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I'm sorry I could NOT resist making a thread for us for May... it's under 48 hours away... forgive me!

 

Went to the doc swearing I would not do an internal check, but having felt crampy and crappy all day, DH and I decided to see if anything was brewing.  EDD - 5/9 and already 1cm dilated and "soft".  This is my first so here's hoping!  I know it can last like this for a while so I'm going for DH prosteglandin donations all weekend.  By the end of this weekend I'll have the pool set up as well.

 

Whenever y'all want to pick this up... Please do.  The babies are comin'!  The babies are comin'!

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I went to my ultrasound today. The baby is not measuring too small. It's in the 10th percentile but someone has to be, right? There were some microcalcifications on the placenta which concerned me since my other placentas made it to 42 weeks without a single calcification. The OB wasn't concerned though. Got some probiotics (GBS test in a week), Zantac, and Evening Primrose Oil just in case I decide I want it in a few weeks!

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I had an exciting appointment today!  I am fully effaced and 2cm!  My OB asked me if I wanted him to sweep my membranes, and I said yes.  I realize labor could still be days (or weeks, God forbid) away, but I am SO excited that I'm effaced.  With DD, I walked into my induction at 42 weeks and was just 30% effaced and a fingertip dilated.  My OB is so excited for me.  I am a VBAC patient, and he was like, "you're totally going to do this!"  He just happens to be my favorite OB at the practice, and he's on call this weekend.  I would LOVE for him to deliver this baby!!  I'm cautiously hopeful. :)

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Annaconda- I have been feeling the same way all day- crampy and crappy.  My EDD is 5/8 so nearly the same point in pregnancy.  Are you seeing an OB and then having a home birth?  I just switched to a HB midwife but haven't told my practice.  I am scheduled for a NST on Monday and keep moving my appt up to avoid them trying to induce me.

 

Evergreen- I envy the OB practice you are seeing.  I had a BPP and baby is also at 10th %ile and not a single issue with my placenta and they wanted to do a bunch of fup tests and schedule an induction for 38 weeks.  I'm of the same mindset- someone has to be the 10th %ile and someone has to be the 90th %ile.  I'm glad your OB isn't taking things overboard.

 

kmb9906- I'll be sending some good vibes your way so that you get that VBAC and with your fave OB on call.

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kmb- hoping for a baby this weekend for you!!!

 

Karen- I love my OBs. THe one I saw today is my personal friend, the staff messed up. I asked them never to schedule me with him just becaue it's weird, but I am glad he did the ultrasound.

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sending tons of babydust your way, kmb!  The timing sounds so perfect, I hope the sweep gets things going.  Maybe pig out on pineapple and get friendly with DH for good measure? ;)

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check and check orngbiggrin.gif
 

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sending tons of babydust your way, kmb!  The timing sounds so perfect, I hope the sweep gets things going.  Maybe pig out on pineapple and get friendly with DH for good measure? ;)



 

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MAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! i'm so excited :D :D :D

