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So cute Sara!  :)

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One more thing, at my appointment Monday her heartbeat was in the 120s.  It's been in the 140s since the first time we heard it.  The midwife didn't seem concerned at all, but I'm curious if anyone else has experienced that.

 

Was your appointment at a different time of day than usual?  Not that babies have that great of a schedule before they are born, usually, but maybe she was just asleep this time, and usually isn't?  Or before she had room to wiggle away from the doppler, making her heartrate rise, and now she doesn't? 

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Just1More, right now he is napping. I'll ask him how he feels about it when he wakes up! 

 

bubblema, thanks so much! We like him.

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Was your appointment at a different time of day than usual?  Not that babies have that great of a schedule before they are born, usually, but maybe she was just asleep this time, and usually isn't?  Or before she had room to wiggle away from the doppler, making her heartrate rise, and now she doesn't? 

 


Nope, same time of day.  She said it was within the normal range, so I'm not worried.  Just curious.  :)

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awesome photos, sara. i love his topknot. hopefully our baby will be as industrious ;)

 

i'm 39 weeks today! nothing much by way of 'signs.' prenatal tomorrow... and the semester ends for my husband... hopefully he can get grades in before the baby comes :) i feel pretty ready, just kind of waiting around. yesterday i did a good walk around town/campus; should have done it again today but i was lazy when husband left for class. i have been watching episodes of the killing (it's so engrossing!!!) and working on my log cabin quilt... 11 more blocks and i have enough for the top! blahblah. i am kind of worried that my mom is going to come (ca to ohio, she gets here 3 days after DD) and the baby won't arrive until after she's left :( i guess i will make an acupuncture appt if we go past due date... 

post #46 of 140
So much going on this week! I can't believe we haven't had another birth yet...it seems like so many are just right there on the cusp....I keep thinking I'm going to wake up one morning to 5 new birth announcements. smile.gif

I'm feeling overwhelmed this week...there is SO MUCH left to do and it feels like the last few weeks of this pregnancy are closing in so fast. And I think DH feels that way too because when I told him that I'll be considered full term at the end of the week (37 weeks on Friday), he was shocked...and then shocked again when he realized that the month of May starts on Tuesday - as in...this baby is due in like 3 weeks.

And then last night, we had sex and right after I was thinking "hey! I'm not having any contractions, that's good!" (because normally I have raging BH for hours after DTD) but then until 3am I had real contractions. And they were in my back...so on top of no sleep the night before (yay belly rash), I didn't sleep last night because I was contracting and tossing and turning and worrying posterior babies and back labor and about how our childcare plan is out of town until next week and I don't have a hospital bag packed and the house is a mess and we have so much to do and OMGICANNOTHAVETHISBABYYET!

Yeah. overwhelmed. that's definitely the word.

And I didn't tell DH last night I was contracting, so when I mentioned it this morning he was all worried and now I've been ordered NOT to do anything because he doesn't want me going into labor...so I'm left to list-making.

Anyway...I'm 36w5d right now. Have an appointment tomorrow (which I think may involve an u/s which would be the first of this pregnancy and I was planning on opting out...but somehow I feel like seeing the baby might settle me down a bit and that is so not a good reason to do it...but I'm still kind of thinking I will).

I'm still very crampy this morning (back cramps, like a period) so maybe I'm effacing a bit...? Oddly enough, the huge amounts of discharge I was having all through the second trimester just kind of stopped last week...so I'm sort of looking for that to restart as a sign that labor may be around the corner. And those contractions I had last night...were real contractions. All the "contractions" I thought I was having before were like BH compared to these, and these seriously, my first thought was "I'm going to go through labor again? What the hell was I thinking?" :-) I clearly need to get a grip on my mental state before labor starts for real because otherwise, I'm going to be unglued and that isn't good for anyone.

Sorry to be such a raging narcissist with this post.

Bubblema My MW never even tells me the HR when she checks on the doppler...she just says if it's normal and sounds good...so I'm assuming there's nothing to be concerned about. I think normal is anything from 100-170?

Sara ADORABLE pics of your little guy. Wow!
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I had the weirdest night last night.  I just HAD to go to bed at 6:30, I was falling asleep no matter what.  Of course I woke up at 2:30 and couldn't get back to sleep, so I got up and cleaned the living room, organized a bunch of stuff and did some laundry.  Had some BH contractions all night (early morning) and day. Early this morning I was convinced I was going to go into labor today, but not so convinced anymore.  Probably be another 3 weeks!

