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Welcome to your lodge! So excited to have you here!

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Hooray, you have a loge now! Congrats!

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From a post on Dec '10

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Kendra just wanted to let everyone know that shes in L&D right now - contractions every 2 mins apart but so far no dilation. They tried to stop her labor but it didn't work so they are waiting to see if hes going to come on his own. I have to work tonight but I will try to update as I can!
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thanks for the update, Mindie! I will be thinking of her!

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This may be one short-lived lodge! She hit 36 weeks today I think.
The next update from her birth buddy:

Shes been contracting since 3 pm yesterday - no pain meds so far! So she is well on her way to getting her NCB

I can't wait to hear what happens next, sending happy positive vibes her way!

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Welcome to your lodge, Kendra! Sending healthy vibes to you and baby!!

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Hope labor is going well!!!!

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Well I guess I will jst have to start my lodge a little bit backwards. First off thanks Smile Can't wait to share my story but here is my story from L&D today.

Well yesterday afternoon I started having really bad cramps at about 3 pm but I figured they were just from walking around too much that morning. by about 730 or 8 is was getting to the point that I was really uncomfortable. But I was having a hard time timing my contractions. They weren't like what everyone keep describing. They where just loads of pressure in my pelciv area and some back pain. Well I called the l&d nurse to see what she said to see if I should go in and she told me that it sounded like nothing to put my feet up and drink a couple glasses of water. So between then and about 11 I walked and leaned over the egde of my bed with my knees on the ground took my second hot bath of the day and at 11 i kinda nodded off to sleep. Well 12:30 rolls around and I wake back up with more pressure and back pains so I do the same thing. Walked and leaned and just kind of piddled. by about 230 I was done. Leaning over the toilet puking was kinda my last straw. So off to l&d we went.

So we get there and get everything started. Well since I was 36 weeks today my doctor ordered a shot of what ever it was to stop the contractions. I was ok with that I was only at 1 cm and it would give my little boy some time to bake. Well at about 4 or 430 they gave me the shot and it looked like the contractions started to lighten up, also let me say at this point I didnt have an IV only the constant monitoring because we wanted to watch the contractions. well at 5 is when it went bad. I had a reaction to the shot they gave me and I passed out my BP plumited and they lost the babies heart beat. All I remember was looking at her and trying to tell her that I was getting really fuzzy and light-headed. Well the next thing I remember its like 45 minutes later. I'm half naked and there are like 4 nurses in the room and I've got an IV in my arm. Luckily everything was stabilized tho.

After that I was pretty out of it until about 7 am when the contractions started to get really painfull. So at this point after the shot didn't work on the contractions I had desided that I was going to have a baby. My doctor wasn't able to make it in until about noon so one of the nurses checked me... Still at a 1. They asked me if I wanted something to take the edge off and I desided against it. So from about 7 until 1230 when my doctor got there the contraxs stayed pretty constant 2-3 minutes apart. I thought I was making progress. With all the pressure I was feeling. Well when my doc got there and I still hadn't dilated they signed it off as false labor and said that if by 5 I hadn't dilated any then they would be sending me home with something for the pain. I also learned that I have another kidney infection and that this was what was probably causing the false labor

Im not exactly sure why but at this point I kind of lost the last bit of mental composure I had. So I spend the next 5 and a half hours sitting in my hospital bed in my mom's arms like a 5 year old crying. I'd been told several times since about 7 that morning that I was going to have a baby and that in the next day I'd get to meet my son and then had it ripped away from me.

So now its 7 pm and im sitting at home miserabley still having contractions about every 7 minutes with tons of pressure and a killer head ache trying not to be upset.... That was probably one of the hardest things I've ever done... walking out of that hospital still pregnant. I know that its going to give him more time to bake.... But it's still really hard... I just have to keep telling myself he needed a few more weeks to bake any ways.

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welcome to your lodge!

sorry to hear the kidney infection caused a false alarm and got your hopes up :bigarmhug:

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Yikes! That actually sounds similar to my L&D stay last pregnancy, except I was 28 weeks. The shot stuff made me pass out too. It was pretty wretched.
I don't blame you for losing it a bit- that many hours of having contractions is hard enough when you know it is being productive, moving you towards your goal.
I am SO super proud of you for letting babers bake a bit longer. Even though at 36 weeks he'd probably be ok, if you can give him even ONE more week, it can make a huge difference (that's what I'm telling myself at this point, if only if it will help us avoid the jaundice we had last time).
Hang in there, I'm sorry you've got so much to deal with!

