Well, I had a great night last night. When DD woke to nurse, instead of me moaning and groaning, I just rolled over and gave it to her immediately. She fell asleep very quickly. She woke once more than night, same thing. I was amazed at how NOT unpleasant it was. Something about a change in attitude, huh? She woke one more time in the early am, and fell fast asleep afterwards such that I got a really nice deep sleep in and woke feeling very refreshed! My battles with her nursing in the early am were resulting in me basically getting up with her to distract her from nursing. I've decided I'd rather "give in" and sleep more! lol....And I know that in a few days she'll go back to sleeping through the night (these things seem to be going in cycles as we progress through nightweaning) without nursing at all...each time she gets in that phase it lasts longer...I think I'll start keeping a nightnursing record just to boost myself up. So anyways, thanks for being my sounding board, mamas!
All you nesters: I'm so envious! How I would love to paint a changing table, wash my diapers, sort the newborn clothes, etc....it will just have to wait a few weeks more!
DH got a couple of phone calls from places he applied to...fingers crossed!!!!!
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
We're being secretive about name ideas, trying to avoid reactions from moms and sisters! Helena is one of our faves, though...
Speaking of nesting, I feel kinda like a crazy lady! I just go hang out in the baby's room and organize and touch the diapers (my slightly pathetic stash has become slightly less pathetic.) Is this normal?? Ha! It's such a cute little room, I love being in it...even though the baby won't even sleep there for who knows how long! We live in a log home, so three of the baby's walls are old log and chinking from the late 1800's. I look around and wonder if other babies have slept in there over the last century...Wish we could find a time capsule, how cool! All this kind of daydreaming is easy when I have no other kids and I'm on "teacher summer time." Hang in there all you with little ones, moves, jobs, etc. Just a few more weeks of bliss for me, and I'll be back in reality.
Wish I could contribute a photo, maybe I'd seem like less of a newcomer, but we're not digital yet. Would it be OK if I checked out the Yahoo group anyway? I don't know how to access it...I understand if it's not cool if I'm not posting on it.
Glad everyone's doing well! Went to childbirth class last night and one of the women (due early October) was in the hospital last weekend with early contractions (not B-H, but real contractions.) She was having them during class and it was scary! Take care of yourselves ladies!!
Has anyone read (Mis)conceptions by Naomi Wolf? It's a good one...a little harsh, but makes you think A LOT. I'm going to have dh read it this week.
I have totally been feeling the nesting urge too but with so much on my plate I'm frustrated that I don't have the time or energy to really do anything about it. I realy want to organize Alias' room and get it ready to be the play room for two kids. I ant to get our bedroom better organized too. It is such a mess and I hate the idea of having our new little baby have to sleep in such a disorganzed and cluttered space.
But soon my class will be over, Alias will start a new toddler program that is half days three times a week, and I'll have more time to get things ready.
Piglet - I'm working away at my BA in history. This degree started as a BA in English when I forst went to University in '93, I then decided that my sociology 101 prof was an absolute genius and switched my major to Sociology. I ended up dropping out and about four ears later decided to go back and finnish the darn degree. I loved my history classes so... Here I am only 6 credits away from graduating with a history degree. Don't ask me what the heck I'm going to do with the darned thing though . I figure with this little guy on the way I have just bought myself another couple of years before I have to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. :LOL
I forget to say to momadance, that I want to hear more about the time capsule!! How exciting!! Was it yours? What was in it?? Do tell!
mtnjenny: just PM Courtney&Logan and she will invite you to the group. DH downloaded the camera today so I PROMISE i'll be adding new pics very soon (including a belly shot).
Have to send out a big Thanks to mirthfulmum for helping me with one of the hassles of moving: she recommended her family doctor, and I just received word that she has accepted me as a patient! I have an appointment for when I get back home, and I'm just so happy to have that out of the way!
Had my OB appt. Pretty boring stuff (other than hearing baby's heartbeat, which I love). Everything looks good, had a bit higher weight gain this past month, but not sweating it - I feel great!
You know, the nice thing about being so hormonal is that when I'm happy, I'm really happy!!
