Jacki, congrats on your lodge! How are you feeling? What are your birthing plans? We wish you well on your journey.
Congratulations on your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge! I'm looking forward to following your birth.
I can't find my orginal intro so I'll post another. I'm Jacki 27 year old mama to Brennan, and mama (hopefully soon) to be of Quinlan. It was a long journey to conceive Brennan. I don't think I ever stated this, but I had two losses before him, and after taking herbs (false unicorn, vitex, green tea) I conceived him. I was using natural progesterone cream and also had a prescription for natural suppositories. We have attachment parented our little wild child from day one. I plan on doing my darndest to do the same with Quinlan... I just got the neatest mei tai. Brennan's birth was fairly uneventful. I was induced at 40 weeks 2 days because of high blood pressure. He arrived 2 days later, the worst part was the pitocin. At 6cms I got an epidural, I slept. It all but wore off and I pushed mostly naturally. It wasn't a bad expereince. But, Bren was pretty jaundiced and also was VERY hard to nurse and I often wondered if the epidural weren't partly to blame.
So after 2 1/2 years we started TTC again. 3 cycles later some more herbs and progesterone and I was pregnant with Quinlan. I knew that I wanted a different experience if it were possible. At the end of January I think it was we took a natural childbirth class lead by a doula and nurse and it was great. I am trying very hard for a natural birth in the midst of more blood pressure issues.
My latest post was on my blood pressure, which has since "stablized" at 127/94 as of Thursday.My blood pressure is on a trend of raising. The bottom number has gone from a consistant steady healthy number to being borderline high. My doctor is recently starting to talk about inductions. Although I am all for asking for all the NON-medical measures first, I am being realistic and realizing that the baby and I both being healthy is most important. I was induced with my son at 40 weeks 2 days because of high BP... and although I don't regret the experience it was very intense and I ended up with an epi at 6 cm. I am trying to gear myself up for trying to go natural if I need to be induced again. First off I would defintely ask for NO pitocin to start with, I would much rather just do cervadil and let nature go from there if I do have to be induced. So anybody have any resources for this situation? Any safe natural methods that I could use. I was all for evening primrose but I see it raises bp... does red raspberry leaf do the same?
Oh and for 2 weeks now I am still high, about 30% effaced, 2cm. Baby is +3 station and I'm only having very little contracts right now.
I hope I doing this right. I'm not quite sure how lodges work.
I had a rough night last night... does red raspberry leaf tea possibly make contractions really really hard? I had my first cup since pregnancy yesteday and had contractions every 15 mins or so during the night and they hurt so much worse then my first ones did with Brennan. I had a fairly wakeful night managed to get a little sleep and woke up this morning to them apprently being sporadic and basically done, although walking around makes them start up some. I really though maybe last night was it. It was disapointing this morning to know not much is going on. I have been having lost of mucous, but I'm not thinking it's my mucous plug. My ob stretched me to 3cms on Thursday and I have a tendency to be really spotty after any exams. I have a really sensitve cervix.
I had some strange array of emotions last night. I cried when I thought I was going into labor. I keep thinking how much our life will change, how much I love Brennan, how scared I am. I am excited but it's overwelming all at the same time. I'm just a mess of emotions I guess.
You're doing great! The lodge is for you, for whatever you want to say (yes, griping is allowed). We're all here to support you.
The RRL gives me contrax-- I think that is pretty normal and can help bring on some good practice contrax.
I'll be thinking of you and hoping that your BP goes down. I think the risks of induction outweigh the risks of borderline high BP-- but that's just me.....
KUP! Hang in there. I know I had a WIDE range of emotions when I went into labor both times....I think (hope) it's normal.
Can't wait to share this journey with you!
I'll send some low BP vibes your way. I can't speak from experience, but I'm sure you'll have a much more pleasant experience if you don't have to get a visit from the evil pitocin fairy.
What are Brennan's thoughts about being a big brother? Is he excited?
So many lodges! A belated welcome to yours!
I'm also send low bp vibes your way, although I had pit contractions that were lovely and slow building and easy to cope with, so it's not ALWAYS torture. Still, it's definitely better to not even have to contend with the issue, so hoping that you stay nice and mellow and your bp does too.
I am so glad to hear that your BP is better. I can totally understand your anxiety about Quinlan's arrival. How is Brennan feeling about sharing his mom? From your posts on our birthboard, I can totally see what a good mom you are and how bonded you are to Brennan. One of my good friends had some of the same anxiety when she had her second child and there were a few adjustment issues, but overall her DD handled it better than she had hoped, which made the whole situation easier on her. She made sure to get a lot of special activities for her DD for when she was nursing and made her "Mom's Little Helper." I hope Brennan has a smooth adjustment to being a big brother.
I have had some RRL tea and it didn't really affect me at all, but I have had strong BH for most of my pregnancy...and I read that for some people it can help relax the uterus...so maybe you are actually gearing up for labor? Here's hoping! ELV to you and hoping you can get everything going without the pitocin.
