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Hello ladies

Boots- glad honey badger decided to reveal his gender.  It kind of makes it more real to know.

Caly- we're getting close!  How are you doing?  How are you preparing?

Sparrows- My heart rate is also faster.  Remember we are pumping like 30% more blood.  But I would still definitely get it looked at since blood/circulatory problems can be a big deal in pregnancy.  Did you pick your doula yet?  I found an awesome one in our neck of the woods.

Erica and Sparrows- I feel you on choosing who will be there for the birth, especially if you are trying to go without an epidural- you will definitely not feel like trying to socialize.  We asked my in-laws to come a couple weeks after the baby is born.  Luckily, my DH was on the same page and did this himself.  I am giving my Stepmother and Dad the job of watching my DD and then they can bring her in when the birth is over and feel involved.  My mom passed away in 2001 and birth is one of the times that I miss her most desperately.  She seemed to be there in spirit last time.  It is Doula, Sister, and DH only for me.  Can you give your MILs some "important" job to do that might make them feel involved (all the phone calls to relatives)?  Stick to your guns on this one.  Remind DH what hard and all consuming work you will be doing during that time and that it is not a time to be concerned about anyone else feeling "left out".  Everyone but you is "left out" of this process already just by the nature of it.  I think that is one of the hardest things for DHs (mine at least).  He really wants to help and "fix things" but there is nothing he can do but try to be supportive and encouraging and deal with the difficulty of seeing his lady struggle through delivering his child. 


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Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted much lately. Life has been a little hectic. My mom is in town (I'm so happy she's here!), so I've been hanging out with her and spending less time on the internet than usual. Work has just been nuts. I can't wait to start my leave.

 

Sparrows, your situation with your MIL sounds exactly like ours. eyesroll.gif None of our family will be in town for the birth, and I told DH I don't want any house guests during the first few weeks of the baby's life. He took it personally at first, but I think he understands. I just don't need that kind of stress on top of learning how to take care of a new baby.

 

CountryGirl, AHHH! I can't believe we'll be meeting our babies next month! My mom and I have been shopping for baby things, and she's going to fill up my freezer and help me get the nursery set up before she leaves next week. I am starting to feel a rather urgent need to have everything ready to go in case the baby comes early. Physically, I'm feeling pretty good - just tired and achy - but emotionally, I'm overwhelmed. After months and months of waiting, everything seems to be happening so fast. How are you feeling? Are you ready?

 

Boots, love the pic! Honey Badger has a gender AND a face, isn't it crazy?! How are you enjoying your first week of summer vacation?

 

Rosie, hope you're feeling better! Oh, Odin...I love him.

 

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Ahh, Bel, when are those twins due!? It's gotta be soon.

 

Sparrows, my heart started doing that way back in the beginning of second trimester, and my doctor said really it's nothing to worry about unless it gets like over 200 for a long time, which probably wouldn't happen. I would be more worried about your BP, hopefully it's not too high and mine started to get lower, too, as things progressed. Good luck! I have one of those wrist cuff BP/pulse monitors and I love it.

So they totally surprised us with the 3-D ultrasound pic, I mentioned to the tech we'd never even seen the profile because of HB's little stubbornness issue and she turned on the 3-D and there he was! They had a big TV screen, too, it was crazy, I started tearing up.

 

Rosie, cuuuuutie sleepy baby :)

 

Erica, I hope you post nursery pics when you're done!  What are the colors?

 

Caly, glad you're still feeling pretty good and getting quality time with your mama. I ALSO hope you post nursery pics. I have been looking at a lot of them again for lack of anything else to do. :) How have you been feeling about your midwives? How many more weeks until A is back?

 

I am doing well, pretty comfortable, avoiding going out in the 106 degree heat (!). I am just struggling with going from EVERYTHING to do to really nothing to do. I have some projects around the house I should get started on like organizing and decluttering paperwork. My big anxiety right now is the GD test I took on Saturday, waiting for results. We are also thinking we might have to rehome one of our four cats to make sure our house is peaceful and sanitary for everyone else, including the baby. That's causing me a lot of guilt and anxiety.

My friend had a baby today and instead of feeling happy for her, I'm just incredibly jealous that she's done and holding her baby! That's absurd, I know. I am impatient. 12 more weeks!



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Ca Country Girl:  I'm going for a NUMB using hypnobabies, so I doubt I'll want any stragglers in there either. Lol. My MIL is really such a sweet woman... but she just gets on my NERVES (No joke. She had my entire shower planned out the when I was 3 months pregnant. The date, where, the time, the favors, everything. Yeah, my Mom was NOT happy. Lol. Oh and um. My shower isn't for two months still, andddd she already has the favors done... which are candy. Mmmmm. Guessing I won't be eating my favor. eyesroll.gif) And it's so hard to explain that to my DH without him getting offended. Evennnn though I know he agrees on his own level and relationship with her.

 

Boots: Hopefully it'll be soon. I purchased some things on Etsy and apparently they're all handmade which I didn't know meant... to order... and would take 900 years. Lol. The color of the room is called Tumbled Marble. Just sort of a nude/beige color. Looks like this:

 

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The molding, wood beams (we live in an old lakehouse), and built in dresser and closets are dove white. Which is just white, but without the brightness to it (I call that the "blue white".) The furniture is all white, and the bedding and decor look like this:

 

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I really wanted something, sweet, and feminine but not like... WOAH, girl baby room! I figure she'll be obsessed with Dora the Explorer soon enough on her own, so I'll get what I want now. Lol. And um. Howwww are you handling 106 degrees?! It was 80 here yesterday, but the humidity was about 85%. I was totally whining.


