Hi hun, I'm so sorry I'm late getting you started. Looking forward to your story and the birth of your son!
Thank you. Don't worry about being a little late it's okay.
Well I'm Krista, DH is Shem, we met for the first time in October of 2006 and started dating on March 14th, 2007 by March 31st, 2007 we were engaged. Yes that was dating for 2 1/2 weeks. Well we got married on August 18th, 2007 and started trying for our first one immediately after getting married. On November 5th of 2007 we got our first BFP, due July 11th, 2008. DH was sure it was going to be a girl but February 21st, 2007 we found out that we were going to be having a little boy join our family. Pregnancy was great! Hardly any morning sickness, a few aches and pains but other than that it was great. Until at 37 weeks i started having pre-labor. Well not a big deal so i thought but once that started sleep was shot almost every night because that's when the contractions liked to pick up. Well I ended up being induced at 41 weeks. I caved for an induction because i wanted to see my little boy so bad. It started out great 6 hours of pit induced contractions all handled on my own. Then, what i believe which no one told me about, transition started. I couldn't take the hip pain from being stuck on my right side through most of the labor any more. So i got the Epi. I was 4cm dilated, i think 5 by the time i got the epi though. That's when things went south. They had turned the pit clear up to 18 and the highest they go is 20, so when i got the epi it sent my body into 90 second contractions with only 30 seconds rest between them. Shawn went into distress. His heart rate dropped and the room went crazy. The pit was stopped, thank goodness, and my doctor came in to asses the situation. She wanted to observe me and baby for an hour to see if things would straighten up on there own and start the pit back up at a low dose if it did, if not c-section was next. One hour later they started the pit back up. I labored for the rest of my labor on a low pit drip and only half of my body numb from the stupid epi. My right side never went fully numb. When the time came to push the nurse didn't believe that i was ready because women who have any epi can't feel that, even though she knew it was only half working for me, and while i was sitting at a 9 basically 10, i had a small lip, she took her own sweet time getting things ready for the delivery telling me not to push yet, the whole time while i'm SCREAMING "I need to push!!!!" Then she finally had me try a push. Had me stop after a very short push and quickly got the doctor. When i finally started pushing with every push Shawn's heart rate dropped. He had the cord wrapped around his neck. So after 3 pushes on my own my Dr used the Kiwi pump to finish pulling him out due to his heart dropping into the 90's and not coming back up. I pushed for about 20 minutes, ended up with a third degree tear, and a beautiful baby boy that i didn't get to see for over an hour after i had him for NO reason at all, other than the nurses fell head over heals for him and didn't seem to want to bring him back. His blood sugar was low so they feed him a bottle, knowing full well that i wanted to breast feed, and that was his first taste and association with eating. He would never really latch on after that and even when he did he wouldn't stay on because it was too much work to get the milk. So after 6 weeks of trying to get him to nurse i gave up. My milk never came in due to him not latching on and the stress of not being able to nurse. I was heart broken. That was one special thing i was looking forward too. It didn't happen.
Shawn is now 18 months old and very energetic and very skinny due to family genes. He is sweet and loves to help out with everything.
May of 2009 we decided to go off birth control and start trying for #2. We figured with my family's history it would take at least 2 months to conceive. Well June 17th of 2009, we received a very shocking BFP. We were stunned that it happened so fast. In October we found out that it was going to be another sweet boy joining our family. The pregnancy has been very good as well. Once again hardly any morning sickness. This time there has been a lot more aches though. But i think it's due to the fact that William has loved being in my hips from day one and that's where he has stayed the whole time.
Welcome to your lodge, Krista! I can't believe it is already time for your lodge....I think that means I'm next...wow.
I enjoyed reading your intro. I am like you in that I have had pretty easy pregnancies, too. I'm sorry your birth with your first was unpleasant. If you could have been moving around, I think you would have done fine. They turned your pit up way too high after you got the epi! They increased mine to 12 and then turned it back down to 10 because the contraction pattern started looking too intense. I'm glad you got out of it without a c-section with that and the heart decels during pushing because of the cord around his neck. I'm so sorry you were unable to breastfeed because the nurses gave him a bottle. That makes me so upset to hear! I hope your experience this time is much better.
