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I'm fighting with my toxic mother gloomy.gif it always happens around holidays. I just don't need the extra stress right now...

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nia thanks so much for the tips on where to find preemie clothes. I checked a consignment store today and there preemie section was wiped out.

 

looks like I may have found someone that wants to hand me down there moby wrap. Hope that pans out, I would really like to try wearing this baby.

 

my mom reported some disturbing news that I'm not sure what to make of. I guess her doctor had overlooked something in her charts and had caught it a few days after she was seen and phoned her to come in for an EKG. The results showed that her heart is only beating 40 times per minute. I'm not sure what that means but I've been a bit worried about her. She is supposed to go in for oral surgery on Tuesday too. Yikes!

post #43 of 139

had a great night at a Christmas event and now I'm dealing with the sugar rush. I love this time of year.

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i left my laptop (our only internet connection,)at my ILs and they just mailed it to me.....pretty sweet b/c i was really feeling "disconnected." without it, i realise how much i rely on the internet to keep in touch with all things america....and a saner side of myself. especially this week b/c i have been home with sick girls since last friday, and have been going a little stir crazy. the trip to the dr's office today was like a treat-event! lol. my sweet dd2 has bronchitis. since friday, she has been a little sick and coughing throughout the day, and then every evening becoming much more sick with a fever and coughing through the night. last night was terrible. i tried propping her up, and some cough syrup, lemon and honey tea....but she just couldn't get to sleep, and neither could i. i was soo tired today that i was falling asleep telling the girls a story. "mama! you are asleep!" they kept telling me.

but, now, i am so excited to have my computer back, that i am staying up too late. but, she is sleeping! quietly! i have high hopes for the night ahead.

 

it has been crazy to read how many others have breasts that have gone back to a smaller size than before- i thought that this was something peculiar to me! i am pretty small (maybe a 34/6B) reguraly, and go up a little during pregnancy, and then a lot during the first weeks pp. but, after a few months, they start to "deflate" a little and by the end of weaning (around 2 1/2 yrs with each) are tiny-tiny again. they are def. not as perky as my younger days (when i even modeled them for several artist friends,) but as long as i don't look in the mirror for too long, i don't feel like (after 5 years of rugged wear,)  they are sagging too much. lol.  

but, i do worry about the rest of my body finding its way back to the old days....though i know that it is totally possible, my mom has soooo often repeated that after her third, she started to gain weight, i guess that it is just in me to feel nervous.

 

dd1 was 6-6 and needed premi clothes for the first few weeks. we only had a few things that we small enough to fit, so mostly she was swimming around in giant clothes, or naked b/c it was a crazy-hot summer anyway. dd2 was almost 8lbs and chunky as can be. it is funny b/c my oldest is not tiny for her age, but just has a small build and can still, at 5, wear lots of 3T stuff, while dd2 has a much bigger build (and a lot of left over milk fat,) and grows out of her clothes "on schedule"

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the coughing has just started...oy.

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hmm..i wanted to go back and edit, but it wouldn't let me.....

 

i forgot to add that my dh told me my birthday surprise early (it is on the 18th)- we are going to strasbourg, france for the weekend! i am really excited. we only live about 20 min. from the french border, but somehow don't go very often and we have never been to Strasbourg- which is supposed to be a nice city and not too far away (maybe 2 hours?.)  among other things, i am excited b/c they have a children's science museum that is tri-lingual (french,english, and german,) that i have been thinking of taking the girls to....

 

and now she is awake again...poor baby.

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mcs-- hope your little one feels better soon...and you have a great time in France! what a fun trip!

 

i've felt my little on hiccuping...or what i've decided is hiccuping for the second time tonight...the first time was about the same time of evening two nights ago! my dh got to feel it tonight too! :) so sweet and so rhythmical. of course my dh was immediately worried, but i assured him it was totally normal! the main movement was down on the right side, so i'm assuming they're head down, which i was wondering about so that's exciting. 

