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post #1 of 24
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Hi everyone,

I'm stealing some computer time and thought I'd sneak in and say hello. I'm sitting by the computer, wearing little Dan in a sling. He's asleep right now (he is most of the time really). Hubby is keeping Ron company.

I'm getting better physically - less pain where the cut is. Emotionally and mentally, I'm still trying to adjust to the new situation. I think I'm going through the baby blues - crying in the evenings and generally not very energetic. Hopefully, this too will go away and I'll get back on track soon enough.

The birth itself was quite an experience... It all started last Friday morning. Woke up at 9 AM and my water broke. Came gushing out but fortunately I was in my bed and not teaching that day (two days before, the doctor had predicted the birth was very near and suggested to call off the lesson I was supposed to teach at the cat behavior course). So, we left Ron with my in-laws (who live next door) and off we went to the hospital. By the time we got to the hospital I was having regular contractions, 5 minutes apart. Turned out I was 3 centimeters dialated and so I was admitted. We opted for a natural birth so I spent the next 12 hours walking around the delivery room, singing and moaning away the pain from the contractions. They were painful, but not as bad as I thought they would be. I went from being 3 centimeters dialated to 7 centimeters, at a rate of about 1 centimeter per hour. Then things slowed down. The cervix kept dialating at a slower rate and reached 9 centimeters, but the baby's head was too high and not coming down into the birth canal. After two hours of being in the same situation the doctor was getting worried. He explained that with the baby's head banging into the cervix and uterus with every contraction, it was damaging the area and making everything tender and swollen. He was especially worried as that was the same spot where the uterus had been cut during the previous c-section and he was afraid the scarred tissue may not hold for long. In a last effort to avoid another C-section, he recommended we do an epidural. He said that sometimes having an epidural relaxes the muscles arouns the cervix and allows the baby to slip into the birth canal. An hour of resting on my back with an epidural did not do the trick, so there was no choice but to go into the operation room

Turned out that little Dan had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck with very little to spare, so that the cord chained him to the uterus and wouldn't let him slip down...

The operation wasn't very nice - I hated it the last time around and it didn't get much nicer. I hate being wide awake while my belly is being opened - makes me sick. Still, it was over soon enough and little Dan was out at last. I had him in my arms literally minutes after going out of the OR. I was spared the usual shakes and trembles that often follow an epidural as it wears off. I was able to breastfeed Dan right away and spend the night with him. Hubby stayed with me the whole 4 days we had to stay in the hospital and Dan was with us in our room the whole time. I came back home on Wednesday and it took me 3-4 days for the pain to subside enough for me to be able to sit by the computer.

I have to go now - Ron's back and it's way past his bed time.

Thank you everyone for your kind words and your congratulations. Thanks Mary Anne for posting the pics and for sending me the URL to the thread!
post #2 of 24
omg what a scary and painful experience!!! I'm so glad everything turned out ok for you and little Dan
post #3 of 24
Glad everything is okay
post #4 of 24
You are quite welcome Anne! Now go and rest up- the work can wait!
post #5 of 24
So am I! Best wishes for a speedy recovery (it does get better), and congratulations to all of you!
post #6 of 24
Glad to hear from you Anne! I can sympathise with you on the c-section, I had one also!

Major hugs to you and your family and rest good! And don't lift anything too heavy!
post #7 of 24
It's good to see you again Anne!!

What an ordeal! Makes me extra thankful that little Dan and you are both safe and sound.
post #8 of 24
Great to hear from you. I'm happy that Dan is a strong healthy baby. I'm sending out vibes that your stomach and stitches heal quickly.
post #9 of 24
Glad you could sneak online for a bit Anne, and I'm glad you're starting to feel better. It does sound like you went through quite an ordeal. Just get as much rest as you can while little Dan is sleeping so much. Work can definitely wait.
post #10 of 24
Anne it's so lovely to hear from you and that you're now past the worst. Dan is beautiful and and I'm so happy you are both doing well.

Take good care of yourself - and as everyone has said, let all else take a back seat (apart from Ron or course)!!!
post #11 of 24
Congratulations, I'm very happy for you, enjoy your new son
post #12 of 24
What an experience, thankfully over with, and time now to enjoy your new baby! Glad to hear everything ended well, and Congrats again too!
post #13 of 24
Anne, YOUNG LADY you need REST so go back to bed right now!!!!!!!
I'm glad you're doing ok, but those darn baby blues will get ya everytime. on a good note though they DO go away! Dan is a little cutie! I'm happy everything went ok all things considered..
post #14 of 24
It is good to hear from you . I am glad everything went well , even though you went through a bit of struggle . With my sister's first child was the same problem but it was to late for a c section , so the Dr. went in and removed the cord from the baby . What a nightmare for her . I am glad yours went well and your beautiful baby is healthy . You and the baby are the most important thing right now , so take lots of rest and love your baby and get well . Soon the baby blues will go away and you will feel better too . You got lots of suport here from all of us
post #15 of 24
Good to hear from you Anne.

Glad everyone is doing great even through the ordeal, as painful as it it was.

Just rest up now with Dan and heal up. Everyone is doing a nice job here so you can relax and spend time with Dan.

Take care.
post #16 of 24
Good to hear from you, Anne, and glad that the ordeal is over. Take good care, and rest up, and enjoy your sweet little darling boy.
post #17 of 24
Hi Anne,

It's great to hear from you & know you're OK. What a scary day for you!

Now take care of yourself & rest - and don't be afraid to ask for help from those around you if you need it.

post #18 of 24
It is so good to hear from you Anne!!!! We miss you so much!!! Get lots and lots of rest and come back when you can! We all think of you often! *HUGS*
post #19 of 24
whew, congratulations! I cant imagine having a baby right now. when my sister gave birth just a few months ago to her second, she said, still laying in the hospital bed, that she wanted like four more! I was floored.

glad youre ok, Anne!
post #20 of 24
It's good to hear from you Anne! I'm glad you're doing better. Everyone here misses you, but you need to take care of yourself and your new baby! Get some rest, hun!
post #21 of 24
I'm a little late, but congrats Anne and family!!! Rest while you can Anne, you'll need it with two kids running around the household!

post #22 of 24
Anne, I'm sorry you had such a scary experience but I'm glad now you're ok. Congrats again to you and your family. It was nice to hear from you
post #23 of 24
Just found this thread. Am very glad everything finally worked out for you and Dan. Nice to hear from you but please take the time to heal and bond with baby. He is a very sweet little person.
Happy Thanksgiving you all your family.
post #24 of 24
Hi Anne! I dont know if you'll get this or not:
Welcome back! I'm glad the birth went ok other than the setbacks. I'm also glad the baby is healthy. Good luck with getting over the physical pain and emotional as well. Prayers and vibes for you, your baby, and your family.
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