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#1 of 54 Old 12-11-2010, 04:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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How are you doing mamas? Wanna give an update and chat?

 

I'm 38w5d. love.gif

 

I have most of my 'to do' list completed but still find something 'nesty' to do every day. lol.gif

 

So ready to meet baby but not feeling over done or 'over it' yet, iykwim.

 

Feeling pretty good. Lots of strong BH that I find oddly enjoyable.

 

I finally got the birth supplies organized and ready for baby. Can hardly believe another little personality will be joining our house. luxlove.gif

 

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We have been sick.  So the house is a mess, and the rest of my projects are not being done.  And I am annoyed by that.  Argh.  Right now, I just want the baby to stay in until I feel rested and not sick (and can breathe easily) so that we are not trying to do labor while sick.  If I get that, then I will be a happy lady (even though the other stuff is not done).

 

I am 37w4d as of today.  So, I hopefully have a little bit of time to finish things up!

 

I just hope I am not the last one standing come January!  My sister is flying out right after Christmas and I am really hoping there is already a baby here or one quickly coming when she does come.  As soon as I am well, I am going to restart the EPO and do a little homeopathy to move things along.....


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38w5d here, and I've been way too miserable to post much.  I've had a week of "pre-labor" baloney going on, and it's taken its toll.  I'm exhausted and hormonal (read: bitchy), uncomfortable and ready to be done.  As much as I struggled with the decision to induce next weekend if he doesn't show up by then, I do think that end point is the only thing keeping me going right now.

 

I'm not typically one to want to rush a delivery, but this has been my most miserable pregnancy by far, and I'm ready to get this baby out!

 

Just please not tonight.  I'm desperate for a good night's sleep before labor!


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38w3days here, FTM.   Came back from a dinner party, and think it'll be my last one before baby arrives.  Tired a lot, lots of braxton hicks, and nausea that comes and goes.  We've gotten most everything done in preparation for the baby, only mentally I'm just not ready yet.  I think the enormity of this really happening is sinking in now.  

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39 weeks and a day here. I'm miserably hormonal and there's too much stress in this house. we'll have to move, leave the city, and DH will start a new job within a month! he's a wreck and I'm so sensitive that I absorb it all. I just stopped teaching yesterday but still have to write a final exam and grade papers before i'm totally done. I just want someone to take care of me and let me rest.

Being 37, I've been going in for non-stress tests now twice a week...they found an arrythmia in baby, they're not too concerned but will no longer let me give birth in the birth center. I've spent 5 hours twice in labor and delivery after the non-stress tests for back up tests. Everything feels fine with baby to me.....but....

Please baby.....give me a few days.

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I'm 39w3d and I've gone from totally ready to be done to not ready at all! I've had a miserable cold for the past week and I've managed to pull a muscle in my side coughing, so I am in even more pain than I was already! Actually, I guess the upside of the muscle strain is that it makes my normal pregnancy-related pelvic pain seem totally insignificant. But anyway, I am freaking out a little because I hadn't planned on having other physical discomforts during labor, you know? It's causing doubt to creep into my mind--like, can I handle natural birth when I am hacking and my physical mobility is limited by the pain in my side? We'll see. I am a first-timer, so it's pretty likely that I have another week or even more to go. I hope the cold at least will be completely gone by then.


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Awww...poor mommas....hang in there. I'm 38W and 2 days and I'm too am soooo done! This is my third pregnancy and by far also the most uncomfortable. With my first I was induced and had a very difficult and long labor and with my second, my water broke on it's own, and had a wonderful birth experience. Quick, drug free...and relatively painful. I'm very curious how this one is going to go and very, very nervous.

 

Just got over a sinus infection which left me miserable and was praying baby would not come then, but now I'm so ready. I'm tired of being pregnant. I'm tired of looking and feeling like a house. Just want her out today!!!! My OB will check my cervix on Wednesday when I'm 38W and 5 days. Hopefully I'll go before then!

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39 weeks today.  I really thought Squirt would be here this weekend...and I'm totally disappointed that he/she is not.  I know, it gave me one more weekend "alone" with DH, and that has been nice.  And I've got a few little things to do today, and DH is going to work on installing more windows, and he has a special work function tomorrow, so maybe it's a good thing.

