Welcome to your lodge!
Oh yay! Thanks for starting this. I'm so excited to be in the final part of this journey, and a little sad as this is most likely my last kiddo. I'll have to write my intro now. brb
DH and I are techniquely HS sweethearts, though we didn't start dating till he was a HS grad and I was heading into my senior year. However we'd known eachother since my freshman year. Our story is strange in that we knew we'd marry before we offically started dating, it felt like we did things a bit backwards. Still we finally married 4 years after I'd graduated HS. DH had joined the Air Force about 4 months before we were married and we spent the honeymoon intergrating me into the military system. I know a 'dream' honeymoon, lol. Afterwards we were stationed to Misawa Japan. A year later DH said he wanted to start trying for kids which I was on board with since I'd been ready from day 1. After what was a long wait for us (a year exactly) we finally got a BFP. Then in March DS Logan was born via c-section.
Here's Logan's birth story how I wrote it when he was born.
I had been feeling lower abdominal cramps all day and kept thinking that my pants were just starting to get too tight and were pinching me. Yeah right. At around 3:30 in the afternoon I realized that they were pretty close together so I started to time them. They were about 5 mins apart. At 4:30 I talked to DH and told him we might be at the hospital later that evening and asked him if he could buy me some orange push pop-ups on the way home, who knows what I was thinking. After he got home we thought we would go walking to see if anything might happen, but we decided to call L&D first to make sure they didn’t want us to come in. Of course, they did want us and off we went, taking our bags, just in case. Upon arriving, at 6, I was all hooked up and checked out. I was having contractions about 5 mins apart, was 3 cm and 80% effaced. They send us away to walk for two hours. Upon returning there was no progress, so after some questioning they determined that my body was hungry and that was why I was contracting so much and they fed me. When we arrived at home I tried to sleep, as they had given me some benedryl., but I couldn’t. Instead I took a bath, which did nothing to help. Finally I gave up and walked around the house and ate some cheerios. At around 2 DH got up and called L&D. The nurse heard me groaning in the background and told us to come in immediately. After being checked we were admitted at 2:20 am, being 4.5 cm and 80%. She said my water bag was so flimsy that it should break any minute. Around 6 my doc came in to check me to find me 8 cm and 100%. When she was done with the internal she thought she saw some miconium on her gloves and decided to break my water (apparently there was a little leak). 30 mins later I was asking for an epi. After that I was able to sleep. Two hours later I was checked, but had stopped making progress, so it was pitocin for me. 30 mins later I was ready to push and two hours after that I was headed to the OR for a c-section. I had been given the option to push another hour or just have the surgery, but I knew his head was stuck, they’d already told me it would be a really tight fit.
Upon getting to the OR I was shaking so bad first due to the cold room I had been in with the A/C coming down right on me and then going to the OR, so they gave me more drugs and lots of heating blankets. Here is where I pretty much pass out, as I was tired and still had the urge to push. Since I wanted to keep my insides inside I thought I’d go to sleep. That scared the crap out of DH and I remember him telling me to keeping moving my finger so he would know that I was ok. At 1043 Logan arrived on scene not breathing. Another scary episode for DH, now doubly freaked out. Poor guy. Soon Logan was breathing and I was stitched up. I remember them telling me, “Here’s your son” but I was too doped up to care.
Once in the recovery room I was able to wake up enough to glance at some photos of Logan. I was joking with DH on how dark he looked to me and that he must have taken the rest of our Indian blood from us. Well, it turned out that that was a symptom of something wrong with him. His blood was twice as thick as it should have been, which kept making his blood sugar drop, so he was kept in the nursery for observation for 12 hours. I was able to go and breast feed him there and by 2 am Sunday he was rooming in with us and were told we could probably go home Tuesday morning. However, he did so well that we were discharged Monday afternoon
Right after birth
Holding him while visiting:
Almost forgot, he was 6lbs and 19 ins.
Then in Nov'08 we decided to try for #2. Again, it took us a year to get a bfp. The pregnancy went great up till our 20 week u/s where the tech found an abnomlity in her stomach. After more scans we were told that one of her kidneys had multiple cysts and was most likely dead. The worse part was not knowing the cause. If was a blockage it was ok, as the cysts would not spread. If it were something else it could travel to the other kidney. It was determined to be the first, thankfully. So on went the pregnancy with much worry about her future. I was really hoping to vbac with her, but as u/s continued her stomach starting growing and it soon surpassed her head circum' and the docs were worried about her becoming stuck so we ended up scheduling a c-sec. I tried my hardest to come to terms with this but never really could. I just had/have to tell myself that it was necessary for her safety and that it was all for her benefit. Still it did nothing to change things. She came out in an undesired way with a desired outcome, safe. Today she is a happy almost toddler and a very sassy little girl.
