Welcome! I see your 36 weeks today. I look forward to following your story! You have a wonderful EDD by the way
I can't believe that I made it to 36 weeks!
I'll post a better intro when I get home from work!
Welcome to your lodge!!!
welcome to your lodge!
Congrats on 36 weeks! I can't wait to hear your story!
My introduction…quick and dirty!
My name is Elizabeth, and my husband’s name is Zach. I started dating my soon-to-be husband when I was 19. We met in a calculus class at a local community college, and we had two classes together before officially starting to date. We decided pretty early on that we wanted to get married though I had to finish nursing school first. We got married three years later and bought our first home after renting a house for a year. We both still attend school. My husband is still taking mechanical engineering courses, and I am going to school full time toward an RN-BSN completion program.
We were married for a year when I found out that I was pregnant with Dirk. Zach did not want any children so he was not too pleased with me for wanting to go through with the pregnancy. I found out that I was pregnant on Memorial Day 2006. It was one of the happiest days of my life even though I knew that my husband would very angry. The pregnancy was uneventful besides hyperemesis and preeclampsia toward the end. It was very hard vomiting every two hours for the first five months. From month five to the end I vomited twice weekly and was always nauseous. I lost approximately 20 pounds, however ended up gaining a total of 60 pounds from what I lost and regained by the end.
Dirk was born on January 29, 2007. I worked 12 hours the night before as a case manager in the emergency room at a local community hospital. People were saying that I looked like crap and that my face looked huge. I was dead tired and spent two hours sleeping at my parent’s house on their recliner before taking a shower and going in for my doctor’s appointment. I was 38.5 weeks and was pretty sure that it would be a while before I would have my baby even though I was constantly having Braxton-Hicks every time that I sat down. When I went for my appointment everything went as usual until my doctor came into the room. My blood pressure was 158/98, and I had 1+ protein in my urine. The nurse who took my vital signs and tested my urine did not even give me a hint that something was not right. The nurse practitioner rechecked my blood pressure, and my doctor said that I needed to go to the hospital to be induced. I was so relieved to be almost done. I could not vomit anymore. I had already spent the morning scraping ice off my windshield while throwing up cheese-its.
I did not go straight to labor and delivery. Since I work at the hospital, I stopped by to see a few people before heading upstairs. I was so nervous. They told me to eat since I would not be getting the chance to eat for a while. So I sat in the nursing supervisor’s office and ate a sandwich for the next half an hour before calling my mom and husband to tell them that I was going to be induced. My husband was kind of funny. He kept saying, “I’ll be right there. I’ll be right there.”
There was a bit of confusion when I first arrived to the OB department. I got put in a room that I was not supposed to go, and peed in a cup. I even labeled my own urine, since after all, I am a nurse. It did not take too long for them to figure out that I was going to be induced, though, and I was sent over to a different room. I felt so fat in a patient gown. I also felt kind of weird being on the “other side” of things.
After I got into the correct room, the nurse went through all the admission questions, drew blood, and put in the cervidil cream. She was an excellent lady with two children of her own. I had some bloody show when she inserted the cream and said that I was dilated to almost a four. I had to remain in bed for an hour. The contractions were not bad at all. They were the same ones that I had been having for months before. The nurse told me that anesthesia was already asking placing an epidural, and after jokingly asking who was on call said, “no, I’ll just see how it goes.”
Within a couple hours, my mom and my husband arrived at the hospital. Pitocin was started an hour after the cervidil cream was placed. I was asked to walk around, however I chose not to because I felt half naked in the gown, and I know way too many people who work in the hospital. My husband, who decided that he wanted to name our son, chose then to tell me the name that he picked out. He said that he wanted to name him Dirk after his favorite character from the Clive Cussler books. I liked the name and knew that since he had a special connection with the name Dirk that he would learn to love our son.
My physician went on call at 7 PM and broke my water. It felt like I had peed all over myself, but at least it was nice and warm. The contractions did not feel that bad until around 10 PM. By then I wanted to just curl up and die. My back felt like it waas being ripped apart. I gripped my pink plastic puke bucket. My doctor wanted to turn the pitocin up further and I thought to myself, “Lady, I know how to turn that back down!” I was all smiles, though for the entire time. I could not wait to meet my son and to hold him in my arms. I could hear another baby cry who was just born in a different room. It made me very teary eyed to hear that another mother just had her baby.
