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#1 of 36 Old 10-02-2006, 08:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Just thought we could have one of those threads where we check up on everyone and see how things are going!! (monthly chat)

So I will start......

I have only 5 weeks left and I cant believe it!!!! It is crazy how fast 9 (10) months can go!! I think we are pretty prepared for this baby but I think I need to mentally start preparing myself a little more. I seem to be more and more worried and scared about the delivery and I don't understand why!!

DP is always away working and the whole month of November he will be gone. Once I go into labour I can give him a call and he can meet me in the city where I will be having the baby....Here is the scoop.....Once I go into labour I will call my friend and get her to pick up my two kids.....I then have to drive myself two hours to the nearest hospital and wait for DP to show up which could take him anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to get there.....let's hope I don't have the baby by then.....I will have to labour by myself which i am not ok with and I think this labour will be fast so I highly doubt my DP will make it in time!! I am truly depressed about this....this is NOT how I want this to happen. I wish I was like more mom's on here where I was comfortable enough to have a baby at home unassisted so I wouldn't have to worry about all of this. I want my kids to enjoy the birth of their sibling and I just don't think it is safe for me to drive myself let alone them two hours away while in labour. I have no family around and the family I do have really don't want to help me out. The friend who is taking my two kids can't drive to meet me in the hospital because she has two kids of her own. This is getting really long! Anyway, my dream birth would to have my DP, and children in the room with me while at home delivering our new edition.....I want a water birth and can't get it in the hospital.....my actual birth is going to be me driving myself to a hospital without my kids and DP anywhere around me!!! I HATE THIS!!!!! I can't get a midwife or a doula to come to where we live because Canada barely has any midwives to begin with let alone in a little town in the middle of nowhere Saskatchewan!! Ok Ok, enough!! I just have to accept the way this is going to be and deal with it!!

Other than all this complaining I have been feeling really good. We bought a new king size bed and I must say my hip pain, pelvic pain and back pain have gotten A LOT better!!! I can actually walk again!! Some days I have energy and some days I don't. I measured myself and I am 43 inches around. The baby's heart beat was 125 last visit which seemed really low to me but the doctor said it was fine.....my blood pressure is low and my weight gain to date so far is about 27 pounds!!! (reallly really really good for me) my fundal height is measuring about 2 weeks ahead......ummmmm.....I think that is it!! Now let's hear about everyone else!!!
Sorry for my long vent!!
I want all details from everyone else and pictures too if you have any!!!
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OK, the stats:

I am 35w3d - which puts me more pregnant than I have ever been before, as ds came at 34w5d

fundus is at 36

waist 41"

weight gain - aprx 20lbs

baby hb at last apt - 150s

Most baby prep is done. I am nesting quite a bit. My body hurts - indigestion is bad, hip pain is bad. I am ready and not ready for baby at the same time. I am so anxious to meet this child, but nervous about having another one in the house to love and care for. 5 weeks to go!
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I think I'm 33 wks...I keep getting confused.
Last week I measured 33 wks, but was only 32 wks (yep, that sounds right)

I have gained my 25lbs already...I was 41" around last I checked....

My dh is deployed, and will miss the homebirth. But I have 3 birth attendants whom I really trust and I know I will be just fine in their care!

I've been overtired recently--ate some collards (iron?) and felt better--have days of extreme cleaning and success at getting things done, then a week of hardly able to roll out of bed.
My poor dd doesn't know if I'm mommy or 'mean mommy' each day--my moods and tiredness vary too much...

I'm worried about loving #2 as much as my dd...I'm also worried this baby will be a boy since I only know my girl...even tho I KNOW I WILL love this baby as much...and it's gender won't matter a bit.

I've had an easy pg--my chiro is wonderful--the only negative is some vulvar varicosities probably from pushing for 3 hrs with dd...the vv's sometimes are annoying.

I'm very excited about using my slings again, my cloth diapers again, and nursing again...

Hmm...what else...
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34 weeks and 2 days with twins

measuring 35 weeks.

each baby weighs aprox 4.5 pounds.

I have gained 11 pounds so far.

