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Apr. 8th, 2009 | 06:15 pm

We got to come home from the hospital this afternoon. Brian is watching tv with Ezra, so I will try to write a rundown of the last few days before it all becomes to foggy. :)



At about 11:00 pm on Saturday night, I told Brian that I hadn't felt Ezra move in a long while. I payed close attention for about an hour and still didn't feel him. We went to bed at around midnight and I woke up at 4 am really anxious. I got up, ate a couple of sugary peeps and drank some cold water to try to get him moving, but I didn't get a single kick. By this time I had a really bad feeling, so I woke Brian up and we headed to the hospital to get checked out. We arrived at the labor and delivery ward and they hooked me up to a monitor. We heard Ezra's perfect heartbeat pounding away. I cried out of relief and made the nurse cry too. I was so happy, and we figured we would leave the hospital and go to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. They decided to keep me for a little while to monitor the baby and eventually the doctor and nurse came in to speak with us.

Although Ezra seemed to be doing fine, they HIGHLY recommended that we stay and get induced. The reasons that they gave were:
-He was past due (by ONE day)
-I had a decrease in fetal movement
-They saw a couple of worrying decels on the monitor

I was really against getting induced and we felt like the hospital was suggesting it out of convenience. Of course we were scared though, because the doctor was giving us lines like, "He looks good now, I would just hate to have you come back in a few days and us not be able to find a heartbeat." In the end, we agreed to be induced. At 11:30 they started me on pitocin. I was hooked up to a blood pressure cuff, two electronic monitors, and the IV with the pitocin, so I was pretty strapped down. I did manage to get out of bed and sit on a birthing ball right next to all of the machines though.

I was on the pitocin for eight hours and progressed from 1 cm dilated to 3-4 cm dilated. At around 7:45 pm my water broke on its own. They then took me off the pitocin so that I could eat a couple bites of a sandwich and labor on my own. I got to be unplugged from everything... FREEDOM! Shortly after that Amara [my doula] came to be with us at the hospital. As soon as my water broke the contractions started getting really intense. I had to concentrate to breath and get through them. I spent some more time on the birthing ball and we walked the halls. I stalled at 4 cm for eight long hours. They told me I would have to be put back on pitocin. They strapped me back up to everything in bed, but for some reason, the pitocin was never turned back on. Once I got back in bed, I progressed quickly, and the contractions became REALLY hard to handle. I got whiny and discouraged. I began saying that I needed an epidural, but Brian and Amara were great about reminding me of my birth plan. Brian was so encouraging. I honestly didn't think I would get through it, but I tried to just concentrate on getting through one contraction at a time. I would then tell myself, "Okay, you can get through five more. Just five more!"

Transition was HELL. I went from breathing through the contractions to shrieking through them. At one point, I jumped out of bed with all of my wires and just clung to Brian. The noises coming out of my mouth were very primal. The contractions were right on top of each other, so I didn't get any relief in between them. Just a few minutes after the nurse checked me and said I was dilated to seven, I got the uncontrollable urge to push. I started yelling, "I need to PUUUUUUSH!!!!!" Amara ran and grabbed the doctor and nurse and they came running in telling me, "NO! You can't push. You're only 7 cm, it's not time." I remember thinking they were out of their mind if they thought I would comply. The doctor checked me and was shocked to realize that I was 10 cm and ready to go!

I pushed for 45 minutes. I started out shreiking through the pushes, but soon learned to shut up and conserve my energy. Pushing was painful, but it was SO much better than transition. Although the doctor applied counter pressure and massaged my perenium, I ended up with a 2nd degree tear. The pressure of him coming out was so great that I didn't even feel it. The moment that he came out was AMAZING. He came out pink and screaming. They immediately plopped him right on my belly and let me dry him off. His Apgar scores were 9 and 9. He was honestly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen and I couldn't believe that this was the little alien living in my belly for nine months.

Breastfeeding has been a challenge. He is just so sleepy. I do everything I can to piss him off so that he'll wake up (I undress him, check his diaper, tickle his feet) but as soon as the boob goes in his mouth, he passes out. I expected it to be hard, but didn't realize how overwhelmed I would feel.
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Anyway, for those that couldn't get through my birth novel, here are the basic facts...

-I was induced with Pitocin at 11:30 on Sunday morning.
-Being strapped in bed during transition SUCKED, but I survived without any pain medication.
-After 20 hours of labor, Ezra John made his grand debut.
-He weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long.
-Breastfeeding is hard work.
-Being a mom is awesome.
-I'm exhausted but happy.

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Sarah

From: turtleohs
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
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oh sweetie, congrats. you did so great! I know induction wasnt what you wanted but sometimes its for the best and it seemed like there wasnt too much 'induction intervention'! 20 hours... WOW!

Go you for doing it natural! I think everyone wants that Epidural during transition but its great that you had a support team to remind you of your goal :)

Breastfeeding can be very difficult! If you need any advice or support you let me know. I have been there and done that. I might not know everything but I certainly know the overwhelming feeling.

