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I woke up around 6 am on August 3rd unable to sleep. I felt fine. K and I did a lot of running around the day before and had even made it out to the movies that morning to see the new Mummy movie I was dying to see. Well, around 7:30 I decided to go back to bed since he wasn't up and I was finally getting sleepy. I thought I would surprise him by wanting to DTD so we did. Just as I was climbing over him, I felt a trickle. As soon as I hit the bed, I felt a trickle run down. My first thought was that I peed on myself. After I climbed back out of the bed and let my feet hit the floor, the floodgates opened. I yelled for K to wake up because my water broke. He screamed because he couldn't believe it either. It seemed the water just did not want to stop so I jumped in the tub (yea, I panicked). After calling my parents and letting them know this was it, we both showered and got dressed.

I must have changed clothes twice because the waters kept coming. I mean, it was like Niagra Falls or something. We finally left the house about an hour later and met my aunt at the hospital. After the midwife checked me and confirmed that my water had indeed broke, things moved along slolwy. Apparently I was dilating very slowly and it ended up causing serious distress to Kendall.Eventually I got stuck at 6 cm. I couldn't sit up because it was would raise my blood pressure so I spent the next 16 hours laboring on my sides. Yes, 32 whole hours of labor and half of it was without an epidural. I swear I'm a gangster! LOL I snatched K up a couple of times because the pain was extruciating and he was the only person for me to grab. My parents and aunt moved to the far corner and laughed because kept asking them, "why didn't you tell me she would freak like this?" My dad said, "Dude, I told you that from day one and you haven't seen anything yet." I mean, I have never felt pain like this before. I put my ipod and tried to get focused and it helped some.

Because my dilation was so slow after laboring all night, they decided that a C-section would be best for both Kendall and I and we agreed. He was born at 3:26 pm on August 4, weighing 6lbs 1.9 oz, and measuring 19 inches long. He is such a quiet and content baby. We're still having some difficulty with breastfeeding but his bottle appetite is picking up. I'm just grateful and blessed for a healthy child. Other than that, everything is great. We may end up going home today or tomorrow, Friday the latest. I have some staples in my tummy that will have to be removed from the c-sec but I'm doing well.

K is the happiest man on the earth. He has done so well with getting up with him everytime he cries and taking care of him. Since I've been pretty bed ridden, it's all on him and he hasn't complained once.

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: Congratulations on baby! What a long labor! I'm glad you are all doing well. Take care of yourselves. And, I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say...pictures please! You know, when you get a chance
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congrats!! sorry for the lonnnng labor and c-sec but I am so happy everyone is healthy!
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Congrats-I'm glad you and your family are adjusting well to your new lives!
Can't wait for pictures...

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Oh, hon! Labor is hard especially with limitations like that.

I'm glad you are recovering well. Make sure to ask if the hospital has a certified lactation consultant to help you with nursing. If not then contact La Leche League as they are usually better than the "lactation nurses" that many hospitals have which just don't have enough training.

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YAAAAAY!! :

I'm so excited that Kendall is here! I can't wait to see him.

Get plenty of rest and here are some : healing well vibes for you. I can't imagine going through all that labor AND a c/s!! Yikes!

Yay for DP being a great helper, too! I'm sure he's just in love with that baby.

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Congratulations, Monique!!! I can't wait to see pictures of your main man. You are such a trooper! Please rest up and take any offers for help that are given!!! You will heal much quicker!
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Congrats, mama! Can't wait to see pics of the little man.

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Congratulations Monique! I'm sorry that your labor was so long and hard and ended with a C-section. But I'm excited that Kendall is finally here and everyone is healthy. I hope you'll keep trying to breastfeed, as you recover and get used to your new life as a mom! Post pictures soon cause I can't wait to see how sweet he is.
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Welcome Kendall !!

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Thanks for all the love and support everyone. I'll post pictures as soon as I get a chance. I'm still recovering so give me a few days or so. We might go home tomorrow so I can definitely do it then.

He is such a prince! I love him.:

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: Welcome Kendall! :

Hang in there, Monique! Sending you lots of healing vibes!

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Congratulations! I'm sorry to hear you didn't get the birth you were hoping for, but glad to hear Kendall is doing well!
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Congratulations Monique. I'm so happy for you that you can finally hold your little bundle of joy.

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Wonderful! Congrats, and a big welcome to baby Kendall!

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His levels came down! : We may get to go home tomorrow. : I'm so happy. Now if we can get my BP to go down all will be well.

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Thanks for all the love and support everyone. I'll post pictures as soon as I get a chance. I'm still recovering so give me a few days or so. We might go home tomorrow so I can definitely do it then.

He is such a prince! I love him.:

yeah post pics!!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHING MONIQUE!!! : So glad he is doing better, now you get all the rest you need to get yourself feeling better, you deserve it

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Congrats, Monique!
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Update from last night: turns out his levels weren't down last night and that he needed the top light. They kept him int he nursery and DP and I went down to check on him at 3 am. He was doing fine. So this morning the ped doc comes in and says that his levels are great for his age (a few days) and that they will check him again later today and if the numbers stay the same or go down, they will release him today. My doc wants to release me but I told him I'm not leaving without my child. He said hopefully we can both go home today but definitely tomorrow.

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Congrats & welcome Kendall :::

So glad to hear you both are doing well Enjoy that little man!!!!

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Congrats, mama!!! Just saw your pics on another thread, that boy is gorgeous!
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Monique,

Congratulations!!!

I am so thrilled for you, and happy for you and K and Kendall!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, and lots of baby love!

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You did eeeet!

Hey, tell Mr. Man all your girlfriends said "congratulations" to him too!
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Congratulations, Monique and K! Sorry you had such a long labor! oof! Hope you guys get home soon and get thru your nursing hurdles. I, too, can't wait to see him!

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Congrats! Hope you are recovering well and enjoying that new babe!
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