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~*~ Kristen's (ourfirstblessing) lodge ~*~

Sorry this is late. Sad Here is your lodge and welcome to the home stretch! Looking forward to following the last few weeks of your journey and getting to know you!

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Thank Krista! and no worries, we're a quiet board lately :). I'll pop in later and post my intro and first two birth stories :)!

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ok so here's my first birth story for ds1 at the end i'll add some 'new' comments Smile I am copying this from ds2's lodge (which i didn't know still existed!!!!! cool find here's the link if you're interested http://www.pregnancy.org/bulletinboards/showthread.php?418554-***Kristen-s-(Ourfirstblessings)-Birth-Lodge!***)

It really wasn't bad but some things still really, really hurt and when I go back there mentally the emotions seem so raw, geesh! Well anyway here is his story warning...it's long.

For me it starts on Tuesday July 17th. (34+1) I had a reg. appt. and since late June I had had aweful swelling. I thought it was pretty normal, it was summer, it was hot and I was pregnant. My nurse took my bp and it was 134/80, not too high really but for me it was way up. I had sat most of the pregnancy less than 110 over less than 70ish. I was surprised but not overly worried. My doc came in and asked how I was and I told her I was surprised that my bp was up. She pulled up my chart (everything is computerized) and the nurse didn't put it in. She asked if I remember what it was and she responded with a "hmmmmm..." She stepped out and I heard her telling the nurse she needed to be more careful and make sure vitals are recorded b/c this could be a symptom of other things etc. I also heard her ask the nurse about my urine and she said trace protein. All of this had me wondering but my doc was not too concerned. She said that I needed to watch my salt intake and rest, rest, rest for the week. She said she wanted to see me again the following week and to call if I had any sudden headaches or seeing spots. We discussed what would happen if my bp was still up the next week. She said they would do a 24hr urine collecting and some labs and we might be discussing induction around 37weeks.

I tried to not worry. I gave my mom a call (she lives in MO and we are in OR) to let her know there *might* be a chance that we would induce around 37 weeks but it was prob. nothing. She was literally outside the travel agents office about to book her flight out for early Sept. and asked if I wanted her to wait, I said not, it was nothing and everything would be fine, we were not going to have a baby until late Aug. Friday of that week came around and my whole face (eyelids, lips, etc.) were swollen and I was annoyed. I continued to relax and didn't want to call b/c I thought she would put me on bedrest and I had some things I wanted to get done. I had an appt. on Tues. anyway so it was only a few days away.

I asked dh to go with me to my next appt. b/c *if* we were going to be discussing a possible induction I wanted him there. Tues July 24 I stepped on the scale at the office and I had gain.... 20LBS!!! My nurse and I looked at each other, kinda laughed and she said, lets do that again, yup 20lbs! We went into the room and my bp was 149/98. I started crying. DH told me to relax, that everything would be fine, I knew that it wasn't good. My doc walked in the room, looked at me and said, I believe you have pre-e, you are going to go check in to L&D and likely not be leaving until we have a baby, I said no and cried some more! My doc is really wonderful, I hope I'm not making her sound cold. She told me that everything would be fine and that at 35wks baby is going to be healthy but small. She checked me b/c she wanted to know how 'favorable' my body would be to an induction. Thankfully I was at stretchy 1 and 30%. She said that with all my symptoms it would not be safe to send me home. We talked about when induction would be and she said it would be determined after the results of the 24hr unrine analysis but likely Thurs/Fri. We talked about Pit. and I shared my fears over not wanting an epi. She was very encouraging about being able to 'go natural' even with pit. etc. So off we went, we made a million phone calls and checked into l&d (right across the street from our doc's office) where the fun began.

Everytime I had to pee I buzzed the nurse so she could collect it. I was not 'admitted' yet b/c the nurses thought there was a chance I would be sent home on bedrest. Dh headed home at somepoint tuesday to start some things around the house and sleep at home b/c the next few days were so unknown. MIL/FIL headed up and SIL came down to our house and took every piece of baby clothes we had home, washed and organized everything and put babies room together for us. Our family really stepped in and cleaned my house (that was on my to do list, I really thought I had 5-7 weeks left). I cannot ever repay my family for everything they did for us that week.

