Originally Posted by wendipauline
In sort-of-related news, I might have to find a new home for one of my cats. He continually attacks SO's cat- not the typical cat-fighting with some swipes and hisses and yowls and maybe a wrestling match, but full-on "I AM GOING TO MURDER YOU" vicious sneak attacks. I am genuinely worried that he is going to injure someone, even though I keep his claws trimmed short. We've tried everything we can think of, including a screen door confining them to adjacent rooms so they could hopefully get used to each other, but he doesn't seem to be chilling out. I have had him since the day he was born and abandoned in my front yard and for 7 years he's been the greatest cat. He's never had any issues with other cats, dogs, or humans. I have asked around and all of my friends unfortunately already have cats. I am at a loss and I don't think I can keep dealing with the stress of this attack cat. It's like he's lost his mind. The only other thing I can think of is to find a rescue group who can foster him until someone adopts him? This is breaking my heart.
oh! almost forgot to mention- my feet have been swelling up like MAD the past few days (it's been really effing hot). I was blown away last night when I looked down and had CANKLES. I officially had no ankles and my toes were like sausages. Elevating them does seem to help and I am trying to eat more protein and drink a bit more water. Wow- this swelling is no joke. I find it so amusing and strange that we go through this gamut of symptoms together as pregnant women and even though I know what to expect, when it actually happens I am still surprised. Like "Ohhhhh- so THIS is what they were talking about."
So sorry about your cats! One of my dogs is relatively dysfunctional (thought the two get along like gangbusters), and it gets to me doubly during pregnancy. I just cried about it last night! He has a lot of anxiety and gets skittish and growly in strange situations or with strange people. And he has developed a dislike for other dogs which he did not have in his early years (he is 7). It's so sad.
As for the swelling, also try to lay on your left side as it improves circulation. It sucks. I had really bad swelling with my first, and it gets to the point where it reallly feels like your skin is going to burst!
Originally Posted by Jend1002
Hi Everyone! Here's to a great week!
In non-pregnancy related news, my day started off interestingly. On my drive to work I spotted a little pit bull running into a lane on a really busy road and then back and forth to a bus station. I kept driving but felt so wrong so I and turned around. She was laying under a bench a the bus station and was wagging her tail at me so I got her onto a leash that I had in my car. Poor thing would cry when buses came in - I think she was abandoned there. She had terrible fleas and I think her belly hurt - I tried to get her in my car and it seemed tender. I ended up having to call animal control to come get her because I couldn't do a thing with her. I hope she's ok - I am a crazy animal lover as it is but the pregnancy hormones made me cry so much!
As I mentioned above to Wendi, I just had a cryfest about my crazy dog last night. Dogs get to me triply when pregnant. Every time. So proud of you for doing the right thing by helping that poor pup out.
Originally Posted by amysue
Poor thing, hopefully it finds a good, loving home. I can't imagine somebody just abandoning a dog. We have 3 boxers, all from our animal shelter. Two of the three were picked up as strays and in pretty bad shape when we got them - worms, one had heartworms, one had a skin infection. The other was just dropped off by her owner. They are the sweetest things and as I used to tell people "since we didn't have any more kids, we adopted our dogs!" Enough from the crazy dog lady, lol.
I have my first real appt with my new ob tomorrow. One thing about the birth class, the lady teaching is is a L&D nurse. She said I had a much better chance having a successful VBAC with new Dr. than old one. She also looked horrified when I told her the only way my old Dr. would let me have a VBAC was if I showed up at the hospital before 38 weeks, already dialated to a 7. . . She asked who my Dr. was and then said "I can see her telling you that" and rolled her eyes.
I looked online and found a Lamaze instructor who does one on one classes nearby, so I need to talk with dh, but I think I'll call her.
Three boxers? Wow, your house must be fun!! :) I love boxers, but we are lab family. Crazy too, just a little bit of a different brand ;) I'll bet you are feeling good about your VBAC chances now :) Go you for making the switch.
Originally Posted by Ava's Mama
Hi Girls! Have a great week. Not much new here. I feel like I am in a in-between stage with maternity clothes. Big maternity clothes are too big and small ones are getting on the small/short side! I went to target yesterday and bought a stretchy yoga pant material skirt and shorts. They are regular clothes that I can where when I am not pregnant, thats why I bought them. I also bought one pair of panties. When I got home and took them out of the bag I saw that they had "MEOW" written on the bum! Oops! Made for a good laugh!
I am LOL about your undies :) And I have been feeling hiccups too. Too fun.
