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|Fri, 05-14-2010 - 12:32am|
i know i dropped off this board sometime in my first trimester, but i hope some of you remember me. there are so many people on this board (via the TTCAM board which i was on for 2 years) who helped me through some dark days, i wanted to share some of my happier days and thank everyone for their support.
3 years after i started my ttc journey, my little girl, asha, was born early sunday morning on feb 28, 2010 at 2:28am weighing in at 6lbs 6oz and 19" with a full head of hair.
i was induced two weeks early due to decreasing amniotic fluid and low fetal weight. i was only given 2 days notice and spent the better half of those two days sewing curtains in the bedroom (mommy-me laughs at pregnant-me) because somehow, that seemed really really important at the time.
i went into the hospital thinking i would try to have a natural birth, to "wipe away" the pain of having a natural miscarriage but after they broke my water and i was induced, the back labor started and i called for an epidural, STAT!
i happily napped for 2 hours while i dilated 4 to 10 cm in 2 hours, i needed the energy to win the pushing competition (but i'm getting ahead of myself).
once i was was fully dilated, asha hadn't quite made it down low enough and she was face up. the dr insisted i needed to have an emergency c section because asha kept turning face up even after repeated attempts to turn her to the side. somehow in my head, it made sense that if i turned on my side, maybe asha would turn to face up again but her face up would now be to my side and thus, the correct position. see how smart i am?
would you believe it actually worked! they should name that the RUTHIE MANEUVER! but alas, the doctor took credit, "i had her lay on her side so the baby would turn to face up and be in the right direction." but, i won't argue tooo much, because i went home with a baby and she just... went home.
anyway, 10 hours after they broke my water, with classical music playing in the background and a lot of throwing up (this, i had become a pro at during my first trimester), the delivery part began. thankfully, because i was able to rest through much of my dilation, i had the strength to push asha out faster then the lady next door (cuz, nothing like a healthy competition to get things going). with my DH lovingly screaming "push, push, push" in my ear, spitting on me with each scream and pushing my shoulders down instead of pushing my head forward (try it, you'll see how that has the opposite effect) and me CONVINCED my eyes were going to pop out of my head, i pushed my little girl out in a half hour and won the competition and the best prize of all.
if you got this far, thanks for reading and thanks to everyone for all the support and love throughout my ttc journey. i'm so glad i didn't give up, you're all right -- it is TOTALLY worth it!!!
i am so in love.