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post #41 of 71
Welcome Alison! It is nice to have you with us no matter how many days you have until your babe comes! I am glad you found us.

Amanda, if you want moonbaby to come soon, then ELV's you coming your way! If you want him/her to wait a few days then I will send no LV's at all. Whatever you need you can have. Aren't I sweet?

Happy Thursday everyone! My mom will be coming into town tomorrow evening, so I am really looking forward to that. I haven't seen her since Memorial Day, and I have missed her. I guess we will have to see how dh is feeling after he gets his two top wisdom teeth removed tomorrow afternoon as to whether or not we will be seeing his parents this weekend or not. My mom has never met his family and we have been together for over 5 years now. I am hoping that she will meet them before we have been together for 10! :LOL

Not much going on right now. Just wanted to check in. I also need to remember to add Michelle's baby to the list... I should probably do that next or I will forget. Hehe! I will check back in later. Have a good day everyone!
post #42 of 71
Hi y'all...I had a crappy thing happen yesterday. Strong contractions for about three hours, six minutes apart or so, and then they went away. I am so tired and sore from them, my spine actually aches. I had been having them all day on and off and was actually on my way to work at about 5 p.m. when I had to pull over twice for contractions, so I turned around and went home. Dh and I were so disappointed when they stopped...we are both so ready for this to be over, especially with this crazy prodromal labor stuff going on.

I have a mw appointment today so hopefully she can help. Not sure if I'll get checked or not, not sure if I want to know. I'm also going to the chiro this morning to see if he can help. Whatever works at this point!

We did plan lots of stuff for the weekend so that I can be distracted...shopping at IKEA tomorrow (we just got one), helping a friend register for her first baby on Sat., date with dh, and maybe an art festival on Sunday. Think that's enough?

Amanda, I hope it turns out how you want it! Baby now or baby later!
post #43 of 71
Hi all...sleeping baby on my chest. Just wanted you all to know I'm still reading & thinking abouut all of you.

Very sleepy here...days & nights are screwy...not totally backwards though...but bad enough.

Nipples hurt really bad. Her latch starts off good, then she gets sleepy and the latch gets lazy..of course taking her off (yes, I'm breaking suction) and relatching sucks too. Lanishon is doing very little....vit. e helped for about 4 latches...moist heat is slightly soothing...as is ice..but none of that seems to really help for long enough....makes me want to cry. and her latch makes me want to scream!!
post #44 of 71
Morning all! I had a relaxing evening with ds! I took a nap he played with my glasses that were still on my face and then jumped around me on the bed, somehow i did sleep though! I was finally able to meditate for a bit. I tried to focus on being patient and letting Josie know that I'm ready when she is and that I will try to be patient while waiting for her. It helped for the night anyway. Dh came home pretty tired from work but we managed a little bd before falling to sleep. The weird part is I didn't have one contraction all night! Every other time I've had contractions all night with varying strengths. So I really don't know whats going on with my body. :

I also realized that on a daily basis the only thing I've been doing to relax is watching TV, and that is not good. It's so easy to start bad habits!! So this morning I put in some good sing-a-long music, some irish folk, some classic rock, and a fall back of mine Jewel, before she got wierd. I sang the whole way to work, as loud as I could with as much power as i could muster. I used to do this everyday on the way to work and it really helps me mentally cool it. I'm not the best singer, but hey no ones listening!

I still want to have this baby, soon! I have an OB visit this afternoon, I'm going to ask her how long after my due date they'll let me go, I never asked because I really didn't think I'd still be pregnant! I am so afraid of being induced, I think if it comes to that I will end up getting an epidrual, I just couldn't take the pain that pitocin caused with DS. These are all things I need to talk to her about. I'm not sure if I should get checked, I have the last 2 times and I'm starting to think that knowing I'm dilated a little is hurting not helping. But someone here said that getting the membranes stripped is more likely to help if done several times, should I have it done again?? Last week after she did it I had bloody show and a day of contractions, then fade to nothing, I don't want to do that again.

Amanda~ Good luck to you!! I hope things work out as you want them too!

Goldie~ good luck with the family stuff, dh's mom is coming this weekend and I'm scared out of my mind to have her meet my family, they are nuts!

