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Welcome to your lodge... woohoo! Can't believe I get to start it for you. It's going to be great reading and watching your journey! Congrats again on 36 weeks...EDD buddy!

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Thanks. I am happy to be at this point!!! I will do some posting in here tomorrow.

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My story up to baby #1

Thanks for the welcome, everyone. Sorry if this is too long!

I'm 31 and DH just turned 35. We have a 3 year old daughter who will turn 4 in August, and are expecting a little boy on June 7. I'm a SAHM, and we're planning on homeschooling. I've already started doing some preschool type stuff with DD, who loves it. My DH is a software developer for a small company that does a lot of government contracts. We live in a rural area in south western Virginia. I love it here!

I met my future DH in May 2005 on a message board for an online game we were both playing! Lol, pretty nerdy. We became fast friends, and then things progressed from there. I lived in CA, however, while he was here in VA. A VERY long distance relationship! Anyways, after a lot of prayer, and some visiting with our families back and forth, I moved to VA in May 2006, knowing we'd eventually get married. I found a small furnished apartment and got a job. We got married in October, 2006, so all in all, things moved pretty quickly for us! About 3 weeks later, I got pregnant, which we discovered in early December. We were thrilled!

Before we got married, my future MIL suggested we consider homebirth with a midwife if and when we got pregnant. The idea was totally foreign to me. I didn't realize people still actually had babies at home, on purpose! I thought everyone had babies in the hospital. I don't think I'd even heard of birth centers. At this point none of my friends were having babies yet, and I was an only child growing up, so I really didn't know anything about the whole birth process. (I now have a step-brother, whom I acquired as an adult) So I tucked the idea away for consideration. Once we found out I was pregnant, we started seriously considering it. We did some reading and investigating online, and then we went and interviewed the midwife my MIL knew of from friends who'd had homebirths. And we made our decision pretty quickly. Our midwife is a CNM, whose grandmother and aunt are midwives. So she went into school intending to be a midwife, feeling called to do it, but also intending to do it as a CNM. She has her own practice, and she only does homebirths. She's wonderful. I absolutely love her and trust her. She has a few assistants who you don't see during prenatal visits (except the home visit) who are also nurses, who come to assist with the birth. Other than that, it's just her. Anyhow, my mom wasn't happy about this decision AT ALL. She actually screamed at me over the phone (from CA) when I told her. It was rough for a bit, a lot of yelling and fighting. It was very stressful time for me. My mom has a medical background, having worked as a Respiratory Therapist in hospitals most of her life. She is not keen on homebirths at all. However, when she came out to visit me during the pregnancy, I brought her to one of my prenatal visits to meet my midwife. She asked some questions, and listened carefully, and left with a better opinion of midwives than she'd preciously had. She still doesn't love the idea, but she is much less vocal about it, and much more supportive of it, though she still makes sure we know she objects to it.

I had a pretty uneventful pregnancy. I had lost 71 pounds in the year and a half leading up to my wedding, so I started out the pregnancy in the best health I'd been in for years. I was also eating a much more nutritionally conscious diet than ever before. I had morning sickness until about 20 weeks, but it was mostly nausea, queasiness, and food aversions. I didn't throw up much at all. Once 20 weeks hit, I was feeling fine, and really enjoyed the rest of my pregnancy, with the whole glowing complexion and burst of energy thing. We took Bradley classes, and I read everything I could get my hands on about childbirth, homebirth and natural childbirth. We practiced relaxation techniques, and I basically felt very confident and sure of our decision for a homebirth. I quit my job when I hit 6 months, and we moved a week later. At some point it became clear that our baby (we didn't find out the gender until the birth the first time around) was in a breech position. We started doing all sorts of stuff to try to turn the baby in the womb. Then I started going to the chiropractor DAILY (I had been going once a month during the pregnancy). We were of course praying during this time, and asking others to pray. Eventually my midwife got together with another midwife and they tried to turn the baby, gently, from the outside. A more gentle form of the version they do in hospitals. Still the baby didn't turn. I was desperate, we were almost 40 weeks. I was investigating other options to a homebirth, including trying to find some OB who'd be willing to attempt a vaginal breech. But basically nobody in this area does those. I even called the Farm in TN to see if Ina May would take me, but they turned me down, not knowing me and saying they are hesitant to do breech births these days. So it looked like a C-section for me, and I was feeling pretty devastated. And then one day I felt the baby doing something really weird, and when I went in for my weekly prenatal visit, my midwife felt the baby had probably turned, but she sent me in for an u/s just to verify. And yep, the baby had turned, right at 40 weeks!!! We feel it was a real miracle, and part of a lesson God was teaching me through the pregnancy and birth, which seemed to be about trusting. Anyhow, I never noticed any contractions of any kind the entire pregnancy, either BH or early labor. Towards the end and when I was postdates, my midwife would check me, and I was never very effaced or dilated, so it seemed the baby would never come. At my week 41 visit, we discussed how we might have to consider a hospital induction at some point if I went past 42 weeks. And that's where my birth story picks up, which I'll cut and paste into the next post.

