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Jujube: I'm feeling big too and I'm only at 18 weeks. I don't know how much weight I have gained - I guess I can ask my doctor today.

The ultrasound went well yesterday. My Mum was SO excited - she didn't get this with any of us so this was her first time seeing one. My sister behaved herself - she said she couldn't tell the sex even if she wanted too and when the Spurt wasn't kicking me he/she had its legs crossed so were not sure if the technician could tell either but we didn't ask. That whole drink 4 glasses of water before hand is hard on me though - not the drinking but the not being able to pee for 2 hours bit! I was in so much pain yesterday I could barely walk and had to let some out (in a washroom of course) before we even go to the u/s office. Turns out Spurt likes to keep its head tucked into my bladder which explains a lot. We tried to get Spurt to move but no luck - I mean, there was lots of movement: hand waving, thumb sucking, head bashing into the bladder - but no flipping over. I'm pretty small anyway so my already tiny bladder wasn't happy and I was in pain for most of the afternoon. Still, nice to know I have an active and presumably healthy babe in there - with very long limbs just like its parents.

Apparently I am also a couple days further along than they first though which puts me at almost 19 weeks. The due date for Spurt is April 14th but I've always had a feeling it will come a couple days early and have been predicting April 10th. (Although only right here ) I'm still telling everyone end of April though!
post #162 of 301
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My doc said that just eat healthy and not to worry about my weight.
I like your doctor. I never did track my weight (I have scale "issues" ) but just asked my doc to tell me if it was out of control, and they said I was fine. Now that I'm with a homebirth midwife, she doesn't even weigh me. I think what your doctor said is best... unless you're starving yourself or bingeing, as long as you're doing the best you can to eat a variety of foods and taking your prenatals, don't worry. Easier said than done when you feel so big... I think the second tri when my butt was still bigger than my belly was the hardest part for my body image... but most people lose most of what they gain right after baby. You never know, it could be a lot of fluid too... some babies just like to float in a lot of water. My BH's started around the same time you're at... it's just a hardening of the belly. It only gets painful for me when they last forever, which didn't happen til the third tri, and even my midwife said that the intensity of mine were unusual for a first pregnancy (lucky me). They're annoying, but not really painful. Congrats on your first Braxton Hicks!

Man my sleep is wacked out. Can't fall asleep at night, but then sleep too late, but then need a nap at 6 p.m., so I can't fall asleep at night, etc. Augh! And, just like it happened to Dee right before her EDD, my DH is coming down with a cold. : I just hope he can fight it off, and I hope I don't get it.
The year I met DH I had a cold every other month, and I haven't had one since last December (I KNOW I'll regret saying that) and it's been really nice.

How's everyone else doing? This thread is not very busy these days since the grads found a new home...
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Melanie... congrats on the u/s! Isn't it cool to see the baby in there? I love the nickname Spurt. My tech didn't make me drink water and hold it, thank goodness... I was a little worried, I have a small bladder too. Glad baby's looking good! Though I hope s/he gets his/her head out of your bladder! Oh sweet torture!
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Melanie... congrats on the u/s! Isn't it cool to see the baby in there? I love the nickname Spurt. My tech didn't make me drink water and hold it, thank goodness... I was a little worried, I have a small bladder too. Glad baby's looking good! Though I hope s/he gets his/her head out of your bladder! Oh sweet torture!
Thanks! And you are right - the board is really quiet these days.

The tech made me go and fully empty my bladder so the Spurt had room to move. This happened with the first u/s too - I just don't need to drink anything to have a full bladder. Btw: I got the nickname because before I knew I was pregnant I said I was being plagued by Wrackspurts (its a Harry Potter thing) but that is just too long to say all the time. But at the rate this babe seems to be growing it is rather appropriate.
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How's everyone else doing? This thread is not very busy these days since the grads found a new home...
Yeah, where the heck is everyone?! LURKERS! If you aren't careful the grads will come back and take over this thread again

Any news from the TTC thread? I don't subscribe anymore (I figured that now that I have my baby, it was time to let got of the TTC forum)...any new/recent BFPs? I know there are still some long time members (Kemi, Kiya, maybe a few others...hopefully I am not forgetting someone) who I would love to see move over here (of course I am happy to see ANYONE from the 30's thread move over).