Doulamommy~it sounds so nice to have a sleeping baby! Good luck with nursing!

mamabeth~ I need to plan a weekend like yours or I'm going to go crazy!! Have fun!
post #45 of 71
Thread Starter 
Still hanging around - and still contracting. I'm finally kicking my dh and kids out of the house - I can't effectively labor with them around. Dh is taking the kids to Blockbuster to rent a couple DVDs, then to the thrift store, then the grocery store...all around town so if I need him I can just call him. Hopefully my labor will pick up (again) when they're gone. It was going pretty well until everyone got up this morning! I just wish Moonbaby would make up his/her mind. My mw and mom are pretty sure baby will be born today - I'm not convinced, especially after my 3 days of podromal labor with Zachary. I'd LOVE to give birth soon - so any labor vibes are helpful!
post #46 of 71
Thinking of you, Amanda and mamabeth. Trijosie-mama, I hear ya about the stop and start thing and wondering what to do now. Singing is a great plan. I drew yesterday with craypas for the first time in over a year -- I've sort of ignored the visual art part of me while in school and writing. That felt good. Anything we can do to center and calm is probably a good tactic.

Going to go sit outside. Maybe Sophie will be so curious about the beautiful day she'll decide to emerge. Though the full moon and the Feast of St Sophia are this weekend... oy, may she not wait that long. Any suggestions for soothing the discomfort of a belly hard as a rock?
post #47 of 71
I just got back from a wasted trip to the dr's. She had a mam go into labor so my appointment was shifted, but the woman progressed quickly and just as I was about to be seen the Dr. had to run out! I did get my weight checked, hasn't changed over the past week, I had been gaining almost 2lbs a week !! I am scheduled to go in tomorrow morning, so I can ask her all the questions I need to then. I decided I am not coming into work tomorrow, there is no point. No one will be here, I have no work to do and I'm just tired.

My stomach has been gurgling at me a lot today. I know I'm not hungry because I just ate the biggest most delicious, organic chicken burrito! I stopped at the new co-op to grab lunch, it was yummy! Although i feel very full now! I should probably walk around a bit, my legs feel funny and I'm a bit out of sorts.

Amanda ~ i hope things have picked up for you! Sending out lot's of ****ELV's**** for you!!
post #48 of 71
I got back from my appt. a while ago, and it was pretty good. My mw did check me but I made her promise not to say any numbers or percentages, and I felt soooooooo much better not knowing! It was hard to ask her to do that but she totally understood, and the only thing she said was that my cervix was much easier to "get to" than last week.

My bp is still up a bit and she wants me to start acupuncture. Anybody else done that? From what I've heard it's pretty effective. Also EPO on the cervix, presumably on nights we don't bd.

I hope all these contractions turn into babies soon for all of us.
post #49 of 71
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Originally Posted by DoulaMommy
Lanishon is doing very little....vit. e helped for about 4 latches...moist heat is slightly soothing...as is ice..but none of that seems to really help for long enough....makes me want to cry. and her latch makes me want to scream!!
I was soo there yesterday. And then I remembered my breast shells from DS#1. Dug them out and used them all afternoon, and all the latch pain was reduced by 1/2 by yesterday night. (Link to breast shells review)

Basically, I put on a bra, then apply the lansinoh, and then insert breast shells into appropriate place. The lansinoh helps heal the nipple, and the shells keep the nipple exposed to air rather than rubbing them against fabric.

Hope this helps!
post #50 of 71
It's Friday!!!! I get to straighten up around my apartment all day, and then I get to go pick Mom up from the airport at 6:30. I think that I am going to have to leave home a couple of hours early just to make sure that I have plenty of time to be able to get there and find her airline and gate. Plus go through any security that I might have to. I am hoping that Allissa is big enough now to not get totally lost in her sling. I have been having problem with the sides wanting to cover her face! So I am either loading her wrong, or she is too small yet. It has been a couple weeks since I tried to use it though, so maybe that won't be such an issue now. But I really don't wanna carry her baby bucket all through the airport if I don't have too. Any suggestions?

Well, I should probably get to cleaning a bit, since I do still have to run to the bank after the mail comes. I just seem to have soooo many things to do today! Yikes! I will check back in later. Take care everyone and have a wonderful day.

