CONGRATS ON MAKING IT TO 36 WEEKS!!!
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Welcome to your lodge Megan!
Welcome to your lodge!!
Welcome to your lodge!! :wavehello:
Congrats on your lodge and the homestretch!
WooHoo!! Welcome to 36 weeks and your lodge!!!
:thanks: Thanks everyone!! I feel so honored to have a lodge! I can't believe that I am this far in my pregnancy. I am *SO* not ready for this baby to come, mentally, emotionally, and the house certainly isn't ready lol.
A little about me...
I am the oldest of 3 and was born and raised in Philadelphia. After college I stayed in Philly for about 2 years then took a job as a traveling nurse--I was employed by a national staffing company and would fill temporary positions at hospitals around the country and housing was provided. It was a sweet deal(if you are single) and a great time in my life. I lived/worked in Washington D.C, Chapel Hill, NC(my fav), San Diego, CA, and Palo Alto, CA(between San Jose and San Francisco). I met so many cool people and had a lot of really neat experiences.
I met my DH online after being in Palo Alto for about a year. Our first face-to-face meeting was after 6 weeks or so of 'talking' via email. We were supposed to meet just for drinks. I had a particularly rough day at work and thought about canceling, but I had no way to get ahold of him so I went anyway. We were there for 3 hours and he told me later that he knew that night he was going to marry me:lovebed: I walked away that night knowing I would see him again but certainly not feeling the way he did. He proposed during a Superbowl party and we were married the following March.
We moved to Oregon after dating for about a year. We were both ready to get out of CA (even though that's where DH is from). Why Oregon? DH went to college up here and always wanted to come back. I had been traveling the previous 4 years and figured what the heck? It has had its challenges being so far away from family but we really do like it here (however I could do without the long dreary winters:umbrella:
DS was born in July 2006. The pregnancy was uneventful and I loved being pregnant. His birth was most unpleasant and somewhat traumatic for me. I think I'll type that out another time though. I"m planning a VBAC for this birth and I really haven't met too much opposition. My DH is fully on board and at this point, if a c-section does happen I'll know that I did everything in my power to avoid it and that it (the c/s)is truly medically necessary.
Oh, and here's a pic from 35 weeks. I'm due for a new one though.
You look great Megan!
Good golly girl! IT'S TIME FOR YOUR LODGE!! Woo Hoo! I'm so excited for you Megan!!! :woohoo:
I had a very uncomfortable night, and I woke up this morning feeling nauseaus and having perion-like cramps. Not sure what that means if anything, but it is all new to me since I never went into labor on my own with DS.
DH is a doll and took DS to Gymboree for me this morning. OUr little guy has SO much energy it is good for him to get it all out and I am not in a state today to follow him around and make sure he doesn't fall and crack his head open!
It's another blah dreary day here so I think we'll be sticking close to home and catching up on all the laundry I need to do!
I really enjoyed reading more about you Megan! The traveling nurse job sounds like soo much fun!! What a neat way to be able to travel & to meet new people.
I met my husband online too lol That's soo cool
Love your belly picture, you are so cute! Sorry your feeling down though ((Hugs)) I hope your day perks up a bit!
Eew, crampiness is never fun! I hope you get to feeling better! Your DH sounds like a keeper
Congrat's on the lodge
Bummer on the cramps That's never fun, I hope they eased as the day went on.
Wow Megan, You look great. Can't believe u are due soon too. It was nice reading up more about you. I love travelling and if I would have found a sweet deal like that while single I would have jumped at it. Surprising today, I was just talking about how I cant wait until the kids are a little older so I can get back on the road. I guess old habits die hard(I thought I was finally settling down but there goes that bug)
Just checking in to see how you are doing, hun. How are ya feeling?
Welcome to your birth lodge! :party:
You look great me and my partner didn't 'meet' online, we met in RL and then talked online and things went from there. Hope your crampiness either goes away or turns into something productive
Me today in my "gray" outfit lol
We moved DS to his 'big boy bed' last night and it did not go very well. He usually sleeps 12-13 hours straight and got about 8. Tonight he went down easier but it's only 8pm now so we'll see how the rest of the night goes.
I had a lot of back pain yesteday, lasting about 12 hours total and I got no relief no matter what I did. At some point last night the baby was doing acrobatics and the pain went away. Go figure. I"m feeling like the baby is in a better position today so I hope he/she stays that way!
Your adorable Megan Love the baby belly! I hope that the transition from crib to bed goes better for you, my boys never did that well either.
