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I got a maternity skirt, and I am not sure how I feel about it. I guess that is probably a good indication that I do not like it. The color is just a little different then I expected. I might return it too



For some reason, that struck me as funny. Don't know why. Maybe because it's something I would do. If I had the energy to shop

Go girl!!!
Online shopping! That is pretty much the only way I shop...get to stay in bed and shop.
post #22 of 146
Hey mamas!

I really enjoyed reading this thread, and the whole due date club idea! As you know, we have a surrgoate, so I feel very removed from the pregnancy (6 weeks on Monday), but this is really helping me "feel" pregnant. Yay for your guys!! Of course our surro M and I talk & text at least once a day so I am really very lucky.

M is very, very naeseous and can't handle the smell of anything. Even the smell of her 2 year old DD is grossing her out. I hope this passes quickly for her. I bought her a big bag of almonds and pistachios so she can always have a little snack, whenever she feels the urge to eat. All she has been wanting to eat is bread and cheese. She is really, really tired as well.

We had our second beta test on Thursday and according to the beta calculator, we have higher hcg levels than an average single baby, and lower than average multiple babies, so not sure if we have 1 or 2 little babies in there. I assume the higher hcg levels is what is giving M the intense symptoms. I think we go for our first u/s not this week, but the next one. Right now we are still with the RE and after 12 weeks we transfer to a regular OB Gyn.

The weather is starting to get cooler here (Canada brrrr) so we are looking at finishing some indoor projects like painting the hall and other things like that. The people who know about the pregnancy ask when we are going to start on the nursery and look at me quite strange when I say the baby will be in our room ... I am expected many, many more of those looks for the next ummm 18 years!

I am sorry you guys are all exhausted and starting to feel queasy. Sending positive wishes that the symptoms are mild!

And Blissfully, glad the UTI has cleared up, those are the worst.

Christie I noticed there was another Christie here, so maybe I will stick with Critty so it won't be confusing ...
post #23 of 146
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Cristie (Critty), I am so happy that you are feeling pregnant. Yay!

Good luck at the ultrasound.

Ds sleeps with us, but he has his own room for toys, books, and clothes (our room is not big enough to contain all of that). I am not sure if you were planning on doing something similar, but it tends to keep people's questions minimal. We did not have a crib in there, and we would just say that ds was going to sleep with us.

Good luck with the home projects! We have a few ideas for projects around the house too. Not sure when we will start them up. I do not even feel like doing laundry right now.
post #24 of 146
Hello everyone!
I'm 5 wks. and 2 days, Which is funny to me because with my first two pregnancies I had pretty intense morning sickness and i'm really not feeling any of that so far. I keep looking at my preg. tests to make sure they're postive! I am trying to be really conscious of what I eat because with this one i'd rather not gain a lot of weight where i'll be in school full time till May. We still haven't told our families yet- holding out till Thanksgiving (Nov)- it may work it may not depending how preggo I look. My kids are well, they are 3 and 6 yr old boys. The older one has some special needs which makes life challenging at times but I'm trying to stay focused and calm so I can be the best mom to him. Well I'm off to start a research paper yuck! Have a Wonderful Day! Is anyone thinking of names yet?
post #25 of 146
Veggie here too! I have a question: do you think we need to watch our soy intake? I am lactose sensitive and don't really do eggs or dairy unless they are in something... like cake : but I am concerned about all the soy hype. Especially with DD, who is lactose intolerant. We had to supplement when I was nursing and she gets lactose-free, milk based formula. I want to give her soy yogurt but not if it is going to be an issue.

I got waaaay off track there! I am an eating machine lately. I can't stand regular water, oddly- I am drinking part seltzer, part juice, and part regular water. It is the only way I can get water in! and I am JONESING for kale. Oh, and the weird dreams are starting- last night I dreamt that I was in London with Gordon Ramsay and he told me he knows I want him and although I am a beautiful lady, he has his eye on someone else. HOW DARE HE! haha!

OK, enough of my rambling. Being pregnant is really motivating me to do some stuff around the house!

