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post #61 of 90
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I grew up in California, but I grew up in the "cold and snowy" part of California, and it still wasn't as cold as the Yukon (or Illinois, for that matter XD .) However, we used a wood stove when I was a kid, with air vents to pump it through the house and my parents kept it in the low to mid 60's most of the time. My bedroom, though, if I wanted to close the door and have some privacy, was usually at least 10 degrees cooler than that. Oh, how I loved my down comforter!! My daughter asked me, today, if we could walk home from school. (There's snow on the ground that she wants to traipse through.) I kind of laughed and told her "we'll see." Yeah, I don't think it's happening. I draw the line at walking in wind chills that dip below zero F. I can't imagine biking in -31*!!!

 

Congrats on the positioning, Chapsie! I wish my OB actually palpated for positioning, but they rely too much on technology, so I have to wait for my u/s next week to find out how baby is doing, in terms of position. I'm very nervous that she's going to wind up breech, like my first baby, though I'm fairly certain I always feel hiccoughs in my pelvic region, so here's hoping... And I would totally love a belly massage, right about now. *wistful sigh*

 

Darnit. Those photos have me crying and my husband is working from home today... and apparently trying very hard to ignore my tears. ;)

post #62 of 90

Hi Everyone -

 

So, new to the group... obviously I've known for a while that I'm due in March, but I typically don't do much online group/posting.  As I wind down my pregnancy I'm really craving the company of other pregnant ladies, so here I am.

 

Due March 7th with Baby #2!
 

post #63 of 90

Welcome to the group, WildMansMom.

 

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Wow. Finally caught up. It's amazing how much goes on when you skip a day. orngbiggrin.gif  Glad to hear that everyone is well in spite of the snow accidents and such.

 

I had a mw appointment yesterday as well, and I agree about that warm, fuzzy feeling that you get afterwards. Everything looked pretty good, although she's decided to keep an eye on the baby's growth over the next week. There's no real concern right now, she's just on the low end of what is considered "normal" and I haven't been having the weight gain & fundal growth that is normal for me. So we'll see. Next week I'll go back to her office so she can measure me on that same table that we've been using for my exams, and then the following week she'll come and do our home visit. Other than that she's head down, although is still flip flopping from ROA to LOA throughout the day. It's getting darn uncomfortable with her butt constantly moving back & forth across my stomach. She's also started stretching & it looks like she has knobby, sharp elbows, ankles, & knees like her brother. Some of those jabs really hurt! I also got to bring home the birth pool yesterday, so I'm beginning to feel ready. We basically have everything that we need for labor and delivery, but of course there are still some things that I want to get. I need to do some more freezer cooking, get a used set of sheets, and then some homeopathics & such to have on hand for delivery. 

 

On more depressing news -- my 8 hours sleep stretch was a fluke as I suspected. I'm back to waking every hour or two. Boo!! guilty.gif  Also, I think I somehow managed to pull a uterine ligament last night. Don't ask -- I really think it was the weight of my belly pulling on it. Anyway, I woke up to the pain, turned over (which caused more pain) and managed to fall asleep. It's sore today, but nothing I'm concerned about. 

 

It looks like we're having another day in the 50's, so I'm hoping to get outside for a bit with DS & play. Have a great weekend!

post #65 of 90
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Originally Posted by maydaymom10 View Post

 Other than that she's head down, although is still flip flopping from ROA to LOA throughout the day. It's getting darn uncomfortable with her butt constantly moving back & forth across my stomach.

What does ROA and LOA mean?

 

My baby has stayed head down and also goes from side to side.  It feels weird having a big object roll like that inside me!  But so far (knock on wood) very few kicks and gabs really hurt.  Once and a while, I'm like, wow - that was a good one.  But nothing where I'd call it uncomfortable for stretches at a time.

 

I hope everyone has a great weekend, too!!  It warmed up here (-7*C / 19*F!!!) and I can't wait to get some mild fresh air in my system (and in my house!)

post #66 of 90
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I hope everyone has a great weekend, too!!  It warmed up here (-7*C / 19*F!!!) and I can't wait to get some mild fresh air in my system (and in my house!)

