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<p>hi ladies, figured we could use a chit chat thread again.</p>
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<p>how is everyone, can believe that we a baby born amongst us and so many not so far off!</p>
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<p>baby B , my little boy has flipped back head down so both are vertex now and that i just so wonderful! they have been spending the few days since he flipped playing footsies with each other, it is actually really cute to watch!</p>
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<p>and at 32 weeks now i ended up switching midwifes and wow that feel better now, it was hard to tell the first one that i was not getting from hr what i needed, but i had to listen to my gut and go with it and I'm happy i have.</p>
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<p>Started the prodromal labor roller coaster today.  I got all excited thinking maybe it means my baby will be here sooner, but in retrospect, this is all pretty normal for me.</p>
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<p>I did get some exciting news about my cousin today though, she had twin baby girls last night and this morning at 39 weeks.  The babies were born an hour apart and will each not only have their own birthday, but birth month!  Mama started out at probably 105 lbs, so it was pretty neat that she was able to carry two 6lb babies past term.</p>
 

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<p>awesome news of your families twins, gives me so much hope for mine.  </p>
<p>hang in there on the prodromal labor, can you tell me a bit about how it is differnt from just having braxton hicks?</p>
 

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<p>For me, my normal braxton hicks are just random tightening, slightly uncomfortable.  But prodromal labor is regular contractions that last 2-12+ hours that last about a minute and come in a pattern and cause tightening AND cramping/pain in my cervix, without causing dilation.  I have not tried drinking wine or beer, but usually bathing, showering, drinking water, changing positions, resting, etc doesn't get rid of them... they just sorta peter out without a baby at the end.</p>
 

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<p>Lots of BH here....like LOTS. My uterus will be ready for the Birthing Olympics at this rate.</p>
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<p>I also think that baby boy has dropped...it feels full and heavy in my pelvis. I swear it's like having a melon between my thighs or something.</p>
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<p>I'd also forgotten how gross the last few weeks of pregnancy can be...all the discharge and whatnot. Ugh. And DH wonders why I can't get in the mood :lol It's hard to feel sexy when your vagina is discharging something that resembles snot! (Oh, and I feel the size of a house and when we can FINALLY find a position for sex I'm still not totally comfortable.)</p>
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<p>My parents are coming tomorrow...we have a toxic history but they've been behaving well as of late (yes, I talk about my parents like children because that's how they act!!) so we're giving it a run-through.</p>
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<p>After visiting family at Thanksgiving (32 weeks) I REFUSE to go anywhere for Christmas. There is no way in hell I'm doing a 4 hour car ride and then being around DH's loud step-niece/nephews AND listening to all the of the "sage advice" that everyone has for me at 36 weeks. (Side note: Why do I need advice on child-rearing and pregnancy? Pretty sure this is baby number 2...unless they're trying to tell me something?)</p>
 

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<p>That is awesome news about your cousin's twins, Heather. :) So I'm going in for my glucose test in the morning. I'm not worried. Not looking forward to the drink though... It's not terrible but it certainly isn't good. haha. I am almost 29 weeks. Every day at this point is so exciting. I know once I past 33 weeks, it's going to be a strange experience for me. I'll be 32 weeks for Christmas. I am having no signs of anything remotely labory and it makes me happy. I should probably have my cerclage looked at but I am just enjoying my normalcy.</p>
 

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<p>Last night I kept having dreams that I was in labor and then it would stall out...</p>
 

