I think I posted in the wrong spot before so.....
VERY HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THE BIRTH OF OUR 1ST BABY!!!
HE CAME A WEEK EARLY ON early Monday 2/7/05 @12:17AM (exactly 24 hrs from the time my water broke). So much for going full term+ with your 1st baby. Funny... I had just told my husband that night that I wanted my water to break first (vs. contractions) so I could say "Honey, my water broke!". We basically had just laid down for bed on Sat. night and membranes ruptured within 10 minutes! IT WAS EXACTLY LIKE I IMAGINED IT WOULD BE... pop, gush! Contractions came almost immediately (started @ 3minutes apart & 30 seconds long and went to 3minutes apart & 1 minute long within the 1st hr). I was so tired since we never did get any sleep before my water broke! 24 exhausting hrs of labor later...
Edward IV arrived!
I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUR DOULA!!! If anyone needs one in Tampa, FL let me know (my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
). My husband was wonderful but we couldn't have done it so well without her tireless assistance! Husband said "hey, I can do that" regarding next birth (possible home or birth center?? but he wanted to do this first one in the hospital and I'm glad we did). I wouldn't mind next birth in the same hospital as it is considered a "family birthing center" - doesn't even have a nursery.
Got an epidural @5cm dilation (wasn't getting any breaks between overlapping contractions). I actually did most of my significant dilating after that (from 5-9) but got a little stuck at 9cm with an elliptical cervix (gave me Pitocin for the last 1cm as I was getting close to my 24 hr mark). We had him circumcised & it wasn't as bad as I've heard everyone say. He cried more about the stupid bath they gave him. If I had one thing to change I would have been adamant about him NOT getting a bath. He was plenty clean already. Ok'd the Vitamin K shot & the eye drops (as I was GBS +) but he's a little trooper and fussed but didn't cry. I was up & around within the hour.
How incredible and wonderful!!! I'm so happy. Breastfeeding going absolutely GREAT... I thought it would hurt as I have always had sensitive nipples but it feels terrific!!!!
Thanks for listening and all your help!!!