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Hee hee!! Thanks so much gals!!! I've been really looking forward to this experience and sharing everything with you. I hope to post more later. Smile

And just as an fyi... my home computer died recently. So I use DH's when he gets home from work. Hoping to get back up and running soon on a daily basis. But yeah, tha's all.

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Intro - Our Story

It's way late but DH is out of town tonight, so I thought I'd take advantage of the quiet time to myself. Smile

((I wrote SO much!! EEK! Sorry! I didn't expect to write out so much. Feel free to jump ahead. DD1s birth story is down a few posts. Wink )

I grew up in Southern Cali and after having done 2 years of community college, I moved out to WI to finish up my college career. I didn't know anyone, all my family was in Cali. I found the little school I ended up at through my stepdad. He grew up in the Chicago area and once he and my mom met, they were out this direction often. They eventually bought a house here to retire in. Well, here it is some 8 years later and they're not living in that house, but I am! Dirol

Brock was one of the first guys I met and I immediately liked him.:rolleyes: We were in all the same groups and organizations. But he hardly knew I existed! He was the Homecoming King and everyone on campus knew him (yeah, it was a small campus, but still... he's just that kind of guy... friends with everyone). Anyway, it wasn't until we had a class together that we even hung out. For some reason, he chose to sit with me and study with me. It was a silly class too... something everyone has to take... it was some Physical Ed class. He graduated that year and I doubted I would see him again. Well, he stayed in the area for Grad school and came on campus often to volunteer in some of our groups. He also frequented my room for some homemade PB&J! Wink But mostly, we would talk about his relationship with another girl. Bittersweet days... I liked other guys kinda. But as long as I got to hang out with him, it was cool. :confused:

Fast forward to the next year, I'm finally graduating (took 5 years total) and I feel called to work overseas as a teacher. So I go through the praying and discerning process, he is right by my side, supporting me and just being a great friend. Then, one night it all comes together and I decide, "Yep, I'm going to spend the next 2 years, at least, in Turkey teaching." I will never forget the look in his eyes. Something had changed that night... the way he looked at me was SO very different. He pulled me to the side and said "I want to be happy for you and I want to support you. Just know if I don't seem like it I'm working on it. I want to be sincere in my support and prayers for you. But it's going to take some work." After that, I get an email telling me that he's going to be fasting and praying for a given amount of time. And he was asking some friends for prayer. That was it. At the end of that time, he and I had dinner and talked. It was official. We both felt it and knew it was right... He told me he loved me and that he would wait for me those 2 years as I went to Turkey. Yahoo So, that summer, off I went to Turkey.
Engagement Photo

We spent the two years traveling back and forth to see each other and lots of time on Skype. But I had an incredible time there and I knew it was where I was supposed to be. The summer between my two years there, we were engaged. The following summer, when I returned, we got married. Biggrin

We got married in July 2008, just a little drive up from our college campus. The location of our reception is where he proposed actually, on the rocks of Lake Michigan. So beautiful! We spent a week in Maine for our honeymoon. We can't wait to go back someday!

We never wanted to use artificial birth control. But we had hoped to wait a few years before getting pregnant. That wasn't in the plans for us though!

Going to post this and start up another so I don't lose it! Smile

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Intro - Our First Pregnancy Story

So, DH and I both knew we didn't want to use the Pill or any other form of BC. Just wasn't jiving with us and our personal beliefs. We got a LOT of feedback on that one though. GEESH! You'd think people would leave things alone like that. But while I was still in Turkey I got an email from my grandma saying everyone in my family was talking about it and they couldn't believe it... what? Did we want to have a ton of babies?! I was so irritated by their lack of tact and support. UGH! But, still, it's not the norm and so we live with it. (That was a tangent... sorry!) Well, I heard that at our wedding people in my family were making bets as to when we'd get pregnant... if it'd happen before the end of the year or not. :confused:

That fall, I was feeling more ready than DH to have a baby. But no pressure. We were newly weds and all. Well, come November, I could tell something was different. I *knew* at Thanksgiving that I was pregnant but he insisted that we wait 18 dpo until I POS! So I waited. And once I did POS, it didn't take long to tell us...