Here are a few pics from stuff covered in this post:

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Baby #1 Birth Story

My birth story as I wrote it a few weeks after my DD was born in 2007:

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Our "Poohs"

Born: August, 2007 @ 7:39 am
Weight: 8 lbs, 4 ozs
Length: 21.75 inches
Head Circumference: 14.75 inches
Apgar Scores: 9/10

On a Sunday in August, I was exactly 2 weeks overdue. We had an appt scheduled for Monday, with my midwife, Hannah, to look into our options. One of the things being considered was giving up on a homebirth and going into the hospital to be induced. Yuck! See, my body didn’t seem to be doing much preparing to get the baby to come on it’s own. The week before, I was only a 1, and barely effaced, and still carrying rather high. Hannah was able to stretch me to a 3, and after that I had bloody show for days. But no contractions, and no further progress. So Sunday was our last chance before things got drastic.

I walked on the treadmill. I squatted. I took evening primrose oil, again. (I had been taking it for 2 weeks, orally and as a suppository). We tried some other things to encourage birth. Nothing seemed to be happening. So we relaxed. I actually felt calm, for some reason, and stopped thinking about it altogether. We sat and played a game online, DH on his computer and me on mine, and we just kind of vegged.

At 7:33 pm, I felt something kind of gushy. I thought “Uh Oh”, but didn’t really connect that it might be my water. I stood up to get myself to the bathroom, and gushed all the way there (all the way there is only about 9 feet, but when you’re gushing amniotic fluid, it can seem like a mile). I shouted to my DH “My water broke!” I was giggling. He had a rather shocked look on his face, lol. I was so excited, I kept giggling and saying “We’re going to have our baby!” and grinning. DH was trying to grin too, but he was a little nervous, and never really managed it.

He cleaned up, and I got a pad on. (I went through about 4 or 5 of them in the next few hours until finally I stopped leaking. It was steady and constant for those few hours, a lot of fluid, I thought). We called Hannah. She said to eat well and try to get some rest, and asked me to take Valerian to help me sleep. She wanted us to call her when my contractions were consistently 5 to 6 minutes apart.

I wasn’t having any contractions yet. DH went out to the store to get some Hibiclens (because I was GBS positive) and then we sat down to eat dinner. This was around 10:15 pm I think, lol. I had a few little and easy contractions and then at 10:30, the real contractions started. I took a nice, hot shower, and had two or 3 contractions in there. Then I took two Valerian and lay down on my side. DH was busy, cleaning the bathroom and washing dishes and such. I begged him to come lay down to get some rest, but he wanted to finish up and then he’d come lay down. Yeah right, lol.

He was timing the contractions for me. He’d be in the other room cleaning, and I’d be lying down closing my eyes trying to sleep. Then a contraction would start, and I’d yell “Start!” and he’d start the timer and come hold me while it lasted, helping me to relax. Basically they got gradually more and more intense, and closer together. I never did get any sleep, and he lay down for a totally of maybe 10 minutes. The Valerian did make me pretty sleepy, however, so I was drowsy during these first 5 or 6 hours or so. I remember shivering a lot during this time, I was cold.

