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The herbs are all mixed together, so I can't leave any out, sadly. I remember getting pretty sick of plain RRL tea last pregnancy, but I don't remember it tasting this horrible - must be the nettle. It doesn't help that I'm not a hot-drink person to begin with (or an iced-tea person) - if I go out "for coffee", I always get a milkshake or iced chocolate, not actual coffee or tea. Ah well.

 

Time for lunch, I think - pumpkin soup and pumpkin bread! I inspected the rest of our pumpkins and luckily they all seem to be sound, so there's no hurry to process 'em. Just as well too, I was beginning to run out of ideas!



Mmmmm, pumpkin!  I love pumpkin!!!

 

I ordered some "pregnancy tea" from etsy with RRL, nettle, rose hips, lemon balm, oatstraw, and maybe something else.  It was reccomended by someone in the RRL thread.  I was shocked how good and mild and soothing the flavor was as I tried some plain old RRL tea last pregnancy and it was so bitter I couldn't make myself drink it.  I am so glad I liked this blend so much. 

 

Josie, sounds very promising and like your gearing up for the main event!

 

Jenni, so sorry your kids are being... well, kids, lol.  Hope they start helping out a little more.  I had to have a talk with my oldest as well when he started complaining about the 1 little thing he is required to do.  Just keep the livingroom and diningroom picked up since his little brother (only 17 months) keeps his toys all over.  Mind you he only owns 20 toys tops and there are only like 10 or so on the floor at one time, and he had the nerve to tell me I make him do too much!  Hahahaha!  I told him most 10 yr olds have a chore list including dishes, vacuuming, maybe laundry, etc.  If his only job is to keep the livingroom and diningroom floor picked up and occasionally empty the dishwasher for me so I can load it, then he is one lucky kid!!!!  I told him I will consider giving him an actual chore list like I had as a kid and we will see how that works for him.  He hasn't really complained since, lol.

 

post #22 of 152

I am worried I'm going to fail my longitudinal rotation and not graduate. I have been concerned about this for a while but have been waiting to see if it resolved itself. I emailed my instructor and her response wasn't very helpful. I really hate the idea of calling her now so I am just going to try and wait until tomorrow and call her then, since there is nothing I can do tonight anyway. Just trying not to think about it. Hubby thinks I should call her, but it always drives me bonkers when his students call at all hours about stuff that could have kept.

post #23 of 152

ARRGH! You ladies are gonna hit me!!! So today, instead of going to a FREE massage session which I probably desperately need, I decided to take advantage of no DD and really have a go at the house; between 12:30 and 5:00 I painted DD's closet, vacuumed the whole house, washed all the ceramic floors, washed the bathrooms, dusted the upstairs, cleaned the kitchen, tidied most of the house and made dinner. I just REALLY didn't want to interrupt that good cleaning energy to drive across town, get all relaxed, drive back across town and have to motivate myself to clean when I knew I didn't have enough time to finish before DD and DH came home. That, and I had already driven across town this morning for my U/S, and I will have to drive back across town tomorrow for my MW appt. I felt bad using all that gas when it's soo expensive :(

 

On the up side, I got all that cleaning done, plus a bunch of random errands this morning, because I know I will be physically beat tomorrow after getting my membranes swept, and, mentally, I know that getting the house really clean was one of the last "big" projects that I wanted done before baby comes. Most of my other things are just spring-cleaning type projects that I can pick away at to pass the time, and they are not so labour-intensive (pun not intended). I'm exhausted and sore, I didn't get a nap, my feet and ankles are gigantic, I'm filthy, and I FEEL GREAT!!! I still have loads of laundry to do in the Great Ringworm Battle, but I can see the progress :)

 

At my U/S this morning, the tech estimated that baby is 6lb 10oz, from which I'm going to subtract half a pound, because I feel that they always over-estimate my babies' weights, but even at that, it looks like I have over a 6-pounder, which I am THRILLED about. I'm not even 39w yet, and when I was induced at 39w w/ DD1, she was only 5.5.  The tech, on the other hand, was worried, and kept asking questions about whether I've been leaking fluid, or if the baby's moving well...and she said because the weight was "low" she would have to do an extra test, by which I knew she meant checking the cord.  I guess I will find out tomorrow if I should be worried or not. She finally said that everything looked good and baby was healthy, but she sure didn't look thrilled :(

post #24 of 152
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Sara, your list reminded me of a few baby things I forgot to pull out! (the nasal sucker and socks... not that they EVER stay on! lol)