Back pain is the worst ~ have you seen a chiro at all? I wonder if that would help? I hope your LO stays in a good position as well
I had a MW appt today. All looks good. No weight gain in 2 weeks:blob3: and BP is great. The baby was transverse again though but she was able to easily turn shim to head down. The MW feels that this baby won't be as big as Drew(9lbs 1oz) and that right now there is still plenty of room for baby to move around(both good and bad) Oh and I'm GBS+(again):roll:
I have more to say and I'd like to share Drew's birth story but it's late. Hopefully I'll get it done tomorrow.
I hope the big boy bed transition is going better for you guys! I was thinking about you as I was keeping Brodie in his bed last night.
Megan, U look great.I hope the big boy bed transition goes well for u. We started co-sleeping with DD last month when she was sick and now she wont go back to her bad. I have given up. In fact she tells me all the time that the new baby will sleep in her bed not mommy's bed. I think I will have to try again once the new baby arrives though I dont want her to feel left out.
Looking forward to hearing more of your story and cheering you on for your VBAC...What have you done to prepare?
I'm late - but just wanted to say Welcome to your lodge! How is Drew adjusting to his big boy bed now that it's been a few nights? I have yet to try DS in one but I know we're getting close and I need to just bite the bullet and move him.
Bummer on being GBS+ but yay on the other things! Sounds like baby is growing well that's wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading Drew's birth story
Well, the transition to the bed has been rough but it is getting better. Except for naps, but I'll work on that. Right now Drew is sick with a nasty nasty cold. He's been running a fever for a few days so we took him in today and the little guy has an ear infection. He's been so miserable it breaks my heart. Hopefully by Monday he'll be feeling better and then start sleeping better. I know that we are really lucky to have such a good sleeper...12-13 hrs at night and a 2-3hr nap during the day. But since the move it's been a 45min nap, up at least 2x/night and up for the day by 5:30 so the big change in the lack of sleep have been hard on all of us, especially him.
As for my VBAC, I've done more emotional preperation than anything else, and most of it has been healing. I have changed providers(to a wonderful midwife) and have changed hospitals that I'm birthing at. I've delt with why my c-section happened in the first place, that with the decision that we made (actually agreed) to induce led me down the road of an inevetable c/s. I feel that I have overcome the bonding issues that I had with DS. At this point I have won the battle with PPD(with a lot of help) and I am armed and ready to fight it again if needed. My biggest issue has been with my MIL and one of my hardest things to deal with. She was very intrusive in DS's birth and she has some problems in knowing where her boundaries are. At this point I don't think she will be a factor in this baby's birth(a good thing).
If a c/s does occur with this birth, I know it will be absolutley medically necessarry and I'm OK with that.
On a brighter note since I feel I have had more complaints than not it was a wonderful day here!! We are having some unusual February sun and it was lovely to be outside. Some of my tulip bulbs are starting to sprout and that made me so happy today. I have the WORST green thumb so the fact that they are coming up delights me to no end! The next few days should be just as nice outside so we are going to get out while we can!
I'm putting Drew's birth story in a seperate post so the previous one isn't so long. I've never written his story, only spoke of it so I'm not sure how this is going to go. It is likely to be long though...
I found out I was pregnant with Drew on DH's 30th birthday. I thought it was a wonderful birthday present, he although very happy was a little overwhelmed at turning 30 and finding out he was going to be a daddy on the same day. My pregnancy was very uneventful and I really enjoyed being pregnant. Towards the end, like all moms-to-be I was ready to meet my child. I had a gut feeling I was having a boy but we did not find out the gender before he was born. Drew was born 10 days post his "due date" by c-section for failure to progress after an induction.
I was planning a NCB with DS. I felt that I was really educated on the NCB process, different positions to labor in, how to deal with contractions etc. I was excited to birth him and I couldn't wait for the day he would arrive. However, I was not aware of the dangers of indcution.
At 41.2 days I had an OB appt. All was good except that my blood pressure had gone up about 30 points and I gained 3lbs in 3 days and was fairly swollen. Dr. A(my OB) felt we should induce and we agreed. I was not dilated and only 50% effaced so I went in that night for the cervical ripening agent. In the morning, I was 3cm and the pitocin was started. At noon I was 4cm and Dr. A broke my waters. At 4pm I was still at 4cm. For the previous 8 hrs I had been changing positions, walking the halls, squatting, sitting on the birth ball etc. I had continuous monitoring but they had a telemetry unit so I could move more freely. Dr. A was not on call that night but encouraged me to do what I was doing and that everthing would be fine. About 5pm the on-call doc, Dr. V came in, I was still at a 4. He said "you can continue to labor if you want, but you will need a c-section" and walked out. DH and I looked at each other and said WTF??? We asked the nurse what his deal was and why only 45min prior Dr. A said things were OK and Dr.V had a totally different point of view. She basically made up some BS answer.
