~*~ Brittany's (MrsMangoBabe) Birth lodge~*~

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~*~ Brittany's (MrsMangoBabe) Birth lodge~*~

I was going to start one for you when you hit 36 weeks but it was the day of my baby shower and then I never could get back on.

So here it is!! Welcome to your birth lodge!!! Sorry it's late!

So excited to follow this birth of yours!

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Thanks, Krista! I will work on an intro!

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Yay! Welcome to your lodge!

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Yay!!! Welcome to your lodge Brittany!!

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Intro Part 1: My and DH's Story

I am Brittany (26), married to DH, Tiatia (“tee-uh-tee-uh” just turned 29) for what will be six years in December. I have written intros in my prior lodges, but I am writing a new one here because the way we tell stories changes as time and experiences change our understanding of events.

DH and I met at college at BYU in Utah. His family lives in Utah and mine lived in Tennessee at the time—my parents moved to Florida in March 2010. I didn’t think DH was my “type” at all, but it turned out he was perfect for me. We are two extremely different people, but our differences compliment each other. Our first date was in April 2005. We spent a lot of our early relationship semi long distance. He moved home to his parents’ house (about half an hour away) and I stayed at school for spring term. He was usually only able to come see me on the weekends, so we had a lot of time on the phone—I think this was God’s way of forcing us to develop the emotional side of our relationship rather than just the physical :). We had been dating for about two months when we first talked about getting married. During summer term, he moved back down to go to school and we had some time together when I was just working part time at Stan’s Diner down the street from the apartment complex (I didn’t have a car) before I had to go home to Tennessee for a family vacation, which was in the Carribean, so I didn’t have any phone access. When I got back and talked to him again, both of us just knew we wanted to get married after not talking to each other that long. He came to Tennessee to meet my family soon after, and that is when he technically asked me to marry him, though he didn’t have a ring yet. He asked me again with the whole official “down on one knee with the ring” thing at the Homecoming dance at Thanksgiving Point in the rose garden in a gazebo in the moonlight—it was really romantic. (Here is a picture of the garden: http://www.worldisround.com/articles/4619/photo1.html)

We were married December 30, 2005 in the Nashville, TN LDS temple. Here are a few pics from the wedding:

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Intro Part 2: First Pregnancy

We were both in school when we got married. We wanted to wait about a year before we had kids, both so we could have some time to adjust to married life before bringing a baby into the mix, and also because I would be finished with my degree in Early Childhood Education by then. I was originally going to do an internship in a first grade class in place of student teaching, but I backed out when I found out that the principal changed it to a third grade internship. I’d had my practicum experience in a third grade classroom the semester before and didn’t have a very good experience—I find that age really hard to teach. I ended up doing half a semester in a third grade class (and it was a bit better because I got along a little better with my mentor teacher, but it was still hard), and the other half of the semester was in half day Kindergarten which I absolutely loved. Around this time I had a strong desire to go off birth control, even though we’d only been married about 8 months, so I did. I graduated in December, and around that time I had a false positive pregnancy test (the brand I used was later recalled for higher than average reports of false positives), but I believed I was pregnant for several weeks before finding out the truth (I was having really unusual cycles at the time), and although there was a teacher shortage and open jobs at the time, I was not going to start a teaching job pregnant. After finding out I was not pregnant (which was a traumatic ordeal), I tried to find a job to finish out the school year, but it was really too late. I got a job working part time at a daycare for the children of employees of the large hospital in the area (which paid significantly better than other daycare jobs, but still not great pay).

About six months later, after some visits to the gynecologist over my weird cycles, some blood tests, a PCOS diagnosis (which has never really affected me since?), some metformin, and charting one cycle, I got a real positive pregnancy test. I had some bleeding at about 6 weeks in that pregnancy, but everything was fine. I saw an OBGYN who’s office was close to where I lived and who offered free pregnancy tests for patients applying for Medicaid (since I didn’t have health insurance before I got pregnant). We were happy to find out we were having a girl.

