Ohhhh, I get start my first lodge! I'm guessing there isn't one for you yet as I don't see it. I hope I got to it first WELCOME!
Last edited by GraysonsMom; 09-27-2008 at 01:05 PM. Reason: To fix your name-sorry:)
Hey Vanessa! How fun to start a lodge!! she does go by Sarah Jean.
Welcome to your logdge Sarah Jean!!!! whooohoooo!!!!
Thanks Rachelle, I got it fixed, now you can come on over Sarah Jean! Can't wait to hear your story.
I can't believe I've reached the stage of needing another lodge!!!
Just a quick (hopefully!) introduction for my lodge... This is my third time on this board now so I won't bore you all with things you probably all know already!
My name is Sarah-Jean, I'm 26 and have been married to Martin, who's 31, for 8 years now. We have five children - four boys and a girl who are aged 7, 6, 4, 2 and 1 and I'm due baby #6, another girl, on the 25th October 08.
We live in the UK and I am under the care of a wonderful independent midwife, Valerie Gommon, who I used for my last pregnancy and birth too. I was induced due to Pre-Eclampsia with DS1 and DS2. Had a natural hospital birth with DS3. Fought for a home water birth and got it with DS4 and went with my current midwife for my home water birth with DD1. I'm lucky in that I have really easy births, but really difficult pregnancies and I'm classed as a high risk patient. Thankfully my Ob and my midwife have worked really hard to help me achieve the birth I want, so that's good.
Previous birth experiences;
DS1 - 4hour labour, weighed 8lbs 2oz, no complications, induced due to pre-eclampsia using one dose of prostoglandin gel
DS2 - 2hour labour, weighed 7lbs, no complications, induced due to pre-eclampsia using one dose of prostoglandin gel
DS3 - 6hour labour, weighed 7lbs 5oz, meconium present but otherwise no complications, natural hospital birth
DS4 - 4hour labour, weighed 7lbs 9oz, no complications, delivered into my own hands at home in a birth pool
DD1 - 5hour labour, weighed 10lbs 2oz, no complications, delievered into my own hands at home in a birth pool
The main issue I have with labour is I have weeks of pro-dromal (sp?) labour and so never really know for sure when the real thing starts. I almost had DS1 in a toilet, DS2 was born in the middle of a ward during visiting hours, DS3 was almost born without a midwife present, DS4 was almost born without a midwife present and DD1 I was convinced was a false alarm but thought I'd be careful just incase.
After my last baby I was very ill and almost died thanks to my lungs being riddled with blood clots. I was actually told to be sterilised after my last baby but just couldn't do it as I felt that I was supposed to have an October 08 baby (specifically!). So we took the risk figuring what would be would be and lo and behold got pregnant. I was on Warfarin when I got pregnant so there was some concern that our baby might have some issues but we have been lucky and blessed that it is not the case and she is fine and healthy. I found out I was pregnant quite early though so was able to come off the meds very quickly before any damage would normally be done (think the most damage from Warfarin normally happens between 6-12weeks - I came off it before 4weeks!)...
A lot of people have opinions on how stupid it was for me to get pregnant again, but I guess I just believe in fate and I sometimes get "feelings" on things. For instance I knew my DS3 would be born on his EDD. And I knew my DS4 would be due and born on Xmas day even though initial calculations were later, scans showed otherwise and I did indeed go into labour that day. I knew before I even got pregnant with my DD1 that I would have a girl on or within 24hours of my 25th birthday and then I became pregnant and was due on my birthday, and swore through my whole pregnancy I was going to go into labour the day before and have her on my birthday. I didn't end up having her on my birthday but I did go into labour on the day I said I would (and gave birth that day too)... I knew I had to have an October 08 baby. I can't explain how or why, but I knew it was meant to be and I'd live a life full of regret if I didn't.
I am currently taking 80mg of Heparin twice a day, and will be dropping down to 40mg once a day from 37weeks! Woohoo, cos I am really needle phobic and I hate the constant jabs. I have a number of health issues. I suffer severe SPD and am currently virtually bedridden and unable to walk. If I want to go out I have to use a wheelchair or crutches. I also have been diagnosed with kidney issues - just waiting to find out what this actually means in real terms though. Oh, and for the moment we're pretty sure baby is breech.
This coming week I've got tons of appointments... Physio, ultrasound, an anaesthetics review (just incase I need surgery as the heparin complicates things in that I can't have an epidural or spinal block and I'm allergic to general), haematology and a midwife appointment too! LOL So it's all go now!
I can't wait to meet my littlest one. I'm really looking forward to the whole birth experience and breastfeeding again... And I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all!
WOW! I don't know how you do it. I sure hope you don't have to deal with too many complications this time around. Do you mind me asking what SPD is? It sounds like you know your body and I hope your baby is born easily and with out any problems.
Welcome to your lodge!! Your the woman! 5 almost 6 kids! Is this your last one or do you have another feeling?
It's a condition called symphysis pubis dysfunction or something like that! Can't remember exactly as I always just call it SPD! *blushes*Do you mind me asking what SPD is?
Basically my pelvis is too loose, my bones all crunch and grind together and my leg bones dislocate from their sockets. The front of my pelvis is out of line and my hips are squiffy. It's extremely painful and makes walking difficult even with just a mild case. I was told after DS4 to consider not having anymore children (at least for awhile) as normally the condition heals after birth but it's taken longer and longer to go away with each passing child... I have been offered a Csection if I want one, as you can't really spread your legs very well with SPD, but I don't want one unless I have too and I've managed to spread my legs far enough apart for a baby the last four times, so I'm sure I'll be OK this time too!
This is DEFINATELY my last one. I've been so sick this time around and taken such a huge risk to bring this little soul into our lives... I just don't ever want to take the risk again as it really sounds dramatic but it is my life I'm risking and I can't stand the thought of leaving 6 children motherless. I have been advised by every Dr to be sterilised after this baby, so I think that's probably what I'm going to do... Makes me a little sad thinking I won't ever experience all this again, but in another way I am so pleased I managed after all the trouble I've been through (this is my 12th pregnancy) to have four beautiful boys and two gorgeous girls. I am happy to finish there.Is this your last one or do you have another feeling?
And if I get the urge for more when the kids are all older I can always foster! It's something I've always planned on doing once the kids are grown anyway!