Welcome to your lodge, Katie! Can't wait to hear about your pregnancy and follow your lodge.
Welcome to your lodge!!! I'm so excited!
Welcome to your lodge!!!!!!
yay! welcome to your lodge!
Welcome and congrats!
Yay! Thanks! I am off to my 36 week appointment right now, but I will update later tonight when I get back!
Welcome to your lodge!
Everyone is fed, bathed, DS is in bed, and DH went to go work out, so it is nice and quiet around here right now!
My appt today went great! No GBS until next week, bp was 110/60, hb in the 140s, measuring 36 weeks on the dot! Baby is head down and in 'good labor position' according to my mw. Not sure what that means, but I'll take it!!
I'm Katie, my DH is K and we are both 28. We have one son, Cutter, 2, born on his due date; 6/25/09. Just recently someone said to me "how cool! His half birthday is Christmas!" And it only took me two years to notice! ha!
DH and I have been married for 4 years next week, been together for 6. We had a super-secret office romance for 6 months before we were 'outed' by his boss. She found out at 10pm one night, and by 8 am the next morning, everyone knew!! (Don't worry, it wasn't forbidden to date people in the office. We worked in advertising and things were VERY relaxed)
Anyway, I went back to school and got a masters in education, and DH started his own company two days after we got married. We moved across the state for his work, and just recently moved back to be closer to family. Now his business has grown to serve 3 states, and I am a part-time grants manager for a school curriculum company.
About 6 months after we were married, we decided to ditch the birth control and just let it happen. 2 months later, we were pregnant! I was so excited, but started spotting almost immediately. We lost that baby, and I had 'retained products' that led to a massive uterine infection. Lucklily we were able to get pregnant again after that, but lost that baby too at 6and a half weeks. We then decided to take a break from trying to let ourselves heal, but low and behold, I was already pg again! This time we went to an 8 week u/s and saw a hb! We were thrilled! However, at a growth check u/s at 10 weeks (I was considered high-risk by then) the hb was gone, and we had lost our third child.
After lots of prayer, considering other routes to parenthood and some time to heal emotionally, we decided to make an appointment with a fertility clinic in Seattle that specialized in genetic issues. Two weeks before the appointment, I found out I was pregnant. We were terrified. And remained terrified past the betas, past the ultrasounds, past the level II genetic testing, and past when we found out we were having a boy. I think I took my first deep breath the day I made it to 24 weeks. C is our miracle baby, and we are so blessed to have him.
Whew! That got long...sorry. I'll post more later, including C's birth story. Thanks for reading if you made it that far!
What an amazing story so far! I can't wait to hear about Cutter's birth. I'm so sorry for your losses.
I am also sorry about your losses. You have done a great job carrying this one so long!
Have they figured out why you had so many problems at the beginning?
Sorry about your losses So glad you are here now! Can't wait to read how things go!
Another September momma! Woohoo!
I'm sorry you had such a rough start, but it seems like you're on a roll now...two healthy pregnancies and soon to be two healthy little people
I just got back from having my hair cut and colored, along with an eyebrow wax...it was two and a half hours of uninturrupted heaven! Our new swing showed up while I was gone and DH (and DS!) had it all assembled by the time I got home! So exciting!
Erin - We never went through with all of the testing to find out what happened in the beginning. My third lost pregnancy we did have the 'products of conception' (actual medical term) examined, and it was determined that it was a triploid prengnacy, meaning that that baby had three complete sets of chromosomes, 2 sets of Y and 1 set of X. It is always a fatal condition if triploid babies make it to birth. A major cause of triploid births is something called 'nondisjunction' which is a male-inherited trait. There's nothing that can be done for it, short of IVF with genetic screening of embroys. Again, we never got the confirmation that this is what was happening to us, but we had a pretty good idea.
Sorry that got long...
Anyway, My actual pregnancy with C was mostly uneventful. One trip to L & D for an NST for decreased fetal movement right before my due date, but it turned out baby had just engaged and was 'stuck' so he couldn't move around as much. (I am kind of a worry wart!)
On my due date, I went to see my acupuncturist at noon, and was 3 cm and 60-70% effaced. She said "you sure you want to have the baby TODAY?" I thought, well she can;t actually MAKE me have the baby, so I said 'of course!'
