Cassandra Rose is here, born at 3:24pm on 9/23, 8lbs and 21". She's my biggest baby and fastest birth :)
Okay, so her story starts with a little bit of TMI :).
I woke up around 7am after a decent nights sleep and got the kids ready for school. DH was off his regular work all week but was doing side jobs until Friday so he hadn't really been around. After the kids had gone off to school we had some "adult time", probably the best of the whole pregnancy and that's saying something, afterwards I said to DH, "well, if that doesn't work then I refuse to believe sex can start labor." That was at around 9:30am.
At 10:30 I got a call from DD1's school that she was sick and needed to be picked up. I went to the bathroom before leaving and had a bloody show, a first ever prior to labor for me. I started to have some light but frequent contractions right away. I wasn't sure it was labor or not but DH was and suggested we take the dogs to get DD1 and drop them all off at my parent's house (right next to DD's school).
I called the midwife to give her a head's up that today could be the day and find out she's on her way to Brooklyn to another mom in early labor. She tells me to go about my day but don't do anything to hurry labor along. So DH and I go do some quick food shopping and head home. I go upstairs to rest and DH starts getting things together for the birth. He brings up some food around noon and we have egg sandwiches :). Right after that I called the midwife to let her know that the contractions were regularly 3 mins apart but still pretty short. She warns me that she might have to send her back up but that she still wasn't sure and if anything at all changes I need to call asap.
It was now 12:30pm and I put on the Hypnobabies CD and listened to that for the next hour. Toward the end of the CD I could tell the contractions were getting much longer than the had been so I gave the midwife another call at 1:30pm and she said she'd check the mom she's with one more time and then give me a call to let me know if the back up was coming or if she was. It was around that time that I decided I wanted to put my contacts in because I was worried I'd lose my glasses during labor and wouldn't be able to see the baby when she was born (I am blind as a bat). DH helped me to the bathroom while I put in contacts between contractions, turning to lean on him during them.
Right after the midwife called back and said she was sending her back up. At around 2:30pm the backup midwife arrived, which was good because my contractions had gone to only about a minute or less between them. When she came in I got a little break and was able to say hello and then the contractions majorly ramped up. Looking back I have to laugh at myself, I way over-analyzed my labor. I said I couldn't do it any longer, my contractions began double peaking, I threatened to walk to the hospital for an epidural, and I got seriously naesous. So despite having every classic sign of transition I decided that I couldn't actually be in transition if I was able to think I was in transition. It made sense in the middle of labor :). The back up midwife was awesome and reminded me to say "open" instead of "no" and that I was doing it, every time I said I couldn't do it. She also kept telling me i was almost done, but I didn't really believe her. My last labor was 12 hours long so I didn't think I could be near done at only 4 hours in.
During this time the midwife and DH had gotten the birth pool filled and I got in around 3pm. I had one more regular contraction in the birth pool and started to feel pushy with the next one. This was the first time I ever had a real pushing phase and it was so cool. With DS I had an epidural and never felt a single push or contraction, with DD1 I went right from transition to her being born in one push. This time it was like all of the sudden I snapped out of labor land and I was able to be truly aware of the birth. My contractions majorly spaced out, to about 3 or 4 mins in between and I was able to talk, joke, and really have fun with the end of labor!
The first two pushes were pretty decent and I could actually feel the baby moving down, which was just crazy to me. I was leaning over the edge of the tub pushing and the midwife suggested maybe trying a different position after the next contraction. The next was a really short one and I tried to turn after and it was just not happening. I had a strong contraction next and midwife suggested checking for her head and I could actually feel her, that was so cool! I spent the time between the contractions saying how much fun this is and how amazing it was to feel her head. The midwife mentioned seeing a lot of dark hair and that totally amped me up. The next contraction was a big one and I gave a huge push along with it and felt her head come out (accompanied by a lot of "OUCH" by me). I figured I got that part over with and continued to push and got her shoulders out and the rest of her easily followed. DH is the one who caught her just as we had hoped (and that he mentions to everyone, lol).
She was a little purple but pinked up quickly. I delivered the placenta out of the pool on a birth stool and we moved to the bedroom (a whole 3 feet away) and got settled in. The midwife did some cleaning up while DH and I spent some time getting to know Cassie, and convince her that nursing is more fun than screaming. Apparently that is what I give birth to though, since much like her older sister, Cassie spent most of the next 12 hours screaming or nursing, luckily she loves to nurse :). Also luckily it seems that after that initial adjustment she has settled down wonderfully.
I absolutely am flying high after her birth. It wasn't the painless hypnobabies experience I thought I wanted but it was perfect anyway. DH and I are totally in love and 4 days out Cassie is doing terrific. My milk came in on Sunday night and she's back at her birth weight as of today. I'm taking it easy on midwife's orders but feel terrific right now. The only down side was I did have some blood sugar issues because I wasn't eating often enough. The midwife just said to make absolutely sure I'm eating every 2 hours and since I've kept that up it's been great.
I'm starting to come out of baby la-la-land a little bit and should be around to read more, but in case I miss someone, I just want to wish everyone congratulations who have had their babies and labor vibes to those waiting!