Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
My Ovulation Chart
Amy - the fridge is IN! It's huge. We emptied the old fridge into it and thought we must have forgotten a few things b/c there was so much space. I went food shopping yesterday and STILL have a ton of space. It is a little funny looking in our rather small kitchen though :O)
Leslie - You know, I just looked and I never post my birth story on the dedicated thread. I'll have to go and do that. But in a nutshell, I had a surprised c-section after an attempted "emergency" induction due to low fluids. Luckily, this all happened very quickly so I was never given pitocin and never really got contractions. Erin was born on her due date and was just fine.
I would really like to try a VBAC next time, but the thought of actual labor scares the pants off of me.
Liam Matthew is here!! 10/18/2012 9lbs 6oz 20 inches
Big Sister Erin Grace - Feb. 2010
[quote=nero1281;8737397]Amy - the fridge is IN! It's huge. We emptied the old fridge into it and thought we must have forgotten a few things b/c there was so much space. I went food shopping yesterday and STILL have a ton of space. It is a little funny looking in our rather small kitchen though :O)
That's exactly how I felt when we got our new freezer. I love how the space makes it easy to organize!
I love sharing my birth stories! They're a bit long, so you'll have to bear with me... Also, I copied and pasted from a word document so the formatting might be a little weird.
Cecelia was due on January 13th 2007. As I was getting ready for bed on December 30th, I noticed some wetness. Nothing crazy, just enough to notice. Sometime that night, there was a small gush, still nothing out of control, but it was enough that I needed a pad. The next morning, I still seemed to be leaking (no contractions) so I puttered around, did some laundry, finished packing my bag, and finally around 3 pm, I decided that there was no harm in going in to get checked. My DH was sure it was a waste, but he agreed.
In the car, on the way to the hospital, I started to notice some mild contractions... really just felt like cramping at regular intervals. When we got to the hospital and told the nurse what was going on, she told me I had a good story. It wasn't long before she came back and told us that we weren't going home.
Since it had been so long since I started leaking fluid, they immediately hooked me up to pitocen. I had hoped for a natural birth, but those pitocen induced contractions were wicked. The pain went from totally manageable, like a 2, to an 8 or 9 in nothing flat. (Time gets a little iffy here... I wasn't completely aware of what was going on when.) I got an epidural as soon as they would let me. While the pain was gone, I remember being pretty miserable... I had heartburn, uncontrollable shaking, was nauseated, couldn't sleep. Then the epidural wore off. It was a long, long night. I felt better after I got the bolus, but then I was so paranoid that it would start hurting, that I pressed the button to administer more every time it would let me, so I still didn't really sleep. At some point, they ruptured my membrane (there had only been a small leak). Then I had a nurse check me and tell me that there was something weird about my baby's head. Then she had several other nurses and the doctor come check. It was awesome. Finally the doctor decided it wasn't the baby's head, but a septum on my cervix (like an extra piece of skin that was stretching across).
Sometime around 10 am on January 1st, it was time to start pushing. I pushed for a really long time (about three hours... we were in the running for the first baby of the year, but between the time I started pushing and the time she finally arrived, like 5 other babies were born). Finally, the doctor told me she thought the septum was keeping the baby from coming and asked if she could remove it. My answer was uhhh…YES!!! After she removed the septum, Cecelia slid right out. She was beautiful and perfect. I was in pretty rough shape though. It took quite awhile to stitch me back up, and I'd lost a lot of blood. I ended up being in the hospital for three days after she was born and put on bed rest after I went home.
After all that, I still felt like it was the best experiences of my life, and knew that I wanted to do it again... in a couple years.
Miss Cecelia Rose: 7lbs. 13oz., 19in.
Nora was a completely different story...
My due date was August 23rd, but I fully expected to go early since Cecelia had been about two weeks early. I had an appointment on Monday the 9th. I'd been having some contractions off and on, but nothing I thought a lot about. When the doctor checked me he asked me what I'd been doing because I was dilated to 5 cm and 80% effaced. I promised I hadn't been doing anything! He told me not to wait until the contractions were 5 minutes apart, but to go in when they were about 7. All the rest of that week, I had contractions off and on... some painful (nothing I couldn't handle) but not much of a pattern and they always quit on me.
On Saturday, August 14th, we decided to drive into Salem (we live about 25 minutes away) to hang out with some friends and have dinner. My DH and my friend's DH go mountain biking at least once a week, but DH canceled because we were both afraid I'd go into labor. They decided to make up for it while we were there. We left our house at about 2:30ish. On the way there, I had a couple contractions, like the ones I'd been having, so I kind of ignored them. We got there at about 3, and the guys left on their bikes.
