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Old 03-03-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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Happy birthday, MarissaMom! Here's hoping the rest of your day is better!


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thanks for the happy birthdays!. 

 

my dad took me and DD out to lunch, and in a few minutes DF is taking me out to buy me an iPod Touch. and I don't know what we're doing tonight yet, but we'll be doing something. 


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and because everything was going well, my washer just broke


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still no baby.

 

last night i though baby was coming... i'll be back later to update


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Marissa~ sorry to hear about your washer. Over all it sounds like a pretty good day with your dad, dd and bf.

 

Aily~~ Come on baby!!! We all want to see you but your mom does more than us. :)


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Happy birthday Marissa! I thought you said your water broke. Freudian reading on my part?

 

Had an appt with the MW today. Harper has definitely dropped. Last week (37 weeks) I measured 36 cm. This week it was 33 cm. My amnio fluid might be low, too. So it's lots and lots of water for me this week. We also talked about my GBS+ status and what that entails in labor. They didn't have the birth tub that we rented available, as some other moms haven't returned them yet. Had to take one with no heater. I was SO excited to be 'able' to go into labor starting today, but now I feel like I have to wait a week until we get the good tub. Cripes! 

 

 


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I went to my doc yesterday, all is well. I also had a n ultrasound just to be sure baby is head down and it is! We couldn't see what it is again, so it will be a surprise which is fine with us.  I am paranoid I'll get a call from the doc after the ultrasound, because I did after the 18 week one because baby had a choroid plexus cyst.  I am very low risk for trisomy 18, and the only marker was the cyst, so it is probably nothing, but I was hoping baby would open his/her hands or something so I could be sure now! But baby's hands looked like little balls, lol, I know dd always had her hands clenched after she was born, but it would have been reassuring to see open hands. Oh well, I'm sure all is well, baby's face is soo cute as far as I can see, the tech said everything looked good, baby looks like 6pounds 2 ounces, I'm 36 weeks, so that is good.   Good luck everyone we made it to our birth month!


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okay so that that I have a moment.

 

things picked up and were looking postive from what i thought last night. called the midwife on call to let her know that things were looking like they might be happening. Wow i so didn't get the response i thought I would.. she told to to go have a bath, take some tylenol gravol and go to bed....

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well had a bath and went to bed they kinda continued through the night.. but i kinda think my feeling toward her attitude was very much a I don't want to have you attend my birth. but something did happen last night as I'm have a much softer cervix and a bit more dilated then i was yesterday. I have been losing mucos like crazy today. Pretty sure my pulg is gone but at 3-4 cm i would be a bit surprised if it was still hanging around....

 

my grandma is in town now, so my extra help with the boys is here. baby can come anytime and I hope it will be soon. but i'm off to bed casue i'm pretty tired today after last night. getting really tired of this predomnal labour stuff. i think this baby may just fall out when it is time

 


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Marissa~ sorry to hear about your washer. Over all it sounds like a pretty good day with your dad, dd and bf.

 


well, kind of. ended up spending about 4 hours (total, not all at once) crying though. 

 



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Happy birthday Marissa! I thought you said your water broke. Freudian reading on my part?

 

 



I wish. I so don't want to have to be pregnant anymore. having a baby sounds so much better than having to go buy a new washer ASAP because I don't think I could handle being more than a couple of days without a washer at this point. 



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I went to my doc yesterday, all is well. I also had a n ultrasound just to be sure baby is head down and it is! We couldn't see what it is again, so it will be a surprise which is fine with us.  I am paranoid I'll get a call from the doc after the ultrasound, because I did after the 18 week one because baby had a choroid plexus cyst.  I am very low risk for trisomy 18, and the only marker was the cyst, so it is probably nothing, but I was hoping baby would open his/her hands or something so I could be sure now! But baby's hands looked like little balls, lol, I know dd always had her hands clenched after she was born, but it would have been reassuring to see open hands. Oh well, I'm sure all is well, baby's face is soo cute as far as I can see, the tech said everything looked good, baby looks like 6pounds 2 ounces, I'm 36 weeks, so that is good.   Good luck everyone we made it to our birth month!



hurray for head down!

