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Welcome Nancy! Looking forward to your story!

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Yay, Nancy! I'm so excited for your lodge! Welcome!

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Awww Smile Thanks!! I'm excited to be at this point. It's been a great pg, but I'm ready to be done soon, lol Smile

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Welcome! :wavehello:

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It's been such a busy week!! I booked myself solid so that the week would go by quickly for me. Kids were home monday from school and we spent most of the day at a friends house. Then I taught Joy School this week, and ds2 had a play date with his friend here wed afternoon. Then.. I was surprised with a baby shower last night by a group of women from church. It was great fun! We went out to eat, and celebrated both my baby, and the 2nd baby of another gal that attends church with us. We're both due the beginning of feb. Now finally today I feel like I can slow down and breathe at least a little bit.. I still need to do housework, get baby clothes out and situated, dig out the newborn diapers, and relax enough that the swelling that's started this week can hopefully go away. I should also probably pack my bag and the diaper bag today since I haven't yet. And I'm working on thank you notes as well. But at least I don't have anyone coming over today, lol Smile

A little about me for those that don't know me all that well Smile I'm Nancy, 30 years old, and stay at home mom to 4 kiddos. Ruth (8 1/2yo), Jotham (nearly 7), Caleb (nearly 5) ,and Evan (nearly 2). I'm due with #5 on valentines day and I am expecting another boy Smile We still do not have a name picked out, but we will by the time he is born. At least... we have with all the others, lol. My dh's name is Jacob, he is also 30 yo, and is a Mechanical Engineer.

Dh and I met when we were 18 yo. We were both in the dorms for our freshmen year of college, and discovered we had 3 classes together. We spent time together, discovered the other things we had in common and began dating one another. We dated for 9 months, and then dh left for 2 years to serve a mission for our church. During that time, we wrote, but didn't see one another at all. I continued to date other guys (he knew this, and they knew I was writing to him too) but didn't really settle down with any of them. I graduated with my associates degree, wasn't sure what I wanted a bachelors in, so I took off the next year to live with my Grandparents and help take care of my ailing grandpa. Then the time came that dh was to return home from his mission. I had finally figured out what I wanted to do as well, so I headed back to my parents home to be near the school I wanted to continue my education at. Well, dh got home, we saw each other, started dating again, realized we would be ending up getting married and went ahead and got married. He was home the beginning of June, and we were married mid august, just 9 weeks later. We moved to southern UT where he continued to attend school, and I took a few classes just for fun.

Well, my toddler is vying for my attention, so more to come later Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! Looking forward to following you in your journey Smile

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Welcome, Nancy! Its so exciting to have Feb lodges in place!

Even though we shared a previous board I don't think I ever knew that much about you. I love the story of you and your DH. Can't wait to hear more, when you can find time. Smile

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I enjoyed reading the story of you and your DH. I am one of those girls who married one of the guys she dated while writing a missionary. The stories of the couples who write each other for 2 years and end up getting married are always sweet.

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Aww, thanks!!

Moving on in the story of us, a month after we were married I started feeling sick to my stomach... lo and behold, there were 2 lines when I took a test. I was pg with #1, and due mid June.

My pg with dd went ok. I was sick a lot, and we didn't figure out why the m/s hung on for so long until I was around 24 weeks along. We finally figured out that a certain combo of vitamins didn't work for me. When we switched it around and went to a different prenatal vitamin that didn't include calcium, I started feeling much better.

I began to swell, and my blood pressure began to rise as I got closer to the end of my pg. I wasn't preeclampsic yet... but we were watching closely for it, when my water broke spontaneously at 36 w 4 days. Dd was coming early...

We headed to the hospital after 3 hrs at home (in retrospect, I wish we'd waited.. but I was young and innocent when it came to birth) After another 3 hours at the hospital, I got the pitocin speech. They augmented with pitocin because I wasn't dilating fast enough. A mere 5 hours later..(which felt like an eternity with back labor.. I had the most WONDERFUL nurse that helped us through it without continually offering pain meds) dd came out sunny side up. A total of 14 hours after my water broke at home, I was holding my first child. Dd was born precisely 9 months and 1 day after dh and I were married, lol Smile

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Welcome to your lodge Nancy!! I'm so excited for you Smile

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Thanks Chimmy!! I'm excited too Smile I've hit a new point for me in pg.. I've NEVER nested. Ever... I've always either had the baby early, or been too big/exhausted/in pain, or something. There's always been something to prevent me from nesting really. And I am definitely nesting, lol. Heaven help the child that messes up my house right now. I washed/folded 5 loads of laundry today, my kitchen/bathrooms are all spotless, my l/r and d/r are nice and neat, I washed the sliding glass door, I cleaned all the doors/doorknobs, cleaned off the piano, etc.... I have been working ALL day, and I still am looking around and seeing things that I want to tackle, lol.

