~*~Alison's Birth Lodge~*~(azin_may)

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~*~Alison's Birth Lodge~*~(azin_may)

Welcome to your lodge lil sis!!!

YAY!! How awesome that I get to do both sister's lodges in a week of each other! hahaha!!!

May you have a wonderful remainder of your pregnancy and a beautiful birth! Tell us your story!!

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welcome to your lodge, Alison!

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Welcome!

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Oh YAY!!!!! Another lodge I'm related to! I love it! Congrats Assey...can't wait to hear your story and see some pics. Smile

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Yahoo

Woot! Welcome to your lodge!

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welcome to your lodge! Look forward to reading about you.

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Welcome to your lodge, Alison! Can't wait to read your intro.

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge, fellow September mamma and homebirther! I can't wait to learn more about you and your journey!

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Welcome to the family lodge place! Wink

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Yahoo I've been waiting for this. Another sister to stalk. Smile

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Welcome to your lodge, Alison! How exciting to have another sister of Emily and Jordan have a lodge!

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Welcome!!

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Welcome to your lodge! I'm looking forward to learning more about you.

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welcome to your lodge!

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My Story

Brandon and I met at the beginning of 2006. I was working at a local pub and he came in one night. He asked me out, but I was enjoying the single life and turned him down. He came back the next week and asked me out again. I turned him down 4 times before finally agreeing just so he would stop asking.

We couldn’t be parted after that. He was funny, good looking, determined and knew what he wanted out of life, and I admired that.

We were both in school at the time and working towards our careers, mine in the legal field and his to become a professional golfer. To this day I don’t get tired of watching him golf. He loves to golf and man is he good at it. He’s so passionate about what he does.

After a year into our relationship Brandon and I went to see, my favourite artist, Billy Joel. I figured we’d take the train into the City and grab a quick bite to eat and go to the concert. Brandon had different ideas.

He arranged that evening for a Limo to take us downtown, we had a lovely steak dinner; the limo picked us up after dinner and took us to the concert. The concert was AMAZING. Billy Joel put on the best concert I've ever seen! The limo picked us up afterwards to take us home, Brandon had talked to the driver previously to ask for the long way home..
While I was gushing over how amazing the night was and how it couldn’t have been any better he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!!!! My jaw dropped! OF COURSE!!!!!!!!!!

We were engaged for 2 and a half years. I wanted to finish school before we tied the knot.

We had an amazing wedding on beautiful (but freezing) October day in 2009.


A month after the wedding we had decided that we weren't going to "try" for a baby but we weren't going to prevent anything either. So we stopped using birth control.

I was over at my sister Jordan's house on "test day". So I took a home pregnancy test at her house and it came out positive.
DH and I were really excited but didn't want to get too excited. We told our families and I called my midwives to set up an appointment.

10 days after I got my positive test I miscarried... I had never felt heartbreak like that before.

We decided to wait to try and started using birth control again.

Then on January 14th I get a call from my sister, Emily. She says "Hi Gator, I just wanted to let you know that I'm pregnant!!" I couldn't have been happier for her! But, of course, I was sad for my loss just 5 weeks ago. Em asked how I've been feeling and if "things" have gone back to normal, and I mentioned that I still haven't gotten my period and it's been 5 weeks, she said that was normal for your body to take a few weeks to get back into the swing of things. She then asked if I had tested recently and I said no. Why would I? We weren't trying.

On my lunch break at work I thought more about what Em said about the test and figured I'd pick one up just to see... low and behold:

POSITIVE??? WHAT??? *shock*

So (naturally) as soon as I got home that night I got my butt to a drug store/dollar store/anywhere that sold home pregnancy tests and bought them out!
Positive test after positive test.
Needless to say I was thrilled, but trying really hard not to be after what happened the month before. So I called the midwives and asked to have some blood work drawn.

Blood work came back and said that I was DEFINITELY pregnant!!!

