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Nadine's (Monty's Mom) twin birth Lodge!

Nadine darling!!! What a journey you have been on - 2 months of hopsital bed rest, other misc. craziness LOL You've made it to 33wks!! I am so excited for you & am so glad that you and I have become friends, I look forward to reading along as you share the rest of your journey with us Smile

For those who don't know Nadine very well she's been on an updward battle to keep these two darlings of her's cooking, she's now reached 33wks and once she hits 34wks their going to let her off bedrest, so they could come any day! She also has a pregnancy journal up Pregnant After Adoption -

Anyhow ~ welcome to your lodge sweetie! :bighug:

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yay for Nadine!! I'm so proud of you for coming this far!

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Congrats on your lodge and almost being off of bedrest after such a long period. What a good mom you are already to your twins to make such a selfless sacrifice for them. I look forward to following your journey. Thanks for sharing. Smile

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Welcome!!! Wow more TWINS! Smile Love this...
xo Robin

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Wow! Double the fun - two twins lodges!

Congrats Nadine! Can't wait to hear your story.

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What a year!

Congrats on your lodge hun!

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Welcome to your lodge Nadine! Congrats on making it this far and YAY! for being off bedrest soon! Smile

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Nadine ~ You are our first Feb mom to get a lodge! I am so excited for you ~ and darlin, it feels like FOREVER ago to me that you went on bedrest!......so I can only imagine how it has felt for you! I am so thrilled for you that you have kept those little ones safe in there for all of these weeks and am so excited to follow your journey from here....thinking of you

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Nadine, you are doing a great job! I cannot imagine how difficult it has been for you but you're doing it momma!

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Congratulations on your lodge! Looking forward to sharing your journey with you!

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Yayy, another twins mommy! Congrats on making it this far Nadine!

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Nadine, you are my strength some days when I start to complain about bedrest! I just remind myself that you've been on it since October and in a hospital for most of it, so if Nadine can handle that I can handle a few more weeks. I look forward to following your journey in these last few weeks. Thanks for being such a strong momma!!

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Wow, time for a lodge already! I can't quite believe it. I have a great post to start my lodge off with too!
We had my first OB appointment today since I got admitted to the hospital. I've actually been home on bedrest a few days but I wasn't willing to say anything to anyone until today in case she sent me back. Turns out I needn't worry. I had an awesome time. She told me to go ahead and stay home, and in 3 days I'm off bedrest so she said I can do whatever I want. I find it hard to believe that I'll be able to stand up and have showers, or go to the mall or wal mart. It feels like forever since I've had freedom!
My biggest deal is I can't wait to get in shape again! I don't mean top physical condition obviously but as I am right now I'm not sure I'd have the strength to withstand the birthing. Finally! I can get in my place and get ready.
My OB mentioned that we're in a great place for a vaginal delivery, which made me very happy. She said she has total faith in my ability to have a nice easy vaginal birth, since I've managed to safely deliver two large babies, she figures even if I have two 7 lb babies, I'd do wonderfully. And (so I totally thought of Robin here..) she said that with my history, even if SHE is frank breech, she'd be willing to do a vaginal breech delivery. Being multipar with two large babies plus one before her to sort of "pave the way" she feels plenty confident that it would go perfectly. I was shocked, amazed maybe even a bit beyond amazed! My initial thought was I'd wind up having to battle with her if she was breech (which she still is). As long as he's head down we're good.
So since she brought up birth, I figured that now was a good time to discuss my tentative birth plan. So, we talked. My first question was if she had any issues with delaying eye ointment treatment for at least 2 hours so we could all bond. She had no problems with that. Second question was about the big E.. I told her straight up I had some serious issues with episiotomies, deep seated issues. She understood and told me her point of view regarding episiotomies, and said that all her partners knew she felt that way. She feels that she would much rather repair a tear than a cut, once you cut the tissue you weaken it resulting in bigger wounds.
Holy crap Marcia.. she is up to date! This woman is modern, and knows her stuff. She's also stopped recommending an epidural now. She totally is confident with my abilities. I could have hugged her, but instead I hugged myself inside. She also didn't check me, said she won't bother until I'm term/overdue or I ask. Man this woman is pretty fantastic.
I still have to deliver in the OR, but she said they try to make us as comfortable as possible. Pillows for positioning or whatever. No beds, though. Only the table. I guess my midwife tried it once and got in trouble Lol Now I need to suck up to anesthesia and beg them to let me have two people present at the birth. My last hurdle!
So off to ultrasound. Babies look wonderful, he's head down and engaged, which would explain all the pain and discomfort from yesterday (I swore I was going to wind up with full moon babies :shock:)and the tech said he's ready to go! His head is big, measuring around 35 weeks, and he's looking to average about 5 1/2 lbs. She is around 5lbs even, and normal sized head.. Lol and she's still breech, her head is up in my ribs. They look wonderful though and I got to see her cute little button nose in a profile shot.
So without checking me, she said he's nice and deep and engaged so it really could be any time. Way to make me pee my pants! I'd like to keep them till at least 37 weeks, I've come this far and I'd hate to stop now.
Thank you girls so much for the support through my big fear stage.. I don't think I could have had the strength without you. And I'm really glad that I have you with me for this last leg

