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Hi ladies. Sorry I've abandoned the pr. I really have no excuse other than being pregnant and hormonal. The end of the pregnancy ended up being harder on me than I thought it would. Lots of stress going on with the new house made me stress and in turned raised my blood pressure. I ended up with pre-e sometime between weeks 37-38. Who knows, it might have been sooner, but my weekly appointments showed normal bp range. Last weekend I had started to show signs of early labor, so I was trying to walk and do all the things you can do to bring labor on. I think that just stressed me out more cause I would get a good rhythm of contractions then stall out. Finally, last Sunday I had a good bout of contractions that were between 5-15 mins but again I stalled out. I lost the rest of my plug and was just awaiting either bloody show or a better rhythm of contractions. By Monday morning I had them coming 5 mins apart so I went to L&D. By the time I got there my bp was really high and they admitted me for an induction. I was hoping for natural labor since I had been dilating since week 36.
In the end the induction was what was best for my own health. Ethan arrived on Monday, July 23rd at 7:28PM. He was 7lbs 12oz and 21.3 inches long. His apgar scores were 9/9. He's perfectly healthy, however, I'm not. My bp is still super high but stable enough to be home. I just have to take meds for the next 60 days to be sure I'm OK. I've been EBF'n and he seems to be doing well so far. I hope I can keep this up since it's my first time being able to ebf. Normally I have to supplement and end up going to the bottle since I never produce enough. Lil Kev is on cloud 9 with his baby brother so far, as the rest of the kids are too.
Ladies, I have been feeling horrible for not being a good host to you all. I've been thinking about stepping down for a while but didn't want to leave Christen all alone knowing she's having a rough time too. However, I just don't know that I can commit fully to the group. We're not exactly a chatty group, and that makes it harder for me get into hosting. I know it's part of my job to bring the group up to a chatty one, but it's hard when there are hardly replies to threads. I know I'm a big factor in that also, that's why I feel like I am failing the group. Right now I need to focus on getting better and getting a good routine going with Ethan so we can ebf properly. I just don't feel like I have the energy to host this pr. It's one that IMO needs lots of enthusiasm and attention that I just can't offer right now. I'm still mulling this over in my head, but I think I'm leaning towards stepping down and allowing another wonderful momma to step up and provide for you ladies like I can't do at the moment. I hope that is OK with you all and there will be no hard feelings about it.
❤ Big Thanks to Vicki, trishosaurus, & Shortcake for the great siggies of my kids! ❤
Liz (36) Kev (35)
Tiana (16) Doni (14) Lil Kev (8) Ethan 7/23/12 Lil Roo 10/29/11