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carseats:  we haven't installed our carseat yet.  I am only 37 weeks so we probably have some time.  We planned to do it this past weekend but DP is on steroids and stayed up all night Sat night and didn't want to do it all sleep deprived.  It has sort of been his job to put things together since I have been pregnant.  Usually I am way more efficient at it but I just have had mush for brains this whole time and can't comprehend simple instructions.  I am hoping it gets done this coming weekend.  I am not even sure if we need to do it since DP doesn't drive and most likely I will have someone else drive me to and from the hopsital and maybe in someone elses car that I will need to put it in for the trip.  I guess I at least want us to install it so we have a good idea of how to do it so if we need to switch it into another car we can easier.

 

starling:  love the name and love the new pic!  He looks like he is rocking out!

newborn poop:  Man I really hope it doesn't smell like cheese to me.  That is one of my least favorite smells!puke.gif

 

bills:  I am afraid of not being able to keep up with them when the baby arrives.  I am typically the one who deals with them and when I let my DP do them he lets them go until we get a shut off notice just because he can.  It annoys the crap out of me and stresses me out so that's why I am in charge.

 

afm:  full term today!  I had a long talk with my midwife on friday about my induction fears and she told me I can start all the natural induction stuff now.  RRL tea, EPO, sex. nipple stim.  I am getting right on it.  Hopefully he doesn't take too long (as in after 41 weeks.)  I am finally on my maternity leave from work so it is nice to have some time to prepare but I feel like I am more or less ready.  We have finally bought all of the things I think I absolutely need before he comes.  We got the last few things the other day. breast pads, nipple butter, a couple of bottles just in case, and some waterproof pads for the bed.  I also ordered a bed rail for our bed.  Those things are some things that I feel we might need but don't want to have to wait till the next day or whatever day we can get out to go get them.  I still have tons of cleaning to do and some laundry to catch up on but that isn't a big deal.  He is still super high up and I have no idea how he can be so high up and still be constantly pressing on my bladder.  Maybe he is just super tall!

 

 

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Why or why did I do it?! I knew it was a bad idea but still did it. I looked at my nether regions with a mirror. (gasp) Ok, I know I am only 3 days out but seriously I don't see how any amount of deswelling (is that a word?) & healing is going to make things ever look ok again. I am very much afraid I am now left with one seriously fugly area. It's not like anyone is looking but somehow just knowing how awful it is is kind of upsetting.

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Lifeguard, I made the same mistake too, about 1.5 weeks postpartum. My idea of what "bilateral first degree tear" meant and what I actually saw were greatly conflicting. While horrifying, time DOES heal all wounds. But back away from the mirror!
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I have found the BM poo messy but not too gross, not strong smelling or anything (even if cheesy). I often just do a little sink bath to wash it off rather than try to contain it all with wipes. I never thought about the more solid FF poops as a side-benefit but I can see how that would be. (and I consistently found disposible diapers to be leakier than cloth... for both pee and poo)
 

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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!


Like ~Pis' older, my first (DS) only pooped about once a week from around a month to when he started solids. And it was A LOT of poop but it sure made the diaper pail easier- we just knew to wash diapers on poop day. Then he was very regular, usually morning and evening. We started using the flushable/washable imse vimse diaper liners around then, and poops were easy to deal with.

 

DD pooped much more solid stuff, usually once a day but sometimes less. (also EBF). Her poop always smelled worse and was harder for her to do. We started EC around 2.5 months and she almost exclusively pooped in the potty after that. Yay her.

 

It made me realize that like we have a temperament for personality, energy levels, etc, perhaps our bowels do to... weird things that motherhood make you think about ;)

 

and FWIW I always have had as much caffeine/chocolate as I feel like. I have never noticed an effect on the kids. Hope that holds for #3! (I don't actually generally drink coffee past midday, but don't limit myself particularly if I really want some, and I personally refuse to consider chocolate a stimulant...)

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SO CUTE! Love the sibling slippers!

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Hi all ... I'll have to go back and read up on everyone's goings on, but I'm dropping in to tell you all that after eight days, we've finally picked a name!

