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November 6th, 2005, 09:51 PM
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After feeling "off" all weekend, I woke up at 3:15am Monday to contractions that were 3 minutes apart. After about 20 minutes of this, I knew it was real, so I got up to take a shower. DH got up a few minutes later, and I told him this was it and to take a shower, too. I was only paying attention to the painful part of the contractions and figured them to only be lasting 30 seconds, so when I called the hospital the nurse said to call back if they start lasting a minute and continue to be regular for an hour. That was at 4:00am. It didn't take too many more contractions before I realized that they already were lasting a minute. I decided to wait a little longer and officially time the contractions while I did a little work. I had planned to have 3 more days in the office, so I wanted to get one thing finished before I popped. So I typed away between contractions for about 30 minutes, then decided to call Mom at 4:50am to come and stay with the kids so DH and I could go to the hospital.

I got to my room about 5:30 and was at 7cm when they checked me at 5:45. I asked for some Nubain for pain relief, but the nurse said I was going to have the baby soon and it probably wouldn't help enough anyway, and then the baby would be sleepy. I didn't want that, so I braced myself for a drug-free delivery. That is NOT the way the pharmecuetical companies intended it!!!! I SO did not plan to go drug-free! They immediately began setting up for the birth and called the doc. He showed up at 6:00 and checked me - now 8cm. He then broke my water. Then the nurse checked again and said I had a tiny bit of cervix left and it should go with the next contraction. So, during the next one, she decided to "help" things and tried to slip the lip of the cervix over his head. OUCH!!! I started protesting pretty loudly and the doc came running back in asking if it was time. I said, "not quite, but she was mean to me!" in my whiny, sarcastic voice.

I then switched positions to lean over the raised head of the bed, which was so not helpful. After the second contraction in this position, I decided I would wait for it to end, then switch back to laying on my back. Hmm... the little break between contractions never came. I had to dig deep for the will to change position while in great pain. This was about 6:30am. I had zero relief from then on. They were busy breaking down the bed and trying to get me pushing. It hurt more to have my legs pulled back, so I kept fighting it. Finally, I manage to hold my legs and attempt to push. It took all of a second for me to realize how incredibly painful that was, so I decided I wouldn't do it. HA!! As though that was possible. They kept telling me to hold my breath and push, but I was never good at holding me breath with any of the deliveries. I inevitably talk while trying to push. Anyway, after 2 pushes the head was out and doc told me to hold on a second. Yeah, right. I paused for about 5 seconds then pushed the rest of him out. Awwww.... sweet relief! Wyatt Owen was born at 6:37am. It was an excrutiating last 30 minutes, but I felt so much better after this delivery, so I was happy about not having drugs. His face had some light bruising from coming down and out so quickly, and he didn't want to cry or cough out the mucous, but he was nice and pink so I wasn't worried. While they gave him some oxygen, doc stitched my 2nd degree tear. Surprisingly, that has barely hurt.

I couldn't have asked for a better experience or a better baby. I had two mellow, happy babies already and worried that I was tempting fate to give me a cranky, difficult baby this time. Nope. Lucky me.

It took about 36 hours to finally pick out a name, but I still keep calling him Ethan (my DS #2).

Good luck to everyone still impatiently waiting. I'll be sending out my ELV!
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November 8th, 2005, 01:35 AM
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Wow... what a story! First of all, I have to say that I can't believe you did some work while having contractions 3 min apart, in the middle of the night! Impressive work ethic!

Also, I can't believe that you weren't able to get any pain meds.. yikes! I think that a "worst fear" for many of us. Sounds like it worked out well for you (minus the excrutiating pain, that is), though, since you said you felt better after the delivery.

Congrats on your new son! I love the picture in your siggie. You have such a good looking family!
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November 8th, 2005, 11:37 AM
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Wow! Even though it sounded painful, atleast you have felt good during recovery! Congrats on your beautiful family!!!
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November 9th, 2005, 11:09 PM
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Congrats again .... and don't worry... It's taking me forever to not refer to my kids as "the girls" anymore!! And, those first few days...I called poor JJ "Kira" more than once!
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November 14th, 2005, 12:55 PM
Proverbs31Mom's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Congratulations! Thank GOd it was that fast.

I also at times get worried if I got a cranky child after my DD who has been angelic sice she was born.

Uhm! When I held my feet, it felt much easier and better to push!
Kel: Blessed mom to:
Precious - 7 yrs old
Trinity - 5 yrs old
Jordan - 3 yrs old
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