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~*~*Taryl's (SaucyVidel) Lodge~*~*

This is a day early but I wanted to start your lodge because I think I have started at least one if not both of your lodges....correct me if I am wrong.

I am so excited to share this journey with you and look forward to hearing how the next few weeks go.

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Welcome to your lodge, Taryl!

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I'm so excited for you, Taryl!!! And you have a lodge now. Smile I can't wait to hear all about your VBAC, your family's story and how you want things to go this time. Happy birthing time, my friend!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge!!! Tell us your story!

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Ack, that was fast! Thanks for starting it Mel, I think you did start both of my other two as well Lol

I'll have to post my history when I get a bit more time, but I can say the past two days have been rife with BH and real contractions, all fairly close together. Way more of them than I ever had with the girls at this point. Hopefully they're doing something useful down there Smile

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Yay, welcome to your lodge!

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Congrats on being in the homestretch to meeting your baby BOY(!), Taryl. How are you feeling about the upcoming birth? I know your first was rather traumatic and you seem to be plagued by prodromal labor. Any signs that your little guy might decide to go easy on you and pop right out? Here's to hoping, right?!

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welcome to your lodge! Yahoo

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I look forward to following your last weeks of pregnancy, Taryl!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge Taryl!

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welcome to your lodge

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Welcome to your lodge! I haven't been keeping up with you lately, so sorry if this has been asked & answered before... I know you had hoped to have a homebirth with your second, but were unable to because of the VBAC laws in your state. Now that you have a vaginal birth under your belt, so to speak, LOL, are you now "allowed" (god I hate that word related to birth!) to have a homebirth?

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OOOoh welcome to your lodge!

Can't wait to hear more about your story!

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Welcome to your lodge! Congratulations!

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"Spacers" wrote:

Welcome to your lodge! I haven't been keeping up with you lately, so sorry if this has been asked & answered before... I know you had hoped to have a homebirth with your second, but were unable to because of the VBAC laws in your state. Now that you have a vaginal birth under your belt, so to speak, LOL, are you now "allowed" (god I hate that word related to birth!) to have a homebirth?

Unfortunately the laws are in place for anyone with any uterine surgery - no out-of-hospital births without a nurse midwife in attendence (almost impossible) and they must have a backup OB lined up the entire time. No matter how many successful VBACs I have, or how low risk I am in any other area, my care providers are at legal risk (losing their licenses) if they attend me out of hospital. I would essentially have to go unattended and I'm not comfortable with that at this point in my life.

I have been a horrible lodge lady this go-around, I am usually right on top of posting here! Thanks for all the welcomes, ladies, I will try to get my history posted sometime soon. I just havent had the energy to mess with it.

I did have an appointment today and it was uneventful and went well. My blood pressure was good, no swelling, massive weight gain from sak pork last night ;). I also had an ultrasound to verify his position and the possible need for an external version, and after LOTS of pelvic adjustments I am pleased to report the stinker was head down and OA, though he had a hand up by his face just like his sister (who ended up coming down the birth canal that way, ouch!). I have also had an underlying worry that the tech was wrong about him being a boy, as it was initially hard to verify (he was shy ;)), but we got a VERY clear view of 'the goods' and he is undoubtedly all boy. I can't tell you what a total load off my mind that was, I was seriously second guessing myself and it was rather stressful.

Other than loads of contractions (a few really pinchy cervical ones, too) the past few days, I am in really good health. My Webster chiropractor changed my pain level in my hips and back from excruciating (could barely walk) to almost entirely alleviated over just three visits (a week and a half of adjustments). Now, unless I am laying on my side and my SPD is flaring, I am only minimally stiff. I highly recommend receiving good chiropractic and soft tissue manulation from someone trained in pregnancy adjustments, I have had chiropractic for years and this has been the most profound, quick relief I have ever felt. I'd give it a solid 80% reduction in pain and discomfort, even to the point where rolling over is only uncomfortable (not breath-stealingly brutal).

