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post #21 of 109
Hello everyone! I'm 25 and DH is 28. DD1 is 4.5 and DD2 turns 2 next month. Both born at home and I'm still nursing DD2. We weren't exactly planning on getting pregnant yet and it kind of messes up my plans with school (it's literally going to end up taking me a decade to get my bachelors!), but I'm starting to get excited. Due August 19th-ish (I'm not sure if I agree with fertility friend). Hoping it's a boy, but we're going to be surprised again so we won't know for 9 months!
post #22 of 109

Hello everybody,

I had my first ultrasound today at 5+5 with great results, so I guess I am ready to join. I am 34 married to my wife and pregnant with our first baby after one year of fertility treatments. The little black blob on the us today is the result of an ICSI with frozen donor sperm where we transfered two embryos. We lost a previous pregnancy in April, so we're still a bit cautious, but everything looks great and I am feeling miserable enough to know I am definitely preggo.

Our EDD is August 6th.

post #23 of 109
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Originally Posted by lactatinggirl View Post

Hello everyone! I'm 25 and DH is 28. DD1 is 4.5 and DD2 turns 2 next month. Both born at home and I'm still nursing DD2. We weren't exactly planning on getting pregnant yet and it kind of messes up my plans with school (it's literally going to end up taking me a decade to get my bachelors!), but I'm starting to get excited. Due August 19th-ish (I'm not sure if I agree with fertility friend). Hoping it's a boy, but we're going to be surprised again so we won't know for 9 months!

I know how you feel about school. I was a nursing major when I had ds and then a year later switched. Thankfully I am finally graduating (After 5 1/2 years) this May!! What is your major?

post #24 of 109

Greetings Mamas-

i'm a stay at home mom to my 5 LO's- DS1 is 7 1/2, DD1 is 5 1/2, DD2 is 4, DD3 is 2 1/2, and DS2 is only 10 months!  

I was surprised to end up here, as we were cautiously using Creighton Model.  which meant a lot of abstinence for us, but still, here we are!!!

husband is doing better today, we took the first positive test yesterday and he was completely unprepared. but i had been suspicious since my mucus started.  i have very stable weight and started gaining a little, got sleepier, and my dry eyes got worse.  and i was HOT all the time.  so the test just confirmed that even w/ very slim odds, we were going to be welcoming another.

i'm 33, had 3 homebirths after my 2 hospital births, still almost EBF my 10 month old who co-sleeps, and don't know what we're going to do for midwife!!!  i moved 2 hours away from my midwife last year and she came out during a blizzard for my DS2.  i love her, and hesitate to find a new provider b/c my labors are LONG.  long and very very slow.  and she's patient and has seen 3 very different births and (for you first time moms, ignore this line) let me push/stay in transition for 9 hours w/ my 5th.  my 3rd and my 5th were similar births and took hours of transition for the baby to adjust and then come out perfect and beautiful, but after hours of painful transition labor.  i wouldn't mind finding a closer care provider, but am kinda loyal!!!

i'm a holistic health counselor and mostly work w/ food to help heal and nourish.  my husband is in full-time ministry mostly networking various churches in our community, but also nationwide working w/ a great diversity of other ministries.  

 

i don't putter on Mothering a lot- but LOVED my DDC last time around. and i lurked on charting to avoid, but haven't managed to stay there very long.......


 

post #25 of 109
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I know how you feel about school. I was a nursing major when I had ds and then a year later switched. Thankfully I am finally graduating (After 5 1/2 years) this May!! What is your major?

Biology teaching.

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Greetings Mamas-


i'm a stay at home mom to my 5 LO's- DS1 is 7 1/2, DD1 is 5 1/2, DD2 is 4, DD3 is 2 1/2, and DS2 is only 10 months!  