Warmed up to... It's 50*F here and all our snow and ice has melted. I am not appreciating the mud in my kitchen thanks to my doggies, but it is nice to not worry about falling on my backside when I take the kids to the bus.

post #67 of 90
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Originally Posted by scruffy too View Post

What does ROA and LOA mean?

My baby has stayed head down and also goes from side to side.  It feels weird having a big object roll like that inside me!  But so far (knock on wood) very few kicks and gabs really hurt.  Once and a while, I'm like, wow - that was a good one.  But nothing where I'd call it uncomfortable for stretches at a time.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, too!!  It warmed up here (-7*C / 19*F!!!) and I can't wait to get some mild fresh air in my system (and in my house!)


ROA= right occipit (back of the baby's head) anterior
LOA= left occipit anterior.

It's when the baby is facing the mom's back.

Both are good positions for birth, but LOA is considered ideal.

My kiddo keeps rotating back and forth, too... But at least seems to be staying anterior which is great. smile.gif. But, I still have a long way to go, so who knows how she will end up! Trying to lean forward all the time while sitting. But sometimes I just really want to lounge on the couch!
post #68 of 90

Thx Chapsie!  My baby normally rests on the left side, but likes to move from side to side during the day.  Usually just to check out the right side and then go back to the left.

 

Melany - yucky muddy doggy prints!!  That's the worst thing about Spring for me.  I have a dog door, so my boys come and go at their leisure, which means I can't really control how much muck they bring in.

post #69 of 90

Welcome Wildmansmom!!

Scruffy, -31?! that is NUTS. My last winter in Chicago it was -16, and I wanted to die. However, I really miss cold weather now. It has been in the 60s all week and it is very depressing. I miss having 4 distinct seasons.

AFM- I'm 34 weeks today which means that we are all systems go! If labor happens no one is going to try to stop the babies! It is making me a little crazy. I obviously want them in there as long as possible, but I want them out just as much. I am SO anxious to meet them. They were both head down at my appointment yesterday which is the first time they have been like that. DS was born 3 days after his EDD, but I had been expecting him every day from 37 weeks on. When I got pregnant this time, I wasn't going to start expecting to deliver until at least my due date. Of course after we found out it was twins we were told many times that they come early, so now I'm all crazy about it. I'm trying to refocus that energy on my still ridiculously long to-do list!

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I hit 35 weeks tomorrow! Had a great appt with my midwife today - baby is still head down and my blood pressure is not acting up - yay! I also took DD to a wellbaby appointment with a new doctor yesterday - it was a sort of trial run to see whether I wanted to switch the whole family, including the newbie, over to him. And he is AWESOME! He used to do lots of homebirths, before such a thing became so highly politicized for MDs. He's hugely homebirth friendly and crunchy in every possible way! He even lives nearby, so he mentioned that if the weather's crummy he could make a house call for the new baby's first doctor's visit!!! Bless my heart, I think I'm in love!!! The only thing for me to deal with is the fact that he's a "he" -- DD's previous MD was a woman and I am preferential toward having a female in that role, for both the motherly/womanly vibe that it can bring and also just to reinforce some good girl power mojo as DD grows older and begins to notice such things...

 

Looking forward to buying my birth kit in the next few days!!! For me that's the REAL sign that I'll be meeting this baby soon!

post #71 of 90

Lightforest, yay for baby positioning and BP!!!

Your new MD sounds AWESOME. Can I move in with you so I can see him, too?! lol.gif

post #72 of 90
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Scruffy, -31?! that is NUTS. My last winter in Chicago it was -16, and I wanted to die. However, I really miss cold weather now. It has been in the 60s all week and it is very depressing. I miss having 4 distinct seasons.

withlittlelungs, it sounds like we share a love/hate relationship with cold weather! This morning it was 0F, now it's "warmed up" to 11F. But then there's the wind. Oof. This is my first winter living in Chicago and it's been pretty mild here so far, so I guess I can't complain. But both DH and I spent our childhoods in warm weather climates, so there's a part of me (and him too, I think) that will just never get completely used to extreme cold, snow, and ice.

