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post #61 of 175
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Originally Posted by akwifeandmomma View Post
What color would you paint your totally open floorplan living room if you'd just painted your dining/kitchen a vibrant green? - Thyme leaf green, it's called. The contrast between the builder's beige and the green is just, ugh.
Sounds very similar to my house. I have a very deep, deep burgundy accent wall that separates my living room from my dining room, and then did the green in the kitchen/dining and I have a deep beige around the rest of the house. It's called Lyndhurst stone by Valspar.

You can see here how much it contrasts with white.
http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...urrent=058.jpg

The white wall in that pic has since taken on the green.
post #62 of 175
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Originally Posted by Icequeen_in_ak View Post
Sounds very similar to my house. I have a very deep, deep burgundy accent wall that separates my living room from my dining room, and then did the green in the kitchen/dining and I have a deep beige around the rest of the house. It's called Lyndhurst stone by Valspar.

You can see here how much it contrasts with white.
http://s86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...urrent=058.jpg

The white wall in that pic has since taken on the green.
Oooh! That lyndhurst stone is very pretty. If you get a chance to take a pic of your green, I'd love to see!

I was thinking a taupey/latte-ish color would be pretty with the green, and I have pops of red in there, too. A little half-wall separating my dining/kitchen is red.
post #63 of 175

baby update

So I called my mw last night. I told her I felt a little silly calling because I knew I wasn't in proper labor, but that I just wanted to let her know the state of things--that I'd had the "1 min ctx 5 min apart for more than an hour" several times in the last few days, lost a little more plug, etc, and so even though nothing was increasing/intensifying, there was a lot of SOMEthing going on. She said she thinks that probably my body is just trying to get the baby down, but he's not engaging, and that's why it never progresses. I don't know how much more time I can spend squatting at this point! I'm sleeping ok and baby is moving, so we're not worried about either of us health-wise, so it's just a matter of waiting for him to drop enough to engage...down baby, down!!! (I had been thinking that maybe my body wasn't quite ready and that's why all the false starts, but I'm now thinking that my body IS ready for labor, and has been trying to start--it's just the high floaty baby holding it all up...if he'd drop I think he'd have come days ago...so I'm praying for him to come down!)
post #64 of 175
I have a question! Where do you get your grass fed beef, raw milk, and local eggs in Fairbanks?
post #65 of 175
Come on, Benjamin, down and out babe... Jenni! Are you hanging out on an exercise/birthing ball much? Wanna go to the pool? (Not that it will do anything, just feels good at 40+ weeks!

Soon...
post #66 of 175
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Originally Posted by akwifeandmomma View Post
Come on, Benjamin, down and out babe... Jenni! Are you hanging out on an exercise/birthing ball much? Wanna go to the pool? (Not that it will do anything, just feels good at 40+ weeks!

Soon...
I do have a birth ball...it was a lifesaver during my last labor, but a few nights ago when I'd been having decent contractions for a while and then I sat on the ball and they totally petered out, so I wasn't sure whether I should stay on it or not!! I know they make ctx a lot more comfortable via helping the pelvis be open...but I'm not sure how much it will really encourage the silly kid to come down...
There is a pool in town but I have a feeling that if I went (since it would require taking the toddler) that it wouldn't be very relaxing so I'll stick with my ball and some yoga. One of my other friends recommended www.spinningbabies.com , which I'd visited there before and knew they had help for posterior or breech babies, but I hadn't realized they might have techniques for floaty babies...they do have a couple of things that might help though (lunges and stuff) so i'll add those to the repertoire. I still have 2 days till my official due date, I just FEEL overdone cuz my other baby came at 39wks, oh yeah and I've been in on-again-off-again labor for over a week.
post #67 of 175
Jenni,
if you're open to trying something new, I would suggest EFT (emotional freedom technique), it's sort of related to accupressure and energy medicine-
www.emofree.com You can get the manual/instructions for free from the website. No need to buy anything. I've used it with success for lots of things (and have a longer list of things to try it on).

Down and out, baby Benjamin! Your mama's ready for you sweetie! :
post #68 of 175
Jenni,

When I knew Iris was ready to be born, I used orange juice, castor oil, and a shot of vodka. It worked within hours.

Just a thought

s
post #69 of 175
jenni...i've got orange juice and vodka if you decide to attempt the cocktail method! and you and your kiddo can come swimming with judah and i, anytime!
post #70 of 175
I did the castor oil cocktail along with pumping nipple stim at 42 weeks... My BEST.BIRTH.EVER. Feel like reading a wahaaay too long birth story? Here.
post #71 of 175
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Originally Posted by spruce View Post
Jenni,

When I knew Iris was ready to be born, I used orange juice, castor oil, and a shot of vodka. It worked within hours.