I assumed I would definitely get an epidural, because I had been effectively scared by American birth culture. I also had never been told my mom’s birth stories (she had chosen to have a natural birth with a nurse midwife with my youngest brother), and most of what I knew about birth came from the media or from the stories of the few friends I had who had given birth (and all of them had given birth there, in Provo, where the birth culture is…interesting). I got exposed to natural birth, partly through message boards, including preg.org, and also through a info session I went to at Babies R Us with a Hypnobirthing instructor, and I began to see the benefits of natural birth and started to think that maybe giving birth naturally was not as bad as I thought. We were attending a generic “prenatal class” at the hospital where I worked at the daycare and where the OB I was seeing did births. I started reading natural birth books, and realized I needed to ask my OB some questions. This guy had probably been “delivering babies” for 20+ years. I always waited about an hour to see him for five minutes, he would go to lift up my shirt to use the Doppler without saying anything (made me uncomfortable), and he routinely used awkward humor to try to make things less awkward, which didn’t work. Needless to say his answers to my questions about interventions and natural birth were less than satisfactory (understatement…he guessed his episiotomy rate was about a third to half of all his patients…) I had joined this board, and a few ladies here (Winky_the_Houself in particular) directed me to a great group of CNMs who attend births at another hospital owned by the same company as the one I was planning on using (so the Medicaid plan I had chosen still covered it). Oh, I forgot to mention I was 34 weeks pregnant at this point. I tried to get appointments with all of the midwives in the group so I could meet them all before the birth, but there was one who I saw a few times and one I never met. Luckily (or through divine providence…) DD was born when the one who I had seen the most was on call.

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Intro Part 3: My First Birth Story

DD’s birth is a long story that involves me feeling like I was leaking fluid for three days and testing negative for the presence of amniotic fluid twice before going to the hospital for contractions that had kept me up all night to learn that I was 2 cm and fully effaced but my fluid was, in fact, leaking. The hospital policy was that they were not supposed to send anyone home with ruptured membranes. My midwife said that the OB who was on call that weekend (this was a Saturday) was not one she usually worked with and she knew he was not going to be very supportive of natural birth. She said he wanted to start pitocin, but I cried and begged to be given some time. That afternoon, there had been no change, so she ruptured my membranes completely and hooked me up to a very low dose of pitocin. I learned that my “contractions” up to this point had been NOTHING, and that was scary. I figured out a system for coping that involved deep breathing and bouncing rhythmically on the birth ball. I was pretty miserable and exhausted, though, and the way I reacted when the midwife checked me after a few hours and there was no progress so the pitocin dose needed to be increased let her know that it was time to suggest pain medication. She talked to my husband about it, then sent him to talk to me about it. One of the things she told him was that the on call OB was talking c-section, and an epidural would probably prevent that. We chose to do the epidural and then the midwife increased the pitocin a lot. I had no issues with the epidural. They did a good job giving me the right amount so that I could still feel the pressure of the baby coming down, (the midwife checked me and I had a cervical lip, so we waited for it to go away), and when it came time to push, I had enough sensation that I could tell when a contraction. DD was born at 9:54 pm on Feb 2, 2010 with only first degree tearing after about an hour of pushing. I was happy to meet my baby and glad it was all over.

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Intro Part 4: Second Pregnancy

