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post #21 of 207
Sending baby vibes to you all...

What a busy weekend on this board!
I want to let you guys know that I had my beads basically ready to go before Friday, but now I am not sure when they will get out to you all It has been snowing and icy here; I am too wimpy to go out with the new babe. Take care Mama's!
post #22 of 207
Something in the air making us all like this? I about went ballistic on dh over the weekend a few times, and all I wanted him to do was carry all the drywall scraps downstairs and give the dog a bath. Only got one of those, my dog stinks still! I'd try to bathe her myself, but she's 80# and hates a bath, so it's a fight that usually takes both of us. Grr!

Andy, hysterical, sorry you aren't giving birth today. No amount of nipstim has given me even a tiny cramp this far. Grr! And dh, baby, and I had a loooong chat yesterday about how today is a good day to be born, but it doesn't look to be happening. I guess 41 weeks as a ftm isn't a bad place to be, apparently it's rather normal, but boy are the grandmothers stressing out now!

It's also gloomy and icky here today, just warm enough to make all the snow into a mushy mess, and me with nothing to do except go see mw at 1:00. Baby has also decided that it's too inconvienent to keep curled up in a ball, and that both feet MUST be sticking out of my side at all times. Hysterical to look at, but I honestly think I might bruise from the inside out with the strength of those little legs. Need to find something to do! I've caught up on all of the dishes, laundry, packed my little hospital bag, cleaned things that never get cleaned, I even organized the tupperware cabinet. Yuck! The only thing I haven't done is pack the dog's bag/food, as my parents are going to take her for a few days and my dad loves the dog (and her gadgets, toys, harness, treats) and so he bought her a doggie overnight bag.

Lisa
post #23 of 207
Jessica, no worries on going out.. I'd be home all snuggled up myself! Also, you can leave them in your box, mailman will take them away when s/he drops off your mail to you.

LOL apparently the people on babycenter are as bad as my mother and MIL. I didn't post there yesterday, and they are all wishing me happy labor and to hurry back and tell them what happened.
post #24 of 207
Andy, I'm very sorry to hear about your friend.

I am throughly enjoying my day off. I'm sitting here sloth-ly at the computer eating pub cheese and cream crackers. Listening to the dogs playing. I dropped ds off at school today. I was feeling like such a bab mum, since this is the 1st time I'd ever done it and I didn't even know the procedure. But then as I was walking back to the car I was thinking how great it is that I will be able to do it again and again and again...... He usually takes the bus but we all had a late start this morning.
I was up at 5 and couldn't get back to sleep so I crept downstairs and woke dh up for some "adult fun". That was very nice. There hasn't been much of that going on for way too long. First he was weirded out by the baby men! Then I told him that I was sore after (it was way worth it though) so then he didn't want to hurt me. Things were going well, then he learned that sex can help to start labor. He is so anti-hospital birth now that he didn't want to "risk it" before 37 weeks. So now there's nothing holding me, ahhh I mean us back.

Speaking of being 37 weeks dh's family/friends have already started calling asking if the baby's come yet. I am so not going to be able to take this. The baby is not even due until the END OF THE MONTH!!!!!!!! It just irks me so much. I understand that everyone is excited blah blah blah but really I don't care. That has to be one of the rudest and annoying things you can do. Do they really think nobody will let them know? Thankfully they don't ask me (the fact that I never answer the phone helps)
post #25 of 207
I'm just sitting here watching the dogs play and Emma, the bichon, she's 1, keeps stealing everything that Louie (chihuahua-4 mths) is playing with and jumping onto the couch with it staying right on the edge becuase she knows he can't reach. He keeps jumping up trying to get on the couch yapping because he wants his stuff back. Its too funny
post #26 of 207
Az, too funny on the puppies! Mine only plays with her toys if we have another dog visiting, and she has to realize they are having fun with her stuff and then she takes it all away.

And the mailman came, he brought back 2 envelopes (Ann and Kathy, your beads were sent back for not enough $$ on them) and brought one for me (from me) and another for me from HI - I've never seen a bone bead before! And such beautiful cards are coming with the beads, I feel like a sloth for sending my old notes out without pretty pictures or anything.

Ok, time to get in the shower, and then off to midwife, and I'm going to see about getting a haircut today too. Must do something, other than sit here staring at the walls!

