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Decembers DDC is up already, and other chatty things

post #1 of 23
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December is up already! Already!! We are really moving along here, less than 100 days to go for me and less than two weeks to until the third trimester. Is anyone else biting their fingernails a wee bit? I've been stalking the April DDC just to read some birth stories... It's getting so real now.
In other news, last week it was in the 40s during the day and 20s at night. Today it is 90. I feel like someone filled my skin with pudding its so hot. One week ago, snow and sleet. Today, swollen hot sausage feet.
It's going to be hard to nest when it's 90 degrees in my yurt.

How is everyone else doing as we approach the last trimester? Trouble bending over? Belly buttons inside out? Sleep is like a pancake, flip flip flip?
post #2 of 23
I know! Crazy weather! I start the 3rd trimester in TWO more days! It definitely has me getting antsy about all the stuff I just don't have done. I finished my first soaker (thanks again for the advice Wrenmoon). I too have been reading tons of birth stories and just finished Ina May's guide to childbirth. I also started attending LLL and have been really serious about community building lately. I am feeling the need to get out while I can. I also need to get ready to homeschool in the fall and I am REALLY nervous about it because my dd is so introverted. I wish we could afford to keep her in the Waldorf school she is in currently.

My belly isn't huge and my belly button is just looking stretched but hasn't popped. Sleep is terrible! So is the reflux! Other than that I feel pretty good. I am starting to have anxiety about my family changing so much. My dd is turning 5 this month and I am having so many feelings of loss since she so obviously is growing up. I love it but I hate it at the same time. So many changes!!!
post #3 of 23
I can't believe how fast this pregnancy is going! I have so much to do still!


Thanks for the reminder about Ina May's guide to childbirth! I love reading the birh stories as I get close!

I'm envious of your weather. We're supposed to get snow again tomorrow. This winter is never ending!!!!

I'm feeling alright so far. But the reflux is killer. Oh my goodness! Any tips for keeping it at bay?
post #4 of 23

I liked our old group picture better, lol

 

I'm taking my 20 month old who is a bad passenger to my midwife appt an hour away tmrw.  I'm hoping it turns out better than expected

post #5 of 23
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Heyitskalista-
I've been keeping a cup of peppermint tea (just regular, not infusion) by the bed at night- even though it is supposed to make reflux worse I have found that it works with just a sip or two. Not so much during the day though for me, only at night. During the day it doesn't make a dent. Maybe it will work for you?

Now I'm eating dinner at 6 and going to bed slightly hungry because I can't handle that feeling of indigestion all night. Now if I can just keep the stinkbugs from dive bombing my tea mug...

Tall- will you use a Waldorf curriculum?
I'm homeschooling Waldorf-ish curriculum right now and it's sweet and easy. Both my kids are first grade- ish, one just beginning and one solidly in it... I was a Waldorf teacher and the ease of teaching one or two children is amazing compared to 20. So much time was spent just moving 20 wiggling bodies from place to place. We are done with our lessons in under an hour and a half these days. Which is more than enough for a first grader. I have loved the freedom it's brought back to our home life...I hope you find the same. (Especially with a new little one).
post #6 of 23
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I liked our old group picture better, lol

 

I'm taking my 20 month old who is a bad passenger to my midwife appt an hour away tmrw.  I'm hoping it turns out better than expected

I like the other picture better, too. ;-) 

I also had a *very* unhappy passenger as a little one - that's rough. Hopefully its not too bad for you guys today...

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Originally Posted by wrenmoon View Post

December is up already! Already!! We are really moving along here, less than 100 days to go for me and less than two weeks to until the third trimester. Is anyone else biting their fingernails a wee bit? I've been stalking the April DDC just to read some birth stories... It's getting so real now.
In other news, last week it was in the 40s during the day and 20s at night. Today it is 90. I feel like someone filled my skin with pudding its so hot. One week ago, snow and sleet. Today, swollen hot sausage feet.
It's going to be hard to nest when it's 90 degrees in my yurt.

How is everyone else doing as we approach the last trimester? Trouble bending over? Belly buttons inside out? Sleep is like a pancake, flip flip flip?

I know! I can't believe it! I feel like its going really fast - like, whoa! 27 weeks today?!? Third trimester next week?!? But, when I'm feeling really uncomfortable, I count down the weeks in my head, and it seems so far away to feel better.  

