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Welcome to your lodge, Melissa!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Wow - an August Lodge!!! :eek: I'm excited for you!

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Welcome!!

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I'm so excited to start this. I am heading off to bed now, so I will write up an intro tomorrow.

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Welcome to your lodge!! The end is in sight!

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Woohoo, I had no idea you were this close to the end! Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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My Intro

Okay Ladies, I'll warn you that I tend to write a lot. I guess I will start my intro with meeting DH and go from there. I will probably have to break it up a little though.

DH and I met in high school. We went to different high schools, but played on a community soccer team. I was the only girl on the team and I was the goalie while Gideon (DH) was a defender. We played on the team for a year and kind of talked to each other, but that was about it. In May of 1999, I started liking him, but he just thought of me as the girl on the team. After several months of his friends telling him that I liked him, he finally realized it in August. He didn't ask me out though until early September. We went on a date and then started "going out" Sept 5, 1999 and we have been together ever since. I was his first girlfriend and he was my first boyfriend. He is the only person I have ever kissed.

In December of that year he decided to join the Marine Corps and I had applied and been accepted to a college in Indiana. Everyone said that when we graduated it would be over and that we wouldn't see each other anymore. Everyone was wrong. We continued to date long distance while I was in school and the Marines moved him around the world. In December of 2001 he was stationed in Okinawa Japan and I went to visit him for 2 weeks for Christmas and New Years. He proposed to me on December 23. We were married June 1, 2002.

I was still in Indiana and he was stationed in North Carolina. He was deployed to Bahrain and Cuba over the next 1.5 years. After he got back from Cuba in April 2004 I transferred to an online school and moved to NC to be with him. A few months later he was deployed again, to Iraq this time.

When he got back from Iraq he got orders to Stuttgart Germany. We moved to Germany in March of 2006. I had about 3 months until I graduated, so we immediately started TTC since we knew he would be nondeployable for the next 3 years. After over a year of TTC I got pregnant in August 2007 with an EDD of May 8. At the same time we found out that DH had been accepted into a MECEP program that would allow him to go to college while keeping his active duty status, earn his degree and become an officer in the Marines. We were scheduled to leave in October 2008, only 5 months after having the baby.

I will stop here for now and post more about my pregnancy and birth storry with DD1 Hadley as my pregnancy was kind of rough and my birth story is very long.

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I think that's super sweet, that you've only ever kissed each other. I love stories like that:) I always really admire military wives- you give up so much for our country. Thank you.

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That is so neat that you were each other's first boy/girl friend. Its awesome that you guys stuck together after so much moving around through college. It fun learing more about you!

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Sorry I haven't been on much the last few days. I had a major freak out that we didn't have anything ready, so I have spent the last 4 days getting everything that I could ready. We finished decorating the nursery. I'll try to get some pics up soon. I also have everything washed and put away. The carseat is sitting by the door to be installed, Malia's bag is packed and I have a list made up for my bag. I feel much better now.

I had my 37 week appt today. It was a nice boring appt. I am GBS- so I am very excited about that. I am slightly anemic, so my mw suggested taking an iron supplement every other day.

DD1 has been very affectionate lately. I know she doesn't completely understand, but since all of the baby stuff is out I think she is getting some idea.

Keeping busy but feeling good.

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Yay for getting everything squared away for LO's arrival. I'm glad it was a good and uneventful 37 week appointment.

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It always amazes me when couples stay together through extended periods of separation. I have so much respect for military couples.

Yay for a boring appointment and nesting accomplishments!

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Wow - sounds like you had a productive few days of nesting! Way to go!

What a great intro. Nice to "meet" you!

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We haven't heard from you in a while, Melissa. How are you doing?

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I'm still around. I guess I had another freak out. I have been following this board for a long time and am so impressed with you woman that I think I got scared about what if I can't have a natural childbirth again. I know none of you women would judge me if I needed an epidural, but I just started questioning myself. I'm doing better and know that whatever happens as long as Malia and I are healthy that is the only thing that matters.

