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Twas the night of December 7th 2011. That day was filled with staying busy on the big Navy base while my wonderful husband was at home on the other Naval base; cleaning, getting ready for our new addition.
So I headed to the gym and ran on the treadmill for about 1 miles' worth. I even sprinted With the belly though, I never learned not to get to close to things, so I would always bump into things such as tables, treadmills while running, the list was endless ^.^ I never gave myself enough room it seemed! I also did 100 air squats, so my legs were sore after I gave birth, and I couldn't tell what it was from, working out, or giving birth ^.^
Anyways, after that boost of energy, I headed back to the "Storks Nest" ~the place expectant moms stay days before their due date so they're close to the hospital. Hubby arrived, we ate at Chilli's, then headed out for a nice long walk around 10, after I had been having contractions for about an hr. We walked for a good hour. Stephen started timing my contractions, and they were lasting for over a minute each usually, and they were about 5 minutes apart for a good 3 hours. Got back to our room, tried to sleep, but that wasn't happening... So I finally gave in around..... midnight, or 1am and called the OB. I went in and was measuring only at 2cms, they were about to send me back, but then we had a 2nd opinion, and I measured then at 4cms. They admitted me. The rest of my labor was pretty blurry to me, I do know that I measured at 5cm for a while, they did have me hooked up to a belt to check on her movement, along with an IV, which I will clarify was not pain relief what so ever. I tried napping and was getting a little impatient, so I started walking around, and moving, which helped a lot. They got A LOT more intense; due to pitocin, So apparently I was falling asleep between contractions after about 8-10 hours into them.... Like I said, this is all a blur to me, I was in my own little world, Stephen knows more of what happened than I do. I was in labor for a good 17 hours, luckily they met 99% of my wishes, with the birthing ball, mirror, having my husband cut the cord, feeling her crown, dimming the lights, etc. I found it very odd that I wasn't wanting to listen to the music I brought with me. I was so happy when they started telling me to start pushing. And man, I will tell you; running the Tokyo Marathon was a piece of cake in comparison. But I was not going to get an epidural, or any type of pain relief. I did not have any back labor, which I am forever thankful. My midwives and lactation consultant were amazing. All the nurses at the maternity ward were awesome as well. She's feeding very well, and everything seems to be on track! The food's do-able. So, once she was delivered into this big bright world, I had some repair work done, which took a good hour.... I lost a lot of blood, but they're checking my CBC (blood count) everyday. We'll be here til at least tomorrow. My whole body feels like I ran a marathon, but I would do it all over again if I had to! I cannot wait to go home with her. Hope you enjoyed reading this, as I did experiencing it!
She completes us, and I am forever grateful!
Apgar score of 9/9. Which is very good.
Life is good
This was typed while I was in the hospital. I am home now, and have been for a good 11 days. She is now two weeks old, and today was her first appt here on this base, and it went very well. After dropping her weight to 7lbs 9oz, she is now up to 7lbs 12oz
Her sleep schedule is on East Coast time, as I am in Japan Nap time!
Last edited by Natalya'sMommy; December 22nd, 2011 at 01:05 AM.
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