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KMB and Evergreen, it does sound like you guys have awesome docs! I like to hear that some are still out there treating pg mamas with respect and reasonability! :) Magic Happy Baby Dust to KMB, KarenMT, and Annaconda! dust.gifMy laptop is on crack today, so forgive an unorganized post - I can't see my cursor and this silly thing won't respond to the "enter" key. I've done all I can do to sweet talk it at this point! Grrrr.... SallyNichole, I will so try that stretch! Actually one of the best things about today was, as I mentioned in the "pubic pain" thread, going to a new chiropractor today and she is AWESOME. I took the first pain-free steps I've taken in weeks when I was leaving her office. Before that, I don't think I would've been capable of doing that stretch but now all things are possible. :) I can't wait to see if I sleep better tonight. I'm going back Monday to try to support what was done today and hopefully make it stick. She said my right pubic bone was all forward and out of whack, as were my hips. I know I'm still waddling, but I didn't *have* to waddle after she adjusted me. It was like my legs were back in my hip sockets and my pelvis and pubic bone had faded out of my constant conscious thoughts! I also found out today my iron is much lower than it should be. And while that's a bummer, I'm actually thrilled to have both an alignment AND a reason for why I've felt so completely beat down and pointless for the past couple of weeks. I knew my diet wasn't as "ideal" as it should have been.. but I'd really convinced myself it was "ok". Not so much! So Floradix, chiro, and back on the reality check diet. I now feel that I really might make it to May 28th after all! Which is kind of a mixed feeling but after last night, which was very much like the night before my daughter was born, with random painful back labor sensations waking me up repeatedly, and NO comfortable position to be found, I felt like I couldn't physically last until next Fri - 37 weeks for me - let alone to my due date! So just relieved to feel somewhat human again. Evergreen, someone SO has to be the in the 10%ile! My kids are always on the small side of normal, but they ARE on the charts, so what do people want? :) My family acts like size is a personal accomplishment, which is sad on many levels, but the saddest part being that they convinced my nephew he was "SO BIG" for his age - then his little brother showed up and has been much bigger at every developmental stage - my poor nephew was suddenly out of an identity as the "BIG" child in the family. eyesroll.gif Which he never should've been burdened with anyway! Seriously, my little brother was 9 lbs, 2 oz when he was born, and everyone made SUCH a big deal about him being SO BIG - and he still is the biggest one of us, for all the good it does him... but... my very petite 5 ft. 2 in 90 lb MIL was ALSO 9 lbs, 2 oz at birth! It just doesn't matter - our kids will grow to be who they grow to be, you know? :) My dh may be cutting back to doing just one load/trip a week until we have this baby, and I am so excited to have him around more often! He'd be home 4-5 nights and out 2-3 nights, which is just opposite of how things usually go with his job. He cooks, he cleans, he spoils me rotten *when he's home* so... YAY!! I usually don't get online when he's home, but clearly THAT's not going to work anymore! I have to keep up with all of our sweet babies! CONGRATULATIONS Jr'smom.. .. hoping you're enjoying staring at your baby girl right now! :) Oh, and Mama_mich, I hope you're that much closer to a new life in a new state with much less baggage and your sweet little one in your arms! :)

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KMB and Evergreen, it does sound like you guys have awesome docs! I like to hear that some are still out there treating pg mamas with respect and reasonability! :) Magic Happy Baby Dust to KMB, KarenMT, and Annaconda! dust.gifMy laptop is on crack today, so forgive an unorganized post - I can't see my cursor and this silly thing won't respond to the "enter" key. I've done all I can do to sweet talk it at this point! Grrrr.... SallyNichole, I will so try that stretch! Actually one of the best things about today was, as I mentioned in the "pubic pain" thread, going to a new chiropractor today and she is AWESOME. I took the first pain-free steps I've taken in weeks when I was leaving her office. Before that, I don't think I would've been capable of doing that stretch but now all things are possible. :) I can't wait to see if I sleep better tonight. I'm going back Monday to try to support what was done today and hopefully make it stick. She said my right pubic bone was all forward and out of whack, as were my hips. I know I'm still waddling, but I didn't *have* to waddle after she adjusted me. It was like my legs were back in my hip sockets and my pelvis and pubic bone had faded out of my constant conscious thoughts! I also found out today my iron is much lower than it should be. And while that's a bummer, I'm actually thrilled to have both an alignment AND a reason for why I've felt so completely beat down and pointless for the past couple of weeks. I knew my diet wasn't as "ideal" as it should have been.. but I'd really convinced myself it was "ok". Not so much! So Floradix, chiro, and back on the reality check diet. I now feel that I really might make it to May 28th after all! Which is kind of a mixed feeling but after last night, which was very much like the night before my daughter was born, with random painful back labor sensations waking me up repeatedly, and NO comfortable position to be found, I felt like I couldn't physically last until next Fri - 37 weeks for me - let alone to my due date! So just relieved to feel somewhat human again. Evergreen, someone SO has to be the in the 10%ile! My kids are always on the small side of normal, but they ARE on the charts, so what do people want? :) My family acts like size is a personal accomplishment, which is sad on many levels, but the saddest part being that they convinced my nephew he was "SO BIG" for his age - then his little brother showed up and has been much bigger at every developmental stage - my poor nephew was suddenly out of an identity as the "BIG" child in the family. eyesroll.gif Which he never should've been burdened with anyway! Seriously, my little brother was 9 lbs, 2 oz when he was born, and everyone made SUCH a big deal about him being SO BIG - and he still is the biggest one of us, for all the good it does him... but... my very petite 5 ft. 2 in 90 lb MIL was ALSO 9 lbs, 2 oz at birth! It just doesn't matter - our kids will grow to be who they grow to be, you know? :) My dh may be cutting back to doing just one load/trip a week until we have this baby, and I am so excited to have him around more often! He'd be home 4-5 nights and out 2-3 nights, which is just opposite of how things usually go with his job. He cooks, he cleans, he spoils me rotten *when he's home* so... YAY!! I usually don't get online when he's home, but clearly THAT's not going to work anymore! I have to keep up with all of our sweet babies! CONGRATULATIONS Jr'smom.. .. hoping you're enjoying staring at your baby girl right now! :) Oh, and Mama_mich, I hope you're that much closer to a new life in a new state with much less baggage and your sweet little one in your arms! :)