Originally Posted by ArtificialRed
Anyway, I'm determined that this week is going to be productive. When we moved into this apartment I had just found out I was pregnant, plus I was going back to school and working. With how busy I was we barely got anything really settled or unpacked before the crippling exhaustion and morning sickness set in (about two weeks later). Now that I'm out of school, not on modified bed rest, and not working I'm determined to make this place functional and to feel like home. We've rearranged furniture (well, I've dictated and DH has moved), trashed, sold, and recycled a bunch of stuff already but we're still not comfortable with the amount of stuff we have left. DH and I are both kind of pack rats by nature, but we really want to embrace minimalism -- so every room, every box is getting examined closely as we try to decide do we need this? If yes, where can we put it that is out of the way? Adjusting from having an office to having no office and a nursery is taking a fair amount of effort. But by the end of this week I would like to be in the position to bring in the nursery furniture (a couple pieces we're borrowing from my parents) and have things so clean and organized that we might actually want to invite friends over. Wish me luck!
I would love to do a huge purge like that, but I think it would take a move to get me there. And I swear they will cart me out of here in a body bag--I am never moving again! Good luck with your decluttering!
Originally Posted by ascher21
Hi September Ladies! I'm back from my trip. The spa day was awesome. I've never had a prenatal massage, but the bed was the kind that folds up so your back isn't flat and it was heated! I got a ton of hand-me-downs from my friend (maternity, CDs, clothes, swaddlers, etc) and still more new stuff from the two other friends who came to the shower. I ended up having to bring an additional suitcase back!
Today I had my glucose test. Don't know the results yet, but it took forever for them to get a good vein, and they kept asking me if I'd had enough water. Also, I gained another 7 lbs. this past month. So now they're wondering what's up with my diet and I seriously thought I was doing alright. Now I don't know what to change. I told them I eat a ton of fruit and a tiny amount of smoothie every other day, and my midwife seemed to think that my carb intake is too high. I don't know. So I'm cutting back on unnecessary carbs. The funny thing is, I ate all this stuff in my first trimester, sat around all day (literally watched everything on hulu), didn't have morning sickness, and gained the normal amount. Now I'm exercising 4 times a week (yoga and light aerobic/walking), I feel like I'm eating less, and I'm gaining a ton. Do I take it seriously or not at this point?
Yay for a great shower weekend and lots of goodies :) I'm sorry that your MWs are getting on you about your weight gain. That would make me crazy. Hopefully your gain evens out here soon. I gained very, very little in the last 6 weeks with my last pregnancy. Maybe that will be your pattern? I wouldn't get too hung up on it personally unless YOU feel like you re gaining too much. I tend to gain a huge amount between 24 and 32 weeks and then not much from there on out. So my 8lb gain last month didn't really freak me out too terribly.
Originally Posted by MamanFrancaise
I feel like my belly grows every Monday like clockwork. It is the strangest thing! I took my first belly picture today. I don't have any belly pics of my other two so I figured I should get a few of these last few months...
That is too funny ! Wonder if your little guy will be a schedule/routine kid ;)
Originally Posted by help007
I'm having a nice week- my best friend from high school is visiting with her daughter, who is the same age as my younger son. Having another adult around makes it much easier to put up with the stress the kids create, so we've been much more active. Hiking was rough yesterday, though- I am still able to wear an ergo carrier, but that extra 40 pounds was too much. Science museum today, then into the mountains for the afternoon, Butterfly Pavilion and parks tomorrow, and swimming on Thursday- this may be our busiest week all summer! For some reason, having another adult who totally understands my frustration (and who is experiencing her own) makes it all so much easier.
I'm impressed with the Ergo wear. I wore my Kinderpack with a 28lber in it for a short hike last week, and the waist belt was sooo uncomfortable. I think baby is pretty low this time--I was able to wear my SSCs for a lot longer with my last pregnancies. I wore DS in a ruck yesterday, and that was soooo much better.
Originally Posted by crystal_buffaloe
I had bad back labor with DD and lying in bed for the 20-minute strip was excruciating -- like violating the Geneva convention -- and then the nurse would come in and tell me to be still because they were losing the heartbeat and I was like "I'm trying! I'm sorry! I'm trying!" I'm better-informed this time around and she or DH can stand there and hold it if she wants a reading -- no more Mrs. Nice Patient. Swaying/rocking/walking/lunging helped a ton -- just as long as I was moving.
I refused to lie in the bed :) I am a pretty non-compliant patient in labor, apparently, and I wouldn't even lie down for my IV. Luckily, my doula knew the nurse, so we negotiated a different position. EFMs are awful. Mine was so tight I swear it was keeping my DS from descending! I have heard that using a Bella Band instead of the monitor strap works wonders for comfort AND for keeping it in place.
