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nstewart, your labor sounds a lot like mine, maybe DH was just bored smile.gif He was on his phone quite a bit! We have some friends who could watch her, but she doesn't know any of them that well is DH's concern. To me that's no biggie, she's 3, not a baby, she'd be fine. Maybe I'll talk to some of her daycare teachers and see if any of them would be willing for some $$ to be on call to watch her if we need. I also was another lucky one who got the good-feels from letdown, even a little bit of it when pumping. I too understood after that why people would do drugs if that is the feeling they got innocent.gif I did have pain for the first few sucks, especially on my flat nipple side, for the first few weeks, but it wasn't too bad.

Lynann, my ILs were bad about having food around too until they had their first grandchild and they rarely would eat lunch. Now they are better about it with two grandchildren and me always wanting to eat and making DH go get me lunch because I don't skip meals even when not pregnant smile.gif When I'm pregnant, I have no shame and will dive right into the cabinets and start making stuff and I bring food along too. At least my ILs were never offended when I did these things, but yeah so different from my family where all family events revolve around food to a ridiculous degree the other way!

adventuregirl, I was very busy with work yesterday myself, but today should be quieter. Glad you got some CDs and are feeling better prepared. Glad you have vacation to look forward to smile.gif

OtherMother, those peanut butter cups sound awesome, I will have to try that recipe when DD is older, for now I keep all peanut stuff out of the house (so I eat it at work instead) as she is allergic, but when she's older will start slowly bringing stuff back in.

AmandaLynnH, yeah, those bottomless pit days can be rough, had many myself this time! I hope your midwife was having an off day, sounds like it is quite possible. Hopefully the baby shower goes ok, good idea on duplicating your list onto Target, I do the same with a crowd like that, but at least my Mom is finally an amazon convert! LOL at pininterest + nesting, I'm staying far away as I think I would get so addicted to pininterest smile.gif

CoBabyMaker, very good point about the C/S! I haven't talked to him more yet, but I'm hoping our long trip this weekend will give me an opportunity. Glad your appointment went well, sorry you had to wait so long! My OB had only done that to me once and it was with DD, though of course DH was with me for that appointment so he was getting really frustrated. I have the pregnancy nurse line too, they give me more $$ in my HSA for doing the program which is nice and my nurse is pretty hilarious smile.gif When I told her I was having one BH a day at most she told me that was great as she probably had a BH yesterday herself even though she isn't pregnant. Good for your DH for giving blood, I do that regularly when not pregnant/BFing (not that you can't give while BFing, I just worry about my pumping supply being affected). For short shirts (I'm having this problem with clothes from last pregnancy, everything I bought this time I made sure was long) I'm using long maternity tanks/camis under them to extend life. JCPenney, Motherhood & Target all have really long tanks and/or camis. Bonus that it helps keep warm right now! I am switching to dresses at least some of the time as soon as it warms up.

Going to see my parents and the ILs tomorrow, so that will be nice. We have Friday & Monday off so we can make it is a nice relaxing weekend. Going to see if I can talk to DH some on the trip about someone to watch DD, even just someone for just-in-case scenarios because I do think I would want DH there if I had to have a C/S suddenly or anything like that. Going to pack tomorrow morning as my Mom doesn't get home from work until 4pm, so we don't want to beat her there and it's only a 5 hour trip, though may be longer with me having to stop and pee all the time.

