HOLY COW~ We're in March!
I have a pretty busy week. Tomorrow I am touring a new hospital's labor/delivery area and meeting with the specialist for my Hereditary Angioedema. We're just making sire everything that can be known is known. Then Wednesday is work and baby class. Thursday is work and a huge basement clean out. Friday is work and then an unplanned evening.
This weekend we're taking our ED to some of the local tourist sites and crossing a few item off of our "We have to take you here" list.
Hope you all have great weeks!
31 weeks tomorrow...I always find when I hit 30 weeks things start speeding by and it seems to be happening again this time. Today I had another midwife appointment and booked the next one for March 15. Holy moly - around a month after that and my parents will be arriving to spend a month (likely not with us, they are renting short-term)!! One more 2-weeks-apart appointment around end of March, and then I'll go to weekly appointments. So time is going to FLY from here on in (well, until the last week that the baby is in utero, I expect :P). Yay!!
Babe is still head down and seems to be in a great position. I grew 4 cm in 2.5 weeks (well, almost 3 weeks, really) which maybe explains my mother in law's bug-eyed first look at me when she came to visit yesterday. LOL!
married to Mike Mama to my furry babies just gave birth to our first DS.
so i might be a BIT biased but i am fairly sure this is the cutest thing i have ever seen!! if you can't tell what it is, it's my cute little baby's open mouth and her nose and chin...omg. so cute. i just about melted right then and there.
and this one is kind of looking down her forehead, you should be able to make out her eyes, nose, and lips :)
and HOORAY she is head down (please oh please stay in that position, baby!) and is most definitely a girl, and is 2.9 lbs, and has 2 inch long feet! i am just about 28 weeks so that's pretty interesting i thought, especially for those of you who aren't having ultrasounds and want to know the size of your baby's around now!! she was super active and stuck her tongue out at us quite a bit too :P
Last I knew 37 weeks was considered full term, and 40 weeks 'due' has that changed??
Rae 27 DH Phillip 32 married 11-22-03
DS1 Nathaniel b. 11-21-04, DS2 Ian b. 9-8-06, DS3 Samuel b. 10-1-08, DS4 Peter b. 5-24-11
Super cute pics, ryleeee. And I echo the wtf - I'm 31w 2d It's inevitable that some of us will start having babies next month - wowzers!
Congrats on Australia, Elonwy!
SallyNicole- good look with the tour of the L&D at the hospital
bluepetals- that's great that you grew so much. I am nervous about my appt on Monday. With my prior 2 pregnancies I have always slowed a bit at the end and measure about 2 cms behind. This is a different practice and me being 40, I don't want them to start pushing the scare tactics of restricted growth.
elonwy- Congrats on Australia! I am so jealous. I've always wanted to go to New Zealand and Australia backpacking. Some day I will.
rylee- love the pics of your little one.
AFM- it was a busy weekend of trying to get the house and kids back in their groove after our trip to CA. DD2 was sick and I brought her to the pedi just to rule out strep as she had a fever for 4 days with very little other symptoms- except a neck ache and stomach ache. The rapid test came back negative but I received a call today that the culture sent to the lab was positive so now she's on abx. My hips are feeling a lot better after a very intense chiro adjustment yesterday. Other than that I am just feeling like I need to get going on preparing for the new baby. The baby will stay in our room for quite some time and the gender will probably determine the future room arrangement. I really need to get the newborn clothes, mini co-sleeper and cloth diapers out of the attic. I need to buy some more newborn dipes and will slowly upgrade the rest of my stash depending on our budget and me going back to work- I am more than okay with prefolds and a snappi but I've used pocket dipes with DH and our sitters. I found a car seat I like and have to go through with buying it. I feel kind of stuck in mud, I think I am just not ready for the baby to be here in two months time.
I've always read that 37 was full term (except twins, 36 is considered full term for them, I think)...i.e. midwifery standards here (Nova Scotia) state that home birth is counterindicated prior to 37 weeks, I imagine that's consistent across the country (where midwifery is regulated, anyway).
Elonwy - wow how exciting!!!
Rylee cute pics
karen I know how you feel about stuck in the mud...
I'm working from home for real for the first time today - we rearranged the "office" and it's much better now, the baby's room is ready to go. There are still lots of things on the registry that I think we need (especially the breast pump) but we kind of had the realization that if he came now, we'd just have to stop at the store and get some wipes and we could make do.