When DD was about 6 months old, and we moved to Phoenix for grad school for DH, I had some weird constant spotting. After a completely unhelpful clinic visit for it, I did some research on the internet and decided to try the herbal remedy vitex/chasteberry when she was about 10 months old. It stopped the spotting and cause my cycles to return. When DD was about 11 mo, we decided to stop using protection and JLIH. About six months later, I was not keeping super close track of my cycles, but I realized one day that AF was probably late, so I took a dollar store test, which immediately turned dark positive. I took a second one just to be sure, and it was positive, too. I went to a group of nurse-midwives there in Phoenix and got a dating ultrasound (it turns out I was only about 4 weeks when I tested positive …go figure). A few months later, DH finished his grad school program (he was doing an accelerated program, so it only took 1 year), and was offered a job as a hospital administrator in Washington State! So, the nurse practitioner at the midwife office gave me my records and I brought them up here with me. The hospital where DH works does not have a L&D department, so the best thing to do with our insurance was to go to the small hospital owned by the same company about 25 min away. I called the hospital and talked to a nurse and also talked to a doula who was in the process of retiring at the time, and both recommended Dr. I. Dr. I was awesome. She was really supportive of natural birth. We were thrilled to find out we were having a boy this time. I had a perfectly healthy pregnancy. I did the Hypnobabies homestudy course, which I loved. We had professional maternity pics taken when I was about 34 weeks:

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Intro Part 5: Second Birth

My birthing time (labor) with DS lasted 11 hours. I stayed at home for the first seven hours until my pressure waves (contractions) were 2 min apart. Hypnobabies helped a ton with my focus and relaxation and thinking about the sensations in a different way. I was 8cm dilated when we arrived at the hospital and the nurse was completely shocked to hear I was that far along because I was so calm. I was listening to Hypnobabies on my headphones and just relaxing and breathing deeply during the pressure waves. The nurse asked DH what I was listening to, because it was clearly working for me. It turns out Dr. I had failed to tell me that I had tested positive for GBS, and so I had an IV with antibiotics, but there was only time for one dose. The only real symptoms of “transition” I had were vomiting and shaking—I didn’t experience any emotional freaking out or anything like that at that point. I started vocalizing, which gave Dr. I a clue that I would be pushing soon. She asked if I was feeling downward pressure, and I said not yet, but then I did with the next wave. Dr. I checked me and I had a cervical lip. That was not fun, neither was my Dr.’s version of “perineal massage,” which hurt. Then I didn’t want to move out of the semi-sitting position, so I ended up pushing like that, which I think made pushing harder, and the nurse ended up instructing me to hold my breath and use my abdominal muscles. That worked, and DS was born at 1:42 am on March 6, 2010. The baby nurse said she needed to take him to the warmer, and I agreed because I didn’t want to get in her way if he really needed help (he came out blue and not crying). I was given pitocin in my IV and later a shot of IM methergine, because the dr and nurse were not comfortable with my bleeding (one of my my current midwives told me she thinks I was probably fine, but the standard of “normal postpartum bleeding” in the hospital is screwed up). At the time, I was absolutely thrilled that I got my goal of an unmedicated birth. But looking back, I see that it was far from the definition of natural birth that I consider ideal (I had continuous monitoring from the time I got to the hospital room on, as well). Some isolated moments were a little traumatic, actually, but overall, when I look at the birth as a whole, my feelings about it are of pride.

I have some beautiful pictures of right after DS’s birth where I am nursing him, but I am too uncomfortable with the amount of breast they show to put them on the internet. This is the day we left the hospital (48 hours after he was born, because of the GBS+ status and not completing the antibiotic protocol).

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Current Pregnancy

My periods returned when DS was only 3 months old. We started using fertility awareness as birth control a few months later. I saw that my luteal phase was short, so I decided to try vitex again to see if that helped, and it did. The next cycle, when DS had just turned 1, we decided to JLIH again, but were surprised to get a positive the first cycle this time! I was happy to be pregnant, but a little nervous about the close spacing. I was super lucky to have pretty much no morning sickness with this pregnany, but I have had fatigue issues and a lot of irritability and difficulty dealing with my other kids. DD especially has had a lot of issues lately, with tantrums and especially with potty training, and I have really wondered how I will ever handle three. I believe I may have had prenatal depression for a while, but I am feeling better now. I think that the supplements my midwives have me on (a very high dose of Vitamin D, Omega oils, iodine, magnesium, and Floradix liquid iron) have helped a lot. I don’t get very big when I am pregnant, so I don’t typically get terribly uncomfortable. I think Hypnobabies helps with that, too. But I am feeling pretty good now. I have a lot left to do before the baby comes. We have decided to keep the baby’s gender a surprise, and I am really looking forward to finding out if my prediction is right when the baby is born. We are planning our first homebirth with licensed midwives (here in WA state, the training and requirements for midwifery are really exceptional compared to most other states in the U.S.). I have ordered my birth kit, so it should be arriving any day now, and I should be getting the birth pool at my next midwife appointment, which will be on Friday, and that will also be when we will do the GBS swab.

