Our twins are now full term :) 37 weeks !
Hope they get here quick ! I cant stand the wait anymore !!!
Coco~ I can't believe it for you and Burg either! I remember both of you getting your bfps and now you almost have your babies! It's going to be an exciting few weeks around here.
I had a dream this weekend that DP was trying to convince me I was in labor and needed to go to the hospital. I kept telling her I didn't think it was time, but she was very insistent! It was pretty funny. Mostly I'm amazed at how much even two days on iron pills has perked me up. Glad they figured this problem out!
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Can't wait to hear that labor has started :).
AFM, first day back in the classroom after a month off today. DP got up early this morning to make sure everything went smoothly. So lovely of her. When I got here my dept chair had a bag full of baby presents for me. I love my department.
Burg: Glad your bp scare turned out ok. You must be so excited for the birth! Hope all goes very well (including your bp).
Coco: Congratulations on full term! Those babes will benefit enormously from getting their full time inside, though it must be really hard to wait.
Cejae: Happy (?!) first day back. Nice to get baby gifts already! I got to my office to find a few big sweaters and a coat from a colleague. So nice! This is my third day of classes but first day of a grad research methods seminar that I fear is going to kick my a@#. And it is as night, when I'm SO TIRED.
Library: Funny dream!
Library- Thanks for the message. It was very intense, very fast but thankfully not pre-e!! Glad that the iron is doing the trick for you.
Wehrli- Thank you for the finger crossing. I am assured I will feel the contractions when the time comes, everyone seems sure of that, lol.
Coco- So happy that the twins are at full term!! Any day now! It's crazy, I feel like we were just talking OPKs and commiserating during our 2 weeks waits and now we will have our babies any day!
Gumshoe- Thanks for the well wishes.
Cejae- That is sweet about your dept. chair, it helps to have supportive co-workers.
Amandahope- Thanks for the well wishes. We're very excited to be so close! I was happy to see your announcement on FB the other day
AFM- My BP looked good at the doctor today and I was down a couple pounds which is another good sign that the pre-e scare was just a scare. I am so relieved but unfortunately was really disappointed with how the rest of my appointment went. Last week my OB said they wouldn't let me go past 41 but today she stated she thought we should induce at 40. I said that I did not want to be induced at 40wks just based on having GD. She tried further convincing but by the end of the appointment she was said that I could go to 41wks as long as I came in to be monitored every 2 days. I don't understand why they would jump to that so early and not even give my body a chance.
Burg~ UGH!! Stupid doctors and their mad rush to induction!!! I'm sorry that you carrying the kiddo until they naturally emerge is inconvenient/bad for the insurance company/whatever, but these people really need to BACK OFF!! I'm glad you stood your ground and I hope they respect your wishes.
AFM~ I have a fabulous and fun bladder infection!! I had pain in my bladder, like I was constantly being punched and kicked (which, hey! I am!) but I just had a feeling there was something more to it, so I went to the doctor (and sat in the waiting room full of people with flu sneezing on me) and they did confirm that I was in the very early stages of infection, so they gave me a round of antibiotics. I just added it to the giant handful of pills and supplements I already take and will be grateful for not having a kidney infection and premature labor. Now if I can just avoid the flu. We have 40 students at school out with it, and have more coughing and sneezing all over the place. I just hide behind the circulation desk and use my own sink to wash my hands and HOPE no one infects me!
Spent a fun evening nesting in the baby's room, putting stuff away and painting more of the 'color possibility' swatches on the wall. I've already started her a shadow box with little mementoes in it. My sister bought her a tiny silver baby spoon with a rabbit on the handle that says 'Peas and Carrots!' And for her shower we're having an Alice in Wonderland theme and I've been buying antique thimbles off ebay for party favors, and one of the boxes had a very small, VERY old cast-metal thimble that says 'FOR A GOOD GIRL', so I put that in there too. Very fun!! More fun than antibiotics, that's for sure!
Library: Bladder infection sounds UN-fun, but Alice in Wonderland shower sounds delightful. Good for you for catching the bladder infection early.
Cejae: Yeah, grad students, and they are a great lot. Unfortunately, all our grad seminars are at night, but it is worth it to be able to teach the course once/week and to get the chance to work with grad students. This methods class is intimidating, though--I feel like a grad student myself, but I'm the one in charge! They bring out the imposter syndrome in me.
Burg: It was super fun posting the pg on facebook. I love fb sometimes, hate it others, but this was a love moment, for sure. And as for induction, stand your ground! My sister-in-law felt bullied by her OB and still resents it, two years later. If the time comes and you are convinced that induction is necessary, that's one thing, but induction at 40 weeks when there is no apparent problem is bad news. Sigh.
