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    Default ~*~*Rachael's (ShiningLight) Birth Lodge*~*~

    I know it's several weeks early, but it's about 4 weeks from the time you usually have your babes! Welcome, hope you enjoy this time!
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    Welcome to your lodge!
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    Welcome to your lodge!!!
    Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones



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    Looking forward to following along again!

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    Woah! I didn't realize I already had a lodge going...guess that means I'd better get to it...my first actual lodge and it's our last baby. Didn't make lodge time with our last LO even.

    Well, lets see...this pregnancy has been pretty uneventful as far as my high risk pregnancies go. No visits to Urgent Care whatsoever, which is amazing. I have a history of miscarriage, I'm a diabetic, and I've had 3 births at 35 weeks as well as a history of pregnancy induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia. The only bump was around 18 weeks when my AFP came back elevated and we spent a couple of months trying to rule out spinabifida. As it turns out, it appears Nate has 1/2 of a vertebrae missing in the lumbar region of his spine and there's a noticeable curve in that spot. I still get to have him naturally and they'll do an xray soon after his birth.

    I have an amazing doula named Carol who was with us for Hannah's birth and she really got me through a tough labor after my water broke early and my epidural failed after pitocin administration. I never wanted any more kids after her. It was that traumatic.

    So Carol's around this time too, on alert and waiting for me to call. My hope is that I will have an easy labor for Nate. Just in the past few weeks alone I've had so many noticeable contractions that I've almost gone to urgent care to get checked out. I have a cerclage in so it's unlikely I'm dilating but I do wonder sometimes. Having contractions even as I type this. I just have a feeling some days I'm not going to hold out much longer. Nate consistently measures 10 days ahead so it's likely I'm due Nov. 18 as opposed to the 28th. I'm praying we hold out at least until 35 weeks.

    My hope is that I am able to stay home until Nate's about ready to be born. We're only 10 min. from the hospital and I wish with all my heart I could have a home birth but it's not possible. I know my body can do this without all the pitocin if docs would just give my body time. I'm not a fan of the hospital we're going to either.

    Ok, so me and Ryan...we met online in March of 2007. It's a long story of how God brought us together and told us what we'd be doing together. We married May 24, 2008. Basically, he's just gotten his associates in theology and is studying to be a pastor, and when my body's back in shape, I'll finish my psychology degree so I can counsel pastors and their families, as well as children affected by the foster care system. He came into our marriage with 2 dd from his previous marriage (Abby & Rach), and I came with 3 boys (Chase, Hunter & Caleb). Hannah and Nate are ours. I never, ever thought I'd have 7 kids! Especially with all the losses and heartache. Ryan and I have been married for about a year and a half now. I think . We've spent the last 6 months in marriage counseling b/c man, has the enemy hit us with so much junk that our marriage has been a struggle this entire time. Top that off with Ryan's recent heart attack at the old age of 34...it's a struggle right now even more so when we don't have medical insurance for him and he's manged to loose a job and the other cut back his hours @ work. So keep us in your T&P. We need it right now.

    So, a rundown on my pregnancies.

    #1-Brenden was born at 20 weeks after a lot of mysterious, unexplained bleeding. What my OB thought was placenta previa actually turned out to be Incompetent Cervix. He didn't survive.

    #2-Chase was born at 35.5 weeks after my water broke early. 30 long hours of labor. It took pitocin to get my cervix to dilate past 2 cm and scar tissue. I developed a fever and Chase spent 2 weeks in the NICU. 6 lb 6.5 oz, 18.5 inches.

    #3-miscarried at 8 weeks.

    #4-miscarried at 8 weeks after a huge placental abruption.

    #5-miscarried at 8 weeks after another placental abruption.

    #6-Got in to see a perinatologist after learning I was pregnant with Hunter. He figured out that I had a progesterone deficiency and put me on the largest oral dose of prometrium possible. Took my cerclage out at 35 weeks and I instantly dilated to 3 cm and 80% effaced...and I spent 3 very miserable weeks in preterm labor. Doc induced me at 38 weeks after several amnios for lung maturity and Hunter was born sunny side up at 7 lb 15.2 oz and 20 inches. He was my butterball...oh, and he was born with hydrocele and had surgery at 3 months old.

    #7-chemical pregnancy.

    #8-Caleb came along at 34.5 weeks due to pre-eclampsia. That is one bear of a complication to deal with-the swelling and magnesium sulfate suck. He was born at 5lb 3 oz and 17.5 inches. He spent 2 weeks in the NICU and almost had to have a blood transfusion from high bilirubin levels. At 26 weeks, I found out my ex husband was having an affair and I filed for divorce. I still remember my dad sitting at my feet cheering Caleb on to come out. He kept decelling and the docs were getting a c-section room prepped for me when I suddenly had to push him out!

    #9-miscarriage

    #10-I was ecstatic when I found out I was going to have a girl!!! I went to the hospital several times after my cerclage was placed due to bleeding. Other than that, her pregnancy was uneventful until my water suddenly broke at 34 weeks 5 days. She had her hand above her head when labor began so the docs wouldn't allow me out of bed. She finally moved it and I had to convince the docs to give me at least 12 hours on my own before pitocin was administered. I was ok until the pit began the next morning around 10 am and the epidural failed. Thankfully she was born around noon. I was literally SCREAMING Jesus Loves Me the entire time from 6cm-10cm. Thank God for my doula. We were both so irritated at the staff after that whole experience. I had planned to have my tubes tied after her but some stupid intern wouldn't allow me to do it under general anesthesia. After the epidural failed, there was no way in hell I'd do it that way.

    #11 Well, back to Nate. You can read his story above.

    So, I think that's about it for now...were I to share everything there is with my family size, it'd be a book.

    My next u/s & appointment is Sept. 24 so I'm waiting to see what the doc has to say.
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    Ryan and Rachael
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    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Wow, what an intro! I'm sorry you and your dh are struggling so much right now & hope that things begin to settle down for you! I also hope that your able to carry this little fella until it's safe for him to come out *hugs*
    Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones



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    Wow, I can't imagine going through all you've been through. I hope little Nate stays put for a good long while and comes out healthy.
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    Oh fun. Haven't been up for too long and the mild contractions and pressure have started in again. Of course Nate is rolling around right beneath a very ticklish spot on my stomach, so now I'm giggling. Silly boy.
    Ryan and Rachael
    Parents to Chase, Abby, Hunter, Rachel, Caleb, Hannah & Nate

    ~Remembering sweet baby Oliver, born to Heaven October 20, 2009, & keeping Carole in our prayers~

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    Goodness hun, you've been through a lot!! I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. I really hope that little Nate stays put another 6 weeks, but more then that I hope he's born healthy!

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    Welcome to your lodge! I hope Nate hangs out a while longer. What a tough time you have had.
    I know it isn't funny, but I had to laugh at you singing Jesus Loves Me during Hannah's labor. I found myself singing a few times during labor with Cassie and DH thought I was completely losing it. But it did help.
    Look forward to reading about your pregnancy from this point on! I'll keep you in my prayers!
    Beth

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