My doctor checked dilation about every half an hour with contractions. By 10:30 PM I was fully dilated. She said that I could probably push the baby out, however I wanted to wait until I actually felt the urge to push. She told me that she would be back in a half an hour. She was totally right with the time. After a half an hour of starring at the clock and thinking of my “focus animal” (I had chosen a rabbit after watching a movie about a couple who had a baby), I finally felt the urge to POOP! I told my husband to get the doctor, “now!” My husband looked so freaked out!
I pushed around three times, and at 11:11 PM I got to see my little boy for the first time. Zach had tears in his eyes when Dirk was born and placed on my stomach. I got blood all over my fingers and gown. I was in love with him and so happy not to be nauseous or in pain anymore. Dirk weighed in at 6 lbs and 3 ounces. He was perfect.
After being sowed up everyone, including my husband, left for the night. I felt pretty alone. I tried to breast feed, but I did not feel like it was going as well as it should have. By the middle of the night, my nipples were bleeding and cracked. The nurses were not helpful, and I felt like a failure. I got more and more emotional as the night turned into day. I started to hallucinate a little after not sleeping for over 24 hours and working three-twelve hour midnight shifts.
By the second day at the hospital, Dirk refused to breastfeed. The lactation consultant worked with Dirk and I for over an hour. Dirk screamed his head off the entire time, and I ended up giving him a bottle of formula. I cried so hard. I never thought that breast feeding would be that difficult.
Breast feeding would be a challenge for me for the next year following Dirk’s birth. I became extremely depressed after he was born, and it never really cleared up until after he was a year old. I ended up pumping my breast milk until I became pregnant with the present child. I was determined to give him the best even if it meant that I had to sacrifice my time. It would always make me happy to see how much Dirk enjoyed drinking my milk.
Dirk was about 14.5 months when I found out that I was pregnant for a second time. I was so happy, and my husband seemed happy too. I had the same problem with hyperemesis that I had with the first pregnancy. I lost 30 pounds this time, however at the present have gained that back in addition to another 30. My husband and I are looking forward to the day when we meet our second little boy. I get to name this one. I have not quite picked out a name that I am entirely satisfied with, but I guess I still have some time left!
Some old picks from my photobucket account. My digital camera had "an accident" at the park.
Welcome and great intro! Dirk is a cutie!
Wonderful intro and I understand how hard it can be when bfing doesn't go as planned.
Welcome to your lodge! Your intro is great. It is really neat to hear about both sides from your perspective.
I can't wait to follow the rest of your story!
Well, today was overall a good day. I'm at work right now and it will be my last day unti next friday (Black Friday).
It's been fun seeing all the new babies being born!
Pregnancy news: My GBS subculture came back negative!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!!! I am so excited about that. No penicillin for me this time. I was positive for Dirk, and I didn't want it hanging over my head that I have to be at the hospital by a certain time in order to get two rounds of antibiotics. Now I can mosey on in as I feel and will not have to be pressured into feeling like I need to go to the hospital right away.
Complaints: Well, I feel as big as a house at this point. I'm waddling pretty bad. Last night I woke up at 1 AM feeling like I was going to throw up and hurting cramping. It only lasted an hour then I was fine, and I was able to go back to bed.
Today was a pretty good day. I spent the morning watching part of the Traveling Pants moving with my son, and the rest of the day cleaning my house after working the weekend and not being home. It's so good to be at home and just be a mom.
The rest of the time I mad dashed did a zillion homework questions and studied for a German quiz only to find out just now that my class is cancelled for the night. Yeah!!!!! I would have wished, though, that Wednesday (day before Thanksgiving) would have been cancelled instead, but who knows, I might still get lucky.
I have to drive my brother back to my parent's house so I have to stay at school for another two hours. I'll probably type up some of my notes. It's too bad I don't have my nursing books with me.
Baby wise: My back and pelvis (I click/grind when I walk) are killing me. I have to breathe through walking when I wear my bookbag. Well only 3-4 more weeks to go. I need to enjoy the time that I have left with my little fetus!!!
Tomorrow I have an U/S at 10:30 (I was measuring five weeks behind at my last appointment so my doctor wants to check fluid levels and fetal growth). I think that I have an apppointment too, however I'm not too interested in going (I feel like I was just there). I'm supposed to be monitored once weekly also, however I don't know how to set that up so I might protest doing it. I'm tired of going to the doctor at this point.
Tonight I think that I will finish packing my bag for the hospital and come up with my official name for baby number two. Wish me luck!
Congrats!! Welcome to your lodge!!
that was a great intro. I hope your evening goes well and that school get is canceled Wed. Gee, I can't imagine going to school being that pregnant, go you.
