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September 28th, 2008, 05:48 AM
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So on Friday around 5:30 I coughed a little and felt a trickle..opps I tinkled on myself is what I thought, so I stood up went to the bathroom and my pants were pretty wet, I did not think anything about it, changed cloths washed up went to get new pants, and trickled again, so then I was like ok maybe...no prolly not..I went and layed down for maybe a half hour and then trickled some more, I was really convinced I was peeing myself..I guess I was just not ready. It kept happening and gotten more like gushes, so I knew my water was broke, I called my mom to take me, and then called dh off work. When I got to the hospital my Doctor was coming on the elevator I was getting off, so he turned around and took me to triage. The nurse tested me for amniotic fluid and sure nuff I had ruptured. So I went into L&D and they put me on the monitors and got me all hooked up. They were not picking up any contractions at all and I was not feeling any contractions either. So the my doctor comes in to check me, and I am 4 1/2 cm he puts me on internal contraction and fetal monitors, and I am actually having contractions 2 mins apart lasting 90 seconds apiece. I was not feeling these at all until after he examined me (which really brought some contractions on). My doctor does not play around and ordered an epidural, pitocin and antibiotics he did not want me to have a long labor, due to Nathans prematurity. I was feeling some cramping in my back and lower belly but nothing painful. The anesthesiologist came in, and putting the epidural in was not painful nor was it pleasant I just did not like the way it felt. When my legs went so numb that I could not move them I did not really like that either, but I knew it was better than the alternative. I itched ALOT and struggled to roll over like they needed me to because I had no control over my lower half. Around 6am the nurse came and checked me and I was only at a 6, moving way to slow. My doctor comes in to check me one more time before his shift change and there is no change, he ups my pitocin, and the baby's heart starts decelerating so they decrease it, but the decelerations continue. So shift change and I get another doctor who I have not met, and two new nurses. These people were a Godsend, I can't stress that enough. The new doctor checks me and I am at a 6 1/2 and he is not happy that I have already been in labor over 12 hours at this point. So he ups the pitocin, and there are more decels in the baby's heartrate. Around this time I started feeling my legs more and more, I also started feeling tons of pressure, which I was actually pleased to feel something. But I was not pleased when the pain started. It was in my bottom literally in the bottom and it tugged and burned and just plain hurt. So the nurse had me to hit the button on the epi to release a drop, but that was not helpful, my contractions were coming 40 seconds apart lasting a min and they hurt, I so wanted my numbness back. The nurse paged the anesthesiologist to come and check the epidural, and she checked me said I was at a 8 and looking great. The babys heartrate kept dipping lower and lower and the contractions were harder and harder quick and close on top of each other, they rushed in when they lost Nathans heartrate to find me complete and ready, his heartrate was dangerously low with each contraction, they turned the epidural completly off and the doctor rushed in broke down my bed and NICU set up a table waiting for the baby to come. I was so scared and so was Dustin (dh) he was shaking and trying to be supporative but we knew the baby was in danger. I pushed for 10-15 mins and I pushed hard I could feel everything, the doctors and nurses were wonderful coaches and helped me get Nathan out. The atempted to used a vacum on Nathan but it kept popping off. I pushed as hard I could and for as long as I could. And Nathan came out screaming it was wonderful, but he as pale and not breathing good, due to prematurity and the heart decelarations so they cleaned him up and let me kiss him took him off to NICU. I tore and got two stiches pushing him out so quickly, if I had not they were going to do an emergency c-section and Im so blessed to have avoided that. My labor was scary and still seems like a dream, I cant tell you how much I love my son. When they finally let me hold him yesterday I knew I wanted to hold him the rest of my life.

Every up and every down I have been through with this pregnancy, was all worth it, every single one.

Thanks Nami for my beautiful siggy!
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September 28th, 2008, 06:59 AM
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Awww thank you for sharing your birth story. I'm sorry that it was a hard labor but so glad that Nathans is out and safe. I cant wait to see pictures of him. Congrates again hon.

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September 28th, 2008, 07:58 AM
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Sounds like you did great!
Thea's heart rate kept dropping too (I ended up with a section) so I know how scary that had to have been for you and dh. But like you said, all of it is sooo worth it! I am so happy for you. Congrats again.
Thanks to *Kiliki* for my pretty siggy!
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September 28th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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wow! what a story! ia m so glad you avoided the c-section as well.. congrats! and hope you and your little man have quick recoverys!

~Em, Married to Matt since 7/3/04. Mommy to Layla 3/29/06, Eva 10/18/08, Zeke 2/4/11, and Jonah 7/28/13

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September 28th, 2008, 11:59 AM
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Glad everything went okay for you. Good job pushing Momma!
Thank you Jaidynsmum for the beautiful siggy
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September 28th, 2008, 04:59 PM
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I am so glad you avoided a c section, that had to be so scary with the heart decels. I helped my friend give birth and her baby was doing the same thing, they had to use the vacuum. it was scary. I am so glad in the end he is healthy, although premature. I hope he comes home soon. and isnt the love for them amazing? I could just cry and cry when I think about how much I love my lil guy. Give Nathan a big hug from me!
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September 28th, 2008, 05:39 PM
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Thanks guys

Yes Heather this love I feel is so overwhelming!! Its amazing and beautiful and everything and more than I had ever imagined. I know you understand Hugs all around!
Thanks Nami for my beautiful siggy!
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September 30th, 2008, 05:54 PM
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What a good story, I am glad you shared it. I am sure it was really scary, but I am glad that Nathan is here and is doing well!!

Congrats again Jen!
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Branden 10/28/1997
Owen 5/17/09 (Born with Hirschsprung's Disease)
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September 30th, 2008, 07:26 PM
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Those last 2 sentences of your story really touched me, I am all teary! I am so happy you were able to avoid a c-section, and that he was just fine! I would have been so scared too, you poor things!

He is a an adorable little boy, and please update us on everything as soon as you can.


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