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
courtney, thank you so much for putting together the yahoo group! i LOVE the gallery! you all are look so wonderful and i just adore the pictures of the other family members! i'll upload some photos soon too... the only belly shots i have right now are me in a bikini and i don't know if i'm brave enough to share those yet!
lucysmama, i hope the house works out for you guys, it sounds wonderful!
piglet, i'm glad the change in attitude has really improved the night nursing for you and emily.
krnflwr and ameliabedelia, i hope the nursing gets easier for you too. sorry it's so uncomfortable. i can't imagine nursing right now. my nipples are so much happier when left alone.
gottaknit, sorry about the pelvic pain... the loosening of the pelvis has been kind of weird for me too. sometimes achey, but nothing bad really. unfortunately i slightly pulled my left groin while climbing last friday but i think it's getting better (although it hurt when i tried to pull my shoe off after yesterday's workout).
mtnjenny, i've always wanted to live in a log home! i did read misconceptions about a year ago. it was pretty harsh, but a worthwhile read (and i was much happier to have read it before actually being pregnant). another book i really liked was "having faith" - still critical in certain ways but a much warmer read.
mirthfulmom, sorry about the molars... they'll be in soon. and congratulations on getting so close to your degree!!! how exciting!
momadance, please share more about the time capsule!!! that's so neat!
hormones are interesting... i'm generally super-happy all the time. today though we had a little group meeting at work and my section of it didn't go great and it really got me down, way more than it should have. ah well, i'm feeling mostly better about it now. it helps that the baby is all active since lunch - that feels wonderful. my hunger is really sporadic, but i had a bananananana and a nectarine this morning too!
oh, gosh, and names... dh and i are having the hardest time with them!!! we're planning to see the baby first but we are even having a hard time coming up with a list of favorites, especially girl names. we got a big kick out of the name generator at http://www.behindthename.com/random.html with the categories on the right like witch, hillbilly and wrestler. try it - it's funny!
ok, i hope i didn't miss anyone. i should really get back to work. it's not been a very fruitful week at the office, which stresses me slightly but i know it will pass. having a baby on the way makes me feel the weight of responsibility more since i'll be the primary wage earner from now on and dh will be the primary care giver at home with the baby.
it's all ok though.
can you tell i'm procrastinating?
ok, i'm really getting back to work now.
this time for sure...
the time capsule: my bro found it while taking off the old base moulding. It's from the 60s. there was a pic of a goofy little girl, a receipt for the local newspaper, some sort of patch, a name plate, and I can't think of what else. The house was built in 56, and the little girl looks to be about 12 in the pic.
Flitters you must be one fit mama to still be able to climb! You need to change your user name to superwoman!
I love the name Arwen, I have a super cool, strong woman friend named Arwen.
My dh looked at my belly and told me it's not Gabriel in there! So Reed will either be the first name, or middle. Dh likes Reed Icculus, but say it fast and you'll see he's being a silly man. I like Reed Zappa. I actually wanted Zappa as a first name but Dh stepped in! I love Frank though, and he'd get such a kick out of it (wherever he sweet soul roams) I love Zappa Reed Diamond I still think our babe is Gabriel Reed Diamond. Is that super weird? to have typed out my last name?
just got up cause the oven beeped to let me know dinners ready BUTTTTTTTT I never put it in the oven I'm really on top of things today!
peace out mama's!!
No other babies to compare it to for me!
I forgot to put in my $0.02 on the name debate.
Karin - I really like the name Arwen. It has a lovely sound. But I do understand about the yelling the name out in public thing. I get looks from people all the time when I'm calling out to Alias. The weird and confused looks used to bother me but now I just ignore them. But I really don't think that would be a problem with the name Arwen.
momadance - Reed Icculus :LOL. I have to say the idea of naming your son Zappa made me smile. I'm not a huge Zappa fan but I went to a lot of his concerts as a child (my parents were real Zappa fans) so his music has always had sweet memories for me. I think that Zappa Reed is a really cool name, and it kind of goes with Miles in that both your boys would be named after great musicians. (That's what we're doing. Alias is named after Bob Dylan, Dylan played a man named Alias in the pretty bad 70's movie "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" and there's a pretty famous biography about Dylan entitiled "A Man Called Alias" and Harrison is for George Harrison, who is my favourite Beatle... but I digress). Perhaps your name conundrum won't be solved until you actually see your little guy. Who knows, he might just be a Zappa rather than a Gabriel after all.
