I forgot to host the party last week, and I noticed that some of our later-linker-uppers didn’t get any comments from the other linker-uppers. So, if you wouldn’t mind, head back to the last party and check out the links!
There have been some great birth stories linked up, so I am putting Adam’s birth story here. I wrote this shortly after he was born and I’m just going to copy and paste it here.
I got home around 8, and the contractions were lasting 1 1/2 to 2 minutes and coming every 4-6 minutes. We got to the hospital at 9:50. Emily (who was in my water aerobics class while I was pregnant!) was my nurse until 11:30. Things were going pretty slowly at that point.
At midnight, my nurse checked me and I was 4-5 cm. I was having bad back labor so I got in the whirlpool. Around 12:30, my body started spontaneously pushing and I was having a hard time controlling it, so I got out of the tub and she checked me again. At 1:00 AM I was at 6 cm and struggling not to push.
At 1:15 my water broke, and I spent the next half hour trying to keep from pushing. I was so scared that my cervix would swell. But at 1:50 I was complete – 10 cm! I was so relieved when she told me I could push! Thirty short minutes later, Adam was born! So I was only at the hospital 4 1/2 hours and the whole shebang lasted around 7 1/2! Crazy! And no pain medication (although I took all I could get afterwards. :) )
Adam's heartrate dropped shortly before delivery, but he came so fast it wasn't a big deal. He also had a "true knot" in his cord. He had done a flip through his cord sometime during my pregnancy. The dr. on call who delivered and said they only see 1-2 a year and had it been pulled tight at any point during pregnancy or birth, he wouldn't have made it. I feel very fortunate and blessed that it was okay.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience. I could not imagine it going any more perfectly. I didn't have any pain meds, which was my goal, and it was so fast! My nurses were amazing, and Bart did a great job, too. He helped me breath through the contractions and stop the pushing.
Adam is a great baby and I am completely in love. I can't wait to have another. :)