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Cool - my very first lodge! How neat! I'll post my story so far and some pics later tonight - gotta go feed the masses! Thanks all!!! I'm so excited to be so close to meeting my son, Colton!
It all started with a blind date...:)
My husband Kevin and I met on December 5, 1995 on a blind date in Portland, Maine. I had just moved to Portland after finishing college at the University of Maine at Fort Kent - it was definitely a culture shock! I had earned a degree in elementary education with minors in Art, English, Music and Theatre - but couldn't find a teaching job to save my life. So, a family friend of mine got me a "temp" job at Unum, a large disability insurance company (where I am still employed today - but only part-time). I had applied to teach English as a foreign language in Seoul, S. Korea, but met Kevin shortly after - boy, am I glad I didn't go! Sorry - I digress....
Kevin is a southern boy, born and raised in the south - South Carolina and Florida mostly (he is a Navy brat.) DH currently works as an IT Project Manager for our local hospital, Maine Medical Center, but was just starting out as a Desktop Tech when we met. During that first date, we found that we had so much in common – we are both the same age (24 at the time,) both our families split up when we were young (9-10 years old), both parents got divorced and re-married with extended families - Brady Bunch quadrupled! Both of us were the youngest siblings and loved staying up late, drinking coffee and talking...Believe me, finding a husband was the furthest from my mind at this point in time, especially just moving to a strange city like Portland - which happens to be the largest city in Maine.
I grew up in Caribou, Maine, which currently has about 7,000 inhabitants - although when I was growing up years ago, it was located next to an Air Force Base (Loring AFB) so the population then was at least doubled what it is today. My folks moved to Caribou with my 2 older brothers when I was just one year old in 1972. My Dad is a thoracic and vascular surgeon and is a native Filipino (Philippines). He met my mom, who was a lab tech at the time, while he was doing his internship at a hospital in the Bronx, NY. He was offered a job in both Minneapolis MN and Caribou ME - they opted for Maine since it was closer to my mother's family, who lived outside of Philadelphia, PA. I am crazy proud of my family, especially my father, so I had to include them in my story...hope you don't mind
After a 2-year courtship, Kevin asked me to marry him in front of all of my family members on July 4, 1997. Of course I said yes and moved in with him the following weekend. We were married 2 years later on July 3, 1999 on my father's property in Caribou. It was a gorgeous day - 80 degrees with very low humidity. I felt one single raindrop on my cheek right before we said our vows. Weeks before our wedding, Kevin's mother told me it was good luck if it rained on your wedding day, so I guess I can say it rained... :rolleyes:
We saved our pennies for a couple of years before finding our country home. It's located about 15 miles west of Portland in a little town of about 5,000 folks. We absolutely love it and wouldn't change country living for the world! We decided that we would wait a year or so then TTC. I thought that 30 was the perfect age to be a FTM. Now having my third at age 36, if I knew now what I knew then, I would have started earlier when my body could bounce back a little faster
I found out I was pregnant with our first child on September 11, 2001. It is a day I will never forget for a couple of reason - obviously both good and bad...
