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post #141 of 173
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Originally Posted by apmamma
I think I will wait and see what the office says Thursday and then take my SIL up on that foot massage
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Oh, a foot massage sounds soooooo good.

Madrone, what is NST? A the french lavoir looks so much better than the celtic lavoir..........you could actually wash your clothes on a rainy day. Pretty luxurious for way back then. It does remind you of how different things are here now. When I was little, we had one of those motorized washers with the ringer on it. I just barely remember it. When my dad was a kid and had a paper route, he once rescued a woman on his route who had caught her breast in a ringer. Owwwwww.

DD and I started out the morning with the pictures of little Gabriella (love the picture of all the cousins on the couch....it's a classic) and of Katie and Libby. Haven't looked at baby Sarah yet with DD. We've looked at the Katie & Libby pictures sooooo many times............we're getting a lot of mileage out of them. Looking at the "babies" has become our morning ritual.....it's a very sweet way to start the morning out.

Hey Bears! Hey AP! Maybe it's b/c we're second-timers? It's like I've had a week of pre-labour............is the end in sight? I feel like an old car that doesn't want to start in the winter. I almost get chugging and then stall. I figure my emotional state has finally hit the roof; I can hardly sit still b/c I'm so wired, can't sleep b/c of cx's and in-utero babe rolling around, every single thing irritates me, I've become totally obsessed with keeping the fridge full of food......something has to give.

DD woke up at 5:30 this am, DH sort of woke up with her and then went back to sleep, leaving me to feed, entertain and change diapers. Even tho I was pretty much awake at 4:30 and just staring at the ceiling, the fact that DH went back to sleep just floored me. I was so angry I saw black. Poor man. He left for work with me still in tears. I'm sure that about ruined his morning too.

Meanwhile, we put a deposit down on the house we're trying to buy. Realtors come to look at our house this evening to see if they can sell it in the next 3 months for a reasonable sum. DH says I can't go into labor until this last bit with the realtors finishes up this evening..................hope I can relax a bit and get a nap before the appt. this evening. Heaven help us all if I don't....

Cheryl, how are you doing?

-Leah
post #142 of 173
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Originally Posted by foxytocin
Hey Bears! Hey AP! Maybe it's b/c we're second-timers? It's like I've had a week of pre-labour............is the end in sight? I feel like an old car that doesn't want to start in the winter. I almost get chugging and then stall. I figure my emotional state has finally hit the roof; I can hardly sit still b/c I'm so wired, can't sleep b/c of cx's and in-utero babe rolling around, every single thing irritates me, I've become totally obsessed with keeping the fridge full of food......something has to give.

-Leah
:LOL : :LOL

especially the fridge issue...I thought it was just me!!!!
post #143 of 173
Hi Ladies,
Happy Tuesday! And to all those that are now approaching their EDDs or past- My EDD is Thursday. I really, really, really thought that this babe was going to be early, even a week ago early. The darn little guy/gal is proving me wrong already...

Caroline-There may be other pressure spots, but this one is called spleen 6 and corresponds to labor as well. My friend is an incredible MT-does LOTS of body work and Shiatsu and I really, really want her to come here NOW and rub my feet!

Magemom-I'm sorry that your boys are either getting sick or dealing with the UTI thing. I am already worried that DS-who hasn't been sick in AGES-is getting a slight cold. He was up a lot last night and this is unlike him (at least "unlike" him since he started to actually SLEEP!). He just was tossing and turning all night. Which isn't good when we're both tossing and turning...

Ketilave-I really don't even feel that the cooking is a burden. In fact, when we order take out or pizza more than once in a week (which we've done this week), I feel kinda weird. Believe me, I'm not saying all my meals are Martha Stewart ones, but I do actually COOK! And DH can cook, too, but since I've beeen the SAHM now for a few years I've fully taken over that responsibility. I've also frozen some stuff, banana bread, too! And some veggie enchiladas... I feel that I need to do more!!!

Leah& AP-I really thought that I was the only one to be obsessed with having excess food in the house. I am kinda always like this. I want to be able to live nicely on homemade food should their be nuclear attack!
I like having a fully stocked fridge at all times. Lately, if I am getting low on anything, I run to the store...And I feel like an old clunker, too! I am so incapacitated by this pregnancy at this point. Ugh, its really not pretty...

AP-I am sending MAJOR good labor vibes to you to go into labor on your own and not have to beinduced... I know how much you wantr a VBAC...


Who mentioned the post-its???? I need this right now... about the whole labor process...positive self-talk is a challenge for me right now, so this would really help...

