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I saw in my other thread about preparing for labour that you're at lodge time! Congrats!!

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Welcome welcome! Can't wait to hear about your journey Smile

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Oh my gosh!! I get a lodge!!! Thank you!!!!!!! I will post more later...thank you for the lodge I am really excited!!!

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Ok. Time to post.
This will be my 5th time giving birth. I am grateful for the support on this board because the anxiety of giving birth has not lessened with experience. It's just different to think back to how different each of my children's births have been. My disclaimer to this board is that I have never had a NCB before. Also, my husband is in a pediatric subspecialty and there is no way on this earth that he would agree to my birthing at home. He has seen it all, much too scary to talk about here.
Anyways, I am very much ready mentally to have this baby. It's the physical that I am unsure of. Of course, I think the mind has a LOT to do with how it goes most of the time.
I am glad to be able to talk about how I feel about giving birth and what I want for this child's birth. My sweet DH has always been loving and supportive but of course he just doesn't get it. And he is not the type to rub my back during labor. He might try, but it just never seems to work out and I do better just getting in a zone and laboring on my own or with the help of a nurse if I am lucky to get a good one. I have had 2 good nurses through 4 births. They are few and far between. But worth their weight in gold.

So far, the baby has been healthy and growing well. I had terrible HG for the 4th time but thank goodness this time it subsuding around 20 weeks. I lost a good 15 lbs but never needed to get IV's this time. I have gained it back plus 5 lbs.

I was tested for GBS at my 36 week appt. Don't know the results yet. I have never been + before. Again, my DH has seen newborns die from GBS so abx will not be something I skip if I am +.

My scare was this week when baby stopped moving for 1 1/2 days. He finally rolled around near the end of the NST on Thursday. I did not get sent for a BPP, but it was close because his HR was very low...in the low 100's.

He has been moving better since then. I don't know what caused that but now I am paying very close attention to his kicks.

I am not for internal exams to check dilation, so unless I change my mind at an appt, my plan is not to get checked. I do admit to less patience than last time though. That being said, with my 3rd pg, I was at 4 cm for a full month before she was born...a day before her EDD.

So...back to the NCB. My history of births is this:
1st baby was induced at dr's advice 4 days after her EDD. I knew NOTHING except what my OB told me. He basically scared me that she would be stillborn if I didn't do the induction. This had no basis for fact because they never did a NST or anything. Plus I was healthy. It went smoothly, except for inserting the cervadil caused me to bleed and was EXTREMELY painful, so they had to check for placenta previa. Didn't have it. Had the pit started the next morning and am very proud of myself for laboring every way I knew how (with very little knowledge) until I got an epi at 6 cm. I had AROM after the epi. I don't know why. Other than they wanted to do it. The birth was smooth. She had a conehead and horrible jaundice after, had to return for bililights after being d/c'd for a week (stupid pediatricians didn't listen to mom...her level got up to 27 when they didn't believe it when I told them she was the same color as winnie the pooh and made us wait the whole weekend.) Anyways, I healed quickly, she was healthy after the treatment with the lights and I was preggo again at 7 weeks pp.

