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    Welcome to your lodge Molly!

    I'm excited to get to know you better, hear more about how your pregnancy has gone so far, and read all about the last few weeks and the birth of your new little one!!
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    Thanks Lynn I'm looking forward to getting know you and your experiences this pregnancy.

    Nothing exciting to report which I look at as good news! My body has more discomforts that the last two, but I hate to complain when it's really not bad. I just can't get comfortable on the chairs at work and the excercise ball I sit on at my desk isn't much better. My hip and tail bone just don't like me to sit! I end up limping for a bit every time I get up. I hope to make a chiropractor appt before I have this baby. I've never gone, but both my doula and friends have recommended it so I figure why not. I'll post my info on DH, DD1, and DD2 from my earlier lodge on here so no one has to go hunting.
    Molly & Elton 10/2/04
    Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
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    I will start with a little intro and how dh and I met:

    I’m 31 and dh-Elton is turning 30 on May 22nd. We met in college. My junior year, his freshman year, we met at a party. I had friends visiting, who decided to head to a different party with a college friend of mine. Elton was very slick and said he would walk me home and it wasn’t until we were half way there that I realized my friends had my keys to get back to my dorm room (I lived in a single at the time). So Elton said I could hang out at his place until they got back (I’m sure you can just imagine where this is going…). We are hanging out in his room. I call and leave a message for my friends and tell them to call me at Elton’s. Well, a lot of time passed and Elton kept trying to put the moves on me and I was resisting. I finally called my friends again only to find out that they HAD tried to call me, but Elton had turned his ringer off , how convenient. So I left. For the next few months Elton would periodically leave me a message on the message board on my door or call, but I was very standoffish since I didn’t want to be a “basketball player’s girlfriend”. The team did not have a good reputation for being monogamous. Turns out I was right to be cautious as Elton actually already had a girlfriend at our school and I just happened to work in the library with her roommate. Freshman…

    Fast forward to my senior year, his softmore year; He had broken up with his “girlfriend” and would constantly try to approach me in bars and such. Eventually a mutual friend said he thought we should get together. I was of course skeptical, but kept an open mind. For a good two months, Elton would stop by my townhouse and we would talk for hours. He never tried to make a move although he would ask. He had finally proven himself to not be like the other basketball players. He was one of the few actually getting a “real” degree and was very sincere and attentive towards me. We eventually started dating but I still kept a bit of a guard up. I stayed to get my masters and we continued to date even after I graduated. By that time we realized we were in this for the long haul.

    Elton asked me to marry him in May of 2003 after he graduated college. Turns out he had bought the ring the August before and waited. We were married in October 2004.
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    Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
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    DD's birth story and some pics:

    The summer after our wedding we decided to "stop trying not to get pregnant" or as my neighbor puts it "we removed the goalie". We had heard of a number of friends that had trouble getting pregnant so we said, lets see what happens. The intention was that if nothing happened in a year we would TRY for a year and then seek help if we were unsuccessful. Lucky for us we were pregnant by month 2! Unfortunately I was pregnant for our one year anniversary trip to Las Vegas! I had to take naps everyday just to stay up until 11pm! I was very lucky to only have mild nausea and sleepiness in the first trimester and my pregnancy was uneventful. We hope to go back to Vegas when I'm NOT pregnant.

    Our birth experience was not exactly how we planned. My due date was May 21st, although two u/s, one at 18 weeks and one at 28 weeks, both put the due date at May 14th. Thankfully my OB did not push the 14th as my due date. I started having NSTs every 3 days starting the week of the 14th though. I went to work on the 22nd and just felt run down so I made that my last day of work since we were in the process of moving (closing date May 31) and still had some packing to do. I don't recommend moving when you are due to have a baby!

    On May 23rd I wasn't feeling as much movement as I normally did from Mary. I got up had some orange juice and eventually started to feel her move. Elton and I continued to pack and then went to the Cheesecake Factory to celebrate his birthday and then to see the Matrix 3 (he remembers that being the movie, but I totally didn't remember that). Throughout the entire movie I was trying to count kicks and still didn't feel confident that there was enough movement. The theatre was right near the hospital so I decided to call the doctor and he had me go in for an NST. Mary was fine, but I had very low amniotic fluid so they decided to admit me and start induction. I was not very happy since I knew this lowered my chances of a natural birth. I recently talked to my OB who was not on-call that day and he said he would have sent me home to drink a gallon of water and come back in 24 hours. Wish I had known that! I was given the option to go home and come back to start pitocin in the morning at 7am, but the resident at the time said "she'd be thinking about me all night" so this guilted me into being worried too and I didn't feel comfortable at the time going home since I was obviously already concerned with the lack of movement, oh the things I know now that I wish I knew then!

