Oh, forgot to answer: I think I will be giving birth on the 13th. My EDD is either 12/11 or 12/18, depending on who you ask... and I already have 2 babies with birthdays on the 13 of their months. So that's been my inuiition :)
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That's brilliant!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! am doing a happy dance here
That is awesome, segolily!!!
kateadelle, with that many childless friends, it would worry me that no one bought from the registry, too. Hopefully whatever they get you is either fabulous OR easy to return so you can get something actually useful. And ITA about the most appreciated/useful gifts. That's kind of my role in showers, too. The dog thing--mine is a 65-lb shepherd mix who virtually never steals food. So IDK if he's related to your wee pup or not. ;) He has kept his distance from me today, whereas normally I am his "safe place."
Anyone remember when I said I was going old-school with prefolds and wool? I may have to eat my words--a friend of mine just GAVE me her fuzzibunz stash (all 3rd generation of Perfect Size) tonight: *2 dozen* size smalls in EUC, a couple of mediums in GUC, and a half dozen largesin GUC. Seriously? That is incredible. I feel guilty just taking them, but she won't take money for them. And they are almost all the color array I'd choose: brights of every color but pink. Oh--AND she gave me half a pound of Charlie's Soap and 2 bottles of BumGenius Bottom Spray. HOLY CRAP, I'm in awe. (I never got around to selling my medium stash of 2nd generations in GUC, so I pretty much have a whole fb stash unintentionally.) So yeah, probably not going the prefolds/wool route anymore except for newborn. I hope all my knitter friends aren't making bigger sizes. (and now I feel bad for lamenting an embarrassment of riches...)
I had my mw appointment tonight--29 weeks. I start going every 2 weeks now, YAY! Baby girl is head-down and on my left side, hb still around 150--she's very active, and I measured 30 weeks at 29w2d (I was measuring at least two weeks ahead up until this appointment). I asked my mw to send some resources for placenta encapsulation for PPD so I can give them to dh and be able to say "The birth professional TOLD us to do it, hon..." instead of my usual--showing him my "wacko" ideas and having to drag him along, kicking and screaming. ;)
eta--I forgot to update about the pee strip thing. I tested here at home about an hour before my appointment and still showed positive for leukocytes. Tested at her house with a new batch of strips, and not even a trace. Since I have never had positives for blood or nitrites, our conclusion is just that the batch I have may be old or overly sensitive for that variable. So we both feel like it's nothing to think further about. She also suggested I increase my alfalfa tablets (which are my iron supplement) now that I'm in the 3rd trimester, but wasn't concerned about my exhaustion--because she's a homeschool mom, too, and has 4 kids. She did take pity on me for having a mischievous 7yo who makes me too afraid to take a nap, though.
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Let's just say I had to keep ALL scissors well-hidden and out of reach up until last year. And then apparently I should have put some sort of lock on the knife drawer, because he started cutting things with both scissors *and* a knife. :sigh: It's like he knows when I'm not looking and seeks out things he KNOWS he'd never be allowed to do.
btw, did you get your chiro issues fixed? I wanted to go tomorrow, but my chiro's office is closed on Tuesdays. The rest of the week is pretty hellish, though I may be able to fit it in before or after a family trip to a local indoor waterpark on Wednesday. (gotta love homeschooling for stuff like that!)
Sego-Congrats! That is wonderful, wonderful news! Love it when good things happen to good people...
You guys, these asshole dog comments have had me in giggle fits all day. I am NOT intending to laugh at anyone else's misery, especially when it's pregnancy and food related. I would have gone absolutely ballistic if that were me, and then cried for a good hour. I seem to have a stretch of days with low key hormones and then BLAM (!!) a day hits where I seriously wish someone would just drop me off at Tony Roma's and leave me alone. Yesterday I was honestly possessed by this baby. I was just a vile human being all day-starving, exhausted, grouchy, impatient...horrible. Luckily everyone in the household handled it well (except for me of course). Today I feel fine again. It's weird.
Darkblue-I forgot to mention last week that I'm sorry you've been sick again! There was a stomach bug going around here, could that have been it or was it a pg thing? I haven't been vomiting, but have had days of nausea and no appetite. Hope you're feeling better.
I have started Christmas stuff but haven't gotten too far. At this point I'm hoping we can afford to finish the gifts I have started (yikes!). We're definitely in a sad financial state this year. DH didn't work for 6 months while he was finishing school, so our gifts to family will be paying back what we borrowed .
Nhklh-hope things look up for you soon, I'll be thinking about you and sending love.
Our guess date is 12/8, but both my girls were 40 +5. I hope this little guy is a 12/12/12 baby too!
Kate-I second the shower concerns, I hope, hope, hope people look at your registry! We had a shower for DD2 with a lot of hip/childless friends who spent oodles of money on utter crap. Luckily, everything was easily returned and we got what we needed.
I wish I had more time but I'm off to study, have a lovely week all!
