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Welcome to your lodge Mandi! Getting you going early since it sounds like your about a month from birth:) Have a nice weekend!

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Congrats on your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge! Biggrin

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welcome to your lodge, Mandi!

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Woah! My first lodge! Thank you! Lol I'm still rooting for at least 4 more weeks but I am only about 2.5 weeks from where I delivered my previous two so anything could happen.
I had an appt on Thursday but there wasn't too much new information since I declined an exam but I'll be getting my GBS test done at my next appt (the 27th) and I assume she'll probably check my cervix at that point too. I had a new midwife at that appointment, and she seemed extra cautious, moreso than my previous one. Not sure if that is a good thing or not, I kind of liked the laid back attitude of my other midwife but I do understand being worried. My 'perfect' birth is not going to happen if I go early again and since this is my last I really want it to be perfect if possible. I did find out at my appointment that our hospital's birth tub is to be installed by the end of December, so I'm crossing my fingers it's in when I give birth, whenever that is (though I can't deliver at my hospital unless I'm 36 weeks, I'll have to go to their 'sister' hospital that has a NICU). My dream birth would be a water birth, I love water and baths and it would just be perfect for me.

I'll have to do an intro later on tonight when my dh is home Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! Hope baby can stay put long enough for you to have the birth you desire!

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Welcome to your Lodge Mandi!!!!!! I am praying that little boy will bake longer than his sister's did. You just watch this one will be a little stinker and you will go over!! Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge! I hope you get the birth of your dreams:-)

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Welcome to your lodge! I, too, am sending lots of good thoughts that things go as you hope for and you get that water birth! They are just so neat! Smile

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2.5 weeks is not far away! I hope you get the water birth you want!

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Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to read your intro!!

I hope you get to labor and birth in water, as you want.

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Welcome to your lodge!!!!

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Wishing you a wonderful birth! Hang on little man:)

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Eek you're the first Jumping Bean mamma to get her lodge, time is flying! Welcome to your lodge.

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I'm back!! It just so happens to be a busy week for us with lots going on and dh was off work this weekend so we weren't around the house much. Thanks for the warm welcome Smile

