Welcome to your lodge! We look forward to hearing about your journey!
Welcome to your lodge! We look forward to hearing about your journey!
Welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Welcome to your lodge, Rachelle! I've been keeping up with your updates here for your whole pregnancy. I can't believe it's already time for your lodge! I can't wait to hear about your homebirth!
Welcome to your lodge!! Looking forward to your intro and homebirth!!
Welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to hear your intro!
Welcome - it looks like the April '09 ladies are starting to take over this board!
Woohoo! I look forward to following your adventures in your lodge! :D
Awww what a nice thing to come home to! First of all I will apologize for taking so long with my intro, I just returned from a holiday with my sister and mum :) But more on that later.
Ok Intro! I'll apologize in advance if its long.....
Im 21 and DH is 33, and we are expecting our first baby (hopefully of at least 4!) and planning a home water birth.
A little about us: I met my DH - I'll call him G- through my older sister in Oct 06. He was a good friend of both her and her DH. After I finally had the courage to leave a bad relationship, my sister decided I needed to get out and have some fun...well at least thats what I thought the idea was! apparently after seeing me at my nephews birthday party, G asked her to set up a little meeting....I was being played:wink:
So after inviting me out with a "big group" I turned up at my sisters house to find it was more like a double date! my sis, bil, my now-dh and me. Of course there was an excuse why we should take two cars, so I ended up riding with G. It was the best night I'd had in a long time :) we were totally on the same page and didn't shut up the whole time haha.
The next day he asked me to go out for lunch. The funny thing was I didn't realise that we were on a date until about half way through!!:rolleyes: I was clueless haha I never imagined he would be interested in me. I thought he just wanted someone to hang out with, and went along happily. It wasn't until he made a flippant comment about how he had told his sister he had a "date" that it clicked.... OMG I'M ON A DATE!!
Our lunch date turned into him dropping me off at that night at my parents house who I had moved back in with, where he walked straight in, introduced himself to my parents (turned out he already knew my Dad from working with him) and chatted away like he had known them for years. My mum was smitten ;) haha. He introduced me to his family the next day :)
I was in love :biglove:From then things moved pretty quickly. He worked away (and still does) so what chance we did have together we just didn't want to miss. I moved in with him about 2 months after we started dating.
About 4 months after that we started thinking marriage, and decided to buy a house together. It was our dream house, we looked at it every time we visited my parents - it's 5 houses up from them - and when it went on the market we jumped at the chance. Around the time of the purchase we also found out we were expecting! It was a shock, I was not only on the pill but I'd had a long and complicated medical history and had been told to expect to need help concieving. But we were thrilled. Unfortunately I miscarried at around 7.5wks, shortly after being told there were actually 2 babies.
But a positive of such a heart-breaking experience was it showed us we really wanted a family now and decided not to wait the 2 years we originally planned. We started trying again 2 months after the first loss, and fell pregnant in the first month. I carried that pregnancy through to 12 weeks, when unfortunately it was discovered our second set of twins had passed from "twin to twin transfusion".
In amongst all the drama, G officially proposed!!! He is such a romantic and it was all so perfect. We didn't want a long engagement so I started planning and we were married a few months later, in February 2008. Here's a Wedding pic or two for ya's :)
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After a 3 week honeymoon we settled back in to things and were still trying to fall pregnant again. 6 months later still nothing was happening, which was surprising seeing as I had fallen so quickly the first two times. I decided to see a fertility specialist, and after a little reluctance DH agreed. It was the best decision we ever made. The specialist was fantastic.
I have a long history of severe endometriosis. It was diagnosed at 14, and all up I had 4 surgeries to remove it by the time I was 18, but it was agressive and would return within a few months. In between those I had also had a 8x8cm dermoid (solid) cyst removed from my left ovary. I also had 2 d&c's from the miscarriages and the specialist discovered I already had another cyst (about 5cm this time) on the same ovary again. He performed surgery that very first week I saw him. It was quite extensive as my insides were apparently clogged with scar tissue from all the other surgeries. My organs were sticking together and I had a wall of scarring 3mm thick leading from my belly button to my uterus. My tubes were kinked and blocked, inside my uterus was full of scar tissue as well so any egg managing to get through was not sticking. I was a mess basically.
But just 4 days after surgery I fell pregnant!!!! Not exactly the "Bed Rest" the doctor was talking about:wink: but hey, it worked!!!
I had been on this board since my first pregnancy, and knew that after all the medical intervention I'd had to have, the birth of my child was the one thing that I didn't want to be medicalised. As great as the doctors were to me, I didnt want a hospital birth. DH completely agreed and we applied for the Home Birth program. I adore my midwife, and Im so looking forward to the experience.
This has been a dream pregnancy. Ive been so lucky, I didn't even have morning sickness this time, apart from a bit of back ache and swollen feet from flying last night, I feel fantastic and I cant wait to become a mummy!!! .....although I do have to wait atleast 2 more weeks until DH gets home from work so he doesn't miss it. So Im under strict instructions to cross my legs til then :wink:
DH is so excited and has been so great this whole time. I really couldn't ask for a better husband, and he is going to be a wonderful Daddy.
Our little family also consists of our darling little girl, Chicka. She is a 6yr old pure Rotti and so adorable and well behaved, she truly is our baby and will make a great big sister. Can't talk about the family without mentioning her! Here she is in her pool this summer just gone...
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Ok thats enough about me for now!! You will all get eye strain if I keep going.
Im so excited to finally have a lodge, so I'll be updating often!!!
Anyone got tips to relieve swollen feet???????
I returned late last night from a 5 day holiday in the Eastern States with my mum, my sister and her 2 kids. I can tell ya, holidaying with a 5 and 2 yr old is not relaxing!! haha but it was fun. We took them to the theme parks, so ALOT of walking around.
The swelling started on the flight over there. Up until then I had absolutely none! Then with the flight (5 hours), walking around in the heat for 5 days, then the 5hr flight home, by the time I got home last night my feet and ankles were so swollen it was painful. It felt like the skin was going to just split right open, and my toes were so puffy I couldn't bend them.
They have gone down slightly with the rest over night, but every time I start walking around again they go back up. I know its all part of pregnancy but I don't want to be too scared to walk around for the next 4 weeks! I have so much to do!
Im not worried about it being anything serious as my hands and face aren't swollen - Im still wearing my wedding rings and they slide off easily - so I don't feel the need to call my midwife to tell her, unless I can't get them to go down in the next day or so. I have an appt next Tuesday with her anyway. Just hoping you ladies have some good tips on how to get some relief!!!