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February 14th, 2011, 08:09 PM
HeatherW's Avatar Platinum Super Mommy
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Tuesday, February 8th was a pretty uneventful day. I cleaned the house and laid around most of the day. Robert got home and I noticed I was having a few sporadic contractions, nothing I really thought twice about. So I started cooking dinner, we were having breakfast for dinner, sooo yummy!! We even had chocolate chip and blueberry pancakes.

So we get the kids in bed and I notice Iím still having the contractions, but theyíre still pretty far apart. So I start cleaning up after dinner, I even mopped the floors and took care of some laundry. At about 11:30ish I started a thread chatting with you ladies about my contractions being 1-3 mins apart! http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f1...ybe-labor.html

So after about 3 hours of my contractions being between 1-3 minutes apart, I finally broke down and went to L&D even though they werenít hurting. I took one last belly picture, woke up my husband and drove myself to the hospital; itís hard making arrangements for 3 kids for just a false alarm (which is what I thought it was at the time). I got to the hospital at about 4am. They hooked me up to the monitor and no one was acting like it was anything. One nurse even told me to remember my insurance card next time I came up there, insinuating I was there for nothing and would be back. I guess if you donít walk in screaming in pain they donít think its labor.

So my wonderful doctor is on call and he tells them to monitor me for an hour and recheck me. I was 2cms and 50% effaced when they stopped my labor at 35 weeks and when I got to L&D this time I was 3cms and 70% effaced. Which was progress from last time I was there, but they needed to see progress WHILE I was there. So after an hour the nurse checks me again and Iím still 3cms and 70%, so Iím starting to think this is ďpractice laborĒ where the contractions arenít progressing me and I get sent home and they fizzle out. So she goes to call my doctor and Iím sitting there almost positive Iím going home. She comes back and my doctor ordered me to be watched another hour since my contractions are still coming regular.

Well within that hour they start getting stronger and I start getting a tad uncomfortable b/c Iím being forced to lay there on my side. She comes back to check me and Iím 5cms, 80% effaced and Carter went from ďfloatingĒ to engaging and my waters bulging. So at 6:00 a.m. on Feb. 9th, Iím admitted to have Carter, there was no turning back!! I get into my room (which the walking instantly made the contractions not uncomfortable anymore) and get settled in. They start my IV, I decline the epi for the time being, and my hubby gets up there and we just wait.

At this time my contractions start to fizzle out, theyíre still there but have moved to 5ish minutes apart and I wasnít really noticing them as much anymore. So the Dr. decided to break my water and start me on the lowest dose of Pitocin to give me a little jump start. At that time I decide to go ahead with the epidural since I knew I was getting Pitocin. It wasnít originally what I wanted, but I was totally okay with it. Between 8:30 to 8:50 I get my epidural, get my water broken, and get rechecked and Iím at 7cms, 80% effaced and Carter is at +1 station! I was shocked since I wasnít in any pain with the contractions! He held off on the Pitocin to see if breaking my water would do it on its own. Well by 10:00 am I hadnít made any progress so they decided to go ahead and start the Pitocin. It was started on the lowest setting at 10:29 a.m.

The nurse came in to check on me frequently since we knew it wouldnít take long, she bumped up the Pitocin just a tad after about 30 minutes. After that I felt Carter with each contraction and exactly where he was. It was all pressure in my butt, so the nurse checks me again and Iím at about an 8 and 90% effaced, so she stays there and waits and rechecks again about 5 minutes later and Iím at a 9 and 100% effaced and she can feel his head coming down. (So can I, I might add; the epidural didnít do its job). So she checks me during my next contraction (OUCH!!) and Iím complete and Carter is coming fast! So she calls for my doctor and Iím scared to death he wonít get there in time. My body automatically starts pushing and I tell the nurse he needs to hurry because Carter is coming, she assures me that sheís delivered babies before, which was actually not that reassuring; I wanted MY doctor! So my body starts automatically pushing for a second time and I feel exactly where Carterís head is, I know heís about to be out.

