*~*EssBee/Sara's Birth lodge*~*

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*~*EssBee/Sara's Birth lodge*~*

Congratulations on making it 36 weeks! I look forward to hearing about your birth experience with #2. Feel free to tell us all about yourself.

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Welcome to your lodge Sarah! You're in the homestretch now Smile

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Woo, woo.

Let the fun begin.

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Yahoo ! we are stalking you Feb lady!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Congrats!

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Welcome and Congrats on your lodge!!! Yahoo

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Yaaaay, thanks! I am so excited to have my very own lodge!!!

I will come back later and post an intro. Smile

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I can't wait for your intro! Congrats on your lodge!

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Holy crap chick! I can't believe she's almost here! Smile Heh...at this rate, she'll be here before MY kid will! Lol

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Welcome to your lodge!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Yay! Welcome to your lodge, Sarah! Smile

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welcome!!!

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Yay! So many new lodges, so many little babies on their way!!

Welcome to your lodge, Sara. Congrats.

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Welcome! I look forward to following your journey. Smile

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Yahoo

Welcome!

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Grr! I just got halfway thru an introduction and PO decided to randomly refresh the page! Or maybe it was my computer. Whatever, it is annoying!!

I was just saying how happy I am to have such a nice warm welcome to my Lodge, and how I feel like even though I lurked here for a loooong time, I sort of just joined and am so glad to be able to share these last weeks with you guys!! Thanks for all your words of support and advice over the last many months, whether aimed at me specifically or not; it's my hope to be able to contribute something of my own before this journey is done.

OK, as for an intro ... I am 28, have been married 5 and a half years to J, my college sweetheart ( :love10: ), and am mom to Henry, 21 months. Before he was born, I was a US Air Force officer--I got out to be a SAHM. I timed it well; I never had to go back to work after the birth! Smile

I have been very fortunate to have had two very easy pregnancies. Of course at this point, I am just generally huge and uncomfortable, but the only real complaint I have had either time is heartburn, and even that isn't so bad. TUMS will still slay the beast, so I'm lucky in that regard too.

I had a trisomy scare with Henry when he was about 20 weeks gestation; I can never remember if it was T13 or T18 they thought he had. Anyway, he had some choroid plexus cysts (which are in the brain) and offered me an amnio which I had the presence of mind to decline, absent any other signs of trisomy. I went back in 5 weeks later for a repeat u/s and the cysts had disappeared. Nevertheless those 5 weeks were VERY long ones! I tried not to worry about it, and read as much reassuring stuff as I could find, but it sort of changed my whole attitude toward pregnancy and babies. Nothing is really taken for granted anymore, and I discovered I cared way less about things like the baby's sex than I thought I did.

We decided we needed to night wean Henry when he was about 12-13 months old because he was borderline anemic, not eating much solid food, and I was exhausted from nursing him all day and all night. In retrospect I am not 100% happy that we did that, but I can't really think of an alternative that would have worked. At any rate, AF came back about 3 weeks after that, and I got pg that first cycle! We were trying and I was SO happy to get that BFP! I continued nursing Henry as long as I could, but eventually the fatigue got to be too much, even though I was able to make it through the worst of the early-pg nipple pain. I also couldn't really picture myself tandem nursing, so I was ... not happy, but satisfied, I guess, with our gentle wean. The funny thing is, now I am not so sure I would be so opposed to tandem nursing! Lol

This pregnancy, too, has been an easy one. We learned we are having a girl at 18 weeks. Shortly after that, I started thinking seriously about a home birth. 2 things happened, really; one was that I bought the Thinking Woman's Guide on Amber's recommendation, and the other was a somewhat disturbing answer from my OB when I asked her how long she would let me wait before inducing following ROM (this happened with my son, and I was induced within 2-3 hours; labor lasted 24 hours, 11 of which was unmedicated and excruciating thanks to the Pit ... in the end I had a 2nd degree tear which was sutured with a type of material I had warned my OB against but which he used anyway and most likely caused my need for a revision 7 months later ... ugh) ... obviously wanting to avoid a repeat of my previous "L&D" experience, I was feeling her out to see if she'd let me go, oh, 12 hours, but she named 6 hours as an outside figure.

