Welcome to your lodge Anna!!!
We are so excited to be starting this lodge for you together and can't wait to continue following your amazing journey.
Christa Wrote:Welcome to your lodge mama!! I'm overjoyed to follow you through the final weeks of your amazing journey. I can't believe its been just a little over 2 years since we first "met." Somehow, it feels like I've known you forever and at the same time it feels like we were just getting our Jan 2010 BFPs yesterday. You are everything a girl could want in an on-line friend ... forget that ... a FRIEND. I wouldn't be the mom I am today without your unending support, advice, love, laughter, and blinkies . I love your strength, your creativity, your passion, your tenacity, and your funny accent. It pains me that the last few weeks have been so rough for you. The loss of a loved one is something no pregnant woman should ever have to suffer. In the coming weeks, I hope you can find a way to focus your energies inward and enjoy the end of your pregnancy before your joyous VBAC. I can't wait to "meet" Kole!!
Jackie Wrote:"You're getting oh so close to meeting your new little boy. I'm so excited to get to 'meet' him too! You've been such an amazing friend to me. Even though we've never met (yet) in person, you've been here for me when I've needed you. I'll never forget that you were the person I turned to on Christmas Eve and you were right there when I needed someone, thank you! You're always here for all of us when we need someone. I hope we can do a good job supporting you right now in your time of need.
You're incredibly strong Anna, please don't forget that when the time comes that you need to draw on that. You are an amazing mom to Lyla and will totally rock being a mom to two. Lean on us when you need to, we'll always be here for you, and don't forget to lean on your friends and family when you need to.
'Only with trust, faith, and support can the woman allow the birth experience to enlighten and empower her. ~ Claudia Lowe'"
Wendy Wrote:Anna, all of us from Oct/Nov 2010 BB love you! I know I'm super excited that it's time for your birth lodge and for everyone to follow you as you get to achieve your dream of a VBAC. I have no doubt that you are stubborn enough to do whatever it is that you might have to do to get what you want. You have been a wonderful supportive friend since I first "met" you all those years ago on the TTC for the 1st Time board. I am sending you nothing but positive vibes as you prepare for Kole's coming. Welcome to your lodge!!!
Congratulations on being 36 weeks and starting your lodge. It has been wonderful following your journey so far and I can't wait to hear all about these last few weeks. Your determination and strength inspire me for when I eventually get my chance to Vbac. I know these last weeks haven't been the ideal for relaxing and preparing to bring your little man into the world, but I hope you are able to take some time to relax and have some time to spend listening to your hypnobabies to prepare. Wishing you all the best and you are going to rock being a Mama to two.
We love you Anna! And again, welcome to your lodge!I still can't believe it nearly time to welcome these new LO's to the world! Doesn't seem that long ago that we were just meeting on the Oct. 2010 BB. I've been blessed not only to share that journey with you but also this new one as well. I love that I have a friend that totally gets everything I'm going through having a young toddler and new baby on the way. I'm so excited and proud of all the work you are doing to prepare for your VBAC. I know that these last few weeks of your pregnancy have not been ideal in any way. If there was anything I could do to ease the pain you know I would. But I'm sending you more positive energy, strength, power, and determination than you will ever know. You are already such a strong and amazing person already. If ever you are down just remember how much we are all here for you and support you. And know that I'll soon be birthing right along with you (in spirit) and you can do this! I can't wait to meet you little Kole!
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~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Welcome to your lodge, Anna! Can't wait to hear your story!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Oh wow! Way to make me cry when I thought I was all cried out, ladies. It means the world to me to know that I have you ladies to lean on and turn to in the best of times and the worst of times. I can't thank you enough for the support you have provided me the last couple of years, and especially now that I'm going through the most difficult and painful time of my life to date.
Today was so very difficult, but I was very surprised at how well I held up and kept it together. There were so very many people at the funeral today, many of whom I didn't even know, or had ever met before. Family, from both my dad's side and my mom's side came from places like Canada and Mexico to be there for us. It's impossible to imagine that my dad is gone. I can't imagine that I will never sit on a tailgate with him or a porch step and have a 3 hour conversation with him about the meaning of life and any random topic that came to mind. He was by far the strongest influence in my life and in shaping the person I am today. Knowing that he was proud of me and that he delighted in how my life turned out is a great comfort. He was thrilled to be expecting his first grandson this spring and it makes me very sad that he will not get to meet Kole and that my kids will not remember their grandpa.
I have been through so much stress and heartache the last month as my dad was admitted to the hospital and then his condition continued to deteriorate. My DH is very concerned about me and what effect the stress is having on the pregnancy, he is planning on going to my Tuesday appointment with me to talk to my OB about it.
I will post my DD's birth story and more, hopefully tomorrow. Again, thank you ladies so much for the support and love! It means more than words can say.
Welcome to your lodge, Anna! You have been through so much lately, and my heart goes out to you. But we are all here for you as you prepare to meet your little boy! I cannot believe you are almost full term! I'm excited that you now have your lodge and cannot wait to follow your journey!
I really feel for you from the bottom of my heart, having to deal with such extremes of emotion at the same time. I think your husband is very smart to support you in talking to someone who can hopefully make some suggestions to help you through this.
My father died suddenly six weeks after my wedding, and even though that was years before we had our daughter, when I did have her it still brought up all my feelings of sadness that she would never know her grandpa (and that my husband never really got to know him, either--they only met at the wedding!)...I really understand that feeling. And I won't lie, I still get sad about it sometimes, especially when I cook a cajun meal or hear a certain song...but the more I think about it, the more I realize how she WILL know him, and in ways that are different but still so real. Your kids won't make their own memories of their grandpa, but they'll inherit yours--and through the ways he influenced you, you will in turn influence them. He really does live on in many ways, and he will be there for your kids through you. Not in person, but absolutely in spirit.
I hope you and your family are able to find peace and comfort as you move forward, and that the arrival of your son will help restore a little joy in your lives. I look forward to following your journey and I hope you get all the support you need, both here and IRL!
Good luck and
Welcome to your lodge! I look forward to following your journey! Hugs to you as you go through this difficult time!
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012
Welcome to your lodge! I look forward to sharing your VBAC journey with you!
70% of the U.S. population now lives in a state where same-sex marriage is legal. At 36 and counting!
Welcome to your lodge! So so sorry to hear of your Dads passing. He will be watching over you as you have your wonderful empowering VBAC.
DS Ethan 1/29/08,
DD Lola 2/2/10
DS2 Weston 2/18/12
My dad would've absolutely loved his grandson but they never got to meet but you're right that even though Grady doesn't have actual memories from his grandpa he has so much from his grandpa through our stories and some of our traditions. Lyla and Kole will have that too Anna, Leigh is absolutely correct!