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post #41 of 97
DD and I picked up a stomach bug over the weekend. Blah. She's doing fine now, I'm struggling to get rehydrated. Nothing tastes good, everything is making my tummy icko again. Feel like I'm back in the first tri. This is ruining my plans! I still have Christmas shopping to do (my grumpiness with the whole thing made me put it off, but I do love to see the kids' faces as they open stuff...) I was going to make cookies to take to the neighbors, but don't want to make them sick too, plus I'm supposed to work Sun and Mon, so now I've lost my hours for the week.

Sigh. Oh well. Cross your fingers for me that DS doesn't get it too!
post #42 of 97
Have I mentioned how much I love my dh. In the last couple days he has scrubbed the upstairs bathroom, dusted, rearranged the furniture, and washed the floors and vacuumed behind the stove and fridge. He also put away a lot of stuff that I asked him too. While he was doing this I washed walls, the sides of the appliances and got a lot of laundry done.

We have family arriving today for xmas. They will probably get here late but it is exciting. I have to finish shopping and go stand in the awful greyhound line up today.

Ds slept in my birthing pool last night. He has to move back into our room for the holidays as we need his bed for company. He got a kick out of it. He did climb in with us at about 4 am though.

I am still congested. I can't seem to kick this ugh!!!

I got another diaper delivery yesterday so everything is sitting downstairs waiting for washing and lanolinizing. She sent me the wrong covers so I have to put those back in the mail for her and she will send me the right ones plus one more for the shipping cost. Everytime I do something with the dipes I just ache for this baby to come out. I'm only 33 weeks so not time yet but I'm still aching.
post #43 of 97
I just finished serging 4 trifold microfiber inserts and 8 singles for my pocket diapers. I am so happy to be doing something for this baby!
post #44 of 97
Thanks everyone for letting me know I'm not the only paranoid person . I'm trying to do some positive affirmations and just focus on relaxing.

Today I did a bunch of cleaning and organizing which was great. Although my lower back is a bit sore now. We need to start preparing our cats for being out of our bedroom. This is going to be tough for me and for them. I have the crib set up in there now and they never get in it, but we will be side-carring it to the bed and I think they would definitely get in it then. Ugh, it's going to be so hard to lock them out

Larissa - please post a pic when your finished! I'm so curious. If I tried to make diapers they would look like a preschooler's craft project

Has anyone been checking their cervix? I used to check mine when I was ttc, but didn't the entire pregnancy until a couple of days ago and now I can't recognize anything. What should it feel like at this stage?
post #45 of 97
34 weeks today! I'm so tired! We went to a Solstice party last night. I was so bummed I couldn't go in the banya (that's what we call wood fired sauna's around here) but it was nice to chat with friends. I'm not doing well with late nights though. I did a bunch of prepping for Christmas dinner yesterday too so today I'm paying for doing too much. I'm going home from work at lunch and I'm going to stay there today.

We are having friends for dinner on Christmas and I feel like my house is a mess. I'm hoping DH can help me put some energy into the house over the next few evenings so that we don't have to do much Christmas day. I want to wake up late and lounge around in my PJ's till noon on Christmas. Is that too much to ask?!
post #46 of 97
Gillian: We have to kick our cats out soon too. I have very needy and vocal siamese cats. They sleep on us at night. My boy cat meows nonstop if he wants in or out of the room - so it definitely won't be a nice few days until they get used to it! I'm putting it off as long as possible but I figure middle of january at the latest in case baby comes early.
post #47 of 97
What's the issue with cats?
Our one cat thinks the nursery is his, and he sleeps with us at night.
The dogs sleep on mats in our room too.
We're likely going to sidecar the crib.

Why is it a problem to mix cats and babies?
There's so much to do with a newborn that it seems like a losing battle I just don't want to take on, trying to keep Zephyr and the babe separated.

Can someone enlighten me?
post #48 of 97
Starling: I have 2 issues with my cats and the baby. The first is that my cats sleep on me or my DH. Since I got pregnant they both seem to like to take turns actually sleeping on my side. I know they wouldn't mean harm to the baby but if they curl up next to or on top of her, they could suffocate her. Perhaps this is more of an issue with my cats - siamese cats seem to be much snugglier than most other cats. My other concern is that they sometimes chase each other around and will run across us in bed - if they did this to baby they could scratch her or hurt her by landing on her. I'm planning to try and keep them out of our room while she is sleeping in there and out of the nursery once she makes the move over there. But mostly I am not too concerned about them being a danger during the day or once she is bigger. I think it's all about what you feel comfortable with with your own pet. If i didn't have siamese cats I don't think I'd be quite as concerned.
post #49 of 97
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Originally Posted by Vegan Princess View Post
Since I got pregnant they both seem to like to take turns actually sleeping on my side.
Mine does the same thing! He loves the new 'shelf' ... kinda funny.
post #50 of 97
Birth Supplies ordered! It feels good to write that and it will be even better when they arrive.
post #51 of 97
I'm a cat fan. I'm a baby fan. I think the two can happily coexist with little or no issues. But I admit I am not entirely laid back about the thing with cats and newborns, which for me, is twofold:

1. Our cats have claws. Baby can move and startle cat, or cat can decide baby's toes make good playthings. This may be no big deal for non-co-sleepers or pet owners whose cats are declawed, but for us, either scenario is not good. No cats in the bedroom at night once baby's born.

