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post #21 of 229
Dooney- we had the same concerns, and went back and forth forever. Finally we decided on Miles, which sounded more grown up somehow. We thought we'd call him Milo as a nickname but it didn't ever happen, we call him Milosz half the time though, because for some reason he looks like a little Polish boy....
post #22 of 229
Due date is 2/2/09. Lost the mucus plug last night, or at least part of it. Baby has dropped really low. I am really really ready. Clothes are washed and put away. Diapers are washed and ready. We have the car seat but its not installed. Birth plan is in my head and has been discussed with my doula. No bags packed yet--going to a birth center very close by. Stocked up freezer and pantry. House needs cleaning. Laundry needs to be done. Got a massage today and it was wonderful...
post #23 of 229
I think I have all the big stuff mostly ready. I guess I need to get some newborn sposies and pads for me, so I don't have to do laundry that first week or so (DH won't touch diaper laundry-haven't even mentioned the possibility of mama pad washing to him. His head would probably explode! ). Still need to put the car seat in, but at only 36wks next week (only. ha.) it still seems too soon to me. I'll be doing the GBS testing at next week's appt, so we'll see if I'm dilated at all-maybe that would kick me into getting the rest of the stuff ready.

Can't have this kid yet though, still have to waddle around the neighborhood, delivering girl scout cookies. yippee. (and have to do it soon, so I don't eat them all! )
post #24 of 229
NIGHTEN Happy Birthday
post #25 of 229
mamamillet I will be praying for you
post #26 of 229
about 75% done.

I have a car seat, it's not installed, but I have a car seat

All the clothes are washed, folded and put away. All the baby blankets are too.
All the accessories are out, dh is going to find the stash of new born sposies I have for meconium.

I have a giant list of house work I want to have accomplished before the baby comes, it isn't shrinking as quickly as I had hope




Oooooooo I am liking this color thing
DH has promised to spend an hour discussing baby names tonight, he likes to wait until the last minute, but I don't. It makes me feel more at ease knowing we have a name.

I still don't have all my birth supplies
We are going to order they few things I have left tonight ( I hope)

But, I have gotten an OB, my old one, who said, absolutely will he backup my HBAC.
I have not slept so well in the last 9 months than I did last night.
Now I just need a midwife I will like, which I am praying won't be too hard.



post #27 of 229
I think I am mostly ready. The house seems like it is a disaster but one thing at a time, right! The pantry is mostly stocked and I have a few things in the freezer. I've stocked our closet with toilet paper, laundry detergent, etc. The birth tub is ready, all of the birth supplies for our home birth are ready, the baby stuff is ready as well. The only thing, besides keeping up on the house, is that I need to talk to my midwife about the specifics of our birth (i.e. our birth plan). She knows most of my preferences and is super laid back but I don't want to assume anything. Hopefully I'm not forgetting anything big on my to do list!

One thing that kind of stinks is my mom is being really funny about coming to help. She has come after both of my other babies were born and stayed for 2 weeks. My husband had finals for graduate school the first time and was just about to take the bar exam after our second baby was born. I have had some complications after the birth of both of my babies that left me very weak so I really needed her help. She paid for her plane tickets (she lives 3000 miles away so driving isn't an option) the first two times but I think now she expects us to pay for the ticket. But the problem is that she is just now sharing that with us and I am "due" in 3 weeks! There is no way we can come up with the money to buy a ticket so last minute. We just got done paying our midwife her $3500 fee out of pocket since our insurance won't cover home birth. Luckily, my dh can take time off from work to be home with us so it won't be like I'll be all by myself with 3 kids if she doesn't come. I just don't want her to blame us if she doesn't come out. I am really grateful she came the first two times but sheesh!
post #28 of 229
Oh ya, I am missing one major thing....we haven't even discussed baby names! Yikes!
post #29 of 229
Oh yeah-- we have not picked a name yet--and we don't know the sex.
Also, I am waiting on the nursing bra and tank that I ordered earlier in the week.
post #30 of 229
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Originally Posted by mamamillet View Post
Due date is 2/2/09. Lost the mucus plug last night, or at least part of it. Baby has dropped really low. I am really really ready.
How exciting! You may be next!