Just a thought

s
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Originally Posted by katiesk View Post
jenni...i've got orange juice and vodka if you decide to attempt the cocktail method! and you and your kiddo can come swimming with judah and i, anytime!
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Originally Posted by akwifeandmomma View Post
I did the castor oil cocktail along with pumping nipple stim at 42 weeks... My BEST.BIRTH.EVER. Feel like reading a wahaaay too long birth story? Here.
Hmmm, too bad I've got a religious prohibition against alcohol.
My mom said the best way she'd ever tried for castor oil (and she tried it several times, including in OJ) was to mix it up with some scrambled eggs--they were a bit greasy but at least they didn't taste gross.
I'm not really convinced that castor oil would do the trick though...the point of that is to stimulate the bowels and try to bring on contractions, right? I've got no shortage of contractions! The baby is just too high for the ctx to result in any dilation.
Spinning babies had several suggestions of things to help open the pelvis/get baby to descend, so I'm doing lunges and hip circles on the ball and pelvic tilts along with my squats. He can't stay up forever!! I confess I'm seriously considering just pushing on his little behind from above and seeing if that helps

CK--I've heard of EFT before--that's like with the tapping, isn't it? I genuinely don't think there are any emotional holdups going on for me (the name was the one and that's been resolved a week ago...which was when I started getting the more frequent ctx...but he's still high...). If there's something holding up the baby I don't know how I'd go about helping him release...I've been doing positive affirmations (for both of us) for a couple of weeks, and combining it with touch (such as I can for him anyway!) although there may be more official ways to do it.
post #72 of 175
Oh my goodness quit squatting! Don't start squats until you are well into active labor and baby is low. Squatting helps open the outlet of the pelvis but when you do that, you narrow the inlet (where baby needs to get head down into to engage.). What is your actual due date?
post #73 of 175
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Quick question--is it an AK thing that you need a dr's referral to go see a chiropractor? Or was I misinformed? Seems a little odd to me.
It has nothing to with AK, but it might have to do with your insurance. I highly recommend Dr. Heather Gappert at Fairbanks Chiropractic on Gaffney. She just did a homebirth VBAC in July. She's awesome!

Jenn
post #74 of 175
DH keeps saying "your nesting." Maybe so, maybe I just got fed up with all the junk and clutter and realizing that once the baby comes any time to actually clean is completely obliterated.

I hope this isn't a UAV - (I know this isn't freecycle) - could any Anchorage area mommas uses some home pregnancy tests. I have a box of 3 Equate brand, expiration June 2010. The box has been opened, but the tests are ll in their foil wraps - otherwise I'd see if I could donate somewhere. Let's just say - they better not be needed by then... PM me if interested.
post #75 of 175
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Originally Posted by rabrog View Post
It has nothing to with AK, but it might have to do with your insurance. I highly recommend Dr. Heather Gappert at Fairbanks Chiropractic on Gaffney. She just did a homebirth VBAC in July. She's awesome!

Jenn
I've heard lots of recommendations for her as well. I just took DD to her on Friday and she was WONDERFUL.
post #76 of 175
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Oh my goodness quit squatting! Don't start squats until you are well into active labor and baby is low. Squatting helps open the outlet of the pelvis but when you do that, you narrow the inlet (where baby needs to get head down into to engage.). What is your actual due date?

My mw recommended squats to help get the baby to engage... they're uncomfortable so I spend a lot more time on the ball/circling than I have with the squatting, but I had been throwing in some squats for good measure... maybe I'll just scratch that and stick with the ball.

My official due date is actually tomorrow (11/11). I don't think I'd be this ancy except for 1--the other DS came at 39wks and 2--I lost my plug nearly 2 weeks ago (it happened in labor with DS) and I've had lots of contractions on a fairly daily basis for the whole time...it's like I've been in early labor for over a week. I mean, either go into labor or don't, you know?
post #77 of 175
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Originally Posted by 1stimestar View Post
Oh my goodness quit squatting! Don't start squats until you are well into active labor and baby is low. Squatting helps open the outlet of the pelvis but when you do that, you narrow the inlet (where baby needs to get head down into to engage.). What is your actual due date?
Oh, I never knew that! Good tip!
post #78 of 175
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So I am having a pampered chef party on Saturday. We are making a Mint Chocolate Torte. I was thinking "tea and cake" for the party, but it might take a while for the torte to come out of the oven.. what other hors d'vores or finger foods should I serve/have at hand when guests arrive? (nothing that is too labor intensive or stinky please!) I was thinking maybe grapes. I was going to serve tea and maybe sparking cider.. any thoughts? I am planning on picking up my supplies SOON.
post #79 of 175
Pinoikoi,
I like pumpkin bread/muffins...it tends to be sweet but not TOO sweet...I've got good recipes (for mini breads or for pumkin/choc chip muffins) if you want them. They're not quite cake, but they're only one step away! My sister did mini pumpkin muffins for my blessingway (3yrs ago) and they were perfect--sweet but not hurt-your-teeth sweet, and as mini-muffins they're not too big. We also did warm cider (we just put apple juice in a pan with some cinnamon and warmed it ) That might be a nice cozy alternative for those who aren't big on tea.
post #80 of 175
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by brightonwoman View Post
Pinoikoi,
I like pumpkin bread/muffins...it tends to be sweet but not TOO sweet...I've got good recipes (for mini breads or for pumkin/choc chip muffins) if you want them. They're not quite cake, but they're only one step away! My sister did mini pumpkin muffins for my blessingway (3yrs ago) and they were perfect--sweet but not hurt-your-teeth sweet, and as mini-muffins they're not too big. We also did warm cider (we just put apple juice in a pan with some cinnamon and warmed it ) That might be a nice cozy alternative for those who aren't big on tea.
mmm... can I get your pumpkin and choc muffin recipe? I am not sure if I want to do them for THIS party since we already will have a large baked item that I don't want to let it get out of the limelight, ya know? But it DOES sound delicious! You are right, I can do cider in a crockpot! That sound excellent and better than the sparkling cider.
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