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2nd baby...We were shocked beyond belief to find out I was pg again so fast, but obviously, we had caused it Wink
I went in to the OB because I was bleeding continuously since giving birth after a couple of months. Also, I would take my little 3 month old on a walk in her stroller and return to the apt feeling very nauseous...an all too familiar feeling. Sure enough, + test, go in to dr, who did an US, and there were twins there. Sadly, one heart was not beating. It was at a borderline time of embyonic development of whether the heart would start beating or would not. So for a few days, we were looking at the possibility of twins. That LO did not develop, and seemed to absorb back into my body. But the other LO developed normally and she was due 11 months after the birth of our 1st.
It was a rough 5 months or so until the morning sickness subsided. It was not nearly as bad as it had been with my first, but worse than most people I know. I am glad my oldest doesn't remember it! I would wretch whenever I changed a poopy diaper or fed her baby food, etc. I am sure some of you have been through that!
So, we were expecting her to be born around April 11th, and one month earlier we "matched" for my DH's residency program in a city 6 hours away. If we were going to go find a house, we could wait until after she was born, or do it before. We dumbly decided to do it before. I was 6 hours from home sleeping in a hotel recliner when my water broke at 38 weeks. My DH did NOT believe me and insisted that I was just incontinent. haha. I was not laughing. I showered, dressed, ate raisin bran in the hotel lobby, all while leaking the amniotoc fluid after the big gush back in the room.
We had an appt. for the realtor to meet us at the hotel. She picked us up and I had to ask her to take us to the drugstore first thing. I didn't have any pads or anything. I wasn't feeling any cxns and we had come all this way to look at houses, so we were going ahead with the plan. I had to confess to our realtor what was going on, obviously, and brought a towel out to cover the leather seats of her cadillac. She was very understanding. We looked at several houses, cxns were beginning but not regular, and finally we looked at the townhouse we ended up buying right when I had reached my limit of doing this. The cxns were strong and I was very crampy. Of course still leaking. She drove us to the hospital where my DH would begin his residency program in a few months. He called the director of his program to tell him we were coming.
All I remember about that birth was once we got there, it was very chaotic, and had many scary moments. I was quite dilated. I had to deal with a dr. and hospital I was completely unfamiliar with. Plus, the pain was very very bad. I asked for an epi which did not do anything. I was totally unprepared for this. I had absolutely NO coping techniques, no knowledge of how to focus, nothing.
Plus baby's HR was dropping significantly during cxns and I remember the OB telling me I needed to get her out NOW. My DH does not remember this. But I DO. They had put an internal monitor on her head (poor thing) and the room was FULL of strangers. I was having a very hard time pushing through my pain and panic. I did it, finally, and she was out. It was not a long labor. My water broke at 7 am and she was born about 4 pm.
Afterwards, though, the planeta did not detach and the OB put her hand all the way inside of me and pulled it out. She had to make several passes to get it all out. THAT was painful. I had no pain meds for that at all and the OB was very impressed with me. I remember squeezing DH's hand really really hard.
The people in my DH's residency program were so so kind to us. They loaned us clothes for me, clothes for baby including gifts, loaned us a carseat, everything. I HATED the postpartum nurse there. She kept checking my bottom. I HATED it. Finally, when I knew we were about to go home, she wanted to check one last time and I said NO and she was very disapproving of me. I think that was my FIRST experience of sticking up for myself as a patient. I know it's a small thing, but it empowered me.
This little girl made a 6-hour car ride turn into a 13 hour trip, with the BF'ing etc but she was a real trooper. She had jaundice too, but only needed the biliblanket at home. I guess she was just excited to see where we were moving!
I didn't mention that our realtor came to the hospital the day after she was born and we signed our contract on the house. That was a productive trip.

