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May 27th, 2013, 04:46 PM
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On Tuesday, May 21st, I had a normal doctor's appointment in the afternoon. I had been feeling off all day, and as I got ready to go to my appointment, I had this strange sixth sense feeling that I wouldn't be coming home.

I went to the appointment and sure enough, my blood pressure was elevated, and they found protein in my urine. So I got sent across the street to labor and delivery for monitoring. I called my husband, and he said he would meet me there. I got to labor and delivery and they set me up to have an NST and to monitor my BP every 10 minutes. They also did two more urine samples. Sure enough, still protein in my urine. I had pre-eclampsia. Since I was 37 weeks 3 days, the doctor decided to induce me the next morning.

I was admitted to the hospital, and I was allowed to eat until midnight. I was starting to get terrified. None of this was in the birth plan I had so carefully thought over for months.

They started the induction at 4 am, and I was still holding firm that I was going to do this all natural, drug free. Everything was going fine, and then the doctor came in at almost noon and broke my water. That's when my birth plan REALLY went out the window. The contractions became so much worse after she broke my water. I couldn't handle it. So at 1 pm I got the epidural. Then took a nap.

This seemed to be the labor that would never end. It seemed to go on forever. They had to give me two boosters on my epidural. I kept feeling like I needed to push, but I wasn't dilated enough, there was a lip of my cervix that was being stubborn. Finally around 8, it was time to push. I pushed for an hour. It was seriously the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, and it hurt so bad.

Finally at 9:04 pm, I pushed Arthur out into the world. Because he was early, DH didn't have a chance to cut the cord. They rushed him off to the side, and DH rushed off with him, while the doctor fixed me up. I had a 4th degree tear along with an episiotomy. While getting stitched together, the doctor informed me that subsequent pregnancies will be seriously monitored, and if baby is big again, then it's an automatic c-section. Arthur weighed in at 9lbs 4 oz and 20.5 inches.

The time immediately following and the next day are a complete blur. Arthur nursed while I was sleeping, and the whole next day I was hooked to magnesium and on strict bed rest.

When I look down at my little boy, I feel this was all worth it, but right now, with this whole experience in the forefront of my mind, Arthur just might be an only child.

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May 27th, 2013, 04:53 PM
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He is beautiful! And wow, what a big guy! So happy you are both safe and sound.
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May 27th, 2013, 05:06 PM
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aw, he is a cutie!

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May 27th, 2013, 05:10 PM
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He is seriously enormous for only being that far along! You go girl! I know it seems like hell, but the terrifying memories will fade soon enough and you will feel better about having more kids.
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May 27th, 2013, 05:17 PM
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Congrats! What a handsome boy!!

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May 27th, 2013, 05:19 PM
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You will be surprised at how much of a distant memory it will be. The only thing that will matter is that you carried and brought a beautiful boy into the world! Congrats hun he is so handsome!

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May 27th, 2013, 05:37 PM
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Aww congrats! He looks a ton like your DH And yes I agree with time it will fade and you may want more sooner than you think lol

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May 27th, 2013, 05:38 PM
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What a big handsome boy!!! I agree with everyone else: give it time and you will start to forget just how awful things were and all you will know is your wonderful miracle that is Arthur.

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May 27th, 2013, 06:04 PM
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Congrats on that big sweet boy! Loved reading the birth story!
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May 27th, 2013, 06:06 PM
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Congratulations. One piece of advice on the tear - ice packs.

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May 27th, 2013, 06:38 PM
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May 27th, 2013, 08:47 PM
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Go rockstar Steph go!! Congrats and I am glad you and Arthur are happy & healthy.

Welcome to the 9 pounder club

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May 28th, 2013, 07:52 AM
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Congrats! You did awesome what a big boy, too!! I wish I could see the pictures, but I check the board while I am at work, and my work blocks out all interesting things like pics!!
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May 28th, 2013, 08:47 AM
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Congrats momma! I'm happy you are both healthy and doing well!
I hope you heal well!
He's handsome.
9 pounds....phewww, god bless you


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June 25th, 2013, 04:52 AM
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Congrats! I cannot believe he was that big! Go mama!

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