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Kierans Birthday


Thanks Robbi for the image ;)

As promised, the birth story. Copy & pasted from the boards I posted it at last night, so if you go there you don't have to read it here! I'm sure you'll get an updated entry later. After all, the birthday monster visited Kieran too!

On October 1st, when I was 36 weeks 5 days pregnant with Kier, we slept late, and when we all finally got up we decided to go to the mall for the afternoon. Just to get out and have something to do. While Jas was in the shower I thought I was having a contraction-but no pain just the hardening of my uterus. I figured it was BH and we went on with our plans to go to the mall. I was secretly hoping the walking would get something going.

All afternoon I was getting those same painless contractions while we walked around the mall. I thought about buying a body pillow for labor, but figured I could do it later that week. Woops. Anyway around 5 we headed to my moms, and at 6 she and I went to Mass. She kept bugging me to time the contractions (that I was still getting) but I wanted to wait awhile. About halfway through Mass they started to hurt. Finally! We headed home afterwards and left Jer at my moms so we could go to Target. I was thinking maybe this was it, and there were some last minute things I needed to pick up. By the time we got to the check out I no longer wanted to be out, and standing, through these contractions. We headed back to moms to get Jer (All afternoon I was getting those same painless contractions while we walked around the mall. I thought about buying a body pillow for labor, but figured I could do it later that week. Woops. Anyway around 5 we headed to my moms, and at 6 she and I went to Mass. She kept bugging me to time the contractions (that I was still getting) but I wanted to wait awhile. About halfway through Mass they started to hurt. Finally! Also I left for the bathroom several times during Mass, more than I normally would in an hours time. My mom & I disagreed on how many times ;) We headed home afterwards and left Jer at my moms so we could go to Target. I was thinking maybe this was it, and there were some last minute things I needed to pick up. By the time we got to the check out I no longer wanted to be out, and standing, through these contractions. We headed back to moms to get Jer (All afternoon I was getting those same painless contractions while we walked around the mall. I thought about buying a body pillow for labor, but figured I could do it later that week. Woops. Anyway around 5 we headed to my moms, and at 6 she and I went to Mass. She kept bugging me to time the contractions (that I was still getting) but I wanted to wait awhile. About halfway through Mass they started to hurt. Finally! We headed home afterwards and left Jer at my moms so we could go to Target. I was thinking maybe this was it, and there were some last minute things I needed to pick up. By the time we got to the check out I no longer wanted to be out, and standing, through these contractions. We headed back to moms to get Jer (actually my birth story written soon after says Jas brought me home and took the birth supplies to moms when he picked up Jer), and then went to our apartment where I took a bath and we timed the contractions. They were coming regularly (2-3 minutes apart & 30-45 seconds long), and didn't let up any so we decided to call my midwife.

Jas didn't let me spend hardly any time at home, which made me mad-I wanted to get online for a few minutes but he wanted to go right to my moms, where we were planning on having the baby. So we went at around 9:30. I had some pizza, my midwife & the students she brought with her showed up and got things ready. Molly checked me around 11:30 and I was 3.5 cm dialated. That was kind of dissapointing. We talked then I was going to try to rest for awhile. But the contractions slowed so I got up and moved around some. I had some yogurt & RRL tea. I kept needing to go upstairs to the bathroom which was annoying but I bet the up & down the stairs helped getting things going again.

I got into the bathtub around 2:30-3, I had asked to be checked right before but hadn't made much progress (4 cm). I spent several hours alone in the tub, read the most recent Mothering magazine until it became too hard to concentrate on the articles. Jas slept in my brothers room right next to the bathroom, along with my brother & brother-in-law. And my midwife came in every 30 minutes or so to check on me and the babys heart rate and all. I had yogurt & water while in there too. Earlier on I had tried to get taco bell (before I got in the tub) but it had been too late & they weren't open anymore. I coped with my contractions using prayer, I had choosen a Bible verse before hand, and even got a little card with it printed on it. In beetween contractions I just prayed like I was talking to God, and during I repeated "God is my strength and my baby is coming"

I got out of the tub sometime beetween 4 & 5 and asked to be checked. I was arond 6-7 cm dialated, and in transition. I was continuing to do the deep breathing I had learned in childbirth class, and it HURT. Don't do it in transition! I used the birth ball for awhile, leaning over it and had heating pads on my legs where they would hurt during the contractions, and had my husband rubbing my back. Around five I asked for my mom, jeric had JUST woken her up (He had been sleeping with her, of course). He tried to steal the ball from me, I told him the baby was coming and showed him some pictures in one of his books. Then my brother-in-law took him to the living room to play.

I kept using a sing-songy voice, which I learned from one of the videos in childbirth class (reason to go to childbirth class again and again-you get to see new births). A "birth song" is something a mother did and I was just like *wow* I can't remember everything I said, but I said things like "My baby is coming" and I said I would have my baby by 7 (and I did). I laid back on the mattress/pillows when I finally tired of the birth ball/kneeling position. My mom, My midwife, and my husband took turns massaging my legs and I kept the heating pads on there too. I also had a heating pad for my back (one that my midwife had brought, a long sock type one. It was great).

Kier was no longer posterior, he had been at about 34 weeks. I was making progress but wasn't yet 10 cm, but wanted to push. My water was still intact and his head was right there. My midwife broke the water to help speed things up, i kept asking her to make it happen fast so I could have my baby sooner. She suggested I get on the birth chair to help move him down, so I did. I pushed a few times on there and when I got back to my semi-sitting position his head was right there, it was burning even. My midwife asked me not to push, to help avoid tearing, but I did it anyway. Well at the time I thought I didn't, but i'm sure I did. I couldn't help it, it hurt. His head came out really fast, and then his shoulders. My mom was down there with My midwife helping catch this time, which was cool. And I have photos which is really cool.

They put him up on my chest and he stayed there till I had breakfast, which my father in law brought along with a dozen yellow roses. Kier had pinked up immediatly, and after awhile mom cut his cord. He nursed very soon after the birth, with no problems. Jer came to see him very soon after the birth, but after things were cleaned up a little bit too. He said "ook" and then went to go play, everyone(family) was in the other room so that is where he wanted to be too.

Let's see. Details. Kieran was 6 lbs 15 oz. & um i think 19 & 3/4 inches long. His umbilical cord fell off when he was 5 days old. He had a little jaundice but no where near the levels Jer had. We used the sling from day one, and still use it ;)

7:36 a.m. - 2002-10-02

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