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post #81 of 108

I think we are going to go for three-across in our Prius instead of looking for a larger vehicle.  Google Images was very helpful for seeing how it can work!

 

We do infant seats for newborns and move up to a convertible at about 6-7 months.  Living in Arizona, it is nice to be able to bring the carseat inside wherever we are going so it can keep cool...especially with when this baby is due!

 

As for lunches, I LOVE salads and collard wraps.  Both are great vehicles for using up leftover veggie burgers or lentil loaf, or just layering hummus, sauce, and veggies!

post #82 of 108
Have fun on your trip!
post #83 of 108

Oh my gosh it has been real busy here. Trying to get all the student used to what will be there lives for the next 3 1/2 months. Feel like I need to catch up with everyone. Hopefully things will slow down a bit, but again I have a feeling things are full speed ahead for the rest of my pregnancy and won't stop there at the birth but continue. Just wish I could get some good sleep in but that has been miserable. Oh well, still loving every moment!

post #84 of 108
My sleep has been less and less great too. Any little thing wakes me, then I got to pee, then I need a snack, then I cant lay down right away or I will have heartburn.

The winter blahs have compounded with DH working so dang much and today we were all stuck home because of ANOTHER blizzard; 60 mph wind and -24 degree windchill. Then my oldest started complaining that she was bored and I was ready to just cry all day. I literally couldnt see more than 20 feet out of windows and we all just reaaaaallllyyy needed to get out and do something an there wasnt anything I could do! I felt like that commercial for California milk where the 'mid western' cow decides to just start walking through the snow and head to California.
post #85 of 108

Sounds like the bucket infant seat is a winner!

 

For lunches, I've been loving leftovers of the soup we made last week, and I'm so glad we did even though it was a lot of work for us recovering sick people!  Garlic Kale Sweet Potato Soup is very nutritious and tastes fabulous.  It is exactly what baby and I want. :eat

 

My friend who bought my Maya Wrap after my son outgrew it says I can have it back and another used carrier, too, no charge! :joy She said the name, but I forgot--some kind of Japanese back carrier.

post #86 of 108

OMG, I need to make that soup!!

post #87 of 108

I looooove garlic/kale/sweet potato soup! So hearty, tasty & warming! It's too bad that all I want to eat these days is bread and yogurt! Bland city!

 

It seems like I'm having one of those stll-not-feeling-so-great 2nd trimesters, although I've at least been able to ward off any more colds these last few weeks with a daily dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and elderberry. Still feeling nauseated on and off, though. :(

 

It's crazy to be so, so, so excited to be growing a tiny human, but also feel (and look!) terrible all the time!

 

Anyone else in the "everyone's telling me I'm supposed to feel better by this time and I'm not!" boat?

post #88 of 108
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I looooove garlic/kale/sweet potato soup! So hearty, tasty & warming! It's too bad that all I want to eat these days is bread and yogurt! Bland city!

 

It seems like I'm having one of those stll-not-feeling-so-great 2nd trimesters, although I've at least been able to ward off any more colds these last few weeks with a daily dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and elderberry. Still feeling nauseated on and off, though. :(

 

It's crazy to be so, so, so excited to be growing a tiny human, but also feel (and look!) terrible all the time!

 

Anyone else in the "everyone's telling me I'm supposed to feel better by this time and I'm not!" boat?


I was totally in that boat, and then I started supplementing with liquid iron.  Could be coincidence, but I now feel better than I have my entire pregnancy - I'm walking normally (no more SPD), I can go to yoga and not feel totally drained, I am sleeping more normally, eating more normally, no more nausea (which I still had at 24 weeks to the point of being unable to eat stuff like roast chicken) and I like hanging out with my kids again, doing housework is no big deal, and I'm working full time.  I just feel like a totally normal person, rather than a zombie!  I just made some hot and sour soup, so I'm going to go eat that for lunch.  yum!

post #89 of 108

DH is getting our students ready to travel to Nicaragua for 2 weeks. They leave this Saturday. They will be staying a few days in Managua (the capital) learning about Nicaragua's history and how the US plays into that. Then they will be spending the rest of there time in home stays with farmers from a tiny little village out in the middle of no where. The farmers usually don't have electricity, running water or bathrooms. It will be quite a stretch for them but such a rewarding experience. The group will also be working in the day to help install a well and water pump for the village. I am not going this time. I am too nervous to be far from a hospital (not sure if there will be a car in the village after they drop us off) and you have to be extra careful with food and water there. So instead I have planned a last minute trip back to California to see my family and friends. SO EXCITED! I already have a list of food and restaurants of where I want to eat going through my head.  Also being able to purchase baby items I can't find here or our too expensive because of import tax. Plus it will be so nice to see my family and have them get to see me pregnant and meet this little one.

