*~*~Jen's (smoochietigger) Birth Lodge~*~*

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*~*~Jen's (smoochietigger) Birth Lodge~*~*

Hi Hun, sorry I'm late getting this going for you. I look forward to following your lodge and reading your intro:)

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Welcome to your lodge! :stpatricks: I can't believe there are so many March mommas with lodges already! Can't wait to read your intro

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Yay! I'm so excited for my lodge! We (Emily and I) are off to a indoor bounce house, so I'll try to get my intro up tonight!!!!

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Sounds like a fun morning, hope she has a blast! I have a December '06 girlie as well, it's a little bit hard for me to imagaine my DD being a big sister so soon:(

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Yay! Welcome to your lodge!!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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welcome to your lodge. I look forward to reading

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So I really wanted to put up my intro tonight, but instead I've been dealing with a sick DD. Every time she swallows, she starts to wake up and cry...poor thing has a sore throat. I feel really bad because she kept mentioning it to me during the day, but so sporatically, that I though she was doing it to get attention. (I didn't believe her...I feel like such a bad parent, even though I know that isn't true.) Anyways, I moved her into our bed about an hour ago, and she seems to be sleeping a lot better. I hope that's the comfort of being next to mommy.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is 37 weeks, and I have a midwife appointment...will update when I get home. So much is going on, we are not ready for the newest addition to the family yet! We just had new flooring put into 2 bedrooms (ours and DD's big girl bedroom). The baseboards will be delivered tomorrow and we have to paint them before they are installed, and this weekend (fingers crossed) we will pick up DD's new twin bed from the store. (We painted her room last week too...)

Oh, as of last week I transfered from an OB to a midwife & birthing center....more on that later!

Jen

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Yay, for the tranfer! I hope your DD is better and you don't get it.:bighug:

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My intro:

DH and I met at the end of our freshman year of college…which I guess makes us college sweethearts. We were set up on a blind date and I knew that night either it would be a very fast romance or I would marry the guy. I ended up marrying the guy! Anyways, after finishing college…I left sunny Florida for Duke for 2 years working on my graduate degree in environmental management while hubby entered law school. We went from being inseparable for 3 years to 3 years of long distance dating. Somehow we made it through, and we got married 6 and ½ year after we first started dating and have been married now for 5 years.

After getting married, we moved back to our hometown where all (and I mean ALL) our immediate family lives…this includes 7 parents & step-parents plus our brothers. (you can only imagine what this means…lots of good, the occasional bad, and sometimes it’s downright ugly.) Fast forward a couple years after getting married, we decided to start trying for a family. The first month we were going to ttc, I got cold feet. I’m not kidding you, I absolutely refused to let my husband near me. A week or so later, I got over it, but figured we missed any chance of conceiving that month. What I didn’t know was that I ovulated a week late, and who’d have thunk it…but we got pregnant! I guess the man upstairs knows what he is doing sometimes. My pregnancy with DD was pretty uneventful (basic morning sickness), but l&d more than made up for it. I’ll get around to writing her birth story for all of you sometime in the near future.
With our DD, we waited to find out her gender and to my happy surprise, my DH wanted to wait to find out the gender with #2.

Unlike getting preggo immediately with DD, this time around took a little longer. We started ttc around Feb. 2008, but didn’t get lucky until June (with funky cycle lengths...no 2 cycles were the same…). I doubt breastfeeding had anything do with it, but I got pregnant the first month I weaned DD to 1 feeding a day. We stopped bf last Aug. (we went on our anniversary trip, and when we got back, I just never offered my breast again…), but my DD is still totally into my “boobies.” I suspect she will try to bf again after the little one gets here. That should be an adventure.

So, that’s my story…for now. Thanks for indulging me.

Oh, as far as the midwife apt last Thursday…everything looks great. Hemoglobin was a 12 (not sure what the range is, just that they said 12 was really good) and I’m GBS -. I also had my lowest blood pressure 100/60…so I’m ecstatic about it. I didn’t have an internal last week, but at 36 weeks baby was at 0 station. I’m hoping that means labor comes sooner rather than later…but not too soon.

Jen

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Yeah for a good appointment!! Your intro was fun, sounds like lots has happen for you two in the last few years. How is DD feeling today? I hope things are going good with the remodel, we've been doing some our selves and I hope it's done soon:)

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"graysonsmom" wrote:

Yeah for a good appointment!! Your intro was fun, sounds like lots has happen for you two in the last few years. How is DD feeling today? I hope things are going good with the remodel, we've been doing some our selves and I hope it's done soon:)

DD is still under the weather, but kids amaze me at how resilient they can be.
The remodel is all done except for a few touch ups, filling in the nail holes on the baseboards, and the "finishing touches" for our DD's big girl room. (Valence, clock, mirror, pictures on the wall)... The twin bed we bought her is adorable and she is sleeping in it tonight for the first time. I hope tonight goes well, but I'm not holding my breath...I think we may be up a lot tonight helping her learn to sleep in the bed. I usually don't post picts, but I might have to start a flickr account, just to post the picts from her room. (I'm so proud of it...)