AFM, I found out today that 1) I have enough sick leave to teach only part time next fall after the babe is born and 2) the one class I will teach is my dream course: a graduate level women's history reading seminar that meets once/week. So I should only have to commute to campus one day a week for the fall. And if I'm not ready to come back to work in late August (with an Aug. 3 due date), I have sweet colleagues who will cover the first few weeks. I feel so fortunate and grateful to have wonderful colleagues and bosses who are helping me out however they can. Now I just need to kick the research/writing into high gear before that babe shows up!
Burg, Ugh, I hate having to argue with docs re what is best for your body at the exact time you shouldn't have to be arguing!! Trust your body to do what is right :).
Library, a bladder infection?! Wow. That suuuuucks. Hope the meds are working and working fast.
Amanda, yay for great colleagues!!!
AFM, made it through the first two days of teaching. Told students they must wash, brush their teeth, not smoke, not drink or wear perfume if they sit remotely close to me or else I will barf on them. So that's going well.
Cjae~ HA! I'm just imagining your syllabus talk, and then including this last bit of info with the threat of vomit. I'd totally believe a prof who told me that! I hope they comply.
AHope~ Your class in women's history sounds really interesting. I haven't had a good one those in a while! I like your plan for the semester too. And yes, how fun it was posting the baby news on facebook! I printed off the page with all the comments and put it in her baby book.
Thanks for the commisseration re my bladder infection. The exciting Part Two was that the antibiotic in combo with the iron pills gave me monster diarrhea, which in turn made my tummy muscles sore and brought on some Braxton Hicks, so I had a bit of a panic last night thinking I was going into premature labor. I was just overwrought and having a little freakout, but DP was a champ and very reassuring. The funny part is that while I was googling my symptoms I learned that, preggo or not, if you get diarrhea from antibiotics that doesn't go away, you have to see your doctor or you could get a condition called TOXIC MEGACOLON, which sounds like something you'd see on Mystery Science Theater 3000.
I'm very excited about our Alice shower! It's being thrown for us by our two best gayboy friends, one of whom is a graphic designer, and it promises to be the sort of thing featured in magazines. I'll post pix!
LibraryLady - Ohhh, I cannot wait to hear more about your shower. Sounds like it will be a gay 'ole time (okay, that pun stunk but it was the best I could come up with on short brain power)! What colours are you testing out for the nursery?
I hope the bladder infection is sorting itself out, and from diarrhea to constipation, I think pregnancy is all about poo. I'm also a little low on iron, but I have avoided a new supplement to date because of constipation fears. I'm now taking magnesium/calcium supplement for muscle spasms and that is really helping in that department. So, now I'm wondering if I toss iron into the mix will those two supplements find a nice balance?
Cejae - Glad to hear that your return to the classroom is running quite smoothly.
AmandaHope - That's fantastic news on the teaching schedule! What a great way to balance the early days of motherhood and work.
Burg and Coco99 - Any news to report???? We're very curious over here!
AFU - The baby is a firecracker and moving all about. We did our prenatal class on the weekend, which was good, and very interesting (with respect to analyzing the other couples in the room). Our doula is coming over tonight and we're going to craft our birth plan. Our donor is coming this weekend and he's going to help me paint the nursery and we're going to have some long chats and figure out some of the issues that have been hanging over this relationship. Work is still a gong show. My new sleep schedule is 11 pm - 4 am, which I'm now oddly adjusting to. I'm 31 weeks today which means this wee one will be here in 7 - 11 weeks time. Holy shit!
Gumshoe~ We're looking at shades of pale green for the nursery. It's hard to find one that's not too minty, not too pastel, not too BRIGHT LIME, not too sickly etc etc. We've found a shade called Gleeful that we really like, and I like it extra because I'm a big fan of Glee. The shower really is going to be a gay ol' time~ in addition to all our friends and, like, my mom and stuff, they've invited a bunch of their party boy friends, so it'll be interesting indeed!
Aspidistra's kicking up a storm and wiggling almost constantly. I try and imagine the things she does, and I just picture my womb as a sort of TARDIS and shes's wandering from room to room doing odd jobs. At least that's what it feels like sometimes!
Coco? Burg? Updates? I expect to hear twin birth stories any day now!!
In the meantime, watch this! It will make you cry with its sweetness, or at least it did me...
library, how freaking cool that you have a dr. who reference! it was one of my favourite shows growing up - tom baker was the doctor then but i also watched peter davidson, colin baker and sylvester mccoy! tom baker was THE BEST imo.
time and relative dimensions in space - it does describe the uterus rather well. :)
Tom Baker is totally the best Dr. Who. I liked Peter Davidson as well, and loved the David Tenant reboot, and have enjoyed most of the others, but Tom Baker rules. And yes, I think it's a great uterine descriptor. I can just see her in a little tweedy outfit bustling about, getting things done. My sister made a cross-stitch Dr. Who alphabet and we're hanging it in the nursery.
