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post #21 of 73
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I had this happen about a week ago, try deleting your MDC cookies in Firefox (Tools > Options, go to Privacy tab, click on Show Cookies, find the mothering.com ones and Remove Cookies).
That was exactly what I ended up doing yesterday! It worked, but later I still ran into some problemes with MDC. Who knows?
We are going to hunt down and AC today. I don't care what it costs, I need one. This heat is killing me and I'm NOT giving birth in this condition. And I had cramps that woke me up in the middle of the night. A real bummer because it's so hard to get to sleep in this weather in the first place.
But Spain won the World Cup so I guess everything'll be ok.
post #22 of 73
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I'm having a pretty good morning over here. DD slept in until 9:00 this morning
Nice!
Once, during this pregnant summer with no DH around, DS slept until 8.30 but usually he wakes by 7am.
On the plus side, he's asleep by 7.30pm most nights....
He woke up this morning and said, 'Mummy, can I snuggle with you? You're lovely!' love that boy!

Sorry that so many of you are dealing with prodromal stuff and heat. Terri -Hope you get that A/C today!

Amy - Hope the trip to Seoul goes well. It's great that you have a comfortable place to homebirth in. Enjoy your couple of nights without DS...no need to feel guilty about that!!

No more updates on expat-mama yet.
The email from her DH was sent about 12 hrs ago so hopefully babe is in arms!!

AFM - I'm 41 wks tmw.
Feeling quite patient and zen-like though because I'm under no pressure this week.
My baby knows when to be born......I hope!
post #23 of 73
Had my first uncomfortable time yesterday. I have felt so good for weeks with no pains, aches or anything. I was having bh all afternoon, every 10 or so minutes, and had a lot of back pain too. I didn't feel comfortable sitting or lying down, and finally got into a bath around dinnertime and that felt great. Then things mellowed out. I was excited that my body was doing something to prepare! The contractions brought my cervix more centered, so that's good.

I keep thinking that this baby is a Cancer not a Leo- it's just my hit but what do I know?! Husband goes for knee surgery tonight, should only be about 4 days of healing before he can walk somewhat normally, but probably a couple weeks before he can do things like mow or carry heavy things. It's going to be mellow around here this week.
post #24 of 73
We did NOT get an AC unit. They're sold out everywhere!!! We hit all the hardware stores and appliance stores, all to no avail. We ended up getting one off of ebay and I hope the guy gets it sent out tomorrow at the latest. We paid per Paypal so I guess we'll see. *sigh* It's cooling off a bit today due to a storm and tomorrow should be tolerable, but the weather forecast shows the heat picking up in two days.
Pregnancywise I'm feeling leaky. ****TMI**** I had another coughing attack last night and managed to vomit, pee and crap in my pants all at once. I've been having loose stools for a while now, but that was just the cherry on top of it all. I just hope it's a good sign. The book I'm reading - Die Hebammesprechstunde - speaks about women who vomit during labor in a positive light: everything is opening during the birth. And while it's a horrid experience for the mother, apparently midwives take it as a good sign that things are moving along.
post #25 of 73
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Originally Posted by Terrilein View Post
****TMI**** I had another coughing attack last night and managed to vomit, pee and crap in my pants all at once. I've been having loose stools for a while now, but that was just the cherry on top of it all. I just hope it's a good sign. The book I'm reading - Die Hebammesprechstunde - speaks about women who vomit during labor in a positive light: everything is opening during the birth. And while it's a horrid experience for the mother, apparently midwives take it as a good sign that things are moving along.
I remember being at a home birth (as a doula) in which mom was vomiting and in baby's birth story I wrote, "We were happy because we knew that meant you were closer to coming." So yeah, sh*tty for mom, but good news for progress.

This is something I've felt this time too - nausea. I didn't feel it with the girls though. I am wondering if I will vomit this time while giving birth, as well as pooping. Ahhh giving birth is no time to be polite.

I hope your AC gets to you soon Terri!

Jenny - interesting to hear you having signs of progress. I hope your dh's surgery goes well and you take it easy as much as you can.

Welsh - Your son sounds so sweet. How are you keeping yourself occupied and zen-like still at 41 weeks?

Amy - I can hear the relief in your post about you and your dh deciding on his final day. Just a couple of more days and you're off to Seoul. Does your ds know you will be going away, and why, etc? Just curious.

