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#1 of 66 Old 02-01-2012, 12:14 PM - Thread Starter
 
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This thread is for members of the ONE thread from the Trying to Conceive forum. Some of you have started similar threads in the DDCs but this is an all-inclusive, cross-DDC thread. We have all made connections and friendships with ladies who got BFPs before or after us so this can be a central thread for us to catch up and for those on the other side of the One thread to keep up with us!

 

In bold, please tell me: Name, Due Date, how long it took you to conceive and what you went through to conceive, what "number" child this will be, and anything else you would like to add.

 

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Due January 2012

Writinglove, conceived the old-fashioned way in one month, #1

 

Due February 2012

19-OdinsMommy0409 (Laura), got pregnant on the second cycle after a chemical pregnancy, planning a HBAC with boy #2!

 

Due March 2012

28-tantylynn (Teesha), after 20 cycles (1st cycle of Clomid), #1 

 

Due April 2012

13-belacmsage (Bela),  26, tried 6 months with opks, fertility monitor, preseed, vitex, soy, b-6 and male fertility drugs too! Finally, left it up to DH to decide when to DTD, did it A LOT and got her BFP!

26-vivica2, tried for 1 1/2 years, went through 1 m/c, 4 rounds of clomid, progesterone, instead cups, bbt chart, soy isoflavones, and on and on and on.... can't wait to get fat and grumpy!  #3

 

Due May 2012

7-BubbleMa (Sarah), TTC for about 5 cycles (seems like much longer though).  We used a calendar to track fertility and DTD accordingly.  We also used Pre-Seed, and I took Maca, and EPO.  Baby #2 for me, #3 for So, our first together!

8-RenoKirbyButtrs (Jamie), got BFP on second month trying after 11 years! on BC, #1

8- MeredithA

11-km84, this will be our first

12-janellody (Janelle), #1, got her BFP on the first month trying after several months charting

 

Due June 2012

2- CorgiMommy, expecting a little boy after a 2nd tri loss.

6-kylie1 (Kylie), pregnant after 11 months of straight trying, on-and-off trying for about three years or so, with acupuncture twice and lots and lots of charts!  #4 (#3 for her and #2 for him)

6-AndtheStars (Maria), expecting #2, trying for 3 months, NTNP for...shrug, who knows.

26-GradStudent13, expecting #1 after three months of trying

 

Due July 2012

9 - reelala (Sarah), trying for 3 months, Baby #1 for us, YAY!

12 - scowgirl (Jennifer), conceived on the 4th try using RRL tea, 100 mg B6, preseed and instead cups, #1, BFPChart2.gif

25 - Deborah Kelly, TTC #1 for 9 months, BFP on 11/18/2011, we did IVF, I have endometriosis, Hashimoto's disease (antibodies against thyroid gland that results in hypothyroid) and diminished ovarian reserve, had a very scary retrieval but managed to retrieve and transfer 2 embryos, one survived, which we found out became identical twins!!!

28- I'm Belia- #2 - we conceived on our second month with charting.

 

Due August 2012

20- FeralFox (Tris), due with #2 on the first try!

 

Due September 2012

1- MamanFrancaise- Expecting #3 after 3 months TTC

19- Mamaforever- Expecting #2, conceived two cycles after a m/c with the help of charting and B6 to lengthen LP.

19- Carlin- Expecting #2 after 5 months charting and only early loss in October.

 

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2011:

July 14th - Kayden (LivingSky)

August 19th - Reed Adam (jillybeans)

October 4th - Jacob (ValH)

October 11th - Julia (yellowdart)

October 31st - Conner Dean (CD'sMom1031)

December 13th- Stephanie Margaret (Mummoth)

 

2012:

January 29th- Emma Faith (MommyMatsumoto)

 

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8/19-savah, conceived on 4th month (3rd temping), #2

9/11-LovingBaby (Elizabeth), took 7 months (charting, OV strips), #3

 

10/13-Nicolian (Nicole), charted for 2 cycles, #3 (#4 for DH)

10/23-not_telling (Jess),  took 3 cycles, #2

11/9-TalkToMeNow (Amanda), tried for 4 months, #4 (3rd pregnancy)

12/30- LadyScientist, conceived on the first "real" try, $1!

 

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Hi! Thanks for the new thread.