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Hey everyone!  We're still putting together the nursery, so I figured I'd post a quick pic.  It's not a great pic, but the grey is Pewter Mug from Behr and it looks really nice with the white trim that you can't see in this pic.  Heh.  That's the beautiful dresser/changing table DH surprised me with for Mother's day.  And, that's obviously me in the background.  We'll be doing yellow accessories in terms of curtains and rug, though I can't decide whether I want a subtle yellow or something more like a goldenrod or saffron.  DH just finished installing and finishing the hardwood floors that you can see a little of at the bottom, so we're starting to get into good shape.  My mom, who's getting us a crib, just left for England for three weeks, so I guess the crib will be waiting until then.  I really want everything to be ready.  I'm in nesting overdrive.  I just spent three hours mulching the back garden as a way to distract myself.

 

Erica, those colors are beautiful!  I love the girly, floral patterns for stuff too, but it totally doesn't fit with our house.  We also don't know what Ninja Baby is, so we're going neutral all the way.  That bedding is gorgeous though.

 

Rosie, Odin is freaking adorable!  More pics when you get a chance!

 

Boots, I have no idea how you're dealing with 106 degree heat.  Ugh. 

 

Caly, so exciting how close you're getting!  It's good to hear you're still doing well.  I'm getting a little nervous about how these next two months will be treating me, so it's good to hear from someone storming the battlements of the last month as we speak.  (That analogy must have come from some deep recess of my brain...  not sure it makes sense, but I'm not going to analyze it).

 

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Lily, yay pewter mug! Our kids are going to share a nursery color bond. :) I cannot WAIT to see it on our walls. So for accessories, we have a red recliner, yellow bedding on the futon that will stay in there with the crib, really plain/no extra crib bedding at the moment (We just got pale blue and white jersey sheets from ikea, I don't quite get crib bedding, it seems like they're not supposed to have anything in there at first). Then we have the big carrot and broccoli toys from Ikea and the fabric with the veggies to make curtains. :)  Right now, basically nothing is done! But huz is going to paint this weekend, and then we have lots of shelving,closet organization, and the crib to put together.

 

Erica, I like the colors, and the sheep! I hope that's part of your plan. hehe.

 

You ladies are seriously nesting way more than I am, and I have nothing but time. How am I dealing with the heat...mostly by not going outside. As I say, Arizona, it's only hot outside. I have to leave to go to a pulmonologist appointment in like five minutes, though, and it's the hottest part of the day. Ugh. Thankfully, we got a carport/canopy so that helps A LOT, you cannot imagine how how cars get out here.

 

Just talked to my friend who is flying out with her husband and son for a week for my shower, I am SOOOO happy and looking forward to it. That was a nice surprise for today because I am still waiting on my GD test results. :I I took it Saturday and they said 3-4 days for results. Come ON.



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So I found out I failed my 1 hour glucose with 137. I'm really scared and depressed about having to take the 3 hour test. I was a mess after the one hour test. Not really getting any alternatives from my OB but they did say they'd try to work something else out if I do end up throwing up and invalidating the test. My husband wants me to call back and try to talk to the doctor but I am just resigned they are going to insist on this...

 

Also not helping my mood, my pulmonologist was like "How many weeks are you" and her eyes got all big when I said 28, she's like "He's in there somewhere?" and then when I stood up she was like, oh, I can see the baby now. Really? If other people knew how much fat women fret and feel crappy for not looking pregnant, they would keep their mouths shut.



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So exciting that a few of you are going to have new babies in a month or so, CalyBel, and CaCountry!  Enjoy your time with your mom, Caly. Is she staying through the birth (Sorry if you've already mentioned this...).

 

What a cutie, Rosie. So sorry about the abcess, I hope it gets resolved with the draining.

 

Erica, I got the hypnobabies book and cd from the library and have been looking at it. Hypnobirthing advises not to combine their approach with another system (we're taking lamaze natural childbirth classes and I'm reading the Bradley book), but I think I'm still going to practice the self-hypnosis and use it if I can.

 

Sparrows,  how did the call to your doc go about your heart? I have read on our ddc of that happening to other women and it's normal, but it sounds like a good idea to double check if it makes you uncomfortable.

 

Love the different styles in your nurseries, Erica and Lily!

By the way, Lily, are you using the top of the dresser as a changing area (and keeping it mobile, perhaps?). We bought a changing table from Ikea but realized it's a nonstandard size (before constructing it, thankfully) so we are thinking of just using the changing pad wherever safe and convenient. I wondered if people thought there might be safety issues? Of course we will never leave baby on it unattended, but it is really necessary to have an official changing table? My husband was thinking about putting velcro on the bottom of the changing pad/top of the dresser just to make it a little more stable.