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Yikes! That actually sounds similar to my L&D stay last pregnancy, except I was 28 weeks. The shot stuff made me pass out too. It was pretty wretched.
I don't blame you for losing it a bit- that many hours of having contractions is hard enough when you know it is being productive, moving you towards your goal.
I am SO super proud of you for letting babers bake a bit longer. Even though at 36 weeks he'd probably be ok, if you can give him even ONE more week, it can make a huge difference (that's what I'm telling myself at this point, if only if it will help us avoid the jaundice we had last time).
Hang in there, I'm sorry you've got so much to deal with!

This is what I keep telling myself. Giving him more time will insure a healthier baby. But its still hard.

The contractions still realy havn't lightend up as much as I would like but It is better then it was. I still have a killer headache which I assume is from the elevated blood presure. My BP is usually around 110/60 ish and last night when leaving the hospital it was 149/70 something. They didnt seem overly concerned about it tho I will be keeping an eye on it for the next couple says. We have BP monitor here at home so Smile

Well I have a doctors appointment today at 1030. So I will post last with an update on what she says.

Thanks for all the support ladies makes it a little easier to still be pregnant.

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Wow how scary. I started contracting at 28w and was put on medication to stop them. Stopped the medicine at 35w5d and started contracting regularly at 36w on the dot. They actually decided to deliver me. I was scared to death that my baby was too early. Luckily he was fine though. He did have some jaundice issues which I am fairly certain we would have avoided if he had come later. Hang in there. I know it is hard, but it really is better for baby to stay in for just a while longer. Hugs!

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Welcome to your lodge, I'm so sorry about all the preterm stuff though, how frustrating, of course you want your baby to bake longer, but when told you're going to have your baby that day and going through all the motions, it has to be frustrating.

:bighug: I hope your appointment went well today

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My post will be about my intro I promise! Hehe. I am doing this so backwards Blum 3

36 week appointment was today and it went pretty well. The contractions have slowed down to about 1 every 10-15 minutes. Which is alot more bareable then them being so close togather. Babys heart beat was 151 which is about what it have been this entire pregnancy. Well my cervix is soft and I am still pretty much at 1cm but she said that I was close to a 1.5 then I had been yesterday when they checked me. Yay half a centemeter in like... 30 hours. They hooked me up to the NST for 30 minutes and everything was good. Got my Beta test back and that was negative so thats a plus side. Other then that nothing new to report. I go back next Tuesday at 11:15 so we shall see.

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I am sure that this is an emotional roller coaster--wanting your baby to be healthy, wanting to meet him, not wanting to keep dealing with contractions...so many feelings. I hope the contractions go away for a while and you can just keep baking him!

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

I am sure that this is an emotional roller coaster--wanting your baby to be healthy, wanting to meet him, not wanting to keep dealing with contractions...so many feelings. I hope the contractions go away for a while and you can just keep baking him!

I think this is my biggest issue. I've had a really rough couple months as far as my emotions go. I've been struggling with depression but I have been avoiding getting on any type of medication for it. Physically I feel like crape too but that I can handle because I know that keeping him baking longer is whats best for him. But the being told when I first went in up until hours before they sent me home that I was going to have a baby. Was hard... Almost cruel. I went in thinking they would stop it and that I'd be comming home for another couple weeks. But when the shot didn't work and they werent going to give me another one they then desided that I was going to be taking my son home.... I had a hard time accepting that I was going to have a baby that was only 36 weeks. It's a mix of emotions that I am having a really hard time coping with and I know that it's going to take me a couple days to get over it. I just keep reminding myself that he will be fully baked and ready to come home when I have him.

oh and P.S. bedrest sucks

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Oh man, what a head game! You are doing great staying positive and happy to keep baking a little longer. I hope the kidney infection is coming under control and you are more comfortable. Maybe have a cookie, or 20. Put the last week behind you and find your baby zen. I'm picturing a very pregnant lady meditating on a mountain...with a plate of cookies.

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"Melissa1223" wrote:

Oh man, what a head game! You are doing great staying positive and happy to keep baking a little longer. I hope the kidney infection is coming under control and you are more comfortable. Maybe have a cookie, or 20. Put the last week behind you and find your baby zen. I'm picturing a very pregnant lady meditating on a mountain...with a plate of cookies.