    By the time I was set up in a room to start induction I hadn't had anything to eat or drink since the Cheesecake Factory at around 2pm and it was now around 8:30pm. They started me on an IV which took three nurses and multiple attempts (HELLO, I'M DEHYDRATED!!). I ended up with the IV in my right hand which made wiping when I went to the bathroom near impossible and I had a really hard time sleeping! They started the induction with cytotec with the intent of doing a dose every 3 hours up to 3 times. Well, Mary's heart rate was all over the place when they started the induction so they decided not to do another dose of cytotec and waited until 7am on May 24th to start pitocin. I really feel her fluctuating heart rate had a lot to do with me being dehydrated and hungry. Once she wasn't handling it well they also wouldn't let me eat or drink and Elton had just walked in with food for us! (another thing to ignore). That was when I first really cried hard.

    I had prepared for the birth using hypnobirthing techniques. The pitocin was started right at 7am. The hypnobirthing techniques and the pregnancy ball were essential to keeping the contractions consistent and manageable, which by noon were coming every minute with little relief.

    By 1pm I was only 5 cm and opted for the epidural which resulted in me going to 9.5 cm within an hour. At that time they broke my water. Within that hour I kept pushing the button to increase the epi! The epi helped with the contraction pain, but now I had awful tailbone pain and pressure during each contraction. It was another 2 hours before they were set up to let me push. My OB stopped in after his office hours just after 4pm and just in time to jump in for the delivery. Mary was not handling the contractions very well and before I even started pushing my OB decided to do a forecep delivery (can we say ouch!) with about 14 people in the room (my mom counted, ha ha). The nurse, who was awesome, said I was lucky my doctor arrived as no one uses foreceps anymore and after reading a number of similar birth stories I'm pretty sure she was right since most if not all ended in c-section. The cord ended up being around her neck and she was posterior. They placed her on my belly for a short time and then the nicu staff checked her over to make sure she was okay. The nurse then placed her in my arms. Shortly after that I started to feel myself fading and unable to hold her and I yelled for someone to take her from me as I thought I was going to pass out and drop her! The nurse rushed in, checked me out and gave me some food. I'm sure it was my low blood pressure, but I honestly can't remember. Mary was born on May 24th at 4:39pm weighing 7 lbs 10 oz and 20 inches long. Her wrists and ankles were VERY dry and even cracking so she was definitely past her due date. My placenta was in perfect condition.

    Shortly after her delivery we were moved to a post partum room. The nurse wanted me to go pee so she helped me to the bathroom. While sitting on the toilet things started to fade along with sounds. I said this to the nurse and she immediately pulled the emergency cord. Another nurse rushed in and they helped me into a wheel chair to go the 5 feet to my bed. I got into bed and they asked if I would want to try a catheter. I consented because I knew I had to go bad, but my body just wouldn't do it. The catheter wasn't bad and I immediately filled the bag! Such relief! I've continued to have episodes of lightheadedness since the birth and my regular practitioner believes I may have orthostatic hypotension, which results in my blood pressure dropping if I get up too fast for example. It concerned me many times when I thought I was going to drop Mary when she was a baby, but thankfully it never came to that. I really hope to avoid the epidural this time since I believe that made my blood pressure situation worse.

    Mary in the hospital after she was born, one year, two years, 3 years (almost )



    I don't remember how to post new pics so I will figure that out and post more recent pics of the family
    Molly & Elton 10/2/04
    Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
    Baby #3 due 6/21/13

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    Celia May (DD#2)
    June 9, 2009 8:05am
    11 days past due date
    9lbs 3oz 20 ? inches

    At about 11:50pm on June 8th I woke up to some strong contractions that I had to breathe through. Within 20 minutes I knew it was the real deal. Unlike my previous nights of contractions, these were like strong period cramps that came every 6-7 minutes from the start. I called my mom at 12:20am to have her come up as she lives 1.5 hours away and I didn't want to take a chance that things would progress quickly. It was a good thing I called because by the time she arrived at 2am my contractions were 3-4 minutes apart and we had a half hour drive to the hospital. I was able to take a shower just before leaving. My hynobabies easy first stage track got me to the hospital. By the time I got there and into triage the contractions were 2-3 minutes apart and I was 6cm dilated.