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3rd baby...First, let me say it took me a while (in our own time frame) for me to want to have another baby. We had had babies 10 1/2 months apart and then moved away from my family. My DH was in a busy residency program and I was busy with two babies. They were sweet and wonderful though. I remember those days as the good ol days. Funny what time can do.
BUT, kind of like the baby I am expecting now, I had a very strong feeling that we would have another girl. I fought that feeling for a while. I BF my 2nd child for 13 months. She wouldn't take a bottle of ANYTHING. I was WORN OUT. I couldn't leve her for more than 2 hours for the longest longest time. Until she could eat solids, basically. She wouldn't even take a paci.
Then, the first time I gave her cereal, or maybe it was the 2nd time, I mixed it with formula and she broke out in HIVES and started choking. She was allergic to the formula. I was scared to death! I called the pedi and they told me to wash her off and give her benadryl. It worked, thank goodness, but at that point I knew I couldn't "switch her over" to formula. When she weaned at 13 months (I weaned her...I was exhausted) we switched her to a soy-based formula for toddlers until we switched her to soy milk at 2 years old. She needed the extra calories because she had been sick so many times during her first year that her weight had dropped off the chart. She is ok now.
Anyways, back to the 3rd baby.
I got pg when 2nd baby was 13 months, basically when I weaned her.
I was sick again. This pg, though, right when the morning sickness began to subside, the pain started in. Pain in my left side and left lower back that was excruciating to the point of vomiting. It happened off and on for about 2 weeks when I finally begged DH to take me in. And the STUPID people in L&D didn't even check me for kidney stones. I didn't even see a doctor! The nurse straight-cathed me (OWWWWW) and there was no blood in the urine. They didn't even thump on my back. They sent me home.
When I saw my OB he actually felt me (amazing) and could feel a lump in my abdomen. Very strange, a bit concerning. He gave me percoet or something like that for the pain and scheduled an abdominal US. Sure enough, there was a big ol lump in my abdomen. But it wasn't connected to my uterus or ovary. It was just out there.
I went for a biopsy, it was not cancerous, and to this day, I still have it. It still causes pain in pregnancy, but when I'm not pg, I can't feel it. Don't know what it is, but apparently it is not too concerning.
I had tons of cxns during this 3rd pg. To the point of going in to L&D I think 3 times before the actual labor. I was dilated to a 4 since my 36 week appt. That knowledge, and what everyone was telling me about 3rd babies coming fast..."don't have her in the parking lot!" made me overly anxious about birth.
Considering how traumatic my 2nd borth had been, I did very little to prepare other than just hope the epi would actually work this time.
Well, the day before her EDD, I was having cxns all night long that were getting stronger and closer. I tried to let my DH sleep as long as possible, but about 4 sm I woke him up and we drove through a snowstorm to get to the hospital about 5 or 5:30.
I got all "hooked up" and planned for an epi. Guess what, that one didn't work either. AND to add to my anxiety I hit transition when everyone had left me alone in the room, including DH,
I TOLD them that she was going to be born early enough for me to eat breakfast...but they didn't listen
I pushed the call ight and finally the nurse came in. i told her I was ready to push. She didn't believe me until she checked me (of course) and then everyone was getting ready quickly.
The OB this time was not one I had ever met during all my appts, so this would be the third time I had a new OB help deliver.
Again, I hope this doesn't violate rules of this board to tell you how hard it was for me, but I want to STRESS that it was because I was UNPREPARED. I am a total believer now in prepared childbirth!!
Anyways, I was just screaming to pull her out, etc. I really felt like I could not do it. I was in a total panic. They gave me something in my IV to try to help with the pain, but instead I had a bad rxn to it...which happened after she was born. She was out, over on the warmer getting taken care of, when I had my panic attack. I could not feel myself breathe. I thought I was going to die right there. I was NOT about to die and I WAS breathing, but that is how a panic attack is. I felt strongly that nobody cared that I was about to die, because they just kept reassuring me that I was fine. I wanted them to check and see if I was breathing with the stethoscope. I think I was being irrational but didn't realize it at the time. I was totally freaking out. The nurse only had a pediatric stethoscope and I made her go get an adult sized one.
I attribute the whole thing to the drug they put in my IV, becuase as I read about it later, I found out that it can have psychological effects. Which obviously happened to me.
My baby was healthy and cute. The doctor had to manually check for pieces of placenta in my uterus, again, but I lived.
I will post about my 4th birth next and reassure you that it was not at all traumatic.

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4th baby...
We finished out residency with our 3 little girls, born a total of 2 1/2 years apart. It was a trying time for me psychologically. I feel that I suffered from PPD but did not seek treatment. That was a mistake. It was horrible.
Ok, my baby just woke up from his nap. No more posting. I will get back to this.

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4th Birth - Very wonderful. Read the Bradley book many times and did the relaxation techniques during labor. My water had broken at home the day after the EDD. Went to the hospital a few hours later because I wanted to wait until my dd returned from school. Wasn't having too bad of cxns when we went in, it was just really annoying to be leaking all over the place.
The nurses and resident drove me nuts (Is that their job??) wanting to "make sure it was my water" and check me. Whatever. I have had this happen to me before. Plus asking me a million questions on a form. Good thing I wasn't in serious labor yet.
Water broke at 12:30 pm. Cxns began good and hard at 4pm. I predicted to the room that baby would be born by 8pm. And he WOULD have been, but the dr. left me to NOT push for about 10 or 15 min. due to a problem in the next room. So he was born at 8:10 pm. Nice and big, compared to my others at 9lbs 2oz. Surprised everyone how big he was.
I did get an epi. I was having an open mind about it when I went in. And I got to past 6 cm dilated before I asked for it. Then the anesth. took a while to get there. In the meatime, in about 30 min. dilated to a 10 and ready to push.
Only pushed a few minutes. It was a very happy birth experience for me.
A wonderful nurse started her shift sometime during labor who helped me with cxns a lot.
The one intervention that I had that did not know about was IV pit after the birth. I asked my dr about it a couple of months ago. I became curious as to why my afterpains were soooo strong. Worse than cxns. I asked him if they gave me pit in the IV. He said yes, it was to prevent hemorrhaging.
So, I asked if we could wait and see on that this time. He did not agree completely, but agreed to put in a lower dose at first.
Due to this being my 5th child and being prone to bleeding anyways, (I have always bled a lot) he would not forgo it or wait and see.
I am worried that my ob will be on vacation when I go in, and I don't know what another dr will say. But at least now I know about it.