 

Stephanie has been very, very needy yesterday and today! She skipped her nap yesterday to EAT and woke up an extra time during the night to EAT. I haven't had her out of arms much at all unless laying down feeding her counts. DH ordered pizza for supper last night because it was a disaster in here! He's great, he knows a mess means I've been busy all day and he doesn't bother me about it a bit. He's been working 10 and 11 hour days and he still comes home happy and ready to hold the baby and talk with the big kids. This morning, DS was talking to the baby and made her giggle! She was holding his finger and he was pretending he was trying to pull it away and saying "Ouch!! Owwwiiee you're squishing my finger! I can't escape!" and she did a little belly laugh!! He's going to be trying that a lot now, he was so excited! So cute!


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Mummoth- Yay for a happy and interactive older sibling!


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Thanks for the new thread!

 

I have been on Diclectin for morning sickness since Monday and I feel GREAT! I can eat... anything! Everything still smells bad but I'm no longer nauseous. I am so, so, so relieved. I missed 2 weeks of work! On to the good part of pregnancy!


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Deborah~ thanks, I'm happy he loves her so much. Before she was born, he was convinced she was a boy and he said he wouldn't hold the baby if it was a girl, so... phew!

 

Erika~ what a relief! 


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Mummoth that sounds like an adorable, tear jerking moment!

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Awh, Mummoth. That's too cute! :) I can't wait until Conner's a big brother. (Look at me, getting WAY ahead of myself. Slow down, Nicole. Slow down.)

 

Thanks for the new thread, AndtheStars. I really appreciate it.

 

AFM: We came down to Georgia for the weekend to visit my parents. Conner decided he HATES carseats. Oh. My. God. It's a 7-hour trip. He cried for 6. The other hour was little power naps here and there. Talk about a headache.

 

We're also still waiting on our tax refund. O_o Where's My Refund originally said it'd be deposited on/around January 31st, now it says, "Within 6 weeks". W.T.F. So annoying. I'm paying all of our unpaid hospital bills with this refund, so I'd like to be able to do that before they start getting pissy about it. Lalala. Waiting.


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TTC~ maybe the car seat needs to be adjusted? There were a few times I didn't realize my big kids were getting cranky in the car because their seat was smooshing them a bit too much. They just grow so fast!

 

I'm SO GLAD it's Friday... between DH's long days and Stephanie having a growth spurt this week, the house is falling apart! Tomorrow, he can play with her and I can clean all the things! 


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Thanks for the new thread AndtheStars!

 

Cute story Mummoth! I hope Connor responds as well to baby #2 when she's born in about 10 weeks.

 

Maman: glad to hear you are feeling better.

 

TTC: That sucks. Have you tried putting up a mirror that he can see into?

 

AFM: 10 weeks or so left here. Starting to get things for the baby and organize the house more. I have one more appointment left with the OB before I switch exclusively to the midwife. I am so glad I don't have to deal with them for much longer.


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He does have a mirror. And toys. LOL The mirror even sings!

 

How could I adjust the seat to be more comfortable? The straps aren't tight or anything. I was able to keep him happy today from house to grocery store, but only because I let him suck on my finger the.whole.time.


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Crashing in to say: Ohhhh MommyMat! She's absolutely gorgeous!!! Enjoy your little darling! I'm SOOOO happy for you! joy.gif

I'm incredibly determined to be back here in a few weeks!!!! wink1.gif

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I'm incredibly determined to be back here in a few weeks!!!! wink1.gif
 


It would make my year!!!


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Thank you, everyone!!!  We're enjoying our babymoon and adjusting to life with 2 kiddos.  I hope you're all doing great as well!  Here's what I've picked for Emma's announcement:

 

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That's awesome!!!

 

And I'm so jealous of all of her hair!

 

How's life with 2 going??? I hope the adjustment is going as easy as possible.


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I also just realized how big of a slacker I am... Ready for a swarm of pictures? Let's go!

 

Lunchtime.

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Gangster.

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Love my Moby Wrap!

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Beautiful announcement, MommyM! She's gorgeous.

 

And Conner continues to be so cute... I am intrigued by the Moby wrap. Shockingly, their website makes it look really cool. lol.gif I know nothing about babywearing, but I know I did not enjoy lugging my niece around in her car seat carrier. I always felt like I was going to bump her on something, and I had no hands free to do anything. Do you tie it on ahead of time and then just put him in it when you get where you're going?