Wed afternoon my urine was sent of for analysis and around 5pm the hosp. ob came in (dh had just left again for the day to have dinner with his family) and said he had my results. He said an okay amount of protein would be 300mg and I had 6,850mg and with my bp continuing to rise we needed to deliver. He said that they were going to start a Mag. drip to try to keep my bp down and my doc would be over later to insert and discuss the cervadil and the induction in the morning. Doc. came in and we talked about the 'what if's'. Our hosp. does not have a nicu, *if* baby needed extra care he would be sent to a hosp. about an hour away and I would remain a patient with them until my bp was under control (hopefully not much more than 24hrs after birth). She wanted us to know all the 'what if's' so nothing was a surprise etc. So we were prepared (as much as you can be) for that.

I called dh and he headed back to the hosp. to be with me. My nurses were so nice and told me that the mag. would likely make me feel rather 'yucky' and there were barf bags put next to my bed. Within 20ish minutes of starting the mag. i felt horrible. I started puking (ugh) and was very dazed. I think I got the cervadil around 7pm. My sister and her dh came to hang out before they went to the airport to get my mom (she jumped on a plane wed. morning). The nurses were taking my vitals every hour b/c of the mag. and I vaguely remember them asking my sister/BIL to leave b/c I needed as little stimulation as possible. I felt bad, but I really had no idea what was going on. I guess it was at that point dh was told that my bp was dangerously high and we could not have any more visitors until after baby was born. They stopped telling me my bp at 160something/101. I know I saw my mom or atleast talked to her sometime on thursday but I don't really remember.

Wed. night I was very sick (puky) and had to be checked (vitals) every hour. I slept like crap and by thursday morning I was ready to get the show on the road. The pit was started at 6:30 and the ctx. were really mild, many I was not even feeling. My doc stopped in sometime in the morning and we talked about her breaking my water (she did not say it but I know it was b/c with everything we were on a 'time limit' to get baby here vaginally). she didn't think she could get the tool in at that point so she said she would be back after lunch. Dh and I spent some time talking and I tried my best to rest. I had continual monitoring for me and baby and I swear he moved all the time and the nurses were adjusting my straps every half hour or so, we got a laugh out of that. My doc came back during lunch (around 1) and I was still only a stretchy 1, during the middle of her telling me she could feel a bulgy bag but didn't think she could get the hook in there...POP my water went everywhere! It did not hurt but it was one of the strangest feelings ever, it made a huge mess and I of course apologized! After my water broke the ctx really picked up. Oh how I wanted to walk or do something other than lay on my side. Dh rubbed my back during them and my nurse was so encouraging telling me I was doing a great job etc, etc. We had discussed our wishes for a 'natural' birth and the nurses knew that I would ask about pain options if I wanted them.

3:30 I felt tons of pressure and the ctx. were getting really hard to handle. I asked to be checked and I was *only* 4-5 cm. That is when I was ready to discuss something. We decided on nubain and my nurse told me that if I imagined the ctx. like a mountain, the nubain would take the peak off and allow me to relax in between. I was exhausted and thought I had another 5hours of these ctx. left! So nubain was administered sometime around 4pm. I still felt every ctx but slept in between them. Around 6 I nearly shot up and told dh I had to push or poop or something! He called my nurse and she checked me and said your complete. You need to breath through these next ctx. till the doc gets here, she's on her way. She called out to the nurses station and made it very clear they needed to tell my doc. that baby was coming now! She was a great nurse, dh held my hand and my nurse looked my in the eyes and breathed with me through 2 -3 ctx (well really blowing out rapidly) it really helped to make me not have the urge to push.

My doc walked in by 6:10 and said I could start pushing, 2 pushes to move baby down, 1 for babies head and bairly 1 for babies body at 6:23pm Connor John was born weighing 4lbs 5oz and 17.5in long. Sometime just prior to pushing our nurses said that baby would likely be taken down to the nursery and evaluated to make sure he was healthy enough to stay. I remember doc. telling me his head was out but I could not look, my eyes would not open! Then he was all the way out she said here's baby! I looked down and not hearing him cry, I said "cry baby, please just cry" and he did, and I laid down from exhaustion! Dh said, "It's Connor" (the sex was a surprise) and it took me a minute to register that he just told me we had a boy!!! I was completely exhausted. I remember watching the nurses spend a little time with him and wondering why they weren't taking him anywhere. I felt very foggy and things seemed to be moving in slow motion. They then told me he was fine, apgars of 8 & 9! At some point (within 20 minutes dh went out and told the family that he was here, he was a boy and everything was fine). I know at some point pretty quickly the placenta was delivered and I did not need any stitches. The nurses were great and grabbed our camera and took pics for us. Dh gave ds his first little bath in the sink in our room and then he was bundled tight and held by his dad.

