Hmmm...isn't it about that time? I figured I would start one for you.
Jodi, Yeah!! I knew you were getting close!!!
I am so excited to share in your journey and can't wait to start reading about you some more!
Awwww, how sweet!
Although I DO think you all will be waiting a looooooong time for a birth story I have no signs what-so-ever that lead me to think this baby will arrive any time soon!
Well I guess I could tell you a bit about me - warning you - this could be long - but I'll try to keep it brief....
I was born and raised in central MI, and lived in the same house almost my whole life (well after my parents got divorced when I was 3 due to my dad deciding to move in with a man....)
I went to college and got a BS degree in Child Development and Early Childhood Education... and I have been teaching at-risk pre-K for the last 5 years, and before that 2 years of kindergarten. I love my job - but was told at the end of this school year that I was being transferred against my will to 2nd grade - which I have absolutely no desire (or training) to do since all my my education was based in working with children Birth - 1st grade.
Anyway - DH and I met in HS and got married after my 2nd year of college when I was 19 and he was 21. My mom begged us to have a baby since the day we returned from our honeymoon.
When I finished college in MI - the economy had already started going bad and I couldn't get a job there - so in early August - I still had no job and my mom (who had recently moved to Atlanta) called to tell me that if we just moved in with her - I could get a job in a school near her because they were short 200 teachers - and school started in a week. I didn't want to do it - but I really had no other choice. So I waited a week or so and faxed a resume - assuming school had already started and they would not call back - I had 3 calls that night :roll: So the next day I flew down there - got a job the next day and flew back. That weekend DH and I packed up our house and drove our stuff to my mom's and put it in a storage locker. We ended up living with her for a month or two and I taught there for the year. We hated it and decided to move - thus why we ended up in VA.
We thought we like it here enough and bought a house 3 years ago - but this area is getting terribly expensive, DH doesn't work, and trying to live on a teacher's salary and being hundreds of miles away from all our family (in MI, IL, and GA) has taken a toll on us. So we are going to move to IL to be closer to DH's family in IL and the rest of my family in MI. My mom still lives in GA - a few miles from my sister - but they are the only ones there... and we're not going back. My job is making it easy to quit - so I'm keeping on my contract to return for next year just so I can keep my insurance and use up my paid time off (6 weeks) - then hopefully we'll sell our house for $$$ and move. It will be a lot to do with a new baby.
This is our second pregnancy. I went off BCP's a year before TTC - and we charted all that time. I got pregnant the second month we tried (because I wanted to be due in March so I could take the rest of the school year off....) and I did get pregnant and was due the end of March - but I had a m/c right away. I started bleeding the day after I got a BFP....
It took us 5 more cycles to get pregnant again - and here I am!
(the dr's think the reason for the m/c were related to my pituitary tumor which was caused by an imbalance in my thyroid hormone - and I had a stupid doctor - and switched docs - got a new endocrinologist, went to an RE for 4 months, and finally got all the hormone levels straight - 2 weeks after I got a "good" bloodwork back - I was preggo
I've had the best pregnancy so far - no m/s, no nothing really. I was quite nervous the first trimester - assuming that it wouldn't work out... and now I'm to the point that this is real - but it still seems very surreal.
I'm also a birth doula and have done 6 births in the last year and a half since I did my training. I've got to turn in all my paperwork to get certfied, but I'm lazy.... what can I say?
I think that's enough for now. I have my MW homevisit tomorrow afternoon - and I'll let you know how that goes.
Whoo hoo! Congrats Jodi! I can't believe it is that time already. I am SO excited for you. You have been a great inspiration and I can't wait to hear how things are going for you!
Congrats! I'm looking forward to "hearing" your story!
Hi Jodi!!! It's nice to hear more about your background. It's fun to hear where people come from.
Jodi, congrats on your lodge! And good luck with the move. We just moved (4 blocks) and it was horrible, I can't imagine states right now!
OMG... I cannot beleive the August mommies are getting their lodges. This is so exciting. I cannot wait to hear how everything goes!
