Welcome to your lodge Leigh!
Welcome to your lodge
dh ~ Jacob
dd ~ Ruth(11), ds ~ Jotham(9), ds ~ Caleb(7), ds ~ Evan (4), ds~ Ted (2)
Thank you thank you!
We are home from our 36 week appt! Got a few BH this morning while at the Dr/hospital (preregistering), but nothing too bad! I feel like a new woman today, I guess my body really needed all that rest I got yesterday and last night.
As far as progress, cervix is still high and thick, though it is soft and I'm fingertip dilated. We saw Jr on the u/s and OMG is that little booger cute! We didn't get to see much of his/her face, because it's arm was up over it, and being that I'm 36 weeks it's hard to get a good clear image anyway. But from what I did see, it's a cutie patootie! Nice and big too, Dr said it's measuring 2930 grams (what does that translate to? 6lbs?) and it's growth is right on line with Alessandra's, when she was in utero. She was 6lb15oz at 38w, so if I deliver at 38 weeks with this one, he's pretty certain it would be a healthy 7 pounder. Yey!
No complications interfering with the VBAC plans, either. Placenta looks great and is no where near my c/s scar, which wouldn't bother the dr anyway. But it's not growing into my uterus either, which is a risk for me, so that's great! All in all, a GREAT appt!
Last edited by HappiLeigh; 02-21-2008 at 08:04 PM.
Congrats on a great appointment and welcome to your lodge! March is coming up fast!
Congratulations, Leigh! I can't believe you already have your own lodge!!
I thought I'd post a little intro
My name is Leigh (if you didn't already know!), I'm 28 and my DH Hector is 41. We have a beautiful 18 month old daughter Alessandra. We live in the sunny and hot desert of So Cal.
My wonderful DH and I have been married for almost 2.5 years now, married on 9/24/05 (coincidentally the same wedding day as our beloved Pg.Org and BN member Amylizh!). He is my everything, as cheesy as that sounds. My rock, my pillar, my strength, my heart. I am still so very madly in love with my husband, if you can't tell! LOL
We began TTC on our wedding night. It only took 2 cycles before we conceived Aless. We found out a few days after Thanksgiving in 2005. She was due Aug 12, 06 ... but in late July I found myself in labor! It started out slow. I remember waking up on a Thursday morning feeling achey and crampy (pretty much exactly how I felt yesterday, actually!) and then began feeling pressure waves. They were inconsistent and irregular. By Friday morning I decided to go get checked out. At that point I was 37w6d. When I got to the hospital I was only fingertip dilated, but 50% effaced. They asked me to walk the halls and come back in an hour. So we did. When I got back I was barely 1cm. So they told me to go home and to come back when the pressure waves were stronger and closer together (they were around 3 min apart at that time). By 2am that night (early Sat morning), the pressure waves were stronger and were coming 1-2 minutes apart. So we got up, and went back in. I can't remember if I had dilated any more than before (if I had, it would have only been a centimeter at most), all I remember was they told me to go back home, do lots of walking, and to come back when pressure waves were a minute apart and a minute long. So back home I went! That day, I walked the halls of my office for a couple of hours, then walked around Sams Club and Walmart for another hour or so. I was sooooo tired. I was having regular pressure waves that were 1-2 minutes apart. We went to bed that night and I remember not sleeping very well, with the pressure waves still coming regularly (though still very tolerable, not very painful at all). After all the walking the day before, and with the regular pattern my pressure waves had fallen into, I thought for sure I had made some progress and it was time to go have our baby girl! We got to the hospital around 10am. I was checked again, and only at 2 cm. Boy was I disappointed! The gal felt so bad for me, because the pressure waves were coming a minute apart and some were over a minute long, and they were registering pretty strong. So she manually stretched my cervix to a 3 (OW!). They then admitted me. Yey, I thought! Progress! LOL!
