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post #81 of 154

thinking of you VV! and everyone who's having anxiety. i try not to beat myself up about feeling ANYWAY that i do...but it's hard. i do keep reminding myself that i'm healthy, my partner is healthy, and there's no reason for our little birdie not to be healthy.

 

for what it's worth, i heard a strong heartbeat yesterday afternoon at my regular appointment. definitely looking forward to my ultrasound on 4/5. 

 

colleen

post #82 of 154

Veritas Vitae & justchanti - Thinking of you! I hope the scans are going wonderfully! Can't wait to hear about them.

post #83 of 154

 

Hi Everyone!

 

I've been following along this week's thread, but not posting as ALL my online time has been devoted to reviewing car seats, strollers, baby carriers and all the other "important stuff" for our Baby Registry - ahhhh!!!  My MIL is giving us a shower in April (3 wks from now!!!!) which is waaaaay earlier than I feel comfortable with, but it's the ONLY time we'll be in Michigan to see DH's family before xmas. So, my head is swimming right now with lists and decisions (and I'm definitely the type who over analyzes things).........

 

Yippee and congrats to those who've had their appts/scans this week (and are at/near the halfway mark!), and hugs to those who didn't find out the sex that they were hoping for (or could not find out at all).  Wishing lots of luck for your upcoming scans (Veritas, justchanti, ithappened).  I can relate about the u/s anxiety..... after 2 losses, I absolutely dreaded them (and my heart aches for the recent losses we've had in this DDC)..... I worry that b/c my prenatal care was pieced together between so many states and different docs, that I've missed important blood work or test results are not finding me.  But, I try my best to dwell on the good signs and health I've had so far, it's all I can do....

 

ithappened - ENJOY your day today!!!!

 

AFM, my DH is back for the next week so we're just happy to be catching up w/each other at home, and enjoying the improving weather.  We've decided to stay here in Winnipeg to have the Baby (as opposed to moving back to Chicago in May) and are feeling really good about it - finally!  This was probably the most stressful aspect of this pregnancy - and we'll still be making some compromises - but we're SO glad to at least have a plan in place that we can move forward with (we have a great family practitioner and a doula).  So now, I'm in total baby, baby, baby planning/organizing mode!!!

 

post #84 of 154

 

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So now, I'm in total baby, baby, baby planning/organizing mode!!!

 

I wish I could get into those mode for some reason this pregnancy I am totally mentally not there yet.

post #85 of 154

 

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Originally Posted by NewMumJoy View Post
So now, I'm in total baby, baby, baby planning/organizing mode!!!

Glad I am not the only one this has hit hard.  My DH and I are both in this mode. I am loving it! 
 

 

post #86 of 154

I've been in baby stuff research mood as well.  Since we're going gender neutral on baby products, I was able to get my registry/list mostly completed over the last couple of days.  Now I just have to figure out the diaper situation, but I think I have an idea of what I want to get.  

post #87 of 154

I am there too. Obsessively. And this is my second baby. I just want to make sure we don't end up with the same amount of unused stuff as last time. I basically have registered for tons of Cloth Diapers and Weleda brand baby care.

post #88 of 154
Thread Starter 

I have precisely three things on a wish list for Baby Brother: A second swing (the kind that you hang from your porch for when they're able to sit up and swing outside, not the indoor sleep kind), a Soothe n Surprise Nature Light (which I don't really want but my husband does) and a keepsake pillow like the one we got for Cecilia, where you record their birth details and stuff. I am pretty sure all I need otherwise is boy/gender neutral clothing, which we have basically none of.

post #89 of 154

keepsake pillow sounds so sweet, where did you find one of those?

post #90 of 154
Thread Starter 

Even though I'm not a characters person, the one we got as a gift for Cecilia is a Winnie-the-Pooh one, so I just added a different Pooh one to Baby Brother's wishlist to keep them similar: http://www.amazon.com/Winnie-the-Pooh-Keepsake-Pillow/dp/B005DL9DB8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT11?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1E6F4NK6HG5GG&colid=BWR30S05JJXL

post #91 of 154

that's super sweet. Pooh is one of the better characters IMO.

post #92 of 154

Oh, and me being in the baby super planning mode now ... I set up a gmail account for our little one so that we could start sending him messages and keeping an online journal of parenthood, for him to enjoy one day.  I plan to post ultrasound and belly pics as we go along and also have the grandparents and relatives contribute.  I created the account last week being at the "halfway point" through the pregnancy and thought that would be good timing/topic to start his inbox with....  However, sending off my first introductory email is soooo daunting at the moment - where to even begin?  It now feels like a monumental task.....

post #93 of 154

That is a sweet idea, sending him messages and getting the whole family involvedheartbeat.gif.  I have a book about the pregnancy where I write down things like that, how excited we are and what family members have said, how we can't wait to meet him, etc.  The belly and ultrasound pictures have a place to be in there but I haven't done that yet, it said they will fade so online sounds like a safer bet.  

