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Welcome to your lodge! Give an introduction and start sharing Smile

Cindy

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Welcome to your lodge! I look forward to hearing more about you and your impending birth Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge! I can't wait to hear more about you, and to hear how your birth goes!

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Welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to learn more about you and follow your journey.

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Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I know I have a bit of catching up to do. Sorry if it is way way too long. I basically put our life story and the events of the pregnancy so far here. Not sure if this is too much for this sort of thing but feel free to skip all or any of it. I guess I feel a strong urge to get caught up here - all the women on the May board know me so well! Haha. Smile

B (my husband) and I met in elementary school. We knew each other prior to fifth grade but that is the class where we really hit it off - I had a crush on him...he had fun being a boy. Smile We went to the same junior high school though we did not have any classes or really stay in touch. We met up again fifteen years later through facebook. It turned out we were living nearly identical but separate lives - backpacking the same countries, reading the same types of books, eating the same types of foods (vegetarian), studying a lot of the same topics in school, and believing/studying in the same types of spirituality. We both happened to be living in Arizona at the time...a long way from Illinois where we grew up. We met up for dinner and ended up talking the entire night...both of us knowing that we were done searching. Though the next couple of years held many trials and tribulations, B asked me to marry him on September 1st 2010 on the playground at the elementary school where we grew up together. We were very happily married in May of 2010 - the most perfect and happiest day of my life. Only three months later on September 1st 2011 we found out we were unexpectedly expecting - exactly one year to the day that he asked me to marry him! So, here we are, enjoying our honeymoon and first pregnancy. Smile

We told my sister in law first. We both thought of her immediately and could not wait to share the news with her. We Skyped with her only a couple of days after receiving the positive tests. We decided to tell my father in law and Mother shortly thereafter. Right now, being so close to the end of the pregnancy my sister in law, mother and aunt are the ones who are texting and calling regularly to check in on things because they are so excited. It is great to know that we have such great support from our family. Smile

This pregnancy has been really great. The first trimester was difficult as I was very nauseated all of the time and I had gotten bronchitis just before we found out we were pregnant. I was sick with bronchitis for the first three months of the pregnancy making things much worse than I think they would have been. The remainder of the pregnancy has been amazing. Since entering the second trimester and continuing into the third, I have been comfortable, happy and healthy. I have been taking every precaution possible to ensure that I have been as healthy and comfortable as possible and it has worked! (not that I do not have my "issues", it is just that I take them as they come and realize that whatever I am feeling is exactly what my body needs me to feel at that point) Smile I have loved having a little person inside me moving around - just incredible. I, honestly am beginning to mourn the end of pregnancy. I have been struggling with the idea that I will no longer be able to feel her little movements and kicks inside of me. I also will miss having my husband feeling my belly and talking to it. I really love this part of being pregnant and although I am super excited to have our little girl out here with us, I am also sad to be moving past that part of life for now. I know that it will pass, especially as we get to hold and be with our daughter but for now, I am in the process of enjoying these last days while working on letting go of the way things have been. Smile

We have been planning a natural home waterbirth since we found out we were pregnant. We work with two midwives at a practice somewhat near our home. They also have a nurse with them who is great. She is a midwife also but not a CNM and so, cannot practice legally here. She is a great asset to the team - very kind and caring. We also have a doula that we are working with. We met up with her for the first time about 3 weeks ago but hit it off pretty well. We have been texting back and forth the last couple of weeks in an effort to be more comfortable with each other and it is working. I look forward to having her at the birth. We have our birthing room all set up and ready to go (see photos below).