I walked out of her office at 12:30 and had one mild contraction, and that was it. I went home and worked for a few hours before I noticed I was having a few conntrations that I was able to time. I didn't call DH or my doula, becuase I had had false labor a few night before, and I didn't want anyone (read: me!) to freak out over nothing. I made 2 loaves of zucchini bread, cleaned up the backyard and picked up around the house until I realized that this was most likely the real thing. This was at about 4:00pm. (In hindsight: WHY DIDN'T I TAKE A SHOWER???) DH called and told me he was going to get his haircut on the way home from work, and I told him be better come straight home instead because I was definitely in labor. Our plan was to stay home as long as possible with our doula and then head to the hospital. We lived less than 5 minutes from the hospital I delivered at.
So I go and get in the bath, and DH starts trying to call the doula for us. She dosen't answer. By the time he gets home, he has called her 15-20 times and she hadn't responded. Getting in the bath was also maybe a mistake. My contractions immedately jumped in intensity and frequency. I hadn't timed them since early afternoon, so I asked DH to time a couple for me. They were 3 minutes apart lasting at least 60 seconds. This is when I panicked. We couldn't get a hold of out doula, so we just jumped in the car and took off for the hospital. It was 5:15.
Once we got to the hospital, (still haven't heard from the doula), labored for awhile on my own, and then they checked me. At 6:00pm I was at a 3. WHAT??? I was in so much pain, really working through my contractions, but after I head that, I dissolved into tears.'My doula wasn't around, DH didn;t know how to help me, the nurses were seriously unsupportive of NCB, so if I still had to do this for another 12 hours, forget it! I caved and accepted an offered epidural.
Once they started trying to place the epi, my doula walked in. I don't even really remember her being there at all. They tried to place the epi three times, and it never took. While I was sitting hunched over, I felt a gish and assumed my water broke. Instead, I looked down and the floor was covered with blood. At that point DS's heartrate crashed, and I almost passed out.
Doctors and nurses came flying into the room (again, I was pretty out of it, but DH has helped me remember). This is the point when my body started pushing involuntarily. It was 7:00pm. When my OB realized I was pushing, he said "I thought she was at a 3?". He checked me again and I was complete.
I was wheeled to the OR (while pushing and screaming - I will always remember one sweet mom who was clearly showing up for an induction as I was being pushed past...I could literally see the blood drain from her face at the sight of me! - and becuase DS's heartrate hadn't rebounded, I was prepped for a c-section. They were literally iodine-ing my belly and strapping my arms down as I was pushing.
The OB watched me push one time and said "if you can push like that and get the baby out in the next 10 minutes, you don't have to have a section". Well! That was ALL I needed to hear! DS was born exactly 8 mintues later (2 contractions) at 7:39pm.
It turned out I had a partial abruption while in labor (very rare), and because of that he had aspirated quite a bit of my blood. His apgars were 'not good', so he went immedately to the NICU with DH. He stayed there for over 8 hours while they stabilized him.
They did give him formula in the NICU, and becuase of my blood loss, I was never allowed to get up to go see him. That meant everyone got to see him before me. I think that is the hardest part. I have pictures of all of my in-laws holding his hand, etc, and I hadn't even seen what he looked like yet.
Luckily, he was realeased to me and the nursing and bonding started like there was never even a break. It was one serious whirlwind!
Here's a few pictures:
Leaving for the hospital: (aka, the last time I simled for a few hours)
In the NICU (that is my FIL's finger...everyone got to meet him before me!!)
With an exhausted Daddy the next morning (who seriously should not have skipped that haircut)
Thanks for reading if you got that far. I had never really written out Cutter's birth story before...it was actually quite theraputic to do that! Thanks for letting me share!
Wow, it sounds like Cutter's birth was a whirlwind and scary... I can definitely relate to the scary part. I'm so glad that everything turned out okay. I hope that this time around everything is peaceful and exactly how you want it to be! It is definitely hard when everyone gets to see your baby before you. With Catie, we had two names picked out, and even though we were 98% sure we were going to go with Caitrin, we decided to wait until we saw her to decide for sure. Well, DH totally forgot in the midst of everything, and when I woke up from the anesthesia, he had already told EVERYONE that her name was Caitrin! Oops!
I second what Heather said! What a scary experience for your first birth. I hope this one is everything you want it to be.
What a birth story! I am glad you decided to do it again. I actually teared up when I read that everyone else saw Cutter before you. that would have been the worst part for me!
I am glad he is so healthy now!
Wow! What a birth story. I can't imagine everyone seeing the baby before I was able to. I'm glad you are healthy and things are lining up to be a fantastic birth.
Oh wow, that sounds like it was a really scary birth.
Im glad that you got to avoid the c/s though!
I have had in my birth plans (even the SHORT version for the L&D nurses) that if for whatever reason Im unable to hold/see the baby that NO ONE but my DH and medical personnel involved in their care is to be allowed to hold/touch/bond with my baby before me.