DH took it OK. But I strongly believe it's with great purpose for all involved that it takes 9+ months for the baby to actually arrive. Wink

By then, I was a good 6 weeks along. The very next week was my birthday and, again, I knew something was up. This time, not a good something. Since I was still new to the area and didn't have a doc yet, we went to the ER. I was beside myself with worry. All my symptoms had stopped. At some point, can't remember exactly when, I had started spotting too.

The ER got us in right away, did all the blood tests, urine tests, and then an U/S.
Baby had a HB but it was low. 74 bpm. ER doc said...
"I am sorry but you are having a miscarriage. Read these pamphlets and know that there's nothing you could about it. Oh, and the U/S showed that you have a heart-shaped uterus. It shouldn't effect future pregnancies, but just so you know."
I was devastated. The nurses were very kind and hugged me. My DH didn't know how to respond. :confused: I spent a few days just crying and praying. Crying and praying.

Well, follow up U/S and doc appt, after another showed nothing but a wonderful, healthy growing baby!! Yahoo After all the heartache of thinking we were losing this baby, it just seemed unreal! The joy seemed to take a little while to come back. But each passing day and month, we just grew more and more in love with our sweet daughter.

I was monitored closely by a perinatologist throughout the second tri, since that is when I am most at risk for premature labor, incompetent cervix, and IUGR (growth restriction). But all checked out well throughout my time with that peri. It was awesome getting to see our daughter every two weeks though! Here she is at 14w:

At 18 weeks... hiding her sweet face though

At 33 weeks, though, I woke up not feeling quite right. My lower back was achy, like I was on my period. I rested and drank lots of water. Tried to wait it out. But by the end of the day I knew it wasn't right. So we went to the doc's office just before it closed. The OB that we saw was almost beside herself when she examined me... I was 3 to 4 cm and she felt something bulging but immediately stopped the exam as to not cause any further problems. She sent us to L&D. The peri's office there did a quick U/S... baby girl was fine and from their point of view, the cervix was doing OK. Once in L&D triage, they hooked me up and I was contracting every 3 to 5 minutes. I wasn't feeling a thing. And I knew what they felt like because I had been having BHs since 20ish weeks. After some fluids, things calmed down. One last check, I was just about at 3 cm and stable to go home.

Baby girl stayed put until 40w, 2d! No one thought she would stay in so long! I was so happy she did though. I felt great while pregnant and didn't want it to end! Of course, I wanted to meet my baby, but I loved being pregnant!

The same photographers did our engagement, wedding, and maternity photos. Here is a similar shot from our engagement and maternity pics. Smile

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Intro - Birth Story

I had no idea I was going to write so much! EEK! Sorry!

With all the talk of baby girl coming early, my family had made arrangements to be here for a week at the end of July 2009. My EDD was July 30.

My mom had arrived two weeks prior to my EDD to be sure she wouldn't miss the delivery. She has three little ones (6, 7, & 9) so it wasn't easy for her to get away for so long. But she was here. Even my grandmother traveled out from Cali to be here.

Well, July 30 came... and it went... baby was still very much cookin'! I felt horrible because I had people waiting on me to have this baby! My little siblings and stepdad and my grandma had to go back home sooner than later. It was the Friday before their departure that very weekend that I *FINALLY* went into labor. (I say that in jest, knowing I wasn't 'late' or overdue...)

Since I was full term, DH and I spent most of Friday evening walking around a park. Up some hills and down hills. Just all over. We had been DTDing as much as we could with a full house... :rolleyes: Friday night I decided to take one shot of Castor Oil. Couldn't hurt, right?

