*~*~Emily/Emilys2Guppies Lodge!~*~*

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*~*~Emily/Emilys2Guppies Lodge!~*~*

WOOT!WOOT!

I wanted to do this, so it's up a day or two early. Wink

I can't believe you finally have your lodge! Feels like it took forever, eh? I'm so excited to meet this new little one. What a journey you've already had getting to this point. I'm looking forward to a great intro.

Welcome, welcome!!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Woo whooo!!! You have a lodge!!!!

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Welcome to your lodge Emily!!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome!!

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Welcome to your lodge! Biggrin

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welcome!

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Woo hoo, welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!!! Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Woo-hoo! Smile

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YAY! Emily's lodge. Welcome!

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Yay! Welcome to your lodge!

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Yahoo Woot! I am so excited that it's time for your lodge, Emily. I can't wait to hear about Farzzle's entrance into the world. Wink

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Woot woot!! Welcome to your lodge Em!

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I'm totally excited for you Emily! Congrats on your lodge!!!

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Congratulations on your lodge!

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Congrats! Welcome to your lodge!

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Congratulations and welcome to your lodge!!

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Oooo YAY! I've never had a lodge before! This is my 3rd natural birth here at pg.org but I've never had a lodge! Biggrin

So, do most people just write a brief history? I met my DH 6 years ago, last January, at a bar. Biggrin We moved out together 4 months later. Got engaged 5 months after that. I concieved Nolan the next February with an EDD of Nov 23. We decided to move our wedding up 8 months from what we were planning and got married in September of 2003 when I was 32 weeks pregnant with Nolan. YAY!

I had Nolan at 41 weeks and 6 days...just a day shy of 2 weeks. I went into labour with the help of blue and black cohosh...my midwives couldn't attend a homebirth after 42 weeks, so we wanted to move things along. I had a long slow labour with him...Monday was contrax 5 min apart. They slowed in the evening and I got 5 hours sleep. Started back up bright and early Tuesday at 3-4-5 minutes apart. Followed this routine until Thursday morning when they kicked into high gear at 1 min long and 2 min apart. I allowed my water to be broken about 5-6 hours into active labour for lack of progress and it showed little fluid and lots of meconium. We transferred to hospital.

I laboured there for a long time...pushed in a sidelying and lithotomy position for 3 hours and 45 minutes before he arrived at 1:43am on Saturday morning. I did go completely drug free during his labour, but did end up with 2 episiotomies, and a very large tear. THey estimate I lost 1200cc of blood. Ugg. Nolan went straight to the NICU where they pumped his stomach and suctioned his lungs. After 72 hours of antibiotics he was released to my room. Because of his traumatic birth and suctioning, he never had a suck reflex. We saw quite a few LCs but bfing just didn't fly with him. That affected a lot of how I treated my second birth.

He was 9lbs 13oz with a 16" head! A big chubby boy. Smile
His first picture. My DH holding him for the first time.

He was such a joy as a baby though.

When Nolan was 4 months old we decided on another. Smile Mallory was conceived that cycle with an EDD of March 8 2005. Her pregnancy was also very easy on me. I read lots about things I didn't like about my last birth...how to push in better positions so as not to need the episiotomies, when suctioning is appropriate, how to catch my own baby. I switched midwives to a new practice and now we love those midwives!

39 weeks with Mallory

I went into early labour on the morning of March 9...only 1 day after my EDD! The contrax were only 20 min apart. I went into active labour around 7pm that night. My mom came over, my DH got food, my sister Jorgiegirl came over. I laboured while we watched American Idol. Around 9:15pm we moved to my bedroom. I squatted next to the bed for 15 minutes until my primary care midwife arrived with her birthing stool. I sat on it, Jordan put on her gloves to catch, and I pushed for 2 contractions before she was born. Smile A second degree tear but not too bad. Her cord was too short to nurse and I lost a bit of blood so we opted for a managed 3 stage by offering the pit shot to help the placenta.

She was 30 seconds old here, 9lbs 5oz and with a 14.5" head. MUCH smaller than her bro!