Can I say too... I have the most AWESOME friends in the world? They just know what I need. My good friend brought by a vase with a beautiful flower arrangement in it this morning and gave it to me. Then she proceeded to tell me, "I'm bringing you dinner tonight, I'm not asking, I'm just going to do it. What time do you want me to bring it over?"

She had no idea I'd be nesting today.. nor did she have any idea that my kitchen would be spotless and there was no way I was gonna mess it up tonight making dinner, lol Smile And another friend who told me today, "I'm picking up Caleb thursday from school so that he can have a playdate with my son, and I'll come and grab Evan too" Once again, didn't really ask, just kinda told me, this is what I'm doing so you can have a break.

I tell you.. I'm sooo blessed with the friends that I have!

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I enjoyed your DD's birth story. Looking forward to hearing the rest of your stories!

Wow, you got a lot done yesterday! That is really cool that your friend brought you flowers and dinner and your other friend is taking your 2 youngest boys on Thurs. You do have great friends!

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So excited for you. Cannot wait to hear more. And yeah for good friends.

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Maybe today... I hesitate to post this cause I don't want to jinx things, but I've been crampy/contracting off and on since about 3:30 this morning. Also losing a lot of mucous with a lot of bloody show. Let's hope this is it!! Otherwise I'll be back later crying about it, lol.

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I hope this is it! Good Luck!

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ELVs if this is it, Nancy! The bloody show sounds promising!

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Hoping this is it for you! ELV's your way! I'm jealous of those of you that are due now but at the same time the more of you i see having your baby's, i know the closer it's getting for me to have mine. Wink KUP!!!!

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Thanks ladies Smile Ted Wilson was born at 7:36 pm, Feb 1, 2010 Smile

Details to follow later:)

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Congrats Nancy!!! Can't wait to hear more Smile

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Congrats!

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Congratulations!!

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YAY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Can't wait to see pics and hear your birth story!

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Congratulations, Nancy! WTTW baby Ted!

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I thought i told you to have him jan 29 so he could share Ame's birthday Wink Congratulations Nancy! I look forward to your birth story and to seeing pics of Ted!

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CONGRATS Mama!!!! SmileSmileSmile

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Congratulations!! Can't wait to see pictures:)

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Congratulations, Nancy!!! So excited for you. Welcome, baby Ted. Smile

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Horray Nancy!!!! Can't wait to hear more!!

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Congratulations Nancy!

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I've been putting this off because I haven't really known where to start with it. I feel like Ted's birth story really starts around 35 weeks. I went in for my regular prenatal apt with the midwife. I felt good, and I had a good apt. During the apt, we talked about the size of Evan (11 lbs) at birth, and the midwife asked me about EPO and RRL and if I was taking them. I had just started the EPO orally that week (knowing I usually deliver before 40 weeks) although I was taking a very low dose at that point. While we were chatting, she suggested that it might be a good idea to strip my membranes at 37 weeks if the baby was in a good position and see what happens. Evan was a very fast birth, in addition to being big. I said I'd think about it, and we made an apt for 37 weeks.

I continued to have my normal regular contractions for the next 2 weeks, but overall felt good. When I went in for my 37 week apt, I saw a different midwife. I had never seen her before, and she was quite a bit more concerned about the idea of my having a big baby than any of the others I'd seen previously. We talked about plans, and baby size, and such, and then she checked him to see where he was at. While palpating, we discovered that in the past couple of days, he had shifted into an asymetrical lie. His head which until then had been on the cervix, was now over my right hip. We talked some more about fetal positioning and spinning babies, and I headed home to see if I couldn't get him to move back over again.

