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welcome to the end. May you be able to post within the limits of your children and potty breaks Wink

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Ohhh Nancy! I'm SO excited for you!! Welcome to your lodge my friend Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! Congrats!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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congratulations! Biggrin

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Woo Hoo! Congratulations and welcome to your lodge Nancy!!

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Awww Smile Thanks Smile I'm excited to have a lodge, and wow :shock: time has FLOWN by this pregnancy. I can't believe I'm already 36 weeks.

I spent all afternoon yesterday contracting. Something about running full tilt down a steep hill after a 2 yo, set me off.. I'll have to remember that as an option for encouraging childbirth if I go past my due date. But I just took it easy the rest of the day and they petered away by bedtime and are totally gone this morning. I'm hoping it helped in the preparation for birth, though I don't want to have him just yet. This morning I'm all sore, and feel bruised though.

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Since I find myself suddenly with a little bit of quiet time to myself, I'll give a little of my background Smile

I graduated high school in 97, and went off to school that fall. The 2nd weekend I was there, I met Jacob, and we began to do some things together. We were both living in the dorms, and eating in the cafeteria, so it was only natural that we would start eating some of our meals together. We also found out that we were in 3 classes together, so we would walk across campus talking, and before long we began to date each other. We dated for 9 months, and then Jacob left to serve a 2 year mission for our church. While he was gone, we wrote to each other, and I dated other guys (the guys knew I was writing him, and he knew I was dating so it was all good) Smile I finished up my 2 year degree, and moved in with my grandparents in Nashville. My grandpa's health was rapidly deteriorating, so I was there to help care for him, and I also worked full time while there. After 9 months there, I left to go home. I had been working a seasonal job, that ended, and my sister was planning to come take my place with my grandparents. Also factoring in was the fact that Jacob was planning to be home again in the next month and as I still hadn't found a mr right while he was gone, I knew that being close would be nice as we decided how we felt about one another.

He got home on June 9th, 2000, and we were able to just briefly see one another. He was returning to live with his family in southern Ut, and I was living with my parents in middle ut, so it was a 3 hr drive to see one another. We talked on the phone nightly, and we made plans to meet in the middle for an evening the coming weekend. We had an enjoyable time together, and made plans for the next weekend for me to come visit. I went to his house and spent the weekend with his family and by the end of it, we had already started talking about marriage. The next weekend he came up to see me, and we became engaged by the end of it. 6 weeks later we were married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple, in American Fork Ut.

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Prior to getting married, we talked about kids and thought we'd wait awhile. But shortly after getting married, we began to revisit the topic of children. After much discussion, we decided that for some reason, we needed to ttc, or at least not prevent pregnancy. Lo and behold, 1 af later, and 6 weeks after getting married, we were looking at a + pg test.

At the time, dh was going to school, in a preengineering program at the community college. We were making plans to move cross country so he could attend a well known engineering school. We were both working part time, and making enough to pay the bills, but not a whole lot of extra. We continued with our plans as my pg progressed. I had a normal pg, with morning sickness for a bit longer than I expected. I was well into my 2nd trimester by the time it went away. I also got many "silent" uti's and in turn yeast infections through this pg. I really didn't have any symptoms of either and never knew I had them until I went to the dr.

I planned a natural birth, albeit in the hospital, and I saw a cnm throughout my pg. She didn't have delivery privledges so, I alternated apts with a family practice dr in the same clinic. The plan all along was for both to attend my birth.

As we progressed towards the end of my pg, I began to swell up a lot. Not only was I swollen, but my bp was also going up. The only pre-e sign missing was protein in my urine. The midwife and dr both began to keep a bit closer eye on me, and I had a strict list of reasons to call them.

At 36 1/2 weeks, I woke up at 4 am to go to the bathroom. I went, and then got back in bed. Laid down, and felt like I needed to go again. On the way back to the bathroom, there was a definate pop, and a gush. At that point, I knew it wasn't needing to go potty that I'd been feeling.

