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~*skat130's Birth Lodge!!*~

Congrats on 36 weeks!!

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Welcome to your lodge! Biggrin

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Yay!!! A JJ with a lodge!!!

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Welcome!!

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Hooray! 36wks! Welcome to your lodge. Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome!!

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Welcome! I am excited about following this lodge.

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Welcome to your lodge!!

Jessica

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I am such a goober! I just found this. Yay, my own lodge! Thanks Julya!

Thanks for the welcome everyone.

I'm super-excited to be this close to seeing my baby girl. So far this pregnancy has been different in so many ways from my last pregnancy. I've had the sciatic nerve pain, lots of Braxton Hicks contractions, and I've been exhausted. I keep joking with DH that this girl is literally a "pain in the butt" and she's not even here, yet.

Here's a little info about us. (I'll post pics when I'm not at work and can access flickr). I'm Katie (29), wife to Jeremy (30) and mom to Jacob (2). We're expecting a girl, currently named "Baby Sister." I wanted a natural birth with my first, but I couldn't take Bradley classes like I wanted to. DH was out to sea (US Navy) for over half of my pregnancy. I had PROM and ended up with pitocin due to "lack of progress." I labored with my pitocin-induced contractions coping with them through my own form of deep relaxation until I "lost my mind" and asked for the epidural. I seriously thought I was going to labor forever. I was at 7 cm, then. Because the epidural numbed me so well, I couldn't feel to push less (push or no push was all I could give) and I ended up with a 2nd degree tear.

This time around, DH and I took Bradley method classes. We just had our last one on Monday night. We've been practicing relaxation and DH has a few key phrases that he can only throw out when I'm about to lose it to bring me back to reality. They're nothing too complex, just reminders of why I'm doing it natural.

So far I'm feeling tired and sore. I feel the sciatic pain anytime I stand or walk. But, everyone says I'm glowing and I look great! Though, they may be trying to just appease the pregnant woman. Wink

Pictures:

My latest belly pic:
IMG_0947 copy

My two guys:

Here's one of the three of us when Jacob turned 2 in January:
The three of us

Two of my biggest hobbies: knitting and sewing diapers (mostly baby stuff)
baby kimono

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Welcome to your lodge!!! Biggrin

I'm sorry to hear about your sciatica. It sounds like the Bradley classes will help you stay in a positive frame of mind.

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I feel much better today. Yesterday DH and I thought that the baby had dropped, but my belly looks different today. I also woke up without swelling in my fingers. I had a pedicure last night so that might have helped.

The other night my sciatica was so bad that I asked DH if he would wedge his knee under my butt while we sat on the couch. The pressure from his hard knee felt much better than the pain I was receiving. Lol

I'm having quite a few painful BH contrax still. I'm hoping all of these BH contrax are preparations for making my actual labor that much more speedy!

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Congratulations! Your DS is very cute, I have a Jacob too. I had a very good experience with my Bradley classes last time around, so hopefully those relaxation techniques will be helpful for you.

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You look great! and you have a beautiful family!!
What a beautiful sweater you knitted!!! You are very talented!:D Congratulations on being so close to meeting your new baby girl! Hugs

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Welcome to your lodge. I hope that things go better this time! Smile

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Welcome to your lodge - I can relate with lots of BH with baby #2 - I had them alot with her as well as baby #3. Sorry about the sciatic pain - I had that briefly too - no fun. I look forward to hearing about this journey and congrats on the baby girl!

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Well, today is better. I've been holding steady at the same weight and haven't had swollen fingers when I wake up for the past two days. It must have been something I ate.

I'm still having lots of BH at work (must be the stress or not staying hydrated enough). My DH is helping a lot more with DS at home. I just can't chase him around in the evenings - and he's at that age where he thinks it's fun to run away when I'm trying to change his diaper and trying to get him to sit still. If only I had that kind of energy.

I'm getting stressed because we still haven't sold our house and we're moving before the end of June. I also don't have a job lined up in our new place yet. We could pay all of our bills except for rent on DH's salary if we still had our mortgage but it would be REALLY tight and we'd be living with family. TG we're planning on bfing and cloth-diapering this new one just like her brother is/did - or else we'd really be hurting.

Monday I was thinking that this girl was going to come this week. Now, I feel like she'll probably wait until a week before her due date like her brother. I still don't feel like she's going to be a post due-date baby.