I have slight guilt about letting DS watch two videos this morning. Don't get me wrong, I am not judging anyone who chooses to watch more TV or videos or whatever with their kids. But it's just not our normal routine...This morning I really, really, really needed for DS to just hang on the couch with me and chill while I slept. I have NO energy. He ended up falling asleep on top of me a while ago and I was able to bring him upstairs for an early nap...

Oh, and Leah-about being mad at your DH... Last night DH came home and I could tell he didn't feel well. He gets migraines...so I had asked him to change DS's diaper right before dinner and he was dawdling and I sort of snapped. He actually had the nerve to say, "What's your problem??". And I just said, "Don't even get me started..." This is rare for us lately. We've been in a really good space lately. Earlier this year when he lost a job we went through a major slump... so this little things are just okay...

Anyway, that's it for me. I have to eat some lunch. I'm really swollen, my hands are tingling, and I would pay big $$$ to hire someone for the day to clean my house and take care of my DS while I snoozed...

best labor vibes to all... Still nothing much over here except no sleeping and some monor CTXs at night...
post #144 of 173
AP - I went 11 days past my EDD with no testing and vbaced Amelia. Remember 40 weeks is an estimate. For every woman that goes early someone has to go late. Key is to monitor the baby - do your movement checks and all that. With Brannon I passed all the tests and u/s and in the end he had been in distress for quite some time. The late u/s told us that I had enough fluid but it didn't say that he was strangled by the umbilical cord and caught up high so he couldn't drop in for delivery.

I did 5W and EPO with Amelia and the same again this time with RRL tea and another herb tea. For me I do it to keep my waters strong because one of my mental blocks is early rupture of the membranes.

Later
post #145 of 173
Hi everyone!

No new babies? I skimmed the posts, and wanted to say hang in there to you mama's who are getting OD. I am with you VBAC mamas-cheering you on. I hope everything turns out the way you planned. I was wondering when I was going to cry, and it happened yesterday when I was thanking my mw for taking us such "high risk" clients, and allowing me to birth the way I wanted. It is awesome, and I hope it all happens for you too. If not, at least you know this time that you did everything in your power to try to achieve a natural birth, and weren't scammed into it.

Anyway...my milk has come in, so kind of sore there. I have had two great friends who have been helping me out by taking care of Gavin and they cleaned my house yesterday. I am so emotional, I just feel so loved and taken care of.

I am very happy it is over, and I have the beautiful baby here in my arms. I am sending warm labor vibes to all you mamas! Gotta go!
post #146 of 173
Got my first hospital bill.....

$10,600 for room/board/miscellaneous. And $3,000 for my ob care. Not to mention the $6,000 I have from previous hospital visits during this pregnancy.

And I don't have the bill yet from the anesthesiologist and the operating room junk. Woohoo.

Libby cost over $50,000. Katie won't even come close, she's a cheapie

Thank GOD for insurance! I'm still paying about $2,000 for my care and about $750 for Katie, but it's better at least.
post #147 of 173
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Originally Posted by foxytocin
Meanwhile, we put a deposit down on the house we're trying to buy. Realtors come to look at our house this evening to see if they can sell it in the next 3 months for a reasonable sum. DH says I can't go into labor until this last bit with the realtors finishes up this evening..................hope I can relax a bit and get a nap before the appt. this evening. Heaven help us all if I don't....

Oh Leah good luck! We bought our first home in May of last year. What a scary scary time, but it was great. Hope yours sells fast!
post #148 of 173
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Originally Posted by Bearsmama
Magemom-I'm sorry that your boys are either getting sick or dealing with the UTI thing. I am already worried that DS-who hasn't been sick in AGES-is getting a slight cold. He was up a lot last night and this is unlike him (at least "unlike" him since he started to actually SLEEP!). He just was tossing and turning all night. Which isn't good when we're both tossing and turning...
..

Sean was whimpering in his sleep last night for hours. I assume his tooth was bothering him- he didn't seem to get comfortable. I was a tad irked with DH as his only comments was 'are you sleeping there with him?' well duh, I can't carry him to our bed!!!

I figure I have enough kids to cover most days of the week with something or other. Today and tomorrow is Alex's autism testing. Thursday is my 39 week appointment and Friday is all about Sean's tooth. That leaves Sunday- any takers? DD wants to go to a church. yup, checking out new churches in my last days of pregnancy is RIGHT up there with the other things I want to do!!! Guess that means Sunday is out and we are looking at next week.

