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Hi sweet Mamas!! October is quickly arriving and so will our babies!<br><br>
So that it's in one place...let's start to post here after our babies arrive (mamas with babies already, would you mind updating this thread! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">)<br><br>
Let's tell our birth stories, give stats, and give a link to some pics!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Anna Sophia<br>
born on September 11<br>
weighing 6 lbs 14 oz<br>
21" long<br><br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/pictures?a=67b0de21b32235bda47d&sid=8AcsmbVm1bN2Ev" target="_blank">ANNA PICS</a><br>
I will be updating her photo album with new pics every few days... <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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Nicholas Gregory<br>
September 14th at 8:52am<br>
7 pounds 13 ounces<br>
19 1/2 inches long<br><br>
Katherine Claudia<br>
September 14th at 9:10am<br>
6 pounds 7 ounces<br>
18 3/4 inches long<br><br>
My birth story... (copy of my original post with some updates...)<br><br>
My water started slowly leaking Wednesday night (9/13) around 9:30pm. I went for a walk and then just layed in bed and relaxed for a while. Then I decided to take a shower and saw that the leaking water started getting more and more bloody, so my doula told me to immediately go to the hospital (I was planning on laboring at home as long as possible). I got to the hospital right around midnight, right as my contractions just started kicking in. By the time I was settled in, my contractions picked up like crazy and were extremely strong. When I first got there, I was only 2cm dilated, by about 1:30 or 2am, I was at 4cm. I was then given epidural and was able to rest up a bit. By 4am I was 7cm, and at 7am I was told that I was ready to start pushing (although I really had no urge to).<br><br>
I was originally told that I would labor in the regular LDR room, and then when I was close to delivering, I would be transferred to the OR (standard procedure for twins)... well, they didn’t tell me just how close to delivery they would wait before transferring me... They kept me pushing in the LDR room until the first baby's head had crowned (my midwife actually had to fight the OR staff to get me in there at this point as they wanted to wait to transfer me until the first baby's head was 3/4 of the way out!!! NUTS). So yeah, they had me put down my legs, pushed me from LDR room to OR, and then had me "crab crawl" from the LDR bed to the OR table, all while the first baby's head is almost out!!!! I wonder if they'd ever tried doing this??? My OB showed up just as they finished transferring me to the OR (He wasnt the one on call and was I really bummed b/c I was told that he would not be able to make it, but he did )<br><br>
Well, about 9hrs after my contractions kicked in, at 8:52am, baby boy was born, weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. He was followed by his baby sister at 9:10am (after the doc did an internal/external version... ouch!!!), who weighed 6lbs 7oz.<br><br>
Because I was 2 days shy of 37weeks, the babies had to undergo several stupid & unnecessary tests and I was told that the babies could not be released before 48hrs... well, they were doing so well that we were allowed to go home after less than 36.<br><br>
I ended up calling baby boy Nicholas Gregory (Nick) [Gregory after my grandpa that passed away less than 3wks ago] and baby girl<br>
Katherine Claudia (Katie) [Claudia after one of my grandmas]. Both babies are doing a wonderful job nursing, although we did have a bit of a rough patch as my milk didn’t start coming in until the 5th day. Luckily, my sister has been here during the first 4 cays and helped me sooo much by supplement-nursing my little munchkins a few times (she is still nursing her 10mo old). I am very happy to report that we have been 100% tandem nursing (no supplementation) after the first week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Here are some <a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/nsoshn/album?.dir=18d8re2&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3A//photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos" target="_blank">pictures of the munchkins</a>...
 

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Congratulations you two! can't wait to "meet" the rest of our babies!
 

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August 22nd at 5:59pm<br>
3 pounds 7 ounces<br>
16.5 inches long
 

