Welcome to your lodge! Our first May momma!
:woohoo: YAY! Welcome to your lodge!! So looking forward to getting to know you more and following you these last few weeks.
Thanks! I am on my phone. Once I pull out my computer I will post some good info. :). I can't believe it is 36w already!
Yay, welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge....can't wait to hear your story!
Wow -- congrats on your lodge... can't wait to hear how it goes... I can't believe we have a May lodge! Ack! (I'm june!)
Welcome to your lodge!
welcome to your lodge!
Welcome and congrats!!
YAY for MAY Mommas! YAY for Christy! I'm so excited for you! (spring break ends today and kids go back to school so I've an abundance of YAY today!)
OK so my oldest daughter Samantha is with my ex-husband. She was born July 21, 2004. I was induced at just over 40w. I was not really ready to be induced, but they suspected big baby. My cervix was long and closed. I had all the interventions. My water was broken, I had an internal monitor, the epidural etc. I only made it to 4cm by 15 hours of pit and they came in and asked if I wanted a c-section. At that point I gave in and said yes. She was 9lb 13oz and beautiful.
Here she is at birth:
And at Halloween:
I was divorced from her dad when she was about 9 months old so it took me a little while to come to terms with what happened. I blamed myself for a lot of it, since I allowed it. I met my husband in November 2005. We found out we were pregnant in August 2006. It was a surprise of course since we were not married. It was a rough pregnancy. I had GD and PIH and severe pelvic pain. My doctor convinced me that I had to have the baby by 38w because of my issues. Both were actually controlled well. My bp was not high at the time of birth and blood sugar was well controlled. I of course know more now than I did then and did not question my doctor at all. So Lilly was born at 38w2d via scheduled c-section. She was also 9lb13oz. Both of my girls were exactly the same size at birth.
My now husband I were married 2 weeks after Lilly was born.
I got my cycle back at around 9 months after Lilly was born and we were pg at 10 months. I thought I had no other options and that I essentially HAD to have a c-section. I kept coming up all these scenarios about how to avoid it. Like waiting until I was in transition to come in to the hospital. I contracted tons with Isaiah. So much that they put me on terbutaline, which if you have ever had is a horrid medication. It made me shake really bad. I did not have high bp nor GD with him. Everything else about the pg was normal. Looking back even the contractions were normal and my doc way over-reacted. I have the same amount if not MORE contractions with this baby and so far baby has not fallen out of my uterus yet. LOL The contractions were not dilating me. Anyway... LOL I started having regular contractions at 36w on the nose. They were about 3-5 min apart and this had went on for a number of hours. I was not term yet and was convinced by my doc that the contractions were bad, so we paged him. They had me come in and put me on the monitor. They of course were registering exactly what I was feeling. I had changed from 0cm dilated to 1cm dilated since that morning. They decided to go ahead with the delivery which mean yes a c-section. I know now that my doc doesn't even do vbacs anymore and to be honest i never even asked him about it. I just assumed that I had no other choice. So my first son was brought into the world at 36w1d November 2008. He was 7lb14oz. He did really well, but ended up back in the hospital with jaundice which was most likely from him being early.
I joined ICAN after the birth of my son. I decided to be a doula soon after that. I took the doula training in February 2010. I found out I was pg soon after that, but we miscarried the baby in May. We found actually tried to get pg the 2nd time and found out August 2010 that we were pg again. The first trimester was very hard for me. I had vaginal bleeding which scared me and I had a lot of things happen in my family. I knew right away I wanted a vbac. I had been being seen by the same ob that I had for Lilly and Isaiah. I found a high risk doc in town that would take me on as a vbac, but then he changed his tune once I found out about the GD and the high bp with this pg. I transfered care to a group of homebirth midwives in Indiana. They risked me out on Friday (yeah like 4 days ago) after they got my surgical records and my doctor noted a uterine window at my scar with my 3rd csection. She stated that she felt I was still a candidate for vbac, but that I need to be in a hospital.
So I called Dr. Vlastos in St. Louis right away. He is speaking at the ICAN conference in St. Louis this year. We had a girl from my ICAN group that went to him and had a vba3c with him. I also had some referrals on Mothering.com for him as well. So my homebirth is out. I am having the baby in the hospital. It all just happened and I am still very upset. I thought I had been cleared. I was told to buy my supplies. I was getting ready to go get everything and I had already paid my m/w. Anyway, I met with Dr. Vlastos today and he agreed to take me on as a vbac. He says that with my history that the chances are probably stacked against me, but he will support my decision. One thing he did do right away that I am so thankful of is he DOUBLED the dosage of my bp meds which I have known for AWHILE that needed to be done. The maintanence dosage of the medication I am on is 500mg 4x a day and I had just upped mine from 250mg 3x a day to 4x a day via my m/w. I knew in my heart this would not be enough and my readings have been really high. I have no other signs of pre-e though. So, now I am having the baby in St. Louis. I don't plan on having any more kids. I am 39 years old and my husband is over 40. I am going to try and convince dh to have that taken care of permanently if you know what I mean.
what a story. I'm glad you found a doc to take you, its hard enough finding one for a vba2c I can only imagine how hard it is for a vba3c!
wow, what a story! I hope everything goes well with the new doc. Good luck!
