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hAPPY bIRTHDAY bABY!

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SAM CUT HER HAIR

yep, she got ahold of sissors and chopped all her pretty hair off. so I had to fix it. looks like I’ll be curling it A LOT!

 

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Sarah Bethany’s Birth Story

I had my 39 week OB appt. on Tuesday morning (11.29.05) and I was contracting in the office but there was no pattern. and my cervix was high closed and thick…. The Dr had me make an appt. for the 8th, because no one thought I would have the baby before my due date. I did start having contractions starting Thanksgiving, and I had lots of bleeding and some small blood clots, I called my Dr on Thanksgiving to ask about it, and he said that it sounded like I was loosing my mucus plug. I should call him if my contractions got to every 5 minutes and they lasted for an hour, or of course if my water broke, well that lasted all weekend and until Tuesday. On Saturday I had more contractions and the Dr told me the same thing. Sooooo on Tuesday in the office I was having small contractions but they weren’t doing anything, I had a NST and everything looked fine, the baby was measuring 8lbs 5 ozs on the sonogram machine.

I had contractions all day Tuesday and at 3pm Pat told me that I should time them just to see what they were doing. The contractions started getting regular at 4pm, I started counting them and they were every 4 minutes on the dot. It was crazy because every time I would get a contraction I would look at the clock and it would be every 4 minutes! At 5:30pm I called my dr and he said to go to the hospital.

We dropped Sam off at the restaurant that MIL and FIL were at. We got to the hospital around 5:45, and went to the ER, the receptionist was kinda ditzy, she asked me a bunch of questions and finally after like 30 minutes I was like, I did my pre-registration already, why am I doing this again? and she was like “oh yeah, I forgot about that” soooo finally around 6:15pm or so the on call OB nurse got us and took us to the birthing center, which is so cute, it’s in this little corner and there is only 2 rooms, I got the big room and it was so nice! the nurse checked me around 6:30pm and I was dilated to an almost 4cm! So I was really in labor! She couldn’t believe that that morning at the Dr office my cervix was thick and closed. I got my heparin lock IV (for my group B strep) and was put on the monitors, I was contracting but they were not very strong or doing anything. Around 7:30pm my nurse came and checked me and said that it didn’t seem like I had changed in an hour and almost sent us home. but instead she said that if we walked around maybe it would get things to happen.so walked the halls for an hour, got checked around 8:30pm and was a good 4cm, 80% effaced and a -3 station, My nurse said that walking did help and that we would walk for 40 minutes and then would be monitored for 20. and we would do it until 10:45 (which is when I needed another does of meds. for my GBS) which I was 6cm, contractions were getting stronger but still manageable…….

In an hour I went from a 6 to an 8 and was practically screaming in pain, Transition is so hard and the contractions were right on top of each other, Patrick helped me so much, poor guy probably had some bad bruises on his arms. I did get a shot of Demerol, which just made me loopy and didn’t take any pain away, but it made me tired, I did sleep in between contractions but as soon as they started up I was screaming in pain, so I got an epidural, which I almost couldn’t get because I was dilating so fast they thought the dr wouldn’t get there in time, I had my water broken when I was 8cm, I believe there was meconium in the water, and at the same time I got the epidural.Which of course took forever because she had to wait in between contractions, and I was almost yelling at her to hurry up. She gave me a small dose, but it numbed up, I could feel my legs a little and definitely could feel the baby’s head crowning, I started pushing as soon as I rolled over from getting the epidural. I would say I pushed for a god 30 minutes, basically the baby was still high and I had to push her down, pushing was very hard, as the baby started to crown I kept moving to the side to see the head coming out, I remember her face was turned to the right and I could see it all squished up as it came out.

Sarah Bethany was born at 1:42 am on November 30th 2005! she weighed 8lbs 12.8 ozs!! and 21 inches long!

She did ingest meconium, and it took them a good 45 minutes to suction her out, they nurses did such an awesome job, I was so scared because though Sarah was crying a little she was still kinda blue, her APGARS were 7 and 9. She started nursing right away and has done awesome. We only had to stay one night at the hospital. Sarah did get a little jaundice, but that is pretty normal for babies and especially breastfed babies.

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And this is what Samantha thinks of her new sister.
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Samantha’s Birth Story

ok i had my 39th week app on the 9th and my midwife decided to try and strip my membranes again, first attempt on Tuesday didn’t work. i was at a 4cm and we all talked about just inducing, Melissa (my midwife) would be at the hospital the next day so we would induce the 10th at midnight. but i started having contractions every 4 mins and we left at 9:30pm (2 hours early) we got there at 10 and by 11 i was hooked up to an iv, pitocin, and penicillin (or however you spell it) my contractions weren’t very strong at this point but i was on total bed rest, that sucked big time. by 2 am i couldn’t take the pain anymore, i was crying, and i was only at a 4-5cm.So i got an epidural, it hurt really bad but by 2:45 am i was completely numb. well i finally got some rest. around 8:30 am the epidural started wearing off so i asked for a refill. which i didn’t get until almost 10 am because the anesthesiologist was called to 2 emergency c-sections. i was numb again but could feel the contractions a little bit, around noon they were getting pretty bad but i was only at a 7 cm, at this point i thought id be pregnant forever. Melissa finally came back, she had to take care of all these patients because the doctor she works under was called to these emergency c-sections. so she got there at about 1:20 pm and said that the baby’s head was right there, Pat at this time had decided to take a shower so we had to wait for him to get dressed. I pushed for only 14 minutes, don’t forget i was numb so i didn’t feel a thing, Melissa had to tell me when to push. at 1:44 pm Samantha Anne Acuna was born. She pooped all over me when she came out. At this we all through she was still a boy, the nurse starts wiping her off as i’m holding her and Pat cuts the umbilical cord. then the nurse goes to take her and as she picks her up i pull up the towel to look at “the parts” and say “it’s a girl” no one believed me and the nurse looks and confirms it. it was very funny. we have it all on video tape. we stayed at the hospital for one night and came home on Saturday. We are all doing good, I am in no pain, just a little sore, and Samantha is a beautiful baby. she looks just like Patrick, with my nose.

Amanda