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Welcome to your lodge!!! It IS exciting to have an EDD partner and to have a lodge. I am so looking forward to reading yours!

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Hurray for more Lodges! Welcome and I can't wait to read all about it!

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Wow! June Lodges! How exciting! Welcome and can't wait to follow along!

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He He! How exciting to have a lodge again... I can't believe it. This forum has always been such a great source of strength for me as I enter this last part of my pregnancies. I'll post more after the girls are in bed tonight. Smile

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Congrats on your lodge!

I can't believe we are into June lodges already!

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welcome to your lodge Jen! can't wait to follow along!

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Yay! can't wait to read your lodge!

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Intro...

So what's that saying about the best laid plans... DD#1 had a major nightmare last night & we haven't had to deal with that in months. So, I'm reposting some of the info from my Izzy's lodge and adding too it.

My intro:

DH and I met at the end of our freshman year of college…which I guess makes us college sweethearts. We were set up on a blind date and I knew that night either it would be a very fast romance or I would marry the guy. I ended up marrying the guy! Anyways, after finishing college…I left sunny Florida for Duke for 2 years working on my graduate degree in environmental management while hubby entered law school. We went from being inseparable for 3 years to 3 years of long distance dating. Somehow we made it through, and we got married 6 and ½ year after we first started dating and have been married now for 7 years.

After getting married, we moved back to our hometown where all (and I mean ALL) our immediate family lives…this includes 6 parents & step-parents plus our brothers. (you can only imagine what this means…lots of good, the occasional bad, and sometimes it’s downright ugly.) Fast forward a couple years after getting married, we decided to start trying for a family. The first month we were going to ttc, I got cold feet. I’m not kidding you, I absolutely refused to let my husband near me. A week or so later, I got over it, but figured we missed any chance of conceiving that month. What I didn’t know was that I ovulated a week late, and who’d have thunk it…but we got pregnant! I guess the man upstairs knows what he is doing sometimes. My pregnancy with DD#1 was pretty uneventful (basic morning sickness), but l&d more than made up for it. I’ll get around to writing her birth story for all of you sometime in the near future. With both of our girls we waited to find out the gender. This time around, DH really wanted to find out at 20 weeks, but I just couldn't get over the idea of not waiting in my heart, so I told him he could find out, but I didn't want to know. What a sweetie, he said, if I didn't find out then neither would he. Bless his heart.

So, with DD#2, it took about 6 cycles to get +, making the girls about 27 months apart in age. With Isabella, the pregnancy was again uneventful except I decided that I didn't want to go back to the hospital. I love my OB (still do), but I refuse to go to the hospital for routine reasons. I asked him to be my backup at my 32 week appointment and I was so nervous. He refused and my BP wouldn't drop. Next thing I know, they've got me on the 24 urine thing to test for pre-e. I saw both the MW and OB over the next several weeks and once I made the decision in my heart to transfer over to the birth center, my BP dropped back to normal. My best BP was at 36 weeks... looking back on that... it makes me laugh (and know I made the right decision.) Two weeks later, I had Isabella.
The two labor and deliveries were totally different... like night and day.

So this time around, I was pretty undecided on if we would have a #3 or if we were done. Sometimes I felt like our family was complete other times... not so much. Anyways, when last Sept. rolled around, I said ,"hey honey, if we got pregnant this month, the baby would be the same distance in age as Emily and Izzy... i don't think I want them much farther apart in age... so what do you think?" Well, do to extenuating circumstances we didn't DTD until day 18 of my cycle and I assumed we had pasted our chance at getting pregnant. Day 28... I have some bleeding so I assume my period has started. I even told hubby that I was sorry he wouldn't be getting a birthday present... well, what started never finished and a few days later I started to wonder... took the test and there it was... kept the secret for 3 days and gave DH the pee stick all wrapped up for his birthday. LOL! Was he ever surprised :o since he thought I had been on my period all week.

Up until last weekend, this was a very uneventful pregnancy. If you didn't see my post last Sunday... here's the link. Basically, I've been spotting since Saturday night but u/s didn't reveal anything so it's just assumed that it's from cervical changes. It isn't a bloody show as I remember it, but I am dilating, so who knows what's up.

OK -- that's a novel. I'm impressed if you read it all and didn't just skim it! Biggrin I guess next up will be the girls birth stories... if I can find them on the computer somewhere. I never posted them in the lodges... guess I'll have to remember to that this time around. LOL!

