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Weekly Chat ~ Apr 8 - Apr 14

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A post to get us started, it was pretty busy in there this weekend though!
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Thanks y'all. We're really happy with how it came out.

Jac, I hope you can finish getting things settled soon!  It's so hard to have to limit yourself when you need to unpack!

Katie, Sounds like you are about ready!  I understand where your DH is coming from with seeing things and realizing that there really is a baby coming.  I feel like I am the same way even though the baby is in me.

NS, How are you doing all this?  You are amazing!  I tried your yoga from youtube suggestion last night and it helped a little.  Perhaps if I do it a couple times a day-It's worth a shot.

DH is buying a toilet right now!  I know that sounds silly but walking down the hall several times in the middle of the night is getting old so having a toilet in our bathroom again sounds pretty stellar.  He said he would talk to my brother and see if he is able to come tile next weekend or if he should call someone to do it.  So hopefully we can get things going in there. 

I am supposed to help in Sunday School tonight for the last time and I am not sure how I am going to do it.  I can barely move so getting down on the ground with 2 and 3 year olds is going to be a real challenge.  I am hoping I can make myself take it easy today and do some yoga before we go so my hips won't be so bad.  I'm hoping I do ok.

YES!  I was just going to order a car seat from amazon and looked at Target too.  Target has it for about $25 less AND you get a $25 gift card with purchase.  So about $50 less!  Happy dance.
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Morning ladies! Geez I did not sleep well last night, too hot, we're going to have to turn the A/C on soon I think, stupid weather going from cold to hot instantly, bleh! Had my regular OB appt today and she did a NST on me and has me scheduled for 2 NSTs a week, but at least at her office which is close to home & work so that's good. Babies looked great on the test, baby boy was being good and staying put for the monitor, baby girl was of course not, so I got to hold that monitor to keep her HB on it. I also had my OB check out what I thought was a hemorrhoid and she confirmed that yup it is. She asked if it was ok to check my cervix while she was down there and I said ok and she checked briefly and said I'm maybe 1cm dialated which is great of course especially since this is my second pregnancy. She didn't check for effacement as she saw no reason to poke around and cause irritation which is good smile.gif We discussed the babies being differing weights and she too is hopeful like me that the measurements for baby girl were a bit off because of her unfavorable position, but she wanted to start doing NSTs as an extra precaution.

We didn't end up getting the stroller together or going to the container store for more kitchen stuff, but no biggie. I did get the guest room mostly in order, just a few things left for DH to move somewhere and then I can remake the bed (sheets/blanket still off from when they did the carpet). The nursery is in great shape, just need DH to move the recliner in some time. We are so loving the new kitchen and new carpets and everything else. It feels like a new house smile.gif
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Oh Katie!  I'm sorry that you have a hemorrhoid.  No fun!  I had some after DD2s labor and it sure wasn't fun. 

 

Whew!  A bit of a busy morning.  Got the car seat ordered!  Yea!  DD1 had her first swim lesson.  She loved it and was brave.  She had a bit of a hard time with the rule of staying on the bar on the side and kept trying to go in the middle (it was a shallow pool) but did pretty well.  Of course true to Northern Nevada is was snowing like crazy this morning but should be 70 by Wednesday. 

 

I stretched about 3 or 4 times yesterday and my hips were not killing me by the afternoon.  Thank goodness!  It seems excessive to have to stretch that much but at least it helps!  Small triumphs.

After last night though, I am not sure I am having a baby.  I'm pretty sure it's a bag of snakes in there.

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Oh Katie!  I'm sorry that you have a hemorrhoid.  No fun!  I had some after DD2s labor and it sure wasn't fun. 

 

Whew!  A bit of a busy morning.  Got the car seat ordered!  Yea!  DD1 had her first swim lesson.  She loved it and was brave.  She had a bit of a hard time with the rule of staying on the bar on the side and kept trying to go in the middle (it was a shallow pool) but did pretty well.  Of course true to Northern Nevada is was snowing like crazy this morning but should be 70 by Wednesday. 

 

I stretched about 3 or 4 times yesterday and my hips were not killing me by the afternoon.  Thank goodness!  It seems excessive to have to stretch that much but at least it helps!  Small triumphs.

After last night though, I am not sure I am having a baby.  I'm pretty sure it's a bag of snakes in there.


Lol snakes! I have a little boxer who likes to stick feet into my belly button. Ouch! I think today was my last last nesting day. Anymore nesting is going to have to be delegated to DH. I got a lot of stuff done today but my belly hurts so much and I am getting too many BH's that makes my belly even more uncomfortable! Does anybody know if RRLT is good or bad if you are going to have a c-section? I want to finish the rest of the box I have and am hoping it will still help with recovery and afterpains but I guess it's relationship to csections is something I have never thought about.

