Kathy's (Summerblue) Lodge - Postpartum

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Kathy's (Summerblue) Lodge - Postpartum

Congrats on your lodge and 36 weeks!

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Congrats Kathy!

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Congrats!!

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Welcome to your lodge Kathy!! We're in the homestretch now. I can't wait to share this last month together.

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Yay!!! Your lodge is up and running!

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YAY, Kathy! Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to share in your journey!

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Welcome to your lodge!!! Can't wait to follow your journey through these last weeks...

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Welcome and congrats!!!!!

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Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to follow your journey.

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Yeah! I have a lodge! I love the way this board surrounds us mamas with love. I tried several other due date boards in early pregnancy, at other forums, and they were so large and so full of snark, they left me very sad. This one is a loving place. Biggrin I do still participate in the June 2007 board here as that one has been an ok place. But, I left the other places long ago.

My name is Kathy and I am 41, an old fart. I've been married to dh (he likes to remain anonymous), also 41, for 13 years and we dated for 8 years before that. I am a pisces and he is a gemini and it takes us a really long time to make a decision. 8). My dh is also a guitar player. He was in a band when we met. My girlfriend was dating his bandmate and she set us up on a blind date. That was in 1985! We were college sweethearts. Now, he just plays for fun but we've started our 4 year old playing tambourine and other percussive instruments and singing Wiggles songs along with him. I love music but hate being told I am off key, so I mostly listen. LOL!

We went through grad school for both (I am a teacher, he a fish biologist), bought a house, fixed it up a lot, paid off cars and one student loan, and then started trying to have a baby. My hypothyroid disease interferred with fertility, which took two years and some unsuccessful fertility treatments later to figure out. Along the way, I had two early miscarriages. But, finally, in March 2003, we had a lovely baby girl. She is now 4 and the love of our lives. She still cosleeps and nursed for 30 mos. I could not bear the idea of going back to work and she had some somewhat minor but time consuming health issues her first two years, so I have stayed home with her. She had something called torticollis, a tight neck muscle on one side, that affected everything from eating to crawling to sleeping. Now, she is fine with osteopath visits quarterly but at first there were lots of different types of therapy and docs to deal with.

Finally, when our dd weaned at 30 mos, we started to talk about having another baby. I actually got pregnant pretty quickly but miscarried again at 6 weeks. That was hard and it took a long time to get over that. It helped that a few weeks after the miscarriage we decided to move to a smaller city and make a happier life for ourselves. We started at the end of May last year talking about the idea and by end of July had sold our home and bought a new one in the new city and were deep in the throes of moving. Once we got settled, I started using progesterone cream and changed thyroid meds again and got pregnant right away. This one took! And, here we are.

Before the first baby was born, I was a fairly mainstream thinking parent to be mostly because I was completely clueless. I read Parents mag and lurked at babycenter because that is all I knew. I saw a naturopath for my health but wanted an OB for birth. I found a good one who practiced at a small hospital in Seattle, but ended up with an induction and an epidural that only worked on 1/2 of me, despite repeated attempts to fix it. I tore a lot and possibly broke my tailbone and generally did not like that birth experience. I did not mourn anything; I had had some stress-related complications during the pregnancy and was just relieved it was over and the baby and I were fine. But, this time, I knew I wanted something different.

In the past 4 years, I have become pretty crunchy. I am like my parenting group expert on the toxicity of plastics and beauty products. We now eat mostly organic. I am even going to try cloth dipes with this baby! So, using a midwife and having a natural childbirth this time seemed the right choice. Being a bit of a weeny, I am going to deliver at at free standing birth center a few blocks from, but not affiliated with, the hospital. The midwife I have is awesome. She has been practicing for 30 years and is also a homeopath and nurse practitioner. She is not averse to medical interventions but only as last resorts. So, I feel comfortable in her hands. This pregnancy, I've had no stress (not working) and no complications except multiple illness. I am on cold #3 right now. The first two turned into sinus infections. I also had a flu-type virus for a week. Ah, the joys of life with a miniature germ vector/preschooler!

So, that is my story. This week, I have been sick but using the time to do baby laundry. That is fun, except I cannot seem to get my cat to stop sleeping in the crib. I plan to cosleep but I wanted to use the crib for naps if possible. I know he will scadoodle when the baby comes (he hated dd #1 for like 3 years) but still it bugs me that he is constantly in there! Oh well, what can you do? I learned with baby #1, ya gotta just laugh, smile, and go with the flow!