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What has been going on with this baby? Well, after the scare he gave me by not moving for 1 1/2 full days but then passed his NST, I think he is behaving. Me, though, I have been sick since Sat. night with horrible cough and fever, chills and aches. The kind of cough that hurts the lungs and makes me gag or pee. Plus 2 kiddos are sick with the same thing.
I have absolutely no appetite. I have been drinking ice water and eating the ice cubes like crazy. Occ. I manage to eat a few bites. Luckily everything is staying down.
Maybe I will just cough out my baby.
My next appt is next Monday. I will be 37 1/2 weeks, so it will probably just be more of the same...urine, BP, doppler of heartbeat.
I don't expect to be going into labor before the day before the EDD. I had one come at 38 weeks, but I am not getting my hopes up.
We need to get our house on the market this month too. It is crazy how much work it is to get everything ready. I am nowhere close to being ready for that or for baby.
And I need to fit in a b-day party for dd #2, and I think I am supposed to go to my sister's baby shower one of these Saturdays. I better check my calendar.
Right now, being sick, I don't feel like doing a darn thing but reading posts.

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Congrats and welcome to your lodge! I'm sorry you aren't feeling well! Thanks for posting your birth stories! I got through the first one but will need to come back to the other 3 .. I love reading birth stories! Smile

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Well I have been getting sicker every day since Sat. nite. I am not one to go to the doctor when I get sick, I don't even have a primary care dr. Yesterday I went to the walk-in clinic and sure enough I tested positive for flu.
I did have the vaccine, but I guess that doesn't catch every strain.
I was very dehydrated and sent to L&D for fluids and to monitor baby.
The nurse tried 4 times to get the IV in and couldn't so the anesth. dr. came in and got it in.
My ketones were as high as they could possible measure with whatever they measure it with.
So, a few bags of fluid on the rock-hard delivery bed helped that a lot.
I tried very hard this week to keep drinking. I really did! I don't know how I got so behind.
I also lost 6 lbs!!! That is every pound I have gained over my pre-prg weight.
Baby scared the nurse for a while with his 101 HR, but he just does that. It comes back up when he moves. He is ok. He was wiggling away from the monitors - it was funny.
I begged them to let me out last night. I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep in that bed. They discharged me about 1am. Thank goodness I could sleep in my own bed, which felt like sleeping on a cloud.

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Ok, I have more to say about the hospital. I was soooo frustrated with myself for becoming so dehydrated. I really tried to avoid going in to L&D. I hate being there!!!! I cried a bit as I had to change into a gown in the bathroom. Car salesmen exert control over you by making you wait. Hospitals exert control over you by making you wait WITH your pants off.
ugh.
So my biggest problem last night was the continuous fetal monitoring. I love my baby. I want him to be safe. I want to know that my flu wasn't hurting him in any way. So monitor him, see that he's ok, and then get those things off of me! What good does it do? I actally saw what I have read happen to me last night: When the mom is hooked up to the monitors, the doctor comes in and looks at the monitors, and not at mom!!! I had a resident and an attending both come in once each and neither of them even listened to my heart or lungs. They didn't touch me at all. They only looked at the monitor. My DH could not believe it. He was like, "Well, I guess that's the difference between pediatrics and adult medicine." Who knows, I just hope those two aren't the ones on call when I go in for birth. I am so frustrated. I asked the nurse why I needed to keep it on, and she said it was because my HR was high. Well, yeah, because I'm dehydrated. But honestly, the baby was moving like crazy, and then when his HR was low, she got all worried and gave me oxygen and a pulse ox thing on my finger, plus the straps around my belly and the IV...
And just try giving a urine sample while wearing a gown, with an IV, with cords dangling around your neck and monitors on your big belly, which blocks the view and you have to guess where the pee is going to come out. rrrrrrrrr!
I really hate being in the hospital!
If they wouldn't even do intermittant monitoring last night, when I was not in labor, what are my chances of intermittant monitoring dring labor? Probably zilch.
I just want to have my baby, hold him, and be done with hospitals.

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I'm just catching up on your lodge and I'm so sorry you went through all that at the hospital. I would say to help your case for intermittent monitoring, go to the hospital armed with info to back yourself up and be just as stern with them as they are with you. This is a battle I didn't have to fight but if I ever did I would just get up after awhile and say I needed to move around and leave it at that. I'd tell them I'd be back after a bit and go for a walk.

