Welcome to your lodge, Emmo!!!
I can't wait to meet Mother Nature! Tell us a bit about yourself!
Woohoo! Welcome to your lodge, can't wait to follow your journey!
Welcome to your lodge, Emily!
Welcome to you lodge!!! I have to admit, I've really been looking forward for yours. Between you and your sisters, it's like an epic natural birthing trilogy! (can we say lurk much?!)
Welcome Emily! I'm looking forward to learning more about you. Have you had a lodge before? I browsed past ones and didn't see yours.
Welcome to your lodge, Emily! I look forward to learning more about you, too!
Can't wait to stalk you here...but in a kinder fashion I hope than the moron in the grocery store!
Welcome to your lodge!!!! EEEeeeekkk!!! Not long now
Yay, welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge, Em! :wavehello:
Welcome to your lodge! Looking forward to following your story!
Welcome to your lodge! Can't believe it's here already!!
Welcome to your lodge! I have to admit to being a secret fan of you three as well! Excited to follow this as best I can (stupid Angolan internet...).
Woot!!!! Welcome to your lodge Lady!!!! This is exciting.
Yay Emily!!! I'm totally stalking you too.
I look forward to reading your story as well Emily! It's been nice getting to know you a little bit over on the Sept. board!
Yay! getting so close now. Can't wait to read more about you.
It's been 2 years since I've had a lodge here at BN. I can't believe I'm back so soon, but I'm excited to be here! LOL.
My name is Emily and I've been posting here since I was expecting my first baby some 7 years ago. My husband Chris and I have three children already...Nolan is 6 years old, Mallory is 5 years old and Leo is 2 years old. I had a miscarriage 3 years ago as well.
Chris and I have been married for almost 7 years now, which has just FLOWN by. We got engaged and planned a leisurely 18 month engagement, but then I got pregnant 6 months later. So, we bumped it up and got married at Toronto City Hall when I was 8 months along with Nolan. There were 25 people in total...we had dinner in a private room at a nice steakhouse Downtown and called it a night. It was AWESOME.
Nolan was born 10 weeks later at 42 weeks. I started his pregnancy with a doctor and switched to midwives at around 20 weeks. We planned a natural hospital birth until about 36 weeks when DH was finally on board with a homebirth. Laboured at home, but when my waters broke there was thick meconium so we transferred to our local hospital where I laboured, and then pushed for 4 hours, until Nolan was born. He was 9ls 13oz wit a 16" head. He just looked BIG.
This is me labouring at home with Nolan:
And this is Nolan's first pic. He had meconium aspiration but ended up being just fine, although a bit of a rough start.
I ended up with two episiotomies, extensive 3rd degree tears, and a hemorrhage. I then had my gall bladder removed 3 weeks later. Because of all the cards against us, Nolan and I never got the hang of breastfeeding, and he ended up being bottle/formula fed.
Such a sweet baby though!!
This is 6 month old Nolan with his Auntie, Jorgiegirl.
Mallory was next.
My doc said to go with a doc and cesarean this time to save me the recovery I had with Nolan, when I went in to confirm my pregnancy. I called my midwives that afternoon and set up care with them. I had an easy pregnancy with Mallory. I got HUGE!!!
This is me at 39 weeks.
I went into labour with her at 40 weeks 1 day. Once I was in active labour it went very fast! We called the midwives and support people at 7pm and she was born at 9:35pm. What a high her birth was though! I pushed for 2 contractions, 5 minutes. She was born into her Auntie Jord and midwife Carolynn's hands while I sat on the birth stool. I had a long but shallow tear which was easily repaired and not bothersome to me. She was 9lbs 5oz and 21" long. A regular 14" head this time. LOL. She latched right on and nursed for 15 months. She was a feisty baby, and is now a feisty 5 year old.
I loved my birth with her. It was everything I wanted. No vag exams for my entire pregnancy. No episiotomy. No suctioning baby. No eye ointment, but we opted for vit K because of how fast she arrived.
Mallory and I when she was about 30 seconds old.
Here she is at a day old with MamaArty_RMT.
