Oh, thank you!! I'm so excited about my lodge I can't believe it's time!
I've learned so much from this board over the past few months.
So here's my intro....
DH and I are both 31 and we've been married for 2.5 years. We've known each other since college in Atlanta but didn't start dating until I was 27. Actually, if you'd told me that we'd end up married, I'd have asked what drugs you were on Anyway, I went back to Atlanta for our homecoming football game in the fall of 2004 and because my best friend is married to his best friend, we ended up sitting next to each other at the game. He sneakily asked me out by asking what I was doing the next day. Then when I said not much, just making the drive back to NC, he said, well, we should get lunch. I was stuck! I tried to bail but my friend made me go...
That started a whirlwind long distance relationship. We took turns driving back and forth between NC and Atlanta each weekend. Almost immediately we both realized that we had something really good
We were engaged in a year and then we got married 2.5 months after getting engaged! That threw our family for a loop, to say the least. I owe my mom a ton of credit for planning a wedding in 2 months. We had a beautiful, cozy wedding on the beach outside Charleston.
Here are some pictures...Hopefully, the size will adust.
We settled down in NC since my DH just has to be near an airport for his job and my family lives here so I really didn't want to move. We ditched the birth control shortly before our 1 year anniversary. I already knew that conceiving would be tough for us b/c I have endometriosis and don't ovulate well. It took a year and a little boost from Clomid but we got a positive pg test last December It was the best Christmas present ever!
After reading about TTC for over a year, I realized I should probably switch to reading about birth. I didn't know much. My mom had NCB for my 2 brother and me and raves about what a wonderful experience it was; however, I was still not convinced as I figured drugs sounded pretty good to me! What I did want to avoid at all costs though was a c-section. Operations absolutely terrify me. So of course, you know that once I started reading about how to avoid a c-section, NCB became the way to go Now I'm a convert and tell everyone I meet to read Henci Goer.
DH and I hired a doula and we're halfway through our Lamaze classes (yes, we're procrastinators!!). My Dh is absolutely the best. He's been so incredible through this whole pregnancy and gives me foot rubs every night. Our doula is still amazed that he read all of the Birth Partner. He's going to be great during labor even though he's adamant about not cutting the cord
This pregnancy has been pretty easy on me. I had a normal amount of morning sickness in the first trimester but second trimester was great! I'm definitely slowing down now but have managed to keep the swelling away so far. We don't know if this little one is a boy or girl so I can't WAIT to find out.
What else? Oh, I am delivering in a hospital. Our town has no birthing centers. My plan to to labor at home as long as possible and hopefully, get to the hospital right before transition. Overall, the hospital is pretty NCB-friendly but they still have the standard procedures that I don't want - mainly an IV.
Ok, now that I've written a novel, I've probably lost everyone's attention. If you made it this far, thanks for reading
If it wasn't for the fact that I have to work, pregnancy would be fabulous
I usually work from home but my project is close to launch so my hours have been ridiculous lately and I've had to go into the office much more than usual. It would be intense even if I wasn't 9 months pregnant. I think I'm gonna have to revise my plan of working up until my due date.
I've been having almost non-stop BH contractions since Sunday and I'm pretty sure it's due to work stress. I need to learn to say no to people and do what's best for me and the baby. Easier said than done though, right?