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post #21 of 135
38 weeks tomorrow and nothing new here. No nesting, no signs of impending labor. Just the same old aches and pains and sleeplessness. It's actually frustrating because people keep telling me that I'm going to have this baby early but it doesn't feel like it to me. I had my daughter at 39 weeks, so I'm hoping something starts happening for me soon. I am so ready for this pregnancy to be over!! My SILs aunt is due the same day I am and had her baby yesterday!

My husband will be here on Aug 1 and if I could have the baby right when he comes, that would be perfect. I could hold out that long.
post #22 of 135
39 weeks today. EDD July 30
The boys and I are staying with my parents...I totaly re-aranged moms kitchen cupbords, pantry, and cleaned out the fridge on Saturday I think this counts for nesting. I also have disassembaled, cleaned and put back together the kids carseats! They weren't even remotely gross yet
Looks like an induction for me on Tues or possibly Wed of this week. So I'll meet my LO soon
post #23 of 135
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Originally Posted by SeekingJoy View Post
I am due August 4 and have been wondering if I should have joined the July ddc.
Me too! I'm 2 cm dialated, 80% effaced, baby's head is down & very low. OB thinks baby is about 7 lbs right now & that she'll arrive next week.

All you mamas due the first week of August --- are you ready?
post #24 of 135
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Anyone read that article about the maternity underwear being "soft-porn"? How do you feel about that? I personally think it's fantastic that they are making beautiful nursing and maternity underwear for women and I think the picture was completely tasteful.
I hadn't heard about this. Do you have a link? : I'd love some undies that don't make me feel 80 years old. My sore ligaments and hips are doing a good enough job of that without help from ugly panties.

I was so worried that this baby would come early that I am shocked each morning when I wake up still pregnant. 37 weeks 2 days now and no signs of labor. Now I'm starting to be scared that I'll go late and the baby will be huge. Never happy, that's me

Let's see, I have 7 entrees cooked and frozen. Each of them should provide at least one dinner and one lunch, and most of them will feed us for much longer. I also have some blueberry waffles and pancakes. I'd hoped to cook and freeze more, but am completely out of room in my freezer. Now I really wish I had investigated rearranging my laundry room/pantry and getting a chest freezer. Oh well.

I think I'm done nesting. The diapers are all washed, covers are lanolized (including the ones I knitted myself), clothes are washed, bags are packed. Come on, baby!
post #25 of 135
I was just sitting here and the baby kicked really hard and I heard a click. Like when you move and your joint clicks sometimes. It was definitely from the baby's hip or knee. Totally wierd.

I've read so many threads about women saying they could hear their unborn baby, and I always because I always thought they were just hearing their own stomach and intestinal sounds. Most of the time, they probably are, but now I know for sure that you could hear it if the baby's joints click.

Well, I'm surprised
post #26 of 135
jandj+1,

Here's the link to the article about the maternity underwear http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4128734a11.html
but I couldn't find a link anywhere on purchasing the stuff.

I'm in awe of your knitting. I'm working on a baby blanket right now and am glad I still have 5 more weeks to finish. Maybe 4 to play it safe. I don't want to be doing the finishing touches while I'm in labor.

As far as prep cooking... boy do I admire you all. I can barely make myself cook our normal food much less anything extra. Although the idea of freezing muffins is really appealing to me. My 2 y.o. LOVES zuchinni muffins. It would be nice to have some on hand for him (and me). I have relied on my family to feed us in the past.

I also got an email yesterday telling me that my mom had ordered some new diapers, covers and a new diaper pail for us. Our old one was about to disintigrate after 5 years of changing water. I love when someone helps me nest! My mom is really the best around new baby time!

So many of you are so ready and so close! I can't wait to start seeing the "baby's arrived" posts! WITH pictures please!

QueenofthePride,
did that kick hurt? seems like if the baby kicked hard enough for you to hear a click you'd be doubled over. Hope it wasn't a direct shot to the cervix!
post #27 of 135
No nesting here. Maybe because I planned in advance the things I thought I should do, and paced myself throughout the pregnancy.

