what a big guy! congrats to you and your family!
Samuel Raymond Berkley was born 6/13/02...8 days late. He was 9 pounds 12 ounces and 21 inches long. Was drug free up to the last hour of labor...I really tried, but I lost my breathing rhythm and couldn't recuperate...AH WELL! He is healthy and that is all that matters. Had a shot of demorol and I had to push an hour later. He was born at 8:02pm...labor started around 9:30am. Now, at 11 1/2 weeks, he weighs in at 15 pounds and is outgrowing clothes in record pace. Momma's milk is doing wonders!!!
Big sister Margaret adores him!
mama to Ocean --11/24/1996
and Vincent --9/8/2002 ))))
Our son is almost 1 month old. He is amazing! We love him dearly and I, for one, am enjoying the male energy! The girls really love him and are adjusting fairly well.
He was born at home. Labor and the birth were very challenging (my second daughter's birth, also at home, was almost pain-free--not this one!) but he was soooo worth it!
My little/big girl was born on September 24, 2002!
She weighed 10 lbs and 5 oz. !! 20.5 inches long!
She is BEAUTIFUL!
She still doesn't have a name yet, her naming ceremony will be on tuesday.
Thank you all!!!!
He was 6lbs & 2 ounces and 19 1/2 inches long. I was 37 & 1/2 weeks, so he was a little early. We are so happy he is here & he is nursing beautifully.
He was born via cesarean section after a failed 2 day long induction. I was sad to not have a natural birth experience, but my declining health this pregnancy made that impossible. So I will rejoice that baby is here safely and healthy, nursing well. Mom still has some health issues to clear up as well as recovery, but I am well on my way. Thanks to all who have helped with advice and support.
I gave birth my little cutie elf girl on 9/30/02 - 2:26 am - 8lbs 8 oz.... after 26 hours of labor- with a 4 hour transition and 2.5 hours of pushing--an episiotomy(her head was stuck sideways) and tearingon the inside - no drugs--- she came out!
we named her Azalea Vesta Clover- and she gets cuter every day
We are so excited to meet him at last! He is absolutely beautiful and we are all doing well.
I love your birth story! It reminds me much of Spiritual Midwifery, my favorite book. Your descriptions of how tripped out labor is were right on!!!! I am so excited now for my trip to come soon! Azalea is sooooo beautiful! A huge congratulations to you and your husband. Blessings to your family!!!! Thank you for sharing.
Just your typical non-theistic, liberal, blended family.
Thank you, Mothering, for the past twelve years of support and community. I look forward to many more.
Fela was an HBAC which was an absolutely incrdible experience that I will never forget.
My full birth story is in the VBAC forum if you want to read it
Verushka, mama to
Thelonious Lyle 11/23/99 and
Fela Byrne 10/24/02
RainCity Mama- I loved your birth story! Glad you had such a wonderful HBAC!! And that you got the birth you have been wanting. Congratulations and take care!!!!!!
Ella Rae was born August 11
8lbs. 3 oz.
Used the bradley method and made it through without any drugs. I was sooo proud.
She came out head and fist first. I think she was punching her way into the world... and as it turns out, she's a very fiery little girl. Sweet but headstrong.
Can't wait to have another. I LOVE being a mamma.
sooooooo sad to have to go back to work, even if it is part time from home.
We came home this afternoon to two VERY loving big sisters (their first fight - "it's my baby, no mine!" is on video tape
That's all for now, I feel pretty good, but tired!
Lots of love from a happy mommy!
WOHM married to SAHD, living the dream w/our: 3 girls (14,12,10) and 3 boys (7,5,3) and tie-breaker due Jan 2014
I hadn't been in more than about 5 minutes when I started feeling the urge to push, but I tried to hold out for a while... not stopping what my body was doing, but also not helping the pushing. I spent so much effort pushing Grace out that I wanted my body to be pushing before I began exerting the effort to help. . I was on my hands and knees for a while, then I got on my bottom in the tub, and sorta lifted my hips up and swayed as I moaned. My body started pushing during every contraction, and I just went with it, hanging back sometimes, pushing sometimes. She was out in about 8 pushes, totalling 20 minutes.
Her name is Lillian Hazel, and she was born after 3 hours and 50 minutes of active labor. She weighs 9 lbs 4 oz and is 21 3/4 inches long. Two pounds heavier and 2 inches longer than Grace was. I have the same small tear as last time, 2 stitches worth, even though her head was 14 1/4 inches around!!
It was fantastic, quick, intense, and hard work!! She's a little lamb though, so sweet, very quiet, and sleepy, and has already latched on and gotten some good colostrum! She seems to know exactly how to nurse, and is rarely frustrated, if she's not sure she wants to nurse, she will just mouth and lick my nipple.
Thanks for your positive thoughts and support and prayers! Feather, where are you, honey?!!! *HUG*
Jeni, Rob, Grace, and Lily!
in the Lily album
We have video of the waterbirth, and will get some still pictures off of it when we get a chance. What a wonderful experience we had, and its so fun to have a place like mothering to share it!
She is beautiful!! I love how filled out she is, she weighs the same as my last ds!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful story!
Congratulations to Mamarosa!! Can't wait to hear the story!!
She's a girl (I thought so, but didn't do an ultrasound, so...). Born at home on Sunday the 24th, two days after my birthday, 10 days after her supposed 'due date'. I guess she wanted to be a Sagitarius! My partner is a Leo, and ds was born 'late' to become a Leo. I'm born right on the cusp of sag. and scorp., and now dd is just two days after me. Kind of funny... a well balanced mix I guess.)
Anyway, labour was 12 hours from complete start to finish. A huge relief from the 32 hours with ds!
My god, having kids is painful! Why do we do it?! Oh, yeah, cause they're sooooo sweet!
She was born into the pool in the kitchen with the woodstove keeping us warm. My midwife really had to talk me back into the pool, cause I was in the bathroom during the end of labour. When I suddenly couldn't not push, I didn't think I'd make it to the kitchen! She was urging me to walk, and I yelled something like: " You can't make me do anything but push, here, now! (I yell a lot during labour! Poor ds, in the living room while mom screams "God Damned Mother Fucker, Get this thing out!!!"
But I managed to hobble to the kitchen with dd crowning. Glad I did, 'cause I was able to watch her come out into the water, holding her head, then pull her up to me after the final push. Only four pushes to get her out! (two in the bathroom!)
No tearing this time! woo hoo! With ds I had this wierd tear where a piece of skin was still attached in between two tears.
Ds was there to watch her come out, and was just beaming when I looked at him after she was in my arms. He's getting pretty attached. He was sucking on her fingers yesterday!? And likes to talk to her with this sweet little voice, and his face right up close to hers. AAwwwh Geeezz, my kids!