 

What you described your laptop doing is what Mothering does to me every time unless I use the quote feature.  It's a PIA...so pardon the quoting.eyesroll.gif

 

And I agree on size...how silly that it's such an "accomplishment".

 

And lizzie I'm so glad your dh is going to be home more often!  I can't imagine having him gone so much especially at the end when it's so tiring.

 

Jr'smom-I hope you are doing well and totally enjoying your sweet baby!!

 

AFM:  I am SO excited it's finally May(well in another 24 hours).  I'm feeling so ready to be done, yet am only 37 weeks.  My earliest baby so far was 39w 3d...I'm hoping for similar with this one as I really want my Mom here for most of the time after the birth and would love for her to be at the birth as well...so here's hoping for the 15th! 
 

 

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Prayers and happy thoughts to those of you closer to D-day than me... Sounds like we have good news all around.

 

AFM-I'm achy all over, especially in my hips and legs. It was so bad last night I couldn't listen to my hypnobabies tracks. I was just beyond miserable. It's got DH (and me FWIW) questioning if I can do the hypnosis thing.

 

I'm also spending a lot of my time suctioning noses, dosing kids with probiotics, emergen-c, elderberry syrup, Hyland's Cough & Cold, and the occasional ibuprofen. DH is complaining of a sore throat now, and my sister is saying she feels lousy too. So, I'm hoping this is all just viral and baby stays inside until all the sickies are gone!

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Becca - hope the hips are feeling better today. Fwiw, my hips and pelvis got really achy about 48 hrs before labor...

Hope the rest of your family heals and feels better soon.
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I'm hoping to be done soon. I can barely even stand up at this point. She's so low and moving so much. I'm just realllly not comfortable. Thankfully, I can sleep at night, but still.  

 

Congrats to Jr's mom. 

 

Glad to hear everyone is doing pretty well overall. I'm getting quite excited. The finish line is near! :)

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grouphug.gif hey ladies- ALMOST THERE!

 

sounds like we're gonna have several babies this week? I think? orngbiggrin.gif

 

I had my last day of work yesterday (lots of people told me I was CRAZY for working until 39w1d, but I was fine, I knew I'd be fine... might even go in next week for a few hours if I'm bored and not feeling labor-y).

Strangers (and even a few people I know) keep asking me if it's twins... um, no, I'm measuring 39cm at 39w - that's totally normal everyone!  I guess it's because people don't usually see 39w pregnant ladies running around getting groceries, briskly walking, etc?  When I thought about it a little bit more, I realized that almost everyone I know has been induced or sectioned before they got to this point, and most of them were waddling/not able to walk very well after about 30-34 weeks?

 

So yeah, 39w, still not waddling... the hardest parts of my day are getting out of bed, getting off the couch, etc., I'm still moving quite quickly and well... until I sit/lie down. I'm having TONS of heartburn/acid reflux which actually seems pretty unrelated to diet (used to be only if I ate processed starch/sugar, now it doesn't matter what I eat!), and I'm feeling a few crampy sensations, but not a single contraction (BH or otherwise) felt, and I just don't feel like labor is happening for at least a few days, maybe a week, maybe two. we'll see!

 

Good luck to all the ladies who are having early labor signs/feelings - I think we all can't wait to meet these little creatures! :)

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Nothing yet.  Had a couple strong contractions, but nothing to get super excited about.  I have to say, I'm a little disappointed.  I'm going to be pissed if I'm 100% effaced now and go to freaking 42 weeks!!!

