Welcome to your lodge Amber!
Can't wait to follow you on your journey!
Yay! This is my 3rd lodge, but hopefully the first one that I'm able to stick with and get it off the ground!
I cannot believe I'm already 37 weeks with this baby! It seems like last week that I realized my period was late and took a pregnancy test on the Thursday before Mother's Day and got a big blaring PREGNANT on the EPT digital test. We weren't trying, and that is new for us because it took almost a year of serious trying to conceive Evan, and then it took a year and a half of trying to get Lindy. We had fertility testing done before we conceived her and it turned out that my husband had issues. I cannot remember now what his numbers were, but the fertility doc at the time told us that we would need IUI in order to become pregnant. Not having $400/cycle to do that, I did research and put my husband on supplements. We were pregnant with our daughter soon after, and then with this baby, my husband had started taking them again so when we were ready to start trying, he'd be where he needed to be health wise. Well, it turned out that he was just fine because we got pregnant with this baby without trying at all. That was nice, because all that trying was so hard and I hated it.
So...by my LMP, my due date is 1/15, but my OB did an early ultrasound this pregnancy and he changed my due date to 1/9, which I think is more likely anyway since I delivered my other two babies at 39 weeks. Speaking of my other two, Evan is 5 and Lindy is 2. Both of them were born in free standing birthing centers with midwives. With my son, we had CNM's, and with my daughter, we had CPM's. Comparing the two, I liked the second experience better because it was less medical, even though my daughter's birth experience was significantly harder than my son's.
With this baby, we have different insurance, and they refused to cover a birth center birth as in-network, even though our previous insurance covered it with a "gap exception" since I didn't have an in-network birth center available to me. Aetna was great to work with. Now I have BCBS, and they are horrible. I was told that there are many hospitals and obstetricians who can provide the "same service" as a birthing center, and if I choose to go out of network to a birthing center then by all means I can, but it will only be covered as out of network, which we have a $4000 deductible, instead of only $2000 if it were in network. We appealed it 3 times, and I even did an online petition which got over 100 signatures, but in the end, they wouldn't change their decision. I decided to have a homebirth initially for cost reasons, but in the end, I'm really glad that we're having the baby here at home so I don't have to worry about going anywhere during labor, or after the baby is born.
Tomorrow is my husband's last day at work until January 2 (his company shuts down for an entire week at Christmas and they pay their employees for all but 13 hours of that time, so my hubby only had to use 13 hours of vacation time. I'm really looking forward to having him at home to help me get this house in shape for this baby to arrive! My only concern is that my son had the croup this week and now my daughter's nose is getting runny and I'm starting to feel a little runny nose coming on myself. We've all been taking high doses of vitamin c, and also vitamin d3, echinacea and zinc. Today I stopped and picked up some homeopathic cold remedies that I sincerely hope works! I need this crap out of my house pronto! If anyone else has tips on anything we could take or anything we could do to strengthen our immune systems, I'm all ears. I have cancelled my birthday dinner (my bday is on Friday) to keep us from getting exposed to anything (and since Evan isn't back up to speed yet) and we're not going to be going to church any more until flu season is over. This is my first winter time baby and I have to say, I'm not normally a germ-a-phobe, but this year it's getting to me a bit. I guess I need to have more faith that God will keep us healthy and make sure this baby isn't born until we are all on the mend.
Sounds similar to my pregnancy story! And insurance change!
Tyler James born via c-section May 29, 2008 7lb 8 oz 20 inches
Bradley Christian born in the water April 10, 2011 8 lb 6oz 20.5 inches
Welcome to your lodge!
Mama to Kostas with the Mostest, born 07/10/07
and Marek "Cricket" Joshua, born 12/07/12
Is it because I'm 31 now (I was 25 when Evan was born), or is it because I have 2 kids already, or is something different about this pregnancy that means I won't go as long as I did with the previous two? This feels a lot different.
