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We went to the doctor on Monday, I was 41+5 by my dates, and I hadn't progressed at all, BP was high and amniotic fluid low, and the doc said if I hadn't gone on my own by Wednesday, we might induce if my cervix was favorable (he didn't think it was at the time), or discuss a c-section then.

 

That night, I was having irregular contractions and decided to try to use the breast pump to see if that could help get them in a good pattern. I started around 9 and went for a little over an hour, and stopped to see if they'd continue on their own. Around midnight, I tried again, as they seemed to be spacing out. I'd use it long enough to bring on a contraction (within a minute or two) and for them to be roughly 5 minutes apart. 40 minutes later, my water broke - it really does seem to make a popping noise (I had AROM with my son, so spontaneous water breakage is new to me) - and we went to the hospital. The BPP on monday showed the cord in front of her face, so I didn't want to take a chance with cord prolapse.

 

At the hospital I was 3 cm and 80% effaced  - a change from the 1.5 and 50% I was less than 24 hours earlier. an hour later, I had dilated another cm and was 100% effaced, at 0 station - the last 2 markers were further along than I had ever gotten in my induced labor with my son. (I only got to 7 cm, 80% effaced and maybe -2 station with him)

 

at 8 or 8:30, I was 5 cm. We had a doula and an awesome L&D nurse, who suggested hands and knees on the bed, between that and a similiar sidelying position, I was complete within an hour, much to everyone's suprise (when i got on the bed for hands and knees I was asking for an epidural, and they had hung the bag of fluid, but the anesthesiologist hadn't arrived yet).

 

Pushing maybe lasted for 40 minutes. I made some very loud scary noises. Very glad to not have that on videotape! I couldn't hold her immediately as the cord was very short and I wanted  delayed cord cutting. as soon as it was, she nursed. She is a wee little piggy!  I have a 4th degree tear, which is actually a harder recovery than my c-section, but I am very glad I got my VBAC.

 

Norah Lorraine weighs in at 7 lbs 12 oz (almost a full lb bigger than her brother, who was 6 14)  she is an eating and sleeping machine.

 

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Congratulations on your sweet little Norah! love.gif

 

I am so glad you had a VBAC, but I am really sorry about your tear. I hope it heals well -- and fast! hug.gif


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Congrats and welcome to baby Norah!! 


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Congratulations!!!


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She's so precious. Congrats on your baby girl and your VBAC. Hope your healing goes quickly.


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she's gorgeous! glad you got your vbac and hoping you heal quickly now. congratulations.


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Congratulations--you did it! And yes, she is beautiful.


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Hooray, and congratulations!!! joy.gif She is gorgeous. Wishing you a quick recovery. (Fourth degree, yikes!)


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Congratulations! She is a cutie!


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She's adorable! Congrats!!


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Congratulations!

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Love her!  She's just precious!  Congrats!

 

Norah is still on our top 3 list of names, still waiting on Dh to weigh in with his opinion!


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What a cutie!  Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your story!  I'm sorry about the tear, and I hope healing goes really well.  Enjoy falling in love with your new baby!


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Conrats on a beautiful girl and birth story!


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That is one super-adorable baby!  Congrats mama, and great job on your VBAC.  


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Great story - yay for VBAC's!  Congratulations and welcome, little one :)


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Thanks! so far, healing from the tear seems ok - the main thing it seems is to keep it clean - I am curious to know how well it's actually healed at my 6 wk pp check up.


Katrina - Mama to Gabriel  sleepytime.gif 11/20/2009 and Norah vbac.gif 10/11/2011- married to Wayne - geek.gif novaxnocirc.gifbfinfant.giffamilybed1.gifcd.gif&nbspand now new baby Theodore born 3/11/13 vbac.gif

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She's beautiful! Congrats, mama! I'm so sorry about that tear! I'm glad you got your VBAC!

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