WELCOME TO YOUR LODGE!!!
I get to start my first lodge, and for another November Mamma! I can't wait to follow your last few weeks (and I've been dying to learn how you ended up in Alaska.)
DH - Gordon (aka Woody) 2/29/08
DS1 - Justin 3/11/98
DS2 - Gordy 11/2/08
YAY, welcome to your lodge!!!
<3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
Baby #4 11/24/13
Welcome to your lodge!
YAY Magali!! Welcome to your lodge, mama!
My name is MAGALI I was born (1969) and raised in France and lived there until 1993.
I have a bachelor degree in Tourism…. I wanted to be a vet but vet school is very hard in France...
But I one day saw a husky in a dog magazine and since I loved dogs and winter DOG MUSHING started to hunt me…
I met DH at a Mushing meeting… he was already “famous” in our sport going to Alaska racing the Iditarod etc… he was married then and I had a long time boyfriend then…
Few years later DH was divorcing and I had separated from my ex… then things happened…
DH was a doctor in France (ER and sport medicine) but he loved dogs more than people… so we both gave up all we had and moved here for OUR AMERICAN DREAM!!!
We moved permanently in 1993 to the Fairbanks area, got our green card and became US Citizen in 2002!!!! AND WE ARE PROUD AMERICANS!!!!
We bought a piece of land south of Fairbanks with a small cabin and build the remaining ourselves year by year when the funds were available… We can both do carpeting/framing, plumbing and electricity and we are proud of our house we build together from our own hands!!! the only help we got is for laying the carpet ! we the job done right and also for the texture on the ceiling paint!!!! All the rest we did ourselves!
We both run dog competitively we raced many races all over US, Canada, Russia, France, Germany…. We are both very competitive and very dedicated to our dogs and proud of our kennels and the work we get from our dogs…. Our kennel has about 80/90 dogs year long…
I also own a wonderful Miniature poodle named KEOPS he is now 3 yrs old and I also have a very old border collie named CARLIT she is 16 now and a very fat cat named MAO who is 5…. Those 3 live in the house 24/7.
Until about 5 years ago I didn’t had in mind a kid… My dogs and our way of life took all my time, mind , energy and $$$... I mention "baby" to DH back then he said he wasn't interested.....
Then something almost happened 4 years ago… DH almost had an affair with a girl working in the kennel for us… lucky me I figured out what was going on and after some very very down time took my courage and went and talked to the girl and then confronted DH…. (don’t need to go in more details)
No need to say we went through some very rough time! I never been that low I think….
But I decided to try to make it work… I never mentioned the word “baby” to him anymore since I knew he didn’t want one (I asked before the whole story)….
Things got better between us… I took one day at a time… To be honest I can’t said I was not “nervous” when he goes to work for 4 months at times in summer but I told him you even look “I am gone and you loose ½ of everything”…..
At the same time that my life wasn’t too funny… a good friend of mine ask me if I could help with some translation (French to English) I said yes…. My friend couldn’t have baby and she wanted to adopt one… they found a mother who “selected them” (Open adoption) but she only spoke French so I help and ended up been very close to both parts…. The mom came to AK to give birth and I was in the delivery room with her…. Some of the nurse were not nice to her since they new it was an adoption the doctor on call was my OB/GYN now… He was so so nice and gentle with her supporting her without judgment!!! This is why I choose him for my own pregnancy…. Any how the baby is now 4yrs old and the happiest girl on earth and spoiled of course….. Been there at the birth even so it was not a natural one … the mom didn’t want a natural one she was giving away that baby ad refuse to FEEL it… I can understand why… It was the most amazing moment in my life…. Lot of emotions I can’t even write them…
Life went on at our place… both working on our relationship … making the best of it….
Couple years ago after the racing season was over (ends usually in April) DH asked me if I wanted to try to have a baby! I told him “if this is a joke this is not funny” He knew I wanted one and I knew he didn’t want one and I just never asked again and try to put it in the back of my head.. but each time my friend would announce they were PG I would cry so hard…..
Anyhow… after almost 2 yrs of trying HERE WE ARE!!! But it took time…
We (mostly me) decided to get pregnant on our own no MEDICAL help!! I figure if nature don’t think I deserve a baby she knows better…. Anyhow… I took daily Folic Acid…We tried and tried… last year I started to get those Ovulation test thing…. DTD when they told us but didn’t help…. And every month I would cry… My best friend mentions IVF and I told her no… “Nature knows better”….. Dec 07 I was flying out to Montana to met DH and stay down there and race our dogs in MT and WY… I basically GAVE up stopped the Folic acid and stop writing down DTD date… We came back to AK mid February and I had my period right after we got back (Feb 13th) … we went to Anchorage for a dog race DH was racing and few days after this DH was flying to Sweden to speak in a Dog Mushing seminar over there… Since I gave up writing down the DTD dates… all I know is baby was conceive before March 1st…
I never got in my head I could get PG… so life went on and I raced end fo March last year we did some camping trip with our dogs in beautiful AK wilderness and I had to pee a lot… but I always pee a lot…. Then visiting some friend in the Bush (off road system) I couldn’t sleep due to the bathroom trip (outside) every 5mn… I started to try to remember when I had my periods last time… couldn’t remember….. got back home looked at the calendar and DIDN’T EVEN DARE TO EVEN THINK ABOUT IT….. LONG TIME AGO IT WAS….
