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Welcome to your lodge! I look forward to hearing more about you!

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Yay! Another May momma!

Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge! Biggrin

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Thanks for your welcome...I'm a long time lurker on this board and it's a strange feeling to have a lodge.

I'll do my best to start an introduction as DD is occupied for a bit...

Anyway....my name is Jules and I am 30 years old. I am married to Jimmy (30) and have a 19 month old DD Chloe with number 2 due in a couple of weeks!

I guess I'll start with how I met DH...we lived two doors away from each other in the halls of residence and met on my second day of university when we were 18/19 and have been together ever since. We married 6 years later and decided to go travelling overseas for our honeymoon and while we were away I was offered a job in New Zealand. Having fallen in love with the lifestyle and country here we went back home and moved out permanently to NZ 3 months later (bit of a shock to our families Lol and we have loved it here! There's no plans on moving back and we now see New Zealand as our permanent home....We live in a small town next to the beach and thoroughly enjoy the "outdoors" and freedom / opportunities that we and our children will have here.

Will add a bit more in a while...DD has a short attention span Smile

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Welcome to your lodge. I am excited for this since I hope my next will be a NZ homebirth as well.

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-nak-
That is so cool that you moved to new zealand after going there as part of your honeymoon! My mil is from Tahiti and she has some family also in new zealand and she went to boarding school there. her school recently closed and she went back for that.

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Hey Kiwi babe
where in NZ are you? I'm a kiwi but live in sydney now, manage to get home 2-3 times a year. I miss my family there but my mum comes over a few times a year also so between the two of us traveling we see each other a fair bit.

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"flickercat" wrote:

Hey Kiwi babe
where in NZ are you? I'm a kiwi but live in sydney now, manage to get home 2-3 times a year. I miss my family there but my mum comes over a few times a year also so between the two of us traveling we see each other a fair bit.

Hi,
I live in the Bay of Plenty....we travelled all over New Zealand and I was offered a few jobs while I was out here (I think 5??) but we figured that if we were making a life changing move that we would go for a "lifestyle" location rather than a city as we could have the "city lifestyle" back home, and also we chose somewhere with good weather Smile and it just seemed right here!

Forgot to say that we are actually from the UK Smile

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

-nak-
That is so cool that you moved to new zealand after going there as part of your honeymoon! My mil is from Tahiti and she has some family also in new zealand and she went to boarding school there. her school recently closed and she went back for that.

Yes, we decided that we didn't want to have any regrets in life...and I couldn't go through wondering whether we should have tried it / where would we be now thing as I was offered a job! I am so glad we took the risk and we haven't got the "what ifs..."

Just going to pop down to the town to get the car seat fitted (otherwise it will never be done!!) but will be back later to finish my intro Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! I'd love to hear about your DD's birth if you care to share Smile

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I also want to know what your job is, just being nosey:) I've never heard of being offered a job in another country so I'm very curious!

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"graysonsmom" wrote:

I also want to know what your job is, just being nosey:) I've never heard of being offered a job in another country so I'm very curious!

No worries....I am a Children's Physiotherapist and there is usually a high demand for us as it is quite a specialised profession. I specialise in working with children who have developmental delays and neurological problems (mainly, but I also do more typical physiotherapy work with children). My caseload is quite varied but I would say that the majority of my "children" that I work with are either premmies or have a developmental delay (including genetic conditions) and the others have cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and a range of other global problems. In the past I have also worked in NICU, PICU and the children's spinal injuries unit as a physio, I love my work and the variety that it includes and it has also meant that I am able to travel and work abroad as I have additional training and qualifications in the area!

Don't worry about seeming nosey, I am always happy to answer questions Smile

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Yay, DD now down for a sleep - I love nap time! I'll see if I can finish my story...

We decided to start a family and were very fortunate to get pregnant with DD on our first attempt. I had a very easy pregnancy and was planning on a home birth with my midwife. I loved being pregnant and seemed to have endless energy, working right up to the end in a pretty physical job. The following photo is me at 38 weeks pregnant....

