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#1 of 22 Old 04-03-2008, 04:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Sorry this has taken me so long, mommas!

Full Name: Caleb Elias Thomson
Mini-Slide Show:http://www.dotphoto.com/Go.asp?l=aik...=205565&Show=Y
Born: March 26, 5:03 AM
Stats: 7 lbs, 20 inches
Nicknames: Hedgehog, Squeakers
Labor & Delivery Summary: Induced at 38 weeks, March 25, at 4:00 PM due to high BP. Took them an hour (and 11 pokes) to get me on a freakin' saline drip. Placenta abrupted during pushing. Vacuumed-assisted delivery.

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It all started Friday 21st, those of you who have been following my family reunion saga, know the deal, but for those who of you who don’t: my in-laws decided it would be swell to visit while I’m 38 weeks pregnant and expected me to actually do things. They finally left Sunday morning (Easter), leaving their germs behind. Sunday evening DH and I headed over to my parents’- my dad was out of town, he’s the cook- so, I helped out mom with dinner while my older sibling who are not pregnant, sat around. Monday, the cold the in-laws left behind finally hit hubby and I head on. Worse cold ever.

SO, when we went to our doctor appointment on Tuesday it was no surprise that my BP had raised to the point my doctor suggested an induction.

Laboring
We went to the hospital for further tests and consultation. We decided to go ahead with the induction. They started me on the first dose of gel at 5:00 pm. The poor nurse had to put me on a saline drip… she poked me 9 times and couldn’t get it… then another nurse came in and poked me three more times before succeeding. I look like I shoot up. :

After the first dose I started to feel back discomfort- similar to those to get before AF. Though the discomfort was consistent (lasting 1 minute, every 5 minutes), I didn’t use any laboring techniques at this point because I wasn’t in “pain.”

At 7:00 they give me the second dose of gel. By 8:00 the discomfort becomes more like menstrual cramps. Contractions come every 3 minutes, lasting for 1 minute. I took a jet bath for awhile, started using breathing techniques, counting, squeezing random objects (like hubby’s hand, remote control, pillows) and eating a lot of Jolly Rancher suckers in-between.

At 9:00 my doctor comes in and says he would like to give me the third dose of gel, but it was my decision since my contractions were steady. I told him, “No, thanks.” Good thing too because my water broke an hour later; taking me from 4 cm to complete in another hour.

Delivery
After laboring down, I get the okay to start pushing. After pushing for awhile the placenta abrupts causing the nurse to panic and call the doctor. The doctor tells me that we need to get the baby out. He'll try vacuuming then if that doesn't work c-section. No freakin' way was I having a c-section. SO, I pushed really hard and ended up with a 4th degree tear BUT I got my son and my vaginal birth. BOO-YA!
Although he was hoovered out- he has a beautiful, round head. I'm so in love, mommas!

Best wishes to all you mommas still waiting for your LOs. They are worth the wait!
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I'm so happy everything worked out! Thanks for sharing your story and the slideshow. He's a cutie pie! I love his name...I have an Elias too!
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Congrats ORLY?, DH and welcome baby Caleb. And what a cutie too!

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Congratulations!! He's beautiful!
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Congratulations!!!!!

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Congratulations!
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Congrats! Hey, our boys have the same birthdate!

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ORLY? Oy my heck what a handsome little guy!!!!!! He's just so perfect. I love the wedding pic at the end. I love Nauvoo.
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Congrats on a fairly smooth induction! And sucks about the stupid relatives. I hope they feel guilty about the abruption. :
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He's beautiful! Congratulations!
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Congtatulations! Glad to hear that everything worked out. Hope your tear heals fast. He is really cute.

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Congratulations!! He is gorgeous

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Congratulations! Very cute boy with a cute name .
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many healing and restful vibes to you as you babymoon with your squishy bundle of love!!!!!!! Enjoy it!
I think every new mama should spend as much time looking and smelling and bonding with her newborn as possible. My little guy has already gained almost TWO pounds in the two weeks he's been out and he's just not a "new" newborn anymore!!!!! it goes fast so enjoy it!
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Oh boy, the stars and the moon must have been alined for that tri-swap. Congrats! I did get your e-mail, by the way. I'm glad you liked your gift.

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ORLY? Oy my heck what a handsome little guy!!!!!! He's just so perfect. I love the wedding pic at the end. I love Nauvoo.
Thanks!
I love Nauvoo too, but I've never been. We were married in St. George. Both favorites!

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Congrats on a fairly smooth induction! And sucks about the stupid relatives. I hope they feel guilty about the abruption. :
Nope, don't feel gulity, just excited to have the little guy here. They will probably plan another reunion in two years when I'm pregnant with another one.
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Congratulations!!!! He's so cute. Wishing you an easy recovery.

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Awwww! Congratulations, welcome Caleb! Hope your recovery goes well, what a birth story!

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He's adorable! Love the nicknames, too Hope you heal well.

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Congrats! Love the name- I have a Caleb too!
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LOVE LOVE LOVE the slide show and Congrats!!

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*bumping all births we've had so far !!!*

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