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#1 of 46 Old 11-06-2009, 09:26 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My water broke at 2 am yesterday, and Alexander William made his grand appearance at 4:57 am, just two days before my due date! It was MUCH faster than I expected! We didn't have time to fill up the birthing pool, so I ended up getting in the bathtub. The midwife's apprentice, Ally, kept talking me through contractions and keeping me calm.

I admit: I had some serious doubts about my ability to do this. Ally and Kristen (the midwife), keep reassuring me that yes, I COULD do this, that my body was made for this.

I asked Kristen to check me after I got into the tub because if I was still a 3 or a 4, I was threatening to quit and go to the hospital for an epidural. Totally irrational threat on my part, since I could not have gotten out of that tub by myself, much less gotten dressed and gone to a hospital. Fortunately for everyone involved, I was 8+ centimeters, and in no time at all, I was pushing.

I pushed mostly on my knees, bent over the side of the bathtub, where I could reach down and feel his head. I did lay back in the tub for a while, but then I had to be pulled into a semi-squatting position so Kristen could apply pressure on my bottom and help get Alex out. The cord was around his neck once, and he was pretty floppy when he was born. As soon as he was out, I reached into the water, grabbed him, and flopped onto my back in the water. Alex needed some oxygen from both the cord being around his neck and from the fast trip down the birth canal - I pushed for less than 20 minutes!

It was scary, but the midwives were able to get him breathing good on his own very quickly, and then I was able to deliver the placenta and get out of the tub.

I'm hanging out now in the bed with Alex beside me. He is such a laid back baby, and he's already nursing like a champ. I have DH and my mom here taking care of me. Seriously, homebirth ROCKS. So far, recovery has been so much easier than it was in the hospital with Meredith.

Oh, and for the important details: our "monster" fetus turned out to be THE biggest baby my midwife has EVER delivered: Alex was born weighing in at 11 pounds, 6 ounces. He is 22 inches long, with an almost 15 inch head circumference. Yeah, he's huge. He's WAY bigger than we thought he'd be. Despite the size, he came out relatively easily - no stuck shoulders or anything, and only a small tear for me. Wooo hoo!
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Hooray!! Congratulations on your birth!

(And with a title like that, you totally should be contacting the talkshows and be on national TV--show America what homebirth is really like )

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YAY! congrats !!!
you and my best friend ROCK! (she also delivered an 11 1/2 pounder at home)
seriously you ROCK

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DDC crashing to say, you are awesome!! Holy hannah our bodies are amazing! Go mama!

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Oh. My. Goodness.

You are my hero mama. Enjoy your babymoon; you have SO EARNED IT!

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huge congratulations on the birth of your toddler, oops sorry baby makes my 9lb 6oz son caden seem tiny, deffinately goes to show women are cappable of birthing big babies no matter what some dr's may think, congrats on hb aswell

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DDC crashing to say, you are awesome!! Holy hannah our bodies are amazing! Go mama!
What she said!!! C ongrats!

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AWESOME!!!! HOMEBIRTH IS AMAZING ! congrats to you mama and your little one

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huge congratulations on the birth of your toddler, oops sorry baby makes my 9lb 6oz son caden seem tiny, deffinately goes to show women are cappable of birthing big babies no matter what some dr's may think, congrats on hb aswell
~giggle~ Yep, he's the size of many two and three month olds! I was 9 pounds, 6 oz at birth, and apparently I was downright puny in comparison to my son! If he's awake, you have to really hold onto him because he picks up his head like he's trying to sit up, and he moves around like crazy. My husband likes to joke that we're already getting calls from college football coaches.
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Wow many congrats!

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Dang! You rock! Congratulations!

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Welcome Alexander!
Congrats on the birth at home!
(I love the 11 pounder stories, too; if you can push a baby out of that size, you can do ANYTHING!)

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I'd like to nominate this thread for "Best Subject Line in the Nov DDC."

Congrats!

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Yay! What a wonderful story! That's such a great name too. Congrats!

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Congratulations!

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Good for you mama! 11+ pounds - that is impressive! Congrats!

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I'd like to nominate this thread for "Best Subject Line in the Nov DDC."
It had me intrigued!

Congratulations on your amazing birth!

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You are amazing mama! Wow, that is seriously awesome!

I absolutely adore his name, my oldest son's first name is Alexander and our baby on the way is getting the middle name William after my brother Congratulations!!!

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Another DDC crasher popping into say congrats! You're awesome!
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and, ftr, your kid weighs just a little less than TWICE the size of my last kid . Unbelievable!
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Welcome Alexander!
Congrats on the birth at home!
(I love the 11 pounder stories, too; if you can push a baby out of that size, you can do ANYTHING!)
AGREED. Congrats mama, you are amazing!

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Wow! Way to go!! Congrats!

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Due Date Club crashing here...but I couldnt resist 11lbs 6oz...WOW!!! youre amazing! Congratulations!!!

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DDC crashing too, but who could ignore that subject Congratulations, way to go!!

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Congratulations
Just proves the amazing things our bodies are capable of.

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I'd like to nominate this thread for "Best Subject Line in the Nov DDC."

Congrats!
I agree! I thought it was a joke at first! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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Many congrats to you! Hope you are enjoying your babymoon!

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Wow! You rock! Congrats on your little one

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Amazing! Congratulations to your family!
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Wow mama!! You are awesome!! Congrats!
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