 

on a different note, in the evenings i'm suddenly very tired recently. it's like back in the beginning where i was just suddenly done. it'll be interesting to see if it'll stay or if it's just a growth spurt. whatever it is...it was 5 pm and i could hardly hold my head up. i feel a bit better now that i took a relaxing bath and am laying in bed...but the other night i passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow! that's about it for now...

 

ashley

 

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on a different note, in the evenings i'm suddenly very tired recently. it's like back in the beginning where i was just suddenly done. it'll be interesting to see if it'll stay or if it's just a growth spurt. whatever it is...it was 5 pm and i could hardly hold my head up. i feel a bit better now that i took a relaxing bath and am laying in bed...but the other night i passed out as soon as my head hit the pillow! that's about it for now...



 Ugh. Me too! I am so tired by like 7 or 8pm. It's insane.

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Its barely 4 over here and I'm barely keeping my eyes open. I honestly just want to go to bed but I know that isn't' happening (DH can't seem to put the girls to bed so if I go to bed early I'm woken up every 10 minutes and end up with a really bad migraine so its not worth even trying). Id love a good night's sleep though, it sounds like heaven right now.

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a few weeks ago I was going to bed at 6:30 for a few nights in a row. When your day starts at 4am by the time 6:30 pm comes around even a non pregnant person is exhausted, sigh. Only eight more weeks to go. I am going to take milly's advice and savor my pregnancy as much as I can.

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I've been SO TIRED all of a sudden this last week, too. I mean, I'm always tired, waking up with my two year old the second it gets light out and often before, but now? 5pm and BAM I'm ready to sleep for 12 hours. When I was pregnant with DD, my husband used to get peeved that I was crashing so early (and in random places- I'd happily sleep all night on a chair if that's where I was when my eyelids drooped), and even got a little upset that I'd go to bed so early when our daughter was an infant. This time around he seems to be recognizing the pattern and so I hope he'll be prepared when I start turning in with BOTH of them!

 

Must be a growth spurt if we're all feeling it all of a sudden, eh?

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The tiredness is ok for me now, it was terrible in the first 16 weeks with plummeting blood pressure... I'm just in pain, my bones hurt all around the hips/pelvis/behind....

 

@ mcs: Eat a nutella crepe for me please, they are delicious and they sell'em everywhere on the street for about 1.50 Euros.... even if more expensive, super yummie. Arrrhgh I miss my nutella (the stuff sold here isn't the same at all). :)

 

I'm a tad annoyed that some people don't understand that I don't want a 5 day hospital stay.... That I want to go home asap, which is why we are planning on the birthing center... It's not like I care if other people want to stay, if it's what makes them feel good, go ahead, but let me go home and don't tell me it's dangerous! rant end.

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Nia- a five day hospital stay is common over here if you give birth off of base and then a lot of women stay in bed for 30 days after birth. Its just how the culture is. You get strange looks from the local population when you have your week old (or less) baby outside of the house because its not considered healthy.

 

DH just got home! We got orders!!! We are going to North Carolina leaving in April! Wow its good to know when and where we will be going.

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I'm a tad annoyed that some people don't understand that I don't want a 5 day hospital stay.... That I want to go home asap, which is why we are planning on the birthing center... It's not like I care if other people want to stay, if it's what makes them feel good, go ahead, but let me go home and don't tell me it's dangerous! rant end.

5 days??? That seems excessive. I thought it was a little weird that the norm seems to be 2. They always let me go home after 24 hours, with the option to stay another day. But honestly, I can't wait to get home after that.
 

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Nia- a five day hospital stay is common over here if you give birth off of base and then a lot of women stay in bed for 30 days after birth. Its just how the culture is. You get strange looks from the local population when you have your week old (or less) baby outside of the house because its not considered healthy.

 

DH just got home! We got orders!!! We are going to North Carolina leaving in April! Wow its good to know when and where we will be going.

How long have you been in Japan? Think it'll be weird to come home again?

 

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We have been here almost 4 years.. Its really a weird thought but Im ready in one way and not in another. Im going to miss this place but Im ready to go home. There is so much that has happened over the past 4 years that Ive missed Id love to have the chance to catch up with my family and friends.. Its hard keeping relationships alive thousands of miles apart.