Amanda, I hope that your labor kicked into gear after your dh and kids left. So maybe you are holding your babe by now. Updates are nice.
post #51 of 71
yipee!! the hurricane passed us and we are safe now! drs visit went well. she remarked on how wonderful of a pregnancy i have been having and how lucky i am. i just hope that its an indication of my birth now! :LOL
congrats to eveyrone that had their babies and to the mommas still waiting (like me) hold on..itll come!! :LOVE
<3,
nicole
post #52 of 71
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Originally Posted by Goldiemom
It's Friday!!!! I get to straighten up around my apartment all day, and then I get to go pick Mom up from the airport at 6:30. I think that I am going to have to leave home a couple of hours early just to make sure that I have plenty of time to be able to get there and find her airline and gate. Plus go through any security that I might have to. I am hoping that Allissa is big enough now to not get totally lost in her sling. I have been having problem with the sides wanting to cover her face! So I am either loading her wrong, or she is too small yet. It has been a couple weeks since I tried to use it though, so maybe that won't be such an issue now. But I really don't wanna carry her baby bucket all through the airport if I don't have too. Any suggestions?
Do you have a little baby pillow (decorative for crib)? You could put that under her whole body. Or a blanket. I have a pouch and it covers ds' face but there is still plenty of air to breathe. Just check often. Maybe if yours is very padded it won't work.

BTW, can you even go to the gate anymore? Our airport has a separation between terminals and you need a ticket to get to the gateside.
post #53 of 71
Erin and Stephanie...the race is on! hehe :LOL I can't believe you're still working Erin! I thought I was pushing my due date.

Things are definitely happening with me. I saw the backup ob on Wednesday, and she was nice and all...just felt a bit rushed...not at all like my mw. I'm glad she gets back on Sunday. Well, she checked me, said I was 1 cm., 25% effaced and the baby's head is "sucked down into my pelvis, very low", which was not a surprise since I feel like she's going to fall out half the time! Yesterday I lost what I'm assuming was a piece of my plug. Never lost a plug before, so I don't know for sure :LOL but it was pretty nasty, and I've been losing little chunks of it ever since then. So, it feels nice that things are actually happening! Last night I was having very strong contractions, I felt them in my back too...and they were about 9 minutes apart for over two hours. I went to bed though, and they're pretty much gone this morning.

Well, I've been up since 5:30 this morning when dh had to leave for work. We finally got internet set up at home (yay!) so I can stay in touch with everyone after the baby comes.

Nicole...I'm so glad the hurricane passed over you. Smooth sailing from here on out!

Goldie...I'm picturing little Allissa getting lost in her sling...I have no suggestions, but the mental pic. I have is pretty cute.

Clea...when my belly gets like that, I vigorously rub circles around it and it seems to help. It may just be the touch/mind/body thing, but I feel like I'm doing something productive and it eases the sensation a little bit.

Well, that's all for now. Meeting my mom and sis for lunch at 12:30 then I have to go food shopping and that's probably all I'll be able to handle for the day since my energy is pretty low...this lack of sleep sucks!
post #54 of 71
Thanks for the welcome everyone.

And hang in there, everyone who's still waiting...

Today is officially my due date. I'm sure getting sick of people asking if we've had the baby yet!

We've had an issue with the phone company this week and our service has been down all week. They said it would be back up a couple of days ago but still nothing today. It's a little nerve wracking to be sitting at home with no phone (no way to get in touch with DH at work or our mw) other than walking to the gas station on the corner. My brother-in-law lent me his cell phone last night as I was getting a bit nervous.

But it's feeling like this baby isn't even close to coming anymore...after all the action last week, I guess he or she changed their mind. I'm starting to face the fact that my best friend will not get to meet the baby. Disappointed. And DH is not sympathetic at all!
post #55 of 71
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Goldiemom
Amanda, I hope that your labor kicked into gear after your dh and kids left. So maybe you are holding your babe by now. Updates are nice.
Is that a hint? :LOL Dh was on the computer and I was in laborland all day yesterday and this morning, so I haven't been able to check in. I'm still pregnant and still contracting. Podromal labor is a blast! Ctrx every 10 min- sometimes 3-4 min apart. Lots of pressure. My mom drove me to the midwife's office for my appointment 11am this morning (it's an hour away), we had lunch at Friendly's, and just got home. I sent dh to work, so am alone with the 3 kids...this should be interesting! I'm hoping things pick up after the kids go to bed tonight and that I get to call dh at work and have him come home. I'm thinking I could do this for another day or two before Moonbaby actually decides to be born. BP is good, Moonbaby is head down, back on my left side, didn't get an internal because neither the mw nor I see the point. It was good to get out of the house- now just hoping something will happen before I go
post #56 of 71
You're right, Lisa! And Sunday is coming quickly!