YAY Jodi!!!!!! Congrats on your lodge I'm so excited to follow your through your journey
Jodi, we are from MI originally too, now we are in IL! But now we are trying to go back to MI to be closer to family, LOL!
Well - I just got back from my prenatal yoga class.... It was good - relaxing and all, but the pigeon pose was tough - my hips have been hurting lately and pinching, so that was uncomfortable.... but other than that - it was good.
My MW's also came earlier today to go over my homebirth plans. They checked our birth-kit, and gave Andy (dh) some pointers on emergency childbirth. I have 2 midwives and one of them is 40 minutes from my house, the other is an hour from my house - so they wanted to make sure he was prepared just in case.
Baby is still very high in the pelvis and is measuring right on. One of my MW's (my favorite of the two) is going to be gone on vacation all next week - so my goal right now is to keep this baby in till I'm at least 38w2d... which should be easy seeing how it's going so far. I have had 3 BH in the last hour though - so hopefully it doesn't mean anything.
Time to make some dinner seeing that it's getting to be almost 8pm!
Have a great night everyone!
Sounds like everything is going good!! I hear you on the hip pain....if I stand for more than 5 minutes, I swear they'll fall off!! Good for you for still doing prenatal yoga!! I gave that up months ago!! :oops:
Here's hoping baby stays!! Good for you on the yoga, I try to pull out my Shiva Rea DVD every now and then, but I definitely haven't been as faithful as I was hoping to be.
Just thought I should tell another "story" about why I ended up choosing a homebirth:
In 1999 I was student teaching - and one of the teachers (a couple years older than me) was planning on getting pregnant. A parent of one of the kids in my classroom was a doula and I happened to be around when she was talking about her job. I was intruigued - but put it in the back of my mind because I was not in that point in my life. I had just turned 21 - had a year left of school and had just found out I had a pituitary tumor - which was still up in the air about if I'd be able to have kids anyway....
So after I moved to VA, I was driving through a part of downtown where there are little boutique shops. It was late and the shops were closed - but one was open with a big sign on the sidewalk that said, "BirthMatters" and so I stopped and went in and got an information packet and book lists, etc. It explained more about doulas and midwives and natural birth. I wasn't sure I completely agreed - because all I'd ever known were the type of births I'd seen on TV.
But I wanted to start TTC - and DH didn't - so I decided to spend some time that I would be waiting (we had decided not to TTC for another 2 years) reading some of the things on the book list. After reading more - I decided to become a doula (because I felt it was a great thing and could make some $)..... I really enjoyed reading all the books on childbirth and doing all the research on everything.
All this time I just assumed I'd give birth in a hospital because I did have a thyroid/pituitary condition afterall - and my house was 30 minutes from the hospital. I even talked to one of the MW teams in my area and they said it'd be best if I went to an OB and reccomended the high-risk OB. I didn't want a high risk OB -so when my regular OB moved away about a year before TTC - I switched to a CNM that worked out of her house (who happened to be backed by the high risk OB).... well I told her we would be TTC within a year and had my yearly checkup - That's about when I found Preg.org as well. She diagnosed me with low progesterone too - and so it helped me to decide to go off BCP's even sooner - so I went off them. We did the TCOYF thing for that year.
So the month we started TTC I went to the local birth matters meeting and found out through the grape-vine that my MW had quit taking pregnancy patients and was doing GYN only from now on! I was so upset! So I started asking them for reccomendations on another MW - but at that time we had 4 MW's that could deliver at the hospital. 3 of them were no longer doing hospital births - because in VA you have to have a OB back you - or you can't do them...and one fo the OB's moved and two others decided to deny thier MW because of increases in insurance rates.... So that left one MW and so I called her and she was not taking any new patients of any kind
So now i didn't have a MW or OB and couldn't really find one - so I figured that when I did get pregnant I'd just call the high-risk OB and see him. Well - I did get pregnant and I had an appointment that same day with the RE to talk about how "high-risk" I really was due to my hormonal conditions - and to get a second opinion because of my stupid endocrinologist that had recently REALLY screwed up my thyroid by overdosing me. I got my BFP that morning and had an appointment that afternoon - I started bleeding at noon and by the time I got into his office at 3pm - my progesterone was only 2... so he prescribed me with progesterone supplements and told me to come back to have the u/s to see if the pregnancy was progressing.... which it didn't. So I saw him for 4 months - still TTC and even tried clomid for 2 cycles to try to regulate my low progesterone, and he worked on getting my thyroid right - but I had to see another endocrinologist too.
