*~*~Angela's (babynumber1) Birth Lodge~*~*

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*~*~Angela's (babynumber1) Birth Lodge~*~*

WELCOME! Sorry I'm late hun:) Looking forward to your journey with your second babe!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to hear your stories. Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! Smile

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Thank you! I'm so tired today but I'll post my intro/story tomorrow when my brain is working and I have more time

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Welcome to your lodge mama :wavehello:

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Welcome welcome! Smile

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Here we go...........................

I'm 32, DH is 35 and DS is 2.

I met DH 12 years ago when I was attending college out of town. We met at a bar (lol) but we had mutal friends. Once we got to know each other we realized that we lived about 5 minutes away from each other most of our lives as well as attended the same highschool. I even knew at least half of his friends. How our paths never crossed is still crazy to me. I guess maybe it was because we were both in serious(ish) relationships?

We started dating pretty much right away and after finishing 1 1/2 more years of college it didn't take long for me to move in with him. We got "our" first place shortly after that and have been living together ever since.

We had a bit of a hiccup in our relationship about 5 years ago where we broke up and he moved out for a few months. We patched things up and within a year we were engaged...I waited a long time for that ring..LOL

We married 10 months after getting engaged, moved into our first house 5 months later and found out I was pregnant with DS the week after we took possession of the house. It was so nice to not have to help out too much with all the renovations Wink

My pregnancy was pretty much uneventful. We went with an OB because DH had a lot of misconceptions about midwives and he was too nervous. I really didn't like my experience with my OB but I didn't really know any better so I dealt with it.

At 38 weeks I had noticed a little less activity coming from DS and was sent for an ultrasound. It came back fine so I figured there was nothing to worry about. At 39 weeks when the OB used the doppler there was a definite change in his heartbeat. It sound so much slower than usual and I could see the look of concern on my OB's face. She sent me immediately across the street to the hospital to be monitored. I was so freaked out and couldn't get a hold of DH. I was a crying mess and so scared.

After being monitored for over an hour the nurse and doctor decided that it was best to start an induction. They started me with cervidal (sp?) and sent me home for the rest of the night with instructions to take it out at 3:00am. Mild contractions started on their own and by the time we got to the hospital the next morning for them to start the pictocin I had dilated a little bit.

They started the IV at 10:30am and I was begging for pain medication by 2:00pm. Everything happened so fast that I just couldn't take it. At that moment my dreams of having a natural childbirth vanished:(

I will continue later. Time to bathe DS!

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Looking forward to reading the rest of your intro. How fun that you and your DH grew up so close to eachother!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!

Look forward to reading the rest of your story.

Little similarity - DH and I are the same ages as you two and we also have a toddler, although slightly older I think, but still made me smile.

I will be crossing my fingers for your natural labor this time.

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I was given morphine first to help with the pain. WHAT A MISTAKE!!! (I wish I would have been better informed) All that did was make me feel completely out if it and tired but didn't help at all with the pain. I was throwing up and feeling awful. They eventually gave me an epidural which of course took away all the pain.

I pushed for just over an hour and DS was born at 7:13pm. The cord was wrapped around his neck twice and he wasn't responding so the was quickly whisked away to the nursery. BTW - NO ONE told me what was going on. I had no idea about the cord and was lying there in shock. DH went with DS to the nursery with the pedeatrician and nurses. Thank goodness my mom was there as well. It felt like forever but they finally did return and I was able to start nursing.

DS's blood sugar was low so we had to stay in the hospital for a few days. He was kept in the nursery and brought to me when it was time to nurse. One of the nurses made me feel awful about his blood sugar results and told me that he needed formula because I wasn't able to feed him! Sad I explained that I didn't want him to have formula so she sent me back to my room with a tiny cup and told me to express colostrum (if I could) so he could be fed. I have never felt so worthless in my life. I was pretty much forced to give him formula (I know better now) but kept BF and continued successfully until he was 18 months. I have to thank the LC's at the hospital who stood up for me in the end and helped me with nursing.

I don't think that anything about my birth story is what I had envisioned or wanted. Things seemed to have quickly spiraled out of control and I lost myself. It's not a story I tell a lot of people because I'm not proud of it but the end result was my beautiful little boy Biggrin who means more than words can say.

This time I am far more prepared and have 3 great midwives!

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"mommys" wrote:

Little similarity - DH and I are the same ages as you two and we also have a toddler, although slightly older I think, but still made me smile.