 

 

I so don't want to be pregnant anymore. I've pretty much hated being pregnant the whole pregnancy, and I just want to have my baby in my arms. that's probably why I've been in such a hormonal bad mood most of the day. after having all the drama with the car, having the washer break was not what I wanted to happen. it being an older washer that we got really cheap in the first place, we decided it would be a lot easier, and probably less expensive, to just replace it. so my new washer is getting delivered tomorrow. then after dinner (which we had a fight about where we were going to dinner), I came home really wanting to get my new iPod Touch set up and play around with it, but my computer is having some issue where it won't install iTunes. found out that the issue is with the Windows installer, but to call tech support to find out how to fix it would cost $60. so, two hours of researching the issue, and we're no closer to it being fixed. so we gave up for the night and went to bed, at which point we got into a big fight because I was "being inconsiderate" by having most of the blanket (because I had it in between my knees so that my hips weren't killing me). we've been fighting a lot lately. having a hard time seeing eachother's perspectives because we barely ever seem to just talk to eachother without snapping. our relationship is feeling really strained lately, and I'm feeling like it's just about the worst time possible for us to be going through a rough patch. 


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Squrrl- dd2 did that tickling. She was born with a nuchal hand (up by her face). It was not a problem. I didn't really tear (just "skidmarks")


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and because everything was going well, my washer just broke



So sorry!  My dishwasher broke right before DD1 was born.

 

 

 

I finally got a good night's rest last night.  Yipee!

 

 

I'm 38+2 today.  I plan on hot having any cervical checks until I go into labor.  Anyone else doing this?  If you're not waiting, could you tell me why?  Just wondering if I should rethink this or not.

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Oh, Marissa, I'm sorry!  Telling a 9 months pregnant woman that she's "being inconsiderate"--in bed, no less--sounds like a good way to get whacked!  Go get yourself a blanket, bub!  My DH isn't much USE as soon as his head hits the pillow, but at least he's generally pretty amiable.  If I didn't have him to be my rock...Well, suffice to say that I'm really sorry you're dealing with this.  The worst I can complain of my husband is that he's dealing really poorly with my DD's increased neediness and free-floating stress--and in fairness, I think all of us with older children can agree that they really can be awful little twits when they're stressed out.  Oh...haha...and also, happy birthday.  I even threw a party on DH's birthday, and didn't remember to actually wish him a happy birthday until a friend told me to pass on birthday wishes on computer chat!  Nerrrrr.

 

Aliy--WTH?  You're totally in range to have this baby no problem, so there doesn't seem to be much reason/excuse for the midwife's reaction.  Sounds more like a "I just wanna go to sleep, don't bother me now!" reaction, maybe?  Which, however understandable it may be, isn't really appropriate from a midwife, seems to me.  I surely understand the "do not want you at my birth" thing...I'm not much of a princess about who's present at my birth, but I am a little cranky at the idea of being attended by one of my midwife's office workers who apparently now has aspirations.  The other day she took my blood pressure, and looked at me and said "Oh, honey [gag], I hate to say it, but you don't look like you've dropped--I don't think you're going soon!"  Yeah...head's been buried in my pelvis for nearly a month, so low that the midwife sometimes has trouble finding it.  But hey, you're the expert. :-P

 

I am weepy weepy weepy today and I HATE IT.  I am so not a hormonal, weepy type.  I had a long, restless, painful night filled with long, strange, tiring dreams, and eventually woke everyone up with my tossing and turning so that we all got up several hours early.  And my SPD is KILLING me, and I guess it's deteriorated further, because now my magical homeopathic cream and chiropractic together--each of which was a miracle when I started them months ago--aren't cutting it.  So now DD and I will both desperately need naps, and on a day when somehow we have about a million people coming and going!  All good, and I'll be glad to see them all--MIL to help with DD, dear friend bringing by a waterproof blanket I commissioned from her and visit for a bit, my mother coming in the late evening to help over the weekend...the one I'll be most grateful for, though, even though it's because of otherwise bad circumstances, is if my husband comes home a bunch early.  It'll mean that he didn't successfully scrounge up any work/charge numbers to get him through the day, and the fact that he even has to try so hard bodes very ill for the company and his job, but right now it's hard to get too upset over anything that brings him back home.

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Ugh. Woke up at 5 am with strong contractions, got up, ate some breakfast, timed a few contractions (3 min apart, 1 min long), read some news for an hour, contractions stopped.

