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I know I don't post around here, but Cheryl asked me to post our story here.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – 5:08 am
8 lbs 5 oz, 21 ¾ inches
I had some contractions over the weekend and Monday and Tuesday – nothing too strong. Tuesday they started getting more intense and somewhat regular off and on. When we went to bed Tuesday night I was able to relax through the contractions and sleep between them (thanks to hypnobabies!). Around midnight I couldn’t sleep, and by about 2:00 I couldn’t lay down and had a hard time relaxing through them. The pain was all in my back – he was sunny side up.
We called the in-laws at 3 am (to watch our daughter) and got to the hospital at 4. The contractions were VERY close together at that point. I had decided I wanted the epidural (even though I was planning to try to go natural). I was 10 cm when we got there, so it was too late for the epidural (afterwards I was so thankful). They got me into my room and got things ready. I could feel him coming down… I knew it wouldn’t be long. My water broke with a contraction, and then my doctor walked in just in time. It took 3 pushes. The first time I freaked out and stopped. The second push was better. The last push got him out.. head, shoulders, and all. Such a relief!
I did have a 2nd degree tear, but I wouldn't have known if they didn't tell me I needed stitches.
He came out face-up, but he was perfectly healthy. I was able to hold him right away and nurse him. He didn’t have any trouble nursing from the beginning. He ate 3 different times within the first 2 hours, and then he slept most of the rest of the day. During the afternoon/evening/night he nursed great.
Thursday morning he had his circumcision done, and then we got ready to go home. We were home by 3:30. He’s been doing great. He’s not a very fussy baby so far.
I have to add... If I can go through back labor naturally, anyone can!!