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post #81 of 105

Hello everyone. I am a little late joining. My estimated DD is Feb 26 -early March. So I just joined both groups as I was unsure. I am about 5 weeks today and just starting to feel some symptoms. I was SO excited to see belly pics already being posted!  I found out about my BFP on June 18 after tryign nearly 2 years. My daughter is 3 in December and we are still nursing. :) I have PCOS and this was my first month takign Clomid as I wasn't ovulating. I was beyond excited to see the big YES after trying so hard. I look forward to keeping up with the group and wish everyone the best :D *hugs*

post #82 of 105

SmtmsAlwys - yes we're in Paoli, IN, two hours south of Indianapolis.

 

Adaline'sMama - whoa! twins!  Bummer about the car.  I think we're going to try to find a new car as well.  I don't feel like we need a bigger one (unless we have twins too - I didn't think of that!  maybe we should wait until after an ultrasound to start looking.), but I do want a four door.  We've made do with a two door Echo with DD, and I must say I wouldn't recommend it, but it worked.  We're actually looking for another Echo, or maybe something a little larger like a Civic :)  We're addicted to the low-gas-millage. 

post #83 of 105
Thread Starter 
Brambleberry-
I worked on a cob house in Paoli once!

Our civic is old(ish) -a 1998- so its pretty small. Still gets 30 mpg though.

I'd love a station wagon that gets good gas mileage.


Welcome Amy! Congrats!
post #84 of 105

Adaline'sMama - Was it Judy Phillip's place?  She has a great little house.  I was joking about a civic being big compared to an echo, but I know the older ones especially are pretty similar.  When I was a kid we had a station wagon that actually had fold-down seats in the back cargo area - you could fit 8 people with seat belts!  Why don't you see that sort of thing anymore?

post #85 of 105
Thread Starter 
It was Judy's place smile.gif And actually, someone who lived with Judy a long time ago moved really close to me recently. It was years ago when I was out there. DH is from New Albany though, so we are in Indiana quite a bit. Small world.

A friend of mine has a Mazda 5 and it seats 6. I think the honda oddessy station wagon seats 7. Doesnt matter, we cant afford a car that new anyway. I refuse to buy another volvo station wagon because repairing them is insanely expensive. I'd love a subuaru, but its unlikely that we'll be able to afford one of those either. Something with 4wd would be amazing since I live somewhere that gets icy and muddy.
post #86 of 105

Okay I was finally able to get MDC to work on my laptop (been posting like a chicken pecking from my iPad before and couldn't write full replies) so yay I can finally get down to chit-chat!

 

When is your first appointment, if you are seeing a doctor or midwife? I see the OB on Friday morning and am anxious to see the babe, hear the h/b. I will be 8.5 wks. 
What are you scared or anxious about? anxious about loss bc I know how often that can happen. 
What are you most excited about? I am most excited to see my toddlers as being big brother and sister to the baby and to have our family grow. Its going to be a great year.
Have you bought anything yet? (dont be shy...) I have a woven wrap on layaway. <3

post #87 of 105
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Since this is #3 for us we'll have to figure out the car situation. I am pretty dead seat against a minivan (only because I hate large cars) so we have to find a sedan that has a wider backseat. We have a Nissan Versa and whereas we love it, it's just not gonna work. I would love a car with a third row seat, but the only one I know of that's still pretty compact is the Mazda 5 (I think?) but two friends have it and they hate it/it's always in the shop/etc. We're moving into a new house in August that has three bedrooms and a lot more space in general than what we're used to. So at least that's set!

 

One of my things to do this week is to get a midwife. I have some solid recs and just need to make calls. 

 

And we are definitely having an ultrasound to find out gender because I'm too curious! We found out with our boys, too. Can you really do it at 15 weeks? I thought it was more like 20.

We have a Versa too. I think we are gonna get a minivan but that won't be possible until the end of the pregnancy. I didn't want a minivan but my best friend who has 4 has me convinced somehow. sigh
Thats awesome about the new house. Nice fresh start before the baby comes for you all :)
We have a three bedroom house right now and lots of yard space so its a good feeling to think we have room for one more.
You def can find out gender at those gender u/s places at 15-16 wks.

