I got my GBS test results back today -- NEGATIVE! Woohoo! I'm thrilled.
My lower back is still giving me gobs of grief off and on and I've started using those Thermacare sticky pads, which I've been assured are totally safe. Does anyone have any info on them? I try to avoid heating pads for the electromag waves (I know some folks think that's silly, but it's a personal thing), and use rice packs instead, but it's nice to WEAR the heat sometimes.
Ordered a few more FB since my stash was looking a little iffy in terms of being able to realistically wash every other day. We're up to 32 FB and 38 inserts, so I'm feeling better about it all. I can always order more if need be, but I think that's a good starting place.
The only thing left to do really is general housecleaning stuff, grocery runs and making curtains for the nursery. I've got loads of fresh fruit that I've cut up and frozen in little I Can't Believe It's Not Butter containers. It's my version of a popsicle treat hehe and the freezer's full of them. But I've given up on the notion of cooking full meals and freezing them. I just don't want to do it, and my mom assures me she'll cook loads while she's here. So I'm not gonna feel guilty about it.
Everything else is way done. And I'm not eating as much it seems but I'm still gaining weight. Well, I did break down and buy some Little Debbie snackcakes, which is bad bad bad but they taste good! Am up to 30.5-31 lbs total gained it looks like, which is good (I was 109 to start), but nothing fits anymore. My maternity pants are too tight : as are the shirts but I refuse to buy more clothes. I live in PJs around the house every day now.
I think the new iron supplements are working as I'm not quite as winded as I had been.
Can't believe how close it's getting! I'm nearly 37 weeks! Wow.
Gonna go bake a chocolate cake I think. Or some cookies. Wow, my sweet tooth hasn't been awake in a while but the last few days -- yowzah! Sugar central!
Happy Spring Equinox, all!
Its gonna snow tonight, the first day of spring, and it snows. I gave birth both times before during blizzars and told hubby that I finally get my non snow baby. Yeah right! It'll snow a foot the day I have this little guy! My luck anyway!
More bh and lots of back cramping. I take a lot of showers now... water bill should be sky high. Sorry hunny! I get my engagement ring out of the shop on Thursday! So exciting. I can't wait.
DH is going to help me finish my to do list this week. Today is his lat day working this week, unless bossman lets him have ot, I hope he does. I love ot paychecks!
My kids are fighting and I have no energy to stop them. DD hit DS in a certain spot that is sensitive in boys, even 2yo. Thought he was dying the way he cried. As you all know, I am not a man, but it looked like it hurt. He got over it and hit her with her own belt! DH stepped in and both went to time out, and had to apologize. DS is a neat freak for a baby, saw DD had put dirty clothes on floor and had a meltdown! Little child is not mine. I could live in a hamper, or my bed room, both pretty much the same thing. Gotta clean up my act.
Hope everyone has a good week! I'll try.
i cant sit comfortably ('rods)
i cant stand comfortably (baby on bladder)
i cant even lie comfortably except in bed with umpteen billion pillows.
but we got the dresser done and in the room and things are in drawers! we're ready! we dont have the crib matress, but since we're planning to co-sleep for at least the beginning, DH is not bothered. I am, but that's cause I want to be DONE.
on a happy note-- FOOD IS STARTING TO SOUND GOOD AGAIN! For much of the past however many months (I'm 38 weeks tomorrow! ack!), NOTHING but NOTHING (ocassionaly mashed potatoes, cereal... sometimes plain pasta).... has sounded good.
But I've been having cravings and wanting to eat things! Its so fun. I'm so exited to start eating real food again-- and enjoying it!
Also, it's sunny, which totally helps. I'm so ready for summer, rose', picnics, and sitting in the garden!
Other than that, I am so not getting work done, cause DH and I look at house listings in Tucson and IM each other all day.
i'm slacking to the max with the pagan holiday, though. bad bad me. ugh. i really should get off my butt and do something. maybe i'll beg DH to stop and get a packet of seeds to plant tonight.... not that we'll be here to see them grow! sigh.
hugs to all!
