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post #101 of 304
Hi everyone!

Well, I'm 5 weeks exactly today. Feels like a benchmark day because AF is officially a week late.

We know it's early, but we're going to take a tour of the hospital I like on Sunday (they have 5 birthing suites w/ laboring tubs, and one with a waterbirth tub!), and I have my fist meeting with the potential midwife a week from tomorrow. I'm psyched!

Lauren - I'm sorry about the name craziness. I agree with the others; at this point, maybe it's just best to wait till she arrives. It sounds maddening!

Hope everyone's doing well!

Oh, Pinoikoi, I thought of another... Ulena or Ulaina (pronounced like Elena or Alaina, but w/ a "u" sound at the begining).
post #102 of 304
I have my first appointment at 3 today and go in at 1:30 for a blood draw. So excited!
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I have my first appointment at 3 today and go in at 1:30 for a blood draw. So excited!
Yippee!!!! Let us know how it goes, Mae.
post #104 of 304
Lisko-- thanks. I like the Elisabeth spelling. I like the nickname Elisa better then Liz and I think it might keep people calling her Elisabeth her whole life. Which wuold be nice. One friend said that it looks like it's spelled wrong. In German the S is a z sound. It's a legit name! LOL.

Everyone-- OK- so hubby and I are also thinking of the name Clara. It sounds so simple and beautiful and old fashioned in a nice way to me. We also like Lila bc february's birthstone is an amethyst and the flower is violet-- both purple and the name Lila makes me think of purple. Random? Maybe. Clarabelle seems too trendy to me.

What are your thoughts on Clara Ruby and Lila Ruby?


So I have not had any signs of labor. I am still going to the gym every morning in fact!!! One friend had a dream that I was having contractions. I hope she is not pyschic. I like being pregnant. I want to hold out until next monday so that MIL can get here and my husband can see the saints win the superbowl for the first time in history.
post #105 of 304
The only Lila I know has the last name Lail and I want to slap their parents for that.

With your last name though, that sounds nice
post #106 of 304
crashing for Pinoikoi
- how about Ulrike? I believe it's pronounced Ool-REE-ka. German for "Mistress of All". How freaking cool is that?!
post #107 of 304
home from my appointment.

Gave 8 vials of blood. I lost track what all they were testing for but its really basic stuff, stds... anemia... thyroid... progesterone... hCG... They told me it all and I didn't disagree with any but cannot currently remember what all there was lol. They didn't start off with the progesterone but when I mentioned my previous loss they added that on.

Because of that loss, my doctor has me coming in for an ultrasound next week on Tuesday (the day I hit 9 weeks) because my insurance wont cover viability ultrasounds without reason (and having had two births since my loss means my loss does not count as a reason to my insurance) so my doctor fibbed and said I don't know my LMP lol... only bad thing is while I am 100% certain my EDD is September 14th... this means my official EDD may be changed. LUCKILY my midwife knows I was charting and will likely go by my September 14th EDD when determining things later in pregnancy. Plus, hey! They COULD end up moving my EDD back a few days... that wouldn't be totally horrible.

Found out I have BV and am being put on some meds for that. Cant wait for it to be taken care of!

Have a bit of spotting expected later today from my pap. She said my cervix looks great and certainly is ripening.

Feeling my uterus she said I'm measuring about right and tried for a heartbeat but couldn't find one (im not heartbroken, I know its rare to find one this early) I get to SEE it next week anyway!
post #108 of 304
Yep, got the spotting. Just a drop, if that... so glad she told me it bled so I knew not to freak out when I saw it.
post #109 of 304
Mae--glad the visit went well.

Lauren--have you considered Elisabet (no h)? It's distinctive but still familiar. Both Clara Ruby & Lila Ruby sound nice. Ruby makes an awesome middle name--we had considered it for Bagel but decided on another instead. It may get used in the future if (a) Bagel's a girl (we don't know) and (b) our second child is also a girl (presuming we're able to have a second). I agree with you that Clarabelle sounds a bit trendy and I also think it sounds a little like a farm animal. A well loved farm animal, but still.