I don't remember if the pitocin had been increased throught the day or not but by 7pm I was done with the pit contractions, so I got an epidural. The anesthesieologist(sp?) was wonderful and I had almost immediate releif. I think I slept on and off until close to 10pm. Dr. V came in and said I was still at 4cm. I don't remember what he said to us except that a c/s was the only way DS was going to come out. I was SO upset. I think I was wailing actually, DH said he could hear me down the hall when he went to tell his parents. The nurse came in and asked why I was so upset about having a c/s. I told her that I wanted the baby on my chest right away, and that I wanted to nurse right away, and I didn't want to be seperated from my baby, that I didn't want to have surgery and that my brother was getting married in 6 weeks, I had already missed my sisters wedding(2 weeks before) and that I didn't want to still be recovering. She brought in the nurse that would be caring for the baby who assured me that the baby and I would be seperated for the shortest amount of time and as soon as I was in recovery that she would bring the baby to me to hold and nurse.
When Drew came out I didn't hear him cry and I got really scared b/c there had been meconium in my water. They told me he was fine. I had to ask if the baby was a boy or girl! The first good look at him I got was when he was on the scale and I said "god he's fat!!" lol. He was big, 9lbs 1oz. He had a 4cm bulge at the top of his head from pressing against my cervix, but he was beautiful. Even now everyting is still a blur, I had no concept of time I was so out of it. DH and Drew went to the nursery and I went to recovery. I have no idea how long I was there for but it felt like a long time. I think I finally asked where the baby was and DH brought him to me a few minutes later. The nurse helped me put him to breast but I couldn't even hold him there I was so out of it. I think I got back to my room around 1 am and I was finally a little more with it.
I found out later that my MIL and FIL were allowed into the nursery when DH and Drew were in there. They both held Drew before I did. DH made the mistake of telling me that he wanted to bring me Drew and his mom said she wasn't done holding him yet. To this day I get SO VERY upset that this happened. I"m not sure why the nurse let them in after I told her how much I wanted to be with my baby right away. I can't and don't blame DH b/c he was so caught up in the moment of his son being born. I didn't even want MIL and FIL at the birth at all, but they insisted and DH said it was important to him to have family there. So the first 1.5 hours of Drew's life I missed out on and MIL to this day still gloats about how she got to hold him so soon after birth:bigangry:
Of all the things that went wrong the actions of my in-laws have been the hardest for me to deal with. DH finally told his mom that they won't be present at the birth of this baby and she got really upset. Oh well, it's not about her. Now that he has told them I am more at peace and ready for this baby to arrive!!
First Drew's birth. I am so sorry for how things went I can't believe how horrible Dr. V was!! How awful. I'm also sorry about your MIL I would be extremely upset as well & for her to still gloat over that, oh! I don't know how you don't eat her alive. I wish I could give you a big hug! My biggest wishes are being sent to you that you get a beautiful, healing & amazing birth this time. You certainly deserve it. I am glad that your in-laws wont be there, that is good.
Now some comments for your previous post.
You have my "I'm not worthy" bow from me I think your one brave mama to be transitioning your ds to a bed esp. at 19 months lol I hope that things begin to calm down & that your little guy not only begins to feel better but also sleeps better soon.
It sounds like you've done a lot of emotional work, how wonderful!! I had horrible ppd after the birth of my 4th son so in a way I can relate to how hard that is, I hope that your pp time with this next baby is ppd free ((hugs))
Sun!! Oh I'm jealous - it's miserably cold here right now lol
Oh hun! I really pray you don't have to deal with PPD this time around. I hope the entire experience is so much better than your first. HUGS!
I don't have any comments right now, my mind has gone blank!! I just wanted you to know I'd read your lodge and think you sound ready to meet your new bubba!
