Carla's (Fishlady) Lodge (pre-natal)

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Carla's (Fishlady) Lodge (pre-natal)

Carla,

I'm thrilled to start your lodge for you! You've been such a strength and inspiration to me so far and I can't wait to follow your VBAC journey!!!!

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Congrats on your lodge and best wishes for your successful VBAC!

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Congrats on your lodge! All the best with your VBAC journey. I cannot wait to hear all about it.

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Thanks Deanna!

Wow 36wks already I can't hardly believe it. I have to say I never thought I would be on a pregnancy board again and I really never thought I would be on a birthing naturally board. What a crazy road this has been.

A little bit about me, I am Carla 30yrs old and have been Married for almost 8yrs to Kevin (29). We met in college and have been inseperable ever since. I worked as a Zookeeper for five years until about 20wks into my twin pregnancy now I am a SAHM and Kevin has been working Construction since I met him and he currently works for my family's commercial construction company as a Superintendent. Kevin and I also have a side business, we set up and maintain saltwater aquariums, I do most of the maintenance stuff and Kevin does the setups, he is an AMAZING carpenter and does a lot of custom cabinetry on the side.

We have two amazing kids, Ainsley and Brayden my 4 year old boy/girl twins. We found out we were pregnant 3yrs into our marriage, they were a bit of a suprise but we had been discussing when to start our family around that time so it was a happy suprise. My pregnancy was very very rough with the twins, I was sick from before my missed period until at least 16wks. I had horrible trouble with my siatic nerve for most of the pregnancy also. At 20wks I had my first PTL scare and had to quit my job and "take it easy" I had an irritable uterus and it took very little to set it off. I spent most of my time on the couch. I made it to 32wks without too much trouble (a couple stays in the hospital to get meds to stop contractions). At 32wks my bloodpressure started rising, luckily it stayed down as long as I layed down, so now I was on strict bedrest until my twins were delivered. I made it to my scheduled c-section at 38wks without much trouble (they were both breech so there was really no other option than c-section) At the time a natural birth with twins was the farthest thought from my mind, in fact I was sort of relieved that I didn't have to make a choice and could plan for the c-section.

The c-section went well, but the twins probably could have spend another week in the womb, they were on the small side 5lb 3oz and 5lb 13oz. and had trouble maintaining temps. We had to supplement with formula in the hospital due to size and the fact my milk took 6days to come in (blame it on the c-section) This set up a cycle of trouble for breastfeeding which was horribly dissapointing to me, as I come from a large family, 5 siblings , and we were all breastfed. I only breastfed for about three months and that was with supplementing. My recovery from my c-section was not bad, but long, I would say 6 months until I felt 100%.

I will be back with the story of this pregnancy later.

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Hurray for your lodge!! I can't wait to read your story!

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Woohoo!!!!

I can't wait to share this journey with you! It must be such a relief having a singleton after going through a twin pregnancy and birth?!

Love,

Sarah-Jean

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Hey Carla!

Yayyyyy for your lodge!!! I can't wait to share your VBAC journey! It was a hard emotional journey for me so if you have any questions or need some specific btdt VBAC support I am always here for you! Just say the word!

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Wow Carla!!! I can't believe you're 36 weeks already!!!!! Woohoo!!!! Do you have an OB or a MW??? Are you planning a hospital birth or home?

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on to this pregnancy saga Lol

DH and went back and forth for several years after the twins were born about having more kids, he was pretty adamant that he was happy with our family the size it is and the pregnancy was so difficult on me he didn't want me to go through that again. Also since I had spontaneous fraternal twins my first pregnancy then my chances of having a repeat set was VERY high, like 1 in 12 chance compared to a 1 in 100 chance for a normal person. Scary odds to me lol. The biggest kicker to our problem was birth control, Due to health problems on every single form of hormonal birth control I couldn't do it anymore. I also have a sensitivity to diaphrams and too much condom use (give me yeast infections TMI) So we had to use NFP with some condom use during the "iffy times". We are still not sure how this baby was concieved honestly, we don't recall a condom breaking and there was a full 7 days between unprotected sex and when I ovulated.