I woke up having to go the bathroom. I was in and out every few minutes. It took me a little bit before I realized it was very much in a pattern. My bowels were empty. But the pattern continued. I was definitely in labor! Around 3 am I woke DH up and asked him to time my contractions. I was too excited and nervous to do it on my own. Once we had an hours worth of good solid pattern, we called the hospital (which was about 40 minutes away). They told us to come in right away. By that time I was throwing up with the contractions. It wasn't pretty.

We arrived at the hospital around 6am. My mom and DH were with me. I will never forget being in the triage room and hearing the nurse say over the phone "Yeah, I've got a patient in here. I *think* she'll be staying." WHAT?! You THINK I'll be staying??? Hello! I am definitely not leaving this place without my baby in my arms this time!!!! Wink

When they checked me I was already at 5cm and progressing very well. They wheeled me into an L&D room where we met our angel nurse, Brenda! She read through our birth plan and stood by us the whole way! She was amazing! She immediately had me up on my feet walking, no monitors, and just the IV (since I was throwing up). She took us down the the laboring tub and she got that set up. By the time I walked down there though I felt VERY pushy with every contraction. I didn't know how to not push. It was just so natural feeling. Everything within me was wanting to push. At the last check I was 6ish cm. She asked if I wanted to get in the tub or get checked again. I tried the tub for a little bit. But I was having a very hard time concentrating on anything but pushing. Thank God my mom was with us! DH was a bit in shock and we really hadn't practiced breathing techniques. We just didn't know what to expect. My mom did some 'old school' hee hee haa breathing with me and that was HEAVEN! I was able to not push with those patterns. I got out of the tub shortly after I had gotten in. Just wasn't able to get comfy in there and Brenda wanted to be sure I wasn't ready to push. Nope. Only at an 8! I was so devastated at that point. I thought for sure I had be closer to the end. Brenda brought in the birth ball at that point. While on my bed, I leaned over the ball and did the breathing pattern through every contraction. That was AMAZING! I got through those last 2 cm in that position. That also happens to be when I was most 'embarrassed.' I had no control of my bladder and other liquid coming out of me. With the contractions I would just gush fluids. It wasn't pretty since I was on all fours. :rolleyes: Finally, one last check at 11am and I am good to push! I was so happy!!! Pushing felt WONDERFUL! I remember Brenda saying "We'll have a baby in time for lunch! This is going so well!" We did some ''practice'' pushes and we could see baby girl's dark hair! It was unreal!

The next thing I know, the OB is coming and I'm instructed to lay on my back. Being a good little patient who is in lots of pain, I do just that. Although deep down I knew I didn't want to be on my back!! I had talked about that plenty of times before labor began. Well, there I was. Pushing. Pushing. Pushing. I told Brenda at one point, "Can you tell me when I'm contracting? I can't feel them anymore." And another time I asked "Can I push anytime? I just don't know when to do it. I can't feel it." But, on my back I remained. For two hours I pushed. The doc said at some point "We have three options, and it's all up to you. 1. Vacuum. 2. Episiotomy. or 3. Keep pushing." I looked at my DH and my mom for some guidance. I got nothing from them. So I decided to keep pushing. That was really not going anywhere. My mom and I looked at ecah other and at about the same time we both said "OK, something has to change." Doc said, "OK, hand me the vacuum." Ring of fire... Burning... SOOOOO much pain... then... sweet, sweet baby girl is born!

Grace Elizabeth
6 lb 14 oz, 19 in
Aug 1 2009
Four generations of women... my grandma, Grace, me, and my mom

I did tear, but they couldn't say to what degree I guess... I think I tore toward the front, not the back? That's somewhat a guess since no one really said. I just remember them stitching and Brenda asking the doc about it but not being able to get a solid answer. ?? I healed very well from it though. I occasionally have some scar tissue soreness but I would expect that with the way my body tends to heal... I scar fairly easily.

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Wow Michelle, what a story! I can't believe that doctor told you that you were miscarrying! I miscarried my 5th at 13 weeks and my doctor did a very thorough ultrasound to make sure there was NO heartbeat before he even mentioned anything about miscarriage. It's not right that they put you through all of that stress and grief for nothing. Glad that it turned out good for you though and you got a healthy baby. Can't wait for the rest of the story!

