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post #1 of 41
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I forgot to start a new one this week


How is everyone doing?

I'm doing ok, have my home visit with my midwife on Monday and am getting everything together for that. The birth kit and pool are here, I have a few last minute things to get from my "extras" list for the home birth and then I'm ready.

Going to put my birth bead necklace together this weekend, heading to the store to get some spacer beads today probably. My van has been in the shop all week so I've been home bound and I'm about ready to burst through the walls if I don't get some adult conversation and interaction soon

Day before yesterday we had a huge swarm of honeybees land in my tree in the yard, I ended up calling a local organic bee keeper yesterday and she came to get them and took the to her house to live. It was pretty cool and a great learning experience for my kids. You can see some pictures here!

The bees swarm like that when the hive gets too crowded, the queen will split off with half the workers and go find a new place. They land on a tree or branch like that and send scouts out to find a new place, unfortunately we had rain and hail forecast yesterday and I was worried they'd die unprotected from the weather, also didn't want them to take up residence in the sides of my house or under my porch. They aren't dangerous when they swarm like that, they are pretty docile and calm. Its pretty neat the more I read about them the more I wanna do back yard bee keeping


Hope everyone is doing well!
post #2 of 41
Well, let's see...my babe is still breech, but I'm still hopeful that there will be some turning in the near future. My first ds was also breech, the whole time, and I just refuse to believe that that kind of lightening strikes twice!

Otherwise, we found out we are likely moving at the end of September...and I'm not looking forward to that with such a small baby around, but we'll be in a cool place so I keep focusing on that part of it. I've also started washing all the stored baby clothes...although we have no dresser to put them in yet!
post #3 of 41
I crossed some magic line of feeling like I could be pregnant for another 20 weeks, to being very, very done. It's kinda cracked me up how abrupt that change was, but it's happened. Maybe there is some magic hormone in the 34th week that does it.

I'm not at all prepared for this birth - I still haven't made the baby any diapers, we have NONE of our birth supplies, and the house has been a mess for weeks because I had several shows that I was working hard on and now I've gotten very uncomfortable and it's been too hot to do anything.

DH came home to me bawling in bed last night because I overdid it in the pool and my SPD was unbearable, but I needed to change the fan settings because it was too hot in the room - but that involved getting up and I didn't think I could do it. I also kept crying over the fact that he's been saying he'd bring the fans down from the attic but hadn't and it's been way too hot in the house this week making it impossible to do anything and the house is a mess. He was sweet about the whole thing and went right away to get the fans - even though it meant waking up dd since we have to go through her room to get to the attic. This morning I saw the kitchen counters had been scrubbed too, how sweet!

The fans are helping a lot, so hopefully tomorrow I can be productive as I'm still recovering from overdoing it in the pool. Oh-- but the it was sooo nice to be in the water, I'd be happy to live there for the next 6-8 weeks (oh! that feels like forever).
post #4 of 41
I am 33 weeks and 3 days and I am so far measuring perfectly for the dates. I had an appt last week and I actually lost a pound. So I am now at a 15 lb weight gain total. The dr is not worried though, since I am measuring for dates and I'm not a small girl to begin with. Not huge, but a bit o'junk in da trunk!
My sciatic pain is only getting worse, especially at night. I start massage
therapy on Monday, so I am hoping for a bit of relief then. It's finally starting to look like summer around here, so its nice to be able to air out the house and get the cleaning done. I have really started to nest, which is nice...I actually WANT to do housework!! (Most of the time, anyway!!)
post #5 of 41
33 weeks tomorrow.
Has anyone noticed the June babies are coming fast and furious?? Yikes! We are close!
Nausea has set in once again - not as bad as the 1st tri though. I went from starving all the time and eating everything, to, minimal meals/snacks to keep the nausea at bay and cereal for dinner! Plus the tummy room is a lot less too.
I am otherwise feeling all right. A little swollen but I can still see my ankles. Some days I have bad pelvic pain - I am hoping this means babe is still head down! Or that shooting pain like he's head-banging my cervix that makes me jump (thankfully not in public yet)......I am tired and achy, I am a little crampy and get mild BH but nothing overly concerning. I see my doc in 2 weeks.
OH and yesterday I indulged in a manicure/pedicure which was very nice. I got her to make my toenails into watermelons so that next month when my feet are up in the air, the hopital staff can admire them! LOL

Dawn Very cool bee pics!!!
post #6 of 41
Hi mamas!

