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We've followed eachother's journey from BFP to birth. Let's have a thread completely devoted to that special day when you welcomed your new baby into your life. Please share the story of the day your LO was born.


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Posted on September 7, 2010 at 11:29 am
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Around 2 am while getting one of my NST’s they were concerned at the lack of movement from little G. I knew it was nothing, that she was sleeping, but they sent me over to L&D to the case room to do a second NST there to make sure she was ok…We sat there for about 2 hours and I did get checked at that time and had progressed to 1 cm dilated! That was pretty exciting. We finally went back to our room after that was all done!


The next morning (the 30th) we got a new nurse for day shift, her name is Dot. She was amazing!! LOVED her! We had lots of fun with the NST’s with her there! My mom came around 9 am and didn’t go into work that day hoping we had made some progress. No checks would be performed until noon that day so we just had to wait until our appointment.


So, the 24 hours had passed and my doctor met us at our appointment. I was still having off and on contractions that were becoming more intense and I was just breathing away through them, they weren’t that bad, like a bad menstrual cramp, so I thought I was progressing J So my doctor checked me but I was still only at 1 cm…that made me SO sad and quite discouraged that I had only progressed that much in 24 hours! She told me not to worry and that people using 2-3 cervadils prior to the oxytocin drip is quite common, normally never going over 2 cervadils. So she took it out and stripped my membranes to try and promote some progression and put a new one in! She then said she'd check me again in 24 hours!! Worked for me!


We all just headed back to the room, all the while just playing cards or on the computer watching movies (bring a laptop if you have one with dvd's...life saver!) we brought with us, and playing on our phones. Again that night during another NST I was sent to the case room due to lack of movement. My contractions were becoming more intense and I thought that since she had stripped my membranes maybe I was progressing again! The nurse checked me and I was only at 2 cm, progress yes, but not as much as I wanted!! I am the type of person that wants something to happen now, so I had to pull out all my patience on this one! We finally got to go back to our room after them seeing that baby G was just sleeping again (at least someone was sleeping!)


The next day, December 1, my mom went to work until noon then came and met us at the hospital! She wasn’t going to miss Baby G being born! Just after she had got there my contractions did take a turn for the worse. We tried walking, something we had been doing all along, to work through them but it was becoming more difficult and more painful, so I FOR SURE thought I must have made it to 3 cm and we could start the drip anytime! The nurses came in to check and I have never had a more uncomfortable internal check in my life, I actually cried and screamed I didn’t want to do this anymore…apparently my cervix was still quite high and only at 2 cm L


Around 2 pm, that next 24 hours had passed and the doctor on call came to check me and when she did I was still just at 2 cm…this is 48 hours later from initially coming in so she said she would talk to the other doctor on call and decide what we would do. The options were 1) try another cervadil, 2) emergency c- section (I didn’t see the emergency), or 3) just start me on the oxytocin even though I wasn’t at 3 cm yet…I was hoping for option 3! About 30 minutes later the doctor came back and said those magical words “we are going to start the oxytocin drip!” AH life was good!!  I was beyond pleased that they were going to do this before resorting to a c-section.  It was extremely important to me to avoid one at all costs!


So we started to pack up and about 30 minutes later we were wheeled down to L&D from our ante-partum room. As soon as we got there I was all gowned up and had the fluid IV put in, I was extremely dehydrated and I needed my energy for pushing! They gave me an ultrasound there to make sure that baby was head down. They knew she was but wanted to make sure due to an error that had happened last week at the hospital thinking a baby was head down but it was actually breech!


In the room we had an amazing nurse and one nursing student, which was fine by me!! They administered the drip at 7:30 pm. Shift change was right after that so we got our new nurse named Jenn, she was the most amazing nurse of all! Kept me laughing and kept my mind off the contractions which were gradually getting worse. I was still able to walk around so we did do some of that to try and distract as well but G had dropped and my pelvis was hurting very badly making walking next to impossible.


At 8:30 pm my doctor and her intern, Terrence, came in and checked me for progression! I had FINALLY made it to 3 cm!! I was ecstatic!! My doctor decided it was time to break my waters, which I was totally down with! I was officially in the active labour stage, not just early labour anymore! When she broke my water it was probably the weirdest feeling ever…pretty much like you just peed yourself and all over everyone! She told me with my water broken the contractions will start to come on stronger, I was ready…or so I thought!


Posted on December 20, 2010 at 3:18 am
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About 10 minutes later I got a ridiculously intense contraction, then another, and another…they were piggy backing with NO break in between. At that moment I finally realized what they meant at prenatal class when they said you will know you are in active labour when you can no longer walk or talk through your contractions! So there I was, in incredible pain with no reprieve. From what I was told and from what I have read people will have a contraction then have like 30 seconds between to get ready for the next one…not me, it was what felt like one constant, extremely powerful contraction…it was awful. I took it for about 15 constant minutes and couldn’t do it anymore and asked for the epidural. I original wanted to go epi free but it just wasn’t working. If I had the break in between the contractions to basically re-focus I think I would have done it but because they piggy backed, I couldn’t stand it anymore! It took another 15 minutes for the “epi guy” to get there, all the while I swear I’m dieing, which of course I was not!  I was literally shaking in pain. Once the epi was administered I felt MUCH better! I did get a walking epi so my legs were still functioning it just took the pain away and made the contraction feel more like pressure than stabbing.


From that point on I wanted a small break so I just kind of laid in bed while my mom and Brandon played cards and the nurse turned the lights off in the room so maybe I could get some sleep. I couldn’t sleep needless to say I was WAY to excited that our baby girl was actually on her way!! I was just playing on my phone while waiting!


Finally 10:30 pm came around, which didn’t really seem that long to have gotten there. My mom was gone at that time because she was picking up my brother from work and then coming right back. The doctor checked me and told me I had gone to 5 cm! Wahoo! I was very excited and texted my mom and dad to let them know. Both figured I had at least a few hours left, the doctors were even placing bets on her time of birth. Most ranged from 4-6 am on December 2.


From 10:30 pm to 11:30 pm we all just kept doing our thing and I distinctly remember mentioning to Brandon that I felt a lot of pressure in my butt, to which his response was “you probably have to poo” lol…I said NO dear, I’m pretty sure (and here’s where you amazing ladies come in) that one of the ladies on PB said she felt pressure in her butt and it meant it was time to push. Then my doctor came in. She said that she was going to check me and then her intern would check me as well and tell her where I was at. Good practice! So she checked and didn’t say a word and then he checked. I’ll never forget the mood in the room. The lights were dimmed, my mom and Brandon were standing there in anticipation, Terrance was checking me and it didn’t seem like her had to go to “far” to check. I was getting tired because it was 11:30 pm and my doctor just kind of gave me this look. I looked at Terrance and he said, and I quote, because I’ll never forget: “Well, if I were to tell you how dilated she is I would have to say that she is fully dilated and she is at a +2 station.” My eyes lit up and I looked at them both and said REALLY??? This is it? I’m ready? My doctor smiled her quirky smile and gave me the thumbs up! She told us she would be right back, had to check on her other patients and then we’d start pushing!


