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Welcome to your lodge Lynn. And yay for making it to 36 weeks! Can't wait to follow the rest of your journey.

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I'll be lurking along Lynn! Congratulations on 36 weeks+!!!

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Yay! Time to stalk you more!

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Thanks ladies! I might mostly be talking to myself here...it's been so quiet on this board lately! But that's ok...I talk to myself a lot anyway Wink

I don't have much time right now but wanted to say hi and that I'll update more soon. I had a checkup yesterday but nothing to report from that. Doc says we are just waiting for labor and didn't intend to check me unless I wanted him to. I was a bit curious just to see if anything changed from last week, I was 1.5 cm dilated last Wed, but didn't mind passing in the check either. I have been having a good bit of pressure and low back pain in the evenings. I was having contractions about every 5 to 5.5 min, lasting 30 seconds, last night when I laid down to go to sleep. Super mild though so nothing major. I feel yucky today...really nauseous, actually got sick this morning. I feel like things are starting to happen but who knows really. I hope she stays put until at least Sunday so I'll make the 37 week milestone

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Hi Lynn, welcome to your lodge!!!!

Hopefully those contractions will make your actual labor faster! Smile I hope you can make it to 37 weeks. Do you risk out at all if you go before then? How early did your boys come?

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Those contractions sound pretty legit to me. I had a bout of nausea the week before I went into labor. I know you don't want to go this early, but its exciting that your body is getting into gear.

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Honestly it's going to be hard not to be ready for her any day after I hit 37 weeks. Logically I'd like her to make 38 weeks...just seems better for her developmentally but I'm also ready to be done being pregnant and it's a real possibility for me since I have a history of going early. Makes it hard to stay patient Wink

Mel, no I won't have any major issue with not making 37 weeks as far as risking out. But last time the hospital made me do the antibiotics saying it didn't matter what the GBS result was...prior to 37 wks gestation was automatic by their protocol. I also imagine I'll have an easier time with having them do delayed cord cutting and letting me hold baby right away if she is a little more baked. Just my guess though.

My first DS was born at 33 wks 4 days following PROM at 33+1 and second DS came at 36 wks 5 days with labor again starting with ruptured membranes. DS1 spent 17 days in the NICU but DS2 was fine and able to come home with me the next day. So if I'm still pregnant this time tomorrow I'll be further along than I've made it before. I don't expect anything to happen that quickly. Smile

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that's good with not risking out! I knew your babies were early, just not how early! My midwives & hospital require a ton more monitoring if it's before 37 weeks so I was so glad to hit that milestone each time!

Everything ready with diapers, place to sleep etc? Who's taking the kids when you go in? Are you looking forward to labor this time?

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I am looking forward to delivery! Wink Ha, just hoping to have another fairly short labor. Tomorrow I'll be 37 weeks Yahoo I'm just waiting now, interested to see how far I go this time.

Everything is ready for baby. I've been washing her clothes, have the last load in the washer now. I went today for a pedi. I've never been before but my heels were so dry and rough so I decided to do that this time before I went into labor. Baby will be sleeping with DH and I, we have a cosleeper and I found a good deal on a nice changing table with 3 drawers on the bottom. I have filled 2 with her clothes...I'll put diapers and other changing supplies in the top. We have some from a little baby shower I had last week. All those supplies are in the storage basket at the bottom of the cosleeper now.

I have some options AFA who will stay with the boys when I go in labor. My next door neighbor has said she'll come stay with them. They were on vacation this past week but should be back now. My mom is about 40 minutes away and just moved into a new management position this past week. She's pretty busy with work right now but I'll call her first and depending on the timing she might be able to come stay. We also have a sitter who comes to stay with the boys a few hours every morning b/w when I go to work and DH gets home. She asked me about it this past week and said shed be available to come stay with them overnight if needed too. So I don't know how that will work out yet but we have enough options I feel confident it's taken care of.

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How does 37 weeks feel Lynn?! Smile

Are your boys excited for the new baby?

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Welcome to your lodge! Excited for you!

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Congrats on making it to 37 weeks! Babies always find a way to surprise us, I can just imagine this baby will shock you will come on or after 40 weeks!
That's grat that you have a sitter that has offered to stay with your boys if needed. One less thing to think about while prepping for birth.
What is your birth plan? Any techniques you find helpful with getting you through the birth process?

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Yay for making it to 37 weeks!

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Congrats on making it to 37 weeks! Babies always find a way to surprise us, I can just imagine this baby will shock you will come on or after 40 weeks!
That's grat that you have a sitter that has offered to stay with your boys if needed. One less thing to think about while prepping for birth.
What is your birth plan? Any techniques you find helpful with getting you through the birth process?