 

I guess that part of it is after that scare 2 weeks ago that landed us in L&D overnight, and we thought we were going to have the baby RIGHT THEN, it just seems so long now, you know?

 

My midwives and I are disagreeing about my EDD, so they think I'm 40 weeks and will check me tomorrow.  I have had a few more contractions lately; but nothing amazing.


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I feel for you sick mamas out there!! Hang in there, try to stay hydrated and rested! Hot water, honey, pinch of cayenne and some fresh lemon can do wonders. I hope you feel better soon!!

 

I am 38w5d today and done working. I was going to see if I could check my cervix later, for fun, ha ha. I  never have been able to feel my cervix, too far back there, but I was checked Wednesday and was 2-3/80/-1 and she said baby was super low.....so maybe I can reach. My midwife flies in tomorrow and I have been trying to 'be good' and not run around until she gets here. I got real nervous something would happen before she was here, having lots of BHs but now that I am being more sedentary not so much activity.  Once she comes I will resume yoga, going for walks and having sex! For now I have been sleeping 10 hours a night, all done with projects, mostly. Doing some jewelry making and stuff for fun. Reading, watching movies, eating. I can get up and do stuff for like 2 hours and then just feel wiped! So much pressure and I start to not feel so good. The last week has really changed for me!

 

It has been raining here for the past 5 days, grey, dark and windy. Do any of you notice periodic waves of anxiety of what's to come?? It is kinda like knowing you are going skydiving but not sure when you have to jump. I don't normally run anxiety but it is a powerful feeling for sure!! I breathe and try to ground and it passes but interesting. The biggest change of my life awaits...

 

 


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i am 37w5d and am so ready. If nothing starts by tomorrow, i will need to go back to work for one more week! Argh... All I want to do is to put my feet up or walking and rocking... Trying to DTD as much as we can too. Figured it will help move things along and it will be a long time before we will be in the mood. :) I might go get some EPO as well later today just so baby can come soon. All I want is to hold the baby now!!


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. Do any of you notice periodic waves of anxiety of what's to come?? It is kinda like knowing you are going skydiving but not sure when you have to jump. I don't normally run anxiety but it is a powerful feeling for sure!! I breathe and try to ground and it passes but interesting. The biggest change of my life awaits...

 

 


I definitely feel that way. This morning I noticed some bloody show, and having irregular contractions.

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Ugh. I can't get multi quote to work on the new board which makes 'chatting' and responding here really difficult!

 

I'm so sorry some of you are sick! That would be nerve racking on top of feeling awful! hug2.gif More than likely your body will wait until you are feeling better though, so that's a good thing. smile.gif

 

Sometimes I REALLY don't want to have this baby... not because I'm not excited to meet him but because it's my last pregnancy and when it's over, it's all over. I already feel sad when I think of no longer having my belly and feeling him move inside. The anticipation and excitement of waiting for labor is also so wonderful and I just don't feel ready to give that up. happytears.gif

 

I'm surprised by how good I feel. I'll be 39w tomorrow and I have more energy and I'm in a better mood overall than I was a month ago. But I guess the very end of pregnancy has been like that for me every time- It's always been in the first 36 weeks that I'm like "When will this end?!" and then it gets here and I'm like "Hold on! I don't want this to end yet!"


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I feel pretty good, too, physically.  Better than a month ago, actually...I think the midwives cutting down my walking to only 2 miles (or so) vs 4, and then my swimming down to a gentle 30 minutes, was a really good thing!  I don't do both of those on the same day; just fyi wink1.gif   I am too stubborn to see that I needed that.  Plus, I"ve been taking a nap almost every afternoon, or at least sitting on my couch and just reading, for an hour after I eat lunch.  I figure that's when baby will (eventually) be napping, so I might as well get used to having some "quiet time" almost every afternoon.

 

I finished the drapes that I had decided to make for my december project...they only took 3 days, so now I need to find something else.  Though, I am such a task completion oriented person, that I think it might be better for me just to try to get through a big book, something that REALLY doesn't matter if it gets done.  Because it was stressing me out--I wanted to get those curtains sewn before baby came! 

