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*~*Alicia's (awini8) Birth Lodge*~*

Welcome to your lodge! I can't believe you are already 36 weeks!

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Welcome! I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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Yay! Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome!!!

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welcome to your lodge, Alicia!

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Welcome to your lodge!!! I'm so excited for you!! Can't wait to fallow this birth journey as well! Smile Congrats on being in the home stretch!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Our first July baby!!! Exciting.

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Welcome to your lodge! :wavehello:

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welcome!!

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Yay!!!!! Smile Thank you for the warm welcomes!!!

Here's my intro:

I am 29 years old and I live in MD in the woods on 3 acres. This property has been my sanctuary during the time we have lived here. We do not live in a rural area, so going home is like "getting away" which has been really nice. We have 2 dogs a Pomeranian and a Boston terrier.

I met DH Troy (32) through a mutual friend in college. My good friend and DH were in a band together. I hadn't seen the friend's band in quite a few years, so we got together and met up. From that point on we were pretty much inseparable. We moved in together 6 mos. into our relationship and got married after dating for 2 years. During the time we were dating I finished up grad school and started teaching special education. I taught a variety of different grades, switched to general education and taught 3rd grade for awhile before making the switch to teach public pre-kindergarten (4 and 5 year olds). It took me a bit to find my niche, but I love the little ones. I teach in a school that is all low-income families and a wide variety of cultures many hispanic, but also children from the middle east/asia. Since I am working with such young children I see such love for learning and enthusiasm which is why I do what I do.

A few years ago DH and I made the decision to start a family, so I began charting BBT and 3 mos. later got a blaring positive on October 31, 2007. We were so excited about creating this new life. On Valentines day 2008 we found out DS was a boy!

During my pregnancy I did a lot of reading about natural childbirth. I wanted a home birth but the best I could convince DH of was a birth center birth. So a birth center birth was the plan. My water broke around 6 a.m. July 7, 2008. Things didn't really get started until 4 p.m. at which time we headed over to the birth center. I unfortunately was greeted with a MW I had never met before who was younger than me and a negative Nancy. I asked for no cervical checks, but I was told that I had to have one to stay. I agreed, but told her I didn't want to know anything. She frowned and told me anyway in disapproval. Right off the bat a negative tone was set and I didn't feel comfortable there, which is why I believe I had trouble progressing and opening up. DS was posterior as well. Around 4 a.m. July 8, 2008 the midwife suggested hospital transfer due to "dysfunctional labor". I guess since my water broke the morning before and I was GBS positive they were concerned about letting me go longer at the birthing center. We agreed to transfer. At this point I was exhausted. They gave me an epidural and pitocin when we arrived. They also came in and threatened a c-section if things didn't move along. Finally, I was fully dialated and started pushing. I pushed for 2 hours and DS was born 7/8/2008 at 2:16 p.m. 7 lbs. 11 oz. 20 inches long. Before we left the hospital I told DH that our next baby would be born at home.

Daemon was a wonderful baby. We did have some nursing struggles in the beginning, but got the hang of things. He nursed until he was 19 1/2 mos. When he was around 15 mos. I got pregnant again! I didn't know if I'd be able to because I was still nursing him and my period had only just come back I think the month before or 2 mos. before. I think DS would have gone much longer if my supply didn't drop due to pregnancy hormones. In fact he still asks to nurse. Maybe he will go back to it once this LO arrives.

We were very excited to start this journey all over again! We found out in February we are having another baby boy! My motherly intuition was WAY off! I felt I was going to have a girl for sure. All of the old wives tales pointed to girl too. I think the boys will be very close growing up. I am excited for them to have each other.

In the winter I started doing Hypnobabies and I found a wonderful doula, whom we ended up hiring as our birthing assistant. She is in training to be a MW herself and has had lots of experiences. She spent most of the winter in Africa to act as MW in a clinic. Hearing her stories has been inspiring and eye opening about how women birth babies, especially in countries where the nearest hospital is 6 hours away and you have to pay $20,000 for an ambulance to drive you there, so everyone high-risk or not births in this clinic with MWs. Pretty amazing....She also just came back from the farm. She is so passionate about what she does. I am excited to have her part of my birth team. Shortly after meeting her she introduced us to the home birth midwife we are going to use. She lives about 20-30 minutes from my house and is very comfortable to be around. I am so excited about this birth. I feel comfortable knowing I have people I trust whom I know will be the ones present during my birthing time. I also feel confident in my body and I feel ready for this birth.

