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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.

 

Hmmm, I think if you are planning to change on the washer it would be a pretty hard surface to lay the baby on.   There is definately pee or poop that happens on the changing pad for me.  If you want something that is easy to wash you could easily just use a folded towel.  It would pad a little, be easy to wash and absorb if/when the pee happens.  It might be easier than try to wash a foam pad.

post #22 of 53
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Originally Posted by adventuregirl View Post

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.

 

I kind of feel the same way.  I was really excited last time, but didn't have the context to know how overwhelming the feelings are for your babe!

 

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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!

Ya, I just buy some big, cheap grannie panties.  I personally really disliked the mesh panties from the hospital, so the grannie panties are a must.  

 

The cramps are a thing, but don't necessarily mean anything (or they could...). lol.  I've been getting some as well, but if I remember correctly from last time labor cramps are more like your whole uterus and for me, these are just painful lower down under my belly and the rest just gets hard (and they don't last very long and are sporadic, so I'm pretty sure they are nothing other than mildly annoying).

 

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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!

 

Are you wanting it for the car ride home?  Honestly, for the one storm I would probably just cover baby really well in blankets once she is in the car seat and have a really warm hat on her.  The snow won't stick around for long I'm sure.  We're having the same crappy spring weather here still too.  Back to almost 0C again tomorrow, right through until next week.  Ugh.  Come on spring!!!

 

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.

 

Ya, I'd want to stay off the roads if it was me too.  Doesn't seem worth the risk to drive to an appointment where they are just going to give you results and not actually DO anything!  Maybe you could call in to your appointment??

 

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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!

Do you feed him a special diet or something to have such a motivated hubby??  What is your secret?? winky.gif

 

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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!

Oh gosh, I get all teary thinking about it too!  I ordered some books for DS that came in last night, and was reading him "Hello Baby" for the first time.  It is a story about a mom having a home birth from the perspective of her youngest boy and I had to stop reading several times because I was tearing up!  Last time I was one of the last moms to have her baby, this time I will likely be one of the first since I'm due May 1.

 

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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 agree with PPs.  I liked being able to wipe down the change pad because sometimes it does need it.  If a change pad won't work for your situation then something cushiony that you can wash would be a good alternative.

 

Our Doula came for another visit last night.  It was so great to chat with her again, run through our thoughts on the HB, etc.  I feel like she is going to be such a great match, and just felt so excited after she left after talking through the stages of labor, how my labor with DS went, etc. etc.  She had some great advice on having my parents take DS for a few days if they could (she is a gramma with 3 grandbabies, one the same age as my DS) and just really great words of encouragement too.  Talking about labor just made me so excited to see how it will unfold this time.  

post #23 of 53
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adventuregirl, I'm a bit nervous about giving birth too, but also excited! And yeah, excited to feel that awesome overwhelming love smile.gif

MarieWalter, It's rare, but yeah I do get the occasional pee/poop on the changing pad, so something washable or wipeable is a must! I have a changing table and I have the pad that is waterproof (it's like a small waterproof mattress), a changing pad cover and then I put a cloth diaper down on top. That way I rarely get any mess on the cover as I don't like having to change those too often, swapping out a cloth diaper for another one is easy. And yeah, I use cloth diapers with a portable changing pad underneath for changing when out and about or on the couch or whatever. Portable changing pads are nice and waterproof, but they don't absorb much, so I like having the cloth diaper on top. (And by cloth diaper I mean a prefold, even if you aren't going to CD, get some, they are awesome as changing pads, spit up rags, mess clean uppers, etc.)

nstewart, lol.gif DH is an achiever, just his personality. He has to constantly be achieving something. It's good and bad like most things smile.gif especially since he is also a perfectionist! Glad your visit with the doula went so well smile.gif

BaileyB, I agree with nstewart, you probably don't need a snowsuit. DD was born in the winter last time (November) and I never used the snow suits I got for her since I only had her outside while in the carseat and they can't be too bundled up under the straps. I just used blankets, but some people like those car seat cover things (I had one too, but didn't use it either). If I was going to take her for walks outside or something, then I might have used the snow suits, but otherwise blankets work great!

