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#1 of 106 Old 11-02-2004, 12:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey y'all..

Thought I'd start this time, since it's still going to be a while before I have a baby, much to my chagrin!! How are you holding up?? Feelings of frustration, elation??

How is everyone with older children coping with them right now? I'm finding Elijah knows there must be something going on as he's gotten cuddlier and sweeter, yet I am feeling like I wish he would nap all day so I could lay around more! He thinks one of the names we've chosen, Persephone, is the funniest thing ever and cracks up at it whenever I say it..but he can't say it, he says "sesame"...he can say Camille though..kind of making me lean to it, but I'm feeling very unsatisfied with my name choices again too.

Had to stop and get some snuggles..Elijah must have known I was writing about him.. I love his age and I feel bad that we're going to be bringing this baby into his life and he's not going to get as much from me as he's accustomed to.

Sorry for the ramble..I am so sedentary too, and I want to go out and socialize, but it's too darn tiring. I am feeling like the oldest mom in the world this week and I'm only 38! I'm 36 weeks and 3 days and wishing that this little girl would come out, even though I'm not even close to being ready...sigh...

Hugs to the waiting mamas and hugs to the got their babies mamas...It's November..lets get some babies out!
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Meg, I like the name Persephone.
I have been feeling badly for Trapolin too. When he was cuddling us last night, I got all teary and realized I should be enjoying our time just the three of us in there.
I am not feeling like socializing at all, in fact other than a few of my real life MDC friends I really don't want to talk to anyone at all. My history of going way before my due date is haunting me this week. I have honestly never been as pregnant as I am right now. I know that I am spoiled. It wouldn't be so bad if I weren't so sick. What is up with all this throwing up? It is like morning sickness all over again. It has been pretty quiet since the calendar flipped. I wonder who will have the first November baby.

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I was crampy last night and just knew something was going on. (last time I was crampy, I found out I was dilated to a 1). At the doctor this morning, she said I was dilated between a 2 and a 3. She also was said "there have been a few people like you that don't want to be induced or anything." I was like , oh what a few freaks like me. she just laughed. Then she mentioned stripping my membranes, but she said I'd have to be in the hospital, etc. I was like no thanks. And of course she told me she was not going to be in town this weekend.

So I'm back at home. My boys were little terrors today at the appt. I'm not sure what is normal, and what is bratty, but they were just awful! ugh! I'm XXX my fingers it could be soon. The doctor does not want me to go past 41 weeks at all, b/c I'm measuring so big.

Back to sewing and working on my site! I wish these ebay people would hurry and pay me so I can ship their stuff. I don't want any loose ends when I go in labor!


editing to add the baby names;

