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Weeks/Days along:

Appointments:

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Food:

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Weeks/Days along:  36 weeks!

Appointments:  The home visit is this Wednesday.

Symptoms:  I feel some pelvic pressure and it feels like the baby is lower, but I also had this pelvic pressure around 27 weeks and it went away so who knows?

Food:  I have no appetite.  I pretty much have to remind myself to eat. I keep forgetting to eat meals.

Exercise:  Not recently. I have two workout days (when the kids are at school) when I typically go but I've had appointments or other things during that time recently and haven't gone.  

Body changes and other milestones:  Just feeling the baby a little lower.

Thoughts:  I'm sick. Blah!  I have bronchitis and laryngitis and can't make a sound. It's soooo frustrating. It's going to be really hard tomorrow with the kids on my own.  It's really hard to parent without a voice!  I feel like I have a brick on my chest and a cotton ball clogged in the back of my throat. It's lovely. I hope I get my voice back soon. Last year when I got laryngitis, I lost my voice for 5 whole days. It was horrible!  

 

So I decided to paint our bedroom. My mom was going to do it but couldn't make it up and I just couldn't stand the thought of having paint samples painted all over our wall during the birth. So I've done 3 of the 4 walls now and my mom is going to come up just to do the trim on those (she's much more precise than I am) and the last wall should only take me about 30-45 minutes for each coat so it should be completely done by next weekend. Whoohoo!  I LOVE it too!  It's so pretty and calming. It's a light blue and with my fishy birth pool, I'm going to feel like I'm in the ocean!  

post #3 of 115
Weeks/Days along: 35w2d!
Appointments: Thursday is my next one...starting my weekly appointments now! Crazy.
Symptoms: Slow and tired, tired and slow. Cannot go more than 30 minutes without feeling the need to pee.I feel like my kids sense this and are taking advantage of how hard it is getting for me to move from place to place with any kind of speed.
Food: So boring. All I want to eat are salads (which are in short supply right now), and yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Super healthy, right?
Exercise: Hah. hahaha. Walking. Sometimes. I have to force myself. And yoga stretches here and there.
Body changes and other milestones: Not much. 35 weeks felt like a big milestone. I can say "I'm due in a month" and that's nice since people have been giving me the "any day now?" for about 3 months. smile.gif
Thoughts: I'm so ready to meet this baby already. I mean...it's been an easy pregnancy and I've enjoyed almost every minute of it and I'm not even anxious for it to be over, but I am anxious to meet my little one and count his or her fingers and toes and see with my own eyes that everything is okay. I've just really been hit hard with that the last day or two. I had a weird birth dream last night and while it was mostly good - the baby (a boy, again...all my birth dreams have been boy dreams) came out strong and big and I was nursing him right away which was delicious in my dream....I held him up to look at his face and realized he had a big growth on his cheek/neck. And that's a common theme in all my birth dreams this pregnancy...things are mostly wonderful with a small, lurking sense of "things are not all alright" in the background. Kid you not - first dream out of the gate this pregnancy, the baby was adorable (we named him Peter in that dream), healthy and strong and I got such a vivid look at his face in that dream...but then we're putting him in a paper bag (no carseat) and fleeing from Nazis? WTH? And it's totally been like that this whole pregnancy...lots of very vivid experiences of this baby, but always something just a little bit off. Kind of like my life right now. smile.gif And I feel like I'm tempting fate by putting all this in writing....is that weird?

So I think I'm just feeling ready to hold and smell and see this baby in my arms...and yet...holy cow, there's a lot I need to get done in the next 5 weeks.

ETA: I have been repeating the mistake of reading some columns in local news about babies...they're debating about letting strollers on public transit as a matter of policy and it's brought the local babyhaters out in FULL FORCE. Cannot even believe these people. I mean...I get that there are some really obnoxious, entitled parents out there but holy crap what is wrong with the human race that these people hate kids and people who have kids so much? Seriously? Can't we just respect each others' choices...different though they may be?
-->I need to run away to the country where we don't have internet access until this pregnancy is over I think. smile.gif
post #4 of 115

Weeks/Days along: 37+3!

Appointments: Friday

Symptoms: Pelvic pressure, shooting pain through clitoris...

Food: I'm suddenly starving!

Exercise: Still can barely walk

Body changes and other milestones: My uterus dropped about 2 inches since yesterday! Things are happening!

