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post #21 of 252
JesiLynne, I too tried castor oil a few days before and then again on my due date. Did not do anything for me except clean me out. Hope it works for you!
cagnew, I feel the same way. Everybody's having a baby, except for me. I'm very envious at this point.
Queen of my Castle, I too am looking forward to sleeping on my stomach!!

Voicemail is a wonderful thing...lol! Doc's office can leave as many messages as they want. I will see them Tues...they can wait till then!
Went to the mall for a walk....got bh/ctx and some cramping....and of course, being the gullible one that I am, I got excited....and, of course, like always everything stopped right after I got excited!!!
post #22 of 252
WHat's this about eggplant parmesan???? I LOVE eggplant parmesan!!

I"m happy for and a little jealous of the mama's that already have their babies! I still have the month of February to go. Which is good because our bathroom is getting more torn up as the weeks go by and the bedroom is still not ready!! But tomorrow DH is determined to have it painted and rearranged. My dad will be making some cabinets for the bathroom and DH suggested that we build one of the doors as a changing table/ledge thingy. I like that idea because the only available place we had was the bed or floor. And I know a lot of things suggested for a baby registry aren't necessities, I felt a little bad when talking to some of my girlfriends about things they have that I won't have. It's just the green eyed monster in me.

DH and I pay for our own medical insurance. So my pregnancy visits have been "free" (no co-pay) but my hospital stay isn't covered and my co-pay is $200/day. Gah, if I had to pay $300/hr for L&D, I'd never go into the hospital! After baby is born, we will probably apply for Medi-cal. My WIC lady told me that I should qualify since I am already on WIC. I'm trying to see what other programs are available but AIM required me to have signed up no later than 6mo pregnant and well, I'm definately beyond that point now!
post #23 of 252
Thread Starter 
I'm so excited to see so many birth announcements! I was hoping to have an update from starling&diesel. Hope everything is going smoothly and that your baby has arrived safely.
post #24 of 252
It's fun seeing the babies coming now, more and more each day!

DH spent the day finally getting the basement family room and office back in order, shelves back and everything put away (well, sort of, as well organized as most guys could, I guess!) which made me feel a lot better. Our house is an 860 sq ft footprint, and there's already 4 of us (plus my Mom to help lately and my step-dad on weekends while she's here) so not having the living space downstairs available has been making our little house REALLY small. Now at least the boys' toys can stay downstairs a little more, and the living room upstairs can stay nice for visitors after the baby is born.

Tuesday I'll be 37 weeks, and I'm hoping to make it that far, but everything feels so weird and crampy and unlike my other labors that I can't tell. If nothing's happening I'll be freaked- weeks of this will be unbearable. But at least after Tuesday's appointment I'll feel comfortable going for walks and doing stuff around the house and encouraging action to happen.
post #25 of 252
Still here, had lots of contrax and they started getting regular, but I think my body is saying, you are in need of more rest, sleep tonight we will do this tmw.
post #26 of 252
I'm so stoked for all the recent births and soon-to-be births! : I'm present and pregnant as well, and have been obsessively checking the board for new news from everyone!

I'll be 38 weeks on Tuesday. I really can't complain too much: some mid-day tiredness that I'm luckily able to remedy with a nap most weekdays, very early morning insomnia (ugh!), some cervical twinges here and there, some pressure on the inner surface of my left hip joint when I'm walking (baby's consistently on the left side, so that only makes sense), but other than that I'm in good shape. Right now I feel like I'm getting my husband's cold, which sucks. Hopefully the Emergen-C I've been taking daily will result in it being a milder version than his. But anyway, things could be much worse, I know!

I had a blessingway thrown for me on Wednesday which absolutely ROCKED. It's wonderful being surrounded by a supportive sisterhood who "gets it"! : I also had a lunch date at an Indian restaurant with some girlfriends yesterday and then went shopping for a bit ALL BY MYSELF (note: I have three kids -- this almost never happens). It...was...awesome. I found two inexpensive nursing bras at Motherhood Maternity and a newborn-size Carter's Valentine's Day outfit elsewhere that I just couldn't resist. I also have a massage scheduled for this Wednesday morning, and I'm really looking forward to that. It's been a rough couple of weeks, but I'm feeling good now. Relaxed, ready, and waiting.

I got all my birth supplies bought, washed, and/or packed up earlier this week. I have my Aqua Doula here, ready to be set up and filled. Our bed is double-made with the plastic shower curtain liner in between the sheets. I did a major house-cleaning Wednesday and Thursday and have been working hard to maintain that and to get everyone else to, as well. Today I plan to go on a major grocery shopping trip and totally stock the kitchen, including buying a bunch of junky treat stuff and stashing it away for the kids for after the birth so there's a little something fun for them to look forward to.

