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thumb.gif Welcome Bajingo Juice Club Graduates! thumb.gif

 

This thread is an extension of TTC #1 In Our 30's.

We are the ladies of the BJC who have gotten our BFPs.

All due dates are welcome.

Are you pregnant, in your 30's, and weren't involved in the BJC?  Welcome and please join us!

 

Let's keep in touch during our pregnancy journeys.

The more the merrier!

 

 

Due February 2012:

 

01 ~ Ramzubo29, BFP after 6 months of trying and 1 ectopic loss. She's having a BOY! 

26 ~ Hokievol33, BFP after 3 months of trying, 6 months of charting

 

Due April 2012:

 

04 ~ RosieL, 30, BFP right after "giving up" and starting the fertility clinic proceses.

27 ~ chapluqa31, TTC since 1/11

 

Due June 2012: 

 

07 ~ Bel718, 32, after 20 months and fertility treatment - Expecting twins! stork-suprise.gifstork-suprise.gif

22 ~ Calycanth, 30, BFP after 16 months and one miscarriage.

26-29ish ~ CA Country Girl, 35, BFP after 18 months, acupuncture, and chinese herbs.

 

Due July 2012:

 

?? ~ reelala, 30, after 3 months

 

Due August 2012:

 

14 ~ andaluza, 35

?? ~ bootsvalentine, 32, BFP after TTC #1 since 06/2010

 

Due September 2012:

 

?? ~ ericaf, 31, BFP after 4 months of trying, 3 months of charting, and an early m/c in August

 

Congratulations 2011 Mamas!

 

birdie.lee ~ Baby BOY L 11/20 after just five hours of labor.

tank ~ Elliot was born on 11/8 at 11:38AM 

Hykue ~ Raven Brisa was born @ 8lb 2oz. 

ValH ~ Jacob was born 10/4 at 9:55AM. 

Tear78 ~ Alaric

LivingSky ~ Kayden

Meander

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Thanks, Rosie!

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Thanks for the new thread RosieL! Fall is my favorite season - can't wait to see pictures of the fall Bajingo babies!!

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Thanks for the new thread Rosie!!  

 

I'm doing good, just waiting.  I had been dealing with some killer exhaustion, but have recovered from that and for the past week have been feeling great!  I've had some pressure in my pelvis to the point where sometimes it feels like if the baby gets any lower, he'll just fall out - but that's only occasional.  The BH contractions continue, and I've had a few that I wasn't sure were BH, because they actually hurt.  But nothing regular or anything... and no lost mucus plug or bloody show... so really I'm just waiting.  I don't think he'll come before next week.  I'm hoping he'll come by 9/29, just so I can get out of a work meeting!  


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haha val  wanting him to come so you can get out of a meeting!  If he comes on 9/28 he can share a birthday with me!

 

thanks for starting the thread rosie!

 

I think I had a painful contraction today.  I was feeling really rushed at work and it felt like I was getting menstral craps in my whole abdomen but mostly down low.  It could have been stress who knows but it was actually painful unlike the BH I have had which just felt tight with out pain.  I am so ready to go into labor.  I know I am only 34 weeks and I shoudn't hope for him to be super early but I am just really excited about it. 

 

I also had a baby shower on Sun and it went really well and it seemed like everyone had fun.  I got lots and lots of clothes and blankets! 

 

How is everyone else feeling?

 


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Thanks for the new thread Rosie!

 

I see Val is just waiting patiently (maybe?) for little one to arrive. Got to wait for the bajingo bun to be done baking!

 

Yay Tank for a good baby shower. No shower for us, but I've been obsessively eBay shopping for stuff.

 

Seems like the nothing much going on pregnancy wise for me. There is definitely something bumping around in there, so I'm less panicky about everything. I am also amazed at how hard it is to get out of the couch, bed, bathtub....only half way and I already feel like I need Dh to pull me up to stand.

Hope everyone is feeling good and new babies are letting everyone sleep!


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Thanks for the new thread!

