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post #21 of 161
on the taxes Kate. Self-employment crap sucks. Just make sure you get your taxes filed and the payment plan set up by April 15 or they're throw penalties on. We had to do a payment plan a couple of years and they were very nice and helpful, not at all what one would expect. I guess they're happy someone is actually going to pay

Emma, you should be able to check the wic income guidlines online http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapp...guidelines.htm hopefully that helps

peony, my belly button has been bothering me for months. I have having my belly button touched so having it be so shallow is hard. It doesn't help any that a few weeks ago they twins were fighting over who was going to "see" the baby; each hooked a finger in my button and tugged in different directions :

Michelle, that is one thing I am missing about not being in work right now, Boston in the spring. I work at gov't center and we have a famers market right there from late pari./early may-ish through thanksgiving and the commons is just a few minutes walk its such a great way to break up the day.
Gloucester is really beautiful in the spring/summer too but once it starts getting really warm the tourist flock in and well it sucks! I couldn't understand dh's hatred of the tourists until dd was born and I had a year off. Everything gets so expensive and there are people everywhere. We tend to go to the woods more than the beach so I didn't think the tourists would bother me that much (beyond the traffic thing) well all the other locals start avoiding the beaches and go to the woods and parks instead

Im home all by myself today. It hasn't even been an hour and I'm already lonely
post #22 of 161
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peony, my belly button has been bothering me for months. I have having my belly button touched so having it be so shallow is hard. It doesn't help any that a few weeks ago they twins were fighting over who was going to "see" the baby; each hooked a finger in my button and tugged in different directions :

Michelle, that is one thing I am missing about not being in work right now, Boston in the spring. I work at gov't center and we have a famers market right there from late pari./early may-ish through thanksgiving and the commons is just a few minutes walk its such a great way to break up the day.
Gloucester is really beautiful in the spring/summer too but once it starts getting really warm the tourist flock in and well it sucks! I couldn't understand dh's hatred of the tourists until dd was born and I had a year off. Everything gets so expensive and there are people everywhere. We tend to go to the woods more than the beach so I didn't think the tourists would bother me that much (beyond the traffic thing) well all the other locals start avoiding the beaches and go to the woods and parks instead

Im home all by myself today. It hasn't even been an hour and I'm already lonely

My belly button is totally popped out now and is more itchy than sore!

Azreial - I used to work downtown right near the Aquarium and I used to LOVE the farmers markets in the spring/summer/fall! Boston is such a beautiful city. We are actually moving back to Jersey in May and I'm going to miss it here. All of my family is in New Jersey and I moved here 3.5 years ago to follow a guy (and broke up with him and met my DH instead ) and its been a wonderful experience, but its time (now that we are having a Baby) to be back near family. Last summer we discovered the beach in Gloucester!!!! We had heard so much about it and finally went a few times. Its beautiful there! My friends are getting married in Gloucester this summer (at a Castle - I can't think of what its called though) so we are coming back for that! I'm sorry you are lonely - just think - the Baby will be here soon enough and you are going to wonder how you ever felt lonely with so much to do!!

Kate - . I owed on my taxes the last couple of years and know how tough that is. This is the first year in awhile I actually got a refund and it felt so good. I'm sure you can set up a payment plan and everything will work out. One more .
post #23 of 161
I'm still enjoying the extra "online" time for my final week of rest before being full-term and giving over to more activity and more contractions.

Kate, I hope you work out the taxes.

I'm also in the "lots of paperwork" club, too. OUr US taxes are finished, but just waiting for a childcare receipt that is in the mail for me. I'm almost finished my Canadian taxes, but my husband's are a mess of paper. We need to get them organized and off to his accountant, since so far it looks like returns in two countries!! : I also want to start some of the baby's paperwork for insurance and benefits, but can't finalize it until after the birth when we have a name and birthdate.

Is anyone else's "to do" list getting longer instead of shorter?
I've started to divide mine in to "absolutely must do", "should do", "nice to do". I like to have lots to keep myself busy in the last few weeks of pregnancy, so my calendar is pretty full. I just keep telling everyone that all of my commitments are contingent on still being pregnant

And I've decided to ditch my plans of freezing many more meals. I knew there was a reason I was dragging my heels on it, and my husband reminded me that we didn't use them in the first week or two (friends and family cooked for us), then by the time we got around to wanting them I was on an allergy elimination diet. I'm going to freeze a couple of things to have on hand, but otherwise we're just going to stock up on allergy-safe staples and deal with it as it comes.
post #24 of 161
michelle, Hammond Castle, my sister got married there this August its was very nice

Mel, my to-do list is flucuating widly sometimes I think I could fill a notebook and then a few hours later I'll think "we don't really need to do that" and its down to like 2 things
I have to say that having the homebirth is what's keeping the list short. Most things that I come up with I think "we'll be here any way, we can just take care of it when we need it" With the hospital/birth center births I needed everything ready by 36 weeks, 33 for the twins. I so didn't want to deal with coming home from the hospital and setting up. This time I have the baby's clothes put away, the moses basket up in my room and yeah I think that's about it

I need to get going on the car seat though. I'm just going to wash it we're not going to install it until we need to go somewhere with the baby. DH has become better at installing carseats than me so I don't worry about it. He was so terrible before that I had to install the twins carseats while recovering from the c-section : DH had them in so loose I think I could have put a kid under it without unbuckling!!

