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Weekly Chat August 27 - September 2 - Page 5post #81 of 1348/31/13 at 5:36pmpost #82 of 1348/31/13 at 5:37pmpost #83 of 1348/31/13 at 6:49pmHey abk, how exciting! You can loose just part of it. I've lost them before a little at a time for a week or two before baby.
I'm 35 weeks with #6. I started getting stuff ready last weekend and that is making me feel much better. I can't wait to see my midwife on Monday. It'll be 7 weeks since my last visit! I had cancelled my last one because my son had been in the hospital with a crazy random infection in his cheek and I had a week of doctors appointments before me. My husband is coming along, which is exciting too. He used to go to every one with other babies but things didn't work out time-wise this time.
I've never been tested for gestational diabetes and only had one midwife ever who was upset about it and I didn't end up keeping her.
I'm feeling so immobile. Everything feels so intense down low. I finally did some yoga again yesterday which was helpful for getting adjusted to this crazy changing body.post #84 of 1348/31/13 at 7:38pmDahlia - I have to agree I find it odd too, also odd the time/day differences. Kinda neat though!
Abk - oh my goodness how exciting!!!!!! A baby is coming super soon! I'm so excited! All the best mumma can't wait to here how it all goes! Xxx
Little bird - I know what you mean about being immobile, I'm absolutely fine as long as the task at hand is above waist height, so cooking / cleaning the kitchen is great, picking up a gazillion things off the living room floor on the other hand not so much fun.
It's Father's Day here and we've had lunch with my dad and family which was lovely. And we did a gift and breakfast with dh so now it is hopefully time for a quiet Sunday afternoon relaxing enjoying having dh home from work.post #85 of 1348/31/13 at 9:31pm
dahlia - thank you for confirming that I'm not the only one excited by leaky boobs. :P It really is just the novelty of it at the moment, and being a first time mom - I get so nervous that it won't work and that breastfeeding will be miserable for whatever reason. :/ But I'm thinking good thoughts!
My husband did in fact install the car seat today - in fact, he ran on out there to do it, all excited! He was less excited after it ended up taking 30 minutes and he was sweating all over everything (it was 80 degrees here today, so I can't blame him), but it's so neat to see it in there. Plus, we really needed to do it early - we have a very tiny 2 door car, and it's one of those things where we just have to be sure the damn thing fits properly and that I can get the baby in and out! Man, after playing with it, I'm more set on babywearing than EVER before. That stupid infant bucket thing is practically impossible to get in and out! I'm going to adopt a system where I climb in the backseat, pop the kid into my carrier, and then get out of the car - I'm never taking that bucket thing out unless I'm wanting to put it into the stroller. :P
abk - aaahh so exciting! It's so funny to think that those kinds of things can happen now, like mucus plugs going or proper contractions happening, and it's not a bad thing necessarily!
I'm starting to freak out about the 39 week induction thing. Not because I think 39 weeks is too early, I'm okay with it (it would likely be more like 39 1/2 weeks because of scheduling, so even better), but because I'm so committed to going pain med free and I'm terrified of what will happen if none of the other induction methods work and I end up with Pitocin. I need to have a few more discussions with my midwives about it, but at the moment, I'm just researching some ways and tricks that I can use to get things somewhat started if I'm not at all dilated by 38 weeks. :/post #86 of 1348/31/13 at 10:21pmpost #87 of 1349/1/13 at 2:18am
I'm 37 weeks tomorrow and 2cm dilated as of three days ago so hopefully things are continuing to progress cervix-wise, now that I'm off the synthetic progesterone.I want this baby out!
It has been so nice to be full of energy and not worry about holding back and resting up and putting up my feet to keep the baby cooking. She's cooked enough and any day now is just fine with me!
My band has a facebook site and youtube clip now, demo CD almost ready. I hope we start getting gigs late autumn, when I'm up for it. I can't wait to start performing!
