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post #61 of 96

Ack yes I got a bit sassy in that vitamin K thread - I agree that it feels like I just got peeked at by a peeping tom when i should have known full well to keep the blinds closed. whenever i see "experts" posting their first post on a thread like that, just to share their wisdom, i feel a bit skeeved out. totally spammy. And it TOTALLY kills the vibe of the thread, which is to be a DDC discussion!

 

I also LOVE those valentines. I was actually looking on some mommy blog (or was it pinterest?) the other day at candy-free valentine ideas and i saw that lego minifig one! SO CUTE. And who wouldn't just love to get a glow stick for a valentine?

 

Pinterest = SUCH a time suck. I like to look on it for ideas sometimes, but it usually ends up making me feel rather overwhelmed and insufficient as a stay at home mommy. Blurg.

post #62 of 96
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Originally Posted by LightForest View Post

Ack yes I got a bit sassy in that vitamin K thread - I agree that it feels like I just got peeked at by a peeping tom when i should have known full well to keep the blinds closed. whenever i see "experts" posting their first post on a thread like that, just to share their wisdom, i feel a bit skeeved out. totally spammy. And it TOTALLY kills the vibe of the thread, which is to be a DDC discussion!

 

 

I know this sound horrible, but I immediately blocked the person from my view who had 0 posts and a long "opinion." It skeeved me out, too! 

 

 

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Originally Posted by LightForest View Post
I also LOVE those valentines. I was actually looking on some mommy blog (or was it pinterest?) the other day at candy-free valentine ideas and i saw that lego minifig one! SO CUTE. And who wouldn't just love to get a glow stick for a valentine?

If you want, I can totally post/send you the image and I could remove my son's name from it. I have no problems sharing the wealth. We're busy working on my daughter's at this very moment. (melted rainbow crayons). 

post #63 of 96
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Originally Posted by Melany View Post

If you want, I can totally post/send you the image and I could remove my son's name from it. I have no problems sharing the wealth. We're busy working on my daughter's at this very moment. (melted rainbow crayons). 

 

Sadly, DD could care less for lego minifigs so i can't use her as an excuse (yet). Would it be weird for me to send valentines to my adult friends? Sheepish.gif

post #64 of 96
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Originally Posted by LightForest View Post

 

Sadly, DD could care less for lego minifigs so i can't use her as an excuse (yet). Would it be weird for me to send valentines to my adult friends? Sheepish.gif

Don't you get a free pass for weird, silly stuff when you're pregnant? I sure hope so.... 

post #65 of 96

I had my 36 week appointment yesterday. We had a follow up ultrasound to check on the baby because she has been measuring consistently small. The tech said her head is small, and that the midwives would want to keep a close eye on her for that reason. She is proportional, but petite. I think all of her organ functions were normal, good heartbeat as always, etc. Not sure how accurate the head measurement is because she’s so low in my pelvis and this time she had both arms covering her face. The midwife did say that my amniotic fluid is low. I think 5 is serious and I’m at 6.5. MW recommended hydrotherapy- getting in the pool for an hour every day or a bath covering my whole belly for 30 minutes 2 times per day. Can someone explain to me how this helps my fluid levels? I don’t get it. I’ve been able to do the baths (which works for hemorrhoids too!). She did the strep test and I’ll get the results tomorrow at a follow up appointment. They are doing a BPP and checking fluid levels again. MW checked my cervix and found that I was extremely smooshy and dilated to 5 cm on the outside! That's at least two more than when I got to the hospital after my water broke with DS! She couldn’t find the inner os, and decided to stop feeling around because she was worried about breaking my water.

 

I’m a little worried about the appointment tomorrow. I’m only 36 weeks, but since the baby is small, I’m really worried about having to be induced for low amniotic fluid and the baby having undeveloped lungs and staying in the NICU. Plus, I am not ready to have the baby yet! Our house is a disaster and I don’t have my sub plans ready yet. L

 

Melany – Cool Valentines! I had saved a lot of DSs cooler finger paintings from school to re-use as cards for random occasions. I cut about 10 of them into quarters and DS and I glued little red hearts onto each of the quarters on which I wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, A”

 

Sleep: I would love to go to bed earlier. But tonight’s excuse is that I have no more clean underwear and really need a pair to sleep in due to yeast infection medicine and hemorrhoid gel.

