Did anyone do anything fun over the holiday weekend? DH an I went to see Pirates yesterday and I don't know how any of you mamas made it through without a bathroom break!
i'm feeling much better today- sore throat is pretty much gone and i don't feel sick, but still a bit sluggish/woozy and slightly nauseous. my only plans for the day are to sit in the garden and point out what i want planted and where, and then take a nap! sounds good since i'm not in labor!!
all my friends who are due now (and really, most of my friends are pregnant!) are having their babies- so far there are three boys! so maybe that increases my chance of having a girl??
UGH! IT'S SO HARD THESE LAST COUPLE WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
JENNY, 38~ preschool teacher, birth activist, sun worshiper, singer, married for 17 years and mom to
Karan 15, Fiona 12, Bodhi 10, Bjorn 6, Devon 3, and Robin Taylor born January 16th!
On Saturday, DH & I met my best friend for a day in NYC. I walked over 3 miles (with a few A/C & iced tea breaks). We hit the Lincoln Center Craft Fair, Union Square Farmer's Market & Chelsea Markets. We also had Indonesian for lunch & Armenian for dinner. Yum!!! I needed one last hurrah in NYC before Ian comes. Everyone is amazed that I could do that much in one day at 9 mths & in hot, humid weather. Of course, I slept almost all day Saturday, but it was worth it.
I'm not seeing my family today (I would have to drive to them). I'm just going to make a little cookout for DH & me & lay low today. I'd really like to jump in my Bro's pool though.
Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."- Albert Einstein
The downstairs carpet will be installed on Friday and the upstairs carpet will be installed on next Monday - then I can finally get the house back in order and start nesting. I can't wait.
We are experimenting with alternate arrangements in our family bed. Ds is having a hard time not sleeping by me (since baby and dd need to be by me to nurse), so we have been trying different possibilities. Last night he built a dragon nest out of pillows on the bed (we have a King + Queen) and slept there.
Not sure today is the day however...no contractions, no show, no plug, no nothing! But we'll see. I've got all the "soft" signs of getting ready (loose stools, nesting, lost a few pounds, crampiness, pelvic pressure, etc) but nothing major. Ah well, there's still time, right?
As I was pointing out in the last weekly thread I'm beginning to get nervous about "deadlines". My two amazing VBAC doctors are 100% pro-VBAC. But one of the them will be out of town during my 41st week and they have gently suggested that a foley cath induction is an option for a few days before her trip. Basically any induction after a prior c/s carries a serious risk of uterine rupture. Foley Cath inductions are the safest, but there is still a risk. And of course, any induction ups the chance of a repeat c/s since obviously your body didn't start things on it's own.
BUT if one of my docs is out of town when I enter labor on my own and the other doc is attending a different mama then I have an almost 100% chance of a repeat c/s. None of the other local doctors/midwives will attend VBAC mamas so... those aren't great odds in my mind.
I've still got two weeks before this becomes a real issue, but it's making me a bit nervous. I'd really like Roro to come sooner regardless of what happens, than have to make a choice like that. Sigh.
So maybe I should go turn on the Law & Order Marathon and see if that helps?
Actually I think there is a L&O marathon on one channel and an L&O Criminal Intent marathon on another...so there are choices even there!
|so we have been trying different possibilities. Last night he built a dragon nest out of pillows on the bed (we have a King + Queen) and slept there.|
'due date' is saturday for me... Aside from a little more pressure and a pelvis that feels like I've spent the last week in the saddle, I'm not feeling like a birth is imminent. So hard to fill the time right now. We've been going to alot of basketball games since our home team is making an unexpected run in the nba postseason!
jillian - I want to see pirates too but - bathroom breaks aside - I can't get comfortable in normal seats. Would they let me bring a birth ball I wonder?
wombat - it sounds like you are doing great with the waiting game. I'm really rooting for your vbac!! Also your bed setup sounds awesome.
awallrising - nice job on the walk-a-thon! I'm still doing our normal 3 mile-ish loop with hills, but boy do I move slooooww.
Did anyone else notice that it's Baby Week on tlc/discovery? not sure that's a good thing.
I too am worried about deadlines but probably with much less reason. I know there's plenty of time, but I also know that 42 weeks is d-day for our birth center birth. Just the thought of 'what if' I go past 42 sends me to tears. mantra: there's plenty of time left.
