Kim, welcome to your lodge!
Woohooo! I know you just posted you were excited to start your lodge - we're just as excited to read about your experiences!
Welcome to your lodge!!! Yay, another Dec mommy:-D
Welcome to your lodge Kim!!
Hi all! Yay!! It's so exciting to be so close and to be able to start this birthing ritual that I've been enjoying since I found this board. (((lodges)))
As for introductions ... this is my first birth and I couldn't be more excited. We're expecting a beautiful baby boy on December 10th!
I met my husband 6 or 7 years ago while we were following the same band, Juggling Suns. They are a local New Jersey band and at the time they were touring every weekend (and sometimes during the week). They have a very loyal fan base who travels around to see them (they mostly tour NJ, PA and MD). I was living in NJ and DH (Mug) was living in PA (where we live together now). Though I had had many conversations with him, it wasn't until an enchanted evening at a local music and camping festival that we began our romantic relationship. About 3 months of courting and driving back and forth from NJ to PA, I moved to PA to be with him, and we found me the job that I'm still doing at a charter school (I work in the special education department, managing legal timelines and paperwork). Since working here, I've also been able to get my master's degree in Educational Leadership and I'm working towards my teacher certification, too (all paid for by the school).
Regarding our love of music, we also go to lots of music festivals during every summer and run one of our own called Stonehenge Music Festival. We'll be taking the little guy to his first Stonehenge this summer!
DH has two children, Dylan (15) and Chyna (13). We have them every other weekend and they are great kids. I've really enjoyed watching them grow. They are very excited for the birth.
I got pregnant in February, after a couple of months of trying. The time was just right for us. I've had a really decent pregnancy. I have a twin sister who has two sons (one was just born in August). When I visited her to see the new baby in September, she gave me two books, The Happiest Baby on the Block and So, That's What They're For. As I was reading So, That's What They're For, a breastfeeding book, I read that it's a lot easier for babies to start breastfeeding when they are born naturally. Before reading this, I hadn't given labor and birth a whole lot of thought. I guess i just figured it would unfold the way it was supposed to.
After this, I did a ton of research on NCB and saw The Business of Being Born. I stayed with my OB/GYN and did the hospital tour. After talking to the OB and having her kind of dismiss my desire for NCB and then going on tour and having them contradict what my doc had told me, I decided I needed to find another way. I looked at two birthing centers that weren't able to take me on until I found the right one. I've been seeing the midwives there ever since, and have been loving it.
My pregnancy has had two minor issues:
(1) At my 20 week u/s, the docs couldn't find one of my son's kidneys. He may have a solitary kidney (something I found out does run in my family). A follow up u/s did find a smaller underdeveloped 2nd kidney, so were waiting until after birth to do another u/s to look for kidney #2. Either way, he should be just fine. You only need one (and his great uncle who has 1 kidney didn't find out until he was 50 years old when he was having surgery for an unrelated health issue).
(2) I've experienced a lot of pain in my pelvis and lower back, but I started chiropractic care and that's made a huge difference. I also sleep in a recliner now (as to not put the pressure on my hips that I was sleeping on my side), and sometimes wear a support belt, though I've found that as I continue with the chiropractor, I need the belt less and less.
Overall, I can't complain. I've been preparing like crazy for both the labor and birth, and what happens next. I've read Bradley, Ina May and Birthing From Within (taking bits and pieces of each to help me). And, I've been reading Dr. Sears regarding newborn care and vaccines. I recently found a holistic, homeopathic family doctor for the little guy, too!
Thanks to everyone on this board for the support and information you've already given me. It's helped me tremendously already.
welcome to your lodge, Kim! I enjoyed reading your intro.
I just got a chance to read your intro!! Welcome to your lodge, I'm excited to follow your birth. Your hubby sounds like a good daddy, and I'm sure you will be a VERY happy little family:) WooHoo for a good doctor already that's awesome!
Slow start today ...
Went to my 2nd Le Leche League meeting last night. It was a great time, but forced me to stay up way past my normal bed time.
The women there are so supportive. It's great. I learn a lot when I go. Last night, we discussed co-sleeping. I don't have a co-sleeper, though. We have a pack n play in the bedroom that we'll be using for a while. I'm thinking about buying a mesh bumper for our king bed, so that I can bring him in to bed with us at night. I hear that makes nighttime feedings MUCH better. I haven't been able to find any products I really like, though. I think I'll ask for suggestions at the next meeting. There were lots of babies there last night, which was nice. And I got to see a lot of different baby wearing products in use, though I think I'm going with the Moby Wrap to start.