I guess I'll go back to my first pregnancy. This is all off memory, so I'm sure I'll leave out somethings. I found out I was expecting our first on December 10, 2003 Biggrin she was planned and we were very excited, but I didn't know much of anything about labor and delivery. I assumed I would be fine and wanted to do no meds but had the 'if I need them I'll get them' mentality. I went into labor for the first time at 34 weeks 2 days...they stopped it, I stayed overnight and was released and then I was back at 34 weeks 4 days, they tried to stop it but everytime the contractions came back the first time it took longer and each subsequent time they'd come back faster. So, my OB at the time decided they weren't stopping it and broke my water :eek: he did ask, but he asked in a way that made me feel like that was the best course we could take at the time. Again, me not knowing much of what was going on or supposed to be happening I figured that the dr wouldn't do something that wasn't in our best interest. They broke my water at 9:05am and things intensified, I don't really remember times at this point but I know I got a shot of nubain in my IV (the hospital said since I was preterm I had to have antibiotics even though my GBS they took from my first hospital stay came back negative), and then an epidural. I don't remember much of what was happening, it was hectic and I was scared but either way the epidural didn't do anything for me. I was later told it failed and at a seperate appointment I was told that it was in fine but I was fully dialated before they could put meds in it either way she was born at 11:56am on July 27, 2004 at 34 weeks 5 days weighing in at a whopping Wink 5lbs9oz and 18 inches long. Lots of dark brown hair and boy did she look chubby for a preemie! Lol She actually did fine for the most part. No breathing issues, never had to go to the NICU; but she did have jaundice and latch/suck/swallow issues. She came home with us on day 2 and ended up with a billi blanket at home. The breastfeeding issues continued and eventually I gave up and went to exclusively pumping, which I managed to keep up with until she was a year old. I ended up with some pretty bad PPD, looking back there really isn't any one thing that I think triggered it, just a variety of things that didn't go as I was expecting on top of the shock of being a new mom.
When dd1 was around 13 months old (Sept. 11, 2005) I found out we were expecting again! Definitely unplanned. I think I was in shock half of her pregnancy but I was a lot more determined to have a natural birth with her. I started with preterm contractions around 28 weeks with her and was put on procardia and again right arount 34 -35 weeks I noticed it being less and less effective. I went in at 35 weeks with regular contractions fully expecting to be put on terb. again to stop them and to my shock they didn't even try. They had me on the monitors for an hour and I dialated what I assume was enough for them and they decided to 'keep me'. They broke my water at 4cm at 10pm. I did get to labor in the tub for a while with her before they broke my water and it was heavenly, but there were all sorts of rules and restrictions and of course no delivering in the tubs. After they broke my water things got hectic. I was managing just fine until they checked me at 11pm and said I was 6cm. She said it'd be a few more hours and things just intensified 300% to where I thought it was unbearable and I asked for nubain (same hospital, same antibiotics policy), it was put in my IV at about quarter after 11 I believe? Not more than a few minutes after they gave it to me I felt the urge to push to which I got some eye rolls and "there's no way you're fully dialated" only to have her eyes bug out and run out of the room yelling for the dr. My body was pushing whether I wanted to or not, when her head came out dh sat on the bed in shock thinking he was going to have to deliver her but just as her shoulder started coming out the dr came in and with one push, she was out. 11:27pm, 35 weeks and 5lbs 5oz 17.75in, she looked a lot thinner and blue when she came out. The room filled with people and they got her 'stabalized' (oddly enough I don't remember much of this, I didn't realize she was in trouble at birth until dh told me and I found out she had the cord around her neck twice) and then she started grunting so she was off to the NICU. I felt like I was fighting over everything when she got there but somehow I managed to get a good breastfeeding start with her. I was down there every 2 hours on the dot and made sure everyone knew she was not to have bottles/pacifiers. She dropped down to 5lbs even but then stayed steady and they let her go home after 5 days in the NICU. We were pretty lucky in that the hospital I delivered her at had a 'hotel' on the top floor for family of patients so after I was discharged we payed to stay the whole time. After she was home things went pretty well, I managed to keep the ppd away. She did end up with reflux which was awful but she's a sweet little 3 year old these days Wink
DH went back and forth on being done after #2, I always knew I wanted more but definitely wanted some time before we had another. But the baby fever returned when we bought out first home last December (we closed December 18, I keep telling baby what a good day that would be, past 37 weeks and marking the one year anniversary of owning our own home Wink ) and we got a little less careful about bc and then decided to ttc in March. (or Feb?, I can't really remember) We decided to do a shettles attempt for a boy (dd1 was a perfect shettles for a girl, unintentionally) and on April 25 I got the faintest (10dpo) of faint positives! The pregnancy has gone pretty well. I was a little more tired and sick in the first trimester than I remember being the first two times, my face has been much better this time and I feel better in general. We found out in August that we are having our first baby boy Biggrin and we're very excited as is dd1 (dd2 still needs some convincing, I think she's still holding out hope it'll be a sister when he's born Lol but we're sure that won't happen he gave us quite a few confirming boy shots) Honestly, I have been contracting a lot less this time. I remember it being a daily issue with dd2 after the third trimester started and while occasionally I'll get a scary bout of close together painful contractions it's nothing like what I had before. I had the FFN test at 26 and 30 weeks, both negative, and while my cervix was soft, a fingertip and thinning at 26 weeks there wasn't a noticable change from that at 30 weeks. So I am pretty happy about that. I'm trying to be optimistic that I'll get to 36 weeks and I even joke he'll surprise us all and I'll go over Wink My mom had my brother at 34 weeks (PROM) and I was 10 days overdue, so it's possible. My midwife doesn't think it's likely though since my body seems to be showing signs of getting ready again.
Speaking of midwives. Up until my 30 week appt I was seeing a midwife I loved. She was very easy to talk to and we agreed on a lot of things, but either I forgot something she said or she didn't feel it was as easy to talk to me because when I went to make my 32 week appt I found out she was leaving the office I go to! Nothing was said to me before that point, even at the appointment I had just had with her. So now I'm seeing a different midwife in the office, which is also the only midwife they have left :-? so if I go into labor when she isn't on call it's a toss up on who I get of the OBs some I'm told are better than others with natural birthing moms. The new midwife did reassure me that she has a good relationship with the nurses and that she has told the nurses to do as she would with her patients if she can't be there so hopefully it will work out. I showed her my birth plan and she said everything in it was great and she'd try her best to help me acheive it, and I really actually believe that for once. Plus I am good at working through contractions until transition hits and based on my last two I can't imagine transition will last long and I was in bed almost the entire time with the girls (I'm delivering at a different hospital this time, they have a lot more equipment available as far as birthing stools, squat bars, birthing balls, ect go) so I'm optimistic I'll go completely natural this time around. I will always wonder if the nubain less than 15 min before dd2's delivery was why she had trouble with her breathing at first, can't imagine narcotics would do anything good for a premature baby.
If I deliver before 36 weeks I can't deliver at the hospital I am planning on, and it is probably the one hospital in the area (out of 4) that I really do not like so another reason to make it to 36 weeks even if it means laying in bed 24/7 that last week or two.