They put me into a room, and let me hang out there for a couple hours. At my next check, I had not progressed any further, so they started the Pit. I asked for an epidural, but the anesthesiologist was in surgery so I had to wait for him to come out. The pitocin made the P waves way more intense, but I managed them really well I thought! My DH sat at the foot of the bed with his back to me, and when a wave hit I would push against his back with my feet. That seemed to help a lot! An hour after administering the pit I was checked again and was still at a 3. About 1/2 hour later the anesthesioligist showed up and gave me the epi. They also gave me a catheter, which I thought was the best invention of mankind. I didn't have to get up to go pee every half hour anymore!! Woo hoo! I was so thrilled about that, lol. They brought me a birth ball at that point as well to see if that would help me open up more. I sat on the birth ball for about an hour. When they checked me again I was at 4cm. So I sat on the ball some more. They also upped my pitocin several times and at 3pm, they broke my water. Well, I did not progress any further than 4cm from that point. I changed positions, got on and off the birth ball, tried to sleep, etc but nothing was happening. By 7pm my Dr was talking c/s. He said if I don't make any progress by 8pm, into the OR I would go. At 8pm, I was still 4cm... but the nurse thought I was more like 4.5, and she convinced the Dr to give me another hour (bless her heart, I remember her saying that I didn't need a c/s, I just needed more time!) At this time, I started getting terrible pains at my bladder. With every P wave, it felt like my bladder was going to explode. It was excruciating! I don't know if the epi was wearing off or what. But at 9pm, I was still the same - 4cm (although I was completely effaced and the nurse said the baby's head was "right there" So my OB made his way to the hospital and I was prepped for surgery. I was relieved at this though, because I was SO tired and the bladder pain was almost unbearable. Around 10pm I was wheeled into the OR and at 10:12pm, Alessandra was born and I heard the sweetest cry I have every heard in my life. I will never forget that sound. It was so beautiful! I didn't get to see her, only heard her cry. A few minutes later they brought her around to me and I got to see that gorgeous puffy face of hers, lol! Her lips were so red and swollen, I remember saying she looked like Angelina Jolie! She was gorgeous. They still had me strapped down so I couldn't touch her, (the epi/morphine combo made me shake terribly) but they gave her to DH and he held her in the recovery room until they were finished sewing me up.
Recovery was a b itch. I won't lie! It was TORTURE! I had never in my life been in so much pain. I couldn't get up and hold my baby, I couldn't change her diapers. Shoot, I could barely get up to go to the potty for myself. I was taking Percocet and was pretty loopy for a few days. Our first night home was hell. I couldn't lie down/get up, but I was tired, and DH was having to take care of Aless all on his own (bless his heart). He would latch her on for me so she could eat, but I just cried and cried because I was in so much pain and felt so helpless. I hated that feeling more than the physical abdominal pain. I hated not being in control of my body, and not being able to take care of my baby. I swore NEVER AGAIN! would I have another c/s! LOL!
So that led me to my journey for a VBAC. We began TTC in March 07. We decided we wanted our children close in age, for their benefit... lol, obviously not for mine! In late May I found myself pregnant, but lost that baby at 7 weeks. I got pregnant again right away (3 weeks later!). I knew I wanted a VBAC more than anything. Thanks to Robin (Robinna) I was supplied lots of articles and website links, and I've done hours and hours of research. I read Ina May, Henci Goer, Pam England and countless other books on VBAC and natural birth. I decided to try Hypnobabies after hearing about it on PO and chatting with Kerry on one of the PO monthly chats. Boy am I glad I did! I know for certain that if I don't have this baby vaginally, it will be because of true medical need and no other reason. And I'm A-OK with that.
So in a long-winded nutshell, that's my story
Hi Leigh, wow, that is some story! Thank you for sharing it with us. It sounds like you're well-prepared to get the birth you want this time. Congrats on being so close!
Welcome to your lodge Leigh!! I can't wait to share the rest of your journey with you!