Weekly chat 3/26-4/2 - Page 4
Sorry to hear about everyone's toubles this week!
Rosie: I think that sounds like a good plan :)
Ruby: My brother in law has a horse that he boards, and I know how attached he is to her, so I know how hard this must be for you! I hope you can find a solution that works. If you do have to sell him, maybe it can be to someone you know and trust?
Can't wait to read Courtney's birth story! Saw a pic on facebook, the baby looks sooooooo gorgeous!
Today is my last day of work before my year of maternity leave. It's bittersweet. I'm excited to be off work, and hopefully relax a bit before baby comes. Excited to spend time with my new little boy, but sad because I'm going to miss my coworkers. I'm really lucky to work in an office with so many great women. I'm lucky to say that many of them are also close friends, so I know I'll still see them on weekends etc. It's such a weird feeling! I've been working full time for so many years, it's going to be strange Monday morning not to get up and take the train to work. It's all getting so real now you guys!
Laura - will you be forced to lay in bed while hooked up to the abx? During my last labor I was completely free to walk the halls while hooked up. I don't see why you should be forced to stay in bed.
My appoint went fine this morning. Doc says everything looks normal. I'm still only dialated to a 1... maybe a tiny bit over a 1. I'm onoy measuring 36 though. I am for sure 39 weeks tomorrow, maybe 38.... I ovulated late. Still, I've always measured ahes by one or 2 weeks. This babe could be a lot smaller than my last. Even so, I think the lower measurement makes me even more anxious to deliver.... it could be 3 weeks yet though!
Rosie—I’m so sorry for your loss. It sounds like going is the right thing to do.
I’m still willing to wait it out—hoping for some days off to relax and catch up, I’m just so exhausted after being at work all day that the idea of going into labor makes me feel a little sick. So it’s this Monday or wait until next weekend (or beyond) for this kid. So far it’s still high so I think it might be listening…
Definitely need to do some grooming around here—I was thinking about it more last night and started feeling really self-conscious. I know that anyone who is at the birth will have seen a million lady parts, but this is the first time I’ll be having them out on display, so I should probably at least tidy up a bit…
JustKate—that’s my basic thought, too—why should we clean our house when they can clean our room? Also, since I’m new to everything I really want to get in some breastfeeding when experts are around and on call. If I go home right away I’ll probably end up calling back a million times asking for help and reassurance. There’s no rule on how long we have to stay, though, so if we change our minds we can always leave earlier.
Mom2—I’m glad you had a better night! Sucks about the toilet—I swear they never check returns, they just stick them back on the shelf.
Laura-- about the GBS. And the tears. Hopefully the rest of the day will be better!
Hey Laura...will they allow you to retest? I was GBS + and with some treatment I tested - just a week later:) I took double dose probiotics, inserted garlic nightly, and washed with hydrogen peroxide 3x a day until the next test. Just a thought:) not sure if you're planning on abx but even if you're not, it's just nice to have a negative result just in case of transfer. They will want to keep the baby for 48hrs if you're +
I don't think they do retests, and they didn't mention anything about that at the appointment. The plan is still to go forward with the home birth and provided there are no PROM issues, all should go well. If my waters break without labour starting again then we will work at getting labour started as much as possible at home. Since this is my second child the expectation is that the labour itself will go faster, so they will be less likely to rush to a transfer situation but my window will probably not exceed 12 hours for things to get going well. I had DD at the hospital last time and was home within 24 hours, so I don't think they try to keep you when you have GBS... but I did take the abx last time throughout so maybe they do that if you don't?
No, there is no need for me to lay in bed while hooked up. Last time I had the abx administered every 4 hours at home til I transferred to the hospital. The transfer happened because labour didn't get started and they want the baby out within 24 hours. My only concern is the potential for PROM again really since that, in combo with GBS, is what sent me to the hospital and led to the pitocin, constant fetal monitoring, etc.
I know there is no reason to assume the worst, especially since my body has now done this whole birthing thing before and should, theoretically, figure it out this time. But, I had hoped for a clear indication that things would be different. Now to work on positive thinking...
Hey all. I have read through but am still pretty tired, so I'll just update. I am sitting here holding Coraline. She was born on the 30th at 12:33am. The labor was pretty awesome although at one point I got overwhelmed by the amount of people and just started sobbing into my husbands chest. Then my midwife, my husband and I went and lay down on my bed in a dark room and talked. I totally loved having my friends as the midwife and birth assistant, a lot of jovial talk and kidding around. Interestingly I puked this time, that was new, right at transition, right after I stood up in the tub and yelled " I can't do this" then immediatly said "There's a head in my vagina!" and then I was pushing. My sister said it was like 2 minutes, but I think it must have been a bit longer. There was no time to wake the kids up, but we did get them up right after she was born. God, I hate the feeling of a head in my vagina and the burning when you push her out. I'll write out a full story later.
