Amber, welcome to your lodge!!
Ariel & John: Military Family since May 17, 2006
Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13
And the countdown begins!
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
Yay me! I have a lodge!
Where do I begin? A little about me I guess. My name is Amber, I'm 28 years old, married to Mike who is 38. We met online back in 2005, were engaged 8 months later, got married 7 months after that, and were pregnant with our first baby Evan, five months after we were married! We eloped in NYC and were married on a dinner boat cruise that went around the city. It was very nice.
Evan is the love of our lives. He'll be 3 years old in October. He was born in a free standing birth center with midwives in Chapel Hill NC, at the only birth center in the whole state actually. The midwife that delivered me when I was born, delivered Evan when he was born. It was pretty awesome. His birth story is here: http://naturalbirthingmama.blogspot....y-graphic.html
It's pretty long, so the short version is my water broke around 11pm with a slow trickle, so slow I thought I was peeing on myself at first. Contractions started about 2 hours later at 1am. We labored at home until 6am when I told my husband that if we didn't leave, we were going to get stuck in rush hour on I-40 and I had no intentions of sitting in rush hour while in labor. I was 5cm dilated when we got to the birth center, and immediately started vomiting. Oh the fun of that! I had to get an IV with antibiotics because I was GBS +, hated that too. As soon as they were finished I got in the tub and that was HEAVEN! I dilated from 5-8 in the tub, but it was so peaceful I slept between contractions. The midwife actually thought my labor stalled but a cervical check revealed she was wrong. They had to re-heat the water, which made me hot, so I got out and sat on a birth ball in the shower. I hit transition after just 1 contraction in the shower and it SUCKED! My husband got in there with me. We had done Bradley and he knew just how to coach me. The only thing that got me through that was staring into his big brown eyes. I think we fell so much more in love with one another at that very moment. I didn't stay in the shower for too long. When my midwife heard me saying, "I changed my mind, I don't want to do this, I just want it to stop so I can go home" LOL she knew what was going on. She had me get out of the shower and get dried off and I laid down on the bed so she could check my progress. I just had a tiny rim of cervix left, but she said I could push past it. I started pushing...and that felt SO good compared to the contractions! I pushed about 45 minutes and delivered Evan, all 9 lb 12 oz of him. His head was trying to come out a little sideways, hence the uneven cervical dilation. In all, my labor was 9 hours from the first contraction, to holding my baby in my arms.
We started TTC this baby when Evan was a year old. After a year of trying, we had some tests run. Everything came back fine with me, but hubby's sperm count was low, even though the doc originally said it was fine. I don't know why she lied initially. I just got a phone call one day saying she had looked at it again and noticed some of his numbers were very low. Talk about a slap in the face. Then I remembered something...I remembered when we were TTC Evan, my hubby was on some fertility supplements, so we started those again. I know they're not supposed to work as quickly as one month, but they did for us. I was pregnant the next month! In all, it took us 14 months to conceive this little girl.
This go around, we're doing some things differently, even though Evan's birth was pretty perfect. I did not enjoy the intense pressure I felt during Evan's labor, so I am doing Hypnobabies this time, which I know will help. We're also delivering at a different birth center, because we moved 2 hours from the area we used to live in. I actually have to drive across state lines this time into SC to deliver this baby, which will take 40 minutes if there is no traffic. I originally wanted a homebirth, but after working so hard to get out of debt for the past 4 years, I refused to put my family deeper in the hole, even though I know it would have been worth the money. My insurance is covering the birth center birth at 90%, so we'll owe about $300-$400 in total when it's all said and done, compared to $2500 or more.
So that's my story...
Oh...the birth center I go to requires a MD to sign off that all patients are low risk sometime in the last 6 weeks of their pregnancy. I went and had that done a couple of weeks ago. Fun...now I remember why I avoid OB's offices like the plague! He is so convinced that I'm going to birth a hippo, and wanted me to have an ultrasound to check her size. I told him no thanks, I've birthed one big baby, I can birth another. And he too wanted to argue that I have gestational diabetes, even though I told him that I check my blood sugar from time to time just to prove that I DON'T. The birth center doesn't make us test for that, so I opted out. I also opted out of getting tested for GBS. So anyway, I'm having a big baby. I don't think she's bigger than Evan, but she'll probably be his size.
YAY! Welcome to your lodge! Great intro. You'll have no problem with this girl at delivery, I'm sure. My guess is she'll be 9lb 4oz. That's only cause my firstborn was a boy who weighed 1oz more than your firstborn. And my second was a daughter who weighed 9lb5oz.
Welcome to your lodge! Great intro, it was good to learn more about you. I still can't get over your visit to the Doc. a while back to get signed off for the birth center, kills me.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Yeah that guy was a real treat for sure! The worst part...he's supposed to be NCB friendly and totally supportive of midwives. If he's the best we've got in that area, we're in real big trouble!