I spent the rest of the week, seeing my chiropractor to be sure that it wasn't an alignment problem in me moving him into a funny position, and doing exercises from spinning babies to get him to hopefully shift those 3" over that he needed to be. I continued to contract, and never knew if I was going to go into labor or what.

By the end of the week, I was irritable, and discouraged. It seemed to me that everyone was so concerned about the size of my baby, that NO one would let me just enjoy being pg for however many days I had left. Friday night, we called a babysitter at the last minute, and went and enjoyed 1 last date before the baby came. Afterwards, I broke down in tears to dh because of how I'd been feeling the past several days. I just wanted to enjoy the time I had left being pg, and not have everyone commenting about how big baby was going to be, and when are they going to induce you, and is this one going to be 12lbs, etc. What business was it of anyone else? He just held me, and told me that it didn't matter what anyone else said/did. That I needed to just ignore them and enjoy it for however long, and remember that I wasn't even 38 weeks yet.

Saturday I did my best to ignore everyone we came into contact with, and the things that they said. We spent the day doing stuff as a family, and in general enjoying one anothers company. Then on Sunday, we did the same. Sunday night rolled around, and I told dh that I'd made a decision. That I would just be pg forever and that way it wouldn't matter how big baby got because he wasn't ever coming out. Then he gave me a foot massage and painted my toenails red, and just in general pampered me after the kids went to bed.

Around 3 am, I woke up needing to go to the bathroom. Didn't think anything of it since I'd been waking up several times to go. Got up, went and noticed that I had some bloody show going on. Went back to bed, after all, I'd done bloody show with no labor before. Slept off and on for the next 3 hours while I cramped/contracted. Then got up around 6 and was uncomfortable, so I hopped into the shower for a bit. When I got out, dh was awake, but still in bed. He commented about the shower, and I agreed with him that staying home from work would be a good idea that morning. At that point, I wasn't really sure I was in labor, but I knew things were progressing in my body. The only question was if they would continue to progress or not.

We got the kids up and ready for school, dropped the older ones off at school, and called my friend about the younger 2. We dropped them off at her house, and then headed to my chiropractor apt. At that point, the contractions had really almost disappeared, but I still felt like something was happening. After my apt, we drove down to Balboa park. My birth center is near there, and we figured it would be good to head in to get checked at some point. First though, we wandered around for 2 hours. We just walked and talked, and enjoyed some of the free things to do at the park. Finally, my contractions had settled back into more of a pattern again. At any rate.. they were coming every 3-10 min, lol. Although I had no problems walking/talking through them. We headed over to the birth center, and I talked to the receptionist. I told her I thought I may be in labor and wanted to get checked to see where things stood. She put me in a room (same room I had Evan in) to wait for the midwife on call to get there. About 30 min later, the midwife got there, and we chatted for awhile, then she checked the baby's position and checked me. I was at 5 cm, and 50% effaced. We chatted about what that meant as a 5th time mother (absolutely nothing, lol) and she suggested we go and find some lunch and come back by afterwards to get checked again. She also requested that we didn't go further than about 15 min away from the birth center (this eliminated the idea of going home...) Just in case I was really in labor, because when my water broke, I'd probably go really fast.

We headed up the street a few blocks away to where there are several eatery places. I got a Jamba juice (hadn't really been hungry much all day.. one of my typical "you're in labor" signs) and dh got a sub sandwich. We walked around some more, popped into a bookstore and browsed for awhile, and after 2 hours decided we should go back and I could get checked again, and then we'd head home to pick up the other kids. The contractions had pretty much died down again, only coming about every 10 min or so.

We headed back to the birth center, and the midwife checked me again. Lo and behold, even though they were 10 min apart, I was dilated to a 7. Since I didn't feel much like I was in labor, after all the contractions had pretty much died down, she gave us the option again of leaving and walking around some more. Or since I'd been up off and on since 3 she offered to let us stay in the room and I could rest for the next hour and we would reevaluate again when she was done with patients at 5. We chose to stay and rest, because I was tired at that point. So I laid down on the bed, and she left to see patients.