This little girl is in such a different position than my boys were and feels completely different. She probably will be the one who goes to 40 weeks or longer! Yikes, not sure I'll cope well with that. Wink

My plan is not real detailed really...just try to avoid inverventions and stay as natural as possible. Honestly, where I started from when I found out I pregnant with my first was I did not want that needle in my back and I wasn't really afraid of birth. I was way more concerned about having an epidural, just the thought of the big needle, than I was of the natural pain. I read alot just through internet searches in the early weeks of my pregnancy and decided I wanted to take a Bradley class. I was a little late starting those and barely had enough time to get them all in before my EDD. I figured as a first time mom I was likely to go late anyway. But DS1 or my body had different ideas. I attended 3 of 12 classes before he was born.

I did manage to make it as natural as possible after spending 3 days in the hospital leading up to his birth. My technic? Just determined that's what I was going to do, going within myself...I don't like to be touched while laboring, and being blessed with good birthing genes. I have fairly quick labors. Smile

I've been meaning to post a bit of an intro and my first two birth stories. I'll work on that now. Smile

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So a little about DH and me...I'm 36 and DH is 39. I always said my goal was to be done having kiddos by 35 and DH and I always said 2 maybe 3 little ones. I had my first at 31, which was longer than I wanted to wait. DH always let his fear of how to support our family affect his decision on starting and it finally got to the point of running out of time. So after the first 2 DH said he was fine with stopping but I couldn't get the idea of just a bit larger family out of my head. We had a surprise pregnancy last August; big surprise as we have been together for a while and much of our marriage with me off any BC aside of some loose family planning and thinking he was actually out of town the weekend I was fertile. That pregnancy sadly ended pretty quickly with a natural m/c. After the loss we were driving home and talking while the kids were strapped in the back and not able to disturb us too much. I told him I still wanted to have another baby and he said, without hesitation, you got it...we're not going out on this note. It was so sincere and just awesome that he was genuinely on the same page as me. So we JLIH, even though I charted so I would know accurate dates I didn't try to time DTD. We ended up pregnant after that first cycle and her I am. I am so wordy...impossible for me to tell a short story! Wink

So backing up a bit...DH and I met at church. We were attracted to each other from the beginning of meeting and were "dating" pretty quickly afterward. I was 15 and he was 18. We never broke up and really grew up together in a lot of ways. We waited until after both graduating college to get married. We started dating in April of 1992 and got married in August of 2000. I still prefer to hang out with him than anyone else to this day. He's my best friend. Smile Here's a pic of us on a trip with the youth group about a year into our relationship:

I don't have any of our wedding pics online. I might try to add one later. Smile

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So, hey, congrats on being more pregnant than you've ever been! You'll be fine going to 40 weeks. It's the 41+ and 42 weeks that can really kill you, LOL!

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So, hey, congrats on being more pregnant than you've ever been! You'll be fine going to 40 weeks. It's the 41+ and 42 weeks that can really kill you, LOL!

Thanks! Smile

Ha, I can only imagine! I have the upmost respect for ladies who are able to keep waiting day after day and resist the urges from their caregivers to induce. I'm done working on June 14th and will be 39 wks that weekend, if no baby first. I really don't think I'll mind one more week at that point b/c I'll be at home and maybe can actually get in a bit of nesting before this babe arrives. I've never been able to get my house in order before bringing baby home. It would be really nice! Smile

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I love how you talk about your DH being the person you like to hang out with the most. I feel that same way about my DH. Smile

Not wanting to be induced and hypnobabies tracks helped me to ignore how far beyond my due date I was getting with DD2. I don't remember if I mentioned it in my old lodge, but I bought caster oil when I was 41+3 and just buying it seemed to be the que for her to start making her way out! I still have the bottle and play to put it on the counter at 41+1 and give this baby a little talking to... I would be okay going to 42 weeks, but knowing my OB said he was going to induce me the day I ended up having DD2 naturally makes me think it could be a battle. I still can't believe he would feel that way after seeing how everything worked out great with no interventions :?

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Aww cute photo, love that you guys fell in love so young! And yay for him being on board for a third baby. I'm so excited its a girl this time. And congrats on 37 as almost 38 weeks. I'm jealous of your easy labors girl. That is great though!

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So far does it seem like this baby is going to stay put for a while or are you noticing sgins that she might be coming soon?

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Great story about you and your DH! Very cute couple too! Smile

It might be kind of nice to have a week off of work before baby arrives. Like you I've never had that happen!

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I love the story of you and your DH. DH and I met at 18 and it's been wonderful so far.
Any signs of labor coming yet? How is baby's position different from your others?

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"molly_4711" wrote:

So far does it seem like this baby is going to stay put for a while or are you noticing sgins that she might be coming soon?

Well, things have been pretty quiet this week overall...some regular discomfort but mostly have been feeling like she isn't going anywhere. I've felt a bit different today though. Right now since getting home from work I'm lounging on the couch and having mild contractions every few minutes. This has happened before though so who knows. :rolleyes:

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I love the story of you and your DH. DH and I met at 18 and it's been wonderful so far.
Any signs of labor coming yet? How is baby's position different from your others?