We scheduled another board game night for next weekend, likely the last one, but maybe we'll squeeze one more in depending on peoples' schedules. DH is going to do work on another of our servers as his project, so hopefully that will keep him occupied enough. He was saying it was funny preparing for babies this time because since now that we know that you really don't need a whole lot for little babies, he's feeling much more chill about getting stuff set up. I told him really the only thing I want done before is the stroller put together so its ready to go whenever I want it and I do want to get the bottles out and ready in case we want to use them early on, frantically washing/sterilizing bottles with a screaming baby is no fun! I want to get a few new ones anyway though, so I may just get those and get them ready and that will be plenty in case of emergency smile.gif

We're both feeling excited, ready & anxious because OMG two newborns is going to be rough, but also two more children, how awesome too. We can't wait to meet them and see what their personalities are going to be like and watch them grow and all that smile.gif He's also trying to figure out how we can get out to see the new Star Trek movie (it releases on my birthday 5/17) with my Mom babysitting because presumably the twins will arrive before then, but I told him not to get his hopes up as its unlikely to work out with me BFing newborns, that's just too long to be out & away without pumping or something and I'd probably just fall asleep anyway! We'll just see it on Bluray when it comes out, no biggie.
post #24 of 53
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We're both feeling excited, ready & anxious because OMG two newborns is going to be rough, but also two more children, how awesome too. We can't wait to meet them and see what their personalities are going to be like and watch them grow and all that smile.gif He's also trying to figure out how we can get out to see the new Star Trek movie (it releases on my birthday 5/17) with my Mom babysitting because presumably the twins will arrive before then, but I told him not to get his hopes up as its unlikely to work out with me BFing newborns, that's just too long to be out & away without pumping or something and I'd probably just fall asleep anyway! We'll just see it on Bluray when it comes out, no biggie.

Do they have something like "Stars and Strollers" where you live?  Some of the theaters here have matinee showings for some movies that are especially for moms to bring babies to.  I went a few times when DS was little with some girl friends.  It was great when he was small enough to just fall asleep nursing. Maybe you'll luck out and they'll show Star Trek, although I'm not sure that thirty-something moms with newborns is the "target audience"!  You'd probably have more luck with Twilight or something! lol. winky.gif

post #25 of 53
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Originally Posted by MarieWalter View Post

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 was given these rubber sheet type things that I put down between the pad and a flannel receiving blanket.  I rarely had to change the blanket, never mind the rubber sheet.  I later picked up a couple of yards of rubber sheet material at JoAnn's Fabric so it shouldn't be too hard to find if you wanted to go that route.  A half yard would probably get you two to three pieces to cover the changing area.  I think a folded up towel would work fine for the cushy part! 

 

I'm not due until May 30th so most of you will probably have your little ones by then.  I was due the last day of the month with my last one too so I'm used to it, LOL!

post #26 of 53

Thanks for the advice all! I think maybe I'll start off just with a few folded towels and a diaper layer and see how that goes. 

post #27 of 53
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We're both feeling excited, ready
Do they have something like "Stars and Strollers" where you live?  Some of the theaters here have matinee showings for some movies that are especially for moms to bring babies to.  I went a few times when DS was little with some girl friends.  It was great when he was small enough to just fall asleep nursing. Maybe you'll luck out and they'll show Star Trek, although I'm not sure that thirty-something moms with newborns is the "target audience"!  You'd probably have more luck with Twilight or something! lol. winky.gif
I'll have to see if they have something like that here, matinee shows are sort of the unofficial version of this, but usually only for "kid" movies. And yeah, even if they do, I dunno if Star Trek will be offered, but the new movies are much more mainstream accepted, so maybe smile.gif
post #28 of 53

Okay back to this granny panties discussion. When you say large, do you mean just coverage-wise or a larger size than you regularly wear? I read somewhere else to just buy Depends...