Stats- she was my smallest baby at 20 3/4 inches and 7 lbs 12 oz. 13.5 inch head(which was actually my biggest head) and 14 inch chest (yeah I have no clue about the other girls.)
Here's my amazing baby, my fourth daughter
ok drive by posting and I apologize! But oh my gosh! what is it with NY apartments and mice! My sister just saw a mouse in my apartment and I am freaking out. That thing needs to be gone as of yesterday! I cannot have my baby in a house with a mouse, no way! DH is getting traps tomorrow morning asap. Anyone have any tips for catching a mouse? NOT what I need in the middle of preparing my birth space!
Courtney - that photo!!!
flavorful - this is probably not helpful at all, but the first thing that popped into my brain was "get a snake". LOL I had two snakes with my ex-boyfriend and whenever we found an occasional apartment mouse, we just fed them to a snake. I usually did the catching by hand though in an epic 'me vs. mouse' show down. If they came quickly and quietly I gave them a shot outdoors... but if they made me work for it, into the tank they went. Later, when we got cats, I usually found myself rescuing the odd mouse that found its way into our apartment. I mean at least snakes are quick about it... cats not so much. Anyways, there is my 5am ramble. LOL I have never been particularly bothered by mice, but I'd probably become obsessive about clearing them out of my birthing space too.
So yeah, 5am and a bit here and I'm up. I've been up throughout the night several times feeling crampy and needing to pee. I think today was the first time I did a Hypnobabies track at 4am. Nothing else going on beyond the occasional crampy moment but I admit it has me going through my list of things left to do! I think the belly casting will be done today just to be safe - a day or so shy of 38 weeks, which was when we did DD's. I also need to call my parents to iron out the 'coming to the birth' plans.
Hazel - I didn't realize you were doing hypnobabies. How is it going for you? I have "comepleted" the program and am in maintenance, but I am find I sort of bored with it and don't listen every night. I am expected to try the techniques, though.
37w4d here. Feeling crampier the past couple of days, but nothing substantial. I suspect I still have got a ways (weeks) to go.
Flavor - I know that this is probably not the most humane way to get rid of the mice but in the end we do feed them to our barn cats.... DH buys the little plastic gray traps that snap down. He puts the smallest amount of peanut better on them. Not too much though otherwise they'll sit and snack. Luckily our barn cats have been working hard nad we haven't had any mice in the house in over a year.... I better knock on wood!
Carly - I could have sworn that you just had a post about buying your DD some sparkly fun girl things for after the babe is born. You might not like it but she'll LOVE the gifts! My own DD is really into the pretty pretty, sparkly, pink things right now too. She is 4 1/2. She is getting a big sister shirt with a princess on it and a charm bracelet that my mother gave me when I was a teen. Just do your best to continue to make time for her and show her your love. Everything will work out!
My house is VERY quiet right now. Last night my sister came and picked up our two oldest for a sleepover. It was DS's second ever and DD's first ever. I am sure that they are having a blast! We were left with DS2. We went out for a fish dinner last night and then shopping at Fleet Farm (the man's store). DS2 is 2 1/2 but we've never really been able to spend alone time with him like that. It was soooooo fun! He was a riot while eating (has such a sense of humor) and then was all eyes in the store. He loved seeing all of his favorite things from tractors to tools to footballs! It makes me realize that DH and I need to make individual time for all of our kiddos.
I hope that everyone has a great day!
Depending on who you talk to, I'm either at 39+6 or 40 weeks today. AHHH! Baby is stupidly low, way lower than I got pre-labor with Evie, so this is a new experience, and it's kind of driving me nuts. I mean, I'm excited that he's about ready to fall out, but he's also plugging up the pipes. I was up for a few hours this morning with intense gas pains and I just can't poop, or at least it's really hard. I poked my midwife about ideas on getting some relief. I'm even considering castor oil, though not to induce.
Wow, today is hard
It's DP's first day back at work, and my first day with both babies. DD is having a hard time understanding that she can't smack DS in the face like she does with her toys. She gets really upset that I have less time to devote completely to her. I've been carrying them both (DD on my back in a mei tei and DS on my front in a woven wrap...it's interesting) so she doesn't feel left out.
I feel like a horrible mother. I love them both so much but I feel so sad that DD didn't get her time to be the baby. She's barely 9 months old and already having to share me with another baby. She's still so little and I can't explain things to her. She's refusing all solid foods and just wants to nurse...I don't know if she feels threatened or sad that someone is sharing her milk, but it breaks my heart.
My mother is coming after she gets out of school (she's a high school teacher), but I feel like DP just left and I'm already losing it.
I just feel so bad for my little baby girl