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Matteo Emerson is here! He arrived on July 9th at 6 pm.

Maybe some of you can remember that his growth was suddenly way behind while he was right on track until 34 weeks. He had grown a bit during the last week but during my acupuncture appointment I asked for an u/s to see and he had not made much progress. Even though my doctor was not that worried as his blood flow was just fine, I will never be able to shake the feeling that something can go terribly wrong as it did with Jake. So I cried.

On Saturday we met the doctor and mw for a check up and when the doctor told me I was 90% effaced, 1cm, very soft and the baby's head was engaged and offered to start labor with a prostaglandin suppository I was more than happy.

I had contractions pretty much right away and after 5 hours everything stopped at 3cm.

We discussed the option to just go back to the room and wait but I was so nervous already and blaming myself for the induction I should not have agreed upon and I felt like a failure. My doc asked me several time what to do but I could not make up my mind.

So after about 2 hours they put me on the Pit drip I had been so against. My contractions immediately picked up and with in 30 min I was 5 cm and in PAIN.

At this point I got lots of homeopathic remedies via IV and vaginally but the Pit pains are just a lot to take.

Finally I asked for an epidural for the first time in 4 births. I got a walking epidural placed and got to relax although I felt every contraction peek and the bearing down.

Within 50 minutes I went from 5 cm to pushing. My water broke at 10 cm and I asked for more epidural (I had no IV drip just the epi in place). My mw laughed and asked me what I was talking about all I needed to do was give it one push and he would be out. I did not believe her but tried anyways and there he was.

Small but beautiful with his cord wrapped around his neck three times. Although my doc does not believe that this was the reason he stopped growing, I think it was as the placenta and the cord were beautiful.

Matteo, we will call him Teo, looks like my first and I finally got the black haired baby I had waited for all along (as my DH has black hair) and I now have a dark blond, a red haired child and a black haired baby!

Here are some pics:

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Matteo is so handsome! All of your children are adorable. I can't believe they all have different colored hair. How unique!

I'm sorry your birth experience wasn't as crunchy as you would have liked, but all that matters is Matteo is here safely. A cord wrapped around 3 times is quite scary to say the least! I didn't have the birth experience I dreamed of either so I can totally sympathize with you.
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Congrats! Such sweet sibling pics!

Don't think twice about it being a "non-crunchy" birth. Every birth is different & IMO all that matters is that Mama & baby are healthy in the end. I had an Emer C/S with DS & we were both fine even though I really wanted a water birth.
 

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Congratulations! He's very handsome, and your older children are adorable as well.

Thank you for sharing your story. Crunchy or not, it was the right path for you travel to meet your little guy. :)
 

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He is gorgeous and I am so glad he is okay! Love your Neapolitan kiddos! Vanilla, Strawberry and now Chocolate! Fun!!
 

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Beautiful baby! Sorry you didn't have the birth you hoped for, but so glad your baby is safe and healthy and here with you now!
 
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