Sorry you didn't get much sleep the other night, but LOL about the pink balls dream! Too funny. How are you feeling now? Were you able to figure out baby's position? How is work going? I plan to work right up until I go into labor and I am not looking forward to it, but I just keep telling myself it will be worth it in the long run because I will have longer to stay at home with this little guy when he's born.
I can see why she was terrified of the pink balls! I hope she doesn't have any nightmares about unicorns or rainbows.
I have a friend that just had her second baby and she was posterior. She still had a quick labor and it all went really, really well. She had no problems getting her pushed out and did it without any pain meds. I hope that helps give you some inspiration in case you don't get her to shift.
How's it going, Cindy? Any news? I've been thinking about you.
Sorry for being MIA. Our little boy joined the family on October 6th, 2 days before my due date. We named him Lucas Ray and he was 7lbs 15 oz 19.25 inches long. It was a fast labor and overall great, I'll get my birth story up ASAP. Lily and Brodie are in love with him, as are we, and overall he's a good baby.
He stays up for about 4 hours twice a day and sleeps for the most part the rest of the time. My postpartum bleeding is mostly gone and this has been the easiest recovery I've had. My milk is in and I'm producing more than I have in the past but I'm still not producing enough for him to gain weight. He was down to 7 pounds on Monday so I've started feeding every 2 hours during the day and am using my supplemental nursing system when I know I don't have much milk for the feedings. He has a weight check this afternoon and I hope there's an increase in his weight. I have a feeling I'll be able to feed in 2-3 times a day but will have to supplement for the other feedings, better than it's been in the past so I'm not complaining. We did get his tongue tie clipped when he was 2 days old and that helped a lot with the latch and I think the domperidone is helping my body produce milk.
I'll get a picture and the birth story posted soon.
Congratulations on Lucas Ray's birth!
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
11/2012, 12/2012, 2/2013
My warmest congrats to you on your arrival Enjoy every last moment with him!
Ryan and Rachael
Parents to Chase, Abby, Hunter, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah & Nate
~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~
On October 2nd I had my 39 week midwifeappointment. The baby was still in a LOT(left occiput transverse) position and they believed I was still a week out butonce a better position was in place for the baby it would go fast. I finished the week at work and everyone wastelling me they hoped I’d have the baby that weekend, I was prepared to comeback in on Monday. I still didn’t haveany signs that things would happen soon so we planned to hit our favorite hotsprings to soak and swim to try to encourage the baby to move into a betterposition on Saturday.
Friday night Dave and I watched Aliens 3 and I went to bedaround 11:30. At 12:20 I woke to akarate kick that shot straight out from my belly and thought good grief thatwas strong. Then I felt water start tomove and I knew my water had broken. Iwent straight to the bathroom and called for Dave, he had only been sleepingfor about a half hour, to help me. Ittook a bit for him to wake and I had him bring me some clean underwear andbottoms. The water was clear and I wasall of a sudden awake and couldn’t even think about sleeping. I called Kattie to let her know my waterbroke and we decided I would call back when the contractions started. I then bustled around the house puttingthings away and cleaning up then laid in bed with Dave to go over more babynames. At 1:30 the contractions startedcoming and they were initially 5 min apart 45 seconds to 1 minute each. I called Kattie and told her they had startedso she called Stacey and they headed over wanting to nap on the couch and bethere for the birth rather than show up too late. I think they got to the house around 1:50.
