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Keeping the Ikea commentary going......

I LOVE Ikea! I have only been there twice though. They put one up in Michigan only months before we moved to Maine. I have looked into buying furniture online and the shipping is OUT of CONTROL expensive. Not worth it at all. A lot of stuff you can find on ebay though. People make their living by buying tons of stuff and reselling it on ebay. Since a lot of stuff you can't order online.

Those were some goodlookin curtains Nolansmum!

So- a new week y'all! This is my last week! I am due next Sunday! Eeeek! Tomorrow night I am going to a nice restaurant for my 28th birthday and then after that, little Griffin is welcome to make his appearance! We visited my friend and her new baby yesterday and while I was holding him, Lochlan came up and gave him kisses and was just so SWEET with him (not at all jealous) and it just melted my heart. I think this transition will be okay. And my parents are here so thats a big relief for me. I am soooo ready to go into labor now! I keep having mild ctx and lots of cervix pinching every night around bedtime so I hope things are ripening down there.

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About Ikea online...everything I eve want to order is always "Only available in stores" . Where is the one that they put up in MI? I'm sure miles away from me, haha.

I'm due Sat. Totally ready!

Have a sweet birthday, Lotus! Eat a good dessert!
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How exciting that you're both due so soon, I love seeing all the birth announcements and sweet baby pictures


Ikea - We purchased our living room and playroom furniture from there. I ordered our couch, two chairs, a footstool, and the tv stand and I think shipping cost around $150. Everything was still way under what I would have paid at a furniture store. We just finished our playroom for around $140 with easel, table and chairs, carpet, and hanging storage. I used some toy storage boxes and a book shelf that we already had.

We went to Duke yesterday for my BIL's lacrosse game. My IL's were here and stayed with us. Today I feel absolutely exhausted so I'm just hanging around the house taking it easy. I have a very strong feeling that I'm not going to make it to May 20th, I think maybe a week or week and a half more tops. I've been contracting a lot at night and still have lots of cervical pressure/pain. I'm still hanging out around 3cm and about 50% effaced.

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No effacing or dilation of which I'm aware. I've been cramping a fair bit though and having some interesting back pains. I nested like crazy yesterday, which I don't normally do until the day before labour... Still planning to do some more today, but I feel like I ran a marathon. I strongly suspect I will be going soon, which I'm finding mildly scary since I'm not due until the 22nd (of May ) and we still don't even have a name!!
I've never been to IKEA- not even their website. Maybe I should.
I really want blueberry pancakes. Am I the only one craving serious carbs lately?
I'm so happy to be in on the chat thread at the beginning for a change! :

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You all got me looking at Ikea now! I have wanted a children;s table and chairs for the boys especially since I am trying to homeschool and I want a designated spot for it.

Saw this and thought I could get 2 for less than the other table and 4 chairs I like better but it has a plywood top:
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/87474709

2nd table & chairs
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/40147707
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20147708

No Ikea is really close to me but if I was willing to drive 2 hrs or so I could go. But then I thought I am headed to Chicago late next wk and will actually be out in the area by 2 of them. Since I am driving I might just stop and see what they have. Maybe my parents will want to give them a gift.

Wow, I cannot believe some of us are due so soon. I am 36 wks today but thinking closer to 5 wks left for me still. I was having more waves and what I thought might be cervix pains before then lately they have slowed though I am sure I am still having BHs several times a day .

I have been looking at getting a few Flexi-8 hair clips since today is the last day for free shipping for orders over $25 plus their code still works for buying 4 get 1 free I have. I wanted to get 1 for my niece that is born since her birthday is coming up (already sent a gift though) plus she is going to have a sister shortly after I having my LO so I thought I could get a 2nd one for my new niece (sure my current niece would wear it while her sibling grew some hair). I wanted a couple of smaller ones now that I have short hair bc my medium definitely does not fit and my small is even a little large at times it seems. My prob is that I found out a group I am part of is doing an order with that company and I might be able to get a better deal but I would not get them as quickly. What to do?

I need to get back to trimming the boys' calendar so I can actually mount it and start using it with them, LM

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I'm an IKEA lover too. I buy a lot of our furniture there. It is just so much more affordable. That and I absolutely hate so much of the furniture in the regular furniture stores.

