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<p>August Henry was born on Saturday, November 13 after 12 hours of labor, only 1 of those hours at the hospital!  Once I realized what was going on it was a fast and fairly easy birth.  He is 6lbs 5oz and 19.75" long and at 2 days old is nursing like a champ.  I'll update with more details on the birth story soon.</p>
 

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<p>Congratulations!</p>
 

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<p>That's awesome!  Congratulations!!! <img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/banana.gif"></p>
 

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<p>Congrats, my due date buddy! You win the "race"!!! :lol</p>
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<p>Welcome August Henry! :love</p>
 

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<p>Congratulations!!  Our babies share a birth date! :love</p>
 

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<p>Congrats, mama...and welcome to the world, sweet August Henry!!<span><img alt="love.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/love.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>UPDATE - birth story.  Super long, but as someone who stalked every birth story in the September and October DDCs for months before DS was born, I know some of you won't mind:</p>
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<p><span style="font-family:americantypewriter;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">August Henry (Gus) was born on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm, after 12 hours of labor (only one of those at the hospital).  He weighed 6 lbs, 5 oz and was 19.75" long.  What an amazing day, and so different in some ways than I had imagined.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:americantypewriter;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">I had been feeling impatient earlier in the week because I felt like nothing had really changed from the prior weeks.  No mucus plug, a little bit of an uptick in Braxton Hicks contractions, but nothing really noticeable.  Then, on Thursday of last week (39w 1d) when I got home from work, several people noticed that it looked like I had "dropped".  Friday I made an extra effort to get things ready at work in case I didn't return on Monday. I had declined being checked at my 39 week appointment so I didn't know if I was already dilated or not.  My mom was coming into town that night to be there to take care of DD in case I went into labor.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:americantypewriter;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">On Saturday I woke up at 4:30am with a contraction that felt stronger than the Braxton Hicks I had been having sporadically all week.  Interestingly enough, my labor with DD began with a first contraction at 4:30am also. They were really pretty mild, more like a strong BH crossed with an intestinal or menstrual cramp. I tried to do my Hypnobabies techniques and to fall back asleep but was too excited to sleep through them, so I got up around 6:30am.  I timed a few of them and they were all over the map with how close they were and how long they lasted. DH got up a little before 7am and DD and my mom shortly thereafter.  I thought at the time that we should continue with our plans for the day - museum, haircut, errands, etc. and maybe just bring my hospital bag stuff with us just in case the contractions picked up.  How ridiculous that seems now!!  DH and my mom and I discussed the logistics around 9:30am and decided we should stick around close to home, but that we might still walk down to the coffeeshop that morning. At 10:30 or so my mom and DD and I walked down to the coffeeshop.  I had one contraction early on that made me stop in my tracks but I made it through several more while continuing to walk and talk as though nothing was happening.  My mom asked me to tell her when they were happening and she was timing them at 5 minutes apart.  I timed them later when we were sitting down at the coffeeshop and they were more like 10 minutes apart.  What was really throwing me off is that I had seen no mucus plug and no bloody show at all despite all the contractions, which was different than with DD.  When we got home I felt tired and wanted to stay rested in case the contrax picked up, so I went and laid down and started to time them in earnest.  The contractions continued to come but were very irregular - some were 1 min apart and 10s long, some were 3 min apart and 30s long, but all closer together and shorter than the 5 min apart, 1 min duration formula that i had in my head.  They were starting to get more painful too.  I was trying to think of them as just pressure (this hypnobabies style thinking may have helped me deal with them but also may have increased my denial of how intense they were) but now they were starting in a wave from my back (it was actually an almost "pushy" feeling more in my butt) and then wrapping around to the front.  But because they were not the right length and I hadn't seen any bloody show I still wasn't convinced it wasn't just prelabor.  I called the midwife then and she said that I should take a bath and see if that helped to make them more regular.  I could still pretty easily talk through them while on the phone with her.  I took a bath and had Ephraim come up and time them.  They were very consistently 2 min 30 s apart and 40s long.  When I got out of the bath I had a couple very strong and painful ones where I had to hold on to DH and breathe through them.  