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Old 01-29-2007, 02:13 PM - Thread Starter
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I wanted to take the time to go ahead and write this down so I wouldn't forget anything. I had a minute, so I figured I'd go ahead and post it here, too:

I was getting ready to go to bed around 1:30am on the morning of January 28th and when I went to use the bathroom for the final time, there was blood on the toilet paper. I felt fine, no cramps or contractions, but something told me I needed to hurry up and wake Derek up.

I woke him up and fixed coffee and told him he needed to start filling the pool. I puttered around for a few minutes, getting the crock-pot ready with olive oil and wash cloths and making sure we had lots of towels on hand. At 2:15, my first contraction hit. They were non-stop for the next five hours.

The contractions were very intense and I spent the first couple of hours laboring on the toilet or in the shower. The toilet was great – but the shower was better. Derek got in with me and I would wrap my arms around his neck and let the water beat down on my lower back during the contractions.

I checked myself in the shower and couldn’t even find my cervix, so I figured it would be afternoon before Henry made his appearance. After being in the shower for about an hour and a half, I started feeling a little bit shaky and knew I needed to do something different. My legs just weren’t going to hold me up much longer.

So, we got out and Derek added the final bit of hot water to the pool and I climbed in. I was beginning a contraction when I climbed in and OH the RELIEF! It was amazing! I was floating on my belly with my arms draped over the side of the pool. The contractions never intensified, but I guess they really couldn’t since they were one on top of another from the moment they started. I really got into verbalizing through them, keeping my moans really low. Derek says at one point I “moooooed” like a cow.

By 6am I was beginning to get exhausted. I would have sold my soul to the devil himself for a three minute break from labor. I checked myself again, and I could feel Henry’s head. My water was still intact, and my sack was bulging. Around 6:30, the contractions changed. Instead of verbalizing through them, I feel like I needed to just focus on breathing and “step-out” in a sense and let my body do the work. My body began to push! It felt great! I wasn’t doing anything but breathing and my body was pushing my baby out!

I reached down between contractions and I felt my water. It was like a huge water balloon was hanging out of me. I took my fingernails and burst it, and it relieved a lot of pressure when I did. Two more contractions later (and I’m still not doing the pushing) and Henry’s head is crowning. This is when I momentarily lost control. I jumped up out of the pool and (he says) I looked at Derek with pure terror in my eyes and told him in no uncertain terms I couldn’t do this anymore! I wasn’t thinking “hospital” I was just not thinking at all. As soon as I got the words out of my mouth, Henry’s head popped out! That felt so good!!! I sat back down in the water and I was on my knees hanging off the side of the pool. About ten minutes went by, and it didn’t seem like I was going to have another contraction, and I was really ready to be done, so I pushed twice and Henry’s shoulder’s and body slid right on out. That was the only time I pushed – the rest my body did of its own accord.

Derek said that when I pushed his chest out all of the fluid came out, so as soon as he was out he was crying loud and strong! I picked my leg up over the cord and turned over and Derek placed Henry on my belly. The cord was really short so we couldn’t put him to my breast. He was pink from the moment I saw him, and breathing just perfectly! He is definitely a post term baby, because there wasn’t a single bit of vernix to be found!

It was, truly, love at first sight. I had never seen a more beautiful sight that my child. I was in awe. I couldn’t speak, couldn’t move – I just sat there staring at him.

The water was getting cold and we really wanted to see if the placenta would come out so we could try and nurse, so we stood up, and as soon as I did the placenta splashed into the pool. Derek picked it up and we inspected it, and were happy to see that it was whole and healthy.

The next hour or two went by in a blur, and I really don’t remember too much. I got really shaky as soon as I was out of the pool and I was losing quite a bit of blood. As soon as Derek got me and Henry cleaned up, we spent the morning laying in bed dozing and marveling over him.

I’m still a little bit out of it, but I am so happy. I am physically in pretty good shape. I didn’t tear at all, and that was a relief, but I’m still very sore down there. I dread peeing. Henry is great – he is very, very alert and already had a million different expressions. I am just so in love with him! Nursing is going great so far – he has a strong latch and loves to eat!

Oh- here are the rest of his stats:
Henry Cooper D., born 7:25am January 28, 2007
Weight: 7lbs, 13ozs
Length 18.5 inches
Head circumference: 13.5inches

Minutes after birth:
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A couple hours later:
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...u/000_1792.jpg

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Old 01-29-2007, 02:32 PM
 
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Wow! that is soooo Kewl! Thank you so much for posting your story and pics, You look great, and so does the baby! It's so great that it was just yesterday morning and I just now caught your post. Congratulations! It's all just amazing.

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Welcome Earthside to Baby Henry!

Good Job mama!

I do have one question~ You said you sat in the water AFTER his head was born and stayed there for 10 minutes? Did I read that right?

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What a beautiful birth. Congrats!
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What a wonderful birth story adn beautiful pictures! Congratulations!
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thanks so much for sharing your story. it was really great to read it. it's amazing how things can 'just happen' and i love how you describe your body doing this naturally--on it's own--with no real 'conscious' assistance. it's pretty awesome.

i'm loading the pics now. i have one up--what a cute baby! oh my goodness!
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What a great story! He is just absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.
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Wow, great story and beautiful baby!

A, wife to R and mom to 3 boys: D~ 10/05, J~ 8/07, and B~ 12/09 and welcoming a new little one in May 2015
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Wow Mama, congratulations!!!!

I am so happy to hear you had sush a beutiful birth, and what a gorgeous little boy!!

Happy Babymooning...

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laura~ congratulations! I hope you are feeling good. Your little boy is so precious. thank-you for sharing his pictures. Much love, and healing vibes to you in your babymoon!

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Congrats!! A great birthing story. He is so cute!!

Sorry so short NAKing.

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He is so beautiful!
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Oh my goodness- aren't you a beautiful pair!!!

Happy happy babymooning!

And thanks so much for sharing your birth story- very inspiring!
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I am so happy you ended up with the birth you wanted!!!!! Congrats!!
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Just beautiful, congrats

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What a great story!! Congratulations !

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Awww.... He's beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story... very empowering.... Congrats!
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Awww.. that was a great story, and it sounds like a wonderful birth!

I just sent the link to DH, as ours is coming up in the next few months.

Congrats!!!

Henry!
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You and your baby look GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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That was a great story! Congratulations!!
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Gorgeous baby and what a beautiful mama, too. You guys look great! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful story....

Happy Babymoon!
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How wonderful! Sounds perfect! He is so cute!
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Oh Laura, you two are gorgeous!!! I'm so happy you got the UC you wanted!! Congratulations and Happy Babymoon!


It's such a relief to finally trust yourself.
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Congratulations!

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Moving to Birth Stories so we can all read about your beautiful birth

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