October Sweets Birthdates, Stats, and Birth Stories!

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October Sweets Birthdates, Stats, and Birth Stories!

***Please keep this thread for stories only, comment on separate threads!:)***

[LEFT]LINK TO THE OCTOBER 2008 GROUP CALENDAR
Please use the link below to add your information! You may want to include your appointments, due date, scan appts, birthday, anniversary etc. Do check in regularly so that we don't miss anyone's birthday or significant date!!!!!!!!! [/LEFT]

http://freecal.brownbearsw.com/octsweets
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Expected Due Dates:
[LEFT]Count for Team Blue::sleepyboy:46[/LEFT]

[LEFT]Count for Team Pink::sleepygirl:52[/LEFT]

[LEFT]Count for Team Surprise!: :occasion1: 11[/LEFT]

October 2008 EDD / Genders

September 15th
[SIZE=3]Tracy V ~ Tracy ~ ~ :sleepyboy::sleepygirl:[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]September 22nd [/SIZE]
[SIZE=3][SIZE=3]kmg74 ~ Kelly ~ :sleepygirl:[/SIZE][/SIZE]

September 26th
Shella5478 ~ Shella ~

September 28th
Amberlee916 ~ Amber ~ :sleepygirl:
Freesia30 ~ Carrianne ~ :sleepygirl:
Shawnybaby ~ :sleepyboy:

September 29th

[SIZE=3]September 30th[/SIZE]
Justinehonor ~ Justine ~ :sleepyboy:

October 1st
Misskelsee ~ Kelsey ~ :sleepyboy:

October 2nd
Keky ~ ? ~ :sleepyboy:
Mommy2Malachi ~ ? ~ :sleepygirl:
tsiebert80 ~ Tiffany ~ :sleepygirl:
Cerenity ~

October 3rd
lilbug13 ~ Katie ~
rdg1979- Darnell- :sleepygirl:

October 4th
Casemnor ~ Cas ~ :sleepygirl:
GoBabyGo ~ Nicole ~ :sleepyboy:
Katie624 ~ Katie ~
Kokoshnay ~ Leah ~
peppypreggo ~ Rachelle ~
kere02 ~ Kristine ~ :sleepyboy:

October 5th
shawnybaby ~ Shawn ~ :sleepyboy:
chloesgirl ~ Chloe ~

October 6th
NesaMom ~ Nissa ~ :sleepygirl:
[SIZE=3]PaigeMCD5 ~ Paige ~ :sleepyboy:[/SIZE]
picknic ~ Nicole ~ :sleepygirl:

October 7th
[SIZE=3]Katy* ~ Katy ~ :sleepygirl:[/SIZE]
[SIZE=3]MrsHolmes83 ~ Clare ~ :sleepygirl:[/SIZE]

October 8th
Brillo ~ Brandy
ShelbyG78 ~ :sleepyboy:
muffintop ~ Kelly ~

October 9th
~*~Love*Life~*~ Yara ~ :sleepyboy:

October 10th
[SIZE=3]DJMandyB ~ Mandy ~ [/SIZE]
iluvkms ~ Limaris ~ :sleepyboy:
La123 ~ :sleepyboy:

October 11th
Melissa1223 ~ Melissa ~ :sleepyboy:
VCervantez85 ~ :sleepygirl:
popeyesgirl06 ~ :sleepygirl:

October 12th
Heliotrope ~ ? ~
MrsK ~ Kristy ~ :sleepygirl:
Beccalina ~ Becca ~ :sleepygirl:
ShaySquared ~ Shannon ~ :sleepyboy:
AMK211 ~ Alicia ~ :sleepygirl:

October 13th
buckeyebaby ~ Kelly ~ :sleepygirl:
Gooler ~ Fiona ~ :sleepyboy:
Janet&Tim ~ Janet ~ :sleepyboy:

ASHBEND ~ Ashley ~ :sleepygirl: (c-sec scheduled for 6/10)

October 14th
KAYMYA ~ Mari ~:sleepyboy:
Lavendar444 ~ Amber ~ :sleepygirl:
LinsLoft04 ~ :sleepyboy:

October 15th
ILOVELUCAS ~ Krystal ~ :sleepyboy:
Miss_Mandi ~ Mandi ~
Neenjamastah ~ :sleepyboy:
crissyk ~ :sleepygirl:

October 16th
DeeConnell ~ Dee ~ ?
Mario's Mommy ~ Katie ~
Nicolope ~ Nicole ~ (goal Sept 1st, secret goal Sept 15th!):sleepygirl::sleepygirl::sleepyboy:
suzemumtohollie ~ :sleepyboy:

October 17th
ThatGirl34 ~ :sleepygirl:
ArtemisM16 ~ Amy ~ :sleepygirl:

BrandiLove ~ Brandi ~ :sleepygirl::sleepygirl: (scheduled C-Sec)

October 18th
Jennifer1980 ~ Jen ~ :sleepyboy:
Sarasmommy ~ Meredith ~ :sleepygirl:
Sachaqt ~ Sacha ~ :sleepyboy:
New Beginnings ~ Mimi ~ :sleepyboy:

October 19th
Katingirl ~ :sleepyboy:
kissy ~ Christen ~ :sleepyboy:
October 20th
TroyNicole ~ Nicole ~ :sleepyboy:
isis1121 ~ Tammy ~ :sleepygirl:
MrsDJ1234 ~ Helen ~ :sleepygirl:

October 21st
Bartswife0618 ~ :sleepyboy:
K&KsMommy ~ Carmen ~ but
New Beginnings ~ Mimi ~ ?
Siouxsie ~ Susie ~ :sleepygirl:
Nikalady ~ Kanika ~ :sleepyboy:

October 22nd
SweetReverie3 ~ Mandy ~ :sleepyboy:
rebgrace ~ :sleepygirl:

October 23rd
Tonieerin ~ Erin ~
Patricia ~ patricia2383 ~ :sleepyboy:
woom2c ~ :sleepyboy:
Azbrat0526 ~ Nicole ~ :sleepygirl:

October 24th
CCCheer88 ~ Cassi ~ :sleepyboy:
irskamaminka ~ Sarah ~ :sleepygirl:
Tunisiatr ~ Tiffany ~ :sleepyboy:
anirtrina ~ Trina ~ :sleepyboy::sleepygirl:
Dewdrop75 ~ Tina :sleepygirl:
mario's mommy ~ Katie ~ :sleepygirl:

October 25th
babybeth ~ Beth ~ :sleepygirl:
[SIZE=3][COLOR=black]Sarah-Jean ~ Sarah-Jean ~ :sleepygirl:[/COLOR][/SIZE]
tonermommy
Fordy ~ Shawna ~

October 26th

Chelly+Brandon ~ Chell ~ :sleepygirl:

October 27th
sfitzgerald ~ Suzanne ~ :sleepyboy:
[SIZE=3]ShylahEQ ~ Roxie ~ :sleepyboy:[/SIZE]

[SIZE=3]TNC010100 ~ Tausha ~ :sleepygirl:[/SIZE]
Youngmomma ~ :sleepygirl:
egpease ~ :sleepyboy:
Ethan-N-AudreysMama ~ Mary ~ :sleepygirl:

October 28th
ACurtis4162 ~ Amanda ~ :sleepygirl:
Mujul79 ~ Jules ~
X35119 ~
Lillysmom ~ :sleepygirl:

October 29th
[SIZE=3]Carey_78 ~ :sleepygirl:[/SIZE]
MSJen ~ Jen ~ :sleepyboy:
x35119 ~
connorsmum ~ Kerry ~ :sleepyboy:
masterkim~ :sleepyboy:

October 30th

JulianasMom ~ Lexi ~
[SIZE=3][SIZE=3]MeesterMama ~ Katie ~ :sleepygirl:[/SIZE][/SIZE]
enchantedlife ~ :sleepygirl:

October 31st
BlueTurtleBeans ~ :sleepyboy:
Rosie54599 ~ Rosie ~ :sleepyboy:

October 31st
Mommaphoebs

November 1st

November 2nd
Arichmond76 ~ Mandy ~ ?

November 3rd

[SIZE=3]mommyx6 ~ Becky ~ :sleepyboy:[/SIZE]

November 4th

November 5th
hotdiggit ~ Tisha
November 6th

November 7th

skkuyper ~ Stacey ~ :sleepygirl:(c-sect scheduled for Oct 31st!)

[SIZE=3][SIZE=3]November 13th[/SIZE][/SIZE]
kimberly84 ~ Kim ~ :sleepygirl:
Tabby27 ~ :sleepygirl:

:angel10:Angels :angel10:
[SIZE=3][SIZE=3]Ambie719 ~ Amber[/SIZE][/SIZE]
bbcakes ~ Michelle
Butterfly4707 ~ Eva
ChristiGirl ~ Christi
EmmyG ~ ?
Hope2BAgain ~ Jane
[SIZE=3][SIZE=3]hwunnie_bwunnie83 ~ Shannon[/SIZE][/SIZE]Kisses_278 ~ Kimberly
Mommy27 ~ Grenet
Pam_sg ~ Pamela
Readyforbaby1 ~ ?
Vbear ~ Val
WhiteWolf ~ Jennifer ~ Chemical Pregnancy

[SIZE=6][COLOR=black][FONT=Arial Black]Birth Stats & Arrivals:
Girls:26[/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR]
Boys:28

[COLOR=Red]July Births:
[/COLOR]07/27/08 suzmumtohollie had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Matthew[/COLOR][COLOR=RoyalBlue], 2lbs 8oz.[/COLOR]

[COLOR=Green]August Births:
[SIZE=2][COLOR=DarkOrchid]08/26/08 paigemcd5 had [COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][COLOR=RoyalBlue]Mason Blaine,
at 8:04am, 5lbs 8oz and 18 inches long.

[SIZE=5][COLOR=Blue]September Births:
[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][COLOR=Green][SIZE=2][COLOR=DarkOrchid]09/19/08 Chloesgirl had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Thomas John at 7:46pm, 6lbs 15oz and 54 centimeters (21.25in) long.
09/22/08[/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR] [COLOR=Green][SIZE=2][COLOR=DarkOrchid]iluvmks had [COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][COLOR=RoyalBlue]Blake Carl, [/COLOR]at 12:17pm, 7lbs 14oz and 20.25 inches long.[/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR]
09/22/08 rdg1979 had [COLOR=Magenta]Madelynn Grace [COLOR=DarkOrchid]at 10:34am, 7lbs 14oz and 20.5 inches long.[/COLOR][/COLOR]
09/23/08 kmg74 had [COLOR=Magenta]Erin Margaret at 8:30pm, 9lbs 10 oz and 22.5 inches long[/COLOR]
09/25/08 lilbug13 had [COLOR=Magenta]Allie Elizabeth at 11:33am, 7lbs 15oz and 19 inches long[/COLOR]
09/26/08 Melissa1223 had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]William Edward at 8:04am, 7lbs 1oz and 19.5 inches long
09/27/08 Freesia30 had Mélodie Allison at 9:09am, 7lbs 4oz and 20.5 inches long
09/28/08 katingirl had Jaxon at 12:26am, 4lbs 5oz and 17 inches long[/COLOR]

09/28/08 shawnybaby had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Sion Ellis "Cooper" at 7:38am, 9lbs 5oz and 23 inches long
09/28/08 niffer had Caleigh Ann, 5lbs 9oz and 18 inches long
09/29/08 DeeConnell had Nya Anne at 12:42am, 6lbs 13 oz and 19.75 inches long

[/COLOR]
[COLOR=Green][SIZE=2][COLOR=DarkOrchid][COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][COLOR=DarkOrchid][SIZE=5][COLOR=Blue] [COLOR=DarkOrange]October Births:
[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR]10/01/08 Mommy2Malachi had [COLOR=Magenta]Shaylee Lynne at 8:58am, 6lbs 14oz and 19 inches long
10/01/08 Keky had Liam Kyle at 9:27am, 7lbs 10oz and 21.5 inches long[/COLOR]

10/01/08 Dewdrop75 had [COLOR=Magenta]Samantha Kay at 10:42pm, 5lbs 5oz and 17.5 inches long[/COLOR]
10/02/08 justinehonor had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Tiernan Raymond at 11:44am, 8lbs 11oz and 20 inches long
10/03/08 muffintop had Caroline Helen at 8:47am, 8lbs 14oz and 20 inches long
10/03/08 buckeyebaby had Maurina Gabrielle at 10:15am, 5lbs 7oz and 19.5 inches long
10/04/08 Lillysmom had Taylor Grace at 5:36am, 8lbs 3oz and 21.5 inches long
10/04/08 GoBabyGo had Wade Matthew at 12:16am, 7lbs 15oz and 21 inches long
10/05/08 picknic had Sienna Grace at 1:38am, 8lbs 3oz and 20.5 inches long
10/06/08 ASHBEND had Lyndsay Michelle at 12:32pm, 7lbs 8oz and 21 inches long
10/07/08 Brillo had Stevie Elizabeth at 6:48pm, 8lbs 13 oz and 21.5 inches long
10/08/08 lavender444 had Ava Elizabeth at 11:16am, 6lbs 14oz and 19.5 inches long
10/08/08 Nesamom had Sophia Leah at 1:09am, 8lbs 4oz and 19 inches long
10/08/08 janet&tim had Hunter Alexander at 7:08pm, 7lbs 13oz and 21.5 inches long
10/08/08 Katy* had Adelaide Grace at 1:35pm, 7lbs 9oz and 19 inches long
[/COLOR]
10/09/08 ~*~Love*Life~*~ had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Jack Dalton, 7lbs 1 oz and 21 inches long
10/09/08 Beccalina had Phoebe Joy at 7:37pm, 8lbs 9oz and 19.5 inches long
10/09/08 misskelsee had Noah Anthony at 7:09pm, 7lbs 3oz and 21 inches long
10/10/08 La123 had Rylan James at 5:20am, 9lbs 9oz and 22 inches long
[/COLOR]
10/11/08 KAYMYA had [COLOR=MediumTurquoise][COLOR=RoyalBlue]Tiago Michael,[/COLOR] at 10:37am, 6lbs 14 oz and 19 inches long
10/11/08 kere02 had Luke Patrick at 8:42am, 10lbs 1.5oz and 22 inches long
10/11/08 nikalady had Jayden Frederick at 9:20pm, 7lbs 14 oz and 21.5 inches long
[/COLOR]
10/14/08 patricia2383 had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Dylan Robert, born at 11:42am, 7lbs 10 oz and 20 inches long[/COLOR]
10/14/08 troynicole had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Kaiden Andrew at 11:51am, 6lbs 13oz and 19 inches long[/COLOR]
10/16/08 MrsHolmes83 had [COLOR=Magenta]Peyton Elizabeth at 2:21am, 7lbs 5oz and 19 inches long[/COLOR]
10/19/08 cccheer88 had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Peyton Elliot at 5:03pm, 8lbs 8oz and 19 inches long[/COLOR]
10/19/08 msjen had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Evan Joseph at 12:59am, 10lbs 10oz and 21 inches long
10/19/08 YoungMomma had Aralyn Eve at 7:26am, 6lbs 10 oz and 19 inches long
10/19/08 K&KsMommy had Hunter Gary Joseph at 12:45am, 8lbs 1oz and 20 inches long
10/20/08 bartswife0618 had Gaige William at 3:36pm, 9lbs 7 oz and 21 inches long
10/21/08 strong1 had Noah Sam at 9:48am, 8lbs 12 oz and 19.5 inches long
10/22/08 gooler had Rían Aindreas at 4:52pm, 9lbs 3oz[/COLOR]

10/22/08 rebgrace had [COLOR=Magenta]Leah Suzanne at 8:23am, 8lbs 3oz and 21 inches long[/COLOR]
10/23/08 ShylahEQ had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Aaden Sterling at 12:54am, 7lbs 9oz and 21 inches long
10/24/08 sfitzgerald had Aiden David at 1:51pm 8lbs 15oz and 22 inches long
10/26/08 cryssyk had Clara Brooke at 8:16am, 8lbs 14 oz and 21 inches long
10/27/08 irskamaminka had Freja at 9:37am, 6lbs 3oz and 19.5 inches long
10/28/08 Sarah-Jean had Liberty Hope at 5:02am, 9lbs 7oz
10/31/08 enchantedlife had Maya Lorelei at 9:40am, 7lbs 7.5oz and 20.5 inches lon
10/31/08 Fordy had Alyssa Suzanne at 6:39, 6lbs 10oz[/COLOR]
[COLOR=Green][SIZE=2][COLOR=DarkOrchid][COLOR=DeepSkyBlue][COLOR=DarkOrchid][SIZE=5][COLOR=Blue][COLOR=DarkOrange]

[COLOR=Magenta]November Births:
[/COLOR][/COLOR][COLOR=DarkOrange][COLOR=Magenta][COLOR=DarkOrchid][SIZE=2]11/04/08 mujul79 had [COLOR=RoyalBlue]Heath Gregory at 8:22am, 8lbs 9oz and 20 inches long[/COLOR]
[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][COLOR=DarkOrange][COLOR=Magenta]
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[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR][/SIZE][/COLOR]***Please feel free to add your birth story below, and also you or your birth buddy can PM me to have your baby's birth stats added!***


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Matthew McLear 27/7/08 3.40pm 2lb 8oz

Matthew was due October 16th 2008.