 

Good idea to stalk April's birth stories! I'll be heading over there myself. :) 

 

This weather here is INSANE, too. Over 90 yesterday, last week sleet and flurries. Its supposed to be nice today, thankfully, but last night was rough! I generally don't swell -

or, I should say I haven't so far - but man, I feel it! Strong ache in my calves, ankles and feet, and wrists and hands. 

 

Oh, and my veins are enormous! Like super huge. They tend to stand out normally, but now they are like double their typical size and bulge out like a body builder. Its kind of creepy looking...

 

I'm actually feeling a little better, mentally, I had a really rough week and a half. I can feel myself coming out of it, though. Even though, physically, the last couple days have been tough - in and out of the bathtub, heating pad for my sore hips, massage, etc. I can feel the tone leaving my muscles, and can't wait to be able to USE my body again! I may take dancing lessons or something after these babies come, lol! I'm looking forward to June - off bedrest for sure, and can go float my three people in one body at the pool...bliss! 

post #7 of 23

Another voice in favor of the old picture...I wish I had saved it!

 

I like to watch the new DDCs arrive, too; it makes it feel like time is just ticking along..! But on the other hand, I'm with MonkeyPrincess, feeling like WOW, 3rd tri already...but 3 more months to go?? My belly really popped in the past few weeks and while I absolutely love it, I cannot even fathom how much huger its going to get. 

 

My sleep is definitely pancake-esque ;) But I don't really wake up too badly in the night anymore, except when the flipping hurts my pubic bone (?). Eeek, that grindy feeling takes my breath away.

 

I am SO so so happy for spring to be here. I went to SC to visit my parents for a week, and returned to an almost complete thaw. So grateful for that! Luckily, we don't seem to be having the crazy hot weather that y'all are mentioning. Just good springtime rain, which makes my ducks ooh so happy!

post #8 of 23
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Heyitskalista-
I've been keeping a cup of peppermint tea (just regular, not infusion) by the bed at night- even though it is supposed to make reflux worse I have found that it works with just a sip or two. Not so much during the day though for me, only at night. During the day it doesn't make a dent. Maybe it will work for you?

Now I'm eating dinner at 6 and going to bed slightly hungry because I can't handle that feeling of indigestion all night. Now if I can just keep the stinkbugs from dive bombing my tea mug...

Tall- will you use a Waldorf curriculum?
I'm homeschooling Waldorf-ish curriculum right now and it's sweet and easy. Both my kids are first grade- ish, one just beginning and one solidly in it... I was a Waldorf teacher and the ease of teaching one or two children is amazing compared to 20. So much time was spent just moving 20 wiggling bodies from place to place. We are done with our lessons in under an hour and a half these days. Which is more than enough for a first grader. I have loved the freedom it's brought back to our home life...I hope you find the same. (Especially with a new little one).

The eating dinner early and going to bed hungry is the only thing that works for me. Otherwise I have to break out the tums to avoid waking up with a throat full of stomach acid from belching in my sleep. Oh, and I am off dairy almost totally. I can eat butter and goat cheese early in the day but any dairy in the evening means I am up all night. I have a REALLY hard time getting to sleep, often not until after 12 AM, but on days my dd doesn't go to school she lets me sleep until 9 AM. Heaven!

Wrenmoon, I was just going to do the curriculum from Weefolkart and see how that goes. I am seriously intimidated by homeschooling. Lol I just noticed that my I wrote that my dd is introverted! Anything but! I need to find a way to get her enough social interraction and that is mostly what scares me about homeschooling. Plus my friend does Waldorf home schooling, she has one in first and one in third and uses the Oak Meadow curriculum and spends HOURS in prep and always seems frazzled but she also has a Waldorf co op so her kids get that benefit and she gets help learning Waldorf-y skills. What curriculum do you use? 2 hours a day was the Max that I wanted to spend on a kinder/1st grade curriculum.
post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by talldarkeyes View Post

Plus my friend does Waldorf home schooling, she has one in first and one in third and uses the Oak Meadow curriculum and spends HOURS in prep and always seems frazzled but she also has a Waldorf co op so her kids get that benefit and she gets help learning Waldorf-y skills. What curriculum do you use? 2 hours a day was the Max that I wanted to spend on a kinder/1st grade curriculum.