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Thanks for sharing your story Kathy! I'm going to try cloth diapering too, I'm excited! I have the AIO that a SAHM up in Alaska makes, I can't wait to use them Smile

I have the Cosleeper canopy, mainly for keeping the cats out now and also for putting over her when we go outside, as it fits over the bouncy seat pretty well or just over a blanket if she's laying down. Like you said, I'm sure the cats won't want to lay in there once baby is in there, but who wants a bunch of cat hair in their baby's sleeping area!

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Thanks for sharing your story Kathy! I can't wait to start my baby laundry, but I've got a little ways before I get to Smile

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Just finished putting away the baby laundry. My god, my mom bought me way too many onesies! I think I have 20 for 0-3 mos! Grandma loves to shop. She bought them in packs and I don't think she counted them individually.

I cannot figure out how to upload photos to this site, despite being fairly tech savvy, so I have a blog. Here is a link to photos of me from last week, my cutesie dipe stash and some miscellaneous stuff.

http://babyhen.blogspot.com/

Fawn, I used to have a crib tent to keep the cat out but I always felt like it was so hard to get in and out of. I gave it away after last baby stopped sleeping in crib all together. I hesitate to get another one as the zipping used to wake baby #1 up.

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Ahhhh, I love seeing stashes of diapers, even if they're not my own...... satisfies the nesting urge a little Smile I have mainly AIO with some plain ol' white prefolds with wrappers.

Hmmmm, I have pictures at Photobucket and from there I just copy the image address and paste it into my message or profile. Any photo hosting site will work though..........

Nice blog, and you look cute with your baby belly Smile

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Hi! It's amazing how much you change after having a baby of your own. You have to swallow your own words sometimes.
I'm a Pisces too!

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Love your DD dancing about in her red outfit. What a cutie!
Your dog looks so much like our Bouvier Charlotte!!!

I'm glad you look so happy and relaxed too. I'll enjoy reading of your progress!

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Oh Charlotte is adorable! No, boon is a labradoodle but they definitely look like kissing cousins!

I don't have a photo sharing account. Hence the problem. I do not want all our photos accessible so I just do the blog with a few. It is pretty easy to back track from a photo account, sometimes, to the rest of the photos.

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You can have a photosharing account and just upload the photos you want. And I believe photobucket has an option to make your album private, so people can only see the photos when you post them somewhere, they can't just browse and find them on google.

Otherwise, you can post photos here by using the img tag. put the img and /img in [ ] and then the url in between the two tags, just like in html. Well, sort of like in html. if you don't know the url for the image, you can right-click and choose properties to find it.

I can help more via PM or off-board if you want.

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Welcome to your lodge Kathy! Those are great pictures, love the baby belly & your dd is too cute lol

As for photo's I use photobucket, have for years & love it! They also have the code already written for you to just copy paste Smile

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We do have lots in common besides our due date don't we.. I wish I was a little more musical too.. I don't sing either, well unless I'm trying to be annoying, haha.

Do you intend to try starting right from day 1?

I put balloons in the bassinette and playpen to train the cat to stay out of them, so far, it hasn't worked.. the cat was in the playpen last night beside the balloon so I guess she didn't pop it.. such a stupid idea anyway really.. what cat jumps around with her claws already extended. I've heard double sided tape or tape with the sticky side up works too but I just cannot imagine peeling tape off of the cat.. OMG. We'll resort to bug nets most likely when the baby is here.. Our cat likes to lay on people.. we'll see what her intentions are with the new babe.

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Do you intend to try starting right from day 1?

Do you mean using the crib? Nah, I am too lazy for that. Breastfeeding in bed is much easier. But, as sleep gets better for us both, I am going to try to put baby down, at times, in crib. We shall see. Baby #1 had startle reflex so bad she could not sleep in crib. That and bad neck problem. But, I really think it was startle reflex that just woke her up everytime she was not near a body. I am going to try swaddling more this time. (read happiest baby on the block this time) I don't really make plans - just go with the flow. Works better on my nerves!

Photos - thanks for all the advice everyone. As you can see from my signature, I figured out how to add images! (I added the breastfeeding one below.)