 

Val:  I hope you get one of two things:  more comfortable, or a baby.  And soon.

 

Mostly just marking my place in the new thread . . . I've been pretty busy, so not much time to check in, but I try to keep up.


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ok, I have to ask: what's Bajingo Juice? lol...that happened to the title sometime when I was taking a break from MDC and I never asked.

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I always assumed that bajingo juice = cervical mucus. heheee

 

I just learned something that blew my mind...the first trimester is 13 weeks? Why does no one tell me these things? I thought I had "made it" to the second already! biglaugh.gif


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tank - Yay for the good shower!  My BH (or what I'm assuming are still just BH) contractions have started to get painful.  Not like super painful (as in I'm not mistaking it for real labor), but there is a bit of pain associated now.  I'm taking it as a good sign of my body prepping for the task ahead!

 

Ram - Isn't it great to be able to feel baby bumping around so you can feel a little more relaxed?  Still no U/S scheduled yet??

 

Hykue - Hope you aren't working too hard around the farm!

 

Tear - Bajingo Juice does = cervical mucus.  I don't really remember how it came about or who started it... but it just kind of stuck.  It made us laugh at the time, and in the TTC journey, laughter is the best medicine sometimes!  ;)  Hope you and your new little family are doing well!!  

 

Rosie - I think there are a lot of different ways of counting trimesters, it really depends on what source you are going by.  If it makes you feel better to think you "made it" at 12 weeks, then that can be your first trimester!  I know I felt a lot of relief after making it past 12 weeks.

 

Not much going on here.  Had another doctor's appointment today.  Next week I'll have a NST and U/S, since I'll officially be past-due.  I know the doc will want to talk about inducing after that, but I'm not sure if he'd do it the following week (first week of October = 41 weeks), or the week after (42 weeks).  I've called and left two messages at the doctor's office because I wanted some clarification, just for my peace of mind, but they aren't calling me back.  I'm getting pretty annoyed with them.  Obviously I hope to have the baby BEFORE we get to an induction (or even before the NST), but if for some reason I don't, I'd like to know what to expect.  How hard is it to return a flipping phone call?  I might just have DH call - he's the more assertive one of us, so I'm sure he can get answers!  


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Rosie, that went right along with the myth that my nausea would be gone by 12 weeks. shake.gif I still saw 12 weeks as a big landmark. hug2.gif And you're probably right about the cm. lol.gif

eta - Val, we cross-posted. How frustrating to not get a call back! Hopefully you won't need to be induced, but you're right: it's nice to be prepared.

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Thats so annoying val.  When I first started going to my midwives I had a hard time getting them to cal me back about sceduling and such and was annoyed.  They have gotten much better now that I am coming to full term so it probably was because what I was calling about wasn't all that important to get back to right away.  I couldnt imagine them not calling me back if I was full term!

 

rosie I count 12 weeks as the end of the first trimester.  It's weird coming to full term and seeing how many people in my DDC are saying they had their other kids at 35/36/37 weeks and how so little of them mention going past 40 weeks.  If so many people have their babies at like 36ish weeks then why is 37 full term?  Maybe because whats when the baby would be more likely to not need to go to the NCIU?

 

I had an appointment today.  For the first time ever he was on my left side.  The midwife said he was pretty high up.  I wonder if that means he will take longer to drop.  I didn't think to ask at the time.  I REALLY don't want to be induced.  I would rather go to 45 weeks then be induced.  All the stories of pitocin have scared me. My midwives in the beginning told me that I shouldn't worry about it because they hardly ever induce their clients.  But obviously if I go past 42 weeks they have to right?  Another thing I need to ask them I guess.  When they actually have to induce.  Man I really hope I don't go super late.  It makes me nervous.  I just would like all the time to recover and not feel rushed back to work because I am leaving after the 1st week of Oct and hoping to go back at the beginning of next year.  I know all I should hope for is him to get here ok though and I still feel super grateful that he is still in there kicking around at this point.

