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~*~*Connie's (cmljll) Birth Lodge*~*~

I know how much your looking forward to being at this point, and I'm excited to see your story unfold. I couldn't wait to get you going on your lodge...so welcome just a touch early:)

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Yahoo

Looks like most of the natural Dec '09 mamas have lodges...Mine isn't until NEXT week but I will be outta town...

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Yay! Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to read your intro and follow you adventure!

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Congrats Connie! I'm excited to follow your lodge & have been waiting for it to be time.

Cindy

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Welcome to your lodge Connie!

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Yipppeeee! I have been waiting for this. So excited to follow you lodge. Congrats, you are getting so close!

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Welcome to your lodge, Connie! I'm so excited for you!

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Congrats, Connie! Welcome to the lodge club!

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Welcome to your lodge!!!!!!

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Really exciting times ahead! Congratulations!:D

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I've had a really rough couple days and seeing my lodge this morning literally brought happy tears to my eyes!

DH needs to get back to work so I'll try to get on tomorrow and do my intro. For now, just keep me in your prayers... I have a miserable cold, have barely slept in 2 days, and had such bad indigestion last night that it almost sent me to the ER. I keep thinking things have got to go up from here!

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Get a humidifier going and buy some breath right strips (they are awesome)!! (((HUGS))) please take care of yourself and feel better soon.

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((((Connie)))) I am SO excited that its time for your lodge!! Welcome Smile

I'm sorry you're having such a rough few days. I hope you are feeling better soon. You are right, things have to go up from here Smile

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I'm being lazy and copying my LOOOONG intro from Ethan's lodge;)

I’m Connie and I’m 34. My DH Jesse is 32. We’ve been married for 13 wonderful years! We met at a city bus stop right off the college campus where we both lived. I don’t remember who started the conversation but we soon found out we were both in the process of changing to the same major. Our conversation continued on the bus for the mile till the bus got to my stop. He asked for my phone number to “go out for coffee sometime.” I almost said no, but then I changed my mind and gave it to him. I figured going out for coffee was non-threatening, kind of a getting-to-know-each-other type of meeting. At that time I was heartbroken over losing the only guy I had ever really loved after a few years of off and on dating and had sworn off dating for a while. I do remember telling a friend that day though that I had met someone who I had a feeling was going to be a really good friend

Jesse called me the next night and we talked ALL night! Six hours straight! That first week he was such a great friend to me. He would let me cry on his shoulder about my lost love, my family, whatever, and he would just listen and encourage me. And he did all this knowing from the beginning that I didn’t want to be in a relationship anytime soon!

We met on October 6th, we started dating on the 13th, and he proposed on the 31st! So much for avoiding relationships for a while LOL We got married October the next year.

We both ended up temporarily leaving college for a while soon after getting together. I did a correspondence course in day care and worked at a day care for a while. Jesse went back to college a semester here and there. Eventually we both ended up back in college.

Through all this time, we both wanted kids, but planned to hold off until we both graduated and he had a stable job. Our hope was always that I would be able to be a SAHM. I graduated first (2002) and got a job as a full-time tutor at a low-income (Title I) elementary school working with kindergarteners.

The summer of 2004 my nephew was born. I remember us going to the hospital that night to see him and at that point I knew I was ready for one of my own! I didn’t say anything to Jesse yet though, because he was only a couple months from graduating and we had agreed to wait. I soon found out that seeing my nephew had brought about the same feelings in him as it had in me, and we decided to stop preventing anything from happening. He graduated, got a job, and soon after we started TTC. I didn’t chart or take my temps, but I did a lot of reading and my best friend gave me all her NFP books.

Fast forward to fall 2005 – I was frustrated with not being pregnant yet. I was ready to quit my job. Just the sight of a pregnant woman or a baby would send me into tears. I started wondering if we were able to conceive at all. You see, Jesse was born with multiple severe birth defects. He spent most of his early years in the hospital having corrective surgeries. The only problems we know of that he still has today have to do with his vision – he sees 20/300 in his good eye, is almost completely blind in the other, and has no peripheral or night vision. But he had never had a sperm count or any other reproductive tests done. Add to that my somewhat irregular cycles. After so long of trying, I was really starting to doubt... At the time I was taking dong quai to help regulate my hormones, but I could only take them for the first couple weeks of my cycle – I knew if I took them while pregnant before I knew it, I could end up with a miscarriage. I stuck out that school year, but only worked half-days.