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In New Zealand every woman has a LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) who is almost always a midwife, you are only referred to an obstetrician if there are any problems. I find it difficult to comprehend the comments on my BB as things seem VERY different here, much less medically orientated (although there are also the same issues with interventions which occurred later in DD's birth). I had no problems with requesting a home birth, it is common here and things went well with all the preparations.

I went into spontaneous labour at 41 weeks and was managing well at home, I was pleased to find out I was 4-5cm when my midwife arrived at my home. However, when I was checked 4 hours later (with just my trusted TENS machine for pain relief) I had not progressed (although I was now completely effaced, I just hadn't dilated any further). Being an impatient FTM who just wanted to meet my baby and hadn't REALLY looked into the interventions, I consented to AROM and I think that is where my problems began....with hindsight I think that my body would have progressed with just a little patience but I tensed up when they broke my waters and started to worry about why I wasn't progressing.

My story then turns into the typical cascade of interventions....when my waters were broken, DD locked into a posterior position (she was in the process of turning). After a couple of hours of labouring at home I agreed to transfer to the hospital to "speed things along" and was talked into having Syntocinon (Pitocin) and an epidural ("as you won't be able to manage the pain"). So I went from labouring at home to being attached to everything you could imagine...the photos below show me at home having a rest (own clothes and just the TENS machine - you can also see the HB kit on the worktop behind me!) and then 2 hours later at the hospital (gown, EFM, catheter, epidural, IV, pulse oximeter, BP cuff....) - so NOT what I wanted!

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Going to post this now so that I don't lose what I have written so far Smile

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I think that is so cool that midwife care is the norm in NZ and that homebirth is a considered an acceptable option! I wish it was more like that here!

So far, your birth story sounds similar to mine, except that mine was a planned hospital birth in a NCB friendly hospital.

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Might as well carry on while I have got the chance Smile - sorry if this is too graphic / scary for anyone....

Anyway, the epidural caused me to drop my blood pressure to scary levels so I was pumped full of fluid and the Syntocinon (Pitocin) caused uterine hyperstimulation which sent DD into foetal distress. Typical side effects which I only wish that I was really aware of prior to my labour! I am a classic example of the problems which interventions cause...and it disappoints me when I hear of routine inductions / epidurals etc....

Somehow (probably due to the intensity of my augmented contractions) I progressed to a point where a CS was not possible (which I am now very pleased about as it has given me options this time Lol - I remember the comment "there's only one way this one's coming out", but both Chloe and myself were in a bad way. I was later told that my BP was so low (50/30) that they stopped trying to save DD and were instead trying to stop me from "crashing". My epidural had failed and so the decision was made (not by me!) to give me a "proper" block, I think just in case I needed to be rushed to surgery!

Chloe was in severe distress and passed her meuconium and the on-call OB performed a double episiotomy (ouch) and she was born with forceps and taken away immediately due to meuconium aspiration. I wasn't even aware I had had Chloe as they were busy working on me and no-one thought to tell me that I had had a baby! Jimmy went across to see her and came back to tell me that we had a little girl (she was a member of team green!).

After the longest 10 minutes of my life I was eventually handed my little girl. I must admit that I didn't have that strong emotional bond with her, I was in far too much shock and distress but I did find her fascinating. Photo of our first cuddle...

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That's where things went better....Chloe nursed like a champ straight away! I decided to discharge myself home as soon as the epidural wore off (6 hours later) and the second I arrived home again I bonded with our daughter and I love her with all my heart!

Following birth, your midwife here visits you daily at home for the first week (then regularly until week 6) so I had a visit from the midwife later that day and things went really well. I had a slight problem when I tore open one of my episiotomies on Day 4, one of the reasons I would rather tear naturally this time, but otherwise we both had a smooth and uneventful recovery.

Having typed out my DD's birth story it seems that things went badly and I admit it was a very traumatic experience for me, but I was unfortunate and maybe should have done a little more research prior to her birth on any possible interventions! But it is part of OUR story and it has made me very determined that this time things will be different, I have learnt a lot about myself in the 19 months since that day....I am sooo thankful that things went OK in the end and that I did at least have a vaginal delivery! This time I know that I am so much more educated on birth and my options...

Sorry I have rambled on for AGES.....I'll start another post on this pregnancy when I get a chance!