I am still on the trib pump and still on strict bedrest. I have 6 contractions an hour... and I am getting antsy for these babies to get out of me and go to there parents

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I am 34 weeks today, and at my last prenatal (33 weeks) my fundus was at 32... I have gained 17 lbs so far, hoping to gain more as weight gain is still concerning me, though my midwife (and mother) told me some midwives never weigh women because of the stress it causes... I ordered and received my pool that I hope to labor in, which is very exciting... I need to blow it up to make sure it will fit in the living room (our living room is very narrow). I am very excited and can't wait to meet "Roo," though last night I had some terror about it, the birth, the recovery, managing with two... and I thought I must be crazy to have gotten pregnant a second time! Mostly I am excited though... I am trying to mentally prepare for a very fast birth, because dd was born in 4 hours... of course it could go the other way too, but as having a baby in less time scares me more I am trying to figure out ways to be ok with how intense it will be.... I am swimming 3-4 times a week which should help with the labor... in any case it keeps my body from aching too much. We watched some birth videos with dd last night which was good... she turned her head away at one point though, so I am a little worried that she will cling to me during the labor in worry though I have talked to her about everything that might happen... I'm also wondering if I am in the pool if she will want to jump in with me! I am getting more achy all the time and sleeping is becoming difficult. My right hip is also hurting as it has since the beginning, and I can't walk very much at all without getting intense cramps and tons of bh's. I still have not tackled anything on my list, which is making me anxious... but really, the hardest thing is suffering the after-shocks of having had dh almost leave... we are doing ok, but I guess I am starting to become very sad and a little resentful that he hasn't been a part of the pregnancy... we did discuss our birth plan, but now for the postpartum plan.... which I am scared to discuss with him because I'm afraid he will want his parents around all the time.
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Just coming into week 33 so only about 7 more weeks to go. I was feeling earlier that the baby might make an appearance before my edd but now baby has to wait until we get some things figured out.

My birthing plans have all gone out the window because the hospital where my midwife works out of denied my application to have her "do" my labor and delivery because of my previous medical history. : She promises a homebirth experience in a hosptial setting-the natural progression for us to have a hb next time. I was so sad and then pissed-sure my last pregnancy had lots of problems but not even one of those has surfaced so far. And of course there is the fractured pelvis from a car accident in 2002 but they never checked that before denying me. The best part? They said I can't have Diane (my mw) deliver my baby in a hospital but I am more than welcome to try a home birth with her. So now we are on the hunt for a hospital to give birth in. A home birth at this point is not really an option.

Other than the hospital trouble things have been ok. So far I've gained around 8kg....I weigh myself, Diane has never done it.

blood pressure 140/70 and second try 135/70

blood sugar 4.3

iron 120

Numbers are fantastic since last time I had gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. I need to stop gaining weight though.
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Hi everyone...

Well... I am about 33 weeks and I am coming to grips with the fact that I may be having a solo-birth depending on when and how fast labour starts and how the kids are. (Dh will be taking care of the kids)
I was thinking about hiring a doula but It doesn't feel right... kind of like paying for a friend... and really I don't want a stranger to be there for the birth...

My neighbor was nice and offered to come over and get the boys for an hour or two if I want if labour starts hard and DH is at work (if labour doesn't coincide with rush hour it takes him about 3 hours to get here, if it does than it will take a bit around 1 1/2 hours... )

I got some of my birth supplies yesterday... a few chux pads and mattress cover etc.... I decided that I was not going to get a birth pool finally since I am not sure if DH will have much time or patience to inflate it, fill it and keep it at the right temp etc...
I am going to try to make my small bathtub work instead...

Anyways... besides that I am sore and getting uncomfortable... love my chiro lately!! My body is slowing down on me but I really feel the need to keep moving...

I have also decided to get involved on a Decluttering challenge thread here on MDC... I am seriously working on decluttering my house... I had started decluttering a few weeks ago so the timing is perfect and the thread keeps me wanting to do more... I am tired of having so much stuff and even now with what I have done to date it really shows and it is getting much easier to keep the house clean...

I also have quite a few meals done... which will make time after baby be so much easier...

 
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35 weeks here. Baby dropped yesterday and is now really engaged. I'm small, measuring 33 weeks but that is par for me. Babe is posterior (Hence the smaller measurement, we are spine to spine) something I really want to change after having 2 posterior labours already. I have no idea what to expect from my labour, first one was 6 hours second one was 32 hours even though they were both pretty much the same size! Not getting a tub since I have a huge bathtub, its longer than I am and I can lay down completely in it...I'm really lucky, I know!

I think I have karmicly set myself up for early labour! JK! My dd has an Irish Dancing Feis on November 5th and I am planning to get her a solo dress while there since it is by far the best time to find a good one used. I'm now certain I'll be in labour since isn't that how it works...it happens when you least want it! Anyway, my mom's BD is November 7th and I would love the babe to share that date with her without any interventions to make it happen. My mom passed away 8 years ago this November so maybe she will be rooting for me!

Felling good but VERY pregnant! I'm the texbook norm on everything.