Sameena Mary bursted into our lives on May 21, 2002. She was born at 10 lbs, 3 oz and 22 inches long. She was over due by a week – by her size, it felt like a month, though I was medically induced for her birth due to pre-eclampsia, and feel proud that I was able to “bounce away” the pain (so to speak) on the birthing ball for about 6 hours while she made it down the birthing canal. Pushing her out was indeed a challenge but of course, it was worth all the effort! She was such a wonderful baby who loved letters and was (and still is) obsessed with reading and learning new words. She knew her alphabet –lower and upper case by age 2 and taught herself how to read by age 3. Me and my husband are not avid readers and are still blown away by her reading and comprehension skills. She is such a good-hearted little girl and loves to help everyone and anyone – I’m so proud of her, even at just 5 years old…
Sameena at 3 weeks old…
DH and I decided to wait a few years to TTC again and found out I was pregnant in April 2006. I began having problems again with high blood pressure at around 30 weeks and was put on bed rest to avoid pre-eclampsia. Unfortunately, I was medically induced at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia and gave birth to our second daughter, Tristyn Sloane on December 20, 2006. She was the cutest little peanut at 6 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long. She was also delivered vaginally without pain intervention, but she came so fast, there wasn’t any time, even if I wanted to have something! When I was admitted to the hospital for pre-eclampsia the day before my induction, I was given Magnesium Sulfate (a.k.a. MAG) in my IV – which has the worst side effects I have ever experienced from a drug. Apparently, it was the worst my daughter Tristyn ever experienced too, because her O2 levels dropped dramatically and she was turning blue just 15 minutes after birth. I was so scared and of course, we didn’t know at the time that it was the drug administered to me that was the cause of her distress. Poor Tristyn had to stay in the nursery for the duration of our stay, but I was able to nurse her the last 24 hours of her stay and the nurse was confident that she would be fine going home the same day as me – hooray! I felt SO BLESSED that Christmas 2006…it certainly is one I’ll never forget.
Here is little Tristyn at 2 days old…
Daddy holding Tristyn New Year's Day 2007...
Here is Tristyn at Christmastime 2007…
In September of this year, we found out we were pregnant – again! I must admit, I wanted to wait a couple of years in between children and planned to stay at home full-time and stop working. But, I am a big believer that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON and that this little boy in my belly was meant to be. The good Lord doesn't give you anything you can’t handle, so I am winging it - on a prayer! From a physical standpoint, this pregnancy so far has been very good…I have been diagnosed with chronic hypertension, so my high blood pressure is well controlled with medication. I’ve only gained 25 pounds – compared to 50 pounds with my first and 40 with my second, so I feel much more “mobile” at this stage, where with my other pregnancies it was very physically challenging and frustrating to do anything around the house! I am working part-time, just 3 days a week, which has also helped me physically and mentally with this pregnancy - the less stress any pregnant woman has to deal with, the better! It doesn't hurt that my DH is very supportive and helps with housework, laundry, etc...he's awesome.
I must admit, I am very EXCITED to meet my son and yet very SAD at the same time – this will be our last child (although my husband is convinced otherwise…) BUT, I know in my heart, this is it – after I give birth in these next few weeks, I will never feel again what it is like to be pregnant. I will really miss it. I hope there are other moms out there that are feeling like I am and can give me some perspective on how to say “goodbye” to your pregnant self and how not dwell on it…Also, this is my first son - does anyone have any tips on diaper changes??? (how not to get soaked, etc???) We also plan on our son to NOT be circ’d – any advise on that, as well???
Well, sorry for such a LONG AND DRAWN OUT story, but I had to start somewhere! Thanks for reading….DH, myself and my daughters are so looking forward to meeting my son, Colton (no middle name yet) and having a great summer!
Update: My 37 week appointment went very well! I am measuring fine and U/S found heart rate/blood flow normal. LO is measuring at 8 lbs 1 oz and Mom’s uterine hotel has plenty of room to spare (at least on the inside!) My doc is talking about inducing at 39 weeks due to baby’s size, but I am HELL BENT on going NATURAL and trying all natural ways to induce my labor once the baby is 38 weeks along...I’d like to try eating spicy foods – any good recipes out there???
Here is a pic taken of me last week for our dept. directory...thought I'd share a good laugh with you all!!
Great intro!! I enjoyed reading your story and seeing the pics of your girls! TFS!
Sending ((ELV))) your way for this LO's arrival. Can't wait to follow your lodge!
I know it was inevitable, but my 5 year-old daughter Sameena (who has been asking DOZENS of questions about EVERYTHING lately) asked me how the baby comes out of my belly. I had explained it in not so much detail in prior conversations, but decided to just lay it out Mommy-to-Daughter. Her response was, "Ewwwwww...that must really hurt, Mommy!" Yes...yes it does, my dear! The poor thing looked horrified!
