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    OMG, I skip a day checking in, and you go and have a baby on me! I'm so glad it was a great experience and that my input was completely unnecessary to the whole process, LOL! Love the name and can't wait to hear the details.
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    Congratulations, Leigh!!!! WTTW Faye Louise, what a beautiful name! Can't wait to hear more and see pictures!!!
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    congratulations!
    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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    Congrats! Can't wait to hear the whole story and see pictures!
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    I was away from the computer all weekend for my long weekend and birthday! Congrats! Libras are awesome (I'm biased hehehe)!!
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    Yay!! Congratulations Leigh and WWTW little Faye! I'm so excited to hear all the details of her arrival.
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    Congratulations! WTTW Faye! Glad you had the labour you wanted as well
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    Faye Louise M____

    Saturday morning, October 19th, I woke up with the same random prodromal contractions I?d been having for a few days. I?d gone to the chiropractor to release a pinched joint in my pelvis Friday around lunchtime, and that still felt fine, but otherwise things seemed the same as they had for the past several days. I was getting frustrated, but it was Saturday and everyone was home, so we decided to go out for breakfast to our favorite spot downtown (Epic Cafe). We brought Roscoe! (our boxer) with us, and enjoyed some muffins and breakfast sandwiches outside. Afterward, with time to kill but not wanting to make any big plans, we decided to take him to the dog park, and then wandered over to the playground nearby to let Adair burn off some energy. I was feeling tired and crampy, so I mostly sat on a bench in the shade. We went home, had a quick lunch, and then put Adair down for her nap. Since she had slept in that morning, I was feeling awake and instead of napping, spent the time doing some relaxations and positioning exercises, folding laundry, etc. When I did feel contractions coming, I did the abdominal lift exercise from Spinning Babies, hoping it would help get her into whatever position she needed to achieve to get this thing going! And apparently it did...around 4:40pm, I started noticing that the contractions were feeling sort of regular, and decided to time a few just to see if I was right or not. They started out five minutes apart...then four...then three...then two...around 5:45 I started telling Porter maybe I should just call the birth center and see what they thought...Fran was the midwife on duty, and as soon as I described what was happening, she said to come right in. We threw clothes on Adair, grabbed the last minute things we needed, and headed right over, dropping Adair off at my mom?s on the way. A family dinner party we had been planning to attend was just starting, so we got a quick kiss and good luck from everyone, and then got officially on our way. The contractions went back to maybe 3 minutes apart during the ride, but were strong enough I needed to concentrate through them. We arrived at the birth center around 6:30pm.

    Fran got us settled into our room (the one I?d hoped for, with the same bed where Adair was born!) and gave me a quick check. She had filled up the tub, but after finding me at 4cm with some effacing left to do, she said she wanted me to stay out and upright a bit longer to get some more work done on my cervix first. Although the water sounded nice, I was still in pretty good shape, so I said that sounded fine. She got a birth ball for me, and I lay over it on the bed. We hadn?t eaten yet, and were both starving, so since we obviously had a while to go, I sent Porter out for some dinner. He got Chipotle and I ate a few bites of a spicy chicken bowl between contractions. Porter followed the Red Sox ALCS Championship game on his phone and gave me updates as I labored (I assured the midwife and nurse that this was sanctioned ...and we won! Yay!). At some point, Fran brought in a second taller birth ball, and I moved to sitting on that on the floor with my head leaning against the other one on the bed, and circling my hips. I started to realize that I was falling into the same trap I had with Adair?s labor--feeling a sense of needing to ?prove? that it was real labor, somehow, by embracing and vocalizing the pain. I took a moment to think through my Hypnobirthing training, remember that not relaxing was actually working AGAINST dilation and that progress would be the best proof, and call up my peace sanctuary for the next contraction. It worked incredibly well! For each contraction after that, I pictured my sanctuary, and calm flowing down into my abdomen and splashing up to fill and surround it, kind of like filling a glass of wine It really helped me stay on top of the pain and experience it as productive almost every time. Around 8:30 or so, I suddenly felt an INTENSE need to run to the bathroom, and did... sure enough, my bowls emptied themselves during the next contraction--that was not fun. I then had two more very intense contractions right on top of that one, then a small break. Fran came in at that moment to check on the baby, and mentioned that if I thought things were getting intense enough, to let her know and she?d see if I was far enough along to get in the tub. I said Yes, Please. Now, Please. so she did. I think we were all surprised to find that I was already at a stretchy 8! She said the baby?s head was not pressing on my cervix as much as she?d like, but I was definitely okay to get in the tub. Just to try to stay in some kind of upright position. We warmed up the water, and I climbed in.