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I'm week 34, but because I am uncertain with dates and don't trust the official scan date, I will not be upset if DD decides to come a week or two early, or even a week or two late. As long as I have my homebirth, with my two midwives.

Feeling reasonably healthy and emotionally in a good place. Went on maternity leave and 2 days later the day care centers all went on strike. This is now week 3 of the strike, so all my time off that I was supposed to enjoy painting, cleaning, preparing and pampering myself are out the window as I have DS home with me.

Last birth was 42 hours and ended with emergency cesarean, so I am trying to be open about dealing with any type of birth, since I can't control it anyway. My biggest hopes are to be able to relax enough to deal with the pain, to not have a misaligned head or brow presentation and to OPEN, OPEN, OPEN.
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33 weeks today. I've gained about 15 or so lbs which is great since last preg I had GD and thrilled that I didn't this time around. I had been measuring right on until the last appt when I measured 1 week ahead.

Feeling tired almost all the time. Any physical exertion brings on BH's and if I overdo anything I have extreme hip/sciatic (sp?) pain. Yoga 2 nights a week is a godsend. Going to Calistoga with some girlfriends in 2 weeks for my bday and looking forward to an hour and half prenatal massage!!!!!! Yippeeee!

I'm feeling a little stessed because we haven't really gotten everything ready for this little butterball yet. We need to wrap the crib mattress (which she won't be sleeping in for quiet some time but for a possible nap here and there, but I still want it done), pull out all the infant clothes and stuff that is in storage, sort, etc and all. I guess part of my stress is that I'm still working (2 very long 14 hr days per week) and am so wiped out recovering from those days that right now I have little to no energy to do anything. DH was told last night that this Sunday MUST be dedicated to getting some of those things done so I can breath easier.

Birthing wise, for some reason also feeling unprepared, which sort of makes no sense since I've had two wonderful natural births, used Hypnobirthing last time around and am very much looking forward to using it again. Maybe it's that last time we did the full class so early and this time we are doing a one day refresher with the instructor (who after the last birth became a friend) but not until 10/21. We will be having a minimal to no intervention hospital birth and are fine with that. We had a good experience last time with the hospital respecting our birth plan. I tend to have big babies (8-13.5 and 9-8.5) and that always makes me nervous. I need to start doing some visualization of a wonderful, short, smooth birth.....

Sorry for the long post. Guess i really needed to share....
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Well, my update is long and not particularly pleasant. The upshot is that my docs are pretty worried and now want to deliver this baby at 34 weeks.

I've been having contractions for about 3 weeks now. I am taking terbutaline and I'm on modified bedrest (and slowly going out of my freaking mind....)

I saw my peri (high risk specialist) last week. It was a previously scheduled appointment where they wanted to do an ultrasound to try and see my uterine scar and check out the thickness of the uterine area where I ruptured last time. (FYI, I had a catastrophic uterine rupture in my last pregnancy.)

The news was...inconclusive, but not good news. The complicating factor is that the baby's head was low and kind of in the way, so he couldn't get a terrific view of the entire lower uterine area. The part he WAS able to see was thinner than they like to see. It was 3.5 mm when they like it to be at least 4 mm. There was a distinct area (I could see it too) where you couldn't see the uterine segment at all. So that means one of two things: a) the baby's head made it hard to get a good view or b) that area is really thin (which is not good news).

In light of the contractions I've been having and continue to have, the peri is inclined to be more conservative and move up the delivery date. He was also inclined to do this because the baby was already measuring 5 pounds. (She's been consistently measuring at 8, 16, and 23 weeks, so I tend to believe this more than if it were an isolated measurement.)

So here's the new plan. My amnio has been moved up from 36 to 34 weeks. If lungs are mature, then they will go ahead and deliver then. If the lungs come back immature, what we do next depends. Lung maturity is measured on a scale of 0 to 4, with 2 being mature. If I'm close to, but not quite a 2, then they will give another series of steroids and then deliver. If I'm not close to a 2, then they will give the steroids and do another amnio at 35 weeks. So we're looking at an October baby pretty much one way or another.

We discussed the possibility of putting me in the hospital as a precaution. He didn't think it was a bad idea, but since we live so close (literally 3-5 minutes depending on the lights), he doubted insurance would cover it, especially since I don't contract when resting. But he didn't think it was critical and said he would have a hard time saying it was REALLY necessary to the inurance company. If we lived an hour from the hospital, that would be different.

I will be doing twice weekly non-stress tests at the OB's office until the 34 week amnio. (Which is actually scheduled for October 11, at 33W6D since they were booked on the 12th.) If they start picking up contractions at the NSTs, then we'll go ahead and deliver even before the amnio. Otherwise we'll just monitor and see for 2 more weeks.

