I don't know if it's this website, my internet, or my computer, but mothering pages take a LONG time to load, and when I try to post, it says it is submitting, but never does, and I lose what I type. So, I recently discovered that I can read on my cell phone (not a smart phone), but not post. So, I've been keeping up that way.
Here's to posting...we'll see. I'm going to put a lot in this one, instead of trying to do individual threads because I really doubt it will work, and I only have a minute while the kids are eating breakfast... So...
Yeah for all those who have found out boy/girl. That is SO fun. All those "thought I was having a boy, but it was a girl" stories make me wonder now if mine is really a boy or not. Blah! Janelle, it's been so fun reading your posts...I am so happy that everyone around you is excited and celebrating, too. Makes the enjoyment of everything so great!
Meredith-After my third, I decided no more anatomy scans. They only pick up 15% of anomalies, and have the potential to cause a lot of unneccessary worry and intervention. I also feel they could cause a false sense of security. Instead, I've researched common symptoms of things that need prompt medical attention, and watch my baby closely in the first little bit. There are very, very, very few things that don't give you enough time to get to the hospital. FTR-That's how I feel about GBS testing, too. Your status could change at any point, so being negative at 36 weeks doesn't mean you are still negative at 40, though a doctor will assume that you are. I'd just rather watch the baby for ANY symptom that needs checked out, than to put my hope in the correct reading of a test.
The safety thing...ugh. For ME, it goes away if I am regular with my vitamins, hydration, iron, and sleep. If not, it gets worse by the day.
Linnethree-That is SO sweet about your dh! I love that!
Astraia- Christmas presents! Ack! I feel your pain. I JUST finished the last of the machine stitching for my kids' gifts. Now I have a lot of hand-stitching and stuffing to do. I very much dislike that part. :) And, I am looking at a ton of cooking and packing for our trip to see family. Whew. Good luck!
Onemore-Wow! Big babies! I am measuring a little big, too. About 23 or 24, but my babies are slightly bigger also. Not 10lbs, though. :) I wanted to make a suggestiong for the master gender thread. It might be easier to read if people were listed first by boy/girl/surprise, and then by due date? It would be easy to scan through and see who we are expecting and roughly when.
Weeks: 18? 19?
Appts: sometime after the first of the year
symptoms: feeling the baby much more. it likes to hang out really high up, and sometimes I can even palpitate position. kicks feeling like rolling or falling or something. makes me grab my belly to steady it sometimes.
food: plain and room temperature
exercise: i just discovered that 8 laps around my yard is about a mile. So, I can walk at naptime. we live on a slope, too, so plenty of extra work. I was having a hard time getting in a walk because it's no fun and not exercise to take my 4 littles with me, and dh gets home after dark. But, now, I just circle the house and it works out pretty well. our house has been really warm, and i get overheated in my sleep, which means that my heart is acting all funky again. makes me wonder if i should exercise right now or not?
body changes: finding a belly these days, but not hugely. less than i would expect at this point, but always more than i think when i look in the mirror. :) I gained 25lbs overnight a few days ago, and that totally shocked me...until I realized that you shouldn't use your scale on carpet, lol. I have gained, from the beginning, about 7 or so, I think. I'm not certain of a starting weight. I did think of a fun thing to do. I'm going to go measure the waist of my pre pg pants, and then keep track of my waist size from here on out. I think that will be a better indicator of the change.
thoughts: just overwhelmed with lots to do. but, very excited about christmas this year, and feeling generally at peace.