Can you explain more what a birth bead thing is, Hildare? I have never heard of it.
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what i've done, and i have seen some of the ddcs do, is loosely based on this:
but basically everyone sends a bead, and some thoughts, or stories, or well-wishes or whatever :)
and the recipient creates a necklace (or bracelet) to wear during the birth!
it's just been so much fun for me to get beads from people i don't get to see much, with stories about where the bead came from and why it's meaningful. and it's so simple, i tend to hate baby shower-y things anyway, but anybody can afford a bead (or find one) and you're not putting anyone out- plus it's creative. and the necklace is an heirloom- you can photograph baby with it every year or do something else interesting, like mount it in a shadowbox of something.
Hildare.... I'm game on the bead swap.... I know I don't post a lot on here, but I read all the time on my phone. It just takes forever to type it out and I don't get a lot of time at home unless (like now) I stay up really late. Anyway, we did a bead exchange with my last DDC, wayyyyy back in July 2008. It was pretty fun and I think about it every time I see beads in the store.
I have been so sick and so tired... and I'm pretty sick and tired of it. LOL! I have never been this pukey this far into a pregnancy before. The MW prescribed Phenergan for me but that makes me even MORE tired. She said next time she'll give me an RX for Zofran, but we had to try the Phen first since Medicaid won't cover Zofran unless it's a last resort. Figures.
Turns out I have iron-deficient anemia. I guess my hemoglobin is supposed to be around 12.7 (adjusted for the ridiculous altitude) and it's only 9.8. She was pretty concerned about that. It totally explains my unbelievable exhaustion though. I've been taking SlowFe, but I was only just able to start because that stuff is so expensive. The RX iron pills I get through the VA for free upset my stomach even worse than usual. In any case, hopefully I can start at least feeling some more energy once I get my iron up just a bit, because I've been pretty miserable!
I've also been drinking RRL tea, but I forget, is it nettle that has the added iron in it? If I can get some suggestions on herbs, maybe I can hit up Mountain Rose for some tea to help out with the anemia. I know I need to get some dandelion leaf, too, because my liver enzymes are slightly elevated. The MW is watching that because she wants to make sure I don't develop pre-eclampsia, which I guess is a concern due to the results of the amnio I had. All of this is why I went without the incredible battery of testing in my last 3 pregnancies, because of the added stress of a billion different "risk factors" that always seem to crop up. (Although I have to admit, the baby is smaller than she should be, only by about 10 days or so, and I attribute that to my crappy lifestyle in the first 15 weeks, before I even realized I was pregnant. Due to that and the whole 35+ thing, I guess a little more caution is in order?)
Trying to think of something good to round out this little entry.... well, the tree is up and the kids are actually not puking this weekend, so these are good things! LOL
I make birthy jewelry and have always appreciated the birth beads or gift exchanges from my previous DDCs! I pulled out a knitted hat and mittens from 6 years ago that someone, Krista made for our exchange back then. So special. Count me in for the swap.
We are back home from Bali. Getting settled into our house now that our bodies have adjusted to time zones and much colder weather. Lots of piles of clothes and gifts and books that need a home. We switched out our summer stuff for fall and then it turned cold two days later. So, we're transitioning. Baby clothes are coming out and being sorted by size then hung. Diapers are ready! We have gifts from Bali to give that need to be sorted and wrapped. I had to search for some cool weather pregnancy clothes and was thankful I had set some out before leaving! So, yes, much settling and transition but we are close to our goals.
Hope you wonderful ladies had a great Sunday!
I'm in for the bead exchange.
Otherwise, just getting used to "Baby Yoga"... as in, I no longer get kicked or feel any fast movement per se. Instead, the baby stretches out and I get a head lump! Or a butt lump! You can see the unevenness of my stomach through my clothing! It's a little surreal. I think this one is going to be a stretchy baby ....
Just came across this lovely video and had to share:
How is everyone sleeping lately? My insomnia has reached a new high. I'm so uncomfortable that sleep is nearly impossible, so I get four or five 20-30 minute naps throughout the night instead of a solid sleep. I feel horrible. I have a ton of lab work to do right now but the thought of physically doing any work makes me want to cry. I'm so tired!
For some reason I can crash in the middle of the day, but I can't sleep at night! Usually it's only for an hour in the day and then I might sleep 4-5 hours at night IF i'm lucky and that's broken up by kids waking up and being uncomfortable and waking up to pee! Sometimes I will wake up to dreams that I am suffocating and I'll be laying on my back (poor baby!) My OB said I could take Unisom, but when I take that I can't wake up when my kids do. It makes me so groggy! Sigh... the fun parts of pregnancy:)
My sleep is probably better than it's going to be when the baby actually comes, but for now, I'm up twice or three times a night, the last time because my back hurts so much from lying on my side that I have to build a mountain of pillows to sleep in a more upright position.
When I'm up, though, I'm UP. It's interesting. I wake up in the middle of the night, fully alert, ready to go. It's only in the morning when I have to get out of bed and start he day that I am groggy. Figures.
In other news, I had a splash of coffee in my morning milk the other day, my first taste of coffee in 8 months. IT WAS AMAZING!
I fall asleep mid-sentence at night but sometime around 2-5 am EVERY NIGHT, I find myself wide-awake for a few hours. Usually I wake up because something is sore, then I get up to pee, then I can't get comfy again, or I've disturbed DD or woken up DH. Eventually, they go back to sleep and I lay there... worrying or practicing various breathing patterns or reading my novel with a flashlight under the covers. Sometimes I'm up the rest of the night... especially if I'm worrying about bleeding/spotting. I have taken a benedryl a few times when I've woken up and it's been 2 or 3 am as I know it will be out of my system by 7 when we all get up.
I actually found myself looking forward to having a newborn to care for all night as then I'll be too exhausted to think about sleeping and just do it. The only cure for insomnia I've ever found for myself is being exhausted from childcare. Once upon a time I found it hard to fall asleep at night! Not in 4+ years!
I am looking forward to it too. At least with a newborn, if I am up all night I will actually be doing something and not just feeling frustrated about not sleeping.
Yeah, I am so alert in the middle of the night that I will often just get up and do something because just laying there is too boring, but by the morning I feel terrible. I took some time off last week and was able to squeeze in a 30 minute mid morning nap and it was glorious.
Seriously! I like to think that I've been pretty lucky with this pregnancy, as I have not had any major issues, but the sleep troubles are starting to get old.
I know how you feel! I woke up last night with DD's toes in my belly button and feeling the baby kick at the same time. I felt like they ganged up on me already!