I am going to try what I did with my daughter last time round. Upon a tip I got from a nurse friend, I called the u/s institute where the techs are trained. 
I got booked in as a demo to help 3 students determine gender. It was the professor/instructor performing the u/s and he showed them beyond a doubt how to tell it was a girl. 
Not only was it thorough/very professional but it was free and they gave me a $50 Target gift card. I did that at 16 wks.
 

post #88 of 105
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Arghhhh. I was supposed to have my first mw appt. Tomorrow, but dd1 has something, perhaps strep. Mw asked to postpone. We will see her on the 9th. I will be 9+4 so hopefully we will get the heartbeat by then. We are also supposed to go to a beach house thursday with my parents and my sisters family. That will most likely be canceled (for us at least). So bummed out. Dd1 has had a high fever and been so tired since sat night. Took her to the doc and they could not determine what it is without a super expensive culture (my insurance is awful).

I hope your daughter is feeling better. That is tough to hear.
 

welcome to Amy!

 

Brambleberry: I love your daughter's room and that cradle is just dreamy. Re. bouncy seats, we found them invaluable for both of our babes for digestion and jokingly referred to it as being "the poop chair" bc the vibrations always calmed them and helped them to have a BM. 

Both my kids were extra colicky and my daughter had reflux so the bouncy seat served a purpose for us. 

post #89 of 105

My husband and I got pregnant the first month we tossed out the box of condoms. We really weren't going to "try" but just have fun for the summer and try to be chill about it... A few weeks later a little stick told me we were pregnant. So wow, here were are. 5 weeks and a few days in. I've had constant abdominal "stretching" aches for three weeks already and I had one day of nausea and hot flashes (WTF!). I also sleep really lightly now and wake up around 5:30 every day. I'm someone who sleeps through my alarm on a regular basis and is rarely seen before the crack of 10 so this is surely the strangest effect so far. 

 

We are living abroad and that complicates things a little. I'm planning a home birth in a place where that's really not done anymore. I've been to my naturopath/osteopath to do a vitamin consult and balance out my hormones. I have also been to my OBGYN to ask a bazillion questions. She raised an amused eyebrow at my home birth plan and my request to have no ultrasounds unless necessary. She was extremely cool about my vegetarian diet though and agreed to allow my midwife to transfer me to her should we need it. So far she's cool for an OB. I meet my Midwife tomorrow and my head is just churning with questions for her.

What are you scared or anxious about?
People's questions! The lovely thing about living in a community of expats is we all get along despite being from totally different backgrounds... however this means I don't have access to many (ok any) alternatively minded moms.


What are you most excited about?

Seeing our baby though that doesn't seem real yet... I'm really excited to go through the birth process.

Have you bought anything yet? (dont be shy...)

Yes... I went on Amazon right away and ordered a bunch of books. I also anticipated my pants not fitting very soon and got a belly band though I assume in 90 degree heat at 95% humidity that's going to feel awful.

post #90 of 105

 

Questions:

 

I have developed hives recently and can't figure out why. Could this be a pregnancy thing?

 

Is there anyone else on here who's working on her first pregnancy?

 

Did anyone manage to get through reading this whole post without needing a pee break? I know I couldn't ;)

Yes! This is my first too!

post #91 of 105

I'm going to see if there's a US tech place here too! I found one place online that can do gender determination at 16 wks and it's $80. It seems like a lot... but I might just do it!

post #92 of 105
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I'm going to see if there's a US tech place here too! I found one place online that can do gender determination at 16 wks and it's $80. It seems like a lot... but I might just do it!

My one thing when I have used stand alone u/s tech places is to ask if the techs are medically certified meaning they have proper training to do it. Both pregnancies I easily found techs who were indeed board certified u/s techs who also worked at local hospitals in addition to doing u/s at the tech place. Just gave me peace of mind. 
I am going to do gender determination at 16 wks too!

post #93 of 105

Good advice thumb.gif

post #94 of 105

I'm on the tail end of Feb so I'm late to the game but hopefully making it none the less, I really wanted to have a baby in the year of the dragon but looks like I missed it by about 2 weeks, God really does have a sense of humour.

 

 

What's going on? enjoying the summer, enjoying the fact I will have winter baby and get to use some of the maternity winter clothes I have been collecting, enjoying the fact that i can go along all day and then bam, remember again that I am pregnant.

