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~ *~ Kristen's (kvo) Birth Lodge.~*~

Welcome to your lodge Kristen!!!

I'm so excited I got to start your lodge. Can't wait to follow along the next few weeks!

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Welcome to your lodge!!

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Welcome to your lodge! How exciting!

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Welcome!

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welcome to your lodge, Kristen!

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Welcome to your lodge Kristin!

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Welcome to your lodge! Smile

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Look forward to reading about a fellow June Bug's birth!

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Yay, another Junebug! Welcome to your lodge, Kristen!

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Welcome!

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Welcome to your lodge, Kristen!

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welcome to your lodge!!

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Yay!!!!! I'm glad you started it too, Kristen, since you really inspired me to take charge this pregnancy.

I feel like I've already shared a lot about myself, but I guess that's what I'm supposed to do here.

I am 36, I live in Portland, OR in a small 1950s ranch house with DH (35), DD (2 1/2), a Greyhound (7) and two cats (11 & 12). I'm a middle school reading specialist in a fairly large urban school that is only a 5 minute drive from my house. I teach 7th and 8th graders and beginning next year I will focus on the top tier of the 3-tier Title 1 intervention model (I know....wth is that?) It means I work with students who are reading between 5th grade level and either 7th or 8th grade level (depending on what grade they are in). It is a reading strategies class focused on note-taking and study skills.

I am originally from Maryland and DH is from Michigan. We met in 1999 in Olympia, Washington when we were both "older" college students. I was almost 26, so this August, we will celebrate 11 years of our relationship. I studied drama and literature mostly and he was a US history major. Both of us planned to go to grad school. He wanted to go to Arizona or Georgia and I planned to go to school in Seattle or San Diego. He moved into my large 3 BR apartment after only 4 months of dating mainly out of convenience. I needed a new roommate and his lease was up. He had his own "room" which became an office. We also lived with another female roommate. She moved out the following summer and DH and I had the huge place to ourselves (us and the cats) for about another year.

By the time we graduated with our BAs in June 2000, we were getting pretty serious and realized we may need to re-vamp our plans for grad school. We both planned to take the 2000-2001 school year off to work and apply to schools. I worked as a non-profit social worker and taught an after-school program at a middle school. DH worked at the front desk of a corporate hotel. DH got rejected from grad school in both AZ and GA (both very competitive programs and he was applying for the PhD fast-track). He decided then to apply to 2 schools in Portland. Got rejected from one and accepted to the other. I looked into PSU, but really didn't want to go to a large university, so I applied to the master in teaching program at Evergreen in Olympia where we had gotten our BAs. I got accepted for the 01--03 cohort. DH deferred his enrollment to winter quarter 2002.

From Jan--June 02 and Sept--Dec 02 DH drove the 90 miles each way from Oly to Portland twice a week for classes. It sucked. Meanwhile, I continued working for the non-profit (part time) and began the first year of my masters program which included writing my thesis. In Sept 02 I did my first student teaching practicum at a high school in Olympia teaching college prep writing, Junior English, and drama.

Then in December 2002 we made the move to Portland, went to Maryland for the holidays, and got engaged. DH now was able to take on a teaching assistantship at PSU and stop commuting. I was able to arrange to complete my student teaching just over the river in Vancouver, WA in a middle school. I was totally dreading middle school, but it turned out to be great--the perfect fit for me.

Okay, let's skip ahead a few years.....We got married on 7/19/2003 and I worked a series of temp teaching jobs over the next year and ended up taking a full time position at a small private school about 25 miles south of Portland. I hated it. Lots of rich kids with attitude and a$$ kissing of the snotty parents. I worked there for 3 years while DH tried to complete his thesis (he never did) and went through a series of jobs and layoffs.

In December 2005, we bought our house. In May 2006 we began TTC, and in August we adopted our Greyhound, Raleigh. On November 12, I got my first BFP. The following week, the governing board of my school decided they would be closing down grades 6-8 the following year---I would no longer have a job. DH had suffered a layoff the previous April, but luckily found a new job right away and was safely employed, but at entry level (just a bit above minimum wage). I began scouting out new jobs in the spring when I was visibly pregnant.

