Cohen's Birth Story LONG and more pics (xp)

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Cohen's Birth Story LONG and more pics (xp)

Early Monday morning (the 8th) at 2:10am I couldn't sleep because I started feeling strong -what I thought to be- Braxton-Hicks contractions. I got up at 2:50am and started cleaning the house, because I felt these may be the "real" thing. they lasted exactly 10 minutes apart. I swept, mopped, did laundry, both bathrooms, etc. to pass the time and so that I would walk into a clean house if we ended up heading to the hospital. Smile LOL

At 4:00am they were still about 10 minutes apart, so I woke Scott up and told him that I was in early stages of labor. He asked if we should head out now and I told him I wanted to wait a while. By 5:00am they were about 7 minutes apart and getting stronger. So I woke him up, we dressed Kayson, loaded up the car, I took a shower, called my hospital to let them know we were headed there, called my co-workers to let them know I wouldn't be in, and hit the road at 6:30am.

We arrived at the hospital at 8:00am and they had me in a room to monitor the contrax by 8:17am. I was dialated to a 3cm when I got there, which I was happy about! Smile We then called my sister Sarah who lives 2 hours from San Angelo and let her know I was in labor. She was going to be there and take Kayson during the actual birth. (Thank heavens for her!!) She arrived about 10:30am and entertained Kayson for us.

waiting in the room

By this time I wasn't dialating anymore, but my contrax were 5-7 minutes apart. The nurse called my doc and she didn't want to start me on pitocin, because she wanted me to reach the "magic number of 37 weeks...which would be the next day...the 9th". She was still going by my original due date of March 2nd. (It turns out after Cohen was born that they assessed him and believe he was a 37 weeker after all, so March 2nd was the correct due date.) So my doc said to keep monitoring me and we'd start pitocin in the morning, if I didn't labor on my own throughout the night. I was kindof bummed because the pain was getting worse, but respected her decision and just prayed that I could do it naturally.

Around 1pm Scott, Sarah and Kayson went and grabbed something to eat. They got back around 2pm and I was feeling a lot more pain. The nurse checked and I was at 5 1/2 cm! (yay) So I knew I wouldn't have to have pitocin. Smile Around 3:30pm the pain was becoming unbearable. I asked for an took a little over an hour to finally get it. When I got the epi I was already at 8cm! By the time it was in I was at 8 1/2cm! It started going so quick from there. The nurse called my doc and she said to break my water and she would be on her way. When the nurse broke my water she asked scott to grab a leg and help me push. She was the BEST nurse and stayed with me through all of labor. She was as close to a labor coach as I could hope for! I pushed twice and his head was there. She said "stop pushing...we've got to wait for the doctor". When my doc arrived I pushed through 4 or 5 more contrax (which were at this point right on top of eachother) and out he came at 4:37pm! He started crying immediantly and they layed him on my chest as Scott cut the cord. He weighed 6lbs. 4 oz. We were both crying and praising the Lord. He was just perfect!

They cleaned him up and we called Sarah and Kayson in the room. Kayson was able to hold him when he was only about 5 minutes old. That was one of the best memories I'll ever have. He held him so tenderly. He scored 8 and 9 on his apgars and was sooo bright eyed. All the nurses commented on how alert he was. He took to the breast amazingly well and had no latch issues. I was worried with him being early that we'd have some issues, as Kayson took a while to get the hang of b'fing.

I had requested a tubal so they scheduled it for 8:30pm that night. (my doc had an emergency and she had to leave, so they couldn't do it right away) Because of this they were going to use the epi I already had and so I wasn't able to move to another room until after the tubal. I was in recovery until 10:30pm and was moved to our room around 11pm. I b'fed Cohen right away and when feeling started returning to my legs I took a nice long bath. With everything going on I didn't sleep at all that night. Sarah had to leave and head home, so we kept kayson at the hospital with us. The staff was wonderful!! They are so family orientated and made it special for Kayson.