I am basing it on my classroom curriculum. Which is in a nutshell, letters and numbers, form drawing and circle. Seriously. That's it. Math processes- addition, subtraction,etc introduced as a concept and some practice, basic names and sounds of letters etc and totally at the individual child's pace.
I started with numbers last year when my son was six. And then letters at six 1/2. Some circle verses and finger games with some jumping around an clapping. And that's really all we did. Slowly and carefully, and now he's reading. AND we only did three days a week.
It can be as complicated as you make it, but I feel like homeschooling had the word home first and so we make it work with our home life first, which includes my sanity as the one who holds the house together. Pm me with questions if you want, I have lots of thoughts about how to make it work, especially since I've done the classroom thing and am seeing both sides of it.

Someone had mentioned using homeopathic mag phos for pubic bone pain, and I tried it for my back- it really helped. My pubic bone isn't bothering me nearly as much as it was last week.
post #10 of 23

I have to laugh, it's snowing here again.  again. 

It feels like we still have to go through spring and get halfway through summer before this baby comes - that's 2 seasons away.  Forever, basically.

 

In order to tell you what week I'm at I have to do backwards math - 8 weeks of mat leave (starting June 1) + 7 1/2 weeks left of work = 15.5 weeks left till my due date - 40= I'm halfway through week 24.  Obviously the important thing here is getting off work LOL.  I am sitting all the time and feeling miserable.  Got continuous braxton hicks (irritable uterus syndrome??) which is my body's way of saying something - go take a nap! I think. LOL.

 

I am researching kindergartens for my 2nd.  She did kindergarten this year but is really young for it (end of December birthday) so they're recommending she do kindergarten again.  I completely agree, and am looking into options.  There's Montessori (sounds awesome) but it's expensive, or another public school which is supposed to be really good but I'd have to drive her everyday, or I could put her in the same school again which could be good since she will be there for the rest of elementary, but it's the same teacher as this year (who I like, but change is good too).  Just trying to figure out what is the best for her educationally, socially as well as the best for the family (not excited about a lot of driving with newborn in tow, as well as coordinating with bus times for her older sister).  This stuff is not easy.

 

I tried cutting my toenails last night,  What a farce.  It's like a gigantic joke - here, we trust you with the life of a tiny vulnerable being, but you can't even so a tiny thing like take care of your own toenails. Bwahaha.  I'm growing toe talons, look out.

 

Also, my maternity jacket is waiting at the post office today.  YES! finally.  Perhaps the snow will stop now that I'll be ready for it...

post #11 of 23

I like the new group pic better. It matches when you go to the groups. Looks more agreeable I think, but to each their own.

 

I am excited too. Third trimester in a few more days. Went to the midwife yesterday with my family and it took 2 hours in Austin traffic because it was drizzling out... seriously. I mean, I'm from the north. Driving like morons over a bit of rain is pretty laughable to me... if I wasn't stuck in the same traffic. Hubby was driving and the kids were in the car and we hadn't had breakfast because it was planned to eat out for the alternative glucose test. Well, I arrived at the midwife's home an hour late and she thankfully didn't have anything else going on. I apologized and explained I was stuck in traffic. She felt bad for us. LOL She's such a nice lady. She did a finger poke and my fasting blood glucose was only a 55. She said it's more of a concern if it's up in the 90's. She said she was so unconcerned after seeing that that she didn't see a reason for me to come back again 2 hours later. She did a quickie appointment and my family and I went out to eat after at IHOP. She said she'd do a quick jab to check glucose after eating with my next appointment. Said to eat a couple hours before. Thankfully, on the way home, traffic was much better. The kids handled everything incredibly well, so thank God for that. 

 

At the appt. I measured 31 weeks. So, a bit ahead. So, all those evil comments from people about how big I am feel a little less hurtful. LOL And I had a hemoglobin level of 15. something. So, that's great. I have always had borderline low iron at this point. So, I'm doing better than ever there. Everything just went overall great.

 

My weight gain has slowed down big time. Only a 1-2 lb gain this month. That is great because I'm up 33.5 lbs now. Just so happy to have gotten that all more under control.

 

I've started getting heartburn/indigestion, so I have to eat a bit less at meals and more often. Bending can be a challenge, but I try to do the squats thing that was recommended earlier. I've been doing pilates to be stronger and handle that all better. Seems to really help. I recommend anyone do a bit of pregnancy strength exercises if they haven't been. It's so much nicer being strong during pregnancy.

I'm going to check out the April birth stories too. I've already got lots of stuff ready for baby, just a few more things needed. My next appointment will be at 32 weeks and then going every 2 weeks thereafter. It's getting super exciting! :)


Edited by dayiscoming2006 - 4/11/13 at 12:19pm
post #12 of 23

2 hours? yikes!

