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Congrats on getting your lodge! I know you said you don't post much, but maybe we can get you out more now. Smile

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Welcome!

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Welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge Biggrin

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Awe...thanks. Yeah...I'm not on here every day so I may have a hard time keeping up with this. I'm not even sure what to write about.

This is my second baby, but first NCB, and first time with a midwife. I love my midwife, and even if I have a difficult delivery, I would do this again in a heart beat. I'll be delivering at a free standing birthing center. Our local hospitals are NOT midwife friendly. My next appointment is Friday. I have to get the last round of tests done and I just found out today that my midwife won't be there...the on-call one will be. I guess it's good to meet her though.

I'm excited to have this baby. I'm most excited to progress without any "help". I was induced with my daughter and never started labor on my own, so I'm looking forward to seeing how different it will be this time around. I had an epidural with her, however it wore off during my 2 1/2 hours of pushing. I had severe pain in my hip, which I now think could have been helped if I would have been able to be up and moving.

I guess that's all about me right now, unless anyone has any questions. I'm not real certain how the birth lodges work. I guess I'll just post on it if I have something to say:-)

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Yeah, the birth lodges arejust space you can use to keep us updated - how you feel, any vents you have, your appointments, and eventually your birth and postpartum. Keeps things tidy and together and easy for everyone to check.

I hope you get the birth you want this time, having a great midwife and a plan for birth are two HUGE steps to getting that. I can't wait to follow your lodge and get to know you better, I think you'll find having your own cheering section is VERY enjoyable, and there's LOTS of brains to pick on questions you may have - these ladies are a true compendium of knowledge to take advantage of!

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Congratulations and welcome to your lodge!

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I love lodges for finding out more about a person.....so how about posting some bits about you? How you met your DH (we love those stories!! Lol and piccies!!

Yay for lodges!! Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Congratulations and welcome to your lodge!!

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"MonkeyMoo" wrote:

I love lodges for finding out more about a person.....so how about posting some bits about you? How you met your DH (we love those stories!! Lol and piccies!!

Yay for lodges!! Biggrin

Alright...a little about me. DH and I met about 9 years ago in the college group at our church. We were going on a trip to Busch Gardens when I found out this new guy was going to be there, and the director asked me if i would introduce myself and make him feel welcome since I'm fairly outgoing. I, of course, jumped on the chance to meet a new guy. So, the morning we left, I went up to him...all giddy and giggly because I thought he was cute and introduced myself. He wasn't really into it and just sort of nodded his head at me and said hi, then I felt kind of dumb. We ended up in different vans for the ride up, but when we got to the park, everyone got into their little groups and took off. He was left standing alone with a couple other people kind of hanging around not sure what to do. So...I gathered them all up, and we all hung out that day. He got much more friendlier...and the place where we really got to know each other was waiting in line for the Gwazi (a roller coaster) for like 2 hours. We became good friends, and hung out a lot over the next few years. I had an immediate crush on him, and he supposedly liked me to, but thought I wasn't interested because most of my friends were guys, so I was always around other guys too. We both ended up seeing other people thinking the other wasn't interested romantically.

The summer of 2001 I went on a mission trip to Russia for 3 months, and when I got home he was one of the first people to call me and wanted to know about the trip. We started hanging out a lot again. His parents gave me a part time job at their business...so we saw each other even more. By November we were dating exclusivly and have been together ever since. We dated about a year and half before getting engaged (the night I graduated college), and got married 4 months later. We'll celebrated 5 years this October. I love him dearly and think he is amazing. He is a wonderful father and simply adores our daughter. I think he's more excited about his new daughter than I am! He is looking forward to delivering at the birthing center with a midwife, and I think he'll be a great support.

Wow...that was a lot. I don't like to post pictures because I had someone hijack one from a different board and that really irritates me. I'll post a family pic though from a few months ago and a pic of the baby, when she comes, in this lodge.

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nice to meet you! looking forward to following your story!

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Nice to get to know you! Smile It's so sweet how excited your DH is, I love to hear about our lovely DH's. You are a gorgeous family!!
That's so upsetting about your reason for not posting more pics. I hate how something so sweet and innocent can be taken advantage of in such a way.