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

I think that is so cool that midwife care is the norm in NZ and that homebirth is a considered an acceptable option! I wish it was more like that here!

I find it fascinating how different it seems in different countries....even when an OB is involved in a birth (like at the end of my labour), your MW is still your primary carer, the doctor just comes in when things are not "normal"! Even reading about how everyone on the BB has internals to assess "progress" is alien to me...

Homebirth is fairly common here, the alternative is that many mums in my town use the hospital facilities to give birth while not actually being admitted as a patient (if that makes sense?). So you would meet your MW at the hospital and labour in the delivery rooms / birth pool / showers / whatever, so you could have medical intervention nearby if required, and then go home afterwards once baby is safely here and you are both stable and happy (usually 2 hours post delivery), alternatively you can be admitted onto the ward if you wanted. Midwives (always 2 per delivery, another MW is called close to delivery) would handle any stitching etc and would call the OB if required (e.g. extensive tearing, retained placenta, PPH etc...).

I feel very lucky to live here and have the options of MW care and homebirth!

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Wow, your birth story got pretty scary at the end. Too many women aren't informed of the side effects of these interventions. I knew about them when I had my DD, but I felt like I didn't have a choice--I know now that I always have a choice.

I look forward to hearing how it goes this time now that you are more informed.

The not being admitted thing does make sense. I was actually at the hospital for 7 hours before I was admitted--waiting to see if my labor would pick up, which it didn't--then they admitted me so they could start the pitocin. I think they would have eventually admitted me, though, because I don't hear about women having babies in the hospital without being admitted here.

So, are you planning a homebirth again?

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Your birth story sounds very scary. I have fairly low blood pressure and I didn't know at the time of my dd's birth that an epidural can lower it even more. It kind of explains a few things. I also had a forcep delivery and feel very lucky I didn't end up with a c-section.
I look foreward to following your birth story this time. Smile

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

Wow, your birth story got pretty scary at the end. Too many women aren't informed of the side effects of these interventions. I knew about them when I had my DD, but I felt like I didn't have a choice--I know now that I always have a choice.

I hope I haven't typed anything too graphic or scary?

TBH, I tend not to tell people IRL what actually happened (I just gloss over the details) (my family especially have no idea that things were not straight forward as they are in a different country Lol as I don't want to scare others or make them think that I had a "bad" experience as without it I wouldn't have had my daughter - this was the first time that I have ever written it down in detail and it became a bit therapeutic...

Even though things were a bit rough during DD's birth, in many ways I am glad it happened (and we were both OK) - it's difficult to explain, but it is part of my DD's and my relationship - IYKWIM?

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"kiwi_babe" wrote:

I hope I haven't typed anything too graphic or scary?

Don't worry about that. I don't think it was that graphic, and I think stories like yours are really important to illustrate the risks of medical interventions.

TBH, I tend not to tell people IRL what actually happened (I just gloss over the details) (my family especially have no idea that things were not straight forward as they are in a different country Lol as I don't want to scare others or make them think that I had a "bad" experience as without it I wouldn't have had my daughter - this was the first time that I have ever written it down in detail and it became a bit therapeutic...

Even though things were a bit rough during DD's birth, in many ways I am glad it happened (and we were both OK) - it's difficult to explain, but it is part of my DD's and my relationship - IYKWIM?

Writing my birth story was VERY therapeutic for me. It helped me understand it better to write it all down. I understand about it being an important part of your relationship and not feeling necessarily like it was a bad experience, even if it wasn't what you planned or wanted. I remember another mama here once saying that she felt a close bond to her baby after her c-section because she felt like they had already been through so much together. The memories of every moment of my DD's birth are extremely precious to me, even the moments I hope to not repeat.

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

Writing my birth story was VERY therapeutic for me. It helped me understand it better to write it all down. I understand about it being an important part of your relationship and not feeling necessarily like it was a bad experience, even if it wasn't what you planned or wanted. I remember another mama here once saying that she felt a close bond to her baby after her c-section because she felt like they had already been through so much together. The memories of every moment of my DD's birth are extremely precious to me, even the moments I hope to not repeat.