 

Hemorrhoids: Getting better! I was feeling really lousy Monday so I took the day off and saw one of the nurses at the surgery center where I had a hemorrhoid removed last Friday. We measured this other lump that was starting to cause me a lot of pain, and scheduled a follow up appointment for today (Wednesday). I’m feeling better today and the surgeon said that this lump is actually caused by an internal hemorrhoid, but that it is going away and just feels bad because it’s on the edge of where they cut the other one off. So, that is good news.

 

Spughy- Sorry to hear about your uncle and the family house. It’s weird when places from your past no longer become accessible.

 

Please wish us good luck for tomorrow!

post #66 of 96
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Originally Posted by ClumsySugarPlum View Post

I had my 36 week appointment yesterday. We had a follow up ultrasound to check on the baby because she has been measuring consistently small. The tech said her head is small, and that the midwives would want to keep a close eye on her for that reason. She is proportional, but petite. I think all of her organ functions were normal, good heartbeat as always, etc. Not sure how accurate the head measurement is because she’s so low in my pelvis and this time she had both arms covering her face. The midwife did say that my amniotic fluid is low. I think 5 is serious and I’m at 6.5. MW recommended hydrotherapy- getting in the pool for an hour every day or a bath covering my whole belly for 30 minutes 2 times per day. Can someone explain to me how this helps my fluid levels? I don’t get it. I’ve been able to do the baths (which works for hemorrhoids too!). She did the strep test and I’ll get the results tomorrow at a follow up appointment. They are doing a BPP and checking fluid levels again. MW checked my cervix and found that I was extremely smooshy and dilated to 5 cm on the outside! That's at least two more than when I got to the hospital after my water broke with DS! She couldn’t find the inner os, and decided to stop feeling around because she was worried about breaking my water.

 

I’m a little worried about the appointment tomorrow. I’m only 36 weeks, but since the baby is small, I’m really worried about having to be induced for low amniotic fluid and the baby having undeveloped lungs and staying in the NICU. Plus, I am not ready to have the baby yet! Our house is a disaster and I don’t have my sub plans ready yet. L

 

Melany – Cool Valentines! I had saved a lot of DSs cooler finger paintings from school to re-use as cards for random occasions. I cut about 10 of them into quarters and DS and I glued little red hearts onto each of the quarters on which I wrote “Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, A”

 

Sleep: I would love to go to bed earlier. But tonight’s excuse is that I have no more clean underwear and really need a pair to sleep in due to yeast infection medicine and hemorrhoid gel.

 

Hemorrhoids: Getting better! I was feeling really lousy Monday so I took the day off and saw one of the nurses at the surgery center where I had a hemorrhoid removed last Friday. We measured this other lump that was starting to cause me a lot of pain, and scheduled a follow up appointment for today (Wednesday). I’m feeling better today and the surgeon said that this lump is actually caused by an internal hemorrhoid, but that it is going away and just feels bad because it’s on the edge of where they cut the other one off. So, that is good news.

 

Spughy- Sorry to hear about your uncle and the family house. It’s weird when places from your past no longer become accessible.

 

Please wish us good luck for tomorrow!

Drink tons and tons of water prior to your ultrasound, too... that should help boost your amniotic fluid index a little bit!!!  If they did talk about induction, ask them to retake the measurement several times using the two different techniques (the "single deepest pocket" technique and the "four quadrants" technique). I was induced with DS for oligohydramnios (my AFI was 4) and when my water broke in labor, I had TONS AND TONS of fluid.  

 

Good luck to you and please let us know how your follow up appt goes!  

post #67 of 96
Thread Starter 

Spughy- I am so sorry to hear about your uncle. ((HUGS))  

post #68 of 96

I'm thinking about you Clumsyplum! 

 

I had my u/s today to check fluid levels and baby position. Baby has been head down and centered for two days now and my placenta is anterior. He is ROP whenever he flips vertex. I am feeling optimistic and I really hope he sticks. I really don't want to have to make all of those tough decisions. It was stressing me out beyond a reasonable level and I think that was one major reason I lost so much sleep. I am now taking an ambian whenever I can't sleep and although it doesn't knock me out and I still wake to pee and comfort DS2, I can actually drift back off now. So that is a relief. 

 

My mother has emailed me a few times asking about my life and the baby and telling me about hers. I miss talking to her but I don't have the energy to tell her how I really feel and I can't just pretend like everything that just happened didn't happen. I feel bad for leaving her out of my life but seriously just thinking about what I would say to her and reigniting our relationship makes me incredibly anxious. I need a break. I drive to VT early tomorrow morning to graduate. I am kind of excited but not really. I'd rather just rest at home. There is soooo much for me to do today to get ready for the trip and to make my 45 min presentation that I've procrastinated on that I am not into the whole thing. Bleh. Maybe chocolate would help?

post #69 of 96

Spughy, so sorry about your uncle! hug2.gif

 

ClumsySugarPlum, I wish you all the best of luck in your appointment today, and I hope everything's fine (and that they can tell that it's fine).

