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Welcome to term hon.. please start sharing yourself within your lodge!

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Wow Lara- I am in disbeleif that it is time for your lodge already!!! Congrats!!! Biggrin You will have to post this over on SSJ too, so they (we) can come stalk you here!

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Welcome to your lodge! :wavehello:

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Welcome to your lodge! Congratulations on making it to this point!

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Wow - how is this possible!!! Welcome to your lodge, friend. Smile

How's it going with the hypnobirthing?

xo

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Welcome!!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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WooHoo! :woohoo: So excited to see you have your own lodge!!! Congrats and looking forward to reading it!

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welcome!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome!!

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Welcome to your lodge !!! I am so happy to follow it.

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Oooh wow I have a lodge! lol I feel all warm and fuzzy now. Smile

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 Smile 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 Wink

Jeez that was a novel. :oops:

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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.

Cindy

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Thanks for sharing all of that, it was fun to learn more about you Smile I hope this labor & delivery goes wonderfully smooth for you! I'm looking forward to following your lodge.

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Welcome to your lodge! I love lodges Smile
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

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"24me" wrote:

Oooh wow I have a lodge! lol I feel all warm and fuzzy now. Smile

I guess I should tell ya a bit about me. That's how it works right? Well anyway here's my novel.
Jeez that was a novel. :oops:

Its amazing how much the feb moms are willing to disclose about themselves, and their backgrounds isn't it?!

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?

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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 painful Smile

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 Wink

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"MarysBuns" wrote:

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.

Well most of our traveling was before kids, when we had 2 incomes, and when we were spending money like crazy anyway. We are now pretty much on one income (I do some consulting but it's hit-or-miss) and traveling is much more difficult....

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Congrats on your lodge! I enjoyed reading your intro and am sending you lots of "non-induction" vibes.

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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!

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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.)

Yep, that's it exactly. The baby is born, the first thing I feel is responsibility, and then the bond Wink
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 Smile

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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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I love lodges!! Yours was so interesting to read!! The only thing that could possibly make it better would be pictures!!!!! Lol Show us some lady!!

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Thanks everyone Smile
Hi Shana! :wavehello: I really want to see the cacti! and you all too Wink
I'll try to find some pics Smile that will be a project for tomorrow.

"mumelove" wrote:

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.

I wouldn't be surprised if I go to 42 weeks (guessing I'll be under pressure to get the baby out by then). But, like you I've been kind of crampy lately so maybe, maybe this LO has other plans. I'd be happy to have this baby any day now - although it sure would be easier if s/he waits until my family arrives (my brother will be here starting Feb 17) to take care of my other kids. It will be very interesting to see which of us goes first, and if both of us get the intervention-free birth we are dreaming of Smile

What is you one hope/dream for this baby?

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?

Do you want more?

I think 3 is the magic number for us. dh will probably get a vasectomy in the next couple months. So he says anyway.

You said you are in the midwest, where exactly are u(if u don;t mind me asking)?

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.

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.

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.

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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. Sad

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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. Sad

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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 Wink

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Thanks Smile
I'll up the water and protein. I'm not a big protein eater in the first place so I'll try to step that up.
It is late to switch providers, I haven't looked into it enough...but my MW is one of 3 that I see, and she happens to be the one who leans heaviest on pushing induction/worrying about weight. So, odds are I won't see her again for the next 2 appointments...maybe that will make a difference Smile My favorite MW is next week.

I *am* having more contractions than I did with my other two. To the point where I really feel them and they feel like more than b-h contrax. So, maybe my body really will go on its own after all. Hey, I can hope, right? I did stair walking today, and rearranged the carseats in the car (that is ALWAYS a workout even at the best of times). Would EPO do anything, if you can't reach your cervix? lol I mean it is very high still...is it worth even buying it? I'll post that question separately.

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"24me" wrote:

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. Sad

Ok u are scarying me.. r u my twin. by the Docs they say my EDD s Feb 19th too and U/S said 21st so I have been going with Feb 20th on my ticker .

I hope u are able to go into labor on your own. Do not loose hope. I know every pregnancy is different and some of us are just slower at reaching labor on our own that others. I like to say we are master bakers instead of loosing hope. A few people even told me that because my body never when to labor on its own that I will not go on my own. I have tuned all the naysayers out.

I too declined an NST earlier today coz I felt it won't give me much info(but mostly was freaking out about the breech thing, see my lodge). I woud just advice to try and increase your water intake to try and keep those BP numbers low. The last 24 hrs I have been hating water and today for the first time my BP was in the red zone 130/80. I think it was due to dehydration so I told Doc to just wait it out for 1 week before she freaks. Last reading had been 100/66. I will also need ot up my protein coz I have been told that low protein is another precursor for pre-e and HBP etc.

