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~*newtomom's birth lodge!!*~

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oh wow! my very own lodge! Smile

I can't believe I'm 3 weeks away from my due date! For some reason, I feel like I'll go before it. It could be wishful thinking though b/c DH starts vacation in 2 weeks and it would be so wonderful if he could be with me at home for the first 2 weeks of our son's life! of course, I want him to stay put until he's ready!

I'm getting very excited about making it to 37 weeks because that means I can definitely deliver at the birthing center (barring any other complications of course). DH really wants to catch the baby when he's born and he's really hoping he can.

I've been losing my mucus plug for 2 weeks now...little by little. I wish that indicated more, but I'll take what I can get! Baby has dropped a little, but I still feel like he has a way to go. I keep getting the little sharp pains near or on my cervix, but I don't know if that means anything.

My feet get so swollen, so I can stay on them for any length of time. But I get so freaking bored lying on the couch with them elevated. I'm starting to walk a little - but in the evenings when it's cooler to help prevent too much swelling.

I'm really praying that I get the birth I want. I really want to avoid any pain medications. I also pray that BF'ing goes well.

Anyways, I guess that's it for now. I'm not really sure what else to say at this point!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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I had a bit of bloody show several hours ago. And then when I went to the bathroom again, there was more pink/brown mucus. I know it can still be far off, but at least my body is doing something.

Of course the backache I have makes me wonder too, but then again, it's probably just the way I'm sitting on this awful couch!

No matter what, I'm still really excited!!!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Congratulations and welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge, and it sounds like you're making some progress!

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Congratulations on reaching 37 weeks and making progress! Look forward to hearing more!

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Congrats on the 37 week milestone!!!!!

My BC takes you at 36, so I remember being so excited to reach that point! Fun! I bet you will love the BC if it is anything like mine!

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Welcome!

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welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge! Biggrin How exciting that your body is doing something- with the MP and all- it is nice to have proof that something is going on down there! Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! Smile

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Just under 3 weeks until my due date....

Sometimes I get really nervous that I won't get the birth we're planning for. DH is soooo wanting a natural waterbirth. I've already told him that I'm not committing to a water birth, but not saying no either. I'm just going to do whatever feels best. If that happens to be water, then so be it!

But I'm nervous that I'll disappoint him if I have to end up getting any pain relief at all. I know that having him on board and so supportive really will help...plus the fact that I'll not be in a hospital. But I just don't want to disappoint him.

Also, I'm getting impatient...i know, who doesn't! Smile If you would have asked me 2 days ago when I had a bit of bloody show, I just *knew* I was going into labor that night or the next!!! Now, today, I feel it could be another 3 weeks easily! I'm excited about not knowing, but at the same time it goes against my personality of having to plan everything!!! Smile At least I work from home so I can relax as much as possible now (which is hard b/c there's always stuff to do!)

DH will be home tomorrow and Thursday all day with me! Yay! Then he'll be off on Saturday and Sunday as well. I'm very excited we get these few days together with no work!

Well....not much to say I guess. Just wanted to type out some thoughts. At least it prevents me from overanalyzing every single little twitch or pain I feel and think I'll be going into labor right now! Smile I'm just so excited and ready. I so hope this birth ends up being what we're hoping for!!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

It sounds like your body is getting ready. I loved laboring in the water, I wish that I could have birthed there but my hospital is not set up for that.

I love your siggy pic BTW, its very sexy Wink

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I was hopping on to say that I love your siggy pic too!! So romantic! Did a professional take that pic for you?

just going to do whatever feels best. If that happens to be water, then so be it!

That's a great attitude! That's what I went in thinking too. Turns out, I loved the water and we did have a water birth. It was beautiful. Your birth will be beautiful too ...no matter how it unfolds!! Good luck!!

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"Baby_Vol" wrote:

I was hopping on to say that I love your siggy pic too!! So romantic! Did a professional take that pic for you?

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I love your siggy pic BTW, its very sexy Wink

Thanks ladies!!! Yes, "our" photographer took them. He's wonderful...we've adopted him as our own personal photographer. He started with our wedding and has done several shoots for us since!

