Hi everyone!! What have I missed? I saw that there were four pages of posts for me to catch up on...later, right?
OH MY GOD WAS THAT THE FASTEST LABOR EVER!!
On Monday, baby was still really high and my mw said if my water broke with a gush to call her right away and she'd come over and listen for a bit.
Wednesday was the day I posted aobut my mucus plug coming out.
Thursday morning, a little quick loving before dh went off to work at 6:30, wake up to this GUSH at 8:15am. Sit thereon my hands and knees, stunned and not really knowing what to do. I have no towels around me and dd was sleeping next to me and I wasn't sure if I wanted to wake her up, at which point she rolls over into the puddle and wakes up, chastises me for not making it to the potty and gets me a towel from across the room. I get the phone, call my mw and she says she's on the way. Call my mom to take care of dd, call dh to come home (my dad went and got him- bus strike!).
MW got here at 8:55, at which point I'd had two contractions that were five minutes apart, but nothing big. My mom got there and dh got home around 10. We sent my mom out to the store with dd and while they were gone, my contractions got stronger, but still no big deal. Then all of a sudden, I was on my knees, leaning on the couch and had two in a row that I really had to think about. I told dh to go tell the mw (who was in my kitchen doing dishes- gotta love homebirth!). She came in and they picked up in intensity almost immediately.
The tub was being filled, slowly, due to our small water heater, and finally it was a height I could get in to. I went to the bathroom on the way to the tub and after, on the walk from the bathroom to the room with the tub, I mentioned that my hips were feeling tingly and numb.
I got in the tub and the contractions got hard fast. My hips were killing me. It was the worst thing I could think of. I think I was getting charlie horses in both hips and there was nothing I could do. I tried every position I could think of, every position my mw could think of. She massaged my sacrum, which helped minimumly, but some. At one point I could feel myself getting totally panicked and said soemthing aobut that, so the next few contractions, I really tried to calm down. By this point my mom and dd had come home. I think the first contraction while dd was there was really hard because I was aware that she was there and of not wanting to scare her, but after that, it was fine. She didn't look scared, so I let that go.
Still the hip pain wouldn't go away. I couldn't figure out how I was going to spread my legs enough to have the baby when the only thing that seemed to make sense for the cramping was to hold them close together. I tried pushing once to see if the hip pain would go away, but it didn't.
Then, I felt him drop into my pelvis. Literally felt him drop in. It was crazy. The next contraction, I pushed and felt a burning. I yelled for my mw to come in the room, "he's coming now!" Dh was in the tub with me and sitting in front of me and I told him he had to move because I could feel burning above and didn't want to tear there, so he moved out of the way (kneeing me in the stom ach in the process
I pulled my knees up so that I was a little more upright and felt down and felt a head. The next contraction, I barely pushed and his head came out. I got a few minutes of calm, then felt a contraction and I felt his shoulders rotate and come out, barely pushing again. Then the rest of him slipped out. Dd got in the tub with us and we cuddled and laughed.
From the time my water broke to his birth 4 hours and 15 minutes. He was born at 12:30pm. I pushed him out in 3 contractions. It was amazing. I could have done without the hip pain, but it was still amazing. I didn't tear at all, a few little skids.
Here's a link from my sisiter in law:http://www.shutterfly.com/osi.jsp?i=...8b45d2¬ag=1
gotta go nurse the babe. Oh! His name is Jalen Daniel and he was 8 pounds 14 ozs and 20 1/2 inches long.