Hmm... That is all for now, I think. I am just chugging along, trying to keep up my dailY schedule and responsibilities and otherwise taking it easy. I admit I am very ready to be done, especially with weeks of contractions due to an irritable uterus, but I can't really complain about this pregnancy, it has been very good overall. I am term next week and have had a strong gut feeling for weeks that I won't go overdue this time around, but that won't be substantiated until after l-day, so to speak. We'll find out one day or another.

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Welcome to your lodge Taryl. I can't belive you are 36w already. Where did the time go. Your laws seem similar to ours.

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Bummer your local laws make an HBAC so difficult.

Woot for confirmation on your boy! I've had the same worries myself (who doesn't?). I'm glad your chiropractor is helping to make you more comfortable!

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Today has been rough. I have had so many BH/contractions today, I am actually tempted to time them. Sitting, standing, they are coming constantly, and I can't tell if they taper off when I lay down, because I fall asleep too quickly Lol

I just feel off, uncomfortable, and strange, during these waves. I can't really explain it, but I am honestly not sure WHAT is going on! So I just watch, wait, and hope these are doing useful things to my cervix.

Tomorrow evenint is my baby shower, I am very excited! The ladies at my church throw fantastic showers and it is a great time of fellowship. It also makes me glad I scheduled it earlier in this pregnancy than later, because I cannot tell WHEN I will give birth this time around (the other pregnancies I was uncomfortable, but no signs of labor this early).

I'll try to be better about updating, for some reason I am feeling surly and uncommunicative about this pregnancy, and just want to be left alone. That usually doesnt happen for me until postdates/labor, so it is even more confusing for me. Nesting has been an ongoing thing, but for the most part I am just completely at a loss as to whrre this pregnancy is headed and when, other than the basic fact that sometime within the next five weeks I will have a baby.

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The difference in a boy? I was like that last time with Leo...uncommunicative. I barely could inspire myself to write out my birth story.

I hope those contrax are doing something for you! I'm right there in prodromal heck with youand truly feel your pain. My girl pregnancy was textbook but all my boys have thrown me for a loop thus far, perhaps you are similar?

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Maybe! This is the first time I absolutely cannot tell what is going on. Even with Callie, who I was in prodromal labor with for weeks, I had a decent idea of where the whole show was going. This time around I am so bla'se I can hardly stand it. Ready to be done, but apathetic at the same time Lol

Today I think I may time a few of those tightenings to see how they are spaced. I'm genuinely curious, they can't be more than five minutes apart.

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I'm right there with you! I gave in to temptation last night and started timing. They were 5-10 minutes apart for at least an hour or two (I stopped timing after that and went to bed). I'm not in any discomfort though (from the contrax anyway) and I hope you're not either. Wouldn't it be lovely if we waltzed our way to 6 cm over the next few weeks?!

Have fun at your baby shower!

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Well Taryl I feel surly most of the time and I don't have near your excuse. Wink

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Christy, you crack me up!

Erin - some of them are pretty painful, some are mild, some barely register, it's like a mixed nut bowl Lol I am a bit trigger shy of contractions that don't progress because I had WEEKS of prodromal labor with my first and a few days of it with my second, which is really exhausting. But I am going to try and latch onto your optimism that both of us will progress nicely and in relative painlessness. That would be delightful!

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Since I was all nicely dressed tonight and my hair was even down (very rare, only a few times a year do I actually let it loose) I decided it was time for an updated belly picture, just shy of full term (36w5d). I'm measuring in at 40 weeks, he's dropped a bit but not as much as I'd like.

Excuse the awful quality and bathroom lighting!

I'm off to do some more knitting on a baby hat I have been working on and then it is over to the shower. What a fun night!

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You look wonderful!!

Have fun at your shower!

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yay! I was thinking it was time for a new belly pic for you. You look great! Have fun at your shower. I'm knitting up a hat right now for a shower I'm attending on Sunday. I was just thinking earlier that it doesn't get much cuter than a knit newborn hat.
Hope those pesky contractions are at least working for you and not just putting you in pain for no reason.

