Welcome to your lodge! Please tell us all about your journey!
Welcome to your new lodge hon!
DH Bill ~ 10/9/1999
DS Benjamin Joseph ~ 7/17/2003 "All of my sunshine..."
DS Evan William ~ 11/20/2006 "...and all of my joy"
Woot! My very own lodge! (I didn't say anything earlier because I wasn't sure of the etiquitte for this stuff since I'm a relative newcomer here )
First, a little bit about myself. I'm 27 and my DH, Chris, is 32. I am trained as an environmental scientist, but I currently work part time teaching college biology in the evenings. After the baby gets here, I'll be a SAHM for the time being. We will be moving to Denver shortly (house just went on the market today). Things will be really crazy here in a few weeks, I'm sure!
I'm feeling pretty good right now, amazingly. I think I've dropped a bit; my belly seems 'droopier' lately. Chris and I are anxious for the baby to get here. Earlier he really surprised me and said that he wished the baby were here already. I knew that he definately wanted a baby since the pregnancy was planned, but I never imagined that he would be looking forward to having him with us so much.
I've been noticing more end-of-pregnancy symptoms lately too. I've been getting menstrual-like cramps more frequently, which I assume are Braxton-Hicks contractions. I've also been feeling some sharp twinges in my cervix. Perhaps it's opening more now? Oh, and leg cramps. Those are a blast Fortunately, I've figured out that they disappear if you stand up. I've been feeling a bit of pressure downtown too, so I think the baby is slowly making his descent into position.
I have no idea if I'll be early or late. I keep telling myself that I'll go late. I haven't even finished packing my hospital bag yet. My students are all paranoid that I'll go early.
Oh yeah, I guess I should discuss the whole natural birth thing.... I intended from the very beginning to try to go natural, but would be ok if I decided to get an epidural. After reading about some of the risks of getting an epidural (numb extremeties, no walking, increased c/s rate, slowing down labor, etc.) Chris and I both agreed that epidurals don't sound so great. Plus, we also discovered that since I had a spinal fusion surgery to correct scoliosis, inserting an epidural will be challenging at best, and may not even work due to scar tissue. SO, we decided to attempt a natural birth. We even hired a doula to help make that possible.
Okay, that's enough of a novel for my first post here!
Yay! Welcome to your lodge Elly!
Congratulations on your lodge!!
You sound great! Your are really smart to think about the scoliosis issue and the epidural. I've heard about other people with this combo taking 3 times to get the epidural in.
All the twinges and aches definitely mean the last efforts to get baby ready are happening. Gosh, wouldn't it be nice if that could tell you something about when the birth will happen!
Welcome to your lodge Elly!
Hi Elly! Welcome to your lodge!!