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#1 of 41 Old 06-05-2008, 09:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I forgot to start a new one this week


How is everyone doing?

I'm doing ok, have my home visit with my midwife on Monday and am getting everything together for that. The birth kit and pool are here, I have a few last minute things to get from my "extras" list for the home birth and then I'm ready.

Going to put my birth bead necklace together this weekend, heading to the store to get some spacer beads today probably. My van has been in the shop all week so I've been home bound and I'm about ready to burst through the walls if I don't get some adult conversation and interaction soon

Day before yesterday we had a huge swarm of honeybees land in my tree in the yard, I ended up calling a local organic bee keeper yesterday and she came to get them and took the to her house to live. It was pretty cool and a great learning experience for my kids. You can see some pictures here!

The bees swarm like that when the hive gets too crowded, the queen will split off with half the workers and go find a new place. They land on a tree or branch like that and send scouts out to find a new place, unfortunately we had rain and hail forecast yesterday and I was worried they'd die unprotected from the weather, also didn't want them to take up residence in the sides of my house or under my porch. They aren't dangerous when they swarm like that, they are pretty docile and calm. Its pretty neat the more I read about them the more I wanna do back yard bee keeping


Hope everyone is doing well!
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Well, let's see...my babe is still breech, but I'm still hopeful that there will be some turning in the near future. My first ds was also breech, the whole time, and I just refuse to believe that that kind of lightening strikes twice!

Otherwise, we found out we are likely moving at the end of September...and I'm not looking forward to that with such a small baby around, but we'll be in a cool place so I keep focusing on that part of it. I've also started washing all the stored baby clothes...although we have no dresser to put them in yet!

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I crossed some magic line of feeling like I could be pregnant for another 20 weeks, to being very, very done. It's kinda cracked me up how abrupt that change was, but it's happened. Maybe there is some magic hormone in the 34th week that does it.

I'm not at all prepared for this birth - I still haven't made the baby any diapers, we have NONE of our birth supplies, and the house has been a mess for weeks because I had several shows that I was working hard on and now I've gotten very uncomfortable and it's been too hot to do anything.

DH came home to me bawling in bed last night because I overdid it in the pool and my SPD was unbearable, but I needed to change the fan settings because it was too hot in the room - but that involved getting up and I didn't think I could do it. I also kept crying over the fact that he's been saying he'd bring the fans down from the attic but hadn't and it's been way too hot in the house this week making it impossible to do anything and the house is a mess. He was sweet about the whole thing and went right away to get the fans - even though it meant waking up dd since we have to go through her room to get to the attic. This morning I saw the kitchen counters had been scrubbed too, how sweet!

The fans are helping a lot, so hopefully tomorrow I can be productive as I'm still recovering from overdoing it in the pool. Oh-- but the it was sooo nice to be in the water, I'd be happy to live there for the next 6-8 weeks (oh! that feels like forever).

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I am 33 weeks and 3 days and I am so far measuring perfectly for the dates. I had an appt last week and I actually lost a pound. So I am now at a 15 lb weight gain total. The dr is not worried though, since I am measuring for dates and I'm not a small girl to begin with. Not huge, but a bit o'junk in da trunk!
My sciatic pain is only getting worse, especially at night. I start massage
therapy on Monday, so I am hoping for a bit of relief then. It's finally starting to look like summer around here, so its nice to be able to air out the house and get the cleaning done. I have really started to nest, which is nice...I actually WANT to do housework!! (Most of the time, anyway!!)
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33 weeks tomorrow.
Has anyone noticed the June babies are coming fast and furious?? Yikes! We are close!
Nausea has set in once again - not as bad as the 1st tri though. I went from starving all the time and eating everything, to, minimal meals/snacks to keep the nausea at bay and cereal for dinner! Plus the tummy room is a lot less too.
I am otherwise feeling all right. A little swollen but I can still see my ankles. Some days I have bad pelvic pain - I am hoping this means babe is still head down! Or that shooting pain like he's head-banging my cervix that makes me jump (thankfully not in public yet)......I am tired and achy, I am a little crampy and get mild BH but nothing overly concerning. I see my doc in 2 weeks.
OH and yesterday I indulged in a manicure/pedicure which was very nice. I got her to make my toenails into watermelons so that next month when my feet are up in the air, the hopital staff can admire them! LOL

Dawn Very cool bee pics!!!