Names: Logan- DS
Here's our story:
I woke up at 4am (30 mins before I was to call l&d to see if all was still go) and decided to call a little early since I was feeling up. The nurse that answered told us to come in between 0530-0600 and I told her I was told to come at around 10, so she said come in at 10. Being a worry wart I convinced myself and Bobbby to just go ahead in just in case, I mean they can always just send us home, I just didn't want to get bounced. So in we went and out we were sent, told to come back at 10. So we got home and just spent the morning playing with Logan since we wouldn't see much of him for the next 2 days. 0900 rolled around and we decided to take Aletha (MIL) to the base to show her Bobby's work place. Finally we were headed towards the hospital and there were no parking places so Bobby dropped me off at the door and I grabbed Logan while Aletha and Bobby went to park the cars. Looking at the time I realized I needed to start heading up to check in so I called Bobby and told him we'd be in L&D waiting for them. So up we went and got checked in, soon followed by the rest of the gang. I took them about 2 hours to get us back, in the meantime I had an NST and some blood drawn. While hooked up to the NST I found out that what I thought was Rya aggrivating my hips were actually contractions and they soon started to pick up in frequency and intensity. Once they took me back I was having to really concentrate through them, so I'm guessing c-sec or not Rya was coming that day (or at least soon). It took the anestesiologist a few tries to get the epi in (I think I got a trainie) but finally my right leg went numb and while I started panicing thinking it was only going to be good for 1/2 of me, my other leg soon followed. Finally Bobby was shown in and we were ready to get started. It was so much different from Logan's birth. This time I was awake and able to talk to Bobby and others while being worked on. Finally the time came for Rya to be "born". Unlike her brother she came out crying which was a blessed relief to her father and I. They held her up for me to briefly see and away she went to get cleaned up. It seemed to take forever for her to get back to me, but she finally did and I got to see her, better yet, this time I was able to remember seeing her. And in too short of a time off she went again. I don't remember much after this, I think I ended up going to sleep.
Finally I was wheeled back to the recovery room and though I'm not sure how much time passed in there, but not long after waking up in came Bobby, Logan, Aletha and baby.
Rya was 7lbs 10 oz, 19.5 inches long. Her apgar scores were 8 & 9 (I think) and all was well. Apparently she peed and pooped first thing when she got out, so they were happy about that.
While in the hospital they took her for an u/s and a dye contrast test, both of which confirmed the bad kidney and showed the other kidney was 100% fine and the bladder was working perfectly, so great news all in all. We'll be heading back in a month to talk to the kidney doc and see what all is going to happen next.
Nursing is going well so far. Rya is slightly tongue tied and I can't decided if it is her or her tongue, but her latches always hurt. Right now she is favoring my right boobie so I've been pumping my left which is going well as a routine. The docs are concerned a little with her weight loss and she lost almost a whole pound before we left but now that my milk is in I'm sure she'll gain it back in no time.
Big brother Logan is in love with his sister. He loves coming up to give her hugs, touch her nose and hold her. Its always so cute.
Unfortunetly I don't have any pics from her birth as our last comp had what I thought was virus and when I learned otherwise it was too late to get the pics. I'm hoping to get them one day, probably after this comp starts dying and I can risk fixing the previous hard drive.
So I'll give a few of her older pics:
And present day:
And now for #3.
About when Rya was 6 months DH was deployed to Djbouti Africa for 7 months. Somehow we all made it through and DH returned to us, ironically and thankfully, on our 6th wedding anniversary. 2 weeks later we found out we were pregnant I had suspected it due to eating a bit unusually and cramping when exercising, but DH was floored. Considering it took a year trying for our first 2 each time we were shocked that we had a semi accident in just 2 weeks, lol.
Thankfully this pregnancy has been uneventful. Baby's been growing well, never having a problem or cause for worry.
The biggest issue is my choice for delivery, vba2c.
I think I'll leave it there for now as I've posted way too much tonight. Thank goodness for saved lodges as that made it much easier to post all this, though harder for other to read I'm sure.
Welcome to your lodge! I loved reading your intro. I hope this baby stays easier and you get your VBA2C.