I think I might call around to 2nd hand stores today to see if any of them have a plug in swing. We went through so many batteries with the other kids. We do still have a swing but talking about it, I think if I could find one for ~$60 it would be worth it just on the battery costs. $60 might not be enough though so we might just end up using the battery swing
post #25 of 161
I'm breaking out. More zits now that I've had my whole pg! Which is always a precursor to labor for me by about 2-3 weeks. Not a bad sign, I guess... although I hate the zits!

Lots more BH and more painful, too. Baby's lower, I can feel him down there, but part of that has to do with all the work we did over the wk I think. Since my dad passed, my mom only had 2 weeks (it's going on 4 now) to move from her 2 bd apt/townhouse into a 1 bd senior citizen apt. They were in gov't housing, and they have rules about occupants, etc. But come on - the woman lost her husband, and you want her to pack and move her whole life in 2 weeks!??!

So I spent the weekend packing stuff - the guys did the heavy lifting. What a PITA to have to do it, though. :

Sorry about the taxes, Kate. You're scaring me - this is the first year I've been self-employed. I don't want to have to render anything to Caesar, thankyouverymuch. We've always gotten a refund. I'm hoping our little deductions (i.e. the kids lol) will help us at least not have to pay out anything. We've been dragging our feet and i haven't made the appt with our tax guy... I bet we can't even get in before Apr 15. And if we file an extension and have to pay? Ugh. I don't want to think about it. *covering ears" LALALALLALALALALALA
post #26 of 161
I think I need a weekend to recover from this past BUSY weekend!

Today... I feel like I went skiing or downhill biking or worked out a a gym all day yesterday - SERIOUSLY! My whole body aches!

Things DH and I accomplished this weekend -
Bought a new Loveseat for the living room (which is completely done with renovations - YAY!)
Bought a new bedframe - SUPER YAY!
Picked up new doorknob and sink faucet for bathroom
Got new window shades for the living room
Sorted and cleared ALL CONSTRUCTION/PAINTING equipment from inside our house YAY!
Cleared out any remaining items from bedrooms to prepare for new carpet to be installed on tuesday (with the exception of a few larger items that we'll move out tonight)
Picked up a color to paint our kitchen (my mom and SD are coming to visit for the day this saturday to help with the painting... it's a very small kitchen, so it shouldn't take more than the day)
Stored some of the items for the baby that we won't need right away up in out attic (high-chair, convertible car seat, bumbo chair etc)
Sorted new baby clothes by size (yay)
Washed A GAZILLION blankets..... really, how many blankets does a baby need? and what do I do with all the extra ones that I couldn't return? Any ideas crafty ladies? I could give half of what I have to goodwill and STILL have too many!
and the biggest project of all....
CLEARED AND ORGANIZED THE ENTIRE SHED WITH DH
I mean... mounting pegboard to hang tools and machines. Lots of walking and moving things and bending and lifting. UGH. I so wanted to just be a lump in the house and fold baby things... but I really enjoy working on projects like this with DH, and while it wasn't easy to do in my pregnant state, I'm proud that I stuck with it and we finished it together.
INSTALLED THE INFANT SEAT BASE. yay. Did it all by myself, DH checked it to be sure... I ASKED that he check it, and it's solid! YAY!

I celebrated with a very big bowl of ice cream!
:


unfortunately.... the things remaining on the TO DO list are still quite extensive... but we're making progress!


Oh... I have an ultrasound this week to size up the baby! (well, from what I understand, it's all just a guess, but I'm excited to see the little one on screen again for sure!)
post #27 of 161
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the tax hugs . I find that it has opened up a whole new can of worms for things that need to be done before baby comes, so Yes, my list is getting longer. I need to contact DHS about baby's healthcare, too. At the hospitals here they just have someone come sign baby up, but being at the bc, I don't know what the protocol is.

Today's my last day of work :.

Dawn, I'm sure your EIC/child credit will offset a lot...if we'd had a baby last year we'd likely be fine.

Azrieal, thanks for the tip on getting a payment plan set up before 4/15...did you have to call to set it up?

Well, everyone have a good day...I'm going to the Chiro :. I just hope one visit does it, because it's not covered by my insurance and I can only afford to go once! :
post #28 of 161
Well, my list keeps getting longer too...seems the more I get done, the more I find there is to do. I REALLY have to get the tax stuff together for the accountant this week. It takes him forever, and though we haven't owed yet, I am afraid we might this year, and I don't want to file late or be figuring it all out at the last minute...

I AM SLEEPY. Anyone else?

Also trying to remembering how I felt before the other 2 were born, but I don't...bummer....
post #29 of 161
Dawn, if you owe you have to pay by April. You can file an extension and pay est tax. All the extension does is give you more time to get the paperwork to the IRS the $$ is due April 15. My sister is a tax accountant

Kate, yeah there's a # somewhere on the tax forms. Just give them a call to set up the payment plan.