Tomorrow brings a chiropractic appt. in the morning and a college friend's wedding in the afternoon. Sunday will be a resting day. I'm sure I'll need it. I'm trying not to make plans to do anything (though I still need to buy a few things for labor and might do so then).
The LLL meeting sounds great although I know how important sleep is at this point, so I hope that going to bed late didn't sandbag you today.
Co-sleeping has worked really well for my family. We didn't use a co-sleeping unit of any sort. We just put the baby between us on the flat mattress. Nursing was so much easier, and I got so much more sleep by having the baby in bed with us.
And the Moby wrap would be great. I have a Gypsy Mama wrap, and I love it.
I'm glad you enjoyed your LLL meeting!
I found a neat product for co-sleeping online the other day. It's kind of expensive, though:
With DD, we had the bassinet in our room, but she ended up staying in our bed most of the night (and still does, even though she has her own room now). We usually just put pillows on the side of the bed so she wouldn't fall out if I fell asleep nursing her on that side..
I want to use a wrap this time, too. I think I'm going to make one because it's cheaper. It's really easy if you use a material that you don't have to hem, like cotton jersey. I saw Moby was on sale at Target.com the other day...yeah, they're $36 right now...that's pretty a good deal, and they have a variety of colors: http://www.target.com/b/ref=pd_sim_cat_1_4?ie=UTF8&node=1233508011
Ethan has always slept between us. For this baby we're buying a cosleeper since there's no way we'd all fit in our full-sized bed!
I used a Moby Wrap with Ethan and LOVED it! DH also wore him in it a lot. It takes a bit of practice to get used to wrapping it, but there are videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to do it. Wish I would've known about them when I was learning how to wrap mine but both of us became pros in no time:-)
What a neat story of how you and DH met, Kim! TFS
Sending lots of good vibes for a super-fun and hopefully not too exhausting day!
I hope you enjoy your day hun! Sounds like lots of fun plans, and I hope you don't feel to worn out when it's all over.
Welcome to your lodge! It sounds like you are well informed and ready to have a baby!!! I'm so excited for you!
We too cosleep in a king size without a bed rail and without a co-sleeping unit. I have slept with all of my babies that way.
Welcome to your lodge! Love your intro! Sounds like you really have prepared yourself... I feel like I'm following in your footsteps... so I'll enjoy reading your lodge!
Thanks for the info on the Moby wrap. I think what I'll do is buy it this week and practice wrapping it with my Cabbage Patch Kid, lol. He's a little bigger than the baby will be, but it should give me a rough idea as to what the heck I'm doing.
Thanks for all the support ladies. I'm going to hold off on buying any co-sleeping products until we get the little guy home and figure out what arrangement works best for us. It's nice to know that I could probably safely put him between us in a King size bed and be okay. There's always tons of room between me and my hubby when it's just the two of us anyway.
I had a great weekend. I went to a friend's wedding on Saturday - it was so nice to catch up with old friends. I spent yesterday just resting, which I needed. I vegged out, watched some football and ready some of The Baby Book.
I'm glad you had a good weekend! I hope you have a smooth week and don't have too much stress.
Yes, practicing before hand would be a good idea! Just realize it's a bit harder to wrap and will fit different because of your belly. BTW, The Baby Book is great! I have quite a few of their books but started with The Pregnancy Book and then got The Baby Book.
Yes, the belly - I hadn't even thought of that. Sometimes I forget - lol.
I'm loving the Baby Book! So much great information. I've also read the Vaccine Book and will be using its information to plan my son's vaccinations schedule (we'll be delaying most and skipping some).
Things are going well. I stayed up a little too late last night, so I'm moving a bit slower this morning. I have a chiropractic appt. this afternoon. I def need it! I'm hoping maybe to get a little bit of shopping done tomorrow - I want to grab a few things from the whole foods store and Babies R Us.
I just read through your intro, nice to get to know you a little
I loved my wrap, it only worked with Andrea during the newborn stage then we switched but it was fantastic.
