December chat thread! - Page 5
Congratulations, Anablis, and welcome baby Axel!
Glad to hear nursing is going well. I felt my positive nursing relationship really helped me to heal emotionally from DS's cesarean birth. Definitely take this time to rest and heal and just snuggle with your sweet baby!
Patiently looking forward to pics and details.
Forgot to add:
hugs to everyone on the emotional roller coaster of late pregnancy and early motherhood! Our body, our hormones, and our spirit are all working hard to protect and care for the little babes.
I like the running analogy, too. (Not that I really know what it feels like to run more than a few yards at a time. )
So I decided to come into work today and work what hours I can. My boss almost sent me home. He is terrified my water is going to break at work. Everyone expects labor to be like TV labor...as soon as it starts = PANIC IN THE STREETS!
But I have given up thinking/speculating about labor starting any minute. From now on, I am hoping to maintain a zen-like patience and just be open to the mystery:
earthwalker, that reminds me of when I was pregnant and in the Army. I worked in a small office with 3 guys and none of them had kids so they were mildly freaked out by everything and overly cautious with me. Like any time I made got up to get something one of them would ask if I was ok...when I was like 4 months pregnant.
While we're all (impatiently) waiting for our babies to hurry and get here, could everyone think a few "stay babies, stay!" thoughts for a friend of mine? She's 27.3 weeks with triplets and was admitted to the hospital yesterday with contractions. They started her on the steriod shots and are trying to get the contractions to stop but at this point she'll probably be on bed rest the remainder of the pregnancy. They knew to expect a pre-term birth but she's really hoping to make it to at least 32 weeks. They scary part is she didn't even realize she was having real contractions until she told her dr at her appointment yesterday that it felt like baby A was punching her in the cervix. She's in good spirits right now but I imagine she's also pretty stressed and worried and trying not to show it.
Stay triplets! My little guy feels like he is switching positions all the time still. Yesterday the midwife said that his head was still very mobile and unengaged (and its so weird- I'll feel him descend and be moving waaaaay down there, and then he will just kick back up). I also am GBS + again :(. The policy here is to keep us in for 24 hours (no big deal there), and give antibiotics during labor (a real bummer). I'm sure that had to do with the thrush and diaper rash we dealt with last time, and I would have really, really loved to have started this baby out with all the flora and fauna I could give him. Oh well.
Trish, I have prayed for your friend - having triplets is definitely a big experience to keep those little guys inside as long as possible.
AFM, my pool noodles came and the side carred crib is all ready. These boys can come tonight! My best friend who drove 5.5 hours from another state to my house yesterday because I thought I was in labor went home since nothing was happening and she was missing her 4 kids and DH and had something else she had promised to do on Sunday. It was a great 24 hours of back rubs and foot rubs and chatting with a mom who has gone through having twins vaginally in a hospital. I wished she could have stayed longer, but really who is to know when these baby boys will come. She cooked food, cleaned the microwave, and otherwise made my day more relaxed so my DH could relax a little too. He is pretty stressed out because he doesn't know when stuff will happen. One day at a time.
Anablis congrats!!! Lily too!!!!! Oh babies :) I cant wait to see pictures!
I feel all the other mamas who are dealing with strong emotions. It's happening here too. I tried to think of 41 weeks as my due date the whole time, but its really not a comfort at all anymore.
Also in other news, I fell down my stairs. Unfortunately I am trying to do things that I shouldnt at 39 weeks pregnant. Baby is fine and I am just bruised. Also, I put my birth bracelet together. I love it and cant wait to put it to good use!
Tonight we went for a walk down a street in our area that goes nuts with xmas lights and decorations. Pretty much every house is decked out to the max. It was only a 15 minute walk but between corralling my kids and trying to get DH to put the camera down and pay attention, and freezing my tushie off (its minus 13), I got back in the car with a terrible lower back ache and a very full bladder. I am so miserable DH keeps making all these suggestions for activities and doesn't seem to realize how little I can do at a time. I'm so wiped and I've been snarling at the kids all evening...which DH doesn't get either....
totally understand, Lida. I was out an hour ago to walk with them to the pharmacy, and I just felt so cold and miserable and cranky. But its not like I have anything I rather be doing, exactly. Its just all so darn uncomfortable at this point. A part of me wants to just nap and sleep and try to get stocked up on that, but there is still too much to do all the time.
I was officially nine months pregnant yesterday (ie, nine months exactly from my LMP) -- another one of my little milestones.
Today I taught my kids how to make paper chains to decorate the Christmas tree, but they decided they'd done "enough" pretty quickly. Now I'm watching my 5yo DS cut out paper stars to decorate the tiny tree in my little porcelain Christmas village. It was really difficult for him to draw and cut out the stars, and I love watching him master something new and frustrating, especially doing it as much as possible by himself.
Tomorrow a contractor is coming to start work on our kitchen. I'd hoped to have this done earlier, but I'm happy it's getting done at all. We're basically getting all of the counters and lower cabinets replaced, including the sink / garbage disposal / all the plumbing that goes with it. The contractor is a friend of ours, and he advised that our upper cabinets are still good, so it would be better to just paint them and replace the knobs than to replace the whole cabinets (yay, money saved!) We're not replacing the floor yet, but since we already have all the tile for it, surely that's not too far off. Now if we can just get my nephew down here to paint the living room as promised (and already paid!), and I get the curtains dry cleaned, our house will be looking pretty spiffy!
Steph, YIKES on all the fall! Glad to hear it was just some bruises and baby is well.
Just a reminder, ladies, that we got to take it easy. I know my sense of balance is getting worse and worse. I am so front heavy now, its ridiculous.
And everyone is freezing cold weather, I wish you warm, cozy hugs. It is misty and 50 degrees outside, and I am feeling all chilly. (I know it's pitiful!)
DH and I spent the morning talking about how to manage the stress of not knowing when the baby is coming. We both appreciate the uniqueness of this time in our lives. The state of suspension. Life somewhat on hold. It is extra hard on him, because he is the type that likes to be very prepared (and we are!) but the thought of being ready at any minute to drive 3 hours away can be a bit much, especially if you have been in that state of mind for almost a month now.
Michelle, the kitchen work sounds great! At some point we have to decide if we are going to move in a couple years or really commit to this house...if we commit, then we have several projects like yours to complete.
Trish, glad to hear your friend will be able to head home and babies are still comfy within! Still sending prayers!