 


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I believe in my state my MWs can't legally attend my homebirth past 42 weeks. If I get to that point, I'll be trying all the natural methods of induction in the book so that I can do it at home. I wonder what the rate of inductions would be if so many docs weren't trigger happy and so many ladies weren't so willing to go with it? In other words, I wonder what the rate of medically necessary inductions for being "over due" would be? One of Ina May's books states that the care provider can watch specific signs to indicate whether an overdue induction is necessary, or whether waiting is perfectly safe. I wonder how effective those methods are. It's sad we don't know a lot about how those things work, since there just aren't the numbers to run the studies (or probably the funding).

 

Val it sounds like you're body is gearing up to let your baby boy out! I can't help but think "Maybe she's laboring right now, or better yet, cuddling her son!" It makes me feel all giddy inside to imagine. :) 

 

tank - What were your favorite parts of the shower? My mom's asking me what I want to eat, drink, do, etc. What kind of party I think I'd enjoy most? I have no idea. 

 

Hi Hykue! I look forward to your next farm and baby updates. :) Is your husband home for the long haul now?

 

So, I squeezed my boob yesterday and a droplet of clear liquid came out. I freaked out with glee and ran to my husband clutching the boob and showing him the drop. I'm really nuts. SO EXCITED about a droplet of milk! 


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Well Val its sounds like you're making some progress, so hopefully no induction for you. They tried to induce my sis at 42 weeks with no luck so I'm hoping it's not a family thing. And still no u/s for me! I have an appointment on Oct. 3th and I'm going to flat out tell them I want one. They did my quad screen so I should have results from that, but if everything is good they were talking about not doing another u/s which is not going to work for me.

 

Tank you've still got a few more weeks before you start worrying about induction. My doula was asking me if I had any fears about a problem with the birth and I said that the babe's shoulders wouldn't come out. She asked me why I thought that might happen and I was like I don't know, but I watched a show with that one time and about had a heart attack. I thought they were going to break the poor woman's pelvis trying to get the baby out. I'm trying to avoid scary thoughts like that now.

 

Rosie, Everyday (or boob excretion!) is a milestone. I think the counting is all whack for pregnancy anyways. I remember when they said at the docs so you're 4 months and I was like how does 13 weeks = 4 months? I mean I get that technically it's the start of the 4th month, but when you think of pregnancy as being 9 months I was like wait I'm not close to being half way done yet.

 


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Ram - Scary thoughts indeed! Just a note - if shoulders get stuck, get on all fours! It is apparently a really effective way of dealing with shoulder dystocia, called the Gaskin maneuver. Good stuff! (Unfortunately abstracts don't seem to be available. :-/ http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,21&q=the+gaskin+maneuver)

 

Will you post pics of your little one once you get your scan? I get all giddy and happy about ultrasound pictures. 

 


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Hmmm... favorite parts of the shower.  I liked that people decorated onsies for me.  Not everyone did it.  The hostess just left them out with some fabric markers and stencils that anyone could go and use if they wanted to.  It wasn't some big event that people felt obligated to participate in so I think that worked really well.  We just had finger foods and everyone enjoyed that.  There was alcohol at the party but noone got wasted or anything since it was on a sunday afternoon.  I like that it was fairly small and a lot of people didn't know each other.  It was nice that everyone got to meet other people in our lives from different situations.  Another thing I liked was that she got a bunch of baby socks and hung them on a clothes line and people wrote notes to us and put them in the socks.  It was great having notes of well wishes that I get to put in his baby book plus tons of baby socks!

The best part of it though was really just seeing all my friends that I haven't seen much since being pregnant.  I really have become a hermit these past few months because I have been so tired and busy with all these appointments and classes and such.  I never thought I would be that person and I hope I don't continue to be a hermit once he comes because that shower really reminded me that he is going to have some really great people in his life once he is here.


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I am going on maternity leave at 37 weeks.  I figure that's when I will be full term.  I wanted to sort of play it by ear but we are getting so booked up I needed to make a decision so we don't overbook.  There is no resceduling my clients the next week if I can't come in because I am in labor because I won't be there!  They are going to have a tough time since it is the busiest time of year (right before thanksgiving and christmas) for people to need their dogs groomed.  Maybe if I have him early enough I can come back for a few days before holiday break to releive some of that and make some money for myself for the holidays.  Who knows though. 