Wow! What a story! I am sorry you aren't getting things exactly how you wanted them though. I am looking forward to seeing/hearing how things unfold for you. I sure hope your VBA3C works out smoothly! So wonderful to have a doc that is willing to work with you on it. That's a huge step in the right direction!
I am super tired today. I have an expo on Saturday where I have a booth for all my businesses which are doula, Hypnobabies and my diaper/babywearing shop. I sell babywearing and cloth diapers if you didn't know that. Anyway I will be just shy of 37w. I have a friend coming to help me since I will need breaks etc. Nothing exciting going on today.
Oh and aren't my kids just toooo cute.
Your kids are adorable. I share a birthday with Samantha!
I can't wait to hear all about the VBA3C!
Your kids are super adorable! Sorry about the homebirth, but glad you found a dr!
Wow, I can't believe everything you have gone through with this pregnancy, trying to find a care provider who will work with you. I'm so sorry that it didn't work out with the midwives, but I'm glad you were able to find a doctor who would take you on as a VBAC. I have everything crossed for you that you get the birth you're hoping for!
So sorry to hear that the midwives can no longer be your care providers. What a crappy thing to happen at 36 weeks pregnant. On the other hand, I think it's AWESOME that you were still able to find a doctor to catch your baby the old fashion way. Your determination is inspiring.
Man i had a crazy dream about you last night. I dreamt you had a family/friend gathering at a church. While there your BP went up and your MW told you that had to get it down or end the party. So you laid down. 5 mins later MW said you were good and you went into labor. Again, 5 mins later your baby had arrived! And you went back to partying, lol. Needless to say, this was the second birth dream of the night for me. I just had to share as I know you're trying for a VBA3C.
Oh my your little ones are adorable! I'm rooting for you getting your vbac hun!
Thanks everyone. My blood pressure is finally coming down. My lower number was consistently over 100 and now it is consistently 80's/90's which is MUCH better. The increased dose is making me sooooo tired though. That is one of the side effects. It will get better, but ugh. I am sure that will make my doctor happy. We live about 3 hours from the hospital so me and the kids are going to down and stay there. It will just be easier. I don't really want to ride 3 hours in the car while in labor. My kids are super excited about staying in a hotel. LOL They are so strange that way. I got my hospital bag almost packed for me and the baby. With Isaiah we were NOT prepared to have him so early and I didn't even have anything with me. Not even our camera. I still have tons of contractions every day, but they are not productive. I started taking some EPO yesterday and I drank a huge glass of RRL today. (I really dislike the tea so that is no fun). After I get done here it is off to do some fun laundry.
I woke up in the middle of the night last night from a terrible dream. It wasn't baby or pregnancy related. It was scary though. It was about 12:30am and dh wasn't even in bed yet which annoyed me. And to all you ladies that can ddt at this point in pg, kudos to you because no position is comfortable. Not even a little bit. Ugh.
I'm so sorry they risked you out so late in the game. That is awful. Too bad they didn't review those surgery records earlier. I'm amazed and excited that you found a new doctor who will still let you try though, that is wonderful! Way to go on not just giving up at that point! 3 hours away, goodness!
Who will watch the kids during birth?
It really isn't the m/w fault that it took them so long to get the surgical records. The doctor took forever to send them. We had to request it 2x actually. It was quite frustrating. My step son is 21 and hopefully he will be the one watching the kids. Otherwise, it will be friends. I just hope my doula is able to make it. It really depends on when I go into labor and such if she can make the trek down there or not. I am just amazed she is still willing to do it. I hired her thinking we were having the baby here in town, but of course that all changed. I just woke up from a much needed nap so I feel better. My step son just took the kids to the park. We live walking distance to a park which is nice. I should go with them, but I just woke up and I am being lazy. LOL
I think RRL tea is disgusting too. Blech!
Do you have any Mama instincts about how big this babe will be?
I think baby will be on par with my other kids. I feel about the same as I did with them. I have lots of pelvic pressure and pain. This baby tends to hang out lower than my other ones did. I did lots of stuff around the house today. I got the carseat out of garage and cleaned it all up. It was bought new with DS and he is 2.5 so it should be still good. I moved all the seats around last week so now I have an open spot for it in my van.
I got my Hypnobabies instructor stuff today which was exciting. I am hoping to really be able to get the word out at the expo on Saturday. I have a bunch of promotional material all ready to go.
I got some fluffy mail today. I ordered 2 custom bottombumpers for this baby and they are SO adorable. I will have to take a picture and show you all at some point. I wanted to order a few Happy Heinys but I never got around to it.
My parents are coming down this weekend to visit. I will be so glad to see them. Lilly's birthday is next weekend. I still need to get a few last minute things for her.