I was in SHOCK! In one hour we had gone from 5 to 10 cm dilated!! So our nurse Jenn asked me to do a practice push with her so that we could make sure I knew what I was doing when the doctor came back. She asked if I knew when I was having a contraction and I said when I’m feeling the pressure, yes? And she said YES! So she came down and we gave a practice half push until she yelled STOP! I was like uh oh! Am I doing something wrong?? She said if you don’t stop pushing you are going to have this baby in one push! I need to call the doctor! I felt down there when she said that and could feel the baby’s head! UN.REAL! Just then my nurse friend, Carla came in cause I told her to hurry and get there because this baby was ready to make her debut!! So she hung out for until the doctor arrived at 12:08 am then said to text her when baby was born and she was just going to go have a quick snack.


As soon as the doctor came in she quickly gowned up, removed the bottom half of the bed, pulled over the instruments for if she needed them, and turned on the bright lights! It all seemed like it was completely surreal. Then she asked me if I was ready, I remember peeping, I guess so J


I distinctly remember looking at the clock and it was 12:10 am on December 2. So, contraction came and I pushed, she crowned. Another contraction came, I pushed her head came. Another contraction came, and she was OUT! Doc said I was a pro pusher!


Brandon immediately messaged my friend Carla and told her that she had been born and she came right to the L&D room and said “Already? Buddy, you’re a champ” LOL.


I luckily only had to get one stitch, I was scared I need a lot more since she came so fast! I laboured for about 60 hours total, but if you just look at the active labour, it was just shy of 4!…not bad!


Georgia Elizabeth Halliwell was born at 12:18 am on December 2, 8 minutes after I started pushing, weighing in at 6 lbs. 8oz. and 19.5 glorious inches long! She is the definition of perfection!! Brandon and I immediately felt love at first sight, it was incredible!


Posted on December 20, 2010 at 3:19 am
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Here are some pictures of our experience from November 29-December 2, including our perfect little squeakers (lol that’s her nickname, she just squeaks, barely cries).  She has CRAZY hair!!! 

 


 


We are both SO in love and are enjoying our amazing family of 3!



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Posted on December 20, 2010 at 3:22 am
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(Pardon any spelling mistakes - my spellcheck is not working!)


I checked into the hospital at 700 in the morning on Thursday, December 16th to be induced. I was due on the 15th, but the doctor agreed to not let me go too far past my due date because of being diagnosed with PUPPPS and because they were guessing Brody was going to be a BIG boy!


By 730, I was dilated 4 cm so my doctor broke my water (ugh, that was so uncomfortable - feeling like you're constantly leaking...gross!) and contractions began within 45 minutes; no pitocin was necessary. Contractions started out not so bad, but got very uncomfortable within 3 hours. Around 1030 I was given an epidural - the anesthesiologist kept on saying "I'm not going to give you that much to start with - you're so tiny!" (Tiny, really? Thanks doc! =) After giving it about 15 minutes to kick in, the nurse put in a catheter. Ouch! Since I wasn't supposed to feel any pain and I definitely felt her put that in, the nurse got him to up the meds in the epidural. I was able to drift in and out of sleep for a couple of hours.


Around 130, my doctor showed up - to which I thought "Okay, why aren't you at the office taking care of all of your patients? This isn't good..." And I was right. There were a few things going on...Brody's heartbeat was too steady and he wasn't moving around a lot which worried the doctor. I had developed high blood pressure and they were worried that I had developed pre-eclampsia. Some of my blood tests didn't look right (something to do with liver function) and when the doc checked my progress (only dilated to 5 cm) they saw some merconium in the amniotic fluid. My doctor offered 2 options: either have a c-section now or try to labor for a few more hours and deliver vaginally, but it would be possible that I wouldn't have the energy to push and they'd have to do a c-section anyways.


I opted to have the section because of what they said about Brody's heartbeat and movement. I felt awful because my mom was at work and was figuring that labor could take many many hours and my hubby would just call her when we were getting close. She was quite surprised and worried when he called her at 1:45 and said "Change of plans - she's having a c-section NOW!"


So I was in the operating room by 2:00...I remember being so out of it from the epi and a magnesium IV they had given me that I said "Will I always feel this tired?" and one of the doctors said "Yeah, for the next 18 years!" lol Chris was by my head the whole time until my doctor said "Dad, do you want to see your son being born?" Well I don't know how he did it, but DH managed to stand up and watch as they pulled Brody out of me (he still won't talk about it - he doesn't want to relive the thought of seeing my other organs I think)...and Brody was born at 2:25 p.m.


Chris got to hold him for about 15 minutes while they stitched me up and then they wheeled me to a post op room for about 2 hours. I got to breastfeed there and we started calling everyone we knew to tell them the good news.


The absolute worst part of the whole ordeal was the magnesium IV they gave me - because of it I was only allowed ice chips for 24 hours - not even sips of water were allowed. Well, ever since about week 35 of the pregnancy, all I wanted was fluids - water, milk, gatorade, juice, etc. I didn't even care about food. So this was honestly one of the hardest days of my life...to go 24 hours without drinking anything! At one point I started crying because the nurse told me I was eating too many ice chips.  As soon as the 24 hours were up and I was able to eat/drink again, I felt like a new woman. To top it off, there was NO sleep that night because they had to check my vitals every hour and they were bringing Brody to me to nurse every 3 hours.


Of course, it was all worth it to have this little man in my life. The first 2 weeks at home were so rough (emotions, nursing, uncertainty, visitors, the holidays, etc.) but we've turned a corner and I'm enjoying being a mom so much now.


Brody Ten Eyck Myer - born 12/16/2010 9 lbs. 15 oz. 21 1/2 inches long 2:25 p.m.


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Posted on January 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm
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My birthstory can be find here: http://www.projectwedding.com/post/list/evan-s-ladyy-birth-story-pictures


 


Have fun reading!

Posted on January 10, 2011 at 2:52 am
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Posted on January 17, 2011 at 11:25 am
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:D Finally we have a birth story to share! 7lbs, 3 oz, 19.5 inches, at 12:42am on Dec 28th!


I woke up at 5am Monday morning and just by the feeling of cramps knew it was different. We were under 12 inches of snow from Sunday night into Monday. DH went to work at 6 and I told him Id call if things got worse as I didn't know if it was false labor, and they always say the first baby takes forever. His boss sent him home due to the weather, but by 930 I called my dr to make an appt. At my 11 appointment I was 4 cm, fully effaced, with his head at a +1, they sent me right to the hospital.


