Heck yeah! It's about time!
Awww Amy, wow lodge time!!! Congratulations!!!
Natalie & Dan - June 2, 2001
Samma - Nov. 5, 2004
Tommy - Oct. 19, 2007
Holy crap, it's that time, isn't it??? Thanks, ladies for the warm welcome to my lodge.
I'm Amy (will be 31 on Nov 2) and DH is Eric (32). I have two older children from a previous marriage. Well, sorta. From a previous relationship that turned into a marriage just as the 2nd child was making herself be known, but it ended when my oldest, Noah (11) was 2 and Ella (9) was just 6 months old. Best decision of my life to get out of that marriage, but I'm ever grateful to the man for giving me awesome kiddos. I was a single mother for years though I had a couple of long term relationships. DH and I got married 2 years ago and started trying for a baby immediately. We now have Asa, 13 months, and this little guy on the way, who will be our last. I've known DH since high school (we went to prom together but then he dumped me) and we happened to run back into each other at a bar after not seeing each other for years and years (he'd been overseas with the Navy) and started dating long distance. We tried to only see each other once a month, then every other weekend, and when we were trying to get to each other every weekend (he was in Baltimore, I was in Nashville) we knew someone had to move. So, he moved back to Nashville, we lived separate because we wanted to make sure this was going to work, and were engaged within 6 months. The kids adore him, he adores them and me, and all is well in our lives.
I've had all my babies outside of a hospital. Noah was born when I was 19 and scared out of my mind. I had started OB care and knew this wasn't the way to go. I worked with a girl who was also pregnant who used a midwife, so I called the midwife up, met with her during my 7th month, and was sold. Spiritual Midwifery also was a life-changing read. Noah was born after 17 hours of labor (including over 2 hours of pushing), posterior, all 9 lbs, 3 ozs of him. I tore pretty badly and had to get transferred for some serious stitching. Other than that, it was a great experience. I became pregnant with Ella when Noah was 11 months old. She was born in the same room with the same midwife as Noah. Very beautiful birth...6 hours, I believe, born in the water to candlelight. She was truly the most beautiful newborn I've ever seen. (must dig a pic up at some point).
My last pregnancy was uneventful physically, but stressful due to my life at the time. We bought our first home, I was promoted to a pretty stressful position in my company, and I worked with my MIL. I went into the pregnancy weighing more than I needed to and gained more than I needed to. I was truly miserable the last few weeks and did everything I could short of castor oil to get Asa out. I knew I only had a certain amount of time for maternity leave and I left work at 37 weeks, so I wanted him to come on already. Of course, babies come when they're ready, and I delivered a 10 lb waterbaby at 39 weeks, 3 days. My postpartum time was stressful due to adjusting my family to the new addition and the fact that I had a looming date ahead...returning to work. I went back when Asa was 9 weeks old and was miserable after a few weeks (once the novelty wore off). I was pumping but not enough, not sleeping well, exhausted, something had to give. I finally came up with the idea of doing home day care and this is what I've done since Feb of this year. I had a difficult time adjusting to it (I was so used to being SUPER BUSY all the time and out of the house all day) but I've settled into this and am having a blast being home with my baby. This is certainly not a life career for me but is helping pay the bills at this point and I get to color and have Dance Party USA each day and get paid for it, so I can't complain much (not that that stops me).
This pregnancy has flown by. I had some wicked morning sickness at first (never had it before this one) but by the 2nd trimester, I was actually going days at a time forgetting I was even with child. These last few weeks have really sneaked up on me and I have to admit I'm not ready for this baby at this point. I'm doing nothing to bring on labor unless I'm overdue. I'm trying to get as much done as possible, take it easy when I can, and just enjoy my current family before this next one arrives. I'm feeling great, sleeping well (thanks to Calcium/Magnesium citrate), have gained an okay amount, trying to walk as much as possible...yeah, it's going pretty good here at the end.
I have a list of things to do and one of them is put some music together. HappiLeigh recommended Deep Forest and I need to look into that. Any other suggestions?
I'm going to try to be much better at this lodge than I was at my last one, updating at least once a day. You ladies may get sick of me!
Congrats on your lodge and #4! I enjoyed reading your story and love the cute little Yoda in your siggy pic!
I'm hit and miss around here, but I wish you all the best!
Physically, I'm not doing anything at all to make me think this baby will be the least bit early. No cervical secretions, no contractions other than BH, nothing. Mentally, though, I feel myself shifting this week into isolation mode, or, attempting to in this crazy house. I'm finding myself more annoying by the incessant chatter and wanting to retreat to my tub several times a day. I'm also getting really snippy, which is never good. Must focus of changing my attitude a bit, or at least disguising my annoyance so as to still have friends and family after the babe is born.