Dawn, I would have freaked the freak out too. So would DH who is allergic to bees! I don't like that many of any kind of insect near my house!

I had my MW home visit today.... they are so much fun. DD was having a good time bringing them toys and such. I am measuring a little small, MW said the baby is very low in my pelvis, and not to worry. Everything went really great though and baby sounded good. I have some things but not everything for the birth yet. Tomorrow DH gets paid so I can so a little shopping for last minute birth supplies.

I can't believe i'm just about 36 weeks.... it's getting so close! Yet 4 more weeks feels like a long time to be pregnant, especially with the hot weather coming here. Yuck. That's what a/c is for I guess

Has anyone done maternity photos? We are short on $$ so I probably won't have professional ones but maybe I can get an artistic friend or DH to do some for me.
post #7 of 41
It'b been a great week for me! My two little ones have been off for the week, and my teenage boy and I have been hanging out, which has been really great. I've been cooking up a storm and socked away a ton of stuff in my freezer, which I have been meaning to do.

I had my shower, which has freed me up to get all the stuff I really need from my registry, so that's a good feeling. And my friend brought this really sweet dresser over and then came and painted it last night "fairy dust" so now I have a place to put all of baby's clothes, and it is so sweet!

I had an appt with my mw yesterday, and things couldn't be better. We had been concerned about my blood sugar, and tested again...it was 70 after 2 hours! I had been measuring big, my blood pressure was kinda high, and pulse was up at previous appointments....my bp was 118/60, pulse 68, measuring 31 at 30w4d! And baby has turned head down...........everything is totally perfect!

I'm feeling pretty good at this point! Even babe's father has been useful, responsive, and available. woo hoo!
post #8 of 41
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Originally Posted by xixstar View Post
I crossed some magic line of feeling like I could be pregnant for another 20 weeks, to being very, very done. It's kinda cracked me up how abrupt that change was, but it's happened. Maybe there is some magic hormone in the 34th week that does it.
I find this strange... not because you are feeling this way, but because I am feeling the opposite. Four days ago I was feeling like I was going to have the baby at any given moment... and with really no reason. Now I feel like I can totally make it another 6-8 weeks. I'm also at 34 weeks... maybe there is a line there, and whatever your feeling at 33 weeks switches over???


So yesterday was my birthday and also an appointment with my midwife. Her birthday was on May 27th, so my husband and I brought her her favorite kind of tea from Starbucks and a new CD for her to play in her waiting room. I left it on her desk on my way into the bathroom (cause she was still with a patient) and when the patient left, she asked "It's your birthday today, what's this???" I smiled and reminded her that I didn't forget that hers was a couple days ago, and she pops her head around the corner and says, "Well look what I have for you!" She was holding a brand new copy of the latest Spiritual Midwifery!!! Isn't that the coolest thing in the whole entire world?!?! I love love love my midwife! I realized on the way home that I probably shouldn't have said this, (because my husband had already given me a present from him and my son) but I was just glowing with excitement over this super-thoughtful gift from Laura and I said, "This is like the best birthday gift ever!" It just was so thoughtful... she's so great!!!

Anyway, so the appointment was great. I was 34 weeks yesterday, I'm measuring 34 cm. Last appointment I was measuring a cm higher (or farther along) and the appt. before that I was measuring 2 cm higher... so she's pretty positive that me measuring right on is due to the fact that the baby has "dropped". She also said when she was feeling for the head that she couldn't seem to budge it so it seems to be wedged in my pelvis... that's great news. Not like oh my gosh, I might go into labor earlier than later news, but great. My blood pressure is actually almost down to where it was when I first got pregnant, which is great news because it was getting pretty high. I only gained 2 pounds. She had me do the Group B strep thingy test, so that's overwith. I got my pamphlet to order my birthing kit, and my next appt. is in two weeks instead of three! Then after that I get to go in every week. I've read that other ladies aren't real excited to do this, but I just can't get enough of visits with our midwife... she's so great!