We had to date the pregnancy because I wasn't sure how far along I was. We didn't know if this was a new pregnancy or if the bleeding the month before was just a fluke.

Turns out it was a new pregnancy, and we got to see our baby for the first time. Our perfect little baby!

I was so excited to find out I was due 6 days after one of my sisters. But was able to be pregnant with both of them (because Jordan was due in May 2010 *she had her daughter, Fiona, on May 10th*)

This will be the 7th grandchild for my parents (assuming Emily has her baby before me) and the 1st for my IL's.
I’ve had a really great pregnancy so far. I love all the kicks and wiggles and will be sad once they stop.

I can't wait to share the rest of this journey with you! Biggrin

I still can't believe how close I am to holding my baby in my arms!!

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Great intro! I love the story of how you met and got engaged. And you look GORGEOUS in your wedding pictures.

Looking forward to following your journey, fellow September mama!

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Awww! I love seeing another lodge for your family! How awesome that you all got to be pregnant together. Oh, and I love, love, love your wedding dress!!!!

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what an awesome proposal, beautiful wedding pics! that is so cool that you were/are pregnant at the same time as your sisters Smile cute belly pics!

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What a lovely story. How neat to be pg with both your sisters!

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I too love, love, love your wedding dress! With your black hair, ugh! Just gorgeous!!! The proposal sounds totally picture perfect as well. Seeing your early belly pix took me back - it's neat to see how far we've come and how close we are. I'm glad this little bean stuck!

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How exciting and special to be pregnant with your sisters. Love your wedding pics and dress, the color is amazing!

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Welcome to your lodge! Great intro! I too love love love your wedding dress! How special to share pregnancies with TWO sisters!

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Welcome to your lodge! Love your intro! Wonderful pictures and a great story! I don't even have any sisters, but I can just imagine how wonderful it would be to be pregnant at the same time as two of them! How exciting!

Looking forward to following another member of Jordan's clan! Smile

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Welcome to your lodge!
My first time around, my oldest sister (redmom) was due 3 months before me with her 4th, and my next sister (loriloo) was due three weeks before me. Sharing a pregnancy with both sisters was a blast. Lori and I were on the same BB and ended up delivering only 2 days apart. And we're all into NCB. It's SO fun to share that with sisters, huh? This time around, Lori was pregnant 4 months before me, so we shared it again.
ETA: We're all HUGE Billy Joel fans, too- a a matter of fact, all of us happened to go to one concert while pregnant with our first child:). One more fun thing we have in common:

Anyways, congrats to ALL of you. And welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to follow your journey.

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Awww what a great story!! I have to say, I think about you ladies when I daydream about beginning the birth traditions for our family. I hope our children are just as close and involved in each other's lives. It is truly something special.

I'm so excited to see how everything goes!!

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Thanks everyone! I loved my wedding dress! Biggrin

Tonight I decided to pack my hospital bag. I don't want to have to use it, but better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it, right?

Here is what I put in my bag:

My Bag
* pjs & slippers
* toothbrush & toothpaste
* hairbrush & ponytail holders
* shampoo
* razors
* deoderant
* nursing bras
* nursing pads
* nipple cream
* maxi pads

Baby Bag
* a couple sleepers
* hats, booties and mits
* diapers
* diaper cream
* baby loton
* receiving blankets

anything I'm missing...?

One week until I'm all clear for my homebirth. I'm very excited!
I'm so excited to meet this baby, but at the same time I realize how easily contained it is right now and want it to cook for as long as it can.

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The only thing I can think is maybe some lotion or something that smells good to you (scented massage oil or something like that). And maybe a comfort item; picture, blanket, pillow, or something that you can focus on and will make you feel more at home (if that's possible in a hospital).

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Something to read, like a magazine or book. Depends undies (they are the BEST right after birth, trust me!). Tylenol. Peri bottle.

Even for a home birth it's really nice and convenient to have everything right in one place for the first couple of days when you probably won't want to be walking around a whole lot.

