A little late, but I realized you need a lodge too!!!!
Here is to a wonderful ending of a beautiful journey. Can't wait to hear all about it!
the other Jen
Congratulations on your lodge!!
Congratulations on your lodge! I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
Yay!! Congrats on your lodge!!! Can't wait to learn more about you and your pregnancy. I know you've posted on the Dec board, but haven't been around as much, so glad to see you here!!
Welcome to your lodge!
Thanks Jen for starting my lodge! After reading the lodges of the other women here, it's quite exciting to be at the point where I can get my own lodge and share my experiences with y'all.
Please excuse me if this is too long, but I wanted to have somewhere that I wrote this all down and saved it.
Hmm, where should I start? I guess I should tell you a little bit about myself. DH and I are both 27. We've known each other for 7+ years and have been married for two of those years. While I've always known that I wanted to have children, the bug didn't bite me until sometime last year. DH and I used to live by the beach and we spent many an afternoon or night walking along the beach, talking and trying to figure out when to start our family. We decided that we would start after I finished grad school, which I was scheduled to finish in May of this year. I had done some research on fertility after being on BCP (which I had been on for almost 10 years at this point) and came across Preg.org and saw this book that people were raving about (TCOYF). I ordered myself a copy through Amazon and I was amazed at what I learned from the book. I couldn't wait to try out charting and reading the other fertility signs my body provided. I broached the subject of my coming off BC last December with my DH, telling him that I wanted a few cycles to be able to tell what my body was doing before we began "officially trying". He was fine with that and so January '06 was a clean slate for me- no more BCP ! I was amazed at how much better I felt without the hormones (and I know DH enjoyed the increased sex drive ) and I quickly got the hang of reading signs like CM and CP.
Well, January, February and March went by with us not preventing but not really trying. The last week of March, I woke up and my BBT was higher than I had ever seen it. I was psyched, but I was only 10 dpo at that point so I knew that I shouldn't get my hopes up too much. That day I ended up going home early from school because I had the worst stomach/abdominal pain and a slight fever. I thought that the high temp was just a fluke due to my mysterious illness, but I decided to take a pregnancy test just for the heck of it. I couldn't believe it- there was a faint pink second line. But I convinced myself it wasn't really there and that I was just seeing things because I wanted it to be positive. Out of curiosity, I tested the next day and saw that the line was a little darker. The same happened the next day. I knew that I couldn't keep this from DH any longer. He was working a shift where he would be off two nights a week (not always on the weekends) and it was the last night he was going to be off that week. I stopped in the drugstore and picked up a digital HPT. I smuggled it into the bathroom and took it and was still a little shocked when the word "pregnant" popped up. I quickly went to the computer and made up a little greeting card for him where I shared the good news. He knew I was acting fishy when I shooed him away from what I was doing but he humored me and let me surprise him a little later with the homemade card and the pregnancy test. We count our blessings that it was so easy for us to conceive as fertility problems run in my family (although DH has kindly requested that he hopes we can "try" a little longer next time, lol).
I finished up my Master's degree in May and we told our parents the good news on Mother's Day weekend (which was also graduation weekend for me). Both sets of parents were completely shocked and excited at the same time. This baby will be the first grandchild and great-grandchild on either side of the family.
Soon after we found out about our pregnancy, we also found out about something else that would have a big effect on our lives. We found out that DH would be deployed for a year and a half, leaving in August. While we knew that there was a good possibility of this happening, it was still kind of sad when it was finalized. So I decided that I would move back home with my parents while he was away so that I would have a support system for the baby and I. DH left in the beginning of August and I packed up our apartment, hired movers to put our stuff in storage and moved back home to live with my parents, something I hadn't done since I was 19. Let's just say that it's been an adjustment for me! I miss my freedom and independence, but I know that I am lucky that they have welcomed me back into their home and are more than willing to help me out with anything that I need.
Well, I think that's enough about me for the moment. Just wanted to give you ladies a little background to know where I'm coming from. If you made it to the end of this, thank you for reading it!
Wow- I can't believe I'm at 38 weeks already! While the 1st trimester seemed to creep by, this last trimester has seemed to fly by. I spent part of this weekend hanging things up on the walls in the baby's room and my Dad and I installed the car seat bases in our cars as well. I still need to pack my bag for the hospital and wash the baby's sheets for the bassinette (sp?) and then I'll be set I think. It's funny- I read my horoscope for fun and this is what the first part of it said today, "Be prepared to pack a bag as sudden travel arrangements may occur. Life could head in a direction you hadn't anticipated. To be able to go with the flow, make sure the health and well-being program remains a priority." Hmm, maybe that's a sign that I should stop procrastinating on the bag packing?
I look forward to the birthing experience. Before I got pregnant, I thought that I might want to try to do it naturally, but I didn't put much research into it. Over the past few months I've done some reading and really feel comfortable with my decision for a natural birth. I really enjoyed Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and feel confident in letting my body do what it is built to do naturally. Similar to other ladies on this board, I have an undergraduate background in science (BS in Bio), so the scientific side of me has enjoyed learning the details of birth and development as well as making it important to me that I make informed choices about what happens to my body and my baby.
Since DH won't be here for the birth, my real-life BF will be there with me. My Mom has also asked to be there with me. Honestly, I worry a little that her (my mom's) presence there will stress me out a little but I'm trying to have faith that it's all going to work out.
Well I should go and work on some chores I need to do around here... and perhaps pack a bag! I think I might try to inflate my exercise ball, too, so that I have something comfy to sit on while at the computer. Hope you're all having a good day!
Oh, you'll LOVE sitting on the ball at your computer, assuming your keyboard can sit low enough for you to be comfortable. I think I lived on my ball for the last 4 weeks of my pregnancy!
What an interesting story about you & your DH. That's a shame that he won't be there for the birth - are you planning to document all of it for him?