Gap baby socks do. Mostly.  

post #25 of 152
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Sorry you hate the RRL tea, Smokering.  I drink a strong infusion (4 cups in a gallon of boiling water soaked overnight) of RRL, nettle, comfrey, and oat straw.  I put it in the fridge and drink it cold with Stevia drops in it.  I think of it as iced tea, and it's much better.  I tried mixing it with juice once and it tasted awful.  I also can't drink it straight or lukewarm or it makes me gag.  I like the Stevia because it is liquid and mixes quickly.  When I make my infusion for birth, I plan to put honey in for energy (but still chill it).  Is it possible to leave one of the herbs out and see if it is more tolerable that way?  BTW, this thread is very encouraging!

 

I'm not sure what's happening with me.  I am having about 2 or 3 contractions an hour.  My body is clearing out, but no bloody show that I can see.  I guess this could go on for days and days, but my gut says that the baby will be here before this next weekend is over.  I guess we'll see!  EDD is Monday!  I have a midwife appointment tomorrow 30 minutes away.  I am dreading the drive.  I wonder if I should just have her do an internal check while I'm there to see if these contractions are doing anything, but the other half of me just wants to have a normal labor where none are needed!

 

I'm sorry to all who are struggling!  I feel for you!  I feel so blessed to have a good support group around me and things relatively normal in my life right now!  I hope you all have a few moments where you can take care of yourself.


hi due date buddy :) i hope we both have our babies before the weekend is over! i have had a burst of energy these last few days, and today took an hour walk by the ocean. ah, heaven. have had crampy braxton hicks for the last couple weeks. last night and the night before i had one, yes one, big, juicy, long contraction. i was like, oh, yes, bring it on! this babe is taking his/her time, that's for sure! i have my ob appt on friday. i hope i will have the baby before then. fingers crossed... all the best to you!

 

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Lidia I am totally jealous of your cleaning spree! I would love to have my whole house cleaned and scrubbed and organized, but I just don't have the energy to make it happen. I do, however, have enough energy to start throwing stuff away and my kids will be missing all kinds of stuff if they keep leaving all their junk laying around. It will suck when they have no socks or shoes left...

 

We went to the parent meeting for their camp and I was contracting the whole way there, during the entire meeting, and the whole way home. More goo is coming out too. If baby doesn't come tonight or tomorrow, I'm guessing he'll be out by the end of the weekend. I can tell you now that sitting on a plastic folding chair for 90 minutes while in some form of labor is not so comfy.

 

I'm ready for bed, but I feel like I won't be able to sleep if I can't get the kitchen clean (which means I'll be doing another load of dishes, ouch!) and folding a bunch of laundry. Plus, there are some other things I need to wash, like the new aden+anais blankets.

post #27 of 152

This is way. too. exciting!!!

 

I've done just about every physical thing I can think of to get ready for my little baby. I'm journalling every day, knitting some last minute things, and just trying to be patient. I'm having a really hard time, though. I fully admit to being tired of being pregnant now. Physically it's not too bad - just common back pain, inflexibility and sleep loss. I'm due the 11th, and the waiting is killing me. I've always been an impatient, impulsive, let's do it now! type of person so this is a particularly hard lesson for me. I just want so badly to hold my little girl and move on to being 'Mama'.

 

Until that day, I'm baking lots of fresh bread, prepping some new alpaca fleece, keeping up my blog every day, working on my art journal, and trying to keep up the house so there's one less thing to worry about when little Miss does make her appearance. I seem to be wide awake at 5am every day, so while I get more stuff done, the days feel even longer! Hahaha!

 

I can't wait until this group gets birthing in full swing, it's going to be so busy and such a whirlwind!

post #28 of 152
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Originally Posted by BHappy View Post

 

last night and the night before i had one, yes one, big, juicy, long contraction. i was like, oh, yes, bring it on!