We're practicing relaxation exercises, still. Last night's relaxation included distraction provided by a toddler that refused to go to bed. We put him to bed, but he got up and kicked his door while laying on the floor instead. No loud screaming or crying, a little talking and singing, but mostly a kicking protest (learned from one of the other kids at daycare (sigh)).

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Welcome to your lodge! Your belly picture is great & I'm glad the swelling in your hands has gone away.

Cindy

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I don't get online during the weekends usually. This weekend was a good weekend. We went shopping, went to the forest reserve nearby and walked around a lot, and I decided that I'm ready to have this baby.

I cleaned my desk of personal things (the very thing I was planning to do the day I went into labor with Jacob), I started packing my hospital bag, I bought a pineapple and cut it up to eat over the next few days (Mmmm), and I had a day of back pain and BH contrax on Saturday. But, I also did lift a heavy load of laundry a short distance and immediately felt it in my back earlier on Saturday.

I had a midwife appt this morning. GBS was negative, no protein in my urine, bp was 145/60 (I think), baby was head-down with her back on my left side (and then my right). They said I'm measuring fine and that they guesstimate the baby is about 6 lbs.

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YAY for being GBS-!! Sounds like a great appointment!!

Jessica

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Sounds like a good appt. Sorry about the nerve pain I have been there with my first. Oh boy is that nor fun.

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Katie! How in the world did I miss this?! I'm so excited to follow you in your lodge! You look wonderful, and your family is precious. Yay for GBS-!!!

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sounds like a great appointment - yay for GBS-! hope the pains ease a bit soon!

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:wavehello: :wavehello: :wavehello: :wavehello: :wavehello: :wavehello:

Had to check out your lodge after your email. So now I can stalk you here if you don't reply to me in a timely manner. Lol I crack myself up!

Anyhow, glad you got everything packed up at work and that hospital bag ready. (and I will say that I hope that she comes a week early like Jacob did! I have no idea what that's like though. ha ha ha ha)

How's that pineapple? Always reminds me of Delia and Julie. Wink

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Well, things have seemed to slow down. I'm having fewer BH at work. Though I'm also constantly thirsty and drinking water and getting up to pee, so that might have something to do with it. Speaking of getting up to pee, I got up every other commercial break while we were watching Big Bang Theory and a Star Trek Voyager rerun last night. DH was laughing because I was going so often. Maybe the baby has moved down. Her butt seems to be in the same place relative to my belly button, but my belly button seems to point more downward instead of straight forward.

I'm finishing off the pineapple today at lunch. Mmmm, fresh pineapple is the best. There's just no comparison between the canned, sweetened stuff and fresh pineapple.

I'm still working. My replacement was supposed to start yesterday, but she hasn't returned any phone calls from HR. My boss is going to retract his offer, and hire someone else -- that won't likely be here before this baby comes. I'm just going to have to leave good notes, I guess. I'm not coming in to the office with a new baby and toddler in tow! I've done the "bring the 2 y/o into the office" thing and it was not fun. Jacob lasted about 15 minutes before he lost it and started yelling/whining/crying.

Thanks for all the nice comments on my lodge. I'm honored to get a lodge and I hope to have a great NCB story to share... soon would be nice. Wink

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I'm over 38 weeks now.

Yep, baby has moved down. I attempted to check myself (only knowledge I have is from my NFP days). My cervix is down low enough for me to reach without struggle and it feels "soft and open" (good time to BD Lol ). I have no idea how far dilated I am, but I don't really want to know that until I'm ready to push this baby out ("you're at 10 cm!").

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Yay for soft and open!! Hope things keep moving along for you. Now that baby has moved down I'm sure you'll start dilating if you haven't already!

Jessica

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My welcome is late, but welcome anyway! You have a beautiful family! I hope that the pineapple starts doing the trick for you soon! Biggrin Sounds like you are going somewhere cervix wise!
You should show off more of your diapers- the little I could see int eh pics you posted looked very nice- you must be good at what you do! Smile

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Hey Katie! I wish I would have found this earlier, I always love stalking people Smile I love your belly picture infront of the plane, and I really think you are glowing (and I am WAY too hormonal to just say something to appease a pregnant person Smile ) I will have to come back and check on you often!

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Hey Katie, just checking you out here!!! I have been thinking about you lately wondering how you were doing. I am getting so excited for you!!!