2. Fur (and just the whole cleanliness factor). We have always had lots of pets -- cats and dogs (currently have two of each, all indoor pets) and while it's inevitable that pet fur will get on the furniture and carpet or whatever, despite my best attempts to the contrary, the bottom line is I do not want pet fur on my baby -- not her sleeping area, not her play area, not her clothes, whatever.

So while it's not the greatest feng shui ever, we keep our bedroom doors closed. No animals allowed in Guinevere's room. None allowed in our bedroom after new baby's born. The hard part is going to be the pack-n-play, which newish kitten has adopted as his favorite sleeping area. We have to put the bassinet in it and hopefully a couple days with aluminum foil lining the bassinet will keep Marlowe kitty off it for good. I hope.
post #52 of 97
Our cat sleeps in our bed but at our feet. Interestingly, lately she has been more lovey, wanting to jump up in DH's lap more often. We haven't put the crib up yet but she knows there are new things in the house and she's been leaving them alone after she gives it the initial inspection. So I am hoping the baby and baby things won't be an issue for her!

I REALLY need to actually do my registry! I keep finding things I want to buy. I found two almost new jujube diaper bags for the price of one and hopefully it will be mine! DH is not too happy that I want a bag that costs much but is ok with my maybe purchase since it's black/silver. I told him the bigger one could fit his laptop (not entirely sure) so that helped.

I feel a little sad because this is the second Christmas in a row that we haven't really celebrated. I feel bad because I know the decorations and all that jazz really make fil happy but next year we will definately celebrate Christmas again.

I'm still not sleeping well... I also don't feel tired. I don't know how much of not sleeping is the baby or just plain stress! I have noticed I'm not eating so I've set up an alarm on my phone to go eat something every couple of hours. I don't want my baby to be hungry just because I'm stressed out and don't want to eat! I already feel bad enough that my dr is suprised I'm not gaining more weight.
post #53 of 97
Hi again!

I'm still lurking every few days or so...I love how it feels like I'm sitting in a room with a bunch of women who are as pregnant as me. I can picture myself in pajamas and fuzzy socks eating popcorn or something and enjoying a nice friendly conversation about all the things I especially want to talk about. So...thanks for filling a void...I really enjoy reading.

As for me...we've had a very tough couple of weeks. I don't feel especially stressed, per se, I just feel...busy? tired? I dunno. Something like that. DH will definatly NOT be here for the birth now, and will not be around much before or afterwards. (meaning, not even weekly). We had a ultrasound today (my first...it's late...I'm 32 weeks) and they said the baby's heart looks enlarged. They said that "enlarged" is subjective, and there were no other signs of any sort of problem, but they wanted me to have another ultrasound with a specialist to be sure. He termed me "high risk"...so we'll have to wait and see what happens next. Anyone have a similiar experience? I was planning a homebirth...but the hospital doesn't know that. My midwife and I will talk after my next ultrasound and go from there. Hmmm. Hopefully, it was just because I'm 8-12 weeks further than they like when they do the anatomy scan and they just couldn't see very well.... We have to wait until the 5th for the scan, which is unfortunate because dh can't come. But, we will get a DVD of the baby, so that will be fun.

On the bright side, ds and dd are better from their bout of sicknesses (that was one LONG week, let me tell ya. Dh was gone and....whew...I was SO tired), and ds has his cast off. And DH is home for a few weeks. So...that's really nice. Oh, and we did find out what the baby is (sorry, it's a secret) since dh won't be here. It's fun to think about who it will be!

Pregnancy related, I feel pretty good, I think. I can't bend over quite as well now, but I don't seem to suffer from the misc complaints many do. Maybe a bit more tired? And my smeller is super sensitive. And I get headaches sometimes. But, I'm not having any back pain or anything now. I'm so thankful my pgs have been quite easy.

My heart does keep racing, and my pulse goes high after I eat (like...120 or so) for about 2 hours. I feel super tired, and weak. (but only just after eating). I've been experimenting, and it's not sugar that does it. For example, today for lunch I ate (we were on the go) 2 apples and peanut butter, and 2 slices of cheese. And 2 slices of bread. Actually I ate the bread first, and then a little later (15-30 min) I ate the rest in the car. 1 hour after eating the bread I got the super tired can't keep my eyes open feeling, and my pulse was fast and my heart pounding. In one more hour I was totally fine. I'm almost positive it's WHEAT. I talked to both of my midwives and they both agree it sounds like wheat. Oh, I get rashes and a few other unpleasant symptoms as well. So...since I've been craving breads and carbs this pg...how will a wheat intolerance effect the baby? How frustrating. If you can't just make spaghetti... I should have known, though. It's happened before when I was eating lots of breads, etc. I just forget between times because it doesn't seem so severe (although it seems to be getting worse now), and we usually are pretty much meat and veggies type people. I just look at chicken these days and think..."uhm...no." But I choke down a bit anyway. And veggies. No thanks...but I choke down a few of those every day, too. But, it's almost a gag reflex. Ugh.

