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post #101 of 171
Congrats, QoC! He's a doll!

Eli had his 18 month WCC yesterday. I spent the night before tossing him around on the bed and saying "32 inches! 22 pounds!" in hopes that that's how big he'd be, and lo and behold, he was! Exactly 32 inches and 22 pounds 7 oz, so almost 22.5! He's finally tripled his birthweight! That's my growing man! The doctor we saw was a moron; she asked if I had any questions or anything to report and I said that Eli had had roseola a few weeks ago. She said "Really? Didn't he get the shot?" I said "Um, there are no shots for roseola" and then she said "Measles and roseola are the same thing." Um, no, they're not. Measles is rubeola not roseola. . She looked at me like I was nuts. (Sadly, this statement is the second stupidest thing I've heard come out of a doctor's mouth. I had a doctor try to tell me once that robitussin isn't red. :LOL )She also spoke baby talk to Eli, who kept looking at her like "What the hell are you talking about, lady?" :LOL Go Eli!

She went to look for his teeth and said "I see seven." I told her he had twelve teeth, and showed her the baby book and she looked again and could only see eight and asked "Where are the rest of them?" I'm said they're in his mouth, just like everyone elses. She started making funny noises at him to get him to open his mouth, but Eli had no idea what she was doing and was just looking at her, trying to figure it out. I said "Eli, where is your tounge?" And he grinned, stuck his tounge out and pointed at it with his finger. :LOL That's my boy! :LOL He really showed her up, but the poor woman didn't get it at all. :LOL

As for my appointment: Fabulous news! Eli did not have GBS when he was born. He had a different infection in the cord & placenta and meconium aspiration syndrome. So I had a GBS swab done; if it's positive, I'll have time to take abx before labor and if it's negative, I don't have to worry about that at all! YAY!!!! I've gained 2.5 pounds since last week, leaving me at -25 (I think) and I'm feeling pretty darned good. NewBean felt head down (and I can't imagine anyone wanting to do an ultrasound to check that every time... don't they know how to palpate a baby?! ) and she stuck out her minibuns. :LOL I got a lot done yesterday, but boy was I ever exhausted. I pretty much collapsed at 9:30 last night. :LOL

I'm getting a minivan on Saturday, a much later model year than I was expecting (2003!!) and I'm soooo excited! And, Mike hasn't logged on to his game since I threw that fit at him. He's been playing solitaire instead, which is great because he can stand up at any moment and grab a clean diaper for Eli, or take him potty or give him zerberts or whatever. I asked him if he was in withdrawl and he needed a 12 step program, and he said he thought he'd be all right. (He was seriously addicted to this game!) He's emailed the people he's played with and told them he's not going to be around much anymore and he says they'll deal with it. Yesterday he did dishes for the first time in noone knows how long, and we have a kitchen counter again! I'd forgotten what it looked like!

As for using MDC as a comparison to video games... I don't think there is one. First of all, Mike goes to work every day and talks to people; this is one of my few opportunities to talk to people aside from Eli during the day (though that will change once I have a car). Secondly, I actually learn useful things from MDC which positively impact quality of life for myself as well as Mike & Eli; absolutely nothing useful comes from Gemstone. Third, I spend a lot less time at this than Mike did at Gemstone. A lot less! Plus, I'm almost never online when both of us are home. Fourth, you can stand up from this at any old time to, say, change a poopy diaper. Fifth, I do this while I'm doing other things. Nursing, reading, needlework, etc; Gemstone is a single focus. So you see, there's really no comparison for me. Gemstone is pure evil, and MDC is just not. :LOL
post #102 of 171
Jeesh Rynna, was that your regular ped., or someone else you saw? I think I'd be shopping for a new dr. if that was your regular one! I've never heard anything like that before. That's great that Eli is growing. My dd is pretty small too. Well she's tall, but very thin. She's 35in. and 24lbs. She's gained about 8oz. in the last year, but grown about 5in. She is perfect and healthy, so neither her ped. or I worry about it. She also eats very well. She's just thin like her Daddy! Oh, and good luck with your GBS test!
post #103 of 171
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Originally Posted by Doodlebugsmom
Jeesh Rynna, was that your regular ped., or someone else you saw? I think I'd be shopping for a new dr. if that was your regular one!
Good grief, no! :LOL No, we had to make an appointment with a different doctor because I wanted it to be on the same day as my PN (less travel time). Eli's regular doctor thinks I'm a little strange, but he's not stupid and he's certainly not missing pieces like this woman was.