I got pregnant in the spring of 2007, dispite having a copper IUD in place. The string was pulled up inside by the time I realized I was pregnant and there was nothing to be done but wait and hope. It was about 50/50 it could go either way, but I did end up losing the pregnancy at 11 weeks because of the IUD. I ended up having a D&C to remove the out-of-place IUD.
I got pregnant with Leo 3 cycles later. I called the same midwives who caught Mallory and we were off! I had a subchorionic hematoma with his pregnancy...at 8 weeks I suddenly started bleeding large amounts and was sure I was having another miscarriage. A ultrasound (my first ever ultrasound!!) showed a healthy pregnancy with beating heart and, right next to it, a hematoma. I bled for weeks and spotted for weeks too. I remember the last time I had spotting/bleeding was when I was 14 weeks along. What a rip off to have to buy maxi pads while pregnant!! We opted for a 20 week ultrasound to check the hematoma. It was completely gone at that point.
The rest of my pregnancy with him was pretty uneventful. We knew he'd be smaller than the other two...he just didn't FEEL as big.
At a day shy of 41 weeks MamaArty and her husband brought over some mexican food from an authentic restaurant rumoured at having started many labours. The next morning I decided to help fate along and got out my breast pump. An hour on the pump and then I stopped. My mom called to see if I was in labour, because she wanted to head out to a wine festival for the weekend but not if I was in labour. My water broke while I was on the phone with her! LOL!
I was GBS pos so my midwives brought the abx over, expecting another fast labour like Mallory. It was 12 hours later that contractions finally kicked in, with the help of a breast pump. At 8cm my labour stalled because he was ROA and wouldn't flex his chin (a common issue with that position). So, at 1am and 8cm dilation, I was doing lunges on the stairs to try to move my pelvis into a position that would allow him to flex his head. It worked! Once he was in position my labour kicked back in...and when he finally dropped it was INTENSE. I went from 'lazy labour' to 'GO GO GO' in a half a second. No warning and all of a sudden he was crowning! We barely got my shorts of intime for me to push out his head. THe midwife told me to push slower and I believe my words were "no f*cking way!" as my body expelled his head. I had a weird break between his head and body being born...I don't remember that moment with the other two. I chatted with DH about the baby's head being out...it was surreal and weird. Then I pushed out his shoulders and we had Leo! He lifted his head right away and looked around. 8lbs 2oz, 21" long with a 14" head. 2 stitches only this time, but exhausted!
Here are some pics of his birth.
I'm labouring here at about 8cm...also reading the notes my midwives were making between contractions. DH is being silly but he loves being needed during labour. Also, as Jord once pointed out, is that porn on the TV behind me???
My sister, Alison, being cheerful for the camera while I labour in the background.
Him, looking around.
Me, the next day with my new baby. He looks grumpy in all his newborn pics, so we were worried, but he is the sweetest boy. The sweetest baby and the sweetest toddler now!
I'll post about this pg in my next post...gotta start lunch now.
Thanks for letting me share!
Wow, fabulous stories! That belly pic with Mallory is nuts- and the rest of you still looks so thin! Just BAM, belly out of nowhere. I love preggo bellies like that. You've got some great pictures, can't wait to see the pics of this labor and baby:)
Welcome to your lodge! :wavehello: I'm so excited to be able to lurk on another of your birth lodges!
Awww I've loved your story so far!! How did you and DH meet?
Thanks for the great story with all the photos! You're such a pro!
I found out I was pg with this baby in January when I was 7 weeks along. I was not expecting to be pg but I wasn't discounting the idea either.
My Dec cycle was a slow one for DH and I...getting ready for Christmas sucks the energy out of us and we don't get much time to DTD. We DTD once, about a week before Christmas, during that whole cycle.
We were using condoms as our form of BC but apparently SUCK at it. DH no sooner got the condom on then he was complaining about it and ripped it off..."It's strangling me!" I distinctly remember telling him that I'd better not get pg or I'll be right pissed. He pulled out in more than enough time to finish elsewhere but I guess the damage had been done.