 

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tank - I commpletely remember being done at the 33-34 week mark (I had kidney stones then!) and feeling like it was taking FOR-EV-ER at that point! But I'm still going to go ahead and wish that your baby doesn't come until at least 38 weeks, as thats when babe has a much better chance of not needing medical interventions. That said, at 38 weeks I say go for it with pretty much any natural induction method you can find! Things like castor oil really can work, and they won't induce the baby to come if it's not ready yet.

On the going-overdue note - there were a lot of women in my DDC who had either with past babies or other women in their family had gone past 42 weeks with no problems. Some women just cook 'em for a shorter or longer time than others, KWIM? My Kayden was fully cooked at 38 weeks and 1 day, but my nephew was born at 40 weeks and had some signs of prematurity. A lot of midwife practices can't go past 42 weeks, but a doctor should be able to give you weekly, biweekly or even daily NSTs after 42 weeks to avoid inductioin. You can also ask to be induced using a foley catheter instead of pitocin, if induction becomes necessary. Make sure you research and know your options and your rights before talking to your health care provider about it. You never HAVE to accept any intervention that they say is necessary. If they schedule an induction that you don't want, just don't show up smile.gif You need to be comfortable with whatever decisions are made, and whether that is to be induced or to go past 42 weeks is completely your choice!

Val: Don't think that just because the contractions don't hurt a lot, that they aren't doing anything and couldn't signify labour smile.gif My contractions for the first probably 8 hours of labour were really very manageable. Depending on baby's position and your own body, active labour doesn't always hurt a lot. I definitely have my fingers crossed that that is the case for you! Wishing you a quick, easy labour and swift arrival of your baby! smile.gif

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Hi ladies - I'm still here, and still pregnant.  ;)

 

Rosie - Yay for your leaky boobs!!  I don't know that I've noticed any leaking... can't say that I've squeezed to see if anything comes out, though.  

 

Ram - I don't blame you for demanding an u/s!  Do you want to find out gender??  

 

birdie - Hope you've had some relief from the insomnia.  That's no fun!  

 

tank - Yay for pending maternity leave!  That'll give you some time to finish prepping for the baby.  

 

LivingSky - Thanks for the encouragement!!  Thanks for the induction info, too - I'm going to research the foley catheter.  Hope you and Kayden are doing well!

 

So not much going on here.  I did have a few painful contractions over the weekend, but they never got stronger or stayed consistent, so I'm guessing it was just more BH.  Otherwise, nothing going on.  My due date is tomorrow.  I'm assuming I'll go over.  I'm trying to remind myself that it took me over a year to get pregnant, so I should enjoy every day that I get to be pregnant - hopefully that'll help me feel less impatient!  Not much else going on.  Doctor did finally call me back - they'd like to induce towards the end of next week if I haven't gone naturally by then (so around 10/6 or 10/7ish).  Hopefully we won't get to that point!  I foresee a lot of walking in my future.  


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C'mon BabyValH! Do we know your baby's name yet. I forget/dont know if you're telling early or not?

 

Random TMI panic freak out of the day: Went to the bathroom, wiped, and the tissue was bright red. TERRIFYING. I pretty quickly realized the red was coming from the back not the front, and that I ate beets last night. Foiled by the beets AGAIN. duh.gif

 

 


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Rosie - That would be scary, but glad it was just the beets!!  And yes, we do have a name:  Jacob.  It took us forever to decide, but when he was transverse a while back, I just started calling him Jacob and my DH never argued, so that's what it is.  He just feels like a Jacob to me.  Now if I could just meet him!  


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Aww Jacob is a wonderful name.  One of our dogs names is Jake and I almost put Jacob on the baby name list lol, oops. 

Our little guy is Elliot.  Not sure if I told you guys yet.  I have still been calling him wolverine though.


