March 03, 2010
I had my 39 week appointment Monday morning. I had been having contractions over the weekend, but nothing that I felt was enough to warrant going to the hospital. At my appointment they determined I was already 5 cm: halfway there! And that I was having regular contractions. It was news to me, as I was feeling fine.
They admitted me at about 1:00 and started me on penicillin because I was GBS positive. I would need four hours on the IV in order for the baby to get all the meds. They decided to break my water at 3:30, figuring I'd have plenty of time before baby arrived. I assumed she'd get here around midnight...
As soon as my water broke, the pain kicked in, and I started dilating fast. I finally decided I wanted an epidural, and they checked me as they called the anesthetist. I was already 10 cm. So I just decided to go for it.
They set me up to push and I closed my eyes and pushed with everything I had. I was concentrating so hard and was in so much pain that I never knew what was happening: the baby's heart rate went berserk. The midwife grabbed the scissors they use to cut the umbilical cord and started cutting me in all directions, while the doctor grabbed the vacuum. She came out and they whisked her away to check her out. I didn't get to see her for the first hour, which broke my heart, but thankfully her Daddy and Gramma got to spend the time with her.
Meanwhile, I had to get put back together again. And let me say, I never really understood the gravity of the words "tear" and "episiotomy." I do now.
She looks just like her Daddy, which I love. We are working hard on breastfeeding, with about 85% success. We got home this evening and Charlie went bonkers. He wants to lick her constantly. She squeaks, just like his toys.
We are happy...
(Daddy just said that he hopes her SSN shows up soon so he can open her accounts. "She's been alive for two days and she doesn't have any money yet." And then Charlie licked the top of her head. I love my family.)
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Posted by: Stephanie at March 03, 2010 10:52 PM (ccH8C)
I am so glad it went so quickly for you...a little jealous, I have to admit it, but also GLAD! She is gorgeous, you look beautiful and you are a family! A BEAUTIFUL family of four! AWESOME!
Posted by: Stacy at March 03, 2010 10:58 PM (oubiR)
Posted by: LeeAnne at March 03, 2010 11:15 PM (FXhFB)
I am so happy all went well.
Posted by: Chuck at March 03, 2010 11:59 PM (bMH2g)
I hope to see her in a photo with her big brother Charlie!
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Posted by: Danielle at March 04, 2010 12:19 AM (dUVUc)
My oldest was born via vacuum. It took 30 minutes to stitch me back together. Ouch, ouch, ouch!!
Posted by: Tracy S at March 04, 2010 12:28 AM (3N/bf)
I never wrote my birth story, though I intended to. My husband did it for me, and did such a great job that I just linked to his blog.
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Posted by: gina at March 04, 2010 06:02 AM (TQYlv)
Thanks for sharing....she's wonderful. My son was a forcep delivery back in the olden days, so I had the wacky episiotomy.....all I can say is that Tucks are your friend!!!
Blessings to you all.
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Posted by: Sespi at March 04, 2010 08:04 AM (BWd7p)
Sarah, she's adorable. You look great too. I want to squeeze her little pink cheeks. And hooray for you going natural!
PS - I hope your stitches are healing - yikes! Yeah for icepacks!
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Posted by: Val L. at March 04, 2010 09:02 AM (F4Qv7)
If you don't want to share her 'real' name with us, can you pick a 'blog name' to refer to her by? She seems so anonymous. Maybe you should have a naming contest..... I suggest BG for 'baby grok'.
At any rate, enjoy your babymoon, be patient with the breastfeeding, and just revel in this new beginning. So wonderful!
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Posted by: Susan at March 04, 2010 11:29 AM (4aKG6)
She's gorgeous. Her blond hair is just precious. Make sure you use the analgesic spray they gave you on your stitches. If you didn't get any, go get some. Its called Dermoplast.
It was a life saver for me. And be sure to take it easy so you are completely healed.
Good luck with breastfeeding. Don't be shy about using your finger to break the suction and try again if she doesn't latch properly. I was the first time around and nursed for 3 weeks with a poor latch, which caused major nipple pain that I thought was normal. Proper latch fixed everything.
Enjoy your new family.
Posted by: Christa at March 04, 2010 11:51 AM (2qSbp)
As for BG, she's absolutely beautiful!! Congratulations!!!
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Posted by: Linda at March 04, 2010 12:52 PM (krOs7)
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful.
God Bless her!
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Posted by: Mrs. Who at March 04, 2010 11:06 PM (CtX4I)
Sarah - she is so beautiful, and you looked radiant! Congratulations and God Bless your family! I am so thrilled for you all!
Posted by: Mary at March 05, 2010 12:07 AM (MZGTX)
So much happiness.
I don't have words to say what this means to me. But your story has given me hope, and I am sure it has given hope to countless other people.
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