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Beautiful announcement, MommyM! She's gorgeous.

 

And Conner continues to be so cute... I am intrigued by the Moby wrap. Shockingly, their website makes it look really cool. lol.gif I know nothing about babywearing, but I know I did not enjoy lugging my niece around in her car seat carrier. I always felt like I was going to bump her on something, and I had no hands free to do anything. Do you tie it on ahead of time and then just put him in it when you get where you're going?

 

I just put in on when I get to my destination before getting him out of the car. It only takes a minute once you've practiced enough. I actually nursed him while shopping yesterday for the first time! IT WAS AWESOME. Hands free nursing. I honestly never take his carseat anywhere except from house to car and back. It's amazing.

 

I actually learned how to put it on from a YouTube video, too. =)

 

Also, =D, HE ROLLED OVER TODAY. He fell asleep on his belly, woke up on his back... Then he was on the living room floor and went from back to belly. I AM SO PROUD right now!


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Love the announcements!!  And always love the baby pictures :)


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Biggest slacker of a threadkeeper ever checking back in.  See, TTCCOC, I can be even worse than you winky.gif

 

MommyM...ooooo!  She is the cutest thing ever.  I want one.  With that much hair.

 

I loved babywearing in the grocery store too.  I always felt more with it than the moms with the carrier in the cart so they had no room for groceries or on top where it looked like it was going to fall off at any moment.  Apologies if any of you are the moms who do either of those things.  Seriously, try babywearing next time.  It makes things so much better.

 

Mummoth, I really, really hope that DS is as awesome to the new baby as your DS seems to be.  My DS hugs and kisses the baby now but I'm not sure that things will be as rosy once he sees the baby using "his nurses".

 

MamanF, Yay for eating!  And not puking!

 

AFM,  yeah, I'm just a slacker.  I work, I cook dinner, I play with DS, I sleep (sort of), I do dishes...that about sums it up.  On a positive note, I think I found a doula I like and shes certified with the TENS machine.  And she has one!  I'm in love!  Any of you with prior labors use one?  I used it when I was recovering from a back injury and it was heaven.  I think I that could get through 14 hours of back labor this time if I've got one.  

 

 


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I just put in on when I get to my destination before getting him out of the car. It only takes a minute once you've practiced enough. I actually nursed him while shopping yesterday for the first time! IT WAS AWESOME. Hands free nursing. I honestly never take his carseat anywhere except from house to car and back. It's amazing.

 

I actually learned how to put it on from a YouTube video, too. =)

 

Also, =D, HE ROLLED OVER TODAY. He fell asleep on his belly, woke up on his back... Then he was on the living room floor and went from back to belly. I AM SO PROUD right now!


GO CONNER! That's awesome.

 


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No offense, Nicole, but Conner looks pretty happy in the Moby but you look MISERABLE!  That's probably how I look in the grocery store, too, though.  ROTFLMAO.gif

 

 

And YAY for rolling over!  Both ways!  What a rock star!


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No offense, Nicole, but Conner looks pretty happy in the Moby but you look MISERABLE!  That's probably how I look in the grocery store, too, though.  ROTFLMAO.gif

 

 

And YAY for rolling over!  Both ways!  What a rock star!


I just didn't know I was being included in the picture. LOL My sister takes SO MANY pictures of him, I was just like, "Gag. Hurry up!"

 


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So we went in for our fetal survey this morning and they said everything looks normal! And, it's a GIRL!! We are really excited. Deep down we were hoping for a girl. orngbiggrin.gif


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Congrats Scowgirl!


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Congrats on your baby girl, scowgirl!


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MommyMatsumoto's Birth Story (The HBAC of Emma Faith)

 

At 9:30 p.m. on Friday, January 27th, I had my very first contraction.  These continued all night and were irregular, but were strong enough to wake me up at times.  I knew then that this was really “it,” but it could be a while based on my experience with my first child.  These contractions continued, but were still irregular for most of the day.

 

Around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th, my contractions started to regulate and were consistently about 9 minutes apart.  I knew at this point that I’d better try and get some sleep, but I figured it would still be a while before the contractions were close enough to really keep me from sleeping.  Little did I know, I’d be up again in a few hours.