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Oh, Nadine, I'm just so happy for you and your babies. I honestly didn't know if you'd make it this far. Obviously the hospital did a good job of helping you cook your babies until they're ready. They sound very healthy and just about ready to meet mommy. I'm also glad your happy with your OB, Im sure that lowers your stress temendously. She does sound pretty great for around here. Let me know when you want to get out of the house for some coffee or something...I'm around.

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Wow, your doc sounds really amazing and so up to date with natural birth. She'll even deliver a breech if necessary? I'm impressed. Great find!

I hope that you are able to have 2 people present at your birth - when will you get to have that convo?

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Oh Nadine that is has got to be some of the best news I've heard!!! I know we've spoken a lot about what your OB will and will not allow & how stressed you were, THANK GOODNESS she is so up to date and willing to work with you, seriously, that is just awsome.

I'm so glad your little ones are looking good too, I can't WAIT to meet them!!!

Love ya hun :bighug:

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Hi Nadine, welcome to your lodge! I've been following your story, and you are such a strong person! That's awesome that your mw is willing to do a vag breech birth Smile Here's sending you lots of "baking till 37 weeks" vibes! :vibes: :vibes: :vibes:

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That was a great appointment! Sounds like things are set; just another 3 or so weeks. Smile

You've done such a great job!
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You're an inspiration! I commend you for staying on bedrest so long to allow your little munchkins cooking time. It is wonderful to read that both twins are healthy and of good size.

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Nadine, I'm so happy for you! Sounds like you and your doctor are clicking...that's so important! Off bedrest...that will be a treat. Do you have any feelings about it? Do you think you'll go sooner rather than later?

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Oh, I love how great your dr is!! That's awesome! I'm praying you'll keep them for just a bit longer, I know you want to make it to 37!

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Emily I'm more sure than not that once I'm off bedrest and able to do the things I want to do (ie start walking to get my body in shape, pack hospital bags, nest..) even though I'll be taking it easier than normal I think they will come. If I had to guess, maybe 35 weeks?
He's very low, I feel it in my inner thighs and low back, and as of yesterday when I started feeling crappy, I am 100% effaced. Dilated I'm not so sure but I'd estimate 2cm (mind you I only thought I was about 3cm with matthew and I turned out to be 5cm)
I don't *think* they'll last to 37 weeks by the way my body feels, but once Monty goes to his dad's I'll be able to catch up on my hypnobabies course. I plan to listen to the babies stay in as much as I can while he's gone, when he's here it's hard enough as it is to listen to my CD once a day, let alone multiple times and I've been horrible, not practicing the finger drop technique at all except during my session.
I listen to my fear release more often than any of my others and I think it's working. I think now that I have less fear about my OB then I'll be okay.
I've been trying my visualization, and I just go with it letting my mind lead the way. So far, my scenario I've been imagining is quick and easy. In my last, I refused to leave until I had bags ready and when I got to the hospital I was complete and trying to not push! lol
That scenario in particular would put everyone in a tizzy however, because they need to call up anesthesia and get the OR ready and the ultrasound machine. However, that's my favorite one.
I had an odd dream last night where I was being chased down a hill by a house.. what the hell that means is beyond me. I've had some odd ones lately.
Anyway right now I'm in maintenance mode. I've started taking my Niphedipine again (which I was supposed to be taking all along but I hate the way it makes me feel.) and have increased my fluids.. hopefully if nothing else, I will hold off just another couple weeks, get through my baby shower and get the house ready. It is all I can do to not start shampooing carpets. However I've been advised it's not the best idea.. ROFL
So if y'all could tell kaden to back up just a teensy bit, I'd be happy. Engaged head is *not* comfortable

