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post #41 of 122
I have for sure been having lots of nesting urges. But I am really tired most days so it almost drives me crazy.. thinking of all the things I need to do, but all I really feel like doing is getting on Facebook and MDC.

But, we have a lot of ongoing house projects, and have been getting organized and throwing things out little by little on the weekends. This weekend we are going out of town, but next week we get to start on the master bathroom! I am so excited.. all I use it for now is hair/makeup because there is no room for anything and it is always so cluttered. We're going to paint (lime green!) and put up shelves so I can store all of my goodies, and put up a "new" mirror (not new since it is in our bedroom, but new to the bathroom) and new light fixture. It will be very nice to have 2 working bathrooms! And we are also repainting the living room and hall bathroom... and lots more organizing.. so all of that takes care of my "nesting" on the weekends.. I try and stick to laundry and dishes during the week.
post #42 of 122
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Originally Posted by my kidlets and me View Post
Wow, Sasha...I'm tired just reading your signature! I'm only expecting #4, and I feel like I'm tired all the time, but I'm slacking compared to you!
Please dont feel that way at all! Trust me having two older kids makes a HUGE difference. I was looking at your little ones ages and they are the ages of my youngest 3. Without the help of my older girls to help me wrangle kids back inside, off the kitchen island so on and so forth I think I would have collapsed by now. On that same note I have found that if I dont drink tons of water I start feeling really worn out really fast. I'm sure you probably already know to keep yourself hydrated but I thought I would throw that out there just in case. I have a friend with several children that I was talking to the other day and she had never heard the keep your self super hydrated to keep up your energy speech, so figured it wouldn't hurt to say it.

I completely know what your talking about LadyCatherine. I have a ton of sewing projects I keep on meaning to finish but I just cant seem to get myself motivated. Maybe I should bring my box out and put it on the counter or something so I get frustrated enough looking at it to actually HAVE to finish?

Yes, yes and yes on already making the list of all those little things I am going to need. That is one of the main reasons I am so excited that the property sold, now I can actually get all those things and not have to stress so much on it.

I keep getting this urge to buy matching clothes for the babies but am so far resisting. I have plenty of hand me downs in storage to be more than enough so I am trying to remind myself that matching outfits are going to be the obvious choice for people buying presents and to hold off. Still when I see those cute little sleepers and hold them up side by side....
post #43 of 122
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Are you expecting fraternal or identical twins, Sasha?

Catie - I've been spending too much time online, too. Definitely a productivity killer...
post #44 of 122
It's weird, I'm really not nesting at all. I bought some baby girl clothes at a garage sale last weekend, and I want to get a used Babyhawk, but otherwise, I think I have everything I need. Having an 18 mo old, I feel like I'm still in "baby mode", and I'm pretty well stocked.

Fern, my round ligament pain is really bad as well. My CNM said that it'll be worse this time around because it's my 3rd pregnancy. I also think the stabbing pain under my ribs is associated with that.
post #45 of 122
I posted in the thread in the I'm Pregnant forum about what helps my RLP.

I use the sifting technique and it is amazing. I suffered so bad with my daughter and it started up pretty early with this one as well. Crippling pain. I found it has a lot to do with baby's position, so the sifting shifts him/her into a better position and alleviates the pain.
post #46 of 122
MamaFern - so glad to hear you are reconnecting with your sil again and that you get to be around her baby more! hope it is going well

I am working harder than ever at work. It is my job to connect and support all the children with medical or bahvioural concerns at work to approriate resources and camp leaders. I feel proud of my work at the end of the day, but I'm beat and feel bad when I take it out on mandude. He knows I'm just too tired to cook but also starving and is so understanding and that makes me feel worse.

I'm also in nesting mode, though. Yesterday I took everything out of the cupboards and drawers, cleaned them out, and then rearranged everything. Hahaha, random.
post #47 of 122
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I have for sure been having lots of nesting urges. But I am really tired most days so it almost drives me crazy.. thinking of all the things I need to do, but all I really feel like doing is getting on Facebook and MDC.
Yeah, this is me too. I want to nest but every time I get going on some project the B/H start to hit and then I just sit down and surf for a while.

I did manage to get dd's new (but antique) dresser cleaned up today and dh just shoved it into place in her room. Tomorrow, I'll move the clothes into it and we can get rid of the space-sucking dresser that is in there now. Then on to the Big Girl Bed! Seriously, I love co-sleeping, but the time has come for either her or dh to go. Dh wouldn't mind in the least to have his own bed.

Tried looking for a body pillow today while I was out but haven't had any luck. I don't think they are as popular as what they were a few years back.

Had an appointment with the NP at the OB's office today. They called last week and said that they needed to schedule me for another ultrasound because they couldn't see the cord well enough. Don't think anything is wrong, but the picture was just unclear. So today, she tells me that they couldn't see enough of the cord, the lungs, the upper lip, the heart.... I mean, geez, couldn't they have said that at the time? The U/S tech told me that everything looked great. Sigh. Now I'm going to worry. Even though it is not a matter of anything being wrong, I'm still going to have to stress over this. I feel like my worries over things going wrong have been much higher with this pregnancy. Oh well, just a week...
post #48 of 122
Glad to see I'm not the only crazy list maker. lol I have a list of clothes going on right now as I have to get a full wardrobe. DD seriously had all pink and purples, there was only maybe three things that I was able to reuse for this LO.

