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

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by molly_4711 View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pico83 View Post
    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!

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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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 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.

    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".
    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.

    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!
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    DS1 - 7/31/08, DS2 - 2/3/11, DD1 - 6/21/13
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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

    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

    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.
    ~Lynn
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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?
    Molly & Elton 10/2/04
    Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
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