I'm looking forward to reading more about your journey. Smile

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Welcome to your lodge!

I love your how we met story! Very sweet. Biggrin Looking forward to hearing your BC birth story.

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Hi and welcome to your lodge! I love the story of how you and DH met and ended up together. You make a gorgeous family, too!

I see your ticker is counting down--how are you feeling? How far along were you when you were induced last time?

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I had a rough day with my little one. It's days like today when I wonder how I'm going to be a mom to two little girls. She just wasn't listening...said "no" like a billion times (or so it seemed) and was flat out whiny all day. I couldn't wait for DH to get home. The night ended well though. We made hamburgers, ate outside, and she sat on my lap and I whispered "her" song to her several times, always being applauded by her afterwards. As I put Nicole down and got several rounds of kisses, I felt bad for wondering how I would make it with two. She is such a blessing!

So...I've been thinking about this lodge thing and I've decided I'm going to sort of use it as a journal I guess. I don't journal, but I wish I did. I type much faster than I write, so this should be nice. I've been working on a "labor book" for DH to use. It has lots of quotes and info about the different stages of labor, what to expect, how to help, as well as Bible verses and prayers I've written out that I want to meditate on while in labor. I guess it's sort of a "coaches book", which he likes because it makes the labor process more sports related! hehehe. Anyway, I read some info in the book I've been using to prepare "Christ-Centered Childbirth" today that I wanted to share. I realize that probably many of you may have a different view than me, and that is ok. I hope that a debate won't start in my lodge, as these are just quotes and ideas that I believe in and want to remember during labor, just as you have things you want to be thinking about. So, I thought I'd share.

"For the Christian, the process is entirely different. The world tells us that we should "birth from within", finding our strength inside ourselves...For the believer however, our glory is in our weakness, and our strength is in our Creator. Now we no longer have to rely on our threshold of pain and ability to cope, but on the One whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light. Jesus sent us a Comforter so that we can surrender control to God, being comforted as we bring forth our child. In surrendering, birth often becomes bearable."

"How do we undo the years of influence that defines what birth is in our minds? Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Our thoughts can be transformed by changing our outlook on how we were created - created to give birth! We no longer focus on the pain-increasing fear of giving birth, but on the faith that we have in God's design. If we lack faith, we can remember that God said that He is faithful, even when we are faithless."

"The parents who attempt natural childbirth try to walk in love for their cihld, putting needs and desires aside for the benefit of an unborn life. Let love be the second tool utilized in resisting the urge to eliminate the discomfort of bringing forth your new family member."

I think that's it for tonight. Thanks for reading:-)

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"helivt" wrote:

Hi and welcome to your lodge! I love the story of how you and DH met and ended up together. You make a gorgeous family, too!

I see your ticker is counting down--how are you feeling? How far along were you when you were induced last time?

Thanks:-) I was induced just 3 days past my due date. I have recently found out that my Dr. generally induces people 2 weeks early. He prefers it that way. (I'm not using him this time). I couldn't be induced early for insurance reasons last time. My body was NOT ready to have the baby yet. The majority of my pushing I was just trying to get her down the birth canal. She wasn't even engaged yet! It also took a lot of time and a lot of pitocin to get me to start dialating. I'm so excited to go into labor naturally this time. I think it's going to be a totally different experience! I'm excited to have the baby in due time...when she and my body are ready:-)

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Welcome to your lodge. I look forward to learning more about you and your family and following your last month.

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Welcome to your lodge.

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You have a beautiful family! I have days with you where I wonder how I'm going to handle two, the whining is what really gets to me. Thankfully those kisses and loves keep our eye on the prize.

Cindy

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"lifeisgood" wrote:

You have a beautiful family! I have days with you where I wonder how I'm going to handle two, the whining is what really gets to me. Thankfully those kisses and loves keep our eye on the prize.

Cindy

Absolutely...and today, she's been asking me for kisses, then saying Thank you when I give them. Awe...I wanna go wake her up and snuggle.

I don't have much to say today. I have my appointment tomorrow to get my last series of tests done. My mw won't be there, the back up is. I guess it's good to meet her "just in case". I'll be checked to see if I'm dilated. If I'm not, I don't think I'll have her check me every week. I was so discouraged last time because I wasn't dilating.