It was during all this stress that my panic disorder really got bad. On top of that, I had terrible m/s. The end of the school year came and I still had no job lined up for the following year. Zoe was due on 7/19, our anniversary. That day I had an OB appt and learned that my cervix was still high and closed---she couldn't even reach it. Meanwhile, during my pg and that summer I was back in school in a post-masters program to get teaching endorsements for both reading specialist and special education. While at the OB's office, I got a call for a job I hadn't even applied for. I warned the VP who called me that I was overdue to have a baby but desperately needed a job for September and not to be shocked when I waddle in to the interview. I got the job and I have been there ever since.

Knowing I would have to start work on August 21, and it was July 23rd with no baby yet, I fearfully chose to get induced. I knew exactly what I was up against and had prepared myself for a c-section. It was a very hard choice to make, but I don't regret it. Had I not taken this job, we would have lost everything. The economy really tanked that next year and school districts stopped hiring and some even did mass layoffs. I feel so thankful every day that I work here. I love the school, it is close to home, and I now finally have job security.

Zoe's induction began when I left a behavior disorder class at 9:00 pm, went home and got my bag packed, and checked in to the hospital at 11:00. They gave me a dose of miso (aka cytotec) vaginally. I drifted off to sleep. At 5:00 am some nurses came in and said I was having contrax (I felt a little crampy) and did an exam. My cervix was still high and closed. Zoe was trying to descend and her heart rate or BP became "unstable." So they turned me on my side and hooked me up to an IV. They said they needed to slow her down until my doctor arrived. DH was still asleep on the little couch thing and I woke him and told him the dr was being called and I was going to get sectioned. The nurse had already told me to mentally prepare myself for it.

As usual, the doctor took a while to arrive---maybe an hour and a half. She already had a sectioned scheduled for 8:30 and she was planning to get there and do mine first. By the time she came in and checked me around 7:00, I was feeling like I was having a panic attack. She said "no, I think you're actually in labor." She checked me and sure enough I was at 4 cm. I was so relieved. She left and said she'd check again after her scheduled section. Things got super intense right away. Contrax one after the other (I had no pit..this was just my body). That lasted about an hour and a half. I couldn't breathe and there was no one around to help me get any kind of relief. I didn't think I could move. It was like having a whole-body charlie horse cramp. DH thought I was sleeping....lol....b/c I had my eyes closed and was totally silent.

OB returned around 8:30 and said I was at a 6. I was so exhausted from the non-stop contrax I decided to ask for an epi. The nurses made me get out of bed to pee before it went in and I didn't think I could move. When I did get up though, it actually relieved a lot of the tension in my arms and legs. I stood and rocked by the side of the bed until the epi arrived. It only took a few minutes for it to take effect and I felt so much better.

By 10:30, I was fully dilated and ready to go. Zoe was born at 10:59. I again felt very blessed b/c I didn't have to get a c-section and things went pretty smoothly and quickly. I had told myself if things went well, I would go for NCB the second time.

So here I am only 4 weeks away. My cerivx is still closed and posterior, but the MW could feel the baby's head on it and she said it had dropped and was beginning to soften. Yay!

I'm doing hypnobabies and I have a doula. I feel very confident that I can have an unmedicated birth this time and I'm actually really excited about it.

Dang...that was long....sorry.

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Yay and welcome to your lodge! I have a hard time not seething with jealousy that you're in portland... oh how I LONG for home! Sounds like you had a great labor experience the first time and are gearing up for a great one this time:)

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Yay!!! How did time go by so quickly???

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Welcome to your lodge!
I enjoyed reading your story and learning more about you! Sounds like you have a good team and are really prepared for this birth!

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"jooniper" wrote:

Yay and welcome to your lodge! I have a hard time not seething with jealousy that you're in portland... oh how I LONG for home! Sounds like you had a great labor experience the first time and are gearing up for a great one this time:)

Any chance you could return? I know it's not like we are overflowing with jobs here, but it's not the worst. I live very close to where you grew up---I'm the first exit over the river on the 205. Right by the airport.