So it was right before Christmas and I decided to go ahead and sell my cribs and baby furniture for some Christmas money and of course we were done having kids Lol We sold one crib and I had a lady coming to look at the other crib and changing table, but I had a strange dream that night, a pregnancy dream lol, the only time I EVER have erotic dreams is when I am pregnant, so one a whim I took a test (I was about 12dpo) and holy cow it was postive. I was freaking out! I called DH and told him "WE HAVE A PROBLEM, I took a pregnancy test and it is positive" then I hung up on him before he could even speak because my little sister had come over to babysit for me. AHHHHH. I called DH right back and he was so reasuring and told me we make beautiful babies and we would talk later. I was a mess the rest of the day. DH was my rock during the first trimester because I get pretty bad morning sickeness and he would reasure me every night that things would be okay, after 12wks I started feeling good and my outlook really started changing (especially when I found out it wasn't twins again lol). I started to be excited about it. It is still hard sometimes because of the business we are trying to run and how it all falls on DH, but we will get through it, we always do.

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How I wound up wanting to birth naturally:

When I found out I was pregnant I think I knew from the beginning I wanted to VBAC, and when I want to do something I research the heck out of it, so in all my research on VBAC and birth the evidence is pretty clear that the safest way to birth a baby and not wind up with a c-section is to have a midwife and try to do it as natural as possible. I did go to my OB from my twins for my first appt (to check for twins again), but did not get good VBAC vibes from her at all. So on to searching for a midwife. I found one that I really wanted to use, she was a CNM, but did homebirths and had hospital privledges. When I called and talked to her I really thought it would work out, but right before our first meeting she called me and said her backup OB's were giving her trouble about VBAC patients and she didn't want me to get up to delivery and not get my VBAC. So I talked to a local Doula group and got some recommendations, I really do like my current midwife, she works in a OB group and delivers at a hospital only, but does everything she can to leave birth alone as long as things are going well. She has agreed with all of my requests so far so I really feel I have a pretty good deal, my hospital is VERY natural birth friendly and baby friendly. Homebirths attended my midwives are a felony in my state (you have to go unassisted if you want a homebirth) and there are no birthing centers because of the law also. So my choices are very limited.

I have a doula who is wonderful she has been a doula for many years and came with great references from previous clients. She is also a massage therapist and that has been nice too! The pregnancy has been great, absolutely nothing wrong. Baby is head down (although facing sideways right now) low in my pelvis and I am having a lot of BH contractions.

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Carla,

I'm so happy that you get a midwife to help you through your VBAC experience!!! Your LO still has plenty of time to move into position - don't stress about it!

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Ahhhhh!!!!! Sept mama's getting lodges??? lol It's coming too fast!

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Well my good summer weather has run it, it is going to be hotter than Hades the next few days. Actual temps well into the 100's over the weekend and into next week. YUCK, I hate the heat when I am not pregnant, I am an inferno when I am pregnant. That is about it for my gripe.

This weekend is a good weekend, I have spent the last couple days getting stuff for the house, my couches were in terrible shape and I was so embarassed to have people to the house to see the baby. So I got some slipcovers that are two piece (so they don't come untucked) for them, and some new pillows, my sister is coming over today to help pick out paint colors and my In-laws and DH are going to paint the living room and kitchen for me because they are desperately in need. We are also going to shampoo the living room carpets and I would like to find a rug.

Nesting mode is hitting for sure. Today is house cleaning day.

I talked to my Doula last night about the babies position, and she had some suggestions on getting the baby to move, and we talked about another massage (heaven), I am also going to go to a chiropractor soon to get this baby anterior.

I have to say my hypnobabies has been amazing, I used it last night during a HUGE thunderstorm and because I was having a ton of BH contractions, turned the CD on and I was sleeping like a baby.

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lol I couldn't help but laugh when I read about your calling dh up, letting him know your pg and then having up again LOL That's so funny. I would of loved to of seen his face at that moment Lol

The relationship your husband and you have sounds really wonderful, and your kids are so cute! I am really excited for you, and for this journey your on Smile

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Carla,

So glad that DH and your In-Laws are going to be helping get your house together this weekend!!! Send some of those nesting vibes this way...I still have so much to get done and no desire to do any of it!

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Oh Carla another sept mommy getting a lodge. How amazing how far we have come. I am so excited about your VBAC journey and can't wait to share it with you! How are feeling these days?

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So 37wks today.....

