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post #41 of 169
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So many things to say. The USA IS awesome, in so many ways...but it gets less awesome the more you live in the foreign country. Someone once told me 5 years is all you need to start feeling the love and I've passed the 4 year mark (THAT has flown by) with living in Israel and I guess I see the beauty in it now. I've gotten kind of used to it. And I think going back to the USA would be a huge culture shock..
I agree with you on this. I have only been living in Europe for 7 months or so but I still think it would be a culture shock going back to the US. I love the laid back, easy approach here. I like how people are more concerned with enjoying their lives, traveling, eating good food and drinking good wine, rather then the fast food, crap. Plus, loving the earth and being "alternative" is normal here. Which is cool to me.
post #42 of 169
Well, if it was my plug I don't think it was all of it - sure didn't seem like enough to be. And nothing happened overnight. Sigh.
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Nicole, sounds like whether it was your whole plug or just part of it, it probably means you're dilating more. Which is good! I'm totally thinking about you, Friday is so close! But still hoping you go on your own between now then.

Harpersmion, yeah for baby diapers! Hope the carseats fit! (Eek!)

Keeta, I went to a local LLL meeting last night too, after not having gone since DD was tiny. We're on the same wavelength!

Abystoma, hope you're feeling better today. And show us a picture of the longies when you're done!

Aramat, I hope things are better for you today. I keep thinking about you IRL. I want to give your DH a talking-to myself!! Know that we're all sending you love from our various corners of the world.

I totally thought I was going into labor last night. *Major* contractions about ten minutes apart, like super-painful. Was up until about 1, when they finally subsided and I fell asleep. I was kind of confused about what to do--at 35 weeks am I supposed to go to the hospital to get it stopped, or am I supposed to have the darn baby?? Another couple weeks and it would be more clear, but I didn't know if they still at least do steroid shots for the lungs or what-have-you at 35 weeks? This morning I've only had one big contraction, so I feel like whatever was going on has passed. I'm kind of on the lookout for mucousy globs myself, because I can't imagine that I didn't dilate some more during all that.

In the meantime, we're having a winter storm here, with only a so-so amount of snow but lots of ice. My poor DH phoned me from the road and it was taking him 2 hours to get to work, which usually takes 25 minutes. Poor guy. All the local schools are closed, and DD and I are cancelling all the out-and-about plans we had today since DH recommends not driving. This would NOT be a good day to need to get to the hospital!
post #44 of 169
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All I can do is be pregnant right now! Like- people talk about pregnancy brain- I definitely have that! As soon as anyone asks me to try to think of anything I get totally overwhelmed and like- can't you see I am growing a baby, how could you possibly ask me about anything else?! lol.
As of tomorrow I am 36 weeks and I am huge and just totally consumed. I really feel for anyone who is still working at this point. I don't think I could handle it. The end of pregnancy is quite a challenge, eh?!
post #45 of 169
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All I can do is be pregnant right now! Like- people talk about pregnancy brain- I definitely have that! As soon as anyone asks me to try to think of anything I get totally overwhelmed and like- can't you see I am growing a baby, how could you possibly ask me about anything else?! lol.
As of tomorrow I am 36 weeks and I am huge and just totally consumed. I really feel for anyone who is still working at this point. I don't think I could handle it. The end of pregnancy is quite a challenge, eh?!
omg, me too!!! It's like people start talking about fish or something and I am like, "oh and baby names?!" yadayadayada.
post #46 of 169
Ha - me too. I transitioned my stuff for work a week and a half ago, but said that I could still respond to urgent emails last week.

Well, the urgent emails keep coming, and now instead of thinking "oh, good thing I'm still around" now I'm thinking "go away! Don't you know I'm FULL TERM!!!"
post #47 of 169
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All I can do is be pregnant right now! Like- people talk about pregnancy brain- I definitely have that! As soon as anyone asks me to try to think of anything I get totally overwhelmed and like- can't you see I am growing a baby, how could you possibly ask me about anything else?! lol.
As of tomorrow I am 36 weeks and I am huge and just totally consumed. I really feel for anyone who is still working at this point. I don't think I could handle it. The end of pregnancy is quite a challenge, eh?!