For my birth, I was kind of like you with having no idea at first. I just didn't know what I didn't know. Somehow someone or something put the idea of a natural birth in my head and I started reading and didn't look back. I'm glad you are the same way - I'm impressed that you were convicted enough to even change care providers, etc. Can't wait to hear about your birthing experience.
I hope you get a good rest tonight. It can make a world of difference.
I had a wonderful night's sleep last night. I fell asleep a little earlier than normal and woke up only twice to head to the bathroom. Also had a dream that I had some bloody show - lol.
I feel much better this morning as a result of getting more sleep. I also had a chiropractic appt. yesterday, so I feel better just moving around, too. Today is going to be a good day!
We are having our heating/cooling unit replaced. Though it's a bit expensive, I feel much better knowing we'll have reliable heating when our little one arrives. I also received some amazing news at work that we're getting raises (we were on a raise freeze due to the economy). That little extra is really going to help with the little one (and help pay for this new heating unit. In the face of hearing how much the heating unit is going to cost, it was awesome to find out I'm going to have a few extra bucks in my paycheck.
My next focus is to skim back through my natural birthing books, so that I continue to remember the techniques I might need in labor. It's been a while since I've read them and I don't want to forget anything.
I'm so glad to hear your feeling well today! Good heating systems are a must for little ones:) Reading up is a great idea, and really helped get me in the mind set of being ready for birth. YAY for more money!! I giggles at your dream, sounds like your getting close to baby day!
I'm officially 37 weeks/full term today!
Nothing else to report, really. I have a m/w appt. tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes. I also see the chiropractor.
On Saturday morning, my mom is coming to help me clean the house. I'm also taking her to the farmer's market where we'll pick up the fresh turkey I ordered. I also ordered to eggs and fresh ground beef. I just finished watching Food, Inc., and I'm now determined to buy my meat (and produce) locally as much as possible, and to buy organic at the supermarket, when I can't buy local. I was happy to hear that our farmer's market is going to be open once a month in the winter, but I'm sure their will be limited selection of goodies. At least I know I can get wholesome bread and meat all year long.
Anyway, I should have a bit more to report tomorrow after seeing the m/w. I'm not sure if they'll do an internal at 37 weeks, which is fine by me, even though I'm a little curious as to whether or not I have dilated/effaced at all.
That's great you have the option of buying local! We try to buy organic as much as possible.
I had an internal yesterday, but only because I did my GBS and he wanted to do a quick check while he was there. Unless there are problems, I won't have another until I'm 40 wks or in labor.
I would love to buy locally, but we don't have many options here. Can't wait to hear about your appt!!
Good luck on the appointment!
And congrats on becoming full term. For me that is always a big milestone, and I'm sure it is for you too.
What a great mom to help out!
You haven't checked in for a few days. I'm hoping everything is going well for you. Please drop us a line when you can.
Sorry - no access to internet at home - only at work. I do have an iphone. I need to figure out how to get on this board using it, so I can make the big announcement when it's time.
The weekend went well. I had a great midwife appointment on Friday. Nothing to report - everything is good to go when the time is right.
My mom (bless her) came and helped me clean Saturday morning and my awesome DH not only helped clean, but also took me grocery shopping and pushed the cart for me. It's been causing me a lot of pain after grocery trips, so it was so nice to have him come along. There's still lots of cleaning to be done in the house, but we got a good chunk of it done, which feels nice. My mom said she'd do more when she comes to cook for Thanksgiving. I'm still waiting for my burst of nesting energy to finish it.
Let's see ... what else? I found some time to skim back through Birthing from Within and doggie-eared some sections that I can keep going back to until I've committed them to memory. I've also been rereading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, which is on my iphone.
I bought a cookie press this weekend, and I plan on making cookies as my early labor project. My family has a tradition of these amazing butter cookies that are made with the press. They are my all time favorite.
I bought our thanksgiving turkey from a local farm, and also joined a CSA for the summer. Before joining, I got to walk the farm with one of the farmers and see all of their chickens, lambs and their dairy cow, Oreo. I'm excited to be eating more locally and to be supporting local agriculture.
Okay, that's a sufficient update. I should probably start working now.
I hope you have a good day at work! The cookies sound yummmmmy, have fun with that when the time comes. I know I was worthless in labor, but I'd love to have something to do next time around. I hope you have a good day at work. Buying local is great.....but not practical here very much. I do order organic produce from a csa group in WA.
