How are things today? Hope your having a great day.
How are things today? Hope your having a great day.
I loved reading your intro! Can't wait to follow the rest of your lodge!
My days at work are winding down, and today my coworkers took me for lunch (Chinese food YUM) and gave me a little baby package that had some diapers, wipes, baby laundry detergent, and 3 little outfits. It's kinda exciting, it's the first gifts I've gotten for this baby :).
I'm feeling pretty good today, a couple (3) contractions, but again nothing regular/unbearable. I don't expect to be meeting baby for at least another 2 weeks. My pregnancy brain moment of the day though is I forgot my RRL tea at home, so I'm just drinking water this afternoon. Oops.
Nicole: I think this baby is a boy, my pregnancy has been identical to my pregnacy with DS, there's lots of boys in DH's family (he only has brothers, his dad only has brothers, etc), and it's just a hunch that this one will be a boy too. But I guess the only way to be sure is wait til Baby is born and then check for a penis :lol:
Kristen: I haven't read Ina May yet, although from all the good reviews I've gotten here, it's on my list to go check it out of the library. Thanks for reminding me!
Hey, I have been wanting to reply to your big post but had not had the time until now.
Firstly, I love the "cake story" and the fact it was your dad's idea. So cute! And it worked too! :)
I loved reading your birth story. It is very interesting how your story plus Nolan's seizures (I am so glad he is ok!!!) contributed to your desire to look into NCB this time. There are so many maybes - I am sure it is so hard not to wonder about it all...
I too always thought I would have an epi as "that is what is done" and it is a very recent development that I realized I actually don't want one - mainly because I don't want to be tied down and also because the whole thing, as you say, about how one medication leads to another leads to something else really worries me. It is good to know we have a choice and don't have to do what is always done if we are not comfortable with it. As I too have come in late to this, I am doing exactly as you are - reading everything I can get my hands on (though no time for a formal course). I love your idea of writing down what inspires you from birth stories and also using cue cards, etc.
You have given up on the name Andrea???? Oh bummer. I'd love to use it but as I think I have mentioned it would be too weird as that is the name of literally one of my best friends who I see all the time. But I love Reid and Mallory is pretty too. Good luck with middle names!!!
Andrea WAS our top name pick for a long time, and is still on our short list, but DH is really set on Mallory. There is still a chance if she just doesn't seem like a Mallory that we may name her Andrea :-)
Ooooohhhh!! Baby's got the hiccups right now!! LOL
Are you secretly hoping for a girl??? Lol, its your lodge we wont tell anyone and I know a healthy baby is most important, but you can spill the beans!! LOL!
Thanks for the reminder on the RRL tea, I'm needing to get mine in today! Off to fix my tea! O and Mr. Cupcake (nick name for my baby) has the hiccups also!
I know I'm late but just wanted to welcome to your lodge! I loved reading your intro and love the cake story for Nolan! Bet you are enjoying the cooler weather we've been having lately! When are you done work? Is this week your last week?
Conni: 3 more days of work left :-) I'm looking forward to mat leave starting, and actually hope that baby doesn't arrive too early so that I have a chance to enjoy a few days of "rest" and get some last minutes stuff done.
Nicole: actually I think I am sorta hoping for a boy, since I already have a boy I feel like I'm more prepared to have another boy. But it really doesn't matter, either way.
Hope you guys don't mind if I use this lodge sorta like my own little journal/blog. I often like to just write out all the random thoughts swirling around in my head, I find it therapeutic and it helps me feel a little more in control. There may not be a definitive moral to each of my little rants, more like just random thoughts, but I'm going to share anyway, comments (or questions) are still definately welcome - maybe my crazy ramblings make sense to other people too!? :lol:
The other morning about 5 am I woke up with a painful charlie-horse cramp in my calf. It hurt like a mother f***er!! It probably only lasted about 30 seconds or so before the pain started to ease, but during those 30 seconds my entire body was all tensed up, I was biting my pillow and wimpering, hands clenched tightly around my headboard, my whole body curled up into a little ball of tension. Afterwards, I got to thinking about my reaction. It was just instinct to become so tense, maybe like a defense mechanism, but I know I was using a lot of energy to deal with the pain I was feeling. I realized that I would be wise to prepare a better way to handle pain once labour starts, otherwise a couple of hours worth of contractions is going to leave me completely exhausted and vulnerable to the epidural (again). Ideally, I would have time to complete some pain management technique class, but realistically I don't, so instead I need to use what I already know, skills I already have. It's kinda hard to ask yourself, "what am I good at, and how can I use that to help in labour?" I consider myself to be somewhat of a natural athlete: I've always been quite active in all sports, and I would often utilize visualization and breathing to help my game, and I think I need to apply that same method to prepare for labour: Close my eyes and visualize that I'm having a contraction, and visualize my reaction to it. I guess it helps that I'm not a FTM so I know what a contraction will feel like. When it first hits I know my instinct will be to tense my whole body, but even as I type this I find I'm breathing differently, deep full breaths to try to relax my body. The pain will be intense though, and will build, and I think breathing is only going to get me so far, I think I will also need to also keep moving (swaying?) to keep my muscles loose and not clench up. And I need to have something to focus on beside the pain. Here is where I need to have my cue cards ready with those affirmations. (BTW: I'm really glad those quotes and affirmations threads were started and that info is going to be added to the Resources Sticky!! I'll say it again: What a great resource this board is :D )
I think I mentioned that I've been reading lots of birth stories. I'm reading a book right now called "Adventures in Natural Childbirth" which is essentially a collection of birth stories. Some of the stories I find though that I am doubtful of, questioning if that will be applicable to me. They are from the women who had mostly had mild crampy type contractions, and only 1 hour of hard/active labour before the baby was born. Maybe it has just been so ingrained in me that labour is supposed to be long and hard, but I'm not sure I find these "quick and easy" birth stories realistic. I know my previous labour was approx 12 (intense) hours long from the time my water broke and I started active labour until DS was born, and part of me thinks I should be preparing myself for approximately the same length of labour again. But sometimes I wonder if your attitude doesn't determine your reality, meaning if I think I'm going to have a long and hard labour then I probably will, but if I believe I'm capable of a "short" easy labour then that is entirely possible. Should I be visualizing myself with a long intense labour to make sure that's what I'm prepared for, or will picturing myself having this type of labour become a self fulfilling prophecy and jeopardize my ability to have a "short and sweet" labour ?
I have had a few tense Charlie Horses also. My first reaction was to rub them and try to make them go away. But then I started thinking of them like contractions, and started to breath through them. They went away in no time and then i felt better!!! :D Ramble away my dear!
YAY!!! Congrats on your lodge!
I am hoping the visualizing a short labor will help in that. I have heard that it works...I guess we will see.
I hope for your sake your labor is short and sweet! hehe.