I don't think my expectations are too high, but my dream birth is a water birth with baby staying with me the first hour. My other two were whisked away immediately. Based on their deliveries I'm not sure if I'll be able to but I have asked my midwife to remind me at the time of delivery to catch my baby, which from reading on this board I really would like to do. It sounds so neat to be the one to first touch your baby. If I can't or won't I asked her to let dh do it if he wants to.

I think that about covers it. I tend to go on and on so kudos to anyone who reads through the entire thing Wink

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Great intro hun!! Sounds like your doing everything you can to make it to 36 weeks, I hope the little man sticks with the program:) Have you thought about the possability of a Christmas baby? I hope you get the birth of your dreams hun! Getting to catch your own baby is a really wonderful moment and I wish that for you as well!

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Congratulations on your first boy! Your doctor deciding to break your water when he did with your first birth really doesn't make sense to me. I also think you are right about your second. Usually they like to have a few hours between when they give the narcotics and the birth so it has time to wear off on the baby before he/she has to breathe. I hope this little guy cooperates with what you want and waits to come so that you can have the birth you want.

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Well, last night we took our girls to a sibling class at the hospital I plan to deliver at. It was pretty generic as far as a movie and practicing diaper changing/holding with baby dolls but we did get to see the birthing rooms and a newborn baby. It was a pretty big class so I didn't get to ask any questions really, so now I'm trying to think if I should schedule a seperate tour or not (our first two were born at a different hospital). I did ask where the birthing pool will be and it seems it will be at a complete different end of the birthing rooms :-? not that I should pay much attention because she also said it wouldn't be in until January! I hate getting conflicting answers. I know it's not likely I'll get my water birth but I think they should at this point know about what week it should be in rather than an average month it should be in.

I've been pretty sore and my BH/contractions/whatever they are, are increasing again and baby seems a bit lower since the last day I've been getting the urge to pee something like every 5 minutes Wink Really though, I went 4 times in the 2 hours we were out of the house last night and then countless times throughout the night. I'm 33 weeks today though and I can't imagine delivering in the next 3 weeks so hopefully that's a good sign. I just have to start paying more attention to myself I guess. I got them to really slow down when I increased my protein/calcium/water intake about a month ago and I'll admit that lately I've just been so busy with everything else I'm not focusing on it quite as much. I'm torn between really soaking up this pregnancy and trying to enjoy every last moment because it's our last and almost hoping that I get really miserable in the last few weeks. I generally have pretty easy pregnancies apart from the preterm labor problems and I love being pregnant, it would be so much easier to be at peace with being done if I absolutely hated being pregnant Lol I am content with having three, but part of me still wants just one more.

