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post #161 of 217
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Ashley-- Congrats!!! That is awesome!!

Fern-- I had been having period-like cramps this morning too.. Never had that with Liam, only BH cntx.. It was the "intensity" of my normal period cramps too, but it came in waves like cntx would.. I have had them off and on the last couple weeks.. my MW says to make them my friend and try to ignore them, because they can come and go and I will *know* when it is real labor.. I at least have to hope they are doing something productive, right!?
post #162 of 217
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Originally Posted by birthdancedoula View Post
Drive by post here because I need to go celebrate with my fam but...

Not only am I 37 weeks , I passed my midwifery boards....I'm an official Certified Nurse Midwife! Truly it has been an amazing day!

Now, the icing on the cake would be if all these ctx I've been having turn into something significant.
Congratulations, Ashley! Definitely a day to celebrate...

Meta, what is Webster technique? I just started seeing a chiro and he's doing stuff to loosen up my pelvis, but I am a chiro virgin and have no idea about these things.

Have 2 batches of white chocolate chunk brownies in the oven - one batch for my bookclub, and one for the family (because you know I wouldn't be allowed out of the house until they all had a taste...)

Got all my diapers sorted this morning, so another thing to check off my list. Gotta go do my chiro homework and fill the dishwasher, then it's time to pick up dd1 and go to swimming lessons...
post #163 of 217
Meta - I'm glad you found a good solution. Sorry your DD freaked out. I'm sure she'll come around, though. Sounds like Luna is going to a nice place where she will have a lot of freedom. Seems like a great solution to me.

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Originally Posted by birthdancedoula View Post
Drive by post here because I need to go celebrate with my fam but...

Not only am I 37 weeks , I passed my midwifery boards....I'm an official Certified Nurse Midwife! Truly it has been an amazing day!

Now, the icing on the cake would be if all these ctx I've been having turn into something significant.
Congratulations!!! And yes, having a baby would be the PERFECT way to celebrate becoming a midwife.


My landlord just came over to finish the trim on the new door he put on (old one had huge gaps around it, and they said they'd replace it before we moved in in January) and he brought his son with him. His little guy is 6 months older than mine, and so we just let the boys play together. DS will almost never play with other children, but he was sharing his toys and chasing the other little boy and even talked to him! DS is about a year behind in his speech so he wasn't quite sure how to communicate, but they managed to figure it out. My son is autistic and so *any* peer interaction is a HUGE woohoo moment! I am so proud of him. He was friendly and social. It was so cool to see!
post #164 of 217
Congratulations Ashley! Hope you and your family have nice celebration!

Hey, you know the one perk to having a sick toddler? DD had an hour long nap in bed with me. I'll take it how I can get it.
post #165 of 217
That is awesome, Ashley!!! I wish you were closer so you could be my mw. You seem very cool.

Fern I'm sorry she freaked out but it really does sound like a great decision to make.

I feel super sick and crampy today. I know my anxiety didn't help. I seem to have suddenly developed some sort of medical personnel white coat hypertension. I don't even know if my bp goes up, but I feel ill and queasy and all sorts of horrible-and I just went to the Speech lady in the rehab department! I felt the same way when I took them to their physical last friday and they have a really good doctor. I don't know what my deal is. I feel like crap right now, though.

Blood moon? Almost makes me want to go early. My last I went into labor with the night of the full moon (I think...maybe next night? It was in the middle of the night either way) and I had my first 2-3 days before the full moon. The other two were induced, but I'm hoping this either means I will go soon enough to be able to help ds out after surgery or go overdue substantially for the next one so that I can go see Harry Potter in the theatre sans newborn.
post #166 of 217
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I can't believe we have so many mamas at 37-38 weeks! These little ones will be joining us so soon! I wan't baby pics! And more birth stories! I need some really good ones, too, so you all need to have awesome births and come post full details.
I'll get right on that, Heather.

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What can we do with our expired infant seat? Can one recycle them somehow?
A hospital near us just had a car seat "recycle" day (they also did car seat checks and sold $5 bike helmets). You might ask around...or check the Family Safety forum. If you can't find a local program, then go with the destruction method mentioned by a PP. I've even seen people take a sledgehammer to them to make sure they CAN'T be used.

