Lucas Gabriel's Birth Story

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Registered: 11-13-2005
Lucas Gabriel's Birth Story
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Mon, 04-05-2010 - 4:54pm

I know that my sister posted a quick note on here on that the baby was born , but here is the longer version.

I started having what I now know are contractions Monday evening about 6pm. They were coming about every 15 or 20 minutes. I didn't sleep at all that night because they kept waking me up because of how painful they were. Tuesday I went to the drs and they said I was 3cm dilated and 70% effaced, and sent me over to the hospital be be monitored for a while. The contractions weren't strong enough to register on their monitor and I wasn't changing at all so they sent me home. Tuesday night was worse than Monday, the contractions were getting stronger and closer together. They were coming about 5 minutes apart. That continued all day Wednesday and Thursday I decided to go to the doctors and get checked and I was at 4 cm and 100% effaced. They did a NST and it came out great, and the contractions were coming every 3 to 5 minutes. The doctor wanted me to go over to the hospital to get checked, so before we did that we decided to walk around the mall a bit in hopes that would speed things up. No such luck- I was still 4cm and 100% but had made no progress in a few hours so I was sent home again. Friday the contractions were about 7 minutes apart for most of the day, but they were lasting longer. I didn't really think that I was changing at all, but apparently Kev noticed something different in me. About 3:30 Kevin called the drs and we went straight to the hospital, on the ride there I was feeling a lot pressure down below. We left the house a little after 4, got the hospital about 4:45. By the time I got checked out by one of the nurses in triage it was about 5:30. Much to my surprise I was 9cm. Once I got there the contractions were pretty much right on top of each other. They got a room ready for me and got an IV in me just in case I needed one. Once we got to the room I had a couple more contractions before they checked me again and I was 10 cm. They said if I felt the need to push I could, and that is when my water broke. 2 contractions later about 3 pushes Lucas Gabriel was born at 6:27 pm weighing 6 lbs 8 ounces, and 19.5 inches long. I had my drug free birth after all.I did tear, and required a few stitches, but other than that I am feeling great. Things have been going fairly well so far. In the beginning we had a little trouble BF but I think that we are getting the hang of it now. DH and I are so in love with this little guy.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Mon, 04-05-2010 - 9:53pm
Cheryl - Congrats! What a story, thanks for sharing! He's definitely a cute little guy. :)

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Tue, 04-06-2010 - 12:39am
Congratulations, Cheryl!
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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 2:13am
Congrats!!!
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Registered: 08-24-2005
Tue, 04-06-2010 - 7:48am
Wow Cheryl, what a weird stress free birth you had!! I'm glad everything went so well! Congratulations!!!
Your boy is adorable! Fede also has the cute little red mark on his eye lid... By the way, I love the name!!!
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Registered: 04-22-2006
Tue, 04-06-2010 - 8:04am
Wow Cheryl - what a story! I'm glad you didn't have to spend much time at the hospital before giving birth, and that you got your natural birth too! Congrats to you and Kevin again! Lucas is adorable.




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Registered: 08-04-2003
Tue, 04-06-2010 - 9:04am

Such a great birth story.

Conrgats again to you and Kevin. Welcome to the world Lucas.

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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 11:15am
Congratulations Cheryl!!
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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 12:40pm
Congrats Cheryl, so great that you did it w/out drugs and pushing went so quickly! Lucas is so handsome, I love his hair!
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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 5:49pm
He is just so precious Cheryl! I am so happy for you and your family!
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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 6:34pm
Ahhhh! Cheryll!! Congrats Congrats Congrats!!! Your story is so so wonderful :) I know that it was a long few days of labor, but how fantastic that you got the natural birth that you wanted. I am so happy for you. Enjoy your sweet new baby. He's precious and you look fantastic!
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