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I TOTALLY understand what your feeling.....I'm wishing for just one more! I felt so good with my last pregnancy I thoight I'd never have him:) I say soak it up, best to have good memories!! I wouldn't worry about another tour unless you need to know more. Personaly I've birthed at 3 different hospitals and taken no tours. I hope the urge to pee cools down sounds frusterateing!!

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I enjoyed reading through all of your previous experiences. It realy does seem strange that they broke your water, etc. I'm really crossing my fingers for you that you make it to 36 weeks AND get your midwife for delivery.

I wonder what happened with your other midwife? I'm guessing it wasn't something good since it was kept quiet.

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A receptionist when I called said she was going into teaching, but she (the midwife) never said anything and the letter I got in the mail never said anything (I didn't get the letter until the afternoon of my 32 week appt, which was also her last day :-? but I didn't schedule with her that day since I wanted to get to know the other midwife). So I'm still not sure. I am part of an attachment parenting group in my area and a lot of them know about the midwives in the area and even when I asked about it with them I got a lot of surprised people and no answers. We have no local school for midwifery, the closest is in Michigan from what I've seen (I'm in N. Wisconsin) so it doesn't make sense.
I am feeling a little better as the day progresses. And, I've been a little worried about baby being transverse or breech the last few days and today he got the hiccups and I can tell he's definitely head down, so that's a bonus!

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Ah, hiccups around the cervix. I know it well. Wink

That's very strange about your midwife, though. I'm glad you at least have another one you can go to and hopefully she'll be available when you birth.

Happy to have read your intro and got to know a little more about your previous experience.

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I haven't had too much to update about, which is a good thing Smile but I had my 34 week appointment today.
Everything looked good overall, and she did my GBS swab and checked my cervix. Which is only 1cm dilated! She said his head is low but she can still push it back up, which is normal for a 3rd baby I guess. And he's about 5lbs by her guess which is about where I'd put him too. It's a feeling I know well Lol since both of my others were born at about 5.5lbs. All in all good appointment. I did have a night of contractions 5min apart on Monday for about 2 hours but obviously they didn't do much so I can relax a little with them now. I have been getting more and more this week and they are getting stronger but as long as it's just my body preparing I know that can take a while. I'm feeling a lot more confident about getting to 36 weeks. It's only 12 days away! Plus, our new fridge is coming on Dec. 9, which is the day I turn 36 weeks so he has to stay in until after we get that Lol My next appointment is on December 7th, but I don't expect much to happen in the next 10 days Biggrin

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Wooo, he's being such a good little boy!!!12 moe days, you can do it!! Are you without a fridge right now?

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We would have been. We got lucky though and explained the situation to the people at Home Depot (I suppose me being hugely pregnant probably helped us a little Lol ) and they let us have a loaner fridge, no charge. It's just one of their basic models that was damaged, but it's brand new and it'll work until we get the other one. We have now replaced our central air, water softener, stove, garage door opener, and fridge in the past year we've owned this house Lol Hopefully that's the last thing to go for a while, but our house is 13 years old with original everything so we were kind of expecting some things to need replacing...just not everything Blum 3 In a way at least it was good timing because we got a really good deal with it being black Friday and all.

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YAY for a good deal!! How cool that you got a loaner fridge....I giggle at the though but I guess it's just like any other item you can't live without:) How are you feeling today?

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I'm feeling good. Honestly, I'm actually feeling pretty great for the most part. I am definitely getting a lot of the late pregnancy discomforts but they really haven't bothered me as much this time around. I'm definitely in a pretty good frame of mind to be pregnant a few more weeks Wink can't say how I'll feel then but for right now I'm enjoying it since this is the last time.
And you'll never guess, our fridge started working again late last night! It's one of those laugh or you'll cry things. We're still getting the new one, I am a big believer in things happening for a reason so maybe that was just a sign we needed to get a new one now while there are such good prices because it'll go out soon. I'm not pushing our luck with it Lol As a bonus at least I'll have more room for freezer meals now.