In the world of pregnancy, I'm doing good...though I am very much waddling around...the baby's head is very low. I've been feeling some funny pains around my who-ha that I remember having before Emily was born, so that's good. I don't think labor is going to be coming anytime soon fortunately/unfortunately. I've got plenty left to do around this house before we bring home another LO...but what piece of mind to know Emily has moved into her new room.

Finally, I am so looking forward to my pre-natal massage tomorrow...I know I have said this before...the best money spent during the 3rd trimester has been these massages. I feel so awesome afterwards....

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Ok -- so lets see if we can see the picts with a flickr account since obviously it doesn't work with facebook.

ok...I figured this out...I ahve to embed the info, not just do the img/img thing...

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Just a quick update: thought I'd let everyone know that one of my old college roommates is in labor with #2 and my next door neighbor had her little girl today. Babies everywhere...i wonder who's next?

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Ok so it stand to reason that tomorrow should be your turn!! Here's to hopeing anyway:) LOVE DD's bed so cute! Do you mind if I ask where you got it? Hope your doing well, and that the massage is relaxing for you.

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Oh I wish today I was in labor...oh well! Today is my BIL birthday...so it would have been a neat gift for his birthday...

I doing really well...I reached 38 weeks today. I had my mw appointment this morning and all is well. The closer I get to my due date, the better I feel about my decision to change last minute to the birthing center. I was measuring 36 cms (I was 37 last week), so she said I'm continuing to drop. No internal exam (wasn't offered/wasn't going to do it anyways...) I think somwhere on this board I read that mw/ob's are better at guestimating size than U/S, so I asked...I was curious to see what she thought. She thinks around 8 lbs (8.5 if I make it to my due date...) I think that's a wonderful size...DD was almost 10 lbs... (she agreed it should be a slip and slide event for this baby...no where near DD in size should make it an easy birth...wouldn't that be nice:) )

Speaking of the munchkin, she slept all night in the big girl bed and when she woke up, she got out of her bed and come over to our room. How wonderful...when she was in the crib, she would wake up screaming mad...no more!!!! Yay!

The bed is from a company called maxtrix...you can look them up online. I bought the bed from a local retailer here in Orlando. It's crazy all the things you can do with the bed...(they even have a slide...)

So, my mom and MIL are on board with the birth center birth, but my dad...well that's another story. The rest of the family doesn't know...I figure they will find out when we tell them we are in labor) He called earlier today and I call back...just "checking in" he says...told him I had a appointment, and all was well. He asked with who...I said the midwives. (like he thinks I'm going to change my mind and go back to a hospital birth & OB because he wants it or thinks I'll come to my senses or something...) I need to find some good peer-reviewed articles for him to read about differences in hospital and birth center outcomes. He's an engineer and thinks like an engineer, so if I appeal to his logic, maybe he'll get over his issues. If not, oh well. The thing is, and my mom agrees with me, birthing options is a generational issue. People who are their age (50/60s --> had babies in the 70s) would never question what is the best environment to have a baby in...our generation (even women who would not choose an out-of-hospital birth) seem to be be so much more supportive and understanding of those who choose to birth in birth centers or at home. My dad is just set in his ways and he has a hard time understanding another point of view sometimes...when I tried to describe my reasons (this was weeks ago), he kept saying, but that's the OB's call...how do you explain that no it isn't...his standing orders have to match hospital policy, which means I show up dealing with one set of order and then saying "call Dr. X" everytime I know we agreed to a different set of arrangements. Plus, I have no desire to birth on my back this time (and I don't care what is said, in the end I would end up on my back...)

Anyways, I should go be productive and clean for a little bit before bed...yes, I am nesting a little bit. Trying to put things away...the house always looks like a tornado has just come through it.

Jen

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I'm glad your appointment went well, and that would be awesome if your midwife was right about the size of your baby! That's so nice about your DD sleeping well in her new bed. Yay! Good luck with trying to get your Dad to understand your choice. I think a study about outcomes could be helpful.

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sorry you dads not being more supportive about goign to the birthing center, hopefully uou can find some info for h im to read that might make him come round to your way of thinking, maybe if he has not seen it watching the business of being born would be good too, i found it to be really informative and really speeks well for midwives and home birthign and that type of thing. I think its awsome you are going to the birting center and its great your mom and mil are supporters too. Sounds like baby is gonna be a good size too not to much longer and you will know the exact measurements.

and yippie for dd sleeping in her big girl bed!!! sounds like its a fun little piece of furniture with the attachements you mentioned i bet must really like it!

my house looks the same way, i am nestinga bit to but not enough to tackle everything thats annoying me... lol

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I'm hopin on board to stalk you;) YAY for a great appointment!! DDs bed is soooo cute! Seems that she really likes it too, yay! Sorry your dad isn't so keen on the whole birth center, does he realize if there's any issues they will send you right to the hospital? dh and I have decided not to even mention that we're having a homebirth to his family so I know the dealings of some that aren't all for NCB.

