~*~Allie's (Allie01979) Birth Lodge~*~

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~*~Allie's (Allie01979) Birth Lodge~*~

I know it's a bit early, but Allie might not have much time left!!!

Welcome chicky!

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Yay Allie - I was hoping to see that you would have a lodge soon!

Can't wait to hear your story Smile

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Good idea!! Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge Allie!!! I have been waiting so long for this!!! Can't wait to meet the little man! Smile I'm very excited to read your intro!

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Oh and :neener: Amber!! You may have started her lodge before I could get the go-ahead from her, but maybe I'll have to hold her baby before you! bwahahaha. Wink

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Awww thanks ladies.

Yes there's not much time left and I was kind of hmming and hawwing about having a lodge since this will probably be a pretty unnatural birth, but the sentiment was there and I had a great birthplan, there's just been a little fork in the road lol.

Anyway, I'll be back in a bit to tell my exciting (ha) life story and the little quirks of this pregnancy vs. my son's. But alas, I have to go to the IL's and deal with that first :confused:

Thanks again for the welcome Smile

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

Oh and :neener: Amber!! You may have started her lodge before I could get the go-ahead from her, but maybe I'll have to hold her baby before you! bwahahaha. Wink

ROFL she's got you there Amber LOL

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Lol

Hey, I only get to start the lodge. You guys all get to have playdates and sleepovers and stuff.

I'm totally going to have to take a trip to Ontario in the not too distant future and see all you guys.

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Welcome to your lodge!

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YAY ALLIE!!!! Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Allie, welcome to your lodge!!!!

Can't wait for you to type out everything for us to read Smile

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Ok sorry this took so long, I'm home sick from work so I have some time to type.

First off, I'm Allie 31 yo mama to Aidan who will be 3 in April and fake wife (dude seriously needs to put a ring on my finger sheesh) to Bill 32.

Bill and I met in highschool, he was the dorky class clown and I thought he was a real wierdo lol, we became really good friends after highschool and one drunken night at his sister's wedding finally ended up together :razz:. We moved in together 6 months after getting together.

Bill and I being BIll and I

Bill has an 8 yo daughter from a previous relationship, 8 going on 18 lol, we butt heads alot but overall she's a good kid.

That's about it about us as a couple. In 2006 Bill decided that whenever I was ready we could have a baby, I was all gung ho, but little did I know it would take a year to get PG, when I finally did get my BFP, I had made up my mind prior that I wasn't ready and I wanted to move up another level at work first. LOL DS had different plans for me, and looking back now, there's no way I'd change a thing.

My pregnancy with DS was uneventful as far as morning sickness and any complications go, I only gained 18 lbs throught the whole thing, but my hormones were wicked, and I actually felt sorry most of the time for DH who had to take the brunt of my mood swings.

Aidan's Birthstory (cut and pasted from my BB)

Monday I decided to go for a nice long walk, I walked to the mall, around and then back, when I got home I was exhausted but started to feel some cramping it was looking good. The cramping was on and off but nothing significant...until DH got home from work, then it started to get a bit more regular and then more so into the evening and then the bloody show . I decided to take a nice warm shower as my back was a bit sore after I got out, I told DH " I think this baby is coming tonight". Of course the first thing I do is hop onto PG.Org and see what's going on, and find Lia in the same state on our trusty Crown Seekers thread (which btw is tons of fun for senseless chatter, come join us if you haven't already:razz:) By about 11:00 or so I told Dh to get some sleep just in case and I hopped in the bath as the contractions were about 5-10 mins apart, I had already called the hospital and they told me to come when they were consistant at 5 mins apart. 12am I told DH to get up and lets go.

12:30am April 15- get to L&D they check me and I'm 5 cm and fully effaced, I get into the jacuzzi tub (highly recommended) where I laboured for a bit, the contractions started getting pretty strong and about 2 mins apart. The nurse gets me out of the tub (boooo) to check the baby and how I'm progressing (I'm not sure of the time right now) 7-8 cms and baby is low, well now is when the real pain starts, back labour!!!!!!:eek: not only that but my cx were coming 4 right on top of eachother and then about a min between sets of 4. We tried gas but it didn't work.

6am- I caved and asked for the epi, the back labour was just too much, other than the fact that he gave me the epi before th freezing kicked in (ouch) I was in heaven, I think I proposed to him too:cool:. Now all is good in the world again, DH got to snooze for an hour while I waited for the OB to come and break my water.

7am- doc comes in to break my water, I'm fully dialated and ready to go. As soon as I drain Lake Ontario from my body that is. I thought the Epi was a cureall pain kinda thing well not for pushing it's not OMG the pressure and stretching that goes on down there will not very soon be forgotten.