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Well, we spent Monday night in the hospital.
I noticed my contractions were a little more frequent around 3pm and timed them at about every 10 min. Drank some water and layed around waiting to see what they'd do. Got up and made dinner and by about 6pm they were every 5 min or so. Drank 4 Lol glasses of water, ate and took a bath and they were still coming and they were hurting pretty good by that time so I decided to sit and time them and see what they did for an hour. Around 9pm I decided we should probably head in so I called my mom and told her, she said she'd pack her bag and come stay with the girls so we waited for her and ended up getting to the hospital about 10:30-ish. (She lives about 15 min away and the hospital I have to go to if I'm not 36 weeks is 45 min away) Got there and got hooked up to the monitors.
They were pretty nice about everything and giving me my options. They said I could take or decline the terb. It was up to me, they aren't aggressive with stopping labor after 34 weeks and the nurse said terb won't stop true labor anyways, just delay it a bit. I asked how far my contractions were and she said 4-6 minutes for the hour I was hooked up, so I took it. I really wanted to avoid it but ultimately I want to get to next week and I want to deliver at the hospital I've been planning on so if I can delay it just a few days all the better. I was surprised though because the terb worked quickly. It was a shot and I thought I remembered the stuff they gave me with dd1 being in my IV...but that was over 5 years ago so maybe I'm just not remembering it. With dd1 it didn't really do much at all, my contractions were back within the hour just as strong and frequent. My contractions did come back by morning but they are more along the lines of my usual few an hour. They discharged me, they didn't put me on bedrest, just advised me to take it easy. After all the water I drank before we went to the hospital I was praised for how nice my urine and veins looked Lol so I'm going to try to keep up with more water than usual. I talked to my midwife before I was discharged and I am keeping my appointment next Monday and she also said that if I make it to next Monday I can deliver at the other hospital Biggrin I did find out that either way I *could* deliver at the other one but if I do and baby has problems they'll transfer him...but not me. She thinks he's 5.5-6lbs (quite a difference from my appt Friday, but he is in a different position now and I do feel he's probably there as well just based on my first two) and thinks that on Monday we'll be fine. He'll be just 2 days shy of 36 weeks and while the other hospital doesn't have a NICU they can handle the smaller problems a baby so close to term would have. They just can't do stuff like ventilators and such...in which case they'd transfer him. I don't think he'd need that now but I'll feel more comfortable with it next week. So my goal is at least Monday...though after Wednesday would be great. Doing pretty good since coming home though, nothing more than the usual. Oh and all those contractions didn't do much. I'm still 1cm and 50% effaced, which she said is just a little more than I was on Friday.

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Sounds like he's just about ready!! SO exciteing for you that you only have to make it Monday:) I hope you can go longer, for ease of mind, but if not I wish you an easy labor and a healthy little man. KUP.

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I'm glad the terb worked so that your LO can bake a little longer. I'll send you [[stay in]] vibes until Monday!

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Glad the meds worked and here's hoping your LO stays put until Monday for you!
Carolyn

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Sorry you had to go to the hospital, but I'm glad your LO is staying in place. I'm sending Stay Put vibes to you, in hopes you make it to Monday at the earliest.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Still here and still pregnant Smile
I'm officially pregnant for longer than I ever have been before so that's a great thing Smile
I do have a VERY strong urge to nest but the past day or so it seems that whenever I do so much as move I get a strong contraction (getting up, walking around, bending to pick something up, and so on :-? ) so I'm trying to take it easy so I don't start anything up. I really think once I allow myself to do all the nesting I've planned out Lol (yes I have a list of things I want done before baby gets here) I'll probably go into labor so now I'm just trying to decide when to do that. I think dh and I have decided Wednesday night I can start cleaning if I still feel like it and since I've been on pelvic rest for over 10 weeks now, I may attack dh Lol (my mw said 36 weeks for the end of that) I'll be pretty sad if I go before then, since I have bled the entire 6 weeks if not longer with both of my other kids. And 16 weeks is a LONG time Lol
Though I did just get this book, and it is from the looks of it almost solely dedicated to your health post partum, so hopefully I can get most of it read before I give birth too.
My entire family seems to be on baby watch now. The calls from dh while he is at work at cute...the calls from the rest of my family and even friends I haven't talked to in months are getting a little annoying though. I am starting to get a little uncomfortable, but I'm not complaining. Smile I have been happily surprised at how good I have felt most of this pregnancy compared to my others. I remember by the time I delivered my girls I *felt* done and in pain, and here I am further along than either of those pregnancies and I still feel pretty good...when I'm not moving or trying to move Wink but I can deal with that. The closer I get to term the more I am really looking forward to having my baby delivered in MY arms (I'm hoping to catch baby myself, but we'll see how it goes) and to hold my baby and breastfeed him immediately after delivery. With him not having a name yet it's especially important for me this time too. I really want to name him before we introduce him to our family so I'd like that hour after birth to really get a feel for who he is supposed to be Smile I'm excited about that.

