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#451 of 475 Old 02-28-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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Banana- thanks for the info! I'm getting between 800 and 1200 mg Ca from the Tums I take every night, and last night I took 420 mg of Magnesium, so that sounds pretty much like what your midwife said, maybe just take 2 Magnesium capsules instead of 3.

 

I guess your midwife didn't feel like it would affect labor starting, since you must be getting close to your due date, also, right? It's great if I can keep taking the Magnesium and not have so many annoying non-labor contractions, so long as it won't affect the real thing!


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Ugh. The car seat came today. I'm having buyer's remorse. There's nowhere to put it in our tiny apartment. We don't have a car, but I bought it so that we'd be able to take it in rentals or on trips with friends who have cars. But right now I hate it. It's bulky and awkward and taking up space.  Hate! It!  :)


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Banana: That's another reason I'm excited to have 2, once the baby is bigger they can play together!! I will admit to admiring my gleaming fridge more than once. I need to make more casseroles.

 

Marissamom: I've been having some late nights too. I'm not sure why nesting kicks in then. Doesn't labor start at night more often? Maybe they are connected?

 

No word on GBS results, I imagine my MW will have them tomorrow at the home visit. I'm so excited DH is taking off tomorrow, I'd like to clean out the car. DD has her first gymnastics class at the Y tomorrow, we'll see how that goes. She's pretty shy and since we've moved it's just been the 3 of us. My parents should be coming out in 2 weeks so that'll be nice 

 

Hello Runnermommy!

 

Does it take anyone else forever to complete a post? I'll start and then get distracted and finish 1 hour later. How long will it take with 2?!


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Virginia, how do you quote everyone's posts?  I try to use the multiquote thing, and it NEVER works.

 

Neuromancer, I'm sure you'll be glad you have it.  We live in a 1BR, and this will be our THIRD.  Nowhere to put the stroller!  Swing!  Ugh.  I feel you.  The carseat (which will *barely* fit in our small car with the other two) is living in its box on my bedside table (about to crush my bedside table). 

 

1BigHappy, NO KIDDING!  How many weeks have you gone for the other ones?

 

Katroshka, I hope she comes out soon.  Sorry about DD's pinkeye.  I hate pinkeye.  And sorry you're feeling miserable.  This is a tough time physically.

 

Marissamom, that's so crazy!  I can't imagine trying to get up at night.  I am so tired.  Let alone get anything done!  You must be in the home stretch!

 

Banana, DH had gotten some ground beef out of the freezer to make "freezer meals" and forgot about it in the fridge, and it leaked blood ALL OVER THE FRIDGE.  So, although cleaning out the fridge wasn't on my list, it got a really good cleaning with some harsh chemicals today.  And then I very nearly couldn't get up off the floor!  I have a lot of stuff left on the list, though, too.  My kids cause a lot of strife with each other when I'm trying to get stuff done, especially when DD does her homework.  It's much easier for me right now (3 & 5) to only have one around than both of them, although they do go through phases of being good companions.  It's cool your two are so good with each other.

 

Jessica, I was just telling DH I wish we had some ground turkey so I could make Greek meatballs (bifteki).  They're so easy to make and freeze raw, and then pop in the oven to make a meal later, and they smell so wonderful.  Sigh.  I'm not going to the store tonight.  Your weekend sounds really fun!  Who watched the kids?  And, I haven't seen MLM yet today - I'll bet she's having some babies right now!  But, as a group, we seem to be slow bloomers.

 

Runnergirl, welcome back.  I know!  I keep checking in to read birth stories! 

 

Katroshka, I don't think Tums counts as calcium - it's hard for the body to absorb or something.

 

Hahahaha, Mayfly, I wait til DH comes home.

 

I had an awful OB appointment today that made me feel really sad.  We had an argument about the VBA2C.  I really like her, but she is really not supportive to the VBAC.  She's insisting that I'm "very high risk" and that I will need to come in - not stay home to labor - right away for constant monitoring.  No telemetry and no intermittent monitoring.  And, if they can't keep the baby on the external monitors, internal monitors with an epidural.  I told her she is setting me up for failure, and she insists that having a healthy baby is not a failure. 