I called the midwife back and she said "You sound different - see you at the hospital".  DH had already packed the car - I think he knew more than I did earlier on that we were headed there soon.  He stayed so calm though!  My mom remarked on how calm I was as I struggled to get my shoes on in between contractions and hugged DD goodbye.  In the car I listened to my hypnobabies tracks and closed my eyes. </span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:americantypewriter;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">When we got to the hospital Ephraim and I walked to triage.  The people in triage did not really take it seriously that I was in labor but they were kind enough to let me breathe through some contractions.  They got me into a room pretty quickly (thank goodness) and had me pee in a cup and change into a hospital gown.  I finally saw some bloody show - 'bout time!  As I laid on the bed there the contractions were quite intense and painful even though I was trying to use hypnosis.  It helped some to imagine my cervix as a soft gold ring and anesthesia spreading through my body, but I couldn't quite get myself to totally relax, and I had to keep coming up to answer questions.  Finally the midwife got there and checked me.  She announced with surprise that I was at 7cm with a bulging bag.  She joked that I must be Amish or something (I guess because I was so stoically dealing with the pain).   When they realized this they started to move more quickly to get me into a room.  Oh, also, around this time I felt something wet gush during a contraction.  I thought maybe my water broke.  Now that I have had some time to analyze it I think it may have been my mucus plug all coming out at once.  It was clear and wet but there wasn't that much of it.  They wheeled me down the hall in the hospital bed, which I was very thankful for.  I was suddenly past the point of walking anywhere on my own, and the thought of getting in a wheelchair also sounded awful (although it had been less than an hour since I had walked into the hospital under my own power).  I laid on my side and tried to relax through the increasingly intense contractions.  I realized I was in transition.  When we got into the room DH asked for the birthing ball.  They brought the ball, but they also told me a couldn't get up because I thought my water had broken and the midwife needed to check to make sure the baby's head was engaged. The nurses seemed so slow in getting me hooked up to monitors and such and it seemed like we waited forever for the midwife to come.  I had probably 4 or 5 incredibly intense contractions (I was trying to relax through them but giving up at the peak and grabbing on to the bar of the bed or DH’s shoulder and squeezing tight to try to deal with thepain) while we waited. I told the nurse I felt pushy during contractions and that I wanted the midwife to come check me asap.  The dumb nurse said that when I felt like I had to push between contractions, that's when I really needed to do it.   But I remembered that this is what I felt like with DD when I really did have to push her out, so I asked DH again to get the midwife in there.  I felt like I had been there for an hour while really it had been about 15 minutes!   The midwife finally got there around 4:20pm, checked me, and announced I was complete and that the bag of waters was bulging.  She said that she could break it or that if I pushed it might break on its own.  I had another contraction and when I pushed there was a huge burst as my water broke all over the place.   It relieved the contraction pain to push, but immediately started a the "ring of fire" down below.  I was yelling "Oh sh**!  It hurts!  Oh no!" with every push because I was really afraid of tearing but I also wanted to keep going and get him OUT!!  The midwife kept telling me I was doing great, everything was ok, to keep going.  I did try to not push as hard as I could, just to give small little pushes.   I asked if they could see the head.  She said for me to reach down and feel.  I could feel his hard little head, a little fuzzy, just starting to crown.  The pain just got worse and I could tell I was probably tearing so at some point I just thought, hell with it, I 'm just going to get him out.   From start to finish of pushing I think it was probably 4 or 5 minutes.  It had been just about an hour since we arrived at the hospital and only a half hour since we got into the delivery room.   </span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-family:americantypewriter;"><span style="font-size:12pt;">We had a wonderful experience with the midwives for the entire pregnancy and our stay at the hospital.  Although I hadn’t imagined such a precipitous birth once we got there!  I'm recovering well - SO much better than with DD and the 2nd degree tears I had (this time I did have some first degree tears but they are already healing up well).  Gus was sleepy the first day but since then has been an avid nurser and reasonably good sleeper – he is already back to his birth weight less than a week after he was born.</span></span></p>
 

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<p>Thanks for sharing your birth story--sounds like an incredible labor. Congratulations on your sweet little one!</p>
 

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<p><span><img alt="joy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif" style="width:42px;height:39px;"></span>Congratulations!</p>
 
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