Fast forward to summer 2006 – I started having problems that seemed to be thyroid-related. My mom has hypothyroidism and a lot of my symptoms mimicked hers. I did a lot of research online and everything seemed to point to my thyroid. But I never felt at peace about getting tested. My mom’s thyroid always tested normal, but a low dose of Synthroid makes a big difference with her. The doctor had put her on it despite her tests all coming back fine, figuring that she was hypo- and it just wasn’t showing up.

I had been going to a local natural health store for a couple years. Because of them, I hadn’t been on antibiotics for quite a while (even with sinus infections!), and I was feeling much better than I had in a very long time! So I went there to see if they had anything natural to stimulate my thyroid, figuring I would try that before having to risk going on Synthroid for the rest of my life. As always, they wouldn’t recommend a supplement without going through my list of symptoms etc first. When I told them everything, they recommended I do a hair analysis. They said that some mineral deficiencies could cause or mimic hormone dysfunction. So I agreed to the hair analysis.

When I got the results back a couple weeks later, it showed I was very anemic! I was surprised, since I didn’t have a lot of the typical anemia symptoms. They started me on an iron regimen and in less than a week, all my “low thyroid” symptoms disappeared! I felt COMPLETELY different! I found out that if you’re anemic, it messes with a lot of your hormones. So my thyroid was likely not functioning properly, but only as a result of not having enough iron. I still can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if I had gone straight to the doctor!

Thanksgiving week I had been on the iron for about 3 weeks. I was feeling bad, and my period was a few days late. Those things usually go together – feeling bad from the PMS, and an irregular cycle! Almost without fail, my period comes within 2 days of me doing a pregnancy test. So I did what I usually do – I took a test to make it come sooner, or at least seem that way I stood in the bathroom and watched the stick do its thing. Lalalalalalalalala, watch and wait, lalalalalalalalala. I looked down. Surely those weren’t TWO lines I saw?! I looked away. I looked back. Still saw two lines!

So what did I do? I ran in the bedroom where Jesse was and asked him to turn on the light where he was sitting. I handed him the stick and asked how many lines he saw. He said one. I told him to look at it under the light. He looked again and said two and he gave me this look… Before he could say anything, I blurted out “that’s what I thought” and took the stick back and headed to the living room. My mom was living with us at the time and she was asleep on the futon in there. I woke her up and told her I needed her help with something. She said okay… I said “here, you need your glasses and a flashlight” and handed them to her. At this point she was probably wondering what the heck was going on! LOL So I handed her the stick and asked how many lines SHE saw. Because, I still wasn’t believing at this point that there really were 2 lines! As soon as she looked and said two, her whole face lit up!

Jesse tells me that he always wondered how he would find out I was pregnant. “How many lines do you see?!” was NOT even close to any of the possibilities in his head! LOL But we were THRILLED!!! After all that time, it had been a problem with MY body, not his, that had kept us from conceiving! It turns out that I had gotten pregnant my first cycle after starting the iron – almost exactly 2 weeks from my last period.

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My pregnancy with Ethan went really well for the most part till the last month. I had very little nausea, and felt great most of the time. I ended up in L&D a few times for what I now know were gallbladder issues. And because I carried him so high, I had horrible heartburn! I took a natural alkalizer and it helped a lot.

I was (and am!) blessed to have an OB who loves to do natural births! I took Bradley classes, and my instructor was very pleased to hear that I was going to Dr. H. She used to teach NFP classes when he did:) She told me, "Oh, you're going to Dr. H.? You have NOTHING to worry about!" Coming from her, that said a lot:) And once Dr. H. found out I was taking Bradley classes, he would ask me at my appointments if I was "getting educated" and encourage me to learn all I could about NCB. Far cry from most OB's who don't like you learning too much and questioning them!

At my 37-wk OB appointment, my blood pressure was high. They waited a bit, had me lay down, etc. and checked it again. Still high:( My urine was normal, I was not swollen, no other signs of pre-e. He ended up sending me across the street to L&D for monitoring and bloodwork. Everything there turned out normal. My BP eventually came down on its own. At that point Dr. H. put me on "light rest" to try to keep my BP down. I was having a lot of problems with insomnia and he said that might have been part of the problem with my BP.