No freezing of food here. Not enough storage space. I do have a few lunches for my husband, but that is not special to the pregnancy. Whenever we have extra, I pack some into a container and freeze it so that if something comes up and I can't make a meal he won't starve the next day at work.

My sciatica is improving slowly. Still can't bend over or squat to get something off the floor or a low table or out of a low cabinet. Still hurts like hell to get up from sitting or laying, or to go down from standing to either of those positions. But, I can deal with the pain. What was really hard for me was that one day where I couldn't walk at all, even to go to the bathroom. I was terrified I would stay like that the next 3-4 weeks until i give birth. Were we going to have to hire someone to take care of me while my husband was at work? How was I going to labor? Was I going to have to go to the hospital and get an epidural? I was pretty scared about all of that. But luckily it is improving. I don't know how much was from the reflexology and how much was just a matter of time. I have another reflexology appointment tomorrow.

I don't have much left I wanted to do before the baby comes. I am still waiting on other people for things, though. My father is still working on repairing the seat of the rocking chair. He wanted to do it himself, so he got a book and materials. My MIL is still working on knitting a blanket. We are still waiting for the extra car to materialize (remember, my parents are buying a used one they don't really need because it is a great deal and they will park it near us in case of emergency). After we get that car, we can install the carseat and get it inspected. My FIL is making a small table for me because I have no shelf or table near the changing table/dresser, and the changing pad takes up the whole top.

I got free containers of powdered formula in the mail. I am trying to think of anyone I know that might want them. My MIL's neighbor had a baby maybe 2-3 months ago. I will ask her to offer it to that family.

My grandmother called me last night very upset that I won't be able to see my Aunt Marie before she leaves on Thurs to go home to South Dakota. She was here for a month. I said I don't see any reason I can't see her before she goes. It seems they expected that with the sciatica I wouldn't go out at all. It is only a 5 minute drive if my father comes to get me. So, we arranged for me to come today. My mother's cousin will also be visiting tonight for dinner. So, my father will pick me up this afternoon, we will get some groceries I need, and then I will visit with them this evening.

My belly has been feeling so hard and full of pressure. This is the first time i have really felt so full of baby as to be uncomfortable. The lack of space is starting to affect my digestive system. The tiniest bit of gas passing through now hurts from there not being enough room for it. I am also peeing more frequently, even though he hasn't dropped yet.
post #28 of 135
36 weeks today, and had a prenatal appointment with our midwives last night. My husband & I were very excited to hear that the baby was starting to go lower! It made sense since sometimes lately I feel like she's been bouncing on my bladder ... finally, a sign that we will get to meet her soon and my body is gearing up!
post #29 of 135
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Originally Posted by artgirl View Post
jandj+1,

I'm in awe of your knitting. I'm working on a baby blanket right now and am glad I still have 5 more weeks to finish. Maybe 4 to play it safe. I don't want to be doing the finishing touches while I'm in labor.
I think by posting this you just guaranteed yourself not only an early, but a quick labor
post #30 of 135
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QueenofthePride,
did that kick hurt? seems like if the baby kicked hard enough for you to hear a click you'd be doubled over. Hope it wasn't a direct shot to the cervix!
Nope, didn't hurt at all. It was just an up and out kick at the top of my belly.

And another cool thing last night was that I could palpate the baby's legs really well before I fell asleep. The muscles have separated down the middle of my belly, so it's just uterus and skin between me and the baby. I could actually feel the little bumps of his bones in his ankle and foot.

Although this does tell me he's posterior and I need to stop slouching, but I'm too lazy. :
post #31 of 135
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Originally Posted by saganaga View Post
All you mamas due the first week of August --- are you ready?
I'm due Aug 6 and yep I'm ready!