She nursed right away though...we nursed for 15 months together. She was a feisty baby with attitude...but really sweet and cuddly too.

I lost a surprise baby last summer at 11 weeks. After the loss we decided to try for another baby, even though our original plan didn't include TTC until the following year. I got pg 3 cycles later. YAY!

At 8 weeks I got out of bed and fluid rushed down my legs. It turned into bleeding so my midwives sent me for an U/S. It showed a baby measuring a week behind where my charts would have me and a large subchorionic hematoma. I kept bleeding and went for another ultrasound a week later. A heartbeat this time and a baby measuring quite farther ahead than expected. Hematoma was the same size. Another U/S in a week showed a hematoma slightly smaller and a growing baby. Smile

I was worried about another loss...and the bleeding was more than just spotting, it was similar in volume to my loss. But, my 18 week ultrasound showed no hematoma at all and an awesome baby! I attrubute this to the card Jordan sent me when my bleeding started that was covered in "Sticky Dust". I've carried it in my wallet all this time and it seems to be good luck. Smile
18 weeks

Nolan's nicknamed the baby Farzzle. It stuck and now that's what we refer to him/her as. LOL! It is a surprise...we won't know the gender until it comes out!

I'm due in mid-July, around the 13th. This pregnancy has been relatively complaint free...except for the heartburn. LOL! I'm off work now and just preparing the house for Farzzle's arrival.

I have my homebirth kit set up, the clothing washed, the house mostly clean, diapers prepped. I'm just working on some emotional issues about what kind of atmosphere I want at this birth and then I'll be ready to go.
35 weeks of Farzzle:

And, cause I"m an AW, the Children:

Thanks for the warm welcome!
Em

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That is a wonderful introduction. Thanks for sharing about your amazing births!

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AH! Already?! I'M NOT READY! WAAAAH!

Welcome to your lodge Em Wink

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Great intro! Welcome to your lodge! Your children are adorable!

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Wonderful intro! Thank you for sharing with us. Smile

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hooray for your lodge!!!!!!! great intro, loved reading it all. I really look forward to Farzzle's arrival because I just love reading about home births. I really wish my midwives would do one. So I will have to live vicariously through you. Wink

oh, and I didn't know where Farzzle's name came from, glad to have that mystery solved. Lol What names are you thinking about?

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Oh Emily, your kiddos are so cute! That pic of Mallory in the pink sleeper!! Eee! CUTE!

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welcome to you lodge. I can't believe another July mom-to-be has a lodge.

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I can't wait to meet Farzzle!!!

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Great intro Emily & welcome to your lodge!

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Yay . . . welcome! It truly seems like just yesterday that you got your BFP, I can't believe it's time for your lodge already.

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Welcome welcome!!!! I cant believe its almost time.

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Em, I can't believe you're this far along already! Welcome to your lodge.

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Beautiful intro! Welcome and congrats! Wink

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So do I just write stuff in here like a journal? I guess so...it's so odd to have my own lodge.

I'm just past 36 weeks now. Only a few more days until this baby can be born at home. I'm really excited for that point!! I love being pregnant and I really feel like I'm good at it...it's relatively easy on my body and, aside from being huge, I really enjoy it. For the first time in my life, though, I'm feeling like I've been pregnant for forever. LOL! This time last year I was pg with the baby that I lost and now I'm -> 2.6 years pregnant and all within the last 5 years.

But, I'm pleased that I do it well and grow big healthy babies. And I expect to at least hit my EDD, if not go beyond it. So I will try to maintain a positive outlook. Smile There's nothing worse than a pg woman who complains about being pg when she hasn't even hit her EDD yet. LOL!!!

On another note, I'm really satisfied with yard work lately. Seeding my lawn earlier this spring, mowing it regularly and planting/fertilizing my flowers. I don't let DH touch it. Lol I always change my facebook status to indicate what yardwork I'm doing that day and DH's assistant gives him h*ll when it shows I'm mowing the lawn. Hahaha. And, to top it off, my FIL gave me a whipper-snipper...edge trimmer...today. YAY! I can trim my own fenceline now! If only I could reach to maintain *othermoreprivate* lawny areas that belong to me. *ahem*ahem*

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Sounds like you're doing great! Is it 37 weeks you have to be for a home birth? You're really close now!

