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Chit Chat Thread 6/17 through 6/23

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 

Hope everyone is feeling well!

 

I have had a feverish little girl for a couple of days now.... most likely from a playdate last week with a sick friend... we were really hoping not to catch what they had.  we spent a few hours outside, hiking and playing instead of in their house, hoping to lessen the chances, oh well!

 

update on our breastfeeding.... I think she has wanted mama's milk only 3 times in the last 10 days!!!  she asked for some this morning, so I said we'd try- I thought I must have dried up by now - but there was milk!  she only ate for a few minutes thankfully, because it was painful!

 

Haven't done much for Father's day - just made breakfast for DH and will bake up some shortcake for strawberries this afternoon. He got to do some finger painting with DD this morning which was special:)

 

Have a great week!

post #2 of 26
So sorry about your LO! The price of play dates.

I'm getting over a weird bug myself, but feeling good pregnancy-wise. I just got a preggle body pillow for my birthday and it's freaking amazing! There's hardly room for it in the bed with a toddler, but oh well! So worth it. smile.gif
post #3 of 26

sheri, I have a feverish little girl here too. apparently some bug going around. sleeping on me in the sling right now, no chance of putting her down... ah well, the house will stay a disaster area for a little longer then ;)

but last night after her fever went down a little she had such a talking flash, it was hilarious. I was in fits because she couldn't stop talking and being a real little busybody and she was so *cute* at the same time - awesome!

 

On another note: felt the baby from the outside for the first time yesterday. couldn't repeat for DH but will try again soon.
 

post #4 of 26

Sorry your little one's are not feeling well.  I'm in the same boat myself. My son had a fever of 103 Friday night.  It went down Saturday but he then started complaining of a headache and said the back of his neck hurt.  I started googling (which I should not have done) and freaked myself out thinking it could be meningitis.  We brought him to the emergency room where, thankfully, it turned out to be tonsillitis (never thought I would say that).  They gave him a pain reliever and antibiotic and he is doing much better.

 

My DH got a new grill for Father's Day so we spent a quiet day at home cooking.  I made eggplant parmesan with eggplants from the garden.  He grilled squash and zucchini, also from the garden, and I made a chocolate zucchini cake with cream cheese icing, OMG yum!  I am just amazed at how much you can harvest from 1 zucchini plant and 4 squash plants.

post #5 of 26

Hey everyone, I thought I'd jump in here.  My 3 1/2 year old moved to his own room two days ago.  To be honest we've been looking forward to it and thought we had a chance several months ago.  Over the weekend he tells us that he needs the tent in his room with the camping mat and sleeping bag on it.  He has also been asking for one of those stuffed animal light things that projects on the ceiling.  It works like a charm! He won't even nap in me, bc he loves the tent.  He explained to me very patiantly that we need two animal night lights.  One for him and one for 'his baby'.  We told him that when the baby comes he can pick out a light.

 

I miss him though!  I am enjoying that I can now hang out in my bed and read, but still......

 

We also have our anatomy scan tomorrow, can't wait to find out if this is a boy or girl.  It seems that everyone knows that I must want a girl, but I have to tell you, I love having a boy and would not be upset one bit if we're having a boy.

 

Also, I suddenly look pregnant this week.  previously I just looked like I had eaten to much, it seems overnight that my stomach has popped out. And just in tome for the 90+ degree week ahead of us.  Hubby reminds me that it was my idea to move to Atlanta. :)

post #6 of 26

Thank goodness my little ones are well!  Wishing you all are on the healing way! 

We have enough going on and I'm not sure I can take two sick ones right now!

Our house is now on the market and we are in a constant state of cleaning and managing realtors coming through with clients.   No leads on homes for us though.  My dad is pretty thrilled to be able to offer us his entire upstairs with 2 bedrooms and a full bath!  Ahhh, but I'd just like to get settled into a new place before these babes come! 

I've been feeling the babies move so much and even from the outside...sometimes with force!  DH has not felt them yet and I don't think he's that thrilled to.  During my last pregnancy I remember him feeling a little weirded out feeling the babies move. 

