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Here's the story - not the final draft, but I wanted to get it posted.<br><br>
As with DS, I realized I was in labor in the early morning. I woke up hungry and needing the bathroom around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, and noticed what I thought were gas pains. I emptied myself and went back to bed, but the “gas pains” came back. I noticed they were rhythmic and decided they must be contractions, although they felt nothing like the contractions I had with DS. These were all down low in my pelvic floor, between my legs, and with DS I had back pain – very much like menstrual cramps. I went back to sleep, but I woke up with each contraction. DH got up about 7:30 and I let him know that I was contracting. I snuggled with DS for a while and got up about 8 and went to contractionmaster.com to see if there was a pattern. The contractions were about 5-7 minutes apart, and not lasting for very long or feeling very intense. I folded some laundry, went to the bathroom and had bloody show, maybe around 9, and then had a big breakfast of pancakes and a scramble. During breakfast, things picked up enough that I needed to stand up and walk for the contractions, but nothing unmanageable. I finished eating, and got in the shower about 10:45, after calling the birth team to let them know the baby was coming that day.<br>
While I was showering, things got a bit more intense, but I still though that I had several hours to go. I got out of the shower at 11:15, feeling a bit funny and decided I must need to lie down. I got into bed and transition hit at about 11:20. It wasn’t as dramatic as with my first labor, but I did start crying and shaking a bit. The contractions became very intense and I really started vocalizing. It scared DS, but DH got him calmed down, and then he was fine. As I laid there on my side, I had the urge to move my top leg up, and I realized that my body had begun to push. I really panicked then, DH had just called everyone to tell them to come NOW, and I couldn’t believe that no one was here and things were so intense.<br>
My midwife was the first to arrive, at maybe 11:30 and her assistant, another midwife, arrived a few minutes later. I wanted to get downstairs to the birth tub, but just couldn’t move and the contractions seemed too close to move in between them. She helped me downstairs, and I climbed into the tub. It felt heavenly, but I only had a moment to relax before the contractions were back. I felt a pop and looked down – my water had broken and I could see the force of it making ripples under the water. Another contraction and I reached down and felt something I couldn’t believe. The baby’s head was right there! My body was pushing, but I was resisting – I could not accept that the baby was coming so quickly. I was telling the baby to slow down and wait for me, and also saying that I wasn’t having any more children and asking why I agreed to do this again. I pushed once because my body commanded it and his head popped out. One more push and his body slid out and I pulled him up to me at 11:46 a.m. I held him and stared at his full head of black hair - it was all so fast that I was just in shock. I checked out this new little baby for a few minutes and then felt another contraction coming. I gave a push and expelled the placenta. I got out of the tub and straight into the shower. I got out and they checked me - I had a few skidmarks and one little tear that didn’t require stitches. I was really worried that I would tear a lot because of the speed of his exit. He came at 40w5d, and was 8.25 lbs, 21.75”, with a 13.75” head – ever so slightly smaller than DS1 who arrived at 38w3d.<br>
My labor with DS1 had been twice as long and I pushed for 45 minutes. This was truly easy compared to that, at least as easy as birth can be. I had just had a pelvic adjustment the previous day, and I know that allowed my body to be efficient instead of wasting energy pushing through an imperfect outlet.
 

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Beautiful, mama!! Congrat's and enjoy your new little guy!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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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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Congrats Mama! Welcome to the world baby boy!!! Fast and furious all the way there huh Mama! You rocked it! So very happy for you and your family. Rest and rejoice!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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

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What an awesome, inspiring birth! Just beautiful! Congratulations and enjoy your blissful baby moon!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Wow! What a great birth story! CONGRATS on your new arrival!
 

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What a great story! Congrats mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> so happy for you!
 

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Wow, amazing fast birth Mama! Congratulations!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> Welcome little Ethan<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I am so happy for you and your family! Welcome to the world, baby boy!
 

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That. Is an inspiring story! Bravo! Good work!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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I had dd#1 in 5/08 and I"m hoping my #2 5/10 baby comes along just like yours, great story.And Your posts on MDC are always great. Congrats on everything!!!
 

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Congrats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"> It sounds like an intense and fast wonderful birthing.<br><br>
When you started shaking did you know it was transition? I ask because I had a very fast birth as well and the midwife showed up just as I was shaking and I did not know it was transition, though she did. I remember thinking the same things you had been I think. Denial about how fast it was going, how hard the contractions had gotten and how no one was there when they hit me so hard and fast. I had her check me when she got her stuff in the house and she said 7-8cm and I was so happy to get in the tub then. Oddly though, soon as baby was on me my first thoughts of wonder and beauty of baby and then thinking it could not be the last time I do that. LOL<br><br>
Anyway, just basking in not being alone in having a very fast home water birth!
 

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Simply amazing!<br>
Congrats to you momma!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Wow, what a story! Congratulations to you, Mama!
 
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