*******this one of those things about it that really hurts and gets me very emotional******
I do not remember holding him for the first time. I am pretty sure dh is the one who gave him to me. I have thought through this a million times and I cannot find that memory. I rememer watching the nurses show dh how to swaddle him, and put a diaper on but I do not remember holding my son for the first time and that hurts, really bad. In fact I really do not know with any accuracy what happened from the time he was born to the time dh went to get our parents to meet him (just after 8pm). I vaguely remember watching his grandparents meet him and then having our Sisters and their dh's come in. I remember telling SIL than my niece and nephew could hold him (she was nervous b/c he was so small), they were so careful and of course someone was right there with them. I remember the first night he slept in a warmer in our room b/c he was not holding his temp on his own. I remember my wonderful aftercare nurse syringe feeding him that first night. I wish I had taken a picture of him in his little warmer that night, he was so relaxed.

Friday is hazy too, I know we had lots of visitors and I was pumping every 3 hrs. he tried to bf w/o any success. our nurses were great and helping us feed him. Honestly I was afraid to unwrap him and hold him close to me b/c I thought he would be cold. I was still on the mag and still felt rather crappy. FINALLY fri. night at 6ish my mag was turned off and we just kept the lock thing in for 'just in case'. Friday night he was holding his temp better and he slept in his basssinett right next to my bed, i remember staring at him and thinking he was just so beautiful.

Saturday was the best day (and his only 'setback') I was holding him and he started to look gray, I tried moving him around and stimulating him and he didn't really respond. We called for a nurse and I think all the comotion got him going again. The nurse handed him back to me in a just a diaper and I was terrified, he was soooo small to me and I had not held him yet w/o being wrapped in 2 blankets. She said that I should do as much skin to skin as possible, all day if I wanted. I held him and I cried, for the first time I was really able to take him all in and I was overjoyed! His little body next to mine was the sweetest feeling. We actually selpt 'kangarooed' than night. My doc said that if all continued to go well we could head home Sunday afternoon. The LC came in and we made a feeding plan, taught me how to use the SNS. My milk had not come in yet and we were having to supplement b/c he had dropped to 4lbs 1oz and that was as far as they wanted him to go.

Sunday we were released and we had appts. the following week with the LC and our doc. (my doc is a family doc so she's our 'everything' doc). Going home was so exciting but so nerve wracking. we had had nearly 4 days of all the help we could need and once we went home it was us!!! Our nurses were encouraging and one said that she knew we were going to do great, they don't have a lot of the 'small' babies at this hosp. and sometimes they are nervous sending them home but she told us that while we were there we really showed that we would do fine and ofcourse would call if we needed any help. I really appreciated that compliment. Sunday afternoon we arrived home and got to relax with our new baby.

The first few months were full of ups and downs, slow weight gains and meetings w/a GI but in the end everything was fine and he's as healhty as can be. I am so thankful he did not have to be transferred to the NICU, I would have been a wreck! Looking back, I wish I would have never gotten the nubain, of course I did not know I would go from 5 to complete in under 2 hrs. I really don't know if it was the mag or the nubain that made everything so foggy. For having to be induced at 35+3, everything went really well. I was able to deliver vaginally and I have a beautiful little boy. There are just bits and pieces that I don't think I will ever get over. I was/maybe still am mad at my body for not being able to complete the pregnancy. The health issues he had later on I blamed on myself, I always thought that had I not gotten sick.....(a million little things). I felt betrayed by my body and robbed of the labor experience that I wanted.

I feel like I've done a decent job processing my feelings and I am very exciting for this new journey. I love my hosp. (completely respectful and NCB friendly) I have the same doc as before and she knows my wishes and is very supportive. Sorry that got so long, thanks for reading!!!

NEW THOUGHTS
I LOVE MY DOC...lol she was so calm through everything and very straight forward. she supported and respected my wishes to continue to attempt a no-epi delivery. My nurses were ANGELS not once did they suggest/ask about pain meds. they were encouraging and apologetic about not being able to let me get up and move around. My after care nurse was like a mom, she was right in there helping with everything. one of my best memories of the whole thing was watching her rock/syringe feed and talk to my little boy when i just couldn't. Like I said 3yrs ago, there are things about Connor's delivery that I won't ever 'get over' but even though they are still emotional for me, I have processed them fairly well and am so very thankful for the support we had during a scary time for us.

NEXT UP...Isaac's crazy, awesome delivery!

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Isaac's (ds2) birth story

Ok, so as you all know I took the castor oil at 1pm on thursday. I decided to get some stuff ready b/c i was being hopeful. By 3pm I had been to the bathroom a few times and was thinking great, i took this stuff and all that's going to happen is a lot of...well...you know.