So just got a call from the OB's office to meet with high risk OB. Basically it'll be to talk me out of a vba2c, so being the annoying complicated person I am I couldn't match up any appt times till 13 May, lol. They tried for the 4th, but I already have an appt that day. The interesting thing is that I didnt' know that May had a Friday the 13th so now I'm torn on when I want baby. Both of my other two were born with the same month/day (DS-3/3; DD 7/7) so I was hoping for 5/5 with this one, but now I'm thinking the 13th would be pretty cool as well. Still here's hoping I go into labor that day or before.
Welcome to your lodge! I enjoyed reading your intro. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that you get your VBA2C! I am planning a VBAC myself and I love cheering on other VBAC mamas!
Woohoo for lots of vbac lodges!
Your first birth sounded a lot like my c-section. Everything going well until the interventions start. I bet you won't have a problem this time around! Other than maybe that high risk OB...
Yay - Tiff's lodge!
I had no idea Logan's birth was so tramatic Tiff! Holy cow! I really hope you get your vbac this time!
Welcome to your lodge! I really hope you get your vbac this time.
Wowsa! Welcome to your lodge! Loved reading your previous birth stories, and I can totally see why you are pushing for the VBAC! I can't wait to hear all about it! Yay for May!
Welcome to your lodge Tiff! I loved reading about your births. I remember everything with Rya so well. I hope that baby 3 comes on 5/5 or at least before that appt. Looking forward to the rest of your journey!!
Thanks for sharing. So exactly WHY do you need to meet with a high risk ob? I mean are you high risk? I see a high risk ob, but I actually do have high blood pressure...so I am confused. Personally I would just refuse. I mean why pay the money to see a doctor you don't need to. I was talking to dh about this this morning. I think docs waste so much money in the American medical system with all their tests & such trying to talk perfectly rational women into their interventions. Sigh! If it is going to stress you out, skip it. Heck you may not even make it to the 13th anyway
They want me to come in to talk to me about the risks of a vba2c and probably try to scare me into a c-sec. I think I will skip it though. As much fun as an u/s would be I really don't want to meet with them. Better yet, call the day before and say I can't make it, lol. I would just skip but that could DH in trouble with his commander. Its a military thing. I have absolutly nothing that qualifies me for high risk other than the fact that I'm refusing a c-sec.
Thanks for sharing your birth stories, it sounds like you went through a lot.
I don't want to complain, but oh the pain! My lower back side is kiling me no matter what I do. If it still hurts when the kids get up DH insists on going to the hospital. I wouldn't mind the pain if I knew a baby would be coming from it.
So much better now. I told myself that I was not going to just complain on my lodge, I wanted to record more good than bad, but I just couldn't believe the pain! Finally I got up and found my belly brace thing and I feel a lot better. My day would be complete if I could just hang my diapers on the line today. I love the smell of fresh sun dried diapers
I'm glad the pain is better. I hope it stays away until labor.
I would cancel the appt. There is no point. As for the pain would you consider going to the chiropractor? They can really help.
I'm pretty sure baby has dropped. I see less in my viewing area and can no longer cross my legs without major pain. Its interesting. I'm pretty neither of my other 2 ever dropped. I was tempted to go in today to ask about the muscle I think I pulled, but have decided against it. Its better in the morning and just gets worse through the day so I'm guessing its just one of those usual pregnancy things. Baby's moving great and everything and a ton more contractions. Actually I should have gone into l&d last night according to the doc as they were 2-5 mins apart for 30 mins but since they would go back and forth I didn't bother. After sitting completely still for 30 mins they went away. If I moved they'd come back for another 30 mins. Needless to say that did not make for comfy sleeping last night, but we made it I will admit to being curious to see if and how much I'm dialated. I don't mind these contractions too much as I get to practice different relaxation techniques to see what works best. I had planned on doing my hypnobabies, but DH lost my book when I was on week 2 and I have no idea what order I needed to listen to the rest, plus I just kept forgetting to do it so I've given up, though I think I'll still take the giving birth one with me just in case it helps some. You never know.
Anyway, we're just trying to finish cleaning/decluttering the house today and tomorrow so the house can be painted and put on the market next week. I'm so excited to be entering into this next phase of life but a bit anxous as well since school will be out soon and I'll have 3 to pick up after till someone makes an offer. It'd be great if it sold in a month but somehow I doubt it.
And can I just say that with all these contractions, whenever I feel a BM coming I'm so glad that is what happens and not the baby coming into the toliet. Esp when I have to go with contractions.