I'll stop rambling now Smile I have a little one that is bored and wants to play. One last question though, I have heard EPO (evening primrose oil) won't cause you to go into labor. I've been wanting to try it this time around but have been hesitant since my uterus is sensitive to just about everything. Should I wait until 36 weeks for this or would it be fine to start now? What doseage do you take?

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EPO ripens the cervix. Since no one knows exactly what causes women to go in labor, I would hold off until next week. I can't remember the recommended dosage. I found liquid form of the oil and take a teaspoon in the morning and at night (I haven't tried using it directly on my cervix yet, though).

Glad you've made it this far and are feeling well!!!

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I really don't think you need to take any EPO, I'm not being rude I just don't see any reason in trying to get labor going when your trying to hold it back:) Are you wanting to be more dialated when the time actually comes? If that is the case then I'd say wait till 36 weeks just to be safe. I'll look in my book and see what my midwife recommended for doseage! Hope your able to stay prego a tiny bit longer, your doing a great job Mama!!

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Not rude Smile I'm not wanting to get labor going, just figuring since I'll hopefully be having a bigger baby than my last two that I can help ripen things up before I go into labor. I think I'll hold off until at least next week though. My labors with my other two did go fast so I'm probably just worrying over nothing. Seems I have some family members who think he'll be huge compared to my other two and that their big babies were *so* hard to deliver and so on :-? I know it's probably nonsense but even with this being my third I still worry about labor. I'm very glad he's looking like he'll be bigger, but it's a little scary. Then again I'd hate to take it and go into labor and then question if that was what did it.

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I would not worry so much about the size. I really did not find a bigger baby that hard to deliver. DS was 8 lb 5 oz and once his head was out he slipped right with one push. And it think if he had been better positioned even his head would have been easier. I have heard from others that big babies are sometimes easier to birth.

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"mandi04" wrote:

I think dh and I have decided Wednesday night I can start cleaning if I still feel like it and since I've been on pelvic rest for over 10 weeks now, I may attack dh Lol (my mw said 36 weeks for the end of that) I'll be pretty sad if I go before then, since I have bled the entire 6 weeks if not longer with both of my other kids. And 16 weeks is a LONG time Lol

LOL - I'm on bedrest, too, and can completely empathize with this!

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I have actually heard that sometimes bigger babies = easier births...heard it has something to do with the larger mass of the baby equaling more gravitational pull. Smile

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How are you doing today, Mandi?

I can understand the concern about a bigger baby, but honestly, I think family just like to get caught up in the drama and what-ifs a lot of the time. I'm sure this little one will birth just fine. Smile

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Thank you for the reassurances on bigger babies Smile I honestly wasn't all that worried about it until I started getting stories of tearing into the sphincter muscles and all that lovely stuff. It's not like my belly is all that big and I'm guessing he's right about 6lbs...which would put him about 8 lbs on my due date if he gains the typical .5lb a week. So that isn't *that* big. I am going to have dh do some *ahem* massage on the lady parts starting at 36 weeks, and hey if I make it all the way to my due date I could still get my water birth and they say that helps.

