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Erika's Birth Story 9/13/05

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September 15th, 2005, 03:56 PM
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I woke up Tuesday morning at 6:45 and went to bathroom to find I was had tons of discharge. I had my first contraction at 8am and was able to time them right away at 7 minutes apart. I woke Dh up at 8:30 telling him I knew he came to bed late(he was finishing his homework for his on-line class) but we were going to have to go to the hospital in a couple hours and there was stuff that needed to be done. He jumped out of bed (dh is not a morning person) and asked if I was sure -- I told him you don't forget what a contraction feels like.

We left the house around 11am fter cleaning up, doing laundry, you know, all the important stuff. By the time we left my contractions were lasting 1 minute and about 5 minutes apart. We dropped the dog off at the doggy daycare and dd off with grandma and grandpa and got to the hospital around 12:30. Contractions were about 3 minutes apart and I was handling everything okay.

The nurse checked me upon arrival and thought I was 4-5cm, the dr checked and thought I was more like 3-4. They broke my water and until about 2:00 I walked/sat on the birthing ball. By 2 pm the contractions were getting stronger and I had thrown up a couple times. The nausea was so overwhelming I agreed to get an IV for fluids. I asked for pain meds and got a shot of phentnal (sp?) to take the edge off.

I laid down and the nurse came back in aound 2:45 to check me and see if I wanted another shot of pain killers. The first shot had worn off and the contractions were strong -- I was about 7cm. The nurse went to get the shot and 10 min later before the nurse came back the dr came and checked me -- he asked if I was feeling pushy -- I was 9 cm. I joked it was probably too late for an epidural. He said he had a patient at the clinic down the hall he had to get rid of and then he was coming right back. He literally ran out the door. That was 2:55.

He was back in 4 minutes and in that time I had panted through two contractions where my body was pushing. I started yelling when he came back in, he hollered for the nurses and while he struggled to get his second glove on, he was holding Erika's head in to keep me from tearing she was coming so fast. Three pushes later she was all out - 3:03pm. The dr didn't even have time for a gown (he didn't get messy though!). I never tore, woo hoo!

It was so fast that it stunned us all I think. Dh was standing there in awe -- the nurse had to tell him to get the camera. The dr commented that he didn't get paid by the hour -- and that was the most money he had probably ever made in 4 minutes -- he was really funny.

Erika Maria was 8lbs 7oz and 21 inches long. She has lots of dark hair and when I have a few more minutes I will get some pics posted!

That was the most amazing birth, it happened so quickly. My first was a 24 hour labour that nearly ended in a c-section, and required forceps. What a difference!
<span style="font-family:Arial Narrow">Tanya, Mommy to </span>

<span style="font-family:Book Antiqua">Alexis</span>

<span style="font-family:Book Antiqua">Erika</span>
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September 15th, 2005, 05:20 PM
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congrats! i dont know if i like you anymore.. thats so fast..
Our 3rd baby GIRL coming in August ♥

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