 

I haven't gotten sick, fortuneately...here's hoping you all feel better!


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I feel pretty good, too, physically.  Better than a month ago, actually...I think the midwives cutting down my walking to only 2 miles (or so) vs 4, and then my swimming down to a gentle 30 minutes, was a really good thing! 

Wow, you're incredible--I can barely walk the circumference of the grocery store, much less 2 miles! That's awesome.

 

I had a TON of Braxton-Hicks this weekend, a little bloody show this morning, and I am really, really crampy now, so I don't know if this baby is going to wait for my cold to be completely gone! Well, he'll come on his own timeline I guess--I'm just along for the ride!


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It has been raining here for the past 5 days, grey, dark and windy. Do any of you notice periodic waves of anxiety of what's to come?? It is kinda like knowing you are going skydiving but not sure when you have to jump. I don't normally run anxiety but it is a powerful feeling for sure!! I breathe and try to ground and it passes but interesting. The biggest change of my life awaits...

 

 

Yes this exactly.  This is my first baby, I have no frame of reference for labor, and I am equally terrified and excited by the prospect.  Sounds like a lot of us have been or are sick.  Bummer.  I got over my cold (which was pretty mild) about a week ago.  So relieved that it's gone because the thought of going through labor sick was starting to freak me out. 

 

I feel like people are starting to watch me and it's not even my due date yet.  I really love my family, but if they pester me constantly after I've passed go and our baby still isn't here I may have to hide in the house and lock the doors, my tolerance for people in general seems to be decreasing by the day.

 

Hope all you sickies feel much better very soon.  Hard to believe that we're all going to be holding our little babies in the next few weeks.


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Well, glad this baby is waiting a bit to make an appearance.  I wanted to get checked today at my midwife appt. though I won't anymore, but anyway, she discovered that I have a yeast infection.

 

Blech.

 

Hopefully I can get that cleared up before delivery...but just in case, I'm going to buy some Gentian Violet at the health food store this week!  My standard "cure" for YI is plain yogurt applie internally, and it usually works pretty well, even if it is a bit messy.


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Well, glad this baby is waiting a bit to make an appearance.  I wanted to get checked today at my midwife appt. though I won't anymore, but anyway, she discovered that I have a yeast infection.

 

Blech.

 

Hopefully I can get that cleared up before delivery...but just in case, I'm going to buy some Gentian Violet at the health food store this week!  My standard "cure" for YI is plain yogurt applie internally, and it usually works pretty well, even if it is a bit messy.


So sorry to hear about the YI, that really sucks.  I'm not sure if it's safe while pregnant but I have also had great success using a combination of apple cider vinegar and yogurt as a treatment.  (that and laying off the sugar which is going to be hard in the midst of the holiday season).  Hope you're feeling better soon.


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I'm 39 weeks today. We've all been sick so I'm ok with no baby yet. But I can't wait to have another baby!! I'm so excited for that soft newborn head & the newborn smell!!

I'm hoping to hold out for a solstice baby. :)


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39 weeks tomorrow! For some reason, even though this is my first, I've been thinking Sprout might come early, so I'm getting pretty antsy. But last Thursday I came down with a nasty, nasty stomach flu (vomiting AND diarrhea, fun!!) and that knocked me out for several days. Thank goodness for my amazing spouse who is an incredible nurse, and also for my midwife. She came over bearing homemade (her husband is a chef) chicken and dumpling soup, as well as Sleepytime Tea, and between the two and some pregnancy-approved decongestant, I was finally able to get some rest. She even called her backup midwife and they brought over IV fluids just in case I got dehydrated enough to need them (thankfully I didn't).

 

So now I think my body is like, "whoa, have to recover before labor." But the baby has been perfectly lined up (OA!) and dropping for several weeks now, so I'm very much in the "it could be any day" mindset.

 

The pain and discomfort of being sick and SO pregnant really got me down though. I had a few tearful moments with the spouse, saying I wasn't sure I could do this whole natural homebirth thing anymore. It IS scary, as a previous poster said, not having any frame of reference for this huge thing. Even after all my reading, a Bradley class, etc., there's still no way to really fathom what we're about to go through!