As for an update, at both my 38 and 39 week appts I was 1cm and 50% effaced. As I had to be induced with Hadley (DD1) b/c I had not dialated at all, I was excited at my 38 week appt to have any progress. Then I was a little disappointed at my 39 week that I hadn't progressed further. I really want to avoid an induction and I think that has contributed to a lot of my stress.

I'm at a good place now and just excited to meet my little girl.

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I'm glad you're in a good place now. Don't let the status of your cervix get you down. You could go from zero to baby so quickly! You're so close! KUP posted no matter what! We believe in you and will support you every step of the way.

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Don't let the progress of your cervix stress you out. Your going to meet your LO before you know it! I'm glad that you are feeling you are in a good place now. KUP in these next few days on how things are going and how you are doing.

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I am sorry that you didn't have cervical progress like you were hoping. But I do know that you can be a 1 and then dilate to a 4 in a matter of hours without knowing (did that with my last). KUP!!

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Hadley's TTC, Preg, and Birth Story

I'm going to start with TTC. We moved to Stuttgart, Germany in March 06. I was finishing my degree online and knew I would be finished in Oct of that year, so we started TTC in June 06. I didn't get pregnant until August 07, but didn't find out I was preg until I was 12 weeks.

I had been very sick and didn't have a period so I took an at home preg test which came back negative. A few weeks later I took another test which also came back neg. I then got a really bad UTI. The doc gave me another preg test which also came back neg. At this point I hadn't had a period in over 2 months, but that wasn't too unusual for me. It turns out that I was allergic to the antibiotics I was given for the UTI so I ended up in the hospital getting steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs. A few weeks later when I finally had a pos preg test, I was really scared about all of the meds I had been given (not knowing if I preg at the time or not). After a measuring u/s, we found out that I was 13 weeks preg.

German health care is great but very conservative, so even though I was throwing up 5-6 times a day and not gaining weight, the ob refused to give me anything to help. I had "morning sickness" for 26 weeks. Eventually it became manageable, but I immediately started having acid reflux, chronic congestion, and extreme back pain. I did not really enjoy being pregnant, but was so excited to finally be pregnant.

I went into my labor hoping for a NCB, but being okay with the idea of an epidural if I needed it. At 41 weeks, my ob said I needed to be induced. At this point I was so tired of being preg, that I agreed without really thinking about it.

I checked into the hospital at 41 weeks. They use a cervidil gel and not an insert, which I was immediately given. After about an hour contractions started, which were intense but not productive at all. They reapply the gel every six hours and I had 4 doses (24 hrs of contractions) and only got to 3 cm.

After being in labor for 24 hrs, they started pitocin. Things started picking up, including the intensity of my contractions. When I got to 7 cm, they broke my water and transition quickly began. They offered me an epidural at this point, but I thought that I had gone so long without it that I wanted to finish the same way. Transition lasted about an hour and then an hour of pushing, Hadley Christine was born at 3:55AM on May 17, 2008 (after 42 hours of labor). She weighed 7lbs 4 oz and was 19.75 inches long. She was facing my right hip when she came out, so I had a lot of internal and external tearing. When I asked the doc how many stitches I needed, he said he had lost track, but it was a lot. I knew it was bad as it took over an hour to get me to stop bleeding and sewn up.

Backing up a little, as soon as Hadley was born I knew something was wrong as she was having trouble breathing. I got to hold her for about a minute before the NICU was called. The NICU doc examined her and then told me that they needed to take her away and that DH could not go with her yet. They said as soon as she was stabilized they would come get DH.

I was moved to a recovery room. DH was then allowed to go see Hadley, but I was told I could not go until I was able to urinate. Because I wanted to see her so badly, I got up immediately, but I had lost so much blood that I passed out. I passed out 2 more times trying to go to the bathroom. After 12 extremely long hours, I finally peed and was allowed to go to the NICU.