I've had a few of those! I had one that was particularly long and intense and thought, "Yes! Make it happen!" followed immediately by the thought that it might seem weird to some people that I was kind of enjoying a big, semi-painful contraction. lol

 

post #29 of 152
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Originally Posted by Lidamama84 View Post

ARRGH! You ladies are gonna hit me!!! So today, instead of going to a FREE massage session which I probably desperately need, I decided to take advantage of no DD and really have a go at the house; between 12:30 and 5:00 I painted DD's closet, vacuumed the whole house, washed all the ceramic floors, washed the bathrooms, dusted the upstairs, cleaned the kitchen, tidied most of the house and made dinner. I just REALLY didn't want to interrupt that good cleaning energy to drive across town, get all relaxed, drive back across town and have to motivate myself to clean when I knew I didn't have enough time to finish before DD and DH came home. That, and I had already driven across town this morning for my U/S, and I will have to drive back across town tomorrow for my MW appt. I felt bad using all that gas when it's soo expensive :(

 

On the up side, I got all that cleaning done, plus a bunch of random errands this morning, because I know I will be physically beat tomorrow after getting my membranes swept, and, mentally, I know that getting the house really clean was one of the last "big" projects that I wanted done before baby comes. Most of my other things are just spring-cleaning type projects that I can pick away at to pass the time, and they are not so labour-intensive (pun not intended). I'm exhausted and sore, I didn't get a nap, my feet and ankles are gigantic, I'm filthy, and I FEEL GREAT!!! I still have loads of laundry to do in the Great Ringworm Battle, but I can see the progress :)

 

At my U/S this morning, the tech estimated that baby is 6lb 10oz, from which I'm going to subtract half a pound, because I feel that they always over-estimate my babies' weights, but even at that, it looks like I have over a 6-pounder, which I am THRILLED about. I'm not even 39w yet, and when I was induced at 39w w/ DD1, she was only 5.5.  The tech, on the other hand, was worried, and kept asking questions about whether I've been leaking fluid, or if the baby's moving well...and she said because the weight was "low" she would have to do an extra test, by which I knew she meant checking the cord.  I guess I will find out tomorrow if I should be worried or not. She finally said that everything looked good and baby was healthy, but she sure didn't look thrilled :(



Well,look at it this way, you traded the physical tension relief for the mental one.  I know I feel super awesome after getting all productive and getting much needed things done.  Its the mental equivilant to a full body massage.  Right now, Id take a super clean and organized house over the massage for sure, lol



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Lidia I am totally jealous of your cleaning spree! I would love to have my whole house cleaned and scrubbed and organized, but I just don't have the energy to make it happen. I do, however, have enough energy to start throwing stuff away and my kids will be missing all kinds of stuff if they keep leaving all their junk laying around. It will suck when they have no socks or shoes left...

 

We went to the parent meeting for their camp and I was contracting the whole way there, during the entire meeting, and the whole way home. More goo is coming out too. If baby doesn't come tonight or tomorrow, I'm guessing he'll be out by the end of the weekend. I can tell you now that sitting on a plastic folding chair for 90 minutes while in some form of labor is not so comfy.

 

I'm ready for bed, but I feel like I won't be able to sleep if I can't get the kitchen clean (which means I'll be doing another load of dishes, ouch!) and folding a bunch of laundry. Plus, there are some other things I need to wash, like the new aden+anais blankets.



Jenni, I am definitely thinking you will be holding that little baby very soon!  I keep getting on here thinking I am going to find you annoucing labor has begun.

post #30 of 152
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Jenni, I am definitely thinking you will be holding that little baby very soon!  I keep getting on here thinking I am going to find you annoucing labor has begun.
 


I think that maybe it has. I'm just too afraid to jinx it by saying anything for sure! LOL

 

post #31 of 152

Ooh!  So exciting, Ladies! 

 

BHappy--YES!  Let's hope we are both holding babies on our due date!

 

Since I contract every time I squat, climb stairs, walk, or do anything strenuous, I am trying to decide if I want to avoid these activities or pursue them!  On one hand, I've had a long drawn out labor where I had to keep pushing my contractions to get stronger and harder by doing uncomfortable things, on the other, I'm ready for this baby to come and I have a girlfriend who successfully induced herself 10 days early by walking on the treadmill for 2 hours!  I imagine I'd get some pretty serious action if I took a two hour walk, etc.  But I am just not sure I want to start that ball rolling without knowing that it had enough momentum to take me all the way.  You know?  So, I think I'm just going to keep on living.  I'll be climbing stairs, squatting, walking as needed, but not trying anything serious--YET!

post #32 of 152
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Gap baby socks do. Mostly.  


Thanks, I'll check those out. My kids always did the ankle heel rub thing and worked their socks right off. I love using footed pants but they're just to hot for summer.