Introducing ... Hawksley Solace!

 

 



 

post #46 of 242

Chocolate isn't a stimulant, it's a food group, and I take issue with anyone who says different, so there.

 

Bills - I have everything on autopay that I can, and I've already scheduled payments for those I can't.  I took over all the bills this spring when I opened one addressed to my husband "by accident" and saw that it was from a collections agency.  !!!!  The worst part is that he actually does open all the envelopes, and ORGANIZES them by date and type, but despite three bills and three warning letters for each health-related bill, he never pays a damn one till they go to collections.  Yeah, not going to happen.  So now I am in charge of everything but his student loans and his personal credit card, which I would personally like to cut in half.  It's so weird because in almost every other way he's a really responsible person!

 

Induction: I just had my 41 week appt this morning for an ultrasound, NST, and GBS retest.  The MW says that they make an appointment for induction during week 42, because week 43 is the cutoff.  So since I turn 42 weeks over the weekend, my 42 appt is Friday, when I will have my membranes swept (which scares the crap out of me) and an induction scheduled for the following week.  I asked why they wait so long to induce, and they said for ftms the majority of them go between 41 and 42 weeks, so they just don't worry about it.  Here's hoping that I go before Friday then!  I just find it so nuts that we all get such widely varying advice from our drs.

 

cbeclipse:  My ultrasound shows her facing left, with her back on my right side, just like yours.  She's been like that forever - she moves constantly, sometimes posterior, sometimes anterior, but she always comes back to the side-lying pose.  I've had 2 MWs say that's no biggie, since she'll just corkscrew into position when labor starts.

 

Katico: right there with you on the dramatic diarrhea and bizarro pain.  I just wish that it would turn into something productive!!!

post #47 of 242
Jane's rules for looking at your bottom:
1. Look when I look. I'll get you a mirror. It's okay not to look.
2. Then, just don't look to 6 weeks.

The way it looks inthe middle is wholly unlike the finished product. Especially a couPle days after. It swells funny. You'll have one side more swollen than the other. And there is usually bruising that discolor the area. And it's a bit wrinkly from deflAting after pregnancy fluffiness.
I used to get panic pages before I started mentioning this. I'm all for looking if you want. It's your vulva/vagina. But it always looks not-great on day 3.
It'll likely look fine in 6 weeks. Promise.
post #48 of 242

Starling - your kids look awesome - I covet Padraig slippers!!!

 

man, I have read through 26 posts and can't remember anything...ugh

 

I will just try to comment on general topics half remembered...lol

 

38weeks here - due 25th

 

car seat in - went away for the weekend - figured if we did not put it in baby would come ;)

 

dad is home for lunch gotta run!

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I'm going to be gone the rest of the day; I expect to be the only one still pregnant when I check this again.

 

I can't stop eating. Food, food, food, füd.

 

Emma, I drink coffee, too. I have at most 2 cups (and regular cups at that) but that is only because it's all I want. Chocolate isn't huge for me, but if it was, I'd eat it.

 

Poop: I second the disposable inserts for the cloth diapers. I've also seen moms use a couple of dried out wipes in a diaper. Interesting about disposable not being as good with waste as cloth! And I thought using sposies in the first week would save me laundry. Rethinking.notes.gif

 

Heading out for midwife appt--hopefully not strep b, but if I am, so be it. I also have to do my labs for anemia, etc.

 

And I thought I was crazy for looking at my crotch while pregnant--looking postpartum if vaginal delivery adds insult to injury!

 

 

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I was so afraid to look at the under carriage after having my boys. I never looked after my first but eventually did with my second.. and of course I saw something weird which made me think my uterus was prolapsed or something. Yea, it was just a skin tag. lol

 

psshh Rosemary. You'll probably go before me. Although I have been having this new extra-crampiness today. Trying not to over-analyze though..

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pssh all of you.  you'll probably all go before me! 

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No way, lady. No way! I wonder who the last of us will be though. lol Hopefully not someone super overdue.