DH was finally getting the itch to be more prepared last night, so he ordered cribs, I'm surprised it took him this long. The ones we got come with toddler rails so you can make it into a toddler bed without buying more stuff. I never thought I would want a toddler bed with DD, but I actually like it, so I'm happy about that feature. He's really wanting the remodeling folks to install our carpet sooner rather than later so we can get things setup, I'm with him there, so we may push for that a bit harder as I think right now they plan to do that all at once with the kitchen. We'll see! Last big thing I need to order is a double stroller, the rest of the stuff I want to get can just be picked up from wherever pretty easily, so I'm not as worried about that stuff.
post #22 of 40
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Just got an e-mail that our cabinets will be in next week for the kitchen remodel, so they want to start March 4th! Woohoo, I was worried we weren't going to get in until late March so this is great news smile.gif Of course, we'll be without a kitchen for who knows how long, but it will be fine.
post #23 of 40

Becky - about the shirts, that totally made me laugh! Mine are getting shorter too! I tried on a bunch of non-maternity tanks the other day that surprisingly fit and was excited to have them for my trip to FL, but I have a feeling they might not be long enough in 3 wks!

 

OtherMother- Those peanut butter cups look divine! I will probably make those too! 

 

jaq - so sorry your dd is having a rough time, you too! But glad you will be getting your nest soon and dd will be able to settle in after her trip - and nice you can do the moving without her too! I hope your hands get better with the new med!

 

Katie - awesome for the 4 day weekend! Enjoy your visiting! Awesome on the cabinets too!

 

Amanda - I get the bottomless pit days too, I surprise myself with what I am willing to eat based on what is available. Some days I overpack decent snacks just in case, cause the food in the kitchen at work is mostly crap.

 

My insurance offers the nurse line thing too, but I've been avoiding their calls shy.gif. There was a gift card involved if I signed up in the first tri, but didn't know about it then. Since I am a non-tester, homebirther, and generally don't always do what the mainstream advice tells us to do (like eat lunch meat and go in hot tubs) I figure it wouldn't be fun for me. Besides, the less my insurance company knows about me, the better since I am hoping they will cover my homebirth as much as possible (through creative billing) even though they say "it isn't covered". 

 

I had an awful sleep last night. Hips hurting again which made for a lot of rolling back and forth between each side, then I had BH's in my sleep! WTF? Of course in my sleepy state and pain, I was worrying about them and kept looking at the clock to see if they were coming at regular intervals, which they weren't - they seemed to be very closely related to me having to pee and moving around, but it still seems strange. So then I finally get to sleep and DD comes in because she had a nightmare. So I am a sleepy one today, but ended up working from home since it snowed overnight and is supposed to continue all day, so at least I can stay in my comfy clothes and work from the couch or recliner as much as I want.

post #24 of 40

Katie, That is great that they will be able to get started on your kitchen reno soon!  That is probably a big relief so they can hopefully finish before the babies arrive.    I hope your trip goes well this weekend and you have a chance to talk to DH some more. 

 

Sheryl, I'm sorry that you were hurting again!  I hope a day at home gives you some much needed rest!

 

DD2 was having some tummy issues last night (we think) and kept waking up yelling at us and wouldn't settle down to sleep until 1 or 2.  It was a rough night and we are all tired so I am hoping both kids will nap well (neither of them nap normally).  DD2 fell asleep in the car and I am hoping that DD1 will actually sleep before AWANAs tonight.  Nights like that always freak me out a little right now because then I remember the newborn stage.   DH was great last night and dealt with most of it so I could (try to) rest. 

 

Well, I just ordered some belly bands to help with my shirt length issues.  I know not everyone likes them but I really liked them with my previous pregnancies and they are so great post partum for a little support.  We originally thought we were done after DD2 so I had gotten rid of them.  I just went for a walk and wow!  I was longing for a little more support by the end.  I don't have that issue with my workout video but the walk had my belly really tight the whole time and hurting at the end.  It kind of surprised me. 

 

I managed to get some stuffed bell peppers into the freezer last night and some spaghetti sauce made this morning.  Hopefully that motivation will continue and I can keep tucking food away.   

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Gah.  I just tried to make an appointment to take some boys' clothes in for consignment and they are booked until the second week of May !!!  Geesh, I wanted that stuff out of my house before the newbie arrived.  Oh well....

 

We have a ton of stuff to take to donate though.  That will help!