I have had 2 nights now of some pretty serious ctx. I did this with M too. I would labor for a few hours (or more) and know it wasn't really going anywhere. Then I'd be so tired the next day, and do it again! Oh fun. I think it was the reason I had a 5 hour labor with him though. So I'm thinking it will be fast again. I am 37 weeks today, so I hope the ctx are for real soon. It should be I think. My cervix is getting a ton of pressure and some of the ctx woke me out of a sound sleep last night.

I had my homevisit yesterday. I just adore my mw and her asst. Mw thinks this babe is small. Her guesstimate is about 5.5-6 pounds at this point. With a normal size head. Ds was a 8.5 pound babe with a huge head, so I'm relieved a bit! LOL

April--Have a fantastic birthday!!

Jacqueline, I bet you'll have a name when you set eyes on your LO. Some babies just have to name themselves, y'know?
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LM- Those clips look fantastic. I'll have to get some when I actually have hair to put in them again. Right now, it's barely past my ears, which is going to make labor a PITA since I can't put it up.

Sarah- I know exactly what you mean, but I'd like to go into the labor room with at least some clue so that he (or she) isn't just "baby" until such time as telling me his/her name. I have a friend who ended up being named Jennifer because that was her parents' "interim" name while they figured out what to name her and they hate the name.

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We're IKEA lovers here too! Dd's room is all decked out with IKEA furniture and decor. We were just in Seattle two weekends ago and got a cabinet for our bathroom that we remodeled way back in Dec. It was the only place I could find a cabinet that fit exactly in the space we had. Perfect!

Next spring we're going to finish our upstairs and I've already got my eye on all the stuff I want to put up there (their kids storage items are awesome!).

April-Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have an awesome dinner out! Have a nice glass of wine and hope that helps little Griffin relax and decide to make his way into the world!

Dh's birthday is Wednesday... I was SOOOO excited yesterday because I went and got him a homebrewing kit with all the supplies. Last night we stayed up WAY too late brewing our first batch of beer which should be ready just in time to help my milk come in. I can't wait!

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OH! I almost forgot!

The most exciting thing in my life this week is that my dd (who will be 3 on the 28th) has finally started consistantly using the potty! She even, all on her own accord, said to me last night "mom, I need some private time in the bathroom" and then went in and went #1 AND #2 on the toilet without any prompting from me. I was stunned.

I didn't think she was ever going to make that leap. We've already been having some issues with her regressing. I think there's something really threatening to her about growing up. She wants to drink out of a bottle (which she never did as a nursling) and be carried everywhere and says "waaaa, I'm a baby". I'm fully aware that she may go back into diapers for a little while after baby comes, but at least now I have some reassurance that she will indeed be out of diapers someday!

We're going to get the rest of our garden tilled and planted today. It was supposed to be 72 and sunny, but now its overcast and they're projecting a high of 65. Still nice, but not a good Vitamin D day like I was hoping for!

What are you ladies planting this year?

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Shoot! I keep forgetting!
Happy birthday, April! :

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OH! I almost forgot!

The most exciting thing in my life this week is that my dd (who will be 3 on the 28th) has finally started consistantly using the potty! She even, all on her own accord, said to me last night "mom, I need some private time in the bathroom" and then went in and went #1 AND #2 on the toilet without any prompting from me. I was stunned.

I didn't think she was ever going to make that leap. We've already been having some issues with her regressing. I think there's something really threatening to her about growing up. She wants to drink out of a bottle (which she never did as a nursling) and be carried everywhere and says "waaaa, I'm a baby". I'm fully aware that she may go back into diapers for a little while after baby comes, but at least now I have some reassurance that she will indeed be out of diapers someday!

We're going to get the rest of our garden tilled and planted today. It was supposed to be 72 and sunny, but now its overcast and they're projecting a high of 65. Still nice, but not a good Vitamin D day like I was hoping for!

What are you ladies planting this year?

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3+ yo DS has been regressing lately too, he is crawling around on the floor, playing with the baby toys, has to have a receiving blanket on his bed and is sucking on pacifiers. He also says 'food is for babies, num nums are for boys.' =he gets to nurse. LOL.

I got a little pink in the sun yesterday, it was SOOOO beautiful! I'm sure I could use a lot of that good ol Vit D! I love the warm spring days here!

Happy Birthday April!:Maybe you will have an awesome meal and then go into labor!!