7:58am - Aidan James Anthony (after my llate father, after I looked at Aidan I saw a little of my dad in him and had to add him on) made his appearance. An hour of pushing and one stitch later. He's perfect and I've never been so in love until now.

the stats:

Name: Aidan James Anthony
B-day: April 15, 2008 @ 7:58 am
Weight: 7 lbs 5 ozs
Length: 20 1/2 inches
APGAR: 9 & 10

The Boy

after the birth I noticed lots of numbness in my knees, I wanted a completely natural birth but I think the offer of the drugs was way too enticing. for a good month or two after Aidan's birth, I would get weak knees where one would just buckle for no reason. My guess was the epi and my doctor said it was possible. Pretty scary when you're carrying a newborn around.

Even thought I said I never wanted more than one child, after Having Aidan I decided I couldn't imagine not doing it again, DH was done, and it was quite a battle to get him to agree to another, I don't blame him afer the wicked PPD I got after Aidan. I honestly don't know how he put up with me lol. Anyway he agreed, and here I am.

I went into this pregnancy knowing I wanted things to be different, I had attended one of my BFF's (Jordan) homebirths and completely fell in love with the whole thing, the midwifes, the option of labouring how you want, not being stuck in bed on a monitor, and especially the water birth she had. I cried like a baby when she brought Fiona into the world and was convinced I definitely wanted a midwife and a homebirth this time around. so In July when I got my BFP my only worry was convincing DH to agree to a homebirth, it was easy, he was all for it. We live less than 5 mins from the hospital and he knew the "decision to incision" time was 30 minutes so he felt it was a great idea. I called Jordan's MW office right away to make sure I could get in and fell in love with them right away. sooo different from an OB, I loved the longer appointments, the chats, the non medical feel of it all and the fact that they give you the option of certain tests instead of just telling you what you have to do.

The first trimester was filled with nausea, but nothing I couldn't handle, the second trimester was like a honeymoon, I felt great, my hormones have been awesome and I was soo looking forward as I planned for my homebirth, My MW even found a birthing pool that I Could use for free, everything was falling into place.....Until my 32 week appointment.

At the beginning of my 3rd trimester I had started getting sick, throwing up weekly and just feeling horrible again, I thought morning sickness was coming back, and my MW put me on Diclectin for morning sickness, it helped the nausea some but the vomiting kept happening, I thought, oh well, it's something that will go away when I have the baby. Around New years, the whole house came down with the flu, fevers chils all that fun stuff. I dealt with the aches and chills with plenty of showers and soon after developed a crazy itch, thinking it was just from dry skin I never thought much more of it. fast forward to my 32 week appointment

My MW just asked routine questions and I almost forgot about the itch, but then I mentioned it in passing telling her how bad it had been since my flu. right away I could see her face drop, the mood of the room changed, she asked if I had a rash, No, if I had changed detergents, No. Then she told me about a condition called Cholestasis of pregnancy basically liver disease of pregnancy that will go away after the baby is born, however due to this condition it is not reccomended to go past 38 weeks of pregnancy as the toxins my liver is producing may pass the placenta and cause still birth. I immediately questioned the fate of my homebirth, they said if that's what I had, I wouldn't be able to have a homebirth and they would have to share care with an OB. I went for testing the next day at the hospital and it was confirmed, Cholestasis, I was shattered, my natural homebirth was turning into anything but. Now I was to go to the hospital weekly for NSTs, BPP and blood work.

I know that I should be thankful my baby is healthy, but I'm also still very shattered that I can't have the homebirth I wanted and planned for. The thought of induction before my body is ready to labour on it's own is also a fear, I don't want this to end up in a Cesarean.

My last hospital visit I was told I have one more week 2 at the very most before they will induce me. I hope becuase I had a successful vaginal birth with DS my body will remember what to do. I'm also going to be starting natural induction methods and things to help ready my body. I want to avoid pitocin at all costs and have been given some other options that I will try before I have to resort to that.

So that's my jumble of a story, I've been typing between nausea spells and birthing stories on TV lol, so I apologise if the flow wasn't too smooth. It turns out that the Cholestasis is a reason for my weekly vomiting spells , joy.

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I'm sure your induction (if it comes to that) will go smoothly. You're in good hands and you were a birthing pro last time!

Loved the intro. Biggrin I'm so glad you decided to have another baby. I'm really ridiculously excited to meet him.

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Thanks so much for sharing. It has to be so hard to have your dreams of the birth you want shattered. I am glad that you and baby are ok though and hopefully the induction methods work to rippen your cervix and make the induction easy for you.

