CookAHM- what is a bracket? I used a heating pad for after pains and it was definitely helpful. I use one for menstural cramps too. You can buy on at Walmart for pretty cheap. I forget how much I paid for mine, but I do remember being surprised it was only $xxx.
Pudl- I feel the same way about having a boy. I don't know what sex this LO is, but everyone around me is quite sure it's a boy. I would say I am even a little scared to have a boy! My 2 girls have been so easy and I just love them and their little girlish ways so much I can't imagine raising a boy. I'm really hoping for another girl. I think I might cry if it's a boy (and then I'd feel like a big jerk!).
Neuromancer- what your friend said is a great way of looking at it. I would be really happy to have a boy who was like my DP. He is a very sweet person and thinking about it that way makes it a little less scary.
I am 34 weeks today and wishing I had a fast forward button to get through the next month! I found out I have gained almost 60 lbs (i only gained 35 with my girls)! Since I found that out I think I feel extra tired and huge. My neck and shoulders have been really tight and sore for the past few days and my tailbone area feels like it's bruised. Sitting down is quite painful to the point that I have a hard time standing up once I sit. I'm supposed to be getting down on my hands and knees a lot to get the baby to go anterior (it's posterior now), but that position makes my "butt" hurt so bad I'm hesitant to even do it. All the pressure and pain in my ass (lol) is making me a bit nervous about how painful my labor will be. I'm so tired I can hardly function and everything I do leaves me winded.
I met with my midwife this week. She told me to start my PJ's and EPO now since I tend to go earlier. I am measuring about 2 weeks behind, but she thinks it's because I have a long and deep torso so the baby is sort of hiding out in there. I certainly don't feel like he's hiding out anywhere! LO has been anterior and posterior at different meetings, so we're really hoping she will flip around and stay there for the birth. I really wish all fours didn't hurt so bad right now.
While the chiropractic does seem to help with my hip pain it has made my tailbone/ SI joint area very very sore so I'm thinking about stopping. But then if I stop going it won't help the baby get into a better position. I'm feeling torn. Is the extra pain worth the possibility of the baby turning? If I stop going will the pain even stop?
My DP is away for the weekend and comes back on Monday. It has been nice having some alone time with my girls, but I can't wait for him to get back! Not having him here makes me appreciate how lucky and spoiled I am by him. When he comes home we are going to start getting the birth supplies together. Our kids have off for spring break next week so I'm hoping we will be able to do something fun with them (that doesn't involve lots of movement on my part!).