My friend who is due just a few days before me is being induced Monday if she doesn't go into labor before that. A bit of me is feeling jealous that she can see the end so near. Technically, it could be another 5 weeks for me. I'm just holding onto the fact that the baby will come "in due time" and I'm looking forward to it:-)

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My appointment yesterday wasn't great. My mw was out of town, so the back up was there. Ladies..I really did not like her! I do not want her to deliver my baby. She'll be there the next few days. I'm so afraid of going into labor this weekend! I'm trying to relax about it....but it's hard.

I also found out the baby has rotated into a posterior position...which is a bummer. I'm doing some exercises to help to encourage her to turn. She's head down, which is great, but this explains my back problems over the last few days. I know I'm in good hands when MY mw comes back. I would much rather deliver a posterior baby with her than my previous OB at a hospital...however the best thing would be if she turns. So...we're working on that.

anywho...I walked out a bit discouraged yesterday. Please send me "no labor" vibes for the next several days...thanks!

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((NOLABOUR))

Sorry to hear about your backup, Michele. Here's hopin' it was just a fluke first impression.

Take it easy this weekend, for sure.

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Good news...no baby this weekend, and my mw is back, so I don't have to worry about the back up now:-) yay!

Bad news...my little girl (22 months) is sick and has thrown up 4 times today. Please Lord don't let me get the flu. That would be bad timing! So, I'm exhausted already today. She's down for a nap, I'm going to go rest.

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:bighug: Sending lots of "get well" vibes to DD, and lots of "stay healthy" vibes to you!!! I'm so glad you made it through the weekend, and are back in good hands. Blum 3

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I hope you don't get the flu and that your LO is feeling better soon.

Cindy

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Thanks...Nicole is better today, yay! Although, she remembers throwing up yesterday. I keep asking her if her belly hurts and she says no...then she looks at me and goes "blah" and sticks her tongue out like she's getting sick. It's funny. I can't believe how early their memories develop!

I've been having a lot of back pain, sciatica stuff. My mw really wants me to go to a chiropractor, but I'm scared. I've never been to one before. I just don't want to have a dependency on chiropractors. The only thing that is motivating is that she (my mw) said that it's really important for my spine and pelvis to be lined up for birth. If I'm out of line, it could make for a more difficult or longer labor, no on wants that now. Hmmm...maybe I'll call and see if she has any openings this week.

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Yes, definitely get to a chiropractor!!! Being in good alignment can only help the birth process, while being out of alignment can really bung things up! It doesn't hurt at all, and you usually get a quick little massage along with it to loosen up your muscles first, and that's always a nice perk! Blum 3

You mentioned earlier that you're nervous about posting photos since you'd had one "hijacked" in the past. A lot of photo editing software programs have a watermarking feature that allows you to put an identifying mark, such as your username, on them to prevent hijacking. I think you could probably find some freeware online, too.

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Adding to the watermarking comment.. You can add text on pictures in Paint and it comes standard on any Windows operating system. It's really easy to do.

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Had another mw appointment today. My midwife is back...YAY!!! She's the greatest. I shared some of my concerns with her about the backup and how I am very motivated to have the baby before she goes away again. She said she understood my concerns and I'm not the only one. She is activly looking for someone else...Maybe even by the time she leaves again. So, I felt better that I wasn't just being hormonal about that.

A few good and bad things:

The good:
~ Baby is not posterior...she still on the right side, just as she always has been. This makes me feel better.
~ Negative on Strep B...so no antibiotics...yay!

The not so good:
~ My iron levels are very low...one level is below the line which makes me "high risk". The other is just above the cut-off for "high risk". so...I'm taking a lot more iron now to try and help this. If my levels are still boarderline next week, she'll have to ask me to consult with her OB. She said the biggest concern is if I have a high amount of blood loss during delivery. I *may* need an IV ready to go in. I don't know all the technical terms. Point is...she said it's best I stay preggo another week. This actually takes pressure off of me to "feel like" i have to have this baby soon.
~ I never knew I was anemic...but it explains a lot. I wonder if I'm anemic even when I'm not pregnant. I would think chances are since my levels are so low...they were shocked.