Haha. That's what we went and got was a big tube of chocolate chip cookies I havn't made them yet..... because our cookie sheets are still packed in a box somewhere. Ugh. Im so glad that we are making our final move tomorrow

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Introduction... FINALLY Biggrin (I kind of suck at stuff like this)

Whoo hooo 36 weeks I am soo glad to be this close to being done! Smile I can't wait to meet my little man.

Ok so I guess I'll start with how me and the baby's father met..

His name is Roy and hes not really in the picture any more. Let me explain. We had been togather for a year and a half and ended up getting preggers. We were happy but from there it pretty much went down hill. I don't know what happened really. It was like as soon as we really started talking about a future togather that we really and truly realised just how different we were and it didn't work. We tried. Several times and each time the fighting and argueing got worse so we went out seperate ways. He's still involved to an extent but not as much as I'd really like him to be. He's still a great guy and I still plan for him to have a say and be able to see his son but as far as an us goes that option is really out.

Since we split we have had some issues yes but we are working on things.

Now on to me. Not all that exciting.

I'm Kendra and I'm 19 which is young I know but I hope yall dont mind. I just recently made a move to Huntington Beach California at the begining of this month with my parents. And it's been crazy. I will be going back to college in January to finish up my accouting degree only about a year and a half left! WHOOHOOO. Yes I still live with my parents but it was a choice I made for me and my son. I needed help and back in Texas that really wasn't an option. Out here I don't have bills to worry about and I also have free in-home child care. So I sucked it up and moved back in with them which is ok with me. My mom is my best friend and pretty much the best labor coach I could have asked for! Shes already read my entire Hypnobirthing book. So now Im babbling and I dont know what else to say Smile Got any questions ask away.

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Welcome and thanks for sharing. Will it help at all to tell you I have a step son who is 21. LOL Wink

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Thanks for sharing your intro, Kendra. I am actually pretty young, too. I'm 25 and I already have two kids Smile I'm sorry things didn'y work out with you and the baby's father. It sounds like your family will be a good support system for you, though.

What made you decide you wanted a natural birth?

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Well my second L&D trip was just as uneventful as the first. I started having contractions yesterday at like noon and went in at about 6 and they where a minute to a minute and a half apart. Sadly still no progression. I am still at 1 cm. So they stuck me with and IV hydrated me gave me a huge does of antibiotics thru it to try and knock out the UTI hoping that this will stop all the contractions. When I found out there was no progression I wont lie i asked for some pain meds. I know it's really against what I wanted to do but I was miserable. I mean I can stand miserable if I am making progress and something is happening But I was just hurting like h*ll for nothing I felt like. So now I have two bruised hands (The nurse who did my IV SUCKED) that are being iced down. So now I'm pretty much on strick regulations to not do anything. Sweep, vacuum, move stuff in the babies room... I can sit on the couch or the bed and play on the computer. Joy.... Looks like my SIMS3 game is about to get alot of hours!!!

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Sad Well today going ok I guess. Emotionally I am pretty drained and physically I'm hurting. I know there a couple of you ladies who are going thru the same thing as me or somthing pretty similar with the constant contractions and honestly I just don't know how you do it. I'm miserable. I hurt and I honestly don't know if I can go another 3 to 4 weeks like this. I want my natural birth but my doctor also offered to induce me on December 13th if he isnt here by then. I know some of you ladies are against pitocin and to a point I am too. Tho I was a natural induced birth, my mom took pitocin and no pain killers. So isn't that still technially a natural birth aswell? I'd love some advice on how ya'll get thru the day. Or just some advice period.

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Hang in there, Kendra! Try to take it moment by moment instead of looking at the next 3-4 weeks. That can be very overwhelming if you look at it all at once.

I've been dealing with prodromal labor for a few weeks. Taking it moment by moment has been key, as well as working on relaxation (prayer/meditation 3 times a day), and remembering that even if this isn't active labor, it is doing something. I try to pace myself and do a little at a time throughout the day and not run myself ragged. That makes it easier to deal with contractions. Hang in there and when you're tempted to give in to the pitocin, try to just think about making it through the next few hours without out it and try thinking about the cascade of interventions that can result from that. Hang in there! You are doing a great job for your baby!

