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As shown in the previous post, our 3rd child, Samuel Aaron was born this week – on Tuesday!  Here’s the promised birth story.

(Note: It’s a very girl-friendly post, so if you don’t like reading things like ‘dilated’ and ‘cervix’, this would be a good post to skip.  No hard feelings!)

Monday, April 6th

The story really starts here.  Or, maybe really the night before – Sunday night.  At bedtime (10:15), I started feeling contractions and wondered “Is this it?”  I really wanted it to be it.  I tried to sleep, but couldn’t.  At 11:45, I got out of bed and tried to sleep downstairs on the couch as it’s much firmer and really quite pleasant to sleep on.  At 1:15 am, the contractions were every 5 minutes, but not very hard and not for very long.  I finally fell asleep around 2:30 am.

I wanted to see the doctor that morning, but we kept playing phone tag, so eventually, I just went to Labor & Delivery.  I was dilated to a 2 and maybe 60% effaced and they had problems picking up the contractions on the monitor.  They had me walk around for an hour, then checked me again.  No difference.  Went on home.  Disappointed.

Tuesday, April 7th

11:00 am – No contractions or anything that morning, but I did have a regularly scheduled OB appointment.  Dr. B checked me – I was still at a 2, but maybe 75% effaced.  Some difference, but certainly not much.  She said “It could be any time, you never know, but I don’t think I’ll see you again today.  And, oh by the way, I’m out of town this weekend, so if you do go into labor, it’ll be with the on call doctor.”  Bummer.  Went on back to work.  Disappointed.

2:00 pm – I had a big presentation at 2:00 that day.  If I had been gone, someone else was prepared to give it, but they were really hoping that I’d be there for it, so that they didn’t have to.  I was.  I gave the presentation from 2:00 to around 3:00.  I left work around 3:30 to go pick up my niece & nephew from elementary school and head home.

3:45 pm – In the carpool line, I started feeling STRONG pains.  At first I just thought: “Man, what’s that baby doing?  Those are some big movements!”  Since I had seen the doctor that morning, I didn’t think it was the start of anything real.  I was wrong.

4:30 pm – I got home, started dinner.  Dinner prep was painful!

4:45 pm – Jeff gets home and informs me that his doctor thinks he has Strep Strain C, which would explain why the antibiotics he had been on for the last week didn’t seem to make much of a difference.  They started him on a different antibiotic, but suggested that if I did go into labor before he had been on them for 24 hours, that he wears a mask.  Okay, great – so tonight would not be a good night to have this baby.

5:00 pm – I loosely timed the contractions and sure enough, they were like 3-4 minutes apart, really painful and about 45 seconds in length.  I tried taking a quick shower to see if the heat would help (or if maybe my water would break like last time).  No help.  Decided to call the doctor.  She told me to come on in – it was the only way to know if it was real or not.  Called my sister and arranged to drop off the boys.

5:50 pm – We left for the hospital.  Given the false alarms from the day before, I wasn’t fully confident that I was in labor.  So I suggested we stop by our church to drop off some books for Jeff’s Bible Study since he was going to miss it that night.  The church isn’t even on our way to the hospital!  It isn’t super far off the path, but it did cost us about 20 minutes for that detour.  (I was actually even tempted to tell Jeff to go to Bible Study; he could meet me at church afterwards, but I thought better of that suggestion).  Had Jeff known that I was really in labor, he never would’ve agreed to even dropping off the books, but when your wife is in ‘maybe labor’, doubting it herself AND she suggests that you meet your obligation, you kind of go along with it.

6:30 pm – Got to the hospital.  Checked in.  Nurse asked her questions, started an IV line.  Asked me my pain level (a ‘7’).  Hooked up monitors, saw that yes, these were definitely contractions.  Asked me my opinion on epidurals (love ’em) and questions about my last 2 labors.

6:50 pm – So she decided to check me.  After checking, she looked right at me, paused and said “Well, you’re at a 9.  And your bag of waters is just hanging really low right there.  You’re not going anywhere.  If I would’ve known that, I would’ve checked you sooner.”  A few calls to other nurses to help prep the room (3 more nurses filed in!), to Dr. B to tell her to get in, and to anesthesiology.

7:07 pm – Anesthesiologist arrives.  Asks his questions.  Tells me his next steps.  I’m thinking “Yes, yes, I got it.  This is a serious deal.  Just get the medicine in already.  Please and thank you.”

7:13 pm – Epidural in and on the FIRST TRY!  Both other times, it’s always taken them 3 attempts.  YES!  Relief within a few minutes.

7:34 pm – Dr. B arrives, checks me, agrees with the nurse and breaks my water.  Gush!

7:45 pm – I stopped dilating and even went backwards a little bit.  I guess my bag of waters was so low that it was helping to keep the cervix opened.  With it broken, everything closed a bit.  Not much, but it wasn’t going to be a matter of minutes like we thought.

8:30 pm – My contractions had gotten further apart (thanks to the pain meds) and baby hadn’t descended fully.  After waiting a bit to see what happens, she checked me again.  He was face up instead of face down like she prefers, so she had me push while she tried to turn him.  I don’t think I had much control, but it took about 3 sets of 3 pushes and she was able to turn him.

9:04 – One more set of pushes, he dropped down and came on out.  It is a boy!  Samuel Aaron is born!


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I’ll post the birth story later, but here’s a picture of our 3 sons!

