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post #21 of 93

Jend - so sorry to hear about the pup!  We're huge animal lovers too, and that stuff breaks my heart.  We've actually been talking a LOT about getting another dog.  if we do, I want to do it before the baby.  After baby I won't want a new dog for a long while.  

 

I haven't been posting much (except the exercise thread because it's quick and easy) but so much going on here.  I have a crazy busy week (month, actually).  Headed 3 hours west to Chicago on Thursday to visit with my high  school best friend, then back on Friday.  Tons to do this weekend as next Saturday is my kids' birthday party (both June birthdays - 5 days apart). So we have my dad, 2 nieces and my nephew staying with us, ILs spending the night at a hotel, and a decent size party that day (but I'd still rather do 1 large party than 2 medium parties!).  Most of it is pretty casual (we have it at home, grill out, etc) but of course I'm cleaning the house like mad, trying to finish projects, etc. 

 

I've been having some pretty uncomfortable pubic symphysis.  It's making me cranky.  

 

Monday I have my next appt.  I'll be 26 weeks next Tuesday.  I still feel like this pregnancy is dragging...  Part of it could be that I'm just not enjoying this pregnancy like I did my last.  The unexpectedness is part of it, I'm sure.  Oh, and I'm up 21 lbs at 25 weeks.  My lowest gain so far, but still more than I wanted.  I've never gained less than 45.  

 

Crap - gotta run!

post #22 of 93

Hugs to all of you and your big, warm, animal-loving hearts. It's hard to see an animal suffer, and so much harder if you can't make the suffering stop. My dog situation is almost the opposite right now- I love mine like crazy, and she's very low-key and easy to take care of. However, my brother is getting ready to move out of the country and wants to spend a few weeks running around Central America with his girlfriend before they leave for good. The only way he can do that is if somebody (AHEM) looks after his dog while he does it. The dog tends to do better with me than at strangers' homes, but she's big (pit mix) and has major mental/emotional problems- very, very attached to my brother, very anxious (sometimes destructively so).

 

He initially wanted to leave her with me until September to time it so picking up the dog and meeting the baby would happen at once, but there's no way I was going to agree to dealing with her for the rest of the pregnancy. So it'll be probably the month of July, and then who knows when he'll meet his niece. I'm just not looking forward to dealing with an extra dog's needs, especially in the Dallas summer, especially while I'm 7 months pregnant, and especially not when the dog is so high-maintenance. I agreed to it because he's my brother and I'm his only option, but ugh. I just need her not to destroy (or otherwise defile, heh) my house.

 

Anyway, long animal-related rant aside.. We spent Friday night in the ER, not for me, but for my husband, who gave himself an anxiety attack thinking there was something going on with his blood pressure or heart. His anxiety has been higher lately and I know there's work stress but I also wonder how much of it is underlyingly about impending fatherhood- he doesn't really voice any concerns about it other than not knowing how to take care of a newborn, but I know this is a big stressor for a lot of men. (Meanwhile, the mothers-to-be just seem to kind of soldier up and take care of business. Hmm.) The ER visit ended up being good, I think, because although I've talked to him about the anxiety issue, it holds more weight for him coming from a doctor. He wants to work on getting control of it on his own, and we did get a prescription for when things get really extreme, but I am already kind of anticipating having this issue play out on the sideline when the baby comes. I want to do what I can to help him feel informed, empowered, and capable, and hope that helps with the caretaking part. During the birth itself, definitely not counting on him to be my rock, but knowing me I don't think I'll really need that and I've got a crack birth team to help with the rest.. just hoping he can stay relatively relaxed and really enjoy the experience for what it is. 

post #23 of 93

Hello Ladies, hope everyone is doing well.  Sorry I don't drop in more often.  I've been so busy during this pregnancy it's amazing I get anything done.  My priorities are really going to have to change when Mae arrives.