So, I think that was mostly a vent. Sorry to only show up to be negative. I really need to tell someone a bit. We're being pretty quite with everyone we know right now for various reasons, so I don't really have an "out".

Have a Merry Christmas!
post #54 of 97
kssinca, have you tried Rescue Remedy Sleep? Stuff is magical for me, and I have a very very high tolerance to pain/sleep medications (which is why I love homeopathics so much -- they work better for me than most OTCs/prescrips).
post #55 of 97
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Hi again!

I'm still lurking every few days or so...I love how it feels like I'm sitting in a room with a bunch of women who are as pregnant as me. I can picture myself in pajamas and fuzzy socks eating popcorn or something and enjoying a nice friendly conversation about all the things I especially want to talk about. So...thanks for filling a void...
Yes! I have a friend, who for some reason I feel like REALLY does not want me to breastfeed, giving me some "extra" formula they have at their house. I try to frame things in terms of money (as in, I don't have any) so that she won't feel like I disapprove or whatever of the choices she made. She's never said anything like that but it's a feeling I have so I figured making it a money issue on my part was less upsetting.

And no one else, other than DH, in my circle of friends is as excited about cloth diapering as I am!

nighten, ohhhhhhhhh.... I like the description of that stuff! I was taking Valerian for a bit but even 1/2 a dose was knocking me out and I felt hung over in the morning but still not rested. One "good" thing about not being able to sleep.... I am almost done with my first crochet project, a scarf!
post #56 of 97
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Oh heaven help me, my ribcage on the right side hurts so flippin bad I just want to lay down and cry! Except I can't lay down because then it hurts my pubic symphysis. Waaah!
post #57 of 97
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Oh heaven help me, my ribcage on the right side hurts so flippin bad I just want to lay down and cry! Except I can't lay down because then it hurts my pubic symphysis. Waaah!
Oh .. I am sorry.

33 weeks today!! :
post #58 of 97
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Originally Posted by starling&diesel View Post
What's the issue with cats?
Our one cat thinks the nursery is his, and he sleeps with us at night.
The dogs sleep on mats in our room too.
We're likely going to sidecar the crib.

Why is it a problem to mix cats and babies?
There's so much to do with a newborn that it seems like a losing battle I just don't want to take on, trying to keep Zephyr and the babe separated.

Can someone enlighten me?
For me it's because I'm sure that with a sidecarred crib they would be in it. They currently sleep on the bed and are both very cuddly. I wouldn't want them to cuddle with the baby plus there's the whole cleanliness issue. So I think it'll be easier to just have them out of the room. If I knew for sure they wouldn't get into the crib, then I wouldn't be worried abot it.
post #59 of 97
I have two cats, and I'm not too worried about much with them. They haven't slept in bed with us since they were kittens, so I don't think they'll even try that. The baby will be in bed with us, we're not side-carring so I'm not too worried about them getting too close to her. One of my cats, however, seems to think she's a human baby. She has always been this way. She is our snuggler during waking hours and gets very jealous of anything that gets in her way of that. She is quite persistent! She's actually sitting here right now trying to figure out a way to snuggle with me and is getting frustrated at the computer. I worry a little that she will be jealous of the baby snuggling with me.

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started working with her to get her used to cuddling up beside me instead of trying to cuddle up right by my face. She doesn't like it. She usually just gets frustrated and goes away. Our other cat doesn't concern me at all. She isn't big on cuddling, although she is definitely the more curious of the two. We had my 3 month old nephew for the day a couple of weekends ago and she stayed close by out of curiosity but never tried to get too close. They're both always looking for the softest place possible to sleep, so I worry about the baby's blankets and possibly her bed. We've just been keeping the door closed to the baby's room and the few times it's open, they don't really try to go in there.
post #60 of 97
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Originally Posted by Just1More View Post
We had a ultrasound today (my first...it's late...I'm 32 weeks) and they said the baby's heart looks enlarged. They said that "enlarged" is subjective, and there were no other signs of any sort of problem, but they wanted me to have another ultrasound with a specialist to be sure. He termed me "high risk"...so we'll have to wait and see what happens next. Anyone have a similiar experience?
Hi there. I think you've got the right approach to the possibly enlarged heart thing...seriously, its probably nothing. I had some funky band/tendon thing show up on my 20wk U/S that the doctor got me all freaked out about--saying it could be amniotic bands, or a separation, or something that would be bad. so of course I freaked out and cried for a few days...went up to the high risk place for another U/S at 24-ish wks and its just a "uterine band" that won't cause any problems at all. I bet your next u/s will show that everything is fine.
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