Thanks for the welcome & updates!
Allgirls you brave one, on baby #4! I am definitely done making my own after this one. I'm enjoying my pregnancy; it's been easy, but having gotten very physically active in the last 10 years, I'm really really looking forward to having my body back to it's regular self! We do want a sibling for this baby, and plan on adopting/foster-adopting when she's around 3. DH was adopted at 2 1/2. Seems like coming full-circle in a way to reach out & bring an older child like that into our happy home. If we could afford it, I'd probably want to adopt 2 or 3!
Eclipse, congrats on hubby's new job! I can see how the timing is depressing for you with him giving up that 6-weeks home with you. Well, you've got a few more weeks until your baby comes to plan! Do you have family around? Friends? You know how people make offers to help out? Take them up on it! See if regular breaks from your older kids can be arranged; maybe a couple of friends will commit to taking them 1xweek for several hours so you can rest/nap w/the baby. Ask if someone can add your grocery shopping to their trips, or make a few dinners...I'm running out of ideas, but since you know that DH's support will not be what you'd planned, hopefully you'll be able to help put a support system into place. Are you having a baby shower? If so, maybe ask that everyone coming be made aware that you'll be w/out DH's support for the first 8 weeks and ask that they brainstorm ideas to create the support you need. I know, this flies in the face of our culture's pathological sense of "independence" but hey, by now we've learned that we must ask for what we want, right? Reminds me of my German relatives & friends (I'm 1st gen American) who plan and throw their own b-day parties- and they have a great time 'cause they get exactly what they want
! Can't hurt to ask. Good luck!
Worldshakerz I had to laugh- I'm imagining (no! no!) that my now 18 y/o son (in 2 wks) would have a child in 10 years...it's certainly possible! He's still at such a silly age that I can't imagine him a parent...yet...but he's growing into a fine young man and yes, he'll be 28 before I know it. I hear you when you say you're tired! You have little one's too, right? So I'm temporarily spoiled as my kids are fairly self-sufficient & I can nap when I want to. I am questioning my sanity at having a baby now, when I think about how my lifestyle is going to change so dramatically again...and a second one in a couple of years...
Rach, how's it feel to know you've only got 8 weeks left? I guess tired is the order of the day at this stage. I went to my dance (unconditional dance/improv) that I go to 2xweek and have definitely hit a point where I can only, er, flow with the music. Sort of glorified yoga while I enviously watch DH & others move their bodies in ways impossible for me now. Not to mention that I had to stop & catch my breath constantly! Your comment on water & protein reminds me to drink and have something other than chocolate as my mid-morning snack
Do you know why your daughter was born at 35 weeks? (my 1st was at 36 weeks, don't know why). Also she's doing great at potty training and not even 2! That's great! And stretch marks- my second pregancy went full term and after 36 weeks my old stretch marks lengthened as I passed the 20 pound gain mark. And a few new ones. The wierd thing is that I got stretch marks everywhere EXCEPT on my belly. ?
Hypnobirthing- a friend recommended for us; what do you know about it? We need to take some kind of classs....and what's up w/your cat to the vet? Nothing serious I hope?
Fitmama I didn't know that a high-protein diet made for strong amniotic sacs- both of my babies broke the sacs with their heads on the way out, then surfed on the waves. I wonder if that had anything to do with the speed of delivery (5 min 1st baby, 2 1/2 min 2nd baby). Once the heads crowned & the sacs broke, it seemed they rushed out with the water! I have no idea if I'm meeting my 80-100 grams of protein each day. I'm so sick of meat and tofu. I wonder how much protein I'm getting in fruit and nuts. Maybe it's time to pilfer from my skinny son's protein drinks
I've got company coming so off to clean house & cook. Time to put some cd's in. Oh- any good music recommendations? Books?