Checked in for noon. Water broke at 1, and at 5pm, at 6 cm I asked for the epidural. From noon to 5 the ONLY thing I could tolerate was sitting on the birthing ball. NOTHING else worked for me. Was 10 cm at 9pm, but felt no urge to push. They said they'd let me continue to have ctx until I felt an urge. Come 10:30pm I said I wasn't feeling well, and it turns out I had a fever. They had me start pushing at 11 due to the fever. I pushed from 11pm on the 27th until 12:42am on the 28th. (The 27th is our wedding anniversary, and as I was pushing dh kept telling me how much time I had to kill to make it until the 28th! We wanted eric to have his own special day! It was a cute countdown)


The last 30 minutes of pushing was soooo hard. They asked me to wait until mid contraction to start pushing, and at that point you already feel so much pain and urge to push, its hard to start concentrating on a push! I even had the damn reflux during delivery. We had to take a few maalox breaks!


DH and I are in the recovery room. Sadly Eric had to be taken to the NICU. He was born with a fever of 100, had low blood sugar, and had TTN, which is a really high respiratory rate. (http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/lungs/ttn.html)


His fast breathing prevented him from nursing, so they did have to formula supplement. We haven't had a successful latch yet, but we're working on it. (Mom was cursed with flat nipples making it very hard)


He is on 48 hour IV antibiotics due to the fever, but they only do IVs in the nicu, so he'll be staying upstairs until Thursday. But overall prognosis looks good.


And now on to the fun part... the pictures!!


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Posted on January 19, 2011 at 3:27 am
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Posted on February 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm
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Baby's Name: Mason David Conway


Date of Birth: January 20th 2011


Baby's Height: 21 1/2 inches


Baby's Weight: 8lbs 7oz


Story of Delivery:


 


Everything started on Tuesday, January 18th in the afternoon. I was hitting my wall. I wanted our child out of me. I hit my wall and wanted to just hold my son in my arms. The week before my doctor said If I hadn’t had this child by Tuesday to go ahead and call him. I called him at 8:30am in the morning. Around 3:30pm I still hadn’t heard from him. I went ahead and called the nurse and told her this wasn’t fair and that I needed to talk to my doctor. Well she told me to relax and to come to my appointment early on Wednesday, January 18th. My appointment wasn’t until 11pm but She told me to come in around 9am to see him bright and early. Well my prayers were answered…In the middle of my melt down the doctor called me at 5:30pm and told me to call labor and delivery at 7am on Wednesday to check in for my induction. I really couldn’t have been happier! I was so excited and relieved. Well, Wednesday came around and at 7am I called. No beds available….Just our luck right??? Well they told me to call at 9am…I did…still no beds…so I headed down with my husband to our doctor’s appointment.  We got there around 10am. We went in saw the doctor and he asked why I wasn’t at labor and delivery getting induced. I informed him that there were no beds. He decided to go ahead and check me and do an ultra sound to make sure everything was ok. Well first he tells me your pelvic is very narrow I don’t know if you are going to be able to get this babies head down your pelvic. Strike one !!!!! Well then, he does the ultra sound….Well this kid is head down but facing sun side up! Strike two!!!! Well then he goes ahead and looks at the amionic sac… Wheres your fluid…Oh wait a minute….there is some… Strike three!!!!  The doctor looks at me and informs me that we will for sure being going to labor and delivery today but we have to wait for a bed. He told me to call every two hours.


                I called at 1:00pm and was told there were no beds. I called at 3:00pm and was told there were no beds. Well around 4:30pm my husband and I decided to take a nap….and I got the magical phone call that there was a bed ready for me! I was so excited!!! So my husband and I called my mom told her we were on our way to the hospital to get induced.


                I got there around 6:00pm and things started to happen so fast. They got me a bed, started an IV, took some vitals, and introduced me to the anesthesiologist. The doctor came in to talk to me about our game plan. So our game plan was to use cyotec to ripen my cervix and then go from there. So he inserted a small dose of cyotec and things began to get going….We were all very excited. My mom, Doula and Husband were there….We watched the Laker game as well as American idol. Around 10:30pm I decided that I had to go pee. So I got up went to the bathroom and peed. I stood up to wash my hands and all of a sudden felt a leak go down my leg. Well my water had broke which through a curve ball for my doctor. He checked me and I was only dilated at a 1. So he said its not smart to do pitocin right now because I am not far enough. So he decided we could do a foley catheter. This totally sucks by the way!!! Well he got it in attached a bad of saline to open my cervix. Well I had to lay on my back for at least 30 minutes…well I started to get back labor. It kept getting worse and worse and instead of me just asking for a epidural I actually asked for drugs. They gave me nuvein.

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 10:09 am
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By far one of the worst drugs I had ever taken! I became very shaky, emotional, tired, and so much more. The best way to describe the way I was feeling/acting was like a drug addict coming off drugs. My mom came over and said you don’t have to suffer like this you can ask for the epidural. Well out of nowhere I started hyperventilating; crying uncontrollable and sky rocked my blood pressure and heart rate. At that point I asked for an epidural. Well while getting the epidural I had one of these episodes and he had to start all over. I had an episode because I was having such a hard contractions as well trying to control my emotions. This all went down between 11-12:45am. It was really an overwhelming experience.


  Well, after that I began to feel better because I really couldn’t feel anything. My contractions were 2 minutes apart so I was heading in the right direction. At about 4:15am the foley cather fell out so the nurse went and got the midwife around 4:30am to check me. At this point the nurse’s attitude with me had change because of the way I had been acting. I did try to apologize and let her know that I guess I am not very good at taking drugs. She still acted like I was one of her worst patients. Well anyways, when she woke me up at 4:30am she brought the midwife with her. They checked me and I was dilated to a 6! I was so excited! I couldn’t believe that I had dilated so fast!  Things seemed to be moving in the right direction. In between 4:30am-8am the nurse came in about every 45 minutes to check my vitals.


Around 8 o’clock my doctor came in to check me. He informed that I was still stuck at a 6. I was so upset. He said well I am going to go ahead and go do a c-section and then come back so we can talk and see how you are progressing. My husband, Mother and I were both at that point ready to ask for a c-section. I had been in labor for 15 hours and was miserable and wasn’t progressing like my body should have been. We figured this was what he was going to go ahead and talk to us about anyways. At this time the nurse (the one I didn’t like) decided to up the pitiocin up one dose without letting u know. She went and got the midwife at about 8:50am who then brought in another doctor with her. She literally was in me, checking me when all of a sudden the baby’s heart rate dropped. This scared the crapt out of us. They turned me on my side and the nurse confessed she had bumped up the pitiocin. They gave me some sort of medicine to once again calm my contractions down. It was putting the baby into distress. With in a matter of minutes there was about 20 people in the room. They had ice and were asking me if I could feel anything. They were the anesthesiologist and were seeing what I could feel because the baby’s heart rate had dropped once to 80 then started to go back up then dropped down to 70 then started to go back up and dropped once again to 50. They were done with labor…and were taking me to an emergency crash c-section. They pulled the cords out of the wall. As they were rushing me away I told my husband and mom that I loved them. I really at this point didn’t know what was going on other then it was time to get the baby out. I was totally scared. They were rushing. Since a crash emergency c-section was called they had 8 minutes to get the baby out. So that ment getting me to the OR, knocking me out, and taking the baby out in less the 8 minutes. At one point in the hall my IV got stuck on the wall. I was grabbing it so it wouldn’t ripe out of my hand but then my favorite nurse butted in and said keep your hands in the cart. I used some bad language at her at that point. I was pissed because my IV was stuck and she seemed not to care. They got me to the OR put me on the table. The nice nurse I was talking to informed me they were putting me out. We had no time to wait and need to get this little man out ASAP. I told her..My husband needs to know what is going on. He needs to hold our child first. But most important you need to tell my MOTHER that I am fine and everything will be ok. (I knew at this

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 10:10 am
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point if I was having a cow so was my mother). All of this happen within 6 minutes. Our little boy was born at 9:06am on January 20th 2011 weighing 8lbs 7 oz and was 21 ½ inches long. My husband wasn’t present for any of this which was upsetting for both my husband and I But the most important thing was that baby and I were healthy. That’s all that mattered! I woke up and saw my precious by at 10:00am. He was latched to my boob right away BUT I did see him at 10am.  