I pulled out my back the next day and ended up going into the hospital for a sore back on Christmas Day. I was on meds for my back. Then, in the beginning of January I had a hemorrhoid flare up and thrombose. After a moment in my kitchen where I nearly passed out, I went into the hospital to get it excised. OUCH! Much better though. Again with pain meds. I wasn't surprised when my period didn't come on time because of how stressful the past few weeks had been on my body with my back and my bottom...also I was still nursing my youngest baby.
I took the test and couldn't believe it! LOL! I went in for a dating ultrasound that put me at almost 8 weeks pg.
This pregnancy has been fairly uneventful. I started underweight but have gained 30lbs, so that's all good. My baby weaned from the breast about 10 weeks ago when my milk dried up...he just wasn't interested if there wasn't going to be a payout for him. LOL!
I opted for a 20 week ultrasound this time and we found out that we're expecting a boy! All of our other babies have been birthday surprises but we thought we'd do it differently this time. I don't know what I like better...from a logical standpoint it was nice to find out the sex, but from an emotional standpoint it's nice to wait until birth.
I've gone with a new practice of midwives for this pregnancy, as we've moved since we last had a baby. They seem really great and supportive, so I'm optimistic for a great birth with them. They are pleased with how uneventful my pregnancy has been so far too. Good bp, good heartrates, good weight gain. The baby has been measuring 2-4 weeks ahead by fundal measurement but we're not concerned for a baby "too big" after Nolan's giant head.
My only issue so far is with hemorrhoids. I had another one thrombose last week and had to go into the ER to have it excised. I'm in considerable pain now. Ick. The ER doc was awesome though...a flamboyant gay man named Dr Leon (his first name). After the procedure was done he told me I had a lovely bottom! LOL!!!
I'm concerned about going into labour while my bottom feels like this. I'm also concerned that if I stay pg for too much longer that I will develop more thrombosed hemis that will make my situation a little more complicated, as far as pushing out babies. I'm sure that this last hemi developed because baby moved down and put more pressure on my rectum. That's not going to get better before birth, so maybe we'll all hope that this baby arrives AFTER my bottom feels less raw from the last procedure but BEFORE another one becomes necessary. I've had some, TMI, diarrhea for the past 24 hours and it's aggrivating the area already so I'm countering it with lots of fiber to help bind stuff. Hopefully that will help.
Here are some pictures of this pregnancy.
15 weeks pg
25 weeks pg
35 weeks pg
ETA: Ariel, I met DH at a bar. I was bartending and the guy I bartended with had a birthday...he invited me out and also invited out all his single guy friends telling them that he was bringing a bunch of waitresses to set them up with! I had no idea. But, DH was the only guy there not looking to 'hook up' that night, so I gave him my number. He called 3 days later and we've been inseperable since. We moved out together 4 months after we met, and got engaged about 9 months after we met. We're so in loooooooooove. Awww.
Yay I can't wait to meet this little one and be present for it WOOT
Awww I bartended for a while too!!! I can definitely tell you two are in LOVE!! Very sweet
Thanks for sharing some great stories of your past births! Love learning more about you. You poor thing with the hemi issues this time around. Ouch! I hope you are able to heal up and have baby before any more arrive.
Woot, another lodge for you! (I look so pointy in that picture. LOL) I can't wait for your birth, it's going to be another GREAT one!
You're looking fabulous! I'm hearing you about the hemis- I'm only barely halfway through and it's a major issue. It sucks that its one of those things that you just don't discuss in polite society but it can literally take over your life if they get bad enough. Bad news. I'm eager to hear how your labor plays out, I hope the evil hemis don't interfere.
Oooh, now I can stalk you openly!!!
Just wanted to tell you again that I've So been there with the hemi issue. Mine were such constant companions while pregnant that I named them. :roll: I guess it helped to have a sense of humour about it. If you have any more problems with them, please do yourself a favor and request they lance them, rather than excise them. The pain after having them removed is pretty extreme (I literally WANTED TO DIE) where as having it lanced is instant relief and very minimal pain. I do not understand why this isn't offered, especially to pregnant women, when the cause of the hemis in the first place (the pressure of the gravid uterus on your veins) will resolve within weeks.