Dr. H. scheduled an u/s for 38 1/2 weeks because he was concerned about Ethan still being so high. He wondered if there was something in my pelvic structure that prevented him from dropping. But he assured me that even if there was, he would still let me go into labor and as long as we were both doing well, he would let me labor as long as I wanted to give the maximum opportunity to still have my NCB:)

As the u/s approached, I kept getting more and more nervous. My BP was still slightly high, and I was taking my "light rest" seriously. Jesse stepped up and pretty much took over housework. I cooked easy meals and I think we did a lot of take-out too. We did relaxation exercises we had learned at Bradley as we knew that would help my BP too.

When u/s day finally came, I was 38w 4d. Dr. H. was in a meeting and running late, so the u/s tech started without him. No biggie - he knew exactly what Dr. H. was looking for. Soon after the u/s started, he called one of the nurses in and asked for Dr. H.'s ETA. She told him he would be there shortly and asked if he needed him as soon as he got back. The u/s tech said yes. That was when I got really nervous! But I could see Ethan's heartbeat waves on the u/s and it looked strong and steady... At one point I almost passed out from being on my back so he had me lay on my side till Dr. H. got there. Turns out my amniotic fluid level was dangerously low:( Ethan was handling it okay so far, but it wasn't a good situation. Dr. H. did an internal exam and I was still closed up high and tight. No hope of an induction working:( He gave me the option of coming in every day for NST's and monitoring really well but at that point I had had a feeling for a while that something wasn't right. Once it was confirmed, Jesse and I decided to opt for the c-section to make sure Ethan would be okay.

It was a really tough decision:( I had no labor, just showed up the next morning and was cut open. Dr. H. let Jesse and my best friend in the OR with me, and we were able to video in there. The nursery nurse brought me my little wrapped-up papoose to kiss before she brought him to the nursery for the rest of the assessments. My bf and Jesse followed Ethan down into the nursery and Dr. H. told the staff to let both of them in and to make sure they had the camcorder going;) So even though I missed a lot of those first moments, I at least got to see them on video!

As soon as I was stable in the recovery room, Ethan was brought to me. I couldn't even sit up yet, but the nursery nurse helped me position Ethan so he could start BF'ing. That was all video'ed too:)

Everything went relatively well with the c-section, but a few hours afterward, I had a reaction to the epidural and ended up spending most of the next 8 hours knocked out on Phenergan because of vomiting:(

Even though I was really upset about not getting even a trial of NCB, I still feel I made the right choice. I now know that the combination of low amniotic fluid (and it was pretty much completely gone when he was born so I know it was still dropping) plus the rising BP for seemingly no reason likely pointed to a failing placenta. It took me a long time to get past it, especially since BF'ing didn't work out either:( I avoided pg.org for a while, and this board for longer. I just couldn't bear hearing about all of you who got what I wanted and worked for so hard... I needed time to heal and get past it...

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Thanks for sharing, Connie. That's quite a story. I loved reading about your BFP with Ethan. I'm sorry you didn't get the NCB you wanted, but it seems like you were in good hands and had a c-section that was better than most.

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Great intro Connie! I've known you for awhile on PO now, but its great reading your intro. I met DH when I had sworn off dating for awhile too.

TFS your birth story with Ethan; I knew of the circumstances but not all the details. Are you seeing Dr. H again this time?

How are you feeling? Did the cold go away?

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Kristen, yes, I'm back with Dr. H.:-) In fact, at my initial appt this pregnancy, he told me that he was extra careful how he stitched me up because he knew I'd want a VBAC and he wanted me to have the best opportunity possible!

The cold is here and letting me know it:-( I finally got some sleep last night but I'm still exhausted. I was up almost every hour using the bathroom. Only way I can breathe is taking Sudafed and Mucinex every 6 hrs. I hate taking meds, especially when I'm pregnant! My neti pot is helping some, but this is deep congestion that it can't reach.

Hoping for decent sleep again tonight! Monday night I got about 3-4 hours of broken sleep, Tuesday night I was in pain, slept an hour and a half, back up in pain, then another hour and a half of sleep, then about 2 hours of broken sleep sitting up on the couch while Ethan napped yesterday. Jesse watched Ethan last night so I could try to sleep. Right now I'm killing time before my next dose of meds and then I'm headed to bed...