After awhile, I got up and tried hanging out on my exercise ball during contractions. I liked that. I had my knees on the floor, and lay across the ball, allowing it to support my weight. I was able to relax pretty well on it. I also walked around the living room a little, and hung on DH when I needed to. At some point, I realized this was not going to drag out all the night and next day, so I asked DH to fill up the birthing pool. Hannah and Hope came sometime around 3:30 am, I think. Hope is an RN who assists Hannah (who is a CNM) at births, and acts as a doula. They set up all their gear and then checked me and monitored the baby’s heart rate. I think I was at 6 cm when she checked me, which was encouraging. They also put a hep lock in my arm and gave me two bags of antibiotics.

This whole time, the pain was getting worse and worse, but it was not unbearable. It was not scary. I felt like I could manage this. We had soft hymns playing, no words, just harp and flute, which was really lovely and gentle. It was a CD my DH got me for my birthday, with this precise use in mind. He is so sweet! During a few of the contractions, I would breathlessly whisper the words to the hymns. I was trying to focus on God, to rely on Him to help me to bear this burden of pain. I didn’t want to despair or give in to fear. The hymns helped. I also prayed a lot. DH was there to hold my hand through the contractions and he’d whisper reminders to me to relax or to breath. I was slightly nauseous, but it was manageable.

Around 4:30am, I think, things started to change. I decided to get into the birthing pool; I really wanted to use the warm water to help me relax. And I was able to really relax in between the contractions in that pool, which was excellent. But, the contractions really started to pick up in intensity when I got in there; we think I was in transition at this point. It was hard for DH and I to recognize at the time, because I never had the back-to-back contractions that are one right on top of the other, I always had time to rest in between, at least 2 or 3 minutes. We should have known though, because they were pretty hard contractions, and my nausea really started increasing. So I asked they bring the bedroom garbage pail to me. And then I threw up. During the 2 hours I was in transition, I think I threw up about 5 or 6 times. It was terrible. Sad During the transition, they gave me juice and water and part of a smoothie and some popsicles, and after a few minutes I’d throw up. Oh well.

In the pool, I started feeling a little panicky. I also started really wanting to get this over with. The contractions were no fun at all. And I started feeling a little like it was time to push. I wanted to be checked. Hope wanted me to wait awhile, but I just really wanted her to get Hannah to come and check me. Hannah was taking a break, I think, and was on her phone with someone. Anyhow, after about an hour, I got out of the pool and got into bed on my side. I would let Hope know when a contraction started and she brought SUPER HOT wet hand towels and wrapped them around the front of my belly. That was nice; it helped a little with the pain. Hannah came and checked me, and I was almost complete, but I had a lip. So, I had to keep laboring for awhile. Ah, it was so hard! I was on my side, and when a contraction would start, DH would lift my leg up and Hope and DH would talk me through it. I really doubted whether I could do this anymore. I actually thought in my head about how long it would take an ambulance to get me to a hospital for a cesarean! :eek: Hope had to keep reminding me to slow my breathing down, I was close to hyperventilating a few times, I think. They gave me another 2 bags of antibiotics, mostly to keep me from being dehydrated. After a terrible half an hour of this (during which time I was begging to be allowed to push) Hannah checked me again and I was finally complete!!! It was 6:24 am.

Pushing was wonderful. Oh, how I loved it! I was working with the contractions now, and there wasn’t any pain, there was just hard work. My first few pushes were kind of lame, but I got the hang of it, with Hope and Hannah talking me through it and giving advice. DH was in the bed behind me, supporting me against his chest, in between his legs. I was in semi-reclining position on my back, but basically in a modified squat while pushing. I’d lie against DH in between contractions, which had slowed down; I had 3 or 4 minutes in between most of them. After about 20 minutes of this, things started to get hard. The baby’s head was coming around my tail bone, and I really had to push and push hard. Pushing the head out was the hardest thing I have ever done in my entire life! I really don’t have words to describe it. I still can’t really believe I did it. I pushed through the most intense pain ever, and then Hannah had me slow down through about 4 contractions while she tried to stretch me and help ease the baby out. Ooh, that was torture, I had to pant or blow instead of push when my whole being was screaming to push. Hannah was very encouraging during this. DH later told me he found himself pushing with me, sympathy pushing, he called it! We both felt the top of the baby’s head with our hands. It didn’t feel like a head. Lol, later DH described it as feeling more like brains, and I agree! I guess I must have done the panting and blowing for 3 contractions, and then I got to give one great big monumental push and out came her head! Oh the relief when her head was finally out!! It was amazing. I knew it was almost over, and it would be easy after what I just did. Hannah cleared out the baby’s mouth and made sure there wasn’t a cord wrapped around the neck. Then I gave one great big last push, and the baby slid out, slippery and fast. DH instantly stared crying! I pushed for a total of 1 hour and 24 minutes.

