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    Below is our arrivals list. Please feel free to post your birth story here too!

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    ~Kristina~Kristina29Dec 18Jesse31Ayden 7, Kailey 5, Ashlyn 3, Dylan 1MichiganRiley AaronDec 8 01:49 AM9lbs 14oz 22.5”B

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    4luvsKristin9yr. old boy, 7 yr old boy and 3 yr old girlHoustonColton Grant Nov 23 12:00 AM6 lbs 11 oz 19”B

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    alisamarie13Alisa27Jun 29AJ25Seattle, WASophia IsabelleDec 18 05:56 PM8 lbs 3 oz 21 ¾ “G

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    amanda.Amanda23Spencer23Landon 2AlabamaBenjaminNov 20 12:00 AMB

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    Angela1MVAngela23Nov 527Northeastern TennesseeZachary Tiberius VDec 10 08:03 AM6lbs 3oz 18.5”B

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    Angief_05Angie25Sep 23AnthonyKansasOsiris Kingsley Nov 11 02:29 PM6 lbs 15 oz 19.5”B

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    annestacyAnne32Jack33Central New York stateJohn Leeman DeWolf S, (the fifth) (Aka "Jack") Dec 28 11:00 PM7 lbs 1 oz22”B

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    Brittany D.Brittany25Jun 11Bret24Reno, Nevada - 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe ChaseDec 24 09:20 PM8 lbs 5 oz B

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    brookie13Brooke23Oct 20Jamie24DS – Paxton Feb 08Southwestern Ontario, CanadaHayden AlexandraDec 5 07:40 AM7 lbs 10 oz21”G

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    CalBearJennifer33Dec 3Christian34Jacob – Nov 06Southern CaliforniaKennedy NoelleDec 2 12:00 AM5lbs 1oz 17 ¾”G

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    cbus30Christina31Mike33Mackenzie – Mar 08San Antonio, TXKyleigh AddisonDec 2 10:54 AM8 lbs 6 oz21”G

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    Cheeky78Amanda31Feb 19Shawn31Ryleigh – 2Oshawa Ont, from TorontoReese IvyDec 12 09:01 AM8.02 lbs21.9”G

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    cheesecake39Kim26Apr 3Stew30Lucas – 21 mosIndianaQuintonDec 21 12:00 AMB

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    cmljllConnie34Feb 2Jesse32Ethan – July 07South LouisianaGabrielDec 11 01:00 AM6 lbs 6 oz 19.5”B

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    DaffodilsLeah24Dec 12Steve23Columbus, OHIssac MyronOct 19 12:00 AM2 lb 16 oz16”B

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    DaffodilsLeah24Dec 12Steve23Columbus, OHGabe RollinOct 19 12:00 AM4lb17 ¾”B

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    DanswifeToni25Oct 15Daniel27From Louisiana but Army has us in North CarolinaLanie MarieDec 5 08:15 PM7 lbs 9 oz20”G

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    DiorGirl82Jackie27Feb 13Tom27Madison – Dec 08Northern suburb of ChicagoDakota MarieDec 7 03:56 AMG

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    Dixiemom1stNicole28Oct 30Jamie30Coleson – Nov 07OntarioSarah AnnDec 10 08:50 AM7 lbs 8 oz19”G

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    firegirlredRae29May 8GabeKaley – 2.5 yearsAedan ErikDec 22 11:00 AM8 lbs 15 oz 20”B

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    hlscott20Heather33Aug 18Russ36DD Devyn 11, Hannah 8, Jonathan 6, Ryan 2Concord, NHCaitlinDec 1 10:53 AM7 lbs 9 oz21”G

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    jenny9566227Jul 27DD – Aug 06ShaneDec 30 12:00 AM8lbs 7oz 19 ¼ “B

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    jjsiemensJenn 38May 7Werner40DS – Zachary June 04 and DS – Gabriel July 05Toronto, CanadaDelany DawnDec 4 08:42 PM7 lbs 12 oz19”G

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    kmm123Katie27Steve36upstate NYEvanDec 10 02:27 PM9 lbs 5.25 oz21.5”B

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    LasVegasWXGIRLStacey33Jeremy36Alex – June 07FloridaAshleigh ElizabethDec 19 04:45 AM6 lbs 14 oz 19”G

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    Lavender444AmberDD Ava – Oct 08AndrewDec 13 12:00 AMB

