Wow! I've missed so much, but I read every single post - I just can't remember them, thanks to pregnancy brain, lol.
Emily - Hey, you're not the only one who hasn't definitely felt movement. I've had a couple of times where I thought it COULD be the baby, or it could be gas. I've not yet had that definitive moment where I KNEW the baby was moving/kicking/whatever. I didn't feel movement until pretty late with DS, too - I actually lied to the OB b/c he wouldn't lay off me and I knew nothing was wrong. I'm thinking I probably do have an anterior placenta (although I'm praying not - it would be just my luck if the placenta was over the - unnecessary - c/s scar). Oh, and I'm so glad you like your package!
Monica - Please, please, PLEASE do whatever you have to to have the birth YOU want. I so wish that I had begged, borrowed, or stolen to have a homebirth with DH. $$ should NOT cause you to have a birth experience that you will regret. I still can't think about DS' birth without crying (even when NOT pregnant). If only I had listened to the mamas who advised me to find a midwife and have a homebirth. If only I had stayed out of the hospital. If only.....but I can't go back and change what was a HORRIBLE experience. Please don't let that happen to you. And, I know your DH has a part in this, too, but YOU are the one who's giving birth. YOU are the one who needs to feel comfortable and relaxed. YOU are the one who will be more impacted if you don't have a good birth experience.
Oh, and I lived in Southern Pines - I didn't know you are in Fayetteville! Crazy!
Shannon - about your hips. I don't know how much your arthritis is playing into the pain, but when I was pg with DS, I literally could not walk b/c of my hip pain - and that was early on, like before the 20week mark. My sOB told me that the pain was caused by the hormones causing my joints to relax and that it'd get worse, then better (during the second tri, I think), then MUCH worse as I approached delivery. Bull$*(&. I hit a point where, like I said, I literally could not walk (and the sOB sent me to PT, where I was shown how to vacuum properly. LMAO - I can't WALK, and you think I give a crap about vacuuming?), then it gradually got better. The pain and twinges never went away completely, but they did get better. I started worrying when I hit the third tri, thinking that pain would hit me hard again, but it didn't get any worse.
But, again, I don't have arthritis, so I don't know how much that's coming into play. I wonder if maybe it doesn't have THAT much to do with your hips - that maybe this hip pain is a "normal" thing - b/c like I said, I don't have arthritis yet was in excruciating pain? I don't know, just trying to throw some thoughts out there. I will be thinking healing thoughts for you, though - I know how much that hip pain kills, and you're never safe - you can have a twinge sitting in the exact same position as you have been for the last 20 minutes with no pain, then all of a sudden WHAM!!!
Lesley - Awesome!! That is really something to be proud of! My mom went back and got her master's after she divorced my step-dad, and she kept a 4.0 GPA too. She was so proud, and deservedly so! Have you had a party/celebration for yourself? Congratulations!
Whew! That's all my pregnancy-handicapped brain can remember for right now.....I'll have to check back later and see how everyone's doing.
Oh, yeah, about dreams.....Luckily, I haven't had any bad dreams with this pregnancy, but TWICE now I've dreamed about having this babe at home, UC. Both times it was SO REAL and felt SO RIGHT. I'm working on trying to open DH up to the idea of welcoming this babe whereever we happen to be - if that's here at home, great, if it ends up being at the birth center, fine. I won't lie, though, I'd prefer to do it here. I'm planning on staying home as long as possible, anyway, and I'd like DH to come to peace with the idea that if I get to a certain point at home, I'm just staying. I do NOT want to drive 20 minutes into town during transition, or trying not to push, or pushing! If I labor at home to that point, I want to just stay there, yk?
So if you all could send some open-mind-vibes to my DH, I'd appreciate it. I'm not even trying to get him to agree to a definite UC, I'm just trying to get him to be open to having this birth whereever it needs to be.