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post #41 of 73

My girl has been day time and nap time potty trained for awhile now and she is 3 years 2 months old.  I have been lazy about trying night time potty training and finally just went ahead and tried it out. We put a waterproof pad down and put her in underwear.  We have her pee before bed and the minute she gets up, we take her to the toilet.  She has had many dry nights and some wet nights.  But I am glad we are doing it now, before the baby comes so we can be COMPLETELY down with her cloth diapers. Good luck!
 

post #42 of 73

Crafty-  Meant to say that I am glad to hear your ear test got you some information, and that it seems like it will resolve itself.  Hope all goes well and you feel good from here on out!

post #43 of 73
Crazy day... Got to see my MW, though. Measuring 34 at 29wks, but she's not concerned and says everything feels perfect. Baby appears to be head down and back on the left, at least for that moment! I keep thinking baby is flipping back and forth from breech but I could be totally wrong, as it's based only on where I feel movement and how strong it is.

Bad news is I'm supposed to get very serious about taking care of myself, including drinking ONLY water, eating no white flour, and walking a LOT (2-3mi/day?!?!?). Pretty sure no sugar is in there somewhere though it wasn't on the list. Figuring out how to walk daily when the temps are rising and I've got 4 kids to drag along is pretty daunting. I'll honestly do well to make it a mile, but hopefully I can expand my range before long. redface.gif

Anyone else still having trouble taking care of themselves? I hardly even feel like eating these days. Cravings are mostly unhealthy and when I'm not craving something, nothing appeals. eyesroll.gif I'm expanding my supplements, finally, not as a replacement for good food but because I'm terribly deficient in so much after lifelong health issues. I'm glad to be able to get stuff down and keep it down, finally!
post #44 of 73
Oh, and I see her again in 2 weeks! Crazy!
post #45 of 73

Heather - is it possible to walk before DH leaves for work? With the heat, I find it easier just to get up early to walk. I walk about 3 miles most days and my legs feel a lot better when I do (I have very horrible varicose veins all over my legs, just a PG thing and will resolve after delivery).

post #46 of 73
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Crazy day... Got to see my MW, though. Measuring 34 at 29wks, but she's not concerned and says everything feels perfect. Baby appears to be head down and back on the left, at least for that moment! I keep thinking baby is flipping back and forth from breech but I could be totally wrong, as it's based only on where I feel movement and how strong it is.

Bad news is I'm supposed to get very serious about taking care of myself, including drinking ONLY water, eating no white flour, and walking a LOT (2-3mi/day?!?!?). Pretty sure no sugar is in there somewhere though it wasn't on the list. Figuring out how to walk daily when the temps are rising and I've got 4 kids to drag along is pretty daunting. I'll honestly do well to make it a mile, but hopefully I can expand my range before long. redface.gif

Anyone else still having trouble taking care of themselves? I hardly even feel like eating these days. Cravings are mostly unhealthy and when I'm not craving something, nothing appeals. eyesroll.gif I'm expanding my supplements, finally, not as a replacement for good food but because I'm terribly deficient in so much after lifelong health issues. I'm glad to be able to get stuff down and keep it down, finally!

I definitely struggle to get enough exercise. I don't walk everyday, but am taking a prenatal yoga class once per week.  That's probably more than i did with first preg for formal exercise.  I wonder if you wore a pedometer if you would be surprised how much your moving around with 4 kids already.  

 

As far as diet goes, sugar and white flour are highly addictive and a vicious cycle. THe more you eat the harder it is to stop.  It can be really hard to get off of it.  I was following a paleo diet (i.e. grain free, no white sugar) for just over a year before getting pregnant.  Flour and sugar have definitely made there way back in now because of cravings, what I could keep down the first trimester, and convenience.  Drinking water with lemon can help curb the craving for sugars, but i would also start replacing any white sugar you use with maple syrup or honey.  These have a lower glycemic index and will not spike your blood sugar as much which can lead to further cravings. If you bake alot, look into using alternate flours such as coconut or almond.  There are a ton of recipes on the internet. HTH

post #47 of 73
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This is the one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B001HPCOV0

So soft and warm! I had it on my DS constantly in the winter!

