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I've finished my pre-baby shopping this morning. The freezers (all 3 of them) are full, the pantry is stocked, my birth supplies are all laid in, I even bought a new sheet for the bed for post-partum.
And now we wait. I'm 37 weeks tomorrow, so it's still early for us (DS arrived at 40+2).
I have some laundry to do (NB clothes and diapers), but then laundry is a never-ending cycle.
This week's project is to clean off my desk and surrounding area so that I can toddler-proof it. That should take most of the week.
I have a massage scheduled for Thursday morning, and if I'm up to it a playdate at a local park on Saturday. And a friend has agreed to babysit (probably Sunday) so I can take DH to see Avengers. Those are my grandiose plans for the week.
I did interview 2 doulas on Friday, so I need to confirm with the one I'm going to hire, and probably schedule another meeting.
Right now I'm just trying to figure out what to do with the 3# of chicken thighs in the fridge that will result in the least amount of cooking this week. Probably a big pan of enchiladas is in my future, but DH is resisting for some reason.
Getting pinches around my cervix, the same feeling as last week's stretch and sweep. More pink show. Totally feel like I'm in limbo because no matter that I know intellectually that a EDD is just the midpoint of a 4-week full-term window, I still sort of plugged into that day. Oh, well. The DD they gave me in Japan was May 7th, but then Japan is 17 hours ahead of us. I just hope the squid emerges before MIL's flight back home on the 13th.
So that was really nice.
My cold is not nice. I am super congested. Sneezing, coughing, runny nose. I changed all the sheets in the house today and am trying hard to rid the house of germs before baby comes. I have this feeling baby isn't going to come while I am feeling this lousy. Which is kind of a bummer, because May 7 feels like a great day to be born
I just can't help but feel like I am ridiculous because of how big I am. Today I was with DS and DH in the park, and these two women walked by us and one whispered "he is about to be a big brother - like, in a few hours!"
I mean, sure it could be true but I just am feeling like a freak of nature being so big. Oy.
Anyway. I am also really loving this DDC right now. I wish you all lived in Boston so I could actually spend non-virtual time with you once our may babies have all come out.
Hmm. I think I might be in labor.
For the first few hours, I thought it might be constipation, but who ever heard of constipation cramps surging every three minutes? (And I checked on Dr. Google to see if others had ever mistaken labor for constipation.) I started timing them on a whim. They're not too intense, though. I could still make dinner and eat without having to breathe through anything.
Kiddo was active earlier today, but I haven't felt any kicks since the contractions became obvious. I'm off to do the two glass of water, lie on my side to see if they go away.
I'm feeling better now that I've had some down time over the weekend. Yesterday DH and I were at an anniversary party and actually did a little dancing and it was so fun. It was totally worth not being able to walk by late afternoon. I've got clean sheets on the bed too. I love that!
And I was remembering that when I went to a La Leche League meeting awhile back they were talking about breastfeeding troubles and wanting to quit - one women's DH just told her to make it through one day and then re-evaluate. If I can take this uncomfortableness one day at a time rather than thinking how far away the birth may be it's not so overwhelming. Plus I really do need to buckle down and get everything at work settled for me being away.
DH and I are dragging our feet on packing a hospital bag. The baby's coming home stuff is packed and car seat is in, but we haven't really gotten our things together. Maybe we're not quite as ready mentally as we'd like to think.
I think I was so caught up in my swollen self that I forgot to share my funny car seat installation story. I really wanted to get the car seat in the middle, but I have a Rav4 and the seat belt configuration is bizarre. We struggled with it for far too long and then gave up. So last week I went to the car seat check that the health department set up. These two very nice firemen decided to tackle my seat together. I asked if we could try it in the middle, but acknowledged that it may need to be put on the side. Well, since I had asked for the middle the firemen were determined to put the seat in the middle. The two of them struggled for almost an hour to get a good, tight fit. It was hilarious to watch them try to both climb on the seat together. A nursing student came over to try and help. All to no avail. Finally they asked the health department car seat expert to come try. And of course, she was able to get the seat in snugly on one try. The firemen decided to call it quits for the day after that. :) And there was no end to the jokes about how I was going to deliver the baby right there in the street while they still struggled with the car seat.