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Hi mamas!

Dawn, I would have freaked the freak out too. So would DH who is allergic to bees! I don't like that many of any kind of insect near my house!

I had my MW home visit today.... they are so much fun. DD was having a good time bringing them toys and such. I am measuring a little small, MW said the baby is very low in my pelvis, and not to worry. Everything went really great though and baby sounded good. I have some things but not everything for the birth yet. Tomorrow DH gets paid so I can so a little shopping for last minute birth supplies.

I can't believe i'm just about 36 weeks.... it's getting so close! Yet 4 more weeks feels like a long time to be pregnant, especially with the hot weather coming here. Yuck. That's what a/c is for I guess

Has anyone done maternity photos? We are short on $$ so I probably won't have professional ones but maybe I can get an artistic friend or DH to do some for me.
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It'b been a great week for me! My two little ones have been off for the week, and my teenage boy and I have been hanging out, which has been really great. I've been cooking up a storm and socked away a ton of stuff in my freezer, which I have been meaning to do.

I had my shower, which has freed me up to get all the stuff I really need from my registry, so that's a good feeling. And my friend brought this really sweet dresser over and then came and painted it last night "fairy dust" so now I have a place to put all of baby's clothes, and it is so sweet!

I had an appt with my mw yesterday, and things couldn't be better. We had been concerned about my blood sugar, and tested again...it was 70 after 2 hours! I had been measuring big, my blood pressure was kinda high, and pulse was up at previous appointments....my bp was 118/60, pulse 68, measuring 31 at 30w4d! And baby has turned head down...........everything is totally perfect!

I'm feeling pretty good at this point! Even babe's father has been useful, responsive, and available. woo hoo!
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I crossed some magic line of feeling like I could be pregnant for another 20 weeks, to being very, very done. It's kinda cracked me up how abrupt that change was, but it's happened. Maybe there is some magic hormone in the 34th week that does it.
I find this strange... not because you are feeling this way, but because I am feeling the opposite. Four days ago I was feeling like I was going to have the baby at any given moment... and with really no reason. Now I feel like I can totally make it another 6-8 weeks. I'm also at 34 weeks... maybe there is a line there, and whatever your feeling at 33 weeks switches over???


So yesterday was my birthday and also an appointment with my midwife. Her birthday was on May 27th, so my husband and I brought her her favorite kind of tea from Starbucks and a new CD for her to play in her waiting room. I left it on her desk on my way into the bathroom (cause she was still with a patient) and when the patient left, she asked "It's your birthday today, what's this???" I smiled and reminded her that I didn't forget that hers was a couple days ago, and she pops her head around the corner and says, "Well look what I have for you!" She was holding a brand new copy of the latest Spiritual Midwifery!!! Isn't that the coolest thing in the whole entire world?!?! I love love love my midwife! I realized on the way home that I probably shouldn't have said this, (because my husband had already given me a present from him and my son) but I was just glowing with excitement over this super-thoughtful gift from Laura and I said, "This is like the best birthday gift ever!" It just was so thoughtful... she's so great!!!

Anyway, so the appointment was great. I was 34 weeks yesterday, I'm measuring 34 cm. Last appointment I was measuring a cm higher (or farther along) and the appt. before that I was measuring 2 cm higher... so she's pretty positive that me measuring right on is due to the fact that the baby has "dropped". She also said when she was feeling for the head that she couldn't seem to budge it so it seems to be wedged in my pelvis... that's great news. Not like oh my gosh, I might go into labor earlier than later news, but great. My blood pressure is actually almost down to where it was when I first got pregnant, which is great news because it was getting pretty high. I only gained 2 pounds. She had me do the Group B strep thingy test, so that's overwith. I got my pamphlet to order my birthing kit, and my next appt. is in two weeks instead of three! Then after that I get to go in every week. I've read that other ladies aren't real excited to do this, but I just can't get enough of visits with our midwife... she's so great!