I am 38 +4 days and I am starting to feel like I am going crazy being pregnant, but I do not feel like I am going to go into labor anytime soon. Last weekend I had a ton of BH (probably from the RRL tea) and then I stopped the tea and since then not much has been happening. Yesterday I had a bunch of contractions but I could only tell I was having then because baby would move then I would feel my hard tummy. I stopped my epsom salt baths and I may start drinking RRL again, but I kind of feel like I should leave things alone and let baby come when it is ready. Baby did move from ROA to LOA in the night last night so that is one good thing.

I made chocolate chip cookies yesterday and ate way too many. It has been ages since I have baked, I try not to eat chocolate because it doesn't make me feel good and we are allergic to eggs so eating cookies elsewhere never happens.

DS is driving us crazy today, he is cranky and whiny and testing our patience endlessly. He has managed to put both DH and me in bad moods. I hope he takes a good long nap and wakes up nice again.

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Sadie, it is really exciting that DD has been using the potty consistently! :

Nolansmum, I have a bakery/restaurant here that makes vegan baked goods and gluten free baked goods, as well as very occasionally gluten free, vegan baked goods. They're also organic (and usually local produce). I still haven't taken advantage of it though. :

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Everyone else seems to be contracting up a storm!
I've never had a prelabor ctx! at least not one that I've noticed!

I am a heavy RRL drinker...I walk nearly everyday...my belly gets tense and such, but not ctx tense.

It's supposed to snow, here, tomorrow. I'm hoping the stormy energy encourages this baby!
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I have never had a contraction that I have felt before labour either.

Not much going on here, just some deep cleaning.

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I took the kids to their 3rd seder of the year today (the Unitarian Univeralists held one). That's it! No more matzoh and horseradish and endless cups of juice until next year!

At my appointment this week, I will be 35.5 weeks. Since they are swabbing for GBS anyhow, I think I will ask for a cervical check. I need to get in the right headspace - either I'm closed up tight, or I'm already dilating and effacing. I can live with either but I can't live with uncertainty about what's going on in there...
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Ooooooh, so glad you asked! I've started tomatoes (roma and better boy), peppers, a few watermelons and a few onions inside. Outside I've planted snow peas, two lettuce mixes and spinach. We also have a strawberry plant. Once we're past the frost date, which is approximately 30 seconds before 40 weeks pregnant for me, I have more onions and watermelons to sow, zucchini, yellow squash, sugar pumpkins, and pickling cucumbers. Plus all the seedlings I started, and if they all survive I'll be giving away over half of them. : I am clearly insane. DS1 likes to play outside and so do I. I just need to figure out how to put DS2 on my back in a wrap after he's born...

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At my appointment this week, I will be 35.5 weeks. Since they are swabbing for GBS anyhow, I think I will ask for a cervical check. I need to get in the right headspace - either I'm closed up tight, or I'm already dilating and effacing. I can live with either but I can't live with uncertainty about what's going on in there...
I am thinking the same. I had a couple contractions due to stress at 17 weeks and have had them sporadically, usually in stressful situations, ever since. I feel like I'll be going earlier than 40 weeks but who knows? My midwives don't do regular checks in the last weeks. The checks during labor were somewhat depressing but also very interesting to know in retrospect, so I think I might ask not to know the status until later. I lost count of the number of checks, but I counted being checked by six different people in my 26 hour labor. THAT won't be happening again.
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Ugh. My reflux was so bad today that I aspirated some during my nap. My lungs hurt now. Time for baby to drop, or rather drop out!

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Ugh. My reflux was so bad today that I aspirated some during my nap. My lungs hurt now. Time for baby to drop, or rather drop out!
Happened to me last night. Twice. Sorry you've had the displeasure.

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russianthistle- The Ikea is in Canton, MI

Katie- Wow, that doesn't sounds like bad shipping. I guess the more you get the better the shipping?

JacquelineR- I am majorly carb loading myself. So you're not alone!!

RasJane- Thank you!! And I have a smallish baby too. It'll be interesting to see if our midwives are right about the size!

Sadie- Mmmmmm beer brewing. Thats another hobby I'd like to take up!! Let me know how it turns out! Thaks for the b-day wishes! I probably will have a nice glass of Coturri (my fave organic wine). Congrats on the potty progress!
As for what I am growing this year: I have 9 sungold cherry tomato seedlings, 9 broccoli seedlings, and a bunch of marigold seedlings that are doing great. I started a bunch of herbs but they haven't survived. I have better luck sowing herbs straight into pots outside for some reason. I have sage, thyme, mint, basil, and lemonbalm in my garden outside. I am doing a 10x10 square foot garden so aside from the broc and tomatoes I am direct sowing bush and pole beans and bush and climbing peas. Also zucchini, cukes, and some lettuces.

