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My doula said it's three or four fingers up from the ankle and you need to push really hard for a long time. She said most people couldn't actually do it to themselves because you need so much pressure.

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Jenne - I hope things are gearing up.

 

Nosce - that sounds like a terrible lesson learned. Having suffered through some rather awful fundal massage myself in the past, I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through that, especially due to an unfortunate colour choice!

 

 

I got my blood work back on Thursday and found out that my platelets are low again. With my first baby, I had low platelets in the third trimester and it became this awful stressful ordeal where we had to keep checking them and watching them continue to fall and wondering every day if I was going to risk out of homebirth. In the end, I had the homebirth but then I also had a retained placenta (hospital transfer and D&C).

 

My midwives this time have already been getting a little worked up about the retained placenta (even though I had no complications with my second birth AT ALL). And now with the platelets again, they're getting a little silly. They want me to start checking my platelets weekly and they want me to have a saline lock for labour.

 

Ugh. I'm so frustrated to be going down this path again when I feel totally confident that nothing is wrong. The falling platelets is normal for me for pregnancy and it doesn't mean I'm going to bleed...and I feel that I have no more chance of a retained placenta than the next person.

 

I'm planning to refuse the saline lock but I'm getting a little annoyed with being pressured to have it. I'm also feel stress that I need to have the baby soon before my platelets have a chance to fall too low and I'm getting more than a little freaked out that I'm going to go into labour when one particular midwife is on call. (They work as a team of 3 and 1 of them is just way too cautious - like notoriously so).

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I hope that you get the birth and teh midwife you want bluebird mama and that things go smoothly when the time is right. 

 

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Oh, Bluebird Mama! I'm so sorry about this stress! I hope that you are able to relax and enjoy the end of your pregnancy and am sending you lots of peaceful, good platelet count, and easy birthing vibes.

We are doing the spleen point (I think that is what it is!) that is on the inside of the leg about 3-4 finger widths above the ankle bone. DH presses with his thumbs or the ends of wooden spoons for 10 minutes each hour or so. It does bring on contractions for a little while.

I've also done some curb walking. In fact, my calves are sore from the curb walking I did on Friday night! I think this must be similar to the sideways stairs walking. smile.gif I just walk with one foot on the curb and one on the pavement for as long as I can stand it and then I switch. It is fairly brutal...kinda like step class only no break! It brought on some movement and contractions.

And I've listened (well, tried, I admit that I go into "very deep" hypnosis about 5 minutes in! DH said I'm not asleep since I come up out of hypnosis when it is over but I am snoring...) to the "Come Out Baby!" hypno tracks.

The castor oil wasn't too bad. I'm still loose and it did cause some bigger contractions but nothing has coalesced into full blown labor. I'm being patient though. If she is ready she will come. smile.gif I won't do more tonight since it can take up to 24 hours to work. And 67% success with it isn't everyone! smile.gif

I'm now trying to think about how to phrase to the OB that I hear her wanting to induce at 40 weeks but that I'd be much more comfortable scheduling it for 42 weeks. You wouldn't think 2 weeks would be that big a deal but since she mentioned in right off the bat I'm pretty sure it is a big deal to her. Trying not to stress.

Dh and I are getting ready to go to brunch! I'm so excited! I love Sunday brunch and with Dh's work schedule it has been over a year since we have gotten to go! We will take our crossword puzzles and maybe a newspaper and just wallow in each other, good food, and a restful Sunday morning!

Oh, and BabyGirl, feel free to come anytime you are ready! orngbiggrin.gif

Jenne
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bluebirdmama- I hope he/she comes soon and spares you to much more stress..

 

Jenne- if all else fails you can refuse induction if you feel its best.

 

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jenne- i hope that your brunch was your last "before hospital" meal! it sounds like you are trying all of the tricks that you can....come, please, little baby, help your mama and yourself....

 

bluebird- i hope too, that you get the right midwife, at the right time, at home! what a lot of stress to add into your last days of waiting. hugs.

 

trekkingmom- I hope her levels stay down!

 

nosce- oh my, what a story! i guess neither of you will ever forget that lesson hard learned. ow-ouch, so sorry for you.

 

ashley- i too got a little extra swooning time in today when hanging up the last of the wool stuff i washed.....oh....

 

and.....we finally steamed the carpets!! they look so beautiful!

but, the smell of the soap was bothering dd1 all day (i didn't find it so strong and i am sensitive to that stuff usually,) and then we left to have cake at a neighbor's and she complained about being cold outside (really unusual for her) and then, after running and laughing on the walk over, once we arived she became very weird and clingy, and ended up vomiting. poor baby. so, now....all baby laundry- check. carpets- check. so on- check. but i want everyone to be healthy!