 

Boots, I'm sorry these weren't the results you wanted, but I just got my results yesterday and I remember that the cutoff was right around there...digging on the internet it seems like the cutoff is sometimes 140 sometimes 130, so I think it sounds like you are close to passing. My ob said that she has a lot of patients who fail the 1 hr but pass the 3 hr, so there's still the chance that you really don't have gd.

 

We had a shower at dh work today. It was nice and people were generous--lots of giftcards that will be extremely handy and other useful items. I'm humbled and impressed with how caring people have been, especially since we don't have extremely close ties to many people in this area. We lucked out with great colleagues, though.


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Just a quick hello to all the BJ ladies!  The babies are in the doctors exact words - fat, happy and loving life.  Baby girl has moved transverse crushing the vaginal birth possibility so unless I go into labor in the next week they will be here next Thursday.  I was pretty upset at first, but I am moving past it - their health is #1.  (Still not looking forward to recovery...ugh)  They are also about 7 lbs each already!  (Only an estimate but pretty cool...)  Oh yeah and the ear is still not back to normal but I'm guessing its pregnancy related stuffiness.  I see the ENT today.

 

All my worries about premies with twins - hello 38 weeks!

 

Ladies - a lot of us are getting close! 

 

Boots - yay for Honey Badger boy!  Awesome!  Sorry about the GD test, but even mommas without diabetic histories are stuck doing the test.  Hope they help you feel better!

 

2SweetSparrows - I got a little weirded out hearing my pulse laying down in my head.  Our blood volume increases a bunch but I'm not sure what that does to heart rate.  Hope your OB addressed your concerns.

 

Love seeing and hearing about nurseries - ours is still a work in progress, but cribs are up at least!  Its almost done and DH has done a great job with it.  Hand me downs are the best as well - but I have too much stuff since my sister hoarded everything.  haha

 

Caly - glad your mom is helping you out!

 

Sleep is difficult, but naps are awesome...Im getting sleepy so off I go.  (I wake up super early or randomly through the night - practicing for the future, right?)

 

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Andaluza, we're using that pad as a kind of portable option.  It comes with screws to screw in, but since the dresser is an antique, we sort of don't want to screw holes into it.  Does that make us terrible parents already?  If baby gets super squirmy later, we might change our minds.  But I think it makes sense to have a portable pad.  Some people I know just have a pad they keep next to the couch or whatever to whip out when needed.  As you said, I'm not planning on leaving the kid unattended while changing dipes, so I don't think the screws are absolutely necessary.  


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Ummmmmmm, Lily: I am in LOVE with that piece. Beautiful. We are actually currently looking for something very similar to that for our bedroom. I grew up with a dresser like that, but taller and I always loved it. That paint color is also great. We actually have a similar color in our living room! I think either yellow would look fab with that color. The brighter yellow might modern it up a bit if you wanted to go that direction.

 

boots: I'm so paranoyed about my glucose test too. I'm so sorry you "failed", buttttt the one good thing I can think of is... it seems um... MOST people fail the one hour (and I read that they're thinking of doing away with the 1 hour because it's ridiculous for so many people to fail, then go on to do the 3 hour and pass.) I kinda don't understand WHICH mine is. I know that I have to fast for 2 hours before (but my Dr. told me to eat normally for the rest of the day before that) then I drink the crap, then wait 2 hours, then the bloodwork. 2 hours though? Never heard of thatttt one. You'll be okay. It just super sucks to have to do it again. Hate. And that heat... mannnnn. The carport does sound super helpful. It's kinda drizzly and warm here today, 73... but the freaking humidity is 90% again. Gross. My skin loves it, my hair? Yeah, no. On a positive note, with all the humidity and rain we've gotten the past month or so... our yard looks amazing! As for the nesting... I think it's part nesting, andddd part OCD. I can't even help myself. That little sheep IS pretty cute, huh? Lol. I don't know if I'll get him, butttt I did see this little dog on etsy I kinda adore:

 

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andaluza: I'm waiting for my hypnobabies package to arrive. I didn't know they don't want you to combine approaches? Interesting. But, I didn't really plan on anything else, so I suppose I'm okay there. Do you like what you've read so far? And that's super awesome about your shower... how nice is that?!

 

AFM: Um. When are we supposed to go visit the hospital or whatever? I feel ill prepared when it comes to that and the actual birthing. I'm 26 weeks today, so I guess I have time. I just don't want to wait till the last minute, and then end up that she comes earlier than expected. Oh and my thighs are... out... of... controllllll. I'm amazed by "maternal fat stores". Really?? Cause mine are pretty much solely in my thighs. Wowza.


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boots - as always, you know I'm with you! Why do people say stuff like that to someone who is pregnant and overweight? What possibly makes them think it's ok?
Anyway, on the GD note, have faith. I had to do the 3 hour glucose test (my midwife didn't even give me the OPTION to do the 1 hour, we went straight to the 3) and I was sure I would be sick, but I actually survived it ok. I brought a really good book that I knew would keep my mind occupied, and I had DH waiting with food for me the instant I was done.

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Also not helping my mood, my pulmonologist was like "How many weeks are you" and her eyes got all big when I said 28, she's like "He's in there somewhere?" and then when I stood up she was like, oh, I can see the baby now. Really? If other people knew how much fat women fret and feel crappy for not looking pregnant, they would keep their mouths shut.