 

 

 

post #33 of 152

Jenni - I know my kids are a lot younger than yours (2 and 5) but I've been downsizing - sifting through- their toys, cloths, and shoes for the past 2 months. I'm so happy with the results and actually hope to get rid of even more loose end type stuff before baby arrives. I just can't stand a cluttered house and right now bending over to pick stuff up isn't a high priority, not to mention the clutter that will ensue after baby arrives! Dh is always helpful with keeping the house toy-clutter free in the evenings but during the day when he's off at school there is always "build up" I don't get to, and now that's taken care of until Christmas. smile.gif

 

post #34 of 152
So, it's 5:15 am, and I haven't slept almost all night. It's not like it's the first time, I'm just so tired today. I've been sleeping fairly well the last week or so, then last night, up every 30 min to an hour. I've now been awake since 0430, and it's just no fun:(. I'm totally just whining, but I felt like it. I really thought something might have been getting started yesterday, but it seems I was tricked:eyesroll. Oh well, I'm hoping our DDC has a new baby soon! I'm a little bit hoping it's mine:o. Hehe. On a good note though, all of my birth supplies are in baskets in the cradle, birth pool is partially blown up just in case this labor happens quickly, and all of babies essentials are washed and ready for her arrival!! Just waiting on bebe:joy
post #35 of 152
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Started contracting yesterday evening... every 5 minutes 30-45sec long. After 2 hours called the midwife to get her take on it. She decided (knowing my track record) to come out and check me. 3 cms, head down and somewhat engaged, but a little floaty still. She left and told me to call if anything happened. That was at 12:15 am. Contracted for another 2 hours off and on and then slept a few hours. Up this morning and contractions are starting back up. I'm annoyed and tired and frustrated. Yay me...

post #36 of 152

Arrgh, My computer died rather dramatically this evening - with a scream, no less. Am typing this on DH's laptop. The good news is, without the ability to watch TV shows or surf the internet, I ended up sewing a good deal of a short-sleeved baby shirt this evening. The bad news is, I felt inspired to write a blog post for the first time in weeks, and can't. (The server's down; different issue, but still annoying.)

 

Also, my friend who was supposed to watch Deathly Hallows with me tonight cancelled at the last minute, again, much to the disgust of our flatmate who'd stayed home in order to watch it with us.Probably just as well though, given that the computer died right when we would have been in the middle of the film.

post #37 of 152

I'm like, insanely proud of myself for getting the gardening done yesterday.  We had a major wet spell (seriously like 2 weeks of rain) and I wasn't able to get outside and the weeds pretty much took over everything.  I had purchased one of those stick weeders (like for dandilions) thinking it'd help with my complete inability to bend.  But it was SO SLOOOWWWW due to all the weeds.  So I just sucked it up, pulled out my trusty little kneeling pad, and went to town on the garden the old fashioned way.  It is totally unrecognizable.  Now I'm motivated to go out and get a few more colourful plants or flowers to stick in there and fill in the gaps that the weeds created. =P

 

Other than that, I'm trying to enjoy my time alone at home.  Yesterday was my first day off work.  I'm not due until June 19th, and am starting my official maternity leave at that point.  But I had a few weeks worth of sick leave I was able to take ahead of time so that I can relax and prepare for the baby instead of getting all stressed out by my team of boneheads at work.  I have a driver's test tomorrow (yeah yeah, laugh it up, but it's a really long flipping process here so I was always terrified of starting it!) and then the kids' birthday party on Saturday and then the baby can come ANYTIME thank-you-very-much.  I'm sore.  I'm tired.  I'm hating the BH contractions.  I have so much pelvic pressure.  I'm pretty much done with this "super special time".  I want to serve her eviction notice on Sunday. ;)

 

Baby stuff is all ready to go.  I think the only thing I'm missing is...nope, nothing.  Even the car seat is installed.  C'mon baby, we're waiting for you!!

post #38 of 152
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I've had a few of those! I had one that was particularly long and intense and thought, "Yes! Make it happen!" followed immediately by the thought that it might seem weird to some people that I was kind of enjoying a big, semi-painful contraction. lol

 

i know orngbiggrin.gif

 

last night i had the rhythm of sorta uncomfortable/painful contractions starting around midnight for about 4 hours. the kind that wake you up out of sleep. they had a definite regularity to them, but i didn't time them at all. i thought this might be it, but alas, things stopped. i dozed the entire night, and my mantra was "i surrender" the entire time. it just came out of me. like, i offer my body for this work, and whatever is happening, i am going totally into it. i wish it would have kept going....maybe will pick back up again today? fingers crossed.....
 