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Ooops.. sorry, I meant cloth diapering.. I deleted part of my paragraph when I saw that you already showed your stash.

I'll have to check out your blog when I get home, the pics wont show up here at work, but that is typical here.

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No I am not going to CD right away. My #1 pooped sooo much the first few weeks and I don't want to deal with meconium poop anyway. My #1 pooped like every few hours and pee'd a lot, too. I was going through 20 dipes a day, and that was not changing all the wet dipes! I am going to wait at least a week or so and see how this one goes and then try cloth. So, I did not buy any newborn sizes. I am also going to try elimination communication but again I am going to wait until close to a few weeks or a month old to start. I figure it will go better for both if baby is not pooping constantly and I am feeling rested. First few weeks are all about recovery and rest and bonding. So, we have a stash of disposables, too.

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My mom said baby poops constantly during the first week too so I wasn't sure what I was going to do.. I too have lots of sposies that people have given me and I agree.. we'll need all of the rest we can get and not have to worry about extra laundry right away.. As you say, play by ear.

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I heard that cats don't like aluminum foil, so I tried putting that down in the crib before Asa was born to keep Velma Kitty out. Yeah, didn't work...that crazy cat just slept on top of the foil. Once the baby had been in the crib one time, though, the cat never got back in. Odd.

I love your diaper stash! Too cute and makes me excited about buying more cloth for this next one. I'm with you on using disposables at first, though. Whew, cloth is just too much for me at the beginning! I'm even thinking of using only disposables on Asa again for a couple of weeks after the birth, just to get a break wherever I can.
I can't wait to keep reading your journey!

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Yeah, didn't work...that crazy cat just slept on top of the foil.

ROFL

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I'm glad you were able to figure out the pictures! I don't know what I'm going to do with my cats when the baby comes.

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Cats - the sound the babies make really annoys cats so I am not worried. My Pete will hightail it out of the room as soon as baby opens her mouth to voice an opinion. Last time, he did not sleep with me for like 2 years! If not, I am just going to close the door to the room.

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so i'm a little late but congrats on your lodge, hope you last weeks of pregnancy are great, looking forward to hearing more from you

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welcome to your lodge!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I feel more "at home" here than at the June 07 board too, but I try to cooperate every once in a while.

Speaking of crazy cat stories: my parents bought their first brand new furniture a few years ago (they kept putting off buying anything nice because of the two cats and dog) Well, the dog and one cat died, so they got their new furniture with the one cat left. They put painter's plastic over it during the day so the cat wouldn't get on it. The cat would climb up under tha plastic to get on the couch! Crazy kitties!!!

I am so sorry for your losses and so thrilled to be on this journey with you.

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Crazy kitties is righ!

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Well, today I am sick and started out the day with a phone call to my naturopath. Nothing she suggested last week is working, my sinuses are plugged and my head aches and I have had bloody noses all day, so I am now on antibiotics as a last resort. Yuck. We decided that we will wait for a while post partum to see how healthy I am and then do some bloodwork to see if I need different vitamins or have some allergies or something. She thinks it is most likely just the combo of dd in preschool plus my bad sinuses plus being pregnant. Usually, I am much healthier.

Also met with doula today. She had some great ideas. I am freezing gatorade in ice cube trays. Apparently, a lot of her clients like to much on mushed up gatorade ice cubes while they are using the birth tub. She also suggested instant oatmeal as a good snack to bring to birth center where they do have hot water. She is going to bring some essential oils with her like lavendar to see if I like that during labor. And she brings a bucky bag (large bean bag with buckwheat inside that you can microwave for warm pressure) to use if needed. That sounds nice. Center has ball and other apparati, so we are good to go! I am also bringing lavendar eye pillow and tennis balls for comfort as well as gatorade and protein bars and we will bring some fresh fruit and yogurt.

Tonite, I meet with my midwife for GBS test and 36.5 week exam. Not sure if that entails internal or if internal is next week.

I also have a chiro appt in an hour to help my sinus drainage.

All in all, a productive day for being sick!

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Just got back from midwife appt. GBS tests and first internal exam. I am 80% effaced and 1.5 cm dilated, which she said is very normal for 36.5 weeks and such a low baby. Baby is as low as she can go without coming out! So, thing are looking good so far.

And my neck feels awesome after chiro visit.

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Sounds Like your pretty organised! I look forward to stalking your lodge!!