Over here, I'm bored today and moody. Probably because I'm bored. Getting tired and cranky. Start and stop signs. I'm starting to think I'm going to go until my due date on Friday because I've slept quite well the last couple of nights. I feel like if things were going to swing into action I'd be up more like I was before. OTOH who knows? The day is still young. Today is dh's late father's birthday. We were kind of hoping the baby would come today, to honour the memory of his late grandfather. Sort of a melancholy day.

I've been irritable and a bit grumpy with the kids the last couple of days. Have to nip that habit in the bud. I really think it's from hormones though. I really feel like I'm going to have this baby this week.

So has anyone had success with those labour cookies? I'm wondering if I should make the effort and heat up the oven....

Hang in there, Girls!
post #26 of 73
Lol, Surfacing. That's exactly what I was thinking, too. I should take this positive and be happy. But it's kinda difficult to do when every orifice is failing you.
Labor cookies??? Did I miss something? Do they start labor? Make labor faster? Or what? And where do I get the recipe???
post #27 of 73
So here's something fascinating...

I just got a callback from a big scary law firm downtown. The big scary firms did not want to talk to me beyond the screening interview while I was still in law school, because my resume screamed academia/public interest. And I didn't really want to talk to them, either, because aside from the $$$ and the nice lunch they'd provide if called in for a second interview, there wasn't much nice to say about them. Granted, now, with a mortgage and a baby on the way and a last-legs car and an unemployed spouse (he was probably going to stay home with the baby for awhile) and way-too-expensive State Bar insurance, I'm a little less smug about "oh, I can be picky about where I work because I don't have student loans and my rent is low" and a little more "this pays money and has a health plan."

Well, as part of my strategy of half-heartedly applying for jobs to qualify for unemployment, I've basically been responding to posted vacancies indiscriminately and doing nothing else (and will step up once the baby's born and I have a better idea of when I'll be able to start). This big scary firm called for a phone screening interview last week (for a vacancy I applied for in early May, in their Employee Benefits Practice Group--it is a very academic area of law, at least, which is appealing), and I'm pretty sure I bungled at least part of it (though I did disclose my impending scene-from-Alien and they assured me they were not on a specific timeline and would consider my application on its merits) and I figured that was the end of it--but they want me to come in person for a 3-hour tour/Bataan Death March. The HR lady said she'd try to schedule something for this week, and will not hold it against me (she'd try to reschedule for after delivery if the interviews were still occurring and would surely not blackball me for future vacancies, as she would with someone who canceled because of a hangover or something) if I have to cancel. I'm waiting to hear back from her.

Is it wrong that I'm hoping to have to cancel? On balance, I want this baby out. Yesterday. The idea of a three-hour interview with multiple people when just walking from the couch to the bathroom is an ordeal is unappealing. My water breaking in the conference room would surely make an impression, no? (Maybe I should wear incontinence pads just in case?)

Maybe this is a good way to jump-start labor--make plans.
post #28 of 73
Working on Zen here. 40 weeks today, I made the mistake of convincing myself that this baby would follow the same pattern as DD!

Really working to reach Zen, b/c I don't want to be this impatient & frustrated for days/weeks/until baby comes!

Surfacing - I remember having that thought when I was in labor with DD - "Well, if all this other stuff is coming out of all orifaces, than my baby can't be too far behind!"

Amy - safe travels, and lots of good thoughts your way!

Terri - hope your A/C arrives SOON! - but of course it won't be soon enough!

Went on (hopefully!) one last little shopping spree today, bought new hiking boots for DH, a little sleeping nest thingy for the baby, some additional storage for baby blankets etc. Really, I cannot nest any more. It's all done!

One of my best friends has a baby shower scheduled for next Saturday. I was really hoping to be going with a one week-old babe, but I guess the next best I can hope for is that I'll be going with baby still inside! I don't see venturing out that far (it's over an hour from here) with a baby that's just a few days old....guess we'll wait & see!
post #29 of 73
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Originally Posted by Terrilein View Post
Lol, Surfacing. That's exactly what I was thinking, too. I should take this positive and be happy. But it's kinda difficult to do when every orifice is failing you.
Labor cookies??? Did I miss something? Do they start labor? Make labor faster? Or what? And where do I get the recipe???
I hear you on the bolded part and

Labour cookies - I think there's a recipe on the prodromal thread posted by Natanya. I'll check in a second and post a link back.