Great intro - my nephew is a Kolton - it's a great name!
What a great intro!!!! I look forward to following your lodge!
Great intro, and cute girls
Just a quick update...Felt some SCARY contractions today - like I had a snake around my waist and it was squeezing me! It sure didn't feel like the regular BHs I'm used to. Also feeling a lot more pelvic pressure when walking and having more CM the past couple days...I will get checked on Thursday by my doc to see if I have had any more progress in my dilation/effacement. This is getting so exciting! I really want this to be a truly natural CB and not a medicine induced one...TFR!
Ooh! Sounds like something is starting to happen!
Had a great 38 week appt and U/S this morning! My BP is still stable with meds (yay!) and the LO is growing, moving, practice breathing just fine! My doc said I am measuring at 39 weeks now, which isn’t too bad. I’m also 3.5 cm dilated and 75% effaced. I'm a little sad because my doctor, Ann, is going to be away on vacation next week starting Tuesday - so if I go into labor, she won't be there to deliver my LO. I am confident in her colleagues, so that is not a problem, but since this is likely my last child, I’d like her to be there – she was able to deliver my firstborn, which of course was very special…
I am having a growth U/S next Friday and if the baby looks to be 9+ pounds (like my first LO) I will be induced on 5/13/08 when she returns from vacation. However, I am going to try EVERYTHING to induce myself this weekend – pineapple, spicy food, sex, nipple stimulus, whatever – bring it on! I know birthing big babies is do-able, but I’ve BTDT already…I’d like a nice averaged sized LO that I can actually carry around like a baby and not so much like a toddler KWIM?
:help1: **Any advice on how to bring on labor? The only advice I’ve gotten here at work so far is to drink a glass of wine (yuck! likely won't do that) and have sex, then prop your butt up with pillows…:dry:
Sounds like you're just waiting for things to happen! Congrats on a good appointment and I hope you go into labor when your doc is in town! ((((LV))))
Sounds like progress is being made.... hope you have your doc.
This morning I ate tons of pineapple (talk about stomach ache ) and DTD...The only thing that happened was I went BM twice in a day - which doesn't even happen when I'm not pregnant - and also felt some strong BH contractions.
The last BM brought on that pelvic pressure you feel when you want to push during labor - but, it was only reminiscent - I knew it wasn't real. Oh well, tomorrow is another day to try again! Spicy food is next on the list...
BTW, has anybody ever heard of eating mango to bring on labor? I have tons of dried mango, but I suspect it is fresh mango that maybe effective...
Hi! I'm getting in on this lodge so late but I'm glad I made it in time! I loved reading your intro and backstory! I recently moved to NH from VT (though I am from CA) and we go to Maine as often as we can. My DH works up there a couple of times a month, too.
Your daughters are so beautiful! I love the pic of you grabbing the pizza, too.
I have heard all kinds of things about various tropical fruits but I think it's supposed to be fresh. I have also been eating tons of spicy food this week but it doesn't seem to be bothering my system enough to do anything.
Yesterday I ate more pineapple - one piece was bad and sour as heck (ugh) next time I'll get a whole pineapple and cut it up myself! I also ate hot sauce or salsa on everything (except the fudge brownies my DH and DD made for me yesterday - yummy!) The hot/spicy foods don't seem to bring on anything, though. DTD last night and I felt a few contractions last night and this morning...nothing earth shattering, though. :rolleyes:
I have a doctor's appt today since it's Ann's last day in the office before going on vacation...won't see her again until next Tuesday if/when the induction happens. I have my last growth U/S on Friday to see how big this little guy is now.
Wish me luck and LVs for a natural CB this week!!!! (or at least before next Tues! lol)
Wishing you good luck and sending LVs. I ate tons of fresh pineapple last night but it didn't really do anything. I have heard about mango too, but I haven't tried it yet. Sounds like your body is getting ready to have the baby and I wish you well!
