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May 11th, 2009, 10:00 AM
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Hi everyone!! I'm so excited to share with you some pictures of our newest addition, Emory Christopher. He was born yesterday morning at 10:02 a.m., weighing 7 lbs 15 oz and 21.5 inches long. I was 38 weeks exactly.

Thursday afternoon I had a midwife appointment and after that was having regular, timeable but painless contractions for a few hours. I had a few more intense ones on Friday but nothing that I even bothered to time because they hardly felt like anything. Then Saturday night I had a few but they calmed when Bryson went to bed and I was able to relax. So Sunday morning (Mother's Day!) I kept waking up to contractions and going back to sleep in between them. I am assuming this was around 4:00 a.m. but I'm not certain because I was so annoyed I never even bothered to look at the clock. Then after a few that I had to breathe through I realized that I should probably time them just in case. I went downstairs at 5:30 a.m. and got on the computer and started to time them. I had a huge jug of water and stayed on my left side the whole time. The contractions were anywhere from 4-7 minutes apart so after an hour I got up to pee and to call the midwives. When I went to the bathroom I had bloody show so I was really starting to believe it finally. The midwives told me to come on in. I went to wake up DH and told him I thought we were going to have a baby today and he looks at me and says, "are you serious?" He then gets up quickly and hops in the shower. I called our neighbor to come over to watch Bryson while we got everything ready and we left at about 7:45. The car ride there was not fun but I was able to bear it by laughing and joking with DH and trying to sing through the contractions. I was starting to have back pain at this time so I was getting a little worried but as soon as we got there and I got out of the car the back pain was gone. Once we got inside the midwife checked me and said I was already 7-8 cm and was glad we made it on time. I was floored! I was convinced we'd get there and I'd only be 1-2 cm. She immediately started the water for me in the tub and we did the EFM for the now mandatory 30 minutes. Luckily, it's waterproof so I was able to get into the tub with it on and really didn't mind it at all. Once in the water I found the best position was on my hands and knees, which is pretty much how I stayed the entire time. My DH and the midwife were amazing and kept the room in complete silence for me. I found that low moans really helped me during the contractions and after a while I could definitely feel pressure. The midwife asked me to push gently on the next push and see how it felt. She didn't even bother to check me because she said she knew by the way I sounded that I must be fully dilated or at least close to it. I was scared for a brief moment to push because I had a flashback of pushing for 3 hours with Bryson but mentally steadied myself and gave it a try. The first time I hardly pushed at all but with the next contraction I couldn't NOT push. It felt so right and was so intense but gave me such purpose. The midwife nearly immediately told me she could see a bulge and to put my hand down there to guide his head out when I could feel it. This was amazing advice and it worked so well in helping me push him out slowly. He came out in just 7 short minutes of pushing and the placenta was only 6 minutes after that. The absolute best part is that I had only a tiny skid mark and needed no stitches at all! I'm ecstatic about that because minimizing tearing this time was a huge goal of mine.

I feel like superwoman. I can't believe how wonderful and easy it all seemed. I never once thought or said I couldn't do it. I'm so proud of myself!!

Emory is a great nurser already. I am so amazed at how easy it seems to be for him. He's such a tiny little thing compared to Bryson and we are just in love.

Here are some pics:


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May 11th, 2009, 10:10 AM
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What a beautiful experience! So proud of you, CONGRATS Cindy!!! He is so Handsome!

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May 11th, 2009, 10:27 AM
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WOW!!! Congrats Mama! He's precious!

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May 11th, 2009, 10:35 AM
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Cindy - how amazing! I am so so so so happy for you!!!! What a wonderful experience! Emory is a beautiful little boy and I know you are so proud!

P.S. You ARE a superwoman!!!!

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May 11th, 2009, 10:47 AM
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He gorgeous as are you! You did an amazing job. CONGRATS!!!!
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May 11th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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oh Cindy! He is beautiful Yourr birth sounds beautiful, so amazing, and you sound and look extatic! We're all so proud of you!

get plenty of rest and enjoy Emory.
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May 11th, 2009, 11:01 AM
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Congratulations! You did a good job, Mama! He's a lovely little guy. Sounds like you had a perfect birth with Emory.

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May 11th, 2009, 11:06 AM
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I congratulated you in our DDC but CONGRATS again! You did so awesome! Enjoy your little man! He is so cute!
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May 11th, 2009, 11:18 AM
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Aw, he is gorgeous!!! Happy Mother's Day for sure!!!!!!!!!!

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May 11th, 2009, 12:53 PM
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What a wonderful story. I actually cried reading it. Congrats! He is beautiful.
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May 11th, 2009, 01:59 PM
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What a beautiful water birth story, Mama! You make it sound so easy! Congrats on your LO. He is too cute!

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May 11th, 2009, 03:18 PM
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Congrats again Cindy! Way to go mama! I'm so proud of you and it sounds like you had an amazing experience! He's soo cute!! What does Bryson think of him?

*Thank you kiliki for the siggy!*

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May 11th, 2009, 04:14 PM
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Amazing story! Congrats again, he's just beautiful!

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May 11th, 2009, 04:14 PM
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May 11th, 2009, 05:17 PM
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What a beautiful birth story! Thanks for sharing, he is so adorable

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May 11th, 2009, 06:30 PM
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He is adorable, congratulations!
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May 11th, 2009, 06:43 PM
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Ok I just joined this board not too longt ago but was literally in tears reading your story!! It's one of the best birth stories I've ever read and it made me SO hopeful. You look beautiful and your baby is just perfect.

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May 11th, 2009, 07:44 PM
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Awww Cindy! I am so happy for you, that it all went so well. You are amazing! I'm very proud, and knew you could do it. You set such a great example for us all here on this board. Emory is absolutely gorgeous. And yay for him being such a good little nurser. That makes life so much easier!

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May 11th, 2009, 08:06 PM
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aww Cindy, i have asmile on my face right now. And after today.. that is a big thing!!! He is so gorgeous and you are so awesome

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May 11th, 2009, 08:13 PM
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Great birth story. Congrats on the new LO.He's adorable.

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