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post #201 of 413
I was up for hours last night poking my baby too. I was terrified there was something wrong. He was fine but probably irritated at me! I went to the midwife today and he is breech again. Supposedly they're going to turn and induce him tomorrow but I'm not holding my breath. I'm worried sick, though. I thought I had this down by baby number five. I guess I haven't got a clue. So, we're going through the motions again. Kids have a place to stay, clothes to wear, etc. I have my bag packed....again. Whatever. We'll see what happens. I have to call at 7 am. They'll tell me to come in at 2pm again (and I'm not supposed to eat or drink anything! Yah right!) I'm so ready for this drama to end. As is everyone involved, I think!
post #202 of 413
WELCOME baby Isabel! We can hardly wait to see pictures of you and hear your "coming into the world" story. Leighanne, if you're managing to get online these days......congrats! We're eagerly awaiting the details!!

Ladies, ladies.....our precious ones will arrive exactly at the moment they are intended to, not a moment before, not a moment after!!

Jenni: here's a recipe for an herbal sitz bath for you. You can also put this in your squirt bottle to rinse with. Its a simple recipe and I was looking for another recipe I first saw at my midwife's office. I am going there tomorrow....will write it down for you.


Comfrey leaves (¼ pound)
Calendula flowers (¼ pound)
Lavender flowers (¼ pound)


Combine the herbs and store in an airtight container in a cool, dark cupboard. Boil approximately a gallon of water or just use a large stock pot. Once the water boils, turn off the heat and add a large handful of each herb. Cover and let steep for at least one hour (longer is better). When ready, pour the herb water directly into the tub through a strainer and discard the herbs. Your herb bath can be made in early labor so that it will be nice and strong when you're ready for it. The mixture can sit at room temperature for up to 24 hours. If not used within 24 hours, strain out the herbs and refrigerator the fluid. It will keep for 2-3 days. You can brew up the next batch just after the current bath. Then, whenever you're ready for the bath, it's ready for you!

Jenn....you are certainly welcome for the bread recipe. When you try it...let me know how it turned out for you. My favorite way to eat it is....right out of the oven...lots of butter and drizzled with honey! Are you the one that asked me for a pumpkin recipe?? I have a yummy pumpkin roll recipe with cream cheese icing. (Must call mom for it).

lilyka......good luck with your GBS. I got my negative results last week. Was very relieved not to have to deal with it. What are your thoughts about it?

Amy.....(this is for baby Evan....) EVAN, quit turning around! You are driving your mama crazy! LOL Let us know how your day goes tomorrow. Its a great day to be born!!! I'm sure you know the drill well.....but one can't help get excited at the prospect of a brand new baby! Its just in our nature Our prayers and thoughts are with you, sweetie!

That goes for everyone......so nice to have met y'all on MDC. I have found a home ((((hugs))))

post #203 of 413
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Spyiispy - If I am GBS positive (although my midwife assures me I am not ) I will definitely be treated. I have had 7 rounds of antibiotics this pregnancy what is onemore. The only thing is I am not sure how it will work for me to go to the hospital at the last minute. It isnot like I plan on being there untill I am in transition and yeah right they are going to be able to get anywhere near me with needles at that point. I think we may work it out so that I go in as soon as labor starts and get a dose of antibiotics and then go home and get a second dose (or however they do it) after I get there. She promised me i wouldn't have to be hooked up toan IV the whole time but other than that she said wwe shoulkd wait before freaking out over anything (because after all, i will be negative ). So we will see. The thinkg that convinced me to do it at all is that a I met someone whos baby was born infected and only had a 6% chance of survival. You know, it is so rare, butit just isn't worth the risk. It is so simple just to take care of it in the long run. Besides when I come back negative (happy thoughts, happy thoughts) I wil be inthe clear and my ped. will be much more at ease in giving us the early release.
post #204 of 413
Well, I'm a wreck and can't sleep. The doula called and got me all doubting my decisions again. I honestly don't know what to do. She really wants me to deliver breech but I don't feel strong enough to try it. Dh is paranoid about me possibly getting a csection. I am totally against that as well. Heck, I'm against everything that is going on in my body right now. I've been crying for an hour. As of right now I'm sticking with the original plan. I'm sure they'll cancel the whole procedure tomorrow anyway. They'll be too busy or something. Who knows? I just have to trust that whatever happens is meant to be. I'll keep you updated. Thanks for the support! This baby has given me more grey hairs than the first four have combined and he's not even born yet!
post #205 of 413
Oh Amy......so sorry to hear of your emotional rollercoaster ride! If you're still up.....I'd urge you to get down on your knees and pray (if that is something you're comfortable with). Pray for peace of mind, for your baby to find the best way out into the world, and for the strength of your convictions.

My midwife says "babies know how to get in....and they know how to get out." I truly believe that. Have you ever heard this from French physician Dr. Michel Odent, “One cannot help an involuntary process. The point is not to disturb it.” Baby Evan knows how to get out.......we have to trust that. How are you planning on inducing?? It might be wise to start with the least invasive method possible.....nipple stimulation (if you can handle that), stripping your membranes, etc. Remember, its YOUR baby and YOUR body and everybody works for YOU!