I let dh sleep for a little while longer, though he woke fairly soon, when I didn't come back to bed. We didn't really know what to expect (my mom had fairly quick delivery's, his mom, not so quick), so we called the dr after about 2 hours. They had me come in to verify that it was my water, and then admitted me to the hospital. We sat around talking/watching tv/walking around in the hospital room/floor for 4-5 hours after being admitted. I slowly progressed to a 6 and then stopped. My nurse was WONDERFUL and had had 9 children of her own naturally, and so she was a great source of help to us while figuring out how to move around and cope. I was having back labor, and she showed dh a few tricks for easing it.

After 5 or 6 hours at the hospital, 7 or 8 hours after my water broke, we were approached with the pitocin. Had I known then what I know now, I would have refused.. but not knowing, and just knowing that I was on "the clock" because of my water being broken, I accepted the pitocin. We proceeded through 3 hours of pure torture. I was still having back labor, and the combo of pitocin, and no bag of waters to cushion things was NOT a happy thing. 3 hours later though, I was complete, and began to push.

After pushing for awhile (maybe 20 min?? not really very long), the dr informed me that I still had a lip on one side, and they were trying to move it out of the way, but that the baby was also still posterior. Again, a "had I known then" situation, I allowed him to give me an episiotomy, and dd slid out sunny side up, on the next push.

She was 6 lbs 8 oz, and 19 1/2 in long.

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Oh my gosh, Nancy - I can't believe you're this far along!

I love your story and we're the same basic age (I graduated HS in 97 too). You seem more wise than me though... Maybe because you had babies before I did Smile

Congrats on making it this far! I am glad that things didn't happen with the running around Smile

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Thanks Natalie Smile I've always thought you were older than me... just goes to show how you never can tell age online Smile

I had my midwife apt today. According to them, I'm 37 weeks tomorrow.... I figure we're off by a little bit, but I'm happy at this point to just let it rest. Now, if I get to the date they say and I haven't delivered yet, I might get a little more pushy about my due date being wrong, lol.

On the less good news front, my gbs test came back positive Sad We talked about alternatives to antibiotics during delivery, and she said that I could do the garlic cloves and retest at every apt til I deliver. If I get a negative result each week until I deliver then they'll not insist on the antibiotics. Otherwise, if I refuse the antis they won't deliver me at the birth center Sad Really sucks... the midwife agrees with me too, lol. She said that she personally has a really hard time with it too, but in order to keep the back up obs/hospital happy and willing to take their transfers they have to do it.

I do keep wondering though... what if I wake up and I'm already far enough along that by the time we get there I'm in transition. It's not my fault I didn't get there in time for antis in that case.. what would they do? I have to think they'd deliver me anyway, lol.

Well, here's hoping, I don't go into labor this week.. and I get a negative next week when they retest for gbs.

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Oh Nancy! Congrats on your lodge! I'd love to hear about your other births too! Biggrin I can't believe you are so close! Biggrin

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NANCY!!! Yeah~your lodge Smile I didn't know you were younger than me. Re: the GBS, I walked in with Libby (GBS Smile at 8CM, I allowed them to gove me the antis, but she was born a short time later, so I didn't really get them in time. I think its probably pretty common in NCB. You really should TRY to get some rest Smile

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I really hope you go back to being GBS- but you could always try the going in later on trick.. I guess that would work. I don't imagine that they'd send you away when you about to give birth Biggrin

And.. congratulations! I see you will have three boys and one girl. Life must be fun in your house, with only you and your DD as the girls! Haha bless her heart, I bet she gets very lonely without any girly company Biggrin

Anyway, Remember to keep us updated! Biggrin and of course, best of luck that you can keep him in for another week Smile

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Life is definately not boring around here Smile My dd keeps me on my toes more than the boys do actually, lol.

Today has been fun... I feel like ds has dropped even more (didn't really think that was possible) and I've been contracting off and on all morning :/ Not really encouraging it to continue yet, but I know if he does come he should be ok.