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{{{{Hugs}}}} Ditto... go in backed up with your research, and put your foot down for yourself and your lo. You'll do wonderfully!

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A little more on that monitor situation...
I asked DH if he was awake when the nurse was freaking out about the baby's HR...he said he was in & out. I asked him if the HR was anything to really be concerned about at the lowest was 101, hovering around 103, and for several hours before that had mostly been between 120 and 150. DH said anything over 100 is ok. Now...DH is not an OB, but he is a pediatric cardiologist...and he wasn't at all worried. Meanwhile the nurse is freaking me out, telling me my sats are low, slapping on the oxygen mask, having me switch sides like crazy. None of this is raising baby's HR, it's just making him squirm around like crazy and making it even harder for the nurse to keep the monitor on him. And...no doctors came in, so how worrisome could it be? I asked DH what they would do and he said "Induce you." Well, I certainly would not have agreed to being induced if my DH wasn't even worried enough to WAKE UP! So all that freak out was for nothing. I don't know. At least I DO know that my baby tends to have a low HR since it has been recorded on two NST which were reactive. He's just a chilled-out little dude.

New topic...weight loss from illness, pee color (TMI), and how to start eating again...
I am having a lot of trouble with this. I do NOT want to get so dehydrated I need fluids again, obviously, so I have redoubled my efforts at oral rehydration. Instead of drinking plain water like I was from Sun - Wed, I have been putting half oj, half water in my cup. Last night I swtiched back to plain water for the last few cups and during the night, but I'm back "on" the oj this morning. I can't stomach undiluted juice and can't even imagine something as sweet as Sprite. My taste buds have completely changed this week. I usually love soda. Well it's not good for me anyways. So, I am trying really hard with the oj and water, but I am getting discouraged by monitoring the color of my pee. In the hospital on IV, of course it became very light. Yesterday each time I went it was darker and darker. Even though I was drinking constantly. So today I am trying again. It's all I can really concentrate on...drink, refill, pee, drink...etc.
So eating has become a distant 2nd place concern. Actually a 3rd place concern because I am also trying to make sure I feel baby moving. (More on that later).
Yesterday I ate more in one day than I have since Sun. I ate a piece of buttered toast, 2 small slices of pecan kringle, and before bed I had a small broccoli cheese soup from Quizno's. DH also picked up a Frosty from Wendy's, but I couldn't eat more than a few bites. So that was a major accomplishment yesterday. But I still went from about 9 or 10am until 7:30 pm without any food. There is tons of food in the house. I just literally have no appetite. I cannot force myself to eat. It's almost like a strange form of anorexia. I am not trying to lose weight, obviously, but I can say no to any food. I just don't want it. This goes against what my smarter brain is telling me of course, that I need to eat and baby needs me to eat. I guess I am just waiting to wake up one morning hungry. I will be so glad to see my OB Monday morning. I don't know what I expect him to say other than reassuring me that the baby is fine and I will be sure to feel better in a few days.
This is very much like what happens during my first 8 weeks of morning sickness...I can't eat, I am throwing up, I am nauseous, I lose a ton of weight, and when that starts to settle down a bit, it's very very difficult to get back "on" food. It literally takes weeks. If I eat the wrong thing, I get a horrible stomachache. I ate a roll at the hospital and had horrible cramps afterwards...from a roll!

New topic...fetal movement, as they say...Not much going on since I went to bed last night. I woke up in a panic this morning sometime worried that I hadn't felt him move at all and had horrible thoughts, but then I felt a little kick and felt better. I just felt a little kick right now too. I just have never had this concern before. I am so worried something will happen to him before he is even born. I think I will chalk it up to too much on my mind in general, and keep doing my kick counts.

One last thing...pats on the back...I want to record in my little journal here that my mom and dad and my DH have stepped up to the plate this week with the child care. My kiddos have been well-loved and taken care of since I got sick and even now when I am on the mend but still very very weak. Along with that, I want to give myself a pat on the back because I realized this week that the 3 of them are doing what I usually do mostly on my own (of course DH helps when he is home) and not even doing the housework which I usually do. (Nobody has wiped down the bathroom all week, it's so gross). That is my goal for the day, and it will probably take me all day to do it...wipe down the bathroom with lysol and kill the germs. But...good for us, we are so blessed.