What a great intro! And congrats on the GBS results. So sorry to hear about the clicking noise - that has to be annoying in and of itself. My jaw clicks in the morning about 10 minutes... so I completely understand.
That was a great intro, and it's fun to read what's going on with you every day! I hope you find a name you love, I know how hard that is. I'm glad your hubby is excited about this baby, and I bet he's grown to love being a dad. Have a nice night and good day tomorrow, I hope you get some relaxing and pain free time this weekend.
Congrats on your lodge! Great intro!
Today I had my 36 week appointment. I also had an U/S. The baby's weight is about 6 lbs, however the weight is very much a gestimate at this point because he is so low down in the pelvis. His testicles have descended also, and his face is smushed against the placenta. lol All the ultrasound pictures of his face look like one huge blob. I'm now measuring 35 weeks which is way better than five weeks behind last week. I gained 2 lbs, my BP was 126/80, and I didn't have any proteinuria this time. Yeah!!!
Tylenol has been a miracle worker yesterday and today. I haven't been able to keep any down since I've pregnant until now. It makes me more nauseous, however I am more functional with it because of the back pain.
Last night I packed my hospital bag and came up with I think the offical name of the baby. I'm not going to post the name in case my husband happens upon the forum (sometimes the window doesn't close right away) since I am waiting to tell him the name until after the kiddo is born. I made up a little piece of paper with the full name on it with a description/etiology of the name and why I chose it. I thought that it looked nice all typed out and would be interesting for family members to see a written representation of why I decided on that particular name. We'll see how it all goes!
I also pumped a little last night (about 5 minutes). It's been like 32 weeks since I've pumped. It was good in a way because now I'm in that pumping mind set again. I probably won't do it again unless I'm like 41 weeks or something. I wanted to make sure that my pumps worked okay. The milk that I pumped I gave to Dirk mixed with regular cow's milk. He had no idea what was in it. hehe!
Good news for today: My mother-in-law made us cookies and gave us a picture of Dirk wearing his Halloween costume. She also watched Dirk last minute at my appointment because my mom has the flu. I also didn't have nursing school today because of the holiday (woot, woot). We spend tonight as a family and had pasta and yams for supper! My mom almost puked when I told her what we ate. lol
I'm also more content with the fact that I might not have this baby for a while yet. I pretty much assumed for the whole pregnancy up until this point that I would go early either on my own or be induced because of complications. It feels good to be more at peace with the entire experience. Peudo hacerlo!
It's good to see the progess that my husband has made with fatherhood. It kind of sets me back a little bit when he asks how I am feeling or how the baby is doing since with the first pregnancy he totally ignored the fact that I was carrying a baby. It makes me good to see him play with Dirk. He even gets less upset with Dirk at times than I even do. He's come a long way, and I'm really proud of him.
It's been hard to come up with a boy's name that both has meaning to me and that he won't be made fun of later on. It's nice though being able to be soley responsible for picking a name out!!!!! No one can argue with me about it!
I had a girl's name picked out. Maybe we can save that one for a different baby....:)
Great intro. can't wait to hear what your name choice is.
Wednesday-I had the flu. Yes the flu. At first I thought that diarrhea was a good sign. Think again. I vomited my guts out. That's okay though. I don't need the extra food. I ended up having German class, but it was good because afterward I felt like I had learned a lot even though I felt pretty crummy. I thought for sure I was going to go in labor all day. It was a very long day after having contractions every 3-5 minutes for over 12 hours. Sucky.
Thurday-Turkey day was great. I felt pretty good, had two Thanksgiving suppers, and had some good loving. On the down side, my pelvis clicks even when we make love! It totally killed the mood. lol
I also went to K-mart for their Thanksgiving sale and bought my son some matchbox cars 50 % off (he loved them) and a new digital camera for the big day. Yeah!!!
Friday-Today was good. I'm back at work, however I was able to get some nursing homework done inbetween insurance calls. I look forward to going home and seeing my son and husband.
Three more weeks....Three more weeks.....
Hey - at least you got over the flu in time for some turkey! Glad you are feeling better.
ohhh....the flu is terrible but at least you got some turkey!
That sucks about the flu!
(((ELVs))) your way!
Hope you are feeling better!
Saturday- Work went fine. I was able to get a little homework in here and there. Dirk, my son, was so sweet when I came home from work. What a doll baby!