I'm having weekly reflexology (with m/w, no stimulation of 'labour' points )which is wonderfully relaxing and fantastic at helping my low back and hip pain. Sleeping is pretty bad, I'm waking up every 2hrs or so and its so exhausting, especially when DS is up for the day at 6 / 7am :yawning:
GREAT news today some of you rmay emember the sonographer mentioned a low lying placenta at 20weeks, after lots of research I was pretty sure it would move up with my growing uterus but I had these little doubts I couldn't shake. Today we went back for a scan, lasted about 30secs and of course placenta is high : I am sad to have had more u/s exposure but I need to go into this homebirth without any doubts and total trust which I now can
Mysticmom ~ your birth is getting so close. I hear you on the showers, I could live in mine right now
Nighten ~ Wonderful news, so glad you got a neg
I am doing well. Have been super busy. Did a Women's Show for ICAN of Spokane this weekend and am exhausted from that. I am passing off ICAN to the new co-leaders now, so I need to get all the stuff organized and do some last minute stuff and then I am done. It will be nice to not have to worry about anything but this new baby (and other kids too) LOL.
Have our homevisit tomarrow. Am now 36 weeks.
My DS birthday is Weds so are planning a small party for that. Our good friends DD is diabetic so we are trying to plan a time for the party that she can eat and have her insulin. Making it difficult but I feel so bad when all the other kids get to have cake and eat treats and she has to watch because she can only take her insulin at certain times. So working on that schedule.....
Bad news for us though. The center my DH works for has been restructuring and he found out he is laid off as of April 1st. We knew that as of June he would not have a job which was fine because he is graduating and we are moving anyway. But April makes a whole new situation. We have a savings for the move saved up but now we have to live off that and are not sure if we can afford to move at all now. The sucky thing is he still has to go in for 22 hours a week because it is his practicum. So even if he found another job he would have no time for it between practicum and classes. Trying not to stress over it but man what timing!!
Other than that am doing okay. Baby is making moving painful. Pubic bone just aches and I am so swollen from being on my feet for so long this wkend. Hoping that goes down a little because my skin feels tight.
Wow I just rambled on and on and on.
Glad everyone is doing well.
Allison wife and mom to four.
Adina - congrats on the move! What a relief that must be (although I know you still have a lot of work ahead).
Nighten - we're due the same day I'm predicting it will be in the 39th week for me. Doesn't seem too far off!
FreeSpiritMama - that's great news about the placenta. Peace of mind is essential to a good birth.
Moosemommy - I saw your nursery pics in the other thread - it looks fantastic! I hope your current baby adjusts well to your new one I sympathise with your discomfort, btw.
mystic2mom - I have the same issue w/my kids. I think I might stick them out on the curb with a sign that says "cute kids free". lol I love love love them, but boy do they get to me sometimes!
Moosemommy - I saw your nursery pics in the other thread - it looks fantastic! I hope your current baby adjusts well to your new one I sympathise with your discomfort, btw.
OMG, every time I feel pain, I think of you, take a good breath, and know that I have NO IDEA.
Thanks on the pics! My cousin had her baby over this weekend-- and Moose wasnt sure what to think.... here's a pic of the stare-down.
Moosemommy, that pic is so precious!
Adina, congrats on the move! It must feel awesome to finally be in your place! Sending you thoughts of happy unpacking gnomes
Good things are happening here. Penny Simkin met with me to discuss how my childhood abuse could come up in labor & matched me with her assistant, Jan Dowers, and apprentace, Molly Kirkpatrick, so now we have birth doulas! We are stoked. I really feel that, no matter what, (DH &) I will be well taken care of, quirks and all.