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Great stories! I love the 4 generations picture!

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We don't use hormonal birth control and get lots of flack for it too. Loved reading your story and can't wait to hear about this baby!

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gee somehow I went backwards through your intro, lol. Started with the birth and then ended in your meeting DH. When I started I thought it was a strange way to start your intro to your lodge with the birth story, lol. Great intro, forward or backward.

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Wow Michelle, what a story! I can't believe that doctor told you that you were miscarrying! I miscarried my 5th at 13 weeks and my doctor did a very thorough ultrasound to make sure there was NO heartbeat before he even mentioned anything about miscarriage. It's not right that they put you through all of that stress and grief for nothing. Glad that it turned out good for you though and you got a healthy baby. Can't wait for the rest of the story!

I'm so sorry for your loss at 13 weeks. Sad

Yeah that ER doc *should* have said "With all things considered you are AT RISK for miscarrying." But nope. He told us straight up that was what was happening. :angry1: I have wanted to walk my baby girl into that ER so many times and show him the results of that "miscarriage." :mad: But that hospital is far from us now.

When I told my peri that later he was shocked! He said when there's a heartbeat at 6 weeks, that's always good! You have to consider that it was *just* getting going and developing. If the HB is low then do a follow up U/S - don't tell the patient you *are* miscarrying!!

Let's just say it's taken me awhile to get over that. Just a rough beginning. Sad But the ending is worth it! Biggrin

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Glad y'all enjoyed reading it. LOL! I must have been in the zone 'cause I had no intention of writing *that* much last night! LOL! But it's good for my own records and such anyway. I do love writing though. Smile

So, I will catch ya up on this baby now. Hee hee!

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After Grace was born, DH and I were so in love. We were just thrilled that we had a surprise baby and decided to just keep growing the family sooner than later. We hoped to wait until Grace was a year old then we would consider TTC.

This last summer was a bit of a whirlwind for us. So, two weeks before we got married, DH actually lost his full time job. When we came home from our honeymoon we had no jobs lined up for either of us. DH went to work at the restaurant he worked at in college, hoping to be there just a few months. That quickly turned into 2 years! I got a teaching job and was able to work full time the first year and part time the second year (once Grace was born). Don't know how we always made it, but we did.
So Spring 2010, DH finally gets an interview for a job he sees potential in AND he knows someone that works there already. After a few weeks of waiting, he finally gets the call "The job is yours!" Yahoo Oh man! What a relief that was!! So this last summer we spent it packing, moving, and adjusting. And then just a few days after Grace's birthday...
Dirol

It was a little sooner than we had thought it would happen. And really, we hadn't talked about TTC recently. But, we made it to our goal of 1 year and we were really excited! Biggrin Since we were moving, I had to find a new doc. There's only one hospital in our new town, so that was that.

Oh, and with Grace's pg, the peri determined that I don't have a heart-shaped uterus but rather I have a septate uterus. Essentially I have a wall of tissue that comes down the center of my uterus. It doesn't go all the way down, it's only partial. And with my history, I'm thinking it's not very big, but big enough to notice and cause some concern.

This pregnancy has been very much the same and very much different, all at once. :rolleyes:

Just like with Grace, I bled throughout the whole first trimester. I had a trip to the ER this time too because the bleeding was fairly significant. This time, the doc said, "As of right now, from what we can see, everything is healthy and fine. You *could* miscarry since there is so much unexplained bleeding. But right now, you're doing just fine." I took that MUCH better than last time and understood completely. My OB saw me anytime I wanted. He was wonderful about that. He also referred me to the perinatologist.

All of the U/Ss showed a very healthy, very active little BOY!

I wish I had pics online of both, but I don't... But with each of the babies we have U/S pics of them with their faces up in my septum in my uterus. Grace's nose was pressed against it. Charlie was almost snuggling up to it. LOL!