Posted on February 16, 2011 at 10:12 am
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Finally have time to post my birth story.


Clara Mae - Feb 25th (on her due date) - 7lbs 4oz - 20in - 5:40pm


 


On Feb 24th, I went to my weekly doctors appointment in the afternoon and when they took my blood pressure, it was 150/100.  My doctor was a bit concerned with this since I had been experiencing a lot of headaches, dizziness, and seeing black floaters in my eye sight.  They had me sit back and relax for a bit so they could recheck my BP.  When they rechecked my BP, it had only gone down a tad.  It was still elevated enough for my doctor to be concerned.  Since my due date was the following day, she wanted to send me to the hospital to start an induction.  At 5pm on the 24th, I was entering the hospital for the induction.  I was scared out of my mind, because I was not showing any signs of labor (I was not even dilated).  So all I kept thinking was that an induction would not work for me, and I would end up with a c-section.  Well, at 7pm that night they started the cervidil  That remained in place until the 7am the following morning.  Once they took the cervidil out I was only dilated to 1cm.  At 9am they broke my water and started the pitocin.  I started to progress pretty quickly at this point.  Around 1-2pm, I was 3-4cm, and the contractions were starting to get pretty intense.  I tried to make it as long as possible without getting the epidural, but pitocin contractions are NO JOKE!  At 4cm, I asked for the epidural, and it was smooth sailing from there.  About an hour or so later, I started to feel a lot of pressure, so I asked to be checked again, and was told that I was 9cm, and would probably start pushing within the hour.  Around 5pm, it was time to start pushing.  My epidural only took full effect on my left side of my body.  The right side was only slightly numb, so I could still feel a lot of the pain from the contractions.  Once I started pushing, Clara decided to start kicking my ribs to help her descend further down in the birth canal, which made it very difficult to catch my breath between contractions.  I only pushed for 40 minutes, and she was out with only a minor vaginal and labia tear.  The birth was so much easier than I ever thought it would be.  


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3 weeks later


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Posted on March 18, 2011 at 5:41 am
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Baby's Name: Alexandra Joan Nikolai


Date of Birth: April 27, 2011


Baby's Height: 20 inches


Baby's Weight: 7lbs 10 oz


Story of Delivery:


My labor started off early in the morning on the 27th. As my hubby was leaving for work I asked him to get me a pop tart and a glass of milk because I was all of a sudden starving. He brought me my food and left. The moment I heard his car pull away at 5:58am I heard a weird rumbling sound and felt a huge gush of fluid. I tried to call him, but the cell phone service in our area is spotty. I called my midwife and my mom in the mean time. I didn't start having real contractions until my dad showed up at 6:30am. I finally got ahold of DH and he headed back home. My contractions started out intense and I was thinking "This is going to go so quick, I bet I'll be done by the time DH gets home." But that wasn't how my labor went. My midwife got to my house at about 10:30 am and I was in so much pain. This labor was nothing like my labor with Anna. My blood pressure was going up to the 150's/90's and then back to normal again. Allie's heart tones were also unsteady with my contractions. Not enough to worry at the time though.

I kept begging to get into the labor tub. I was cursing like a sailor and getting really serious with the pain. Then at 12:00pm they let me get into the tub. The water felt amazing and helped a lot with the pain. I was only 5cms at 1:00pm. My contractions were starting to become unbearable. I tried to zone out while listening to my MP3 player and my mom was rubbing my back and head. I was trying to use the hypno-birthing techniques, but they were not working for me. I started to bear down with my contractions and was having to roar through them. My dad left because he was too upset watching me in so much pain. My midwife kept suggesting to walk or get out of the tub and I just couldn't do it. I was becoming so tired. She checked me and told me that I was only 7-8cms and I needed to stop pushing. I tried to stop, but I couldn't. My scar was starting to hurt more and more. I was having back labor, front labor, my pelvis hurt and then my scar was starting to hurt. Allie's heart started decelerating more and more with each contraction, but stayed fairly stable when I changed positions. At about 3:00pm I felt deep down that something was wrong. I just KNEW I had to get to the hospital. My midwife still wasn't concerned, but I had to go with my instincts. My instincts said "GO!"

The ride to the hospital (35 minutes) was absolute torture! My body was on auto-pilot and I was in more pain than I had ever experienced. We walked into the labor and delivery ward and the first thing I said was "I need an epidural NOW!" My midwife and DH stayed with me the entire time. The staff was immediately concerned because my blood sugar was 330 and Allie was measuring 42-43 weeks. The Kaiser midwife didn't seem too concerned, but the doctor advising her was saying things like "Shoulder Distocia, Diabetes, Big Baby, C-section." All the while Allie's heart tones are barely registering on the fetal monitor during my contractions. They didn't have time to give me an epidural or IV pain medications. The Kaiser midwife said "Okay, now Bonnie I need you to push this baby out, okay!" The advising doctor came up to me to "check" me while I was having a contraction and I yelled at him "GET OUT! GET OUT! GET OUT!" He immediately backed off and the Kaiser midwife took over.

I pushed for 5 contractions and the midwife cut an episiotomy (much to my chagrin) but the advising doctor was adamant because of Allie's "Big shoulders." DH was such a huge support and was coaching me to push harder. DH watched to make sure they didn't pull on Allie's head. Allie crowned and the Kaiser midwife said "Stop!" Allie's cord was wrapped twice around her neck, under her shoulder, in her hand and down her leg. She said "Okay, one more push and here's your baby!" and she was out. They layed her on my chest and she was screaming the most beautiful sound I'd ever heard. DH and I were both crying which was so different from the way we both felt during our older daughter's c-section. Allie was so healthy with Apgars of 9's and I got to hold her on my chest for 20 minutes while the Kaiser midwife stitched me up.

My older DD, my best friend, and my parents got to come in while they were still cleaning us up. We got to try breastfeeding immediately and Allie latched like a champ! It was amazing. There was still some concern over my blood pressures, my blood sugar and my platelet count. Over the next day I was having numerous tests run on me to make sure I was okay. I had an x-ray on my pelvis and I indeed separated it during delivery. The separation isn't big enough to warrant medical treatment, but big enough to cause me massive pain! But, it's WAY better than a c-section! My blood platelet count lowered a lot, so they kept me an extra day. They released me once they realized that the numbers were stable from the night before. My blood pressure and sugars stabilized, as well. I have all these red dots all over my face and chest because I pushed so hard that my blood vessels broke!

