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post #201 of 287
Congrats FRM! And to all the other mommas I've missed out here!

I'm so tired today (DH's alarm woke me and I couldn't get back to sleep) but I REALLY want to tackle my cleaning to do list! I just juiced a whole lot of oranges and drank the liquid gold, I'm waiting for the fructose high to kick in and give me the oomph to get my cleaning started hehe

About big babies: My MW guestimated that as of a month ago, my baby was about 7.5 pounds. Coincidentally, that's about how much I've gained this pregnancy lol (I lost several pounds in the beginning too so I'm at a total of +12 if you count regaining the lost pounds).

I'm not worried about a big baby. I'm actually excited to have a 9 pounder :-) Of course I say that NOW.... hehe

At the moment, I'm having a warm up contraction (just in the front, no biggie, just tension)... Baby is bouncing around too. Last night my pubic bones were hurting! Hope that's a sign that things are shifting for the impending event! I'm trying to not take every little thing as a sign, but its so hard!

Please send some Full Moon labor vibes for me! I really want to be in labor on Sunday!

Okie, time to go prep some spicy food for dinner ;-)

xoxoxoxo

Beth
post #202 of 287
Congrats FRM!!!!

I went and bought my black cohosh today. I start it in the morning! I'm excited. I just want to have my baby NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #203 of 287
FRM: I am so thrilled for you!!! I always meant to tell you, too, how inspirational you have been to me as a UCer. It's not something I would choose, but whenever I worried about labor, I thought of you, doing it alone. While I was IN labor, I thought about you, and knew that I could trust my body to handle things. This served me well . . .I had a great (and fast!) labor. So, THANK YOU!
post #204 of 287
Well, I took castor oil today. Before I took it I had three contractions: one at 5:15 am then another 20 minutes later then another 20 minutes after that. They stopped though. I fell back asleep and didn't wake up till 10 am. I took the oil three times in three hours as directed by my mw. 6 ounces! That is so much. I took it in ice cream as she suggested and it made the oil taste better but omg.....I never want to see another bowl of ice cream again in my life!

She says that it can take up to 24 hours to do anything but she usually sees it work in about six. Well, I have been having some contractions, nothing painful. Very tight uterus and my back gets a bit sore. I had a few painful ones. I dont' know if they will stick around, I will just have to wait and see.

My body feels so ready. Baby has moved even lower as of Thursday night. Lots of pressure. So, keep your fingers crossed for me!

I'm trying to just not think about it much so as not to be sitting there waiting for something to happen. I finally got some sleep this afternoon, I was exhausted. I don't sleep well at night and with having to run to the bathroom....the nap thing didn't quite work till late in the day.

Gotta run, I need food now!
post #205 of 287
Sarajane, I hope the caster oil works for you!
post #206 of 287
congrats FRM!

Seems liek April has produced lots of girls!

SJ-I hope you're holding your baby real soon!

My last was 11 pounds, (3 days before EDD) so I tend not to be suprised by big babies anymore :LOL But I love welcoming all the big rolley babies! I'm a week over, but my midwife doesn't think we'll break any records

I'm here still, we have guests and I think the baby/my body is waiting. The pressure is incredible right now. It changed from a tight belly with contractions to internal tingles and pressure. I feel like my water will surely burst with each contractions (which are here and there) but ti doesn't, and they might come every 7 minutes for an hour- but they never really develope to "the real deal". They aren't painful, just intense with pressure- I can't think of any other word to describe it than that.

They leave Sunday morning, so I'm hoping for full moon baby, but we shall see!
post #207 of 287

It's time.

Well, I am actually in early labor right now. Water broke this morning.
post #208 of 287
Rainbow: I bet you're right and your body just knows to wait-- I know mine did! I REALLY wanted to have the baby after 4/11 (the day of my master's oral exam) and I went into labor very early on 4/13 (DD was born at 4:50 a.m.). I don't think it's a coincidence!!! It sounds like you'll go really fast though!

sarajane: I am SO excited for you!!!!
post #209 of 287
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Originally Posted by Rainbow
they might come every 7 minutes for an hour- but they never really develope to "the real deal". They aren't painful, just intense with pressure- I can't think of any other word to describe it than that.
this is what was happening to me. i was totally in labor, but because of hearing so many women who had warm-up contractions like you're describing i was in total denial!! and they'd start/stop all day long. by the time the contractions went from 10min apart to 4min apart, however, i knew it wasn't warm up anymore, and our girl was born 3 hours later.

good luck to you, rainbow. hope this is more than warm-up for you!

thanks for keeping us posted, sarajane!

congrats to you freerangemama!
post #210 of 287
Hello all! Just checking in to say hi an congrats to all the new babies and mommies, dh's and dw's and all the new big brothers and sisters

We are doing pretty well, adjusting to the new routines and getting out quite a bit. Julie has already been to quite a few places and met lots of people. The best news is that our two dogs have adjusted very well to the new member of the family. After a day or two of excitement over every peep that came out of the new baby, they have all gotten used to each other. Julie does not even flinch at their "hair on the back of your neck raising" barks (they are mastiffs) and they have gotten used to her peeps and cries.