I enjoyed being pregnant again, and had a trouble free pregnancy as long as it lasted.

At 27 weeks I woke up and I had chest pains. Through my chest at the front and between my shoulder blades at the back. Not excuriating pain, but pretty sore I had this wiht hollie, the first sign of my pre eclampsia and as I have a bp machine at home I checked myself and it was 1**/114 (I only remember the lower number). I knew this was high, so called the pregnancy asessment unit at my local hospital where i had been going for all my checks. They said to come in. So I called my mum and went to collect her to come wiht me.

At the assessment unit they checked my bp and it was still as high, so I was taken along to the labour suite. They then put me on a bed, took blood and gave me medication for the bp. I then met wiht my consultant and told I would be transferred to edinburgh (our capital city and the top special care baby unit in the country), my bed and baby's bed had been booked. They got prepped for the ambulance, and got bp stabalised enough to travel. Dave arrived, I said goodbye to Hollie Sad and we were off.

At Edinburgh Royal Infirmary I was taken to labour suite and put in high dependency on the bp machine, it was recording my bp every 15 mins. I was in there overnight on betablockers and gettign blood taken and bp measured. It all stabalised by the next day and I met wiht the consultant on duty. She said my blood tests showed the condition and functioning of my liver and kidneys and platelet count, these were all quite low (This is called HELLP syndrome: H aemolysis EL (elevated) liver enzymes LP (low platelet) count. Hellp is a variation of pre e) and she would expect me to get 2 weeks at maximum before they would have to deliver. At this point I had been diagnosed wiht eary early stages of pre e and hellp and the liklihood of it going away completely was minimum, all they could do now was stabalise it as long as possible Sad And then the balancing act began :confused: I had bp measured hourly, urine intake and output recorded hourly, bloods at 6am and 6pm all to monitor the pre e and hellp. I met wiht the peadetrician from special care who explanied the risks for Matthew. I was only 27 weeks and he was saying he would be very pleased if I could get to 28 weeks, and then 30 weeks.

So then I was transferred to the antenatal ward and just had to wait. And this was the awful part. I hated it, cried everyday, everytime someone spoke to me Sad everytime hollie and dave left, every night not knowing what the next day would bring. I clung to the hope that I'd get home Sad there was a glimmer of hope on day 3 when they considered allowing me to my mother in law's house which was closer to the hospital than our home, so I could get back in time if the condition deteriorated. I had to wait on the 6am blood results to decide. But they came back wiht the platelets having dropped again :o By day 6 my condition had deteriorated to the extent it was nearly time. I had made it to 28 weeks plus 2 days. My consultant sat wiht me on that morning wiht her head in her hands teling me this was the hardest decision of her career :rolleyes: to deliever today or risk another day whcih is like a week for Matthew in the womb. I begged her not to let me get to the stage of neading a General anaestheic for delivery, I had that wiht hollie and missed her birth Sad She decided to do bloods at 2pm and take it from there. At 2pm the platelets were still extremely low but had stabalised. So they left me another day.

And Sunday 27th July was the day. I was 28 weeks plus 3 days. And again, i was a complete mess, crying and crying wiht guilt, worry, relief, excitemnt, nerves, everything. Dave was finding it very difficult too, the atmosphere was awful, we fought that morning and were barely speaking by the time the section time came. It was just so stressful. I remember pacing the room and being told my bp was through the roof and I would need to stay in bed until my turn for theatre, and I just sat there and cried. My midwife who'd been on duty for a few days sat and just held me. She came to theatre wiht me and everything, she was lovely.

In theatre it all went ok, they struggled a bit wiht the epidural, as I was so swollen wiht the pre e, there was nice music, the theatre staff all lovely, relaxed and a whole team of people ready for Matthew. I watched the whole thing in the mirrored light on the ceiling Dirol Matthew came out after just 10 mins and let out a screech lol, they held him up and my first thought was wow, he doesn't look like what I expected lol He was also absolutely tiny :eek: he got taken away while I got stitched up but brought back again because he was fine Smile

and so that's it.... my last baby Sad Matthew is very stable, has a long road ahead of him, but he's a fighter, and he's doing extremely well. What becomes of his development in the next 6-12 months we will deal wiht, as a family. I love my boy, and I love my family, we'll get there.

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On Aug 13 Dh and I DTD and after wards my back started hurting i went and got in the shower and he went to sleep..so sensitive lol.... i was in and out of bed and the shower several times by 1am i woke him up and told him i thught that i was in labor..back labor is what i thought....and we called my parents to come sit with the kids well they live an hour away so by the time they got there the pain was really getting bad we got to the hospital and i was on monitors but i was in so much pain that i could not stay still so that they could get any info alot of that night is a blurr to me but i do now that i was given some heavy pain killers and they did a sono which showed nothing and my contractions had stopped so i was sent down for another test and while there i started shaking like crazy my nurse came sownbecause it was taking so long and i had spiked a huge fever my heart rate was over 250 and Mason tacked out the monitor at 220 it just quit reading any higher now that was scary ... A doc came in in the morning to tell me that i needed surgery to but a drain tube into my kidney because i had a 100% blockage i was taken down for it and the idiots did not sedate me or anything the just puntures my back and kidney horrible pain then we found out that i was septic i later learned that i was only given a 10% chance of survival on top of that i started contracting every minute and they barely got it stopped with mag i had to have a very large dose... i developed horrible pnemonia and was on oxygen for over a week along with nuban and morphine about every 2 hours on aug 25 i really had a break down and told my OB that i just could not take it any more so he decided to talk to the perrinatologist about an amnion well that doc said dont bother just take the baby because she is needing way to many pain meds and it is not safe for him anymore so on aug 26th at 7:30 am i was taken into the or to have my beautiful little boy he was born at 8:04 am 5lbs 8 oz 18 in long apgars were 8 and 8 i did get my tubes tied it just is not safe for me to have any further children Mason was taken to be watched they realized very fast that he was breathing way to fast so the nicu it was he was put on a cpap and in an incubator bacause he was not maintaining his temp he also was not allowed to eat for several days because all of the pain meds messed up his digestive system a few days after my c/s i was taken into a third surgery to remove a kidney stone that was lodged in my ureter of over 5 mm the day after that i spiked another fever i had 4 different bacteria in 2 places in my uterus and at the site of the first surgery both of which had staph so i was put on really stop antibiotic and was finally released from the hospital 28 days after i went in Mason soon beggan to do much better after the neonatologist decided to take his feeding tube out and shut me up and try things my way Mason was released when he was 3 weeks old

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Starting at week 30 we became aware that Madelynn Grace was breech. We tried numerous suggestions from the OB and the spinning babies website but to no avail she remained breech. We discussed our options and decided to attempt an external version. We were scheduled to arrive at the hospital at 7:30AM on 9-22-08 for the attempt. I was 38 weeks and 3 days along in my pregnancy. The external version went quickly (about 5 minutes) with no change the OB then decided that maybe with a little extra help pushing her bottom out of my pelvis we may have better luck. So it went to an internal version... yes I had some random nurse stick her hand up my whohaa:eek: ... not recommended!!! Well Maddie's bottom was very much wedged down into my pelvis and she was not budging even with them pushing from the inside. DH was so supportive through the whole thing and tried very much to help me keep my focus off the pain. He leaned down close into my face an blocked my view telling my to focus on him and listen to his voice only and was kissing me on my forehead. So with no turning straight into csection we went.

I had a spinal block instead of an epidural (which by the way is the weirdest experience ever) you can feel them touch you but you cannot feel pain. Like if they poke you with their blunt finger tip you can feel it but if they pinch you with their finger nails you can't it was amazing. The section went great no issues what so ever. Dh got to watch her being pulled out and even got some pictures of it. Madelynn made her arrival at 10:34AM on the morning of the 22nd.

My recovery hasn't been to bad at all... I am a week out now and feeling pretty good... still a little sore but overall I can't complain.

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At long last. Here is my story...

Monday evening I think I posted about contractions and when to go in. What I did not post was that I had been having contractions 3 minuets apart for most of the day that were timeable and regular. We stopped timing the contractions to have dinner and about 6:30pm resumed timing them. After 1/2 hour of timing them they were coming regularly at 2 & 1/2 minuets apart at this point I have to say they were not the toe curling that everyone was expecting. So we called our birth support person (and driver), to put her on alert, than we phoned the hospital. They ofcourse had me come in, becuase by my Dr's recalculations I was still in my 36th week.
I was monitored for a while and my Dr arrived and did the internal, I was finger dialated and still a little long. But he seemed happy enough that this was labour and my admission was started. By midnight not much had changed, so we sent the support person home and bunkered down for some sleep. In the morning I was still the same, and the contractions had slowed to one to two an hour. So I had my GBS swab and some bloods taken and then I was sent over to what was my new home for the next 9 days! Over the next few days I was having NST done and I had another u/s to check size and for leakage.
On Thursday morning my Dr and I spoke about inducing me and he told me he would be back later in the day with a time and date. At 3pm he came in and told me he would meet me in L&D at 5pm to get things started. At this stage John was at home trying to get some things that needed to be done arranaged, and made it back to the hospital at 4:45pm (we are 45min train ride from home).
At 5pm we were told to head over to the L&D room, where I had another NST and my Dr inserted the cervical tape. We were then sent back to our room until 6am. At 4am I woke and noticed I was contracting again so I paced around the ward (Thought gravity at that point could only be a great thing). The L&D ward did not have a bed for me at that point. So we hung about the room and did some pacing. At 6am we went over to L&D and my waters were broken at 6:15am, and the Syntocin (picton) was started at around 7am.
I was having contractions and did only get to have my shower for a short time. I was laughing and joking for the most part of it all, I even got breakfast, all though they had to ge searching for mine, becuase of my food allergies, so John got the generic breakfast they had deleived to me first. Allthough I kept hearing do not eat too much we will only be wearing it later... They never did I must say. The same for lunch as well.
At about 3pm I knew things were getting intense, but was trying to focus on my breathing. By 4pm (this is where things get scetchy) thing went from manageable to intolarable, so I started with the gas, I think by 5pm I was begging for releife through the gas haze....(I have to say gas is good!!) So I was given a pethadine injection and kept sucking on the gas until the anethisitist could give me an epidural. At this point the midwife checked me and I was 3cm and -2 saturation. Through the whole epidural, thanks to gas and pethadine I was able to say perfectly still (I was pretty spaced out), when the anethisitist finally got the epidural in even though I was still able to move and feel my legs I was managing sooo much better.
Some where after this my Dr came in and examined me, and checked the CTG machine, It was noticed that with every contraction bubs heart was going down, he was also posterior lie and his scalp had some swelling to it. My Bp was also rising. I also had not progressed at all.
It was then that it became apparent that the c-section I was wanting to aviod, was needed. Bub was stuck, starting to get distressed and I had long been in distress. So the theater was prepared and so our families were notified. I was wheeled into theater and the fun started. Every thing happened at a calm and relaxed pace, even though I am sure it was happening quickly. John had elected to be outside (he passes out way to easily) and my other support person was brought in.
At 7:46 pm on september 19 2008 Thomas John K. was born and came into the world screaming. His aspager scores were 9 & 9. He weighed 3150g (6lbs15oz) the exact weight John was born!
On his first day he came very close to going to special care as his sugar levels had dropped very low, but escaped that when he bounced back at the last moment with a better than expected result of 3.4 (he needed to get above 2.6).
My recovery has been very good, with only one hurendous day of arthritis pain. We have had plenty of feeding issues as my milk only started coming in on day four. He has been Juandice, but the Dr's are not worried.

He is a very special boy that I can not beleive is finally home with me, It is almost overwhelming to think we waited over four years for this very moment.

Monday 15th September:

Leaving for hospital:

The Contractions were coming:

The support team!

My Fav belly pic later on in the week, we were bored jsut waiting about.

Thursday Night!
Just before the induction started:

John and I laughing through contractions after induction started:

Delivery day!
Mucking about! (I had the tense machine on my back!

Things got serious about this point! Not known at this point but Thomas had turned posterior.

GAS IS GOOD!

And he was born!



The next day:

A family at last:

Going home!

I surrenda

Meeting couin Cameron:

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I have been dilated to 3-4 cm since Wed. 9/17. So Dr. Mcdonald scheduled an induction for Mon 9/22. The night before I barely slept. Ted and I got up at 3AM and got to the hospital at 4AM for the induction. The nurse had me all hooked up with the IV and pitocin by 5:40. She checked my cervix and I was 3-4cm. The contractions then began… and got stronger as time went on. By about 8:00 she called the anasthesiologist for my epidural. He came in and got me all set up. It was not that bad… I just felt this weird pressure on my spine. As soon as he was done my legs began to go numb. The nurse said that the dr. was coming to break my water. Shortly after that Dr. Le came, broke my water and told me I was 5cm… that was around 9:30. The epidural was working more on my left side than my right because I started feeling some of the contractions on my right side. Not bad, though. At 11:00 I was 7cm. I told the nurse that I was feeling the contractions more on the right, so she called anesthesia again and they came and added some medicine to the epidural. Well, by 11:40 I was 8cm. Then at noon I was complete!!! The nurse called the dr. and she told her to have me start pushing. The first contraction came and I began to push. They said that they could see is little head. The next contraction came and he was coming down pretty quick. By the third contraction my dr. had arrived and was getting ready… she said “OK, let’s have a baby”. On the 3rd contraction I pushed and Blake made his grand entrance!!! It was amazing! She put him on my tummy right away and Ted cut the cord. I was crying and full of this wonderful emotion. Blake just wailed…. Good set of lungs. He came out with a full head of black hair, just like his big sister. He weighed 7lbs 14 oz and was 20 ½ in long. His apgars were 9 and 9.
This induction and delivery went wonderfully and now we have this beautiful bundle of joy that we call “our son".

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Erin Margaret's birth story.....:)

Erin Margaret was born on 9/23/08 at 8:30 pm weighing 9 lbs 10 oz and was 22 1/2 inches long Erin's birth story....

I went into the hospital on Monday 9/22/08 at 3 pm to be induced. However, when I got there, I was already 3-4 cm dilated so my doctors let me contract on my own until 10 am the next morning when they broke my water. I didn't progress much after that so they decided to help things along with pitocin to make the contractions stronger. At 6 pm I started pushing and pushed for two hours. At one point, my doctor said that she could see Erin's scalp, but that her head was not descending into the birth canal. My temperature was going up along with Erin's heartrate, so my doctor's said that I needed to have a c-section. I was certainly hesitant at first but soon realized that this would be the best for Erin as she just wouldn't get beyond my pelvic bone. When my husband was putting on the gown, I got really nervous and started to shake alot. By the time I got into the operating room, I was shaking like crazy. The nurses said it was normal. My husband was brought in a few minutes later and about 10 minutes after that, Erin arrived! It was a bit nerve wracking at first because I didn't hear her cry, but once they got her mouth and nose cleared, she was crying like crazy! Sweet sound! Needless to say, she was a very big baby and my doctor said that there was no way I could have delivered her vaginally as her head was 15 inches in diameter and just would not fit through my pelvis. It's been a bit rough recovering from the c-section as I'm just now able to pick Erin up and change and feed her by myself. My husband stayed with me in the hospital from Tuesday-Sunday and has been home with me for another week. He has been absolutely wonderful, I love him so much! I'll probably be MIA for a bit longer until Erin gets into a routine, but congrats to all the new mommies and those to come! Wish you all the best!

Here are a couple of pictures of Erin!

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No pics yet, but I'll work on that.