GL and hope ur LO arrive here soon on it's own. You have my support all the way.

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Wow Vennittah I didn't realize our dates were so similar! That is amazing Smile

Well I tried the EPO yesterday (1200mg orally) and last night while trying to wrestle Nate into bed, I had the most horrendous contraction. I tried to use my 'peace' word and it helped a little. after that I went to the bathroom and peed about 32 oz, and no more contractions after that. I think maybe it was just pressure from the baby on my bladder as I leaned forward that caused it. But anyway it has me rethinking the idea of rubbing the oil on my cervix, I may just stick with another oral dose today and see what happens. Oh and go pee more often too Smile if that's even possible :roll:

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What? 2 kids and you have time to PEE?????
Lol

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LOL Robin. It's not like I'm peeing in the bathroom ALONE or anything. Although I've heard that some people do Smile

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Lara I am hoping that the epo get things nice and ready for you! lol at you and Robin! Lol

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Lol about taking the EPO then having to pee 32oz. Also, what does peeing by yourself feel like? I don't remember what that is anymore, well unless I am at work. Hope the baby gets here soon. I am planning on starting the natural inducers next week. I have been too chicken to try anything. I will also go for acupuncture.

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I have a stomach bug today. At least, I think that's what it is. TG dh is home, he's playing with the kids in the snow...and I am eating crackers and hoping everything stays down. I haven't told dh that this could mean early labor...I'll wait and see. Off to do all the laundry and clean up a bit while no one is in the house!

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Oooh that could be a sign Smile ELV's for incase it is Wink Good luck, KUP!

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Oh sweetie! I hope this is it for you!!! It could definitely be an indication of early labor! Crossing my fingers! Smile

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Ooh!!! Either feel better vibes or (((ELV)))s- whatever you want the most! SOOOO excited for you Lara- KUP!

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Thanks...just had lunch...idk what's going on, I don't feel well at all but not having contractions either. Well just B-H anyway, lots of those. We'll see!

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Well my lower GI tract is on overdrive still. And my appetite is absolutely gone. All I feel like today is Gatorade, so I asked dh to go get some, but since it's so cold out (-30F with wind chill) he's balking :roll:
I feel well enough to be out except that I'm not always making it to the bathroom on time...and I don't want that to happen in the store. Egads. Maybe I should just move into the bathroom.

Anyway, he'll go sometime today.

I am hoping this is prelabor, just because I don't want this to be a stomach bug that the kids will catch! But at the same time, my brother won't be here until next Sunday, so it would be best if baby waited until then to come so bro-ham can watch the kids.

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Still busy on the pot these days. I was thinking about how this started after 2 days of taking EPO (orally). I wonder if that really did it? It says it can be irritating to the stomach, but I can't imagine 3 days of having the runs being caused by 2 EPO pills? Maybe I"m miscounting. Anyway I haven't taken the EPO since Friday.

Anyway, saw the midwife (the one I like best) today, but first had a NST, which went fine. My bp is 130/72, so not up from last week but still higher than normal for me. I've lost about 3 lbs...woohoo! So the first thing the midwife says is, let's do an ultrasound for size. I said, for size??? She says, well if you prefer, we can measure you first and if that is fine then we can skip the ultrasound. Uh, yeah, let's do that. If I'm measuring 45 then we can do an ultrasound, I said. I measured 37...so we talked about future ultrasounds and I told her that once I hit 40 weeks I'd agree to them. She said that sounds great to her. As she's writing in my chart she says, patient declines ultrasound for size...but it was no big deal, not like it would have been with the other mw. Anyway, then she asks if I want her to check my cervix, and I said no...so she just wrote patient declines cervical check. Smile Again no discussion, she was happy to write that it seemed. What else...oh I told her about having had the runs for 3 days and asked her if that could be a sign of early labor and she smiled and said yes, definitely. She'll be on call at the hospital on Thursday and she said she'll see me then, lol. I told dh that and he said, Thursday? You're having the baby on Thursday? lol. I think it's kind of a reality check for him though.
I like this midwife because whenever she talks about going into labor she says, it'll be fun. Smile Also for the past few appointments she's reminded me what room to ask for to get the labor tub (there are 2 labor tub rooms but apparently one is better than the other). I'm GBS negative (woot!) so she said I won't need an IV; but that when I first get assigned to a room the L&D nurse will probably try to get one in me, and to tell the nurse that I want to wait until the MW arrives, and then they'll assure the L&D nurse that I don't need an IV. I hope that goes smoothly. Gotta remember to tell dh that.
No contractions yet, so I am thinking it won't be Thursday. We'll see Smile

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Well...I guess it was just a stomach bug. At least no one else caught it. I'm back to taking the EPO again, one 1200mg once a day PO.