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    laytony19Tamara2729Reed – Jul 07OhioJack Dec 15 12:00 AMB

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    lilirishmamaKate24Mar 21James25Rowan – Nov 06Arnaudville, LouisianaCole LiamDec 3 10:45 AM7lbs 14oz 20 5/8”B

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    MaybeGracieCynthia25Jul 11Isaac25Jacob – Apr 07Vancouver, BCLuke Henry KarlDec 19 11:37 PM8.5 lbsB

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    melnzaiMelanie3435Isaiah – Jan 04Keira ElizabethNov 28 09:30 AM5lbs 7oz G

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    melnzaiMelanie3435Isaiah – Jan 04Sarafina RachelNov 28 09:32 AM4lbs 6ozG

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    Mommy2RyneMandi25Nov 18Kameron30DS Ryne – Jul 07Canfield, OhioRiley MadduxDec 14 01:16 AM7 lbs 9 oz20.5”B

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    monkeycatCarolyn30May 3037Gulf Coast, TexasCecelia ElaineDec 8 06:50 PM9lbs 9oz 21”G

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    mrsbeeverMeredith33Dec 16Will34DS Trey – July 08College Station, TexasGarrett HowardNov 16 09:10 AM5lbs 12oz 18”B

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    MrsRiggertMegan25Oct 24Jared27Alexandrea "Lexi"/ 10 monthsGibbon, Nebraska...almost the exact center of the US Zayne MichaelDec 13 03:45 AM8 lbs 3 oz21.5”B

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    Nikerz20Nicole22Jun 23Lloyd22Hamilton, New ZealandTaine MostynDec 3 08:47 AM8 lbs 8 ozB

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    Nitefire_98Jennifer29Jan 9Gary38Dietrich James ("DJ" or "D")- Dec 07Minneapolis, MNLila KayDec 9 01:42 PM7 lbs 3 oz19.5”G

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    PhysicsNerdConnor StephenDec 20 04:48 PM8 lbs 7 oz 21.5”B

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    puppyduksDawnyel4012 & 4 year old stepsonsNorthern CaliforniaSarah JaneDec 4 12:00 AM6lbs 10oz 20”G

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    Randys_Girl79Melissa (Missy)29Sep 10Randy43DH has two daughters from a previous marriageIndianaKamryn Faith Nov 25 05:45 PM6lbs 3oz 18”G

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    Rose15206Gabriel William Nov 07OhioLillian GraceDec 26 12:00 AMG

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    rooney1977Stephanie31Jul 7Bart32Mason 2.5 yrsNew JerseyAddison RandallDec 16 08:31 AM7 lbs 15 oz21”G

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    selkiemomJennie40Apr 15Craig39DS Edward – Oct 03, DS Ridley - Mar 06NY East CoastLittle FoxDec 11 04:14 AM7 lbs 6 oz 19.5”G

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    seveninallLinda33Feb 6Chris 3017,12,10,10,8,7,2TN (born in MS)ZaydenNov 30 02:20 PM6lbs 10oz 20”B

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    Sharon BSharon34Mar 27Ian38Oliver/ 21 monthsSurrey, UK Eleanor JoyDec 29 08:11 AMG

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    shutterbug0303JudyRaegan Nicole – Nov 07North Carolina Jackson Cole Nov 13 09:11 AM7 lbs19.5”B

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    stephydolly83Stephanie26May 5Mount Sterling, KentuckyDec 17 11:29 PM8 lbs 7 oz 22”B

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    trying18Cece33Sep 18Aaron36Cameron – Dec 08Boston, MAMargaret AnneNov 29 03:48 AM6lbs 10oz 19.5”G

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    trying18Cece33Sep 18Aaron36Cameron – Dec 08Boston, MANora Elizabeth Nov 29 03:47 AM7 lbs 5 oz20”G

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    TyrantOfTheWeekMindie25Jun 11Mark36Dylan/5, Devon/2.5, Dorothy/19m Woodstock, GA Derek AndrewDec 19 06:37 AM8 lbs 1 oz 21”B

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    waitingimpatiently614Amanda30Dec 28Brian30Salt Lake City, UT Asher GreeleyNov 29 07:01 PM7 lbs 1 oz20”B

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    XplatinumXpixeyXCorinne25Feb 12Rob28NePAHarley-Quinn PaigeDec 18 08:01 PM8 lbs 2 oz 20”G
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    Here's Leah's birth story:

    Quote Originally Posted by Daffodils View Post
    As many of you may have noticed, I havent really been around here for the past week or so...but I have a good excuse! My boys have arrived, at 30 weeks and 3 days gestation.