 

BUT we basically have all the essential things done in the house, so that is a relief. This morning we bought the final thing, a nice like-new futon off CraigsList, so that my parents have somewhere to sleep when they come for Christmas. The diapers are all put away in the dresser. The Christmas tree is up (though needs to be decorated, we'll probably do that tonight) and the Christmas lights are up in the front yard. I've even bought a stash of candles to have lit while I'm in labor -- I've been fantasizing about this labor, dim light lit only by candles and Christmas tree lights, ever since I found out the due date. Watch, I'm going to end up having this baby in broad daylight!!

 

I've already had two aunts ask where the baby is on FaceBook. Seriously!? I haven't even hit my due date yet! If it keeps up I think I might deactive my FaceBook page for the time being...


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I've already had two aunts ask where the baby is on FaceBook. Seriously!? I haven't even hit my due date yet! If it keeps up I think I might deactive my FaceBook page for the time being...


I decided a while ago that at the first sign of impatience on Facebook, I am going to set my entire profile to private and make it so no one can write on my wall or message me. I don't want to deal with it, it's incredibly annoying and stresses me out. I know people are excited and all, but I wish they would realize how frustrating it is to hear "when are you having the baby?" "have you had the baby yet?" "here, let me put my hands all over your belly while asking you when you're going to pop." irked.gif

 

I am 40 weeks on Friday. For a while I thought the baby would be born today. I kept getting woken up by mild contractions - stronger than BH but not as strong as full-force active labor ctx. I'm not overly antsy or anything, but I do hope the baby comes when the roads are clear. Our midwife is 45 minutes away and we're in the mountains. It's frequently perfectly clear where she lives but snowy where we live. 


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Anyone else extremely emotional??? I'll be 40 wks on Friday too....

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 I am waiting on baby any day now, my due date was Wednesday. Emotional and anxious/excited.


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I'm pretty emotional too. It's not pretty. DH isn't the best communicator under good circumstances, which doesn't help as I blubber (or rage!) away. Bah.

I'm only 38 weeks (39 tomorrow!), but I've been "ready" for this baby for a good several weeks now. I tried castor oil yesterday, and it did nothing other than provoke the usual castor oil bathroom visits. Guess I'm not actually ready! Bummer. I'm having my membranes swept on Friday, which is something I never thought I would consent to, nevermind actually request! Part of me is sad to be so eager to see the end of this pregnancy experience (barring some sort of miracle, it will be my last), but a bigger part is more eager to see the end of the pain from SPD and varicosities. Being able to wear my toddler again and bend over will be an added bonus!

It's lovely to see all the birth announcements, I'm just eager to add my own! :)


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39 weeks today.  I'm with you funny face i hate pregnancy until about 35 weeks and then I enjoy the end.  i've been feeling good, my sciatica acts up when i do too much and i'm having a lot of nausea, but nothing too terrible.  i had a mother blessing yesterday with some dear friends and that was so, so lovely.  I actually had the whole weekend to myself.  My husband hunted and he took the kids to my parents.  He's hunting this weekend again, and hour and half away, but the kids are staying home this time.  I'm not super loving this idea but deer season is what gets him through working 70 hours a week the rest of the year and the meat feeds our family so I'm not going to put my foot down on this though I would certainly rather him be home with me! 

 

I finally feel like I'm ready for the baby.  I have the house ready, the birth room is ready, the van is clean, the car seat is clean, the clothes are washed, the belly cast is done.......  Now I'm just waiting, but not impatient.  I really love the anticipation of waiting at the end.  I just need to sleep well tonight, I had insomnia last night and now I'm exhausted!


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I'll be 39 wks on Thurs...but I feel like I'm overdue because I was so expecting to go early. Baby is still happy as a clam in there, kicking around, definitely hasn't dropped and despite losing my plug slowly and some late night practice surges...nothing. 