I have a list of homebirth supplies, and have been checking off things as I get them.

I feel behind though. I've been so swamped in drama with ex and moving, etc... I really haven't thought about this pregnancy much at all. Which is really sad, because it is very likely my last pregnancy. So trying to deal with all that emotional stuff too.

I need like an entire week at a spa. I think they should add that as a maternity benefit. LOL!
post #49 of 122
Thanks, Demeter. I'm going to ask DH if we can try that. I love that website. It has so much helpful info! I think both of my other babies hung out in a posterior position for most of the pregnancy, but then miraculously turned for the birth. I remember reading on that website something along the lines that your first baby sort of "blazes the trail" for his/her birth, and then the subsequent babies follow that same path.

I do catch myself reclining on the couch a lot (as I'm doing right now), and I know that's not good for optimal fetal positioning, so I need to get serious about not slouching and doing more tailor sitting and such.
post #50 of 122
Well I think dh is the one nesting... yesterday he reorganized all the kitchen cabinets, bought new tupperware for summer camping trips and tossed all the old containers with mismatched lids... Oh and he saw a sale at Rugged Bear (75% off!) and let the kids pick out couple baby outfits.

Our master bedroom is right now a disaster area and we're trying to figure out how to redo it so there's room for us+babies. So far my nesting has involved standing in the room, looking around helplessly at the existing furniture/mess and then collapsing on the couch. I've been telling myself that tomorrow evening (the house will be quiet) I'll actually get out a tape measure and some graph paper and make a real plan. We can't spend a ton but we really do need a new mattress. And wow, shopping for a mattress is like shopping for a used car... I'm quickly getting overwhelmed. If anyone absolutely loves their bed, please chime in with recommendations!

Strangers are starting to assume that I'm due imminently, especially because I'm carrying low. And when I correct them, they invariably launch into unsolicited medical advice.... last weekend I almost lost it when the waitresses at a restaurant started on about how there was no way i would make it until November, they know someone whose daughter had twins and the doctors had to "take them" 7 weeks early, but don't worry because by then I'll be more than ready to have them out.... etc, etc...

I feel OK but my back and hips are definitely achy by the end of the day and I had a little bit of sciatic pain last weekend. Went away after soaking in the chilly ocean water. But I just ordered a support belt and am hoping that does the trick.
post #51 of 122
Anybody that is drinking pregnancy tea really sensitive to it? I backed off of it a few weeks ago because it produced some pretty intense braxton hicks. Well, I'm on day 3 of drinking it in earnest and I'm having some intense bh again... so I apparently need to really balance it with lots of water. *sigh* It makes me feel good other than the intense bh.
post #52 of 122
Are you drinking too much RRL or is it too strong? I occasionally got that with #4 if I accidently made it too strong. I try to balance it with a lot of nettles and other teas.
post #53 of 122
Sometimes my uterus gets twingey when I drink my pregnancy tea, but nothing major. I tend to drink it a lot before bed actually, as it helps me relax, usually.

Maybe you just need to drink a little less? Or let it steep for a little less?
post #54 of 122
I have it balanced with other herbs but the bulk of the tea is RRL. As for strength... the first time this happened, I let it steep for an hour (in a half gallon of water) and then added a half gallon of water to it. I think steeping it for an hour is definitely too long and too strong, this time I let it steep 45 minutes so perhaps it's also too strong but it was the end of the batch I made up (I usually 3 tbsp of my mixture to 1 gallon of water) so I didn't have the full 3 tbsp in there but it was close. I guess I'll drop it back down to a half hour and see what that does for me. It didn't happen right away this time, I'm on the 3rd day drinking this batch and today is the day it started... in the tea's defense, I grabbed a glass first thing this morning before eating or drinking anything and I think perhaps that was also a mistake.
post #55 of 122
I've never really had BH from drinking RRL, although I don't drink mine all that strong, so who knows if it's helping in any way either. I love drinking tea in the winter but not so much when it's hot, even as iced tea, it just feels like a chore. So I picked up some RRL tincture that I can drink with juice. So far that's going down a little better, and I can control the dose. Some days when I'm trying to balance taking my prenatal vitamins, and RRL and heartburn remedies that all can't be taken within 2 hrs of each other I just feel like forget it!

Butterflies-my new neighbor is due in 3 weeks, I told her I was due in November and her jaw dropped. My belly is totally bigger than hers and I've got 3 1/2 months to go with a singleton. Ah the joys of being short, I'm steeling myself for many, many comments in the coming months.
post #56 of 122
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Are you expecting fraternal or identical twins, Sasha?
We dont know yet. Before being pregnant with twins I had always thought that was something super easy for them to figure out. Come to find out not nearly that simple. Depending on when they split up identical twins can even have separate placentas but so do fraternal. I sooo didn't know that before. So since both of mine are boys and I didn't have an ultrasound until 17 weeks and they are not sure if they have a shared placenta or just 2 that are smooched up together we have to wait until the birth and possible do a mouth swab test to be positive.

