Wombat and Willo... enough already! It's time to get better!!!! ... I thought maybe some tough love would kick out the bug... did it work?
I had a bunch of loverly contractions yesterday that made me have to go lay down. It scared me to think my body is gearing up and getting ready for "go time" I have labor prep class on Wed, which will be nice.
Saturday I had a "nice time" telling off DexP for not being responsible for picking up DD on time and sleeping in. He showed up to pick her up, very apologetic and with flowers for both myself and her. So I have some pretty flowers by my lonely bed.
OH... and woke up Sunday with a head down and low baby! oh boy.... I think it might be time to get that bassinet I want...
Today is MIL's birthday, so DS and I are going to Whole Foods to see if we can find her a piece of PINK cake (he's sure she needs this!)
Once DS is visiting his Baba (Russian grandmother=babushka), I will come home and REST some more. Exciting life, huh?
Vanessa: Congrats on getting accepted to Univ of OK! And congrats on the new car! I bought a new Accord when I was preg with DS and I still have it 5 years later, I love it - they are great cars.
I had another burst of nesting energy yesterday. I made up my pp bath herbs and my pp peri bottle herbs and froze them. I also made a gallon of RRL tea that I'll start drinking on Thursday night. I talked DH into us getting a mini freezer for the garage (we scored a great one on sale at Sears for $169!) and I baked all day yesterday trying to fill it. I think we now have enough frozen food to survive a nuclear fallout, but I still feel the need to bake more.
Now I'm just trying to get the last minute stuff done that I'd rather not do with a newborn and a 4 yr old. I'm getting worried about how I'll manage alone in public with a NB and a 4 yr old.
I'm getting worried about how I'll manage alone in public with a NB and a 4 yr old.
and Vanessa congrats on the college and car and dropping!!! Sounds like things are going well right now!!! Thats so great to hear!
and willo resting w/o worrying about DS DOES sound like something to look forward too!!!! Hope you get some good rest in!
Also getting over a cold which dd shared ever so kindly with me. Adjusting to the UK but it is quite nice to be going into summer here rather than winter back in SA
happy week everyone
since finding out that little being is head down and that the placenta has moved from being previa, i'm the nesting queen. love the impulse, but the to do list is so overwhelming:
i need this baby to drop. i need to breathe. in which week do they usually drop? i don't remember. i'm 34 weeks.
I made an A in my grad class that i just finished up! Now I actually have a class to finish before this baby comes, that i am doing an independent study with.
I am 35 weeks and am getting so excited and nesting like crazy. Not the good kind of nesting, like cleaning but more just staring at all his new baby stuff! (this is our first)!
My husband is nesting too, in his own way! Sometimes I catch him in the nursery just staring at everything. AND, the other day he had a stuffed animal in his John Deer Camo Sling for practice!!!!!! This is so fun.
We went on a tour of the hospital. it was good for my husband to see how serious his job will be of vocalizing everything we want to the nurses: no circ, room in, breast only, no bath/or we give bath....ect.
P.S. I don't post much but I am still here!!!
I ordered diapers this weekend and I can't wait for them to get here. I got mostly prefolds and covers, but also some Blue Dog fitteds and a few Kissaluvs. I got two size 0 for my shower and they are just the cutest thing ever. I'm so glad I can say that here. No one at work gets why I'd be excited about diapers.
Jilian- when we were at IKEA DH had to run off for a few minutes and I had dd in the cafeteria by myself. She totally melted down (wanted dada, wanted a nap, wanted water, wanted anything but me and what I had in my bag) and all I could think of was "what would this be like with a newborn added to the mix?". I felt fear...
Health update: last night was so bad in terms of coughing I actually called in sick today. I took some gua. for the cough, and was able to nap a little while my mom watched dd, but after she left dd and I headed to the doctor's office...my face was swollen, my head hurt, I felt lightheaded, and I was getting "sparkles" in my vision. Ummmm...
Turned out when I got to the doc's both my care providers were at the hospital...there were 5 births today (2 ended in c/s) and all of them were from my doc's office and none were expected! So the receptionist took my blood pressure and we checked my pee for protien...the BP was really high, the urine was borderline okay. ONe of my doc's called later on and asked me to come in tomorrow morning if I don't feel better. So now I'm sort of worried that this cold is pushing me towards pre-e. I was borderline last time so it's a real concern.
And I have soooooo much work I need to get done. Just gobs of writing assignments and projects (forgetting all the "nesting stuff", just looking at the work related stuff). So I'm a bit worried about being put on bed rest again.