Is there a Thai restaurant near you? Som tam is a really spicy and yummy salad made with green papaya, which is, I believe, a natural source of pitocin. At least I was told by my doctor not to eat any during my pregnancy...
What a great intro! I loved the pizza eating pic :D. I've heard lots and lots of walking to get gravity to help....lots of ELV's!
Thinking of you today!:D
Thanks for the suggestions, ladies That Thai green papaya salad sounds absolutely yummy, Erin! The closest Thai restaurant that I know of just closed last month What stinky luck...I'll have to check the yellow pages for another one!
I had a doctor's visit this morning and I was rushing around with my 16 month old DD, running a little late, etc. and by the time I sat down in the exam room, my BP was 155/95. Ann took it again 5 minutes later and it came down, THANK GOD to 135/90. I convinced her it was the running around that caused it to spike (which I'm sure it was.) She checked my reflexes, my legs for swelling, and felt better after that. I have to go back in for BP check on Friday after my U/S - I won't have my DD for that appt, so my BP should be fine *whew!* I do NOT want to go through the MAG hell again like with my last DD...
She checked my cervix and said I'm a "loose" 2 cm dilated (almost 2.5 cm) and 50-60% effaced. She said the baby was VERY low, which I can feel, especially on the bladder and when I have a contraction...I can feel it in the front and back of the uterus which is kinda funky!
Well, I guess I'll be taking a nice long walk this afternoon and DTD tonight to speed things along - DH is LOVING THAT, of course
sounds like a great appt! Keep us posted!:D
Yesterday was such a great day, but such an awful day! I've had such a headache from the night before, all day and into this morning...I'm sure it's hormone related because it's like a stress headache, but Tylenol isn't touching it. I know it's not my HBP - that's reading fine. I've tried eating chocolate and some other comforting foods, but that hasn't worked either! Ugh...did I mention that I hate headaches? :rolleyes:
As far as the GREAT part of my day yesterday, my 5 year-old DD Sameena was in a play at school put on by the K-2 grades. She was only one of two Kindergarten students who had a speaking role. The play/musical was "Of Mice and Mozart." It was SO ADORABLE to watch! The play was about Mozart's life from when he was a small boy prodigy to when he settled in Vienna, prospered, failed, then died. They sang 6 songs in Mozart's most recognizable melodies and recited a LONG poem about his life. My DD was mouse #24 and she was AWESOME - of course, since she's my daughter, I tend to be prejudiced I am so proud of her!
Anyway, due to the almost 2-day headache, I haven't felt much like trying to walk a lot or anything strenuous to jump start my labor...but tonight I plan on bouncing some more on the birthing ball, DTD and eating some hot sauce on my pizza
One thing I noticed all day yesterday and this morning - this LO has been moving around more in a couple days than he has the last couple of weeks? Has anyone else noticed a large increase in movement in their last weeks of pregnancy? I admit it's kinda painful, but I'm glad he's moving rather than not...
I'm late joining in but I've really enjoyed catching up on your story. I love the part about Sameena's play - you must be very proud. That is such a pretty name BTW! I hope things start happening for you soon.
That play sounds so adorable! I find it harder to feel the baby move these days, but I think it's because I have so many contractions where she is moving but my belly is so hard it's harder for me to feel it. I was feeling her a lot before all this started. I think it's good that you feel your baby though. Sometimes I just sit and concentrate to make sure I can still feel her.
I love hearing about all the natural inducers you're trying. I hope they work for you soon.
I hadn't heard about mango being an inducer, but I'm not too surprised.
Sounds like yesterday was a good day for you. And how cute about your DD being a littel mouse in a play
My baby has been moveing a lot more than normal this past week too, I'm not sure what is up with that, but she did slow down yesterday. I'll have to wait and see what she is up to today.
