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post #41 of 152

Sounds like a lot of us are getting really close, with all these contractions happening!

 

I had a few moderately painful ones last night, but they disappeared when I went to sleep, which seems to be my pattern. During the day I'm basically in constant pain if I'm not sitting down. I can't tell whether it's contractions or just a combination of SPD and backache. It just hurts. My cervix seems a bit more dilated this morning than it has been for the last couple of weeks, so hopefully something's happening.  

 

I'm secretly hoping the baby will be born tomorrow. My father died 6 years ago, and June 3 would have been his 60th birthday. I'm devastated that he didn't live to see his grandchildren. It would be nice to have this small connection.

In more cheerful news, I'm extremely happy and relieved to announce I've finished my school year! Last assignment and exam DONE. It's a huge weight off my shoulders. biggrinbounce.gif

 

 

 

 

post #42 of 152

Well, due date has officially come and gone.  Oh well, this is #6 and not a single one of my babies ever came before their date so you'd think I wouldn't be surprised, lol.  One came on the due date, another 3 days after, the rest were 2 weeks late so you'd think id be prepared for this feeling.  I guess I can look at it like hey, anyday now though.  I'm staying patient, or trying, lol.  I can tell things are changing just slowly.  BH are starting to feel different and coming more frequent and lasting longer each night.  So, at least I am on  my way.

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Sounds like a lot of us are getting really close, with all these contractions happening!

 

I had a few moderately painful ones last night, but they disappeared when I went to sleep, which seems to be my pattern. During the day I'm basically in constant pain if I'm not sitting down. I can't tell whether it's contractions or just a combination of SPD and backache. It just hurts. My cervix seems a bit more dilated this morning than it has been for the last couple of weeks, so hopefully something's happening.  

 

I'm secretly hoping the baby will be born tomorrow. My father died 6 years ago, and June 3 would have been his 60th birthday. I'm devastated that he didn't live to see his grandchildren. It would be nice to have this small connection.

In more cheerful news, I'm extremely happy and relieved to announce I've finished my school year! Last assignment and exam DONE. It's a huge weight off my shoulders. biggrinbounce.gif


My contractions go away at night too. It's really frustrating!

 

I'm hoping for tomorrow as well, mainly because my DD's birthday is July 3rd and it would be cool to have a June 3rd and a July 3rd baby. It would be so great if your baby could be born on your dad's birthday!

 

Congrats on finishing your school year! I'm sure that is a HUGE relief!

 

 

My kids' last day of school is tomorrow and then we're all off together for the whole summer. It's a little daunting!

 

Still nothing exciting to report on the contraction front. They're still there, still totally inconsistent. However, it seems like they're lasting longer and they're more intense. I'm hoping that there's some good stuff happening because of that!

 

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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.

 

Oh no. I hope this is something you can get resolved!

 

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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 :(


I totally understand the need to get things done instead. There is a mental relaxation that happens when stuff gets done. I wish I could experience some of that!

 

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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!


I understand the need/want to be done and get baby out, but I worry about having enough energy to get through labor if I push too hard. You're probably wise to just do what you'd normally do and not push it. I'm nervous because I'm running my daycare clear up until I start labor. That is daily activity for me, so my body's used to it. I just hope that I'm not too worn out to give birth, especially if I go into labor during my daycare day. Yikes!

 

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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


This is my garden right now. It's terrible. The days that it's not been raining it's been super hot - 80's and even 90's. There was one day recently where it was cooler and I had planned on using it but ended up not sleeping well the night before and was too pooped to do the work. Bummer! I'm kind of dreading it now because it's so overgrown. But once I can get in there and remove some stuff I'm going to paper and mulch so that it won't be as bad hopefully. But I just need to get it done. It's hard too because there's so much inside my house that also needs done. Agh - not enough hours in the day! Congrats to you for getting your garden done. I'm sure it's a great feeling to have it done!

 

So many of you are getting so close with all of the contracting going on. It's very exciting. I'm a bit envious, but that's okay. I NEED to get way more done before baby gets here anyways. Besides, I'm not even 37 weeks until this Sunday, so I'll probably be one of the last birth stories posting! I've really enjoyed reading the stories that have come in thus far and look forward to hearing some more. I don't think I'll have to wait too long for some of these from the sounds of some of these updates!

 

I did scrub my bathroom today after kiddos went down for nap - not quite as much as I wanted. It's a start though. Of course my daycare baby woke up while I was scrubbing so I had to quit prematurely. I also put some laundry away last night. But honestly, there's so much of it that it literally looks like I accomplished nothing. There's just so much left to do and I can't even hope to put up the cosleeper until the baskets upon baskets of laundry are put away and out of the way so that we can rearrange a few things in order to fit the cosleeper where we want it.