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I'd say we're 85% ready. Still have to move Guinevere's carseat, install the base for the infant one, swap diaper bags and put newborn stuff in it, and add new baby's things to the hospital bag I've packed.

And take the feather bed off our bed (sigh -- I'll miss that wonderful fluffy thing). And change the sheets.

Other than that, we're pretty much done. Haven't finished filling out G's baby book yet (which is just awful of me, I know).

The getting toddler out of diapers plan has not happened (we've made some progress but oh well) so I'll have to pick up some doublers or prefolds to replace the small microterry inserts (which we'll need in the small pockets for new baby) and that'll be that. Got her new bed put together and the organic mattress arrived so last night she slept in her brand new bed. Which I love.

I registered at BRU for the necessities we'll be needing this time because they send a 10% coupon, where you get a discount on your registry items. That way we'll get a small savings on some essential things at least.

And I go on Monday for my GBS test. Hopefully the probiotics and vitamin C have done the trick and everything will be clear.

I'm relieved to be getting closer. My body's tired.
post #31 of 229
Mamamillet: How exciting!!

Nighten: I got the manager at BRU to let me use the 10% discount even though I hadn't received it yet. I also opened a charge card and got another 10% off. Plus I used a 15% off coupon good for 1 item - they hand those out when you pay a lot of times. I already closed the charge card.

We just finished out maternity photos. The photographer was here for 2 hours. I can't wait to see how they turned out! I'll post some when I get the shots. I'm planning on hanging a pic of me and DH in the nursery.

Got my last loads of laundry in the washer now. I think I'll pack baby's bag when the clothes are dry. :-)

Cindy
post #32 of 229
I feel like we are ready....except for I am just not yet...

I am honestly really scared I will not be able to handle four kids!
post #33 of 229
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Originally Posted by mama-aya View Post
Dooney- we had the same concerns, and went back and forth forever. Finally we decided on Miles, which sounded more grown up somehow. We thought we'd call him Milo as a nickname but it didn't ever happen, we call him Milosz half the time though, because for some reason he looks like a little Polish boy....
Can't do Miles because of a bad association. Still flip-flopping. Cohen is our other possibility.
post #34 of 229
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Originally Posted by Vegan Princess View Post
Mamamillet: How exciting!!

Nighten: I got the manager at BRU to let me use the 10% discount even though I hadn't received it yet. I also opened a charge card and got another 10% off. Plus I used a 15% off coupon good for 1 item - they hand those out when you pay a lot of times. I already closed the charge card.

We just finished out maternity photos. The photographer was here for 2 hours. I can't wait to see how they turned out! I'll post some when I get the shots. I'm planning on hanging a pic of me and DH in the nursery.
I'm tempted to try that if the coupon hasn't arrived Monday, since my midwife's office is so close to our BRU. Thanks for the suggestion, Cindy. It's not like there's a ton we really need, but there are some things we didn't have with Guinevere (like those organic sleep sacks) that I'm really wanting to try with new baby.

I can't wait to see your maternity pix!
post #35 of 229
I'll be 36 weeks on Tuesday, and I'm getting antsy to get things prepared. But money is a concern right now so getting my supplies hasn't happened yet. My midwife doesn't have her clients order a kit online; everything can be bought locally so that definitely saves time, but still, gotta get on that! It just seems like every two weeks when my husband gets paid the checking account gets drained immediately by paying bills that are coming due. : And we still haven't caught up from Christmas. Blah. The 2008 tax refund can't come soon enough this year.

Last weekend I brought the infant carseat and base out of the shed and put the baby swing back together. I washed the carseat and swing pads as well as all the newborn-size clothes and blankets. One thing I forgot to get from the shed and wash is the Moses basket, which is the only sleeping place of the baby's own. She'll sleep with us for a while (which is what we've done with the other kids in the early days, anyway -- so much easier when you're nursing and they wake frequently!), but my 19-month-old is still using the crib.

