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post #81 of 92
Had an appt with my midwife today. I didn't gain any weight in the last two weeks, but I gained about twice as much as recommended at my last one so she said that evened out. Plus, I was sick all last week so I figured I hadn't gained any. BP was a little higher than it normally is (130/60), but she said it's still in normal range. I'm 30w1d today and am measuring right at 30 weeks. So, still right on schedule.
I asked her if she could tell what position baby is in, and she said the LO is still too small for her to be able to tell without sonogram. When are they usually able to tell this? I'm not really concerned, but I'm curious whether I'm sensing her correctly. I think she's head down most of the time, but tends to go transverse every so often. This is just based on her movements.
All in all, things are going well here. I'm exhausted for a couple of reasons. My husband is still trying to shake this sickness we both came down with last week and has been keeping me awake with his snoring. I've forced him to the couch a couple of times it's been so bad. He doesn't usually snore, but being sick has made it terrible. I'm also having the issue of waking up and not being able to go back to sleep. I don't really have anything going through my head, just antsy for some reason. Tomorrow is my last day of work for two weeks. That is as long as school doesn't get canceled. It's freezing rain outside right now and getting pretty slick, so we'll see. Let's hope I don't lose anymore hours!
post #82 of 92
I will be so glad when I'm done working! My boss has been driving me crazy, switching up schedules, cutting hours when I really need the money. Then again, I'm not looking forward to having no work either.

Today I had to get up really early after very little sleep and found myself very depressed and just feeling all the financial/baby stress so much more keenly. When I came home my DH insisted I take a bath (after having cleaned the tub for me yesterday!) and then basically tucked me into bed. I feel soooo much better. It's nice tobe taken care of sometimes, and also to not have to ask for it. Then to top it off, he made dinner. I feel incredibly lucky.
I would like to send the good vibes out to all the other mamas houses so they can get some of the same.:
post #83 of 92
Had my midwife appointment today and we went over the whole "what if...?" scenario of just in case the weather was bad (which, knowing where I live, there's as much chance of it being 20 degrees and the roads closed due to ice, as there is of it being 70 degrees and sunny ). So I'm feeling more reassured. Thankfully my midwife lives on the same mountain I do, so even if things progressed really fast, and/or we were unable to get off the mountain to the birth center, we're still covered.

Baby's still head down, and engaged in there nice and snug. I'm measuring perfectly, and my hemoglobin is FINALLY above 12. Thank God. It's been hovering around 10 for months now, despite me taking lots of iron with vitamin c, and cooking with cast iron, etc. I'm so hoping this baby's iron stores are more plentiful than Guinevere's were. So today's visit was also very reassuring in that sense.

And -- the best news of all -- we've been approved for "insurance only" there, which means we won't have to pay the out of pocket fee to the midwife/OB office. That leaves just the hospital bill, which will still be a bit, but that's $500 less money we have to come up than we were expecting. I'm thrilled.
post #84 of 92
I had my appt yesterday. The baby's head is down though not engaged. Blood pressure super low and hemoglobin over 10!! Mine keeps hovering right below or right above, I will have it checked again at 36 weeks. I have been having lots of braxton hicks--so many that I will start to jot down times--and sometimes its 4 or five in an hour--but then the next hour its only one or two so no real concerns just a bit annoying at times...
I have been very tired this week, as in can't keep my eyes open a minute longer tired. I am getting ready to get in bed with a book and will most likely be asleep before 10...
post #85 of 92
All I have to say is thank goodness it is the weekend in a few hours bc I am exhausted! I slept fairly well last night but I am just pooped. I can feel this extra weight every time I stand up and I feel like I am not getting as much oxygen when I breathe anymore. I guess this is normal for 32 weeks? I had my blood drawn at my last appointment to check for anemia and I haven't heard anything. My next appt is on Tuesday (2 weeks after the blood draw). I was going to call and ask about my results this morning but I remembered they are closed on fridays. So I will just have to be patient to find out my results.

I'm hoping to get a lot done this weekend - sorting the room and sending things to goodwill. Thankfully most of that is DHs job, I just get to supervise. Need to get it thinned out though bc my mom will be staying in the spare bed in there next week. Once she leaves we can sell the bed and really get things set up. Right now b/w the bed and the baby furniture and all the stuff we've bought that has just been thrown in there you really can't walk in there!

Cindy
post #86 of 92
My sister is pregnant! : Shh, don't tell anyone who knows us.
post #87 of 92
Yesterday I had a very "I feel pregnant" day. First of all, I went to the grocery store for a few items and picked up a basket at the front. A-few-more-items-than-necessary later, I was limping around the store with my too-heavy basket and realized that it was hurting my hips. So I went to get a cart to push around for my last two non-impulse items. We were having someone for dinner and the house hasn't been properly cleaned for weeks. I did my best running around and picking up, but I quickly realized that my hips still hurt. I found myself trying to hold my upper body up by putting my hands on my hips. Ouch. Thankfully, my husband helped with our quick dinner of taco soup and quesadillas so I could lay down for a few moments and get the pressure off. Then at dinner, I ate a wee too much and felt absolutely miserable. The baby would move and I'd feel almost like I was going to loose my supper. I have to remember that I don't have as much room for food anymore! Then I had heartburn, indegestion, and gas. Great. Finally, after playing a game at the table, my feet began to get uncomfortable and I realized that they were swollen. I was so thankful to waddled off to bed. Then the alarm went off at 6:25. Too nuts. I really need to take care of myself better! Most of that COULD have been avoided. I really want to have a productive last two months or so, but I DO NOT want to spend it feeling the way I did last night. How do moms of toddlers survive pregnancy?!