A friend dropped off some pregnancy tea and I did a little research on red raspberry leaf tea.  Started that this week.  I'm hoping it will help me labor.  With the first, they tried inducing at 36 weeks for pre-eclampsia.  My cervix dilated to 3-4 with the cervadil but nothing furtherrrr happened with pitocin, no more cervical dilation or pain at all.  Lots of contractions, but they were weak and did nothing to get me into labor.  Ended up with c-section.  So, I'm hoping the tea will be helpful.  If anyone has experience with it, I'd love to hear more. 

post #7 of 26

I had my 2nd OB appt yesterday and all seems well.  My 10 and 12 year old were able to hear the heartbeat, so they were thrilled.

 

I've found a very respectful non-interventionist OB, so the appointments seem very, short, pleasant and chit chatty.  We talked about and decided against the AFP test, confirmed that yes all of my discomforts would be worse this time around since it's my 3rd and I'm 43, and agreed on an ultrasound around 20 to 24 weeks.

 

He seems to have a lot of faith in my experience and knowledge, so I feel obligated to really fulfill my end of the bargain by taking care of myself through diet and exercise.  I'm doing pretty well with a healthy diet but need to work on the exercise.  I had gestational diabetes with my first 2, easily controlled with diet.  Now I'm phasing out more and more sugar and simple carbs as I get into the 2nd trimester.  I suppose I'm going by a modified Brewer Diet, without unlimited weight gain. 

post #8 of 26

I'm glad you found an OB you like.  I had GD last pregnancy and am eating much better then I ever did last time.  I passed my early GD screening and alrady feel so so much better this time then last.  What I've found interesting is that almost any bread or pasta makes me ravenous and feel like crap.  I forgot that when I ate doughnut holes yesterday. Oops.

 

I love my medical team this time as well, I'm with a group of midwives who specialize in VBAC, the OB that works with them (who will also be my peri if I have GD) is entirely VBAC supportive, I guess he's even known on a national level.  The first time I met him I was so afraid he'd be condescending about my weight, GD, forced induction etc, I was floored when he was the opposite.  I was sure I would have GD again and he told me we'd do the testing but that right now this is a perfectly normal, healthy pregnancy and it wouldn't be treated any differantly.  I don't know what it is about this whole practice but I feel empowered, and like I've healed from my first pregnancy/birth experience. It's bizarre and amazing and wonderful.  Geez, I'm just Suzy sunshine today.  I think it's the good food I just ate.  

 

I'm wondering if anyone has any good high protein recipes?  Today we had untuna salad (garbanzo bean based), grilled pineapple salad and roasted brussels sprouts.  And maybe a little chocolate ;) Dinner will prob be leftovers.  Maybe we should start a Food/Recipe thread?

post #9 of 26

faithstuff and leafylady:  I had GD with DS and am really hoping that maybe it might not happen again??  I did control it with diet, but I'm not excited about having to see a perinatologist again.  So many appointments to go to and numbers to report!!  We have a high deductible with an HSA account.  Last time we ended up paying for everything out of pocket because no one would actually bill insurance until after DS was born.  So then we had to wait a few months after his birth to get reimbursed.  It was annoying, but I have to say, the GD was a really motivating reason to eat better.  I knew that if I didn't control it with diet, I would be transferred out of care of the birthing center.  Right now I'm letting myself eat whatever I want.  They haven't scheduled me for a test yet, though they said they would.  I suppose I should remind them, but I'm not looking forward to drinking that stuff, sitting around for a several hours, and getting stuck with a needle so many times.  Last time my arm was so bruised I had to wear long sleeves until the bruises cleared up so people wouldn't think I was a pregnant junkie.  I would be interested in a low carb/high protein meal thread.  One grain that I found I could eat a good amount of without spiking my BG was quinoa.  I substituted it for rice in stir fries for many a dinner.

 

QMtwins: Are you having to leave the house every time you have a showing?  Our realtor suggested I leave or take DS outside to play while people were looking at the house.  I ended up leaving each time because I would have just felt weird being there. I also had to get our boxer out of the house.  It was such a mad scramble each time to get everything straightened and everyone packed up and ready to leave for usually a grand total of 15 minutes.  I'm sure it's even more fun with twins.  I asked the realtors to text me when they were done, so sometimes we would all just cruise around the neighborhood for a while.  Right now we almost have everything out of our house!!  The closing date has been nudged back a bit, but at least it looks like the buyers' financing will go through.  I'm getting excited about getting into our new house.  After the appliances we absolutely have to buy, we will have just a little bit left over for some furniture.  I've been having fun figuring out how to stretch the funds to the best benefit.