Just the thought of 'what if' I go past 42 sends me to tears. mantra: there's plenty of time left.
I can't believe that my official due date is a week from today. Holy cow, that's soon! We got so much done this weekend, though, that I'm feeling far more ready for babe to arrive than I was on Friday. We finished building DD's new sandbox, and got it full of sand. (1500 lbs of sand. It was a lot to carry up the hill in the backyard, but she *loves* it!) DH replaced the bathroom fans, mowed the lawn, and is going to help me out with a few more things tonight. I got most of the house cleaned fairly well, caught up on the laundry, cooked and froze a couple more meals, and reorganized DD's toys so that they're no longer taking over the family room. There are still a thousand things I'd like to do, but only a handful that are truly important to me and none that will cause disaster if not completed.
And I'm a bit more at ease now that it's looking very unlikely that DD and her younger sibling wil share a birthday. I don't know why that idea was so distressing to me, but somehow I really felt that they should each have a birthday to themselves. Today is DD's birthday, so unless the kid shows up in the next seven hours, we should be all set on that count.
So...I only have one "dose" of EPO left. I do have an appointment tomorrow and I plan on getting checked (and having my membranes swept if my cervix is at all open) so I'll probably wait before buying more. I know the point of the EPO is to soften the cervix and if that's going well then I probably don't need more...I can stick with my RRL tea. But if my cervix is still cosed/tight I suppose I should get another bottle. I used to take EPO to smooth out my cycles anyway so I suppose it will get used eventually.
Today has been a wonderful day weather wise. The past few have been hot and humid and nasty and bouncing back and forth between sun and rain. but today has been in the upper 60s with a nice breeze and lovely sun. DD and I played on the back porch for hours and it's been a really nice, relaxing, holiday sort of day. And DH only had to stay in the lab for about 3 hours so that was great too!
I just finished addressing the envelopes for the birth announcements. And tomorrow (when things are open again) DH will be finishing off a few more of our pre-babe chores (picking up the car at the shop and installing the car seats, dropping off a few more bags of stuff at Salvo, possibly getting one of those Home Depot rental trucks to take the bags of yard waste to the recycling center/dump, etc). But really, the list is more or less bare.
Anyone else running into the ongoing nesting problem? Where you clean obsessively but then realize that things are getting dirty again (as is the way of the world) and suddenly you're cleaning all the time AND getting frustrated about it. Or is that just me?
I do think that I'm getting my body more "used to" the fact of an afternoon nap, because I'm not waking up cranky anymore, and it isn't preventing me going to sleep at bedtime. I hope I can manage to nap with this newborn, because I wasn't very good at that with DS.
My feet got swollen today while we were shopping. It started off VERY humid, showering, chances of thunderstorms (that never materialized), etc., then graduated to 83 F and sunny. I think my hands are fine, that it was all feet swelling, so I'm not too worried, but I do like it better when I'm fitting into my shoes! My weekly acupuncture appt is tomorrow, so we'll see then--those points actually HURT when she treated me for swelling a few weeks ago.
It's funny that, while I think of myself as quite a worrywort generally, going past-dates hasn't ever registered on my radar yet. It helps me (this time) to know I went a few days early last time, but I don't think I worried about it that time, either. Hmm...
I worry about this posterior baby. I worry that this one will get its cord wrapped around its neck like DS did. I worry about not being prepared for labor. I worry about "something" going wrong and needing a c-section. I just haven't worried about actually starting labor!
I'm also due June 3...and I am so hoping that he decides to come this week. But not on Thursday (so, I'm sure I jinked myself). SO has a major job interview that day and in the afternoon we have the house inspection on our soone-to-be-home. But any other day will work.
I too don't have any major symptoms going on, but the crampiness, nesting, etc is all there. I also feel so restless....get agitated easily too. I cannot stand this hot weather and am so glad this will be over before the true summer weather hits.
I am excited to see how we all do on this journey.
Roro has been a super bounce ball today with wiggles all over the place. Anyone want to speculate on whether or not a wiggly babe is a "good" birth sign?
