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Owen Benjamin! Birth Story.

Nov 23, 2009 - 6 comments

Finally, this little man has made his arrival! I know I would still be pregnant if it had not been for my doctor wanting to induce me. He was born on 11/17 at 9:23 pm. He weighed 6 lbs 15 oz (WAY smaller than I thought he would be!) and was 19 in long. Labor was drug free and went well, except for his heart rate dipping with contractions a few times. They said it was most likely cord compression and I believe the cord was around his neck when he was born. HR was dipping into the 50's as I was pushing which caused a bit of panic and me to cry ): I started pushing like wild just to get him out as fast as I could! He came perfectly healthy in every way, except for just a bit of jaundice which they said they weren't worried about. He is a terrible latcher with nursing but I am hoping to combat that problem very soon!! I will not give up!

Tuesday morning I woke up and was getting ready for work when I looked in the mirror and had a huge blurred area of vision where I couldn't even see part of my face. This was followed by a headache on the left side. I called and they told me to come in. My BP was up, but not dangerously so, although I was running really low previously so for me it was high. I had somewhat hyper reflexes and a trace of protein in my urine so they decided to induce that day. I was in shock but excited!! I was still only dilated to 2 cm and only 25% effaced when they checked me. I thought my exam was very rough when they checked me, it hurt like crazy and even caused a bit of bleeding. Baby was still very high as well.

So they moved me into a birthing room and told me they were going to start with a foley catheter. NO WAY!!! It was because I was not really ready yet for pitocin. I guess they like to start using it when women around at least 3 or 4 cm. Anyhow, I was confused and thought they had already started the pitocin because I was really crampy and having a lot of nearly regular contractions. I just assumed the pit had been started! They came in and said only the antibiotics and fluids had been started (I was GBS +) and checked me again before the foley catheter was used. Low and behold I was in true labor!! They are pretty sure that rough first exam I had set me into labor. THANK GOD!!! Once pitocin was started they had to keep increasing it every half an hour or so. It took HOURS to get past a 4 or 5! Then, once I was about a 6 it was less than an hour until he was born! I go quick once I hit that point. Contractions with pitocin are so painful!! But, I was able to do it with no epidural which I had planned for myself again. No episiotomy either. This makes 6 babies with no tears. Yay (:

He is beautiful! We are in love all over again. Brody is adjusting to having a baby brother but so far he is doing great. He just seems to want to "tuddle" with mommy a bit more than he did before, especially when I'm nursing. So, I usually hand him off to Daddy or one of the girls so I can get some special time in with my boy (: We usually read a story or play with his legos. It's special time!

Thanks for the congrats and well wishes everyone. I will post pics as soon as I can. I have tried several times and it keeps giving me an error.

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by msniki412, Nov 23, 2009
Awww, I'm glad everything worked out great for you. Owen is so adorable!!!! Congrats to you!!

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by turkee23, Nov 23, 2009
congrats!!.... glad to hear is a healthy !....god bless you and your family

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by tinkerbell101, Nov 23, 2009
Well done! So pleased to hear you are both doing well :)

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by mum2beagain, Nov 24, 2009
Jen he is just adorable, as are all your children. I am sorry nursing him is proving to be a bit rough. I had lots of problems with Sam in the beginning. Ask your lactation consultant if she can show you (and get you a feeding tube) so you can finger feed him with your expressed milk. I had to do this with Sam, it's really easy and because I didn't have to give too many bottles early on it really helped avoid nipple confusion.
Congratulations to you again.

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by adgal, Nov 24, 2009
Man you produce gorgeous children!  He is beautiful and congratulations to you and your whole family!!  I look forward to more pictures!!

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by rubyinparadise, Nov 24, 2009
WOW, you did pitocin but no epi-- you are one tough cookie! Your little guy is gorgeous. Congratulations. :)

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