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Anna's (coldrain) lodge!

Welcome to week 36, and here is your lodge. You're the first of the New Year!

We're excited to share your journey.

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Yeah! Another lodge to read! I am excited to read about your journey!

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Welcome!! :wavehello:

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Yay!! A new lodge!! Welcome to 36 weeks, will be looking forward to reading about your journey.

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Congratulations on your lodge. Looking forward to following your journey. Smile

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Congrats on your lodge Anna! I am always peeking in on you January moms and am excited to follow your journey for these last few weeks!

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Congrats on your lodge. How are you feeling?

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Whoo hooo! congratulations on 36 weeks!
xo Robin

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Yahoo Yay, my very own lodge - thank you girls! Biggrin

First of - just want to tell you that this board is terrific and a constant source of inspiration and strength for me!

My brief story: I'm Anna, 29 and my DH is Rad, 42 and we're expecting our first baby Dylan Monroe shortly Biggrin DH and I had a long distance relationship for 3 years, then we finally united and got married 5 years ago (I'm from Russia and he's an American). It took us 7 months to get pregnant. When we started TTC I was quite naive about the process or rather had a notion that it usually happens in a snap (thanks mom for putting this idea in my head when I was a teen Wink ) Anyway, first 3 cycles we just DTD without thinking about it and I got really frustrated when nothing happened. Then I started reading up about the subject and charting. Another 3 cycles and nothing :cry: Real disappointment and honestly I started obsessing and stressing about the whole thing and it wasn't helpful to say the least. So, I decided to ditch the charting for a while and see what happens. And coincidentally that very cycle BFP happened :mrgreen:

From the very beginning I felt it was a boy. And when U/S tech showed us there was no doubt Wink

Naming the kid was a whole story. DH turned out to be a "name hopper". He would throw out an idea, I'd come to grow on it and when I finally agreed he would want something else :roll: Ahhhh, the aggravation... Wink But DH is a huge Bob Dylan fan, so when Dylan came up it was quickly decided.

My pregnancy was and is a fairly easy one. I complained here and there about minor annoyances that go with the territory, but overall the experience is great and I hope to do it again sometime Biggrin

Midwifery and natural birth fascinate me and I cannot even explain why, they just do! So, I'm loving this board and looking forward to sharing with you my journey to motherhood.

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I totally understand your frustration with ttc! I, too thought it would happen right away because isn't that what we all have been taught? My mom was worse she told me about a couple who conceived without penetration, she called it a hand made baby.

I love your baby's name, very cute!

How is it being 36 wks along?

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Welcome to your board and the last stretch!

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I have to ask - how did you and DH meet?
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Welcome!!!! so who is your provider? Midwife?

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"Robinna" wrote:

I have to ask - how did you and DH meet?
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Happy coincidence - he was a webmaster and I had questions about his site, so I asked (and back than I didn't even know who was on the other end) and we started exchanging e-mails and became friends. After awhile we started feeling romantic and so it all began Biggrin

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Welcome!!!! so who is your provider? Midwife?

Yes, I had one midwife throughout my pregnancy and she's absolutely awesome. Every time I see her it's like seeing old friend. I'll be delivering in freestanding birthing center so I have 1 out of 5 chance to get her. If not, it will be one of her midwife colleagues and she has highest opinion of them. The center is set up in vintage inn building and delivery room is cool, looks and feels like regular house room, decorated with quilts, paintings and cute knick knacks. Beats the hospital atmosphere hands down if you ask me
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I sure bet that homey birthing center beats the hospital! It sounds great.

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Had MW appointment today. Gained only 1 pound in last almost 2 weeks - yay Yahoo BP was excellent and baby's heartbeat was strong. My midwife is guessing that baby will be around 7.5 lbs if born at 40 weeks. Nice appointment Biggrin Next time I go on 15th and it's every week after that.

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Hey, how did I miss welcoming you to your lodge??! Congrats on getting to 36 weeks!

Your relationship with your MW sounds great - what a blessing to have such good care. How have you been feeling this week?

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Welcome and congrats on the little boy waiting to be born. I absolutely love the ultrasound picture. It looks just like the one I got. Definitely not shy little boys Smile

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"astro_katie" wrote:

Hey, how did I miss welcoming you to your lodge??! Congrats on getting to 36 weeks!

Your relationship with your MW sounds great - what a blessing to have such good care. How have you been feeling this week?

