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post #21 of 130
@roisin32, I'm so excited to meet you! If this baby is a girl, we're planning to name her Roisin! Is your family Irish?
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michelleepotter, yes I am sort of hoping for twins. I am already almost 37 years old and I would like to give my little one or ones some time to enjoy breastfeeding for at least a year before I would try to get pregnant again and would want to get done having kids before 40 years old.

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Nice to meet you, too michelleleepotter! Yes indeed my family is Irish. Its a weird name, but its not actually so unusual in Boston- gaelic-y names aren't terribly exotic up here. Don't let anyone tell you its unpronouncible! And the English version is nice, too (Rosaleen). We are thinking Oona for a girl, if we get another! 

 

And Lilac- good luck with getting a double blessing!! I totally know the lets-get-this done before 40 feeling. Its why we went ahead with trying now. Technically its not the best time career and money-wise, but I want my daughter to have the joy of siblings (I have three, and we are besties), and we figured, given our pregnancy/no pregnancy (we tried for two years with the first), miscarriage history, we had better just try!  

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Hello everyone. :)

 

I am 21 and expecting my first. I am still way confused about due dates, but I think mine is December 4th. I have been married for a year and this pregnancy was unexpected, and honestly badly timed, but I believe a baby is always a blessing and I am extremely happy. 

 

I work as a floral designer in a little flower shop. I love my job, but hope I will be able to find a way to be a stay-home mom.

 

My husband is in the process of seeing if he can join the Marines. I support and respect that decision. But I am concerned mostly because, unless someone drops out, he would just be getting released from boot-camp scarily close to my due date. I can do it alone. But I don't want to. 

 

I was homeschooled growing up, and am used to people thinking my family is weird for it, even though we are one of the most "normal" homeschooling families that I know. Haha!

I am a little nervous about how few people in my small community are open to more natural birth options. So far I have only talked to one woman who preferred her un-medicated births, and didn't think going without epidural is insane. Also there are only two doctors in my small town to choose from. Only one is an OB, and there are no midwives nearby. It doesn't help that I have a very young-looking face and mellow temper, so everyone has some kind of instinct to baby me. I know I am strong and intelligent enough to do this my way. I just hope I don't have to work to hard to convince everyone of that.  

 

I know I am in tune with my body, and I trust my own instincts more than I trust any doctor. So far that perspective has never failed me. I was so happy to find this website, and I am counting on you ladies to help me conquer my doubts and stay strong!

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Tiffa, I hope you find the support you need and want here. It is a great community especially when the type of community you would fit in isn't local to to where you live.

post #27 of 130
@lilacvioletiris I hope you get your twins, then! smile.gif I always thought it would be fun, but it's just not in the cards for me.

@roisin32, Oona is a cool name, too! DH and I are really interested in family heritage (I'm Irish-Italian-Texan, and he's Irish-Scottish-Native American), and we like to give our kids Gaelic names. smile.gif

@Tiffa, congrats on your first baby! I had my first two weeks before I turned 21, and I also look young for my age, so I totally get people not taking you seriously. But you've definitely come to the right place for like-minded support. smile.gif As for due dates, do you happen to know when you ovulated? Or the average length of your menstrual cycle? Those can help pinpoint your due date a little more accurately. You could also get a dating ultrasound if you feel like that's something you want. But the important thing to remember is that a due date is really just a guess at when your baby is *likely* to come. It's not an absolute or an expiration date. My middle daughter was born 17 days after her due date, with absolutely no signs of post-maturity. She was even one of my smallest babies, despite being the latest!
post #28 of 130

Hi! My name is Lidia and I have 2 girls...ages 22 months and 4 years. My EDD is December 26th, but both my kids have been inductions at 39 weeks for suspected IUGR. I've had one OB-epidural-hospital-IV birth, and one midwife-assisted natural hospital birth. I got my BFP last night and started calling midwives this morning and my first choice is already booked up for December...that's the problem with having a due date at the end of the month :( I still have some other midwifery clinics to call, hopefully someone will be able to take me. I am #1 on the waiting list for my previous midwife's office, so hopefully I will get a spot :)

 

I just got my BFP last night. AF was due today, and I had NO pg symptoms except a bit more cm than normal the last two weeks. So on a whim I decided to POAS and bam two big fat lines! We weren't trying but not avoiding either. Mostly just not dtd during the time when my cm was fertile. I'm still in shock and haven't even had a chance to tell DH. It's a happy surprise, but we are so used to planning everything out and this caught me off guard. We weren't planning on trying until June, because we are taking a trip to Italy in a few weeks, so hopefully I won't be sick :)

 

It's so nice to meet everyone and I look forward to getting to know you all better over the next nine months!

post #29 of 130

Hi Mamas!

