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<span>Devin Loralei<br>
11/3/06<br>
10 lb 14oz<br>
21 1/2" long</span><br><br>
After all the pre term and prodomal labor I had with Devin I was ready to have my little girl in my arms instead of camping out in my uterus for the next 18 years! I was sleeping when a contraction woke me up at 4am on Friday, November 3rd. I thought nothing of it and went back to sleep – I had been having contractions wake me up for nearly three months at that point.<br><br>
Dh woke up at 5am to get ready for work and I told him this “might be it” but he decided to go to work anyway and have me call him if I needed him. Boy am I glad I called him early because my labor was so short he wouldn’t have made it since he delivers furniture and can sometimes be a few hours away – not to mention the drive home!<br><br>
I played around on the MDC board for a few hours waiting to see if things picked up at all and the contractions were 10 minutes apart and not really strong. I fed my toddler and did the dishes. We played for a while and about 8am I realized I was needed to sing through the contractions to not scare my daughter. It was cute – I would sing, “La la la…” and dd would repeat it back to me – she sounded much happier to be singing though!<br><br>
I called dh at about 8:30 and told him I thought he needed to come home; I also called my Midwife and Doula to let them know I thought this was it. I got dd ready for dh to take to the day care she goes to while I attend school a few times a week as they were our “Plan B” if we needed them. While dh was gone I hid out in the dark bedroom with the cat in a corner just shouting things like, “I LOVE being in labor!” I was really trying to keep a sense of humor and that seemed to help.<br><br>
Not sure how much time passed but I made a birthday cake for Devin all the while making dh laugh by the things I shouted through my contractions like, “Why do people have sex?” and “We’re not having any more babies!”. Dh decided it was time to call the midwife and Doula – it was 11am and my contractions were 3-5 minutes apart. My midwife told him to begin filling the tub and I thought it was odd since I thought I had plenty of time to go before this baby would be born – I had a 30 hour labor with the first.<br><br>
My midwife and doula arrived at 12 within minutes of each other. I got on the birthing ball and the contractions stopped. I chatted some more, they picked up again but nothing intense so I frosted the cake. We all just talked and laughed until about 1:30 – that’s when I began needing to lean on Jeremy for support so we slow danced in the living room to Amos Lee. (Great labor CD if anyone is interested)<br><br>
I asked my midwife if I could get in the tub and she said she needed to make sure I was at least 5cm as it would possibly stall labor. She checked and said I was a “stretchy 8”. We all were shocked – me most of all! I got in at around 2:15pm and that’s when things really got intense. I had to moan through the contractions and I lost myself fin them a few times which made it hurt so much worse. Jeremy got in with me and I floated above him while he supported my back. He talked me through them and my Doula talked me through visualizing I was on a beach – ahhhhh…I love water!<br><br>
I asked my Midwife what it felt like to push - with Kiera I had had so much Pitocin that although I had no epidural I didn’t know what it felt like without the aid of drugs. I began to cry and said I was scared to push since I tore so badly before. Then I heard myself grunt and my body took over for me. I was still scared and tried not to push but that didn’t work too well. After 3 big pushes and 3 small pushes, Devin Loralei made her grand entrance into the world. I pushed her out on my hands and knees and I was the one who helped take her out of the water. I will never forget that – I am actually the first thing she ever saw. She opened her eyes as she came out of the water and looked right into mine.<br><br>
We stayed in the water until the cord stopped pulsing and dh cut it. I had complications delivering the placenta and the midwife gave me a shot of Pitocin after an hour and a half of trying everything else. She said it was a double occult separation which can turn into a ad complication but all is well now. Devin nursed like a champ right away and dd #1 was brought home to meet her sister. When my Midwife weighed her we all laughed – no one would have guessed she was this big! I have one tiny tear on my perineum where my old scars are but NO OTHER TEARING!!! What I have learned is to have confidence in my body and in my abilities – this birth was so empowering after my last experience. Women’s bodies are amazing.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime">: 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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Awsome birth story moma!<br>
I LOVED your labor language!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wild.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wild">
 

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Are you going to share how big she is?<br>
Maybe my tired eyes just missed it?
 

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Awesome story, Stephanie! I'm so thrilled for you that you had such a wonderful and empowering birth. And so impressed too--you must be so proud. Congratulations!!!!!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow2"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">: <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="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne"><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="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/birthday.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="birthday">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/birthday.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="birthday">: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Welcome.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="welcome"> Devin!<br><br><br>
PS Devin is 10 lbs 14 oz!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Are you going to share how big she is?<br>
Maybe my tired eyes just missed it?</div>
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oops<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: i put stats in my op!
 

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Congratulations!<br><br>
Oh how beautiful...<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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"I will never forget that – I am actually the first thing she ever saw. She opened her eyes as she came out of the water and looked right into mine."<br><br><br><br>
Oh this made me cry! What an amazing experience! Love the name Devin for a girl too! CONGRATULATIONS<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime">
 

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<b><i><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:large;"><span>Congratulations <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="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"></span></span></span></i></b>
 

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Congrats, Stephanie!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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What a beautiful birth story. Thanks for sharing, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!
 

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oh I'm so happy for you Stephanie!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biggrinbounce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bgbounce"> Congratulations!!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"> I was praying you would get the beautiful homebirth you wanted! You are amazing- that is a BIG baby!<br><br>
Welcome to the world little Devin!
 

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That is so cool she looked into your eyes while she was still in the water. What a cool experience! It's great you hardly tore even with such a huge baby! Congrats and thanks for sharing with us!
 

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Amazing, beautiful story- thanks for sharing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 
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