My doctor finally gets in there! To me it felt like an eternity, but there was really only about a 5 minute interval from the time I was complete to when my doctor came in. So now Iím comfortable and ready to push, my doctor goes to check and Carterís head is right there, he tells me one big push and his head will be out. So I push one time, and out came his head, and then I push a second time, and it was over, he was here!! It happened so fast! I only pushed with my body and the contractions two times and he was out. Carter James came into the world on February 9th at 11:19 am, just shy of 7lbs and 19 inches long! I was exactly 37 weeks but his APGARS were 9 & 9 and there was no doubt how healthy he was with those lungs and how he was screaming.

I got cleaned up, no tears, rips, cuts or anything. I delivered him only 5 hours after being admitted and just 40 minutes before shift change and my doctor would have gone off call. I didnít get the 100% natural childbirth that I wanted, but I still feel accomplishment in getting to 7cms without feeling pain. I was totally okay with my choice to get the epidural after I knew I would be getting Pitocin and I feel like I had an easy and laidback (and fast) birth experience. Carter is the most amazing little guy and no matter how he came into the world, Iím just so thankful heís here.

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February 14th, 2011, 11:26 PM
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Great birth!! I am glad that everything went so smoothly (and that you went in that night! ). Praying my L&D experience is as smooth (and quick) as yours. And the end result...well he is just PERFECT!!
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February 15th, 2011, 04:49 AM
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Oh I just love reading your birth story!!!!
I can't wait to see more pics of him and hear more about him. yay for you guys!
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February 15th, 2011, 09:29 AM
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What a great birth story. I remember with Lyndsey thinking the doc wasn't going to get there in time but my nurse was holding her head inside me and didn't reassure me that she could handle delivering her. It was more like we are going to hold her head in there until the doc gets here. I don't know which would be worse.

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February 15th, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Thanks for posting your story! Carter is so cute
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February 15th, 2011, 11:14 AM
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I really hope my birth goes that smoothly!!! The fact that you didn't rip or tear or need to be cut is awesome, that is what I am really keeping my fingers crossed for, but I don't see it happening Great birth story

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February 15th, 2011, 11:36 AM
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Great birth story Im so glad that things went sooo well.

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February 15th, 2011, 11:52 AM
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Great story and sounds like a wonderful birth!! I love that you just breathed the baby out and let your body do it's thing, rather than purple push. I did that with Layla and plan on doing it with this baby to. It's so "gentle"!
Abigail-Mama to Landon, Layla and Micaiah

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February 15th, 2011, 01:14 PM
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WOW! Sounds like such a nice birth experience. Two pushes seem nice. Congrats again on Carter. Is is such a handsome boy!

Thank you so much Badydoll213. It's beautiful!

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February 15th, 2011, 01:19 PM
bettyearl's Avatar Beth, mom to 4 boys
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So happy for you Heather! It never feels like you're there "for real" unless you are in pain, ha. With Matthew I thought how silly it was. I stalled out at 7 cm but after I relented and had my water broken I was complete in 40 minutes. Too bad the pushing took another eternity as he was posterior, the stinker!
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February 15th, 2011, 02:38 PM
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Oh, how I hope for a similar birth with this baby!!

Loved this - and Carter is so sweet!!!
Nicole married to T.
Mom to Abby (09-20-09) and Bennett (03-19-11)

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February 15th, 2011, 08:29 PM
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It sounds like a peaceful, calm labor and delivery! Love it!

Sharon, wife to Noah; mom to Belle (13.75), Ryllan (11.5), Finn (7.5), and Zane (4).

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February 15th, 2011, 09:58 PM
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Thanks for sharing your birth story Heather!!!!
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February 16th, 2011, 09:51 AM
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Wowzers Heather!! Great birth story. I hope my delivery goes as smoothly. Carter is so cute!
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February 16th, 2011, 02:02 PM
GinaS.'s Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Awesome birth story!! You seemed to be able to do it so laid back - good for you and CONGRATS on your adorable little guy!!
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February 16th, 2011, 09:32 PM
brandi.lyn's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Amazing birth story Glad everything went so smoothly! Congrats again! He's truly precious.
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February 20th, 2011, 03:09 AM
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Sounds like a perfect labor and delivery to me! Congratulations...he's adorable!

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