Kim, I love your attitude. As long as everyone is healthy there is not much saying what will happen when.
Can I join you for the cookies? Seriously....
Here's to cookie recipe for any of you with a cookie press (they are soooo yummy):
1 cup butter (softened)
3/4 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 cups of all purpose flour (unsifted)
1 - With electric mixer, beat butter thoroughly.
2 - Add sugar gradually, continuing to beat about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
3 - Add egg yolks, vanilla and salt. Beat well.
4 - Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups; level off. Add flour in 3 additions; mix well after each addition; dough will be stiff.
4a - At this point, we add green food coloring, because we make "Christmas Trees."
5 - Fill and assemble cookie press/gun. Use desired cookie disc and make cookies.
6 - Bake 8-10 minutes at 400F, or until just starting to turn light goldn around edges.
Makes 6-7 dozen cookies
Last night, I stayed up a little too late, but I feel okay this morning. I have a chiropractic appt. tonight and they are supposed to reevaluate me. I feel progress, so I'm sure the reeval. will show the same.
I'm excited for tomorrow, because we have an early dismissal at work. I should be home by 12:30. Then, I'll be making the applesauce for Thanksgiving and attempting to make red beet eggs for my hubby (after going shopping with DH on Saturday, he found out how expensive they are at the grocery store and suggested I not buy them for him - they are his favorite, though - so when I was at the farmer's market and came across fresh beets, I decided to buy some and try making them myself).
Had more prepping for baby's arrival dreams last night. I dreamed most of pre-labor (losing mucous plug, bloody show, cramps, etc.) and labor (moving around in all sorts of positions - pain wasn't that bad - I actually felt bad about the fact that I wasn't in that much pain - weird). I woke up before the baby's birth, though, and due to congestion, didn't really get back to sleep.
Looking forward to the holiday tomorrow. If you don't hear from me over the weekend, it's most likely that I just couldn't figure out how to get on here on my iPhone, not that I'm in labor. We'll see though. I dreamed 11/27 a while ago, so that could be my big day.
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and enjoys the time they have with their families!
I hope your haveing a wonderful weekend, and can't wait to hear if today was the big day!
You are making me want to buy a cookie press
I hope you had a good holiday and maybe an extra little reason to be thankful this year
My holiday was wonderful!
The Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. The only thing missing was my step-son, Dylan, who couldn't make it because he was sick (tonsilitis). He's doing much better, now, though, thankfully.
I got plenty of rest during the long weekend. I didn't do too much, but there's not much that needs to get done. We're ready to go.
I'm thinking it's going to be a little bit yet before the little guy arrives. I haven't felt and BHs (though I'm assured I'm having them), haven't experienced any real pre-labor signs (such as nesting, weight stabilization, bloody show/mucus plug, increase in discharge, etc.). Nada. The baby moved down a while ago, but I don't think he's engaged. I just don't feel any major pressure.
We'll see, but my guess is this little one isn't coming before his due date on Dec. 10th. Luckily, that's not too far away. I just need to get through this week.
I have a m/w appt. tonight at 7:30pm (a bit late for me, but ah well). I'm looking forward to it.
Mama usually knows best about the birthday:) I hope your appointment goes well and that you continue to have a possitive attitude!
My midwife appointment went well. I met with the midwife-in-training. She's such a sweatheart! As expected, the baby is still floating (but in good anterior-vertex position). His heartbeat is strong and healthy. He's measuring on track. So, we're good to go, when the time is right.
I'm a bit tired today as I couldn't get right to sleep last night, so I stayed up longer than I should have. I hope to go to bed early tonight to make up some sleep.
The weather here is getting colder, so I'm thankful for my pregnancy-induced inner warmth. Usually, I'm very suceptible to the cold and would be very uncomfortable, but right now I feel like superwoman in the face of dropping temperatures and have no problem enduring cold weather.
I'm also thankful that the baby is healthy and in the right position. He's a good boy!
I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving and got to rest. And the appointment sounds great. I find that student or assistant midwives are generally great because they are so excited to be doing the work.
December 10 is not far away!
Sounds like your appointment went great! I am the same way about the cold--I'm usually always freezing, but when pregnant is it not really a problem.