Our birth tub is reserved & our birthkit came. My nesting instinct has FINALLY kicked in (I thought I was going to be the exception for sure!) & I've had energy to do things like put clothes away & not live in filth Our babyshower was awesome & intimate & we got a lot of loot (including a mini co=sleeper & stroller!) which took a huge load off my mind (& wallet). I feel loved
I went back to the doctor (went on Friday and had symptoms of Preeclampisa) and my blood pressure was down so no baby yet. I have to go see his colleague on Friday after my profile because he is going to be away. Not sure what I think of that...some other doctor I've never met making decisions...but hopefully my blood pressure will still be down and it won't be much of an issue. Then I go back to him on Tuesday when he gets back to town. And he told me to keep resting... So I asked him, What is resting???
I am supposed to get 10-12 hours of sleep a night.
I can do mealsk, walk down stairs, small walks outside.
I CANNOT mop floors, do laundry or lift anything very heavy (I'm assuming that includes my 4 year old! LOL) so the laundry has been passed on to hubby.
AND I have to rest with my feet up for at least 2 hours every afternoon.
Doesn't sound so bad! It will be a little hard with the kids, but at least hubby is around most days in the next few weeks.
Sad part about the whole exam was he said the baby's head is still "really floating"...I thought with all the pressure/pain I'm having down there that maybe he/she was in ready position. Oh well, I know it doesn't mean anything really but I was a little disappointed to hear that. He didn't do a internal though, which I'm glad for!
I think the doc is still worried about my symptoms but we'll make it a little while longer!
Guess that's all for now!
very uncomfortable, wishing i was 37 weeks but only 36. i keep thinking once i am 37 it will be OK to wish the baby out. not that it will help him come faster. i just feel bad wanting a 36 weeker to come now. i want him to be healthy and fully grown. but really dont want to do this anymore!!
my three children are driving me nuts and thats partly why i want the baby to come too. so my folks, friends and DH can take care of the big kids and i can just have an excuse to lay in bed and cuddle my baby!! oh i cant wait!
Today I've done 4 loads of laundry, including birthing laundry. Still hafta get some vinyl tablecloths, cloves, and find our heating pad or buy one, etc. I have some Q's and A's and other fun stuff to write up for my midwife that will be beneficial to her for birth. I made a simple dinner, so I went ahead and baked a turkey/spinach meatloaf to freeze. I still plan to bake and freeze a quiche and muffins and turkey/black bean soup.
I think that's about it here! (((((HUGS))))) and enjoyin' y'all! ~sandi
ETA *HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STAYATHOMEMOMMY!*
I'm getting excited about Sat., since that will be when I can have the baby at home. Anytime after that. Yeah! I have my home visit tomorrow afternoon. Can't wait. My mw is bringing her weiner dog to play with our girls. Still need to finish cleaning the house. Found out last night we have one more goat that will be due sometime. I was feeling her belly last night and got kicked by little hooves. Totally cool when I can feel that.
Anyway, that is me for now, I will let you know how the home visit goes tomorrow.
Cathy Mama to James(6)and Maggie Mae (1) Wife to Dave
And with #3 Due in August 2013!!!
feeling ready physically......my body feels like it may self-destruct at any moment. lots of little aches and pains and i'm sooooo tired all the time. and i have no patience.... i feel like such a bad mom to my 3 year old. all i want to do is lay on the couch and i bite his head off about the littlest things. :
i do have a few last things i'd like to finish around the house....clean my bathroom, scrub my floors, etc. i keep thinking i'll go into labor and i'll have to look at how dirty my shower is....
i am amazed how rude people can be with their comments....i feel like such a freak of nature. when i go out, i CONSTANTLY get comments about how HUGE i am.....that i must be carrying twins. today someone told me i was the best birth control for her teenage daughter b/c her daughter saw me and said, 'i never want to be that huge'. i know she meant well, but really.....
Well, I got my preterm labor under control and am still having bh but what I call normal bh and no more back pain. **** working on my to-do list. I have decided and bought all the major appliances I was interested in. Now I am working on lights and chandaliers. Am ready for the wedding. Bought a dress for one of my dds, the other one I am getting a dress tailored for and for me well I opted to wear a dress that I wore to a wedding about four years ago when I was prego with ds. Getting my couches and carpets cleaned next week before the move.