My sister was coming over to hang out and she got there around 5pm and I made and early dinner JIC. Dinner finished and I was dishing us up (dinner took forever) about 6:45 and felt my first ctx that had any pain with it. From there they were rather close together, we pulled up ctx master and they were no more than 3 min apart lasting between 30 sec and a min. We (sis and I) went out to the car to show her how connors car seat worked. I could no longer talk through the ctx and was quite surprise and frustrated with how painful they already were.

I was getting the last of my stuff ready to go b/c I had decided that we should prob. go in and get checked. I was in serious denial that I could be very far along and was scared that we would get there and they would stop and we would get sent home. For about 20 min I knelt on the floor with my arms wrapped around my birth ball 'moaning' through them. I got kinda loud and scared ds a few times. Finally dh told me I needed to go to the truck and we needed to go after the next one was over. we left our house at about 8:35pm

I had Jason put a garbage bag and towel on the seat just in case. The ctx were very intense and I was still in denial that this was 'it' LOL. about 5 min into our 15ish min drive i told dh i didn't know how long I could take the ctx thinking i had a few hours left of them. About 5 min later my water broke in the truck (yay for the garbage bag!!!)

we called l&d and were there just a few min after we called (8:55ish). they brought out a chair b/c i knew i could not walk. i also didn't think i could get out of the truck! the nurse was encouraging but forceful that i had to get out so i did (what else was i going to do!) she wheeled me very quickly and i felt a lot of pressure. she said i could be very close or complete (again denial thinking she was humoring me). we go to the room and again i didn't think i'd be able to get on the bed, the nurses helped with that too.

She moved my legs checked me and said, your complete he's coming! my doc had been called but was a little way out, she was not going to make it. one of her colleagues happened to be doing some paper work and grabbed a gown and gloves. I was already pushing. 1 good ctx his head was out and i felt so much relief i thought i was done, they said "one more for his shoulders" and i replied "what? that wasn't all of him" his shoulders were very easy and he was out before the ctx was done!

They laid Isaac on my chest and it was soooo amazing, i was in complete shock at what had just occured in the last few hours! i had a baby! from start to finish labor was about 2.5hrs. he was perfect! Jason only had time to park and hurry in so we had no camera or anything they were in the truck. isaacs first picture is the one of me holding him. B/C of how fast delivery was we did a pit. shot to prevent hem. and i took some iv pain meds after he was here for repair a 2 small tears (only 2 stitches). when she was assessing my tears it seemed more painful that the ctx so the meds were welcomed! My doc arrived after about 10 min of Isaac getting here and we had a few good laughs about the whole thing.

NEW THOUGHTS
I took the castor oil at 40+3 b/c honestly it was an AWESOME day to have a baby. sister (who was the only one who could watch connor) already planned on coming over and after that day (thurs) she is pretty hard to get a hold of at work. i figured if it worked, great, if not, oh well. Obv it worked. Dh told me JUST A FEW MONTHS AGO, he didn't really want me to take the castor oil and felt like i just 'did it' and he didn't like it. I was shocked, he never said anything when we talked about prior to me doing it! In the beginning of this preg. he said he would rather that not be on the table of options and i said ok. He has since changed his tune some (he's getting antsy lol) but it's not something I would consider again until after 40 wks (obv). Everything about Isaacs labor/delivery was awesome and he was a very easy baby. It was so precious to get to hold him right after birth and he nursed before we ever took his stats. It was incredible!!!

I will talk about this pregnancy and 'plans' for this labor/delivery tomorrow Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! I'm going to admit I didn't have the energy to get through that first story, but your second one... wow! That was quick! It sort of just shows what we're capable of when we don't actually realize what we're dealing with, if you know what I mean?

Anyway... looking forward to hearing more about this pregnancy and plans for birth!

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Ahhhh a feb mom with a lodge! This is becoming so real! We are going to have babies soon!!

Wow I can see why you would get emotional thinking about your first birth. What a rollar coaster! I think you are a rockstar for having both pit and mag andonly having nubain! I don't think many other women could be that strong!! You talked about your trouble bfing him, were you guys able to have a bfing relationship? It sounds like although his birth was not ideal it went as well as it could!

Wow #2 was fast! Holy moly! I though my 5 hour labor with my second was quick but you take the cake! Glad you were able to have the birth that you deserved!

Can't wait to hear about your plan for #3. My midwives have told me that #2 tends to be the most efficient birth and that after that subsequent births are like a "wild card" they could be short or long or inbetween. Have you ever been told that? I don't know about you but I hope I get a nice quick one again! Lol

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Wow! Your first birth was quite a ride. Sorry about everything that happened with your first birth. That was a crazy fast second birth though! Are you hoping for a slightly calmer birth this time?

