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March 8-15th updates!!! - Page 2

post #21 of 85
Adina - baby won't care as long it gets lots of love and mama milk

I'm definately feeling better today. My legs aren't swelling as much and b/h contrax aren't as bad since my blood sugar is under control now and has been for about a week. So, I don't feel like this baby is going to come too soon now atleast in the next couple days like I felt like last week after doing too much. Whew! Since I'm only 34wks 3 days and I need to wait until 37 wks to have this baby at home. Only 17 days left until that date. Baby is still moving a lot, well atleast moving a lot when it does move. Mostly in the morning when it is trying to get me to get out of bed to eat something and at night I lay down,oh, and when I take a bath, cool to see the water move because the baby is moving so much.
post #22 of 85
Hello Everyone! ~ Well so far this week I'm doing fine. (compared to LAST week!) In the last posting I stated that I had a hugh bladder infection--- Well, it turns out I had passed a KIDNEY stone! : Whats weird about that is I never had the horrible pain that I've seen my other family members in. So how was I suppose to know?

I'm starting to feel weird now days. The baby is all the way down, so it feels like he will be falling out. Could this be BHicks?- Feel fainty, look pale, feel nervouse and having some trouble with back and frontal pain? Sometimes I even feel like I'm going to puck and have been having BM'S a lot!

Well, I'll post more later- have to go for a drive- Boovert
post #23 of 85
Update from my mw appt. today: More experienced mw was there and she agreed with me that one baby is head down and the other is transverse. She was able to pick up both hb's (YIPPIE!) so that alleviated my fears. She said I have lots of room in there still - lots of fluid. I asked how big she thought the babies were and she said not real big. 6 lbs. Maybe 5 1/2. Well I think that's pretty darn good since I'm only just 35 weeks today, right? Plenty 'o time to get fatty. IF she's right then at least they'll be above the critical 5 lb. mark if born anytime from now. That's how I look at it anyway. Honestly my gut says they'll be born at 39 weeks, but until I get to 36 weeks (when she's comfy with a homebirth) I'm kinda holding my breath. But I think it will be okay. Just gotta take it easy which is hard when my house is becoming worse & worse by the day. I did, however, hire a cleaning crew to come and deep clean next week (never done that before) so I'm really excited about that. I also need to arrange to have the carpets cleaned. Everyone warned me against cream colored carpets and kids but I just wouldn't listen. Think that's it for now.

Adina - You're an awesome mama already. Babies don't care about "things". They care about love and warmth and milk, etc. Please don't stress. Things *will* work out! I promise!
post #24 of 85
Thanks ladies.

I know that really we are in pretty good shape. I just sort of wanted to have fun and make things cute...frankly there is no guarantee that I will ever get to do this again. So, the idea of not being able to do everything I want makes me a little stressed out. All wrapped up in the infertility thing...

Baby's room will be painted, and there will be a cosleeper and a car seat. I have diapers, and clothes. So, now I just need to move!
post #25 of 85
Had a MW appt today. baby is still posterior. So off to spinning babies to try and get her to turn around. Am really tired and have no more news.
Allison
post #26 of 85
Adina - Just on the off chance that you don't already know this, I'll throw it out there. The way dh & I were able to drop an income (I worked until my first dd was a year then got laid off) AND afford a house and surprisingly enough, still find money for *things* was to visit our tax person and have her calculate out exactly how many exemptions my dh could take (thereby getting him the largest possible take-home pay) w/o owing money at tax time. She tried to work it so we'd end up getting back about $1000 a year (we actually have done better than that, as it turns out, but as long as we don't owe we're pretty happy). So if you haven't already, call a good tax person immediately and have them calculate out how many state & federal exemptions you and your dh can claim figuring in the purchase of your home (that will help a LOT b/c of the tax writeoff of interest) AND a child as a dependency which will be counted for the entire 2006 year. My dh claims a LOT on federal (I'm thinking something like 15!) and 3 or so on state. Anyway, this is the only way we can do what we do.