Here are some more pics:

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The pain in my back is getting to be too much at night. I seriously don't get much sleep (i know...i'm preaching to the choir) but damn....I've tried every sleep position, every pilllow, no pillow, going to be exhausted so I'll sleep. Nothing. Every hour or 2 I wake up with horrible back pain.

This morning I willed myself to stay in bed until 6:30 at least to get some rest. During the day I'm so exhausted around 3:00 that I end up taking a nap. I was fighting it b/c I felt I had so much to do, but the past 2 days I've been able to just do it and it's been an amazing nap both times!

I want him to stay in as long as possible....but it wouldn't hurt my feelings any if he wanted to surprise me a little early! Smile

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Holy crap Dusti! I'm just seeing this now! Congrats on your lodge! I can't believe your little guy is almost here! Smile

Love the pics BTW.....VERY sexy and intimate. And DAMN! Wes knows how to take a picture! Steve always looks like a deer caught in the headlights! Lol

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Your pictures are awesome! I hear you on the back pain and the trouble sleeping. I have to switch sides at night every couple of hours, usually accompanied by a bathroom trip - no fun. Definitely nap while you can.

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Welcome to your lodge. Sorry you can't find a comfortable position. I hear ya on the back pain -- it sucks!

Congrats on making it to 37 weeks - I hope you get the birth you wanted!

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"Amber_daisy" wrote:

Love the pics BTW.....VERY sexy and intimate. And DAMN! Wes knows how to take a picture! Steve always looks like a deer caught in the headlights! Lol

haha....well, you notice that Wes isn't looking directly in the camera for any! He is so not photogenic (sp?) if he has to look directly into the camera Smile so funny. we take pics just for the hell of it to laugh at him!!!

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I love the pic too btw. Very creative!

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Welcome to your lodge! You pictures are so amazing! I love the one with DH and you kissing - very sexy and beautiful!

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Wow you are SO close! You look amazing in your pics Smile Dont worry about preaching to the chior, we want to hear everything!! Also I have to add that I too labored in the tub and LOVED it, (I ended up getting out and actually giving birth on my bed) I really hope you get to give the water a chance.

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Congrats on your lodge! I love your pics too, so beautiful! You are getting SO close! Biggrin

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38 weeks, 1 day - warning - lots of complaining in this post!

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Well...I'm still pregnant. I really didn't know it would be this uncomfortable. Not that I wouldn't do it all over again...but I'm just surprised at how much is difficult for me to do right now. even driving....

I've lost so much mucus plug and even had some of it bloody that I was SURE I'd go into labor within a week of losing it..nope! I think I've been getting mild contractions, but even if I am, they are seriously maybe 3-4 a day. Mostly at night. The heartburn is KILLING me. I thought I knew what heartburn was, but I really had no idea until this hit! It didn't even get bad until he dropped, which is so contradictory (sp?) to what I've read and been told.

I desperately want to walk as much as I can to get him encouraged to come out, but my poor feet and ankles are so swollen. They feel bruised. My toes are so fat and swollen that they are mashed against each other. So I've been trying hard to keep them up, which puts me in a not very comfortable position on the couch. I was worried that the way I was lying down would make him want to flip to breech or transverse or something, but at my last appt with the MW on Thursday, she told me "I cannot express to you how low he is!" So that made me happy. She said she would be shocked if he flipped at this point.

soooo.....if you got through this, sorry about the whining. I really want a big, healthy baby to come when he's good and ready, but I sure wouldn't complain in the least if he wanted to show up tonight! Smile

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38 weeks, 4 days
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so i started having a lot more BH's last night around 9:00 or so. no big deal....probably about every 10 minutes.

Once I went to bed around 11:30, I read for a while and continued having them. I was able to sleep but when I got up for the 4th time to go pee, i started noticing that they were a bit different. They started lower in my abdomen....kind of like a belt cinching around my lower back to my front and up. Not really painful though. Just more pressure.

So I waited and waited, switched side to side and they kept coming. So once Wes finally woke up just before 6, I got up with him and they are still coming. I'm trying not to get too excited, but it's cool that I'm having them more often....even if they are just BH's.

My lower back is definitely achey (how the hell do you spell that word??) but nothing is really painful.

I've got my fingers crossed that maybe, maybe something might be happening. It certainly would be ideal. Wes starts vacation tomorrow for 2 weeks! Today is his last day on shift at the fire dept until June 16.