I'm feeling pretty good today, baby is definitely lower now. I've been hesitating to say he was lower because it seemed like he'd get lower the day after I would say anything but I don't think he can get much lower than he is Lol and I did lose at least part of my plug this morning, but there was no blood or anything so I'm not too worried about it. I think my body is preparing but we all know that that can go on for quite a while. I have my next midwife appt tomorrow morning, should be pretty boring, well except the drive I'm sure. We're supposed to get our first measurable snowfall and everyone always drives insane during the first few so I'll probably leave an hour in advance.

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Drive safe tomorrow and have a nice evening tonight! Your going to a great job haveing this little one, my mom had two 10+ lb babes and no problems:)

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I hope you have a good appt. today.

The EPO dosage recommended by my midwives is 1000mgs once in the morning and once at night - can also put directly on cervix.

KUP!

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Everything went good Smile No weight gain since my last appt, bp was good, baby measured good and his heartbeat was 160 (she listened right after a contraction, his heartrate is usually higher during/after them). She said his head is right 'on' my pelvic bone, which is the only thing confusing me. I knew she was in a hurry since she was behind on appts because of a delivery so I forgot to ask her. Would that mean he's engaged? She didn't do an internal, that was just from her feeling the outside of my belly. Either way, it definitely explains the pain in my pelvic bone when I walk. I go back next Monday. I was a little curious about dilation but I agree with the midwife in that I'd rather not stir anything up right now since I don't think it will take much. I can now officially deliver at my hospital, per midwife's reccomendation Yahoo and I'm off bedrest and pelvic rest. I'm going to rest tonight cause dh is going to be gone all night but tomorrow I am FINALLY going to clean my house! Oh how it has been screaming at me the past few weeks. I am actually excited to clean my bathtub and my floors....how sad is that?

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Yay for a good appointment and getting to go off bedrest and use the hospital you want! I don't know for sure what your midwife meant by "on" the pelvic bone. I would think that to be engaged, it would be "behind" the pubic bone and "in" the pelvis. Silly prepositions. "On" would probably mean resting on the bone and probably not engaged. But that's just my guess.

ETA: Oh, and I have heard stories of women birthing very large babies with little or no tearing. I think in a lot of cases, it has more to do with how fast the baby comes out than how big it is. The skin down there has incredible abilities to stretch. Episiotomies also increase the likelihood of 3rd and 4th degree tearing.

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Definitely not getting an episiotomy Smile I let my midwife know that no matter what I don't want one. My mom is one who had an episiotomy and still ended up with a 4th degree tear. They had to use forceps on me too so that might be part of it, I was only 7lbs 10oz at birth.
I did check myself the other day (Tuesday my contractions were every 6 minutes for a while, but they weren't all that painful) and I'm at least 2cm dilated now, but beyond that I can't tell, I don't think I could until 5cm when they say it is more 'circle' than 'stretched rubber band' Lol
I think my body is getting ready, but not sure that it means anything for anytime soon. I've felt really crampy since yesterday, and I had bms 3 times yesterday which is pretty abnormal for me. My contractions have been all over the place, well they were yesterday. I just started timing them for the morning and the last two were 7 min apart, but I'm really crampy at the moment too so it could just be intestinal. We'll see how the morning goes. Of course dh forgot his cell phone at home when he left for work today :-? I can call his work but actually getting ahold of him is quite the task since while he has an office he isn't in it often.

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I think the contractions are just from my upset stomach, they are anywhere from 6-16 minutes apart for the last few hours. Now it's just a wait and see if they fizzle out or become regular

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Hmmmm, wonder what's going on for you?! Looking forward to your next update hun:)

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Just thought I would let everyone know that Mandi is at the hospital at 3cm! This is the last update our birth board has. I will update when I hear more! ELVs to you Mandi!!! We are so excited for you!

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Thanks for the update, Marcia! Hope you're holding your LO now, Mandi!

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Mandi had her little boy today!! 5lbs 12.6oz 18in @ 11:59am. Both mom and baby are doing well!! Congrats and we can't wait to hear your birth story!

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