 

and, i need some sleep. i had major insomnia again last night and didn't go to bed until almost 5am! i blame it a little on my first trip to the library's english section and john irving. he is so easy to read, so hard to put down- i finished a whole book last night.....it was supposed to fill my "waiting" time up...oh well, now i will fill it with some sleep.

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mcs- I have problems putting a book down that caught my attention too. DH downloaded The Scarlet Pimpernel for me and I love that book. Only thing that kept me from reading all night is DD1 is being very clingy and wouldn't sleep without me cuddling her. I hope your daughter starts feeling better soon, you think shes sick or overexcited? DD1 sometimes gets physically ill from being overly excited about things.

 

I finally made the nail appointment for Saturday.. I just need to decide what design I want to get done. They use to have baby zoo animals as a design but don't anymore (I guess the person who knew how to do them left) so I need to figure out which one to get. DD1 wants me to get mickeys and Minnie's, DD2 wants me to get dolphins.

 

Anyone else having crazy birth dreams? In the last week Ive dreamed Ive: given birth in the car, given birth in the hospital bathroom, given birth but woken up pregnant again the next morning and given birth at home and my oldest DD caught the baby. Last night I had such a vivid dream I woke up thinking my water had broken! I panicked for a second because for some reason it hit me then I hadn't cleaned the kitchen the previous night (yea I know crazy thing to think about) then I realized wait, the couch isn't wet, neither is my pants or undies so obviously my water hadn't broken.

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Nesting struck hard today...I haven't had this much energy in months.  I felt a strong urge to clean and organize...vacuum, sweep, mop, do dishes, laundry, buy odds & ends.  I even had a strong urge to walk down to the ocean (not far from my house) which was very meditative and calming for me.  Been having BH contractions on and off the last few days...nothing regular.  The end is near...probably closer than I realize winky.gif

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Jenne- Your OB might take it just fine, maybe.  With DD one of the first things my OB said was, "And when you get near your date we can talk about induction, in case you want family in town or anything."  I thought, "Oh crap!  JUST the opposite of what I want."  BUT I told him and I actually grew to really love and trust him and he never mentioned induction again after I told him NO! 

 

Might be getting some maternity pictures done today.  We wanted a sunny day though so we might wait until the end of the week.  Need to get in for a pedicure soon.  I don't like them at all but I love the results and not feeling yuck about my feet in labor. 

 

 

 

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Just got my hemoglobin count back and I'm within a hair of risking out of homebirth.  I'm not paying through the nose for that nasty Floradix stuff, so I've been doubling up on the dose of OTC iron tabs chased down with orange juice for absorption and a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses.  I'm currently cleared for HB, but if it drops when I get retested on Saturday, I'm out.  Happy thoughts for me?

 

The good news with this is that I have a lot of signs I might go into labor BEFORE Saturday.  On Friday, I was 4cm & 50% effaced.  Since then, I've had sporadic contractions strong enough to wake me up and keep me up in the middle of the night, and last night I had bloody show.  So, I have blind optimism that it will be a non-issue and I can stop these stupid iron tabs soon.

 

I had hardcore nesting instincts this weekend too. This weekend, I froze potstickers, meatballs, papas rellenas, and bread.  Not as scientific of an indicator, but it's all I got!  :)

 

MCS - I hope your DD is feeling better.  That is the pits when they feel miserable on top of the roulette wheel of "will I go into labor?!"  Also, I work at a library (albeit all in English) so I normally have like, 25 items out at a time.  It's like Christmas when the boxes of new books arrive here, but like you, I have a difficult time pacing myself.  The only help for me has been that I mostly read non-fiction, so it's not as difficult for me to leave a book.

 

Jenne - Congrats on the lovely brunch!  We have one place in town that does brunch, but they don't do it justice.  Your little slice of newspaper/crosswords along with brunch sounds HEAVENLY!!  I hope your natural inductions methods work and your birth only becomes as medicalized as it absolutely must be.  I am STILL pissed off about your experience at The Farm.

 

OkiMom - Let us know what you end up getting on your nails?  I thought about getting mine done since the weather has been so lovely here (highs of 72 and sunny!) but the designs at my local nail salon are more the flowers and dots sort.  Your choices sound fun!!!