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<p>Things are great here.  We traveled for Thanksgiving and now we are staying put.  I'm ready to just relax and enjoy the holidays.  Doc determined at my last appointment baby was transverse (oh my gosh, I don't want another c-section because of that!), but I'm pretty sure baby is head down now.  Been doing lots of spinning babies stuff.  Sort of starting to nest and plan on doing a bunch of cooking and baking here in a few weeks.  Hard to believe that NEXT MONTH I'm going to be a mom to two!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MaddieMay</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282854/jan-11-dcc-december-chit-chat#post_16087205"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Hard to believe that NEXT MONTH I'm going to be a mom to two!</p>
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Tell me about it!  I'm excited about adding someone new to our little family.  I hope DS doesn't take it to hard that Mom won't be able to give him her complete attention every time he wants it.  He is still a baby, only 19 months so I'm prepping myself mentally to deal with his reaction (for better or worse).  He loves other children, so once the he gets accustomed to the new edition, I'm sure he will love having a sibling.</p>
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<p>On the pregnancy front I'm doing well.  This little one is bee bopping around constantly.  I feel pretty sure that he/she is head down because all the major movements are at the top of my belly. I've been seeing a chiropractor (up until I bruised my ribs), which had really helped with the hip numbness.  I've had to stop until my ribs heal and lo and behold the numbness is back <span><img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;">.</span></p>
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<p>We are going to see Cirque du Soleil, Allegria January 9th which I am super excited about.  Hopefully this LO will not decide to make an early appearance.  On one hand I feel like gosh two more months <span><img alt="jaw2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/jaw2.gif" style="width:25px;height:42px;">(due</span> Jan. 31st)  on the other hand I feel like gosh two more months<span><img alt="irked.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;">!</span><br>
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<p>Awesome news about the twins! AFM, everything is going well. I'm 34 wks tomorrow. My hip and sciatic nerve pain has been managable the past few weeks which is such a relief. Baby boy is still trying to get comfy. The past few days he's been LOA (YES!!!) But he's still toying around with being transverse and direct OP today. I'm ready for him to stay put. Everyone in our family has horrible colds right now. Can't wait to be feeling better. I CAN NOT believe that I'll have a newborn next month. I scheduled my home visit with my midwife for the 16th. Insanity! Time is going to fly with Christmas and New Years just around the corner. DH and I are taking a day trip to Ikea on Saturday to get a few things for organizing the house. I'll feel a lot more prepared once that's taken care of. I ordered a few baby items on cyber Monday which was exciting. I'm still considering ordering the Hypnobabies home study course this week. Would that be too late? What is everyone else doing to prepare?</p>
 

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<p>Well I had a lot happen in the past few days, so I am considering a home birth, which is huge step. Not that I think homebirth is weird or bad, but I never thought I would have the ability to do it, because I have a lot of anxiety. But after dealing with my hospital based midwives and arguing with them (funny how they change their tune the closer you get to your due date) I can't take the interventions anymore. But I am not sure about the money : ( Apparently I was having contractions and didn't know it. 2-3 minutes apart. Sorry, I don't understand why that is bad - I didn't feel them and I wasn't in labor. Maybe that is just my body's way of working?</p>
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<p>Oh and when I went to L&D and got an iv, I was told I had "tiny" veins and they needed to use a pediatric needle on me. Well, I don't think that helped because I have a huge bruise on my arm. *sigh* can I just walk into my yard and push my baby out? Because that is looking very good now, except that it's 40 degrees out!</p>
 

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<p>You can't even imagine how bad I want to hide behind the sofa and "accidentally" UC.  DH knows that too so he's watching me like a hawk to make sure it doesn't happen.  *sigh*<br>
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<p>Oh and when I went to L&D and got an iv, I was told I had "tiny" veins and they needed to use a pediatric needle on me. Well, I don't think that helped because I have a huge bruise on my arm. *sigh* can I just walk into my yard and push my baby out? Because that is looking very good now, except that it's 40 degrees out!</p>
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<p>well, things are always interesting round here.. the braxton hicks are pretty bad, but still random most of the time. i went to the hospital today just in case (they were coming 8-18mins apart for over 4 hours) and was diagnosed with an "irritable uterus". nothing i can do about it.</p>
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<p>to all the rest of you who are having challenges.. hang in there! i hope it's smooth sailing for all of us from here on in.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>myk</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282854/jan-11-dcc-december-chit-chat#post_16088113"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>well, things are always interesting round here.. the braxton hicks are pretty bad, but still random most of the time. i went to the hospital today just in case (they were coming 8-18mins apart for over 4 hours) and was diagnosed with an "irritable uterus". nothing i can do about it.</p>
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<p>to all the rest of you who are having challenges.. hang in there! i hope it's smooth sailing for all of us from here on in.</p>
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<p>I was told I had that - I got water, then an IV and then a shot of turbetaline? I didn't feel them though. Actually I probably have them all the time and didn't know they were contractions. Now that I was told that is what they are, I can feel them. I wish I never knew! I just thought it was the baby moving around weirdly. I had this with my first, and she was induced for being late, so I know it really isn't anything except annoying!</p>
 