 

Writermama, chocolate always helps.

 

 

I have a friend coming over today to help me figure out what to do for drapes in our remaining room that doesn't have them. And then we're going to go on check out a restaurant supply store that we've both wanted to for a while. I want to get some kitchen organizational items. And we both just want to ogle everything. Husband's gone for the weekend, so this is my valentine's day fun. smile.gif

post #70 of 96

Greeting ladies. My follow up appointment was good. They did a BPP and found that amniotic levels were back up. Now they're at 8 instead of 6.5, so borderline low, but not worrisome. The midwife said that our baby looks great. I'm still supposed to take a deep bath for 30 minutes twice a day or go to the pool for an hour a day, and I can think of worse things to be prescribed during pregnancy so I am not complaining. The hemorroid thing is feeling so much better and I'm really feeling more like myself lately. I've even found myself singing some of my favorite songs from way back. I think part of my brain is gearing up to give birth too. There's just some kind of connection and inner peace I feel when I find myself singing by myself in my house. I enjoy music and have performed, but I'm not one of those people who always has the radio on or ear buds in. I guess between a rambunctious almost 4 year old and teaching elementary kids, I enjoy the quiet when I can get it. I'm getting things done around the house finally after feeling so cruddy. This weekend I will work on sub plans because I have to meet with my sub on Monday and go over stuff. And then, hopefully, work will be settled and I can focus on doing all the fun things to get ready for the baby. Her room is still not done and I think next weekend my friend is going to take some photos of me. Yea! I've never had pregnancy pics before, and as this is most likely our last baby, I'm really stoked to do them. 

 

Our Valentine's Day was pretty low-key at home. I think everyone is in a good mood because I'm feeling better. Hope everyone else's V-Day was nice.

post #71 of 96

 Writermama- It sounds like we might be in similar situations  with our mothers...I had not talked to mine since an emotional incident on Christmas,and then she came along to my 3d ultasound and later that day suprise baby shower...acted like everything was great and I have not heard from her since then.  I want so badly to have a relationship with her,and for her to want to be involved with my daughter...and it seems like when I'm pregnant our relationship just gets worse. I spend a huge amount of time thinking about it,stressed out about it and it gets to the point where I feel physically sick about it. I have to keep reminding myself that keeping the negative energy away from me is hard but worth it,at least for right now. I'm sorry you have to go through this. I don't know anyone else who really understands how it feels,so it's hard for me to talk about it. It kind of just sits in my brain all the time.

post #72 of 96

Spuphy: I'm sorry to hear about your Uncle. 

post #73 of 96

MrsBerkley, Thanks for sharing about your stress and issues with your mother. It is comforting, although unfortunate, to know that I'm not the only pregnant adult who misses talking to her mother but also chooses not to pursue a stressful relationship at the same time. I agree, I think it is wise to avoid excessive stressful situations right now. 

post #74 of 96
Here's an interesting, detailed quiz for predicting the birth: http://www.justmommies.com/quizzes/labor_prediction_quiz.php

I wish i knew more about my mother's labor with me and DH's mom's labor but i don't. For those who do know this quiz will definitely be interesting.

Blah, i think i overdid it yesterday cleaning out the fridge and huge pantry. It needed to be done but i felt exhausted afterward and still do today. Darn nesting instinct--makes me feel so strong and energetic in the moment but when i come off of the high i feel like an elephant sat on me.
post #75 of 96

sunshinelove-- this is what I got:

 

 

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I know you were hoping we weren't going to say this, but don't expect this baby to come early. Your baby is nice and comfy tucked away in your womb and has no interest in joining the rest of the world. We predict your baby will be born after its due date. Your baby will most likely be born in the morning. Justmommies predicts that your baby will weigh approximately 7.3 pounds and that your labor will be about 13 hours long.

 

Which is almost exactly what I'd predict-- but then again, I mostly had my mom's info to go on, and I probably have her story in the back of my mind.  I would guess 41 weeks, 10-15 hours labor, 7+ pounds.  I don't know about what time of day, though.  I haven't pictured anything in particular... maybe nighttime, as I was born just after midnight and my brother born around 8 or 9 pm.

post #76 of 96
Thread Starter 

Mine predicted AFTER my due date, too.  :(  Booo!!!!!  It also predicted a large baby, but mw says it will most likely be smaller than my last.  I love those quizzes, though.  Sooo fun!