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:icecream: Now on to the fun stuff ladies! Smile
This pregnancy:

Alright I got my BFP on April 14th.I had my first ultrasound on May 15th at about 8 weeks. I also got my first ultrasound and got to see my little gummy bear! Smile and hear a heartbeat.

After about 8 weeks I started to have tons of morning... afternoon... evening.... and middle of the night sickness. At 12 weeks I went back in and got another ultrasound because they were unable to find a heartbeat with the doppler everything was still going great and develpoing like it should. Another ultrasound at 14 weeks to check the growth and scans and stuff. Sadly they were unable to see anything to tell me for sure if it was a boy or a girl. Which stinks! On July 26th we had our anatomy ultrasound at 18 weeks. I had been gussing from the get go that it was a boy..... and...

Low and behold I WAS RIGHT Smile Also later on that night I felt him move for the first time Smile It was a great day. Also at this appointment I was 28 pounds lighter then I had been at the start of my pregnancy. This was the most weight I lost 28 pounds. I stuck around 128 for a good couple weeks after this. On August 13th I went into the doctors for a suprise appointment I went in with cold chills, fever, puking, and some major back pains. I went in the nurse took my temp which was about 102.8. Reguardless to say I didnt even get to see my doctor I was sent straight to the hospital. So I spent the next 5 days in the hospital on an assortment of drugs and medications treating a kidney infection.

So everything was pretty quiet up until about 34 weeks when I desided to move to California from Texas and it was absolutly crazy. It took me about a week to find a doctor and I ABSOLUTLY love her. She's the most natural birth friendly OB i have ever meet with. She has had 3 pregnancies and 2 of them were natural births Biggrin I got another Ultrasound at 35 weeks due to lack of fetal movement. She gave me the ultrasound and hooked me up to the NST and everything was A-OK so little man was good to go on the baking for longer! Whoo hoo.

At 36 weeks I went to the hospital with false labor pains (I've already posted the story so Ill spare the details) and at 36 weeks 2 days I went back in with the same problems. So now I am on full blown bed rest... She's offered an induction as 39 weeks on December 13th so we will see how things go but honestly I am hoping I have him before the 13th.

Thanks for reading ladies Biggrin

im sorry the pictures are soo big... I cant get them to resize!

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I think that if all the contractions you are having are not getting your baby out, it is obvious that your body is not ready for labor, and induction is unlikely to work until your body is really close, anyway. With induction, there is the increased risk of c-section that goes down if you go into labor on your own. It is possible to have an other-wise drug-free birth with pitocin, I have read lots of stories of them, but I've had both pitocin and spontaneous labor, and I really feel that I would never choose pitocin unless I had no other choice. I haven't delt with anything as intense as what you are going through, though, so I can't say what I would do in your situation.

Thanks for sharing more details about your pregancy. What photo uploading site do you use? Someone might be able to help you figure out how to resize pics on it (I know photobucket if that is what you use), you also might want to figure out how to edit the u/s images to remove your last name...never know what kind of strange people might be on the internet.

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Yea i use photobucket and I absolutly hate it. Alwasy have. Everytime I try to do something it freezes or it just won't save. So I gave up on it.

:confused: I've been so confussed this past week. I want that NCB so bad but I donno if I can mentally take the crappy days I've been having. Today I'm handling really well no contractions really (maybe 2 all togather?) but yesterday I was up at 5 am having contractions ever 1 to 3 minutes until like noon. I think it would be different if I was making some type of progress. I'm really good about waiting things out if I feel like I am getting somewhere with it but I kinda feel like I am stuck up the creek without a paddle and I have a hold in the floor of my boat. She said that once the UTI was gone that the contractions could stop and well that hasn't happened yet so blah. On top of all that I've been a toilet hugger the past couple days aswell. Seems like when the contractions get so bad that I start to puke. Stinks. I used to do the same thing when I had my period if it hurt to bad I'd get sick. I've gotten to a point like I feel like my body is failing me and that some how I am failing him. Maybe it's just part of being pregnant. The last 4 weeks? Being kinda miserable and thinking like this. I sat down the other day on the floor and started to fold his cloths. I couldn't even finish because the contractions started to get bad again. I have considered going back to L&D but I don't see a point. I'm pretty much going to wait until either A. my water breaks or B. I see a head popping out of down there. My next appointment is Tuesday and I am praying that I will have made some progress... Even if it's only a cm or effacing a little but. Thanks for the support ladies Smile It's been helpin me alot

I also had a question for ya'll. I thought I lost my mucus plug 2 weeks ago but on friday I had some really funky looking discharge. It was 3 big clumps of dark brown gummy discharge. I was wondering if this was my plug? Or maybe left over blood from being checked on Wednesday? I was a little worried about it but not enough to call the doctor or anything. Any ideas of what it could be?