Oh and I think of Delia everytime I think of pineapple too, LOL!

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I am getting so excited for you! Smile

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Ugh! That's how I feel today. Even DH noticed and asked me if something was wrong because I'm moving slower and I'm spacing out. It feels like my brain is on vacation. I really need to take a few days off, but my boss just hired my replacement (this is the 2nd one - the first one never showed up) and I need to get a turnover binder ready for her.

I'm really considering all the ways I can induce labor. At my Bradley class, the instructor mentioned a "Section 6 pressure point" (or something like that) on the inside of your calf. It's a pressure point that is supposed to induce labor. I dreamt last night that I decided to just start pushing on it. I'm tempted to push on it now, but I know I'll be disappointed when it doesn't work.

I shouldn't be in such a hurry, though. I'm still almost 2 weeks from my due date, afterall. Jacob only came a little over a week early (which would be Monday if this girl decides to be like her brother). I still have so much to do before this baby comes. I'm just tired of the cramps and the BH contractions. I'm done with the dress rehearsals - bring on the show!

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Another stalker Katie Wink

Pineapple days.... ahhhh the memories Smile Curry and spicy food are things I tried too, but in the end I think good old fashioned walking did the trick to get Jeena out! Smile

Can't wait to meet your little girl! Smile

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Yes! bring on the show!ha.

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I'm having a lot of nerve pain on my right side. It hurts to sit and still hurts when I stand just a little less. I had the sciatic pain before (running down the back side of my thigh) but this is all across the top side of my thigh.

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I'm sorry you're having the leg pain. Just think, It's only a matter of days now before you get to hold your baby and your pain SHOULD magically disappear!!

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:bigarmhug: Sorry about the leg pain. Isn't it funny how we dream about things that are "on our mind". Did you try the section 6 pressure point?

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Katie - she'll come when she's ready. But I know the feeling, it's like watching a pot of water and willing it to boil faster. Wink Hate that you're dealing with the leg pain though, ouch!

I bought a fresh pineapple today and thought of you. Andrew wanted me to cut it for dinner but we were just about to eat and I wasn't going to wrestle with a pineapple. ha ha ha ha But really, I thought of you when I bought it (and when I was enjoyed the fresh samples of it at Target)

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Gwen, I had a cup of fresh pineapple from the cafeteria this morning.

I've had lots of BH contrax and this leg pain is driving me absolutely bonkers -- it better be gone when my baby arrives. I pulled out the bassinet and bouncer from the basement storage closet and washed all the parts I could (plus my toddler's booster seat - it was nasty!). The bassinet is all put-together and sitting in our room, now. The bouncer is all together. I still need to wash the fabric on the carseat - I'll do that tonight. My hospital bag is nearly finished (just waiting on DH's extra clothes, a robe, and slippers).

Most of my contrax and leg pain have been at work. Hmmm, a sign? Speaking of work, the 2nd person we tried to hire as my replacement decided that she didn't want the job afterall. So, there's almost no way of getting someone in here before I leave. I'm starting a turnover binder today so that I can get the knowledge in my head down on paper for the next person. There's NO WAY I'm coming in (especially unpaid) to turnover in the weeks after my baby is born.

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wow, that SUCKS about your replacement. good luck with the binder, I'm sure you'll do a great job on it (since you don't even want a single phone call when you're home with a newborn.)

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I'm here. Just checking in. Things are pretty quiet, still. A few contractions, but the cranky toddler seems to be the biggest distraction today.

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I'm still here. I'm feeling not too bad. I think I can endure until my due date now (chart says 27th of May). I'm thinking this little girl wants to be a gemini instead of a taurus. Lol

I've had a few contractions but nothing that went regular. I'm still wearing my rings and I managed to get a lot done this weekend (gardening, laundry, prepping postpartum pads, sewing, and even a little knitting last night).

If anyone's interested here's the postpartum recipe I'm using. I'm putting them on mama pads, but the rest of the directions are similar. This is from another forum I frequent (for knitters and crocheters).

It seems like we have several ladies expecting on this board. I want to share a recipe for post-partum pads. It's not my recipe, but I couldn't find it when I looked for it again on the internet and it is wonderful. I made some for myself, and then later for a friend. (She was very happy with them).