This is what I wanted to say, you just said it much better than me....

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OK so I guess that I will write a little more...

We decided to try for number 2 while on holiday in the UK last year and were extremely fortunate to fall pregnant immediately again. After being so lucky the first time, I certainly didn't expect the same result on the second go....I guess we'll have to be careful after this one arrives?? On the plane back to NZ, I had that "feeling" that I was pregnant and the airline food definitely wasn't looking appetising Smile so I tested a couple of days after we got back (very restrained of me) and had a BFP - we found out a week or so before DD's first birthday!

Almost as soon as I found out I was pregnant I rang and booked my MW - a different one from last time but who I had seen a couple of times over my first pregnancy and I felt really comfortable with. She is very pro-homebirth and I was keen to plan this next labour at home. My pregnancy ran very smoothly for the first half with the exception of low BP and a few fainting episodes.....I guess I have issues with low BP and an epidural would definitely be a bad move this time....

Anyway, a chance remark by my MW at about 20 weeks who said something along the lines of "what would happen if we had to have this baby at hospital?". This freaked me out completely and I started having flashbacks of last time and was unable to sleep - very classic signs of PTSD. I had NO idea that I felt this way about my previous labour, I guess I had just blanked it out? My MW referred me to a counsellor and I started to gain confidence in the fact that this time it would be different...

I posted on this board a couple of months ago to see if anyone else had experience of this and was recommended Hypnobabies. So I ordered the Home Study kit (as there are obviously no courses here) and I am now on the maintenance programme. For me it has been wonderful, I am not sure how it will work during labour but I am keeping an open mind. But if just to start with positive affirmations and rethinking about how this time will be a positive experience...I think it has totally made the difference and the flashbacks, insomnia etc have all stopped and I am actually looking forward to meeting my baby now rather than terrified about the process!

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I'm glad to hear that the hypnobabies has helped you with your PTSD symptoms and given you more confidence. I am planning on using hypnobabies with my next birth and if I ever get around to getting certified to teach childbirth classes, I think I would like to teach hypnobabies, as it seems to me to have the most to offer.

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Love reading your story, Jules-- thanks for sharing. I'm excited to share in this journey, too!

DD is just beautiful-- and I KWYM about her entrance being part of your story. And I love that you up and moved to a new country-- how cool is that?

So glad you are here!!!

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Oooh another hypnobabies story! I can't wait, I'm taking the class in July, and very excited about finding out from others how it works!

This birth WILL be different from your first, and you WILL have a positive birth experience to share!

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wow your story is very interesting just as it has been a little scary. I'm really looking forward to following you the rest of the way.

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

I'm glad to hear that the hypnobabies has helped you with your PTSD symptoms and given you more confidence. I am planning on using hypnobabies with my next birth and if I ever get around to getting certified to teach childbirth classes, I think I would like to teach hypnobabies, as it seems to me to have the most to offer.

I would definitely recommend it....hopefully I will be able to tell you how fantastic it was during my next birth in the next couple of weeks Smile but in the meantime it has helped me change my thinking from Birth = terrifying to Birth = normal and positive!

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"boilermaker" wrote:

Love reading your story, Jules-- thanks for sharing. I'm excited to share in this journey, too!

Thanks Audra, it means a lot to me as I have loved following your journey too!

"boilermaker" wrote:

DD is just beautiful-- and I KWYM about her entrance being part of your story. And I love that you up and moved to a new country-- how cool is that?

Thanks, I think she's pretty cute too Wink

Moving overseas is always a great talking point! I have lost track of the number to times people have said to us that they wish they had tried it or that they had the opportunity in the past but didn't take it. There is always a reason not to do something like emigrating and you never know unless you try....we're though of as the "mad" ones in our families, which I think is pretty cool Smile

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"OperaDiva" wrote:

Oooh another hypnobabies story! I can't wait, I'm taking the class in July, and very excited about finding out from others how it works!

This birth WILL be different from your first, and you WILL have a positive birth experience to share!

Thank you Smile

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"renee24" wrote:

wow your story is very interesting just as it has been a little scary. I'm really looking forward to following you the rest of the way.