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Does anybody know if RRLT is good or bad if you are going to have a c-section? I want to finish the rest of the box I have and am hoping it will still help with recovery and afterpains but I guess it's relationship to csections is something I have never thought about.

I have been drinking it and try to drink it between pregnancies as well.  It helps "tone" the uterus which means it's making it healthier which is always a good thing , especially when you are having surgery.  It's also high in vit.c which is good for the immune system and overall health.  It's also packed with vitamins and minerals!  Some people report that it helps to reduce bleeding which is also good.  I say go for it (and I have been)!

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Co, sweet score on the car seat!  I love unexpected savings like that!  I hope the stretching keeps helping with your mobility.  I know even moving around helps me a lot.  If I'm sitting at my desk too long at work, even walking to the bathroom is uncomfortable!  And I have a fit ball instead of a chair.  I'm pretty sure I'd be immobile by now if I was trying to do a full day of work in a regular office chair!  

 

Katie, sorry you aren't sleeping well!  But YAY on the warm weather!!!  We had winter arrive here again last night.  It was quite snowy and very slippery out today.  At least not as cold as some other parts of the province where a bunch of records were broken.  In Edmonton, it was -20C (-4F) this morning!  (Co, I live in West of the rockies, we get the same crazy weather swings as you guys, sometimes 20C or more change in a matter of hours!) It's so great that you and the babies are doing so well! thumb.gif  I imagine that the extra monitoring is a bit of a pain, but also brings some peace of mind.

 

Bailey, I don't know anything about RRLT and C-Sections, but I'd think that since your uterus still needs to shrink back to size and you still have all the other post partum stuff, it would probably be a good thing...I didn't realize it was high in vitamin C.  I wonder if I should cut my vit C back a bit.  I started taking 1000mg last Wednesday after finding out I am GBS+ (along with a bunch of other stuff that I am taking/doing to try to get to GBS- by my next apt at 38 weeks...)

 

Well, work is really starting to feel like it's winding down...I am still busy, but more in a "wrap up projects" kind of way than a "new ongoing work coming in" kind of way.  And our doula is coming for another visit tomorrow night.  DH hasn't really gotten to "meet" her (he was wrangling DS the first time we met, and had a work meeting he couldn't reschedule the last time she came to our house) so it will be good for him to get to know her and feel comfortable with her.  Otherwise, I am also in the sleeping poorly camp.  I haven't had a 5am wake up since Friday, but I am having a very hard time getting comfortable, falling asleep at bedtime, and falling back asleep when I do wake up.  I find that I sleep much better if I take melatonin (fall asleep more easily and get back to sleep if I wake up in the night), but try not to take it very often even though my MW has told me its safe.  Once or twice a week I'm ok with, but not more than that.

 

Is anyone else starting to be really excited to meet their babe?  I will be 37 weeks on Wednesday.  I can't believe we're almost there!!!  The time has flown by!

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Wow! We are getting close! I'm only 34 weeks now, but talk of 37 is REAL and I'm not really that far behind! I am super excited to meet the baby, I've been having dreams about it and just feel so in love with this little thing already. I didn't have that last time, I just didn't know what it really felt like to be a mama then, but now I do, and I am so thrilled to have another to love like this.

 

Sounds like everyone is busy nesting and getting ready. I'm doing the same, although I never did get out to find new bras, maybe this weekend...realize I need some pp undies too, I don't have anything that will fit those monster pads.

 

I better get back to work, but wanted to check in, happy Tuesday!

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I know what you mean! I am 37 weeks on Friday. Although I am at the point where I have nothing left to get and nothing left to get done before baby comes. I was even looking online at the Target baby sale stuff and I didn't find one thing that I needed or wanted or would spend the money on. I have a MFM appt on Thursday, a prenatal with amnio on Friday, and if that doesn't put me into labor I will have a section sometime a week or so after that....nuts! but I am so ready now. I still feel good for probably the first 2/3rds of the day but the last 1/3rd in the evening I am just sore, tired, hungry, etc. I actually now that I think about it I need to get my hospital bag more ready than it is now. I guess I will do that tomorrow.

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CoBaby, thanks for the sympathy! Glad you got your car seat and that the stretches are helping. I'm having to be a lot more careful how I move and sit now or something will be hurting immediately or later. lol.gif at the bag of snakes. I don't have that, but I can't figure out where my baby girl is positioned now based on movements, I feel like she is kicking me everywhere!