Thanks!

post #48 of 73

Saw my family doc who's doing shadow care this morning.  I'm pretty sure I got more pee on my hand than in the cup, my aim is terrible these days with everything being so...big.  Took blood to check my platelet count, fingers crossed that it hasn't dropped too much...

post #49 of 73

Going for an ultrasound this afternoon to make sure my babies' growth is on track.  I have had nothing but braxton hicks all day and the thought of getting outside and walking is making me almost tear up.  Some of you had mentioned diet  and I am certainly struggling with it the further I get.  My midwife measured me at 34 weeks at 28 (which is about how far ahead I've been the whole time) but I'm not gaining any weight really.  Not sure where I'm supposed to put the food anyway with a head jammed up on my tummy.  I'm just now back at my pre-pregnancy weight.   

 

I am going to get outside and try to walk though.  Women who are more active in the latter parts of their pregnancies have better outcomes.  Soooooo, off to give myself a pep talk....

post #50 of 73
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Moms of older children, I need your advice- is now a bad time to tackle nighttime potty training? DD is 3 and 4 months and has been solidly potty trained since January. We have her in a disposable at night, and she's always wet in the morning (but she tells me that she pees in it when she wakes up). Is that something I should work on soon, or would it be better to delay until after baby arrives?

 

We didn't until much later.  But DD was only 2.5 when DS was born (potty trained at 29 months, DS born when she was almost 32 months).  For me, because we were doing cloth anyway (so not a huge financial outlay to get her larger sized dipes) it was just something I didn't want to stress her about.  Then, we just did nothing until we actually had both kids go without night dipes at the same time.  So, really, not a very good solution!

post #51 of 73
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We didn't until much later.  But DD was only 2.5 when DS was born (potty trained at 29 months, DS born when she was almost 32 months).  For me, because we were doing cloth anyway (so not a huge financial outlay to get her larger sized dipes) it was just something I didn't want to stress her about.  Then, we just did nothing until we actually had both kids go without night dipes at the same time.  So, really, not a very good solution!

 

Oh, but DD was still night nursing for a lot of that time, so night-training could have been problematic.  That said, DS night nursed for a significant amount of time past the time he was night dry.

post #52 of 73

Heather-  I've been adding hemp seed hearts and flax seeds to just about everything I make because of all the nutrients in them.  I am hoping they kind of make up for some of my other food choices!  winky.gif  That being said, I have been trying out this Amazing New Idea I had the other day... When I am craving ice cream (you know like every other minute or so) I grab a piece of fruit or a handful of raw almonds and eat that instead.  This has actually been working for me (and I mean working, like I am not pissed off that my fruit is not actually ice cream, I enjoy it)!  And the almonds are sweet and fill me up longer than fruit or ice cream.  I am really trying to eat better this last trimester than I did when pregnant with DS.  I think with him I kind of gave up the last couple of months and made lots of excuses as to why it was okay for me to indulge.  Then my indulgences just eventually became my diet. 

 

Also what Jillgayle said about honey and maple syrup, and I would add blackstrap molasses to the alternate sweeteners.  Oh, and the alternate flours as well!  We are not GF in our household, but I often use a Pamela's baking mix for things like muffins, pancakes, and quick breads because I just feel better after eating it than wheat flour (plus it is faster and more nutritious)! 

 

GISDiva-  Fingers crossed!

post #53 of 73

I am visiting my family (after a harrowing long trip with an airline who's name shall not be mentioned...grrr....). It is good to be here and feel taken care of for once!

 

One thing my mom did for us is that she chopped up a bunch of veggies, and pur them in a bowl in the fridge so we can just go grab a handful for a snack whenever we want. I have found myself dipping into that bowl a lot, so maybe if you can get up the energy to prepare a bunch of veggies in a bowl it can be great snacking for a few days. I am hoping I will have the energy and forethought to do this myself when we get back home.

post #54 of 73
I tried to go to prenatal aqua aerobics on Monday, and due to my inability to read schedules correctly ended up at geriatric aqua aerobics. I had to modify it down a bit (no jumping) but found it sublimely comfortable. My swelling decreased and I was cheerful all evening. I've ordered a new maternity swim suit (actually 3 of the same suit in different sizes, and will return 2) as I've out grown the one I bought at a consignment store. I strong recommend getting in the water; it felt so good.
post #55 of 73
I'm also struggling with bad food choices and lack of energy to prepare healthy meals and I know the unhealthy food is perpetuating the lack of energy and it's becoming a vicious cycle. Work has been particularly exhausting lately and I keep telling myself if I can make it until July 1, I'll be in the clear (last day is June 28). But by then I'll probably have totally depleted myself. I need to make a change now! Thanks for all your helpful suggestions, mamas. I am going to start blowing work off more and taking care of myself first.