 

On another note.... DH and I met our doula yesterday and we like her very much! She talked to us about looking more into a home birth here in Costa Rica and I think we will. Right now the hospital water birth still seems like the better option for us, at least financially because of our insurance back home. I am eager to look more into the home birth as well though. We also went to the doctor and baby Liddy is growing and doing very well!

 

:joy

post #90 of 108

Have a great trip, Meg!

 

I am finally getting over the bronchitis (as of tomorrow, it will be ONE FULL MONTH) but I hurt my ribs coughing about 10 days ago and still haven't recovered from that.  Doctor says it's probably a pulled muscle under the ribcage because if the actual bones had cracked, there would be swelling or bruising--since there's not much anybody can do for cracked ribs anyway, it's not worth the risk of an X-ray.  Sometimes it only hurts when I lift things over 5 pounds or twist my torso; other times it hurts constantly, horribly, and it seems like everything I do makes it worse!!!  I'm in that latter state now. mecry.gif

post #91 of 108
I am still in the boat of not feeling great too. I had a very short break from about 20 weeks to 22 weeks and the last 2 weeks I have been nauseated and have been having major food aversions and lack of appetite. I have been really trying to force my vitamins, water, protein, and not trying to get so muh done each day so I am less stressed out. I am a stress non-eater and I m already at a higher risk for preterm labor from having multiple pregnancies in a short period of time and stress/depression and low weight gain are other risk factors that I dont need.

Meg, you might be having a home birth in Costa Rica?! How beautiful! I had planned a UC for my last pregnancy but we found a brain malformation at her anatomy scan and then she spent 9 weeks in the NICU. So that kind of scared me off homebirth or UC until lately. I am kind of dying for this birth to end up as a UC. I will still go to my OB for reassurance that bby is doing well but if I 'oopsy, labor started and I just dint have time to call someone' situation were to happen I would be ok with that. : )
post #92 of 108
Ugh, my phone is being dumb.

Becca, sorry to hear about your ribs! I sprained my ankle really bad and was on crutches at 34 weeks with my first pregnancy and it was miserable...and it was Feb. Bleh! Hopefully you will heal fast now that you are done coughing. This winter has been so rough for so many people, its nuts!
post #93 of 108
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I hope everyone is doing well and that those nasty illnesses are going away. I’ve been having a lovely week indoors. The school I work for has been closed this week due to the extremely cold temperatures & wind chill. I’ll probably just work tomorrow and Friday this week 

 

I’ve been organizing a lot these last few days and working on cooking healthier meals. So often I’m starving when I get home from work and then will eat whatever is quickest to prepare. It’s nice to be home and be able to get meals started earlier. I should make more use of my crock pot and making freezer meals over the weekend so I can be healthier during the work week. I’ve been eating lots of veggies again—for awhile I didn’t like them like I used to. 

 

I’ve been looking into some work from home opportunities for next school year. I’ve been looking into the online charter schools, but am definitely open to other jobs that aren’t related to teaching. However, so many of the work from home jobs seem like scams. Does anyone have experience with legitimate work from home companies? My husband will be graduating in april, so if he finds a job, we may be able to make it even if I end up with less pay. I’m really hoping something works out—don’t want to leave my baby!

post #94 of 108

The only thing I have seen that is legitimate is mothers milk coop. They will buy your breast milk for $1 or $2/ounce and sterilize it and they sell it to hospitals for premie use. It's a coop owned by the people that give their milk. I haven't done it before but I looked around online to see if it was for real or what. I might do it if I have an over supply again and if I can dedicate myself to the pump.