I think I am just a good example of why interventions during birth need to be researched and properly informed about - plus I was just unlucky the first time!

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I'm really looking forward to following you the rest of the way.

Thank you Smile

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OK, so after I posted I noticed that my ticker says 9 days to go....I am totally expecting to go to at least 41 weeks again this time but still.....that's single digits until people start calling every hour to see if I have had it yet Smile

Anyway, had a boring and eventful MW appointment:
BP 104/60, all other tests normal, baby head down but not engaged....all good!

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Congrats on making it to single digits!! Don't worry, none of us will start pressuring you about whether you've had the baby yet Wink

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at least it was a good appt.

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Glad your appointment was good. Good luck dealing with the "have you had the baby yet?" people. I'm considering not telling people my due date when I get pregnant--maybe I'll give them a 3 week date range instead.

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"OperaDiva" wrote:

Congrats on making it to single digits!! Don't worry, none of us will start pressuring you about whether you've had the baby yet Wink

Cheers Smile

"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

Glad your appointment was good. Good luck dealing with the "have you had the baby yet?" people. I'm considering not telling people my due date when I get pregnant--maybe I'll give them a 3 week date range instead.

Thanks guys!

This time after I decided I wasn't going to tell anyone my "due date" and instead just told them "sometime in May" which I thought might help the situation......nope! As I am convinced that I will go to 41 weeks I also tried telling people that I was due to 24th (rather than the 12th) but apparently "(I) might go early this time....." so they are just checking!

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"kiwi_babe" wrote:

This time after I decided I wasn't going to tell anyone my "due date" and instead just told them "sometime in May" which I thought might help the situation......nope! As I am convinced that I will go to 41 weeks I also tried telling people that I was due to 24th (rather than the 12th) but apparently "(I) might go early this time....." so they are just checking!

that's too funny. People keep asking me when we're due I just tell them mid-july. I never had to remind anyone with Logan, at least my famiy cause he was due on my Uncle's b-day who passed away a few years back. This time its starting to drive me nuts though

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So nothing much going on here so just thought I would share some pics.....since I am on maternity leave, I took DD to Play Centre this morning and now have a LOAD of washing as everything appears to be covered in paint and "slime" - my clothes included, which is a little annoying as I have so few maternity clothes at the moment that are truely comfortable. So always looking for opportunities not to do any housework! I have told DH that I will be enjoying my time off and not spending my time doing jobs.....he took that pretty well - I think he's just decided that it is easier not to argue at the moment Smile - I definitely didn't make the most of the last couple of weeks before DD arrived last time and just spent my time waiting and being a "good" housewife....not this time Wink

Had a quiet weekend....it's now late Autumn here so getting colder and it was overcast most of the weekend (it has brightened up today - Monday - typical!). So we decided to head down to the beach and have a walk and took some photos....

DD:
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DD and DH:
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DD had a cool time, she has some new boots and loved splashing around in them....she's only 19, nearly 20 months, and already has strong opinions about the clothes she wants to wear! How does this happen? I am the least "girly" person I know and yet my daughter loves dressing up??

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Welcome to your lodge! The birth of your dd sounds scary, but glad everyone was ok. I'm looking foward to your journey to your homebirth!!

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I too lurk here more then I post but I would like to follow your lodge and hear how things are different (or the same)for births in New Zealand. Your DD sure is a cutie - my DD is 23 months old and has a shoe thing too :rolleyes:

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Your DD is so cute in her little skirt and boots! TFS the pics!

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I forget about the season thing:) Your DD is so cute!! Looks like you guys had a fun time. I'm excited to follow your lodge!

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"kiwi_babe" wrote:

DD had a cool time, she has some new boots and loved splashing around in them....she's only 19, nearly 20 months, and already has strong opinions about the clothes she wants to wear! How does this happen? I am the least "girly" person I know and yet my daughter loves dressing up??

My dd is the same way! I have no idea where she gets it from. She could careless about getting toys for presents, she'd much rather get shoes, purses, and clothes! Lol

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she's adorable. I'm totally scared that my dd will be the same, very girly.