Oh no way. Man I would have had to back slap someone! Good luck on your glucose test Boots. I got a little whoozy during mine and I went to the bathroom and took a few illegal drinks of water.

 

 

I totally wanted a boy, but these adorable girl nursery picks are making me a teeny bit jealous!

 

 

 

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Happy long weekend, friends! I hope you all have some rest and fun planned. Huz is going to paint the nursery, I am so excited! And just happy to have him home for three days.

 

hug2.gifLivingsky, you're my homegirl :) Stupid lung doctor. The good thing is neither my OB or my GP are concerned about my weight regarding my pregnancy. I have been treated with a lot of respect, just like the normal healthy pregnant lady that I am. I am hoping that with willpower and support, I can make it through this stupid 3 hour test. Books and knitting! I am so excited you are TTC again. I was planning to send you back the hypnobabies since I haven't used it yet, but I just decided we are just doing hospital classes, and I think I might go ahead and listen to some of it so I have a fighting chance at dealing with labor unmedicated.

 

Ram, I totally plan to drink water illegally in the bathroom! :) I researched it and honestly there is NO reason that water should affect the results.

 

Re: Changing pads/tables: I didn't even register for or buy one of the contoured ones, just waterproof pads. Everyone told me we'd never use the changing table. Do you think we would still need a contoured pad? Ikea has weird inflatable ones. hehe.

 

Bel, so exciting! It must've been hard to hear that little girl had turned, but I bet there's not much room to move around in there. Thursday! Eeek! And 7 pounds. Sorry your ear is still bothering you! I hope it does resolve after birth. Can't wait to see these gorgeous babies, good job mama!

 

So I still freaking get sick about once a week, usually when I forget to take my magic pepcid. I am amazed how well it works and how crappy I feel without it. I got sick last night which sucked, but here's the cool part. I love feeling HB all the time now and not worrying about not feeling enough movement. BUT when I am sick to my stomach he often goes nuts and makes it worse. We have the FP soothe and glow seahorse, and one squeeze of that thing by my lower belly and HB was quiet enough for me to go to sleep.

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Awww, we have that seahorse and wolverine loves it.  Maybe HB will remember it when he comes out.  I remember when wolverine was tiny he used to try and latch onto that glowy belly.  He thought it was a boob all the time.  I swear my boobs don't look like that lol


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LilyTiger, what a gorgeous dresser! We're using our dresser as a changing table, too, and we're not planning to nail the changing pad into it (not that it would matter, since ours is cheapo plywood and has a malfunctioning drawer...). I was expecting the last few weeks of pregnancy to be really challenging, but I actually feel better now than I have the entire pregnancy. Hopefully the next few months will treat you gently.

 

Andaluza, my mom is keeping me company while DH is in Alaska. She's leaving Wednesday, and he's back Thursday. I wish she could stay. She and my dad will be coming to meet their granddaughter in August. Sounds like you have fabulous colleagues!

 

Bel, oh my word, Thursday! Unbelievable! I'll definitely be thinking of you. Here's to a safe and joyful birth! joy.gif

 

Erica, I love the girly nursery decor! Can you come to Ohio and do mine? orngtongue.gif

 

Boots, I'm sorry about your idiot pulmonologist and I'm so sorry you're still getting sick. That happens to me when I forget to take my Prilosec, which I do about once a week. It's awful. hug2.gif That's one of the (many) things I will NOT miss when I'm no longer pregnant.


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Caly, first week of third trimester and I totally agree, I feel better now than I have most of this entire time. I didn't expect that AT ALL. I'm sure not working has a lot to do with it, though :)

 

So I scheduled us for a two night childbirth class at the hospital, and a one-night breastfeeding class. I feel pretty good about doing that, the childbirth classes are in mid-June and the BF class is in early July. But this biggest prep I am doing for birth is reading The Big Book of Birth, which I really like. It seems really balanced and has a lot of good info about natural labor and interventions. I am just so overwhelmed, though. I cried today reading about C-sections. I feel so unsure of how the rest of this pregnancy is going to go, it seems to depend on the GD test results, but even then I am being kind of silly assuming I will need a C-section just because of what is probably very mild GD if I don't pass. I also cry when I read about breastfeeding, I am so overwhelmed and scared, which is why I decided to take huz to a class with me so he could have his own information that was not biased with my own fears. I waited to do all this research because it was just too overwhelming while teaching, but now it seems so close.

 

I'm so bored, Huz is doing the first coat on the nursery and I wish he was hanging out with me. I've done a lot of cleaning and sorting, I just went through about half of our filing cabinet, fun.
 



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Boots, we're just doing hospital classes, too. We attended a weekend childbirth seminar back in March, and we're taking a one-night breastfeeding class next week. I think pregnancy and birth are overwhelming events, period. And then there's parenting...what a scary thought! There are just so many unknowns and things that are beyond our control. I've been thinking a lot lately about complications during labor. I'm afraid birth won't be the wondrous, empowering experience I want it to be. I'm scared of the pain, of hospitals, of the possibility that something will go wrong and that my baby will be harmed. I'm scared she'll be stillborn even though I know it's unlikely. I'm afraid my lack of experience caring for babies is going to result in my child being injured somehow once I bring her home. I try to put all of this stuff out of my mind and think instead about how excited I am to meet my daughter, but it's hard. As much as I'm ready to be done with pregnancy, I sometimes wish I could just keep her safely inside me.