I totally sympathize with how you must be feeling. Although not to your extent, I've dealt with infertility every pregnancy (guess why I'm having twins?) and nothing has ever seemed guaranteed to me. So check this out if you haven't already and enjoy your sweet girl when she gets here. You're in my thoughts.
post #27 of 85
Adina, we have never bought much new for a baby, and this time I really at least wanna buy a new outfit for after birth instead of the same ole hand-me-downs. I'm not sure we can afford even that~so I do know how you're feeling. It's true~babies need to nurse, diapers, and a blanket to be wrapped it~LOL~and all will be well. I'm a NUT, so I have homeopathic baby remedies on my list above all else! Also love my sling~so glad I already have one! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
post #28 of 85
Oh, love_homebirthing - that is such an excellent suggestion about the exemptions! I work with payroll and didn't even think of it, but it can make a huge difference!! Getting a refund on your taxes basically just means that the govt has had my money all year

Allison, good luck getting that baby turned around!
Ouch Boovert - a kidney stone? They must be so painful. Hope that was a one time thing - and never again!
eilonwy - save up all that baby stuff in a box - you'll find time to put it into a book for the new baby sometime. I even wrote things on scraps of paper and put them in the box as a reminder for me - like when the baby smiled for the first time, etc. A friend of mine took baby notes on her wall calendar, and then put that calendar in her scrapbooking supplies so that when she made her baby album, she remembered just when everything happened. Don't feel bad for not getting it done right away! It'll be awesome when you get the chance to do it.
cathysteck - hang in there!

I think all you guys who are in high-gear nesting mode are AWESOME! sorry for shouting, but I'm simply amazed at what you guys are getting done w/ regard to baby rooms, house cleaning, cooking, etc. I have done n-o-t-h-i-n-g!! Shame on me.

Well, I had my first hb-mw appointmtent yesterday. I'm already 36 weeks and a few days, so it's kinda late, but that way, we just cruised through lots of the information on pre-term labor or some of the other problems that I no longer really have to worry about. She seemed so thorough and asked a lot of questions that I have never been asked before. She brought me a tub to set up when the time gets closer. She says about 75% of her clients actually birth in the tub! I had kind of assumed I would just labor in the tub and birth in the bed, but if it's comfortable, I guess why not?

Today is my last "official" day of work - my last day of the last project I will be accepting before the baby comes. Thank goodness. I need to get out and walk a little every day rather than sitting all day. I also have a ton of stuff to get ready, from cleaning to laundry and cooking, etc. But back to work for me now!

Have a great day everybody!
post #29 of 85
In a nutshell, I have been having alot of pressure and probs walking around. When I sit down I feel like I'm sitting on her head. Poor kid. LOL I checked myself and it seems that my cervix is tilted more toward the front today. Last night before church I laid on the bed and told DH to lube up his finger and just TRY and stick it in there (TMI) and he was like....is that her head? I mean, come on people... if DH can feel it.....it's THERE! I was like...you can barely get your finger in there, can you? It was sooo cramped with everything else being right there and you could feel her head so easily. Without reaching, if you KWIM? I have an appt today with the MW and she hasn't checked me thus far, but I might have her to today, just to see what she says or thinks. I want this baby out. It's not a nice feeling to sit down and feel like you sat on someone's head! heheh So, I will update again after I get home in just a few hours.
post #30 of 85
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Originally Posted by JefsJen
In a nutshell, I have been having alot of pressure and probs walking around. When I sit down I feel like I'm sitting on her head. Poor kid. LOL I checked myself and it seems that my cervix is tilted more toward the front today. Last night before church I laid on the bed and told DH to lube up his finger and just TRY and stick it in there (TMI) and he was like....is that her head? I mean, come on people... if DH can feel it.....it's THERE! I was like...you can barely get your finger in there, can you? It was sooo cramped with everything else being right there and you could feel her head so easily. Without reaching, if you KWIM? I have an appt today with the MW and she hasn't checked me thus far, but I might have her to today, just to see what she says or thinks. I want this baby out. It's not a nice feeling to sit down and feel like you sat on someone's head! heheh So, I will update again after I get home in just a few hours.

I so understand that 'sitting on someone's head' feeling! I had checked my cervix a week or two ago and freaked out realizing he was RIGHT there. How many weeks are you?? I'm not having my cervix checked anymore until closer to my EDD or without a *really* good reason after my pre-term labor scare yesterday. I did actually have a good reason to have my cervix checked though...she was checking to make sure he was actually head down (which he is) so I didn't need an u/s to confirm that.

I just updated my other thread that I posted yesterday about the spotting & cramping. I'm still feeling a little crampy, may have had a few contractions in the night (I kept waking up really confused and not knowing if it was a dream or not) and the spotting is way less and only brownish. I'm thinking that the last of my mucus plug is now gone, but also since no more red bleeding that he is staying in there for at least a few more days. I did have this urge to paint the bathroom when I got up to pee last night. It was *really* odd. I was thinking to myself 'gee, I wonder if DH would notice if I just painted the bathroom for a little while before I go back to sleep'. I've never been that crazy with nesting before!

