***HappiLeigh's (Leigh) Lodge! (prenatal)***

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***HappiLeigh's (Leigh) Lodge! (prenatal)***

Since you are 36 weeks tomorrow, I thought I'd go ahead and get this started. Congrats!!

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Welcome to your lodge! Smile

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Welcome!! :bigarmhug:

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Oh yay!! Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge. I can't believe you're already this far. How are you feeling today?

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welcome to your lodge!! Smile

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Welcome to your lodge Leigh!! It's been a long journey since the days of TTC 2nd time or more! Congrats!! Biggrin

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Congrats on your lodge and being in the homestretch to your VBAC!

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Welcome to your lodge and congratulations!!

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Awww, my very own lodge! Thank you!! Yes, it has been quite a journey since TTC. And yesterday with my preterm labor scare was an adventure all on its own, lol! Thankfully I feel TONS better this morning. I took a tylenol PM and I was conked out all night. Still period-like achey this morning, but I've been up for 1/2 hour and so far no pressure waves! Yey! My hips are terribly sore though. I wonder if Jr has dropped?

Anywho, this is going to be great. I'm so excited about my lodge! I have a Dr's appt to get ready for but I will come back later today to get this party started! lol

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Welcome to your lodge Leigh!

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:woohoo: Leigh!

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Welcome to your lodge Smile :)

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Thank you thank you!

We are home from our 36 week appt! Got a few BH this morning while at the Dr/hospital (preregistering), but nothing too bad! I feel like a new woman today, I guess my body really needed all that rest I got yesterday and last night.

As far as progress, cervix is still high and thick, though it is soft and I'm fingertip dilated. We saw Jr on the u/s and OMG is that little booger cute! We didn't get to see much of his/her face, because it's arm was up over it, and being that I'm 36 weeks it's hard to get a good clear image anyway. But from what I did see, it's a cutie patootie! Nice and big too, Dr said it's measuring 2930 grams (what does that translate to? 6lbs?) and it's growth is right on line with Alessandra's, when she was in utero. She was 6lb15oz at 38w, so if I deliver at 38 weeks with this one, he's pretty certain it would be a healthy 7 pounder. Yey!

No complications interfering with the VBAC plans, either. Placenta looks great and is no where near my c/s scar, which wouldn't bother the dr anyway. But it's not growing into my uterus either, which is a risk for me, so that's great! All in all, a GREAT appt! :mrgreen:

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Congrats!!! It's so exciting!

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Congrats on a great appointment and welcome to your lodge! March is coming up fast!

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Congratulations, Leigh! I can't believe you already have your own lodge!!

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I thought I'd post a little intro Smile

My name is Leigh (if you didn't already know!), I'm 28 and my DH Hector is 41. We have a beautiful 18 month old daughter Alessandra. We live in the sunny and hot desert of So Cal.

My wonderful DH and I have been married for almost 2.5 years now, married on 9/24/05 (coincidentally the same wedding day as our beloved Pg.Org and BN member Amylizh!). He is my everything, as cheesy as that sounds. My rock, my pillar, my strength, my heart. :love10: I am still so very madly in love with my husband, if you can't tell! LOL

We began TTC on our wedding night. It only took 2 cycles before we conceived Aless. We found out a few days after Thanksgiving in 2005. She was due Aug 12, 06 ... but in late July I found myself in labor! It started out slow. I remember waking up on a Thursday morning feeling achey and crampy (pretty much exactly how I felt yesterday, actually!) and then began feeling pressure waves. They were inconsistent and irregular. By Friday morning I decided to go get checked out. At that point I was 37w6d. When I got to the hospital I was only fingertip dilated, but 50% effaced. They asked me to walk the halls and come back in an hour. So we did. When I got back I was barely 1cm. So they told me to go home and to come back when the pressure waves were stronger and closer together (they were around 3 min apart at that time). By 2am that night (early Sat morning), the pressure waves were stronger and were coming 1-2 minutes apart. So we got up, and went back in. I can't remember if I had dilated any more than before (if I had, it would have only been a centimeter at most), all I remember was they told me to go back home, do lots of walking, and to come back when pressure waves were a minute apart and a minute long. So back home I went! That day, I walked the halls of my office for a couple of hours, then walked around Sams Club and Walmart for another hour or so. I was sooooo tired. I was having regular pressure waves that were 1-2 minutes apart. We went to bed that night and I remember not sleeping very well, with the pressure waves still coming regularly (though still very tolerable, not very painful at all). After all the walking the day before, and with the regular pattern my pressure waves had fallen into, I thought for sure I had made some progress and it was time to go have our baby girl! We got to the hospital around 10am. I was checked again, and only at 2 cm. Boy was I disappointed! The gal felt so bad for me, because the pressure waves were coming a minute apart and some were over a minute long, and they were registering pretty strong. So she manually stretched my cervix to a 3 (OW!). They then admitted me. Yey, I thought! Progress! LOL!