I'm so not sure how I feel right now. I think I'm still a little in shock. My poor DH was petrified after the visit, but I'm glad he went so I didn't have to try and explain this to him and he was able to ask the peri all the questions he wanted.

I was kind of in shock last week, but I've recovered and gone into hyper research mode. I've been trying to gather all the info I can on 34 week preemies, breastfeeding a preemie, etc. I've hired a doula to be with us as a second support person in the OR and with me in recovery in case the baby needs to go to the NICU (which I am hoping not, but am making plans for just in case).

Its all such a whirlwind right now. I can't believe I'm going to have this baby in NINE days!!

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I am 32w4d. I had gained about 25 pounds last time I checked about two weeks ago and my fundus was right on target at that time. I have been very tired and I am getting very frustrated because I can't seem to get anything done. Also our air conditioner broke in our apartment and of course it got hot again here in Iowa plus I am having hot flashes. Hopefully it will cool down here for the rest of the pg. My hips are really starting to hurt at night and I can't get comfortable. Alright enough complaining! I am so excited to meet dd and I am excited about the birth. I do have moments of being very scared about the pain. I do have a doula and my dh has been pretty invovled in preparing to have a natural birth.
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I'll be 36 weeks tomorrow according to LMP but I am actually more like 36 weeks and few days now (I ovulate early in my cycle). I feel like I'll have this baby soon. My bh's are becoming more and more uncomfie and I'm losing mucus plug everyday now (which is kind of cool because I didn't notice losing it with my other two). I'm the biggest I've ever been pregnant and I hope that means this baby (even though I'm pretty sure he/she will be a tad early) will weigh more than my others did. I'm hoping for at least 7 lbs (my others were only 6+lbs).

egoldber, I'll keep you and you little one in my thoughts and I'm wishing you the very best!! From everything I've read about 34 week premies they do really really well. I haven't read whole lot but I have looked into it because of how I've felt this pregnancy! I'm sending you big healthy baby and mature lung vibes, oh and a good sucking reflex too!!!!

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Hi everyone! I'm 31w5d.

Gained over 50 pounds so far :-( I gained close to 70 with DD, so this is just what my body does. But it certainly doesn't help with the aches and pains. (and I'm running out of clothes that fit)

No problems this pregnancy though..I had preeclampsia with DD, but nothing has developed this time.

LOTS of aches and pains though. CONSTANTLY feel like I'm getting my period. Lots of hip/leg pain when I'm sleeping, LOTS of bladder pain (I'm carrying sooo low).

TONS of frustration because we are SO not ready for this baby. We finally got the furniture out, but it needs to be cleaned and we need to buy a mattress for the cradle. UGH. There just doesn't seem to be any time, as I work fulltime and my boyfriend is putting in 60-70 hour weeks.

I have a really sneaky feeling this baby isn't going to term.
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I will be 35 weeks tomorrow. I am off work on "bedrest"
I plan on finding something to do so I won't have to go back to work for a long time.
My first ds is in KG and I am really debating homeschooling him.
Their father is not in the picture and doesn't care to be either
This will be my 1st time cd and my 1st hb.

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A few replies; I'd love to respond to everyone but my time is short this morning!

Sheacoby; the mucus plug is interesting! That didn't happen to me with dd#1- in fact my bag of water never even broke.

Egoldber; goodness, mama I feel for you. You react to stressful situations the way I do; read and prepare. Sending strong baby vibes your way.

Saskmom; : that's quite the birth preparation!! And Paxye; your dh is possibly 3 hours away?!! That stinks- how quick were your other labors? I always use my back-up doctors words about fast babies: "if the baby comes so fast that you can't go anywhere, then the baby is fine".

Sunshinegirl; that stinks about the birth plans... I'm sorry. And Mrs. Hos; that is great that you love and know your birth attendants- I'm sorry that dh won't be there with you. He'll be awfully proud of you, though!!

All you low weight gainers.... grrrr. My weight has been shocking me this time since I was a 20 pound total weight gain with dd#1. I know its a goofy number and just a point of vanity, but STILL- I'll just admit yes, I am vain! : I'm sure I'm approaching 30 lbs, although the stress of my life currently might be slowing that down..

Where I'm at.... I don't even know! : All of a sudden my pregnancy has taken a backseat because it seems we'll be making some decisions about when to schedule open heart surgery for my husband. He had a little stroke over the weekend from a clot and that's when the doctors found the hole in his heart. Now that he is home on blood thinners until we know enough to schedule I am finally starting to relax a little.