Lisa
post #27 of 207
Cute dogs, Az. Did you really mean "pub cheese and cream crackers" ?
Lisa, a doggie overnight bag. That's funny. Like a diaper bag for your dog.

Mar, thanks for the cell phone story. DH is not very good about carrying his. He likes to leave it in the kitchen or his desk drawer. I'll remind him that from now until baby-day, he must carry it all the time.

Jessica, no rush on the beads! They'll go out when they go.

Nuts about all the end-of-Jan moms getting calls already! Nobody has called me to ask, thank goodness. My aunts in Tennessee are starting to pack bags already, waiting for the call. I love that my whole family is as excited about this babe as I am.

Y'all are making me glad that I'm still working. The job keeps me occupied all day, instead of staying home waiting for the baby to come. I would go nuts.
post #28 of 207
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Originally Posted by lisa2976
Ann and Kathy, your beads were sent back for not enough $$ on them
Oh no!!! That is so disappointing I took them right to the PO counter, and the clerk looked at them and told me the price for hand processing & everything! Grrrrrrr..... How much postage is everyone else putting on them? I got Andy's, which is also strange.

I have a few beads leftover, so I'll try to pop one in the mail for you Lisa! Sorry about that

I'm in a cleaning & baking frenzy this morning! It's funny, because even after a full 7 1/2 hours of sleep last night I woke feeling just exhausted, like all I wanted to do was burrow under the covers and snooze the day away. Somehow, DD did not agree that this was a good plan!
I lazed on a mat on the living room floor for an hour while she watched her favorite Little People show, and that gave me a bit more oomph to get up and get some stuff done.
I'm going to *finally* visit my friend this afternoon, toddler-free I'm hoping! She had her baby boy on Christmas Eve, and between being sick and the holiday stuff I haven't had a chance to visit yet. I'm baking a banana-chocolate chip bread to bring with me

My parents arrive tomorrow night, and I vascillate between being SOOOO grateful and feeling a bit anxious that I'll end up feeling a bit too crowded and stared at , if you know what I mean. Still, really it's the only thing that we could do & I am looking forward to seeing them. I guess my hormones just make me jump all over the place.

Azreial, it sounds like you're having a wonderfully relaxing day off! ENJOY!!

I've set up a little "birth alter", with lots of lovely candles and the beads that I have so far on a string. It looks pretty, and I feel a sense of calm and peace when I look at it

Oh, the Banana bread's done!
post #29 of 207
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Originally Posted by Azreial
Things were going well, then he learned that sex can help to start labor. He is so anti-hospital birth now that he didn't want to "risk it" before 37 weeks. So now there's nothing holding me, ahhh I mean us back.
Az-- from what i have heard, unless you are high risk, you have to have sex something like five times in a hour to get enough of the hormones to actually induce. we were never that energetic. as long as we both end up happy in the end, we are FINISHED...of course, having a huge creature between you and your partner creates its own challenges. i was just thinking last night that perhpas i should not point out where body parts are and talk about the baby as part of foreplay...that might weird me out if i was my husband. he doesn't mind though. i think he figures it will be at least a month after baby comes before i'll let him touch me, so we might as well have sex when the kids are asleep and we have any energy at all. i wish we had enough energy to keep going for that natural induction. more power to those of you who do.
post #30 of 207
Well, I managed to miss this new thread, and posted on the old one, so here's my story again:

Our Sunday Night DRess Rehearsal

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Well, maybe it's because dd had a nap, and dh and i tried some of the natural induction menthods involving prostaglandin and oxytocin. We got a lot prepared for the baby this weekend, so maybe things were just ready. At 7:15 last night I started having surges, actually duringa hypno script. First they were five minutes, so I kept making spicy tacos while sipping some raspberry tea (it has some raspberyy leaves in it, but they're low on the list). But 8:30 they were 2 minutes apart and I had trouble speaking during them, so we called the mw and my sister. The mw arrived some time after 9, checked me out, etc. I was 2-3 cm but not effaced. I decided to hop in the tub around 11, (i'd tried to do another script, but dd protested, and she knows how to operate the cd player, which happens to be hers, so instead of "deepening' I got "the rocky road to dublin", from her cd of pub music!) while waiting for my sister to come over and take dd for a drive to put her to sleep. Unfortuantely, dd loves my sister, and her arrival did not have the soothing effect we'd hoped for. The tub felt great, but things seemed to slow down, and I was getting sleepy, so we decided it'd be best to go to sleep and wait for things to pick up. We sent the mw home, sis and dd got back with dd wide awake, and I got out of the tub, at about 12.
Well, bedtime with dd is often a struggle, and right now she seems to be transitioning out of having a nap, so her naps end up being late in the day/evening, plus when my sis comes over, she won't go to bed. So, sparing the gruesome details, I had to nurse her twice, and we still didn't get to sleep till about 2 am. When I went to bed, I was having surges porbably every 5 minutes. Sometime while I slept, they completely went away. The mw had told dh that she thought if dd would go to sleep (this was at 10-ish), that I'd go further into labour, but we had such a problem getting her to sleep!
So anyway, no baby yet.