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Thanks for sharing your stories!

I really hope you can get the baby moving before induction! Were you late with DS?

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DS was pretty much on time, he was born at 39 +3 but I know my cycles are a couple days shorter than the OB's estimation of 28 days

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Great intro! I just can't wait to meet your new little man!

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Allie, I'm trully sorry that everything has not worked out the way you wanted it to. That is a tough dream to forget about.

I'm glad that they did figure out what was going on though and pray that in the end you can still have a natural hospital birth.

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I've been soo busy with work and trying to organize life at home that I've had very little time on here, I have so many lodges to catch up on.

Today I have a half day and I'm back at the hospital for NST, BPP and blood work, I hope they let me go home and the newbie can bake at least another week. The OB that my MW is sharing care with won't be there, but the one who delivered DS will be, I couldn't understand a word he said when I was delivering DS lol, so this should be interesting, he has a super thick Spanish accent, but I do remember him having a great sense of humour..when I could understand him lol.

I'll kup on the results later

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I hope your appt goes well!

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Have fun at your appt!

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Allie, how are you doing?

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I've so been MIA. Friday was my last day of work for a year and 2 weeks WOOT, but I was so busy and my mom is down this weekend for a visit that i havne't had a chance to update.

My hospital tests went well which means I get to stay pregnant until at least Thursday and maybe even next thursday. They're going to check me on Thursday and I guess if my cervix is favourable for induction then they'll do it, but if not they'll let me go one more week.

I've dropped quite a bit in the last couple of days, I feel like I'm trying to hold a watermelon between my legs when I walk lol, and my ankles are starting to swell. Not too bad since I started swelling early with DS and now I'm off work so i'll have a few more chances to put my feet up....well as much as my 2 YO will let me.

So my task at hand is to try some natural induction methods or just prepare myself and maybe help the process. I've started with the Red Raspberry leaf tea, I'm going to have to start putting out once in a while LOL (soooo not in the mood for that) and what ever else I can do. I'm open to suggestions.

My mom took a belly pic of me that I was pretty happy with so I'll share Smile
36 +2

The only time it's acceptable to wear stripes LOL, and you can tell by the shirt that the seams are really working hard to keep me contained

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I think you look great. I am so glad your test came back good.

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You look adorable!! As always. Smile Glad to hear you and buddy boy are doing well. What are your plans for this coming week of no work? I hope you plan to nap your days away!! That's what I'd be doing!

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you look so amazing!! I love that top too! Makes your bump look awesome!

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Would they induce you right at the cervix check or would they wait til the next morning? Just curious... Smile Well, either way, Greg works til thursday, so I have mucho help from him plus car access in case you need anything. Care for Aidan or anything. I know I say it all the time, I just don't want you to hesitate if you need anything, even the little things. Lemme know. Smile

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they may induce me at cervix check since the OB who is sharing care with my MW is on call that day, I'll be there at 8am so I guess it would give them ample time if my cervix is favourable.....I hope anyway.

Jordan- I will make sure to call you as soon as anything happens anyway, whether or not we need anything, I just want you to know. I don't think I'll call you to come to the hospital though, I would have for sure for a homebirth, but I"m not sure what's going to happen there and how many people will be in and out of the room. Also I would have had you bring Fiona for the homebirth, she's still a nursling and wouldn't have been a problem at all, I'd hate for her to be at the hospital and catch something there, it's just so medical there and the poor thing would probably be out of sorts. But for sure, you'll be the first to know....seriously lol, my mom doesn't even want to know until after I'm not in pain anymore LOL.

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Oh yes, it would be quite busy in the hospital. DH, 2 midwives, doctors, nurses etc. Understandable! However, I wouldn't have brought Fiona either way! lol! She's a turd. haha. She takes a bottle well now, so she's fine with Greg.

Are you getting excited for your baby? I know these last few weeks can be busy and thoughts of labour, 'what if's' and last minute tasks like nesting can take over your thoughts. Have you had much time to be totally giddy for the arrival of your lo? Biggrin (I may be giddy enough for the both of us hahaha!)

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oh, and any coming home outfit picked out? Biggrin

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Oh yes, it would be quite busy in the hospital. DH, 2 midwives, doctors, nurses etc. Understandable! However, I wouldn't have brought Fiona either way! lol! She's a turd. haha. She takes a bottle well now, so she's fine with Greg.

Are you getting excited for your baby? I know these last few weeks can be busy and thoughts of labour, 'what if's' and last minute tasks like nesting can take over your thoughts. Have you had much time to be totally giddy for the arrival of your lo? Biggrin (I may be giddy enough for the both of us hahaha!)