Well, started having contractions at 1:30am, lost my mucuos plug at 6am, went to the birthing center at 3:30pm, and she was born at 4:38pm today, October 4th. Had a waterbirth, which was lovely, she came out perfect, except for a small bruise from coming out faster then expected (only 15-20 mins of pushing this time), and I got three stitches for a superficial tear. We left at 7:30pm and are home now, both kiddos are sleeping and I'm about to head to bed here soon. Night all Biggrin

ETA: Little miss Lara Robin C.

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Well Sienna is here!

I arrived to be induced on October 4th at 4:00pm. started the pitocin at sometime shortly after 5:00pm. A little while later I had dilated to 4cm with no pain. The nurse thought I must have a high pain tolerance, which surprised me because I'm usually a chicken. I was afraid to miss the "window of opportunity" for the epidural so I went for that about an hour later (8:30ish). I was more scared of the epidural than birth, but honestly, it was so simple. Then I tried to get some sleep. I was measuring 5cm at that point. I slept for 2 hours from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and then I was at 9cm. :eek: I laid around for about 30 more minutes, my doctor came in, and she was born in two pushes. Actually three, because we did a "test" push before. From the time the doc walked in, she was here about 8 minutes later.

Official stats:
10/5/08 at 1:38am, 8lbs 3oz, 20.5 inches long

She did have some meconium so they warned me they weren't going to make her cry until after they cleaned her up. I knew she was okay though because her little toes were wiggling. Then she cried, and then I cried. HAHA It took her a little while to get cleaned up. We stayed at the hospital for 36 hours, and went home Monday just after noon.

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Caroline Helen's birth story... c-section

WOW. What a weekend. First off let me say what a difference in births/hospital experience this was compared to my DS - Darren.

As the hospital was a 30-minute drive away and they wanted us there at 6:30 am, Darren's daycare (close to the house) didn't accept kids until 6:45. A good local friend (and Darren's play buddy) agreed to have us drop off Darren at 5:45 in the morning for the day. (She is a Goddess!)

Got to the hospital on time, was taken back, IVed, met the anesthesiologist, nurses, etc. I was still suffering from the head cold and hadn't taken any medicines since midnight so I was stuffy and had a sinus headache that wouldn't quit. Of course I maybe slept about 4 hours (as did Don - he compared it to Christmas

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). They got Don all decked out, procedure explained, and then the wait.

Wheeled me into the operating room and on the way had Don sit in the "red" chair outside the room to wait until called in. Apparently a 50 year tradition for the hospital - every expectant father has sat in that chair.

So they got me in the operating room, everyone is getting the stuff all together and the anesthesiologist started the spinal block. With Darren's birth it was a epidural for his c-section. Started the deadening/tingling feeling running down my legs. The anesthesiologist would occasionally take a broken tongue depressor, press it in my shoulder to let me know how it felt, and then pressing at different intervals down my side till I no longer felt it.

Shortly after Don arrived at my side and they put up the sheet right above my chest. We joked with Don's height he might be able to see over it so they raised it up another couple inches. The anesthesiologist told me that before they got started they would pinch me and I assumed they would tell be before they did and before they started.

Needless to say I was surprised when a short time later I asked the anesthesiologist if they had started (I figured they were still preparing and all that) when she said "Oh yeah, they are almost there". Sure enough after about 30 seconds we heard a angry screaming baby and "It's a girl"! A minute later her little head was stuck over the sheet, eyes pinched tightly shut.

She was then put in the pedi nurses care who was doing her thing right next to Don, so I could just turn my head and see her thru the clear bin. Don had a much better view and I asked him "So Loraine or Caroline?" He said "Definitely Caroline".

Meanwhile I didn't feel hardly a thing. With Darren's c-section by the time they pulled him out I was in such discomfort and moaning they knocked me out. This time they did their thing and I was just watching Don hold Caroline and they left the room for the nursery and to finish up their thing.


My ob and I had a conversation as if we were in her office. I couldn’t exactly tell you what we talked about (adrenaline I guess) but it was like no big deal. We went ahead and did the tubal. Figured I was already opened up and unless we win the lottery, no more kids (then we can afford a reversal if need be – HA!) 2 is enough for us. After getting me finished up I was taken to recovery where they brought Caroline back in and we all got to snuggle (couldn’t sit up yet to nurse). 45 minutes later when I could feel my toes (and move them.) We were taken to our room and nursed for the first time where like her brother, her latch is great and we were on a roll.


We chose not to have her officially room with me as I really couldn’t get up without assistance for the first 48 hours but they always brought her when she was hungry and didn’t give her a bottle of formula without at least my efforts to nurse first. The IV of sugar water didn’t really help all that much with nursing – she wasn’t really hungry those first couple of days, but once the IV was removed she took to nursing really well.


At home we have been slowly getting our “schedules” down and so far it has been on the easier side of hard (if that makes sense). DH is back to work and Darren is throwing tantrums at bedtime but all in all things are going really well. I was terrified of another PPD episode like after Darren’s birth but with a little preparation (and a mild antidepressant) this is what becoming a new mother should be like; I am doing and feeling GREAT! Still having horrible night sweats (when I do go thru menopause my doc said it is going to be a B$#*%) but cotton nightgowns and large towels on my pillows / upper bed have helped some (just more laundry!). Otherwise this birthing experience has been wonderful.


Thanks for letting me share my story

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Wow I was not expecting to have her so soon! Thrusday night I woke up several times with REALLY painful contractions but they went away so I just went back to sleep. I woke up Friday with a hellacious cold out of nowhere. I started to have really mild but regular contractions as soon as I woke up. I called the o.b. because I didn't want to have to bother her over the weekend! She sent me to the hospital to be evaluated. I got there around 9 am and was expecting to go home in an hour or so like usual. Well they hooked me up to the monitor and contractions were ever 5-7 min. They checked my cervix and I was dialated to 3cm!! I started to kinda freak out. I was only 36 weeks! Strangely DD helped me keep it together. She told me "Don't cry mommy the baby sister just wants to meet us" So I called DH (he is in trainging at work and can't leave because friday is test day) I got my mom up there and they moved me to L&D. I was checked 2 hours later and I was at 4 cm. So deff. in labor. (I was still trying to deny it at this point) Not much happend over the next few hours, contractions were every 4-5 min still painless just kinda uncomfortable.

DH got there around 5 with all of lillys stuff so she and my mom left. I was checked again at around 6 pm and I was still at 4 cm! They were not going to do anything to help it out and told me that if there was no change in the next hour or so that I would have to go home. After spending almost 9 hours there I was not going anywhere!!! So DH and I went walking (to the cafeteria to eat but dont tell) it much have been the spicy tomato soup because when I got back I was at 6 cm. Woot. Contractions still painless!!! I made it to 7 cm the next hour then stalled again for almost 5 hours. Walked some more and made it to 8 (still painfree but miserable from the cold mostly just sinus pressure) I was starting to really tire out. At 3am the decided to help me out and break my water. I STILL had no pain at 8 cms but I went ahead and got an epidural before they broke it because I was miserable with the cold and me and the doctor agreed that I was probably going to go from 0 to 60 on the pain scale REALLY quickly once the water was broken and I don't think I would have done well being so sick. So they broke my water and...... nothing happened! No change in 2 hours they called my doc and were going to put me on pitocin to get through the last 2 cm. As soon as they came in to hang the bag of pitocin I felt this wierd movement and pressure all of a sudden. They checked me and I was 10cm and 100% effaced!! She had also moved from -2 to +1 while she was checking my cervix! I pushed her out in about 30 min. and the rest is history! nough she was 3 1/2 weeks early she was 8lbs. 3.9 oz. and 21 1/2 in. long and looked great. My doc told me I was very lucky I I had carried to her due date she would have been 10 lbs. +

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I understand better in timelines so I wrote everything in my phone as it happened and here it is:

Sept 29
12:30 PM - Doctors appointment - Still 1 cm, 60% effaced, decided to go ahead with induction.
7:45 PM - Called the hospital, they were a little busy, said they'd call us when they could get us in.

Sept 30
2:30 AM - Hospital called - Yahoo They have a room saved for me!
2:55 AM - Left home for the hospital
4:20 AM - First assessment - 2cm almost 3cm, little more than 60% effaced, baby engaged.
5:00 AM - Cervidil placed
8:00 AM - Went walking, a lot of pressure.
10:30 AM - Contracting 2-3 minutes apart.
5:00 PM - Cervidil out, 3cm, 80-90% effaced. Took a shower and ate dinner.
7:00 PM - 3 cm, 85-90% effaced, pitocin started.

Oct 1
1:00 AM - Stronger contractions from pitocin FINALLY kicked in.
1:15 AM - Water broke.
2:00 - 2:45 AM - Epidural in, Foley placed, BP dropped to 80/50, baby's HR dropped, Ephedrine given and pitocin stopped. Recovered fine and pitocin restarted slowly.
5:30 AM - 5 cm, 100% effaced, 0 station
7:45 AM - OB in, says if we can't turn pit up to get me into active labor without baby HR dropping, might have to C-section.
8:00 AM - 9 cm, 0 station, baby's head molding at +1, A LOT of pressure starting in bottom, VERY painful, re-bolused epidural
8:45 AM - Started pushing, said it would probably be 2 hours and he'll be here.
9:24 AM - LIAM WAS BORN!!!

So that's my timeline! All in all, everything went great. When his heart rate was dropping it was really scary and they were so busy running around, I had no clue what all was going on. Poor DH had left to get a snack, nothing was happening, he comes back in the room and I'm on oxygen, flipped on my side, 4 or 5 nurses in the room. I was in tears so he asked for me if everything was okay and they told him it was now. Then I had to pretty much lay on my sides the rest of the time, baby wouldn't tolerate me on my back. When my OB came in and said that about C-section, I was so worried because I knew she wouldn't say if it wasn't a last option. The funnest part to me was DH standing at the end of the bed pushing both legs back while I pushed, at one point the nurse said, okay keep pushing and left the room to go get something, we did but I think both in the back of our minds were like "what if he comes out???". The bad part of the whole thing is the epidural wasn't working enough in my "area" so I was numb in my hips and down my legs but nowhere in between!! And baby delivered face up so the pressure on my ((TMI)) rectum was HORRIBLE!!! That was the worst part of the recovery was the pain I still had there afterwards. I was so tired that once baby was born, I'd start to cry and then the blinking would make me start falling asleep. And DH was in tears so that made me cry worse! He ate wonderfully right from the start and hasn't stopped since!! And in the end I got the delivery I wanted, no family, just DH and I and it was great - we'll definitely do the same next time.

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I had set an induction date for the 10th. On Wednsday morning I woke up with contractions. They were nothing bad and not timeable. I got up and got ready for work and got Emily ready for school. I go to work and my contractions worsen a little. But, still I didn't think that they were bad enough to time them. I went to lunch and by the time I got back I could tell that I needed to start timing them. I was timing them to be 2-3 min. apart. By two pm I had to leave work due to the intensity that they were coming.

I called my ob's office to tell them I was having contractions. They asked me to go to the office. :eek: Really? Really? The office and not the hosiptal? I was merely calling to let you know. Not to have you tell me to go to the office. Well we decided to go ahead and go to the ob's office (of course I consulted with Genny first).

We get there and the ob told me that I was still at a three but, he could tell that I was def. in active labor. He told me to go ahead and go to the hospital. Dan and I get to the hospital and they put me in a triage room with other women and their family memebers. I was in shock and somehow the horrible Biotch in me comes out while in labor. I looked at the nurse and said can't I just get my own room. My ins. does pay for it. The nurse says "no this is where you will stay till we determine whether or not we will admit you." Um, hello. I believe my ob told me to come here. Are you kidding me? Then this nurse comes in and says "honey you don't have a choice this is where we are going to put you for now." I look at Dan he gives me the please don't start trouble look. So I drop it knowing that they were going to admit me sooner or later anyways. So we are there for about an hour on the machines and the nurse checks me at that time I am at a 3.5 cm. So they ask me to walk for awhile. I go and walk for about an hour and they check me again. At this time I was at a 4cm. They then admit me.

So by 7pm I am in my OWN room. My nurse walks in and starts on me about the epidural. I told her that I wanted to wait as long as possible if at all. Well from 7 till about 12 midnight no one checks me. Nothing is happening except contractions still every 2-3 min. apart. Mind you when I went to see the ob it was not mine I saw. Then while I was at the hospital my OB never showed. So here it is midnight and the nurse comes in and says that she wants to start IV so I don't get dehydrated. At this time she checks me and I am at a 5. This is the part that I stall. I did with Em and Zane too. So the nurse once again asks me about the epi. Finally thinking that they would start the pitocin with the epi I give in.

The anesthesiologist comes in to start the epi. He preps me and then sticks the numbing needle in. Man that stuff hurt big time. So he sticks the epi needle in and I say ouch. He says "you felt that?" yes I did "where?" in my leg it was like a shooting pain. He says " thats not supposed to happen". Well it did. And then it happened again. He says "what happened now?" Well the same shooting pain in the same leg. He says "wow that really shouldn't happen. Nice. Real nice. In the meantime he brags about how this epidural isn't going to fall out. And, how he does it right every time. :rolleyes: OK. Then as he is leaving he tells me how I am at a higher risk for a spinal headache due to what happened. Great. All is said and done by 1AM.

So fastforward to 630A. My friends need to leave. One has to go to school and the other has to babysit for the one going to school. Then Dan gets a call from his brother saying that Zane had a real rough night trying to sleep without us. And, Em is supposed to get ready for school and I really wanted Dan to be there with her. While he was there I figured he might as well lay down with Zane and get some rest. No telling how much longer it would be. So I was there by myself.

So the nurse comes in right after everyone leaves. At that time I am still at a five and she starts the pitocin. By 7am I can tell that the epi is no longer working on the left side of my abdomen. So I tell the nurse. She call the epi guy back in. He gives me a triple dose of the epi. I thought that I was going to have a panic attack. My legs were so numb I couldn't feel anything. It took two nurses to lift my left leg it was sooo dead.

At 830A the nurse comes in a checks me. I am at 7cm. She tells me I should have Jack by 2pm. I am thinking ya we'll see. I really honestly didn't think it would be that early. The whole time my legs are scaring the crap out of me. I decided the best thing I could do is listen to my MP3 player. The song that I found to help most was

By ten I could tell that something was happening. Once again I could feel everything except in my legs. I could feel from my pelvis up! I didn't want to say anything because I didn't want to believe it. By 1045 I finally told the nurse that something was going on. She checks me and I am complete and ready to push!! No way not that soon! So I told her that I needed to call Dan first and get him to get up to the hospital. She said that she would hold off from telling the oncall OB for 20 min. But, that was all she could wait. So I call Dan and told him that it was time. He needed to get up there asap. I call back to him 10 min later to make sure he left. And, of course who answered? Thats right Dan did. :rolleyes: Well the whole time I am thinking I didn't want anyone there. I love Dan to pieces but, when I am in pain he gets way too touchy feely and I get even more irritated. Then I was thinking how I didn't really want my friends there either because I am not trying to put myself out there for display even if they are my friends. So I told the nurse by 11A that I was ready to start pushing. If Dan made it he made it. If not then I would be alright with that.

So the OB gets called and the nurse tells me to have a practice push. I said are you sure. Because the baby comes really fast when I push. She says ya why not? So I give it a go. And, sure enough she yells for me to stop the head is coming. :rolleyes: Big shock. So the ob gets there just in time for me to do the second push. And, out came Jack. Beautiful and healthy. I was in love right away. I loved the intimacy that Jack and I got. I know it sounds selfish but, he was just mine for the min. No one to say let me hold him. Or to ruin any kind of surprise and tell me what he looked like while he was coming out. I got all of it to myself. Everyone managed to make it to the room 10 min. later. The look on their faces was priceless. I wish I had my camera out to record that.

In the meantime. My left leg remains numb while the rest of me is able to start feeling again. I think nothing of it. I get to my recovery room and throughout the day I have so many people coming and going and the phone rings off the hook. I didn't realize until I went to bed that I still couldn't feel my left side leg. When I woke up I told the nurse something was wrong. I could walk but, I was dragging my leg. They told me to walk it out. Made sense to me. So I did. I was worried that they wouldn't discharge me. (that is what the nurse was saying) When my ob came to check on me I told him that I wanted to go home. He was pretty unsure pf whether or not he should. I told him my mom was coming to take care of me. So reluctantly he did. In the meantime to accompany the numb left leg I did get that nice spinal headache.