First, smooth sailing vibes to all our movers this week and in those moving in weeks to come.
About the name, I do like Arwen but honestly I just can't picture Hannah and Arwen together (but of course that is something that'd sound right over time)....I can really picture Hannah and Morgan together, it just has a real nice flow to it. Good luck, maybe once you see her you'll just know...they are both nice names whatever you choose.
So just a quick update on our camping trip...it was so nice to just spend 5 days not having to look at a watch (though I did of course :LOL) or be anywhere or do anything. We did lots of swimming and Ember really had a blast...of course the first few days she was homesick and then today she didn't want to leave. She found a clam and really wanted to keep it...she named it Clammy and last night she came up from the water with the biggest tears I have ever seen from her and said " I just said goodbye to Clammy because we are leaving tomorrow and I won't be able to see him again"....wasn't I just willing to promise her anything from the pet store at that moment! Luckily, just taking a picture of her holding Clammy was enough to make her feel OK about it, and we also found Clammy's brother Clammer and so she doesn't feel so bad knowing that he's in the lake with his family....I will have to post the pic. It's nice to be home again, but we had escaped the heat the last few days and now it seems unbearable at the moment. We were too hot to unpack so that's what I have to look forward to for tomorrow.
Oh man, I haven't even gotten to QOTW! Well Oakley definately moves much more than Ember did...he seems to move first thing in the morning, a bit in the afternoon and again in the evening after dinner. Definately doesn't keep me up with movement at night or anything...I've never experienced that before! Ember was pretty sleepy as a newborn and would sleep 4 or 5 hour streches in the day and at night she'd go to sleep about 10, nurse at about 2, then 6 and sleep in until at least 9ish, I don't know if I could say that her movement in utero was connected (to tired to think of the word that really fits there, :LOL) but like I said she definately never kept me up at night in utero...knock on wood that since Oakley hasn't either it means something, hehe.
Now I gotta hit the sack, it'll feel so good to sleep in my own bed tonight and not worry about having to go pee if I need too...I limited fluids in the evening while camping because there was NO WAY I was trekking up to the outhouse in the middle of the night!
Letia, you go girl!!
OakEmber: your trip sounds lovely, but that clam story...wow, you brought tears to my eyes!! how adorable!!
yoga mama: nice to see you here! I'll add you to the list (got an EDD for me?)
momadance: keep us posted on the name developments!
Feeling good today! My coworker and his wife had their baby on Wednesday. It was kind of scary as she had an ovarian tumour that had grown to 10 cm in diameter! She had a cesarean and they removed the tumour. Thankfully it was benign (just enjoying the lovely hormone cocktails of pregnancy) and apparently baby is nursing well. But I had to have my "I told you so" moment....he had been telling me that the docs were all saying baby was measuring HUGE (they are Japanese) and I kept telling him that these weight predictions are notoriously inaccurate. Sure enough, the baby was 6 lbs 12 oz. That wasn't the reason for the c-section of course (the tumour was causing her alot of pain - imagine squeezing a softball in there with your expanding uterus!), but still I had to roll my eyes at yet another "huge baby" prediction gone south. Anyways, they are in love and it made me so happy to feel newborn vibes. So many new babies around me, I swear I would be so jealous if I weren't getting ready to have my own!!
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
Wow Piglet, glad that everything is alright with your friend and her baby...she must be very happy to be done with being pregnant now!
Ember just boggled my mind...we were sitting at the table eating breakfast and I was reading the paper so I was only half listening to what she was saying but I hear something about being afraid of the pushing part, that she thought she was gonna die...so, huh...I ask "the pushing part scared you?" to get her to repeat herself, and so she talked about being afraid during the pushing part and how it wasn't fun for her in mommy's tummy (no wonder, I pushed for 4 hrs) but it totally surprised me that she said she thought she was going to die...I am reading Birth Without Violence (Frederick Leboyer) right now and it talks about that exactly being what the baby thinks is happening to it. This is not the first time she has talked about remembering being born...but she did say that she doens't want to watch the pushing part when Oakley is born, she wants to play with the toys and then come in afterward. This reminds me of another funny story I was gonna tell you guys, a little while back we were in the tub together and she started pushing down on my belly (kinda like she was giving my belly CPR) and saying "Come on Oakley, come out" and then would look between my legs to see if he was coming :LOL
Generally I'm sleeping quite well but I do have to wake up a bit to turn over to the other side. Anyone else experiencing this? I told dh that I have to wake up to do it because it has to be done in stages. I call it the three point turn, lol!
