*~*~*LucyBear/Andrea's Lodge!*~*~*UPDATED: BABY IS HERE!!

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*~*~*LucyBear/Andrea's Lodge!*~*~*UPDATED: BABY IS HERE!!

Welcome to the homestretch!! So excited to follow your journey! All the way from JLIH, too!!

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Congrats on the lodge and being in the homestretch!

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Yeah!!! Another August Lodge!! I can't wait to read your story!! Yahoo

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Woo-hoo! Welcome to your lodge, can't wait to follow your story!

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Welcome!! Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge, you are almost there! Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Congrats! Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to read your intro Biggrin

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Oh, a lodge! YAY!

I've gotta jet to meet friends for breakfast. I'll write and post an intro and pics today.

Real quick - midwife said yesterday I'm already effacing (didn't give me a number) and said I'm not quite a fingertip dilated. She's glad I'm off work. Phew! BH's continue like a mofo though...

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Okay....intro time.

I'm Andrea, 29, born and grew up in Denver, CO. DH, Sean, 31, also was born and grew up here, although on the other side of town. Yet, we had some mutual "friends of friends" anyway.

in 1999, my best friend took me to a weekly poetry group that would meet at the house of some friends. I'd already met a few of the folks, but met Sean for the first time that night. We hit it off and hooked up a month later. I moved in in just about 4 months. We're super close; it's hard to imagine life without him. Our first few years together we made all our friends gag cause we're such a close couple.

We got married on Aug 2, 2004. I can't believe it's been four years! Since then, I've graduated from nursing school, and DH has been working on his own with his own business. He's a web developer. I work night shifts, so the both of us would stay up till 4-5 am every night and sleep till 1am this last year or two. However, one of DH's clients just offered him a full-time position. It will mean a pay cut, but he's going to take it. This means big lifestyle changes for us, but it also means a "normal" schedule for Cubby and Mali.

Oh, Mali! We bought our first house in late July 2005. Mali was just a 9 week old puppy, born to the dogs of a good friend of mine from nursing school. You can see her Dogster page here. She has been the light of our lives for the last three years. She's my first baby and is spoiled rotten. She's the sweetest and funniest dog ever, and I can't wait for Cubby to grow old enough to play with her. We're seriously BFF.

For years, I was entertaining the idea of not having kids. We went back and forth until around Jan 2007 my biological clock went off BIG TIME and I was all, "MUST HAVE BABY NOW." DH asked for some time to get used to the idea, so I spent the year doing personal laundry, weaned off antidepressants, etc. By Sept '07 we began trying. We got a BFP in December, the Monday after some fun holiday parties!

Cubby will by my parents' 15th grandchild, and the first for DH's parents. I have seven brothers and sisters, and I'm the youngest. DH has one sister, who lives a very cool independent sort of life as a firefighter. She's currently in California working on those forest fires.

I'm way into natural childbirth and parenting mostly because of the crap I see at work. I work in the ICU, and as far as I'm concerned, hospitals are for sick people. Plus, they're filthy places. I was unable to talk DH into a homebirth. So, we're seeing a midwife and will deliver at the most natural childbirth friendly hospital I could find. Our birth plan is pretty skeletal, as their standard practices include delayed cord clamping, skin-to-skin for the first hour with early breastfeeding initiation, and the permission to push in almost any position. They have a c-section rate of about 25% and epidural rate of around 50%. Kick ***! They also cloth diaper - they send LO home in a cloth diaper with a wrap to keep. Since we're planning on CDing, I'm psyched. A free diaper and wrap! Yay!

That's it for now....I'll play with Photobucket and try to get some pics up. Plus, I'll fill you in on the latest drama in another post.

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Great intro, Andrea!! Looking forward to seeing your pics. Wink And your DH and my DH sound a lot alike... We compromised too...NCB in a NCB friendly hospital.

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your dog is absolutely beautiful! DH would die if he saw that dog! Can't wait to see some pics.