Baby had me a little worried today as movement has been really slow the last two days compared to the previous days, I have a Midwife appt tomorrow so that is good. Still having plenty of movement just slower and not quite as much as normal. I know a lot of that is normal, just makes you a little nervous.

I had a great weekend getaway with my Sisters and my Mom, we went out to dinner Friday night, and then to a movie, then we got a hotel suite and did Henna tattoo's on each other (my belly of course!) it was hilarious. We have a lot of fun together (I have three sisters). The next morning we had breakfast together and then I went home. My MIL and BIL came into town this weekend to help out around the house. I got new covers and pillows for the couch and repainted the living room, BUT I hate the color my sister and I picked out, so we are going to have to do something about it. My MIL also helped get some organizing done in the kids rooms. I feel really good about what we got done.

I feel like I am finally getting ready for the baby. I have all the clothes ready for either sex, and most of the necessary items, I think all I really need now is some diapers. DH is going to get the car ready soon.

I have been having a lot of contractions today, and the bowels are loosening up some, sorry TMI. But I really don't expect to go for several weeks.

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Hey,
We are due on the same day!
Congrats on your lodge. You have gorgeous children.
Look forward to hearing about your birth journey.
All the best
Andrea

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I am so excited to read your lodge! Congrats!

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It's nice to hear "the rest of the story". Telling your dh about your pregnancy is just classic! Lol

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Sounds like you got a lot accomplished Carla Whew you make me tired. Send some of your energy my way!

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37wk midwife appt, Well that sucked

I found out I am GBS positive, not that big of a deal, but just one more intervention I didn't want.

I was spilling some sugar in my Urine, my bad, I ate cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast.

My bloodpressure is creeping up, 138/80 and 122/80 (after sitting for a while). I also had some wicked swelling over the weekend because I was running around doing too much.

The midwife asked me if I would mind doing a 24hr urine and a blood test just so they have a baseline in case my blood pressure starts creeping up. She said she isn't worried and as long as I try to take it easy things should be okay. But I am so discouraged right now.

SHe wants me to try to take a nap every day and really take it easy (I know I did waaaay too much this past weekend). I also would like to NOT take my kids to my appts as I know they make my bloodpressure rise with their constant questions and "needing" something.

My weight is good (25lbs total) baby's heartbeat is great, and measuring fine.

I am just having a hard time seeing this not ending up in a repeat c-section right now.

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Try to relax, put your feet up, and VISUALIZE your VBAC!!!! You can do it and your vitals are not bad considering having your kids with you and everything you did this weekend!!!!!

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So far it doesn't sound like you need to worry about a repeat section for an actual medical reason. I know that's hard to believe since your midwife is starting to get worried about your pressure and stuff, but I agree that next time you should probably leave the kids at home. Also, eat more celery, that can help lower your pressure quite a bit. Watermelon and lemon can help too.

The GBS thing is a pain, though. Hopefully that won't screw up your vibe too much.

Congratulations on your lodge! We're counting down!

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I went to a chiropractor yesterday, she is trained in the webster technique and is going to help get my pelvis better aligned to get the baby anterior. She said she could see where it was off and thinks she can help me (of course it is up to the baby to move), She did the adjusments and already my hips and pelvis feel a lot better today than they did yesterday. I go back on Friday and probably Monday, and then we will see from there, probably at least once a week until the baby is born. She also did some MAJOR adjustment to my neck, I was in a pretty bad car accident about a year and a half ago, with double whiplash to my neck. I have on and off again problems with it. I went to another Chiro for about 6-8months and it got better but never 100%. I am hoping this chiro can help my neck.

I also met with my Doula last night to go over my birth plan and to talk about last minute things. I feel so good about her as my doula. She really is experienced and I am so glad to have her on board.

Now it is just more of the waiting game.

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38wk appt today.

Tried to really relax before appt, took the kids to my mom spent time just relaxing and breathing in the waiting room. Bp is 132/80, so seems to be holding pretty steady. My blood work and urine all came back fine, my midwife is not worried she said as long as I am not swelling spilling protiens and the Bp is not too high there isn't much worry. I am suppose to rest as much as possible. I did have her check me for my curiosity, I am not dialated, but cervix is soft, baby is a little high.

