Woo Hoo! Congratulations and welcome to your lodge Nancy!!
Awww Thanks I'm excited to have a lodge, and wow time has FLOWN by this pregnancy. I can't believe I'm already 36 weeks.
I spent all afternoon yesterday contracting. Something about running full tilt down a steep hill after a 2 yo, set me off.. I'll have to remember that as an option for encouraging childbirth if I go past my due date. But I just took it easy the rest of the day and they petered away by bedtime and are totally gone this morning. I'm hoping it helped in the preparation for birth, though I don't want to have him just yet. This morning I'm all sore, and feel bruised though.
dh ~ Jacob
dd ~ Ruth(11), ds ~ Jotham(9), ds ~ Caleb(7), ds ~ Evan (4), ds~ Ted (2)
Since I find myself suddenly with a little bit of quiet time to myself, I'll give a little of my background
I graduated high school in 97, and went off to school that fall. The 2nd weekend I was there, I met Jacob, and we began to do some things together. We were both living in the dorms, and eating in the cafeteria, so it was only natural that we would start eating some of our meals together. We also found out that we were in 3 classes together, so we would walk across campus talking, and before long we began to date each other. We dated for 9 months, and then Jacob left to serve a 2 year mission for our church. While he was gone, we wrote to each other, and I dated other guys (the guys knew I was writing him, and he knew I was dating so it was all good) I finished up my 2 year degree, and moved in with my grandparents in Nashville. My grandpa's health was rapidly deteriorating, so I was there to help care for him, and I also worked full time while there. After 9 months there, I left to go home. I had been working a seasonal job, that ended, and my sister was planning to come take my place with my grandparents. Also factoring in was the fact that Jacob was planning to be home again in the next month and as I still hadn't found a mr right while he was gone, I knew that being close would be nice as we decided how we felt about one another.
He got home on June 9th, 2000, and we were able to just briefly see one another. He was returning to live with his family in southern Ut, and I was living with my parents in middle ut, so it was a 3 hr drive to see one another. We talked on the phone nightly, and we made plans to meet in the middle for an evening the coming weekend. We had an enjoyable time together, and made plans for the next weekend for me to come visit. I went to his house and spent the weekend with his family and by the end of it, we had already started talking about marriage. The next weekend he came up to see me, and we became engaged by the end of it. 6 weeks later we were married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple, in American Fork Ut.
Prior to getting married, we talked about kids and thought we'd wait awhile. But shortly after getting married, we began to revisit the topic of children. After much discussion, we decided that for some reason, we needed to ttc, or at least not prevent pregnancy. Lo and behold, 1 af later, and 6 weeks after getting married, we were looking at a + pg test.
At the time, dh was going to school, in a preengineering program at the community college. We were making plans to move cross country so he could attend a well known engineering school. We were both working part time, and making enough to pay the bills, but not a whole lot of extra. We continued with our plans as my pg progressed. I had a normal pg, with morning sickness for a bit longer than I expected. I was well into my 2nd trimester by the time it went away. I also got many "silent" uti's and in turn yeast infections through this pg. I really didn't have any symptoms of either and never knew I had them until I went to the dr.
I planned a natural birth, albeit in the hospital, and I saw a cnm throughout my pg. She didn't have delivery privledges so, I alternated apts with a family practice dr in the same clinic. The plan all along was for both to attend my birth.
As we progressed towards the end of my pg, I began to swell up a lot. Not only was I swollen, but my bp was also going up. The only pre-e sign missing was protein in my urine. The midwife and dr both began to keep a bit closer eye on me, and I had a strict list of reasons to call them.
At 36 1/2 weeks, I woke up at 4 am to go to the bathroom. I went, and then got back in bed. Laid down, and felt like I needed to go again. On the way back to the bathroom, there was a definate pop, and a gush. At that point, I knew it wasn't needing to go potty that I'd been feeling.
I let dh sleep for a little while longer, though he woke fairly soon, when I didn't come back to bed. We didn't really know what to expect (my mom had fairly quick delivery's, his mom, not so quick), so we called the dr after about 2 hours. They had me come in to verify that it was my water, and then admitted me to the hospital. We sat around talking/watching tv/walking around in the hospital room/floor for 4-5 hours after being admitted. I slowly progressed to a 6 and then stopped. My nurse was WONDERFUL and had had 9 children of her own naturally, and so she was a great source of help to us while figuring out how to move around and cope. I was having back labor, and she showed dh a few tricks for easing it.