 

Now I'm tired and  have to figure out how to get to my appt today... DH has a meeting at 9 so can't go in to work late. I could get dropped off two hours early and hang out at a cafe but I'm so tired... or I can take an hour long bus ride and pay $5 for it. I can get a ride home, at least. I am getting my membranes swept today so hopefully today is the day, but I'm exhausted and just want to go back to sleep!

 

I hear such mixed things about getting membranes swept that I am trying not to get my hopes up, though my best friend went into labor immediately after so that makes me feel a little hopeful. She is convinced I will go into labor, but I'm just trying to keep an attitude that I'm never going to go into labor so I stop being disappointed! It's not working.


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Mom's Love, my midwife doesn't even offer checks until labor or, possibly, post-dates.  Her take is that they really don't mean jack, since you can perfectly well go around 4 cm dilated for weeks, so why get yourself worked up thinking something's going to happen soon when only time can tell?  It's hard not to be curious, and I can see wanting to feel that you've made progress with all this prodromal bs, but I definitely see her point.  Come to think, even when she DID take a look before labor last time--to check on my amniotic leak--I think she specifically didn't say if I was dilated/effaced.

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Oh, and thanks for all the comments on the hand issue...I guess it'll just be what it'll be, eh?  Frankly, I needed seven stitches last time, and all the other sensations going on were so intense that I didn't even FEEL the tear until the next day when I had to sit on it.  Heh.  Felt it then!

 

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Wow, lots going on.  Marissamom, happy birthday yesterday!  I'm sorry you had such an awful day.  It sounds horribly crappy.  Hope today is better, and tell him to get his own blanket.

 

Aliy, when is your next MW appointment?

 

Adrienne, I hope you get your tub quick.  It's exciting that you dropped!  And that's a bummer about GBS+!

 

Yo quiero a mi bebe, it sounds like you had a great ultrasound.  I'm sorry you're so stressed. 

 

Katroshka, WTH?  Come out, baby!  I can't believe you still haven't had the baby!  Logistics are hard for us, too, right now with just one car and me being so slow and uncomfortable and DH needing to be everywhere, and I hate riding the bus with more than one kid.  Hope the sweep gets you going!

 

Squrrl, I'm so irritable.  I'd almost rather be weepy.  I'm like some kind of pregnantozilla, I just keep yelling at everyone.  It's stressful that DH's job is kind of up in the air, but I know how you feel.  When DH comes home early or stays to help in the morning, I know we'll pay for it later, but I'm grateful.

 

A Mom's Love, I'm 38+2 today too, and I'm going to hold off as long as I can stand it. 

 

I'm sad today and starting to swell up.  It's great that I have not swelled until now - with my other two I had a desk job and I swelled up pretty early.  DD had a rough day at school Wednesday and I pulled her out yesterday and let her play at DS's co-op preschool and we got pedicures, which was really fun and something I certainly haven't done for years.  She'd never had one before.  She was up all night sick, so she's going to be home again today.  I really, really need that 2.5 hours when neither kid is here to get stuff done.  Our apartment is a mess, and dealing with both of them screaming and running around and fighting and mess-making all day makes me want to cry.  I just want to sleep.  My body feels pretty awful.  I've spent a good amount of this week on my feet and it doesn't really feel good anymore.  It would be awesome if I could have this baby before Wednesday, my next Co-op work day.  Not to mention that I don't want to catch DD's horrible cough and congestion, and I don't want to have the baby when she's too sick to come to the hospital.

 

Question:  When the baby drops, is it her head that drops or her body that compacts?  I think her head engages, right?  This baby seems to have folded over or something, so her body and legs are lower, but I can't feel her head any lower.

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So excited about these almost-baked babies! Can't wait to see 'em.

 

No news here- she feels lower but that's about it. I'll be 38w on Monday so I'm expecting to remain round a while longer orngbiggrin.gif

 

Lyss- Both! Head drops into pelvis and often baby will settle in a folded position. Like lotus-legs folded up as opposed to curled fetal position. Is that what it feels like she's up to? I feel knees more often at this point than bebe feets.


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Marissa- sorry about the crappy day. Hug.