Thoughts: This baby is coming so fast I can't believe it!

 

post #5 of 115

Weeks/Days along: 34 weeks + 2 days

 

Appointments: I saw the MW on Friday and then this week is nothing but appointment after appointment: chiropractor, pediatrician tour, baptism preparation, hospital tour, and last birthing class.

 

Symptoms:  I'm definitely out of breath often.  I have to pee all the time.  My feet get really swollen after teaching for several hours.  The MW said to drink more water, which makes me have to pee more... never ending cycle!  I'm tired all the time.  One of the parents said to me, "You look more exhausted than you did before spring break."  Yeah, that's how I feel even after a week off from work!

 

Food:  Less appetite.  Though we did get a huge back of green beans which are such a great snack.  I've been eating really well for about a month but I'm at the point now where I just don't care.  Oh, and I could really use a glass of nice refreshing white wine.

 

Exercise: I think I'm going to give up on taking my ballet class.  I'm having a lot of issues just demonstrating a few movements while teaching.  I'm definitely going to keep up with yoga though.  It just feels so good and can be easily modified.

 

Body changes and other milestones: Still getting bigger.  I spent all Saturday evening doing baby laundry and sorting through the various clothes that have been handed down to us.  There's still a lot to do in the baby's room, but it sounds like everyone suggests leaving something to do in the last few weeks to keep us from going crazy while waiting.  I am very anxious to get the car seat installed even though it's a bit early.  I guess this should go under the thoughts section. :)

 

Thoughts: DH and I traveled to CA last week for Easter to visit my family.  The plane trip was not too bad, except for the last hour or so of each flight when I really just wanted to get outside and be free.  I got an eyelid infection while in CA.  That was miserable!!!  Not only was I up every hour at night to pee, but my eyes were crusted shut and I was trying not to touch them so I wouldn't spread the infection.  I did not sleep at all that night!  But we went to the urgent care the next morning and I got some antibiotics.  Usually I prefer to tough it out when I'm sick, but OMG I forgot how awful eye infections are!!!  On a related note, my friends threw me a shower the weekend before we left town and all the kids (9) at the shower got pink eye!  But apparently what I had was different and I didn't get it until a week after all the kids did.

 

I guess those are all my thoughts for now.  I'm so looking forward to hearing more birth stories from our group soon! 

 

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Callie-- I hope you feel better soon!  Being sick and pregnant is so awful.  I get that laryngitis/bronchitis thing about every other spring.  It stinks!  Your wall sounds beautiful.  I don't know how you did it being sick.

 

Lighthearted--I keep having weird dreams and anxiety about the baby too.  I cannot wait to kiss his sweet face and see that everything is ok.

 

 

Weeks/Days along:  37 + 5

Appointments:  Today.  Weekly appointments now.  Last week I had the Group B strep test & will get results today.  She also checked my cervix and I was thick but 1 cm dilated.  Glad to see the occasional contractions are doing something anyway.  May pass on being checked today, not sure.

Symptoms:  More pelvic pressure off and on; baby is head down now and when he gets wiggly I get sharp pains in my cervix that hurt a lot.  uggghhh  Still have heartburn but it's not as bad now that he is lower.  Hips/legs/back ache. Last night I was rolling around a lot b/c of it.

Food:  Not much to report.

Exercise:  Walking, either on errands for a couple hours or short walks around the block.

Body changes and other milestones:  I must look like I feel--HUGE.  People at church had not seen me for 2 weeks and yesterday I had several ask me how I was feeling, if I was hanging in there since it's right around the corner!  Another pregnant mom made the comment to a friend that she's going to be as big as me in a couple months.  LOL  Yep, we all get hUGE in our last couple weeks!

Thoughts:  Have a few things to wrap up.  Think I will wash the baby's sheets and put them on the pack and play bassinet this week.  Have already washed most of the clothes & blankets.  We have a crazy week with meetings and recitals every evening through Thursday.  After that things slow down considerably and I will be ready for baby any time!  Really hoping I don't go overdue this time, but trying not to get my hopes up.  Every other baby has been about a week late for me...so DD1 & 3 were late, DD2 was a couple days early.  Hoping this one follows DD2's footsteps.

 

post #7 of 115
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Food: So boring. All I want to eat are salads (which are in short supply right now), and yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Super healthy, right?