I opened an etsy shop yesterday. I discovered a love of spray painting old leather shoes/bags/belts to make them cool looking. I started with all my own stuff that I wasn't using. It was AMAZINGLY easy to find 20+ leather items that I haven't touched/used in years to experiment with. If they don't sell, I'm loving how they look now so I might actually start using them myself! Next step, if there seems to be any market for this or if I just can't wait and need to spray paint something again soon, will be to scour thrift stores for cheapie leather items that I think will look pretty fabulous after a coat of gold paint. :)post #88 of 1349/1/13 at 4:22am
Littlebird, I agree- things just feel kind of heavy down low. Not pressure, just weight! My poor pubic bone/hips are miserable!
Danielle, I hope father's day was nice and that the weather starts getting nice and warm for you soon!
Rainy, yay for having the car seat in!! I told my husband last night that we should do ours next weekend when it's exactly 4 weeks til I'm due! I think the time snuck up on him lol!
Soleil, I'm crossing my fingers that lots of walking and sex and more walking/activity will get things moving for me! I don't know if I'd try castor oil unless I was really really desperate... not loving the other side effects! Lol!post #89 of 1349/1/13 at 11:27am
Serafina - that's so great to hear! Tell the kiddo we all give her permission to start making her exit. :P It's so great when you don't have to be constantly nervous or freaking out about it.
Soleilmama - I've heard that too about the castor oil... hmm. I think I'll really leave that one as a last resort. The thing is, I have mild IBS, and I'm terrified what it would do to my already very cranky digestive system. :/
Some things I am going to try definitely include plenty of walking, sex, and evening primrose oil. I know the EPO won't put me into labor per se, but it will soften my cervix hopefully. I just want to try and stack the deck so that when they do start the induction process, it has a better chance of going smoothly. :/ I'm already drinking pregnancy tea, but that doesn't put you into labor either, although I've read it's good for uterine toning.
I can totally feel my hips spreading now. It is NOT fun. Were they seriously already not wide enough? Lol. Also, is this kid trying to CLAW her way out through my cervix? What the hell are these sensations? It is so odd. I don't know if it means anything, or if she's just being a brat. :Ppost #90 of 1349/1/13 at 1:09pm
A midwife from Belize once told me that sweeping, yes with a broom, is one of the best ways to encourage labor. You have to use what feels like every muscle in your abdomen at this stage. (Just one more thing to add to the list.)
Anyone else feeling like the couch is the only, one and only, place you wanna be? And of course I can't stay there with so much prep to do plus a 4yo plus working part time, but, boy does it beckon. It just feels so right when I'm there!!post #91 of 1349/1/13 at 3:59pm
I have had a stretch and sweep and that seemed to kick start things really well. Lots of walking and anything intimate seems to help as well.
Monday here and 35wks today! Very surreal. Still a heap to get done. Feeling a little bit flat today though as when I took my ds1 to school this morning his teacher pulled me aside and said that he had gotten into a disagreement with another kid on friday and had been really frustrated so she asked him to leave the classroom :-( Hes a sensitive wee soul, and we parent and live very differently to most of his class mates. I said goodbye to him and then went to the other side of the school yard and watched what he got upto, he tried to say hello to a few kids and then spent the rest of the time wondering around by himself looking sad. I went back over to him and gave him a hug and he said he was fine but im certain he was putting on a brave face. Im sad because i really have no idea how to help him. Sorry for the off topic rant its just left me feeling pretty flat :-(post #92 of 1349/1/13 at 6:52pmDanielle, so sorry about issues with your son. It is so hard to see our children struggle, isn't it? To find the balance of protecting the, from things we can and should, and allowing them to work and grow through pain and disappointment. Hugs!