Our shower is on Sunday, and I'm really excited about it. We got the babies room painted on Saturday... it's pink on two walls, purple on two walls and then the trim is white and yellow. Which sounds weird, but it looks pretty cute! Very girly... I'm happy to say that when Laura (the midwife) did the ultrasound she didn't have any "there's something new down there" news... so I don't think we'll have to be re-painting.

Alright, I'm sure theres more, but I think I've probably said more than I needed to, I always seem to.
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Those bee pictures seriously gave me the heebie-jeebies. Seriously.

I'm about to cave and make an appointment with the chiro. My back is killing me, but insurance won't pay for chiro appointments so I'm trying to hold off as long as I can.

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I'm here. Too much to do. Time is running out.

Can't believe Baby will be here so soon!

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Done with school, finally!!!!!
Now I can concentrate on all the stuff I still need to do. I'm washing the diapers right now in Charlie's soap and will wash the baby clothes tomorrow.
Had to go to my GP today to get a referral for the midwife practice I've switched to. Such b.s.! Of course, the nurse wanted to weigh me and all of that, and I just looked at her and said, "They do this every two weeks at my midwife's. Why ...?" There must've been something in my expression bc she caved right away.
But they did schedule an appt at my midwife after I told them I was already scheduled.
Now I just need to get a few more things and I think I'm ready.

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I haven't posted in awhile I'm doing ok, definitely ready to meet this little one. It's getting harder and harder to manage the house and the other two kids AND take care of myself so certain things are falling by the wayside (that's the right saying, yeah?). I haven't picked up the playroom in days (why bother, kids are just going to mess it up!!!) and it takes me days to get the laundry put away. Sigh. I am not crazy enough to think things will be 'easier' when newbie gets here but at least my ankles won't be swollen and I'll be able to see past my stomach!!!
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I feel guilty saying this, but I am ready to not be pregnant anymore. Even
though I know this baby isn't ready yet and I'm not even to the point where I am physically miserable. I am just so emotionally drained. 8 weeks of being on bedrest and worrying that the baby is going to come any minute (especially scary at 25 weeks)! 8 weeks of a bored toddler and a stressed out husband. And me not being able to do a damn thing about anything. Of course I realize that my life isn't going to magically be *better* after I give birth. Damn hormones and depression.
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I feel guilty saying this, but I am ready to not be pregnant anymore. Even
though I know this baby isn't ready yet and I'm not even to the point where I am physically miserable. I am just so emotionally drained. 8 weeks of being on bedrest and worrying that the baby is going to come any minute (especially scary at 25 weeks)! 8 weeks of a bored toddler and a stressed out husband. And me not being able to do a damn thing about anything. Of course I realize that my life isn't going to magically be *better* after I give birth. Damn hormones and depression.
Hang in there, one day at a time--it's great the baby is still in there! Wish I lived near you, I'd come visit and bother you.
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Hi Mamas,

I'm also at the point where I'm feeling very, very done being pregnant. It's a weird feeling too becuase like a pp said, it's not so much the physical aspect as the emotional. I'm a wreck. Crying for no reason what so ever, no patience with anyone (and then huge guilt trip on myself if I loose it) and I'm not handeling any sort of change well. Like yesterday my husband mixed up dates and I planned my day around DD having her science fair at school (this ment I would not be going to the store in the afternoon like I usually do and that they would miss ballet class) then when DD gets home she says, "no it's tomorrow" which meant that I needed to haul butt and get her to the store where DH was so he could get them to ballet and I had to go in so that I could get the work done that I would have done today. Ok, so that probably doesn't make a lot of sence but the point is that it caused me to have a near total mental break down. In retrospect, it wasn't that big of a deal at all, in fact it was better since we didn't miss ballet class etc, but the thought of totally changing plans at the last minute was just to much to bare at the time.