Oh! About carseats: We had a SnugRide for EliBean which we will be using for NewBean. I looked at the Primo Viaggio, and aside from being ludicrously expensive, they'd also been recently recalled and reinspected. Apparently some of them didn't meet American safety standards. They're also a bit smaller than the Graco's, I think they're only good to 24". Still, I thought about it because I really liked the Peg Perego stroller. We ended up getting a Milano XL (Peg Perego) stroller as our one and only baby shower gift from the IL's, but I'm glad we passed on the matching carseat. The SnugRide is lighter, easier to use (PV has a strange locking mechanism) and, as you already know, much cheaper.

Of course, if you're expecting a moose baby, either tall or heavy, it might make sense for you to skip the infant seat entirely. Eli was small, but he was still too tall for the infant seat at 7 months (although he only recently passed the weight limit for it.) Lots and lots of people use those infant seats when their kids are too big for them, because they just don't know and don't bother to read the instructions. If you can afford a Britax, go for it; they look like great seats, and I'd love to get one one day. :LOL
post #104 of 171
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She started making funny noises at him to get him to open his mouth, but Eli had no idea what she was doing and was just looking at her, trying to figure it out. I said "Eli, where is your tounge?" And he grinned, stuck his tounge out and pointed at it with his finger. That's my boy! He really showed her up, but the poor woman didn't get it at all.
...and I'd classify her as one of the *more* competent doctors, had I encountered her! I've taken Roland to a few where their first suggestion is that I hold him downwhile they look in his mouth!! Uh, NO! I bring along a flashlight, and get him to peek into my mouth with it (and the doctors' if they'll cooperate) Then I get him to point it in his own mouth and... Hey! lookie there!! The doctors' gotten to see in his mouth, without it being a big fight!!! It's amazing how frequently we've had mouth issues... *sigh* ... and I've never had to force him. He's 2 1/2... last time we went to the dentist, he cooperated so well!! He got his teeth counted by the dentist & brushed by the hygenist.

When Roland got scratched in the eye by a friends' cat, it was the same thing... I was asked to hold him down. Uh NO! Again! She *knew* she wouldn't get a good look that way, but couldn't/wasn't willing to think up a better way. We had gone in the evening, so DH was there, too. I'd *thought* about how to get Roland to cooperate before we went (he had to hold his head still & look to one side) We told him the doctor needed to look at his eye, then DH held his head facing forward, while I squeaked his rubber ducky next to Rolands' head & said "Look at the ducky!!" He did. The doctor got a *really* good look at his eye. She actually breathed a sigh of relief, and said "I wasn't expecting this to go so smoothly... usually I can't even get them to open their eyes!!"

We saw a newborn at the midwives yesterday. The dad put the carseat down on the floor & the baby started crying... Roland showed him his toy to try & calm him down. The mom asked the receptionist for a place to nurse him, so they were only in the waiting room for a moment. Then Roland said "Baby crying" So I explained to him that babies don't know words yet, so sometimes they cry when they need something. I told him that baby was hungry for a booby (I *never* anticipated nursing Roland long enough that he'd ba able to say it... we weaned during my first trimester) Roland thought for a minute, while we heard the baby stop crying in the other room & he said "Baby crying 'Booby! Booby!'... feel better" Yeah!!!! He's been very interested in feelings lately... when we're reading he looks at the facial expressions on the pictures & says "Sad, Mad, Feel better now, Happy, Sleepy, etc..." I hope, hope, hope it means he's at a good stage to have a new brother or sister :
post #105 of 171
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I told her he had twelve teeth, and showed her the baby book and she looked again and could only see eight and asked "Where are the rest of them?" I'm said they're in his mouth, just like everyone elses.
:LOL
Did she expect them to be sticking out of his elbow or something?
post #106 of 171
Congrats QoC!!!!! I am so happy for you and he is just gorgeous!