They lay the baby on my chest and covered us with a warmed towel, and DH and I gazed down at our Poohs, DH crying and in love, I in awe and in relief, honestly. After a few minutes, I asked Hope, “what is it?”, and she uncovered the baby and said “You tell me” and I could see it was a girl, and Hope asked DH “What is it?” and DH said “I don’t know” and I said “We have a girl!” It was lovely.

The Poohs was here, and we loved her, and we love her, and though this experience was really intense, it was amazing. God was good to us. He really helped to keep me calm and relaxed as I could be through this. I could not have done it without Him. When I was close to absolute panic during the transition, and the final devastating pushes, I would remember to pray (I know that He reminded me Himself) and somehow I got through it. He saved us, and changed us.

I cannot imagine life without our little girl.

Thanks for reading our story.


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This pregnancy

Well, this pregnancy has been a lot different.

For one thing, it took us a long time (seemingly to us) to get pregnant again. We had never tried to prevent pregnancy, even after our DD was born, so we were expecting to get pregnant again fairly soon, especially as I got pregnant so quickly the first time (really, I got pregnant the first possible time I could have, my first ovulation after our wedding). Both of us would like to have a large family, as large as we can, and neither of us are spring chickens. Smile But I didn't get pregnant. I nursed DD exclusively till 6 months, then introduced solids. That's when I got my period back. I then nursed her until she self weaned at 17 months. I read "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" and started charting, and trying all sorts of stuff. Anyhow, I had basically given up hope for awhile, and wasn't thinking about it anymore. And then for some reason, a germ of hope sprung up in me again, and I started charting again, and within 2 cycles we got our BFP! That was greatly exciting.

The only problem I had with it is I was starting it out with a lot of "baby weight" + some. Really I was starting out the pregnancy about 39 pounds heavier than I was when I got pregnant the first time. Not exactly excited about that.

The other thing is, I have had "morning" sickness the entire pregnancy, and that includes a lot of vomiting, which was not the case the first pregnancy. So it has been rough on me, and on my family. I spent a lot of the first part of my pregnancy lying down feeling sick, so my activity level has been pretty low. My DH has been really wonderful, and has really stepped up to pick up where I have had to stop doing certain things. It's been tiring for him, but he has been lovely about it, and I am grateful for him. The second half of my pregnancy has been a bit easier in that I am not throwing up every day, have a little more energy, and am not feeling sick all day long. But I still do throw up. I have to eat breakfast in bed every morning before I get up to do anything, otherwise I am getting sick, and sometimes I do anyways. Smells still make me really sick. I've had a hard time at grocery stores, especially with the meat dept. and the bread aisle! With the bread, I've realized it's the preservatives that are bothering me, because I have no issues at all with smelling or eating freshly cooked breads without preservatives. But packaged sandwich breads and the like... yuck!!! I've had a lot of food aversions this time around, but thankfully some of them have gone away. (Cheese. How can you not love cheese!? But for awhile here the thought of it made me sick)

Other than that, my symptoms have been pretty normal. I had about 4 migraines in the first trimester, and 1 a few weeks ago, which is a lot more than I usually get when I'm not pregnant (maybe 1 every year or two at most). I developed some mild hemorrhoids after I gave birth to the Poohs, and they have been exacerbated a lot this time around, though they still aren't usually painful, just present. I've figured out a way to sit on the floor right after I go #2 (TMI, sorry) that gets them to go back inside. Strange, but it's working for me. I've gained a little more weight than my midwife and I had hoped, but not too bad. At this point, I've gained about 22 pounds, but the weight gain has slowed a little recently. That's actually not a whole lot, but I seemed to be gaining at a very rapid pace early on, so it was worrisome, especially as I was already weighing more than I cared to to begin with. I am seeing the chiropractor every month, as before. At the moment this little guy is head down!!! He has been for a while too, so I am hopeful for no repeat of the stress of breech from last time! I feel very large and like there is NO MORE ROOM in here, and am pretty uncomfortable a lot of the time, especially at night. I'm still carrying pretty high, and have had some nasty heartburn this time, which wasn't an issue before. I sometimes actually feel the acid from heartburn in my EARS. I am getting stretchmarks for the first time. I have had no contractions that I know of at all. I haven't had any vaginal checks, but I have a home visit next week, and she is going to test me for GBS, so she'll probably let me know if anything is going on with my cervix. I am basically expecting to go late again, though I realize it doesn't always happen that way. It's just what I'm expecting. I have low iron, and am taking a liquid iron supplement.