indiegirl ~ Jesse ~ 10/29/04 Eleanor Paige 10/26/04
delighted.mama ~ Libby ~ 11/1/2004
2boysandagirl ~ Susie ~ 11/2/2004 Auburn Laiken 10/22/04
clynnr ~ Chelsea ~ 11/2/2004 Olivia Audrey 10/27/04
Summertime Mommy ~ Jenna ~ 11/03/04 Willow Rain 10/28/04
KittyMommy ~ Jen ~ 11/05/04
sagemama ~ Jolene ~ 11/05/04
Grantsmommy ~ Dawn ~ 11/5/04
MabelsMama ~ Amanda ~ 11/6/2004
stacyleigh ~ Stacy ~ 11/6/2004
mom2radata ~ Steph ~ 11/7/2004
tuffykenwell ~ Steph ~ 11/8/2004
BoobyJuice ~ Karen ~ 11/8/04 Bronwen Fiona 10/28/04
Pease~ sarah~11/8~
MonikitaUT ~ Monica ~ 11/08/04 ~ Olivia Maree 10/29/04
Kelly ~ Kelly ~ 11/8/2004
MamaLisa1 ~ Lisa ~ 11/9/04
scpinky ~ Barbara ~ 11/09/04
treemom2 ~ ? ~ 11/9/04 Aiden Sky 10/28/2004
MonkeyPrincess ~ Jill ~ 11/8/04
granolagina ~ Gina ~ early november
lynsage ~ Lyn ~ 11/10/04
Attached_Mom_to_7 ~ 11/10/04 Saige 10/16/04
scheelimama ~ Alisha ~ 11/11/2004
DaisysMom ~ Marybeth ~ 11/11/04
jenne_girle~jenn~11/11~1
Lucyloo ~ ? ~ 11/11/04
BudgieMom ~ ? ~ 11/11/04
BabyOsMommy ~ Annette ~ 11/12/2004
mom2amelia ~ Liz ~ 11/13/2004
purpletirza ~ Lindsey ~ When baby is ready
Kennedy444 ~ ? ~ 11/13/04
htw90 ~ Helen ~ 11/14/2004
rkimb74 ~ RaShelle ~ 11/15/2004
MommieSabrena ~ Sabrena ~ 11/16/04
lilylove ~ Sandy ~ 11/16/04
jecaly ~ Jennifer ~ 11/16/2004
Simply_Lucy ~ Lucy ? ~ 11/17/2004
momsgotmilk4two ~ Kari ~ 11/17/2004
happyblessedmama ~ Christine ~ 11/18/04
lucretia ~ Lucretia ~ 11/18/2004
BiggWylma ~ De ~ 11/18/04
eburk~emily~11/19
HeatherEvonD ~ Heather ~ 11/20/2004
gen-of-eve ~ genevieve ~ 11/21/04
Twonomads ~ ? ~ 11/21/04
Beth568 - Beth - due 11/21/04
Kiwimutti ~ ? ~ 11/23/04
yogagirl ~ Kathy ~ 11/23/04
Stanya ~ Stanya ~ 11/24/04
babibelli ~ joanna ~ 11/24/04
AmandasMom ~ Kim ~ 11/25/2004 ~ Ethan James 11/04/04
ivanhoe~Ivana~11/25
jane-t-mommy ~ ? ~ 11/25/04
elmh23 ~ Erin ~ 11/25/04
Annabel ~ ? ~ 11/26/2004
FSUBecca ~ Rebecca ~11/26/2004
dan_in_taipei ~Danielle~11/26~
Rosagomez ~Rosa~ 11/26~ Norah Marie 10/16/04
G-Love ~ Genevieve ~ 11/26/04
LittleOne03 ~ Karlene ~ 11/26/04
StacyG ~ 11/27/04
Megamama ~ Meg ~ 11/27/04
melmosmom ~ Angie ~ 11/27/04
momsmyjob ~ Mary ~ 11/28/04
mezzaluna ~ Rosemary ~ 11/29/04
mamaleslie ~leslie~ 11/29/04
adamsmama~Alex~11/29
LisaG ~ Lisa ~ Sometime in Nov
Amanda ~ Amanda ~ Sometime in Nov
TheGardenMama ~ Patsy ~ November
Britishmum ~ Sometime in Nov.
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My OB stripped my membranes and sent me to the mall to walk around, she didn't make me stay in the hospital. Oh well at least yours sort of asked. Mine just did it during "the check" without even asking.

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My OB stripped my membranes and sent me to the mall to walk around, she didn't make me stay in the hospital. Oh well at least yours sort of asked. Mine just did it during "the check" without even asking.
did that happen today???
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My Dr's appt was yesterday. My blood pressure was the highest it's been yet, that combine with my PE, headache, weight gain etc, we both decided to have a C-Birth Thursday. I feel it's the right choice because I am going downhill. I'm at 37 weeks, so he is technically full term. I of course will still worry about him being born without me going into labor, but I'm more worried about me dying before he's born so there really isn't a choice. So I'm ok with the C-Birth, not thrilled about it but all that matters is a healthy baby and a healthy me. The baby is healthy right now, but I am not. I'll post in the Circle of Light tomorrow for some positive energy to be sent my way
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I'll remember to light a candle for you on Thursday Kim!! You are right...healthy you and healthy baby are what really matters
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I'm having the same sort of feelings about it not just being the 3 of us anymore when the baby comes...I'm going to miss all the one-on-one time I've been able to spend with my son...and I'm sure he's going to miss it and react to it. I just read how hard it is on another thread with a newborn and a toddler!!! I'm ready to break down in tears...I don't want to flip his world upside down...although that is what's going to happen. I'm trying to enjoy my time with him...laying in bed a little longer in the morning is the greatest! I'm also at 36 weeks and 3 days...I'm ready to go but I doubt I go in the next 2 weeks...uuuugggghhhhhh...seems like it's taking so long this time when actually it has flown by! well sorry for the rant...
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I was feeling a little crampy last night too, frequent but not too intense, but nothing really is going on today. That's okay, because today is a nephew's birthday. But tomorrow would be great! My OB is in the hospital tomorrow too.