I very much look forward to having a natural birth. My husband and I believe that a woman's body knows what to do and how to do it and does not need the assistance of all of the medical procedures that are "necessary" nowadays. I am pretty good with uncomfortability and pain so I am not really worried about the pain of labor or birth (Perhaps I am naive about this). So far, in these last couple of weeks I have had some swelling, slight cramping and some back ache. My plan was to not get checked at all prior to being in labor but I started to get worried that the change in symptoms was related to something other than being close to birth and wanted to see if there was any changes being made. At our 39 week appointment I had a cervical check and I ended up being 2cm dilated, just over 50% effaced and at a +1 station! I am pretty pleased to have made so much progress without being all that uncomfortable. We thought that, with those numbers, she would be coming early but there have been no signs of labor yet. I am surprised but I was ready to go to 41, 42 or more weeks if necessary. Smile I will be pleased if that means my body is silently preparing even more and that it will mean less labor pain and shorter labor. If not, that is fine too. I look forward to going through this transformative experience exactly how it is meant to be. No short cuts. I look forward to knowing what it feels like to work through labor and birth with my amazing husband there every step of the way.

Ultrasound

Our Daughter's First Picture at 20 weeks. We decided that we wanted to do the 20 week ultrasound but not any others in order to keep the pregnancy and birth as natural as possible and minimize any possible damage. Isn't she beautiful?? Smile

Belly Picture

This is my latest belly bump photo. This is me at 38 weeks LMP due date.

Our Birthing Room

These are some photos of our birthing room all set up.

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What a great intro! LOVE the story of you and your husband. You sound like you are in the PERFECT place (mentally, emotionally, preparation-wise, etc) to have an incredible birth experience. I can't wait to hear all about it!

The actual experience of labor definitely surprised me--it's not about being naive, really, just one of those things it's not really possible to fully "get" until you've experienced it--but I got through it just fine and so will you.

(PS, just curious, where were you in Arizona?)

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"cactuswren" wrote:

What a great intro! LOVE the story of you and your husband. You sound like you are in the PERFECT place (mentally, emotionally, preparation-wise, etc) to have an incredible birth experience. I can't wait to hear all about it!

The actual experience of labor definitely surprised me--it's not about being naive, really, just one of those things it's not really possible to fully "get" until you've experienced it--but I got through it just fine and so will you.

(PS, just curious, where were you in Arizona?)

Thanks! I keep thinking that birth is one of those things that you cannot fully "get" until you have experienced it - much like pregnancy. Everyone kept telling me how tough it is and how terrible you feel etc. especially toward the end. I did not choose to believe them and, here I am, enjoying each moment of these last weeks! Smile I think a lot of it is in the mindset as well. Thank you for the support!

I lived all over Arizona but I only visited Tucson a handful of times. Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! What a perfect intro! I love your story.

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"B.A.Hubbard" wrote:

Thanks! I keep thinking that birth is one of those things that you cannot fully "get" until you have experienced it - much like pregnancy. Everyone kept telling me how tough it is and how terrible you feel etc. especially toward the end. I did not choose to believe them and, here I am, enjoying each moment of these last weeks! Smile I think a lot of it is in the mindset as well. Thank you for the support!

How right you are! I just remember, as my labor progressed, various things that people had said to me in the past suddenly lighting up in my mind with a feeling of revelation, like "OHHHHHHH....that's what she meant when she described [x]" It was a pretty cool experience, actually. Smile

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What a great story about how you and DH got together - it sounds like fate had a huge hand in that! Sounds like you have all of your ducks in a row and all you can do now is wait for baby to decide to make her appearance! Biggrin

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Welcome to your lodge! What a great intro and story. I loved reading about how you and your husband met and found eachother again after so long. Your whole attitude regarding your pregnancy and impending labor are so great. I really admire you. Can't wait to continue on in your journey with you!!

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Great intro. I also love the story of you & your DH! You sound like you have an awesome outlook to birth, so good to hear. It is an amazing experience. Loving the birthing room you have set up, It looks so welcoming. TFS pics!

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Welcome to your Lodge!

Are you still in Arizona? Love the birthing room!

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Thanks for sharing your story! I look forward to following you through this last little bit of pregnancy. You definitely sound like you are in the right mind set to get the birth you want.

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What a great story! Thanks for sharing with us!