I don't feel quite as prepared this time, in that I haven't been getting much exercise, haven't been eating as healthily, and haven't been practicing my relaxation techniques. I've slacked on prenatals due to the nausea, though now I am taking a liquid, which is easier for me to deal with. I know I haven't been drinking enough water. It's just been harder to have energy and motivation to do things the "right " way this time. I am hopeful that as soon as I feel better I can get in a few good weeks of some exercise to try to build up a little endurance.

Which brings me to my current state. I have bronchitis. I started getting sick with a sinus infection last Monday, and I have been really sick since then. This is probably the nastiest URI I have ever encountered. I was trying to avoid going to the Dr. but ended up going to urgent care on Saturday. When I got there they realized I was dehydrated, so they gave me a bag of fluids, and diagnosed me with bronchitis. At that point I was coughing up greenish stuff, so they gave me an antibiotic. Oh well. Sad Z-pac. I started it on Monday, and am almost done with it. There is fluid in both ears, but they aren't ear infections, *yet*. I went to my chiro today, and he adjusted me to try to help with the bronchitis, and after I left his office, I realized I could breath through my nose for the first time in weeks! I also picked up on olive leaf nasal spray. I hope it will help and that I will start getting better. I'm really trying to avoid getting pneumonia, which my DH had during my first pregnancy! So far though, I haven't noticed the antibiotic doing me much good. Basically my throat isn't sore any more, and my voice is back. All my other symptoms are about the same. I've had to cancel my last two prenatals, so I haven't seen my midwife in about 3 weeks. She's going to come for the home visit finally next week, as long as I feel our house isn't a death trap of germs for visitors.

I feel unready for the baby at this point, too. I was never impatient in my first pregnancy, just incredulous at the idea it would ever actually happen, lol. I have realized I don't really bond with the baby in the womb. For me, pregnancy can be great (when I'm not sick all the time) but the idea of the actual baby never becomes real to me until I am holding them in my arms. I mostly am a little more impatient for things to be over this time because I am tired of throwing up, and I am not enjoying being so uncomfortable, especially while trying to sleep. Once my little guy is here, I know we will bond and I will love him with all I have. But at the moment, I still have a lot to do. The nursery is totally unorganized, no baby clothes are washed, we still have a few supplies to get, I need to send out thank you cards for the shower, lol, and I would like to get some meals cooked and in the freezer. Last time I had months worth of food cooked for us ahead of time, which was SO great. But I am trying to take things easy right now (story of this pregnancy) so I can recover from this illness.

And that's all she wrote for the moment. If you made it this far, well done on all that reading! Smile

I've been keeping my June, 2011 "Space" pretty updated, so if you want to see some belly pics, and read some more, here is the linky: http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showpost.php?p=8155082&postcount=6

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One thing I forgot to add. DD was born with a nuchal arm, and her head was large, anyhow (97th percentile). I had a second degree tear on my perineum, and a second degree tear on my labia, near the urethra. After she was born, I lost a bit more blood than maybe is normal, and I was pretty light headed and weak. I could not get up for a long time, so my midwife catheterized me, and stitched me up. She said that it was the most "medical" homebirth she's ever done for one person, as I had an IV, stitches and a catheter. She's done all of those, of course, but never all 3 for a homebirth. She said it to me almost apologetically. But I have no bad feelings at all about my birth experience. It was a lovely thing, and is a memory I hold very dear. The tearing, however, I do not hold dear. I had pretty acute pain for about 3 months, and then I continued to have pain, especially during intercourse, until about a year after my DD was born. I sometimes now (well, when not pregnant) get this achy feeling if I am on my period and have been standing for a long time. I am not sure what that is about, but I have kind of associated it in my mind with the damage done to my perineum. This time I would like to try a different position for pushing. Possibly side lying. I am still thinking about it, and mean to talk it over with my midwife at our next visit. I don't think she'll have any objections, I don't think she cares how I push, as long as it's right for me. I don't know how I ended up pushing in a semi-reclining position, other than I didn't give it a lot of though ahead of time.