Still...if I'm on bed rest a good half of those work related assignments will vanish, so there is a silver lining! :l0l And belly babe is getting old enough that in an emergency she'd probably do really well on the "outside". Still...I want her to cook at least another week or two!
Had my Impending-Baby-Celebration on Friday and posted pics of the henna-belly in the belly pics thread. It was a lot of fun to celebrate with friends. Some of them insisted on bringing gifts despite my efforts to explain that this was not a shower and neither I nor this baby really need anything. It was sweet of them, but I still feel a little guilty. Otherwise the party was great fun. We had yummy Indian food, everyone got henna designs, and nearly all of us had Tarot readings. It was a pleasant evening and I think all the guests had a good time.
This week is really busy with work, and I have to get ready for DD's birthday party on Saturday. Yikes! : Not sure how I'm going to get everything done at this point. Especially since I started painting both the entry and hall last week, thinking I could wrap that up along with most of the housecleaning over this past weekend. (Tough to do when you're in bed or vomiting : ) It should be an interesting week!
I have my first weekly MW appointment tomorrow. Can't believe I'm already 36 weeks! I had also planned to get all my homebirth supplies organized and accounted for over the weekend. Glad my MW is understanding and not one to sweat the small stuff! I'll have to spend a little of my "office" time tomorrow morning gathering the most important items before her visit.
I gotta say I'm pretty amazed that nobody has actually given birth yet. I'd been away from the board for a while and basically expected to return to a birth story. Yay for all these babies staying put!
Jillian, congratulations on your wedding ceremony!!! I hope this magical beginning of your marriage carries you all through less joyous times! You looked beautiful, too- so jealous of that ocean behind you!
Well I'm a total nesting freak. My older two kids are in California with their Nana this week, so it's a good time for me to get stuff done (yeah, no carpool! no making lunches!). I moved my youngest into his brother's room because my daughter wants to share her room with the baby. So even though the baby won't use the crib for 6+ months, we're setting it up just so everything can get settled in there! My poor husband, he's like my handyman/laundry basket carrier, etc these days!
I also decided to wash all the baby's things and get my birth box together (baby blankets, baby scale, cord ties, etc) even though I said I wouldn't do any of that until after Mother's Day! But I really could birth anytime now, I'm going on 37 weeks, so it just seemed like time to get ready!!
I don't know if I'll make it to June. I have really intense crampy contractions sometimes that make it hard to move, and I yelp when they come on, usually in the a.m. But I'm trying HARD not to have any expectations of when????!!! Though I woke up yesterday feeling ANXIOUS to meet the baby for the first time. I am SO EXCITED to have the baby here with us, and it has taken over any nervous feelings I was having about having to actually give birth again! I am looking forward to it now!!!
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I've found that food soothes my throat more than liquids! Bizarre. There's a homeopathic remedy for this... but it is contraindicated in pregnancy.
DH wants me to go back to the doctor. I don't know what they can do, though... At least today some kitchen stuff should get done. That's a happy thought. The downer is how nasty/messy downstairs is due to my lame-ness at bending down lately plus my cough-induced laziness. There is smashed chalk on the floor, toys strewn everywhere, and... just... EVERYTHING IS MESSY. I want to scream when I'm down there. : And I'm too sick to fix it. WAAAAH!
On the plus side, I said to DH last night, "Hey, I don't even notice any pregnancy discomforts in bed now, because the choking-sore-throat is so distracting, and the coughing requires me to clutch at my aching sides."
Let's see...I went to the doctor again this morning (we combined my "oh gods I am so sick I will DIE" with the appointment I was supposed to have tomorrow anyway) so I got the GBS swab done and we listened to the babe. But even better...I AM NOW ON DISABILITY!!!!!!!!! Well, it's sort of mixed news. I'm happy that I'm going to have a little time off from work before the babe arrives so that I can hopefully recover and get some rest. But on the down side this means our budget is going to take a hit, and I'm on disability because I have gestational hypertension.
It's borderline at this point (the blood pressure reading that "marks" pih is 140/90 and I'm a few points below that, but only one or two, on multipple readings over the last few days). My doctor actually isn't that worried (she's more worried about this cold) but she wants me to take daily home readings and let them know if ANYTHING changes (weight, puffiness, BP, vision, headaches, etc).
She also gave me a script for the codeine typenol stuff for the cough (and after the hours I spent hacking till I retched last night I think the benefits for both belly bean and I will be worth the minor risks...my doc felt that it was a good thing to have on hand, not to use it if I didn't need it but if I did, then I should take it) and another for an inhaler. Apparently chest colds in late pregnancy can lead to a sort of pregnancy induced asthma which can cause problems with the birth. I haven't picked it up but maybe willo that is something your care provider would know about/be able to arrange?
