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#1 of 71 Old 06-01-2004, 01:28 PM - Thread Starter
 
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It's JUNE!!!

Time for a new thread.
I had a doc appt today and frustrated!!!!!

The contractions I've been having are not doing anything for the cervix. I DO get to go off the terbutaline on Sunday (YEAH) and off of bedrest then too!
I wonder if I will start getting real labor contractions once I am off the terb?

Moo is fine, although I measured a little behind this week. I will check what the measure is next week. I have a weekly appointment from now on in.

35.5 weeks for me! Yippie!

How's everyone doing? I'll try to get a new belly photo tonight!
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Holy cow. June. I'm due july 3rd, so I'm getting pretty darn close as well.

I had a buffalo burger yesterday. I rarely eat meat, but was craving it, so I thought I'd have some buffalo instead of beef as buffalo is usually pumped with less "stuff" because they are stronger animals.

I'm going to get a carpet cleaner today. Yeah! My floor hasn't been cleaned since I moved in (two months ago). And I just got a second hand chair that is perfect for nursing two little ones in. That's going to be thouroughly cleansed as well.

I had a nasty cramp in my lower leg the other night. Ouch. I think I should up my cal/mag stuff.

Is anyone else thinking about labour *every day* ? Or am I the only one? I wake up in the morning thinking, oh, yeah, I've got to give birth in a few weeks..... frankly, I know I can do it, but when I was in there last time, yikes. I'm doing lots of posative visualizations, like I will open like a big flower (very quickly), seeing the baby all healthy and perfect.
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Things are going good here. I'm actually due 8/1 so I'm a little over 31 weeks right now. I had an appt on 5/27 and my next one is 6/11 so I'm on a 2 week schedule now. I have been having regular contractions along with braxton hicks contractions. They feel very different from each other. I have regular contractions anywhere from 1-10 times per day. They last about 30 seconds or so. So far I've only gained about 6lbs total. I think we've narrowed our name list down to 2 boy names now. Tell me what you think.

Liam Thomas
Alexander William

Hope everyone is enjoying the last part of their pregnancy!

ETA: I really haven't thought too much about labor. Maybe it's because this is #3 and I'm caught up with the other 2 right now.

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I woke up yesterday to a horrid leg cramp. YUCK

I am thinking about labor alot, like WHEN WILL IT START? I figure the pain is short lived, I just want to deliver my healthy girl soon. To be honest, I am not at all afraid of labor. I just want to get it over with, KWIM? Then I can start the phase of life with 2 kids....
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I had some contractions over the weekend I posted a separate thread about it...thankfully everything calmed down..
Had my prenatal today:
I'm 31 wks 4 days
wt- 146
bp- 90/58
baby's hr- 152
fundal ht- 32

I've been trying to keep my bp up...I get plenty of water, and folic acid, but when I walk around the block I start getting contractions again...so I don't know what to do I think I really just need some cardio...and I *still* haven't opened my prenatal yoga DVD I got for christmas

I printed off all my old posts from the preggy forum because I've sadly realized this is the only type of journal I've kept through my pregnancy. At least I have something though..for that I'm thankful. I didn't journal with my first pregnancy and I've always regretted it..

taking my midterm later today....I'll be glad when its over

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I can never remember which week I'm in. I think it's 33 now. Lila is due on July 19. She really needs to stay in until then! I just asked my SIL if she would come watch ds during my labor, and she said YES!! I'm so relieved! I had asked my Mom, then my Stepmom. But they disagree with our decision to homebirth, so they declined our request for help.

But my SIL will be out of town from July 7 - July 12 or 13. So Lila needs to just stay put! I think I'll ask a longtime friend to be her backup. My ds knows SIL better, and loves his cousins, so I'm really hoping that they can be here.

Well, I need to go pack. I'm procrastinating. We're going away for the week for my husband's Annual Conference. We're going back to the city we moved from two years ago!! I can't wait to see friends and visit our favorite spots. And swim at the hotel pool. And use the Conference child care to have some practice and reading time!!

See you all next week!
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wow It's JUNE!!!

I'm so excited.. this is worse than waiting for Santa lol and I've already peeked at my present too (found out the gender lol)

I have been feeling great, work is awesome..

