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Calli Elizabeth
October 23rd, 3:16 PM
6 lbs, 9 oz
19.5" long

She is absolutely perfect and I love her more than anything in the world.

I will post more of a birth story when I have had a chance to process it (it was extremely traumatic for me).

After (what I think was) a bogus diagnosis of PIH I was induced with prostaglandin gel. 3 days of labor and 5 hours of "transition" and I was told I was 1.5 cms The contractions for those 5 hours were literally non-stop, no break in between, couldn't breathe through them they were so bad. After that my body just kind of shut down....I had given up. Contractions slowed to every 10-20ish minutes and I was taken for a section the next day at 3 PM because I had still not progressed past what I was. My body wasn't ready to birth and I should have listened to it. This birth was everything I had fought so hard to avoid. I am doing horribly trying to process this whole thing. I am traumatized.

Minutes old with her daddy.
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1 day old with her mommy.
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Finally at home.
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Jaclyn, Madly in with DH, Scott. Mama to Calli Elizabeth (23 months) & our new little man, Bode Keam (9 weeks).
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Oh mama, I'm so sorry that things went that way. Congratulations on your sweet baby!
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I'm so glad you have Calli! I hope you can clarify your senses very soon.
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Congratulations on your sweet baby girl!! Enjoy her. Peace and healing to you as you work through your birth experience

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I'm so happy your baby is here but I'm so sorry about the birth. I also had a very unexpected cesarean after laboring with my first. It was really hard for me to process. I found a lot of comfort in ICAN. It took me several months to get there, though.

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Welcome, sweet Calli! I'm sorry to hear that the birth was so traumatic for you. I hope you can find the peace and healing you need.

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Congratulations on your sweet new baby!

I'm sorry you didn't get the birth experience you wanted. Be gentle on yourself mama. And I strongly second the ICAN suggestion. They have some brand new bulletin boards up with a private forum for c-section moms. I've been doing a lot of lurking there and it's really helped me to process what happened to me.

HUGE s to you.

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welcome sweet baby calli!!!!: love her name!!!!!

big hugs to you momma. i'm so sorry that you didnt get the birth that you wanted. i'm sending you lots of healing vibes.... take time for yourself and rest up!

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Welcome Calli!! I'm sorry to hear you had such a rough birth experience Be gentle with yourself and enjoy your baby moon!!

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Mama, congrats on your sweet baby girl :

I am so sorry her birth was traumatic for you and praying for healing for you.

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Congratulations, I love her name!

I am so sorry you're not feeling great about the birth.

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Congrats on the arrival of sweet baby Calli, mama! :

I am sorry her birth wasn't what you'd hoped for.

Rest up, take the time to heal, and enjoy babymooning with your girl. We're here when you need to talk.

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Welcome to the world, sweet Calli! I'm sorry your birth experience was so traumatic. I hope you're able to process it and heal.
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Welcome baby Calli!

I'm so sorry your birth didn't go the way you wanted. Get plenty of rest, and do what you need to heal physically and emotionally. Thinking of you...

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Welcome baby Calli and congrats Mama!!:

I am so sorry that your birth did not go as planned. Take the time that you need to heal, grieve, and process it, and we're always here for when you need support.

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i'm so sorry it went badly for you =( congrats on the baby!

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Oh mama!! sending you hugs. I'm sorry things didn't go the way you expected. Take the time you need to process it all.

Welcome to baby Calli!

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Thanks so much girls. I have already started to work through it. Haven't gotten very far but I have started. Once I start feeling better from the c/s I am sure I will have an easier time processing it. My milk came in today and Calli is having trouble getting a good latch so my breasts are pretty sore too. Thank goodness my doula is coming tomorrow to help me get her to latch better. I am thankful she is latching period though. We had a really rough start in hospital as far as BFing is concerned.

Jaclyn, Madly in with DH, Scott. Mama to Calli Elizabeth (23 months) & our new little man, Bode Keam (9 weeks).
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Oh, mama, congratulations on your sweet baby girl! I, too, am so sad to hear your birth didn't go as you had planned, and I offer you all my support and send you lots of healing thoughts while you recover. Take it one small step at a time. You are strong and amazing and your little girl is so lucky to be able to call you Mama.

Welcome to the world, Calli!

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I am so sorry you didn't get the birth experience you had planned and dreamed of. I hope that you are able to process it one day soon and find peace. You are an amazingly strong woman and mama for going through all you did to bring your little one into the world and you should be proud of yourself mama!!

Congrats on your little Calli!!! Enjoy her and let her bring you happiness!!
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Welcome Calli!! Love the name!

I'm sorry to hear that you had a traumatic birth experience...you are a strong woman and I know you dealt with some really stressful and difficult situations prenatally as well. I hope you find the space and time to enjoy your little one for the time being. Give yourself time to process things. Wishing you peace and healing (oh, and better latching ). We are here when you are ready.

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much love and support to you mama as you process your experience. we're here for you...anything you need. congrats on little calli though! :
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Just updated this.

Jaclyn, Madly in with DH, Scott. Mama to Calli Elizabeth (23 months) & our new little man, Bode Keam (9 weeks).
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Oh my gosh, she is adorable! Congrats mama! : So sorry you two had such a rough start.
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My heart breaks for your birth experience, Mama :

You did everything you could- please don't beat yourself up. I'm so sorry it was traumatizing. Remember- you are not alone!

Talk with others who have had traumatizing birth experiences. It helps so much. My first birth was traumatizing and it really helped heal by talking with others with similar births.

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I'm so sorry things went the way they did for you. Take all the time you need to process and heal, Momma! Congrats on your sweet girl!

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Calli and congratulations on the birth of your healthy girl!

I'm so sorry it was traumatic for you, TD. I hope you're able to find some peace after having time to process it.
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