Our shower is on Sunday, and I'm really excited about it. We got the babies room painted on Saturday... it's pink on two walls, purple on two walls and then the trim is white and yellow. Which sounds weird, but it looks pretty cute! Very girly... I'm happy to say that when Laura (the midwife) did the ultrasound she didn't have any "there's something new down there" news... so I don't think we'll have to be re-painting.

Alright, I'm sure theres more, but I think I've probably said more than I needed to, I always seem to.
post #9 of 41
Those bee pictures seriously gave me the heebie-jeebies. Seriously.

I'm about to cave and make an appointment with the chiro. My back is killing me, but insurance won't pay for chiro appointments so I'm trying to hold off as long as I can.
post #10 of 41
I'm here. Too much to do. Time is running out.

Can't believe Baby will be here so soon!
post #11 of 41
Done with school, finally!!!!!
Now I can concentrate on all the stuff I still need to do. I'm washing the diapers right now in Charlie's soap and will wash the baby clothes tomorrow.
Had to go to my GP today to get a referral for the midwife practice I've switched to. Such b.s.! Of course, the nurse wanted to weigh me and all of that, and I just looked at her and said, "They do this every two weeks at my midwife's. Why ...?" There must've been something in my expression bc she caved right away.
But they did schedule an appt at my midwife after I told them I was already scheduled.
Now I just need to get a few more things and I think I'm ready.
post #12 of 41
I haven't posted in awhile I'm doing ok, definitely ready to meet this little one. It's getting harder and harder to manage the house and the other two kids AND take care of myself so certain things are falling by the wayside (that's the right saying, yeah?). I haven't picked up the playroom in days (why bother, kids are just going to mess it up!!!) and it takes me days to get the laundry put away. Sigh. I am not crazy enough to think things will be 'easier' when newbie gets here but at least my ankles won't be swollen and I'll be able to see past my stomach!!!
post #13 of 41
I feel guilty saying this, but I am ready to not be pregnant anymore. Even
though I know this baby isn't ready yet and I'm not even to the point where I am physically miserable. I am just so emotionally drained. 8 weeks of being on bedrest and worrying that the baby is going to come any minute (especially scary at 25 weeks)! 8 weeks of a bored toddler and a stressed out husband. And me not being able to do a damn thing about anything. Of course I realize that my life isn't going to magically be *better* after I give birth. Damn hormones and depression.
post #14 of 41
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Originally Posted by JunebugsMom View Post
I feel guilty saying this, but I am ready to not be pregnant anymore. Even
though I know this baby isn't ready yet and I'm not even to the point where I am physically miserable. I am just so emotionally drained. 8 weeks of being on bedrest and worrying that the baby is going to come any minute (especially scary at 25 weeks)! 8 weeks of a bored toddler and a stressed out husband. And me not being able to do a damn thing about anything. Of course I realize that my life isn't going to magically be *better* after I give birth. Damn hormones and depression.
Hang in there, one day at a time--it's great the baby is still in there! Wish I lived near you, I'd come visit and bother you.
post #15 of 41
Hi Mamas,

I'm also at the point where I'm feeling very, very done being pregnant. It's a weird feeling too becuase like a pp said, it's not so much the physical aspect as the emotional. I'm a wreck. Crying for no reason what so ever, no patience with anyone (and then huge guilt trip on myself if I loose it) and I'm not handeling any sort of change well. Like yesterday my husband mixed up dates and I planned my day around DD having her science fair at school (this ment I would not be going to the store in the afternoon like I usually do and that they would miss ballet class) then when DD gets home she says, "no it's tomorrow" which meant that I needed to haul butt and get her to the store where DH was so he could get them to ballet and I had to go in so that I could get the work done that I would have done today. Ok, so that probably doesn't make a lot of sence but the point is that it caused me to have a near total mental break down. In retrospect, it wasn't that big of a deal at all, in fact it was better since we didn't miss ballet class etc, but the thought of totally changing plans at the last minute was just to much to bare at the time.