Every time I stand up, there is so much pressure in my pelvic region. I get SO tired at the littlest activity and I feel HUGE! My kids tend to be large (9lb 12oz and 9lb 15oz) so it's no surprise that this one might be big too. I just don't remember feeling like this. I've also been having some contractions, which I think really are more contraction than BH's. Nothing regular, but a few times an hour definitely. I'm not in a rush really to go into labor, because my MW is on vacation until Christmas Day (she's actually out of the country) and my kids are under the weather, so it really would be better if I waited.
Sleeping at night is miserable. For the past 3 nights I've been wide awake from 1am-5am. I tried to take a nap today and that lasted all of 15 minutes before I was awake again. I'm thinking about taking some benedryl tonight but don't really want to because that just tends to make me feel drunk. If anyone has any recommendations on something that can help me sleep, I'm all for hearing it.
Christmas Eve and we didn't go anywhere because my kiddos are sick. They both have ear infections (their first EVER) and some sort of lower respiratory gunk. I'm taking tons of vitamin C every day, along with Vitamin D3, echinacea and some other things to help keep me from getting it. I hate we had to stay at home because for almost every other Christmas in my 31 years of life, I've spent it with my family at my grandma's house. This year was important because it was my nephew's first Christmas, and our first "real" Christmas without my grandpa. He passed away of pancreatic cancer right before Christmas last year, so we kind of all hated the holidays last year and ignored them.
If it weren't for the symphysis pubis dysfunction, I'd be feeling pretty good these days. Today it went from being really sore, to kind of a burning feeling which totally isn't pleasant at all. For some reason my groin muscles hurt, but I haven't been squatting because that makes the SPD worse. And, it feels like baby Darian is trying to kick his way through my abdomen, and that was all kind of unpleasant while I was cooking dinner this evening. I finally put ice on the center of my belly just to make him move.
Happily, my MW is back in the country so labor can start anytime and I'll have her by my side. The other kids were born at 39 weeks and 39 weeks 3 days, so I wonder what this little boy will do?
Maybe try the free hypnobabies relax track (on their website for download) to help you sleep? It definitely helped me at times!
Sorry to hear your kids are sick - hope they're better soon.
I'd add more but I'm nak. Not too much longer!!!
Yeah I've tried the hypnobabies track. It does help me fall asleep but I think I'd need it on continuous loop all night to keep me asleep. Thankfully though since my husband is off work for the week, he's been scratching my back which helps me fall asleep and I guess since he's not so tired anymore, he doesn't snore as bad, so that doesn't keep me up in the middle of the night.
The kiddos do seem to be on the upswing, and all my praying and extra vitamins is keeping me from getting it.
I had what I hope to be is my last prenatal appointment today. I have to drive an hour almost to get to each appointment and it's getting tiring. Everything looked good though. I'm measuring 39 weeks, which makes me happy because I seem to remember that with the other two kids I would measure over 40 by this point! They don't do cervical checks, although I did try last night and it was so high I could only reach the front rim of it, couldn't reach any more than that, but it was quite soft, from what I could tell. My blood pressure was 124/78 which made me really happy. I'm a curvy girl, and doctors always like to think I'm going to have high blood pressure because I'm overweight, but that's not so. Not that my midwives think like that, but it's like a little victory in my head whenever I get my blood pressure taken, like I'm silently dancing around every doctor who ever thought I had hypertension just because of my size. My next appointment is scheduled for 1/8, the day before my due date. I REALLY hope I don't have to go to that one.
After my prenatal appointment, since my husband had the kids, I went and walked around Ulta a little while, looking at all the pretty makeup and resisting the urge to buy all the things I wanted. After that, I had a prenatal massage from my WONDERFUL massage therapist. My previous two pregnancies, I viewed massage as a luxury, but having found a good therapist, I realize that she is worth her weight in gold and every penny I pay her! Most of the time she helps me far more than the chiropractor does. Speaking of the chiropractor, I went to see her after the massage, so I really had a full day! I'm glad I went, my pelvis was all out of whack, completely tilted and quite the mess. She fixed it for me and did the Webster technique on my uterine ligaments, so that feels better too. I hope and pray that I stay in place.