Wow, I go out of town for a few days and things really start hopping around here!
planet Congrats! He is splendid! That is a really beautiful photo.
nosreves the blood pressure stuff sounds very familiar. My blood pressure is ridiculously high every time my midwives take it, but fine everywhere else. I bought a bp monitor and am now monitoring it at home, and it is always fine at home. If possible, I would recommend getting one if only to save your own sanity. Also there is a lot of stuff you can do in the meantime to lower bp. There is a thread about high bp going on over at our ddc that had some good suggestions, which you may have already seen, but I would check it out if you haven't. As for the baby positioning stuff - have you had a chance to look at the Spinning Babies website? She has a lot of info about "belly mapping" and figuring out what position the baby is in. We may still be a little early to completely tell, but it might be fun to try. I am sorry you are having so much pain. It certainly isn't the most fun part of pregnancy, and it can be so frustrating when relief is out of reach. I hope things get better soon.
desert - Love the photos! She is gorgeous and you all look very happy.
Hope all of the mamas who are suffering with morning sickness start feeling better soon.
AFM, we survived the trip to visit our families in Southern California. It was mostly pleasant and even the political debates remained civil. My mom tok my 4 and 7 year old niece and nephew shopping for the baby and let them pick out some clothes. They, of course picked out nothing but pink, pink and more pink. We are really trying to keep the pink to a minimum and do as much gender neutral stuff as possible, which my mom and sister think is hilarious, so it is hard not to feel like this was a little bit of a jab. I do appreciate the gesture, and it is really sweet that my niece and nephew want to pick out stuff for their new cousin, but I can't help but feel a little annoyed.
Other than than, things are plugging along. I am a little over 26 weeks, and can't believe that I am almost in my third trimester. The sciatica is still causing me quite a bit of trouble, but I am feeling better after a trip to the chiropractor, thank goodness.