I'm 38 weeks and 3? days- and boy am I ready. Some mornings my hips just hurt like crazy when I get out of bed- I think from not rolling over enough while I'm sleeping. Plus my feet started hurting yesterday, which is really annoying. The bottom of one foot, and the top of the other. Don't know what I did.

I was awake for a good hour plus in the middle of the night. Almost went back to bed instead of coming into work, but I decided I should try and get some more things done at work just in case I get to deliver soon.

I totally understand the feeling of loss of the 3 person family- and also guilty for enjoying my time alone without my daughter- when I really should be spending quality time with her. Still hard to imagine that this creature will be as incredible as my daughter- that I will be able to love something else that much, though I know it will happen instantly. Anyone else still have these doubts?

My next appointment is Friday afternoon. Hopefully I'll have made some progress by then!

Hang in there everyone, we will all have our babies soon.
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did that happen today???
No LOL that was with Trapolin which is why he ended up being 21 days early.

It was one of the contributing factors that helped me make up my mind that I want a homebirth this time though.

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I'm 36 weeks and 2 days. I'm feeling great and sleeping great. The baby has been so active! The kids have been able to see him jumping around. They ask everyday if the baby is coming soon
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My due date is Thursday so I guess that makes me an even 40 weeks then, I'm so forgetful of that this time around as opposed to the first.

I'm doing well, busy but in a good way. I have a small business, so I'm trying to do as much as I can for as long as I can. My 20 month old daughters works 1/2 the day with me and I really cherish the time we spend together at our store. I'm excited to have my second little helper on the outside, but in no rush b/c I know there is no turning back once that time arrives

And working this time around has done wonders for my sleep pattern. I was up and down all day and night when I was pregnant with Nola. After a 30+ hour work week (not to mention all the hours dealing with unexpected things that pop up) when my head hits the pillow I'm asleep for good. I don't even remember going to the bathroom at night, though my husband assures me I make frequent trips.

I'll be thinking of you on Thursday Kim
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I'll be 38 weeks tomorrow! I had ds 1 at 37 weeks, 3 days and ds 2 at 38 weeks, 6 days so who knows when this little one will show? I am hoping for now:LOL I have been having my chiro do acupressure the last two visits but so far no baby. I've been having crampy contrax off and on, but was only dialated to a one at my last check a week ago. My midwife said that if I get to a 2 and am more effaced she will strip my membranes (I asked her about it) but not when I'm only a 1 and only 50% effaced. I do not have to be in the hospital for that, or I would not do it, no way would I spend all of my early labor at the hospital. I'm getting excited about meeting my baby I'm trying to just enjoy spending time with my boys and we have been going about our normal activities, but it's getting hard. Sometimes when I'm walking the baby feels so low that I feel like he's about to fall out and other times I'm fine I've been sleeping surprisingly well, which is great news for me since I couldn't sleep at ALL after about 36 weeks with the other boys.
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waaaa, I did not want to wake up in my bed this morning! lol I wanted to be at the hospital!!!!! On the other hand, I slept really good!! lol Sigh, I guess I have time to work on stuff for the boys room.

Gosh 3 days is driving me crazy! lol
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Well..I had my home visit finally today It went really well...I still need to get everything together in one spot though!! I'm such a scatterbrain! the bad news is I have a really sore throat and I'm worried I'm getting a cold, which I really don't want...
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39 weeks and 2 days.. I had an appointment with my midwife this morning - same old, same old. She advised me to expect to go to 41 weeks and anything before that will be a pleasant surprise. Unfortunately, the inlaws arrive from overseas at 41 weeks, so that timing wouldn't be the best (nor would anything after that, for that matter).