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Karen- It's so funny I was reading through my old ddc posts with my daughter in Feb 07 and realized we were in that ddc together too
That would be why your name looks so familiar! I haven't been back to look at the old DDC posts at all. Heck, I rarely have time to read all I want to in the CURRENT DDC.

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s , I passed my midwifery boards....I'm an official Certified Nurse Midwife! Truly it has been an amazing day!
Congratulations!

Shoot, I had some multi-quotes clicked yesterday, but I guess they didn't save Someone mentioned checking into Crohn's because of the IBS and tingly hands. I really don't think that's the issue. I've had IBS for 20 years (thanks to a bout of ameobic dysentery!) and the tingly hand is only in the past week or two. And now that I think about it, it hasn't been tingly for the past couple of days. Hooray! My hands are still swollen every morning, and my ankles every night, but not too bad - I can still discern my ankle bones

I think the crampy ctx must be going around - I woke up with one in the middle of the night. It makes me happy and worried at the same time. Happy to know my body is doing SOMETHING (I'm 35 weeks tomorrow), scared that any cervical change might lead to a bleed that would put me in the hospital.

Speaking of hospitals, I went in today to fill out my pre-admission paperwork It was kind of a waste of time, IMO. I don't know why I couldn't just fill out the papers and mail them in, like i did last time :eyeroll The admissions lady did give me a tour of L&D (not that anything's changed since I had my DS there nearly 4 years ago), but I couldn't talk to any of the nurses. I swear I just feel like giving up on certain things now. I'm feeling disheartened in some respects.

On the side of things, my HB mw called today just to see how I was doing And my other HB mw has agreed to be our doula so DH no longer has to worry about leaving me alone if the baby needs to go to the nursery or NICU. She's also said she'll encapsulate the placenta, but DH isn't sold on that. He wants to see research, and I haven't been able to find anything solid If I could find something concrete that said it would help my milk come in faster (and more), I think he'd totally go for it.

We've been having gorgeous weather here this week - cool nights and mornings but sunny with warm(ish) afternoons. I was just thinking today how 60 degrees feels warm in October but cool in August! Now, if I could get DS to go outside and enjoy it while it lasts...! Instead, he wants me to set up the sewing machine so he can see how it works!
post #167 of 217
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Originally Posted by birthdancedoula View Post
Drive by post here because I need to go celebrate with my fam but...

Not only am I 37 weeks , I passed my midwifery boards....I'm an official Certified Nurse Midwife! Truly it has been an amazing day!

Now, the icing on the cake would be if all these ctx I've been having turn into something significant.
Congratulations!! What a fantastic accomplishment!

I wanted to write more but I got home from work and suddenly came down with a cold/fever. Caught it from DH--- so far the kids have been healthy. I probably should not have eaten dinner because now I've got heartburn on top of it and can't lay down-- blech.

I've been feeling guilty the past couple days about my older kids... especially dd. I feel like I'm giving her a really poor impression of what pregnancy is like. She wasn't old enough to be aware during my last pregnancy-- when I had tons of energy and felt great right up until the end. At 9 months I was still taking her to the park and playing on the playground with her. Now she's dealing with this huge, grouchy mom who's covered with a creepy red rash and always complaining or asking her to fetch things... rambling thoughts... but I feel like I'm kind of missing out on an opportunity to convey how amazing and awesome this process is.
post #168 of 217
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Originally Posted by Ellen Griswold View Post
Meta, I'm sorry that your dd freaked out but I think that sounds like the perfect solution to your problem. In fact, I'm rather jealous that you even have that option!
I really hope it works out. She came home in a fine mood and my sister said she was a happy kid today. I just really hope Luna doesn't disappear while she's there - I mean, there *are* foxes, etc...

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Originally Posted by my kidlets and me View Post
Meta, what is Webster technique? I just started seeing a chiro and he's doing stuff to loosen up my pelvis, but I am a chiro virgin and have no idea about these things.
I'm really lucky that I don't live far from Ohm Chiropractic - they're the family who started I.C.P.A and who writes the Pathways Magazine (that's my chiro's Dd on the cover in the link) - anyone heard of either? That link should help you understand the Webster Technique.

