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May 1st, 2013, 02:41 PM
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I'd never felt so ICKY in my life...

At my 36 week appointment Monday, I was excited to see if I'd made any progression, like I had with my first son Gabe. I hadn't been feeling too many contractions, but with all my complications this pregnancy, I was ready (in theory) for it to be over and for me to be holding my baby. My midwife checked me and I was a whole centimeter dilated and about 50% effaced. Not too shabby and I wasn't heartbroken to have not made any more progress.

The next evening, I felt rather... gooey. So I hopped up outta bed and discovered what was DEFINITELY my plug coming undone. Exciting! Usually that means a week or two until labor starts, so I tried to ignore it and go on about my business. I'd lost a little bit o'plug with Gabe, but nothing like this. When Thursday rolled around and I was still losing plug, along with bloody show, I called my midwife and said, "How the heck much is up in there?!" She assured me, there was a ton up in there and it might even regenerate itself. She also said I was free to go on about my daily life and not stay curled up in bed trying to stave off labor. Awesome! I'd had enough of that my second trimester and was sincerely hoping that would not be their advice.

Friday and Saturday, I treated myself to milkshakes with my mom (who informed me she and my dad were taking a spur-of-the-moment trip to North Carolina to cash in a free night's stay at Harrah's Casino, to which I replied that I had a feeling they needed to stay close to home but she blew me off) and a pedicure and wax (OMG, OW! she was a little over-zealous and I'm now completely bald down there) with a neighbor friend of mine.

My inlaws were stopping overnight Saturday after dropping off DH's grandma in Chattanooga so she could return up north from her stay. I was a little sad since I had a feeling if they waited just a bit longer to take her home, she might get to see Sam and she's not well enough to make another trip down to see him. But she got to see Gabe and DH earlier this month and that seemed to make her extremely happy. DH and I planned a breakfast and lunch for his parents on Sunday. I'm a huge planner, but somehow forgot to check and make sure we had the key ingredient for the lunch (pork loins) so I had to run out to the grocery store.

Every Sunday morning, I go to Kroger, get some newspapers (I'm a crazy coupon lady, lol) and some groceries by myself. It's my favorite weekend ritual. So I ran out the door before my inlaws could protest and try to come along with me. When I got to the store, I grabbed my papers and started walking to get the pork.... aaaaaaaand I thought I peed myself. I ran to the bathroom, cursing under my breath, and when I sat down, I saw my undies were soaked and it sure didn't look like pee! I had been saying this whole pregnancy that I wanted my water to break just so I would know birth was coming, but I never seriously considered it would happen.

I get no cell phone reception in the store, so I waddled over to the customer service desk and phoned my husband. I said, "Hey hun... I either really peed myself or my water just broke... do you want me to get the groceries still?" and the girl behind the counter practically leapt over it in shock! I wasn't having any contractions, so I decided to grab the groceries, call my midwife on the way back to the house and then help get things set up before heading to the hospital.

She told me I was GBS negative this time (yay!) so I could stay home a while and see if contractions started or just head on in. I opted to stay home, pick up the house, and bake some cookies. After a few hours and no contractions, I called back and she told me to head on in when I felt like it. We headed over at about 2, still having no discernible contractions.

I was a "stretchy 2"cm when she checked me. I got hooked up to the monitor and nothing was going on contraction-wise. After trying walking and pumping for nipple stimulation, with no great success, my midwife decided to insert a foley bulb to try to irritate my cervix into opening. It was horribly uncomfortable but didn't really do anything for me either. I ho-hummed starting pitocin and after a few hours with no real progress (I did dilate from a 2 to a 4 somehow), we decided to start me very slowly on pit... not really because I was afraid the contractions would be the horror I'd heard they were... but because I really didn't want an IV! I was more scared of that than pushing a baby out of my body.

It was slow goings. I asked how high the pitocin dosage was able to go and they told me up to 30 and they were starting me out on a 1. Over the next 9 hours, they increased it slowly up. I didn't start getting regular contractions until about 4am. I used my hypnobabies techniques to moan through them. I was managing really well until about 5:30 when I suddenly got very nauseated.