 

 

We still don't have our hospital bag packed and we're almost at 37 weeks. oops. I have a list of what should go in it, but we need to go out and get things and I don't like spending more than 10 minutes in a store these days. Too much standing, too many people staring at me. Oh, and the car seats aren't in, my husband and his dad are going to tackle that this weekend. I am procrastinating but I don't know why. I picked out what babies will come home wearing, but I think I need to pack some blankets or something to keep them warm, too.
 

post #29 of 53

jess, just coverage-wise for the big pads, shouldn't have to be bigger than your regular size. I am pretty adverse to the depends, but probably won't care if that's what my mw wants to put me in at the time, last time it was just the meshies and big pads, but I did have pitocin when delivering my placenta due to a hemmorhage, so I might not have been bleeding as much as normal after that ordeal. And 37 wks with twins, you are there, mama! How exciting!!!!

 

Looking fwd to the weekend, tomorrow is my birthday so I'll be trying not to do any chores (hah), and maybe do something fun - although I can hardly think of what I'd like to do other than eat nice meals and maybe get out for some nice weather in nature somewhere. 

 

Hope you all have nice ones!

post #30 of 53
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jessnm, yeah large as in for the biggest pads (so no thong underwear and the like). Some people do go with depends, I didn't find that amount of coverage necessary personally and I wasn't even in the mondo pads after the first couple days, but I expect I'll bleed more this time with two placentas. As for your hospital bag or just in the car, definitely bring some blankets to throw over top of the babies strapped into the carseat, you'll want them as newborns don't regulate their own temperatures well at the very start. Don't sweat it too much though, you can always send your DH home for stuff if you forget things while you are recovering, well assuming he can find them smile.gif

adventuregirl, Happy Birthday for tomorrow smile.gif

I'm so glad it is the weekend!
post #31 of 53
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Okay back to this granny panties discussion. When you say large, do you mean just coverage-wise or a larger size than you regularly wear? I read somewhere else to just buy Depends...

 

 

We still don't have our hospital bag packed and we're almost at 37 weeks. oops. I have a list of what should go in it, but we need to go out and get things and I don't like spending more than 10 minutes in a store these days. Too much standing, too many people staring at me. Oh, and the car seats aren't in, my husband and his dad are going to tackle that this weekend. I am procrastinating but I don't know why. I picked out what babies will come home wearing, but I think I need to pack some blankets or something to keep them warm, too.
 

 

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jess, just coverage-wise for the big pads, shouldn't have to be bigger than your regular size. I am pretty adverse to the depends, but probably won't care if that's what my mw wants to put me in at the time, last time it was just the meshies and big pads, but I did have pitocin when delivering my placenta due to a hemmorhage, so I might not have been bleeding as much as normal after that ordeal. And 37 wks with twins, you are there, mama! How exciting!!!!

 

Looking fwd to the weekend, tomorrow is my birthday so I'll be trying not to do any chores (hah), and maybe do something fun - although I can hardly think of what I'd like to do other than eat nice meals and maybe get out for some nice weather in nature somewhere. 

 

Hope you all have nice ones!

Yeah large as in not thongs or anything.

 

Happy birthday tomorrow! All the snow we got has melted, thank God. That was bumming me out.

