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My baby boy was due March 30th but decided to join us March 23, 2009 at 9:34am. Here is the story of his arrival.
I got out of bed at 4:08am and noticed my pajama pants were wet. When I went to the bathroom more fluid ran down my leg. I figured my water had broken and examined its color. It was clear and looked good. About ten minutes later I started having contractions. The contractions started at 4 minutes apart and only grew closer. I called my midwife at 5:55am to notify her that I was in labor. I expected to labor at home on my own for 8-10 hours. The contractions were painful (I described them as menstrual cramps from hell) and the only place I found somewhat comfortable was on the toilet. I reached a point where I felt that I needed help so I had DH contact my midwife at 7:30am. He was told to meet at the birthing center in 45 minutes.
We met at the birthing center around 8:45am. I went straight to the nearest bathroom and started grunting on the toilet. I felt the strongest urge to go number 2. Finally they had me go into one of the birthing rooms. I went straight to that toilet. They measured me and said I was fully dilated and plus 2. I was ready to push. No wonder I was in so much pain at home. I went through the toughest part of labor all on my own! They filled the jacuzzi tub and I began pushing. Pushing was such a relief. It was completely painless but extremely exhausting. I never felt the crowning or 'ring of fire'. My baby was born 30 minutes after I started pushing. Total labor time was just under 5 1/2 hours! It was the most amazing experience of my life and I couldn't be happier that I was able to deliver my baby all natural and in the water. For anyone interested in doing it, go for it! It is such a rewarding experience and definitely something that you can do!
T. Ray was born at 9:34am on Monday, March 23, 2009. He weighed in at 6 lbs. 5 oz. and 19 inches long. Sadly, today we have discovered that his birthweight was incorrect. The scale was either not used properly or gave a false reading. Many people commented that he looked bigger than 6lbs5oz, but no one bothered to check his weight again. I am upset with myself for not asking that it be double-checked. Today at his 3 day checkup he weighed 7 lbs even. We all know they lose weight these first few days, so he most likely weighed 7lbs5oz - 7lbs8oz. I'm very disappointed about that, but beyond happy to know that he's healthy and doing unbelievably well.
Your the third person to say that the pushing wasn't all that bad that I have read recently! It is so interesting to read all the differences between labors. Our LOs were due the same day, born 2 days apart though. Congrats mama!
Yes, this was my first baby. I was surprised at how quickly labor progressed. We were told that the average first time labor is about 15-17 hours long. I couldn't believe I was fully dilated in less than 5 hours!
Congrats on your little man, LJD3Tdance! And good luck to those of you expecting!
Congratulations and welcome to T.Ray!
I was so excited to read about your labor and water birth, because I'm having a waterbirth this time too. I'm due in 8 days and hoping since this is my 3rd that maybe this little guy will come a few days early. We'll see! I have heard that the crowning isn't as bad in the water, seems like that was true for you. I sure hope it's as good for me!
Thanks for sharing your story with us and enjoy that beautiful baby boy!!