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OOH I forgot to mention this in my post earlier but I figure it will give you ladies a good giggle. Last night I woke up with my pants soaked in water! Oh I was soo excited. I got up only to discover that my cat had knocked my glass of water over onto me. Biggrin Kind of dissapointing but really really funny all at the same time. Biggrin

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From the heart loving big sister type pep talk ahead:

Don't induce. You are likely to end up with a c/s if your body and the baby isn't ready. I have a friend that was induced, had the epi since pit hurts like a b*tch (obviously couldn't move around), got *stuck* at 9cm, her baby went into distress, and she had to have her baby sectioned. If your baby is tolerating the pregnancy, all is well. The fake labor prepares your uterus for the real deal. I have been dealing with a month of the fake crap too (while maintaining a household of 4 kids , 3 of which need driven all over the place all day with preschool and such, one that crawls and tried to eat everything, and a DH) I did the same thing last time for a month too and had a pretty simple 6hr labor. I figure at this point in my life, this isn't about me and my comfort issues and I have to suck it up and deal. You will make it. I will too Smile Hang in there, it is almost over. You so got this!

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Amen to what Mindie said! I totally agree! Hang in there, sweetie, it'll be worth it. :bighug:

I know it's not easy. I'm right there with you and with Mindie, but like Mindie I also don't get the option to slow down. Enjoy the fact that you *do* at least have some ability to let your body drive the boat for now and get rest or focus through contractions when you need to. That really is a blessing. It's gonna be okay and one day all of this will be a memory while you're holding your sweet little bundle of joy. It's gonna be worth it, girl! :bighug:

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"Lil Momma 1991" wrote:

OOH I forgot to mention this in my post earlier but I figure it will give you ladies a good giggle. Last night I woke up with my pants soaked in water! Oh I was soo excited. I got up only to discover that my cat had knocked my glass of water over onto me. Biggrin Kind of dissapointing but really really funny all at the same time. Biggrin

This made me giggle. LOL Sorry.

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I know it is hard. I had non-stop contractions from 28w last time. It sucks. But if you can avoid induction it will make things so much better for you in the end. Induction leads to all sorts of other issues. Hang in there hun, you are almost done!

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"Mom2ThreeKiddos" wrote:

This made me giggle. LOL Sorry.

Biggrin Well I am glad it made someone else giggle other then me Smile

On to other news. Had my 37 week appointment today and went over a couple things. Heartbeat was 147. Blood pressure was normal. I lost a couple pounds from my last appointment so that was kind of a suprise. Still no progress. Still at a 1. Joy. I feel like I am going to be stuck at 1 cm forever. Talked about everything from pediatritians to circumcision (sp?) to my 6 week check up and more. My doctor goes out of town tomorrow morning and will be gone until Monday and I am not allowed to have a baby in the next 6 days. Hehe. We will be discussing a possible membrane sweep (again im not sure if thats the proper term) at my next appointment. But not really sure whats going to happen from in on out. He has 'dropped' so thats a plus. No contractions really today so that was nice hopfully Ill have a pain free restfull night. Spent the day setting up my glider and crib. Ill add pictures later. Oh and a reminder to myself I need to repack my hospital bag LOL.

I also want to point out how absolutly indesivie I can be. Im 37 weeks pregnant and have had Royce Allen picked out as a name since about 20 weeks and now... I am not so sold on Royce as I am on Dalton and Stetson.... I am in love with Stetson. It just reminds me of like an old world cowboy. John wayne or Sam Eliot. Ugh. I hate not being set on a name lol

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Names are hard. I never know until the last minute.

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Names are so hard!
I hope that little boy doesn't keep you waiting too long.

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Glad to hear he's dropped. No worries on the name thing. It'll come together. I've even had lots of friends who haven't chosen names until after birth, or who choose a name ahead of birth and then it doesn't seem right when they see their baby, so they change it. Lol

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I agree, names are hard. I really don't look forward to picking names Lol

Sorry you are still at a 1. Hope you make it until your Dr returns though.