Our thoughts are with you....

post #206 of 413
Hi Amy, I will be thinking of you today and praying for you and Baby Evan.

I am 40 weeks and haven't been tested this time for GBS. I am asking my mw about it tomorrow at my appt. Now I am a little worried. Do you need to be tested every pregnancy?

Goodluck to everyone! Casina--if you check back with us--hope you are still feeling well and having a great time with your family!!!
post #207 of 413
i skipped the gbs myself and fortunately my backup dovtor thought it was unnecessary as well (surprised me!)

everything is going really well, relatively. i have been checking back on y'all and though i am now on a different part of the path and though it is truly wonderful and ridiculously difficult, i hope you can find the moments to enjoy before your life becomes even more chaotic, as uncomfortable as you may feel. for example, over here i had no idea it would be a luxury to put only one child to bed!

amy, i've been really thinking about you. take deep breaths, i've been reminding myself as well. i think at this point if i were you i would consider allowing things go the way they are meant to happen. stressing out about the possibilities is only going to wear you out. and you and evan need to keep all that energy. my heart is with you.

post #208 of 413
Well now I am officially 40 weeks as of yesterday. I just thought, "what is going to be my name on here once the baby is born.....no one will know me if I change it!" Anyways, last night I had my first signs that anything is progressing....which is what I really wanted, but it scared the heck out of me. First of all, I was laying in bed watching tv, and felt a pop at my cervix. I knew my water didn't break, and I felt this before, but never felt cramping or pressure afterwards. I didn't do anything, just kept laying there, but I told Dan about it. He said, maybe it's labor, and I said I think I'd know if it was a contraction. Well, then an hour later I went to the bathroom and noticed blood on the toilet paper. I figured it would be discolored if any blood came out, but it was bright red which worried me. My midwife's pager # wouldn't work for me, for some reason, so I was freaking out until I remembered I had the other midwife's home phone #. She said a capillary must have burst because I am dialting. Boy, was that a relief! She said to get rest and eat well, and unless anything else major happened, they'd see me Wednesday for my appt.
Now I believe the plug is coming out a little at a time when I go to the bathroom, which also makes me feel like things are moving along. Now I don't feel like I'll be pregnant forever!
post #209 of 413
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Jenni-I would have completely freaked out. I am such a wreck during the end of my pregnancy that that would have completely pushed me over the edge. It is so good to know that can happen. Good luck.

Amy - Do what you feel you gotta do. If it makes you feel any better my midwife told me about a woman who was having her 5th child and in denial about it being breech until she went into labor. The baby was born before they even got coats on the kids and got them out the door. She said it was the easiest delivery she had ever had. So just because the little bugger keeps flipping around a breech birth won't nessecarily be a horrible thing. I hope he comes soon regardless of what position he ends up coming in. I feel so bad for you with all the "today's the day no it isn't stuff" It would drive me crazy.

I am so jelouse of everyone having thier baby. I can't wait. We finally decided on a girls name. So it is time to go. I was playing with the baby clothes today too. imagining what it would be like to hold a new born again. I am so excited. lily is just happy that I will be able to hold her and carry her occaisionally again and madeline can't wait to really have a chance to mother hen this one now that she is more capable. It is going to be so fun.
post #210 of 413
It's so exciting to see everyone having their babies. I still have two weeks and three days until I'm due(not that anyone is counting) , but I am in so much pain right now. My back \pelvis have HURT since about 12 weeks and it has only gotten worse. I finally went to the chiropractor about two weeks ago, and it was the first time in months that I could walk when I got out of bed. Well I only went three times, and can't afford to go back. OUCH!!
I am so tired, but have so much to do.
My carpets are getting steam cleaned on the 2nd, so I have to wait until at least then. Although it will probably be after my due date, which is okay too I guess. I just want my back to stop hurting.
Thanks for letting me complain a bit, everyone at home is sick of hearing it.LOL

Congratulations to everyone having their babies, and I am sending wonderful, empowering birthing vibes to all of those that are left!!
post #211 of 413
Well, guys, I am in early labor............

It started with sporadic contractions at midnight, and by 3am they were 15 minutes apart. By 5am they were 6-7 minutes apart, and have been that since then. I called the midwife at 5:15am, and she said to call her back if they get closer, stronger, so that I feel like I need to be at the center, or my water breaks.
I have an appointment at noon, so if I don't call her before then, I am going anyways.
Honestly, the contractions are not that bad (yet), but I am used to painful menstral cramps, so maybe I am just used to that pain...who knows.
So I am determined to have this baby today!

Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and I will keep in touch.............
post #212 of 413
Well Jeni, Hope today is the day for you. I will be thinking of you as the snow falls here-
Let us know!
post #213 of 413
goodluck Jenni! If this is the day, I hope you have a wonderful birthing! My prayers will be with you three!!

edblad6-- still thinking of and praying for you guys as well!! I know you aren't wanting to deliver breech, but you CAN do it if need be. Don't doubt yourself. But I hope it goes the way you want. Baby Evan will be in your arms soon!!