I bought a birthing ball (only $6.99 at KMart -- early January is apparently THE time to buy these things with all the New Year's resolutions to exercise! ), which is nice to sit on now that the baby's head-down. I had a breech scare last weekend. I need to buy diapers and would like to get a fleece carseat cover, still, and I need to stock the kitchen in a big way. I plan to take the advice of my midwife assistant and buy a bunch of junky convenience foods I wouldn't normally buy for my older kids and give them free reign in the early postpartum days so they have a little something special to look forward to that's just for them, and they also won't have to bug my husband or me for a snack when they're hungry. I haven't pre-made and frozen any meals, which is stressing me out just a bit. There's still time, though. And I have the diaper bag I used for my 18-month-old, still in excellent condition except for a missing handle, which I need to sew back on.

I started taking daily Emergen-C in the past week to help strengthen my amniotic sac so it doesn't rupture prematurely; this happened in my last two pregnancies/births and I'd like to try and avoid it this time. I plan to start taking an additional iron supplement as my due date approaches just in case of hemorrhage; this happened during my last labor/birth.

I'm renting a birthing tub from my midwife assistant who has a few; I'm still trying to decide between the Aqua Doula (worked great last time, and I like the way it keeps the water warm) and the Birth Tub in a Box (a little cheaper to rent, and the inflatable sides, edges, and bottom are nice, I've heard, but it doesn't have a heater to maintain the temperature). Any opinions? Whichever one I choose will be delivered at my home visit appointment at 37 weeks.

I'm having a blessingway in a week and a half. I've never been to one before, let alone had one thrown for me. I'm excited!

And I've recently hired and met with both a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is an existing friend who's giving me an amazing deal I would be stupid to pass up; I don't feel a pressing need to have a birth doula as I'm having a second homebirth with a CNM and her assistant (plus my husband will be there, of course), but it will really nice to have an additional calm presence who "knows" birth, works well with my midwife team, is a great birth photographer, and is great with kids. I'm not sure where the kids will go during the birth; that remains to be seen. And having a postpartum doula is also something entirely new to me, and is another amazing deal I couldn't pass up. She practiced in another state for years but is just getting back into the postpartum doula gig locally, and she'd offered two of my midwife's homebirth clients eight hours of her services completely free! I was one of those lucky two.

We still don't have a clue on the baby's name, but we do have a list of 12-15 ideas. Our first two kids' names were pretty obvious to us early on, the third wasn't terribly hard to figure out...but this one -- we have no idea! Something else to get on, hopefully before the long weekend's over.

So I'm starting to feel prepared. Slowly but surely. I feel much more even-keeled, emotionally, and I feel much more comfortable physically as well since the baby's turned head-down. It also feels good to brainstorm here so I can make a "to do" list.
post #36 of 229
I forgot to say Happy Birthday Nighten!!!

We were running out the door... we now have a car seat and stroller and a crib mattress! So we are pretty ready at this point with the absolute necessities.

Just curious...why would one have a birth plan for a home birth? Don't you just discuss things with your midwife?
post #37 of 229
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I feel like we are ready....except for I am just not yet...

I am honestly really scared I will not be able to handle four kids!

You will, I tell ppl that even though you do not start off patient and organized
you will become patient and organized.
post #38 of 229
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I forgot to say Happy Birthday Nighten!!!

We were running out the door... we now have a car seat and stroller and a crib mattress! So we are pretty ready at this point with the absolute necessities.

Just curious...why would one have a birth plan for a home birth? Don't you just discuss things with your midwife?

I do both, and the birth plan is just a quick reference for her, I'm not going to expect that she remember everything I want or don't want, especially if she has alot of women due around the same time.
It's more for her, plus it helps DH remember
post #39 of 229
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Just curious...why would one have a birth plan for a home birth? Don't you just discuss things with your midwife?
Our midwifery clinic lays out what their standard practices are, and then invites mamas to write anything additional or unique. I wouldn't expect them to remember all of their patients labour wishes ... so in our case, I noted that I want the room as silent as possible, and that I didn't want to use the words "pain" or "contraction" but rather "intensity" and "wave /surge /rush" ... we also wrote out and gave to the midwife what we wanted should a hospital transfer arise. ie. no bath, no eye goop, no hep B, delayed vit K, my DP to go with baby if we must be separated. That sort of thing.
post #40 of 229
: Happy Birthday, Nighten!!!:
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