 

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AFM, I'm off work Mon/Tues/Wed this week because of staff shortages. I'm thrilled that I don't have to go to work, but I wish it were paid time off. I've been feeling really anxious about money and the fact that I'm going on leave in two weeks and won't be bringing any in for a few months (and, after that, half of what I make will be going to daycare, ugh eyesroll.gif). The other day, I spent about $75 on baby necessities (crib sheets, brush and comb set, baby nail clippers, a wet bag, and other things from our registry) and just about had a panic attack. I also bought new curtains for our bedroom, and they're still sitting in the shopping bag because I feel guilty about spending $40 to block out the streetlights that have been disrupting our sleep since we moved into this house two years ago. It's so dumb. We can afford nail clippers and curtains.


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Happy Memorial Day Ladies

Caly- even though this is my second child, I still have all those worries about birth and taking care of a newborn again.  I think it is just part of being a mom.  You worry about them inside and worry about them when they are born.  I still worry about my six year old, although the worries are different now.  I am glad your DH will be home on Thursday.  So great that your mom has been there for you.  I totally feel you on the money worries too.  It is really hard to think that I will be contributing very little to the family funds until Fall.

Boots-I am glad you are feeling better.  Sorry about the stupid doctor.  

Andaluza- I am reading Hypnobirthing too (and have some CD's) to try to get myself relaxed and over my anxiety.  I found with my last, that I went really instinctual, and no full planned techniques would come through.  My doula says all of the "coping tools" are to try to get you to let your body do its work and not fight it, so I think any that work for you would probably be ok.  I wouldn't worry about reading about them.  Maybe the hypnobirthing just doesn't think you should be trying to hard to recall things when you are using their techniques.

Bel-We will be waiting to hear your birth story.  You are so awesome for growing your twins inside for so long.

LilyTiger and Erica- Thanks for the pictures of the beautiful nurseries.  We don't have one; baby will be in our room and then our girls will share a room.

Tank, Rambuzo, LivingSky- give us more of an update on life with your little one!  How are they doing?


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Caly & boots: Third trimester was awesome, for how I felt, the beginning of it at least. I started to get uncomfy and cranky around 32 weeks. And partially for me, that was because I hate the heat and it got really hot here around then. So I think I would have been cranky and uncomfortable whether I was pregnant or not smile.gif

As to worry about the babe - I agree with CA Country Girl, I think those worries don't really go away so much as change. I worry about Kayden all the time. But, I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing, as long as you don't let the worry control you. Because I'm worried about him, I think about possible dangers to him and I work to prevent them. So, I think he's safer in the long run. Honestly I think my inexperience with children (I had never so much as changed a diaper pre-Kayden) actually makes me a bit more alert and paranoid than experienced moms! I still tend to think Kayden will break if I don't do things perfect and protect him from everything. So, it's good and bad at the same time smile.gif I know I'll eventually relax... it might not be til he's 30 though orngbiggrin.gif

Life with the little one - Kayden is crawling and he did his first unassisted stand yesterday. For about 5 seconds, but still it was pretty cool! Makes me worried he's going to catch on to the whole walking thing a lot faster than he did the crawing thing, though. I'd kind of like to keep him at ground level a while longer! Ah well.

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Hi everyone!  Well, I'm 9 weeks today and I finally feel like we can get excited about this baby.  This pic is from my 2nd ultrasound last week at 8 weeks (why yes, I instagrammed my Lil Gummy Bear!), and everything looked "perfect", according to my doctor.  We even heard the heart beating!  164 beats per minute!  I've been released to my regular OB, and my first appointment there is one week from today.  This is really happening!

 

Thanks for your kind, supportive words earlier in the thread.  I've been purposefully OFF google and other sites because they can really freak me out!  I've just been holding my breath... I don't know why I've been so scared, but I am getting better.  Physically, I'm definitely having pregnancy symptoms at this point.  My nausea picks up around 6 pm and I feel totally awful by bedtime.  Mostly just sore breasts and nipples, tons of heartburn and burping, and rolling nausea.  Thankfully I don't throw up, but I've had dry heaves a couple of times.  I'm the opposite of "morning sickness" because mornings I feel great!  ha.

 

DH and I already love this Lil Gummy Bear so much!  I read everyone's posts and I can't wait to get further along... I think this bond will just get stronger and stronger. 

 

Boots, congrats on a BOY!!! 

 

I'm definitely looking into Hypnobirthing.  If anyone remembers from the TTC thread, I did Hypnofertility last year and loved it. 


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hug2.gifPitch! So glad everything is going well. Before you know it, your gummy bear will look more like a baby. It's amazing how much they change between 9 and 12 weeks. At the 12 week scan we were like, OMG, that's a baby! (For the two seconds that HB let us see his profile, hehe). Sorry about the sickness, ugh! I wish there were a magic solution but it is so different for everyone. Keep trying stuff. I definitely recommend a heartburn medication, it has saved me. I just take pepcid but I think some of the other ladies here have had good luck with prevacid which might be a little stronger. Then you can read all the crazy MS remedies. I think the biggest key is eating small bits of protein all day, like every hour or two. That seems to help most people. I had some luck with B6 and seabands for nausea.