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I enjoyed reading your story! Boy, you were way less windy than I am, I wrote a novel, lol! But I can't wait to read your birth stories, if you can get them posted. I'd really like to read about the differences between the two experiences.

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great reading so far, can't wait for more

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It was great reading your story, I can't wait for the birth stories!

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Emily Kaytlin's birth story

Talk about a novel... here you go!

40 weeks + 4 days
All week I’ve been taking 3 or 4 walks/day around the neighborhood, trying to get labor started. Knowing an induction date of next Wednesday was looming, I was starting to try to come to terms with being induced, even though it would be 41 weeks along, not 42. Baby had been looking great of the NST and I just couldn’t figure out why I had to be induced and why my body wouldn’t go into labor.

Anyways, between 5 and 6 pm, I started to feel some cramping-like pains that were lasting 45 seconds or so. I wasn’t sure it was labor because I thought they were suppose to last on 15 to 30 seconds… and these were already starting to take my breath away. It kind of became obvious that something new was happening, I never had any Braxton-hicks contractions…so I figured after an hour or two that maybe I should call my doula and let her know I might be needing her later in the night. I was told to give her a call around 10 or 11 to see if they were getting closer.

Since they were still between 20 and 15 minutes a part, we decided to turn in early and go to sleep. I was able to dose off in between the contractions, but they did wake me up… all night. At some point, the started lasting about 60 seconds every 10 minutes… like clockwork. One contraction every 10 minutes… no matter what I did, they wouldn’t budge. I told the doula I would call her in the morning or when things got going… nothing changed and about 7 am we drove over to my FIL house. They were out of town and offered the house to labor in since I didn’t want to go to the hospital too early. They lived less than 5 minutes away from the hospital compared to our 30/40 minutes. I walked the lake 3 different times, tried to take naps, etc. Nothing seemed to work…the contractions were lasting 2 minutes, but only coming every 10. I was most definitely stuck in labor limbo! It sucked! Our doula was the only person that had actually dealt with a natural labor as my mom never had kids (I’m adopted) & my MIL had c-sections. Finally around 4 pm, the contractions were about 7 minutes apart so the doula suggested I get in the tub and try to relax. Sure enough, the warm water got my contractions a little closer together and they were 5 to 6 minutes apart lasting 2 minutes. Once they were going for an hour or so, she suggested we head on over to the hospital. After 24 hours of labor, I readily agreed.

The hospital was a totally unexpected experience…I checked in telling them I was in labor having 2 min contractions every five minutes… I expected to be taken back right away, but instead I stood in the waiting area for another hour. Finally called back, I guess my blood pressure sent them into a tizzy. I was also spilling blood and protein (of course no one told me about the blood)… and subsequently got *****ed out by the triage nurse. There really is no other way to describe her incredibly rude and unprofessional behavior. “How dare I put my baby in danger by laboring outside the hospital.” I had no signs of pre-e during my 40+ weeks of labor plus my OB told me to stay out of the hospital as long as possible to reduce the chance of interventions. I labored for another 45 minutes or so in a little triage room with 2 minute-long contractions coming every 4 minutes. Finally, when a different nurse brought me back, I was 8 cm dilated. I didn’t get my hep-lock because of the high BP, but at least I was being given a delivery room right away. Forced into a wheelchair, (I so wanted to walk… I found walking through the contractions to be the best way to deal with the pain) off I went upstairs.

I met my L&D nurse, who was supportive of my natural birth. She herself had chosen not to use drugs when she gave birth so she at least understood what I was trying to achieve. They started to put the monitors on and I said, no I want the ones that aren’t tied down (the ones that were wireless…) “ Oh, those weren’t working”… to which my reply was something like, “bull****, I didn’t choose this hospital to be tied down to a bed while laboring.” Funny, they found a different wireless set for me to use. (not that it mattered in the end) My OB showed up and checked me. By then I was a 10… oh sweet relief… thank goodness.

My OB told me my BP was high (I still to this day don’t know exactly how high it was…) but that he put a rush on my blood work… if everything was fine, then I wouldn’t get mag-sulfate. If it came back bad though, he would order it as soon as I was done pushing the baby out. I wasn’t even sure what that chemical was or its affects… so glad I didn’t have to go through with it in the end. He asked my consent to break the water since I was a week past due and they wanted to check for merconium and since I was already dilated I consented. After that, the L&D nurse took over and for the life of me, I don’t know why but she stuck her finger about ½ way up the birth canal and pushed down hard. It hurt like the dickens and that was were I was suppose to aim my pushes??? Anyways, for the next 4 hours I pushed and pushed. During this time, I had the anesthesiologist come in without knocking saying “I’m here to give the epidural”… at this point I have to laugh because my Mom, hubby, doula, OB, and L&D nurse simultaneously yelled, “GET OUT.” She took the hint.

