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#1 of 27 Old 01-31-2011, 09:56 AM - Thread Starter
 
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She was born yesterday, at 39 weeks sharp at our birthing center! I'm eternally grateful to the midwives and my doula! She weighs 6lb 4.5 ounces and is 19.5 inches tall... She was super alert for the first 6 hours and nursed a ton, but is now in the sleepy phase... I am a tad worried now that she wants to sleep and not to eat, but we will see at our 24h checkup at the birthing center what they suggest... I guess it is normal, but I'm a worrywart.

I had moderate contractions for a very long time (7 hours) before we went in to get checked, I was only 3cm, but we did a membrane sweep since I had contractions every 3 minutes for hours already... After walking for 2 hours, it got really painful, I mean vocalizing was necessary... So we headed back, I was 5cm and hopped into the tub, which helped a lot! After 2 hours I felt like pushing, and I was ready to do so. I pushed for 90 minutes and felt the amniotic sac and her head with my fingers, I was so close, but somewhat the bag of waters was in the way so we agreed to rupture it. It took a little to pop it and the midwife said it was quite a strong amniotic sac - she probably would have been born in the caul, but I am glad we ruptured it, she immediately dropped 1cm lower and things got going from there - we decided to get out of the water and on all fours on the bed, and within 20 minutes she was born! It was a very slow process, I think her head was born for 3 minutes before the rest was born and I felt an intense burning on my pubic bone, I thought my pubic bone would break. Her head wasn't positioned perfectly and pushing right on that spot, it was extremely intense. But the slow easing her out left me with an intact perineum, no skidmarks - just bruised and swollen, which will go down so soon! I am sooooo glad that I did not tear this time!

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joy.gif congrats mama! welcome eloise! sounds like a beautiful birth...


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Congratulations!!  What a little peanut - same size my daughter was! 


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Congratulations!!!


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Hooray! Another little sweetheart.joy.gif


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Congratulations!! How exciting!!


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Yay!! joy.gif Welcome Eloise! Great story too. What does big brother think of his little sister?

 

I think the big sleepy phase after an initial alert phase is normal as baby is also energized and then exhausted from birth too.


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What is up with everyone due on the 11th (same as me) already having their babies!!! So.Not.Fair!!! lol


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Congratulations! So many babies lately!


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yay for eloise!!!! congratulations mama!


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Great job mama and welcome Eloise!  Beautiful name and story!


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Congratulations!


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Congratulations mama!  Enjoy the new addition.


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congrats :)


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What an inspiring and happy birth story!  Eloise is a beautiful name!


I'm Brooke!  I'm a breastfeeding advocate and IBCLC.  Homeschooling mama to my girls, Maiya (4/2009) and Jenevieve (2/2011) and my new baby boy, River (9/6/2013).

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what a lovely birth story...glad it went so well.  congrats!!!

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Congrats mama!


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love.gif Congrats Nia & welcome Eloise! love.gif


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Congrats on your baby girl!! love.gif

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welcome Eloise! Congrats!!


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Thanks ladies! I cannot believe how quickly everything happened and how peaceful the experience was at the birthing center... My milk came in today and she's nursing well, even her meconium is changing to real baby poop :) I am just a little sad that the cloth diapers don't fit her yet, even the preemie ones are huge on her. We are waiting for the cord stump to fall off to use the CDs as the covers totally sit above her belly button... So preemie sposies for now :( All her clothes are preemie too, the newborn stuff is huge!

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Yaaay, congrats!!!!!!!!!! joy.gif


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And omg she is TOO CUTE!!!


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Congratulations!!!!


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congrats :)))


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Congrats!!


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Congratulations!

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