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post #181 of 964

When I went into labor with #2, I had to walk the whole time to keep things going.  Every time I sat down or relaxed in the tub my contractions would slow waaay down (which was nice when I needed a break).  It went on this way until the end pretty much.  I was so done being pregnant, so I must have walked about 300 laps around my kitchen counter (not to mention several walks around the neighborhood).  It worked and she was born about 24 hours after my first painful contraction. 
 

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So exciting!!

 

I had some exciting early labor signs last night. I had pretty regular, strong contractions from 7 pm to 1:30 am (when I fell asleep). When I was sitting, or lying down, they were 10-15 mins apart and lasted for over a minute. By the time I went to bed, they were strong enough that I couldn't read through them- I had to close my eyes. The weird thing was that every time I got up to walk around, they would get much more frequent and stronger... almost like they were constant. Not sure what that means. Anyway, now I'm just having mild ones every 15 mins or so. When I get up, there is a lot of pressure and sharp pains in my cervix. Baby is moving around a lot. And I'm pretty sure I had some pink spotting this morning. Cool!

 

Of course, I really don't take anything to mean labor is starting. I'm 38.5 weeks now. But I am hopeful that I will have this guy close to his due date... 1.5 weeks feels very close! So I'm happy that things are happening. 

 

 

 

 

Remind me of all of this in two days when I'm with Krystal and MrsKatie saying I don't want any signs if it's not the real thing! lol.gif



 

post #182 of 964
I'm just waiting for it to get dark and see if things pick back up. My body does not like to labor in the daylight for some reason. I had strong pre-labor contractions starting at 8pm for a week with dd2. Nothing during the day, though. I'm wondering if I'll have the same pattern this time.
post #183 of 964
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I'm just waiting for it to get dark and see if things pick back up. My body does not like to labor in the daylight for some reason. I had strong pre-labor contractions starting at 8pm for a week with dd2. Nothing during the day, though. I'm wondering if I'll have the same pattern this time.

This made me laugh- like you're a vampire or something.  Hmmm...  maybe that's b/c my super guilty pleasure right now is re-reading Twilight... I admit it!   lol.gif    Did all that work dilate you quite a bit before the real thing kicked in?
 

 

post #184 of 964
Yeah, I'm a vampire. Lol!

Well, after the week of labor, my water broke at midnight instead of the contractions just fading out. When my midwife got there at 1am, I was 8cm. So I guess they did!
post #185 of 964
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This made me laugh- like you're a vampire or something.  Hmmm...  maybe that's b/c my super guilty pleasure right now is re-reading Twilight... I admit it!   lol.gif    Did all that work dilate you quite a bit before the real thing kicked in?
 

 


My one consolation if I go 10 days over is that I will get to watch the new Twilight movie!

 

post #186 of 964

No way, you'll either be dehydrated, uncomfortable, or miss half the movie because you're in the bathroom! :P I'm looking forward to snuggling a teensy newborn who nurses/sleeps through the whole movie :) I'll be there the day it comes out, baby in sling! I've never gone over so I'm sure  my baby will be at least a week old. I'll pick a movie showing time based on the time of day baby likes to take the longest nap!

post #187 of 964
I tried the Twilight. Okay, not really... I tried watching the first movie! Dsd loves, loves Twilight (I think she's the target audience!) so I watched it with her. My perspective is not cool... Her name is actually Bella, btw. I kept saying, "Bella! If a boy is always staring at you like that, you need to tell me. It's not cute, it's stalking!!" I also point out on occasion that we do *not* get married at 18. We go to college!

Yeah, I'm not cool. And I will not be seeing the new movie. Not sure if she will, either, until I check out the rating info.
post #188 of 964

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I tried the Twilight. Okay, not really... I tried watching the first movie! Dsd loves, loves Twilight (I think she's the target audience!) so I watched it with her. My perspective is not cool... Her name is actually Bella, btw. I kept saying, "Bella! If a boy is always staring at you like that, you need to tell me. It's not cute, it's stalking!!" I also point out on occasion that we do *not* get married at 18. We go to college!


ROTFLMAO.gif  Love this response!

 

I'm glad we'll have a long time until our daughter is a teenager. That is the age I know is going to be really challenging in guiding children in the right direction. uhoh3.gif

 

post #189 of 964


I've not seen it, and probably won't.  I'm not cool either.  I tend to agree with all the twilight-haters who despise the message that it sends to girls/young women.  tomato.gif  Between Twilight and Disney princesses being rescued by princes, I'm just glad I don't have a daughter.  Not that I won't have to teach my sons to be gentlemen, but my husband is the most chivalrous man I've met (his whole family is- his brother will even open doors for me) so I'm hoping he won't put up with sh*t from our sons.  Haha!  Girls need better role models and young boys need to learn how to treat a lady. 