About 2.5 hours into pushing, you could see the L&D nurses and pediatric nurses starting to get ancy… I was scared that they would start talking c-section too. My big problem wasn’t being able to push, but these long breaks of 5 minutes or more between contractions. What I had to figure out was that the textbook way of pushing wasn’t going to work for me. The contractions lasted for 60 to 90 seconds and I had 3/4/5 minutes breaks in between. Everytime I’d make progress pushing, I’d lose it during the breaks. (Somewhere in all of this, I heard my OB say I have a dysfunctional uterus… but what the heck did that mean?) At 3 hours, my OB came back, and bless his soul, he never said a word about a c-sec. He told me to just keep on pushing and we could do this as long as we needed. He then kicked the pediatric nurses out because they were causing me too much stress… it was obvious they wanted a c-section. After 4 hours of pushing I finally got my baby’s head out. I didn’t get to push the rest of the body out as the OB turned and pulled the baby out. I’m sure this is when I went to a 2nd degree tear as it hurt! I was exhausted… and at 12:20 AM on Dec. 11, 2006, Emily was born. (all 9 lbs and 11 oz)

The 1st words spoken were not, “it’s a girl”, but “she’s a chunky monkey” and “no wonder you were having a little bit of trouble, you gave birth to a 2 month old…”
Ok, we didn’t know if we were having a boy or girl so all I really wanted was to know if the baby was a he or she. We still didn’t have girl names, so I cried and cried, God had sent me a baby angel. (I had really prepared myself for a boy even though I desperately wanted my 1st to be a girl.) Hubby passed her around to all the grandparents that were in town and my mom, MIL, step-FIL, dad, step-mom all got a chance to hold her while I was being stitched up. After about 40 minutes later, I finally got to hold her and have her latch on. Subsequently breastfed for about 45 minutes. Eye ointment and vit K shot were delayed until after she was done breastfeeding. (by law in Fl, both have to be done within 1 hour of being born, but it was closer to 2 hours…) The next morning we named her Emily Kaytlin (Kaytlin spelled Kay for my mom who’s middle name was Kay). She was beautiful.

For the next 2 days in the hospital were like most post-partum rooms I assume. The only part I couldn’t figure out was why only my mom and my MIL visited us in the hospital and for less than an hour each. I was given the ok to check out and no one came. I started to get depressed. I asked my DH was I wrong to think that they would be here to see me out and all of us go to our house to get the 3 of us settled in? This was the 1st grandchild, I guess I expected them to be spoiling her from the beginning… and to be honest, I just gave them a grandchild… where what the happiness I was expecting. Turns out, though I never asked or agreed, my doula took it upon herself to tell my family to leave us alone. My mom though that these were my wishes and never asked… she though I was having the doula do something I wasn’t able to do myself. Anyways, Wade called my mom, found out the story, told her that was never our intent and that I was getting depressed because no one was there to share my joy. My mom took care of the rest and within an hour and ½ the whole family was there with gifts and balloons they had, waiting to give to us. I’ll have to find those pictures of us leaving the hospital. The family got a lecture from the nurse about me not lifting a finger around the house until my BP came down, it was still in the 150s/100s when I left the hospital.

That’s it… we left the hospital on Dec. 12 and never looked back.

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So, as far as today goes, for the 1st time i've felt like the baby head has been very low the whole day... i've been waddling not just feeling big. I've continue to have my issue again today & no news from the MW (so I assume I do not have an infection... they would have contacted me by now...) so I guess I'm continuing to soften and dialate.

Oh, and my brother started the baby pool today. If we get all the slots filled up, jackpot is worth $350. We split the day into 2 12-hour segments (AM/PM) with a $5/slot (date and time is by random drawing). We did sort of rig the 24th of May (I have the AM and my brother has the PM)...but no one should begruge us having our mom's birthday. LOL!

Off to bed, it was a long day... I'll work on Isabella's birth story and post it tomorrow.