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Here's mine again and he's still doing great. He's awake a little more now and exercising his lungs a little more, too!!<br><br>
It all started almost 2 weeks before Quentin was born. I had some spotting and contractions that hurt a little bit in the middle of the night. They went away by the morning so my husband and I went ahead to the first day of our Birthing and Beyond yoga workshop. Then that night I had more spotting and contractions that were a bit stronger and hurt a little bit more. I called my midwife that morning and she told me to go into the hospital. I was given magnesium sulfate to stop the contractions (though it only ever slowed them). I was released to go home after 2 days. Then that night I had spotting and stronger contractions again so again I went to the hospital where I stayed for a week. I was doing well and the baby was doing great throughout all of this so again they let me go home, but this time with a pill called Procardia to help keep my uterus “quiet”.<br><br>
Well, again in the middle of the night (2:30 am to be exact) I began having stronger contractions with a tiny bit of spotting. These contractions did not slow at all and only got stronger as the morning progressed. I called my midwife who told me that if I went back to the hospital now I would have to stay until he was born. She told me to drink lots of water and call if the contractions did not slow or got stronger.<br><br>
These contractions only continued to get stronger and more painful and I went into the hospital at 11 am. My midwife decided to try to stop the contractions with magnesium sulfate and I was on it from around 1pm to 6pm. Still the contractions continued and were quite painful. I was offered Stadol during this time to take the edge off the contractions and I was able to sleep a little bit as well. At 6pm the Stadol wore off completely and I was in a lot of pain. Throughout the day I kept thinking that I should try to walk around, but then I would remember that we were trying to stop labor. It was frustrating and confusing, because I think I knew that “this was it”. But I also did not want Quentin to come so early so I went along with things for a while.<br><br>
I finally told the nurse that I felt I should be taken off the magnesium sulfate, because the contractions were obviously not slowing or stopping. She said that she would need to check me to see if the contractions were doing anything and discovered that I was 6 cm!!! I was immediately taken to a birthing room and I asked for an epidural. I finally got the epidural at 7:30 pm. My midwife checked me at 8 pm and I was still at 6 cm. I allowed her to break my water at that time as well.<br><br>
At 9 pm I began to feel pressure. My midwife checked me again and said that I was at 10cm. I asked to wait to push until the pressure got a little stronger. At 9:15 pm I began to push while lying on my left side. Two pushes and 6 minutes later Quentin Neil was born weighing 5 lb, 12 oz and was 19” long. He was so beautiful, but so little!! He did great and was breathing with no assistance and so was taken to the regular nursery for a little while. After a couple of hours they tested his blood sugar and discovered that it was very low so he was taken to NICU. He was put on antibiotics and fluids to raise his blood sugar. Every day he made progress, though, and only had to spend a week in NICU. It was a difficult couple of weeks, but it was all worth it for my second beautiful boy!!
 

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Here are some pictures we took last weekend (dh is a professional photographer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ) Quentin was just over 3 weeks.<br><br><a href="http://share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8Dbs27Vq4YeQ" target="_blank">share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8Dbs27Vq4YeQ</a>
 

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Julie,<br><br>
I love the nursing shot with the whole family! What beautiful pictures.
 

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Hi!<br>
I'm just going to post the "stats" now but I'll be back with pictures and my birth story soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Nathaniel Robert<br>
September 15th 8:34pm<br>
4lbs. 13ozs. (He was 4 weeks premature)
 

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Julian<br>
born 9-29-06 (EDD 10-7-06)<br>
7 lbs 1 oz<br>
Water birth at freestanding birth center<br>
Yippie!
 

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Hatawa, I just noticed your post!! Your babies are beautiful!! They look so big and healthy. That's great that the nursing is going well.
 

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Awww...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"> Congrats geekmediainc!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/partytime.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="partytime"><br><br>
He's beautiful!!
 

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Hi all - I was bummed to miss the phone call but got a message from Anna Banana that she had her baby this morning at 8 AM. That is ALL I know right now - I swear! - but if I talk to her tomorrow on the phone I'll gather as many details to share as I can <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> jen
 

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Aw! He is so sweet!
 

