So I have a baby shower this weekend, and everyone bugged me to set up a registry (and I mean everybody), and so I did....
And guess what, only one thing has been purchased off of it! The one brand name mainstream thing I registered for - the Land's End Diaper Bag Backpack. I registered for all this fun stuff that I really want - slings, cloth diaper stuff, organic cotton baby towels and blankets, etc... as well as some generic baby stuff like a thermometer and bathtub.... and no one bought any of it. So do they all just think I'm some kind of freak? Did they see the words "cloth diaper" and just run away screaming? I'm confused. :
Anyone else have any luck with their registry? I have a feeling I'm going to get half a dozen diaper genies...
Rough two days...I *must* get those beads out today! :
And I just read Kate's birthstory. Congratulations. Welcome to the world Ruby. our first birthstory...can't wait to read more!
DH is coming down to my parents today so that is nice, I don't have to worry about him driving 2 hours to me when I go into labor! And he's really hoping I make til at least tomorrow too, we haven't had sex in 10 weeks and he really wants to make sure we get at least one session in before we have to wait another 6-8. :LOL Ok, I'd like to get some too!
Reading about snacks in the hospital reminded me to pass on a tip. When I was in labor with DS, I only wanted to drink plain water...big mistake. Make sure you drink some juices (I didn't want to eat either) bc you will really need the energy it provides!
I wanted to say more but I have to go take my nap before I miss my chance...DS has been asleep for 30 min already.
trueblue, and soogie, you guys have the same due date! It'd be pretty early to hatch the young ones, so some sticky vibes are heading your way!
BTW, I've been bad. I printed one of those mandalas and have been working on it at work. I find it helps me calm down a little when my hormones start getting the better of me. Unfortunetly, all I have are a six pack of highlighters. I wish I had my big set of colored pencils. I just may bring them in tomorrow.
Okay, watched pot signing off for now....ready to hang a sign outside my cube with daily updates....
When dh and I were leaving for the appt. today MIL said, "So I expect for just Thaddeus to come back." I told any more comments on me having this baby there might be some trouble. She then said, "on second thought, just wait till next week." I was polite though, but I think she is getting the hint to watch what she says.
As for hospital snacks, I never took anything as I could get snacks for free. My fave is getting the Italian ice, yummy But I know each hospital is different.
Ok I am off to read and relax.
Well my GBS swab was negative. I was able to swab myself here at home as well. What my m/w told me was that there is a 1 in 400 chance the baby could get it if I was positive- and risk becoming septic. With antibiotics in labor - it reduced the chance to 1 in 2000 (if I remember correctly). I know there are a lot of differing opinions on this, but I personally would've liked to know, yk?
Momadance - I loved your belly shots, nice big ole belly. And your birthing space looks really nice too. It's funny, one of your pics reminded me of a goddess as well- like one of those fertility sculptures from 3000 years ago or something.
And Soogie and Mandi, forgot to mention earlier - I loved seeing your belly shots as well! Your kitchen looks like it probably turned out beautiful, Mandi.
Amie- my midwife and I made the almost exact same appointment after I saw her yesterday. We're skipping next week and meeting on the 13th and then the 20th- which will hopefully be my last. You know we have the same EDD?
And I saw a tinge of pink on the t.p. yesterday, whoo hoo I guess I'm starting to dilate a bit.
So, now I'm trying to decide what to paint on my belly cast. It's funny that mandalas crossed my mind and then I came here and saw the link to them. My dad is a psychiatrist, so I grew up learning about Carl Jung and mandalas and their representation of the unconcious mind, etc. I'm wondering if flowers would be too cheesy to paint on the cast. Maybe I'll just paint something weird and provocative, I don't know. Just trying to keep busy.
I'm really enjoying being pregnant right now, and I went for a great walk yesterday - actually walked at a quick pace. I think I can make it another 3 weeks.
Ashlee- I hope all goes well for your g.ma, I'll say a prayer for her.
Congratulations Kate- sounds like a wonderful birth!
Mom to two boys, 7 and 10. Expecting 3rd boy any day now with DH (his first).