So I think I'm just feeling ready to hold and smell and see this baby in my arms...and yet...holy cow, there's a lot I need to get done in the next 5 weeks.

ETA: I have been repeating the mistake of reading some columns in local news about babies...they're debating about letting strollers on public transit as a matter of policy and it's brought the local babyhaters out in FULL FORCE. Cannot even believe these people. I mean...I get that there are some really obnoxious, entitled parents out there but holy crap what is wrong with the human race that these people hate kids and people who have kids so much? Seriously? Can't we just respect each others' choices...different though they may be?
-->I need to run away to the country where we don't have internet access until this pregnancy is over I think. smile.gif
 


I totally feel you on the salads.  Although that's what I've been eating for weeks now.  Lettuce, red bell peppers, cucumbers, spring onions, beets, eggs, nuts.  Yum. 

 

And I'm also ready, and yet not.  Looking around my house and going - HOLY CRAP!!  That's a lot to get done in the next 5 days. 

 

Yeah, I'm getting sick of those articles too.  Every time anything of that sort comes up, the baby haters come out in full force.  I just LOVE the comments about how Once Upon a Time everyone just used umbrella strollers and why can't people nowadays just use those and not bring along everything, blah, blah, blah.  And I just have to stop and remind myself that these people are not parents, have never been parents, and the few that did this years ago have not a clue what *I* have to deal with every time I leave the house.  And I ride the bus with DS in his stroller - I evict people sitting in the fold-down seats so I don't block the aisle.  The only time it's been a problem was when this horde of people got on a few blocks after me and just kept shoving back and shoving back and crowding him until he started freaking because we got separated.  There's a reason the city has the lowest under 18 population of any big city in the country. 

 

MLog - hope your eye is feeling better!  Yuck!

Callieollie - Bronch AND Laryng?  Yuck!!  Hope it passes quickly!

 

Weeks/Days along:  I believe I'm 34 today. 

Appointments:  See the MW today. 

Symptoms:  Slowing down.  Difficult to bend over and pick up the crap off the floor.  Limited energy.  Aches and pains.  Still with the sensitive tummy in the AM.  Nothing major. 

Food:  Raw veggies.  Some meat.  Lots and lots of carbs. 

Exercise: HA!

Body changes and other milestones:  Nothing really new.  Although babe had the hiccups last night - strong enough DH could feel my tummy jumping in rhythm.  And man was she throwing elbows everywhere yesterday. 

Thoughts:  Shower on Saturday.  My parents came by again this weekend.  My dad and step brother trimmed the tree in the back yard so we could get more sun on the deck, then weeded the front yard.  My step-mom scrubbed my kitchen (after doing my bathroom a few weeks ago).  And then they apologized that they couldn't come up this week to help more!  But offered to hire a service to come in this week to do the pre-party cleaning.  This is a whole new side to my parents. 

 

DS and I went to an Easter celebration yesterday with my parents, and in the course of the conversation I discovered that while my Step-mother will be headed out of the country right around my EDD, my dad declined the trip so that he would be here when the baby arrived.  I thought he was staying because they didn't have coverage for their business, but she said the actual reason was the baby.  It's just shocking, since they didn't seem to care this much when I was pg with DS. 

 

I have a henna artist scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to come do my belly.  I've ordered the food for pick-up Saturday at noon.  I just need to decide on what color balloons I want - so I should probably look at the linens we'll be using.  It's not going to all fit the theme, since we got Dim Sum for food, but the linens we're going to have to use are liable to be more springy-eastery in feel, not Eastern at all.  I have a few Eastern feeling runners, but black and red for a shower seems kinda morose.  But I'm just looking around the house at what's left to do to prep for this party, and cringing.  While it's so much better than it was a month ago, I'm really going to have to push myself energy-wise to get everything done this week.  Hopefully I can get a cleaner out here on Friday so I don't have to deal with the actual scrubbing part, and can just stick to the "putting crap away" part.  But still...

 

Oh, and the friends that were supposed to help out with the party - all 3 of them flaked on me.  I'll have 2 of them here early on Saturday to help with the set-up and do pg photos, but haven't heard anything from the 3rd.  Good thing I didn't wait on their help. 

 

Oh, and I think I decided to just serve the food at room temperature rather than trying to keep it warm.  I don't want to mess with chafing dishes and flames and all that when I have half a dozen toddlers running around. 