 

I saw some comments about swelling - for what it's worth, here's what works for me:

-Swimming

-Foods: broccoli, watermelon, bananas, pineapple

-Lots of water

-Elliptical machine workouts

-Keeping my cankles propped

-Taylor Sitting

-Pelvic Rocks

 

I can't believe it's the last week of my second trimester!  My only complaint is that I've gained a lot of weight, but that's at least partially my fault.  I looked up some diet plans for moms with gestational diabetes, and am using that balance of eating as a general guideline to slow things down for at least a few weeks.  Glucose testing is next Monday, so we will see how that goes.  I'm hoping that since I've been so active throughout my pregnancy the results will be good.

 

DH is painting a beautiful forest mural in Mae's bedroom.  He's a really talented painter, and I'm glad he has the talent as I can't be around paint fumes right now.  We've both been nesting like crazy: prepping the nursery, and cleaning things we don't need out of the house.  We try to tackle two big projects a month and so far it's been successful.

 

Is anyone else taking Bradley classes?  DH and I started four weeks ago and so far it's going great.  I highly recommend it to any of you ladies interested in a natural childbirth.  The time with other expectant moms and your DH alone makes it totally worth it.  I was worried about my doctor being supportive, but she is all for it.  She thinks women are biologically made to birth children naturally, and the more prepared I am for Mae's birth day, the lower the chances are of any necessary medical interventions during the process.  We are very lucky to have her support during this process.  The other day DH and I watched The Business of Being Born and it's scary how unsupportive hospital environments can be.  I am far more frightened of laboring on my back or having a c-section than I am about the pain of delivering a baby.

 

Also, interesting article I read in Fit Pregnancy: supposedly eating six dates a day in a study helped women have faster, less painful labor.  I have started making oatmeal for breakfast with chopped dates.  Even the power of positive thinking can help things like that work.  Has anyone else heard about benefits of dates?

 

Everyone have a fantastic week and try to stay cool!  It got to 100 degrees yesterday where I live.  Texas summer is officially in full force.

post #24 of 93

Calpurnia - I just found a recipe today for carrot cake protein balls that you freeze.  They contain dates.  If you're interested I can post the recipe.  I think I'll try them if dh still has some protein powder left. 

 

I have my OB appt today (28 wks tomorrow).  From talking with him last time I think he'd prefer me to just be on insulin at this point.  Overall, my numbers are better, but I still get wacky high(ish) ones that I can't explain.  If the insulin is more predictable and more efficient, I'd rather just do that.  Last week Bazinga measured 29 weeks, so I really need to get my sugar under excellent control, not just good control. 

 

I'm going to my first aquasize class tonight.  I haven't been in years, I'm excited.  I haven't been walking as much as I should so maybe doing this twice a week will motivate me to do more overall. 

post #25 of 93
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Hugs to all of you and your big, warm, animal-loving hearts. It's hard to see an animal suffer, and so much harder if you can't make the suffering stop. My dog situation is almost the opposite right now- I love mine like crazy, and she's very low-key and easy to take care of. However, my brother is getting ready to move out of the country and wants to spend a few weeks running around Central America with his girlfriend before they leave for good. The only way he can do that is if somebody (AHEM) looks after his dog while he does it. The dog tends to do better with me than at strangers' homes, but she's big (pit mix) and has major mental/emotional problems- very, very attached to my brother, very anxious (sometimes destructively so).

 

Anyway, long animal-related rant aside.. We spent Friday night in the ER, not for me, but for my husband, who gave himself an anxiety attack thinking there was something going on with his blood pressure or heart. His anxiety has been higher lately and I know there's work stress but I also wonder how much of it is underlyingly about impending fatherhood- he doesn't really voice any concerns about it other than not knowing how to take care of a newborn, but I know this is a big stressor for a lot of men. (Meanwhile, the mothers-to-be just seem to kind of soldier up and take care of business. Hmm.) The ER visit ended up being good, I think, because although I've talked to him about the anxiety issue, it holds more weight for him coming from a doctor. He wants to work on getting control of it on his own, and we did get a prescription for when things get really extreme, but I am already kind of anticipating having this issue play out on the sideline when the baby comes. I want to do what I can to help him feel informed, empowered, and capable, and hope that helps with the caretaking part. During the birth itself, definitely not counting on him to be my rock, but knowing me I don't think I'll really need that and I've got a crack birth team to help with the rest.. just hoping he can stay relatively relaxed and really enjoy the experience for what it is. 