I haven't been sleeping, eating or stopping. I HAVE cooked, cleaned, tended to dd, learned all about the kind of heart defect dh has, loaded and schlepped pumpkins for dh (we grow and sell pumpkins; it's dh's favorite 'hobby'). And did I mention I have a miserable cold?!

When I talked to my dad, he told me that I should be careful because the stress and situation could affect my unborn child.... my 65 year old dad has been taking college psych classes for fun and I think its making him a little nutty! I'm sure he has a point but I can't really slow down to think about it right now.

Things will get better, but it looks like surgery for dh is at least a month off, so when my baby is born, dh isn't really going to be able to help me because he will still be recovering himself. That makes me sad. I haven't even thought about how we will work all this out financially. I am all of a sudden very grateful for our insurance policy that I've always felt we paid too much for.

Sorry to be debbie downer, but it is nice to share these things with you all instead of my nosy neighbors.... Meg

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Megan, many healing vibes to your dh. I'll keep him in my thoughts and I'm hoping his surgery goes well and he recovers quickly!!! Take care of yourself and that little one your growing!!!

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33 weeks here and nesting like crazy: I've been super stressed out on organizing stuff and cleaning up. We've been renting this little 2/2 house for a year, and I am just now making it look like a home Now it actually looks like we plan on staying awhile. I also really want to get the carpets steam cleaned in the next 2 weeks.

I got the OK from my insurance to cover my homebirth as in-network So thats all set. Babe is breech right now so I am seeing a chiro for the webster technique. I went on Monday, I have an appt on Wed and Friday. I am not panicking yet as I believe this and excercises will work. BTW, this is a vbac

Still need to do some homebirth supply shopping. I already have the fishy pool. My sis is giving me a shower, but apparently its a surprise: I made a wish list that is mostly diapers. I hope to score some of that. If not, I have a lot of ordering to do.....
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Well, according to my calculations I'm 34wks, but my OB changed my due date after the first ultrasound so according to him I am 35wks.

I have been in horrible pain and having contractions for weeks now. The pain is from carrying her so low. And from what I've read the second baby always hurts more than the first.

Weight Gain-0
Weight Loss-15lbs. (Hypothyroidism...long story)

My first baby was 10lbs01oz and this one feels even bigger to me. OB says she doesn't seem to be big, but they told me my first was about 7-8lbs.

Anyway, that's me.

I'm really glad I found MDC, you all have been a great help to me while I've been lurking and learning!

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Egoldber- I just wanted to let you know I will be thinking of you and to hang in there. Also, I was born at 34 weeks as was my 10 years younger sister. My mom actually went into labor with her at 33.5 weeks. Although we were in intensive care it was mostly because we didn't weigh 5 pounds yet. We were both healthy. I didn't need any help breathing and neither of us had any lasting effects. My mom was able to breastfeed both of us. It was a bit tougher getting started but she eventually was able to do it. Also that was 17 and 27 years ago so medical care has improved since then. I know it is just 2 babies stories but hopefully it helps!!
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Hi there, I'm 34 weeks and I've been feeling quite good. I've gained about 30 lbs. so far and I'm hoping not much more . My hips do hurt quite a bit at night but other than that this has been a great pregnancy. I don't think the baby's dropped but I do seem to feel lighter these days. I'm really excited about going into labor on my own since I've never done that before or even lose my mucos plug or even have Braxton hicks contractions! So I'm very excited about all of this and reading about all you mammas that are going through it right now because I know I'm right behind you! Good luck to you all and enjoy these last few weeks of being pregnant, or as much as you can
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I am right about 34 weeks today. I've gained about 30 lbs so far which more than I wanted to gain, but still less than half of what I gained last time (I gained 70 lbs last time around!). I don't know what I measure as the OB I go to doesn't seem to routinely measure women unless they want to be, although he is telling me I 'need' an u/s next time because I'm a vbac. Hmmm...no other women I know who have used his practice for a vbac have been asked for more u/s. I just hope he's not looking for something to try to force me into another c/s since that is not what I want.

I have pretty much done nothing to get ready for the baby. I have hit a few garage sales to pick up some appropriate clothing for a Nov baby since my first child was born in July, those clothes won't work too well. I definitely need to go get a new car seat and pick up some diapers. I have some meals frozen but I am having a hard time keeping DH from eating them now because he doesn't want to cook now. I guess he plans on cooking for the family when the baby gets here since he's eating all the food now? As long as I have a car seat, some diapers, and some weather appropriate clothing for the baby, I'm hoping that the rest will just fall into place when it happens.