My leg is still numb and I still have the headache but, I am so in love! The great part is how much Dan is hovering. He feels absolutely horrible for missing Jacks birth. I tried to tell him that it was alright. But, he thinks that it is because I don't want him to feel bad. Well I did try to tell him. But, I am loving the attention that he is giving me. Wink

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Birth Story for Phoebe Joy

Because of my high blood pressure and the protein in my urine, (which was present sometimes, but not every time) and my swelling, my doctor told me it would be a good idea if I were induced. She said that according to my fundal height, Phoebe was a bigger baby as it was and to wait until 40 weeks or to just go on my own could be risky, especially with all the signs of Preeclampsia. I went to labor and delivery and got induced (Missy went home to get our bags and the camera). That was at about 8am. Contractions started right away! They became about 5 minutes apart fast. But after 4 hours, my doctor checked me and I was only at 3cm and 60% effaced. She told me that she would need to break my waters to get the contractions stronger and so she did, and boy did they get stronger!! They became one right on top of another, and because of the pitocin, they were excruciatingly awful! I couldn’t bear it! I was delirious from pain and literally lost focus (Missy said I was writhing and gripping the bed frames so hard that my knuckles were white and that I was crying). I didn’t want an epidural because it was just so against my birth plan, which had already been broken as it was, but when I asked about some pain management, they said they could give me an injection of demorall(I think that’s what it was) but it would only last about 2 hours and at that point I was only at 4cm. So I tried to stick it out…..I lasted two hours! I just couldn’t do it, and those of you who did….I am so not worthy, I bow to you!! I got the epidural. I must say that I have absolutely no regrets and actually wish I had done in 2 hours earlier! I was in heaven! I was finally able to focus and actually enjoy my labor! Missy and I played cards, we watched Friends, and we laughed and talked about how we would soon have our baby. A couple hours later, I was at 6cm and my doctor said I was progressing just lovely. Phoebe’s heart rate was perfect the entire time through. By about 7:00 pm I was complete and baby was at +1 station! My doctor started preparing for me to push. At 7:15 I started pushing and at 7:37, Phoebe was on my chest! I was elated! It was such an emotional time. Missy was crying before she even came out, she started crying when seeing Phoebe crowning! When she was born, we just hugged and kissed and enjoyed our new daughter! I didn’t even rip or tear! It was more than I could have ever imagined, and despite all the intervention, I feel like I bonded perfectly with my daughter! I am very pleased with how everything turned out and I would not change one thing about it! Thank you all for reading, and following along my journey with me.

This was before the epi

This is when she came out

All cleaned up! We laughed when we saw my doctors get up...I thought it looked like a space suit! She needed it though, I sent "birth juice" flyin everywhere (sorry, tmi) lol

This is to show you all how much my dad warmed up to the thought of me having a baby (he was kind of weirded out my whole pregnancy) he is such a proud grandpa now....all he needed was to see her precious face.

Here is the proud big brother!!

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Kaiden's Birth Story/Slideshow

Finally! My last little prince has arrived....This has been the longest 9 months of my life but soooo worth it!!!

We got to the hospital at 630am tuesday morning, October 14th. they immediately got me in a L&D room and started the saline drip. they started the pitocin around 8 i think...i got up to go to the bathroom around 855 because i started having some good contractions-well, i stood up and my water broke! so they got me back in the bed and checked me but i was only at 1 cm. i decided to go ahead and get my epidural thinking things might go quickly...well, after i got it i was having contractions every 2-3 minutes for about an hour but didn't feel anything of course! Kaiden's heartrate kept dipping down after my contractions, which the nurse didn't like. finally everything stopped for about 15-20 minutes...then they picked up again but his heartrate kept dropping. so at 11 the nurse called the dr and he was there within 15 minutes to do a c-section. it wasn't an emergency but i was still only at 1 cm and he was so high up-he didn't want to come out! so they wheeled me in and he was born at 11:51 am. 6 lbs and 13 ozs, 19 inches long. i was glad everything went so quickly but since my 1st two boys were vaginal deliveries i was a little scared going in but relieved at the same time. he got 8 & 9 for his apgars and i was in my room with him by 2.

he's the sweetest baby-all the nurses kept telling me he was the only one not crying in the nursery when he was in there. he just cries when i change his clothes-he hates that! he sleeps, poops and eats regularly! i really enjoyed spending 3 whole days with just him-i had visitors in and out and my hubby stayed the first night...but after that he spent most of the time at home w/my other 2 boys trying to keep their lives as normal as possible....they are both so proud of Kaiden and love him to death. It was just nice to spend each night with Kaiden sleeping in the bed next to me, having some alone time with him before coming home today. i don't know how i'm going to go back to work eventually...but i just won't think about it for now!!!



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Peyton's birth experience!

**disclaimer: the following are the facts as best I remember them, but a lot of the times and exact numbers are guesstimates, I need to get this all checked over with my support people to verify for correctness. But, this is in a nutshell what happened. Sorry it's so long winded!**

Tuesday 10/14/08
At around 1:30am on Tuesday 10/14 I felt a pop inside of me. I honestly didn't recognize what it was and decided to go to bed. Around 5am I woke up and was feeling wet. i went to the bathroom and my water started just gushing out everywhere! I was too excited to go back to sleep so I started getting things ready to go, I was SURE that this was going to be the day my baby was born. If I had only known then what an arduous journey this was going to be then I think I would have tried to go back and rest some more. At 9am I went to my already scheduled accupuncture induction with my husband. I wasn't having any contractions yet so I figured that the accupuncture would help kick them in. After that we went over to Reunion (the birth center) just to get checked out and talk about what our plans would be. Janet and Polly my midwives had been up all night delivering another baby so they were running on not much sleep as it was. At that time I was 4cm dilated already, and could stretch to 5. Janet advised us to stick around that side of town, because this was my first birth we had no idea how slow or fast things would progress, but at that point I think we all assumed it would be either that day or early the next morning that Peyton would arrive. Matt and I went to the mall here in Kingwood and my sister met us up there and we walked around for a few hours, I was trying to get baby to drop down a little more by walking and stuff. I finally started feeling some type of contractions around 1pm, but they weren't painful and I wasn't even sure that was what I was feeling. At that point I was thinking I might get to be one of the lucky ones that had a pain free child birth. HA! We went back up to the birth center around 3. Since my contractions weren't regular yet and I lived so far away Janet and Polly suggested we get a hotel for the night until things picked up. Well, at this point we felt like Mary and Joseph....we went to about 5 different hotels in the area and they were ALL full of storm victims! Matt was very frustrated and not incredibly nice to the hotel people! I started to stress a little bit at this point, but I called Janet and she told me that we could just stay at the birth center. The only difference between that and a hotel is that there are no showers. So Matt, Megan (sis) and I went back up there and made ourselves at home. At this point my mom was getting pretty anxious, and she didn't want to miss the birth so she insisted that she come up there. At first I was not thrilled with this idea because she gets overly excited and I didn't want her to harshen my mellow mood. My best friend Allison was also supposed to be my doula/support person and I figured since everyone else was up there already maybe she should come too. I didn't really think that birth was imminent at that point but everyone else did and I wanted them all to come if they wanted to. Allison baked the prettiest birthday cake for Peyton also and she brought that. My contractions started being timeable at about 6pm Tuesday night. I started to learn how to relax through them and breathe through them at this point. I didn't think I would be a vocal person in labor, but moaning really helped and didn't make me feel weird like I thought it would! Walking around during contractions helped a lot too. They were about 10 mins apart at first and quickly got down to 7-8 mins apart. Matt and I decided to try to make out on the bed and do some nipple stimulation to try to get things going. This actually worked very well and the contractions were down to 4 mins apart. We thought we had some progress at this point. It was slightly annoying because I know now that if we would have kept at the stimulation to produce the oxytocin, I'm sure the contractions would have stayed close together and been stronger...but we thought at the time that we didn't want to overstimulate my uterus and that all we needed was a push in the right direction. So we tried to get some sleep. Tried being the operative word here. Everyone else went to sleep, and I wanted to give them all rest so that they would be at their best for me the next day.

Wednesday 10/15/08
I could sleep in 10-30 minute stretches, and the contractions definitely calmed down. They were very inconsistant again but still fairly painful. I'll admit in my tired state my instinct was to fight them instead of letting the pain just take over my body. This was a very vulnerable time for me, mentally. I started to wonder what I had gotten myself into and why in the world I didn't go to the hospital for my pain, and just feeling sorry for myself in general and not confident. The next morning they checked me again, and this time I was at 6cm, which was a huge relief because it was progress! We were pretty hopeful at this point because I had made progress. I was thinking I would for sure at least have this baby by 3 or 4pm that day. I spent the day learning new ways to deal with contractions as they got more and more painful, and eventually they were becoming unbearable. My confidence level was up from the night before and that was what made the difference in me actually being able to make it through the day and press on. My entire life I have had trouble sticking with things when they get tough, so I was bound and determined and felt like I kind of had something to prove to everyone. I also am not known to manage pain very well either, and my husband has always called me a big baby when it came to pain. I had expressed my fears to him before about quitting halfway through, and I asked him to hold me accountable and help me get the natural birth that I really wanted. At 3pm my midwives checked me again, and I was only at 8cm, which sounds good but the cervix was still pretty thick and baby wasn't dropping down low enough or making any downward progress, because my contractions were too weak and far apart. They did not feel weak to me but I could tell what they meant by that because the intensity level hadn't really progressively risen throughout, it was just kind of sporadically jumping up and down. By this point we were all becoming concerned about labor stalling, so I had to get more active and aggressive with achieving stronger contractions and getting them a little closer together. This was EXTREMELY hard for me, it is SO hard to want to try to get more pain when you have already ran out of fuel for so long. BUT I did try it. I finally got in the birthing tub and this was amazing for pain management. Definitely where I thought I would be giving birth later! I had some really great contractions in there, and I was able to really relax and focus and try to visualize myself opening up like a flower...I even tried my friend's suggestion of imagining a baby's head being stretched through a tiny turtleneck sweater. I thought for sure I could feel myself opening up bigger and bigger. Matt and Allison were amazing during this time, this is when I started to really need my support people. Even in the tub the pain started to get unbearable after a while. I started to kind of feel sick, which excited me because I thought that I must be nearing transition. I was having trouble focusing between contractions and just felt very weak and pretty much incoherant, which I assumed were signs that I was in transition. Unfortunately I was not. Polly then decided it would be beneficial for me to get an IV line hooked up so that I could be more hydrated. I had been drinking gatorade and water all day but it just wasn't replenishing my energy like it should, and I probably wasn't eating enough because of the nausea. As soon as the IV ran out we put a heplock in and I felt like a new woman! Seriously I was jumping around and bouncing on my ball and "droppin' it like it's hot" to try to get this baby to come down! The IV made a huge difference. Finally I decided that I needed a plan with an end in sight. I talked it over with Matt and told him that at 8pm if no change had been made after all the aggressive laboring we had been doing for the past 5 hours, then we needed a plan B, because my body was not going to last through another whole night of this. Polly and Janet agreed, and their opinion was that we go to the hospital to try and get some pitocin in me to help out. As care providers they went well beyond their comfort levels with us I think, because they knew how much we were really pushing for the natural birth. They were smart though and didn't mention their ideas to us until I said it first. So it was really my idea. Well, I got checked, and sure enough NO progress downward and I was only at 8cm. Hearing this mentally made me really want an epidural. I went over the pros and cons in my mind, and felt like I was making the decision with a clear head. This was the main thing I wanted to avoid, obviously other than cesarian, and I won't lie, I think in the past I have passed judgement on women who caved in and got the relief, but every woman is different and everyone's tolerance is different. I feel completely different now about the interventions, if informed choices were made. Matt was the one with the biggest problem when it came to going to the hospital. He felt like he had failed me and not done what I had asked him by holding me accountable to my original plan. These were special circumstances though and Polly and Janet really helped me to get him on board with this plan, I wouldn't have felt right doing it without my husband's support. I know he holds me to a higher standard than everyone else does, and I love that even when things were that hard he was still pushing me to try for our baby.

At the hospital
At around 9pm we were admitted into Kingwood Medical Center (GREAT hosp. by the way!!) and we had to go through the typical admitting BS....asking me silly questions left and right in between my contractions. The whole process wasn't too bad and the people were just doing their jobs and they were pretty understanding. I think I even felt kind of special because I had such a cool story to tell...I felt so hardcore for laboring that long drug free, haha...I asked the nurses and they said most people here get epidurals. I could tell why though. The delivery beds were SO aweful! I could NOT get comfortable in it! At that point I decided I definitely needed the epidural before the pitocin. I started to feel kind of sick and they took my vitals and my heartrate was up and I had developed a fever. They had to run blood work to the labs before I could get my epi, and I was stuck laboring on my back in that horrible bed for an hour or so. They also had to call an anesthesiologist from home because the one on duty was stuck in surgery. There is no way I would have lasted more than 5 hours in the hospital from the beginning without the pain meds because of that stupid bed! After my bloodwork came back they informed me that my white blood cell count was very low, and this immediately clued us in that infection had probably set in from my water being broken for so long (almost 48 hours at this point). I was also hooked up to an antibiotic drip at this point because of that. In my mind hearing this confirmed that we absolutely made the right choice for my health and the baby, and could have prevented some really bad things that could have happened had we stayed in the birth center. After rehashing this with Janet and Polly later they told me that if I had not brought the hospital up that they would have pretty much told me that I was going anyway because they weren't comfortable going any longer there. At about 11:30pm the Anesthesiologist came in to give me my epidural. I was super scared of the needle going in me, and I started having a bad contraction while he was digging around in my back. My vertebrae isn't very prominant and I knew that would pose a problem for him and it did. At one point I was about to cry because I kept thinking that I'd have to just get the pit and that the epi wasn't going to work. After he dug around a second time he finally found the space, and I think the last thing I remember was around midnight. The pit was started instantly and I couldn't even tell when I was having a contraction. I didn't even feel pressure or anything! Secretly to myself I thought "why didn't I do this earlier?!" But of course I didn't say that out loud, I was trying to be hardcore remember? I was laying on my back and kind of zonked out of it for a while, and then the nurse came in and told me that the baby's heartrate was decelling, which sent MINE through the roof. They had to put me on my side and give me some oxygen. I was so nervous about having to get a C-section after she said that. Apparently it wasn't that bad though after I turned, and it was just caused by my vena cava being compressed. At this point my husband came in and he was visibly upset. He kept making comments about how everything we didn't want to happen was happenning. I don't think he realized that the infection was more than just a slight risk now, and that we pretty much were sure that my uterus was indeed infected. It bothered me a little bit that he was upset and not more supportive during this part, which was really scary for me compared to walking around and just hanging out during contractions at the birth center earlier.

Thursday 10/16/08 at the hospital
At about 1am the midwives checked me again and I was finally complete with no cervix left! BUT the baby was still HIGH! I didn't get that at all! So they had me roll on my other side, and give tiny grunty pushes to try and labor the baby down. They told me I'd feel some intense pressure and an urge to push soon if things went as planned. Well as soon as I rolled over baby started sliding down! I couldn't believe I was almost there! I was soooo excited at this point, even though I was pretty incoherant and half asleep. We got me in position to push, and EVERYONE was in the room! Mom, Dad, sister, friend, husband, 2 midwives, a nurse, and a baby nurse. I thought this would seriously bother me before but I was so proud of myself that I didn't mind if people wanted to witness the big event, this was what we had all been waiting for and everyone had been there with me throughout everything, I didn't want to cheat anyone out of the experience, We ALL labored together throughout this! I did really well with the pushing, the head was the hardest part but after her shoulders turned she pretty much just slid out! There was a lot of pressure and even some pain during the pushing but I could handle any pain then because the end was so near! As soon as she slid out I saw a gush of red, yellow and brown liquid go all over my midwife! I think I got embarrassed that I had soiled her smock, but then I remembered that she had that thing on for a reason! After she came out there was so much commotion everywhere, I tried to keep my eyes on the baby but I had thrown my contacts away earlier since I had them in for 3 days straight. I kept asking someone to bring me my glasses but it took a while so I didn't get to see much other than the pictures when she came out. She was really swollen at first but still beautiful. I had two small tears, one by my urethra and one inside my vaginal wall, but I am soooo glad they just let me have these rather than pushing an episiotomy on me. I am also so grateful for having the best care providers anyone could ask for. I am lucky that they had privledges at the hospital and were able to still be in full control of my care. I don't know what I would have done without them. That made such a difference in the hospital experience for me. It didn't matter that the setting changed because I still had two people with my best interest at heart in charge of what would happen to me. As soon as Peyton came out, there was a foul smell which indicated that there was an infection. I'm not sure at this point WHAT was infected but my placenta was sent to pathology so maybe we can get some answers. There are a couple of possible explanations but we may never know for sure what happened. If we do find out this may affect my decision to try a natural birth in the future. I don't regret anything about my experience and I know that I didn't jump the gun on any decisions. I am also very glad I got the epidural because I really needed to rest. Peyton is beautiful and I love her sooo much! She was born at 2:21am on 10/16/08 and weighed 7lbs5oz and is 19 inches long.

slideshow of pics from laboring at birth center and the delivery at the hospital:

And here are some pics from her 2nd day of life...she's a lot cuter and less swollen here!