 

The thing is, I'm not worried.  I just had my 17TH ultrasound on Saturday.  The baby is FINE.  My uterus and scar look GREAT.  I can FEEL my scar.  I know if I posted this on the VBAC forum, there would be an uproar, and everyone would tell me to go to ICAN and find a new provider, but she's *honestly* the only clinic/hospital on my insurance that will even let me do a trial of labor.  And, they really have a great reputation for natural childbirth.  The nurse I had on Saturday was totally excited that I'm going for a VBA2C and said she hopes she's there when I go into labor.  I can't afford a provider off my insurance right now. 

 

Still, I feel like if I listen to the doctor, I will have another c-section for sure.  She warned me not to try to stay home - to go in as soon as the contractions hit 5 minutes apart or become difficult to get through or as soon as my water breaks.  I think we're going to try to stay home as long as I feel safe.  We have a doppler.  We will doppler the baby and take my temperature every hour or so if my water breaks.   I've had a bad D&C, a hysteroscopy to remove scar tissue, and two c-sections, one of which at least had significant scar tissue.  It's not like my uterus is in great condition, but for whatever reason, I trust my body.  I'm just going to try to trust my instincts.

 

 

 


 

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(((hugs Lyss))) must be hard to do what you think is right and also try to listen to the doc so that you still have care. ugh. tough situation, imo.

 

I'm 39wks and 1 day. I feel fine and still enjoying being pg. lol It's all because of my girls. They are just enjoying and "attacking" the belly when they see me. How can you not enjoy being pg when one of your dc comes and give hugs, kisses and says things like how much they love the baby and how much they can't wait to meet her/him, etc... They also talk about the position of the baby which makes them laugh every time they think of it. They always try to give kisses to the head but I don't really let them and they laugh about kissing the butt. LOL They are all sweethearts. I will probably miss being pg just for these reasons. :)


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Lyss, you've overcome so much to get to your VBAC, I'm totally confident that your body can do it. and do stay home as long as possible, the less time you're there, the less time they have to push unnecessary interventions on you. and why do you need an epidural for internal monitoring? I've never heard of it as necessary. 

 

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Nope, no babies yet. I'm having a sulky, these kids are never going to come out, day. Really, I should not expect them for another week or two at least! I should know better. I'm a long gestator, and apparently that doesn't change with twins. LOL I banged up my knee this weekend and was just hoping I'd go into labor, dh could stay home and do all the dropping off/picking up so I didn't have to climb in and out of the van. Dh has classes tomorrow and Wed yet, so probably no babies until at least Thurs. I do think a lot of laboring ends up being psychological and doubt I will go into labor on a Mon, Tues or Wed until Dh is home at night.

I don't know if I've told this story here...With our last baby, when I realized my due date was a week before dc#3's birthday, I had a feeling they'd end up being birthday buddies. My son was pretty excited about that. Due date comes and goes, and then the weekend of ds's birthday comes. My husband is a bottled water route driver, and twice a year his company supplies water for some local marathons. Turned out that that year's date fell on Ds's birthday. Also, we had been needing to replace our shower surround on our one tub/shower in the house. Dh isn't always the greatest planner, and decided the time was ripe. So, he tears out the old stuff on Saturday, gets up at 2AM on Sunday to run his marathon route, comes home and installs the new surround. We wait and wait for it to cure and be usable. And I go into labor 11pm and birth at 2am the day after DS's birthday. Yeah, there's definitely plenty of psychological impact on laboring. LOL

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brought our infant carseat up from the garage. DD keeps climbing into it. and also putting her baby in it. 

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LYSS- you sound like you are going to have a similar issue to a friend of mine she is going for a vbac too and they told her that as soon as things start to come in.... I suggested she stay home for a bit and to stand up for what she wants. I hope both of you get your VBACs

 

wow March is just hours away and I still have a baby in my belly. maybe this one is going to wait for grandma to get into town like my boys did??? she gets in on thursday. we'll see how everything goes.. I have no idea what is going on with anything right now. I'm afraid to actually make any plans for anything right now.


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I only have a second to post, but I wanted to share my joy that it's March now! I'm covered by insurance for the birth! I started having pretty steady BH last night around 4pm and I was like no way baby. I managed to make it to today. Now she'll probably be late after all that mental work to keep her in smile.gif

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that's great news forest mama!!


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I'm just checking in to see how all of you are doing.  I'm pretty much scheduling my life around Bea's eating, sleeping, and pooping, and the past two days I had some serious breast engorgement and pain as my milk came in, but today it seems to be quite a bit better. 