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We just got netflix, and I accidentally took a nap early this evening, which means I am up right now. So I just watched The Business of Being Born. Wow!

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I LOVED reading your story! DH and I like to game too, we do consoles, though. And your dd made an adorable newborn!

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Katie -- I love all the info and your DD was adorable. Don't worry, I'm adding plenty to my lodge... I'm catching up... I'm not that brief.

Anyways -- I totally understand tearing, I had a 2nd degree with my 1st, but luckily just a slight tear with my second. I didn't even need stiches with #2, so hopefully it will be the same for you.

Wasn't the Buisness of Being Born awesome... I just watched it a couple of weeks ago... I have 1 complaint though... every birth was quite, no one was yelling... that is so not real! LOL! Hope you have a great day tomorrow... enjoy your weekend!

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Enjoyed reading your story. I am looking forward to hearing the rest of it as it unfolds.

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So great to read your intro! My mom is a PA and when I told her I was getting hypnobabies her response was "good luck with that". Why is it that medical people can't have an open mind?? Anyway, So excited for you.

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So today was supposed to be my home visit with the midwife, but she had to cancel because another lady was in labor. I totally understand of course, but I actually haven't seen my midwife in over 3 weeks, due to how sick I have been. So I am really glad she'll come some other time this week, maybe tomorrow. We're playing it by ear. The RN who will assist her and act as a doula during the birth, Hope, came by though, which was nice. I talked to her about my concerns over tearing and she said she will be ready to support me as much as she can during labor and pushing to prevent tearing.

As far as the bronchitis goes, I am doing much better! I still have a nasty cough, and probably will for awhile, but my other symptoms are gone, other than feeling totally worn out and low energy. I still have morning sickness though, I threw up this am. Sad THAT has gotten so old, it stinks like a rotten corpse, this throwing up nonsense!

Otherwise I am fine. I am not feeling impatient, or fed up with being pregnant. I have some occasional heartburn still, though not as bad as it was. Hope said he's head down, but not engaged at all, I'm still carrying pretty high. Other than being uncomfortable at night and low energy, I feel fine, and am SO glad to finally not be sick as a dog with an URI! Smile

I still need to wash the baby clothes and organize the nursery, so that is next on my list.

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I love reading all your updates! Especially your birth story - thanks for sharing that. Good luck with the washing and organizing, for some reason I dreaded that with DS and ended up doing it the day before he was born!

Can't wait to follow along as you get closer and closer!

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The home visit went well. As I expected, he's not engaged, he's pretty high and I am not all all effaced or dilated. I really feel that he's going to be late like Poohs was, but you never know. So it could be 3 weeks, or it could be 5! My energy is still really low, but I got a rag quilt made in the past few days for my gift exchange partner on the June 2011 board, and am feeling really good about getting something accomplished! I am also feeling pretty guilty, because my 3 year old has basically been spending all her time watching videos while I've been sick/resting. So she's going to have a nap in a few, and I am going to try to straighten up a bit, then I am hoping to take her out to do something fun tonight. Not sure what, but my DH will be out late at Bible Study, so I want to get some quality time in with her, especially as soon she won't be able to claim so much of my attention. I just LOVE the guilt that comes with being a mom!

Here's a pic of the quilt. I am going to make an identical one for my little guy, hopefully next week:

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love the rag quilt, its so pretty.

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WOW! That quilt is SO cute!! You are so talented!

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That quilt is sooo cute! And don't worry about your daughter - she may be giving up a small amount of time with mom, but it'll be more than made up for in time with a brother.

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Love the quilt, it's beautiful! What a special gift for your Birth Buddy.

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The quilt is adorable! What a wonderful gift. Smile

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So glad you are feeling somewhat better! I can't imagine throwing up this whole time, you are a strong woman! My kids have been watching way more cartoons then normal too. I feel so bad but keep telling myself I will be a better mommy after baby comes. I hate that when we play outside, all I can do is sit in a chair and watch them. But I keep reminding myself I gotta listen to my body and take it easy and it won't be this way for long.