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ok so on my due date the 6th of Oct i went walking trying to get the little miss out and i noticed that by mid day i still had not felt her average movements. So i sat down drank water, when that didn't help i drank orange juice, after two hours I went to L&D to get checked out. it was 2pm. I got hooked up to the monitors and her heart rate was staying at 150 they said they wanted to see some excitement and a small varation. so they got me some juice it didn't help. they ordered an U/s to check on her they checked everything out and it took the u/s tech 30 mins to get her to move when he pushed on her which is so not like her. even at 14 weeks she would move and try to hide from the u/s machine. they also were worried when she wasn't practicing breathing in the womb. they wanted to see her lungs moving and didn't. so the dr on call decied to induce me at midnight, i was having contractions on my own but they were spratic and not very long. when i went in I was 1cm dialated, the nurse said it could of been a very tight 2. so i got a pill to help me dialate that got me to a lose two (it only took 2 hours ) so i got another pill that got me to a tight 3.. this was not the progress i hoped for. by now it was like 3 am i got hooked up to an IV and had the poticin(sp?) the contractions were still not steady and on top of that my back had been killing me(my back had been sore since the day i peed on the stick lol) but this was so much more then just a sore back.. so they put hot blankets on my back. during this time i had my mom and my boyfriend with me. but since i was in triage i was only allowed one person so throught the night and day they kept switching places. my bf slept in the car at night when he wasn't with me. at some point (i lost track of time) I was at my limit and asked for an epi they said it would take a while and gave me an IV med to help that knocked me out. when it wore off my back felt like it was being stabed i never felt the contractions anywhere but in my back. At about 10pm on the 7th i was givin a diliver room I was still only 5cm dialated but i need to be in a dilvery room to get the epi. after i got the epi things went fast by 12am i was fullly dialated and they broke my water. it was hard for me to push after the epi i didn't feel anything to know when to push. but after about 30 mins of pushing i got my baby out . the hard part was after she was born the placenta never detached and the dr had to remove it herself i lost alot of blood and latter on that day i gt 2 units of blood. in total it was about 34 hours of labor

but it was worht it my baby girl was here.
(sorry it was so long and badly typed and spelt just wanted to get it out and am only one handed right now baby in the other arm lol)

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Sophia in her daddys arms


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Sophia leah born 10/8/08 at 1:09am 8p4o 19inches long

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Okay so here is the story:
Monday morning I had a doctor’s appointment to get my blood preasure checked because I was having problems. So they checked it and it was high they thought it would be a good idea for me to head to labor and delivery to get some lab work done. My blood and urine where fine but they still thought it would be a good idea because I was already 3 cm and 80% effaced and Dylan was already a big boy to go ahead and induce me then.
So the fun began they put me in a labor and delivery room and started me on an IV and some potocin (sp?) at about 11:00 am. Contractions started a few minutes later and they were not bad at all so about 3:00 pm my doctor came in and broke my water and WOW did that make the contractions start hurting like hell. So about 7:00 pm it was time for the epidural and yes it was nice when it worked but 3 hours later it stopped working so he had to come back in and fix it and pump me full of more meds but still a few hours later it stopped working but I was getting sick of all the meds so I did not worry about it.
So Tuesday about 10:00 am the doc came in and I was 10 cm and 100% so it was time to start pushing…..and pushing…….and pushing. He just did not want to come out! After 22 hours of labor and fear of an infection they asked if I wanted a c section and I decided to go with one. So they got me ready pumped me full of the drugs and the right side just would not numb. I was kind of in and out of it because of all the drugs but I heard them say not to let my husband in because they might have to knock me out. So I made a big mistake and told them I felt no pain and to let my husband in. Well they got Dylan out at 11:42 am all 7 lbs 10oz and 20 inches of him. I soon as I heard my baby cry I passed out and did not wake up till an hour later in recovery.
I was surrounded by my loving husband, family, and friends for the next few days and after 5 days in the hospital with a healthy baby boy and a somewhat healthy mama they sent us home.

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Noah Anthony’s Birth Story

Born @ 41 weeks on Thursday 10/09/08 @ 7:05 pm
7 lbs 3 oz, 21 inches

Around lunch time on Wednesday 10/08/08 I was having contractions about 8 minutes apart. Before dinner they were 3 minutes apart lasting 45 seconds, although not all that painful. By 8 or 9 pm they were getting harder to get through so we headed to the hospital, where I was told I was still only 1 cm and 80% effaced, which was disheartening after hours of contractions so close together. By the time we got home the contractions were getting really painful and I didn’t sleep all night, just staying up working through contractions and hoping I didn’t have my baby at home!

At 3 am I told DH it was time to go back, and I was checked and 2-3 cm, 100% effaced and they stripped my membranes. Because early labor was lasting so long they told me to go eat something, take a walk around the hospital for two hours and then to check in to be admitted, which we did. When they checked me I was still only 3 cm, but the contractions were showing strong and regular on the monitors, so they said they would let me labor on my own for awhile before talking about pitocin. I knew already my hopes for a natural birth and my birth plan were starting to go out the window, but the lack of sleep and long early labor was wearing me out. They checked me at noon and I was still only 3 cm, and out of frustration I let them start the pit. Every so often they’d come in and up the drip on the pit and by the time I was at a 12 on the pit I was absolutely climbing the walls in pain. Contractions on my own I could handle, but pitocin contractions were a whole new kind of pain and I was basically sobbing through each one, and the staff kept offering me pain relief. I swayed, cried and stood next to my bed (so I could still be on the monitors) holding onto my DH to get through them. There was no way to deal with those contractions in the bed.

Between 3 and 4 pm they came in to check me and I was at 5 cm. I had been hoping the crazy pain I’d been in was at least transition and the end was near, but it was clear I had a ways to go and another sleepless night in pain, so I threw my birth plan out the window and asked for the epidural and let them break my water. I was terrified of the epidural and at one point said I changed my mind but I think the nurses were all tired of dealing with me and my crying (they weren’t used to patients who didn’t have an epidural they said!) and they wouldn’t let me change my mind. It took a team of anesthesiologists to deal with me since I couldn’t hold still through my contractions like they needed me too.

I fell asleep for a few hours after the epidural and they came in to check me at 6 pm, not expecting much since everyone expected this long drawn out labor to go into the night. I was so happy to hear I was 10 cm and ready to push! I pushed for 45 minutes with my sister and DH coaching, with one numb leg and one regular leg since my epidural was only working on one side, and this was actually my favorite part of labor. They didn’t realize until he was coming out that he was sunny side up. Then things got scary. He came out and they put him on my stomach for a split second and I suddenly saw blood everywhere. It even shot one of the nurses in the face! I would later find out he had his cord wrapped twice around his neck and they hadn’t realized it in time, so they had to cut his cord immediately without clamping it, which resulted in a lot of blood loss. As soon as they had him on my stomach they said something about his breathing and a nurse ran out of the room and in ran about 6 people from Peds all hovering over Noah. No one would tell me what was going on and it was terrifying. I waited 10 minutes for him to cry and he never did, just made this awful gasping grunting sound. While they were delivering the placenta and stitching me up they announced they were taking him to the NICU and they would be updating me soon. I was a mess.

After my epidural wore off I was wheel-chaired in to see him in the NICU and I was just in love. My DH and sister and BFF had all gotten to see him before I was able to, and had updated me about how alert and beautiful he was and they were right. He didn’t cry but just looked around and I got to touch him, but I couldn’t hold him until the next day. We were told he had respiratory trouble, I believe it was called a pneumothorax, a pocket of air in his lungs which eventually resolved itself. That along with the blood loss just got him off to a rough start. Spending the first two nights in the hospital room without my baby was hard but I was pumping colostrum and taking it to feed him every three hours when they were ready to wean him off his IV. We finally got him in our room at midnight on the third night and went home with our baby the next day. He wouldn’t take the breast so we had to use bottles, which made breastfeeding a challenge, but after meeting with a lactation consultant and using a nipple shield he is now nursing great and we haven’t used a bottle for a week now!

The birth was really far off from my natural birth plan and was worried I’d be disappointed after, but after worrying about my baby being okay and having him in the NICU I got perspective on the whole thing and I don’t care how he got here, I’m just glad to have him here!

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I wanted to let you know I had the baby! I went into labor Saturday 10/18, and decided to go to the hospital because I wasn't sure if I was really in labor or if it was just wishful thinking! After a long walk to the park earlier that afternoon, I just didn't feel right. I called my doc and he told me to go to the hospital around 5pm to get checked. When I got there, I wa 5 cm dilated, 100% effaced, and contractions were 2-5 minutes apart. They decided they were not going to send me home because I was 5 cm, so I waited a couple hours, and they checked me again - no change. They started pitocin to get things moving, and the doc broke my water bag around 8pm. They checked me again around 11pm and still no progress. All of a sudden, I started getting the urge to push, and having a lot of pressure. I told the nurse, so she checked me again, and I was completely dilated at 11:30pm! We were ready to start pushing! So, started pushing at 11:30pm. After about an hour, I felt like I just couldn't do it anymore. His head just would not come out. They had me in all sorts of positions, and *TMI* were doing things to me I didn't think were possible. I was in so much pain because I could feel his head right there, but it just would not come out. Finally, he came out in one shot after 1.5 hrs of pushing, but they didn't give him to me right away, so I knew something wasn't right. I didn't hear him cry for quite some time. Jon kept reassuring me that he was okay. Finally, I heard a cry, but because he was so big (see below for stats!!) his shoulder did get stuck on the way out like the doc had warned me may happen at my 34 week appointment. He broke his collar bone on the way out from getting stuck, but luckilly, there is no permanent damage. With shoulder dystocia, many other problems can occur with breathing, etc. so we were grateful that it was just a broken collar bone and not anything more serious. It was a very traumatic birth for me, and for him - his first apgar score was very low, but his next 2 scores were 9, so he just took a little bit longer to come to at first. I wasn't able to hold him at all, as they took him to the NICU for observation and x-rays of his lungs and collar bone - he was having some breathing issues at first also, but after an hour, he was fine, and was put into the regular nursery. So, he is perfect and healthy, just a scary start.

As for me, I have 4th degree tears, in addition to the episiotomies - they literally had to remove him from my body, so needless to say, I am in quite a bit more pain than with Connor, so it's going to be a long recovery. I am just happy he is healthy and everything is just fine now. Connor is super excited to be a big brother, but has been acting up a little bit - I think just because his routine has been all out of whack since I have been in the hospital. We were released today, and so far, things are going well at home - I am just super tired and in quite a bit of pain, but the result is well worth it!

So, now for the baby's name, stats, and pictures!!

Evan Joseph
Born 10/19/08 12:59am
10 lbs 10 oz :eek:
21 inches

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First let me start by saying it is ok to hate me. I, as the nurse put it, am the poster child for delivery.

So on Tues. October 7th, I was having contrax all day but nothing real consistant. I lost part of my plug that afternoon, so I did know labor was coming. About 2ish I started to time them and they came 4-6 min apart for about 1-1/2 hour ish. So called Dr and of course they sent me to labor and delivery. Once there they checked me and I was 5 cm and very stretchy. Baby was still very high. Since I have a history of fast labors I was ther to stay. It was now 4:45. At 5:15 Dr came in and broke my water, to get things moving since I was't having any real consistant contrax. Checked again I was 7-8 cm in only about 1/2 hr. She called Dr and told him he should come back to the hospital. At about 6:30 I was complete but baby was still really high, so she said "Lets try a few pushes and see if we can move this baby down some. So 1st contrax I moved her down a little bit, second contrax again she was moving but still no real progess, so 3rd I was in my second breath (push) and I am not kidding 1/2 head head came out....It was panic at that point because it was just the nurse in there, so she was STOP PUSHING......YOU HAVE TO STOP. I did, my hubby was like "just breath hun....find your spot on the ceiling and just breath" The dr came rushing in no scrubs nothing. at that point she literally came out completely on her own. It was crazy. It was 6:48!!! Yes only 1.5 hours after my water was broke. She is perfect no cone head or bruising of any kind, 8lbs 13oz, 21-1/2" long! She has dark hair, just like I was hoping (which I have never had with the others) We decided to name her Stevie Elizabeth! I am doing great come home today. I did deliver with No meds again! Yeah! I have only been on Ibuprofen since delivery, no real bad cramping or anything.

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Peyton Elliot was born 10/19 at 5:03 pm, 8 lbs. 8 oz. and 19" long!

Labor was hard, it started as awful back labor early Sunday morning at home, I was admitted around 11am, and he was born 6 hours later! Contractions were really tough; they were every 20 seconds and about a minute long the whole 6 hours of labor! Since it was all back labor I couldn't walk and labor, I couldn't bounce on the ball and labor, and I couldn't lie down, every position hurt! I finally go in the shower and had Matt rub my back while the hot water hit my belly and it made things a little more tolerable. One thing's for sure I would never have made it through the birth process alone, Matt and my mom were both with me the whole time, and they helped so much! I made it all the way to 9 cm w/o getting an epidural, but I felt like I was dying by then and I was screaming and crying and shaking and all in all a huge mess and didn’t think I’d be able to push. So, I decided to just go ahead and get some relief and got the epidural, and it did nothing! I still was able to feel all the pain! I guess I'm one of those"lucky" few that the epidural has no effect on. The anesthesiologist came in to check it and decided to just try putting in another epidural, but
before he could begin to put it in (he was all prepped and seconds away from sticking another needle in my spine), I said "I need to push!" So the nurse checked me and said, "Cassie feel your baby's head", so I touched down there, and he was crowning! So no need for the 2nd epidural, but I was feeling ALL the pain! I pushed for about 45 minutes but I wasn’t stretching enough so I had to have an episiotomy! I could feel him cutting my skin; it was the worst feeling in the whole world! But finally, I pushed out my Peyton and the second they put his body onto mine I started bawling, mostly from relief of the pain but also because I couldn’t believe I’d actually birthed a child! I wish someone would have told me that labor would be the most awful thing I’d ever felt in my life, I really had no idea that it would feel the way it did! My birthing classes had me thinking I was all prepared with my soothing music, birthing ball, and Matt's massage techniques....pshh yeah right! If someone had even mentioned that I should relax, be quiet and listen to classical music I probably would have thrown a bed rail at them! lol However, the outcome, my beautiful baby boy (who looks just like his Daddy) was so worth it! I'm so in love with him! We are doing great at home so far, breastfeeding is a little tough because my little man just wants to sleep after 5 sucks! But we had his first ped. appt last weej and they said he is doing awesome and his weight is fine, it must be because my milk just came in last night and now I have two inflated rocks on my chest in place of my boobies Lol Good luck to all you ladies waiting on ur babes! I SERIOUSLY think though that each woman who delivers vaginally should be considered a national hero and have a SUPERWOMAN award given to them Biggrin

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Aiden David's Birth Story

On Friday 10/24, I had a hard time sleeping. I was on Preg.org until about 2:30am then finally went to bed at 3am. At 4:30am I woke up with sharp pains that felt like poop pains. I got up to go to the bathroom which I did, then went back to bed. 5 minutes later, I was in pain again. I think at that point I went on preg.org again to see if this could be labor or just normal end of pregnancy symptoms. I laid down again until about 5am then all of a sudden my back was killing me!! I was in a lot of pain in my back and at this point I woke up DH. I asked him if he ever got poop pains in his back - of course he couldn't remember . We both decided that if this was truly labor, we would wait until 7am to call the doctor - I was afraid it could be false labor. I got a shower since I read that most of your posts and was told if it truly was labor, a shower or bath wouldn't stop the contractions. I got out of the shower, went online to contraction master and my contractions were 5 minutes apart for 30 secs.

