I never knew I shouldn't be reclining......I am in that kind of position all the time! No wonder this little guy isn't in the "best" position for birth.
Looks like I will be changing up how I sit/lay.
When we had to FF DD I looked for every silver lining I could (i.e. I could drink caffiene or beer when I wanted, didn't have to worry about what I ate or buy nursing bras, etc) - and one was that formula poop was more solid, infrequent, and easy to deal with - and we NEVER had one of those infamous mustard poop blowouts!! It was pretty tidy, all in all.
Oh gosh, excuse me for a moment while I catch my breath....um, YES!
Holy hannah, I feel ready! Mentally and physically.
The cramps are getting worse, there's been some rather dramatic diarrhea, my cervix feels like baby has a bowie knife tucked in there with her, and I can't stop sobbing. Please, please, please let this not be some sort of "new normal" that's going to hold out another 3 weeks!!!
I remember feeling desperate to be done with DD, but never physically so wierd.
I had a MUCH better night last night. Malcolm slept from 11:30pm until 4:50am... and even then, though he was a little squirmy, it took me 5 minutes to convince him to nurse, he was so stubbornly sleepy. Then, he fell right back asleep (as did I) while he nursed, and was still asleep when I woke up at 8am. Much, much nicer. Hoping that awful night was definitely a fluke to be extremely rarely repeated.
I sat down to do the bills today. I just barely got a couple of them paid in time. Why don't billing companies put your bills on hold for a couple weeks after you have a baby? Don't they know you don't have time to sit around balancing the checkbook and keeping due dates straight?? I mean, I have to take time doing more important things, like standing in the shower for half an hour, hand-expressing a single milk duct that didn't want to empty overnight.
Nope! I always made sure the poop was gone but didn't get too picky about the rest - there won't always be as much as there is in the newborn days and I always wanted to be gentle, figured too much rubbing would irritate it and that babies are self-cleaning like we are anyway!
I'm just happy to hear that someone else feels like this. Hopefully it means the babies will come out any day now!
Bills: Two words for you all: Automatic payments. You can set these up with your bank. Saves tons of time, and no more late payments. We have this set up on everything except annual expenses.
Tongue-tie: DS2 has a minor tongue tie, but it doesn't seem to be causing any problems, so I can see why they like to at least wait and see if it's a problem before doing anything.
Baby poop: After the first month or two, DS1 got in a schedule where he was using so much of what was in the breastmilk that he only pooped once every 7-10 days. Right now, DS2 is pooping more like 7-10 times every day. I'm hoping he eventually takes after his brother. And I totally agree on the strong cheese comparison. That's exactly what breastfed poops smell like to me!
not_telling, that is too, too sweet.
AFM, still cannot sit down easily. Otherwise all is good! Engorgement has subsided and I am enjoying time spent stretched out on my belly, walking around, etc.
Whaaaat? What is spagmun? Sounds mossy.
Oh happy day, my neighbors took my son away! We had our friends' son this morning for a few hours and they took ours and we had a beautiful dinner and stroll together. They also brought me their ginormous exercise ball to borrow for awhile. Loving sitting on that thing already. Mine is about half the size.
My ds's poop didn't really smell. He was a once a day, sometimes a twice a day guy. I could smell it, but it smelled very mild. He also stopped pooping at night very quickly. I'm hoping for a repeat customer.
DH made the baby bed, and while it needs some modifications, I feel better knowing there is somewhere to put her. Also he put the car seat in. The dang box the seat came in has become some permanent furniture though, I'm afraid, as DS loves it.
Bills: I would be nowhere without auto bill pay. I only pay the water bill which is quarterly (and always shocking, but that's another matter.)
starling we cross posted--he's amazing! And love the name!!!!!!
BP is up, PE confirmed, so I'm being induced. Cervidil tonight, Pitocin tomorrow. Yippee. I'll be given magnesium to prevent seizures once labor really starts, so apparently that means I can't get out of bed. This blows, but I guess it's good to treat the PE, and I get to meet my baby soon, one way or another. I don't know how I can stand induced labor without walking around or even crawling around, but I will try, and if I need the epidural I'll get it.
