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*~*~Amanda's (aotus76) Lodge~*~*

Yay, welcome to your lodge and the home stretch to meeting your DD, my friend! Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge!

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welcome to your lodge!!!!

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Yay, I have a lodge!

Where to start? DH and I met when I was 19. We lived in the same house, different apartments. I was a little nervous about dating him, because if something went wrong, I would still have to see him everyday, but hormones won out. Wink I think we had been together a month and a half when we said we loved each other. We had a rough patch after he graduated and moved away. A year after I graduated, I moved in with him, and things have been wonderful ever since.

We got engaged when I was 23, it was a total surprise, he got down on his knee at the Museum of Natural History in NYC. We got married when I was 26, knowing we wanted to have children someday, but someday far off.

I finally got Dave to agree to move off of Long Island and to upstate NY. We decided to wait to TTC until I got a teaching job and tenure. It took a year for me to find a job, and then three more to get tenure. We started TTC Dec. 2006. On my 5th cycle (I was an obsessive charter) we got pregnant, only to find out it was a blighted ovum at 11 weeks. I had a D&C on June 28, 2007.

More later after I eat dinner.

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Congrats on your lodge! Can't wait to hear the rest of your story - really cute pic of you and DH!!! Biggrin

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We started TTC again a month after the D&C. Unfortunately, it wasn't that easy as Dave travels extensively for work and is gone for long periods of time. We spent a lot of money on plane tickets for me trying to catch the eggie. I saw a lot more of the U.S., but didn't get pregnant. This LO wanted to be conceived at home! Dave came home for a few weeks in December. I was starting to get frustrated, and on Dec. 17, we went to my work Christmas party and I got really, really drunk, which I hadn't done in ages because of the TTC. Well, you guessed it, that was the night we conceived! I took a pregnancy test on the day AF was due, Dec. 29, because DH was leaving again for work, and he wanted to be there when I took the test. Lo and behold, a super dark line showed up!

The darkness of the line helped me relax a little and believe this pregnancy would continue.

My first trimester wasn't too bad, very little morning sickness, just extreme fatigue until week 11. Dave was able to be home for most of it. However, he's been traveling since mid-March, home for only a weekend a month, which has been really difficult. Luckily, my pregnancy has been uneventful and I've felt pretty good throughout it. As a teacher, I have the summer off, so I'm able to stop and rest when I'm tired.

We did have a bit of a scare because the baby was going between breech and transverse, but my u/s this morning showed she is now in proper position, head deep in my pelvis, and ready to go!

A few belly pics:

24w4d

34w1d

I've always known I wanted to have a drug free childbirth. My mom had me at a birthing center by a midwife, and she has always talked positively about her labor/delivery of me. She had both of my brothers at hospitals with obs, but natural as well. She has always talked about how great labor/delivery was, so I've never been scared of it.

I'm working with two great doulas (only one will be at delivery) and am taking Hypnobirthing classes. I'm going to deliver in a hospital, but they are used to Hypnobirthing moms. My ob/midwife practice actually encouraged me to take the class. As long as I stay low risk, I will be delivered by a midwife at the practice, and they are all very into natural birth and are excited to be a part of my birth experience.

I think that's about it! Thanks for reading!

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Wonderful intro! You are very beautiful, pregnant and non-pregnant. Wink

And yippee for head-down babies! I look forward to following your journey to birth.

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Welcome to your lodge and great intro! What a beautiful belly!

(Also, is that a greyhound??)

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welcome to your lodge, I love your intro and yeah for a head down baby!

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Hurray! Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge! Great intro!

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Welcome to your lodge!! Great intro and beautiful pictures! Can't wait to follow your journey.

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"amy1673" wrote:

Welcome to your lodge and great intro! What a beautiful belly!

(Also, is that a greyhound??)

Yes, he's a rescued retired racer. Do you have one, too?

My goal for today is to get all my thank you cards from my shower completed and mailed out. I'm doing well, only a few more to go.

Dave is en route home, he should be home by noon tomorrow. I am so looking forward to having him here and not having to worry that I will go into labor without him. I'm pretty independent, but I think laboring and delivering without him would make even me upset.