Sigh...I can't even watch my Law and Order marathon since DH has been playing Lego Star Wars for a few hours now. I suppose it's better than having a DH addicted to WarCrack or EverQuest or SecondLife but still! How long can you honestly watch legos run around the screen?
i can't believe it's almost june. i never even considered i might be pg when june 1st came around. both my other two were early and even though i had been told the third baby is the wild card i still figured she'd come around the same time as the first two...oh well. other than feeling "overdue" even though it's still way early and the fact that contractions keep me up most every night, all is good here.
just finished reading last weeks thread WHEW!
havent read this weeks yet. but will after i post! i cant remember what ive told yall and what i havent, so here goes!
had an appt on thursday where we decided that i just dont have a due date instead~ im allowed to hatch any time after june 3rd. (dh and i say its june 20, u/s says july 2~ which would mean god and i got busy at least a week after the last time dh and i did the folks at the u/s place are convinced i had an affair )
of course all my excitement because i knew hed moved was actually bad news...he was breech, now hes transverse, or at least WAS on thurs. ive come to terms with breech...although neither of us are excited about it, we're both ok with a breech delivery. transverse, on the other hand, means a csection. : i honestly think his position will be determined in labor. : ill keep working on him, but he clearly has plenty of room.
im still stuck on r&r until june 2.....which was beautiful with my in laws here this weekend!! im so bored, though!
im feeling ok, just DONE and fairly cranky! im so freaking constipated its not even funny. think im buying an enema tomorrow. : ive pooped twice (barely) in the last 9 days, approximately...maybe more....so miserable! been taking my stool softners that got me through 2 other pregnancies, but it aint workin this time! the fact that i havent been walking much is the big problem, im sure. eating a bag of fritos right now...did that 2 weeks ago and EXPLODED sorry, tmi?
FINALLy ordered my birth kit and my pool!! trying to think positively that mr. trouble will be cooperative and come out the way i want!
my poor sweet dog, abby, looks like she might be on her last leg. shes been going down hill for awhile now, but she has fluid in her lungs again and its worse then ever! she coughs and/or wheezes like 19 hours of the day. she doesnt seem to miserable, remarably....but this is the dog that had her entire gut cut open to remove thread and was standing wagging her tail as soon as she woke up! (she got into my sewing stuff w/o my noticing...*found* the needle, fabric and some thread coming out her bum! this was like 7-8 years ago). anyhow, this has happened before and she recovers completely after like 2 weeks, but im worried this time...its real bad. not to mention what its doing to us...she sleeps in our room, thus no sleep around here!
saw there was a L&O marathon (actually a couple of them! ) and couldnt wait to get on here to see who was in labor!!! looking forward to playing catch up!!
ooooh, think the fritos might kick in!! YES!!!!
Jbobys- I'm sorry about your canine friend...one of my MIL's just lost her cat of 18 years. It was time, but it was still hard. I hope all of you find peace and healing!
Turns out my appt isn't today, it's tomorrow. But then there's the festival parade on the 31st so even if Roro stays put that's something fun to look forward to!
Jboys: Sorry about your dog not being well. I hope your little one turns for you, have you seen the breech baby threads in the past? There were lots of good ideas on turning breech and transverse babies.
I'm trying to keep busy and make plans in advance so I don't focus too much on wanting to go into labor. I'm due in 6 days! My next MW appt is on Fri and I'm considering asking her for a rough VE to maybe stir things up. I'm right on the verge of labor and Friday is that full moon. I figure that around 40 weeks I'll start giving babe some gentle encouragement to come out. I'm positive of my conception and due date so I know he's almost had a full 40 weeks of baking. I'm serving him with his eviction notice soon!
I'm getting anxious about going too overdue. I don't know if I'd be comfortable going past 42 weeks, I've heard too many bad stories. I'm trying to have faith but the thought of 42 weeks frightens me.
