Welcome to your lodge!!
Looking forward to sharing your NCB journey.....
Now I understand your intro has already been typed up?
LOL! Yeah I am just going to add some pictures now and make it pretty! Should be up in a few mins Thank you!!!
Hi! I am Clare and I am 24 and from a city just west of Houston called Katy, TX. I have no previous pregnancies or children and am married to a wonderful man named Matt, he's 28. We have two welsh corgis and they are the greatest dogs ever. Also, my 4 year old niece is living with us since 2 weeks ago for we're not sure how long, so I already kind of have a kid now, it's been a rough adjustment for me dealing with being so pregnant and taking on a new 4 year old! Currently I stay at home, and really enjoy that. I had some issues with my job earlier in the pregnancy, and we moved and the commute was ridiculous so I just decided to quit. Luckily DH ended up getting a huge raise like a week later, so I know I made the right choice! This pregnancy I have been spending the majority of my time reading and researching and decorating and shopping! It's been really, really fun and I LOVE being pregnant! It has totally changed my outlook on life and my attitude in general I think. I used to be kind of whiney about things and complained a lot and I have really changed and done a 180 I think. I just try to take everything in stride now and it really does just make life so much easier for me!
How Matt and I met:
My husband and I both used to post on a rave message board, back in 2001. I didn't really interact with him online, but we knew who each other were through pictures on there and stuff, and the message board was for keeping track of parties happening in Houston so it was really just like a big social group. He was a DJ and that intrigued me! One day in 2003 I saw him at a party and I just had this voice tell me that I needed to talk to him. I don't know how else to describe it, but I didn't really think he was cute or anything at all like that, I was just extremely drawn to him. I went and talked to him, and he kind of blew me off. I was pretty confident at the time and I figured he just didnt "get it", so I spelled it out for him basically that I was interested. I had to practically tell him exactly that for him to get it. I was right and he was just aloof, despite my hardcore flirting! As you may have guessed, we were both pretty into the party scene, and along with that came some other bad things. We both struggled for about 6 months, but we helped each other kick some really bad habits and I believe that really helped solidify our relationship. We both discovered that we needed each other, and we both tried even harder because we loved each other so much. Our lives did a complete turn around and I am so glad we were there to help each other along the way. We went from sleeping on my friend's floor and being on welfare to now living in a beautiful house and him having a GREAT job. We dropped all the loser friends and started over with only each other, and on June 15, 2007 we were married. My husband is such a great provider and I love him so much for everything he has done for me. Without him I don't know where my life would be!
The baby story:
The desire for children has been the only thing that has been consistent throughout my entire life. Every year you could ask me what I wanted to do when I "grew up", and my answer would change, but always somewhere in that answer was the part about having a family. If I had my way then I would have probably had kids way too early, because I have had such strong baby cravings ever since DH and I started dating. Here is how I finally got DH on board: Last Christmas his family came to stay with us. They don't have much, and my 4 year old niece wasn't going to get anything from them for Christmas. So being the generous people we are we decided to have them for Christmas, and took about $500 and went and bought them all gifts, from us, from santa, and from each other, so that my niece would think that her mom and grandma bought her stuff too. Well, this plan was very last minute, and though I had already bought DH's present, he never got to buy me one because we spent all our money on them. I talked to his mom and she agreed to try to convince him that since he didn't give me a Christmas present that he should try to give me a baby! I knew he wouldn't do it unless he REALLY wanted to anyway, so I thought it would be kind of funny to see what he said to that. Well, the day after Christmas was his birthday and we were laying in bed and he told me he wanted to try to have a baby! I can't believe his mom talked him into it, after all these years I had failed at trying to talk him into it! I started crying and we started our baby making right then and there! Of course AF came the next day, but then I joined preg.org and learned about how to chart and temp and track my cycle, and 2 weeks later I was pregnant! I couldn't believe it!
I started out with an OB, who I had heard was the "best"...but I guess it really depends on who you ask! Every visit I had there was 5 mins long, and I never felt like I had a chance to get all my questions answered! I hated driving 45 mins to this place to pay $5 for parking, sit in traffic, and be seen for 5 mins by the nurse! I didn't even meet my Dr more than one time in 20 weeks! I had began researching natural childbirth at probably 12-14 weeks, but I didn't gain the confidence I needed to make the jump until I went to my birth center for the first time and visited. The midwives there really sold me on it. I was still afraid for about 2 weeks, but ever since my first appointment there I haven't looked back! The more I've learned and educated myself the more confident I feel also!
We found out on April 30 that we were having a girl and I was SO shocked! I knew for sure I had a boy inside of me! I made them double check to make sure, but sure enough she was all girl! We had been thinking of boy names all along and it had been rough, but as soon as they told us girl, we both looked at each other and said Peyton would be a perfect name! We had never considered it for a boy but it was on our short list of boys names. Her middle name will be Elizabeth, which is my first name (that I don't go by). The big u/s is what really made things real for DH I think. He has been a different man since then. I can tell he is going to be a wonderful father and I am so looking forward to the moment when he first sees her...I know it's going to be very emotional for us!
I have been having issues with my weight my whole life, and the pregnancy has been no different! I had recently lost 50lbs for our wedding, and the 6 or so months between the wedding and me getting pregnant I had already gained about 35 of that back! BAD I know! But this made gaining in the first tri very easy for me. I also didn't have any m/s or anything so I just wanted to eat a LOT! I gained a lot in the beginning but ever since 20 weeks I have slowed down a bit. So far I think I'm at 45lbs, I think 30 of those are from the beginning! I physically feel great though and I think I am going to be ok. No signs of Pre-E or GD or anything.
I will update later, I go to my 36 week appt today and we have our birth class at the birth center tonight! Hopefully I am effacing already and maybe 1-2 cm dilated but we'll see!
Matt and I:
Last edited by MrsHolmes83; 09-09-2008 at 12:04 PM.
YAY! Congrats on your lodge!
Elijah ~ 8/27/04
Evan ~ 06/14/06
Emelia ~ 11/13/08
Elliana ~ 9/10/10
Yay! Clair! Your lodge! TFS your story and pics!
Fun story! I enjoyed all the details, and I think it's great that he gave you a baby for Christmas KUP on the appointment and I look forward to following your journey.
Yeah sometimes I wonder how he is going to top that present this Christmas! haha
Thank you all for reading!
Yay for having a lodge!!!
Not long now girlie!
Comgrats on your lodge. I loved your intro & look forward to following these final days/weeks of your pg!
DH - Gordon (aka Woody) 2/29/08
DS1 - Justin 3/11/98
DS2 - Gordy 11/2/08