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08-22-2004 02:01 AM
SamuraiEarthMama eeek! dodo, we cross posted... should i copy my last post to the new list, or just leave it?

08-22-2004 01:59 AM
SamuraiEarthMama sorry to be MIA when everyone is having such a rough time!

AP, caroline, glad you are both doing better. caroline, i've had two doula clients go in for gall bladder surgery within days of delivery... it SUCKS but both of them immediately got SOOO much better... hope the same is happening for you! and AP, here i am, two weeks PP, and my nips are SOOO sore... what's that cream you're talking about? tell us more please!

congrats jilly, madrone, everyone else! madrone, i'm dying to hear your story... hope everything (and you) are OK!

poor dodo, christeeny, all you other waiting mamas! it's sooo hard to wait and trust that your baby will come when it's ready. hugs to you! it WILL happen, honest!

we are doing OK except for the aforementioned sore nipples (owieeee! but it's just on the latch, then its just a dull throb for the feeding). i'm using lanolin, and avoiding cracks and bleeding, but the skin is rubbed raw and pink, and boy those latch moments are real toe-curlers!

my MIL has been here since tuesday, and it's been OK mostly. she's cooking a lot, and she sews so she's been fixing up a couple of funky curtains i have. she wrenched her back the first day she was here, so she can't hold the baby very long (and he's taken to yelling at her anyway, so they haven't had much quality time this week). still, she and dh have had some good time to visit, so the trip hasn't been a total loss i hope.

i've been holed up in my bedroom mostly, reading some fiction my daughter recommended ("His Dark Materials" trilogy by philip pullman... excellent!) and nursing, nursing, nursing my gassy little baby. i'm not eating dairy, wheat, corn or citrus (supposedly the most common problem foods for babies, according to the LLL web site) but today lincoln was just as gassy as ever. it's starting to get a little frustrating. if he's gonna be gassy anyway, i might as well eat what i want to! but i'll wait a few more days to see if it helps...

all he wants to do is nurse. he's sleeping pretty well through the night (we got an old crib and put it next to the bed as a "sidecar" for him)... he wakes up maybe 3 or 4 times between about midnight and 8 a.m., with one or two diaper changes. i guess that's ok for a newborn but i'm starting to feel the effects of sleep deprivation. got a good nap in with him this afternoon but dh woke me for dinner. i wish he'd just saved me some and let us sleep longer! oh well.

lincoln is having longer awake periods, looking around and just being adorable (when he's not fussing about his gassy belly). of course he's gorgeous and perfect and smart and amazing, just like all your babies are (or will be)!!!

oh, someone was talking about large babies? link was by far my largest (9 lb 10 oz) and also by far my easiest pushing! i think it has much more to do with baby's position, mom's support and attitude, rather than baby's size. maybe being in the water helped, too...

oops. baby calls. i haven't mastered NAK yet, so gotta go.

thinking of you guys lots!

08-22-2004 01:47 AM
Dodo How did we get to page 10? Bad Dodo.

Here's a new thread for the end of the month
08-22-2004 01:43 AM
Dodo Holy crap. The September mamas are already having their babies.
08-22-2004 01:39 AM
Dodo I should probably clarify that I'm only 39 weeks pregnant and that in real life I'm not remotely anxious to have the baby. It's my online life that I'm worried about! This thread is like a ghost town... Everyone is so busy with their babies.

Going to go see what those Sept. mamas are up to...
08-22-2004 01:26 AM
Originally Posted by Dodo
This thread will soon be about a bunch of people with babies and a pregnant dodo bird. Yikes.
OMG Dodo you are hysterical!! Are you teetering on the edge of insanity? Itchy tummy got ya down? I'm so sorry sweets, wish there was something we could do to make you more comfy. but, being cyberspace, all I can offer are cyberhugs.
08-22-2004 12:50 AM
Dodo AP, I'm happy to hear that you've got your head above water again. Doesn't sound as though it's been easy. At the very least, I'm pleased to hear that you got the birth you wanted.

Christine did not post yet today. Mage, I'm worried that she has crossed to the other side.

