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On Wednesday, April 6, 2005, I woke up at 11:45pm to a gush!!! I thought I may have peed my pants, but after using the restroom, I realized my water had broken. I called my mom to come be with Grace and I threw in a couple loads of laundry. Contractions had already begun at 6 minutes apart and just slightly more intense than Braxton Hicks.<br><br>
We went into OSF St. Francis at 1:30 am. They checked my cervix, which was a 1-2 (same as it was at my office visit earlier). Since my water had broken and the doctor knew how much I wanted a VBAC, I agreed to have a small amount of pitocin. Right away, the contractions became MUCH more intense and were felt mainly in my back. The baby had been posterior for weeks, even with lots of work on positioning.<br><br>
At 5:00am, I couldn’t relax through any of the contractions and had tried every position imaginable and lots of relaxation techniques. When I turned my HypBirth CD on, I just wanted to chuck it across the room, since I wasn’t able to concentrate on anything. Lonnie was a WONDERFUL coach, though.<br><br>
At 6:30am, I requested to be checked because my contractions were two minutes apart, around 60 seconds long, and I felt like a wild animal through them (and even in between.) I felt like my spine was being ripped out of my body. I was working very hard. When they told me I was a 1-2 still, I requested an epidural. I knew that I needed to relax and I hoped that the epidural would enable me to begin dilating so I could have that VBAC. I was SO relieved that I could finally breathe and relax. I have no regrets about the epidural! I had done 6 ½ hours of natural labor!!!<br><br>
I continued to labor comfortably for most of the day. At 5:30, I began having lots of pressure in my rear and began shaking uncontrollably. I started to wonder if I was in transition. They checked me and I was a 6-7. I was progressing slowly.<br><br>
At 6:00pm, after 18 hours of labor, I began uncontrollable vomiting. I hadn’t slept in 2 days and was very weak and felt a lot of pain through the epidural. Dr. B walked in and sat on my bed and said “Let’s talk.” I was very happy with what I’d experienced during my labor. I responded “Let’s get him out.” That’s what she was thinking too.<br><br>
Since I was in extreme pain and couldn’t quit vomiting, they bumped the c-section ahead of me and let me go first. I was SO relieved!!!<br><br>
At 6:32 pm, on Thursday April 7, 2005, Landon Lee was born- a healthy 9 lbs 4 oz, 20 inches beautiful baby boy. He looked just like his sister did the first time I saw her. (Except he had a REALLY molded head at first from his birth experience.)<br><br>
I INSTANTLY was in love and totally bonded with him! I really had worked hard to get him here, under less than ideal circumstances. For that, I am proud of myself. I have no regrets. What an amazing experience!
 

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I am glad both of your are happy and healthy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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