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My landlord just came over to finish the trim on the new door he put on (old one had huge gaps around it, and they said they'd replace it before we moved in in January) and he brought his son with him. His little guy is 6 months older than mine, and so we just let the boys play together. DS will almost never play with other children, but he was sharing his toys and chasing the other little boy and even talked to him! DS is about a year behind in his speech so he wasn't quite sure how to communicate, but they managed to figure it out. My son is autistic and so *any* peer interaction is a HUGE woohoo moment! I am so proud of him. He was friendly and social. It was so cool to see!
We have a very good friend who is on the spectrum and I know exactly what you mean! It's amazing to watch how our friend (he's almost 10) progresses by leaps & bounds & his mama is always so excited when he catches up with social interaction.

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Originally Posted by kittywitty View Post
Blood moon? Almost makes me want to go early. My last I went into labor with the night of the full moon (I think...maybe next night? It was in the middle of the night either way) and I had my first 2-3 days before the full moon. The other two were induced, but I'm hoping this either means I will go soon enough to be able to help ds out after surgery or go overdue substantially for the next one so that I can go see Harry Potter in the theatre sans newborn.
Sorry you're not feeling well, Desiree.

None of my babies have been born on the full moon. I'll have to look and see how close they were.

And YES! The new HP movie!! I'm going to be cutting it close!

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Originally Posted by karen1968 View Post
I think the crampy ctx must be going around - I woke up with one in the middle of the night. It makes me happy and worried at the same time. Happy to know my body is doing SOMETHING (I'm 35 weeks tomorrow), scared that any cervical change might lead to a bleed that would put me in the hospital.

I love how we're due on the same day, Karen!!

And so awesome that your mw will be your doula!!

We've been having *perfect* weather here too! I've been sleeping pretty well and the sunny but crisp days are lovely.
post #169 of 217
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I've been feeling guilty the past couple days about my older kids... especially dd. I feel like I'm giving her a really poor impression of what pregnancy is like. She wasn't old enough to be aware during my last pregnancy-- when I had tons of energy and felt great right up until the end. At 9 months I was still taking her to the park and playing on the playground with her. Now she's dealing with this huge, grouchy mom who's covered with a creepy red rash and always complaining or asking her to fetch things... rambling thoughts... but I feel like I'm kind of missing out on an opportunity to convey how amazing and awesome this process is.
That stinks, I hope you feel better soon.

I know what you mean about this. I was so happy that Sunday turned out the way it did. I hadn't planned (or even thought about!) bringing any of my kids to the birth stories gathering, but Dd1 just happened to come along. I'm really glad she was able to hear all of those *amazing* birth stories.

I try not to be too miserable, but I also apologize and explain that pregnancy *can* be very uncomfortable. I think it's fair to be honest. You still have time to share the good stuff. Have you watched any birth movies? We watched a few early on and borrowed some great books on HB from my mw. The kids are really excited to be a part of the birth. They have told me that "all I do is talk about Turkey" - but I explained that it's hard not to when he's constantly kicking you. Also that I'm really excited to meet him, and to be honest, they talk about him all the time too.
post #170 of 217
Anytime I groan or moan (which is pretty darn frequent) my 3yo dd says, "oh, it's baby sister?" And 7yo ds is quite aware of how miserable mommy is at this point. However, I bet they forget once there is a little baby to look at/play with/generally bother as they are both baby crazy.
post #171 of 217
Yeah, dd has told me a couple of times that she doesn't want to have kids because she doesn't want to throw up all the time! Yet she and her little brother have gotten so close lately that I just mentioned to her the other day that he was worth all the vomiting, and she agreed with me. So I'm hoping she'll change her mind when she's older -- I want to be a grandma!
post #172 of 217
Congrats, Ashley!!

Fern, so glad to hear you're feeling at least a bit better!

Meta, sounds like a great solution for the cat. I have definitely heard of ICPA and recommend their site for chiro finding all the time!

Car seats - I have saved a bunch of old seats (including some I "rescued" from garage sales or curbs) and had them in the garage. Turns out there's a place that DOES recycle them in Austin. A friend was going that way and offered to take them all, so they have been recycled. There may be other places around so definitely Google and see what you can find out!