 

 

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I tried the Twilight. Okay, not really... I tried watching the first movie! Dsd loves, loves Twilight (I think she's the target audience!) so I watched it with her. My perspective is not cool... Her name is actually Bella, btw. I kept saying, "Bella! If a boy is always staring at you like that, you need to tell me. It's not cute, it's stalking!!" I also point out on occasion that we do *not* get married at 18. We go to college!
Yeah, I'm not cool. And I will not be seeing the new movie. Not sure if she will, either, until I check out the rating info.


 

post #190 of 964
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My one consolation if I go 10 days over is that I will get to watch the new Twilight movie!

 



I was avoiding all things Twilight for ages and ages, but I broke down and read the books a few months ago, so of course I had to borrow all the movies from the library!  I REEEEEEALLY want to go see it in the theaters, but I doubt I have anyone to go with.  DH thought all the movies were terrible except for the latest one, and that was only because he thought Jacob was so much cooler then Edward.  I think he hates the movies a little bit extra though, because HIS name is Edward.

 

I got married at 19, so I guess I'm a bad feminist example for my daughters.....no movie is going to change that.

post #191 of 964

The Twilight movies are definitely not movies I would recommend for young children.  And this next one is much more adult than the others.  It's my guilty pleasure, but I don't really agree with the sentiment.  I do find it ironic that teenage girls are panting all over Edward and Jacob, though, when the books were meant to be a testament to abstinence until marriage and pro-life.  And the movies are bad, I mean bad.  But I got addicted to the books, so I am compelled to watch the movies, even though the acting is awful.  

post #192 of 964


Nah that's not what feminism is about :-) I"m sure you're a great example!

 

 

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I was avoiding all things Twilight for ages and ages, but I broke down and read the books a few months ago, so of course I had to borrow all the movies from the library!  I REEEEEEALLY want to go see it in the theaters, but I doubt I have anyone to go with.  DH thought all the movies were terrible except for the latest one, and that was only because he thought Jacob was so much cooler then Edward.  I think he hates the movies a little bit extra though, because HIS name is Edward.

 

I got married at 19, so I guess I'm a bad feminist example for my daughters.....no movie is going to change that.



 

post #193 of 964
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I got married at 19, so I guess I'm a bad feminist example for my daughters.....no movie is going to change that.



Nothing wrong with getting married at 19... I got married the first time at 21, her dad (my dh) got married the first time at 19. Obviously, neither went well for us personally! So I suppose we are a little biased. Plus, it's different when it's you and you are 19 versus thinking about your own 14 year old kid. ;)

post #194 of 964

Agreed, feminism, IMHO, is about choice. 

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Agreed, feminism, IMHO, is about choice. 



I think this is right on.  I get a little upset when feminists (of which I am one!) think that because I am a SAHM or because I took my husband's last name that I'm not a real feminist.  I WANT to stay at home, I WANT to have my husband's name.  The fact that I have a choice in the matter and cannot be coerced, the fact that I have options- that is because of feminism.  I don't see anything wrong with the choices I made from a feminist perspective.  I have a friend who is really militant about it- like she says things like "a part of me dies when I see a married woman take her husband's last name".  Um, why?  It's her choice!  Isn't that a beautiful thing?!

post #196 of 964
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I think this is right on.  I get a little upset when feminists (of which I am one!) think that because I am a SAHM or because I took my husband's last name that I'm not a real feminist.  I WANT to stay at home, I WANT to have my husband's name.  The fact that I have a choice in the matter and cannot be coerced, the fact that I have options- that is because of feminism.  I don't see anything wrong with the choices I made from a feminist perspective.  I have a friend who is really militant about it- like she says things like "a part of me dies when I see a married woman take her husband's last name".  Um, why?  It's her choice!  Isn't that a beautiful thing?!


That's true.  In that case, I'm a good feminist example for my kids because I did what I wanted. lol.gif    Five and half years and almost 3 kids later I think it's working out quite well.