My friend had her baby not long before you! Same day & everything :)

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Thank you so much! Breastfeeding has been getting easier day by day, thank goodness. I never imagined how time consuming it would be.

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Jess

From: thejoysofjess
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 12:12 am (UTC)
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I love the look on your face. He is cute! He looks like he's got such a serious face in some of those pictures.

Congratulations and hooray and good luck and ilu!

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Being a baby is serious business! He looks like an elderly man. :)

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Marian

From: gym17mar
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
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omg congrats again!!!!

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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jasmine

From: jasmines97
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
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I'm so so so so happy for you!!! What a fantastic birth story - I'm sorry that they felt the need to induce you but it sounds like you handled everything very well and Brian and Amara were great support people for you.

I'm so glad that Ezra is here. :) Lucas was a sleepy baby too and we struggled a bit for the first couple of weeks with breastfeeding too. We would strip him down (skin to skin) and put cool washcloths on him to help him stay awake. We would also massage his scalp because that would stimulate him.

He is gorgeous and precious and perfect! Enjoy!!!

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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We've been using a wet washcloth for the last two days and it has helped SO MUCH! Every time he dozes off and stops suckling, I just dab him with it. :)

Thank you!

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Sara Rae

From: sarakenobi
Date: Apr. 11th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
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we would strip landon naked and put cold washcloths on him and wet baby wipes. also when he was done eating we'd change his diaper with a cold wipe to see if we could get him to eat more. it was obnoxious but i guess he ate enough since he's still with us ;)

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Melinda

From: mindy1024
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
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congrats Jamie!!! He is beautiful!!

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! :)

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Lizzie

From: lizzie
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! I am so glad the birthing went well and he had such a good Apgar score! I'm such a sap- I started crying while reading this! I'm so happy for y'all!

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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LOL Thank you!

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looKatmEimagirL

From: lookatmeimagirl
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
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how amazing! i am so proud of you jamie pie! i can't wait to meet the little guy :)

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
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We need to make a trip to FL at the same time!

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lozoodle

From: lozoodle
Date: Apr. 9th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Oh you did so well!!!!
I have no idea how you coped in bed during transition, that pressure and overwhelming feeling at that stage is intense.
I was in the tub when I went into transition and I panicked and screamed at everyone to help me get out, it was so wierd.
I'm so proud of you and he is gorgeous!! :D

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. :)

I honestly thought I would die during transition. At one point I jumped out of bed, and hung off of Brian, screaming. Thank goodness is went quickly after that!

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 10th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you!

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Sara Rae

From: sarakenobi
Date: Apr. 11th, 2009 01:29 pm (UTC)
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OMFG YOU DID IT IWTHOUT PAIN MEDICATION AND ON PITOCIN you are a rockstar! I am so impressed! that was fast too! you were ready to go! i'm sorry they scared you into it but i'm so glad everything turned out! I hope breastfeeding gets easier darling, he will perk up in a few days — is he jaundiced a bit? that might also help with him being so sleepy. keep on trucking! I know you can do it! I AM SO IMPRESSED I'M WIGGLING ALL OVER MY COUCH LIKEA PUPPY! congratulations :) :) :) :)

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 13th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I honestly wanted to give up and get the epidural, but I am too damn stubborn. LOL

He is jaundiced. I hope he perks up soon, I have to wake him every time to feed. We just got his weight checked today though and he's gained 6 ounces in the last couple of days, so I know he's getting fed. :)

Brian did get emotional... the funny thing is, I was so glad to have him out of me that I didn't cry!

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Sara Rae

From: sarakenobi
Date: Apr. 13th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm super happy :) I didn't cry either but Mike did
I was relieved the pain was over and happy to see him. my friend AMy cried too :)

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Sara Rae

From: sarakenobi
Date: Apr. 11th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
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aaaaaaaaaalso! your husband looks like he may have been crying which melts my heart :)

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Sara Rae

From: sarakenobi
Date: Apr. 11th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
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MORE COMMENTS!

i went through transition on my back in the bed and HOLY MOTHER OF GOD did it hurt. I lost my shit then and there. I was BITING the hospital bed rail I was in such intense pain. I went from 7–10 in 5 minutes too and i felt like I couldn't move my legs. oh man, the memory is so intense. but I know I shut up during pushing too and concentrated — about 6 pushes I think pushed him out because I knew what to do and settled into getting him the fuck out as fast as possible lol

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.Bloody.Anne.Roberts.

From: newfoundatari
Date: Apr. 13th, 2009 02:52 pm (UTC)
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this was the first chance i had to check LJ and i was so excited to see you finally had the baby! im so excited for you, i started crying while i read it.
lol. he's gorgeous!

i was actually thinking about you while i was on vacation and wondering if you had had the baby, glad to see you did.

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Jamie

From: jamie_marie
Date: Apr. 13th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
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This is the sweetest comment ever. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

We are so glad to have him here... nothing could be better. :)

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