They put me into a room, and let me hang out there for a couple hours. At my next check, I had not progressed any further, so they started the Pit. I asked for an epidural, but the anesthesiologist was in surgery so I had to wait for him to come out. The pitocin made the P waves way more intense, but I managed them really well I thought! My DH sat at the foot of the bed with his back to me, and when a wave hit I would push against his back with my feet. That seemed to help a lot! An hour after administering the pit I was checked again and was still at a 3. About 1/2 hour later the anesthesioligist showed up and gave me the epi. They also gave me a catheter, which I thought was the best invention of mankind. I didn't have to get up to go pee every half hour anymore!! Woo hoo! I was so thrilled about that, lol. They brought me a birth ball at that point as well to see if that would help me open up more. I sat on the birth ball for about an hour. When they checked me again I was at 4cm. So I sat on the ball some more. They also upped my pitocin several times and at 3pm, they broke my water. Well, I did not progress any further than 4cm from that point. I changed positions, got on and off the birth ball, tried to sleep, etc but nothing was happening. By 7pm my Dr was talking c/s. He said if I don't make any progress by 8pm, into the OR I would go. At 8pm, I was still 4cm... but the nurse thought I was more like 4.5, and she convinced the Dr to give me another hour (bless her heart, I remember her saying that I didn't need a c/s, I just needed more time!) At this time, I started getting terrible pains at my bladder. With every P wave, it felt like my bladder was going to explode. It was excruciating! I don't know if the epi was wearing off or what. But at 9pm, I was still the same - 4cm (although I was completely effaced and the nurse said the baby's head was "right there" Sad So my OB made his way to the hospital and I was prepped for surgery. I was relieved at this though, because I was SO tired and the bladder pain was almost unbearable. Around 10pm I was wheeled into the OR and at 10:12pm, Alessandra was born and I heard the sweetest cry I have every heard in my life. I will never forget that sound. It was so beautiful! I didn't get to see her, only heard her cry. A few minutes later they brought her around to me and I got to see that gorgeous puffy face of hers, lol! Her lips were so red and swollen, I remember saying she looked like Angelina Jolie! She was gorgeous. They still had me strapped down so I couldn't touch her, (the epi/morphine combo made me shake terribly) but they gave her to DH and he held her in the recovery room until they were finished sewing me up.

Recovery was a b itch. I won't lie! It was TORTURE! I had never in my life been in so much pain. I couldn't get up and hold my baby, I couldn't change her diapers. Shoot, I could barely get up to go to the potty for myself. I was taking Percocet and was pretty loopy for a few days. Our first night home was hell. I couldn't lie down/get up, but I was tired, and DH was having to take care of Aless all on his own (bless his heart). He would latch her on for me so she could eat, but I just cried and cried because I was in so much pain and felt so helpless. I hated that feeling more than the physical abdominal pain. I hated not being in control of my body, and not being able to take care of my baby. I swore NEVER AGAIN! would I have another c/s! LOL!

So that led me to my journey for a VBAC. We began TTC in March 07. We decided we wanted our children close in age, for their benefit... lol, obviously not for mine! In late May I found myself pregnant, but lost that baby at 7 weeks. I got pregnant again right away (3 weeks later!). I knew I wanted a VBAC more than anything. Thanks to Robin (Robinna) I was supplied lots of articles and website links, and I've done hours and hours of research. I read Ina May, Henci Goer, Pam England and countless other books on VBAC and natural birth. I decided to try Hypnobabies after hearing about it on PO and chatting with Kerry on one of the PO monthly chats. Boy am I glad I did! I know for certain that if I don't have this baby vaginally, it will be because of true medical need and no other reason. And I'm A-OK with that. Wink

So in a long-winded nutshell, that's my story Biggrin

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Hi Leigh, wow, that is some story! Thank you for sharing it with us. It sounds like you're well-prepared to get the birth you want this time. Congrats on being so close!