That conversation percolated, and combined with what I had been reading (Ina May made an appearance as well), I finally decided to look into a homebirth.

It was quite the process but I finally got the insurance issues ironed out: I have to maintain care with an OB but I *can* homebirth and a labor transfer will be covered. The mw is out of pocket, though, as she is a CPM. Only CNMs are covered by TRICARE, and none of the in-network ones do homebirths so it's sort of a moot point for me. So, I had to switch OBs since the one I was seeing would not "back up" a homebirth. I really like my new doc, but sorta hope I don't have to see him too much, lol! I have been twice (32 and 35 weeks), and will see him one last time (38 weeks) before the birth, provided all goes well.

I love my midwife, she is straight from heaven. I am very much looking forward to this birth, as much for the baby as for the excitement about not knowing exactly what will happen or when. To me it is so amazing, the transformation that takes place inside when you take responsibility for your own self. It's a little scary, very empowering, but in all so very positive.

I know I said it before, but I just want to say again how happy I am to have you knowledgeable, experienced, and supportive women "on my side" as I enter the home stretch. It is very true that there are surprises in store for me, as they have been for all of us, and I feel very fortunate to share the happy ones and get some guidance and love when the nasty ones come along. Smile

Thanks again for welcoming me!

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This is xp from the belly pics thread. I think I have a more recent belly pic, but I really need to take a 36-week one. I'll do that tomorrow. Smile Anyway this is my birthing "outfit" ... it may seem a little silly, but you have no idea how knowing what I can wear has relaxed me about the whole wardrobe issue of a homebirth! Heck I may end up in the tub the whole time or stripping naked, but at least I have a birthing skirt. Wink



These are at 32w4d.

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You look fantastic and your story is wonderful Smile Congratulations.

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I loved reading your story!!! I can't believe they would use a material to stitch you with after you explained that it could not be used. I would have been livid! :bighug: I can see why it is important for you to birth at home. How refreshing that you have your mw chosen!

Your belly pics are GREAT! I can't wait to get to know you better. Best wishes!

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Congrats on your lodge! Your belly is too cute!

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I love your intro story, and you look great! You look so low!! I know I'm a few weeks behind you but I am still so high compared to you.
I have almost the exact same birthing outfit, too cute!!

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Sarah, you look wonderful, and I really enjoyed your intro. How neat to get to share this wonderful journey with you Smile

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Welcome to your lodge Sarah. You look soooo cute in your birthing outfit. That's a nice idea. I have actually been wondering about what to wear to stay most comfortable other than being nakie Lol

Can't wait to read more about your wonderful journey with this LO.

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Question: Do you find you are carrying this baby different than your last? Or does it seem pretty much the same? You really look fantastic - but she does seem low!!!! Maybe getting ready? Wink

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Welcome to your lodge Sara, thanks for sharing with us so far. I think you look great in your outfit.

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Welcome to your lodge Sarah! I swear I thought I'd left a post here but I guess not lol You look amazing!! Love the baby belly Smile

I'm looking forward to following your lodge Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! You look fantastic, lol you are so tiny except for your belly! Biggrin

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Another question: Do you think that Henry realizes that there is another baby coming? How do you plan on helping him adjust?

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Hey Sara! Missing you on the Feb boards - haven't seen much of you lately. I always love your opinions. Looking forward to reading your updates here!

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Hey, thanks, Vicki! LOL. Opinions ... yes, I have them! Hahaha! I've been out of town for the last week but I'm back now. I will do a lodge update tomorrow after my mw appointment; in the meantime I have a question that I'll ask in another thread.

Cindy, yes, I am carrying lower this time, and peeing every 20 minutes. Literally. I also feel pelvic pressure and some lower back strain if I stand or sit upright for too long ... but hey, with a toddler, there's plenty of bending and crouching and squatting and rolling around, so *luckily* I don't have to sit still much ... heh ... "luckily." ... Anyway as far as preparing him, I had this brilliant idea of getting a Cabbage Patch Kid or something of a similar size, to wear in a sling and diaper and "nurse" and show Henry what we do and get him involved. So far I have failed to actually *get* a doll, but I swear I am going to do that THIS WEEK!