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Hey Nadine!!! Congrats on making it this far - you are doing a great job! I'm so glad your OB is on the same page as you and I hope the delivery goes as well as it can. Can you get them to allow a birth ball into the OR? (it helped me get Elizabeth to descend in record time with birth #3). I hope you get to have 2 people in there too.

The Hypnobabies is so helpful - but I was in the same spot as you - with my other 2 I could not practice like I wanted to. Still, I think it gave me confidence and an inner peace that I would not have had otherwise.

Good luck with everything and please keep us posted Smile

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Nothing much new happening, same feelings. I've been horrible and slacking about my nutrition lately.. living back at home has presented challenges with eating. The staple diet here is frozen foods (pizza, hot pockets..) and I KNOW my protein is suffering. I am pretty much all but positive that's what is contributing to my contracting.
I'm careful about taking my vitamins, folic acid, fish oil supplements but I may have to resort to purchasing ensure or something. I think this is part of the problem of why bedrest at home didn't work (other than the fact that I wasn't able to rest).
As a precaution I'm taking the Niphedipine again. I don't like it, I hate putting drugs into my body. I've always been really averse to medicine, even homeopathic, but keeping these two in me is more important than my personal fear of medicine.
I'm nesting, what's funny is I didn't nest with my last baby at all. I really think that as much as nesting is "bred" into us, I think our own minds have a huge part in it. I knew I wasn't keeping that baby, so I had nothing to nest on, and there was no reason. I saved my energy for playing with my little boy. This time I'm going insane. I want to shampoo carpets, I've put baby clothes in the drawers, and I can't wait until after my shower so I can put up that little bit of baby furniture that we can fit in here. The quarters here are SO small, but whatever I can do to make a home for my babies I will do.
I lost my insurance at the end of last month, so I'm without insurance, and if I were to have babies right now we could be in a lot of trouble. I need to kick up my feet and hold on for just a bit longer, I plan to go apply for medicaid to at least cover my delivery and post partum.
I hope they can move it, I haven't got much faith in the government.
Kelly - I know this is going to sound weird, but I love so much that you're here reading my lodge and on this journey with me.
Karen - Funny how far both of us have come since december 2001 huh? I laugh thinking how naive I was back then. I so wish I could read my posts from back in the day. Thank you for being with me

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Aw Nadine, I wished I lived closer to you. I would pop on over with the protein powder!!! Do you drink milk - if so, stirring some good-flavored protein powder into it is the best way to get lots of protein fast.

I also ate so many eggs during the last pregnancy that I should be clucking right now....

It is truly amazing how far we've come since our now 5 YEAR OLDS!!! in 2001. I personally have been pg or nursing since then :shock: However, having the high-needs little one was such a great learning experience for me, I'm so grateful for it now (even though at the time I felt horrendous and SOOOOO tired).

If you need anything, please PM me. I wish I could hand-deliver some protein though. :bighug:

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Hi darling! Sounds like Kaden is quite the impatient lil' man - so listen pu here Mr. Kaden no more pressing down on your mama's cervix, ya hear!