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OK..so I'm starting to wonder what's up with my body...

since tuesday evening, I've actually felt some BH contractions...kind of crampy feeling little things. With DD, I never felt a contraction until the real thing hit 4 days past my EDD.

But today it has been non stop BH contractions...of course, I can't seem to time them at all...they all over the place...but my bp is up a bit and occasionally they are strong enough for me to stop and take notice, but that's it. I wonder if this means I'm close to real labor beginning or if I'm going to be dealing with this for a few weeks...guess I'm joining the pre-labor misery club.

on the MIL front...I didn't realize how freaked out she was about a birth center birth...I knew my DH was a emergency c-section, but I didn't realize how emergency. It seems his heart stopped beating while she was in labor and they gassed her and pulled him out in about 60 seconds. (my hubby has no heart problems, why his heart stopped is unknown). She is so worried about that worst-case scenario...I had to explain to her that I would be taking the same risks going to the hospital as a birth center because I labored as long as possible outside the hospital before going when preggo with DD. In either case, there isn't a doc around...she realizes I'm not her, but I can sympathize that when you've been through a traumatic experience like that, it can color your perspective. I wish i could find a way to give her some peace of mind, but unfortunately, I don't think that's possible...

thanks for reading and leaving me messages...i really appreciate it. it's fun...like getting mail!

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Oooh how exciting... or annoying if it's going to be awhile lol That's how my labors started with ds1 and ds2, BH all day long. If it's not labor I'm sure it's helping you dialate!!

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Maybe your uterus is just more...excited this time around?

That is scary about your DH's birth. I can understand how an experience like that would color your MIL's perspective. You're right about the staying home as long as possible thing, and actually, since most OBGYNs don't stay with laboring women in the hospital (they stay at their office and give orders to the nurses on the phone and do their appointments until time to catch the baby), the doctor wouldn't be THERE to do an emergency c-section either. A few hospitals have 24/7 surgical teams on-staff, but not very many.

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this is probably a good time to start stalking me Smile

I woke up around 9am this morning (after a 2 hour power struggle with DD in her big girl bed...I knew it was coming sooner or later)...

I started having some BH contractions...and they were between 20 and 10 minutes apart lasting 30 to 45 seconds...so I finally got up to pee around 10 am...and what do I see but my mucus plug/bloody show. (Yay...I always wondered what that look like...)

So my mom and brothers came over (my mom cooked up some sloppy joes) and I got myself out of bed. The have since pettered out to only a couple and hour. Nothing between 2 and 3:30, then at 4, I went to sleep between 4:30 until 5:30...had a contrax at 5:30 and just now at 6pm.

I'm having a hard time distinguishing if these are early labor contrax or just BH. The aren't really getting stronger, but they do last 45 sec. or so and I feel them both in the front and in my back. (Also, this is TMI...but they hurt down in my butt too...does that make sense?) A few of them earlier today wouldn't release in my back...that sucked...I hope that isn't what back labor feels like...I can't imagine doing that with stronger contrax. Obviously...they seem to have pettered out, so maybe not today, but maybe I'll have this LO soon????

update: the contraxs are back to being 20 min apart...oh, this is going to be a long week...come on full moon!

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Sounds like you're kind of in labor limbo--you don't know if the contractions are going to get stronger and lead to real labor or go away, but you wish they'd make up their mind and do one or the other. KUP!

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Ugh! That sounds annoying for sure! I say DTD then try to get some sleep tonight and tomorrow go walking, walking and a bit more walking;) It just sounds sooooo close!!!!

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Anything new? Hope your feeling good today. How is DD doing with the big girl bed? My DD likes to sleep so I got lucky, it was an easy swith for her.

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Anything new...that is the understatement of the year! Our DD is now a big sister...yes the baby is here! We had a little girl and named her Isabella Rebecca. Born 3/9 at 9:03, weighing in at 8lbs 8 ozs and 20 inches.

Family is on the way over for dinner, but I hope to put up a birth story soon...it was SO different from Emily's birth.

Jen

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Congratulations!!!! Can't wait to hear your birth story!

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Congrats! I'm hoping the birth was different in a good way Smile

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congrats ont he arrival of your little girl can't wait to hear your birth story!

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Congrats on the birth of your new baby girl! I can't wait to read the whole story!

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Congrats! How cool that our babies share their birthday! Can't wait to read the birth story!

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Still no birth story...I know...i'll get there soon...I hope I'm starting to get the hang of parenting 2, instead of 1.

Emily's learning to be gentle and kisses her sister all the time, but is noy reacting well to having mom with baby all the time. I finally got out the maya wrap, stashed isabella in it, and we played outside this afternoon...It seemed to work well for isabella & emily was happy to have my attention.

I've been exhausted and overwhelmed...but today I was shown a reality check and to count my blessings. A very close friend of mine's niece (born yesterday) baby is in the nicu...she had a stroke in utero...so I'm saying prayers tonight...

jen

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How are you doing? I hope things are going well for you, and that your friends baby is doing ok. Update us when ever you can. (((HUGS)))

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Hey, Jen, how are things going with you, your family, and baby Isabella? Any updates on your friend's niece's baby?

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Hope everything is going well.