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Ariel, that's a great idea, I didn't even think to bring something homey.

Arty, where would I find a peri bottle? Walmart?

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Your midwives will bring you a peri bottle. Or you can ask for one at your next appt.

Awesome intro, Al!! You were a gorgeous bride and now an even gorgeouser preggo. I can't wait to meet MegaT.

When do you go on mat leave?

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Gorgeous wedding dress! I absolutely LOVE dresses that aren't the traditional white! I didn't realize you and Emily are sisters! I look forward to reading more of your story!

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I'm going to work as long as I can, until my due date. I figure it'll help the time go faster, plus more money never hurt anyone! Smile
I'm not going to work past my due date though. So whether or not this baby is out I'm not working past September 19th!

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Bring your own pillows if you transfer. Hospital pillows are hard to come by and not all that comfy. And you'll want more than just the one they give you.

Oooo, it's so exciting!!!! I can't wait for all the babies.

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Wow - I'm impressed that you are all packed - I still haven't finished mine and I am due in a few days. I'm also bringing my cell phone charger and extra charged camera batteries just in case. And snacks - I have Lara Bars and some dried fruit/nut mixes. I guess it's different though - if you transfer it will be for something more emergent in nature. I'm not starting out at home.

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Maybe an ipod or something? I like the food/snack idea. Once labor is over, I hear you'll be really hungry and hospital food might not be what you want. My MWs gave me a specific list of items that I'll need for the birth and want me to have them all in one place, labeled in paper bags, so I guess if I have to transfer, we'll just grab stuff from that pile. I live so close to the hospital, that it won't be that big of a deal to drive back for something that may have been forgotten.

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So how was your weekend? Did you get some "me" time?

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Yahoo

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Ok Al, what the heck?! You can't post happy dance just randomly like that!!

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Yay for a random happy dance! (Even if it seems random & confusing)

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Loved your intro and dress! You are gorgeous!

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Totally Off Topic! (and will explain the random happy dance)

DH was nominated by the CPGA as the Assstant Professional of the Year!! Biggrin

This is a huge honour for him just to be nominated. They do an awards ceremony, dinner and dance in October. I'm very proud of him!

** for those of you on FB he's not posting anything yet until he tells his family **

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That's AWESOME!!! WOW! He deserves it. He puts in a lot of work.

So...pics recently???

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Congrats to DH! That is awesome!

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Yay Al's lodge.

I love your story, and it was really cool to see you all pregnant at the same time.

Congrats to Brandon. LOL I posted on your wall, but was obviously mistaken as to the reason for your happy dance LMAO, the comment your MIL left made me think you got some action HAHAHAHAHA.

definitely make sure you get a peri bottle, I wanted to marry mine after I had Aidan lol.

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"Allie01979" wrote:

Yay Al's lodge.

I love your story, and it was really cool to see you all pregnant at the same time.

Congrats to Brandon. LOL I posted on your wall, but was obviously mistaken as to the reason for your happy dance LMAO, the comment your MIL left made me think you got some action HAHAHAHAHA.

definitely make sure you get a peri bottle, I wanted to marry mine after I had Aidan lol.

Bahahaha!!! No, that wasn't the reason.... but even if it was, why would my MIL know that?! haha

I did have my maternity pics done this past weekend, I'm just waiting on getting them back. I will post the 2 I have though! I'm very VERY pleased so far!! Biggrin

**Be back with pics**

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I love love love this first one!! The second one I think I look a little chubby, but that's okay! I love it too.

I love my baby belly!!

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It was fun to read your intro. Your wedding dress was gorgeous! It is amazing how much you and your sisters all look alike. Congrats to your DH!

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You look beautiful Al. I love the first one. You definitely need to frame that one.

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I love the pics Al, you're so gorgeous!

And woot to Brandon! That's awesome!

(I too admit I thought it had something to do with your MIL, but in an evil way.)

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I love BOTH pics!!! You don't look chubby... silly girl! There's a baby in there!!

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