So 7am comes, I call the doctor, have another bathroom moment and doctor tells me to go to labor and delivery. DH packs loads car and away we go!!! Get to labor and delivery, they check my BP - it's high of course - I'm nervous as all heck!! I get checked out and I'm 4cm dialated They said that most 1st time moms don't dialate to 4cm on their own without needing drugs so I felt a little better - but I wonder if they were saying that to make me feel better How in the world did that happen. The MW from my doctor's office wanted to do blood work and was going to send me home until I couldn't take the pain because I was talking through all my contractions. Well, BP didn't go down - hello - labor here!! They decided to keep me and gave me Pitosin at around 10:45am to make my contractions shorter and longer to help the process along. Found out baby was posterior which is why my back was killing me. At 11:10, I couldn't take the pain. I felt like I was going to pass out and was sweating so I asked for my Epidoral. Got that around 11:30am, which was a wonder drug. I felt so much better. The MW came in and I was 5cm dialated. She decided to break my water and this is where everything went downhill.

Once my water was broken, they found merconium in the fluid. They put the prong in his head to hear the HB and it dropped from 130 to 90. DH and I were freaking out. I was moving to the left side, moving to the right side, people were in and out of the room monitoring me. Finally they found out my left side is the side that the baby liked and his HR would go up. So for about an hour I was laying on my left side.

Then the doctor that I wanted to deliver my baby came in!!!! I was thrilled!! He's very laid back which is what I needed. I found out on Saturday he came in on his day off - I thought that he just came from across the streed and left some patients to other doctors. He checked me out and I was 9 1/2 cm dialated and baby was ready to come out. I just laid around until about 1pm to wait to start pushing and get the rest of the way dialated and effaced. My mom and dad came in which I didn't want. Kicked them out in a nice way called the nurse and told her I felt like I needed to push. It was hurting to not push.

MW and nurses come in. Nurse puts Neonatologist on call (because of merconium. They told me he might have to go to NICU) called the nursery staff to get ready to clean baby up. I start pushing and baby's HR goes down every time I push but goes up after I stop pushing. They get my favorite doctor in here to see how I'm doing. He said he was giving me another 1/2 hour then vacuum would need to be used. Push a little more, he comes back in, I can't push anymore because I'm tired because I was pushing for 30 minutes straight (I know I tired out easily). Favorite doctor puts the vacuum in and at 1:51pm Aiden David was born. He weighed 8lbs 15 ounces and was 22 inches long.

DH didn't get to cut the umbilical cord because of the merconium (they didn't want him crying or breathing in the merconium). Of course he cried, DH cried, I was just worried that he still wasn't ok. They cleaned him up, favorite doctor stitched me up for about 45 minutes - yes 45 minutes. They didn't get a chance for an episiotomy because of the need to push and HB issue and my little man tore me really bad (the nursing staff in post partum are like - oh you are the one with the really bad tear). I got to hold my little man about an hour after he was born and I am so in love with him right now.

Thank you for reading this long story. Here's pictures of my little man

Here he is on Saturday morning before his circumcision

Saturday night while watching the Phillies Game

Here he is waiting to go home and get his carseat approved - I love this outfit on him

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On Thursday (10/16) at my doctor's appointment I found out I was 60% effaced and 3.5 cm dilated.
On Saturday night (10/18 ) around 10pm DH and I DTD to get contractions going because with DD it worked like a charm. Sure enough I started getting contractions 3 minutes apart. Although, I wasn't really in labor because when I'd sit and relax they'd slow down. So, we walked and walked and walked.
Around 3am on 10/19 I got sick of walking and the contractions were uncomfortable so we left for the hospital, even though I knew I wasn't in labor.
When I arrived at the hospital they put me on IV fluids and laid me down and my contractions stopped (I knew they would) but they checked me and I was 5cm dilated so they admitted me! Since I was GBS+ they wanted me on antibiotics for 4 hours before I delivered so they started them right away and told me they wouldn't even consider breaking my water until after the 4 hours, so around 8am. Since my contractions had completely stopped I took a nap.
At 5:30 am they started me on a little pitocin just to get some contractions going again and at 6am I got up to pee and my water broke! I progressed very quickly after that (I knew I would my labor with DD was only 3 hours) and by 7am I was 10cm. I had to wait for the doctor to arrive to push, which I was not happy about!
The doctor arrived at 7:20 am and took what felt like forever to put his scrubs on. Finally I was allowed to push! Four pushes later at 7:26am Aralyn arrived weighing in at 6lbs 10.4oz and she was 19 inches long. It was a very easy and very quick labor, I'm blessed.
Since she was born before the 4 hours of antibiotics we had to spend an extra day at the hospital but Aralyn's healthy!

Here's some pictures, sorry I'm too tired to post them directly here so please follow the link:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=34223&l=0bb45&id=504969753

Thanks for reading!

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Unfortunately for me, Things did not go as planned... I really wanted to avoid interventions if at all possible, but that is not the way things worked out! Things took about 28 hours from my water breaking to Leah being born, so my story is pretty long!

I got up to go to the bathroom at 4am on oct 21. While I was sitting there, I felt a pop, and a big gush. I was a bit shocked, because I was convinced I would be over due! I am gbs+, so we went straight in to l&d to get started on the antibiotics. I wasn't having any real contractions, so they sent me home in between courses of antibiotics, and told me to come back for more every 4 hours. We were back and forth to the hospital until 4pm, and labour still hadn't started, So they admitted me then. At 6pm, they started the induction.At 1am, they checked me and said I was 2cm. I was 2cm at my last dr appt on Oct 14, so I had made NO progress in 7 hours. By this time, the contractions had been really bad for about 4 hours. I was getting no breaks in between, so it was like one really long one for hours and hours. I kept refusing pain relief, because I really wanted to go natural. The nurses decided to stop the pitocin to see if I would go on my own, and for awhile I did, but then it started to slow down. At this point, they told me that I would have to go back on the drip, and suggested that I get an epidural, since the pitocin was so hard on my body. When they told me that I might start dilating if I could relax and take a nap, I gave in and got the epidural. I went to sleep for about 2 hours, and woke up about 4:30am, when I started feeling contractions again. They got worse and worse, and even though they topped up my epidural, it really didn't make a difference and I could still feel everything. None of the nurses could figure out why it wasn't working anymore. However, I was at 6cm, so I had finally made some progress! The contractions kept coming hard and very fast, until I finally reached 10cm at 6:15am. The pushing was awful... I had only 4 hours of sleep in the last 24hrs, and felt like I had nothing left. while I was pushing, Leah's hr started dropping, and the dr was talking about getting out the vacuum, and they had to do an episiotomy to get her out. I felt the dr cutting, even though the nurses kept pushing the button on my epidural to give me more drugs. She was finally born at 8:23am on Oct 22 (her edd!), 8lbs, 3oz. She had the cord wrapped twice around her neck, but still managed to start screaming right away. I held her for a few minutes, but then they took her away because I started hemorraging. I was really out of it and didn't know what was going on, but dh said he was really scared because they kept calling for other drs, and he heard them mentioning a blood transfusion. The bleeding eventually stopped, and after I was stitched up, one of the nurses tried to help me to the shower, but I passed out, and a bunch of nurses came running in to put me back in bed. We were in the hospital for an extra day because of my blood loss. Things really didn't go the way I wanted them to, but I have my daughter, and she is big and healthy, so it all really worked out.

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On Monday the 27th October I saw my midwife at around 4:15pm for a 4th sweep. I'd pretty much given up hope that it would work though as nothing seemed to be shifting this little baby at all and I had no signs, except for lots of bloody show, that she was on her way! My midwife wasn't feeling very well so she just did a quick stretch and sweep and then left to go home. About 15minutes after she left (around 5pm) I had my first contraction! After I'd had a couple contractions in a row I decided to start up contraction master and time them whilst I was on the phone to my Mum. At that point they were coming every 7-9minutes or so.

I called Martin upstairs and told him I thought something might be beginning and after a few more contractions decided to move downstairs. At this point, despite knowing they were regular and painful and we needed help getting the kids to bed, his Mum decided to go down the pub with her boyfriend. I can't say I was impressed at all, but really I was beyond caring as I was trying to deal with a lot of negativity, stress and then the pain as well.

Martin called my midwife at around 7:30pm to inform her I was having contractions every 7 minutes or so and she told him to start filling the birth pool and inform her when things got closer together or changed in some way. Martin's Mum went out shortly after and my Mum came over which was a blessed relief for many reasons which I won't go into right now! At this point I guessed I was in this for the long haul as things didn't seem very strong to me compared to my previous labours.

At around 10:30pm my midwife called and asked how I was doing and when she heard the contractions were around 5 minutes apart and stronger she said she'd come and check me over.

Up until this point I was mainly just chatting and joking with my Mum and Martin. I also remember that I kept changing positions just to make sure the contractions would still come as I wasn't entirely convinced I was in REAL labour!

At 11pm my midwife arrived and bought all her gear in and started setting things up and getting ready and also told her back-up midwife that I was in labour and informed labour ward at the local hospital "just incase".

At around 1:15am on the 28th October I was really tiring by this stage. The contractions weren't getting more frequent, infact they were pretty irregular between 5-10minutes apart and not particularly strong anymore. I decided I really needed to lie down on the sofa and at this point the contractions stopped pretty much altogether.

At 2am it was apparent my contractions had stopped and weren't going to restart for awhile. I was really upset and frustrated and tired but my midwife insisted that this was labour and I was having what Ina May Gaskin (sp?) described as a "Rest and be thankful" period. She suggested we all try and get some sleep and wait for them to restart. Martin set up a bed for the midwife in one room, his Mum went to her bed, my Mum and I both slept on a sofa and Martin slept on the floor. I quickly fell asleep, only stirring when I had a contraction. To be honest, I don't really remember them really disturbing me much as I was just so tired I barely woke up for them.

Just before 4am I woke up with a really nasty contraction and the urge to push. I thought maybe it'd been a one off so decided to wait for the next one. It came and was much, much worse. I realised at this point that the pain was too much and the urge too strong. Something was finally happening! I waited for one more contraction and at that point I couldn't deal with the pain of them any longer. I need to get in the birth pool!!! No if's, maybe's or but's... I went to the toilet before I decided to wake anyone up.

At 3:55am Martin went and woke my midwife up and got his Mum up... By 4am I was in the pool and feeling much better! My midwife called her back-up to come over. At around 4:10am I was in so much pain I needed entonox to get through the worst part of the contractions. My contractions were still really irregular but by this stage I was fighting the urge to push and they were really hurting...

At around 4:25am the second midwife arrived and at 4:30am my waters broke midway through a contraction. It felt really strange, they've never broken that far away from the birth before and it just felt like she gave a little kick and then a bit of water came out. There wasn't a huge gush like everyone always talks about...

At 4:38am we woke Tristan, Jaeven and Raistlin up and told them to come down if they wanted too. They were sleepy but all got dressed and came down to watch the birth. By this time I was really fighting the contractions. It had dawned on me that I was going to have a baby soon, and that involved pushing her out and I decided I didn't want to do it anymore so was fighting against the contractions and refusing to push as best I could.

At 5am I had one massive contraction and could fight it no longer. My body gave me no choice at all and she was coming whether I wanted her too or not! I was really dreading the pushing stage for some reason this time, but in reality I didn't have to push at all. She was coming whether I pushed or not. I even put my hand down to try and stop her as I felt very panicked all of a sudden and was freaking out slightly and all of a sudden her head was out! Oh my god the relief!!!!!!!

At 5:02am her body was born into my hands too. It became apparent at this stage that the cord was fairly short and it was tightly wrapped around her neck and her body. It wasn't a problem as such, just I couldn't pull her out the water whilst she was all tangled up and it was tight enough to be difficult to unwrap her so at that point my midwife stepped in to give me a hand. It took me, Martin and my midwife to get the cord from around her neck and body and finally I got my first cuddle!!!!

She is absolutely beautiful. I was so worried about having another big baby as Lacey-Rose had looked really strange at birth and for a few days afterwards but she's gorgeous and not at all bloated! I got some great photo's too of my labour, the birth, the placenta... I'm dead pleased with how the whole thing went!

So the main stats as my midwife listed them are;

Liberty-Hope born 28th October 2008 at 5:02am
Weight was 9lbs 7oz
Apgars were 9@1min, 10@5mins, 10@10mins

Latent labour - 11 hours (from 5pm 27th Oct until 4am 28th Oct)
1st stage - 1 hour
2nd stage - 2 minutes
3rd stage - 18 minutes

Total active - 1 hour 20 mins
Total was latent - 12 hours 20 mins

On a seperate note it snowed the day she was born... It's so unusual for it to snow here in October that I can't help but think that's a good omen for her life! Smile

I'll add some of the less gory photo's in the next post!

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Me, midway through a contraction.


Trying to untangle her cord so we could lift her out the water!


First cuddle!


The boys having a closer look.


Me and my birth partners! Midwife, MIL, Tristan, Jaeven, Martin, Raistlin and my Mum!


Just after I got out the pool.


Me and the boys who were there for the birth!


Raistlin's first cuddle!

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I want to write something of a birth story, but my memories of the labor are quite fuzzy. I do remember pushing and her birth clearly at least. On 10/7/08, which was my due date, I started slowly leaking fluid around 5 p.m. I wasn't sure that my membranes had ruptured, because it was a very slow leak and I had gone in to L&D once before for leaking fluid which turned out to be nothing. I called my MW, who said I could either go in to L&D at that point or wait until morning to see if I'd go into labor on my own. I decided to go ahead in so that they could start the cervadil that night and take advantage of the extra time before I would need to deliver in order to avoid infection. We ate some dinner and went over to the hospital around 7 p.m. We arrived at L&D, and the rapid test for the amniotic fluid was negative. I felt so silly, especially since I'd been through that before already, but then the official lab test came back positive. I was pretty excited, since I knew then that I would be having the baby within the next 2 days.

When I arrived at the hospital, I was only having the same BH contractions I'd been having for the previous couple of weeks, and I was a fingertip dilated. I hadn't been checked prior to that point. The nurse inserted the cervadil, and DH and I just hung out for a bit, reading and watching the candidates debate. Around 10 p.m., I started having stronger, more regular contractions. I tried to go to sleep around that time, but the contractions kept me awake. I got up and we walked the halls, I sat on a birth ball, and listened to some music. The contractions grew steadily closer together and stronger, and I was thinking that I was going into labor and would be able to avoid pitocin. In the early morning hours, the contractions were around 3-5 minutes apart and had gotten painful. At 5 a.m., it was time for me to get up and shower before they started the pitocin. Showering turned out to be very painful and difficult to manage during the contractions. When I got out of the shower, I felt shaky and my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart. I was hopeful that I had progressed well over night.

My MW came to the hospital at around 6 a.m. and checked me. I was only 1-2 cm dilated. I was so disappointed, because I thought I was much farther along. I was tired from being up all night, and I found the contractions then to be painful, and I couldn't imagine getting through much more painful ones later on. She started the pitocin then and said that I should eat some breakfast. At this point, my memory gets kind of hazy. Shortly after she left, I decided that I wanted some pain relief. I had been hoping to have a natural birth, but had been open to the idea of having an epidural if it seemed like a good idea at the time. I had a nubain shot around 7 a.m., which helped dull the pain of the contractions and allowed me to get a bit of rest. I also ate a few bites of breakfast, but didn't feel like more that that. At around 9:30 a.m., I started feeling very nauseous and shaky, and the pain of the contractions was intense once again. I was trying to breath through them, but it wasn't working for me. One of the OBs in my MW's practice stopped by to check on me, and after meeting him I immediately vomited. Nice way to great someone, right? He came back a bit later and checked me, and I was still only 2 c.m. Even though I was leaking fluid, there was still a lot intact, and so he broke what was left of my water. I was disappointed that I was still not progressing. I got sick another time, and the contractions became more painful for me. I decided around that time to get an epidural. I had a lot of trouble staying still during the procedure, but it wasn't actually too unpleasant, and went in quickly. The epidural worked really well, and I started feeling much better after a short time. I was then able to sleep, which was a relief after not sleeping much at all the night before. Around 11 a.m., the nurse checked me and I had progressed to 6-7 cm. I think the epidural helped me to relax and let the labor progress quickly. They called my MW, but the doctor had told her I wouldn't be needing her before 1:30 p.m., so it took her a while to arrive. When she got to the hospital at about 12:00 p.m., she checked me and I was complete. They turned the pitocin back up (they'd turned it down since I was progressing quickly and she wasn't there) and I was ready to push.