 

I never really understood the whole name thing, why is my fathers's name better then my husband's name?  I like the idea of hyphens, but in practicality I didn't like the way it looked.

post #197 of 964

I think it's just tradition, but I don't mind it.  I like my husband's last name better than my maiden name.  I don't like hyphenated names, at least not for me, because then the kids are hyphenated and then what if the children want to hyphenate again when they get married?  Two hyphens?! I think it gets muddy.  Some men take the woman's name.  Uncommon but it happens.  I like that we, as a family, are unified by one last name. In our marriage my husband is my provider and my caretaker, my rock.  We have different roles, not saying that every couple should have specified gender roles but we do.  I like it.  It is based on our personalities and what we are comfortable with.  It's still a partnership, but he is the head of the household.  Again, this is all by my choice- nobody forced me into this relationship.  I think when women get huffy about "losing their identity when if they took their husband's name" I just can't relate because my identity was not wrapped up in my maiden name.  My identity is me as a person.  It's more than my name.  I think each woman can choose what she wants, I just don't like being judged for my choices. eyesroll.gif

post #198 of 964
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I think it's just tradition, but I don't mind it.  I like my husband's last name better than my maiden name.  I don't like hyphenated names, at least not for me, because then the kids are hyphenated and then what if the children want to hyphenate again when they get married?  Two hyphens?! I think it gets muddy.  Some men take the woman's name.  Uncommon but it happens.  I like that we, as a family, are unified by one last name. In our marriage my husband is my provider and my caretaker, my rock.  We have different roles, not saying that every couple should have specified gender roles but we do.  I like it.  It is based on our personalities and what we are comfortable with.  It's still a partnership, but he is the head of the household.  Again, this is all by my choice- nobody forced me into this relationship.  I think when women get huffy about "losing their identity when if they took their husband's name" I just can't relate because my identity was not wrapped up in my maiden name.  My identity is me as a person.  It's more than my name.  I think each woman can choose what she wants, I just don't like being judged for my choices. eyesroll.gif



Here here!

 

I simply hated my name growing up.  I got teased 24/7 starting in friggin' kindergarten because of my last name, and besides it wasn't even my blood-related family last name, my dad changed it when his mom remarried when my dad was like 9, so on a lot of levels I didn't have attachment to it.  I love my married name and that's all there is to it.  I love having the same last name as my husband.  Why do I need to justify my choices to anyone else?  Part of being a feminist is not demanding an explanation from other women for why they do what they do.

post #199 of 964
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That's true.  In that case, I'm a good feminist example for my kids because I did what I wanted. lol.gif    Five and half years and almost 3 kids later I think it's working out quite well.

 

I never really understood the whole name thing, why is my fathers's name better then my husband's name?  I like the idea of hyphens, but in practicality I didn't like the way it looked.



I kept the last name I was born with.  Yes, I know it's my father's name, but that was originally.  Wherever I got it from, it became mine over the three decades before I got married, and I wasn't crazy about the idea that if I changed my name only my "identity" would change, and not my husband's.  So we decided that socially we would each take the other's last name as our middle names (not legally, because in NY, where we got married, it's extremely difficult to change your name in any way other than adopting someone else's last name as your own with marriage).  And my husband is South American, so for the children we will do the South American tradition of name, father's last name, of mother's last name.  In this country, we've decided to translate that as Given Name, My last name, DH's last name, no hyphens.  It's not ideal, but it's what we've got.  I've definitely heard the argument that my last name is really just my father's (from many people, including both my parents), but I don't think about it that way.  I think about it as mine.  And the name fits my personality well, IMO.  

 

All that said, I strongly believe that feminism is about choice, legitimate choice.  I do sometimes wonder whether women I know have taken their husband's last name because it's easier to go with tradition than buck the system, but it's their choice, and who am I to say that convenience isn't a valid reason to do something?  Same with working out of the home or staying at home.  I have global issues with the fact that it is still expected that if one parent will stay home, it should be the mother, and as a society we make it easier for mothers to stay home than fathers.  But on an individual basis, if a woman makes a choice to work or stay home, I trust that she's made the right decision for her and her family.  How could we possibly call ourselves feminists if we were to go around second guessing the choices other women make?  My firm belief as a feminist is that grown women are capable of making decisions when given a legitimate choice.

post #200 of 964

Wow -just caught this thread now....it's been a busy week of work and minding all the strange body symptoms.

I'm 37 weeks yesterday and experiencing tooons of shooting back pain and sharp pelvis pain.  I went to a prenatal chiropractor to get some work done 2 weeks ago and that really seemed to help with these type of pain.  Now it is back but intermitently - i think it's the body preparing.

I also was thinking about going to the hospital two days ago because during a work meeting i was experiencing- super increased baby movement, hot flashes, tons of the pulsing pelvic and back pain and a couple contractions.  I have been pretty non-chalant about many of these pains and then started to wonder - well when do  I start to pay attention??

 

Anyway listened to a relaxation CD and went to McDonalds for a date with my DH and started to feel 'normal' again.

Ah the unknown!!!

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