On tap for this week: as many yoga classes as I can fit in, being diligent about putting my feet up, tying up loose ends at work, LLL meeting on Wednesday, MW on Friday, hoping for a pedi on Friday, wedding on Saturday, convinced BIL to host Mother's Day bbq for DH's family on Sunday.
Have a great week everyone!
Sosu, as soon as that kid decides it's time to come out you're going to have the fastest labour on record. You're practically in transition already (luckily without the puking that i always get at transition!) You must be hella uncomfortable, though.
40+2 here. This is the day my other 2 kids were born. Considering I was sort of hoping to go past my due date by a day or two, the fact that I'm 2 days past my due date and getting cranky is STUPID. But I am. My feet hurt, I'm all puffy, and getting a lot of contractions when I do.. um, anything... but they stop as soon as i sit down. House is clean, food is prepped, birth supplies are all ready so come on now, baby! Come on!
People: why at 39 weeks do I feel overdue? I need to chill out. DS was born at 40. There is no reason I should have this baby today. But I'm stuck on going into labor this week, for some dumb reason.
Also, question: do I want the dr to sweep membranes? What does that even mean and will it hurt? Didnt have that last time.
I'm hoping I'm on the tail-end of some pretty bad allergies - tomorrow makes a whole week of lots of snot, coughing, sneezing and ear-ringing. I've been able to use my neti-pot regularly for the past couple of days, so I'm hoping that's good for something. The guy at our local diner said he's had to double up on his Allegra, so I'm glad it's not just me. My voice is super deep. I wish I could sing because it'd probably be one of those soulful, sexy voices
Hospital bag is 95% packed. We mostly need to add our clothes. I have a nourishment bag started, it's just waiting on the perishable stuff. Baby bag? Eh, I guess I'll just throw in some onesies...I'm not sure what babies need at a hospital. I figured me being there was the main thing - haha.
I am no where near where I'd like to be pp food making wise. My MIL offered to bring us some freezer meals when she comes to visit - that would be awesome actually. All I can think about is getting the house clean and clutter-free. DH helped me last night with my hallway picture project. He hung pictures for quite sometime (2-3 hours) - he's a trooper. I've also started on some nursery decor. Hopefully I'm only lacking one trip to the thrift store before I'm done with having piles of stuff just hanging out. I'm praying, praying, praying that when my dad comes to visit he doesn't bring me some piece of furniture or some weird thingamajig that I don't need. Bless him, he means well, but after every visit of his, I have to take something to the thrift store. We have a small house and just have no extra room to keep stuff we don't need. He has a two-story house, a barn, a garage, etc so he has lots of room to hoard his things :)
No major body milestones. I get this occasional feeling that she's trying to scrape the inside of my left hip-bone. I think she's running out of room because she really like to stretch out - it's both funny and uncomfortable at times. I was trying to go to sleep last night and had my leg bent at a 90-degree angle. She kept trying to stretch out and I guess she couldn't because she finally stopped when I straightened my leg out...quite demanding aren't we? Our 38-week appointment is on Friday...I can't believe Thursday will be 2 weeks way from our EDD.
I have been waking up an hour or two earlier than I usually do...what's up with that? With the exception of yesterday, I've been getting up 7 or 8 when I usually wake up around 9. This morning I got up at 6:20...although I'm actually considering going back to sleep. Not sure if I can though.
Sosu, I agree with what others have said -- your body seems to be setting you up for a fabulously quick and easy birth!! I know it is hard to wait to hold that baby in your arms though. It seems like it will be soon. :-)
MLog, we had a similar issue with carseat installation and gave up on using the middle seat in my CRV. That is awesome that yours eventually got installed in the center (even if it took a really long time :-) I like your idea of taking everything one day at a time.
casmer I have been waking up super early too!! I figured it was because my schedule is off being that I"m not working right now. But I kind of thought I would be sleeping more on maternity leave!