 

post #8 of 115

 

Weeks/Days along: 35w5d

Appointments: Growth scan tomorrow after noon

Symptoms: Lots of irregular contractions yesterday. I feel hungry a lot now, except at dinner time...

Food: Salty stuff please!

Exercise: At least a mile walj daily, if not more

Body changes and other milestones: I can't believe how big I am. 

Thoughts: I'm excited! Ready to meet this baby. I'm pumped to add to our family. Can't wait to see my little boys together. I wonder how much longer its going to be!

post #9 of 115

Weeks/Days along:  37 weeks

Appointments:  Next Monday.

Symptoms: BH are getting more painful.  I had an episode last night, they were coming just a few minutes apart along with lower back pain.  Made me a little nervous, but I fell asleep and I feel fine this morning.  I think we're getting close though.  She has to stay in one more week though!  SO is going out of town Tues.-Sat. and I really want him to be here!  I know she'll come when she's ready, but I'm taking it easy in hopes of keeping her in there a little longer.

Food: No aversions at this point

Exercise:  Walking.  I might stop for this week though, I really want to keep her in there!

Body changes and other milestones:  Boobs are getting bigger.  Lower back ache almost constantly.

Thoughts:  I don't really have that "done being pregnant" feeling, which is surprising.  I'm ready to stop having heartburn, but that's the only thing that's *really* uncomfortable and annoying for me.  I feel blessed to have had such an easy pregnancy overall.  And crossing my fingers that labor and delivery is easy too!  :D

 

Yesterday afternoon DD and I watched a couple birth videos.  She asked a lot of questions, and we had a good talk about it.  It was really nice. 

 

post #10 of 115
Bubblema: are all of the kids going to be present for your birth?!
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i keep checking the DDc like others to see who will be next! seems like lots of people are feeling minor twinges :) i can't wait for cute baby pictures!!

 

Weeks/Days along: 37 weeks, 5 days
Appointments: wednesday morning prenatal w/ CNM; doula coming to our house thursday
Symptoms: sleepy. all my joints ache. was bad last night--i spent a few hours yesterday putting together a dresser from ikea (to use as a changing table, and also as a dresser for the baby) and my hands are KILLING me. i guess this is fairly normal tho, from joints losing up? my legs hurt, too, and my hips. not horrible or anything, a creeping, meandering achiness. i get BH sometimes, maybe? i can't really tell the difference or what it is, just the baby moving or what. i have slight pressure feelings sometimes, but nothing super distracting. for the joints, i read to drink lots of water (i DO!!) and arnica gel and a hot bath. i think i will try the bath tonight. i have one last special bath from a botanica in new orleans to use :) i guess i should not put more furniture together today (a nightstand for next to our bed)... i am really antsy to get everything ready tho :o it is hard to be still. i ought to listen to some hypnosis tracks but i bounce all over...
Food: hungry! another watermelon would be nice. they are $3 a piece tho (the small ones) and cantelopes are $1.99 so i got cantelope. we have a pineapple i need to chop up. i dunno, i am hungry but not. i need a nap. last week i made tabouleh, the falafel maryam linked to, and tzatziki. so good. i want to make a cold avocado soup... 
Exercise: walking, wii fit... i was going to go with my husband to campus today and walk around while he's in class but i am SO TIRED, i did not sleep well, i either had to pee or flex my hand/feet to relieve achiness.
Body changes and other milestones: i look pretty round. i am uncomfortable. i want to go swimming but i don't know where i would go.
Thoughts: it's weird, sometimes i forget i am pregnant, i get really absorbed in doing something, but then i'll get a nice punch to the hip bone and be like, oh yeah... i am excited to know our baby's birthdate & to meet him! a little nervous he will go way past due and miss seeing my mom when she is here to help us :( feeling a little sad about our lack of community here and not having had a baby shower... my parents are really excited about the baby and have sent us all kinds of things that we need, which is wonderful, but we haven't gotten anything from my husband's side... which is a little weird, because usually they're so great about that stuff... i suppose a lot of people send things after the baby is born tho, when it is more exciting. it just makes me anxious--my husband was like, we have no toys! i bought mostly practical stuff, like diapers and clothes and swaddling blankets and baby carriers... it isn't like i am demanding to be given stuff, but i would not mind receiving at least a card or something. mope, mope, whiny face. i need a nap ;)

post #12 of 115

Weeks/Days along: 37 weeks, 5 days!