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She was born 10/10 at 10:18am, weighing 8 lb 8 oz! I was scheduled to be induced on the 11th, but she decided to come on her own. EDD was the 12th. I started having cx about 3:30 am, wasn't convinced they were the real thing, not painful cx, but regular at about 8-10 min apart. Woke up my DH at 6 and told him he might want to eat breakfast and have some coffee--it took him a minute to realize that this wasn't his normal "wake up" call! Called my mom to come over to watch our older two dds, still thinking this may not be "it". Got to the hospital around 8:00am, cx were 5min apart, still not real painful but I was starting to need to breath slowly through them. I was 6 cm, fully effaced and was admitted around 9:00. She was born at 10:18, delivered by the resident who just made it into a gown to "catch" her! My doc was stuck in traffic (he wasn't on call that day anyway, but at my dr. ofc with 4 OB's if you're in labor during office hours your main doc tries to do the delivery), the on-call doc from my office was in the middle of a procedure, and one other doc rushed over from the office in time to see the resident deliver little Lizzie. No epidural, no pain meds, no Pit, a great experience. Tiny tear--one little stitch! She seems so small. She is nursing great and seems like a very peaceful child. We came home today, after a nice 24 hour hospital stay. Our hospital was great--really gave us time to bond and didn't keep bugging me with tons of meds, vitals, etc. Really encouraged breastfeeding and had great lactation consultants to come see how we were doing. I feel (and am!) extremely blessed by God to have such a wonderful DH and now 3 girls. Good luck to all the mamas out there who are still waiting--those babies will come and I hope you all have great experiences!<br><br><a href="http://i10.tinypic.com/2r5dvvc.jpg" target="_blank">http://i10.tinypic.com/2r5dvvc.jpg</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Grab a cuppa, this is a real scroller!<br><br>
I had a feeling that labour wasn't far away on Monday when I was alternating between being extremely agro, extremely tired or insisting on making sure all clothes were washed, dried and folded. I told DH on Monday night that for the first time I felt like I was ready to have the baby, and he was welcome to come any time soon.<br><br>
Tueday morning, 3rd Oct the kids greeted me with their usual "Is my brother coming out today?" to which I replied that I had a feeling he might just do that.<br>
By the time I had finished making their breakfasts I was feeling crampy and when I posted the pics of the centrepieces I noticed I was definitely 15mins apart. Mum came over and I had a couple while she was here so I asked her to please take the kids so I could be by myself.<br>
I called my sister to let her know that things might be happening so she could organise herself (she wanted to come and has 4 of her own children so I figured she'd need ample warning)<br>
My husband rang because he 'had a feeling' and I told him that I thought I could control it and he should try finish his day at work.<br>
You wouldn't believe it but I still drove myself to my antnatal check up at 2.30, I was still at 15mins (and in denial) and although they were becoming quite nasty I figued why not! Besides, I hadn't had a "show" so I thought it was possible that labour could stop at any time.I Had a contraction at 3 red lights LOL.<br>
The midwife didn't want to give me an internal so I came home again.<br>
When DH got home I became very hormonal and told him to quickly have a shower while he had time, then to call work and tell them he was now on holiday. This is when I went down to 10mins apart.<br>
At 7pm, although still at 10mins, the contractions were making me cry so I called the hospital. Because they know that I tend to birth quickly they told me to go straight in.<br>
This is when I felt like I gave myself"permission" for labour to really progress, in the car I was getting much closer together but able to recover completely between each one. I think this was because of the hypnosis I was practicing throughout pregnancy.<br>
The midwife greeted us as I was crying through a contraction and then looked at me funny when I laughed and said" Whew! That was a good one!"<br>
An internal (which took forever because she was a student) showed that I was 2-3 and I told her that I could feel my hormones shifting and that things were about to get more intense. This was at 8.30.<br>
They had a listen to bub's heart and it was racing at 176 so they thought they'd monitor him for a while. I told the MW I might be in transition because I was feeling nervy and confused. Another internal showed I was 9cm (this was at about 8.45) The called the OB who broke my waters to make sure bub wasn't too distressed - he was fine. So I said "good one, what are you going to do now, sew them up again?" We rang my sister and I asked her to bring me a magazine because I was bored ROFL! When she arrived, I told her this was the wierdest labour ever, I mean I was 9 cm and still 'felt' perfectly normal between contractions and completely aware of my body.<br>
Then my back bones started to really ache because bub's spine was against mine so we put the bed right up and I leant over the back of it. Then nothing happened for ages and I started feeling like a fraud.<br>
Well, that was the labour part done and it was completely drug free and controlled, I jsut went within myself to deal with each contraction.<br>
Pushing was really hard and very very painful in my lower spine, I could here the OB and midwives explaining what was happening to my support ppl and was trying to ignore them as they were saying "this is going to be very hard, the baby needs to rotate on her pelvic floor"<br>
This was when I changed from the serene relaxed breather to some kind of primitive cave woman! No screaming but lots of angry growling LOL This baby was much harder to move through my pelvis, my sister had her hand on my belly and said she could feel the baby moving down which helped alot. I visualised what my belly looked like against her hand.<br>
I panted through crowning and was amazed at how hard it was to get the shoulders out, this was because bub chose then to turn into correct position.<br>
Then I nearly sat on him because I thought he was out but I hadn't delivered his knees yet.<br>
I looked behind me on the bed and there he was Isaac Timothy, 8 and a half pound, 52 cms long!! Drug free, no stitches or tears. Dh had a proud cry and gave us both a kiss. When he cut the cord, blood squirted all over the midwife and the wall behind her.<br>
I did my usual heammorage (sp) which we think was because the placenta didn't want to come out, I had to stay in for an extra day because I kept losing bits of placenta rather than just the normal stuff. But all is well now.<br><br><br>
Whew! That was long, sorry!<br><a href="http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c5/manybeads/100_1524.jpg" target="_blank">http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c5...s/100_1524.jpg</a>
 

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Andrea Rachelle<br>
Oct 11, 2006 8:21 p.m.<br>
7 lbs 1 oz 19 1/2 in long<br><br><br>
Born Natural NO DRUGS....13 hrs of labour!!!!<br><br>
More later!!!
 
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