ETA: with my first pregnancy, I was never very big, and I think the pregnancy was unusual in every way. With my second, I was bigger but never huge- both times I started to show around 5 months, but I swear my boobs are bigger already, and I suspect I will be showing by 3 months. I already look like I have a spare tire, which could be due to how much I have been eating...how early did you all show with past pregnancies?
post #26 of 146
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crazymom, I am planning on telling family around Thanksgiving too. Hopefully my belly will stay discreet enough until then. What are you going to school for? Good luck on your paper...I neve enjoyed writing them. I have had some names in mind. Aaron Harper for a boy (not sure about the spelling yet) and possibly Morgan for a girl. I think that the name is getting very popular though. How about you?
post #27 of 146
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Veggie here too! I have a question: do you think we need to watch our soy intake? I am lactose sensitive and don't really do eggs or dairy unless they are in something... like cake : but I am concerned about all the soy hype. Especially with DD, who is lactose intolerant. We had to supplement when I was nursing and she gets lactose-free, milk based formula. I want to give her soy yogurt but not if it is going to be an issue.

I got waaaay off track there! I am an eating machine lately. I can't stand regular water, oddly- I am drinking part seltzer, part juice, and part regular water. It is the only way I can get water in! and I am JONESING for kale. Oh, and the weird dreams are starting- last night I dreamt that I was in London with Gordon Ramsay and he told me he knows I want him and although I am a beautiful lady, he has his eye on someone else. HOW DARE HE! haha!

OK, enough of my rambling. Being pregnant is really motivating me to do some stuff around the house!

ETA: with my first pregnancy, I was never very big, and I think the pregnancy was unusual in every way. With my second, I was bigger but never huge- both times I started to show around 5 months, but I swear my boobs are bigger already, and I suspect I will be showing by 3 months. I already look like I have a spare tire, which could be due to how much I have been eating...how early did you all show with past pregnancies?
I have heard that soy during pregnancy should be avoided. I never did the research myself, but I heard that the studies do show male organ development can be effected by soy intake. Anecdotally, it seems that a lot of women cannot stomach soy during pregnancy, so perhaps your body naturally knows to wean it out.

I give my ds soy yogurt and soy beans.

I had a hard time with plain water with ds. It had to be ice cold and filled with lemons.

I have been having some really weird dreams too. They are not even my typical weird dreams. In the last three nights I have had a violent dream with someone close to us that is deceased. It is so strange.

With ds I started wearing maternity clothes early, but probably did not need to for a few more months. I think I was showing around 4 months, but my perception and the rest of the worlds might have been different. I really wanted to show as quickly as possible. I only gained 25lbs, exactly, all together with him. My second pregnancy did not last long, but I needed to be in maternity clothes by 6 weeks. I could not button my pants. I am not sure how this one will go.
post #28 of 146
This is a nice thread--I'm enjoying just reading through and seeing what everyone's lives are like

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I made sweet potato enchilladas last night for dinner and they were excellent!! I do the coconut oil straight as well and put it in most everything.
Would you please share that recipe? I'm very main-stream when it comes to food (borrriiinngg) and my dh does almost all the cooking. This sounds yummy and healthy!

[QUOTE=Critty;12319024]Hey mamas!

I really enjoyed reading this thread, and the whole due date club idea! As you know, we have a surrgoate, so I feel very removed from the pregnancy (6 weeks on Monday), but this is really helping me "feel" pregnant. Yay for your guys!! Of course our surro M and I talk & text at least once a day so I am really very lucky.

M is very, very naeseous and can't handle the smell of anything. Even the smell of her 2 year old DD is grossing her out. I hope this passes quickly for her. I bought her a big bag of almonds and pistachios so she can always have a little snack, whenever she feels the urge to eat. All she has been wanting to eat is bread and cheese. She is really, really tired as well.

We had our second beta test on Thursday and according to the beta calculator, we have higher hcg levels than an average single baby, and lower than average multiple babies, so not sure if we have 1 or 2 little babies in there. I assume the higher hcg levels is what is giving M the intense symptoms. QUOTE]

I can't wait to hear if there is one or two in there! Is there a higher chance of multiples with a surrogate?
I have some hard ginger candy on hand for when the ms kicks in--that's something you could get for her, as well

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I got waaaay off track there! I am an eating machine lately. I can't stand regular water, oddly- I am drinking part seltzer, part juice, and part regular water. It is the only way I can get water in! and I am JONESING for kale. Oh, and the weird dreams are starting- last night I dreamt that I was in London with Gordon Ramsay and he told me he knows I want him and although I am a beautiful lady, he has his eye on someone else. HOW DARE HE! haha!

