Congrats! Welcome to your lodge!
Congratulations and welcome to your lodge!!
Oooo YAY! I've never had a lodge before! This is my 3rd natural birth here at pg.org but I've never had a lodge!
So, do most people just write a brief history? I met my DH 6 years ago, last January, at a bar. We moved out together 4 months later. Got engaged 5 months after that. I concieved Nolan the next February with an EDD of Nov 23. We decided to move our wedding up 8 months from what we were planning and got married in September of 2003 when I was 32 weeks pregnant with Nolan. YAY!
I had Nolan at 41 weeks and 6 days...just a day shy of 2 weeks. I went into labour with the help of blue and black cohosh...my midwives couldn't attend a homebirth after 42 weeks, so we wanted to move things along. I had a long slow labour with him...Monday was contrax 5 min apart. They slowed in the evening and I got 5 hours sleep. Started back up bright and early Tuesday at 3-4-5 minutes apart. Followed this routine until Thursday morning when they kicked into high gear at 1 min long and 2 min apart. I allowed my water to be broken about 5-6 hours into active labour for lack of progress and it showed little fluid and lots of meconium. We transferred to hospital.
I laboured there for a long time...pushed in a sidelying and lithotomy position for 3 hours and 45 minutes before he arrived at 1:43am on Saturday morning. I did go completely drug free during his labour, but did end up with 2 episiotomies, and a very large tear. THey estimate I lost 1200cc of blood. Ugg. Nolan went straight to the NICU where they pumped his stomach and suctioned his lungs. After 72 hours of antibiotics he was released to my room. Because of his traumatic birth and suctioning, he never had a suck reflex. We saw quite a few LCs but bfing just didn't fly with him. That affected a lot of how I treated my second birth.
He was 9lbs 13oz with a 16" head! A big chubby boy.
His first picture. My DH holding him for the first time.
He was such a joy as a baby though.
When Nolan was 4 months old we decided on another. Mallory was conceived that cycle with an EDD of March 8 2005. Her pregnancy was also very easy on me. I read lots about things I didn't like about my last birth...how to push in better positions so as not to need the episiotomies, when suctioning is appropriate, how to catch my own baby. I switched midwives to a new practice and now we love those midwives!
39 weeks with Mallory
I went into early labour on the morning of March 9...only 1 day after my EDD! The contrax were only 20 min apart. I went into active labour around 7pm that night. My mom came over, my DH got food, my sister Jorgiegirl came over. I laboured while we watched American Idol. Around 9:15pm we moved to my bedroom. I squatted next to the bed for 15 minutes until my primary care midwife arrived with her birthing stool. I sat on it, Jordan put on her gloves to catch, and I pushed for 2 contractions before she was born. A second degree tear but not too bad. Her cord was too short to nurse and I lost a bit of blood so we opted for a managed 3 stage by offering the pit shot to help the placenta.
She was 30 seconds old here, 9lbs 5oz and with a 14.5" head. MUCH smaller than her bro!
She nursed right away though...we nursed for 15 months together. She was a feisty baby with attitude...but really sweet and cuddly too.
I lost a surprise baby last summer at 11 weeks. After the loss we decided to try for another baby, even though our original plan didn't include TTC until the following year. I got pg 3 cycles later. YAY!
At 8 weeks I got out of bed and fluid rushed down my legs. It turned into bleeding so my midwives sent me for an U/S. It showed a baby measuring a week behind where my charts would have me and a large subchorionic hematoma. I kept bleeding and went for another ultrasound a week later. A heartbeat this time and a baby measuring quite farther ahead than expected. Hematoma was the same size. Another U/S in a week showed a hematoma slightly smaller and a growing baby.
I was worried about another loss...and the bleeding was more than just spotting, it was similar in volume to my loss. But, my 18 week ultrasound showed no hematoma at all and an awesome baby! I attrubute this to the card Jordan sent me when my bleeding started that was covered in "Sticky Dust". I've carried it in my wallet all this time and it seems to be good luck.
Nolan's nicknamed the baby Farzzle. It stuck and now that's what we refer to him/her as. LOL! It is a surprise...we won't know the gender until it comes out!
I'm due in mid-July, around the 13th. This pregnancy has been relatively complaint free...except for the heartburn. LOL! I'm off work now and just preparing the house for Farzzle's arrival.
I have my homebirth kit set up, the clothing washed, the house mostly clean, diapers prepped. I'm just working on some emotional issues about what kind of atmosphere I want at this birth and then I'll be ready to go.
35 weeks of Farzzle:
And, cause I"m an AW, the Children:
Thanks for the warm welcome!
That is a wonderful introduction. Thanks for sharing about your amazing births!
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
AH! Already?! I'M NOT READY! WAAAAH!
Welcome to your lodge Em
hooray for your lodge!!!!!!! great intro, loved reading it all. I really look forward to Farzzle's arrival because I just love reading about home births. I really wish my midwives would do one. So I will have to live vicariously through you.
oh, and I didn't know where Farzzle's name came from, glad to have that mystery solved. What names are you thinking about?
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Oh Emily, your kiddos are so cute! That pic of Mallory in the pink sleeper!! Eee! CUTE!
welcome to you lodge. I can't believe another July mom-to-be has a lodge.
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Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.