Thanks! Smile

See previous post for today's activity...but not sure it's a sign though. I guess time will tell. Smile

Both my boys always hung out on my left side with their backs to my left and feet up and over to the right. I think maybe even more facing front than back. My belly was always a bit lopsided with the left out more. Also, my cervix was always low...I didn't check often but I remember when I did it wasn't hard to find. This baby girl has been right in the middle of my belly from early on and pretty straight up and down. She's turned facing my back and seems her lower half stays toward my back like deeper in my belly and her bottom is right under my ribs. She shifts slightly from time to time and I'll feel that hard knot under the middle to slightly right of my ribs. She also feels higher even though I can't tell from pictures. I also haven't been able to reach my cervix at all and when doc checked me the one time at 35 weeks it seemed he had to really reach to find it.

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I guess I need to post something about my previous births just to be sure I have time to share those before this next one. Wink

I can't find my birth story for either on pg.org anymore so going to have to rewrite them with the details I remember.

DS1
Colin was born on 7/31/2008
33 wks 4 days gestation
4 lbs 12 oz
18.5"

A year before Colin was born DH and I had relocated across the state about 5 hrs, over 300 miles east. I had been having a smooth pregnancy overall aside of a rough time with m/s...but no complications otherwise. We went back west for a 3 day weekend when I was about 33 weeks. We had a baby shower with family and close friends on Saturday, a bigger shower where we had attended church with our church family on Sunday afternoon and I was supposed to work at the office there on Monday. The main office for my company is there and I relocated to a satellite office with the same company when we moved. Anyway I never made it to the office that Monday.

I woke up about 2:45 that morning feeling lots of fluid down below. I ran to the bathroom thinking "I just was up to pee!?!" Of course, it didn't take long to realize my water had broke. I was 33 wks 1 day so I immediately woke up DH. We were at his parents house. My mom also lived in town and I called her to get her advice on where I should go. I couldn't get off the potty without making a huge mess so I sent Ken to see if his mom had anything I could use. She came up with the brilliant idea to open one of the packs of diapers I had been given that weekend. Worked like a charm and kept me dry all the way to the hospital Smile

When we arrived they confirmed my water had broke and I was having contractions on the monitor. I started to notice them after they told me that but it had been so crazy to that point and they weren't strong at all yet, that I hadn't even noticed. So they checked me into my own room and got me hooked up on mag sulfate right away. The plan at that point was to keep labor from progressing long enough for them to give me steriod shots for DS lung development. That is a 48 hour process...they gave me a shot that morning and then 24 hrs later gave me another shot. They wanted the second dose in my system for 24 hrs to give it the best affect so I was kept on the mag sulfate until early Wednesday morning. When they took me off that med I was told they likely wouldn't stop labor if it started on its own but if it didn't I would remain in the hospital for the next 2 weeks at which point they would consider inducing. They had me on antibiotics too and would continue to watch me closely for any signs of infection.

Wednesday evening, after being taken off the mag sulfate that morning, I started having contractions and counted 5 contractions b/w 9 and 10. I buzzed the nurses to tell them but was told I might continue like that for weeks so no big deal. They had monitors on me for baby's h/r and to watch my uterine activity but it was apparently not really registering b/c they didn't believe I was in labor all night. It wasn't long after 10 pm that I was pretty sure this was progressing and quickly. I labored all night with very few interuptions. I was experiencing all back labor and found the most comfortable postion to be on hands and knees swaying through the worst part of the contractions. The thing with back labor is that back pain doesn't really give you a break b/w contractions so it's just a peak of pain then less then back to another peak. But I really dealt with pretty well by staying in bed on hands and knees. The nurses finally figured out I really was in labor early the next morning and checked me at about 5:30...I was 6 cm dilated at that point. That's when the uncomfortable interventions began, but thank goodness I was close to the end. The nurse made me lay flat on my back and couldn't move b/c she told me if the doc couldn't get a good strip on baby's heart rate they would and I qoute "send me immediately for a c-section" due to him being early. That made me mad...especially to think back on but anyway... so it wasn't long before she left the room that I knew things were happening very quickly and I had DH get them back in the room. I was complete and they were rushing to get everything set up and there were suddenly tons of people in the room. They had a resident to attend the delivery since I had no local doc and lots of NICU staff ready to check him as soon as he came out. He was out quickly...I can't even remember how many pushes but it was less than 3. He cried right away too and had apgars of 8 and 9. He was born at 6:15 am...so I went from 6 cm to baby out in less than an hour.

The afterbirth came pretty quickly...I had a second degree tear and they started working on me while the NICU staff checked him out right in the room. Here's one of his first pics taken by DH:

I was fixed up pretty quickly I guess b/c they didn't keep him in the room long but after checking him out and me getting stitched up they swaddled him and gave him to me. I don't think I was able to hold him more than 30 seconds. It was like here is your baby...I saw his little face and they swooped him off to the NICU.