I had an AWFUL night of sleep last night. My piriformis muscle (I found out that's what it is today) on both sides has been horribly painful, and I could not sleep on my left side without it being very painful. Every time I flipped to the right side, I got heartburn! I have a bottle of papaya enzyme on the table and was gobbling as much as I could all night long. I finally did get some sleep - right about when DS woke up. Thank goodness DH works from home and I can send DS to go see DH. But it was miserable. I'm not used to having this kind of consistently recurring heartburn in pregnancy. I know I'm totally lucky on that! But this is SO different! I wonder if this baby really will have as much hair as the u/s tech suggested s/he would.

I wasn't feeling quite as sick as I was yesterday, though, so we went on to visit our friends and had lunch with them. Kids loved it.

Saw my chiro after that and told her how much pain I'm having. I know I need to get a massage but they didn't have any I could get this week, so I have another week to go. Once my chiro was done with a very thorough adjustment for me, I was still in massive pain trying to walk out. She was able to take even MORE time and did some *excruciatingly* painful massages on the piriformis muscles on both sides. She's done similar ones at other times in the last couple of years but never THIS painful. She said my muscles (especially on the left, which has been worse and was most painful) were SUPER tight. Good news, though, is it helped A TON. Instead of hobbling because the left side hurt so much, it pretty much felt fine! The right side is not perfect but it was overall so much better. Still, I'd rather go through labor than deal with that kind of pain. It was awful, and yet so helpful. So I have 1-hr massage appointments set up weekly until the week of my EDD. I really hope it's all going to help!

After feeling so much better (even if not perfect), I took the boys to a toy and shoe store b/c my 6yo really needed a new pair of shoes. Ended up getting both big boys shoes - first time since January so definitely time! My 3yo did pretty well in the store though he opened a box of what I assume were cars. Of course he did that while I was in the bathroom with the 6yo who doesn't like to wipe his own bum... And the lady from the store was there putting it back together (though apparently Judah was already working on that himself) when I found him. I never even saw what he opened because I couldn't get past her to get to him. Ah, well... We paid them plenty for shoes so hopefully they'll let us back.

I'm officially ready to have a baby! Now if baby would just get ready. My air pump, water hose, and birth supplies box all arrived today. I also had two books arrive - one is the the Sears' "What Baby Needs" which I wanted to help my 3yo understand that there is a lot more to what will be happening than JUST the birth. And then I got "Heart & Hands" which is essentially a midwifery text. It's been great so far.

The only problem is the gloves I ordered specifically so they would NOT be powdered latex are, guess what, powdered latex. Gotta finish the email to the company about that and see what they can do... Thankfully the non-sterile gloves are mostly for clean up and CAN be gotten almost anywhere if necessary.
post #173 of 217
I love Hearts & Hands. I have the 3rd edition and read it regularly.

for good Chiro appointments and coming up massages!

My eyes still aren't open fully, so I'll post more later.
post #174 of 217
Thanks, Meta - I'm pretty sure that's what my chiro is doing with me, too.

I lost my wedding ring yesterday for a couple of hours and it freaked me out a little. I take it off when I bake (made brownies yesterday) and it wasn't in my pocket as we were leaving for swimming lessons. Turns out it fell out of my pocket when I was lying on my back, doing the chiro pelvic exercises. Whew!

All my kids are still sleeping at 7 am - I hate to have to go wake them up. Thank goodness tomorrow is a non-instructional day, so we can *all* sleep in.
post #175 of 217
Heather, I totally feel you on the periformis pain! I had it so bad AFTER DS was born that for two years I couldn't be adjusted while lying flat on my stomach without getting a spasm. Did your chiro mention any stretches? The Figure-4 stretch works great for me, and Can easily be done pregnant while sitting in a chair or on the edge of a firm bed. I also like Pigeon Pose (yoga), and my Pilates instructor has me doing a version of this standing with my leg up on a table or something else about belly button height. It feels so good, I feel like I could stay there forever!

ETA: having trouble linking on my iPod But here's one page showing the seated figure-4: http://www.drbackman.com/piriformis-muscle-stretch.htm
post #176 of 217
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I am having a fantastic day!

