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post #61 of 96

Leigh - thank you! I shared the link with my mom, I hope she makes us some!  They just look so nice, especially for summer.

post #62 of 96
I'm not sure who I hate more: the OB's wife for doing a triathlon while heavily pregnant, or you all for running when you're not! At least when I'm pregnant I have an excuse. Not so much when I'm not.... Maybe it's myself I hate. wink1.gif But I did put running/tennis shoes on my Christmas list for this year. I currently own Converse, ballet flats, and flip-flops, so not much exercising going on around here.

Banana - Have you had it looked at yet? I'd hate to think you're miserable if there's a safe medication you could take to clear it up.

Leigh - I hear you on the unmowed lawn. Yeah, my DH has been away for work many weekends recently, but that doesn't explain why he still hasn't taken the whipper snipper in to be repaired (can be done on a weekday). It will take 1-2 weeks to be fixed, so he has a perpetual excuse as to why the edge work isn't being done. If I can get my a** out there and trim the hedge at 30 weeks pregnant, surely he can get the whipper snipper fixed!
post #63 of 96

Banana - I agree with getting your rash looked at. I am so sorry it's getting worse!

 

EA77 - running is my stress reliever and anti depressant and my social time since I run with a group. I am so eager to get back to it but it's going to be super slow and hard after all the bed rest. I know not everyone loves it but it's definitely something I love. I wasn't active at all 9 yrs ago and then started running and really got into distance running, marathons and 1 ultra. When I recover I want to get into more ultras, 50 milers at least.

post #64 of 96
Thread Starter 
I'm not a runner, but I do love to swim when pregnant. I haven't been able to at all this time, we just can't afford it. It's a bummer.

Unfortunately, a DR visit wouldnt be much help at this point. I'm a week into the rash (past the point of AVRs and I don't know that I would have taken those anyway) and it's just not severe enough to warrant any worry about secondary bacterial infections. It's more like in the put some calamine lotion on it and "suck it up" category. I'm hoping now that crusting over phase has begun that it won't be long until it's less irritating. I'm pretty good about self control with not touching my skin, I hope it pays off!
post #65 of 96
Edelweiss, you will love muslin blankets! I love my Aden & Anais ones and still use DS's for his naps and travel and such. It's the only way to go for a summer baby.

Banana, I am SO SORRY about the rash. I highly, highly recommend Sarna lotion. It definitely makes you smell like an old person (!), but the cooling relief is heavenly on troublesome rashes. I think I went through about 10 bottles when I had PUPP. It's a bit pricey, but believe me when I tell you I would have bought crack if it relieved the misery at all from that.

I have some kind of cold/bug that's making me really fatigued (more than usual) and has given me a hacking cough. With baby so low, the cough makes me feel like my pelvis is going to shatter. Shatter!

My DH is also not progressing on my list of projects for him at much of a clip, but he did want to get our kitchen partially gutted and renovated this week- a project that was my 2012 Christmas present. Um, how about no? I wouldn't have minded if it had been done when I was constantly throwing up and hated food, but now it just seems like a mess and inconvenience. I am sure baby would come the second the first irreparable piece was demo-ed. So I think it might be my 2013 Christmas present, too. Ha!

I got tons done today, but my lower back has been crying outrage at this. I know I probably need to take it easy, but then how will I CLEAN ALL THE THINGS before baby gets here? Ha. But seriously, I would not be heartbroken if this baby showed up like...now.
post #66 of 96

EA, I have a pair of winter boots, cowboy boots, and Birkenstocks... I am also not a runner! 

 

Crafty, You and Skycheat are making me feel like I should change my answer for the next mama in the birthing line... only I can't figure out who's next!  I hope you feel better.  Rest when you can, baby wont care what's clean and what's not!

 

Banana, I hope you feel better as well!

post #67 of 96

Banana, I hope you feel better soon!   hug2.gif

 

Just as a point of reference, I never felt itchiness with my shingles rash, just pain, even now 5 weeks out from when the rash appeared and even before the rash showed up. 