I hope things are calming down for you hun, if I remember right Monty is gone today right? Have the man shampoo the carpets! lol

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Wow that's a fantastic OB.

when/if you can - please tell her my story, and let her know that the ACOG guidelines changed in July/06 to say breech birth should be offered by experienced OBs. We need them on our side and she sounds like she might leap in.

Sending lots of babies stay put - and hey you little guy back up! vibes for you. Hang in there hon - you're doing SO great!!!

xo Robin

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Hi Nadine!! I am so sorry I haven't been posting. I am all caught up though and have been following along and thinking of you!!! I've been scrubbing carpets for you today Wink (although I'm sure you'd prefer if it had been YOUR carpet) I'll just have to come over sometime...you know just pop by! I have protein powder I can share too Smile When Karen said eggs - I jsut about puked!

I hope that little man of your calms down a little and stays put. I can only IMAGINE how hard it is to not go nutty at home doing too much after being copped up in the hospital as long as you were.

I'm thinking of you!!

Erika

PS send all that dialation and effacement energy my way!

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Nadine, just checking in on you and wishing you well!

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YahooYou've reached 34wks!!!!!!!!! Yahoo

You did it!!! :bighug:

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Congratulations on keeping your little ones baking for 34 weeks. Biggrin

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Congrats on getting to 34 weeks! That is a big accomplishment, and you have worked hard for it. Now your babies would be pre-term but not premature. Good for you!

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Hi Nadine- I love the sounds of your OB! Can we clone her?

What an interesting dream of running down a hill and having your house chase you. I've read that a house or a car in a dream represents your ego. (Of course there are some schools of though that everything in a dream represents parts of you and sometimes that seems to be true as well.)

Quick and easy is a great scenario to imagine. It's a great mantra as well. Congratulations on making it to 34 weeks!

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Congrats on 34 weeks! Keep cooking those babies a bit longer, and good luck with the Medicaid situation. The government can be a bit tough to deal with, as I'm sure you know.

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Hi Nadine...I've been kinda following your story! You've done such an amazing job of baking those two little ones!. I hope that they stay put for at least another two or three weeks! Either way, though, it sounds as if they're nice and big and healthy already. Oh, and I second the idea of getting some flavored protein powder. I make protein shakes for myself with frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries, pineapple....I buy it at costco), add about a cup of orange juice, and a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder (also bought at costco). It tastes like creamsicles!

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Hey Nadine! Hope you're off to a great week now that you're off bedrest! Yahoo Don't overdo it though Wink Do you like milk? I've been making sure to drink a lot of milk lately, eat eggs daily, chicken/venison daily, and when you really look at the ingredients in things, you can buy bread that has higher protein content too.

Your OB sounds awesome! I bet you feel so relieved to have some of your fears set aside.

Have a great week!!

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Thanks Theresa! I actually shop in the low carb sections which usually have higher protien and more whole grains. I'm trying.. and I think I'm doing okay. I also have bought a butt ton of lactose free milk so I'm drinking that. I was going to buy protien powder but oh my gosh that stuff is expensive!!
I attempted my first outing yesterday and got groceries. I took Monty, but he was in the playland the whole time. It took me nearly an hour to do everything, I never realized I walk so SLOW! And by the time I was done you would have thought I had just worked a 12 hour shift on my feet. I can't believe the difference in me now and me 4 months ago. Between having somewhere around 10 lbs extra in my midsection, and having no muscles left living life is getting interesting.
Every night when I get out of bed I feel like I'm not going to make it up! ROFL I'm sure I'll look back on it and laugh but for now it's only mildly humorous

I called COBRA today about my insurance, and I'm not sure how much it is (I know it's expensive) but they said when I do enroll then they will retro my coverage. Thank god. All my dr's appointments and ultrasounds and possibly the birth are going to happen this month and I'm not sure what medicaid is going to do for me. I'll look into the cost and hopefully we'll be able to fork it out.

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It's good to hear from you!! You've been quiet latley so was starting to worry.