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Welcome to your lodge Andrea!! Enjoyed reading your intro and can't wait to see pics.

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Welcome to your lodge!! Love your intro and Mali is just adorable!!

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Great intro! I'm glad you found such a great hosp. That is really cool that they give you a cd to go home in! Biggrin

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Your intro was great! I have suffered from depression for years and am also off antidepressants at the moment. Please let me know if I can help you in anyway.

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Thanks, lisadvm. That's really sweet. I found a really awesome therapist and have worked through many issues these past months. That, plus daily doses of fish oil have kept me quite happy. I feel blessed to have been so "happy" and to have had zero depression issues this pregnancy. This is the longest I've gone without meds and without a depressive episode in YEARS.

BTW - I'm planning on encapsulating the placenta for consumption postpartum. I guess this topic is worth another post of it's own. In the meantime, if you're interested, check out Placenta Benefits.

Okay...pics!

This is me and DH last summer at Grand Tetons Nat'l Park.

This is us a month ago at my work shower. The ribbon says,"Mom to Be". hehe.

Here's Cubby! I can't wait to meet him.

This is Mali when we were snowshoeing a couple winters ago. I love the icicles on her whiskers.

My BFF and the apple of DH's eye:

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In other news....I've copied and pasted this from another thread I started. This is what we're currently dealing with:

My MIL has beaten ovarian cancer twice now. She's 66 years old and is outrageously fit and healthy. Unfortunately, the cancer has made a comeback. She has a small spot on her liver that can't be reached via surgery (too high-risk due to location). So, she's looking at second opinions and weighing her options.

I've done some research on my own, and have found that ovarian cancer can be treated with stem cells from Cubby's cord blood. So, we've registered and are going to collect and bank the cord blood. The cool part is that the collection and banking fee may be waived if MIL is approved. Her oncologist has to fill out an application.

So, I'm soliciting prayers, vibes, and positive thoughts that

1. Cord Blood Registry approves the application and covers the cost of cord blood banking ($2,000! yikes!)

and

2. That MIL beats this just as easily as the first two times. She's one of those tough ladies that makes beating cancer look like a walk in the park. I hope that we can get through this smoothly and without any complications. We just want a healthy, safe Grandma for as long as possible.

We've received the collection kit and it's in the labor bag. My midwife is aware and has done cord blood collection before. So - we're all ready for that.

I've been having some stronger than usual practice contractions and menstrual-type cramping like, pretty hard for the last hour. I've been having quite a lot of BHs for a week and a half now. My midwife had me start maternity leave last week, and on Tuesday said I'm starting to efface and not quite a fingertip dilated. I can't help but wonder if Cubby will be coming soon, or if I've got another four weeks of this in my future. He hasn't engaged yet, that's for sure. So....waiting. Uncomfortably.

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Yippie! Another one of my TTC-JLIH gals lodge! Yahoo Loved the intro and i will of course look at the picts this weekend!!!! Tonz of luck and ELV's! Can't wait to read more and see Cubby!

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Love the pics! You look great! I really hope you get the cord blood banking to go through for your MIL. That would be wonderful news! Biggrin

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Loved reading your intro Smile I have heard of encapsulating the placenta, but have never known anyone who has actually done it! Very interesting. Be sure to keep us posted on how that works for you!!

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I absolutely will!

Today is our fourth wedding anniversary! We're not doing anything special because 1. There isn't really anything special going on in town (no festivals or events or anything), 2. It was 104 degrees yesterday and hot again today.

We went to IHOP for a late breakfast, DH actually went purse shopping with me and helped me pick out a new purse and wallet (BLOWS MY MIND!), and we got my new iphone hooked up. He got the new phone, I'm inheriting his old one. Yay! I've been wanting a new mp3 player....