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Glad to hear he's dropped. No worries on the name thing. It'll come together.

I was sadly mistaken I had always thought that when they droped it ment you would be having a baby in the next couple days. Wells hes been down for a week and a half now. :rolleyes: My poor bubble gum hips. Biggrin

Sleep has now become a rare commidty in my life even with taking benedryl or tylonel PM. Which stinks I was up untill 1 last night tossed and turned a lot and was back up at 4 with more guess what... CONTRACTIONS.... ugh. fell back asleep until about 7 and got up. Its now 9. No more contractions which is nice. But I am in search of a much needed fax machine... The down sides to not having a home phone number.

Other then that todays going about the same as the past several days. Uneventful. Tho we did get our washer and dryer in!! YAYA no more hauling it up and down 2 flights of stairs. Oh and I kind of started to re-pack my hospital bag. Kind of funny how I pretty much changed just about everything in there after my 2 trips to l&d. One major thing I added?! A BOOK. I was soo bored between contractions. I've been trying to locate my Ipod because I read on Ann's lodge about her labor play list and I wanted to put somthing togather. Tho I am more into country and stuff like that but its in a box... and still no where to be found.

I'm starting to feel the little man move alot less... I really only feel him when I sit there and poke at my belly so I assume thats normal. I have a pretty short torso so he's probably out of room in there. And now Im just rammbling on and on because I'm not allowed to get off the couch. Or atleast that's how I feel... Maybe I'll go for a walk a really really long walk.... Anyone think it will break my water or get things started?

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Maybe I'll go for a walk a really really long walk.... Anyone think it will break my water or get things started?

You can hope! I did a 3.5 mile hike with DH at 38+6 with #2 and at my appointment the next day was still 2cm like the previous week. The doc was astonished the walk hadn't changed anything. LO came 5 days later.

DTD is supposed to help. (it did break my water with #1. :lol:)

Enjoy your walk. Hopefully it'll get things started.

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You can hope! I did a 3.5 mile hike with DH at 38+6 with #2 and at my appointment the next day was still 2cm like the previous week. The doc was astonished the walk hadn't changed anything. LO came 5 days later.

DTD is supposed to help. (it did break my water with #1. :lol:)

Enjoy your walk. Hopefully it'll get things started.

Lol well this dont raise my hopes too much! And I wish DTD was an option but sadly its not lol.

I also wanted to ask you ladies because I've been considering it and I kind of know what it is but could anyone possible explain what a membrane sweep actually is.. I mean I get the jists of it but what do they do and all that?

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Lol well this dont raise my hopes too much! And I wish DTD was an option but sadly its not lol.

I also wanted to ask you ladies because I've been considering it and I kind of know what it is but could anyone possible explain what a membrane sweep actually is.. I mean I get the jists of it but what do they do and all that?

Think of it this way ... When doc does your internal, he'll put his finger on the inside rim of the cervix and "sweep" his fingers back and forth to separate the cervix from the amniotic sac. It releases prostaglandins and can help with either softening the cervix or jump start you into labor if your body is ready. I am curious though, why your doc is wanting to strip your membranes at 37 weeks, especially when the average first time mom goes to 40w 3d? Just seems early to me. (I've had mine stripped with 2 of my 3, but it wasn't until closer to 38w 4d or so.)

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Think of it this way ... When doc does your internal, he'll put his finger on the inside rim of the cervix and "sweep" his fingers back and forth to separate the cervix from the amniotic sac. It releases prostaglandins and can help with either softening the cervix or jump start you into labor if your body is ready. I am curious though, why your doc is wanting to strip your membranes at 37 weeks, especially when the average first time mom goes to 40w 3d? Just seems early to me. (I've had mine stripped with 2 of my 3, but it wasn't until closer to 38w 4d or so.)

No I am going to ask her to do it at next weeks appointment. 38 weeks.

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Have you tried using any evening primorose oil, it will help rippen your cervix. You need to be somewhat dialted for the doc/midwife to do a sweep. If I were you I would wait a little while longer for that though. 38w is still early. Smile

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Wow I didnt even notice that my lodge got onto the second page. LOL. Smile Sorry ladies. Not much going on here I really thought yesterday that I was going to have a baby. Crazy strong contractions from about 8 am to about 9 or 10 pm every two minutes. But alas nothing no baby. Guess he desided to veg out in there a bit longer.