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Welcome to your lodge! I barely remembered you were pregnant again (I haven't been on this board a whole lot lately) and definitely didn't realize it was that time already! Looking forward to following your last few weeks Smile

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thanks for sharing your stories. it sounds like you have great care. looking forward to hearing more about getting ready for your home birth :)!

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Great stories Brittany... TFS!

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thanks for sharing your story! it was fun to read Smile i feel like i know you since i've seen you around (as a lurker, myself...), but realized that since your first two babies are a couple months younger than each of mine, i've never gotten to participate in your lodges (since post-partum, i fall off the face of the earth :)). i'm really looking forward to falling your journey this time!

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Thanks for the comments, ladies!

Connie: I haven't been around the board much lately either. I am busy enough that if it weren't for the constant reminders of the belly and baby movement, I would forget I'm pregnant, too.

Yesterday was a really busy, but really fun name. I had my MOPs group in the morning, and this lady came up to me and asked me, "Is your last name C_____?" (I was wearing a nametag with my first name) and when I said yes, she explained that she had just been looking at my doula and childbirth education website and my blog and that we had a lot in common--she had a homebirth with Hypnobabies for her second birth. She just moved back to the area (she grew up here, but had been living somewhere else) and was frustrated to learn that the La Leche League chapter here is not currently active and she didn't know where to go to meet like minded women. She had found my website and had wanted to contact me but saw that I am having a baby soon, so she decided to wait on that. She said she was looking at my site and blog on her phone waiting outside the naturopath's office, and then when she went inside, my flyer was on the bulletin board. Her naturopath is the one Hypnobabies student I have taught so far, and her naturopathy office is where my midwives hold their appointments for women in my area (they both live over an hour away, so they have appointments in this area 1 day a week). Then she saw me at MOPs and recognized me from my picture on my website, and saw my nametag and just had to talk to me. She was really nice and it was cool. Kinda weird to meet someone who has been reading my blog IRL...but I think we were meant to meet.

After MOPs, we headed over to my midwife appointment. I swabbed myself for the GBS test and they said they should have the results by Monday. I have had serious candida issues during this pregnancy, and I think that there is so much yeast in there, there must not be any room for GBS bacteria! But I do really hope it comes back negative! Baby is ROA right now. I forgot my copy of my chart, so I didn't get all the stats written down, but the heartbeat sounded great and everything looked good. We tried to put the birth tub in the back of my car, but it didn't fit (it is one of those oval-shaped Rubbermaid hard plastic ones), so my midwife said she'd bring it over when she was done with appointments.

DH told me last week that there was some kind of lunch going on at his work that he wanted us to come to, so we headed there right after my appointment. As we walked in the doors of the hosptial, it occurred to me that the "lunch" might be a surprise baby shower. I was right! DH's coworkers had put together a baby shower for me, isn't that sweet? They had an interesting time planning it because we don't know the sex of the baby and we aren't decorating a nursery with a theme or anything (baby's "room" will be the master bedroom, for now). I got some lovely gifts, though. A lot of stuffed animals, diapers and wipes (and we do use disposables, so that works out), baby bath stuff, and gender-neutral clothes (mostly yellow). I also got a slumber buddies frog, a munchkin inflatable duck tub, and a beautiful Willowtree figurine called "Quietly". I didn't know a lot of the people there very well, but they all know and love DH and it was really nice of them to do this!