I was so stressed about finding a new apartment but I think I've found the place,

I'm going to move to a 2 bedroom townhouse.. thats right... I will have 2 doors, and backyard and front yard (small but still!) and a basement!

whoo!!! and the best part is because I am transferring with the same rental company I get 3 days to move and I don't have to do a whole new deposit or anything.. plus I don't have to give 60 days notice, so I can move early July instead of Aug. 1 (i'm due july 25)

yay! wish me luck tommorow I am going to see the place and apply for the transfer!

other than that I am just trying to get ready!

poor DH is really upset that he wont get to spend much time off work (he will take 3 weeks off) and is really bitter that he will have to continue working 45 hours a week when I get to stay home for a year... I don't know what to say.. He wants to take a shift a week off (10 hours) but we simply cannot afford it. he doesn't GET it..

BOO

anyways my midwife appt. is tommorow.. so I will post after that let you all know how the baby is doing..

I'm feeling lots of movement especially when DH reads to the little guy! (and when I'm trying to sleep lol)

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Hi everyone

Thank goodness June is here!! I have 2 days left of work and can not wait to get that over with. Then I will be able to focus on what I really want to focus on....spending time with my dd and getting ready for baby. I have been feeling pretty rotten lately...hemorrhoids, back pain, leg pain, pelvic pain...is this baby going to drop down to my knees? But wait, I still have heartburn, too? Whine, Whine, Whine!! Sorry...

I've been attending Bradley classes for the past few weeks and am really enjoying them. I did not have a natural birth with my dd so am really looking forward to labor/delivery this time. I've been thinking about it all the time. Daydreaming, night dreaming, visualizing... all of this interferring with work which is why I am anxiously awaiting Friday!! Hope eveyone has a good rest of the week

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Wow, I haven't posted or read since March 30th... I've kind of been in my own little shell with DH travelling so much this year out of the country (he's in the AF). I have felt like a single mother-to-be.

I am really excited about getting to meet our little girl in just a few weeks - I'm at 35.5 now and she's due somewhere around the 5th but since she's my first, chances are that I'll be a few days late. (I don't mind putting some more space between the 4th of July holiday and her birthday.)

Does anyone have advice for how to deal with intensly itchy stretch marks? I have two, one on each "dark side of the moon" (the underside of my belly that I can't see without a mirror) and they are extremely wide, dry and bright red. I put cocoa butter on them three times a day and aloe when they feel especially red, hot and itchy but I can barely get through the day at work. My clothes are loose and made of cotton but anything on my belly drives me nuts! I strip off my pants or skirt as soon as I get home. Advice anyone???
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my2girlz: I like both options but prefer Liam Thomas.

Mamajaza: I'm thinking a lot about when labor will start ... am so eager to meet this little one! But haven't spent too much time thinking about actual labor itself. Maybe b/c this is my first, it's just not something that I can imagine very well. When I do think abouit it I just picture it being empowering and manageable (wishful thinking!!)

bikruca: I feel for your poor DH! So many men have little interest in spending more time with their kids so it's admirable that he'd like to be home more during the baby's early months. It's too bad that our society barely supports mother staying home with their babies, much less men!! It's a bum deal for the modern man!

Well, I'm 32+ weeks and counting. I'm eager to meet this little one but we also have a lot to do still to prepare. Luckily, I got pretty much all of our baby stuff at the baby shower so DH and I won't have to sell an arm and a leg to get ready for the babe. I feel so blessed that so many relatives and friends have really helped us out.

I'm feeling lots of energy in the day time and lots of insonmia at night. For the most part though, I feel better than I did at any other point in the pg and am hoping it stays that way.
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I'm a little over 35 weeks and had 2 real type contractions today. Mostly just braxton hicks usually. We are packing for our "big move" this weekend. It's only a few blocks away but there is so much stuff and I am not used to not being able to do anything. I just want to get into this house!

My 2.5 yr old has taken a major initiative to start potty training this week which is amazing to me because of all this new baby stuff and moving but we are grateful.