Nolansmum- Ugh to the reflux! I have been suffering lately too. Its so random too. Good thing I have my mouth closed when I vurp! Sorry to hear your DS is being difficult. Mine seems to have 1 freak out every day. Never know when or what its going to be about but I can sure count on it.

Thanks to everyone else for the b-day wishes! I made a Tiramisu last night for today but we gobbled half of it yesterday. I have a thing for soggy cakes (Tiramisu, Tres Leches, bread pudding..... )
My parents are in town and its been nice, but also a bit stressful. My mother is chronicly ill, but its all in her head and she can't seem to think or talk about anything but her ailments and after a day and a half its already driving me batty. She told me yesterday that I am not a compassionate person. I had to bite my tongue. She also asked my DH if I was extra moody while prenant AND she told me my face and lips are swelling (she is anorexic too so it makes me extra uncomfortable that I have all this preggo weight)

Ok, done venting. I know now that I will be calling her at the very LAST minute during my labor. Hopefully I start in the night!

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s Lotus. I once had an eating disorder. It is consuming and makes people very unlike themselves. I am sorry that you have to deal with it on this level...esp while pregnant. Don't let her "issues" leech into you, mama.

I'll never make it to Canton. That is nowhere near me and nowhere near anyone I visit. :

I have not participated in the garden discussions...I normally would, but my new yard, at my new place is sandysandysandy. It is essentially a conifer/birch forest with little sun exposure. This might be CSA or farmer's mkt. year for me. I might do a few potted plants (calendula, various herbs, kale, chard, and lettuces) but that'll probably be it. I need to figure out WAY too much w/ this baby on the way.

I'm a crazy forager. I am looking forward to leeks and fiddleheads, berries galore (my yard is positively covered in blueberry bushes straight down to the river!), dandelion greens, violets, day lilies, etc.etc.etc. I'm taking it easy on the farming front and stepping up my foraging!

Oh, and we'll be doing beer, soon too! I don't know why we haven't got a batch going yet. We need to start! Something dark or something summery? Hmmm...I love beer, and I miss it so! (although I did have a gorgeously yummy summer brew last night...Bell's Oberon w/ a slice of orange, if anyone's from close to my neck of the woods...).
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Have a SUPER day, Lotus!
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Happy birthday, Lotus! I think it depends on where you're ordering from and the freight company, mine shipped from Charlotte which is about 3 hours west of me.

I will not be gardening this year though I really wish I could. Since we live in military housing we're pretty limited on what we can do with our yards. I could do some container gardening but I just don't have the energy and time for it.

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Garden: I have a big one. With greenhouse. Totally neglecting it this year. I need to remember to get signed up for a CSA before all the shares are gone. I love gardening and preserving food. We usually pick at least 100# of berries, peaches, apples and whatnot to preserve. I will miss that this year, but trying to be realistic about what I can do with a newborn.
I did tell the boys they could each have a section of the garden to plant whatever they want. Who knows, maybe they'll have bumper crops and do better than me! In that case, it will be their job next year too!

Happy birthday April!

Ugh, reflux. That is such a nasty sensation. Bleh. Mine hasn't been too bad this time around. I practically snacked on Tums with M. This baby is definitely smaller, I'm smaller, and it lives waaaaayyy down in my pelvis. So I have the other issues associated with that I guess. Oh well, not much longer and I will be up all night, peed on and sprayed with milk instead!

Im thinking of heading to IKEA today actually. It's about 45 minutes-hour away so I don't want to wait too much longer. Don't really want to go into labor on the freeway! I still need some baby stuff since we sold it all after E. Being "done" and all. ooops I also need a dresser/changing table. I haven't been able to find anything I like on Craigslist and don't really want to spend tons of $. That and a slice of their chocolate cake sounds mighty good.

Carbs--TOTALLY! Yeah, chocolate cake??? But last night I made no-bake cheesecake filling. Just the filling, in a bowl, and ate it straight. Then had some more of it while cooking breakfast. I have wanted sugary stuff so much this pg. Normally I'm a savory girl. It's weird.
But for breakfast I put some tomato slices in the fry pan and broke a couple of eggs over the top. It smells heavenly.
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No garden yet. Hoping to actually get one in this year but I'm beginning to think it's a pipe dream. I need to learn what there is to forage in my area. I didn't grow up here, so I'm totally clueless.
Glad to know I'm not alone with the carb craving.