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Welcome to your lodge! You look gorgeous!

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Yes, he's a rescued retired racer. Do you have one, too?

Yes! I have three! :eek: They are the best dogs.

So glad to hear Dave will be home soon!

amy

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welcome to your lodge, great intro, you look amazing! congrats on 36wks, i hope the next weeks go smoothly and enjoyably (is that a word, ugh probably not) anyway looking forward to hearing more about you and your journey

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yay Amanda, welcome to your lodge!

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Dave is home now. What's more, when he got home at 11:30 am, he totally went to town on the exterior of the house. He did so much work, and the lawn and gardens and deck look fabulous now! We're having some neighbors over for a bbq on Sunday, to say thank you for them all feeding and taking care of me while Dave has been away, and now I won't be embarrassed by the state of my yard.

The last load of baby clothes is in the dryer. Next I need to turn my attention to getting the hospital bag together, which I had been avoiding until Dave came home. I refused to even entertain the idea that I would need it when he was away. Any advice from BTDT moms as to what I need to pack?

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My only hospital bag advice is to take stretchy pants for you to wear home....and I hate to admit it but I have always needed them to be bigger then I thought I would:) I read to plan on looking 5 months pregnant when you leave the hospital and I think that was about accurate for me both times. Other then that I guess a newborn sized outfit was something I used both times even though my babies were 7+lbs, they just floated in 0-3 size. I'm excited to follow you story and woohoo for your DH being such a huge help!!

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Yay for DH being home and taking care of the yard! ITA about comfy clothes. Also, your camera, some snacks (good for DH, labor or to supplement crappy hospital food) and a comfy outfit for your DD to wear home (the cute stuff is good for pics, but sometimes it doesn't work well with the cord or car seats).

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Welcome to your lodge, I'm just catching up! It sounds like you have a positive family history for NCB. Maybe Dave was "nesting" a bit on the exterior of the house!! Enjoy your BBQ this weekend!

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How have you been feeling?

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welcome to your lodge! I look forward to following your story!

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yeah for dh being home. HOw areyou doing today?

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Sorry I've been MIA, I've gotten the nesting urge since DH came home, and have been running around trying to get everything ready.

I've been feeling all right, although within the last few days my feet have started to swell if I stand or walk for too long. It makes me nervous for work to start. I'm a teacher, and the first day back is Sept. 2. I have to go in until I have the baby or until I get a note from my midwife. Hopefully, I will either go a little early, or my midwife will be okay with writing me an excuse. I hate that I have to go in, because I feel it is unfair to my new class. They will only see me for a week or two at most, and then I go out on maternity for the whole school year. I think it would be better for them if they just started out the year with my replacement, but I'm not the one who makes the district rules on these things.

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Just catching up on your lodge! I had to go back to work after having the summer off too and it was a little rediculous.

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DH and I had our hospital walk through the other night. I feel like we made the right choice of hospitals in our area, even though we're driving a ways to get to it. This hospital seems to be getting a reputation for being NCB friendly, and they have had many Hypnobirths. When I told the nurse giving us the tour that this was our plan, she was very excited and told us she was always so happy to have hypnobirthing moms. They let you walk the halls while in labor and there is a tub room, which was being used when we were there so we couldn't see it. It kind of stinks that there's only the one tub room, especially because both other women taking Hypnobirthing classes with me are due within a week of me and both want the tub room, too. The nurse said that if the tub room was in use, I could bring my birth ball into the shower. She had used that technique herself in a few of her six childbirths (6 children of her own! And several of them NCB.) and found it very helpful.

Anyway, I was very happy that she never tried to dissaude me from NCB, she did say, "I'm not going to lie to you. It's not easy, but it's worth it." Then, DH and I were at Lowe's (he discovered massive amounts of rot on the back patio door, so now we have to buy and install another one. Great timing.) and the millwork guy had just had his baby at our hospital 10 weeks ago. He was saying that his wife had NCB and the hospital was really great and supportive, and the LC who works for the hospital was great and helpful, too, which I've heard before.

