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Tomorrow you will be 36 weeks. So I figured i would get this set up for you today.

Welcome, and thank you for sharing your journey into motherhood with us.

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Congratulations! Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge! Congratulations on making it this far!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome!!! Looking forward to reading your lodge!

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still new to this lodge thing, but wanted to say welcome! Biggrin

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Welcome and congratulations! Smile

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HOLY COW!! I can't believe you're 36 weeks already!! How time flies! I'm so excited to be able to follow you on the rest of this most joyous journey!!

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Congrats!

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Welcome to your lodge mama! :wavehello:

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Welcome to your lodge! Happy homestretch Smile

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Congrats on making it to the homestretch!

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Thanks for creating a lodge for me!
We had an U/S this AM and apparently she is already 6 pounds 13 ounces! DH was 6 pounds 10 ounces when he was born, and I was 7 pounds!!!

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So tell us more! How did you and dh meet? What was his reaction to the bfp? how big do you think baby will be? what are your potential name choices?... i know you want to share Wink Tell us all about those belly pics you have up in the belly pic thread if nothing else!

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Oops, I didn't see your post, MarysBuns...how can I EASILY tell which posts people have responded to without searching for my name?

DH and I met in Dominican Republic on vacation!!! It was Sept. 2001.
4 months later, we started dating.
We got married in February, 2005.

I woke DH up at 4AM to tell him he was going to be a daddy. He was half asleep. The next morning when he woke up for real, he said, "Was I dream or are your really pregnant?" I told him it was for real. Appropriately enough, it was Father's Day! He seemed pretty excited.

The belly pics were done by my friend Janette, who will be taking over my business (sorta) while I (sorta) go on maternity leave. I have a photography company www.rabbatphoto.com , and this year I'm only going to do a max of 2 weddings per month, since I want to spend time with the baby.

The baby's name will be Julia Lan Vuong. We liked the name Julia, and DH moved here from Vietnam when we were 2, so we wanted a Vietnamese middle name. Lan is his mom's name. When we were trying to think of names, my cousin, whose name means "star" said, "You should pick a name with a cool meaning, like...flower." My husband then said, "Actually, Lan is a direct translation of flower," so that was easy!

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Your gallery is beautiful! I wish i was so talented. If i had the funds i would hire you to do my brother's wedding. I know how i often feel overly skimped on not having a photographer at my wedding (after all i did have a big wedding when i didn't intend to and i would have rathered the photographer over the dj!)...and I'm not sure who/if he has hired for his... But i'm sure you are some distance away from Orlando! I'll be honest and say that while i had very little desire for a big wedding myself.. i am completely psyched for his wedding this june.

Anyways.. i love the story of her name. I think its great that you were able to include your preferences, a family name and a suggestion with so little effort.

So i guess now my question becomes, Do you think Julia will be an anniversary gift, since the announcement of her impending arrival was father's day?

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Your daughters name is very beautiful Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! I love your daughter's name.

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Gorgeous name! I love the name Julia too...it's my middle name Smile Welcome to your lodge!

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"MarysBuns" wrote:

Anyways.. i love the story of her name. I think its great that you were able to include your preferences, a family name and a suggestion with so little effort.

So i guess now my question becomes, Do you think Julia will be an anniversary gift, since the announcement of her impending arrival was father's day?

Thanks for the compliment on my work, MarysBuns!
DH and I both came up with the first name in the first trimester, but then he decided he wanted to "explore all options," even though I told him that would be unnecessary, since I was set on Julia. He kept trying for Natalie, but I stuck to my guns.

As for Julia being an anniversary gift-yes, we are totally expecting her to come on February 5th!!! Not only is it our anniversary, it is also the day we had to put an offer in on our house so everything 'big' seems to happen for us on that day. When I got pregnant in June, my mom said, "OF COURSE, we should have expected that to happen, since everything exciting happens for you in February."

Glad you all like the name. Surprisingly, so far everyone has liked it.

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Great name, especially the meaning behind it and your photos are gorgeous. What a beautiful collection of different ethnic backgrounds! So many times you see pretty photos in portfolios, but they are so bland in their similarity. Yours are wonderful.

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I love the name!!! The photo gallery is great! Looking forward to reading more!

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"photogalv" wrote:

As for Julia being an anniversary gift-yes, we are totally expecting her to come on February 5th!!! Not only is it our anniversary, it is also the day we had to put an offer in on our house so everything 'big' seems to happen for us on that day. When I got pregnant in June, my mom said, "OF COURSE, we should have expected that to happen, since everything exciting happens for you in February."

Glad you all like the name. Surprisingly, so far everyone has liked it.

Now i know what day to more closely watch the board... I had a gut instinct with my third when he would come and he came that day. I can only imagine that your gut instinct will be close too! It will be incredible to have 2(maybe 3 if you get the house) such wonderful events fall on the same day.