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Sounds like you are on the path to a wonderful second birth. I really hope this one works out just as you are planning it! Jealous of your secluded woods Biggrin

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Have you always lived in MD? It's where I grew up. Where did you go to HS? What district do you teach in?

Sorry for all the questions.

Anyway, I'm sure you will get a better outcome this time. That really sucks about the MW. Not really the attitude you would expect.

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Sounds like things are setting up for a great birth with wonderful support! It will be great to have the two boys close in age. It has been very fun to see my boys play together, although they are very different in temperament. We wish we had woods and space for dogs. Sounds great!!! I am looking forward to reading all about your birthing journey.

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Welcome Alicia! I can't believe you're here already! How are you feeling?

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I'm sorry your first birth didn't go as you would have liked, but it sounds like you have a great support group for this time. Your doula sounds amazing.

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"SaucyVidel" wrote:

Welcome Alicia! I can't believe you're here already! How are you feeling?

At the moment very sore! I fell down the stairs again last night. This is the 2nd time this pregnancy. Although I bumped down half the flight of stairs luckily I fell almost hands and knees at the bottom of the steps. I wasn't carrying anything I was just going too fast. So I scraped/bruised up my left arm and shoulder. My tailbone is sore and I think I broke two toes on my right foot. Baby has been moving normally ever since, so I am not worried about him at all.

On the positive front I got my GBS status back..........drum roll........it's Negative this time!!! Woot Woot! I'm so happy I don't have to deal with that this time Smile

Well, off to work. Hopefully I can "take it easy" today. It's my last day with the full class all day, since tomorrow is promotion and half of them will leave early.

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Oh no to falling down the stairs, I hope your toes are ok. Ouch.
I'm so sorry you had to deal with a negative MW during your 1st delivery. Sounds like you have an amazing birth team this time and will experience the birth that you want. That birthing assisstand sounds amazing! I have to say I'm envious of your 3 wooded acres. Are you done teaching after tomorrow and are you going to teach this fall? I teach about the same age group, Kinder, and totally love it. My favorite age by far.

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Oh no, ouch!! Yay for GBS negative, though!

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Last day with kids today at work... DS started a cough that sounds horrible almost like a bark. I may have to take a half day today to get him into the doctors office. My tail bone is the part of me that hurts the most at this point. I'm going to try to take it easy today.

For those of you birthing at home. What do you have prepared for yourself for postpartum? I feel like I'm missing something.

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Sorry DS is sick! I have the same cough right now - tail end of a respiratory flu Sad

Hope your last day goes well - I am dreaming of my last day already!

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Yay for last teaching day!!!! Mine is tomorrow.

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Lots of teachers here! So great to live in such a peaceful place - it sounds like a wonderful place to give birth! I hope your DS feels better soon and you can avoid getting whatever he has! Happy last day of work!

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What do you have prepared for yourself for postpartum? I feel like I'm missing something.

I'm not sure what you mean... Maybe this will help?
Midwives usually meet with Moms and their infants for 6 weeks or so after delivery. They can help with any questions about bleeding, cramping, pain of any kind. You see a pediatrician as well...or whatever you choose to do for follow up. Perhaps you visit a lactation consultant too.

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Postpartum I meant like supplies....I have mommy pads, tucks just in case, nursing pads, peri-bottle. I feel like I'm forgetting something though.

DS has croup. He sounds awful. I'm going to stay home with him tomorrow. DH is off Th. and Fri., so I can go back to work those last two days to help move my classroom.

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There is some stuff about postpartum supplies in the last post on the resource sticky. Have you checked that?

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Congrats on being GBS negative! That is great news!

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I hope you are feeling better after your fall. I hope DS feels better soon.