And it's funny we were just talking about mischievous... I am not even allowed to SLEEP anymore! Look at what I woke up to at 5:30 a.m. (which is about 3 hours earlier than I normally get up and 1-2 hours earlier than DH gets up):
In addition, the stepstool and her little laundry basket were in the doorway (apparently blocking me or DH from getting to her, now that she had her little feast all set up?).
I don't know what to do with her. I feed her good food throughout the day and then she wakes up and sneaks around at night and does this!!
She was hacking away at the honeydew with SCISSORS trying to get into it.
She had a little dish of sugar with chocolate chips in it. The dish had formerly contained toothpicks, which she just dumped out in the cabinet so she could use the dish.
The honey was in use somewhere, with the bottle down on the floor and dripping.
Multiple cookies were eaten.
The bag of croutons was being consumed.
The (unwashed) strawberries were taken out of the fridge and eaten.
We had a few of those "milk-flavoring straws" which she helped herself to.
Several pouches of fruit snacks were eaten.
Almost all of this stuff could not be reached by her without her standing on the stepstool, and while she was on the stepstool, she saw a sticker book on another shelf (that I had been saving to be a special treat someday), so she helped herself to that and was playing with it. DH had her throw it away.
I thought that the wee hours of the morning would be a reasonable time to get some sleep, but nope, guess DH and I each have to cut our sleep in half since DD can't even be trusted to SLEEP without getting into things she's not supposed to!
You may take solace, as I do, in the website shitmykidsruined.com.
Big, big (((hugs))) and commiseration.
Thanks Darkblue- I just looooove Christmas and so enjoy finding and making nice gifts, so I get kind of bummed when it's an off year. Do you ever watch Parks and Recreation? Leslie Knope is my total idol, she gives the best gifts :) Either way, my family is very understanding about money troubles and new babies. Can we exchange chai recipes some time? I'm sure they are probably similar, but I keep brewing mine too long and I get a bit much of the tannin taste from the tea.
Harmony---Oh mama, what a way to wake up. I remember those days with DD1 and they were really difficult. I woke up to a huge knife and hacked up tomatoes on the living room carpet. It looks like your little one is waking up with some serious sugar cravings! I'm sure you've probably thought of everything, but can you leave some fruit and granola (or something else sweet/safe) somewhere where she can help herself before you and DH get up? Either way, losing sleep is probably just awful right now...I'm sorry!
So happy to finally have caught up with this thread! Glad to hear that things seem to be going fairly well for everyone, and CONGRATS sego on your grant! Such great news!
Things have been a bit crazy (and difficult over here). We've been expecting to get approval for our sponsor licenses (which will allow us to apply for our visas) any day for the last few weeks, since the typical standard is to hear back between 4-6 weeks (tomorrow will be 7 weeks). Last Friday, we found out that there are huge delays at the UK Border agency, and they are currently FOUR MONTHS behind! I only have 5 and 1/2 weeks left that I'm allowed to fly, and it's now looking very likely that we won't have our visas in time to travel.
The hardest thing is that we are so ready to go -- my last day at work was Friday (I had wanted to have a week or two off before we left), we are living with friends, we are down to one vehicle, a truck (my car died two weeks ago). We've "let go" of our town and our place and were so ready to begin our adventure overseas! Now, it's looking more and more like we will be here for at least four more months. We are grateful that we can stay here with our friends until December, but aren't sure where we'll go after that. We have another friend who has an empty house we can probably stay in for January (and Feb, if we need it), but I am due December 25th and have no idea where we will be. We can also stay with DH's grandmother, but I'm not super comfortable in her home and have a hard time imagining being there right after the birth.
My midwife will be able to do my delivery, although now it's looking like we will have to opt for the birth center, since it's hard to do a homebirth when you don't have a home (Or when you're a guest in someone else's house)! I am glad we have options, but I've cried a lot over the past few days just processing everything. I feel a bit pathetic.
I would love some advice on two things -- one, what are the essentials for the first month and a half? We will probably be flying to the UK once the baby is around 6-8 weeks, if both of us are healthy. So we still cannot take much, although I know we will need to have some things for him. Clothing, diapers, changing pad, carrier (we will wait on a stroller till we get over there)...what else felt invaluable to you in those first few weeks?
Second, any advice on what I can do with all of my "nesting" instincts? It's likely he'll be born and then a week or two later we'll be staying at a different spot, then be travelling a month or so after that. I plan to knit a lot, but if anyone has had to set up a "temporary" nursery/spot for their babe, I would love to hear about anything you did to make it feel special, even if it was just for a short time.
Oh -- and the craziest thing of all -- there's still a chance the border agency could get their act together and we could get approval, in which case we'd probably be flying out as soon as we got our visas (so probably within a week or two). So we are still trying to spend time with friends and family, not knowing if we will be gone in a few weeks...or here for four more months.
Hi Everyone! I don't have it in me right now for personal responses. I did read them all though!
I'm definitely planning on going late. I think in my mind I've been thinking in the 2 weeks past range though. So if I go past 42 weeks, emotionally that will be hard. Although, I keep worrying about these BH and wondering if they are causing cervical changes and worrying about going early. Ugh.