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Welcome to your lodge. I really hope that you can get the birth that you have always pictured.
I enjoyed reading your intro.

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"kvo" wrote:

Any chance you could return? I know it's not like we are overflowing with jobs here, but it's not the worst. I live very close to where you grew up---I'm the first exit over the river on the 205. Right by the airport.

Get out! Yeah, then we are very close. I was off of the old Evergreen Highway under the 205. Could see the airport from my house.
My husband (from SoCal) and I ABSOLUTELY plan on moving back to the portland area someday. He actually applied to teach at Catlin Gable but that was a long shot. If not for our desire to get pregnant/have a baby right now, we could have had enough for the move, but the baby took priority. Once we can afford the move we'll make it. My sisters are both up there (well, Redmond and Beaverton) and my parents are still in Vancouver. My brother lives 15 minutes from me down here in Texas but brothers just aren't the same, you know? Besides I miss that beautiful green city and the mountains and the waterfalls and the actual bodies of water that aren't coated in slime...
Whew, sorry. Apparently once you get me talking about homesickness I can go on for a while. The moral: enjoy Portland!

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Yay! Can't wait to read more about the next few weeks. Smile

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I really enjoyed reading your intro and learning more about you and your family! I will be following you for sure!! We are not that far away in distance or birthing times!

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Welcome to your lodge Kristen!!!! I can't believe you are almost there! I feel like you just got your BFP yesterday! I'm so excited to hear about your last few weeks of pregnancy and your labor and birth!! Yahoo

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"Barefoot~Mama" wrote:

Yay!!! How did time go by so quickly???

Ditto that!!!! Welcome to your lodge Smile

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Yay, i enjoyed reading your intro, Kristen--no matter how much we all share on these boards, it's still great to get the details that fill in the gaps, and everything all written out in one place like that.

I'm really looking forward to following your lodge. You're going to do wonderfully!

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Holy cow, already?!!!

You are so organized...everything will go fine! When is the last day of school for you supposed to be?

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"gardenbug" wrote:

Holy cow, already?!!!

You are so organized...everything will go fine! When is the last day of school for you supposed to be?

Hahahaha...you should see my desk, my file cabinets and my house! The last day of classes is June 16 and that will be my last day of work. There are 2 more days of "activities" and a workday on the 21st. If I have not yet given birth, I will go in for the work day just to move my stuff from my temp desk location back to my permanent spot in another hall that I prefer.

As for the joys of Portland.....it's not so nice these days. I don't think it's gotten above 50 degrees in days (47 and hail when I drove home from work yesterday) and it's been so stormy. This is the coldest May on record...brrr!

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I think the weather is supposed to turn around early next week here...hopefully in P-town too Smile

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I am glad it isn't really hot---my feet are not swollen as long as I wear sandals or my Keens. But....it would be nice not to have to bundle up and try to find a raincoat that I can zip up these days. I was supposed to have a yard sale this weekend, but that isn't happening and next week is a holiday so that means the first weekend in June. I do NOT want a garage and shed full of old furniture and crap when the baby arrives. Even with giving away over half the stuff for free, I still stand to make at least $200.

I'm prepping diapers and working on Liam's bedroom this weekend. The only thing I still need to shop for is a diaper sprayer. DH too a day off work and got Liam's room painted white, so now I need to fashion some wall decor.

Our windows are ready too!!!! They are coming on Monday and Tuesday to do the installation. Yay!

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Are you going to CD? We had thought about it, bit so far have ended up using sposies.

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Yeah, talk to me about CDing...I really want to but will be back at work in Sept. and daycare uses disposables. Plus I don't want to buy everything and not really use it.