HA - this is me. I'm a full time, WOHM and will work up until the baby decides to arrive. You should've seen me during my first pregnancy. I worked up until the day DS#1 was born - 3 days late - the surprised look on everyone's faces when I came in the office on my due date - they couldn't believe it.
I really have no choice, though. Unless my doc tells me otherwise, I don't want to take away one single day from my maternity leave. Sure, I'm uncomfortable at times and would rather be at home where I could lay down whenever I'd like.....Aaaaaaahhhh... to lay down, right now. After I just had a big lunch.
post #48 of 169
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Ha - me too. I transitioned my stuff for work a week and a half ago, but said that I could still respond to urgent emails last week.

Well, the urgent emails keep coming, and now instead of thinking "oh, good thing I'm still around" now I'm thinking "go away! Don't you know I'm FULL TERM!!!"
God, I SOOOO wish I could do that - work from home these last few weeks. That would be ideal!! But seeing that I work in the sports industry - football, to be specific, this is our BUSIEST time of year with the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl around the corner. Just not happenin'....
post #49 of 169
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I really feel for anyone who is still working at this point. I don't think I could handle it. The end of pregnancy is quite a challenge, eh?!
Am I crazy? I kind of like the diversion! Granted, I notice I am MUCH slower at certain aspects of my job. If someone wants a simple contract reviewed I find my mind wandering a couple of times throughout - same when I'm drafting documents. But it still feels great to have a "to-do" list and check things off all day long. I get home and have nothing to do but daydream about the baby and I turn to a big lazy mush!!
post #50 of 169
MW appt. update... went in for my 36 wk this morning. This was the first time DH came since we got dumped by the first MW at 15 weeks. The appt. was ok - it was with the one MW I haven't really hit it off with so we didn't really have a ton to talk about - even though this was the appt. we wanted to go over the birth plan. It went ok, she liked all the points we made and said they were pretty standard for those that have read up on natural childbirth and taken the birth class we selected.

I did the GBS swab on myself and now I just wait for the results.

After reading the posts I'm kind of curious about the mucous plug. I don't think I have lost mine or anything - but I did wake up with lots of egg-white CM this morning. (In fact some more came off on the test swab later at the MW office). I though increased discharge was normal, so I am wondering if I will ever be able to tell the difference if I keep havign this kind of discharge... hmmmmm
post #51 of 169
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After reading the posts I'm kind of curious about the mucous plug. I don't think I have lost mine or anything - but I did wake up with lots of egg-white CM this morning. (In fact some more came off on the test swab later at the MW office). I though increased discharge was normal, so I am wondering if I will ever be able to tell the difference if I keep havign this kind of discharge... hmmmmm
My first pregnancy I started losing mine the day before labor began - it was pink and stringy and I saw it in the toilet, not my underwear...but I think it should be pink tinged at least - not creamy, clear or white...am I wrong about this? Any other mamas want to weigh in here?

Had a MW appointment today, where DS probably displayed the WORST behavior I have ever seem him have in public. It was seriously a nightmare, EVEN with my DH there to deal with him. He was just absolutely horrible - throwing hard toys, climbing up on the exam table and jumping off, screaming, hitting....it was truly awful. At one point my DH had to remove him completely from the building and go across the street to calm him down. UGH. I'm not up for much more of this behavior. He seems to be fine when it's just the two of us...but, duh! not going to be just the two of us for much longer.

But other than that, the appointment stuff was fine - measuring at 38 weeks (right on schedule), BP was 97/66 or something, and I think I gained 3 lbs in 2 weeks. I now weigh more than I ever have in my life, and outweigh my husband by about 30 lbs. Blargh. And my tub STILL isn't in yet! I'm waiting for a person ahead of me to use it (go into labor already!!!!!!!!). It's like the one thing on my list to get and I have no control over it.