 

I had the ultrasound on Monday and the midwife says everything looks great.  The U/S machine said everything was measuring right on 35 weeks (I'm nearly 38) but I don't know how accurate that measurement.  MW is confident that everything is OK with baby.  I'm feeling much better now that I'm not sitting in carbon monoxide all day.  The last 3 weeks have been fantastic, having energy, and not being nauseuous all the time.  Oh and I got my allergy tests back and it says I'm not allergic to dairy or wheat, so whatever is making me sick must be the pregnancy, which is the best news ever!

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Thank you ladies for your kind words and encouragement.  I'm feeling a bit better about it all today and focusing on sitting/being in good positions to encourage her to move a bit.

 

Sara - loved the pictures!  Thanks for the laugh! :)

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I saw my midwife today and left the appointment feeling super discouraged.  I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow and midwife is leaving the country on Saturday.  We were both hoping I’d deliver this week, but I’ve had no change since last week (1cm, 50% effaced) AND the baby is now in a posterior position.

 

Spinningbabies.com for suggestions on positioning techniques to get baby to turn.  And maybe see about a chiropractic visit with a chiro who does pregnant women. 

 

 

I completely agree with the pps though - don't borrow the problems from the previous birth.  I made that mistake with my DS.  I feel that so much of the issues we had during the extended labor (5 days) with him were because of my emotional state, being scared after the birth of DS1.  I'm doing my best this time around to remember that this is not either of the previous 2 and that it can and will be completely different. 

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Quick question...I just remembered I'm supposed to have the GBS test today. I've been taking probiotics daily for two weeks but is there anything else I should know or do? If it's like last time, I'll be the one doing the swab, not the midwife...I want to avoid IV's of any kind during labor at almost any cost so...really need this one to be negative.
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I'm feeling mentally ready for labor... I'd love for it to happen really soon. but I get the sense that I'm not physically there yet. I'm 39 weeks today and getting bigger by the day. I'll have some BH contractions at night and I occasionally feel almost-painful pressure on my cervix, but otherwise, I feel pretty normal. I take EPO orally and vaginally per my midwife's recommendations and I'm also taking a Chinese herb tonic she gave me.

 

my sleep has been way worse than usual. I can't get comfortable and I feel like I'm half-awake for most of the night. I woke up at 5:00 am with intense hunger and all I wanted was cheddar on baguette. I've never woken up hungry as an adult, so that's new.

 

still out and about, walking, sewing, weeding, etc. my feet get tired very easily. no desire to go for a swim or climb or any of that. I might spend the day tidying up and knitting, and maybe I'll take a short walk if I really feel like it.

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Quick question...I just remembered I'm supposed to have the GBS test today. I've been taking probiotics daily for two weeks but is there anything else I should know or do? If it's like last time, I'll be the one doing the swab, not the midwife...I want to avoid IV's of any kind during labor at almost any cost so...really need this one to be negative.

On my phone...

If you are doing the swan, then just take it out of the package, put it in the test tube and give it back. They are only testing for the, so the lack of other things won't be noticed. That's what I did with my second baby. So for the typos. Autocorrect...
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I'm glad everyone enjoyed the pictures!!
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On my phone...
If you are doing the swan, then just take it out of the package, put it in the test tube and give it back. They are only testing for the, so the lack of other things won't be noticed. That's what I did with my second baby. So for the typos. Autocorrect...

 

 

OMG Just1 that is awesome!  I was totally thinking of doing that but didn't have the nerve!  I should have though, it came back positive.  They gave me the option to retest, or refuse antibiotics.  I still don't know what to do.

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I forgot what thread it was on but every one reads this thread. This is the music to the hypnobabies background track. $49...

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On my phone...
If you are doing the swan, then just take it out of the package, put it in the test tube and give it back. They are only testing for the, so the lack of other things won't be noticed. That's what I did with my second baby. So for the typos. Autocorrect...

 

That's awesome!

 

Today SO told me that he has two more trips coming up.  One next week and one the week after.  Tues.- Fri. for each one.  Arg!  The nature of these jobs is you either take it or someone else will, and there's no guarantee that there will be another one soon.  It's not like he can reschedule until after the baby.  And the pay is really good so he really needs to go.  The one next week will be in Tallahassee, which is 5 hrs away so he could make it back in time.  Unless she comes super quick.  The week after, my mom will be here.  So it's not that bad, I just really want him here for the birth.  I know I can do it without him, I just want him here.  This is the one new thing we get to experience together.  All of our kids were born in the hospital, his were born via c-section.  There's nothing else that we haven't each already done with our exes, kwim?  I don't know, maybe that sounds weird but it's how I feel.  Sooo...I'm crossing my fingers and toes that little lady decides to come either right now, or next Friday night.  lol  Think she'll comply?

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That's awesome!