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"mommyto3girls" wrote:

I too lurk here more then I post but I would like to follow your lodge and hear how things are different (or the same)for births in New Zealand. Your DD sure is a cutie - my DD is 23 months old and has a shoe thing too :rolleyes:

"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

Your DD is so cute in her little skirt and boots! TFS the pics!

"molly_4711" wrote:

My dd is the same way! I have no idea where she gets it from. She could careless about getting toys for presents, she'd much rather get shoes, purses, and clothes! Lol

"renee24" wrote:

she's adorable. I'm totally scared that my dd will be the same, very girly.

Thanks for all your comments :):):)....I was wondering how I managed to have a girl who was fascinated by clothes, shoes, hats, beads etc and I am glad others have the same fun....it's even worse since DD has been able to open her wardrobe and drawers and pull out the clothes she wants to wear! The problem is made worse by my two sisters (who do not have children yet!) who love nothing more than sending their only niece pretty clothes....

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"graysonsmom" wrote:

I forget about the season thing:) Your DD is so cute!! Looks like you guys had a fun time. I'm excited to follow your lodge!

I still have moments when I forget what the weather will be like in each month! After 25 years of living in the northern hemisphere and (only) 5 in the southern, I have trouble getting my head around the fact that July = Cold and January = Hot!

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So, preparations for Homebirth are going well...I think everything is under control!

I made DH set up the birth pool this weekend and I am really glad I did....we just needed to check for leaks, how long it would take to fill, whether we had enough hot water etc and I thought it would just be a fairly straightforward procedure. While doing this I found out that he was expecting to place the pool in the middle of the living room so that everyone could sit around (in the comfortable chairs) and watch me!! Ummmm no!

After I explained (very rationally I thought) that actually the thought of labouring with people staring at me from all angles was not my idea of a relaxing and private event, he reluctantly cleared the dining room and we now have a space set aside so that I can do my own thing but still have people nearby when needed. I had no idea that he thought that I would want everyone right next to me, despite the fact that this was the opposite to what I wanted last time.....I guess that's why it is important to have a trial run!

Other things we discovered during the practice set up (these were things that I was aware of, but DH, being male, needed to find out himself) ;):
The pool cannot be inflated in the bedroom because then you can't fit it through the doors to move to the dining room Smile
You cannot attach the hose to the taps using sticky tape Smile
Your wife will not be happy if you insist on having the birth pool in the living room because you can then watch TV/DVDs through the "boring bits" Smile
DD will NOT be present during the birth as she spent all the time trying to climb in the pool, jumping, blowing bubbles and pointing out all the fish (her new favourite word) on the sides of the pool (yes, my 'birth' pool has cartoon fish, crabs, octopus on the sides!!) Smile

I feel a lot more relaxed about the process now....the pool is inflated (and stored away from the cat) so the actual set up should only be around 30 minutes when required. In the end it was quite a fun process and we ended up having a good laugh about everything! We then all (DD, DH and myself) had a splash around in the pool for an hour or so and I think it will be really useful when I will be in labour! I am kind of looking forward to using it!

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at least you were able to work out the bugs. And I don't blame you for not wanting to labor with an audience, I wouldn't want to either.

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Sounds like it was a very good thing to do the trial run--you learned a lot of things you probably want to know before you're in labor!

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I love all the kinks you had to work out Lol Glad you and dh will now be on the same page for the big day Biggrin

Joined: 03/22/07
Posts: 259

Wow, things have been moving fast on this board!

Everything still ticking along here! Just enjoying the last few days of pregnancy....doing my Hypnobabies practise and spending time with DD! I would thoroughly recommend having some time off to just relax....

For some reason I have got it into my head that I have only got one weekend left before my baby arrives, not sure why? I know I will be going "overdue" but somehow I also think that I will have the baby sometime over next week or on the actual weekend? I guess we'll see....

I have a midwife appointment later today (I think, she called last night to say that she had another mum in labour so I guess it depends on what happened overnight) so will update later....

Joined: 01/03/06
Posts: 302

That's great that you are enjoying some time off before the baby comes. Just reading your post makes me think I would like some time off to prep. Maybe if I go past my due date I will take a few days.

I hope your MW appt went well (if you had it of course Wink ).

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