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I'm always a carb person, but lately I'm really a carb person. My MIL tells me I should be loading up on the lean protein, and her theory sounds good, but just isn't nearly as tasty At my shower they had white cupcakes with white buttercream frosting, which I normally wouldn't enjoy that much because even I think they're too sweet (plus I'm a chocolate person), but I was loving them.
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I'm normally a veggie person, Quate, so I completely understand.
I've always had somewhat of a sweet tooth but not like this... I could gladly eat sugar from the time I wake up until I go to bed. It's terrible.

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I'm off to a great start today, I've had 6 chocolate chip cookies already. I can't stop. This happened last pregnancy too, in week 38 I got really depressed thinking that I had 2-3 weeks to go, how can I make it. And I pigged out on cookies. I have been so good about eating the whole pregnancy!

I'm trying to paint some canvases for the baby room even though I am not a painter at all. My practice paintings are looking really lame and I may just get lazy and order this in all black with one orange bird:
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It goes well with my curtains:
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My parents are in town and its been nice, but also a bit stressful. My mother is chronicly ill, but its all in her head and she can't seem to think or talk about anything but her ailments and after a day and a half its already driving me batty. She told me yesterday that I am not a compassionate person. I had to bite my tongue. She also asked my DH if I was extra moody while prenant AND she told me my face and lips are swelling (she is anorexic too so it makes me extra uncomfortable that I have all this preggo weight)

Ok, done venting. I know now that I will be calling her at the very LAST minute during my labor. Hopefully I start in the night!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! :

Is my MIL at your house?? Wow, it's uncanny how she and your mom are exactly the same from this description. She's been very kind to me, but she is ill. Physically and mentally. Anorexic, the whole 9 yards. I know how exhausting this can be.

We have our little plants inside - basil, tomatoes, cilantro... and some flowers to go outside. We're renting with short-term in mind, so we don't want to do a big garden. Just make our place a little pretty

Had my shower yesterday! Everyone keeps saying how they don't even think I'll make it to the middle of May, so we'll see. Either that or I'm having a huge baby! Oy.

All this talk about carbs has me starving! I need to go scrounge up some lunch

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I have two hours of "work" left today. Basically that means answering my emails and browsing MDC and the internet! There is nothing else for me to do. Then I'll work 3-4 hours tomorrow and that is IT!!!!!!!!!!! Auditors are coming next week and I am sooooo glad I'll be gone. :::::

We have an Ikea here in Pittsburgh but I rarely go! I have three of these bookcases though and this TV stand.

The delivery service dropped off our diapers this weekend! DH also put his new dresser together and we put his short dresser in the guest room. Glad to have those done. We HAVE to get the car seat installed and checked this week.

Our other feat for this week is DH's haircut in our apt. galley kitchen, if I can fit this time. It was a tight squeeze last month but we did it.

Had some very mild contractions last night and woke up more often (every hour or so), not sure if it was from need to pee or from ctx. I normally wake up twice all night. I'm very curious what real serious ctx will feel like!!

Sadie, that's cool about the home brewing kit! DH would love that.

I'm not planting anything in our balcony pots this year since we'll be moving at some point...though if it ends up being later summer, I will have wished that I planted . We're doing the CSA again though which will be awesome. I can't WAIT for the strawberries and corn!

Ankles got huge this weekend. Went out and about with flip flops and no compression stockings...bad idea. They were achy too. They're better now. I've found that the compression stockings really add comfort as well. I need the support.

I'm tempted to get checked on Wednesday but I think I'll just stick with no checks until labor...unless I'm facing induction for 42 weeks.

Happy Birthday April! I plan to make DH's favorite dessert for his birthday in two weeks. here are two pics I took two years ago, hehe:

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Last year, we had friends over to eat it with us. I served everyone, set the cake in the kitchen (was on a pedestal plate) and somehow it crashed onto the floor! Broken glass and cake all over I was so sad that DH wouldn't have leftovers but was so glad everyone at least got a piece...

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I did tell the boys they could each have a section of the garden to plant whatever they want. Who knows, maybe they'll have bumper crops and do better than me! In that case, it will be their job next year too!
: This is me! MIL and SS and SD planted the garden over the weekend. I am such a control freak though that it was causing me anxiety to watch them do it so I had to go do stuff in the front yard instead. They planted WAY more than I wanted out there this year and I just know that I'll end up having to weed it.

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