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Copied from my April DDC post.<br><br>
So I thought I was getting a bladder infection on Sunday. I called my MW Monday morning and discussed my symptoms with her, and she suggested that I go to the birth center and have one of the other MWs test my urine. It came back only slightly "off", but I had my mom take me to the health food store for some cranberry and vit c to knock it out early anyway. After we left there, I was feeling a bit better so we went to Kohls to spend a gift card on some new post-partum PJs for me, and an outfit for the babe. We decided on a cute pink dress (I didn't have any pink for the baby to wear if it was a girl) but now I guess we'll be making a trip to return it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was starting to feel pretty lousy at this point, so we got some lunch and mom dropped me off at home, insisting that she keep DS1 at her house. I didn't complain! I took a nap and woke up about 4pm, feeling worse than before. I was having stronger contractions and the pain was radiating across my hips and down my thighs. I got in the shower to see if it would help, but I didn't think I was in labor at that point. I got out of the shower and started timing them - 4 mins apart, about 1 min long. I decided to check my cervix and found something that felt 'bulging' or 'swollen' down there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> I called my midwife just before 6pm and told her about the contrax and whatever it was I felt (she assumed the bulging bag of water, and that I was about 3 cm dialated or more). She said she had just sat down to eat dinner and would be over in about an hour. DH got home and I had him do the dishes and clean up a bit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The midwife arrived around 7:30 I think and the contractions were strong enough that I got on my birth ball for releif. DH was behind me putting pressure on my sacrum (lower back) with each contraction and running around getting stuff done in between contractions. MW checked me about 8pm on my request and I was SHOCKED to find out that I was already 6cm!!! I called my mom and told her we were in labor. Contrax were intense but still very manageable for the next 30 mins or so. I was getting lots of pressure with each one and they were getting very close together though. At that point I realized that we needed to put the shower curtain and birth sheets on the bed. About 8:45 I felt like I needed to pee. DH helped me to the bathroom (about 3 steps behind us) but the contrax were so close together that I couldn't sit on the toilet. I tried to stand in the shower and pee but that didn't work either. A strong one hit and I scrambled out of the shower to be close to DH. I pushed my forehead into the wall and yelled due to the power of it and my water broke all over the bathroom floor! DS2's head started to descend immediately and I had to push right then! This was about 8:50pm and the assistant/student MW (this was her first birth by the way!) had just walked in the door! MW realized that things were moving very very quickly and started to get things ready and was giving out orders to the assistant and DH. Our bathroom is very small so she told me I needed to get to the bed. I had just enough of a break between the contrax to waddle my way to the side of the bed (I had a head between my legs remember! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">). I put my fists on the bed and half-squatted and pushed him out in 3 or 4 strong pushes with one MW behind me and one MW underneath me! Before he was out, I yelled for DH to run and get the camera <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Luckily he did and got some great birth shots. MW and I caught him at 9:00 on the dot. It was so so so incredible! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Stats:<br>
10lbs 8oz<br>
23 1/2 inches<br><br>
Some pictures:<br><br><a href="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3341/4622872312_36d2778626.jpg" target="_blank">Catch that Baby!</a> (Mildly graphic birth pic)<br><br><a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4039/4618633734_b63a8b23d4.jpg" target="_blank">MW checking him out</a><br><br><a href="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3353/4622556029_8b1445959e.jpg" target="_blank">Sweet Baby</a><br><br><a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4032/4622556201_1b1538aee5.jpg" target="_blank">Born at Home</a><br><br>
I want to add that DS1 was 11lb 7oz born in a hospital after 25 miserable hrs of labor & 1-2 hrs of pushing for comparison to this birth. I know you all hate me for the speedy birth, but I've put in my dues! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ahhh, so precious. Great story. 11 pounds 7 oz. ??? The docs must have been shocked ha. Congrats Mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">
 

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Beautiful story and wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing! I can't believe how much hair your baby has! Wow - just beautiful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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he is stunning! I would guess him to be around 10-11 pounds- was he the same weight as his big brother!?<br><br>
Amazing birth story!
 

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Beautiful! And what a head of hair on that sweet guy! Congrats!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">he is stunning! I would guess him to be around 10-11 pounds- was he the same weight as his big brother!?<br><br>
Amazing birth story!</div>
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D'oh! I totally forgot the stats! I had posted the stats separately shortly after birth in my DDC post and then added the full story later.<br><br>
He was 10lbs 8oz & 23 1/2 inches long
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ahhh, so precious. Great story. 11 pounds 7 oz. ??? The docs must have been shocked ha. Congrats Mama. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"></div>
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Yes DS1's Dr was impressed! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Someyhing kind of funny was that there was a set of twins born in the same hospital as DS1 and they weighed about the same as DS1 combined!!
 
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