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    congrats virginia!!! i guess all that on and off did something - 2 hour labor!!! intense! rest up and get your iron levels up! 2 very good sources (aside from meat!) are nettles and chlorophyll, if you can get your hands on some. wttw baby arthur!!
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    Congrats on new baby Arthur. Hope you are feeling a bit better now. Short labours are so intense, glad you made it through!
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    We're home!

    Birth Story (starting after all the start-and-stop stuff)
    The pressure and flood of fluid caught me completely off guard when I rolled over in bed at 10:45pm. My water had already broken. How could this be happening? My first thought was that it must all be blood. I rushed to the bathroom and was very relieved to see pink, not bright red. It kept coming. And coming. I had two strong contractions roll over me before I got somewhat cleaned up. I woke DH and told him this is it. Get ready now. Between contractions I called his parents to come over. I told them “baby means business, but don’t run any red lights.” Before they arrived I wished I had told them to just hurry. I let the midwife know I was coming in then sat on the birth ball. With another gush I soaked through the huge post partum pad and my pants. I changed and then paced between contractions, wondering why my ILs were taking so long. Finally they arrived. They tried to wish me luck, but all I wanted was to get to the hospital. Fast! At the hospital DH dropped me off. He wanted to walk me in, but I knew there wasn’t time. They sent me to triage and had me fill out forms. WTF? Forms? I was ready to be in L&D. Now! When DH came in they sent us up. It was maybe 11:45, but I felt like everything had taken way too long. I walked into the delivery room and they put on the monitors. The contractions were coming fast and each was a wave washing over me and pummeling me. It was a struggle to stay on top of them. The midwife checked me. I was 6cm and 80%. Baby was at -1 and she thought maybe posterior. People kept asking what would help me cope. I just wanted them to leave me alone. I did ask DH for ice on my neck and face. Each contraction made me feel like I was burning up. They kept washing over me. I tried hands and knees and tried hugging a birth ball and rocking. The pain reached all the way down to my knees. I had been shaking since labor started, but it got worse and worse. I said, through clenched teeth “These are getting had to handle.“ When I felt some pressure I asked to be checked again. I was desperate to know I had progressed, even though it had only been half an hour. I was 9cm, 90%, and baby had moved down to +1. I reminded myself of what the nurse had told me during DS2's natural birth. “He’ll probably be out in fewer than 10 contractions.” It sounded like a lot, but I knew I had no choice there wouldn’t be time for pain medicine. All I could do was wait it out. Somehow. As the midwife told me to listen to my body and start pushing when it told me, I started counting contractions after they peaked and started to fade. “That’s one. That’s two. That’s… push.” I could feel the baby descend with every push. Then the fire hit. The contractions spaced out just when I wanted them closer together. I was ready to get this baby out! I didn’t want to kneel there with the burning pain. I tried to wait and just push with contractions. His head was halfway out and the MW kept telling me to listen to me body. I did, but I also listen to the nurse: “His heart rate is at 80,” Contraction. Push. “we’re at 50.” What? I was not doing another baby with low apgars and NICU again! I had been pushing with everything I had, but with the next push I somehow found a little more. And then a little more. I held it and held it, gasped a breath and did it again. And again. Finally, his head slid free. I wait for the rest of his body to follow. It didn’t. Now there was a little urgency in the midwife’s tone when she told me to push hard. With a push and a good yank, his shoulders slid free and he was finally out! He was put on my chest. For all my worry, he was screaming and wiggling. The midwife waiting for the cord to stop pulsing and then convinced DH to cut it. The placenta came out maybe 10 minutes later, but not before I lost a lot of blood (probably my cervix dilating undercut the edge of the placenta). I was shaking hard and felt shocky. My first thoughts upon holding my baby were “why did I do that to myself” and “he’s kind of ugly”. Not exactly the sweet, loving maternal thoughts I had hoped for. The abdominal massage and after pains were brutal. I was ready to be done with pain. The midwife and nurses were practically high-fiving me and each other. I felt like blindsided and could not process what had just happened to me. The whole labor I had just focused on hanging on and getting through it. I don’t know why everyone thought I had handled it well. I had been overwhelmed. It was just that I knew there was nothing I could do except somehow endure until it had passed. Yes, I did it. Maybe it was amazing, but I had no choice. What could I have done? Complained? Yelled? That would have taken energy I need to handle the next contraction.

    I'm still amazed that I had such a short labor and such a big baby. I have to say, if I got to choose, this labor is not what I would do again. I would much prefer a repeat of DS2's 7 hour natural labor. With this one there was no gradual increase in intensity. It felt like I was thrown into transition from the start. Arthur is a wonderful baby and I'm completely in love. He is one of those who will not accept being put down for more than a moment, so that combined with the anemia should make recovery interesting. Thankfully, DH is home for a while.

    and yes, he looks a lot like his brothers!
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    Congrats and rest up!!
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    Wow, what an experience. I have heard that short labors like that are pretty awful...and I totally hear you on people saying you are doing so well--my midwife and DH kept saying "You look so peaceful and zen during contractions, it's amazing!" and me saying "Uh...nice that I LOOK so relaxed...!!!" But you DID do a good job by hoarding your energy and not freaking out, and calling on your knowledge of birth to help you handle it as well as possible...and he is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations and WTTW, Arthur!

    Now rest up and use that DH while you've got him! So glad your blood loss didn't lead to anything terrible. Take care of yourself, though. That's a lot your body just went through!
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    PS Faye doesn't like to be put down much either but I did discover that if she's full and dry and drowsy she will cuddle up and sleep in the Boppy pillow thing. Sometimes for hours! I think it's just the right amount of support and angle for her. She doesn't much like the swing or bouncy or being laid on a flat surface, but that pillow is a godsend when I really need to get stuff done. I've also been wearing her in the ring sling a lot, which does give me two hands, but it's not exactly the same and being completely functional. Maybe over the next few days you'll find something that works well for yours too...they all come out with their own quirks, don't they!

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    Congrats! You did a good job mama!
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    I forgot my little victory. I only had a tiny tear!
    big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
    middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
    little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
    baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
    8.16.12 & 12.16.12

    TTA, but would welcome a surprise


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    What an incredible story! You did do a great job, that's exactly what you needed to do with such a short, intense, birth -- focus on conserving your energy and getting the job done. So funny that you were counting contractions! That's great that you remembered that there *would* be an end to it, and soon. And I love that your body knew that he was going to need to get out quickly once things got started, and it waited until it could make that happen.
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    Yay for not tearing! The birth although intense sounds pretty incredible. You did an amazing thing momma! Hope you are resting and enjoying snuggles with your little one.
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