    I visualized my way through a few contractions on hands and knees with my head resting on the side of the tub, but soon realized that although the water felt wonderful, I wasn?t particularly comfortable that way. My visualization also worked best the more upright I was, and I really wanted to help baby?s position as much as possible, so I turned around and found a comfortable way to squat instead, using the molding on the sides to lower myself down and stretch out my legs in between surges so they wouldn?t cramp up or fall asleep. During surges, as I squatted, I worked hard to relax everything but my legs, leaning my tailbone back against the side of the tub for balance but otherwise going more or less limp. I was breathing and moaning, but not very loudly anymore. I also started naturally (and then consciously) using the ?J-breath? technique I?d learned in Hypnobirthing, which complimented my visualization and squatting position perfectly. Porter maintained the tub temperature for me, and poured cups of water over my back and shoulders during contractions, which felt amazing. He kept saying how calm I looked and what a good job I was doing at checking my whole body and releasing as much tension as possible through my contractions, which also helped me remember to keep doing it! The contractions were very strong and I was relatively quiet between them by now, but still very much present and in control...so different from last time! Knowing that I was progressing so much faster, and feeling that I had good tools to manage the pain made a HUGE difference in my mental state. It was hard, but I was doing it...and I knew it.

    Soon Fran came in, and sat quietly on the bed, making a couple of comments about what a good job I was doing but mainly watching to see what was going on. I said after one big contraction that I had felt her move down, and could now feel the bulge of her head if my bottom touched the tub when I stretched my legs out. She said ?You?re getting close.? and I agreed. After a couple more contractions, she went and got the doppler to check the baby. She was still happy in there, and yes, very low. The doppler was practically on my pubic bone. Fran went and made a note in her log, and pulled the prep cart a little closer. Suddenly, with the next contraction, I felt the baby shift down several inches and suddenly my body went PUUUUUUSHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOAH. I heard myself screaming loudly and it was extremely intense but also felt kind of good to have my body just take over and GO. I tried to make sure to focus the pushing downward this time (pushing ?up? was a mistake I?d made last time with more forced pushing) but really it was almost all instinct. Fran scrambled for her gloves and rushed over to the tub. The pushing contraction ended, and I said ?I can feel her right there!? which was confirmed. Another pushing contraction. I felt her move another couple of inches, and stop just on the brink. Fran said ?Look! She?s right there! Can you see her?? and Porter said ?Honey! I can see her hair!? I reminded myself that slow is good--time to stretch and not tear. Another pushing contraction, a really big one, and I felt the ring of fire...puuuush....POP. Her head was out. I think I said ?AHHH.? in huge relief after that, and everyone was exclaiming. The contractions backed off, though, and now her head was just hanging out there...I didn?t feel it, but apparently she rotated then so that her body turned to sunny side up, even though her head had come out facing down. Porter said ?I see her face, honey!? Fran told me she really needed to get her shoulders, so please just take a deep breath and push. I did (took me a couple of tries to get it right without the contraction to help) but finally out came her body. She was handed to me right away, flailing, and gave one quick cry. I snuggled her in, saying over and over ?Faye! My baby my baby my baby I love you I love you!? It was DONE! She was HERE! After a couple of minutes to catch my breath (and regain a sense of reality outside of BABY!!!), I asked what time it was. 11:24pm...less than five hours since we?d arrived at the center, ten minutes after that first pushing contraction, and still November 19th! Blissed out and distracted, we cooed over the baby in the water for about five minutes. Eventually Fran checked the cord and found that it had stopped pulsing, so Porter cut it. Fran asked me to give another good push to get the placenta out, and with hardly any effort, it came right out. We got out of the tub a minute later and made our way to the bed for cleaning and checking and snuggling and all of that. I had a tiny first degree tear, but that was all. The three stitches weren?t super fun, but not a huge deal, and I had almost no after pain to speak of. My muscles were trembling and I felt like I?d run a marathon, but I was mostly just exhilarated and in love.

    Faye is here! 7lbs 8oz, 20", 40+4



    (more pics soon...gotta go wrestle with photobucket so they're not all huge)

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    what a great birth story! Congratulations again!
    And I agree, 7 hours is just about the perfect length. That's how my 2nd was.
    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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    Wow! Awesome birth story. Sounds like everything went well! And she has the same birthday as me! Excellent choice of days!
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    Rachael & Rob 08/10/08
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    Baby Girl Rowan ~ Dec 10, 2013 ~


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