For dog anxiety, my behaviorist friend recommends L-Thianine (I think that's the spelling) from the healthfood store. She has read the studies which show efficacy, and then she tried it on her own anxious dog with good results. I'm not sure of dosage, but if your brother is open to it, it might help the poor pup while she is with you.

 

As for the HUMAN anxiety ;) , my DH's best friend went through load of dr. appointments when his wife was pg with their first due to severe stomach pain and vomiting. They found out, ultimately, that it was due to anxiety alone. Crazy how men manifest their worries, huh?

 

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Also, interesting article I read in Fit Pregnancy: supposedly eating six dates a day in a study helped women have faster, less painful labor.  I have started making oatmeal for breakfast with chopped dates.  Even the power of positive thinking can help things like that work.  Has anyone else heard about benefits of dates?

Oooh! Interesting!  I like dates, so maybe I will try this :) Anything is better than a 29 hour labor like last time!

post #26 of 93
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For dog anxiety, my behaviorist friend recommends L-Thianine (I think that's the spelling) from the healthfood store. She has read the studies which show efficacy, and then she tried it on her own anxious dog with good results. I'm not sure of dosage, but if your brother is open to it, it might help the poor pup while she is with you.

 

As for the HUMAN anxiety ;) , my DH's best friend went through load of dr. appointments when his wife was pg with their first due to severe stomach pain and vomiting. They found out, ultimately, that it was due to anxiety alone. Crazy how men manifest their worries, huh?

 

Thanks for the recommendation- I'll check with him. I know he had her taking something at some point, but not sure what. My brother is an awesome dog owner.. he actually has this dog because he kind of made a citizen's arrest after noticing her being neglected by a neighbor over a period of time. Well, not a citizen's arrest, really, he just couldn't handle seeing it happen and kind of told the neighbors that they were done having the dog now. And they went along with it. Craziest thing. Little brother has a really strong sense of responsibility and has been really dedicated to taking care of this poor mess of a pup through all of her issues. We'll see how her visit goes!

 

This response made me laugh, because I hadn't even really put the two situations together somehow- my post really was about alllll kinds of anxiety. Holy cow @ your husband's friend's experience.. Vomiting and severe stomach pain, huh? On Friday night I actually had to go pick my husband up because he started driving and had to pull over because he was dizzy and lost feeling in his hands. I had no idea until we read the hospital discharge sheet that those were on the list of typical symptoms of an anxiety/panic attack. I feel bad for these guys, that they're not connected enough to what they're feeling to sort through it without putting themselves in the hospital. :\ Hopefully this can be dealt with bit by bit.

post #27 of 93

A mad dash of house-cleaning and the house looks pretty darn good. Well... at least the living room, dining room and kitchen ;) My midwife is coming over today... she scheduled lots of home visits today in various towns in the region... and my friend in town (the only other one I know of using a midwife!) is due any day now... and since she gets a home appointment, I do too! It's great! Saves us 90 miles of driving (actually, 180 miles roundtrip, since it's 90 miles one way). I'm 27w3d today. How on earth is it flying by?! I'm really feeling the crunch to GET THINGS DONE.... NOW! I've been making plenty of diapers and such (I'd still like to make some more), but there are some pieces of fabric I have that I got with the intention of making baby clothes... and now I better get to sewing them up! ... and... maybe kind of settling on a short list of names? There are a few I like, but not sure I LOVE them, ya know? and... that's kind of a big deal! My list of "Names I Like, But I'm Not Sure I Love Enough To Use" are... for girls: Cecelia Frances or Penelope Frances... and for boys: Benedict Michael, Leo Michael, or August Michael. (Michael would absolutely be the boy middle name, should we have a boy... for a girl middle name, I just kind of like Frances, but it's not set in stone or anything). Maybe Cecelia Della? Della is MILs middle name and I would like to use it on one of our kids should we have more girls (which I figure is 98% likely ;) ).

