Lida and mataji, I guess you are probably right. It is very different to look at others and understand their reasons. I hope my mom can relax once the twins are born.
November 2013 Chat Thread - Page 4
I am officially finished all my Xmas shopping and pre-baby prep on my "must do" list. There are some "nice to do" things, all of which can be done anytime, really. It's been really hectic and tiring getting my schedule for having baby pushed up by a whole month, but I am grateful that I have some warning and time to get prepared. All I feel like doing now is snuggling down at home with my kids until spring, but I still have to go to work until whenever its time for baby to come.
oh, poor Trish! Camomile tea- drink it, and also, make a pot and put a towel over your head and breathe in the steam for awhile. It really seems to help heal/ soothe the passages and lungs.
Jenny- I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers feeling weepy as another night of sleepless baby tending rolled in. I honestly don't know how everyone does it. Once again, I'm just hoping this guy is a little easier than my first, who fussed from about 11 to 4 every night for what seemed like a year.
Lilac- my mom is the same! Super hippy health nut who went all natural 4 times and breastfed and co-slept forever, but with me she's all "get an epidural! Try a bottle! just do the crib!" etc. its so funny. I think it must be the mama bear- just doesn't like to see her daughter suffering :)
Lida I'm measuring small, too. But it doesn't appear to be the baby... I worry about the placenta and stuff just because he isn't nearly as active as his sister was. No drawer pushing for this baby! Just some fists and feets.
Officially on maternity leave since I shut down my etsy shop <3 One more order left and then I'm done. I've been very busy making Cookies for Santa plates recently and I need to start on my baby to do list instead.
Got the car seat ready today (no installed, we do that right before) but I adjusted the straps, put on the bundle me thing, etc. Can't believe baby is going to be little enough to use the straps all the way down! My to do list is huge. I can't believe that baby could actually be here in a month. Lots of purging and organizing to do still.
I've been reading along but need to go start dinner so no time to comment individually. BUT I am enjoying reading all of your posts :)
Lida we were also thinking how to get baby in the car in cold weather. I'm being a bit cheap because I don't want to buy a winter suit in the smallest size (they're way too expensive) and was hoping to somehow use directly the 3 month-old one but that won't fit in the car. With DD, we live right in the city center and never needed the winter suits. She was always bundled up in the Ergo carrier (the infant insert is so warm) and she was always toasty warm despite a very cold and snowy winter.
Anyway, I had a bad CTG a couple of weeks back (I don't know if it was actually "bad", two contractions where baby's heartbeat dropped for a couple of seconds). My OB (who is relatively new in the practice and is being extra careful about everything) is now making them really long and I'm starting to resent that. You get a CTG here every week after 34 weeks but usually they're 15 minutes so I didn't mind. Now I have to sit for 30 minutes or more.
Baby is also still not completely engaged so my MW told me that in case my water breaks, I have to lie down immediately and call an ambulance (because of the risk of cord-prolapse). Now I'm walking around the city thinking "if my water breaks like right now, where is the next place I can lie down...". Thank God the chances of that happening are slim but in case it does, I hope I'm not standing in the middle of a bus, how awkward is that?!
Lily, sorry to hear that you have to sit longer for a test than was initially required. I am not sure what CTG stands for but from the sounds of it they do an electronic strip of your babies heartbeats versus your contractions like electronic fetal monitoring perhaps.
Got a good night's sleep last night which was nice. Only got up twice to use the bathroom. My ear ache is basically gone after laying on a moist heating pad a couple times yesterday, but there is still some pain in my jaw and it feels like I burned the inside of my mouth with hot pizza (even though I haven't eaten any since the GD diagnosis). Hopefully that will go away over the next couple of days as I gargle with some salt water.
Lilykay, thats the same reason why I bought just the warm sleeper (fuzzy thicker material), was to get around the tiny baby snowsuit problem. I am not sure if we will end up buying a snowsuit for later for walks, etc, but I do have another thicker bag suit from DD1 which will work well for the car for when baby is a bit bigger. Snowsuits here are super expensive too...not sure why, its not like you can't buy one for your kids...
That also sucks about those tests...they don't do anything like that here unless they have a reason to...seems like it might lead to sometimes unnecessary worry/interventions.
So, I had my follow-up growth ultrasound and baby gained a pound in 2 weeks! He is measuring approximately on the 27th percentile, which is great too, instead of dropping again. We are so relieved that he doesn't have to come this week! Hopefully he will not do another drop in two weeks. Although, I am feeling a bit frustrated with my midwife...she never seems to remember to do the follow-up work that she says she will...I am always the one calling the clinic asking if she has done this or that and shouldn't we be doing x...? In some ways I feel like I'd get better care with an OB, but I know if I have a vaginal birth I want a midwife and not an OB...sigh
That's great news, Lida! Grow baby grow!
I woke up this morning totally paranoid that our baby is going to be really really big. I can handle big- my 10 1/2 pounder was no problem. But my boy who was 10 pounds 12 ounces was really pushing it. I could feel it was going to take a great amount of effort to get him out, and it did. I worry about a baby that big again, or even bigger! No sense worrying, I guess. What will be will be!
Met with the birth photographer yesterday who is going to do our birth for FREE because she wants to capture an unassisted birth and she needs to build up her portfolio. She's an old acquaintance and we have mutual friends so I feel comfortable with her. It's great not to worry about who'll be using the camera and where it is, if it has batteries, etc. I also signed up for a quickie maternity photo shoot- she only had 6 slots and I got one! So excited!
