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post #61 of 108
2:45 and I am still awake. Not good.

But...dh has been doing accupressure massage on all the induction spots all night and that plus sex plus epo seem to be working for now. I'm contracting regularly (2-4 minutes apart!) but they're still not so strong I can't talk through them so...need them to get stronger and longer still. We'll see if I'm even awake at 8am when I'm supposed to show up at the hospital. smile.gif gotta try and get some sleep and hope labor revs up a notch - or 20.

(km84 I did read your birth story! Thanks for sharing it! Helps to read stories of the other ways birth can turn out and remember that healthy baby and mommy are still the most important outcome)

Have a great day tomorrow ladies! Hopefully we'll get lots more birth announcements this weekend!
post #62 of 108
Good luck, LHM! And get some sleep too. I remember gettting to sleep was epically hard before getting induced though! The baby will be there so soon! joy.gif
post #63 of 108
Prayers and positive thoughts are headed your way, LHM! The same goes to Jen/Jynx and Maryam. Are we waiting on anyone else?
post #64 of 108
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Prayers and positive thoughts are headed your way, LHM! The same goes to Jen/Jynx and Maryam. Are we waiting on anyone else?

 

Not waiting on Jynx - her little boy is already here. 

post #65 of 108
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Not waiting on Jynx - her little boy is already here. 

Woot!
post #66 of 108
Soren had a two week growth check at the doc yesterday. He is now 20.5 inches tall and weighs 7.4. He is in the 47% for height but 12% for weight. He gained 8oz over the last week and she said that was prefect. He's so small! I hope he starts to pack it on soon! He did seem to eat a ton yesterday and this morning too. And slowly my nipples are starting to feel much better. He is gonna pick up his weight right?! I'm not small in the least, so I really thought he was going to be a bigger baby.

Shay is 99% for height and 97% for weight. What a difference they are!
post #67 of 108
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Originally Posted by smilingsara View Post

Soren had a two week growth check at the doc yesterday. He is now 20.5 inches tall and weighs 7.4. He is in the 47% for height but 12% for weight. He gained 8oz over the last week and she said that was prefect. He's so small! I hope he starts to pack it on soon! He did seem to eat a ton yesterday and this morning too. And slowly my nipples are starting to feel much better. He is gonna pick up his weight right?! I'm not small in the least, so I really thought he was going to be a bigger baby.
 

 

I had to adjust my thinking with DS about the size thing.  Neither of us is small in the least, but he was SOOOOO skinny as a baby.  His limbs were just skin and bones for months.  He gained weight, but seriously you'd never be able to see it.  He didn't start bulking out visibly until about 9 mos.  Now he's HUGE (the size of a 4-5 yo, yet he's not even 3), but he's still so skinny you can count his ribs with your eyes.  He's "off the charts" for both height and weight, but if you actually look at this kid naked, you'd never know it.  I actually had it out with my ped over this - she was freaking because his weight is off the charts for his age, but wasn't bothering to observe the ribs sticking out (or the height nearly off the charts at the time), so she was lecturing me on putting my 2 yo on a diet because he was just too heavy.  eyesroll.gif

 

So I guess my points are - as long as he's gaining, he'll do it in his own time.  And don't worry about the percentages as numbers - so long as he stays in his own growth curve, he's doing what he needs to be doing. 

post #68 of 108

It's so exciting to check in and see people having babies left and right now. Hope to hear good news about lightheartedmom soon!

 

I saw my midwife today. She said my cervix is super soft and ready to go, just waiting on baby to make his decision. She said it could very well be this weekend (but that, of course, it could also be next week). If I'm still pregnant by Monday, she has some kind of homeopathic tincture that she'll give to me to see if my body is ready and just needs a small boost to get started. I'm really excited...my husband is bouncing off the walls with nervousness. I'm so intrigued to meet this baby and see how different the whole experience may be from his brother's birth.

 

Sara - my son was on the smaller side of average at birth (6.5 pounds, 18.25 inches), and he stayed tiny (despite eating enormous amounts) for months. I remember always feeling like I wasn't doing something right, but the doctor just kept assuring me that he was great, just a small guy. He was the scrawniest looking little thing, no baby fat or good squeezable chub anywhere on him until he hit 9 months.  He shot up a little height, but mostly in weight at that point. Finally got to get some cuddles in with a chubby baby for a brief period! Of course, he lost all his chub once he started walking, so now we're back down to a skinny dude with a big belly.

post #69 of 108

Although I have an appointment tomorrow, I decided to stop by CVS to check my blood pressure.  The first reading was 143/86, the second was 136/80-something, the third was 140something/82.  So it's gone up just a little since last week (130s/80s - before it was under 120/80).  They ran all of the pre-eclampsia labs last week.  I got to see all of the blood work and those numbers looked great.  I didn't get to see the urine results, but was told it was normal.  I guess I'm stressing because a facebook friend was induced (ended up c-section) yesterday for high BP.  I don't know how high it was, all I know is that the 24-hr urine was normal.  Obviously if the baby is better coming out early (even if it's a c-section), then I can prepare myself mentally for that, but I can't find anything that says exactly how high BP has to be for it to be considered dangerous.