I'm also feeling like this baby does NOT want to be confined to my tummy any more. Shes soooo strong and spends all of her waking time pushing with all of her might every-which-way and it's getting very uncomfortable. On the plus side, she's well engaged (around a -1 station) and all these BH I've been having are starting to get things moving a little. I'm 25% and a 1 cm - so nothing to get to worked up about, but it did feel good to get some confrimation that things are indeed getting started and no, I wont be pregnant forever...

On the down side, I'm still extremely anemic. I haven't been taking the floradex because it literally makes my stomach turn and diet hasn't made a dent. I have untill next week to get my iron up or I may be "risked out" of home birth which is not cool. So, does anyone have any ideas to make the floradex more bearable? I'm currently mixing it with oj with not much luck. THis of course is not helping the emotional issues at all.

The next few weeks are going to be crazy at the store - we have our big anniversary sale. The girls have their summer preformances at for ballet and hopefully in there somewhere we will be doing a pregnancy/family photo shoot. My doula and child birth edu. is also an AMAZING photographer (featured in all sort of birth publications and things!) and she's doing a shoot for us. I'm really excited but nervous about it too. I have 1 pair of pants that fit at this point and can't justify spending $$ on new clothes just for the pictures, so not sure what I'm going to wear.

My birth kit arrived in the mail today (hopefully I'll get to use it...) I'm planning on heading to the bead store to get some spacer beads and a clasp this week for the birth necklace and am hoping to find a new (to us) dresser or two this week as well. Oh, and we've moved since the last time we used the diaper service and they have an error on their website where they list which zip codes they cover... so all along I've been planning on using the service again only to find out this week that were out of there area. So now we get to decide what we're going to do with that.... ug...

We're going to be having babies around here before you know it! Can you believe it's june already!! geesh!

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Love the bee pics!! I too secretly harbor a dream of becoming a backyard beekeeper....to chicken right now, though! I wouldn't want to be wearing the babe out in a sling to check bees!! Maybe in a few years!

I keep alternating between panicked thoughts of a baby being here, and very serene and excited thoughts of the new LO. All in all, the timing is great...DH will be off from school all summer long. I think one of my biggest worries is about DD. I don't even know what it's about...I guess just general "going from one to two" worries...will she be totally jealous, how will I do it, etc.

I also worry about delivery. We're planning our first HB and I don't know why but I'm afraid I'm just going to be screaming "I can't do this!" the whole time. Funny, because I was pretty controlled with DD....but there were def things that happened that make me feel like I can't birth a baby. Not that I can't, but that I need help. After a long time laboring, then Pit, "they" decided it would be best to get an epi so I could relax and dilate. And it worked . What if I can't relax enough this time?? I guess I just have these worries, but I also believe that it will all work out. I know just being in the home environment a huge difference. And I have been practicing relaxing....when the baby starts doing that wonderful cervical dance that I'm sure we've all felt....I just relax and really let it happen instead of being tense and squinching my whole face up. *sigh* It feels pretty good to get all of these thoughts out!!

It has been 80-90's and muggy around here! Not so good on the swelling!! Even when I'm not pg, I get a little swelling with the heat! Working has been especially draining for me....but I only get 12 weeks whether it's before or after baby, so I'm staying on as long as possible. Really, it's not that bad....I'd rather be sleeping but DD won't let me do that anyway!

Wow, I'm talking a lot!! We've got so many things to do!! We need to get the garden in....EEK we're late!! Some things have been in, but we need to plant the whole thing. We need to do our outdoor chicken coop. We just had baby quail delivered, and baby chukar came 2 weeks ago (200 of each!!) We have a mama duck who just hatched a brood of 14...so cute!! So babies are on our minds....but not in the same way! I feel like this pregnancy has just flown by and I've barely given it any thought....it's more like, gotta get this done, this is happening this weekend, gotta clean the house then : I'm 35 1/2 weeks pregnant!! WOW!!