 

I'm curious to see what I measure today... last time I measured like four weeks ahead.. but nobody seemed to mind... but I'm pretty sure I've measured *behind* if anything for previous pregnancies. Silly baby. Just keeping me on my toes :)

 

re: weight gain ... I've actually gained like 10 lbs overall thus far. I don't think I've ever gained that much by this point before. I usually gain *maybe* 12 pounds overall? I'm not really worried though because I eat well and exercise fairly regularly. I figure my body is just doing whatever it knows needs to be done. I'm not going to try to micromanage it or send conflicting messages. I'll just feed it, work it, and then add in just a few extra supplements (I definitely need my Floradix or I feel super run down, I need my Natural Calm or I get some leg or foot cramps plus I sleep more restfully, and I take my prenatal and omega-3 because I just figure I should... I treat them as a safety net, but don't rely solely on them for complete nutrition).

 

As for the hospital visits and such... Let me say right here that I am SO GLAD I will not be birthing at my local hospital. It has a c/s rate of 48.6%?!?!?! Holy heck?! I mean really, can HALF of all women birthing there NOT birth vaginally? It's just sad, I think.  My local hospital has the second-highest c/s rate in the entire state.  *barf* ... and no, it's not some large, regional hospital that specializes in emergency situations or anything (because that can skew results of overall c/s rates).  I live in a town with five stoplights.  The nearest WalMart is 90 miles away.  The nearest mall is 180 miles away.  And we're actually the biggest town for 90 miles in any direction.  I just hate seeing stats like that.  The last two women I know who have birthed there (not even really acquaintances, I just know who they are) have both had c/s's. :(  And, of course, VBACs aren't allowed here either... and yeah, I'm sure that contributes to the stat as well. ... It just makes me SOOOOOOO glad that I have access to a fabulous midwife.

 

re: dates -- I LOVE dates!  I like to put them in with smoothies ... or my mom makes some DELICIOUS cookies with dates in them... or... I'll just eat them by the handful because I love their sweetness!  That's a good thing to take note of, because I'd love a smooth (even if not super short) labor.  I'll try for sure ;)

 

Lost all train of thought on what else to comment on... dd4 is sitting on my lap messing around with my Droid Razr.  I'm pretty sure she's far more techno-savvy than even dh ;)  (she can operate his Kindle Fire with ease...LOL).  I've started getting a bit nostalgic about dd4s baby time and how her time as the youngest will be coming to an end.  I've enjoyed my time with her at the youngest thoroughly.  The dd1 and dd2 are almost exactly two years apart and dd2 and dd3 are 21 months apart.  Then... dd4 was born when dd3 was 4 years and 3 months old... so it was just a world of difference in tending to all the kids because the older three could kind of care for themselves a bit more and I could focus so much on dd4 and her sweet babyness.  This time dd4 will be 2.5 when the fifth child arrives, so it could be back to being a bit more chaotic... but.. who knows.  Hard to believe 2/3s of this experience has passed already.  ... With this being a rainbow baby, I really feel like I've appreciated every little kick, hiccup, sommersault and beyond So Much More.  I've taken nothing for granted and really relished in the experience.  I know now that nothing is guaranteed... so I'm just going to try to love every minute of it.

 

And I really need to figure out birth plans (like... should I order a fishy pool?  Just to have on hand in case I want to use it?  Do I want all four girls around?  I think *they* would be fine, but I'm not sure *I* could really let go and relax.. ).  Luckily, 12 weeks left is still a good amount of time to think things through!  But I probably should get to work on that!