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Ugh, I hear ya on the meds. I took sudafed (generic substitute) tonight too, and I'm still dripping. Not fun. I hope you get better soon!

What good news about the stitching last time. That is a thoughtful doctor.

I'm really hoping you get a great VBAC this time!

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Oh yes, now I remember you saying that about Dr H stitching you up last time. I am SO rooting for your VBAC!!

I'm sending lots of healthy vibes your way too.

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Hope your feeling better soon, colds and pregnancy don't mix well!!

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I just got a chance to read your intro. I loved your pregnancy test story! I remember telling DH that If I worked in advertising for a company that makes digital pregnancy tests, I would design adds showing women asking random people on the street how many lines they see on their tests :). I'm sorry you didn't get an opportunity to try for a NCB with Ethan. I can only imagine how difficult it would be to decide to do a c-section in those circumstances. I hope you have a wonderful VBAC!

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Connie we had some smiliarities with our first births but remember that each one is different. I didn't have any problems with Lily that I did with Brodie, my AF was fansastic and the BP was great. I hope BFing works out better for you this time around, that's another similarity we have.

Cindy

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Last night was another with not much sleep... I'm convinced it's the Sudafed keeping me up so I called my OB's office this morning to see what else I could take. So tonight I try Zyrtec-D. I was told that if my symptoms start getting worse to call them to get on antibiotics. She said we need to get this gone before I go into labor! She went through a whole list of questions about my symptoms, Gabriel's movements, etc to make sure I didn't need to come in to be checked. Everyone there really is very caring and I never feel like I'm just another patient:-)

Jesse's feeling better today! I think he was able to fight off the cold. Ethan complained his nose hurt last night but he's been fine today.

I spent 2 hours at Walmart today - normal grocery shopping plus Thanksgiving. I did pretty good till I had to lift a 22 lb frozen turkey into my basket. Can we say BH?! My back's been bothering me since I got home too so I've spent a lot of time on my birth ball.

I'll try to get the story of how this pregnancy started typed up this weekend. My primary internet access is on my cell so I will wait until I have some time on the computer to do it!

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What an interesting story. Interesting about the iron and thyroid levels. I have grave's disease and had my thyroid removed so have to take synthroid. id did not know that about iron and the hormones. I am going to look into that since I have all kinds of hormonal issues.

It sounds to me like with your last birth your body was telling you it was time for him to come out and I say good for you for listening to it. I think that took more guts in some ways then if you had gotten the birth you wanted. Do they have any idea why your placenta was failing?

I hope you feel better soon, sick and pg is no fun. I had a nasty cold at the end of my pg with DS and it sucked.

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No, no explanation for the failing placenta. My OB said that if things hadn't turned out good, he would've sent it off for tests to try to find out what had happened. I think it was that my hormones were stable enough for me to get pregnant, but maybe not quite where they needed to be yet. If I'd had any idea that the iron would make such a difference, we would've taken a TTC break for a month or two to make sure all my levels were back to normal. The iron I take is made by my natural health place. It's plant-based, impossible to OD on, and has no side effects. My body responds really well to it!

I took the Zyrtec-D last night and slept! I wish I would've been able to sleep longer, but I'm happy with the 9 hours I got:) I'm still taking Mucinex with it as that really helps. Plus doing my neti pot. We ended up going out for breakfast and for the first time in days I ATE - a BIG meal. I didn't think I would be hungry enough to but once I started eating, I finished it! I take that as a good sign since with Ethan I had a good appetite all the way to delivery:)

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I have a little time so trying to get caught up with my story...

The birth experience was Ethan was NOT what I wanted, but at least I had the baby we had tried so long for! The first few weeks with him were really rough. Turns out he had problems BF'ing and he went from 6 lbs 2 oz at birth to 4 lbs 14 oz at 2.5 weeks old. My supply never had a chance to get established, and despite herbs and prescription meds, I never was able to BF:( That was a big blow, both emotionally and financially. He was only able to tolerate organic formula, and we ended up spending $150+ just on formula every month. But he grew well, and has been near the top of the growth charts since he caught up!

Ethan has always fit the definition of a high-needs child. It's been a difficult but very rewarding challenge parenting him! We didn't know if we wanted any more children, but I started considering the possibility when he was around 17 months old. Little did I know at the time that Jesse was also thinking about it. When we started talking about it, we realized God had put the desire in us within days of each other! So after much prayer and consideration, we decided that we wanted another child. We knew how stressful TTC was the first time, and there was no way of knowing how it would go this time. We decided to not-try-not-prevent for a while and see what happened.