Other birth stories... I'm working on them Smile I've just been running around like crazy and haven't had time to type yet. I'll see if I can't get em up while I eat lunch today, lol Smile Of course that requires finding something that sounds good to eat.... I'm having troubles with that today.

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Jotham was born after weeks of prodromal labor. I started contracting regularly, and dilating when I was just 32 weeks along. I went into "take it easy" "stay in baby" mode for the next 4 weeks, as I really didn't want a premature baby. Where we were living, that would mean going to another hospital, in another town, at least 2 hours away. Not something I wanted to do (well, premature is not something I'd want to do anytime, but it made it that much more unappealing) Added to this was a huge fiasco involving my ob, and a sudden urgent need to find a new caregiver.

When 36 weeks came along, I was given the all clear, though I still wanted him to stay in awhile longer. Dh was a full-time student, and he was having midterms all that week. That friday, I started contracting regularly yet again, but stronger, and we thought, "this is it." Alas it wasn't so, we went to bed and woke up with nothing in the morning.

For the next few days I really, tried to get things going again (you know, the whole natural list of things, walking lots, sex, rrl tea, pineapple, etc.) I really, really wanted to have the baby that week, as dh was now on spring break. It would just be so convenient to have him around for a whole week.

My little guy kept teasing me though, I kept getting contractions, regularly, timeable, and still nothing happened. After spring break was over, I still continued to contract, and I continued to try to get them to turn into something, with no results.

My mom flew in right at my 39 week mark to help out. I had really been hoping she'd be around after the baby, but instead we were walking around trying to get things going, lol. At my 39 wk 5 day apt, I was sooo tired of the prodromal labor, that I allowed my dr to strip my membranes. We then went for a nice walk, and when dh got home we had a little fun Smile That night, dd 22 months, started running a fever, and I was finally in full blown labor. So at 2 in the morning, we decided since dd was having a hard time with me being home, but unable to take care of her, we'd go ahead to the hospital so mom could care for her without her seeing/hearing me. At that point my contractions were 3 min apart, and lasting 60-90 sec. We were worried about a snowstorm coming in, and also had no reason to believe that I'd be in labor for much longer.

Sure enough we got to the hospital and I was admitted. I was at 5 cm, with regular contractions, so I "should" be holding my baby in just a few hours. A few hours later... I was still at a 5. Some more hours later, still 5... and still contracting. In this time however, the contractions kept flipping back and forth from normal, to back labor, and then back again. I spent a lot of time on the birth ball, and in the shower, and walking around. My dr was in agreeance with me refusing an iv, unless it became necessary. Which was wonderful. She also was ok with my doing only intermittent monitoring of the baby/contractions.

Finally around 11 am, after I'd been in labor for 19 hours, we had a talk. My 1 regret for ds's birth, is that I let my dr talk me into letting her break my water. I was currently on a "good" run of contractions in my abdomen instead of back, and we thought that maybe if we broke the water he'd drop down and stay anterior.