So the clomid didn't work at all - my progesterone got better on it's own as my thyroid started getting better. So when I did get pregnant again - I went back to the RE for early u/s and progesterone checks every other day for the first week - and it looked good. I had no bleeding this time and my thyroid stayed normal. So when I was 8 weeks he "released" me to the OB. So I called them and they wouldn't see me till 12 weeks - which scared me - but when I got there - they kinda seemed annoyed that I was listed as "high-risk" and I really wasn't. That surprised me. But they insisted I was a normal healthy pregnancy - baby was fine and my thyroid condition was not an issue since it was now under control.
So at 20 weeks I talked with DH about how well everything was going and he was having fears about going to the hospital (because he was asthmatic as a child and spent a lot of stressful time at the hospital - plus he hates to drive and he almost never does it - and the thought of having to drive me to the hospital while I was in labor scared the crap out of him). So I asked him what he thought about looking into a homebirth... he was okay with it! So I started searching for HB MW's and a week later one of the x-hospital MW's (who is still a CNM at a dr's office doing gyn work - not the one I'd seen before) was now in apprenticeship with a HB MW to start doing HB's. She is so great! So I called her up and interviewed her with DH and we both really liked her. She's done over 1,000 births (only 3 at home -but still). So we decided to hire her and her partner. She is now a CPM, and a CNM, and actually works one day a week as a L&D nurse at our local hosptial as an RN....
But we decided to NOT tell family because they love television and think that TV births are "real" -and they already think I'm crazy for being a doula and I've had a few family members (especially my mom) get mad that I stopped seeing the OB and went with a MW. And no - they don't know that it's a HB MW... It's been a battle just trying to get them to understand that MW's have a lot of training and generally provide more personal care than OB's.... I'm still working on that.
WE also decided that if anyone asks if we are having a HB - we won't lie about it .... and DH's mom just asked us that last week - and we told her (now she used to be a nurse and used to work on L&D and knew several MW's) so she is fine with it - except that she worries because we are 25-30 minutes from the hosptial.... but she has agreed to keep it a secret... She's so great!
Wow that is an amazing story!
I am glad everything has gone so well for you after a rough start.
Wow Jodi. I am so excited for you that you are having a homebirth. And that you DH and MIL are supportive is fantastic. It really does help one's state of mind when there are people behind us, as much as know in our hearts we are doing the right thing for ourselves. I'm glad you are going for what you want despite of the hurdles you have encountered.
I'm so impressed that you can keep it a secret like that!! I wouldn't be able to...I'm sorry yourfamily isn't so supportive. My mom is the same way about natural childbirth..."why feel pain if you don't have to?". Oh well....hopefully after you have a healthy, happy homebirth, you can show your family why its so good!!!
Congratulations on your lodge Jodi. I can't believe August mommies are getting their lodges. Before you know it mine will come up. I can't wait to share this journey with you!
I started making the quilt last night for the baby's bed. Although the baby will be in a mini-crib/co-sleeper thing for the first several months at least - I figure that I have time now - so I might as well get it done...
My SIL gave us a crib - that you can take the front fence side off of - and use it as a toddler bed... so I am making a quilt for that. It is cotton with cotton stuffing. I'll have to show pics when it is done.
I cut out all the pieces last night and hope to get some of it sewn today (since I'm not doing outside stuff with it being over 93 here today!)
I checked myself last night because I had some really low crampy feelings - and I'm the same as I have been the last 2 weeks. About 1cm and very soft - but no effacing really yet... Which is good - I want this baby to stay comfy till at least the 16th - when my MW comes back from vacation.
So my upper thighs are getting sore and I just want to sit all day because that's the only way they don't ache.... I know I've got to get used to it though - I see myself going another 3-4 weeks anyway!