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On the down side, I'm still extremely anemic. I haven't been taking the floradex because it literally makes my stomach turn and diet hasn't made a dent. I have untill next week to get my iron up or I may be "risked out" of home birth which is not cool. So, does anyone have any ideas to make the floradex more bearable? I'm currently mixing it with oj with not much luck. THis of course is not helping the emotional issues at all.
You might have more luck with nettle tea (you can get loose herb from mountainroseherbs.com) and alfalfa tablets (up to 8 a day, take your time increasing them...). I find those don't upset my tummy at all.

I also do things like make frozen fruit smoothies and add in some spinach and I find I can't taste or feel the spinach at all.

Floradix makes me retch every time, with or without food. Plus the midwife I'm using says she doesn't feel that Floradix helps as much as it makes mamas feel ill.

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I also worry about delivery. We're planning our first HB and I don't know why but I'm afraid I'm just going to be screaming "I can't do this!" the whole time. Funny, because I was pretty controlled with DD....but there were def things that happened that make me feel like I can't birth a baby. Not that I can't, but that I need help. After a long time laboring, then Pit, "they" decided it would be best to get an epi so I could relax and dilate. And it worked . What if I can't relax enough this time?? I guess I just have these worries, but I also believe that it will all work out. I know just being in the home environment a huge difference. And I have been practicing relaxing....when the baby starts doing that wonderful cervical dance that I'm sure we've all felt....I just relax and really let it happen instead of being tense and squinching my whole face up. *sigh* It feels pretty good to get all of these thoughts out!!

It's okay to scream "I can't do this!" s just warn DH and your support people you might be saying this. I know with my second I felt like there was only one position my body is capable of pushing out a baby in and I got into it and started thinking I couldn't do this... until something clicked inside and said "you're not broken, tired, but not broken. You could only push in this position because of where you were and your extreme exhaustion. Now get up on your knees and let gravity help."

Being in a different environment will very much help you relax. You may need to withdraw within your own space while midwife, DH, others stay somewhere else for part of your labor and that's fine. Some of us are just wired that way.

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Floradix makes me retch every time, with or without food. Plus the midwife I'm using says she doesn't feel that Floradix helps as much as it makes mamas feel ill.
Interesting...it's the only one that I tolerate well, that doesn't make my digestion screwy, and I even don't mind the taste. The aftertaste is a bit gross, but I always wash it down with something tasty. It gets my numbers up faster than anything else I've tried, too.

I second the spinach smoothies...using baby spinach preferably. Parsley is also good.

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I'm at the 32 week mark and feeling much better than I was a few weeks ago.I was feeling too big and too tired to be a mama. The weather finally improved here and I was able to get out and take in some sun while the littles played in the backyard which helped immensely as well as my iron going up. Now all I need to do is start walking in the evenings since I haven't exercised at all the pregnancy.

At my last home appt. I was measuring 28weeks and was 31 and 2days. I thought that was odd but my midwife said that the baby is head down and low. The last appointment I was right on. I am still getting a lot of movement. It's really sweet when my 3yo can feel the baby move.

Friends of mine are planning a blessingway for me and I am so excited and blessed by this. This is my first year living in this state and we have no family here so the friends I have made here are a treasure. The first bead from my best friend in Michigan arrived last week. I am excited to see what others send me and to string it together these last weeks.

I ordered some henna so I can have my belly and my hands painted. If there is enough I think I will have my feet done as well. I have wanted a henna tatoo on my foot for a long time...too chicken to get a real tatoo..yet. My last pregnancy I had a friend paint my belly with pysanky symbols. You can see the pics here. The symbols are pysanky and each symbol and color has a specific meaning. She painted a keepsake box for me with the painting on my belly on the lid and then put the name,date,weight,height and time of birth on the box as a gift. I have to send her my list of symbols and colors for this baby and she is going to make another box for me since she can't be here to do a painting.

I think that about covers it for me. I have to order birthing supplies. I am not expecting this one to arrive early by any means but I don't feel like I am going to go over. Famous last words I know!LOL
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I've gotta send hubby out to run some errands today so I'll have him hunt down some of the other suggestions (nettle tea/alfalfa etc) thanks mamas. And I'll try adding spinach to a smoothy - never would have thought of that!