We were told that she had gotten pnuemonia while in the womb, an extremely rare condition. Apparently I came in contact with someone who had even a minor cold, and while I didn't get sick, Hadley did and the cold turned into pnuemonia. People generally walk around with a white blood cell count of 60, a sign of infection is 100, an extreme infection is 1000. Hadley's white blood cell count was 1600. For the first 7 days Hadley was in a restricted area and I could only visit 4 hours each day. The last 3 days she was moved to a different section and I was able to stay with her in the hospital. The day she was discharged, the senior doctor told us that they did not know if she was going to make it when she first came into the NICU. So even though I want to avoid an induction this time, I do not regret my induction with Hadley at all as she would have continued to get sicker the longer until she was born.

She is now a very healthy, active 2 year old. I know this was extremely long, so thanks for reading if you made it this far.

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Oh scary! For some reason I don't remember that from the May board. Kudos to you for going natural with an induction and all, though I know what you mean, that it kind of puts pressure on you for another natural birth.

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Wow, good for you for having a NCB after such a long inducation. How scary about her being sick like that. I've never heard of anything like that. I'm glad she is a healthy 2 year old now!

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One of my friends had her first baby in Germany also. She experienced severe hyperemesis the whole 9 months and couldn't get any Zofran. She has it again so far with her second pregnancy (she's about 15 weeks now)

I'm glad Hadley was okay after being so sick when she was born! That is really scary and you are probably right that being induced was for her best. I think that after you've done a 46 hour induction unmedicated, any other labor would be quite a bit easier.

I've been learning baby positioning and rotation that in my doula training. The pelvic outlet is widest from front to back, as is the baby's head, so it fits better if they are facing the spine with they come out, so I can see how coming out facing the hip could cause difficulty.

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Wow! Your DD1's birth was quite eventful. I'm so glad she's a healthy 2 year old now!

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Yesterday was my due date. I am very excited to meet Malia, but I am going to stay strong. I have talked with my OB about not discussing induction until 42 weeks unless there is an actual medical reason.

I have been having contractions most evenings, but they haven't led to anything yet. I just have to keep telling myself to be patient and enjoy our last little bit of time as a family of three. I have a doc's appt tomorrow, so I will update everyone then.

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Happy due date! Sorry its a day late. Sounds like your body is getting itself ready each night. It won't be long now. Great plan about giving your OB the heads up about no induction talk until a set date.

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hope your appointment today goes/went well!

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Everything is still looking good. My bp was 116/72 and Malia's hr was in the 140's. I only gained 1 lb since last week, so I'm happy with that. I still haven't had any progress. For the past 2 weeks I have been 1 cm and 50% effaced. I do find this pretty disappointing, but I know things can change quickly so I'm trying to focus on that.

If I'm still pregnant, my next appt is Monday at L&D to have an NST. After that I would have an NST every other day. I was happy that induction was not even mentioned, so I am gaining more and more confidence in all of the doctors in the practice.

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I'm glad to hear that everything looks good and that there was no talk of induction.

Do you know what position the baby is in?

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Brittany--I only know that she is head down. Other than that I really don't have a clue. I know I feel her bottom under my right ribs most of the time. When I feel anything lower down it is usually on my left side, so I think she is almost kind of diagonal.

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She sounds like my baby - definitely head down and her butt by my ribs on the right side. I know i feel leg/foot/knee in various places on my left side. She is also facing up - or was at my last ultrasound. I am doing a lot of hands and knees and lunges with one foot up when she is really active to try and get her in a better position.

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hmm...in my doula training, I learned about how most babies rotate clockwise, and most babies enter the pelvis from the left, so, though it doesn't agree with the principles of optimal fetal positioning, it may be beeneficial to encourage the baby to rotate all the way around the back to the left. You wouldn't want to lie on your back, but you could try lying on your right side to encourage her to rotate past your right hip, then lie on your left side to get her to the left. Worth a try, I guess? In my doula book, this was suggested for use during labor, but if position is causing you to have prodromal labor, it seems to me that it might help?

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I'll have to give that a try Brittany.

