From last week (I was trying last night, but I kept getting the error that server was busy):
Originally Posted by OtherMother'n'Madre
For those of us eating like crazy: Do you feel full after eating and does it last?
Originally Posted by PiePie
i'm the opposite -- i feel full and bloated, almost distended, after eating less than pre-pregnancy.
After eating a little bit, I feel pressure on my esophagus like I overate on Thanksgiving or something. Then, after a little while, I feel hungry again. So, it is clear that I am not eating a lot, and that I must have less capacity now.
Originally Posted by dctexan
Happy April Fools Day everyone!
Was anyone "gotten" today? DH and I usually don't trick each other, but we have had some friends who have gotten us in the past. Today (as of 11:20PM) we seem to be fool free
So, all of us are at, near, or just past the 20 week mark...HALF WAY!!! Wow, the amount of time we have been pregnant is the amount of time we have left before we meet our babes. I am getting super excited, but also freaking out a bit. I feel like DH and I have not really prepared for our little one. I JUST signed up for a birthing class (Birthing from Within) but it doesn't start until June. I started a registry last night, but I am not really quite sure what to put on it (any experienced mamas want to weigh in with their must haves/ very useful/ love it items?! I know all of us first timers will be ever so grateful ). We have done zero work on the baby's room (it still has unpacked boxes and random junk from when we moved in 4 months ago!) and we haven't interviewed (or seriously looked for) a doula yet. Oh! And I haven't done anything official about my maternity leave from work with human resources.
What has everyone else been doing (or what are you freaking out about not having done that you think you should be doing?) now that you have hit the half way point?
I am not so excited about reaching ONLY the halfway point. It feels like forever already.
Mostly, I am tired of constantly thinking about EATING. I always ate healthy, so I haven't had to watch WHAT i am eating, but I used to skip meals when I was active without worrying. Now, if I don't eat enough, besides worrying that the baby isn't getting what he needs I also have a chance of feeling very dizzy and ill.
Also, I can't watch cooking shows anymore unless I am eating at that time while watching. Otherwise it is torture!
Re: Birthing class
I don't feel like I need a class for birthing. I feel I need one for newborn care, as DH and I have neither held a baby in more than 20 years. I really need to make a move on that.
I started one more than a month ago. I had a lot of trouble too, because we have very little space, so there isn't much I want. But, I wanted to put in a wide range of prices, so that each person could find about how much they wanted to spend. I had to put on a lot of stuff that is nice, but I don't really want so much. Now I figure they will all get me the stuff I don't really want, and not get the things I do want, because of Murphy's Law.
Re: baby's room
We don't have one! We don't have enough space at all! I have had to figure out what we can fit into our apartment. I managed to make a space in the living room for a changing table/dresser thingie. My father found the most beautiful antique cradle, which can fit along side my bed. When the baby gets too big for that, we can't fit a crib in our room without making it impossible to open and close the door, or to open my dresser drawers. We CAN fit a pack'n'play, so that is what we are getting.
Re: maternity leave
Thank God I quit working before I got pregnant. I don't know how I would have done it! I had a stressful job, and about 3 hours of commuting each day.
Re: other things to take care of
I want to make some preparations for the worst case scenario (hospital transfer for c/s). I need a Durable Medical Power of Attorney for my husband and my mother (because sometimes they declare that even the father is mentally incapable of making decisions due to being too emotional). I need a birthing plan to inform them of my choices. I need to plan what I will pack to bring with me.
Also, I have to figure out when I should get a nursing bra, and which one. I have gone up about half a cup size, and maybe half an inch in the band. Most of that was in the first trimester. As it is now, I don't really need a bra still. I don't know how much more growth to expect, and when, so I don't know when is a good time to buy one. I have heard that most of the ones without underwire are not very supportive, but that underwire can interfere with milk production, especially in first timers. Someone mentioned a soft wired one. Others have recommended sports bras. Any suggestions ladies?
Originally Posted by Alohamelly
I wasn't gotten today and I wanted to try to get DH, but never had the chance. Ah well!
When we got up, I said to my husband that we should call my parents and tell them that we were going to name the baby Vishayashu. But, we never did. Probably for the best, because the name we think we will really choose will be just as hard to swallow, Rostislav.
3 years ago, my cousin got married without warning on April 1. When he told his mother on the phone, she wouldn't believe him. When they sent pictures she finally believed.
It appears cloth diapering is going to be a problem for us. We can't get a diaper service to come where we live, even if we pay extra. We don't have the capacity to wash that much stuff. We aren't supposed to have a washer at all, by our lease. We have a small one that we roll into the kitchen and hook up to the sink. We dry things on a line outside. So, our laundry capabilities are very limited by weather and the other things we need he kitchen for, and the amount of hot water in our tiny water heater. Unfortunately, the nearest laundromat is about half an hour walk on a steep hill. The sidewalks are in horrible disrepair, so it is a big fight to do it with my cart. I can't imagine doing that several times a week with a small baby. When the weather gets icy next winter, it will be almost impossible.
My MIL wants to buy all our sposies. I figure we will let her. I've got to let her do SOMETHING she wants to do. She feels so left out already. If the baby has a really bad problem with sposies, my father said he could drive here once per week and get them and wash them however they are supposed to be washed. So, I would need to buy 2 weeks worth of diapers or more. My mother is concerned about what would happen when my father is not here, though, because he spends about 6 months of the year, normally, at their country house which he is building by himself.
I don't think we are going to go with a doula because of the expense. I happened to learn that my MW was a doula for a decade. I am sure if she sees something we could do to improve my comfort dramatically, she won't keep her mouth shut.