 

I'm reading how you all are but I don't have time to respond right now.

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Bea?!? that was the nickname i was going to give my baby if it had been a girl :D Except probably Bee. How cool :D

 

I hope you're getting rest. Glad the boobies are doing better.
 

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I'm just checking in to see how all of you are doing.  I'm pretty much scheduling my life around Bea's eating, sleeping, and pooping, and the past two days I had some serious breast engorgement and pain as my milk came in, but today it seems to be quite a bit better. 

 

I'm reading how you all are but I don't have time to respond right now.



 


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What a relief Forest~Mama!  So glad that this has worked out so far!  Now....go have that baby!!!  LOL!

 

Lyss- ugh, I completely understand the stress that comes with a provider not being supportive of your VBAC.  With my last pregnancy, there was one Nurse Practitioner who didn't believe it would work at all (glad that she didn't do deliveries!), an OB that wasn't really keen on VBACs & an OB who was compassionate but didn't think that a VBAC would work for ME (since I was past 40 weeks).  Luckily, the other OB & all the midwives were completely confident.  I just listened to them, smiled & nodded...and did what I KNEW I could do.  I agree with the others...definitely labor at home for as long as you feel safe.  Listen to your body & your baby....they obviously know what to do.  And I agree with you about the VBAC forum/ICAN....sometimes there are circumstances that make it impossible to change providers, etc.  And quite frankly, after a while reading those forums made me feel too much pressure!  redface.gif

 

MM- Ugh....I can't believe these car problems that you're having!  Insane!  (and my kids have been putting their baby dolls in the infant carseat too)

 

So, I went back to the OB yesterday to get my blood pressure checked (it was a little high on Thursday).  It was lower, below the "line", but it's still a little higher that it's been for me.  At this point, they're satisfied.  But I got "the talk" about how if it goes up again they'll worry.  And because I've had a C/S, they won't induce, so the possibility of another C/S isn't completely off the table.  Ugh.  Of course then she said "Now go home and relax."  Um..yeah, right.  eyesroll.gif   At this point, I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing and believe that it'll all work out.  There's no point in stressing....especially when the issue is blood pressure!  Honestly, I think that I was just dehydrated last week...and then I stressed about it all weekend.

 


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Forest Mama, that's great! Though now you'll be playing the anxious waiting game with most of the rest of us! I was so looking forward to getting to term so I could stop worrying about being early, but now I'm going nuts! Hopefully you aren't as impatient as I am, haha.

Lousli- great to hear things are going well for you and babe!

Lyss- so sorry you had such a lame appointment! It's great that you have a plan and a great attitude-- really I think that's half the battle right there!

My sister in law (DH's brother's wife) had her baby boy early this morning! She was due two days before me, and we have been hoping our babies would share a birthday so everyone's really hoping I go into labor soon! It's crazy though, she just popped into my head yesterday and I sent her a facebook message asking how she was doing and telling her how I keep thinking I'm going into labor only to be disappointed. She sent me a message back and said how they have been in the same boat and she was going nuts, and then she called DH around 5 pm to ask for my cell number. Then we got a text this morning saying she had the baby at 3:20 am. DH is amazed that he could talk to her and hear her complain about how there's no sign of baby and then a few short hours there he is. I told him that's how babies work!

I was feeling really nauseous and my intestinal tract was gurgling last night when I was going to bed, I started to think I would wake up a few hours in later... no such luck. Going for another long walk today!

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Lousli!  Amazed that you have time to read!  I remember trying to one-handed type, and it was hard.  ;)  How are the other girls doing?  Are you feeling happy?  Or is the tired starting to get you down?

 

Thanks Milosmomma.  chug water and up your protein intake?  I would hate for you to have to have a c-section because of blood pressure.  Do you meditate or anything?

 

Hooray Forest mama - what a relief.  What a difference a day makes.

 

And, for today: "natural deodorant" is neither "natural" nor "deodorant".  Discuss!

 

I've been alternating between unscented regular deodorant and natural deodorant (I've tried 4 different kinds!) this pregnancy, and I finally ran out of the unscented regular.  I am one stinky mama!  I smell like armpit all the time!  And the natural stuff is so much more expensive than the grocery-store stuff. 

 

I realize not everyone is as stinky as me, and I don't like smelling like B.O. and pine, so I'm probably just going to go ahead and go back to regular.  Boo hoo.