Proto - interesting how our values shift and suddenly our decisions include compromises we were not willing to make before. It is not at all difficult to understand your lack of desire to do a huge interview process and everything, so close to your due date. You're in a headspace of I'm About To Have A Baby, not I'm Witty, Sharp And Impressive, Hire Me. When she calls you, you could tell her your having labour pains and will call her back after the baby is born or something? Not sure....

slgt -

AFM - I am waking up every hour right now. The past couple of nights I had some pretty solid sleep, complete with pillow drool, so I thought the signs of labour are off for awhile. A couple of good BH tonight and waking up every hour. Could it be because of my good two hour nap this afternoon? I dunno. Lots of lower back/hip pain. I feel like baby is down but is ROT, ROA and I kind of feel like his shoulder is hovering above my pubic bone. Maybe caught? Does that make sense?

Crying 2 y.o. gotta go.... be well all!
post #30 of 73
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Terrilein - here's the labour starting cookie recipe:
http://www.shoppingfortwo.com/Articl...tercookies.htm

I'm going to go bake them now...
post #31 of 73
whoa! cayenne pepper in the cookie dough?!? That just sounds way too indulgent for me. I eat spicy stuff as it is and doubt that spices will trigger labor for me. Hope it works for you, though!
post #32 of 73
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I find the ingredients in the recipe very Austrian... all those spices remind me of certain chicken dishes I've cooked. Yk? I eat spicy food too, and really, I think it's just designed to do what, say, castor oil does.

I'm not sold on the cayenne either but am taking my chances since others have said it's delicious. Hmmm.
post #33 of 73
I've been having strong B-H all afternoon, and we got Indian for dinner - I ordered the saag paneer as hot as I could take it. I'm not so hopeful, to be honest! Doing better about waiting today...had a great day of mindless tasks to do for work.
post #34 of 73
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Mmmmm indian food!
post #35 of 73
Oof. I might not need labor cookies at all. It's 4:49 am and I've got something definitely going on here. My mw came by twice yesterday to do NST's - the first time the baby wouldn't settle down and she wanted me to see an OB/Gyn today to make sure everything's ok. Then she stopped by again late last night for another NST while baby was sleeping. During the afternoon reading I had 4 "contractions" that I didn't really notice so we didn't call them contractions - just tummy hardening. And last night there was only one. My theory was that the baby was irritating my uterus with all the kickboxing and making it tighten up. Well, I'm sitting here now and am just relieved that another tightening episode is over. I mean this one woke me up like the previous mornings, but was so much stronger . . . We'll see, I guess!
post #36 of 73
Terrilein, I hope this is it for you!

Been a busy couple days for me (mostly unintentionally). You might remember we finally got the brakes on our 4Runner fixed. Well, we had it back for about a week when my husband and I noticed a smell after driving up and down the hills on it...burning transmission fluid, not good. We decided not to drive it anymore until either he or a shop could take a look at it and I was back in the '62 Falcon (which, as fun as it is to drive, the manual steering, manual brakes, non-adjustable seat, as well as lack of AC and radio make it very uncomfortable when 9 months pregnant).

I took the Falcon yesterday evening to visit with a few friends, left early because I was tired. Well, as I started back in the mountain roads, she suddenly died on me, right after a blind corner, in the dark. Not good. I was only able to get her halfway off the road. There is one lane for each direction, no shoulder (had it half in the ditch), and no street lights whatsoever. Left the headlights on, but after the next couple of cars barely missed hitting the car, I was pretty freaked out. As there is hardly any cell phone signal on our mountain roads, I was expecting to have to hike a couple of miles and abandon the car, but much to my surprise and relief I had signal there. I started calling my DH, when he suddenly appeared (he was riding home from working late on my motorcycle and happened to see me). What a relief. We called for a tow, but the tow truck got lost so we were stuck waiting for almost 2 hours in the end. We put out flares behind the car which worked great at first, but then we ran out. He put the bike behind the car, in the ditch, with lights and a turn signal on which helped a bit, and we stood on the other side of the road with a flashlight and tried to signal to people to slow down. I have to say, one great thing about living where we do is that a ton of people stopped to ask if we needed any help, that wouldn't happen in most parts of the bay area.

Oh, of course I was dying to pee, but there was nowhere good to go, there was nowhere to sit, and we kept hearing wildlife creeping towards us. Not fun. We were joking around that it would have been perfect timing for me to go into labor just then, but thankfully that didn't happen. Eventually after several phone calls we got the tow truck driver in the right spot and he took me and the Falcon home. Meanwhile, the motorcycle battery was just about dead from having the lights on so much but my DH was able to roll start it eventually. We got home about 1 am and into bed by 2 am.