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Welcome to your lodge Leigh!! I can't wait to share the rest of your journey with you!

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Great intro! Its good to know you better. My goal this time around is to keep up on these lodges!! I'm so glad you had a good appt today as well.

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Yeah, I am so excited about your lodge.

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Oh Hun! I am so excited for you and your lodge! Yahoo

I loved reading your birth story!!! That must have been so frustrating going back and forth. So did they give you any reason for possibly not progressing further than a 4?

I am so sorry the recovery was so hard as well. I truly hope that your vbac is successful and that your recovery is a good one.

So - can you tell us how you and DH met?

I can't tell you how excited I am for you!!! It seems like yesterday when we were TTC'ing now look at you! 36 weeks! :woohoo: Just wonderful!

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"CJWilkes" wrote:

I loved reading your birth story!!! That must have been so frustrating going back and forth. So did they give you any reason for possibly not progressing further than a 4?

That is quite the story! Thank you for sharing! I am also curious if they gave you a reason?

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Thanks! The only reason that was given was "Failure to Progress". Is there a medical term for it? I can't remember. But that's what I was told. My Dr assured me it wasn't the epidural, though I have a feeling it contributed to it. Also the AROM... and I just wasn't comfortable in the room flooded with family. How was I supposed to relax? It was a plethora of disasters. I think I was in prodromal labor, but I wasn't *ready* for birth yet, and I should have just stayed home instead of having intervention after intervention. You know what they say though, hindsight is 20/20!

Cindy you are so sweet Smile It does just seem like yesterday we were charting and checking our cm! LOL! DH and I met at work. We work(ed) for a General Contractor/custom home builder. My DH is basically the Field Mgr but also oversee's the remodels and so is also a Superintendent. I was the Exec Asst to the Contractor himself. It was a great place to work, and an even better place to find love Wink At the time I started working there in 2001 (shortly before 9/11), I was already married. But the marriage was really rocky, it was abusive, and I was really unhappy. Hector, aside from this career, was also in the Air Force Reserves/National Guard. (He retired after 20 years of service in 2005!) Anyway, after 9/11, he was called into duty for an operation in Turkey. He spent 4 months there. But every Friday afternoon, he would call into the office to get an update on everything and to stay abreast on his jobs. (Can you say dedicated workaholic? lol) We were just coworkers before he left - but while he was gone, during these phone conversations we had, we became friends. I could tell he was homesick and so we would just talk and talk, sometimes for an hour or more. Thinking back I bet he burned through quite a few expensive phone cards! LOL! And it was fun because of the time difference, he would call when it was close to midnight his time and he and his buddy's had gotten back from the local bars. Sometimes he was pretty smashed, lol! Those were some fun conversations. Anyway, when he came home, I was so excited to see him because we had formed this close friendship. Gradually we got closer. He'd find excuses to come into the office right before we closed so that he and I could have talks about nothing. He knew I was married but was unhappy, and he was just supportive. A few months later a girlfriend convinced me to leave my XDH and move in with her, and so I did. It was a rough, painful divorce. But Hector was always there, always holding my hand, letting me cry, letting me yell, letting me just be me. Not too long after moving in with my girlfriend, he and I shared an unexpected kiss! And that, my friends, is how it all began Wink
We began our courtship in late 2002, moved in together in 03, got engaged in 04, got married in 05, had Alessandra in 06 ... and here we are today!

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Hi Leigh! Congratulations on your lodge, I'm so excited for you!!

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What the heck??? How'd 36.1 weeks go by so quickly??? Holy smokes, lady, you are so close!

I've never heard the whole story of how you and Hector courted. How sweet is that! Not only do we share the same wedding date, but our DH's both inadvertently lured us away from the wrong men. Thank God for these stable, calm, military guys;)

How's Hypnobabies going? Is MIL taking Aless so you can get some time to work it?

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What a romantic story!!

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Dude I am such a bad pregnant woman.