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I love knitted new born hates but no one ever makes them for me and it seems no matter how many times I try knitting I can't do it right. Maybe new born hates would be easier for me though. Have fun at your shower! Don't you just love the pre-labor. *rolling eyes* Been there done that BUT good news is, is it does help speed up the process of birth in most cases. Smile

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I was way behind on reading... Glad to hear that the chiropractor was able to help with your back pain. I went to the chiro for the first time this last pregnancy and it was amazing! Can't believe I suffered through 3 other pregnancies!

Hope you enjoyed your shower and got lots of cute things for your little man!

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You look great, Taryl! I hope you had a fantastic time at your shower and the BH let up so you could relax and enjoy.

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I"ve been crocheting newborn hats....so adorable and easy! Takes me (I"m slow) about 45 minutes to make one. And it's so nice to know that the first thing the baby you grew will wear is a hat you made. Smile

How was the shower? Will you take pics of the cute stuff you recieved?

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yay you have a lodge! I missed that you were having a boy. Look forward to following you!

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You look great, Taryl! I hope you had fun at the shower!

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I love the purple shirt!! You look wonderful! I kept saying I was going to go to the chiro this time, but the pregnancy just got away with me. I'm glad that you had a good appointment. How are the contractions?

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Have fun at the shower tonight! Can't wait to hear about it!
I too keep saying that I need to go to the Chiro but have yet to make the appt. or get myself there. I'm glad that it has helped you so much. I always hear great things about chiro appts. during pregnancy.

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Aww you look so cute.

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You look great! Love the purple, it was my favorite color to wear both times I was pregnant. Blum 3

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It's my favorite color to wear, along with wine reds.

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The baby shower went so well, though of course I didn't think to take any pictures and will have to wait for the lady who was in charge of the camera to email me copies. It was a total blast, the only downside being that somehow I screwed my left hip up while opening presents and it has been bugging me all weekend. It hurts to a lesser extent than it did before chiropractic, but this afternoon I have a massage/chiro combo to try and fix the issue, along with an OB appointment the next morning.

In better news - I AM TERM TODAY! Anywhere from now to October 18th, at the latest, will be my son's birthday. It makes it seem so much more real and I have a great deal more peace knowing that if these contractions do step up, I am likely to have a healthy baby and uncomplicated birth. Preterm scares me almost more than severely postdates pregnancy, so I am hoping I can make it in the range of the next three weeks or so and avoid any unpleasantness regarding inductions and such at the end. I have crossed the threshold for prematurity, so that is one battle down, hopefully none to go.

Still contracting and braxton-hicking here, but nothing to report. I am reasonably comfortable, unlike previous bouts of contractions and prodromal labor... I wonder if that may just be because I kwow what to expect and what is/isn't normal now? Either way, I'm ready to be done, of course, but also content to hang out for awhile too.

Given that my doula is out of town from sept 27th - oct 3rd, I am praying I go before the 27th instead of after my due date, when she is back in town, or during her trip, where I'd have to use her backup. I still don't think I'll go overdue but I am fully aware that may be wishful thinking on my part and am still mentally prepared to have an October baby rather than a September baby. Time will tell, one way or the other!

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Yahoo Wahooo for reaching term today!!! I'm also more comfortable going postdates than preterm. I hope your LO cooperates and arrives when your doula is in town.

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Well that stinks about your hip. That is great you had a good shower. I had a client who I had that happen with. She knew before she hired me that it would be a possiblity I would be out of town. Low and behold she went into labor 2 days before I left. Hopefully you will have luck with that too.

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I tried to update this lodge after my appointment on Tuesday, but for some reason there were server issues and slowness with the site and it wouldn't work for me.