I know one of the reasons for my early waking is my husband's dog barks All. The. Time. I am really losing patience with it. Inside, outside, in the garage...no matter where he is that dog barks so much! After I complained enough, DH bought one of those anti-bark collars but the dog is becoming desensitized to it and he barks whether the collar is on or off. The neighbors hate the dog. I would love to be a dog-free family by the time this little one arrives but DH says finding a new home for him is not an option (even though my sister offered to take him! She lives alone and wants a big barking dog!) DH has a 2nd dog that doesn't bark nearly as much. She is much more pleasant to have around.
My EDD is tomorrow!! I have a feeling I will go late though. I can't feel my cervix (and I have gotten into some crazy positions to try!) but last week I was 2.5 to 3 cm dilated and I haven't had many contractions or signs that birth is near. Just a few BH when I go on my walks. Baby seems lower, but I can feel that his head isn' engaged in the pelvis yet. I can actually feel the head and move it side to side when I lay on my back. It seems to be just at/slightly above my pubic bone. I have a doctors appointment this afternoon to check his position (I really don't think I need to keep going to these doctor's appointments. I was relieved to have an OB lined up that would deliver a vaginal breech, but now that he isn't breech...I kind of just want to ditch her lol but she wants to check him and I am so curious about my dilation I'm going just to have her tell me if I'm any more dilated that I was last week!)
Rozzie, I had my membranes swept last week and didn't feel a thing. I plan on having it done again today at my appointment. Some people say that it is very uncomfortable. I think it probably depends on how soft/open your cervix is. I was able to stretch to 3cm last week which might be why it didn't hurt at all.
Looking over all of our birth announcements and seeing pictures of the new babes makes me want to hold mine in my arms SO badly. I can't wait to cuddle him and smell that amazing baby smell!
Add me to the "impatiently waiting" club. I'm at the point where I'm too big to do much - even sitting at my desk makes my feet swell up and is uncomfortable - and I hate killing time.
I dreamt I went into labor, it was particularly disappointing to wake up and realize I am still a long way off. I don't have a single sign that this baby is going to come out at any point. No one stays pregnant forever, right? Bleh.
Ugh. I was doing really well until last night. I noticed last night that my jawline on both sides is covered in hives, no idea what's causing them, and they're worse this morning, not better. Not scratching is so difficult, but I really don't want to tear up my face by scratching. My feet are starting to itch like they did in late pregnancy with DS, when I got a really strange rash all over them (that wound up being contagious). And I realized yesterday that I'm no longer able to spread the toes on my left foot. It's been bothering me for a few days, but I finally realized WHY it was bugging me - I normally spread my toes all the time (run around barefoot), and the little toe on my left foot will no longer separate from it's little friend, which feels really strange.
Not sure any of this has anything to do with pregnancy at all, but it's seriously irritating!!!
this is how my last pregnancy was! It was really hard. ((HUGs)) sosu.... this is one reason I am declining all cervix checks up until now... ugh, it is total torture!
Rozzie I hope you feel better soon. As for sweeping...I only had it done once when I was 41w+ with DD2. I was like a stretchy 1-2cm and I have no idea how effaced I was but I did go into labor that night. It didn't hurt any more than your average cervical check and the mw who did it had small hands and was very fast. That said, I would skip it...from everything I've read, they really only work if you're ready to go into labor anyway and it's just another chance of introducing bacteria up there. I did the sweep as the least of evils when my mw were telling me I'd have to be induced the next day or go AMA because I was edging so close to 42w. I would do it again in a heart beat under those circumstances...but not before I was majorly post-dates.
Casmer - for baby stuff to bring to the hospital - I just bring an outfit for going home. They usually give you everything else. Shirts, blankets, diapers, even a hat or two. :-) You won't be there that long anyway, better keep the nice baby clothes for when you get home. :-)
Cristeen - yuck! I have battled hives a lot over the years and I am so sorry you have them on your face! Awful. Benadryl? Is that a possibility for you? I've had PUPPs all over my belly for the last few weeks and it's miserable, but I would probably take it over hives. And especially since we're about to head into a warmer week! Get thee to a cold shower, seriously. Hope they go away. And the foot thing is weird...but maybe it's related to baby putting pressure on all your veins (kind of like what causes the swelling so many of us have had lately).
