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Christine

my labor story (with Ainsleigh photos) *long*

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Hi Ladies (and gents),

 

Its been quite sometime since I was able to sit at the computer for more than 5 minutes so since my little one is currently taking a snooze in the ergo carrier (amazing by the way for you mommies to be ERGObaby - baby carrier - back pack - sling) I thought I would take some time to update all and of course share some photos!

 

So many of you know I was induced on June 25 after being about a week late. Ainsleigh was being stubborn but once the drugs hit me, she came out pretty quickly.

I was given the first medicine at 5am at which point I was dialated to 2cm, by 8am I had moved to almost 4cm and was given one hour off the monitors to walk around to see if I could get a jump start on things. By 9am I was on the pitocin and at 5cm. At that point I told my husband to run and get my dad who was staying at a hotel near our house, since it was still rush hour I knew it would take a while, so off he went and on went labor for me. I called him a while later and told him to hurry because my contractions were getting strong and painful. They were coming on about every 2 minutes and I was getting uncomfortable, never one to be a hero, I asked the nurse to call the Dr. to order an epidural, she told me I had to finish my whole saline bag first (it was only about 1/3 of the way done-yikes). She called the Dr. who was going to do the epidural and by the time he and my husband got back my saline bag was almost gone, at this point I was almost 7cm. Things were moving along quickly. Once the epidural was set up, they upped my pitocin a bit to keep things rolling and by about 2pm the midwife who delivered me said she thought I would be pushing by 3pm, and she was right, I started pushing right after 3 and by 4:12 my daughter was born.

My husband was very emotional and I was stunned it had all just happened so fast. I was sure I would wind up with a c-section so the fact that I had just given birth the old fashion way and didn't get my epidural until 7cm was a huge shocker to me.

Ainsleigh weight 7lbs 14oz and is the spitting image of me, she is beautiful and honestly is a really good baby, so at this point I figure she is behaving for a while since she gave me hell while in the womb.

We came home on the 27th and my mom has been with me ever since, she left yesterday morning and I am on my own now. My husband is doing really well and adjusting to fatherhood.

Ainsleigh sleeps about 4 hours at a time at night and loves to eat, we have had some latching problems with breastfeeding but are working our way through it.

I am not one to sit in the house so I go out almost everyday, even if its just to meet a friend for lunch. We have already had three play dates (well the babies sleep and the mommies gab).

I am madly in love with Ainsleigh and am so grateful that she finally decided to join us. I love not being pregnant anymore, pregnancy is just not for me, motherhood is wonderful though.

 

so I know you are all waiting for some photos...here you go!

 

getting ready to leave for the hospital (we had to check in at 2am)

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just after the epidural

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all wrapped up just moments after birth

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daddy in love and promising her whatever kind of wedding she wants (he really said that)

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the day after she was born

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first night home

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swaddled up at night, the only way to sleep

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and some fun ones over the last few weeks

bath time

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in her swing

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lounging with mom

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Oh wow Christine - she looks JUST like you! And so beautiful!

 

You sound like you're totally in love.

 

Many, many congratulations!!

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Ainsleigh is a spitting image of you, lucky girl!!!!

Now the pressure is on me to get going on my labor story. :)

I'm glad you are getting out of the house and that motherhood is treating you much better than pregnancy did... you definitely are deserving!

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Congrats on welcoming little Ainsleigh into the world..she is absolutely beautiful. May motherhood bring you lots of laughs and good times to come! Take care of yourself and try to get as much sleep as you can!!! Being a new mom is hard work! Hormones are crazy and out of wack!

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Wow Christine - your labor story doesn't sound that bad at all. Compared to the others that has totally freaked me out - you have set my mind as ease and I know that it can be tolerable. Well minus the being a week past due and all the other terrible things you had to go through while prego. I say that Ainsleigh decided to make labor easy for you :) How sweet of her.

She is just so precious!!

So how is it being all on your own now? Were you freaking out when your mom left?

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Wow Christine - your labor story doesn't sound that bad at all. Compared to the others that has totally freaked me out - you have set my mind as ease and I know that it can be tolerable. Well minus the being a week past due and all the other terrible things you had to go through while prego. I say that Ainsleigh decided to make labor easy for you :) How sweet of her.
She is just so precious!!
So how is it being all on your own now? Were you freaking out when your mom left?
I think it took me this long to write it all down because I was shocked at how easy the whole thing seemed, I mean the pushing sucks, but thank god I didn't have to push for three hours like some people do.

I am doing okay on my own, its hard because of breastfeeding I don't get a lot done but I just started using the ergo around the house and its helping a lot.

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