When is your first appointment, if you are seeing a doctor or midwife? I happen to have an annual appt scheduled mid July so hopefully they can arrange for it to be a two for one.

What are you scared or anxious about? miscarriage.....we aren't telling anyone yet after losing our #2 over a year ago, but Lord Willing this one will see it through. I can not wait for my appt to make sure  everything is ok. then on a somewhat physical level I'm anxious about gaining too much more weight before the appt, I am already so round in the middle, i'm afraid of that dreaded question, are you expecting? I hate to have to "lie" about it. I need to go and take a photo and post it and you can see what i mean.

What are you most excited about? Being pregnant again, I love it, a sibling for our "only" child

Have you bought anything yet? (dont be shy...) a few maternity clothes at a garage sale.... who can pass up 10 cent and 25 cent shirts. :D

post #95 of 105
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It was Judy's place smile.gif And actually, someone who lived with Judy a long time ago moved really close to me recently. It was years ago when I was out there. DH is from New Albany though, so we are in Indiana quite a bit. Small world.
A friend of mine has a Mazda 5 and it seats 6. I think the honda oddessy station wagon seats 7. Doesnt matter, we cant afford a car that new anyway. I refuse to buy another volvo station wagon because repairing them is insanely expensive. I'd love a subuaru, but its unlikely that we'll be able to afford one of those either. Something with 4wd would be amazing since I live somewhere that gets icy and muddy.

 

 

I have the Mazda 5 and I was able to fit two boosters in the back snuggly.  Also it's cheap.  Not kidding.  I bought mine new in 06 and if this thing ever decides to meet Jesus I'm getting another one.  I've had no problems.   Again it was CHEAP!  Used is even cheaper.  I will say it's not my favorite car but I find it easier to use with kids than a bigger van. 

post #96 of 105

We're thrilled to be having this baby! It took 8 years (and one miscarriage) to conceive Caitlin, so the fact that this one took about a year seems like almost nothing. :)

 

I'm about 8 weeks now, had my first midwife appointment (hospital based group) this week, no doppler or ultrasound. We'll be having CVS done at about 11.5 weeks, so we'll have our first ultrasound then and will get definitive sex info with those results!

 

We don't need to buy much, if anything, for the baby. Maybe a new swing that can go sideways, but we'll see. I did buy a new wrap - the Wrapsody stretch wrap. I've been coveting them, but couldn't justify the purchase for my toddler. Now I've got a reason!

 

Unfortunately, we probably need to buy a new car. When we gave up trying to get pregnant the first time I bought a Volvo convertible. I love, love, love my car, and even though I can't put the top down with little ones in it, I get to use it enough now to make it worth keeping. I can probably get an infant bucket with base in there with my daughter's convertible car seat, but I really can't see it being possible to put two convertible car seats in there and still get in to put the kids in them. It's a two-door, so right now I climb in behind the driver's seat to buckle Caitlin in. Maybe if she turns forward facing I could manage two, but it would be tight. We'll probably keep it until the new baby is 2-3 months old and try to sell it in the spring, since convertibles don't sell so well in Michigan in the winter. :) I have no idea what I'll look at getting to replace it, but it surely won't be as sexy as what I'm driving now.

 

I'm guessing we won't even bother setting up the crib this time, since Caitlin never used it. She went from the arm's reach cosleeper to a brief stint in the crib, which did not work well, to our bed. We can probably skip the crib step this time around! :)

 

If new baby is a boy he'll need some clothes, at least past the newborn stage, because we have a few too many ruffly pink things to really make that work.

post #97 of 105
jenifera2, where in Michigan are you? We lived in Ann Arbor before we moved to NC last summer. smile.gif
post #98 of 105

We're in Ann Arbor! Where do you live in NC? My brothers lived in Greensboro for a while before moving to Tallahassee a few years ago.

post #99 of 105
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We're in Ann Arbor! Where do you live in NC? My brothers lived in Greensboro for a while before moving to Tallahassee a few years ago.

So cool! We live in Durham now--hubby finished his PhD at UM and got a job here at Duke. I visit A2 a lot for work, so I still get to visit a few times a year. It's such a great town! smile.gif
post #100 of 105
I'm new! My due date is Feb 7. I have a 4 year oldl boy, a 21 month old girl - now all 3 kiddos will be 28 months apart. I'm excited and nervous!
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