Other than the bleeding and early scares, this pregnancy is rather different.
He is WAY more active than Grace (at least, I can feel it more - both anterior placentas but perhaps hers was more?).
The new peri has had multiple concerns about different things at different points.

First, around Thanksgiving, she found a 'crinkle in the amniotic sac' or something along those lines. It seemed to be a mystery sac of some sort. Her concern is that my irregular uterus would cause the placenta to detach and then amniotic fluid could build up and cause such a thing. But she really wasn't sure what it was. At the very next weeks appointment, it was completely gone. Yahoo

Then, when I thought we were really, really done with the peri appointments, she informs me that my son seems to have 'enlarged brain ventricles.' She didn't think they were getting bigger but she needed to monitor his growth to be sure. :eek: To this day, I have very little understanding of what that would mean long term. I ran to Dr. Google once and then dropped it. Not worth the extra stress. Again, a few more scans showed that ventricles were NOT getting bigger. But they do seem to be on the big side of normal. But still normal. Yahoo

I am SO glad I don't have to go to peri appts every week to every other week and my regular OB was every 2 weeks as well. With a 1 1/2 year old... it's just too much. Heck, for just me, it's way too much! I'm already weighing my options for our next baby. Will I be monitored as closely or not? I love that we can see the babies and get amazing photos of them. But honestly... it's exhausting hearing, "Your baby isn't completely 100% in the middle of normal!" Yeah... I know he isn't. But that's what the rest of our lives are for... to discover those things. Bah... I digress...

So here we are... 36+ weeks and NO signs of labor. At all. Which is wonderful! But somewhere in my twisted mind I feel "behind" since I'm not walking around at 3cm. :rolleyes:

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So, our birth plan is staying pretty much the same. Want to go natural, no interventions. I want to be able to push baby out without two things: 1. Being flat on my back :rolleyes: and 2. Without the vacuum.

I've talked to my OB about all of it already and he is VERY supportive and VERY excited for us. He thinks it's awesome and wishes he could do more natural deliveries. He said it just gets less and less common and he feels it boils down the support system around the woman.

When I told him about delivering in a different position he was almost taken back that I would even ask/bring it up. "You're the one going through it. It's your delivery. I'm just there to catch the baby and make sure all is well. You do what you need and want to do." Yahoo :party: Yahoo

Let's just say, I was so on cloud9 after that convo!

DH and I did take a relaxation techniques course. It's already been SO helpful for us. We practice the breathing patterns, talk about the different stages of labor, and have really tried to define better what he can do. We are hoping/planning that my mom will be here again. So little boy needs to stay put until 39 weeks. Then my mom should be here and it's really Go Time! Smile

This new hospital has much newer facilities. They have an entire room that is dedicated to their Hydrotherapy Tub. It's MUCH bigger than the one at the other hospital, it has jets, and all sorts of stuff. We can be in there for 2 hours at a time. Just knowing that is there makes me want to go to the hospital earlier. Wink Plus, I love showers but we have very limited hot water at our house. LOL! We'll see how quickly we go. Last labor was only 10 hours... for a FTM that's not bad.

My biggest concern is my DD. We're still not totally sure where she will be or who will watch her. I really, really, REALLY don't want to be away from her for 2 days. The thought just kills me. Trying to figure that out. I'm going to ask my OB if he will discharge me early if we are doing OK. Might bring it up at my appt tomorrow.

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Can I have your OB? He sounds heavenly. I'm glad you have such a good support system in him.

charlie is adorable btw

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Hi!! I didn't realize you were ready for a lodge already! Wow your pregnancy has flown! I mostly lurk on this board, but wanted to drop you a line so say how excited I am that Charlie will soon be here! ELV coming your way!

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Thanks for stopping by Mel! Biggrin I know what you mean... this pg has flown by!

I love seeing my July mamas around for my next baby. Makes it all the more fun to share. Smile I can't believe how far along Tiff and Sara are too! Their pregnancies are going by faster than mine! I keep thinking they are gaining on me! LOL!