I was surprised to end up here, as we were cautiously using Creighton Model.  which meant a lot of abstinence for us, but still, here we are!!!


husband is doing better today, we took the first positive test yesterday and he was completely unprepared. but i had been suspicious since my mucus started.  i have very stable weight and started gaining a little, got sleepier, and my dry eyes got worse.  and i was HOT all the time.  so the test just confirmed that even w/ very slim odds, we were going to be welcoming another.


i'm 33, had 3 homebirths after my 2 hospital births, still almost EBF my 10 month old who co-sleeps, and don't know what we're going to do for midwife!!!  i moved 2 hours away from my midwife last year and she came out during a blizzard for my DS2.  i love her, and hesitate to find a new provider b/c my labors are LONG.  long and very very slow.  and she's patient and has seen 3 very different births and (for you first time moms, ignore this line) let me push/stay in transition for 9 hours w/ my 5th.  my 3rd and my 5th were similar births and took hours of transition for the baby to adjust and then come out perfect and beautiful, but after hours of painful transition labor.  i wouldn't mind finding a closer care provider, but am kinda loyal!!!


i'm a holistic health counselor and mostly work w/ food to help heal and nourish.  my husband is in full-time ministry mostly networking various churches in our community, but also nationwide working w/ a great diversity of other ministries.  

i don't putter on Mothering a lot- but LOVED my DDC last time around. and i lurked on charting to avoid, but haven't managed to stay there very long.......



 

Nice to see you! Even if we both didn't mean to end up here. :-P
post #26 of 109

Hi ladies. My name is Kate - I'm 28 and my husband will be 30 next month. We're expecting our 1st kid on August 12th (I'll be 5 weeks along tomorrow). This is a planned pregnancy and we're both very excited! However, I feel a bit anxious/cautious from reading too many scary stories online. I'm determined to stop doing that and this seemed like a nice, supportive group to join. Anyway, we've scheduled to meet a few midwives later this week and so far the plan is to have a birth center birth. So far so good I guess... :)

post #27 of 109
Hi. My name is Leona. I'll be 40 when we welcome this little one. We have two daughters, 3 years and 13 months. This was a surprise tonight. We lost our only other surprise, so I'm pretty edgy right now. My husband doesn't even know I took a test. I look forward to getting to know you great ladies.
post #28 of 109

I've already posted, but I guess I should add an into too.

 

Hello everyone, I'm Wendy (27 DH is 34) WAHM. I have 3 great kids, DD is 6.6 DS will be 4 in Feb and the baby turned 16 months on Sunday. Hubby was done having kids at 2. #3 was a big surprise and the result of a rare double ovulation (one that came after the regularly scheduled one). It took 20 weeks for DH to accept that pregnancy.

 

I have been taking ovulation tests to make sure that we have been good, as in not trying to conceive. So far my cycle hadn't returned and all the tests were negative. The Saturday morning after Thanksgiving, not able to take a test, as we were at my folks and I didn't have one, hubby and I took a chance. The next morning in the shower my cervix was high, soft and open with egg while cervical fluid (all the signs for fertile for those who don't chart). All last week I continued to monitored my cervix as it descended, firmed and my CF turned milky, as it all is now. As I said in another thread, signs started popping up on Saturday (the day the baby turned 16 months). I have yet to get my BFP, but I'm sure that there is one coming. 

 

My first was in the hospital, and the last 2 were bone at home, so will this baby.

post #29 of 109

Hello mamas,

 

This is my third pregnancy. I have two children (6.4 & 4) and two stepchildren (6.5 & 5). So, this baby will be the only one related to everyone in our family :). EDD is 8/4, both my other babes came within a day of their EDD. So, I'm about 6 weeks along. Don't really feel pregnant yet except for tiredness and no period, but several tests confirmed my suspicions. 

 

This was an unplanned pregnancy and not very good timing for me. My husband and I have been having a lot of problems and I am not even completely sure I want to stay in the marriage anymore. I considered having an abortion but I'm fairly certain that that's not the right choice for me. So, I'm here, trying to accept it and think positively. I had good pregnancies and very positive home birth experiences with both my others, and nursed them both for 4 and 2.5 years. I have enjoyed having my body back the last two years and am a little nervous about how a third pregnancy will affect me physically--I'm 31 and definitely feel a difference from my first pregnancy at 25. 

 

Anyway, congratulations to all of you. I'm sure I'm not the only somewhat ambivalent mama out there, so I'm going to be gentle with myself and read your stories and pray for acceptance. I wouldn't give either of my other children back for the world (and I'm not with their father anymore), and I'm sure I'll feel the same about this one at some point.