 

Question for you ladies:  we have 2 cats and once I found out I was PG, DH started doing litter box duty.  However, he will be traveling pretty much all next week (Sunday through Sunday).  Do you think it will be OK for me to clean the boxes using gloves and maybe a mask?  Both of the cats are indoor now.  I've had the male cat almost 9 years and the female cat for almost 4 years.  DH is nervous about it, but I hate to ask a friend to come clean my litter boxes for me.  redface.gif

post #26 of 40

Wow, lots to catch up on!  Sorry if I miss anyone!

 

Lynann, I hope the visit with the ILs is ok.  My ILs aren't horrible in terms of having real food on hand, but I usually end up doing a majority of the cooking when we go to visit.  MIL is not much of a cook and she just gets stressed really easily especially as BIL and SIL and their kids usually come over for meals when we visit too.  I enjoy cooking so don't really mind and I know MIL and FIL appreciate it.  Plus otherwise I'm not really sure what we'd eat....

 

Amanda, I hope the shower isn''t too awkward.  Good call on registering both places.  And I hear ya on Pinterest.  I have actually only made 1 recipe I've pinned (quinoa stuffed peppers).  I just keep pinning, and pinning, and pinning though...Etsy is bad too.  I find way too many cute things "I could make".

 

Katie, YAY on the cabinets!  It will be SO great to have the kitchen done before the babes arrive.  I don't know what all else you are doing, but cabinet install isn't a huge job.  It should be a day or two days at most, unless you have a really big kitchen or are doing a lot of custom pieces or millwork.  DH installed our kitchen all by himself in 2 days and he's handy but not a professional and was working alone.  I hope you have a nice relaxing 4 day weekend!

 

Becky, my shirts are starting to get short too.  I mostly wear dresses during the week for work so it's really just an issue for casual clothes.  I guess I'll do the bella band too or something...It'll have to happen soon but not quite yet.  My DS is about the same age as your DD2 and he sometimes wakes up at night just mad too.  It's so confusing 'cause he just doesn't know what he wants.  Sometimes he has to pee but doesn't want to go and settles down after he does.  Other times I think maybe he's had a bad dream.  Other times??? I hope you all get a restful sleep tonite!  Sheryl, you too!!

 

Kate, honestly I wouldn't worry about the litter that much (don't tell my DH I said that, the only time he EVER cleans the litter is when I am pg).  Especially since you've had your cats a long time and they are indoor cats if either of them had toxoplasmosis you'd most likely have been exposed. That being said, I've had cats my entire life (2 currently, one of whom is 12 the other is 7 or so, and always had one or two growing up) and when I tested when PG with DS I didn't have immunity meaning I'd never been exposed (probably because it's quite rare). If you're just careful and either use gloves or wash your hands really well afterwards I think it's fine.

 

Well the last few days have been a bit crazy.  It's been super busy at work and I've just been getting peppered with new/urgent issues meaning my other work isn't getting done.  Then, yesterday, DH had to rush to see his grandmother in hospital 6 hours away.  She had a bad fall, broke several ribs and puntured one of her lungs.  This has come on top of failing health and she is in hospital in an induced coma and not expected to live much longer.  Obviously the family is upset, but she's been in and out of hospital and in failing health for some time and I think everyone felt that something would happen soon.  DH actually rushed to her side to say goodbye last year at this time too.  I was glad that DH was able to get to her before she passes, it just made things hectic here since I had to go out of town for work today.  DS and I ended up staying at my parents last night so that I could leave for the airport at 6am since his dayhome isn't open until 7:30.  We shared a bed and he really enjoyed the snuggles but it meant I didn't get much sleep cause he was wiggly and kept jamming his toes into my belly.  My sister is off work as she starts a new job next week so she actually took DS for the day and he had tons of fun.  DH made it home to pick DS up at 6 tonight and I got home from the airport shortly after 7.  I am just so ready for the weekend.  I'm pooped, and the house is a disaster.

post #27 of 40

Nstewart I hope your GIL heals fast! And I know what you mean about sleeping with a toddler. DD slept with me part of lastnight since DH worked real late and then had to leave for work again at 3:30 am, and I was woken up by fingers poking my face and hearing, "mommy nose, mommy eye, other eye, nice mommy ear, 'nother ear..." And for some reason she refused to sleep with her head on the pillow and slept on my feet like a dog would. Made it hard to turn over when my hips got sore.