 

Appointments: NST on Tuesday, RCS April 26th (10 days!)

 

Symptoms: Painful contractions on and off all weekend, and heartburn is worse than ever.

 

Thoughts: Roller-coaster!!!

 

On Friday we panicked a little because the NST picked up big contractions. My DH thought this was it for sure! However, things were on and off all weekend and have settled down completely today, so I think we've been granted a reprieve. The good news is we got a lot a nesting done this weekend. Stocked up on food and supplies, cleaned house, arranged childcare for our son, and set up the baby's "corner" in our room. It looks so sweet and cozy!!! We're getting VERY excited now!

 

I worry that I make some of you uncomfortable with all of my medical interventions and my scheduled c-section. Like I have a scarlet C on my chest, lol! I just want to say that I truly believe in NCB methods and had no interventions with my son until he turned breech. We did everything in our power to turn him, using all natural methods first, before scheduling a version, which didn't work. Ultimately I went into labor and had a c-section. I know many of you might have done things differently, but my midwives dropped me like a hot potato after telling me my son was breech, and I had absolutely no desire to UC a footling breech baby. I trust and adore my OB, and our c-section birth was actually quite beautiful. I don't regret it for a second.

 

As for VBAC, I did everything in my power to have one, but I would have to drive almost 3 hours. Since I plan to work right up until the birth, that means making that drive in labor. Not to mention the practicality of finding someone to care for our son, etc. After researching the various risks and benefits of VBAC vs. RCS, I decided on another c-section.

 

Being 41 and having suffered two very recent losses colors every decision I make. How this baby is born is no longer important to me, I just want her in my arms. This feeling is 180 degrees away from how I felt when I was planning a homebirth with my son. It's amazing how things change!!!

 

It's very, very lonely to be part of a circle of people (in real life and online), who believe so strongly in NCB that all they can talk about is how much they fear and want to avoid c-section, when that is what I face again in 10 days. I completely understand, believe, and support NCB!!! I'm excited about and rooting for everyone I know who is planning a homebirth and UC. I, too, hope that people can embrace and help me celebrate my "medicalized" birth experience. It's what I've got to work with, and I plan to do everything in my power to make it magical!

 

By the way, I'm referring mostly to other people I know rather than this forum. The mamas here have been very supportive and for that I am grateful!!!

 

 

 

 

post #13 of 115
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Originally Posted by smilingsara View Post

Bubblema: are all of the kids going to be present for your birth?!


No, just DD.  Unless she's at school.  SO's kids were here last week for their Spring Break, but they're back at their mom's now.

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I, too, hope that people can embrace and help me celebrate my "medicalized" birth experience. It's what I've got to work with, and I plan to do everything in my power to make it magical!

 

Alittlesandy, I'm so sorry to hear that some folks are being unsupportive. I think the most important thing is to have the birth that's best for you - both medically and emotionally - and anyone who disagrees can shove it. 

 

Your scheduled c-section gives you the power to have a c-section on your terms. You have the rare opportunity to talk about each aspect of the c-section with your doctor before it happens. So while that may seem be empowering in the traditional earth-mama sense, you're in a pretty strong position here. There's no point in trying to live up to some ideal medication free VBAC if that's not what's best for you and your baby.

 

 

One of the reasons I decided I wanted to work with a doula was actually to have someone who could help me enjoy whatever birth I end up having, not just the ideal. A friend of mine hung onto the idea of a totally unmedicated, intervention-free birth even after developing some very serious complications and the whole experience left her feeling like a failure when she ended up with an emergency c-section after induction. I feel like a good doula would have helped her to prepare for and enjoy the birth she ended up having instead of living in denial of it.

 
post #15 of 115

Weeks/Days along: 34w4d

Appointments: Next week!

Symptoms: My ribs are sore!  She just loves to push her little tush into my ribs. I also feel like she's scratching my pelvis/hip sometimes.  Braxton Hicks are starting to get more intense.  Reflux has come back with a vengeance!

Food: I find it hard to eat when the reflux is so bad.  I try to make all of my snacks highish in protein, if I can.  Yogurt, boiled eggs, almond butter sandwich

Exercise: Walking, not as much as I'd like.

