We'd love to ready all about how your labor started...even those that were induced or c-sections...tell us all about it!
Taylor ~ 10
Riley ~ 6
Landen ~ 4
Abby ~ 2
Julia ~ 1!!!! OMG She's not a baby anymore!!!
Forever in my thoughts and prayers...Rest in peace sweet Reed.
My birth story is a bit of a long one. Everyone already knows that I'd been hospitalized twice for preterm labor; Memorial Day weekend, and July 31st. Monday August 8th I woke up and noticed some pink fluid. I'd been having increased discharge for a few days, which the doc said was normal, but being as it was pink I was worried. I called the doc first thing, and they set me up a 10:00 appointment. My doctor was out for the day, so I met with the other doctor in the office. She checked me out, my cervix was closed, but my water had broken. So it was off to the hospital. We arrived and got settled in. Since my water had broken early I had to have antibiotics every 6 hours. I saw the doctor again tuesday morning, and I had dialated to 1 cm. The tentative plan was to induce me at 36 weeks (monday the 15th). Every afternoon around 1-130 I would have really bad contractions for a little over an hour, then they would go away. On wednesday evening I was dialated to 2 cm. I met with my doctor, who ran a test of my fluid for lung development. He said based on how mature the baby's lungs were he would decide when to induce. Thursday morning (august 11) the nurse informed me that the baby's lungs were not yet fully mature according to the tests, and the doctor would be in later to talk with me. Well, around 130 as usual I started having really bad contractions. I informed the nurse that it would pass, I just needed to go to the bathroom (hence the constant cramping) and rest and I'd be fine. She checked my cervix and I was dialated to 4 cm. She proceeded to start an IV so I could be moved to the delivery room. At this point I was still being stubborn informing her that I just needed to use the bathroom and it would pass. At 230 they moved me to the delivery room. I was at 6 cm. They gave me a sadol (sp?) injection and called for my doctor. About an hour later the sadol had worn off. By this time I was at 8 cm, so they called for the doc to do my epidural. We got that all set, and waited for my doctor to arrive. He arrived a little after four. He was joking about my being in labor since my the test had came back at 19 for the baby's lungs, and fully mature is 45. So the doc hadn't figured out yet how to tell me he wasn't going to induce me for at least another week and a half. Oh well. No need to explain it now. The other doctors arrived and were informed of the test results of the baby's lungs. In the delivery room was me, DH, my brother, my doctor, my nurse, and baby's nurse, a neonatologist, and a respitory specialist...quite a full house. After about an hour of pushing Alex was born at 5:26 PM. His left foot and right arm were bruised, and they were both up next to his head. The doctor joked with my parents the next day that he had to turn away for a second as that position looked rather painful both for the baby and I. Alex had no problems breathing on his own, and never required oxygen. He weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces, and was 18 inches long. He was taken to the NICU. He spent three days on antibiotics, since my water had been broken for a few days. He was on a feeding tube for the first day, but now is doing well on the bottle. Every day he gets more food and less IV fluid. His tests have all come back well, so we're happy about that. He's currently still in the NICU under the billilights, and we're hoping to have him home in a few more days. I was released after 24 hours (24 hours early, but the doc said I could go and after 5 days I was ready to get home). I'm doing well, just anxious to get my boy home with DH and I. I've included some pictures for you to enjoy, and I will keep everyone posted. I'm sorry the pics are so big...I can't figure out how to make them smaller, and it's really stormy here, so I just wanted to get them up. I hope that you're all doing well. Take care. Always, Kristin
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Oh, congratulations!! I can't see the pics though
Congratulations! It's good (and bad) to know that doctor's and their tests can be wrong. Glad your baby is breathing great on his own. Sounds like Alex was just ready to come out and meet you!
Ethan (ds) 10/8/05
Elena (dd) 9/7/07
My birth story is short. I was asleep, so I remember nothing from the quints delivery. This is what I've been told or read in the medical reports...
