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Well, having a baby is NOT fun, that's all I can say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I went into labor on Thursday night not with my water breaking, but with losing my mucus plug, with contractions 5 minutes apart. My midwife arrived on Friday night, and the sensations were so intense, that I couldn't sleep, talk or walk through them. I was sleeping in 4 or 5 minute intervals between contractions, and very restless. The midwife went to bed and I prowled around and finally settled into a recliner in the living room till morning. Well, Saturday turned into Sunday, and I was STILL in labor. I tried walking around outside, was in and out of the birth pool, and had no appetite. All I wanted was water, I felt totally parched! On Sunday morning I had a few slices of apple and some water, and promptly threw it all up again. Throwing up during a contraction is a very uncomfortable feeling! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> By this time, I was VERY done being in labor, but when the midwife checked me, I was still only 5 cm dilated! I continued laboring all day, losing some chunks of old blood, the contractions getting more and more intense by the hour. I felt like I was screaming my head off with each contraction, and felt very out of control, but when I watched the birth video, I wasn't actually that loud.<br><br>
I was finally fully dilated around 11 PM that night. I was in the pool at this point, and for some weird reason my contractions were getting further and further apart, like 20 or 25 minutes. I was completely worn out, and fell asleep a few times, waking up to violent pain and hallucinations of being in Egypt. I had a hard time holding onto my reason, and would come back to earth briefly between contractions only to float off again in Egyptian images during a contraction. Very disconcerting for a grounded, in-control girl like me.<br><br>
Finally, after pushing for 4 hours, and not seeming to make any progress, the midwife said "If this baby isn't born in the next hour we need to talk about going to the hospital." My water broke at this point, and the midwife noticed there was meconium in the water. She didn't say anything about that at the time though. I don't recall feeling any stronger, or having any more energy, but her words must have given me a burst of energy, cause we welcomed little Micah at 3:36 AM on September 8th, 2003, after a total of 101 hours of labor! I didn't have any tears, just a few little scratches inside. We left the cord intact and after 20 minutes, it was still throbbing, and Micah remained stable, and had no after effects from the meconium.<br><br>
Micah is perfect in every way, with gorgeous golden blonde hair and big blue eyes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Everyone who meets him comments on his hands. He has the most amazing long fingers. I think he's destined to be a musician. His grandpa is already talking about buying him a Martin guitar. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Baby Pictures: <a href="http://www.geocities.com/micahjmtaylorv/index.html" target="_blank">www.geocities.com/micahjmtaylorv/index.html</a>
 

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He's gorgeous. and i think he looks like you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Honestly, i didnt think it was possible to labor for 101hrs. i will not question your midwife, because as a woman who labored for two hours and pushed twice, who am i??!!!<br><br>
I bow to you, and your efforts. I think you deserve a spa day or something!!!<br><br>
maybe i should come over and clean your house.<br><br>
warmly, lisa
 

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Congratulations, mama! 101 hours of labor is amazing.. I am speechless.<br>
And what a cutie! Look at that hair! Your pictures are amazing.. I wish I had such great pictures of my little guy at birth.<br><br>
Congratulations again, and welcome to little Micah!
 

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Doggone, that was one long labor! Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy--those photos are precious!
 

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Congratulations on your new baby boy and for all of your hard work.<br><br>
Your pictures are remarkable! I love the ones of him with the green blanket.
 

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Thanks for the congrats... I'm just overwhelmed by this amazing little guy who has taken over my life. Literally. Each moment with him is a priceless gift, and I'm doing my best to treasure each one.<br><br>
As for a spa day, my stepmother is giving me 2 weeks to rest and just be "mama", which is better than a spa day anyday! <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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You did fabulous! I can agree about long labors! (mine get longer with each babe, last one was 4days)<br><br>
Your story was lovely, and your babe and pictures are beautiful! I thank you for sharing.<br><br>
Carrie
 
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