For my birth team, I've always planned on my husband, the midwife, and the midwife's assistant, who were all there for my last birth. I've gotten to know the midwife and her assistant on a more personal level throughout this pregnancy, too, which is great. I think we all mesh really well. About two months ago I hired a birth doula as well, not because I really felt the pressing need for one so much (heck, this is my fourth baby and I'm birthing at home with the same midwife team and have been there, done that, bought the t-shirt), but because she's become a good friend in the last year or so and I really feel like she would bring a lot of positive energy. She also offered me a deal I couldn't refuse, which always helps! So yeah, now I'm scheduled to have three attendents in addition to my husband, plus we'll have a postpartum doula coming at least twice to help out with the older kids and around the house. Me talking to and hiring these women seemed to bother my husband just a little bit; I think he started to feel a bit pushed out of the way or something, though I've tried to talk to him and explain that their presence should be a great, helpful thing for everyone, least of all him!

So then yesterday, my sister happened to ask if she could come to the birth if she's not working (she works different shifts each week). She's younger than me with no kids and not in a serious relationship, though she does seem to have "gotten into" this pregnancy in recent months and has been pretty helpful and supportive, less self-centered than she usually is where her entire life is me, me, me. She asked this same thing in my last pregnancy as well; I didn't really take her seriously and never got back with her with an answer and she didn't ask again...until now! I don't think I would really mind having her there so much -- I guess we'll see. I'm not afraid to tell her no; part of me thinks it would be really neat to have her there if she really wants to be there but part of me says that would be nuts. She's struggled with anxiety for years and can sometimes get freaked out over illness, injury, and blood. But she also attended my blessingway and seemed to think it was very cool (I hesitated to invite her, thinking she would find it way too weird). So...I dunno. I told her I'd talk it over with my husband and get back to her.

And ALSO yesterday, over that "girls' lunch" I mentioned above, I happened to finally meet a local photographer several people in my little social circle know well and always speak very highly of; she specializes in artistic photography of women (pregnancy, nursing shoots, newborns) and her work is absolutely gorgeous. She mentioned to me that she's in the early stages of getting a birth photo/storyboard book together to hopefully be professionally published, and for anyone who's willing to allow her to shoot their labor and birth, she'll charge them nothing in exchange for a signed model release. Hmm... I would love to have great photos to document this birth; I only have some snapshots from my last birth and none are that terrific, really, and I hardly have any pictures from my first two births, which were both in the hospital. And this person usually charges mega-bucks because she can; people even pay to fly her out of state to shoot events. I guess at the last birth some months ago she shot 1,300 pictures documenting the entire process and whittled that down to 700 for the mother to pick and choose from. Anyway, she wasn't high-pressure or anything like that and I haven't committed to anything yet, but this is another idea I'm trying to sell to my husband. We shall see... Lately I feel like I've found my "tribe" and the idea of being surrounded by supportive women while laboring and giving birth seems empowering to me (and frankly, my husband hasn't been all that wonderful in this department in recent months for this, that, and the other reasons, mainly that he tends to be especially susceptible to stress and grumpiness in late pregnancy every time, though when he IS being supportive, he's great!). But, on the other hand, having a circus of people present during such a private, inward time in my home does seem a bit overwhelming. Gosh, hard decision...
post #27 of 252
TMI but woke up with menstrual like cramping (very different from last time -- and more of a constant pressure thing, less of an actual time-able contraction thing), and very loose stools.

Having a hard time getting back to sleep. I'm pretty sure things have started. And it's a little sooner than I'd expected, but we'll see.

Wish me luck just in case.
post #28 of 252
Best of luck, Renee!! Do keep us posted! We're partners in due dates, so this is especially exciting to me!
post #29 of 252
Good luck Renee!

Still pregnant here. I felt closer 2 weeks ago, cramping and pressure, dialating, etc. Now I feel better than I have in months. I'm almost 39 wks and made it longer than the dr thought I would, and really hope something starts happening soon. I'm ready. Reading about all the births makes me even more ready.

Rabbitdancer - I hear you about the girlfriends and shopping. I went last week with a friend after my appt, and we had so much fun shopping and having lunch, just us. She just had her first girl in early Dec and it was her first outing alone. We found some great baby deals at the consignment store, and I stocked up on new nursing lounge wear for me to feel good in during the first weeks after the birth. It was so refreshing!
post #30 of 252
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TMI but woke up with menstrual like cramping (very different from last time -- and more of a constant pressure thing, less of an actual time-able contraction thing), and very loose stools.

Having a hard time getting back to sleep. I'm pretty sure things have started. And it's a little sooner than I'd expected, but we'll see.

Wish me luck just in case.
Ooh good luck!! :
post #31 of 252
Good luck Renee!!!

Hope you're getting some good rest, JesiLynne!
post #32 of 252
Well I feel like an idiot. I took a Phenergen(sp?) and was able to go back to sleep. And slept until a few minutes ago. And there's been no change. Still having the crampiness but no measurable contractions.