 

Livingsky, it's definitely hot here but I tend to stay inside and avoid it as much as possible, so that might be why I'm still feeling okay. Kayden is just so cute, your faces must ache from smiling (saw the pic in the bajingo mamas thread) Good luck starting on TTC again.

 

Caly, I am glad to know that you have the same fears...I also wrote to my friend who is coming out for my shower and she was so reassuring. I know these feelings are normal but I wasn't prepared for how intense they are. I think my biggest fear at this point is getting diagnosed with GD and then being told that means automatic C-section or induction, which I know it doesn't! but I would also feel like all my good feelings about my doctor would go away, and I would be no better off than I was at the first place, which is STUPID, because they have treated me so well and are only going by evidence-based testing and not just assuming anything like the first place. As scary as I find vaginal birth, and as undecided as I am about pain meds, I have a lot of C-section fear for whatever reason. I am afraid I'll have a painful recovery and then have to go back to teaching full-time 8 weeks later.

ALSO I am starting to freak out about money although I haven't really been looking at our finances. I look at things that we will need off our registry if people don't buy them, and things I didn't put on, like breast pads, nursing bras, etc. and I just think we are going to be so broke, even though we've been trying to be thrifty.

Huz is almost done painting the nursery (it looks soooo good) and we took down the paper blinds we put up when we moved in, now i am trying to decide how to replace them without spending a million dollars. We are so deep in nesting right now so that's overwhelming, too.

Yay for A coming home soon, although I know you will miss your mama! It's great they are coming back to meet their granddaughter. Is it their first grandchild?

 

My 3-hour glucose test is Thursday. Scary, but not nearly as scary and wonderful as Bel giving birth Thursday! Big day!

 

Hope everyone is having a good day. I have to go figure out some more carbs to eat, my doctor has "carbo-load" instructions before the test as not to shock your system with the sugar and hopefully to have you produce more insulin? I don't know if it will really work or not, since I was diagnosed with insulin-resistance pre-pregnancy.



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CA country Girl: Adventures in mommyhood has been a major adjustment, but we're all happy and healthy and not too sleep deprived! Good luck with the birth of dd2 and be sure to come on over and join us at http://www.mothering.com/community/t/1350030/bajingo-babies-mommies-spring-2012

 

Yay Pitch for a healthy gummy bear! hope the ms takes it easy on you.

 

Good luck on your test Boots!

 

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CACountry- I chose a dula, I am like 90% sure she will work out.  We talked on the phone extensively and she really has a similar philosophy to me.  Did you choose one?  I will meet with her on Sat morning.  I did not end up going to a meet the doulas because I got a recommendation and thought I would see where that went before we took the time for the meet the doulas.

 

Erica- I love the decor!!!  That is exactly what I would have done if the baby was a girl.  It is so fun to put it all together.  I had a vision for Ert's nursery but I am having to compromise because I am purchasing furniture off of craigslist and I am looking for specific brands- therefore sometimes I have had to compromise with the color.  I have decided I am going with inspiration from: classic (wood)--- biplanes-- and rustic hand drawn animal look- I hope it all works in the end????.  I am debating on a neutral ivory wall or a really light aqua or yellow.

 

LivingSky- Yeah I have heard that you don't want the babes walking too soon - i think as long as you are not encouraging the walking- like walking them around, then they just do what they do when they are ready.  I am crossing my fingers for you 2ww- It'll happen soooon!

 

Lilytiger- georgous dresser!!  I is very similar to the dresser we have in out bedroom which had a contoured body- I love that idea.  We already have a big baby dresser but it does not have that step thing so we can use it when he gets older.  I am excited to see more pictures!

 

Andaluza- So nice that you were able to get some gift cards- have fun spending them!!!  

 

Caly- I hear you on the money front- we are okay- my Mother in law needs help from my dh from time to time- (she is a spending addict and did not plan for retirement at all even though she made plenty of money) so I get worried about things- I don't even know how dh's life insurance is allocated and never cared until now.  I am not working and will start school in fall.  I am sure we are okay and can afford the things we need but it is unnerving to know I will not be bringing in money for three years- until my program is done. I get nervous when I buy things for the little guy- I just have to remember that we are alright.- Oh and when the baby arrives my dh can change the plan- to make sure most of it will be allocated to me- cheerful subject???

 

Boots- sorry about your anxiety about the possibilities with the birth- I can get carried away thinking about what will be the worst things that can happen.  I am also getting sick about once a week.  Me and dh went out for pasta and I got sick as soon as I got hem and was like WTF?  I thought I was over this...eeerrrrrrrr.  Can't wait to see pics of your nursery sounds like it is coming along great!  I real need to pick out paint so we can get that started before the heat sets in- stay cool over there in AZ!

 

Pitch- YAY for your little gummy bear!!  I totally get the holding breath- after my losses it has been really hard to relax and google is not good- glad you are staying off- I research myself in to a tizzy!  it is so healthy that you love that little bear so much.  All you can do is fall in love and hope for the best.  Every week I am pregnant I am so thankful for that week that the baby made it.  

 

Bel- Sorry to hear about the baby turning- that mushy have been hard - but the important thing- YAY for fat healthy happy babies!!  Can't wait to hear form you after Thursday- I'll be thinking of you and the babes!!