I hope things are going well for you today. I had a day and a half of what your describeing with my second baby. I never lost a "plug", just lots of mucous that was eventually tinged. As far as your emotions I felt the same way, it's hard to comprehend the idea of looseing your "only child". My ds loves his little sister and it's been better then I imagined it would be. I'm sure you'll adjust fine:)
Sorry I'm late! Welcome to your lodge. I'm glad to hear that your BP has gone down, I hope it stays that way!
Jacki, do you and your DH have different blood types? ABO incompatability is frequently a cause of jaundice. The epidural might have caused issues with the BF though. I'm expecting my baby to be jaundiced because I'm O+ and DH is A+. Anyways.
I hope that your blood pressure continues to stay down, and you continue to be relaxed and healthy!
sorry for the generic birth story, but he's here!!!
Okay guys never in a million years would I think I would have this story to tell you.
So you know that I was having contracts on friday, 15 min ones. By Saturady morning they had seemed to space out and all but stop, some 7 mins some even 30 mins appart. I cleaned my carpet with Bren, we played playdo. We went out shopping. These were the worst feeling contracts but so sporadic but they last about 1 min. I was in a lot of pain really, wondering how if this was early labor I was going to do it. At 7pm I figured I better at least get checked... that way I wou ldn't have to wake Brennan up in the middle of the night. We packed up. Much to my utter disbelief that I was in labor... we even left the camera at home. I was checked at 8ish. I wasn't contracting regulary, the monitor couldn't even pick up them... the majority were in my low low abdemon and butt and pelvis. I was at that point 5cm and 80% baby head and water bulging. I thanked God. She monitored and called my doctor. He told her to give me a sleeping pill and he'd see me in the morning. At around 8:30 pm I got in the birthing tub. Mike decided to call family. His mom got there, and my contracts finally got close together, I thought we better call my step mom too. I'm in the tub nakey now... just a towel. it was a lot of relief... but then I had the freakiest feeling.. my body started pushing. Now remember it hasn't been more then 2 hours and I figure I'm about 5 still... or not much more. Mike goes and gets the nurse. She says the baby is right there, and that I'm at least 8 but can't tell so much in the water. They get me out (bummer no water births in my town) and they call my doctor. At that point I say to get the anthesologist too because if I'm only 8 and can't push (my body is bearing down horribly and I can feel his head coming out my cerix.) I'm screaming and on the side of the bed. Only able to push through half the contracts. A few mins later my doctor gets in. I beg him to help me. He tells me to get my feet up in the stirups, and I tell him no. But when I do I have the most relief I ever had, Quinlan's had was crowing... two more pushes by himself and he just slid out. I hurt so much I didn't even look. I finally looked down and saw him. He is so wee!! It was so fast that I did tear quite a bit... back and front. So I got my natural birth.
His stats were actually 6lbs 7oz, I grow the smallest babies I tell you! He's the sweetest little guy, but after his circumcism last night he had me up all night, after two days of it, I'm almost a zombie, and now he's slightly jaundiced and having a rougher time nursing. So any prayers for sleep and nursing would be welcome. I'm so in love though. I'm slinging him right now. He's pretty pukey too. I'm thinking my milk that just came in or is coming in is too much for him... I wonder if my body still thinks it's nursing Brenners.
Oh and a funny fact... I don't have proof, no camera but apparently I gave birth so fast that my make up didn't even get messed up... I guess I looked great. Is that funny or what??? Here is a link to our pictures. http://www.dropshots.com/day.php?userid=12...;cdate=20070305
update from last night:
We had our first co-sleeping with both boys. It went pretty well. Quinners nursed every 1-3 hours, but wonderfully comforted right back down. Bren woke up crying once when I was changing a diaper but daddy got him comforted back down. I imagine this will be difficult and Bren is much more jealous today. I'm so I love with this guys though! Since I got SOME sleep I feel much better. I can handle waking up as long as the rugrats let me go to sleep some. I hadn't slept more then 2 hours for 3 days!
Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.
Congrats! For some reason I am unable to view the pics, I'll try on my other computer.
Congratulations! I hope you get some sleep and heal quickly:) I can't see the pictures either?
Congrats!! I can't view the pictures either - I think maybe the URL got squished together (with those ...s in the middle).
And you were all woprried about inducing labor yourself and everything else, and out pops your son to foil your plans, eh?
That's fantastic that you had such a quick and uneventful birth, I am only sorry you didn't get to document it! But hey, you got your natural birth with NO stalls or problems, it seems.
Post lots of family picture, I demand to see the brothers together after a week or two to compare their features
Congrats! I am so happy that you got your natural birth without any induction! I am sure Bren & Quin will be friends in no time...just takes some adjustment for everyone to see where they fit in.
Wow - congratulations! I guess he was in a hurry to meet his family, huh?
Holy cow! lol I was thinking you still had awhile to go as I was reading your lodge & trying to catch up LOL Congratulations hun!!! I have small babies too, they were all full term and all around 5 and 6lbs.
Wow! Congratulations! I missed getting in on your lodge right away and look where you are already! Sounds fantastic and I hope the brothers grow close together!
Well that was a quick lodge! I'm so happy for you-- what a relief with your BP-- maybe your body was just gearing up for the big event.
Congrats! I can't wait to see some pictures!
Congratulations! Looking forward to some pics!
Congrats on the birth of your baby Boy!