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Thanks Marissamom, Sandrine, and Aliy. 

 

Sandrine, you are so lucky your girls are so excited and happy!  That's so sweet!

 

Marissamom, that totally sucks about your car.  We just had huge repairs done, and now the brakes (which were replaced down to the rotors - oops) are acting really wonky.  I hate to take them back in, especially since it's our only car and I will wind up waiting there with both kids, but I don't know what else to do.  Cars can be such a PITA.  I hope everything works out for you.  New car, maybe?

 

Aliy, if only we could know what birthday they would choose!

 

I totally agree there's a psychological component.  We moved at 38 w with DS, and I unpacked and cleaned like a crazy woman.  The night before my scheduled c-section for DS at 39w, I organized all of the paperwork and made a calendar of to-dos for DH, paid our bills, put my head down on the pillow for a *second* at 2 am, and my water broke.

 

 

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I am super stinky myself. But a good armpit scrub and the crystal totally wipe out my stink. I had zero faith in it, but tried anyway, and have not turned back. And my pits don't seem to build a "tolerance" to it like they do with deodorants, ykwim?

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Thanks Marissamom, Sandrine, and Aliy. 

 

Sandrine, you are so lucky your girls are so excited and happy!  That's so sweet!

 

Marissamom, that totally sucks about your car.  We just had huge repairs done, and now the brakes (which were replaced down to the rotors - oops) are acting really wonky.  I hate to take them back in, especially since it's our only car and I will wind up waiting there with both kids, but I don't know what else to do.  Cars can be such a PITA.  I hope everything works out for you.  New car, maybe?

 

Aliy, if only we could know what birthday they would choose!

 

I totally agree there's a psychological component.  We moved at 38 w with DS, and I unpacked and cleaned like a crazy woman.  The night before my scheduled c-section for DS at 39w, I organized all of the paperwork and made a calendar of to-dos for DH, paid our bills, put my head down on the pillow for a *second* at 2 am, and my water broke.

 

 



 


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Hey Lousli!  Yeah, my husband and I remember the engorgement days with amusement as "Barbie boobs", but it did hurt like he!! and it sure didn't help nursing.  One of the very few things I do remember from the weeks after DD was born. dizzy.gif

 

I keep meaning to post, but my brain is so fragmented lately.  All this random pre-labor stuff is starting to feel like the new normal, like nothing will ever change.  Every day when it gets dark, I get cranky and I get more contractions and my brain totally goes out the window--and of course DH doesn't get home 'til it's been dark for a while.  So he gets a pretty raw deal.  We had noodles and chocolate-cherry shakes for dinner last night--he's the master smoothie maker, but I had to help him boil the noodles...lol.

 

Every time I get a good BH contraction, I desperately hope that it'll be the first of many.  I've re-read all my baby care books and Siblings Without Rivalry and Spiritual Midwifery and everything's been washed and ready for weeks, and dammit, the world is supposed to have stopped and started over again and I'm tired of waiting for it.

 

As for natural deodorant, I don't actually sweat much, I admit, but I have had very good odor control with just a plain "deodorant crystal" for years now.  And on the creepy chiro thing, I've been to a total of three male chiros, all of whom were pleasant and professional, but I admit that something about hormonal pregnancy brain made me very happy to find a convenient female chiro and I do like that better.

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it's reasonable that I stayed up until 3am last night, right?


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I'm just checking in to see how all of you are doing.  I'm pretty much scheduling my life around Bea's eating, sleeping, and pooping, and the past two days I had some serious breast engorgement and pain as my milk came in, but today it seems to be quite a bit better. 

 

I'm reading how you all are but I don't have time to respond right now.



Good to see you pop in Lousli- hope the breast issues are done and you can just enjoy that sweet babe.

 



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Thank you! I'm so much less stressed today.

 



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There is something crazy going on with my car. they found another coolant leak behind the transmission, when they pulled the transmission out to look at the leak, they found tubes that weren't connected to anything and that had crystalized coolant in them. the wire fix has turned into a $2000 problem, and the car's probably only worth about $2500



It always seems like things like this happen when we have big life changes. :(

 



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DD1's pink eye came back with a vengeance this morning so it's finally time to get her in to the doctor. And she's missing a 3rd day of school because of it. It's been nice for me having her home, but she really needs to get back to school!



