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#1 of 25 Old 07-19-2010, 10:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Sorry, Due Date Buddy--things happened so fast we weren't able to keep you or anyone else in the loop.

Woke up at 4 a.m. Sunday having some pretty good backaches, 12 minutes apart. Hmm...6 a.m., they were 4-5 minutes apart, we called the doctor and went to the hospital. When I got there and into triage, I was already 6-7 centimeters. I was 10 by 11:40 a.m. Contractions were manageable, even during transition--it was weird, they didn't register as supremely painful, just super-intense and all in my back.

By noon...I was ready to push. And I was pushing and pushing and pushing...though baby was head down, he was posterior, and his head was off-kilter, and he was presenting almost with his ear instead of his forehead. He got stuck. We tried every position under the sun, we tried the shower, we tried just about everything. My doctor called in the OB attending, who floated the idea of forceps or a vacuum assist, at which point I consented to an epidural, because while contractions and pushing are manageable unmedicated, forceps (in my mind) are not--I also figured that might buy me a little rest and give me more energy to push him out on my own. Baby didn't tolerate the epidural very well, and his heart rate began to decline...the OB attending did an exam and determined that using forceps would probably cause major trauma to both of us AND would probably be unsuccessful, which would lead to an even worse section anyway.

So, after a pretty quick and manageable first-stage labor for a first-timer, and somewhere between 3-4 hours of unmedicated pushing (which really was kind of cool--it let me know I can do it), I was prepped for c-section, which I REALLY didn't want but am OK with given the circumstances. (In other words, had I prepared for a homebirth, I still probably would have ended up transferring to the hospital.)

Ellison Henry came into the world at 4:48 p.m., 7 pounds, 14 ounces, 19 3/4 inches long.

Even more fun, I apparently lost a ton of blood during the section, passed out while getting out of the shower today (thankfully I had a nurse assist but soon found myself surrounded by concerned-looking medical staff and a wheelchair) and had a transfusion today which has made things better. I switched from dilaudid to percocet today, and as I've said before, I care for neither. They're making me dizzy. My incision stings like a mofo. I will go home Wednesday or Thursday. Ellison's been sleepy and slow to nurse, so we'll work on that in the next several days.

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Aww, welcome Ellison! And congratulations on your labor . . . too bad baby wasn't more cooperative, but it sounds like you were really giving it your all and hanging in there like an old pro. I hope you have lots of support as you heal, and enjoy your sweet little bundle!

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Congratulations on your baby! Sorry to hear labor didn't go as you wanted, but at least they were ready to take care of you and it sounds like you're on the mend. Hope you and baby get the hang of nursing and enjoy your first week together especially.

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Yay Proto!!!!!

Sounds like you gave it your best... Birth is definitely unpredictable. Sorry about your C- Just glad that you and baby are safe and sound after the surgery.

Good luck getting your nursing on track!

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Congratulations, and welcome Ellison Henry! Fabulous name.

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Wow, Proto!! Hope you're mending quickly from the cesarian birth, and I'm really glad to hear that he's healthy and well.

Congratulations on the birth of your son and best of luck as you settle in and practice nursing!

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Proto you are a rock star, working your butt off and sticking at it for so long. Fascinating that little Ellison was presenting with his ear first! So strange.

Glad to hear you are at peace with the c-section. Yeah, there's a time and a place, and this sounds like it was one of them. Getting a transfusion and everything -- wow, that's hardcore. Take good care of yourself Mama. I hope you have some good support for breastfeeding.

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Congrats!! I'm so happy for you.

At the end of the day, a birth is a birth is a birth. (I know some will disagree.) At least that's how I make/made peace with my own Cesarean. I'm just glad you have a healthy baby in your arms. You did it!!!

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I was wondering how you were doing!!! Thanks for updating us, get lots of rest mama and enjoy that amazing baby!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

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Welcome baby Ellison! What a great name! Thinking quick healing and recovery thoughts for you!

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Congratulations on your baby boy and Welcome Ellison!

Sounds like you did your best in each moment that presented itself. Peace to you and enjoy your baby!!

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Congrats! Wishing you a speedy recovery and a happy babymoon
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Welcome baby Ellison!
Enjoy your babymoon

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Aww, welcome Ellison! And congratulations on your labor . . . too bad baby wasn't more cooperative, but it sounds like you were really giving it your all and hanging in there like an old pro. I hope you have lots of support as you heal, and enjoy your sweet little bundle!
This, exactly. Congratulations!

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Congratulations and welcome to the world, Ellison!

Amy (34): mommy to DD1 (11/07) and DD2 (7/10), wife, wohm, and wannabe suburban homesteader.
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Congrats!!!

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Congratulations

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Congratulations and happy babymoon!

As for the pain, I had my (second) c-section after a (second) 24-hour labor. That was the 14th. I'm completely off of pain meds--even acetaminophen--as of last night (the 19th). It will get better, I promise!

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CONGRATS PROTO!!! I'm so happy for you! Even though plans had to change I'm glad you got to go the natural way for awhile first, and that you have a healthy baby to cuddle!

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Aww, congratulations, mama! I love his name!
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Congratulations Proto!! ! Welcome Ellison (LOVE his name)! I wish you quick healing!

mama to dd 2x Our sweet boy is here! 7/27
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welcome Ellison! What a birth story, it sounds exhausting. I hope you are resting up and healing well.

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Congrats Proto and welcome Ellison! It sounds like we delivered around the same time (not accounting for time zone differences). You did a great job with your labor, I wish you peace and quick healing.

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Congrats! I was just realizing I hadn't seen you around in a while and remembered you were expecting your little one. So glad to find the wonderful news! He was born just a couple days too late to share a birthday with my littlest

Congrats to you and your family!!

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Congratulations!!! I love the name.

You know, I heard a nearly identical birth story to yours a few weeks ago. Baby presented ear first. The mother was a trooper just like you and had a natural labor for a day, but the baby's head just wouldn't present skull first. She also required a c-section. You're not alone!!

Lots of healing vibes to you!
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