Welcome to your lodge Marcia! Looking forward to following this journey with you!
Welcome to your lodge Marcia! Looking forward to following this journey with you!
EEeeeee!!! Welcome to your lodge! So excited to follow your story again!
Yay! Welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge!
Yay it is finally time for my lodge!!!!! So excited!!
You rock if you can make it through this lengthy start to my lodge. lol (if you read my last intro in my last lodge this part will be somewhat of a repeat)
I will start with my first birth. When I first got pregnant with my son I had decided that we would most likely use the free-standing birth center that I had toured while in nursing school. Then I got scared that something would go wrong and instead of talking with more people I just decided we better birth at our local small town hospital (the same hospital I was born at and only 3 miles from my house). The OB practice had 2 OBs both who were fairly young ( a male and female). My hubby and I took a birth class series at the birth center called “Empowered Childbirth” for people who wanted a natural birth but were going to be in a hospital. Through the class I learned about Doulas and we hired one that also worked at the birth center. I was very prepared to go past my due date I had just graduated nursing school a month prior and had scheduled to take my nursing boards for 2 days prior to my EDD since there was NO WAY I would go early. Well Tuesday morning (4 days before my EDD) I woke up at 8am all wet. My first thought was that I had peed the bed, which I was very surprised about (I am not a bed wetter lol) So I walk 10 feet to our bathroom, pull my pants down and GUSH out pours a lot more nice and clear amniotic fluid. I was just so shocked that this was all happening! I was not having any cramps or anything at this point. My first thought was oh crap now my water broke and I am on the “clock”. I first called my mom and said, “I think my water broke”. Her response was “well did it?” and of course as water is still gushing out of me with every movement it had! She told me that 1. I need to call my husband (lol) and 2. I need to call the OB to let them know. I told her there was no way I was calling them because I knew they would tell me to come right in and I was NOT going to do that. She understood but still honestly thought I should call. I called my husband, who was as shocked as I was! He was very excited to get to leave work.
The next call was to our doula who asked about the fluid and movements and contractions. I let her know at this point I was very worried because I felt like I was on the clock and had not had one single contraction yet. She assured me everything would be fine, my body knew what to do and to keep her posted. My husband came home and the cramps/contractions started. They were very light for a while. Around 2:00ish they had become much stronger and I wanted the doula’s help. My husband called her and she came about a ? hour later, she brought a doula in training with her as well. Right before she got there I started to think we needed to go to the hospital, thankfully my husband told me to just wait until she got there to see what she thought. As soon as she walked in the door I felt immediate relief and calmness. I then felt bad that we had already called her as it seemed I was handling it much better. I then rotated between the birth ball, the couch, walking, and the bath. Around 6:30pm I started to feel like I needed to throw up and was having a lot of bloody show, and decided that it was time to go. My husband called all the family members to let them know we were headed in.
The 3 mile drive to the hospital was NOT fun! I was in transition and a car is not a good spot for that! As soon as I got there it was like mass chaos. It was shift change and they were obviously not used to a mom being as vocal as me. I got checked right away and was 10cm and fully effaced! I was so elated and just starting crying saying “I did it” This caused even more panic. They raced to get a Hep lock in (I refused IV fluids) and got the room ready. I still felt NO urge to push. Thankfully the doula intervened and asked the doctor if I could just have more time to let my body find that urge. I was able to walk around the room but nothing was happening. I tried pushing on the toilet and in squatting position but with no urge it was near impossible. The OB then came into the room and asked me if I would let them give me PITOCIN because my contractions had “spaced out” (which is NORMAL!) This when I am 10 cm and trying to push! I told her NO because I was at my pain threshold and that would send me over, her next great idea was I get an Epidural. I said NO WAY, I made it this far and wasn’t going to be doing that. So I got on the bed into the dreaded semi-reclined position and started pushing as hard as I could. The nurse tried to put a O2 mask on me, which I grabbed and threw on the floor (lol). Finally after 2 hours and me having to refuse a episiotomy my 8lb 15oz boy, Ethan was brought into the world at 10:30pm, after a 14.5 hour labor! He was placed on my chest right away. I had 2nd degree tearing and the doc stitched it up (OUCH!). I was able to BF right away and my family all came in shortly after. All in all it wasn’t a horrible experience for a hospital birth but I knew as soon as I had him that we would NEVER do a hospital birth again.