OK, enough of my rambling. Being pregnant is really motivating me to do some stuff around the house!

ETA: with my first pregnancy, I was never very big, and I think the pregnancy was unusual in every way. With my second, I was bigger but never huge- both times I started to show around 5 months, but I swear my boobs are bigger already, and I suspect I will be showing by 3 months. I already look like I have a spare tire, which could be due to how much I have been eating...how early did you all show with past pregnancies?
I remember that once ms and food aversions kicked in with my other pgcy's, I couldn't stand drinking cold water--it was too much of a shock on my tummy or something. I started drinking hot water instead and it was much more appetizing and soothing. Maybe something to try?
I have that spare tire, too--I'm hoping it's just bloating--it seems to be worse later in the day. I swear I had some flabbiness there before I got pg, but it's definitely more now. I caught my mil looking at me funny a few times this weekend. I think she just thinks I'm getting fat. We're not sharing the news with anyone for a while yet.

So I'm 5 weeks today! My little baby calender says baby's heart starts beating today. It's the first working organ. That's cool, and I'm visualizing that happening

I made my first prenatal appt with the ob and the first available appt is when I'll be over 11 weeks. I have a message in to the ob because with my history, and being on progesterone, I at least want an u/s around 6-7 weeks to look for a heartbeat. I'm worried that the progesterone will mask a non-viable pregnancy and I just can't wait until 12 weeks to find that out, you know? I'm kind of down on this practice--my other pregnancies were all in another state and I've been with 3 different ob practices and one midwife practice. All except the midwives had u/s machines in their office (my current one doesn't) and I've never had to wait longer than 8 weeks to get an u/s. With my last pregnancy, I started them before 6 weeks and got them very frequently. I really miss that practice and that dr.

My symptoms so far are bloating, loose stools, constantly having to pee, a heavy, stretching feeling in my uterus that gets more noticeable the more I'm on my feet, sore breasts (can't tell if they're bigger--I'm nursing anyway), really tired this weekend, and just the slightest bit of nausea when I first get up in the morning.

I bought a "Bella Band" because I'm more comfortable with my pants unbuttoned and this is supposed to be good for that. Has anyone else used them? They're pricey--I wish I could have gotten more than one, it was hard to choose a color.

So that's it for me! I'm able to forget I'm pg for long periods of time. That never happened with any of my other pregnancies, even the ones when I had two kids to look after so I'm happy about that. But like someone else said, it will be harder if ms arrives in full force.

Have a great day!
Deb
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So I'm 5 weeks today! My little baby calender says baby's heart starts beating today. It's the first working organ. That's cool, and I'm visualizing that happening
Yay for 5 weeks!

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I made my first prenatal appt with the ob and the first available appt is when I'll be over 11 weeks. I have a message in to the ob because with my history, and being on progesterone, I at least want an u/s around 6-7 weeks to look for a heartbeat. I'm worried that the progesterone will mask a non-viable pregnancy and I just can't wait until 12 weeks to find that out, you know? I'm kind of down on this practice--my other pregnancies were all in another state and I've been with 3 different ob practices and one midwife practice. All except the midwives had u/s machines in their office (my current one doesn't) and I've never had to wait longer than 8 weeks to get an u/s. With my last pregnancy, I started them before 6 weeks and got them very frequently. I really miss that practice and that dr.
I understand your annoyance, but there are risks associated with early ultrasounds (here is just one article http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/ultrasound.asp, but a google search will bring up many others). It is actually very progressive that your new office does not offer routine early ultrasounds. I am sure for your peace of mind they will be able to send you to another office to get one. I know that I do not plan on having an ultrasound until 20 weeks, but if I need the assurances I will not hesitate to get one.