 

post #39 of 152
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Started contracting yesterday evening... every 5 minutes 30-45sec long. After 2 hours called the midwife to get her take on it. She decided (knowing my track record) to come out and check me. 3 cms, head down and somewhat engaged, but a little floaty still. She left and told me to call if anything happened. That was at 12:15 am. Contracted for another 2 hours off and on and then slept a few hours. Up this morning and contractions are starting back up. I'm annoyed and tired and frustrated. Yay me...



goodvibes.gifgood labor vibes going out to you, mama ! i hope it gets going for you !!

post #40 of 152
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Originally Posted by BHappy View Post

 

last night i had the rhythm of sorta uncomfortable/painful contractions starting around midnight for about 4 hours. the kind that wake you up out of sleep. they had a definite regularity to them, but i didn't time them at all. i thought this might be it, but alas, things stopped. i dozed the entire night, and my mantra was "i surrender" the entire time. it just came out of me. like, i offer my body for this work, and whatever is happening, i am going totally into it. i wish it would have kept going....maybe will pick back up again today? fingers crossed.....

 

 

This seems to be my pattern as well. I'll contract all day long, they'll get more intense and closer together in the evening/nighttime and then I have to go to sleep because the ctx aren't enough to stay awake and then they stop! I was contracting about every 6-7 minutes for hours last night before bed. And after I went to bed, when I would wake up to roll my whale-sized carcass over or get up to pee, I would have a contraction or LOTS of pressure, but not significant enough to keep me awake.

 

Part of me is surrendering, knowing that I still have 2 weeks until my EDD, and the other part of me is totally impatient and wants to do everything possible to hurry the process up.



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I'm like, insanely proud of myself for getting the gardening done yesterday.  We had a major wet spell (seriously like 2 weeks of rain) and I wasn't able to get outside and the weeds pretty much took over everything.  I had purchased one of those stick weeders (like for dandilions) thinking it'd help with my complete inability to bend.  But it was SO SLOOOWWWW due to all the weeds.  So I just sucked it up, pulled out my trusty little kneeling pad, and went to town on the garden the old fashioned way.  It is totally unrecognizable.  Now I'm motivated to go out and get a few more colourful plants or flowers to stick in there and fill in the gaps that the weeds created. =P

 

Other than that, I'm trying to enjoy my time alone at home.  Yesterday was my first day off work.  I'm not due until June 19th, and am starting my official maternity leave at that point.  But I had a few weeks worth of sick leave I was able to take ahead of time so that I can relax and prepare for the baby instead of getting all stressed out by my team of boneheads at work.  I have a driver's test tomorrow (yeah yeah, laugh it up, but it's a really long flipping process here so I was always terrified of starting it!) and then the kids' birthday party on Saturday and then the baby can come ANYTIME thank-you-very-much.  I'm sore.  I'm tired.  I'm hating the BH contractions.  I have so much pelvic pressure.  I'm pretty much done with this "super special time".  I want to serve her eviction notice on Sunday. ;)

 

Baby stuff is all ready to go.  I think the only thing I'm missing is...nope, nothing.  Even the car seat is installed.  C'mon baby, we're waiting for you!!

 

I'm in the same boat! I have everything I need for him. The car seat has been installed in the car for 2 weeks already because I figured I'd better follow the advice I give parents when I'm doing an education/install on their seats. ALL of the baby clothes are washed, sorted by age and type of clothing item, and organized in the drawers of the two dressers that I have for him. The changing area is all set up. My rocking chair is ready. I finished washing the 2 new sheets and the aden+anais blankets that I got yesterday and I folded the last other few things, like his little baby towels. I just need to actually put that stuff away, which will take all of a minute.

 

Maybe I should go outside and weed. We have lots of weeds I could pull up... Or maybe I'll just vacuum the whole house. Or walk the dogs. Or make banana bread. Or go back to sleep... lol

 

My kids' last day of school is tomorrow and then they'll be out for the summer. Thank GOD that they're old enough to go play at friends' houses by themselves, or ride their bikes to the park without me. We do have some projects planned for the summer, but I don't know that I'll be up to any of them in the next few days. They do go to camp next Wednesday through Sunday with our church, and I'd really like to have a baby before then so they don't have to decide if they want to come home or not to meet their brother.
 

 

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