    My doula arrived shortly after we settled into an L&D room. Our nurse was wonderful and a true NCB advocate. We told her about the hypnobabies and then gave her our birth plan which she put in our chart. I was able to have intermittent monitoring and no IV. I drank as I pleased and actually never really wanted food. I was all over the room trying different positions to get comfy in (the toilet was often the best). I found it difficult to listen to the hypnobabies as I kept having to pause it to answer a question or understand what was going on or being said. Two residents stopped in to ask the exact same questions I had already answered when I came in. It was quite annoying and getting in the way of my "zone". I don't know what their purpose was as I never saw them again.

    I progressed quickly, as it seemed every time I was checked I was another cm dilated. I got to 8-9cm and had them break my water as the baby was still high and we thought that might help things move along faster. Well it worked. I was 9.5 cm in no time, BUT I had a lip of cervix that would not move out of the way and was starting to swell with each pushing contraction. For the next TWO HOURS I had to keep my body from pushing during each contraction!!!! That was THE hardest part of the whole labor. I was making the loudest sounds and was in so much pain, so exhausted and didn't know quite what to do to fix the situation. The nurse, my doula, and Elton got me up out of the bed and up leaning against Elton as they felt leaning forward while standing with my hips wide and lose would help move the lip of cervix. It was SO HARD, one to stand and two to not push during those pushy contractions!! Of course this is when the anesthesiologist stops by to start asking questions and I just ignored her and the nurse and Elton gave her short answers.

    Elton and my doula were AMAZING and I could not have made it without them! I was so impressed with Elton. During my most trying contractions he was right in my ear whispering the hypnobabies scripts. It really helped so much to hear them and helped me in a way that nothing else would.

    Just like with Mary's birth, my OB arrived a half hour before the baby was born. He came in, got changed, checked my cervix and said the same thing about not pushing or I would damage the cervix. Ugh! My doula suggested to more than one person the use of some medication that when put on the cervix can help decrease the swelling, they all brushed it off. We both had the same thought after the birth that even if they thought it was nonsense WHY NOT TRY IT! Whatever. Within 20 minutes of the OB's check I felt the "ring of fire" burn during a contraction which I hadn't felt before. They wanted me to get through one more contraction standing and then they had me lay on the bed to check me. During that last contraction I said "I CAN'T NOT PUSH THIS! It was 8am when the OB checked me and said I was complete! THANK GOD! I pushed her out by 8:05am!

    After she came out everything went beautifully. Elton reminded them just before she came out that I wanted the baby placed on my chest immediately and to wait until the cord stopped pulsating and they did exactly that! It was awesome! We were all shocked to hear that she was 9 lbs 3oz, more than a pound and a half bigger than Mary!

    The OB did an awesome job with keeping me from tearing my perineum, but I did tear slightly the other way and tore a hemorrhoid. I have to say that a tear in the front has been easier to recover from than it was the episiotomy I had with Mary. They asked if it was okay to use a catheter as it would help them properly stitch given the swelling. I consented. The stitching was almost as bad as not pushing during the push contractions even with the local anesthesia. I also had some large clots and the resident working on the stitching after the birth had to push on my belly and "dig" out any remaining clots. OUCH!

    Celia then nursed for 1.5 hours! She's a champ. She is a bit tongue-tied which is causing discomfort when nursing, but I had an LC help me and she thinks that it will get better once my milk is in and if not then look into getting it clipped.
    Molly & Elton 10/2/04
    Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
    Baby #3 due 6/21/13

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    I need to re-read my old lodge, just the little bit I re-read brought back so many things I had forgotten about. That is really what's great about this forum and being able to read birth stories and remember the details like a journal.
    Molly & Elton 10/2/04
    Mary 5/24/06, Celia 6/9/09
    Baby #3 due 6/21/13

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    Quote Originally Posted by molly_4711 View Post
    I was 9.5 cm in no time, BUT I had a lip of cervix that would not move out of the way and was starting to swell with each pushing contraction. For the next TWO HOURS I had to keep my body from pushing during each contraction!!!! That was THE hardest part of the whole labor.
    OMG, I had that with Weston and ITA it was so hard to not push for all those hours of three different midwives trying everything they knew to try. I'm so glad yours resolved and you were finally able to push her out!

    I think it's time for you to have a nice relatively uneventful birth!
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    I need to catch up on your lodge when I have a moment! But just wanted to say welcome, can't wait to follow the rest of your pregnancy.
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    Welcome to your lodge!!! I hope this birth is much more uneventful than the last two!!! the story about how you got together with your DH made me smile - love that you held out until he was more committed!!!

    Do you know if baby #3 is a boy/girl? Were you TTC or it just happened?
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    I do not know if this baby is a boy or a girl and I didn't know with either of my first two. I LOVE surprises!

    I guess I'd have to say we were trying. We are very lucky and it takes no more than 2 cycles for us to get pregnant when we want to have a baby.
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