Originally Posted by roisin32
Michelle, tell us how it goes! I have one in a week, and I'm so excited- I haven't been feeling the baby very much in the last few weeks, after feeling it so strongly so early, and now I am dying to hear a strong little heartbeat again. Jealous of the big vehicles- I have no idea how we are going to put two carseats in our car. And I've realized how very nice it is to have room for friends and their carseats, too, now that its beach season here in Rhode Island! As far as weight goes...geez, I don't know. I think I've gained about ten, but it really feels like flab. I remember putting on the first ten last time without eating anything, and was sure it was all water. And by the time the belly was big, everything alse looked normal. This time, I am feeling just wide all over- like its all in my butt and legs!
Roisin, I gained weight the same with both my girls, and that makes me think we're having another girl :) I weighed myself yesterday and I've gained 10lbs, but as far as I can tell its mostly belly-wide, bum and thighs. *shrugs*
Originally Posted by lilacvioletiris
Lida, that is what I am trying to do - eat when I am hungry, stop when I am full, and eat whenever I need to, even if it is 10:30 pm because I can't sleep because my tummy says feed me. I have been eating lots of healthy food and trying to get some more healthy oils - olive, canola, etc - to give my food a little bit more staying power. I think I need more salt - I was craving Ramen noodles yesterday. Ate two packages - on at lunch and one at supper along with other "real food". I have been enjoying my raw fries - shredded potatoes sprinkled with salt fried in my cast iron frying pain on medium heat until they are golden brown on each side. Delicious with some scrambled tofu. Again salt.
Lilac: that's great that you're following your gut for hunger (no pun intended). With my first two kids, I was so paranoid about not gaining weight at the "wrong" time (i.e. first trimester), that I didn't gain much, but I was STARVING all the time. Why do they say you shouldn't gain the first trimester?!?! Like really? Not every woman is puking her brains out!!! Drat babycenter!!!
Originally Posted by CourtBChase
We bought an 8 passanger van (2011 , I think, or 12 oddyssey) when I was pregnant with my daughter. It turned out to be really silly, As it turns out you can fit two carseats, even rearfacing, in the car we had (subaru forester), as long as you use the right carseats. I discovered this when the van was undrivable after a monster snowstorm (snow tires solved that). But it has been nice to be able to carpool with my friends when we go on field trips with the kids, and to be able to fit the grandparents when they visit. And now I feel totally justified, since we are having a third, which we weren't sure of at the time. I can fit three carseats across (even pretty big ones, it's a wide seating area!) in the second row, fold down the third roaw and have massive cargo space for IKEA. Obviously an important feature ;-)
Yeah, our Toyota Camry did fit 3 carseats across (not the slim ones), but it was tight. And then, if I needed to parent one of the kids it's much harder with so little space, and that left ONLY the trunk to fit stuff in, which, by the time you put a stroller in, does not leave much room!! Anyway, DH is 6'4" and he needs the driver's seat pretty much as far back and down as it will go in order to reach the pedals properly, and in the Camry, it meant he was practically on top of whichever kid was behind him, and getting kicked in the back, so he's been pushing for a van for a while :)
Originally Posted by mataji4
We bought a 12 passenger Chevy after our 5th was born in 2010. We keep two seats out of it so we can put bikes in the back easily, and can haul stuff (lumber, goodwill, groceries). It's clunky to drive (bumps are awful!) and I really do miss my sleek little Toyota Sienna. But we really had outgrown it with kids getting taller and because we often have other kids/teens with us. Camping was near impossible with inflatable boats, dog, cooler. So this is a serious utility vehicle. I feel silly driving it around when I just have one or two kids with me! But it was needed. Someday I'll drive a little Prius, when I'm a grandmother!
Agreed that a bigger vehicle is really nice for roadtrips, carpooling, Ikea, etc. We plan on doing more long-distance road trips once the kids are older (I really want to see the grand canyon!!!) And I love to hear you call a Sienna "sleek"!!! If it wasn't for the back-up camera, I'd never be able to park it!!!