I checked my cervix last night since it was really hurting. It is getting softer and harder to get to. Today (TMI) I had an upset tummy so maybe it is almost time?? Or not.
post #149 of 173
Just a quick note to let you all know that our precious baby boy made his entrance into this world last night at 9:30 pm. (8 days "early") Born at home and in the water. I will give you more details after the family leaves...

Cheryl
post #150 of 173
CHERYL! congratulations... and our first boy! how fabulous! can't wait to hear the whole story... but thanks for taking time away from your precious new bundle to let us know!

more contractions here, but no show or any other evidence of progress other than a grumpy me.

i have a midwife's appointment tomorrow... i can't believe i'm gonna make it. i really, REALLY thought i'd be done by then.

i ordered "ice age" and "school of rock" from netflix. i wanted some light comedy with no thinking. sounds about my speed right not.

kimberly, my baby's gonna cost $2100, and that's gonna be my most expensive birth (well, unless i transport... in which case i have no idea what happens, but we have insurance so i hope we're covered). i knew hospital births were expensive but SHEESH!

time for my nap. catch you later, ladies!

katje
post #151 of 173
Cheryl!! How wonderful! Rest up mama!!
post #152 of 173
Cheryl, congratulations! I am so in awe of all you mama's who have birthed your babies!!

Got an appt with the mw tomorrow. Have no clue if all this low pelvic pressure/pain means anything significant or if its just normal at this stage.
post #153 of 173
YAY CHERYL!!!

OKay, guys, here's a lovely story.

I am still looking for clothes, so I went to Sears today. DH just pulled up in front and dropped me off and went to get gas while I shopped (he kept the kiddos). I was only in there for like 20 minutes..... so not a big deal, right??

Well, I've been totally NOT bleeding for days, so I just had a light pad on (from Hidden Pearl). Yeah, not a good idea.

I tried on some capris (which were my pre-pg size and FIT) but as I took them off, I GUSHED blood. Ugh, I did this with Libby too, but never in public!!!

So I'm standing there with blood all down my legs. Umm, ok, what now? I have KHAKI capris I was wearing. Umm, lovely. So I put on my capris and waddled out to the checkout lady (no one in the dressing room) and, nearly in tears, begged for something to help... she gave me a roll of paper towels.

That was NOT my ideal shopping experience!!!

And I think I totally traumatized the sales girl!! ROFL
post #154 of 173
Congratulations Cheryl!!!!

I think I missed something as I'm really behind. I forget where I was last reading, Im' so befuddled :LOL

I had my OB appointment and I'm not so thrilled. Whereas the baby was engaged, it popped back up and was floating . I haven't dilated any more and my cervix isn't doing much. I feel like the tons of EPO I've been taking has been wasted because nothing has changed over the past 3 weeks. It's starting to feel how it was with DS all over again, except I'm 2cm instead of 1 and I'm not yet overdue. I have an appointment at the clinic Thursday and another OB assesment on Monday as well as an ultrasound (biophysical is it called?). I really hope I get my VBAC, but I'm mentally prepared for another c-section. Oh, and I had three contractions during the 20 minute NST. They weren't "big" ones, but it was cool to see that I was right about having them. Oh yeah, and my water didn't break . I'm glad I didn't freak out and go to the hospital (as it was I was there nearly 4 hours for an appointment since the OB was on call and all over the place : ).

Well, the way I look at it, I still have some time to get things done. Plus, who knows; things can happen quickly and unexpectedly. Is there anything I can do to encourage the baby to drop? Maybe I should just stake out on my exercise ball, lol!
post #155 of 173
Cheryl...!!!! wow that was a surprise!!!
and we have a boy now too!!!
Cool..cool........:

so ds and I went swimming today and of course I got "so when are you due?/you look like your close" I said "today" and I think I almost gave this woman a heartattack :LOL..she is like "oh honey, are you close to home..you know second babies come quick...you really look like you are ready to deliver!" and another Mamma told me...."wow you are really gutsy..but maybe that comes with second babies"....

K8 thank you for the support...I am so sorry about the scary experience with ds...wow...I am so sorry....that must have been tramtic...

wow that is quite a bill Kimberly ! and sorry about the Sears experience.....

good luck Rebecca on your appt tomorrow....

well, I am feeling a little crampy right now....no BH joining it so I am off to more posting....
bbl
post #156 of 173
Cheryl! congratulations! We were wondering about you. I can't wait to hear more. I'm so jealous that you're with your baby right now, and we're still waiting. Enjoy.

kimberlilly--oh my gosh. How embarassing. I would be in tears too. I'm glad that saleswoman was able to help. At least you found pants that fit. (Optimism) ......and WOW that is a huge bill. Ours will be $3000 before insurance. I wonder if that includes the room and board and stuff....hmm. My mom told me that when she had my brother, my dad had just started is new job and her pregnancy was a preexisting condition so they paid cash for a repeat c section. OH MY Gosh could you imagine that kind of bill without insurance?

