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Congratulations on your daughter, CA Country Girl! It sounds like everything went so well! 

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Just a quick note to say congrats Country Girl! So glad you got the birth you wanted, and so happy she's finally here!

 

Cara is fussing, gotta go, more later.

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Juniper Lee- above: with her blissed out big sis and below:  my hairy little baby, just over a day old.  We are both recovering well.  She let us both sleep 4 hours in a row last night.  We will be checking out later this afternoon.  Since I was GBS positive and only just barely got the antibiotics before I was pushing, they wanted to observe her for 36 hours.  My sister is staying with us to help out and I feel really strong.  Happy to be going home today.  Caly- so pleased we made it to this side.  Now we get to wait to share in the joy of the ladies to come in the next few months!

Take care all.

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CA Country Girl, she's beautiful!  And super alert for one day old!  Congrats again on a wonderful birth and a beautiful baby!

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Aww, gorgeous girls, CaCountry! Big sis must be so elated!

 

Thanks for the thoughts about the ob situation, ladies. It gave me insomnia last night and hoping that was all the suffering I'll have to go through. 

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Oh, those eyes! Congrats Country Girl, she's fabulous!

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Updated front page for the arrival of Miss Juniper! Check out our mamas list, it's looking a bit more pink lately!


CACountryGirl, my congrats and what beautiful dark-eyed girls you have. So sweet.

 

Scowgirl, how are you doing?

 

Uhm, will you guys go check out our August DDC Bellies thread and see a pic of our very own Lilytiger lifting weights at 35 weeks. Amazing!

http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1338522/the-belly-thread

 

We have an U/S to check growth position etc on Tuesday. I am still trying to get all my maternity leave paperwork in order. I am kind of freaking out, things are seeming so close and I have a lot to do in the house and to prepare for maternity leave, but I'm feeling pretty withdrawn from it/lazy. Right now I'm trying to convince myself to walk to the kitchen to peel a hardboiled egg. Ha.

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CA Country Girl, your baby is absolutely beautiful.

 

boots--I am doing great, thanks for asking! Due date is less than a week away, yikes! I actually sort of hope I'll go over by a week or so, to give us a fighting chance at having the contractors out of our house. (We are having some work done to the nursery... how's that for last-minute? bouncy.gif I think we'll be glad we did it, though.)

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Scowgirl, good to hear! wow, what is being done to the nursery? I am going to post pics of ours one of these days. Also,I just read your signature, you guys have been married since 98 and this is your first?  I thought we waited a long time (been together since 01, married since 06, started trying in '10.) I don't know your specific situation if you struggled to conceive, but I think it's kind of neat that your baby is coming into such a strong marriage that has already lasted so long.

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We are having a new door, trim, wood flooring, and windows put in. (Actually the windows are going in the whole "old part" of the house, built 1870. I've been wanting new ones for a while, but then the contractor said the old ones weren't even caulked on the outside, which is probably why we get bugs coming in. So once I heard that and realized the bug problem might not be hopeless, I was quite motivated to replace them so our daughter's room is not INFESTED WITH BUGS, YUCK. We get tons of those ladybugs in the house in the late summer.) We like our floors in that part of the house--they are basically the original pine subfloor, but they look fine--however the cracks between the floorboards are wide and they're a little hard to keep clean. So we figured in a room where a baby is going to be crawling around, maybe something better would be in order. Finally, the door to that room was a weird tiny little thing, and cute though it was I'm not sure all of the baby furniture would have fit in through it, so they widened the opening and put in a standard door.

 

I'm pretty excited about the whole thing, but there is a lot left to do. The trim installation messed up some of our plaster and our fresh paint job, and the trim and door will need to be stained, there is a fine layer of sawdust all over the upstairs, etc. so I'm hoping we will have time to take care of that. I tend to forget these little details when I get excited about having work done to the house. smile.gif

 

And yes, we got married right out of college and to be honest, for most of my life I didn't want kids and/or felt totally overwhelmed by the prospect, though my husband always wanted to be a dad. When I got to a point where I finally felt ready, we were in our mid-30s and basically were extremely lucky to be able to conceive. Looking back, this was pretty risky, but OTOH I really would not have been a good parent when we first got married, so here we are.