I am ok . . Feeling nervous about the "what if" of going into labor before 37 weeks! I can't deliver at the birth center before then (and don't really want a hospital or nice visit). No huge reason to be feeling this way, just a very low-lying baby (so low that midwife wouldn't swab more than just my vaginal entrance for fear of disturbing things). Lots of pressure and charley horse style cramps today and of course every time she moves her head (and I'm guessing hands too), feels like she's going to pop out! Gotta ,ale it until Tuesday the 10th!!!!!!!post #93 of 1349/2/13 at 3:51am
Only 34 weeks here, but my husband broke his arm. Because of the nature of his work, he might end up using all of his unpaid paternity leave on medical leave if his work can't find any light duty work for him. If that happens, we will demolish our savings while he recovers. So, either he will have a broken arm and have a pretty limited ability to help me through labor and the early days of postpartum recovery or he won't be there at all and I won't have the money to hire someone to fill his shoes. I decided to homeschool this year, so I'll have both kids home all day. As much as I love my older child, she has always been my high needs, spirited child. I found the physical recovery from my last birth difficult even with my husband taking off a week after the birth last time. I struggled with nursing. I had extremely intense afterpains. I ran fevers off and on for two months. I found the whole adjustment really difficult, and now I know there's a distinct possibility that I will have very little help. We do have family in the area, but my MIL hates me. If I use her for childcare for the older kids, she will disappear for hours and refuse to answer her phone so I have no idea where my kids are. If I rely on her for help in the home, she will criticize me constantly about my appearance, my home, etc... My FIL is better, but I don't know how to ask just for his help and he has less flexibility to take off work anyway. My father needs to care for my disabled grandmother and has his own disabilities. My mother finds it difficult to get off work and has been extremely critical of homeschooling, breastfeeding, homebirth, and elimination communication in the past. Plus, I'm still worrying about my iron levels to even have a homebirth. I don't know what I'll do if I risk out of my midwives' practice. I feel SO STRESSED OUT mamas. I'm just praying that they'll find light duty for my husband and that this baby comes on his or her due date or later.post #94 of 1349/2/13 at 7:50am
I'm so jealous of everyone due at the beginning of October and already feeling like it's time for baby to come out!!!! I hope it's that way for me at 36/37 weeks... I'm 32 weeks today and I really think 5 more weeks- 6 maximum of this would be perfect. I don't feel hips spreading or any discomfort at all structurally- no back pain, no waddling, no sciatica, no intense pelvic pressure (but I do get it occasionally if i've been on my feet a lot) - I just have the annoying fatigue, low/no appetite can't eat anything I want because there is no room, and I feel super ridiculously hot all the time , pee all the time and can't sleep. OVER IT!!post #95 of 1349/2/13 at 9:44amI'm 32 weeks today, too, and reading where everyone else is keeps making me think I'm farther along than I am! I keep feeling kind of upset that I'm having no prelabour symptoms and then I think wait! I shouldn't be having them. I'm only 32 weeks! I'm getting quite excited to meet this baby!post #96 of 1349/2/13 at 10:22ampost #97 of 1349/2/13 at 10:28ampost #98 of 1349/2/13 at 1:29pm
Oh Revolting, I'm sorry things are so tough right now :( I hope you can find a way for it all to work out smoothly. Is having a hired helper a few days a week maybe an option? Possibly just for a few hours during your busiest times of day? You might be able to find someone inexpensive on care.com, I know that site has worked great for lots of people. Or possibly a neighbor that you're friendly with could help out? Sending you lots of hugs mama, what a rough situationpost #99 of 1349/2/13 at 2:07pmThread Starter
Revolting, sorry you're in such a stressful situation! I hope things work out well in the end.
Abk, so exciting about possibly being so close to your baby arriving!
Rainy, I need to install the carseat too. I think I'll wait for the weather to cool off a bit.
It's insane that now that it's September I can say I'm having a baby NEXT MONTH. Ahhhhh! So scary/exciting!
I did so much cleaning and straightening up this weekend and I'm doing laundry now, so it was a fairly productive weekend. I'm very sad that the three-day weekend is nearly over though. Boooo.post #100 of 1349/2/13 at 2:17pm
Big hugs, revolting.
We are also going through a lot right now, much of it concerning my oldest, who is also high needs/possibly special needs. His bus driver actually asked me if he was special needs after his first day on the bus, and while I have asked myself the same question in the past, it really upset me, coming from a complete stranger.
Our home is a mess, and I'm discovering more dampness/mold issues every day.
There is a lot to be stressed about, and I feel literally sick over it, but I do try to take a few minutes during the day to just be thankful for this new baby. Who knows what good things his birth might bring to our family?
I say this just because I feel like I can understand the stress and anxiety you feel. I feel it, too. It's nice to be able to have people "around" like this, just to get some of it out.
Ugh. Children are hollering. Time to intervene.
Hugs all around.
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