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First of all, hugs to mamas going through some difficult times. Carrie, I hope you find a hospital that works for you with your midwife. I can’t imagine how stressful that must be. Beth, sending good vibes to Beth and your little one. I hope the amnio goes smoothly. Megan, also sending healing vibes to your DH.


I don't know where to start today on myself. I've been accomplishing alot this week though -
- Our doula is coming to meet DH next week and get a down payment and all that squared away.
- I finally made a decision and purchased a natural latex mattress for DD and scheduled a delivery date for her big girl bed. It all cost a small fortune, but I just wasn't comfortable with a PBDE-treated commercial mattress and though I considered Ikea I wasn't too sure of the quality or what chemicals they might use. Now to find a puddle pad and sheets! I'd love to spring for the PB Kids bedding, but their sheets are "easy care", which means they are most likely treated with formaldehyde. So my search is on for untreated cotton sheets that are also a bit girly. Being the only girl and the youngest, I never had too much girly stuff growing up so here's my chance now. Unfortunatley, I missed my deadline for being able to return a carpet I purchased for her room that sometimes has a funky smell, but that's still on my to-do list.
- My other big accomplishment was that I started putting together DD's photo album. I hadn't put in a single picture since she was born. I'd had everything printed, but a cousin from India showed up and brought a whole bunch back home for the relatives and it has taken me over a year to finally go through and reorder what I needed for her first-year album. She LOVES looking at the pictures and I think it is good for her to see that she was a baby once, too.
- I've started investing cloth diapering. A friend showed me the various systems she tried before settling on Fuzzy Bunz, but I need to check the water temp of the washers in our building. Or just go with a service. I don't know how much time I'll have to be doing laundry with 2-yo and a newborn!
- I've also started some Christmas shopping so I'm slowly getting that all squared away. My toughest purchasesd are for my 11-yo neice and my 17-yo cousin. I really don't know what they'd like. I've hardly seen either of them over the last 2 years outside of family weddings.
- I've also started looking into preschool for next year. I'm late by NYC standards, but there are always options of one kind or another.

My DD has been really challenging. I need to work on her schedule/routine so she doesn't get overly tired or hyped up and knows what to expect. I've been a bit inconsistent so I need to get that on track now that I'm no longer working. There are days when she just goes wild any time I want to get her dressed/eat a meal/change a diaper/leave the house/go home/etc. On the up side, I've been doing a "preschool playgroup" with some other moms so that each of us gets a bit of break for a couple of hours one morning each week. The downside is that other moms tend to give the kids juice and sugary stuff which doesn't mix well with my superactive little one.

On the medical side,
- My last midwife appointment was good. I really like the one I've met the last 2 times. She's been so gentle with me, which I do need these days as my emotions are all over the map. Although I've only gained 16 lbs at 32 weeks (and I lost a pound between visits), my fundus is measuring right on target. Since I passed that darn 3-hour glucose test I'll just take the slow weight gain as license to enjoy my food!
- I was nervous about the thyroid meds I was on, but I spoke with my pharmacist who is really great and he said they generally get the generic meds from the same manufacturer. whew! My endocronologist was really concerned that another doc had me on the generic meds because there are 3 different manufacturers and switching among them can cause some real problems especially in pregnancy.
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Well, 32 weeks gone already. Where did it go? Gained 47 lbs on my 64", 98# frame so I look really silly, like I shoved a giant bowling ball under my shirt. I'm measuring 44" around(!) People actually gawk at me. Finally feeling great except for the knuckle and toe swelling and the bizarre upper abdominal pain. Anxious to enjoy my last birth and hope I remember to look this time!! Keep telling these girls to wait until after Thanksgiving before debuting so I can get lots of leftovers frozen. All the diapers and clothes are washed and I got the 2nd carseat so we are prepared. I do have to finish thank you cards, though.

Sending positive, healthy vibes to those mamas going through a tough time.
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Thanks citymama! We went to what we thought was going to be a hospital tour of our #1 choice on Wednesday. Well we were wrong. It seemed to be an info session...including something that required a screen and projector. Needless to say we didn't stay. I was willing to go through a hospital tour in Swedish (I am not fluent) but walking into that room was like walking into a university classroom. :

Instead we went to the BB (delivery section-not attached to the hospital) to talk to a midwife to find out what we needed to do to get into the "special" MVC (prenatal care) clinic. Got that info and passed it along to my midwife. Now we just have to wait and see how long it will take for them to give me a doctor's appointment. I need to see one of their doctors before I can find out if they will let me in. I'm still stressed about it but a little less so now that the wheels have been put into motion.