 

We have been doing a pantry challenge this last month to use up what we had laying around in the pantry and freezer. I was thinking it should last us until March but damn, I woke up hungry today!!! What we have left will probably still last us until March but we will need some fill in stuff, produce, and some meat, especially if I go back to eating like a normal pregnant lady. I really wish I could like eggs when pregnant because our chickens have still been laying well despite the weather. And they are so good for baby! I have tried every pregnancy to get them down but I can't handle the texture or something, idk.

post #95 of 108

Meg, I've been meaning to ask if you have seen the blog Jellibean Journals?  She had a hospital birth in Costa Rica and is a natural, AP kind of mama.

 

Mrs. Gail, my next door neighbor works from home as a math tutor.  She does some of it online, but I can't recall the name of the company.  Even in-person tutoring seems like a pretty good work-from-home job; you could nurse while doing it and give your student a problem to work on while you go change a diaper....  You'd just need to keep your front room presentable, with a good work table.  (I'm thinking of my brother's piano teacher, who had a baby every couple years while he was taking lessons; she often nursed while teaching or had baby in a little swing next to the piano!)

post #96 of 108

Sad to hear that some of us are still not feeling well, but it's great to hear how everyone's pregnancies are progressing!

 

@BaileyB- Does the fact that you woke up hungry mean you have an appetite again?!! Here' hoping! :) I've been finding that eating cold, raw foods with high water contents, like cucumbers and fruit from the fridge has been helping me get an appetite back. My midwife has been suggesting smoothies or juices, but I don't have a good blender, so haven't tried that yet. I hear you on the lack-of-appetite for eggs thing, too - it's the same for me! I can't deal with the smell as they are cooking, or the texture. It's a shame! And forcing the water and the vitamins is basically the worst. I hate it.

 

@manysplinters - I've been taking floradix liquid iron for my whole pregnancy, and I was taking it before, too, because I have chronically low iron. I don't want to even think about how sick I'd be feeling without it! I'm glad to hear you're not feeling zombie-like!! :)

 

My biggest stress right now is figuring out what to do financially when baby gets here. My husband and I both work for the city (I'm a HS teacher and he's a horticulturist for the Parks Dept) and we do fine with both of our salaries, but if I stay home with the bun, then I sincerely don't know how we're going to make it work. But I can't imagine sending a 3-month-old to daycare, or hiring a full-time nanny! I don't know how on earth we would afford it, for starters, but also - to have a baby and then not even get to be home with it = :(! I just feel so at a loss for what to do.

 

I'm also thinking about work-from-home options, so I'm interested to hear what ideas everyone comes up in response to Mrs. Gail's question, too! I've been thinking about tutoring - it seems like a natural choice for a teacher, but it's all just so much to plan for right now when I'm just trying to feed myself and get feeling good!

post #97 of 108
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@manysplinters - I've been taking floradix liquid iron for my whole pregnancy, and I was taking it before, too, because I have chronically low iron. I don't want to even think about how sick I'd be feeling without it! I'm glad to hear you're not feeling zombie-like!! :)

 

My biggest stress right now is figuring out what to do financially when baby gets here. My husband and I both work for the city (I'm a HS teacher and he's a horticulturist for the Parks Dept) and we do fine with both of our salaries, but if I stay home with the bun, then I sincerely don't know how we're going to make it work. But I can't imagine sending a 3-month-old to daycare, or hiring a full-time nanny! I don't know how on earth we would afford it, for starters, but also - to have a baby and then not even get to be home with it = :(! I just feel so at a loss for what to do.

 

I'm also thinking about work-from-home options, so I'm interested to hear what ideas everyone comes up in response to Mrs. Gail's question, too! I've been thinking about tutoring - it seems like a natural choice for a teacher, but it's all just so much to plan for right now when I'm just trying to feed myself and get feeling good!

 I feel like I could be a spokesperson for liquid iron supplements right now - it's crazy how different and how fantastic I feel - I can even jog a bit (if it wasn't so icy!)  I am a bit of a carnivore and never even considered the possibility I was deficient until I sort of hit rock bottom and felt like something had to change, and I was willing to try anything.  I'm not taking floradix, but it was probably all the ads for it on Mothering that got me thinking that iron could be the problem.

