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09-11-2004 09:08 PM
sistermama Maybe I should try going to the new thread!!!
09-11-2004 12:28 PM
JenInMpls It's Saturday! New thread! Here's the link to the new thread!

I was NOT UP AT 4 AM, can you believe it? I had a strangely good night's sleep, woke only once at 6 to go to the bathroom, came back, lay down, had a contraction, fell back asleep and woke up at 8 having fairly regular and consistent, if not earth-shattering, contractions. Doula has been alerted and we are going to walk up the street and have breakfast


09-11-2004 11:24 AM
Robertsgirl Yea, where is Jen? No 4am post or new thread??? OH I SO HOPE SHE IS IN LABOR!!!!!!!!!!!

I woke up to COPIOUS and I mean COPIOUS almost hand fulls of cervical mucus this morning. Then on my latest bathroom trip, it turned pink. I think I might be losing my plug. Of course the pink makes me a little nervous with the previa, but I really think we are way ok on that since Spud has been so low the last week with no spotting whatsoever. So maybe I am making some progress....we'll see. Our third anniversary is the 15th and I really don't want to share that....I know I'm pathetic!
09-11-2004 10:15 AM
plantmommy nak

where's jen? no 4am post!
09-11-2004 01:27 AM
Originally Posted by msrog
Ah, yes, the potato feet...

We need a smilie that has potato feet for us to use in late pregnancy. A good day for me is if I can see veins in the tops of mine. :LOL

My hubby took me to dinner and a movie tonight - "Cellular" it was pretty good! Tomorrow afternoon we are going to a rib festival if I'm not having a baby - yum!
09-11-2004 12:23 AM
msrog Ah, yes, the potato feet... You'll be happy to know it was only a week until I could see my skinny ankles and foot bones again. In fact they look slimmer than before; I think it's because my toes and ball of my feet have spread out a bit.

Anna, I can't believe you did your cast in labor! It took us FOREVER to get the cast done, and my butt was really hurting by the end. I hope you didn't do hands; that really packs on extra time. But I'm with you, my original plan was to call a friend over to quickly do the cast if I had gone into labor beforehand... SO GLAD we didn't have to do it that way! Poor puking girl. What bravery! What martyrdom!

Oh, and I'm quite impressed at you and Mom sewing diaper covers! I'm getting green with envy. My mom came and went, and we never got to play with the sewing machine. Waaah. (But she cleaned my house, did my laundry and dishes, changed and watched the babies, on and on...) Anyway, if you want to practice a cover or AIO pattern, I'll be happy to be your guinea pig! And I guess I should find out where you found your patterns so I can try to make my own eventually, too...

Weekend baby vibes to you gals who are so darn close!

Journaling? What's that? I've taken to copying parts of my MDC posts and pasting them into a Word document in case I never get around to really journaling...
09-10-2004 11:59 PM
sistermama Wow Anna, I impressed!!! I wish I could sew little things like diapers and covers, but I get frustrated by them. Put some pics up when you get a chance!

I've joined the ranks of those with potato feet. Mine are so swollen! I'm so bad that I lied and told dh that my mw said that I should really have him rub my feet till the swelling goes down to "prevent further complications" :LOL
09-10-2004 10:27 PM
banana girl
Originally Posted by JenInMpls
I realized tonight that I haven't written a thing in my baby journal for at least a month now, so I ought to do that before I completely forget what's gone on.
Tell me about it! Yikes! I keep meaning to spend some time journalling about these first few weeks with Mielle, but it seems the only time i have time, is when she's nursing and that still takes two hands..... wishing I had a 3rd! She's always flinging her arms around and scratching at her own eyeballs! So my hands are generally to busy to do anything else. And when she's not nursing i have plenty of other things to keep me busy.

Speaking of which, I actually managed to sew 2 diaper covers today!!! they are so cute! So, today we started cloth diapering, I have an order coming in the mail with Kissaluvs and whisper covers. So hopefully by next week we will be well stocked. My mom and i had so much fun sewing diaper covers today, and now that the machine is out and we know what we are doing.... hopefully we will kick out some more in short order.