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I'm exactly a month behind you. And you're right, its exciting when you see someone from you other birth lodge here that you follow.

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36w, 4d Appt

Well, met with Dr. A today. I really like my OB. Biggrin

Did the GBS swab. Fun. :rolleyes:

He asked again about the epi, I think he forgot about our last convo. But he was equally supportive this time and when he remembered he was shaking his head and all smiles again for us. Smile

I asked him what the chances are of us being released 'early.' I don't want to stay the 48 hours since I have my little sweet girl at home already. He agreed that if baby was good then there is no reason to stay past that. Of course, time of day of when we go into the hospital takes play since they can't/won't/don't/whatever do check outs like in the middle of the night. That makes sense. I just want to know that there is that possibility. I know I can always leave... I'm not hostage there. But it'd be nice to be released with all green lights, ya know? He was very supportive of that idea and agreed it shouldn't be a problem. So YAY! Biggrin

He checked on little man's position. Best way to do that with my uterus is an internal exam. He sure is head down! :woohoo: That's one less thing for me to think about, since it is something I am 'at risk' for - breech baby, that is.

Anyway, he said I'm a good 1 cm and he seems to think I'll go any day now. His words, "If you make it into April, I'm going to bet it won't be far into it." WHOA!!! OK!

He even laughed and said "If you're really ready and keeping thinking 'labor, labor, labor' then Saturday is good. I'm on call and will be looking for something to do." LOL! OK! I'm sssoooOOOOOOOooooo not THAT ready!

So, guess I should go rearrange car seats, do some laundry, and really start figuring out this whole newborn baby thing again, eh? Last pregnancy I was all thoughts on baby and some on L&D. This time I think I've been all L&D and some on baby. EEK! Wink

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yay for a good appt! I am curious as to why they'd make you stay 48hrs. Every hospital I've been too has a 24hr stay for a vag birth.

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Really?? I thought it was standard 48 hour for vag and 72 for c-sec. At least, that's what this and my other hospital say. Also, that's what our insurance covers. :shrug: Interesting! But I'm glad I don't have to stay that long! Smile

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I'm glad you had a good appt. It's so exciting that our babies will be here soon!

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Have loved reading your lodge! Sounds like you have a supportive OB! yay for a head down baby!!

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Woke up this morning around 3 or 4 or something and NOT feeling well AT ALL. Crampy and achey around my hips, belly, and lower back. Pressure all around too. Don't think I'm contracting, but the pain comes in little waves almost. Hard to tell though too. I had the shakes really bad. Was throwing up and had diarrhea. Not too far off from how I felt in labor with Grace. But I'm slowly starting to keep fluids down and the chills have subsided significantly.

Called my doc because I'm concerned about dehydration. He said just to keep an eye on it. If the nausea and diarrhea continue, it's probably a stomach bug. If it subsides completely and I'm still feeling this way it's probably early labor.

Anyway, I'm feeling so tired and achy. I've been questioning whether or not I can do this again. :eek::eek:

I just had to vent. Thanks for listening.

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You can do it! take it easy, relax and have Brock do everything! Wink

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Sounds like a great appt! Sorry about the stomach issues. I know I had GI symptoms like that just a few days before baby came with my other two. Hopefully it's not a bug Sad
You can definitely do this again! It sounds like you had a wonderful birth with your first and the second birth is *typically* a little easier. Can't wait to hear how it all goes!

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Thanks for the encouragement. I can really use it right now.

IF this is labor, I just want it be done with it now. With Grace, I was in and out of labor in 10 hours, 2 of those were pushing. Right now I'm going on 12-13 hours of feeling like this. Booo! And I'm just back and forth on if I can do it naturally again.

Seriously... I don't know! I don't want to be afraid of labor but right now, feeling this way, I'm not exactly thrilled about it either. Sad Someone just hand me my baby and put my uterus back to normal! LOL!