Not much progress on my home methods for inducing labor...DTD on a daily basis and eating pineapple when I can stand it.
Sorry for TMI, but I must have strained during a bathroom break because I woke up yesterday with the WORST hemorrhoids I've had for all my pregnancies. :confused: I have 3 external ones- all on the same side of my "o-ring." So, bouncing on the birthing ball is out of the question for a few days! They hurt so bad by the end of the day yesterday, I cried and felt like such a schmuck! I've been treating them with witch hazel and ointment...keeping my feet up today should help them - I hope!
I had an U/S and Dr. Appt yesterday morning, which didn't go so well at first. I managed to dodge another a trip to L&D *whew* My initial BP reading was elevated at my appt on Monday, so my doc wanted me to have a re-check Friday after my U/S.
The first BP the nurse took was 154/90, which is quite high for me - I didn't understand it because I was able to sit down for at least 10 minutes before I had it checked - I wasn't rushing around or anything. My urine had a trace of protein, nothing to be alarmed about. I have gained 3 lbs since Monday, but we've had unusually humid and warm weather the past 2 days and I know I gained at least 5 lbs of water weight due to just that. The nurse waited about 10 minutes and took my BP again and it was 145/90 - an improvement, right?
My doc is on vacation until Tuesday, so I saw another doc named Kitty. She asked me all the questions - do I have a headache, visual changes, upper quadrant pain, SOB...no, no, no, no - I actually felt GREAT for being a big-ole pregnant lady! She checked my legs for swelling, which was non-existent. Kitty took my BP and it was 140/90 - another improvement? I was happy it was going down, but Kitty wasn't happy with it. I told her that my doc (Ann) wanted to schedule an induction on Monday, 5/12 due to a combo of growth and past BP issues, and Kitty questioned if I should be induced NOW due to the HBP. :eek: I told her I feel GOOD, this is my last day of work and maybe the excitement of that has increased my pressure a little bit? I explained that I was induced with my other 2 due to HBP and I felt AWFUL when I was induced - I had other symptoms like edema, headaches, yadda, yadda, yadda. Kitty thought about it and said since I wasn't experiencing any other signs of pre-e, that she will suggest I rest this weekend but go ahead with the induction on Monday. She ordered some labwork to be sure that my HBP wasn't causing any issues with my liver or kidneys - I haven't heard anything back, so no news is good news!
So, I am on bedrest for the weekend until my induction, which I am not sad about - after all, it is Mother's Day weekend But, I have to avoid salty foods - no chinese or thai food But all the sugar I can eat!
As far as my U/S, Colton looks great! He's very active, doing lots of practice breathing and my AF levels are good. He's estimated to be between 8.5 and 9 lbs. which feels about right, movement wise, anyway!
I still have my fingers crossed that I'll go into labor this weekend and have my baby boy before Monday - That would be the ULTIMATE Mother's Day gift for me! If not, to at least have a VERY ripe cervix so the induction can be as med-free as possible...
I hope that your BP goes down! Stay away preeclampsia!
Oh, I hope you do have a Mother's Day baby!! That would be great!
I am so hoping that things will get moving for you this weekend. Good luck!
Well, I had a lovely Mother's Day weekend with my family - DH waited on me hand and foot since I'm on the dreaded bedrest regimen, which has also hindered any exercise to help me induce labor Although, I ate a bunch of hot chicken wings today that did something to my abdominal region Not sure if it was ctx or just intestinal upset! Oh well - They were yummy anyway!
Guess I'll try one last ditch attempt with DTD tonite and see what happens. I get induced tomorrow evening so if that is the route I must take, so be it!
Hope all you Mommies and Mommies-to-be had a wonderful Mother's Day!!!
Good luck tomorrow! Maybe you will be one of the many women who go into labor just before they head in for their induction! Or at least that you're very very ripe and only need a nudge to put you over the edge.
I'll be thinking about you!
Best of luck. I hope everything goes smoothly.