Tonight we'll go out to dinner and then see The Dark Knight at the IMAX theater. I know it'll be crowded and I'm likely to be uncomfortable, but he said he's willing to sit near an aisle so I can get up and stand when I need to.

BHs still continue, but nothing really strong or attention-getting like Thursday. I just hope I don't have four more weeks of practice labor in my future! Yeesh.

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Happy Anniversary!!! Hope you enjoyed your date and sat close to the exit for the bathroom...Dark Knight was good, but long!

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Yes, it was a long movie! I think being a nurse has trained my bladder, though. I only get up once during the night to pee, and I didn't have to go at all during the movie. However, Cubby hasn't dropped yet, so I still have some leeway there!

This heat is INSANE. We've broken all sorts of heat records this week. 90+ degrees for 22 days in a row now! And NO RAIN. This is totally killer.

I am grateful for the cloud cover yesterday and today. It's still hot, but not scorching. It's starting to sprinkle a little now and I hear thunder - I hope we get a proper storm and not this little piss rain. If anything, it'll give me more contractions. Woo hoo. It's 82 degrees inside the house...ugh. I'm going to take advantage of the relative cool, though, to clean bathrooms and stuff today. Our house is a pigsty.

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Just catching up on your lodge!!
I barely made it through Dark Knight...without a bathroom break :). Sounds like you had fun though.
Do you have airconditioning to battle the heat?

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Just catching up on your lodge

Happy Anniversary, sounds like you had a great time. Sorry to hear about the heat, hope you have a good a/c!

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Thanks!

We have a wimpy window unit in the dining room, and a big, not-very-efficient energy sucker in the office. DH has a million computers (web developer home business) and they generate a TON of heat. It's tolerable, but I've had a few days where I get all irritable and pissy cause I'm just sick of being hot! Sometimes I take a cool shower in the middle of the day just to cool off even tho I showered that morning...

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Ice cold washcloths around your neck do a world of good on super hot days. I highly recommend it!

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Well, this is a pisser....

MIL and FIL are currently driving to Houston to see the ovarian cancer specialists at MD Anderson. Isn't it great that there's a tropical storm getting ready to land? Ugh.

Anyway, I spoke with MIL before she left, and she's determined that they can't afford to pay out of pocket for the cord blood banking. It really is expensive ($2,000). I'm worried that MD Anderson might recommend a transplant, but her application to CBR will be denied. I'm currently trying to work up a way to split the cost between MIL, us, and SIL. We'll see.

Ergh. Stupid ****ing cancer.

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:bigarmhug: It is expensive...
I hope they don't get caught up in the storm!!! I'll be thinking of them!

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Thanks. One of the girls from my other board, JLIH, is keeping tabs on the weather for us. Smile

In other, BETTER news, here's a XP:

I feel really blessed. DH got a new job just yesterday - it's been in the works but yesterday it's official. They made him an offer that really works for us. I still plan on going back part-time (I provide the benefits. They're much better at my job.), but DH said I can probably stay out of work for longer than the estimated 6 weeks or so I was planning on.

So - I'm hoping to stay home 8-10 weeks, then I will return for Friday and Saturday night shifts, during which DH will stay with Cubby. This way we won't have to pay for child care, and I'll essentially be a housewife/SAHM for 5 days/nights per week. DH is going to take 2-3 weeks "off" after Cub is born - his new employer is being really flexible with his official "start date". Until then, he's just working on an hourly basis.

I feel so lucky and am excited!

I can't express how lucky I feel. Our annual income is going to take a hit, because I'm dropping to part-time and DH is taking a pay cut to join this company. But it means security, a "normal" schedule, and lots of time for me to be at home with Cubby. Yay!

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Andrea, that is awesome news about dh's new job and the flexibility is amazing!!!!

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Ok, I am soooo behind on your lodge!! First of all, that is amazing about the placenta capsules. Me and DH always joke about frying it up and eating it. But I really hope you find some great benefits from it. I'm excited to hear about your experience!!

