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#1 of 73 Old 05-18-2007, 07:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A little brother has joined our family! Born Wednesday night, in the tub, caught by daddy!

He was born at 41 weeks, after about 45 minutes of actual labor (I'd been having contrax for about an hour before that, every 12-15 min, but didn't really think much of them...). I get a kick out of the fact that one hour before I had him, I was sitting at the dinner table eating - of all things - BEEF STEW!! Not exactly your light pre-baby meal

ETA: I forgot to put in here that my water had broken early on Tuesday morning, 41 hours before labor kicked in! I'm sure that's partly why my contrax became so intense...I've never before labored with broken water.

When contrax really set in, I got in the tub - they were one on top of another, with no break between. When I tried to get up to use the toilet, I almost had to fall back into the tub for any relief...

DH was putting the girls to bed (it was about 7 p.m.) - then he came out and heard my vocalizations, got in the tub with me, and starting applying pressure to my lower back. Not long after this, he asked if he should call our friend to come take pics, or if I wanted to continue alone. I really wanted pictures of this birth, so I agreed to the call. She arrived with about 10-15 minutes to spare, and did take some incredible pictures (link below).

I suddenly had an overwhelming urge to bear down, and checked to feel head - I was so surprised that it was already time! The feeling of his head moving down, pressing on my perineum, and emerging was so intense...I hadn't ever felt so connected to the actual birth of my other two (I think I had relenquished control to the mws at their births). I helped ease the head, feeling the perineum stretch - I was sure it wouldn't fit, and was going to burst! Once his head was born, I just paused and felt his silky hair in the water, while waiting for another pushing urge. Again, I was so aware of the emerging shoulders and then body - unlike before. My dh caught him, and as I'd been on all fours, I stood and we passed the baby up to me.

Our girls came in and were watching me labor once it was obvious the baby was immenent - the elder (age 5) was drawing me pictures that said "I love you mom" on them And in between pushes, I could smile back and talk to them...it was the first time that I actually enjoyed pushing during labor, because it was the first time in this labor I was getting a break between contrax!

When the baby was born, the girls stripped and hopped into the tub with us, meeting their new brother. After a few minutes, I moved to our bed to birth the placenta (all of 5-10 minutes later) and rest.

Our friend left shortly after baby latched on for the first time (she also captured this on film), and the five of us hung out for a while until dh put the girls back to bed.

There's the quick version I hope to write out a more elaborate version soon, but I know how much I love reading everybody else's stories, so better short than never...

Here's the photo story! Let me know if it doesn't work!

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Awesome!! Congratulations!

Just have to add in:
Please God, please let me have a labor like that. I really want one. Please:
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Congratulations!!!!
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Congratulations!!! Welcome baby!!!!!!!!!

OUR DAUGHTERS ARE PROTECTED SHOULDN'T OUR SONS BE TOO! :
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CONGRATS!!!!!

Sounds like a wonderful and peaceful experience! :-)
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Congratulations!

It sounds like a great experience.

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Lovely!

Congratulations on your little one! I can't wait for photos! Enjoy your babymoon mama

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Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story.Congrats and welcome little one!

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: Congrats to you and your family!

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What a beautiful story! Congratulations!
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Congratulations! Welcome sweet baby boy!

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Wow! Thanks for sharing your beautiful birth. Enjoy your babymoon! I will look forward to seeing pix of your new wonder.
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beautiful photo story, what a gorgeous family! <3

Congrats, mama!!!

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First off, that is a KICK ASS bathtub!!!!!!!

Secondly, the photos are amazing. I am a birth photographer and I am always loving to see the photos!

What a lovely face your son has! He looks "old soul" to me!
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What wonderful pictures, and what a cute little baby! (and your tub is very nice too)
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What a gorgeous photo essay of your birth. Thank you so much for sharing. I just love the post birth bliss. You are so beautiful and a gorgeous baby. Seeing your whole family together is so sweet. Good work mama!!!
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Great pictures! How delightful to have all your family so near...and such a peaceful birth!
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Congrats mama :

Wonderful story...amazing birth

Beautiful baby...well all your kids are sooooo cute

And now I really want a bath tub like yours...will have to bug DP

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Congratulations!!!

Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful pictures!
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C ~ O ~ N ~ G ~ R ~ A ~ T ~ U ~ L ~ A ~ T ~ I ~ O ~ N ~ S

I enjoyed it myself then shared it with my children. They loved it too.

Thanks for sharing.

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WOW!! Congratulations! Truly inspiring, you look amazingly happy and beautiful in these photos, what a gorgeous wee guy! So cool that you all fit in that lovely tub. Thanks for sharing such precious times.
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What a fantastic birth! Beautiful baby, and you look radiant.
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First off, that is a KICK ASS bathtub!!!!!!!
I'm so jealous.. my bathtub SUCKS!!


I love the photostory and your birth sounds like it was really amazing. Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!!!!!

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You look absolutely beautiful! I'm stunned at how you look so radiant, pulled together, and unexhausted during labor and right after the birth! Congrats to you on making and having a beautiful baby!
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GREAT PICS...I.WANT.THAT.TUB!!!!!
BEAUTIFUL BABY!
Happy Babymooning!!
Congrats!

~Marie : Mom to DS(11), DS(10), DD(8), DD(4), DD(2), & Happily Married to DH 12 yrs.!
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First off, that is a KICK ASS bathtub!!!!!!!
I must agree -- awesome tub!

Thanks for sharing the inspirational pics of your beautiful little guy's birth. Congratulations!

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congratulations on the birth of your georgeous little boy :
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Oh, thank you for the fantastic pics! It's so hard for me to look at pics like this and know I'm done! They're just so beautiful and touching. (I wish we had pics, but how to get them without distracting my highly distractable self? Damn!) You make such a beautiful laboring mama. That look on your husband's face is priceless. I have to show my husband, I know he will enjoy it.

And... I'm envious of the tub too. We have to replace our tub soon, and something like that would be *perfect*. Did you guys make it yourselves? Care to share how it was done? And how do you keep the grout from getting mildewy???
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"I wish we had pics, but how to get them without distracting my highly distractable self?"

Hear hear! I wish the same thing...ah well, I have a great picture of immediately after the birth at least.

I am so happy for you. And I agree with everyone else that your tub rocks!
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