I also have a pattern for AIO's but haven't taken them on yet. they are quite a bit more involved. The covers are pretty simple. One thing at a time!

The in-laws are coming tomorrow for dinner and i have some housecleaning to do before they get here. I'm gonna try not to take on too much though, they can just deal with my house as it is!

Well. as always, Mielle is starting to fuss downstairs in papa's arms. it's time to feed her, again.

Joy to all, happy labor vibes to all of you eagerly awaiting your little ones. My only labor advice... dive deep and bring your child back to the light. Go mamas go!
09-10-2004 09:16 PM
JenInMpls Warning: new thread starting tomorrow!

The most fun I hope to have over the weekend is adding a 3rd member to our family.

We may go to see a movie with friends Cheryl and Bill if so inclined. depends what's playing at the cheap theaters. Wouldn't mind going out to eat but it seems we've been doing that a lot lately.

Jo is scared that I'm nesting. Frankly I don't know that folding laundry, cutting up a watermelon and washing the dishes counts as nesting. To her maybe!

I realized tonight that I haven't written a thing in my baby journal for at least a month now, so I ought to do that before I completely forget what's gone on.

xo, sure I'll be back on around 4 AM or so,

09-10-2004 09:08 PM
sistermama We need to have some babies!!! I'm sending labor vibes out to anyone who wants them. Including myself! I've got to sneak this baby in before we lose power again.

Anyone doing anything fun this weekend? I'm going to a workshop at Jack's school tomorrow on "Conscious Discipline." Hoping to learn some good, new techniques, so I don't have a repeat day like today anytime soon. Jack and I spent all morning basically yelling at each other and arguing.

Jen - Yay for Jo quitting smoking! I didn't realize she had. I still struggle daily with not smoking, and I've quit for 2+ years. Kind of like being a recovering alcoholic I think...
09-10-2004 08:03 PM
cottonwood Heather, I would really recommend that your dh go see a practitioner that is holistically/naturally based, so that he can get some other ideas on how to help himself -- allopathic doctors tend to focus on losing weight (and at some point medication) but there are other things one can do to lower blood pressure, and those should be looked into especially even if the extra weight isn't the primary cause to begin with. What is his stress level like? And he might want to look at changing his *type* of food intake rather than the amount, as calorie restriction dieting can be just as hear on the body and heart as over-eating, and there are a lot of foods that is hard for the body to process, putting stress on it. He might also want to look at supplements. For instance, I found during this pregnancy that a side-effect of taking essential fatty acids is to lower blood pressure.
09-10-2004 06:22 PM
JenInMpls That whole line of clothing is SO sweet! And I agree, I also find them gender-neutral - kind of a rugged "let's-go-for-a-hike-in-the-woods" neutral.

HeatherH - what kind of an exerciser is your husband? I know that anything aerobic is good for blood pressure and men seem to drop weight like nobody's business when they do aerobic exercise. I foresee some stroller-pushing! I also foresee that for Jo for much the same reasons!! (Her doctor did give her a tall order, though, at the last physical: 1. Quit smoking; 2. Lower your cholesterol and 3. Lose about 40 pounds. Step 1 has been accomplished and I think that we're on the road to some more exercise with baby on the way; we have been going walking more but she's got bad knees from college softball and possibly the start of arthritis in her ankle... seems a bit much for a 30-year-old, doesn't it?)

Aha! Someone is home! early! cool. later!

09-10-2004 06:00 PM
sistermama Jen - have you SEEN the line of hedgehog baby clothes at Gymboree? So, so cute, even I'm tempted! They have it under baby boys, but I think it is very gender neutral.