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Today was a wonderful lazy day... After church we took the girls out to brunch. We came home and Isabella and I took a nap together. It was nice but I'm going to start getting into a panic soon... I'm such a procrastinator.

Im still working on Isabella's story... And I have my 37 week appointment tomorrow. I feel like a ton of weight has been lifted off my shoulders because we made it to the 37 week mark and now we can have our birth center birth. Hope all had a good weekend... Thanks for reading! Smile

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glad yesterday was so relaxing, those are the best days.

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Gotta love a relaxing day! We don't get many of those with 2 kiddo's running around!

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So, it's been one of those weeks already... LOL! I guess that should be expected after such a relaxing sunday.

Monday was my 37 week MW appointment. TMI alert: Found out I do have a BV infection that is probably irritating my cervix causing the spotting I've been dealing with. Then last night, I may have lost my mucus plug... at least something came out, but it wasn't like I remember my mucus plug. So, who knows? I'm starting to waddle though... LOL!

In the meantime, I'm in the process of trying to finish getting things together... what 0-3 month clothes I do have are washed and ready to go. (I gave most of them away and what I kept the stains are so set in and ugly now that I couldn't use them if I wanted too.) I need to get a pack of white onesies for after the birth for the 1st day or so. I'm also proud that I got my car cleaned out and vaccumed today. Wink That was a big accomplishment.

The best part of my day today: pre-natal massage... so delightful & relaxing!

Jen

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do you have a place you can put your clothes outside? It's amazing what the sun can take out, but I don't know what stains you have. I put a shirt out that a 6 month old stain on it, came right out.

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Isabella's birth story:

Another long birth story... my apologizes in advance for spelling or grammar mistakes... I just finished it and haven't taken the time yet to edit it. I wanted to get it up asap.

Isabella Rebecca born 3/ 9/ 2009 at 9:03 AM

At 10 pm exactly, I started to get up and leave Emily’s room. We had just moved her into her big girl room, and we were still trying to help her get to sleep at night. For whatever reason, she was wired, and didn’t fall asleep until 10. This is when the 1st contraction hit. But let me back up…

I started feeling the occasional pinchy contraction about a week earlier. Just a few a day, never in a pattern and lasting different lengths. I can remember driving and having one hit. Not exactly the place I wanted to be, but no big deal too. Then on Saturday I had several crampy, Braxton hicks contractions each hour, but the petered out by the evening. The next morning the contractions were back, so my mom and brother came over to help and get me moving in hopes of starting labor…we walked around the neighborhood several times, etc. My mom just knew I was going to have this baby early. We discussed girl names in case we had anther girl. The boy name had been pretty much picked out… but I just wasn’t sure about a girl name. By 4 o’clock, it was obvious that the contractions were going away again, so we said our goodbyes. As of 6 pm, they had stopped.

So at 10 pm, as I started to stand up I got this amazingly painful contraction… it was very obvious that this was real, not a Braxton hicks. I’m not sure how long it lasted, but I went to my hubby and said… I just had a real contraction… if I have another, I think we are going into labor. Sure enough at 10:30, another contraction hit. I had 2 more, but only every 30 minutes. I realized I had to try and shut them down so I could sleep for a few hours. I called the MW on-call, she said to get in the tub and take Benadryl… if it was false labor, it should shut it down… if it was real labor, things would continue to progress. Sure enough, things didn’t slow down, instead they got faster every 15 minutes or so, lasting 2 minutes each. I told DH to go to sleep,, I was going to try and nap and would wake him if things got closer together. I couldn’t sleep… the pain was just too much and there was no pattern to the contractions… I decided I really needed to see the MW just to know where I was. I was actually feeling a little pushy and that had me worried. After all, I labored with Emily for 26 hours… I’d only been laboring since 10pm and I wasn’t even sure the first couple of hours counted there were so few contractions.