Last night I went to the movies with some friends (for possibly the last time this year!) and saw Juno. Great movie, btw. Lots of laughs. I had nachos with jalapenos and extra fake cheese, a small popcorn, peanut m&m's and a large water. Ha ha. Then when I got home, I was too stuffed with that junk to eat dinner. So I had a banana and called it a night. Then this morning, I had a protein smoothie for breakfast as I was on the go. And a brownie. And some more peanut m&m's.

This kid is going to come out made of sugar and covered in salt. Lol

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We have been having an explosion of births on my March 08 board all of the sudden! I am so happy for the moms... but it has me feeling ... what's the emotion? Nervous? Oy.

I think I am finally ready to have this baby, I mean, I am finally *prepared* to have this baby. I am most certainly ready to have the constant achiness and BH end! That's for sure! LOL. I have all of the LO's clothes washed, the cosleeper is set up beside my bed, my hospital bag is (over)packed, my Birthing Preferences are done, I'm preregistered at the hospital, I am done reading my books, I am in the Maintenance phase of Hypnobabies... I'm ready I think! I am so excited about my upcoming birth! :mrgreen:

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Good for you! I kept thinking I would pack my hospital bag this weekend and it never happened lol. Sounds like you're all ready to go. I know what you mean about the explosion of births making you nervous though. I feel the same way!

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Connie I just realized you and I have a lot in common! Due at the same time, both of us are having surprise babies, and we have toddlers the same age! Megan (Novafan) is in the same boat as we are, too! LOL We should all get along just great in the first few months, learning how to balance our newborns with our 18-20 month olds!

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Just so you know...I am stalking your lodge!!!
I am due 6 days after you...so I hope my LO will follow in your footsteps!
I am very supportive of your VBAC/Natural birth! Can't wait to read more... Smile

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"HappiLeigh" wrote:

Connie I just realized you and I have a lot in common! Due at the same time, both of us are having surprise babies, and we have toddlers the same age! Megan (Novafan) is in the same boat as we are, too! LOL We should all get along just great in the first few months, learning how to balance our newborns with our 18-20 month olds!

It is quite the challenge isn't it Smile Do you think Alessandra understands at all what's happening? Hunter knows something is up but of course has no idea what. He's already starting to go to DH more for comfort.

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Leigh,

I'm so excited for your upcoming birth. It's always great to hear other VBAC momma's stories! Best of luck to you and your LO!

Jessica

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Thanks Jessica!

Connie, no, I don't think she has any clue. She has been staring at my huge monster belly lately, but she dismisses it quickly and continues on her business. I often wonder if she will notice that my belly shrinks after birth and I will look different. To her, this is how I've always looked, as I can't imagine she remembers me without having a belly of some degree, kwim? Do you tell Hunter that there is a baby in your belly? I have never done that, and I've gotten mixed responses from people about it. I chose not to tell her because I really think it would confuse her. Especially since my father and FIL could give my baby belly a run for their money, lol! And I certainly don't want her associating all bellies with having babies in them, kwim? So I'm just leaving it alone. I don't know if that's the right thing to do or not, but it's what makes me feel the most comfortable.

So anyway, baby news - I was supposed to have an appt this morning but they moved it to tomorrow, which is fine because tomorrow I am 37 weeks and what better day to have your 37 week appt? lol. I have been having pressure waves since yesterday at noon, but they aren't regular or consistent. For a few hours they were about 10 minutes apart but then they stopped for a few hours, then I had an occassional one throughout the night and so far 2 this morning. I've also been having that period crampiness again, but it's on and off. And a pinching sensation on my cervix, so I hope it's "progress" but won't be bothered if it's not. I know my body will do it's thing when it needs to. I just hope it does it before 41 weeks, when I will have to decide to be induced or have a rcs Sad I do NOT want to make that call!

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I hope those waves are doing something for you Smile We seem to be having waves on the same days, lol. Wonder if it's something in the air around here... all the babies on mar being born and all...

GL with those toddlers and newborns gals Smile I've btdt twice.. this time my lo is nearly 3 Smile A little more understanding of mom needing to care for another.

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Oh wow, I did not realize just how close you are!!! congrats!!!