Anyway....I think it was a good appointment because I'm happy she's back and I got a lot of concerns talked about. DH is worred about the iron thing...but I really think it'll be ok. I'll be super good about taking my supps.

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low iron can suck! i have to take supplements, too.

hope your DD feels good soon! and feel well and take care of you!!!!

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That is too bad about your iron. I hope that you can get it up where it needs to be.

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Well...I've been MIA for a while. My whole family (except me) has been incredibly sick with the "stomach flu". Poor DH was up all night one night this weekend. He threw up close to 30 times! He's still not feeling the best, but no more throwing up, Praise God. Whew....now His parents are sick. I need little one to not be born for another week or so. I would hate to tell the grandparents....Oh, congrats on a new grandbaby....but you can't hold her for a few days. That would be a bummer. I'm still praying I don't get sick. I spoke to my mw on Friday and told her about everyone being so sick. She told me to page her as soon as I started showing the same symptoms and she'd get me on an IV to make sure I don't get dehydrated. I haven't had to do that yet...yay!

Other "good" news...my grandma (over 80 yrs old) was suppose to come down this week to "help" for 3 weeks. I say "help" because she can't drive, she can't pick up my 22 month old, and she can't hold the newborn unless she's sitting down. She wouldn't be a lot of help...and in all reality would have been another person for me to look after and watch. Well...the airline she was going to fly down on just went backrupt and canclled all flights. She'll still be coming, but just for five days or so. I know this sounds horrible, but I'm relieved...it's been a big stress on me trying to figure out how I would entertain her for so long. I'm glad I get to see her...just not for so long.

I wasn't expecting this to happen, but all of a sudden, I've really been dealing with feelings of fear about the "big" day. Everything from something going wrong, to hurting people's feelings because I don't want them there while I'm giving birth. I've really had to work on taking my thoughts captive and not allowing them to over take me. I'm getting nervous. I think it's just the "unknown". I'm excited about going into labor naturally...but it's also making me anxious. ahhhh....I guess we'll just wait and see....

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Had another MW appointment today...it went really well!

I got my iron levels tested again, won't know till Friday. But, I got a lot more info about the potential risks and interventions...and it's not as big of a deal as I thought. I will still get to birth at the birthing center.

She also checked me...and I'm dialated a "roomy" 2 cm...and about 40% effaced. I was so relieved, I almost cried. With DD#1...I wasn't dialated at all when I was induced, and barely effaced. I know it may still be another two to three weeks...but I'm just happy to know that something is going on. What a relief that was to me:-)

DH reminded me how difficult it was to get to 3 cm in the hospital with DD when I was induced...so it's nice to know that my body is doing this on it's own...yay!!! Baby isn't engaged...but that's not a big deal with #2. She could feel the head and said she is about -1.

Only "problem" is that she is back to being posterior. So...I'm working on that. Hopefully we will get her to turn before she engages and is ready to be born. Anyway..I was excited and encouraged.

I'm going to start using Borge oil in a few days...anyone else use that?

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Hi Michelle, it's been great reading your lodge. I hope baby turns again - my midwife used to have me lean over a chair so that my belly hung down and the LO always turned.
Good Luck

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Sounds like things have been going well. I'm glad you didn't end up catching that stomach bug, and it's great that your body seems to already be progressing a little bit on it's own!!!

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I'm sending some turn baby turn vibes!

Cindy

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glad you're making progress! what a good feeling!

feel well!

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"lifeisgood" wrote:

I'm sending some turn baby turn vibes!

Cindy

Thank you:D

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I've only heard about borage oil. Have you started it yet? how is it going?

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I've only heard about borage oil. Have you started it yet? how is it going?

I'm going to start it tomorrow. I'll let you know.

I just heard back from my mw about my iron levels. They are the same. Not to surprising...it will take a couple of weeks to show an increase in hemoglobin. However, I have to consult with an OB on Monday:( Legally, she has to refer me to consult since they are below her line. However, she thinks, and so the does OB from preliminary converstaions, that I should still be able to deliver with the mw in the birthing center and not be transfered to the hosptial. I'm praying this is so. I really don't want to change to an OB this late in the game and deliver at the hospital. So...bummer information.

If I have the baby this weekend, I get to go the birth center and she'll deliver the baby...so, let's pray for the baby to come soon!