Cher - Hugs to you

Dee - OMG Mathilde is soooooo cute (just like her mama!). So, um, maybe this is a stupid question, but how are you pronouncing her name? Mathilde - is it the french way (Ma-tild) or is it American/Aussie (Ma-til-dee) or maybe some other way?
post #166 of 301
Cher

Dee, she is just adorable! Great pictures.

Yeah, I have been a lurker the past few days. My next appt. is on Monday, when I will have the GT test. Not looking forward to it. I have been really thirsty the past few weeks, so that has me worried. It is probably all psychosomatic though.

I have definitely gotten bigger in the last few weeks. Thankfully, it is just all in the belly. At my last appt. I had only gained 7 lbs, but I wouldn't be surprised if I gained 10 lbs this last month! I have been much more hungry and haven't been as good about watching what I eat.

This baby is a real squirmer--I hope this isn't an indication as to their activity level. I had a very hyperactive little brother, so I would hate to go through that again!

I think we will put the crib together this weekend and see how it looks. It is a hand-me-down from a friend, so it isn't exactly our style, but I don't want to spend money on a crib that I may end up hardly using. My plan is to actually use it as a changing table, so I don't have to rush out and get a dresser. I think I want to say up for a nice wardrobe instead, because the room doesn't have a closet. I know it's weird, but our house is about 90 years old.

My two baby showers are coming up soon--early December. I am flying down to AL for the first one. I just got my invitation from my SIL--it is so cute. It will be nice seeing family and high-school friends I haven't seen for a while. I really only go down South every couple of years, and I don't always have time to see everyone. I have a huge extended family--30 1st cousins--so I haven't seen some of them in 10 years!
post #167 of 301
Melanie - thanks for the play-by-play on your ultrasound! Mine is tomorrow at 10:15am, and I'm super excited. I don't think 16 oz is as much as your four glasses. My instructions are to drink 16 oz starting two hours prior to the appointment and to finish it all in the first of the two hours. I didn't have such strict instructions for my nuchal translucency u/s, so we'll see how I tolerate it. I haven't felt ANY movement yet, so I have no idea how baby is positioned.

DH is really funny - last night he asked, "they can only tell us if it's definitely a boy, right?" I told him no, the tech can say definitely for a girl if s/he sees girl parts, too. He's so excited to find out the gender, and so am I. We have been polling family and friends, and the great majority are guessing girl. Only three friends, plus DH & FIL say boy.

Aimee - good luck on your GT test Monday. I, too, have about a zillion relatives in Alabama. I was born there, but only lived there til I was 10 months old. My grandparents lived there when they were alive, and my grandmother's entire extended family - she was one of 10 children - and their progeny live in Sylacauga, north of Montgomery. Have fun showers!

Emily - I lurked on the TTC thread a day or two ago, and I didn't see anything new and exciting to report. I want to offer up my extra OPKs to them before they expire, like Dee did when I was on that list, but I hesitated to post because I want to do it tactfully...
post #168 of 301
I lurk in the TTC forums every so often. They have had very few BFP's in the last few months. : June had 6, and then I think since then there has only been 6. I hope there are some more graduates soon!


From a sad topic to a DH funny...

Last night while eating dinner DH told me he was thinking about names for our girl on his way home from work. We decided that her middle name will be Maureen after my late mom, but it is DH's job to come up with a first name. One of the names on our short list (10 names.. LOL) is Lauren. DH said if we name her Lauren Maureen, we could call her L-MOE. (Elmo). He thinks he is so funny!
post #169 of 301
Judy, I love the name Maureen! I always think of Maureen O'Hara, the actress--whenever I see one her films, I think of my grandmother.