Had an appointment this morning with my MW, it was a little disappointing though as far as my progress goes. I'm only 1 cm and 50% effaced.. I will be 38 weeks on Saturday. At this point with DS1 I was more dilated.. MW is thinking there is a little scar tissue (I had a LEEP done last Oct) on the inside of my cervix and wants me to start inserting EPO. She thinks I may even go a little late. I am happy for a little extra time to nest/rest/spend with Liam, but I am soooo done being pregnant! I have been so tired this week, and I am running out of clothes that fit! But other than that, it was a great appiontment, she taught us what to do in case the baby comes before she gets here.. We are picking up our tub on Saturday!

DH came to the appointment with me, then we went to the VW dealership while he had his car inspected and Liam played really well in their toy area, then we went out for lunch. Then DH headed to work and we headed home, and Liam fell asleep on the way home! He is napping now and I am about to join him.

Tonight DH is taking Liam to the grocery store (I need to make him a list!) while I go get a pedicure. I have an amazing husband.

And the weather is gorgeous! Sunny and 73 today!
post #177 of 217
Sounds like a great day!
post #178 of 217
to everyone feeling muscle pain. It is truly amazing what it is required of our bodies to grow these little ones!

I seem to have traded (well, almost) really bad heartburn for having to pee every freaking 5 seconds. I'm still getting heartburn but not nearly as bad as I had been in the past couple of weeks. It was kind of funny (albeit very ) yesterday when the lady gave me my exam results...I peed my pants I was so excited, LOL! I could've kissed her but I scooted out of there and headed to Target for a new pair of pants. At least I can use the position of this babe's head low in my pelvis as an excuse for my bladder control issues!

Thanks for all the yesterday, mamas!! It was truly a special day worth much celebrating. After I got home from a nice lunch out with dh, I got to put away all my textbooks, notes, and other papers from school. It was *such* a good feeling!

Today I am totally in nesting mode. I deep cleaned my bathroom, re-organized my birth supplies, washed dipes, and the boppy cover, and towels. I feel really accomplished...and tired! I still have to make cupcakes for ds3's school tomorrow and get everyone packed for our trip to Kentucky for my graduation this weekend.
post #179 of 217
glad your day went so well!! it must be an amazing feeling to pack all of that away and be done, but on the other hand be on the road of a totally new journey. very cool.

im washing towels & wipes too, then plan to do a load of tiny baby things and receiving blankets.. nesting is fun, and luckily laundry takes minimal energy

i have to pee every 5 minutes too but the heartburn is brutal as well...
im so over coughing up stomach acid.



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to everyone feeling muscle pain. It is truly amazing what it is required of our bodies to grow these little ones!

I seem to have traded (well, almost) really bad heartburn for having to pee every freaking 5 seconds. I'm still getting heartburn but not nearly as bad as I had been in the past couple of weeks. It was kind of funny (albeit very ) yesterday when the lady gave me my exam results...I peed my pants I was so excited, LOL! I could've kissed her but I scooted out of there and headed to Target for a new pair of pants. At least I can use the position of this babe's head low in my pelvis as an excuse for my bladder control issues!

Thanks for all the yesterday, mamas!! It was truly a special day worth much celebrating. After I got home from a nice lunch out with dh, I got to put away all my textbooks, notes, and other papers from school. It was *such* a good feeling!

Today I am totally in nesting mode. I deep cleaned my bathroom, re-organized my birth supplies, washed dipes, and the boppy cover, and towels. I feel really accomplished...and tired! I still have to make cupcakes for ds3's school tomorrow and get everyone packed for our trip to Kentucky for my graduation this weekend.
post #180 of 217
Congrats Ashley! Sorry that I giggled when you said you were so excited you peed your pants, I guess the saying is true sometimes! If it makes you feel any better, I can't laugh or cough without having to change my pants either.

I am jealous of everyone's chiro appointments. I think I am going to have to scrape up the money and make a visit to see my old chiropractor, it sounds like a really lovely idea at this point.

I just finished writing up my birth plan. It was mostly finished for a long time but a few things needed tweaking. It surprises me how tiring it was to get down in one place - but I feel very relieved now that it is done. I just have to pack a hospital bag and I'm ready for baby to come.

Fern - I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. I also did laundry yesterday, it is the lazy chore for sure... until it comes to folding it all and getting it put away! haha, I'm such a slacker.
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