After 5 or 6 hours at the hospital, 7 or 8 hours after my water broke, we were approached with the pitocin. Had I known then what I know now, I would have refused.. but not knowing, and just knowing that I was on "the clock" because of my water being broken, I accepted the pitocin. We proceeded through 3 hours of pure torture. I was still having back labor, and the combo of pitocin, and no bag of waters to cushion things was NOT a happy thing. 3 hours later though, I was complete, and began to push.
After pushing for awhile (maybe 20 min?? not really very long), the dr informed me that I still had a lip on one side, and they were trying to move it out of the way, but that the baby was also still posterior. Again, a "had I known then" situation, I allowed him to give me an episiotomy, and dd slid out sunny side up, on the next push.
She was 6 lbs 8 oz, and 19 1/2 in long.
Oh my gosh, Nancy - I can't believe you're this far along!
I love your story and we're the same basic age (I graduated HS in 97 too). You seem more wise than me though... Maybe because you had babies before I did
Congrats on making it this far! I am glad that things didn't happen with the running around
Natalie & Dan - June 2, 2001
Samma - Nov. 5, 2004
Tommy - Oct. 19, 2007
Thanks Natalie I've always thought you were older than me... just goes to show how you never can tell age online
I had my midwife apt today. According to them, I'm 37 weeks tomorrow.... I figure we're off by a little bit, but I'm happy at this point to just let it rest. Now, if I get to the date they say and I haven't delivered yet, I might get a little more pushy about my due date being wrong, lol.
On the less good news front, my gbs test came back positive We talked about alternatives to antibiotics during delivery, and she said that I could do the garlic cloves and retest at every apt til I deliver. If I get a negative result each week until I deliver then they'll not insist on the antibiotics. Otherwise, if I refuse the antis they won't deliver me at the birth center Really sucks... the midwife agrees with me too, lol. She said that she personally has a really hard time with it too, but in order to keep the back up obs/hospital happy and willing to take their transfers they have to do it.
I do keep wondering though... what if I wake up and I'm already far enough along that by the time we get there I'm in transition. It's not my fault I didn't get there in time for antis in that case.. what would they do? I have to think they'd deliver me anyway, lol.
Well, here's hoping, I don't go into labor this week.. and I get a negative next week when they retest for gbs.
Oh Nancy! Congrats on your lodge! I'd love to hear about your other births too! I can't believe you are so close!
NANCY!!! Yeah~your lodge I didn't know you were younger than me. Re: the GBS, I walked in with Libby (GBS +) at 8CM, I allowed them to gove me the antis, but she was born a short time later, so I didn't really get them in time. I think its probably pretty common in NCB. You really should TRY to get some rest
Collette~mom to Grace (2/28/05) and Libby (07/08/06)
I really hope you go back to being GBS- but you could always try the going in later on trick.. I guess that would work. I don't imagine that they'd send you away when you about to give birth
And.. congratulations! I see you will have three boys and one girl. Life must be fun in your house, with only you and your DD as the girls! Haha bless her heart, I bet she gets very lonely without any girly company
Anyway, Remember to keep us updated! =D and of course, best of luck that you can keep him in for another week
Lea-Mama to Tegan, born 17/08/08 with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus
Life is definately not boring around here My dd keeps me on my toes more than the boys do actually, lol.
Today has been fun... I feel like ds has dropped even more (didn't really think that was possible) and I've been contracting off and on all morning :/ Not really encouraging it to continue yet, but I know if he does come he should be ok.
Other birth stories... I'm working on them I've just been running around like crazy and haven't had time to type yet. I'll see if I can't get em up while I eat lunch today, lol Of course that requires finding something that sounds good to eat.... I'm having troubles with that today.
dh ~ Jacob
dd ~ Ruth(11), ds ~ Jotham(9), ds ~ Caleb(7), ds ~ Evan (4), ds~ Ted (2)