As so often is the case the "plan" didn't work. I then proceeded to have back labor for the rest of the time I was in labor. Along with now being "on the clock" As time went on, I continued to stay at a 5. I used my hypnosis, but really had a hard time after awhile focusing on it, because of being tired, and also the extreme back labor. Around 3 or 4 pm, my dr came in and chatted with me. She herself was 4-5 months pg, and had been on call all night the night before. She had reached her limit of functioning without sleep, and needed to go home. She introduced me to her backup, also a family practice dr who I later found out was the backup to the homebirth midwife in the area. He was supportive as well of all my desires, and after she left we had a talk. I'd been contracting at that point for 24 hours, water broken for 6, and I was still at a 5. We talked for awhile, I expressed my desire to avoid pitocin, and we agreed that if there was no progress by 8 that evening, I'd agree to pitocin. I had another 4 hours to make any progress at all. I continued to labor through a shift change, and exchanged an angel of a nurse, for the nurse from hell. She wanted me to be monitored and not move around. And she had the nerve to tell me I wasn't contracting cause she couldn't pick it up on the monitor... woulda picked it up fine if she'd tried strapping it to my back instead of stomach... etc, etc, etc... At one point the u/s tech at the hospital showed up in my room because the nurse had called for her (without talking to me btw) because she was convinced that the baby was malpositioned. I put up with her antics for awhile, and then locked myself in the bathroom cause I couldn't take anymore. While in the bathroom in the shower, I began to have a breakdown. Told dh that I'd be pregnant forever, cause the baby just wasn't coming out, lol. In retrospect, I shoulda known then that I was in transition. He went for the nurse, and she checked me, and went to call the dr to ask for drugs without telling me where I was at. Not 5 min later, while she was still gone, I started to feel pushy. She came back and kept demanding that I roll over onto my back so she could monitor me while we waited for the dr. I kept refusing, liking my left side that I was on, and telling her if she wanted to monitor me that badly, she could move the whole deal around the bed and do it where I was, lol Smile A little bit later, ds was crowning. Just in time, the dr walked into the room, assessed the fact he could see the head, and ordered the nurse to stop being a jerk and simply put stuff under me. That the baby was coming whether she liked it or not. 5 min later, ds was born, he literally turned from posterior to anterior, while he was coming out. He was born at precisely 8 o'clock, on march 19th, 2003. The same time I'd agreed to pitocin if I hadn't progressed. He came out with the cord wrapped around his neck a couple times, and was blue. I don't remember apgars, but he was administered oxygen for about 5 min in the room, before I was able to nurse him. I made it through with no cutting or tearing, and only had a couple of skid marks.

He was 8 lbs, 12 oz, and 19 1/2 in long.

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Caleb's I'm going to cut/paste from the traumatic birth board. I can't go through it again right now....

Caleb was supposed to be born around the middle of April. Jotham turned 2 on sat and then on monday morning I woke up sick. I was exactly 36 weeks according to my dates. I being the person I was, figured I had the flu and just decided to take it easy and try to get liquids into myself. After a couple of hours, a friend of mine called about something else, and could just hear that something was wrong. I told her I was sick and that my stomach was irritating my uterus and causing contractions so she volunteered to come take the kids off my hands. After spending most of the day laying around and unsuccessfully trying to keep liquids in, we headed to the hospital for some iv fluids. When we got there, we headed for l&d knowing that they would want to check me when they heard I'd been contracting. They checked a couple of things (checked to see if my water was intact) and my urine and hooked me up to the monitor. I told them really I just needed fluids and eventually the on call dr (mine was out of town) came in and gave me phenagran for the nausea and iv fluids. He wanted to give me terbutaline, but I was going against my grain to take the phenagran there was no way I was going to take the terbutaline. After a bag of fluids they released me and I headed home.

I continued to be sick all week long, and only managed to eat about 3-4 crackers and drank tons of liquid. The liquid stayed down, but the food was just not sitting right. Then on friday Mar 25, I woke up at 5 in the morning, contracting and with a very, very intense pain in my right side. Pain like I had NEVER experienced before in my life, it was constantly there, and the contractions were literally inconsequential in comparison. We called up friends and dropped the kids off and headed to the hospital. We were fairly certain that the baby was going to be born that day, and I knew without a doubt that something else was wrong too.

We got to the hospital, and I tried to tell them at the er that yes I was pg and in labor, but I needed someone to figure out what the other thing that was wrong was. They sent me up to l&d, where they once again checked my water, told me I was dehydrated, and hooked up an iv. By this point I was begging them to figure out why my side hurt soooo much, and also for pain meds. They asked me about contractions and I told them, and also told them that that wasn't what was bothering me. The constant pain was the problem.