Oh man, I SO remember being sad about knowing my pregnancy was going to end last time! I really enjoy pregnancy in general- I am enjoying it again now- but I guess I'm not as attached to the pregnant thing now, knowing what's coming. Smile And also, I know I'll do it again. Anyway... enough about me.

You sound like you're very well prepared for a great birth- can't wait to hear your story! And I agree with what you and Leigh said- you just can't know until you come up against it/experience it. That said, I had SO many people tell me that when the pain got to a certain point I wouldn't be able to handle it anymore- and I never, not once, even thought of drugs while I was in labor! So.... yeah... you just gotta do what you gotta do, and you'll get through it however you do! Smile

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Thank you ladies for all the support! It has been a great journey. Smile It is good to hear that my outlook on birth is a good one - being my first time, I am just trying to do what seems most natural and I am glad to hear that it is mimicked by so many of you. Smile It is also good to hear that it is normal to be missing being pregnant - I assumed this was the case as it is a huge transition from pregnancy to birth/having a child to look after but it is always good to hear it from others as well. Since I have been mentioning it to others I have found that several women felt this way also. We may not be having another so I guess that makes it a bit more difficult but who knows...maybe we will and maybe I will be lucky enough to feel a baby kicking inside of me again. Smile We shall see.

It is exciting to be so close to the birth though it is a time of great anxiety as well. Getting calls and texts each day on how I am feeling and if there are any signs of labor yet is becoming difficult to handle. They all mean well and I know it is not them but the pressure I am putting on myself, but I guess I did not anticipate that it would cause this much unrest! My husband is really anxious as well - he is so so excited to be a father that the anticipation is killing him! Throughout this pregnancy he has been the most involved that a person could be and now he just cannot wait to be able to be a bigger part of our child's life. It is very sweet and I love that he will be an amazing father though the anxiety is eating him alive and that is upsetting to me. Again, I am putting that on myself - like I have any control over when she is ready to arrive - but that is how I am feeling right now. All eyes are on me and my uterus right now and it is not a very comfortable place for me to be! Haha. I need to work on ditching these feelings asap - I do not want to be pressuring myself during labor to be moving faster if it is a long slow labor and birth! Thanks for reading my thoughts. Smile

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Ohhhh I so remember this feeling... The end is so hard, even when you really, really, with all of your being want to be patient and know you should be patient, and a big part of you wants to just savor every moment...it's hard! Waiting without knowing how long you have to wait for such a huge, life changing event is just really not something we humans tend to be great at. Don't worry...it's definitely a good instinct to want to ditch those feelings, but don't beat yourself up or feel too bad for having them, either. It's 100% normal Smile And for your poor DH...of course he wants to get his hands on that baby! And he will. Very, very soon...and then all of this anxiety and anticipation will be a distant memory.

And, if anybody's really starting to bug you with the check-ins: www.haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com Wink

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Ha! I was just going to post that website Leigh posted! It's a great one. And remember, you DO NOT have to respond to people- you don't HAVE to answer the phone or respond to messages. People will get over it. Alternatively, you could let people know via a mass email or something that you promise to notify asap when something is happening to an email address they provide. And of course, it's up to you to just email them when you're ready- when labor starts or when the baby is born. Smile It could at least get some people off your back! I didn't mind people knowing I was in labor, so when I knew it had started, I posted on my FB for the women who had come to my shower to light their candles (each had taken one home)...and then everyone knew something was going on. Plus then I also knew I had loads of supportive energy flowing to me from all over. Smile

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Welcome to your lodge! I love your intro and your home birth set up looks incredible!

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I think you could use a day of just not paying any attention to your phone/e-mail and relaxing. Maybe get a massage, pedicure, take a long bath, sit and read while drinking your favorite drink, or all of the above. Unplug for a bit and it will do you some good. You could also work on visualizing a peaceful birth that is quiet and calm just to get your head back where it should be.

It's awesome that your DH is on the same track as you and so supportive, you are very fortunate.