 

(I was that kid who wore out the pages of the JC Penney Christmas catalog, fantasizing especially over those delicious poofy snowsuits and wondering what it would be like to wear one myself. I think that residual obsession with cold-weather-wear is sometimes the only thing that keeps me going when I'm trying to get DD dressed to go outside!)

post #73 of 90
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Lightforest, yay for baby positioning and BP!!!

Your new MD sounds AWESOME. Can I move in with you so I can see him, too?! lol.gif

 

Yes, but then you'd have to deal with the Chicago cold. Worth it? cold.gif

post #74 of 90
scruffy Your story made me laugh! I'm sure in the moment it was so annoying, but it's good that you can have a sense of humor about things later on. At least it seems like everything will be an easy fix!

withlittlelungs Congrats on hitting 34 weeks! I hope you can stay busy and keep your mind off waiting for the babies to come, but I know how hard that can be!

LightForest Hooray for finding a great doctor! That is always such a relief!

AFM I survived both DH and DD going through the flu last week without getting sick at all! I was taking every natural, prenatal-appropriate immune boosting support thing that I could think of! So that was a relief because whatever they had looked pretty miserable!

I saw my midwife yesterday. I'll be 36 weeks on Monday (!) so it's already time for weekly appointments, plus I'm cleared to have the baby at the birth center if I go into labor after Monday. I am NOT anxious to have the baby soon, this actually put me into a TOTAL panic last night! All I can think about is how little we have done. We moved a few weeks ago but still don't have a working washer and dryer yet, so most of my list involves washing clothes and diapers. I also have zero freezer meals, and while DHs family is nearby, nobody brought us any food when DD was born. So I want to be prepared, especially because DH thought he had a weeks vacation but he actually has none. Turns out he just starts earning vacation time after a year. It's such a bummer because he works for his uncle, who happens to be so stingy as a boss. Oh well, I'm sure we will survive!
post #75 of 90
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Welcome, Wildmansmom!

 

Wow, you guys! 34 weeks with twins! 36 weeks! We're going to be getting those wonderful new baby photos here pretty soon! How exciting! And how terrifying! XD I am so not ready for a newborn!

 

Wow, Lightforest, you found a doctor who will come to you... in the Chicago area? Dude... share! XD I probably live too far away...

 

AFM Had a really nice evening. Left my daughter at home with our favorite babysitter and went out for a gala kind of event that is the sort of thing I've never had the privilege to attend before. It was a lot of fun. My husband had a good time chatting with an old friend, which makes me happy, because he is always happier after getting to hang out with his friends. And, on the trip out and home again to drop off our babysitter, I noticed that we were getting a very light but steady snow, which means that the predictions of a couple of inches may actually come true! I am so excited, you guys! You have no idea! This will be our first truly measurable snow this winter, and Midwest snow (compared to what we lovingly referred to back home as California cement) is so pretty! My mom sent some of those silly snowshoes that make pawprints in the snow to my daughter and she can't WAIT for a chance to use them. :D

post #76 of 90
WLL, Lightforest and veganyogamomma--it sounds like you guys will be some of the first to give birth! Sending lots of easy labor vibes your way and I cant wait to see your babies smile.gif

Veganyogamomma: I'm sorry you still have so much to do and that your DH wont get any vacation time greensad.gif. Hang in there and get as much done as possible beforehand but dont overdo it. I am not big on the freezer meals, i got by fine last time because i stocked up on ready made deli foods and easy to prepare foods. So if you dont get a lot done for the freezer there are other options.
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WLL, Lightforest and veganyogamomma--it sounds like you guys will be some of the first to give birth! Sending lots of easy labor vibes your way and I cant wait to see your babies smile.gif


EEK!!!, don't get my hopes up like that!!! DD was born at 41w6d, so I'm trying to mentally prepare myself to be in this for the long haul still.