My DD had a recurring case of this last year. We did get drops and they helped some if we started them right away when we noticed a flare up. Hope your DD kicks is soon!

 



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Virginia, how do you quote everyone's posts?  I try to use the multiquote thing, and it NEVER works.

 

 

I had an awful OB appointment today that made me feel really sad.  We had an argument about the VBA2C.  I really like her, but she is really not supportive to the VBAC.  She's insisting that I'm "very high risk" and that I will need to come in - not stay home to labor - right away for constant monitoring.  No telemetry and no intermittent monitoring.  And, if they can't keep the baby on the external monitors, internal monitors with an epidural.  I told her she is setting me up for failure, and she insists that having a healthy baby is not a failure. 

 

 

 

 


 


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So sorry about the unsupportive doc. I really hope it all turns out well for you. Hugs.
 

 



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Forest Mama, that's great! Though now you'll be playing the anxious waiting game with most of the rest of us! I was so looking forward to getting to term so I could stop worrying about being early, but now I'm going nuts! Hopefully you aren't as impatient as I am, haha.

My sister in law (DH's brother's wife) had her baby boy early this morning! She was due two days before me,.

 

Well I was right there with you all for about a week until I got the no insurance news. So now I can get back to the obsessing! The funny thing is that I had zero signs for those five days until yesterday afternoon when I started some pretty serious BH that didn't want to go away with bath, eating or laying down. I slept horribly last night and today I'm getting some small BH with a bit of cramps. It's funny how there was nothing when I knew I had no insurance (for 5 days) but plenty of signs before and after!

 

Yay on the baby- that makes it feel so much more like your baby will be here very soon!

 

 

I'm 39w 1d today- anyone else?


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Katroshka-Yes, I feel like I am starting to go nuts too.  I really wanted to baby to be born in March, so now that's it's March I'm already impatient.  What a mind game.  And I'm only 38 weeks 3 days, I really don't expect to go until at least next week.

 

Lyss-I use baking soda for my pits.  I sprinkle a little in palm, then get my fingers wet and just rub it in.  A lot of times I forget though.  And then I'm a little funky.

 

Still feeling overly emotional.  It really does feel like this stage is never going to end.  

 

 

 

 

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good for you Forest Mama, I know that must be a load off your shoulders!

 

Lyss- you are totally right in your thinking. Trust yourself and your instincts, and stay home as long as you can! BTW, if they give you crap about not getting a good tracing and want to do an internal monitor, you can literally have your dh hold the EFM wherever it needs to be to get the tracing. And there is no reason on earth why you have to get an epidural to get IFM anyway. Remember you have the right to refuse anything, no once can force treatment or intervention on you, and you'll be sitting pretty. Did you ever find a doula you liked? I would take someone on in your situation last minute, even though I typically do not.

 

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Bea?!? that was the nickname i was going to give my baby if it had been a girl :D Except probably Bee. How cool :D

 

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Was your girl name Beatrice? Our little one is Beatrix, so she's got the Bea/Bee nickname going already. I have a few bee themed baby items too, but I tried not to go crazy. I've been calling her "honeybee" as well. Also, when we first saw my oldest on ultrasound we called her "peanut" and she's been that ever since (even though she is 9 now and almost as big as I am.) My middle daughter's name is Hazel, so we call her Hazelnut. This time, we decided the baby will have to be called betelnut. So sometimes she gets called that as well.
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No, I had made up a name that started with Bee :) Cute family of nuts you got going there heartbeat.gif

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Bea?!? that was the nickname i was going to give my baby if it had been a girl :D Except probably Bee. How cool :D

 

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Was your girl name Beatrice? Our little one is Beatrix, so she's got the Bea/Bee nickname going already. I have a few bee themed baby items too, but I tried not to go crazy. I've been calling her "honeybee" as well. Also, when we first saw my oldest on ultrasound we called her "peanut" and she's been that ever since (even though she is 9 now and almost as big as I am.) My middle daughter's name is Hazel, so we call her Hazelnut. This time, we decided the baby will have to be called betelnut. So sometimes she gets called that as well.


 


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Awww, I love nicknames! My oldest is Juniper and my dad started calling her Junebug when she was little, I think it's really cute. My younger daughter's name is Nefret and we call her Nene, that was what Juniper called her when they were babies. Can't wait to see what kind of nickname Freja gets!


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