Cindy

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Great advice, Cindy!

A friend of mine did the candles thing too...I thought it was such a beautiful idea! I was one that didn't want anybody to know I was in labor, though...just retreated into my bubble until baby had joined us, and then I allowed everyone in on the fun. Whatever makes you feel most relaxed and happy is exactly what you should do...everyone else can deal with it. Birthing mamas get to make all the rules!

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I noticed on Jennifer's birth lodge that you mentioned not having a birth plan. I'm very surprised your midwife hasn't addressed that with you because it's something you really should have already given your backup hospital along with your pre-admission paperwork so they have it in your records in case of transfer. Your midwife & doula will NOT be able to state your preferences at the hospital, although they can remind you about your wishes when something comes up. And while many things that necessitate transfer aren't urgent, sometimes they are & your midwife will call ahead to let them know to expect you, and if it's in your records the nurses can look at it when they know you're on your way.

Both times I was pregnant, we changed our voicemail to say something about the baby not being here yet, we'll let you know when it happens, if you have something else to talk about leave a message. We just didn't answer the phone, and we don't text at all so that wasn't an issue.

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Ohhhh I so remember this feeling... The end is so hard, even when you really, really, with all of your being want to be patient and know you should be patient, and a big part of you wants to just savor every moment...it's hard! Waiting without knowing how long you have to wait for such a huge, life changing event is just really not something we humans tend to be great at. Don't worry...it's definitely a good instinct to want to ditch those feelings, but don't beat yourself up or feel too bad for having them, either. It's 100% normal Smile And for your poor DH...of course he wants to get his hands on that baby! And he will. Very, very soon...and then all of this anxiety and anticipation will be a distant memory.

And, if anybody's really starting to bug you with the check-ins: www.haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com Wink

Thank you for your support and insight. It is definitely tough for my husband (and for me, seeing him so anxious etc)...and I cannot wait to see him with our daughter...I will be crying the whole time! Smile Nice website as well. Smile

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"Marite13" wrote:

Ha! I was just going to post that website Leigh posted! It's a great one. And remember, you DO NOT have to respond to people- you don't HAVE to answer the phone or respond to messages. People will get over it. Alternatively, you could let people know via a mass email or something that you promise to notify asap when something is happening to an email address they provide. And of course, it's up to you to just email them when you're ready- when labor starts or when the baby is born. Smile It could at least get some people off your back! I didn't mind people knowing I was in labor, so when I knew it had started, I posted on my FB for the women who had come to my shower to light their candles (each had taken one home)...and then everyone knew something was going on. Plus then I also knew I had loads of supportive energy flowing to me from all over. Smile

This is a really creative idea (the candles) too bad I did not have that for the shower. Smile We have our phone tree groups set up for when we are in labor. The ones that continually ask are those that are first string so, they are super anxious. The only problem with letting them know that labor has begun is that I do not want to feel the pressure of having to "hurry up" once things begin. Also, since we are having a homebirth, I am afraid that if they know too soon they may come over even though we have requested that everyone leave us alone for the labor and at least 3 hours after birth. My sister in law is coming in from Chicago as soon as she gets the call that we are in labor (an hour away) and my mom lives 15 minutes away. I am mostly afraid my mom will not respect our wishes of giving us space despite her having said that she will. I am also nervous that my father in law will not respect our boundaries as we live in his house. He has agreed to leave when labor begins and not return until after the birth (we live down the block from his mother and brother, both which have empty rooms for him to stay in) but I am still worried about it. I am working on letting this go...my husband or doula will take care of that issue if it arises as well as my sister in law. She has been put on "operation leave us alone" - she is in charge of making sure that my father in law does not "need" to return to the house for unexplained reasons - great for taking care of things like that! Smile Despite my fears, we have really great support and I know they are all just excited to meet her as soon as possible. I guess it could be worse! Smile

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"lifeisgood" wrote:

I think you could use a day of just not paying any attention to your phone/e-mail and relaxing. Maybe get a massage, pedicure, take a long bath, sit and read while drinking your favorite drink, or all of the above. Unplug for a bit and it will do you some good. You could also work on visualizing a peaceful birth that is quiet and calm just to get your head back where it should be.

