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#1 of 29 Old 06-09-2007, 12:03 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Yeah! Welcome Bjorn Annan!!!

I did my own prenatal care during my pregnancy this time and I really enjoyed having that responsibility. My previous three births were fairly quick, the first being 8 hours and the last being 2, so I expected this labor and birth to be quick and intense.

After a week of feeling "wierd" and like labor was imminent, I started having contractions in the middle of the night before my due date (June 4th). They were about 10-30 minutes apart and I could sleep through some of them. I kept this pattern up the next day and I was about 5 cm with a bulging bag of water. My labor stalled around 3 pm when the kids all came home but started back up a bit stronger in the evening while my husband and I watched a movie. We slept downstairs on the futon couch in the living room so I could be closer to the bathroom. I was really uncomfortable lying down, so I was up and down and around all through the night without the contractions becoming any closer together than about 10 minutes.

At 8:30 the following morning (Tuesday June 5th) I was visited by my acupuncturist to help get my contractions stronger. Some time later, around 11 or so, they seemed to be getting closer together and stronger. I was about 8 cm at that point, still with a bulging bag and I was dying for it to pop! I didn't know what was taking so long, and I was starting to cry pitifully, tried lying down and going to sleep, said I couldn't do it, etc- general transition yuckiness- which lasted a couple of hours. Then FINALLY my bag popped around 1 or 1:30 and then I started having those pushing urges.

I pushed for what felt like forever but was maybe 20 minutes. It was hard to get his head down past my pubic bone, and I was frustrated. Then it came and his head started to crown. I was leaning forward on the futon with my hands and my knees were on the floor. I was slipping on the dang painter's plastic and ended up with a very messed up pubic bone because of that!! Anyway, his head was gigantic and took about 4 pushes for it to all come out. Then he just hung out there for a bit since I wasn't having a contraction, making faces. His head didn't turn/restitute, which is interesting. Then I gave it my all to get his shoulders out on my hands and knees. He was born at 2:05 pm into daddy's hands.

The cord was kind of short and he was so hungry, poor guy, but the cord didn't stop pulsing for about 15 minutes so we were a little awkward for a bit... and those afterpains- wow! I took two tylenol. The kids all got there before the cord was cut. He nursed, we had a bath, weighed him (woah! 10 pounds, 12 ounzes!), cleaned up and had dinner.

My husband was so incredibly patient, was right by my side the whole time. He spent a lot of my labor reading and never showed any signs of worry. It was SUCH a different experience than I ever expected. I suspect his head was cocked with a hand or something and it wasn't putting even pressure on my cervix. But though it would have been nice to have a shorter labor, we worked it out! Here he is! (video updated with a one year birthday picture too!)

http://s135.photobucket.com/albums/q...t=1c716fab.pbw

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Karan 15, Fiona 12, Bodhi 10, Bjorn 6, Devon 3, and Robin Taylor born January 16th!

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fabulous story, but none of your photo links are working

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Your links aren't working!

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Awh! what a great story!!! I wish I could see those pics, I bet he is beautiful!
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Congratulations!!!
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Congratulations!

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Congratulations and welcome to the world, Bjorn! Looking forward to seeing the pictures!
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awesome!

congratulations!

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Congratulations mama!!!! He's a doll - it just doesn't get any sweeter than that!

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Wow, he looks just like my baby at two months! Heh, he is a big one, good job! I love how alert he is in that last picture.

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congratz and welcome to the world! What a big boy! He's such a cutie (pics worked for me).

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Congratulations -- he is adorable! And wow, what a big strong boy!
Way to go, mama.

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CONGRATULATIONS! He is just precious!

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What a little man! How sweet!
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Congratulations Jenny!

Your little (big!) guy is a cutie!
Welcome to the world, Bjorn!

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What a big, BEAUTIFUL baby!!! Congrats Mama! He is gorgeous!!

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What a good size he is...absolutely gorgeous!

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He's beautiful! Congratulations and I love the photos of you two together - your smile is soooooo happy!!!!
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What a sweetheart! Congratulations! And you look FABULOUS, Jenny!

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Congrats!!
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Congrats! What a beautiful baby!!! (You look great, too!)

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Congratulations! He`s beautiful!
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What a baby! Congratulations!
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aw thanks guys! it's so fun to share our joy with all of you.

he's super precious. he's smiling and his cord is off this a.m. at 6 days. i just can't believe he's my baby and he's here! it really is a strange miracle, isn't it?! WOW.

i am still healing a small tear and feeling physically and emotionally sensitive but i have plenty of help at home. but i'm starting to love his birth and how painfully slow it progressed b/c it's OUR story- we worked it out together in our own way.

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Karan 15, Fiona 12, Bodhi 10, Bjorn 6, Devon 3, and Robin Taylor born January 16th!

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I'm glad your UC went so well! Congratulations, and love to you and your family, especially your little Bjorn Anna: n!!!
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oh he's gorgeous! And you are just GLOWING in that first pic, mama! Congratulations!! You did great!
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