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post #41 of 103
s to everyone that needs one.

Congrats to all those mamas with new babies! Yeah!

Well, I thought I was going to go into labor last night, but no. Just pre-labor contractions, but had bloody show last night and this morning and have been losing quite a bit of mucousy stuff. So, I'm hoping it's soon. Having really strong braxton/hicks contrax that I can feel are pushing the baby down. Very cool. Just over 38 weeks and my belly finally dropped Sunday night. Woohoo! I can breathe! It's so nice.

Well, that's all that is going on at the moment.
post #42 of 103
Hey Sandi - just read your post and wanted to say that I hope your mw visit goes great! And that you feel better soon. And that the anger leaves you too. It's probably a side effect of all this pre-labor anxiety!

I'm going to go to a yoga class today. I hope it helps calm me down and get me mentally ready and then maybe I'll go into labor. I can hope, right?
post #43 of 103
(((((Mel38))))) *THANK YOU!* I needed that! My appointment went well~I'm still very angry. My midwife just thinks I've never let myself feel angry before, but YUCK! I don't wanna work through this now! If baby tarries, I'm going to go to the park by myself this weekend and throw rocks for all the things I'm mad about. I'll let you know how it goes! LOL!

I'm also harboring hate against someone, and I've never even disliked anybody in my whole life! I'm frustrated that I can't move past it and that now *I* am the one in sin~no matter what the other has done/is doing.

Cervix is 100% softer than last week, dialated 1" externally but still tightly shut internally. My "official" due date is Friday (7th), but I expect to see my midwife again Wednesday next week. I'm going to post the affirmations and invitation my midwife had me do, as I found them helpful! (((((HUGS)))) and happy birthing to all! sandi
post #44 of 103
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Originally Posted by Titus2fam
My appointment went well~I'm still very angry. My midwife just thinks I've never let myself feel angry before, but YUCK! I don't wanna work through this now! If baby tarries, I'm going to go to the park by myself this weekend and throw rocks for all the things I'm mad about. I'll let you know how it goes! LOL!
Sandi - first of all Sounds like a very emotional time for you!! But it also sounds like you know exactly what you need - the rock idea is fabulous Of course anger is the last thing you want to deal with at a time that is supposed to be all about love and excitement and joy...but think of how light and free you will feel once it is released - a great place to be for entering labor. So really and truly feel that anger, experience it, learn from what it has to tell you and then release its hold on you. I know that's a million times easier said than done, but you are a strong woman And keep coming back here to this wonderful community of strong women who will help and support you anytime
post #45 of 103
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s Sandi! I'm sorry you are having a rough time. The hormones of pregnancy seem to make everything worse too.

Cathy- I think bloody show means that you will usually go into labor within about 24hrs! I hope this is it for you!!!

Okay so I'm *officially overdue* as of today Nothing going on here, except losing a bit of plug again from my exam the other day. No bloody show, contractions or anything else exciting though! I am feeling very lucky though to have good mama friends, because they made my due date a really nice day yesterday. One friend came and picked me up so we could run errands together with the kids (she freaks out a little about me driving now since she never made it to 38 weeks with any of her dc ), then she surprised me with a bouquet of flowers (yellow freesia- so pretty!) and said "Happy Due Date!" It was really sweet of her. Then when I got home I checked my messages and my other friend left me the nicest message asking how I was holding up (not in the annoying, where the heck is the baby way ) and offered to make us dinner if I wanted. How lucky am I? The only bad part of yesterday was when dd did a flip off the couch and landed with her forehead on the coffee table She freaked me out but she's fine. She was just upset that I didn't want her to try to do headstands on the couch anymore Toddlers have remarkably hard heads
post #46 of 103
Well I had my 38 wk appointment today. Baby is doing good, heart beat is strong and he is ACTIVE!! I lost 1 lb, baby is vertex (does that sound right?), I guess thats good, you would think after two I would know, lol, I just know he is head down and ready to go. I am 2 cm dilated, 50% effaced and -2 station. She said he is WAY WAY down there, so thats good, but I already knew that, I can feel him shoving his way out, lol. Good luck to every one. Forgot to mention that I have been having bloody show since sunday, so it doesn't nessasarily mean within 24 hours, just that your cervix is starting to dilate/efface. Can't wait to say within 24 hours, but hopefully at that point I will be too busy to say anything, lol.
post #47 of 103
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Originally Posted by Mel38
What do some of you BTDT mom think of my theory that it can be scarier to go into labor when you have already done it before - i.e. you know there could come a point when you feel that you *can't* do it any more... My dh says my theory is baloney and I was just as anxious with the other births, but I can't remember that far back.
Your husband is, in my own opinion, the one who is full of baloney. I was absolutely *terrified* when I realized that I was really in labor with Bella. Scared beyond belief. The pain wasn't even all that bad before I wussed out and asked for a repeat section. : I was just plain afraid of what was coming. I actually burst into tears and told Mike I was scared that it was *going* to hurt later. Can you believe that? So I've got some guilt right now, because I know that she was really coming, and I probably would have had no trouble pushing her out and then maybe she wouldn't have needed the NICU time (but maybe she would have... ), because the squishing would have gotten some of the fluid from her lungs...

