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post #41 of 188
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Originally Posted by baltic_ballet View Post
Hi Jenny,

They took several readings and they were around 140/90 - can I ask about your readings? were you put on medications? what else have you tried to bring it down? can I also ask how many weeks were you when it developed?
Well, mine spiked drastically at 8 wks. Yeah. EIGHT WEEKS! I had readings of 180/111.

I have done everything from excercise, bed rest, Milkthistle & Dandelion herbs (which I still take), a change of diet (like removing licorice, my absolutely favorite candy, but appearantly it can raise b/p and adding huge amounts of protein), suppliments (magnesium, zinc, vit C, RRLT, fish oil, EPO, & prenatal vits.) and finally meds (Methyldopa) which I take religiously.

I still can not quite keep it where I need it. It usually runs 155/80 (not quite too bad, but I can't really get it any lower than that.

It has been a very LONG seven months!

But even now, with all my vits, herbs, and meds I take three times a day, it is on the rise again. I am just hoping to get this LO out in the open and safely into my arms ASAP.
post #42 of 188
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Originally Posted by tifpaul View Post
Kat, please share your recipes for peppermint bark and pannetone. I have this quarter off from teaching and am enjoying the Christmas season to the nth degree. So far I have made chocolate-dipped pretzels, chocolate-shortbread-sugared cookies, persimmon bread and chocolate crinkle cookies.
Tiffany
Panettone Recipe~ This is the basic recipe I use, though I skip the soaking of the raisins in marsala. I make 2 versions, one with candied citrus, currants, and nuts, and one with dried cherries & chocolate chunks. I do use coffee cans as molds, lined with grocery bag paper and they come out so pretty and tall!

Peppermint Bark Recipe~ You can find all kinds of peppermint bark recipes, but I like this one because of the layer of dark chocolate ganache in the middle. Others I've seen are just melted chocolate with some peppermint extract thrown in. As a side note, I've not used peppermint extract, but instead use a bit of peppermint oil.

Kat
post #43 of 188
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Originally Posted by orangefoot View Post
Dh and I run our own business and it has been growing steadily over the past 3 years to a point where it is almost to much of a monster for just the two of us to control without bits of it getting bashed. It has pushed us to the limit of our patience and strength and not earning a salary for such a long time has had me up against the wall for far too long.

Dh called the bank about a transaction today and they passed him to a new manager. The computer says that we have hit a magic turnover figure and they are now willing to extend our borrowing to help the business grow.

Hopefully - I don't quite believe it yet - we will see funds in our bank account on Monday which will mean that we can employ someone to do most of what I do throughout the day and half the night and also start to draw a proper salary from the business for our family.

I burst into tears when dh told me because this has been so hard and we have felt like no-one was supporting us. This gives us an opportunity to re-balance our lives and move forward instead of just hanging on to the cliff face for dear life.

I am so relieved
It's over? You've done it?



:

That just made my Christmas. I'm so happy for you all.

So, when are you going to start trying for number 5?
post #44 of 188
Thanks Helen and you all; it has made our Christmas too.

Number 5? Not this year

Dh came home with a bottle of Baileys so I'll be sipping that tonight while I do the banking!

Hugs to all you mamas with high BP and to Helen who must be heartily weary of being pregnant by now.
post #45 of 188
Thanks for all the well wishes

I wrote all my Christmas cards today and have just sent my eldest daughters to post them for me a couple of my kids have made me handmade get well cards which made me cry.

Daytime TV sucks I really need to get some DVD's out or i am going to go crazy.
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post #47 of 188
I'm in the last few days, OF. I don't think I'm going to make it to Christmas, which is bugging me slightly... end of term would be nice. The other side of DH coordinating 30 irresponsible 11yos to fundraise for the school fair would be helpful. :
post #48 of 188
Oh, for some reason I had an idea that you weren't due until january, Helen. Good luck, hope you get a wonderful birth experience. Can I ask where you plan to give birth?
post #49 of 188
I've given up believing in wonderful birth experiences. I'm planning another homebirth, somewhere warm, dry, possibly even candlelit and completely unrelated to toilets. And I'm intending to keep the bed dry this time. That's pretty much the birth plan, although I am watching a birth pool on ebay just down the road. Li'l stinker engaged posterior, and my back hurts
post #50 of 188
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Originally Posted by orangefoot View Post
Dh and I run our own business and it has been growing steadily over the past 3 years to a point where it is almost to much of a monster for just the two of us to control without bits of it getting bashed. It has pushed us to the limit of our patience and strength and not earning a salary for such a long time has had me up against the wall for far too long.