post #78 of 90
Uh oh maybe I jumped the gun there smile.gif. Me being only 33 weeks, i naturally feel like I'll be pregnant for a lot longer than you but i could be wrong.
post #79 of 90

I broke my new-to-me-car! I managed to somehow crack the gear shift knob such that the car would only shift from drive to Neutral, not into Park or reverse. Luckily (or unluckily??) this occurred as I was trying to pull into the garage last night. I ended up turning it into accessory mode and using the parking brake in the garage. Then I had the panicky call to my husband because I cannot physically bend over inside the car to see the side where it cracked to try to make it shift. I called the dealer to see if they have a part (it's a 2004 volvo, so no one else on the planet will have the part) and they are squeezing me in tomorrow morning. Well, I got panicky about driving to Seattle, by myself, with a possibly mal-functioning gear knob and ask MIL to come with me. Now I scared to death that she is going to be stuck in the car with me for over 2 hours on the way out when I am having some... uhm... painfully stinky digestive issues. I am going to die of embarrassment if I pass one of these stink bombs in the car with my MIL. What was I thinking? 

 

But, the gear shift is currently held together by duct tape and I need the 4-wheel drive option since we do live on the opposite side of a mountain pass. 

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Originally Posted by wildmansmom View Post

Hi Everyone -

 

So, new to the group... obviously I've known for a while that I'm due in March, but I typically don't do much online group/posting.  As I wind down my pregnancy I'm really craving the company of other pregnant ladies, so here I am.

 

Due March 7th with Baby #2!
 

Welcome, wildmansmom! :D  Just dive right in!

 

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Originally Posted by LightForest View Post

I hit 35 weeks tomorrow! Had a great appt with my midwife today - baby is still head down and my blood pressure is not acting up - yay! I also took DD to a wellbaby appointment with a new doctor yesterday - it was a sort of trial run to see whether I wanted to switch the whole family, including the newbie, over to him. And he is AWESOME! He used to do lots of homebirths, before such a thing became so highly politicized for MDs. He's hugely homebirth friendly and crunchy in every possible way! He even lives nearby, so he mentioned that if the weather's crummy he could make a house call for the new baby's first doctor's visit!!! Bless my heart, I think I'm in love!!! The only thing for me to deal with is the fact that he's a "he" -- DD's previous MD was a woman and I am preferential toward having a female in that role, for both the motherly/womanly vibe that it can bring and also just to reinforce some good girl power mojo as DD grows older and begins to notice such things...

 

Looking forward to buying my birth kit in the next few days!!! For me that's the REAL sign that I'll be meeting this baby soon!

 

Your MD sounds amazing!  :D I am jealous and have yet to find one I am in love with...

 

By the way, we are Due Date buddies! :D  Can't believe how close we're getting!

 

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AFM I survived both DH and DD going through the flu last week without getting sick at all! I was taking every natural, prenatal-appropriate immune boosting support thing that I could think of! So that was a relief because whatever they had looked pretty miserable!

I saw my midwife yesterday. I'll be 36 weeks on Monday (!) so it's already time for weekly appointments, plus I'm cleared to have the baby at the birth center if I go into labor after Monday. I am NOT anxious to have the baby soon, this actually put me into a TOTAL panic last night! All I can think about is how little we have done. We moved a few weeks ago but still don't have a working washer and dryer yet, so most of my list involves washing clothes and diapers. I also have zero freezer meals, and while DHs family is nearby, nobody brought us any food when DD was born. So I want to be prepared, especially because DH thought he had a weeks vacation but he actually has none. Turns out he just starts earning vacation time after a year. It's such a bummer because he works for his uncle, who happens to be so stingy as a boss. Oh well, I'm sure we will survive!
Yeay for not getting sick!  What a blessing.  We had the flu in Novemeber and it was NO FUN!  :(  Wow! Less than a month until your Due Date!  I know it can be so overwhelming and panicing is totally normal... But it'll all fall into place.  Babies don't need much in the beginning.  Just warmth, love and a food source.  :D
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