Allie's birth was the healing birth that I needed it to be. My c-section with my older DD was so traumatizing and disappointing. I felt this immediate and amazing love for Allie that I didn't feel with my older daughter. Her birth has actually made me love my older DD more.


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Baby's Name: Landon Justin



Date of Birth: 4/18/11


Baby's Height: 20"


Baby's Weight: 6lbs 7oz


Story of Delivery: Sorry it's so long! :)


I had been experiencing prodromal labor for about 2 weeks and even though Landon wasn't due until 4/29/2011 I was SOO ready for him to arrive.  On Sunday 4/17/11 I was feeling a little blah so I spent the day with my mom watching Lifetime movies.  I got home at about 8:00pm had some Blue Bell ice cream YUM...and crawled into bed fairly early.  I was still experiencing contractions but nothing out of the ordinary.

 

I had a really hard time getting to sleep and spent a lot of time tossing and turning.  By about 11:00pm I was having some pretty uncomfortable cramping and still having contractions but it did not necessarily feel like the pain was coinciding with the contractions so I wasn't too worried about it.  My DH, Matt, starting getting a little anxious since I couldn't sleep and asked if he should start packing the hospital bag.  Since I couldn't time the contractions I told him not to worry about it just yet. 

At about 1:00am I decided I needed to do a couple loads of laundry because I couldn't sleep, I was in pain and if I did need to go to the hospital I didn't have all the clothes I wanted.  At 2:00am I got on the treadmill and walked for about 20 minutes to see if the pain would go away.  As a side note...there is NOTHING to watch on TV at 2:00am on a Monday morning.  It got to the point where I had to stop walking during the cramps and I knew that something was definitely going on.  At about 2:45am Matt finally told me that we were going to the hospital and I needed to take a shower.  So I hopped in the shower while he packed our bags.  After my shower I went upstairs to finish the laundry and get some pre-made homemade cookie dough out of the freezer to bake for the nurses. I called my doctor to make sure I should come in even though I still wasn't really able to time my contractions..barely awake he said to come and they would chek me.  At that point, Matt told me he was going to take a shower and I started to get a little angry, I told him he better hurry.  By the time he was done all the cookies were finished and I was about ready to tell him to forget about the cookies...I was in A LOT of pain and really wanted to leave right then (the hospital was about 45 minutes away and we needed gas).  By the time we were in the car at 4:30am the smell of the cookies was making me nauseous and so I asked Matt if he thought we could make it to the hospital without getting gas.

 

The car ride to the hospital was HORRIBLE, I had a hard time focusing on breathing and kept telling Matt "I can't do it", of course I didn't have much of a choice.  I was so worried about getting to the hospital too early and having them turn me away that I almost sent myself into a panic attack.  Walking into the ER department of the hospital took some time because I had to keep stopping.  Once we got in at about 5:30am they checked us in and sent a L&D nurse down to get me.  It took her awhile to get a wheel chair and I was getting a little frustrated.  She told me afterward that she took so long becaue she needed to call L&D and tell them to get me a labor room since she felt there was no need to triage me...clearly I looked that good. In the elevator she asked if I would be wanting an epidural and I caved immediately I couldn't imagine being in so much pain for several more hours. 

As soon as I got to the room I got into my gown and onto the bed and they checked me right away and thank god I was dilated to almost a 5 and was 100% effaced so they sent the anesthesiologist in.  I signed all the paperwork had the IV inserted and then just had to wait until I had the required amount of fluids before the epidural.   By 6:00 am the anesthesiologist was back and getting me ready...I was a little freaked out about having a huge needle inserted into my spine but it wasn't nearly as bad as the pain I was feeling so TOTALLY worth it to me! At first the epidural only took to my left side so my right side was still in quite a bit of pain so the anesthesiologist had to readjust the catheter.




After I had the epidural I had a few problems..I am not sure if they were because of the epidural or if it would have happened anyway but at about 6:45am the nurses got a little nervous because I was having so many contractions right on top of each other so they needed to give me trebutaline to slow down the contractions.  They checked me again and I was at an easy 6 centimeters.  The nurses called my OB/GYN and were upset that he hadn't headed in yet (I think his shift was ending at 7 or 8am and he was hoping the next doc on call would deal with me).  After they gave me the trebutaline L and I's heart rates kept dropping so they needed to give me another drug to get our hearts rates up (I forget what they gave me).  Fortunately, by this time it was about 8:30am and the OB I really liked arrived (it was a practice of 4 docs).  The OB was worried about L's heart rate and so he broke my water and unfortunately had to have an internal fetal monitor placed, which made me cry a little because I felt so bad about having it stuck on L's head. By about 9:30am I was dilated to a 9 and my mom finally arrived!

I was so happy to have her there but wasn't able to chat much because I had an oxygen mask that I had to keep on to keep L's heart rate at an acceptable level. By 10:30am the nurses were back and I was fully dilated and ready to push, they decided that because everything was going well I could wait an hour before pushing to let him passively descend.  At 11:30am I was ready to start pushing and I was so happy to have my mom and Matt there even though originally I didn't want anyone but Matt in the room.  I pushed for about 35 minutes before the nurse had to run around trying to find my OB for 20 minutes which was frustrating because at that point the contractions were hurting again. He finally arrived at 12:35pm and I was able to push.  Much to my chagrin, he ended up giving me an episiotomy (without asking really) and Landon was born at 12:44pm.  He was a little blue so I am actually glad my OB did whatever he needed to get L out.  Matt cut the cord and they whisked L away.  Of course at that point my mom and Matt were over with L and I was all alone :( I was really sad I wasn't really able to spend any time with him but they had him back to me as soon as he was weighed and cleaned. 

At first I was upset about how many interventions I needed and not having immediate skin-to-skin but I now I am just so happy he is here that none of that matters to me.  I still feel very connected to my little man and could care less about the actual birth experience...all that matters to me is that he is happy and healthy!  So that's it... now my little L is here and I could not be happier!

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Baby's Name: Landon James


Date of Birth: June 3, 2011 10:05am


Baby's Height: 21 inches


Baby's Weight: 9 lbs, 10 oz


Birth Story:


All day Thursday I was getting period like cramps. I didn't think much of it and I was able to go about my day. One thing I found odd was that I did absolutely nothing but chill and sit all day and needed an afternoon nap, which has not been normal for me if I've done nothing. Around 7pm, I was sitting on the couch, playing on my laptop when I felt a jab down low and then a gush of fluid. I immediately stood up and felt another gush. I went to the bathroom to see if I had peed myself, but I was able to go pee quite a bit, and I just knew my water had broken. I called down to Jeff who was in his man cave, and then we called the Dr. She said to go to the hospital and let them check to see if I really did break my water or not. On the way to the elevator to labor and delivery, I felt yet another gush of fluid. The mistake I made was not wearing a pad for them to check and going pee again. They did 2 different tests on me (paper strips and a ferning test) and said I did not break my water, I peed myself three times. I knew there was no way I did that 3 times, but I had no proof. Meanwhile, I was getting stronger cramps, but nothing consistent or unbearable. I was checked, dilated 1cm like I was earlier that week at my appointment, and sent home. I was mad because I KNEW it wasn't pee and later on, my Dr. agreed with me.