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THinking of you and WOW, I loved your maternity shot!!! THe one in your siggy is my favorite, its sexy and beautiful!!!

Hang in there, the end seems as though it will never come and then BAM all the sudden you are holding your little guy in your arms. You r due date it my birthday!!!! You are doing great, sending lots of labor vibes your way.

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I'm just jumping in on your lodge! Just wanted to send LABOR vibes your way...as long as you send them RIGHT back to me! Hehe. Hang in there!

Jessica

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Those pics are just beautiful!

How are things going? Any updates?

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39 weeks, 6 days
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so i haven't updated in a while! I had my "40 week" appt yesterday with the MW group. I wasn't going to ask for her to check me, but I told DH if she offered, I'd say yes. Of course she offered Smile But I loved the fact that she made sure she was very adamant about saying that it really doesn't mean anything. I assured her that I knew that!

I am 1-2 cm, 50% effaced and -1 station (i think). I told her that I've been having so many BH's lately. They get more of a pattern to them in the evenings and through the night. I'm sure that's when labor will decide to start!

I really, really thought I was going to go into labor last night. We were lying on the couch watching a movie and LO was going NUTS the whole time. seriously moving every limb and bouncing his head up and down on my cervix and tailbone. I've never had him move so much. Everytime he hit my cervix hurt so bad....those sharp, shooting pains! ouch. It wasn't just one every 10 minutes or so, it was about every 2 minutes I had this shooting pains there! So I went and sat on my ball after the movie and bounced and rolled, still feeling him move around and torture me! I told DH I was going to stay up and walk around, but I got too exhausted.

Figured if I went to bed and I was still have the BH's as often, I would start timing them. They were already less than 10 minutes apart, so I was getting hopeful. Well......no such luck. I must have fallen asleep immediately! I even got a full hour and a half of sleep before having to pee! Everytime I woke up I had a BH though, so my body was still doing something. Baby slowed down a bit and wasn't bouncing on my cervix as much.

Soooo, I guess he was just teasing. We're going to an Asian Festival today - lots of food and shows, so maybe he'll interrupt our day Smile

OH - and I understand people asking me how big he is and how many cm dialated I am (b/c that's what everyone is conditioned to ask apparently), and also what's going to happen if I go past my due date....oh the horror :rollseyes: BUT when the SAME people continue to ask me and I say EVERY SINGLE TIME "it doesn't matter....what would I do with that information?" "Who cares how big he is" "what does it matter how far dialated i am" I realize i did get checked yesterday, but we're not telling anyone b/c I'm on a mission to help educate that it does not matter. You can be dialated for 3 weeks and nothing!

Oh, and I told DH that when the next person asks how big he is, I'm going to say 3 lbs. Really freak them out! DH said he's going to tell people that he's estimated to be 10.5 lbs.!

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It sounds like you are getting closer. You sound really positve!!!

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You're too funny. I have decided I'm not going to find out what they find when they check me (hope I can stay as determined) I love that you are saying 3 pounds and 10 pounds though. Hope the BHs are doing something for you!

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I love your attitude about other people's comments. How was the asian festival? It sounds like fun!

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Well, I ate some Malaysian (sp?) food. It was a sampler, so I had some sauces in there that I normally wouldn't eat. Maybe it will kick baby to make an appearance! And we got to watch an awesome drum show. It was so loud and wonderful, but LO didn't move the whole time until we left...I guess he wasn't impressed!

here's to hoping that we'll be one of the few % who actually have their baby on the due date tomorrow Smile

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GL going in on your edd! Smile Hopefully you will get a great night's sleep, then wake up in labor and go in and have a baby soon after Wink Talk about ideal, right?

lol, I really don't like it too much when some people ask me about my dilation, etc. A bit too personal from just the random person...

I seem to have a similar ctx pattern to you, evenings are busy in my uterus, lol!

Maybe your ds was too busy listening to the awesome music to dance around too... or the calm before the storm? Wink

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just catching up on your lodge, your pictures are amazing, so intimate, they are a nice keepsake for your pregnancy. Your comments about 3lbs and 10lbs crack me up. I would love to see ppl's face when you told them either. here's to hoping your baby knows what due date means!