We were now basically out of working vehicles and I had my NST/fluid check at the hospital scheduled for today. So I set my alarm super early so I could get up, drive the Toyota (with my fingers crossed) an hour to our shop, dropped it off, went and picked up a rental car, then drove 2 hours the other way to the hospital and made it for my appointment. Oh, and one of my dogs had to wake me up to take her out to poo in the middle of what little sleep I did get.

Made it to the hospital, NST went well, baby was very active and then got hiccups at the end. They then did the quick u/s for the fluid check and he was still hiccuping so I got to see what baby hiccups look like. It was a bit difficult for them but they were able to get a good measurement.
Grabbed lunch, did a couple of quick errands, then home to walk the dogs and then collapsed into bed for a couple of hours.

Thankfully I don't have to go anywhere tomorrow! Just working from home, phew. Oh and the other good thing is that my DH finally got fed up with his boss and his crazy hours and today applied for a transfer to a different position at the same company, which would be just 40 hours a week, no unpaid overtime like now, no travel, much less stress, and a much better boss. Really hoping that he gets it.
post #37 of 73
Well, I'm still here. One major tizzy of a contraction does not active labor make. *sigh*
post #38 of 73
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Terrilein, I hope this is it for you!

It's all working towards something Terri!
Your body is being particularly cruel to you right now. I hope you are rewarded with an easy labour!
I vomited during labour with DS and said to DH, 'I can't do this without drugs'. Then the lightbulb went on!
Vomiting and self-doubt = transition. An hour later I was holding my boy!


Oh, of course I was dying to pee, but there was nowhere good to go, there was nowhere to sit, and we kept hearing wildlife creeping towards us. Not fun. We were joking around that it would have been perfect timing for me to go into labor just then, but thankfully that didn't happen.

Erm, somegirl, I don't know which part of this adventure had me more on edge! Sounds like a movie!!!! But in the movie you would've had the baby!
Glad all is well with babe and fingers crossed for your DH @ work
AFM - Nothing to report. 41 + 1, feel fine. Is that weird?
Proof I guess, that women in my family really do cook babies for longer.

Even though DH is in the country, he's been working in London this week.
I am soooooo glad I told him not to travel home (start his vacation time) until I was 10 days late based on my history.
He comes here tomorrow afternoon and will stay with us until we all travel back to Moscow together in about 6-7 wks except for one week in August where he'll be back in London.

I'm doing nothing to encourage labour atm but tomorrow I'll start walking some steep streets and we'll have an Indian (SLGT - Saag Chicken for me!) when DH gets home at dinner time.
Hopefully he'll donate some prostagladins later
The midwives are convinced that my body will not birth this baby without Daddy home. Fascinating. Would be so funny if he walked in the door and my water broke!!!

Proto - I can't imagine interviewing or finding the energy to even apply for jobs right now. Good Luck!

Surfacing - I'm impressed with your ability to feel for your babe's position. I'm pretty useless at it.
Hear you on your melancholy family moment.
My Mum's 4 yr anniversary is on Sunday. The midwife is coming over to do a sweep and I'm thinking that my Mother would be thinking....'ah ha, if she has the baby then, it'll no longer be a sombre day! Meddlesome!'
4 yrs ago tomorrow, I had the most traumatic 10 hr plane ride from Texas to home knowing that my Mother was about to die. She waited 2 days after I arrived. I wouldn't wish that time on my worst enemy.

Amy - I feel awful for you that they're shipping yor DH off so soon after the birth! Could your housekeeper help more with the children?
post #39 of 73
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Originally Posted by mataji4 View Post
Husband goes for knee surgery tonight, should only be about 4 days of healing before he can walk somewhat normally, but probably a couple weeks before he can do things like mow or carry heavy things. It's going to be mellow around here this week.
I think you're a saint!
My DH is a terrible patient and the thought of having to help him out during this time irks me no end!
But what can you do, he needs the surgery. Hopefully he'll be up and about soon!
post #40 of 73
Well, I'll be able to make my interview. The partner I spoke with compared it to a Bataan Death March. I've done the gauntlet before so I know what to expect (endurance-wise) and it will be ALL I am capable of today.

Wish me luck?
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