Welcome to your lodge Dusti!!! Sorry it's a bit late!
Welcome to your lodge!
welcome to your lodge can't believe it is this close for you already!
Welcome to your lodge!! Happy Birthing Time to you!
I'll try to be good about updating here! I love reading lodges and maybe it'll be good for me to write everything down myself!
I'll try to start my stories tonight after DS goes to bed!
Welcome, looking forward to being a part of your lodge!
Ok, so it's taken me forever to get here and give a little background.
How DH and I met:
The weather had gotten super nice here and my group of friends and I were itching to get outside instead of playing our weekly poker game, so I organized a weekly kickball game in one of the parks here. One of the guys in my group of friends was in the Coast Guard and he brought along two other Coasties to play. One of them was DH. I thought he was cute, but I was very happy being single at the time and never thought about a relationship.
We ended up hanging out a lot with my group of friends and I'm not even sure how it happened, but we were very soon dating exclusively. We met in April, his dog moved in with me in July and then he moved in with me in December!
We decided in May 2006 that we would get married and were married in August 2006. Here are some photos:
How our family started..
We found out on Monday before we got married on Saturday that we were pregnant. We were shocked. Not because we didn't know what caused pg, but that we were actually pg! It took a day to get over the initial shock and then we were super excited. About 2 weeks after we found out, I started spotting and was totally surprised, but didn't think anything would be wrong. When we had the u/s and the tech asked us about us being sure about the date, we said yes...we had only DTD once in the cycle before so there was no way we were wrong. The baby's heart beat was low and was behind about 2 weeks. We went home and were in shock and didn't know what to do. We went back the following week and there was no heartbeat. We were crushed. We had no idea about miscarriage and didn't know how to cope.
We waited for about 6 months and decided to try again. We got pregnant again first try but started spotting at 5 weeks. Went in for an u/s. No heartbeat. It was awful. We asked to have testing done and was referred to another dr. He did all of the hormone levels testing and other than my prolactin which was slightly high, everything was fine. I was on BCP's for a while to retest my prolactin and once we tested, I got off the pill and we got pregnant the 2nd cycle.
At our 6 week u/s, there was a baby in my uterus with a heartbeat as the dr said! He tested my levels and my progesterone dropped and I was put on supplements for that and estrogen. At 10 weeks, I went to my regular OB and heard the heartbeat for the first time. Amazing!
I didn't start thinking of natural birth until a friend sent me "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth". I researched and found out we have the only free-standing birth center in Georgia. So DH and I went and checked it out and switched to them at 20 weeks. BEST DECISION EVER.
Here are some of my maternity photos with DS:
DS's birth story: super long! From my blog:
I was due Sunday, June 8th, 2008. It came….and went. My feet and ankles were so swollen, my hip hurt so badly, I could barely walk and definitely couldn’t drive myself anywhere. I can’t believe I never peed on myself during the night because it took me so long to get out of bed each time!
I only went “overdue” 2 days. Labor began Tuesday, June 10th at 3:30 p.m. The day began like usual. I finally hoisted myself out of the mountain of pillows (I think we counted 11 at one point) and got up since lying down wasn’t comfortable at all.
My friend called and said she was coming by to take me to breakfast – yay, the outside world! I seriously didn’t go many places at the end of my pregnancy just because I hurt when I moved! My husband came back from the gym just in time to jump in the car with us and we went to J. Christopher’s downtown.
When we got back to the house, my friend gave me a little bag with some DVD’s to watch along with some brownies. At this point in my pregnancy I was actually able to eat (kind of strange considering I was huge and I’m sure my stomach had been squished to it’s smallest point!) So of course I scarfed down two brownies immediately. This was probably around 11 a.m.
I had a little bathroom visit soon after breakfast and now looking back my body was definitely preparing for labor! But I was convinced that my baby was happy where he was and had no intentions of showing up anytime soon!
My husband and I went to a friend’s house to get in the pool for some relief from my heavy belly. Right when we walked in her front door (3:30 p.m.) and started talking to her, my first contraction came. I instantly knew it was real. It wasn’t painful…just a mild version of the horrible menstrual cramps I used to have. The Braxton-Hicks I’d been having for months were definitely more uncomfortable. I didn’t say anything though because I don’t want anyone to freak out as our society has taught us to do.
We then get in the pool... I know what most of you are thinking. “WHAT? Why aren’t you headed to the hospital immediately?” That’s another blog for another day! I’d prepared myself to know labor is a normal, natural thing that is usually not an emergency.