That night, we had plans to get together with one of DH's coworker's family to watch the last Harry Potter movie. We did the same thing with the one before this, and we tried to do Harry Potter food. We did the butterbeer last time, and did it again this time. We also wanted something else, preferably savory because the butterbeer is really sweet and rich, so I looked up recipes and found a stuffed mushroom recipe called Snape's Stuffed Toadstoolsthat sounded really good. I needed to buy heavy cream and cream soda for the butterbeer recipe , so I figured I could get the few things I needed to make the mushrooms at the same time. After my midwife dropped off the birth pool (it is in the back yard getting snowed on right now--we put it outside so that we can wash it with bleach), I loaded the kids in the car and went to the store around the corner (where everything is really expensive, but I was only getting a few things) and then came home and made the mushrooms, which were really good. The kids had fun playing with DH's friend's dogs (DS really loves animals) and his teenage daughter and her friend.

So, it was a busy day yesterday but a great day! It is snowing today, so I kind of just want to stay home. DH went to Costco--I'm sure he will come home with a ton of junk food...but maybe when he gets back I can go finally get my haircut. I'd like to get it cut before we see family next week for Thanksgiving.

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Ooohh that butterbeer sounds so good!! I'm so jealous of your weather... I would love to see some snow (pretty much unheard of here in Las Vegas lol)!! Enjoy getting your haircut... I got mine about a month ago and I swear it's grown out two or three inches again, thanks to these hormones and prenatal vitamins!

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Great intro and stories! I enjoyed learning more about you. I am excited to follow your home birth journey.

How sweet that DH's coworkers had a baby shower for you guys. So thoughtful. And that is neat to meet another mom in your area because of your website & blog.

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Welcome to your lodge! Loved your stories!!! That was very sweet of your DH's coworkers! And that is very cool about that other mom. Smile

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Enjoy reading your stories and look forward to following you. That's nice that DH's co-workers put together a shower for you Smile

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sounds like a great day! it's awesome who gets placed in our lives at the right time. How sweet of dh's coworkers!

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hey Brittany!! congrats on your lodge, hon! how cool to have met someone who had found you online - almost makes you feel like a celebrity Smile

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I am typing this on my husband's iPad. The laptop I usually use is actually from his work, and he took it in so the IS guys could do maintenance on it. We are staying at a cabin for Thanksgiving which my parents rented that is about an hour away from our house. It is a huge, gorgeous cabin with a view of a lake and these amazing tall trees. We have been busy the past few days trying to get ready for the trip. My parents flew in from FL, my three brothers and one SIL all came from UT (SIL is expecting her and my brother's first, a girl, and the first cousin for my kids on my side), my grandparents came from GA, and my mom's sister and her family are driving down from Seattle tomorrow to join us for Thanksgiving.

I didn't end up getting my hair cut on Saturday, but I got it cut last night. It is really short, but I like it. Maybe when I am on a computer again I'll post the pictures.

I texted my midwife yesterday to set up an appointment for Friday and I also asked her if she had the results of my GBS swab (the other midwife had told me they'd probably be available by Monday), and it was negative, yay! My midwives can do antibiotics at home, which is nice, but it is so much better not to have to worry about it. After the drama of DS's birth with finding out I was positive in labor and having to be stuck multiple times to get the IV line in when I had expected to be able to go without an IV altogether, it is nice not to have to worry about it this time!

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Had my 37 week midwife appointment today. Everything was fine except that we discovered that the baby had recently gone from head down to transverse lie! The midwife gave me some ideas of things to try and said she will do some more research and consult with the other midwife about any other ideas. I tried putting a cold pack above the head and a hot pack where I want it to go, and the position has definitely changed, but I can't tell for sure if the head has gone down yet. Head down vibes will be very much appreciated!

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Eli did this to mearound 36 weeks. He had turned on his own back down by the following week. I hope your baby gets in line soon!

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yay for negative gbs! sending you ((head-down)) vibes! hey baby- dont make ur mama crazy!! (at least not yet, you have the next 18 years to perfect that talent!)

