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I woke up in the morning feeling completely normal after days of off and on contractions. Feeling like I would be pregnant forever.

I took a nap with my 2 year old DD and after laying down for about 45 minutes, I had to get up to go to the bathroom. My water broke on my way to the bathroom. I laid back down and started feeling some contractions, but they were completely manageable, not even anything I needed to breath through. I came out and told DH that my water broke and started keeping track of my contractions. They were still manageable at about 5pm. At 5:30 they started feeling pretty uncomfortable, so I got in the birth tub with DD. She was jumping around me and splashing and having a great time. I was having to concentrate through the contractions within minutes. After about 15 minutes I really wanted out and decided to sit on the toilet (much more comfortable for me with both births). At around 6, I asked DH to call the midwife to come over. I was starting to breath heavily through the contractions and feeling uncomfortable. I was feeling a bit shaky by the end of the contraction, but still felt I was in early labor. Midwife arrived at 6:30 and I was vocalizing through the contractions. This was the point in which I was saying 'I don't want to do this anymore'. Midwife listened to the baby and I was questioning how far along I was. I ran back to sit down for the next contraction. Second midwife arrived at 7pm. At this point I started hearing myself push through my contractions. I still was unsure about my dilation. I heard a bunch of commotion of the midwives getting things ready and I told DH that I was pushing through my contractions. The midwives were quite aware that we were getting close. I reached down to feel and I could feel a bit of her head. I couldn't stop pushing though. Midwife came in and said I should move to the bed if I wanted Matthew to deliver the baby. I somehow made it to the bed and laid down. Midwife asked if I wanted MIL and Mom and DD in the room. I just kept saying no (I meant, I don't want to think about this right now....) luckily, DH said yes and they all came in. I pushed 2 more times and her head was out. Midwife told DH how to get the shoulder out and in one more push, out came Hannah Clare. I had a small tear above my vagina, but they had to stitch me up since it was through an artery and the bleeding would not stop. I thought she looked so much smaller than DD and guessed she weighed right around 8 lbs.... I was wrong. She was 9 lbs, 12 oz and 21 inches long. The entire labor was about 5 hours, but really active labor for less than 3. It was such an incredible experience and I would not change it. I loved having her at home.

http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/a...g?t=1283742727
http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/a...g?t=1283742758
http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/a...g?t=1283742872
http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/a...g?t=1283742780 (blood in photo, reaching for DH as she is coming out)

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Awesome! You are amazing! Good job, great pictures!

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So happy for you! I love the pic where she's reaching for DH

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Congratulations! What a lovely birth story, and she's so big and alert! I love that last photo of her reaching for your DH! precious!!
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Congrats!!!

Welcome to the world, Hannah Clare!!!

I love the pictures, especially the one where she is reaching for daddy.

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What a great story! Congratulations again Hannah is just gorgeous.

 hearts.gif(6), energy.gif(4.5),  diaper.gif (2) and  IT'S A babygirl.gif!!!!  ~9/24/12~ vbac.gifwaterbirth.jpg

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What a gorgeous baby, and great birth! LOVE the picture of your DH catching her. Beautiful.

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Wow, amazing story! Got me looking a little forward to my homebirth a little more! How was your DD through it all? I'm still toying with the idea of keeping DS here, but I dunno, he's so little, and he freaks when the midwife even takes my blood pressure!
Anyways, beautiful pics, she's gorgeous, so alert! Good job mama and enjoy your babymoon!

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keep on dreaming boy, cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die.

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Thanks for sharing! Beautiful story, beautiful pictures.

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So wonderful. Thank you for sharing (although I couldn't see the last pic).
Congratulations to you and your family!

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What a great birth story! Thanks for sharing!!!

She's absolutely beautiful. I couldn't see the last picture thought... it appears photobucket removed it

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Awesome! Congratulations and what a gorgeous baby girl!

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wonderful birth story!! congratulations!! beautiful pictures!!

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Congratulations mama!! Welcome the world to your littlest daughter!!

OT, my toddler takes the same soother as your toddler. It's his fav.

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thanks ladies. i cant believe they removed the photo. i willhave to look into it.

DD was amazing! She was only in the room for about 5 minutes, but she was smiling and laughing and so interested in watching baby come out. it was good that we had dedicated people for her. we prepared her with some videos too. you tube has some natural childbirth ones that are great. we told her that mommies sometimes make lots of noise to help welcome the baby. she seemed to love it!

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Congratulations!

Welcome, baby Hannah!

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aww! she is adorable! congrats!! wish i'd checked earlier to see that last photo

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Congratulations!

thank you for sharing your homebirth story with us
make me want 4 month to move faster
Congratulations!

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Congrats! What an awesome story and great photos!

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She's soooo beautiful. Congratulations and thanks for sharing your birth story.

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