We called the MW and you could tell she wasn’t to thrilled to be going in at 3 am, but I knew we needed to be checked. We were at the birth center by 3:30 or so (with my mom and MIL in tow), but the MW didn’t arrive until 4:15. I starting to feel the need to push, so it was totally disheartening when she told me I was only 2 cm dilated and 60% effaced. I was told to go home and labor there for a while. I was told my bag of waters was so low that it was pushing on the nerve and that at 5 or 6 cm it would become really intense and that I would need to fight through the contractions to not push. Anyways, DH and I decided to go to my mom’s house to labor as she lived a lot closer to the birth center than we did. We filled up my mom’s garden tub and I labored in it for the next 3 hours. I kept thinking that the water would help, but the contractions were so intense. Very quickly I started having double peaking contractions lasting 4, 5, and 6 minutes long. My contractions never got into a pattern… sometimes I’d have a 10 minute break and sometimes I’d only have a minute or 2 before the next contraction would hit. On top of that, every time I’d contract, I’d fight having the feeling of needing to push. After a few hours, I told DH I couldn’t do it anymore. Let’s go to the birth center… if I’m not fully dilated then we are going to have to transfer me and let me get some pain relief. I felt weak for not being able to handle it, but I also knew that I would probably mess up my cervix pushing if I didn’t find way to relax. The pain of the double peaks and fighting the desire to push was just too much. I just knew I wasn’t fully dilated… it had only been 3 hours. What seemed like an eternity, we finally got back to the birth center. Every time a contraction would hit, I’d make DH pull over… I just couldn’t handle the bumps in the road while contracting. And of course, they were lasting 4 or 5 minutes… so the 10 minute drive turned into a 30 or 40 minute drive… I don’t remember.

We finally show up to the birth center and I get checked around 8:20 or so. Turns out I was completely dilated… who knows how long I had been like that… but just the shear joy in the knowledge that I could start pushing and I wouldn’t hurt myself. So I climbed onto the bed at the birth center and started to push... About 20 minutes into pushing, my water finally broke. I remember feeling so bad for the MW who got totally splashed by it. After that, my blood pressure was still up and I was told to get it down or they would have to call for a transfer. I can remember being told, but it didn’t register until my mom looked me in the eye and told me again…then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I can remember saying you can’t send me to the hospital…not now. (the bottom number was over 90, and I guess that’s a big no-no…) Somehow, I was able to calm myself down and bring it down close enough to 90 while I was pushing. A couple of pushes later, and DD#2 was born. I couldn’t believe how easy it was compared to my first, who took 4 hours of pushing to deliver.

She was brought to my chest and for the 1st five minutes, all I could see was a head of black hair. I wasn’t even sure if I’d had a baby girl or baby boy. When I asked, they told me to pick up the baby and look… sure enough, girl parts! She quickly started nursing, the cord pulsed for 20 minutes or so. The placenta was delivered about 40 minutes or so after she was born. What an amazing experience having her outside the hospital without all the craziness we experienced with Emily. My mom and MIL both had a hard time with my decision to transfer, though they were very supportive when I was with them. Afterwards, my mom better understood my choice and said the difference in the deliveries was like Night and Day.

When DD#2 was finally sleeping, I handed my DH the baby name book and told him to start looking while I took a nap. We really hadn’t come up with anything as I wasn’t expecting to go into labor at 38 weeks. She weighed in at 8lbs 8 oz. I couldn’t believe it… she was on track to be as big as her sister if she’d decided to bake that long… boy was I glad she came out early.

So after I my nap, I took a shower and we finally decided on a name… Isabella (Izzy) Rebecca. Her middle name is after my MIL’s middle name. We did something similar with our first daughter who’s middle name is Kaytlin spelled Kay for my mom’s middle name. We were home by 6pm with all the family including Emily waiting to meet our newest addition. The end.

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Can't believe another weekend is here... planning on taking it easy, though I still need to find a takehome outfit for a girl and for a boy. Somewhere there is a box wrapped up with a takehome outfit from my mom... it's for a boy. (We opened up the one for a girl when Emily was born years ago...I used the same outfit for Isabella but since then, it is so stained that I couldn't use it again...boo!) The one problem is that I'm sure it's a newborn size and I don't pop out newborn size babies! LOL! I still want to have it with me though just in case.

Ugh...and the baby car seat is still not put together... what is it going to take to get hubby's tush in gear to get the done. LOL!

I'm exausted so I'm turning in... no news on the baby front... just some movement and occasionally I waddle becasue the head is low... but no real BH contractions.

Jen

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What a great birth story! TFS!

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Had a great day today... glad to see that the world didn't end yesterday! I'll leave all that rapture stuff up to the big man upstairs!

Had a very pleasant day with DH and the girls... Emily and Izzy helped me pick out the take home outfits for a boy or girl. We also got the hats and receiving blankets I needed too. We went over to a friend's house and the girls played while we went through a boatload of hand-me-downs. We stayed and had dinner together... very blessed to have them in our lives.