Originally Posted by MissE
I booked a 3D/4D ultrasound package today. I have been thinking about doing it for a while but finances are tight and 100+ bucks just seemed so high. I do want to get another gender shot though so I was back and forth on booking a session. Well, today I woke up and check my emails and I see a living social deal for 60 bucks, so I booked it. I couldn't say no to that one. I still need permission from my
OB, and I will get that done on Monday when I have my glucose screen. Other than that, babygirl is trying to claw her way out of me and my very good eating habits are out the window. I have been craving York peppermint patties for DAYS now and sorry...cucumber is just not cutting it no more LOL. So I had like five or six patties (the small ones) earlier tonight and they hit the spot.
It's been so hot here, heat index around 108 F today, our AC runs from about 9am until 7pm, constantly. I don't think it shuts off and it's still 77F inside the house. DH fixed the pool today, so we can hop into it tomorrow.
Any plans for father's day? We usually go on a picnic but with the weather being just way too hot, we can't even go early in the morning cause temps don't dip below 75F really, even at night. I will go pick up a table from my grandma in law tomorrow, make paper flowers with the kids and just set up a picknick on Sunday morning in our backyard, by the pool. That sounds like fun and I don't have to lug everything around.
Have fun at your u/s! Wow, that is HOT. Lucky you to have a pool--and so glad that it is fixed!
Awww...cute plan for FD! We are headed camping with DH's entire extended family. It will be fun--lake, boats, swimming :)
Originally Posted by MotoMom
AFM I've started in on the nesting I think. I finally have this sense of urgency to start getting everything ready. I had lots of braxton hicks because of a bladder infection and was worried enough to go to the hospital in case of pre-term labor. Everything was fine, but I think it scared me into action! DH is going to start an intense military class next month that will be lots of long hours and no days off and won't be done with it until 3 weeks after the due date. Not especially happy about that, but he has to take all of his leave before he starts, so that means we'll get to spend some time in Colorado with my family and some other fun things this month!
So glad that it was "just" a bladder infection. Wow, that's a big commitment for your DH. I hope things work out okay for the birth. Enjoy your time away!
Originally Posted by katt
Oh, i found out that DH's cousin will be staying with us for a few weeks next month. Yeah, i wasn't planning on any massive scale cleaning until beginning of Sept. (i know i know, close. But, otherwise it wouldn't be clean when baby gets here) So.... I guess there will be a massive cleaning done sooner then I expected. Hopefully DH and I can part with a lot of things and donate to goodwill.
UGH. Massive cleaning. So not looking forward to that. Hope it goes quickly for you!
Originally Posted by ascher21
motomom--well, that's good to know. My midwife said the butt fat is for breastfeeding. :) I'm choosing not to worry about an extra 6 lbs because I don't really want to give up my fruit intake. I looooveee my fruit! Grapes, nectarines, bananas, apples...yum! Plus, I looked up the Brewer's diet, and I pretty much eat exactly what it says every day.
Misse--I booked my 3d yesterday! They were having a father's day sale. We go in on June 30th. I can't wait! And I can confirm it's a boy at that point, since we only got a 70% sure during our anatomy scan. I can't wait to see his (or her) face!!
I am LOL about the butt fat for breastfeeding! :) Enjoy your u/s!
AFM--Not much to report. Baby is moving and shaking and seems to have moved out of the persistently and VERY UNCOMFORTABLY transverse position he/she seems to favor. Thank goodness. I still think baby is breech, but it's early in the game for that (DS finally stayed head down at 39w). We've been spending tons of time at the pool and are getting ready for a weekend away and then a week at the beach at the end of the month. I am so stoked. Nothing better than sitting in the sand and listening to the waves! Summer is flying by which is good as this pregnancy has been DRAGGING for me. Seems like I have been pregnant forever already with an eternity to go. I am trying to enjoy it since we plan for this to be our last, but it's not been easy to relish it. I don't *love* being pregnant. It's a bit of a chore for me. Not because my pregnancies are difficult (aside from the first one, they have been easy), but just because I am not one of those women who *loves* it. Oh, and I just got some new pocket diapers through a co-op. It was fun to sort through them with my girls and put a dozen away for the new babe :) My kids are so excited for the new baby!
One more thing I thought of--we are totally struggling on girl names. We have our long lists for boys and girls, and we essentially have the boy list narrowed down to two, first and middle. The girl list is at about 15 names, and NOT A SINGLE ONE is jumping out at us. We read through them once a week or so, and neither of us can even begin to prioritize the list or pare it down. I hope that means this little person is a boy...