Well, between last night when I went to sleep (foot in my ribs) and my appointment this morning with my mw this baby went breech :LOL With my second baby she spent all her timing turing this and that way so I am not concerned. I dont think I would have any problem birthing a breech as I am pretty big in pelvis area and my babies are normally in the 7-8 lb range.
Had thought 2 nights ago maybe we would have a baby that night but all those contractions I had been having that day and evening stopped. They where even intense enought to wake me up.
I am ready to have this baby. Nesting hit me a few days ago so the house is looking pretty good :LOL
Off to find something else to clean
Edited to add: I took a nap and woke to find the baby had turned back to its proper position. Still trying to figure out how it can turn without me knowing
Since I am soooo late posting this week and there's so much to catch up on, forgive me if I miss a lot.
First off, Yay!!! Congratualtions on the birth Kate!
Everyone that's having serious prelabor signs, I'm jealous!! Well, actually I made a 'deal' with my babe, that he/she has to wait for October 10 and then it's all systems go. My brother is coming home from Honduras way early to be here for the birth and I would hate it if he missed it. Of course, I am starting to get uncomfortable enough to make me kinda grouchy, so if babe 'happened' to break the 'deal', I wouldn't be too upset.
diaper bags: My dh is a manager of a restaurant so he gets first pick of anything in the lost and found box. Well, he let this diaper bag sit for 2 weeks and no one claimed it so it's ours! It's actually one of those messenger bags that is designed to fit comfortably on your shoulder, ya know? So I figure he can carry that one, and I have a handmedown black diaper bag that I'll use. No idea what kind it is, but it's cute enough and doesn't scream diaper bag.
I'm not going to the hospital ( : assuming all goes well) but I have heard that one nice thing to have is a good pair of warm socks. And I definately agree on the smell of hospitals. Sincemost won't let you burn candles, maybe take a few that smell nice that you won't light. Just set them around and maybe it will help?
Ann,I saw your birth center on one of the few baby shows on discovery where they show 'unconventional births' and I thought 'Wow, I wish we had those birth centers here!' That place is beautiful and the midwives seemed awesome too!
Nancy, I registered at TWO places (Target and Babies r us) because everyone said I HAD to. Well, I figured hey it's their money and if they buy a bunch of cr@p I can just take it back. Only like 2 people even bought anything from the registry and one of them was my mom! Luckily I got a few gift cards and some cash (which is what we wanted anyway) and not TOO much junk.
I went to the midwife on monday and everything looks good. She hasn't mentioned GBS testing yet and i keep forgetting to ask her about it , but I know I won't get any antibiotics unless there's symptoms and she's very anti-vax and anti-drug in general so I assume she'll be fine with it. She guesstimated 6-6.5 lbs on the baby, but I'm thinking a little more. Either way, I want a fat one so I gotta get to eating!
Ummm, I know I'm forgetting lots... Oh yeah! I read thru last week's thread and saw that I completely forgot to thank you all for the sweet compliments on my pics! They made me feel so good I don't know how I forgot! So thankyou!
Have a good day eveyone! I'm off to fatten this little munchkin up a bit!
dr's appt. today ... my cervix is very soft, no dilation yet, but i know that's not a bad sign. the dr. said at this point with the baby measuring small and both of us in very good health, no problems going past my due date. whew! my husband keeps telling the baby "come out!" i'm sleeping better at night, he's on edge because he expects me to wake him up any minute *lol*
i'm glad y'all like the mandalas, i can't say enough good things about coloring! it's definitely good for the soul
Willow (6) says: "Mother Earth is the mother of all mothers"
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I am sooo excited about everything! My excitement definately outweighs any worries, but of course the worries are still there. Let's see, I'm worried about the cord being weird during the birth. I don't really know what I mean by weird, just that something bad might happen with it ? And I'm worried that I won't ever get the nesting urge and I'll go into labor and be worried or annoyed by my not-clean-enough house the while time. And I'm kinda scared that I'm not the least bit nervous about labor and birth, if that makes sense. I wonder if I'm not being realistic with myself about it, but I've read all I can get my hands on so I'm hoping that's why I'm so at ease. And my biggest concern is the stress that a baby will put on Steve and I . We love eachother dearly and I don't doubt either of our capabilities as parents but he is VERY stressed right now and I don't know how we will handle the lack of sleep, my crazy pp hormones, etc, on top of his 60hr/week job that he hates and all that. I know when we see baby's little smiling face everything else will just melt away, but I still worry a little.