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Oh no, poor DS. I hope he gets better soon.
Yay to your last day with kiddos! GL moving your room, that is always such a pain IMO but it forces you do declutter which is good sometimes.
I can't think of any other supplies. Maybe some nursing stuff like lansinoh cream or soothing pads.

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Stopping by for just a sec. DS just woke up from his nap. He is in bad shape. I figured out what I was missing from my list. Some kind of stool softener. Prune juice or colace. That was helpful last time.

I realized it when reading http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=602248
during D's nap. Great thread of supplies.

Off to snuggle with the LO.

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Sorry about Daemon being sick. Stool softeners are a must-have. I have needed to taker them daily for a while now and will double the amount after I give birth.

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Well, D is much worse. Thank goodness DH is home today and tomorrow. I'm almost positive we are taking him back to the doc. today. His breathing is so labored. He can't sleep because of the breathing and barky coughing. When he coughs it makes him cry and then he breathes worse when he cries, which makes him cough again. It's really bad.

Pregnancy wise I'm feeling good. My belly feels really heavy, which makes walking around fun. I've also been getting wicked heartburn. The heartburn is new. I have a home visit on Friday. I can't wait to hear the HB again. I really want all the last details together for Friday. Still left on the list...

To Dos for the birth:
check to see if the hose for the birth tub is long enough
check to see if the adapter works
get snacks/drinks/meal for birthing time

I'm exhausted from being up with D last night. Off to work...only 2 days left!!!! Dirol

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I'm sorry D is sick. Poor little guy. Congrats on only 2 days left of work! How exciting.

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Poor little D! I hope that he can get some meds to make that croup go away.

YAY for the last few days of work! I bet that is going to take some weight off of your shoulders and give you some focus time on Daemon.

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Oh, so sorry about your little boy's horrible croup. One of mine had that bad once and the doctor gave us a breathing treatment and one for home too. It really helped. No fun.
Hope your last days at school go smoothly. Today is my DD's last day of kindergarten so I was teasing her about "Miss Bindergarten's Last Day of Kindergarten". She just looks at me like I'm weird. (Isn't she too young for that?) Smile

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Eepss...do you all have a nebulizer? We definitely have had to use it with DS, and it helps tons.

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Aw poor little guy--that sounds miserable!! Yay for only two days of work left, though, that's exciting!

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Poor little guy! I hope he feels better soon, and that you can get some rest, too.

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Had a VERY long moving day yesterday getting my classroom unpacked/organized and wrapped up for the end of the year. Being on my feet gives me a lot of braxton hicks recently. I had to sit down for most of the evening because I kept having them. We got a ton accomplished in my room, so hopefully today (my last day) Yahoo goes fairly smoothly. There is still a lot to get finished. Daemon is starting to feel better thank goodness! Thanks for all the well wishes. MW is coming over this afternoon after work for an appt. I'll KUP afterwards.

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SOrry your DS is so sick, sounds awful! Glad he is starting to feel better though - that is a good thing.

Yay for your last day at work!

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Last day of work is over!!! I want to in the next few days during D's naps finish up my long term sub plans for the beginning of the school year, so I don't have to worry about them after baby comes.

My appt. went well. Baby's HR sounded good with nice accelerations when she touched my belly. He is definitely head down. She did a cervical check and she felt his head. She said I'm about 1 cm. and my cervix is thin. Belly is measuring 37 1/2. We still have a ton of last minute things to do. My car needs some work done on it. The AC is working intermittently. Last time my car was in the shop for work on it I had DS, so maybe that will happen again. I need to dig the car seat out of the spare room, adjust the straps, and get it checked after we install it. I also need to get food/drink for birth. I think I'm going to make a big pot of soup and freeze it. I'm also going to get a big frozen lasagna. The upstairs needs a deep cleaning. We did the downstairs, but haven't made it up there yet. I still have some energy left, so now is the time to do it.

