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post #61 of 91
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Originally Posted by NicoleS View Post
Good appointment today, had a long discussion with my OB. We will be inducing 1/29 if baby boy hasn't arrived by then on his own. Hope you don't mind if I stick around anyways, I've never even been in the January room on this site.
Of course you NEED to stick around - so we can keep up with you! That's my actual due date (according to o date)- but i tend to go late, which is why I joined the Feb board. So exciting!
post #62 of 91
Keeta - That's exciting news! It's hard to change your diet anytime, but even more so when pregnant.

NicoleS - Yes, absolutely stick around. I would love to get updates around your birth and see baby pictures.
post #63 of 91
Glad you don't mind my sticking around. I wasn't sure how "taboo" inductions were here.
post #64 of 91
If I actually make it to that point, my induction date is 1/22. So I'm there with ya. I'm not going to the January board. I am hanging out here. All my kids have been inductions. Doesn't make me any less of a mama. I labored and pushed and birthed and tore, unmedicated, just like everyone else. I have diabetes so that's just what we do. I have the same doctor so he knows the drill and it works for us. Of course then people try to doubt my diabetes even exists. I guess the numbers in black and white aren't good enough for some. I was born with it. I'm not any happier about it than they are.
post #65 of 91
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Originally Posted by Ambystoma View Post

So, homebirthers (and others too!), I have a large jacuzzi tub in my (upstairs) master bathroom. If you were me, would you bother getting a blow up tub for downstairs since my bedroom and bathroom are up there, or do you think I'll get mad at the hard bottom of the jacuzzi tub? The only other thing that makes me think I might want a blow up tub is so DH can more comfortably be in there with me while I'm flopping around. However, something about the thought of those jets on my back makes me happy...
Back when I was having a homebirth I asked about this because I have a heated jacuzzi tub in my master bath (can you believe I have never been in it!?! ...I'm not a big fan of soaking/baths. My sister uses it when she house sits and says it's great, I keep meaning to give it a try).

My (then) MW said she would still recommend a rental tub because mine is not big enough for my belly to be submerged while changing positions (like if I wanted to kneel or something). So maybe you should hop in it and try out a few positions?
post #66 of 91
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Originally Posted by Katie34 View Post
Okay cool- I just sent an email to someone in dh's family telling her where I will register so I feel excited to have spoken up about that! Now I can choose things I want- fun!
I actually want to register at BabyGap as I like a lot of their stuff. But I can't do an online registry and there is no Gap close to me. So I guess I will just make a list of what I want and the people who would get it for me will communicate. Ah, gifts- fun!
maybe you could make an online wish list on myregistry or amazon (which now allows you to add things from any site). I did an amazon one (in addition to the mainstream Babies R Us for those that want to shop in an actual store for my in laws that threw me a shower. It helped A LOT. It was great to get things that we actually need.

The amazon one got used too, and people actually studied both and bought some very appropriate gifts that I didn't register for (like a super nice sling) based on the fact that I had a moby and ergo on the list. I also listed a few cloth diapers (even though my stash is pretty complete) just let people see what "new" cloth diapers are all about - and one lady did find some in a local store and was so excited to buy a few.

On amazon there is a notes section so I could list local places that stock the items and it still lets the person click that they bought it.

My MIL has suggested I continue to do an online list for the future so she knows what to get the baby since she lives so far away and won't know what toys it does/doesn't have. This will be great - hopefully I can steer her towards more natural/non-plastic options because that would be new for her!!
post #67 of 91
OMG, unannounced hospital room visit from my mother-in-law while my husband wasn't here. Made/making it very hard to avoid having stress-contractions!!! GRR!

