On October 9th, I had some mild surges that seemed to be 10 minutes apart. Adam waited around before going to work, just in case it was time. He had me get up and shower to see if they went away and they did. He went to work, and I went about my day. I started having surges again a little while later, so I got active. I cleaned up the living room and they got a little stronger. Then I rested and they went away. Hours later, they were very light and barely noticeable.
I went to shopping with my mom, my daughter, my sister and my nephew. I had a sharp pain in my hip the entire time, and the surges were very light and hardly noticeable.
By 11pm that night, they were coming pretty strongly about 10 minutes apart, so we went to bed and started our hypnobirthing excercises. After a couple of hours, we put on the CD so Adam could rest. Around 2am, they were more intense so I woke Adam back up. Around 4-5, I had him fill the pool and we called the midwife. Surges were 5 minutes apart by then. When I hopped in the pool, they were coming 2-3 minutes apart.
My midwife showed up after 6am. She checked me (with permission) and told me I had made good progress since she checked me at my last appointment. (I specifically requested that I not be told how dialated I was at any check)
Hours went by, labor progressed, surges became stronger.
Hypnobirthing worked in the sense that I was able to relax my body and let it work, but it did not "work" in the sense that I was very vocal about what I was feeling and what was happening. I will definately use hypnobirthing again!
My labor with my first daughter kept popping into my head, and although I had thrown it away during the fear release excercise as something that would not happen, I did not throw it away as something that would not affect me. Whenever I thought of my first labor, I would start to feel panicky, feel like I couldn't calm down, and would tense up around my body.
I had been checked again and was told I had a cervical lip and they recommended I switch positions. Being on all fours was much more intense.
Close to noon, I had decided I had enough, and complained about it to anyone who looked at me. (just after surges of course, then I'd go back into relaxation) :P I had two midwives attending, and they were both very supportive and told me everything I needed to hear. They reassured me of everything I was feeling which was wonderful.
At some point, my body started pushing, and I had a hard time letting it do it's job. I did not fight it, but I yelled and hollered my way through it.
I was not in pain, I was just overwhelmed by the pressure and the sensations of it all.
I do know that I pushed and my membranes released. Soon I could feel her crown, pushed again and her head was out. One midwife touched her neck for the cord and said "Her head is out, there's no cord in the way!" and I could see her head. I said "I see her head! I see her!" and the next thing I knew I took a deep breath and she was born. I reached down and snatched her right up before anyone else could get her.
I held onto her for the rest of the hour. She latched on 19 minutes after birth and stayed that way for the rest of the hour.
I had two small tears, that didn't require stitches. My midwife said those were most likely caused by her head, not her shoulders.
She was checked over after I had my check and after Daddy and Eva got some bonding time.
October 10, 2005 @ 1pm
8 pounds 12 ounces
20 inches long
She looks just like her sister did when she was born, except she almost doubled my first daughter's birthweight.
We declined vitamin K, PKU testing, and the eye antibiotics.
She is a very calm baby, only yelled out once when she was a few hours old, and then didn't cry again until she was 12 hours old.
She has her days and nights mixed up.
The sound of running water, calms her right down.
I am so pleased with her birth, there's not a thing I would change about it!