DS never needed breathing help but had to learn the whole suck, swallow, breath combo and other minor things like develop enough to maintain his own body temp. I started pumping immediately and they would give him whatever I was able to get mixed with formula by tube. Of course, at first he wasn't even getting that just IV nourishment. He ended up spending 17 days in the NICU but we were very blessed that he was healthy just had to develop a bit. He had no major complications but did battle a little jaundice which was to be expected. Here are some pics from his NICU stay:
My sister caught a this one...looked like he was smiling at me; although he didn't really smile for a while:

DH called this his Ironman look:

This was just a few days before bringing him home:

The day we brought him home...to my mom's house since we were across the state:

Funny story about the day he came home...we had been getting alot of back and forth on when he would be released and didn't have any solid indication from the doctors that he would be realeased anytime soon. It was a Saturday and my Mom went with me to see DS at the lunchtime visit. We were going to go shopping afterward to get some clotes b/c I didn't have anything small enough to fit him. It had been a crazy 17 days with me trying to balance pumping every 2 to 3 hours around the clock with visiting DS a couple of times a day and trying to wrap things up with work. When we came in the nurses said they had been trying to reach me...although I had no missed calls on my phone...to tell me he was being released. I could take him with me right away! But I had no clothes for him so his coming home outfit turned out the be a freebie t-shirt from the hospital. It was multiple sizes too big and said "This Side Up" on the front with names of sponsor's on the back. It was a promotion for putting baby down on his/her back. It was an emotional time and I was so sad at the time that he was dressed in that for his coming home. I didn't get a pic b/c of the emotions at the time but really wish I would have in looking back. I still have the shirt though. Smile

So there are a ton more details I could share but I think I've hit the highlights here.

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DS2
Ryne was born on 2/3/2011
36 wks 5 days gestation
7 lbs 4 oz
21.5"

So with DS2 we stayed closer to home as I got further along Wink I had told work I would be done working at around 37 wks or until the baby came, whichever came first. It was Wednesday and I had 2 more days of work until I was starting my leave. It was a busy time at work and I was trying to wrap things up so I was there that particular evening until a bit afer 7 pm. I got home and put DS1 to bed as quickly as he was willing to go down and then got myself ready and climbed into bed. I was exhausted and so ready to sleep but as I laid down and rolled over on my left side my water broke. It was right at 10:45 pm. Being awake this time I was pretty sure right away but got up and went to the restroom. I was dribbling but not as much flow as with DS1...I don't know if DS2 was just in position to plug the opening better or what. So after laying down and getting up a few more times I was 100% sure that was what happened. I again wasn't having any contractions and didn't know what to expect from this point. But I knew I was far enough along that they wouldn't stop labor so I didn't want to rush to the hospital.

After some contemplation I decided to call my doc's office and tell the off hour response people what was going on just in case labor did progress fairly quickly, I wanted my doc to be aware. I determined I would go to the hospital if things picked up but otherwise I would go into the office in the morning to see my OB. My mom was in the process of relocating across state and was actually living with us at this point so I woke her up to tell her what was going on. It was nice having here there so I didn't have to worry about who would stay with DS1.

It wasn't long before I was starting to feel light menstrual cramps but still not much. DS1 was being difficult to put down and had come in our room so I took him back to his room and rocked him for a while. I wasn't super comfortable but was still thinking I really need to get some rest so I went back and laid down in my bed. It was about 1 am at this point and it didn't take long to determine that I wouldn't be laying down. I decided to take a shower instead. So I wasn't in there very long before contractions really started to intensify and I stood with the water on my back for a bit but wasn't real comfortable so I got out and started to get dressed. It was about this point that I looked down and noticed my belly was suddenly much, much lower than it had been. It was so drastic a change it scared me that this might be happening faster than I thought. I went out and told DH we needed to get a move on and tried to get comfortable while I gave him directions on packing a bag. Nope, I didn't already have one packed. Wink

I was, once again, having back labor and so I tried the hands and knees position that had been so nice with DS1. Nope! It was immediately apparant that this wasn't working for me. I was surprised at this point how true it is that each one is completely different. I soon discovered the best way to deal with the contractions was to pace rapidly around the room. Walking through them was so nice. I wouldn't have thought that but again...me surprised! So DH gets everything packed, loaded up and we head for the hospital. This was the only time I really did much timing of my contractions. They were about every 2 to 2.5 minutes the whole time and very uncomfortable to deal with sitting in the vehicle.

