birth story LO's *UPDATED w/story!*

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birth story LO's *UPDATED w/story!*

I finally scrapped my daughter's birth story. I ended up doing 4 pages (in order to get her whole birth story scrapped). I also included what happened the day before the birth (it's on the tag hidden -) (The midwife told me to go home and do the deed... well... it worked!)

Anyways.. without further ado... here you go!

(Oh, whoever put those small pink flowers in the train - you see on the first page here - please let me know!!) Smile

First page Journaling: The hidden tag says: "· I had my weekly OB appointment with Catherine Tambroni-Parker (the midwife). She gave me a non-stress test. She also checked me internally to see if I made any progress. I was still 0 cm dilated, but I was 80% effaced. She told me that they would induce labor on Sept. 29th if I hadn’t had the baby by then because of my high blood pressure (they didn’t want me to go past 40 weeks). She told me to spend some alone time with my husband since that could help bring on labor. I followed her orders that night."

First page reads: "· 3:30 a.m. I wake up to use the bathroom and return to bed. About 10 minutes later I felt a little trickle. I wasn’t sure if I wet myself or if my water broke. So I got up to use the bathroom and when I wiped, the toilet paper had a pink tinge to it. I thought that my water did indeed break. I called the Maternity ward at Oswego Hospital and they told me to come in (no hurry) and they would see if my membranes had ruptured. I then woke up Shawn and told him that I thought my water broke. We gathered my bags and headed for the hospital.

· 5:00 a.m. We arrived at the hospital and the nurse checked to see if the fluid was my membranes – the litmus paper indicated that it was. (At that point, I definitely knew my water broke because I kept leaking!) She also checked me – I was still at 0 cm dilated. I wasn’t having any contractions. Shawn and I watched tv, and then I took a bath. I was leaking all over!! It was so gross! Every time I moved, it felt like I peed myself! I was also very hungry, so they brought Shawn and I breakfast. After that I walked the hallways to try to bring on contractions.
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2nd page reads: "· 9:00 a.m. Catherine (the midwife) was on that day. I was happy to see that she was scheduled to be at the hospital that day because I knew she would be patient with me. She internally checked me and I was now a whopping 1 cm dilated, and 90 % effaced. Since it had been 6 hours since my water broke, they wanted to bring on the contractions, so they inserted a pill into my cervix. It took about 30 minutes to kick in, and I was definitely feeling the contractions now! I was walking the hallways and when a contraction would come, I had to stop because it would take my breath away – it was starting to become uncomfortable at this point. I relaxed in a warm bubble bath and watched tv, but mostly, I walked the hallways and breathed through the contractions..

· 1:00 p.m. My back was killing me!! I couldn’t believe how bad it hurt! Catherine checked me, and I was now 3 cm dilated. She asked me what I wanted to do for pain medication and I told her that I wanted an epidural. She said I had to wait until I was 4 cm. I took another warm bath and listened to soft music. I was getting hungry again, but I only ate a little chocolate ice cream, which turned out to be a wise decision. Shortly after I got out of the tub, I threw up the ice cream. The contractions were unbearable. I was breathing deeply and Shawn was trying to be helpful by breathing along with me, but it just made me more annoyed. I told him to stop (in not such a nice way) and the nurse told him that I was in transition. I tried not to focus on the pain (which was all in my back), so I just continued to do my breathing exercises and hold Shawn’s hand.
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Page 3 reads: "· 2:15 p.m. A nurse came in and wanted me to get out of bed and use the bouncing ball (to try to get the baby to descend) down the birth canal. I didn’t want to – I was in too much pain! So I told her that I had to use the bathroom. I went across the hall to pee and I ended up going number 2. Then I screamed very loudly! Shawn “SSSHHHH’d!!” me and then a nurse came running in. The nurse told me to hurry up and get back into bed before another contraction began. I was checked – and the next thing I knew, they were plugging in the baby warmer and a bunch of nurses were storming in my room – Cadence’s head was right there! I was ready to push!! The midwife came running down the hall, she couldn’t believe that the baby was coming already! (I was only 3 cm dilated just an hour earlier!) I was test-driving the hospital bed for the new maternity ward, so the nurses weren’t sure how to disassemble it and get it ready for delivery. I just laid there, with my eyes fixed on a tiny hole in the ceiling – I needed to concentrate on something besides the pain! Catherine said that I could push on the next contraction – I couldn’t believe it was really happening!!! When that first contraction hit, I pushed and it felt sooo good! So I pushed 3 times with each contraction. I remember asking Catherine if it was ok to push every time I got a contraction. I pushed through 5 or 6 more contractions."