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Baby is back to head down! I followed my midwife's advice to try putting a cold pack above the head and a hot pack above my pubic bone. The head is not centered in my pelvis yet, but I am pretty sure I can fix that.

Thanksgiving is over and it's back to getting stuff done. Here is my to do list

Sanitize birth tub (it is still in my back yard) and figure out where it is going to be
Wash newborn gender neutral baby clothes
Straighten up house and vacuum, etc.
Get Christmas decorations out and decorate
Clear space in our bedroom and set up either the bassinet or the crib my neighbor gave us (which doesn't have a mattress yet) in there
Buy a crib mattress
Meet with my doula a second time (I am having a doula in training)
Buy a bigger car that can fit three carseats (DH thinks this isn't that high of a priority because I don't plan on going out with all three kids for a while--at the very least not until after my mom leaves)

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that's quite the to-do list! i hope you feel like nesting Smile i've got a few more weeks than you do, but i definitely go in phases -- sometimes i can't manage to do anything and sometimes, i'm like a whirlwind, checking things off left and right!

so glad baby turned back to head down for you! i've wondered if our little guy's head is centered in my pelvis. what will you do to try to fix that?

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My midwife recommended lunges or stair climbing to get the head centered. I think sitting on a birth ball can help, too. I think the head is centered now, but it is so hard to feel it, so I can't be sure.

I have made quite a bit of progress on my to do list. Christmas decorations are up, except for a few that I need to figure out where to put. I washed the baby clothes now I need to figure out where to put them. I sanitized the birth tub today, and it is all ready now. Unfortunately, I lost my purple maternity top to a bleach splatter...should have worn old clothes! The main areas of my house are mostly clean, but not the bedrooms. I met with my doula tonight and we are all set!

I have had pressure waves that feel crampier than braxton-hicks during the evenings and into the night the last two nights, so things are definitely gearing up. I think it will probably not be until next week, since I've been pretty consistent with 39weekers so far.

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I had a post written and it got deleted...

Most importantly, the midwife confirmed that baby is head down at my appointment his morning!

I have a date with my husband tonight to see a Christmas play and I really need to get some cleaning done for when the babysitter comes. I will write more when I have more time.

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Yay for baby being head down again and getting a dent in you to-do list!
Hope you had a great date night with your DH.

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I know I am late to the party but welcome to your lodge! Loved reading your lodge so far. Glad babe is head. down! Sounds like you have been busy preparing for baby. Must feel good to have the tub all ready. So who will be taking care of your kids during the birth? Do you hope to have them present at the birth?
Hope your date nice was fun and relaxing!

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I am planning on having the kids present as long as they are not bothering me and they want to be here. My neighbor next door volunteered to watch them in the event that it is not working out for them to be here. Someone (DH or my doula Kim) can walk them over there if necessary.

My date with DH was fun. The play was the theater version of the movie A Christmas Story (you know, "you'll shoot your eye out!"). It's not really my favorite story ever, but the acting in the play was good for community theater.

Yesterday, we went to the Rail and Steam Museum located in the town about 30 miles south of us. They do a special Christmas thing where they have a bunch of toy trains going in the museum and they have a caboose ride to see Santa Claus. My son is really into "choo-choo"s, so it was fun for him. He also went straight to Mrs. Claus. DD is getting over her fear of Santa. She wouldn't sit on his lap, but she did tell him that she wants a My Little Pony for Christmas. After that, we went to another town a little further south for...and I know this sounds really redneck, but a lighted farm implement parade. It is actually really cool--they cover these huge tractors and trucks and stuff with Christmas lights. The kids seemed to like it, though it was really cold!

The kids fell asleep in the car on the way home, and DH and I decided to rent a movie. We watched Super 8, which was really weird and it seemed like it was trying to be really deep, but I just didn't get it.

I have been feeling a lot of pressure on my cervix today, which makes me wonder if the baby is engaging. With DS, I woke up one morning with a visibly lower belly and had a dr appointment that day, and my dr said she could feel that the head was engaged when she palpated my belly. Labor started the next afternoon.

