Randy's birth story + pics (LONG)

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Randy's birth story + pics (LONG)

Birth of Randall Dale III

Turns out, my body CAN do it all on it’s own!

Monday I was feeling pretty crappy. I was super crampy and just all around tired. I had contractions all day long, but there were not consistent. Around 2 pm, they started getting more and more consistent, anywhere from 10-15 minutes apart. I still didn’t think they were hard enough or close enough together. When I got home from work, I told Randall we need to get things around just in case. We got everything ready and set everything by the door. My Grandma passed away about 2 pm that day, and my mom was the person who was supposed to get Ruthie. So, I called my sister to get back up, just in case.

My contractions were about 10 minutes apart until about 11 pm. They were anywhere from 7-10 minutes apart. About 12 am, I told Randall I think it’s time to go. They were about 4.5 minutes apart. We woke up Ruthie, called my sister, and headed to the hospital. I had about 3 contractions on the way, which meant they were still about 5 minutes apart. I end up calling my sister back, b/c I wanted to get checked before she did take Ruthie. I didn’t want her to pick her up, and nothing happen. Also, I wanted Ruthie to be there waiting, and I knew my sister couldn’t wait, so I just told her I would call her when I knew something more. Turns out, I was 5 cm!!! :eek: I told that nurse she made my day! I was guessing maybe 1cm, if that. So, we call Randall’s mom & dad, b/c they live the furthest away. They end up keeping Ruthie during the birth. We were all super exhausted, but I was so ready and excited to meet this little man!

Well, she kept checking me, and I was only progressing about a cm per hour or so. (I kept up with the times, but I don’t know what I did with the notes.) They decided to give me a small dose of pitocin just to get things moving more along. My doc was there, so I was happy to know he’d be delivering him too. At about 7 cm, they asked me if I wanted anything for pain. I really wasn’t in that bad of pain; they were hurting, but nothing like they were with Ruthie at 4cm on pitocin. So, I just told them I would take some stadol. I had two doses before I hit 9 cm, and it made me sleepy and took the edge off. They broke my water at 9 cm, and that helped move things along. The only problem was, it was more behind him, so all of it didn’t make it out.

I started pushing, and boy did it hurt! I pushed a little bit for about an hour. It wasn’t major pushing, just more of my body doing it. I didn’t have the complete urge just yet. When I did, it took about another hour for him to come out. They had some problems finding the heartbeat, so I was super scared. They had to give me some oxygen b/c I started getting upset and worrying. Turns out, he pooped inside me, so they were worried about him as well. When the head finally came out, they started suctioning him and that was even worse. He wasn’t crying, so I was flipping out, and I kept asking if he was okay. They got him all suctioned out, and he was just fine. Randy was born at 8:32 am, weighing in at 8lbs, 10.9 oz; seven ounces more than his big sister. He was 22 inches long. I tore twice, but only one needed stitches. I was super proud of myself for not taking the epi. I wanted to do what my body told me to do, and I did. I can’t say I would do it all again though…next time I WILL take the epi!

Big sister Ruthie was the first one to meet him. She was in love, just smiling at him. It melted my heart into a million pieces. There has been no sweeter moment in my life, than that one.

They had to keep us one extra night b/c his blood type made it a possibility for him to get jaundice, so they just wanted to keep him; turns out, he’s just fine.

Recovery has been a lot harder on me. My tear hurts like I can’t even explain, and I am still exhausted. Randy is nursing really well, and my milk is in. I was so happy to get a good nursing relationship with him so early on. I had some blisters popping up, but they are gone now.

Big sister Ruthie is doing really well with him. She is having a hard time understanding why she can’t lean on him, so that’s been our major problem. She loves to kiss him, and talk to him. He adores her too b/c he’ll just stare at her. It’s such a beautiful thing. Randall is doing just as great as I figured he would. He makes such an amazing father. I am so grateful for him. He's so ready for me to pump, so he can feed him and help at night.

Oh, sorry it took me so long. Our internet was down from a recent storm, and we finally fixed it today. I think we might be shutting it off...not sure when. Randall's plant is cutting back on hours. Sad I don't know when, but I will keep you all updated. Hopefully not too soon though!

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What a great story! I am so glad that you were ab,e to do things on your own without getting induced.

He is just precious and I can see Ruthie beaming at him in the pics.

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Congratulations- he is adorable! Glad everything went well. I love the pic of you two looking at each other, it really looks like he is smiling at you.
Sorry about your Grandma.

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He's just perfect. Glad you are all healthy and doing well.

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I loved reading your birth story, Sadie! The part about Ruthie meeting him for the first time almost brought me to tears -- that is the sweetest!!! I'm glad everything is going well. I hope you heal very soon!

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HE IS GORGEOUS!!! im glad you got to birth him the way you wanted! Biggrin

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What an amazing, beautiful story!! I can totally relate to hearing your at a 5 when you thought you'd only be at a 1. I wanted to kiss my nurse when hearing that!! Smile He is beautiful and the part about Ruthie meeting him first brought back all the memories of my oldest meeting our middle son. He was the first too, he came in all by himself, as scared as he was. I will never forget that moment in my whole life!! Smile TFS and congrats again!

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I'm so sorry about your grandma but Randy seems to have known to come right then.

I'm so happy you could do this on your own without induction. He's beautiful

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Congrats!!! He is just adorable!!!
SOrry about your Grandma....

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HI RANDY!!!!! aaaawww isnt' he just the sweetest!!! LOL i've got the baby itch BAD, i bawled through the whole birth story, it was sooo sweet. and when Ruthie met him...omg SO SWEET!!!

I hope you get to feeling better soon, i'm sorry for your grandmother

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He is soooo adorable Sadie. oh I am just so happy for you, Randall and Sadie to have little Randy join your amazing, wonderful family. What a neat birth story too. Congrats on going without an epi! I'm a wimp...don't think I could do it. Wink The part about Ruthie smiling at him made me cry.

Take care of yourself and try to rest up.

I will pray Randall gets his hours back. I'd miss you so much if your internet was cut off. Sad

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Aw Sadie... I'm so happy for you! Welcome to the world little Randy!

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awww he is just precious. :bigarmhug: I love the pic of your 4 together

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What a great story! I am so glad things went well for you and hats off for not getting the epi. Gods knows I could NEVER do that Smile I am glad it all turned out well and the part about Ruthie just melts my heart!

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Congrats on doing it on your own. I know what you mean about the tear hurting, that part is awful. He is beautiful! I love all your pictures, gorgeous!

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Sadie, I'm all teared up reading this. What a great story! And I'm super proud of you for doing it with no epi!!! Doesn't that feel great, like being a champion? That's how I always felt, champion mom!!!!! I love that Ruthie was the first to meet him. Just so freakin' excited for you!!!!

Love the pictures of your sweet children (and tired looking DH Wink ) Beautiful!

I'm sorry about your grandma though, that's so sad. Sad

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Welcome to the world little Randy!

Sadie, you make BEAUTIFUL babies! Your story is amazing and soooo sweet!

Hope Randall is able to get some of those hours back. And I'm sorry about your Grandma as well.

Thank you for sharing your story pictures with us!

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I'm so happy he came on his own! And great pics - Ruthie already looks so proud of her little bro!