Body changes and other milestones: Belly is growing.  Getting a lot of "you're all baby" comments.  Everyone has been really sweet at not making me feel ginormous.

Thoughts: We're getting maternity pictures today.  I'm really nervous for some reason.  I just want them to look nice.  I had my first shower this past weekend and it was SO great!  I have already washed all of the bedding and unpacked everything else.  Some of it (nipple cream, breast pads, etc) are going in the "hospital bag" pile.  I have another (family) shower in a couple of weeks. 

 

I have so much to do and I'm thinking I might actually have the time to do it! Provided she isn't early :)

 

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sandy: thanks so much for your post. I am sorry you're feeling what sounds like unsupported and/or isolated due to your birth plan. I personally admire you for making this choice (which sounds not only rational and safe, but also empowering because it's your choice!).
Also -- how exciting that you know you'll meet your sweet baby so soon! I guess we all will, but you're meeting yours this month! Yay!

As for me - I'm 36 weeks today. Huge huge huge. I still feel like I'm definitely going up to the EDD but I really am starting to hope I don't get much bigger than this. Now that the weather is warm, I'm also puffier everywhere.

Physically, the hips have started to hurt when I sleep on one side for too long... And acid reflux is still awful. I've kicked the yeast infection finally so that discomfort is over at least.

Mentally, I waiver between happy and at peace and superstitious and anxious. Like, I heard about a woman who had a baby with Downs - totally unexpected, no markers or anything and I freaked out... I guess Downs is my thing - my anxiety focus this pregnancy. Oh well.

I've that ultrasound this week Thursday to check on placenta. I'm feeling pretty confident that everything has moved higher but who knows.
I'm sure they'll discover some other concern as always - ugh. greensad.gif
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Originally Posted by alittlesandy View Post

Weeks/Days along: 37 weeks, 5 days!

 

Appointments: NST on Tuesday, RCS April 26th (10 days!)

 

Symptoms: Painful contractions on and off all weekend, and heartburn is worse than ever.

 

Thoughts: Roller-coaster!!!

 

On Friday we panicked a little because the NST picked up big contractions. My DH thought this was it for sure! However, things were on and off all weekend and have settled down completely today, so I think we've been granted a reprieve. The good news is we got a lot a nesting done this weekend. Stocked up on food and supplies, cleaned house, arranged childcare for our son, and set up the baby's "corner" in our room. It looks so sweet and cozy!!! We're getting VERY excited now!

 

I worry that I make some of you uncomfortable with all of my medical interventions and my scheduled c-section. Like I have a scarlet C on my chest, lol! I just want to say that I truly believe in NCB methods and had no interventions with my son until he turned breech. We did everything in our power to turn him, using all natural methods first, before scheduling a version, which didn't work. Ultimately I went into labor and had a c-section. I know many of you might have done things differently, but my midwives dropped me like a hot potato after telling me my son was breech, and I had absolutely no desire to UC a footling breech baby. I trust and adore my OB, and our c-section birth was actually quite beautiful. I don't regret it for a second.

 

As for VBAC, I did everything in my power to have one, but I would have to drive almost 3 hours. Since I plan to work right up until the birth, that means making that drive in labor. Not to mention the practicality of finding someone to care for our son, etc. After researching the various risks and benefits of VBAC vs. RCS, I decided on another c-section.

 

Being 41 and having suffered two very recent losses colors every decision I make. How this baby is born is no longer important to me, I just want her in my arms. This feeling is 180 degrees away from how I felt when I was planning a homebirth with my son. It's amazing how things change!!!

 

It's very, very lonely to be part of a circle of people (in real life and online), who believe so strongly in NCB that all they can talk about is how much they fear and want to avoid c-section, when that is what I face again in 10 days. I completely understand, believe, and support NCB!!! I'm excited about and rooting for everyone I know who is planning a homebirth and UC. I, too, hope that people can embrace and help me celebrate my "medicalized" birth experience. It's what I've got to work with, and I plan to do everything in my power to make it magical!

 

By the way, I'm referring mostly to other people I know rather than this forum. The mamas here have been very supportive and for that I am grateful!!!

 

 

 

 

post #17 of 115

Thanks KM84! Yes, I think doulas are wonderful for that reason. Also, it makes me sad when anyone thinks they are a failure because of their birth experience.