I know it's crazy it's already lodge time. I do think you are the next one. Yesterday i went through a nesting crazy and cleaned my entire house basically. Last night i was having strong contractions, i had to concentrate through them, ever 4 minutes for an hour and then the slowed down. I'm still having some off and on today though. TMI warning..... my bowels have been weird today too as well as feeling nauseated off and on all day. I know i'm dilated 1cm and 30% effaced already and baby is sitting really low. At my dr's appointment on Friday she had a hard time finding my cervix due to his head being in the way. It was still back behind his head. I guess we'll see what happens though.
As for the breast feeding thing, I'm going to be a lot more strict and every time the nurses take him they are going to get a warning. My dr is going to let me try nursing him as soon as i have him though. I'm hoping he will latch on right from the beginning and nurse well.
Looks like i'm the only one that ever looks at my lodge. lol. That proves i really need to get a life.
So i think, after having a break down last night, that i have come to terms with the fact that i will most likely not give birth until the end of this month if not the beginning of next. I have a history of going over due even with all the fun pre-labor contractions i have. So i just need to accept it and just go with the flow of the month. Though i was hoping for a birthday baby but as i will only be 37 weeks on the 10th i really doubt that will happen. Oh well. Life goes on. I just need to remind myself that the longer he stays in there, with in reason of course, the healthier he will be. The more likely i will have my birth wishes met. The plan is to be the first to really bond with him, which includes getting him right after he is born, clean him off, try nursing right away, and hold him for at least a half hour after he is born.
I read your last post yesterday, but since I'd just posted I waited to reply
My DD was only taken out of my room twice during our hospital stay, and I was able to nurse her before the first time they took her. The hospital where I'm having this baby doesn't have a nursery--continuous rooming in is their standard of care, and they have LDRPs (I'll be in the same room from admission to discharge), so I'm pretty sure this little guy won't be leaving our sight.
I think you have come to a good place with accepting that William might come later than you would like. You are more likely to get to hold an nurse him right away if he is full term. He will come at the perfect time for him, and if the perfect time for him is the beginning of March, then that will be for the best.
Sorry I'm behind on your lodge, life has been busy for me this week. I hope you have a smooth natural birth this time. Try and remind yourself that each contraction you have now is one you won't have during labor!
A belated welcome to your lodge!
I also wish for you to be able to have a much more pleasant birthing experience this time around... and I hope breastfeeding goes much better!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I had my 37 week appointment yesterday. I lost a pound so the puts me at 27 pounds, but i started out under weight so i should try to gain about 30. While i was there i end up having a really bad contractions while trying to lay down on the table to hear baby and get measured, i'll i can say is OWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEE. The baby's heart rate was in the 130's so that sounded good, and that was while i was contracting so i know baby can handle contractions okay. Now the bad news is i'm still measuring 34 weeks. I haven't changed in a week and that puts me at 3 weeks behind, so the doctor scheduled an ultra sound for next Tuesday. I'm excited to see my baby but scared of what news i may hear. I'm hoping it's just 1. cause i make small baby's 2. he has dropped so low.
Little family history on me though. My mom has 4 kids one of which, my sister that is just older than me, is handicapped. My mom was measuring behind with her. Come to find out at an ultra sound because she was measuring behind, at 38 weeks the placenta had calcified. My sister wasn't getting what she needed, she was induced and came out at a very small 5 pounds and measured the length of my moms palm to her elbow. She is handicapped, the problem is, is we don't know if it's from the placenta calcification or if it's from another problem called Microcephaly. My other sister has a handicapped little boy who has Microcephaly. So needless to say i'm scared.
Of course it may be nothing all together. Don't get me wrong i am excited to see my little boy again i'm just worried something may be wrong with him.