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"Marite13" wrote:

Welcome to your lodge! I'm going to admit I didn't have the energy to get through that first story, but your second one... wow! That was quick! It sort of just shows what we're capable of when we don't actually realize what we're dealing with, if you know what I mean?

Anyway... looking forward to hearing more about this pregnancy and plans for birth!

haha, i know it's super long!

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Ahhhh a feb mom with a lodge! This is becoming so real! We are going to have babies soon!!

Wow I can see why you would get emotional thinking about your first birth. What a rollar coaster! I think you are a rockstar for having both pit and mag andonly having nubain! I don't think many other women could be that strong!! You talked about your trouble bfing him, were you guys able to have a bfing relationship? It sounds like although his birth was not ideal it went as well as it could!

Wow #2 was fast! Holy moly! I though my 5 hour labor with my second was quick but you take the cake! Glad you were able to have the birth that you deserved!

Can't wait to hear about your plan for #3. My midwives have told me that #2 tends to be the most efficient birth and that after that subsequent births are like a "wild card" they could be short or long or inbetween. Have you ever been told that? I don't know about you but I hope I get a nice quick one again! Lol

Just 4 more days to yours :)!!! We were able to have a bfing relationship for about 2 months. At that point we were so exhausted with meds/feedings/puking and after he would puke he would scream. it was awful so when the GI asked me to stop i did but pumped hoping he wouldn't have allergies. We tried a few diff form. and ruled out an allergy so with docs ok we tried a formula for babies who spit up and within 2 bottles we had a different baby, it was such a relief that my brain just said 'ok this is what we will do' looking back I should have made his bottles with my frozen ebm but it never crossed my mind. Over a year later i cried as a dumped almost 200 or so oz of ebm! Anyway blech

YES i have so heard that #3 is a wild card I am hoping for the shorter end of things still but....idk

"kridda_88" wrote:

Wow! Your first birth was quite a ride. Sorry about everything that happened with your first birth. That was a crazy fast second birth though! Are you hoping for a slightly calmer birth this time?

Calmer would be nice! If I were planning a hb I would be ok with the 2.5 hrs again but now that I know my body is capable of dialating so fast, we will headed to the hosp much, much sooner! Looking forward to an experience somewhere in between #1 and #2

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The road to Colin Smile

We thought we were done with #2, we got rid of everything hehe. After a long conversation on a 4hr drive home we decided we wanted more kids and that I could deal with preg. to have more kidlets so here we are. Luckily, our 'big' stuff was given to my sister who was just about done with it when we decided to ttc so we got lots of gear back. It took about 8 mo but here we are. We are so excited to be welcoming boy #3 in the next weeks and look forward to getting to see who this little man is. His brothers are excited and my oldest frequently asks if Colin can come out!

This pregnancy has been nearly the same as my first two (minus the pre-e of course). I get the good fortune of being sick the whole time unless I take meds. Unisom/b6 is my miracle worker. The big negative for that is I am exhausted, I think the unisom makes me over tired.

I started seeing 2 mw at our hosp that's 5min away and I liked them so much. At 20 wks I had a minor freak out b/c the hosp. is kinda sketchy and realized that there's no way I could possibly go into surgery there. I trust my body but you cannot prevent the emergencies and if I was delivering somewhere that I don't trust going into surgery it wouldn't be a good mental place for me to have this baby. So, I switched out to my old practice (my doc from the boys has quit delivering) and starting seeing the doc who happened to be there and deliver Isaac. She's great, supportive and has told me more than once she excited to see me through labor and delivery :)! The only little thing we have dealt with is glucose in my urine. I didn't fail my 1hr test but it was on the high end and much higher than my first two preg. so i went ahead and have been doing a modified gd diet and it fixed the glucose within two weeks. My next appt is tues, I'll be 37wks and on weekly appts, which I am hoping will make time move a little faster :)!

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Sorry you have had to deal with m/s through the whole pregnancy. That's awful! Glad you are more comfortable with the new dr and hospital. I am like you and if I am not comfortable with a situation I can't bring myself to do it. Like giving birth in our closest hospital unless it is an emergency. Or have my MIL watch the boys while I am laboring up stairs. I just hope and pray Lukus comes before next Friday or waits till after the 24th to come. Or we will have to use my MIL. Beee

I love getting to the weekly appointments! It does seem to make the last part go by a little bit faster.