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I bought a "Bella Band" because I'm more comfortable with my pants unbuttoned and this is supposed to be good for that. Has anyone else used them? They're pricey--I wish I could have gotten more than one, it was hard to choose a color.
I bought a bella band with my last pregnancy. It seems everyone loves it, but I sold mine. I hated it. First, you could still see your pants were unbuttoned through it. That is not a big deal if you are wearing a huge sweater to cover everything, but I could not wear my usual shirts because it would show through the shirt and band (or if my shirt lifted a little when I moved around). The sizes ran big. I got a small, and it was big. This could have been why it did not keep my pants secure and showed through my clothes. Lastly, I did not find it all that comfortable to wear my pants unbuttoned when I was out. I found that the open zipper would cut into my belly when I was sitting down. It just did not work for me, but like I said other people love them. I sold mine (I bought two) to someone on my last ddc, and she loved it.
post #30 of 146
I got the sweet potato enchilada recipe out of my friend's veggie cookbook so I'm going off of memory, but here is the recipe:

preheat oven to 375

chop 1 medium onion and saute for about 5 or so minutes

dice 2-3 medium/large sweet potoatoes and add to onions - cover and cook for 15 minutes or until just starting to get a little soft (not as good if over cooked)

add a can of rinsed black beans and a bunch of chopped fresh spinach, cook until spinach is a little wilted

add a bunch of fresh pressed or finely chopped garlic

add salt and pepper to taste

pour half a can/bottle of enchillada sauce into the bottom of an 8.5X11 glass dish

spoon a line of sour cream on each tortilla and then add potato filling, top with shredded cheddar cheese

fold enchillada and place seam down in the glass dish until full (6 fit nicely)

pour remaining sauce over top and top with even more shredded cheddar cheese

bake 15 minutes or until cheese is nice and bubbly - delicious!!




I have made this for a vegan friend without the sour cream and cheese and I made some quacamole to go with it. She said it was good. Also the book did include a recipe for the enchilada sauce but I take the lazy way and use the bottled from Trader Joes and I know that Old El Paso's is vegan.
post #31 of 146
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I make a sweet potato burrito that is very similar to the above, but a little more simple. It is sweet potatoes (mashed) with seasoned (I use coriander and sauteed garlic) black beans. You can put cheese on or not. That is it. Everyone I know thinks it is tasty...I also got this recipe from a vegan friend, Erin.
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I make a sweet potato burrito that is very similar to the above, but a little more simple. It is sweet potatoes (mashed) with seasoned (I use coriander and sauteed garlic) black beans. You can put cheese on or not. That is it. Everyone I know thinks it is tasty...I also got this recipe from a vegan friend, Erin.
That sounds fabulous!! I have half a bag of sweet potatoes left so I might try this out tonight. Thanks for sharing .
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That sounds fabulous!! I have half a bag of sweet potatoes left so I might try this out tonight. Thanks for sharing .
Oh, your welcome. Pregnancy hormones must be going crazy because I swear you saying it sounded fabulous brought tears to my eyes. I hope you enjoy it. I might have it one day this week too.
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There is a lot of cow farming even with organic companies. I would be careful which brand you buy if you are concerned about that. One option is to look into small local farms. I can get raw or pasturized milk from many small farms around me (so hopefully that is an option for you), and you can even get to know the cows and your farm.
I know. I _am_ particular, but I do buy a national brand because, since I moved here, it is the best one I can get. I get a lot of my food from a local co-op, but they do not yet carry milk. They have been trying to start, but I guess they have been having trouble finding local dairy farmers willing to sell to them. So.

How the heck do you put quotes in from more than one person???

Anyway.

Critty: I have also heard that sour things (e.g., candy) is really good for morning sickness. I didn't hear it until after my m/s was over last pregnancy, so I haven't tried it yet. Also, there is some evidence that women who throw up at least once during their first trimester have a significantly decreased risk of miscarriage. So I am happy to be nauseous, and hope to throw up exactly once, as I did when I was pregnant with DD.

I actually bought a crib for DD, and have since converted it into a toddler bed, and she has probably slept a total of ten or twenty hours in it over her 2 1/2 years. LOL. It has been lovely for storing all the clean laundry that I don't have time to put away, though.