PS I found out the hospital serves Kozy Shack brand pudding, which is basically the best stuff available, so I'll probably be ordering that multiple times per day until they start the drugs and make me stop eating.
Bills: I'd love to do automatic payments, but some of them vary so much (like our Costco credit card, which is the one that gives me the most trouble!), that I'd be in trouble if it auto-paid and I didn't make sure the checking account was ready for it. We have so little money these days, and it's really hard to adjust to waiting for a paycheck before something can get paid. Anyway, I just have to get myself more disciplined and set up more email reminders. Which I did today. ;)
Baby Poop: My DD thinks the yellow bf poop is ABSOLUTELY HORRIFICALLY REVOLTING. It's hilarious. And simultaneously a little disturbing. I find that the poop smells a bit sweet, honestly, and I usually can't smell it unless I'm right up against the diaper. Good thing my babies don't usually have trouble with rashes, lol. My babies seem like they usually poop frequently for the first several weeks, then even out to every few days. Or, in the case of DS2, sometimes go as long as 2 weeks (without being constipated). I don't enjoy the blow-outs, but I've only had that happen maybe less than 10 times out of all of my kids put together.
Starling: Wow! If any baby ever looked like a Hawksley, your little guy surely does! He's absolutely precious, and I'm jealous you caught a picture of a yawn that doesn't look like screaming. I keep deleting my yawning pictures because they just look like I'm taking pics of a screaming baby. Sigh. Anyway, love him! Love the clothes! Love the name!! Hope you're snuggling him lots. :)
Yellowdart: I wish you the best of luck and that everything will go as smoothly as possible!
Good luck yellowdart. Can you switch positions in bed? If so, I did find switching to the internal fetal monitor (which I was originally against) made a BIG difference for me 'cause then I could at least roll around, kneel on the bed with the back up or switch to all fours without losing her signal.
Mainebirdgirl I can't imagine newborn twins! Hang in there!
Karli bad kitty! We had to give one of our cats away because she kept peeing on stuff. With that cat it was just stress and once she was away from other cats she was fine. We have 2 cats now. First one of them kept peeing on the dog's bed until we had to throw it out. Then when we bought DD's big girl bed one of the cats peed on it! TWICE! Thankfully I had bought one of those waterproof mattress pads. But now our cats are restricted in where they can go.
Leiahs glad you got a better night's sleep!
Pi sending you healing thoughts
yellowdart good luck!
carseat DH installed it this weekend, but today was my first chance to look at it... and it still needs another towel or something under it. Sigh. I'm hoping that we can borrow another base from friends for his car.
baby's position I don't know what this kid is doing in there. Last U/S (36 weeks?) baby was def head down and I'm pretty sure still is. I get kicked up top. But there is some body part WAY over on the side of my belly. No idea.
girl parts DD had a period when she was born. I was so glad that someone told me that could happen or I would have FREAKED out. So, ladies, if you didn't know -- that can happen to your newborn girls!
AFM Another uneventful OB appt today. Did inquire about what happens if I don't have this baby by my EDD (which is my next appt). I guess at that point they do an U/S to determine baby's position & fluid levels, check the cervix, and schedule you for induction during week 41, which you can decline & come in 2x/week for NST. I was actually really encouraged by how anti-induction he was, since he was the one that sent me to be induced last time (medical reasons). He said he really hates to send people who aren't already sort of on the way to labor (cervix-wise) to be induced and told me about how often he's seen women in there getting pit while their husbands/boyfriends bring in every kind of take out food imaginable and sit there with friends watching football while the woman is laying there starving and in pain I forget sometimes what jerks some men are. I really hope I go into labor before all this becomes necessary -- and that I don't have any of the problems I did last time that led to me being induced.
Also, had the worst heartburn yet last night. Woke me up for good at 4am. Early night for me