Monday, March 31, 2008

Babysaurus birth story (with pics)

I have a few minutes because Donnie is taking Quinlon for walk to try and wake him up to eat. I fell sleep too long and didn't feed him soon enough and now he's pretty lethargic and won't latch on... Stress already! Woo.

After we went back to the birthing center Saturday around 5 PM, I labored for a while until suddenly, within an hour I went from 2cm to 5 cm... Silly me got my hopes up that it would go fast.

The next 8 hours I only dilated 1-2 cm and my contractions were getting soooo hard that I was not getting reprieve in between them. I was so upset and I begged to give up over and over. Donnie is amazing and refused to let me give up and go to the hosiptal even when I begged because I was sooooo discouraged and frustrated by my lack of progress.

When it finally came time to push, my midwife discovered that I had an anterior lip on my cervix, which means she had to try and push it aside when I was pushing. It wasn't working, I was melting down. I also have a v shaped dip in my pubic bone that was causing me to have tremendous pressure and excruciating pain in the front of my pubic bone.

I lost it so many times. I finally had a breakdown and they called the head midwife who came and yelled at me until I came to my senses. Because I was having so many issues with pushing they moved me to the bed and I had to push there.

Finally, after 26 hours of hard labor and nearly 2 hours of pushing, I finally got to hold my baby! He is perfect. Other than our BFing issue that we are trying super hard to solve right now, he is such a good baby.

Watching Donnie with him is the greatest thing in the world. He adores him and I can't help but cry a little.

Thank you to all you people who have been so supportive throughout the last year or so... I really could NOT have done this without you!

And now, pictures!


Steph said...

I have been lurking for your birth story...Congratulations!! He is gorgeous, and you did an amazing job, way to not give up! Hope to see you on the newborn boards.


Driving With the Brakes On said...

Congratulations! He is absolutely beautiful. Be gentle with yourself - everything will fall into place!

MrsDrink said...

omg, he's perfect.

I've been impatiently waiting for these pics for 9 months and I'm so glad to finally see him! He's wonderful!


Nicole said...

OMG! I teared up reading all about it! He really is so beautiful! Isn't amazing how quickly the trauma of the birthing process leaves you as you get to hold your baby for the first couple of days! It has to be designed that way on purpose....otherwise no one in their right mind would have kids! haha
I'm glad that you are doing well and I hope you get the BF issues resolved quickly. If you need any help, email me!


Emmysmom said...

Wow! I am so excited for you! He is precious and perfect! 26 Hours! You are a trooper! I only had a 3 hour labor and I thought I was dying! It's SOOOO worth it though. Congrats!!!

Stephanie said...

OMG, OMG, OMG, he is a perfect baby!!! I am so proud of you, so proud of you. You did this, all by yourself no less. With an amazing support system, you did not quit no matter the number of times you wanted to. Amazing, beautiful, woman I've always known you to be.

Congrats to you and Donnie for making and delivering a perfect baby boy.

So tell me, is the squishy tummy insane or what? PLEASE, if you have any questions, or need a someone who knows what you have experienced to speak with, call me.

rainbowmom said...

OMG! He's beautiful. What precious pictures. Sorry you had to go through a hard labor; hey, nothing like getting screamed at while your having a meltdown trying to give birth. You obviously did an awesome job though. Your son is amazing!


Amber said...

So cute! Take it easy and try not to stress about the BFing issues it will resolve itself in time!

Congrats again!

Colleen said...

Jessi, he is just beautiful. I am so happy for you two. Try to take it easy and try not to stress over the breastfeeding. It will work its selfout. Congrats again.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I am a longtime reader of your blog and am so thrilled for you and your new family. I hope your BF issues resolve quickly and easily.

Your little boy is beautiful and is so blessed to have you and Donnie as his parents.

Enjoy every minute of his newborn-ness, it goes way too fast.

Anonymous said...


Congrats... he is beautiful... i'm so happy for you... thank you for sharing birth day pics with us... enjoy being a MOMMY... you deserve it...

Steph said...

Congrats! Glad you didn't give up! keep us posted!

Poltzie said...

You could have done it without us, you are so strong. I am glad that you allowed us to be a part of your journey though!
Your little baby is amazing and I am so happy for you.
He is beyoned cute and I'm glad that you are finally a mom.
Wishing all the best to you and Donnie,

Our family is complete said...

Congrats. I am so happy for you. What a strong women you are to do it all natural. I could'nt wait to get the drugs. I ended up having a c-section so it was a good thing I did. I am sure those mid-wives have seen worse. He is so beautiful. Congrats again.


Jewels said...

A New Baby Boy!

Tiny yawn
and sleepy sighs,
Nursery rhymes
and lullabies
Ticklish tummies,
toothless smiles,
Darling little baby styles,
A brand-new life
has just begun....
What fun to have
a little son!

Congratulations again Jessie and Donnie. He is so perfect and beautiful.
I look forward to seeing more pictures and hope you have a speedy recovery in the meantime.

Amber said...
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Karin said...

You did it!! I am SO happy to read this post and know you finally have your sweet baby boy in your arms. That picture of Quinn with Donnie is so precious. Fingers crossed that BFing starts to get easier for you, take it easy on yourself - it is nowhere near as "natural" as everyone makes it seem, it is hard work!

Congratulations on your newest addition, he is beautiful!!

Kelly said...

Congrats!! He's absolutely beautiful!


bev said...

Congratulations! He's a beautiful baby!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations- He is so precious. Enjoy your miracle!