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I know it's a bit late but, better late than never, right? Here's Gavin's labor story:

I woke up Saturday morning (38 weeks exactly Click the image to open in full size.) at 7am from back pain. Thinking that I just slept funny, I went back to bed only to wake up 15 mins later from the same pain. I wound up getting up around 9am totally annoyed because my only goal for the weekend was to get some sleep! Since the pain was basically only in my back and wasnâ€t getting any more intense and didnâ€t seem to be getting more frequent, I totally disregarded it as labor pain and went on with my day getting laundry started and hanging outside with hubby while he changed the tires on his car all the while telling him that it must be fake labor. By around 3pm, hubby noticed that the contractions seem more frequent and made me time them. They were between 4 and 6 mins apart so he made me go and pack the bag. By the time I had packed the bag and took a shower, it was around 6pm and the contractions were coming in steadily now between 3 and 4 mins apart so we decided to take a trip down to the L&D.

 

On the way, I was contracting between 2 and 3 mins apart but was still in denial that itâ€s real labor. When we got to the triage, I was 2cm dilated and contracting quite regularly. DH asked if it can close back up which, we had a nice laugh about but I was still convinced that Iâ€m not in “real†labor and said that it can stay that way for weeks!  LOL I was then told that theyâ€ll keep me on the monitor for about an hour and if I progress, they were going to admit me. About an hour and a half later, I was dilated to 3cm and they said Iâ€m staying. I was hooked up to an IV and allowed to walk around the unit for about an hour which was a great help with relieving the pain. When we got to the labor room, I was dilated to about 5cm. Since the monitors kept loosing the babyâ€s heart beat (he was moving around like crazy!!!) and were not picking up my contractions well, they offered to break my water and put in internal monitors. After about 2 or 3 more hours (I could not keep track of time at all), I was still contracting regularly but was not dilating past 5 cm so I asked for an epidural and got started on ptosin. The epidural did not work at all! The most it did was numb up my right leg a little, thatâ€s all! They gave me a little pain medicine which helped take the edge off the contractions a little and I was able to nap in between. The worst part was that I was having back labor and the only thing that helped was hubby intensely massaging my back and breathing with me during each contraction (especially the super long and intense ones). Poor thing, I though his hands were going to fall off but he was determined to help me any way he could.

 

Within an hour or two, I felt the urge to push and was told not to by the nurse I until I was fully dilated and to just breathe through it or I will tear my cervix. With the next contraction, I told her that I canâ€t not push so she got the doctor and was told that Iâ€m fully dilated and am ready to start pushing!Click the image to open in full size. After about an hour of pushing (which felt like 10 minutes) he was out at 6:26 am! Click the image to open in full size.

 

So all together, I was in labor for almost 24 hours! The worse part of it all was when they cut me and didnâ€t realize that my epidural didnâ€t take! That was by far the worse pain, EVER! To compensate for it, they gave me a ton of Novocain when suturing me up so I felt nothing for the rest of the day! It was great!

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and here are a few pics of Gavin over the past 2.5 weeks:

1 Day old:

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Caught a smile:

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and another one:

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2 Weeks old:

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oh bisha he is sooo cute!

 

Mrs. Martin it is getting very close.

 

I go for my appointment tomorrow night I will let you guys know what they say then.

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Bisha, again he's so adorable!! That sucks that your epidural didn't take!!

 

Kelly..I sure hope that ya can get to 37 weeks!

 

I had my appointment with the specialist today and another ultrasound...When FI asked how big she was now she looked at me and said I don't think you wanna know..She's 8.1 pounds already!! When the specialist looked at my results she said oh you're definitely feeding this little one well and the blood pressure is obviously not affecting the growth. So she's not going to induce me yet because my blood pressure has been good since Saturday night and baby is still doing very well and figures that because I'm already 1cm dilated it won't be long until I go into actual labor. Hopefully soon, I told FI it will probably be tonight because now we have to go to the city to deliver which is two hours away sad.gif But I want to go there now because epidurals are not available at our small hospital here, and if I'm going to be having a 9 pound baby (i'm pretty petite even 9 months prego) I want the drugs! haha

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Thanks for sharing your story Bisha!! he's such a little darling boy!! But dang, that epi better darn well work for me! That just freaked me out a little, I won't lie.

 

Good to hear that things are okay for right now Summer. Hopefully she'll come on her own soon enough and your blood pressure will stay down. Good luck and keep us updated!!!

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I had my appointment with the specialist today and another ultrasound...When FI asked how big she was now she looked at me and said I don't think you wanna know..She's 8.1 pounds already!! When the specialist looked at my results she said oh you're definitely feeding this little one well and the blood pressure is obviously not affecting the growth. So she's not going to induce me yet because my blood pressure has been good since Saturday night and baby is still doing very well and figures that because I'm already 1cm dilated it won't be long until I go into actual labor. Hopefully soon, I told FI it will probably be tonight because now we have to go to the city to deliver which is two hours away sad.gif But I want to go there now because epidurals are not available at our small hospital here, and if I'm going to be having a 9 pound baby (i'm pretty petite even 9 months prego) I want the drugs! haha
Summer, great news that your blood pressure has been stable!!! And wow, that's a nice size for a baby. Don't blame you for wanting an epidural!

Best of luck with everything :-)

Chantal

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Bisha- Wow, you had a whole day of labor! Sorry to hear the epidural didn't do anything for you- that's actually pretty scary the hear!! Gavin is so handsome, thanks for sharing pics!

 

Summer- 8 pounds?!!! I hope she doesn't get to 9!! Glad to hear your BP has been good.

 

Here are a few pics from the shower my in-laws had for us this weekend:

 

DH and I with our cake- it had the cutest baby in a police car on it!:

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DH was very happy to get a Dodgers cap and "Martin" shirt for the baby:

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DH's aunt bought us this bedding set. I didn't register for it but I really liked it, so this is what I'll be using for the crib:

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My best friend bought us this sign and I absolutely love it because this is the baby's name until we agree on one. I'm planning on hanging it on his door.

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Thank you ladies. Didn't mean to freak you out Tlseege, I think I'm one of those very weird 1 in a million kind of cases. I have no clue why it didn't take, could be my anatomy or physiology; who knows! I know it matters now but in the long run, it really doesn't matter! wink.gif

 

Summer can you believe your LO is almost here!? Lots of easy labor dust for you!

 

Mrs. Martin your shower looked like it was lots of fun and you look great!!!!

 

I posted my maternity pics here http://bestdestinationwedding.com/forum/t39112 if anyone is interested :)

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