Really, I just want you to convince me Wink

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Let me know how the prefold prepping goes for you Kristen Smile

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"CaBlondie918" wrote:

Let me know how the prefold prepping goes for you Kristen Smile

I've washed and dried them twice now. I will continue later today and tonight. Today is super busy. I decided to take a 2 1/2 hour nap yesterday so I didn't get done some of the things I planned. I got up early this morning and took Zoe to Target and Home Depot to get some more things for Liam's room--a little plastic set of drawers that we will use for clothes now and toys later and a matching hamper. Also 4 little storage bins for diapers, covers, wipes, and fitteds to go on the changing table. And I got the diaper pail too!

Then we drove out to Kids Kuts which is about 10 miles east. I tried to call twice but they weren't answering the phone. We've done a walk-in there before. We got there and the woman was really rude and almost laughed when she said she had no openings today. So we left and Zoe cried almost the entire ride home b/c she wasn't getting her hair cut. I promised her I would try to find another place to take her today. There are only 4 kids haircut places in the whole metro area and only one that's open on Sundays. Luckily, they were able to fit her in at 2:00. That means only a 45 minute nap for her since it's a half-hour drive to the hair place.

Then at 4:00pm, in a completely different part of town, our playgroup has a meetup at an art warehouse for kids where they run around splashing paint on everything.

So yeah, busy day.

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We use prefolds too. We do have some pocket diapers for night time though. I hope you like it. We really do - plus w/ Rosie's sensitive skin - we basically had to. She was only NOT allergic to Huggies and the chemical free/organic disposables. She would get huge hives or bad diaper rashes from all the other ones. Plus it was a LOT cheaper.

I just bought Blaise another FuzziBunz one size and got a free KaWaii pocket one size from a coupon I had. I also got 2 more Thirsties covers. Those are the ones that seem to fit the best for my kids. WHat kind of covers did you get?

I can't believe you have to work that late into June! Our last school day this year is Monday the 7th - and it's only from 8-9am.

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Sounds like you are busy! That is cute that Zoe likes getting her hair cut enough to be upset about not getting one! Kostas has had one, and it was like talking someone off a ledge! He did not want to do it and it took a ton of talking and negotiating! LOL

Are we going to get to see pics of Liam's room? Smile

Any cute diaper covers to show too? I love looking at CDs!!

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I got 2 Thirsties Duo covers,2 litewraps, 1 Bummies Super Brite and 1 Super Snap, and I just ordered a Flip cover. I got 2 dozen orange (NB) pfs and 2 dozen yellow (sm) from Green Mountain Diapers. And I am trying some fitteds too--I have 2 NB and 2 small Thirsties and a NB kissaluv. With my flip order, I got a free small bumGenius AIO. I'm not buying more until I see how things fit on him. It sounds like the best fitting diaper really depends on the size/shape of the kid.

We finally got home from all our running around at 6:00pm. I still have a buttload of stuff to do--laundry, entering grades, bleh. I've barely eaten or drank anything all day so of course I began having major BH which felt like he was seriously going to burst right out of my pelvis.

Zoe had a great time at CHAP painting and playing with the other kids. She also was very successful at quickly picking out a swimsuit and zip-up hoodie at Old Navy where she met another girl named Zoe and had some play time in the kids' area.

Long day to be rewarded with the final episode of Lost tonight!

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Wow that's a busy day!! And fun too! I hope you can stay awake for Lost (I have never seen it but I know it's crazy popular) and also get some rest tonight. Hopefully those BH's will let you sleep.
That's so cute about Zoe & Zoe at Old Navy. Sounds like she really got some quality time in with you today. A girls day Smile

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I'm late getting here but welcome to your lodge! Great intro:) I look forward to following your story. How did the hair cut go?

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oooh, i like the sounds of your stash! i hope too see some pics to drool over! nudge nudge Biggrin

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I'd love to see pics of your stash too! I think mine's finally done now.

How did you like Lost last night? I thought it was pretty good considering how many loose ends there still were.

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A bit late, but welcome to your lodge!

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I totally overdid it yesterday. I felt miserable and was awake most of the night. I have been awful with taking and uploading pics lately. I'll get that done probably next weekend.