Maybe selfish, but it made me feel better, especially when I ended up with a c/s and there was a 1.5 hour lapse between the birth and my being able to hold him.
Maybe you want to include something like that this time?
I have had in my birth plans (even the SHORT version for the L&D nurses) that if for whatever reason Im unable to hold/see the baby that NO ONE but my DH and medical personnel involved in their care is to be allowed to hold/touch/bond with my baby before me.
I didn't know that was even an option! And I thought I was a pretty well-informed patient!
Thanks for that advice, Star. I am certainly including that on my birth plan this time around!
Today is a work day for me, and I have so much to do and no motivation! I have double the amount to do because I will be out tomorrow. I am going ot be 'sick' - if you can believe it I have a 2nd interview for a job that is based locally! It would be so nice to cut my travel schedule back with a new baby.
I think it's going to be comedy hour...who seriously goes to a job interview 37 weeks pregnant?? But, they already know I am pregnant since I had my first interview a few weeks ago - so who knows! Cross your fingers for me! It's a great job and would be an increase in responsibilities and compensation, so that's always a plus!
Tonight is a DH work-out night, so I will get on later and write up about this pregnancy. I SO wish I would have participated in this board with my 1st pregnancy. I love that I will have written memories of these last few weeks!
Good luck with the interview! That is awesome that they called you back for a second one!
How was the interview?
Hope the interview went well!
I had my 37 week appt on Wednesday, everything was fine. b/p was a little low again, but nothing to be concerned about. I did the GBS swab, didn't get checked, but my belly hasn't grown in the last 2 weeks. MW said that if by next week baby hasn't had a growth spurt she'll probably refer me for an u/s.
I am so excited to have this baby at the birth center with the mw's. They are all awesome and so reassuring. Now taking the baby home after the birth...I'm not ready for yet.
Wednesday was also my second interview for a job I applied for a month or so ago. It was crazy to interview 37 weeks pregnant. Other than being hugely pg, it went really well! Hopefully I'll hear something soon.
Tonight, DH and I are going out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary (yesterday), then tomorrow is my baby shower! I am really looking forward to it!!
I can't wait to hear about your job!
Congrats on your 4th anniversary! DH and I will be celebrating our 4th next weekend. I hope your baby shower is loads of fun! Glad your appointment went well too and if they do do an u/s that baby looks good. My DS2 ended up measuring 3 1/2 weeks behind and then all of a sudden caught up to 1 1/2 weeks behind and then didn't change the week I went into labor. I ended up with an Ultra sound with him and things turned out fine. Just smaller babies.
ME TOO!!! I'm very lucky to have a job that I can come back to after mat. leave, but I would love to work for this new company.
I also went back and looked at my notes from the end of my pregnancy with C, and I basically stopped growing at 37 weeks with him too. I'm thinking it's an end-of-pregnancy thing and not sometihng I need to be too concerned about.
Being able to birth in an environment & with a provider(s) that suit exactly what you need makes such a huge difference! I'm excited for you too Sounds like your body kind of follows a pattern when it comes to growth, so your probably right & it's nothing to worry about. Hope that the interview went well & that you hear some positive news soon! Happy Anniversary too - how fun!
I'm glad your interview went well!
With DD I pretty much measured 34 weeks from 34 weeks until she was born at 38w3d. She was only 5lbs8oz, but she was totally fine. My OB at the time thought that she was measuring small because she was so low in my pelvis so early on.
Did they say why they think you're belly hasn't grown any in the past couple weeks?
just catching up on your lodge. I am so sorry for your losses and for the overwhelming birth experience of Cutter. Glad you are both safe. Sounds like you are in good hands with lots of support for #2! I've heard so much that as babies drop/engage it can change how you measure. Looking forward to following your journey!
Any Job news?
I was wondering the same thing
UGH I just typed up a long entry with pics and my internet went down!
I am too tored to do it all again right now, but I will update in the morning. I REALLY need to go start packing my bag instead of procrastinating!!
Can't wait to hear your update... I'm also wondering if there's been any news about the job???
Haven't heard from you in awhile... how are you? Any big news we should know about?!
How are you?
I am SO SORRY that I have been gone for a few days. I really didn't mean to, the days just seem like they are flying by!
So, I am going to launch into one big, huge update. Feel free to skim to the pics if you want!
I found out on Friday of last week I didn't get the job, but it came down to me and one other person. While I'm seriously disappointed, and am sill a *little* proud of myself for even getting down to the final 2 people being 37 weeks pregnant. I am so blessed to have a good job right now in this economy, so I am trying to focus on that instead.