This thread will soon be about a bunch of people with babies and a pregnant dodo bird. Yikes.
08-21-2004 05:39 PM
becca011906 Well though i would let ya'll know that my contractions stoped last night about 9:00 and i got to sleep (well woke up about 5 times like usaual). Had a few here and there today but nothing that looks promising at all. I'm really hoping things will kick in tomorrow... it would be so convienant for my family members so of course it prolly won't!!!
Does anyone know if you can eat before you go into the hopsital for an induction??? dr's office didn't tell me anything about that when i was there friday... i go back monday for a non-stress test so i guess i will have my questions ready then!
08-21-2004 03:41 PM
magemom [QUOTE=apmamma
****if everyone can pm me their info:
baby g/b
date of birth
name of little one

I will try to update the list[/QUOTE]

I *SO* want to be able to participate in that!!!

Welcome back AP. We have been a little chatty.
08-21-2004 03:29 PM
ketilave My friends and I have a theory - you can't have all three:
Easy pg, Easy labour and Easy PP. One has to give. For me this was the hardest pg and the pp is easier compared to the last two.

Today I have been home alone with all three - did take them to meet DH for lunch and went to Target. Crapped out at Target - I kept asking Brannon if he had to go to the bathroom, he kept saying no until we go to the car, told him he would have to pee outside and he just peed standing right there. Didn't even bother to pull his pants down. ARGH. Got home and Maillie and Amelia had both fallen asleep. 2nd round of naps. I guess if I stay home this may be doable. Of course this is only one day!! For the next month or so DH has a lot of road trips and since my mom is stateside I am headed there everytime DH leaves!
08-21-2004 01:20 PM
Solange :
Hey's me back from the dead..
I am slowly but surely breaking free of the nipple pain and PPD.
I got Dr. Jack Newman's nipple cream from my OB and have been nursing virtually pain free ever since...has done major uplifting of my soul...I was getting reallly down and out you guys..not fun at can still see the cracks but nursing is much more welcomed now for dd and myself....

I will try to get a birth story posted sometime..but the short of it is I labored for 4 hours pushed for two and had a successful VBAC... I guess the nipple cracks are to keep me humble from having the birth I so desired this whole pg.

I had some major PP bleeding yesterday scared the crap out of me passed a golf ball size clot...MW said not to worry unless the bleeding increased in the next three hours thank goodness that stopped.

****if everyone can pm me their info:
baby g/b
date of birth
name of little one

I will try to update the list
08-21-2004 12:51 PM
magemom Still contracting. I am not sure how often, but I am having to really concentrate through them. Several woke me up in the night and I had to humm through them. Twice I had a 'snuggly' in bed with me who was very concerned. I have to be releaseing mega hormones as the dog is following me everywhere and gets up and paces when I get up. Baby is moving well, more plug comes, I am shampooing the family room carpet. (dog hates it, but is still shadowing me) Portacrib is set up, house looks really good. I had thought about going to the parade this morning, but it was earlier than I was ready to be up.
An added bonus, we have spotty internet access yesterday and today.

Christine, I like the color of the bedroom you chose. I painted my office in a light green called rejuvinate. I love it. Less bright, more pale springish I guess. Very soothing. If I can ever get bedroom furnature I will start painting hte heck out of my bedroom and bath. The bath needs paint bad, but I don't want to paint it a neutral color to tide us over then have to repaint it shortly, kwim?

After I get the living room shampooed, if these contractions are still painful I will start with nipple stimulation. This is rediculous! I can sleep through braxton hicks. I can walk through them. These? Life has to stop while they go by.
08-21-2004 10:59 AM
madrone I understand the false start hope. I hoped twice that it had started when it didn't. And Simonee, who had come for the birth had to leave without ever seeing the baby. I feel for you. It's such emotional tormoil.
08-21-2004 10:48 AM
snuffles Mage, I am right there with you. Thursday night I had lots of b/h and usually with b/h, if I lay down and rest they stop. Well, I went to bed early to read and they didn't stop, and they seemed to be coming every 5 minutes or so. It was really strange, because I kept feeling like I needed to pee with every contraction. Maybe that's when the baby dropped? Anyway, I ended up making myself go to sleep just in case it was labor, but then woke up Friday morning... nothing. My dh is driving me nuts too.. I thought about waking him up that night and telling him I thought "maybe" but he would just sit there and watch me like a hawk. Yes, I am being superstitious, but I'm not telling anybody in real life about b/h or anything until they are 3 minutes apart.