Bagel hasn't been moving much for the past couple of days and I'm doing my best not to freak out. I think he or she changed positions pretty substantially and that all of the movement is going towards the placenta now. We're a little past 24 weeks, so I had been getting used to feeling movements and was just starting to be able to tell different types apart, and now they've become dull and less frequent. It's almost like I'm feeling Bagel's back and head press against me to brace for movement that I can't feel rather than feeling Bagel's legs and arms. I miss Bagel dancing on my cervix--it was irritating, but I could always tell it was Bagel. This just feels so weird and inspecific and not at all reassuring.
post #110 of 304
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Lyndzies - Each week is such a milestone! I hope the next 35 continue to go as well!

Lauren31 - Sorry to hear no action on the labor front yet. She'll be ready to come out eventually!

I do really like Lila. I think its a beautiful name. I'm not so excited by Clara. You and DH are going to end up with a list of so many names! I wonder if the baby will have one by time you leave the hospital... :nana

MaerynPearl - Ugh. They take so much blood. My next blood "give" will be at week 28 when I do my glucose test. I remember that made me feel so very, very icky with DD.

Glad to hear you'll get a peek at the bean next week! That is so much fun!

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starkyld - This just feels so weird and inspecific and not at all reassuring...
By ALL MEANS, if movement has changed and you feel nervous at all, call your midwife. She won't mind - really. And then maybe you will feel reassured.

However, the movement with this little guy is 100% different than any movement I had with DD. DD's was little obvious kicks and punches from the first time I felt her, and always up high. This time around, Caleb's movements are more discreet. His back is facing out, so I think I feel his movements more towards my innards - does that make sense? His movements are also much, much lower, like he's kicking my hoo-ha.

So I think position does make a big difference on where and how you feel movement, but if you are nervous - call, call, call!

AFM - I made up a little "Target Wish List" for the baby. We have family out of town, and though I will not officially register, I thought it would be nice for some to check that and see what baby basics we need FIRST. No highchair or bigger baby toys yet, but just what we'll need in the first month or so. Even if no one ever checks it - it was so FUN to make!

Anybody here babywear or planning to babywear this time around? I never did with DD... but I'd really like to this time. Its like a whole new culture I need to decipher!

Hope everyone else is doing good. Check in Mamas that haven't lately!
post #111 of 304
starkyId- I agree with Lis- CALL! it will make you feel so much better, even if all the MW does is find a HB and let you know all is well. If you think it will make you feel better, of course...

lisko- i can't believe you waited this long to make a list. i've had mine mentally prepared for 19-20 months... and just last week decided to make it official. not that I havent already changed my mind 35 times per item, so no one knows that we even have the registry yet...
amazon was a good place too, I used the universal registry tool- so you can add things from lots of different sites. now THAT was fun.

I want to babywear too... and it's a whole new lingo. I can't keep all the abbrev's straight between TTC, PG, and now BW! ha! I have NO idea where to start there, perhaps another trip to our local crunchy baby store will help with that.

mae- yippee for US next week. that'll be reassuring I hope.

Lauren- I like most of the names you've added to the list. I dont love Clarabelle- i agree with starkyId that it reminds me of a farm for some unknown reason. sorry I think maybe you can just take the names you and DH love, and the ones you like, and when you meet your little girl, you will know. My parents didnt really discuss girl names because they were sure I was a boy... and within about 3 minutes of my birth, my dad came up with the name, and my mom loved it, and it stuck. he said he just "knew" it was my name.

I had a cat that i named LeMeow Whiner when I was about 7. his name was changed to Larry about 3 months later, and it was a much more fitting name. Not that I am at all equating your daughter to a cat...! Just saying that back then, I hated the first name I chose, but couldnt think of anything else, and thought I had to name him immediately...I didnt think to wait to see what he was like before I named him. Turns out he was very much more like Larry from the Three Stooges.)

