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post #21 of 41
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Still here, just contracting away. They are still not consistant, but are definitely stirring things up. TMI: Just got out of the shower. Lost MP just before I got in, and I did a quick cervix check... No longer tilted or closed, not a doctor and my first time actually feeling a dilated cervix (or any, until 10 minutes ago I could never reach past the neverending tunnel...) But it was open and I think I could feel the memrane beyond it?. I was really surprised at the change, last time I tried to check was 5 am.

We are going to go to Walmart and pick up a couple things. Then pack the bag and probly head into the hospital after dinner.

Thank you all so much for your ELVs. I am getting excited! I was so scared this would just end and I would have to wait another week or so before things picked up.
post #22 of 41
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Originally Posted by Baby~Braatens~Mama View Post
Still here, just contracting away. They are still not consistant, but are definitely stirring things up. TMI: Just got out of the shower. Lost MP just before I got in, and I did a quick cervix check... No longer tilted or closed, not a doctor and my first time actually feeling a dilated cervix (or any, until 10 minutes ago I could never reach past the neverending tunnel...) But it was open and I think I could feel the memrane beyond it?. I was really surprised at the change, last time I tried to check was 5 am.

We are going to go to Walmart and pick up a couple things. Then pack the bag and probly head into the hospital after dinner.

Thank you all so much for your ELVs. I am getting excited! I was so scared this would just end and I would have to wait another week or so before things picked up.
You could get a birth ball at Wal-mart, though maybe now you don't need it. You're so calm! I guess you're feeling pretty good if you're up for walking around Wal-mart and eating dinner. I hope things continue to go smoothly and effortlessly. It sounds like you'll be meeting your baby in no time!
post #23 of 41
yay!! you are going to have your sweet baby soon! i'm so excited!!!!!!! have fun at walmart!!!
post #24 of 41
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It takes a loooonnng time to get through walmart when you have to stop every couple of minutes... I forgot the birth ball, but have been able to rock, squat or stretch through the contractions. I just have to remind myself that they only last about a minute, no matter how long they feel.
post #25 of 41
Not sure if you will see this, but don't go to the hospital too soon. I would say wait until you are having trouble speaking/breathing through the contractions, once you get there you are often "on the clock", I know this all too well from my first. Thinking about you!!


Also, when I got to the hospital my contractions stopped, I think I was too anxious about being there combined with going to early.
post #26 of 41
lol i cant imagine being at walmart when i'm in labor! lol you are a good woman! i'm glad you've been able to cope with them so well!! sounds like you are doing an amazing job!!! i hope it goes well at the hospital! it sounds like it will!! i'm almost as excited about you being in labor as i would be if i were! haha thanks for all the updates!
post #27 of 41
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Originally Posted by heatherRN View Post
Not sure if you will see this, but don't go to the hospital too soon. I would say wait until you are having trouble speaking/breathing through the contractions, once you get there you are often "on the clock", I know this all too well from my first. Thinking about you!!


Also, when I got to the hospital my contractions stopped, I think I was too anxious about being there combined with going to early.
Oh, I know! I will not be going in anytime soon unless things pick up. At my ob last week the doc said, "If you want to labor at home, I'm ok with that. Just, please don't wait until the baby is crowning."

Think he has gotten to know me!

Thank you all for the goodvibes and joy and such! You all rock!!!
post #28 of 41
ELVs!!!

Here's hoping all those hours in early labor pay off in a fast, easy second and third stage of labor!

Ami
post #29 of 41
Go BBM, go! I hope your LO is in your arms soon and you have all the best sweet rewards in the world: Baby, an end to labor, and being un-pregnant! Woo! Woo! So proud of you!!!!

Sending lots of ELVs your way!
post #30 of 41
ELVs to you!!! You have really been in this for the long haul! I hope you have good news for us soon! Hang in there and try to remember to relax your body as much as possible! Best of luck!
post #31 of 41
Looking forward to hearing about your little ones entry into the world. Sending good labor vibes your way!
post #32 of 41
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Thank you all so much for your well wishes and support! It was sooo hard, poor little guy never turned around from his sunny-side-up (Posterior) position. I gave in after 36 hours of laboring and had an hours worth of Stadol so that I could regain my strength and rest. When it wore off we started on Pitocin even though we were assured that we may have lost any chance of birthing him naturally. There was talk of c-section and the first two hours of the Pitocin were pretty emotional for us because it didn't seem like it was doing much more than stressing the poor little guy out. The contractions finally picked back up in intensity and the baby and I were both under a lot of stress, but we worked through them, He was born drug free and kicking after just an hour and a half of pushing after the almost four hours of Pitocin. His apgars were 8 and 9, the nurse informed me that they do not like to give 10's. He was very alert for the first 3 hours he was here. I love him so much, he has such a sweet, wise and curious nature! He only woke up twice last night and is very easy to please. He has been nursing beautifully and except for the time I let him roll his head around to look about as he was nursing (I have a nice hickey on my areola), it has been pain free and he has been easy to latch. His father was amazing, and the very best birhing companion I could have asked for. I am so much more deeply and profoundly in love with him, and am very thrilled to see that the love and emotion I have had for Caleb has only grown in intensity with each passing minute. We were discharged after our mandatory 24 hour stay.

Despite the hours of unproductive back labor and the 1.5 hours of pushing my downstairs seems to have survived better than could be imagined. No tears, cuts, swelling. Walking has been rather... interesting.

My dog has been a super grand big sister, and I have never seen a happier dog as when she got to see her "baby brother" for the first time.
post #33 of 41
So happy for you! We call our dog the big sister too
post #34 of 41
Wow, congratulations!! And good job on getting through those Pitocin contractions drug-free, I know EXACTLY how hard that is! You are one tough mama!!
post #35 of 41
congrats! You did a great job!
post #36 of 41
DDDC -- Congrats!! It is truly amazing to be a mother I can feel it in your writing....
post #37 of 41
Congrats mama!!
post #38 of 41
Congrats! Great job toughing it out, AND getting what you wanted from your OB.
post #39 of 41
Congrats on your little one! Birth is an unpredictable thing, as long as we have people around us who love us, we can do anything! Good job mama!
post #40 of 41
Well done BBM.
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