I had a convertible carseat as well as an infant seat when Tain was born. He wasn't very big-7 lbs, 19.5 in-but he grew very fast and the convertible says it fits newborns 5 lbs and up. yeah, right. Tain was only in the infant seat for about 4 months, but it was much safer and I think still worth the money. Then again, I've only bought one carseat in my life, the rest have been trusted hand-me-downs or gifts. I honestly didn't see any way a newborn could be truly safe or comfortable in a convertible seat.

I don't take Tain to well baby check-ups. Why take a healthy kid somewhere that has a high concentration of sick ones? Also, I can see there is nothing wrong with him. I keep buying new shoes and clothes so I know he's growing. I am not going to vax him anymore so I don't need that. I figure the only reason I would need to take him would be if he got sick. Unfortunately the only times he's been sick enough to go somewhere, it was directly to the er. But that has only been twice so that isn't too bad. I don't need a stranger to be telling me what I can clearly see every day. Plus he doesn't have insurance AND we don't qualify for govt aid in our state AND when we did, the Drs we had to see were total anti-AP idiots. I don't feel like subjecting myself or my son to that. So that is my soapbox. LOL

Same ol', same ol' on this front. Still working on announcements, still sick of working on announcements. Dh is laid off for at least 3 wks instead of the 2 we thought, so it will be interesting to see how that pans out. We got a mattress and box spring for the "guest room" (bro's room while he is gone for the summer) for $100. It was a floor model and fairly beat up cosmetically, but it is a Simmons back care and it it nice and firm. My mom will hate it-she likes really soft beds-but we need it to last and since she is a heavy woman and we tend to have frequent/long term guests, we thought starting out with something really firm was a good idea. At least she can't complain about having to get up off the floor every day. It is nice to have that taken care of-she'll be here for a month and my bf is here for 2 wks at the same time, then a 3 day gap, then my other bf comes for 2 wks, all while my mom is here. We have one queen size air mattress and the 2nd bf is bringing her 1.5 yo ds so we needed to be able to sleep multiple ppl. That was a long, boring story...

My joints are starting to hurt. I am kind of bummed. Rowan must have had a growth spurt b/c he feels really heavy all of the sudden. And it feel weary all of the sudden. Body weary more than anything else. Anyway, I should go...

Have a great day
post #107 of 171
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I just realized that if I have twins, my announcements will be ruined! :LOL I guess I could write on the back "Oh yeah, and there's another one. Call for details."

I've been meaning to seek dh's assistance in, you know, getting things going...wink wink nudge nudge...but he has been sooooo tired for the past several days that there hasn't been an opportunity. Now I may never know if it helps, since I'm due in 2 days anyway and if sex brings on labor it may just be coincidence.
post #108 of 171
Oh my gosh...i am at your pediatrician Ryanna! I uesd to work in a practice with 8 pediatricians (and 7 family practice) and I never encountered anything like that!

roseola/rubeola....good grief!

I haven't taken my youngest in to the doctor for a check up since the last time we went and I refused some of the vaccines that day and he "fired" us from the practice and then CPS showed up : I just have to find confidence in a doctor around here and I can't find it yet! Plus, I get sick of them telling me my children are too small! My almost 7 year old weighs 41 pounds and they still think I am doing something wrong Can you imagine if they saw my youngest who at 22 months still wears 12 month clothes and size 2 disposable diapers?? :LOL

Feeling ok today...I am exhausted. My allergies are really bad and the medication is just not helping. The only thing is does is make me tired! :