Anyway, discharging from the hospital now, yay! Home to rest and wait. Hopefully a lot of resting and waiting.
post #68 of 91
I got a Moby wrap from my registry today!! Tell me if you loved it (please tell me that bc I am excited to do a wrap!) and any suggestions like how to put it on.
post #69 of 91
Just follow the directions it came with. It's easy. I like to put it on before I leave to go somewhere if I can. I love the wrap style and my kids would always sleep in them. It was so soothing to them. I always did the hug hold and the newborn hug hold. The kangaroo hold looks nice. I may have to try that one out. I have a Moby Wrap but I was thinking about making a fleece version of one. I think that would be great since we are having winter babies. I have never had a winter baby. I am used to sweating to death in Texas trying to wear my baby so this is kind of exciting to me.
post #70 of 91
My friend is getting me a dozen infant prefolds, yay! So even if my family doesn't catch on with the fancy AIOs, at least the baby will have SOMETHING.

About the circumcision thing, definitely don't be persuaded by the "I want him to look like everyone else" argument. These days, boys don't really look at each other in the locker room (if there is a locker room), I'm told - THAT's what would get them made fun of. I know in my circle of friends, intact boys are the norm - circumcised ones would be the odd ones out. And if your husband wants the baby to look like him, remind him that little boys don't look like adults anyway. My son has never seemed to notice that his dad is circumcised. He's way more interested in his beard, and we aren't going to surgically graft one of those to a baby's face!

I like the amazon wish lists, though I wish you could pick what order they display stuff in for other people by default. I don't have confidence in my family's ability to sort by priority.

It's great that you get to go home, aramat! I hope you stay there a good long time!
post #71 of 91
I'm thinking about making a registry...someone at church the other day said sort of in passing that we should make a list of what we need in case someone plans a shower for us. Not sure if that was a hint ( we sure weren't expecting any sort of a shower for baby #5, but we are at a new church, so I guess it wouldn't surprise me if they did give us one!)

We need a few big-ticket items, as all our "big" stuff was from ds1 (nearly 8 years old) and wearing out fast....when we moved a year ago, we craigslisted a lot of baby gear since we knew it wouldn't really last through another kid, and didn't want the hassle of moving it.

So now we need a new infant car seat and at least one bouncy seat....one for upstairs and down would be nice, but at least one...we babywear, so the strollers we have (a sit'n'stand and a double jog stroller) will be more than adequate. But I'd really really love to have a new papasan-style swing...we had an old used one with dd2, and it was very nice to have--when I needed to put her down to wipe a toddler butt or something, it was great to keep her asleep or up off the floor where her siblings would step on her or pester her to death, LOL!

I just bought a mini portable crib to side-car...I found a good deal on it, and I think it's going to work out well, so that's one thing we can check off.

So really, the biggest things we need are an infant car seat, a swing, and a bouncy seat or two. Sigh.....I wish I could put a washing machine on a baby registry--ours is on the fritz again!

Or a larger vehicle! Our minivan is about maxed out for space, and I'm still not positive we'll be able to get 3 kids in the back row--a high-back booster, a FF convertible, and a backless booster! You reckon folks would raise their eyebrows if I put "12-passenger van" on the wish list??

PS....Kara, about the jacuzzi....for my last 2 births, I had a bathroom with a really deep, large tub (no jets though, boo-hoo!) and it worked out fine! I'm on the short side, so I didn't actually need more depth, but ultimately it was just a lot easier to use the tub than to set up a birth pool. However, one thing I hated was the hard bottom and sides of the tub! I'd highly recommend you go buy 2 or 3 really cheap bed pillows and have them handy for kneeling/sitting/leaning. If they get messy you can throw them away without too much guilt.

For my ds2's birth (first birth in that tub) I didn't have any cushion; I tried an inflatable pillow, but it wouldn't stay put because it kept trying to float up (duh!) and it was very frustrating. I actually didn't stay in the tub for that birth, partly because it was so uncomfortable (also his cord was wrapped and getting out gave the mw and dh more room to maneuver him out). Anyway, I highly recommend some sort of cushion. Maybe just an egg-crate foam pad that you can cut to size and submerge? But cheap bed pillows do the trick and are easy to find!
post #72 of 91
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Originally Posted by aramat View Post
Anyway, discharging from the hospital now, yay! Home to rest and wait. Hopefully a lot of resting and waiting.
Yeah! Glad you are headed home.
post #73 of 91
yay going home!!

I'm not doing well, ladies.