When we arrived we couldn't figure out where to park so DH dropped me off at the door and went to find a place to park. This young guy comes out with a wheel chair to take me to L&D. I was like no way am I sitting in that so I just followed him there. We had to take the elevator so in there I was just pacing circles the whole time. This really seemed to confuse this guy...that was pretty funny. So I get to triage and they confirm my water is ruptured and checked me...I was 3 cm. It was a little after 3 am at this point. It didn't bother me though that I was only 3 cm b/c I knew this was active labor and the end went quickly for me before.

So now begins the staff trying to control everything I do. I don't think a hospital birth always has to be that way but I was unlucky with the nurse I got I believe. As soon as they get me in my room and the nurse gets in there she wants me to get into bed and let them get a 20 min. strip on the baby. So I agree that would be ok. Well, she didn't let me out of bed after that. Next it was oh, you have to get the antibiotics (turns out I was GBS- but didn't have those results at the time and their protocol was to do it regardless prior to 37 wks)...that'll take about an hour. But just an hour and then you can get up. Yeah right!

I ended up spending the rest of my labor in bed on my left side. I was still comfortable walking through contractions at the time I first got in bed so it irritated me. I actually didn't mind so much laboring laying down and resting b/w contractions after a while. I may have even chosen that at some point on my own but it annoyed me that I was being controlled so much. Side note: I won't be such a complient patient this time if I get a nurse like that again. Ok, back to the story...I go really inside myself and don't notice a lot of my surroundings later in labor. I keep my eyes mostly closed and don't like to be touched much. So I lay there and let the contractions come while resting quietly in between. I started to notice during contractions that I was tensing my shoulders and arching my back so I began to really focus on relaxing those areas and that really helped me to deal with the contractions. I don't really remember them checking me again until pretty close to the end. At one point I kept telling the nurse I needed to use the bathroom but she kept resisting letting me get up telling me it was just the pressure of the baby's head descending. I knew there was pressure from that but I didn't have any drugs so I knew what all I was feeling. It was a few contractions later that I actually pooped a bit on the table. I remember opening my eyes at this point...DH was at my side and the nurse was near the bottom of the bed chatting with one other person who had come in (not sure who this was) and I said "told you I had to poop" She hadn't been paying attention and I see her quickly grab something and clean up. I just found this funny b/c she looked so caught off guard. Anyway, it wasn't much longer and she started insisiting on checkin me and more people began entering the room. The resident came in and introduced herself at some point during all this. She ended up being the one to attend my delivery shortly after. I remember some of the people in the room chatting about how close was I and my nurse saying I don't know she won't let e touch her. Haha...I guess I wasn't all compliant. Anyway she finally insisted and they said I was about 7.5 cm. Everyone was getting ready at this point and pretty soon I was complete. I tried to go slower with the pushing this time but I did start pushing once they told me I was complete and to go ahead. I didn't feel any urge to push and didn't do a very good job of controlling that part to slow it down. I remember thinking this part hurt way more this time than it did with DS1. I did rest through 1 contraction b/c it hurt so bad and I was trying to slow it down to avoid tearing. But then I was like forget it, I just want this baby out. He was born within about 3 to 5 contractions. It was 6:09 am and only about 7.5 hrs after my water broke. Probably about 5 hrs of active labor.

We had waited to find out the sex. I was leaning toward girl so that was kind of what we expected. DH said It's a ... boy? and I was like Really? It was funny but it sunk in pretty quickly and I was super excited. They cut the cord right away and took him to the little bed set up for baby in the room. I again had a second degree tear and the resident began to stitch me up. I got a look at him as they were transferring him across the room and I thought "he doesn't look anything like his brother". Smile
His first pic:

They finished up with me and I was freezing so they piled blankets on me so I could stop shaking. Then they swaddled DS and handed him to me for the first time. DH snapped this oh so flattering pic:

About an hour after birth they set me up in a post partum room. Another side note here; this is a teaching hospital in the downtown area, they had the worst beds ever and the food was terrible. They are not about offering good patient service. I won't be going back there as the rooms were not nice at all...very dark and just a bit cavelike. It was really nice where I had DS1 so that was very different. Anyway, I walked to my room and again the staff acted so surprised by this. It just amazed me that I was seen as so out of the norm by these small things. They also kept trying to give me pain meds after and I felt perfectly fine. It was like they thought I was just so odd. I think it's so odd they acted that way. Wink

My OB came by to see me a couple of hours after the birth. He came in and said "what happened?" apparantly they called his partner who was on-call that morning, told her I was 7.5 cm and it would be soon. Then they called back 15 minutes later and said baby had arrived so she didn't need to rush anymore. Ha! I said "I told you I go fast at the end".

Here are a few pics of DS2 and DS1 meeting him:

Time to go home:

Again, I know there are tons more detials. Just trying to hit the main points and get this story down before this new baby girl arrives. Still having mild contractions this evening...I wonder if they'll go away when I go to bed? I still think it could very likely go away and I won't have this baby for weeks but you never know! Smile

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I enjoyed reading your birth stories. Given the fact that both your babies were so early, I am surprised you are still pregnant with only 2 weeks to go but very glad this baby could get a chance to stay in there a good, long time and develop so there are no worries about her being premature. Very exciting that you are getting a girl this time!

