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#31 of 49 Old 11-22-2009, 07:30 PM
 
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CONGRATS and many healing vibes to you, mama! I was thinking about you yesterday, oddly enough--and here you were in labor then!

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She's really beautiful mama!! I'm sorry the birth didn't go as planned but I hope you both recover well and are reunited soon! Congratulations!!
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Congratulations on that beautiful new baby!

I've been following your story since the first time you posted on MDC, and have been hoping for the best for you.

I'm sorry you didn't end up getting the home water birth that you hoped for, and that your baby has to spend time in NICU, but glad that everything seems to have turned out OK in the end, and that baby Kate looks like she'll make a good recovery.

She's really beautiful, and I hope you will have her at home with you very soon.

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Congrats on your new arrival!

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So sorry all the insanity happened....but wonderful to hear your little girl is going to be a-ok.... Congrats and keep us updated!!!!

Sending healing thoughts out your way...........................
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what a pretty baby girl. congratulations mama! I am sorry you did not get hte birth you wanted but you did amazing I would never have lasted that long pushing!!!!

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Congrats on your beautiful baby girl!

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It sounds like you're coping well with the drastic change in birth plans. Birth is such an emotional and personal thing that it's hard enough to take little deviations from the planned ideal, kudos to you for handling this all with such grace. It sounds like you're in mama bear mode for your little dd right now, which makes sense, but once she's safely in your care you may find that your emotions about the birth aren't nearly so stable--there's some good support here on MDC for birth trauma too, so if it sneaks up and hits you later know that you don't have to take it alone.

I have heard that arnica does wonders for c-section scars (both for helping it heal in the first place and also for helping the scar be minimal). I don't have personal experience with it for c/s, but it is pretty astounding for my accident prone little boys' bumps and bruises, so I believe it.

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I just wanted to send you some more s

I am a c/s and NICU mama, too. It's a hard, hard experience but it does pass and bit by bit you will hopefully heal physically and emotionally. I don't think the memory of the pain ever goes away (am tearing up now with the memory - my c/s and NICU babe's 3rd birthday is around the corner) but I am now able to dwell a little more on the positive memories and less on the sucky, crappy ones (my c/s was not necessary but I was railroaded into it more or less).

Go easy on yourself in every possible way. I'm praying that you and your darling girl will soon be snuggling together.

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Your daughter is just stunning!!!!

It sounds like you did everything right, mama-- you really did. Not that you need me to tell you that, but I just think, some people (inc. me) might be so stubborn about the epi/hospital transfer that the stubbornness would have ended up harming the baby. You have such strong instincts and you listened to them.

I can't wait until your baby is snuggled with you!

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Oh, she is so perfect! What beautiful dark hair -- and those toes!

Congratulations -- it sounds like you made the right decisions when you needed to. Hopefully she gets to come home with you soon!
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I love your birthing necklace!
You were my anchor.

You guys are so amazing, really. This has been so intense. It's hard to believe she's only been alive for 48 hours!

I really, really appreciate the kind words, the words of advice and BTDT, and the direction to the NICU board. I thought I had prepared myself for everything, but in reality it was everything but THIS. Ah, Murphy and your law.

I'm still catching up with all of you mamas by reading, even when I don't respond. And whether you've had your LO already or not, I think this quote I used a lot during labor is appropriate...When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

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You are amazing! 9.5hrs of pushing is such a commitment.

All the best to your little one. i hope you two adjust well and you both recover quickly. there are so many new things to explore in the parenting world, i am still amazed every day!

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And I'm REALLY sad that my girl is spending the first days of her life with strangers in a strange place, not being held and fussed over, but poked and prodded. But I also know they're taking excellent care of her, and the mec was just a freak thing that no one knew was going on, you know? My girl will be good as new soon enough, and she and I can start our new life together!
Vegasgirl, my thoughts and support are with you!! I know you and I are in the last places we ever expected to be, and as much as we hate seeing our girls in pain and in the hands of strangers, it is such a comfort to know they will make full recoveries and be in our arms soon! Here's to the NICU, fellow mama
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blessings vegasgirl and vegasbaby!

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She's beautiful- congrats! Hopefully you'll get some newborn snuggles soon!

Kirsten, mama to Monkey since May 2007 and Bean born 11/7/09
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Ah Vegasgirl. What a story. And what a beauty your little girl is. She looks so healthy, I sure hope you are out sooner than they expect. Sending Kate lots of healing prayers. Keep staying positive it helps so much, it is amazing how much we are intuitively connected to our LO's.

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Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby girl!! I'm so sorry things didn't work out as you'd been planning. I'm glad you were able to feel supported in your decisions, though.

Healing vibes to you and Kate!

Amy loving DH 5/04, raising DD 2/05 and DS 11/09; missing my mom& my babies 6/07, 12/07; and on the side
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Thinking of you!! Hoping all is well for you and sweet baby Katie
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