 

Take care!

post #10 of 26

They do a lot more now to monitor GD than they did 10 and 13 years ago with my first kids.  I am not sure how much this particular doctor will recommend or how much I will comply with, but I'm not going to worry about it until it comes up, probably at 24-28 weeks.    I won't do the orange drink test, but I'll be happy to check blood sugars for them and then take action as might be needed.  

I'm not overweight and I had it with my first 2 pregnancies, so I just assume it's not weight related and that I'll have it again no matter what.  I don't mind the diet at all.  It keeps the carbs and my mood nice and level throughout the day.

 

Mmm, I made grilled vegetables and steak last night.  I've eaten a few bites of steak this morning, but I'm really craving the grilled veggies mixed with plain yogurt.  That's gotta be healthy for mom and baby!

post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by leafylady View Post

They do a lot more now to monitor GD than they did 10 and 13 years ago with my first kids.  I am not sure how much this particular doctor will recommend or how much I will comply with, but I'm not going to worry about it until it comes up, probably at 24-28 weeks.    I won't do the orange drink test, but I'll be happy to check blood sugars for them and then take action as might be needed.  

I'm not overweight and I had it with my first 2 pregnancies, so I just assume it's not weight related and that I'll have it again no matter what.  I don't mind the diet at all.  It keeps the carbs and my mood nice and level throughout the day.

 

Mmm, I made grilled vegetables and steak last night.  I've eaten a few bites of steak this morning, but I'm really craving the grilled veggies mixed with plain yogurt.  That's gotta be healthy for mom and baby!

 

 

Just out of curiosity, why won't you do the horrid drink test?   

post #12 of 26

because I'm sure I'll have GD again.  

The glucola drink test would be a waste of time and money, on top of being disgusting.  (I hate soda, juice, koolaid, that sort of stuff.)

 

Why not go straight to the blood sugar monitoring?  I've got a machine that I inherited from a family member.  It seems that a week of testing blood sugars 4 times a day, and recording food, would tell whether any type of diet modification or even insulin was necessary.

I'm not refusing to acknowledge GD or the treatments, just that initial test.  

Even if for some reason I wasn't GD this time, the diet would only benefit me, not hurt me, so there is no harm in following it.

 

During my 2nd pregnancy I took and failed the one hour test but refused the 3 hr test (after discussion with the CNM) and went straight to the dietician and diet.  They didn't do the home blood sugar tests back then. They monitored with some random blood sugar tests and by watching my weight gain and measurements. The HMO required at least one visit to the perinatologist, but no more unless there were other complications.  He was a nice guy who reviewed the history and then was never too concerned about it.  He didn't even raise an eyebrow about skipping the 3 hr test, just shrugged and said ok after looking things over.

 

edited to add- My current OB is not part of an HMO or larger clinic, so doesn't have to follow a protocol set by the institution.  It would be different if I were in a situation like my previous HMO or a bigger birth center. 

post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by leafylady View Post

They do a lot more now to monitor GD than they did 10 and 13 years ago with my first kids.  I am not sure how much this particular doctor will recommend or how much I will comply with, but I'm not going to worry about it until it comes up, probably at 24-28 weeks.    I won't do the orange drink test, but I'll be happy to check blood sugars for them and then take action as might be needed.  

 
I would love to be able to just test for them and let them know what my levels are. Not possible at my birthing center.  There isn't a lot of choice since they reserve the right to give you the boot at the first sign of "complications."  Better than a hospital for me, though.  Then I have to go to the perinatologist and have scads of scans to make sure the baby isn't too big.  DS was only 6 lbs 7 oz.  Not concerned, but still have to jump through the hoops for them.  
post #14 of 26

I hear you.  When you look at your options and choose the best for you, then you're doing the right thing.  

post #15 of 26

My midwife is going to stalk me hardcore for the GD test.  My last baby was 10#5 and granted, I did gain a fair amount of weight but I passed the test.  Fine. 

Can't women have big babies without having GD?  My second son was 9#10 and I actually had low blood sugar during that pregnancy.

I think I ended up having to drink the drink last time, she wanted me to the 3 hour test but I said just the 1 hour.

I'm sure she'll push for the 3 hour again...

OH you know what, she gave me the drink to drink and instead I ate gummi bears or something?

