I'm in on the bead thing too...
Chiromom I know what you are saying, heartburn is like a side effect of the bad digestion. I had to puke to sleep a couple times because I had the same problem of food just sitting in my stomach. I think accupuncture helps me with the sluggish digestion. And the papaya/digestive enzymes. I too am afraid to eat at times. I think dandelion would help with the itch thing unless its topical- have you thought about waht detergents and soaps you guys are exposed to and all that yet? If you want a good herbs for kids book, Aviva Romm's "Naturally Healthy BAbies and Children" book is great and easy to use. Probably a good adjunct to your chiro/ holistic care for your little girl. Also, as maybe you can tell I am obsessed with my accupunctuirst. I feel like she can fix anything. I am just getting how broad her scope of practice is- and she orks on babies. Helped a 4 weeker that wouldn't poop get regular bowels every day by strengthening digestive chi, and cleared a cold in 2 days in a 2 weeker that got a cold from her older brother. Don't forget to use other modalities with your chiro, they all work so well together!
I am up too late, as per the norm. I am on a kick where I can't sleep until 3 am. I get to sleep in late though, so I don't ge tthe cranky toddler syndrome. I am not doing much midwife work now, just paperwork, no prenatal visits or clinic, so I am home and catching up on sleep in the day.
I had my baby shower, which my cousin threw but mom and sister made hard by doing it on short notice, chosing a crappy time (day after christmas) so they could include relatives that were in town, which meant my friends and other special people missed it cause they were with their families. And my sister doesn't like one group of my friends (some are her old freinds) and refused to invite them at all. So I was kinda miffed, but it feels jerky to be miffed when someone is throwing you a party and giving you lots of stuff. I didn't get alot of stuff I hoped for since it was all MDC advised, well researched stuff not avaialble in toys r us. No one could get anything shipped week before christmas, so there were many returns on the stuff I did get. Anyway, I was feeling like a big whiner being unsatisfied with people giving me gifts. Even if they were not what I asked for, needed, or wanted. Sigh. I did get my car seat of choice, a stroller, and a rocker, and a sling (my aunt got me a baby bjorn but she is exchanging it for the sling I picked out that she couldn't get in time). I was always planning on doing a small intimate blessing way with my birth team. But since many of my friends and special people couldn't make it to the shower, I am expanded the circle to include a broader group. I am excited about it. I will do it in my home (my birth place) at 38 weeks, when I am really thinking of birthing this baby. I need to make some invites. I better still be pregnant then. I did the moon phase thing, and if it is true for me, I would birth Jan 22nd. I am kinda hoping, planning, on keeping this kid in till February since I am a first timer due Jan 28th. I always expect first timers to go ten days late at least.....and my mom was 42 weeks with all of hers.
I need the time. I would go insane if I went into labor in this house now, which I can't do until 37 weeks Jan 8th anyway! My mind is on house cleaning/nesting/ stuff gathering. I am 36 weeks Friday and I expect my own clients to be totally good to go, supplies ready, car seat installed at this point. I am far from it. I moved my dresser to the birth center a few weeks ago, and the new one I got is unfinsihed, so all my clothes are strewn about until it got delivered, then we had to wait for the beeswax finish to arrive in mail, now have to wait to have time to finsih it with the wax. So room and clothes have been a mess a while. Then two year old Duet super fancy washing machine broke the week befopre christmas. A week and a half to get someone here to look at it. Now a week to wait for parts. I haven't washed my diapers or baby clothes yet!!! Then, our dishwasher broke. My father in law, who stayed with us a few weeks ago realized how bad it was. So the night BEFORE it broke, he called to say Santa was buying us a new one as a baby gift/christmas gift. I was so glad- if I had two broken major appliance and no plan right now I would have freaked, so FIL was right on getting us that. Serendipitous, wonderful timing. Anyway, what that all means is my clothes are a mess, my dishes are a mess, and my house is turned upside down for nesting. The washer repair guy walk in and said, oh are you guys just moving in? ooops. No, been here two years! So I am focusing home front right now. I do have to work tommorrow to get taxes and all that done though. Sigh. Will be a whole day of grueling book keeping and paper work stuff....and I guess I do have 2 postpartum visits, too.
Aren't I just rambling on now....so more on that....ha ha...Had tons of family stuff going on, last ones just leaving tomorrow. Every night has been a big dinner event- parents and uncles feeding me well. Friday Christmas eve fancy scallop dinner at my grandparents, Saturday Christmas turkey dinner at my moms, Sunday was the baby shower with awesome hor duerves and quiches, Monday Alaskan king crab claws from one uncle, and a huge homemade Indian curry meal from world traveler geologist uncle tonight. Yum. I am well taken care of right now on the food front for sure! But will be glad when I can just settle back to non holiday mode tomorrow.
So we had a nice christmas, husband gave me the gift of getting our wedding pictures from 2 years ago devloped! We had proofs but it was too pricey to get the prints made, and he did that and gave copies to the poor family that never got photos of the event. Was a great thougtful gift that fit with my nesting- I hated to move to the next big milestone with unfinished business from the last one.
I have my home visit/strep/iron tests Thursday. I hope I am strep negative. I just wrote a huge monster sized post on strep on another list I am on. I guess I'll get the IV if I am pos. Hope I am not....and curious to see where my iron will be- ias doing so good with my supplements but i slacked off as it was causing heartburn and I was feeling better. Now i am short of breath again....
Oh, one last thing- buy the Sinead O'connor CD "Gospel Oak". A roomate used to have it, and wanted to hear it now so I got it used form Amazon.com. .It's just 5 or 6 songs. She made it when she was pregnant and I was bawling listening to it. Her mothering songs are so sweet. The poor washing machine repair guy came when I was having a good solo cry listening to it!
So, I should go now, and try to sleep a bit before haivng to work in the AM!