I never, ever thought I'd be dealing with this because my dd was a week overdue and induced! It makes me feel like I'm just imagining all yesterday's worries because I want him to come out earlier than dd My DH told me thats not possible since he actually saw the blood, etc I have a chiro appointment this am so hopefully that will get the baby in the proper position in case he decides to come next week like we are thinking (I'm starting to worry that he's gonna stay in there until 42 weeks making me think I'll have him anytime until then- just to drive me nuts). I also have a 1 hour pregnancy massage scheduled with my doula tonight (she's also a LMP) which I'm hoping will be nice and relaxing
post #31 of 85
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Originally Posted by AdinaL
frankly there is no guarantee that I will ever get to do this again. So, the idea of not being able to do everything I want makes me a little stressed out.
Yes, there is. I will guarantee. I am here to say that there is life after baby. It may not happen right away, but once you get your mama groove going, you will be amazed at how inspired your baby makes you. Your life will never "go back to normal", but your normal will change and you will adapt. I promise!

You already are a good mama. Taking care of yourself during pregnancy is the first step.
post #32 of 85
Becca~ I will be 37 weeks tomorrow or Saturday, depending on who you ask. LOL
post #33 of 85
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Originally Posted by Daphnes_mama
Yes, there is. I will guarantee. I am here to say that there is life after baby. It may not happen right away, but once you get your mama groove going, you will be amazed at how inspired your baby makes you. Your life will never "go back to normal", but your normal will change and you will adapt. I promise!

You already are a good mama. Taking care of yourself during pregnancy is the first step.
I guess I should clarify. I meant there is no guarantee that I will ever get to prep for another new baby. I am pregnant via IVF after almost 4 years of trying. So this may, in fact, be my only baby, and my only pregnancy. So that was what I meant. I may not ever get to put together stuff for a new baby again...which is what I was lamenting. Sorry, I type slower than I think.
post #34 of 85
Hugs to all. I usually don't play in these update threads-- too overwhelming for me!

Adina-- I can relate a TINY bit about wanting to make it all cutness. I was really upset a while ago that no one seemed to care-- I didnt get a shower, and still no one in my family has given us anything for baby-- but somehow, my frustration over that passed... granted, my life has been turned upside down once again (how many times in 9 months can that happen, anyway?!?!), and that always helps, distraction wise. Anyhow-- I did a couple things myself to make things feel cuter-- got some sweet receiving blankets and two cute baskets for nursing centers, and that seems to have solved my cuteness need.... dont know if that helps, but thought I'd mention it.... doing some small thing really.... soothed me.

ANYHOW.....

My life continues to be insane and insaner.... ever since-- literally, the day I ovulated-- baby, things have been sooooo weird..... we call it Magic Baby. Determined to totally change our lives. We lost power last night in a storm, and ened up schnuggeling on the sofa andchatting about it all.... and we've just kind of given in to EVERYTHING totally changing.... really, it's kind of refreshing! As long as we dont *think* about it all.... and just... go with it! We try and focus on Baby, and let the rest just do whatever. So very very weird. We are both 180 from where we were last year. Amazing.

post #35 of 85
Moosemommy, I SO wish I lived close to you! It'd be an honor to throw you a shower! Now I'M frustrated for you~ARGH! (((((HUGS))))) sandi
post #36 of 85
Awwww, yer soo sweet!
post #37 of 85
moosemommy- yeah - I am painting the baby's room - totally helping. And trying to find little cute stuff. I have a quilt for the day bed we are putting in there waiting to be finished up, and the quilt for the baby waiting to be finished - so I am finding ways.

No one is giving me a shower either. On one hand, I am disappointed, on the other I am pretty happy that I don't have to sit and open presents with people watching - it makes me selfconscious. My mom hasn't gotten anything for the baby, and my sister got a couple books for Xmas for her. My dad and step mom got me a changing pad cover (but no changing pad...), a pack of receiving blankets and a SwaddleMe for Xmas. I have a feeling that will be it. A gal from here sent me a dozen prefolds- that was exciting, and another friend from here sent a cute little baby nightgown. It is pretty par for the course for my family though. They just don't seem to celebrate major things like other folks do.