    Briefly, here's the story: I woke up Friday morning with that seemed like contractions, mild cramps, but coming in waves so that I could time them. I called the doc, and they sent me back to L&D. Turns out, I was contracting every 10 minutes or so, and was already dilated to 4cm, and I quickly got to 6cm. They kept expecting me to go at any time, but they pumped me full of magnesium sulfate to stop the contractions. It worked to a certain degree, and they were able to keep me pregnant long enough to get another round of betamethasone steroid shots for the boys' lungs (in addition to what I got when I was placed on bedrest).

    They took me off the mag on Sunday, then I woke up monday morning at 5am contracting about every 5-6 minutes. They tried once again to stop my labor but they couldn't. So they let me go, and I got an epidural at around noon (my contractions were just horrible!!!). I didn't make much progress till around 9pm-ish, when my doc checked and found that I'd dilated to 8cm. Isaac's bag of waters was bulging through my cervix, so they ruptured it, and gave me pitocin to help regulate and strengthen my contractions until I got to 10cm.

    Then they wheeled me back to the OR to deliver (they deliver all twins in the OR, even if they anticipate a vaginal delivery, which they did). In about 6 or 7 contractions, Isaac Myron was born, 2lb 15 oz, 16 inches long. He cried almost immediately, and then I started sobbing as they put him on my chest to clean him off. They took him to the warmer and ultrasounded me to determine Gabe's position. Well, turns out his head was under my right boob, his butt under my left boob, and his feel dangling down towards my, um, exit. They tried and tried to turn him, but he wouldn't turn, so they had to C section me too. I was so upset. But then, about a half hour after his brother, Gabriel Rollin was born, 4lbs 17 3/4 inches long, and they pulled him out feet first! They wrapped him up and put him next to my face while they closed me, and he cried too. I started sobbing again, they were both just so beautiful, and my BF cried too.

    Both boys are in the NICU, since they are about 10 weeks early (though they're really only about 6 weeks early for twins). Neither is on a ventilator, and most of the stuff they're hooked up to is just monitoring them, heart rates, oxygen levels, etc. Gabe is being fed fluids through an umblicial artery, and Isaac is getting formula through a feeding tube (just until my colostrum and then milk come in). That's pretty much it, I'm still in the hospital recovering from the c section, and my boys are just one floor below me. Here's a few pictures

    Isaac in his isolette today


    Isaac loves his mama


    Gabe in his warmer


    My BF's hand next to Gabe's

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    Here's Angie's (angief_05) birth story:

    Quote Originally Posted by angief_05 View Post
    It has been ages since I've been on here to post. I've been busy.

    So, last Friday the Doctor made me stay home from work. My blood pressure levels were high and my swelling was really bad. I was also dilated 1 cm, but had been for a few weeks I had bad swelling from August until now, but my pressures had been fine. I rested all weekend, had to go to L&D to get my bp checked Saturday but it was ok then. I didn't go to work Monday because I still didn't feel well even though the Doctor said it was probably okay.

    I decided to try to go to work Tuesday. It was a short day since I had an appointment later that afternoon & I wanted things to be prepared for me to leave if I had to be on bed rest.

    I went to my appointment. Osiris looked great in the u/s. My bp was high again. My Doctor checked me & I was dilated 3 cm. She sent me to L&D to monitor my bp & do some bloodwork done. She said she wanted to wait at least until 37 weeks if we could, I was at 36 weeks. My bp was still & the nurse came in after they got results from my blood test. She told me, "Well there's good news & bad news. Bad news is you're not leaving tonight, good news is you're not leaving pregnant." We were shocked. Apparently, my platelets were at 89,000 and they needed to be 150,000 for a low normal number.

    Frantically, I sent my husband home to get us stuff & called my parents to let them know what was going on. He called his on the way to get our stuff. His mom was still in vacation in Jamaica so she couldn't make it.

