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post #21 of 59
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Janis - do you have plans to sit on your butt and do nothing but be catered to once this babe arrives?! You seem so busy!! I am in awe.
Sadly, I don't even know "how" to sit around and do nothing. But I guess I'm looking forward to being forced to sit still with a nursing baby! I'm trying to resist the urge to do lots of computer stuff now, so I won't be totally bored. I do my best web-design-work when I've got a newborn! I also plan to stay busy with some genealogical research & some more homeschooling work with the girls, since we've pretty much done nothing lately ...

I do need to slow down now, though, and relax more until the baby comes ... well, after I finish putting the kitchen back together and arrange for new flooring and decorate for Christmas and after DD1's birthday party ... and I need to finish the snapfish photo album I started before it expires!

EEk!

My ankles are swelling, too, and the compression hose I got for free are not helping enough. Depending on how I feel this afternoon, we may go to the mw appt early today and buy some "stronger" ones. The ones that aren't CHEAP. <sigh> This baby better stay IN long enough to make it worth the expense!

--janis
post #22 of 59
I've had trace protein in my urine for the past few months when I test. My MW usually chalks it up to being hungry and/or not eating enough protein. As long as your BP stays low and normal its just one of those things...

So many things to feel worried about, considering there are so many variations on normal, part of me wishes I would have just UP'd and not done any of the testing. I'm waiting for my GBS results right now.

I can't believe I'm going to have a baby in a month. I'm about two weeks away from when I had ds. WEIRD. Last night though, as I sat in my messy living room with my family I thought, I could have the baby tonight and it would be okay. I'm really relaxed about it all this time. I just feel so NOT worked up, its quite nice actually. My family, on the other hand, is kinda freakin' about the possibility that I could have a UC. So, I told my sis that I will not discuss my birth plans with her or anyone anymore and if she wants to discuss it she can call my MW! Ha! Its the only way I think I'll survive Thanksgiving No one can talk to me about birth...love making little rules like that, LOL!!!!
post #23 of 59
I finally met my new midwife this morning, my appointment went well and she's awesome She has a very laid-back, hands-off philosophy, which is exactly what I wanted. I'm SO glad I switched practices, she's definitely a midwife and not a medwife

DH came to my appointment this morning too, she had him feel how the baby is positioned in my uterus right now and I could feel where her head is, it was pretty neat. Baby is about 5 pounds right now, unless she has a big growth spurt the MW thinks she'll be around 7-7 1/2 pounds when she's born. My GBS test came back negative, so no antibiotics and I'm cleared to labor at home as long as I want before coming to the hospital.

I'm feeling much better about giving birth in the hospital.. last night was our second class at the hospital, the information's not really anything new to me but it's been good to get a feel for what their standard protocol is. They do intermittent monitoring, one of the four labor rooms has a tub and otherwise there's a shower available, they have birth balls, they encourage you to move around as much as you can, they advocate changing positions while pushing and warm washcloths on the perineum to prevent tearing.. there was even a sticker on the wall in the labor ward that said "Birth is not an illness". There's a nursery but they prefer that you keep the baby with you and they'll do all the exams and everything in the room. Assuming everything goes well, I'll have the option to go home instead of staying in the hospital. Even though I really wanted a homebirth, it seems like I'll have close to a homebirth experience here.
post #24 of 59
Lauren710 that sounds amazing! Even for a hospital! LOL. I'm glad that you got as close to a HB as you could! COngrats!
post #25 of 59
re: selling stuff. i highly encourage it! i got my act together and sold a bunch of things that i'd wanted to craigslist since this summer. the $200 bucks i made isn't chump change! i am calling it reverse nesting or something.

on thurs it will be 2 weeks since i went on leave (we have a generous pre-baby disability policy - california) and i tell you i feel SO much better just getting away from working and getting to reset myself to not being a crazy do everything woman. i've been pretty happy hanging out with DH (on unemployment, aka paid paternity leave!!) and relaxing and doing my hypnobabies we've got it pretty good but i CAN'T WAIT until baby comes!
post #26 of 59
I got a haircut!! Carmen didn't know I was pregnant, so she was a little surprised when I showed up. It always feels so very nice to have a haircut. I'll get some belly shots tonight.

climb/slide is being purchased next week, yay!
mini-fridge maybe tomorrow!!
upright - well, that depends on how soon I can clean it out - I had an interested party, but she wants a smaller one, not the jumbo that we have.

Got my diaper pail today! I've always been able to get one at Target, but they stopped selling my preferred size, so I've been stressed trying to find one. Lowe's had them, thank goodness. We also got a rosemary Christmas tree for the girls' bedroom and a poinsettia. It's rather odd for me to be in the Christmas decorating spirit - you'd have to know me to understand that.