Anyone else have sore ribs?
I don't think it is from the baby kicking me in the ribs. The only thing I can figure is that my ribs are shifting or they are being squashed when I sleep on my side. I am normally a stomach-sleeper, so this side-sleeping is taking a toll on my hips and ribs.

Right now, it feels like the baby is going to kick his/her way out of me!!!! It is starting to hurt. Sometimes the kicks/punches are down way low, so it kinda scares me. This sounds really disgusting/weird, but on the bus this morning it felt like a hand or foot might make its way out down there. Totally strange feeling. Tell me I am not crazy.
post #170 of 301
Wanted to pop in and say CONGRATS to Dee!! You and Mathilde are so beautiful!! I can't wait to see more pictures.
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Dee, Mathilde is gorgeous! And you look great too – so happy!

(I’m also curious about how you pronounce her name. One of the girl names I really like is French, and I think I would like it either way, but I’m sure that everyone else will use the American pronunciation for it).

Ok, so I haven’t posted in a while. I’m 20 weeks (!) now. Feeling pretty good most of the time. I only have the usual complaints – nothing major – heartburn, sciatica, constipation (ok, this is the biggest thing!). I am really finally starting to show, and enjoying it. But, I’m outgrowing some shirts already. And not in the belly, either – in the chest. I like the look of the empire waist stuff, but I’m finding it doesn’t work so well right now. At least not with woven shirts.

My latest belly pic is in the in my sig.

Judy, I love the name Maureen too.

Aimee, I haven’t had the kicks in the ribs yet, but this baby is also moving a lot. Sometimes it seems like s/he is laying right on my bladder, and I’ll have to pee right now, even though I just went. It almost hurts!
post #172 of 301
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But, I’m outgrowing some shirts already. And not in the belly, either – in the chest.
: I went from C-cup to DD-cup, and a snug DD at that. I only bought two maternity bras but have bought a ton of JCPenney's maternity tanks with the shelf bra. Much more comfy and they give me growing room. I can wear them under sweaters all winter, I can sleep in them and I think I will even be able to nurse with them and just put some pads in! I ordered some more last week, and they were on clearance only like $5 each. So, of course I had to get one in every color!!

Here's the link if anyone else is interested in getting some of them.
post #173 of 301
Wow I'm so glad to see the thread active today! I've been reading along but too exhausted to type or respond. I already miss being pregnant! My belly is disappearing so fast. I have a Brest Friend pillow (HIGHLY recommended) and I have to adjust the velcro to make it smaller every couple days. I'm not upset that I'm getting my body back, exactly, but I do miss the belly. Miss Mathilde is in a hotsling right now for the first time, sound asleep, and it's almost like she never came out.

We're pronouncing Mathilde the same as Matilda. I'm kind of regretting spelling it that way but DH and I both think it looks more beautiful than the American way. He wants to call her Hilde, pronounced Hil-dee, but I'm not quite there yet. We had 2 names picked out & were going to name her whichever she looked like. She didn't look like either! The last thing we did before leaving the hospital was pick her name & it kinda sucked to do it under pressure.

Christina your belly looks great!

Judy I LIVED in those JCPenney maternity shelf tanks - nice sale find!

Aimee 30 first cousins holy cow! Have fun at your shower in AL next month!

Julia oh no I hope your DH can fight off his cold & you don't get it either. If you think you can't sleep now, wait til you have a LO tugging at your nipples every 2 hours around the clock.

I'm writing my birth story, I swear. Between the experience and blood loss/exhaustion I'm having a hard time processing it but it's coming along.

Oh there was a BFP in the TTC thread today!
post #174 of 301
Dee - I'm glad you are doing well! It's tough the first few weeks but it does get better - especially once you master breastfeeding laying down... this was my turning point from exhaustion!