I bet as soon as you look into her eyes, you'll just know what it's meant to be. I do like the middle name Ruby, and I still love Anneleise (and I didnt once think of anal grease- where is your mind, girl?!?!); and I love Adelynn, because of the meaning to your family, despite your fear of the spelling. now you;ve added Lila, which i also L-O-V-E and the G names which I also enjoy...

just keep that list, ruminate on it, and let your girl choose for you.

and also- did you start your EPO yet? I know you asked about it a few weeks ago-- any action from that? I can't believe you're soooo close!!!!!!

Lyndzies- yay for another milestone!!! the first weeks poked by for me, but now, it doesnt seem like it was *that* long ago... how do you feel these days? are you sick at all, or just tired?

AFM, week 14 has started today. i love Tuesdays. I'm off to check my various growth/progress/milestone sites now... ! I picked up some mat clothes from a freecycler last night. score! they will be great when I need them, which could be soon, since I have 2 pairs of comfy pants, and most of my shirts are now too short due to the enormous torpedo boobs.
I went to the nutritionist last week, and i actually lost weight from my visit when i was 6w1d. weird. 7 lbs, and I havent been dieting or anything, or even sick. maybe it's because I decided to cut out most of the cookies finally? (except the sleeve of thin mints that I ate in 2 days last week. totally worth it.)
post #112 of 304
Thank you so much guys! I am going to just sit back and let the baby choose her name. I am comfortabel enough with the names that I am ok with it. I am sorta accepting the fact that if we choose Anneliese as the first name that people might call her Annie and I always loved little orphan annie... sooo.... haha. OK my appt today was fine. I am due on Friday but the doctor said baby is about 7 lbs and the fluid and everything is good. He now is having me come back on Friday and then every two days therafter. Does that seem excessive?! He said my cervix is not ripe. ugh.
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lisko (and LZP) - I'm planning to babywear, too! It's actually one of the things (besides the actual baby!) that I'm most excited about! I seriously can't wait... it's SO HARD to decide what types to start with, though. I think I'd like to start w/ a Moby or other stretchy wrap when s/he is a newborn, cause that seems really snug and good for nursing, but I also want a good long woven, too. I also think Moby would be good for DP to wear the little one, too ('cause I'm not going to be the only one wearing!).

LZP - mostly, I'm tired. And my boobs are large and incredibly sore. But I'm also pretty bloated (already wearing a Bella Band if you can believe it! At only 5w1d!) and starting to get queasy. I hope the queasiness stays mild but I'd be lying if I didn't say that every symptom - including the negative ones - is reassuring.

Mae - yay for a seemingly smooth appointment, and for getting to see the bean tribble next week! Sorry about the BV, I hope it clears up quickly (and that it's not bothering you too much!). Lotsa probiotics while on those meds, missy!

AFM - I had "a moment" yesterday where I thought that this pregnancy was all of a sudden going to be taken from me. Was going to end just like that with the appearance of blood and cramping. I think this is because I've had some VERY mild cramping (I'd more call it tightness and/or pulling) which although normal, freaks me out... and because I just sort of shook myself, pinched myself, told myself this all must be way too good to be true.

I'm feeling better today... but I wish I could shake that feeling in the back of my head. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited, and ecstatic... but also would be devastated if this were all gone in a snap for some reason. It's scary and wonderful all at the same time.

It's making me want an early u/s, even though I said earlier I didn't want one. But now that all the betas are done.... I dunno, I need that next stage of reassurance!
post #114 of 304
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Thank you so much guys! I am going to just sit back and let the baby choose her name. I am comfortabel enough with the names that I am ok with it. I am sorta accepting the fact that if we choose Anneliese as the first name that people might call her Annie and I always loved little orphan annie... sooo.... haha. OK my appt today was fine. I am due on Friday but the doctor said baby is about 7 lbs and the fluid and everything is good. He now is having me come back on Friday and then every two days therafter. Does that seem excessive?! He said my cervix is not ripe. ugh.
are you using the EPO you asked about? have you "used" your DH lately? those things are supposed to help... right?