 

Casmer, how exciting! Have fun! I hope you'll share some pics with us :)

 

Thank you Rozziemama! Yes, it is exciting to have an "end date" in mind. I, too, am nervous about Downs. Other than ultrasound we haven't had prenatal testing, so there's always a chance. Things like that don't always show up on ultrasound. I'm super anxious, but I also know some parents of Downs kids and they can be pretty wonderful. Trying to balance my fear with that perspective.

 

I'm so excited to see everyone's babies joy.gif

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alittlesandy, I haven't read beyond your post yet in this thread, so I don't know if others have responded, but I want to say that your personal story is really actually very, very helpful for me to read about in my current situation.  I have a baby who hasn't gotten into vertex position at 36w 6d. My midwives are pushing me to have a version done, but I have polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid) so baby is happily just floating around, assuming a new position at least once a day (but, to my knowledge, never totally head-down).  What I want to tell you is that I appreciate your reminder that a c-section is not really the "worst case scenario".  I not only want to be sensitive to mamas who've gone through a c-section or may be about to have one, but I also find that I appreciate the perspective.  We are lucky to have healthy babies growing inside us :)  Whoo-hoo how exciting to know you're baby will be with you in 10 days (if not sooner!!)smile.gif
 

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Weeks/Days along: 37 weeks, 5 days!

 

Appointments: NST on Tuesday, RCS April 26th (10 days!)

 

Symptoms: Painful contractions on and off all weekend, and heartburn is worse than ever.

 

Thoughts: Roller-coaster!!!

 

On Friday we panicked a little because the NST picked up big contractions. My DH thought this was it for sure! However, things were on and off all weekend and have settled down completely today, so I think we've been granted a reprieve. The good news is we got a lot a nesting done this weekend. Stocked up on food and supplies, cleaned house, arranged childcare for our son, and set up the baby's "corner" in our room. It looks so sweet and cozy!!! We're getting VERY excited now!

 

I worry that I make some of you uncomfortable with all of my medical interventions and my scheduled c-section. Like I have a scarlet C on my chest, lol! I just want to say that I truly believe in NCB methods and had no interventions with my son until he turned breech. We did everything in our power to turn him, using all natural methods first, before scheduling a version, which didn't work. Ultimately I went into labor and had a c-section. I know many of you might have done things differently, but my midwives dropped me like a hot potato after telling me my son was breech, and I had absolutely no desire to UC a footling breech baby. I trust and adore my OB, and our c-section birth was actually quite beautiful. I don't regret it for a second.

 

As for VBAC, I did everything in my power to have one, but I would have to drive almost 3 hours. Since I plan to work right up until the birth, that means making that drive in labor. Not to mention the practicality of finding someone to care for our son, etc. After researching the various risks and benefits of VBAC vs. RCS, I decided on another c-section.

 

Being 41 and having suffered two very recent losses colors every decision I make. How this baby is born is no longer important to me, I just want her in my arms. This feeling is 180 degrees away from how I felt when I was planning a homebirth with my son. It's amazing how things change!!!

 

It's very, very lonely to be part of a circle of people (in real life and online), who believe so strongly in NCB that all they can talk about is how much they fear and want to avoid c-section, when that is what I face again in 10 days. I completely understand, believe, and support NCB!!! I'm excited about and rooting for everyone I know who is planning a homebirth and UC. I, too, hope that people can embrace and help me celebrate my "medicalized" birth experience. It's what I've got to work with, and I plan to do everything in my power to make it magical!

 

By the way, I'm referring mostly to other people I know rather than this forum. The mamas here have been very supportive and for that I am grateful!!!

 

 

 

 



 

post #19 of 115

Alittlesandy,. I also think every one is supportive and not in a placating way. :) I use to be hypersensitive about not breastfeeding and so I made myself feel uncomfortable (even though some people really DID say awful things) BUT a lot of it was truly me projecting. Being a minority in a majority can do that to you. IRL - let it be their problem. You're doing great!
I say this gently.

 

I can't wait to see pics of your babe! <3
 

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Originally Posted by alittlesandy View Post

Weeks/Days along: 37 weeks, 5 days!

 

Appointments: NST on Tuesday, RCS April 26th (10 days!)

 

Symptoms: Painful contractions on and off all weekend, and heartburn is worse than ever.

