Since it's going to be slow around here for the next several days I thought I would get you going a day early! I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
Welcome!! Looking forward to your story!
Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen - Hebrews 11:1
Me-31 DH-38 - Living with MFI since 10/2004 - Not preventing since 6/2000
BFP after 2nd IUI -> Angel Baby-> Morgan Kinsley-08/15/06 at 9w3d-EDD 03/17/07
BFP after 1st IVF . . . . gave us our earth-angel . . . .
Cecelia Elaine - 12/08/09 9lb 9.1oz 21in 6:50pm
Thanks, I can't believe it's this close already..
My story so far isn't all that exciting. My partner and I conceived on our first cycle, and my pregnancy has been very uneventful.
I got my BFP on May 24, a few days before my period was due (impatient!), and only took the one test. I was lucky enough to find a midwife who was taking patients around my due date (there's a shortage in the province and I know a few people who are are waiting lists), and she and my second midwife are excellent.
I'm planning a home water birth with my mother and DP attending along with the midwives. It took a little convincing to get DP to agree to the home birth, but he's come around completely. Yesterday when he was reading his 'expecting father' book he commented about how clinical a hospital birth sounds, with a note of disdain in his voice.
We didn't find out the sex, and haven't settled on any names yet, but most of the other stuff is ready to go. I had my strep B swab done earlier this week, but am still waiting on the results. Next week is my first home visit with my midwife, and after that I'll have a better idea of where we'll set up the tub, and everything else.
As for some background:
I met my DP 9 years ago, during my first year of university. He had gone to high school with a friend I made in the first week and a few of us went to a concert together. For the next four years or so we talked occasionally on ICQ, and saw each other at parties and stuff, but either one or both of us always had a boyfriend or girlfriend. In 2004 he started his masters at the university I was still attending (switch majors part way through), and we started hanging out more. By October of that year we were seeing each other nearly every day, and when the long distance relationship I was in continued to struggle I decided to end it. DP and I started dating a little while after that.
Three and a half years ago we bought a house together and a few months after that got ourselves a dog. I brought a cat into the relationship (who still hasn't come to terms with the fact that I don't have a lap anymore), so at the moment our family is made up of the four of us.
This will be the first grandchild for both our families, so our parents are finalizing their grandparent names.
Welcome to your lodge! I enjoyed reaing your intro. I'm excited to read about your homebirth. My DD is my parents' first grandchild and I remember them deciding their grandparent names when I was pregnant with her--they decided on "Nan" and "Poppy"--which DD can say much easier than "Grandma" and "Grandpa" for DH's parents (it sounds like "Ama" and "Ampa")
Welcome to your lodge! It sounds like things are going extremely well for you. Happy and Healthy baby and mom vibes to you!
Welcome to your lodge!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Back at work today (after two weeks off), for two more weeks. I brought in the birth ball to sit on, since my office chair was getting uncomfortable, but I think the ball might be a bit low...
I've vowed to start drinking two large mugs of raspberry leaf tea daily. I don't mind the taste much, find it tastes a lot like green tea, so it's just a matter of getting up and making it.
DP's started using the word nesting a lot lately, but I don't think I'm there yet. Most of the things I've been doing just need to be done, and vacation was a good time to do them. I told him if he finds me cleaning the fridge then he can safely assume there's nesting going on.
So last night was my 37 week appointment. My midwife came to the house to drop off my home birth kit, so she did my visit at the same time.
My GBS results were negative (yay!), my blood draw from last appointment shows that my iron is actually up from my prepregnancy levels (they were worried my ferritin was low, but it's up too!). My midwife was surprised since I've only been taking prenatals, said she's never seen levels go up with out more supplements.
I measured right on 37 weeks and the baby's heart rate was in the 130s. My blood pressure was 100/60. I didn't do the scale because my home scale isn't as accurate. I think I'm up around 20 lbs though.
We walked around the house and discussed the various places where I might want to labour etc. I just have to decide which floor of the house I want to be on.
She also asked if I'd be willing to have a student at the birth. I told her it was fine, and then she mentioned that one of their students is male. He's the first male midwife in the province, apparently, or will be. I told her the gender of the student didn't matter to me, after all he's going to face enough challenges, I'm sure. It was interesting because just yesterday I was wondering about male midwives and how many there were.
So that was my 37 week visit. Next week I meet my third midwife for the first time. She'll be the back up if I actually go into February, since my second is off for that month.
Yay for being GBS negative! That is interesting that your iron levels came back so high--that's good, though!