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December 27th, 2008, 02:11 PM
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On the 23rd, my doctor told me I was being induced right away, possibly that night or on Christmas Eve. I woke up at 6:30 on Christmas Eve and called maternity. They told me to wait another hour and when I called at 7:30, I was told to come in. Chilliwack is having the biggest snowstorm in years so it took awhile to get to the hospital!

We arrived at the hospital around 8 pm, and my doctor was there at 8:30.I was hooked up to the antibiotics and a saline drip. The IV scared me more than anything but I made it through and it really didn't hurt that bad! The doctor inserted a gel at 9:00 and was going to wait for the contractions to
begin and if nothing happened to insert another gel in 6 hours. I started getting contractions that weren't that painful, nothing more than a usual period cramp. I had to stay laying down for an hour so the gel didn't fall out and I kept moving around because the gel made a lot of pressure on my bladder. After the hour, I was allowed to go to the bathroom but the bathroom in my room was to small so I couldn't fit the IV pole in. I was determined to find another bathroom that was bigger. There was one, at the end of the hall, so everytime I had to use the bathroom we would walk to the end of the hall.

Daddy was really tired at the beginning, so grandma was there to help me through the contractions while daddy got some rest because he would be up for a while! We didn't know that Linden was going to be stubborn and take 18 hours to actually come out!

So the doctor came back around 2:30 and inserted another gel. I was dilated to about 4 cm before the second gel. That started bringing more contractions on, that were getting more closer together and a little bit more intense. but nothing too painful again.

I walked down to the bathroom and had a bit of a bowel movement. Right before I stood up, I heard a pop and I was like okay..... As I stood up, this cold fluid started flowing everywhere and I burst out laughing. lol! i had to walk to the end of the hall while I was dripping water. I had a bit of the mucus plug and it really did look like a huge glob of snot - gross!

It had to be another 6 hours before another gel insert or pitocin. So around 8:12, the doctor came back and said I was dilated to about a 5 and they were going to start the pitocin at 9 pm. I was allowed to jump in the shower before which was sooo amazing! I wish I used the shower more. I was having a lot of pain in my back and in my thighs.

I was started on pitocin, and then just had some contractions that I breathed and held daddy and grandmas hand through. I was so proud of Daddy, he was doing so well! I had one contraction at around 11 or 12 that scared me, so I used the laughing gas. I didn't like the way it made me feel afterwards though so I stopped and I got a little upset at first that I used laughing gas because I really wanted to go natural. Daddy kept insuring me that I was still doing it natural, that he was so proud of me for being so strong and a fighter during the contractions!

At around 12:30 in the morning on Christmas Day, I started feeling the urge to push. The doctor checked me and he could feel another bag of membranes so he had to break that. Very soon after that, I was having a lot of pressure and It felt like I had to go to the bathroom and my body was pushing for me. The nurses kept telling me not to push and I was getting really mad at them for telling me not to push! I wasn't able to control it. I wasn't pushing anymore then my body was trying to. At 1, the nurse checked me and said I could start pushing. The doctor showed up and got his gown on.

I really didn't like pushing in the stirrups, it was pretty uncomfortable. I had to push for 10 seconds, breathe in and push again about 3 times. It was getting hard to breathe in after the pushes and it felt like my head was going to explode with the pushes. Everyone kept telling me I was doing such a good job.

His head kept going in and out but I was finally at a +2 and it started getting easier from there. The doctor was stretching my perineum so I wouldn't tear too bad and I kept getting urges to push while he was doing that. He asked if I wanted a mirror to see the babys head because I said I wanted to see before but I was pretty scared that I was tearing so I didn't want to see. But I touched his head and then I just wanted him out soo bad because it was burning.

I started an "Ow Ow Ow" chant while screaming. I pushed three times and I could feel his head right on my perineum. I took a deep breathe, and started screaming "Get her out!!!!!!" in two pushes I could feel the baby just come out.

Daddy looked down and burst out in tears, then I hear the doctor laugh and say "ITS A BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" And I burst out in tears and started laughing saying I'm never trusting an ultrasound again! I started crying so much while watching Daddy's reaction, then when I first held Linden for the first time. I said "Omg you are so beautiful, I love you"

The doctor told me to push for the placenta and I was just like "Whatt I thought I was done pushing?!" So he pushed on my stomach a little bit, and asked me to push a little bit. Just one little push and the placenta was out. Daddy got to cut the cord. Then while I was getting some stiches, I held Linden and tried breastfeeding. He latched on for about 5 minutes.

Linden weighed 7 lbs 2 oz, 35.5 cm long - 21 inches and had a head size of 33.5.... He's absolutely perfect, and our little miracle. I couldn't be more proud of Daddy! He was so attentive and didn't leave my side during the labor and even now at home!
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December 27th, 2008, 02:21 PM
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Awesome! Congrats on your baby BOY!!!!!!!!!
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December 27th, 2008, 02:31 PM
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YOu did GREAT! lol Can't believe he's a boy! lol It took me a minute to register who you were cause you changed your SN!

Congrats!!
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December 27th, 2008, 03:13 PM
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OMgosh, that is a beautiful story. Sorry he;s a boy, not becausehe is aboy, but that you thought it was a grl and probably have some major exchanging to do now!!! lol Congrats and I want pics!
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December 27th, 2008, 03:14 PM
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oops! hahah i should've said! =)

My stitches don't even hurt! The only thing that is hurting is my tailbone and it's making me walk really slow and get up slow.
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December 27th, 2008, 04:13 PM
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December 27th, 2008, 10:16 PM
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thanx girls! =)
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December 28th, 2008, 09:23 AM
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Congrats on your Christmas surprise! You did great!!
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December 28th, 2008, 09:55 AM
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Congrats Des, I'm so proud of you! I can't imagine your shock when "Isabella" became Linden, lol
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December 28th, 2008, 01:04 PM
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lol I just laughed and cried at daddys reaction at the same time lol. It really wasn't that bad!!! I mean pushing was hard work, but nothing as painful as I expected it to be. The burning feeling from his head just made me want to push even harder through the stinging. Contractions weren't that bad even with the pitocin to. Now I can definitely tell a first time mom with confidence that if she wants to do it natural, she DEFINITELY can!!
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December 28th, 2008, 02:05 PM
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Congratulations on your baby boy!!! How exciting!! I'm sooooo proud of you!!
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December 28th, 2008, 04:17 PM
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CONGRATS!!! Let's see some pics when you can.
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December 29th, 2008, 06:31 AM
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I was so confused about who you are! I just got it. What an amazing suprise~ I can't imagine the shock!

Congratulations, you have a beautiful baby abd did a great job birthing him. Go you!!!
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December 29th, 2008, 10:57 AM
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Wow! thats so awesome! That definitly gives me hope to try again with our next baby! I'm determined this time, and reading your story...it was so beautiful, gives me hope!
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December 29th, 2008, 04:32 PM
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Congrats!!!! I too was very very confused by the name change! How crazy that you were expecting a girl and got a boy. I probably would have had a similar reaction! Congrats again and great job mama!
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