40 Weeks and 3 Days
Another appointment... another boring day. No change.
Talked with OB and he thinks things will just happen pretty quickly. Pretty much what happened with Jack. :LOL Basically at my 3pm appointment (day after Jack's due date) I was 1cm/20% effaced (same as the previous week and had LOTS of contrax for days between too
) to waters breaking at 6:30pm and then being 7cm/100% effaced at 8:30pm. LOL! He was born at 11:41pm. And it only took that long because they were so busy with soo many babies being born (it was a full house), that the nurse hadn't checked me in a while. He probably have could been born a bit earlier, we also had to wait for my OB to get there. LOL! The nurse had me push once and was like "WOOOH! Stop! Call Stern NOW!!" Guess I was a good pusher.
Anyways, he was like He said "you 'might' have the baby tonight... but I think we'll see you next week. Make another appointment." He said "after next week, if we needed to make another appointment... we *could* schedule an induction if..." I just shook my head and he said "Good! Let nature do its work". It's nice to not be pressured to induce.
Those pumping and storing... Gerber bags are the best!! They are a nice thick quality plastic and they have a strong "ziploc" closure. DON'T use the ones with the metal wire twist-tie closure... they leak!! They didn't have the Lansinoh ones when we first were freezing milk with Tori (at least no one had them where I looked). Those look pretty good, I'll have to check them out. Definitely lay the bags flat when freezing, makes it easier to thaw and also they take up A LOT less space and stack easier. I always used a small ziploc bag to freeze the milk bag in, in case it leaked, it would only leak inside the baggies instead of the entire freezer. You do want to put them inside an additional freezer bag for extra protection once they are frozen. It also helps keep them together and you don't end up with wayward bags. :LOL Keep them towards the center of the freezer and away from the outside walls. The temperature fluctuates near the outer wall too much. Also check the milk. You also might need to scald it before freezing. I didn't have to with Tori but found out later I needed to with Jack. My breastmilk was totally different with Jack than with Tori. There can be an excess of lipase enzyme produced and it 'feeds' on some of the fat components of the the milk and it will cause it to "sour" or taste bad. That was why Jack wouldn't take any EBM, it would sour within 2 hours of being refriderated. It would be sour even if I put it straight into the freezer after pumping. I ended up pitching close to 100 oz of EBM because he refused to take it because of it.
Since he refused a bottle (EBM or formula) I didn't bother with pumping anymore so I didn't learn about the lipase until it was too late.
So check your milk before you start storing a lot of it.
One of the best breastfeeding books I've found is The Breastfeeding Book
by Martha Sears. I recommend it over the LLL Womanly Art of BFing book because they can be a little 'militiant'.
The LLL has a specific agenda and doesn't always allow for reality to intrude on the ideals if YKWIM.
There is lots of good info in the LLL book but it can be a little bit scare tactic too.
Sears really approaches it will good straight forward information.
When to buy medium diapers... when ever you want.
Seriously, keep your eyes open for good deals on things that you have found work with the twins body shape and things that are easy and you are grabbing first to put on them. You can built a much bigger stash at cheaper prices if you do it gradually... don't ask me how I know this...
And very smart on the gift card front... you'll be a diaper hyena in no time.
Its very possible Noah is feeding off of your tension & stress... or he's just being a typical "3-year old" that you'd love to smother with a pillow... ask me how I know.
Somedays I feel like all Tori and I do is grate each other.
Part of it is that age, they are trying to assert their independance but man can it be frustrating.
How wonderful to hear a couple from your class went completely naturally! You obviously were able to give them the tools they need to be able to have the birth they wanted. Awesome job!!
Welcome to Chris/Almama and NancyJ!!
Glad to hear that your DH is doing well on his diet. It can be very difficult to diet, especially while you are pregnant. Ask my DH.
Beautiful name. I've always liked Lilah.
Some of those pictures of Oz are classic. Love the 'bookrest' one. :LOL And the one were the two of you are gazing at each other...
And he's such a sweet sleeper... love that sprawl!! Thank you for sharing those.
Okay it's late... again... off to bed now that Radish has settled down for the Haagan Daaz Orange Sorbet.
Got to love that it's 100% fat free! The chocolate is pretty awesome too.