Keep an eye on them as their prices ALWAYS go down!
09-10-2004 05:39 PM
sistermama HeatherH - I really like anything by Dr. Andrew Weil. "8 Weeks to Optimal Health" might be a good place to start. Simple little things to implement one at a time.
09-10-2004 05:13 PM
wardermom Jen, sounds like you're getting so close. 2 I'm looking forward to hearing how it goes for you!!!
09-10-2004 04:34 PM
interbang The kid dropped a bit, yay for my diaphragm!

Now *everyone* says it's a boy, ha ha. I'm more and more thrilled that no one (including myself) knows the sex of this kid.

I'm off the protein shakes, feeling soooo much better. Still can't leave the house during the day, due to the heat. Managing to amuse myself nonetheless.

Dh had a physical yesterday, got some bad news. He needs to loose a lot of weight and exercise to get his blood pressure down. People, he doesn't look fat to me at all! I don't get it. They say love is blind, but I really, really don't see it. Anyway, now we've got a new project, which is to get him set up with an eating plan. It's kind of a relief to yank the focus off myself for awhile. Any ideas about good books on eating and dieting? Dh is good with the exercise, although I would love to find a "Daddy and me" exercise book, so he can take care of the kid and loose weight at the same time..

Jen, good luck this weekend. I am very impressed with your attitude, lady.

All the best,
09-10-2004 03:38 PM
Robertsgirl Savannah the pics of the twins in the belly cast are the cutest things EVER! Now I wish I would have done one. Although I guess it isn't technically too late, I just don't have the energy. My Mom loved those little brother and sister are fraternal twins.

Anna I can't believe you did your cast in labor, that is craziness!!!
09-10-2004 03:32 PM
JenInMpls Lazuli, I seem to remember a certain woman in Minnesota who posted something AWFULLY DARN SIMILAR to your post last weekend... It is horrible, the waiting game. Especially when it seems like nothing at all is happening or changing. You go to the dr/mw and they tell you to not be concerned but let's do all these tests anyway. Yeah ok let's not be concerned! If you're not concerned why do you have to have a machine tell you that everything is all right?

My advice, for what it's worth, which might not be a lot since I have a hard time listening to it myself: if you want to crawl into bed, do it, you're not going to have the chance later. If your house isn't clean, who gives a rat's a*, life will go on even if your parents and in-laws aren't going to like it. If they give you crap about it and you feel like being snippy and rude to them about their expectations, I think you've got enough license to let them have a piece of your mind, and your dh should back you up. If you feel desperate and like bawling, bawl. Tears are one of the body's way of releasing spare quantities of hormones. (My dad used to work across the hall from one of the major tear researchers of our time.) GOOD FOR YOU for changing the answering machine message, and no, your husband hasn't been home for no good reason, this is a hard time in your life and him supporting you is vital.


I thought we'd be having a baby today, I was having regular contractions starting at 4 AM, but I managed to fall back asleep and they went away. Having random ones today.

sistermama Sarah! Really now! *nudge* If you believe Pat Robertson was right, you can just send back all of those bumper stickers we sent you

Think I'll go have a shower.

09-10-2004 12:43 PM
banana girl Savannah those photos of the babies in the belly cast are awesome!!! I may have to try that out tonight before Mielle gets much bigger.

Did i tell you guys we did my belly cast WHILE I was in Labor!!! I actually started throwing up part way through the process!!! We hadn't gotten it done yet, and I really wanted a cast done, so i just sucked it up and lived through the contrax. The barfing was really too much though, by time we got done I was so relieved to be done... I then threw up a bunch more showering off afterwards.

Mielle is screaming, must go!
09-10-2004 10:18 AM
Caroline248 Lazuli, you need a hug big time!! 2

Please remember it can't last forever!!!!! YOu will have this baby, and withen a week you will forget how miserable you were and just be in heaven with your little one...

09-10-2004 09:31 AM
msrog CONGRATULATIONS, Katie and Vicki!!!!! Welcome little boy and girl. Looking forward to hearing all the gory details, as my dh likes to say...