My DP is full on obsessed with Dr. Who. As a kid, she made a tardis out of a refrigerator box and played with it in her basement for years. Now she watches the new show religiously (when it is on...). She's even gotten DD to watch it with her a few times, hoping she'll pick up her enthusiasm. She'll laugh when I suggest the tardis/uterus metaphor.
Coco - I'm so impressed with you guys! 37 weeks and counting. Hang in there, and best of luck and ELV for Monday! (It's Monday, right?)
Burg - What a scare! Glad you're feeling better and I hope the baby comes on her own without intervention!
Library - Sorry about the infection. No fun! :(
Gumshoe - Good luck with sorting out your donor stuff. And I hope you have fun crafting the birth plan!
AHope - FWIW, I think you're having a boy, too!
AFM - This pregnancy has been a 9-month ass-kicking. I'm due in just 5 days and I'm SICK with a bad case of bronchitis. Talk about bad timing. I had been hoping to have this baby early, but not any more. I'm TERRIFIED of going into labor feeling like this. (Not to mention caring for a newborn feeling like this!) I couldn't breathe Monday night and had a major freak out. I really let my anxiety get the best of me and I worried that I'd have to go into the hospital and they end up giving me a c-section. But my midwife assured me that even if I was in the hospital with pneumonia, they wouldn't give me a c-section or induce me. That made me feel a lot better. And I learned a valuable lesson about staying calm, because that freak out really didn't help anything!
So now I'm still feeling like crap, but recovering. I'm pumped up on antibiotics and even prednisone (corticosteroids), which both my midwife and primary care doc say are fine to take now that the baby is full term, and that the most important thing is that I get better before labor. DP had been taking excellent care of me, but she's sick now, too! I guess it was inevitable because the house is crawling with my bronchitis germs and my poor DP just got so run down taking care of me and everything else. So now I'm terrified of going into labor like this, and she's equally scared about not being aloud to hold the baby or, worse yet, not being allowing to attend the delivery because she's sick! We're just reeeeeeeally hoping this baby stays put until we're both feeling a lot better...
AHope~ A refrigerator box TARDIS sounds awesome! Something every kid should have~ I hope Aspidistra would like one to play with at some point for sure! My sister and her son love Dr. Who too, and she was cracking up during his school Christmas pageant, they had a song about dancing, then freezing like a statue and he was freezing like the scary stone angel statues. Ha!
Korey~ NIGHTMARE!!! I hope the bun stays in your TARDIS for a little while longer and lets you and DP recover. Keep us posted. Won't be much longer now!!!!
Hey Korey, I am so so so sorry that you have had such a hard time ! I am also hoping for you that the baby waits a few days... maybe a week or two, to let you recover a bit before she makes her big entrance ! Take care of you !!!
And yes, our girls will arrive monday at the latest... I am so excited !
Korey: Oh, no! I had never thought of the scary possibility that a DP couldn't be there for the birth because of illness! I'm so sorry that you are both sick and am sending you healing thoughts. Stay in there, baby, until your mamas are all better! Hang in there, Korey. This really difficult pregnancy is almost over (but not quite yet, little one!).
Coco: So excited for you! Wouldn't it be perfect if your DP went into labor this weekend? If not, I hope she has the best possible induction experience and your girls make their way safely and peacefully into your arms.
Library: Funny story about your friend's kid and the frozen angels (which were scary!).
AFM: I stayed up too late writing in the Belly Book pregnancy journal I finally broke down and bought. I'd been journaling in my own personal journal but realized that the little one might want to read it, eventually, so I got a more sharing-friendly book. I really like this one--unlike most, it isn't full of do's and don'ts and annoying info--it is mostly just a journal, but with some nice pregnancy-oriented prompts, simple graphics, and details. We're having a party tomorrow night to celebrate my DP's 15th anniversary of being cancer free. Just 6 months after we met in college, she was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and given a 30% chance of survival. After over a year of high-dose chemo, radiation, and finally a stem cell transplant (which was still experimental at the time), she kicked it, and (knock wood), there hasn't been any sign of it since. I was there with her for every hospital trip and stay, graduating a semester late as a result. It was nuts. We're lucky we were so young and naive. Anyway, I wish our mdc friends could join us for the party! I get tired just thinking about it, but I'm sure we'll have a great time.