I haven't been getting anything productive done. We have been going to the mall every day and walking, walking, walking. My house was soooooooo clean last week, but it was such a waste.. it's back to chaos again. I figure I'm saving it up for something to do while I'm actually in labor (if it ever happens).

And my parents are coming up on Tuesday for just a week.. I am going to feel soooooo guilty if they leave and I'm still pregnant. They are coming to Pennsylvania all the way from Mississippi.

08-21-2004 09:26 AM
Dodo Lost your plug, magemom? Christine and I will miss you.

Anyone else enjoying minor celebrity status during their final weeks? It just occurred to me that I haven't had to pay for a bagel in a long time. When I walk into the corner store, the cashier practically jumps over the counter to see if he can help me make an ice cream selection (and, no, I am not always or even usually there to buy ice cream!). The lady at the grocery store asked my husband for my due date and memorized it. People I don't really know have started phoning me to see how I am and, better yet, to invite me to parties.

Speaking of parties, a friend is hosting a lunch for me on my due date where the guests are asked to bring some food for after the baby gets here. I'm touched.

Christine, I can't believe that this week you painted the kids' room, sewed a sling and started a blog. Right now, I'm plugging away at the birth announcements, pre-addressing the envelopes. It's slow going. When I finish it, I'm going to lemon polish any wood furniture. If that is ever finished, I'm going to clean the remaining kitchen cupboards. If that is ever finished, I'm going to finally arrange my wedding photos. Plans? I got plans.
08-21-2004 06:04 AM
magemom I really thought that was it. Strong contractions, didn't stop with a bath, lost my plug. Bath #2 and they stopped. Still can't reach my cervix, but I DID loose my plug. I don't recall doing that with any of my boys. Baby moving well now.
DH was mad that I didn't tell him the contractions were 'good' ones because I knew he would freak out. And when I did tell him, he did freak out.

Why did I tell him if they ended up petering out? Becasue our TWELVE year oild had a candy corn stuck up his nose and I was yelling at him about which hospital did he want to go to!!! He stuck 4 up there to see if he could..... one did not come out with out much effort. IIRC, it was $380 for the last extraction, but that child was 2. "It's fine mom, I can breath just fine with it in."

Never a dull moment at our house!
08-21-2004 02:15 AM
polyphany Caroline, I'm so glad you are home and the surgery went well. Take it easy! And lots of healing for you

We went to the zoo today, it was so nice to get out of the house! There are new pictures up on our website if anyone wants to see them.

Raiden is finally asleep, as is DD, so I'm off to bed to sleep while I can!
08-21-2004 01:55 AM
christeenybeany I'm not sleepy, and I'm bored. It's very late. I got creative and set up a blog. So far that is the only way I can figure out how to post pictures without requiring those who view it to give a password. So check out the link in my signiture to see what I've been up to lately.
08-20-2004 10:17 PM
christeenybeany Who are our research queens? I wonder if there is research out there about 2nd stage trouble and big babies.....hmmm. Anyone?
08-20-2004 08:47 PM
magemom 9 pounds sounds heavenly.

my last was 11 pounds 4 ounces.
08-20-2004 08:20 PM
snuffles I'm concerned about a big baby too. My last one was 9 lbs 11 ozs. But my midwife does not seem too concerned. She says that if I go to 41 weeks they will do an ultrasound to check on things.
08-20-2004 07:41 PM
becca011906 I had an awful time with the first... (keep in mind i was only 16) I only went 5 days over the due date with him and the midwife had to call in the dr b/c i had been pushing for 2 1/2 hours and she knew i didn't want a csection so she had the dr come in to use forcepe... he was born i was in pain for 2 weeks, couldn't have sex for 3 months, and it was down right awful. Austin was born after 2 1/2 hours of pushing weighting 9lbs 2 oz.

