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#1 of 33 Old 12-27-2010, 10:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My baby girl was born yesterday, at 37weeks 5days (due date was Jan 11). I had a wonderful home water birth, and caught the baby myself! Short version of the birth story:

 

Woke up to pee at 3AM, fluid trickling down my legs. Water broken? Called midwife. Had cramps reminiscent of the horrible menstrual cramps I used to get. They were pretty intense but since they weren't much worse than the cramps I was used to, I was expecting it to get much worse. I alternated between toilet and bed all morning, trying to sleep but hitting the toilet for every contraction. The midwife checked my cervix at....  around 3PM? And was shocked to find me 9 cm dilated. I was elated since I still thought I was near the beginning of labour, not the end LOL.  I changed my attitude.

 

DH was filling the pool. I told him it had better be quick because this baby is coming! I got in the pool and pushed for 15 mins, baby was born at 4:18.

 

Her name is Caroline Marija, and she was a whopping 7lb4oz.... I'm kind of glad she decided to come early! 20 inches long, nursing pretty well although my nipples HURT so I'm going to talk to the midwife about latch when she comes for her visit today.

 

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congratulations!


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congatulations!!!


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Wow!  What a great birth!  Congratulations!


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She is beautiful!! Congratulations on such a wonderful (and early) birth!!


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Wow, she's beautiful! Congratulations, mama!


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Congratulations!  What a wonderful birth story!


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she's so pretty ...congrats...happy for you that it was nice and quick


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Wow, and this was your first baby, right?  I hope my birth goes just like yours!  Sounds wonderful and she is a beauty!


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Congratulations!!!energy.gif


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Congrats! What a wonderful story. I hope mine goes similarly. :-D 

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Welcome baby Caroline!  Have a wonderful babymoon <3


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Congratulations!  She's absolutely beautiful, and it sounds like it was a great experience!


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Beautiful! Congratulations!!!

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Congrats!! Enjoy your baby girl!

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congrats!  sounds like a wonderful birth!!


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Congratulations!


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Congratulations!! She is so beautiful!!!


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Wow, that sounds like you had a great birth! Congratulations.


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Thanks everyone luxlove.gif

 

Yep, my first baby. The midwives said a few times "You haven't done this before, have you?" and I was like "No, I think I'd remember" lol. I'm very happy with the way things went (and are continuing to go)

 

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Congratulations! That sounds like a great birth. I hope mine is that smooth. 


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Congratulations, Mama!  Sounds like you were born to birth babies.smile.gif  She's so cute. 

Oh, I know everyone says that if you're BF "correctly," then it won't hurt, but I've gotta say that the first time you nurse a baby there is a general "wearing in" of the nipples -- lol.  I mean, it should definitely get better and, of course, you want to make sure the latch is good, but it can be really normal to feel like "holy crud someone is vigorously pulling, sucking, and yanking on my tender nipples yowzer" yikes.gif for a little while.  I mean, heck, I'm getting ready for baby #4 and I've been BF for over seven years straight (between my various children) and still with each newborn I'm always like, "Wowwy Zowwie!" at the newborn sucking.


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I've gotta say that the first time you nurse a baby there is a general "wearing in" of the nipples -- lol.  I mean, it should definitely get better and, of course, you want to make sure the latch is good, but it can be really normal to feel like "holy crud someone is vigorously pulling, sucking, and yanking on my tender nipples yowzer" yikes.gif for a little while.  I mean, heck, I'm getting ready for baby #4 and I've been BF for over seven years straight (between my various children) and still with each newborn I'm always like, "Wowwy Zowwie!" at the newborn sucking.

I agree wholeheartedly!  I worked so hard to "perfect" breastfeeding with my first, but I still had a period of adjustment to it.  Maybe a solid week.  But then all was well.

And I've heard the same thing about subsequent babies.  There's always that period of, "Oh yeah!  THAT'S what it feels like to nurse a newborn."  Toddlers are so different. smile.gif
 


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Wow, she's lovely, and what a nice, uplifting, easy birth story to get to read!

But one question... what's "whopping" about 7 lbs 4 oz? Just wondering.


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But one question... what's "whopping" about 7 lbs 4 oz? Just wondering.


 

Just because she was 3 weeks early. Not exactly "whopping", I know. I just wonder how big she'd have been by/past her due date.


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Congrats!


 
 
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Wow, gorgeous!!  And she was bigger than my 40w1d son, who was actually my earliest baby and my 2nd largest baby, I have had two smaller.  I say she's perfect!  Your birth story was amazing, and what a beautiful baby girl you have.  Enjoy your babymoon!


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Congratulations!


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Oh, I know everyone says that if you're BF "correctly," then it won't hurt, but I've gotta say that the first time you nurse a baby there is a general "wearing in" of the nipples -- lol.  I mean, it should definitely get better and, of course, you want to make sure the latch is good, but it can be really normal to feel like "holy crud someone is vigorously pulling, sucking, and yanking on my tender nipples yowzer" yikes.gif for a little while.  I mean, heck, I'm getting ready for baby #4 and I've been BF for over seven years straight (between my various children) and still with each newborn I'm always like, "Wowwy Zowwie!" at the newborn sucking.



 Yeah, this! LOL!


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Congratulations!


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