My home visit is wednesday and she'll be drawing blood then so I have to get my numbers up at least a little by then to "show improvement" She gave me a thing to order some sort of herbal concoction off-line that she recomends to all of her mamas, especially anemic ones, that supposedly helps with hemorage and general bleeding after the birth - well stupid me forgot all about it and I was supposed to strat taking it last week. So, it's on order now but not sure how long it'll take to get here. Hopefully soon.

The frustrating thing for me is that I've been anemic my whole life. Always. It's just normal for me. I function fine. And I dont tolorate supplements well. I really can't see how for me especially, being anemic should risk me out of my hb. I've had a beautiful pregnancy. Measuring right on, minimal weight gain, low/normal bp. Baby has looked great on the ultra sounds etc. No GD, GB-, This is my ONLY issue. It's just so frustrating.

I LOVE my mw. She's so easy going and just a really great person (She has 9 kids of her own and like 17 grandkids!!) and I know that she's really worried about my potential blood loss and thats why she's making a big deal aobut it, but it's still frustrating...

Anyway, thanks for the suggestions and the support guys, I really appreciate it. (Noone IRL quite understands what I'm going through...)

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Had my 34 week appointment yesterday!

I saw for the first time the midwife that is going away in July and I absolutely loved her! Now I wish that I'll deliver in June or August

They are fine with my doing oral vitamin K instead of injected and when I told her about my discussion with the other midwife last time about how *I* would not consent to transport for a breech, she didn't even really bat an eye. I told her I would not be going for a c-section and she told me even if I did decide to transport that they can't force me and would have to just deliver me breech And since I have a "proven pelvis" it's no big deal anyways.

Then she gave me some medical professional website and a few other links because she thought I would enjoy them! I it!

And I'm stoaked because I just found the pool I wanted to use as a birth pool is on for $19 instead of $34! Now I just hope they don't sell out before I get there. We live outside of town (~25 mins) and are considered rural. So with gas prices we try and limit our drives in. But I may just have to convince hubby that we need to do our grocery shop tonite instead of tomorrow (which would make more sense anyways )

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We've had a really rough week so I haven't managed to post much. Dh had some issues at work and we made two trips to the city we're supposed to be moving to and had no success finding a place to rent. We had planned to have a place secured last weekend and to move at the end of the month. But here we are with nothing rented and our list of potential places is down to 2! We're trying to stay optimistic but I'm getting worried that we'll have to put the move off until after the baby arrives - just the thought of that makes me feel like I can't breathe.

The good news is I got my diapers and slings in the mail! Yay. I can't wait to start using them. I'll probably get to the washing this week.

I also had a mw appt this week where everything still looks good. Still measuring small but with the same steady growth curve as I had with ds (who was over 8 lbs) so my midwives are not worried at all. I'm really glad to be using the same midwives as last time because they know my history first hand and so they are a lot more relaxed about everything.

I had my first baby dream this week. I dreamt I had a baby girl at 37 weeks. The labor was super fast and the baby had some breathing issues and needed some resucitation which was a bit scary but came out ok. The worst part of the dream was that the midwives called in some of the other very influential, active midwives in the community and they gave us heck for not being more prepared! I guess I have some subconscious fears about going early and not being ready!!

I hope all you mamas who feel tired and done with pregnancy get some rest and extra loving this week. We don't have long to go now.

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I'm swollen and cranky and can't keep up with the house or the kids. Everyday feels like it lasts forever. I'm sick to my stomach all of the time and have had a UTI for the last month. So, I'm a joy to be around

Floradix has pills too if the liquid makes you queasy. I have had luck with those in the past. I've always been very anemic but this time I've been drinking nettle and alfalfa (and other herbs) teas. It has helped alot.

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More MIL drama update!

so, we just finished our home visit about an hour or two ago.