I completely forgot to update when I had my 38 week appointment on monday. All was well still no change in my cervix so big suprise there lol not. BP and urine look good. BP was a but elevated but she said it was still low enough not to worry so thats nice. I dont remember the numbers. I have my next OB appointment on Monday at 9. Hoping its more eventful. You know maybe have my water break while im in there or somthing but I wont hold my breath.

I'm hunting for my ipod. Not going to lie im gonna be really mad if I cant find it before he gets here. Im getting really anxious. I have re-arranged his room a good 4 times since i got it set up and its probably gonna get done a couple more depending on when he desides to show up lol. Oh an lucky me finally desided on a name. Atleast I think I have. LOL. I've pretty much desided that until my ex starts to show some interest. Other then just saying he wants to help that he really doesnt get a say in much. Maybe that sounds horrible but... I've got to do whats right for me and this little guy. Weither that makes me a bad mom or not ill let you deside

I don't know about some of you ladies but my belly button is gone... It looks like a flattened out deformed star fish haha. Not poped out at all just kinda bare with the reast of my belly. Oh and the place where I at one point had my belly buton pierced is now a good inch and a half above my belly button and its now a stretch mark. But if this is the only stretch mark that I get then I will be very greatful. I'm not too worried about it. No stretch marks yet. HAHA.

:eek: Well I think that I have rambled enough and taken up plenty of you ladies time. thanks for readying

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I wanted to correct what a PP said...the average first time mom actually goes into labor spontaneously at 41 w 3 days...

Glad your 38 week appontment went well! If your ex is not involved in stuff with the baby, then I don't think he deserves to have a say in things. You are the one who is taking the responsibility for this baby, it should be your choice.

One of my friends said she only has stretch marks from where she used to have her belly button pierced because the scar tissue won't stretch. She doesn't have any other ones either. I only have them on my hips and breasts--my belly stretches slowly, I guess, plus I think genetics has a lot to do with it. The ones I do have are white, not red.

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

I wanted to correct what a PP said...the average first time mom actually goes into labor spontaneously at 41 w 3 days...

Glad your 38 week appontment went well! If your ex is not involved in stuff with the baby, then I don't think he deserves to have a say in things. You are the one who is taking the responsibility for this baby, it should be your choice.

One of my friends said she only has stretch marks from where she used to have her belly button pierced because the scar tissue won't stretch. She doesn't have any other ones either. I only have them on my hips and breasts--my belly stretches slowly, I guess, plus I think genetics has a lot to do with it. The ones I do have are white, not red.

I also agrre about genetics having to do with it. My mom had no stretch marks with my older brother. But with me... OHHHH buddy

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I have a ittle debate topic for you ladies. i already posted it on the debate bored so maybe some of you have already seen it. But since my ex is so un-involved and really had been that way the entire pregnancy. Who's last name do you think the baby should have. Mine or his?

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Give your baby your last name. Especially since things have been so rocky with him. It would be really difficult to change his name later if you needed/wanted him to share your name. Plus, you're going to be his primary caregiver, so I think it only makes since that he would take your name.

I really want to say I admire you for how strong you've been through your pregnancy. Men rarely make things easy anyway, but it seems like he has especially made things challenging for you. It's admireable how through everything you have always kept the best interest of your child in mind first. You're going to be an amazing mother.

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I would give him your last name if I were you. I know someone who had a baby with a guy she was married, but they had separated when the baby was born and later divorced. She gave the baby the dad's last name and later regretted it and had to go to court to change it and it was a huge hastle to do without his permission, but she was no longer in contact with him at all and she prefered it that way. She did get it changed, but it would have been easier if she had just given the baby her last name when she was born.

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Cindyanns- thanks for saying that. I always kind of feel like I complain way too much but that's kind of my way of working things out. Talking thru them and stuff Smile

Brittany- I guess I just feel bad because when we were still togather and ever for a short amount of time after we split up hed ask and I'd tell him that I;d give the baby his last name... But he kept saying he was going to be in the picture. I just feel like I am going in circles with him over this. When I ask for help something else always comes up. ALWAYS. So reguardless to say if he hates me for it or not (I am pretty sure its going to start a huge fight) but Im going to give the baby my last name. Hopfully things don't get too ugly.

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