 

Finances wise, it is really tough to do it on one income, but you could also try to find a middle ground for time away - I don't know how it works in your area, but could you extend your leave and go back after first semester of school (like after Christmas break or something?)  My partner and I did that - i.e. I stopped working for 6 months after our first and second children, so we had close to no income because I am our sole income earner.  We also did a pretty restrictive budget - like a personal allowance of $20 per week - which sounds pretty harsh, and it was, and admittedly I cheated a bit, but overall, it was really great to rein in spending and realize that there are other fulfilling things in life than spending money on stuff.  When people wanted to give us gifts, we asked for a couple of practical things, like a stroller, a wrap and some basic things, and we were lucky for handmedowns for the rest of it.  I felt a bit like I wanted to spend on the baby, but at the end of the day, it wasn't really needed.  We bulk purchased dry goods and tried to plan meals, and ate out once a month, maximum.  We co-slept with the baby so didn't need a crib till about 9 months, when the transition made sense for us.  Our major expense was mortgage payments.  I could never have done it without having a partner who spearheaded it, but it's been awesome for our finances and now on #3 I am going to take a full year off, which is so exciting for both spending time with new babe and my other kids who are still small, and with my partner who normally stays home with the kids.  My second child especially I felt bad about having to leave before she was really ready.  I kept nursing, but she never had much one-on-one time, due to a 17 month old sister hovering around all the time.  In any event, if you can, I would give yourself at least a few months after the baby is born before decision-making about when to go back, or about tutoring.  The person i was prior to giving birth had a wholly different perspective than the person I became after my child was born - not good or bad, just without knowing what having a baby was really like.  And even the difference between heading back at 6 months versus 3 months would be huge.

post #98 of 108

It is difficult on one income! There are times when I will find myself searching for want ads for some sort of work even though right now there's not a good way for me to try to work even part time without hubby cutting back his hours to watch the kids, which makes no sense. When I worked at a daycare in college the state I worked in allowed babies as young as 3 WEEKS to attend daycare. We had a 3 week old when I was there and I just couldn't imagine! And mom worked in a factory. I could not imagine trying to go back to work full time at 3 weeks PP and standing all day at a factory job shake.gif. I think she was a single mama and I guess she had to do what she had to do but jeepers...

 

And yes, I am so glad to have an appetite today. I was so depressed Sunday-Monday, kinda so so yesterday then we had some people over for bible study and last night I actually got terrible sleep due to my youngest being up so much, but I have been in a good mood today and eating like a newborn. lol. I just ate supper 2 hours ago, shredded chicken with homemade asian type sauce with broccoli plus a protein shake, and now I am starving again and having a grilled cheese. I feel like my awful pregnancy brain has lifted a bit too. It's nice not to feel so brain dead.

post #99 of 108

Now it is two hours later and I am still hungry, lol.

 

I totally just had one of those moments where I all of a sudden realized that I am 3 weeks away from the THIRD TRIMESTER! yikes2.gif When I made my next OB appt I remember thinking, 'Oh wow, I will be 28 weeks then.' But that was about it. Now it seems really close!

 

We have officially decided not to get a new car and to do a booster seat, convertible seat, and infant seat in the back. I am excited the one's we have fit and I don't have to get the leaner versions. If we went to an SUV we would still have the same seating capacity but also $20,000 of debt, and if we went to a 7 passenger we would be $40,000, and I am too picky to drive a minivan. DH should get an end of the year check from the small amount of book work he does for our township next Dec so we decided if it is totally sucky to continue to have 3 in the back seat we could look at cheap minivans then.

post #100 of 108
Always hungry isn't necessarily hunger. When I first got heartburn it was pretty hard to distinguish the discomfort from hunger. But I was overeating and unhappy because I was always "hungry" and so uncofortable, and then figured out that managing the heartburn made me feel so much better. Try taking a gaviscon (tums doesn't work for me, it has to be gaviscon). I would think I was starving, take a gaviscon, go to bed and wake up in the morning normal ready for breakfast hungry. Not starving. Anyway that helped me a lot.
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