Got a good 9 hours of sleep last night, which was great. The rain was a bit of an issue, since I'm sleeping downstairs in front of the fireplace and little drops hit the flue and make funny sounds, but I slept well regardless. I can't wait for the weekend (naps!!!).
I'm hoping to get some nesting energy this weekend. I need to do some Christmas shopping and some final cleaning (including one more load of baby laundry).
The full moon has been beautiful. It's done nothing to move me along, but it's beautiful. I been seeing it on my way to and from work over the past few days. It literally put a smile on my face this morning.
Work is going SLOW today. I've pretty much done everything I need to do to prepare for my leave, and there's just not a lot of paperwork to do.
I'm going to take a walk to the other building in a little bit. It's supposed to be fairly warm out. I'm in sandals (so comfy).
I figure later I can listen to my hypnobabies affirmations cd, too. I'll just close my office door. The only problem is that it usually puts me to sleep. lol
Well sleeping isn't so bad.....maybe lunch would be a good time:) I hope your little walk is nice, theres WAY too much snow for sandals here! Good luck with the shopping, it's getting so close to Christmas and I feel very unready!
Where do you live that you're still in sandals? I've been living in my flip-flops, but they're forecasting snow for tomorrow (in Gulf Coast Texas!). And you're still working? You're one tough lady! I had to stop two weeks ago! Hope you sleep well again tonight!
Good morning, ladies!
I slept well again last night, but of course I'm still a bit tired. TGIF! And, it's a dress down day at the school I work for, so I'm very comfy in my maternity jeans. Yay!
I live in a suburb of Philadelphia (West Chester). Yesterday, after rain the night before, it was close to 60 degrees for most of the day. It was definitely a sandals day (though most of the people I worked with looked at my funny for wearing them). They are just so much more comfy than sneakers at this point. I'm wearing sneakers today (high is around 50 degrees), and my poor, swollen feet feel trapped in there. Ah well, things could be much worse.
Everyone at work keeps saying, "You're still here!" - Yep - I'm only 39 weeks. I'd love to go early, but odds are I won't, so it's slightly annoying when everyone tells me they think I'll go early, etc. I don't want to have any preconceptions about when this baby is coming, as I don't want to be disappointed if he's "late." As I see it, whenever he comes, he'll be right on time.
Jobs for this weekend - go shopping (try to finish Christmas shopping, get to health food store, buy a couple more things at Babies R Us), do laundry, make spaghetti sauce and meatballs (make extra to freeze), and lastly, REST UP!
Hooray for the weekend! I can't believe it's still that warm in New England - crazy weather!
I don't know if the sneakers thing is enough of an issue to consider a small purchase at this point, but I've loved Crocs for the cooler weather. Since they're made wide anyway and are soft, they're pretty nice with swollen feet!
I hope you had a productive weekend, and that the little one doesn't keep you guessing for TOO long:)
Greetings! Still pregnant - lol.
I can't believe I'm nearly 40 weeks! My EDD is Thursday. I have a midwife appt. tomorrow.
I had a nice, relaxing weekend. Watched LOTS of football games and enjoyed time with DH.
Looking forward to the big day when it gets here!
Good morning! Sandals sound great. Over here we have snow on the ground (NY just north of NYC).
And wow, your due date is getting close! I'm glad you got to relax over the weekend. Newborn babies days are not the easiest, and resting beforehand is helpful.
I have to ask since you live in West Chester, PA. Have you ever heard of a Philadelphia band from the late 80s early 90s called the Dead Milkmen?
My cousins LOVED the Dead Milkmen. I was a little young to get into them at the time, though. How cool!
Again, things at work are going slowly. I just got back from a walk over to the other building and my back is killing me. It's nice to be sitting.
Sadly, it's gotten a little too cold for sandals here, but I understand that Wednesday will be a bit warmer, so I'll bust them out then.
I think I've made my contingency work plan for if I go past my due date, which is Thursday. I'm taking Friday off, and then I will work 1/2 days the following week, if necessary, and probably also take that Friday off.
I ordered a few more Christmas gifts online today. I feel like I'm in pretty good shape (minus the wrapping).
Ok Kim it sounds like your getting things in order for baby! I can't believe you your going to keep working next week if you haven't have a baby:) Your a tuff gal. Hope your back is feeling better soon hun.