I've been so busy since I am still working part-time and spending the rest of my time resting, eating and spending as much one-on-one mommy time with my son. I couldn't believe when I checked in tonight that gogi (Denyse) had not had those babies!
I am 25 weeks now and also dreamed about birth the other night. It really scared me, so I liked the take that maybe I was dreaming of someone elses!
I had a great visit with my midwife, in the practice with my ob. She is a strong older woman who has "done it all" and will be my advocate with the doctor. I have collected many stories of breech births without epidural and feel secure refusing that one and she will back me on that (when I interviewed her before going to the clinic for my first delivery, I liked that she stressed that "we hire the doctors, they don't hire us!") She promised to put herself on call whenever I felt (Planned!) to deliver, and to meet me at a hotel room if I wanted to labor there (closer to the hospital) for a while before checking in. I felt great after that visit. She spent forever with me and I was surprised that no one came looking for her. She also said that she felt sure she could. get a labor b. .ed into the delivery room. This is a woman you want on your side!
I have had the worst belly rash. It started only in my belly button and she said it was yeast, from being moist and hot. I used vinegar and lavendar oil and it cleared right up, but then a dinner-plate sized rash spread over my whole belly. I can't stand to have anything touching it. It seems to be slowly responding to the same treatment, but it is the WORST.
I was two weeks overdue with my son and I tried EVERYTHING to get labor started, including castor oil. Nothing worked, but I think I broke my water trying everything and still didn't go into labor. I know now that they all have their own time. I'm so glad your caregivers are letting you wait it out and that the babies are doing fine. They're too happy in there.
My midwife said that the doctor would try to induce me at 36 weeks, and I said that he would not be succeeding. I guess after all our discussions, he was afraid to even bring that one up!
Chloe! Nipple stimulation! I think I'd rather have sex than have anyone go anywhere near my nipples! I can not understand how anyone can nurse through pregnancy. . . Am I alone on this?
Artofbirthing, OK, you just moved WAY up on my admiration list with a 2 year old and a 4 year old and a hubby who is gone. . . I can't feel sorry for myself anymore. Any news on double heartbeats? I have heard of many twins who had one behind the other who never did hear two. . .I'm still betting on twins for you. We'll see soon!
Cyan, I can relate to the protein problems. I have lost my taste for one kind after the other. I just got to the point where I was about to try eggs again and cracked one into the pan, only to find a half-developed chick. So much for that protein source! Sick of the shakes too, but putting some fruit that is more sour or tangy in them makes them easier for me to take than ones that are too sweet. I've been making lentil or split pea or bean soups and eating those throughout the day, and sneaking in some chopped turkey into them too. Yogurt is still ok and bean dip and lasagne with lots of cheese and some meat. . . I got the Brewer book and it has some recipes I'm going to try just because I have to have something new. Eating has basically become a full-time job and not one that I am really enjoying. And I used to love to eat!
My midwife suggested bringing a water tub into the operating room. Would they let you do that?
And tandem nursing with twins . . . that I want to hear about!
As to sciatic pain, I've had quite a bit too. My chiropractic adjustments last a day or two and it comes back and I am paying out of pocket and can't keep going. I've found that stretching my hamstrings several times a day and tailor sitting helps. Have you read Elizabeth Noble's book on twins? I can't remember the name. Anyways, there is a treatment for sciatic pain in the back of it where you rest a leg up on a chair (pictures in the book) and I find that that helps too. Might last a day or two, but cheaper than the chiro.
I get worried that I am so tired and achy and sick of eating now and I have quite a way to go. It sure helps to hear all of your stories and to have somewhere to comisserate and get encouragement.