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Alright... I'm finally gonna post some nursery pics. I'm still not entirely done with the "changing table" area, but it's almost there! Sorry in advanced if they're large!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anddd just cause I think it's adorable... Ruby's coming home outfit:

 

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That is a GORGEOUS room. I love the window seat changing area, the moon sculpture, all the pretty framed items above the dresser... just lovely. I wish I had your eye for design. I can tell from the glimpses of built-ins and flooring and windows that you have a really cool house too. smile.gif

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Thanks Ladies- we are totally smitten with our new little princess.  Big sister has been a dream.

Erica-beautiful nursery pics.

Boots and Scowgirl- my husband and I also had a very long time together before we started have kids.  Although, we did not get married until 05, we had been partners since 99.  I think it made us really sure of our relationship before we decided to become a family.  I am more in love with him every day- seeing him as a father makes me appreciate him even more. He is so great to our girls.  I wish your new families the same blessings.

Your next scowgirl!  Can't wait to hear about your birth!

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Erica, gorgeous nursery pics! I love how you totally embraced all the girly stuff! I fought it, and wound up with a bunch of girly stuff anyway. winky.gif

 

Country Girl, so glad things are going well!

 

Scowgirl, wow, you are so close! Sending you peaceful labor vibes in case I don't have a chance to post again before you give birth! Good luck finishing the renovations.

 

I think it was Birdie who asked whether we named the baby after Starbuck, LOL. We found Cara on a list of baby names, and it was one of the few names we both liked. The Starbuck connection didn't occur to us until we'd already settled on it, but we don't mind the association. Anyone who knows us is going to assume she's named after the character, anyway.

 

My favorite BSG character is Gaius, but I would never name a baby after him. orngtongue.gif

 

I'm soooo tired. Parenting a newborn is HARD.

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Complete birth story posted if anyone is interested: http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1357543/my-long-desired-2nd-birth

Caly- we realized after we chose the name that there is a tween cartoon with our babies name- but she is a monster fighter, so I guess that is cool right?

And I agree- newborns are hard-the sleep part especially.

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Thanks for the nursery compliments, ya'll! energy.gif

 

CA CountryGirl: Loveeeeeeee your birth story. Brought tears to my eyes. So sweet. Just love, love, love! I hope you and the sweet little little girl are doing wonderful.

 

Caly: Hehehe... thanks! I'm a such a freakin girl, there was no way I could go in any other possible direction. Hope both you ladies are doing well too!

 

AFM: I'm freakin tired. That's pretty much it. I've been spending every Sunday in my Grandma's pool with my cousins, so that's been nice since it's been about a jillion degrees in NJ. I really can handle the heat okay, but the humidity at like 95% is freaking revolting. It makes you so cranky. At least I can get some relief in the pool! My DH and I toured one of the two hospitals we were wanting to go to. And I loved it! I'm not even going to look at the other one. This one I'm very familiar with anyway, because I had all my breast surgeries/treatments/appts at... and they are much more naturally focused with the maternity/ob end of things and that is EXACTLY what I wanted. The other hospital we were thinking of is also a wonderful hospital (with a bigger NICU that my Mom will NOT stop pointout out irked.gif) but it's a teaching hospital (which I KNOW people seem to like, but I personally am just not a fan of at all) and they have a higher intervention rate and it's just all around more medically induced to me, and that's the opposite of what I'm going for. I've been doing my Hypnobabies everyday, so I'm getting really excited for Miss Ruby's birth and I just feel that I'll be able to attain that a lot easier at the hospital we visited. I had a list of questions to ask them (mostly out of my Hypnobabies book) and the nurse answered every single one of them without my even needing to ask. LOVE. I think my favorite thing she said was that they promote skin to skin contact (yey!) and they put the baby on you for at least an hour before they do any of the normal newborn screenings. Yes! Andddd they do it all in the same room with you, so the baby never leaves your sight. Again... LOVE. The only thing that's made me nervous and anxious is the thought of a hospital not listening to me because I'm a FTM and thinking I don't know what I (and baby) wants/needs. I felt very comfy at this hospital right away, and that made me feel so good!!