Thanks for sharing your story so far. I want to see this quilt!
Wow, making a quilt, good for you! I wish I was good at those kinds of things! Stay cool and hydrated!
Can't wait to see pictures of the quilt!!!
Ooh - another quilt! I can't wait to see it You'll have to share when you are done.
Funny - I've noticed my quads are sore lately too, I figured I was just being a lump or something... maybe there's something to it!
You could show us pictures of the quilt in progress, we wouldn't mind!!
Well - I would show you pics of the quilt right now - but it's more a pile of half sewn fabric - so i'll wait till there are more pieces actually together. It is going to be green and yellow squares with white chenille... hard to explain- but I'll show you soon.
Here is my 37 week belly pic that I took last night - and as you can tell - no dropping in sight :roll:
I am having a bad morning... I barely slept all last night because of my hips and thighs being sore and pinching - and no amount of pillows could get me comfortable. Every time I'd fall back asleep - the neighbor's dog would start barking and I'd have to try again... It was so exhausting. I even tried to sleep in - but couldn't, so a nap is in my future today for sure! I ate 4 bites of my breakfast and had to stop - it's SO hard to eat when there is a butt pressing on your stomach making you feel pukey... I hope baby moves soon so I can at least eat some breakfast!
I hope the rest of you are feeling well today
Jodi, your belly looks great! Sorry you had a rough night last night, but hopefully you get to enjoy a nice nap today.
Great belly! Sounds like an awful night. I've actually found that the naps help so much. I feel like a new woman. I can use the whole bed (including DH's side!) and fill up the bed with pillows
I completely understand about not being able to eat!! I miss being able to eat a whole meal!!!
Naps are always good...in fact, I may just follow your lead!
Congrats on the lodge. It's hard to believe that the August babies are on their way...
Great belly pics, too!
Okay - just got back from my 37 week midwife appointment.
I actually lost a pound and a half since last week..... and my belly measurement was up only 1/2 a week - instead of a whole week like it should be.....So I'm measuring 36 1/2.....
The baby has been moving around and the heartrate is still normal (140-150)... so the MW thinks things are fine, but wants me to eat more protien and more food in general. She also wants me to call if there is any decrease in movement and come to her house for a NST...
I hope that it doesn't come to that - I think things are okay too...
I also finished the quilt, and am almost done with the bumper. Once I finish the bumper - I'll take new nursery pics and show them. Baby won't be in the nursery till probably 4 months anyway, but it has to look nice for when we put our house up for sale in a month or so.
DH has been nesting - he spend LOTS of time in the yard getting things done from our "to-do" list that we need to finish before the house is listed... He's been procrastinating on this stuff for months - but when I told him over the weekend that we had 3 weeks left - I think it finally sunk in.
That's awesome that your DH is starting to get stuff done. I love it when Aaron finally gets around to getting stuff done.
I measured 1 week behind at my 36 week appointment but the m/w didn't seem concerned. Hopefully your measuring a bit off is just the way the baby was laying or something. I am sure things are fine.
I can't wait to see pics of your handiwork. I am so impressed that you can sew and stuff, what a nice way to get ready for the baby.
Cute belly pic Jodi!!!
I'm sure everything is fine. Eat that protein!
I bet your nursery is beautiful. How cool is it that you are making your own bedding?
YOur belly looks beautiful!!!!
I wish my doctor would tell me to eat more!!! I'm always hungry...but can't eat much at each sitting!!
I'm excited to see pictures of the finished nursery!
I had to laugh about the procrastinating Jodi I told our hubbie that I'm not expecting baby until Aug 9 (that was months ago). However I've had a few crampies here and there and suggested to him that perhaps baby will come sooner than we expect. He kicked her into high gear as well and worked like a man on a mission last night!
I finally did it! I finished the quilt and bumper pad.
Here's some pics:
I feel so much better by knowing that at least I finished something...
Today I've been feeling a lot more movement in a different way - when baby kicks it's head makes me get some pinching feeling in my cervix... so maybe something is happening afterall???