That sucks about your MIL having to battle cancer again. She sounds like such a strong woman and fighters like that are the ones that can beat it!! I'll be praying that you will find a way to fund the stem cells. What an amazing gift your little Cubby will give his grandma!

Also, congrats on the job and the routine you will be able to have. That's wonderful you won't have to pay for childcare and can keep your benefits!!

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Congrats on the job news! I work PT and provide the benefits for my family as well, so I know how that goes. My DH stays home one day (of the three that I work, my mom watches the other two) and the bond he has with my DD is amazing. You will be amazed at how much more you love your DH when you see him taking care of Cubby. It's awesome! (Plus, they really appreciate how hard it is when they have to do it all by themselves. Wink )

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That's great news about your DH's new job and that childcare won't be an issue for awhile. I'm sure that's a huge relief!

I hope you can figure out the cord blood banking so that it's doable.

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Well....I don't know if I have gas or if I'm in early/practice labor. I'm having contractions every few minutes and they're starting to hurt. I've been having BH's for a couple of weeks, but this is new.

They usually go for a few hours and then quit, esp if I lay down and sleep. It started with horrible gas/indigestion last night, which led to a night of menstrual cramping and contractions. I was still able to sleep quite well, especially thanks to Hypnobabies. Then, today, intense BH's continued ALL DAY LONG despite my doing housework, vacuuming, having a scheduled prenatal visit from our doula, taking Mali to the vet, etc.

I ate some Chipotle for dinner, and they started to become painful/more attention-demanding, and menstrual-feeling again. So I listened to the Hypnobabies Deepening track. I fell asleep for a while...woke up comfortable. But as soon as I got up off the couch I'm back with frequent, painful contractions. I'm comfy enough to sit here and type, but they definitely hurt more/are stronger than they've been.

????

gas? indigestion? early labor? who knows?????

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Here's to hoping you were on your way to a baby or that things died down and you were able to get a good night of sleep.

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I can't believe how hard it is to tell the difference between contractions and gas, but I'm right there with you when it happens. I always decide it must have been gas when nothing comes of it and everythings over. I hope you had a good nights sleep, you may be needing the rest sooner rather than later!

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Well, of course, 30 mins after my post everything just kind of settled down. I slept well with only a couple contractions.

It's so crazy when things pick up and then go away! I'd rather be doing this, though, then having a whole lot of nothing. That would really make me crazy.

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I'm glad you are not stuck in the land of limbo for too long at a time that is hard. It's nice however that your body is doing some work for you now, makes labor a little shorter!

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Just popping in to give my support, August buddy! Can't wait to see fun pics!

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Hey, thanks! Biggrin

Today was my 37 wk + 2?3? day appt.

Cubby is engaged and in "great position" according to midwife. She didn't check my cervix but I didn't ask her to, either. I know that it doesn't really mean anything, and I was starting to efface last week so that's enough for me to know. She said she wouldn't be surprised if we don't go for more than another week.

Cubby is measuring almost 40 weeks!!! I measured 37 cm last week, then 39-40 today! He is much more engaged than last time, so it makes no sense, unless he's stretching out or something. I'm not worried about having a "big" baby, but I bet he will be tall and skinny, just like his daddy.

I'm GBS neg! Woo hoo. So, I can labor at home as I please and don't have to worry about going in for abx. I don't mind having an IV, it's the labor at home thing that was getting me.

So, Cubby is locked and loaded and we're all ready! C'mon, Cubs!

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sounds like a good appointment. Yahoo for GBS - . that's gotta be a big relief. I think sometimes mine will measure bigger because he'll push his butt straight forwards making my belly HUGE!

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Right there with ya on the wierd contractions thing...

Yay for GBS-!

I think I measured 41 weeks two weeks ago. Smile

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yeah for GBS-!!! :woohoo: Yahoo

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Sounds like you are getting closer! ELV!

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Yahoo

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