Last page reads: " · 2:32 p.m. Cadence arrived into the world! She weighed 6 lb, 9 oz, and was 19 inches long. The first thing I remember the nurses saying was “wow, look at that red hair!” I was so exhausted by this time – mostly due to all of the quick and heavy breathing exercises I did. They asked me what the baby’s name was and I said “it’s a girl, right?” They said yes, and I responded “Cadence Allena.” They said “What a beautiful name.” Shawn cut her cord and took pictures of her being weighed. The nurses placed her on my belly and I gazed at my precious little girl."

babyblues341's picture
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Oh my Gosh! Those are awesome! I wish I could even remember the times of the day that things happened lol, all I remember is what time he was actually born. I was a little loopy to say the least from all the pain meds LOL, but that was the way I wanted it, I didn't want to feel a thing! But those are great pages! She will be so thankful to have those to look back on. Smile

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"babyblues341" wrote:

Oh my Gosh! Those are awesome! I wish I could even remember the times of the day that things happened lol, all I remember is what time he was actually born. I was a little loopy to say the least from all the pain meds LOL, but that was the way I wanted it, I didn't want to feel a thing! But those are great pages! She will be so thankful to have those to look back on. Smile

I actually kept a little notepad by my side and wrote down when things happened because i wanted to be able to remember it and tell her the story of how she entered this world. (I didn't get any drugs until after she was born - she came soo fast!! - so I was a little "relaxed" after they gave me something to chill me out (I was so jumpy when they were trying to sew me back up! - so they had to give me something)

After I took the pics, i noticed I forgot to put the time on the last page.. i have since fixed that (it reads 2:32pm). I know it's difficult to read her story.. but the jist is.. i went from 3 cm to having her in my arms in an hour and half!!

ALso... the vellum actually has pink footprints on them.. it's hard to tell from the photos...

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I will have to remember the note pad for the next baby Wink I wish mine was as fast as yours...it wasn't too long...14 hours total from time my water broke till the time he was born..I had an epidural but because i wouldn't hold still for them to do it, they gave me morphine into my iv so that ontop of the epi i was out of it lol. btw I love the name Cadence, that was actually our choice of name, had my son been a girl lol.

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Those are so wonderful!! I wished I did a birth story for Tyler....maybe next time. LOL

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Those are so very special! You inspired me to go back and scrap his birth story. I put it in his baby book, but after seeing your pages, you make me want to make an actual page. Smile

1. I love the picture and the little time inserts for 3:30am and 5:00am. It makes you feel like you can picture it in your head.

2. Love the stitching and buttons.

3. The vellum journaling is great! And I love your use of ribbon.

4. My fave of these. Probably because I love the sweet photos of baby and momma.

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How wonderful!!! Mine is much more simple than that, but I love that fact that when Gavyn is having babies of his own, he'll be able to look back & find out how HIS momma felt at that time... Biggrin I just love scrapbooking! It makes me feel all warm & fuzzy...:cool:

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WONDERFUL pages! I love how you put so much information on there! TFS! Biggrin

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those are great!
I love the stitching

mommys's picture
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Those are great. I'm very impressed with how you put all of the journaling on there.

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TFS! I totally want to go back and do mine now. You did such a great job!

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Thanks for the compliments ladies! I spent a lot of time figuring out how I wanted it to come out. Glad I could inspire some of you to go back and do one for your little one's...

Alright, no one has answered my question, and I really want to know! --> Who put those cute little pink flowers in the train that I used on the first page of this layout?!?

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Those are great you did a wonderful job. I did the same thing when I had Kaylee, I wrote everything down. I remember my mom asking what I was doing and laughing at me. I was writing when I got there, what time they put my iv in and my pitocin and etc. But I'm glad I have that, I don't have that with my other two.

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Sheesh, that made me misty and I can't even read the journaling! GORGEOUS pages--TFS!

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VERY NICE!!! I love all of the stitching - it's so soft and just FEELS like a baby story. Smile

I took a notebook too and Logan birth story takes up a 4 page spread in his book too.

Again ... LOVE these pages. FANTASTIC JOB!

best,
GiGi

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oh, I love how you did this!!!! I always kept my birth story layout to 1-2 pages and made the print so tiny to get it all in. your way is so much nicer!!!!

I think you need to post the whole story here on this thread so we can read it too. Wink

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"coolmama72" wrote:

oh, I love how you did this!!!! I always kept my birth story layout to 1-2 pages and made the print so tiny to get it all in. your way is so much nicer!!!!

I think you need to post the whole story here on this thread so we can read it too. Wink

Ok... I did!! Enjoy!

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Wow, what a neat story!! Thank you for sharing that with us! Too sweet!