Other than that I've been told humidifier, guafenisen (so any non-DM robitussin type deal), benadryl/sudafed, and elderberry syrup (gotta love an OB who recommends elderberry, but spends 5 minutes trying to find the info on codeine syrup since it's not something she writes up frequently and she couldn't remember the "codes" for it).
I've found orange sherbert to be a big help...it's cold and soothing and fresh and seems to help for about 20 minutes at a time.
Ugh...what a bag of mixed news today has been!
Anyway, good news is I AM MOVED AND SETTLED. Poor DH had so much to do, (we all did), but DH worked really hard for me: Dh is a 20 min. bike ride away from work as opposed to an hour commute, and he loves the fact he is getting exercise to and from work, ds and I are thrilled we get to see more of him. I had a strong community of other moms and kids in the mountains that I am sad to lose, but will work hard on finding another community of moms and kids down here, especially for ds he is very social.
Well I have a lot of baby nesting to do now, wash little clothes, gather all of my birth supplies and most importantly, get a pedicure! I am planning this for my mothers day escape.
I hope everyone heals up and is feeling really well for mothers day!
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Spent the day running around town trying to find lansinoh cream (ONE pharmacy in this entire city carries it, if you can believe that...), and picking up my records of employment to submit to the feds for my maternity leave application. I have one more form to get that'll be ready on Thursday, and then I can go in and get my paperwork filed. [whew]
The weather is absolutely stunning - I met DH and a work buddy for lunch on the pier, and we sat in the ocean breeze eating fish & chips - but my hips & cervix are now really unhappy with me because of all the walking. Ah well; I'm sacked out on my birthing ball in Table right now, and it's helping tons.
Our doula's coming over tonight for our first lamaze/prep class, and I'm getting excited! Now to channel that energy into picking up the living room...
I'm very organized lately and have a to-do list every week. Basically, I have things to do pretty much every day. I think it's mostly an anxiety reducer, but I also really want my house in decent shape when the baby comes. Before my wedding I had a daily to-do list that made me feel much more calm about it all... this is the same idea. I'm not freaking out yet, and I want it to stay that way. I want to sail the rest of the way to my due date with little or no stress.
I taped over some holes on the plastic table cloth that's going on my bed, so all of the birth supplies are ready. Except that we still haven't bought that pesky hose for the birth pool. I'm thinking we'll wait 2-3 weeks to do that, so that if we don't use it for the birth we can take it back. I'm cheap.
I have my week 35/36 appt this week with a new doc (the last one in the practice we haven't met yet). Then switching to weekly appointments!
Hoping this doc can tell me with certainty whether DS is heads down yet or not!
BTW, anyone else here refusing internal exams? I think they may typically do one this week(??)... just wanted to get some feedback from others who choose not to have internals done. I didn't have ANY in my first pregnancy until 24 hours into labor - my midwives just didn't do them. But I understand this practice does them standard at the end of the pregnancy... and though I refused my early one & pap test, I haven't talked to any of the docs yet about these later ones.
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I'll join in the virtual chicken soup making for the sickies of the bunch. Yuck and more yuck. I'm continuing to keep my fingers crossed. This has been the year of Strep at my school, some of the kids have had it 3 or 4 times this year. It just won't go away. No fun.
I'm getting anxious now. I'm not sure if I should start doing things to get ready for labor or not. I have a bottle of EPO capsules my sis left here last week and I'm not sure if I should take them or not. I am gonna drink one cup of RRL tonight. I'm not sure if I should give my body a gentle nudge or if I should wait until I'm 37 full weeks. Part of me wants to go into labor and part of me isn't ready to stop being pregnant yet.
I'm a bit on the fence about VE...mostly I don't want any till I feel the need to push, but in reality I sort of want to know if things are "changing" and I've never been good at self exams.
Im so tired and gross and just want to whine all the time. : So, excuse me if Im not all smiles at the moment.
Im due sometime between June 20-July 2, depending on who you ask...I was still nursing and dont have a LMP to go by. So, my birthing window is pretty huge, and Ill go with whatever works I STILL have horrible morning noon and night sickness, which just sucks...my tummy has been upside down for the past week, too. I think my little gymnist is finally upside down and is causing alot of the issues..BLAH! Im not getting too excited about head down yet, I dont want to jinx anything! On Thursday I have another ultra sound (at 20 weeks one of his kidneys had fluid and was enlarged, 4 weeks ago it had fixed itself, but they want to follow him and make sure all is cool), so Ill be able to deffinatly find out how hes lying! Im super nervous~ both my other kids were head down from day one, so this is new.