Looks like I might be having a November baby as well?!! Unless this LO decides to come a bit early

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My midwife and student came by for my first home visit. It was nice and relaxing even though DS fought for my attention the entire time.
They left a home birth kit with us "just in case" and I enjoyed looking through it all. We also discussed my birth plan.
Everything is still looking good but I had some news that I wasn't too happy with. I'm on medication that could have an affect on the baby so we have to stay in the hospital for at least 48 hours after birth. I was really hoping to give birth and come home. I knew that a ped. would have to be there for the birth to check baby's breathing but I thought as long as that went well that we could go home. I'm pretty disappointed and felt like crying after they left......love the hormones!
I still can't believe I'm due in 3 weeks. This pregnancy has flown by so quickly and I really need to get on top of things before it's too late.
Thankfully I picked up a co-sleeper last week so the baby at least has someplace to sleep besides our bed.

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Sounds like your ready for this little one! It's always so crazy to actually be at the end, and start setting up stuff for the babe:) I'm sorry to hear about your extended hospital stay, that's a drag. Is there a reason they think the baby needs to be watched for such a long time? It seems like it'll be obvious in the first 24 hours if there is a problem with breathing?!

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Welcome to your lodge! I enjoyed reading your intro. I am sorry your first birthing experience wasn't what you wanted, but I am glad that you are more prepared now and have some great midwives this time around. I hope you get the natural birth and experience that you want.

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I'm on antidepressants and my midwife said that withdrawl can happen anytime from birth up until 48 hours so they want to be able to watch for signs in the baby. The medications isn't something that I could stop taking while pregnant. DS didn't have any problems last time but I think they just want to be safe. I know my midwife had mine and my child's best interest in mind so it's not the end of the world, just not my ideal situation.

I forgot to add before that the whole pushing of formula that I mentioned happened after I gave birth to DS got me to thinking and be pro-active this time around. When DS weaned 9 months ago I pumped and froze some breastmilk. I plan on taking it with us to the hospital just in case they try to throw the "you're not producing enough" comment at me again. I know it's not true but I want a backup that they can do nothing about.
I'm not bitter at all......LOL

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I really hate how often formula is pushed on mom's, especially new ones. They tried that with my twins and even threatened me saying they would have to keep them at the hospital if I didn't give them forula b/c they were too small. I told them I was NOT going to use formula, they were just fine & sure enough we left the next day lol I'm sorry that happened but WTG for nursing till 18 mo that's fantastic!

I hope this upcoming birth is all that you need & hope it to be Smile

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Welcome to your lodge!

I enjoyed your background story and greatly hope that things go better for you this time. I'm sure they will, as you seem to be in good hands.

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Sorry you will have to stay in the hospital so long. It is so hard to relax there and of course DS can't be with you.

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Just wondering how your doing? Hope all is well!

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I'm so exhausted today! Thank goodness my mom offered to take DS for the afternoon so I got a really nice solid 2 hour nap in Smile

My feet and ankles have started to swell and at the end of the day I no longer have ankle bones. I was telling DH that on the positive side, at least I won't nick my ankle bones when "trying" to shave! I'm still taking DS to swimming lessons once a week so I try to attack my leg hair for that

Other than that I'm doing well. Just the normal aches and pains of the last couple of weeks. I've been sleeping alright at night which is wonderful. DS even slept in until 9 am this morning.

I still need to finish the nursery and I thought I'd get a lot done today but sleep was far more important. She likely won't be in her own room for at least a few months so I really don't need to rush it but it would be nice to have it complete.

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oohhh don'cha just love the cankles!? lol The first week after I had Tristan I would stare at my calves, ankles & feet b/c they looked SO skinny! Lol How wonderful to be able to get a nice nap in Smile

Are you doing a theme w/ your nursery?

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Yay for a nap! It's great you're getting to sleep. It's so nice to get some rest before the baby deprives you of it.
Oh, the cankles are not fun. I stared at my feet for a while after giving birth too, LOL Smile

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Yay, my cankles have disappeared for the last few days. I've been putting my feet up and napping in the afternoon when I get a chance.
At my last midwife appointment I was measuring 35cm which is the same as last week. They didn't seem concerned so I'm not going to worry either.
So far it looks like this baby is staying put for awhile longer. I'm pretty happy about that because I still have to sew the crib bedding and curtains. I just finished 2 fitted sheets for the Arms Reach and she'll be in that for awhile.
Lots of BH and I'm pretty sure I've had contractions here and there but nothing regular or very painful.
I think I'm still in denial sometimes that we're going to have another little one in the house soon. It's going to be a big change

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"Watermelon_Gypsy" wrote:

Are you doing a theme w/ your nursery?