Samuel Aaron was born last night at 9:04 p.m.!


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38 week check up!

38 weeks along tomorrow!

I really thought I was going into labor last Wednesday night as I started having contractions.  But, clearly, nothing came of it as I’m still pregnant several days later.  It got my hopes up, but I’ve re-adjusted my expectations.  I know that it could likely be a little while longer.

I had my 38 week check up today – just a day shy of 38 weeks.

  • I’ve barely dilated since last week, so no major progress there.
  • I am having contractions, but they are super sporadic and not all that painful.  Probably Braxton Hicks.
  • I thought my blood pressure was high (140/70), but the nurse wasn’t concerned.
  • Baby’s heart beat was right in the 130s-140s camp that it usually is.
  • I’m “measuring small” again, but, again, my doctor isn’t worried since I tend to that side of the spectrum and had a growth ultrasound a few weeks ago that showed a normal size.
  • I still feel lots of movement.  He’s an active one!  I don’t really feel any BIG movements anymore – the kind that make you believe he’s flipping around.  So I think he’s head down and staying put.
  • My doctor said it could be “any day”, but probably not “any day really soon”.  You never know, of course, but her gut feel is that she’ll see me next week at my appointment.
  • I’ve lost 5 pounds from last week, but again, we’re not worried.  Losing weight isn’t unheard of in those final weeks and I had gained 2 pounds last week.  I think it was my swelling going down, so a bunch of it is water weight.

We’re ready for the little guy!  I wasn’t until I had the false alarm contractions last week, but since then, we’ve:

  • Packed some basics in a bag (for me and him).
  • Installed the infant car seat in the mini-van.
  • Set up Stephen’s new crib in Finn’s room.  They won’t actually share until we bring Baby #3 home, but we’re ready!

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I’m “full term” tomorrow — 37 weeks!

I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled for tomorrow, but since I started to have some swelling (just in my left leg/foot, not anywhere else), we moved it up to today.  I wasn’t able to see my OB (she was in surgery), but I saw one of the midwives in her office.

Great news?  Blood pressure was excellent!

Good news?  Nothing to worry about with the foot swelling.  It’s likely because of the position of the baby since nothing else is really swelling.  They took a urine sample and will test for things, but since I haven’t heard back yet, I’m probably okay.

Not as good news?  Gained 2 pounds since last week – pretty much all this weekend.  I blame the swelling.  It couldn’t possibly be the 3 pieces of my mom’s lasagna that I had on Saturday while celebrating my nephew’s first birthday.  Couldn’t be.

Nothing to do, but to see the doctor again in a week!

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36 week check up!

Sickness is running our house lately, how about you?  Jeff and I have colds.  Stephen has a suspected eye infection or maybe allergies, but 5 days of eye drops didn’t clear it up.  So yesterday, I took him into the pediatrician and they prescribed an oral antibiotic AND a different kind of eye drops (that cost $135!).  And wouldn’t you know it, but starting yesterday, Finn started having some gunk in his eyes too — will he come down with the same infection?  Oh bother!

After meeting with the pediatrician, I had my 36 week check up (love that both doctors are in the same building – just different floors!).  All is well there!

  • She thinks baby is head down.  Yay for no breech presentation so far!
  • My blood pressure: okay at 125/70-something.  Up from earlier in pregnancy, but not a concern yet.
  • My weight gain: nothing.
  • Measuring right on track.
  • His heartbeat right in the 140s.
  • (For the ladies who would want to know) I’m barely dilated and 25% effaced.

Her words? “No reason to think you’ll go early.  No reason to think you’ll go late.  No reason to think you’ll go on time.”  So we’ll wait another 4 weeks, give or take!

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34 week check up!

Sheesh — here I go again, taking almost a week to post about a check up.  Oh well.

Last week, I had a quick ultrasound to check growth. I’ve been measuring a little on the small side and my first born was only 5 pounds, 12 ounces when he was born.  But no worries – baby is at least as big as he should be. He measured right on for thigh size. He measured about a week ahead (35 weeks) for stomach size. He measured 2 weeks ahead (36 weeks) for head size. All are guesstimates of course. They estimate him at 5 pounds, 9 ounces. Considering that he has another 6 weeks to grow, we should have a healthy (but not too big) of a baby!

The ultrasound tech tried to get some pictures for me, but he just wasn’t having it. He was facing the back and never shifted his face around. So I have a picture of his fist and back of his ear, but that isn’t too exciting, now is it?  She thinks he has a good amount of hair, but well…history dictates that I have practically bald babies, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

My info was great — blood pressure normal, actually lost .2 pounds, no signs of protein in urine or anything. For now, we’ll just keep him cooking!

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32 week check up!

Ummm…so I had my 32 week check up for Baby #3.  Like a week ago.  Isn’t that already a sign that you’re not a first born if it takes your mom a week to blog about her check up?

Anyway…nothing really to report.

  • Baby has a good heartbeat in the 140s.
  • I had no weight gain, but…
  • I’m measuring on track, maybe a little small.
  • My blood pressure is starting to inch up there, but definitely not a concern.  I just noticed that it was higher for me.
  • Baby was head down at this appointment, but I still feel really big movements, so I’m not convinced that’s where he’ll stay.

I go again next week for my 34-week check up and this time they’ll do a growth ultrasound to check his measurements, but I’m not really concerned.

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