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Wow Okimom, sounds exciting!  And it will give you some time to adjust to baby before you have to get packing.

 

I have no idea why anyone ever voluntarily stays in the hospital, though I know some people really enjoy it.  We left 8 hours after DS was born, and we were sitting staring at the IV waiting for it to drain out.

 

I did just have a friend have twins in Korea and she stayed for 2 weeks in a postpartum facility.  Unfortunately they sabotaged her breastfeeding relationship, so I have a slightly negative few of the places.

 

We're plugging away here, Christmas and Solstice are coming together.  Did a ton of wrapping last night.

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i stayed three days in a miserable-awful hospital after my c/s, i was crying to go home. last time, i stayed overnight b/c it was pretty late after everything was done. i have to say, i think i could have used the forced time in bed b/c once i got home, i overdid it. this time- the hospital, my dh, and a friend are all trying to get me to stay for five days....i think that might be a little much. but, it would be better than in an american hospital- they don't wake you in the night, they have a sort of breakfast buffet in the maternity ward, and they even have strollers for you to borrow to walk into town (i don't think i'll be using that option in feb., but it is a nice idea.)

but, i feel that if i stayed so long i would kind of miss out on the "reality" of the first week. also, i think that my dh will only get a week off of work- he would miss it too.....

and, still, german is not my first language and i think that it would be a little exhausting to be totally immersed everyday. i like the comfort, at the end of the day, of my english speaking home! 

 

okimom- horrah! sounds like good timing!

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I'm looking forward to the 2-3 days I will have postpartum in the hospital. It is nice to be tended to and fed. Also the hospital I'm birthing at has great breastfeeding support too! I'm anxious!

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not a very chit chatty bunch are we?

 

I can't believe the decade is almost over.

 

I can't believe my pregnancy is almost over. 7 more weeks.

 

DH wants to take the kids to Disneyland for DS's birthday when I'm 36wks. DS's birthday is the end of Feb but DH thought we should celebrate before baby is here.

I'm way to frugal to enjoy disney so he suggested I hang with my sister who lives a few miles away. It's a six hour drive! Not sure how I will handle that but at least I haven't experienced any swelling this pregnancy. Financially it seems like a really irresponsible time to be planning a vacation. DH usually thinks with his heart and not his head though.

 

It's a good thing he's cute!

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Ive been a little exhausted over here.. DD2 isn't sleeping well (up every 5-10 minutes all night crying, no idea why) and I'm not getting any sleep. Add to that my oldest is her normal hyper self during the day and I'm beat..

 

Honestly Id do it! It would be a nice thing for the family to do together before the baby comes. We are taking a weekend at the beach the 4 of us in the middle of January (was going to be the end but I really want to hike up to the falls and I'm not doing that 3 days before my due date ROTFLMAO.gif). It might be a touch expensive but its worth it to spend time as a family. We use to go to Disney alot when we lived in California though, we had annual passes. Actually, DH and I spent out honeymoon at the Grand Californian hotel, saved up for that trip and it was totally worth it!

 

I'm finally done with Christmas presents! Finished the girls felt sushi set this morning, then my oldest tried to eat it! Hahaha.. Then she convinced my youngest that they NEEDED to have sushi for breakfast, took a while to convince them otherwise, I had to promise them Ill pick some sushi up for lunch on Saturday. Oh what are these kids going to do when I can't just stop by the grocery store and pick them up sushi and Californian rolls?

 

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After three luxurious days of going without SPD pain because Baby had flipped, he turned around again. And between that and holiday shopping, I never want to leave my bed again. OUCH.

 

I can't believe the year is almost over too! I've been working on a project where I take a photograph of my daughter each day and blog it and I'm shocked that I only have a handful of photos left before I'm done. I plan on doing the same project with the new baby, beginning on his first day of life. How cool would it be to watch a baby grow in his first year like that?

By the way, you've all seen that movie, BABIES, right?

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