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September 29th, 2006, 10:06 AM
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After a very fast labor, we welcomed Onnika Lyn Nettleship to the world Tuesday, September 26th at 4:46am. She weighed 6lbs 1oz and is 19in. long. She has black hair and baby gray eyes and is adjusting wonderfully to life outside the womb.

I had my membranes stripped Monday morning. I felt crampy all day and kind of weird, but nothing labor like. Although it feels like I'd been laboring for the last month and a half, real contractions started Monday night at dinner. They were fairly strong, but I thought they were because I was hungry. They spaced out after I got home and I was thinking it was another tease-- as usual. I called Gunnar around 9:30 to come home early, just in case.

We went to sleep at 1am, planning on getting up in the morning to take Ella to school. I woke up at 2:20am with contractions and having to go to the bathroom (not the first or even second time this has happened.) Although I was maintaining the mindset that this was NOT "it," Gunnar timed them and my contractions were 5 minutes apart and pretty strong. During my second trip to the bathroom, I had 3 contractions in about 7 or 8 minutes. Gunnar wanted to get dressed, but I was insistent on showering (still thinking that the squeezing would ease up and we would go to bed disappointed-- again!)

During my shower, they were coming every 2 or 3 minutes and really strong. We got out and called the OB, doula, and my mom. I had to try to get dressed between contractions-- not an easy thing to do! Good thing the hospital is only a mile from our house because when I got in the car and had a contraction, I had the urge to push!! We got to the hospital at 3:45am. They checked me and I was fully dilated and the baby was "right there!" I waited until I had the urge to push again (about 4:20am) and by that time, my OB and doula had arrived. I delivered on my side, 26 minutes later, without an IV and completely unmedicated-- just like I was hoping for!! I had some internal tearing, so I have stitches, but no episiotomy!

I'm so thrilled... I still can't believe I did it! It was such a different experience- mentally AND physically. Sherry (our doula) and Gunnar were amazing support. And Gunnar even watched his baby girl's birth!!

Ella was sleeping at home during Onnika's birth, but Grandma Robin brought her to the hospital Tuesday morning around 8:30. She is LOVING being a big sister. She's sweet and gentle and watches every diaper change. She told me, "Thanks for getting this baby out for me!"
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September 29th, 2006, 11:04 AM
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I hope to be so lucky! lol.

You did a great job, that is a BEAUTIFUL little baby youve got there

What a wonderful story - these stories are just what I need to hear as I approach my own due date lol!

Congratulations, you did wonderful.


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September 29th, 2006, 11:48 AM
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YAHOO! Yes mam, that is a great birth you had there! Congratulations and she is beautiful! I always knew you could hang until she picked her day. I just loved hearing all about your great day. Seems all that warm up work had you nice and ready for those labor day contractions and everything just opened up quickly!
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September 29th, 2006, 11:49 AM
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Aw, congratulations! What a beautiful birth story I'm so glad that everything turned out the way you wanted.
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September 29th, 2006, 02:36 PM
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You did a GREAT job Momma! She is absolutely gorgeous!
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September 29th, 2006, 03:00 PM
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YAY! We knew you could do it!!
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September 29th, 2006, 09:15 PM
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Awww she's beautiful
And what a wonderful birth story!! ~*WELL DONE*~

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September 30th, 2006, 12:55 AM
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Congrats! She is beautiful!! That sounds like a great birth. I hope mine is so short!
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September 30th, 2006, 10:23 PM
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Wow sounds like it went well. Congrats on your beautiful baby

She told me, "Thanks for getting this baby out for me!"[/b]
that is so sweet
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