Finally after enough complaining and pushing on my part, they ran a few tests. They drew blood, and took urine with a cath (because I couldn't pee, shoulda told them something) and did an u/s to look for kidney stones or gallbladder problems. Nothing showed up, but by then I had spiked a temperature, I was still in pain, and my contractions were making progress. The pain meds they originally had given me were doing squat, so they moved me from the "observation" room, to a l&d suite and then sent in the anesthesiologist for an epidural. I got the epidural and still didn't feel good, and tried to tell them that, but really they just weren't listening. 3 hours later, I was complete and started pushing. The baby's heartrate totally stopped and we were thrust into the emergency of get the baby out, or we're going to cut you open, sigh. I managed to get the baby out, though I couldn't feel anything, and fortunately without tearing too. The baby was wisked away to the cart, where they had to resucitate him. From there he went to the nicu because of low sats, and erratic breathing and heartrate. I sent dh with him, and I myself was stuck in the hopital room unable to move because of the stupid epidural. 2 hours later I tried to get up unsuccessfully, and I had to endure another hour. Finally 3 hours later, I managed to stand long enough to get into a wheelchair and was pushed to see my baby. I held him then for the first time, and we nursed. Then he went back into the bed, and I was sent back to my room and dh went home to get the kids and put them to bed.

I tried eating, but really couldn't eat more than a few bites still. Finally around 9 they brought me my baby because his breathing had settled into a pattern and his sats were high enough to take him off oxygen. I held him all night long, but still didn't feel real well. They gave me a lot of gasx, and motrin, and tylenol, and told me everything was normal. I continued to try to tell them otherwise, but honestly at that point, I was so tired of arguing with them that I just basically started to think whatever.

Sat I went home with the baby with 1 admonition from the dr. My biliruben level was high, so I should see my dr sometime in the near future. Well, true to form the baby developed Jaundice and I was busy dealing with that in addition to trying to feel better myself and establish a milk supply.

6 days later I woke up again with the same pain in my right side along with feeling like I couldn't breathe, having a numb left hand/arm, violent vomiting and for the 3rd time in a week and a half, we headed in to the hospital. After another fight at the er admit, they put me in an observation room and proceeded to do nothing. I was sitting there in pain, begging anyone that walked by for anything for the pain. Finally a nurse walked by at just the right moment and stopped to feel me. I was burning up and that finally convinced them to do something. They asked me to give them a urine sample and I reminded them that 1 of my symptoms was an inability to urinate. So they then proceeded to try 5 times to get a catheter in. Finally the 3rd nurse succeeded on her second (the 6th total) try. I told them my history of the previous week at the hospital and rather than running all the tests again, they opted to do a cat/mri? Scan. 5 min after the scan, the surgeon came in, introduced himself and announced that I had a burst appendix. 10 min later I was knocked out and rolled into the or. And thus began my 2 week ordeal in the hospital.

Caleb was 7 lbs 8 oz, and 19 1/2 in long Smile My kids seem to like 19 1/2, lol.

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Hi! Shows how long I been off these boards, I didn't even know you were pregnant! Come visit the AP board again! Anyway so happy for you and I'll be follwoing your lodge!

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Hi Cyn!! I'm around, just not a whole lot of time to post lately, so Il read the ap board, but only post if I feel like I have something more to add. I should have more time after the baby's here when I'm forced to sit and nurse, lol Smile

Been an interesting day/night, but I'm still pg... I contracted regularly for most of yesterday, and right around dinner time, the baby's head hit a nerve in my leg, and made it so I couldn't stand/walk for a few hours, fortunately that went away during the night. Dh was convinced we'd be headed out in the middle of the night, but I told him I didn't think so, lol Smile

I can't have him yet anyhow.... I still need to finish modifying my newborn diapers. I have 8 left that have been cut, but need sewn into prefitteds Smile And this week is a busy week, with school performances, meetings, and plans.

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Nancy, I loved reading about Jothams birth! I have a fear of all evil nurses. I hope I don't encounter one like that! I couldn't read Calebs birth because of the mere fact it was traumatic for you means it would be traumatic for me to read Sad But I am so sorry for the pain that you still endure from it. :bighug:

You are making prefitteds for your nb? Do you like those better than regular cotton fitteds (like KL0's) I've often wondered what the hype was about with prefitteds. Of course I've never even used a prefold. I only last week received my very first 3 GMD prefolds and snappi to try on my dd, to see if I will like it. But I haven't prepped them yet. We are still mainly a OS pocket household, though I do have some nice blueberry fitteds that I like. I'm hoping I like the prefolds too because they just seem to me to be more - sanitary I guess.

