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    Default ~*~*~*Tamara's (Tlotus)Birth Lodge!~*~*~*

    Congratulations on the 36 week milestone! I'm looking forward to hearing about your prior births and following your last weeks with you!
    -Jasmine

    Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11


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    Thanks so much, Jasmine!! So excited to have a lodge!

    I will have an intro done this weekend. Can't wait to share this experience with all of you!
    Tamara, 38 and BJ, 45
    DS- 19 DS- 15 DS- 11 DS - 8 DS - Born 11/20/11!
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    welcome to your lodge excited to share this journey with you
    ~Kristen~
    <3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
    ~Connor~ 7/26/07
    ~Isaac~ 11/20/08
    ~Colin~ 2/8/12
    Baby #4 11/24/13

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    Thanks Jasmine and Kristen for the welcome! I finally have time to pound out a proper intro. So, here goes...

    My name is Tamara and I am 38 (will be 39 on Oct 30th) and have been married to the love of my life, Byron for 16 years (together for almost 20 years!). We have four wonderful boys ages 19, 16, 11 and 9. We're expecting boy #5 in a couple weeks!

    Byron and I met over the phone through a mutual friend. When I was younger, I used to call this party line a lot and socialize with others. Byron used to love the way I sounded over the phone. He would tell our mutual friend how sexy I sounded and he really wants to see me in person. I didn't like him at first...didn't really pay him any attention! My friend convinced me to meet him on a blind date. After weeks and weeks...I finally gave in and decided to meet him. As soon as I saw him, I was mesmorized!! But I wouldn't let him know that..no way! LOL! We became friends...and I got to know who Byron was and I fell in love pretty quickly! We've been together ever since. Byron is my best friend. My knight in shining armor. My protector. He always has my back. Our relationship is special. We are both head strong and are leaders...so we bump heads sometimes. But we never stay angry. I am so fortunate to have someone who loves me like he does!

    From that love, we made 4 boys. What can I say about my boys? They are sweet, smart, handsome, talented...I can go on! All of my boys are musicians. My oldest, KJ is a music major in college. He plays piano and organ, drums (and all percussion instruments), saxaphone and clarinet. Next is CJ who plays the trumpet. JJ plays the violin and harp. SJ plays drums and he sings (beautifully, I might add...lol!) I am so lucky to have a musical household!

    Our family has been through many challenges. Mostly related to my health and also DH's. In 2006, I had a severe asthma attack that left me intubated and in a coma for 5 days. I almost died! DH never left my side..and, as you can see, I recovered from that experience. But it was challenging for the family to say the least! In 2008, my husband suffered a stroke that left him partialy paralyzed on his left side. That hit the family hard because DH had never been seriously ill before then...it just happened! DH never liked to go to the doctor...if he had, we would have known that he was diabetic and had high blood pressure. He has worked very hard on his recovery and is still working hard! He has come a long long ways and is improving everyday.

    We've been so focused on his recovery the last couple years, it never dawned on us that pregnancy was in the air! LOL! I wasn't thinking about his "little soldiers" and if they worked or not.. So, when I got pregnant last year in August, we were completely shocked!

    Seriously, I thought I was done with having children. After getting over the initial shock (I told DH, " There is nothing wrong with you!!") we were happy and looking forward to adding #5. Then at 16 weeks, we lost that baby. It was devestating! We said we would try again...because the idea of adding one more grew on us. In January, we got pregnant again. At 5 weeks, I lost that pregnancy too. At this point, I felt I didn't want to try again. I couldn't take the heartache. DH and then decided that we would wait until the end of this year to try again. Well, one month after that loss, SUPRISE! Pregnant again! This time, the bean stuck..and here I am at 9 months and totally thrilled to add our fifth and final!

    Wow..I didn't realize how much I typed! I will let you rest your eyes right now and continue my story tomorrow! LOL! I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you! Thanks for reading!

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    Tamara, 38 and BJ, 45
    DS- 19 DS- 15 DS- 11 DS - 8 DS - Born 11/20/11!
    10/21/10 01/20/11





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    Welcome to your lodge! I enjoyed reading your intro. You have a beautiful family!
    Heather & Andy 6/8/02
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    TFS, Tamara! I liked learning more about each of your boys and your hubby. I LOVE the story of how you two met, how cute.
    -Jasmine

    Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetsriracha View Post
    TFS, Tamara! I liked learning more about each of your boys and your hubby. I LOVE the story of how you two met, how cute.
    Who knew a blind date would turn into true love? I sure wasn't expecting it! But so grateful!
    Tamara, 38 and BJ, 45
    DS- 19 DS- 15 DS- 11 DS - 8 DS - Born 11/20/11!
    10/21/10 01/20/11





    Follow My pregnancy, birth and recovry on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/user/tlotus11?feature=mhum

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    This past weekend was my baby shower! It was held at one of my favorite restaurants, BJ's. My friend hosted the shower and my four boys MC'd. It was adorable!

    I got a lot of cool stuff to start with. Now I just need to add some bigger iterms. Do you know I haven't gotten the car seat or breast pump yet? Sigh... I've been working so much, I haven't had time to get these things yet. But I will be on maternity leave soon and will catch up on my shopping then.

    Here is a link to my post on the Nov 11 board about the baby shower.

    http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboa...d.php?t=681126
    Tamara, 38 and BJ, 45
    DS- 19 DS- 15 DS- 11 DS - 8 DS - Born 11/20/11!
    10/21/10 01/20/11





    Follow My pregnancy, birth and recovry on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/user/tlotus11?feature=mhum

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    What a good choice for a restaurant - by the way that menu sounds delicious! I'm glad it was a good time.

    When is your maternity leave starting?
    -Jasmine

    Laszlo Jacob, 11/9/11


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetsriracha View Post
    What a good choice for a restaurant - by the way that menu sounds delicious! I'm glad it was a good time.

    When is your maternity leave starting?
    At first, it was Nov 18.. but now, it is Nov 11. I would love to have baby on 11/11/11!
    Tamara, 38 and BJ, 45
    DS- 19 DS- 15 DS- 11 DS - 8 DS - Born 11/20/11!
    10/21/10 01/20/11





    Follow My pregnancy, birth and recovry on Youtube! http://www.youtube.com/user/tlotus11?feature=mhum

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