As far as I know they took me in to the OR and already had my stomach cut open. Marlin came in and Dr. Stewart said "Cut time 16:36" and proceeded to cut me open. Marlin says that they just started pulling babies out. One by the head, another by the legs, someone by the hips. He says that it was the most violent 4 minutes of his life. Lukas Marlin and Samuel Thomas came out at 16:37. Noah Aaron, Patrick Benjamin, and Peter Joseph were born at 16:38. They took the boys to two different areas to work on them and do resusitations as needed. They had Marlin sit down and gave him orange juice as he had been hyperventilating during the whole thing. Finally they sent him out to the waiting room as they cleaned me out, stitched me up, and did what ever else they did. Once it was all over (after a long time) they came out and told him that we had 5 boys, but that 3 of them had passed. I lost 1400ml of blood and they were giving me a transfusion.
I don't remember when they told me about the boys. Marlin tells me that he brought all the boys in one at a time and I named each one of them, but I don't remember that either. I do remember the boys being baptised that night.
I suppose between the morphine and the trauma, I'm probably not supposed to remember it. I really wish I could. I wanted to be able to tell the boys about the day they were born, but now I will never have that chance.
The boys came in this order and here are all their stats.
Lukas Marlin 1 lb. 14 oz., 14 ¼ in.
Samuel Thomas 1 lb. 15 oz., 12 ½ in. (Deceased)
Noah Aaron 2 lb. 3 oz., 13 ½ in.
Patrick Benjamin 1 lb. 6 oz., 13 in. (Deceased)
Peter Joseph 1 lb. 0 oz., 11 in. (Deceased)
Sorry that you can't remember all the details of your babies birth. Go easy on yourself, you have been through a lot and your precious boys will understand that. Bless your family. You all are truely amazing!
Trevor 7/00 and Derek 2/02
Shane David 9/5/05
I woke up at 2:45 am Monday morning with mild back pain. The pain wasn't bad, but my wondering mind kept me from going back to sleep. I called the dr office at 9:00. They told me that I could either go to the hospital to get checked out or come in at 1:00. I chose to wait for the office visit so I wouldn't get sent home from the hospital. At the dr office, I was dilated 3cm and 100% effaced. My dr. said it was unusual to be 3cm, effaced and not be in labor, so he sent me to the hospital to get monitored. I got there around 2:00. By 3:00, I had dilated to 4cm, so they decided it was the real thing. At 6:00, I was 6 cm. They insisited that I get my epidural at that point. I didn't want one yet. I had hardly had any pain. But, I agreed. Well, the epidural slowed me down. It was midnight before I was ready to push. This is where things started sucking. I pushed and pushed and pushed until 4:38 when she finally came out. I was an emotional wreck during that process. I kept crying and saying, "I can't do this anymore." I think the pushing would have been better if I wasn't exhausted from being up since 2:45 am the previous day. My epidural either did not work or had worn out. But, they kept saying that it doesn't help with the pressure anyway. When she was born, I was horrified because she wasn't crying. You just expect to hear that sweet little cry. She had one heck of a conehead from being in the canal for so long. It was amazing. As soon as she came out, I was full of energy. I couldn't wait to get to her. I didn't get to see her for over an hour. Nobody said it would take forever to deliver the placenta and stitch me up. Then I couldn't take her to my room for almost two days because of the oxygen. I had to go down to the nursery to nurse. After everything, it was still the most wonderful thing I have ever experienced. She weighed in at 6lb. 10 oz. and was 18 in. I had her at 36 w 4d. I am very glad that I didn't go full term. Could you imagine how big she would have been then? Her echo came back perfectly normal today. That is a relief. Her billi is still up though. If it is still high tomorrow, the will get me a "Walabee" to use. I am not quite sure what that is though. She feeds very well, painful for me though. If you would like to see a picture, pm me. I am not the best at figuring out the websites.