A lodge for me?! Yippee! I thought time was going by way too slowly to ever have a lodge. Alrighty... off to write a little intro!
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11
Welcome to your lodge, looking forward to reading your story.
Welcome to your lodge Rebecca. Looking forward to reading your intro!
I guess I shall start from the beginning!
Hubby and I met while I was still in university, studying to become a nurse. We moved in with each other fairly quickly and were engaged after a year, married after 2 years.
I've always known I wanted children and it was everything I could do to wait until after we tied the knot and I finished my schooling. We started trying a couple of months after the wedding, and lo & behold, we landed preggers on the second cycle. We lost that pregnancy early on. It was heartbreaking. I couldn't believe how attached I felt to the little peanut in such a short amount of time. So after one healing cycle, we tried again and again after two cycles... a pregnancy that stuck!
The pregnancy was fairly smooth sailing, my only complaint was the horrid sickness for the duration. I started throwing up at 6 weeks and it stopped when she was born. LOL
At 41 weeks, 2 days I had a membrane sweep done that started the labour ball rolling. I did well at home (well, actually at the inlaws'), I was getting through the contractions easily and was just excited that things were happening. Rob started to get a little antsy when I had to sway and breath through the contractions, so we packed up and headed for the hospital. I arrived at 5cm dilated with a bulging BOW, but a slippery slope of interventions began that ultimately led to a c-section. If you're interested in the extremely long-winded version, it can be found here:
Healing from birth...
And some pictures of my beautiful little girl in the hospital:
It took a lot of healing to feel better about my first birth experience, and part of that healing involved planning for things to be different next time around.
I found out I was pregnant this time shortly after last Christmas. We were trying, but breastfeeding was delaying the process slightly.
This picture was taken at around 28 weeks:
This one is about a month ago at 32 weeks:
This pregnancy has been pretty easy on me. I was a little sick in the beginning, but it went away. I had a tiny bit of back pain, but the chiropractor easily fixed that. I've been really focused on visualizing a drug-free, vaginal birth. My daughter came out needing to be bagged and given Narcan to counteract the narcotics I was given, and I never want that to happen again. I guess that is my biggest motivation.
This time around, I just want to feel more in control of the situation. I want to feel like I can advocate for myself, or that I at least have someone on my side that knows exactly what I want. I never say it, but IF for some crazy reason (like my vagina spontaneously seals itself off) I need another section, I just want to leave the experience with the feeling that I did everything I could to bring my child safely into the world.
So I've hired a doula (the lovely starter of this lodge), I'm regularly seeing a chiropractor and watching my posture to encourage a nice OA fetal position. I've wrote up my birth plan and my GP is supportive of any decision I make. He has a decent vbac record and has no investment in c-sections (in other words, he doesn't completely bill for a birth if it isn't vaginal, because he doesn't perform c-sections on his patients... he must hand them over to an OB).
So that brings me to my most recent developments. Baby has been hanging out in transverse/breech positions and I really felt like that might spell the end of my vbac. I couldn't shake the feeling that this would be the reason I will once again be wheeled to the OR. Today I was scheduled for a version consult and potentially a version. We arrived at the appointment and when she touched the wand to my lower belly, we immediately saw a lovely round head... exactly where it should be! So sometime between my doctor's appointment on Thursday and today, baby turned in the proper direction. I have a feeling it was just last night because only today I started feeling some discomfort in my sacrum, and I may even be waddling a little! So now I have my fingers crossed that s/he stays in this position.
As a side note, DH also found out the baby's gender today. I covered my eyes while the nurse showed him a shot of the goods. He was really eager to find out and I still wanted it to be a surprise... so we shall see how it plays out!
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11
Awww... what a sweet intro (and you always say such nice things about me )
And OMG YAY! For baby figuring out where the exit is! Can't wait to meet you, little one!
Great Intro Rebecca. So happy baby decided to turn head down! I can't wait to hear if you DH keeps the gender a secret or lets it slip!
He's already sucking at the secret thing a little bit I think. He seems to be trying too hard to let on it's a girl... which makes me think boy.
Let the analyzing begin.
oh the mind games begin!