I was sent home around 11pm, we stopped for some dinner for Jeff and got home around 12:30. My cramping was getting worse and worse as time went on. I was trying to watch TV in bed and could not get comfortable. I kept going between bed and the bathroom and I was definitely losing my mucous plug as I contracted. The cramping got stronger and I thought maybe I was having contractions. Jeff started timing them and they were coming about 4-5 minutes apart and did that for an hour. I called my Dr. again around 2am and she said if they were consistent to go back to the hospital. By then I was getting intense contractions about 3 minutes apart, still lasting about a minute and I was really uncomfortable and couldn't do anything when I was having one but breathe through it. Jeff and I headed back, I was taken in again and checked. I was dilated to 4cm in a matter of a few hours! I knew that I was far enough along for an epidural, so I asked for one and was given it within an hour. By then my contractions were 60-90 seconds in duration and 2-3 minutes apart, so I was barely getting a break and it was really awful. Once I got the epidural I felt awesome! I don't know how anyone does this with no medicine, but I have a lot of respect for them. There is no way I could ever do that.

By 8am I was 10cm dilated, so my labor was pretty fast! I pushed for 2 hours and that was the most exhausting part. I felt no pain, but A LOT of pressure and near the end it was unbearable. It felt really good to finally push Landon out at 10:05am. He was born on June 3, weighing 9lbs 10oz and 21 inches long. I do have stitches now from my second degree tearing and they're painful, but I didn't tear that badly and while I'm sore, it's really not THAT bad. I'm shocked that I'm not worse due to Landon's size.

We stayed at the hospital for 2 nights and felt very well taken care of. We loved my labor and delivery nurse as well as the nurses that took care of Landon and I during our stay. One in particular was a huge help and we got her twice.

We got home Sunday and so far, we are doing very well. I am breastfeeding and I think my milk came in Sunday night. Breastfeeding has been a much more challenging and at times, frustrating experience than I expected, but it's getting easier and it's so worth it to me. Jeff has been absolutely amazing through this entire thing and I couldn't do it without him. We are so in love with our son and so happy he decided to come 5 days early!



Posted on June 9, 2011 at 9:41 am
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Baby's Name: Annabelle Riley


Date of Birth: June 28, 2011 4:59 am


Baby's Height: 20 inches


Baby's Weight: 7 lbs, 3 oz


Birth Story:


I was a bit beyond my estimated due date (40 weeks, 4 days) which was expected as I am a first time momma!  So I wasn't too concerned, but everyone around me had ants in their pants. I got out of bed Monday morning at 9:30 AM and went to pee, finished peeing....but kept leaking fluid for about a minute. So I think to myself, self- this must be your membranes rupturing!  It stopped and I put on a heavy overnight pad, and went and had some breakfast, checked my email, and then watched some TV.


I called DH to see if he was on his way home around 10, because we had an appointment with our midwives at 12:30 down in the city. I didn't want to tell him my water broke, just in case I was wrong, so I kept quiet! I had several more gushes and eventually gave up on using pads as I had soaked through 2 already, and ruined a pair of comfy pants with water. So, I laid a baby diaper in my undies and it worked awesome :D When DH got here I looked at him and started smiling. I told him my water broke and he got super excited! At about 10:15 I hopped in the shower to get refreshed and paged my midwife to let her know.


We made a plan to meet at the hospital at 2:30PM....because I am GBS+, we wanted to start the antibiotic prophylaxis sooner rather than later. We hoped within that time I would start contracting regularly on my own, as the recommendation for GBS+ women with rupture of the membranes is to induce. I was quite disappointed, as my goal was the have a natural birth. Labor augmentation was not what I wanted at all, as I know it decreases my mobility, and my plans to labor/give birth in water went righgt out the window because of the monitors. Even though I was disappointed, I trust my midwives decisions and recommendations. I knew she wasn't pushing the pitocin just to get things moving, she was strongly recommending it based of the medical recommendations with membrane ruptures and GBS+ women.

We started antibiotics at 3:30 PM and waited a bit longer, but I only had sporadic contractions. We made the decision to start pitocin at 5 PM, 7.5 hours after my water broke. We did very mild dosage increases every hour, as needed. I started having regular contractions, about every 3 minutes, 45-60 second duration. They were, however, so mild, that I knew it wasn't really super effective, and that I wasn't in active labor. I had wireless monitors on so I was free to move around and use the bathroom . They sucked though because each time I moved, they would shift and lose the heartbeat and the machine would start freaking.


So at about 10 PM we decided to do an internal to see where I was. I was at 3cm which wasn't surprising because of the low intensity of my contractions. By midnight I had entered into active labor. I needed to focus a bit more between my contractions, but they were definitely tolerable. We alternated between upping/lowering my pitocin keeping it at the minimal possible dosing to be effective. I was in transition at around 3:30 AM and my pitocin was shut off because my contractions were about 30-45 seconds apart and really intense. It was very limiting to be in bed, and I had to switch to the wired monitors as the wireless ones were showing decelerations because they kept losing contact. Once the wired monitors were on, baby showed she was doing great. My body took over on its own and I started feeling the pressure at around 8cm (or at least I am estimating it lol), and a strong urge to push at 9cm when I was checked. By 4:30 or 4:40 AM I was fully dilated and had been letting my body push on its own since 9cm.  Which is just the oddest/coolest feeling because I wasn't actively  pushing, but I could feel her descending into my pelvis. I started really pushing, though not purple pushing as I was very vocal through them, and joking in between them. Within 3 good pushes they were able to see her head. With the next contraction I was able to push to crowning. I averaged about 3 pushes per contraction and we welcomed Annabelle Riley into the world at 4:59 AM, just about 5 hours after entering into active labor, and about 20 minutes of pushing! I never felt the ring of fire, but I did feel a slight tear as her head came out.


I ended staying on IV pitocin as I was bleeding more than they would have liked, but not really hemorrhaging.  The IV was removed around 3:30PM which I was so happy about. IVs stink lol!!


Annabelle was placed directly on my chest, skin to skin and wasn't taken from me for over an hour. I did need stitches, with a 2nd degree internal tear, but my perineum is totally intact. She was 9/9 on the Apgars. The first night was pretty rough, because we decided to stay in the hospital...and the room was FREEZING. Annabelle was pretty inconsolable and I spent the entire night up with her while DH slept. It was pretty rough, I was so tired having been up from 9:30am Monday until we got home Wednesday at 10 am and I got a 45 minute nap.  We decided to keep the placenta and will be burying it under a rose bush or a hibiscus.