 

I will hopefully be able to catch up on the thread tomorrow sometime, I am way behind. I have an u/s and a prenatal in the afternoon and DH and DD are coming with so hopefully everything will check out a-okay!

post #28 of 40
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Kate, honestly I wouldn't worry about the litter that much (don't tell my DH I said that, the only time he EVER cleans the litter is when I am pg).  Especially since you've had your cats a long time and they are indoor cats if either of them had toxoplasmosis you'd most likely have been exposed. That being said, I've had cats my entire life (2 currently, one of whom is 12 the other is 7 or so, and always had one or two growing up) and when I tested when PG with DS I didn't have immunity meaning I'd never been exposed (probably because it's quite rare). If you're just careful and either use gloves or wash your hands really well afterwards I think it's fine.

 

 

Hee.  Honestly, it kind of annoys me that I can't clean the litter boxes.  DH only does it every other day (sometimes less often) and then complains when they *miss* the box.  irked.gif

 

I could have sworn that when I was PG with DS that the doctor said I had immunity, but this time around my OB said I didn't and shouldn't be around the boxes.  Strange....

post #29 of 40
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Thank you so much for sharing, Amanda. I totally understand why you're making those decisions. You're going to be a great mama.
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Aw thank you for saying that.  I don't get a lot of those types of comments and, due to my upbringing, I worry sometimes.

 

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Amanda, I agree, it sounds like combo feeding would be a good thing to try.  Each baby is different and things might go really smoothly.  DD2 latched right on and we never had any issues!

Is blue velvet the same as red velvet but just with blue coloring?

 

Haha!  That made me laugh.  I agree, sooo many great ideas, so little energy.

 

Our insurance company has a pregnancy nurse line that checks in at a few times throughout pregnancy and after birth.  Yesterday  I got a letter saying I needed to call for my mid-way check in.  I wasn't going to but then I noticed a line saying that if I complete all the calls I get a $100 gift card.  They only take a few minutes so that is pretty cool!  I don't know where the gift card is for but I'll take $100! Yay!

 

All my shirts are getting too short already!  Is anyone else having this problem?  I don't want to buy new shirts so I might just do belly bands.  Does anyone have any other great solutions?  I love dresses but it's still cold here and my leggings are too small now.  All day i kept laughing at myself as I pulled my shirt down only to expose my boobs.  So then I'd pull it up to expose my belly.

Yup, blue velvet is the same thing but with blue coloring.  I adore red velvet!

 

Our insurance company does that too.  It's called 'healthy pregnancy, healthy child' or something like that.  I get $150 gift card for just a few phone calls.  

 

Yup, I'm running out of sweaters I can wear and considering it's the end of Feb and it should be starting to warm up a bit I don't want to buy more sweaters when I should be buying long sleeve tops and summery stuff.  I love the tanks from Old Navy (the tamis not the perfect tanks).  I've been wearing the regular ones from pre-pregnancy and they still fit and are nice and long.  Plus they're really soft.  Silly big boobs and belly making my clothes fit funny.

 

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Amanda - I get the bottomless pit days too, I surprise myself with what I am willing to eat based on what is available. Some days I overpack decent snacks just in case, cause the food in the kitchen at work is mostly crap.

 

My insurance offers the nurse line thing too, but I've been avoiding their calls shy.gif. There was a gift card involved if I signed up in the first tri, but didn't know about it then. Since I am a non-tester, homebirther, and generally don't always do what the mainstream advice tells us to do (like eat lunch meat and go in hot tubs) I figure it wouldn't be fun for me. Besides, the less my insurance company knows about me, the better since I am hoping they will cover my homebirth as much as possible (through creative billing) even though they say "it isn't covered". 