 

Everyone else - Hope you are had a nice long weekend!

 

AFM- I went to my OB about my heart thing and as luck would have it my blood pressure was great at the visit- she told me to wait a week to see if things would calm down and if they were still going on they would have me see a cardiologist.  The symptoms improved and I get a hard heart beet about once a day for 1-2 min- as opposed for 3-4 hours at a time all day and night for the three days.  I guess it fixed its self????  I had my 23 week apt today.  They told me about what pre-eclemsia was and measured my tummy- she said I was measuring a little big but not to worry- (my dh was almost 11 lbs- I was 5.15oz so???) but she said that it is common to start out a little above then even out.  I was also ordered to have my 1st GD test - which I hope I will pass.  I am not looking forward to it She also told me about fetal movement tracking- which sounds extremely anxiety producing.  

 

We are getting the baby stuff organized and assisting the shower planners in the details- one in July one in Aug.  It is moving slow and fast at the same time.  I had a really hard week last week- I was sleeping about 13 hours a day- had firs trimester fatigue and nausea- I do not understand why I keep relapsing into that.  After Saturday though I felt much better and we celebrated y birthday with a beautiful dinner at a winery in Santa Cruz and had a BBQ and bocci ball day at the beach and the weather was perfect.  I almost forgot I was pregnant and sipped on some beer.  I am pooped from a lovely weekend- I need to get caught up on chores- gardening and baby preparing.  

 

I have a meeting with my prospective doula on Saturday morning- I hope I like her in person as much as I did on the phone- AHHHHH we a dumping a pretty penny into this endeavor but I think it will be worth it.

 

Changing pad-  we have a frame that screws onto the back of the dresser- that will keep it in a box thing- but when I was a nanny- I honestly changed the baby on the floor on a changing cloth- so I doubt anyone needs to super protect theirs unless it becomes dangerous.  

 

GD tests- Good luck to all of you having yours I hope I will not have to think about the stupid- 4 hour- that is what my OB said it was 4 hours and you have to stay at the clinic- ugh!- do they tell you right away what you results are or do you have to wait?


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Bel, it's wonderful to hear how well your babes are doing!! I hope things go perfectly on Thursday! So exciting that you will be meeting them soon.

 

Lily, a friend told me that she uses a nonslip pad between whatever surface and the changing pad, which I think we will try.

 

Erica, oh, the thighs... I'm hoping that breastfeeding and getting back into running after the birth will eliminate some of the "stores" as you so aptly put it. I'm enjoying the hypnobirthing and think it will help. I'm also finding the Bradley book useful, as well as the strategies I've learned in class. I'm just hoping that I can keep the ideas and techniques in mind and use them effectively.

 

Nice to see you here, Ram, Brody is looking great in your avatar! I hope that things are going well.

 

Boots, so glad to hear that your ob and gp are treating you well, as you deserve. I am wrapped up in the birthing process but really need to read the Womanly art of breastfeeding book that I got...soon!!! The classes sound good. Our childbirth class has been improving lately. I am sure you will make it fine through the 3 hour test. I don't know about the carboload before the test, but  the nurse at my office said not to eat a lot of carbs for breakfast, so I had a few eggs and cheese. But your doc should know what's best. 

 

Caly, sorry your mom has to leave tomorrow, but it's great that your husband will be back! We are trying to take it little by little with the baby necessities to make it more manageable. Those curtains are necessities!!

 

CaCountry, I think you're right about the hypnobirthing. It and bradley seem to stress knowing/practicing the strategies so well that they are instinctual and I can really see why that is important.

 

Livingsky, hope you get another bfp soon!! 

 

Pitch, so glad to see your little babe there and healthy and you around here!! 

 

2sweetsparrows: glad that you got to discuss your heart racing with your doc. I am sorry about the fatigue and nausea, but it sounds like you had a great birthday! I hope that the gd test goes well.

 

Afm, we got our car seat/base this weekend with some of the giftcards and a coupon from Babies-R-Us. One of my colleagues gave us his chicco stroller and old carseat (expired) and base, and it turns out that the old base is incompatible (we won't use the expired seat but were hoping to save on a 2nd base), so we still have to buy another base for dh's vehicle. I'm feeling pretty good too, still working hard on my projects and trying to go for a long walk daily, now very early because of our extreme heat (though not quite as bad as Boots's 106 degrees). Yesterday it was nice spending time outdoors and eating out with dh. I feel like time is passing quicker than I expected and I still have so much more I want to accomplish before baby M arrives!!


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2sweetsparrows- I did get a doula and I really like her.  A lot of my anxiety about not knowing who would be there when I deliver faded when I met her.  She has a really calm presence and works as a student midwife and a masseuse.  Her back up is also great, just in case I go into labor the one weekend in June that she is out of town.  That is one of the questions I would make sure you ask your doula when you meet her:  who backs her up if she is unavailable?  Are you delivering at a hospital?  I would also ask if she has worked at that particular hospital and how she will tell you if she thinks that any staff member is not being clear or truthful enough.  My doula told me that they can not tell hospital staff your wishes, but they can make sure that you have the options and know how to address them to the staff.  

Rambuzo- I will definitely be joining you on the mama's thread.

Boots- crossing our fingers on your test.