Is anyone feeling overwhelmed by their houses? For me, it's not just cleaning but a million actual projects- not just nesting overdrive inspired (though some are) that need tending to. Our dog is near the end of her life and is incontinent; when we're not washing our own laundry, one of her beds or cleaning rags are always going. The grass is growing so fast and my husband's business is doing great, but that means he comes home too exhausted most days to tend to it. And I can barely throw together sandwiches for dinner IF I feel like eating, though I mostly want to put my feet up and cry. Not because I am sad, but because I'm just totally spent. Am I totally crazy?
post #56 of 73

I'm having more trouble eating well this pregnancy than last. I'm doing ok though. I had a m/w appointment today as well and am measuring 32 weeks at 29 weeks. I consistently measured 2 weeks ahead with DD and was 2 weeks ahead my last appointment too so she is not worried. I am a bit concerned because of the GD diagnosis but we'll see what it looks like next appointment at 33 weeks. I booked the rest of my appointments which felt weird! I have one at 33 weeks then 36 weeks then weekly. I was also finally put on an iron supplement as my iron stores and "available" iron are both quite low. I hope it helps with my energy. Baby is head down too and heart rate is still around 140. I try and get exercise in everyday ways...like taking the stairs, parking on the other side of campus so it's a bit of a walk to my office, etc.

 

Mary, I'm overwhelmed by our new house which is about 3 times the size as our townhouse. I'm trying to "let it go" and just get the basics done but it's hard. I can barely muster up some dinner for DD when my DP is working....it's hard. We still haven't moved our own stuff into the house and I'm REALLY hoping our townhouse sells soon so we can get on with it. We had one offer fall through and apparently another "on the way" right now...fingers crossed.

 

I also booked 3 days camping when I'll be 35 weeks...yes, I might be crazy.

post #57 of 73

I am going camping at 33 weeks for 3 days too! I am borrowing a friends cot because I do not want to sleep on a thermarest.  I have to go camping this summer!

post #58 of 73
I think I need to supplement iron, too. I have been expanding my supplements now that I can swallow without immediately becoming ill, but haven't added iron in (I have a bottle of Floradix around here somewhere...).

Thanks for the ideas and commiseration! I managed to go to the store last night while my kids were at my mom's, so I had good food to start off the day with already in the house. While I've had days lately where I know I ate too little, I was surprised at how hungry I was all day today. I did splurge a little, but mostly have stuck to what I know is best. And lots of water (which isn't that hard if I simply make a point to keep it with me constantly, as I used to do).

It got up to about 92° today, according to my car's display, so I tried to wait until it cooled off a bit to walk with the kids to the park. Of course, by then, it was thundering in the distance... And after chugging water and a quick trip to the bathroom pre-walk, I had horrible *upper* abdominal cramps that had me trying knee-chest positions to make it go away. eyesroll.gif Despite all that, we took a walk around the neighborhood for a little under a mile. It's a start! Going to the park and back would've been further, but not safe with a storm brewing (though I'm not sure we even got rain from this rogue storm cell). So, hopefully we can try that tomorrow. At least the storm gave a nice breeze!

I'm still starving, though. Trying to nibble on good stuff while I take my meds/supps and then get to bed - finally. sleeping.gif But I am wondering if I've really gotten enough calories for the day, or if I've ended up eating less than I thought. And, yeah, computing the calories I'm just at 2000 for the day. I have no idea what I really need but that's likely a minimum. And that's WITH my naughty snack! redface.gif

In better news, I had a text from a friend this morning offering to host a baby shower. joy.gif And later, a photographer friend told me she wanted to come shoot my birth for free/donation. joy.gif I had wanted to buy her services but can't possibly afford anything right now, so that's a huge blessing. Hopefully I can pull together something to reimburse her, but I'm delighted! I had an amazing photographer last time, but there are no funds this time! I hate pictures of me but am glad I have those first baby pics. love.gif
post #59 of 73

I'm going camping in a month too  My son loves to go, and it will be nice to get some "mom and son" time with him (and my friends that are going too) before the baby gets here.  My DH dislikes camping and will probably not come again, so hopefully that means he can work on some house projects!

 

Ugh.  Something is not agreeing with me, my lower digestive system is rebelling today.  blush.gif  I'm also hearing about rampant norovirus in our area, I hope to the heavens we don't get that at our house right now.

post #60 of 73

I love camping! We have been twice already. Sleeping in a tent makes my back pretty sore the next day but it's still worth it for us. I really want to go one more time before the babe gets here if it isn't too horribly hot.

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