On September 22nd (5 days before my due date) at 4am I started feeling some contractions but I was able to sleep through them and they were about 20 minutes apart...then when it was time to get up for work at 6:30 they totally stopped. I got ready for work but was feeling really crabby and unhappy. I got my morning coffee but couldn't finish it and didn't feel like eating breakfast. Then around 9am I started having weird pressure pains, they were nothing like regular contractions but my BFF and co-worker pointed out that they seemed "time-able". They were really spaced out and still did not feel like contractions. They went from 40 mins to 20 to 15 to 10 then by around 2 they went to 2 minutes apart and changed to real (and really painful) contractions. I freaked out and kept saying "oh my god I waited too long", I was still at work so I called my hubby and my BFF/co-worker rushed me home. When I got home my water broke, or part of it did, so I went upstairs and my friend started a bath for me. I started having a lot of bloody show and felt a ton of pressure at this point. We called my midwife and doula and told them to hurry! My contractions got really close together and very strong so I just tried to breathe through each one but I was just very vocal and felt like pushing. My husband arrived home and shortly thereafter my midwife team and doula arrived as well, this was around 3 or 3:15. I started my Hypnobabies and labored a while leaning over pillows on my bed, on the birth stool, and just hanging onto my hubby. Then I started to go through the worst transition EVER! I wanted to get back in the bath, so I did but then I started to feel the same pinching in my cervix that I felt with my c-section and I told everyone that I wanted to transfer to the hospital. Everyone said I was doing great and that I could do it. My midwife gave me some homeopathic remedies and then a few minutes later I literally leaped out of the bath and ran to the toilet and started *really pushing. Then I got off the toilet and squatted down and started to feel him crown when I pushed. A few more pushes and he was born, at 4:17pm! Name:  IMG_99181.jpg
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Size:  14.2 KB My midwife caught him and handed him to me and I sat down to see my beautiful SON! He was not breathing well and was very mucousy so my Midwife gave him a breath of CPR and he started to cry. He was blue but he was absolutely beautiful!!! I was so happy that my 3 daughters got picked up from school and made it there in time to see the whole thing, they were in love with him as well! My daughters shared the duty of clamping the cord and cutting it and we weighed him later after my placenta came out. Name:  IMG_86441.jpg
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Size:  14.1 KB He weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces and he was 19 inches long, my perfect little man!

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He is almost 5 weeks old now and nursing well and we are all so happy. Most of all I am SO proud of myself for having the HBAC that I wanted so desperately! Woohoo!