And I promise you will laugh more once their out, when your living it I agree - it's not so funny.

I hope your insurance situations works out, they can be such a pain sometimes.

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Dr appointment again today. She's on call this weekend, and I have my shower this weekend so we have thoughts we may get to see each other.. I figure with how I am, I'll deliver the morning of my shower.
We did GBS testing, urine looked good, once again she opted to not check my cervix. She says that checking me doesn't tell a thing anyways except where you are at that moment. She's so enlightened sometimes.
We never measure me, (what's the point, she says) but as a lark today I measured at 52 weeks. I am a YEAR pregnant. That's awesome. ROFL
hearbeats were high, heads are both down, and everything is all ready to go. She said I could feel free to resume normal activity again, and go with it. I know I certainly am okay with that.
Trying to remind myself that not being pregnant won't mean I'll sleep more. Besides, I still have one week of hypnobabies left... *then* they can come if they really want to.

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Yay for good appt and for resuming normal activity! I don't know how you twin mamas do it... you must be a breed of superwomen Wink

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ROFL 1 yr pg - you crack me up. Your doing so awsome Nadine!

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1 year pregnant...*teehee* That's funny!

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Kelly - I know this is going to sound weird, but I love so much that you're here reading my lodge and on this journey with me.

Dude, you're a successful hypnobirther, you're my hero!
I totally know the feeling of not being able to get out of bed well. I can only imagine it's even harder with an extra kid in there! And grocery shopping? I pretty much gave up on that around 34 weeks. especially with the kids in tow.
52 weeks. hilarious.
Tell those babies that I (and Kerry, of course lol, I assume it's her on the baby stay in one?) say to stay put just a bit longer!! Smile

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It sounds like you had a great appointment. You're the first woman I've know to be a "year" pregnant. Lol I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time at your shower. Please take lots of pictures for posting! Smile

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Hi Nadine, it's now my turn to start stalking you Smile I'm sending you baby stay in vibes all the way. You are going 37 weeks - full term baby! and we're going to cheer you on the whole way. :kaos3:

Please don't over do it! I did all kinds of stuff at 34 weeks and then weeks 35 and 36 were darn hard weeks for some reason....then 37 was really pretty good and 38 was a lONG week.

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Nadine you are doing great job baking those little ones! Smile For medicaid, as far as I know, once you are approved, they also cover 90 days back from the day you are approved (when you apply) Also, if $ is an issue, you could apply for wic too, to help with food and stuff (mmm, eggs Wink ).

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Hi Nadine! Hope you are feeling well and those little ones are still cooking away. Do I hear 37 weeks?? Keep eating that protein and drinking that water Smile

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You're doing great Nadine! Kasey is right, medicaid (at least in WI) will do back coverage.

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I don't know, I can't seem to shake this feeling it's coming soon...
The last two days I panicked thinking I wasn't going to get our pictures done at all if I didn't get them done today. If I'd missed that I would have been soooo sad. There's so much I want to do this time around, I just hope I do it. I want to see the baby come this time. I would *like* some labor pictures.
I'm having a hard time visualizing my birth, and I don't know why. I am trying but it's not happening.
Thankfully, I'm on my last week of hypnobabies as of monday. Then I plan to do an "alert review" where I listen to all of the CD's while I'm up and around doing things, so I can consciously hear everything instead of unconscious.
No matter what, I feel like my time is coming to an end. I can honestly say that when it does.. I'll be sad. Yes, I'm uncomfortable... but oh i am really enjoying just being pregnant this time.
I was driving today to get our pictures done, and I started thinking about my babies. I was thinking about having a little girl and how she's going to look like me, and I got all misty. A little me.. how did I get blessed this way

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Nadine, I LOVE the pic of you and Monty. So sweet. Glad you were able to get that done too.
Here's hoping you're able to get through all of your hypnobabies. It's awesome that can still be enjoying this pregnancy. You're doing a great job! Come on 37 weeks!

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Nadine you look so wonderful and Monty is so sweet in your picture...you can tell he loves you very much. Smile

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