However, all the rushing around we did to get the last minute things done was probably good!
post #31 of 207
Hey now - just up and off the phone with dh ... it funny, three weeks ago I was SO mad at him all the time "YOU JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND!" was oft repeated... and these days it's so much better. Every time I look at him I feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude and I just LOVE being around him. Of course he is way more responsive to me, too...perhaps I yelled it one time and it actually got THROUGH that big loving head! HA!

Thanks for the kind thoughts Az. I'm doing a lot better today. I'm trying to think of something smart and sensitive to say to send over for the memorial service later this week, it's not easy with preggo brain! The dogs sound like a complete riot all around. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs that chew on toys (to the tune of Oscar Mayer)... mine just slinks around mostly, and then attacks the door when someone comes over, and then begs for walks endlessly...a good boy but not much of a toy player. He's a tennis ball dog...eats with the darned things in his mouth this one! ugh.

I have nothing to do except errands, which add up like dust, but I am sleeping during the day now (huh?) and also trying to get some writing done, which I fear will not happen much once baby arrives. I haven't done much, but between that and all the other crud that has to get done... hey Lisa, I think it's only about 4 or 5 hrs. if you wanted to come over and help get ME caught up on everything! Sigh. Tonight is my last volunteer on the hotline, good and bad, at least I won't have to pinch myself to stay awake until 11pm for a while!

My cold is pretty much gone, my bills are pretty much paid, so it's off to town now to get the errands done that need doing. Tomorrow is deal with the car day. For now, signing off, Andy

PS - I have received two beads so far, but three envelopes. I think an envelope with a bead in there it costs .37 plus .12 for handling, so what's that...0.49 each. I'm off to find some envelopes and mail these off.
post #32 of 207
Pam you must be so tired today! And my dd is the same way...she'll fight sleep until the very end (she actually wiggles/talks herself to sleep).

I'm just sore today. My hips are really sore and I twisted my ankle over the weekend so my calf muscle is sore too.

Jessi - I agree it's kind of nice to be still working and not at home waiting. Although I am starting to get really tired of the "you look like you're gonna pop" comments. I've gotten 3 in the last 2 hours. Whatever happen to "if you don't have something nice to say..."?

Kathy- Banana bread with chocolate chips sounds soo goood right now. Mmmm....
post #33 of 207
morning mamas
Pam, sounds like a rough night-you will have your baby sometime though! I promise you that

I can't beleive everyone's having such probs with the beads- how annoying!!! I got one returned to me the other day, and that is AFTER showing them to the PO lady. But it was the temp one and not the real one, so maybe that's why. The real one told my dh that they need an extra12c like someone else mentioned.

I had all these things to say to respond to what you all wrote, but it's all left my head. All I can think about is banana bread with chocolate chips..... think i'll have to do some baking today. We have a big rack of bananas (grow here like weeds) that would be perfect for banana bread. AND, I do have chocolate chip. YUMMMMM

Oh yea, ST, where did you hear the thing about the 5X a day???? that's insane! All you can hope (IMO) from GIO is some prostaglandin ripening and then orgasms are always good for uterine toning . I wouldn't call GIO an induction method, but just something good and fun (if you can find a comfy way to do it- more power to you!). and truly, nothing will work to stimulate labor if you're not ready (that's why so many hosp inductions result in c/s).

Last night was such an icky sleep night for me that I think I need to have a mellow day with lots of napping. That sounds just my speed!

Aloha,
Karen
post #34 of 207
Pam, what excitement! That really is quite a rehearsal. You've learned that having your sister over to get DD to sleep is not going to work. What will you do instead?

