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    Default Jenn's (jpgmarks) Lodge!

    Welcome to your lodge! It's great that you made it this far! Can't wait to hear how the next few weeks go for you.
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    Welcome to your lodge
    Michaela 02-04-03, Cannon 04-11-07, Stryker 03-15-09, Isobel Simone 01-22-11
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    Woohooo, congrats!

    Tell us all about how your pregnancy has gone, what you plan for labor, everything!

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    Welcome!!
    Mama to 7 curious, wild & wonderful little ones



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    Welcome! Yeah for the March moms!
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    at 6 weeks 22/10/09

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    Yea! Welcome to your lodge!

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    Woo hoo! Welcome!
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    WOW! Thanks, ladies! This is so exciting

    warning...this is long!

    I'm Jenn...married for 3.5 years to my best friend and the love of my life. We met 11 years ago, working in a local coffee shop. Despite the fact that I was engaged to another guy at the time , I was smitten from the moment I saw him - and I still am! We became very good friends and a few years later, the timing was finally right for the two of us.

    We decided to start TTC last fall and unexpectedly got pg my first cycle off the pill...unfortunately, that pg ended in a loss at 9 weeks (we found out at 11 weeks). It was the most devastating thing we've ever experienced, but I will say that the silver lining was that it brought so much more depth to our relationship. We waited a few months and then on I think our 3rd month of actively trying again, this munchkin was conceived!

    The first trimester was fairly nerve-wracking after our loss...and we also had a couple other physical obstacles to deal with. I've had 2 LEEP surgeries on my cervix, and I've been told that one of them might have been botched...so cervical competence was a serious concern, and as a result I had multiple ultrasounds between 12 and 24 weeks to monitor its length - so if a cerclage were needed, they could put it in before it got to an emergency stage. To the great surprise of just about everyone, my cervix was still 4-5cm at 24 weeks, which is considered the end of the danger zone. the other issue was a low-lying placenta which resolved itself by 26.5 weeks.

    Because of those two issues, we had been going to an OB practice for most of this pregnancy. There is one freestanding birth center with midwives in our area, but it's about a 40 minute drive away...our thinking was if we had to go to a hospital anyway, we'd just go to the closest one. but once the obstacles turned out not to be obstacles, we decided to take the plunge and go to the birth center. It was something we always felt like we'd want to do, but just didn't think it would be an option given my history. While our parents are less than thrilled with our decision (especially my mom...), we are more and more convinced with every visit that it is the right place for us to bring our baby into the world. We are also going to have a doula - we've made arrangements with a pair of women who work together, and whichever one is on call will attend our birth. They've both attended many births @ the birth center, and one of them has even had 2 of her children there! Both DH and I really like both women...they are so infectiously positive and confident, and that's what we feel like we need, especially being first-timers!

    I have been trying to start visualizing a positive birth experience...it's a little tricky (again, first-timer), but so far I've got flashes of being at home with DH and our doula, then being at the birth center with my yoga music helping me to go internal as needed and remember that the mind follows the breath...and then welcoming our little one out to our world. I have to say that reading all your lodges has helped me so much - they are inspiring and awesome, thank you for sharing your stories!

    I have loved being pregnant. I honestly can say that during the second trimester, I felt better than I ever have in my entire life. The third tri has brought more fatigue and swelling and such, but still no major complaints...but I'm definitely feeling like I'm getting close to ready to say, it's time to meet you little one!
    Jenn

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    S/he who has hope, has everything.

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    Welcome to your lodge! Yay for your cervix getting itself together! You'll do great!
    I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you, Jenn.
    ~Ayelet & Yoram
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    warning: vent! and long!


    ok, so our birth center requires all first-time parents delivering there to take some sort of childbirth class. before we transferred there, we'd been signed up to take the hospital classes, but of course dropped out of those when we switched over. We made arrangements to take a prenatal workshop for couples at a local(ish) yoga center this saturday, with an instructor who's been highly recommended by my yoga teachers and others. She had encouraged us to take a private class with her in addition to the workshop, but the earliest she could fit us in was 2/17. My due date is 2/25, so we felt like that was cutting it too close. So we planned on just the workshop.

    Which I learned today has been cancelled because there was a minimum enrollment of 5 couples. AAAAAARGH!

    I've left the instructor a phone message and sent her an email asking if we could schedule a private class for the same time frame (thinking since she'd already planned to do the class...). I'm really hoping and trying to think positively about it, and hopefully that will work out. But I'm still super-frustrated (so, I guess the trying to think positively isn't working very well, lol).

    I called the birth center and explained the situation but was told that the requirement is a requirement, period. And was given the name & number of another woman who does private classes. Whom I've left a message for. But I don't have any idea of whether she's available or if so how much it costs...

    It's just frustrating, because part of me thinks, what are they going to do if we tried and couldn't get into a class? send us to the hospital?! and I plan to ask that question at our appointment tomorrow, believe me!

    DH and I have done A LOT of reading (Thinking Woman's Guide, Active Birth, Ina May's Guide, Kitzinger's Pregnancy & Childbirth), and we're going to have a doula...to me, that indicates we're already in pretty good shape, preparation-wise. I know that nothing can fully prepare us, and I would LIKE to take some sort of class, hopefully it will work out for us...I just don't need this frustration right now, you know?
    Jenn

    mama to ds Oscar (3/4/07), dd Penny (6/25/09)

    lost love 01/2006

    S/he who has hope, has everything.

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