What a wonderful story! I love your wedding dress btw. That must have been so scary to find those things on your son's ultrasound- thankfully they turned out to be nothing but I know I would have been freaking out too if a nurse called and told me those things but offered no explanation or anything.
At least you got a cool doctor- the one who was on call when I had DS was kind of an a-hole, not to mention I'd never seen him before in my life because he was from another office than the one I went to for prenatal appointments.
Jessica & Daniel
Congrats on your lodge... what a great intro.
Welcome to your lodge!! Great intro! I look forward to following you on your journey these next few weeks!
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
I love maternity pictures, you look beautiful. What is your plan for this birth?
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
Love the stories and pix! Tell us your plans for this LO! Will love following this next chapter for you
Sarah and Dave, married April 8, 2000
DS David Anthony July 14, 2005
DD Teresa Joy "Rese" February 11, 2011
My February Space
Welcome to your lodge! What a great family picture and I laughed at your response to your DH when he said someone was supposed to come get you.
...I'm back for more, ladies
So this pregnancy... We decided we wanted to start trying at some point after DS turned 2 (which was in february this year). Again, I went off BCP and got pregnant on the second cycle (so only had one AF off BCP). That must be my magic number of cycles...this time around I was more relaxed about just letting it happen, but once I thought I had O'd, I was somewhat obsessive So much for "letting it happen" I wasn't temp'ing, but just monitoring my CM. Based on that, i think I o'd on CD 10, which is why I calculated my due date to be earlier than what the doc and MW calculated based on LMP.
I had already scheduled my annual gyn exam/pap test at my OB group before finding out I was pregnant, and when I called them, they told me to keep the appointment...they would do my annual and confirm the pregnancy at the same time. I was about 6 weeks at the time, and I scheduled my second visit for about 4 weeks later with them. In the next couple weeks, after talking with DH more and thinking things over, we decided to go with the local birth center this time around. Though I did have a fairly good hospital birth experience with DS1, I was nervous to do it again, especially since labor with DS was fairly short considering I was a FTM and he was posterior. I would hate to either go to the hospital too early or wait too long (in order to labor as much at home as possible like last time) and give birth in the car or something. That and I wanted a more natural minded, caring provider this time. I had heard and read good things about the birth center. So, we signed up for orientation, loved what we heard, and scheduled my first visit with the MWs when I was about 10 weeks along. At my first appointment they tried to find the heartbeat, even though she said it might be difficult since it was still early. She found it and I was so happy.
At 12 weeks or so, I started bleeding at work. During lunch, while just sitting around with coworkers I felt a gush...I nearly sprinted to the bathroom only to see what I didn't want to see. Thank goodness I work with nearly all women who are a fairly tight nit group. So, I quietly told 2 of them who were in the office (rather than the lunch room) and both of them agreed that I should call the MW on call and leave to go in. The other PT and the PT intern were able to cover the rest of my kids for the afternoon, and I left for the MW. She was able to find the heartbeat (best sound ever at that moment). She wasn't too alarmed by the amount of blood...said it wasn't overwhelming...if it was something like placenta previa I would be bleeding A LOT. She sent me for an u/s anyway, and we went that evening for an u/s, which showed healthy bean, no obvious reason for bleeding. Spotting continued for a week or so, and I was worried it was connected to more activity, b/c it seemed to increase on days I worked (where I lift, chase, etc. kids). Around 14 weeks, it resolved and never came back I was sure that this bean was a girl with all the drama
at our anatomical scan (around 19 weeks), we found out we were expecting another little boy, which I was not-so-secretly hoping for, since he and DS would be born in the same seasons (so mommy already has all the right clothes)...and I feel like I already know what I am doing with little boys. Though, having a girl would be cute...maybe next time He was breech at the u/s with his bottom up against my cervix, and we almost thought we wouldn't be able to find out the sex of the baby. I thought nothing of the breech thing since it was so early.
flash forward to my appointment a few weeks when the MW i saw told me she thought he was breech...what I thought was his butt jabbing me near the ribs, she thought was his head. argh! I did some spinning babies stuff and at my last appointment (last week on Monday), the other MW I saw initially said she thinks head down when she first palpated. Then she searched for the heart beat with the doppler, and because she found it up higher, she second guessed herself and palpated some more, changing her guess to breech She said if he is still breech or they are unsure at next appt, we do an u/s, then talk ECV at 37 weeks. I later read on spinning babies, that location of where the doppler finds the HB is not always a good indicator of position. While doing a breech tilt, I swore what I felt down low was head (she mentioned the head will kind of spring/rebound back when you push on it).
Anyway, I should have cried for an u/s after last appointment b/c my next appt. isn't until next Wednesday (1/5)...when they will consider me 36w5d but I consider myself 37w2d...that, for me, is cutting it too close, and I have spent the last week obsessing over what I am feeling, poking at my belly, etc. Not a relaxing holiday week! So I called Monday to see if I could get in this week sometime so we can start the whole process of u/s, schedule ECV if needed, etc. ASAP. Well I forgot they were closed for the holiday Monday, and today when they returned my message, they only called my house, and I was at work all day. But even when I tried to call them from work this afternoon and from home later this afternoon, I got the message...I didn't just want to keep playing phone tag when they wouldn't be able to reach me while I was with patients. So I am calling them tomorrow...I am off and DS is at daycare, since we have an extra day to use... DH kept him monday while I worked a short day. Hopefully they can see me at some point either tomorrow or Friday...otherwise, I might go bonkers waiting. Every time I think I have this kid figured out position wise, he does something that makes me second guess.
So other than the bleeding early on and now the uncertainty of his position, this pregnancy has been uneventful. I have gained more than with DS...with DS i was up 30-35 pounds at time of delivery...right now, at 36 weeks, I am up about 33-35 pounds. So still not too far off from last pregnancy's gain, but more. And it seems more difficult to get aroudn this time...could be that I am chasing after my 30 pound toddler and don't get to nap whenever I want like with last pregnancy! I had some low back/sacroiliac issues for which I was seeing a chiro...these were SI issues that I had prior to pregnancy that were just exacerbated by pregnancy. The chiro is certified in webster technique...and the last 2 times I went, nothing was out of place in that department that should be keeping little one from being head down.
I think that is it for now...other than names... I initially wanted William (to be called Will) but then it didn't seem to jump out as THE name. DH and I agreed we liked Aaron, Ryan and William. So when Will didn't seem to be IT, we thought Aaron William or Ryan William. I liked Aaron better, and eventually DS consistently voted for Aaron (even though he is not even 3, I told DH he was outvoted, haha). A few weeks ago, I was like "are you SURE about this name???" Now i am leaning back to William Aaron. We voted against Ryan, as it is BIL's middle name, and they might use it as their baby-to-be's middle name. We are going to wait until we meet him to decide...I just hope he looks like either Aaron or Will, because if not, we will be back to the drawing board completely