    They induced me at 8:30 pm & then broke my water shortly after which was horribly painful. They hooked me up to for my pain medicine which helped a lot & told me to let them know when I wanted the epidural. I got the epidural when the pain medicine wasn't doing much for the contractions. He did a great job putting it in. I wasn't dilating very much & my contractions were not very strong or close together even though they were using pitocin. I also had to be on magnesium sulfate due to the pre-eclampsia, it helps prevent seizures. It makes you hot & groggy. The pitocin gave me the trembles.

    In the morning, I was still not progressing like I should. We discussed c section maybe, but wanted to try progressing further. By 1 o clock, I was still only at a 6 maybe 7 which I had been all night. My contractions were getting slower & further apart despite being on max pitocin. My Doctor said we could keep going or take him by c-section. I asked her honest recommendation. She said that if she thought I was going to deliver in 2-4 hours she would be my biggest cheerleader in trying to get me to keep going, but she didn't think I would. I talked to my husband & my mom for their opinions, they both agreed that a c-section would be best. I agreed, too, I honestly knew I was so tired that i didn't know if I could push once we got to that point.

    I was willed in to the OR & my husband, who was great through the whole thing, came in too. I had a different anaestesologist & she was wonderful too. She explained everything to me & said to let her know if i had headaches, nausea, or blurry vision.

    Osiris Kingsley was born at 2:29 on November 11. He was 6lbs 15oz & 19.5 inches long. I cried when I heard him cry. He was beautiful. He had an apgar score of 9/10. I passed out after I knew he was okay.

    I couldn't have had a better hospital experience. My nurses were wonderful & so was my Doctor. We got to come home Saturday. I feel 1000x better than I did pregnant. We are absolutely loving parenthood & are glad that we waited until we were truly ready (we have been together almost 10 years & married almost 5 years.) Our son is amazing and is a very good baby.

    Well if you made it through the novel, thanks for reading! I wish you all the best of luck with your L&D too. I will try to be on here more. I will try posting pics later. Thanks!

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    Here's Amanda's (amanda.) birth announcement:

    Quote Originally Posted by amanda. View Post
    I haven't been around a whole lot this pregnancy and it'll probably be a little while longer until I'm posting frequently, but I thought I'd update you.

    My little man arrived on Friday the 20th. I was scheduled to be induced this morning (the 23rd) but he was breech at my 38th week appointment. The doctor said that because of his position, his cord would most likely come out first if I was to go into labor and he didn't think we had a good chance of turning him. So c-section for me.

    Benjamin had some fluid in his lungs which I hear is normal for breech/c-section babies but that quickly turned into real breathing problems. He was taken to the children's hospital the day after he was born which absolutely broke my heart. He's come down from 60% oxygen to 30% (as of yesterday) so he is improving and we're really hoping to have him home for Thanksgiving.

    Here's my man:



    I am lurking, just don't have time to go through the whole sign in process (ugh) every time I get on. Hopefully once he's home I'll be able to start posting again. I can't wait to see everyone's babies!
    Last edited by jjsiemens; 11-25-2009 at 10:05 PM.

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    4luvs birth announcement:

    Quote Originally Posted by 4luvs View Post
    Colton Grant arrived on Nov. 23rd weighing 6 lbs. 11 oz. and 19 inches. I had a scheduled c section and everything went very smooth. This was probably my easiest recovery so far! He is nursing great and is such a cutie! We are all thrilled that he made it here safely. I will try to post some pics soon. It's so exciting that we are all delivering soon! Good Luck to everyone!

    Kristin~
    Jackson, 9
    Aidan, 8
    Ella, 4
    Colton, 2 days!!
    Quote Originally Posted by 4luvs View Post
    Finally have some pics to share. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Love looking at all the new babies!

    K~



    Last edited by lilirishmama; 12-17-2009 at 05:44 PM.

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    Here's Judy's (shutterbug0303) birth announcement:
    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug0303 View Post
    Our baby boy Jackson Cole made his arrival into this world this morning at 9:11 am. He weighed 7 pounds even and was 19 1/2 inches long. He is an amazing little guy! I haven't heard him cry yet and he is nursing like a champ

    I will post a better birth story soon but wanted to let everyone know we're doing well. Cole's heart rate was high from about 7:00 pm on and I had a uterine infection and ran a fever for most of my 24 hours of labor. I will continue to be monitored and receive antibiotics and we're waiting for Cole's bloodwork to come back to make sure the infection didn't pass to him.

    Will post photos soon!
    And an update with pics:

    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbug0303 View Post
    I have finally been able to take a few photos of my boy! I can't believe he will be 2 weeks old tomorrow! Time is flying so fast already...