I'm 38w3d, but I feel like I'm 40. After being totally overdoing it on Thursday, Friday and Saturday I was miserable. It's weird...DD2 was born very close to 42w so it's entirely possible that I could go almost all the way to June (that thought makes me want to cry. I don't want to wait another month to meet my baby!!). DD1 was induced at 38w6d and I can't forget how tiny and...premature she seemed. I want to go to 39w at least (which is Friday) but DD2's birthday is Monday and she's been majorly rooked on her birthdays so far (all two of them ;-)). I want to make her the cake she wants and have at least a tiny celebration. So maybe Tuesday...5/15 - that's a nice bday, right? I'm also planning on getting the call schedule of my mws today, so I might have to order this baby to arrive when the right mw is on call. ;-)
Yesterday I felt much better. :-) Got the hospital bag packed - or mostly - I'm still waiting for a few items that I ordered from Old Navy and Amazon (nursing bras, new PJ's). Finished the last of my PP cooking. It feels so good to watch my "before baby to-do" list slowly shrink. Yay! Today I need to mop the floors, clean the bathroom and put together an activity bin for the kids to play with while MIL is babysitting them (which will be good for after baby is born too).
And speaking of carseats! DH, miracle worker that he is, managed to fit all three carseats SAFELY into our car. Which means - we can go places together and we don't have to immediately buy a new car (that we cannot afford). So take note people with smaller cars - it can be done. We now have a Graco Snugride (infant), Graco Comfortsport (3yo) and Clek Oobrbooster (6yo) secured safely in the unnaturally small back seat of our small-ish SUV.
Anyone heard from onemore? Seems I've not seen a post from her in a while...
I'm 38 and 4, and not feeling like baby is coming anytime soon. But, like lhm, my last was 41 and 5, so I'm not getting too excited. I will say, though, I am feeling like this labor is going to be really fast. I am working very hard to get myself in a mental place to be able to handle a long labor, but it's hard when everything "feels" like it's going to be 30 min to an hour. Who knows, lol. Soso...you might know. All that work alread done! Wow!
I also feel like maybe I could get into the mindset to have a baby if people would just get out of my house. The house sold, but it's still thing after thing. Like, over the weekend, we had to keep the doors and windows shut for the radon test in the basement. This morning, at 8, they were all in the backyard discussing something about the septic tank. Then, at 8:45, they had to come in to flush all the toliets. (Last night I was told no one needed to come in the house.) Hello. I'm not cleaning bathrooms right now. But I will. For you. Because I have nothing else to do. Blech. (And, actually, dh cleans the bathrooms because it makes me want to, well...blech). And when they were done, they stood around in my (filthy) kitchen talking about the new dishwasher. We are debating about where we want to live when we move, and if we want to rent again. I do NOT. EVER. want to deal with this whole realtor stuff again. Ever. If it were MY house, I could lay a few ground rules, but right now we are just stuck in the middle. The reason that we usually rent is because we know we won't be in one place for long, and the market isn't good to resell a house. We'd rather not get stuck with one. Humph.
I think I'm just extra grumpy because it was a long/short night. And my 19m is being especially difficult today. I'm not sure if it's her teeth, or she didn't sleep well, or if it's because she hung out with dh most of the weekend. She seems to get attached to one or the other of us, and doesn't transition well.
Sounds like everyone is kind of having a rough time...hives (awful!), puffiness, tired, and grumpy. Are you sure you want us all in the same room, rozzie? :)
**hugs** I'm here! Just not really getting time to read and respond much. I have my own news crew here watching my every move (mom and sister) lol
Super spicy curry only made me want to throw up after eating it. :( I will write more later. Today is the latest due date I have. No real signs like plug or water breaking.
Just trying to stay busy and stay positive :)