 

I had a good set of appts today. Although I missed my specialist appt Thursday because of weather my OB was able to talk to her and she said she didn't think that there was any reason I would need a csection because of the Dandy Walker and now since she flipped back to head down even the OB that suggested the csection last week admitted that now there wasn't really a strong enough case for it. I did end up having an amniocentesis today which, although I didn't need need and I know it has risks etc, it was still interesting. Not painful at all but baby had hiccups and kept hiccuping closer to the needle so they started to get nervous about her poking herself towards the end. They weighed me afterwards and said I had lost a pound from the last week just from the fluid going down; they took out 400 mL! I guess I knew I was big but I really don't feel any different than I did with the extra fluid. I was hoping it would cut down on the heartburn but I still have it this afternoon. Also, what they thought might be meconium floating around in her amniotic fluid turned out to just be sluffed off vernix. Also, the last bit of good news is that the specialist was able to look at my records even though I missed the appt and said that she doesn't think the baby will have any genetic abnormalities. They still sent the amniotic fluid to be tested to make sure but now they are really not expecting any issues at birth.

 

So, no more section, baby looks good, no meconium, and now with them draining out fluid baby shouldn't able to flip back to breech. Oh yes, and according to the u/s today baby has 9 cm long feet!! Next week they are suppose to do another growth scan so we will see what they say for size then!

post #32 of 53

Jess, you must be getting SO excited!!! So, any day now for you, hey?  I was just pondering the fact that only our triplet mom has had her babes so far and it is already the middle of April.  I expect to start seeing a few more babes soon (at least from you and Katie and other twin moms.  Then I guess Bailey and I are right on your tails...).  Yes, you should probably get your hospital bag together, only so that you don't end up having to just randomly throw stuff in on the way out the door!

 

Sheryl, Happy Birthday!  I hope you have a great weekend celebrating!

 

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So, no more section, baby looks good, no meconium, and now with them draining out fluid baby shouldn't able to flip back to breech. Oh yes, and according to the u/s today baby has 9 cm long feet!! Next week they are suppose to do another growth scan so we will see what they say for size then!

     jumpers.gif   YAYYY!  Amazing news! jumpers.gif

 

Katie, I hear ya.  This week felt SO LONG!  I am pooped out.  I called DH this afternoon to say that we are going out for supper tonight, because I just can't handle the idea of cooking.  Although, now that I think about it, taking a 2.5 year old busy body out for supper isn't exactly relaxing either...hmmm.  Maybe we'll order in pizza and watch a kids movie. lol.

 

So, next week is my LAST WEEK OF WORK!  WAHOO!  I am excited to be done.  The end is just dragging, I think because I am in wind down mode.  I am going for lunch with the ladies (and my boss) on Monday as a farewell, so that should be fun. 

 

As for weekend plans...nothing major since we got all the baby related stuff out of the way last weekend.  The weather is supposed to be crappy again (cold, and rain/snow) so no outside work will be happening although I cannot WAIT to have my yard cleaned up!  DH and I are going on a double date with some friends tomorrow night, so that will be fun, and my grandparents may be coming to town from about 6 hours away (you never know with them, they have an appointment here on Tuesday and could either show up Monday night or arrive on my mom's doorstep unannounced on Saturday morning...) so there may be a family supper on Sunday.  Otherwise, maybe I'll just do something cozy like make cinnamon buns or something and take lots of naps.

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Bailey that is all GREAT news it sounds like!  Awesome!

post #34 of 53

So when I got back from Dairy Queen a little while ago I heard a weird humming noise....it was DH running the vacuum! Since when does he vacuum? He was randomly vacuuming the office, he said it was not clean enough for the new baby. haha. Now he is pestering me to put the clean car seat cover on the car seat frame so he can install it. I think he is, ugh, nesting?!

post #35 of 53

I had an OB appt. this morning.  Everything is looking good , measuring right on track and BP is good.  I had a big jump in weight (3 lbs. in 2 weeks I guess) last appointment but that dropped off this time which is normal.  I was pleasantly surprised that doc was ok with me declining when he mentioned doing the GBS test next time.  He was even the one who said I could decline it.  Since they already administer antibiotics during a c-section and I will already be in the hospital for longer to recover so they can monitor the baby longer anyway.  My cervix is feeling very pinchy today.  I've never really had that before so it's new and different.