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Just feeling quite exhausted today. I did really well with the fluids yesterday. Probably not as great today. But I ate a little more today so far.
I am just wiped out and wish I could sleep all day.
I had to do kick counts this morning. Baby is just very quiet today.
I know he will be here before I know it.
As soon as I get my strength back time is gonna fly.
Still looking forward to my dr. appt. Monday morning.

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I was feeling so nauseous yesterday that I didn't check the computer at all. I was wondering how I was going to make it all the way in from the parking lot to the clinic this morning but I did it.
I lost 3more lbs since Wed. That's 9 since my last OB appt. He didn't say anything at all about that and did offer to get me more IV fluids but I said no thanks. My veins couldn't take it again. I am all bruised from Wed.
Baby's HR was good on the doppler.
He said that he hopes I can get my strength back up before I go into labor, obviously, I want that too.
My DH took me this morning and got me a Cousin's sub on the way home. I have nibbled it all day and just finished it! woo hoo! That's the most I've eaten in one day since the whole flu started. I do feel more human too, after taking a long nap.
I know I am going to feel like a new woman by the end of the week and ready to have this baby!

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Well just sitting here for the past hour or so I have had some nice cxns. Nothing to time, but I like feeling my uterus get to work!
I am still feeling very exhausted, partly because I can't sleep. I even tried some Tyl.pm but it just made me feel sick. It makes a long night when everyone in the house is snoring away except me.
Facing another long night, with DH on call at the hospital. At least when he's not here I can stay up late. Smile
DS is coughing away in his crib. I hope he's able to sleep tonight.
ooooh....there's another cxn!
DH says I "can't have the baby" until after tomorrow nite because a friend gave him 2 tickets to an NBA game on the 5th row. He's going with my dad and they are like two little kids, they are so excited.
Well I probably won't have the baby before tomorrow night, but if this is like my 2nd baby, then I will have the baby tomorrow!

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Ooooh GL Smile

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Been forever since I wrote in here.
I have posted, just not in here. So I am still pg, having lots of cxns, but nothing else.
I have been through a bout of vertigo which landed me back in L&D last Thursday night for more fluids (that's the answer for everything) and gettting some meds to get me through that. Thankfully that is gone now and this has been the first day in a long time that I haven't had a migraine,
I feel like the baby is really low, it's difficult to walk.
Yesterday I got sooo much done, including setting up the pack n play bassinet in our room, cleaning, packing (we are moving soon, getting ready to put the house up for sale) taking pictures of a few rooms for the MLS thing.
DH said the funniest thing last night...
He looked at the bassinet next to our bed and it hit him for the first time...
"I'm going to get woken up a lot, aren't I?"
hahahahahahaha
Yes babes, but I will be doing most of it!!! lol
Off to a ladies dinner tonight, maybe the chicken enchiladas will get things going,

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LOL at your DH!! It's like it's his first time!! My poor DH knew what he was in for and resigned himself to it quite early on.

I'm glad you're feeling better. I hope you have regained all of your strength for the upcoming labour.

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I have been having cxns tons. Lots which kept me up most of the night last night. I was so tired today. Not many during the day today but they started up again a few hours ago. I can time them at about 8 - 11 min apart. I don't even know if I am timing them correctly, as in, when do you stop timing a cxn?
It probably doesn't matter because they aren't that intense, but I don't think they are BH.
I just hoping they are producing cervical changes!!

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Ooh, I hope this is it for you Elizabeth! Course I've been having pressure waves for weeks, lol :roll: I'm rooting for you! Cervical change is what we're aiming for! Smile

You time a contraction by starting at the beginning of one to the end when the tightening lets loose, then start again at the next contraction. To calculate the "minutes apart", it's the time between the start of the first one to the start of the second one, if that makes sense! Here is a great website if you are bored and want to do it at the computer Winkwww.contractionmaster.com

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Thanks for the link, Leigh!
Well I timed my cxns for a few nights, while I read pg.org posts, and basically my cxns are 10-11 min apart all the time. I wonder why I feel them from about 9pm until morning and then don't feel them that often during the day? I do feel some during the day, and I feel a ton of pressure in the pelvis and even in the tops of my thighs. And lots of pinching right between the legs. ouch.

I got my dd2's birthday presents wrapped tonight (her family party will be on Easter) and will put together Easter Baskets before I go to bed tonight. Just in case...
I haven't packed a bag for the hospital but probably should. I did pack a bag for the baby though!