Dh called the bank about a transaction today and they passed him to a new manager. The computer says that we have hit a magic turnover figure and they are now willing to extend our borrowing to help the business grow.

Hopefully - I don't quite believe it yet - we will see funds in our bank account on Monday which will mean that we can employ someone to do most of what I do throughout the day and half the night and also start to draw a proper salary from the business for our family.

I burst into tears when dh told me because this has been so hard and we have felt like no-one was supporting us. This gives us an opportunity to re-balance our lives and move forward instead of just hanging on to the cliff face for dear life.

I am so relieved

Delurking to say:

How exciting!!! Orangefoot, DH and I used to own a business and I so know the growing like a monster and pushed to the limits and the desire to hire an employee, but not the money. Congrats to you, what a relief that must be!!

Oh and Helen, I'm still rooting for candlelit and serene for you.
post #51 of 188
s to you, Helen. Hope it's better this time.
post #52 of 188
I lost you ladies this month and maybe in November. I am feeling the growing pains of a bigger family. We didn't grow in numbers this year but the oldest are getting to be as tall as me and I'm 5'9". The littlest is walking, talking, and just not a tiny baby anymore though he does wear diapers. The big kids take up so much space physically and still take so much emotional energy and and <whine>.

My good local friend is thinking about buying an 8 room hotel to live in. It makes me smile for her (and if the sale falls through I may drag dh downtown to look at it). She wouldn't run it as a hotel she, like many of us here, would fill it with her children. It reminds me of the whole used limo idea instead of a van or suburban.

I know I don't post here very often but (home) school work is done, the kids' paper routes are done, 2 yo is napping, lasagna is in the oven, it is cold outside, the heat is running furiously and I am visiting mdc for a bit.
post #53 of 188
Hello everyone!! I was invited to check this thread out and I am so happy to have found it!! I think I have fewer children than most of u!! that is very uncommon!! hahaha! So here is a question, do any of u have ur own veggie gardens? If so what do I not have to replant every yr? I do almost all mexican cooking so i need tomatoes, chilies green and red, garlic, onion, cilantro, tomatillos, and maybe some zuchhini. I know it would help with the food bill...I just have a hard time keeping plants alive....LOL
post #54 of 188
Welcome & welcome back, mamaguera, & mommajb!

I think you have to replant all of those veggies, mamaguera. Unless you mean, letting them go to seed & reseed themselves? My basil I've always let a few plants run to seed & they reseed themselves perfectly, so I'm thinking cilantro should work similarly, though I've not grown any. Garlic is easy, just set a head aside & wait until the cloves start sprouting green. Break them up & plant them. We used to have a pretty sizable veggie garden in FL. Honestly, I didn't have the patience for it, but my husband loved keeping it. Here in Central Oregon we can't grown much of anything, just too cold for too long.

Helen, I dreamt about you over & over again last night. I was half expecting to wake up & hear your babe had arrived. I'd like to labor away from the toilet for once. Unfortunately, my labors tend to involve a lot of poop.
post #55 of 188
I think I have enough to join this group . 5 babies, 2 angels, and 1 babe on the way

So what does everyone drive? We have a plymouth voyager, but we will need to upgrade before baby #6 comes.
post #56 of 188
I drive a landcruiser and love it. Minivan/van would never work for us, way too much snow and ice. I can fit 6 kids in it (only have 4 now with another on the way) so I keep telling the husband we can't have more than 6!

Kat
post #57 of 188
I have a Yuckon Denali. It fits 8 so we are good for now. We also have a silverado truck that fits 6 but it is a little tight!!
post #58 of 188
Thread Starter 
Helen and Jenny~ hoping for healthy happy babies and mamas!!!

Sam~ hope you have a good book!! Enjoy the rest! Your body is just trying to keep up with the twins. I actually would LOVE bed rest right now, as I'm so tired.

Hiya Shoefairy~ recognize your name from the July ddc.

I have a Toyota van that we were considering selling so we could still carpool next year, but have decided to just wait and see what we need when the time comes. I don't need the stress right now of buying/selling!! And next fall is still far off.
post #59 of 188
This thread is only three pages and I can't find where I left off.

Congratulations on twins!

DH would love a nerf gun.

Big news over here is we are moving! To the middle of no where. By choice, where the only internet is dial up or satellite and there is no cell phone service. But its nice and big and has a huge fenced acre. We can have as many chickens as we want (now we have 4) and a big garden! Wonder how hard it is to load MDC on dial up... My house will be much cleaner in the very near future.
post #60 of 188
Can I rejoin you all again? I occasionally would pop in from time to time, like a year or so ago. I haven't been on MDC all that much until recently when I discovered I was expecting #5 quite unexpectedly! Anyway, I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.. better...
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