Zoe's hair looks so cute. It is like mine---a stacked bob, but hers doesn't get long in the front and it isn't red.

As for Lost, I felt so sick during it that I was kinda in and out of paying attention. It left me pretty confused though. I also have a hard time following complex stories--I forget a lot of details. I'm still wondering if there are just multiple parallel universes (like in Fringe) or if they all just died in the initial crash and had some kind of shared transition experience.

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I've never seen an episode of Lost so can't help you there ;), but I hope you can get a bit of rest tonight and feel better.

Zoe's hair sounds cute!

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Another funny about Lost was Aaron's birth. DH and I cracked up. She had a 5 minute labor---like "oh, that was a big kick" then "I have to push!" I think she did like 3 pushes and out popped the world's biggest and cleanest newborn. He was at least 2 months old.

I am really beginning to wonder what it will feel like when it's time. I've had so much pelvic pressure and some pretty strong BH, sometimes accompanied by nausea and the need to have a BM. I guess I won't really know until I'm close and they are right on top of each other. I also am trying to mentally prepare myself for the probability that I will go late. The more stories I hear from moms of more that one child, the more it seems that their gestation lengths are pretty consistent from child to child.

Zoe was due on July 19th and by the 25th, she still had not dropped and my cervix was unreachable. Who knows how long she would have stayed in there without the induction. My ILs are coming between June 11th and June 28th. I don't reach 42 weeks until July 1st. I suppose they could extend their stay since they are both retired. It is just hard to imagine still being pg in July.

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Sorry you're feeling so bad! I'm not even all that uncomfortable, comparitively, and I can't imagine still being pg in July either. Hopefully it won't be an issue for you!

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I've also never watched LOST, so... no answers there.
I've been so impressed with the patience of the ladies on this board when it comes to the end of pregnancy. That's the one thing I'm preparing most for this time- mentally preparing myself for being in it for the long run. I got so antsy last time at even 36 weeks (it didn't help I was pretty much in a slow labor for 8 weeks and really just wanted to know what the heck was going on). But this time, I know what is going on and I know it really is best if you let the baby decide the time. Good for you. I sure hope you never make it to July:)

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A few weeks ago when I was at your point in pg, I would do that , too, have a super busy day then it would get the better of me and I would just feel awful the next day. I have been feeling those BH's and pelvic pressure, with occ. rear-end pressure for weeks...and still no baby. There is just no way to tell, even if you are dilating, when that baby is going to come out! If it helps you feel any better, after having my 1st induced, my 2nd was 38 weeks with PROM. (The others were all after the EDD though).
I am with you, though, I hope you aren't pg in July and I hope I'm not pg in June!!!
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I really hate being the whiney one feeling like crap. Pregnancy just doesn't agree with me. Maybe the fact that I am short and especially short in the torso makes for worse reflux, puking, etc. Probably makes for worse rib and pelvic pressure too b/c I don't have much room in there.

The one good thing about our terrible weather lately is that I am not sickeningly hot like I was at the end with Zoe and my feet and ankles rarely swell.

I had a pretty boring appt today. Everything seems good--heartbeat is normal, BP is normal, lost 1 lb since last week, and Liam is measuring right at 37 weeks. I also learned that there is a therapist who works as part of their midwifery practice and specifically works with women who have depression and anxiety problems as well as PPD issues. So they set me up with an appt with her immediately following my regular check next week. Yay!

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That is so neat there is a therapist in the practice.

I hope you only have one July baby Smile

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That is awesome there is someone in the practice like that and that you getting hooked up with them. Yay to everything looking good at your appt.! Overdoing it is no fun, get some extra rest. I hear you on the short torso thing too!

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That's great about the therapist in the practice. Very unique, I think. You have nothing to apologize for or feel bad about for feeling miserable, etc,. You should hear me complain during the first 20 weeks. That's the rough part for me. AND...this is this best easiest pg I have ever had. Glad you had an uneventful appt...that's what we want!

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Glad your appointment was uneventful. I think it's great that they have a therapist as part of their practice. It's great that you already have an appointment with her!

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