O for finding which posts have new discussions on them.... Use the User CP option, go to subscribed threads and it should display the threads you have posted too, then i think they bold when there are new posts within them

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How are you doing? just checking on you, and moving expectant lodges to page 1 Wink

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I love the names you have chosen for your LO. I also just checked out your photo gallery and I have to say you do a great job.

How are you doing? You've been MIA for a while now. Hope all is Ok.

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Hi ladies!
Sorry I've been MIA...I've been madly trying to finish everything before today, because we thought baby was coming today and I STILL have work to do (self-employed), which I'd like to get done before baby comes, of course. I am so happy to have time to sit down and rest a bit today!

THANK YOU for telling me how to find threads!!! That was another problem. I wanted to respond, but I couldn't find my thread Sad

MarysBuns-we actually bought our house in 2006, so it would be 3 things on the same day (today is our THIRD anniversary too)!

That said, at this point we don't think she is coming today. DH now thinks she will be late.

We shall see! I feel a little more relaxed now that I feel like I have way more time (of course, who knows if I do).

Today we're going to something called "Winterlicious" for our anniversary. http://www.toronto.com/winterlicious We're going to Opal Jazz Lounge. Unfortunately, we couldn't get in until 9PM.

Thanks so much for all your kind comments re: my photography. I just wish I was done it all!!! Yesterday I went to the lab and album place and the album place rushed my book blocks, so they have to do them again and they won't be ready until after the baby arrives Sad

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Lost my lodge (wasn't in User CP) and found it again!

Had a MW appt. today and my cervix has completely thinned out and I'm 1-2CM dilated, so she could be coming soon!!! I hope it's not tonight though 'cause there's a serious snowstorm and I'm not sure if I could have the homebirth I want in this weather.

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you know that could be a curse that you fulfill! I look forward to hearing about her arrival

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Wow I loved looking at your website, you have a real talent!!
The name you've choosen for your dd is sweet, the translation of Lan is so cute! Course I may be a bit biased on the first name Wink

Winterlicious sounds like so much fun!! I hope you guys have a great time & Happy Annivesary!!

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Whew! Made it through the snowstorm without going into labour.

Thanks Chimmy Smile I figured you'd like the name, esp. the first one.

Our anniversary was actually Feb. 5th, so that prediction wasn't true either. Winterlicious was DELICIOUS and a pianist we LOVE was playing too!!! We bought both his CDs.

Now I'm hoping she makes it past Valentines Day so she'll get her OWN special birthday. If she's not on her way tomorrow, we're going to go to a nice French restaurant that we also coincidentally happen to have a 2 for 1 coupon for (we used to always go there on our anniversaries when we were dating Smile

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Are you having any early signs of labour yet?

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surprisingly, not really...unless fatigue and a bit of back discomfort are signs of labour.

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I HAVE a baby!!!!!
Julia Lan Vuong was born at home this AM at 5:00AM after only 6 hours of labour. She is 19 inches long and weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.
I'm going to post more on the Rabbatphoto blog when I have more energy....so yes, I had a Valentine's Day baby. Birth story to come. Fab photos by Janette Rojas.

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OMG Congrats!!!! Great pics!!! Smile

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oohh that first picture gave me chills - How beautiful! How Wonderful! Congrats mama & Welcome little Julia Lan Vuong!!!

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congrats!!

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Congratulations. Wow she is beautiful and what a wonderful pictorial of the birth.

Happy Valentines.

Added you to the Feb Birth list.

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Congratulations!!! I love the pics and your baby girl is gorgeous! (Your DH looks like such a sweetie, how proud is that face?!)

Can't wait to read your Birth Story! Smile

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Congrats!

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Congrats!! You guys are one damn good looking family!!! I love the black and white photo of you smiling in the back ground and papa beeming!

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I posted on JLIH too, but CONGRATS!! Julia is beautiful! I can't wait to see more pics and hear your birth story!! Yahoo

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*tear* What incredible pictures! Congratulations on your beautiful daughter.

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Congratulations!! Your daughter is beautiful!!

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Congratulations and WTTW Julia! What beautiful photos. I really love the laughter on your face in the last one.

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Danielle (photogalv) posted this on the JLIH board, and I wanted to bump this up for her. Hope you don't mind!! Biggrin

http://rabbatphotography.wordpress.com/

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:cry: tears of joy... the birth story and the pictures are just amazing.

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First time I've cried at a birth story. I hope my experience is similar to yours and your family is just wonderful. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful experience.

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Congratultions!!!

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I am so happy for you! Your pics are FABULOUS!!! Congratulations!

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Thanks ladies! I'm really glad I had Janette come to take pictures. I think people thought I was a little nuts for wanting a photographer (who is also a good friend Smile )at the birth, but now everyone understands why. She took LOADS of amazing photos, but some of them were a tad too graphic to post on the 'net! Wink

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What wonderful photos!! Congrats on your beautiful daughter!

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