I'm still wanting to get a used arms reach co-sleeper for next to my bed though. That's kind of top of the list.
I had a busy Monday now DH is out of town and I've been in my pjs for like 30 hours now... I took a nap yesterday from 4-6 then slept from 11-8 with some pee breaks. Wow. It feels freaking great. I don't feel bad catching up on sleep like this - I know I'll need it. Tomorrow is my b-day - big 32. I asked DH to surprise me in some way this weekend and he says he has something planned. Yeah! Tomorrow I have to work but Friday I'm off from work and teaching yoga and am going to get a massage and a pedicure.
oh right, 37 weeks...duh! i just read my homebirth manual too ... sheesh! :P only 84 more days until the due date according to haye's chart.
still..that's only 9 weeks away. yikes. i'm starting to think about gathering the materials we need for our homebirth. i'm very thankful that the midwives take care of mostly everything!!
in other exciting news, i am very grateful to all my friends and family and to the wonderful world of freecycle...the only thing that we have bought so far for the baby is a sleep sack and her "first outfit" ...actually, it isn't going to be her first outfit, but it's the only outfit we are buying new! i'll post a photo of her first outfit later, my friend gave me some hand me downs and omg they are fabulous. she gave me 4 garbage bags full (holy crow) and i sifted through them and kept 2 bags of favourites! oh, i guess i bought a maya ring sling but it was 5.99 at value village brand new :P
we also got a bumbo free on freecycle, a friend is sending us an infant insert for the ergo, my nana and poppa bought our 200$ carseat *yikes*, we have been given enough clothes to last this kid for a year (and all in the right seasons!), my sister and her husband gave us a crib mattress brand new and their crib which converts into a daybed -aka, a side-carred crib ;) - my sister in law sent us 12 bum genius and 6 fuzzi bunz, and a friend is giving us a bassinet for the living room and another friend gave us an exersaucer and a vibrating chair..i mean really, we are very lucky. VERY LUCKY. we're soooo broke right now, derek is only getting about 13 hours of work a week and we are both students so we are struggling to make ends meet every month. it's nice when people feel called to give and it matches our needs perfectly...so much of our list is gone...actually pretty much all the MUST HAVES we have. i'd like a diaper sprayer but that will come i'm sure before the baby is here. i'm also buying 8 fuzzi bunz off my friend for $40 so i think we'll pretty much have all the diapers we need...what do you guys think? for now anyways? we have tons of liners...the fuzzi bunz are all small and the bum genius should last a few months...hopefully we get a good tax return and i can purchase some charlie banana diapers in medium and large.
anyways, not trying to brag or anything so sorry if it came across like that, i just feel very blessed today :)
also: i just got this recipe from MDC in my pregnancy newsletter and these look so yummy!!! http://www.mothering.com/recipes/raw-seed-wafers
is anyone else sad that mothering isn't going to publish digitally or in print anymore and just have the website? :(
ryleeee, that is awesome that you are so well set up! Yay for helpful friends and family :) I think 26 dipes sounds like a good stash, you want to be washing them every other day, anyway, so they stay in good shape...you might even be able to stretch 26 to 3 days if you need to. We have never cloth diapered a newborn but when we started with DS1 at 4 months old, we just had 12 fuzzi bunz and we did fine :)
I want to pick up a couple of little sleepers and an outfit or something so baby has a couple of things that are his/hers alone, and I want to get one of those snot suckers I am seeing great reviews of (such an exciting purchase, LOL!) but other than that we have no plans to buy anything. We still have lots of equipment from previous kids lying around. Our bumbo is currently loaned out to someone in another province, I am sort of assuming that my SIL is going to get it back for us (and to us!) before we will be wanting it. Maybe I should sort of casually ask about it...put that on my list. :P We discovered last week that there are still a few months of life in our infant bucket, so that settles our car seat plan. We will use the bucket for a few months and then get a booster for my oldest when he turns 6, and put the baby in his Radian. Perfection!! :)
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Samstress- we'll be moving in December, so plenty of time to adjust to the wee one and get ready. The timing is perfect really.