Your kids ARE adorable! I am sorry you've had so much drama with this pregnancy, but thrilled to hear you've found a Dr. who seems willing to work with you. That is a blessing! I am praying you get to have a happy VBA3C! Also, what a nice doula! Hopefully the timing works out beautifully and she can be there!
Sorry your home birth plans fell through. Glad the BP is coming down though! I so hope you get your VBAC!
I am heading to the chiro in a few minutes. I am really tired today. I did not sleep well. I keep having these really intense dreams. I need to get Lilly's b'day present today.
Sorry I'm so late, but welcome to your lodge! Your kids are really cute, I especially like how your dd2 wore spiderman for Halloween.
That stinks so much that you won't get your hb, but I'm praying you'll have an intervention free birth! I was also put on terbutaline at 33 weeks for contrax that weren't doing anything to my cervix and I remember how awful that was. Dh has a friend with asthma and he told dh while I was on the meds that it is really street legal speed.
So I am "term" today, LOL. So yay! I have contractions off and on, but to be honest they have gotten less then they were say a week ago. Weird huh. I started having this really intense pelvic pain right in my groin area. Lot's of fun stuff. Oh and because I am sharing TMI anyway one of my hemi's decided to return yesterday. It was really bad this morning. So needless to say I am not having the best weekend. We did Lilly's birthday party last night because my parents were here visiting. It was great to see them. My mother asked if I was having twins. ugh!
So... I have a complaint. I don't normally do this, but ugh it drove me nuts. I was reading online and this women is in early labor but is not yet 36w. Anyway she is complaining because they won't "help her along". Ummm what exactly should they be doing. She is in labor and dilated to a 6. Sigh! I couldn't help but respond which I know will tick some people off. I tried to be nice. That kind of thing just really irks me though. It is though PIT is the standard of care these days.
Oh and my poor poor baby was wacked in the head with the gate from our fence when the wind caught it just as he was walking by. He has a big ole bump on his head. I saw the whole thing, it was horrible. I was so scared for him. He seems ok now, but still. Poor baby.
Pit is totally the standard of care. C-section rates are terrible, but some hospitals have near 100% rates for using pit to either induce or augment labour... it's crazy! The only ones that often get away without it during labour are the ones that come in crowning.
Sorry to hear about your friendly hemi. Do you have a treatment routine that helps?
Yeah, I hear so many moms talking about pit as though it's a normal part of labor! I had one recently complain that with one of her kids she didn't get her pit so everything took longer. :eek:
So glad I have a NCB friendly MW this time. I've had pit. Totally not my idea of a good time.
I don't understand why anyone would complain about not getting pit! Weird!
Oh, and about the hemi...ice that bad boy! Seriously! 10 minutes 3x/day. Really uncomfortable, but it works! Oh, and Earth Mama Bottom Balm. I seriously need to make a post about it....
Thanks for the advice. I will have to get some. Ice yes, that sounds good. LOL
Not much to share today. I had an ob appt and everything looked good. Baby is doing really well. I have been swelling a lot worse lately. So much that I was up 6 lbs at my last appt. And I KNOW I have not gained 6lbs of weight in 1 week. It got really warm here. The weather forcast is quite hilarious actually. It was 85 on Sunday. My kids were playing in the sprinkler and there are snow fluries in the forecast for Wednesday. How insane is that. LOL
Congrats on being full term! The weather has been really crazy here, too. We had a high of 91 the other day which was a record high for the month of April for us. I hope the swelling comes down- that can be so uncomfortable!
So sorry about all that swelling!
I'm glad the kids enjoyed the sunshine while it lasted.
I braved the zoo today with the kids. I forgot how hilly the St. Louis zoo was though. We had to skip about 1/2 of it because there was NO way I was going to make it up and down the hill pushing the double stroller. Oh and big thanks to the person who helped me while I was trying to push the stroller and carry the tray full of food at the same time. Oh wait that didn't happen. ARGH! Seriously no one offered to help with really irked me. What is wrong with people today I mean seriously. I came back and listened to my baby come out CD while the kids watched a movie on my computer.
You are ambicious!
People are awful!
How is the swelling today after the zoo trip?
Actually the swelling this morning was better. I am sure it was from the walking, it increases the circulation etc. It is good for my blood pressure too. Not so fun though as I have various pains, but I will endure. LOL I am trying very hard to remain positive and not complain because I know it can be worse and I know I won't be pg forever.
You are doing awesome keeping a positive attitude! I have a really hard time with that at the end of pregnancy!
I understand how the walking makes the swelling better, that happens with me too. Still, way to go on getting out with the kids! Sorry that no one helped you
I hear ya with the weather! We are in Kansas so get similar conditions. We went to St. Louis on vacation one summer and went to the zoo, it is huge! I was tired after that place and I wasn't pg! Don't you just love how no one helps anymore, they just sit there and watch you.
Poor Mama. That makes me angry that no one helped you! What's wrong with people?
Glad your swelling was a little better yesterday. How are you doing this evening?
Thanks everyone. So I am sick. UGH! Soar throat, runny nose the works.
Ewww! It seems like everyone is sick right now.