It's awesome that your DH is on the same track as you and so supportive, you are very fortunate.

Cindy

Thank you Cindy. I feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful and supportive husband. Smile
I think that is a good idea. I did spend some time yesterday drinking some tea and catching up on some pregnancy books...we have some errands to run this afternoon but I think I may try to do exactly as you have mentioned here. I am not one for massages or pedicures but making some tea and reading/relaxing with my husband sounds pretty good. We did a bit of that last night and it was very nice. I think mostly, I will spend some time on the heating pad relaxing while visualizing the "perfect" birth. I have noticed that my head has been wrapped up in places I do not want it to be lately (work, who to call, when it will start, books I should read, last minute items etc) and I am not feeling very centered. I think some sitting time would be good. Get my head back in the place that is best for me, my husband and baby. Good idea. Smile

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"Spacers" wrote:

I noticed on Jennifer's birth lodge that you mentioned not having a birth plan. I'm very surprised your midwife hasn't addressed that with you because it's something you really should have already given your backup hospital along with your pre-admission paperwork so they have it in your records in case of transfer. Your midwife & doula will NOT be able to state your preferences at the hospital, although they can remind you about your wishes when something comes up. And while many things that necessitate transfer aren't urgent, sometimes they are & your midwife will call ahead to let them know to expect you, and if it's in your records the nurses can look at it when they know you're on your way.

Both times I was pregnant, we changed our voicemail to say something about the baby not being here yet, we'll let you know when it happens, if you have something else to talk about leave a message. We just didn't answer the phone, and we don't text at all so that wasn't an issue.

I guess we missed the boat on the birth plan being at the backup hospital thing. We discussed all of the birth plan stuff with our doula and midwife but never have actually written anything down. I am not super excited about our backup hospital as it seems that if we are transferred they would treat us like any other emergency so, I am thinking that if we need to transfer that we would go to the nearest hospital regardless. I guess this could change but either way, you are right - we should have something printed out and in our paperwork. I think I will work on this and make sure it is in our bag for if we need to transfer. Thanks!

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Oh, I was so worried about that too with my mom, because she was being so pushy about coming to the birth and I SOOOOO did not want her there (I wanted my bubble ONLY!) Finally I told her that if she continued to insist that she was coming to the birth against my wishes then I would not be calling her until after the baby was born. If she would PROMISE not to come until summoned, I said I would let her know...but then I did not want to hear one more word about it. It wasn't a fun conversation, but it worked. Blum 3 Fortunately, it sounds like all of your friends and family do more or less respect your wish for privacy...but just in case, I don't think it would hurt to wait until you're a ways in to labor before sounding the alert. You can always defend the fact that you wanted to be sure...and in the end the most important thing in a NCB is to do what makes YOU, the birthing mother, comfortable. Don't feel bad about other people's wants for one minute.

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Thanks Leigh,

Yeah, I plan on waiting a bit before sounding the alarm. I am only concerned about my sister in law having enough time to get our nephew packed up and for her to make the drive out here. That said, she will not be coming to the house until after the birth either, but I prefer for her to be one of the first, if not the actual first, one to spend time with us when we are ready. I am sure it will all work out. In fact, I think that maybe we will spend as much time with our daughter as we want and then, if she is not in town yet, just take more time until she gets there to see her first. That could work out well. Smile I am definitely keeping in mind that this entire "event" is dictated by baby first, mom second and dad third...everyone else comes after that and they will get over it if they do not like something. Smile

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Most home birth transfers aren't an emergency, and if it is your midwife *will* take you to the closest hospital. If it's not an emergency, your midwife should let the hospital know what to expect so that you don't get any unpleasant surprises. I transferred with Weston at nearly-full dilation because a stubborn cervical lip wouldn't budge; I was exhausted from 2+ days of labor & wanted rest and we hoped some Pitocin would finish the job. The first nurse who examined me at the hospital said, "Yep, you're so close, let's get you comfy & get you the rest of the way there." Which was a much better thing to hear than if she didn't know the situation & squealed, "I'll go get the doctor, you're ready to push!" without realizing that I'd already been pushing for hours!