So my plan for the weekend is lots of walking and hopefully a good amount of lovin' as well!
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39 weeks, 5 days

I'm sooo ready to have this baby! I too have been experiencing contractions, but nothing too intense or regular. My ankles are swollen now (didn't have any of that the first time around) and I'm dog-tired! Other than that, I feel good.

DS seems like he's getting symptomatic. Probably the Halloween candy, which he's never really had before. I hope we can get him some extra sleep so he feels good when the baby arrives.

Had a mw appt yesterday. She said I seem very ready to have this baby. I didn't have a pelvic exam, but she said she could tell by my demeanor. Also, we didn't even schedule an appt for next Tuesday because she's pretty sure I'll go this week. I hope so!

Good luck to, Kim!
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You know...I've never spent so much time waiting for other people's babies!! I kind of like it, it takes my mind off waiting for mine to get done cookin'
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Hang in there, sisters! They will be here before you know it. I know, I know, that is easy for me to say... I'm having fun waiting for your babies to arrive, too. Although I must admit, it IS nice to be on the other side of the fence. I'm actually starting to feel like ME again!

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Good Luck tomorrow Kim.

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all's well here--lots of braxton-hicks, a low-grade pretty constant cervical ache, and does crying during a political speech mean that my emotions are all wacked? i expect to go at least another week, but i definitely feel well into the getting-ready phase of this adventure. i've never gone into labor naturally, so i'm really looking forward to this part. we'll see our midwife and get our tub tomorrow; there are only a few small things left to do to the house, mostly just cleanup.

sending good thoughts to kim today--she should have her baby in her arms by now! i hope the surgery went well.

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Thank you all for your wishes. I'm all packed, and I'm very nervous. I shouldn't be, done this before, but you know.. surgery and all. I mourned tonight, my feelings of not going into labor, not doing a VBAC, not having dd at the birth, the election outcome *cry*, the last night it's just the 3 of us. So now I can concentrate on being there at the c-birth, being happy despite it not going the way I had hoped.

So, I will get back on line as soon as I can! I have this page bookmarked for dh to give you guys an update under my username. Thanks again for your thoughts and wishes
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and does crying during a political speech mean that my emotions are all wacked?
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No I have seen plenty of non-pregnant people crying today

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Well, tomorrow is my "due date." Hard to believe! Other than the bizarreness of the "not knowing when" factor, I'm really in no rush for the baby to come. I feel pretty good, and I just think that when the time is right the she will come. I've been blessed with a great pregnancy, although I am starting to get uncomfortable.

I passed the big milestone I wanted to pass -- my last day of work prior to maternity leave was Friday. Now, dh and I are doing all sorts of great house projects while we wait it out.

A couple of people wrote how they are somewhat saddened by the change from a family of 3 to a family of 4. I'm going through something similar, but in the reverse. My two wonderful step-sons recently moved with their mom from living 45 minutes away, to living around the corner. This is just what we wanted and hoped for, but all of a sudden the boys are here nearly every day (they come here after school until she gets home from work) -- and it is a big change for us. Meanwhile, I feel deeply saddened that I won't get to have that extensive intimate alone time with my new baby. The boys are great kids, incredibly well behaved, but between supervising homework, making snacks and/or dinner, and weekend time -- it is a lot to keep up with. I feel like this is my one chance to feel like a new mother, and I'm missing out on it. I had a little meltdown this morning about it, but I don't want to fully share how I feel with dh because I don't want him to feel guilty about having the boys around. He is SO happy to have them be a part of his every day life again, and I don't want to spoil that for him in any way. Anyway, I try to think of it as a blessing to have lots of great kids around, but I have to admit that I am sad at the same time.

The only other thing worth mentioning is that I am going a bit crazy trying to figure out all the cloth diapering stuff. I can't wait until I'm an "old pro." But until then, it is a big hassle to figure out which ones to use, how to pre-wash them, and how to launder them. There is a lot of conflicting info out there!

