she's precious Deb!!! such a cutie!
~Ayelet & Yoram
NJ, USA to Israel 12/29/08
Welcome baby boy!! 26.7.13
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What a wonderful family! Love the photos!
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
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Those pics are fabulous! Your DH looks like he's over the moon, and I can't believe how much Cherish has grown since your siggy pic! Emily looks so tiny to me, little toes peeking out from under the dress, just precious.
The number of U.S. states in which a person can marry the person they love regardless of gender: 30 and counting!
Sorry for not getting on here to post a birth story. Little Miss Emily is quite the nurser. She hardly ever lets me put her down, and when I do, there are 5 other kids looking for attention. lol. She has been going through a growth spurt the last couple days, so she has been nursing constantly. The day before yesterday, she let me put her down for all of 15 minutes all day. And she has been waking up every 2 hours or so to eat the last couple of nights. Previously, she was sleeping 4-6 hour stretches. I am hoping she'll get past the growth spurt and start sleeping again. It is wearing on me nursing her all day and then not getting to sleep at night.
Anyway, here's the story of Emily's birth:
I woke up on the morning of the 18th feeling different. I wasn't having any BH contractions, but I was feeling pms-type crampy. I also had a headache all morning, and I usually only get those with PMS. So I suspected labor might not be far off. Then we went shopping, and while we were at the store, I started getting cramps and had to go to the bathroom. (TMI) My gut started clearing itself out, which was another sign labor was imminent. Norm had begun his family leave, suspecting that we would be having a baby very soon and being afraid we wouldn't have time for him to get home from work and take me to the midwife. It turned out to be quite fortunate he was home.
Later in the day, around 3 pm, Norm got a call from his work. When he got off the phone, he told me that he was being laid off from work. When he got off the phone, he broke the news to me. I remember saying "What?!?" and sitting down. Within 2-3 minutes, I felt my first real contraction, at about 3:15 pm. So I guess getting laid off from work is a good way to jump-start labor. lol. After about 3-4 contractions every 4-5 minutes, I knew it was the real deal and called the midwife. She said to come on in.
We got in the car and started driving. As we drove, the contractions spread out to every 6 minutes, but remained strong and began to last a little longer (about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes apiece). When we got to the m/w center, the nurse checked the baby's heartbeat through 3 contractions (standard procedure) then called in the m/w. The m/w checked me and said that my cervix was around 3-4 cm and 70% effaced. (It had been 2 cm and 20% the previous day, so labor was definitely a go.) But she said my cervix was still pretty far back and had to work its way forward, so it might take awhile. She recommended going for a walk and maybe getting something to eat. We considered it, but after 2-3 more contractions, I knew we wouldn't be able to get far. I was also having to pee every 5 minutes, so that would impede our being able to go anywhere.
Shortly after she suggested going for a walk and we decided against it, the contractions were getting pretty intense. I decided it would be a good time to get in the whirlpool tub. The nurse filled it for me, and I got in. She suggested pouring warm water over my belly during a contraction to minimize the pain. So every time I had one, I had Norm pour a cup of water over my belly. It really did help. The labor was totally manageable. I still had to get out of the tub every 5 minutes to pee, which was no fun. The nurse and midwife came in and checked on me occasionally but otherwise left us to labor in peace. The m/w told me to get out of the tub if I started to feel "pushy."
After awhile, the heat of the tub became overwhelming, so I got out and went to the bed. I lay on my side, and Norm rubbed my lower back during contractions, which was as good as being in the water. Labor was still pretty tolerable. Then, transition hit, and I was able to breathe through it with Norm rubbing my back. Then, I told him I felt pushy. The m/w had been listening to me and heard me say that and came into the room. She checked me and said that I was at 8, going to 10 during contractions. She told me to lie there and if I felt like pushing to go ahead and push. I did for a few contractions, lying on my side. In the meantime, she got out the birth kit. She wanted to check me, so I ended up on my back. She said the bag of waters was bulging and asked if I wanted her to rupture it. I said I didn't care. After a few more pushes, she decided to go ahead and do it. That's when things got really intense.
After a few more pushes, the m/w told me to grab my legs. I was on my back, which I totally had not intended. I tried to do so, and my hips cramped up. I remember screaming that my hips really hurt and panicking. the m/w had to yell at me to breathe. She stretched out my legs to relieve the cramps, and I was able to breathe and push out the baby. It was not easy, and I could feel the burning sensation of tearing (which I have always had), and then she was there on my belly. She was born at 6:15 pm. The m/w and nurse rubbed her down with a towel right away. I later found out that it was because there was meconium in the sac.
When the placenta was out, they gave me a shot of pitocin in my leg to help with the contractions. For some reason, I was super sensitive, and the shot hurt like the dickens. I had never had a shot hurt that much, and the spot kept burning long afterward. The m/w massaged my uterus, but I apparently kept bleeding heavily. She was concerned and asked if she could give me another shot to help stimulate contractions. I agreed, and that one hurt just as much as the first one. They probably thought I was crazy, the way I was screaming, but they got me a warm compress, and that seemed to help. The m/w found a piece of membrane that had not come completely out, so she removed it, and the bleeding slowed down after that. They still wanted me to stay for 6 hours instead of the usual 4 hours after the birth to make sure I wasn't going to hemorrhage. And they decided to send me home with more meds to take that night and the next day to help my uterus to contract. Once the bleeding was stopped, the m/w was able to check for tearing. I had a 2nd degree tear, which she repaired. It was much smaller than my other births, which were 3-4 degree.
Emily took about an hour before she showed any interest in nursing, but once she figure it out, she latched on, and she hasn't wanted to stop since. Or at least, it feels that way sometimes. We stayed until about 12:15 am, and were back home a little before 1, less than 12 hours after labor started. It was fast and furious.
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
what a quick labor Deb!!! I'll have to remember pouring the water on my belly if I have another baby!
I'm so sorry about Norm's job. any prospects on another one?
How have you been feeling other than tired?