March 30th = I was working for the Lodge next door (my best friend) driving Japanese tourists to the Airport and back and I got a Pregnancy test and it is INSIDE FRED MEYER (grocery store) that I got the surprise !!!
I FREAKED OUT :: happy, scared, worried, not trusting the test !!!! I bought couple more test and brought them back home…. DIDN’T SAY A WORD TO DH !!
Did one more test the Monday…. Still positive… I WAS NOT ALLUCINATING ANYMORE….
Then on April 1st I took the test AGAIN… got positive and called DH to go check something out… and I gave him the test and said “I don’t think it is an April’s fool joke” he kissed me and hugged me and said “Are you happy” !!!! I cried and said “Yes…. And you ?” he answered “more than you can even think”…..
So far all is been good with the pregnancy!!! I was really worried the first 3 months knowing anything can happen…. Then we decided for an Amnio for Down syndrome risk (I am 39 now and DH 52) so…. The test wasn’t bad at all but the 2 weeks wait was so so long… then the phone call came that the baby was NORMAL!!!! I was so so relieved….
Now I am getting big and less comfortable in my own body but I love been pregnant and love feeling my baby inside moving…
We decided to not know the gender we figured it is the last big surprise on earth!!!
I am of course going to breastfeed the baby (even so my boobs never got big)….
After doing some research I decided to go for Cloth Diapers and got my “starting” stack ready!!
Since the beginning I know I don’t want an Epi… and after more reading realized the birth I want is called NATURAL CHILD BIRTH….
I figure we are mammals so it is natural to do it without drugs (of course I am open to emergency for the baby …). My hospital just got a laboring tub and hopefully they said it will be operational in 3 weeks!!!! I plan of course of using it once at the hospital…
If I would had been younger I would have wanted a water birth but here in our small city only the Birth Center does it and I want to deliver at the hospital (just in case) and I have a very nice OB/GYN doctor and I get along very well with him.
I just hired a DOULA (DH of course met her and likes her too) and I figured now I am ready to try to have the birth “of my dreams” if I can say it like this…. But I know things can happen…. But I have hope and faith in my body!!!!
When I talked to my doctor about NCB he told me since I am already pretty tough to pain (frozen finger, several major surgery on my knee …) I should be fine… “Like he said you can hunt and carry your own caribou in the snow and cut woods with a chainsaw for a whole week and not complaining about back/arms pain because there is no point complaining since the job has to be done… I figured you are going to show up at 9cm and telling me “I just had few contractions”…. That made me laughs! I told me I may be a chicken and cry for an EPI after 4cm!!! he laugh and said “we will see”….
PS: I talked recently to one of my friends (she was our neighbor before and run dogs competitively too) who has 2 kids and she is a NCB advocate and she told me at the first baby (total labor 5hr with very very strong contractions) she did got an Epidural and she was SO SO MAD AFTER HERSELF not been able to handle the pain, "been a chicken” etc… (she was like me a dog musher and living in remote place) she told me if it ever come to it and you decide to ask for it she said DO NOT FEEL BAD ABOUT YOURSELF… her second baby was a total of 1hr labor and she was born naturally….
SO LIKE I SAID I GO IN THERE WITH AN IDEA THAT I CAN DO IT AND HOPE I WILL…..
SORRY IT WAS SO LONG !!!!!!
Now some photos:
Me during Fall Caribou hunting way up north near Kotzebue
DH and I at a race in Katchamka (Russia) he won I got 2nd place
DH and I April 2007 when we hike down the Grand Canyon
Me when I am not PG (hopefully this body will come back!!)
Me caribou hunting last April (8 weeks PG)
View from my sled (during Caribou hunting)
Yes it does get cold here !!
Our kennel view from the sky
This is me dress up for COLD
Keops when we go Grouse hunting
Photos of Keops my poodle
Mao my Fat cat smoking a cigar last X-Mas
My border Collie in summer here, she is 16 now and don't feel too good....
Last one... 32 weeks PG in Paris !
You can see PG photos on the link below to my November space !!!!
Wonderful intro and I am looking forward to your birth story.
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Ahhh, I loved your intro! I was so excited to see your lodge - I knew you were right behind me and I was thinking it was about time for one.... I think you have a GREAT attitude, and I am sure you will do wonderful during the birth!
We are getting so close now - isn't it exciting???
So do you have a feeling about whether it will be a boy or a girl....?
mommy to the most beautiful princess
DH - Gordon (aka Woody) 2/29/08
DS1 - Justin 3/11/98
DS2 - Gordy 11/2/08
Magali - CONGRATS!!!! WOOHOO!!!
Your pics are so awesome - I LOVE the dog sled photo... that's an amazing shot.
Dede & A.very 10/22/05
My Birth Lodge