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#1 of 18 Old 10-20-2006, 04:24 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Just letting you all know that we had our baby on Sunday morning, and everything went well.

My brother and sister in law were both visiting that night- she was here to help me out with childcare and housework, etc. and he was here because he was flying out the next morning and lived in a different city that has a smaller airport (thus, flying out of our town). Anyway, that made things a bit more difficult on me, as I felt pretty inhibited with my noise level and nudity. I should have asked them to leave or something, as their presence made it difficult for me to escape into labor. Anyway, so here's the birth story.

Contractions started roughly around 1 am. My husband was out with his brother, and my sis-in-law was reading my 33 month old son his bedtime stories as I lay beside them. After she finished, I read him one last story and nursed him to sleep. Shortly thereafter, the contractions picked up just a bit. I still wasn't sure if this was it or not, but called hubby anyway around 2 (maybe a little before) to let him know that he should probably come home just in case. Sis-in-law went to sleep in the livingroom as I quietly labored in the bedroom (family bedroom) to keep an eye on the kid as he slept (to keep him from waking if he started to rouse).

Hubby arrived home shortly after (maybe 2:30?) A few contractions later, i was unable to be sociable during the contraction. I decided that I wanted to try a little water to see if that helped at all with the pain, so hubby drew a bath while my brother in law started to get a bit excited that "this might be it". I think at this point he woke up the sis-in-law, but I'm not sure because I was in the bathroom (they waited in the kitchen right next to the bathroom).

Shortly after getting into the bathroom, I gave up on stifling my labor noises. During contractions, I pressed my forehead against the wall and went to all fours. At that point, I stopped lying down between contractions because it was too much of a struggle to get up while they hit. Anyway, I started to feel immense pressure, so I turned toward my husband (i was in the tub on my knees while he was sitting on the floor right next to the tub). The pain was so intense. I put my hand down between my legs and felt the water bulging outside of me. I was so desperate to end the pain (of the bulge) that I tried to break the bag with my fingernail (I could feel her head just inside the bulge) but couldn't- it was just so strong. I was in a lot of pain, but also so excited and suprised at the same time. I remember saying something to hubby like "here she is, I can feel her head."

Anyway, my body pushed out her head. I felt her turn inside me and I exclaimed to my husband "I just felt her move!" I suppose that's when she rotated. I just remember that her head was out and it felt so good to have her head out, but she wasn't coming down any further and that I just needed to wait a moment. Then, with a mighty push the rest of her came out into my husband's hands. Her color was what hubby described as "whitish gray", but it didn' scare me. He was worried, saying that we needed to get her started, etc. but the color just didn't seem frightening. Sure, she wasn't pink, but she had some color, it just wasn't as bright as I remember my son's color being when he was born.

So anyway, I flipped her over to drain and rubbed her back as hubby threw some recieving blankets over her (we also had a space heater running in the room so it was quite toasty). This part felt so chaotic. We were in a very small space, and not expecting the birth quite so soon (I had expected to labor at least for a little while). I definitely did not expect to give birth in our tiny tub. I had blood dripping down my legs- the tub even had blood spatters, and here is this slippery, floppy little girl in my hands with a cord tying her to me.

So at this point I was trying to mentally process everything and thinking about how to clean up this mess so we could leave the room (by mess, I meant me) and also just waiting for the placenta to come. Meanwhile, hubby was concerned about her color, and concerned about the amount of blood coming out of me (it wasn't much, but blood is not something that he's used to seeing, and I suppose that it's different when it's not coming out of you). Shortly thereafter, the placenta came out (we were so unprepared for such a short labor that we didn't even have a bowl handy). Someone grabbed a bowl, and the placenta plopped out with a bit more blood (5-10 minutes after the birth). I continued to bleed a little and couldn't remember if that was to be expected, but assumed that since i felt ok, it must be alright. Abigail nursed around 15 minutes after the birth, then we cut her cord (because it was floppy).

Well, anyway, we cleaned up, wrapped the wee one warmly, and I got dressed. I lay down to bed around 4 am, and my little boy woke up because Abbey was trying to latch on but was becoming frustrated. He came over to nurse, and saw her in his place. He then got really excited and said "our baby!" He stroked her head and cooed, then nursed while stroking her face and we went to sleep.

From start to finish- roughly 2-2.5 hours (I thought she was born at 3:30, but brother-in-law said that she was born at 3:10). I'm not as grateful for such a short labor as some seem to think I should be.
I weighed our little Abigail around 9:30 that morning- she came out to 7 lbs 9 oz. Smaller than I had expected- her older brother was 8,3.
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#2 of 18 Old 10-20-2006, 04:32 AM
 
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Congrats on your quick UC! Welcome baby girl!

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wonderful story momma!!! Congrats on your fantastic fast labor!!!!
Rest up and enjoy your time with beautiful Abigail!!!!

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That's wonderful! A big to you and your family!

(and what an adventure for the IL's!)

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Weclome baby Abigail!!

OUR DAUGHTERS ARE PROTECTED SHOULDN'T OUR SONS BE TOO! :
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Congrats, mama!
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Congratulations!!!

Brightest Blessings and Happy Babymooning!
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wonderful! thank you for sharing your experience!
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Congratulations! Blessings to you and your family.
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CONGRATS!!

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congratulations!

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awe!!!! Congrats on another uc! I love the part where your ds notices the baby and they nurse together... so sweet.

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Congratulations! Yes, the short labors can be intense! I've had two now (2hrs & 2 1/2hrs, respectively) Sometimes, it's forgotten that it can be overwhelming to have your body do that much work in such a short time =)

Good job mama! Especially with visitors in the house, I don't envy you that =)

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congratulations, gives me all the more inspiration. thank you for sharing.
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Yay! Welcome, Little One!!!

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Great birth story - Thank you!

Welcome little baby!
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Congratulations and welcome to the outside!!

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That's a wonderful birth story! Congratulations! Too bad you felt inhibited though. It's so sweet your dc nursed together! Thanks for sharing it with us!
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