My mind is SOOO far gone, I keep saying the wrong words~ and not even noticing. I cant remember anything, either.
OK, enough whining, Ill come back when im not so :
They sort of worked against me with my last pregnancy. I got a little obsessed about "progress" and it also put more pressure on me in labor, too. The clock did too. So my main thing with this labor will be avoiding exams and avoiding the clock.
I don't think I'll be having any more though because I don't want to get discouraged if I don't see change, or worked up if I see a lot of change. I don't really want them in labor, either, except possibly to confirm full dilation when I start to push. I found that knowing I was "stuck" at 2-3 cm for 10 hours or something was hard on me with my first labor. If I hadn't known that I was "stuck" I wonder if I would have gotten as upset and frustrated about how slow things were going.
I'll admit there's a teensy bit of curiousity there, but I think just going with the flow and not knowing the exact numbers might help me stay more positive. Just my opinion.
GBS swab: Those of you who are doing them, are you swabing yourself? My midwife has those clients who choose to have one swab themselves. Just wondering if anyone else had a midwife/OB in this camp. I'll be having mine next week at my homevisit.
another question: what post-natal vitamins are you all planning to use? I have about 2 weeks left on my prenatals and am considering switching over to something else rather than buying a whole new supply.
oh and HI, since I haven't checked in in awhile
hello to the newcomers!
Congrats Jilian on your wedding (your last belly pic is gorgeous!).
All's well here. Will be 37 weeks on Saturday, then I have the green light for the birth center. DH is in Alaska starting tomorrow so nothing better happen! Baby is veerrryy low and I have alot of BH. But I don't feel like I'm gonna have a baby yet. Plus we haven't decided on names...
Actually, I'm not coughing much now that I'm up. I did when I tried going back to bed half an hour ago, though. I just can't keep torturing DH, and the doctor says sleep is the ONLY thing that is going to kick this stupid virus. : The poor man has to go to work tomorrow, whereas I, at least, have the option of napping like I did today.
Wombat-- Now that you are on disability, will you be able to rest, or will you have your DD with you 24/7? I did really well today with two short naps, but I know that wouldn't have happened without my MIL taking DS for part of the morning. (I fell asleep with DS for his afternoon nap. He LOVES that, actually, so I get health "points" plus bonding "points". )
How amazing is it that our first June baby arrived, huh?
It really does scare the pants off of me, though! Thank God I'm due toward the end of June. Sheesh! I'm not ready, and, frankly, I can't imagine going through labor with this freakin' cough and sore throat!!!
I'm telling the baby to stay in until at least June, when I'll be 37 weeks. Mom gets here June 9th, so I'm really hoping s/he stays in until at least June 7th...
I thought I would check in here, though I haven't posted anything for at least 4 months. We have been busy house hunting, then moving into a new house. It's been about a month now, and by next week all the home improvements should be done! I so want to start nesting, but it's virtually impossible with all the tools, equipment, and dust lying around. Also, the house is being painted next week, so it would be pretty useless to completely organize all the dressers, bookcases, etc., only to have to move them (now full) in a couple days.
Sounds like everyone is doing well, with the exception of the couple members with flu/colds! So sorry! Luckily, once my morning sickness was over, I have been fine; although I had a raging headache the other day, and I think it was due to the fumes from our new flooring combined with close to 100 degree weather.
I switched to a midwife for care somewhere around my 20th week and we are having a homebirth. Went to the store yesterday and got most of the supplies, so at least I got to act on some of that nesting instinct! Anyone else having a homebirth? Anyone else getting a little scared about it? Sometimes I get a small bh contraction, or maybe a gas pain, or I just get up the wrong way, and I think "ouch!", and then I think, "if you can't handle that twinge of pain, you are in BIG trouble!" DH and I started a Bradley class a couple weeks ago, but I am due in the middle of the session, so luckily the instructor will meet with us one on one to go over some important techniques.
If I don't post again until the baby gets here, happy birthing vibes to all of you! I'll be lurking everyday to see what's going on...
as for a homebirth, i'm still undecided. i'd like to birth a home this time, but dh is really worried about the carpeting or bed or something getting ruined. sigh. we're still working on it and our other option (assuming i make it to 37 weeks) is a lovely birth center that's only about a 8 minute drive away so i don't feel like i need to fight too hard. i just remember how i didn't like having to get up, dressed, bundle the baby up and drive home a few hours after the birth of dd2 and it really appeals to me to just stay in bed this time and to send everyone else home instead. good things my midwives are flexible and haven't made me fully decide yet.