Put me into that group! I love newborns! So squishy, so snuggable!!

Do you have everything ready for the newbie? Clothing ready? are you doing a nursery or co-sleeping?

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I'm nervous right now mostly, the induction is scary. But with all the complications of this pregnancy I'm ready to meet him and am soooooo rediculously curious to see what he's going to look like.

All my CD's are washed and in the drawer ready for a cute little tushie to fill them, all the sleepers are washed. I just have to wash the bedding for the bassinet, unfortunately DH is dead set against co-sleeping, I love it when I get the chance to co sleep, I used to do it when I would go to visit my Mom in Ottawa. there really is barely enough room in the bed for me let alone a baby who should have ample space. DH is a total bed hog.

The thing I'm most excited for is nursing again, there's nothing sweeter than nursing a newborn, they're so appreciative and not as easily distracted. I just hope I'm as lucky as I was with Aidan, he nursed like a champ from the minute he was born. I was seriously depressed when he weaned himself at 15-16 months, I kept asking him everyday until about 18 months if he wanted nunnies LOL.

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You sound very positive and ready. I am sory that you have to be induced, but it sounds like the right option for you. I really hope it works out for you. Smile

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Oh Allie - it's getting so close!

It sounds like you are ready to meet your little man though, I can't wait to hear your positive induction story Smile

There's nothing like nursing a newborn (or an older child), those eyes looking up at you - oooh I am getting all clucky ;). It's such a special time that only a mum and bubba can share!

When is your next appointment? I'm getting ready to stalk.... Biggrin

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oh I wanted to say...don't worry about getting it on with DH...you'd need like gallons of his stuff to help along labour. Instead, get out your ol 'neck massager' and have fun by yourself! Nothing like an 'o' to trigger contrax and irritate the cervix. Wink

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Wanted to wish you luck at your appointment tomorrow. It's so close to baby time!

I know you really wanted a home birth, but I bet it will still be great at the hospital. You're so prepared and knowledgeable, that will take you a long way. Do you have a doula? (sorry if you mentioned this and I missed it)

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yay allie...getting so close...good luck with your appointment tomorrow......hope baby boy gets to bake a lil longer!!!!!!!

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day two of mat leave, I'm so glad I was feeling super productive yesterday and got alot done because today I'm feeling like poop on a stick lol.

I have my appointment tomorrow at the hospital, and I'm guessing they're going to tell me whether baby boy is coming this week or the next. Kind of scary, I'd much rather be oblivious. I remember when my contrax started with DS it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be, it was more of a relief, like this was finally it.

I've been having alot of headbutts to the cervix so I'm hoping the newbie is working his magic and getting things softened up down there.

as for Doulas, I have 2 midwives and a student midwife who will be there along with the OB, I'm going to have a full labour room. Had I been able to have a homebirth Jordan would be there to keep me sane lol, but the hospital will just be too hectic and i'll be tied to a bed with monitors and all that jazz.

oh i forgot to mention how lucky I am to have such awesome friends. Jordan, Emily, and Alison all made me some ready to cook meals, and brought the newbie some adorable sleepers, I was almost in tears, it was so darned sweet. I will always credit this website for the awesome friends I've made. Jord and Emily are friends that I should have met years ago, we went to the same highschool (well Em and I) we had the same aquaintances, but it took this site for our paths to cross.

ok i should get off my lazy butt and kid my kid to daycare so I can continue to sit on my lazy butt.

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Awww that is so sweet. Good luck at your appt tomorrow. Hugs!

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Can't wait to hear how tomorrow goes. I'm so glad you've been able to keep newbie in this long! I hope he stays in for another week, but at the same time I can't wait to see him!

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I hope your appointment went well? Since you've not updated I wonder whether you are holding your new son by now?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Just wanted to pop in and let you guys know Allie is a proud mama again! She was a soft 2cm at her appt yesterday so they decided it would be a good time to get things going and get him out.

I don't know all the details yet, but he was born around midnight weighing 6lbs 15oz. He and Mommy are both doing well and resting now. He's yet to be announced with a name, so I guess we gotta wait for Allie! Smile

YAY!!

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YAY YAY YAAAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!

Congrats Allie!!!! I can't wait to hear all about it and for the official announcement and birth story of your new little one Smile

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Congrats Allie!! Can't wait to hear all the details!!

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YAY!!! WTG Mama!

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Oh yay, congrats momma!! Can't wait for story and pictures, and I hope the induction went well!! Thinking of you guys!
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Congrats Allie!!! So happy for you! I hope everything went well. Biggrin

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Congrats Allie!!!!!!

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Congratulations! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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