*~*~Joni's (JoniBug) Birth Lodge~*~*

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*~*~Joni's (JoniBug) Birth Lodge~*~*

Welcome to your lodge! Happy 36 weeks!!

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Welcome!

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Yay! Another September mama! Welcome to your lodge :-).

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Welcome Joni! I'm so excited to follow your journey!

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Thank you! I'm so excited to have my very own lodge! I wish I could start writing my story but hurricane Irene took our power on Saturday so I am posting from my phone. When we get power back I will come back and start my story.

BTW, 36 weeks pregnant and no power in August SUCKS. I had no swelling until this happened and the only thing to relieve the pain in my legs has been hot baths. But at least I'm not dealing with a newborn and this heat.

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happy 36 weeks and welcome to your lodge! sorry about no power and swelling, how awful!

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Welcome to your lodge Mama!!!

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I hope you get power back soon! My parents just got power back late yesterday afternoon.

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Congrats!

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Well, since I still don't have power and I had a midwife appt yesterday, I figured I would write a quick post about it.

I was 36 weeks 2 days at the appt. At my previous appt belly measured 35 weeks, this appt it measured 33. Previous appt I weighed 129.5lbs, same at this appt. I would have liked to have gained weight but it has been an awful week especially in regards to appetite. BP was good. I talked with the midwife about my birth plan which went well. Baby's hr was in the 160's, she was moving a lot. Midwife said it feels like she is sunny side so I need to do the turning positions. I figure I'll get on that when I have a/c. Smile

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Good appointment! I can't believe you STILL don't have power/ac! I would be living on the couch with box after box of popsicles if I were you! Smile

Did your mw say anything about your belly measuring smaller?

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I'm a little late, but welcome to your lodge!

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Welcome to your lodge!

Ugh to the no power in the humid yuck after Irene!

I have NO idea how you're doing it.

Hopefully you'll get power back soon!

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I hope you've gotten your power back by now! Hang in there- it's awful to be without A/C when it's so hot!

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That stinks about the power...hopefully you'll get it back soon and be able to get some relief from the heat!

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We got power back yesterday! Woot! I'm hoping to have some time today to write up a post, but we have a lot of stuff to do, the housework has gotten so behind.

The midwife said it was measuring kind of small, but when I told her that two weeks before it was 35, she didn't seem as concerned. I also think I may have dropped, I'm having a lot more tenderness in my upper inner thighs and my belly looks lower to me. I still have a lot of reflux (who wouldn't with all this stress) but I noticed my lungs don't feel folded in half anymore.

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So glad you have power back!! And reflux is the pits when your as pregnant as you are - papaya enzymes are helpful and their not bad tasting. I would take my zantac for the day & then chew on the papaya the rest of the day lol

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I figure I can at least start my story!

My family moved around a lot. We started in upstate NY (poughkeepsie, woodburne, and Syracuse). When I was 10 we moved to Atlanta, GA. I went to a small, private college in GA for two years then moved to Florida to be with my then boyfriend. I was there several months before we broke up. My family had moved to Virginia so I moved up here to be with them. I worked for a while and then decided to go back to school with the help of a mentor. I was living with a bunch of girls when dh and I met online (through myspace). One day I invited him to church with me and he came, and we quickly became friends, then more. I moved in with him in January and we married on July 4th. We wanted a very small wedding and only had two weeks to plan. My dad paid for and planned the reception and dh and I spent 700 dollars on the ceremony (my dress was 300, including fittings, dh's tux rental was 100, we gave the pastors 200, and then flowers and such left over). It was nice for me b/c I get stressed easily and would not have handled planning a huge affair for a year. We only had close family at the ceremony as well.

September we had a m/c which was very hard on both of us. December we had another. Then nothing happened for a couple years.

I continued at school while dh worked and the next march we bought a house. I graduated school and worked as a preschool teacher. Father's day 2008 I found out I was pregnant with dd. My pregnancy with dd was pretty easy, though my OB was very anti-natural and was pushing the epi on me at 15 weeks. At 30 weeks she started talking about how if baby stayed breech we would do a c-section. I'm very glad I don't see her anymore. At 33 weeks I started having a lot of contractions and told her about them but she didn't listen. The next evening (Friday) I ended up in L&D and they gave me terbutaline to stop the contractions and then sent me home. On Monday I went to see the OB again and was still having contractions, though my cervix wasn't changing. She sent me to L&D for overnight observation. I got more terbutaline and they sent me home with a script for it. At 36 weeks I was in L&D again but still no real cervical change. After that I had next to no contractions and at my 38 week appt my OB asked if we wanted to do an induction. We scheduled it for the next Wednesday (39 weeks).

I'll finish there and pick up the next post with dd's birth.