Month 1 came and went and I was a bit disappointed when I got my period, but not much. Month 2 came and I knew we had DTD close to ovulation again, but I wasn't expecting anything to happen. I was laying on my back on the bed with Ethan and he jumped on my lower stomach. It felt like there was a small, hard ball between us when he landed on me. I remember thinking, "What the heck was THAT?!" and then I realized what it felt like... It felt like the hardness of my uterus when I was a few months pregnant with Ethan, only a lot smaller. I blew it off as I was only about a week and a half past when I thought I ovulated. A few days later I took a pregnancy test and almost immediately I saw two clear lines! I literally started shaking! I called Jesse into the bathroom and didn't say anything, just handed him the test. He looked at it, broke out in a huge grin, and asked if it meant what he thought it did. I was still in shock and barely could say yes, that I was pregnant! After 27 months of TTC to conceive Ethan, 2 months of not-trying-not-preventing and I was pregnant again!

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This pregnancy has been totally different than Ethan's in almost every way possible. With Ethan, I had a day here and there first trimester where I was nauseous. This time, I had a day here and there where I wasn't! And I tried everything to help... I spent first trimester completely exhausted. Not good when Jesse had to depend on me to get him back and forth to work every day, and I had to take care of Ethan. There were days that all Ethan and I ate till supper were saltines because I was too sick to get us anything else. He didn't mind - he thought it was a real treat getting to sit on the couch and watch TV and eat saltines all day LOL

When second trimester came, I started feeling better. There were a few days where the nausea came back, but it was more bearable because it wasn't back-to-back. I felt flutters for the first time around 12 weeks! I couldn't believe it had happened so soon but there was no mistaking it! At my 20-week u/s, everything looked good but we left having no idea if this was a boy or girl. That was really tough for me. I felt like I was having a hard time bonding with this baby I was growing, and it would have helped so much knowing the sex! With Ethan, I was bonded once I saw the 2 lines on the test, but it took a lot longer this time. I still don't feel as bonded to this baby as I hoped, but I know it will come! He's a lot more active than Ethan was, and that helps some:)

Third trimester has been rough. The morning of my anniversary (Oct 19), I went to the ER with problems breathing and ended up being in the hospital for a few days with H1N1. I hate taking meds even when I'm not pregnant, but I try to avoid them even more when I am. I was on Tamiflu for 7 days, breathing treatments every 4 hours in the hospital, plus Robitussin with codeine. It took a week before I started feeling a bit better, but the congestion hung on for a while. Having the flu made us miss the semi-formal dinner at Jesse's work for making 5 years with the company, and obviously we missed going out for our anniversary:( These were events we were looking forward to since we've only been out by ourselves a handful of times since we had Ethan. A couple days after I got home, we lost one of our pet birds:( He had been involved in an accident almost a year ago with possible internal injuries, and I think that finally caught up with him. A few weeks later we lost one of our cockatiels - the one I was closest to:( That was really tough... We finally got to go out for our anniversary a couple weeks ago, and I had a great time till we picked Ethan up from my best friend's and I sprained my ankle! There was a hole in their yard just big enough for my foot to go into it. That's the leg with the rod and screws in it, and when I had it x-rayed to make sure it wasn't broken, the x-ray showed one of my screws is broken. So I have an appointment with an orthopedist Monday to find out what's going on with that. And a few days before we celebrated our anniversary, I got a raging yeast infection:( My best friend had squeezed a night to be able to watch Ethan for us, she couldn't do it any other time, and there is no one else Ethan is comfortable enough with to watch him. So we went out anyway but the night didn't go quite like we had planned... Now I have this cold! And a few nights ago I was up almost all night with indigestion that would send my gallbladder into spasms. Very painful!

At my 36 wk appointment Wednesday, baby Gabriel is still high (but I can tell he's lower than Ethan was), and I'm still closed tight. I hope he waits till after next weekend to make his appearance, and that we have the necessities ready in time (we have nothing ready now), but that he's here in time for me to recover before Christmas!