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Yeah. I'm still here and still don't have a baby in my arm. Every night I am woken up by strong contractions but since Thursday they haven't been timing consistently. I'm also still losing a lot of my plug.

My parents decided to go home today and I'm going to enjoy a very hard laugh if I end up going into labor tonight and they have to drive the 5 hours back up here tomorrow. I told them not to come up and they did anyway, it's ok to laugh. or that's what I tell myself so I don't feel like a bitch.

 

Today we were able to enjoy really nice weather and a picnic with friends. Tonight I'm going to take a long bath and a pedicure and hope that all the relaxing sends out all kinds of labor vibes to my body.

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I started Zantac today and am in loooove! I've had coffee, chocolate, BBQ chips, mustard, and wasabi today without a hint of heartburn. Why didn't I do this last month?

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I can commiserate with you!

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I'm hoping to be done soon. I can barely even stand up at this point. She's so low and moving so much. I'm just realllly not comfortable. Thankfully, I can sleep at night, but still.  

 

Congrats to Jr's mom. 

 

Glad to hear everyone is doing pretty well overall. I'm getting quite excited. The finish line is near! :)



 

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grouphug.gif hey ladies- ALMOST THERE!

 

sounds like we're gonna have several babies this week? I think? orngbiggrin.gif

 

I had my last day of work yesterday (lots of people told me I was CRAZY for working until 39w1d, but I was fine, I knew I'd be fine... might even go in next week for a few hours if I'm bored and not feeling labor-y).

Strangers (and even a few people I know) keep asking me if it's twins... um, no, I'm measuring 39cm at 39w - that's totally normal everyone!  I guess it's because people don't usually see 39w pregnant ladies running around getting groceries, briskly walking, etc?  When I thought about it a little bit more, I realized that almost everyone I know has been induced or sectioned before they got to this point, and most of them were waddling/not able to walk very well after about 30-34 weeks?

 

So yeah, 39w, still not waddling... the hardest parts of my day are getting out of bed, getting off the couch, etc., I'm still moving quite quickly and well... until I sit/lie down. I'm having TONS of heartburn/acid reflux which actually seems pretty unrelated to diet (used to be only if I ate processed starch/sugar, now it doesn't matter what I eat!), and I'm feeling a few crampy sensations, but not a single contraction (BH or otherwise) felt, and I just don't feel like labor is happening for at least a few days, maybe a week, maybe two. we'll see!

 

Good luck to all the ladies who are having early labor signs/feelings - I think we all can't wait to meet these little creatures! :)

 

This was totally me with my first baby, though nobody could believe I was actually due since I carried small(she was 7lb 4oz, so not a tiny baby).  I worked the day I went into labor at 39w3d...I had no premonitions or signs of labor starting either.  I thought it would be another week or two.

 

Sorry for all the heartburn and pain people are having...I can sympathize completely!

 

kmb9906-I hope your little one comes soon as well...I was dilated for a while with my 2nd and kept thinking he would come anyday from 36 weeks on and the little guy came on his due date.  So I hope that doesn't happen for you!  It's frustrating!
 

 

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I have had a great time the last few days. With my big belly (40lb plus, but it all seems to be belly) people obviously ask when and I say Tuesday they are quite startled. I really got the lady at Paper Source today when I was buying stickers for birth announcements. I had a talk with the baby yesterday and he/she was very well behaved and let me go for a long trip to Ikea with a Container Store appetizer without making life difficult. My toddler actually fell asleep in the cart at Ikea.

Still sleeping on the floor since we have not gotten enough ducks in a row to put together our bed. A co-sleeper is not much use if it is two feet above you.

 

Feeling funny today. Very active baby with lots of feet coming out the side and lots of cervical head butting, but more too. Not sure what, just funny. My mum does not get in until Monday night, but this weekend would work for me. Though my mind is still not wrapped around the idea of labour. I planned all the rest, all the prep, the child care, getting everyone there and then all the afterwards, doctor for baby for early discharge, ride home etc. But I just have not thought about the whole, and then I have the baby part. I read enough last time to know I could not predict what it would be like or what would work for me. I know that is still true so I am not too worried, but still it is a big hole.

 

Punk Elmo I am still running around doing errands (OK, waddling around) and was last time too and think it was really one of the keys to getting back up and out again. I am sure it also made my labour easier. So keep walking and startling people. Plus you get great customer service with a giant belly.

 

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