Jess, icky about the ankle and the soreness.

My beads cost 60 cents to mail, but they went in 9x6 padded envelopes. No pretty cards, either. Oh well. I'm thrilled with myself for getting them in the mail at all.

Andy, good luck with your challenge of what to send to the memorial service. Just say what you mean; don't try to make it pretty. It'll be better that way.
post #35 of 207
All I can think about is eating banana bread with chocolate chips and now I have to WAIT for the butter to soften..... could use a recipe sans butter, but that doesn't sound NEARLy as good as butter. I'm a crazed woman!
post #36 of 207
It's ok Karen, really,it's going to be ok. Take a deeeep breathe, and say out loud - I can wait for butter (birth), I can wait for butter (birth)... this is a good practice run for you, too! Hee hee... P&A - WOW! You must've been posting the same time as me, because I didn't read yours this morning. What a practice run! Whew! I hope you manage to get some sleep today, and rest up a bit, 'cause it sounds like things are progressing for you. Jess - good on you for getting those beads out the door! I finally got mine out today. whew! Got a ton of errands done, actually. Only failure was trying to return a "mama present" from a friend that I'm not in love with, but it's from one of the little funky stores in local town here which are not open on mondays. What's up with that?! I have a lunch date on Thursday, so I'll try again then. Humph.

Hang in there Jess! I know I had some major sore days with dd, I remember it well. Keep doing stretches gently, rest w/ feet UP, and eventually it will end ... either when the baby gets out or hopefully before.

What is GIO???

time to go deliver GS cookies! andy
post #37 of 207
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Originally Posted by fromscatteredtribe
Az-- from what i have heard, unless you are high risk, you have to have sex something like five times in a hour to get enough of the hormones to actually induce. we were never that energetic. as long as we both end up happy in the end, we are FINISHED...of course, having a huge creature between you and your partner creates its own challenges. i was just thinking last night that perhpas i should not point out where body parts are and talk about the baby as part of foreplay...that might weird me out if i was my husband. he doesn't mind though. i think he figures it will be at least a month after baby comes before i'll let him touch me, so we might as well have sex when the kids are asleep and we have any energy at all. i wish we had enough energy to keep going for that natural induction. more power to those of you who do.
We weren't trying to induce, enjoyment only. I didtry to explain to dh that sex would not make me go into labor unless I was ready anyways. The meds and intervention pushing l&d nurse who did the hospital tour really scared dh away, far way, from the hospital. I think if I told him eating ice cream could start labor he would have purged the house of it and posted my picture at the super market saying do not sell ice-cream to this woman
post #38 of 207
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Originally Posted by mamabeca
Thanks for the kind thoughts Az. I'm doing a lot better today. I'm trying to think of something smart and sensitive to say to send over for the memorial service later this week, it's not easy with preggo brain! The dogs sound like a complete riot all around. Big dogs, little dogs, dogs that chew on toys (to the tune of Oscar Mayer)... mine just slinks around mostly, and then attacks the door when someone comes over, and then begs for walks endlessly...a good boy but not much of a toy player. He's a tennis ball dog...eats with the darned things in his mouth this one! ugh.
These guys love to "protect us" when the girl across the hall is getting visitors. Its just too funny. Yeah if I were a bad guy I know I'd be crapping my pants at the 10lb fluffy white, tail wagging, foo-foo bichon and the "I'm almost as big as the guinea pigs" 3 lb chihuahua
post #39 of 207
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Originally Posted by jessitron
Cute dogs, Az. Did you really mean "pub cheese and cream crackers" ?
Yep. I think I need to get you out of MO for some food education. Pub cheese is a soft garlic and herb spreadable cheese kinda like Alouette cheese spread. Its ohh so good. Cream crackers I'll let you slide on since I think they are a UK item
post #40 of 207
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Originally Posted by azreial
if I told him eating ice cream could start labor he would have purged the house of it and posted my picture at the super market saying do not sell ice-cream to this woman
Ha ha ha! That would be terrible!

On the food: Hmm. I will have to post about t-ravs and muskacholi (phonetic spelling), then, and try to confuse you guys. It was the cream crackers that really confused me. "cream cheese and pub crackers" would have made more sense. Cream crackers? Sounds mushy.
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