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It's fun learning more about you Smile Looking forward to reading the next part!

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I haven't gotten around to finding my birth story yet but thought I would update. I've been having lots of BH but nothing major yet. I've been cleaning like crazy, trying to get ready for baby. I got both bathrooms clean (including the shower - wow! Smile ), washed the car seat and baby clothes, got my bag and dd's bag half packed, cleaned and rearranged our bedroom to fit the cradle and just general cleaning. I haven't been this active all pregnancy! I definitely never did this with dd, I just laid around and came home to a messy house Biggrin I still have to go buy a few things for the hospital bag.

Today my doula is coming by so we can chat about my birth. I'm pretty excited about it.

TMI: Last night was a doozy and very strange. All pregnancy I haven't felt any sexual desire, and suddenly last night I woke at 2am with it returned 100 fold and feeling like I was going to burst if I didn't do something about it. I did...but then I needed to again and again...seriously over and over until I finally fell asleep at 6. It was not an opportune time for those long lost feelings to come back, I got 5 hours sleep total - I can do that with the baby here!

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welcome to your lodge Joni!! lol on the pumped up sex drive! maybe it's cuz you were so lethargic from the heat, that finally having power back and stuff is shocking your system! (i actually don't know if you were lethargic from the heat, but I would have been!! so I'm just projecting... :-P)

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My sex drive was really high the day before I had Kyla!

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Well, it looks like I'm having bloody show! While in the tub tonight I noticed (tmi) a glob and it was tinged with brown. How exciting!

Like I said, I met with the doula today. She goes to my church and has 6 kids. She was helping me realize what I'm fearful of and wrote some affirmations down for me. Mostly I'm afraid of a sunny side up baby and I'm afraid I won't know when I'm in true labor (since at 33 weeks I was experiencing contractions they tell you are real labor contractions, but they didn't change my cervix while I was in the hospital).

Tomorrow I have a midwife appt and my mom and sister are coming over with dinner.

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37 week midwife appt went well, though it was the longest I've ever had to wait there (a little over an hour) and with dd in tow the wait was torture. But we talked a long time, she also helped to ease my fear of how I will know it is labor. Everything looks fantastic. I'm up to 134lbs, BP was 99/62, baby's hr was 140's and the midwife felt baby's back on the right side so definitely not sunny side. DD laid on my right side, too. Belly measured 35 weeks. The really good news is she said it felt like baby's head is engaged! She can't tell if baby is locked and loaded but she is definitely down in there. Smile

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Sounds like your body is gearing up, that's exciting! I'm so glad your doula & midwife were able to help you work through some of your fears, and that baby is in a good position.

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It's great learning more about other Sept. mamas. I think I am a little nervous about a sunny side up baby, too. It's kind of nice knowing that others have those same feelings.
It's good to know that baby is in a good position.

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I'm glad your meeting with your doula was helpful. Yay for a good midwife appointment! Although that stinks that you had to wait so long- always hard when you have a little one with you!

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This morning I woke up feeling very tired and achy. I thought it was just b/c dh and I did a lot of walking this weekend. But a couple hours later I got nauseous and threw up stomach acid twice. At 12:15, 12:35 and 1 I've had contractions that feel different. I feel them in my hips and very low belly (like right above my pubic bone). The nausea has finally gone, I'm really hoping this is labor!

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I hope so! I am always nauseous at the beginning! Can't wait formore news!

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:goodluck:

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Stella's birth story

This is what I wrote soon after she was born:

we scheduled an induction for the 18th, at 39 weeks. At 7AM we arrived at the hospital, finally ready to have a baby! I got hooked up and they broke my water and started the Pitocin all before 8AM. I was progressing well, though the contractions finally got so painful at about 11 that I accepted a shot of Stadol (if you’ve ever seen the viral video of the boy high on drugs in the car after visiting an oral surgeon - that is how I felt, though I didn’t act like it), because I was third in line to get an Epidural. When I finally got the Epidural it was sweet relief! David went and got some lunch, so my sister-in-law, Amanda, came to keep me company. She was such good company she stayed the rest of the time. At about 4PM, the nurse checked me and found that I was ready to start pushing! She suddenly turned into a tornado, getting the room ready and calling the doctor. The nurse then had me start practice pushing. The doctor came and went and came back. Stella was coming out a little crooked and her heart rate started dipping, so the doctor used the vacuum to get her out. The cord was wrapped once around her neck, but she was great. They immediately plopped her on my tummy and Stella and I started crying. I had a second degree tear and was very swollen, so I took a long time to heal up. She weighed 6lbs, 3oz and was 19 and a half inches long. Her Apgar scores were 9 and 9.

