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    Booooo! I had to do a couple of those with DS. So annoying! Hopefully everything will come back great!

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    Wow! I love your story! You should be really proud of all the things you've made it through.

    Can't wait to hear more!

    Sorry to hear about the protein, but hopefully you're right that it was just one bad day.
    Mara & Joel, 2009




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    Just popped on here and saw it's almost time! I enjoyed the beginning of your story Your DH looks like someone I knew years ago but I can't figure out who LOL

    Hope your samples come back okay! Sounds like a nerve-wracking pain in the behind
    Connie
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    Here's some more pictures


    This is DH and I at our high school graduation (just had to slip this one in here bc I just found it )

    Belly shots from Kostas's pregnancy!



    I didn't take any in between because I didn't start to show until 27 weeks LOL


    30 weeks


    A very uncomfortable graduation... LOL

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    ~*Shauna*~
    Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
    and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12



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    Love the pics! You're adorable!
    Mara & Joel, 2009




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    Love the face in the college graduation photo!

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    Birth story of Kostas Bryan, July 10th 2007, 8 lbs 8oz, 19 inches

    On July 9th 2007(which is my sister’s birthday) (at 39w6d), at about noon, DH and I were still in bed sleeping (because DH was working graveyard so I had shifted my sleep schedule to match his). I was just starting to wake up when I coughed and felt a small gush. I had been having pretty regular contractions the evening and night before but they weren’t painful and petered out so I had convinced myself it was just false labor. While I was sleeping I did have some contractions that woke me up but I had just brushed them off. So when I felt the gush I thought “No… No way!” But then it happened again! So I got up to go to the bathroom, which woke up DH. As I stood beside the bed there was a much bigger gush and my eyes got big as I said “I think my water just broke!” DH was still waking up so he had a very confused look on his face LOL. When I came back from the bathroom I said, “Yep, my water broke!” So I went and called my Dr and our doula, took a shower and we were off to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital at about 1:00pm and then they hooked me up to the monitors and his heart rate was great as usual. My contractions were registering less than 5 minutes apart and pretty “big” although I just barely felt them. For several hours I alternated between being monitored and walking the halls with DH to help labor progress.

    At my last OB appointment I had been at 2cm dilated and 75% effaced. When we arrived at the hospital I was at 3 cm dilated and 100% effaced. I was very thankful to have at least a little bit of a start to 10cm. However at about 5-6 o’clock the OB became concerned about a spike in my BP (this was right after my IL’s went against our wishes and showed up at the hospital and were trying to come up to our room…) Because of this I was told I had to stay in bed to labor (or I would “have a stroke” ugh that OB was a *itch). This made the contractions much harder to handle.

    Somewhere around 7pm they checked me again and I was still at 3cm! I was so discouraged! I admit that I shed some tears at this point… Soon after this my contractions really started to pick up and got really painful. I don’t know what time it was but when they next checked me I was at 7cm! The contractions continued to get stronger and closer together. What was once moaning through contractions soon became more like yelling… I remember at about 11pm I said, “I don’t care if he’s born on my sister’s birthday, let’s just make this end!” (LOL) But sure enough we passed midnight and it was no longer my sister’s birthday but my due date. I continued to yell and squeeze the heck out of DH’s hand and soon I was at 9cm! I was so happy to hear that except not only were the contractions outrageously painful and close together, but I could also feel my body starting to push on its own. The nurse told me to breathe through the contractions because I still had a lip of cervix on one side. I was squeezing DH’s hand like my life depended on it and “breathing” through the contractions (which I found out later translated to basically blowing spit in DH’s face, he was such a trooper though, he never said a word.) During this the nurse got another nurse and started breaking down the end of the bed for delivery.

    “Finally!” I remember thinking. The nurse wanted me to do a practice push but when she felt how low his head was she changed her mind and quickly went to call the Dr. So I finally started pushing, my doula on one side and DH on the other side, holding my hand the whole time. In the background (I was very focused on pushing) I heard the nurse saying things like “Where is the Dr?” and “I don’t know if the Dr is going to make it!” Then I hear one of the nurses say “We need to get the closest Dr!” So suddenly there was a nurse in my line of vision saying some sort of introduction of who this Dr was that was now at my feet. I waved my hand at the nurse to say “I don’t care, just get it done!” and said OK. The pressure was incredibly intense and right before he crowned I heard the Dr say “There’s the head.” And then I pushed again and she said “There’s the body.” 3:03 am my sweet boy was born! From my “practice push” to birth was 8 minutes! He started to cry and they put him up on my chest. I wrapped my hands around his chubby body and he stopped crying right away. As I squeezed him gently with my fingers I said “He’s so chubby!” and started to laugh. No tears here apparently LOL. When they took him to clean him up and wrap him up and for me to deliver the placenta I had a sudden gender panic… I kind of shouted across the room “Wait, is Kostas really a Kostas?” The Dr said “I don’t know, I didn’t check.” Then the nurse said the same thing and so did DH. Finally I said “Well somebody check!” LOL. Sure enough he was a boy just like the U/S tech had said.

    When they gave him back to me I just stared in awe at this beautiful baby and the fact that I had done it without any pain medication. As I finished delivering the placenta, DH was holding him and it was the most beautiful sight, my 2 boys together… amazing! They transferred us up to the Mother/Baby unit and we sat as a family of 3 and watched the sunrise with our beautiful first born baby. Cloud nine would have been an understatement for how I was feeling!




    I took this myself of DH's first moment holding his brand new baby. I was waiting for the placenta to come out but this moment was too precious to let slip by and thankfully the camera was within reach!


    Kostas just hours old.


    By this point the lack of sleep and physical exertion had caught up with me. (Not to mention some boundary smashing by my IL's...)
    ~*Shauna*~
    Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
    and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12



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    Sounds like a pretty good birth over all! What's the plan for this time? Much different?

    What is the pronunciation of your son's name? Where does the name come from? Do you have a name picked out for this LO?
    Mara & Joel, 2009




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    Aw! It's hard to believe that the big boy in your siggy is that little baby. So adorable!

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    Hey Chickie!!! now i get to stalk you!!! I am so excited for you!!! Eeeek! I can' wait to meet your new baby boy.
    LOVED the "background story"!!! You two ( and Kostas) have been through so much , the strength of your marriage is an inspiration.
    Have the in laws come around now?

    Badwater Basin Y'all!

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