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Thanks for the Ina May Gaskin book reminder. I looked at her book early on but bought the Birth Partner book which has been great. I know my doula has the gaskin book and the library does too so I'll go check that out.

 

Val, I love the name Jacob too. I think its a great name for a kid and an adult. I named my first car (a truck) Jake and always have warm fuzzies about the name. Yes, we want to know the sex. I wanted to know to pick out fabric for some sewing projects. I finally gave up and went with some gray patterns so I could start making stuff. plus if it's a girl we've still got to work out our name differences.

 

Tank, Elliot is a great name too although I'm partial to wolverine !winky.gif I've just been calling the baby the "thing", doesn't sound very endearing, but since we don't know girl or boy I try to avoid saying he or she.

 

Rosie, I never really thought about beets being so scary before! Glad you figured it out.


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Hi all,

I haven't been in the "I'm Pregnant" forum for months but wanted to find this thread to post the following: Eliza wearing a hat made by our own Tank. I LOVE IT!

I have to leave to pick her up from daycare but real quick, she's 5 months old and I'm amazed at how little sleep I can survive on. Super fun baby now. Will be back later to catch up more!

 

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Tank:  I think week 38 is considered the beginning of full term because that's when babies are fully developed, as a rule.  And I don't think baby being high up now means anything about the timing of moving down.  I think it's more like our positions as adults - just because we're standing now doesn't mean we won't be lying down a week from now!  I know my baby still is doing numerous different positions, and I'm grateful s/he hasn't moved down yet, because I suspect that would mean I was a lot less comfortable.  And honestly, I hope you don't have to be induced, but I think it's safer to be induced than to go too late.  I felt that way earlier in the pregnancy, but the more reading I've done the more it seems like being significantly post-dates (greater than 42 weeks)can actually be risky for baby.  Not all the pitocin stories are so bad: There are women who get induced and go on to have otherwise natural and as-comfortable-as-labor-ever-is births.  Of course, I hope that this is all a moot point because you'll just go naturally at 38 weeks and one day, like LivingSky did.  It's pretty likely that you'll go before 42 weeks - very few people stay pregnant that long!  Finally, don't beat yourself up about your uncertainty - it's normal to feel both grateful AND fearful about all aspects of pregnancy and parenthood.

 

Rosie:  I know that at my hospital, they will let you go post-dates as long as you go in for daily non-stress tests.  I don't know what the difference is in outcomes between doing it that way and doing it by inducing, though.  And I think it's partly lack of numbers and funding that results in our lack of knowledge, but also the whole ethical quagmire of testing anything on pregnant women and their unborn babies.  The default setting seems to be to go with our best guess of the least risky path.  It's understandable, and in some cases there is evidence for what path is least risky, but it's certainly not rigorously science-based.  As far as leaky breasts go, mine have been on and off for quite a few weeks now.  I'll go a week or two with nothing and then wake up with a wet spot on the sheet, or feel a wet spot on my shirt.  I actually find it a little disconcerting, although also reassuring.  I'm glad to know that I seem to be ready and rarin' to go to make milk for baby, but I'm not super-keen on randomly having milk on my clothes without any baby I can feed it to yet.  Oh, the beet thing!  I'm sorry that it was so scary, but it's kind of funny too, once you knew it was okay.  I once drank a bunch of cranberry juice before a blood draw (as a child) and then threw up after the blood draw - the nurse was VERY worried to see me emitting so much red vomit.  She was very relieved when my mom explained that it was just cranberry juice.  And I've had beets do that to me before too, although never at such a nerve-wracking time as during pregnancy!