Last weekend was my baby shower, which was so fun! My MIL hosted for me, and I got to see lots of friends and family and we got pretty much the rest of what we needed to be ready for the baby. It was wonderful! Here are a few pics:
Me and my mama:
Cute quilt a friend of my MIL cross-striched for the baby:
Me and MIL:
My BFF (on the left) with her new little girl (named KATIE!) and one of my SIL:
Last week was a blur of getting ready to go on leave from work (SO MUCH TO DO!). I feel badly, but I just have no motivation to get things crossed off my list for work! I am doing better with the home preparations for baby; we are just about set. I am finished (enough) with the nursery, the bassinet is all set up in our room, car seat is installed, house is deep cleaned and freezer meals are just about done.
I finally also got a nightgown to wear at the birth center. FOr some reason this was a huge decision for me. (Silly, right?) It needed to be short, but not too short, easy to breastfeed in, a dark color, etc, etc, etc. I also didn't want to spend more than $10 since it was probably going to be a one-time-use kind of thing. I don't know why I totally over-thought all of this so much, but I finally found one! It took a week and three stores. Ha!
Yesterday my SIL (the one in the pic) took me out for a pedicure and dinner so I would have nice toes while pushing out the baby. It was such a treat. She had a NCB with her 2nd baby, and so it was great to be able to tell her my fears for this birth. She really helped me get into a good place for this challenge.
I am kind of a control freak. Not with other people, but with myself and my surroundings. One of the things that still bothers me the most (and has me the most scared for the birth this time around) is how out of control everything felt. I know there will come a point when I may feel out of control, but I am hoping that is comes later than last time and lasts for a shorter period of time. I think being at the birth center will really help that becuase the midwives appraoch the birth process so differently.
Baby-wise, things are fine...I haven't gotten checked yet (and won't until my due date), baby feels nice and low (bring on the waddle!) and is still moving around, but only his booty and feet. Makes me wonder if his head is engaged at all.
Sorry this has gotten so long...but I am back! and can't wait to keep catching up with everyone!!
So i just went and took a few pictures of the nursery to share with you! It is 'done enough' for me to feel good about it.
We are still missing art for above the changing table (haven't found anything we like yet), and a valance, but the baby won't mind I don't think!
Standing in the doorway:
(DH hand painted all the trees - I love them!!)
Crib and trees (MIL made the bedding and pillows - again, LOVE!)
Changing table and shelves (and smoke dector that needs batter replaced (still not corssed off the to do list!)
Rocking chair and night light:
Close up of trees (DH painted in 'K+K...how cute is that??)
Thanks for letting me share!!
You look so cute pregnant, I love how your belly button pokes out lol Adorable! And that cross stitched blanket is amazing, that must have taken awhile to do! Yay on finding a birthing gown, I totally get how that's a big deal! It always is to me, with each birth
It's wonderful to be able to talk to someone who understands, about any birth fears you might have. Am glad your SIL can be there for you for that. Have you voiced this to your midwives at all? They can be a wonderful support & help too, if you start feeling that way again - sometimes just knowing that others know & are there for you makes it much easier to deal with.
Okay, your nursery is sooooooo adorable!! And I LOVE that star light & the K+K how stinkin' cute is that lol Love it!
ETA: I also meant to mention that I'm genuinley sorry that you didn't get the job, your attitude twoards it is to be admired & you SHOULD be proud that at 37wks you made it to the top two! That's awesome - am glad you still have a good job & hope that it continues to go well for you.
I'm sorry you didn't get the job! But that is awesome that they considered you so seriously, even at 37 weeks pregnant!
Looks like you had a great shower! The quilt is really cute.
I know I said this on our birth board already, but I LOVE the trees! So, so cute! Sounds like everything is coming along in your preparations for baby!
I am sorry about he job you have a great attitude though!
The shower looked like a lot of fun. I am feeling a bit sorry for myself that I don't get one.
Th nursery also looks great!
Your nursery is adorable! I love the initials in the tree.
I know what you mean about the control issue. I've been dealing with that a lot myself. I can totally see the draw to just scheduling a section...
Glad you found a good nightgown...at least you were able to control that!
I've been having lots of cramping during the day yesterday and the day before, and last night that turned into a few contractions that wrapped around to my back. Nothing major (didn't bother even trying to time them), but it makes me hopeful that things are progressing as they should.
My last birth (with an OB) I was so hung up on how much 'progress' I was making each week at my appointments. At the time I didn't realize it, but it made me so much more impatient! I was trying all sorts of natural induction stuff...I even did castor oil once (NEVER AGAIN!!) It's really nice to be so much more relaxed about it all this time around. Baby comes when baby is ready, and no one else has to decide when that is for him.