I also did all the laundry in the house today, probably 7 or 8 loads, which are all folded and put away except the last one. I figured up and down the basement steps a million times couldn't hurt. Well, it hurt, but YKWIM.
And it will be fresh pineapple for my bedtime treat!

Not to mention, the full moon plus the winter storm we had today - 14 inches of snow and counting! Good thing I didn't have to get to the hospital today, we were completely snowed in - DH couldn't even get into the driveway until he shoveled for an hour and neighbors pushed him in.

I am just excited to see my baby, and so is his big brother...my 22 month old climbs into my lap, pats my tummy, makes his little sound for baby, and points to the floor...like...put my baby brother on the floor so I can play with him! The other funny things he does is pats my tummy and makes his baby sound, then points to each of my bbs and shakes his head "no" while making the baby sound...Does this mean, this lump is the baby and those lumps are not the baby? lol.

Someday I will tell my ds1 that this baby was for him Smile I just know they were meant to be brothers even before they were born.

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Oooo... supposedly the full moon in combination with a low pressure system is supposed to be even more effective at bringing on birth.

I hope tonights your night Smile

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Any time now! Maybe all the forces will combine for you! Keep us posted.

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Had a midwife appt this morning. She offered to be at the birth if it happens during the day this week since my OB is on vacation.
It will probably happen this week, since my cxns have increased considerably today. I haven't had a day and/or evening without cxns for a week, but today about noon they increased in intensity...finally.
Thank goodness my mom came over this afternoon with all the kiddos home on spring break and they are so sick of playing outside in the snow and mud. They were just bouncing off the walls. It was very hard for me to keep my patience, but I did ok. Thanks to mom.
I am going to cxn master.com, maybe. I think they are about 5-6 min apart and they are uncomfortable. I can't move during them. BUT...I can talk and type through them and I know how much stronger they need to get.

My midwife checked for ROM this morning because I couldn't lie when she asked about leaking. And this morning, I did have some strange leaking. Turns out not AF but I guess just CM. She didn't say. Thank goodness. She would have sent me over to L&D.

I also cancelled the scheduled induction for mext Mon. morning which my dr put me in for as I was leaving his office last week. Instead I have an appt with the midwife. I told her I wasn't going to see her today and then walk into the hospital for an induction a week later. That made no sense to me.
She was fine with that and put me in as "declining."

I am still happy with my decision not to have my cervix checked. It briefly crossed my mind as she was going to check for rupture anyways, but I am so glad I didn't change my mind.

Yup. Lots of cxns as I sit here. Hopefully I can sleep through them tonight. I don't want to have to wake anyone up in the middle of the night.

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Ohhhh, I hope this is it! Can't waite to hear the news!

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These contractions are starting ot hurt.
Yes, this is what I want. I need to remember this. Maybe today will be the day. I cannot stay in bed any more. I have tossed and turned all night and been up to the bathroom 4 times. My abdomen just hurts. Quite a lot.
I am hoping baby will kick me soon. He has been very very quiet all night. Oh, there's a kick. I hope I am not jinxing myself but I don't want to feel this way all day today and have another night like this tonight. I know I am going to be exhausted today.
I think I'll pack a bag today. I need some more kicks from baby.

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Hope things are moving for you!!!

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Nothing much going on now...I am just tired from the long night. I was really hoping that things would continue on this morning.

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Get a nap in if you can, and maybe things will pick back up again for you Smile {{hugs}}

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I hope things kick into gear soon!

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ooohhh! i'm so excited for you!

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Hoping you're off in labour-land!!