I will post pics of the baby's room when we get it painted,, and get stuff moved in. I was just whiney the other day - cause I was feeling hormonal and overwhelmed.
post #38 of 85
Well, I don't want to be whiny (whiney? not sure of the spelling there), but I am ready for this baby to come out. I'm so uncomfortable from about noon on. I am having so many BH every afternoon and evening, and they really dont' feel good. I've been trying to drink more water, but with my job I can only drink after every 45 min. when a class leaves (I'm a music teacher) and there's only so much you can chug in 1 minute between classes!

On a more positive note, though, I had an OB appt. this week and she thinks baby is head down, and is measuring just right, so that's good. But she did drop the news that she will only let me go 1 week over before inducing...ugh. I"m sure it will be late. I don't want to be induced. My OB said we should start having a lot of sex (half-joking).

Also had my first class -- breastfeeding. It was informative, with lots of posters, models of stuffed breasts (LOL), videos, etc.. I was sort of surprised, though, when the teacher said that you're supposed to wake the baby up to eat every 3 hours during the first 24 hours after birth, because it wants to sleep. Anyone experienced in this? Are you really supposed to wake them up, or what? Seems kind of weird to me.

Mary
post #39 of 85
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Originally Posted by newbie_mary
Also had my first class -- breastfeeding. It was informative, with lots of posters, models of stuffed breasts (LOL), videos, etc.. I was sort of surprised, though, when the teacher said that you're supposed to wake the baby up to eat every 3 hours during the first 24 hours after birth, because it wants to sleep. Anyone experienced in this? Are you really supposed to wake them up, or what? Seems kind of weird to me.
Mary, this is true. It seems counterintuitive in some respects (wake a sleeping baby, what?), but you need to get your milk supply up and the only way to do it is by nursing. Active demand creates supply. Sometimes, you have to keep a newborn awake while they nurse, too. It is more than 24 hours, though. I seem to remember waking her to nurse for at least a week. Part of it is that newborns lose weight in the first week - it is normal. However, they need to gain the weight back, too. My pediatrician wanted me nursing every 3 hours until my daughter's birth weight was gained. I believe I woke her to do this. Maybe someone else had a different experience, I would love to know.

How do you wake them? Wet washcloths, moving their arms around, etc. I even remember stripping off her clothes to get her to wake. Newborns are very sleepy.
post #40 of 85
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Originally Posted by Daphnes_mama
Mary, this is true. It seems counterintuitive in some respects (wake a sleeping baby, what?), but you need to get your milk supply up and the only way to do it is by nursing. Active demand creates supply. Sometimes, you have to keep a newborn awake while they nurse, too. It is more than 24 hours, though. I seem to remember waking her to nurse for at least a week. Part of it is that newborns lose weight in the first week - it is normal. However, they need to gain the weight back, too. My pediatrician wanted me nursing every 3 hours until my daughter's birth weight was gained. I believe I woke her to do this. Maybe someone else had a different experience, I would love to know.

How do you wake them? Wet washcloths, moving their arms around, etc. I even remember stripping off her clothes to get her to wake. Newborns are very sleepy.
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My dd was EXTREMELY sleepy as a newborn and actually wouldn't wake up to nurse alot. She had a hard time sucking also and ended getting herself dehydrated by the time she was a week old and needed hospitalization for a few days, but that is a really, really rare situation. Supposedly they normally will wake up when you do those things, but she's always been a really heavy sleeper So yes, you definitely want to wake them up every 3 hours to feed, which when they are sleeping peacefully and you are exhausted sounds like the stupidest idea ever... Once they get the hang of it you won't have to worry about it and alot of newborn babies (so I've heard) actually will sleep one longer timeperiod of about 5 hrs or so once a day (hopefully at night so you can sleep!). Some people will tell you just to feed them every 4 hrs unless they ask to nurse sooner (like our first ped who had no clue about BFing), but that is really bad advice IME because you really need very frequent suckling to build a good supply and for them to work on gaining back their birthweight. Okay, I'll get off my now...just a subject near and dear to my heart after my dd's bfing difficulties in the first few weeks.

for the first time mamas (and other mamas too) that didn't get the attention that they deserved for their pregnancies. I did get lots of attention when I was pregnant with Anna, but this time the only one who seems to care are my friends and my MIL (who drives me nuts). The only gift I've received for this baby was today from my MIL...2 hats and a blanket...but for dd she bought like 10 summer dresses and 2 books I'd throw a baby shower for all you ladies if we all lived close together! I think every mama deserves to feel special when she's pregnant
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