is going well with us. Brewster is a fussy baby and he is awake more than he sleeps. I don't like to sit still for long and neither does he. He is nursing good. His latch is good as long as he is not to frustrated by the time he eats. He gets impatient quickly. All these traits come from me so I never get mad about em, it just makes me laugh how much he takes after me... serves me right.

Dad does not do well late at night when Brewster is fussy. Now that all the company is gone I am sending him out to the guest bedroom. Our next peditrician appointment is Friday. I am curious how much brewster weighs.

I hope everyone is doing well. I am going to make some salad and make up my bed.

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Thank you for sharing your birth story and pics. He's so cute and chubby! You SO did not cave in. You made the right choice. Maybe he was posterior? My baby was posterior, and I had more than 2 hours of transition and pushing, and it all kind of ran together. I was ready to give up as his head was halfway out, so I can totally see where you were coming from. I can't imaging going as long as you did without help. You should be totally proud of yourself.

I hope Brewster's fussiness goes away for you soon. Thomas has the hardest time burping, so he has periods of fussiness at least once a day.

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What great pictures - he's adorable! Sounds like things are going well - hopefully the fussiness will pass quickly for you.

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Congratulations Laura - you did amazing! Brewster is adorable!

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Ahhh he's too cute. You guys are a darling family. I sure hope he is able to settel in a little more and sleep at night soon. How are you doing? Looking forward to seeing how much he's grown!

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