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Mara & Joel, 2009
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Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12
Wow! It is hard to believe I'm 36 weeks! This pregnancy has flown by so fast it doesn't seem possible that this baby will be here in a few short weeks
I guess I'll share a bit about me, but with 5 pregnancies this won't be short... I'm 30 and am expecting baby #5. We had always said we would have 4 kids, but then threw caution to the wind and here we are I'm thrilled to be adding one more little person to our family and truly do feel that we are complete now.
I met my husband in 2001 and it didn't take long to know he was the one. He proposed just three months after we first met (and was very traditional about it - asked my dad permission - awww). We got married in 2002 and will celebrate our 10th anniversary this summer.
I wanted to start a family right away, but the timing just wouldn't work. I was in university working on my nursing degree and so baby plans were put on hold while I completed that. In hindsight, it is hilarious because during those years I was soooo stressed out about having trouble conceiving and worried non-stop that we wouldn't be able to have kids.... Well, the joke was on me! After a graduated, we started trying and two months later, I was pregnant with our first!!
Although, overall the pregnancy was healthy though I struggled with SPD and it was excruciating! After stopping work at 29 weeks, it got more manageable and I ended up having my son at 41 weeks. It was a long, drawn out labour.... You know, the kind with the endless early labour stage. After labouring all afternoon and night at home, I went in and had an ROM in the morning. Still nothing, so later that afternoon I had an oxy augment which did work. Things progressed well and at 11:56pm after 36 hours of labur and just 40 minutes of pushing my sweet son was born - weighing in at 10lb 6oz. We discovered the next day that he had a fractured clavicle, which surprised the doctor because there hadn't even been a noticeable dystocia. I came away from that birth feeling really good about it. I felt as though I had climbed Mt. Everest or something. It was the hardest, most rewarding thing I had ever done and I loved every minute of it - Plus, I got the best reward in the whole world at the end
Back to my fertility concerns (lol)... We had just settled into life as a family of three, moved from our little condo to a 3 bdrm house, and DS was about 7 months old and one morning I didn't feel well... and then the next morning I didn't feel well. I was completely naive, but my DH was a little quicker on the uptake and asks "are you pregnant?". No! Of course not! I'm breast feeding, I haven't even had my period. The baby is so little. That's crazy!
Haha. Turns out not so crazy. I was very definitely pregnant and returned to work (we get a year mat leave) to work like a mad women in order to get in enough hours to qualify for another maternity leave. DD is 14 1/2 months younger than her big brother.
I'll finish up her birth story when I get back... We're off to the ENT for my daughter.
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Back from the ENT. Tubes out, ears look good, now we wait to see if she gets any infections over the next few months and whether she'll need to get another sets put in.
Anyways, my second birth (40w 2d) was the polar opposite of my first. DD was born after just 90 minutes of labor. Only about 30 minutes was active labor and she came out with 4 minutes of pushing. It was intense and crazy, but still so much better than the marathon labor I had experienced before. She weighed 9lbs 13oz. We went home after just 18 hours and DH went back to work the following day. In hindsight, I have lot of regrets about that post partum experience. I was exhausted, looking after two babies under 15 months, and didn't have any help (because I didn't ask). DD wasn't an easy baby due to chronic sinus and ear infections (she's the ones with the tubes now). I was able to see later just how depressed I was in those first 8 or so months. I definitely should have talked to my doctor and probably should have been on medications. It was a hard time for me.
While on mat leave with my DD, I completed my perinatal nursing course and when I returned to work got a job on the maternity unit where I delivered my kids and still work there now.
Having learned our lesson about the importance of birth control we got pregnant a third time and looked forward to the birth of our DS2 who was perfectly spaces two years younger than DD. Again I had a great pregnancy - Strangely the SPD only affected my first pregnancy. DS was born on his due date after an other quick 2 hour labour very similar to my last, except less intense.... Or maybe it was the same and I was just more prepared for it. Either way, it was the perfect, quick, easy birth. I felt great afterwards! Ironically, DS2 weighed 10lb 6oz - exactly the same as his brother!
We decided to aim for another two year spacing and ended up with 23 months. This time I decided to use midwives and have a homebirth. Kind of a crazy thing for a maternity nurse to do, but with my history of quick and healthy births, I knew it was the right decision for us. DH took a little convincing, but basically he trusted me with the decision. He still thinks it is a little weird and calls me a hippy, but doesn't object from a safety point of view at all.
Again a healthy, easy pregnancy. The only "complication" was that I felt too big, right from the start. At first, no one was concerned - it was my fourth baby after all... But, by 25 weeks it was ridiculous. I was measuring 7!!!! weeks ahead. I was enormous. I felt great, but was huge. All my kids have been big, but this was much more dramatic. I passed my GD screen, as I had with all my kids. Anyways, we were going to do a sweep to move things along, but I went into labor spontaneously at 38w 4d. Labor was 4 hours from start to finish, so a bit longer than with my other births. I got stuck at 8 cm and my mw ruptured the membranes... DD2 was born 13 minutes later at home as planned. The biggest baby my mw had ever delivered... She weighed 12lb and was perfectly healthy
This baby wasn't in our original 4 child plan - we're big planners! - But, I'm so happy to be expecting another little blessing. I've loved every moment of these months and have really been cherishing them knowing this will definitely be it for us. It feels so good to have that sense of confidence and peace about such a huge decision.
So again, the kids will be 2 years apart and again I've had a really good pregnancy, although I definitely threw up a lot more this time around. Still, I can't complain. I have been worried about the size of this baby, but as I'm getting closer to the end, I don't think I'm as big as I was last time. Or maybe I'm just hoping. I have been especially careful about my diet and have only gained 15lbs so far. I don't expect a small (or even normal sized) baby, but really am hoping he/she isn't 12lbs again! Transition and pushing was way more difficult than with the other kids.
I'll be having another home birth, possibly a water birth, and will be good to go once I hit 37 weeks next week. My mw comes on Friday for my home visit check!
Last edited by kris_w; 05-29-2012 at 03:43 PM.
Yay, Kris. So excited for you and this birth....what fun to share this journey with another mama of nearly 5.
I loved reading about your other births-- and hope that this baby is a bit smaller than 12 lbs-- though I think of you and your ability to birth such healthy babies as inspiring and worth sharing. I feel like you should be on a billboard advertising to other mothers who are worried about having an 8 lb baby. *sigh*
DD 8.03, DD 6.05, DS 3.07, DD 5.09, and DS arrived 6.17.12