My midwife checked me and she said I was 6cm, so we should try to hobble to the tub and see if that helped my progression any. I knew in the back of my head, I was entering transition. I also knew this was the point when everybody doubts themselves... and that's totally what I did. Throwing up during labor was my worst nightmare and I knelt, moaning, on the floor and let loose. My midwife quickly got me some zofran and I turned to her and asked if it was too late for an epidural. She asked me several times if I was sure and I SURELY WAS.

While we waited for the doctor to come and administer the medicine, my midwife convinced me to get into the tub to see if that would alleviate some of the pain. The water was soothing, but the contractions radiated from my stomach down my legs. I felt immense pressure. I hate to say, I totally lost it at this point. I bawled and wailed and cursed the heavens, my husband, myself... anyone within earshot!

I heard the anesthesiologist enter the room and they told me to try to get outta the tub. I felt very pushy at that point and my midwife practically hauled me outta the tub. She helped me walk to the bed and said she wanted to check me because she felt like I could just probably push him out. That was not what I wanted to hear! I made it to the bed, dripping wet and totally naked (even in immense pain, I was not thrilled about this... I'm not a naked-kinda-person), my midwife checked me and said, "His head's right there, just go ahead and push him." AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH! The nurses helped me get my feet up on the bed and lean back. I still didn't wanna hear I was complete and ready to push. A nurse named Jenny leaned right down in my face and told me, kindly, to suck it up and push! Thank god for her... I grabbed her hand and two pushes later, Sam entered into the world.

I promptly told everyone I loved them and apologized for yelling like a wild woman. They put Sam on my chest. He loudly cried and reassured me that even though he was very early, he was gonna be alright. I've been incredibly paranoid about every tiny noise or movement, but he's doing fantastically.

Pics to come!

Stats:
Samuel Thomas W.
5lb 13oz
19 3/4" long
36.6 weeks gestation
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May 1st, 2013, 03:03 PM
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Wow, you ended up going naturally! Way to go! What an exciting story!
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May 1st, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Congrats!!! I am so impressed with your strength! In our birthing class they told the SO's to expect that change in their women's behavior... That when we started acting like a crazy women that they do not recognize, we are probably really close to having that baby out! Lol
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May 1st, 2013, 03:15 PM
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Wow!
Such a story!
You did wonderful though!

I would give anything to have that strength when I go into labor.
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May 1st, 2013, 03:52 PM
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I'm just so excited for you!!!
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May 1st, 2013, 04:55 PM
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Holy crap what an awesome birth story! I love how your midwife was all "Just go ahead and push him" like he's just going to slide on out all easy-peasy.

Can't wait for pictures!!
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May 1st, 2013, 05:48 PM
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Wow, nicely done! Don't feel bad, I started writhing in the bed, almost completely lost it, freaking out with DS - and that was WITH an epi! I wish I could pull that off, always impressed with people who end up having to do it and they just do, I really think I would lose it...I'm so happy that he's here safely with you finally and all is fine, big CONGRATS!!!
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May 1st, 2013, 05:49 PM
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Great story! Can't wait for pics!!
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May 1st, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Love reading a natural birth story. Way to go Momma!!
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May 1st, 2013, 07:30 PM
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What a great story! Congratulations!
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May 1st, 2013, 07:57 PM
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Wow, you're amazing, Purrr! Congratulations on that baby boy!
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May 1st, 2013, 09:09 PM
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Sam's birth story is amazing! You are a strong momma! I'm super impressed that your water broke and you still shopped, cleaned, and baked! Wow!
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May 2nd, 2013, 11:42 AM
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Thanks for the congrats, guys! I forgot to mention, my midwife said when she examined my placenta, she saw where the SCH was! She said it was scarred and that's probably why my water broke prematurely. I wish I could've seen it... that would've been cool.
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May 2nd, 2013, 12:38 PM
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That's neat! Too bad you couldn't have seen it.
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May 2nd, 2013, 01:52 PM
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Wonderful story!! Congrats on your baby boy and good job!!!
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May 4th, 2013, 02:53 AM
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Great Work momma!! Congrats on your little angel.
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May 6th, 2013, 08:09 AM
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Congrats, what a great birth story! I don't want to get an epi, but I'm sure at some point during labor I'm gonna beg everyone to give me one and probably start cursing if I it's too late hehe
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May 17th, 2013, 01:09 PM
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What a cool story!! He certainly made a grand entrance Congrats on your little man!
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