 

This all kind of urks me because I've had such a great pregnancy so far...seriously no problems.  I didn't even get stretch marks!  I guess it has to be something shrug.gif

 

 

I'm going to do some resting and generally try to de-stress and keep my cool.  I have Susun Weed's book Wise Woman Herbs for Childbearing Years, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable taking herbs I've never taken before.  I did take some calcium and magnesium and I think she also suggested that RRL tea and nettles might help. I have Traditional Medicinals brand, but tomorrow I might go to an actual herb shop and see if I can find some higher quality stuff.  She also suggested Raw Garlic.  Anyhow, those seem pretty mild so I guess I can start there.  I don't want to try too many things at once though...that's probably not safe.  Now I'm rambling so I'm going to stop here.  :)

 

I'm going to go look at pictures of everyone's cute babies now - haha.

post #70 of 108

thanks cookie and cristeen! I'm sure he is fine but just so not what I was expecting! Doc says he is gaining wonderfully so I guess I will just trust what she says. He's just so stinking tiny! 

post #71 of 108

How's everyone doing?

 

I'm in a really bad place right now.  I've been nursing an abcessed tooth since before I got pregnant.  We tried antibiotics, saw specialists and nobody could figure out the cause.  They wanted to do exploratory surgery or possibly remove the tooth, and I was thinking it over when I got pg.  I decided to put it off since it mostly was just annoying (and not painful).  Advance to yesterday, and I was in the shower sobbing it hurt so badly.  Definitely infected again, as I could squeeze out gross tasting pus.  The whole side of my face was throbbing.  I did my best to treat it like I have been, and finally took a Tylenol before bed (which is something I DO NOT do while pg), just so I could sleep.  This morning it was feeling better right up until I ate.  I wound up having to call my MW who wants me to monitor myself between Tylenol doses for signs of fever (meaning systemic infection).  So long as it stays localized it's not a risk to the baby.  Through the day the pain has gotten worse, and when my morning Tylenol wore off, I was back to sobbing in pain.  The Tylenol knocks it back to bearable, but it's definitely not gone.  And that means I'm on a super short temper right now and just a little while ago was screaming at my toddler for being an exuberant toddler... and then bursting into tears for being a mean mommy. 

 

So between pain and hormones and just feeling like a shitty person for being mean, I'm in a bad place right now.  Thankfully DH is going to stop on his way home and pick me up soup, since I'm not going to be able to handle the steak I had planned for dinner.  I do have a dentist appt at 8:30 tomorrow morning, DH is going to WFH so he can be on toddler-duty. 

 

So please pardon the whining. 

post #72 of 108

Cristeen, start swishing with peroxide a couple times a day.  That should take care of the infection.

post #73 of 108
Oh that sounds awful Cristeen greensad.gif Dental pain is serious stuff. I second what bubblema suggested...in the very least salt water rinses if you don't have peroxide on hand.

Hang in there.
post #74 of 108
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Originally Posted by cristeen View Post

How's everyone doing?

 

I'm in a really bad place right now.  I've been nursing an abcessed tooth since before I got pregnant.  We tried antibiotics, saw specialists and nobody could figure out the cause.  They wanted to do exploratory surgery or possibly remove the tooth, and I was thinking it over when I got pg.  I decided to put it off since it mostly was just annoying (and not painful).  Advance to yesterday, and I was in the shower sobbing it hurt so badly.  Definitely infected again, as I could squeeze out gross tasting pus.  The whole side of my face was throbbing.  I did my best to treat it like I have been, and finally took a Tylenol before bed (which is something I DO NOT do while pg), just so I could sleep.  This morning it was feeling better right up until I ate.  I wound up having to call my MW who wants me to monitor myself between Tylenol doses for signs of fever (meaning systemic infection).  So long as it stays localized it's not a risk to the baby.  Through the day the pain has gotten worse, and when my morning Tylenol wore off, I was back to sobbing in pain.  The Tylenol knocks it back to bearable, but it's definitely not gone.  And that means I'm on a super short temper right now and just a little while ago was screaming at my toddler for being an exuberant toddler... and then bursting into tears for being a mean mommy. 

 

So between pain and hormones and just feeling like a shitty person for being mean, I'm in a bad place right now.  Thankfully DH is going to stop on his way home and pick me up soup, since I'm not going to be able to handle the steak I had planned for dinner.  I do have a dentist appt at 8:30 tomorrow morning, DH is going to WFH so he can be on toddler-duty. 

 

So please pardon the whining. 

 

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Cristeen, you poor thing! You officially have permission to whine.