Daemon is so cute. We have been talking a lot about the new baby. Making it part of our everyday conversation. I brought a small baby doll home the other day and gave it to him. He was so sweet calling it baby and patting it saying nice. I also have him some receiving blankets. He disappeared for a few minutes.... I have the bassinet set up in the office, since I just put it together the other day and haven't had a chance to bring it upstairs. He had run back into the office to put the baby to bed. He even covered the baby with the blanket. I couldn't believe he had made the connection.

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How detailed are you getting for your sub? Just a general curriculum with certain benchmarks to be covered or full on daily/weekly plans? I am doing a totally different program next year--SRA Read to Achieve, so I'm picking out which lessons and activities to focus on and which to skip, but I don't want to spend all this time working while on leave either.

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We are required to leave 2 weeks worth of plans and then they are supposed to take over the planning for the remainder of the job. Since it is the beginning of the year I have to include week 1- setting up the classroom (this is the most lengthy part since there are so many components in an early childhood classroom with all of our learning centers) and week 2-parent teacher conferences (again very detailed so she knows exactly which forms need to get filled out and what they are for/where to put them) Week 2 also includes staggered entrance of kids so she will have 3 days with students 7 each day. Week 3- she will have all 21 students and she will plan week 3 with my pre-k teammates. I am being detailed because most of it is written already. I was out the same time of year 2 years ago when my son was born. I have lots of updating to do to the plans since I have a new room and some curriculum/procedures have changed since then.

Writing sub plans is a ton of work, which is why I want to get them out of the way now before baby. How long are you required to leave plans?

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that was a really cute story about your DS putting the baby doll in the bassinett with the blanket! love that!

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That is really cute about DS putting the baby to bed! So sweet. Yay to getting everything packed up. That is a lot of sub. plans to get ready. Nice that you have some of it done from your last mat. leave. I dread being out just based on having to make sub. plans as they take forever to get ready.

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Feeling overwhelmed today with all that I still want done before baby arrives. On top of that I'm not feeling well today. Flu like symptoms: headache, sore throat, some congestion, achy all over, some diarrhea. Maybe that means baby is coming soon. I remember with DS I felt under the weather a few days before he came.

So we got some stuff done with the house that needs to get done today, but not as much as I would like. It's extremely frustrating when your mind wants to do one thing and your body won't cooperate. I can see why people with physical ailments get depressed. Anyway, we have a to do list and tomorrow is a new day. Hopefully, we get more accomplished. DH isn't happy he has to "work" during father's day, but I told him too bad it's part of the job. We ordered Outback for dinner which was yummy and meant we didn't have to cook. D's appetite is back. He finally ate a great lunch and dinner, which tells me he is feeling better. His cough is still around, but nothing like it was a few days ago.

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Those are all good physical signs, here's to hoping labor is impending! I am sorry you're stressed about the to-do list left before the baby comes, but use your nesting energy to power through it, if you can. Daemon's a smart boy for making that connection, I know Lilah isn't there yet, in terms of figuring out that a new baby is coming!

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It's been busy around here. Yesterday, I spent getting the upstairs straightened up and organized. It was a lot of standing and moving around (no lifting). I had to sit down several times yesterday to stop the braxton hicks. When I'm standing or sitting in the car I get them a lot now. I had a ton yesterday. Anyway, DS has been cosleeping since birth and around 22 mos. we put him in his own twin on the floor next to the king to start the transition out to make room for the new baby. Yesterday was the day to get his bedroom organized and ready for him to move on in. He did really well with the transition. He was a little scared with the new surroundings, but he was a trooper and slept great! He's napping in there again right now. I am so proud of him! This morning we drove over to my mom's house. D fed the fish in her pond and then got his first hair cut. It looks so stinkin' cute! After his haircut we went down to her beach and went swimming. The water felt so good! Having this belly buoyant was a really nice relief on my back and ligaments. D had the absolute best time in the water. When we got home we ate lunch and then D went down for his nap. DH and I just did my belly cast. It is really cool. I wish I had done one with DS to compare. I can't wait to decorate it.

Alright, off to listen to some Hypnobabies, while D is still sleeping.

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Yay for D's transition to his room! That is pretty awesome. Glad you were able to get lots of stuff done too.

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