I'm also feeling like this baby does NOT want to be confined to my tummy any more. Shes soooo strong and spends all of her waking time pushing with all of her might every-which-way and it's getting very uncomfortable. On the plus side, she's well engaged (around a -1 station) and all these BH I've been having are starting to get things moving a little. I'm 25% and a 1 cm - so nothing to get to worked up about, but it did feel good to get some confrimation that things are indeed getting started and no, I wont be pregnant forever...

On the down side, I'm still extremely anemic. I haven't been taking the floradex because it literally makes my stomach turn and diet hasn't made a dent. I have untill next week to get my iron up or I may be "risked out" of home birth which is not cool. So, does anyone have any ideas to make the floradex more bearable? I'm currently mixing it with oj with not much luck. THis of course is not helping the emotional issues at all.

The next few weeks are going to be crazy at the store - we have our big anniversary sale. The girls have their summer preformances at for ballet and hopefully in there somewhere we will be doing a pregnancy/family photo shoot. My doula and child birth edu. is also an AMAZING photographer (featured in all sort of birth publications and things!) and she's doing a shoot for us. I'm really excited but nervous about it too. I have 1 pair of pants that fit at this point and can't justify spending $$ on new clothes just for the pictures, so not sure what I'm going to wear.

My birth kit arrived in the mail today (hopefully I'll get to use it...) I'm planning on heading to the bead store to get some spacer beads and a clasp this week for the birth necklace and am hoping to find a new (to us) dresser or two this week as well. Oh, and we've moved since the last time we used the diaper service and they have an error on their website where they list which zip codes they cover... so all along I've been planning on using the service again only to find out this week that were out of there area. So now we get to decide what we're going to do with that.... ug...

We're going to be having babies around here before you know it! Can you believe it's june already!! geesh!
post #16 of 41
Love the bee pics!! I too secretly harbor a dream of becoming a backyard beekeeper....to chicken right now, though! I wouldn't want to be wearing the babe out in a sling to check bees!! Maybe in a few years!

I keep alternating between panicked thoughts of a baby being here, and very serene and excited thoughts of the new LO. All in all, the timing is great...DH will be off from school all summer long. I think one of my biggest worries is about DD. I don't even know what it's about...I guess just general "going from one to two" worries...will she be totally jealous, how will I do it, etc.

I also worry about delivery. We're planning our first HB and I don't know why but I'm afraid I'm just going to be screaming "I can't do this!" the whole time. Funny, because I was pretty controlled with DD....but there were def things that happened that make me feel like I can't birth a baby. Not that I can't, but that I need help. After a long time laboring, then Pit, "they" decided it would be best to get an epi so I could relax and dilate. And it worked . What if I can't relax enough this time?? I guess I just have these worries, but I also believe that it will all work out. I know just being in the home environment a huge difference. And I have been practicing relaxing....when the baby starts doing that wonderful cervical dance that I'm sure we've all felt....I just relax and really let it happen instead of being tense and squinching my whole face up. *sigh* It feels pretty good to get all of these thoughts out!!

It has been 80-90's and muggy around here! Not so good on the swelling!! Even when I'm not pg, I get a little swelling with the heat! Working has been especially draining for me....but I only get 12 weeks whether it's before or after baby, so I'm staying on as long as possible. Really, it's not that bad....I'd rather be sleeping but DD won't let me do that anyway!

Wow, I'm talking a lot!! We've got so many things to do!! We need to get the garden in....EEK we're late!! Some things have been in, but we need to plant the whole thing. We need to do our outdoor chicken coop. We just had baby quail delivered, and baby chukar came 2 weeks ago (200 of each!!) We have a mama duck who just hatched a brood of 14...so cute!! So babies are on our minds....but not in the same way! I feel like this pregnancy has just flown by and I've barely given it any thought....it's more like, gotta get this done, this is happening this weekend, gotta clean the house then : I'm 35 1/2 weeks pregnant!! WOW!!
post #17 of 41
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On the down side, I'm still extremely anemic. I haven't been taking the floradex because it literally makes my stomach turn and diet hasn't made a dent. I have untill next week to get my iron up or I may be "risked out" of home birth which is not cool. So, does anyone have any ideas to make the floradex more bearable? I'm currently mixing it with oj with not much luck. THis of course is not helping the emotional issues at all.
You might have more luck with nettle tea (you can get loose herb from mountainroseherbs.com) and alfalfa tablets (up to 8 a day, take your time increasing them...). I find those don't upset my tummy at all.

