Hi there hun,
I'm starting this early becasue I really feel like it's needed. I hope I'm wrong and you keep your little one in a while, but if not I wanted you to have this! Look forward to hearing your story.
Welcome to your lodge Janelle! I do hope that you bake your baby a little longer!
Well, hello there!
I'm excited to have a lodge, but nervous at the same time. One of the ladies on my birth board just had her baby without real warning and the baby is having breathing issues despite a healthy weight of over 6 pounds.
My name is Janelle and my DH is Brad. Together we have a beautiful 4 year old boy named Jacob and we are expecting his baby brother Daniel sometime in the near future (obviously). Daniel's due date is January 3rd, though he's not been a patient little man so far. Let me start from the beginning. When Jacob was born we had hoped to have more children, though considering it only took 3 months to conceive Jacob, we tried to "plan" the next one to come after Jacob was potty trained. Jacob started showing an interest in potty training a bit early and we decided it was time to stop birth control and start letting life take place. 4 months later we found out we were pregnant again, but Jacob had an owie with his potty chair and was back in diapers. 2 weeks after we found out about the pregnancy, I woke up bleeding. We sadly lost the baby sometime in the following week.
In the 2 weeks that I knew I was pregnant I started feeling my gall bladder pain return and so as soon as my first AF showed after the m/c, I went back on birth control and we started to seek out a surgeon to remove the gall bladder. 3 months later my gall bladder was removed and another 2 months for healing and I was off the birth control once again, and ready to get pregnant. One year went by and then my doctor recommended that we prevent again so that I could get another health issue under control. 3 more moths of birth control and then back to baby making.
From the first AF post m/c, it took us a little over 2 years to conceive this LO (with the exception of those couple of breaks). When the doctor asked us at our first prenatal appointment if it took over a year to conceive, DH practically jumped out of his seat exclaiming "yes". I was a little surprised as I assumed he didn't see it as a big deal.
I was cautiously excited about this pregnancy and praying for the 6th week to come and pass. We had an ultrasound at 11 weeks because the doctor could not locate the heart beat with the doppler in her office and I was so nervous for that ultrasound. At the ultrasound they measured us for dating and detected the flicker of the heartbeat right away. The tech complained that she couldn't get a heart rate and I was so confused. I said "but it's beating, I can see it." then she explained she needed 3 beats in a row to get the rate and the baby wouldn't stop moving so she could get it. I laughed at the idea that the baby was moving too much, and I was so happy to have a promising bean.
Around 12 weeks I was put on bed rest and quit my job because I was having cramping and painful braxton hicks contractions. It's been a rough road ever since. I've been on modified bed rest a majority of this pregnancy due to contractions as a result of activity, heart palpitations with side symptoms, and physical exhaustion.
I was put on a 48 hour heart monitor somewhere in the 4th or 5th month of pregnancy and it showed nothing unusual, but did leave behind a darkened skin line on where the "tabs" were located on my skin.
I have been up to L&D 3 times so far, twice for back pain and abdominal cramping, and once for dehydration and contractions following a stomach flu.
I am now at 35 weeks (and 2 days, but who's counting) and I have reached the point in my pregnancy where my hospital will no longer stop labor and they will not attempt to move me to another hospital (2 hours away).
I am at weekly appoinment schedules and my next one is Thursday.
I have been cramping and having back pain and nausea on and off since 33 weeks, and since yesterday have been having lower back pain and pressure along side with slight lower abdominal cramping and frequent but inconsistant and tolerable contractions. I woke up twice last night because my abdomen was so tight that I was uncomfortable (and I'm not a light sleeper). I may have lost a small portion of my mucus plug last night, though it was not twinged with anything so I might be mistaken. Today I have not had nearly as many contractions and the back pain is slightly more tolerable.
K. I wrote a book. And now I have to pee again (doing that about twice an hour).
Thanks for reading and sharing this journey with me. I will update as necessary.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Wow hun what a story. I hope that you get a few more weeks before your little man comes into this world. Do you have a name picked out for him yet? Is DS excited to be a big brother? I think we're all going to be stalking you for your entire lodge
Welcome to your lodge! DH and I TTC 16 months before Ethan was conceived so I know what that's like! Hopefully baby boy will decide he likes it where he is for a while longer
DS Jacob is eagerly awaiting the arrival of his little brother, though I know he'll be dissapointed that he can't "play" with him for a few months. I've been working in the nursery and with "baby" stuff for a couple of days and took a break so that Jacob doesn't feel left out.
We moved Jacob into a new room and he started sleeping in it November 1st. He knows that Daniel will be going in his old room, but doesn't seem to feel like the baby stole it from him. Jacob and I put together a baggie of baby toys that Jacob never wanted to get rid of, so he's looking forward to giving them to him. We got a doppler to use as a bonding tool for him and he requested to listen to the baby frequently until the doppler quit working (it wasn't very expensive). Now he talks to his brother and tells him to stop kicking mommy but also loves on him daily.
Every once in a while Jacob asks "is the baby here yet?" and I have been telling him that the baby will come when the baby is ready and is done growing into a baby. I'm surprised at how much he seems to understand at this point and his enthusiasm with becoming a big brother. I'm slightly concerned that he will ask us "When are we taking the baby back", and I'm concerned about the fact that he will be having to share me more, but with the bed rest and me not being able to pick Jacob up or chase him around the house, he's already sacrificed so much, that it might not even come up.
Meanwhile, whenever Jacob sees a commercial for a baby toy he says "Mommy! We need to buy that for my brother!" He's already looking out for this baby more than I expected.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Welcome to your Lodge, great intro. Our 1st January mommy, how exciting! I hope that Daniel bakes a little while longer. It's great that big brother is already looking out for him. Look forward to reading your updates.
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