BaileyB, ouch on the belly button punching! Sorry about all the BHs and your belly hurting, hope it feels better. I think RRL tea is good regardless if nothing else to help shrink down your uterus faster afterwards.

nstewart, yeah the warm weather is nice, though as usual its almost too warm, we just don't seem to get spring/fall for more than a week or so, just straight from winter to summer and back again! The weather swings are always exciting, but I've lived in the Midwest all my life and our saying is "If you don't like the weather now, wait 5 minutes!" as it will be different most likely smile.gif The extra monitoring is a bit of a pain, but it does bring peace of mind especially for DH who is the worrier of the two of us. Just for him I'm glad they are doing it! Glad work is winding down for you, mine feels like it is too which is good as I am operating at 50-75% capacity right now, just so tired for most of the day now. Sorry you are sleeping poorly too, it really sucks greensad.gif I am really getting excited about the babies coming, I've been doing a lot more daydreaming about them.

adventuregirl, it really is going to be soon for sure. I'm 33w4d and definitely feeling like there isn't much time left at all. Good luck with your bra shopping!

DH got the recliner moved to the baby room and got our bed pushed back into place last night, he's definitely feeling the nesting too and just getting little things done here and there like I have been. I do still have some things on my list and some things to wrap up at work, but I'm feeling pretty much ready now which is good, most of the stuff is just stuff I want to get done while I have time as I know I won't have any again for awhile. I am definitely getting excited and I am starting to get tired of being pregnant which is new for me. I never got to that point with DD! I just feel like I'm mildly uncomfortable all the time, eating/peeing/drinking all the time, tired all the time, unwieldy all the time, etc. I of course want to grow these babies as big as I can, but yeah, definitely feeling pretty done smile.gif So I'm trying to appreciate my free time.
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I am suppose to go to my specialist appt on Thursday morning but now we are under a winter storm alert from tonight until Thursday night! Up to a foot of snow! Appt is an hour away and it is one I kind of need to go to to know where and when I am delivering! I think I am going to call my OB down here tomorrow and ask him what he wants me to do if the weather is bad. I was due in Feb with DD and he kept strongly advising me to stay off the roads as much as possible then so we will see what he wants me to do.

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Ugh! I keep getting this strong low backache tonight. I thought it had gone away but it just came back. Ouch!

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Katie, That's great that you are feeling ready for babies!  37 weeks is full term for twins, right?  So just a few more weeks for you probably.  Are you working up until the end or hoping to finish up early? 

 

Bailey, Oh I'm so sorry for the added stress of a big storm!  I hope your back pain calms down too!  hug2.gif

 

 

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realize I need some pp undies too, I don't have anything that will fit those monster pads.

 

Oh man!  I need to get some too.  I keep looking at them and then not buying them.  I hate them so much, even if they are a necessary evil.

 

Not much to report here.  We spent the morning at a friends' house and then watched one of her boys while she went to a midwife appt.  She had a little girl three weeks ago and i got snuggle her a little bit.   DD1 was in a mood today which is always a bit tough.  We spent time snuggling, reading and the kids did yoga in the morning and then played with friends so it's a little confusing what she was in such a tiff about.  Oh well.  I guess we all have days. 

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So when we refer to "pp undies," what exactly do we mean?  It sounds...glamorous.

 

Also, I've been noticing some sort of menstrual-like cramps over the last couple of days.  Is that a thing?

 

 

...eeeeeeeeee, so close!

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So when we refer to "pp undies," what exactly do we mean?  It sounds...glamorous.

 

Also, I've been noticing some sort of menstrual-like cramps over the last couple of days.  Is that a thing?

 

 

...eeeeeeeeee, so close!


haha. not so glamorous. usually just ugly grannie panties that you don't care about getting ruined. ones that will work with giant ass pads from the hospital. and yes menstrual like cramps are def a thing!

 

I think I will have to break down and go try and find a snow suit for this baby today!? We were suppose to have a snowstorm that started lastnite and went until noon on Thursday but instead we got a thunderstorm lastnite that then turned into freezing rain making the roads a disaster and now they are saying the bulk of the storm is still coming and lasting until Friday! Bleh! I have kind of a sweatshirt thickness body suit but I think it is 0-3 months and doesn't cover hands or feet. I am really hoping our Carters store has something because I know for some reason our Target stopped selling coats like 2 months ago!

 

I called the specialist's office that I am suppose to go to tomorrow morning (an hour away) and told them there was a good chance I wouldn't make it there but asked if the doctor could call my regular OB tomorrow or Friday, whenever she was in, and give her input and opinion directly to him. Then I also called my regular OB's nurse and told her about it. Luckily the specialist was just suppose to be looking at all my tests and u/s and then giving her opinion at the appt anyway and not doing any extra diagnostics. Hopefully I won't get lectured at my regular OB appt on Friday and they could see I am not trying to just be a PITA patient for them.

 

Lastnite my low backache kept coming and going. It was like every time I woke up to attend to DD waking because of thunder or to pee it would start up kind of in waves and contractions but then I would fall asleep and not notice them until I got up again. Then sometime in the middle of the night DH and I DTD and they stopped completely until after breakfast this morning. It would be just my luck to go into labor during a snowstorm in APRIL!

