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    Welcome to you lodge!!! Please, post away!!

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    Cool - my very first lodge! How neat! I'll post my story so far and some pics later tonight - gotta go feed the masses! Thanks all!!! I'm so excited to be so close to meeting my son, Colton!
    ~Bennet~
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    Default Intro and family pics...sorry so long :)

    It all started with a blind date...

    My husband Kevin and I met on December 5, 1995 on a blind date in Portland, Maine. I had just moved to Portland after finishing college at the University of Maine at Fort Kent - it was definitely a culture shock! I had earned a degree in elementary education with minors in Art, English, Music and Theatre - but couldn't find a teaching job to save my life. So, a family friend of mine got me a "temp" job at Unum, a large disability insurance company (where I am still employed today - but only part-time). I had applied to teach English as a foreign language in Seoul, S. Korea, but met Kevin shortly after - boy, am I glad I didn't go! Sorry - I digress....

    Kevin is a southern boy, born and raised in the south - South Carolina and Florida mostly (he is a Navy brat.) DH currently works as an IT Project Manager for our local hospital, Maine Medical Center, but was just starting out as a Desktop Tech when we met. During that first date, we found that we had so much in common – we are both the same age (24 at the time,) both our families split up when we were young (9-10 years old), both parents got divorced and re-married with extended families - Brady Bunch quadrupled! Both of us were the youngest siblings and loved staying up late, drinking coffee and talking...Believe me, finding a husband was the furthest from my mind at this point in time, especially just moving to a strange city like Portland - which happens to be the largest city in Maine.

    I grew up in Caribou, Maine, which currently has about 7,000 inhabitants - although when I was growing up years ago, it was located next to an Air Force Base (Loring AFB) so the population then was at least doubled what it is today. My folks moved to Caribou with my 2 older brothers when I was just one year old in 1972. My Dad is a thoracic and vascular surgeon and is a native Filipino (Philippines). He met my mom, who was a lab tech at the time, while he was doing his internship at a hospital in the Bronx, NY. He was offered a job in both Minneapolis MN and Caribou ME - they opted for Maine since it was closer to my mother's family, who lived outside of Philadelphia, PA. I am crazy proud of my family, especially my father, so I had to include them in my story...hope you don't mind

    After a 2-year courtship, Kevin asked me to marry him in front of all of my family members on July 4, 1997. Of course I said yes and moved in with him the following weekend. We were married 2 years later on July 3, 1999 on my father's property in Caribou. It was a gorgeous day - 80 degrees with very low humidity. I felt one single raindrop on my cheek right before we said our vows. Weeks before our wedding, Kevin's mother told me it was good luck if it rained on your wedding day, so I guess I can say it rained...

    We saved our pennies for a couple of years before finding our country home. It's located about 15 miles west of Portland in a little town of about 5,000 folks. We absolutely love it and wouldn't change country living for the world! We decided that we would wait a year or so then TTC. I thought that 30 was the perfect age to be a FTM. Now having my third at age 36, if I knew now what I knew then, I would have started earlier when my body could bounce back a little faster

    I found out I was pregnant with our first child on September 11, 2001. It is a day I will never forget for a couple of reason - obviously both good and bad...

    Sameena Mary bursted into our lives on May 21, 2002. She was born at 10 lbs, 3 oz and 22 inches long. She was over due by a week – by her size, it felt like a month, though I was medically induced for her birth due to pre-eclampsia, and feel proud that I was able to “bounce away” the pain (so to speak) on the birthing ball for about 6 hours while she made it down the birthing canal. Pushing her out was indeed a challenge but of course, it was worth all the effort! She was such a wonderful baby who loved letters and was (and still is) obsessed with reading and learning new words. She knew her alphabet –lower and upper case by age 2 and taught herself how to read by age 3. Me and my husband are not avid readers and are still blown away by her reading and comprehension skills. She is such a good-hearted little girl and loves to help everyone and anyone – I’m so proud of her, even at just 5 years old…

    Sameena at 3 weeks old…

    Sameena now...


    DH and I decided to wait a few years to TTC again and found out I was pregnant in April 2006. I began having problems again with high blood pressure at around 30 weeks and was put on bed rest to avoid pre-eclampsia. Unfortunately, I was medically induced at 37 weeks due to pre-eclampsia and gave birth to our second daughter, Tristyn Sloane on December 20, 2006. She was the cutest little peanut at 6 lbs 8 oz and 20 inches long. She was also delivered vaginally without pain intervention, but she came so fast, there wasn’t any time, even if I wanted to have something! When I was admitted to the hospital for pre-eclampsia the day before my induction, I was given Magnesium Sulfate (a.k.a. MAG) in my IV – which has the worst side effects I have ever experienced from a drug. Apparently, it was the worst my daughter Tristyn ever experienced too, because her O2 levels dropped dramatically and she was turning blue just 15 minutes after birth. I was so scared and of course, we didn’t know at the time that it was the drug administered to me that was the cause of her distress. Poor Tristyn had to stay in the nursery for the duration of our stay, but I was able to nurse her the last 24 hours of her stay and the nurse was confident that she would be fine going home the same day as me – hooray! I felt SO BLESSED that Christmas 2006…it certainly is one I’ll never forget.

    Here is little Tristyn at 2 days old…


    Daddy holding Tristyn New Year's Day 2007...

    Here is Tristyn at Christmastime 2007…


    Sisterly love…


    In September of this year, we found out we were pregnant – again! I must admit, I wanted to wait a couple of years in between children and planned to stay at home full-time and stop working. But, I am a big believer that EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON and that this little boy in my belly was meant to be. The good Lord doesn't give you anything you can’t handle, so I am winging it - on a prayer! From a physical standpoint, this pregnancy so far has been very good…I have been diagnosed with chronic hypertension, so my high blood pressure is well controlled with medication. I’ve only gained 25 pounds – compared to 50 pounds with my first and 40 with my second, so I feel much more “mobile” at this stage, where with my other pregnancies it was very physically challenging and frustrating to do anything around the house! I am working part-time, just 3 days a week, which has also helped me physically and mentally with this pregnancy - the less stress any pregnant woman has to deal with, the better! It doesn't hurt that my DH is very supportive and helps with housework, laundry, etc...he's awesome.

    I must admit, I am very EXCITED to meet my son and yet very SAD at the same time – this will be our last child (although my husband is convinced otherwise…) BUT, I know in my heart, this is it – after I give birth in these next few weeks, I will never feel again what it is like to be pregnant. I will really miss it. I hope there are other moms out there that are feeling like I am and can give me some perspective on how to say “goodbye” to your pregnant self and how not dwell on it…Also, this is my first son - does anyone have any tips on diaper changes??? (how not to get soaked, etc???) We also plan on our son to NOT be circ’d – any advise on that, as well???

    Well, sorry for such a LONG AND DRAWN OUT story, but I had to start somewhere! Thanks for reading….DH, myself and my daughters are so looking forward to meeting my son, Colton (no middle name yet) and having a great summer!

    Update: My 37 week appointment went very well! I am measuring fine and U/S found heart rate/blood flow normal. LO is measuring at 8 lbs 1 oz and Mom’s uterine hotel has plenty of room to spare (at least on the inside!) My doc is talking about inducing at 39 weeks due to baby’s size, but I am HELL BENT on going NATURAL and trying all natural ways to induce my labor once the baby is 38 weeks along...I’d like to try eating spicy foods – any good recipes out there???

    Here is a pic taken of me last week for our dept. directory...thought I'd share a good laugh with you all!!
    ~Bennet~
    Mommy to DD Tristyn (1), DD Sameena (6) and DS Colton



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