Traci--You are doing a great job in being proactive and getting this baby ready to come--the walking, the *deposites* as someone put it-- the herbal stuff that goes way over my head. You inspire me. I have been trying to exercise and psych myself up for more regular action. I too am having fears about another induction. Man did that suck last time. I think there are quite a few of us here that are trying to avoid another awful induction. Isn't that coincidental?

Last night I told dh "from what I read and hear, orgasms tone the uterus and prostoglandins do something good to the cervix. So let's go and try to get this show on the road." I mean--how romantic. If he would have said something like that to me I would have smacked him. But he was ready and willing--no problem.

Maybe if I use that line on him about the foot massages too, I might get one. The other night, my feet were soooooooo bloated that they hurt. He offered to give me a foot massage with this wonderful aromatherapy oil. It was so nice. That was before I knew this accupuncture stuff but no labor or signs of it here. Darn.

Bears...don't sweat it about the videos. Sometimes you (or even your son) need a little down time. TV is the perfect trick to get both of you some well deserved rest.
post #157 of 173
Carla our posts crossed...up your doses of EPO.....I am doing 2 orally in am and pm and 6 inserted every 8 hours....I am sure it is doing something....
and yes you are not OD....you have time...pay attention to how you sit and things to get that baby back down.....
http://www.spinningbabies.com/Pages/Page2.html
post #158 of 173
awww.... TY Christine.... you are so sweet

Just think positive Christine....sending you some positive no induction energy

You can do it....
post #159 of 173
Congratulations, Cheryl! Woo-hoo! A boy!

And, yuck-a-roo on the blood, Kimberly! Yikes!

Had my 37 (really 38) week appt today. I'm GBS negative! YAHOO! Makes a VBAC so much easier. I'm still measuring big, uh huh. 41 weeks. But, I'm a big girl, so I just take that in stride. Maybe a little progress on dilation and effacement, since the doctor "tends to be generous" in her measuring, and today's midwife said that she herself "tends to be stingy" and came up with the same numbers. They're a little concerned about the swelling, so they're running PIH bloodwork today. Should have the results by Thursday. I'm planning on being out all day tomorrow, just so I don't have to sit and wait by the phone. Too much like last time for my taste. Plus, I've got some stuff I *need* to finish up before the baby comes. Party favors for my daughter's birthday, some supplies from the beauty supply store (I'm a retired hairdresser, but I keep my license active so I can buy wholesale!), some minor shopping here and there.

I have another NST in the morning. They want me to come in weekly now. For the person who asked, it's a "non stress test" and they hook you up to a uterine monitor and a fetal heart monitor and run a strip for 30 minutes to make sure the baby's heart beat is reactive and strong. They are looking for at least 2 accelerations that last 7 seconds each over a ten minute period of time. Which can happen way more, unless your babe is napping at the time. So, they normally recommend you drink juice or something sugary before you go in, just to shake things up.

I'm still thinking it might happen this week for us. I'm hoping so, anyway. Oh, and they think I might have a yeast infection. Couldn't see anything under the microscope, but when she removed her fingers from my vaginal exam, there was white goo on them. She suggested Monistat, just in case, so I don't have to worry about the baby getting exposed on it's way out *The BIRTH CANAL* (which made me really happy that they still believe in my VBAC!) and getting thrush. Good point, so I'll take it, even though we don't know for sure. Anyone know any reason to not take it?
post #160 of 173
Hi everybody Congrats Cheryl!

Sara had an appointment today (she is 6 days old) and has gained back her birth weight! Her cord stump fell off today too. She's just doing wonderful. I am so in love with her

We had a plumber finally come yesteday (they were originally scheduled to come on the day Sara was born). Turns out the leak was in the main pipe that brings the water in from the outside, the ONLY pipe not covered by our homebuyer's warrenty! So it was $250+ out of pocket for the plumber. At least the homeowner's insurance should pay for fixing all the damage. The pipe was obviously nicked by some kind of saw thing when the house was built (4 years ago) and overtime developed into a hole. I'm just glad it's fixed now. I hope it's easy to get the wall and carpet fixed.

I found out something wonderful today. Low rise jeans/shorts can actually fit b/c the come under the little belly I have left! It felt so great today to walk around in normal looking clothes!

Happy labor vibes to all and to all struggling with prelabor, false alarms, and being past due dates.
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