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Well thanks for all the vibes.
I am still pg. But my mom took the kiddos for the day and I got a nap (thanks for the suggestion Nancy) , deep-cleaned the bathroom, cleaned the kitchen and tonight painted the hallway and some other areas. I am physically wiped out.
DH and I also got take-out and I had steak...sorry to the vegetarians out there, but it was just what I needed.
Baby is moving right now. He seems to nap a lot. I have had some cxns but nothing regular like yesterday.
Tomorrow I am going to try to change my midwife appt Monday morning back to my OB. Hopefully I won't be seeing either of them Monday.
My DH is going stir-crazy waiting for this babe, plus I think he is having some sympathy pains/symptoms.
I read in my Bradley book today and then reminded DH of the emotional signposts to watch for. I know he is probably tired of all that I talk about is what I want for this birth, etc, but he is very patient and knows that it is all I can think about right now.
I told him I would like the umbilical cord to stop pulsing before they clamp it and that I don't want that huge bright light shining on the baby as he is born. He thinks I am a little batty, well probably a lot batty, but agrees that those requests are reasonable.
Yes ladies, remember that I am dealing with my own lovable M.D. right here at home. It's not always easy! At least I know what I want and I know why I want it.
One thing I wish I knew I could have was my OB at the birth, but he is on vacation until Monday. Maybe baby will wait for him. It would give me greater emotional peace of mind to know that my OB was going to be there and not someone who doesn't know me. It's enough dealing with nurses who don't know that I am not going to go for anything they suggest to me just because that's what they always do.
Well whatever happens I will do my best to labor in the way I want to and give birth the way I want to. And I can't wait to hold and kiss my baby. 9 months is such a long time.

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My kiddos are starting to get excited for their brother to be born. It's pretty darn cute.
My MIL has called me THREE times today. This is the due date and I guess that's why. She talked to DH briefly. I don't feel like talking. What am I supposed to say?? Yes, I am fine, yes I am still pg, yes, the baby is fine, No, I am not going in for an induction.
I swear, EVERYONE asks me that! It is driving me crazy! This is the due date, and why should I go in for an indcution because the baby did not come by now? People are so conditioned for that. It's nuts.
Done venting. I had a really good day, cleaned a ton, ran my errands, fed the kids and put them to bed. Now I am ready to relax. Smile

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{{{Hugs}}} I can totally relate... I had people asking me when they were going to induce when I was 36 weeks.... And I didn't even make it to 40 weeks.

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Well the only thing that happened today is the hemorrhoids got worse and are now bleeding. Gee that is so pleasant.
Since the kids went to bed I feel TONS of cxns, which I haven't felt this frequently since Monday. It's like my uterus took a little spring break. Just waiting for them to get stronger of course.
The other exciting but stressful thing is that someone wants to look at our house next week (we aren't on the market yet, but of course we would sell it by owner if they wanted it) and here we are waiting for baby!
Hopefully in the morning my veins (the nice term) will have settled down and I'll be able to move around better. There are some "hot spots" around the house that need to be straightened out.
I would like for either that or labor of course.
Maybe now that Leigh is having hers, mine can come!
The kids have been talking to baby brother through my stomach, encouraging his birth. Maybe he wants to come out and play. But he has the best hiding spot right now! And nobody can tickle him!

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I'm feeling you with the veins!! Are you taking anything for it? I'm on metamucil, prunes and pear juice - yummy......

Are you getting enough time off your feet? I know that makes mine worse. You should be resting anyway, you deserve it with 4 kids and being so pregnant!! Smile

Am going to make sure I check in on you, I hope it all starts soon for you!

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Thank you Vicki, I think I will pick up some prunes and stuff tonight.
I know I don't get enough rest time and that makes it go in cycles. Oh well, can't be too much longer I guess.
My 5 year old's birthday is tomorrow and she gets so tickled when I say maybe brother is waiting to be born on her birthday.
I worked really hard today and plan to keep working hard tonight. The house is looking great. Poor DH really is stressing though. It will all be ok I tell him.
I am surprised how calm about everything I am feeling despite hormones, etc. I feel very blessed to have a calm feeling. Is that what you call the Bubble of Peace? I really think I have it.

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This could be it!

Good Morning!
I have been up for over an hour and have some pretty uncomfortable contractions going on. For sure different than my cxns were even yesterday. Hurts all around the back and down my legs a bit. I am really bad at timing them but my best guess is about every 4 minutes.
I just woke up DH so he could shower and then I will. I will call my mom to come over when I am SURE, but I am pretty sure it will be today.
Yay! And my OB is back from vacation today! YAY!
Now we just need a NAME>>>>
I can't wait to meet my little guy!!:yahoo:
And thanks to everyone who helped with with the induction thread. I think these cxns are a pretty good case in my favor Smile

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I just finished reading your induction thread and wanted to pop over here to lend my support. My little girl came at 41 weeks 3 days and she was healthy and beautiful. Wishing you some easy labour vibes and a quick, wonderful birth. Good for you in sticking up for your right to birth on your own.

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Oooh, here's some ((((ELVS))))!!!!

You'll be holding that babe in no time!

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ELV!!

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ELV!!!!

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ELV's!

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