I have the car seat stuff in the wash : I need to find our car seat sack though. I don't really see that hapopening though so we might just be using blankets for the time being

My face is breaking out too, and my back : not very happy about it but in the past it has meant not too long for baby. I swear I can actually feel the increased hormones all churning around. I said something about it to dh the other day and he said he noticed it too but didn't want to say anything for fear it would set me off

I have the hormones going, break outs, loose stools, increaed discharge, baby feels low, and baby feels like its trying to burrow its head into my vagina, weird nesting bursts (I cleaned my pantry over the weekend), decreased appitate, small waves of nausea, not wanting to go anywhere and only wanting to be around dh and wanting to be around him all the time (much to his dismay)
yeah I don't think I'm going to make it until April 9, and if I do make it that long I might just be living alone
post #30 of 161
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yeah I don't think I'm going to make it until April 9, and if I do make it that long I might just be living alone


Seriously, I never thought of the skin stuff, but mine has looked HORRIBLE the last week or so. That and the low crampiness on occasion is very reminiscent of PMS.
post #31 of 161
my hair too gets all limp and oily. I normally wash my hair about 2x/wk but I washed it last night and I'm sure that I'll NEED to wash it tomorrow it sucks.

I don't get pms cramps but I can feel my period coming and the 2-3 weeks before labor feels very similar to me
post #32 of 161
I keep thinking I'm feeling very mild, very short-lived, and very inconspicuous cramps on very rare occasions. I'm only 34 weeks, but I haven't had a cramp since... last July! I'm so wanting to get on with this, that I hope it's not psychosomatic!
post #33 of 161
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Well, the chiro was interesting. I totally lucked out b/c they were running a first timers special for $20. Anyway, he said my pelvis was out of alignment and my right leg was shorter than my left. The adjustments on that hurt and I don't know if they 'took.' The stuff on my upper back and neck felt AWESOME and crunchy. The numbness is still there, but I imagine it's not immediate. Of course, he wanted me to come back weekly (or more if I could), but we just don't have the dough. After this initial visit it's $45 a pop. Stupid taxes. I just hope things stay put, but he said not to have high expectations with one adjustment.
post #34 of 161
GBS NEGATIVE!

woo-hoo
::::::

But my platelets keep going down....
:

I'm at 85 now.... and really, the only BIG thing that affects is wether or not (potentially) the anesthesiologist will administer an epidural (if I choose to have one). Since I'm trying to have a natural birth.... I don't see that as a bad thing at all! LOL

My MW said I could find a hematologist that would give me a platelet transfusion if I wanted... but I don't think it's necessary.

I DO think that it's funny, in all the visits I've had to give blood, I've barely even needed a band aid, I always immediately stop bleeding.


Anyways... just wanted to share the news!
post #35 of 161
Hi everybody!

We're getting close...almost 38 weeks! : AND GBS negative here too...*sigh of relief! Hormones here are kicking in too...loose stools and the baby's head is engaged, like um, really engaged!

But on a bummer note...my mw pricked my finger to do a hemoglobin count and my numbers are so low that it wouldn't even give her back a number, the screen just flashed *Lo* *Lo* *Lo*. So she drew my blood and sent it to the lab to check and see how *Lo* is low. So even with the increase in red meat and the twice daily doses of Floridix my anemia has gotten worse. So it feels like I've been drinking liquid rust for nothing!!! Grrr....!

But...we're almost there! I just keep telling myself that!
post #36 of 161
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AND GBS negative here too...*sigh of relief!
me too!::

sorry about the platelets and the iron How annoying.

Well, come to find out that rolling over my 403(b) to an IRA won't help us on taxes at all. . Guess we'll just have to pay the $1350...

There goes my worry-free time off .
post #37 of 161
to everyone, for the good or bad so far this week!

Ive been just tired and blah the past couple days. The baby is getitng so big, her kicks and stretches are making my ribs and skin sore. Its VERY wishful thinking but maybe the baby will come sooner than the end of April?!

Is anyone an errand runner like I am? Im out all day, every day running errands and being busy. I think its going to be really hard to be in the house for a while after the baby is born, letting others do errands for me.

post #38 of 161
Kate I hope the chiro helped

I had my iron lvl checked again today. I hope it went up, last time it was 8.5 DD also had her iron lvl checked, and a lead test.

I also had a bc appmnt. The mw said to me when it was time to go schedule my next appmnt "see you in a week or in labor" kind of a moment course they shouldn't be seeing me in labor but they don't know that yet

but yeah wow! I guess the end is closing in
post #39 of 161
Thread Starter 
Good news on the tax front!! My roommate suggested trying turbo tax from a different angle (I guess you have to tell it to do a schedule C) and I'm now getting a Fed refund of $155!! We still owe the state $535, but owing $380 total is a lot different than owing $1300 total, ykwim? ::

Never thought I'd be so joyful about only owing the govener-ment $380 .

Anyway, have to say I'm impressed with the 'service' of my chiro that I saw today. He called this evening to check on me and see how I was feeling. Maybe now that I don't owe the man so much I can go in for another adjustment!
post #40 of 161
: Yay Kate!
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