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September 2nd, 2013, 10:43 AM
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I wanted to pop in and give you guys an update. Josephine Louise (Josie) was born early Saturday morning, 5 hours after her due date! We only had 5 more days until my scheduled induction, which I was feeling pretty down about since I found out I would have to have continuous monitoring if I got induced. I was trying everything I could to get labor started... the day before I had my OB strip my membranes, I spent about 2 hours on the birthing ball, I took an hour long walk, and I had an acupuncture appointment to induce labor. Since I had nothing going on other than my normal constant Braxton Hick's, I went to bed in a bad mood, thinking I was headed for an induction.

2 hours later, I woke up to a painful contraction. I got up to go to the bathroom and timed a couple more contractions at 4-6 minutes apart. I decided to make sure they kept up for 1 hour before heading in, so I took a shower and we got ready ready to go. They stayed painful and about 5 minutes apart, so we started our 40 minute drive to the hospital. As we got to the hospital the contractions were 3-5 minutes apart, but as soon as I tried to get out of the car, they were right on top of each other. We SLOWLY made our way to L&D, with me having to stop and lean on the wall or get on all fours for most of my contractions. When they checked me, I was at 8 cm with a bulging bag of water. In the delivery room, I had to do a 20 minute strip on the monitor, which I was not happy about, while 3 or 4 nurses and doctors were running around getting all my bracelets, blood pressure cuff, hep lock and whatever else on me. Just as the 20 minutes ended, my OB arrived, I was complete and feeling pushy, so she broke my water. I kind of waited and test pushed through a few contractions, then started pushing hard and within a few more contractions, Josie was born. I'm pretty sure she was born in a posterior position, and it was harder to push her out than it was with Eleanor, but it didn't really seem to be an issue. She was born less than 4 hours after my first contraction.

We are home already, and everybody is tired but doing well. Eleanor seems to like her new little baby, just in 2-3 minute intervals, and then she is off playing again We are going to try tandem nursing, so I'm not sure what the next few days have in store for us. Luckily DH is able to be home with us all week, so I am able to get some rest and Eleanor is able to get plenty of attention. Josie has been a pretty easygoing baby so far- much easier than Eleanor was even at this age.
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September 2nd, 2013, 11:25 AM
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Congratulations!!! That sounds like a wonderful birth, can't wait to see some new photos of your little one

And yuck, I can't believe they still made you do a 20 minute stip, it must have been torture to be stuck on the bed!
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Congrats!!! Your birth sounds wonderful! Way to go Mamma! I cannot wait to see pictures! I'm glad that Eleanor is getting along with her. Even if it is in little increments. I hope tandem nursing works for you! Rest up and talk soon!
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Congrats on your baby girl! So glad to hear that things are going well so far
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September 2nd, 2013, 03:26 PM
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YAY!!!! That is amazing!!!! What a fast birth, that's fantastic!!! Welcome to the world Josie
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September 3rd, 2013, 10:13 AM
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September 4th, 2013, 05:03 AM
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Congrats on your beautiful birth! Sorry for the unnecessary interventions, but that's par for the course with hospital births. Sounds like an awesome birth overall!

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September 4th, 2013, 02:01 PM
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Things are still going well, here. I am learning to walk the tightrope of setting boundaries with Eleanor's nursing, Josie is nursing really well, and overall I feel way less stressed than I did after Eleanor was born. And Josie is a super sweet baby

Thanks for all the well wishes, ladies
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September 4th, 2013, 07:54 PM
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September 5th, 2013, 03:00 PM
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Yay! Welcome baby Josie!! So glad to hear you had such a fab birth (minus that strip...I can't imagine how that might have felt!). Sounds like you guys are doing great. Big congrats to you
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September 5th, 2013, 09:01 PM
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Congratulations! what a wonderful update!
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