If you're concerned about Watched Pot Syndrome with people once you're in labor, how about letting only THE MOST important people know at first -- anyone who has to travel, anyone who has to leave the birthing place, etc. -- and swear them all to secrecy. Once you know you're really in active labor, your doula or DH can call the "first string" and let them know it's a go. Or "forget" to call anyone and then you don't have to worry about people showing up when you don't want them there. Also maybe put a sign on the front door when you go into labor -- "Mom in labor needs peace & quiet. DO NOT ENTER unless invited."

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It is possible that one of the biggest reasons you have not gone into labor yet is because you are stressed and anxious and have concerns/fears regarding others intruding on your personal and private space once labor starts. I would just talk to each person one last time whom you think may interfere by trying to show up too soon or not respect your privacy, and remind them all that this is all on your terms. No one should be bothering you until they get the call from you that you are ready for them to visit, etc. I agree that letting those who have to travel further away could be notified sooner, but you also said your sister in law is not going to be at the birth, so technically you wouldn't need to let her know until you know for sure you are further along also. Especially since you want at least 3 hours with just you, hubby, and baby before others come knocking. I also think putting a sign on the door that was suggested above is a great idea. And just don't feel the need to notify anyone right away. No one needs to know until you decide you want them to know. Its all up to you.

I usually let my immediate family (parents and siblings) know when I know I am in labor, but none of them announce it because I ask them not to. They also don't rush over to be at the hospital so I never have to worry about that. They only come to visit once baby is born and I give the go ahead for visitors. Hope you can talk to everyone again just to let them know where you stand and maybe it will give you some reassurance and you can finally let it go and relax and labor will start once you feel more at ease about the whole situation.

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Due Date Today!!

Yay! While I know that only 5% of babies arrive on their due date, it is pretty exciting that we have made it to our actual due date - I completed an entire 9 month, 40 week pregnancy and loved it! I am still feeling pretty great too. I think it would be neat if she arrived today, exactly on her due date, but as the hours go by it is looking to be less likely. I am okay with that. I am thinking that having an early morning birth on Sunday May 6th would be neat - laboring under the super moon sounds like it would be really nice.

We have a midwife appointment today at 5pm and while my plan was to not get checked for progress, my husband thinks it would be good so I think I might. I was thinking it might be too stressful if things have not changed and it would cause more people to be contacting us asking how things are going if there has been progress. He assured me that either way, we do not have to tell anyone about the check if we do not want to and that sounds good to me.

Hope everyone is having a great day!

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I think as long as you (and your DH) really, really know in your hearts that a check doesn't really indicate much of anything, it's fine to just get some info on what your body is doing. But you could be a fast dilator and go from 0 to 60 in no time even if there's no change now...or you could be at 3 or 4cm for weeks! So...I'm not too worried about you, but make sure DH knows not to get too disappointed OR too excited no matter what the result is.

Yay for the supermoon...what a way to come into the world that would be!

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Happy EDD! ITA with what Leigh said. Super moon baby would be fun!

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Thanks Leigh and Joy,

That is a good point. My husband has said that he has adjusted his thinking and now is expecting that we are a week or so away. I think that the excitement had gotten the best of him (both of us, really) and we had begun to expect an early baby. Now that we are at the due date, I feel more relaxed and I think he does too. We both understand that first time babies are often late so now we are expecting ours to be late too. I agree...I think that it will be good to remind ourselves before the appointment that "progress" does not necessarily mean we are on our way to labor town. Smile

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Happy due date and I hope the supermoon vibes kick your body into starting. That would be an amazing thing to labor under.