 

I'm hoping to put together my birth basket this weekend, even if that means I have to make a big shopping trip and buy a bunch of stuff that I don't have and shouldn't spend money on right now. I just need this to be done for my own mental sanity. 

 

We're going to do a full run-through on our birth tub Friday night and I'm really hoping DH isn't a big grump about it. He's been a grump about everything lately. I understand he's busy and tired, but so am I and we're running out of time to get stuff done. I just wish he had the ability to suck it up and have a positive attitude. Instead he pisses and moans the entire time and makes the experience miserable for everybody. It's very frustrating.

 

I'm getting so irritated with DS. The child still needs an afternoon nap or he's an emotional mess and yet I have to fight with him for a good 1/2 an hour to hour every freaking day to get him to sleep. All of my daycare kiddos get a book, lay on their cots, listen to music, and they're out. Not mine - nope. I try to give him some attention once everyone's asleep, lay with him for a few minutes, even read a book so that he feels special, but he refuses to just lay there and fall asleep. He kicks his feet, bounces up and down, sings loudly, anything to not fall asleep. It's frustrating because I have a daycare baby who almost always needs fed/changed during this time and it's hard to get him to sleep when I have to give attention to another, get my daycare paperwork done, and of course very importantly get on MDC so that I can feel like I'm connecting with adults at some point in my day. Some days I literally have to lie down with him and hold him like in a straight jacket type hold just to get him to calm down enough to sleep. Today has been impossible - he will not settle down. And now I just lost it and yelled at him. I hate when "scary mom" comes out. Sometimes I feel like he just pushes and pushes until that's what happens. Grrr...Anyways, that's just a little mini vent.

 


 

 

post #45 of 152

Crystal I can understand your frustrations! The whole kid not sleeping thing alone is enough to send anyone over the edge. But combining that with having other kids to care for, lots of prep work for baby, and all the household stuff... no wonder you're feeling stressed. I don't like being scary mom either, and she sure made an appearance yesterday! Hugs to you and I hope you can get some rest and find the time to take care of everything you need to get done.

 

 

I wanted to share a simple recipe for a really refreshing drink, since for most of us it's summer time and the temps are rising. I was messing around with fruit in the kitchen the other day and I ended up blending watermelon chunks, some strawberries, and a little splash of limeade in my magic bullet and it was sooooo good!! Very refreshing on a hot day and it wasn't too sweet or heavy, things that lately make me want to throw up.

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I'm getting so irritated with DS. The child still needs an afternoon nap or he's an emotional mess and yet I have to fight with him for a good 1/2 an hour to hour every freaking day to get him to sleep. All of my daycare kiddos get a book, lay on their cots, listen to music, and they're out. Not mine - nope. I try to give him some attention once everyone's asleep, lay with him for a few minutes, even read a book so that he feels special, but he refuses to just lay there and fall asleep. He kicks his feet, bounces up and down, sings loudly, anything to not fall asleep. It's frustrating because I have a daycare baby who almost always needs fed/changed during this time and it's hard to get him to sleep when I have to give attention to another, get my daycare paperwork done, and of course very importantly get on MDC so that I can feel like I'm connecting with adults at some point in my day. Some days I literally have to lie down with him and hold him like in a straight jacket type hold just to get him to calm down enough to sleep. Today has been impossible - he will not settle down. And now I just lost it and yelled at him. I hate when "scary mom" comes out. Sometimes I feel like he just pushes and pushes until that's what happens. Grrr...Anyways, that's just a little mini vent.

 


Uff...I so understand you. It's so frustrating when you *need* them to sleep and you know they're tired but fighting it.


 

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I wanted to share a simple recipe for a really refreshing drink, since for most of us it's summer time and the temps are rising. I was messing around with fruit in the kitchen the other day and I ended up blending watermelon chunks, some strawberries, and a little splash of limeade in my magic bullet and it was sooooo good!! Very refreshing on a hot day and it wasn't too sweet or heavy, things that lately make me want to throw up.

 

That sounds really good! We're into smoothies at the moment. Frozen blueberries or strawberries, plain yogurt, milk & honey. I can't get enough.
 

 

 

post #47 of 152

Ack...the baby isn't even here yet and step-MIL has already started up with her "Babies should sleep in their own beds..." and "Don't hold them too much or they'll get used to it!" nonsense.

 

I have no problem tuning it out for myself, but I'm worried it'll rub off on DH, who's much more susceptible to the older generations' opinions. Especially step-MIL, who is a great lady overall, but just so happens to have screwy ideas on newborn parenting.

post #48 of 152
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We're going to do a full run-through on our birth tub Friday night and I'm really hoping DH isn't a big grump about it. He's been a grump about everything lately. I understand he's busy and tired, but so am I and we're running out of time to get stuff done. I just wish he had the ability to suck it up and have a positive attitude. Instead he pisses and moans the entire time and makes the experience miserable for everybody. It's very frustrating.