 

Our calls aren't too bad.  They take only a few minutes and just ask generic questions like if I'm depressed, if my tests have been normal (um, shouldn't you know that insurance co?), if I've had any issues, etc.  They haven't asked anything about birth plans, etc so I don't think they will unless they're holding that until my next call.

 

I am so ready for the weekend.  My stomach has been a bit off the last few days ever since some bad reflux woke me from a nap the other night.  I kept clearing my throat until I woke up and realized it was stuff coming up.  Ew.  But it never actually seems to do anything, my stomach just threatens.  'Maybe I'll get upset and you'll have to run to the rest room, but probably not.'  

 

A super sweet coworker just brought me a chocolate bar that another coworker is selling to raise money for her grandson.  It's just sitting on my desk.  Staring at me.  Willing me to eat it.  I know I shouldn't, but damn, that's a persuasive little chocolate bar.

post #30 of 40

OK, I am so behind!

 

Just got back from my u/s and appt. Things are looking really good and I was really excited about both my u/s specialist doctor and my regular OB (since I saw both today) asking what my plans were as far as where I was going to give birth. That was a big change from my last visit at 20 weeks where they basically acted like I was suddenly pregnant with a bomb and needed to find some other hospital to deliver at. I see the perinatologist at the end of March and based on what she says I might actually get to deliver where I want without having to try to fudge anything. The bad news is I will probably have to have an amnio to convince both the OB and perinatologist that we will be fine delivering at the local hospital. I have had an amnio before and it wasn't a big deal but it just means more needles in my belly crap.gif. According to the U/S doctor if they hadn't seen the certain spot on baby's brain they never would have know or guessed anything could be wrong and said that it was good how busy she is. The other news is that they moved my due date up by a week which puts me at 31 weeks today! For some reason that makes labor time seem so much closer. Eeek! I just know the will fly by now. Starting March 1 I have a weekly chiro appt, weekly physical therapy appt, a massage every 2 weeks (yay!), prenatal appts every 2 weeks, and DD and I were going to start some flower seeds indoors as a bonding project. Also my best friend is due in 4 weeks!

 

In other news DH has a third round of the stomach flu and I sooooo hope DD doesn't get it again, too.

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Here are some new u/s pics I got today.

 

 

This one cracks me up because I have no idea where she would get such full squishy lips.

 

 

You can see on her profile she has quite the pout too.

post #32 of 40
Bailey- love the pics! And I hope they let you deliver where you want.

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I want to purchase a special outfit for baby to wear home from the hospital. What advice do you ladies have?

Long or short sleeved? Pants or baby legs? Anything special with the umbilical cord?
post #33 of 40

Maybe more of a one piece outfit. Sometimes the waist bands on pants can rub on the belly button.

post #34 of 40

And make sure it has legs!  I had a friend who bought a really nice "night dress" type thing with elastic at the bottom for a going home outfit, not realizing they wouldn't be able to put baby in it in the car seat! lol.gif  I would also suggest a newborn size outfit.  We bought a really cute 0-3 month size for DS, and it was HUGE HUGE HUGE on him when he went home!  And he wasn't a big baby, but at 7lbs4oz he was pretty average.

 

Bailey, I'm glad that your appointments went well!  I hope you can deliver in hospital that you want!

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Horrible Mommy confession:  I never did a special going home outfit.  I think I was just so excited to actually GO HOME that I never cared.  DD2 was planned as a homebirth so a trip to the hospital was not on my radar.

 

Bailey, Oh look at those cheeks!  So cute!  I hope you are able to deliver where you want to!  I'm sorry you have to have amnio.  Bummer.