Overall it went well. My midwife brought along her assistant (who I'd met once before) and the 2nd midwife who will also be there. I really liked the other mw, shes sorta in yer face with info but totally not in a bad way, if that makes sense. Shes very much into homeopathy and suggested a few changes in my daily "vitamin" routine, based on just a couple questions she asked me, so I'm taking something else for my sore bottom now and hope it works soon!

I had invited my MIL to the visit, so she could ask more questions if she had them, and also to meet the other midwife because I'd been told this lady was no nonsense and would totally put her in her place if she tried any scare tactics and such, which is exactly what happened! I was also surprised by my FIL showing up, I hadn't invited him, nor had I expected that he would be there, but he was, and he was very un-supportive at one point he was glaring at my mw So that caused some tension in the Q&A session.

Oh and i was "banned" to the living room so the "adults" could talk. I felt like I was being treated like a little kid basically my MIL didn't wanna question my mw in front of me and stress me out, is how it was explained to me, but being told to go away, in my own house stressed me and pissed me off more. : Even though I could hear everything from the other room, and nothing was asked that I hadn't expected or heard before, I was still pissed off. SO I busied myself with a gauge swatch for knitting a soaker

I'm pretty proud of my DH for telling his parents that they were welcome to attend the birth but that if they were going to be un-supportive then they should just stay home and once I'm in labor any fear or scare tactics such as (omg what if baby doesnt breath right away!) should be checked at the door. and if they couldn't agree with that, then we'd be happy to call them after baby comes. I've never seen my DH stand up to his parents like that, so I was pretty impressed.

I'm starting to feel like maybe it was a mistake to try and include my IL's in the birthing time, and we should perhaps just call them after. They live 5 min away, so its not like they would be making a long trip for nothing if we decided to kick them out.

anyway, I'm feeling stressed now... :
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DawnaRose:I know that you've given your MIL a lot of time and opportunities to understand what you're doing....it sounds like she's just not ever going to get there! I think I'd go with calling after the delivery...or like you said, having them leave b/c they don't live too far away. You're a darn good person, I don't think I'd give my MIL that many chances!!!

As for me:

It's so freaking hot here!!!! It's been 90's with 70-80% humidity for the last 4days.....totally nuts!!! We've got a pond out back that we've been frequenting, and then I just set up a fishy pool in the yard...it was one I was thinking about setting up for the HB...glad I changed my mind because it's huge!!!! I'm sure we'll still have it set up outside, though. I was wondering if there were any negatives to getting into a cool tub during labor?? I just can't see myself getting into a warm tub if it's already 80 or more degrees. Not to mention that this and last pregnancy, just taking a shower totally wipes me out....I think it's the slight raise in body temp. I mean, I have to lay down after a shower because it makes me so tired!!! Not a good place to put myself during labor, I think!!

So anyway, I've been ballooning in the heat!! I took my wedding ring off a few days ago, and my feet are puffy. I check my BP @ work and it's the same, so I'm not worried. Even if I wasn't pregnant, I'd have some foot and hand swelling I'm sure. I just can't get over the weather here!! It's supposed to break tomorrow or the next day, and then we'll have lots of rain (and we need it!!!!)

Can't believe how close we're getting!! DH says he thinks it'll be 2 weeks tops...I say it better not be, I don't feel that prepared!!! For me, I'd rather go to or even a little after my due date ( i say that now ). I'd be caught way off guard if this LO were to come early!!

I can't believe this thread goes to the 12th!!! Someone will have a baby by then, I just know it!!!

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It's so freaking hot here!!!! It's been 90's with 70-80% humidity for the last 4days.....totally nuts!!! [...] I was wondering if there were any negatives to getting into a cool tub during labor??

I'm in the same boat here - the heat has been killer lately. DH finally brought in some a/c units for our bedroom and one for my sewing room last night. I'm hoping that will help somewhat, but it's still very limiting in where I can be in the house. He was suggesting putting the second one in the kitchen --I understand the thinking because I'm not cooking in this heat, but there is no where to sit and be comfortable there, so no way. Of course, my sewing room isn't all that 'comfortable', but I spend more time there than the kitchen.