 

AFM- Today, I made and froze 2 lasagnas for after baby arrives!  Woo hoo!  It was hard to work up the motivation, but once I started, it was no big deal.  Maybe Sunday or Monday I will prep some freezer to crock pot meals. 

 

Today, I have been sooooo sooo very tired!  I can't wait for bedtime!  :)  

 

Tomorrow, we are off to Amish country for a Valentine's getaway/mini-babymoon with the kiddos.  It'll be our last chance to have a "vacation" with our family as it exists now, so we are going to be celebrate being a family of 4 for the last time.  Then, we'll start preparing for life as a family of 5.... WOW FAMILY OF 5?!?!?!?!?  How exciting!  :D

 

Hope y'all have a good weekend.

post #77 of 96

"I know you were hoping we weren't going to say this, but don't expect this baby to come early. Your baby is nice and comfy tucked away in your womb and has no interest in joining the rest of the world. We predict your baby will be born after its due date. Your baby will most likely be born in the morning. Justmommies predicts that your baby will weigh approximately 9.0 pounds and that your labor will be about 12 hours long."

post #78 of 96

Here is my prediction:

 

 

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Just about the time you think you can't handle hearing one more "when is that baby going to pop?", your baby will decide to make it's appearance. We predict your baby will be born 3-7 days before your due date. Your baby will most likely be born in the morning. Justmommies predicts that your baby will weigh approximately 7.0 pounds and that your labor will be about 14 hours long.

 

 

If this is true, then I need to get crackin!! For some reason I just can't imagine going early. I think she'll be a little late, but I'm also guessing around 7 pounds.

 

On that note... I have my midwife home visit today and we are good to go. We figured out a good place for the birth pool and talked about the last things that we need to get, which really isn't much. This little girl has made her way deep in my pelvis, but continues to hang out in the ROT/ROA position. So I've decided to just take it instead of obsessing with optimal positioning. Not that I won't still do my daily spinning babies -- I just think that maybe there's a reason she likes it over there. My mw offered to check me again, but I declined. I just don't want to know yet. Either way it would cause me stress - being disappointed if nothing is happening, or being constantly on alert if I'm dilated & effaced at all. I might get checked if I get to 40 weeks, but I just might wait until things get going. 

 

I have my baby shower tomorrow, which I'm looking forward too. It's mostly women that I used to teach with, so it will be fun getting together again. Of course there will be wine I'm sure, that I won't be able to join in. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

post #79 of 96

Just for fun...

 

Get your bags packed early just in case you need them. Make sure your partner has a phone available when he's away because this baby just might come early. We predict your baby will come 2-3 weeks early. Your baby will most likely be born in the morning. Justmommies predicts that your baby will weigh approximately 7.8 pounds and that your labor will be about 6 hours long.

 

 

I DO hope I am a bit early. My body is really feeling beat down. My underwear were completely SOAKED by noon today and I put on a cloth pad and that got soaked too. Then I had a nice long period of yucky feeling contractions that made my back ache during meetings at my grad school. Ugh & Blah. I feel like poo. What's new? This is the new norm for me I guess. 

post #80 of 96

Fun!  Mine:

 

I know you were hoping we weren't going to say this, but don't expect this baby to come early. Your baby is nice and comfy tucked away in your womb and has no interest in joining the rest of the world. We predict your baby will be born after its due date. Your baby will most likely be born in the morning. Justmommies predicts that your baby will weigh approximately 8.0 pounds and that your labor will be about 13 hours long.

 

Well I hope it's right about the length of labour and the baby's size! 

 

Had a good long chat with our doula this afternoon regarding labour preferences etc. Some of it was harder than you would think given that I've been through it before, so it was good to have DH there as a sort of reality check. Do I want music in labour?  I realized no, I totally don't - I want to hear someone in the next room having LESS fun than me. lol.gif  It's horrible - I know - but last time there WAS someone yelling a LOT in the next L&D room and it was both distracting and a comforting thought that it could be worse.  I am a bad person, I know.  I also don't want any silly visualizations or whatever, I want a magic x-ray that'll SHOW me exactly what's going on.  Failing that, I want the picture series from my midwife's office and I want someone to point to them periodically and say "ok, now we're HERE".    It was a very illuminating exploration of my psyche.  I'm pretty sure my doula thinks I'll be entertainingly psychopathic during labour, and fortunately she's the kind of person who is now looking forward to that.

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