I am overly hormonal, am crying at everything (like dh's employee cooking my salmon wrong 2 times the other night) and then I am a total beeyotch and about to deck everyone that ticks me off out in public! I think I should just stay home until she is born so I don't run into all these horrible people...I think I am the "RUDE" magnet! :LOL
post #109 of 171
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I don't take Tain to well baby check-ups. Why take a healthy kid somewhere that has a high concentration of sick ones? Also, I can see there is nothing wrong with him. I keep buying new shoes and clothes so I know he's growing. I am not going to vax him anymore so I don't need that. I figure the only reason I would need to take him would be if he got sick. Unfortunately the only times he's been sick enough to go somewhere, it was directly to the er. But that has only been twice so that isn't too bad. I don't need a stranger to be telling me what I can clearly see every day. Plus he doesn't have insurance AND we don't qualify for govt aid in our state AND when we did, the Drs we had to see were total anti-AP idiots. I don't feel like subjecting myself or my son to that. So that is my soapbox. LOL
We don't do the well-baby check-up thing, either. Most often, when we go it's because Rolands' injured himself! This week, he dropped a cast iron pot lid on his foot. Huge bruise... and he's limping. No fractures, though... which I kinda suspected... Dh got his shoe on without a fuss, thats all I needed to know he was okay. DH had to see the doctor for his back anyway, so we got it looked at while we were there... he doesn't have the benefit of mothers instinct, so he needed some peace of mind about it. Rolands foot *does* look awful.
post #110 of 171
I just got my preggo photos from the photographer. I will scan and post some later today but I just have to say WOW!!! My belly is FREAKIN' HUGE! :LOL I know I'm big (especially since everyone tells me ALL the time! ) but I guess I just didn't realize I was THAT big. And these photos were taken last week....so I'm sure I'm even bigger now!

Hey Grease ~ How's your chicky?
post #111 of 171

needing advice

Well, I went to my 36 week appointment today...I am measuring 46 cm!!!! I've been measuring 7 cm big the whole time, but to grow 3 cm in one week??? My only concern is that often when babies are breech, Mom will measure bigger. My midwife suggested I have an ultrasound, just to check things out. But, then she said, "But you had one, and everything was fine right?" I answered yes, so maybe I don't need one. I don't know. I am just scared. I am scared that there is something wrong with baby, or something wrong with me, or just something wrong...ugh. I am just confused. Baby's heartbeat is found down low, which suggests that s/he is head down...but with Emma, we always thought she was head down too. I don't know. Any advice would be wonderful. Other than that, my appointment went great. My bp is good, weight is good, and I got my birth kit and birth pool! I just can't wait! I am so excited to have this baby!!!!!!

Jessica- I am feeling the same way, get out of my way, I am feeling VERY hormonal and just don't want to deal with ANYONE!

I am feeling really lucky that I have found a great pediatrician here, he is just wonderful. I had a great one in Kansas too, I am just lucky I guess!
post #112 of 171
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Kim - You may just have lots of fluid. At the beginning of the third trimester I always measured 3 or 4 weeks ahead, but in the past few weeks I haven't. Also, you may have a distended uterus since it's been only a year or so in between pregnancies, right? After giving birth, I mean.

Fluffy is doing OK. We finally got her to eat some of her medicine by bringing her in the house and giving her bread and corn with the medicine on it. I also mixed some of it with water and egg yolk, and gave her some bread I had soaked in it. So I think she may be able to finish the bottle. Alice (the other chicken) is being very annoying, suddenly deciding she wants all the special food Fluffy is getting instead of the regular corn and oats. She follows me around the yard and tries to take Fluffy's food, and pecks on the glass door when Fluffy is in the house. She has also gotten very loud; she stands in the doorway of the coop and crows almost like a rooster.

I just got done with my appt and resisted the urge to ask for an internal exam. The baby dropped another cm, so maybe I won't go much past due after all. We made a 41-week appt anyway, but who knows, maybe we won't need it. I spilled a little bit of protein though, and I'm all worried now.
post #113 of 171
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Originally Posted by Greaseball
Kim - You may just have lots of fluid. At the beginning of the third trimester I always measured 3 or 4 weeks ahead, but in the past few weeks I haven't. Also, you may have a distended uterus since it's been only a year or so in between pregnancies, right? After giving birth, I mean.
Grease- thanks...yes, it's been 17 months since Emma was born, so I guess it could just be my uterus. I think I may have the u/s anyway, just to put my mind at ease. After what happened with Emma, I am just a raw bundle of nerves and if it will help me to relax a little, then that's a good thing. Since I've never had a vaginal birth before, the midwife who most likely be attending my birth won't let me deliver a breech vaginally. So, if baby's breech, it would be good to know now, since s/he hasn't dropped yet. *sigh* I am just praying that everything is ok with baby and me. Thanks for the advice!!
post #114 of 171
Kim, I don't think it'd be a bad thing to have an u/s if you feel it would ease your mind. I'm sorry the appt was stressful.