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Connie you have been through so much with your babies! You are an amazing mother through it all and you do so well because you know you can do it and that you are a great mother. I can't wait to hear the story for this baby. I know that things didn't go as planned last time, but I have a good feeling this time.
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Connie, it is strange how each pregnancy is so different from each other. You have been through so much, but here you are in your lodge and the homestretch to meeting Gabriel. You have been a champ! Keep it up! I'm cheering for you.

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Your stories are all so beautiful, hun. I truly hope you get the VBAC you've been hoping for and its just as special. Rooting for you, girl! Smile

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Connie: Loved reading your stories about Jesse, about Ethan and about baby Gabriel. I am so glad your doctor is so supportive as it is so very hard to find these days. I can't wait to see what the coming weeks have for you. We also had breastfeeding problems with Wesley and I pray that this one is a natural nurser. I pumped with Wesley until 14 months.

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Thanks for the encouragement! With Ethan I felt like I could go another 4 weeks and feel fine, but this time I'm looking forward to it being over. Trying to enjoy it though, as we're planning on this being the last time.

I only got about 3 1/2 hours of broken sleep last night:-( Jesse and I had some issues we were dealing with, and that lasted till the wee hours. Then I woke up an hour later and took another hour to get back to sleep. When the alarm went off for church, Ethan was awake and ready to get up so I didn't get my usual snoozes before being up for good. I napped sitting on the couch for about 20 minutes earlier. I went too long without any cold meds and am still stuffy after taking them. Right now I'm just waiting on time to take my next dose then heading to bed.

I have my appointment with the orthopedist tomorrow to see about that broken screw. Trying not to be nervous about it...

Wednesday is my OB appt. Should just be a quick one. Hopefully they'll have my GBS results!

Thanksgiving we're going to Jesse's dad's for a huge, LOUD, get-together. You know the kind of people that their normal speaking voice can be measured in decibels? Put about 50 of them together and that's Jesse's extended family... After that we're going to my best friend's for our annual Thanksgiving tradition there - gumbo and decorating their house for Christmas! We'll be staying the night there. Friday someone will bring Jesse to work, and Ethan and I will leave whenever. I'll be prepping when I get home for our Thanksgiving dinner Saturday.

Gonna be a busy week! Hope this cold goes away soon so I can enjoy everything...

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Stacie, even though I was only getting a few drops, I pumped once a day till Ethan was 10 months old. Only reason I stopped then was that I had a bad sinus infection and couldn't BF on the meds. Even that little bit must've been doing him some good though. Soon after I stopped he started getting the sniffles more often!

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My ortho appt went well! He looked at the x-rays and said that everything is okay! He told me that the screw under the broken one is going to break at some point. He recommended I have both of them taken out after I am recovered from the birth to prevent future problems. He also told me that there is a push nationally to leave them in unless they're causing problems. I'm going to leave well enough alone for now. If they start bothering me at some point, it would be no more complicated than taking them out now. Why go through surgery when I don't have to?!

He told me to keep wearing the ankle brace at least until the baby is born because my ankle needs the extra support until the sprain heals. But I can do normal activities without worrying about the screw:-) He wrote me a prescription for physical therapy but I think I will just talk to my chiro about some exercises I can do at home.

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I posted on our December board, but I wanted to post here too that I'm glad you went for the follow-up and shared the news with us. Screws falling apart doesn't sound good, so I'm glad you will go back for another check once you've recovered. But, looking on the bright side, it could've been worse.

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The screws breaking poses no hazard unless it starts hurting. It's not like there's pieces breaking off. And even if he took out the 2, there would still be 6 smaller ones plus the other half of the broken one(s) still in there. The broken half is embedded in bone and it would be major surgery to chisel it out.

There are definitely pros and cons to having them taken out. Something to consider also is that I would have holes in the bone where the screws were, and until my body fills them back in, they are weak points. And considering I have weak ankles to begin with... I took some pics of the x-ray. I need to offload them and get one online.

I'm just glad it's nothing urgent, and that the only consequence of waiting too long would be some pain - and he said even that would be a gradual thing.

He also told me that the original break healed excellent:-) I was surprised that he said he can see a bit of arthritis in there though! Definitely something I need to be aware of for the future...

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Omigosh, Connie, you sound so levelheaded about it. Kudos to you. To me the screws sound painful, and I'm wincing as I think about you. At any rate, I'm sooooo glad that this is not an urgent situation for you.