I got my sewing machine out last night to do something, and it was broken. I was very upset about it. Took it to repair today, and it will be ready tomorrow, for only $79! I'm still aggravated that it's broken, but now maybe I can finish some projects. At least I didn't find out on Thursday that it wasn't working!

I'm looking forward to cooking on Thursday. DH & I traditionally stay home for thanksgiving and try to have friends join us. Mostly because I despise spending a day around food that I never liked ... we've tried to find veg feasts, but the ones we've found have been disappointing. This year, it's just us & my brother - but I invited people from several internet groups I hang out on. One woman will be joining us! That's great - but no kids for our DD's to play with - well, if you don't count my brother, that is!

DH is on his way home so we can go to mw appt altogether.

--janis
post #27 of 59
mw told me I have to lie down in the afternoons for at least 20 mins.

My bp was slightly elevated, about what it was at 40 weeks with last pg (born at 42w5). Possibly due to not drinking enough and being on my feet ALL day long today.

I have gained 8 pounds in the past 4 weeks. She's also not thrilled with that. I think that I'm eating pretty well, but I don't want to keep gaining like this.

After the appt, we gorged ourselves on chinese food. : Just got home.

--janis
post #28 of 59
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Originally Posted by jrabbit View Post
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I have gained 8 pounds in the past 4 weeks. She's also not thrilled with that. I think that I'm eating pretty well, but I don't want to keep gaining like this.

--janis
I forgot to weigh myself yesterday at my mw appt, so stepped on my accupuncturist's scale today- I've gained like 10 pounds in the last month! (I haven't weighed myself in a while, cause my last appt was at home and we don't have a scale). ugh, that puts me at about 50? total pounds gained... yikes!! I'm really glad my bp is so low, otherwise with the swelling of my legs and this weight I'd be concerned about pre-e.

I have not been eating that well- dinner I'm usually good about, it's just the rest of the day

Still working on the who the h#$! is going to be at my birth, calling local doulas and other birth knowledgeable people I know. I'm trying to be ok with the uncertainty. The universe sure has a good way of messing with me and my control issues.
post #29 of 59
so I went to see my doc today....

although my body had started to do something 3 or 4 weeks ago it apparently hasn't done anything since :

I mean, I kinda want this kid to cook in there longer but, I was pretty used to the idea of going a wee bit early of my due date and now... well, pretty much knowing I'll still be sitting here pregnant next monday when I turn 40 weeks is kinda dissappointing.

just to throw a glitch in things my blood pressure decided to be elevated today.... before they told me I'd go past due. After laying down for awhile it was still up a bit. So now I'm off to have a non stress test on firday. that was the clincher in my last pregnancy that sent me in for an induction. Granted, last time I had problems all along and this time has been pretty darn good but, still... it's familiar terriotory I'd rather not visit again. blah.

so... I guess I'm good. I was again dissappointed at bible study today. I'm trying so darn hard but, sometimes it just has to be difficult. I guess I'm supposed to learn something but my "erk meter" goes off often and I find it hard to relax and look for my lessons. My cat should have had her surgery by now. Dd has been asking where her Baby Zukes is all day long. I'd been telling her her kitty went to the doctor and didn't realize that could be confusing until we walked into the exam room at my OB appointment today. Dd, looked from one side of the room to the other then said in a slightly puzzled voice, "wheres Baby zukes? she went to docker? where she go?". At that point I had to back track and tell her, "she went to see a kitty doctor, not a people doctor". Then my doctor who had just entered the room informed us that he once delivered a goat but, that was about as close as he came to being an animal doctor. He went on to say that he didn't do a very good job and was glad he didn't need mal practice insurance for the goat delivery... because there would have surely been a lawsuit. :

i swear, I'm the first one due in december but, gonna be the last one to have a baby.
post #30 of 59
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OK...loved the goat story!
post #31 of 59
hollyvangogh- did you have a baby shower recently? how did it go?

I am having a so so week, not as much pain as i was in last week and for some reason I'm sleeping much better. Althought I still wake up a few times in the middle of the night to just look around and figure out what's going on. I have an appointment on Friday to get help with the installing of my car seat, if we don't get certified before the baby comes they won't let us leave the hospital with the babe. As of today I only have 3 weeks until Due Date, it's really getting close!
post #32 of 59
Ugh the plate is soo full today. Pies have to be made along with the makeing a freezing of other baked items to make breakfast time easier on DH and my sister who is coming and neither one of them can cook with a darn. The house is dirty and i have to get it ready to start the holiday decorating tomorrow.
The kids are home from school and that usally presents a problem with cooking and cleaning, however it is abnormally nice today and they have been outside for over 2 hours already. I hope they are willing to stay outside and play all day. the ability to play outside will soon be over.... then inside play with a new baby and 3 kids who love life way to much sometimes. AGHHHH not fun.

hotharmony--- you have to have your car seat installed and certified? is that a specifc to your area? I have never heard of that. I know there are places you can go all over the country and make sure it is installed right but having it certified is new to me. Does anyone else have to do this as well. I work with teen moms and want to make sure I give info if it is case.
post #33 of 59
I think it's something that is just my area a county law. But if it is the case you can find your local inspector to teach you how to install at this website, http://www.nhtsa.gov/cps/cpsfitting/Index.cfm.

