I am so glad that you don't have to worry about version or a breech delivery. My MW said she'd catch a breech (one of my first questions) and I was so happy to find someone confident enough to do it.
Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam
Go little girl!! Congrats on the flip, that 's awesome How cool that they would deliver a vaginal breech for you as well, I don't think there is anyone in this city that does it!
Thanks ladies!! Now I'm a bit nervous she's going to flip back and forth and forget that she needs to really get into position lol. I know whatever she does it will turn out fine though. Although I have been feeling alot of that pressure that I got through most of my previous 2 pregnancys so it's making me think she's at least somewhat engaged? The one mw did say just by feeling she would guess she was at least -3, -4. (which I totally forgot what all that ment!! lol)
Ok so I thought since 2 boys are at school and the other one is sleeping I can at least start my story.
I had just moved back to NJ after living in UT for a couple years and got a job working at the same hotel as my future dh. I was actually hired to replace him, he was planning on quiting. Well he ended up staying for a few months and we really got to know each other, found out his brother was my sub. teacher in high school and dh had gone to school with my brothers, so knew my family pretty well... just didn't know there were a few younger sisters at the end lol (there's 8 of us) We ended up hooking up during that time. About 3 years later he proposed to me while in Niagra Falls, he's not usually a romantic but it really was just perfect! We got married 7 months later on May 24th, 2002. I asked him if he was sure he wanted to marry me cuz I wasn't sure I really wanted kids, I didn't think I could have the patience for it and honestly, I was enjoying my free lifesyle. Well, after our honeymoon to Cabo San Lucas, it seemed to be taking me quite some time to get my energy back from all the fun we had there. My sister kept bugging me to take a pregnancy test cuz I don't normally wake up at 9am and fall back to sleep at 11am lol. So I finally did and sure enough on June 29th, 2002 I had a positive! I couldn't believe it!! We had just gotten married! DH was shocked but excited.
The pregnancy went fantastic. The only downfall was my dad passing away in Oct. of that year and starting around 5 months I started getting really bad back pain that didn't go away till 2 wks before I delivered. But I loved being pregnant and didn't mind going late. Which I figured I would since my mom was late with all but one of hers and 2 of my sisters were late with theirs. (the other sis. didn't have kids yet) But 6 days before my due date on Feb. 21st, 2003, I woke up to BH that were very steady at about 14 min apart and got closer and stronger as the day went on. At around 7:30pm my water broke, by this time I knew it was labor and was very uncomfortable but stayed home still. Then my sister came over to see how I was doing (she's a doula and she was going to take pic of the birth for us) Once she got there around 8-8:30 she figured we better head on over to the hospital. So we met my mw there, she checked me and I was 9 1/2cm!!! I was sooooo relieved! They got me in the tub and there I ended up pushing for 2 hours, come to find out he had his hand up by his face so his arm pretty much came out with his shoulders OUCH!! But no tears!! He was born at 11:09pm. DH got to cut the cord after a few mins. I was holding him in the tub for a few mins and my sister noticed I was turning white as a ghost, I think I just about passed out not really sure if I did for a min or not, but they got me out and on the bed. Apparently I had passed 4-5 huge clots and several little ones and the water was bright red. They stopped the hemorraging. I was sooo out of it I didn't even realize there was such a concern. My hemoglobin went from an 11 down to a 5.5-6. They kept me in the hospital for 3 nights just to keep an eye on me, I was so weak I didn't care. Thankfully my little boy was healthy as ever weighing 7lb 11 oz, 19 1/2 inches and we named him Jake.