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Anyway, long animal-related rant aside.. We spent Friday night in the ER, not for me, but for my husband, who gave himself an anxiety attack thinking there was something going on with his blood pressure or heart. His anxiety has been higher lately and I know there's work stress but I also wonder how much of it is underlyingly about impending fatherhood- he doesn't really voice any concerns about it other than not knowing how to take care of a newborn, but I know this is a big stressor for a lot of men. (Meanwhile, the mothers-to-be just seem to kind of soldier up and take care of business. Hmm.) The ER visit ended up being good, I think, because although I've talked to him about the anxiety issue, it holds more weight for him coming from a doctor. He wants to work on getting control of it on his own, and we did get a prescription for when things get really extreme, but I am already kind of anticipating having this issue play out on the sideline when the baby comes. I want to do what I can to help him feel informed, empowered, and capable, and hope that helps with the caretaking part. During the birth itself, definitely not counting on him to be my rock, but knowing me I don't think I'll really need that and I've got a crack birth team to help with the rest.. just hoping he can stay relatively relaxed and really enjoy the experience for what it is. 

 

DH and I have been taking a class through his work that teaches techniques for dealing with stress that have been very effective in treating soldiers with PTSD. The basic gist of it is that as soon as you recognize yourself cycling in thoughts that are stressful and non-productive, you take as much time as you need to focus yourself in the present until the tension that you're feeling starts to relax. You engage all of your senses; listen to the A/C blowing, feel the pen in your hand, etc, until you're able to release that tension and calm down and you'll find yourself much more capable of dealing with whatever is going on. It works really well! Sort of another version of counting to ten, but the act of engaging your senses is the key! Maybe have him give it a try.  

 

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Calpurnia - I just found a recipe today for carrot cake protein balls that you freeze.  They contain dates.  If you're interested I can post the recipe.  I think I'll try them if dh still has some protein powder left. 

 

 

I would love it if you posted the recipe! That sounds fantastic! 

post #29 of 93
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Hey ladies, glad to hear everybody is doing good and growing nicely.

 

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.

I just wanted to ask... Have you done research on the whole recreational 3D ultrasound thing? If you have and are comfortable with it, then -by all means- that is your prerogative. I actually don't have strong feelings about it. I had them in my first pregnancy (Yes, them. We lived in Korea where they cost about $10 a pop) and didn't realize how controversial/questionable the practice is. After some encouragement to do so in my second pregnancy, I did some research and decided that it just wasn't worth it to pay for it, though I don't have strong feelings on them. I just wanted to do the same thing someone else did for me and make sure you knew it might be worth some research. 

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DH and I have been taking a class through his work that teaches techniques for dealing with stress that have been very effective in treating soldiers with PTSD. The basic gist of it is that as soon as you recognize yourself cycling in thoughts that are stressful and non-productive, you take as much time as you need to focus yourself in the present until the tension that you're feeling starts to relax. You engage all of your senses; listen to the A/C blowing, feel the pen in your hand, etc, until you're able to release that tension and calm down and you'll find yourself much more capable of dealing with whatever is going on. It works really well! Sort of another version of counting to ten, but the act of engaging your senses is the key! Maybe have him give it a try.  

 

notes2.gif  Thank you for sharing this- I will definitely pass it along. He's resistant to seeing a psychologist for coping mechanisms at this point, so whatever techniques I can send his way are very much appreciated.

post #31 of 93
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Yeeksa - can I jump on the Skype birth class wagon? I actually took the same hospital birth class as amysue -- and the "Lamaze" instructor said, I swear! that the two things she wanted at her births were a healthy baby and an epiduralI also found it pretty useful just in terms of what is standard procedure for the hospital, what to expect, etc. Our insurance situation has changed and we'll be at a different hospital this time around -- I've been debating whether or not to sign up for another hospital course just so I know the ropes at this one, but finding childcare for DD will be a hassle. I think they do offer a one-day shebang that would suit my needs just fine, even if it's not really my choice of what to do on a Saturday.
 

