Hi Karrie, I don't recognize you but I do hope your around to use this
Welcome to your lodge!
I'm here! Thanks! I usually just lurk every day. I only get time to post at work and this site has been loading so slow that I don't really have the time to post now...plus I'm busy finishing up everything at work. I'll do a proper intro soon!
~ Karrie ~
Logan - 8
Joey - 6
Mikayla - 3
Ethan - 2
Hehe, I do recognize your DD....I guess I'm a picture person! Look forward to getting to know you!
Thanks for the welcome everyone!! So, an intro...
I'm 28, DH is 33. We met when I was still in high school, right after I turned 18. We dated for 3 years and DH proposed two days before my 21st birthday, in front of my whole family, when we were out to dinner to celebrate my birthday. We got married 10 months later, got my first BFP 1 month after that and DS1, Logan, was born 2 days shy of 9 months after our wedding.
I never really took the time to look into birth options, I relied a lot on my mom. I ended up getting induced at 38 weeks 5 days (I had PUPPS and didn't want to put up with it any longer). There was pitocin, an epidural, AROM, an episiotomy, and a vacuum delivery after 12 hours of labor and 2 hours of pushing. DS was taken to the NICU because he was grunting (he was only there for an hour) and I was so exhausted that I didn't even care to see my baby, I just wanted to sleep.
When I got pregnant with DS2, Joey, I knew that things didn't go so well last time and I definately didn't want to be induced, other than that, I still didn't really know what my options were. I went into labor on my own at 40 weeks 3 days, the morning that a snowstorm hit (DH plows snow so we knew it would happen lol). I got an epidural after 7 hours of labor when I was dialated to an 8, but only because I was scared of what was coming. Up until then, I was handling everything great, even playing some euchre in between contractions. They broke my water and things slowed down, so they gave me pitocin, DS decided to do some gymnastics and by the time he was ready to come out 3 hours later he had his hand up on his head and wasn't rotating right. I had another episiotomy and the ob helped him rotate and come out. So, after 10 hours of labor and 20 minutes pushing, with a compound presentation, I had a healthy little boy. This birth was definately better than my first but I still wasn't completely happy with it and knew there had to be a better way. So when I found out I was pregnant for the 3rd time, I was determined to make things better...that's when I found this board.
I lurked during my whole pregnancy with DD, Mikayla, and learned so much from you ladies. I read all the birth stories on here and they gave me so much hope that I could have the birth that I really wanted. Everyone thought I was crazy for wanting to do it naturally, but I told DH about everything I'd learned and he was behind me 100%. At 39 weeks 3 days my water broke, 30 minutes later contractions started, but were very irregular. When we got to the hospital 4 hours later, as soon as they hooked me up to the monitors my contractions started coming 2 minutes apart. They checked me and I was at 6-7 cm. I got an IV put in which I ended up ripping out (it wasn't in very good to start with), they moved me to labor and delivery and an hour later, after 3 hours of active labor (7.5 hours after my water broke) and 10 minutes of pushing, my DD was born, completely natural. I couldn't believe the high I was on...it was amazing. And I can't wait to do it again this time.
There are a couple things I want to do differently this time. I'm hoping that I can not have the IV and I will not allow them to keep me on the monitors like they did before. They did a 30 minute strip in triage and then they wanted a 20 minute strip in labor and delivery, which they never were able to get so they tried to keep the monitors on me during the entire delivery. Also, I did get another episiotomy, which I will make sure doesn't happen this time. Even though DH told them I didn't want it, they still asked me, and I was at the point where I just wanted the baby out and couldn't really think it through, so I have told DH to stand firm on that this next time.
We thought we were done after DD was born. DH made the call to schedule a vasectomy in December. It was scheduled for February and we got a BFP in January...it was meant to be. He still got the vasectomy done in February so this is defiinately our last one and I am trying to enjoy it as much as I possibly can.
At our 20 week ultrasound we found out that we are having another little boy and that he has 2 clubfeet. DH was born with spina bifida, which caused him to have clubfeet, so we were very scared that it was more than just clubfeet. We went to see a perinatologist and he was quite certain that our baby did not have spina bifida, which was a relief, but he suggested either doing an amniocentisis to verify that and to rule out any chromosomal abnormalities (most specifically trisomy 1 or do growth ultrasounds (because if he grows at a normal pace then he is most likely ok). We decided to do the amnio and everything came back perfect. and we are 100% sure that he is a boy. So, after he is born we are going to be driving an hour each way for weekly appointments to stretch and put casts on his legs for about 3 months and then he'll be in a brace all the time for a few more months and then in the brace while he sleeps until he is around 4 yo. My MIL has been a great support through all of this (she went through it all plus some with DH 33 years ago) and I am so thankful that she will be there to help us (she is retiring on sept 4th because she wants to be available to help out as much as possible).
Wow, that ended up being really long...sorry. I can't wait to get to know you all better and share the rest of this pregnancy with you!
~ Karrie ~
Logan - 8
Joey - 6
Mikayla - 3
Ethan - 2