 

I'm enjoying this time though, been knitting and sewing for Christmas and each day I continue to be pregnant, my plans for gifts get even more elaborate. Dd is loving it though, she's been home from school for the month (really only 2wks) and getting all sorts of mamma time. It's really nice for her and I. It is going to be strange for her to share me with the new one after nearly 7 years of having me all to herself (part of that as a single mamma). But every time we get to sewing or knitting the first thing she asks for is to make something else for the baby. However, our baby creations are not all that productive, I keep taking out all my soakers because I don't think they are working. She thinks it's hilarious and loves telling DP at the end of the day when he asks what we did!

 

We've also been baking, and there is the smell of fresh bread, biscuits, cookies or muffins in our house daily. Gonna have to work much harder at losing this baby weight thanks to this! But still loving it nonetheless.

 

Just really hoping that the baby comes before the 21st as our best friends are leaving for a family trip for 3 weeks on that date and they won't get to be around to meet the wee one. But I'm sure this little one has plans of his/her own!

 

I've not been feeling the emotional bit though...but yes...anxious for sure and somewhat nervous but continually inspired by all the speedy birth's in this DDC!

 


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Yeah; since we really thought we'd be having this one 2 1/2 weeks ago at the hospital, time is sooooo dragging!  Baby has dropped a little bit, but not very much.  I was super disappointed because I didn't feel any contractions last night, and the night before there had definitely been an increase in their number. 


I am trying to remain optimistic--I'm not even 40 weeks yet, I feel great physically, DH and I get some more alone time, etc., but I'm having a hard time with that. 

 

I'm keeping busy with chores and errands and seeing friends, though.  That definitely helps.  I think part of it for me, being such an obsessive planner, is not knowing when this little one will make an appearance!


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38w4d or 39w on the nose today, depending on who you ask!  I'm ready, and not.  DH and I need to wrap the beds and tarp the living room floor tonight...once that's done, I guess anytime's okay...!  I'm NOT tired of being pregnant, and I'd like to get more done around the house etc. before LO joins us, but if he's ready to come....well, that's okay too!  I'm getting over a cold, and somewhere along the way strained a tummy muscle (or baby kicked and left a bruise, or *something*), so a couple of days *without ONE cough* before labor starts to let that heal would be nice.  (Speaking of, does anyone know of anything that might soothe that kind of muscle ache?  It doesn't really bother me unless I cough, and occassionally if I'm turning over in bed or something.)

 

Other than that, I guess I'm good to go!  Good vibes to all the rest of you!

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SaraCate - some arnica (homeopathic 30C) might do you wonders to ease that pain.

Just out of curiosity, for a home birth,  do many of you set up the bed with a tarp well before you go into labour?  I haven't set anything like that up yet, assuming that I will jst work on it once labour begins...but with all these super speedy labours, my mind is now second guessing itself. 


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Just out of curiosity, for a home birth,  do many of you set up the bed with a tarp well before you go into labour?  I haven't set anything like that up yet, assuming that I will jst work on it once labour begins...but with all these super speedy labours, my mind is now second guessing itself. 


We're going to, just because I figure it'll also protect the mattress if my water breaks in bed. And we just spent a fortune on this mattress so I really want to protect it! I think I need to buy one more tablecloth though. I have two for under the birth tub at the moment. For the bed I'm going to put the permanent waterproof mattress protector over the mattress, then a set of sheets, then a tablecloth, then another set of sheets. That way if I end up laboring or birthing (or in any way making a mess) on the bed, we can strip off the top set and be ready to cuddle in on the bottom set, while still protecting the mattress.


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I can't stand the feeling of waterproofing under me on the bed.  I can't even use a waterproof matress pad, it makes me sweaty and weird.  So, I'm going to lay a couple chux pads down incase of a water break.  I can't imagine birthing on the bed (I'm using a different room for my birth room) so I don't plan on doing anything more than that.  I have my pool set up ready to be filled when labor starts and we have a roll of painters plastic we'll roll out when labor starts so I don't have to deal with having it on the floor until then. 

 

 

Is anyone else dealing with stomach issues?  I haven't dealt with this before.  It's kind of like mild morning sickness again.  I am on and off nauseaus, having more food aversions again, loose stools, stomach cramps, etc.  I am not sick, it's not a stomach bug, is it just changing hormones again?  It sucks what ever it is, am I alone on this one?


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