Alright, ladies, thanks for listening. As if the other post wasn't long enough...
I had my OB appointment yesterday, and all looks good. I haven't had an internal exam since I first found out I was pregnant and I'm kind of glad about that since I think I'd just get my hopes up! I asked my doc what "late" was to him, and he said "42 weeks unless baby's not doing well." YK, it's funny, I go in there with my guard up every time, and then he's so reassuring. I suppose it could all be a bunch of talk, but he seems sincere!
GBS negative - yeah!
Thanks everyone for the packing-for-the-hospital advice! I'm trying not to go overboard, but I really don't want to regret not bringing something. Thanks too for the diaper bag advice, that's something we still need to do.
Ashlee, glad to hear things are going well for your grandma. Treasure this time - I SO wish I had any one of my dear, sweet grandparents to see this little baby. I suppose in some way, maybe they will... (I had to chuckle about your making "deals" with your baby - I do the same thing. You make this easy on me, and we'll go right home to see your pets.)
Came home from school today to find a package hidden under our shovel (yes, shovel from our snow not so long ago.) Dh got us a *fancy* digital camera! Woo hoo! So now I have a project for the weekend, and I'll attempt to get some shots on the yahoo site.
BTW, you've probably all figgered this out already, but if you want to just look at the new shots in the Yahoo group, click on the "list" option and it will show a list of all the albums (instead of icons) with the date each was last modified. That way you can see who's added photos recently, and you don't have to go through all the albums. It just took me a while to figure that out, maybe I'm slow, and maybe there's an even more obvious way ...but I thought I'd share if anyone else is slow like me!
Congrats Kate! Way to go!
Ashlee - Happy to read your grandmother is recovering well.
kraftykathy, that's a totally cool dream! what a way to represent us, oysters growing pearls! i lov e it!
lots of contractions and stuff going on here, nothing to report on my side other than i'm getting slower and stiffer every day, lol. lots of pangs, stretches, pokey feelings, but nothing i would call a contraction. fine with me, though a part of me thinks it would be cool to experience *something*, like maybe even losing a plug. or some false labour.
diaper bags: well, i went ahead and got an I'm Still Me bag (Dad said to go ahead and get one and he'd pay for it). I got the "purse party" one in the tote style. can't wait to get it!!! gotta love these relatives asking in their innocent voices ("so, do you need anything for the baby?")...well YES as a matter of fact I DO!
well, the cleaning lady came today. gawd is she ever thorough, even folded a little triangle on the end of the toilet paper roll! it took her FOUR AND A HALF HOURS to clean my 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment. That's how dirty it was. My only complaint is that she is too thorough. She said it might take her 2.5 to 3 hours when she is coming on a weekly basis - I think she could do it in alot less if she weren't so "thorough" (I don't need the baseboard heaters wipes and dusted every week!)...I didn't expect to be paying for three hours...anyways, we'll see how it goes and maybe I can ask her to tone it down a bit, lol. DD and I went to the grocery store later and she kept saying "yay! cleaning lady!", LOL. It is sooooo nice to be in such a clean home again.
well, that's really all I have to report for now. i'm going to go read kate's birth story now. good vibes to mirthful and jillerina...i'm betting one of you two are going to be the first to "pop". but you know, you other ladies better hurry up or i'm going to end up beating you, lol. Only a week left until C-day
Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)
So since this is my first pregnancy I have no idea when I should quit working. Every day this week I've come home and burst into tears because I'm so tired and frustrated. My boss has panicked and piled a ton of work on me to finish before I have the baby, and this week he hired yet another replacement for me to train. (Guess I've been doing the work of two people all along?!) He's known I'm pregnant since March, but I guess my one day of bedrest freaked him out. Maybe all this time he thought I wouldn't really have a baby and leave?