Within 20 min of laying down, I hit transition. I began having contractions every 3 min that were lasting 1-2 min. So I told dh that he should let them know I was in transition. He just kinda ignored me, lol, and said, she's going to be back in x amt of time anyhow. When the midwife came back, she asked how I was. I told her I was in transition and that we would indeed be having a baby in the next couple of hours. She looked me over, said "I believe you, you don't look like you're in transition, but I think you know what you're talking about" and then asked to check me again. I agreed, and she checked me between contractions and declared, that I was indeed at 9 cm, and I should probably be officially admitted to the birth center. She then began running water in the tub, and left to make a couple of phone calls. I laid there for awhile longer, and then headed to the bathroom. While in there another contraction hit, and I decided since the tub was full, I should be in it, and climbed in.

At this point, my water still hadn't broken. I was still waiting for my water to break as I hadn't ever gone this long without it breaking before. I spent the next hour and a half in the tub, during which my water finally broke. I was fully dilated, but I still had an anterior lip that needed to go away. I fought the urge to push, while we waited for the lip to disappear. Finally, I couldn't fight it any longer, and I began to push with each contraction. I continually changed positions, trying to get the baby's head to help get rid of the lip. In the meantime, ds was posterior and we were also trying to get him to rotate around.

Finally, the water started to not feel so nice anymore, and I asked to get out of the tub. I wanted to lie down on my side on the bed, and continue to push there. I got out of the tub, and made it about 2 steps and had to stop. I had to sit, and had to sit immediately, so the midwife grabbed the birthing stool and I sat on it in the doorway of the bathroom. I had dh squeezing my hips from behind and I was not going anywhere. I continued to push right there in the doorway, and after about 5-10 more min pushing, ds came out. He did like the others have done, and flipped around in the birth canal from posterior to anterior. When he came out, he had his hand up by his mouth, and the midwife had to hold his arm down while the rest of him came out. He was born at 7:36 pm, on Feb 1, 2010. His apgars were 7 and 8, and he was very wet sounding.

He was a bit on the blue side as well, and wouldn't make any noise, so they quickly cut his cord (only one dh hasn't gotten to cut) and went to work on him. After awhile, they brought him back over to me, and I got to hold him for awhile. Then back he went for another round of suctioning and a little oxygen to help him breathe better. Then back to dh he went while I was getting stitched up. I had a slight 2nd degree tear, and that was it.

We finally weighed/measured him 2 hours after he was born. He weighed in at 9lbs 4oz, and 22" long, with a head circumference of 14.5". He's perfect, though a bit mixed up with his days/nights. He loves to be held, and is nursing like a champ. And I am thoroughly enjoying the cuddly newborn baby stage Smile

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Oh.. and since I never got around to posting the other boys birth stories.... for anyone thats interested Smile

Jotham ~ http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=2831566&postcount=21

Caleb ~ http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=2831663&postcount=22 (warning ~ traumatic)

Evan ~ http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=3113069&postcount=74

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What a great story! Congrats on your little guy and fantastic birth!

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Congratulations, Nancy! What a wonderful birth story. Good job! Enjoy cuddling your babe.

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Now I'm craving a Jamba Juice. I don't know of any place that sells good smoothies here...maybe I'll have to make one.

I loved your birth story. Congratulations on a beautiful birth!

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Congrats Nancy!! I really enjoyed your birth story!!

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Congrats on a wonderful birth! WTTW Ted!

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What a wonderful birth story! Ted sounds like a wonderful little boy! Congrats again Nancy...we're always having babies around the same time Smile

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Congrats Nancy!!!

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What a great birth story!! Makes me miss being in labor. Congrats again mama!! :bighug:

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Thanks for sharing your story, sounds like a wonderful experience! Welcome Ted!

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"Missi0505" wrote:

What a wonderful birth story! Ted sounds like a wonderful little boy! Congrats again Nancy...we're always having babies around the same time Smile

I think it's great Smile It's nice to have others I know on the same boards, lol.

Things are going pretty well. Ted.. unlike Evan, is a tad on the colicky side of things... I finally gave up keeping him happy without colic tablets and pulled them out yesterday. Last night was TONS better, and so far today is too.

The other kids are adjusting well to having another baby around, for most of them it's just part of life, lol. And Evan while jealous of the baby in my lap 24/7, is still being very gentle and patient when he has to wait for the most part.

I am attempting to catch up on housework/laundry today, after a week of nonstop fussy baby... we'll see if I can manage it or not, lol Smile