So obviously this isn't it. At least not right now.

Sorry for the false alarm. Last time my water broke, so it was easy to tell when I was in labor. This time obviously not.
post #33 of 252
How exciting, Renee!!!
post #34 of 252
They were 5-7 minutes apart for over an hour . . . and they were good strong ones. They started to be more along the lines of 5 and a few 3's. So, I called and the doctor told me to go ahead and go in.

So, I spent the night in labor and delivery. They kept me overnight to observe . . . Rich went home to get a couple hours of sleep. By 6 AM, they were good and strong and hurting. By about 8:30 - they had completely stopped!

So, home I went.

You'd think that by the 4th time doing this, I'd have a clue! But my labors have been so strange and unpredictable . . . coupled with the fact that I had a previous Section . . .wow, it's hard to figure out!

So, I am resting at home. . . and don't expect anything to happen anytime soon!
post #35 of 252
i'm new to this group and this website - due with my second on feb. 27th. i love reading about all of your updates! finally other people to talk about "impending labour" with

as for me, my doctor checked me on friday and i am a "fingertip" dilated and 25% effaced. with my first (8 years ago) my labour progressed in a similar way with slow dilation over a number of weeks. i'm having a few really sharp cervical twinges and lots of practice uterine surges but nothing that could be measured or counted or timed. my original due date was in march but it was moved 2 weeks earlier because the baby is measuring so large. i'm not sure what to think now - if i should pack my birth bag or put my feet up and wait!

i'm using hypnobirth for labour this time around and i'm nervous that i won't get the methods right. i know i'm supposed to be looking forward to labour because i will finally get to meet my baby, and i am, but i had a really bad experience with my first child and i can't help but feel some real fear and anxiety about going back to labour and delivery and going through it all again. reading all of your updates about being CALM and waiting for baby puts me at ease.
post #36 of 252
Still cooking here! I am 38 1/2 week today but I think I'll go to my due date or past this time around. My first was 4 days early and my second was 1 week early. I guess I could be wrong but it seems like the little person inside of me is happy where he/she's at. The baby still is flopping back and forth between ROA and LOA which is frustrating. Stay put baby!

I have also gained tons more weight with this pregnancy than my others and although I am fairly comfortable still, I am dreading postpartum already. Of course it takes time to lose baby weight but I have a feeling that since I have tons more to lose this time, I am going to be more frustrated about it. Bleh. But, I am soooo ready to sleep on my tummy and back again! I am also ready to go on a long walk with my kids without almost peeing my pants. :

A friend and I are going to make a bunch of freezer meals this week together. She's not pregnant but trying to be more organized. We're going to pick a bunch of meals that both of our families will eat and then divide up the work. I am excited- one day of work and double the food! I am hoping my MIL lets me put some of the food in her extra freezer. Ours is pretty small and it is mostly full of random stuff, not meals.

It seems I've taken a break from nesting. I was getting tons done for a couple of weeks and my house was organized, spotless, and the fridge was full of healthy and delicious fresh food. Now there are toys everywhere, the laundry is piled up, and my kids are eating mac and cheese. Yikes! Hopefully, things pick up again and I can get back in the groove before this baby arrives. We are planning a home birth so each night I make sure my bedroom and bathroom are clean but whoa- the rest of the house is falling apart! How does it happens so fast?!

I can't wait to see who has their baby next!
post #37 of 252
40 weeks tomorrow and I'm so sore. I can't sit through more than half of church now.
post #38 of 252
Is it just because I'm a first time mom....?

Everyone seems to be having some changes or labor-like warnings but me. I'm 38 weeks today and nothing has changed. No contractions, loose stool, dilation, effacement -- nothing.

I hope this isn't a sign of an extended pregnancy. Please tell me that you know someone that went from zero happening to full blown labor fairly quickly!

Then again, I realize my due date is still two weeks away so no worries yet, right?


Nighten-- kinda glad to hear it was a fake out for you. I selfishly want you to hang around for a while still Either way though, keep us updated!
post #39 of 252
Thread Starter 
I leave for the hospital in less than 6 hours. I'm trying to rest and relax (especially since I'm supposed to be on bedrest) but it's really hard!
post #40 of 252
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Originally Posted by heinz28 View Post
Is it just because I'm a first time mom....?

Everyone seems to be having some changes or labor-like warnings but me. I'm 38 weeks today and nothing has changed. No contractions, loose stool, dilation, effacement -- nothing.

I hope this isn't a sign of an extended pregnancy. Please tell me that you know someone that went from zero happening to full blown labor fairly quickly!

Then again, I realize my due date is still two weeks away so no worries yet, right?


Nighten-- kinda glad to hear it was a fake out for you. I selfishly want you to hang around for a while still Either way though, keep us updated!
*laughs* Last time I had very little happen until my water broke at 38w6d. Don't fret.

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DID, good luck!!!
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