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Congrats on your birth lodge, Kristen! I enjoyed reading your stories and can't wait to follow the last few weeks of your journey! You were a HUGE source of encouragement in my last few tough weeks with Laszlo - I'm thrilled to return the favor now Smile

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Hi Jasmine! It's great to 'see' you!

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Colin's coming home outfit came today, yay! I am kinda silly and love to dress my kids up when they come home Smile

I am going to put the carseat base in tomorrow and then we are good to wait around and be patient (ha!) SIL just hit 38 wks and I am kinda hoping her baby comes soon b/c I think it will be a nice distraction for the next few weeks. I have my 37 wk appt on tuesday and am going to resist my urge to get checked b/c it really doesn't matter if I'm dialated at all. I don't think I will get checked until i'm 39 wks, just b/c my curiousity won't hold out that long lol.

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Wow...reading your first birth story was interesting b/c there were some similar threads to Phineas' birth but your overall experience made mine seem almost like a walk in the park. I understand what you mean about not remembering parts of the birth & shortly after due to being on the magnesium. One of the reasons DH wrote the majority of our birth story was b/c I couldn't remember a lot of what happened. Having skin to skin contact right after birth was so important to me but I don't remember much of it. Pictures taken of me right after birth, I look miserable and not all there. Anyway, I'm glad your second birth went so much better...it gives me hope Smile

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Christina~ I hate the pics with me in them after his birth, i look horrendous!

'full-term' today, woot! babe's movements are getting slightly painful, sometimes it feels like he's going to rip open his water bag! ds2 is getting over a cold and we are all hoping that nobody else gets it. I would be so bummed if either of my kidlets couldn't come see us in the hosp. Pretty sure I'll be moving my bed to the couch in the next few days. having lot of hip pain and I sleep so much better slightly upright on the couch. Getting so excited for Colin's arrival!

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Congrats on now being full-term!! Yay! Such a great milestone to reach! I am getting the same painful movements! I swear the baby just wants to bust out of my abomen. Sorry about the hip pain Sad You are getting so close now!

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37 wk appt was nice and boring. No weight gain (yay, i'm big so that's good for me) measuring 35wks and gbs - . Having more noticeable bh's accompanied with shooting cervix pain (fun!) Having a very 'i'm bored wish baby could be here' day. In the grand scheme of things 3 or so weeks is such a short time but like i thought January is kinda dragging :)!

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we are getting horrible rain/flooding and that makes it very, very easy to not be antsy for this baby to come in the next week. A friend of mine drove the hwy between our town and where our hosp. was and it's pretty bad with a few creeks that are now flowing over the hwy. so a big no thank you to that!

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Love the coming home outfit! Totally worth him dressing up for.
Yay for hitting full term this week! Hope the couch helps with your hip pain. Its the worst trying to sleep through that.
Keep him baking till that storm passes so you don't have to be out on the road. We are expecting big rain like that today and everything totally floods. So not fun to be driving in normally and in labor would be even worse.

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Hoping the baby stays put until the rain and flooding stops!

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the worst of the weather seems to have passed. i know there is still a lot of high water in places but thankfully we got a nice long break yesterday from the rain. It's been raining all day but i've been checking on our road and it hasn't even 'closed' so now i am sure i will go for a nice long few more weeks ;).

I was telling my sil yest. (who is due 8 days before more) that i really just want to hibernate until baby gets here. I am not sleeping well and even with a sleeping pill (which is my anti nausea) I am having a hard time falling asleep...eh oh well.

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Just got caught up on your lodge.... I had those shooting pains at the end of my pregnancy with DD. I'd be out walking with my husband, and I always made him hold my hand, because the pains suck, but they were always such a shock, that my knees would buckle... I wouldn't fall down or anything, but I would just like take a few funny steps. I was probably a sight to see!

My BFF is due about a week or two before me- but she always goes late with her kids, and so far I have gone early with DD, so, it will be interesting for me too to see which one of us delivers first. I hope your SIL has her baby soon, so you have something else to focus on! Smile

Oh, and I love your coming home outfit! Even though the outfits I picked out for coming home were just some Carter's ones, I still had a lot of fun choosing a boy one and a girl one, just in case. Smile So fun. Smile

Hope you can get some sleep tonight!

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I'm so sorry you are not able to sleep well. Its always so unfair that good sleep fails us at the end of pregnancy when it is the most wanted/needed. Good that the roads are clear. Now if your SIL could just have that LO so you can loose track of time for a while!

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The coming home outfit is adorable! I keep forgetting to ask, how old are your 2 boys? I probably knew at one point but have forgotten. Are they excited for another brother? Hope you can get some good sleep! I hope you SIL has her baby soon! How fun that you guys are due so close! That will be fun having the cousins be so close in age.