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I had such a rough night last night! Eew! I still feel gross from it all.
I started getting bad cramping and pressure waves around noon, and they continued sporatically all afternoon. By 7pm, the pressure waves were getting stronger so I went to bed to listen to my hypnosiss scripts. By 11pm, they were about 2 minutes apart (start to start) and lasted 45 seconds to a minute. I knew I wasn't going to get any sleep and I was tired of listening to my hypnosis scripts (I was so tired) so I took a couple tylenol PM and jumped in the shower. The warm water felt so good and the pressure waves started to spread out. After the shower the tylenol kicked in and I was able to fall asleep. I remember waking a few times to some good pressure waves but they eventually petered out altogether and I was able to sleep through all night!

I don't know what my body is trying to do, trick me or what, but this is getting so tiring! I have an appt this morning at 8:45. I wonder if I made any progress from last night? If not, I might just cry. To endure all that for nothing. Sigh. I just need to keep reminding myself to stay patient. The baby will come when the baby is ready...

ETA: Back from the Dr's office! I've made a little progress, nothing big - I'm 1cm and 50% effaced. The exam was unpleasant, my cervix is getting very sensitive. And I've had a rush of waves since then... thanks Dr! lol. Come on body, do your thang!

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YAY for progress! But sorry to hear about your rough night. Good to know that Tylenol PM works for times like that! Take it easy!

Jessica

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I can't believe how close you are! I am here rooting for you sister!

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Aww, thanks!! Smile

So I just got finished watching BOBB on Netflix (instant play) and I loved it! I have been dying to see that movie ever since I first heard about it! Such a wonderful movie. I feel even more empowered to have my VBAC now, if that's even possible! LOL!

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Yay!! Thats wonderful Smile I can't wait to see that movie.

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Progress is good! Sorry the pressure waves are so inconsistant. It's frustrating to have them start and then peter out. But at least it's doing something!

Yay for watching BOBB! I hope to go Saturday night - there's a showing at a Library in a nearby city. Glad it was inspiring for you - this is a good time to get inspired so close to the end! You can do it!

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Last night I woke again to bad cramps in my lower belly, and pressure waves that were irregular. Around 3:30 I took some tylenol, and at 4am decided to jump in the tub to see if that helped. It didn't! But I relaxed enough to get back into bed and fell back asleep somewhere around 5am. Thank God for my DH, he got up with Alessandra and let me sleep in until 8:30!

When I woke up my hips were terribly sore, though I wasn't having any pressure waves. Just a sore belly. I ate breakfast and went to the bathroom, and then the belly aches started again. It's not the same as pressure waves, it's more of a sick feeling, and I'm a bit clammy too. I don't know what to make of it. I'm getting pressure waves here and there, and they are very uncomfortable because my belly is sore for some reason. I'm just not feeling 'right.' And Jr isn't moving around very much at all, it's starting to really concern me!

I wonder if I should go in to get checked? I worry most about Jr... especially this weird feeling, somethings just not right. Gosh I hope it's just an intestinal thing.

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I am so sorry you have been so uncomfortable! Have you tried lying on your side after drinking oj or ice water? If you don't feel much movement after than I would just go in and get checked. If for nothing else than to rest your mind.

I hope the waves are making progress for you! This is such a trying time in pregnancy. :bighug:

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It wouldn;t hurt to go in if you are worried about Jr. not moving enough. I did it on Thursday. A NST is very easy to do. It could be reassuring to see everything on the printout, and if something happens to be wrong, they can take care of you and LO. My ob told me the chance of something being wrong is 1 in 10.000 but why worry about it. Better to check if you are concerned.

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Thanks girls. I had been drinking water all day long, but took Cindy's advice and drank juice and laid down, and sure enough the kicking began. Made me feel tons better. I had pressure waves on and off all night throughout the constant lower cramping but still slept OK. I woke up this morning sore, but OK.

I REALLY REALLY REALLY *HATE* false labor. I'm starting to think the only way I'll know this baby is coming is when a head pops out from my thang.

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"HappiLeigh" wrote:

I REALLY REALLY REALLY *HATE* false labor. I'm starting to think the only way I'll know this baby is coming is when a head pops out from my thang.

Hehe, you make me laugh. Hopefully LO will give you more warning than that! Glad the juice worked! Smile

Jessica

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Glad to hear the baby started moving around Smile I hope you're feeling better today!

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OMG that head popping out comment just made me spit iced tea all over my keyboard! :spit:

I can't believe how close you are, good luck with your VBAC. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, it sends an email to me even if I'm not on pg.org at the time.

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