Overall I feel better today than the last three days and for the first time in months I got a half hour nap which is amazing...I don't know how it happened.
I am still though very achy but the good news is baby is staying head down but still got a long way to go. I will be 35 weeks in two days.
Momma to GG (dd - 14 yrs old), Active (ds - 10 yrs old), Toon (dd - 8 years old), Olive (ds - 5 years old), Princess (dd - 4 years old) and Keemo (ds - 24 days old)
Anyway... I'll be 36 weeks on Friday. I'm totally ready for the baby to come out, I have horrible heartburn day and night, I'm getting kicked constantly in the liver, and it feels like BellyBean is trying to strip the membranes from the inside, like she's trying to tickle my cervix. I've been having mad contractions, too. I'm so sick of being pregnant... Ick.
The insurance company finally upgraded me to a minivan, though. Perhaps this means that my minivan will be ready sooner rather than later.
One of the moms on BooBah's DDT had a brilliant suggestion for quick covers for BellyBean. Pure genius, just cut some out of leftover fleece bits from the kids' jackets using the shot-elastic covers as a pattern. I can actually do that! I only wish I'd thought of it Sunday, when the kids were at my mom's. I'd be finished by now.
I'm feeling super lazy today, I have no desire to do *anything*, but I have to get some things done. I need to go WIC shopping after Mike gets home, and I need to go through some of the stuff that Mike brought home from the minivan, and put away the last of the clean baby clothing. I also need to get some more side-snapping undershirts for BellyBean; a lot of the ones that I had from BeanBean were hand-me-downs, many have now been through at least 4 kids, and those things just aren't meant to last that long. I'll have to let my sisters know, they're good at digging for that sort of thing. I just haven't got the energy to shop on top of everything else.
I really want to spend the day in bed eating Cream of Wheat and snuggling with the kids. I wonder if they'd be amenable...
A friend of mine took me shopping at an outlet mall. She went into labor with her dc #3 after visiting the Carter's outlet there so she thought it was worth a try for me. No such luck though! I did find some great deals on pjs for dd and then bought her a pair of sunglasses which she lost before we even had lunch : Spent the afternoon with friends at the local park with the kids running wild all over the playground. Lots of fun, but I was completely exhausted when I got home. I was really hoping that all that activity would put me into labor but no such luck. I did notice when I was putting some EPO on my cervix that the baby is way lower, my cervix feels alot shorter and slightly more towards the front. Couldn't reach to tell if its dilated more but that all doesn't really mean much anyway. I really wanted to have this baby on the first day of spring. When I woke up last night to pee at 12:30 I was a little sad that it wasn't the first day of spring anymore and I wasn't in labor. I'm such a dork!
mama to a sweet girl , & 4 silly boys
So glad to hear it sounds like people's spirits have picked up this week! And it's exciting to hear from all you term mamas! Way to go and good luck!
We went to FIL's for the weekend to escape the paint fumes and when we got back the painters were done. I've never had any kind of contractor that was so good - showed up on time, finished on time, did a great job. We're so excited and our apt look so much better!
My mom gave me her ancient baby book that she used with me. I figure it'll be good for laughs. Does she seriously think the research has not advanced in 30 years?
My baby is oblique, that means diagonal, and the part that's up is probably the head. DH and MW keep telling me not to worry, that I'm only 34 weeks and there's plenty of time for DB to move. I keep thinking about getting a sono in a few weeks so I can be sure whether I should worry or not. Then I worry that maybe it's because I'm short and tend to slouch at my desk, so maybe there isn't enough room for DB to go vertex? So I've been trying to remember to sit up straight more - although leaning forward, because we don't want DB going posterior...ugh. Sometimes I'm too hardcore. Other pg moms are leaning back all day, eating their 'cravings' instead of forcing protein and greens, and never think about exercising or even doing their kegels. If I end up with a c/s after all this....