Melanie (and others) post your u/s pics! I'd love to have a peek at the active little person. It's amazing now to look at my u/s and look at Aidan.. this huge boy was just 2 months ago inside my belly.

Julia - hang on! Sleeping got wacky at the end for me too. I was tired all the time. I recommend you sleep as much as you can now even if you are uncomfortable because once your bean is born you won't be able to make it up. For some delusional reason I had this idea that once I wasn't pregnant I'd finally be able to sleep again like before - completely forgetting that I would then have a child!!!

I also have some OPKs that I can pass along, how do I do that? I guess I should make sure they aren't expired yet.
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Judy - thanks for the link. I'm ordering some of those now! I've been looking, but haven't found any under $15.

Christina - Great belly pic ~ very cool that you are feeling the baby dance! I was dealing w/ sciatic pain also, but it has subsided since I started to doing this video called Pilates in PG. I like it also because it is short - only 20 minutes. You might be able to rent it on Netflix?

Anyone else have any video recommendations? I try to walk every day, but the weather is changing...


Yay for a BFP today!

Rain
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My next appt. is on Monday, when I will have the GT test. Not looking forward to it. I have been really thirsty the past few weeks, so that has me worried. It is probably all psychosomatic though.
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This baby is a real squirmer--I hope this isn't an indication as to their activity level. I had a very hyperactive little brother, so I would hate to go through that again!
Aimee - GL on the GT test. The glucola actually wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Not something I would drink daily, but not horribly disgusting either (not quite sure what it says about me that I feel that way). No worries about the increased thrist, that happened to me while I was pregnant. Now that I am breastfeeding it is so much worse! Thank goodness I have my bladder back
Benjamin was very squirmy in utero (running away from the ultrasound wand, kicking things both inside me and outside), I swear I could even tell when he was fussing. The bad news: He is pretty squirmy, fussy baby. He isn't much of a chill time dude, he likes to go go go. The good news: He sleeps great! Even when I first brought him home he always slept at least 4 hours for his first stretch during the night, and would usually go right back to sleep after nursing. Now at 10 weeks he consistently goes 7-8 hours during his first stretch! He also needs lots of sleep during the day. So, I will be curious to see what yours is like!

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DH is really funny - last night he asked, "they can only tell us if it's definitely a boy, right?" I told him no, the tech can say definitely for a girl if s/he sees girl parts, too. He's so excited to find out the gender, and so am I. We have been polling family and friends, and the great majority are guessing girl. Only three friends, plus DH & FIL say boy.

Emily - I lurked on the TTC thread a day or two ago, and I didn't see anything new and exciting to report. I want to offer up my extra OPKs to them before they expire, like Dee did when I was on that list, but I hesitated to post because I want to do it tactfully...
Lacy - Oooh, I am excited for you to find out too! I am going to vote boy for you
As for the OPKs, I don't think anyone will be offended if you offer them up! Just think about how much you would have wanted OPKs when you were still TTC!

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I lurk in the TTC forums every so often. They have had very few BFP's in the last few months. : June had 6, and then I think since then there has only been 6. I hope there are some more graduates soon!


From a sad topic to a DH funny...

Last night while eating dinner DH told me he was thinking about names for our girl on his way home from work. We decided that her middle name will be Maureen after my late mom, but it is DH's job to come up with a first name. One of the names on our short list (10 names.. LOL) is Lauren. DH said if we name her Lauren Maureen, we could call her L-MOE. (Elmo). He thinks he is so funny!
Judy - Nov. was a slow BFP month last yr too! Dec turned out well though, so :

L-MOE so cute.

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Sometimes the kicks/punches are down way low, so it kinda scares me. This sounds really disgusting/weird, but on the bus this morning it felt like a hand or foot might make its way out down there. Totally strange feeling. Tell me I am not crazy.
So not crazy, I felt that too

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I’m 20 weeks (!) now. Feeling pretty good most of the time. I only have the usual complaints – nothing major – heartburn, sciatica, constipation (ok, this is the biggest thing!). I am really finally starting to show, and enjoying it. But, I’m outgrowing some shirts already. And not in the belly, either – in the chest. I like the look of the empire waist stuff, but I’m finding it doesn’t work so well right now. At least not with woven shirts.