I actually really liked pushing. It was hard work, but so rewarding. Even with the epidural, I could feel a lot of pressure from the baby moving down, and I still had the urge to push during contractions. I also had some measure of control over my legs, so I was able to move them into pushing positions. I pushed for a little over an hour. The atmosphere during the delivery was so warm and positive. My DH, my mom, MW, two nurses, and two nursing students were all there. I wound up needing a small episiotomy. My MW was concerned that without it, I might tear forward. The baby was facing the wrong way, and she turned during the last couple of pushes. We were surprised when her head came out that the cord was around her neck pretty tightly. Her heart rate had been accelerating during contractions rather than decelerating, so my MW didn't expect the cord being wrapped around her neck. It didn't cause any problem fortunately. After her head came out and the cord was cut (because it was around the neck), I pushed again and the rest of her body emerged.

She scored 8 and 9 on her apgars. I got to hold her right away for a couple of minutes, and then the nurse took her to work on her for a bit while the placenta was delivered and I was sewed up. She nursed right away. After a while, she and my DH went to the nursery for her bath, and I stayed and recovered a bit from the epidural. We went to our postpartum room shortly thereafter. She roomed in and DH stayed over too.

Although the labor didn't go as I was expecting, I feel really good about it and am just so happy that the baby and I are both healthy. I had been hoping to avoid having a lot of interventions, but wound up with cervadil, pitocin, antibiotics, IV fluids, nubain, an epidural, and an episiotomy. I'm glad I was flexible going in, because I think that given the situation they were all good decisions.

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Keira Julianne
October 21, 2008
7 lbs. 14.5 oz
21.5 inches long

I was finally able to sit down and write out Keira's birth story. It is very long, but it was important for me to sort of get it all down on paper to have for her. So here goes.

[FONT=Verdana][SIZE=2]So it starts with me catching a cold on Saturday. I was taking Reina to a b-day party at Chuck E. Cheese and within the span of 3 hours I went from one little sneeze to full blown runny nose, sneezing and sore throat. Along with this I started to itch very badly all over my body. I found the itching weird and actually went to the Internet to look up itching in late pregnancy. Time and time again I have told myself to not look for medical advice on the internet because it only freaks you out, but there I was and what came up was info on something called Cholestasis. This is when the liver doesn’t process bile correctly and leads to itching and can lead to complication sin the pregnancy, including a higher risk of meconium in the amniotic fluid. To be safe I called Labor and Delivery and they said it sounded like an allergic reaction to something and to take Benedryl (Cholestasis tends to show itching only in the hands and feet). I took some and it relieved the itching for about an hour, then it came back. By bedtime that night, I was really sick and in terrible pain because of my throat and going crazy with the itching. I tried desperately to sleep, but managed only about 2 hours that night. I called L & D again at 2am to make sure this was not something more severe. They assured me it all sounded normal but that I could come in if I wanted to. I decided against it and tried to sleep, but to no avail.

So I was dead tired Sunday and just miserable. I asked my mom to come and take Reina for the day so DH could finish working on her new room and so I could try to rest. I managed to take 2 separate naps of about 2 hours each, loaded up on fluids, and by about 4pm had managed to have the sore throat get much better. My mom and stepdad brought Reina back about 5pm.

At 6:45pm, I started to feel some contractions, but didn’t get too excited, because I had had some on and off for weeks. After 20 minutes, they seemed fairly regular so I started timing them. Sure enough they were about 3-5 minutes apart lasting about 45 seconds. After 1 hour I called Labor and Delivery. They said to go ahead and come in. So DH and I got ready to go. My stepdad came back and got Reina (she was a little confused why she was going back to Grandma and Papa’s house when she had just came back from there – but she was such a little trooper and just went with the flow). My mom followed us to the hospital and we made it to L & D about 9:00pm. Labor continued in the car on the way there, but the contractions were not super intense and I could talk through them, so I wasn’t sure that this was really it.

So they got me started with paperwork and then put me in an observation room to monitor me. The contractions were coming in 3-5 minute intervals, lasting about 45 seconds, but after a pelvic I was still only a fingertip or about 1cm dilated (which I had been the previous Monday at my doc’s appointment). So they were going to let me be monitored for 2 hours, take a urine sample and check again for any progress. So DH, my mom and I were in this tiny room and just talked and watched the monitors. Two hours passed and another pelvic check showed I wasn’t progressing. I had a few high blood pressure readings during the two hours, but nothing too alarming. So they were sending me home as soon as the urine test came back (the lab was having some issues with all tests that night).

Well the lab came back positive for protein. At my previous appointment I had high BP readings and protein. So the doc came in and we discussed that it was looking like there were some borderline symptoms of pre-eclampsia and since I was already in pre-labor, it was her opinion that we try to do an induction and that my body would be favorable to one since I was already starting to labor on my own. Her concern was that pre-e can come on very quickly and that she wouldn’t feel comfortable sending me home. The drawback to all of this is that with pre-e and induction you must go on a medicine called magnesium sulfate, which helps to regulate the BP and prevent seizures and other effects of pre-e. The side effects are an onset of a flushed/hot feeling during the initial dose and then a general feeling of being sort of “out of it”. The other drawback is that you must stay on it for 24 hours after delivery and must stay on bedrest. DH, me and the doc discussed the options and the pros and cons, and decided to proceed with the induction.

They moved me to an L&D room and at 4am, they inserted a Foley catheter in my cervix and inflated a saline filled balloon. This was to help jumpstart labor and to let my cervix “naturally” get to 3-4cm before starting Pitocin. It was a bit uncomfy and I had some contrax right away so I could feel it working, but after a few hours the contrax sort of died out. The nurse said the catheter would simply fall out when my cervix got to 3-4 cm. I also had blood drawn for some more tests. So the hours passed, I could still get up and use the bathroom and all in all I was just getting bored and wanted things to start. Keira’s heartrate was perfect through all of this. My BP was fluctuating, but never was too high. But one of the blood tests came back with some elevated numbers based on my liver function. The doc cam to talk to me and asked me questions about how I was feeling. I went over the entire weekend with her, the cold and the itching, and believe it or not, she said that along with the possibility of pre-e, the fact that I had itching as I described along with the blood test numbers, that I could very well have the condition of Chloestasis. So whether it be pre-e or this Cholestasis, the remedy is to simply deliver the baby – no need for emergency c-sec or anything, and the induction should proceed, but there was no doubt at this point that Keira needed to be born soon so these issues could all be resolved.

At 4pm, the nurse tugged on the catheter and out it came. So this is when everything started moving. By 4:30pm I was hooked up to IV fluids and the Pitocin. It started working right away on the lowest setting of 2 and I stared contracting regularly and stronger, but completely manageable at that point. At 5:30pm, I was hooked up to the Magnesium, and while it was weird to go instantly hot (I assume its what a hot flash is like) it too was manageable. So I labored for a while, the nursed turned the Pitocin up to 4 after I slowed a bit, and then the contrax started coming in clusters. Because I have had a previous c-sec, they need to be careful and let the uterus contract not too quickly for fear of uterine rupture. So they went back down to 2 for a while and then up to 4.

So for the next 3 hours or so I continued to labor with the contractions getting a bit more intense and them clustering which means they 3 to 4 contractions were coming virtually back to back. I breathed through them and was handling it all fairly well given I have virtually no sleep. Breathing had to be done only through my mouth since I was all stuffy from the cold. At about 8pm my water broke. I was in the middle of a contraction and felt a pop right in my pelvis, then about 30 seconds later another pop and then the waters released. At 9pm the contractions were stronger and I asked for some phentenol (sp?) to take the edge off. It did, for about 10 minutes and then the contractions started coming with a vengeance. At 10:15pm, they checked me for progress. I was only 4 ½, still 75% effaced and a +1. This was not what I wanted to hear. I just knew that I could not endure the contractions for several more hours. I was tired and in pain and I could tell they were only going to get more intense since I needed to progress some so I decided to ask for the epidural. The nurse anesthetist was called and was already on the L&D floor, so within 20 minutes he came and inserted the epi. He started explaining about how it worked and to push a button to add a dose if I felt I needed it, but honestly at this point I was a bit out of it, the contractions were intense and I just didn’t get most of what he was saying.

I was lying gone my left side for the next 20 minutes (this puts us at about 11:30pm) and they were testing to see if the epi was working. The contractions were getting stronger and I could feel everything and I could feel things start to panic inside of me a bit. All I kept thinking is how many stories I had heard that the epi was like this amazing relief from the pain and I was upset that just wasn’t happening for me. It was only partially working, so they asked to move over to my right side. Every time I tried to roll over another contraction would come and pain would radiate down my right leg and I would have to stay on the left. They then called the anesthesiologist back to the room to try to adjust the catheter. By the time he arrived I was in horrible pain. He tried adjusting it while I was getting through a contraction. It was at this point I was almost certain that I would end up with a c-sec because I just couldn’t see my body handling this level of pain for much longer. As well as the fact the baby’s heartrate was starting to decelerate with each contraction. They were watching this very closely.

Again they tried to get me on the left and then the largest contraction yet hit and I could feel the pain all the way through my bottom. I was telling the nurse this who immediately got on the phone to the doc. The doc was in the room within a minute had me roll on my back and did an internal. I was completely dilated, 100% effaced and –2 station. I had gone from 4 ½ to complete in a little over and hour and a half.

Then the room was full of activity as the nurse broke down the bed and started talking me through pushing. My mom and DH were on either side of me helping. With every push I was making progress. They put me on oxygen and I focused on getting her out. I push for about 35 minutes and then the doc and student doctor came in as Keira was right there. They had me feel her head. They put the monitor on her head to watch her heartrate. For the next 15 minutes I continued to push her slowly down as the doc massaged my parts to get them to stretch. Then the internal monitor lost her heartrate, they were trying to reposition the external one and I could see the concern on the docs face. She looked right at me and said, “You will push with everything you have and will get her out on the next push.” My mom had stepped aside and the nurse was there holding my other leg. I pushed with all I had and I felt the doc literally take both of her hands and open me up to grab her head and pull and then told me to stop pushing. The cord was wrapped around her neck twice and the doc had that off in seconds and then I pushed and delivered the rest of her at 12:40am.

She was immediately placed on my chest and started whimpering and gave a tiny little cry. No big roar but music to my ears none the less. The pediatrician then took her to check her because she was a little blue. Turns out she was perfect with AGPAR’s of 7 and then 9.

I was utterly amazed I had done it. I delivered the placenta and got stitched up (2 second degree tears) all while watching them take care of Keira and get he cleaned up and into daddy’s arms. It was such a different experience from the c-sec and will probably be the single most amazing night of my life. We breastfed within the hour and she latched so well from the get go. We were moved to a Mother and baby room by 3am.

The true downside to this whole thing was having to be hooked up to the magnesium for 24 hours after birth and be on bedrest. I was not allowed to eat or drink anything for the entire 24 hours. I was hooked up to IV fluids but I was so dry and cotton-mouthed from breathing through the contractions and the magnesium makes that worse that I didn’t think I would go 24 hours without a drink of water. So I was allowed about 2cc’s of water or ice by mouth every hour and they turned down the IV fluids to compensate. Man that was so hard!!!

But in the end, all was well. I just feel like I was put a day behind by having to stay hooked up to that stuff for a full day, but better safe than sorry. The physical recovery has been a bit slower than I thought it would be. But I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

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October 31st, 2008 at 9:40 AM
7 lbs 7.5 oz, 20.5 inches

Birth story:

Our beautiful baby girl was born on October 31, 2008 at 9:40 AM. She was 7 lbs 7.5 oz and 20.5 inches long. I only labored for about 7 and a half hours! The contractions that I thought were real labor contractions on the 27th actually petered out. At our appointment that Thursday, our midwife told us that I was right on the brink of labor, and about 3-4 cm dilated. We decided to not sweep my membranes, and that I would go back on Monday for a sweep if she wasn't here by then. Well, at 2 AM that Friday, I woke up because my contractions were really painful and about 11 minutes apart. I timed them for an hour and a half, and then when Tim woke up to check on the dogs (they were barking), I told him I was having really painful, strong contractions. I tried to sleep between them, but they were too intense at that point for me to keep lying in the bed. So I told Tim I wanted to get up, and he brought my birth ball upstairs. I sat on that, in our darkened bedroom and labored like that until it was time to go to the birth center! Tim stayed up with me the whole time, and we talked and read together (I used a small flashlight so I wouldn't have to turn on the lights). At some point, they started getting painful enough that I asked Tim to provide some counterpressure on my back and that was really helpful. We also took a shower at around 6:30 AM, and I just sat on my birth ball and let the hot water pour over my belly. I was in great spirits, and I felt like I would be ready to go to the birth center in about an hour, so Tim called his parents to let them know (his dad was going to come over to watch Nick). He also called the midwife, Judy, who told us that Lesley (our other midwife) was the one on call and would meet us at the birth center at about 7:45 AM. I kind of felt like that would be cutting it too close, although at that point logically I felt like I would have a much longer labor. It's so cool and strange how your body just knows when to go! Well, after getting everyone situated (Nick woke up at 7:30 AM), giving Tim's dad directions on what to do with Nick, getting the car loaded etc. we got to the birth center around 8:10 AM. Lesley was there waiting for us, and since we were the only couple there, I got to choose the pink room to labor in! Wink Lesley checked me and I was at a 5.5 with a bulging bag of waters. I had to have some monitoring done, and it was SO painful to have to lie there in bed while my contractions were about every 4-5 minutes! Ow!!! Thankfully, we only had to have that done for about 20 minutes and then I was able to get in the tub. The contractions were soooo much more manageable under water! I started to feel them coming closer and closer, but no one thought I was progressing as fast as I was. I remember feeling like I wanted to just be left alone, so I asked Tim to not touch me or look at me during my contractions. When they came, I felt like I wanted to cry, but I would just lay my head on the side of the tub. I did this for about two or three contractions, and then I turned to Tim with my next one and just lunged at him! I hung my arms around his neck and he just instinctively knew I was past my "don't look at me or touch me" phase, and started doing his coaching again. I think I must have hit transition around this time because I felt tears coming down my face, and I said, "I don't know how much longer I can do this, baby." He held me and told me I was doing great, and I was going to be able to do it, and we would be meeting our little girl soon. My contractions at this point were right on top of each other, and it was so intense! I just remember feeling like, "Oh my God, how much longer?!" And then I also started to feel pushy. I told Lesley and Cheryl (the nurse), and Lesley said it was probably my bag of waters wanting to pop. Soon the pushy feeling got stronger and stronger, and I was pushing with every contraction! I had only been at the birthing center about 30-45 minutes at this time, so Lesley didn't realize that I was pushing. I was on my hands and knees in the tub, and I remember looking up at her and saying, "I'm going to need coaching on how to push." She said, "Okay", because she thought I was saying WHEN I push, not that I was pushing right then! But Tim asked, "Do you feel like you need to push?" And I said, "I AM pushing!" So Lesley checked me, and I was at an 8 cm and 0 station. She said, "You still have a little bit of cervix left", but immediately, I felt like I had to push again and I started to do it. So she had me get into the pushing position (my arms wrapped around Tim's legs, with my torso against his), and yep, I was complete! She coached me amazingly well, and Maya started to descend! I pushed for about 10-15 minutes, and I knew I was making progress because I could feel the intense pressure of her head! And suddenly, Lesley was saying, "Here she is!" And Tim said, "Oh my God, look baby, here she is!" I looked down, and there was a gorgeous little baby emerging from me, into the water! They picked her up and put her on my chest, and she just curled up against me, all pink and sweet. Smile She didn't even cry, she was just so content to snuggle! I was laughing and crying, and they said, "Here's your beautiful baby girl!" And Tim was saying, "She's here! There she is!" And the nurse said she looked just like me. Smile We held her like that for a while, and when the cord stopped pulsing, Lesley asked who wanted to cut the cord. Tim didn't want to, but I did! So I got to do that for her. Smile After that, Tim and Maya went over to the couch to snuggle and warm up, and I got helped out of the tub to go deliver the placenta. Lesley checked me over, and I didn't even have one tear that required stitching! I had a laceration, but it was minor and they didn't do anything to it. Such a difference compared to Nick's birth where I had to be stitched up for an hour!

The whole birth was about 7.5 hours from start to finish, with transition and hard labor only lasting a few minutes. If I had to write a birth story out for myself, envisioning the perfect birth, this is exactly how I would've written it. The whole experience struck me as so entirely peaceful, there is nothing I would change. We just murmured and whispered through my contractions - there was no yelling, no screaming, no loudness at all. I whimpered through some of the harder ones, and of course grunted through the pushing, but everything was just so calm and quiet with our music playing on the IPod. It was amazing in every way. Smile

Breastfeeding is challenging because Maya has a hard time latching, but the second time around I knew what to expect so we are working on it! I just keep in mind that it will get easier and easier as time goes on, and that there is a learning curve that we have to get used to - both of us. We have her first pediatrician appointment on Monday!