Is it bedtime yet? I'm ready for this day to be over.
post #52 of 169
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I didn't mean to be offensive by what I wrote this morning about not being able to imagine still working at this point I felt bad later about how I phrased that!
Especially I think it depends on what people's regular schedules and rhythms are, and everything. Anyway- I just meant that I have been feeling really slow lately and unable to think of much or do much! But I am a homebody anyway. But even today I was supposed to take dh's car in to get his stereo looked at as it is broken and I canceled it cause I felt overwhelmed! Then I felt badly later as he has no music in his car. But I just felt like I did not want to do it.
So anyway- sorry if that came out rudely- I didn't mean it that way!
post #53 of 169
Mucous plug - I usually lose it somewhere in the middle of labor, but, this third time, I never saw it or any bloody or pink tinges at all, so I'm thinking it must've been the "looks like it came out of my nose"-discharge that I'd been having off & on for weeks before my water broke.

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I still think it would be a culture shock going back to the US. I love the laid back, easy approach here. I like how people are more concerned with enjoying their lives, traveling, eating good food and drinking good wine, rather then the fast food, crap. Plus, loving the earth and being "alternative" is normal here. Which is cool to me.
I've heard the five-year-thing, too. We just passed the 1-yr-mark here last week.
Brazil definitely has a more laid-back attitude than the US -- more holidays, more vacations... -- but also extreme poverty (favelas), corruption, low incomes and high prices... I live in a clean, safe neighborhood, but even here there are homeless people sleeping on the sidewalks on nearly every block or couple of blocks. Sometimes homeless families, which sometimes put their kids to work begging or selling junk at street lights. ...We Americans have it SO GOOD, and we don't even know it. Waah, I wanna go home!

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Am I crazy? I kind of like the diversion! Granted, I notice I am MUCH slower at certain aspects of my job. If someone wants a simple contract reviewed I find my mind wandering a couple of times throughout - same when I'm drafting documents. But it still feels great to have a "to-do" list and check things off all day long. I get home and have nothing to do but daydream about the baby and I turn to a big lazy mush!!
My last pregnancy, I worked until the morning I woke up with contractions. This pregnancy, I was home all day every day with no money to spend... I preferred the working!
post #54 of 169
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I didn't mean to be offensive by what I wrote this morning about not being able to imagine still working at this point I felt bad later about how I phrased that!
Especially I think it depends on what people's regular schedules and rhythms are, and everything. Anyway- I just meant that I have been feeling really slow lately and unable to think of much or do much! But I am a homebody anyway. But even today I was supposed to take dh's car in to get his stereo looked at as it is broken and I canceled it cause I felt overwhelmed! Then I felt badly later as he has no music in his car. But I just felt like I did not want to do it.
So anyway- sorry if that came out rudely- I didn't mean it that way!
I didn't think it was offensive at all!

In fact as the day goes on I kind of take back what I said - I just want to go home!!

My SIL is pregnant with #2! She just told us today. I'm happy for her. It did lead to some annoying conversation about prenatal care (her doc is "so amazing" according to MIL - she only wishes we could have someone so awesome. MIL thinks my care has been very sub par b/c of lack of ultrasounds, etc. so this just brought everything up all over again).
post #55 of 169
Installed the carseat today - and did 4 loads of laundry (1000+ stairs!) and still no signs of labor...haven't had any "mucous" since yesterday, go figure...
post #56 of 169
I've been spoilling myself this week A friend of a friend who does massage is in town for 2 weeks, so I booked two appointments about a week apart! I consider one a bday present, and one a baby present. My last one is tomorrow, ahhh. The baby got so happy wiggly during the last one.
I go back to work in 2 weeks (until baby comes). It's seriously only 3hrs/wk, but I'm not looking forward to it. I do accounting, but I loose my ability for math when pregnant and I'll have to double check all my work.
post #57 of 169
With DD, my plug came out in one big chunk and was totally clear - but it was very definitely a plug - was waay too big to be anything else! Then my water broke about 6 hours later and contractions started right after that. Textbook except for the large amount of meconium in the waters. So while I think that plugs are usually blood-tinged, it doesn't always work that way.

Yeah, I've been lucky I can at least check my email from home. I've quite a bit of vacation to use up, and of course Canadians have a marvelous mat leave benefit, so I don't need to panic about wasting any now. And I'd rather transition properly rather than have everyone annoyed at me upon my return. But I'm DONE now
post #58 of 169

De-lurking to whine.....