We determined today that it would be best to put the birth pool in our bedroom so that the kids can be watching tv or playing and I can close the door and get away from them if I want. So, my big task for tomorrow is to get the clutter cleared in the bedroom so we can put the tub in there. I also need to go to the health food store and get more Floradix. I ran out in Friday and my fatigue symptoms are already returning. My midwife says that if I make it to my appointment on Friday, she wants to draw my blood again to see how my iron is doing.

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sounds like a great weekend! a christmas story isn't my favorite story ever, either, but my dad LOVES it. as a result, i've seen it a million times Smile

i'm from a small town and can totally "see" the lighted farm implement parade! our son would love it -- sounds like both your kids had a good time.

hope you continue feeling well and knocking things off your to-do list!

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That's good to hear the baby is head down. My little boy seems to think it's fun to flip flop from breech to head down several times a day still. I hope you had a great date with your hubby! It's always nice to get out on one last date before baby arrives.

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Sounds like fun weekend outting with the kids. Small town here too and I can totally see the farm implement parade happening.
Hope you were able to get the tub set up and more floradix to help get your energy back up.

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Yay you're almost there!i can't wait to hear about your newest addition!

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Woke up at 5:00 am to a leaking sensation, laid back down and had a small gush of fluid, and have been leaking in gushes ever sense. No pressure waves yet. Midwife coming to check on heart tones and said she may leave a Doppler with me so I can keep an eye on them. DH is staying home from work and should be able to help me straighten up around here and get last minute preparations finished. I will try to keep you ladies posted if anything changes!

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Sounds promising! Good luck!

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Hoping things pick up for you and we see a baby announcement in the near future! So excited for you!

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Sounds like it could be the beginning of something soon!

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Pressure waves currently at 10 min apart lasting under 40 sec. Kids are in bed. DH is putting plastic on the bed so it will be all ready for the birth. When he is done, I will lie down and listen to a Hypnobabies track and try to get some rest before things get intense. DH stayed home from work and helped me get the house nice and clean and also went to Costco and bought food. My midwife left me with a Doppler and I've been checking the heart rate and my temperature about every hour and no issues! So glad to not be at a hospital on pitocin like I was when I had PROM with DD! So excited to meet this baby and find out if it's a boy or girl! My mom is going to fly in tomorrow and get here around 5:00, so my postpartum helper is on her way.

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Yay!!! Hoping everything is going well!!! You might even be holding that baby now Smile Can't wait to hear all about it!

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I bet you're holding your baby by now. I can't wait to hear!!

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Yay! Sending lots of ELV if LO hasn't yet arrived. So exciting!

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No baby yet. Pressure waves were irregular all night and I was able to rest and even sleep a little, but it was not fun to be woken up by a pressure wave, the few times that happened. It has been 27 hours since my membranes ruptured. Temperature and heart tones have been normal, though, so we can just keep waiting. I am having bloody show, and that means something is happening.

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Sounds like things are progressing just at a slow pace. Glad to hear everything is ok and hope things continue to pick up and you get to meet your little guy or gal soon!! Thanks for updating! I will be stalking this thread all day Smile

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Sending you tons of ELV's!!!! I hope things pick up for you soon, though it sounds like it is with the bloody show. Can't wait to hear how the birth went and if it's a girl or boy!

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excited for you to meet your little one soon! hope labor is picking up for you this afternoon!

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Bloody show is a good thing!! Hoping you get to meet your LO soon, though your body is doing LOTS of work even though the waves are not regular.

You got this!!

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Oooh... so excited for you!!!! Now I'm wondering if you'll update before the site goes down.... Smile

Hope things are going well... and man... with being 27 hours past SROM, aren't you SO GLAD you're not in the hospital!?!?

Sending you lots of ELVs and hope to hear about your little one soon!

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Latecomer to your lodge sending ELVs...

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