The appointment Tuesday went pretty well. My blood pressure was good, though I can't remember the specific number now. No swelling except a tiny bit in my ankles if I stand too long. I'm up to 228-ish on my home scale, so a 13-18 pound gain overall, depending on whose numbers I go by as a starting weight. While it is heavier than I'd like to be, my gains this pregnancy has been nice and controlled with my diet, so I can't complain. It will come off easily.

I had my GBS swab and, since I haven't heard from them for three days (they said they would contact me within two if my results were positive) I am taking no news as good news and assuming I was GBS- again, as I have been during all my pregnancies. That's good news, no need for antibiotics (which I generally avoid).

For giggles, I let my OB check my cervix. He's wonderful, he only offered it up for MY curiosity's sake and didn't make any push to look for progress, which I appreciate. And since I AM curious, given the weeks of contractions, I went for it.

He was measuring me at around 1.5 cm and soft, anterior, but no real effacement. Baby's head was floating and not applying much downward pressure, so I am unsurprised. For me, actually, that is great progress at only 37 weeks. I generally tend not to dilate much outside of active labor (and then it goes slowly) so while I wish it was more, I'm quite happy with that news. I keep my expectations really low, from experience Lol

My breast pump finally arrived so I am aiming to use that 45-ish minutes a day, to help with that effacement. It definitely gets contractions going, though not much stronger or more regularly than they have tended to for the past few weeks. But it gets them going predictably, instead of randomly depending on my activity or the baby's position, so that's interesting. It can't hurt at this point, so I am assuming it will only help. That, plus lots of good posture (to encourage him to descend and not rotate badly), sex, and keeping my activity up as much as I can... That's my prescription for myself at this point!

He DID stay head down for the appointment, so I am not too worried about him turning breech again at this point in the pregnancy. He feels very large and strong to me, even compared to my girls, so I honestly think he has mostly run out of room to do much more than just kick like a mule.

I'll take it!

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Yay for a great appointment and being GBS negative! When are you planning to start using your pump? Will you do a few sessions per day totaling up to 45 minutes or one long session?

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In other news, I have had reasonably strong contractions last night and this morning. They're not close enough together to bother counting, but I do hope they will continue and work some magic on my cervix Smile

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I just sit down in the afternoon when my kids are napping and use it, ten minutes or so per side. I'm already using it, it's been a few times, and will continue to use it 4-5 times per week Smile

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Hooray for baby staying head-down! I hope those contractions are working some magic preparation-wise!

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Sounds great Taryl! Have you thought about using RRL tea or something to help regulate the contractions in pattern and efficiency? Primrose oil works really well for effacement too if you are interested. I used both with my last and honestly believe they really helped things out.

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Sounds like a good appt and hope those ctx doing something!

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I am glad that you had a great appt!

Will using the pump bring on labour sooner or just help cervix preparedness? Now I am intrigued and want to get my pump out.

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"kridda_88" wrote:

Sounds great Taryl! Have you thought about using RRL tea or something to help regulate the contractions in pattern and efficiency? Primrose oil works really well for effacement too if you are interested. I used both with my last and honestly believe they really helped things out.

I've used both and have them, but I cant say I noticed them helping one little bit Lol I do like the flavor of RRL tea, but right now I am mainly drinking a calcium/magnesium tea meant for pregnant mothers to help with relaxation - I LOVE it! I did EPO vaginally with my first and it was just kind of gunky, so I am decided to get my prostaglandins from a more *ahem* enjoyable source with great frequency Lol He hasn't complained yet!

Melynda, midwives have used nipple stimulation to increase oxytocin production and assist with labor for centuries, but there were several studies that just came out verifying that it provably assists with effacement and cervical readiness in general (increasing one's Bishop score). There still seems to be debate about whether it brings on labor, but preparing the cervix more makes labor progress faster and with less hitches once it does begin, that is enough for me.

I'd say the regular, strong contractions produced by nipple stimulation (manually or by a pump) would make the onset of labor more swift, based on what it HAS been proven to do, but nothing short of excessive intervention by either midwives or doctors will bring about labor if the baby and mother are not already favorable for it.

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