I'm Deadra, I'm pregnant with my 3rd!  I guess *technically* I should be in the Nov DDC, but my other 2 were late, and my EDD is Nov 30, so I figure this is going to be a Dec baby.  So exciting for us, since I already have a Jan and a Feb, so clearly it was going to be March or Dec!

So I'm also "old" I'm 35, I'm Canadian but I live in California with my (also Canadian) husband, we're smack dab in the middle of Silicon Valley.  We've been here for 7 years, both of my children were born here.

For my 3 previous pregnancies I went through a lot of infertility treatments, it's a tough battle, but it's so worth it.  

So my daughter who's 5 was a failed homebirth, and she ended up being an interesting induction turned emergency c-section.  I am still healing from the emotional wounds from that, mostly from the horrific abuse from the doctor.  She ended up getting some infection at the hospital, and was in the NICU for a week, starting 2 days after she was born.  It was the worst time of my life.  But she's a confident, healthy, amazing girl now.  

My son, who's 3, was another failed homebirth, but a successful VBAC, which I FOUGHT for.  He's a robust amazing little guy, so sensitive and tender.

In 2011 I had a miscarriage and it was so awful.  I made a pretty huge decision based on that.  While getting my infertility treatments the doctors and nurses would always bring up my weight and that I should undergo weight loss surgery, and I always thought they were bat shit crazy and there was no way I could do that.  Then my miscarriage, which was a blighted ovum, and no one really knows why I had it.  (my son's twin was also a blighted ovum, so this was my 2nd)  I decided to have the weight loss surgery.  Now fast forward to this year, it's been over a year since I had the surgery.  I had my mandatory IUD removed Feb 11, which I thought was a joke since I am very infertile.  So I'm sure you can guess where this is going.  Not even a full cycle later, (not that I have cycles, ever) I got pregnant, on my own.  We had planned to start infertility treatments this March, but nature was kind to us.  We are so blessed.

I am considering another homebirth, but our insurance won't cover it, and I feel bad paying for it when we could pay for a bigger play structure for the children, or this or that.  I'm still contemplating it.  

Anyhow, I'm excited to meet you all, it's going to be such a wonderful 2013!

post #30 of 130
Welcome, Lidamama84, and congratulations on your happy surprise! I hope you get in with your first choice midwife, or another you like even better. smile.gif And, wow, Italy! That is so cool! My family is part Italian, and my brother went to Rome a couple of years ago. He has a great time. smile.gif

Welcome and congratulations, Dea! Good to see another mom expecting her baby to come late. My earliest was 41W1D, and my latest was 42W3D, so I'm definitely expecting this one to go over. I am so sorry to hear about the tough time you've been through. I, and a lot of the other moms here, can relate to a lot of your struggles. (I've been through a traumatic and unnecessary c-section, fight to VBAC, and blighted ovums.) Here's hoping for a healthy, happy, and healing birth this time around. Personally, I don't think it would be wrong to pay out-of-pocket for a homebirth if you can afford it. It could be a wonderful experience, and totally worth it for both you and baby. smile.gif But, if you decide to go for a hopsital birth, the ladies here on MDC (in the location-based forums) are a great resource for finding respectful OBs who practice evidence-based care. That's how I found my wonderful OB, who is making me feel a lot better about having another hospital birth. smile.gif
post #31 of 130
Hello ladies!!

I am so excited to be here! My name is Gina, I am currently about 7 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child, due on December 5th. I found out on my birthday! We were trying, but my husband had gotten back from Afghanistan in mid February, and it took over a year for my son, so I was hopeful, but expecting it to take longer!

My husband, as I mentioned, is in the military, right now we are stationed in upstate NY. It is okay, we don't love it, we don't hate it, and we are "close enough" to family. Now my biggest issue is the lack of birth options. I would have preferred a home birth, but there are no homebirth midwives willing to travel up here. There is one CPM in the area who mainly works with the Amish families, and she will deliver (although CPMs aren't legal in our state), but she won't deliver in your home, and her birthing trailer isn't what I'm comfortable with. I'm hoping that with strong ideas about what I want for my birth, and my husband being supportive, and perhaps a doula, I will be okay having a hospital birth. I literally live right down the street from the hospital, so I'm hoping to labor at home for as long as possible.