They look so nice!!! Did you do them totally by hand or use a machine? My mom does both, depending on the quilt. In fact, she's in the living room right now hand quilting a Noah's Ark panel she found for Ethan
I've been working off and on doing a cross stitch sampler for Ethan's room but it's only about 25% done....
The quilt and bumper look awesome Jodi! You are so fast I am still slowly plugging away at putting my quilt together.
That is exciting about the new feelings in your cervix. I guess baby's got come out sometime, hey?
The nursery looks great!! I LOVE the colours!
Holy smokes you work fast woman! They both look great and so does the nursery!
Wow! Your nursery looks great! I really like the colors (those were the colors my mom chose when I was a newborn).
I thought about making our crib set (or asking my mom to "help") but just don't have the time to take up such a daunting task!
Well - I cheated a bit on the quilt to make it not take as long - I used big squares (6") and long strips of fabric - so it was actually quite easy. I did it all on the machine - so that made it even easier!
Glad you like it though
I had a lot more "cervix cramping" last night - I think it may have actually been my pubic bone cartiladge getting loose in the middle or something. It sure hurt to walk for most of the night last night. I was much better this morning though so who knows?
Yay for cervix cramping! lol.... I find I am always achy in my pelvic region when I get up from laying down. I figure my pelvis is all loosey goosey and gets sore from being squished.
Love the nursery! And using big blocks on a quilt isn't cheating, it's just good time management!
Cervix cramping, eh? Not looking forward to that!! All I have is stabbing pains...it kind of feels like she's scratching my cervix with her finger nail!!!
Jodi, that is SUCH a lovely quilt! You are talented!!! Are you taking orders?
Thanks! And that depends - how much money do you have???
But if you ask if I sell them - I have in the past sold custom crib sets for people when I used to sell baby things at the local farmer's market. .... I just haven't made one in over a year. The first lady I made one for is now pregnant with her 2nd baby and will be due a month after me. She says she plans to use it again... (her's was smaller squares in blue, yellow, green and white with lots of plaid).
Beautiful quilt! The nursery looks so nice!
Nothing wrong with doing it on the machine! I've watched my mom quilt and do everything 100% by hand... She still hasn't finished the one she started for us about 4 years ago Of course, she's done other ones on her machine since then, but each of us are getting a handmade one.
Either way, homemade quilts are beautiful and quite unique!
I had a night a week ago where it hurt to walk too. But mine was BH's that kept me from walking upright. I figured they must be doing something to be that bad, but when my doctor had to do an unplanned internal exam 2 days later (because of the possible toxemia), I hadn't dilated or effaced any! I hope your discomfort is actually doing something!
Connie - I know what you mean about hand-made quilts... I started one when we got married (hand-pieced and quilted) and It's still in the pieicing stage. It's a double wedding ring quilt... maybe I'll finish it in time to give it to our kid on their wedding day???
WEll my MW is now back from vacation - so baby can come any time now :Whistle: DH still thinks baby will arrive on Aug. 2, and I can't say that I don't agree - because my body is acting like it doesn't really quite get it yet....
My MW told me to take a week off of DTD, so we did - and the theory is that the break will help the cervix get ready (because it hasn't had teh prostglandins in a while) but it did nothing.... not even a BH.... funny though because before DTD- I was having a BH about every 45 min to an hour... but not after... oh well... DH is happy because now the prescription is to DTD daily or every other day (depending on what we want) and he likes that idea of course - especially after taking a week off!
I have my last birth circle meeting tonight with the local natural birth group -before baby comes..... We meet montly - and I know that if baby decides not to show up - they will schedule me for an induction at 42+ weeks on the same day as our next meeting.... It's kinda exciting to think that this is the last one before baby
I also have a MW appt. tomorrow - it should be pretty un-eventful seeing that they do no cervical checks till 40 weeks, baby doesn't appear to have dropped (at least not permanently - although I think it did for a couple days - but is back up again).... and they don't do NST's or anything else unless they see a problem.... so I'm sure it will just be a normal appointment. I'll let you all know how it goes.
I can't believe you can still DTD!! Just the thought of it makes me want to vomit!!! Good for you (and DH )!!
Good luck with the appointment!! I'm sure everything is going great!