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I'm going to be gone the rest of the day; I expect to be the only one still pregnant when I check this again.

 

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Diaper messes disp vs cloth:  The one times we ever had any diaper leaks were when she was occasionally in a disposable, our cloth never, ever leaked.  But, I still plan on doing disposable for the first couple of weeks this time again - with spit up etc, you're changing their clothes anyway, and I do not trust DH and MIL to wash my cloth!!!!

 

Diaper liners:  I have also used disp. wipes as liners but instead of letting them dry out, I sometimes throw some in with the cloth diapers through the wash - they come through just fine and are clean and dry.  I used them when she needed diaper cream because if you use cloth liners with rash cream you have to wash them seperate from your diapers which is kind of a pain.  I never worried about liners just for poop - the FF poop was solid enough to shake out right from the start.  Like I say, I focused on any positive I could, I would have given anything to BF and deal with all the messiness!    I also found that those thin baby washcloths worked better than any cloth liners I tried.

 

Induction:  Asking for a sweep at tomorrow's appointment.  I feel so strange, I feel like I just need a nudge.  I took a long walk last night (under the full moon lol.gif) and feel super crampy, a bit of an increase in mucous...but nothing exciting. 

 

Thanksgiving:  We were going to do a nice supper, I sent DH to the grocery store to buy a chicken or a cut up chicken, since we don't really like turkey and just wanted a small meal....yeah, he couldn't find chicken (mmhmm) so he bought a giant frozen turkey...and thought I could cook it for that night!!!  ROTFLMAO.gif Dear, clueless man.  So...now I have a turkey in my deep freeze and absolutely no intention of thawing the damned thing for 3 days....So, we're just going to have thanksgiving veg and stuffing tonight.  We're so festive and on the ball. 

 

AFM:  So tired.  Went to bed at midnight and DD almost immediately woke up and climbed in with us and she was determined to sleep ON MY HEAD.  Not happening.  So I got up and did laundry, cleaned up, watched tv etc until almost 3am, then still couldn't sleep very well.

 

We had a playdate here today and the house is WRECKED.  

 

 

Can't wait for tomorrow, hope they will do the sweep like they promised....I need my body back!

post #54 of 242

Also, Ice.  I can't get enough ice.  I'm sure I read somewhere once that that's a sign of some nutritional deficiency but I'm like an addict who doesn't want to treat the root of the problem, I'm enjoying the vice so much.

 

 I went to Starbucks last night and ordered an iced coffee, which I chugged so I could enjoy the big glass of good ice!  today, all I wanted in the world was a big glass of ice with just enough coke poured in to cover it.  Bad mommy!  But so good bag.gif

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Julia was born this morning at 7:19 am, with just the Cervidil last night at 5 and no Pitocin.  Contractions started at 8 pm.  I had a strong urge to push starting around 4 cm dilation at 4:30 am or so, and had to resist it until 7:10 am when they declared me 10 cm and ready to do.  Trying to resist the urge to push for ~3 hours was just completely awful, but amazing and powerful, and then I had her out in 9 minutes of official pushing and three contractions.  I'll get pictures up soon, and a better labor story!  Due to pre-eclampsia, I am stuck taking magnesium sulfate for 24 hours post birth, and can't have anything to eat or drink besides ice.  This is a little distressing, but with my baby here beside me I'll deal.  Julia has a champion latch already, and nursed/suckled for about hour starting around just 10 or 20 minutes old.  She's an amazing beautiful child, certified perfect.  

 

Facing this PE induction with the extra meds and invertentions it involved was just completely terrifying for me last night, but I ended up with a really good birth.  Stay tuned!

 

I haven't slept yet.  Need to work on that. 