 

My baby shower is this weekend too. Psyched for that too! Hope everyone is feeling well, and staying cool!

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Scowgirl, nice to have you around! Soon we will be celebrating the arrival of your little one!  Your story sounds like mine with dh in me being the one who was more hesitant about having a baby. We met in 1997 and had a long distance relationship with summers together until 1999, and then married in 2001. I think he was prepared for a baby much earlier than I was, although I did have baby fever in 2001 (before 9/11, we were in NYC and then that really changed our priorities, sadly). 

 

Erica, your nursery is gorgeous...and from the looks of it I can only imagine how great your house is. You are so prepared, it looks! I hope you have a lovely shower!!

 

Caly, nice to hear a little from you. I keep telling myself how hard it's going to be so that I am motivated to get as much done in advance as humanly possible.

 

CaCountry, thank you for sharing your birth story! I stalk all the earlier ddc at this point to read about births these days!

 

 

AFM, dh and I had a quiet weekend of cleaning, shopping, and relaxing. We have our baby care and cpr classes tonight and tomorrow and then meet my new ob on Wednesday. Last night I was falling asleep reading in bed but then about an hour after sleeping my eyes opened and I had some panic about the work I need to complete before the birth. I had to get out of bed and work for a few hours (adrenaline...not tired at all anymore). So far this seems to happen weekly, so I'm really hoping it doesn't become a nightly occurrence.

 

We assembled the cosleeper last night to see how it would work with our bed, which is a little high, although we have a lower box spring we can switch with the guest bed. I still don't like the fact that all the sides aren't mesh on this thing. Any opinions on this?

 

I'm also struggling with wanting to replace all of our blinds before he even arrives. We will definitely do that before he is close to mobile, but I'm still not happy with the affordable options out there and would rather get some natural fiber cordless blinds, but they are so expensive. Anyone else facing this issue or deal with it already?

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We assembled the cosleeper last night to see how it would work with our bed, which is a little high, although we have a lower box spring we can switch with the guest bed. I still don't like the fact that all the sides aren't mesh on this thing. Any opinions on this?

 

I'm also struggling with wanting to replace all of our blinds before he even arrives. We will definitely do that before he is close to mobile, but I'm still not happy with the affordable options out there and would rather get some natural fiber cordless blinds, but they are so expensive. Anyone else facing this issue or deal with it already?

I just thought I'd share about the cosleeper. Ours does have one side with mesh, but ds likes to roll to the other side where his face would be smushed against our bed mattress. We rolled up two t-shirts and put them down at his hips, this keeps him from rolling onto his side. They pretty much stay put when they're newborns so you have some time to try the cosleeper out and see what you think.

 

For blinds..... Our blinds are bamboo roller shades that break if weight is put on them and we put up cleats to hold the cords up out of baby's reach.

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Ram, that's good info about the cosleeper, thanks. Do you have the mini?

 

Erica, love Ruby's room and going home outfit,  have fun at your shower! Glad you like the hospital.

 

Scowgirl, hope you're feeling good.

 

andaluza, I've been thinking of you, super good luck with your new OB. I REALLY hope it's a match but if not, keep looking!

 

Ugh I am just struggling right now. I am so much more uncomfortable moving around than I was a week ago. My uterus is tight all the time when I'm moving around and I have had some painful BH, mostly while in bed trying to get comfortable. I have had restless leg-like stuff in the past and during pregnancy periodically, last night/this morning was like that. Plus the baby hating to be on the right side doesn't help, I am trying not to lie on my back, get so sick of being on the left. Ugh, Honey Badger, can't you cooperate with me for one second!?

I have to do a fasting blood test this week and I keep putting it off, it's a 12 hour fast and I tried to do it last week and ended up going crazy, sleepless, restless, ended in tears. Tonight: breastfeeding class, tomorrow a.m. Ultrasound, tomorrow afternoon, dentist (ugh). Lots of worry about maternity leave and due dates, still. Gotta get some of this stuff settled in my mind.

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