She is nursing sooooo much. My milk came in fully yesterday morning, and I am experiencing some crazy engorgement as of last night. My nipples are pretty sore, which I still haven't quite figured out as she is latched perfectly. My MW is so happy with how I am breastfeeding, and my la leche league leader/ hypnobirthing instructor says we are doing awesome. I was really worried about breastfeeding not going well having no experience with it, or seeing other women do it...but I am so proud right now of how well my little girl is doing! Overall some days have been better than others, but we are totally in love with Annabelle!!!

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Baby's Name: Tyler Matthew


Date of Birth: May 8, 2011 at 3:51am


Baby's Height: 19 inches

Baby's Weight:
6 lbs, 13oz


Birth Story:

I was exactly 38 weeks when I just felt different.  Baby was lower and I started losing lots and lots of my mucous plug - so I knew it was going to be any day now.
3 days later - I knew this was the day!  Woke up to contractions 10 minutes apart that slower got closer and closer as the day went on.  So by that evening - we packed our bags and headed to the hospital.


At the hospital - They hooked me up and saw I was having
pretty strong contractions every 2-4 min. so didn't send us home. Said to go
walk the halls for 30 minutes and she would check me again. so Jon and I went
cruising the halls - walking up and down stairs to try to get this thing going... I was basically running and doing squats!!  ;)
and after 30 minutes I was about 10 steps from my room when my water broke -
everywhere! haha All over the hallway! It was actually pretty hilarious. I just
stood there with wide eyes cracking up laughing because i didnt know what to
do! So at that point - I knew we were staying.  PHEW!


It was like 10pm on saturday night so the nurse called my
doctor to let her know i was there and that she would probably be coming in
sometime Sunday morning to deliver the baby. (she thought it would take a
while). So she gave me some sleeping pills to try to help me sleep and then BAM
- 20 minutes later the contractions switched from what they were before and got
a lot more intense. It’s hard to remember to breathe through them!  I think I was between a 4 and a 6 at this point.   Jon felt so helpless! He kept trying to push
on my back (because that's where i felt it the most) but nothing seemed to help.


I wasn't ready for an epidurakl or anything yet as I wanted to ride it out first and see if I could handle it... So after a couple hours of that - all of a sudden something
felt different. I knew LO had dropped lower and I felt the need to start
pushing... so we called in the nurse and she came to check me and was like
"Uh Oh... Jon go turn on the light!" I thought she was going to say
you are at a 10 and baby is ready to come out or something... but instead she
said "I think we have a BUTT... not a head!" I was like NO WAY! This
can’t be right!!  Doctor checked me last week and said he was head first and in the right positio


But when I looked at the nurse’s glove when she pulled it out – covered in meconium
– there was no denying that he was butt first and pooping everywhere!  Ugh  I
didn’t have time to be mad or angry…. I remembered feeling a sense of relief at
that point almost… thinking “fine – just get it out!”


But little did I know, that meant I just had to sit there and wait while the doctor was called in to make sure...


 

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FINALLY my doctor got there ... hooked up the ultrasound
machine and sure enough - his head was up in my ribs and his butt was ready to
come out! AH! Apparently that was the reason for the intense contractions… His
butt was so far down!   So of course I was rushed into a C-section! I was so bummed on one hand because I really wanted to go for a vaginal delivery - but on the other hand I was just ready to get him out!  So now the OR team were
called in! 
You would think in a small town – they would get here fast!
NOPE!  It was over an hour before I was ready to be cut open!  I had to sit
there shaking through each contraction (now at less than 2 minutes apart)
feeling like my bum was going to explode… and all I could do is think I am
going through these darn contractions for no reason!  They couldn’t even give me any pain meds or anything becuz I had to wait for the spinal for the C-section. 


Of course I was right in the middle of scrunching up in pain during a HUGE contraction when the anasthesiologist finally inserted the thing in my back.  I remember my left toe went numb and my left leg started shaking.  Everyone in the room stopped in their tracks yelling “WHAT DO YOU FEEL!”  It freaked me out thinking they might have paralyzed me or something – but the shaking quickly stopped.  Apparently they must have hit a nerve or something strange! 

But I Immediately felt relief!  AH – it was like heaven to not feel any pressure down there anymore! SO CRAZY!  I wish I would have asked for an epidural now so I didnt have to go through all that before!  haha


The rest is definitely a blur.
I was in and out of consciousness… not sure why!  Couldn’t keep my eyes open for the life of me.   I tried so hard!  After all – I had no clue what this baby was inside of me and was anxious to find out!  I felt tugging and pulling and some really nice lady talking very softly to me ( no clue what she was saying)  haha


I remember hearing IT’s A BOY!  And I kept wondering why I didn’t hear any
cries!!  Finally – there it was.. the most beautiful sound – His Cry!  DH went
over to see him and all of a sudden I felt nauseous!  The nice lady grabbed this tiny blue bag just in time for me to yack into it – Over and Over and Over again!  Ha  I
guess I don’t react well to anesthesia! ;)FINALLY my doctor got photo 3083835-1


They held my little boy to my face and I could
see he had my nose and NOT much hair but couldn’t remember anything else until
I opened my eyes and I was in the recovery unit.  The nurse there asked me what I had and I said“I think It was a Boy!”  Aww man I was SO out of it!!  Later on – one of the
nurses told us he had been breech for a LONG LONG time.  His entire butt was bright purple and his boyparts were SO swollen and bruised (He was straddled with his legs up).  So basically he had been sitting on his sac for weeks!
Poor kid!
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So – my doctor was WRONG when she checked me last week!  I could have avoided everything had I just had her double check to make sure he was head first!  UGH


But you know what I would do it all over again in a heartbeat just to have another one just like him!  It was a crazy process – but I knew there was
a high possibility of me having a C section since my Mom, Sister and Grandma
all had to have them due to the baby’s not fitting through… so I was
prepared.  Though I wished for a different outcome (vaginal birth) it was still an experience that definitely made me stronger.  I guess if he was head first he would have had a major cone-head since his butt was so bruised – so at least that’s a positive thing, that he had a nice round head!  ;)

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But he is truly the light of my life and I didn’t think I could ever love someone this much!  Being a Mom is so AMAZING and I just thank god for giving me a happy and healthy
little baby!  <3 him!  :)


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Babies' Names: Brayden Thomas, Gavin Noah


Date of Birth: August 13, 2011 (11:00 and 11:01 AM)


Babies' Heights: Both 16.5"


Babies' Weights: Brayden - 5 lbs, Gavin - 4 lbs 4 oz


Story of Delivery


 