 

Ram:  Yeah, I was really glad that I had a u/s at 21 weeks.  It really cemented in my mind that there really was a little person inside me, not just a big weird gas bubble, or an alien, or an imaginary baby.  I knew that already, but it still really meant a lot to me.  I hope you can get one with no hassle!  I borrowed hypnobabies from LivingSky, and it seems to be helping me stay more focused on the positive and calm, while still allowing me to contemplate complications.  I'm really trying to find that balance between thinking positively while still recognizing the possibility of other outcomes, and thinking critically about how to deal with them.  And the whole pregnancy counting thing, all of it, seems completely ridiculous to me too.  The fact that it starts two weeks before you even actually conceive, the fact that when I'm 35 weeks and 1 day I seem to be expected to call that "36 weeks" (although not by the doctor's office), the figuring out how many months you are based on weeks . . . pah.  I would rather just tell people my due date every time they ask how far along I am.  I hope you can find out the sex, it certainly does make picking a name easier.  Our baby is called "Baby" now.  And I'm using "it" as a pronoun, even though the impersonality of it bothers me.  The lack of an appropriate gender-neutral pronoun makes me want to stomp my little swollen pregnant feet. 

 

Birdie:  I'm with you on the insomnia.  It's not all the time for me either, so it certainly could be worse.  It sounds like you're very nearly ready to go . . . I feel a little behind when I read that you have baby's coming home outfit picked!  I have baby clothes, I have a car seat on order, and I have a baby in my abdomen.  That's approximately how ready I am . . . okay, not really, but it feels that way sometimes.  Milk is a great craving to have!  It's good for you and baby, it's easy to get and consume in large quantity.  You couldn't ask for much more from a craving, I think.

 

Livingsky:  I don't think I thanked you for the last Kayden photo.  He's so adorable, I love to look at pictures of the little people that we BJC members made.  It makes me feel more like my baby is actually an individual I haven't met yet instead of just an amorphous idea of a baby, if you know what I mean.  So, thanks!

 

Val:  If you did want to check for milk, I hear that's a good way to get labor underway, too.  Although right now it sounds incredibly uncomfortable to me.  By the sounds of things your doctor is willing to wait until near 42 weeks to induce, so that's better than it could be.  I hope you don't have to, of course.  I think being impatient at that stage of pregnancy is pretty much a given.  Even my friend who did not mean to get pregnant yet and had the world's most comfortable pregnancy got impatient in the last two weeks before her due date.  You've been waiting a long time not just to get pregnant, but also to meet Jacob!  I hope it happens very soon for you.

 

Blanca:  Thank you for that picture of Eliza.  She looks positively smashing in that hat (good job, Tank), and she's just all-around adorable.  It also makes me realize just how stinkin' fast the pregnancy is going in some ways . . . didn't you JUST have her?  Five months is the first baby age I have any real experience with, and it is a fantastic age - she's learning SO much, I'd bet.  Yay!

 

AFM:  I had a very small (5 people altogether), low-key baby shower at the neighbor's the other day.  It was nice.  Mostly we ate delicious treats, drank tea, and talked about goats.  We did also have two games - we hung laundry while talking on the phone and holding a cabbage patch doll, and we diapered a cabbage patch doll while blindfolded (with another diaper acting as the blindfold).  The games were fun, there weren't many people there, and the gifts that I got were small enough that I didn't feel like a jerk and they are pretty useful.  Yay! 

 

My husband is home for the good now, so that's a big relief for both of us.  We've been talking for years about what might be a good job for me that would allow us to take care of the farm and also make a bit more money, and my husband had a frickin' fantastic idea - he suggested that I could be a doula.   There isn't one in our town (or I would be hiring her), another person at our prenatal class asked about their availability, and I think I would be good at it.  The training is something I could definitely do, the price of certification is not overly high, and it is a pretty flexible job as far as when and how much you work (assuming there are enough clients to get work).  I'm pretty excited about the idea.  I think I'm going to order the course materials soon.

 

I've been very busy.  I went to a livestock auction (my first ever) with my friendly helpful goat-breeder friend, and she helped me pick out a goat and bid on her.  I now have a replacement for my old girl who died this summer.  The new goat is two, and she is very pretty, and she has an udder, so she's successfully kidded at least once.  She's also very tall.  We will name her Ditto (to go with Dash, and Dot, the one who died).  She's very friendly and easy to get along with.  And she wasn't too terribly expensive.  As long as she's healthy I got a really good deal!