Here's a 39 week picture from this morning. I feel alot smaller than I look, which is quite the change because usually I feel bigger than I look, lol.

For some reason I don't feel pregnant anymore. IDK why...I am feeling baby move, feeling contractions (just B-H), exhausted etc but somehow I don't feel pregnant. I think I'm just crazy.

Debating on picking up a carseat today, I can't decide which one I want, a Graco Safeseat or a Britax Roundabout. Good thing I still have a few weeks left to decide! ha.

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Lara, I can't believe how good you look! Biggrin I am glad that you are feeling better, though I was kind of hoping for labor for you Wink

I hope that you get the good m/w when you do go into labor- I love that she has such a great attitude about it!

I think I'm just crazy.

I usually spend the end of my pgcy feelign like that... Analyzing every little thing, then thinking that "I must just be crazy" :roll: You aren't crazy, just pregnant Wink Sometimes the symptoms mimic each other, lol!

If you get the Graco safe seat, you will have to let me know if you like it! I am looking at the Graco snug ride right now- but not 100% sure if we will get that one.

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EPO can cause loose bowels so I imagine with that some can experience upset stomachs too. Maybe try cutting down on the dosage? Oh! Just read your back on the EPO lol

I love your midwife, that's awsome! And I ove how she says it'll be fun because it IS fun!! It's some of the hardest work you'll do but wow is it amazing.

Love your belly picture! So sweet Smile

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Thanks Smile yes I agree and I hope the MW who thinks labor is FUN is the one who's at the hospital when it's time. Smile

Kasey, 5 minutes ago I bought the Graco Safeseat on amazon. I had a bit of a freak-out when I went to Target and BRU and Kohl's yesterday and NO ONE had it. So, just bought it online for cheap ($117) and free shipping. Now as long as baby waits another week, the carseat should be here before baby. Otherwise we have an old-ish Comfortsport that I HATE but would work for the few days we'd need it.

I spent some time on the computer last night studying shoulder dystocia, since this seems to be my midwife's main concern, again based purely on my son having been 9 lb 12 oz. They have no indication that this baby is big other than s/he having had a 'big' brother. My only real risk factor is AMA for what that's worth! Found this great website: http://www.shoulderdystociainfo.com/introduction.htm and read it...and am now even more convinced that I'm doing the right thing by not consenting to the 'early' ultrasound to check baby's size. But, I still think I'll probably have an u/s next week, mainly to check the rest of the baby out (meaning a BPP) but I'm sure they'll tack on size measurements as well.

Some interesting (!) tidbits from that website...the main concern is brachial plexus injury. Asphyxia is a concern too but not very common from what they say. Broken collarbone, and maternal injuries are also mentioned...

A little math tells the story:
--If the rate of occurrence of shoulder dystocia is approximately 0.5%, and
--If the rate of brachial plexus injury is 10% in these deliveries, and
--If the rate of permanent injury is 10% of all brachial plexus injuries,
then the rate of permanent brachial plexus injury will be one in 10,000 to one in 20,000 deliveries.
In fact, the rate of brachial plexus injury in which no shoulder dystocia was reported has been quoted to be as high as 40% to 50%.

The bottom line that I was looking for is here, from Sandmire 1993:

And even if clinicians could determine fetal weight accurately, the frequency of persistent fetal injuries associated with vaginal birth of the macrosomic fetus is so low that induction of labor or cesarean birth is not justified on that basis. Delivery decisions based on inaccurate estimated fetal weight should be avoided.

Also the article states that around half of all shoulder dystocia cases are in babies under 4000g (meaning, babies who do not have ' macrosomia').

Sigh...the things that keep me up at night!

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Real quick post(will be back to read all posts later). You are looking great Lara. Like you attitude .. haha 39 wks pregger woman saying I still have a few wks to decide. Sounds like me then people giveu a weird look.

GL and hope you have a ELV when baby decides to come.

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And even if clinicians could determine fetal weight accurately, the frequency of persistent fetal injuries associated with vaginal birth of the macrosomic fetus is so low that induction of labor or cesarean birth is not justified on that basis. Delivery decisions based on inaccurate estimated fetal weight should be avoided.

Now, if only doctors would listen to this!

*fingers crossed* that your carseat arrives quickly Smile

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Good luck on your Car seat arriving in time! I also agree... that they should not base on U/S. They did one one Edmond and estimated him a whole pound more than he was. C-secs should not be based on estimations because that is what they are ESTIMATIONS not exacts.

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