Hello to all newbies!
I've been absent for a while, just so busy with work while pregnant and all that.
Boots, what's up?! he's a cutie pie!
sparrow, may be too late at this point, but Evening Primrose Oil caps....my midwife group included a page on this and I began taking it at 36.4 weeks, eager to make my cervix ripen. i am convinced it made a difference for me.
ROSE was born tuesday, september 18th, at 5 lbs, 11oz. !!!
my water started leaking 1 am, then contractions started an hour or so later, I tried to "sleep" thru them and went in to be checked at 9 am....things weren't too extreme, so I was preoccupied with "what if i'm not dilated enough" etc. which was silly, because midwife told me
i was "beautifully" dilated 3 cms and she could see hair! i was too excited..
we went to start admission, because she told me i was gbs positive, but i'd be mobile once they administered the first dose by iv.
they poked me to get blood for silly reasons (records) and when contractions got harder i had to ask my bro in law, dad's very loud and excited girlfriend, and therefore dad to wait outside.
i kept feeling i had to push but thought it was too early...we were left alone a lot because they had another woman pushing.
hubby was great, trying with comfort measures, (we did Bradley) but i just wanted him to hold on to me and be quiet. my dad got some video before he left room, you can see hubby sighing when i told him to just stop trying things.
when midwife checked, i tried to convey i was felt like pushing, she confirmed it was good to go (cervix was all dilated) and she sent in another midwife and nurse, who were great. hubby said it was 8 pushes total, and what made a huge difference was 1. stopping worrying about pushing with my butt and 2. asking for a mirror.
when she came, i watched in the mirror, he held my leg, and out she came and i had her and pop! the umbilical cord broke and spattered blood! i didn't care at that time because she was here!
she is just such a lovely little person and i expressed colostrum into her mouth constantly the first 24 hours....she's such a little cutie with a tiny mouth...i got some help from the lactation consultant to make sure everything was going well and she said the expression is excellent for milk production, and she gave me a nipple shield, which helped Rose figure out how to suck and be successful, and within another 12 hours, stopped using it.
now she eats well, squawking at my breast a lot before she latches well, and today she had her first yellow/brown seedy poop! so excited about her eating and pooping!
everyone has been over at our place, driving me a bit batty, but they've also helped a lot and been very good with her.
and that's our story, i guess!
am i supposed to put this in birth stories? i feel better posting it here...to help our bajingo ladies catch a glimpse of a successful, totally natural birth with a 36 year old body!
much love to all of you. i'm going to try to be better with posting! hard to find the time!