They're great for two reasons - they're very very soothing, and they make you smell like you're wearing lavender perfume. On my 2-day visit, the nurse was surprised that I didn't smell all funky, and she took a copy of the recipe to share with her other patients. (Woo, I'm your least-stinky patient! Hahaha).

So, here it is. None of the following info is mine, but for the most part I agree (although I didn't find them to be excessively tightening). I've found that one package of pads fits neatly in an old oatmeal box. Also, this recipe works just as well with cloth pads!

"Magical Post-partum Pads" My doula suggested these special pads for after delivery.

Here's what you'll need:

-16 - 24 overnight maxi pads

-witch hazel

-lavender oil

-aloe vera gel (this is an edible liquid, not a topical ointment. Lily of the Desert is the most popular brand. You can find it in any health food store - Whole Foods has all three of these medicinal ingredients)

-tin foil

Unwrap each pad, and pour a little witch hazel, a little aloe vera gel and 3-4 drops of lavender on each pad. She didn't give specific instructions on how much of each to use, so I winged it. You want the pad damp, but not soaked. Wrap each pad in tin foil and stick them in the freezer. Witch hazel and lavender are natural astringents, so they'll help reduce swelling, and the aloe and the cold are very soothing. Not to mention the improvement in odor, because if you thought you had an odor problem during AF, just wait til you give birth.

I was so glad that I had these when I got home from the hospital. Actually, I found that they tightened things up a bit too much, so I was alternating these with a regular pad and the anesthetic ointment the hospital had given me. Hopefully you'll be more intact than I was (I had a 3rd degree tear), but no matter what, you'll be glad to have these."

(Edited to improve formatting and readability).

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First of it's good that this baby isn't coming at the same gestational age as her brother, because she's breech. She was head-down but decided to turn sometime in the last couple days. Ironically, I've felt less sciatic pain in the last few days, too. I found this out this morning at my regular appt. I will be 39 weeks along tomorrow and that is when my version is scheduled (9:30AM CDT).

I'm leaving work early so I can go home and lay back and try to get this baby to turn back around. And, since work is where I experience most of my practice contractions - I need to get away from here. A guy DH works with had this happen with a few of his kids and they always turned - however I'm still nervous at the real aspect of having to have a c-section. Anyone with a similar experience, let me know. I'm super nervous at this point. No pineapple or sex or excessive stress for me between now and 9:30 tomorrow!!! I don't want to go into labor until she's back to head down.

Please send me baby turning vibes!

Good news is that baby is still doing well (even though she's upright). I got to see her again on the ultrasound and she's grasping her cord (which is nice and thick and healthy, btw). Her heartbeat was clear and good. Now, she just needs to turn and start making her way out (in that order).

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I did a google search to find out the risks. According to one site, http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/women/pregnancy/labor/310.html, they are:

External cephalic version has some risks, including the following:

Premature labor
Premature rupture of the membranes
A small blood loss for either the baby or the mother
Fetal distress leading to an emergency cesarean delivery
The baby might turn back to the breech position after the external cephalic version is done
Although the risk of having these complications is small, some doctors prefer not to try an external cephalic version.

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okay, now I'm clear .. your email and other thread don't say the version is scheduled for tomorrow. I'm sure everything will be fine. The version probably will trigger labor, at least that's what I've read in the past. But you're close enough to your due date that it's fine. Perhaps she'll turn on her own. You can do I what I did the other week, spend some time upside down on your sofa. (that must have been a sight here!)

Thinking about you and praying she just does it on her own!

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Oh my goodness! Best of luck at your version. I will be thinking of you.

Also, thanks for the recipe. I'm going to look around to see if I can find anywhere to buy those ingredients here. (Sadly, no Whole Foods.) I'm pretty sure I can find at least the aloe and witch hazel...

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Turn baby turn! You can do it little one!

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I'm back! They kept putting off my version because they kept having women come into L&D in labor. So, though my appt was at 9:30am, it didn't get done until 2 pm (and I had an empty stomach since 9 pm the night before). It was a success, though. The baby is head down again and they said that she turned so easily (partly because I'm a second-time mom) that if she flips again, they'll do another version and then induce me. It's not great, but it's better than hearing "flip again, baby, and we're going in for a c-section."

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That's WONDERFUL! I'm so happy to hear that she flipped so easily!

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So happy to hear she is head down! Now, she just needs to stay!! Wink

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