 

BluebirdMama - I feel for you about the platelet issue.  I know they have to do the whole CYA thing, but I wish more professionals were able to take into account what is normal for each individual.  This is sort of the same way with me and my iron.  My iron always dips into the 9's by this time in my pregnancy, but I didn't have any extra bleeding with my DD, and I don't feel "low" this time.  Alas, same thing, can't convince them that I am fine!

 

SweetEleanor - If you get the maternity photos done, do post photos!  I love voyeuristically looking at all the delightful photos of the pregnant mamas here!

 

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hug2.gif mamas for you worried about getting the birth that you want...and feeling stressed you might have to compromise...that doesn't sound like fun at all...and i'm sure it's definitely not that pleasant when dealing with all the other late-pregnancy things! 

 

rainbow mandala--sounds like you got a ton of things done! i wish that fairy would come over here and sprinkle the magic dust on me! actually, everything's looking pretty good, but if i did have that cleansing energy, i'd love to give a good scrub to a few things!!! alas, for now, i don't have that instinct...just those thoughts! ha!

 

okimom--sounds like you are having lots of birth dreams! i know i'm waking up having had baby/or being pregnant dreams, but not so much birth...but i probably still have a month, sooo lots of time still!

 

i did get all the laundry finished! it was so much fun to fold those little socks and organize the little outfits. we actually don't have a lot of newborn size...but i'm thinking that's fine...we can always make a thrift store run when we see what we need more of when we see how big and who the babe is! :) what fun!

 

for all those book lovers...i feel ya! i actually just started reading more in the last couple of weeks. picked up my first fiction book last night (first in a long time) and laid in bed reading, sadly i learned a valuable lesson...that my hip hurts even more if i read in bed, then watch movie in bed, then sleep a full night on my left side....talk about pain in the ass!!! so, must limit time lying on left side! next time reading is sitting up in tailor position! but i did enjoy the book!

 

on a different note, my husband and i have both noticed the amount of time i've got energy to be up and about in the world is diminishing... i just get tired and ready to lay down...i think i'll increase my iron again...but i think it's just my body getting tired...and not really related to iron per se. i've been napping again this week, which hadn't been happening regularly. but, now it feels good....and if not napping just resting a few. i keep reminding myself to enjoy the last days of just taking care of me! 

 

better go, i've had problems posting and this is already long...

ashley

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on a different note, my husband and i have both noticed the amount of time i've got energy to be up and about in the world is diminishing... i just get tired and ready to lay down...i think i'll increase my iron again...but i think it's just my body getting tired...and not really related to iron per se. i've been napping again this week, which hadn't been happening regularly. but, now it feels good....and if not napping just resting a few. i keep reminding myself to enjoy the last days of just taking care of me! 

 

 Me too!!! I'm jus so tired & feel so lazy. Usually I am excited to be able to do things like grocery shop by myself and yesterday I did but it was such a chore!! I'm trying to listen to my body & just lay around and rest when it wants me to, even if I don't sleep but it's not always possible! Getting myself and the kids bundled up & walking ds to school is getting sooooo difficult! Anyway, as much as I hate feeling like a lazy sloth I figure I really could go into labour at any time now & if I'm not rested when that happens that won't be ideal!

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Thanks for all of your support ladies. I really appreciate it.

 

@aidenn - I'm sorry going through similar issues with your iron. How frustrating. I hope you have your babe before it becomes a bigger issue.

 

I just got off the phone with one of my midwives and I'm feeling better about things. We came up with a good compromise plan that involves checking the platelets regularly and only putting in the saline lock if the placenta hasn't delivered after 15-20 minutes. I think that's a fair plan that can make everyone happy. I hope the other midwives in the practice feel ok with that. I also raised my concerns about the one more cautious midwife and the one I was talking to said that she thinks it's important to come up with a very clear management plan that all 3 midwives feel comfortable so that continuity of care is not compromised depending on who's on call. I realize that's probably easier said than done but at least I was able to raise my concerns.

 

So curious about how things are going for Jenne and Pixi.... biggrinbounce.gif

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Me too! I'm back to needing an afternoon nap too! And just can't manage getting the kids in the car to go do errands either.

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on a different note, my husband and i have both noticed the amount of time i've got energy to be up and about in the world is diminishing... i just get tired and ready to lay down...i think i'll increase my iron again...but i think it's just my body getting tired...and not really related to iron per se. i've been napping again this week, which hadn't been happening regularly. but, now it feels good....and if not napping just resting a few. i keep reminding myself to enjoy the last days of just taking care of me! 