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Julia was born this morning at 7:19 am, with just the Cervidil last night at 5 and no Pitocin.  Contractions started at 8 pm.  I had a strong urge to push starting around 4 cm dilation at 4:30 am or so, and had to resist it until 7:10 am when they declared me 10 cm and ready to do.  Trying to resist the urge to push for ~3 hours was just completely awful, but amazing and powerful, and then I had her out in 9 minutes of official pushing and three contractions.  I'll get pictures up soon, and a better labor story!  Due to pre-eclampsia, I am stuck taking magnesium sulfate for 24 hours post birth, and can't have anything to eat or drink besides ice.  This is a little distressing, but with my baby here beside me I'll deal.  Julia has a champion latch already, and nursed/suckled for about hour starting around just 10 or 20 minutes old.  She's an amazing beautiful child, certified perfect.  

 

Facing this PE induction with the extra meds and invertentions it involved was just completely terrifying for me last night, but I ended up with a really good birth.  Stay tuned!

 

I haven't slept yet.  Need to work on that. 


Congratulations! She sounds wonderful and I can't wait to see pictures. I'm so glad you had a safe, relatively easy birth. Sleep, woman! Sleep!

 


 

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Also, Ice.  I can't get enough ice.  I'm sure I read somewhere once that that's a sign of some nutritional deficiency but I'm like an addict who doesn't want to treat the root of the problem, I'm enjoying the vice so much.

 

 I went to Starbucks last night and ordered an iced coffee, which I chugged so I could enjoy the big glass of good ice!  today, all I wanted in the world was a big glass of ice with just enough coke poured in to cover it.  Bad mommy!  But so good bag.gif


I'm on the same page with you! Apparently it's a sign of anemia or iron deficiency, but my iron was really good the last time I had it checked, and I've always loved ice. My hydration routine right now is a massive, 36 oz or so cup, filled to the top with ice, with water and lemon juice poured over it. I drink the water till the cubes are soft enough to crunch on, then go to town. :) I love it so much!

 

39+6 today, midwife says she guesses baby's about 9 lbs now. Joy! He's also dropped way low, but she doesn't think he's quite engaged yet. She gave me the ok to start EPO, but wait till next week to try things like castor oil, etc. We'll see!

 

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Congratulations yellowdart!  Welcome to the world, Julia!  Way to go, mama!

post #58 of 242

Congrats Yellowdart!

 

Ugh,  my tear stitches don't hurt much except when I cough.  When I cough, it is terrible.  Sitz baths are awesome.  This kid is awesome.  YAY.  I'm so happy.

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Aahhh, bills.  We're also all set up with everything as automatic as possible.  DH is insanely organized about finances.  He also keeps a spreadsheet he downloads of all of our transactions so at any given moment, we could say exactly how much money we spend on groceries a month, or what percentage of our expenses are our student loans.  This is the same guy who also started saving for an engagement ring at age 18 (which is 10 years before we even met), he just wanted to start the future ring fund.  But, the other day we were going through our old file cabinets and found a file from 5 years ago with $150 cash he'd received as a going away gift, and also found a check for $1000 from June 2010 that we'd never cashed.  Oops! 

 

Yellowdart- woo hoo, congrats!!

 

Izzybelly- I feel like I remembered you said your mother/ women in your family all had long pregnancies too, right?  I'm hoping for you that your baby comes on its own very soon!

 

Today is my second-to-last day in the office.  My commute used to take me 45 minutes- now I'm walking so slowly that it is closer to an hour.  I won't miss this part!

 

I was on the phone with Comcast, and simultaneously looking at an email from DH.  So, without even thinking, as I hung up the phone, I emphatically told the comcast lady "I love you!"  She was a little surprised.  Oh, and my short-term memory has gone to crap too.  I'll ask DH a question or tell him something about my day, and ask him the exact same thing 4 minutes later.  Please tell me someone else is doing this too. 

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Oh, and my short-term memory has gone to crap too.  I'll ask DH a question or tell him something about my day, and ask him the exact same thing 4 minutes later.  Please tell me someone else is doing this too. 


 

I haven't quite done that... but I've put dirty dishes in the fridge instead of the dishwasher... I almost put a container of leftovers in the oven instead of the fridge... I almost put the lizard's box of crickets in my dresser drawer instead of in the cabinet where they belong... it's like I do things on autopilot and then the autopilot malfunctions big time!

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