~*~*Charity's (charity_m17) Birth Lodge*~*~

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~*~*Charity's (charity_m17) Birth Lodge*~*~

Welcome to your lodge and congrats on being in the "homestretch"!!

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Looking forward to sharing your NCB journey Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Yay!!! Welcome.... can't wait to hear your stories. Smile

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woohoo, welcome to your lodge!!!

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Welcome to your new home! Congratulations on being so close!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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welcome to your lodge!

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YAY I get my own Lodge... Thank you all so much!!!

Now for my intro:

My name is Charity and I am only 20, Lee (my fiance who is 23) and I met when we were in high school. I was in 9th grade and he was in 11. We both had steady high school sweethearts at the time and he lived 2 hours away. I only remember meeting him once but he says we actually met twice. Well my high school sweetheart and I didnt work out after 4 years, so I began to run around and be kinda wild. I grew up as an airforce brat so millitary is looked at as a great thing in my familys eyes. After I got into some trouble my mom made me go talk to an Army recruiter who after much coaxing talked me into going to MEPS to take the physical and all that good stuff. Well while there I ran into Lee. He was leaving the next day to go to boot camp. We spent all night talking and during the course of the conversation I decided to give him my address and if he wanted to he could corespond with me while away. Well he left the next day and I thought well more than likely I wont hear from him again. It took nine days for me to recieve a letter from him... After that I wrote him a letter everyother day. To make a long story hopefully short we fell in love over the course of writting letters and talking on the phone. When he came home from AIT we started talking about us living together. It took us about four days to decide we didnt like the two hour drive that was keeping us from each other. So I moved to the itty bitty town Hooks, TX. We havent had the easiest realtionship but anything worth having takes work and we are both willing to put in the extra effort.

We did not plan on having any children ANY time soon if ever, but on Feb 7 I took five pregnancy test that confirmed that we were pregnant. Two days later my acceptance letter into nursing scool came in. (Needless to say nursing school will have to wait until 2009) I was totaly paniced about being pg, but Lee was the one who calmed me down and made me believe that this is best thing that could happen to us. (His dad died when he was two and he really wants the father son bond that he missed if that makes any sense.) My pregnancy has been relativly easy. I had the typical m/s which helped me lose about 10 lbs. but dont worry I ganined it all back plus alot more!!! We were going to be on Team Green but the ultra sound lady ruined our suprise. We are going to name our "bean" Xander Nolan. This will be my mothers first grandchild and his mothers third. Both of our familes are excited. I am not really sure what else to include... Since I found out that I was pregnant I been researching natural birth. I really want to do everything in my power to make sure it happens for me and my little one. I am not necessarly scared of the contractions I am really neverous about the crowing and ring o fire part. But I have faith in my body and hope to be able to use all the techniques that I have been taught and read about to insure that I make the right decision durring his birth. *My doctor is a really good frined of ours and has been totaly suportive with the decisions that I have made says he will work with me to the best of his abilities to keep the process natural.

A few pics (for Shella)

Me & Lee

My most recent belly pic 29 :confused: (I hate pictures!!!)

I have a doctors apt, today!!

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Look how cute you are! Thanks for shareing pics with us. I was 20 when I had my first baby, while I didn't do my research I did get a vaginal birth. My first experience led to all of my research and a much more natural second birth. I hope things go great for you, and I'm looking forward to following your story!

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Congrats on getting your lodge and being in the homestretch!! I can't wait to follow your story!

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Congrats on the lodge.

I know you probably get sick of people saying this, because I do too, but you have such a young look to your face. Do you get mistaken for being much younger than you are (heehee, as if 20 is really that old)?

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"chevylfan" wrote:

Congrats on the lodge.

I know you probably get sick of people saying this, because I do too, but you have such a young look to your face. Do you get mistaken for being much younger than you are (heehee, as if 20 is really that old)?

Yeah I have people ask me how old I am all the time but dont let it bother me becasue I know that as I get older it will work for my advantage.
(there was a time when I did think that 20 was old...)

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I feel your pain on the looking young thing, I'm 5' and tiny. I had a door to door sales man ask me if my mom was home:) I had 2 little kids at the time, it took me so off guard that I almost couldn't figure out how to respond. I'm sure he wished he could fall through my porch, LOL! It still cracks me up.

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"GraysonsMom" wrote:

I feel your pain on the looking young thing, I'm 5' and tiny. I had a door to door sales man ask me if my mom was home:) I had 2 little kids at the time, it took me so off guard that I almost couldn't figure out how to respond. I'm sure he wished he could fall through my porch, LOL! It still cracks me up.

LOL I'm in the same boat! You guys shouldn't feel bad because you ARE young, but I'm 3:cool:! I had someone knock on my door campaigning during election and asked if my mom was home! Honestly, even if I don't look old enough to own the house, I'm sure I at least look like I'm voting age!

Charity: I enjoyed reading your intro (and thanks for the pics! :D) Good luck on your NCB journey, make sure to keep us updated on how you are feeling!

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Charity, I have seen these pictures on the Sept 08 board and I remember thinking how adorable you are - you are very photogenic!!