Cindy

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Yay for reaching your due date! I hope your little one comes soon. Smile

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Just got back from the Midwife appointment...

The appointment went well aside from an unexplained major jump in weight gain. I had pretty much been level for a month now and I gained 6 pounds this week! Eeek! That said, I am not worried about it. She checked everything, BP is good, I have no swelling at all, she could feel the baby fine (no amniotic fluid issues) and I have not gained "too much" weight overall so, if the midwife is fine with it, I am too. I am thinking I probably have had more water overall lately and I probably have eaten a bit more this week but also, we have noticed that the baby bump has gotten much larger this week also. She is putting on the pounds! Haha. Of course not 6, but she seems to be bigger none the less.

So, as for the cervical exam - we decided to get one. Keeping in mind that it may not mean anything about when we start labor, we found out that we are 4cm dilated, 90% effaced and still at a +1 station! Wow...I am thinking that it really could be any day now. Although I know that some ladies stay at 3-4cm for awhile, the effacement makes me think that we could be moving a bit quicker. I plan on going for a nice long walk tomorrow afternoon and drinking some raspberry leaf tea. Could be soon...

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That is very encouraging! If nothing else you have a GREAT head start going on! Could be soon indeed Blum 3

Joined: 04/23/07
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Wow! That is great news. I hope its this weekend for you also. Smile

Marite13's picture
Joined: 08/07/09
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Happy due date!! Smile Glad you had a good appt- don't worry about the weight gain- sometimes it happens! I definitely had at least one week in my first pregnancy when I gained I think 7lbs in one week. And it wasn't the last one, either. I freaked a little, but, I ended up having a healthy baby, being healthy myself, and gaining a healthy amount overall. Smile

This weekend might be crazy for a bunch of babies around here! Your birthing space is so beautiful- the full moon would just add to it! Smile

jolly11sd's picture
Joined: 02/02/05
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Yay for a good appt! Don't fret about the weight gain this week. Sounds like you've got a good head start on things. Yay for all the effacement! Hope you also enjoy a birthing time under this moon!

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Joined: 09/08/09
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Sounds like a great appointment! The progress is encouraging - maybe between the head start your cervix has and the super moon, you'll be welcoming your baby very soon!

hiddenblue's picture
Joined: 03/27/07
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Hoping you get to meet your LO this weekend!!!

krazykat's picture
Joined: 08/11/07
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Just checking in on you. Super moon baby? I lovvvvve your birthing room too btw! Just the sort of place I would love to welcome a baby.

Joined: 09/02/05
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Checking in to see how you are doing. Yay for all the progress that you have made....hopefully it will make labor quick for you!

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If nothing else, that is a GREAT head start! it could still be a week, but most likely you are days out Smile My DS was born on his due date. I was like you, I had been hoping for an early baby and then when his due date came and there was no sign of impending labor (I didn't get checked, so I will always wonder if there had been anything going on without me knowing it, or if I went from 0-60), I had adjusted my thinking and assumed I'd be going at least a week overdue. Started having mild contractions around 3 p.m. and DS arrived at 11:15 that night. Everyone is different of course, but it sounds like your body is preparing for a quick labor when the time comes. That is my prediction. But I am basing that on next to nothing Wink Your baby will come exactly the way she (?) was meant to. And I also love the birth room you have set up, I'm jealous!

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Hmmm... no posts since May 4th? Maybe the moon worked???

cactuswren's picture
Joined: 10/19/09
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I'm hoping so! Somebody should have gotten a baby out of that moon! My SIL hasn't had a recognizable AF in years (she has a Mirena) and that moon was so powerful it dragged one out of her Wink

Marite13's picture
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Oooh.... looking forward to a baby update from you!!! Smile

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Hope your absence means you had your baby this weekend! Can't wait to hear an update. Smile

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I keep thinking baby too! Hope you caught that moon!

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