That "baby dropped" feeling is soooo weird. DD dropped three weeks before she was born, and I thought I was going to lose my mind! Good luck with selling your house! We just went through all of that and it was pretty crazy. We were lucky that our house sold in 12 days. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you that it sells quickly!
12 days would be awesome! Unfortunetly in our neighborhood it takes an avg of a year!
We just finished painting the playroom and it looks sooo much better. Well I taped and DH painted. Then I watched the kids outside while he finished.
Just before painting though I went outside in back and found the hose had been left on since yesterday afternoon! I can't wait to see that water bill. Our last one doubled as we decided to water the front in an effort to get some flowers to grow (which they didn't) so I'm guessing the flooding in back will triple it. It's very tempting to have DS forgo his bath times in punishment for leaving the water on but that would punish others too, lol. And wouldn't be very sanitary.
oh and just to add, cause I always forget something, but with all the work we did today I can't believe my stomach isn't killing me. Its so nice.
enjoying a drinkable pnia colada yogurt. My mouth says yummy but my tummy says, 'ugh', lol. DH is all for it if it'll start labor, lol
Oh boy I know that feeling... ice cream is sooo good but made me horribly sick all afternoon. Sadly I'm still craving it LOL Here's hoping it does something for you! I'd send you all my contractions but they're not doing a darn thing anyway so that would be mean
lol, thanks. I doubt anything will happen labor wise with this, just a sour tummy. Actually I'm still surprised that I haven't had a ton of contrax today considering all we did around the house. I mean all I did yesterday was go to church and I was having some hard contraxs all day long, but today we cleaned, painted and entertained children and I got about 3-4 all day! Pretty nice if I say so.
And to top it off my left side doesn't hurt nearlly as bad today. All in all a good day. We're hoping to at least finish cleaning the house tomorrow and painting this weekend. After that we'll be all done and ready to sell! :woohoo:
We are getting our house ready to sell too. No fun. Sounds like you are BUSY!
Yay, welcome to your lodge. I loved reading your intros, and remembering being pregnant with Weston when you were pregnant with Rya. I hope you deliver very easily before you have to deal with the high risk doctor. I'd love to be in on that call. "Hello, I need to cancel my appointment with Dr. High Risk for tomorrow. Why? Oh, because I'm no longer pregnant. Yeah, I had the baby last week, and everything went great. Thanks, bye!"
I am sorry I am late to the game but congrats on your pregnancy! I loved your stories and hope you get that vbac!!!
Just jumping into your lodge. Welcome and congrats on it being soon! I enjoyed reading your intros. I hope you get your VBAC and can skip the annoying appt. Ice cream doesn't do much for my insides these days either... It is so yummy though!
well we finished painting the living room and when I tried to properly install the curtains I ran into concrete, over and over and over and over again. So we've decided to go back to the blinds that used to be there as we know they'll go in, just now we have to refill our holes and repaint those areas, ugh. At least the living room is back in order, mostly, so I don't have to worry about the kids in the morning. We tried a new furniture arrangement and its just not working so I think we'll go back to the previous arrangment in here. Man getting this set up so things work for us and for potential buyers is a little tougher than I thought. Still the painting is worth it, oh so worth it.
I took the kids to chick-fil-a tonight whiel DH painted and it worked out pretty well.
Last night it occured to me why I'd been feeling so much better. The NP had suggested sleeping with a pillow between my legs (which I did with the other two a ton) It hurts like heck the first night but was a bit better the next night. Now, after 4 nights, almost all pain and contractions are gone and I feel as good as I did when I was preggo with DD (whom I was able to get up and down from the floor with little effort). I feel human again and very blessed.
I am glad you are feeling better. Pain is NO fun.
Oh gosh, I could have never handled being pregnant without a pillow between my legs every night. I swear with Weston I was barely out of my first trimester when I started needing a pillow. I also used a small one in the hollow of my waist, or rather where my waist was before pregnancy, LOL! I had so many pillows that it was easier to just get out of bed & then get back in on the other side, than to roll over. Glad to hear you're feeling better, and hope it stays this way!
yay! welcome to your lodge!!! I know I'm late jumping in here but it was passover... (that's like this entire country's excuse for everything this month!!)
anyway, I'm glad your pain is gone, I'm already sleeping with extra pillows everywhere and I'm only 16 wks!
keep feeling good and here's hoping baby comes before that still appt! Loving Stacey's projection of that phone call!!! here's hoping she's prophetic!