 

Thoughts: Roller-coaster!!!

 

On Friday we panicked a little because the NST picked up big contractions. My DH thought this was it for sure! However, things were on and off all weekend and have settled down completely today, so I think we've been granted a reprieve. The good news is we got a lot a nesting done this weekend. Stocked up on food and supplies, cleaned house, arranged childcare for our son, and set up the baby's "corner" in our room. It looks so sweet and cozy!!! We're getting VERY excited now!

 

I worry that I make some of you uncomfortable with all of my medical interventions and my scheduled c-section. Like I have a scarlet C on my chest, lol! I just want to say that I truly believe in NCB methods and had no interventions with my son until he turned breech. We did everything in our power to turn him, using all natural methods first, before scheduling a version, which didn't work. Ultimately I went into labor and had a c-section. I know many of you might have done things differently, but my midwives dropped me like a hot potato after telling me my son was breech, and I had absolutely no desire to UC a footling breech baby. I trust and adore my OB, and our c-section birth was actually quite beautiful. I don't regret it for a second.

 

As for VBAC, I did everything in my power to have one, but I would have to drive almost 3 hours. Since I plan to work right up until the birth, that means making that drive in labor. Not to mention the practicality of finding someone to care for our son, etc. After researching the various risks and benefits of VBAC vs. RCS, I decided on another c-section.

 

Being 41 and having suffered two very recent losses colors every decision I make. How this baby is born is no longer important to me, I just want her in my arms. This feeling is 180 degrees away from how I felt when I was planning a homebirth with my son. It's amazing how things change!!!

 

It's very, very lonely to be part of a circle of people (in real life and online), who believe so strongly in NCB that all they can talk about is how much they fear and want to avoid c-section, when that is what I face again in 10 days. I completely understand, believe, and support NCB!!! I'm excited about and rooting for everyone I know who is planning a homebirth and UC. I, too, hope that people can embrace and help me celebrate my "medicalized" birth experience. It's what I've got to work with, and I plan to do everything in my power to make it magical!

 

By the way, I'm referring mostly to other people I know rather than this forum. The mamas here have been very supportive and for that I am grateful!!!

 

 

 

 



 

post #20 of 115

Sara- we're going to have the 3 kids here for this babes birth.Are you guys having yours?

 

I don't quite feel 'done' (so I feel like I must have a lot longer to go), but I am so uncomfortable and pretty much over being pregnant. Sitting is uncomfy, last night I peed every hour on the hour, and sometimes it feels like she is just going to fall out. I am having hard core pressure waves, sometimes coming every 3-6 minutes for an hour here or there and then they go further apart and stop. Nothing to get excited over. I always do this the last month of pregnancy (from about 38 weeks to 42 weeks so right on time!)

Can I tell you all how flippy I am? 1 month sounds like FOREVER at this point, but then it doesn't sound like long enough with all I have to do.

 

 

Wednesday the SR mw will be here and she can palpate me. I have a big baby.

My love affair with food this pregnancy may be to blame. LOL

 

I made cracker barrell 'grilled' chicken last night - decent. Hawaiian rice and hawaiian mac and potato salad. Then we had some watermelon on the side.

THEN I felt like making dessert and so I made these cookie bars that omg too rich but so delicious and easy.

1 stick of butter melted in 13x9 Pyrex dish
1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs (mixed well with melted butter) and spread evenly in bottom of pyrex dish.
1 can sweetened condensed milk poured evenly over the top of butter crumb crust mixture
Add your toppings:
... We did liberal amounts of coconut flakes, chocolate chips, chocolate sunflower seeds, and some toffee bits. You could choose healthier toppings - but we didn't!
Bake @ 350 for 15-20 minutes. Let cool

 

 

and then I cleaned and sorted baby clothes somewhat and washed DH's work clothes and cleaned the kitchen. Drank 3 cups of RRL tea and did my hypnobabies pregnancy affirmation track before doing my practice for the night.

 

Today I am going to go scrub the kitchen and make a couple meals for postpartum. Having lots of contractions so taking breaks here and there. I have to go mail a couple pkgs but do not want to waddle down the hill and up the hill to the postoffice. I will make DH do it in the AM.

 

No I am not next, no one get excited. lol

 

It the end of pregnancy, oh joy of joys. I do have to say I am so shocked that we haven't had more moms go early!

 

 

 

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