I too keep having the leg cramp things. I remember this with my last one. No vitamins/mine rals seem to help. Luckily I know they will disappear when I have the baby.
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Hello everyone,
35.2 weeks here, birth feels really close now. Had a meetup with my midwife Mon., all is well. Baby measures righton and heart rate is good and baby's head is down and very low in the pelvis.
Horrible leg cramp for me the other morning too. Got out of bed wimpering as it would not go away until I stood on it. Youch!!
My belly casting party is F. I am really looking forward to this momento as I do not know if I will have any more children. I have a great group of mama friends that gather for these events.
Having contractions for about a week and a half now, not really painful, but definately noticable. This little one has to lay low until June 14th when I am 37 weeks and all clear for birth at home.
Getting supplies together and started pulling out some little clothes, so sweet.
goodnight....
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We're doing well! Elias has hiccups right now... right on time, I'll expect them again in a couple of hours I had a cold earlier this week. Lucky me it came with a fever of 101.6! After a cool shower and a popcicle it eased off, thank goodness! I hit 33 weeks on Saturday and am anxious to get the next few weeks over with to meet Elias. My dad took pity on me while I was visiting over last weekend and took me shopping for new clothes. I had no idea how big I would get and all of my clothes were showing parts of me that I suppose most people don't want to see I have some new dresses now that are loose and comfy and should get me through to the end. Now if we could get a freak snowstorm to cool things off, my world would just about be perfect.
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It is so great to hear an update from so many july mamas!! I am just at 32 weeks now, easiest pregnancy I have ever had, don't know why! Except I have gained almost double what I gained with #3...my age is catching up with me (I turn 33 a week before this one is due)! Hopefully tandem nursing will shed those pounds quickly! BTW, how many of you will be tandem nursing, and how do you all feel about it? My 4 year old is definately not giving up, especially now that I have colostrum! I am curious about anyone who is having their older kids at the birth...my teen daughters have no interested in being here but my 4 year old has never stayed with anyone but Dad for only an hour or less at a time, so I have to have him here. I do have a friend coming to help but he is not super close with her (as he is not with anyone, really). I am getting worried that despite all of out talking and reading to him and showing him his own birth video that he will still "freak out" because I will not be very available. Anyone else in the same boat??
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YAY what a good day

Midwife appt. went the same as always good blood pressure good pee stick measuring perfectly good weight gain.. yawn...

and I got the townhouse so we will be moving July 3-5 whoo hoo..

I am already packing lol I am soooo eager!!!!

wow I had a big scare this morning I went to buy something and I got an insufficent funds message when I should have been paid last night.. I guess our company goofed and no one got paid, but I almost had a heart attack!

baby is sooo active now.. it's crazy how I can actually see him moving!! I am so excited to finally meet him.. I don't want to wait 2 more months!

OH WELL.. anyways just thought I would share my good news... glad everyone else seems to be doing good too! We're going to start having our BABIES soon! wow!

some of you must be less than a month away!

anyways back to cleaning the apartment (landlord is coming by tommorow) BY THE WAY where do I get me some of this "nesting" instinct.. I think I will need it!
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bikruka~~if it's the royal bank you are having problems with it's because of a gllitch in their system. A lot of people were paid, but didn't get the money into their accounts. Just heard that on the news last night. I'm in canada too, BTW. Glad to see you've found a home. you'll probably start nesting once you move in. Good luck!

I went to the chiropractor the other day. oh, yeah, did that feel good. I've never had a manual adjustment before and I like it a lot more. I was always getting adjusted with the little "adjuster" thing (don't know exactly what it's called). It's nice to actually hear your back going into alignment.*crunch*
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Liam Thomas
Alexander William

Hope everyone is enjoying the last part of their pregnancy!

ETA: I really haven't thought too much about labor. Maybe it's because this is #3 and I'm caught up with the other 2 right now.

How about Liam Alexander? I like that although it was not one of the choices


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We've been without a computer for the past few days, and I'm short on time right now, btu I just wanted to pop in and say "Hi!" and get subscribed to this thread. I added a belly pic to my sig. It was taken Weds at a yoga class!
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Im about 35.5 weeks right now. Everything seems to be going well. I had some really bad swelling on my feet about 2 or 3 weeks ago but thank God it went away. Now it seems to be coming back but nothing like before. In those days I think I over did it with the nesting and all. Only thing left for me to do is paint the kitchen.

My next prenatal is on the 15th I will be 37 weeks then. I will be testing for strep B. First PG I was + and the following two I was - so Im hoping for a negative again.

I guess Im sort of ready. Just knowing the responsibility of another baby and how it usually throws a monkey wrench in the days routine has me a little nervous but Im so ready to have my body back.