 

I for one like the new pic a lot better.  I work with a bunch of engineers.  Should one of them pop in unexpectedly this pic is much more comfortable.

post #13 of 23
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I And I had a hemoglobin level of 15. something. So, that's great. I have always had borderline low iron at this point. So, I'm doing better than ever there. Everything just went overall great.

 

 

 

I am going to assume that the US measures hemoglobin differently than up here, because a normal level for me would be 120. lol

post #14 of 23
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I am going to assume that the US measures hemoglobin differently than up here, because a normal level for me would be 120. lol

 

LOL! Yeah. Normal here is like 12 and below that is low. 


Here's a US measurement guideline so you know I'm not dying. ;) http://www.medicinenet.com/hemoglobin/page2.htm#normal

post #15 of 23

I also like the new picture better! There was something about the old one that bothered me.... Maybe that it was not a 'natural photo"? 

Its all rain here. Hubby and I are out on our 'last hurrah' vacation before Mason comes. We decided to go hiking in Indiana. So far, we have only been able to go on a short 2 hour hike, because the weather is so bad. Hopefully, it will be less rainy, a little warmer tomorrow. I don't remember hiking being this exhausting lol It is very hard for me to walk and talk at the same time, and my husband thinks it is hillarious!

 

I had a complete "He will be here and I am not ready" meltdown today. In the middle of our inn... In the common room. We are somewhat ready, and I have to keep telling myself not to buy everything, because people will want to give us gifts. We bought a crib, mattress, dresser, rocking chair, and a couple of crib sheets. It was all from Ikea, so it took us a whole day to put it all together, but it looks great. I think we also have a nice stash of diapers. From what I read, I think we have more than enough size 1 and 2 diapers, and are working on getting size threes. We also bought a couple of huge boxes of wipes and some lotions. 

 

Heartburn- yes! I can't sleep! I also had the flu or something like that this last weekend. I threw up so bad for a whole day that my OB recommended getting some IV fluids, because I could keep absolutely NOTHING down. Now, it is 'just' heartburn. I actually found that it gets worse if I don't eat any starches. The other night I made grilled chicken breast with green beans. I thought my throat was on fire. Very bad.....

 

Also, my nipples started leaking. It freaks me out everytime. Is it normal? I am 25 weeks 4 days..... 

 

Oh yeah, I can't put my socks or shoes on by myself. It really sucks if I drop something at work, as I lose my balance when I squat.... Cutting my toenails, or painting them is a thing of the past. lol

 

I did find today that being in a pool is wonderful. All the weight is off my hips, my back relaxes and my neck doesn't hurt. I just floated in the pool for about an hour it felt so good. 

post #16 of 23
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LOL! Yeah. Normal here is like 12 and below that is low. 


Here's a US measurement guideline so you know I'm not dying. ;) http://www.medicinenet.com/hemoglobin/page2.htm#normal

Our blood sugar readings are different here too.  I tested my BS the other week at work and it was 5.3, which is like 150 for you guys? 

post #17 of 23
Hi ladies, for heartburn relief I've been adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to my water, particularly before and after meals, and it works wonders for me (plus I like the taste).
post #18 of 23
Feel like I am in the final stretch....but only 24 weeks and 5 days orngtongue.gif Joy of having two in there smile.gif

This has been FLYING by!!!
post #19 of 23
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Oh geez. Last night I got my first "when are you due? tomorrow?" Not even 27 weeks yet.
I started laughing at her expression when I said no, July!!
Oh it's on now, ladies. It is so on.
post #20 of 23
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Oh geez. Last night I got my first "when are you due? tomorrow?" Not even 27 weeks yet.
I started laughing at her expression when I said no, July!!
Oh it's on now, ladies. It is so on.

LOL All I hear is how small I am. I am just waiting for the "is there something wrong with the baby?" comments to start. Yesterday at the WIC office I had a question about proving the baby is mine since I wont have a crib card or hospital paperwork due to the fact I am "planning a homebirth." The guy laughed and said "How do you PLAN a homebirth? I mean you could go into labor at McDonalds. How do you schedule that?! You cant have a c-section at home!" Apparently in this man's world normal birth is scheduled. Wouldn't that be lovely? Just to say : "Hey Baby, you are full term now and I am pretty uncomfortable so let's figure out a time that works best for us both." Heh.
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