I also decided with much contemplation that I was going to try a little castor oil. So, I drank two heaping tablespoons of it at 10:30 PM. Nothing happened really except irregular contractions. I watched Akeela and the Bee while I was waiting for the castor oil to kick in, however I didn't even go number 2!!!! That is the nastiest tasting stuff ever, though! lol
Sunday- Today was good. It's been busy at work. There are lots of sick people coming in, and the weather here is starting to get bad. It's good to know that I might not have too much longer left of work. I work with some great people so hopefully next weekend will go by like a breeze. Putting in full-time hours into three days is just a long time when you can barely do things like put on your own socks anymore!
I am so glad the castor oil didn't make you crampy and running to the bathroom!!! Though it sounds like the break from work might have been welcome! :eek:
Goodness what a long day at work. I don't know how your still doing that! Is your DS getting excited about the baby? Hope you don't have to work all the way to 40 weeks, come on out baby mommy needs a break!
My husband is doing very well with the idea that the baby is coming. It isn't talked about too much at my house, though. I think that my husband is worried about his job.
Work isn't too bad. I have to go through the same routine over and over again, though, when I go into a patient's room. They always ask a billion questions about my stomach. I keep getting asked if I've taken a pregnancy test yet. That one is getting old. I'm hoping that all the physical activity will keep me in good physical condition for labor. I just wish I had extra time to get my house ready.
Monday-Today was good. I spent most of the morning cleaning the house with my son. German class was good. We learned lots of grammar. Our test got moved to next Monday instead of this Wednesday. I'm very worried about when I will go into labor. We have a group presentation for nursing school next Tuesday that I really can't miss. I can have the baby any time before next Monday or after Tuesday night to avoid that mess. If I miss a German class, I can always make up the test. Nursing school is different.
No real complaints about today. I think that the castor oil finally kicked in a bit. Lots of BM's today, all formed though (TMI). My back feels great, and my face hasn't been very puffy. I'm skipping my doctor's appointment tomorrow because I have a work meeting that was rescheduled for the same time so I will have to wait until next week to hear any more baby news on the crotch front. My doctor doesn't check down there anyway at this point from what I remember from when I was pregnant with Dirk.
I'm glad your feeling well today and I hope baby stays put till your nurseing presentation is over. Sounds like things are going well for you and I look forward to hearing more about your busy life with your next update!
Tuesday-Today was another good day. I rescheduled my doctor's appointment to next Wednesday (I'll be 38.5 weeks), and I took Dirk with me to my work meeting. He was very good and played with his cars for most of the time. I took Dirk to the psych unit to visit some of my old coworkers, and he hammed it up with everyone there.
After that I took my mom out to Applebees! Yeah!!! I didn't get a good nap in like I wanted. Dirk didn't take one either, but that's okay. I also did a little bit more Christmas shopping while on a milk run. It's so hard to shop when you're as big as a whale.
School was okay. Nursing is definitely not my thing, but I would like to have a better degree. I'm still nervous about how next Tuesday will work out if I'm not there for the presentation. I need to put all my thoughts about having my baby early aside until then. Maybe this will make time go by faster. Who knows?
On the crotch front-There's nothing really new. I had another really good day which is really weird because most of the time I feel like death. I'll take what I can get though.
Glad you had a good day.
glad you had a good day. yay for shopping and getting things done.
I had an appointment last Wednesday. BP was 126/70 with trace protein. Baby sounds great. I gained 8 pounds!!!! Yikes. My doctor said, "you look like a totally different woman." Nice. I haven't "been checked" since around 35 weeks, and she never told me what I was then. She asked if I wanted to be induced, and I told her that I would wait.
I've been kind of down today. I think it has something to do with work and keep getting the same questions over and over again. Next time I think that I'm going to lie about my due date so that I don't get as many annoying questions like, "What are you doing still here?" and comments like, "I think that you've dropped" and random, "I don't think that you've dropped at all." Arrrgh. Darn hormones exacerbating my aggitation. Leave me alone, I say!
My husband has a final exam today. My last day of school is on Tuesday, so I hope to hang in there emotionally and physically until then.
It's got to be hard to have so little time left, but to not know how much longer. Just think that it's got to happen within the next two weeks or so...
Two weeks, two weeks
I'm going to rant that in my brain every couple of minutes!!!!!
Hang in there! Not much longer to go.
I think I will chant "1 week, 1 week" and try to convince baby to come sooner!
I am sorry for the crazy people and their comments! People can be annoying. I regretted every question I ever asked my PG friends after being 5 days late with DD.
You are doing great!! Not too much longer! (((hugs)))
Hang in there hun, your soooo close!
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