Thats about it for me...take care all

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I dunno, I guess I am 33-34 weeks? I just refuse to stick to some arbitrary due date. I think I have a MW appointment this week. I can't keep track of it all.

Business is so good that DH quit his job as a bartender and is helping me full-time. It's insanely cool! I am trying to figure out what to do about maternity leave. I WAS going to close June 30, but now with DH helping, I may not have to.

Um, I have about a million diapers for this baby and boxes and bags of hand-me-down clothes. I have all the stuff, but I am starting to get freaked about how I am going to do it all, ya know? I picture myself with the new baby strapped to my back in my Ellaroo while I sew, or maybe next to the sewing table in a bouncy seat. I just pray to the Goddess that he doesn't come out HN like DD!! Scares the dickens outta me. If that happens, DH will be doing the sewing!

And I have a tiny house and nowhere to go with this new baby's clothes! He's going to be living out of a bag. I guess it couild be worse -
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Still looking at early July for us! I have all my homebirthing supplies coming in now, just a few things to pick up like zip lock baggies for the maxi pads that I need to soak in witch hazel and freeze.


I am feeling so freaking huge right now! I was a little smaller than this at full term with Konur and cannot imagine getting any bigger but I have about 4 weeks left to get bigger. I think I just gained 4 pounds this month, after only gaining 2 every month of my second and third trimester before this. I dont get why this is happening. I have been going through h*ll with my apartment with flooding and black mold so I had to go to my parents house for almost 2 weeks. I had to cancel my midwife apt last week and see her again Tuesday and hope she can reassure me that everything is okay and that there is only one and its not "too" big. I know I have gained in fundal length significantly again and that really scares me. I saw myself in the mirror the other day and cried. I am so big, too big for one average sized baby. I hope I will feel better after talking to my MW.

(sorry this turned into a whine!)
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Hi everyone. Sounds like we're all getting very ready for these babies. In the past week or two, I feel like I've exploded. Though I lost a couple of pounds (anyone else lost rather than gained?), my tummy is HUGE and walking is becoming more of a chore. Baby's head is down, which I am so glad for since I was worried about breech, and it's very active. DH and I are both nesting like crazy b/c we have SO MUCH to do in the next weeks.

For those going to a birthing center or hospital, have you prepped your bag yet? I'm still confused about what my coming home outfit should be. I wanted to just do shorts and t-shirt (as it will be July) but am worried that anything around my waist might feel uncomfortable. But I hate wearing dresses. Any ideas?

Also, I really want to have some professional belly pics (OK, I'd settle for well-taken pics by DH since we're way too broke to pay) and to do a belly cast. How do I give DH some ideas as to what "professional-looking pics" look like (websites, etc?) AND how do I do a belly cast??

I'm just too full of questions today!!

BTW anyone else planning on watching "Unconventional Births" on the Discovery Channel on Monday at 8pm (U.S. eastern time). Curious what every thinks of it.
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I want to watch "unconventional births". Thanks for telling me about it.

belly casting... I think you can do it yourself. Go to an art store and ask about it. I think you use plaster of paris? I want to do it too (at the very end of big bellyness.
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Hello all! Been in lurk mode for a while. Feeling good. Allergies have finally past and the pain in my side has healed! I am 34 weeks and have been nesting like crazy. I even pulled out my tub of yarn that has not seen the light of day for ages and organized that. I still feel like my belly is small compared to with my girls. I am still hopping fences and even played basketball (well just the game horse) with my sister last weekend. Dh and my mom kept telling me to stop jumping, but it just felt so good to be so active. Been doing yard cleanup this weekend. I will be seeing my midwife this Monday, have only seen her a couple times so far. I have a feeling that this babe is currently breech, feels like a head up under my ribs, so want her to see if she can tell. I am getting so excited about birth. It is getting so close. We are having an unassisted. I am finally feeling like I am connecting with this baby. Just so happy and blissful. Hoping you are all too!