BTW, my dad had this same surgery done, as an inpatient (though, he had several done at once). He as on IV morphine for 3 days, and was ordered to stay off work for 6 weeks.
Anyways, I hope that unpleasantness is done with for you and you're able to heal up well in time for the birth!!! You may get more during the birth from pushing (or not, since you won't be pushing for long, I don't think), but I found that once the pressure was gone (no more gravid uterus), they went away quite quickly and didn't bother me much at all.
The hemis are taking over. I feel trapped now. I'm the kind of person who walks everywhere...4 miles+ a day. But I can't walk right now as I don't want to risk aggrivating them by standing, friction or walking.
So the poor children are stuck inside. They are driving me NUTS! I love them so much but dang! I kicked them into the backyard this afternoon and told them that unless there was blood, I didn't want to hear from them until I called them. They feel housebound, I feel housebound and we're all itching to get out and about.
I see my midwife in the morning for my 36 week appt, so we'll see what she says about them then. Until then, I'm using sitz baths, witch hazel, ice packs and castor oil on them. Castor oil is great for circulation, healing and blood vessel issues...so you dab it onto the hemi and it helps with healing. Used this way isn't a labour induction though, so no worries there.
Arty, I love that pic of you and Mallory! You are so pretty! And we were so young then....*sigh*. I realize it was only 5 years ago, but it seems like forever.
What great stories!!! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for your "lovely bottom" to heal up quickly
I hope those hemis heal quickly for you, poor thing!
I loved the pictures of your babies, all brand new and beautiful.
You have some great pictures Emily. I hope that your hemi situation resolves soon. I don't have any experience in that department but I have plenty of friends and relatives who do.
Aw, thanks Em!
I'm sorry the hemis are so bad. I have no advice whatsoever, but I hope they let up and give you some relief.
Emily I am SO sorry about the hemis. I truly hope you get some relief soon. I am thrilled you and your family are going to welcome another baby boy! I'm so excited to follow your journey. Welcome to your lodge!
I am sorry that the hemis are keeping you and the kids housebound. Having restless kids is no fun at all. I hope it heals fast so you can have a hemi free birth.
So sorry to hear about the hemies. I hope your mw can do something for you.
I did some digging and found your lodge from Leo: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?t=323644 I can add it to the list in the sticky for you.
I enjoyed getting to "know" you better. What great birth stories! I hope that your bottom gets feeling better real soon, no fun!
Today I am 36 week 1 day pregnant and I had my 36 week appt.
I love Debbie my midwife! She's so easy to talk to and express myself to. We talked at length about my issues, ahem, in the rear. Chris really wants to catch this baby, but I really need some bum support at delivery. How do you ask someone to please hold your bum so it doesn't fall out during delivery? Debbie said she's be honoured. LOL.
We talked GBS too. I did the swab but, if I test positive, I don't plan to do the abx unless other risk factors present themselves. I have had fast labours in the past and, if this one is another fast one, then I don't want to give myself a huge dose of abx just to have the baby born before they are in long enough to do any good. I have enough trouble with thrush while breastfeeding. She was good with that.
So the stats. My blood pressure was 110/70. No glucose in the urine but trace for protein. Not a concern though. The baby is measuring 38 weeks but is 'dipping'. He is also a perfect LOA position, so I'm pleased with the spinningbabies that has been happening around here. Baby's heartrate was 130bpm.
We also discussed birth team. I have a large-ish support team because I'm unsure as to who is going to make it. I know that many of my support team have children of their own and might not make it. But I will need someone with my husband (lol), and someone with Mallory. There won't be any students though, so that's good. Just midwives, and potentially sisters/mother/friends. My practice is a teaching practice but they don't have any students currently.
Anyway, that's my story for today.
Empathy on the hemmi issue! Oh man, I have had that problem last what seemed like forever. It is no fun. Standing, sitting or horizontal, it is misery. Oddly enough, it was my naturopath who offered the most help, although it took almost a year to help. But the experts wanted to perform all sorts of cutting of muscles and other nonsense which was not where I was going. I so hope you get this under control! I guess this is another area OBs and midwives need to research.
