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Luke Alexander is here! ☮Hippie Jesus☮ 2 kids; West Virginia 10560 posts
4th Jul '13

He was born on his due date, July 3, 2013.
7 lbs. 7 oz.
20 3/4" long



On July 2nd, I had my 40 week appointment at the doctors. Still 3 cm like I had been for the past 3 weeks. It was pretty discouraging and I was sure that I was going to go overdue. After the doctor checked my cervix, I felt crampy all day long, but no actual contractions until maybe 3-4:00 in the evening. They were very irregular and far apart until 6:00 rolled around. They suddenly started coming every 4 to 5 minutes. And then about an hour later, they were staying 2-3 minutes apart. And VERY painful, but mostly in my back.



We made it to the hospital at 9:00 PM. I was 7 cm dilated when I arrived. I got my epidural around 10:30 and was then told I was 8 cm and doctor broke my water. By 11:25, I was ready to push! And so I began. With each push, however, I kept feeling more and more pain. I wasn't feeling the pain from the actual contractions... But I could feel pain from him going lower and lower and tons of pressure. The epidural did not numb my vag, OMG! I felt him crowning, the ring of fire, all that. Oh my God. I didn't feel anything like that with my first son's delivery, perhaps because I was in labor much longer and the epidural had more time to work? Not sure, but I felt this child coming out... Phew! I pushed for about an hour and Luke Alexander was born at 12:19 AM on July 3, 2013... His due date!



I've felt so much better recovering from this delivery than with my first, though, despite the faulty epidural situation. We're home now and he is latching on like a champ and we're waiting patiently for my actual milk to come in. :)



Here are a few pictures.



Fresh out of the oven!
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Luke and I... Not so fantastic looking, but I had just given birth several hours before. lol
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Daddy checking his new baby out, awww :)
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Kaden was very excited to meet his baby brother :)
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And... One more, just because
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Shelby Chappell Due November 29 (girl); 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts
4th Jul '13

Congrats! Love the name and he is soo adorable :)

*Soon 2B G0rda* Due December 24 (boy); 4 kids; Mexico 8918 posts
4th Jul '13

He's so cute!!!

Live-Laugh-Love 3 kids; Kitchener, ON, Canada 8001 posts
4th Jul '13

Omg what a handsome little guy!! Congrats!!

afantastic 2 kids; Dallas, Texas 588 posts
4th Jul '13

Wow 7cm when you got there!! I guess those irregular contractions were doing something that whole time!

Mama2(three)Boys ♥ 3 kids; New Jersey 8747 posts
status 4th Jul '13

Yay! Congrats!!!! I knew you were in labor when you posted about your contractions! He's adorable!

☮Hippie Jesus☮ 2 kids; West Virginia 10560 posts
4th Jul '13
Quoting afantastic (38wks):" Wow 7cm when you got there!! I guess those irregular contractions were doing something that whole time!"


I know! When I got to triage and the nurse was checking me, she had asked if I was dilated any last time I was checked and when that was... I told her 3 cm and earlier that day and she just goes, "You go girl!" as she's checking my cervix. And then she told me I was a 7. I couldn't believe that I had dilated THAT much more in that amount of time.

ElleBelle (37 weeks) Due September 22; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Rio Rancho, NM, United States 22513 posts
status 4th Jul '13

Congratulations mama! He is so cute and I love his name

Mishella Mase Due December 4 (boy); 1 child; Bolivar, Ohio 42 posts
4th Jul '13

oh :D he's perfect, they both are. Congrats!!!

☮Hippie Jesus☮ 2 kids; West Virginia 10560 posts
4th Jul '13

Oh, and I only had 2 very small tears... each one barely required one stitch. Pretty happy about that considering all of the pain that came with my episiotomy I had when delivering my older son.

*Big Mama of 4* 20 kids; Jackson, Tennessee 363 posts
4th Jul '13

Congrats!!!! he is so adorable!

Jennifer SG Montreal, Quebec 5680 posts
status 4th Jul '13

Omg isnt that the sweetest thing!!! hes gorgeous

afantastic 2 kids; Dallas, Texas 588 posts
5th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ☮Hippie Jesus☮:</b>" Oh, and I only had 2 very small tears... each one barely required one stitch. Pretty happy about that considering all of the pain that came with my episiotomy I had when delivering my older son."</blockquote>



I am absolutely living in terror of another episiotomy. I'm glad you skated through with only minor tears. Were they natural tears or did they attempt to cut you? I absolutely think natural tears are the way to go, if that has to happen at all.

user banned Due October 22 (boy); 17 kids; Dildo, 4998 posts
5th Jul '13

Ahhh he's so precious, oh my god. I still think it's weird how excited I am lmao. I never understood the ring of fire thing though - do you only get it with an epi? I went all natural and barely felt him crowning because I was so focused on my contractions, felt like I was on fire in my uterus but not where baby was coming out lol. He's really so adorable <3 Congratulations mama! and extra congrats for making it to full term when you thought he'd be early like his big brother! :D