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ok... picking up from the last post I posted after I got sent home from L&D at 12:30 AM Sept. 11th...the nurse told me to go home and come back when the contractions got stronger. they started getting stronger as we were leaving, but I figured they knew more than me. When we got home, I took some tylenol and laid down...for like two minutes. the pain started to get worse until I could no longer lay down. I had to stand up over the bed and sway my hips from side to side. This went on until about 3:15 AM when I finally woke Will and said "we have to go". He got up and got dressed, brushed his teeth (which took an eternity), and got my bag. We got in the car and I was in so much pain I couldn't stand it. When I left the hospital at 12:30 AM I was still the same as I had been at my apointment on Friday. When we pulled into the parking lot, I got out and had to stop several times b/c the contractions were coming more and more frequently to the point I thought I would lose it...I still can't get over the pain. not to scare anyone, but those of you who have a natural childbirth, I am in awe of you! ANyways- finally made it upstairs to L&D and they hooked me up, checked me (I was at a 6 then), then moved me to the LDRP room. I still have to say how much pain I was in...I can't believe I did it!
They called my dr. and the anesteologist, put in the order ofr my antibiotics, and hooked up my IV. By the time the anest. got there, I was having such bad contractions I couldn't sit in the side of the bed. She told me to lay down and she would do it like that and I told her that the baby was trying to come out. She said that there was no time for an epi b/c I was already fully dialated, but she could give the the intrathecal (sp?). Just as she was doing that, Emma was still trying to come out ,so the nurse told me to breathe deeply like i was going to blow out birthday candles. The anest. hit a nerve and I jumped and scared poor Will to death. Then my water broke, but itwas ok b/c the pain meds kicked in. I had just enough of the antibiotics in my system. Dr. came in the room and in 6 (literally 6) pushes, Emma was born at 4:55 AM on 9-11. She had a knot in her cord which the dr. said probably happened as she decended in the canal. She was blue, but started crying right away. Her apgar scores were 8/9 and that was b/c of color. SO...I have short labors, which is not exactly the most fun at all! We went in the LDRP room at 3:55 and she was born an hour later. YIKES!!! She is beautiful and healthy and all that pain is gone (but not forgotten). I don;t want to scare anyone, but I thought I would never be able to have a natural delivery an I did for the most part...just had enough for the pushing part...so if I can do it, anyone can! I will post pics tomorrow. She was so worth ever bit of all the pains and complaints! I LOVE MY BABY GIRL!!!
<span style="font-family:Comic Sans MS">Thanks Julia(Julka) for my AWESOME siggy!</span>