OK, Nicolas wants to send everyone a hug: 2

Have a great day. My in laws arrive today at 3.
09-10-2004 09:27 AM
msrog I haven't yet read over recent posts... But wanted to share my updated photos with whomever is interested. Did I ever show you gals my big belly cast? Here it is:

And the babies' recent pics:
09-10-2004 09:08 AM
Lazuli Congratulations on the new babies!

I'm hoping I have a better day than I did yesterday. I was so depressed and I hope it doesn't continue on to today. And I'm frustrated and discouraged as well. I'vetried so hard to be positive and optimistic for the past 9 months and I just can't seem to do it anymore. Saw the doctor yesterday, nothing's changed except I weigh more. I have a NST next Wednesday which I'm not looking forward to. All I wanted to do yesterday was curl up in bed and cry, but I didn't. The house still isn't clean, but at this point, I could care less. I changed the message on the answering machine and I'm not answering the phone. My mom has been calling daily, which is annoying. I feel really bad that my husband has been home the past two weeks for nothing. I've kind of been avoiding posting because all I'm doing is whining. Sorry.

The one bright spot is that I think we've decided to keep the kitten, which is probably insane of us and our families are going to throw a fit, but I don't care. As social as she is I just can't bear the thought of her alone in a cage somewhere waiting for someone to adopt her. She likes people and other cats way too much, that would be a cruel thing to do to her.

I think I'll go find some breakfast now and try to prod myself into cleaning even though I don't see the point. Hope everyone has a good day!
09-09-2004 11:59 PM
cottonwood Congratulations on the new babies!

My dear friend Pam came by today to lift me up a little and nurture me. I have been feeling a little freaky lately, having weird dreams, the hormones are going crazy, thinking too much about all the things that could go wrong, and generally feeling in limbo because I am so ready for the baby to be here. She brought me all kinds of excellent comfort food and candles and a wonderful book to read, she made beaded bracelets for my kids, we painted our nails, and talked about birth. She also confirmed my thoughts about the baby's position and felt the head right down in the pelvis.
09-09-2004 10:12 PM
sistermama What was up with MDC this afternoon? I lost so many posts...

The power is on! The tree is half gone! My house is clean! Life is good again.

Congratulations to Vickie and Katie! Can't wait to hear more about your sweet babes.

Melanie and Sarah - I really enjoyed both of your birth stories. Thanks for sharing.

Jen and Samantha - glad your appts went well today.

HeatherH - I wouldn't be eating too much that left me feeling crappy... I'm pming you what Aviva Jill Romm says about protein in urine. Also you might want to pm Pamamidwife She is an MDC member who is really good about answering pregnancy related questions.

Can you all believe this business about ANOTHER hurricane? This is ridiculous. If this third one comes I'm going to have to send a bunch of money to Pat Robertson. Because it will probably mean he was right about Florida ALL ALONG! I feel like I have about a 5 day window to have this baby in. I don't think my mw will let me have it at home without electricity. If only because it will be so uncomfortably hot for her and the other mw.

I'm so glad to be home. I am loving seeing all these gorgeous babies and reading about their journeys here!
09-09-2004 09:14 PM
greenbeing Congratulations Vicki and Katie!!!

2 Hugs to those of you waiting and feeling uncomfortable and tired.

Not getting enough sleep here and I envy all of you who are able to nap during the day!
Since I'm such a procrastinator, I still don't have lesson plans finished for my sub so that's been on my mind constantly. I think tonight I'll get some out of the way. Maybe then I can get a restful sleep.

They had a shower for me at work today. Really sweet. I got some kissaluvs, covers, an adjustable fleece pouch, some books and clothes I also ate some yummy cake!
09-09-2004 08:39 PM
4under6 Congrats Vicki and Katie and babes!

And Anna, the photo of you with pure joy on your face is phenomenal!

Thinking about you all the time!
I'm hoping that after your baby arrives, someday we can get together and finally meet in person! With babes in arms, of course. Hang in there, sweetie!

Same goes to everyone else due soon or "past due".