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Thanks about the quilt, ladies. It's the second done I've made, and it turned out a lot better than I expected.

Joni, that is a good point! Thank you. Stephanie, we don't even go outside these days, lol. But we should, especially as our weather has been so nice. Getting hot now though...

Probably my final belly pic, taken today at church:

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you look great

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Love the belly picture. It is perfect.

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Cute picture! You look great!

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Happy 38 weeks! Smile Lookin' good! I haven't posted much to your lodge, but I'm reading, I promise!

Jen

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Jen, I know how you feel, lol, trust me, I just got caught up on your lodge which I've been meaning to do for over a week. Happy 38 weeks to you too! You seem to have more going on than me, I've still got no contractions of any kind, though I do feel he might have moved down a little since I am now peeing a lot more than normal, and feeling a little more pressure down below.

I still haven't been able to get any work done in the nursery or washing baby clothes as my DD has been pretty sick and very clingy the past few days. I went to Bible Study tonight, though, and when I got home my DH said she seems like she's really improved this afternoon/evening, so I hope she is feeling well tomorrow and I can do something other than cuddle with her on the couch all day. Though, it has been nice, so much cuddling!

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You're looking great! Sorry that your DD is sick. That makes it very difficult to get anything done. Maybe baby boy is just waiting for her to get well before he makes his grand appearance.

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You look great!!!

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You look great! I hope your dd is all clear before that baby makes his grand entrance.

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Well, I'm still here and hanging in. My DD is finally better. Last week was a rough week because of her being sick with her first ear infection. I ended up having another home visit due to scheduling issues, but I wasn't checked. Still no contractions. Have been having really bad heartburn again the past several days. Yesterday was nice. We intended to go out to a baseball game, but it was in the mid-90s, and there was no way I was going to go to a mid-day game and sit out there in the heat. So instead we went to a local place that has killer doughnuts and got hotdogs and doughnuts, the lunch of champions, then we went bowling. It was fun to have the time to spend together as a family, though I was only able to bowl one round, then I had to sit out. Bowling it tiring and painful when you're 39 weeks pregnant, lol! I've been working hard today in the nursery, though I need a mid-afternoon break now. Hopefully I can get back to it tonight. Got laundry and dishes to do as well. Sad I am really, really hoping we can go swimming sometime this week, it may be my last time for quite awhile!

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You look great! I can't believe you went bowling!

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I hope you make it swimming, that sounds nice.

I think hot dogs and doughnuts sound great for a good family day Smile

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Way to stay active! It's nice that you can get out and do things instead of just sitting around waiting on contractions to start. Makes the last few weeks go by faster. Now I want a doughnut....
Hope you get to go swimming!

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Ok, ouch. Pubic bone pain. Ugh! Have had it for about a week or so, but it's getting worse daily. I feel I may not be able to walk much or move soon! Rolling over or getting up from a reclining position are especially difficult.

Also, saw my midwife yesterday, and had a good appt, but the baby is still pretty high, she said he has a long way to descend yet.

On a happy note, I've had two friends come over to help me with things this week, and the nursery is almost done and I feel pretty accomplished and like a lot has been marked off my list! The only major project I still feel I need to accomplish is cooking and freezing which I hope to get to on Monday if baby hasn't arrived yet.

Didn't swim, still want to, maybe next week...

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Oh yeah, and I've actually had noticeable BH contractions the past few days. Only 3 that I actually felt, lol, but that is something for me!

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Yay for BHs!!! That's a good sign. Won't be long now even if you do go over by a week or two!

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Hope you get that food made andmake it swimmimg. What do you plan to make?

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So far I am going to make quiche and breakfast casserole, black bean soup, 3 bean taco soup and baked ziti. I need to go to the store in a few minutes, and those were the things I could think of quickly. Other suggestions? Veggies dish ideas appreciated!!!

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Ambicious girl!

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You're so motivated for being so far along! Broccoli Brown Rice Casserole is a favorite at our house and it freezes well. Everything you've made sounds delicious!
Hope you get to go swimming this week. Maybe all the activity you're doing will kick your body into labor!

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Veggie lasagna is a great freeze meal as well.

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