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    Gotta love a relaxing day! We don't get many of those with 2 kiddo's running around!

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    So, it's been one of those weeks already... LOL! I guess that should be expected after such a relaxing sunday.

    Monday was my 37 week MW appointment. TMI alert: Found out I do have a BV infection that is probably irritating my cervix causing the spotting I've been dealing with. Then last night, I may have lost my mucus plug... at least something came out, but it wasn't like I remember my mucus plug. So, who knows? I'm starting to waddle though... LOL!

    In the meantime, I'm in the process of trying to finish getting things together... what 0-3 month clothes I do have are washed and ready to go. (I gave most of them away and what I kept the stains are so set in and ugly now that I couldn't use them if I wanted too.) I need to get a pack of white onesies for after the birth for the 1st day or so. I'm also proud that I got my car cleaned out and vaccumed today. That was a big accomplishment.

    The best part of my day today: pre-natal massage... so delightful & relaxing!

    Jen

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    do you have a place you can put your clothes outside? It's amazing what the sun can take out, but I don't know what stains you have. I put a shirt out that a 6 month old stain on it, came right out.
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    Another long birth story... my apologizes in advance for spelling or grammar mistakes... I just finished it and haven't taken the time yet to edit it. I wanted to get it up asap.

    Isabella Rebecca born 3/ 9/ 2009 at 9:03 AM

    At 10 pm exactly, I started to get up and leave Emily’s room. We had just moved her into her big girl room, and we were still trying to help her get to sleep at night. For whatever reason, she was wired, and didn’t fall asleep until 10. This is when the 1st contraction hit. But let me back up…

    I started feeling the occasional pinchy contraction about a week earlier. Just a few a day, never in a pattern and lasting different lengths. I can remember driving and having one hit. Not exactly the place I wanted to be, but no big deal too. Then on Saturday I had several crampy, Braxton hicks contractions each hour, but the petered out by the evening. The next morning the contractions were back, so my mom and brother came over to help and get me moving in hopes of starting labor…we walked around the neighborhood several times, etc. My mom just knew I was going to have this baby early. We discussed girl names in case we had anther girl. The boy name had been pretty much picked out… but I just wasn’t sure about a girl name. By 4 o’clock, it was obvious that the contractions were going away again, so we said our goodbyes. As of 6 pm, they had stopped.

    So at 10 pm, as I started to stand up I got this amazingly painful contraction… it was very obvious that this was real, not a Braxton hicks. I’m not sure how long it lasted, but I went to my hubby and said… I just had a real contraction… if I have another, I think we are going into labor. Sure enough at 10:30, another contraction hit. I had 2 more, but only every 30 minutes. I realized I had to try and shut them down so I could sleep for a few hours. I called the MW on-call, she said to get in the tub and take Benadryl… if it was false labor, it should shut it down… if it was real labor, things would continue to progress. Sure enough, things didn’t slow down, instead they got faster every 15 minutes or so, lasting 2 minutes each. I told DH to go to sleep,, I was going to try and nap and would wake him if things got closer together. I couldn’t sleep… the pain was just too much and there was no pattern to the contractions… I decided I really needed to see the MW just to know where I was. I was actually feeling a little pushy and that had me worried. After all, I labored with Emily for 26 hours… I’d only been laboring since 10pm and I wasn’t even sure the first couple of hours counted there were so few contractions.

    We called the MW and you could tell she wasn’t to thrilled to be going in at 3 am, but I knew we needed to be checked. We were at the birth center by 3:30 or so (with my mom and MIL in tow), but the MW didn’t arrive until 4:15. I starting to feel the need to push, so it was totally disheartening when she told me I was only 2 cm dilated and 60% effaced. I was told to go home and labor there for a while. I was told my bag of waters was so low that it was pushing on the nerve and that at 5 or 6 cm it would become really intense and that I would need to fight through the contractions to not push. Anyways, DH and I decided to go to my mom’s house to labor as she lived a lot closer to the birth center than we did. We filled up my mom’s garden tub and I labored in it for the next 3 hours. I kept thinking that the water would help, but the contractions were so intense. Very quickly I started having double peaking contractions lasting 4, 5, and 6 minutes long. My contractions never got into a pattern… sometimes I’d have a 10 minute break and sometimes I’d only have a minute or 2 before the next contraction would hit. On top of that, every time I’d contract, I’d fight having the feeling of needing to push. After a few hours, I told DH I couldn’t do it anymore. Let’s go to the birth center… if I’m not fully dilated then we are going to have to transfer me and let me get some pain relief. I felt weak for not being able to handle it, but I also knew that I would probably mess up my cervix pushing if I didn’t find way to relax. The pain of the double peaks and fighting the desire to push was just too much. I just knew I wasn’t fully dilated… it had only been 3 hours. What seemed like an eternity, we finally got back to the birth center. Every time a contraction would hit, I’d make DH pull over… I just couldn’t handle the bumps in the road while contracting. And of course, they were lasting 4 or 5 minutes… so the 10 minute drive turned into a 30 or 40 minute drive… I don’t remember.

