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Aja Josephine Acosta was born Sunday, November 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm. She was 6 lbs 4 oz and 20 inches long. She's still in the NICU until tomorrow, but is doing well and is (of course) super cute.

On Friday, Nov 23, I felt like the baby had dropped. I noticed a trickle of fluid, but also had to pee, so I figured the baby was squishing my bladder. Also, DH somehow got bad food poisoning and was throwing up most of the night. On Sat, I felt more trickling and started having second thoughts that it might be amniotic fluid. I looked it up and still was not convinced entirely, but DH was still recovering and, as he puts it, that made it easy to dismiss or ignore the possibility of trouble. Turns out my water did indeed break Friday or even earlier. It is bad to let it go more than 24 hours, so I got an infection.

I went into labor Sunday morning, with contractions coming on very hard and fast right away, like from none to two minutes apart and horrible pain within a couple hours. When they started having no break in between, just a 7 instead of 9 out of 10 pain, I asked for an epidural. Over the next several hours (maybe more), I dilated from 1cm to 8cm and she dropped to -2. I was running a slight fever due to the infection. Then two hours later, there were no changes in position or dilation and the doctor told me that indicated the baby might not fit through my pelvic bone or there may be other issues. He suggested and I agreed to a C-section at that point. I should have done it much ealier, it turns out.

I went into surgery and it seemed the doctors (not my reg OB, the one on call for that weekend, plus one other doctor) seemed to be pulling and pushing much harder than I would have expected. Then I heard one say he'd never seen "that" before and the other one saying "only in textbooks". There was increased pulling and pushing, more "I've never seen this before" and then I heard the OB say he would have to cut my uterus farther up and pull baby out breech. More tugging and pulling. Something about my cervix tearing, They called in a third doctor who was not even at the hospital that day and he rushed over. At some point, I started to feel a little something and they put me under. That's all I remember. Before that, though, my DH brought the baby over for me to see. I had zoned out by then because I did not want to know what was happening.

I later learned that I had Bandl's ring, a very rare condition where the uterus is split into upper and lower halves with a ring in between. The top half contracts normally and the bottom half contracts way more than it should and can trap the baby's head and possibly shoulders. Apparently poor Aja's neck was getting trapped. Also, there was danger of my uterus rupturing and apparently my cervix did tear a little. These doctors saved both Aja's and my life! Aja managed to come out with only slight bruising on her shoulder and an infection (from the water breaking early). Once they got her out, they focused on me. They flushed out my insides very well and took a long time carefully sewing me up. My poor husband was in the OR and saw everything up until after the baby was born. Then they had him accompany her to the NICU and would not let him back in. He was extremely freaked out and scared because he had seen the doctors working in an increasingly frantic manner and had seen all the cutting and pulling and everything. He was scared I would die. Thankfully, I survived and just came home from the hospital today, six days post-op.

It took a few days for my kidneys to function normally again. I was anemic for several days (lost two units of blood during surgery). My fever went down quickly. I am still retaining a lot of fluid, though. And my abdomen will take a while to heal. I'm slowly getting around. My milk is finally coming in, though not enough yet to keep up with Aja's appetite (she's been chugging bottles of formula!). The NICU nurses and lactation consultants have been helping me get Aja to latch on. She did a little better today. I'm going to take advantage of the hospital's free lactation consulting services and am determined that we'll get the hang of that soon. Insurance covered a hospital-grade pump for 30 days and I've got a good one (hand-me-down) for after that. Aja will be coming home tomorrow after her last dose of antibiotics. I'm excited to have our family together at home, but also know it will be tiring and possibly a little overwhelming at first. I'm looking forward to finding our groove.

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8/16/12 12:38 P

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Sorry, don't know how I posted twice! See you over on the fit after baby board.

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8/16/12 12:37 P

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Wow Erica, that sounds like a great birth! I love the new picture of your girls together.

Here's mine:

On Tuesday last week I had an appointment with the midwife and I didn't see my usual one. So when my BP was high on the machine she skipped over retaking it and checked my urine for protien instead. It was +3 so she sent me straight to triage for monitoring and said I would probably be induced immediatly. But when I got there they repeated the urine and took my BP severeal times manually and sent out blood work and everything was normal. So back home we went. However, after that I was eager to get the party started so I could stop worrying. The rest of the week I did tons of activity like bouncing on the yoga ball, swimming, and lunges.

Saturday was my birthday and I had planned to sleep in but I woke up with a strong contraction and bloody show at 7. They were very strong but 20-10 minutes apart all day so we did normal stuff. I baked a cake with my daughter and did some chores. I was walking the aisles in Lowes around 5 when they got to the point that I was sure they were going to progress to labor. When we got home I went to take a nap figuring I'd need my energy later and my husband and daughter made their weekly Skype to the grandparents. While I was changing positions around 6:30 my water broke and contractions jumped from 3 an hour to every 4 minutes. I paced my room for about an hour to be sure they were real and then went to tell my husband it was time to call the sitter. While we were feeding my daughter her dinner and packing her up I was getting worried that this baby was going to come fadt because I was already having much more intense contractions and they were 90 seconds long. So while my husband drove my daughter to the sitters I called the miswife to check in and took a shower. They said yes to come in since I was group B positive and needed the antibiotics.