Because Cohen was early they wanted to keep him one more day. They did an u/s on his heart and brain because we had some previous concerns. his doctor says so far everything looks perfect!! Another answered prayer!

Every nurse I had from start to finish were so kind and caring. The care was the best and I couldn't ask for a better delivery.

We were discharged around 3:30pm yesterday (the 10th). Cohen weighed 6 lbs. 0oz at discharge. It was wonderful being home as a family of 4 last night! A friend had left us dinner in the fridge, so we heated that up and had a very relaxing evening. I got some much needed sleep too. Wink

We have his first appt. tomorrow with his pediatrician to check for jaundice. My milk has come in and is pretty painful. Sad I started pumping to relieve the pressure, but holy moly my boobs are enormous. I don't even own a bra big enough. Sad Gotta go bra shopping tomorrow after Cohen's appt.

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Sounds like a wonderful experience! Great to know he's healthy and had no labor issues, YaY!!!! Great story! Great pictures, he's just beautiful!

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Aww Charys thanks for sharing your beautiful story with us. He's just so handsome. Congratulations again! Happy to hear you are enjoying him and he is doing so well.

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What a beautiful story! I loved reading this so much!

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now that is a GREAT birth story!! and i LOVE seeing pics of babies fresh out of the womb. i think its soo cool to see them how they really looked on the inside! so thanks for sharing those and your wonderful story! Smile your family is absolutely beautiful! now i cant wait until you can start scrapping those pics! ROFL

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What a great birth story! It sounds like everything went perfect. That's cool that the hospital let Kayson stay there too! I've never heard of that before! I'm sorry you're in so much pain with your milk coming in. The first few weeks of breastfeeding are so rough. Sad

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I loved reading your story. I'm so glad everything went so well. And good for you for laboring so long without an epi! He looks wonderful, I can't wait to watch you journal his life here on our board. Wink

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Wow... that has to be one of the coolest birth stories I've read in a long while. That's awesome that the hospital let Kayson stay there and that Kayson did so well. Mine never would have. And let me just say dang girl... you look like the television version of someone giving birth, not like someone who actually gave birth!

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I agree, Charys, you are beautiful. And so is your family.

I'm thankful that Cohen's birth was such a good experience for you. And also thankful that his brain and heart u/s's came back clear for now. I'll continue to pray for him!

Oh yeah, I looked at your other posts too, love all the photos!

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*wiping the tears away* What a great story! I love birth stories. Makes me want another. I am so happy for you guys. The Lord has blessed you indeed! Congrats again. Still wish I could see the little guy! Sad Stupid photobucket!

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What a great story! I am so glad that Sarah made it! He is just perfect. How lucky you are to have him so early and be so perfect.

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I read this yesterday but ran out of time to post! I was weeping the whole way through it lol:bigarmhug: You did a fabulous job getting it all down in words. And Cohen is just precious. Biggrin :D Biggrin

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Charys- Cohen is just as cute as Kayson. I'm glad he is healthy and happy and has joined his little family. God Bless you all!

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"MommyMish" wrote:

Wow... that has to be one of the coolest birth stories I've read in a long while. That's awesome that the hospital let Kayson stay there and that Kayson did so well. Mine never would have. And let me just say dang girl... you look like the television version of someone giving birth, not like someone who actually gave birth!

Ditto! There is no way I would want my kids staying with me. This time DH didn't even spend the night.

I also agree that you look amazing! In mt first pictures I look pretty wiped out. About two hours after he was born and I was showered I finally felt like I had some energy and not like I had been hit by a truck:)

Great story and adorable little boy!

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Aww! Congrats Charys. makes me want to have another...LOL (won't happen for a while as Charlotte is only

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What a wonderful birth story! I love that the nurses were so great to all of you, and your whole experience sounds like the perfect birthing story! Hugs!

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What a truly wonderful birth story! I am so glad to hear that everything went so well with Cohen's birth! The pictures are great, he is adorable!