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It's great that you are doing so well. I like the idea of the frozen gatorade, I will have to remember that one!

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Kathy---getting caught up on lodges--thanks for sharing your story. I am looking forward to being on this journey with you...

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Glad to hear the appt went well. Frozen gatorade is a fantastic idea. I'll have to remember that one. I hope you are feeling better. Being sick is never fun, let alone when you are 36 weeks!

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I like that gatorade idea. It sounds like you're in great shape (well, aside from the nasty sinus problem). Hopefully there will be some news soon!

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Regarding kitties:

If not, I am just going to close the door to the room.

One of my three kitties will absolutely NOT tolerate closed doors in the house! Close a door and he will manically paw at it for hours (how many, I don't know bc I've never been able to wait him out--I cave at about 5 hours of pawing keeping me up in the night)! We've had lots of different reasons that closing a door to a bedroom would have been a help but, no....Madison will have none of it. It is HIS house and HE deserves access to all parts of it at ALL times! I hope this isn't a sign of what's to come in my parenting skills (i.e., the CHILD runs the house;-). I envy you for being able to shut kitty out;-)

On another note...sorry you've had so much trouble with sinus infections during this pregnancy...it must be very frustrating! I sure hope this current bout clears up in time for you to feel as good as possible for your labor! Also...glad to hear that the chiro appt helped...I had a prenatal massage a few weeks ago and I literally thought I was in heaven!!

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Kitties are stubborn, aren't they? This one hated my first dd as a newborn so I have confidence he won't want to be anywhere near me after baby is born.

In lighter news, I have a feeling this baby is coming sooner than my june 15th due date! I had BH contractions a lot yesterday and baby was very active all night long and I had dreams that she was coming soon and we had to buy a house RIGHT NOW! (we already own a house, this was just dreamworld - but the houses in my dreams were really cool!) I am 80% effaced so that has to mean something.

So, today, I am paying all my bills and going to try to balance the checkbook, just in case. And, put dd's labor and delivery bag of stuff together. Otherwise, everything is ready.

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Woohoo Kathy, sounds like you are gearing up!!!

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Kathy, I hope that things start moving along for you!!

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Wow! Very cool... good for you getting everything in order and ready!

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I can't figure out if I am having braxton hicks or if baby is moving a lot. My pregnancy book says that towards the end you can have contractions here and there until labor starts when they might be more uniform. My back aches a bit but then again I am sitting around more then ever inbetween chores and errands so that could irritate my back. I do think this is the beginning stage of very early labor but I am not sure it is actual labor. It could just be very big baby in very small uterus, pushing and moving and stretching a lot. Not sure.

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Don't you wish you knew what was going on in there?! I am so with you. My BH feel like everything gets really tight/hard and if I feel my belly, it's all baby and I don't think he moves when it's happening.

Sometimes I get a cramp or something and I welcome it and wish for more.. lol. It never works.

They're coming Smile It's only a matter of time.

Kudo's for being ready.. I had one of those days yesterday too.

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Ugh, it's tough isn't it??? I'm having several of these days...many many BH - some more intense than others, overall soreness in my pelvis and back, irritable, blah blah blah.

I was thinking last night I wish there was a clear *sign* that labor was beginning or coming within 24 hours, like, our nipples turned orange or something. LOL

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Orange nipples, now that would be a great indicator.. Although then we'd be sitting here taking pictures and questioning whether we were starting to turn orange or not.

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Orange nipples, now that would be a great indicator.. Although then we'd be sitting here taking pictures and questioning whether we were starting to turn orange or not.

ROFL Now that would make for an intersting thread!!

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"KatieAndKage" wrote:

I was thinking last night I wish there was a clear *sign* that labor was beginning or coming within 24 hours, like, our nipples turned orange or something. LOL

that would be good!

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LOL on the orange nipples thing. I totally agree. I know I would have been posting 'before' and 'after' pics going: "What do you guys think? The left one looks more orange today, doesn't it? I mean, really... I know I'm inpatient, but that's DEFINITEly more orange, Raight?? RIGHT???"

My labor with my first was induced and incredibly easy, which made me think that every little BH was "it" with my second. I was a nervous wreck. I know how frustrating the whole is it or isn't it dance is, but hang in there... eventually your body will serve baby his/her eviction notice. No one was ever pregnant forever!

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