We went to the coast to Astoria and stayed in a B&B for the weekend. This was our "last hurrah" before the baby. It was lovely and relaxing! We had a great time, it was a bit disappointing to come home. In case anyone wants a recommendation, Clementine's B&B in Astoria, OR. Lovely place. Reasonable for B&B. But now, I feel the pressure of all the things I want/need to do before the baby comes. But that nesting energy has not come for me yet. I wish it would! I'll start ticking away at it starting this weekend though.
My body is seriously uncomfortable at times though! I keep wondering how I will make it 2+ more months! I've been seeing my accupuncturist and chiropractor and that helps, but not enough!
I've started feeling nauseous at times again - is that starting up for anyone? I'm not sure what it's about - sometimes it seems related to lack of food but other times I've already eaten.
As for Christmas - we do very few gifts as it is - this year, I think we're going to just skip it and tell people not to give us gifts. So haven't done a thing. We'll see.
Ok, lovely week to all of you!
After I posted, I realize I missed the whole 2nd page! Wow mamas!
Sego - congrats~
Andrea - your daughter is super creative and mischieveious! Wow, I would be so upset to find that when I woke up...
Chica - sorry to hear about all the visa craziness! Can you just make a decision to stay until February or something so you have some clarity? It seems so hard to not know where you'll be.
Sego - So happy for you. YAY!!!
Harmony - Wow, just wow. I like Esp's idea to put some accessible food out for her. Maybe a protien-rich snack before bed too? I think Rae's right though, she's a smart girl for sure. Their developing independence is a mixed blessing. If it makes you feel any better, my DS (5 y/o) helped himself to about half a dozen juiceboxes the other day before I came downstairs. I'm still finding the straws.
In the first 6 weeks all they do is eat, poop, and sleep; and go wherever you go. That's about it. If I were in your place this is what I'd get... Gear for breastfeeding is minimal if it's going well; lanolin, breast pads, nursing bras/tanks, and the number of a good lactation consultant if you need support. Honestly, I'd do 100% disposable diapers with no guilt at all if I were in transition with a newborn. Baby can sleep almost anywhere, in bed or in a basket next to the bed, so no gear needed there. But I probably would want a few cotton blankets (the waffle-y kind are my fav) for swaddling, burping, laying on the ground, etc. One warmer, fluffy blanket would be a nice extra. I'd probably borrow a carseat if I weren't going to need one in the UK (or on the flight over there), or buy one otherwise. And I'd go with a wrap or sling style carrier since neither is bulky to travel with. Clothes are tiny and take up no room at all, so I wouldn't sweat that from a packing/moving perspective. In the early days I like the side-snap style kimono t-shirts and gowns, with a few footed sleepers to use when they need to be buckled into a carseat. Socks aren't necessary if it's warm. A hat or two until they can regulate their temp. I think 3-4 outfits a day is reasonable, bodily fluids considered. If you do laundry every 2-3 days that's a pretty small pile of clothes. Babies come in all sizes so newborn sizes may not fit a big baby or might be outgrown quick. A small-ish babe can swim in the 0-3 size but they'll grow into them quick. Better too big than too small. And as far as nesting, what about a baby book or even a blog? Writing and archiving photos and memories could be a really special project to look back on.
Thanks all, for the great 'congrats' posts. I was seriously still in tears when I posted about the grant - I need to keep it pretty low-key for the moment until the contracts are in my hands, but knew here was a place I could just shout it from the roof-tops. Today I am more in shock ;)
Harmony - OMG I laughed so hard at your pics - because they are SO familiar... MY DS3 is 6 and he is too smart for his own good, and LOVES creating messes like that. Then I read rae's comment, and just the NAME of the website got me laughing again.... It is so frustrating, not to mention a PITA to clean up after those messes, but I do try to remember the positive (his creativity, independence, etc). When he was little, so many things would disappear - like 1 attachment for the hand mixer, the plug that goes into the top of the blender cover, etc. I would find them weeks later, taped to a stuffed animal, or built into a lego project. He's clearer now about what it's OK to just get into (we have a great little 'art station' in the playroom, and he has a whole tub of his 'project materials' like cardboard, etc), and what he needs to ask for.
Chica - cielo's advice is good. With DS3 we moved to Hawaii about 3 weeks after his birth, for a couple of months. I shipped my cloth diapers over, as well as some 3-6 month sized clothes. Of course, since it was Hawaii, we hardly ever had him dressed except to protect him from the sun on beach days. I had a pocket sling, my nursing bras/pads, some clothes, disposable diapers for the trip, a couple of blankets. That was about it (oh, and the car seat!), other than sun hats and a wooden teething ring. Also, if you are really feeling a HUGE nesting urge, come clean my house ;). JK of course - for me, even having a little drawer with baby's stuff in it, a clean, orderly space, and a project (knitting sounds good!) is enough. You will want to do things like clean out the fridge of wherever you are, regardless.