Nick is adjusting to her well, although he is showing some signs of jealousy, especially because for the past two days he's been hanging out with his grandparents more than with us while we get adjusted to having her in the house. He also likes to go up to her and touch her and pull on her clothes, but doesn't like it when she squawks in her newborn way. Smile I think he's going to be a great big brother once he gets used to her!
I can't wait to see us all unfold as a family of four. It has been an amazing past two years, with two pregnancies so close together! Smile Now life has truly begun for us all!

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We are adopting a little guy who was born in October. We brought him home from the hospital when he was 2 days old. So far he's healthy and doing great!

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Isabelle Anne
October 25, 2008
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7lbs, 19 1/2 inches

On Saturday I started having contractions around 1pm. They weren't too bad, just uncomfortable. They started getting closer together and by the time Bob got home from work at 5pm they were about 5-6 min apart. I tried to convince myself that I wasn't in labor, that if I went to the hospital they would stop and I'd just look silly, so we went to Fred Meyer to pick up a few things. After walking around the store a bit my contractions were about 4 min apart, but still not bad. Bob finally convinced me to at least call my doctor, who of course told me to come into the birth center.

When I got there they confirmed that yes, I was having regular contractions close together and I was about a fingertip dilated. They called my dr, who decided to go ahead and perform the c-section that night since my contractions were just getting closer. So we started prepping for the c/s. They checked me again about an hour later and I was dilated 2 1/2 cm, so my contractions were definetly working!

We went into the OR around 9:30. The spinal went in pretty easily and didn't hurt at all. I started getting a little nervous about everything, so I focused on breathing really slow and steady, which definetly helped. My dr. was also talking and making little jokes which really helped me relax.

Isabelle was born at 10:02pm. When the dr. opened me up she found that Isabelle wasn't breech- she was transverse! She was lying sideways with her feet on the left side and her head bent up on the right side. With the way she was wedged in there she probably never would have been able to turn.

As soon as they had her out they lifted her above the screen for me to see and she immedietly spit blood all over me lol.

She is such a sweet little girl and has a head full of thick dark brown hair, she's so gorgeous! Nursing has been wonderful, she's a very hungry girl and has a great latch- she seemed to know what to do right away. She also loves her daddy so much, she calms down whenever she hears his voice and one of her favorite things to do is cuddle with him .She cried whenever one of the nurses changed her diaper at the hospital, but if Bob did it she would just stare at him quietly the whole time.

My recovery is going well, I haven't needed too many pain meds. Getting up on Sunday and walking around really helped me feel better.

Caleb is adjusting to his baby sister, at the hospital he just ignored her and focused his attention on more exciting things like the curtains and my juice .I'm sure he'll get used to her eventually, right now he just seems confused about who she is and why we brought her home with us.

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Gianna Sophia's birth story...

So, here it is, finally! I went for antenatal testing on Friday the 24th at 1:00 pm. Luckily, Todd went with me. I was 40 weeks and 4 days. I thought everything was good, but as I got up to leave the nurse said she wanted to check with the Dr. on something and to wait in the waiting room. So she called me back after a few and said that they noticed a "D cell" (???) meaning that the baby's heart rate had dropped when I had a contraction and they wanted me to go to L & D right away to have some additional testing. She let me know that there was a possibility of induction so I asked if it was ok to stop at home and get my kids who would just be getting out of school. She said I could if I was quick. We stopped by the house, grabbed the kids and a few things and headed to the hospital.

At the hospital, they looked at the record of my earlier testing and were sort of puzzled as to why I had been sent in, they didn’t really think there was a problem. So they started the testing and noticed that the baby's heart rate was high. They kept me hooked up to the monitors and didn't notice a change so I was admitted. They gave me an IV, hoping that this would lower her heart rate. We started talking about induction. I was hoping to have them break my water instead of pitocin. Unfortunately, when my midwife checked me she said I was still 3 cm and 50% effaced but the baby's head had moved up (!!) a bit from -1 to -3, so she said that they wouldn't risk a prolapsed cord by breaking my water. They made the decision to start the pitocin. I was disappointed because being induced meant that I couldn't deliver in the birth center and would have to be monitored constantly throughout the labor and delivery, but of course we wanted to do what was best for the baby. Ironically, just after they made the decision to induce, her heart rate dropped down to normal. Oh, well.

We were told that the pitocin could take hours to start working so Todd drove the kids home. The nurse said that I would probably deliver sometime in the early morning; I didn't think it would take that long, but didn't say anything. They started the pitocin at about 6:45 pm. The nurse said I started having contractions right away that were 6 mins apart, but I didn't begin to feel them for about a half hour or so and then they were really mild. Todd got back to the hospital around 8, just when I was starting to feel real contractions. I remember saying then that if we were at home that was the point where I would consider myself in actual labor and would leave for the hospital. They started to get more painful and I asked to be checked around 8:30. I was 5 cm and 100% effaced. After she checked me and left, the contractions got really intense and were right on top of each other. I was freaking out a bit b/c I was only 5 cm and couldn't imagine dealing with that much pain for hours! A little before 9 I started screaming for the midwife and everyone started scrambling. I was sitting on the edge of the bed and my water broke. I knew it was happening very fast and the midwife told me to get into the bed. I was definitely losing it at that point, saying that I couldn't do it. She reassured me that there was so much pain b/c I was very near the end. I started to push on the next contraction, but held back a breathed through a bit so I wouldn't tear. With the next contraction I pushed out her head, took a few breaths and then delivered the rest of her. She was born at 9:09, a little more than an hour after I would have considered myself in "real" labor! She was 8 lbs, 12 oz and 21 1/2 inches long. Her apgars were 8 and 9.

In retrospect, it's actually good that I was induced, because an hour and ten minutes would have been cutting it close to get to the hospital and I would have been freaking out in the car. I'm sorry that I didn't get to have the birth center experience and had to be hooked up to an IV, two monitors on my belly, one on my finger and a blood pressure cuff (!!!!) through the whole labor, but I am just so happy that she's here and healthy. I am really enjoying every minute because I know that this will be my last baby. She is just perfect!!

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Andrew Michael was born October 20th at 11:28am. He was 7lb 11 oz and 21 inches long.

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We arrived at the hospital at 7.30am on Wednesday morning and got checked in etc. my OB arrived at 8.30am and decided to skip the prostin gels he had promised- I think as I was already in early labour he wanted to just get the show on the road. Needless to say I was kind of petrified at this stage as I was banking on the gels doing the trick. So he broke my waters and then the midwife started the Syntocin drip. Holy moly that stuff kicked things into high gear- and I was only on a tiny dose (3ml?). Contrax started coming hard and strong every 2 minutes. By 11am I was feeling really spaced out and sick. The midwife said I could get the epidural in an hour if I felt I needed it, but to give baba a bit more time to move down. DH was feeling quite helpless at this stage and I was just trying to get through each contraction. By 11.15am, I started vomiting. It seems thats how my body copes with pain, the same thing happened in labour with Ailbhe Lol So when the midwife saw this she was happy enough to ring the anaesthetist!!! The joys of being in labour in office hours, epi was in by 12.45 and fully kicked in shortly after. By 3pm, I was fully dilated! We chilled out for another wee while as bab's head was still quite high. The epi was turned right down and I started to feel everything again. At 4.10pm I started pushing and the midwife called my OB at 4.40pm- his rooms are in his house across the road so he was straight over :grin: Baby was fairly slow to come out- probably due to my fear- but at 4.52pm Rían Aindreas was born. He was blue so got whisked over to the warmer. He weighed 4170g or 9lbs3oz and was 53cm or 21 inches. No wonder he was causing me so many pains when he moved!!!! I had no stitches as I only had a graze- after my 7lber Ailbhe ripping me to bits last time Lol so its true that the pudgier babies are easier to birth I think!!!
I'm BFing and just waiting for my milk to come in now on day 3. My nips are killing me and letdown makes me shriek, hopefully it will be easier when the milk is in properly. He was 3840g on discharge so he didn't lose too much weight in hospital. Rían is super placid so far, and Ailbhe is thrilled to bits with her brother!
Oh, the only thing I will say as a second time mammy which is worse than the first time- holy afterbirth pains batman :eek:
Rían is pronounced Ree-an and is the Irish for Ryan, meaning little king :grin: so now we have a Diva and a King, aren't we lucky!!!!!
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Birth: 9lbs3oz, 53cm
2 weeks: 9lbs
4 weeks: 9lbs6oz
6 weeks: 9lbs8oz, 57cm
8 weeks: 9lbs11oz
10 weeks: 9lbs15oz
12 weeks: 10lbs2oz, 61cm
16 weeks: 10lbs6oz
17 weeks: 10lbs11oz
18 weeks: 11lbs

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Okay, so I am obviously posting this waaaaaay after the fact. Nearly two years after, to be exact.

Two years ago today... September 25, 2008 was my due date. I had a doctor's appointment that day (which in my mind was adding insult to injury since I was obviously still pregnant and sooooooo ready to have this baby). There was no change from the week before. I was 1cm dilated, 75% effaced, and the baby was very low, at -1 station. I was so frustrated that I was no closer to having this baby that I went out to the car and bawled my eyes out.

I really wanted to avoid induction, c-section, etc. I really, really wanted to have a natural birth. I had practiced relaxation techniques, I had a doula, etc. But the doctor I was with at the time (and most doctors in this area) would only let me go one week past my due date. So the whole week between my due date and my induction date, I did everything I could possibly think of to get labor going. Nothing. Maybe one contraction. Maybe.

So, at 11:00pm on Wednesday, October 1 2008 we arrived at the hospital so that my induction could begin at midnight. We were pretty nervous, being first time parents and all. We got checked in, got to our room, everyone was very kind and helpful, and by midnight or a little after they had inserted whatever they used to ripen my cervix (I forget what it was... cytotec, maybe?). They told us to get some rest. My husband (after complaining about how uncomfortable the pull-out chair was) went to sleep. I couldn't sleep, so I lay there listening to my ipod. The cytotec did start some contractions, although for my entire labor they had a very difficult time picking up my contractions on the monitor. My father in law (who is an OB) thought this was odd because he with my body build it should have been easy, but that was what happened, so what can you do?

At some point in the wee hours of the morning I heard a terrifying sound. The sound of my daughter's heart rate (on the monitor) dropped suddenly and drastically. My nurse came in immediately and started checking things out. I couldn't get my husband to wake up, and it was just really scary. My nurse called my doctor, who suggested that the nurse reach up inside and tickle the top of the baby's head (may I just insert that this was possibly the most painful part of the entire childbirth experience). That did the trick and her heart rate returned to normal. But now I was freaked out, and very frustrated that I couldn't get my husband to wake up and to grasp the seriousness of the situation. So at that point I had him call our doula (who is also a family friend) and let her know that it was time for her to come. She would have come to the hospital with us in the first place, but I had told her she might as well get some sleep and wait for labor to actually start. I think she arrived at about 5am, but I'm not totally clear on that.

Unfortunately, maybe around 6am? Not sure on the time, but there was a staff change, and I got a new nurse. She was the only person that I didn't care for during my hospital stay. Everyone else was beyond wonderful. Anyway, she started me on pitocin. I was nervous about this since we had the decel scare a few hours earlier, but she dismissed my concerns. Everything continued just fine for a while, although the contractions were definitely more intense. The pitocin caused me to have tetanic contractions (one continuous contraction instead of a rise and fall), so that was less than fun to do with no pain meds, but I was handling things okay, and sitting on the birthing ball helped.

I think it was around 8:30 or 9am my doctor came in and broke my water. The contractions (or should I say contraction, since I was having one continuous one?) became very intense. For the next several hours, I was in a lot of pain, and we had several more instances of the baby's heart rate dropping. The would roll me from side to side, give me oxygen, pump me full of IV fluid, etc. to help her, and each time it came back up, so they allowed me to continue laboring. At one point, they all ran into the room saying that we had to go to a c-section immediately, but then her heart rate came back up and they said everything was okay to continue. Looking back, that should have been my clue to opt out and go for a c-section, but hindsight is 20/20. At some point during this time the nurse that I didn't like was called in to help with a c-section (it was a VERY busy day in L&D), so I got a new nurse who I liked much better. That was definitely a blessing!

At about 1:30pm, still having tetanic contractions, I finally gave in and asked for epidural. I had been having one continuous contraction for about 8 hours at that point. About 20 minutes after getting my epidural, the baby's heart rate dropped again, very low. Nothing they did was helping to bring it back up, and it was terrifying. We were losing her. Apparently my blood pressure also dropped really low at this point (I have a tendency to low blood pressure and had been setting the alarm off on the machine every time it checked me and it wasn't a big deal, but husband said this time it got REALLY low and they were concerned). So they prepped me at lightning speed for an emergency c-section. They left my husband behind because he couldn't get the O/R gear on fast enough. I had about ten people around me (including the director of L&D) running my bed as fast they could to the O/R. An O/R team was running down from another floor to meet me because they already had a c-section in progress and we definitely could not wait for them to finish. It wasn't until I got into the O/R and the anesthesiologist started talking to me that I realized they were putting me under general and I wouldn't get to be awake for my daughter's birth. It also made me realize exactly how much of an emergency this c-section actually was.

It was probably best that I only had about 30 seconds to panic about this before they knocked me out. My husband wasn't allowed to be in the room since they were putting me under general anesthesia. They had the baby out in about 30 seconds. Her 1 minute apgar score was a 2. But praise God, they got her "jump-started" (as my doctor put it), and her five minute score was a 9. She was 100% fine after that. While they were sewing me up, they allowed my husband to come in and see the baby. He got to carry her to the nursery. Then he went outside to get some fresh air and completely lost it. He pulled himself together, called both of his parents (they're divorced), and then called my parents. He lost it again while he was on the phone with my mom and they cried together. He thought he was going to lose both me and the baby, and the relief of everyone being okay was too much to handle.

So I woke up from the anesthesia and the only person in the room with me was the nurse (they wouldn't allow anyone else in until I was awake). I closed my eyes and when I opened them again my doula was with me. I asked where my husband was and she said he was getting some fresh air. He walked in and his face was GRAY. He looked awful. In fact, that was the first thing I said to him... kind of funny considering that I was the one who had been up for about 34 hours, gone through 13-ish hours of labor, and just had major surgery. He knelt down by my bed, put his head on my arm, and promptly lost it all over again. Poor guy! So in my groggy state I think I asked something like, "do I have a baby?" and my nurse immediately called the nursery for them to bring her to me.

So about an hour/hour and a half after she was born I met my daughter, Caitrin Elizabeth. She was 7lbs 6oz and 20 inches, born at 1:54pm on October 2, 2008. And she was MAD that she had not yet been fed! The hospital staff were wonderful and very supportive of breastfeeding, so they hadn't given her formula because they knew I wanted to nurse her as soon as possible. She had a great latch, a very strong suck (ouch!) and did great right from the start. I was sore for a while at the beginning, but my milk came in quickly and she nursed great up until her first birthday, when she decided she was done and weaned herself.

The word thankful doesn't even begin to explain my feelings concerning my daughter's birth. I am SO thankful that we were both okay. And I'm thankful that I healed well and quickly from the c-section. But just because I had a healthy baby, doesn't mean that her traumatic birth didn't effect me. I had post traumatic stress syndrome, in addition to the typical "baby blues." I had nightmares about hearing her heart rate drop for months afterward, and I had to mourn the loss of the birth experience I had wanted to have. I had never, in a million years, anticipated not being awake for my daughter's birth. I am still so sad to have missed that moment, even while I'm thankful that they were able to get her out alive and healthy.

Even after two years, I get extremely emotional when I think about her birth and how it all happened. But mostly I'm just grateful that she's here and healthy, and that I'm here and healthy with her! Now we are planning to start trying for number 2 very soon, and I am hoping to have a natural VBAC. Although I really do like my OB, I have found a practice of nurse-midwives who will let you go two weeks late if need be, and I think I'm going to go with them for my second attempt. It is scary and exciting to think of going through this again. My prayer (aside from everyone being healthy) is that I will be able to be awake for the birth of my second child. We only plan on having two, so this will be my last chance to actually experience the birth of my child!