It started Christmas evening, i started to feel small small contractions on the way home from my parents'. i had lost my plug the day before. I told my sister and dh about the slight contx. Dh told me to call my mom. She was not surprised at all. They were only like 3/hour at that point and sometimes i didn't even notice them. They did wake me up at about 6am the next morning though. i tried to get back to sleep... but that wasn't going to happen. i got up, let dh sleep, and went into the other room so that i could watch the clock and see how far apart they were... about 5 min. I could easily function through them. i decided to do different things to see if they would slow down, indicating this was a false alarm. I sat at my computer, i stood, i layed down ... nope, everything stayed pretty consistant at 1/5min.
DH got up to go to work. i told him to go ahead. i'd call him if anything drastic happened, but right now is just the beginning. I called the MW at 10am, she said to call when either my water broke or i couldn't talk through my contx. (pretty standard from what i knew, i just wanted to give her a heads up... it was a VERY busy week for them) I then called my mom and sister. They decided to head down together.
I don't remember what time mom and sis arrived, but once they did they cleared out my living room... moving furniture that i couldn't... to make room for the tub. Then we just hung out... i was trying to keep track of my contx on paper, but after a while my mom took over that duty... i just wanted to know how far apart everything was. I spent sometime every hour in the bathroom, the toilet was a nice place to be, for a little while.
DH got off work around 5 but then had to go back out at 6 to see some patients. no problem. i'm still walking and talking through everything. He blew up the tub and wrapped the bed before he left. He was pretty nervous/antsy, but we gave him chores to do to keep his mind off things.
He doesn't get home until late 10ish cause of a pizza issue. one chore was to get pizza for mom and sis. he went to the wrong pizza place after placing the order and then had to cancel and re-order. poor guy.
no problem on my end. I was just going from place to position trying to get comfortable. that wasn't happening. laying down was the worst though. Sitting and standing worked better. i spent some time on the ball. at one point i felt a knocking on my cervix, strong enough to make me jump. we thought it might be my water and called the mw. since i was the one talking to her through the contx she said call her later. okay. i think that was around 11?
During the next 5 hours i keep up my routine, futon, ball, bathroom. I also puke 3x. my mom puts a star next to the time for my regugitating efforts. lucky me. Around 4am dec27 my water breaks, no mistaking it this time. i have my mom talk to the mw 'cause i know i'll have another contx during the phone call. They are coming. Is the water clear? let's find out... stand up, pull pants down. no modesty whatsoever! i wanted to make sure there was no reason for transfer. i had Dh start filling up the pool. He used all the hot water in the tank... wasn't very hot, but got in anyway, and then he started boiling water on the stove. By the time he finished filling up the pool with boiling water i was very comfy.
mw arrive at 5am. i get out of the pool, the check me. i'm fully dilated. surprised them i'm sure 'cause when they came in i was talking and comfy in the pool.
i get back in the pool, took my shirt off cause a wet shirt is a cold mama. DH is now behind me and reminding me to stay in my zone and to flutter my eyes when i hav a contx so he can rub my arms (a hypno trigger) i can do this.
My body pushes a few times on the next contx. surprised me! My lower back, right above me sacrum, starts to burn. painful and i didn't like it at all!
i'm told that is the baby. i just wanted it to be over... i push some more... i'm still reclining in the tub. mw suggests i get on my knees and let gravity help. (i had thought about this before... don't know why i waited) so. i turn around and hang on DH. i also complain to him about my back
poor guy, he couldn't do anything but be there.
It felt like this baby was coming out my butt!!! i didn't feel that i was making any progress pushing, eventually i was able to feel a very small part of the head. The next push the head was almost out. the push after that I was determined to get this baby out. i was tired of all this work and i didn't want to have any more contx...they hurt. So, i grabbed dh's wrists, squeezed on both ends, i felt the head come out, i reached down, put my hand under his head, felt his head turn and i pushed again, wanting this baby out so i could be finished... well, he came out... much to everyone's surprise (except dh's he was watching my face). my mw was in the bathroom and my sister wasn't filming at that time.
I tried to pull baby up to my chest, but the cord was too short. Baby stayed by my leg, half in half out of water. I'm busy staring at baby's face, dh was busy telling everyone "it's a BOY!" very very surprised! He is beautiful... full head of black hair, big dark eyes, red skin....
mw assistant checks cord to see if still pulsing... nope, so she puts the clamps on and dh cuts the cord. we try and get him latched on in the pool, he wasn't too happy at that point. so i get out of the pool, onto the stool. hold baby, feel a small contx (hardly hurts) and out comes the placenta.
We wrap baby up, give him to dh so that i can go get stitched up. Apparently, i should have let baby finish coming out on his own and not push after his head was out. i gave myself a second degree tear through my perinium. according to the mw it was/is pretty clean and she was able to stitch up the inside and the outside. i didn't feel a thing. i had a brand new baby boy in my arms. when she got finished with my stitches, she finished up her paperwork... which involved baby's name. DH and I just looked at each other and knew and agreed on his name: Teotimo. "Teo"
all the time since he came out mom and sis called and text messaged everyone that it was a boy. but no name or information 'cause we didn't have that fast.
We do the newborn tests and such. weight: 6lbs 8oz height: 18.5 inches
no vit. k no eye goop
I was stitched up, got to rest a bit, then came the 'get to the bathroom and pee" portion of the day. i was able to sit up, but not stand w/o getting light headed. Which i had warned the mw might happen. they were in no hurry and offered me a second option. the birthing stool with a pan next to the bed. sounds good to me... i don't gave to go anywhere.
i'm able to pee and not faint. yea!!!
all in all everything went great. the contx took me by surprise, they were painful and while i thought everyone could tell that apparently they couldn't even tell when i was contracting. i felt a burning sensation in my lower abs. if i concentrated i could feet my uterus lifting but that didn't hurt at all.
George did great. he checked out what was going on... checked on me occassionally, checked out the mws, and was just George. Lovable pup that he is.
Eventually everyone leaves, according to dh, around 3. DH, Teo, and I curl up in bed and proceed to email pics to everyone.
proud parents tht we are.