That time capsule sounds so cool. I want to make one some day. Bet the kids would love that.
I LOVE both of the names, Arwen and Morgan! They are both beautiful. My best friends daughter is named Raewyn. I've always loved such fairy tale names like those.
I also love all the musician inspired names. Zappa Reed sounds great!
Awww poor Ember and her little friend Clammy! What a sweet story though. It's a good thing you got a picture to remember her little friend. She'll probably really enjoy that story when she gets older. I had to laugh at your planning your fluid intake at night to avoid trips to the out house, lol! We'll be camping at the end of August and I'll be doing exactly the same thing. I also hate getting up in the middle of the night when camping because I always end up almost stepping on wild life, hee-hee. Last year it was racoons, the year before it was a skunk.
WOW! You know I never really believed that people were capable of remembering their birth expereince. But reading about the things Ember has told you has really made me give it more thought.
Great to hear about your camping trip OakEmber. Ember sure is a special little girl, she knows so much already!
I never comment on names because I've changed my mind so many times about what I like. As a result I don't feel like I have any place giving my opinion to other people! Suffice to say I think both options are really pretty krnflwr.
Wannabe - I don't even know what these diapers are you are buying but they must be great so congrats on scoring!
My whine for the week is that Clara is trying to drop her afternoon nap (her only nap). It is making me CRAZY!!! She can't make it all day without a nap but I can't get her to fall asleep without screaming at reasonable time in the afternoon. The day before yesterday she went without a nap and passed out while eating at 6:30! DH doesn't get home until 7pm most nights so we really want to stick with her 8 or 9pm bedtime. AHHHHHH...who knows whats gonna happen - all I know is I want an afternoon nap so she should be taking one!!!!
Have a great weekend everyone. I'm so looking forward to having DH home. I need to sleep and relax my body... it is time to recharge this mama!
But needless to say I'm pretty bummed that this is happening right before baby comes! It would have been nice to have that time during the day (I'll be SAHM in four weeks!). My mum said I stopped napping pretty early, too. So I guess this is it!
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
Ok, I am getting REALLY freakin uncomfortable here. Am I the only one?!?!? Today was really hot and muggy and dd and I spent all day running around: to the mall, the playground, the drugstore, Grandma's house, the fabric store, my brother's baseball game, and then out to dinner with family. I must have overdone it, cause I am REALLY sore and achey and hot and pregnant and uncomfortable now!!! I'm feeling pretty :. Baby is smushed against my navel in a very unpleasant way, too. GRRRRRRR. Is anyone else feeling the third trimester a lot now????
Alias has been really tough to get down for a nap for some time now. The only way I can get him down is to either walk him in the stroller or drive him in the car. And those are no garuntees. He has been skipping naps about 2 or 3 times a week for the past couple of months. The amazing (and frustrating) thing is that he falls asleep at the same time whether he naps or not. So I really miss it when he skips his nap.
I know this is vain but I found 2 new stretch marks yesterday. My old ones are on the side of my waist and really far below my belly button and they haven't really been darkening or looking any worse. I thought myself pretty lucky that they were hardly noticable. But now I have two new ones right above my belly button, and they're turning that lovely shade of purple. Oh well. Dh tells me to wear them as a badge of honor. I wish there were some other "badge" that could be given to us moms other than big purple slash marks on our bellies.
Piglet, that is my feeling exactly. When we have these lovely little newborns who will be keeping us up during some strange hours I thought I could at least count on Clara taking a nap during the day!!
If I were willing and able to take Clara out for a walk every afternoon at just the right time I probably could get her to pass out for awhile but then I would be stuck out walking and not getting any rest for myself - kinda counterproductive. Mirthful, I can't imagine doing it and not having a guaranteed sleeping toddler at the end of the process, it would drive me batty.