I've been running around too much: trying to get to the hospital so I can do some kangaroo'ing during one of the girls' feeds (husband holds the other at the same time). Spent even more time there yesterday and got to bathe them for the first time. Which is great, but again, means I get little rest. I make sure I'm up early enough to see my son before his nanny comes in the morning. I'm at the hospital for a few hours every day, and then want to be sure to see my son for the few hours when he gets home before he goes to bed. And play with him. I am pumping every three hours (both at the hospital and at home) and am thus not sleeping for more than 2 hours at a time. So I'm not recovering from the c-section at all.

I have been in so much pain. I've been on two percoset every four hours, motrin every 6 hours, plus tylenol extra strength. And it isn't enough. My husband came in our room today while I was resting and said I looked like I needed a blood transfusion. He made me make an appointment with the doctor, so agreed that I was not doing well and I needed to REST. The midwife was so sympathetic and said that I needed to take time for myself and that she knew how hard it must be for me but I really really needed at least one day of comfy pajamas (her words). They are increasing my pain meds to I can be more comfortable as well. And, I need to go back on Sunday and Wed to have them look more at my incision...its a little red and swollen and they want to be sure it isn't getting infected under the skin. I couldn't stop crying at the appointment...the stress is getting to me, and the lack of sleep and hormones doesn't help.

Sigh. So not good at all... The girls are doing fantastically (!!!) but me...not so much. If they weren't doing well I don't know how I'd cope. I don't know what to do... how can I not go to the hospital to see my girls? And not pumping as much just isn't an option either...I can't risk my supply...

Just needed to vent...

On a positive, pics of the girls in the NICU-friendly clothes I bought them, and one of me and Meorah:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...1261184440.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...1261184439.jpg
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b3...1261184438.jpg
post #74 of 91
The girls look adorable - but do take sometime for yourself mama!
post #75 of 91
Thread Starter 
Zevy So sorry to hear you aren't doing well right now. I really hope you can find some rest and comfort. I am glad your babies are doing well. I hope you have a peaceful recovery and get lots of nourishment and help and rest.
post #76 of 91
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Originally Posted by TexasMum View Post
If I actually make it to that point, my induction date is 1/22. So I'm there with ya. I'm not going to the January board. I am hanging out here. All my kids have been inductions. Doesn't make me any less of a mama. I labored and pushed and birthed and tore, unmedicated, just like everyone else. I have diabetes so that's just what we do. I have the same doctor so he knows the drill and it works for us. Of course then people try to doubt my diabetes even exists. I guess the numbers in black and white aren't good enough for some. I was born with it. I'm not any happier about it than they are.
This is so encouraging to me. I've been worried bc my midwife wants to induce by my due date and it's freaking me out. I'm not sure I will be able to handle pitocin. But its good to hear you are able to have natural births even with inductions.
post #77 of 91
HUGS, Zevy!!!
post #78 of 91
Oh Zevy, I hope you can get some rest! What a conflict of feelings, you are doing a really great job with all of that pumping and trying to see all of your babes. I think a day in pajamas sounds like the perfect idea and maybe it can rejuvenate you some? Healing is so important too and it sounds like your pain is just making everything so much harder! Lots of hugs and rest, your babies are beautiful!
post #79 of 91
Thread Starter 
We got a new mattress today. I am so excited, it is really nice and comfortable! We are still in the process of figuring out a new bed but the mattress is a big step. We just got it today and are still sleeping in our old bed till we get things more sorted but it is something we have been working on for a while now and it feels good to have a good one.
Still have to get some house projects done in the next couple months, but I feel that I am making progress with it.
post #80 of 91
Oh, Zevy! Could you take one night off of pumping, just pumping if/when you wake up.
I remember that 6 continuous hours of sleep is what most people need before it takes a serious toll on their health.
Would you consider skipping one pumping a night to get a longer stretch? My mom stayed up with DS one night when he was 2wks and kept him content with just cuddles and a pacifier. I got the full six hours and it felt incredible, can't even exaggerate what a difference it made.
Your children are incredibly lucky to have a mom with such love and dedication s
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