I would like to get some meals cooked and my floors washed, and I'd like some days just to hang out by myself, but anything that needed to be done is done!
post #32 of 135
oi.. just over 38 weeks here. so ready to be done! had an appointment yesterday. baby's heartbeat was 134. my blood pressure can't make up it's mind it's all over the place, but always ok. i've gained 17 lbs. no pelvic exam so i dunno if i'm effaced or dialated, but yeah.. that doesn't make a difference till i'm actually in labor anyway. so.. haha

i can't make up my mind on when i think she'll show up. i have 4 date guesses. july 26th, 27th, aug 2nd, or 6th. her EDD is august 5th..

my sister's kids just moved in with us on saturday. 10 y/o girl and 7 y/o boy. sister is deployed to Qatar for 3 months. *sigh* crazy house full of people now. and soon a baby too!

i can't possibly be more ready for this baby to show up! i've been ready for WEEKS. i was convinced she'd come right after i hit 37 weeks. i was really wanting her to come before my sister left. oh well. *sigh* soon. any day now..
post #33 of 135
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my sister's kids just moved in with us on saturday. 10 y/o girl and 7 y/o boy. sister is deployed to Qatar for 3 months. *sigh* crazy house full of people now. and soon a baby too!
!!
post #34 of 135
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Originally Posted by QueenOfThePride View Post
I was just sitting here and the baby kicked really hard and I heard a click. Like when you move and your joint clicks sometimes. It was definitely from the baby's hip or knee. Totally wierd.

I've read so many threads about women saying they could hear their unborn baby, and I always because I always thought they were just hearing their own stomach and intestinal sounds. Most of the time, they probably are, but now I know for sure that you could hear it if the baby's joints click.

Well, I'm surprised

That's happened to me a few times, too! Is it really the joints? Weird.

Last night and today I've been feeling very "on the verge". It's driving me nuts. Maybe I should convince myself that I don't want to have this baby for a few more weeks . . . that should bring on labor pretty fast!
post #35 of 135

My vent!!

I have to vent about something... bear with me...

As I may have mentioned before, my MIL and I recently opened a deli and grocery store together. It’s only been open about 5 weeks.

From the beginning (when we knew I was pregnant and we decided to open the store anyway) I’d said that I needed to be out of circulation starting August 1st. I figured then I’d have a week or so of phone calls or “oops I forgot how to do this” or things, where I’d be available… but basically, the reins would be out of my hands at that point. I’m due about August 15th, so this would give me some time to catch up on sleep and try to prepare for birth. I plan on doing payroll and taxes continually, without taking a break. I just need the operations of the store to function without me there.

So, MIL tells me today, that she wants to go out of state for a week starting… August 1st! She wants to see her doctor that she’s had for years, and used every guilt trip and card she can play to get me to ‘babysit’ the store for another week. I stood my ground and said “No!” (She said that she thought I would be working up until I delivered, and feigned ignorance at the August 1st departure)

The store is functioning now, but since it’s only been open 5 weeks, there are problems that come up almost every day. Add to that the fact that I also have a 16 month old boy that I care for all day, I don’t see how I COULD babysit a store even if I were willing. DH is working at a breakneck pace to get his job wrapped up so that he can take time off once the baby arrives, so we can’t suddenly rearrange his schedule also to accommodate a spur of the moment idea for a trip.

I’m just SO aggravated that this comes up a week before my ‘maternity leave’ is to start!!! Has she forgotten what it’s like to be a full time mom of a toddler, AND working in every spare moment, AND the miseries of being 37 weeks pregnant?! (Will be 38—39 weeks when she wants to leave).

I’ve vented… and I’m still mad. Maybe I need to go vent to more people.
post #36 of 135
danell, good for you for standing up to your mil!

i stood up to my boss today and demanded what i wanted -- 3 days a week. she wasn't thrilled (but then again is she ever nice? does she just hate me? or is it universal?) but granted it. i framed it as my mws' demands -- so she didn't really have a choice without seeming like a UA violation. (plus i would have quit, so ) she is pressuring me to get caught up on paperwork, as i knew she would. which would be possible if she wouldn't bombard me with client work, or if i would neglect my real live clients for paperwork, or if i would just work an extra couple of hours a day (this is what she wants, of course). so tomorrow is my first day off -- here i come, SWIMMING POOL!!
post #37 of 135
Danell, kudos for standing your ground about maternity leave. I can't believe your MIL thinks she can dump a whole store on you at 38 weeks gestation!!! Aaaaack! I would freak! What is she thinking???