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Leigh ~ I don't know if I'll like them better than normal fitteds, but I got the newborn sized prefolds for $.33 each... I can't justify the cost of normal fitteds, lol Smile I'm converting them for about another .... $.10-.20?? each. This is the first time I've tried them though, I'm converting 1/2 of them more for dh's sake than mine, and I'm leaving the other half regular prefolds. We also have some contour dipes, and some os pockets, and some os fitteds to use.

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My dh and his coworkers are cracking me up. They're convinced I have to have the baby today, lol. The kids are rooting for today also. I told dh last night though.. too many people are rooting for today, so there's no way he'll come today Smile

I'm doing my best to prepare though for whenever it does happen. RRL tea, nettles, epo, hypnobabies scripts, etc. I figure when the time comes, it comes Smile

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Hi Nancy! I have enjoyed reading about you and your family. We have a few things in common...both married in 2000, both pg right away, both married in a temple, both have had several kids while DH in school/training, and both about to have another!
If baby wants to come today, at least it would mean a nice short labor!

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The Mount Timpanogos Temple is so beautiful!!! Do you have any pics of your wedding?

Your birth stories are amazing. Thanks for sharing. Both the non traumatic and traumatic births. I find I learn so much from each one which ever way they go.

How are you feeling lately?

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Hi Nancy--Just checking in on you today. Smile

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I'm still around Smile I have a midwife apt this morning, but aside from that things have been fairly calm. I tend to get contractions for a few hours each day, but they're still spread out so I figure I'm just gearing up. I've been waiting though, I keep feeling like this one is going to start with a gush of water.. so far no gush.

I've also been using garlic nightly to try to change my gbs status... we do another culture today, and I'm praying it'll come back negative. I really hate anti's during labor, and I'd like to be able to show up early enough to take advantage of the tubs they have for waterbirth. If I test + then I have to make the choice to have anti's, or show up just in time to push Sad Refusing the anti's is only an option so far as if I do and there's enough time, I no longer qualify to deliver at the birth center.

Cindy~ I do have pictures, but no time to hunt them out right now Smile I'll try to remember to post some later Smile

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Another day and I'm still pg Smile My apt yesterday went well.. we weighed, measured, listened, palpated for position, and redid the gbs test. I'm really, really hoping it comes back negative. If it does, I'm going back in on friday just long enough to redo the test again. Once I have 2 negative results, then I don't have to have antis.

Today, I'm knee deep in clothes that a friend gave me for the kids. Her kids are just bigger than mine, so we've been sorting clothes that will fit now, and clothes that they'll grow into, and clothes that my kids won't wear. My goal today is to finish that up and reclaim my living room, lol.

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Hey there. Sorting clothes...always a major task! Yay for friends who pass off what they don't need. Well I saw you are online but nothing new in your lodge. Hope you are doing ok, and getting ready...March 8th is very close!

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Thanks Smile I'm almost always online, lol, I rarely close my pg.org window. So I'm online even when I'm not...

We got the clothes sorted and most put away, still working on putting away the boy clothes, but that's a major undertaking in and of itself. The boys are the same size now, so I need to rearrange the dresser while pulling out small stuff to make room for it.

I'm not due on the 8th Smile I'm simply due during march sometime..... midwives say I'm due around the 15-17th, I say I'm due the 23rd or so.. that said, we weren't sure we would make it to today. I was having surges from about 7 until midnight last night, good, strong, and 5-6 min apart. Never got closer together though, so I never called, and instead we went to bed. They petered out around midnight after lying there for 2 hours. So far today, I've had a few, but no pattern to be seen.

