Congrats on your lodge! I enjoyed reading your intro and am sending you lots of "non-induction" vibes.
You know - it can go either way. I have completely fallen in love at first sight but I do hear you on the complete stranger thing. The one thought that I remember is just having an overwhelming desire to protect this new being and that desire turned into a love bond that was unbreakable (If that makes sense.)
AWE the days of travel!!! and extra income!
Looking forward to meeting your new little one!
don't get me wrong though, I do love them from the start, it's just 'falling in love' that has come later. I love my babies ALOT, I hope I'm not giving anyone the wrong idea
Had a CNM appointment today complete with GBS swab, whee! Of the three MWs in the group, this one is my favorite. My weight gain is out of control and my blood pressure is up, but according to her everything looks good. *I* just know my BP is high for ME, and my weight gain, well there's no reason to be putting on 4 lbs a week. In some ways I want this pregnancy to be over, for example so that I can stop gaining weight at this insane rate. Fundal height is 35 cm which is fine for almost 37 weeks. We discussed the birth plan a little bit. I told her I wanted to come to the hospital when I felt like pushing...she said that's fine, just to give her a call earlier so she can get her dogs taken care of, lol. We talked a little about dd's birth and meconium, etc. She says she doesn't want to induce but if I'm nervous about meconium she'd try to strip membranes at 39 weeks if I want. Well, right now I don't think I want that, and I don't think it will be an issue.
Welcome to you lodge. It's so nice reading about your experiences and seeing how much we have in common. I love to travel and if I had to be in a different city every week of my life I would be perfectly ok with that but go figure I ended up with the one person in the world that just wants to stay put.
I am hoping that you do not have to be induced this time and you have a very fast and easy birthing time. Don't you like the positive messages in hypnobabies. It makes it so much easier to approach that special time in our lives without so much anxiety.
Since u are ude a couple of days after me, I was just wondering which of us will have the baby first. I was hoping ot go past due but the way my body feels lately, I am thinking I will be perfectly fine if this baby gets here on its EDD or at least btwn 39-40 wks.
What is you one hope/dream for this baby?
Do you want more?
You said you are in the midwest, where exactly are u(if u don;t mind me asking)?
What about consulting? what consulting work do u do? I did that for the last 4+ yrs especially after DD was born because it gave me flexibility to work and also still have enough time to be mom, but I have now settled into a permanent gig. We needed some more stability. I was doign some IT work.
hi lara!!! so excited for you sweetie, and following your journey. i can't believe you and sam are so close to giving birth. i'm praying for a calm birth, no induction and a gentler introduction into this world for this little one. and an empowering and happy experience for you (((hugs))).
ALSO hoping that travelling bug gets biting you all the way to AZ!!!!
Shana, mom to Gavriel, Ilan and Nadav, and wife to Ari.
Dr. Cookie and the munchkins!
~Asking for prayers to help heal Ilan and Nadav from a burn accident~
I love lodges!! Yours was so interesting to read!! The only thing that could possibly make it better would be pictures!!!!! Show us some lady!!
Zoe, Sasha and Gabriel
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Hi Shana! I really want to see the cacti! and you all too
I'll try to find some pics that will be a project for tomorrow.
Oh boy right now I just want this baby to be healthy! I'm worried about meconium obviously, and I'm worried about baby's thyroid...ack. I'm sure s/he will be fine though. Right?What is you one hope/dream for this baby?
I think 3 is the magic number for us. dh will probably get a vasectomy in the next couple months. So he says anyway.Do you want more?
I'm in Iowa in the QC area. We went to St. Louis once when we first moved here - we were impressed. Will probably visit there again someday soon.You said you are in the midwest, where exactly are u(if u don;t mind me asking)?
It's sort of IT I guess. I used to work for a biotech company, and I was doing computer work for that company. One of the people I worked with had his own software development business on the side. When he found out I was going to quit he asked if I'd help him out. So I do sales and support for a very small software company. Very small as in we are the only 2 people working at it, as far as I know, although he hires subs as needed.What about consulting? what consulting work do u do? I did that for the last 4+ yrs especially after DD was born because it gave me flexibility to work and also still have enough time to be mom, but I have now settled into a permanent gig. We needed some more stability. I was doign some IT work.
37 week appointment....
According to LMP my edd is Feb 19. According to the early u/s my edd is Feb 21. Only 2 days difference...no big deal right? We'll see.
Everything is well except my BP is going up. Argh. I don't know why...I haven't had this problem before...but as they say every pregnancy is different. Today it was 136/72. Blech. The midwife isn't worried but it is way too high for my comfort. It was similar last week too.
Otherwise, weight gain is ok, I'm up almost 1lb from last week. Baby's HR is fine, 140s. The MW felt around and says this baby seems to be a good size, head down but not engaged.
Then she wanted me to do an NST since I'm OLD. No other reason besides AMA. Blech. So I did it.
She wants to do an u/s next week to check for baby's size. I told her I wanted to hold off on u/s until 40 weeks, unless there's another reason for it. We had the 'big baby' discussion again. I'm glad we had it; she went on to explain her concern over dystocia and injuries that can result from that, and also said that if I don't want to be induced then of course I am part of the decision making. I didn't say, yeah, I can just stay home...I did say, well of course I want your expertise on this but I don't feel comfortable inducing just because the baby 'might' be big.
Anyway it looks like we'll have this discussion every time I meet with her. And weekly NSTs. BTW the NST turned out just fine of course. I don't mind them.
I am just irritated, I'm getting more confident that I'll have to be induced for one reason or another (high bp??? low afi???) and am really bummed that I'll never know what it's like to go into labor on my own, and to labor at home, etc. Yeah I know pity party here, and premature pity party at that. I have the easiest pregnancies, it's just delivery that is the hard part.
Sweetie hang in there. Remember, you don't have to consent to induction unless YOU believe it's a good reason, and big baby just ain't. Your body is really unlikely to make a baby you can't push out. I'm kinda surprised your MW was hitting you up with that - ugh. re bp - make sure you're eating lots of protein, that can help w/ bp, as can lots of water (as I'm sure you know). but don't resign yourself to anything, hon. I know how discouraging it can feel when things seem to going, well, if not badly, at least not as well as you'd like them to.
I agree don't agree to an induction unless you feel its the wisest choice for you and baby. I'm a firm believer in the my body grows babies it can birth. (for me that means 8 lbs babies, but thats not true of your body!) If your mw is really scared of shoulder dyscotia she should really read up on the subject. its not weight that makes difference but the size of the shoulders. I have read on web groups from mws that had shoulder dyscotia happen just as often with babies less than 7 lbs as they did with babies larger than 7 lbs. Often they make comment that larger babies have more fat on their shoulders and is squeezes out much easier. is there a chance you can look into another care provider? i know its late in pg, but you shouldn't be dealing with mw fears, she should be more confident in your ability to birth than you are