The fear was just overwhelming, though, especially when the contractions started coming regularly every 2 minutes. At first I was just excited, but as things went on I just got more and more scared and felt like I had to get her out right away... Maybe it was my intuition talking, but maybe it was just plain fear based on the fact that my only other actual labor had been nearly a week of pure hell on earth.

I'm feeling super crappy today, if you can believe that-- even worse than I did when I was big and tired. I've got a ripper of a headache that has not remotely faded with sleep, time, or ibuprofen... in fact, it's gotten worse, just pounding away at my brain. I'm also swollen up like the stay-puft marshmallow man, which strikes me as totally strange because I *wasn't* swollen at all until three days after Bella was born. The swelling has likewise gotten worse, and my post-partum bleeding has also gotten heavier. Yesterday, I dropped Mike and BeanBean and BooBah off at the park and did a bit of shopping. I kept going until Bella squeaked at me (she doesn't cry much, she's still mostly in "energy conservation" mode), and honestly I felt so relieved to have a reason to leave and sit down again, even though I was nowhere near finished... but since I felt so horrible afterwards, Mike made a point to tell me that, in the future, I am to make him lists and send him.

Mike's been really great lately, although he's a bit shorter with the kids than he'd like to be. He's very concerned about me, because I feel crappier than ever, and quite frankly I'm a bit concerned myself. Last time, a week out I felt *fabulous*, back to my old self-- this time, I feel like shit on a stick. I actually slept for six and a half hours today (this headache is totally wiping me out) and Bella woke up before I did. I felt so freaking guilty, because she's too little to go that long without eating, and when I got up to warm some nursies for her, I found that BooBah had had a party with some tissues and baby wipes in the hallway while I was sleeping (Mike had taken BeanBean to the park and the grocery store). I felt badly about that, too. Bella is beautiful, BooBah is starting to understand that she's a person, and BeanBean is, as always, a kind and loving and helpful big brother... but I still really feel horrific.

Anyway, tomorrow I'm going to make my first attempt at taking the three kids out-- Bella has her first WCC, BooBah needs to have her blood drawn before she sees the nephrologist on Friday and BeanBean needs his hair cut again (my sister promised him she'd take him). Mike is wondering if he'll be going back to work on Monday as he'd planned, because I'm feeling so crappy... I hope there's a quick fix for this, that it suddenly and magically ends around 5 this morning when I get up to feed Bella....
post #48 of 103
Ryanna,
Sorry you are feeling so bad. I remember well my c/s recovery and cannot imagine how you are doing it with other kids. I hope things get better!

Well I am still here. LOL. having contrax every night and alot during the day. no bloody show yet or other signs. MW is afraid she will not make it for the birth if I keep this up. DH is a little worried about doing it all himself. He has always planned on catching the baby but wanted the MW there to tell him what to do. The other day I had three people call me to say "have you had the baby yet?" I wanted to scream. We live in student family housing and all the neighbors just stare at me when I walk by. Like I do not know how huge I am. Its so funny. I am ALL belly. I am 5'9" with this HUGE belly. It did not spread out like with my last two pgcies.