I'd like to work through the end of next week and then take it "easy" and get some rest until I go into labor. But DH thinks I should work until I'm in labor, or reach my EDD (for the money).
The way I look at it, it's like what if you worked a full week and Friday evening someone showed up at your house and said, "Grab your running shoes - time to run a marathon!" Except a marathon only takes about 4 hours and you'd have trained for it for months... So let's make that "Time to run three consecutive marathons! And if you get exhausted or injured, you can't change your mind and walk away - you must finish!!" You'd be thinking, "Oh please, just let me get a few days rest and I'll run the marathon next week, I promise." Right?
OK enough of my pity party.
But when are those of you with outside-the-home jobs calling it quits? Am I being a big wimp?
You are totally not being a wimp. The fact that you come home upset and frustrated I think is enough to quit now. Plus, I think you should spend a little time relaxing before the baby comes, if you can swing it.
I got laid off when I was pregnant with dd, and I still had 3 months to go in my pregnancy. I decided not to get another job - seemed silly to look for one, train, etc, just for a few months. So I took that time for myself. I still look back on that time with great warm fuzzy feelings. I went to matinee movies alone, took walks, took naps, read books, went to lunch with my retired grandma...it really chilled me out. And, it was a LONG time before I could do any of those things once the baby came, so I was glad that I took that time for myself. I don't think it is selfish of you at all - if you can swing it, I'd do it.
Homeschooling mom to 4
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Have a mw/ob appt today, so we'll see if anything is happening. I've been having nightly contraction, like many of you, and had a bit of mucus on the tp yesterday morning...but still don't feel like it is anything truly serious. I'm thinking I still have a week or two to go, and keeping my fingers cross that I'm not just fooling myself. I'd much rather get all excited reading some of your birth stories first. So get working on it, mamas!
But most of all, when it came down to the end, I was rested...physically and emotionally. The birth process and the first weeks into the journey of motherhood are tough...and for me, I was much more "prepared" the first time around when I had ample rest before hand.
Your belly cast sounds great. Mandala on it would loke super cool. Make sure you post some pics
I waited tables till I was about 38-39 weeks preg. with Miles, and then waited, and waited and waited to go into labor. I couldn't just "chill" and matinee's and the like were not in our one income from a student budget. I would have preferred to have kept on working as Miles was an almost 42 week babe. I finally "opted" for an induction. I think alot of that had to do with boredom... and a different mindset at the time. But that was me.. If your feeling super frazled, then by all means take some "me" time, cuz your hole meaning of "me" is totally about to change
Conley Thomas or Moira Caroline
Another task to check off my to do list. Yay!
Nancy Here I am 39 wks today and sitting at my desk at work. I admit, I haven't been doing much work lately. My back up has been doing a lot. I spend my time reading boards and the news and wandering around the building. Why am I still working? Sometimes I don't know. But, part of it is keeping busy. I think I would go stir crazy sitting at home waiting. Also, we really need the money. Dh isn't working. Plus, I only have 12 weeks. So, if I take time off now, that is time away from baby. So, here I sit. It is probably the hardest thing I have done! I get so tired and so frustrated with stupid customers and the endless co worker comments (still here? No, you're dillusional). I know it will be worth it though.
Not much to report here. I might have been crampy during the night, but not enough to really wake up and think much about it. Thankfully, I am feeling a bit more with it, but I know that will drain away as the day progresses. I will spend more time coloring my mandala. Of course, I forgot to bring my pencils in. Oh well.
Kathy I forgot to comment on your dream. That is so sweet! I love it! It's so visual. I can imagine the scene on a greeting card or something.... little oyster smileys all in a row.
Susan I love the names! Moira is beautiful. DH and I are still struggling with a boy name. We can't agree on any of them. Is someone here naming their baby Jet(t)? That's one of his choices...
OK gotta get to work..
I was fourtante to loose my job a littel bit into my 2nd trimester when I was pregnant with Liam. It was nice just to be able to relax. I know you don't want to take any extra time away from the baby so maybe take some baths and relax when you get home. Ask DH for a foot rub.
Soogie- GREAT BABY NAMES!