With baby #2 my dr was an awful women i didn't like (insurance changed and couldn't see the midwife second time around) Anywyas i again went 5 days past the due date and abby was 9lbs 1 oz. had to have repeat episiodim it was awful again... but not as bad as the forcepts. I only pushed for about 15-20 min and she was born. I was in pain for about 5 days, and could resume sex after about 8 weeks.
This time around i have yet another dr and he is much better dr that i like. He thinks the baby is on the "normal" side of 7-8lbs but we'll see!!!
08-20-2004 07:27 PM
christeenybeany OH BECCA! Great! I'm so happy for you. I hope they don't go away. So your other two were 9 pounders, eh? My doc wants to induce to prevent me from having a baby too big. What was your experience with the other babies? bad, good? I'm really torn.
08-20-2004 07:24 PM
becca011906 Another update on me!!! Went to the dr today at 11:00 and i was finally past 1 cm... been stuck there for the past 3 weeks, but today i was 2cm and 100%, baby had for sure droped!!! We went ahead and schedualed me to come to the hospital on Wed to be induced if i don't go before then (i'm not at all aposed to this since i'm very very aposed to waiting till the baby weights more then 9lbs like the first two kids did)... anyways i go back to the office monday for a non stress test then check in the hopsital at 6:30 AM wed morning.

Here is the great news and as soon as i post this they will prolly stop and go away! I've been having contractions (not painless BH) ever since dr checked me and i've been having some spoting for the first time. Contractions are only about every 20-30 min though so nothing serious yet. We live an hour away so we go the hospital when they are about 10 min apart since this is baby #3. Dh has to leave for work at 7:00 tonight so active labor will prolly start after he leaves me home with two kids!!! LOL Oh well i'm just really ready either way!
08-20-2004 05:38 PM
christeenybeany My appointment was a non event. A smidgen more dilated than last time. No more effaced. Still 2cm and 50%. He wants me to come in Monday to "get things cranked up".

Congratulations Jillybean! And Congratulations Madrone! I'm so happy for all you mamas.
08-20-2004 05:35 PM
snuffles Christine, how did your appointment go? I hope it went better than mine. My midwife says the baby is low now (and it was floating last week) but she still couldn't get a good feel of my cervix. So, I don't think I'll be going any time soon.

Congrats to Madrone and Jillybean. I am really curious about Madrone's birth story, and Jilly, I am extremely impressed with your short labor.

08-20-2004 05:29 PM
Jillybean Hi all! Just wanted to post that our baby boy, Sebastian Jeffrey was born on Aug. 19 at 6:13am! My labor was 2 hours and 45 minutes total we made it to the birthing center with 13 minutes to spare! We is a little piggy and sleeping pretty well. I'm a little sore but feel pretty good. More details when I get time. Here's some pics.
08-20-2004 04:23 PM
madrone Mage - I'll send you some happy, safe, fast, birth at home labor vibes.
08-20-2004 03:26 PM
christeenybeany I'm getting ready for my appointment which is at 1. Let you know what happens when I get back. Drumroll........
08-20-2004 02:06 PM
magemom I called to see who was on call this weekend and I don't want him near me. SO. Please stop all labor vibes unles you have some for safe solo delivery at home. Mine are free for the taking. The hospital's are reporting they are over full and have run out of rooms and cribs. Several babies with problems have been transported to other hospitals because even though all 5 have level 3 NICUs, they are rotating who is most full.

Of course my first thought with trying to ward off this panic attack is call my doc- but that would get me this other one and I am not sure I can be polite when I say 'I am freaking out because you are on call today and this weekend and I don't want to have this baby with you. I met him once, 45 minutes late, 20 minute exam, maybe 5 words to me. It could be worse I suppose. I had to be given something to calm me when the resident with Gavin turned out to be
male. I don't know if I can do this.

So I am doing nothing to encourage labor before Monday, instead of starting this afternoon. Poor DH.

I know I want to deliver at home, but it involves keeping this from DH till it is too late. I am afraid he is going to be watching me too closely now.
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