Cute story about how you and your fiance met.

Looking forward to hearing how everything progresses with you!

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you look great, i'm sorry about the u/s tech ruining your surprise, our first was a surprise and i made it very clear to the tech before we even went into the room that we didn't want to know b/c i was scared that it would happen. congrats on your baby boy, looking forward to sharing your ncb journey with you

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So I had my doctors apt. yesterday, Nothing new to report... Xander is head down!! Our doctor thinks that he is about 5 lbs right now which a good thing (for me). We didnt check to see if I was dialated because I really havent been feeling any contractions. No news on the GBS but he said he would call as soon as he found out the results. I didnt gain any weight and my BP was back to normal and there was no protien in my urnine this time!!! I have a feeling that this little one is really comfortable and doesnt plan on making his debut any time soon and will be at least a week late...

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I'm glad you had a good appointment and that he is head down!

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So this weekend was really uneventful. I got all his outfits that we are taking to the hospital washed packed into his bag, and made a list of what to take with me to the hospital though I am not putting it together until later... Lee and I spent some time out on the lake which was fun. We rented a paddle boat and spent a few hours out and about on that. Hope everyone else had a good weekend.

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Yay for a fun weekend, uneventful is good sometimes lol. Glad you got to take advantage of a little one-on-one time with your other half Biggrin I went boating about 2 months ago, and I had a difficult time finding a lifejacket that fit properly over my giant belly.

And good for getting that hospital bag started, I haven't made my list yet oops!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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So this maybe TMI but last night we attempted to do the deed... It was horrible. I just want to be able to fit in his arms the way I use to and not have a huge gap between us. We had to stop in anyways because Xander got the hicups and it was just to weird to try to continue around that... I never thought that I would say this but I think I miss sex more than Lee does. He just laughed it off like it was no big deal and I burst into tears and had to escape to the bathroom. I am not sure if its really sex I miss the most or just feeling sexy...

On to another topic... Lee thinks that he knows when I am going to have this baby. (he constanly comes up with a different date every week) He thinks that since I am such a huge Grey's Anatomy fan my water will break right as the premier is about to start... I really hope not but if that really is the case there is always TVO.

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Sorry about the intimacy issue, i understand how you feel about not feeling sexy, it's emotional! dh's are funny about what they think they know about when baby will come, tell him that if you go into labor during grey's anatomy you'll just bounce on a ball through the ctx then head to the hosp, lol.

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"ourfirstblessing" wrote:

dh's are funny about what they think they know about when baby will come, tell him that if you go into labor during grey's anatomy you'll just bounce on a ball through the ctx then head to the hosp, lol.

We finally went out last night and bought a "birthing ball" OMG I love it!! I dont know if its in my head but it seems like today my hips dont really ache as much...
So its getting really late in the game but we were scheduled to have a lamaze instructor come over tonight and actually work us through the technices. We have been reading and practicing together but it would make me feel better to be shown also. Well she cancled and and because of schedule conflicts wont be able to meet with us until the 15. So, so much for being prepared...

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Being prepared is great, but I wanted to say that I've had 2 baby and never gone to any kind of birth class:) My second birth was pain killer free and I didn't feel like there was anything I wished I knew. If something happens before you see her don't be too worried about it, you'll most likely do just fine!

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"GraysonsMom" wrote:

Being prepared is great, but I wanted to say that I've had 2 baby and never gone to any kind of birth class:) My second birth was pain killer free and I didn't feel like there was anything I wished I knew. If something happens before you see her don't be too worried about it, you'll most likely do just fine!

Thanks!! That is really reassuring to hear!!!

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Hi Charity,

Yes, agree on the sex thing - I have such physical discomfort and just don't feel attractive in general. It is hard but I keep reminding myself it is only temporary!

And I am another late comer to NCB so don't feel like you are the only one who feels unprepared. However, I am just going to try my own relaxation and visualization techniques. I too have a birth ball (well it was DH's exercise ball but I have taken it over. ;)) and we have tried perineal massage too.

And, in the long run, I just keep telling myself that I trust my mind and my body and that if this is something I really want, I can "will" myself through it... so hang in there and don't get discouraged by feeling unprepared.

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Glad you are liking your ball Biggrin I ditto what prev posters have said, don't worry if you end up not being able to take the class, it doesn't mean you won't have a successful NCB experience, just prepare the best you can in the meantime. We'll support you with that!

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Charity, I didn't see your lodge til today! congratulations! Glad you like your ball - consider laboring on it... I did last time and it was wonderful!:D

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I just got caught up on your lodge!! I'm cracking up on when you DF thinks your water will break! Funny stuff! I have a "birthing ball" also. I enjoy it, i think it helps my back. Im definatly going to be laboring on it!!

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What are you up to today Charity? When is your next appointment?

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What are you up to today Charity? When is your next appointment?