There were only a few people there – my husband, friend, her daughter and my friend’s parents. I tell my husband quietly that I was having contractions and I needed his watch to time them. They were about 10 minutes apart for an hour. The water was amazing. I’m not sure if it was the water or if my contractions were just that mild. They never hurt. There was definitely a lot of pressure, but not painful at all. We stay at my friend’s house for about an hour and a half. Then I felt the need to empty my bladder, but I didn’t want to do it there. Somehow I just had a feeling that I needed to get home!
I got home and immediately headed to the bathroom and had a lot of mucus plug/bloody show happening. Very exciting and scary! I hop in the shower – contractions are about 8 minutes apart. Get out, tell Wes I’m going to lie down – because that’s what I read – lie down and if they continue, it’s active (although I knew it was at this point!)
I got on the couch and WHOA….something happened and my back started to feel as though it were breaking! I guess he turned somehow. It was instantly painful and there was no break between contractions. (Um, hello? Why didn’t I get those minutes in between peaks?) ☺
So we flew into high gear. I leaned over my exercise ball on the bed to take pressure off my back but it didn’t help at all. My husband was trying to time contractions – they were very sporadic. Sometimes 2 minutes apart – sometimes 7. Lasting different times. Although because the pain never stopped, I’m not sure how accurate we were in timing them. I still have the piece of paper from where my husband tried to keep up with my contractions and me!
I then called the birth center and told the midwife on duty that I was definitely in labor, feeling pain and having contractions. She said to continue on my hands and knees and wait until there was a more definite pattern. Oh, and she made sure to demand that I eat. Wes made a leftover hamburger for me and I could only eat half. I then totally regretted not eating as soon as I felt that first contraction earlier in the day!
Not 30 minutes went by and I called the midwife back and told her I couldn’t take it any longer. So she said she’d meet me at the center (in Rincon at that time – 40 minute drive). I had to hold onto my husband’s shoulders to get out of the house and into the truck. He called our parents and my cousin who was supposed to come take pictures. It was about 8:30 or so at this point, so very short from the time my first contraction started. Sitting down was not pleasant to my back, however, the ride didn’t seem long, surprisingly.
We get there and I hobble in and start crying when my next contraction hit. The midwife said she had to check me and I was so upset at the thought of lying on that tiny table and getting strapped to the monitor and being checked.
Our midwife checks me and says, “Oh, we’re definitely having a baby tonight, you’re 7 centimeters dilated!” This was just after 9 p.m. I believe. So not quite 6 hours past first contraction. Thank goodness! I could hear my husband breathe a huge sigh of relief! We were both afraid that I was only at 2 cm or something lower than 7!
He gets our bag from the truck and I go down to the wonderfully large queen sized bed and strip off my shirt – I never understood why women always seem to get naked during natural births, but I get it now! I had to lie down on my side; it’s the only thing that helped my back somewhat.
I got a shot of nubaine, although now, looking back, I so wish I would have tried something first – water, shower, etc. It took the edge off and although it was still very painful, allowed my back to take a break between the contractions.
I think I was there for about an hour when our midwife suggested the tub. She checked me first and I was 9 centimeters, so she wanted to break my water since I was so close and wanted to check for meconium (couldn’t deliver in tub if there was any present).
Into the tub I went and I still remember how wonderful that felt. Instant pain relief! So helpful! I was full dilated in no time and began to feel the slight urge to push. I started pushing when I felt like it, but didn’t feel quite right. Jill checked and still had lip of cervix, so that’s why it didn’t feel right.
I started pushing again soon, but the tub wasn’t feeling great to push because of my back labor. So I got back in bed. I tried to push, but again, not quite right. Jill told me to just relax and rest and try to nap.
I rested for about an hour! It was so wonderful, I’m sure if I were with an OB in a hospital, they would have forced me to push immediately when I was fully dilated and I would have ended up with a horrible tear or worse!
I began feeling this incredible urge to push and it felt better this time! It was a welcome relief! I could feel a weird pressure in the front of my pelvis while pushing though. It took me several pushes to finally get it right. The best thing our midwife told me was to try to push him up to the ceiling. When I tried it that way, I felt him move so much with each push!!! Very motivating!
I was so exhausted though – due to my lack of food that day (really wish I would have chowed down immediately when I went into labor!) so between each push I would fall back down on the bed. My husband and cousin had to hold each leg back during a push and the midwife knotted a sheet on two ends and she and I each pulled during my contraction. It was so helpful because I was thoroughly exhausted!
