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Thomas Clark C- was born at 10:53 AM (central) today, November 1, 2007. He was born unassisted into mommy's hands with LOTS of support from daddy on the bathroom floor mat. He weighed 9lb 3oz and has HAIR. Unlike big brother & big sister who were bald as cue balls till they were considerably older.

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Congrats!!!!
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on a bathroom floor mat?? lol WOW girl! Congrats!
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That's awesome! Congrats!

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Congratulations! Good job!

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Congratulations! Wow, on the bathroom floor, was that planned? Let's hear the birth story, mama!
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Some details of the birth:

I woke at 6:20 or so with contractions. I tried to sleep again. My mom called at 6:37 and I was still contracting (of course). It went on like that till around 10:40 when I needed to push. It was such a fast labor. I didn't expect it.

The pains when it was time to push were overwhelming and I ended up panicking. Yelling, "I can't do this!" even though logic was telling me, "What the heck are you gonna do? Go to the hospital like this? The baby is coming out NOW and no medic would make it in time. Besides, what are they gonna do??" In retrospect it's rather amusing but in the moment I was very scared. The pain was constant, I wasn't getting a break and I wasn't expecting that.

I went to the toilet to clean up a little (bodily functions) and realized I needed to get OFF the toilet, otherwise he'd have been born in the toilet. Not the place for a baby! lol!

Then for awhile afterward the after pains (after the placenta had come out, about 20 min or so) were freaking me out again and I was in shock again! So I took some homeopathic remedies for shock, bruising & swelling, and nerve pain throughout the afternoon. It helped. Of course, I still feel bruised from pushing a bowling ball out of myself. I'm feeling much better than I was, though, both physically and mentally.

Tim (dh) was OUTSTANDING throughout the labor and birth. I couldn't have asked for a better partner. He was excited and happy and calm and peaceful and just awesome. He'd help me focus and he was just great, especially when I was freaking out.

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yay!!! wahoo!! Yippeee!!!! Im so excited for you!

Congratulations!

I am thrilled for you, he is adorable, and you and DH are and awesome team!


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The afterpains do SUCK. I was taking afterease tincture AND 4 ibuprofens and they didnt do cr@p for my afterpains this time. Blugh. Hate afterpains. So glad to be past that.
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CONGRATS!!! He's adorable, what a chunky little guy! And he has hair! I don't know why that's such an exciting detail, but it is. I'm excited about my LOs hair too.
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Yay!! Congrats!! So I guess that answers that - a November babe! Glad it went so well, despite the (perfectly natural and normal) feelings of panic along the way. Looks like your big kids are totally in love, too!

Enjoy your babymoon!!

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Congratulations JTG!! Welcome Thomas!

I have to say that I said, "I can't do this" with similar thoughts with this labor too...this time was more painful for me too for some reason...that part of your story struck a cord. I felt really silly saying that when I thought about it later. I think I was more protesting the pain than thinking that I couldn't do it. DD (this baby) has hair too...hmmm...maybe it was the hair?!

Anyhow, I posted in announcements.

Enjoy your babymoon!
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Congratulations JTG!! Welcome Thomas!

I have to say that I said, "I can't do this" with similar thoughts with this labor too...this time was more painful for me too for some reason...that part of your story struck a cord. I felt really silly saying that when I thought about it later. I think I was more protesting the pain than thinking that I couldn't do it. DD (this baby) has hair too...hmmm...maybe it was the hair?!

Anyhow, I posted in announcements.

Enjoy your babymoon!
You know, another mom just told me the same thing! I wonder why we experience that.

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Congratulations!

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congratulations mama! : yippeeee!

November 1st is an AMAZING b-day!!!

Welcome earthside hairy headed Thomas!

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Congrats!

I'm totally with you on the pushing... I was very calm during labor, but as soon as I felt the urge to push, I shrieked, "I can't do this! Tell me I can do this! I don't think I can do this!"

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What a fabulous and inspiring birth story, and he's so adorable! congratulations mama!

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Congratulations! What a fast birth! Welcome baby!

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Congrats!

I'm totally with you on the pushing... I was very calm during labor, but as soon as I felt the urge to push, I shrieked, "I can't do this! Tell me I can do this! I don't think I can do this!"
shrieking! Perfect word for it.

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congrats JTG!
okay, so i have to ask, did you need any stitches? if so, who did them? he was a big boy, but that doesn't always equal tearing......just curious......
enjoy your time with Thomas and the gang!
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congrats JTG!
okay, so i have to ask, did you need any stitches? if so, who did them? he was a big boy, but that doesn't always equal tearing......just curious......
enjoy your time with Thomas and the gang!
Well, if I was in a hospital and possibly if I had a mw, I would receive stitches. But after checking out the tear myself, it's only skin that tore and it will heal. I may have my mw friend check me on Tuesday when she comes to do the PKU on Thomas, just to get her professional opinion, but I'm feeling a lot better than I was on day 1, that's for sure.

I measured his head -- 14.25 inches.
Max, my first, was 9lb 8oz and had a 13 inch head, Rachel was 7lb 14oz w/ a 13.5 in head. Rachel is the only one I had such minor tearing with -- I didn't even need one stitch.

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Congratulations!

My third was born with black hair -- not a huge amount, but after two blonde, wispy-haired babies, it was really different!

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