And way to go on the yardwork. That's a skill I really wish I had. You should show us pics!

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I would love to see some pics of your yard as well. Sounds like something really enjoyable, and something I would like to get into myself.

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Congrats on your lodge! I can't believe how fast it's gone by. Your yard sounds so nicely kept. Sorry about your other "lawn", I had to do that one by braille when I was pg too! Lol

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I actually like mowing lawns... but my dh doesn't even like to see me picking up dog poop. He thinks the whole town will be judging him. :roll:

It's wonderful that you're feeling great and staying active!

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I'll be happy to share pics! Of course, I don't have a huge plot of land...we live in a 1200sq/ft townhouse with a small fenced yard. We all maintain our own yards though. Earlier this spring my backyard was a big old plot of dirt, so all this grass is a huge accomplishment. LOL!

My inspiration has been my children...I recognise that with two preschoolers and a newborn I will be pretty housebound for the latter half of the summer and I wanted somewhere for us to hang out that would be pleasant and fun. So I worked on the lawn and now I'm so much stricter than I thought I'd be! No kids playing on it if it's rained...that just tears the turf, ect. Lol

I commissioned my FIL to make us a sandbox, which you can see in the corner of the pic. Behind the grass, where I am standing, is our patio wtih a BBQ, picnic table for the kids and garden box with a few Impatients in it.

The branches you see on the stone wall were taken off our crabapple tree last night. That's one thing DH wouldn't let me do: operate the chainsaw. LOL! But, the kids and I will put them into the wagon later today and take them to our neighbourhood mulchpit.

I have a few planters in the front with flowers too...this is the new flower that I'm most proud of, even though it's apparently easy to grow: Shamrocks! You can also see the garden stone that my DH helped my DS make me.

And a closeup of the flowers they produce.

This has made me feel better. Smile I slept horribly last night...heartburn is really killing me. I've never had it this bad before and I'm dying. I finished off my bottle of Gaviscon in the middle of the night and started drinking cream instead. Does anyone know of any other remedies that are safe and effective?

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Those flowers are beautiful, and your grass looks nice too!

For the heartburn, I've been taking Zantac, and it's helped a ton. It lasts for hours.

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Your yard is beautiful! We're in a condo and I wish I had a little fenced space of my own...I love it!

I hope your heartburn lessens today.

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I'm sorry about your heartburn. I hope it goes away soon. Your yard looks fantastic way to go!!! I'd do more in ours, but it's definately DHs job since we have 3 acres. It takes more than a day to mow/weedwack on the John Deer. DH enjoys and I'm happy tending the plants instead of the grass! Your FIL was very kind to make you a sand box!!! The kiddies will LOVE it!!! Yahoo

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Heartburn blows! Have you tried a liquid Calcium Magnesium supplement? I found it worked moderately well, but I have no idea how it would compare to Gaviscon.

Maybe Farzzle will be born with a ton of black, spiky hair, just like my dream!

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Nice Yard Em. Smile At least you still have the energy to work on it Smile

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Your lawn looks great! Sounds like you've done a lot of work on it. I love doing yard work. I didn't really know it until we got our first yard, but there really is satisfaction is having nice green grass and keeping flowers/veggies alive.

Can your neighbours see you working outside? Mine think I'm crazy for being out there pulling weeds and pregnant. Smile

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Yes...my neighbours can see me! LOL! My one neighbour lets me mow her lawn too...I have a push mower and I love to use it. We never really had a yard growing up so it's so nice to have some grass to mow. My other neighbours cringe when they see me but I don't care. It's a nice break to get outside and do the lawn. The children don't bother me, I'm moving, it's satisfying work.

I was just looking up heartburn remedies and one site said, "Shed a few pounds " LOL! I plan to in just a few weeks. LOL!

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I just love that pic of you & Mallory right after her birth!

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You go Emily! I wouldn't even know how to start a lawn mower Smile We have an unsaid rule here: outside is DH's job and inside it mine. It must be really nice to have a sandbox at your house.

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