On my phone so can't see- whoever wrote about being checked. My midwives don't check for the exact same reason someone else mentioned: you can be 3-4 cm for a long time so it doesn't mean much.

Still having on and off prodromal stuff here. Measured 39.5 last week and 35 yesterday. Baby is indeed way low like I've been thinking. Forced myself to go have breakfast with the preschool moms and I'm glad I did. It was good to chat birth, babies and other things with IRL moms. Now I'm at my babywearing meeting ( I'm a leader) waiting for people to show. Will be nice when I have s real baby to wear when I come back in a few months instead of demo-ing with a doll and a large belly!

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37w6d here- At my appt on Tuesday I was 3 cm- she said she won't check again- just likes to see at this point where things are, but like someone else said that it doesn't mean much.  I lost some/all? of my mucus plug- didn't experience this with dd, so don't know how much is all of it, or what to expect there.  My midwife also said that she expects to see me at my next appointment (meaning I won't be calling her before then), but that she doesn't think I am going to go into April, but of course she could be proven wrong- so helpful- LOL.

 

Finally got my washer/dryer back in (so I can totally relate to not having one Marissa, I'm sorry, not a cool thing but especially on your birthday!), our carpet comes Monday/Tuesday, my dad comes tonight!  So LOTS of preparations can start- did a bunch of laundry last night- was finally able to wash some things for the baby- hope to pack a bag tonight.  I'm having the same hard time concentrating on the hard things at work- easy tasks to wrap things up, no problem, but I have one project that is just kicking my butt on completing :(  I know there will always be something left hanging, but this one has just been a nightmare from the start.

 

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feeling a little better today, but still really weepy, plus I only slept for about 2.5 hours. at least DF stayed home from school so he can deal with DD. it's a really nice day out, so maybe we'll go for a walk. 


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Mom's Love, my midwife doesn't even offer checks until labor or, possibly, post-dates.  Her take is that they really don't mean jack, since you can perfectly well go around 4 cm dilated for weeks, so why get yourself worked up thinking something's going to happen soon when only time can tell?  It's hard not to be curious, and I can see wanting to feel that you've made progress with all this prodromal bs, but I definitely see her point.  Come to think, even when she DID take a look before labor last time--to check on my amniotic leak--I think she specifically didn't say if I was dilated/effaced.

Thanks for your input!  I think I'll hold off until I'm in active labor. 
 

 



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A Mom's Love, I'm 38+2 today too, and I'm going to hold off as long as I can stand it. 

 

Question:  When the baby drops, is it her head that drops or her body that compacts?  I think her head engages, right?  This baby seems to have folded over or something, so her body and legs are lower, but I can't feel her head any lower.


 

Thanks for the response, Lyss.  It's getting close for us! = ) 

 

I believe when the baby "drops" it's because of the head settling lower into the birth canal. 

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Well, nothing yet after my sweep. I've been having contractions all day but no particular pattern that I've noticed, and most are not particularly strong, especially compared to early this morning.

 

Took a long walk after my midwife appt, it's a gorgeous day here and I was happy to get my special-needs dog out again. She does a lot better when she gets out, but I don't usually have time to take her, she can't go to the dog park with my other dogs because she is crazy, so she gets left home a lot, poor thing. But me being off of school has been great for her. Now she's passed out on the couch, which is just the way I like her!

 

Oh, I'm now 3.5 cm and 80% effaced. I know it doesn't mean much as far as when labor will actually begin, but I feel like it is comforting to know that all these annoying contractions are actually doing something!

 

I thought it was really strange, last week I had quite a bit of bleeding after my cervical check, this week after my sweep I had almost none, I was expecting more.

 

I had to see a midwife I really don't like this time, she just rubs me the wrong way, and she did today too. I hadn't seen her in months, thankfully. She's kind of authoritative, and I feel like she talks down to me, which is especially annoying since this is my third pregnancy. Today she asked me what I plan on using for birth control, I told her that we will just use condoms until we TTC later this year, then after I feel secure with the pregnancy DH will get a vasectomy. She was like, "Well, I recommend you space it out more--" in this bossy, I know better than you tone. I just cut her off and said that I am shooting for an 18 month gap, that my first two are 15 months apart and I really liked that spacing and that I need to get back to school so that's how it was going to be or it wasn't going to happen at all. She just nodded, but with pursed lips and a disapproving face. Yuck, I just don't like her at all.