DH got sent on a last-minute trip for the better part of a month and he's not getting back till I am 2 weeks out. Eek. Luckily I do not feel "close" at all, just, you know, feeling a little bit "nine months pregnant," lol. But the upshot of THAT is, Henry has still been in bed with me and we meant to have him transitioned to sleeping with DH by now. Gotta love the military ... :roll:

So like I said, I'll share the stats, and if I am good, a belly pic too, tomorrow. Thanks for reading! Biggrin

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Oh no! I am so sorry they sent him out and now of all times! That is horrible!!!! :bighug:

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That really sucks that they sent him out, now of all times. Sad Tell the baby to stay in! Biggrin

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How are you feeling? You are getting closer and closer!

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Feeling very pregnant! Between a midnight pee run and an early-bird toddler, I am also feeling very tired. But that's par for this course.

Appt with the mw yesterday went well, nothing really to report Wink strong, steady heartbeat, measuring well, still vertex, all that good stuff.

This is a boring Lodge. LOL.

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Great idea for preparing Henry - love the cabbage patch doll idea! At christmas time I borrowed a doll from my neice for DS - he just went for the eyes and the soft spot. Ah the joys of two young ones close together huh!

Sending you baby baking vibes at least until your DH gets back!

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Welcome to your lodge & your belly is beautiful!

Cindy

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Your lodge is not boring.

So do you feel like things are beginning to progress? How does this pregnancy seem to differ from your past pregnancy?

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I agree your lodge is not boring. Just because you aren't having any major end of pregnancy upsets does not make it boring, just makes me hopeful you get the birth you want where you want it:)

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Thanks for the confidence, Mary! That's just what I need to hear Smile

No feelings of progression yet, and I am totally fine with that. Still 2 weeks till the 40-week mark! I am getting BHs, of course, but nothing shocking. I just compared myself to a photo at 38 weeks with DS, and I look completely identical. I will do a belly pic today ... I need to!

That's all the news I have, I guess. I am seeing the OB tomorrow, and the mw the day after that. Will update if/when there's anything to update with! Biggrin

Thanks for checking up on me!

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Hey where did that belly pic go? I haven't seen it?!

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hehe, I have managed to actually *take* it ... now I need to upload it. Tomorrow when I have some time off I will do it!!

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"MarysBuns" wrote:

Hey where did that belly pic go? I haven't seen it?!

I know... I popped on to see the progress too! Looking forward to seeing your cute baby belly.

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So I have not heard from you for a bit and was wondering how you are holding up. Are you doing ok? How are you feeling these days?

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Thanks for asking, feeling very "contract-y." Not sure if it really means anything or not, but oh boy does it seem like the time to do those last few things I need to do before the birth! Lol

For your viewing pleasure:
4 weeks / 8 weeks / 14 weeks / 20 weeks / 24 weeks

28 weeks / 31 weeks / 38 weeks / 39 weeks

That last one (39) I took this morning.

Sorry I have been so bad about posting on the lodges ... I've been lurking, but have been very busy with a little boy and the impending birth ... I know you guys know what that's like!

I'll post more if anything ever actually happens, lol.

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Good gravy woman, you have an awesome body!! What do you do to stay in such good shape?

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Oh my, thanks! To tell you the truth, it's 100% from chasing my little guy. I have been in a lot better shape this pregnancy because of it, and it feels so much better than last time.

You totally just made me feel like a million bucks! Smile

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Oh and here's some crazy belly closeup action:

The purple mountain's majesty:

And this is what happens when I remove my hand! Lol

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LOL at the handprint Smile
I agree you look fabulous. IDK how you do it, even chasing after the kid...wow.

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That's an interesting pic with the hand off. You'd think that part would be more pink or red not white. ITA with others u look great in all you belly pix.

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Okay between you and Vicki, I am very jealous of how great you look!!! Bravo you beautiful girls!!

Sorry to hear your DH is out of town, how long until he is home?

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