 

It usually has a pretty characteristic pattern because of how it travels through the nerves: http://www.oakleafmedical.com/hv/2009_wint/wint2009_shingles.htm

 

And topical lotions/numbing creams did not help me at all because the pain was coming from the damaged nerves below the skin.  Ice packs did help.

 

This is what my back looked like when I had the vesicles/blisters: http://paularickert.net/albums/userpics/10001/2013-06-18_00005.jpg

 

When I have had bad cases of poison oak (almost always from my dogs) I would have itchiness and then pain as the rash developed.  Also I would describe poison oak more as becoming "crusty" whereas the shingles rash ended up in distinct large dark scabs over where the blisters/vesicles where.

 

Not sure if any of this helps at all. shrug.gif

post #68 of 96
Paula, I wanted to cry reading more about shingles and seeing your rash at its height. You are so brave; I am so, so sorry you've had this. hug.gif
post #69 of 96
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EA, I have a pair of winter boots, cowboy boots, and Birkenstocks... I am also not a runner! 

Crafty, You and Skycheat are making me feel like I should change my answer for the next mama in the birthing line... only I can't figure out who's next!  I hope you feel better.  Rest when you can, baby wont care what's clean and what's not!

Banana, I hope you feel better as well!

THANK YOU for saying baby won't care what's clean!! I've been feeling guilty and inadequate about clutter and cleanliness but I've nested and come out the other side: the I'm not lifting an effing finger except to get this kid out!! I'm so done!! I LOVED the video about the heat; I wish the gal was 39 weeks pregnant too and could sum up my feelings about being this preggo in this heat! She's just so much funnier than I am lol
post #70 of 96

I have the internal desire to super clean the house and of course I can't on bed rest, just cleaning stuff that I know I won't have time for in the next year or two. I am hoping for some post bed rest pregnancy time to get extra stuff done but truly I think I'm too tired to do much other than lie in bed anyway.

post #71 of 96
Thread Starter 
Paula, your rash was about 200x worse than mine! I'm amazed that you delt with the pain that must have caused. But it's actually along the same freaking dermatome. At first I thought it was poison ivy, but it stopped looking like and doing what poision ivy does a few days in. It is painful, but tolerable, and I think about you when I tell myself to quit being a baby smile.gif Last night was pretty horrible though. I haven't gotten a worse nights sleep in a long time greensad.gif

I have so much packing and cleaning to do. I really really would like to get some done. But I'm not doing anything and it's making me a little nuts...
post #72 of 96

Banana, hang in there! hug.gif  Yeah, if the patterning matches then it does sound likely it could be shingles.  The sleep was the worst part.  I am only now finally starting to get reasonable sleep (that is, reasonable for 37 weeks pregnant).  I had about 3 weeks straight of 2-3 hours total of broken sleep per night (couldn't sleep more than half an hour-maybe one hour at a time).  DH and I had to rearrange things a bit so I could get a nap every day just so I could semi-function.  

 

Keeping an ice pack close by at night was helpful, if I woke up and the pain was really bad I could at least use that for a bit of relief.  I finally have managed the last 4 nights without needing to use it.

post #73 of 96
Thread Starter 
Thanks, somegirl! I think that would actually help a lot. I will put one by the bed tonight!
post #74 of 96
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Paula, I wanted to cry reading more about shingles and seeing your rash at its height. You are so brave; I am so, so sorry you've had this. hug.gif

 

Aw, thanks Mary. blowkiss.gif  Somehow I've survived the worst of it so I know I'll be ok.  I've given up on getting our baby to-do lists done though.  At this point I'll be happy to have a hospital bag packed and a few of the newborn clothes washed in advance.

post #75 of 96

Aggh, so sorry to you ladies with shingles. :( :(

 

Had my midwife appointment today - all looked well.  I go back weekly from here on - the receptionist had me book the next 3 appointments.  Next week we do the GBS test - it'll be good to get that out of the way!  I was really late to my appointment (and stressing) so I was glad my BP was still ok - 120ish/70ish.

 

Trying to push myself to get some stuff done.  Mostly have the baby laundry done, but now I'm struggling with sorting/folding/finding a place for it all.  This little girl has SO MANY outfits.  It's completely out of control.  I need to sort through it a bit and see if I can get rid of any of it - what do I actually care about and want her to wear?