Allison
post #49 of 103
Oh Rynna, that sucks.

All of you are having something happen...except me.

I am gonna be here forever. I am pretty patient all told...I am okay being pregnant (I can only say this after getting to sleep in until 11:30am today! ha!), and things are almost ready for baby...I almost have somewhere to put the birth tub. hahahahaha But nothing is changing. A few more B-H, but that is about it.

I am pretty okay being pregnant, I just kind of want to meet this little person! Not sure what I am going to do with her once she is here....but I would like to meet her. I still have two weeks left...but some sign that my body knows where it is headed would be nice....
post #50 of 103
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Originally Posted by AdinaL

All of you are having something happen...except me.
i'm right there with ya.....

40 wks, 5 days today..... i have my first biophysical profile tom (u/s and NST) so everyone please keep fingers crossed that i pass. i'm really worried they'll say he's too big (i'm sure he's at least 9 lbs by now) and i'll be risked out of homebirth. my mw is so sweet though....she knows how worried i am about it and she's offered to go with me. can you imagine an OB ever doing that?????

we tried acupuncture yesterday and additional pressure points today... walked...and then went out for 'volcanic' chicken wings tonight. we plan to finish the night off with good old fashioned prostaglandins. c'mon baby..... come out and play.
post #51 of 103
Okay. If you've had your baby, or if you've got time and energy and have been reading birth stories and feel compelled to help organize something, please read my latest post on the sticky thread. Thanks!
post #52 of 103
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Originally Posted by AdinaL
I am pretty okay being pregnant, I just kind of want to meet this little person! Not sure what I am going to do with her once she is here....but I would like to meet her.
: !!! As it gets closer it's becoming terrifyingly real that there will be a little *person* at the end of all of this....
post #53 of 103
Terrifying isn't it?

I am very excited - I get more excited as I wash clothes and diapers (oh how I love the little bitty diapers! ), but dang...Just sort of interested on how she is going to fit into our lives, and how it is all going to work, if I am going to be any good at it....I am not one for fumbling...I tend to watch and learn until I think I can do it myself, and then jump in, usually with good results. Starting with labor, I can't really do that. Ah well, first step in learning new things.
post #54 of 103
I'm reading, I'm reading, I just feel really spacy, and my birth seems so far off. I haven't even bothered to wash the clothes or dipes yet, nor have we put the 3rd seat in the car.

Rynna, I'm sorry you feel so crappy. You just had surgery... slow down if you can. Hugs to you.

Adina, I'll race you to the end. (I put 42 weeks in my sig for a reason.)
post #55 of 103
Here we gooooo!

not me, my husbands surgery is tomorrow morning, we need to be at the hospital at 6:30am. My mw appt is at 9:00am just down the street. I should be able to be with him coming out of surgery and while he is in recovery I will go to my appt. Then we will come home.

Say a prayer for us please!

Mahalo!!!
post #56 of 103
I usually don't post too often, because dd has dropped her naps and dh claims the computer at night. But as dd is miraculously taking her nap, I thought I'd chime in.
Midwife and gyn have both told me that they can feel the baby's head, and I've been having BH contractions on and off for a week now. But no other signs of labor. I have had a decrease in appetite lately (this afternoon's cookie binge an exception) and am increasingly sleepy during the day and feeling more energy at night. I've also become increasingly grumpy towards total strangers, but exceptionally patient with dh and dd.

My dc#1 came exactly on her due date, so dh is betting that #2 will do the same. I hope he's wrong!



surfmamato3,

Hope your husband's surgery goes well!
post #57 of 103
(((Hugs))) Rynna

Adina I'm right there with you, nothing much happening here apart from more frequent and stronger BHs and baby being uncomfortably low!! I'm also ok still being pg, babe isn't due for another 10days anyway and I'm loving these last days/weeks with just DS.