We got some flurries last night, too. I was so excited!! I am not going to my in-laws tomorrow for Thanksgiving. ds and dh are going for a few hours. (thwy live an hour away) I am looking forward to some time to myself to relax and watch a chic flick. Any suggestions? I finally saw "Family Man" a few weeks ago. Would like something like that. This will probably be the last moments I have to myself for a while!! I am excited.
Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving. We all have so much to celebrate!!!!

post #214 of 413
Thread Starter 
We got snow here yeaterday. It didn't accumulate but looked pretty coming down. I need one more nice warm day before the baby comes to get the dercorations outside. DH isn't going to do and my caot doesn't zip and the only shoes I can get on my feet are my clogsd. i don't have any socks that fit either. At least I can still get a hat on my head for warth. anyway the point of this rambnle was if I want to do anything outside for more than 10 minutes I need a little sunlight :.

My favorite chick flicks are "french Kiss" and "Greencard". Oldies but goodies. Of course if you want to go really old, Philedelphia Story is the all time best (the one with Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart, and kathrine Hepburn)
post #215 of 413
Oh Jenni....yayyyyy! I guess that "pop" was more than just a capillary breaking. Congratulations on starting the last and most exciting leg of your journey, we're trudging along, not far behind ya, right guys?? Casina & MACMOM are a little ahead of us, but we're definitely on the same road. BTW, you fabulous mamas, how is your "babymoon" going??

Amy....since we haven't heard from you....I'm going to assume you delivered baby Evan without any complications and are now falling in love with your new baby boy. Write when you can and let us know what's up. We're all thinking about ya.

smaug & Jen....Ooooo...snow! I'm jealous! Here in Seattle, we rarely get snow....just cold, cold rain. However, a quick drive will put you in the mountains with all the snow you could ever want. It was so hilarious last year around this time, we did get about 2 inches and the news media was acting like it was a huge blizzard....reporting from around the area....."SNOW WATCH 2001!!" Being from the east coast, I had to laugh at these West Coast wimps..hee hee! Lilyka...any snow in the Dakotas yet??? Have you guys gotten any of that storm that hit Chicago?

Mamamoo.....OUCH!! I know what that feels like. Here's an exercise it would hurt to try (my mom is a reflexologist and put my pelvis back in place quite a bit while pregnant with my first). Stand pigeon-toed, with your legs about shoulder-width apart, hands on your hips. Bend at the knees and swivel your hips round and round for about 30 seconds, then go the other way. After this, take a giant step forward (still pigeon-toed). Step back and repeat with the other leg. Any possibility you could get a referral from your doc or midwife to see the chiropractor, so that insurance would cover it??

Well, everyone....happy Thanksgiving....we have so much to be grateful for, don't we??

Blessings to all.........Lisa
post #216 of 413
LOL, Lilyka...you must've been posting while I was writing.....enjoy the snow! Has anyone ever seen "Chocolat" with Juliette Binoche?? It was a great movie to snuggle up on the couch and drink hot chocolate to. Its about a woman and her daughter who come to this little French town and open up a chocolaterie during Lent and the townspeople who fall in love with her, despite the hoighty-toighty mayor who does his best to drive her out of business. Loved it!! I also wanted to see Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood since I read the book and really liked it.

On another topic......is anyone going to be starting potty-training their toddler now or in the near future?? Indy's 22 months and we would really like to only have one in diapers as soon as possible!! However, with the new baby coming, I don't want to give him more than he can handle at one time...so, I'm torn whether to start now or wait a couple months til he gets used to the baby and life returns to semi-normal (leaning towards the latter). Whadya think?

post #217 of 413
OH! My vote is for *Chocolat* I LOOOOVVVEEEEEEEEDDDDD that movie. Great chick flick.
Lisa, I might wait on the potty training thing til everyone is adjusted - But only YOU know what your little one is capable of. Some siblings thrive and are hardly affected by a new sibling so it wouldn't be a big deal. I personally am putting off putting dd(2 1/2) into her own room and bed until at least spring. I have a feeling this will be a difficult adjustment for her - the new baby.
I meant to get that whole ordeal done and over with months ago, but it just never happenned.

~still having a million and a half useless contractions................every morning I am TRULY amazed that it hasn't happenned yet. This baby will probably wait until the middle of the afternoon tomorrow, while my support person is in the middle of cooking Thanksgiving dinner for ten people. LOL.

Hope ging-ging is ok, haven't heard from her. Maybe she had the baby today. I wonder if Amy had her baby too.

Talk to you all soon ~

post #218 of 413
Originally posted by feather
I wonder if Amy had her baby too.
She Did! Baby Jackson Andrew. Both are happy and healthy(and beautiful).
post #219 of 413
Ohhh yayyy, Amy!! Jackson Andrew is an awesome name.....but, I'm wondering what happened to Evan??? LOL

tnrsmom...do you know any more of the details??? Is mama and baby doing alright??

post #220 of 413
Tnrs mom ~
Please tell Amy congratulatiions for me!
It's gettin lonely in here!!!!
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