DS came on a Sunday, and there was no traffic to make the car ride any worse, thank God! Transition in the car? GRR! I don't recommend it. At least the drive from our house to Beverly (further north of the city) is shorter and less prone to traffic than last time (going INTO Boston), but there is still a cruddy time between about 8 am and 9:30 am on weekdays that I hope desperately to avoid. Plus, of course, DH would be in Boston at work, and he could have more than an hour to get home if I went into labor during rush hour! I hadn't thought to worry about that until JUST NOW!!! :
I'm really wondering how I will know when to go to the birth center (!) this time, though I "just knew" when to leave last time, in spite of my doula thinking (not saying, but I could tell) we were going too early. Because I really had only about 9 hours of labor with DS, and probably only 6 hours of "serious" ctx, the midwives want me there sooner rather than later... Hmm... I almost hope my water breaks first again, like last time, because that is so "obvious"!
I'm so happy today is my acupuncture day. I really credit her with making me feel much, much happier and healthier at this stage of this pregnancy (compared to the first time, though I had a "good" pregnancy then, too.) The chiropractic I had last time, too, and it really helps with aches and pains, but the acupuncture helps more with my emotions and hormones, I can tell.
Another reason I want to have this baby a couple of weeks early? My acupuncturist is on vacation the week leading up to my due date! I've made an appointment for the evening that she is first back, because then we would work on "coaxing" the little one out, but I hope I have the baby before she goes. I really want her to be in town, because, if I have low milk supply issues like I did with DS, I trust that she can help me with them. She's even agreed to a house call during my "lying in" week--but she needs to be in town!
How dare care providers have lives, huh? Shouldn't their schedules revolve around our needs? Sheesh! :
Willo- I'll keep my fingers crossed for a traffic free birthing day (or time). I half hope my water breaks before birth again since it's such a handy "here we go" sign! And the other half hopes it doesn't break till I push so that dd has as much help as possible moving about into a good position.
Oh! My friend (who was due May 14th) had her second baby on the 27th! (her first babe is 6 months older than mine) It was a home birth with 2 hours 45 minutes of labor, and little Ronan Arbor was 8 pounds even and 21.5 inches long. I haven't seen them in person yet, but the pictures are adorable. He's such a squishy cute babe, and I can't wait to introduce him to Rowan. Though a Rowan and a Ronan? Names could get tricky!
Here's hoping the full moon oomph on the first (combined with any membrane sweeping that may be done this week) is enough to get us "early June" mamas going again!
I had a very nice weekend... yesterday was the best day off all because I finally got to go in my mom's pool. I could tell it was doing something with my pelvis while I was in it. I got out and changed and went to the bathroom and noticed a bunch of mucus plug. Fun.
Last night my parents came over with chinese for dinner, thinking they were helping out by doing so. I knew it wouldn't sit well. I was soooo sick last night! I actually threw up and then had issues out the other end, and still feel sick this morning. It was confusing because my stomach hurt so badly it was causing contractions too and I kept wondering if I was in labor and just in major denial! So note to self: keep eating well, don't eat greasy chinese food, and certainly don't eat it a few hours before bed.
Midwife appt in a little bit.
Mab- I think it's totally normal to worry, and a good idea to plan ahead a bit. Have you subbed or read the "Mamas with a newborn and toddler" thread in the Toddler section? The current thread is still very short and you can find it here: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=665552
(the older thread, with lots of great ideas/advice/support is here http://www.mothering.com/discussions...632237&page=6). Anyway, there are a lot of mamas here at mdc with multiple little ones and lots of support for "juggling" everyone's needs!
I know y'all hate being hot up there, but here...being this pregnant in almost winter is not fun, I hate going outside the home, sweaters are very unconfortable and I look like a polar bear in them, and ponchos just aren't enough. This morning was so cold, I told ds hey, maybe we could hang out here this morning? : (he goes to waldorf kinder). He replied No way and got up jumping.: Oh well.
Still pregnant here too, I have been having lots of loose stools and some mild cramping, my belly has dropped so low I can't imagine it getting any lower. I have a MW appointment this afternoon, she most likely will not check me, I probobly won't ask, I have set my mind on the fact that baby will come when baby is ready, although just like Jilian, going too far past the due date will really make me : crazy! So I just have to pray that doesn't happen to me. My MW and DH and Ds are going to paint my belly today, it is a kind of blessing way my MW does at 38 weeks, I am looking forward to it, last time she painted what looked like a very large vagina, so DH this morning was joking about the "ritual painting of a large vagina on my big belly" He thought it was kind of funny, but I still think it is fun. Ds should enjoy it too! Lets hope for some more healthy ready babies this week, as we head into our birth month.