It took a couple months before I began to realize this birth was not ideal for me. When dd was 2 months I started going to a new church and became friends with some crunchy mommas. Hearing about their births made me feel like mine had been lacking something very special. I started researching more into it and found out the statistics were against me, I very well could have ended up in csection. I had back pain at the epi site for 7 months PP. My OB was mean when I was pushing (everyone said I was doing great til she came in, telling me I could do better, etc). I found out recently she should not have used the vacuum on dd b/c her head was crooked. There is only one spot they should apply the vacuum (middle of the back of the head) and anywhere else can cause hemorrhaging. DD probably wouldn't have come out crooked if I wasn't flat on my back the whole labor and if they hadn't broke my water when she wasn't locked in (she was still floating). Her HR probably wouldn't have deceled if we hadnt induced at all.

The biggest thing I want for this labor is to feel in control. I want to make educated decisions and come away feeling like I did what was best for me and baby. I understand there may be a need for certain interventions but I want to be the one to make that decision.

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Joni, that story breaks my heart a little. Especially about the OB's attitude. I'm genuinely sorry, but I'm glad Stella is healthy.

Thanks for sharing, and I wish a wonderful experience with your impending birth!

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i hope this birth experience is incredible for you. sorry that your first birth experience wasn't what you wanted (even though you didn't know it at the time). it's amazing how much we learn after our first deliveries. Sorry if i've missed it but are you practicing and specific methods for natural delivery?

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"jonibug" wrote:

but I want to be the one to make that decision.

That right there is the key & such an important one. I hope this upcoming birth is exactly what you need & are wanting Smile

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Joni, I can totally empathize with you. The more I have read this go-round, the more I wish I was educated and empowered when I was birthing the first time. I hope that this birth is all that you hope for. AND I hope those symptoms are promising so you can have that baby in your arms soon!

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"ourfirstblessing" wrote:

i hope this birth experience is incredible for you. sorry that your first birth experience wasn't what you wanted (even though you didn't know it at the time). it's amazing how much we learn after our first deliveries. Sorry if i've missed it but are you practicing and specific methods for natural delivery?

Nothing concrete. I didn't take classes b/c I thought I was going to have to pay for a doula (she backed out when she found out she was pregnant) and the classes plus the doula were too much to shell out. Now I'm using a doula in training, but I was kind of further along when I found her. So I've read some books and gleaned from them what I've thought would be useful.

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I don't know what is going on with my body today. The contractions never got more intense or close, just stayed at 15 minutes apart all.day.long except when I was taking a walk, then it felt like there were a lot of BH mixed in with the other contractions. I went to bed at 10 and couldn't get comfortable but did sleep a bit, just not well. I had strange dreams and woke at 12 feeling hot. After a few minutes I realized I was having contractions that don't hurt but I can't get back to sleep. So I peed and am drinking water, wondering if maybe I am dehydrated. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to sleep soon.

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I hope this means she's going to make her big entrance soon!

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oohh that prodromal labor can be mean - hoping you got some rest!! :bighug:

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I labored all night, when I would stand up I would barely feel the contractions but in sitting and laying down they got intense. I finally called the midwife and she suggested a shower to see what would happen. The contrax died down after the shower a bit, but not enough to let me sleep. So we went to the midwife's office and I was checked. I am at 2cm, 75% effaced. She gave us the option of either break my water and see from there what other interventions may be needed or go home with a strong sleep aid and get some rest. I opted for sleep and we went home. I slept for several hours, waking feeling funny and drugged. Now I'm felling pretty nauseous and contractions are still there so I think we've decided if they continue and get intense again we'll head in and try breaking my water with hopefully no other interventions. I just don't think I can handle another night and day like this.

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Good luck and ELV!

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Hope things do something definite soon!

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i hope this is your night!!!

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Looks like it is prodromal labor for me Sad I went to the midwife to get checked and was at 2cm, 75% effaced. Bummer. She gave me two options, I could have her break my water or she could send me home with sleep medicine since I couldn't sleep trough the contractions. I chose the medicine and feel better now. Still contracting regularly but not with the intensity they had gotten to. Hopefully I'll go into labor soon.

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Ugh, I hope things gear up for you soon! It sucks being in limbo like that. ELV's!

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I hope you were able to get some good rest and wake up to decisive, real labor. ELV!

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Sad so sorry, hope you are able to get some get rest and down time!

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Joni is in L&D! ELV's!!! Hope you're either holding your little one, or will be soon!

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"heatherliz2002" wrote:

Joni is in L&D! ELV's!!! Hope you're either holding your little one, or will be soon!

ELV! September 15th is an awesome birthday!

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ELV's Joni! can't wait to hear about it!

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Thinking of you!!

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