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That festival sounds like so much fun! Hopefully your LO will come today!

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40 weeks
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Well, he's happy where he is! Smile the BH's have slowed. I had several yesterday but not as many as I've been having. I actually slept pretty well last night (except for the many bathroom trips!). I went to the pool today and floated around. It felt SO good. The pressure in my lower back and the pain in my hip was gone while I was in there. I hated to get out. It was so strange b/c as soon as I stepped on the first step to get out, I could feel how heavy I was. Crazy! No wonder I hurt!

It's hard dealing with everyone freaking out that I've reached my due date and no baby yet. Everyone keeps asking about induction. And MIL has got to CHILL out. She's been here for a week - I tried to tell her that she should just wait until I went into labor to drive down, but she insisted that I was having him in May...ummm, ok. So she's been here for a week, but not staying with us, thank goodness. She's actually been pretty helpful for the most part. She's cooked a lot for us and picked stuff up and the grocery store. She's also helped with some chores around the house. BUT EVERY DAY she tells me I need to have the baby. Wes even talked to her about it yesterday and she just didn't get it. He asked her to stop asking me about having the baby. She said that it's just how it is and we should be glad everyone is so excited...WELL...that's all fine, well, and good, except for her comment today....................She mentioned how she's been here for a week and hasn't met him yet (yeah, neither have we) and it's because "Dusti isn't doing what she's supposed to be" WTF....seriously????? Wes was SO pissed he literally couldn't talk. I calmly said, "I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be" and got up from the table and left to head to the kitchen.

So, when we left her today, she walks with us out to the truck and we get in...she taps on the window, I roll it down. She says something about getting a phone call around 2 a.m. I told her not to worry b/c we'd set the alarm for her. So Wes is seriously going to call her in the wee hours of the morning. I'm SO TIRED OF IT.

Anyways, all is well, except my huge feet. I didn't know feet could swell so badly. it's awful. I can't wait to get my regular feet back! I haven't felt too many contractions today. I did have one strong one while in the pool, so I got excited, but no more! And only a few since then. One BH I felt was a little different....it actually felt like it pushed the baby down. Of course that's probably my imagination and wishful thinking!

Sooooo.....just patiently waiting for this little man to make his grand appearance!

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:roll: Ah, MIL's. Thank goodness I don't have to deal with one! Your LO will come when he's ready! Congrats on making it to your EDD. I so hear ya about the pool. It's nice to feel like you, even if it's for a bit.

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Congrats on reaching your due date! I'm curious about what your MIL thinks you "should be doing?". I remember when I was a week overdue with my first. Every day, I got phone calls with people asking, "Are you in the hospital yet?" Umm, no, I'm answering the phone! :rolleyes:

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I totally know what you are talking about with the pool. I had no back pain when I went swimming last week, and then stepping out of the pool, the weight of my belly was tremendous. Sorry your MIL is being pushy. Your LO will come when it's good and ready.

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I'm a late comer to your lodge but your pictures are beautiful, what a great memory to always have.

Cindy

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lol, I had to :roll: at your mil... Sorry you have to deal with that! Happy due date! Biggrin

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I too am a late to see your lodge, but wanted to offer some more :bigarmhug: to you on the MIL situation. I am so thankful that mine is not involved. That would just give me a headache. Wink

ETA: I was lurking on the June board and wanted to tell you that your maternity photos are just stunning. I loved them! TFS them with us. Smile

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oh your poor MIL she's been waiting out the whole week and hasn't gotten to meet her Grandbaby.....LOL j/k. Some ppl forget that you and dh have been waiting and this is YOUR child!!! I hope her comments slow down and she lets you enjoy the rest of your preg. Happy due date btw!

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I just saw that you had your lo!!! Biggrin Just wanted to say that I am SO happy for your whole family! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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Congrats Dusti!! I can't wait to see pictures!!

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Congrats! I can't wait to hear about your wonderful birth! Biggrin

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I promise to post my birth story later!!!!

Today!! Father's Day Smile

Nana, Cousin Aidda and Smith

Cousin Bridger and Smith

Wes sleeping with his glasses on b/c he's afraid he'll miss something! Smile

Smith and nana taking a nap

Dad and smith

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