My son, Simon, just turned 2 in February. I am still nursing him, and he is so SO attached to his milk, he probably still nurses 6-8 times a day (many many of them at night). He seems excited about the idea of a baby, since we told him about the baby, he is more interested in other babies, but I know he has absolutely zero concept of how his life is going to change, and I'm very nervous about how he will handle that. We are very very attached to each other. I'm also nervous about how co-sleeping is going to go.

As of right now I have told my three closest friends. I am visiting family now, and I'm hoping they just think I gained some weight, haha! We are waiting to tell them next week (I'm honestly just waiting on my son's "big brother" shirt to come in). We will tell extended family after my first appt at 12 weeks. I like to wait until halfway to tell the rest of the world (aka Facebook!).

Oh, and we are vegan! I had a hard time when I was pregnant with my son and craved salt and cheese SO much. With this baby, I can't even taste salt (maybe a girl??), but regardless I am really hoping to stay true to the veganism this time, especially since I am my son's main example.

So great to be here with such a great group of like minded ladies!!
post #32 of 130
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Yeah!! Another vegan! I'm all over the spicy food this time around and though I've been tempted by cheese in the past, I haaaate the taste of it this pregnancy.

I want to get Sayward Rebhal's Guide to Vegan Pregnancy, her blog was one of my favourites.

Nice to meet you, I'm Kaitlin smile.gif
post #33 of 130

Hi Mamas!

 

I am 36 and expecting my 3rd child. I have had a m/c also @ 10 weeks/delivery @ 13 . . .

 

My first birth was a CNM Homebirth turned Hospital Transfer, my second was an OB Homebirth . . . Right now, I am looking into my local options. I really want another Homebirth or preferably a Birth Center, but I do not want to travel again (I traveled 90 minutes for my last birth) and I also really need it to cost as little as possible this time, as we are paying rent and a mortgage . . .

 

I am a student Herbalist and an aspiring Farm @ Home Mama. However we just had to move away from my beautiful Farmette. I am struggling as I really LOVE to be on a well and I love to be around plants & trees. We live in a cute apt in the city, but it is not my home . . . I currently work as an assistant to a sorta famous herbalist and also as a teaching assistant for Herbal courses . . . I also <3 Jesus, gotta fit that in here!

 

This pregnancy, keeping my weight gain to under 30 lbs and starting an exercise routine is a very serious goal . . .

 

Regarding Natural Living, I am very serious about Food & Water. My heroes include female scientists Sandra Steingraber, Vandana Shiva, & Devra Davis. We eat Organic food but I could get better @ eating a Plant Based Diet. I am also very serious about avoiding consumer toxins (in shampoo, cleaning products, etc). Sometimes it is tricky for me, for example I love swimming but do not like chlorine. I have a great supportive husband. We do not homeschool right now but have before and may again. We do cloth diaper but if my situation does not change that may be trickier . . . I am a champion Nurser, I have been nursing for nearly 7 years and have really enjoyed it. I hope to have my youngest weaned before the new baby arrives tho. My last three years of nursing have been tandem and I am ready for a lighter work load!

post #34 of 130
Hi everyone! I'm Rebecca. My husband and I have a 4 (almost 5) year old beautiful daughter named Delilah and I am pregnant now and due December 15. I had a blighted ovum (I think) miscarriage almost two years ago.

Not much else to say: I work from home (editor and writer), we co-sleep, cloth diaper/EC, all that jazz. I eat paleo plus raw dairy except for lately when it seems all I want is Harvey's burgers. Ha. Ok I have only had one bit even that was too many. Gluten intolerant here so I really should avoid it.

Anyway, I have enjoyed reading all your intros and look forward to spending the next many months with you ladies!
post #35 of 130

Hi everyone!

 

I'm Melinda, and I think I'm going to be the oldest here! I'm 43, and just learned a few days ago that I'm pregnant with my 5th child! My hubby and I have been married 24 years and have four daughter, ages 25, 20, 8 and 3. I'm a stay-at-home, home school mom and artist, and my hubby is the maintenance supervisor at a nearby apartment complex. My hubby's Dad recently passed away, and his mother just moved in with us. My oldest daughter also moved back in (hopefully temporarily!) so we have a very full house right now.