I had a really good midwife appointment on Wednesday. I love my midwife. She is so sweet and really helps me deal with the questions or fears that come up during my time away from her. It's really mostly a mental coaching session! I asked her to estimate the size of the baby, and she said 5 1/2 lbs! I hope she's not a very good guesser. I'm only at 33 weeks! Thankfully, I'VE been measuring right on target this whole pregnancy. I'm okay with a 9 lb baby (at most!), but I don't really want a 12 pounder! Oh well, we'll see what God gives me!

On a more serious note, my poor midwife has been struggling a lot with her health over the past few months. To make it short, a significant, uncontrollable blood loss (thought to be connected with menopause) lead to an emergency hysterectomy. Now tests have found cancer in the removed uterus, and she has to fly to Seattle for testing in early January. She is hoping that they got all of it already and nothing more will need to be done, but I feel really sad for her. Selfishly, I don't want to loose a terrific midwife and good friend to cancer treatments in my ninth month. But more than that, I care about her and really don't want anything to be wrong. She's in my prayers.
post #88 of 92
Josie, I hope your midwife is okay.
post #89 of 92
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Originally Posted by JosieAK View Post
How do moms of toddlers survive pregnancy?!
I dunno. I'll let you know if I survive.

No seriously, you just engage your abs whenever you're standing or walking, and make your DH do everything.

I hope your midwife is ok, Josie.
post #90 of 92
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Originally Posted by Larissa View Post
I have never been more patient in my life when it comes to having this baby! I am perfectly content feeling her move inside me and imagining what it will be like to hold a newborn daughter .. . something completely new for me, even though it's my 4th baby.

I look forward to having her and holding her . . . but I am content with where she is right now. I might feel differently a month from now, though.
I couldn't agree with you more! I am looking forward to the birth, however, but stay pregnant forever.
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Originally Posted by kssinca View Post
So uh....I've noticed that I am more gassy nowadays.... just like in the first trimester! And I start thinking about all the yummy food I'm going to eat and then I eat a couple of bites and I'm soooooo full!!!! But then I'm hungry like, 2 hours later!!
I've been gassy this whole pregnancy. My husband thinks I'm gross. However, I go from being full for 1 hr after eating, to instantly being hungry again. No wonder my thighs are all dimply and lovely.

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Originally Posted by BathrobeGoddess View Post
I have to admit, I am happy for this babe to stay in another two months...I have no idea how I am going to function with three under five! It's scary!
Me too! It's going to be crazy!:

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Originally Posted by Bluebird9 View Post
IToday I had to get up really early after very little sleep and found myself very depressed and just feeling all the financial/baby stress so much more keenly. When I came home my DH insisted I take a bath (after having cleaned the tub for me yesterday!) and then basically tucked me into bed. I feel soooo much better. It's nice tobe taken care of sometimes, and also to not have to ask for it. Then to top it off, he made dinner. I feel incredibly lucky.
I would like to send the good vibes out to all the other mamas houses so they can get some of the same.:
Wow- he sounds so sweet and intuitive! Be very thankful for him this Christmas.:
post #91 of 92
We've had a very busy week around here, so I've only been a lurker. Dh got sick earlier in the week- he was throwing up, etc. Amazingly, thankfully no one else got sick- I was soooo happy.
My sister and her 2 babies and husband arrived from St. Louis on Wednesday. Unfortunately that day my dad was also in a car accident. After rolling his vehicle from a snow bank into a rock face he broke his ankel, was bruised and cut and hospitalised about 2 hours away from home. It's been a tumultous week to be concerned about him- my mom travelling back and forth, with my sis all at her house- without my dad there! It's shocking for me because my dad is an incredible and very experienced driver who's never had an accident- I guess I always perceived him as invincible. We miss him now, but he should be home soon!

Last night I watched 'Orgasmic Birth', I ordered the dvd documentary. It was good, I'm looking forward to watching it with other people to get their perspectives, as I feel like I'm maybe less impressionable, having done so much reading and research already. It's not as impressive as 'The Business of Being Born', and mostly I'm concerned with finishing my bedroom so that my homebirth is 'beautiful'. Does anyone else feel that their birth needs to be visually beautiful? I was always turned off by pictures of clutter and mess in hombirth videos and photos. There's a lot of that in this movie.
post #92 of 92
Queen, I hope your dad's okay.

I don't care about the birth appearing aesthetically pleasing at all. Birth is messy business, to me. It's far more important to be comfortable though, so if having things looking pretty helps you feel more comfy, absolutely go for it!

I want my house to be clean and orderly, but I don't care about the extras -- though I plan just to labor at home and deliver at the birth center hospital.

But both my midwife and my doula will see my house, so I do want it clean (plus I go into ubernesting mode and it's approaching fast -- I can feel it).

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I've been researching homeopathics in labor/birth and found this site which has some great info and I wanted to share it, in case anyone else is planning to have some homeopathics on hand:

http://lyghtforce.com/HomeopathyOnli...ue4/nauman.htm
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