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"emansmom" wrote:

The coming home outfit is adorable! I keep forgetting to ask, how old are your 2 boys? I probably knew at one point but have forgotten. Are they excited for another brother? Hope you can get some good sleep! I hope you SIL has her baby soon! How fun that you guys are due so close! That will be fun having the cousins be so close in age.

thanks :). Connor is 4.5 and Isaac turned 3 in november. They are both very excited, they talk a lot about how they are going to teach him to talk and feed him...I am sure I am going to have to keep a close eye on him when they have food. Isaac said the other day that they would share chips with Colin and I explained that Colin can't have chips, so in his logic he said they would 'break them into baby chips and it would be fine" very cute but...ha!

I actually had the boys watch an episode of baby story that was a homebirth (even though i'm having hosp. birth) b/c I thought they would get a better idea of 'mommy pushing baby out' Connor watched the whole thing, it was kinda cool!

I am excited to have a baby so close with sil, it's should be pretty fun and eventful! I honestly just hope they are born at least a week apart so first birthday parties and such don't have to be juggled...

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That is so funny about him thinking that 'baby chips' would be ok. I'm glad they are excited about having a baby brother. Totally makes sense about wanting the cousins to be at least a week apart so that they have their 'own' birthday times and all. Is this SIL first baby or does she have other kiddos as well?

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That is so funny about him thinking that 'baby chips' would be ok. I'm glad they are excited about having a baby brother. Totally makes sense about wanting the cousins to be at least a week apart so that they have their 'own' birthday times and all. Is this SIL first baby or does she have other kiddos as well?

this is SIL's 3rd baby as well. her older two are almost 9 and 10 though so she's kinda starting over :)!

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38wks

I just got home from my 38wk appt. I decided to torture myself with false hope (LOL) I am 3cm and 50% so I went ahead and had her strip my membranes. Doc and I joked that baby needs to come today or not until after tomorrow aftertnoon because she has a hair appt. She said she checked her ob charts and thought she'd be safe to get her hair done tomorrow lol. She cracks me up. I don't really think anything will happen but just in case I am going to finally put the carseat base in (that i've been saying i will do for a few weeks...) and pack some things for colin and myself at the hosp. Hubs is still keeping his fingers crossed that babe comes by thursday afternoon so he doesn't have to work the graveyard shifts.

I am sure I'll make it to my due date and will be laughing at myself haha!

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How exciting that it could be any moment now! Wouldn't it be nice if baby came at the perfect timing for everyone involved? I'm glad you had a good appointment. And am I the only anxious weirdo that has to have everything ready WELL in advance? I've already had the baby carseat installed for over a week and I'll only be 30 weeks this Friday!

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"ourfirstblessing" wrote:

this is SIL's 3rd baby as well. her older two are almost 9 and 10 though so she's kinda starting over :)!

Oh yeah, it is kinda like starting over with a gap like that. Thats how I felt with my first 2 and it was only a 5 year difference.

That is funny about your OB and her hair appt.! I'm glad it was a good appt. Hey 3 and 50% is totally something!

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Well had some good ctx yest that felt low and 'real' but they never got more than 10 min apart and once I decided to head to bed they didn't keep me awake. So no baby yet, which is totally fine with me. Yesterday just got me more excited and reminded me that this is actually going to happen and sooner than later. At the very least I got some stuff done that I have been putting off Smile

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Feeling very whiny tonight! My hips really hurts all day long boo! Need to spend some quiet time getting in a better mental space.

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Well it sounds like your body is starting to get ready! Sorry your hips are so painful, have you tried a Chiropractor for that? Not much longer and babe will be here and hopefully the hip pain will subside!

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Hope you are able to get some quiet time for yourself.
Totally 2nd the chiro thing. Just started doing it this time around it my hip & sciatic pain were so much better even after 1 appointment.

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i am thinking chiro but won't be able to get to one until at the least monday maybe tues. i should call tomorrow and see if he'll see me. He is the one I wanted to talk with about a baby adjustment anyway (my first two had reflux one severe one just annoying) so hubs and I have discussed getting baby an adjustment...

We had a fairly nice day here. I am in a better space mentally, i think the sweep and then some ctx got my hopes a little too high. Also, I am bummed that hubs has to work graveyard tonight and tomorrow...the next two days I will spend at my friends house, which right now I kinda just want to lounge around in my jammies all day and that's not really an option blah.

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My computer died grrrrr needs a new graphics card so posting from my phone. Apologies in advance for typos.

