Birth stories from our members!!! Donovan Alfred Shetty 7 lbs. 5 oz. and 20 inches Born August 3rd, 2007 2:01 am Well, he's here! I just returned from the hospital and wanted to let everyone know earlier than today, but I did not have Interent access until now. So, here it goes....After having bloody show on the morning of Thursday, August 2nd and leaking some kind of fluid, I called my husband at work so he could take me to the L&D unit of the hospital. Once there, they examined me and montiored the baby but it turns out everything was still in tact and I was still only 1 cm dialted, as I had been for 2 weeks. We got discharged, and we were hungry so went out to get something to eat. I found that, despite being hungry, I could not eat very much as I just didn't feel all that well. We arrived home and I decided to try and make myself feel better by going to have my nails done at around 3pm. A few hours later I was sitting on the sofa watching some TV show, trying to take my mind off the discomfort I felt in my lower abdomen. I could not get into a comfortable seated or lying position and even walking around didn't help much. At around 8pm, I called the doctor on call at my OBGYN's office and described it as "pelvic pressure." She said I could go back to L&D and she would prescribe an ambien to help me sleep or suggested I take a warm shower and try some benadryl for sleep instead. I opted for the warm shower, since I already been to L&D once that day, but the pain got really bad while taking my shower so I dried off and called for my husband. He was on the phone with one of his sisters and I told him I thought we needed to go to the hospital. Then, I doubled over in pain and screamed bloody murder and his sister started screaming at him over the phone to take me to the hospital and off we went! Once in triage, I found out I was 4-5 cm dilated and the contractions were 2-4 minutes apart. I couldn't believe it! I was in labor and in a few hours I was going to finally see my baby boy!!!! The first question I asked after that was about my epidural and they told me once I got my IV and they moved me to a birthing room then I could get it. Unfortunately, there was a woman just before me who wanted one so she was getting hers first and it was taking FOREVER! The contractions were SO intense by then and I didn't know it but my water had broken by that point and I was probably 6-7cm dilated. I started to scream and cry that it was going to be too late for me to get the epi if they waited any longer and my husband started to get really mad as well, so finally the dr. came from the room next store and quickly administered it to me. In 20 minutes I was feeling SO much better. I don't know how anyone gives birth without one of those. IT HURTS!!!! A little after 1 am, it was time for me to push and I have never pushed so hard or worked so hard for anything. I was crying and screaming that I couldn't do it, and the dr. and nurses and hubby were all coaching me on and I just wanted to relieve the pressure. After about 40 minutes of pushing, they placed him on my stomach and I have been in shock ever since!!!!! I went really fast for a first timer, from what I was told, and did not have to push too terribly long either. The experience was much more intense than I ever imagined. My husband was amazed and can't get over me or our son right now. It's great! Anyway, we're home now on Sunday. Since I arrived at the hospital in the evening on Thursday, I got two nights after that to stay in the hospital. I am so glad to be home. I am sore from where I was stitched up "down there", but that's to be expected. Donovan has been an angel so far. Hubby is awesome with him- a natural- he has to show me what to do!!!! He's an absolute doll. We're just crazy about him! I can't believe how much we love him already.... Here are some photos.... My little pork chop in the bathtub....he gained 2 lbs in four weeks and was 9lbs. 4 ounces at his last dr.'s appt!!!!