Oops I've been totally missing out on this week's chat thread.
Babytoes, I'm sorry for your loss.
Everyone in pain and discomfort - right there with ya. Although my hemorrhoids are slightly better today... I had one come up right underneath the first so it's taken a while for my hardcore cortisone to penetrate, but it seems like it's working now.
Melany - I totally understand wanting to get your work environment set up perfectly for you to get back to. It's going to be hard enough to get back into "work mode" once the baby is here, you don't need obstacles like a desk to assemble in your way as well! Much easier to do it now - and then it's even something to sort of look forward to about going back to work.
Chapsie and others who get inappropriate comments and touching - YIKES. People here are much more reserved about that sort of thing, I've never been inappropriately touched, and few people even make comments. One of my DD's classmates' moms said yesterday that she totally hadn't even noticed I was pregnant until last week though, which I thought was pretty funny, and shows how good my winter coat is at hiding it! It's funny because she was pregnant LAST year and I think she was probably about 7 months along before I could make up my mind as to whether she was pregnant or just getting really chubby - she's small, like me, but has a TOTALLY different shape while pregnant. I don't know her all that well so I didn't want to ask! But otherwise - even my bestest, closest friends ASK before they touch my tummy. The only ones who don't are DD and DH. And the cat - he just looks pissed off when he tries to snuggle and the baby kicks him.
AFM I just had an appointment with our backup midwife - she seems really nice. She gave me a list of some herbs & stuff I can take to help prevent a positive GBS test (which I'm doing next week apparently). Astralagus, echinacea, burdock, probiotics... it seems reasonable - and I need to go to the herb store to stock up on blessed thistle and fenugreek too, which I'm going to start taking when labour begins just to give the boobies a kick-start. I was measuring a bit big today (37, I'm 36 wks tomorrow) but she said that it's all baby - its little bum was sticking way out and skewing things. And I saw my doctor yesterday - I had some bumps on the skin around my groin - I figured they were *probably* skin tags but since I can't actually SEE them myself I thought it prudent to get them checked out (verdict: yup, skin tags, dr. is happy to remove them once my hormones have sorted themselves out). Anyway, my doc is awesome and her first two kids (she adopted a 3rd) were spaced 7 years apart and she said it was great. It's so nice to have a doctor who is so well integrated into the midwifery-doula scene, too - she actually admitted that my doula might know more about breastfeeding than she does (and my doc is an IBCLC to whom all the OTHER doctors refer their patients for breastfeeding issues) and she had the same midwives for her kids' births as I had for my first. Part of why I like going to my doctor is that she's so chatty and fun... but it's also why I make appts for first thing in the morning because otherwise she runs reeeeally late!
So... I am just trying to stay off my feet for the next day or so while the roids heal up. I'm kinda bored, and I WANT to do more, but I also want to get my bum better fast and I know from experience that rest (and cortisone) are what I really need.