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As birth stories go, it was pretty straight forward! I got up at 4 am after very little sleep due to dd1 being at the ER earlier in the evening. Of course, I was thinking - let this be a little practice birthing so I can go back to bed. Um, that didn't happen.<br><br>
It was very calm. It happened fairly quickly - 2 hr. 40 min. - which is pretty normal it seems for me. I got dh up at 5 am - he was sooo tired, too. He got the pool ready. I think I gave little pushes w/every contraction but I had breaks in between which was nice for a change. When I really started pushing I felt my unbroken waters - that was a first. Those sacs are tough! It broke, the head came down and out quickly. Then the ctx stopped! Usually it's almost one motion for me but this time his little head just hung out while I waited for another ctx. I said those classic words "Just pull him out!" Dh didn't of course. With the next ctx he shot into the water like a torpedo - no one caught but I got to pick him up out of the water. He was very cheesey - another first for our babes. Vernix was literally floating in the pool. He barely sputtered and then went back to sleep. It was nice that it was just us - it felt very simple and normal if that makes sense. Anyone else being present would have been completely unnecessary.<br><br>
It was very much like one of my books said - an ordinary miracle<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> The most inconvenient thing is lying to my mom. She knows the mw didn't "make it" so she's all concerned that I'm not okay or the baby is not okay even though I went ahead and lied about that, too. I told her the mw came later. It's just a pita to have to go over it w/her - although it's only out of love and concern for me. Plus, w/the ER drama she's on high alert for everyone's well being.<br><br>
All in all, it was great!<br><br><a href="http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj288/elfinbaby/100_3155.jpg" target="_blank">http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...y/100_3155.jpg</a><br><br><a href="http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj288/elfinbaby/100_3161.jpg" target="_blank">http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...y/100_3161.jpg</a><br><br><a href="http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj288/elfinbaby/100_3169.jpg" target="_blank">http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...y/100_3169.jpg</a><br><br>
Placenta prints! I always wanted to do this!<br><br><a href="http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj288/elfinbaby/100_3172.jpg" target="_blank">http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...y/100_3172.jpg</a><br><br><a href="http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/jj288/elfinbaby/100_3170.jpg" target="_blank">http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...y/100_3170.jpg</a><br><br>
Dh asked me where I thought I was going to hang them, lol<br><br>
Do the pics work now?
 

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Pics aren't working!<br><br>
Congrats mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">
 

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Congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Congrats! great birth story!
 

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Lovely story! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Wish I could see the pics. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne"><br>
Congratulations mama! And welcome to the world, Phineas!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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Beautiful baby! Congratulations!<br><br>
(And cool birth art.)
 

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Congrats mama!!! LOVE the placenta prints! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: ENjoy your babymoon!
 

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Congratulations Mama! Beautiful baby ... thanks for sharing those pics! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Congratulations!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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Congratulations mama!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:<br><br>
What a darling name he has!!!!!
 

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Huge congrats <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime">
 

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What a big healthy baby! And what a great birth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">:
 

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yay!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: He looks so peaceful and content!
 

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Congratulations!! Welcome Phineas. He's so cute and he looks big.
 
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