    We finally show up to the birth center and I get checked around 8:20 or so. Turns out I was completely dilated… who knows how long I had been like that… but just the shear joy in the knowledge that I could start pushing and I wouldn’t hurt myself. So I climbed onto the bed at the birth center and started to push... About 20 minutes into pushing, my water finally broke. I remember feeling so bad for the MW who got totally splashed by it. After that, my blood pressure was still up and I was told to get it down or they would have to call for a transfer. I can remember being told, but it didn’t register until my mom looked me in the eye and told me again…then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I can remember saying you can’t send me to the hospital…not now. (the bottom number was over 90, and I guess that’s a big no-no…) Somehow, I was able to calm myself down and bring it down close enough to 90 while I was pushing. A couple of pushes later, and DD#2 was born. I couldn’t believe how easy it was compared to my first, who took 4 hours of pushing to deliver.

    She was brought to my chest and for the 1st five minutes, all I could see was a head of black hair. I wasn’t even sure if I’d had a baby girl or baby boy. When I asked, they told me to pick up the baby and look… sure enough, girl parts! She quickly started nursing, the cord pulsed for 20 minutes or so. The placenta was delivered about 40 minutes or so after she was born. What an amazing experience having her outside the hospital without all the craziness we experienced with Emily. My mom and MIL both had a hard time with my decision to transfer, though they were very supportive when I was with them. Afterwards, my mom better understood my choice and said the difference in the deliveries was like Night and Day.

    When DD#2 was finally sleeping, I handed my DH the baby name book and told him to start looking while I took a nap. We really hadn’t come up with anything as I wasn’t expecting to go into labor at 38 weeks. She weighed in at 8lbs 8 oz. I couldn’t believe it… she was on track to be as big as her sister if she’d decided to bake that long… boy was I glad she came out early.

    So after I my nap, I took a shower and we finally decided on a name… Isabella (Izzy) Rebecca. Her middle name is after my MIL’s middle name. We did something similar with our first daughter who’s middle name is Kaytlin spelled Kay for my mom’s middle name. We were home by 6pm with all the family including Emily waiting to meet our newest addition. The end.

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    Can't believe another weekend is here... planning on taking it easy, though I still need to find a takehome outfit for a girl and for a boy. Somewhere there is a box wrapped up with a takehome outfit from my mom... it's for a boy. (We opened up the one for a girl when Emily was born years ago...I used the same outfit for Isabella but since then, it is so stained that I couldn't use it again...boo!) The one problem is that I'm sure it's a newborn size and I don't pop out newborn size babies! LOL! I still want to have it with me though just in case.

    Ugh...and the baby car seat is still not put together... what is it going to take to get hubby's tush in gear to get the done. LOL!

    I'm exausted so I'm turning in... no news on the baby front... just some movement and occasionally I waddle becasue the head is low... but no real BH contractions.

    Jen

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    What a great birth story! TFS!
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    Had a great day today... glad to see that the world didn't end yesterday! I'll leave all that rapture stuff up to the big man upstairs!

    Had a very pleasant day with DH and the girls... Emily and Izzy helped me pick out the take home outfits for a boy or girl. We also got the hats and receiving blankets I needed too. We went over to a friend's house and the girls played while we went through a boatload of hand-me-downs. We stayed and had dinner together... very blessed to have them in our lives.

    I also put the car seat together today, finally. Decided it would never happen if I waited on the DH to do it. LOL! In his defense, I made him drive to the other side of town to pick up HD video tape for our camcorder that they were out of at the local Best buy and to find an AC/DC converter for my breast pump.

    Wishing I was feeling something of a hint towards labor, but really nothing. No signs at all... oh well.

    Off to bed...

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    Glad you are ready with the outfits and the carseat

    Loved reading through your previous births!
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    This has been a tough day for me... today was my mom's birthday. I lost my mom to cancer in March 2010... so getting pregnant 6 mo after her passing was kind of tough to begin with, but then on top of it... I realized I would be full term on her birthday. I kept thinking how awesome it would be... like a gift from her to have this baby on her birthday. So, I've begged and pleaded with God to let it happen... but no such luck.

    I just really wanted this... I don't think I realized how much until the day passed. My mom was my best friend... she was sounding board when I needed someone to talk to. I trusted her instinct when I'd have a problem and need to work it out... she was my shopping buddy. (Always truthful about clothing... and could always find amazing outfits for me even though I'd walk right by them...) There is a hole in my heart that can't be filled no matter what... I just know that she'd be upset with me if I let it control me. Ever since her passing, I've always said I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Breaking down doesn't happen as often as it use to...but something will happen and it's as if I just lost her the day before. Anyways... I was hoping we'd have a grandchild for her on her birthday... I don't think this little one likes the idea though.

    Anyways -- I'm going to leave it at that and not get anymore morbid. I'm definitely having some BH contractions that make it harder to breath... don't ask me why, but I notice the heaviness of my breathing before I realize my tummy's hardened up and I'm having BH contrax. I probably could count the total number today at less than 10 though... so not really anything that great.

    Have a nice night... assuming I'm preggo tomorrow, I'm taking the girls to the science center to see the Curious George exhibit before it goes away this weekend.

    Jen

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    I am finally caught up. I loved reading your birth stories. How totally different! I wonder how long you were complete with your second birth before you got to the birth center to push!

    I am so sorry about your mom. What a special relationship you had. I am praying for you tonight to have peace and comfort about it. {{{HUGS}}}

    Sounds like you have a fun day planned tomorrow. Hope you all have a blast!






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