I'm sorry. Maybe after he fills the tub you can both get in it and relax?

post #49 of 152
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Originally Posted by jshannyn519 View Post

 

I wanted to share a simple recipe for a really refreshing drink, since for most of us it's summer time and the temps are rising. I was messing around with fruit in the kitchen the other day and I ended up blending watermelon chunks, some strawberries, and a little splash of limeade in my magic bullet and it was sooooo good!! Very refreshing on a hot day and it wasn't too sweet or heavy, things that lately make me want to throw up.


omg, that sounds so delicious. i'm hooked on watermelon right now. actually, any kind of fruit! and it's not even warm here....

 

post #50 of 152
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That sounds really good! We're into smoothies at the moment. Frozen blueberries or strawberries, plain yogurt, milk & honey. I can't get enough.
 

 

 



did someone mention smoothies?!?! i have been addicted to peanut butter, banana, almond milk and ice smoothies. so simple, and so yummy!

post #51 of 152
Thread Starter 

Send all the labor vibes you can ladies...if this doesn't happen tonight I have a feeling I will be losing my marbles. Contractions have gotten more intense.

 

Thought I would share an awesome video (its in 4 parts) that shows an awesomely happy medium for birth. I totally would have given birth at this place!

 

Waterbirth in the 21st Century

post #52 of 152
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Send all the labor vibes you can ladies...if this doesn't happen tonight I have a feeling I will be losing my marbles. Contractions have gotten more intense.

 

Thought I would share an awesome video (its in 4 parts) that shows an awesomely happy medium for birth. I totally would have given birth at this place!

 

Waterbirth in the 21st Century

 

You got 'em Sarah Lynne! I'd like some too, please! orngbiggrin.gif  Even though my contractions aren't doing much at the moment. I want a baby!
 

 

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dust.gifpositive, beautiful, amazing, quick, easy labor vibes to all who need them (including myself) !         dust.gif

post #54 of 152
goodvibes.gif lots of wonderful labor vibes to all the mamas who ready for their babes to be earthside!! I am thinking of you all and sending you lots of love!!

We're just getting through the days over here... my family (well, my Dh's family - I don't have a support network on my side) have gotten together and created a sign up sheet for meals and helping out shifts when DH will be working. The relief that comes with having some solid help after the babe is here has calmed my nerves completely. I was a little anxious about that, TBH.

Oh, yeah, I have a question for you mamas - I think we are going to go ahead and get a new infant carseat for this little one - what are your picks? Jenni - I know you have a wealth of knowledge here. Any recommendations? I don't even know where to start, but I am looking at the Radian. The other 2 kids used a Graco Snugride and it just has been through enough and should probably be retired!
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Oh, yeah, I have a question for you mamas - I think we are going to go ahead and get a new infant carseat for this little one - what are your picks? Jenni - I know you have a wealth of knowledge here. Any recommendations? I don't even know where to start, but I am looking at the Radian. The other 2 kids used a Graco Snugride and it just has been through enough and should probably be retired!


I have some questions for you... are you wanting another baby bucket, like the Snugride? Or are you wanting to start baby out in a convertible seat? Are your other kids pretty on for their weight and height for age, or are they taller and/or heavier than other kids their age? What kind of vehicle do you have? What kind of seat belts does it have in all of the seating positions (lap only or lap/shoulder belts).

 

The Snugride is good for 6 years from date of manufacture. So if it's not expired you could still use it.

 

post #56 of 152

Sigh. We're having money issues.

 

DH started his own business a bit more than a year ago, and has done pretty well - very well, really, considering how home businesses tend to do in their firs year running. He made more working from home than he had the previous year in his "proper" job. Only unfortunately, freelancing-type work being what it is, he's currently rather low on clients. And he's invested a huge amount of energy writing some ebooks, or "information products", or... something... it's all a bit opaque to me, honestly... which were supposed to sell like hotcakes and make us millions, but which, well, haven't. So now, instead of taking off a good solid month after the baby's born, he's frantically marketing and trying to find new clients, while our money dwindles and the bright idea we had of going to Disneyland at the end of the year fades into the distance.

 

I'm no stranger to being broke; we grew up poor; but this could be better timing! I have a bunch of stuff I want, and semi-need, to buy; not just luxuries like post-partum herbal sitz bath mixtures, but winter pyjamas and breastfeeding-friendly winter clothes, and things like that. I'd LOVE a cosleeper/sidecar crib thingy; and I'd like to know we have some leeway after the birth to eat a lot of takeout if we need to. You know? Stuff like that. And DH, bless him, has gotten used to the high life and buys himself fancy cheese and all sorts of goodies every time we go shopping. We spend  fortune on food as it is, what with the Atkins diet - which he's pretty much given up on, incidentally - and buying free-range and grass-fed etc where we can. And we can't switch to beans and rice, because our flatmate is still doing Atkins properly, and DH doesn't like legumes and would complain bitterly.