After 42 minutes of pushing, my son was born at 2:00 a.m. on June 11. We realized why I had the front pressure/pain during pushing and why I had back labor. He wasn’t quite posterior, but just cocked slightly. His poor little cone head was waay off to the side and back! I held him for an hour! Then the proud father finally received a chance to hold him ☺ We all got back in bed and slept for several hours together. We were so comfy, that we didn’t leave until 5:00 that afternoon! I wanted to go home and definitely felt fine, but I was just sleeping so wonderfully there!
Best experience ever!
I love the pictures. Your wedding pics are amazing. Thanks for sharing your birth experience. It sounds wonderful!
Welcome to your lodge! I love your photos!
How are you feeling today?
Welcome! Great stories and pics! TFS
Um.... I am guessing I am the offical facebook announcer!!!!
She had her baby!! I hope she gets on soon to tell the details!
Will come back later with more detail and photos:
Clara Lynn was born yesterday afternoon at 4:32 p.m.
Guess my "poop" cramps were the real thing
I'll write up a big birth story later, but basically after having contractions all morning, DH and I decided to walk. They got more intense, but I could still talk and walk through them. We decided to go ahead and call the birth center before they closed just to give them a heads up. They asked if we wanted to go ahead and come in and get checked.
So at 3:00 p.m. they checked at I was at 5 cm. We left and went across the street to get something to eat. Brought it back to the birth center and the contractions then got intense. Had a few outside and then went inside because i needed the tub!
MW checked me and I was at 7 so asked I wanted her to break my water so I wouldn't have to get out of the tub once I got in (if meconium was present in water, then you can't deliver in tub there, only labor). I said yes. She broke it, it was clear.
I got up to walk the 6-7 steps to the bathtub. could not lift my leg to get in the tub because my body started pushing! MW dragged me back to the bed and by the time I laid on the bed and she looked in between my legs, baby was crowning! It was INTENSE!
I didn't want her to barrel out, so I had to hold her in while slowing letting her come out. It worked because I had no tearing!
She was 8 pounds, 2 ounces. 20.5 inches long!
My mom missed the birth. My cousin who was bringing DS missed the birth. It was soooo fast! We had a photographer there and I can't wait to see all of her photos!
We left the birth center at 8:30 last night and spent the night at home all snug in our bed. What a surreal experience!
Holy crap! That's a quick labour!
WOW, that happened quick! Congratulations!
wow, sounds fast but great! Congrats!
Oh my! I was just coming to catch up on your lodge and I missed the birth! Congrats on the arrival of your little one!
copied from BB
Ok, here it is. For as quick as it ended up being, the story leading up is long!
born February 11 (my birthday!!!!!) at 38 weeks
8 pounds, 2 ounces 20.5 ounces
I'd had contractions off and on for over a week before having her. But they just felt like intense BH's. SIL went ahead and came to visit. She wasn't scheduled until Feb. 16 to arrive!
So we've been hanging out, getting things done on the lists while wondering when the contractions would turn into something productive. But since SIL arrived 3 weeks before due date, we figured it would still be a while.
So on the night of Feb 10, SIL took DS to the fire station to visit DH since he was on shift. I ended up falling asleep twice while they were gone (around 6:30ish p.m.). I fell asleep sitting straight up! So I just stayed in bed when DS got home and went to sleep with him. I woke up around 4 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep, but stayed in bed. Around 5, I started getting more of a menstrual type cramp, but still very, very mild. But since I didn't want to get up and wake DS up, I stayed in bed and timed them. They were lasting about a minute, but about 8 or so minutes apart.
Got up around 7 and took a shower to see if they would go away. The warm water helped, but they were still coming, but just not consistent. So I bounced on the ball for a while. Still getting them, but seriously, like I posted, I wasn't sure if it was truly contractions or poop cramps!
I told DH to let's go ahead and go for a walk since it was 60 degrees and sunny. I figured if it was labor, it could only help and if it wasn't, then I'd just come home and nap to rest. So we walked for about 2 hours. Stopped by a friends house and visited for a while. Had contractions the whole time. DH had the ipad with the contraction timer to time them while we walked! I could walk through them and talk, so nothing crazy. On the way home a couple got more intense where I had to focus but nothing so intense where I thought that it was close.