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Yay, sounds like you have a great hospital. My first birth was in a NCB-friendly hospital as well and it was great. One tip I got that really helped was that when you arrive at the hospital, ask for a NCB-friendly nurse. Some nurses really love NCB and support it and that can make all the difference as they are the ones spending most of the time with you and also reporting things to your OB.

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Welcome to your lodge! I enjoyed reading your story. You have a beautiful belly!

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I'm glad your doing well, and I sure hope you don't have to go to school I agree that it doesn't seem like it would be best for your class. I'm sure you mw would write you a note, have you ask here?

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Yay for a NCB friendly hospital Biggrin

Hope the one tub is available for you when the time comes. I'd never thought of taking birth ball into the shower.

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My mom stopped by today on her way home from dropping my brother off at college. (She lives about 2 1/2 hours away.) It's so cute how excited she is about the baby (in her own way, you have to know her well to see how excited she is). This will be her first grandchild.

This has been a relatively easy pregnancy for me so far, I really have no complaints. But I think I've finally entered that really uncomfortable, achy, swollen stage. My finger joints hurt every morning and my feet are stlll somewhat swollen when I wake up. *whine*

The good news is I tested negative for Strep B. Now I'm hoping to avoid an IV altogether.

My brother (the one my mom dropped off at college) is a music ed major, and he sent a CD of birthing music to me. Lots of relaxing, classical music, with a written explanation of why he chose each piece on the CD. It's very sweet, and shows how excited he is to become an uncle!

Alright, enough rambling, off to the bathroom I go yet again!

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"aotus76" wrote:

My finger joints hurt every morning and my feet are stlll somewhat swollen when I wake up. *whine*

Urgh, sorry to hear that. My fingers just absolutely ACHE every morning. So strange.... stiff and swollen and I have to flex them repeatedly to make them usable.

Excellent about your strep B negative and that your family is so excited. Really cute and thoughtful that your brother made you that CD!

Also, great news that your hospital seems great about NCB. Glad you had such a great visit/walk through!!!

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Urgh, sorry to hear that. My fingers just absolutely ACHE every morning. So strange.... stiff and swollen and I have to flex them repeatedly to make them usable.

I'm so happy I'm not the only one! I was worried it was early arthritis or something!

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I'm so happy I'm not the only one! I was worried it was early arthritis or something!

Likewise!!! I have seen other mention of it by doing google searches, but you are the first person I "know" (;)) to have the same thing. Ouch! Sorry to hear it but it is a slight relief I am not the only one.

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Just catching up, again, lol

yeah for a NCB friendly hospital!!!

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Awww! That was so sweet of your brother to make a birthing CD for you.

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"aotus76" wrote:

I'm so happy I'm not the only one! I was worried it was early arthritis or something!

it sounds like preg related Carpal tunnel to me. I had it super duper bad with my first pregnancy...it didnt show up until the last few weeks but it was horrible! If it is carpal tunnel, it will go away within the first weeks post partum.

that is SO sweet about the CD!

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If its carpel tunnel, trying soaking your hands in a sink of hot water for about 10 minutes. I have carpel tunnel (not pg induced kind) and it helps greatly.

So happy to hear about the negative Strep B test! Hope you can avoid the IV all together!

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Your brother is so cute. I can't imagine either of my brothers ever being so thoughtful!

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Your brother is so cute. I can't imagine either of my brothers ever being so thoughtful!

He's only 20, there's 11 1/2 years between us, but we've always been very close and he's very excited about becoming an uncle. He came to visit for a week this summer, and was asking all kinds of questions about the pregnancy and labor and everything. I'm pretty sure I've swayed him to NCB and breastfeeding... hopefully, he will find a woman who will agree!

My feet have officially merged with my calves and my ankles are nowhere to be found. This is very depressing. I only have one pair of flip flops that fit, and it grosses me out to look down and see these doughy, puffy swollen things on the end of my legs.