Have a good week, everyone!
I got really nervous last night about this whole baby thing. I hate being a first time mom. I'm having horrible thoughts about not being able to make it through. (I'm not going to have my baby at the hospital; I'm doing a homewater birth- now I'm wondering if this is a correct choice for me. I'm so scared.) Took my blood pressure and it was 130/86 with a pulse rate of 96- and this was at 7:30 a.m. this morning.
Oh well, I'm also debating about forcing myself to have this baby early, so I can get him OUT! My Mw has given me the go ahead to deliver whenever I want to. I'm thinking about going for a long walk and maybe finish taking some prenatal vitamins- which already has made me become 1 1/2 cm dial. and the baby'd head is already down and wanting to come out.
I just don't know, I'm NOT in a good mood.: boovert
Got the 1/2 bath painted. I ended up doing most of the work after all (turns out dh is not exactly that great at painting - especially dark colors that show lots of mistakes). Maybe it was the fumes that got to me. Oh well, at least it's done. Of course he still has to remove the tape and who knows what kind of touch-ups will be required after that.
That's about it for me. 37 weeks tomorrow so I'm happy for that. And my Blessingway is this Saturday. I'm looking forward to that. Oh, and we did my belly cast this past weekend. Am I the only one doing one? I haven't heard anyone else here mention it. It's super easy to do (my dh managed ).
ok--confession.... i'm watching Baby Story on TLC.... DH hates it when I watch, because I get mad and yell at the TV... "hey, get these lights outta my face! Hey, mom! Try TOUCHING my skin, hello!" "um, ya think ya might wanna try laboring in some position other than FLAT ON YOUR BACK???"
shhhh, don't tell DH.
i'm sooooo not focusing any more. work is impossible... and only partly cause I cant get anyone to write back to me to give me what i need to DO my job....
i wanna play. i want it to be summer. i want to sit outside. all i do is sit on the sofa. all i;ve done for MONTHS is sit on the sofa. and that's not gonna change! ack! :
and....... yeah, the stress of the move... DH did find out yesterday that he has his job for one more month, so that helps calm things a bit, but still. i'm in no state to be figuring out selling the house and all that.... nope.
Oh, well! Really? I just wanna meet this sweet thing!
A bit of exciting news, though -- DH and I finally (after 10 years of marriage) decided where we want to live when we grow up , and today he got a call from the hospital there (he's a speech therapist in rehab) that they have a full time opening, the job he wants!!!!! BUT...here's the kicker...my due date is April 19, and THE JOB STARTS APRIL 21!!! Yikes. Not sure how we would swing that one...and he was planning on taking 3 mos. of leave when the baby is born, which can't happen if he gets a new job. So, if he gets the job, somehow we're going to have to deal with a new baby (our first) and a move at the same time. This is very scary to me. Luckily, we have been sort of packing up stuff since last fall when we finally decided where to move, so a lot of stuff is in boxes already, but I just can't bear the thought of packing up while 9 mos. pregnant. Ugh. Yet another reason that I would love this baby to come sooner than it's supposed to. Not that it would be any easier to pack up with a newborn, but at least I could get some recovery time here before moving!!
I've been a horrible grumpy teacher at work. I really shouldn't be working anymore. Only 2 1/2 more weeks, thank goodness.
Wonder if next week's update will contain news of someone's birth? We're really coming around the bend here, ladies!!!
I hollared YOU CAN WRIGGLE ALL YOU WANT ONCE YOU'RE OUT BUT PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF PETE GIVE ME FIVE FREAKING MINUTES OF PEACE!
I hollared at a fetus.
I'm so going to hell.
(It was nearly four in the morning, if that is any defense at all.)
I'm having one of those so incredibly unbelievably tired of being pregnant days. I've never been a big girl -- I'm 5'2" and used to weigh 98lbs. I've had issues with being underweight nearly my whole life, matter of fact, and had to gain weight on purpose to ttc, but I'm sick of being so freaking HUGE and not being able to bend over or see my feet or shave my legs decently. And I'm sick of my back hurting.