I'm amazed at how comfortable I still am. I have the normal aches and pains, a lovely sciatic pinch on my right side, but nothing major. I feel very lucky. My only true complaint is that this baby has been so high up the entire pregnancy sometimes it is uncomfortable to breathe - that is when I get the most crabby!
I have my 39 week appt this afternoon, then I am going to be having dinner with some friends and DS so that's nice to look forward to.
This morning after we dropped DS off at day care, DH said to me..."I was up for an hour last night thinking about what we would forget if we had to leave for the birth center right then". I thought that was kind of cute that I am not the only one with some birth anxiety! We have had the infant seat base in the car for a few days, but today he made sure we put the seat in too 'just in case'
How cute of your dh! It is nice to hear you are so at peace with the baby choosing his own bday and that you are still relatively comfortable!
I am feeling the same way! I have the usual discomforts but compared to some, I am doing quite well! I also agree with not stressing out over when the babe will show up!
I had my 39 week appointment yesterday and everything was fine with baby and me!
BP was nice and low, hb was in the 140s, baby is head down a 'halfway' engaged (so maybe he's just thinking about being engaged? lol)
The mw offered to check me if I was interested, but I declined. Becuase my labor with DS was so short, and we live 45 min away fro the birth center, she told me that she would like to check me next week to see if I've made any progress. Not becuase it will give her a clue of when I'll go into labor, but becuase we'll have a better idea if this will be another fast labor.
Overall, it was a great appt! DS was with me, and asked if she had a vacuum at her office - she pulled out her dust-buster and let him play with it the rest of the appointment!
Lots more contractions last night and this morning, but no real pattern to them or anything. I feel generally crampy and lots more pressure today than I have felt before. I am just wiped today! I have a few more things to do for work that HAVE to get done this afternoon, and my house is a mess again, so I think I am going to tackle laundry today and cleaning tomorrow. Oh the exciting life I lead!
I totally know what you mean about getting discouraged by the weekly checks. I'm not going that route this time either. The midwives at the practice I'm at this time don't even offer to check you until your due date anyway!
It sounds like things are getting started for you! Maybe you'll be the next September mama to go!
Quiet day around here - a little work, a little cleaning, a LOT of two year old mischief...
All the crampiness/contractions have quieted down today too. This is FINE with me, althought reading Joy's birth story got me so excited to be holding my OWN little man!
In a perfect world, I would love to have this baby a week from now. Work will be totally handled for my leave (instead of those few little loose ends left I have now), we'll have our own car back (although maybe laboring in the loaner car from the dealership wouldn't be horrible. I'd rather have my water break in that car than my own!!) and I'd have one more weekend to sleep in before the nights with a newborn start again.
On another note, my Mom is totally driving me up a wall! I was talking to her earlier today about her upcoming trip (she leaves ON my due date, which is not a big deal, even if she misses the birth, she'll be back withing a few days at the most), and she told me she was going to be mad at me if anything happened to me or the baby becuase of my selfish decision to go to a birth center. UGH. Not supportive. Of course, she is also my mother, so if she is second guessing me, it makes me second guess my own decisions to go the mw/birth center route. Nothing major, and I still overall feel that this is the best decision for me, my baby and the birth we hope to have, but my hormoes are already so out of whack, any little thing feels huge right now.
Sorry for the vent, but if she had concerns, why is she waiting until I am 39 WEEKS to bring them up? Seems late.
Tonight we are meeting friends and kids at the park for a bbq/play date, then tomorrow we are going swimming at my ILs, so it will be a fun, relaxing weekend. Hopefully this is one of the last times I'll have to bust out the maternity swimwear! It's not my favorite look.
It's SO nice to feel comfortable when your 9 months pregnant - I've had pregnancies like that & really appreciated it. I think it's great that your feeling so good :thumbsup:
Very cute of your husband! I love it when they are involved too.
Ouch. Soo sorry your mom made a comment like that, what an unfair thing to say If t helps any stats are in YOUR favor not the hosptials. Don't let her worries worry you, your going to have a beautiful, amazing birth!
Hope you had fun at the bbq tonight
cute nursery and looks like it was a really nice shower! sorry about your mom, but honestly, don't second guess yourself. it really sounds like you are surrounded by some great providers. this is YOUR birth experience not hers. I think there is a generational 'issue' that some people just don't get the 'need' to have control over their birth experience. It is going to be awesome and don't put pressure on yourself to have baby before your mom leaves. Hope you are getting some nice r&r before lo arrives!
mothers can be awfully opinionated sometimes, cant they??!?
Sorry she isnt being supportive.