Last night I thought I might have something to report, but not anymore. Most evenings I get contractions for a few hours, but they haven't really been measurable. Last night though I was having contractions every 7-8 minutes. They weren't painful, just a little uncomfortable. I had them throughout the night and a few were even strong enough to wake me up. They stopped though around 6 this morning.

I'm hoping at least that the contractions helped with making some progress. I'll keep everyone posted.

Also, if I don't get a chance to post over here when I do go into labor, will someone from the August BB please update? TIA

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I'll try to post for you if you can't. Smile

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I am hoping that those contractions helped you to progress!

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Hope you got some progress from all those late night contractions!

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So I'm 8 days overdue now. I had an NST this morning at L&D. Everything with Malia is looking good. I also had an u/s to check my fluid levels, which are also looking great. What is discouraging is that even with regular, consistent contractions all of Friday and Saturday nights I have only dilated to a 2.

I have to go back Thursday morning for another NST if she isn't born yet and then we will discuss induction early next week. I am glad they are willing to wait so long for induction without pressuring me at all, but I am still feeling discouraged. There have been so many babies born on the August bb already that is a little hard.

I know she will come when she is ready and waiting is the best thing, but it is hard being this uncomfortable and just not knowing. The one thing that is helping is knowing that even if I was offered induction tomorrow, I would say no. I just have to remember that.

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I think any woman who goes a week overdue or more deserves a gold medal. Nice work. I'm sorry you're not progressing more, I hope your day comes real soon!

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My gold medals were...well my babies!

DS was 14 days beyond the expected date, DS was a full week. This was back in the 1970s and I was in no rush at all. The only rush for me was getting OUT OF THE HOSPITAL. I was up and walking and visiting with other Moms within an hour of their births. Being able to get up out of bed or a chair unassisted was WONDERFUL!

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Glad she is looking good and happy in there. Having to wait extra is hard but the reward at the end is so worth it! Hang in there.

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I'm glad everything looks good in there! I am sorry you aren't progressing more. Are you doing any sort of natural induction things? i know what you mean about our BB - it seems like half the babies were born in July. Hang in there, she will be here soon.

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this is the first I have popped into your lodge, but I wanted to say that I hope the nightly contractions are helping little one to get ready. glad she is looking good in there!

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I'm glad the results of your NST and fluid level check were good. If your baby is thriving, you are doing what is best for her by letting her bake. Hang in there!

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Hang in there! Baby will be here soon! Sending labor vibes your way!

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Haha, I kept looking at your dates in your intros and wondering, why do they ring a bell with me? Then I realized, you and DH started going out on my birthday, and your daughter was born on me and DH's wedding anniversary lol!!

I hope you are hanging in there. I am so afraid I have jinxed myself b/c I have felt like this baby was going to be early. I'll probably be in your shoes in a few weeks time lol. Hopefully your body is doing a lot of work now, and then when the time comes you will have a super easy labor. Fingers crossed for you!

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How is everything? How are you feeling? Just checking in with you.

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hoping everything is going/went well. No update for a few days, and since I am stalking all lodges currently, I was hoping to hear an update!

Hope your appointments are going/went well... and that those cpntractions helped prepare things.

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Yesterday I had another NST. Malia is still looking great. She is a very lazy girl in the morning, so it took some work to get her awake long enough to get their readings, but other than that she is great.

I am now 3cm dilated, so at least I am making some progress. We did schedule an induction for Monday morning. I really hope I go on my own this weekend, but I am okay with the induction if necessary.

With Hadley I was not dilated at all, so I think that was one of the reasons my induction took so long with her. At least having a little progress I am not starting from nothing.

Now we just need to figure out what to do with Hadley. I have to be there at 6am, and we have someone to watch her during the day, but I am having trouble finding someone who can watch her so early. If nothing else, we have decided DH will stay with her for the first few hours and then come to be with me at the hospital.

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I said it on your thread in August, but I hope she comes on her own before Monday! I'm sending you labor vibes!

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I'm glad she's still doing well. I hope she comes on her own this weekend! If not, I hope the induction goes smoothly since your body is already making some progress on it's own.

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