I go to the doctor to day at 3:30.. I am really dreading this apt and I am not really sure why... I think that it may be because he is going to ask if I want an internal and I will refuse but really want one (but know there is nothing going on down there so why bother)...
So last night was not a good night for Lee and I. We had a stupid fight over dumb stuff and he called me crazy... Not the thing to call a hormonal pregnant lady that works at the Mental Health Center. :bigblowup: We eventually made up like an hour later but I realized something. Everytime my mood changes it seems like my little man gets the hiccups... I got upset and my stomache started jumping... then I calmed down and but later began to cry and he started again, and then after it was all said and done Lee tickled me (I am horrably tickilish) and Xander started hiccuping again... I wonder what thats all about...

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I posted them on my Sept 08 board also...

37 weeks 4 days

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Firstly, I LOVE YOUR BELLY PICS!!!

The sex thing, dh and I gave up when I hit about 32 weeks, we couldnt get close enough (im plus size to boot, so being preggers didnt help)

Your beautiful!!! and so positive. Birth ball sounds amazing!!

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"mom2amylia" wrote:

Firstly, I LOVE YOUR BELLY PICS!!!

The sex thing, dh and I gave up when I hit about 32 weeks, we couldnt get close enough (im plus size to boot, so being preggers didnt help)

Your beautiful!!! and so positive. Birth ball sounds amazing!!

Thank you!

Well I am off for my doctors apt. I will try to post some this weekend but Lee and I try not to get online when at the house to often since it takes away form our time and we dont get that much of it.

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I hope you have a great appt!

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Well, I am really behind on pretty much everything this week, but just wanted to say hi, welcome to your lodge, you look great, I TOTALLY hear you on the sex thing, and good luck with your appt! Hopefully that covers everything LOL! Biggrin

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I really suck at this keeping up a lodge thing...

This weekend was great all I really did was sleep and eat. On Sunday I thought that maybe I was going to have some action but it was a false alarm. I could not get off the toliet (TMI) but I guess it was just something I ate.

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I'm late here, but welcome to your logde! Let's see...
Sorry about the sex thing. It's already getting hard to do for us.
Yay on the birth ball. Sounds like it's already helping.
Maybe the BMs are a good sign - lots of times women go and go right before labor. It cleans out their bodies. Hope this is the case for you!

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I had about a week of "cleanseing" before I went into labor:) You never know maybe it is a sign of things to come? Don't worry about keeping up your lodge, it's for you to use as you wish! Ahhhh, yes and I spaced saying how stinkin' cute are! You belly is great!

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Congrats!! GraysonsMom on being pregnant... I am not sure how long thats been in your siggy but I noticed on your reason for editing!!!

Well yesterday I had a few contractions when I got home from work but they disappeared after I drank some water and laid down. I am torn between wanting things to happen now and really wanting him to get here after his due date... I dont want him out because I am uncomfortable (actually I am feeling great) I just want to see him and hold him. Oh well, I will just have to be patient and wait to see when he decides to come.

I keep having these reoccuring dreams that Xander is actually a girl. (Lee would die!) I know that it not true but still I cant help but try to figure out what it means...

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Charity, I love your belly pics as always!!

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I am sleepy!!! I am going back to bed the rain makes it perfect sleeping conditions. I have been :puke2: all night and now feel like maybe I can finally rest. I hope that this isnt a cold or something... I hate being sick

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Oh! I hope you're not sick.... maybe first signs of labor? - That would be much better!!:D

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Yeah, I'm guessing you may be getting ready to have this little guy/girl:)!? That would be crazy, but I know it still happens. It's a very good idea to sleep when you feel like you need to at this stage in the game. KUP on how your doing when you wake up, I sure hope your not sick hun.

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Well I am awake and still feeling crappy. I my head hurts and my ears feel like there is presure in there.. Maybe if I ignore it, it will go away. Everyone around me has been getting sick so I guess its just my turn. Other than the head cold and stomach problems things on the baby front seem to be great.

I bought new shoes today. I love shoes!!!

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Take it easy and drink lots of OJ & RL tea. I would suck to go into labor sick. What kind of shoes? Got pics? I love new shoes, too, but lately everything else comes first. I've had to begin wearing flip-flops and slippers everywhere because all my other shoes are too small :(.

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Right now all I can wear are flip flops also but that doesnt keep me from buying anything else...

I get on shoebuy.com alot!!! It the one thing that I alow myself to splurge on every now and then... I got these for a pretty great price $68. I figure I dont spend money on my hair or nails so why not shoes!!! :rolleyes:

Last night was uneventful as always... but this morning I think Xander may have dropped some!!! I can feel him really low in my pelvis area. (I hope his arm doesnt pop out :eek:) My head is still all stuffy and my ears are begining to really ache.. I think that I may have to run over to my doc. office get script for something... Not really sure if I have something. Lee was awesome last night... LOL actually he made me cook diner :confused: but he washed laundry last night and folded and put it away!!!

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Those are cute shoes! I don't think I could buy shoes online, even when I find some that look exactly right, I have to try them on and walk around to see if they feel right before I buy them.

LOL don't worry, I'm sure Xander's arm won't just pop out!!

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Excited Lee called me and told me that he scheduled a photo shoot for Sat. YAY!!! I was thinking that he forgot and we werent going to get pics... Now Xander can not come out until after 3 on Saturday. Not like he was planning on it anyways.

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