Actually, I'm feeling great. My only complaint is fatigue which makes it hard to accomplish things that need to be accomplished and trust me - there are plenty Lol So far my nesting instinct manifests itself in emotional plane only. I want to clean and sort and organize, but my body drags lazily behind Biggrin I can't wait for that energy burst that I read about everywhere. I just hope it won't arrive on the day I go into labor Wink

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Welcome and congrats on the little boy waiting to be born. I absolutely love the ultrasound picture. It looks just like the one I got. Definitely not shy little boys Smile

Lol Yep, it makes me smile every time.

I forgot to mention that I had a baby shower this Tuesday. What a great tradition! Since my family is far away I really appreciated sense of unity and support and that this little one has people who care about him already. It was fun. We got lots of cute things for our Dylan.

One lady put this message on the pack of diapers, I thought it was so cute Smile

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Welcome! With all the excitement over Erika & the twins, I feel like I've been missing out on the other lodges.

How are you feeling?

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Welcome to your lodge!! Your love story with DH is so sweet. I look forward to being with you on this journey. I'm delivering at a birthing center too. Have a great week!

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Those u/s pictures are so cute! My husband and I met online 10yrs ago next month, so it's fun to see another internet couple! And Russia!! How neat - I'm assuming you guys are living in the states now?

It sounds like the birthing center is really neat too, homey is the way to go!

That sign is really cute too. Smile

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My husband and I met online 10yrs ago next month, so it's fun to see another internet couple! And Russia!! How neat - I'm assuming you guys are living in the states now?

Yay - another internet couple Biggrin Yes, we're in the states, I've been here 5+ years.

Well, I feel fine still. Occasionally get brief moments of pins & needles behind my pubic bone. I wonder if something is happening there... Biggrin

My mood is kind of funny though. A few days ago we had a thread on my birth board http://www.pregnancy.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=643249 and I got upset & discouraged. Then Erika had her twins - amazing story and I feel better again, but these bouncing moods driving me crazy. I just "crossed" 37 weeks mark (which is very symbolic) and I want to be more serene and zen, not so swing-y, KWIM?

But overall - all is cool Biggrin Still remember the day (18th of May) when I got my BFP and back then it seemed like January'07 was so far in the future it would never come. But here it is all of a sudden and we'll have our first baby in a couple of weeks :shock: Wink

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Hang in there, sweetie . . . you'll make it! Take some warm baths, put some aromatics in it to relax & soothe you. Remind yourself that these are your last few weeks to have you to yourself - get all the sleep you need, and get yourself and your space ready for Dylan. He'll be here soon!

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Do you have any nice relaxing music you can play?

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Cool - another lodge to hang out by! I won't have a lodge... I'll have a cold unfeeling hospital room. LOL

I know your experience will be awesome. I hope it happens sooner rather than later! Yaaay, another A/A baby! Smile

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Seems I'm a bit late in saying this but welcome to your lodge! Yeah, those pins and needles in your pubic bone means you're just a few weeks away from meeting little Dylan face to face. Especially now that you're getting close to the end, try to stay away from anyone who wants to tell you stressful labor stories. Protect that serenity you're cultivating. You're getting so close!

PS - how do you pronounce your husband's name? Is it "Rad" like radical, or is it said like "Rhad" or something else? Just curious.

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"indymom" wrote:

Hang in there, sweetie . . . you'll make it! Take some warm baths, put some aromatics in it to relax & soothe you. Remind yourself that these are your last few weeks to have you to yourself - get all the sleep you need, and get yourself and your space ready for Dylan. He'll be here soon!

"AuntArty" wrote:

Do you have any nice relaxing music you can play?

Great ideas, girls! :doh: I'm ever so distracted and scatterbrained nowadays Wink I really need to try to relax, which has never been easy for me, I'm wound up most of the time.

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Yaaay, another A/A baby! Smile

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PS - how do you pronounce your husband's name? Is it "Rad" like radical, or is it said like "Rhad" or something else? Just curious.