31 Weeks (July 28th, 2011): After running some morning errands, I returned home and checked my email / Facebook and ate some lunch. I was in shock when my water suddenly broke. A little concerned (due to me being only 31 weeks along and there being a LOT of blood present in the fluid), I quickly called the doctor and explained what had happened. The nurse told me to get to the hospital as quickly as possible. I called my husband, and he came home from work (in 10 minutes, I might add!) and helped load up our luggage (that I had already packed for the hospital). We were off within 15 minutes of my water breaking. The local hospital that we had planned on delivering at was only 10 minutes away. We were making phone calls to family along the way, but not asking anyone to make the trip to the hospital until we knew the plan of action. We reported straight to labor and delivery and were shown a room and situated. They gave us medical attention immediately upon our arrival. It took them 3 hours (at least) to verify that my membranes had indeed ruptured (because there was blood present in the fluid - it shows a false positive for amniotic fluid every time). The nurse explained that the blood in the fluid was from "bloody show." I knew to expect bloody show, but didn't know that it could happen at the same time my water broke (there was no sign of it before then). I was not even aware that I had started having minor contractions. They called for medical transport to take me to the city hospital - University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital. While waiting for the EMS transport, they ordered a sonogram to verify which sac had ruptured (due the babes being in two separate sacs). Both babies looked great, and they were able to find the sac that had ruptured. At that time, they estimated the babies to be at 3 lbs, 13 oz. The nurses and doctors at the local hospital were telling me that (more than likely) these babies would have to be delivered that night. I was scared at that point that my babes would be delivered within 24 hours, yet they were so tiny. The EMS transport arrived, and I was off to UAB hospital - a normal 2 hour trip that only took 1 hour that night! My husband was driving to meet us down there. We arrived, and found our way to labor and delivery, where they already had a room prepared for me. The nurses and doctors that met us were amazing! They checked my progress, which showed I had only dialated to 2 cm. They also kept me on the contraction monitor and the ultrasound to keep check on the babies heart rates. Surprisingly, I had been having stronger contractions every 1-2 minutes (which I never felt). However, my back had been killing me. I assumed this was due to the ambulance ride on a very uncomfortable gurny. They gave me IV Magnesium and Demerol to stop contractions. The magnesium made me terribly sick. They also started antibiotics to prevent infection from the ruptured membranes and steroids to develop the lungs of the babies in case I delivered. The doctor came in to discuss our options. She was optimistic that the IV meds would stop my labor. She wanted us to try and make it to 34 weeks (I was currently at 31 weeks) before we delivered. However, there was a 50% chance that I would go into full labor before then, which could not be stopped. It was a huge relief to hear that I did not have to deliver these babies at 31 weeks. The magnesium and demerol did it's job. By the next morning (12 hours later), I was no longer having contractions. They moved me upstairs to the high-risk obstetrics (HRO) unit, where I would stay until, hopefully, 34 weeks. The babies heart rates were checked every 2 hours, as well as my vital signs (to check for any sign of infection from the ruptured membranes). Every 24 hours, they did an hour-long strip to check for any contractions and monitor the patterns of the babies heart rates.


The plan: I was to stay on hospital bedrest until I delivered. We were going to try and make it to 34 weeks to deliver. Baby 1 (Brayden) was head down, and baby 2 (Gavin) was breech. The doctors surprisingly wanted me to attempt a vaginal delivery, even with Gavin being breech. I was totally against it and insisted on a c-section. They honored my request. The c-section was then scheduled for 34 weeks exactly (August 13, 2011).


32 Weeks: I started having high blood pressure readings, as well as a high pulse. They said I was "slightly" pre-elcemptic. They wanted to continue to monitor it and only act if anything changed.

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34 Weeks: My c-section was scheduled for 10:00 AM the morning of August 13, 2011. I was so glad to finally have the day come after so many days of bad back labor with contractions. The morning of the c-section, I started to feel a little nervous about the whole thing. They started prepping me at 5 AM that morning. They started my IV in the room, then wheeled me down to the OR. Hubby walked with us, and the nurses had him wait and prep / dress in the lobby of the OR wing. They took me back to the OR and had me sit on the table for the spinal. The spinal was not bad at all. All I felt was the numbing injection, which didn't even feel like a bee sting. The spinal started working (which just makes you feel warm and tingly from the feet up) and they quickly had me lay on the table and strapped my arms and body to the table. They had to re-stick my IV because the other IV port had clogged. They tested my skin / feeling, and adjusted the spinal as they needed to. They hung the drapes and prepped my oversized belly. As the spinal worked it's way up, I started feeling tightness in my chest from my asthma, so they gave me asthma meds to help. They gave me oxygen and began the surgery. My husband was brought in and led to his chair beside me. I was happy to see him. He held my hand as I said "I think they've already cut on me." He laughed and said "yup!" I felt lots of tugging and pulling. I told my husband "I think they're close!" Within a minute or so, Brayden let out a dramatic cry, and I burst into tears. My husband was grinning from ear to ear as he wiped away my tears. I saw one of the NICU nurses take a squirmy babe to the other room (where they worked on the babes). A minute later, they pulled out Gavin and raved over how handsome he was. I was ecstatic! They brought Brayden to us first, and hubby got to hold him for a minute. Gavin was brought to us next. My husband went with the NICU teams and the boys to the NICU unit. He brought pics of the boys to waiting family and friends. They stitched me up in about 25 minutes, transferred me to a gurny, and I was off to recovery. My husband and visitors were allowed to come visit me in recovery. I was thrilled to hear their birth weights. Brayden was 5 lbs and 16.5" long, and Gavin was 4 lbs 4 oz and also 16.5" long. Overall, they were doing well. After 2 hours in recovery, they took me up to the mother-baby unit. I had a morphine pump to help with the pain, and they helped me get situated in the new room. I had to wait until that evening to actually see / hold my babies. It was an amazing feeling!


Over the next day, I spiked a fever of 103.1. They discovered that I had an infection from both the premature rupture of membranes and the surgery. For about four days, I had terrible tremors from the fever. They put me on five different IV antibiotics that were given every 2 to 4 hours. By the 5th day of my stay (after delivery), the infection cleared up. I ended up staying 6 days after delivery, and I was released to come home (after a total of 3 1/2 weeks in the hospital). It was extremely difficult to go home knowing that I would be an hour and a half away and my babies couldn't come with me.


I visited the hospital every day. I had my mother helping me with the babies while we were at the hospital (my husband was working). They were able to move my babies from the NICU to the CCN (Continuing Care Nursery - one step above the NICU). They were still being tube fed in combination with short bottle feedings. They were also in isolettes to maintain their body temperature and deliver the oxygen they still needed.

September 4th, 2011:
The babies have both been moved from isolettes into open cribs and are maintaining their own body temperature and no longer need oxygen. For the mostpart, feeding tubes are no longer needed. They are taking 45 cc's by bottle every 3 hours. We are taking extra precautions due to an exposure of infection within the unit. We have to "glove and gown" to go into their room or hold them. They think the risk is very slim for them to contract the illness they were exposed to.


33 Weeks, 5 Days (at UAB Hospital):
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Born at 34 Weeks - Dad holding Brayden
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BRAYDEN on his birthday (5 lbs, 16.5"):
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GAVIN on his birthday (4 lbs 4 oz, 16.5"):
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BRAYDEN and GAVIN 
2 Weeks, 1 Day Old
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Posted on September 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm
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