My friend and I put in Monsters, Inc. for my DD and sat chatting while she watched. I noticed I was still getting some contractions, still nothing too intense, so I decided to start timing them. The first couple I timed didn't really have much of a pattern. Then I started noticing that they were pretty uncomfortable to sit through, so I started walking to see if they'd go away like they had earlier in the week, but I was still chatting and able to giggle at some of the jokes in the movie. As I was walking, I noticed that the contractions were coming 2 minutes apart and lasting for a minute. I was also starting to feel some discomfort in my hips (still entirely manageable). The guys had been gone about 20 minutes. I decided I needed to call him and we needed to go to the hospital. Luckily, we had thought ahead and put my bag and Cecelia's bag in the car... "just in case". Our friends had already agreed to watch Cecelia when the big day came, so that worked out perfectly. After what seemed like an eternity, DH rode up. He asked if he had time to change his clothes (it was insanely hot on Saturday... I'm not sure what they were thinking when they decided to go!) I told him he needed to change like the wind. He did and we hopped in the car to go. Thankfully, our friends live about 5 minutes from the hospital. We pulled into the birthing center drop off zone and stopped the car at 5pm. As I was getting out of the car, it felt like I was losing more of my plug (I'd been noticing blobs for a couple days). As soon as I stood up, my water broke and gush after gush of fluid starting coming out. I was so embarrassed to have to walk through the building with my pants soaking wet, leaving a trail behind me! I was so glad we didn't have to share an elevator with anyone on the way up. We got to the reception area and I found a little patch of tile to stand on (seriously, who puts carpeting in a place like that???) while we got admitted. The girl rushed through the process and had DH sign a couple papers. Finally, the nurse came to escort us into a birthing room. She asked me if I wanted to walk or be pushed. All I could answer is "I don't know" so DH told me to sit down and she wheeled me away.
When we got to the birthing room, the nurse asked me how I wanted to handle the pain. I told her I wanted an epidural. She had me go into the bathroom to change. When I sat down on the toilet so DH could help me get my pants off, I felt a lot of pressure, like I needed to go to the bathroom. I told the nurse I was having pressure, so she decided to check me right away. I had just a little bit of cervix left. I asked what my pain options were at that point, and her face instantly let me know that I really didn't have any. After that I just remember being surrounded by nurses all doing something to me or asking DH questions. Pretty soon I started feeling like I needed to push. The doctor hadn't arrived yet, so the nurse had me breath through two or three contractions. Finally the doctor got there and I started pushing. I'm not exactly sure how long it took (the nurse said I pushed for about three minutes... it felt longer to me), but next thing I knew I could feel her crowning (they're not kidding about that "ring of fire" thing!) After that, I think it took one more push and out she came at 5:40pm! I had one small tear that required a single stitch, but after all was said and done, I felt great. It was the most amazing experience. I really never felt like the pain wasn't manageable. It was not what I had planned, but I wouldn't change a single thing... Well, there is one thing. Since we were in such a hurry to get into the birthing center, we didn't grab the camera. DH got a couple pictures with my phone, but they were not great.
We must have had a guardian angel watching over us that day. I really don't know if we would have made it had we been at home! When I think about that day, I am still in shock.
>Miss Nora Mae: 6 lbs. 15 oz., 19 in. >>>
As far as my birth plan with a third, I would totally repeat my experience with Nora... Maybe just give myself a little more time to get to the hospital!
Loved reading those birth stories ladies! I actually just recently learned of those. When did this become a thing? Or has it always been? I wish my parents had written something down, because seriously I've asked and they don't remember anything about my birth. My mother always changes her story about whether she got an epidural with me or not. How do you not remember that, right?
Deidre- Sorry your BBQ got cancelled, but yay for a new fridge! Awesome! Are you going to share a photo?
AFM--Looking forward to my 2 days off this week. Going to visit another friend tomorrow (who is also a member on preg.org). My wedding coordination meeting is on Monday, so I will be DIY-ing like a madwoman this weekend. Ready for it all to be over so I can start the honeymoon. We are going to Thailand and Cambodia for the honeymoon. We were saving for 2 years to go to Peru and Machu Picchu, but then we got engaged and decided Peru is not a good honeymoon destination because you need a bunch of tour guides to get around and it can be physically challenging....and who wants that on their honeymoon? So we put our Peru savings towards the honeymoon. I've always wanted to go to Southeast Asia, and originally thought I could visit all the countries in 3 weeks...but that's just not possible, its bigger than I thought and I can't take that much time off. So we are going to spend 4 nights in Bangkok, 2 nights in Siem Reap (Cambodia) then book it down to Phuket for 6 nights of beach. It's also the best bang for your buck as far as honeymoon destinations go. Can't wait!
Elizabeth~ Your honeymoon sounds amazing! I hope you'll take lots of pictures and share them with us!
I'm not sure when birth stories became common practice. I just always remember reading them when I started coming to p.org (probably in 2006? I didn't officially join until I was pregnant with Cecelia.) It's funny... You think you'll remember every little detail about the birth, but over time it fades. As I was rereading Cecelia's story, I realized I had the timing wrong, but I had to go check her birth announcement to fix it. I definitely recommend writing it all down as soon as you feel up to it.
I recommend (if you can) to write things down AS you are going through it....I had a notepad right by my bed, and important things (like how many cm, when they started pit, etc) because I for one can't remember things unless I write them down. When I was doing this while in labor, my sister asked me what I was doing, and when I told her, she was like Oh, that's a great idea, I never thought to do that for any of my kids lol
and Amy, Nora's birth sounds like what I want (I totally got chills reading it)!! My mom had 4 out of 6 of her kids natural without an epidural (she was allergic to it, but they didn't figure that out until after their 2nd) and she said those births were so much better, and the recovery was SO EASY!
Lesli & Russell August 24, 2007
Savanna June --- January 29, 2009
Alivia Christi --- January 9, 2013
Yesterday was DF's interview and they offered him a job right then and there!!! At first he was a little unsure, because its a kind of a long drive and slightly less than he wanted to make, but then late afternoon he received the formal offer by email with info. about the benefits package and he decided to take it!!! And they are totally fine with our super long honeymoon. I'm super excited to say the least.