 

A pretty good weekend so far.  I got baby's room painted yesterday.  I need to paint the door and trim still but that's needed to be done for 3 years!  DH had an all-nighter with the Jr. High youth group Friday night so he was super wiped out yesterday so the girls I went out for a while so he could nap in a quiet house.  Then we went to a local concert last night that was great!  We know some of the band members and they just signed a record deal so that is very exciting for them!  Not sure what we are going to do today while DH is working.  I'm not feeling terribly motivated today and folding laundry while watching the Food Network sounds awesome but I don't think the kids will go for that.

post #36 of 40

I never did a special going home outfit either.

 

Cobabymaker - I'm not very motivated today either. We were at my IL's for breakfast and there were a lot of people there and it was loud and I could see DD possibly having a tantrum when we had to leave because gramma and grampa were on a cruise for week. We stayed for a short while (DD and I had already eaten when we first got up) but the noise was getting to me and I just felt like hanging out in our own quiet house today. My social skills always go down hill around this time in my pregnancies.

post #37 of 40

So it's not just me then?  DH keeps asking what we're goint to do today.  Honestly, I don't want to leave the house!  I made pie crust for a pie to take to my parents tonight, and a batch of rolls from a recipe I pinned recently are rising.  I just feel like vegging in the house now, and that's it.

post #38 of 40

I want home days too lately. Going food shopping yesterday was so flippin stressful, I couldn't wait to get home, there were like 10 people in every aisle, AGH! The cashier asked me what I was doing with my day and I replied "just trying to get through this". haha. But once we got home it was lovely, we got a bunch of snow, so dd was out playing with all the neighborhood kids, they build a huge snow fort. DH and I did a bunch of cooking and food prep for the week, and Becky, I folded laundry in front of the Food Network, and just had a nice homey day. Today there was a 2 hour delay on school, so I stayed home to work. I didn't have to, but it was a great excuse and the traffic may have been bad enough to ruin my day, so yay!

 

I am all about food these days, craving sweets but working hard to make sure I satisfy them in a good way. I made pumpkin pie yesterday, sweetened with honey and a whole wheat crust, so I can feel good about that, also got really good granola with a perfect fruit/nut mix (all things I like) and enjoying the hell out of it.

 

Off to work, hope everyone has a great week!

post #39 of 40

i think the univese is just a bit broken atm.. i felt really good yesterday but today i have just woken up on the wrong side of the bed!! i sortve think the best thing to do is go back to bed.. and hope that tommorrow is a better day!

post #40 of 40
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Becky, I folded laundry in front of the Food Network, and just had a nice homey day.

That's great! Your pie sounds delicious too.  I think I have some pumpkin in the back of the pantry I may have to dig out for a smoothie tonight. 

 

Well poor DH was trying to do some of the plumbing in the bathroom today and the valve stem broke.  He spent the ENTIRE day trying to fix it.  I feel bad for him, it was a lot work and very frustrating for him.  So we had no water until almost 5 o'clock.  It really is something I take for granted-just being able to walk over to the sink and turn it on or flush the toilet (with a pregnant lady and two little ones in the house there really is no "holding it").  I'm so thankful this evening for running water! 

 

I feel like I am officially jumping to the third tri today.  My belly has really been hurting today, just feeling like it's at capacity and baby is starting to push down more.  Thankfully the pressure is not painful, just uncomfortable.  My belly really was hurting for a while this afternoon though, down right painful where I could hardly move for about 15 or 20 minutes.  Not crampy, just painful.

 

I am starting to think about how things will be post-partum and I am curious about how it will be different because DD1 will be almost 5.   While she still needs me a lot she really does a lot and honestly WANTS to help.  She picks out her own (mis-matched) clothes and even helps DD2 get dressed some days. This morning the girls were begging me to help unload the silverware from the dishwasher.  They love to help with the laundry too.   It really is fun to watch her grow and learn and see her sweet heart toward others.   I don't want to expect too much of her but I am enjoying her desire to learn new skills and do things to love others.

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