Plus, I've been hanging out outside, and for some reason, the mosquitos are super attracted to me. I usually don't have to worry about them too much, but now they love me and I have itchy bites all over my feet and legs. *whine*

I'm hoping not to go into labor this week. We're dogsitting, so we have three greyhounds in the house. If I go into labor, it will be a big ordeal to get the two we are watching to another family, and then our guy will have to stay home and just have people come in and feed him and let him out. If I go into labor after Sunday, we'll call the other greyhounds' owners, who will come and take our boy until we get home from the hospital. Does that make any sense? I only slept about 3 hours before I was wide awake at 4:20 am, so I'm not all that coherent.

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We're dogsitting, so we have three greyhounds in the house.

Yay for greyhounds! It was so kind of you to agree to do this so late in your pregnancy!

Have you done anything special to get your grey ready for the baby? (shamelessly requesting more pics of your canine baby Smile )

btw - mosquitos suuuck. I can't wait until they're all gone.

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4:20am! Bleck. I remember with DD I slept more after she was born than I did at the end of pregnancy. I hope the same happens for you. Wink

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ITA with Rebecca...I have always gotten more sleep with a newborn than at the end of pregnancy. I will also hold off on sending you any labor vibes until next week. Wink

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Here's to a baby with out 3 dogs to deal with:) Sorry about your feet, at least that should clear up as soon as baby comes right?

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"amy1673" wrote:

Yay for greyhounds! It was so kind of you to agree to do this so late in your pregnancy!

Have you done anything special to get your grey ready for the baby? (shamelessly requesting more pics of your canine baby Smile )

I probably wouldn't have agreed if they were any other breed, but three greyhounds is about the same work as one, they just take up more space.

As requested:

This is Tigger, he's about 12.

Here is Jamie, she is 4.

And this is my boy, Wally, roaching. He's 9.

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Wow, looks like you have your hands full:) They are so cute!

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Aww look at that big black roach! Thanks for sharing! I don't think I could ever have any other breed of dog after being "owned" by three greyhounds.

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Cute puppies! Just curious - I have an OT question: I really want to get a rescue dog, and I'm very interested in a retired racing greyhound, but how are they with cats? I have 2 kitties at home so the dog has to be acceptable to them Smile

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Cute puppies! Just curious - I have an OT question: I really want to get a rescue dog, and I'm very interested in a retired racing greyhound, but how are they with cats? I have 2 kitties at home so the dog has to be acceptable to them Smile

When we brought Wally home we had a cat, Calvin. Calvin totally ruled the roost from day one, without even having to hiss. It really depends on the greyhound. Some of them are 'keen' and will go after small animals, including cats and small dogs, but many of them, even those who were good racers like my Wally, are not 'keen' at all. The rescue organization will do their best to make sure you get a dog who is small animal friendly, and as with any rescue, you should introduce them slowly and not leave them alone together until you are confident. Since greyhounds don't mind being crated, it's not difficult to keep them separated when you're not around in the beginning.

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I had a doctor's appointment today, I saw one of the OBs. (They're trying to get me to meet everyone in the practice.) I have to say that I've been very happy with the OBs at this practice. The one I saw today went into medicine later in life, she was a middle school science teacher before that, so when I told her I was going to have to start teaching again in a week, she wrote me a note without me even asking. She told me teaching is too hard for me to be doing at 39 weeks. Smile It was nice to have someone understand how physical and tiring teaching can be! So I'll go to Superintendent's Conference Day on Sept. 2, and then my maternity leave sub will start the year with the students on Sept. 3, which is best for the kids and best for me! Yay!

She also did an internal. I'm still closed up tight, but softening a little. She also assured me that baby is still locked in head down.

So, it was a good appointment. I picked up a nursing bra (after trying on about 15, I was only able to find one that would work) and a nursing tank afterwards. Any nursing bra suggestions? My problem is that I could only find ones in my cup size with bigger band sizes. I'm currently a very full 36DD, but unpregnant am a 34 band size. I tried two types of Bravadas and the ugly Medela, plus a ton of other kinds. The only one that worked was actually an underwire, which I don't want to wear all the time because I don't want clogged ducts. Anyone about my size have a bra they like?

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