When Jake was 6 months dh decided lets not stop a pg from happening, and I was all for it since I had such an amazing pregnancy the first time around. About 6 months later I took a test and it was pos! Come to find out I was already almost 2 months along. I was still nursing so my periods were not consistent, so I never paid much attention. I realized the last time I had my period was Dec. 30 and it was around Feb 13th when I got the pos. So on to the rest of a wonderful pregnancy, again no morning sickness and this time no back pain!! The only discomfort I had was the last month when I went to bed he would slip into my ribs and they were bruised for 2 wks after giving birth! 7 days before my due date on Sept. 26th 2004, dh and I woke up to go to our part time job, which was cleaning offices with my brother inlaw. While vaccuming and cleaning I noticed I was getting alot of BHs, these were a little stronger. They continued throughout the day, completely not consistent, so I knew it was either very early labor or just a day of doing too much. (if you can do too much when your ready to give birth lol) After finishing our job we went home, and not much, played alittle wiffleball with Jake, and still not much, went for a walk, still not much, then decided to go apple picking, STILL not much. They were getting stronger but still far apart. So at 9pm I took tylonol pm and went to bed. At midnight I woke up to a few contractions and woke dh up to time them real quick, since I wasn't falling back to sleep lol. They were about 4 mins apart, some even closer to 3. So I called my sis that's the doula and she told me to get in the tub and since I could still talk through my contractions and call her in a few hours lol. While I was in the tub Jake woke up and came in to see what mommy was doing, while dh slept on the couch I finally had to call for dh and told him I had to get out and to help me. As soon as I stood up blood started pouring down my leg and he freaked and said we have to go now!! I get dressed and he loads the car which seemed to take FOREVER!!! I thought my water had broke but come to find out it was a huge gush of blood. So a 35 min or so drive to the hospital in active labor (not fun lol), we get there at 4:20am My mw checked me and I was 10 cm!! and my waters were still intact. Because of all the blood she wanted to break the waters to be sure it wasn't from inside the bag, so I agreed to it. The fluid was clear. They give me a heplock so they could give me pit and methagon (not sure of the spelling) because of the hemorraging the last time. I get in the tub and Tyee was born at 4:55am, weighing 7lb 1oz 19 1/2 inches and perfect (again no tears!!) My mw noticed a little bit of blood and made me get out of the tub and onto the bed right away. DH did get to cut the cord. I couldn't believe when I stood up how much energy I had and little pain I was in!! It was amazing!! Anyway, get the pit, meth-whatever, and uterus massaging. Hemoglobin went from 12 to 7.5 this time... much better!! I still had energy!! I could walk and not be nervous about passing out! It was a perfect birth!
So when Tyee was about 21 months we decided to try again. He was still nursing so my periods were JUST starting to become more reg since his nursing was only morning and night. In Oct 2006 we found out we were expecting again! (only took us 4 months to get pregnant again!) This pregnancy was not as easy as my first 2. I was very uncomfortable and getting a TON of comments about it being our 3rd boy. It was very hurtful at times. It made me sad that people couldn't be happy that my little boy was healthy, they were more concerned that it was our 3rd boy. So I was dealing with emotional issues and looking back it must have been SPD I had almost throughout the pregnancy. VERY painful!! I also got every sickness under the sun, pnemonia, sinus infections, UTIs, the flu, I think it had alot to do with me being depressed so my body was just run down. At his u/s they found a white spot on his heart, which I knew really meant nothing but they wanted to do another u/s to be sure it wasn't from downs. I knew it could be a marker but that alone means nothing, but hey dh can get out of work, we can have a lunch date and get to see our LO one more time. Well obviously it meant nothing, he was healthy. So 8 days before my due date, June 16th, 2007, dh and I get up to go off to our part time job again to clean offices. Again while I was vacuming I noticed the BH coming very consistent at 6 mins apart. Then I noticed I was feeling pretty wet with each mild contraction. Figured my water started leaking around noon. So I told dh who had a mindset of "let's get this building cleaned first then you can have the baby" lol I called my mw because I came up pos this time for group B, she told me I could keep walking around if the contractions are bearable and that I just HAD to be at the hospital around 4pm to antibotics. So I'm working with my niece and we're joking around about me being in labor and I said I just wish these contrax would kinda pick up a bit, suddenly a gush of water and a huge contrax. Right away I said oooooh I take that back!! LOL So around 1:30pm I told dh we need to go over to the hospital, which was only 5 mins away. We finally got into the parking lot at 2:15pm (he was still in that mindset we needed to get the building cleaned.... I was swearing at him!! lol) We get to the room before the mw had gotten there and as I was taking my shorts off I felt the urge to push and did. The one nurse asked the other if they should have me lay on the bed to check me and the other said, I think she's a 10, she's pushing lol. So they get me in the tub as my mw walks in. My sis in the meantime knew what was going on and ran to get my boys at dh's parents house and walked in while I was in the pushing stage, I say pushing stage because I hardly really pushed, I let my body do the work and he kinda slid out into dh's hands at 2:45pm. He wasn't breathing right away but I think it wasbecause the birth went so fast and smooth he forgot to take a breathe or cry to relieve my mw lol. So dh cut the cord, they checked him out (he was fine) and I had started bleeding so they got me out of the tub and again, the pit the other stuff and uterus massaging. Hardly lost any blood at all this time. They didn't even consider it hemorraging this time YAY!! Luke weighed 8lbs and was 19 1/2 inches long. Healthy big boy!!!