I also do things like make frozen fruit smoothies and add in some spinach and I find I can't taste or feel the spinach at all.

Floradix makes me retch every time, with or without food. Plus the midwife I'm using says she doesn't feel that Floradix helps as much as it makes mamas feel ill.
post #18 of 41
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I also worry about delivery. We're planning our first HB and I don't know why but I'm afraid I'm just going to be screaming "I can't do this!" the whole time. Funny, because I was pretty controlled with DD....but there were def things that happened that make me feel like I can't birth a baby. Not that I can't, but that I need help. After a long time laboring, then Pit, "they" decided it would be best to get an epi so I could relax and dilate. And it worked . What if I can't relax enough this time?? I guess I just have these worries, but I also believe that it will all work out. I know just being in the home environment a huge difference. And I have been practicing relaxing....when the baby starts doing that wonderful cervical dance that I'm sure we've all felt....I just relax and really let it happen instead of being tense and squinching my whole face up. *sigh* It feels pretty good to get all of these thoughts out!!

It's okay to scream "I can't do this!" s just warn DH and your support people you might be saying this. I know with my second I felt like there was only one position my body is capable of pushing out a baby in and I got into it and started thinking I couldn't do this... until something clicked inside and said "you're not broken, tired, but not broken. You could only push in this position because of where you were and your extreme exhaustion. Now get up on your knees and let gravity help."

Being in a different environment will very much help you relax. You may need to withdraw within your own space while midwife, DH, others stay somewhere else for part of your labor and that's fine. Some of us are just wired that way.
post #19 of 41
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Floradix makes me retch every time, with or without food. Plus the midwife I'm using says she doesn't feel that Floradix helps as much as it makes mamas feel ill.
Interesting...it's the only one that I tolerate well, that doesn't make my digestion screwy, and I even don't mind the taste. The aftertaste is a bit gross, but I always wash it down with something tasty. It gets my numbers up faster than anything else I've tried, too.

I second the spinach smoothies...using baby spinach preferably. Parsley is also good.
post #20 of 41
I'm at the 32 week mark and feeling much better than I was a few weeks ago.I was feeling too big and too tired to be a mama. The weather finally improved here and I was able to get out and take in some sun while the littles played in the backyard which helped immensely as well as my iron going up. Now all I need to do is start walking in the evenings since I haven't exercised at all the pregnancy.

At my last home appt. I was measuring 28weeks and was 31 and 2days. I thought that was odd but my midwife said that the baby is head down and low. The last appointment I was right on. I am still getting a lot of movement. It's really sweet when my 3yo can feel the baby move.

Friends of mine are planning a blessingway for me and I am so excited and blessed by this. This is my first year living in this state and we have no family here so the friends I have made here are a treasure. The first bead from my best friend in Michigan arrived last week. I am excited to see what others send me and to string it together these last weeks.

I ordered some henna so I can have my belly and my hands painted. If there is enough I think I will have my feet done as well. I have wanted a henna tatoo on my foot for a long time...too chicken to get a real tatoo..yet. My last pregnancy I had a friend paint my belly with pysanky symbols. You can see the pics here. The symbols are pysanky and each symbol and color has a specific meaning. She painted a keepsake box for me with the painting on my belly on the lid and then put the name,date,weight,height and time of birth on the box as a gift. I have to send her my list of symbols and colors for this baby and she is going to make another box for me since she can't be here to do a painting.

I think that about covers it for me. I have to order birthing supplies. I am not expecting this one to arrive early by any means but I don't feel like I am going to go over. Famous last words I know!LOL
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