Melissa's Lodge!

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Melissa's Lodge!

Welcome to your lodge Melissa! Please make yourself at home! Biggrin

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Congratulations on your lodge! Looking forward to reading your journey!

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Looking forward to your story! Congrats!

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Hi Melissa hun!! Welcome to your lodge!!!

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Congrats on your lodge. Biggrin

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Hi Melissa....Congrats on your lodge!

(I sent you a PM)

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Melissa,
Thanks for sharing your story! I did make it through the whole thing! You remind me a lot of myself and your relationship and your husband remind me of myself as well. I was always the "granola" one and lived a very unconventional and alternative lifestyle. I met my husband who is more traditional than me and it really does change your perspective. I think it's been great for me though. Intead of always automatically thinking a certain way about things he brings me more to the center and that has actually been a good thing.

Anyway...I look forward to reading your lodge and I hope you get the delivery you want!!

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:bounce8: Welcome to your lodge, due date buddy!! Isn't this exciting?! TFS your story. I'm leaving corporate America too (sales) to be a SAHM, so we can adjust to our new lives together. I look forward to continuing this journey with you.

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congrats on your lodge! I recognize you from Feb 07, where I hang out a bit as I'm due on the cusp of Feb/March. Looking forward to the rest of your journey!!

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I had some maternity photos taken at 35 weeks and just got this preview from the photographer ~

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those are beautiful pictures hon! I'm so glad to see you got your lodge

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Those pictures are beautiful. Welcome to your lodge.

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Your pictures are so beautiful, what a nice keepsake.

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Melissa,
I can TOTALLY relate regarding feeling comfortable and therefore thinking nothing is going on in there :-)! Sometimes it makes me think I'll be one of the late ones!
Good luck getting the natural birth that you want. I hope you are able to do it!!!!! I look forward to hearing all about your journey :-).
Oooh, and I know I said it on the Feb board, but I have to say it again...those pictures are GORGEOUS!!!!!! After seeing yours I was talking to DH tonight about taking some here...just amateur ones...but ones for posterity. We may try to see what we come up with this weekend :-). Thanks for the inspiration!

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Congratulations on your lodge, your pictures are just beautiful!

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Your pictures are lovely and it sounds like your weekend is going to be fantastic! Enjoy your massage!

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I LOVE your pics!! I don't know how I missed them on the Feb. board. You look radiant! Have an awesome weekend with the girls Smile

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Beautiful pictures Melissa! It's nice to hear an OB who is just letting things happen. I look forward to hearing about you and your birth. Congrats!

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Congratulations!!!! I loved reading your story. That is wonderful that you are still so comfortable!

Your pictures are so beautiful!!!!

Good for you for taking a relaxing weekend!! Enjoy!

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That's interesting about the shoe size thing, I've never heard that but I can see that it may have some truth as a rule-of-thumb. Inuit women can make a whole set of clothing (that fits) from your head circumference (or at least they could in the 50's LOL they've probably gotten used to measuring tapes by now!). So I could see it having some truth.

I guess they didn't say if they had tried the Gaskin Manoever for the shoulder dystocia?

You sound good, hon!

xo Robin

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Sorry I'm late getting here - so many lodges, so little time!

I have heard the shoe size thing. I'm 5'0" with a really tiny frame but big feet (size Dirol and my midwife told me the shoe thing. She felt my pelvis and concluded that she could "drive a truck through it" - I then went on to deliver an 8 pounder. So I believe it!

I love the picture of you holding the baby shoes. Your belly is gorgeous! Enjoy it, you're going to miss it soon enough. Biggrin

"a human boob" - that's hilarious. I know how you feel. It's a daunting task - realizing that you're going to be totally depended upon for the survival of another human being - both nutritionally and care-wise. But try not to worry about it too much (easier said than done, right?!). When the time comes, you'll do your best, and you'll be great. The fact that you're worrying about it is a good sign - it shows that you really care, and you're really trying to prepare yourself for what you're about to experience.

Congrats on being full term - isn't it a great feeling?!

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Beautiful pictures! Hang in there, you are doing wonderfully!

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I totally can related to your worry about the future and your relationship with Nate. I have the exact same concerns about my future, and I am only 13 weeks! Hubbie and I were reading Birthing From Within last night, and there was a section on worry. The book said that worry was actually a good thing. Explore your worries and your fears and don't be afraid of them. It generally turns out that those mamas with the worries end up not having to face the problem they were worried about!

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Having a baby definitely changes the spontaneous nature of life. It changes routines and all the decisions you make, even the very small ones like can I take a shower right now? I remember after my daughter was born it was such an adjustment - having to think of someone else more than I thought of myself. Having to make all my decisions around her. I could no longer just go for a run when I felt like it, or go out with friends whenever I wanted. You have to plan and plot your life so much more.

But life just becomes better, deeper, more meaningful. Yeah, your reality totally changes, but for me it was a change I was so happy to make because it was for my kid. It made it all worthwhile. And, while I don't know what it is like having a partner and an infant, I suspect it creates a deeper and more meaningful bond with your husband as well. My DH has been a wonderful father to my daughter (he's in the process of adopting her) and I'm so excited to be having children with him.

Anyway...I'm rambling. I look back on that switch from maiden to mama with much, much fondness. It's a new stage of life and it's great to be in the mama club. I love it.

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I understand completely. I could probably ask for an internal from my midwives...but I think it would just get my hopes up. If I AM dilating, it doesn't necessarily mean anything. So just think of it as a blessing :-).

Can you believe everyone going into labor on our birthboard???????? I'm totally shocked at how many January babies we have already (that were DUE in February!!)

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Good work for hanging in there Melissa. Your little one must be comfy and happy with everything, as I'm told - enjoy the quiet for now Smile

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:goodluck: today! I know it's going to be a bittersweet day for you. I left my job unexpectedly when I went on bedrest, so I never really had any closure, but I wasn't happy there anyways. I'll be thinking of you today. :bighug:

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:goodluck: at your appt today!! How was your 1st day as a SAHM? Did you do anything exciting, like wash baby clothes or do nursery stuff? I'm excited that you've started to have contractions and cramping! KUP

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I just got caught up on your lodge today...

I'm sorry to hear about the GBS :evil: I asked at our MW appt yesterday what they would do if I were + and they said they'd put a thing (yes, that's the technical term, lol) in my hand and then pump in the antibiotics every 4 hours, so I could move around...do you think there's any chance your OB would be comfortable with an alternative arrangement like that?

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p.s. your maternity photos are stunning!!!

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Oh Melissa, I'm sorry you were feeling so down. I think from this point on you need to take it one day at a time. You will have good days and bad, but your baby will come. Try not to think in weeks. Spend some time with your DH, go to a movie, out to dinner, for a walk, etc...
Think of this time as your last days as a couple before you become a family of three. You will never have that back, and it is precious.
You're doing great, it really can't be long now.

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Sorry you didn't feel supported. I am a first timer, so I am sure there isn't much I can say, but I wish you luck on your birth and hope you get the support you are looking for on your birth board.

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Melissa-
I'm pretty new to posting on this Board...sorry you didn't feel supported. I hope all goes well with your pregnancy and delivery.

Jen

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aw hon, I'm sorry you're feeling that way Sad I don't really know what to say.

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Keep that beautiful spiritual image in your head Melissa. I am thinking of you and so glad you can be a SAHM now. Good luck.

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I just wanted to post that Melissa's water broke today! I don't know if you will check in here at all Melissa but I will be thinking of you today. Good Luck!

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