I had my 37 week midwife appt. today. My blood pressure was 140/60 which is the highest it's been, and somewhat concerning. Does anyone know if BP can go high just because of high temperatures and irritability? (I am definitely very crabby right now!) My readings have always been good up to now.

Anyway, I had her check my cervix and it is only 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced, and the baby is not engaged at all. That confirms what I was thinking, that nothing is going on. My cervix was almost always 1cm dilated when I checked for charting.

I know I need to work on turning the baby anterior so he can engage and get his head on my cervix. That and find some way to relax and stop being so agitated and annoyed with everything.
post #38 of 135
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so tomorrow is my first day off -- here i come, SWIMMING POOL!!
Where do you like to go?? I'm dying to float in water...Might have to make tomorrow the day!

I had a wonderful shower on the weekend, a big bbq thrown by a friend at her house. My mom was in town for 6 days and 3 close girlfriends flew in for the shower and a visit, all of them coming from the West Coast. I think I held up pretty well, though I'm not sure that such a production is a good idea in the 36th week! Anyhow, I got tons and tons of onesies and only ONE of the dozen or so cloth diapers I'd registered for, so I guess my next mission is dipes! I have a list of a few other things that we still need and a few more that I still want. I've got hubby to myself tomorrow and I'll make him do a few things...we are picking up a car seat! So exciting.

I think I've figured out at least part of my school dilema (3 weeks til due date/5.5 weeks of school left): My instructor is willing to let me double up on my clinical days for two weeks to get done early...it lets her off the hook earlier, so I think she likes it too. Now I just have to figure out how to finish the final exam!! Sure wish I could just go on "maternity leave" from school, but this is the very end of my program and not finishing means not graduating and that's just crazy.

Still thinking I'll go late. Baby's still high and I had a vag exam and mw says there's no real dilation, though cervix is soft. Fine by me, I've been aiming for that all along...though I know I'll get sick of being pg by the end. Still feeling fairly good, so I'm thankful for that every day.

Can't wait to start seeing the birth stories pop up here! Good luck all, keep up the good work!
post #39 of 135
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Originally Posted by eri_flores View Post
I think I've figured out at least part of my school dilema (3 weeks til due date/5.5 weeks of school left): My instructor is willing to let me double up on my clinical days for two weeks to get done early...it lets her off the hook earlier, so I think she likes it too. Now I just have to figure out how to finish the final exam!! Sure wish I could just go on "maternity leave" from school, but this is the very end of my program and not finishing means not graduating and that's just crazy.
I had my first baby two weeks before final exams. I made it back to school to take them (and pass!) amidst being almost deathly ill with mastitis. : I worked ahead in my classes to have everything finished before I went into labor.
post #40 of 135
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Originally Posted by lyttlewon View Post
I have no nesting urge. Does that mean I have regressed back into the second trimester?
Oh, I sure hope so! I need more time!!! No nesting urges here.

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Originally Posted by jandj+1 View Post

I think I'm done nesting. The diapers are all washed, covers are lanolized (including the ones I knitted myself), clothes are washed, bags are packed. Come on, baby!

Nice job mama!! I will have to post pics next week or so of what I've made for my baby.


So I will be 38 weeks on Sat. ANd so not ready yet. LOL I have so much to do, and no energy, or anything to do it. I *did* finally get my insurance to approve the mw I want, so I just need to call and make an appt for her to come over. I'm not sure that I'll call when in labor but I would love to have her be there after the baby is born.
My kids are really excited, and counseling is going really well betweeen dh and I, so that is nice.

I won't have any pelvics before labor for sure...there is just no way to predict when baby is coming no matter how dialated I am or anything. I wasn't dialated with Violet but a cm or so at 40 weeks, and she was born the next day, and with my 2nd kiddo I was dialated 4 cm for weeks, and she was 4 days late. I don't need to drive myslef crazy like that.
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