 

God, I can soooo relate to this. I had tooth problems during my pregnancy and it blew up into a huge abscess a week after my c-section. Ended up having it lanced and drained, plus a root canal. Hopefully your dentist can help give you some relief tomorrow!

post #75 of 108

Ugh, yes, Cristeen...you have total permission to whine and sob. There is nothing worse than tooth pain, esp when you can't even take strong drugs to deal with the pain. I hope the dentist can do something for you tomorrow morning. I hate to think of you spending these last days in so much pain! Hugs, mama.
 

post #76 of 108

Thank you so much, mamas.  I'm an emotional mess right now, and your kindness just put me in tears.  heartbeat.gif

 

Right now I'm just trying to convince baby that right now is NOT a good time to come, to give me a few more days.  I wound up eating clam chowder, sourdough bread and macaroni salad for dinner, which is what looked good and was easy to chew at WF.  Going out and getting my mind off the pain helped, but it definitely still hurts.  At this point I'm timing my Tylenol doses so I don't wind up sobbing again.  I'm seriously hopeful that something shows on the xray in the morning - so at least we have an answer as to the cause, even if it means the tooth has to come out. 

post #77 of 108
Ugh, sorry you are having terrible tooth pains, cristeen! Teeth are so weird. It always creeps me out when I think about what they are (bones that extrude from yr flesh!). I need to visit the dentist, too, to have cavities filled... Not sure how I will manage that with breastfeeding? Just nurse him before my appt?

Things are going great with Orryn! We've been using the cloth diapers, nursing a lot, sleeping and waking and reading him stories... When my mom was here we went to the drive in and saw the avengers! I want to go to more drive in movies this summer, it was so easy with baby! He cried a couple times but there was no one parked next to us, plus the windows were up (you listen on the radio).

I really want to do baby wearing (have ergo, moby, zolowear sling and a linen rs from sbp in the mail) but I can't seem to figure out how to situate him in any carrier properly. I watch the videos and stuff but I'm just not getting it. His head hasn't got enough support in any of them--his chin just slumps forward onto his chest. I guess for the moby/sling they just need to be tighter?

Tonight he had a bit of a stuffy nose, it was scary!!! Whuffling and wheezing and getting all angry when he tried to nurse because he was having such trouble breathing. Husband went and got some saline spray and we tried that/suctioned it out--he seems better now (plus I turned on the humidifier and put a little peppermint oil on my breast, above the areola).

I had a second degree tear and stitches, it seems to be getting better... I got a bunch of herbs for sitz baths and I put the tea in my peri bottle, too... At first I went through heaps of frozen witch hazel pads, they felt so great, but now the cold on my bottom is annoying me so I quit using them. I don't go back to have them check on my healing till 6 weeks PP. I also ordered a bunch of herbs to make my own mother's milk tea... Drinking the Traditional Medicinals one now, but I think the herbs cost less than buying the tea bags.

My mom was here last week and that was wonderful; she was a big help with baby, bouncing him on the birth ball and making us dinner and fetching water for me and whatever. We're sad that she's gone already! My husband's sister and aunt are coming next Friday, so that will be nice, too.

Husband borrowed an iPad from his dept. for me, so I've been using that during night feelings and etc... Feels strange to type like this smile.gif but it is so great to have.

Hope everyone had a lovely mother's day!!
post #78 of 108

Perseph - if you can manage to bring him with to your appt, do.  You could theoretically wear him through the whole thing.  You might want to talk to your dentist about getting the fillings done without pain killer.  Depending on the severity of the cavity, it can be tolerable - the pain is sharp but short, compared to hours and hours of numbness, and the drugs getting into your BM.

 

As for the carriers - what holds have you tried?  I could never get the hang of a cradle carry with DS for that same reason.  In the Moby I used a modified hug or kangaroo hold, which is a totally upright hold.  They pillow their head on your chest, so breathing isn't a concern.  DS always preferred to be sideways, kind of curled between my breasts with one ear over my heart, and in that position his head was completely supported by the piece going over my shoulder.  It definitely needs to be snug, though.  I didn't figure out a RS until he had full head control, so somewhere around 5 mos, and didn't use a MT until he was already walking, so I can't really help with those.  Although again, in the ring sling an upright position, heart-to-heart with mama, and it should be snug.  Head pillowed on your chest/shoulder if you can't tuck it under the rail.  It just takes practice.  Do you have the infant insert for the Ergo?  It can't really be used without it at this age/stage. 

post #79 of 108
That is a great idea idea about wearing him, if I can get the carrier sorted right smile.gif

Hug hold in moby (he slumps and his chin goes down, I guess I need to make it tighter!!), cradle hold/tummy to tummy in rs, and yeah, we have the infant insert and his head still slumps forward (I think that needs to be tighter, too). We have some friends coming over tomorrow, I hope they do baby wearing and have one of these so they can help with putting them on.... wink1.gif
post #80 of 108

We tried putting our little lady in the moby for the first time yesterday, and my husband LOVES it. I thought he might balk at what a pain it is to wrap / how he looks a little silly, but I think he wants to wear her all the time now. I think we need to tie ours tighter too, her head seems a little slumped forward though I can still get my fingers between her chin and her chest. So for now we're only wearing it for shot periods of time.

 

Also, women flock to a guy wearing a newborn baby. I went to the bathroom when we were at the store and when I came out he was surrounded by ladies. They can fawn over them all they want though, I know who he's coming home with. ;)

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