Even though the contractions were intense and close together I wasn't sure so when we got there I apologized for being early. But when she checked me I was a 7, totally effaced, and -2 station so she said nope, you are in transition and they got the antibiotics going ASAP. We got into our room around 9:15 and I got right in the tub. I labored there for about 45 minutes but when I statted to feel like pushing the midwife checked and I was complete so I had to get out. I pushed for a little over an hour and I didn't think I was making any progresss but pushing was such a relief compared to transition. Every contraction I would rock side to side and imagine I was in a boat in the water. I envisioned swimming at the beach with my sister and mother and daugher and when I got to the peak of the waves they would be there with me. The worst part was that after each peak I had such strong sensations of her sliding backward but they said that was normal. Around 11:30 I asked the midwife if we were going to make it by midnight. She had been sitting quietly waiting and she just looked at the nurse and said "Oh Yeah!". Suddenly they were getting out an extra pad, the baby crowned and was born at 11:40. No tears, no stitches, and no pit this time (I hemmoraged with my 1st). By 12:30 I had been cleaned up, to the bathroom, and was nursing. All in all it was a great experience. The worst part was staying in the hospital 48 hours when physically I felt fine but they needed to monitor us for the GBS. Now we're home and I can't get over how much she looks like her big sister but is different in personality.

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8/16/12 12:35 P

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Wow Erica, that sounds like a great birth! I love the new picture of your girls together.

Here's mine:

On Tuesday last week I had an appointment with the midwife and I didn't see my usual one. So when my BP was high on the machine she skipped over retaking it and checked my urine for protien instead. It was +3 so she sent me straight to triage for monitoring and said I would probably be induced immediatly. But when I got there they repeated the urine and took my BP severeal times manually and sent out blood work and everything was normal. So back home we went. However, after that I was eager to get the party started so I could stop worrying. The rest of the week I did tons of activity like bouncing on the yoga ball, swimming, and lunges.

Saturday was my birthday and I had planned to sleep in but I woke up with a strong contraction and bloody show at 7. They were very strong but 20-10 minutes apart all day so we did normal stuff. I baked a cake with my daughter and did some chores. I was walking the aisles in Lowes around 5 when they got to the point that I was sure they were going to progress to labor. When we got home I went to take a nap figuring I'd need my energy later and my husband and daughter made their weekly Skype to the grandparents. While I was changing positions around 6:30 my water broke and contractions jumped from 3 an hour to every 4 minutes. I paced my room for about an hour to be sure they were real and then went to tell my husband it was time to call the sitter. While we were feeding my daughter her dinner and packing her up I was getting worried that this baby was going to come fadt because I was already having much more intense contractions and they were 90 seconds long. So while my husband drove my daughter to the sitters I called the miswife to check in and took a shower. They said yes to come in since I was group B positive and needed the antibiotics.

Even though the contractions were intense and close together I wasn't sure so when we got there I apologized for being early. But when she checked me I was a 7, totally effaced, and -2 station so she said nope, you are in transition and they got the antibiotics going ASAP. We got into our room around 9:15 and I got right in the tub. I labored there for about 45 minutes but when I statted to feel like pushing the midwife checked and I was complete so I had to get out. I pushed for a little over an hour and I didn't think I was making any progresss but pushing was such a relief compared to transition. Every contraction I would rock side to side and imagine I was in a boat in the water. I envisioned swimming at the beach with my sister and mother and daugher and when I got to the peak of the waves they would be there with me. The worst part was that after each peak I had such strong sensations of her sliding backward but they said that was normal. Around 11:30 I asked the midwife if we were going to make it by midnight. She had been sitting quietly waiting and she just looked at the nurse and said "Oh Yeah!". Suddenly they were getting out an extra pad, the baby crowned and was born at 11:40. No tears, no stitches, and no pit this time (I hemmoraged with my 1st). By 12:30 I had been cleaned up, to the bathroom, and was nursing. All in all it was a great experience. The worst part was staying in the hospital 48 hours when physically I felt fine but they needed to monitor us for the GBS. Now we're home and I can't get over how much she looks like her big sister but is different in personality.

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Monday morning we went in at 6 am to be induced they hooked me up to the fetal heart rate monitor for a bit then gave me the first dose of cytotec at 7 I had to stay hooked up for an hour so they could monitor any contractions (they said I was having them but at that point they were so mild I couldn't even feel them) then they set me free and said they would do another dose every 4 hours till we hit 3 doses or until some baby magic started happening. I walked around for the first two hours then used a birthing ball for another hour they checked me but I was only at 2cm and baby was still so high up they decided to give me another dose at 11:30 again hooked up for an hour then I walked/bounced At 330 they checked me I had only moved to 3cm and about 60% effaced with contractions at 5 minutes apart and baby was still super high up so they said they were just going to give me the last dose and hope the contractions+walking+bouncing moved baby down. Doc came and checked me at 5:30 and decided to brake my water shortly after to hopefully move things along, contractions had picked up in intensity and I decided to have the epidural sometime after that I finally started making more progress and was 7cm and 75% since I had the epidural I was in bed from that point on around 10 they started preping for baby but I didn't start pushing until quarter too 11 ish the nurses were all teasing me because with my first daughter I only pushed for 36 minutes so they said I had to beat that I told them they were putting me under a lot of pressure lol but 24 min later Cora Marie was born at 7lbs 3.5oz.

My delivery this time was pretty different from my first(this time I was induced last time I wasn't) but there were positives and negatives to both the biggest difference I noticed was that my contractions were not as bad this time around and I really credit that to how much I moved around this time. With my first daughter I just thought wow these hurt I'm going to curl up in bed or in the tub cause moving is painful but this time since I was trying to encourage her to move down I made myself keep moving and I really feel like that made all the difference in the world especially the birthing ball I could totally feel the difference pain wise if I was just walking or laying the pain would be like a 7 but if I went and bounced or rocked on the ball they would go down to like a 3-4 so I am definitely remembering that for next time! Also do kegels throughout pregnancy I'm so glad I started doing them a few months ago it seems stupid but trust me when your pushing you'll appreciate those muscles!

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Congrats on your new little one! There is no feeling in the world like holding your new little baby in your arms for the first time and every baby's journey here is different. Share your birth stories here the rest of us to hold us over till we get to our own birth story!

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