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Thanks Kimia! Yeah, I'm excited to be having a baby girl and love that she'll have 2 big brothers to take care of her. Hopefully one day they'll get to that point Wink

I'm very surprised and excited to be 38 weeks. I didn't really expect that but always told myself it was a possibility. Now I'm just waiting to see how long she bakes but quickly transitioning to wanting her to come...like now! hehe Biggrin

I'm really not doing bad though overall besides general and completely normal discomfort. I have my next check-up Wednesday and this is my last work week. I'll officially be on maternity leave after Friday. Smile

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Loved reading your birth stories! So happy to see you here at 38 weeks!
I find it interesting that with DS1 your water broke and they were going to let baby stay cooking for another two weeks if nature didn't take it's course, yet for most woman it seems there is a push to deliver the baby within 24 hours after her water brakes...
I'm sorry you had to stay in bed most of your birthing time with DS2. Will baby 3 be born at a totally different hospital or the same as DS 1?

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Loved reading your birth stories! So happy to see you here at 38 weeks!
I find it interesting that with DS1 your water broke and they were going to let baby stay cooking for another two weeks if nature didn't take it's course, yet for most woman it seems there is a push to get the baby out within 24 hours after her water breaks...
I'm sorry you had to stay in bed most of your birthing time with DS2. Will baby 3 be born at a totally different hospital or the same as DS 1?

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I posted this earlier today on my birth board:

I've never done an official "birth plan" before. I'm really thinking of putting a very few bullet points on a piece of paper to give my nurse this time. Also, some very basic reminders for DH. I don't really have many things that I'm a big stickler about but I do have some specific things I would like to go differently this time.

So here's what I'm planning to write down and give the hospital staff:

- Plan to have a natural L&D; not wanting an epi or other pain meds. A local is fine if need some stitches post delivery.

- Would like to labor down once complete until I feel the urge to push (not start pushing just b/c I'm 10 cm)

- Try different pushing positions according to how I feel

- Delay cord cutting (like at least 3 to 5 minutes) and hopefully have baby placed on me immediately

So that's it...my goal here is few interventions during laboring, just let me do my thing. With the second and third items I'm trying to avoid tearing this time and although the pushing phase has gone very quickly for me in the past, I've never felt the urge to push and have just actively worked to push baby out while laying flat on my back. I'm thinking if I wait for the urge and get in better position then maybe it won't be as much work and I can control the exit better so I don't tear. I really have no clue on this but there is that saying about how doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. So just trying something different.

I'm posting it here too to get any comments, experience or advice you ladies may have.

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Loved reading your birth stories! So happy to see you here at 38 weeks!
I find it interesting that with DS1 your water broke and they were going to let baby stay cooking for another two weeks if nature didn't take it's course, yet for most woman it seems there is a push to get the baby out within 24 hours after her water breaks...
I'm sorry you had to stay in bed most of your birthing time with DS2. Will baby 3 be born at a totally different hospital or the same as DS 1?

Yeah, this is surprising to most who have only experienced term birth...which is completely understandable b/c they immediately start a clock on you to get the baby out in their timeframe due to the risk of infection. But it's very common to stop birth and keep mama on bed rest for weeks or even months depending on the gestation. Of course, it's a weighing the worse of 2 evils type of situation. Usually once you have ruptured membranes the remainder of your pregnancy will be in the hospital so they can monitor the baby and watch for any signs of infection. They also gave me IV antibiotics as a precaution. So it is still a concern just makes more sense to risk it at earlier gestations due to risk of that doesn't exceed the benefit to baby to keep growing inside the womb. They also monitor the level of fluid around the baby via u/s. The fluid can regenerate but you leak a lot too...at least I did. However fluid levels never were too low when they checked me.

The hospital where I had DS1 is in West TN so I won't be returning there. Where I live now in East TN there are 3 hospitals for baby birthing in my immediate area. I went to the downtown one with DS2 b/c I hadn't decided (once again my procrastination got me) where I would go and when the nurse with my docs office called me back she persuaded me to go there due to me being a little early and b/c my doc had 2 other moms scheduled to be there the next morning already. Although I wasn't so early that was really a factor so basically boiled down to my docs convenience. So this will be my 3rd delivery and 3rd hospital. Smile

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:clink: Here's to your last week of work!

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"Clarkton" wrote:

So this will be my 3rd delivery and 3rd hospital. Smile

Many years ago, I worked with a man whose wife had a baby. When they arrived at the hospital, she didn't like the way they were treating her and decided to leave. The staff refused to "let" her leave so she pulled out her IV and began walking toward the parking lot, calling to her husband to come with her. He drove her to another hospital, where she delivered their daughter. The next year, they were having another baby, and they had moved so she was going to yet another hospital and joked that if things didn't go well, she would end up with two kids and four hospital bills.

