Ruben's birth - a loooong one!

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  1. petchy

    petchy Well-Known Member

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    OK here is ruben's birth story as promised.

    i went into labour spontaneously on monday morning. the pains were not that bad to start off with, and i was even MSNing people, but they intensified over the course of the day. my friend came round for coffee in the afternoon, and i was coping just fine. rang the MW later in the night when contractions intensified, only 1 cm dilated, but i was still positive. i kept on labouring, put my tens machine on and got on with it. keeping track of time was not my main concern, but at about 3am (i think) i called the MW again as it had been quite bad and contractions every 3-4 minutes for over 3 hours. still only 2 cms.... she left again, i carried on. at about 6.30 in the morning i completely lost control as the pains were so strong. i decided i needed pain relief and after speaking to the MW i decided to go into hospital. phoned my friend at about 7am and arrived in hospital just before 8am.

    i was no further along... only 2-3 cms. they couldn't really offer much in terms of pain medication as i was still not in active labour! :shock: i was moved from room to room, as they thought i should go home really. but i insisted on staying in as we don't have a car, and was in so much pain as baby had decided to move back to back. i was exhausted and crying like mad. they eventually found me a home from home room, and i stayed there until about 7pm when i was screaming for an epidural. was examined and still only 3 cm dilated (yay after 36 hours of pain i was finally in established labour....) i was taken down to have my epidural and it was BLISS. i could have kissed the guy that gave me the epi... :D pain free and finally myself again! they broke my waters to speed things up and left me for 3 hours before checking me again. my contractions were still not regular, 4-6 mins apart, and had done nothing despite being very strong. STILL only 3 cm!!! so they put me on a syntocinon drip, which did nothing. well it got me to just under 5 cm...

    then ruben's heart trace went a bit funny, and as he'd passed meconium earlier they needed to check he was ok. first they did a foetal scalp blood sample which was normal. but they noticed that i had started bleeding from the placenta. so they needed to attach a foetal monitor to the baby's head. they struggled! i have never in my life been poked so vigorously down below! lol... and so many people watching and rushing around... they never managed to attach the thing, my epi top up wore off and i was in agony again! i got the mother of all contractions that would not stop!!! so it was decided that a c-section would be better as things were looking a little risky. got my epi topped up again finally, and was wheeled down to theatre.

    it all happened very fast. got even more pain relief trough the epidural and was prepped for surgery whilst mike got his scrubs on. then before he could make it in the theatre and before i knew what happened i could hear ruben cry! mike came in the room just after that so he missed it... :( ruben was born at 00.42am on the 8th of feb, weighing 4,220gr / 9lbs 5.5oz.

    then i haemorrhaged... they spent 2 hours in theatre with me to stop the bleeding and stitch me up. mike was there with ruben for the 1st 30 minutes, then he left. i was shaking like mad and kept fighting off the oxygen mask as it stunk!!! i fell asleep on and off for a while, and was relieved when i was finally wheeled into recovery. mike had been so worried.... ruben had his 1st breastfeed and latched on beautifully.

    i stayed 3 days in hospital and it was sooooo god to get home yesterday!

    my milk still hasn't come in though, so he is on top up feeds from a bottle now. i have to try him on the breast first to stimulatemy milk supply, then he has a bottle to keep him satisfied. my stitches are healing well, and i'm having the staples removed tomorrow. still very sore though!

    anyway, to finish off the story here are some more pics:

    just arrived!
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    first feed
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    snug as a bug
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    a proud daddy
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    am i cute or what?!
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    3 days old and trying out my bouncer chair!
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  2. Guest

    awwww u had a hard birth too, never mind its all worth it.. congrats hunnie
     
  3. pips

    pips Well-Known Member

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    oh petchy what a time you had!! poor you
    well he's gorgeous :D :D

    well done!!!!!! i hope you're ok now xx
     
  4. amyknight88

    amyknight88 Well-Known Member

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    youve got a beautiful son after all that hard work :) well done
     
  5. Sarah&Braydon

    Sarah&Braydon Well-Known Member

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    sounds like u didnt have it easy but u sure have got a gorgous lil heart breaker there
     
  6. stephlw25

    stephlw25 Well-Known Member

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    Wow sounds like you had a scary time, im sure youll agree it was all worth it, he is gorgeous congratulations!

    Steph
     
  7. LucyBee

    LucyBee Well-Known Member

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    Awww, I had a tear in my eye to see you on that operating table! Bless!
    So glad you're all ok!
    Ruben is gorgeous!
    Lucyx
     
  8. rach

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    awwww sorry you had such a tough time baby is beautiful xxxxxx
     
  9. lauramumof2

    lauramumof2 Well-Known Member

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    Your baby is lovely :D
     
  10. JacqWish

    JacqWish Well-Known Member

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    He is sooo bright! Congratulations to you both, makes the pain all worthwhile x
     
  11. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Member

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    CONGRATULATIONS PETCHY!

    Sounds like you had a bit of a rough labour and delivery but in the end did you just feel like it didn't matter what it took as long Reuben arrived and soon!

    Lucy
    Olivia 1 day old
     
  12. Urchin

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    Wow petchy you did so well!
    It sounds a lot like my first labour as I didn't manage to progress for aaaages either.

    Hope your not too disappointed at not having your home birth?
     
  13. Rosebay

    Rosebay Well-Known Member

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    Cute cute cute!

    Well done :)

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  14. Layla

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    awww, he is lovely, well done!!

    xx
     
  15. Guest

    Sorry you didn't get that home birth you wanted sweetie. Glad you're all doing well.

    xxxxxx
     
  16. Sarah W Baby Belly

    Sarah W Baby Belly Well-Known Member

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    hi hun

    i haven't got much time to write anything, but i will catch up with you in a couple of weeks.

    sorry to hear things didn't go as planned.

    pleased everything is ok now

    he is gorgeous!!
     
  17. veryfluffybunny

    veryfluffybunny Well-Known Member

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    He is lovely,...am sorry things didn't go to plan,... But you have a lovely baby. Hope things are going well now

    Fluffy. xx :lol:
     
  18. minikins

    minikins Well-Known Member

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    wow -he looks like daddy :)

    sorry you had a hard time of it.
     
  19. jo jo

    jo jo Well-Known Member

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    congrats petchy. yr experience sounds as horrific as mine
     
  20. Ragna

    Ragna Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations Petchy & proud daddy xxxxxxx

    Sorry you didnt get the home-birth that you wanted but the main thing is that both you and baby Ruben are ok. HE IS GORGEOUS !!

    Ragna xxxxxxxxxxx
     

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