ETA: Lyndzies- if it helps you to look ahead- my bbs are now not nearly as sore. still huge torpedos, but not nearly as sore as they were before. getting dressed hurt until about the 12th week, actually. so, just now, it's subsiding nicely. I know what you mean about symptoms being welcome and reassuring! I hope your queasiness stays mild too- just enough to let you know he/she is in there. seems that now my queasiness is picking up though... really? now?!

re: babywearing- wow. so overwhelming. i too have a moby on my wish list, but i think I'll see if i can add a meitei too... just bc some people say they are easier? i dont know... we have time to figure that out!
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are you using the EPO you asked about? have you "used" your DH lately? those things are supposed to help... right?
nope... not taking the EPO bc I got afraid it would put me in labor. and DH and I dtd maybe twice a week? He is not comfortable with my belly and always thinks he is going to hurt the baby. hahaha
post #116 of 304
Oooooh, babywearing! I did with dd and it *saved* us. She needed to be held constantly, and I wouldn't have gotten anything done without my various carriers Not that you asked for my opinion, but here it is:

1. If you can only get one carrier, I'd recommend an Ergo (or something similarly backpack-ish, like a mai-tai, a Becco, or other soft-sided carrier). You can wear it on your front or your back. It is just SO easy to get on and off and it puts the weight on both shoulders and your waist; dd was 10 pounds 7 ounces at birth, so that was a biggie for me!

2. The second "must have" carrier is something like a pouch or ring sling (a ring sling is basically just an adjustable pouch); they both go over one shoulder and you tuck the baby in it like a hammock (or, when they get older you can use a sling to hold them sitting up on your hip). A pouch is SO easy to pop on and you don't have to adjust it at all because it's fitted to your body. Very easy to nurse in them, and for teeny babies, they're more secure than an Ergo (although you can tuck them into an Ergo all right with blankets or a special insert). Ring slings take more practice to get them adjusted just right, but one size fits all--dh and I could share it even though he's over 6' and I'm 5'6. For the first 6 months (maybe longer?!) of her life, the only way dd would go to sleep was in our ring sling with dh walking around and around the kitchen/living room...we called it "the loop."

3. This time I'm also really excited to have a wrap from the beginning (something like a Moby Wrap). These are just long pieces of (sometimes stretchy) fabric that you can learn to tie around your body to hold your baby in various ways--extremely versatile! These can take a little practice to learn, but there's a SUPER snuggly way that you can tie a newborn in there that just makes them like part of your body again (even in a pouch, if you bend over, you have to use one hand to hold the pouch against your body so that they don't swing out like a pendulum). It also puts the weight on both shoulders if you tie it that way. I got a wrap when dd was a bit older and I LOVE it. It was my go-to piece for airports especially when she was a bit older because she could just hide in there, nurse, go through the scanner, and nobody could even tell that I was nursing even if my shirt was pulled up to my shoulders!

Anyway, there's my 25 cents....

