Congrats!! I can't wait to hear all about it.
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
Thanks so much, I've just posted his birthstory so here's the cut and paste of it. This was a pretty short lodge lol, but it was great to have, and I was able to keep a portion of the birth natural (even though I begged for the epi )
He's a wonderful little nurser and has the best little expressions, I'm head over heels in love
February 25, 2011 @ 12:15am
I'm just getting a chance now to get on here, we got home from the hospital today and it's been a whirwind of guests and a sick toddler. Bill is holding the newbie and i'm holding a beer WOOT.
So as you all know, I had my weekly NST/BPP/blood draw on Thursday. Well of course I waited a good 6 hours and the OB checked me and said I was super soft and 2cms, very favourable for induction, she gave me the choice to have the baby Thursday or come back next week, I was going to say lets go for next week, but the OB also mentioned that because the tests went so well she didn't want to tempt fate and have something go wrong in the next week which she had seen before, so I made the decision to say ok, lets go for it. At my BPP the baby was estimated at 7lbs 7ozs, I know they can be off but I felt he was a good size and wasn't concerned about a too small baby. I called Bill and asked him if he was ready to have a baby, the smart a$$ said only if we could get the hockey game in the labour room, so I agreed (I love me some hockey).
Bill ran a few errands and I got the cervadil (sp?) put in. The cramping started pretty early, they monitored me for an hour and them I was set free to walk on the labour. The cervadil was pretty bad I have to say, I wasn't expecting it but the cramping and pressure on the cervix was almost unbearable, I asked about an Epi and was told I wasn't even in labour yet. So I got in the jacuzzi tub and fell asleep for 2 hours, Bill came in between periods (yes we got the hockey game lol) and refilled the tub for me. around 11:30 they got me out of the tub to check me and said I was at a 3-4 and decided to break my water to get things started (STARTED????) that's when it all went fast, as soon as she broke my water the contractions started big time, I cried for the epi, thank goodness the epi god was in surgery and couldn't get there for a while. The contractions were crazy, one on top of the other, I tried to keep my tones low but as I progressed I could feel my tones get higher pitched and less controlled. My secondary midwife was there and excellent at keeping me grounded. My body started pushing and I was told to stop, (suuure, tell my body that) they checked me and I was at an 8, this is about 35 minutes after my water broke. The anesthesiologist got there and they checked me again and said I was full and ready to push, they said if I still wanted it I could, I said no, get this kid out, my body was involuntarily pushing and I could feel him dropping into the birth canal. A few good pushes and he was out. So 45 minutes of actual labour although I had quite a few hours of pain.
He was super waxy and super perfect, his apgars were 8/9 as he was a bit floppy at birth and required a little bit of oxygen, but nursed like a champ right from the get go. Bill and I agreed on William (after Bill of course, or as my mom jokes, Prince William lol) and Brian after my mom's DH who has been an amazing grandfather to Aidan and put up with my teenage BS when I was younger lol) I'm still getting used to his name as we know it wasn't my first choice, but I know before long I won't be able to imagine him as anything but a William.
Bill and I were talking today and he informed me that my midwife was the one who stalled the epi for me, I'm so so so happy she did, I have to tell you that the recovery is night and day between an epi birth and a non epi birth, I didn't tear in either and this one I was up and walking around right away, I feel great, With Aidan I had so many issues with my knees and girlie bits from the long pushing phase. It hurt like hell but I couldn't be happier with how it turned out in the end. I didn't get my home water birth, but I did, at least get the drug free aspect of it that I wanted. Of course the staff was, as always, absolutely amazing. The nurse that was there to assist in Aidan's delivery was there for the first part of Williams before the shift change as well as an old high school aquaintance, it was so nice to have them there.
So without further ado, here he is, William Brian, The pics are big as I'm only cutting and pasting from FB
(Oh and I'm screwed tonight as I haven't been able to keep the boy awake for any significant amount of time since 2pm, it's now 10pm, at least I've been able to get him to nurse YIKES)
meeting mommy from the outside
meeting his big sister and brother
peanut with cheeks
WOOT a dimple
OK off to finish my beer and get to bed in time for the boy to wake up and start a good cluster feed for the night.
What a GREAT birth!!! Yeah I'm misty eyed too. I'm amazed how awesome your body responded to the cervidil! How great that even though you required an induction that you didn't even need pitocin! I'm so glad you are having a better recovery this time, too.
Milk come in yet?
Love the birth story, Allie. I can't wait to hear you tell it in person. You're a champ. And he's beautiful. So glad you're here now little William!
He looks so bright eyed for a newbie! Adorable!
Sounds like things went very close to plan for you. Congrats again!