 

Oh, other than mothering, I work for the county WIC office as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and occasionally do doula work, along with drinking lots of coffee, some knitting & gardening & reading.

post #30 of 109
Hello,

I am 26 and my husband is 27 years old. We have been married for about 4 years and this will be our first! We are extremely excited, but it still feels so surreal. My husband is in the military and we live overseas. We are set to move again in May/June so I'm a little anxious to move across the world that late in my pregnancy.
post #31 of 109

Hi Ladies!

I got my BFP super early at CD 21 and have confirmed for 2 days now, finally with a digital this morning. 

I'm 40, DH is 37 and we've been together 15 years. 

This will be our first, although we did have a surprise pregnancy and mc earlier this year (TTC for 6 cycles since). 

I was an ICU nurse, but in this preggo/baby realm I am absolutely clueless.  We've been on the go (moving and traveling) and I have not been around a baby for any length of time in over 20 years. Seriously.  This could get pretty scary!

First appt with obgyn is January 9. 

As for birth (and maybe the first couple of years), I want all the drugs they will give me. 

post #32 of 109
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As for birth (and maybe the first couple of years), I want all the drugs they will give me.

Please give yourself some time to slowdown and do some research before you start making decisions about your birth and beyond.  You've got plenty of time to come to informed decisions about everything.  That will lower the fear a lot.  Nothing will get rid of it...we all want to do everything "right" with no instruction book...but it will make it more manageable.

post #33 of 109
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Originally Posted by innacircle View Post
 

Hi Ladies!

I got my BFP super early at CD 21 and have confirmed for 2 days now, finally with a digital this morning. 

I'm 40, DH is 37 and we've been together 15 years. 

This will be our first, although we did have a surprise pregnancy and mc earlier this year (TTC for 6 cycles since). 

I was an ICU nurse, but in this preggo/baby realm I am absolutely clueless.  We've been on the go (moving and traveling) and I have not been around a baby for any length of time in over 20 years. Seriously.  This could get pretty scary!

First appt with obgyn is January 9. 

As for birth (and maybe the first couple of years), I want all the drugs they will give me. 

sounds like you're in for an adventure!!!!

 

welcome!

 

trust me, you will feel drugged, like in the scary way, for the next few years. check out this link- http://letmestartbysayingblog.com/2011/06/30/how-being-a-parent-is-like-being-a-rock-star/
and while i had a lovely pitocin and epidural fueled first birth, i was less than impressed w/ the experience.  my epidural left a window (ie a completely unnumbed part of my body) across the entire right side of my body.  pitocin made my painful back labor into a jackhammer into my spine.  and my baby came out OP, w/ major bruising on the brain.  my unmedicated births were 1000x easier!  and the funny thing is that they might have hurt less, but what was crazy was that my brain quickly FORGOT the pain of my unmedicated births, while i was traumatized by my medicated birth for months. 

 

so while the medicated route might be the best for you, and epidurals can labor saving and i don't discount them, and while i have friends who swear by their elected c-sections, i will say that i'm totally sold on long, painful, drug free births for healthy babies.  i don't try to say it is easy or pain-free.  but it's not that bad.  it's the worst thing ever, but after birth, i realized i could do anything.
 

praying for you and the LO!  it's always a little scary early on after a m/c!  

post #34 of 109

mandmleona and houseofpeace - thank you for the advice and stories! That is the type of stuff I need to hear... honest recommendations from those who have done it.  It is shocking how much there is to weigh and consider - so many things that just never crossed my path before. 

 

I am also pretty much solo aside from DH.  My parents have both passed away and DH's mom is not normal.  She was the sweetest lady and then she had gastric bypass (she didn't need it, but it was an easier route than doing the work and dieting).  Since GB, her behavior is erratic and she even goes on drinking binges (she did not drink AT ALL before).  Some say the food addiction is just transferred to other things.  Oh, and she also lives 1500 miles away.

 

We have moved a lot and we travel a lot so not much in the way of close friends.  I have a sister but she's a drama magnet so I don't really associate with her.  Honestly I don't like her that much either.  I don't want her bad choice negativity in my life... taking care of my parents when they were sick was enough for one lifetime! 