 

I got my cheesemaking supplies in the mail (finally) and have made a batch of soft cheese, a batch of marscapone to make tiramisu out of (my favorite dessert in the WORLD), and a batch of almost-mozzarella.  I'm hoping to make a cheese press in the next few days and try my hand at cheddar.  I'm certainly no expert yet, but they've all tasted just fine.  Half of the mozzarella turned out great, and the other half has a weird texture.  I have no idea why that might be.  Oh well!  I'm most excited for parmesan . . . eventually.  It has to age for ten months before you can eat it.

 

Our new windows got dropped off today, the contractor is installing them starting tomorrow, and we'll be insulating our house in a couple of weeks.  Our siding should be in soonish, too.  My husband is doing most of the work (thanks, sweetie!) except for the windows, and that includes digging a big trench around our foundation to insulate it too.  We will be warm for our first winter with a baby!

 

I think my relationship with my husband has really improved with this pregnancy, as I've come to really appreciate just how much he really does for us and how hard he works, and is willing to work.  He's great!  And I'm starting to feel like I'm great too, which has been a big part of our problems in the past.  I've been working really hard too, and keeping myself interested in doing "real" things even when I was so exhausted, and I'm doing much better at communicating without arguing.  I'm great!  I don't fool myself that this positivity is going to maintain itself, but I'm really feeling more capable of maintaining it than I ever have before.  It's a nice feeling.

 

Baby is wiggly as all get-out still.  It's uncomfortable occasionally, but I mostly am just impressed at how strong baby is getting.  I do wonder what is going on in there (are you trying to unzip my uterus?  are you poking me in the cervix?  are you stretching sideways as hard as you can?) and I can hardly wait to see baby moving without the intervening muscle, fat, and skin.  Being pregnant or having baby in my arms is becoming a common theme in my dreams, finally.

 

The prenatal class at the hospital was actually quite reassuring.  They avoid episiotomies unless they are doing a vacuum extraction (which they try to avoid), they would rather not give epidurals (because they're understaffed, but still), they favor skin-to-skin contact immediately, they try to avoid C-sections unless they really think it's necessary (they have about a 10% rate, which is a little higher than WHO recommends, I think, but not by much).  They will wait to give eye ointment until after the first bonding/nursing session.  Inductions can be avoided by doing non-stress tests daily (at least up to a point).  They encourage breastfeeding highly and have good-quality pumps free for use if you need them.  There were a few things that aren't perfect - almost all deliveries are in lithotomy position, but it sounded like if I had a strong opinion on the matter (which I do) I can talk to my doctor about it before-hand (which I will).  I think kneeling on the bed with the head raised sounds worlds more comfortable, and I can't imagine my doctor putting up a fight about it.  I think she might have figured out that I'm stubborn, and she's okay with that.  I'll find out next week!  You can't labor in the tub, though you can labor in the shower.  I don't think there's really any room for argument on that one, so I hope I'm not in need of a tub, or I'll be in there laboring while my husband tries to head them off at the door . . . while amusing, I'd rather not have to do that.

 

Anyway, time to go and make some bruschetta with my sort-of-mozzarella, and put the bread in the oven!  I apparently have decided to write an ENORMOUS post about once a month.  It's nice to check in on everyone, and it sounds like everyone is doing pretty well right now. 


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Blanca: She is GORGEOUS and I love the hat! I will take a picture of Kayden wearing his Bajingo Juice Club hat as soon as he grows in to it (which I expect to be any day now!)

Hykue: I for one really enjoy your enormous posts, so feel free to keep them coming smile.gif

I just popped in quickly as one of my dogs is in the middle of whelping. But I got these pictures of Kayden today and I absolutely couldn't resist posting them!

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RosieL, I had to laugh when you talked about the beets.  So funny.  My DH is afraid to eat them because when he was little it made is urine red and he thought he was dying.  LOL.

 

So many cute baby photos!  I can't wait to hear about Val's baby!


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