 

And she bent down to my belly and told the baby that she should be born on Sunday night because that's when she is working... I was thinking, NO! I don't want you to be there!!! And it's not like I see her often or anything, so I thought it was kind of weird.

 

Anyway, she said if I make it to 41 weeks, which would be the 14th, I can get my water broken at the birth center. Anyone else been induced this way? I know it's not ideal, but as I've never had to even THINK about being induced in any way I haven't looked into it much. It would at least be better than Pitocin as I wouldn't be able to do that at the birth center, I'd have to go to L&D.  That's about all I know about it.

 

Talked to my SIL yesterday, she had nasty back labor, poor thing, and then the nurse filled the labor tub with too hot water. She said it felt good at first but then she got really sick and was vomiting and shaking and it was awful. So ladies, make sure you get body-temp water! Baby is doing well except that she had switched temporarily to regular, non-natural detergent because of her daughter's stinky potty training pants, and it made the baby totally break out in hives, so now they are rewashing everything they own, which I imagine is really irritating.

 

MarissaMom- at least you are getting a new washer! My old crappy washer died a few months ago and I LOVE my new washer. It's never fun to have an appliance die on you (especially on your birthday!!!), but I'm sure you will love the new washer. We got really lucky and with rebates and discounts we got a fancy schmancy front load, steam, million-cycle washer for like $350. Hopefully you can get a great deal, too! I always have the best luck at Lowe's.

 

Lyss- no kidding!!! I really am going nuts.

 

Squrrrl- I hear you on the dreams, I have really weird ones. I am always dreaming I am going into labor, too, which makes it annoying when I wake up and realize that I'm not.


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Ug. So my water "may" have broken today. I was sitting still and felt/heard a pop. I jumped up because I was sitting on the sofa. I felt no liquid but walked around a minute. I changed to new underware then checked them after 10 min or so. There was a little wetness that had a sweet/odd smell. I called the midwife and she said that it's not super common to have that small of an amount but it can happen especially if baby is low and pushing on cervix. Now I'm in the not knowing if it really broke phase which is frustrating. DD's water was broken for 2 days before she came, and I really don't want to go through that again. If it weren't for the sound I'd think it didn't happen at all.

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So many updates! I'll have to catch up later. We found out today they are totalling my DH's car after he was rear-ended (they had said they would fix it). SO now we are scrambling to find another car. We're running over to carmax just to look at different possibilities. Be back later. Come on babies!


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Forest~mama- I don't know if you remember when I thought maybe my water had broken a couple weeks ago, but I SWEAR I felt a pop, too! So weird. But no leaking since, so I'm sure it didn't actually break. Good luck- hopefully it either did break and you go into labor pronto, or it didn't and you can relax!

 

 


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I missed that Kat- glad to know it's not just me smile.gif. I'm just going along like it didn't happen for now. I wish I knew for sure because now I can't put anything inside now. Was dong some things to try and get things going but I guess that's on hold now!

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Freudian slip?  What were you donging?  ;)

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Haha- no I have my iPhone to thank for that. It has a mind of it's own!

My mom just sent me an upset email about how she was upset she had to find out yesterday was my last day at work from me and not FB. I'm due Monday, so I guess I just figured it was obvious that one of these days would be my last. I so don't need any drama right now. I already have to call my sister and tell her that we need to have her put off coming next weekend because baby isn't even born yet and I need time to heal and adjust to newborn. Should be fun- she's not going to be happy about changing plans. I just want peace and quiet-is that to much to ask?!

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Gah! Upset she found out from FB and not me. Is it bedtime?

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Happy Belated Birthday, Marissasmom! Sorry about the blues and troubles...

 

Alily- your mw probably meant to help you, not to blow you off. I often tell doula and CBE clients that if their labors start going close to bed time, try to get in a bath and have a glass of wine (or tylenol pm, benedryl, etc.) Labor is long and hard on it's own, and even harder if your early labor kept you up all night. It's good to get as much rest as you can before that challenge! She probably should have explained her thinking more clearly and let you know that if things really got going, she'd be ready to be with you. It's hard to be so pregnant, a little sensitivity goes a long way, right?

 

Forest Mama- maybe a hind leak?


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