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post #121 of 393
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Originally Posted by Chantelhayes View Post
I hope to not find out, but if I do I hope to handle it just like you.
Thanks

I think many are starting to realize that homebirthers aren't just crazy nutbags. The staff seems to genuinely be interested in not only my natural birthing ways, but everything about my crunchy life. I've had compliments on the smell of my room, my decor I've had dh bring from home, and the "feel" I've created in my little space. I've had questions about the birth plan hanging on my wall, the pagan statues on my windowsill and the rocks and stones that accompany them. The jar of RRLT has prompted questions as well as questions about my food and tv programming choices.
I've never met such curious people! Not in a judgemental way, but in a genuinely curious way. It's like I'm some sort of anomaly!
It's mildly entertaining.
I guess I don't get out much. (even before the bedrest )
post #122 of 393
Just posting some big hugs and stay put baby vibes for your LO.
post #123 of 393
Just found this thread and read through it all. You are truly amazing in how well you are handling everything. It was really interesting seeing how things have progressed for you. I hope you make it to the 35.5 weeks so that you can actually birth your little one at home

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post #124 of 393
thinking of you!
post #125 of 393
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I've lost FIVE pounds??? How can I lose FIVE pounds in a week, eating TWICE as much and getting NO exercise???

I lost the bulk of the amniotic fluid in the 4 days before that, so I don't really understand. I know my belly is growing by the day!

Dh is bringing me sushi for dinner ... that's worth reporting. Other than that? I'm closing in on 33 weeks!!!! I'll hit that Wednesday!

still lovin' the support you mamas are tossing my way
post #126 of 393
33 weeks! Rock on! How long have you been ruptured again? Only 3 more weeks and you can go HOME!
post #127 of 393
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33 weeks! Rock on! How long have you been ruptured again? Only 3 more weeks and you can go HOME!
on wednesday, when I am 33 weeks, I will have been PROM'd for TWO WEEKS!
post #128 of 393
You're an awesome woman! Keep up the good work!
post #129 of 393
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I've lost FIVE pounds??? How can I lose FIVE pounds in a week, eating TWICE as much and getting NO exercise???

I lost the bulk of the amniotic fluid in the 4 days before that, so I don't really understand. I know my belly is growing by the day!

Dh is bringing me sushi for dinner ... that's worth reporting. Other than that? I'm closing in on 33 weeks!!!! I'll hit that Wednesday!

still lovin' the support you mamas are tossing my way
It's probably a loss of muscle mass. It sucks, but it happens quickly.

Grow, baby, GROW! You are doing such an amazing job!
post #130 of 393
Keep growing wee one! Sending you stay in vibes. Hope you get your HB mama!

You rock!

Take care!
Jen
post #131 of 393
Hopefully everything works out!
I had PROM at 29 weeks and was on bedrest in the hospital for 4 weeks (during the SARS scare so NO visitors allowed whatsoever! VERY boring), then another 4 weeks at home (I really wanted to leave so I told them I'd come in every week for NSTs).

Had her at 38 weeks by induction due to IUGR. 5 lbs of pure perfection
No NICU at all. No complications.
Hope all goes even better for you!

Hang in there.
post #132 of 393
Julie, I logged on tonight just to check on you.

Glad everything is going so well- remember that you can call anytime.
post #133 of 393
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Originally Posted by neveryoumindthere View Post
I had PROM at 29 weeks...

Had her at 38 weeks...
No NICU at all. No complications.
oh wow, so it IS possible!!!!

These are the stories I LOVE to hear!!!! THANKS!!!~!


Thanks to you too Staceymom!!! Did you pm me your number? I can't remember.

The NST's are really starting to tick me off. : I often end up sitting on there for a full hour and I can assure you, it's the most uncomfortable and miserable hour of my entire day.

No news to report otherwise!
post #134 of 393
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Now here is one...

The hospital social worker came in to chat with me about my Advanced Directives and what not. Ok, they're all there on the wall, things are good. Then she says to me, "What's this about you going home at 36 weeks?"

I explain to her that if I indeed carry to 36 weeks, I would be going home to have my baby.

She proceeds to try to convince me, (after asking why in the world I would go home, and why not stay here at the hospital) to "at least" stay in town at someone's house "nearby" for the birth.

I will be 33 weeks tomorrow. I can't believe I'm ALREADY starting this struggle?
The questions ranged from, "why not?" to "where's the nearest hospital to your house?" and on and on as if I hadn't even THOUGHT about my "emergency back up plans" PRIOR to even planning a homebirth to start with.

My homebirth plans haven't changed because of the PROM. They are identical... that is... if I MAKE IT THAT FAR.
THAT plan is in place. What I'm doing NOW is gestating and staying at the hospital for the BEST of bed rest care, monitoring for infection/problems and IN CASE I deliver early, the baby will be RIGHT HERE for the NICU.

I dunno. I seemed weird.
Yes, I know the "dangers" of waiting and waiting and waiting 'til the baby comes on her own: infection, cord compression & stillbirth. I also know there are NEVER any guarantees of complete safety. No one can "guarantee" me a perfectly healthy baby JUST because I'm in the hospital.
As of NOW, there is no indication that the baby is really in any danger, other than... she's too young/small to not need medical help.

sigh... I just needed to vent that. I'm still going day by day. I have a plan for today. And so far, that plan is going GREAT.
post #135 of 393
Just checking this thread again. I haven't said anything thus far but I did want to give you a little success story to perk you up while on bedrest. I had my first preemie at 34weeks due to PPROM. She stayed 11 days in the nicu and came home at a nice 5lbs 5oz(two oz over her birthweight) and is a happy healthy little 3 year old today. A nurse today commented that you would never know she was born early because she's so incredibly bright and talkative and size-wise she is right on target. My second preemie was born on the 5th of this month at 33 weeks and she is coming home tmorrow(11 days old) afternoon. She was 4lbs 12oz and the only reason she's stayed so long is because she couldn't hold her temperature up for a full 24hours outside the isolette. She's just under her birthweight right now and doing extremely well. So while they were both earlybirds they are doing well for their respective ages.
I wish you all the best in your bedrest and labor and delivery. I hope you get the homebirth you want and you can avoid the nicu. It's really not a fun place at all and while I was lucky enough to have kids with short stays, even a day or two is heartbreaking. I cannot even tell you how much it hurts to walk out of the hospital and leave your baby behind. I hope that a success story or two helps you strengthen your resolve to stay there on bedrest doing everything you need to do to keep your baby in as long as possible. I will continue to check in on this thread so definitely keep everyone updated.
post #136 of 393
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thank you justmama! the positive stories ARE helpful...

the staff here says i'm "a model patient" I dunno if that means they like that i never use the call light or if it's because my baby is staying put.

I need for nothing, to be sure. I've been able to occupy my time pretty well without going insane (so far) I'd never get this kind of care at home... I'll take it!
post #137 of 393
So glad things are still going well! You might just find it easier to not mention anything to the medical staff about going home. Just smile and nod, and when you hit your magic marker, say "surprise! I'm going home! Where's that AMA paperwork you'll want me to sign?"

Is there anything you need/want? I could send you books? I could send you yarn? I could send you my phone number so you can call when you're bored? Anything?
post #138 of 393
Julie,
Thanks for keeping us updated. Wish you were not there but I really enjoy reading about how you are dealing with everything. I love your attitude! How is the bead shopping going?
post #139 of 393
good to see you and the baby are doing well and hanging in there-- take care
post #140 of 393
Congrats on 33 weeks!!! Only 3 more to go to 36 or 2.5 to 35.5
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