Feel good hon!
So glad that you found a position that lets you sleep more comfortably! Getting your house ready to go on the market is the hardest part. Once you get through that, it's a lot less work!
I was able to get the curtains up this morning and am much happier than the last time i tried. We've painted 2 out of the 10 rooms/areas and I so don't want to do more. Actually we're debating if we should just leave our room and closet alone but I feel if we paint it the room might just look more in order when we put it back together.
Right now I'm on the laptop while DS & DD watch seasame street and DD is on my lap
Have to go to the store at some point for some instant cream of wheat for an ant problem in the backyard. DS was attacked by them last night. Thankfully DH had gone to check on him and got him inside before he was too bit up. I went out to find them but they found me first so I'm just going tp kill them all!
Also got all the replacement parts in the mail for my breast pump so now that's all packed. I think I'm all ready for the hospital minus some entertainment, a book or something.
Well I better get off and get the kids ready for church. Tonights the last night of AWANA's and next week the kids get certificates and such. Ok really have to get off, they're running through the house screaming now. Later ladies. I'll check in later to see everyone.
Instant cream of wheat works on an ant problem????
ditto. You have to explain!
its like rice for birds. They take it to the nest and they explode when they eat it. I'm pretty sure its instant cream of wheat or one of those kinds of cereal. I'll have to relook it up, but it took care of every ant problem I've had with the exception of fire ants and carpentar ants.
hmmm interesting. We get ants in our bathroom (for some bizarre reason). hmmm LOL thanks for sharing that tidbit. How are you feeling otherwise?
pretty good, minus the fact that my underwear seem to be rubbing me raw on my thigh. Sorry for the tmi, but otherwise I feel pretty good.
I think the kids are sensing the impending arrival of their sister as they have been so cuddlie this morning. I had to bribe DD off with a cup of milk this morning. Granted I love the snuggling, but I have things I need to do as well, like get on here, lol. j/k
seriously, again my kids are glueing themselves to me this morning. DD, who is usually a daddy's girl in the morning, won't leave me and got really upset when Daddy can over to say good morning. I still am hoping baby won't come till the 5th and not just cause I want a 5/5 baby, it'd just be the best time for me. I need to register DS for school on the 3rd. On the 4th he's getting a certificate for AWANA's (and I want to go), we have a ton of cleaning to do before Mon as the house will be going on the market then. The 5th would be great so we shall see.
Not much is happening here though. Still feeling good. Haven't had hourly contractions in days *kind of*. I was able to fond my kitchen table last night and make everyone spaghetti. It felt nice to have everyone sit down for dinner again.
Yoday I'm hoping to fonosh cleaning eiither the kitchen or my rom so we have a little less to do this weekend
Its cute your little one's have turned into such cuddle bugs, I think Jayde is starting to do the same lately! I'm jealous you found the energy to cook! Must me fantastic to sit down, I feel like the worst mother ever as they've been eating in the living room with the tv for a week!
Just about threw a tantrum at Logan's school and so glad I didn't. When he got off the bus he said 'Mama, ow-a' and showed me his thumb which sported 2 bumps, one with puss and the other black. The bus driver said he'd picked off his bandaid. So when I got him in the house I looked in his bookbag for the note that would surely be there telling me what had happened. Nada. I went to look up the school's number (I know, bad me I should have it on my phone) but unable to find the phone I packed the kids into the van and drove over to the school. I got there just as the ***. principal was leaving and told her why I was there. My plan, be nice and just explain that I know things happen at school and while I don't need a note for every injury I'd like one for those that require medical care. Didn't get that out. After I told her why I'd come (dropped off without a note explaining injury) she called for his teacher. When his teacher got there she said he'd gotten off the bus this morning and said 'Ow-a' and had been picking at his hand. She said they were ant bites. I had had no idea the ants had gotten his hand as well as his feet. I felt so bad, but also so glad I didn't blow up at anyone, though it was a lot of effort (before the teacher came). When the ***. teacher came up his teacher told her I hadn't known. So left, came home and made him an appt, which is on Sunday. I looked at his feet and half of them have puss as well. Poor guy. Tried to get a hold of my terminators, but of course their website is down. I get so much complimentary service and don't want to go over, but if I can't get in tonight I might just have to call and hope I can clearly communicate that I want to know how many comp. service calls I have left.
On a bright note, DH passed his physical training (PT) test today with his best run time since joining the AF! We celebrated with brownies and ordered in pizza. Yum!