Rad like in radical. He's not though - he's very gentle guy Wink

Not much new to report about my physical state. Once in awhile I get a heavy feeling in my lower abdomen, like before the period, but it's not consistent and brief. So, I'm looking forward to my Monday 38W appointment with my midwife. I don't know if she's going to do the internal, probably not... But may be she'll tell me that he dropped. I'm craving some kind of progress Biggrin

On the funny note - we have a cat Sonia and she's the curiosest critter in whole world. Everything baby related she MUST test herself Lol



We got bassinet the other day - she immediately jumped in, I made rice bag for labor relief - she sat on it immediately. It's just too funny Biggrin

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omg that is SO cute!!
I can't even believe it's time for your lodge already!! I'm here stalking it and thinking about you.
I met my (soon to be ex) husband online too.. it was a great relationship when we were together. I love hearing about other couples

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I love the cat pictures. How cute! It is great that your furbaby seems to approve of all of the baby stuff.

I hope you had a relaxing weekend. Let us know how your appointment went today.

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Hi and welcome to your lodge!!!

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I second the music thing. I went slightly overboard for my labor. I made a CD of relaxation music, a CD of energizing music, and a CD of meaningful songs (to me and DH anyway). I have a friend who does Music Therapy at births, and I think that's really interesting.

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Just dropping in to see how you're doing. I love those photos of the kitty and the booties and star blanket.

I looked at that thread on your birth board, and yes, so many women like the systemic drugs or epidural, but don't let that shake your resolve in whatever you want. Natural birth is a wonderful experience if it's the one you want.

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Your kitty is so cute! I hope everything is going well for you!

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How are you feeling today? Have you made some time to relax? Your kitty is very cute Smile 1 of my dogs seems to be testing herself lately too! I guess she knows she won't be the "baby" anymore Lol

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Well, I had quite a miserable appointment yesterday. I came in and it started with ++ protein in my urine. At first I dismissed it because I had it once before (except it was just Smile and my BP was fine that time so I assumed that it was just another coincidence. My MW was alarmed and measured my BP it was almost 140 versus my usual 120. I also was up 4 pounds since last visit 9 days ago and had edema. I was a bit upset but what I didn't see coming was my MW say "I think we should induce tonight" :shock: I don't even know how to describe the feeling - disbelief, astonishment, shock I guess. The thing is - I feel just fine! People all over complaining that they can't go another day, they're so miserable (I believe them) but me - I'm OK and here is this thing!

Anyway, she said that we also could do complete blood work and if it's OK wait a bit, do some other research and I have to have an appt. again on Thursday to see how my BP is. So, yesterday evening we were waiting for blood work results. Thankfully we had our last childbirth class so it took my mind off the subject a bit. She called us and said that my blood work was "reasonable" and we can wait. I was relieved but upset by the whole thing at the same time, I didn't even ask what exactly "reasonable" meant. So, now it is a waiting game. I have to stay home today (and miss my La Leche League meeting :evil: ) and do 24 hour urine collection for protein screening. There's humor in everything though and when I received special container for all that stuff it had big orange BioHazard sign on it, which totally cracked me up Lol

I forgot to mention that induction means no birthing center. I still can have midwife in the hospital but it's hospital nonetheless. And my MW is a very natural earthy person, so when she mentioned induction it meant the she was really concerned.

Now we'll wait and hope my BP drops and protein turns out just a coincidence. So, wish me luck, girls. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.

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So sorry about your bad appointment, but hopefully your test results come back good and I am very glad to hear you are feeling so well. Your positivity is inspiring!

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Eat your protein and get that BP down, girlfriend! I'm sending big low BP vibes your way and hope that you can still get your birthing center experience. Biggrin

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How's the BP doing?

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Just stopped by the website because I was thinking of you -- I hope this protein thing gets all worked out.

Smooches!

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Hope everything is okay for you and that you won't need to be induced!

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Thanks for thinking of me, girls! Update: I was a hair away from being induced but I wasn't.

I went to see the doctor yesterday and even though my protein stabilized, BP readings were quite high - 140 & 155, diagnosis - preeclampcia. My MW comes to our hospital only on Mondays, so I saw an OB and he of course recommended induction. Interestingly, my husband was my advocate in that respect and told the doc that I was very nervous and anxious and may be further monitoring should be done. And doc agreed. He sent us to L & D which is in different city (30 min drive). Just in case we got our labor bags and frankly I was certain that we'd be back home with the baby. When we came to the hospital BP was high, but another MW who was monitoring me made me lay down on my left side for 2 hours and gradually my BP went down to 112! :shock: Can you believe it? So, I was prescribed to lay down 3 times a day and take a good rest, drink plenty of liquids and wait & see how it goes. I'm going to see my regular MW on Monday.