I'm glad you had a good appointment today. I do imagine that would be a weird conversation asking someone to hold pressure on your heiny during delivery.
Speaking of student midwives, have you had them at your birth before? I would ideally like to have the least number of people that I don't know in the room, and I feel kind of bad asking that none be there.
Yay! A lodge for Emily. I know I'm going to love following this one. Even more than your quail "lodge" lol. You get the best baby bellies ever, love them!
Sorry about the hemis though. Sounds awful and so very uncomfortable. I hope you get some relief soon.
Amber...I've had students at all my births thus far. I have mixed feelings on them. I recognise and appreciate that students need to learn and I know that I want MY midwives to get that kind of experience when they are training. That's why I've gone with them in the past.
All my students have been sweet, sweet ladies. But, at best they took up space, and at worst they irritated me during labour by watching the monitor (for my hospital birth), not knowing when or when not to touch me, and generally doing things more slowly than my midwife which bothers me while I labour. This time around I have declined students even if they were there because this is my last birth. I want to make it as much mine as possible. I've had 5 students for my 3 births and feel I have done my duty to the birthing community. LOL.
Off to the waterpark with Jord and her brood! Feeling much better in the bottom today. THank goodness!
Glad you had a good appt. today! I agree that would be an interesting convo. about the bottom support but I'm glad your MW has agreed to have your back. Enjoy the water park.
I'm sorry you're having bum problems. I hope they resolve in time for your most awesome final birth!
Ooooo 'roids. Man, do I feel your pain. For me, the pain from my hemis was worse than laboring and giving birth. It's the worst. I hope your hiney heals well before this babe comes.
Glad you had a good appointment. Sorry about the hemi - I think I might have one forming and I can't even imagine how uncomfortable and painful yours must be. Hope it continues to feel a bit better.
Yay for Emily's lodge-- yahoo! I'm so excited for you and your birth. Bummer about your bum-- I hope you get some relief!
Just now getting around to reading your lodge:-) I had hemi's with my first and my natural health place recommended a zinc supplement. They were gone within a week! Pregnant women are susceptible to zinc deficiency and one of the symptoms of deficiency is those "pain-in-the-rears";-) I increased my usual zinc supplement for my second pregnancy and didn't get any hemi's! Might be something for you to look into... Hope you get some relief soon!
Emily, did you all have fun at the waterpark? How are you feeling?
We had a great time at the water park! It's really just a public park with a splash pad but the kids call it the water park and that's what I've gotten used to calling it too. There is a regular park there too for kids who want to stay dry. Jordan's hubby came and picked us up...it's 1.02 miles between our houses and I just wasn't up for it yesterday.
A couple pics...first is Leo doing his 'smile' for the camera. He thinks he's smiling, he truly does...and this is the only face he will make when he sees camera pointed in his direction. LOL! The second is my beautiful daughter.
I forgot to mention another aspect of the conversation I had with my midwife yesterday. I mentioned how worried I am about my bottom (sorry, I'm gonna talk about my a$$ again). The longer it takes before delivery, the more time to have any of those unwanteds flare up and thrombose again. And the more pressure from baby's head. She said that they would be OK stripping my membranes at 38 weeks, if I wanted, because baby seems to be a good size and I'm already dilating (per my own exam, not mw). It's something I'm seriously considering but will not decide upon until my 38 week appt (which is actually 38week5days). I want to make sure that baby is LOA, that things are favourable and whatnot. Also, if my bottom seems to be better then I won't either. But it's good to know there are options.
I've also started contracting. I love my prodromal labours! Every 15-20 minutes I get a contrax that pushes baby's head into my pubic bone. They speed up in the evenings to every 5-8 min. They don't hurt at all and this is exactly what I've done with my other three pregnancies (just read through Leo's lodge last night!).
Woot! So those are today's thoughts. I'm excited to have sushi for dinner with Ariana and her husband tonight! And I'm also putting together my birth music.