 

At about 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 29th, I was awakened by some pretty strong contractions and was shocked to find out that they were only about 5 minutes apart and were lasting for over a minute.  Again, I figured I still had lots of time so I took some Tylenol PM at the advice of my midwife so that I could get some sleep, but it did absolutely nothing for me.  I decided to get up and listen to my Hypnobabies birthing affirmations and prepare myself for the day ahead.

 

I had bloody show for the first time at about 4:00 a.m. and called my midwife, Maggie, at 5:30 a.m. to let her know that things were happening, but that she didn’t need to come just yet because I felt we were a ways off and I was doing okay.  She told me to call her back in an hour and let her know how things were progressing.  I also called my friend, Andrea, who was going to be coming to photograph/videotape the birth for us.

 

There was more bloody show at 6:20 a.m. and that’s when I lost my mucous plug as well.  I called Maggie again at 6:55 a.m. to let her know that my contractions were about 3-4 minutes apart and lasting for over a minute.  I asked her and Carol (Maggie’s apprentice) to come and she said they would be over around 8:00 a.m. unless I needed them sooner. 

Around 8:00 a.m. Maggie and Carol arrived and then shortly after, Andrea arrived as well.  With everyone present, I felt I could really relax and focus on allowing my body to do its work and open up to allow my baby down.  The apartment was bustling with excitement and preparation for the birth.  I was breathing through contractions in bed while everyone was preparing the birth pool, getting out supplies, making coffee, and watching the morning news.  I continued to listen to my birthing affirmations and relax my body.

 

Shortly before 9:00 a.m., I asked Maggie and Carol if they could do a vaginal exam to see how far I’d progressed.  (This was the very first vaginal exam I’d had throughout my entire pregnancy.)  I was happily surprised to find out that I was 3-4 cm.  I couldn’t believe how quickly things were progressing! 

I continued to “ohhh” and “ahhh” through contractions (the tonal sounds are supposed to help open the cervix up) and swivel my hips to try and work the baby down, and around 10:30 a.m., I asked for another exam because I felt like things were really getting intense.  Again, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I was about 7 cm and my bag of waters was bulging with each contraction. 

 

Around 12:35 p.m., I was dilated to 8 cm and decided to have my water bag broken to try and speed things up.  I immediately noticed my contractions were stronger and I got into the birthing tub to see if it would make things more comfortable.  The pool ended up not being as nice as I had expected and I didn’t stay in very long. 

 

It was only about an hour later when my body started involuntarily pushing a little bit.  The midwives suggested that I try a couple of “test pushes” to see if it brought the baby down anymore.  So I leaned over the side of the birth pool and pushed with some contractions while my midwife, Carol, checked to see if the baby’s head was coming down.  With the exam, we found out that I was almost complete (10 cm), but had a “lip” to my cervix still so Carol tried to hold it back while I pushed.  It took an hour-and-a-half for the lip to disappear.  This, after I tried all sorts of pushing positions:  standing, squatting with support from Shaun, side-lying, lying on my back, and squatting while hanging from the knobs on my bedroom door.

 

During this time, I’d been having trouble urinating so Maggie suggested I get in the shower to see if it relaxed me enough to be able to go.  It didn’t work and I had some of the worst contractions yet while I was in the shower with no one to help hold me up for support.  While I was in there, I started to think the baby wasn’t coming out and that I was at peace with going to the hospital if that was the case.  One of the only things that kept me from absolutely deciding to go was having to ride in the car, which I knew would be agony.  Maggie said that if I was going to the hospital we were at least going to get the baby down far enough so that a vacuum could be used and I could avoid a repeat cesarean.  So around 4:30 p.m., I got back on my bed and kept trying to bring the baby down.

 

The exhaustion was starting to set in as I neared 4 hours of pushing and I really began doubting myself as I started to swell just like I did with Brennan and I feared that the same thing was happening as did before.  Shaun held a mirror for me to see exactly how close I was to delivering my baby, and after some words of encouragement and working through some mental blocks, I never had the idea of going to the hospital or being too exhausted enter my mind again - and I pressed on.  Much to my surprise, the most effective position for me to push was on my back with my legs pulled back (the lithotomy position commonly used in the hospital), which is generally the second worst position to have a baby aside from hanging from your feet.

