Welcome to your lodge !!! I am so happy to follow it.
Oooh wow I have a lodge! lol I feel all warm and fuzzy now.
I guess I should tell ya a bit about me. That's how it works right? Well anyway here's my novel.
I was an Air Force brat so I've lived in a few places. Not nearly as many places as my fellow AFBs but still. Utah, Alabama, Netherlands, Virginia, and various places in California, and now the midwest. Tons of roadtrips whenever we could - my parents loved to take us places. I'd been to at least 40 states by the time I was 9.
dh was born in California and lived within 10 miles of the hospital he was born in until he turned 36. lol. Well college was 60 miles from home but he went home every weekend to work so that doesn't count.
I met dh in college, when we were living in the same cooperative house. There were 14 people living there, and 4 similar houses shared a common space. I was 20 when we started dating, he was 23. Although we had known each other for months, it was at a party in the spring that we got together. Ah, good times. I'll spare you the gory details.
Fast forward almost 7 years and we got married in San Francisco on Dec 31, 1999.
In 1998 I finally infected dh with the travel bug, when he came to Virginia with me to celebrate my Grandma's 80th birthday. Since then we've made several trips to Europe and Asia, as well as a few trips across the US.
In 2002 we decided to TTC. I had just turned 30 and brought in the year spectacularly in Vegas with a bunch of friends, and decided I was ready for a new page in my life. Meaning I was getting bored with so much drinking/etc. and ready for something more fun Got our BFP while we were celebrating our anniversary/New Year's in Seattle, it was so beautiful. Seattle, AND the BFP. I had an easy pregnancy. In March we went to London because we found amazing $99 each way flights direct from San Francisco to London. Can't beat that. Anyway the only time I had morning sickness was the morning we woke up in London and I had my prenatal vitamin on an empty stomach - this doesn't work well with jet lag. Yikes. In April I told my boss and one coworker about the pregnancy, and I think the rest of the people found out a month later. Well I was perfectly comfortable except for an occasional pain under my lower left ribs.
I was due on Sept 9, 2003, which was a Tuesday I believe. I worked up until September 5th, the Friday before my due date. I enjoyed the next 2 weeks, not worried about the baby or about being overdue. My mom had all 3 of us around a week overdue; dh was a month overdue; his brother was 3 months overdue. So I figured this baby would come someday. I had my first NST at 41 weeks; it was fine. Then I had a BPP right afterwards; that came back with low AFI (4.9cm). The tech told me to go to L&D to talk to my doctor who was up there already.
So I was a bit jittery. Fortunately dh was with me. After a while the doc came out and talked to us. She said she wants to induce because the low fluid was not safe for the baby. I told her I didn't want to be induced...how important is this? She said she'd already delivered one dead baby today...ok I'm paraphrasing this conversation, but you get the jist. She definitely left it up to us but made it clear that she thought this was the right thing to do. So, we agreed, and she said to go eat dinner and then call in to see when L&D is ready for us.
Even though I was well overdue, I was totally shocked and mentally unprepared to have this baby. We made our phone calls, and showed up in L&D around 8pm. I'll leave out the birth story for now, but baby was born after 32 hours, including over 3 hours of pushing, a 3rd degree tear, and tons of exhaustion. Noe's Apgars were 8 and 9; looked totally healthy; wouldn't nurse though. I mean we tried all the time but she never really got a good grip. About 12 hours later, MIL and FIL were holding the baby in my post-partum room as dh took pics of them, and the nurses came in for the regular check and found that baby was breathing too fast and was gray. Obviously we were all shocked to hear it as we thought she looked just fine. Well they took her out to the nursery and sure enough the pulse-ox was only 50% (although the discharge notes show that they really doubt the accuracy of that reading). Anyway with some blow-by oxygen she pinked up tremendously, that was the first shock to us, was how gray she was and that we really didn't even notice it. I have a pic of her taken in MIL's arms minutes before the nurse came in - it's pretty obvious NOW that she's gray - but at the time none of us noticed it. This is the #1 reason I don't trust a homebirth - not the birth itself, but that something would happen that I wouldn't catch, after the MW goes home. Anyway...this is getting way too long. Turns out she had meconium aspiration; she had x-rays to verify this, then more x-rays as they positioned the IV hyperalimentation tube in her umbilical vein; then soon afterwards a ventilator; then they added nitric oxide to the oxygen to help clear things out faster. She was only in the NICU for 10 days, Sept 19-29, but it sure felt like forever. When she came home we really, really wanted to bring a pulse-ox with us but they wouldn't let us.