 

That being said, I will certainly be calling for lots of input going forward!  Thank you again for caring enough to chime in.

post #35 of 109

Excited that this group is up and running! My husband and I made things official with a wonderful wedding this summer, after seven years of partnership. We love where we live in Madison, WI. We're very excited to welcome our first (and probably only) child mid-August. I'm a doctoral student and my husband is a web programmer who has ambitions to become a SAHD! Our families live in MA and CA, so we're hoping to build a community of new-parent friends for support. 

 

So far I'm trying to relish the mild symptoms I'm having so far. I try to spend time right after waking up and going to sleep meditating on my baby and having a positive, healthy pregnancy.

post #36 of 109

Hi ladies, I'm up earlier than all of my kiddos, so I figure it's a good time to introduce myself.  My name is Jenny. I'm 33 years old.  We are pregnant for the 7th time, hoping to birth our 4th baby, which will be our 5th child.  (We've had 3 miscarriages, and one of our children is adopted.) My 1st 3 are boys, and my oldest is a girl (adopted). I will be delivering this kiddo at home.  I tried to do so with my 1st 2, but ended up in the hospital.  #3 was born in the water, at home, and it was the most amazing experience. I hope to replay it with this little one.  I will be using the same midwives that I used with #1 and #3, and can't wait. I think if midwifery wasn't paid for where I'm from, I would probably try UC, as I basically refuse every test or anything they offer.  When I go in for appointments they pretty much just measure my belly and send me on my way.  We'll see, this time, if I feel I need any more than that.  I do love my primary midwife, though, whom I've known since I was a child, so it's worth having to go to prenatals just to have her around. 

 

In other news, I homeschool my boys.  My daughter has special needs and so goes to a school for the deaf. We are frantically learning sign language and all that encompasses raising someone with those needs.  I live deep in the heart of suburbia, but dream of 20 acres, a few goats and chickens and very dirty children.  One day. 

 

I really loved my last two DDCs and am excited to get to know you ladies along the way. Congrats, and good luck, to all. 

post #37 of 109

Hi everyone,

I'm Elaine, 27, and my husband Michael is 29. We have a 27 month old daughter. We have been on and off TTC, not too hard since my period came back at 14.5 months PP. I had a chemical pregnancy in Sept. and 2 losses before my daughter, 1 a chemical and one around 7-8 weeks.

We are really excited but very cautious and worried still. My sister is due in Jan. with her first so we'll have close cousins! My husbands sister has a daughter that is 10 months older than my daughter. So much fun!

We live in Los Angles, I stay at home and my husband is a special ed teacher. We'll hopefully be moving soon, possibly out of state because it's too expensive here and I would like to homestead and that's hard in a 1 bedroom rental with 2 kids on a teacher's salary in LA!

I was on a DDC with Audrey in Babyzone and I hated it and am so excited to see like-minded moms on here!

I'm hoping to have a homebirth, but money constraints may mean a CNM in hospital, but at least I'll be prepared this time. Audrey was a birth center-hospital transfer, 55 hour labor. Hopefully the second one just falls out!!!!

post #38 of 109

Hello everyone, I'm Jessica, mom to a 4 year old DD and a 20 month DS.  My husband is on a 13 month deployment right now, but came home for 2 weeks in November on leave.  We were on the fence about having more kiddos, and we do NFP, so while he was home, let's just say we didn't pay too close attention to my chart!  Surprise surprise :).  After I took a test and it came up positive I panicked.  I emailed him and asked if he could call.  When he called I couldn't help but cry, but he was happy and didn't know why I was upset!  I guess I was just nervous about his reaction, since he's the one who was most against having any more.  I did want more, but since our other two were planned, this really caught me off guard.  We're both getting excited though, I think since we've had a few days for everything to sink in.

post #39 of 109

Hi everyone! I'm Kristyn (29) and DH is Jacob (29). This is our first pregnancy but 2nd child - DS is 17 and adopted. We are all very excited!

post #40 of 109
JHopesMama- that's what I expected with my husband too! We were both unsure as to whether we wanted another, but we got the positive and he's been 100% happy about it. I really expected him to be the one upset but it ended up being me!
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