As for the cool pool during labor, I was thinking the same thing yesterday as I got in our neighbors pool. Oh it was a nice break from the 100-degree weather. I can see in labor it being fine, but for the birth you'll want the water warm for the baby coming out, I believe.

DH and I are now talking logistics of labor and birth. He seemed surprised that I would probably expect him to come home with very short notice if I go in labor while he's at work. But, he's got an hour long commute and my last labor wasn't very long for a first time (maybe about 8 hours - but the biggest thing was going from finally getting to 6cm to delivering within 10-15 minutes). We're also finally talking about him taking time off afterwards, yay! I was expecting him to, but still didn't know what his plans were - though he is thinking at least 2 weeks too.

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It's been busy and semi-hectic here the last week or so. My in-laws FINALLY! moved out of the apartment, yay! But they and their 3 cats left us a horrible flea infestation. So after vacuuming and flea shampooing the cat with no results, we bombed the house with nasty chemicals to kill the little bugger. Also to no avail, but now at least every dish, pan, and utensil in my house, all floors and walls, and all clothes and linens in my house have been thoroughly scrubbed. We got some diatomaceous earth that we've put down all over which actually is killing the fleas. Our wood floors look like crap and we're wearing shoes in the house, but as long as it is killing the fleas, I will endure it. lol

I'm really glad my IL's have moved, I was totally not looking forward to them being in town when I go in to labor. MIL is totally not supportive of ANY of our parenting choices, etc- but wanted to be at the births of my other 2 dds. Luckily she lived far enough away it was never an issue, but I was worried this time around since they were living with us that they'd expect to be invited to the birth. Um.. no. So that's a huge relief.

Dh got offered a job teaching at dd's Waldorf school, it will be 4th grade in the Fall. It will be nice to have a good, steady source of income since we've both been out of work for several months, and dh has been hating the temp. job he took since our savings ran out last month. He will have to go to NY state for a 1 week training course the last week of June, so I am hoping babe will stay put til he's home!

2 friends from dd's school have offered to throw me a shower, it will be the 25th- I'm excited because I've never had or even been to a baby shower before. We worked on the guest list yesterday, and then I woke up this morning at like 4:30am and realized I forgot 2 people. lol. I am such a nut sometimes.

This is the last week of school for the girls, dd1's kindergarten graduation is on Friday! I am a little freaked out that she's getting so big. I am really excited for her though, she is so looking forward to becoming a 'grader' lol

I am really really really ready to be done being pregnant. It's been in the mid 90's here, with really high humidity, so between the heat, my SPD, and just feeling huge and hormonal, I am so over being preggers. DD2 was pushing down on the top of my belly yesteday and saying 'come out, baby!" it was really cute, and I totally agree with her. Come out, baby! Mama is ready to hold you and snuggle!

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36 weeks today, I can't believe it.
I'm not ready yet. I'm glad I have a month or so left.
Going to mw today for a checkup and GBS test.
I've been taking vit. C, and echinacea, and probiotics, so I hope it's neg!
The reason I decided to take the test is that if I don't take it they might have to assume I have it under certain circumstances and push antibiotics, which I really don't want.

I get so exhausted in the afternoons. After about 2pm all I can do it lay on the couch!
Tell me I'm not alone in this. Sometimes I wonder if something is wrong with me, and then I remember, no I'm 9 months pg, this is normal! (am I right?)

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36 weeks today, I can't believe it.
I'm not ready yet. I'm glad I have a month or so left.
Going to mw today for a checkup and GBS test.
I've been taking vit. C, and echinacea, and probiotics, so I hope it's neg!
The reason I decided to take the test is that if I don't take it they might have to assume I have it under certain circumstances and push antibiotics, which I really don't want.

I get so exhausted in the afternoons. After about 2pm all I can do it lay on the couch!
Tell me I'm not alone in this. Sometimes I wonder if something is wrong with me, and then I remember, no I'm 9 months pg, this is normal! (am I right?)

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Oh you are so not alone!!! 2pm is like the magic hour around here. I don't even need to look at the clock to know its naptime!!!
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