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If/when it starts getting painful, that's when I go have them taken out;-) Right now I feel nothing more than the sprain! For all we know, that screw broke years ago and I've lived with it that way and had no idea!

Was hoping to be asleep by now but I have a congested, feverish 2-year-old who is extremely restless. May end up giving him some Motrin so he can sleep better. I don't know if I'll be able to go to sleep till I know he's sleeping okay, even though he's curled against me...

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Hoping your ankle and your little one are feeling better today. Smile

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Hey Connie ~ Thanks for inviting me to share in your story and follow along with you as you get closer and closer to meeting baby Gabriel.
What a wonderful story of you and Jesse's meeting, and your journey together. It has been so awesome getting to know you guys over the months through church and on here! You are such a strong woman and it is just amazing how much you have been through and you're just as fired up about life as ever! Smile I really admire your strength!
I hope this time you will be able to have the natural birth just the way you're planning on. I will be keeping that in my prayers!
Hopefully we'll see y'all again soon! *hugs*

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Hope Ethan is feeling better and you guys both got some sleep!

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Ethan kept waking up about every half hour so at 130am I finally gave in and gave him a dose of Motrin. I didn't want to but neither of us were sleeping! He stayed awake and cuddled for almost another hour before falling back asleep. Then for the next hour I was in and out of the bathroom and having BH. Which put me asleep about 330, and I had to be up at 730... So I guess you could say I got in a long nap!

Ethan's hoarse and has a barking cough off and on. He's on my lap with his head on my chest. He played some earlier but you can tell he just doesn't feel good:-( At least he's not running a fever!

My dad and his wife are on their way here. They live almost 2 hours away. My house is a wreck but I don't care a whole lot at this point! I'm hoping my dad will offer to treat us out to lunch;-)

Ethan's asleep on me... Hope he can get a little nap in and feel better by the time they get here!

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Kate, thanks for stopping by!:-) I certainly don't feel very strong, that's for sure! It's just so different this time than last... If we're over all the sickness by next week, you'll have to let me know when you're ready for visitors (in the hospital or after you get home) so we can go see Cole! I wanted to go out and see you and let Ethan and Rowan play, even talked to James about it at church a while back, but we've all been sick! So much for that idea:-P

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Connie, I think you deserve to be well and Ethan not be sick anymore either. You have had enough to deal with already. I hope your dad treats you to lunch and that they help you clean too.

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Well, my dad stayed for a grand total of 15 minutes:-( I was so disappointed! I was really looking forward to spending some time with them. Oh well...

Jesse and I decided that for tonight we're going to start Ethan in our room as usual, then if he keeps me up, Jesse will sleep with him in the recliner so I can get some sleep. He's already asleep but I'm holding him. He's coughing already:-( I gave him some Motrin so I'm waiting on that to kick in. It helped last night, hopefully it will again! He's definitely fighting croup though.

Poor Jesse! He only got 4 hours of sleep last night too and will likely be up and down with Ethan all night tonight... Very sweet of him to do that so I can get some rest though:-)

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I hope you get some sleep tonight Connie!
Poor little guy and you need the rest so much. I'm really glad Jesse stepped up to be there right when you needed it.

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What a good DH. I hope Ethan feels better soon and you get some well needed sleep.

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Ah (((HUGS))) I'm so sorry your little man is sick! I hope your all getting some rest tonight and that tomorrow finds you feeling well. What happen with your dad? Is it usuall that he drive all that way for 15 minutes?!?!

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Well... We tried... Ethan and I slept for about 3 hours then when I got up to use the bathroom and came back he was really restless and keeping me awake. So Jesse took him. An hour later he was still crying off and on for me and I couldn't sleep because I could hear him. So I ended up taking him back in here with me... That was about 1/2 hour ago. I was just able to give him another dose of Motrin. Once it kicks in, we both should be able to get another few hours of sleep. He usually settles good with Jesse, but not tonight. Jesse tried to comfort him etc but I guess he's feeling so bad that no one but Mommy can make things better... Right now we're all laying in bed. At least Jesse's getting some sleep! It's after 2, he hadn't slept yet, and he has to work.

My dad technically came to pick up a tv. But I would've thought after making the drive that they'd stay at least a little longer?!

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Connie, I'm so sorry about your dad. Sigh. Maybe he was afraid of getting sick? Whatever his thoughts, it is sad he didn't stay.

I hope you got some more sleep last night.

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