No, you are not the only uncomfortable one Lucysmama. I feel your pain. Everyday that I overdo it (and it doesn't take much) I am a wreck all evening and through the next day. I don't remember pregnancy taking such a toll the first time round. Of course I was not pg and caring for a toddler and it was not Summertime so I guess I should not be surprised by the difference. Whatta buy at the fabric store by the way??
Originally Posted by Jillerina
. I don't remember pregnancy taking such a toll the first time round. Of course I was not pg and caring for a toddler and it was not Summertime so I guess I should not be surprised by the difference. Whatta buy at the fabric store by the way??
We bought material to make wipes at the fabric store, BTW. Dd picked out the loudest prints in the store, but she had fun with it. We're gonna have some crazy wipes!!!! She proceeded to tell the fabric-cutting lady that we were "making wipes for the new baby's stink-butt."
Sleep (or lack thereof) has always been an issue w/ Hannah. Or at least an issue w/ me. She doesn't need much, apparently, and it's hard to come by when it's there. At 32 months, she's *just* started sleeping through the night. To celebrate this achievement, she is now fighting me on naps on an almost daily basis, making me a very grumpy mama. And she's not going to bed any earlier. Just being irritated and whiney and clumsy for most of the evening, and super clingy. I've had to just scout out the house for any major hazards, and then go lay down myself each afternoon. I tell her that I'm having quiet time, and if she wants to play to go in the other room. If she wants to nurse and be quiet, she can stay in the bed w/ me. Some days this works, on others it is just a temper-tantrum nightmare.
Baby Cookie has been exploring the limits of my uterus lately, and stretching out both feet and hands at the same time. Yikes, at the same time I'm gasping for breath I feel the sensation of sharp, little fingers poking into my 'bagina (as Hannah calls it). I was so relieved when Baby Cookie turned transverse early this morning. Now I have two lumps on either side of my belly, one is a hard little head, the other a little bum. But I can breathe again...hooray!
We went to our county fair the other day, and walked around and saw the animals and rode a few kiddie rides, ate some fair junk food, etc..for like 3 hrs. I felt fine and we had a wonderful time. Hannah rode the ponies like 6 times! Anyway, by the time we got home, DH had to pry me out of the car, I could barely stand up straight. And walk? Forget it! I took a hot bath and climbed into bed. Took well into the next day to get back to "normal" (whatever that is). I feel like such an weakling lately. I've been trying to up my iron intake, thinking that might help somewhat. How do women w/ like 5 kids go plow the fields, milk the cows, churn the butter, chop the firewood, haul water, make meals, gestate, labor, birth and then keep going and do it again? Amazing!
Okay, I feel like I've been moaning and whining long enough. It's foggy and overcast here, but deliciously cool. I think we'll go for a walk while I still have my days' allotment of energy. Have a good weekend, Mamas!
Well, today we did something we've never done before, we actively discouraged DD from sleeping, lol. She was down before 7 last night and didn't get up until almost 8 am. Heaven! She was wide awake today all through her usual naptime, but at around 4 pm she fell asleep in the car. Luckily we weren't far from home. Normally we would carry her in, put her to bed, and I'd nurse her back to sleep. Today we brought her in, sat her on the sofa, put on Dora the Explorer and fed her some Pringles, LOL. Good lord, what lows we have sunk to! But it worked. She stayed awake for bathtime, dinner, and finally went down just before 7 pm. I like early bedtimes!!
Lucysmama: do you have a serger? My mum has a sewing machine but not a serger. I need wipes, but it's a drag to pay for them when they are so easy to make. I'm just not sure how to finish the edges/seams so they don't fray...any tips?
And I hear you on the "what was I doing back then". I, too was finished with work for the last four months of my PG. I remember lots of MDC surfing, naps, short walks and trips to the grocery store...that's about it. What luxury!!
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
Today Alias actually had a proper nap. We went over to friends' for breakfast and stuffed ourselves on yummy pancakes. Then we all went to the beach for a swim. Alias has such a great time playing with our friends' 8 month old son and splashing in the water that he just crashed around 2pm on the drive home. And the best part was that he slept for almost 2 hours! I love days like this. Tons of fun in the early day, a good solid nap (and some quiet time for mom and dad), and a peaceful family evening.