 

Although we were TTC, the positive test came as a surprise to me since I've read so many articles about the decline of fertility at (you guessed it!) age 43. I'd pretty much gotten it into my head that I wouldn't get pregnant again. Now that I am, I've cut out all reading about pregnancy over 40! No need to stress myself out, right? I believe my conception day was 3/31, so if that is true our EDD is somewhere around Christmas. I'm really excited about that part, as I've always wanted to have a Christmas baby.

 

As for me personally, I love to write, read, take pictures and scrapbook (both digital and paper). I am also a total Trekkie and can't wait for the new movie to come out!

 

I'm really looking forward to meeting some other Moms and sharing all those fun pregnancy ups and downs!

post #36 of 130

Hello mamas! I am so surprised to be here! And I'm also surprised to be so happy that I'm here. :)

 

I have three girls. They're almost 6, 4.5, and almost 2 years old. I always wanted four kids, but finances and the general chaos with 3 kiddos convinced us that three was good! Hubby had just gathered referrals and was going to make an appointment to get fixed and we got a surprise BFP! I'm due the 21st of December. After some initial shock and worry, hubby and I are thrilled that this little one snuck in at the last minute. lol

 

I have had three unmedicated, hands off hospital births. 2 with on call OBs and one with nurses only. Looking forward to the next adventure! Considering a midwife this time, but I am a little afraid of changing the routine. :)

 

We live in a small house by choice. We grow our own veggies and I am trying to learn to cook from scratch. I have been nursing for almost 6 years now with a 2 month break before baby 3 was born. I'm not too excited about tandem nursing again, so hoping that dd3 is mostly done by 2.5. (Yeah right! lol)

 

Anyway, I can't wait to get to know you mamas!

 

Forgot to add that I will be a month shy of 39 when this LO arrives!

post #37 of 130
Welcome to our new mamas. Not to sound corny, but all these introductions are making me smile. I love that we have a group of sweet, diverse women in here. H&H 9 mos to us all!
post #38 of 130

thanks ladies!

Michelleepotter:  I'm pretty lucky in the OB department, I've had the same one since before my 2nd baby and she fully supported me having a VBAC, she was even (unofficially) supportive of me having an HBAC, citing I should do what makes me comfortable, which was nice becasue she was on vacation for a couple weeks and I told her sub and she told me I was irresponsible and negligent of my children for considering a homebirth.  I learned to only see my OB after that.

 

I have no illusions of this baby coming early, but if it happens, then yay, DH is hoping for Nov 28, since the 28th is a lucky day for us. (DS is Jan 29, DH is May 28 and I'm Sept 28)

post #39 of 130

I tested positive Saturday, so I've got an EDD of somewhere around 12/30-1/1, but I've gone to 39.1 exactly with my other two kids, so I'm guessing I'll have a December baby. :)

 

This will be #3. DD #1 was a traumatic c/s in May 2009, DD #2 was a triumphant HBAC in November 2011, so the timing on this one is pretty good I guess. We weren't exactly planning this one, but we weren't not trying either so it's all good. Just have to figure out where to squeeze this one in the small house we're stuck in for a while. We'll be having another homebirth with this baby with the same midwife we used before and I'm looking forward to actually getting in the birth pool this time!

 

My last birth stories are on my very neglected blog- healingcesareanscars.blogspot.com

 

About me; vegetarian, mega nerd, animal lover. That pretty much sums it up! We have 8 cats, a dog, fish, and a turtle. My husband and I were married on the bridge of the USS Enterprise in Las Vegas and my kids both have sci-fi names. I love to cook, sew, and create things.

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I tested positive Saturday, so I've got an EDD of somewhere around 12/30-1/1, but I've gone to 39.1 exactly with my other two kids, so I'm guessing I'll have a December baby. :)

 

This will be #3. DD #1 was a traumatic c/s in May 2009, DD #2 was a triumphant HBAC in November 2011, so the timing on this one is pretty good I guess. We weren't exactly planning this one, but we weren't not trying either so it's all good. Just have to figure out where to squeeze this one in the small house we're stuck in for a while. We'll be having another homebirth with this baby with the same midwife we used before and I'm looking forward to actually getting in the birth pool this time!

 

My last birth stories are on my very neglected blog- healingcesareanscars.blogspot.com

 

About me; vegetarian, mega nerd, animal lover. That pretty much sums it up! We have 8 cats, a dog, fish, and a turtle. My husband and I were married on the bridge of the USS Enterprise in Las Vegas and my kids both have sci-fi names. I love to cook, sew, and create things.

Total Trekkie here too! Congrats on your pregnancy!

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