Friday, November 11, 2011

We had a baby!

Thursday November 10, at 2:26am, we welcomed this little guy into our family:

A drug-free vbac:
We went into labor on November 9 (my due date) at 1am with 30 sec contractions every 7-8 mins.  Called the midwife at 6am, she suggested I take two gravol and nap.  The midwife came to check our status at 3pm, only 3cm dilated.  She suggested I take two more gravol and two tylenol and rest a bit.  A very long evening of 30-40 second contractions, 5-7 mins apart. Sometime after 11pm, while trying to get some rest, the contractions suddenly ramped up: 40-45 seconds - KILLER - and every 2-3 mins.  My husband said we are going to hospital now. (Good call!)

Into the delivery room at 12:15am.  I wanted to quit. I was so tired. I think I repeated: "I don't want to" about 800 times.  The midwife checked and I was 8-9cm! A few mins past 2pm I had the urge to push.  25 minutes later our son was born. Three hours after delivery we were on our way home to recover, and start to enjoy the newest member of our family.

My contractions never reached 60 seconds, the signal we were waiting for to go to the hospital.  I guess in a way this was positive, since we labored about 22 of 25 hours here at home!  I am in awe of what my body accomplished, in spite of the fact that I wanted so badly to quit.  I am also over the moon in love with this little guy!

Please excuse me while we spend some time settling in...I hope to rejoin you all online soon!


46 comments:

  1. Oh enjoy him! I've been waiting for the news, and I'm so happy to hear all went well and you are all happy and healthy! :) xx

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  2. Congrats on the little one. Thankfully time has a way of dulling our memories of what the labour was like - just in time for us to do it all over again. Enjoy him.

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  3. Congratulations Shannon! I've been hoping this would be your next post :-) I'm glad to hear everything went well.

    Btw, what's a vbac?

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  4. Many congratulations Shannon!

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  5. CONGRATS!!! So happy you are both healthy and happy. Enjoy getting to know each other!

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  6. Congratulations Shannon! So good to hear you had a good delivery. Enjoy your time with your little guy!

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  7. awe, congratulations! he is so sweet! :)

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  8. Congratulations chickie! So glad everything went well! enjoy smooshing his face with your kisses!

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  9. Congratulations Shannon!!! I'm glad to hear everything went well and everyone is healthy. Enjoy every minute!

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  10. Yay! Congratulations and well done! Welcome little one ;)

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  11. NK_StyleingwithChildrenNovember 11, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    virtual hugs and kisses! :)) I'm so happy to hear your wonderful news. Congratulations :) take all the time you need.

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  12. Congratulations and great news on your growing family! I was wondering when this new person was going to arrive:). Now you are really outnumbered ( in a good way)!

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  13. Congratulations! What a great job! Very happy to hear all went well and that you are home and enjoying time with the little one.

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  14. Awesome. Amazing to hear you went drug free for a vbac (good for you, I couldn't hold out without the epi). Congratulations on your new addition!

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  15. Congratulations Shannon and family! It's amazing to hear your experience and I am so glad that it went so well. The little guy looks gorgeous albeit only a tiny peek at him. Have some much needed rest and look forward to seeing you back online soon. XX

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  16. Congratulations! Enjoy this time with him.

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  17. yay shannon, congrats!! he looks so sweet, congrats to you and your family!

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  18. Congratulations! How lovely, lovely, lovely. Enjoy the settling in and getting-to-know-you time!

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  19. Congratulations! He is so cute. I am so happy that everything went well and you both are doing well. Enjoy your time!

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  20. Congratulations! He is adorable! So glad to hear that everything went well!

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  21. HOORAY!!!! SO excited to hear the news - sounds like a wonderful delivery. A drug-free VBAC is an incredible accomplishment - you should be so proud of yourself. Welcome to the world litte guy!

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  22. Congratulations Shannon! So happy to read this wonderful news!

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  23. Oh my word, congratulations! SO sweet. And great job on the vbac!

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  24. Hooray!!!!! Enjoy your special time! Congrats to you both!

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  25. Congratulations to you and your family!

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  26. Congrats! That's my BD too! (an awesome day, by the way!)...so glad things went smoothly!

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  27. Congratulations Shannon! This is a great news. I'm 34 weeks pregnant and can't wait to meet my little guy...he will be our second little man too.

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  28. Awww... congrats! Enjoy getting to know your new little guy. :)

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  29. Oh yay!!! I am so excited for you! And so proud of you for doing it drug free (especially vbac!!!) What a great photo of your new little man. Congrats!

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  30. Well done Shannon! Thrilled for you all and wishing you all the best. Enjoy your little one. He's beautiful.

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  31. Congratulations!! Well done mama!! Enjoy this special time xoxo

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  32. Congratulations to you all! I love the early days with a new baby. It is such a magical time. Exhausting but magical.
    Doesn't your toddler seem huge? I remember thinking that my first born was so massive when my babies arrived!
    Enjoy your time settling in.

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  33. Congratulations! He's beautiful! Enjoy your family time. Great job on the delivery mom!

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  34. Congratulations Shannon on your newest family member.

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  35. Congratulations! I figured this is why we haven't heard from you and I was hoping that all was well.
    All the best to your little family - so happy for you!
    K

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  36. April @ Money Pit LoveNovember 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Congratulations, Shannon!!!

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  37. Congratulations!! I'm so happy that everything went well, it looks like you have a gorgeous baby boy :)

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  38. Congratulations Shannon! Thanks for sharing your labour story with us. It is truly amazing what a woman's body can do! Enjoy your time with him.

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  39. Hey Shannon! So happy and excited for you all! Congrats! Xoxo

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  40. Congrats Shannon! He is perfect! Enjoy getting to know the little man!

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  41. Yay!!! Congrats to you!! I love how our little ones are only a day apart!! Hope you're recovering and enjoying your little guy!

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  42. Congrat's on the baby. Take your time and cuddle, they grow so fast.

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  43. Congrats! I'm so excited for you!
    xx

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