Staff in hospital was absolutely amazing, but hospital practices..... First of all they put me in the wheelchair even though I said it wasn't necessary. I understand that it's their policy but I felt stupid and very disempowered (is it even a word? but YKWIM!). And since I was certain that I'd be induced I thought - what a sad way to begin the birthing process. And when I first came into the room nurse wanted to make me comfortable by laying on the bad flat and I have to tell you when I'm uptight and nervous laying flat doesn't help me any so I asked to bring the bed up and sat bolt upright. Anyway, eventually I was able to relax and apparently that did me good Biggrin

I was a bit disappointed to be coming back home without the baby in my arms, but I much rather wait till he's ready to come on his own. BTW, his vitals were awesome, so little Dyl is doing just fine Biggrin

In a way I'm glad we went because it was a trial run for us, now we have everything ready and at hand so we can just grab and go when labor starts. Also if I will have to be induced for some reason I at least know what to expect from the hospital and it wouldn't be shock like it was yesterday.

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I'm really glad to hear you stood your ground about the induction. It's amazing what hydration, lying down, and calmness can do! Your going to do great and like you said it was a good trial run. Come on little Dylan - whenever you are ready!

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Glad to hear the BP went down. Put your feet up and take it easy this weekend! :goodluck: on Monday. I hope you have a better appt and are still able to deliver at the birthing center.

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I hope you're having a nice and restful weekend. KUP.

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Oh, I'm full of questions tonight Wink

First - is it typical not to feel contractions so late in the game? I know I'm having them, but I feel them only externally if I happen to have my hand on my belly at the time?

Also, what dosage of EPO did you use?

And the last one - your thoughts on nipple stimulation. Midwife that I saw in L & D last Thursday mentioned it. And sex, but I don't feel particularly frisky lately, IYKWIM Wink

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Oh, I'm full of questions tonight Wink

First - is it typical not to feel contractions so late in the game? I know I'm having them, but I feel them only externally if I happen to have my hand on my belly at the time?

Also, what dosage of EPO did you use?

And the last one - your thoughts on nipple stimulation. Midwife that I saw in L & D last Thursday mentioned it. And sex, but I don't feel particularly frisky lately, IYKWIM Wink

It's normal not to feel contractions that late in the game. I could never even tell that contractions were contractions until after my water broke. Then I'd be like, oh, that must be a contraction. Before that I could never tell.

No clue on the EPO.

I've heard that nipple stimulation works during labor but not as well before it.

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Ina May Gaskin lists nipple stimulation as a way to help labor along, although I don't think there have been any 'scientific' studies about it. She also writes that sex is a safe method of natural induction. Both are worth trying if you feel up to it . . .

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I unfortunately don't have answers to your questions - I didn't realize I was having contractions either until they did the NST and got the monitors on me. :shrug:

I'm glad to hear that they were supportive to let you go home and rest to keep your BP under control. Dylan will be here before you know it, so rest up now and enjoy your time with DH!

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Thanks, girls! I'll hold out even on natural methods of induction awhile yet. After all I'm not even 40 weeks yet. My BP seems to be within normal range most of the time and Dyl is moving around, so I'm not really worried.

Wanted to share a conversation with you that I had with an old lady I know the other day. She had her kids in 1940s. I mentioned that I almost got induced and she told me that out of her 5 births she was induced twice. They told her to get a handful of quinine pills and drink 4 oz of castor oil :shock: 4 flipping ounces, I can't even imagine how is it humanly possible to drink so much oil... yuk!!! Anyway, after she checked in the hospital they gave her an enema. Um..... I wonder what could possibly be left there, it seems to me after half a cup of castor oil all you internal organs will just slide out of you from both ends. After that they knocked her out with chloroform. When she woke up she had to ask if she really had a baby because she didn't remember a thing. I thought it was very sad. Made me wonder if there was a "natural" movement back than. Probably there was. Which makes me wonder yet again how they were treated or at least thought of by "mainstream".

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Hi Anna... I've just caught up on your lodge. I am so glad you were able to hold out on the induction. Good for you and hubbbie!

That is a very sad story. Poor woman. Stick to your guns and do what you have to do. It's a good thing we aren't in the 40's anymore, although some things they try to do now are just as crazy!

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