You have my "I'm not worthy" bow from me I think your one brave mama to be transitioning your ds to a bed esp. at 19 months lol I hope that things begin to calm down & that your little guy not only begins to feel better but also sleeps better soon.[quote=chimmy]
lol Chimmy! I think I might be just plain crazy! My rationale was that he needed to move rooms, and I didn't want to do 2 transitions(one to the new room and another to a bed at a later date). I also didn't want him to associate the new baby with taking over his room and bed. And I really thought in my heart of hearts that the transition would go alot smoother than it has. Oh well, it's too late to go back now.
Thanks Cindy! I sure hope the whole experience surrounding this baby is entirely better than my experiences with Drew.
ETA...I apparently don't know how to quote other messages very well
add a / to the ending quote and it should work
I can totally see your rationale though, I did something similar with Seamus while pregnant with Isabelle although he's still in his crib - I'm wimp & actually hope he stays there until he's 2.5 LOL
I'm always impressed when someone has an easy transition from crib to bed, none of my boys were easy.
You've reached 38wks! How are you feeling? For some reason reaching 38wks is always a neat milestone for me. I'm excited to find out what your having Do you have an inklings as to what the gender might be?
It just hit me that you are past the 38 week mark! :woohoo: I am so excited for you!!!!
Ooh, Megan! 38 weeks! Your time is really soon!! How do you feel? Have you been using the EPO? I saw you posted a thread abou that ..
You have done a lot to prepare...I too would be so ticked at my MIL. I suggest writing her a really nasty letter and then burning it before you send it! I think that may just put you into labor!
Yey!! I"m at 38 weeks, I can't believe it!! This pregnancy has gone SO SO fast! I am feeling very ready for this baby to come, especially physically. Throughout the pregnancy I have prepared myself to be pregnant for 42 weeks (i have a maternal history of late gestations) but I really don't want to be pregnant for that long!! Who does?? A few days ago I was feeling like the baby would be coming by the weekend, now I"m not so sure...I think that he/she is very comfy and will be in there for at least another 10 days.
I don't have any inklings what sex the baby will be. With my 1st I had a gut feeling I was having a boy and I was right. This time..nada...no gut feelings at all. I do have boy and girl coming home outfits so we'll see which one we use!
I had a MW appt today. All looks good and I lost 3 lbs:clappy: The baby is finally in a head down postion although not engaged. I had her check my cervix today just to see if the EPO is working at all or if I need to step things up. The cervix is still slighty postierior, soft and she thought about 1cm dialted but not certain. So I"m going to step up the EPO to 2 capsuls and use DH for his goods:huggles: He'll be very happy about that.
We haven't decided on names yet. We've narrowed it down to 2 first names for each sex but can't decide on middle names. Our last name begins with 'K' but sounds like 'knife' or 'knight' and is 4 sylables long.Margaret Caroline Ryan MatthewMargaret Claire Ryan WilliamErin Claire Ryan PatrickEmily Claire Matthew WilliamMargaret Abigail Matthew Oliver Matthew Ryan
DH vetos most names I come up with and visa versa:rolleyes: If we name our girl Margaret we'll call her Maggie. Erin and Ryan flow with the rest of our first names together but does that matter? No one IRL knows what names we're thinking of b/c everyone is too opinionated(sp?) but I welcome your feedback!
That's wonderful that everything is going so well for you
I love the name Ryan! We were going to name our first son Ryan but then changed it to Garrett. We then considered it for Seamus b/c it means "little king" and seamus is our "little king" lol But Seamus' name won out. Matthew is another wonderful name! I'd have a hard time choosing between those two. I think out of all the boy names I like Ryan William the best, it's a wonderfully strong name
your baby girl names are wonderful too!! I really like Emily but I also think Margaret Abigail is very pretty sounding too! Ohhh those are hard choices. I think using Maggie as a NN is absolutley adorable!
Ryan is one of my very favorite boy names!!! All the names you have chosen are beautiful! Can't wait to hear which one you end up choosing in the end.
I'm so happy you're feeling well, can't beat that at 38 weeks!
For the names I like Maggie so Margaret Claire is my favorite, then it would be Emily Claire. Boys names Ryan Patrick stands out for me. It's so exciting to keep the sex a secret & fun to pack for both sexes.
Margaret Claire and Ryan Patrick are my favorites:) However, Patrick was my Dad's middle name, and we used my Dad's first name (Andrew) for DS and I think it would be nice for my brother and/or sister have the option of using part of our Dad's name for thier children if they want.
I'm really getting excited to meet this baby! I'm looking forward to see what he/she looks like and hold our baby in my arms.