Now that I typed a book I need to get the boys from school, then eventually I will come back and update on my plans for this next birth. Thanks for reading!!
Thanks for sharing your other birth stories! How scary to have so much bleeding!
I will avoid vacuuming so that I don't start labor like you did!
Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam
Your labors sound absolutely perfect & fast. I can't wait to hear your plans for this birth.
Hi Mel! Glad baby girl turned. I hope she stays down for you to have your natural birth. Good luck!
Thanks ladies!! I've been feeling pretty good lately, which actually makes me nervous that I'll go late this time lol. I know baby will come when she's ready.
So how did this start? Well I was getting baby hungry a couple months before Luke turned 1 but really didn't think I could handle having kids 19 months apart again. It was really hard on me, I went through some depression after ds2. I love having them so close in age it just took a toll on me. So I actually prayed and begged to take this feeling away until I really could handle another LO lol. Well it worked and it went away.... for a few months. Luke turned 1 in June and then in July dh and I started talking about having another one. We decided if we were going to try we'd try for an April or May baby, and if it didn't happen then wait till we sell our house. Then I realized I had just had my period and I was suppose to ovulate sometime the next week, so we got busy lol. I tested on the day I should have gotten my period according to a 28 day cycle and neg. Then a couple days later, neg. Almost a week late I tested again and it slowly became a pos!! I couldn't believe it happened so fast!! I have to admit I was already getting anxity about all our family members making comments about probably having another boy. So we waited to tell anyone till I was 13 wks. Couldn't really wait much longer, I was already starting to get a little pouch We told everyone we were going to wait till the birth to find out the gender, but secretly we were going to have the tech try to take a toilet shot and put it's a boy or it's a girl in an envelope. So after the u/s we got home and we just couldn't wait, so we opened it right away. We couldn't believe it said IT'S A GIRL!!! Still to this day, I'll only believe it when she's born lol. (we haven't even taken the tags off the clothes yet!)
So the homebirth, I actually wanted one with my last one but my midwives didn't do homebirths at the time and as much as they thought I could do it, the one told me I wouldn't be a good canditate because of the hemorraging with my first 2. My midwives actually just started working with a homebirth midwife in the area so I was soooo on board with a homebirth. and since my last birth I didn't hemorrage, they were very willing to attend. I am sooo excited to have this homebirth! And it's starting to feel real, we had our first homevisit this weekend. We now have everything ready for the birth, the tub, the birthing kit, towels, blankets and whatever else. I just can't believe I only have a few weeks left!! It's gone way fast!!!
Great birth stories, TFS! Sending non-hemorrage vibes your way, your first birth story would have scared me to death! Do they have any idea why that happened to you, is your blood just prone to not want to clot correctly? Hope this little one continues to bake until it's nice and ready