Surfmama I hope DHs surgery goes well
post #58 of 103
Thread Starter 
(((hugs))) to Rynna & Kimberly!

squeakermansmom- How did the BPP go? How often do you have to have them? I have an appt next week at 40w6d and I will probably have just a NST, and then another one a few days later I'm guessing. I don't think I have to have an u/s until I hit 42 weeks, but that is when I'd have to transfer care anyway. I understand your stress at feeling like nothing is happening and you are running out of time. I'm definitely feeling that same pressure!

Right now, my house is so clean it is scary. But I'm sure I will find more things to clean today LOL! Yesterday after my chiro appt, I took my car through the drive thru "car bath", then vacuuumed it out really good, came home and washed our big long driveway with the hose (took about an hour), dusted the whole house really throughly, scrubbed out the window tracks, cleaned the kitchen (including washing the stove parts and cleaning the cabinet glass), polished any glass surface in the house I could find...then Dh came home and I made him vacuum the whole house including the sofa, then I mopped all the floors. Gee, I wonder why I'm tired today ;-) Pretty much all there is left to do today is fold a load of laundry (I've already washed everything in the house this week including the curtains LOL) and then polish all the wood furniture & kitchen cabs with lemon oil. I'm sure if I started looking though I could find something else to clean. My dd is really into 'helping' me though, so everything I do takes more time than it should. My allergies are bothering me way less this morning, which is a definite plus to my insane nesting. I wish I could say that this nesting meant I would have the baby soon since I'm already 2 days overdue, but sadly its just a distraction. I've definitely hit a fever pitch compared to last week though! I've been telling myself over and over again that YES, my body does know how to go into labor, I just need to surrender to this process. I wish it was just as easy as saying that :-(
post #59 of 103
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Originally Posted by celestialdrmrmama
Yesterday after my chiro appt, I took my car through the drive thru "car bath", then vacuuumed it out really good, came home and washed our big long driveway with the hose (took about an hour), dusted the whole house really throughly, scrubbed out the window tracks, cleaned the kitchen (including washing the stove parts and cleaning the cabinet glass), polished any glass surface in the house I could find...then Dh came home and I made him vacuum the whole house including the sofa, then I mopped all the floors. Gee, I wonder why I'm tired today ;-) Pretty much all there is left to do today is fold a load of laundry (I've already washed everything in the house this week including the curtains LOL) and then polish all the wood furniture & kitchen cabs with lemon oil. I'm sure if I started looking though I could find something else to clean.
Wow, I am in awe. Your little one will start its life in the cleanest house in history I wish I had just a slight inclination in that direction, but when I get a bit of energy it only lasts long enough for a couple of small projects.

DH and I finally did a belly cast last night (38 weeks). He was sort of grumpy and didn't want to make it b/c he figured it would just "sit in the corner and collect dust." I got everything set up anyway and said we're doing it...he totally got into it! We looked at a bunch of pics online to figure out what shape we liked and then Monsieur Artiste took over - it was hilarious! He had to get everything just so and thanks to that it turned out really great. Plus it was messy and drippy and a whole lot of fun. If you haven't done one I would highly recommend

I have a question for anyone who had BTDT....we used vaseline as a lube all over my torso so the cast wouldn't stick and now it won't go away!! We jumped in the shower immediately after and I soaped probably 3 or 4 times. All that seemed to do was spread the vaseline around - ewww! So I put on a t shirt and went to bed semi-greasy. Am I just going to have to take a zillion showers or does someone have the magic degreaser suggestion? TIA!

Surfmamato3 - hope all is going well this morning! We are certainly thinking of you and your family.

(I miss the smilies!!)
post #60 of 103
Thread Starter 
I miss the smilies too LOL! I am a smilieaholic, so I'm having a hard time :-( About the vaseline on your belly- what about trying dishsoap or something like that? That stuff really cuts through greasy stuff, but just makes sure to rinse really, really well so it doesn't irritate your skin.

BTW, I am slightly embarrassed after reading my list of what all I did yesterday. I sound like I've lost my mind! I just realized my neighbors must think I'm insane to be washing the driveway when I'm so freakishly huge LOL!
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