I woke up this morning and realized that I've lost 4lbs the last two days! I've never done that before!! So, with that, all the pottying, and the plug the last two days...it's slowly coming along! Not that it all means much of anything, but it's nice to know my body is doing SOMETHING in all this waiting.

Still no sleep, but I'm feeling ok today.
post #57 of 71
Amanda, no pressure. I was just wondering how you were doing. Hopefully moonbaby will decide that tonight is a good to be born. I am sure that the podromal labor will eventually get really annoying. So for your mental sanity I hope s/he doesn't decide that this time next week would be more ideal.

Since i am just checking in before I finish the last few things before leaving to pick up Mom from the airport I will just say that I can't wait to get back and see how you all are doing. Maybe I will have another baby or two to add to the list,
post #58 of 71
just popping in to say hi! I've had a busy day, dr's appointment this morning, I'm 4cm and ready to go!! We went for an almost 2 mile walk with the dog, outside uneven terrain and such. Since then I've been having contractions. sometimes they get regular, then I won't have another for 20 min or so. They are starting to hurt though. I've also(warning TMI!) been pooping all day, almost every other hour, not too lose though. I had more mucous and a little blood after one of the more intense contractions. My lower back is killing me and my legs feel pretty funny. I'm not sure this is it though. I keep thinking the contractions are going to stop at anytime. I can't decide when to go to the hospital, if my water would only break I could just go in and not have to think about it too much!

I did lots of shopping to distract myself, sam's and target. By the time we were leaving target I was so anxious feeling and just HAD to leave right then. I'm finding I like to walk around, but during the contractions I'd rather be sitting.

Lisa and Stephanie ~ TAG your it, try and catch me!!

If I don't make it through the weekend my Dr would like to break my water later next week. my body is obviously more than ready, she thinks if i make it that long a kick start is all I'll need. So we'll see I have another appointment scheduled for monday.

When would you guys reccomend I go to the hospital?? I can't decide right now. I'm afraid I'm going to go in too early or too late!!
post #59 of 71
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Originally Posted by trijosie-mama

Lisa and Stephanie ~ TAG your it, try and catch me!!

If I don't make it through the weekend my Dr would like to break my water later next week. my body is obviously more than ready, she thinks if i make it that long a kick start is all I'll need. So we'll see I have another appointment scheduled for monday.

When would you guys reccomend I go to the hospital?? I can't decide right now. I'm afraid I'm going to go in too early or too late!!
Trying to catch you!

Oh, how exciting...it sounds like you're going to go very soon. How far apart are your contractions right now? I'd hate for you to show up at the hospital too early. You're 4 cm., so that's great! DH and I are going to try and leave when my ctx are about 4 mins. apart, lasting 1 minute in duration, for 1 hour straight. I know things aren't always textbook, so we'll see what happens when it happens, but that's our plan.

Just wait for some sort of consistency in your ctx, then head out!

Lots of **ELV** Sounds like you'll be first!
post #60 of 71
Hi Mamas!

I just wanted to drop in & let you all know that I haven't forgotten about you, even though I've been MIA from these boards of late.

So many babies are here now!! Congratulations all. I look forward to reading the stories, and also mean to post a more comprehensive version of ours some day.

These days we're taking it easy in Delaware, at my mom's house. Enjoying getting to know our son. Watching the Katrina news more than we should. Knowing what it means to miss New Orleans.

We hear that our house is okay. It's on high ground near the river - one of the parts of town that thankfully never flooded. Lost a few trees in the front, but they fell into the street, not the house, so even that seems lucky.

Sounds like they'll be letting people back into our part of town next week, which is the best news. I can't tell you how much lighter I feel since hearing that. We were so scared that we'd be displaced for months on end. Still, we'll wait a while to return. Doesn't seem wise to drag a newborn to a place where we can't shower or bathe.

FWIW, I'm happy to report that we got monetary assistance from both FEMA and Red Cross, so at least some things seem to be working smoothly in the aftermath...

And that's pretty much the update on my life in exile. I've been taking some cute baby pics (Claudio is an absolute delight and I can't believe how fast he's changing!!), and will try to get some put on disc so I can post & share.

I hope you all enjoy weekend.
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