 

 Me too!!! I'm jus so tired & feel so lazy. Usually I am excited to be able to do things like grocery shop by myself and yesterday I did but it was such a chore!! I'm trying to listen to my body & just lay around and rest when it wants me to, even if I don't sleep but it's not always possible! Getting myself and the kids bundled up & walking ds to school is getting sooooo difficult! Anyway, as much as I hate feeling like a lazy sloth I figure I really could go into labour at any time now & if I'm not rested when that happens that won't be ideal!

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Anyone else having crazy birth dreams? In the last week Ive dreamed Ive: given birth in the car, given birth in the hospital bathroom, given birth but woken up pregnant again the next morning and given birth at home and my oldest DD caught the baby. Last night I had such a vivid dream I woke up thinking my water had broken! I panicked for a second because for some reason it hit me then I hadn't cleaned the kitchen the previous night (yea I know crazy thing to think about) then I realized wait, the couch isn't wet, neither is my pants or undies so obviously my water hadn't broken.


 

 I had a dream last night that I had twins, except that I had only given birth to one of them and it was days later and I was waiting to go into labor to deliver the second one. It was very strange.

 

 I am still fighting the cold that developed a few weeks ago, the cough will not go away and now I have nasal congestion to go along with it. I just want to go home and sleep for the rest of the week! DD turns 5 on Friday and she is terribly excited about it. This week is an insane dash to finish getting ready for baby and prep for her birthday.
 

 


 

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Aideen- If I make it to my appointment Ill post pictures of the nail design (just excuse my ugly toes, Ive done ballet since I was a young child and my feet show it!)

 

Ashley- my first pregnancy I didn't have any dreams about birth, my second I kept dreaming I gave him at home in the bathroom (which is exactly what happened), this time the dreams are all over the place but I get some good laughs about them. I especially thought the one where I gave birth in the hospital bathroom because no one would listen to me about how advanced the labor was and there was so many women "in labor" who really weren't (In my dream it was Superbowl Monday and it seemed like there was 50 women claiming to be "in labor" chatting and all in the waiting area).. So I went to the bathroom because I thought I had to pee and my water broke, I couldn't walk because of the contractions so I ended up having him in the bathroom.

 

bluebird- Im glad you came up with a compromise.

 

lytere- Ive had a couple of twin dreams but nothing for the last few weeks. DH keeps asking what the likelihood of them "missing" twins in an ultrasound and I told him not happening.

 

My oldest is now insisting that the baby is coming on Sunday. I thought it would be fun to ask her and her response was "Sunday, right after Sunbeams" (Sunbeams is the name of the Sunday School class she attends).. Couple minutes later DD2 woke from her nap and I asked her and her response was "Sunday".. I didn't even know my youngest knew any of the days of the week. Ill laugh if he comes on Sunday.

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So sleepy today! And still pregnant! smile.gif Let's see...we met the monitrice last night. We really like her. It is a good fit it seems. I had her check me because I'm curious...not because it means anything and I'm more effaced and actually dilated now which is cool. I actually wish I had a clear speculum and could do a photo each day showing the changes ala the cervix website that is up of a woman's cycle. I'm a geek like that though. lol.gif

Last night DH had a "date" with one of his friends to play Xbox online so I decided to find something to watch on netflix. Um. Yeah. I decided a movie was too long so I watched an episode of "The Secret Life of An American Teen." And another. And another. And another and stayed up until almost 2:30am! It is filth! Garbage! My brain has rotted! And I couldn't/can't stop watching. It is like a dirty train wreck...teens having sex with one another, the adults all having sex with one another...ewwww. And yet, I cannot look away. lol.gif

bluebirdmama- So glad you were able to come up with a reasonable plan! smile.gif

aidenn- Congrats on the bloody show! Here's to hoping you are snuggling your new addition soon!

okimom and lyterae- Also having strange dreams here...must be hormones!

cujobunny and ashley- hoping you get some rest!

For those in the central/southern/eastern US...maybe this big storm will usher in some labor? What do you think? orngbiggrin.gif

Jenne
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I'll chime in with my dream from last night, but really it was a nightmare! I was trying to walk somewhere...not even sure where...and it was late at night and there was like this carnival ride that looked like a car wash (weird I know) and it was broke down, so i decided to cut through it since going around the fence would take waay longer, but then while i was walking through the ride (like stepping over various gears and pipes and mechanical things) it turned on! and suddenly i was like trapped between some gears and a turning pipe was getting closer and closer and I was slowly getting crushed to death.  I woke up in a puddle of sweat! I kind of wonder if i was like lying on my back or something and my dream was giving me that crushing feeling so i'd wake up and roll over? Not sure but it was sooo scary!!!

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