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DS is here... XP of birth story

Short backstory: I posted on my BMB Wednesday that I wasn't sure if my water broke; there was a small gush but nothing else, and contractions had started, weren't very intense but were anywhere from 4-8ish minutes apart.

So, turns out my water didn't break when I thought it did. DH and I went to the doctor on Wednesday, she checked me and the pH test was negative for fluid, but I was 90% effaced (up from Monday's appointment), still only a fingertip dilated. The contractions were only lasting 30-60 seconds each, both in my back and in the very lower part of my stomach. She gave us the option of going home or going to the hospital, I was too afraid of being sent home from the hospital for not enough progress so we went home. 1.5 hours later, the contractions were right on top of each other and DH wanted me to go in. 

We got to the hospital at about 1230; in our room and out of triage at 145. I was not handling the contractions very well and the baby's heart rate was dropping into the 60s. The contractions didn't give me a break at all and with the HR issues, I ended up with a shot of terbutaline to slow them down and on constant oxygen until the end. I had my mind set on a drug-free birth, but I was already exhausted, only at 5cm. The epi went in and I felt better, but still had a hot spot. At 5pm they started pitocin to get the contractions moving a bit faster agiain...we got to 10cm at about 9pm and the epi wore off. They wouldn't put more in because there was still a risk of a c-section due to his HR issues. 2 hours of pushing later the doctor told me there was no way he was coming out vaginally, he wasn't progressing enough. 

I got prepped for the c-section and I was in so much pain I don't remember much. I remember getting wheeled to the OR, getting the oxygen, getting to the spinal and anxiety medication and them moving me to the table, but that's about it. I don't remember DH coming into the room, my last memory before blacking out was screaming at someone that I could feel them cutting me. 

I started to wake up in recovery but could barely open my eyes; they kept asking me if I wanted to see him and I said no since I couldn't see much. After about an hour I was able to keep them open enough to see him and we were wheeled back to the room (most of this is from DH, I remember telling them no I didn't want to see him but I don't remember much else). I was then able to feed him when we got to the room and since then, so far so good. We have some issues with a shallow latch, but we're working on it.

We go home on Christmas day!

Recovery has been OK, it's amazing how much you don't realize you use your abs for. Getting in and out of bed is hard, but once I'm up I'm ok with walking around. 

And for the stats... Baby Charch born 12/22/11 at 12:09am, 8lbs 5oz, 23.75" long! 

Baby Charchie born 12/22/2011

Re: DS is here... XP of birth story

  • Wow, what a dramatic entrance! I'm glad that you are all doing okay. He's quite the tall one, isn't he? Congratulations, and enjoy your Christmas! :)
  • Congrats! The last couple days have seem to be busy, I've had 3 other friends give birthday between the 21st and 22nd. Good luck to you BFing and enjoy your little Christmas present!
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  • Wow!  Hope things settle down for you and that you are now able to enjoy your little one!  Congrats!!
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  • Congratulations! Glad everyone is doing well now. Enjoy your special early Christmas present! :) 

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  • Congratulations! So glad you get to take a great present home on Christmas day.
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  • Congrats! Sorry labor and delivery were not what you were hoping for. Good luck with the breastfeeding. The first few weeks were really rough for us, but it did get better.
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  • I'm sorry it was a rough delivery for you, but so glad that the two of you are happy and healthy now! Congratulations :)
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  • Congrats!  What a rough delivery but he is here and healthy so it is worth it :)

  • Congratulations! Sorry it was such a rough delivery and not exactly the way you planned it. Enjoy your amazing little boy!!
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  • I am so sorry Charch.  I went through the SAME thing.  So sad.  I am so sorry you went through that as well.  But congrats!!
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  • Congrats! What a rough delivery but glad you're both doing well now
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  • Congrats!!! I'm sorry it was such an ordeal, but SOOOO happy that everyone is healthy and set for a great start. Welcome to the world, Baby Charch!


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