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#1 of 8 Old 04-09-2008, 05:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I had to avoid this board for a while when I realized that all the babies being born were making me feel even more anxious than I already was. I spent the last few weeks before my baby was born feeling pretty overwhelmed, missing my baby who I lost, and I guess saying goodbye to both pregnancies. So, I'm sorry I've missed out on all the births, and I'll do my best to catch up.

I'm happy to report that I have a new son, Theodore, aka "Theo" or "Teddy", or as my 4 year old calls him "the new baby". He was born 3/29, and was 9 pounds 10 oz! Almost a pound and half more than my biggest baby before him. I am only 5' 2", so I'm not sure how I fit such a large baby inside me -- or how I managed to get him out.

I haven't written the whole birth story yet, but here's the short version. I ended up having a very rough 12-hour labor with a posterior baby who was much larger than anyone imagined. There were a few scary moments with his heartrate, and I also ended up having an epidural because I had been trying to fight an overwhelming urge to push for hours, yet was stuck at 8 cm. I had the support of some wonderful midwives and my sweet dh, and in the end managed to give birth vaginally. I feel disappointed about having had the epidural, but I try to remind myself that I did the best I could with a crappy situation. Once my midwife said that I might rip my cervix if I kept pushing, that was all I needed to hear.

I hope you all are doing well with your new babies; I will try to catch up on posts between feedings. This boy eats all the time!

Oh, and a few pictures...

Big baby!

Theo meets the whole gang

cheeks!
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: Congrats!

Glad to see you back around... but I hope you were able to heal during your time "away".

me, wife to dh, the movie geek (7/01), mama to ds1, budding Star Wars geek (10/05), dd, budding princess of the dirt (03/08) and ds2, budding extrovert. watch out! (8/10).
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Theo's precious! Welcome back and congratulations! :
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#4 of 8 Old 04-09-2008, 10:55 PM
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Congrats!! He looks like he had a big head and chest. You did awesome!! It situations like that when epidurals can come in handy.

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Congratulations Katherine! I noticed you weren't around on the DDC and am so glad to know everything is OK

Welcome baby Theo! Your family is gorgeous and he fits right in! Good job on a difficult delivery.
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so glad that little man is here and safe and sound.
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What a beautiful baby!! So glad to hear that all worked out well. I have no doubt that you could have birthed a 9+ pounder without an epi, but I'm so glad your cervix is fine as a result of your decision.

Congratulations!!
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congrats. what a chunker! he's gorgeous. you have a beautiful family.
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