Welcome to your lodge!! I'm looking forward to all these June babies!
Welcome to your lodge! So excited to follow the last stretch of your birth journey!
DS1-7/18/08, DS2-2/23/10, DS3 1/18/12
TTC in fall/winter of 2014
Yay! It is lodge time. I'm so excited!
I think this is my 5th lodge-- or maybe only my 3rd-- I don't remember......
This is baby #5 for our family and we couldn't be more excited. I'm pretty sure this will be our grand finale baby....
So hi, friends. I've been around pg.org for the better part of 9 years (wow!) and see so many familiar faces here on the BN board. I feel like I owe so much to this board and to these amazing women who have taught me so much over the years.
We are planning our 3rd homebirth, 5th natural birth (the first two were in hospitals.)
I just had my home visit today with my MW and all is well with baby. I'm measuring right on at 36 weeks, BP 105/60, urine good and clear, baby heartrate at 152 bpm. We went through my birth supplies and birth plan, back-up plans, etc. Baby is LOA-- which he has been the last few weeks (woot!) Each of my babies have settled LOA (for which I'm very very grateful!)
I'm just now getting mentally ready for this baby, as it has been a crazy busy year at work (I will full time and dh is a full time SAHD.) And up until this point, I've been maintaining my travel and work schedule. But as of May 11, I slowed down! We went on vacation for a week in Florida, sat on the beach and went swimming, and just returned on Saturday. We flew home right at 36 weeks. While I'm working for another 3 weeks, I don't have any pressing projects, and I can't travel anymore, so I'm relaxing and slowing down and it feels so good!
I'll come back and post some pictures of our trip-- we had so much fun and then you can see my enormous belly.
Looking forward to seeing pics of your trip!
So here are some pictures from our annual trip to Florida. I was hellbent on making this trip happen, as one last hurrah before baby arrives and one week to enjoy our "big" kids, before we add another. It was great! We flew out exactly at 35 weeks and returned at 36-- this didn't make me nervous at all (especially since with the last two I've flown up to 37 weeks for work....) But I'm happy to be home and in my own bed again.
Not one airline person asked me when I was due and I had no trouble flying. Honestly, I think they were just overwhelmed by our "party"-- as four kids under age nine, plus my parents made us a party of 8. I'm sure we were a sight. But I didn't swell or anything on the 3.5 hour flight....so all was well. I had a few contractions on the way home, but I know I was dehydrated...I hate risking having to pee and turbulence--lol.
Here are some pictures for ya'll. We go to the same place nearly every year (we missed the year that Lexi was born....) And Lexi has celebrated each of her three birthdays at the beach, which is kind of fun.
Our big success for the week is that Miles finally mastered swimming without a floatie.....and got really confident and really good at swimming in the pool. He is so proud of himself. I'm convinced it took the poor boy longer to learn to swim bc he is so tiny and skinny that he gets cold so quickly-- but the pool in Florida was so warm that he could stay in for much longer (this isn't to say that he still didn't get into the hot tub frequently-- even though it was nearly 90 out!)
Callie at the beach. Hard to believe she'll be 7 next month (my other June baby!)
We built a lot of sand castles. Sand + water + kids = occupied for hours and hours
Lexi on her 3rd birthday with her new baby
We spent one day in Clearwater to go and see "Winter"-- the dolphin from Dolphin Tale. Kids loved it.....
Four kids on a boat. We always rent a boat for a day and take it out to an island state park. It is a long day in the sun--but worth it.
My first little man, Miles.
Ahhh-- beach fun!
I bought a new tankini for the trip-- but spent more time in my bikini bc it was more comfy. Silly, eh? The tankini was tight on my belly and the bottoms weren't as comfy as my bikini bottoms. I just let it all hang out.
Waves are fun all day long. Especially with a sister.
And what could be more fun than burying a sibling to their neck in sand? Each kid took their turn being buried.....We had sand in all sorts of bad places!
The closest thing we got to a family picture this trip....
We tried to capture my ridiculous shadow in this picture....
Taya will be 9 in August. Where does the time go?
All in all it was a great trip. The only bad thing was that Lexi got an ear infection on Thursday. Not terribly surprising given the number of times she jumped into the water and the hours she spent in the pool/Gulf. But the poor thing was really miserable....and we ended up in Urgent Care. This is her first ever EI, and first time ever on antibiotics.....but is on the mend now. She was really pathetic there for most of the day Friday, but perked back up by Saturday, I was just really worried about the flight on Saturday evening and how she'd do. But she didn't cry at all-- such a relief.
I've been trying to dig up my birth stories from my first two hospital births-- but I think they are lost somewhere in the cyber abyss....those birth boards are dead now and I'm not sure I stored them anywhere else. I might have to re-create them to share.
Loved looking through your pics again... how's your belly this time around compared to other pregnancies? You look like you're carrying SO low to me... but then, I've been carrying this baby high, I guess. I was also going to say that I think that family picture is a pretty darn good one, especially given the size of your family!
Mara & Joel, 2009