This was a long time in coming - lurking is MUCH less fun than posting with us
Welcome to your lodge Leigh-Anne!
Thanks again for the warm welcome ladies! I'm very excited to be here! I've been trying to catch up by reading everything...and I gathered I should probably do a little intro here...so...
Well..I'm Leigh Anne, 28, DH - Daniel is 32. We just celebrated 7 years of marriage on June 22nd and we've been together for 8.5 years. This is our first child. We waited a while because we were both in college until 2004, then we saved up some money so I could not have to go back to work. We used to live in Seattle, WA but moved to the east coast when my step mom passed away so I could be near my dad (i'm from the east coast...as is my entire family)...
Right now, I'm a college math professor at a local college, but after Sydney is born, I will be a SAHM. I am thinking of nannying a little just to have a little extra money and such...I did that job when I was in college and loved it...
We tried for 4 cycles over 8 months to get pregnant. My cycles were really screwy after BCPs. I spent most of that 8 months on the TCC 0-12 month board and really got to know a lot of ladies on pg.org. I have lots of online friends from here...
I've always wanted a natural birth because my mom had me that way...she said I was very alert and calm as opposed to my brother and sister whom she'd had pain relief meds with. It was a big difference she said...I am, however, someone who does have a great deal of anxiety, but I am hoping something this beautiful will help me overcome that! My best friend (the one who just had a home birth) and my DH will be with me to keep me strong and focused. I'm very thankful for them!
This pregnancy has had it's share of ups and downs...medically speaking. I did share a little on another post, but I'll put it here too. I chose a group of midwives who deliever at an area hospital. There are 3. I really liked the first one I was seeing, but then our schedules went haywire (she's only at the office one day a week...not a day I could miss work), so I began seeing the 2nd midwife. Here's where it all started. This midwife is extremely nice, but she's definitely someone who worries and is overly cautious about every, little, tiny thing. It started because my bp was in the 130s/80s, and I'd never had any symptoms of PIH or pre-e (no protein, excessive swelling...and such)...So, she decided it'd be a good idea to do a 24 hr urine collection...I was actually mortified to do this...I didn't like it mentally at all. Anyway, the results came back perfect. I had kept trying to convice her that I have very SEVERE white coat syndrome. I was never a sick kid or adult...I'd only been in the ER once for a ruptured ovarian cyst...and that's when the white coat syndrome started b/c the drs were freaking out and testing me for everything even though I told them I was a virgin and could not possibly be pregnant...and they tested me twice fot that btw...then, when the dr. did a pelvic exam, he must have forgotten I'd never had sex b/c he wasn't gentle at all and seemed surprised that I bled. So...now the reasoning behind why I hate drs and all...haha.
Well, she didn't seem convinced even though the results were "superb" (her word). So, off to do an u/s to check baby's growth. Well, w/ PIH or pre-e, according to my research, you most of the time have IUGR and a smaller than GA baby...well, some of you know...Sydney is not small by any means haha...she's measure almost 2 weeks ahead since 27 weeks...I have had two other u/s since then.. at a 37 wk u/s (at the request of that midwife), she was weighing in at 7lb 11oz...and though that can be off, she has consistently measured around the 90th percentile. I don't trust it 100%, but I do trust that she's not SGA. Also w/ PIH or pre-e, you have placental issues and low fluid levels...neither of which I have/had. So, do you think she was convinced yet? NOPE! I did yet another 24 hr urine collection...of course it was fine. and actually since all this, my bp in the office has gone down! 120s/70s...for the past month. I had one OBGYN tell me I had a 40% chance (this was when I was 28wks) that my bp would go down and that she suspected it would just skyrocket and was talking induction, etc...that early on! So, I think she shouldn't try to be psychic on the side haha. So, cautious midwife was still not convinced...and she's been scheduling NSTs every week since 36 weeks. I declined one and have had two, both of which were fine. The second one took a little longer as Sydney was sleeping at the time...so they messed around to wake her up and then she ended up w/ the hiccups. So, I may be declining the one at my next appt...the third midwife...my 2nd favorite...said she didn't think they were necessary at this point either...so she's the one that says she agrees that decline is okay...in her opinion. So, I see her on Monday...yay.
Other than all of that drama, I've had a wonderful pregnancy. Working full time has worn me out the past month though, so DH and I agreed it was time for me to cut back hours until the baby gets here.
If you read all of this, you gals are awesome...but I figured a little background would help if you see me ranting about my midwives LOL.
Here are some pics of the nursery and one of me so you know what I look like...I do touch up my own photos in photoshop though ... but it's still looks like me...w/out any blemishes haha...
You can also see some belly pics and u/s pictures on my july space, page 3
Last edited by Leigh_Anne; 06-28-2008 at 02:35 PM. Reason: can't believe I spelled worries wrong haha
I am so excited to get to read your intro Leigh Anne! Congrats on the anniversary last week. Mine was the 14th. June is a good month for weddings.
I've always loved the pics ou've put up of Syd's nursery. I think it's beautiful! I'm super happy that other than the overly worrisome mw, you've had a good pregnancy. Here's to a stress-free last few weeks to end on that high note. I really hope that you get the birth that you want dispite your nerves. Don't worry, you'll do just fine!
Thanks Kelly...happy anniversary to you too! I'd had a June wedding planned since middle school hee hee!
Thanks for the compliments on the nursery...DH, my sis, and I worked hard on it...well, okay, they did...I just told everyone where to put things LOL.
Thanks for the kind words Kelly! I am so in love w/ this board already! I am only sorry that I just lurked forever!
Your nursery is beautiful and so are YOU!!!!
I'm sorry about the paranoid midwife! Your BP sounds good to me though!
Thanks for the intro, Leigh-Anne. I enjoyed reading it. And your nursery looks great!
The nursery turned out GREAT! And it is so nice to hear all about you - get to know the person behind the snazzy digital scrapbooking
As always, your midwives make my blood boil but it sounds like things have finally turned your way with that - what a GODSEND!
And no worries, photoshop is your friend