I was in bed listening to my Hypnobabies when the midwivesarrived and Kattie checked the baby’s heartbeat and then checked myprogression. I was at 3-4 cm dilated,which didn’t seem like enough to me and I tried to prepare for a longer laborin my head. They rested in the living roomwhile I kept timing my contractions and Dave filled the birth pool. I was feeling the contractions in my lowerback and bum, it was more intense than they had been with Lily and it took alot of breathing through them. Dave keptputting his hand on my shoulder and telling me to relax and that helped get methrough every time. Lily came into ourroom around 2:30 because she had to go to the bathroom and we told her the babywould be coming soon and that she should sleep if she can. My contractions kept progressing and comingon stronger and around 3:15 I had gone to the bathroom and wound up on my handsand knees during a contraction in the bathroom, it felt great so once I made itto the bed I was back on my hands and knees. Dave was giving me counter pressure and Kattie tried to get the baby’sheart rate but my contractions just kept going. I think I had 3 of them hit me right on top of each other and during thethird one I felt a big movement by the baby and we finally were in a goodposition. I also broke out in a mildsweat at thought it was transition but I didn’t think I was quite to that pointyet. I said I wanted to get into thepool and Kattie said the water was still too warm so Dave got up to put somecold water in there and Kattie headed back to the living room. I shot out of bed because I felt like I wasgoing to have a bowel movement and once I sat on the toilet my body started topush and push hard. I hollered that I wasfeeling pushy, which Dave relayed to the midwives, and then I hollered that I waspushing and I couldn’t stop. I had about4 big pushes while on the toilet and could feel the head crowning. I did not want to deliver on the toilet so Igot on my knees on the floor (same place I had Lily) and was on my hands andknees or holding onto the tub while pushing. With Brodie and Lily I was able to push through even when thecontractions had stopped but this time was different and I was only able topush when I was having a contraction. Atsome point Dave woke the kids up so they could see the baby be born and we had6 people in our tiny little bathroom. Ithink I had about 5 contractions and finally pushed the head out and when therest of the body came out I saw immediately that we had a little boy. It also felt like I had major road rash afterhe was out. He was born at 3:47 and itwas so nice lying in my bed afterward with my family around me while we enjoyedour new baby boy. Dave cut the cord andhe seemed completely comfortable with it. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to use my birth pool butthere was no way I could have moved to the pool once the contractions started.
We didn’t have any set names for either sex and as we wereadmiring him Brodie commented that we should call him Luke. I made sure he wasn’t naming him after LukeSkywalker and it turns out he knows a kid at school with that name and likesit. Dave said he liked Lucas and so wedecided on the name pretty quickly. Hewas absolutely perfect from the get go and looks a lot like Brodie did.
The only problem we had was getting my placenta out. With Lily my placenta took a while to comeout and it didn’t happen until after they hooked me up to Pitocin in thehospital, we figured it was from the shock of everything happening how it didand didn’t expect to have a repeat this time. 45 minutes after the birth I didn’t have any contractions so themidwives gave me a shot of Pitocin in the leg and gave me an herbal mixture todrink every 15 minutes. As we quicklyapproached the 2 hour mark I was on my knees, doing nipple stimulation, mentallytelling my body to release the placenta, and praying. We had the conversation on how we wanted totransfer if it came to that and we decided I would go with the midwives and Davewould keep the 3 kids at home so they wouldn’t check Lucas into thehospital. With 5 minutes to the 2 hour markI finally delivered the placenta, I cut it a bit too close. The midwives left shortly after 6 and wespent the rest of the day lying in bed and enjoying the newest member to ourfamily.
Brodie had told my MIL that the placenta was beautiful butdirty with all the blood. I think he gotthe beautiful part from the midwife saying it was beautiful.
My postpartum healing has been great, I was more sore on mybum for 2 days but after that it was very minimal. My bleeding was very minimal and after a weekit has been very light with some days having no bleeding at all. I feel great and haven’t even been toohormonal. The kids have adapted reallywell. Lily loves to hold him and callshim her baby. Brodie is OK with holdinghim until he starts to fuss.
I started taking the Domperidone right away and when he was2 days old I got him into the Pediatrician to clip his tongue tie. The latch has improved so much and my nipplesaren’t miserably sore like they were with the other two. I’m making milk but we’re still trying to seeif it’s enough so I’ve been going I for weight checks every few days. He finally had an increase in weight onThursday and we’ll check him again tomorrow morning. I’ve done a little bit of supplementing withthe supplemental nursing system and hopefully tomorrow we’ll have a better ideaif I’m making enough or need to supplement more. Even if I can breastfeed ? the time andsupplement the other ? that would be a huge accomplishment for me. I’m so thankful that the midwives are asdedicated to help me breast feed as I need them to be. It’s night and day from a hospital and theextra care I’m getting postpartum. Theyeven have me doing ab exercises to get things back to normal.
Last edited by lifeisgood; 10-19-2012 at 10:59 PM.