 

I took a bath today and fell asleep in the tub.  I am struggling to function...

post #76 of 96
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Trying to push myself to get some stuff done.  Mostly have the baby laundry done, but now I'm struggling with sorting/folding/finding a place for it all.  This little girl has SO MANY outfits.  It's completely out of control.  I need to sort through it a bit and see if I can get rid of any of it - what do I actually care about and want her to wear?

I took a bath today and fell asleep in the tub.  I am struggling to function...

I am awash in over-the-top 0-3 months outfits for this baby. People are so sweet and generous, but:
1. My son didn't even really wear the 0-3 month size because he was 10 lbs. This girl will (hopefully, please God!) be smaller, but I doubt she'll be tiny.
2. This is not my style. I dress babies (when I dress them) in super soft, simple onesies and side-snap shirts and diapers. I have a few soft outfitty-type outfits I bought, but I am not the type to dress my child like we're going to the Kentucky Derby. I never cared for such restrictive clothing myself as a child (or as an adult!), so why would I visit this upon my child?
3. Really? No one could have bought/sent a single outfit for 6 months+? (And most of them, though brand new have removed the tags- for my convenience! sigh) Oh well, at least I get to choose them.

I am such a complainer when everyone has been so nice. I guess I will just pay-it-forward to a fancier mom.

I have nearly fallen asleep in the tub the past two days myself. Pregnancy is hard.
post #77 of 96

I have been lucky, not too many fancy things.  95% of the clothes I have for her are hand-me-downs anyway, so it's easier to put aside what I don't want without feeling guilty.   We'll see what happens after she's born though, we haven't received anything from family yet and I suspect one SIL in particular won't be able to contain herself... ROTFLMAO.gif It's the same family who bought us a *giant* stuffed lion when our son Leo was born.  Five years later and I still don't know where to put the thing in our small house, but yet it still remains...

 

I keep feeling like next week is going to make me anxious.  I'll be 36 weeks, we're finding out what my GBS status is and more importantly, what my platelet count is these days, my midwife is on vacation and it's the last week before homebirth is permissable (we are on strict no hanky-panky orders!).  I need to gather the rest of my homebirth supplies, as the home visit is the following week, but if my platelet count isn't sufficient, it's all for naught anyway.  I bought the kit from the birth center, but I haven't opened the box yet for fear I'll jinx it.  Ugh.  Can't shake the feeling that something will go wrong next week...

post #78 of 96

Banana - I hope your rash is going to get better soon.  That's a real bummer during pregnancy.

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Trying to push myself to get some stuff done.  Mostly have the baby laundry done, but now I'm struggling with sorting/folding/finding a place for it all.  This little girl has SO MANY outfits.  It's completely out of control.  I need to sort through it a bit and see if I can get rid of any of it - what do I actually care about and want her to wear?

 

 

We have so much for 0-3, but its all hand me down, but there are so many cute things.  I had a hard time paring down just what we need.

 

 

Today it seems my body is clearing itself out so we'll see if anything happens tomorrow.  I'm 38 weeks today.  Told my dh to warn the dog and kid sitters just in case.biggrinbounce.gif

post #79 of 96
Oh gosh ladies I hear you so much on well meaning but impractical baby clothing gifts. Luckily I purged DD's clothes of most of the useless fluff as I was putting them into storage but now I'm shocked at how little was left! I cleaned out a second hand store of practical items at their dollar sale: a few onesies in 3 and 6 month sizes and some stretchy shorts. I went with gender neutral, comfy stuff and got a whole whack of stuff for $10. I feel prepared now smile.gif
post #80 of 96

We haven't been given any new clothes but have some neutral stuff from my daughter and my nephew's clothes we're borrowing. As often as we do laundry I think we'll be OK.

 

I just wanted to confirm with anyone who might know, but I will tell my OB next time I see him (Tues if I can stay out of the hospital till then) that I want a VBAC if I have another baby and to give me a low horizontal incision? That is the preferable type for VBAC, right?

 

Finished my baby booties today. DD concluded that she has a lot of babies since I had to make 4 booties.

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