Hi mamas! I was slightly more active on the board during the 1st trimester, then mostly lurked.

Anyway, I'll be 39w on Friday (due 2/5) and I was just diagnosed with PUPPP. I
m itchy and irritable....the itching is keeping me awake at night, even more so than the heartburn and constant peeing.....I'm taking dandelion, milk thistle, and flax oil and it seems to be helping a bit. After this weekend, I'm going to start a regimen of evening primrose oil.

I've enjoyed reading everyone's updates.....
post #59 of 169
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Installed the carseat today - and did 4 loads of laundry (1000+ stairs!) and still no signs of labor...haven't had any "mucous" since yesterday, go figure...
Damn! I'm rootin for you, grrl.

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Hi mamas! I was slightly more active on the board during the 1st trimester, then mostly lurked.

Anyway, I'll be 39w on Friday (due 2/5) and I was just diagnosed with PUPPP. I
m itchy and irritable....the itching is keeping me awake at night, even more so than the heartburn and constant peeing.....I'm taking dandelion, milk thistle, and flax oil and it seems to be helping a bit. After this weekend, I'm going to start a regimen of evening primrose oil.

I've enjoyed reading everyone's updates.....
(((hugs))) I hear that is not easy. I seem to remember reading something about nutricional deficiency with PUPPP when I thought I had it. Have you had your liver enzymes checked out? Well, you are almost there...hang in there mama. (((hugs)))

I'm doing okay. Went to the grocery store last night and it was just one hard contraction after another. Not so easy to relax through them when pushing a cart with one of your kids and groceries. Of course dh was like "let's go home right now" I was like, I probably just need to drink something. Got a bottle of milk and drank it...finished shopping (very quickly) and then found that after 10 min in the car (on the way home) everything stopped. Basically I have TONS of contractions now if I do any sort of walking or standing up but have totally calm managable BH when sitting down. Sigh.

Still doing the homeopathic thing.

It's quieter now that I don't have my parents (mom, since dad wasn't really in it anyway) in my life, but it actually is going much better. The kids haven't asked to speak with her either. And I find that I'm able to SEE the blessings in my life much more now that mom is out of the picture. So that's good.

Trying to find a way to get out of the house with the kids, they need to get out so much but anytime we go anywhere I have all these contractions and it's so hard to be a functional mommy/human being like that. So we'll see. I also worry that if I let anyone see that I'm having contractions I'll have additional interference that I just really don't want right now. (Americans would just likely keep to themselves and ignore it.)

The itchy rash on my breast is almost totally gone. I think the coconut oil (taken internally and applied directly to the rash with TTO) really helped. That and the fish oil I've been taking.

Trying to get reconnected to the baby. Sent my husband an SMS (text message) yesterday asking him to consider our middle name as a first name. I *think* it might be right or at least a real contender. Of course, I'll know when I see him for sure, but I just wanted to give dh a heads up that I'm going to be considering it. It's a great name! Very cool. I'm happy with it. I'm most happy with that name of the other's on the short list right now. But we'll see.

Trying to let the baby know that I've been a really bad and neglectful mommy. I just got lost in all this family drama and fears and myself and I really do love him and want to meet him and welcome him into the family and that I will keep his best interests at heart...which I hadn't been doing (I'd just been thinking about mine...which is important, but it's a balance, and I wasn't balancing). Clearly I have more work to do on myself before he's born, otherwise he would have been here by now.

Anyways, working on it.
post #60 of 169
ps, did I mention the cat? we had a cat named "Ketem". he wasn't "ours" per ce but he was born under our house and we've been feeding him and petting him and giving him love since he was born (watching him nurse, etc...nursing him back to health when he's injured...) He would come when I would call. He would escort us all on walks. He would climb into our car if we left the door open too long and walk right into the house, we'd always have to shoo him out and remind him that he is a wild cat. The kids adored him. He was loyal like a dog.

Well, he dissappeared. The rains came and we would see him sporatically but then he just kind of dissappered. This is the longest he's ever been away. This is his territory, I know the peramaters of his territory like the back of my hand. He has no where else to go that is safe.

I really miss him and wonder what this all means...
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