 

Today SO told me that he has two more trips coming up.  One next week and one the week after.  Tues.- Fri. for each one.  Arg!  The nature of these jobs is you either take it or someone else will, and there's no guarantee that there will be another one soon.  It's not like he can reschedule until after the baby.  And the pay is really good so he really needs to go.  The one next week will be in Tallahassee, which is 5 hrs away so he could make it back in time.  Unless she comes super quick.  The week after, my mom will be here.  So it's not that bad, I just really want him here for the birth.  I know I can do it without him, I just want him here.  This is the one new thing we get to experience together.  All of our kids were born in the hospital, his were born via c-section.  There's nothing else that we haven't each already done with our exes, kwim?  I don't know, maybe that sounds weird but it's how I feel.  Sooo...I'm crossing my fingers and toes that little lady decides to come either right now, or next Friday night.  lol  Think she'll comply?

 


Oh, that's so hard!  I hope you do not stress about it, but I *completely* understand why this is so important.  After all, it's the birth of your child and a child who is bridging your two lives and families!  But I also understand the symbolism and sacredness of your experiencing it together when so much of your lives is about choices and children from previous relationships.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed you get to be together for the momentous occasion.

 

On a silly note, I went to Target today to shop for yet another maternity clothing option (it's getting warm here and I have pretty much only 2 outfits I can wear) and I was completely shocked to see myself in the dressing room mirror!  Yes, I see myself in my mirror at home, and I look down and see my own belly, but something about that giant, full-length mirror made me realize I have fully become that humongously pregnant woman in the late-third-trimester pregnancy book diagram :)  Wow, that is some belly I've got!  It's gravity-defying!  You'd think I'd be less shocked, having been pregnant with twins before, but no....I somehow had no idea I was that huge.  wow.  And I'm 38 weeks and not feeling signs of labor, so I could have 2-3 weeks left.

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On my phone...
If you are doing the swan, then just take it out of the package, put it in the test tube and give it back. They are only testing for the, so the lack of other things won't be noticed. That's what I did with my second baby. So for the typos. Autocorrect...

So...despite my deep seated fear of authority figures...I totally did exactly this today. Give yourself a brownie point for empowering a sister. smile.gif
I was negative with both kids, I've been taking probiotics consistently throughout this pregnancy and I plan on refusing pelvic exams and given everything else I read here (and elsewhere) about the GBS test and the protocols that go with it...I'm totally happy with my choice. I felt liberated walking out of the office today.

Plus...I saw one of my favorite midwives today and in addition to my blood pressure being great (it was a little high the last two times), the baby is - according to her at least - head down and facing the right way. Not engaged at all, but I'm not worried about that since DD2 didn't descend much at all until I was in transition in labor.

So yay. Thanks for the tip Just1. smile.gif

Bubble - I hope your SO can be there for the birth!! Sorry you have to worry about it! Hope the baby cooperates. smile.gif When is your actual DD?
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So...despite my deep seated fear of authority figures...I totally did exactly this today. Give yourself a brownie point for empowering a sister. smile.gif
I was negative with both kids, I've been taking probiotics consistently throughout this pregnancy and I plan on refusing pelvic exams and given everything else I read here (and elsewhere) about the GBS test and the protocols that go with it...I'm totally happy with my choice. I felt liberated walking out of the office today.
So yay. Thanks for the tip Just1. smile.gif
 

 

Hurray! 

 

 

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So...despite my deep seated fear of authority figures...I totally did exactly this today. Give yourself a brownie point for empowering a sister. smile.gif
I was negative with both kids, I've been taking probiotics consistently throughout this pregnancy and I plan on refusing pelvic exams and given everything else I read here (and elsewhere) about the GBS test and the protocols that go with it...I'm totally happy with my choice. I felt liberated walking out of the office today.
Plus...I saw one of my favorite midwives today and in addition to my blood pressure being great (it was a little high the last two times), the baby is - according to her at least - head down and facing the right way. Not engaged at all, but I'm not worried about that since DD2 didn't descend much at all until I was in transition in labor.
So yay. Thanks for the tip Just1. smile.gif
Bubble - I hope your SO can be there for the birth!! Sorry you have to worry about it! Hope the baby cooperates. smile.gif When is your actual DD?

 

May 7th.  My mom is coming that day, and said she can come earlier if I need her to.  She's driving, so it would take her a day to get here but she would at least be here to help out afterwards if I needed her to.  So I think I'm covered logistically.  It's just the emotional part of possibly not having SO here that's bothering me.  We'll be okay though, everything happens for a reason! 

 

I finally got a new phone today.  My nice "smart phone" broke last fall and I've been using an ancient Blackberry since.  I joked with SO that at least now I can take pictures and videos and send it to him if he ends up not being here for the birth.  :)  I guess I better show DD how to use it.  ;)

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