post #94 of 154
Thread Starter 

We totally set up a gmail account for Cece like that...and never used it. shy.gif

post #95 of 154
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Originally Posted by Cecilia's Mama View Post

Even though I'm not a characters person, the one we got as a gift for Cecilia is a Winnie-the-Pooh one, so I just added a different Pooh one to Baby Brother's wishlist to keep them similar: http://www.amazon.com/Winnie-the-Pooh-Keepsake-Pillow/dp/B005DL9DB8/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pdT11?ie=UTF8&coliid=I1E6F4NK6HG5GG&colid=BWR30S05JJXL



That is really cute.  I kept meaning to do something like that for both girls, but I never ended up getting around to it.

 

 

My midwife faxed my u/s order in, but our one cell phone died so I can't call.  Argh.  I need to set this up so I can try and find a sitter.  Dragging two kids to an u/s sounds like a tiny little slice of hell.

post #96 of 154
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That is really cute.  I kept meaning to do something like that for both girls, but I never ended up getting around to it.

 

 

My midwife faxed my u/s order in, but our one cell phone died so I can't call.  Argh.  I need to set this up so I can try and find a sitter.  Dragging two kids to an u/s sounds like a tiny little slice of hell.


do you have gmail? you can make phone calls through gmail for free. 

 

post #97 of 154

Some really cute ideas :) Speaking of getting together keepsakes for our children, does anyone have a particular baby book they'd recommend, to record stuff about the first year, pregnancy, etc.? We used this one, which I loved for my DD: http://www.diapers.com/p/peter-rabbit-naturally-better-baby-book-26956?site=CI&utm_source=cse&utm_medium=cpc_D&utm_campaign=Google&utm_content=pla&ci_sku=KF-068&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw={keyword}  But I'm thinking maybe this child should have his or her own type of book.

post #98 of 154

We had our first (and hopefully only) ultra sound today!  Everything looks good!  Our little baby was giving the tech a hard time as it wouldn't stay still!  Everything looks good and healthy!  This baby is on the longer side (makes sense I'm 5'10 and dh is 6'5"!), which may account for why I'm measuring a couple weeks ahead.  It took every ounce of self control to not find out the gender, but we made it through, our baby's sex is still a mystery!  The ultrasound script that our midwife wrote also called for a routine vaginal examine,which she had told us was unnecessary so we politely declined.  It was obvious that the placenta was in the right place and that my cervix was measuring properly so I didn't see the need.  I think the u/s tech thought we were crazy!  Oh well, I'm just happy to have a healthy baby. I've been having some irrational fears the past coupled days so I definitely feel relieved and content!  I can't believe I'm nearly 21 weeks already. smile.gif

post #99 of 154

I'd like to pretend that I want the sex to be a surprise, and not just that I have an uncooperative child. I called my doc for the results of Monday's ultrasound, and the didn't say they had trouble seeing anything (else) besides the gender, so my insurance won't cover another one until there's a medical reason. So I sort of have to wait a month and talk to my doc about it next time, since baby is breech she said hopefully they'll do another one to determine position before too long.

 

 

post #100 of 154

Great to hear that Veritas and JustChianti had great scans today! (Veritas I read about yours on the dd thread).

 

To those of you discussing keepsakes and journals, I have been using the Embrace. A Pregnancy Journal that I found at Half Price Books. I started journaling a bit at the beginning of pregnancy so I taped those pages in, as well as the u/s photos and dvds of our scans. It's nice in that it gives you prompts for the different stages of pregnancy (some of which I've followed and some I've ignored). I'm going to paste in the email messages from family in reaction to the u/s pics, too. 

 

I feel ambivalent about how I'm doing in terms of preparation, though. Dh and I bought very few outfits at the nearby consignment shop and I started a registry on Amazon a while ago, but stopped before including the important stuff I need to research first and also want to see in person. Because I am a researcher, I am afraid that I will spend hours and hours researching every possible choice and be unable to make a decision. I started doing the same with childcare and I know we should move on that pretty quickly, since I'll need to go back to work in January.

 

 

Next weekend there is a big consignment sale and I need to get a lot of research done before I show up as one of the lucky first-time-moms who can enter the sale early. Does anyone have experience with these sorts of sales? 

I am planning on reading and taking copious notes on the cloth diapering thread and the others that I have only glanced through on strollers, car seats, and other lists of indispensable items and having a list of possibilities for the sale (minus the car seats which we'll purchase new). I am heartened when I read that some of you moms with experience note that it's ok to start out with the basics and then fill in the gaps as they arise. But we do need those basics! 

I am just enjoying being pregnant so much that the reality of life with the baby in about 5 months time still feels far away. 

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