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poor Michelle, I hope you start feeling better soon.

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Hope you feel better soon mama!!

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I hope you feel better soon! I have found (at least for me) if this is labor it is the worst part. The not knowing and this part lasts the longest for me. It's just so exhausting. Once your in actual labor you know what to do, how to deal, and that it will be over soon and you will have a beautiful baby as your reward. I contract a lot, for weeks before, so I know where your coming from. I really hope things get better for you.

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I really hope you start feeling better or something happens SOON! Just keep thinking about the end result. Little Charlie will be here before you know it! I hope you can relax, get some sleep, and either feel great tomorrow or have a baby Smile

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"Eathan'smommy" wrote:

I hope you feel better soon! I have found (at least for me) if this is labor it is the worst part. The not knowing and this part lasts the longest for me. It's just so exhausting. Once your in actual labor you know what to do, how to deal, and that it will be over soon and you will have a beautiful baby as your reward. I contract a lot, for weeks before, so I know where your coming from. I really hope things get better for you.

Oh wow! Weeks before?!?! I don't think I could it! LOL!

I need to stop the negative talk... that's part of it. I CAN do this! I WILL do this!

And I think you're right... just not knowing is horrible. I want to know for sure. I would be thrilled if he held out another few weeks actually. Then my mom can be here and I'll feel better about L&D for sure.

But, again, we just can't plan these things! Smile

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"Eathan'smommy" wrote:

I hope you feel better soon! I have found (at least for me) if this is labor it is the worst part. The not knowing and this part lasts the longest for me. It's just so exhausting. Once your in actual labor you know what to do, how to deal, and that it will be over soon and you will have a beautiful baby as your reward. I contract a lot, for weeks before, so I know where your coming from. I really hope things get better for you.

I agree with Stefanie - the not knowing and the feeling yucky the last couple weeks are much worse than when labor starts. With DD I honestly thought I was not in labor that morning, woke up at 7:30am with contractions, but they were extremely variable - 5min, 10min, 2min...so strange. They got regular around 11:30 and then I knew it was the real thing. But those 4 hours were much harder just not knowing, than what happened after.... The second time around was much easier for me and I had natural labors with both kiddos.

You WILL do this Michelle!

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Thanks Mel! I appreciate hearing other positive stories and words.

I am feeling back to normal today! YAY! So we're spending lots of time doing all the little odds and ends that need to get done. And spending time with our sweet Gracie. Smile She is much happier today.

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I am so glad you are feeling better! Definitely give your baby girl some extra love'n, nothing makes a mommy feel better then that!

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I'm glad you're feeling better today. I hope Charlie makes his entrance in good timing for you.

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Thanks gals. Smile

DH and I were totally productive today! Set things up downstairs, washed all the newborn/0-3 clothes, did our own laundry, AND got some sweet time in with our girly. It was a great day. Sad we missed church, but we all needed the sleep.

Sooooo...

I started losing my mucous plug!

I know that doesn't mean a ton. But I don't remember losing it with Grace so it was kinda exciting to see that. I just really, really, REALLY want little man to bake another 2 weeks. It would be so wonderful for everyone - extra time for him, my mom can be here, and DH's work schedule would be better. But we'll see. God knows the best timing...

Next appointment is Thursday. I'm not sure I can go that long without a check. I am so curious to know just how much I dilated with all the action yesterday. Smile

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Just thought I'd post my recent belly pics. Smile

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Looking good mama!!

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You look wonderful!!

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cute belly!! happy 37 weeks too!

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so cute!

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You are ALL baby! Very cute. Congrats on 37 weeks!

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Love the belly! Hope the mucous plug doesn't mean anything and he keeps baking for you.

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Yay on losing part of your plug. I have never lost mine. Your pics are great.

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ok, I'm getting really tired of all you tiny mommy's! I swear mine is just as big as yours and I'm 28 weeks! I have had both my kids at 37 weeks but we make big babies so my body just can't keep them in longer I guess. Yay for plug and getting ready!

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