Baby switched from being on the right side to the left side but still a bit oblique, I am not too worried about it. I go to the Chiropractor again today. Then I have no plans the rest of the week other than taking it easy

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I'm glad your appointment today went well! It's great that your BP has stayed steady and that your bloodwork and urine are all good. KUP!

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Thinking about you hon. Try to stay positive - you CAN have your vbac, as ayla said so far there is no medically indicated reason why not. Hang in there, picture that baby sliding right out. YOU CAN.
xo Robin

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I agree with PP, see yourself having your VBAC. you can do it!

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Hey carla!! Hopefully you have slowed down a bit!! Look after yourself sweetie!

Great news that all the results came back good, one more step to the VBAC which you can do! It does get scary towards the end as the reality of what "may" happen surfaces but just try and focus, share your fears here and take it one day at a time!

I love Robin's "sliding out" analogy! My baby popped! LOL!

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Alright I am feeling pretty good about things again.

My Chiropractor has really helped some of the pain I was in, and helped with my hip alignment.

I have been in a pretty major nesting mode this week, I went through all the rest of the baby clothes got that organized, DH I and the kids cleaned up the basement/kids playroom. And we cleaned the car really well, got all the seats in where they go and the base to the infant seat.

I am as ready as I am going to be I think. I am still having tons of contractions but they are mild BH.

I have plans to go to my Doula/massage therapist next Thursday for a massage and she is going to hit the points that bring on contractions. And I am looking into an acupuncturist just in case we go over the "due date".

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I'm so glad that your chiro was able to help with some of your pain. Nesting is a good thing, too.

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Yay for nesting Carla. Sounds like you are very ready and have everything organized. I am glad that your chiro helped you out.

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Holy crap what a day!

Can you say nesting...

OMG my poor husband, I was on a total rampage today.

Here is the list of things we did:
1. Cleaned and organized our closet
2. Cleaned and organized beside tables
3. Got co-sleeper all ready to go
4. Got diaper station and stuff ready to go
5. Cleaned and organized medicine cabinet
6. Disinfected both bathrooms (DH did this)
7. Cleaned junk out from under our bed.
8. Dusted living room
9. Sorted and started laundry
10. Stripped all the beds and washed all mattress pads and sheets
12. Washed the windows and glass doors in the living room/kitchen
13.Vaccumed living room
14.Put away a lot of my maternity clothes I will not wear anymore
15. Streamlined birth plan (again)
16. Got important phone# list ready

Other than the kitchen needing a good deep cleaning, there is nothing left to clean around here.

Oh and the kicker of the night was my fortune cookie from the chinese (msg free) takeout.

"Good news of long-awaited event will arrive soon"

How cool is that!

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4:00 a.m. and my water just broke,

I have been having contractions all night and lower pain crampiness. Fluid is clear, contractions haven't picked up just yet.

Wish me luck!

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How exciting! Congrats and ELV! You can do it!

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That's great! What tremendous nesting. (Mine never came that close to actual birth.)

What is your practioner's policy on what happens after your water breaks? Are you expected to deliver within 24-48 hours? How do you feel about whatever the policy is?

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That IS amazing that you did all that nesting so close to when your water broke! Good luck today. Smile

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Good luck Carla. Sending some more ELV's your way.

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nak...Good luck vsweetie tons of elv's

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Ooee!!

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Just wanted to peek my head in, let you know I was thinking of you!! Smile

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Ooooh! I can't wait to hear the news about your little one!

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She just updated on our Sept 07 board saying she was complete and laboring down. Come on little one!!!

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Oh good luck!!

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Carla, I can't believe you updated at this point, LOL! You can do it! Push that LO outta there!

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bear with me I am typing this on a PDA, so after 40 + hours of labor, 3hrs on pitocin with no epidural, and 2 1/2 hours with an epidural, I pushed baby Camden into the world (30-40 min of pushing)

Camden Henry
7.5lbs 19in

we are doing great, pictures and story on Wed.

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Congrats! What a prompt mama you are! I can't believe you posted so quickly! And on a PDA no less!

Welcome to the world lil'Camden!

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Holy cow woman lol That's one HECK of a labor!!!! Congrats mama, you must feel amazing & be so proud!!!

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My goodness!! you go Girl!! posting so soon. Congrats to you on your beautiful new LO!!

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How are you not so exhausted? Updating us would be the last thing on my mind after that labor. Congratulations!!!!

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