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    cara1 Guest

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    Announcing the arrival of DD. I was due 10/4, but started having regular contractions 9/25. They were every 5 min for an hour, and then petered out. We went to the hospital, and I was sent home; I was only 1 cm. I felt so foolish, but warned them I'd be back the next day, and I was. I arrived 24 hours later 8 cm. I got my epidural, and bascially hung out for a few hours waiting to finish dilating and for baby to descend more. They broke my water, and turns out there was a lot of meconium in there. Blech. By about 3 am I tried a few pushes, but she still hadn't descended much, so we decided to wait a little longer. However, by about 4 am, DD's heart rate started dropping dramatically with each contraction (into the 50's). They took me to c/s immediately. I couldn't believe how quickly she was out. Impressive. she ended up having the cord around her neck, and when they pulled her out, she was green from all the meconium. She's fine, though. They had a really hard time putting me back together, though. Trouble controlling bleeding and suturing. I was in the OR for 3 hours. She was born at 5:17 am 9/27, but I didn't get to hold her until noon. I was pretty wrecked.

    But we're home and doing great. So much easier the 2nd time. Mainly the nursing. Since I know what I'm doing now, and knew when to ask for help when still in the hospital, it made a HUGE difference. Still hard to move around a little, but I'm taking less pain meds each day.

    Anyone with a c/s know when you can use a Baby Bjorn? I'm afraid to use it now...

    DS (2 yrs, 8 mos) is doing great. He holds her, hugs her, kisses her, and SPONTANEOUSLY comforts her when she cries. It's amazing. I mean, I think he actually has empathy. Incredible. The past week and a half I feel like I've missed him so much. I was away from him while in the hospital, but even now, DH pretty much does everything with him since I'm with the Baby. I end up feeling guilty and I just really miss him. Last night I finally ventured upstairs and got to cuddle with him in his bed, so that felt more normal.

    Anyway, got to fold some baby laundry.... (between poop and spit up, 5 outfits in one day!!)

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    amp Guest

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    Congratulations! It sounds like a crazy journey before you finally got to hug your little one! Glad everyone is healthy and happy! Get some rest and come back to let us know how your newest angel is doing and how you are recovering. Hugs mama!

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    Karenn is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    Cara! Congratulations! What an experience!! I'm glad you're both OK! I don't know how you lasted 7 hours without holding your baby girl! That's amazing.

    I'm glad you're finding things easier this time around too! (I could have written that paragraph about knowing when to ask for help making all the difference!)

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    brigmaman is offline Emerald level (3000+ posts)
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    Oct 2003

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    Congrats!! I was waiting to hear...since I saw your post yesterday!

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    sugarsnappea Guest

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    Congratulations Cara! I had an emergency C/S with DD #1. I hope your pain goes away soon. I wore that girdle religiously to get around more easily. I used the Bjorn and a sling pretty early after both my C/S. Maybe around 2 weeks or so... Hugs to you and your two little ones! :)

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    Congratulations Girlie!!!!

    Glad to see your little one made it here safe and sound. Does she have a name yet? How big is she?

    I think I waited 3-4w before using the Bjorn, but I think part of that was new Mommy paranoia. If she's little, don't forget to use those little leg straps to make it tighter on the bottom so she doesn't fall out.

    I'm thrilled to hear that your DS is great with her. I'm beginning to really worry how I'm going to pull off the newborn/toddler/c-section thing!

    Can't wait to see pics!


    Wife to Jonathan
    Mom to Sophia 12/02 and Amelia 12/04

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    deborah_r is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    California, USA.

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    Congratulations on your new arrival! I hope you have a quick recovery!
    Mama to my guys, K (May '03) and Q (June '07)

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    amazz Guest

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    Congratulations!!! I am glad you are both at home and are healthy. That must have been a scary time for you, but you made it through and I really am so happy for you!!

    EDD 10/15/04
    A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. ~Carl Sandburg

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    Jan 2003

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    Congratulations on your new little daughter! Glad you're getting in good bonding time with both kiddies. :)

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    ismommy Guest

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    Congratulations. Your DS sounds so sweet to be such a great big brother.
    mommy to Isabella
    baby x EDD 1/11/05

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