And citymama....I know the feeling of dealing with a challenging dd. This morning was the breaking point for dd and I. We are both stubborn and things got really ugly. She ended up crying for almost a half hour....from leaving the apartment, walking to the subway, on the train, and down to meet her dagis (aka daycare) group. She wouldn't kiss, hug, or even wave to me when I left. I got on the train to go home and cried. I felt like such a failure as a mom and how on earth was I going to deal with things like this with a newborn added to the mix? The fact that my patience is at an all time low doesn't help either.

I sent a text message to dh asking him to call and he did. When I told him what happened he said he would put an application to take some parental leave for the mornings next week. We got lucky and it was approved (you are supposed to give 30 days notice) by his administrator-one of the benefits of having a parent in charge.

It was a rough day and I'm a bit worse for wear. But I think that I needed to have the mini breakdown, that things were just building up over time.

On a positive note I bought some Phish Food Ben and Jerry's and only ate a very very little. Mmmmmmmm Phish Food. Well worth the approx. 6USD I paid for it.

And am I the only one drooling like a maniac while sleeping? Honestly I wake up sometimes with the whole side of my face covered in drool.
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for the moms having extra issues to deal with and hard times...

I'm 33w d2, feeling huge and ungainly, but healthy!

Gained: ~30 pounds, steadily putting on about 1 lb a week
BP: 98-100/65 usually, so a nice steady pressure...

All the other 'stats' doing great, but having sciatic pain in my right hip...the left side is usually good, but I get restless and have to sleep for a little bit on the 'bad' hip side...if even for just an hour and then can sleep more on the left. Doing the 'up to pee' every few hours!

Had a 'SPD' (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) type 'pull' that lasted for two days, but was miraculously able to get it to 'reshift' and it feels fine now, just lots of BHs if I'm cleaning or walking too much (<--which is usually alot, with two other children to care for).

Having a homebirth with midwives. Have been making diapers, getting some PP pads ready, and some homemade 'chux' style pads to sleep on/deliver on ready. I still need to get a few things done, but am mostly ready even if surprised by an early birth...did baby laundry and put it all away in a dresser.

I've been nesting like crazy, organizing and cleaning (to the point of barely being able to move from stiff hip joints at the end of the day, and needing to put on a "Thermal Care" hot pack and just sit on it for a few hours...hahah..but it works). Taking Epsom salt baths usually works too, but it's harder to get up and out of tub more and more...so not doing that as much.

Looking forward to being up all night nursing a sweet newborn, rather than waking up all night to pee, shift achy hips, clear out the post nasal pregnancy drip, drink water for dry throat, then pee more...hehe..

Sending out 'healing, happy, good birth, healthy baby vibes to all the expectant moms!'
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Oh, I'll be thinking of all of you having difficulties!

I'm 33 weeks tomorrow according to ovulation date. I have GD this time but it seems to be under control with diet. I'd gained about 35 lbs. but in the last 6 weeks of the GD diet I've lost 4. Measuring right on track so they're not concerned; baby's getting my food and I'm living off my ample fat supplies. Hoping I'm able to avoid another induction. That pitocin sucked last time!

Other than that, the SPD is annoying but hasn't gotten much worse since it showed up. My prenatal bellydance DVD is helping! What a great workout. No BP issues this time, thank goodness, so hopefully no repeat of the pre-e.

Amassing my cloth diaper stash and collection of slings. Today I'm getting ready to wash all of DS's baby clothes as the nursery is finally ready for furniture!

Now, if I could just remember to practice that breathing...
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I'm 33.5 weeks... still can't believe it, since DS #1 decided that 29 weeks was a good time to come. This one seems to be behaving himself and staying in there. Everything has been going fine. I was a bit freaked out at my BP possibly rising, but then the day after an OB appt (where OB wasn't concerned, but *I* was), I measured my BP at Walmart and it was nice and low, and then at my midwife appt last week, it was similar to what I got at Walmart... actually even lower. So yay! I guess I'm always looking for *something* to kill my out-of-hospital, midwife-attended birth plans like happened last time! Oh well. Just a couple more weeks to go. My midwife said she officially goes on call at 36 weeks, but that if I felt comfortable with it, she'd be willing to deliver as early as 35.5 weeks... so technically I only have to go 2 more weeks to get the birth I want. And yes, I'd feel comfortable delivering that early out of hospital since a) I grow big-for-gestation babies, b) my DS #1 did *really* well for a 29 weeker (was breathing 100% on his own the next day, etc.), and c) my midwife is equipped with O2 if baby did have some trouble breathing, and we'd just transport to the hospital if baby continued to need breathing help. So we're covered there.

