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I had my baby!!<br><br>
William Alexander arrived last night. He was 11 pounds, 2 ounces, and he was 23.25 inches long!! Incredible to me, considering I only gained 16-17 pounds total and my last baby was 8 pounds, 4 ounces and 20 inches. This little man took the cake!! He was born one day past my due date.<br><br>
At 7:25 pm, we were eating dinner when my water broke. At 7:45 pm, I had my first contraction. The next few were 5 minutes apart. By 8:15 pm, though, they were consistently 2 minutes apart. At about 9:30 pm, I started getting the undeniable urge to push and couldn't help myself. My doula arrived at 9:50 pm, followed by the midwife a little closer to 10:30 pm. Will's head was birthed at 10:42 pm, followed by his body at 10:45 pm.<br><br>
I was able to have him at home, underwater, without any complications. It was amazing! I was shaking like crazy and it certainly hurt! I begged for drugs, an episiotomy, and finally to "just pull him out." All were denied, obviously. He started moving through the birth canal before anyone else but my mom had arrived, and I swore I was still feeling cervix, not realizing it was head. I kept freaking out, saying, "I'm messing it up, I'm messing it up," but then my doula came in and felt the bulge and clarified that yes it was head, and no I wasn't messing up. I was able to deliver him cradled in my husband's arms, supporting my perineum all by myself.<br><br>
He let out a little cry and then sat peacefully on my chest until the cord stopped pulsing and I delivered the placenta (with a greater than 2 foot cord!!). He nursed beautifully through the night and is now sleeping the day away. A part of me is concerned because he hasn't nursed since 7:30 am or so, but I keep offering, and he keeps sleeping. He's had 2 really good meconium diapers so far, so who am I to mess with nature?? I guess he knows his body best!!<br><br>
I'm just so happy to be done! After all of my prodromal labor, I was nearing the end of my emotional tolerance. Best wishes to all other mommies on here who are waiting to meet their bundles of joy!!
 

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Congratulations Bensmommy! What an incredible birth story. Welcome William!<br><br>
I posted in announcements. Enjoy your little (well, he is pretty big huh?!? Our biggest DDC baby so far!) guy!
 

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Wow, what a huge baby! Congrats!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne">
 

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Congratulations! Welcome baby!
 

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WOW! What a big boy! Congrats!
 

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My daughter didn't perk up to nurse for almost 12 hours after the initial hour she spent at the breast. But once she hit the 24 hour mark she wanted to nurse about every 60-90 minutes. All the good colostrum right after birth makes 'em sleepy! Trust nature and be glad you didn't have nurses coming in every 3 hours trying to get you to nurse!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Congrats!
 

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Congratulations! Sounds like you had a great birth & great support.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I had a horrible experience in the hosp with my first. In the booklet they give out to everyone who registers there, they said it was normal for babies to nurse very little until the milk came in. And yet I had nurses breathing down my neck and a LC called in when ds was falling asleep after a few minutes at the breast. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: He nursed just fine once my milk came in -- after I left the hospital.
 

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wow, what an awesome story...i can't believe he was over 11 # and 23 inches long! You didn't mention any tearing so hopefully there wasn't much of anything. Welcome Will!
 

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

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

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What an incredible birth story! Well done Mama...Welcome big boy Will <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Congratulations to all.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My daughter didn't perk up to nurse for almost 12 hours after the initial hour she spent at the breast. But once she hit the 24 hour mark she wanted to nurse about every 60-90 minutes. All the good colostrum right after birth makes 'em sleepy! Trust nature and be glad you didn't have nurses coming in every 3 hours trying to get you to nurse!</div>
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This does seem to be what's happened. He slept like crazy yesterday and nursed constantly through the night, and all through today (I don't think I'm really even getting 60-90 minutes - it's more like nonstop!). I actually think he may have dried up my colostrum, because lately he frantically tries to nurse and then cries like he's not getting anything. I just pray my milk comes in asap!!<br><br>
And you're so right about not being in a hospital! This is so much more relaxed and a healthier nursing start!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You didn't mention any tearing so hopefully there wasn't much of anything.</div>
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I guess I'm in denial! I did get a second degree tear, thankfully not through a bunch of muscle, though. My mw mentioned, "I've seen worse..." I guess that's supposed to be relieving! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I've finally - TMI - stopped feeling like my entire rectum is falling off of my bottom. Wow! That really hurt! I would have sworn I pushed him out my butt!!
 

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Congrats, Mama! Welcome Will!!
 

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Perinenum intact? You are an inspiration! Way to go and congratulations!
 
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