Dh and the kids wanted the baby to come last friday, my mom's guess was the 2nd so now that we're past both I figure he can come anytime he wants to, lol. In reality though, I've had all my babies on either the full moon, or the new moon. So that leaves tomorrow, or the 21st.. as being the "most" likely dates. We'll see if it holds up or not this time Smile

Wedding pics... well, the few I have scanned into the computer Smile



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Oh, I think I saw March 08 and thought March 8th instead of March 2008!
Great wedding photos!
I hope all the surges you are having at least mean you are close. I am not having much activity in the uterus. Other than LO's wiggliness.
That's interesting about the moon...here the nurses say they always get a bunch of moms in labor right before a storm. Anything headed your way?

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I figured that was probably what happened Smile No storms coming.... just my history to go by.

On a VERY positive note... I just heard from one of my midwives. My gbs test came back - this time, so I go in tomorrow to redo it, and as long as it's - and I get - tests at every apt until delivery I don't have to have the antis SmileSmile Makes me super happy, cause I don't like antis during delivery, and I'm a bit worried that this birth is going to be a lot faster than my previous births so they wouldn't have time to administer them twice anyhow.

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Congrats on the - result hun! I will keep my fingers crossed that you get more of them!

Thinking of you!

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Yay on the - test and GL on today's. I haven't heard my results yet.

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So happy about the GBS for you! That is great news! Hopefully the negative will keep up! Biggrin

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Thanks Smile I'm still waiting to hear back on fridays test. I saw the midwife this morning and they didn't have the results yet. She said I'd get a call if it's positive, if I don't get a call, then I'm negative still and have nothing to worry about Smile Theoretically the results should be in this afternoon.

We've been busy round here the past few days. It's been gorgeous weather, and dh seems to be on a mission to get me to go into labor, lol. Everyday... "let's go for a LONG walk" "lets do this" "lets do that" And everyday, I've had surges, and still have no baby to show for them. Ah well, I keep reminding him that nothing we tried with ds1 worked either. I seem to be destined to either go early (36 1/2 weeks) with NO indications that I'll be early. Or to have surges for weeks on end before finally giving birth. Since we're past feb 29th, dh's next "best" date for me to have the baby is friday. 3-14, otherwise known as pi day.... Although, if the baby is born on pi day, it kinda defeats the purpose of eating pie just for the date. Makes it so we're actually celebrating something else too...hmmmm.... might have to bring that up with him. I'm inclined to hope he comes before then anyhow, lol.

I'm still waiting for a "surge" of energy... I haven't had any extra energy thus far though. I'm tired, huge, and the baby's head is soooooo low that it hurts to sit/stand/walk/anything! I'm having a hard time keeping up with the kids and dh as far as housework goes, much less getting more done, sigh. Oh well, I'll get to all the extra stuff eventually right? If I don't do it before the birth, then sometime in the next 6 months I should get a chance to work on it.

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More contractions, major swelling, and still tired... That's been my day today.

I did ask dh what he was paying our oldest son to put me into labor while he's at work. Got the reply of "lots and lots" We went for a long walk today, and then just about an hour later I chased the boys around the block on scooters. They had fun, I was ready to pitch the scooters by the time we got home though.

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Oh the timing.... why is it that kids always get sick at the most inconvenient times? When I had ds1, dd was home with the flu. Now, ds2 is running a fever, and has a runny nose/cough combo going. All of the kids have been healthy for the past several months. I'd even say they've had a healthier year than ever before, and now... fever, at the same time as I've been having lots of contractions and could realistically give birth anytime.

Oh well, I could still be pg for another 3 weeks right? And he could be totally over it by then. We'll see what happens....

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My water broke.... and I'm having surges about 3 min apart. I'm getting stuff together and then we'll head in to the birth center.

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((ELV)) Smile

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Oh Violet I'm so happy for you:) (((ELV)))

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I'm so happy for you Nancy! Here's some Fast and Easy LV for you!

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Good luck!! (((ELV's)))

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Oh wow - I guess those scooters did the trick! Thinking of you and hoping you're holding your babe now!!!
xo Robin

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I hope your beautiful baby has arrived by now after a smooth and easy birth! Looking forward to the stories & pics!

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you go girl! Birth that baby Smile

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Yahoo Good luck!

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