 

As I kept pushing, we soon noticed that my urethra was extremely swollen and bulging out right above the baby’s head.  This is something Maggie said she had never seen in her 35+ years of practice as a midwife, and so she began icing my urethra in between contractions.  At this point, I reached down and felt my baby’s head.  There was a caput succedaneum, meaning that there was swelling on top of the head that is caused by a prolonged or difficult delivery.  (After the fact, Maggie told me that the baby’s head was asynclitic, meaning the head was tilted to the side, and that it straightened out during one of the times that I was pushing and the head was inching out and then going back in a little bit.  That would explain the prolonged pushing and the caput.)

 

After some amazing encouragement and coaching from my birth support team, I finally began to make real progress.  I was crying out to the Lord to give me strength and Andrea was praying for me out loud.  Maggie and Carol were telling me not that I could do it, but that I WAS doing it.  Shaun was my rock and was ever so loving and encouraging through the whole process, and his excitement was contagious.  Around 5:35 p.m., the baby’s head started to crown.  To my surprise, I never got the “ring of fire,” but the only burning sensation and immense pain I felt was in my swollen urethra.  It took what seemed like forever to have another contraction so I could push the head out, but in reality it was probably 2-3 minutes.  I began praying for another contraction to come so I could relieve the pressure and get the baby out.  (*Urethra update:  Within a couple of hours after birth, with the help of some frozen witch hazel pads and arnica Montana, the swelling was completely gone and I was able to urinate normally.  I haven’t had any problems since.)

 

At 5:49 p.m., the baby’s head was out.  The cord was loosely around her neck once, and Maggie easily unwrapped it.  I wasn’t having very strong contractions anymore, most likely because my uterus was so exhausted and so was I, and so I just kept on pushing until the rest of the baby came out.  Her first shoulder came out easily, but the second needed a little help from Maggie.  At 5:50 p.m., our baby was born and put right onto my abdomen.  She looked right at me and let out a little cry, and she was perfect.  I asked Shaun to check the gender and when he said “it’s a girl” I was shocked because I thought it was a boy, but I was thrilled for Brennan who had really wanted a little sister.   Brennan ran in right after hearing the baby’s cry and she was instantly in love with the baby, not even noticing the blood and fluid.  I’m so thankful that this whole experience is what she will view as normal birth.

 

A few minutes after the baby’s birth, Carol said we should cut the cord because she thought I was bleeding a bit too much and I needed to hand off the baby to Shaun so we could get the placenta delivered.  I ended up not bleeding much at all, but it did take 28 minutes to get the placenta delivered.  I sat on the toilet for a while and eventually got 2 shots of Pitocin and then lay on the floor in my room where I delivered the placenta, which the midwives said was one of the largest they’d seen.  The placenta was completely intact and had no irregularities.

 

Upon examination by Maggie and Carol, I was found to have no tearing, which they thought was due to the length at which the baby’s head was crowning because it allowed for gradual stretching of the perineum.  Within a few minutes, I was cleaned up and sitting in bed with my baby girl, whom we named Emma Faith, in my arms.  She immediately turned for the breast and latched on right away with her big sister lovingly stroking her head and holding her hand.  While I spent time bonding with my girls, the apartment was getting cleaned up.  An hour after the birth, you would have never known that anything happened there.

 

Before leaving, the midwives made sure that I was feeling okay and that the baby was nursing well.  We talked for a bit about the day and I thanked them for all they had done and for believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself.  We all toasted with champagne to the beautiful new life that was in our midst, and then we were left to enjoy our new family of 4.

 

Not once did I feel in danger or afraid that something bad was going to happen.  I knew the whole time that I was in completely capable hands and I trusted Maggie and Carol knew what they were doing.  If I had been at the hospital to have this baby, I would have most definitely been forced into a repeat cesarean for a number of reasons.  I’m so grateful for the choice that Shaun and I made to have our baby at home and to trust this body that the Lord gave me and the process of birth.  So many people thought I couldn’t do it, and especially at home, but I had my home birth after cesarean and now I feel like I can take on the world.  I pray that someday home birth will be more normal than hospital birth and that women begin to trust their bodies and not the educational intelligence of doctors (unless absolutely necessary, of course).  It is my hope that all women get a chance to know the incredible joy that I feel when I remember the birth of my daughter, Emma.

 

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