Oh and I forgot to add that when they asked me about when my water broke I told them “ a couple hours ago” lol
I had a TON of pain for about 10 weeks when nursing, which I think had to do with my flat nips. I cried a lot and wanted to give up several times but I stuck it out and ne nursed until 18 months and only gave up then because my milk supply had diminished so much from being preggo with #2. Insert LOLA!
Here is the link to Lola's birth story. She was born at a free-standing birth center that is about 30 miles from us. This is the same place that we had taken the birth classes at for Ethan's birth.
Welcome to your lodge! I am excited to follow another one of your lodges. :)
Now for this pregnancy,
I really really really wanted a homebirth this time. The midwives at the birth center are more than willing to do that for us. The only problem is my husband is finishing building our "forever" home and it it literally taking him forever! lol He is an electrician by trade but has taught himself how to pretty much do everything else and he is basically doing the whole thing on his own. He started the house when Lola was about 5 months old (she will be 2 next month). He is SO SO SO close to being done but it is so close that we may be moving in hours before I go into labor or even worse in the first weeks after baby is born. So I had to cancel the HB and we will again use the birth center, which is no big deal because I LOVE it there so much and it is like home to us.
This pregnancy has been super easy, I do get heart palpitations here and there but that is the only bad thing that has happened. I am still running 3-4 miles at least 4 times/week and just overall feel great. I honestly want to go overdue a bit so we have more time to maybe be in the new house. Another crazy thing is my hubby is going on a mission trip with a group from our church (we are non-denominational Christian) to Matalzan Mexixo for 1 week and he leaves on 2/25!! Only 10 days after my EDD! lol We both agreed that he should go on this trip so I am not stressed at all about having a new baby and him being gone for 1 week. My family all lives close to us and will help at any time so it should be fine. The only stressor is if I do go overdue I will worry that it will prevent him being able to go. I told him that as long as I don't go past 8 days over than it should be fine. I don't think I will go over that far but I really have no idea what my body will want to do!
I am hoping to have my kiddos at this birth as well as my mom and possibly (if I am feeling nice) my MIL. As long as the time of day works and everything my son really wants to see the baby under the water "swimming" as he says. We have watched several water-births and they have both looked at the 200+ pics that I have from Lola's birth. I am sop hoping it works out for them to be there! We will see though, I may feel differently when the time comes.
Oh another fun thing about this pregnancy is that 2 of my IRL friends are pregnant and both due 1 week after me!!
Here is a pic from yesterday at 36 weeks even,
Wow, Marcia, you are ALL belly! I was wondering what was going on with your birthing space, because I knew you wanted a home birth, but then you changed your siggy to just "natural birth". I'm glad you feel so comfortable with your choices though. That is great!
You are an inspiration with your running. Tell the truth... how different is it to run with that big belly? Seems like it would be quite a change.
Yeah I am very bummed about not being able to do the HB. We are renting a house currently and it is just too far from the birth center 45 minutes and the closest hospital is just too far away for me to feel ok. Plus it is just not home to me and I wouldn't feel comfortable. Anyway it sucks that I will never get my HB as this is my last pregnancy.
As for the running it is very different running with a big belly. I wear a support belt thing to help but I can only stand it on for about half the run. Now that ai am so far along by bladder is really taking a beating. I really do enjoy it though! My plan as long as it isn't too cold and icy is to do a super bowl 5k which is on 2/5 ( 10 days b4 my due date).