Things are going well here. Finn is a doll. I could stare at him all day! I think he is going to be either a blonde or a red head.
He is a dream baby at night, so far! He wakes up for food and a dipe change at about 2 a.m. and between 6 and 7am every night, so I have been in heaven sleep-wise (knocking the proverbial wood!)
Donny woke up every hour and a half for weeks.

My two oldest are loving school so far!
All is good for now.
09-09-2004 07:39 PM
mum2tori More babies!! Congratulations Katie & Vicki!

Well it's offical... my feet are permantely swollen. Nice puffy little sausage toes and big potatoesque looking feet. I wish David was here to rub them. (sniff, sniff)

Had another OB appointment yesterday. Had to take the crew, luckily they were both really good and I didn't have to wait very long. Jack of course decided to fall asleep in the car less than 5 minutes from the office. I tried to lay him in the stroller and let him sleep but he woke up. Luckily he wasn't grumpy like usual when he doesn't get his nap. He was really quiet and just "chilled", smiled and charmed everyone. He can be such a little darling. I wore my Anklet and everyone in the office loved it. Thought it was a really neat idea. Well, Radish has dropped 'some' but no other changes. No contrax either. Radish has settled down on moving too. He doesn't move around constantly like before but when he decides to move... the boy MOVES. OB is sure he'll be seeing me in the office next week. Which is actually good because David won't be home until Sunday and EDD is Monday. How did that get so close?? I need to finish packing my bag.

I hadn't been sleeping very well the past week but last night I think I actually slept 4 hours straight without waking up at all. I certainly felt pretty good this morning. Everyone slept in this morning. I woke up at 7:50am and put the dog out. Laid back down and got to snooze for another 30 minutes before Jack woke up, Tori woke up a few minutes later. Yesterday Tori slept until 9:15am!! And she wasn't up late the night before either, and she'd taken a 2+ hour nap that day. I was just about to go wake her up (HATE to do that!) because we were going to be late for my OB appointment when she woke up.
09-09-2004 06:48 PM
JenInMpls Sarahb thanks for your thoughts about castor oil. it was interesting to see that your mw gave you caulophyllum when you were in labor. I'm on my second round of it today, although it's not nearly as potent as yours (mine is only 30c). Just hoping that one of these days everything will line up.

Maybe baby paid attention to the prediction of a 9/10 birthdate I made in the "cast your predictions here!" thread? My friend Laura, whose birthday is 9/11, is hoping for a birthday buddy even though she doesn't really wish the date on anyone as a birthday anymore...

Jo is tempting me with KFC for dinner. Hmm.........

09-09-2004 06:33 PM
chumani Congratulations Vicki and Katie!!

Come on out Sprout!! Jen- I took castor oil with my 1st(42w1d) and 4th(41w5d). I know that using castor oil isn't very popular here, for me it was worth it. I took 4oz each time. It caused a quick clean out and then contractions and birth!! I blend it with 1cup frozen strawberries 1/4cup milk 2 tbsp malt and honey to taste. It makes the shake taste like you have added slightly rancid almonds. I personally feel castor oil is better than pitocin. It all comes down to what you feel is best for you. Both times I used it, it just felt "right". I can completely relate to how you are feeling as my first baby was 2 weeks "late". Take care of you! Babies always come out.

Naomi is doing great! At the ped appt 8 days old she was up to 6lb 14 oz!! She gained 11oz since birth. We have an appt with a pediatric othopedic dr for next tues though. As my suspicions were confirmed that she has a moderate club foot due to her prenatal positioning. It should be correctable with splints/possible casts though. She lost her cord stump at one week. That is such a relief. I am always worried about bumping it etc. My dd Eliza(4yo) was so cute about it though. She could hardly wait for it to fall off as it was "unusual" to look at. I think she has been paying attention to her older sibs vocabulary lessons!!

I posted Naomi's birth story on the birth stories thread. I should have pics to share soon too!!

Labor wishes to all who need/want them!!!!
Have a wonderful day!!
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