Demeter, thank you so much for what you posted about RLP! Oh my! I tried it out this morning and I do believe I will quickly become addicted to it. I hate to hear that you were having intense BH. Hope reducing the steep time helps.

butterflies I'm looking forward to see what responses you get about good mattresses I have been having a mad hate affair with ours for years but dont want to invest in something and it not be worth it. Completely feel your pain there.

JSMa sounds like you are definitely having a rough go at it. Our oldest is not my husbands bio child (but he has been raising her since she was 2 so even we forget sometimes). I remember having to deal with all that crazy drama while pregnant with her. It was very hard. Know if it was up to me you would totally be getting that week at the spa.
post #57 of 122
I am starting to totally freak out about this whole birth thing. I woke up last night to pee and was in so much pain and it was so hard to get up and walk to the bathroom already that I had a little panic attack about how much worse it's going to get before the end. And I'm so not ready for birth again. I'm still traumatized after my last transfer. The birth was great, it was afterwards that I still am having trouble dealing with. I seriously need to chill the heck out.
post #58 of 122
Kitty. I hope the next few months are helpful in dealing with the past trauma and preparing for the upcoming birth.

The lists thread is making me anxious. I love planning and making lists. And I'm NOT in a place where I can do it yet. Except for my Amazon baby registry - which is always fun to add to and play with. It's the closest to a list I've gotten so far, and even there, I know I'm adding stuff I won't necessarily end up with or need. Like, I dunno how many NB dipes I have, but have a handful on the registry. I probably have less than a dozen, though, with more available if it's a girl (some special things I've got saved away).

Speaking of girls, I *keep* having girl dreams. I haven't had a single boy dream yet. I occasionally refer to the baby as a "he," and I know it'll all be good if it's a boy. But I'm not sure how much of the dreams is my own brain and pregnancy mixed together, and how much is possibly important or predictive, kwim?

I'm starting to consider maybe not having an u/s at all, though I would really love to. I guess we'll just see how it all comes together financially in the next month or so. I'm 22.5 weeks already, so we'll see. That's not too far, of course, but if I can't do it for 4 more weeks, would it be? Not sure at what point there's just way too much chance of seeing gender when we don't want to! But I know the boys will LOVE seeing the baby and getting a video of her/him. So, we shall see! I'm so glad to be at the point where I can feel and tell everything is ok!

We've decided to start doing active showing of our house starting Monday. That means I have to get through my long (lengthening) list of things around here before then. Thankfully, I'm finding that at least some things that we have to pay for won't be expensive. And I know I can do things like patch the walls where my DS put a hole through the sheetrock. But then we'll *have* to paint (we were not going to do any painting). I think I'll end up with DH doing it so I don't have to be exposed to the regular-VOC paint (we have leftovers, at least). I'm hoping we can borrow the painting supplies from friends and not have to invest in all of that for this tiny job!

Anyway, it'll be a busy week, but I'm really hoping we can get it all finished!
post #59 of 122
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Originally Posted by SashaBreeze View Post

Demeter, thank you so much for what you posted about RLP! Oh my! I tried it out this morning and I do believe I will quickly become addicted to it. I hate to hear that you were having intense BH. Hope reducing the steep time helps.

I am so glad it helped you!! I know I was amazed at how quickly it helped me and how good it felt. My hubby will definitely be 'sifting' my belly in labor, I can imagine that probably helps immensely... and my storchenwiege wrap is the perfect sifter!
post #60 of 122
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The lists thread is making me anxious. I love planning and making lists. And I'm NOT in a place where I can do it yet. Except for my Amazon baby registry - which is always fun to add to and play with. It's the closest to a list I've gotten so far, and even there, I know I'm adding stuff I won't necessarily end up with or need.
My list (except, obviously, the stuff I already have) is taken pretty much directly from my amazon registry, which I fully expect that no one will actually buy us stuff from It's my form of nesting, since we don't yet live where we'll be at the birth, but most (all, except for hand-me-downs received in the past two weeks) of the baby and crafting stuff is there instead of here. And we don't have the money to actually buy most of the stuff on the registry, so virtual window shopping it is...

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Speaking of girls, I *keep* having girl dreams. I haven't had a single boy dream yet. I occasionally refer to the baby as a "he," and I know it'll all be good if it's a boy. But I'm not sure how much of the dreams is my own brain and pregnancy mixed together, and how much is possibly important or predictive, kwim?
With my last pregnancy, I didn't find out the sex ahead of time. I had about equal numbers of boy and girl dreams, but all the girl dreams were happy, reassuring, and very realistic, while the boy dreams were anxiety-producing and more likely to include bizarre, unrealistic elements. She ended up being a girl. I don't know if I really strongly wanted a girl subconsciously, or if I somehow "knew" ahead of time.

This pregnancy, I haven't had much in the way of dreams at all, and I don't recall any related to the pregnancy itself. But there's a lot less stress surrounding the pregnancy this time (which seems insane to say, since there's a lot of stress still!), so maybe I have less need to work it out in dreams.
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