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Keller Michael born April 24th @ 1:48pm. 9lb 110z and 21 inches. He is a joy and wonderful nurser.<br><br>
Will write a better birth story later but after 41 hours I am still processing it all.<br><br><b>Sunday</b><br>
5:30pm - Induced with Cervidil, no pain meds<br><br><b>Monday</b><br>
7am - Dilated to 3, laboring on my own<br><br>
1pm - Not dilated further, put on pitocin, muscle relaxer for some cramping<br><br>
5pm - Dilated to 4, increase pitocin, epidural (ick)<br><br>
7pm - No further dilation, increase pitocin<br><br>
11pm - Dilated to 6, increase pitocin, break waters, muscle relaxer for further hip cramping<br><br>
Midnight - No further dilation, talk of c-section but midwife holds firm for me for vaginal birth<br><br><b>Tuesday</b><br><br>
5am - Dilated to 8.5, pitocin increased, epidural wearing off<br><br>
9am - Dilated to 9.5, small cervical lip<br><br>
10:30am - Dilated to 10, cervical lip clear<br><br>
11:00am - Pushing starts<br><br>
11:45 am - Not pushing well, very numb, epidural and all pain meds discontinued (ouch! but yeah!!!) Immediate fever of 100.3 starts and continues into post labor.<br><br>
1:00pm - Further talk of c-section, midwife thinks we can do it naturally and we keep pushing<br><br>
1:48pm - Keller arrives! With a cord around his neck and a bit of mucus in his lungs but a big 9lb 11oz and very happy for being 42 weeks +.<br><br>
No tearing, a couple stitches internally for some "skid marks" but nothing major. It wasn't exactly med free but I pushed for almost 2 hours with no meds and I did it. My arms are sore from pulling on the back of my legs and from being on my hands and knees, but it was worth it.<br><br>
Not the peaceful waterbirth we had imagined but we could not thank our midwife more for holding off on c-section and keeping meds to a minimum when she knew he just needed a little bit of encouragement to come out! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
See some pics at our family blog... <a href="http://ragamuffinfamily.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">http://ragamuffinfamily.blogspot.com/</a>
 

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What a beautiful boy!! Congrats!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Thanks ladies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We are SOOOO happy and SOOOO in love!
 

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Congrats!!! He is such a cutie!! You have a beautiful family. I am so glad you were able to avoid the c-section. It's all worth once your holding the grand prize<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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CityChic, I LOVE the family photo!!! What a beautiful family and an adorable little boy...or maybe not so little. Nine pounds, 11 oz is a big boy! And no tearing??? Wow.<br><br>
Congratulations mama! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Congrats! It sounds like it was a long haul, but oh, sooo worth it! Try to remember the best parts, and what you DID like about your birth. It's easy to be really hard on yourself when things don't go as you'd planned. You did great!
 

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Thanks ladies! This is me all day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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