I am wondering what to do with my DD when the baby is born. DD is _very_ needy in bed at night, and obviously she is not going to get the same attention with a newborn around. So I am thinking about kicking her out. Thoughts from those of you with two or more already?

Crazymom, you must be _crazy_. LOL. Thinking of names??? I am dreading it. I have known since high school what to name DD, and luckily DH agreed, but DH & I _fought_ over her middle name and over an alternative boy name. I am _not_ looking forward to picking a name for the new one.

maisie, I don't drink soy milk, but I do eat soy regularly. And I did with my last pregnancy. It is true that soy can mimic estrogen...but I just don't see a way to reasonably eliminate it from my diet. So personally I will keep eating it. I think you can't get rid of everything that is any sort of risk because you will end up living miserably in a cave. So I just give up the things I can without seriously compromising my standard of living.

Yay for baby's heartbeat. : I didn't even know that.

I will also be having an early ultrasound. I am in total denial about the associated risks. I just refuse to believe it. :

As for me, I have been spending the day doing laundry. I got out my box of maternity clothes and threw them in the wash. I swear, I have more/nicer maternity pants. I do remember when I finally had to put them away PP being actually sad about it. So I am super excited that they may fit me again soon. As I posted elsewhere, I am already wearing my maternity jeans. They are so comfy and barely fall off at all. Maternity shirts are another matter entirely. :

I am super crabby because my DH was supposed to take DD & I to the beach today, but he ended up doing a work thing instead. He says he'll take Tuesday off & take us then, but still. Lame-o.

Well, I am off to find some lunch.
post #35 of 146
hi all! can i share here?

i am 4 weeks 2 days preggo, and so far, nothing.

i am barely sick, a little tired, my ta-ta's are only sore sometimes. i took a pregnancy test yesterday again to make sure i am really preganant and i didn't just imagine it, and the test line was even darker than the contol line, so, yeah, i guess i am.

with ds i was nauseous all day long. maybe the lack of barfage indicates a baby girl in tow.. i hope.

i am sewing up some little girly skirts for my cousin's daughter which will be born in january, secretly hoping to keep one or two of them for a daughter of my own.

we'll see.....
post #36 of 146
PS.. i actually developed a soy allergy during my last pregnancy. no fun.

i've been avoiding it ever since, b/c after i read up on it i found a couple of articles talking about how soy actually has a ton of toxins in it and has been mispromoted and misrepresented in the media by a marketing ploy from the farmers associations, etc. so i choose to steer clear.

also, completely unrelated, before i found out i was pg i just bought 3 pairs of designer jeans at nordstroms and had them hemmed up to fit me perfectly. now i'm going to outgrow them within the next 6 weeks and have to wait it out until next fall to wear them again probably. wahh!

and also, i cried at one of those donation commercials yesterday. and at the vice presidential debate on thursday.
post #37 of 146
hi, ladies. i started bleeding this morning so i'm out. i've enjoyed chatting with you for this little bit... wishing you happy, healthy pregnancies.
post #38 of 146
Hey ladies! How is everyone doing today? I just made cinnamon rolls.. it was the only thing that sounded good this morning!! I am currently trying to get an idea of where I can find a maternity formal dress... DH's unit ball is in March/April (not sure yet) and I'll be like 6 or 7 months so that should be fun!

Ok, I am going to admit this as bad as it might sound... my DS (5.5 months) is still nursing. And I HATE it. I know he needs it but it is making me want to crawl out of my own skin... I don't know how long I can keep this up
post #39 of 146
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hi, ladies. i started bleeding this morning so i'm out. i've enjoyed chatting with you for this little bit... wishing you happy, healthy pregnancies.
Oh, no. We will miss you. Take care of yourself.
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Ok, I am going to admit this as bad as it might sound... my DS (5.5 months) is still nursing. And I HATE it. I know he needs it but it is making me want to crawl out of my own skin... I don't know how long I can keep this up
Awww. I loved nursing DD, but there were times I did feel overwhelmed. Do you truly hate it or are you just going through a rough patch? Are you having problems/pain? Have you tried pumping & letting someone else feed him once in a while so you can have some time/space to yourself?
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