Right before we walked into the house I called the birth center (around 1:30 p.m. - 3 hours before she was born!) just because I wanted to give them a heads up before they closed and they had been busy the day before with having 5 babies born. Talked to the nurse, explained that I'd been having contractions since 5 a.m. but wasn't sure they were real productive yet. She asked how long my first labor was. I told her 10.5 hours. She paused and said, "yeah, why don't you come in to be checked?"
So DH and I walked back to the house and told SIL that we were heading in. DS was already napping, so we figured we'd go get checked, go eat and come back home.
This is us right before leaving the house. 2 hours and 15 minutes before she was born!
We get to the birth center around 3 p.m. and was 5 cm and baby was in great position. We were so happy because labor until then was super easy! They had me lie on the table and be monitored for about 15 minutes to see the contractions and monitor baby. That wasn't so much fun to be strapped down with those things...even though the contractions didn't really hurt, it just wasn't comfortable.
So MW came back and we told her I needed to eat. She said to go across the street to a BBQ place since they had good food. We got there and I ordered a BBQ sandwich, coleslaw, collard greens, green beans and mac and cheese! Took it back to birth center because it was so warm I wanted to eat outside.
These photos are 30 minutes before she was born!
Spread out the food on the hood of the car in the parking lot in the sun to eat. SIL arrived. our photographer arrived and all was great! It was while I was eating that the contractions started getting intense. I asked DH to rub my back between contractions. After one, I told him to run in and tell them to fill the tub. There were only about a minute between contractions at this point.
After about 3 of the intense contractions, I went inside and straight to my room. Worked through some contractions while the tub was filling.
MW checked and I was 7 cm. Asked if I wanted to have her break my water so I wouldn't have to get out of tub if I wanted to deliver in tub (can't have meconium present in water and deliver in tub). I said yes. She broke my water and I had a contraction while she was doing it. It was tough! I stood up and pretty much ran to the tub! the MW was telling me to hold on and she would help me climb in properly so I wouldn't fall! Then I couldn't move. I couldn't talk! The baby was coming! the MW caught on and said, "Are you pushing?" I couldn't answer but nodded and she said, "She's pushing, get her back to the bed"
They pretty much threw me back on the bed. All crooked, flat on my back! Can't believe that's how I delivered since I know it's not the best way, but for this girl it was!!!
So in the 6-7 steps from the bed after she broke my water, to the bathtub and back to the bed, baby was crowning!
I used all of my might to let her ease out instead of barrel out and tear me. It was INTENSE! I was not at all in the mind frame since I thought I was going to be in the tub for the next 2-3 hours at least! My body was crazy. It was totally pushing by itself. I had to hold back and let baby stretch me slowly. After her head came out, I could totally feel her rotate so I could deliver the shoulders! It was crazy feeling! After I pushed the shoulders out, she slid out. DH was supposed to announce whether it was a girl or boy but I think with as fast as it happened and the umbilical cord was between her legs, he was silent!
The MW said, "It's a GIRL" and everyone screamed!!! DH was crying, I was laughing, it was great!
My mom totally missed it. DS missed it because my cousin who was bringing him just couldn't get there fast enough either. Which ended up being a blessing because I was SCREAMING! I ended up asking everyone to help me many times! So I was glad he got there right after she was born. Since the tub was full and warm, DS got in and swam around for a while
We had to wait 4 hours after she was born to go home, so at 8:30 p.m. we headed home and got cozy for the night! DS stayed with my mom for the weekend, so it was nice to get adjusted before he got home today.
We took her back up to the birth center Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. to get checked out. She had went from birth weight of 8 pounds, 2 ounces to 7 pounds, 15 ounces! My milk had already started coming in! Yay!
Happy (belated) Birthday to you both!!!!! :sleepygirl:
What an amazing story! I think it's so neat that she was born on your birthday!
What a GREAT birth story!!! Love the pics! She's gorgeous. Congrats on your daughter. And for such a wonderful birth experience!
wow. amazing story!
Great story! i love the pictures! Congrats!
Oh my gosh, that was so fast. And your ds is hilarious in the tub. Congrats to you!!!
link to a sneak peek at the birth photos from our photographer. Seriously had tears in my eyes while looking at them!
Wow those are AMAZING!
what an AWESOME birth story, congrats on your baby girl, and I loved the pics, especially of DS swiming in the tub mine would have done the same lol
What an incredible story! Congratulations!
Congratulations!!!! What an amazing birth!!!