 

Also, my computer just died (although we might be able to get the spare parts free from a friend), and yesterday our 22-year-old car started making suspicious noises as I was driving. And we need a toaster; and I accidentally killed our flatmate's handheld beaters the other day, and now we don't have any. And DD could really use some new dresses and winter trousies, which in theory isn't a problem because I can sew them for her, but... meh. I'm halfway through a dress for her right now, which I might wrap up and give her as a new-baby-brother-having present; but I've developed a mental block about finishing it, and started yet another baby shirt instead. I get a lot of mental blocks about my sewing projects, and nothing even went wrong with this one... it's very annoying.

 

Anyway. Moan, gripe, blah. Hey, I found my birth records yesterday! I'd never read them before - from when I was born, I mean, not DD. The doctor only had two things to say about me: 'Vernixy" and "Fussy between feeds". Not altogether inspiring, is it?

post #57 of 152

Awesome link, Sarah Lynn!  I couldn't stop watching!  Gets me in the mood to go swim tonight. smile.gif

 

We've been doing lots of smoothies here too.  I have been dumping in a scoop of protein powder as well, just to make sure I keep things under control (with the swelling and such).  Watermelon and lime sound divine though.  I just picked up a watermelon at the store.  I might have to try that!

post #58 of 152

ay yay yay..... Im sorry that I can't keep up and respond to everyone. I am just.so.tired. And I hurt. The ctx are killing me. My cervix is like hooked up to a lightning bolt. My hips are falling apart and my pelvis is just... wow. Anywho, I locked DD in our van (thankfully, it was running with AC) and it took the cops, fire dept, and EMS to get into my van. Yeah... mother of the year. 

 

I almost have everything done... kinda. I am just done with being pregnant. We leave tomorrow for DD's party and after that is over... I am going to lay in bed until we go to the hospital Wednesday morning!

 

 

Hugs to all of you!

post #59 of 152
Smokering, I can honestly say that I know exactly how you feel. DH's business started totally tanking last year and, to make a long story short, we have struggled for a while now. Our situation has recently gone from dire to almost tolerable, but much like you, there are so many things that I have had to go without or feel an internal battle as to what is a true priority and what we can live without. So big hugs, mama, and I hope everything turns around for you soon.

Jenni, I am thinking about another bucket, but open to a convertible too. We have a minivan with latch (2003 Honda Oddesey). My kids are really small- both of them have never made it out of the 10th percentile for height or weight. I have a feeling DD will be rear facing until high school, lol!! I kind of very gently hit the snugride when backing into the garage the other day (it fell off the shelf when i was out) so even though i think it is fine, I would feel safer with something new. And my MIL offered to get us a new seat so why not, right?!!
post #60 of 152

Smokering, I hear you on the money issues. It seems like they always crp=op up right when you need to deal with financial pressures the least. Hopefully he can find some new clients soon and/or his book thingys suddenly take off.

 

MaryE, you sound miserable you poor thing! I feel done with being pregnant too, except I don't have an end date. I have to say that is ONE great thing about a scheduled c/s, you know exactly how long you'll be pregnant for!

 

Tracy, if you go with the baby bucket, I'm a HUGE fan of the Graco seats. I have a Snugride 30, which goes up to 30 lbs instead of the 22 for the original Snugride. The Graco Safeseats are a good option too and go up to 32# for most models. I love Graco for ease of use and for ease of installation. There are SO many baby buckets that have bases that are all but impossible to get installed correctly. But the Graco ones you just pop in with either the seatbelt or the lower anchors and you're off!

 

For convertible seats, I also really like the Radians and Britax is lovely as well. If you're wanting one seat that will really go the distance, your best bet is probably the Radian XT SL or the Radian 80. They rear-face from 5-45 lbs and forward face up to 80 lbs. The main difference between the two is that the XT SL has better side-impact head support for bigger kids because of the "wings" on the seat. Those are nice, too, because when they're napping in the car they have somewhere to lean their heads instead of them flopping forward. If you opt for Britax, the Boulevard is a good buy because it has the same side-impact head support. However, it only goes up to 70# and Britax convertibles don't hold kids that are as tall as the Radians do.

 

Since you sort of backed over the other Snugride (oops!) go to www.safekids.org and see if you can find a CPST instructor in your area. The instructors often use expired or non-visibly damaged seats for the training courses and they're always looking for donations so they don't have to buy the seats new.

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