Pitch- You will get more confident everyday.  It is really hard to nto worry when you have been TTC for awhile.  I felt the same way, but every week is a milestone to celebrate.

Andaluza- looks like we cross-posted (I am editing to add this).  I have been waffling about using a very recently expired (December) car seat as a secondary (DH's king cab truck, which seldom will transport the baby  Maybe we will just use the base if we could make this work, it would make me feel less like I am potentially being irresponsible.

AFM- 36 weeks! I am getting more Braxton Hicks contractions.  I definitely have the pregnancy waddle.  I have been getting birth prep acupuncture, packing a bag, drinking raspberry leaf and nettle tea, washing baby clothes.  I have not been able to bring myself to buy diapers yet, but I will have to soon.  Just hoping my blood pressure will stay normal and I will be able to avoid induction (I was induced for Pregnancy Induced Hypertension last time).  I am not sure another practitioner would have made the same decision and I might question it more this time, but I would like to not have the issue come up.  I really want to experience natural labor this time.  

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Ahhhhh- I am having such strong nesting urge- far beyond just baby stuff- I am spending lot's of money on- well house stuff- stuff we have gone without because we have moved quite a bit.  I want my yard and home in an "adult" manner before the baby arrives so I can concentrate on rearing the baby and school and have a comfortable environment for us and guests.  Now I admit it is all relative, our home is beautiful and our furniture and decore are lovely- I am just getting all of those finishing touches like a patio umbrella, the perfect desk chair, new curtains storage baskets etc.  I want to be able to organize and have guests over without hassle I guess.  

 

Normally we just make due when we don't have a 'thing' like we use a dining chair at the desk- or we move the patio chair into the shade and eat on our laps- you get the drift.  Not- at ALL that this is real sacrifice in any way.  Now I just want those things that will make our house like a mom house where things ergonomically make sense and organization is easy.  This urge is really strong right now and I just can't help but obsessing over my home environment.  

 

 

Thanks for reading my babbling rant- I think I just need to justify my urge- In order to prevent future regret- I am only buying things that I have been thinking about for years- c'est la vie!

 

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Ahhhhh- I am having such strong nesting urge- far beyond just baby stuff- I am spending lot's of money on- well house stuff- stuff we have gone without because we have moved quite a bit.  I want my yard and home in an "adult" manner before the baby arrives so I can concentrate on rearing the baby and school and have a comfortable environment for us and guests.  Now I admit it is all relative, our home is beautiful and our furniture and decore are lovely- I am just getting all of those finishing touches like a patio umbrella, the perfect desk chair, new curtains storage baskets etc.  I want to be able to organize and have guests over without hassle I guess.  

 

Normally we just make due when we don't have a 'thing' like we use a dining chair at the desk- or we move the patio chair into the shade and eat on our laps- you get the drift.  Not- at ALL that this is real sacrifice in any way.  Now I just want those things that will make our house like a mom house where things ergonomically make sense and organization is easy.  This urge is really strong right now and I just can't help but obsessing over my home environment.  

I've been nesting like a mo-fo!  I woke up this morning at 6:30 and was cleaning and organizing by 7:00.  I stopped at around 1:00 to go meet a friend for lunch and would still be at it but I have to go support DH while he runs a race.  Fortunately, we just tore apart the house to consolidate studies and install hardwood flooring, so the resulting mess is a nesting pregnant lady's dream.

 

In other news, we're meeting with a doula tomorrow, and I think I'll probably go with her.  We met with one recommended by both my doctor and a friend and she was great, but the fee was $550 and I just started thinking about other expenses and the money we've just shelled out for home improvements and so on and I just couldn't justify it.  The doula we see tomorrow is $350 and that seems more reasonable.  I feel kind of weird and tacky haggling in my head over doula prices, but a $200 price difference matters to me at this stage of our financial evolution, so I guess I'll have to deal with feeling cheap.  At any rate, I hope the meeting goes well tomorrow so I can check that box off my list of things to do.


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Okay, ladies, forgive me for crossposting from my DDC but I am still not feeling great.

 

Honestly, the test was awful. I was not allowed any water at all. After about an hour I was sweating a lot and about to faint, the waiting room was SO busy and full of people and nobody working there noticed I was not doing well. Huz finally went up and told them and he had to help me up and back to the lab room. They took my blood and let me lie down (on a hard, short exam table, but I was too sick to care) and I sort of was out of it for awhile. Then about 40 minutes later I felt better again, although weak and lightheaded, not like I was going to die. I was able to go back out and sit with DH in the (uncomfortable chairs) waiting room for the last hour. It was kind of lame they did not have him come back with me and didn't check on me the entire hour I was lying down. Seriously, I could have been really ill or passed out and they wouldn't have known.

. I did gulp a little water in the bathroom from the sink after hour 2.

I don't know what this means for results, I can't find anything anecdotal or conclusive by googling, except saying that the sweating and lightheadedness was probably caused from my sugar dropping rapidly after the drink.

 

I still have not had much sleep or enough food (Huz is cooking me eggs right now).

 

I don't know when I'll get the results, but I have a doc appointment Monday, hopefully they'll be in by then. I guess I am glad i did it because I know I will ALWAYS refuse this test in the future, pregnant or not. It's just too extreme for me



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