The fruit of the spirit is: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,goodness, gentleness and self control.:
It was my 30th birthday on Saturday and my sister came and took some photos, did a belly cast and a henna belly, it was such a great day. Dh is home until the 6th and he has helped with the final unpacking and so the place is finally looking like a home and not just piled with boxes. He aslo got all the pipes etc for the birth so I feel ready now.
I went to 40+2 with dd and know that there is no reason that this baby will come any earlier. BUT i really want dh to be here. So I have until Tuesday next week. He then goes back off shore for 2 weeks and will not be home until 20th by which time I am sure i would have delivered. I have my sister and friend as back up but i really want dh here.
I am drink RRL tea, using Vit E, nipple stimulation etc etc and having strong BH but nothing more. I have talked very nicely to baby telling him her has to come now if he wants dad to be home. Please send labour vibes
My only real reason for wanting to be done is that I am craving all sorts of food that I can't have-I've been on a very low sodium diet for 2 1/2 weeks and I feel like I've been eating the same foods over and over again. DH is on his summer break and would normally be making me fabulous meals-he's the real cook in our house, but most of them don't fit into the low sodium diet. He did manage to find a shrimp curry recipe that I could have though and it was so yummy!
We've finally finished most of what we need to have done although I would really like for the house to be a bit neater-it looks like a tornado went through right now! We rearranged the bedroom on Saturday to fit the co-sleeper in there, and now our cat thinks it's his bed.
DH really wants to go see Pirates tomorrow afternoon-I'm not sure I'm up for that long of a movie, but I'd love to see it too. We rented Keeping Mum last night and I loved it! I'd highly recommend it-it was very fun!
finger's crossed for happy birthing vibes all round!
I don't think it's a labor sign. I just think it sucks!
But actually having a lovely day otherwise.
the pulsatilla i took in hopes of head down affect didnt work, cleared my nose up for a couple hours though!
finally bought the little guy some clothes today. had a lot of fun doing it, too! apparently my mom and nana bought a bunch of stuff from the layette i registered for (crazy expensive, so i figured id only get 2 or 3 items total) so, between that and a couple of items from his big brother, i think we're all set clothes wise. now i just have to empty out our catch all...aka the bassinette and wash those sheets, and a couple blankets and outfits.
ive been having regular contractions every 1/2 hour since like 6 am. its really odd...just that theyre so regular, but so far apart. not the real thing, im sure cant be, anyhow, im not allowed to hatch until the 3rd-ish, not to mention my birth kit and tub havent arrived yet! was expecting the kit today
DD has been insane today, tantrums left and right, crazy screaming, the works. And I had a lot of contractions last night and really massive calf spasms and other nerve zingers so I'm totally exhusted as well and not really up to dealing with little miss two year old.
So anyway, I finally get her happy and playing in her sandbox and I realize I'm starving...I had a little yogurt and watermelon for breakfast but nothing since then. So I pull open the fridge and discover that DH has brought home a carton of really yummy ice cream. Not the generic stuff we eat every now and then (ice cream isn't a frequent treat in our home) but some really super rich premium stuff with chocolate and peanut butter and probably more fat that a tub of lard. But it's cold, and chocolate, and yummy and full of sugar and...well...I ate about half the container. I did look really quickly and the serving size is a half cup. I did not eat a half cup. I ate more like a half gallon. I don't even want to think about that.
THEN...about a half hour later I realized that I should probably have eaten something "solid". Specifically I'm thinking something filling, something salty, something I can chew. I open the fridge and what do I see? Salami. Hmmmm I say, maybe a little salami on bread. I pull out the bread and salami and over the course of an hour I eat ALL THE SALAMI! About 4 inches perhaps? Since I was focused so much on trying to keep dd on an even keel I just didn't notice what I was doing until much too late.
So what do I have in my belly right now? A dense, solid, unforgiving ball of meat and dairy fat, unhappily congealed around a few chunks of unfortunate chocolate cluster.
I'm going to die.
I'm going to curl up on the couch as dd watches Sesame Street and die of indigestion. Unless the heartburn kills me first. I cannot believe what an idiot I am (and I know that DH is going to laugh is butt off when he gets home and hears about this)...