Welcome to your lodge!!
Natalie & Dan - June 2, 2001
Samma - Nov. 5, 2004
Tommy - Oct. 19, 2007
Welcome to your lodge. I can't wait to hear your story.
Alicia mama to Jordan Mae 05/09/02
Madilyn Louise 09/28/07
Wow! Thanks ladies, I can clearly remember being 14 or 16ish weeks thinking how cool it would be to be 36 weeks and have a lodge . . . and now here I am. Unreal in a lot of ways.
I think I have time for an introduction . . .
DH Michael and I are both 28. We've been married almost four years (in December), but we met over 10 years ago when we were both still in high school. We went to the same youth group, but weren't friends -- in fact, I had this idea that he was really obnoxious because his friends were a little obnoxious. Once we both graduated high school, our friends became friends and we got to know each other. We dated off and on (mostly off) five years (!) before we got married. He is by far one of the best things to ever happen to me. My best friend in every way.
DH graduated from Purdue University the semester after we were married. We decided for him to pursue his master's degree in theology and so, a year after that, we moved to Dallas, Texas. His program will take four years total and we're half-way through. I'm the sugar mama. I'm in management for a non-profit organization called Apartment Life, Inc -- we work within the apartment industry planning events for residents. I office from home which will allow me to continue working full-time after Judah is born. Between DH's class schedule and my work schedule, one of us should always be home during the day.
I don't remember when we first started thinknig about NCB. It was definitely my idea long before Michael bought into it. We started TTC in January 2006 . . . but weren't super "consistent" and didn't get pregnant until this last January. I think while TTC, I'd stumbled onto the concept of NCB. I'm kind of a rebel in some ways. I hate being told I'm going to do something "just because." And so I started thinking, "Women for thousands of years have birthed children 'naturally,' why should I be required to have pain medicine if it's not best?" And then I started researching and reading alot of what y'all posted here and I realized that all that pain medicine, etc., that my friends have just accepted might actually be harmful. I knew then that I wanted a natural birth.
I had an OB I had stumbled upon when I needed to make a well-woman appointment when we first moved to Dallas. I started going to her when we got pregnant because at that point I didn't have another option. I talked with her about NCB and she would have "allowed" me to have a drug-free birth, but wouldn't have supported me. I came across a free-standing birthing center staffed with two CNMs three-blocks from a major hospital. After much conversation, at 16 weeks, DH and I made the decision to go to the birth center and we haven't looked back. Honestly, it's the best decision we've made in this pregnancy. I later found out the hospital I would have birthed at has the highest c/s rate in the city. Yikes!
I love, love, love our MWs and birth attendant and so does Michael. I couldn't be happier with the care we've received and feel totally ready to have this baby. I know it will be tough, but in some ways, I'm really looking forward to the challenge! Michael is going to be a great support. I couldn't do it without him.
Thanks for reading this far. You ladies have been a big part in my decision to pursue a NCB and I'm excited to share this time with you!
I feel like I got a lot done this weekend in preparation for little Judah. We're doing the cloth diaper deal and I finished gathering everything we'll need initially for that. I packed Judah's bag for the birth center and bought some of the things I needed for mine -- though I probably won't pack mine for a bit more I washed a bunch of clothes a friend passed down to me. And, DH installed the car seat.
This has been a fairly easy pregnancy, I think -- at least, easier than I expected from listening to my friends talk about pregnancy. I didn't have much morning sickness, though what little I did have certainly wasn't fun! Around 25 weeks, my fundus started measuring significanly bigger . . . six weeks bigger. For a little over two months, I measure 6-7 weeks ahead and so we got to have several u/s peaks at the little guy to make sure we were both okay. Because of all that, the MWs were a little concerned that I might have PTL. But, here I am approaching 37 weeks and measure back on schedule for the last three weeks.
I've had very few contractions that I've felt. Some very minor cramping. While today I'm quite eager to meet our son, I'm also expecting to carry him until at least 40 weeks, if not longer. I've always had Oct. 20 in my head -- which is 40w3d. We'll see if my "mama's intuition" is right!
Congrats on your lodge. It sounds like the birthing center is going to be a great fit for you.
It's great that you'll be using cloth diapers. Which kind did you get? I switched recently and have been using Bum Genius and Blueberry pocket one-size applix diapers.
I'm excited to hear your story.
We're starting with CPFs and FuzziBunzs. Mostly because their cheap -- well, the CPFS are And all of my FBs have been bought for us by other people . . . though I know I'll add a few once he's here.
The Blueberries sure are bulky, but they come in oh-so-cool tie-dye jewel tone colors. We like them for nighttime because the diaper is on for so long and it's got to soak up a lot. The Bum Genius diapers are trimmer, but they just come in pastels. We only switched a few months ago, and I have to say that one of our birthing naturally mommas (Baby_Vol) was a true friend in supporting me through lots of how to do this and that questions. We are liking it a lot. I've never tried to cloth diaper through the newborn stage though, so I'll be paying attention to your experience with that.
. . . I love my midwives? Changing care providers was definitely the best decision DH and I made during this pregnancy. I just feel so comfortable with them. I'm hoping we can have another baby here in Dallas before we move in a couple years. Nothing stresses me with them -- and I know I'd be pretty freaked out about some things if we'd stayed at the OB.
I had my 37 week appointment today (well, 36w6d). Gained a pound, BP is good (it was starting to creep up, but is back down), urine was okay. I'm feeling great. I declined an internal as I don't have any signs of impending labor.
Fundus height hasn't changed in the last three visits (well, 1/2 cent. doesn't really count). I was 35 today. So, it's off for another u/s we go on Thursday to check Judah's growth.
I am GBS + but at our birth center, that means a shot, not an iv. I'm totally okay with that. I would deal with the iv, but am glad I don't have to. I'm actually almost glad I'm positive. We have a friend whose daughter contracted GBS during birth last year and has had major developmental hurdles. I'm glad we can be prepared by getting the antibiotic -- just piece of mind, I guess.
That's it for today! Hope you're all enjoying the "fall" -- it's still really hot here in Dallas!
I haven't grown in a couple weeks either - I was at 40 for my last two appointments. I would guess some of it is him just settling down a little more.
I'm so happy that you love your midwives. That's got to be a great feeling to feel so unstressed!!
This week it's hot in NY too - very un-September-like. I want it to cool off so we can turn off our AC for good!! I can't do that when we're in the mid-80s and I am hot and cranky
Natalie & Dan - June 2, 2001
Samma - Nov. 5, 2004
Tommy - Oct. 19, 2007