I think I must have the only OB who really doesn't care about EDD. He's thrown around a couple different EDD (based on LMP and different ultrasounds), all within a couple days of each other. At my last appointment he said something like "and this EDD based on the ultrasound is 10/10, we had figured 10/12 earlier..... and baby will come whenever he wants so it doesn't matter anyway". My jaw dropped to the ground just hearing him say that!
Re: Baby movement- I've been hesitant to say anything because I know there are other mamas who aren't feeling anything yet, but good gracious this baby is so active! He's way more active than ds ever was (and I thought he was active at the time ). I don't think little Sunburst ever sleeps, which is a little worrisome. LOL! Sunburst has also found my bladder, and thinks it makes a great soccer ball (or punching bag). I've peed my pants more times than I care to admit It is cool though that pretty much anytime dh wants to feel the baby, all I have to do is lay down and let him put a hand on it and it's likely to be dancing a jig in there. My fundus is almost at my ribs right now and I'm a little scared that in a week or two I'm going to be getting kicks in the ribs. I did not enjoy that part last time and to know it's going to be happening even earlier this time is a little concerning (no idea why my fundus is so high, but the dr said everything was fine).
Re: older kids and bellies... dh and ds think the most hilarious thing is my belly button. It is not, officially, an outie. And they love playing with it. DS will walk up to me randomly, poke my belly button, and run away laughing He's a nut. DS is a vegetarian (by his choice- he hasn't eaten meat since he was 1). He told us the other day that he's going to teach the baby to eat just like him- no meat. DH (a big meat eater) was like NOOOO!!!! LOL! DH said he'll be rubbing steak on the baby's gums when it's a month old, just to get the taste in it's mouth
Re: maternity leave- I am so happy that this time I can pretty much have as much time as I want! With ds I went into the hospital on Wednesday after work, delivered Friday afternoon, came home from the hospital Saturday evening and went back to work on Monday (half days for the first week then full days after that). Although I could take ds with me, it still sucked and was not a good thing for recovery. This time I work as a substitute para for the school district so I can pick and choose my own hours, which means I don't have to work if I don't want to. I think the plan right now is to not work at all until after the new year. Then I might pick up a day here and there while dh works from home and watches the baby. But if I don't feel like doing that, or if dh can't work from home for whatever reason, I won't work at all. DH's leave after the baby is frustrating me right now. When we first started talking about having a baby I made it very clear that I did not want to do it alone. BTDT (was a single mom with ds) and don't want to do it again. DH said he would be able to get at least a week off work. Then when we got pregnant and he talked to his manager he was assured he could take at least 2 weeks, more if the project crap they were doing allowed. Yay! Then last week dh took a new job (same company, different position with a different manager). Now he doesn't know if he'll get any time off He said that if it comes down to it he can take like 3 days of personal days off, but that's all he's guaranteed. I am pissed off that, yet again, I might be doing it alone in the early days. Except this time I have an older child on top of it all that I have to take to school, pick up, entertain, take to therapy, etc. And somehow I'm still supposed to rest and recover. Right I'm sure it will all work out in the end, but for now I'm just frustrated.