The midwife said on Monday that I am 1 cm dialated and 50% effaced. She thinks I'll have the baby within the week. I guess...!
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I had a little meltdown this morning about it, but I don't want to fully share how I feel with dh because I don't want him to feel guilty about having the boys around.
I think that if there is a way to tell your husband how you really feel about this that he might be able to help you. Perhaps someone else can watch the boys for the first few days after you deliver- or maybe a little less time with them over the first weekend? Even if you can't have a little extra time, it might be easier on your relationship if he knows how you really feel- and he should understand that you truly care for the boys, but just need a little time with your new little family. Hope this doesn't sound to bossy, I just know that when I try not to say something sometimes it just makes it worse...

Love your new little girl's name
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Well today I am 39 weeks and 2 days and I just had my first internal at the mw's (I am going to the acupuncturist Monday to see if we can start something and I wanted to know where we were starting from).

I am fingertip dialated, less than 20% effaced with a slightly softened cervix I know it doesn't mean anything at this stage of the game but I was really hoping for more progress. I am trying for a vbac and I went to 42 weeks with DS with almost no dialation/effacement and ended up with a failed induction that turned section from it.

I know I still have time but I am feeling so very discouraged right now. I felt so much pressure to perform at the end with Rhys and I am starting to feel the build up to that already. I was sort of hoping to go even a few days early so I wouldn't have to deal with "post-dates" stuff again. I know its totally normal to go past your due date by a few days but I guess I am just so gun shy from my experience with Rhys. I just want to sit here and bawl my eyes out

I can't believe after all of my bravado about going post dates that I am THIS stressed out as I approach my due date again. I just don't WANT to deal with the pressure to perform that I felt as I went post dates with Rhys and just thinking about it is making me so upset. Even though I know I have 42 weeks...even longer as long as the NSTs and another u/s are good...I don't want to have to keep "proving" that everything is all right.

All of this makes me angry with myself because here I am trying to force Niamh out into the world before she is ready just so I don't have to deal with all of that crap I just feel so depressed right now. I wish I lived in a time when we didn't have a "magic" date at which we were required to deliver (or else).

Just had to put that to "paper"...not sure if it makes me feel any better but hey its worth a try!

Steph

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I'm 36 w and 5 days - can't believe I'm almost there. At my app't last night my OB said I'll go within 3 weeks as Max is already engaged. So that's why my bits and pieces were hurting?

I'm feeling a bit sad about the pregnancy coming to an end - am I weird? I've enjoyed growing Max so much and am lamenting losing that a little. Of course, I'm also looking forward to holding him

Oh Steph Don't be so hard on yourself. You just want whats best for your babe and you and there's nothing wrong with that. Your babe will tell your body what to do when she's ready. You've just made a really great nest for her!

Does anyone know about projected weight based on ultrasounds? At my 26 week level 2 they said Max would be around 4.5 kg and last night at my final check the doc said he thought he'd be around 3.2 kg. Now I'm worried that Max has gone from being a BIG baby to being just barely normal weight. Any advice appreciated.

Have a good week Mamas - take it easy.
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Don't mean in hijack your thread but wanted to say HI and good luck to you November mamas! I'm 4 days past due so my October mama status has changed to November mama status And since this is #3 it has me very annoyed LOL This was my best chance for an early baby-not late!
At this rate you're going to be before me Steph!

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Welcome Ann...We're always happy to have more mamas..who knows, if a fluke happens to me and I go late, I could get a december baby, so I can relate...hasn't ever happened to me..but you just never know, huh??

Here's hoping for a good birth for you soon
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38wks and 2 days
Well I lost my plug last friday and have been having almost constant B/H, so I was sure I would be having this baby soon. However at my MW appt yesterday I had her check me and there was no progress, still 1 cm and 0% effaced, although she could feel the baby's head. Now I am trying to accept that it could easily be a month before I see this Baby (DD was 15 days past her EDD).
So the crazy nesting continues
At this rate I will have the cleanest house of my life, you would think I was cleaning for the queen of England
My husband and mother keep reminding me to take it easy that the baby does not care if the kitchen floor is perfect, but I can't seem to stop.
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