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    Default *~*~*Erin's (Ibff) Birth Lodge*~*~*

    Welcome to your lodge!
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    Yayyyy welcome!! I can't wait to share in your journey
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    Sylvia: 12/18/08, Justus: 9/17/10, Bunni: 5/11/12, Surprise Baby: Guess Date 11/5/13



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    I'll be reading along too!
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    Welcome to your lodge! It's getting crowded in here! (That's a good thing.) Looking forward to keeping up with your journey.
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    Welcome to your lodge!
    ~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)


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    Oh boy! I can’t believe it’s time for me to have a lodge. How exciting!


    Let’s see . . . I’m Erin and I’ll be 37 in a couple of weeks (most likely before DS2 arrives. DH is Jamey and he’s 40. We’ve been married for just over 9 years, together for about 12. We have a 3.5 year old son named Christopher. Here is a picture of us from our vacation the first week of August:

    I’ll back up to how we met. DH and I went to the same small liberal arts college in Vermont, but never met. He was 2 years ahead of me and was away for most of my freshman year (with the exception of 1 month), so we were on campus for 1 year at the same time, but never met. A few years out of school, we were both living in the Boston area. My best friend is married to a guy from his class, and I guess somehow he was at their house for a party or something and saw a picture of me, and asked to be introduced.
    Now, my BFF and her husband had tried to set me up with seemingly EVERYONE. I remember them periodically asking me to come over for dinner, and then the day of saying, “Oh, did we mention that {insert guy’s name here} would be here?” This time, I had just broken up with someone recently, and they invited me over for dinner and a movie. I remember distinctly that when DH walked through the door, my heart leapt into my throat, and I thought, “Wow! They set me up with someone good this time!” LOL
    We started dating after that, casually at first, and then after a month-long business trip that he went on to Asia, we realized we really missed each other, and started getting serious after that. We got engaged, bought a condo downtown in Boston (Charlestown, for anyone who knows the area), and then got married in August 2001. We had a blast living in Boston and then moved back to Vermont in 2003, which was our dream place to live.
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    Our TTC was a journey, but after 23 months of trying and a miscarriage and a chemical pregnancy, we finally got pregnant with DS1 with the help of some Clomid and acupuncture. At my 36 week appointment, I found out he was breech. In retrospect, I guess I should have figured that the very hard body part sticking into my ribs and keeping me from lying down was probably his head and not his butt, but I didn’t know. Anyway, my doctors did an external version at 36w + 4d and turned him successfully, although they indicated that he may have still had a foot down, and wanted to see me the next day. We got 3 feet of snow that night, and my follow-up appointment was postponed. That night (36w +5d) I was awoken around 10:30 or 11:00 by a rush of liquid, my water broke! Since we weren’t sure that he had turned 100%, we went into the hospital and waited it out. My early contractions petered out by morning (after watching Japanese game shows on tv all night) and they started the Pitocin to get things moving. The early part was easy and I was breathing through contractions, sitting on a birth ball. They kept turning up the Pit, and things eventually started to get really fast and intense. I moved into the tub, which helped, but I was starting to feel awful – the contractions were on top of each other, and I was starting to vomit. I asked to be checked, sure I was getting toward transition, and found out I was only 3 cm. I completely lost hope at this point and was sure I couldn’t do this anymore. I eventually got an epidural and napped for about an hour. I woke up and told the nurse I felt some pressure, and we realized I was fully dilated and ready to push. I worked on pushing for a while (less than an hour? I can’t remember) but DS wasn’t tolerating it very well and his heart rate was deceling with every push. They lined up the team to be ready to whisk me into surgery (and since it was a teaching hospital, it seemed like there were approximately 400 people in the room, when you count nurses, OBs, peds, anesthesia, whatever + all the med students and residents), but they were able to vacuum assist him out around 9:50 PM. Besides being little (5lb 7oz), he was healthy. The only ill effect that he had, possibly from being early and small, was that he had almost no sucking reflex at all, so we got off to a rocky start to BFing. Thanks to a good LC and a nipple shield, we got through it and had a great nursing relationship for 14 months.




    Anyway, I got my vaginal birth and my healthy baby, but I went into this pregnancy (which also took some Clomid and acupuncture to achieve) wanting a different experience. I am happy that the external version allowed me to have a vaginal birth last time and I would have done it again, for sure, if this baby was breech, but I would have tried other things first like spinning babies techniques and acupuncture. But the Pitocin led to the epidural and to the vacuum assisting and almost to a C section. And while I expect the contractions to be increasingly difficult as they go on, I didn’t expect it to be so hard at 3 cm. I think it was because my body wasn’t really ready to go yet pre-37 weeks. I would like to avoid the interventions and the fear this time around!
    I have been doing Hypnobirthing (just reading and listening to the CDs since 24 weeks), and I hired a doula this time to support me during labor. Our hospital here in Massachusetts offers acupuncture and reiki and aromatherapy during labor, although I’m not exactly sure how it will work. I am also seeing my acupuncturist starting at 37 weeks for a weekly pre-labor visit “to help loosen things up.” My OB advised me to stay home as long as possible (til contractions are 5 minutes apart) since she knows I want a natural birth, so I am planning on being in my big soaker Jacuzzi tub, since the water felt so good last time.
    I admit to being nervous as I face this birth, but I keep listening to my affirmations and my relaxation tapes, and trying to prepare myself the best I can.

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    Welcome!

    And I like your stories so far!
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    Christopher was soooo tiny! I am excited for you lodge and to follow your journey.

    I also love the way you and dh met, it is so romantic.
    Melynda
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    at 6 weeks 22/10/09

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    I had the best night of sleep I've had in MONTHS last night. I fell asleep on the couch at 9, went to bed at 10, only got up once to pee (as opposed to 4 times or so usually) and slept til 6:30 (I am working from home today, so no commute to deal with, which allows me to sleep later). I'm still tired today, but it was nice to wake up refreshed for once.

    I've been feeling crampy and lots of BHs the last few days, but no real contractions yet. It's still early, for sure, though.

    My mommy instinct has been saying that I will go into labor over the long Labor Day weekend, not just because of the name and the fact that *I* was born on Labor Day, but because I have a really, really busy work week leading up to that week, and I get the feeling it will be my last hurrah. We have a user conference (in Boston, so I still get to go. ) Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, and then my boss is having a 2-day staff meeting following it. I don't really expect to be at all 5 days' worth of events, but probably a bunch of it.

    Either that, or I'll go 41 weeks and face another induction. I am putting that option out of my mind for now - I'll deal with it if I have to.

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