I also put the car seat together today, finally. Decided it would never happen if I waited on the DH to do it. LOL! In his defense, I made him drive to the other side of town to pick up HD video tape for our camcorder that they were out of at the local Best buy and to find an AC/DC converter for my breast pump.

Wishing I was feeling something of a hint towards labor, but really nothing. No signs at all... oh well.

Off to bed...

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Glad you are ready with the outfits and the carseat Smile

Loved reading through your previous births!

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This has been a tough day for me... today was my mom's birthday. I lost my mom to cancer in March 2010... so getting pregnant 6 mo after her passing was kind of tough to begin with, but then on top of it... I realized I would be full term on her birthday. I kept thinking how awesome it would be... like a gift from her to have this baby on her birthday. So, I've begged and pleaded with God to let it happen... but no such luck.

I just really wanted this... I don't think I realized how much until the day passed. My mom was my best friend... she was sounding board when I needed someone to talk to. I trusted her instinct when I'd have a problem and need to work it out... she was my shopping buddy. (Always truthful about clothing... and could always find amazing outfits for me even though I'd walk right by them...) There is a hole in my heart that can't be filled no matter what... I just know that she'd be upset with me if I let it control me. Ever since her passing, I've always said I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Breaking down doesn't happen as often as it use to...but something will happen and it's as if I just lost her the day before. Anyways... I was hoping we'd have a grandchild for her on her birthday... I don't think this little one likes the idea though.

Anyways -- I'm going to leave it at that and not get anymore morbid. I'm definitely having some BH contractions that make it harder to breath... don't ask me why, but I notice the heaviness of my breathing before I realize my tummy's hardened up and I'm having BH contrax. I probably could count the total number today at less than 10 though... so not really anything that great.

Have a nice night... assuming I'm preggo tomorrow, I'm taking the girls to the science center to see the Curious George exhibit before it goes away this weekend.

Jen

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I am finally caught up. I loved reading your birth stories. How totally different! I wonder how long you were complete with your second birth before you got to the birth center to push!

I am so sorry about your mom. What a special relationship you had. I am praying for you tonight to have peace and comfort about it. {{{HUGS}}}

Sounds like you have a fun day planned tomorrow. Hope you all have a blast!

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I am sorry about your mom- that must be incredibly difficult. I hope you had a peaceful night. Hugs!

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Well, that was fun! I woke up about 4/4:30 am this morning and couldn't get back to sleep... then I realized why... contractions... crampy contractions that I could feel in my back...

Anyways... got up, had a TMI moment, and the contractions wouldn't go away. They weren't that strong, just could feel them around my entire body moving from front to back... kind of sounds textbook..huh? No pattern... sometimes 5 minutes apart sometimes 10 or 15... but consistant. Anyways... woke DH up to find my cell phone to time them & kind of got him in a panic... next thing I know he's putting the car seat in the car... LOL!

Just drank lots of water and layed on my left side for the past few hours...but things seem to be pettering out or staying the same... so I'm going to go on with my plans for the day. I don't think labor has begun... just some pre-labor fun! Yipee...

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Hopefully it's your body gearing up to have the baby this weekend! Definitely sounds like those were the real thing.

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Called the MW around 8:30, we talked... she suggested I rest, get a nap in... things sound "promising" (several tmi moments and probably bloody show)... those were her words, not mine. LOL! Anyways, my wonderful BIL is off today and will be taking the girls to the Science center to see the dinasours/curious george exibit.. etc.

Wish I was going, but I don't need to be pushing it... I'll take a walk around the neighborhood later and I'm very happy our home cleaners will be here later today. Something might be clean... I am still having the contractions on and off, but not in any pattern and just when I think they are gone...one comes along. Oh my...

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NOTHING... absolutely NOTHING... so bummed out right now...

oh well... DH was a sweetheart, ran out to the grocery store for some orange juice, & cooked waffles this morning for the family. Yum! Later, he's watching the girls while I go get a pre-natal massage... maybe that will relax me and get things going!

In the meantime, I'm just going to enjoy my girls...

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Even though labor hasn't started, maybe all those contractions were moving things along. Hope the real deal starts soon for you!

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Sorry it didn't keep going for you. You'll be holding your LO so soon! Hope you enjoyed you massage.

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Still waiting... I've got my 39 week appointment today. Not expecting anything there to happen...