I woke up this morning feeling mighty uncomfortable and tired. My belly feels like it's been contracted since yesterday, and the amount of movement lately, geez!!! He's like a hip hop dancer or something, it's crazy. Had a slight headache this morning, felt a little woozy. I didn't overdo it or anything yesterday, it was actually pretty mellow. But I have a feeling my mellow is a lot for other people! And I'm so so thirsty, though drinking a lot. I'm going to eat a bunch of protein and hopefully I'll feel better.
Lida excellent news! What a huge relief that must be for you. Hopefully the trend will continue.
Lilac - that's exactly what CTGs are. They're very routine here. I suppose I can refuse them but honestly I like this practice where I'm going and I'm saving my "debating energy" in case I go overdue (especially since they pushed my due date back to Nov 30). I'll refuse induction unless there is a medical reason not a statistical one.
Jenny - sorry you're feeling off. I can imagine that with 5 kids your mellow is a bit different that those of us with one or two .
AFM - it's 3 AM in the morning and I can't sleep. It's my fault actually, I really really should not fall asleep with DD at 7. It always ends up like this, me up in the middle of the night feeling done with sleeping...
Jenny, yay for a free photographer! That's so awesome! Last pregnancy, I volunteered as a model for a bunch of photographers practicing maternity pics, and got free photos of myself and all my kids. :-) Then one of them did a free newborn shoot to build her portfolio.
AFM, today was my 36 week appointment. My ultrasound got postponed, but I got to do my own GBS swab and put off my next appointment until 39 weeks. I love how considerate my doctor is. He really cares. :-)
I am feeling really frustrated, though. Tonight I've had a ton of contractions, and a couple bad enough to make me teary, but I know it's not going anywhere. I always find some reason to convince myself that this time will be different, and then it's not. Sigh.
Mataji, I hope your little one stays under the 10 pound mark for you. Congrats on getting a great photographer.
Lily, yeah going to sleep early then being really awake long before it is prudent.
Michelle sorry you are
feeling such intense pain when you
know you have a long way to go.
Today's task: sorting and washing baby clothes and emptying cribs of gifts so the
mattresses can go in.
I have my 34 week appointment today, hopefully we will do the hospital pre-admission forms, but I'm not expecting much else this week. My only pregnancy complaint is the carpal tunnel in my right hand, but nothing we can do about it anyway. I'm starting to get used to it...
Lilykay, I agree about saving your leverage...you may need it later on. Also re going to bed early...I can go to bed with my kids, but I can't have a nap as well...but during the week they are up by 5:45, and I still work full-time.
Jenny, although I don't have 5 kids, I do feel like my "relaxing" is other people's "busy". I feel more and more organized and motivated to get stuff done the more kids I have....just because there is always this fear that it won't get done later!
Yikes! This is my first post in this month's thread...I have been so busy getting ready for maternity leave that I have no time to write.
Intro: I am 39 years old and live in small-town Georgia. I work full-time as a librarian. I am proud to be able to be the bread-earner for the family, and I am blessed with an awesome DH who takes real good care of our family. He is an excellent home-maker and cook who also cares for our 3 yr old DS. We are a co-sleeping, baby-wearing, extended nursing, baby-led weaning type of family. We plan to home school.
I enjoy dancing, reading, baking and watching mindless entertainment when DS is asleep. I crafted and cooked in a past life. I dream of having a garden one of these days. VBACs are banned at my local hospital so I am driving 3 hours to a VBAC-friendly midwifery practice.
I am so excited about labor. I love me some labor hormones! And I am getting really excited to cuddle with my new little baby!
I started off this pregnancy with all sorts of worries, but now I feel pretty good about everything (self-hypnosis works!). I guess I am still a bit anxious to see how laboring in the car for 3 hrs will work...and if I will have false alarms caused by prodromal labor. Thinking about pushing out a baby has me a bit flummoxed...but I have decided to trust in the mystery of it all.
So I am so behind on the chat as always. Here is my general attempt at well-wishes for us all:
I hope that aches and pains are better, that colds have gone away, that unnecessary repetitive tests do not cause too much worrying or discomfort, that little babies keep growing well (but not too big for some of us!), that the weather is kind to all of us, that our to-do lists get shorter and shorter, and that our babies decide to come at just the right time!
AFM: Last week, I finally had my 2nd appt with the midwifery group....after a 6wk break. I saw another one of the midwives in the group. She gave me some flack for skipping the previous appt and encouraged me to come all of the weekly appts. Overall, the appt went really well. I left feeling really good about the practice. Later that night I took a tour of labor and delivery: the rooms are small, but really nice. I am sooooo excited!
-Yesterday, I had my 37 wk appt. with yet another midwife. Not as impressed with her, but alas! I can't choose who is going to be at the birth, and I am just pleased to have the chance for a VBAC waterbirth. We did the GBS test yesterday. What else? Oh, since I didn't follow up on my slightly high glucola test, I was prescribed a home glucose meter last week, and I turned my results yesterday. All the numbers were fine: all fasting under 90, all 2 hrs under 120. There were just a couple high ones that approached 120 after 2 hrs. The midwife asked me to test for one more week.
-My baby has been moving so much --it has started to be really distracting! but only because I feel like to keep trying to focus on that task at hand rather than on my baby. I am entering the headspace where I just want to BE with my baby.
-Overall, I feel my neo-cortex dimming its lights....I am entering the spiritual realm of mamahood!
-Oh, a symptom I remember from DS has popped up again: The top of my belly feeling like it was sunburned! I assume it is the stretching, but oooooow!
-I have had 2 dreams where my girl ends up being a boy!?! Only time will tell, right?
-So my boy came at 38.5 wks....that means I would be only 1 wk and 1/2 way...Eeek! & YAY! all at the same time. Fortunately, the car is packed. All the "stuff" is ready. (Thanks to my awesome DH!) Now I just have to wrap a few loose ends.