DS did a cute thing today...he took the end of a jump rope and held it up to my belly and said "doot doot doot". I'm thinking that he thought it was like the fetal doppler and was mimicking the sound of the baby's heartbeat. He can be so sweet at times it melts my heart I think he understands more than I've been giving him credit for and I know that he will be a great big brother!!
Aww how cute with the jumprope! LOL! You should get that on video!
I love both of the names you've picked out! Excellent choices! Classic and timeless. I love them.
How are you feeling today? You are 39 weeks!!!!!!!! Crazy!!!
I've really enjoyed reading your posts and hope you are feeling well. I look forward to hearing about the rest of your pregnancy and your birth.
Wow! 39 weeks!:eek: I can't believe it! I know I've said this already but these past weeks are flying by! I'm going to be a mom of 2 sometime in the next few weeks...my how our life is going to change!
Last night was the best night of sleep this house has gotten in over 2 weeks. DS finally slept the night in his new room with only 1 wake-up. Guess where? On the floor!! We tried putting him back in bed but 10 minutes later he was back on the floor right near the door:rolleyes: Go figure! He slept there for his nap today too. At some point he'll realize the bed is more comfortable than the floor right??
I'm starting to have fleeting thoughts/feelings that my VBAC won't happen. I'm not sure why or where they are coming from. I feel prepared as I'll ever be to birth this baby. I'm not scared, I'm actually looking forward to labor and birth. I don't really know how to explain it, except that I am very aware of this sense that a VBAC is not in the cards for me. I hope the world it is not true, and I am not dwelling on it, but I also can't shake it.
I did a lot of yard work today, much to the surprise of my neighbors. They all asked if I was trying to go into labor and my response was "YES". I am SO VERY READY to have this baby, but like Drew I think that he/she won't be here until the 10th of March or after. Maybe that's why I haven't packed my hospital bag yet. I haven't felt the 'need' or 'urge' to pack it. I have gotten the car seat ready, bought some newborn diapers, washed some newborn outfits and blankets and I have 2 coming home outfits ready, but no labor bag. Anyone else not have the need to pack your bag even though you are SO ready for your baby to arrive?? I am one of those women who enjoy being pregnant and I feel it suits me well. But I am ready to get my body back, to be able to sleep on my stomach again, to wear cute spring clothes etc (all selfish reasons) and to get on with the next phase in life.
I seem to be babbling so I'm going to call it a night and go to bed early!
Here's a 39 week pic!
And Drew kissing the baby(ignore the stretch marks!)
lol That's cute about your son & the jump rope. Yay for a good nights sleep too, even if it is on the floor! lol He'll figure out the bed is better at some point, they usually do
I'm sorry your having some concerns about the birth, I have to say though that our instincts are usually telling us something - but I also think that positive thoughts & attitudes are very powerful too. It sounds like you have a good balance going, I have found for myself that if I prepare for the worst but plan & hope for the best it usually helps esp. when things don't go as planned. Do you do hypnobabies?
I never packed my bags early either, except for Isabelle's & I'm glad I did lol With the others I never got the urge either, until right before.
LOVE the pictures!! You look fantastic!
Just a quick update...
All is well here in the NW. Another unusually :sunny: February day!!
Had a MW appt this morning...the baby looks good, he/she doesn't seem to be engaged but he/she is wedged in my pelvis so hopefully the baby will stay there!! His/her back is on my right side but that's OK, I'm thankful that the baby has been head down for 2 weeks straight!
If nothing else, Drew has been keeping me on my toes...yesterday he realized that he could climb onto the kitchen table!! Needless to say, the novelty hasn't worn off yet:rolleyes: I see a few trips to the ED in our future.
I'm so there with you on the hospital bag thing! Only 37 wks but I just can't bring myself to pack it and it will likely take me awhile!
Glad the baby is head down and staying there. I hope things start to happen for you soon! LOL about Drew. Hunter is in a rather adventurous stage as well. He's beginning to get so many bumps and bruises I swear people are going to start thinking bad thoughts about us as parents! Ah life with a 19 month old...and soon to be newborn. How are you feeling about all of that? Just curious as I know I've been through my own stack of emotions regarding having a newborn and a DS that's still so little. Sounds like Drew is a sweetheart though and I'm sure he will be a great big brother!
Your belly pic is so cute, what a great keepsake with you, Drew, and the baby. I'm glad Drew's sleeping better too, yeah for sleep for the whole house!
I hope your VBAC worries are just that, I'm sending you positive VBAC vibes.