Welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge!!
Hmmmm...where do I start?
I'm Lissy(Lee See). I am married, and live in the Northern Va area. We've been up here for 5 years, but I'm originally from FL. I am 32 years old(it's bad when you can't remember your age anymore, I had to think about it).
I teach the first grade, but have taught K, 1, and 2 at various times in my nine years of teaching.
When DH and I first met it was a long distance relationship. We met through friends, online and spoke off and on until we met in person in July 2002 at a music festival. At the time he was touring with a band, so after we hit it off, we had a chance to meet up at a show in Tallahassee. We were together from then on. But he was living in Nashville. The company he worked for ended up going broke, and there wasn't a reason for him to stay there. He ended up moving to FL, but living about 2 hours away.
So we would alternate weekends to travel back and forth and see each other. We did this for around 11 months and we knew we would be together. He proposed in Dec. 03, and we got married in April 04.
He was doing work he didn't love and wanted to move back up to the DC area where he was originally from, so we ended up moving up here in July 05.
It was something else, especially since I never really moved as a kid, and during our first three years of marriage we moved 5 times in three different states.
I knew that I wanted to have a baby before or around 30, so we decided to try in the summer of 06. We took our last hurrah vacation to London, where I took my last BC pills. I had a period in Aug, and got pregnant in September.
Honestly, it was a fairly easy pregnancy. No morning sickness, average weight gain. I worked the entire time teaching second grade.
I had randomly chosen an OBGyn, and they were fine, as I didn't have huge expectations of a natural birth. One of my good friends taught Bradley classes and it interested me, so we ended up attending a class and it changed my mind about what I wanted. So what I ended up thinking of my dr's was that they weren't great.
DS was supposed to be due May 28th, but I was planning on working until the 25th. On the 22nd, I started having contractions and wondered why on earth I was still working. Especially since I worked 1hr 15 min away from my house and hospital. The dr. said I should have him by the end of week, I was dialated to a 2 or 3...
They were also concerned at some point b/c my blood pressure started being higher. Honestly, I don't remember if there were other concerns, as far as I know there weren't.
I ended up staying home after that and I feel like I sat around and didn't do much, which didn't help me go into labor. I had to go to NSTs and DS was always fine, but they would only give me until the 7th until they induced. On the 4th, my water broke (around 3) and we stayed home for a while to avoid traffic probably arrived at the hospital around 8. Someone checked me and in the process they actually broke my water with a huge gush. Maybe I had a leak?
Around 9, the contractions started getting stronger, but they were concerned about his heartrate, and wanted me to stay in bed. This, of course, went against everything that I had learned, but I felt like I had no choice, even though I really didn't want to go that route.
From 9:30-10:00 until 2:00, it was horrible I blocked it out. Riley was born around 2:20 with no drugs. She did end up giving me an episiotomy even though DH said I kicked her and screamed no when she said she had to b/c DS heart rate was dropping.
He ended up fine and I ended up fine, but in the years since, I've not been happy with the experience.
SOOOO... :) This time around I decided to go with midwives. They do deliver in the hospital, but we are a bit more like minded.
I wanted another summer baby, b/c of teaching and we ended up pregnant in October though I really wanted Sept.
I had some all day sickness for around a month, but after that it's been around the same type of pregnancy as DS, with the exception of this one being a girl :)
Your little guy is so cute! I am glad you found some midwives you are comfortable with. Your timing with the pg's is amazing.
An episiotomy with no meds...OUCH! Funny about you kicking her.
It's nice to have another teacher here to commisserate with. Are you working up to the end again? DD was born at the end of July, so this is my first time teaching past 35 weeks. Our school year starts and ends later here in the NW, so we go until the 3rd week of June but don't start until September 8th.
I'm pretty sure she gave me shot to numb me before she cut, but everything else was natural.
We've had good luck with getting pregnant as soon as we try. I had been tracking my cycle, and wanted a summer baby. It's a little scary to think we get pregnant that easily, but maybe that means it's easier to avoid??? :)
I will be working up until the 11th, unless something happens earlier. I have a long list of things to do, and I'll have a sub for a little more than a week, so I can't entirely pack up my classroom...things I don't really want to think about. Our school year is about the same as yours Kristen, we did have to add a couple of snow days to the end this year b/c we had sooo much snow. We didn't start until after Labor day this year either.
I had my 36 week appt. yesterday, and it was fairly uneventful, which is good.
Blood pressure was good, no weight gain from the last visit, I think I've gained around 20 pounds so far. Had my GBS swab, hope I'm negative like last time.
She said I was measuring perfectly and hopefully this LO wouldn't plan on staying in as long as DS :)
They are definitely more medically minded midwives. They are CNM's and they deliver at the hospital. I've asked if there's anything I should be doing, but everyone says no...
So I get all of my ideas from here :) I haven't started RRL tea, but was thinking of drinking some...Anything else I could be doing? I don't want her to come out until I'm ready, but I don't to be pressured to even think of induction.
I'm glad you are able to deliever with MW's this time around so you are all more on the same page during delivery. I do have to laugh at you kicking her though during your last delivery!
I teach too, currently and mostly in K but have have done 1 and 4 before. I always have to laugh at how many of us have summer babies since its the perfect timing. We have these end of the year all district meetings and there are so many big round bellies walking around, it great! I only have 3 more weeks until the end of the year and opted to take a year leave since this LO will be a fall baby. I ended up doing the same with DS since he was born in Aug. Sometimes I wish I was working up closer to the end though because like you said I end up sitting at home not doing much.
Welcome to the end of your journey!! I hope your GBS comes back - again, and that all goes smooth for you. I'm glad you have a care provider you like this time:)
Last time it ended up that my water was leaking, and then they "accidently" broke it.
I wasn't very proactive last time, and I'm planning on being much more this time.
Today I worked on trying to figure out my insurance. It's the same as with DS, but they've been billing things as "out of network." So it's already adding up and DH isn't happy. The insurance guy is calling the midwives office tomorrow. I hope we can figure it out soon, so that we don't have to pay so much.
I've decided to cloth diaper as much as I can even with daycare. I've started buying, so keep me motivated ;)