Okay eta that if I knew I could get all 3 kinds, I'd START with the Moby wrap, then get the ring sling/pouch (very soon after), and then get the ergo once baby was sitting up.
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DH and I dtd maybe twice a week? He is not comfortable with my belly and always thinks he is going to hurt the baby. hahaha
My dh was like this with my dd's pregnancy too! It was so frustrating, because I was...um...extra interested. I think some men are extra interested in big huge pregnant women, and some men are extra not interested. Unfortunately, my dh was the latter....
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AFM - I had "a moment" yesterday where I thought that this pregnancy was all of a sudden going to be taken from me. Was going to end just like that with the appearance of blood and cramping. I think this is because I've had some VERY mild cramping (I'd more call it tightness and/or pulling) which although normal, freaks me out... and because I just sort of shook myself, pinched myself, told myself this all must be way too good to be true.
I've been doing this a lot too. I've got extra discharge because of the pregnancy and every time I get it, I worry that it's going to be blood. I don't want to be as miserably nauseous as I was with dd, but it is comforting to have symptoms for sure! It makes it feel more real. Part of me is still ... not in denial, but I guess just not really registering that this is real!
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I am due on Friday but the doctor said baby is about 7 lbs and the fluid and everything is good. He now is having me come back on Friday and then every two days therafter. Does that seem excessive?! He said my cervix is not ripe. ugh.
Sounds like you are doing great! Doesn't sound excessive, but just remember that AVERAGE gestation for a first time mom is 41 weeks...NOT 40 weeks! Don't let them make you feel overdue or get into induction craziness before 42 weeks. Don't know what it's like in Germany, but in the US, people seem to be a bit nutty about due dates, and many inductions aren't necessary and end up creating more complications than they're worth (not that I'm an expert). Anyway, sorry if I'm overstepping...I'm full of un-asked-for advice this morning!

eta: I like the name Lila too!
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AFM - I made up a little "Target Wish List" for the baby. We have family out of town, and though I will not officially register, I thought it would be nice for some to check that and see what baby basics we need FIRST. No highchair or bigger baby toys yet, but just what we'll need in the first month or so. Even if no one ever checks it - it was so FUN to make! p
Ive been making mine since the day I got my though no one else has seen it yet.

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Lauren- I like most of the names you've added to the list. I dont love Clarabelle- i agree with starkyId that it reminds me of a farm for some unknown reason. sorry

AFM, week 14 has started today. i love Tuesdays. I'm off to check my various growth/progress/milestone sites now... !
Clarabelle the cow... Disney character and lead spokescow for at least one dairy company :/

My weeks start on Tuesdays! I just finished week 8 and am SO happy

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He now is having me come back on Friday and then every two days therafter. Does that seem excessive?! He said my cervix is not ripe. ugh.
I don't think it sounds excessive, just reassuring. Of course, do NOT let them talk you into doing an induction. It hurt so bad with DS... and with DD it hardly hurt at all... she was not induced, came naturally.

you will have her before Friday and not even have to worry about it!

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my boobs are large and incredibly sore.

Mae - yay for a seemingly smooth appointment, and for getting to see the bean tribble next week! Sorry about the BV, I hope it clears up quickly (and that it's not bothering you too much!). Lotsa probiotics while on those meds, missy!

AFM - I had "a moment" yesterday where I thought that this pregnancy was all of a sudden going to be taken from me. Was going to end just like that with the appearance of blood and cramping. I think this is because I've had some VERY mild cramping (I'd more call it tightness and/or pulling) which although normal, freaks me out... and because I just sort of shook myself, pinched myself, told myself this all must be way too good to be true.
My boobs feel (and look) like I am breastfeeding again already!

Yes @ the probiotics, Im taking some in pill form and eating others in yogurt form. Plus Im washing down there with vinegar (not douching, just washing the outside) because the bad bacteria don't like that environment but the good bacteria do.

I have been having that moment of fear of loss a lot. Especially last night... I was hit with a case of diarrhea that felt an awful lot like contractions, plus the cramping left over from my internal exam. But tribble is still fine! I am sure I will see tribbles heartbeat in a week!

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nope... not taking the EPO bc I got afraid it would put me in labor. and DH and I dtd maybe twice a week? He is not comfortable with my belly and always thinks he is going to hurt the baby. hahaha
Typical male reaction lol.

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I've been doing this a lot too. I've got extra discharge because of the pregnancy and every time I get it, I worry that it's going to be blood. I don't want to be as miserably nauseous as I was with dd, but it is comforting to have symptoms for sure! It makes it feel more real. Part of me is still ... not in denial, but I guess just not really registering that this is real!
Same here. I dont think it will register for me until next week when I see the tribble
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