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I can't wait to start hearing about people's births!!! We are so close now!!
I had a wonderful belly casting party last night. A great group of mama ladies, lots of good food and conversation. The belly cast is soooo beautiful! I included my breasts and hands in it and it turned out wonderful. One of the ladies brought some handmade paper for it, lovely flowers on the breasts and yellow and oranges radiating over the belly area. Maybe I will try to post a pic of it (can you tell I am excited about it?
Tomorrow we are spending the day washing and organizing for the birth and the baby. Whoever said they have very little room for baby stuff, I hear you, I managed to clean out one dresser drawer for some baby stuff. I am reminding myself I used to live in a 750sq ft house and we made it work with our first babe and I have more than double the room now.
Lots of low back pain, youch. Some trouble sleeping, but other than those complaints, feeling well
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I'm 35.5 weeks now. I been having a lot of cramping and pressure down low. I've also had some serious rounds of cntractions. This happened with my last pregnancy and didn't make a difference so i'm not puting too much stock into it.

We are really ready for this baby to come. Everything is just waiting for him. I still need to pack for the hospital. Last time I wore home some knit pants and a t-shirt so that's what i'm going to do again.

I can't believe how close we are. I can't wait to here about our babies coming into the world.

Misty, mama to my nurslings William(11/4/02) and Parker(7/13/04).
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Lori Sorry you are getting so uncomfortable. re: big baby=big belly My mom was so huge with me that she could not fit into maternity clothes, she was bigger around her belly than she was tall. When she ate, she could fit her plate, cup and silverware on her belly :LOL The dr. tried, but he couldn't hear more than one heart beat. She was always dealing with comments about the humongous kid she was carrying. Then, in labor, her water broke naturally and she gave 1 (she says maybe 2) pushes and out I came in a gush of water. 5 and a half pounds! So, you never know....

BTW, what kind of maxi pads can you freeze with witch hazel and how would one go about doing that? I've packed the baby's bag, but I have no idea (okay some idea) what to pack what to pack for me. I need to make myself a checklist.

midwife~- that belly cast sounds beautiful I hope that you are able to post pics!

Brandi~ glad you're feeling better. So, will you still have an u/c hb if the babe is breech?

I'm 35 weeks and 1 day- other than the swelling in my feet and ankles, I feel pretty good. My belly is huge and I love it! I feel like a goddess statue- I envision a picture of the whole world fitting on my belly, or the pic on the cover of Conscious Conception.... I've been doing the nesting thing too. Last week I took the whole fridge apart and cleaned it. I've rewashed the baby's dipes and am trying to organize all of his blankies, clothes, stuffed animals. There is just so much stuff- I don't know where to put it all! I think I am going to have to put up some shelves. (sigh) Hopefully Home Depot will be having a good sale...
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Brandi~ glad you're feeling better. So, will you still have an u/c hb if the babe is breech?
Following my heart with this, I am confident that the baby will turn in time, if it is in fact breech. I would still go unassisted, but knowing that I could call my midwife at any point that I felt that I did need some assistance. I think the assistance needed would be mental more than anything, knowing already that my body is capable of birthing a baby. And sometimes babies just need to be in a different position. I don't believe that there is only one position the baby can be in for a successful vaginal birth. Thinking of the positive instead of the scary stuff. It really does work!

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Hi all! I'm 34 weeks today, and boy this baby grew last week!! I was getting around just fine until about 2 days ago. Moving is just not easy now. And turning over in bed. . . OUCH!

We were away for dh's Annual Conference last week. We stayed in a hotel with the hardest, most uncomfortable mattress I do believe I have ever felt! My hips still ache. I can't wait to sleep in my comfy bed tonight.

We had a good week, though. The Conference was held in the city that we moved from two years ago. I got to visit with friends, and we went to our favorite restaurants. And ds and I went to our zoo twice. We're back "home" in our house now, but I feel so homesick for the community that we left.

OK, I have to know. Is anyone else battling those dreaded hemherroids (sp?)?
I had them with ds, too. I was pretty sure they would come back with this pregnancy, and they did.

We have so much work to do before this baby comes. Cleaning and organizing. The birth kit did come while we were away! And I think I'm set on cloth pads now.
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Brandi, thanks!

I am using the "overnight" ones with no wings. You can freeze them ahead of time and take them in a little cooler to your birth and use them after. I keep hearing how wonderful they are!

My MW is saying "big" too, but who knows.



I had my dh take some very tasteful nude pictures of my and all my pregnant glory and I am so surprised at how much I love them. We used a digital camera so only the people I wanted to see them would. I could also delete the ones I didnt like.
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