Been having irregular ctx that have pain with them, not much but they def. feel real. Sharp cervix pain on a fairly reg basis too. Also been losing lots of plug the last two days. Even if I am preggo for a few more weeks its exciting seeing the signs that this baby is gearing up for arrival Smile

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Sounds like it could be very soon!!

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soon would be fabulous but I keep reminding myself I am *only* 38+ weeks and could def. still be in this for the long haul :)!

pressure washed half the driveway this afternoon and it was therapuetic lol! i told my dad that all the noise probably made Colin decide he wouldn't be coming out anytime soon ha! Spent two awesome days with a very good friend of mine and our kids played awesome together that we bairly had to do anything but sit around and chat. they have a huge bonus room and the kids were up there most of the time and outside of some ceiling crashes and shaking we could hardly hear them! SIL hit her due date today with no baby so I was reminded that I am not allowed to complain yet!!! Hubs is off for the next 4 days just b/c of the way his sched. fell so he's been telling Colin it would be great timing, we will see. Kinda excited to torture myself again and get checked on tues. to see if my ctx and cervix pain/pressure have done anything. Next appt is tues.

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Sounds like things are going really well. It's exciting hearing about things moving even if it might be a bit yet, progress of any kind is still progress.

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Had my 39wk appt and all is going well. 3+ now and a little more than 50%. Doc said baby is def. lower than last week. Took the old infant seat to the tru trade in because it was going to expire in April so Colin has a new seat. Other than that all is quiet and here's to one day closer to baby Smile

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How are you feeling? You're getting there!

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Honestly, I am not feeling real great and am def. antsy. Trying to work on being patient. It would probably help if I were able to get restful sleep but that's not happening darnit

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It is so hard to be patient especially when you aren't getting good sleep! I cannot believe you are now down to less than a week till your EDD! Are you doing anything to "encourage" labor?

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Sounds like a good appt.! Things are moving along in there.
Thats totally hard with not getting good sleep.

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We dtd last night and I have been feeling crampy and a little 'off' all day. Having some blood tinged mucous (sorry tmi ha) just assuming its from cervical irritation. Have had ctx off and on so really trying to straighten up the house which I've neglected the last few days just in case. Hubs is back to work and I would so rather have my water break then question ctx and call him home for a false alarm. How come we don't have a timer that goes off so we take the guessing out of it lol.

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Having a fairly quiet few days around here...still having noticeable ctx throughout the day and my cervix is just very achy. Plan to use the hubs on his next days off to encourage Colin to make his appearance lol. On another note ds2 is sneezing, snotty, and barky coughing. He sounds so much like he does over to summer with his allergies. If I weren't hopefully having a baby soon I would let it run its course but I am really tempted to try to give him some meds bc I really want him to be able to come to the hosp. We are having an odly warm winter and I am wondering if something bloomed that's getting to him. We have been outside almost every day.

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I just noticed today that I have some Lily's popping up. I'm in IL and this time last year we had a couple inches of ice on the ground (BAD ice storm) and today it's 46 degrees out. As much as I love it my DH and my mom who both have bad allergies have been having some problems as well when usually winter is a great break for them.

I love the

Plan to use the hubs on his next days off

line Lol DH's have to just love it when we do that towards the end of pregnancy, I know I do it as well.

You know though if labor starts with breaking water then you get to worry about whether the contractions will actually follow or if you'll have to encourage them and then you're on a clock and blah! It's mox nix whether contractions start it or water breaking does cause we end up stressing about either one Smile I'm thinking our boobs should just start leaking milk as a sign we are in active labor, that wouldn't be too bad. Or maybe a message in print could appear across our belly that says "It's time!" within 24 hours of labor. Oooo, OR a POAS test, like an HPT or OPK that would tell us when labor would start, one that we could obsessively pee on every morning to tell us if today was the day!!! Then we'd all be broke and some company would be very rich! Lol

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just wanted to pop in to say i'm stalking your lodge...you're getting so close! i know how hard it is to wonder every day if "this is the day?"

sorry your little guy is sick. i hope it clears up quickly! could definitely be allergies, even though it's winter. when we traveled to a southern state recently, i got allergy symptoms bad because they were having mild weather there.

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Yeah, its been pretty warm here during the day for winter and I've got some stuff blooming and some stuff that never died that usually isn't around right now. Hope the meds help and he clears up soon.

Luckily most DH's enjoying being used for whatever reason under the sun. I think mine totally looks foward to those last days of pregnancy :rolleyes: to 'help out'.

Sorry to hear that you are feeling achy down there though.

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