Kim, welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge Kim!!
Kristina, (formerly known as ~Kristina~)
doula and apprentice midwife
Wife to Jesse 8.18.01
Mom to Ayden 12.18.01, Kailey 7.1.03,
Ashlyn 6.11.05, Dylan 9.29.07 & Riley 12.8.09
Hi all! Yay!! It's so exciting to be so close and to be able to start this birthing ritual that I've been enjoying since I found this board. (((lodges)))
As for introductions ... this is my first birth and I couldn't be more excited. We're expecting a beautiful baby boy on December 10th!
I met my husband 6 or 7 years ago while we were following the same band, Juggling Suns. They are a local New Jersey band and at the time they were touring every weekend (and sometimes during the week). They have a very loyal fan base who travels around to see them (they mostly tour NJ, PA and MD). I was living in NJ and DH (Mug) was living in PA (where we live together now). Though I had had many conversations with him, it wasn't until an enchanted evening at a local music and camping festival that we began our romantic relationship. About 3 months of courting and driving back and forth from NJ to PA, I moved to PA to be with him, and we found me the job that I'm still doing at a charter school (I work in the special education department, managing legal timelines and paperwork). Since working here, I've also been able to get my master's degree in Educational Leadership and I'm working towards my teacher certification, too (all paid for by the school).
Regarding our love of music, we also go to lots of music festivals during every summer and run one of our own called Stonehenge Music Festival. We'll be taking the little guy to his first Stonehenge this summer!
DH has two children, Dylan (15) and Chyna (13). We have them every other weekend and they are great kids. I've really enjoyed watching them grow. They are very excited for the birth.
I got pregnant in February, after a couple of months of trying. The time was just right for us. I've had a really decent pregnancy. I have a twin sister who has two sons (one was just born in August). When I visited her to see the new baby in September, she gave me two books, The Happiest Baby on the Block and So, That's What They're For. As I was reading So, That's What They're For, a breastfeeding book, I read that it's a lot easier for babies to start breastfeeding when they are born naturally. Before reading this, I hadn't given labor and birth a whole lot of thought. I guess i just figured it would unfold the way it was supposed to.
After this, I did a ton of research on NCB and saw The Business of Being Born. I stayed with my OB/GYN and did the hospital tour. After talking to the OB and having her kind of dismiss my desire for NCB and then going on tour and having them contradict what my doc had told me, I decided I needed to find another way. I looked at two birthing centers that weren't able to take me on until I found the right one. I've been seeing the midwives there ever since, and have been loving it.
My pregnancy has had two minor issues:
(1) At my 20 week u/s, the docs couldn't find one of my son's kidneys. He may have a solitary kidney (something I found out does run in my family). A follow up u/s did find a smaller underdeveloped 2nd kidney, so were waiting until after birth to do another u/s to look for kidney #2. Either way, he should be just fine. You only need one (and his great uncle who has 1 kidney didn't find out until he was 50 years old when he was having surgery for an unrelated health issue).
(2) I've experienced a lot of pain in my pelvis and lower back, but I started chiropractic care and that's made a huge difference. I also sleep in a recliner now (as to not put the pressure on my hips that I was sleeping on my side), and sometimes wear a support belt, though I've found that as I continue with the chiropractor, I need the belt less and less.
Overall, I can't complain. I've been preparing like crazy for both the labor and birth, and what happens next. I've read Bradley, Ina May and Birthing From Within (taking bits and pieces of each to help me). And, I've been reading Dr. Sears regarding newborn care and vaccines. I recently found a holistic, homeopathic family doctor for the little guy, too!
Thanks to everyone on this board for the support and information you've already given me. It's helped me tremendously already.
Due on 12/10/09
It's a BOY!!!
I just got a chance to read your intro!! Welcome to your lodge, I'm excited to follow your birth. Your hubby sounds like a good daddy, and I'm sure you will be a VERY happy little family WooHoo for a good doctor already that's awesome!
Slow start today ...
Went to my 2nd Le Leche League meeting last night. It was a great time, but forced me to stay up way past my normal bed time.
The women there are so supportive. It's great. I learn a lot when I go. Last night, we discussed co-sleeping. I don't have a co-sleeper, though. We have a pack n play in the bedroom that we'll be using for a while. I'm thinking about buying a mesh bumper for our king bed, so that I can bring him in to bed with us at night. I hear that makes nighttime feedings MUCH better. I haven't been able to find any products I really like, though. I think I'll ask for suggestions at the next meeting. There were lots of babies there last night, which was nice. And I got to see a lot of different baby wearing products in use, though I think I'm going with the Moby Wrap to start.
Tomorrow brings a chiropractic appt. in the morning and a college friend's wedding in the afternoon. Sunday will be a resting day. I'm sure I'll need it. I'm trying not to make plans to do anything (though I still need to buy a few things for labor and might do so then).
Due on 12/10/09
It's a BOY!!!
The LLL meeting sounds great although I know how important sleep is at this point, so I hope that going to bed late didn't sandbag you today.
Co-sleeping has worked really well for my family. We didn't use a co-sleeping unit of any sort. We just put the baby between us on the flat mattress. Nursing was so much easier, and I got so much more sleep by having the baby in bed with us.
And the Moby wrap would be great. I have a Gypsy Mama wrap, and I love it.
I'm glad you enjoyed your LLL meeting!
I found a neat product for co-sleeping online the other day. It's kind of expensive, though:
With DD, we had the bassinet in our room, but she ended up staying in our bed most of the night (and still does, even though she has her own room now). We usually just put pillows on the side of the bed so she wouldn't fall out if I fell asleep nursing her on that side..
I want to use a wrap this time, too. I think I'm going to make one because it's cheaper. It's really easy if you use a material that you don't have to hem, like cotton jersey. I saw Moby was on sale at Target.com the other day...yeah, they're $36 right now...that's pretty a good deal, and they have a variety of colors: http://www.target.com/b/ref=pd_sim_c...ode=1233508011