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BaileyB, I hope you get your appointment figured out, hopefully they can move it back a day or two! It was over 80F here yesterday, I can't even think about more snow smile.gif

CoBaby, working until the end unless I can't because of Dr's orders or if I just get too tired. I'd rather have my paycheck as long as possible of course and since all I do is sit in front of a PC it is about as easy as it gets. I also do have the option to work from home, but I'm not going to exercise that unless I really need it as it is better if I am here to help answer questions and whatnot as we all travel a lot so since I'm not traveling right now I'm sort of the go-to person. Sorry your DD was having a rough day, sometimes it makes you wonder what is going on in their heads!

eepeepee, PP undies are generally cheap undies that you can put ginormous pads in that if they get a little PP lochia (think period on steroids) on them you can just throw them out. If you give birth in a hospital, they will usually give you there and send you home with these massive mesh panties that are great for this purpose and also these massive pads as well.

DH was in a worrying mood last night. He was worried that the doctors weren't giving me the whole story with our girl being smaller and why they started NST on me when they did. I'm like, you don't get doctors, they are all nervous about every little thing, if they think things are fine and not worrisome, it really is fine! I am so not a worrier, it is hard to be patient and kind with him when he gets like that, but I'm trying ladies! I know it is extra hard for him since he can't feel the babies moving and kicking and rolling around all day & night long, but argh!

He's also bored and wants a project, but most everything for the babies is done, so hopefully he can come up with something! I wish he would just relax a bit as we are going to be so, so busy soon, but when he wants a project, he will keep at it until he comes up with something, hopefully it is something useful!
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Originally Posted by BaileyB View Post                                                  It would be just my luck to go into labor during a snowstorm in APRIL!

A couple of years ago we had a massive snowstorm in May!  I'm not due until the end of May so I hope I can avoid snowstorms!

 

 

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He's also bored and wants a project, but most everything for the babies is done, so hopefully he can come up with something! I wish he would just relax a bit as we are going to be so, so busy soon, but when he wants a project, he will keep at it until he comes up with something, hopefully it is something useful!


I wish I could borrow your husband!  LOL  My husband is out of town right now but with the snow all melted there's all kinds of projects we could be doing outside!

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I wish I could borrow your husband!  LOL  My husband is out of town right now but with the snow all melted there's all kinds of projects we could be doing outside!
Well, I did suggest a few things (there are a few small areas left he wants to paint for example and our two small decks could both use some cleaning & restaining), but they aren't things he wants to do. He needs something that excites him, not just any old project smile.gif
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Bailey - I hope it all works out ok with your appts, damn April snow! We are getting some too, I was really enjoying the warm weather and things starting to grow. It won't last long tho, hopefully it can all work ok for you, I agree that driving around in it isn't the best idea, no need to stress the pregnant lady!

 

I watched a birth video with dd this morning and cried my eyes out. It also made me feel a little nervous, this is going to happen soon! I read thru some posts on my DDC from when I was due with dd and it was fun to remember...I was due in Sept but had her in Aug, so I was in the first group to have babies, but watching as the mamas due later waited and waited, I know I will be in that group this time around, so that will be fun. So long as I don't have to wait TOO long!

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I have a quick question about changing pads. We're planning to use the top of our washer (in the bathroom) as a changing table (with a separate little shelf nearby for supplies). Problem is, since it's not standard changing table size, I haven't been able to find a pad/mat that's the right proportions. I have a few ideas for hacking one, but realized I wasn't sure if premade ones are usually waterproof/wipeable. Is that an important function of the pad, or is it just about the cushioning? If I end up planning on something that's just padding with a cloth cover (washable, but not waterproof), will I regret it? Do you usually end up with a lot of pee/poo on the pad itself? If it's relevant, we're planning on using flats and covers for diapering.

 

Thanks!

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I have a quick question about changing pads. We're planning to use the top of our washer (in the bathroom) as a changing table (with a separate little shelf nearby for supplies). Problem is, since it's not standard changing table size, I haven't been able to find a pad/mat that's the right proportions. I have a few ideas for hacking one, but realized I wasn't sure if premade ones are usually waterproof/wipeable. Is that an important function of the pad, or is it just about the cushioning? If I end up planning on something that's just padding with a cloth cover (washable, but not waterproof), will I regret it? Do you usually end up with a lot of pee/poo on the pad itself? If it's relevant, we're planning on using flats and covers for diapering.

 

Thanks!

 

I never got a changing pad.  I just used a prefold tucked under the baby and if it got poopy or a lot of pee on it, it went in with cloth diaper laundry.  But we also didn't have like a "changing station," per se - just did it on the bed or floor or wherever.  

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