We met with the doula and her backup last night and it went really well. It's pricey (10% of our income), but I think it's really worth it. I have great rapport with the main doula and her backup seems nice, I just need to get to know her better. We'll meet once a month until the baby comes, which is two more times!!! CRAZY!
married to Mike Mama to my furry babies just gave birth to our first DS.
wow...i think it just hit me how close we are. and i am at the end of may...i can't believe some of you will be having babies in like 6 or 8 weeks. sheesh! how exciting!!! we are officially 2 months away from our month. when did this happen?!
oh, good. so plenty of time to get used to life with baby and then prepare for your move. you must be so thrilled. what an amazing opportunity.
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ugh, samstress, that hour in evaluation or whatever without DH there sounds tough. At the hospital here, you are allowed one support person (the little evaluation rooms are quite small), so DH came with me, but not till after he filled out paperwork or parked the car or something. So I was alone for a while, and the nurse kept leaving me there in the room by myself while she did fluid slides and the like - my doula (who was sitting out in the waiting area watching the nurse wander in and out of my room, and listening to me labouring) was steaming over that! It was tough after being so well supported through early labour, but we forged ahead anyway, thankfully, and got moved out of evaluation fairly fast.
If you are able to labour at home long enough, you won't be in there an hour, I bet. These things have a habit of being sped up big time (or, even better, skipped!) when it's obvious that you're in full-on labour ;) Hopefully the timing will work out for you. The other option is to be needy so that the nurse either has to stop what she's doing for every contraction, or break the rules and let your DH come in so she can accomplish whatever it is she has on her checklist.
elonwy- congrats on your upcoming move!! how exciting :)
annaconda - happy birthday!cc
ryleee- that is awesome that you have so many helpful friends and family. and awesome luck with freecycle and thrift stores!
samstress - that hour of evaluations sounds horrible! i agree with bluepetals... stay home as long as possible and they'll get you through there quickly!
it's exciting to hear how close we are getting but it still feels soooo far away for me. being due at the end of the month, i'm still thinking 3 months till this baby arrives. i'm really hoping she's a may baby and not a june one but i'm not expecting her to come early. at least it will be fun to start reading everyone's birth stories! that will make the last few weeks more bearable :)
i feel like we've done nothing to get ready for this baby. however, i think we'd be fine if she arrived tomorrow (aside from the fact she'd be horribly premature!). the biggest thing we need to sort out before she comes is our sleeping arrangement. dd is still sleeping in the side-carred crib on my side of the bed. obviously, we will need to move her before the baby comes so the co-sleeper and the baby will be next to me. so we need to either get her sleeping in her room (we finally got a bed in there for her 3 weeks ago) or get her used to sleeping next to dh. i don't think either will be a simple move for her :(
happily married mama to DD1 4/08, 12/31/09, and DD2 5/11
this is what we're hoping.
i still don't understand, however, why dh isn't allowed in there with me. he was last time (different hospital).
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I'm baaaack! Wow, it's been like a month since I logged on. What has happened... we've moved, I passed my GTT, my baby boy turned 2, and we're getting settled into the new place. We didn't get a house, but we moved into a second floor apartment in a super nice complex. We've made friends with a crunchy couple :joy. Their first is 4-5 weeks old, so I've enjoyed some newborn lovies, and I am so excited for May to get here! Although, I'm kind of freaking out now. Nesting urges have officially begun, and I am barely moved in! I did find my cradle/swing for $45 at consignment! We've still got to buy a car seat, dresser, I've got to make some mama cloth pads, buy some newborn dipes, organize the baby clothes, and maintain sanity as I plan DS's birthday party, continue unpacking and the status quo as far as laundry, hosework, etc.
I lost my password to MDC, but I'm back now! Glad to see you ladies again!!
Me: DH: DD: DS1: DS2:
hello! this has nothing to do with any of us being pregnant but can you help me win a year of marble slab ice cream??? (it's like cold stone creamery but tastier!)
and ... help haye win gymnastics and swimming lessons? among other great things?
you just have to vote for him here, and you don't have to register! http://www.thesun.net/CutestKid/View.aspx?ID=198970
if he gets enough votes and the judges choose him as a finalist, then everyone votes again and then the winner is chosen.
i usually hate contests about cutest kids because well...everyone has the cutest kid, right? how is it fair? but ... ice cream... the baby has spoken and we need it...
Very cute, ryleeee :) Love the pics. And I'm so annoyed that not only can I not drink while pregnant, but with this glucose intolerance thing, can't eat ice cream either. Unfair!
Had my last trip for work this week - thank goodness. Bought some dipes and other supplies this week, making my way through my list of needed things. Next up: car seat.