The nursery is fairy inspired. Not like Tinkerbell but more like realistic flower fairies. I've always been fascinated with them and have collected a few things over the years. Now I finally have a place for them...LOL

This is some of the fabric I'm working with

A few pictures I've made but haven't completed

and website photos of the mural I'm putting above the crib

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I'm just now catching up on your lodge, welcome! I'm sorry you had such a rough start breastfeeding last time, hopefully things go perfectly this time around.

I LOVE the nursery theme! If I ever have a little girl I think we'll do a fairy theme too, although ours may be inspired by the drawings of Amy Brown and Nene Thomas, they have some amazing fairy art.

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"OperaDiva" wrote:

I LOVE the nursery theme! If I ever have a little girl I think we'll do a fairy theme too, although ours may be inspired by the drawings of Amy Brown and Nene Thomas, they have some amazing fairy art.

I really like Amy Brown too but DH thinks those fairies are too scary....LOL

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Oohhh I LOVE fea's! What a beautiful theme to use Smile I have a lot of Amy Brown's things too, I love her fea's - I really like the flower fea's that you've used too though, those pictures you did are wonderful!

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"babynumber1" wrote:

I really like Amy Brown too but DH thinks those fairies are too scary....LOL

Hmm, they are definitely dark, but I wouldn't say they're scary for the most part. Look up some of the art by Nene Thomas, I think hers are slightly less dark. My DH was a little hesitant about faery art too, but he gradually came around Smile

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I had my 39 week appointment this afternoon. My primary and student midwives were a little concerned that my belly has only grown 1 cm in 4 weeks so I'm off for a growth scan tomorrow. Hopefully there's an easy explanation like the fact that she's dropped and engaged. Everything else is great though
No real signs of labour yet.

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"OperaDiva" wrote:

Hmm, they are definitely dark, but I wouldn't say they're scary for the most part. Look up some of the art by Nene Thomas, I think hers are slightly less dark. My DH was a little hesitant about faery art too, but he gradually came around Smile

I know, DH thinks a lot of what I like is creepy or scary..LOL

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I'm hoping your LO has dropped! You've got to be so ready hon.

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Hoping the u/s shows nothing to worry about Smile

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good luck at your u/s, I hope everything is fine!

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The U/S tech told me that my midwife would receive the results tomorrow so I'm assuming that things looked okay. I would hope that they would contact them asap if there was a problem. Fingers crossed!

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Everything is fine! Now I just have to wait for this little girl to make her appearance.
I've been having a few contractions and lost of BH but nothing solid so I'm thinking she'll be a November baby

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I'm so glad to hear everything looks good on the u/s!

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Just thinking of you hun, looks like it's been a few days since you were on last....hope your busy with baby:)

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Hoping you're holding your LO...

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**lurker**

I know Angela from another site (but like to stalk her) and I don't think she will mind me telling you that she gave birth to her baby girl early this afternoon. She was 7cm at 6:50am and delivered at 12:44pm but no other details on her delivery and baby was nameless last I heard.

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Congrats!!! And thanks for letting us know Smile Looking forward to hearing how it went!

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Thanks for the update, and congratulations Angela, and WTTW baby girl! I am looking forward to more details!

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Oh YAY!! Congratulations hun:) Can't wait to hear more!

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Thanks for updating! I can't wait to hear her story. I hope breastfeeding is off to a better start then with her first.

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Yay! Congratulations!! Hope to hear more soon.

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Just checking i on you hun, anxious to hear how things went and all about your little one!

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Things have been really busy and I still haven't had time to write out my birth story but I promise I will this weekend and update you all.
Scarlet is doing wonderfully! Breastfeeding is going better than it did last time but we're still struggling a bit. I think I may have thrush already Sad Oh well, we'll get through it and continue on.
Here's are a few photos of our little princess.


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She is so adorable! Congrats again! I'm glad to hear BFing is off to a better start this time and hope it continues to go well.

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Ahhhh, so sweet:) Looking forward to the whole story whenever you get a chance. Kiss her for me!

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Love the pics! Smile

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