    There has been so much going on here. We were released 2 days after I delivered but Cole was basically unresponsive for the next few days. He was born on Friday, released on Sunday, checked at the ped on Tuesday and found his bilirubin level to be 15. Not terrible so we were rescheduled for another check on Wednesday. Checked on Wednesday and they were up another .7. Again, not terrible - BUT, three needle pokes and he never cried once. He wouldn't open his eyes at all and wouldn't wake much to eat. Although he would nurse with no problem, he would only stay awake for just a minute or two. This was causing weight loss and started us in a vicious cycle of sleep, no eating, no way to get rid of jaundice, and weight loss. The doctor called me Wednesday afternoon and asked us to get back to his office asap with plans on being admitted back to the hospital We stayed in the hospital overnight and has him under the lights and on a blanket for about 18 hours. That time brought him down to a bilirubin of 10 and he was a bit more alert. Home again we went and have been working on keeping him awake and eating well since. He is doing much better and gained 6 ounces in 5 days so we're making headway!

    With all of this going on I never had a chance to do his newborn photos until today. Hoping for another shoot tomorrow.....without further ado - Welcome Mr. Jackson "Cole"!

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    Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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    Here's Melanie's birth announcement:

    Quote Originally Posted by melnzai View Post
    The girls arrived via c-sec at 9:30 and 9:32 yesterday morning. Keira was born first and weighed 5 lb., 7 oz. and Sarafina weighed 4 lb., 6 oz. Sarafina is in the NICU and having slight feeding issues. Otherwise, both are doing great!

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    Here's Amanda's (waitingimpatiently614):

    Quote Originally Posted by waitingimpatiently614 View Post
    I started having regular, painful contractions Saturday night, got admitted to L&D Sunday morning at 7am, and Asher arrived by vaginal delivery 12 hours later at 7:01pm! We came home from the hospital yesterday at noon. He was 7lbs 1oz and 20 inches at birth, with a head full of hair! We're absolutely elated that our baby is here, and so in love. And so far, post-partum aches and pains are nothing compared to 39 weeks pregnant aches and pains! But, it is difficult, too. As a FTM, there's just no way to be prepared for the sleep deprivation and how inadequate you feel at 3am when he's inconsolably crying, your milk hasn't come in yet, your nipples hurt like hell, and you're both frustrated and exhausted. The last couple nights, I just cry with him! But DH is an amazing support. He has this unexpected ability to calm him down and soothe him to sleep...probably because he doesn't get all worked up like I do! And those calm, alert moments when he's just staring at my face with his big blue eyes...those moments make up for everything else. It's a beautiful feeling. I'll be on here as much as I can to continue to reading about the rest of the babies on the way!

    We haven't had time to upload many photos yet, but here's one of our little guy:

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    Here's Jennifer's (CalBear):

    Quote Originally Posted by CalBear View Post
    Sorry for the late update. It was a brutally long labor for a second baby (15 hours) that got very intense in the end, but she arrived safe and sound. She weighed in at 5 pounds, 1 oz and 17 3/4 inches. She is a darling little peanut. Will post pics later.

    She had to go to the transition nursery for several hours after she was born because she was born with a fever (I developed one in late labor) and was grunting (respiratory issue). She does not need NICU, though! She is doing beautifully. Her blood sugars, oxygen levels, and temps have been perfect and I can't believe how well she nurses. Her latch is perfect and her suck is phenomenal. I am so proud of her!
    Pics:

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    Last edited by lilirishmama; 12-09-2009 at 12:29 PM.

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    Here's Christina's (cbus30):

    Quote Originally Posted by cbus30 View Post
    So, I was scheduled for a c-section on Friday, but this little one would not wait. I started contracting on Tuesday and I thought they were just braxton hicks---but since I was contracting all Tuesday night I went in to get checked on Wed. morning I was 6 cm dialated and they sent me straight to L&D to get prepped for surgery. Kyleigh Addison was born Wed, Dec. 2nd at 10:54 am. 8lbs 6 oz 21 in. She is beautiful. She did have fluid in her lungs (which is common), so she is in the nicu---but she is already off the oxygen so I feel better. They are just monitoring her because her blood sugars are low. I'm hoping she can get out of the nicu tomorrow. I still can't believe it all happened so fast. I will try to post some pics soon.

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