 

Of course! As far as I know, you're the only one who has taken me up on it. I'm happy to do so. We move Friday and have to be totally transitioned (only moving about half a mile, so we don't have to get it done in one day) by the end of June. So, maybe sometime early July?

post #32 of 93

amysue - yes, those sound delicious!  It has been forever since I've used protein powder, what is the best kind to get?  I'm thinking hemp probably...

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DH and I have been taking a class through his work that teaches techniques for dealing with stress that have been very effective in treating soldiers with PTSD. The basic gist of it is that as soon as you recognize yourself cycling in thoughts that are stressful and non-productive, you take as much time as you need to focus yourself in the present until the tension that you're feeling starts to relax. You engage all of your senses; listen to the A/C blowing, feel the pen in your hand, etc, until you're able to release that tension and calm down and you'll find yourself much more capable of dealing with whatever is going on. It works really well! Sort of another version of counting to ten, but the act of engaging your senses is the key! Maybe have him give it a try.  

 

notes2.gif  Thank you for sharing this- I will definitely pass it along. He's resistant to seeing a psychologist for coping mechanisms at this point, so whatever techniques I can send his way are very much appreciated.

I use this site when I'm working with women who are preparing to give birth after a previous trauma. http://www.psychologytools.org/ptsd.html

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I just wanted to ask... Have you done research on the whole recreational 3D ultrasound thing? If you have and are comfortable with it, then -by all means- that is your prerogative. I actually don't have strong feelings about it. I had them in my first pregnancy (Yes, them. We lived in Korea where they cost about $10 a pop) and didn't realize how controversial/questionable the practice is. After some encouragement to do so in my second pregnancy, I did some research and decided that it just wasn't worth it to pay for it, though I don't have strong feelings on them. I just wanted to do the same thing someone else did for me and make sure you knew it might be worth some research. 

 

Yes and no. In my first pregnancy there was a folder laying out in a military hospital (DH was still active duty then) and they strongly discouraged any unnecessary ultrasounds. I had two ultrasounds done during that pregnancy, same during the pregnancy with DD.

 

I never noticed any of my kids 'react' to the ultrasound. They usually were still, didn't seem bothered by it at all. I guess with this being my last one, I'd like to do the 3D and when I look at how many ultrasounds (2D/3D) are being done in Germany, routinely, I don't think it's as harmful as some hype it up to be.

 

That's just me though, if you feel like you don't want to do it, that's totally fine. I guess I'm still more of a - what most mothering-visitors would call - mainstream-mom, which is fine with me.  :). In the end we all get to see our babies, in real life, get to hold them, smell them, touch them etc, no matter if there were 1 or 12 ultrasounds.

post #35 of 93

Oh, of course, we all make the choices we think are bests. I've been a mom long enough to be over thinking I know what's best for other families (aside from extreme situations, of course). This is the article that I saved regarding ultrasound research. http://www.unhinderedliving.com/pultra.html  To be fair, I do get one around 20 weeks. I'm not rabidly anti-ultrasound.

post #36 of 93

That sounds about like the stuff they had in the folder at the military hospital. Very discouraging toward any unnecessary, recreational ultrasounds. I do however believe that it is generally safe. Thank you for sharing the link. I read through it, very interesting and it does make sense, even though I have yet to see a lady sing so high that a glass shatters, even though I have no doubt DD could do that with a scream too :).

 

I'm bored...after about 4 peppermint patties and two donuts (ahh..self control, where are you :)), plus a cup of coffee I'm so full it's not even fun. Babygirl is twitching away, hitting everything inside of me and rolling around every now and then. My kids are zoomed out and so is the hubster...stressful day at school I guess.

 

I went to visit my MIL today, she gave me a check for my dental work that is ahead of me tomorrow. She had her last chemo treatment last week and she's miserable. I feel so bad for her. She's 'only' been going through chemo for six months and she said if she EVER finds out she has cancer again, she will refuse treatment and just die. Makes my heart break, she's our rock, our everything, my baby's granny and she's always so strong, it's sad to see her crumble. I wish there was something I could do. Maybe I can write her a letter, just to let her know that we do care about her, very much.