Sleep is getting a lot harder for me... for whatever reason, when I lay on my sides, my hip bones start to feel brusied and my legs are starting to fall asleep... it makes it very difficult to fall asleep. Oh well...

so, anyone got some home induction remidies that the "swear" by? Guess I'm starting to think in terms of mac n' cheese with A1 sauce... LOL! (actually, I can't stand A1, so that would be a bit of a jump for me...)

On the positive side... lots of progress was made for Isabella's big girl room... and the girls decorated onesies for their little brother or sister. They are so cute! So, somethings gotten done. that's the status as of now...

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That is such a sweet idea to have the girls decorate onesies! I hope you're able to sleep better and get rested before the little one arrives.

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Ah, you are getting so close, I'm sorry the contractions from a few days ago didn't stay. Love the idea of the onesies.

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going to sleep, but before i do... figured I'd give a daily update:

i went and worked out in a yoga/pilates class and made a run to costco. the girls loved the fact that i bought them chocolate muffins... LOL!

i think i may have overdone it a little, because I got nausous from about 3:3o pm on... but and the braxton hicks contractions have been going pretty good this evening... but no sign of real impending labor. Oh well...

think I'm taking the girls swimming tomorrow... not sure what else...

oh, i also cleaned out the refrigerator except for the bottom drawer and side door pockets and most of the pantry has been reorganized. Hopefully i can finish the refrig and freezer tomorrow... they really needed it. I'd say i'm nesting, but i just realized how awful it would be to have someone look in there. LOL!

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*note: I stole some of this from my post over on my birth month board if anyone reads both, but this is more detailed...*

It's friday afternoon and it seems like this baby is taking forever... I have contractions (crampy and I can even feel them in my back a little) when I sit or lie down, but they go away when I get up...

At midnight last night I started getting the crampy contractions, but I knew they were BH so I tried to get to sleep. Unfortunately, I was up until 2:30 or so and then I was awake again at 5 am (got a snooze in from 6-7am). So a total of got 3/ 3.5 hours of sleep last night... they BHs were coming too often for me to fall asleep. On top of it, before or right after the BH contraction, my heart would start beating wildly... which just kept me up and unable to sleep.

My due date is on Monday or Tuesday depending on who you ask... and I'm just ready. I guess I just didn't expect to wait this long (your whole point of view get changed when baby #2 was born at 38 weeks...)

So... I took the girls to their swim teacher's house to swim this morning... they had a great time. We then went to Hallmark and picked up daddy day cards, so hopefully I'm ahead enough that the baby will say, ok... I can come out now... LOL!

I just had a couple of very crampy contractions... maybe? I'm starting to really doubt that I'll recongize labor when it starts... ugh! OK -- time to get the girls away from the TV and go play outside in the hot florida sun!

Jen

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:bigarmhug: Hang in there! I know I was DONE once I hit 39 weeks with both mine. It's so miserable when you're mentally ready, but nothing's happening. You'll be holding your LO soon!

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The end is so hard. Hang in there, it will happen soon. Hugs!

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Hopefully no news is good news and you are busy with your new LO!

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Hope you are doing well today. I'm nervous I'll be in your position in a couple weeks - my first was also at 38 weeks.

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Ugh... nope... no baby yet! Both my girls were born on Monday... so hopefully today (it's after midnight...) is the day. I've stayed up hoping these contractions I've been having tonight would get stronger, but I don't think so. I'm going to bed now in hopes of getting some rest. Baby #3 has dropped majorly as of Sat. afternoon...and by that I mean the head is pushing on the pelvic bone making it almost impossible for me to walk/sit/stand without pain... the baby has been dropping and engaged on and off for weeks... but now the head seems to be permanently stuck. I hope this means soon...

As my brother posted on facebook tonight at me... "what's this baby waiting for... an engraved invitation???"

Well... I'm off to bed... fingers crossed, maybe something starts up while I'm resting and relaxed... LOL!

Jen

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Jen, hopefully something got going during your rest! I can imagine it must be hard to wait with a previous baby born at 38 weeks! Hopefully the baby feeling so low and engaged really means something! Can't wait to read your birth story, hoping with you it happens soon!

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Any news?

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Hope baby comes very soon for you! I wouldn't know what to do if I went overdue either (mine were born at 40 W and 39 W 5 D). Having one born at 38 weeks makes it even worse. On the bright side, you will be holding your LO within a week or two and it won't seem like a long time after baby is here.
Hugs!!!

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Any progress???? How are you?

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