My latest belly pic is in the in my sig.
Christina - Happy halfway!!! Woohoo. Cute prego belly, I love the pics.

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We're pronouncing Mathilde the same as Matilda. I'm kind of regretting spelling it that way but DH and I both think it looks more beautiful than the American way. He wants to call her Hilde, pronounced Hil-dee, but I'm not quite there yet. We had 2 names picked out & were going to name her whichever she looked like. She didn't look like either! The last thing we did before leaving the hospital was pick her name & it kinda sucked to do it under pressure.

I'm writing my birth story, I swear. Between the experience and blood loss/exhaustion I'm having a hard time processing it but it's coming along.

Oh there was a BFP in the TTC thread today!
Dee - We named Benjamin at the last minute too (under pressure) and it wasn't even on our real list. Sometimes that happens. OH! And if you want to change the spelling, at least in GA, you have up to a year to make changes to the name on the birth certificate without a penalty or legal hassle. However, I think the spelling you selected is lovely so as long as you are okay correcting people like me who try to make her name all french, I'd say keep it.

The first two weeks are super hard. You will be tired, you will be sore, and you will wonder why you didn't just get another dog. But hang in there, it DOES get better (much much better). I don't know if you and your Dh are "in' to bottles, but if you are, one thing that REALLY helped me was to pump and let DH give a bottle once a day (usually at night...I would feed Ben and go to sleep at maybe 8/9 and DH would stay up with him and give him a bottle around 11-12 before swaddling him up and bringing him to bed. This usually gave me 5 hours of sleep before I was "on duty" again. to you and congrats again.
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Dee, I can't wait to hear your birth story. Oh, the first time I saw your baby's name I thought to pronounce it "Matilda" like you wanted. I hope that makes you feel better about the spelling.

Emily, I was so NOT wanting to hear that squirmy in the womb often means squirmy outside too! I guess having Benjamin sleep for longer periods is a nice compromise, but I bet you REALLY need that rest after dealing with him when he is fussy!

I have today off from work, and I was trying to decide if I should go out into the blustery cold and run some errands, or lounge around the house. I am leaning towards the latter right now!

Okay, I have a question for the pregnant ladies. Will you be signing your unborn baby's name to this year's holiday cards? I always sign "Aimee, Micah, Zero & Millie", but was wondering if I should add "Baby X"? I am leaning towards NOT doing that, but was curious how other people handle it. I mean, most of my relatives think I am weird to even sign our dogs' names to the card, but because they are family to me, I think it is appropriate.
post #178 of 301
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I'm so happy this thread is busy again!

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Will you be signing your unborn baby's name to this year's holiday cards? I always sign "Aimee, Micah, Zero & Millie", but was wondering if I should add "Baby X"? I am leaning towards NOT doing that, but was curious how other people handle it. I mean, most of my relatives think I am weird to even sign our dogs' names to the card, but because they are family to me, I think it is appropriate.
I don't see any reason why you can't sign Baby X - I bet they would think that was cute. Of course, in my family the dogs even give Christmas presents so we are a little dog crazy (even though DH and I don't have one of our own) and maybe I am not the best person to ask!

So this might be an obvious question but since I missed the TTC forum what is a BFP?
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So this might be an obvious question but since I missed the TTC forum what is a BFP?
Bold-Faced Postitive, i.e. a positive pregnancy test.
post #180 of 301
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one thing that REALLY helped me was to pump and let DH give a bottle once a day (usually at night...I would feed Ben and go to sleep at maybe 8/9 and DH would stay up with him and give him a bottle around 11-12 before swaddling him up and bringing him to bed.
Ditto that. We introduced the bottle at 3 weeks and it was a lifesaver for me.
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