She turned out to be pretty healthy, all she needed was a little OT once she started crawling, but today you'd never know she had a rough start.
In 2004 we decided to TTC again, thinking it would be a good idea to have them close together. Got a BFP in January 2005 while we were visiting friends in Hong Kong. But, I lost that baby a week after getting the BFP. Then we got pregnant on the very next cycle. So, another uneventful pregnancy. At 38 weeks the doc offered NSTs/AFI checks since she knew our history and how worried we were. We had weekly AFI checks and each week the levels were lower. At 40 +6 the fluid level was low enough (borderline) so they induced again. This labor was much faster (24 hrs) and pushing was only an hour, and this time only a 2nd degree tear. Nate was born and he was big - everyone was so surprised. He was 9 lbs 12 oz, and had a fever (probably from the epidural). The fever was gone within an hour, and he nursed like a champ. Only complication with him was because he was LGA, they checked his sugar levels every few hours. He was fine of course.
So we figured we might have another baby someday. But, it turns out that 25 1/2 months apart is just not enough space. We had a very clingy 2-yo and a newborn. So we figured if we ttc again it would be after Nate was a bit older.
Well, surprise! In June 07 we got a BFP on Father's day. Another uneventful pregnancy, this one is only complicated because I was diagnosed with Graves' hyperthyroidism in December 06. So aside from the normal stuff I get monthly blood draws for TSH, FTI, and FT4. Plus an extra level 2 ultrasound at 30 weeks. So far everything is just fine, although IMO my FT4 is too low; but since my TSH is also low, they aren't concerned. We'll see, I guess. My only complaints this pregnancy are a painful spot under my left ribs (that I've had every pregnancy but is worse this time), numb fingers on my right hand from carpal tunnel I suppose, and I haven't been exercising as much because for a while around 20 weeks, whenever I did my walking I'd start spotting. So I took a break for a while. Lately I've been exercising more with no problems.
I am really, really hoping that I don't need to be induced this time. And if they do say I need to be induced, I have plans...first I'd come home and do my medline search to be sure this is something I agree with. Also I'd request a repeat ultrasound/NST/whatever it was that determined the need for induction, if possible. I'm doing Hypnobabies (thanks Robin!) and am at the end of week 3, and I love it. I think it will really help - but for now my favorite part about it is being able to just chill for half an hour a day. That is awesome.
My big news today is that my mom finally bought her plane tickets. Note that we are living 2000 miles from family. So now we are covered for child care. My due date is Feb 21; my brother will be here from Feb 17-24, and mom will be here Feb 26-March 8. Yeehaw!!! Now watch, this baby will decide to come early
Jeez that was a novel.
Welcome to your lodge and I'm sending you induction-free vibes. I was induced with my DS when my AFI was below 1, I'm very thankful they let me go 2 more weeks when I was at 5 but I was also only 34 weeks along.
Welcome to your lodge! I love lodges
It was lovely to be able to read so much about you. I hope you get what you want this time, and don't have to be induced
Lea-Mama to Tegan, born 17/08/08 with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
I think it is great that you and hubby have a travel bug. My hubby and i often discuss traveling, but know that we lack the finances to do so.
I am hoping you get to skip the induction this time and the baby decides to come before they have any reason to worry.
I saw in another thread that you think your children look like strangers when you first see them, do you still get that instant bond/love when you see them that many moms talk about?
Ah I'd have to say NO. Of course I love them from the start, but for example with my first it was around 6 weeks that I suddenly *fell in love* with her. kwim? Hope that doesn't make me a bad mom, lol. I think it's somewhat normal. Interesting it coincided with the time that nursing stopped being painfulI saw in another thread that you think your children look like strangers when you first see them, do you still get that instant bond/love when you see them that many moms talk about?
With my first in particular I was shocked that I didn't recognize her as soon as she was born. I literally thought, "That's not what I expected." lol. I guess I expected a baby that looked somewhat like my baby pictures, or dh's baby pictures, and instead saw a smooshed gray/purple blob with squinty eyes. dh described her as looking like ET, with long scraggly fingernails. With my second I was more prepared to not recognize him. This time I am very prepared