Congrats Sarah and family! Can't wait to hear all the details about your delivery and the newest addition to your family!
Congrats on another boy! Wonderful news. That last part must have gone fast...as you were just barely posting a few hours before that not much was happening. Glad it all went well. Can't wait for pics and a name. Try to get some rest and enjoy your new baby. :)
Taking a break from studying to say CONGRATS!!!! WTTW sweet baby boy! Enjoy all that sweet tiny goodness.
Grandma, PICS PICS PICS!!
The camera is packed. ;)
Congrats and WTTW baby boy!
Congratulations! You sure had a beautiful place to birth. :D
I'll try to summarize my birth story:
My water broke at about 2:50am.
Contractions were occasional, and nothing more than I'd had since the previous Thursday.
A close friends of ours who has never been able to have kids, and who has always wanted lots of kids, had asked a month ago if she could come to the birth, I texted her immediately (she lives 2 hours our of town). At 8am she texted back and said that she was actually in town! An hour later she texted back to say "oops, I was asleep, I'm actually 2.5 hours away!" She hopped in her car and raced over. She got to spend a day hanging our with me and DH playing cards in our back yard and going for walks - which was great because it meant that DH and I could go for walks while she watched the other kids, but also made me feel a little watched.
I finally managed to convince DH that I cold go for a walk by myself around 4pm, as long as I took my phone with me, and the dog, and I didn't go far. It was nice to go off by myself for a few minutes, but not long enough.
Whenever I went for a walk, I could get some contractions, but only "wussy" ones, as I put it to DH. Ugh.
DSS kept coming and quizzing me "So what's going on?" "Do you fee like you're going to have the baby?" "It won't happen today." "It better not happen today, I want to watch a movie." "Dad, let's go play PS3 games".
Our friend decided to go out and eat dinner with her brother for his 50th birthday.
At dinner, DSS was a real pill... but I'm not sure he really was, just that he's a self-centred typical 13yo boy and I was cranky and frustrated with no action. I also walked downstairs and found him watching a TV show he's not allowed to watch - and he's not even allowed to be watching TV when the other kids are awake. I about lost it on him.
After dinner I went and hid in the little kids' room and abandoned DH to the kids. It was nice to be away from everyone, even Ivy who was being very whiny - she\s usually not too bad, but she was just demanding all sorts of things, hitting her brother and having a tantrum if she didn't get what she wanted. Ugh.
After a while, I came downstairs and tried to make some of my favourite cookies - but we didn't have enough oatmeal so I couldn't. I finally took a brownie mix out (left from Ivy's birthday in May), and made that. I wanted something a little more complicated to get my mind off things, but no such luck. It took a full 5 minutes to put it together. I was hoping for a 20-30 minute distraction!
Then I came outside (about 8:30 now), and DH and I put the kids to bed.
This is when I got my first couple "real" contractions - well, I did have to move a little through them, but they were still 20 minutes or so apart. I called the MW (Heidi) just to let her know things were changing. She let me know that she had absolutely nothing else she was waiting for or doing, so just to tell her if I wanted her to come.
Around 9:15pm, DH said that he would like to have some friends over just so they could deal with the kids. So I called the friends who have come to 2/3 of our last births, and asked if they could come over in about 45 minutes. I knew that they would be subtle, and probably just disappear into the basement. In fact, they showed up and took DSS to McDonalds which was even better, and then disappeared in the basement! Meanwhile, Ivy got up again and insisted on getting up again and reading a million books read to her.
And then our friend who's a photographer showed up... Now that was strange and disconcerting. Not only had I never laboured with anyone other than DH around, but she was taking pictures! Meanwhile, contractions were still about 6-10 minutes apart.
Our midwife then showed up. She was excited. And then our other friend came back from dinner with her brother... Now I was being watched by 4 people and really rather annoyed, but trying to do my best with not being upset or put out, or even put off. After all, I had called them all over! I must say that next time (if there is one), I'd prefer back to "call the midwife once contractions are 2 minutes apart" if there is that option! I told them that I felt like a racehorse pacing around my stall (we were out in the sunroom), and I was walking around the room between contractions.
Anyhow, after about 5-6 contractions that were closer together and more intense, I decided that I had to go to the bathroom. My MW asked if she should go with me, and I declined, telling her that if I wasn't back in a little while that she should come find me. I went upstairs to the on-suit tiny 1/2 bathroom. Suddenly, contractions were a lot closer together and more intense. I had a couple on the toilet, but then I suddenly needed to stand up over the sink. After a couple, DH suggested that I go to the hot tub. I wasn't feeling ready for that, so I decided to wait. After another one or two, I told DH that after the next one, he could tell Heidi to come up. The next contraction, though, was suddenly more intense and I felt like I might be feeling like pushing, so instead I got DH to take me down to the hot tub (I could have done it myself, but in case another contraction hit I wanted him there).
We got down to the hot tub and another one hit just before I got in, but I managed to get my shirt off before I got in. At that point it got really intense and very painful. I don't remember either of my other 3 births being that painful. I do remember Reed's being contractions on top of each other, and that Ivy's was quite painful at the end, but this was just frustrating because I had three long, intense pushing contractions and I just wasn't getting anywhere and they HURT! I said as much to Heidi ("I don't think these are doing anything"), and she said a very unhelpful "it sure sounds like you're working hard", and I was frustrated. Then another contraction started and she suddenly said "Are you feeling pinching in the front of your pelvis?". "YES! TONS! It's so painful!" "OH! You have a lip of cervix yet to go - try rolling over on your back and it should disappear." Now THAT was helpful! And I tried rolling on my back and floating there, and then on my front again, and then on my back again. It was really horrendous.
And then everything happened at once. I suddenly needed to squat (I leaned on DH). DH told our friend to get the kids. Heidi got into the tub. And our friend who couldn't have kids started bawling. And then the head crowned, and I pushed him out in about 3 pushes.
DSS was upset by my vocalizing and didn't want to come out until baby was out. Then he stripped off all his clothes and jumped in the hot tub too!
I guess somewhere in all that, The MW said "I bet only 5 pushing contractions", and despite seeming like forever, I guess it was only 6!
Active labour was 1h 46minutes - including the 22 minutes for the placenta to be pushed out!
And then I let DSS tell everyone whether it was a boy or a girl, and he cut the cord (though he was terrified of hurting either of us, and he was upset by the bleeding).
Many, many congratulations Sarah on the birth of your sweet baby boy!!! So happy for you and the whole family!!
Another beautiful birth story... reminded me a lot of my birth with Grady. Nothing for a LONG time, then really fast at the end. I'm so glad it went beautifully and all the kids were there to welcome him into the world. Can't wait to 'meet' him! :) :) :)
Congrats on the arrival of baby boy! Sounds like the whole experience was ok, but not ideal for you. Hope you're recovering well and enjoying your baby!