And I'm tired of not being on my medication (I have BPD) and the thought of remaining off it for another year while BFing is incredibly depressing. (And kind of scary.)
My wedding band is too tight so I had to stick it on a chain and that depresses me because now my Mary medal hangs sideways from the ring smooshing her. Stupid but it bothers me.
My head hurts and I wrenched (or whatever) that ligament in my abdomen again so not only is my sacrum still hurting but I've got a sharp stabbing pain in front everytime I move or walk. Lovely.
And I really want an Arby's Roast Beef but the closest one is way across town.
Wow I need to NOT BE PREGNANT ANYMORE PLEASE.
Week 38 starts tomorrow. I looked at DH when he got home from work, burst into tears and was like, "I really don't know how much longer I can take this misery."
And I'm serious. I really don't.
Carley- you know Penny Simkins? That is so cool- I love her pregnancy book! (been reading it a lot lately trying to figure out what the heck is going on!)
I had a bit of a surprise on Saturday night because there was a "gush" of amniotic fluid... it was definitely fluid, but not like my water "broke", kwim? So my MW basically said it could be, or it might not be when I called her. I didn't have any additional gushes at all, though. She did come by on Sunday to examine me and check things out. B/c she was sure that my entire bag had not *broken* but we were still unsure about a high leak/other leak kind of thing my MW attempted to do a sterile exam to test for fluid... however she backed out when there was a gush of blood, and just said it was best to leave it. I went ahead and tried a homeopathic remedy to see if my BH would get regular or anything (some homepathics called CA/CI that is supposed to be equivalent to Blue & Black Cohosh she said) just IN CASE my waters had actually broken to see if we could get the show on the road. Basically, my BH got a little more intense, but nothing really happened, so that was more confirmation for the "it was just a leak" or maybe even some other fluid theory. I figured that if labor was ready to start, they would help, but if not, my muscles would get a bit more of a workout.
On Monday we went to my MW's lovely home and my doula came too, and they got to meet each other. Everyone liked each other, so that is great, no interpersonal tensions at birth or anything.
All along my MW has said there was a possibility that I would need to come to her home for the birth, b/c she has 3 kids including a 1.5 year old, and there was the possibility of gaps in her childcare. One concern that DH has had with homebirth is just that our home is very small and cramped, and he had concerns about how good it would be for a birth. (Small bathroom, birthing tub would have to be on different floor than the bed, etc.) I had sort of "come to terms" with this and was OK with it, but it seems he still had some hesitation. So we walk into the master bath at my MW's house and see the large jacuzzi tub and huge walk-in shower, and the king-sized bed in her bedroom and he basically says, "Why don't we just do it here?"
So we talk about it for a while, and how it would affect her family in terms of their routines if we were here, etc. and I finally decide that I would be comfortable just doing the birth there. If I was leaving a home that we thought was awesome for giving birth or had more than one child, that would be different, but I think this will work out great. As I told my dh and MW, I wanted to have a homebirth but it didn't necessarily have to be *my* home. So now it is nice that we can just *plan* to be there, and I won't have to have anxiety if my labor takes a long time about my MW being away from her young child, and I know that will be easier on both of them too. My MW was saying how we would stay a few hours or until I was stablized and that she would feed us before we left, etc. and dh joked she should open a "Homebirth and breakfast."
Something not so great though, is that the baby is posterior... AGAIN! I just knew she moved yesterday while I was holding dd during her nap. (my dd has a cold now, very clingy.) I just felt these big movements and all of the sudden OWIE b/c I'm feeling all the feet and hands in the front. So now I'm trying to get her to turn again, I really don't want to start labor with her posterior!
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Tired of being pregnant. Yeah, I'm so there. On one level, though, I can believe that it will eventually end. I mean, I've already got two kids, and they both came out. I think that makes it easier to cope with somehow... it will eventually end, I've got proof.
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