 

The shower floor tiles went in today and my brother might be able to come back and start on the shower walls Monday.  I really hope so!  I need to shop for a mirror and would love something a bit unique but I'm not sure where to find that without spending an arm and a leg.  Any secret online sources you all love?

 

We're having a family game night with DHs sisters tonight so I better get going.  Should be fun!

post #36 of 53
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The shower floor tiles went in today and my brother might be able to come back and start on the shower walls Monday.  I really hope so!  I need to shop for a mirror and would love something a bit unique but I'm not sure where to find that without spending an arm and a leg.  Any secret online sources you all love?

 

Must be exciting to see the progress!  We purchased our bathroom mirror and GIANT (like 8 feet across) dining room mirror both at Winners/Home Sense.  Is there anything like that near you?  The other option is to look for a cool picture frame somewhere like at a garage sale or thrift store and paint it with a color you like, then just have mirror cut to fit.

post #37 of 53

nstewart,

 

yep it could be any time now! Although I am not feeling anything that might be impending labor, I just feel uncomfortable with such a giant belly and am sick of "taking it easy". I haven't had my cervix checked for dilation or anything so I'm not sure where I am with that. I get a lot of braxton hicks, but I guess that's pretty common with twins. If they don't come on their own, we have a c-section scheduled for April 24th (Baby A is breech with his butt in my pelvis and hasn't moved in something like 8 weeks :( ). I think my brain is stuck on this date, making me think I have plenty of time, even though they could come any time on their own. I am kind of hoping they stick to the scheduled date! I am fearful of a c-section as it is, but have more fears about going into labor and for some reason not making it in time or who knows what, but still needing a c-section.

 

I finally ordered the cloth diaper service so at least I got something done today :) Hospital bag and car seats tomorrow!

 

I really want to meet these little guys - if they look similar or not, if either has red hair like me, or curly hair like my husband, and if their personalities continue the way they have all this time (A bounces off the walls, B is mellow). And I REALLY don't want to be pregnant anymore!! haha

 

 

Yesterday was my last day of work. It totally doesn't feel real, though!

post #38 of 53
Jess you are so close to meeting them!! What a wonderful one of anticipation it is. I just woke Up feeling very hopeful and optimistic about everything - hopefully the day doesn't do too much to kill that feeling smile.gif. It's gorgeous weather and we have two birthday parties to attend.

We pretty much just need to install the carseat and then we are ready! We had our home visit on Thursday and we have all the birth supplies ready. Of course dh started a project of hanging all our pictures (we moved last July, added on to the house, and still haven't finished decorating!), and Hasn't finished yet. He is notorious for dragging out projects like this.

My blood pressure is high. When I read it at home myself its pretty much always normal (120s-130s/80s). When my midwives read it, at home or at their office, it is high (150/90 on Thursday). I have no other symptoms of pre-e at all: minimal swelling and certainly no pitting edema, no protein, no headaches, no abdominal pain, and at my ultrasound Wednesday they estimated baby at 6'14" which is a good size (small fetal size is a concern related to high bp). One midwife seems quite cool about all this and the other is concerned. Neither has discussed transferring care yet, so I guess it's just wait and see!

I am excited for dd to meet baby brother. She has no idea what is about to happen to her! I am still concerned about our sleeping situation. I sleep with her every night (this is also not super great for my marriage at this point). It's great for my rest because I sleep at least ten hours! But will have to change when ds comes, and I know it will be hard for her.
post #39 of 53

Someone please tell me how milk gives you heartburn......bleh!

post #40 of 53

pastormamma, do they take your blood pressure more than once? I know for me, mine is always a little higher when I first get there compared to after I've been sitting and talking with the doc for a minute. It's not much of a change, but maybe that's doing it?

 

BaileyB, I totally thought milk was supposed to help, but I just had a glass (probably too big of a glass) and it totally gave me heartburn! :(

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