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Hi! Sorry, I've been on vacation but I just read through everything except your first two birth stories--planning to go back and read those after adding my WELCOME and YAY for 38 weeks! My DD was born at 41 weeks, and my anxiety that last week was almost entirely due to my birth center's stupid (it's not their fault, but still) risk-out policy at 41 weeks. I made it JSUT under the wire, but I think things would have been a lot smoother and faster if I hadn't gotten myself so worked up about it. Glad you're not facing any kind of reason to be anxious at this point aside from just wanting that baby in your arms!

Oh, and we get put on a 12 hour clock after ROM at my birth center/hospital. So annoying. Their insurance carrier is HYPER cautious.

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wow, a 12 hour clock?
Honestly, I'm a little jealous of your body, Lynn. I like my full-term deliveries, but twice my water has broken and nothing has happened so that lovely 24 hours clock got me and I had to be induced. And going from 7cm to baby that quickly sounds awesome (painful, but over quickly!)

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Spacers, that is hilarious! Love it!! Biggrin

Leigh, welcome back! Hope you had a great vaca!! Smile That would totally stress me out too, I just haven't made it long enough to be under that pressure before. I have always been pleased with my doc and don't think he would go Dr Jekyll on me but I've read others experience about quickly the tune can change when you get close to the end. Last week at my check-up he talked about starting checks at 38 weeks and said that's really just so he can have some indication for those ladies who want to be induced earlier (like 39 or 40 weeks was what I gathered) and then he said but you want spontaneous labor. So I confirmed that was correct. I haven't asked any other questions about his idea of going past 40 and he hasn't brought it up. Time will tell! Wink

Virginia, yes that would be really nerve wracking to know youre on the clock and your body is doing nothing! I still have moments of wondering if my body will work the way I hope this time. Especially since things seem to be going so differently this go 'round. There are never any guaranties!
Oh and I have only ever had all back labor so I guess that's how my body tries to keep it from being too easy Wink

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BACK LABOR!? Yikes...that always sounds SO awful. I'm not at all sure I'd have made it through my NCB if I'd had to deal with that! Pretty much 100% of my labor was concentrated in my stomach--I didn't even really feel a ring of fire. It was just the contractions...man, those contractions...

Really hoping that a more relaxed attitude going in this time will help me stay much more on top of it all! So...stay peaceful Smile That baby will come when it's good and ready Wink

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funny how it's different for everyone. almost all of my pain has been in my hips every time. It would start, completely tolerable, in the belly then wrap into the hips and intensify there, completely eclipsing the belly. I can't imagine back labor. ow.

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Happy 38 weeks Lynn!

I've had back labor with DS and "regular" contractions in my belly labor with DD. The later was so much easier for me personally.

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I had back labor with DD1, I remember so clearly that I didn't notice it until I got an epidural and then it was all I felt and there was nothing I could do about it (i.e., couldn't change positions, etc.).

I'm so happy for you that you are here at 38 weeks. I know you mentioned reading my lodge with DS2 and all the waiting I was doing. I was induced with DD1 and doubts about whether my body could spontaneously go into labor crept in A LOT, especially as I got to 41+weeks. I was so excited when it happened naturally. It will happen for you too. Patience is not easy when the clock starts ticking after your "guess date", but you can do it! Just know that your body knows just what to do and will go into action when baby is ready. Smile

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It's true...it's so hard once you're farther than you expected. I'm thinking about just working until I go into labor this time (I have an office job that isn't particularly stressful)...that last week of sitting around at home last time was TORTURE, plus it'll make my leave last longer...I felt like every day off with no baby was being wasted. If you have a lot of time to kill, try to find as much as you can to take your mind off the anticipation!!

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Lynn I loved reading your birth stories! My hospital had a 12 hour rule on the water breakage. But had I not come in, they would have never known. Bad decision on my part. If my other midwife were on call that night I know she would have told me to stay home. But low and behold I went in because I had lots of blood and meconium in my waters and had to labor at the hospital and was put on the clock. She let me go to 13 hours before starting pitocin. I was totally rocking my labor until then too. Pitocin contractions suck.

I had belly contractions but for some reason having my back massaged in labor still relieved a lot of pain. I hear back labor is intense. Hopefully you have another one of you quick and easy labors. But not too quick of pushing. That seems hard. I'm sure when you are in pain you just want to push through it. It sounds hard to push slowly.

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I was hospitalized for 5 days after my water broke. Ours broke around the same time (33 weeks). Unlike you, I had no other signs of labour and I was not dilated. They told me once I got the steroid injections that if labour started, they wouldn't stop it but I was going to be induced at 34 weeks. They take a different approach if your water breaks preterm. At 33 weeks 5 days, my daughter stayed 3 weeks in the NICU. If she made it to 35 weeks, it is unlikely she would have had to stay. The NICU nurses said they usually get the suck/swallow response at 34 weeks and that was our biggest challenge in getting DD2 home.

