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George Benjamin<br>
April 29, 2010<br>
11:46 pm<br>
7lbs. 13oz.<br>
21 inches<br><br>
I went in to be induced last Thursday (the 29th).<br><br>
My SIL took me to the hospital at 2pm. My husband had gone to work so he could have an extra day off after the baby was born, and would leave whenever I sent the text saying it was time to get to the hospital.<br><br>
I was already dilated to 3cm when I arrived, so I had a nice head start. They finally started the pitocin just after 3:30. Within a half hour or so I was having regular contractions, they were sore, but nothing I couldn't ignore. By 5:30 I was uncomfortable enough that I wanted my husband there with me, so I told him to leave work. He arrived sometime after 6, and when he got there I was at the point of starting to be a little snippy. A friend of mine had brought my two older girls up to the hospital, and they all kept talking and distracting me, so once they left I actually was able to handle contractions better, and in a better mood.<br><br>
I think it was around 8ish that the house doc broke my water, and was only about 5, but then I started dilating about 1 cm every half hour. Once I got to 6, I just sat bouncing on the birth ball, leaning over the back of a chair. At this point it was my husband, oldest daughter, and SIL in the room with me, and then my SIL ran to the store with my daughter to get her stuff to occupy her. I got to 8cm, and was still on the ball. I had started moaning through contractions, and was having a hard time relaxing through them. Right about this time, my mom who had been working and expected to miss the birth, came walking into the room. I just remember looking over and seeing her, crying, "MOM!", and then started bawling. She came over and held me through a contraction, and I remember crying "It just hurts so bad." About this time I got into the bed to be checked, and was still an 8. My OB had arrived at the hospital, checked, he agreed 8. Then our family friend/babysitter arrived, and took my daughter out to the waiting room until I was ready to push. Good thing too, because transition was wicked. I wasn't progressing past 8cm, and the contractions were getting sharper and sharper. I kept saying between contractions that it was so stupid to do this without and epidural. My sister and SIL kept telling me I was a rock star, I said "then give me drugs because rock stars need drugs!" I kept saying I couldn't do it, and everyone kept saying I could, I told them all repeatedly they were a bunch of @$&#*%^ liars.<br><br>
When my OB checked me again, I had closed back up to a 6. As soon as I heard that, I told him I wanted an epidural. Everyone tried to talk me out of it, and I tried as hard as I could to be rational so they would understand that I had wanted one, thought I was too far along, and now that I was back to a 6, I was absolutely, positively sure I wanted one. My husband told me it was ok if I needed one, and not to feel bad-I was so past the point of feeling bad about it that it didn't matter. The anesthesiologist was already on the floor, so I only had to wait a few minutes. I was sitting on the edge of the bed, practically climbing up my husband during contractions when he came in. I was at the point I was yelling through contractions, and started freaking out because I knew there was no way I was going to be able to sit still enough for him to do the epi. He said he didn't need me to be still, so I grabbed onto my husband and he had it in within 2 minutes. Relief was immediate, and I found out later that he had given me a spinal and THEN the epidural. Once I got settled, everyone came back in...I gave them all 2 thumbs up, and then just tried to rest. Within 20 minutes they checked me and I was complete, and George was almost crowning. They broke everything down, and had me start pushing. I couldn't feel anything...luckily, since it was my 4th I pretty much knew where and how to push, and he was out within 20 minutes-which was the shortest pushing phase I've had by 40 minutes. He didn't want to cry at first, so they took him over to the warmer, and everyone went over there while my OB stitched me up-I had a 2nd degree tear on a previous scar. My sister, SIL, and husband had to almost physically stop the nurse from doing the eye drops and vitamin K, after they repeatedly told her not to do them. After a few minutes my husband brought George over to me, and showed me his red(ish) hair. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I needed my arm propped up to hold him, and it was then I realized how tense I had been during labor by how sore my muscles were...I nursed him for a little while, before letting my daughter hold him. My mom and sister took a turn before everyone went ahead and left for the night. George has been a champion nurser right from the start, and (so far) is the most mild mannered of all my children.<br><br>
A few side notes...his cord was wrapped around his neck 3 times. I was shocked, because as far as I knew, there were never any signs of distress during labor. As much as I had really wanted a homebirth this time around, I have totally made peace with having the hospital birth, and even a few things that went on during made me all the more sure I had made the right decision. I don't regret getting the epidural, and I think given my own recollection of my state of mind at the time, it was an appropriate situation to have had one.<br><br>
Now I'm home and enjoying my sweet baby boy! <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, and as a side..<br><br>
DD2 was a text book perfect labor on the monitor and she had the cord wrapped 4 times around her neck, and 2 times around her belly. Just because the cord is wrapped, does not mean that the baby will be in distress, as long as the cord is not compressed or tight. (I did my research when we found out.) Although she did end up coming as a c/s for other reasons, I fully labored and started pushing, when she turned transverse...engaged her shoulder in my pelvis....and stuck her arm out.
 

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What a story! So happy for you and your family.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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You are a rock star and you did what you had to do given the situation! Congrats on your sweety little boy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Awesome! I hope you don't mind, I posted a little blurb here when I saw you had him.<br><br>
He is a very handsome fellow, glad everything worked out and all is well!
 

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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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Congratulations!! <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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Yay! Welcome baby George!
 

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Wonderful news!!! Congratulations on your new little one - happy baby mooning. <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"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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What a great story jamie, I'm so glad that it went well!! I LOVE <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> hearing these stories!!!
 

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Congrats and it sounds like an awesome birth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Awesome! I hope you don't mind, I posted a little blurb here when I saw you had him.<br><br>
He is a very handsome fellow, glad everything worked out and all is well!</div>
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Not at all! <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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Thanks everyone! I still can't get over what a good baby he is...I just hope it's his real temperament and not me being lured into a false sense of security...lol.
 

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Congrats momma! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
Maybe he will keep his easy temperament sure sounds amazing!
 
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