It's great and it's free, just make an appointment and they show you how to do it and what to look for to make sure it's properly installed and give you a certificate to show the hospital. I don't go until Friday afternoon.
post #34 of 59
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hollyvangogh- did you have a baby shower recently? how did it go?
It was great! The games were a lot of fun. I got mostly clothes (which is the last thing this baby needs) but really appreciated the thought. We were able to return a *few* things and get stuff we're in need of. Some of the clothes we kept, even though we didn't need them, because they are just SO sitnkin' cute! Mostly it was just nice to have people gather to celebrate me and my baby, kwim?
post #35 of 59
so my dad told me he had to go do some more in depth tests today after having his annual physical a week or two ago. I just got off the phone with him and his doctor now has scheduled a minor heart surgery for him (to put a stint in) on the first! It kinda came out of nowhere. I mean my dad is a bit older but, still in good shape and a go-go-go workaholic with no complaints about bodily woes. The first also just happens to be his birthday.... and my due date!

If I do go into labor that day it will be at the same hospital so I feel a little better about it but, wow... just when I think my schedule is calming down a bit! It's apparently a pretty straight forward procedure so I assume everything will go well.

I also have a OB app that day...
post #36 of 59
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Originally Posted by FondestBianca View Post
so my dad told me he had to go do some more in depth tests today after having his annual physical a week or two ago. I just got off the phone with him and his doctor now has scheduled a minor heart surgery for him (to put a stint in) on the first! It kinda came out of nowhere. I mean my dad is a bit older but, still in good shape and a go-go-go workaholic with no complaints about bodily woes. The first also just happens to be his birthday.... and my due date!

If I do go into labor that day it will be at the same hospital so I feel a little better about it but, wow... just when I think my schedule is calming down a bit! It's apparently a pretty straight forward procedure so I assume everything will go well.

I also have a OB app that day...
Oh good luck to your dad on his surgery. My dad seems to pull the same stuff with me- "oh and by the way..." like an afterthought. I'm glad it is a simple procedure for him, what a way to spend your birthday though!

Anyway, just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
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post #37 of 59
Good luck to your dad Bianca! I know it sounds scary, but a stent is actually a very simple procedure if the blockage is small, and I assume it is. He should be just fine . But my goodness, what a bomb to drop at this time! I remember my dad called me out of the blue one day a couple of years ago and asked if I could arrange to drive him home from the hospital the following day because he was having surgery on his arm and it turned out they were putting him all the way out and he wouldn't be able to drive, and my mom was out of town. I was like WHAT??? It turned out not to be a big deal at all, but I had no idea he was even having trouble with his arm!
post #38 of 59
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It's DH's birthday today. He's 25!

The other day we watched Beauty and the Beast (which came out when I was a girl). I realized something that made us both feel a little weird...we're *older* than the characters! I mean, we grew up watching this movie and Belle and the Beast were SO much older than us, kwim? Now we're older than them! Weird.

No Thanksgiving meal for us. I want turkey, and stuffing, and PIE! *sigh* Oh well...we can't afford it. At least we got to have all that stuff (at a friend's place) for Canadian Thanksgiving last month. I can certainly be thankful for that!

My birthday is next week! I got two cards today. One had a $50 check from my Grandparents. I want so bad to spend it on something fun and selfish, but we can't afford to do that this year, still too much stuff to get for the baby and the usual expenses (groceries, utilities, etc.) to take care of.

Did I mention that DH dislocated his shoulder and chipped the bone at work? He has to be in a sling for two weeks (he's about halfway there). He's trying to find some part time work that he can do during December and once he's taking classes in January.

I can't believe how many of us are having babies already! It's so weird to think I'm going to be a mom soon! Ack!
post #39 of 59
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Originally Posted by hollyvangogh View Post
It's DH's birthday today. He's 25!

The other day we watched Beauty and the Beast (which came out when I was a girl). I realized something that made us both feel a little weird...we're *older* than the characters! I mean, we grew up watching this movie and Belle and the Beast were SO much older than us, kwim? Now we're older than them! Weird.
Oh my god, Beauty and the Beast came out the year I graduated from high school. Talk about feeling old!!!!! :
post #40 of 59
I don't think I was ever younger than Belle. I have to go back to like Cinderella before they were older than me when I saw them. Does that make you feel younger Holly? (it sure makes me feel older )

Good luck to your dad Tracy....it will be sort of funny if he's still in the hospital when you give birth, you can visit between floors.

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving (well at least the Americans...everyone else I hope it was a nice day too!)
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