For a different, and quite humerous perspective, take a look at what my DH wrote to announce Julie's arrive to our friends in the Porsche community:

http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforum...eferrerid=5780

Hope the link works...enjoy!
post #211 of 287
Quote:
Originally Posted by aprildawn
this is what was happening to me. i was totally in labor, but because of hearing so many women who had warm-up contractions like you're describing i was in total denial!! and they'd start/stop all day long. by the time the contractions went from 10min apart to 4min apart, however, i knew it wasn't warm up anymore, and our girl was born 3 hours later.

good luck to you, rainbow. hope this is more than warm-up for you!

thanks for keeping us posted, sarajane!

congrats to you freerangemama!
Well, unfortunately it has been going on for a couple weeks so I'm pretty sure it is just practice rounds :LOL

My guests left this morning and I took a nice warm bath to unwind... I'm hoping it happens this week, Tuesday I'm 41 weeks. Gosh, if I could put a request in for today I'd be real happy
post #212 of 287
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Originally Posted by Mizelenius
Rainbow: I bet you're right and your body just knows to wait-- I know mine did! I REALLY wanted to have the baby after 4/11 (the day of my master's oral exam) and I went into labor very early on 4/13 (DD was born at 4:50 a.m.). I don't think it's a coincidence!!! It sounds like you'll go really fast though!

sarajane: I am SO excited for you!!!!
I keep thinking it will be a fast labor, hopefully we have time to fill the birth pool and get he midwife here!
post #213 of 287
congrats everyone, haven't had time to post...breastfeeding is getting there, after a long stretch last night (7 hours) of engorgement & very sad baby But then she fed 3 times very nicely! phew.

Is it normal that she will go from asleep to HYSTERICAL in a very short time when I try to feed her? It seems to upset her more to try and feed, even when I am dripping milk, and it takes ages (sometimes 25 min.) to get her to latch on. I'm sure this is all normal, but this first time mom says 'HELP!' She seems clearly hungry, as she will wake and fuss a little bit and stuff her fingers in her mouth, and open and close her mouth, and make little tongue movements and kind of root around.

But she is so beautiful....we are very much in love. Beth is upstairs sleeping with her skin to skin on her chest right now. I should try and catch some sleep too as my mom & sis arrive today and sleep deprivation makes me a bit of an emotional wreck.

Congrats to FRM & sarajane I hope all is going well!!

-Jesse
post #214 of 287
Rainbow: : : : :
Jesse: Even though I BF DD (and now this one!) I still don't consider myself an expert . . .but yes, it sounds normal. They wake up crying, "Waaaaaah, why isn't anyone feeding me!" (this will probably become less as she gets older, or it might be personality). A far as latching . . .it took me a long time as a 1st time mom, esp. since DD didn't want to open wide. With this DD, it's much faster, but sometimes I have to convince her that she wants me, not her hands.

Tell us (or the BF board) how you get her to latch on when she's rooting.

You'll feel better after a LLL meeting!
post #215 of 287
Wan2bmama- My ds used to do the same thing. He'd wake in the middle of the night screaming to eat and then get hysterical when i tried to feed him. It was because my breasts were too engorged I think and he couldn't get it down fast enough without choking or my breasts were too hard and it was hard for him to get a good latch. Try hand expressing some milk or pumping out a little and then offer Annie your breast. My milk eventually leveld out and then I never had another problem nursing ds. Now my biggest obstacle is trying to get him not to nurse so much! I'm feeling a bit touched out from the whole tandem nursing thing.
post #216 of 287
Thanks for the congrats and well wishes!

Miz, Thanks so much for your kind words I have been helped so often by the words of someone else here, I am glad to pay it forward

sarajane, I hope you are holding your baby right now!

Congratulations to anyone I missed (I am still trying to catch up) and WannaB, my dd is the same. She has no patience and has a hard time latching on. She is getting better (and calmer though). Hopefully Annie will have an easier time soon

Rainbow, I hope your baby decides to join us soon.
post #217 of 287
Hi mamas

Just wanted to pop in and say congrats to everyone on their new additions. Our little girl arrived at 7:20 pm on 4/21. Labor was rough (of course) but oddly a much more enjoyable experience than with my first dd (where I was induced). We named her Keira Celeste and she weighed 9 lbs 9 oz (another big one ) a birth. She is wonderfully mellow so far and we are doing great with bf so far.

It's be great to come hear and get support from everyone, I've really appreciated the contact I hope to hear exciting news from Sarah soon!

deanna
post #218 of 287
headymama -- Congrats!! and yet another big baby for our board. that's great.

wan2be -- i really feel you on the bfing. i struggled for 9 weeks with dd#1. this time around, when i was still struggling and extremely sore at 2 weeks i called a LC for help. what a difference it has made. i know how frustrating bfing problems can be, i was in tears many an day and night. in fact, i was just in tears this past wed evening when she was on a non-stop nurse-a-thon for about 9 hours straight! it was just getting so painful. calling LLL or a LC for help will do you wonders. and, if you don't get the help you need in one place, try someone else!
post #219 of 287
Congrast to FRM and Deanna!

Sarajane I'm glad your water broke. I know you must be a mommy by now!

Jesse I didn't really have that issue with DD #1 but I am having it quite a bit with this new baby. She wakes up and is immediately frantic. I do notice that she has a very high suck need and is always sucking on her tongue and sticking it out. I have trouble getting her to calm down and open up that little mouth so I can get her latched on even when I have milk dripping from her mouth. It's worst at nighttime because then I'm groggy and a bit disoriented and trying to get everything figured out. You'll be fine. It just takes a little bit of time and practice for both mommy and baby. I know it can be a bit painful and frustrating it sure was for us this time around. Ouch! But now at a week old we're settling in nicely. Hope the same comes for you soon.
post #220 of 287
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Originally Posted by wasabi
I do notice that she has a very high suck need and is always sucking on her tongue and sticking it out.
How do you guys feel about using a pacifier to satisfy this need of a newborn? (when you know she's well fed that is)
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