When I had DD1, nothing could have prepared my for the intensity of the contractions (1 minute in a contraction, 1 minute rest). When I was felt like I couldn't do it anymore and asked for the epidural, I was ready to push and was done a few minutes later. When I had my loss, I had 4 hours that physically felt like the last 4 hours of my labour. I felt like I was prepared for that when I had DD2. She was different. I guess I had back labour with her because it was constant and it was getting worse. They monitored me and in 30 minutes detected 2-3 random contractions. They were resisting checking me because of the infection risk but because I was in agony, they did and I was 5 cm. They wheeled me to L&D. One nurse said I should ask for the epidural now if I wanted one and the other nurse kept saying I had done NCB before and I could do it again. I was there alone and the idea of going through another 4 hours in that much pain was unthinkable so I said yes. He was going to get paged after they got the monitors set up. I said I had to go to the bathroom first and I sat there for about 5 minutes because the effort to get up in that pain was too much. However, I became aware that I felt "stretchy" down there and that if I didn't get off the toilet, the baby would be born there. Within 5 minutes, DD2 was born. After she was born, they said I'd had an abruption and that is why it hurt so much so suddenly. No idea if that is true.

I have no idea how people don't push once the pushing urge is there. The nurse asked me to wait so the doctor could come in the room and waiting through one contraction was my limit. There was no way I was waiting through another one.

With DD1 I was prepared to go early because I was early. With DD2 I was prepared to go to 42 weeks and I was in complete denial that I was having her early.

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"Danifo" wrote:

I was hospitalized for 5 days after my water broke. Ours broke around the same time (33 weeks). Unlike you, I had no other signs of labour and I was not dilated. They told me once I got the steroid injections that if labour started, they wouldn't stop it but I was going to be induced at 34 weeks. They take a different approach if your water breaks preterm. At 33 weeks 5 days, my daughter stayed 3 weeks in the NICU. If she made it to 35 weeks, it is unlikely she would have had to stay. The NICU nurses said they usually get the suck/swallow response at 34 weeks and that was our biggest challenge in getting DD2 home.

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Yes, they didn't actually check me for dilation when I went in due to the infection risk either. They did try to look (I think they did use a speculum but otherwise didn't insert anything else) and the determination was I was no more than like a centimeter dilated but I was starting to have contractions. They also told me if I had been 34 wks when I came in they wouldn't have stopped labor. Regarding the NICU stay we were told the same thing about developing the suck, swallow, breath reflex. That was really the biggest thing DS1 had to overcome. He was maintaining his own body temp after a day or two but stayed 17 days to learn how to eat.

These little ones sure are unpredictable! I never would have thought I'd be sitting here pregnant and quickly approaching 39 wks. I do hope to not see 42 though Wink

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Yes--if my water breaks at home and I have no reason to be worried about it (I'm in the full term window, it's clear, and labor is starting or well underway) I'm totally not telling them and putting myself on that ridiculously short clock unnecessarily! I didn't have any choice last time because it broke mid labor after I'd already been at the birth center for, oh, 8 or 9 hours. (Didn't speed anything up like they said it might, though). The fact that each labor and delivery is so different is both wonderful and slightly terrifying to me...I definitely want it to be different than last time, but hopefully in the BETTER direction Wink

Glad you're hanging in there, Lynn! Stay peaceful...

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Quick drive-by posting...I feel like something is happening today. Been having lots of BH type of contractions all day. I don't think it's anything timeable but they started early this morning and have continued and usually it's more isolated than that and mostly in the evening. They have been accompanied by some minor but low cramping and a bit of lower back ache. But the bigger deal that has me excited is that when I went to the restroom just now I had a pretty decent blob of mucous with and it was tinged with brownish red.

I was checked yesterday at my appointment but he was really gentle...it didn't hurt at all and I definitely didn't have membranes stripped or anything. So the color could be from the check.

I'm telling myself this could all stop at any point or when I go to bed and then have more days of nothing. So who really knows? Wink

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More than the BHs, I think the loss of some plug means you have a good chance of this baby arriving in the next 48 hours!! KUP! Biggrin

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good luck! I hope it's labor starting!
I had some bloody show well over a week before DS2 was born, but I did dilate to 2-3cm when it happened, with just "BH". With DS1 I had bloody show and my water broke 36 hours later. DS3 never had it.

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That definitely has me thinking you won't be going to 42 weeks, even if this isn't "IT" it (even if it's still a day or two before actual liftoff)...so yay!!! KUP! Biggrin

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I don't think anything will be picking up tonight but I do feel it's a start. It would be good timing if she came tomorrow or Saturday so IDK, we'll see. Of course, she'll probably stick it out now that I just jinxed myself. Wink

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