I remember googling the exact number I needed to eat to make it the same. 

that orange drink is gaggy.

post #16 of 26

I think you're right.  There are plenty of big babies born to moms that don't test positive for GD.  There are also plenty of big moms that don't test positive for GD.  

post #17 of 26

Last pregnancy I took the one hour test and came out 210, there was need for the 3 hour.  I was eating crap and not active (and horribly depressed), doing it defferantly this time around and feel so totally differant.  Anyway, after the test I had to see the OB weekly for an NST, the Peri weekly and have a weekly sonogram.  It was horrible and I could barely maintain the schedule.  I made sure I found a practice that has differant monitoring outlook.  The peri said he wouldn't be suprised if I was fine this time around.  I had a 9 pound baby that they expected to be 7 pounds, so much for all the monitoring.

 

Also here's some TMI- I think I have a fungal infection on my underarms.  So icky and painfull.  I want to treat it with cider vinegar and tea tree oil but we're going on a cross country trip and I don't think I can maintain the home treatments. From what I understand I would prob be prescribed an anti fungal and antihistimine for the itching and swelling.  I don't know the best thing to do.  I can't believe this. :(

 

*I want to apologize for spelling/grammar errors for some reason my brain and fingers and not communicating effectively*

post #18 of 26
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I think you're right.  There are plenty of big babies born to moms that don't test positive for GD.  There are also plenty of big moms that don't test positive for GD.  

That's what the peri I'm seeing now said, I probably just make big babies.

post #19 of 26
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I think you're right.  There are plenty of big babies born to moms that don't test positive for GD.  There are also plenty of big moms that don't test positive for GD.  

And little mom's that do!  People looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I couldn't eat that giant piece of cake because of GD.  

 

 

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 I had a 9 pound baby that they expected to be 7 pounds, so much for all the monitoring.

 

Those late scans have such a huge margin of error, I just don't even see the point.  It seems like a really experienced midwife could give a better estimate (or at least one with a similar margin of error) just by looking.  In fact all of the midwives at my clinic told me they were not concerned about DS's size just based on my appearance.  I'd really prefer to skip the expense, the time commitment, and the exposure to the LO.  Maybe I'll see if I can make a deal with them based on good behavior and good outcome last time around.

post #20 of 26
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And little mom's that do!  People looked at me like I was crazy when I told them I couldn't eat that giant piece of cake because of GD.  

 

Those late scans have such a huge margin of error, I just don't even see the point.  It seems like a really experienced midwife could give a better estimate (or at least one with a similar margin of error) just by looking.  In fact all of the midwives at my clinic told me they were not concerned about DS's size just based on my appearance.  I'd really prefer to skip the expense, the time commitment, and the exposure to the LO.  Maybe I'll see if I can make a deal with them based on good behavior and good outcome last time around.

 

 

This is the first time I've used midwives and it is so cool.  So I'm 19-20ish weeks and just started looking pregnant instead of fluffy.  But at my 16 week appt the midwife felt my abdomen for a minute, whipped out the doppler and got it right on the baby.  At that point I wasn't even feeling movement and I'm a plus size mama.  I couldn't even find my own uterus!  I guess she keeps track of how many times she gets it right the first time during the day :)

 

I was a 10 and half pound baby of a tiny little women who didn't have GD.  I looked like Jabba the Hutt :)

 

When DS was in the hospital nursery he was easy to spot, all the other newborns looked like minis next to him.  He had great head control but we pretty much skipped the newborn clothing stage.  The clothes I've picked up for this next one start at 0-3 months.  And I can't figure out if I should even mess with the newborn cloth size.  Thankfully I think our stash if pretty good for the first 6 months.  THough I would like to make wool longies.  

 

Sorry, I'm quite the meanderer in a conversation :)

 

On another note, I got dh and ds packed up (with ds' bike) and we went to the park today.  I think we walked nearly two miles.  It wasn't a great idea to go when it was 91 degrees, but it just gets hotter later and I had to get moving.  Then I came home, ate, scrubbed the bathtub, the floor (ds' aim isn't great) and the toilet.  Dh wanted to nap but felt so guilty when I was bleaching the floor on my hands and knees that he picked up the downstairs and swept!  Dh wants to know where his wife went..  So do I.  Maybe I've finally hit that point where the energy is flowing, which is great bc I still have half a dining room, a living room and staircase to paint.  We also want to turn the upstairs into a playroom so I need to downsize and clear out all my craft stuff.  And I have a lot of craft stuff.

 

On a crafting note, anyone knit or sew, or both?  I can kinda half ass both but would like to actually be good at one to make stuff for the family.  Which would you guys choose if you had to only pick one?  

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