Hi everyone! Am I only the third May mama to have had a baby? Gavin was born on May 6th, so it's taken me a few days to get on the computer!
My birth story:
I started to have some suspicions that the birth was imminent on Wednesday, as I was having WAY more BH than normal. They weren't bothersome at all though, so I carried on as usual, working, making dinner, etc. While I was making dinner I noticed the contractions were starting to sort of feel like something more than the usual BH, so, as I was standing next to the microwave clock, I started timing them. Fairly regular. Hmm...After we got dd in bed around 8:30, I started paying more attention to them, trying to figure out if this was indeed the real thing. Well, eventually I deterined that yes, they were (more and more they were starting to feel like something); I also realized that it was 10PM at that point, so I likely had a very long night ahead of me. The contractions were still light at that point and spaced anywhere from 4-6 minutes apart, but sadly, they weren't quite light enough to actually let me get any sleep. So, I read for a while and got things ready, then I called the midwife to let her know that things were picking up in intensity. As the contractions were still 4-6 minutes apart, she suggested I sit in the bathtub for awhile and see how things progressed from there. I ended up sitting in the tub for about an hour, during which time the contractions continued to become more and more intense, but still 4-6 minutes apart. After I got out, I told dh that I was about ready to go to the birth center; by this point, I couldn't function very well through the contractions. We met the midwife there around 4:45 AM, and boy were they INTENSE at that point. Interestingly though, they were still 4-6 minutes apart, which ended up being my saving grace. She checked me, declared me to be at 6cm, and I got back in the bathtub there (a great big clawfoot tub I should add - very nice!). After about an hour in the tub of squeezing dh's hand through contractions like no tomorrow, I threw up, figured I was in transition, and got out. The midwife checked me once again and lo and behold, I was at 10cm. Now the fun begins...to preface, I had a really hard time pushing dd out...it took me over 2 hours. This time I was assured repeatedly by just about everyone that second babies ALWAYS push out quickly, 3-4 pushes, no problem. That's what I was expecting this time around. WRONG. Three and a half hours later I had a baby...leave it to me to take longer to defy the odds...geez. Anyhow, it was possibly the hardest thing I've ever done, but I eventually got the deed done and Gavin was born at 9:25 that morning. As it turns out, he was posterior - a surprise, since I had absolutely no back labor. Aparently posterior babies are harder to push out. Anyhow, I can't complain - I had no tearing of any sort, and literally as soon as he was born I felt fine...isn't labor just amazing in that way? I should also mention that my contractions never did pick up in frequency - they remained 4-6 minutes apart the whole time. Although this probably made my pushes somewhat less effective, I was SO thankful for the break. There's no way I could've pushed for that long if my contractions had been any closer together.
Anyhow, we were all feeling great post-birth so we went home about 4 hours later and tried to catch up on some sleep...I can't say that I've stayed up for over 24 hours in a looooong time (and I don't care to do it again!). Gavin is doing very well now and is a fabulous nurser...my milk just came in so I'm in that wonderful Incredibly Hulk stage right now, but otherwise, I feel great and am up and around.
Thanks for letting me share, and good luck to all the other May mamas!!!
Edited to add a link for pictures: http://www.ofoto.com/BrowsePhotos.js...1&sort_order=0