I've gained 25 lbs so far. I spill glucose in my urine at many of my midwife appts, and this time was the worst, as I'd had french toast for breakfast with syrup on top, then had the appt 1 hour later. : The box kept getting greener and greener, and finally stopped when it was just one shade less than the darkest green on the bottle! Whoops! Oh well. I've checked my blood sugar with a glucometer multiple times, and it's always in the lower 90s 2 hours after a meal, so that's really really good. I just spill glucose anyway, but I've done enough reading to know that that's just a variation of normal for some pregnant women, and it appears to be the case for me this pregnancy!

Fundal height at 33 weeks was 33cm. I'd been measuring big earlier in pregnancy, but I think the baby changed positions. He was facing my back, and now he's LOA. Definitely head down as well.

Overall, I'm feeling pretty good. I love my chiropractor - she keeps me walking! The only time I'm really miserable is at night, when my legs just get achey and my butt muscles hurt. I sleep with a pillow between my knees and tucked under my tummy. I also take a cal/mag supplement before bed. I just dread nighttime because I'm sooooo tired, but just can't get comfortable with the achey legs. But other than that, I feel good in general. Getting a few more rib pokes today. I'm so glad I have a long torso!

Nesting has begun, and about 2 weeks ago, I started sewing the baby's diaper stash. I've got 4 size newborn and 3 size small done (I expect a 9 lb baby or close to it, so don't expect to need newborn for very long). I have prefolds in various sizes already, so I'm "ok" if I don't get more sewn, but hopefully I'll get a dozen newborns and 2 dozen smalls done (fitteds), and maybe some small pockets. Along with the sewing I've been doing, I've also started cleaning/decluttering the house a bit, which I've not been motivated to do all pregnancy up until now (same goes for sewing!). So I guess it's the last minute panic nesting that I'm doing. I still need to make a sling too... Really should move that up in the sewing queue, since I can sew diapers with baby in the sling, if need be.

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Hi there, November (and some October!) Mamas;

Thanks for all the kind wishes.: This week we see all our 'folks'... my midwife, Greg's cardiac surgeon, etc. Then we'll make decisions. It's a tough call, because how many moms can you find to ask who have been in this situation- with a two year old, 6 weeks off a due date and with a husband who needs open heart surgery?!:

I'm wondering; wwyd- keep dh on blood thinners (knowing that those are kinda dangerous in some respects) and wait until 'new baby' is 4-6 or 8 weeks old OR try to schedule surgery ASAP (like next week, if I could) and know that hopefully dh would be 4-6 weeks into recovery before 'new baby' was born? Remember, my very capable mom is living with us and can help all of us. And heck, work won't be an issue since none of us will be doing that during recovery time!!

Everyone keeps saying 'what if the baby comes early, but dd#1 was a 42 weeker and I'm not *much* bigger with this one. I am just trying to keep my mental state & physical well being (like remembering to eat everyday and spend some 'quiet time' reflecting...) in good standing so my baby doesn't come early. Kooky, I know.

And I wanted to have a big with all the pg mamas! Everyone sounds so good!!! How fun to get ready for a new little one. I can't wait to spend the holiday season cuddling a newborn. Of course, I guess I've forgotten the rough parts about those new babies!

My older dd is doing well also, she's met all of the 'milestones' I hoped she would before 'new baby'; including being able to put herself to sleep at night, so I feel ready! She still does come to our bed at about 6 am or so, but I think I can sleep with two babies for that amount of time. She doesn't need to sleep with me all night, so that's nice.

Sunshine girl: sorry about the rough day! I know those feelings.... When my dd did that to me, I ended up needing to drink a glass of wine with my lunch to get myself under control.:

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Today was my last day doing massage until after maternity leave is over. I almost started crying when I realized how much I love what I do and how much I will miss it. I haven't really decided if or how much I will work after this baby gets here. I am trying not to worry about it and just take everything as it comes.
I am around 34 weeks. I have a conference to go to in 2 days (flying, my boss made me get a note from my ob) then it is all about getting ready for babe. Finally. A friend gave us some boy clothes, a family member gave us a dresser, a friend of my dh's is giving us a twin mattress since we are splitting up the two older boys and only have 1 twin right now. I was so worried about how we were going to get everything but, of course, everything is working out just fine. Now I just have to sand and paint the dresser, clean the garage (so we can build the new bedroom in there), sand and paint the crib, and decided what kind of CDs we want to start out with.
My biggest fear about labor is that it will happen during the Ohio State Michigan game. I joke that that is the only reason I would have an epidural. I don't want labor to distract me from that all important game.

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