Vent Ahead

My Mom is driving me crazy. She called last weekend and wanted to spend the night (she lives two hours away but it's too much travel to come all the way here and back home in a day!?!). I don't want her anywhere near me when I'm in labor. I lied last weekend and told her we had plans. So she came up on Sunday with a friend helping her drive (she's not an old lady guys, she just acts like it) and said yet again that she wanted to know when I went into labor so she could come SIT IN MY DRIVEWAY. I was really harsh and told her that was not acceptable. So I called her on Monday and had a serious talk with her about how I understood in her mind that "I had hurt her tremendously by not telling her when I was in labor with my DD" but that for me labor was intensely private and that it was not negotiable, I did not want her here. So I was very straight forward and I thought I'd made my position crystal freaking clear. Well, she has left another message on my machine asking if she can come spend the night Saturday night. What the? So now I feel like I have to be really mean and just tell her "No, Mom, you can't. I don't want you here when I'm in labor. I'm nesting, I don't want any house guests. You'll be in my way. Don't come. Don't ask again.". That sounds horrible but it's how I INTENSELY feel. I CAN NOT have her in my space right now. I feel maniac just thinking about it.

So, that's how my day is going. That and my DH got mad at me b/c I sent him an email saying that the snake was back in our yard and I wanted him to try to find it and get rid of it when he got home. And I yelled at my DD because she woke me up screeching refusing to take her nap even though I deseperately needed one. AND I have had a CRAPPY work week, I'm sick of working, I have no interest in finishing my project, it's like pulling teeth to work at all and I'm so tired all I want to do is sleep when DD is sleeping. And DH won't be home until well after bedtime tonight b/c of work.

I'm feeling pretty darn sorry for myself right now.
post #115 of 171
Oh, and one more thing. My idiot sister called me yesterday wanting me to dog sit for her PUPPY this weekend. Her unhousetrained, chews everything puppy. And I'll be almost 39 weeks pregnant. I told her to find someone else. That I didn't want two dogs barking at me while I was in labor. But what the &8^%*!@ is wrong with my family? Bunch of freaking morons.
post #116 of 171
seedling- Aren't moms grand??? My mom trid to do the same thing ot me when my oldest was born. She was VERY upset when I told her time after time that she was NOT allowed to be there. I even had a section in my birth plan about my mom. Sad and very frustrating. I told dh that when our girls are at this stage in their lives I will at least know what not to do.
post #117 of 171
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But what the &8^%*!@ is wrong with my family? Bunch of freaking morons.
Seedling- Change sister to brother and puppy to 2 kids. With my first my brother got very angry w/ me because I wouldn't watch his kids after 37 weeks. And of course my mom told me I was being rude and mean spirited! UGH!
post #118 of 171
Seedling ~

Kim ~ As you know, I had an u/s (my second) last week to check my baby's position. For me it felt like the right thing to do. I felt fairly certain that the baby was head down (as did one mw) but the other mw was really unsure and concerned (vaginal breech is not an option anywhere around here that I know of).

I felt like I wanted to get that information as soon as I could so that I could try some gentle nudging (Webster, acupuncture, massage etc.) if she was breech...knowing that the more Webster sessions I had, the more likely she would be to turn.

As it turned out, she's in a beautiful position ('heading' for the exit as the radiologist says :LOL ). For me the u/s was reassuring and allowed me to release the thoughts of breech/transverse/turning/c-section etc. from my mind.

Good luck with whatever you decide!!

~Erin
post #119 of 171
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My midwife says the baby is lying in some weird S-shape. The head is straight down, but the shoulders are twisted to one side and the hips to the other side. : I hope that's OK...
post #120 of 171
Speaking of position..... On my little card that has all the information from my prenatatl visits there is a spot that tells position. Today the midwife wrote C, I know what V and B mean but C????? Anyone have any ideas what that might mean???

Thanks!
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