 

Other than that, I'm trying to keep the kids busy. We do fun stuff every day. There are a bunch of free activities going on, bowling, skating, swimming, library, nature center etc. We have a few stay at home days when I can just catch up with housework but I like to get out of the house with the kids so we don't get cabin fever.

post #37 of 93

After this pregnancy I definitely feel that ultrasound/doppler is at the very least uncomfortable/annoying to some babies. There is no other way to explain how my baby seems to freak out when the wand is placed on my belly. I've had 3 U/S and countless doppler checks with this pregnancy. As soon as I was able to feel movement, I could tell baby would go crazy and I just felt like something was not right (I am done with the U/S and doppler - unless necessary).

 

I have no idea if it's harmful. I wish there was a way to know for sure...

post #38 of 93

Misse--about your MIL, that's sounds really tough. My heart goes out to her. Perhaps some letters or drawings from the kids would cheer her up a ton? I am always overjoyed to get little notes and pictures from my nieces. I have one pinned to my cork board right now that says "to ante amber, I love you. You r so fun to paly with." It so adorable. She is a strong woman to be doing what she is doing.

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 Little brother has a really strong sense of responsibility and has been really dedicated to taking care of this poor mess of a pup through all of her issues. We'll see how her visit goes!

 

 

 Hyde, you and your brother are both so thoughtful!  It's so nice that you are willing to help him out with his pup! 

 

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for girls: Cecelia Frances or Penelope Frances... and for boys: Benedict Michael, Leo Michael, or August Michael. (Michael would absolutely be the boy middle name, should we have a boy... for a girl middle name, I just kind of like Frances, but it's not set in stone or anything). Maybe Cecelia Della? Della is MILs middle name and I would like to use it on one of our kids should we have more girls (which I figure is 98% likely ;) )

 

Frances was our girl middle name too - I just love that name as a middle name.  We don't get to use it though - we are having boy #2 and this will be our last.  I really wanted to have an Anna Frances!

 

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That's just me though, if you feel like you don't want to do it, that's totally fine. I guess I'm still more of a - what most mothering-visitors would call - mainstream-mom, which is fine with me.  :). In the end we all get to see our babies, in real life, get to hold them, smell them, touch them etc, no matter if there were 1 or 12 ultrasounds.

     

I am a more mainstream-mom too MissE.  It's nice that we can all come together here.  I still don't belong on things like  BabyCenter - I am definitely not that mainstream, that is for sure!!

 

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Misse--about your MIL, that's sounds really tough. My heart goes out to her. Perhaps some letters or drawings from the kids would cheer her up a ton? I am always overjoyed to get little notes and pictures from my nieces. I have one pinned to my cork board right now that says "to ante amber, I love you. You r so fun to paly with." It so adorable. She is a strong woman to be doing what she is doing.

 

This sounds like such a nice idea for your MIL, MissE!

 

AFM today - I took a shower and left DS playing in his room.  He got out his craft bucket (as we call it....) and decided to do some serious gluing.  I totally forgot that there was glue in there - DUH!  He's really so good - it wasn't a disaster at all but I got a good laugh and a little overwhelmed by the fast clean up moments before having to leave for the day.  I suppose if these sort of things are the worst that happen, we are in great shape winky.gif

 

I am dying to nest.  The best I can do is make lists because with a Sept. move on the horizon, I feel like everything is on hold.  I did score another Stokke high chair on Craigslist and I am super excited about that.  It matches the one that we have for DS and since they work from baby though big kid, I am happy to have 2. 

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by the way...has anyone heard of the shoe-size theory about how heavy your baby will be? My midwife said it was actually something they taught in midwife schools for a while. I'm guessing it's been debunked, but just curious how all you BTDT moms "measured up"? For instance, I have a size 9 1/2 shoe, so that would mean a 9 1/2 lb. baby...

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