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January 14th, 2012, 05:11 AM
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On Tuesday I knew something was about to happen. I had been having cramping off and on for a few days and was getting some really low and sharp cervical pains. I could tell baby had moved way down. At the appointment I had had the day before I was also already 2-3 cm and 80 percent. So I was just waiting for things to get started at any moment. I also had an uncontrollable urge to get everything ready and clean that day because I just knew he was coming any time. SO I did alot of cleaning on Tuesday. By the time I went to bed on Tuesday night I did not feel well at all. I felt markedly nauseous and just overall uncomfortable. So I went to bed at about 10:00 and at around 11:45 I woke up to a big gush and had to wonder if I was dreaming. Sure enough it was real so I shook my husband and told him it was time to go. So we packed up and headed over to the hospital. It took maybe an hour for my contractions to begin. When I first got to my room the nurse checked me and I was still only 3 cm and 80 percent. So the night of laboring started. She had asked if I wanted pain meds of any kind and I told her that I wanted to try to go all natural for as long as I could if not all the way. So that's what I did. The contractions were fairly tolerable for a couple hours as I walked around the room and sat on the birthing ball to try to move things along. By 3:00 a.m. or so the contraction started to get quite painful. I was at 5-6 cm by like 5:30 and the nurse told me that she thought I would be complete by around 7:30 or so. I was very excited at the progress I was making. By around 7:30 I was checked again by the doctor and was only about 6 cm and 90 percent. At this point the contractions were getting very difficult to get through. By I labored on. At about 9:00 I was checked again and was only 7 cm. I was getting pretty discouraged. I was not progressing as quickly as I would have liked with all of the incredibly painful contractions and all and told myself I would wait a little longer to see if I would need to get the epidural after all. At about 10:30 and after many excrutiating contractions I asked the doc to check me again and I was still only 7 cm. After almost no sleep and very little progress I decided to get the epidural. I just couldn't see being able to deal with the pain for much longer. I contracted about 4 more times before they finally got the epidural in and by about 11:00 I started to feel the pain subsiding. But, all of a sudden the baby's heartrate started to drop and the nurses started to get in the panic mode. Nurse check me and I was complete and ready to get baby out and start pushing. Because of the heartrate deceleration they started flipping me around and giving me oxygen and tried to push baby back in a little as he seemed to be dropping too fast I guess. The nurses and doctors scrambled to get baby stabilized and when they finally did they told me it was time to get him out. So I flipped back over and started pushing with the next contraction. Heartrate started to fall again so doc got out vaccuum and the forceps. Poor little guy came out in a handful of pushes but had to be helped out with the forceps. With one final push and some help from the doctor Jack came right out. He was so beautiful and perfect and started crying almost right away. He was a little blue but was doing okay so they put him on my chest and I was so overcome with emotion I just kept kissing him and crying. I'll never forget that moment so long as I live. Due to the forcep delivery I ended up tearing to the third degree. LOVELY! It has been painful but I am healing okay. I wonder in the end if it was worth it for me to have gotten that epidural with all the chaos that came about at the end. I wonder if the epidural caused all the trouble. But, I also am grateful to have not felt all the pain at the end. Especially with that horrible tear. Overall I am very happy with the birth experience and glad to know that I can probably make it through all natural next time I want to. I just had to wait a little longer.

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January 14th, 2012, 06:01 AM
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Great write up! Overall sounds like a wonderful experience, even though it was slow going at first. Don't beat yourself up over the epidural, you did what you felt was right at the time, and baby Jack is healthy and beautiful. Congrats mama!
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January 14th, 2012, 08:05 AM
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Aw, what a wonderful story. It is awesome that you held out for so long without the epi, especially when progress stalled and the contractions were so painful. Way to go, mama! Hope your recovery is speedy! Congratulations!
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January 14th, 2012, 10:18 AM
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congratulations! i hope you're feeling better asap!
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January 14th, 2012, 11:30 AM
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Yay and Congrats! Well done to you.

So was it about an 11 to 12 hour labour? From water breaking? What was your daughters Labour like compared length and pain wise? I too had some serious forceps with Lara and I know how painful 'down there' will be for you right now so feel better soon!

Jack is the cutest thing ever by the way.
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January 14th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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Sorry he decided to be stubborn right there at the end but he looks precious.
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January 15th, 2012, 08:17 AM
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Congratulations!!

This is the second one I read and they both seem to have a climax... With a good ending..

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January 15th, 2012, 12:18 PM
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Thanks for sharing your birth story! I hope you heal quickly. Congrats on the arrival of baby Jack!
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January 15th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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Congratulations, mama!
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January 15th, 2012, 05:42 PM
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congrats again mama
sounds like you had a good labor overall ( even tho it took longer then everyone expected )
ouch i am so scared to tear like that hopefully it is healing quickly for you
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January 15th, 2012, 11:14 PM
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congrats on your baby!happy for you
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January 16th, 2012, 05:00 AM
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good job mama, next time all natural for sure! Give jack loves from us!
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January 16th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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you deserve some major props! you made it right there until the end!!! and it's pretty neat how you knew the baby was coming the day before! sorry to hear about the forceps/tear

Happy Birthday, baby Jack!
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January 16th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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Yay and Congrats! Well done to you.

So was it about an 11 to 12 hour labour? From water breaking? What was your daughters Labour like compared length and pain wise? I too had some serious forceps with Lara and I know how painful 'down there' will be for you right now so feel better soon!

Jack is the cutest thing ever by the way.
Hey thanks! Well labor was about the same length as with AB but began differently with the water breaking and all. With AB water didn't break until half way through labor. Also, I had epi close to the beginning of labor with AB and so I was comfortable most of the time. This was the first almost all natural labor I had had and I have to say it was more painful than I anticpated but I feel like I could handle it all the way through next time if I wanted to. I really thought this labor would be quicker. Especially without having the epi but no. SAME amount of time for me. It's okay. I'm so happy with everything and am most happy with the outcome. My precious little Jack!
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January 16th, 2012, 02:23 PM
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Thats such a cute pic! Congrats
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January 16th, 2012, 06:50 PM
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he is adorable!!! i wonder as well if the epidural was worth it. they ended up shutting the machine off like an hour after having it in...and now i may have an infection from it. sounds like your labor was faster than mine...sooo jealous!!!!
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January 17th, 2012, 07:19 AM
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Great story! And he's soooooooooo cute!!!
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January 18th, 2012, 01:12 AM
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Congratulations! I hope you heal up quick.
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January 18th, 2012, 02:55 AM
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That Story Was Very Inspiring! I Hope You Heal Fast Though & Your Baby Is Absolutely Adorable :)
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