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<p>I did my glucose test today. 95. So I am in the clear there. I woke up in horrible pain today though, so I got to have a little visit with the OB when he was out of surgery. We checked my cervix by u/s and it's 2.7cm and the cerclage is intact so that's great. Took a quick look at baby, who is weighing in at about 3lbs 5oz already.</p>
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<p>Everyone worried about breech babies, it's probably ok to relax. My baby is transverse too and we just had a laugh about it. You can feel all the little parts easy. I pointed them out first and was right. It's like the baby is in a tented position avoiding my cervix.</p>
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<p>As for contractions you don't feel... In my experience, they just are not real contractions. If they don't hurt or at least cause some discomfort, they aren't doing much. And with only a month to go... Doing a little something doesn't seem so bad anyway. I had all sorts of minor contractions forever with Mathias. Only when they hurt did it become an issue... I had a baby that day. Turns out everything else was just my body doing its prep work... albeit far too early.</p>
 

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<p>I have been having what feel stronger than BH all day. Nothing that I have to concentrate on but definitely much more crampy than a BH. They have been anywhere from every 5 to 15 min all day. Hrmmmmmm....</p>
 

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<p>a little worried here & trying not to be.  last night, my midwife picked up an irregular heartbeat on the doppler and then had the u/s tech confirm it on the big screen.  It's not there at first, but then it gets picked up.  it sounds like a slight hesitation, skipped beat.  (making me think baby hates being bothered - he/she frowned a lot in the latest u/s pics)</p>
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<p>She says these things often correct themselves, but she still wants me to go to a pediatric cardiologist for a fetal echocardiogram to be  safe.  it's so not what I wanted to hear at my appointment.  Looking around online it seems it's not uncommon and that irregular heartbeats can be a result of growth.  I know there was a big growth spurt recently as I gained 5.5 pounds in 3 weeks and I've been hungrier nonstop lately.  I'm hoping that's what it is, and it all clears up before I even get to the echo appt.  I'll be calling this morning to set up the appt.  In the meantime, mw recommended hawthorn berry tea or supplements and something called coq10.  fingers crossed!   Now if  I can just not think about it constantly...</p>
 

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<br><br><p>After my last appt I might be behind the sofa too!</p>
 

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Mrs music, how cute is it that your baby is finding the one way to lay that takes all the pressure off your cervix? What a great little baby!<br><br>
Aleka, I have heard that growth thing as well, I'm sure it's fine, nice that they are going to have you check out, it will give peace of mind in the end, sorry you are worrying now.<br><br>
AFM- with both babies head down now the amount of pressure on the front of my pelvis is amazing, by the end of yesterday ( a day I was on my feet more than usual) I felt like it was going to fall off and hit the floor. I wonder if one is starting to move farther down, since i have never done this before I never know what feelings keen what.<br><br>
I never thought I would like ultrasounds so much, but with the twins a get a lot of them and it helps me learn what various feeling equate to in terms of position and cervical changes and is helping me learn to read day to day things better, so I'm glad.<br><br>
I don't intend to get preggo again after these twins, sad cause I bet I would be really good at it a second time around!<br><br>
On a non preggo note, my 16year old kitty is showing strong signs of going deaf, and reacting to it by " talking" at top volume while he constantly looks for us in our new house ( there may be some kitty dementia in the issue as well) I'm scurrying to find a good new vet in our town since we moved so I can maybe find something out and if there is anything i can do, before I have to deal with his loud calls while we have newborns, urrrgh. He is the fuzzy little love of my life and it breaks my heart to see him age, I really wish it was not happening while I'm about to deal with something as huge as newborn twins and my first children. I wish I could just focus on kitty for a while. I worry that he is not going to take the new family in very good stride at his age and will feel pushed aside. He has been at my side in amazing ways for 16+ years, he deserves everything from me.
 

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<p>Feeling good, and impatient! </p>
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<p>Midwife, chiropractor, and masseuse (my god, I sound pampered—massage was a special treat with a friend, I swear) all commented that they think I'll go early, based on baby's position and the length of my torso (long torso = good, I guess?). I really hope they are right, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up. </p>
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<p>Technically my due date is 5 weeks away, so baby could reasonably arrive anytime between two and seven weeks from now. Baby has been LOA for weeks, and I can feel its head above/behind my cervix if I poke around. I've been getting drips of colostrum for months now, but suddenly my breasts are incredibly sore again. Gearing up for actual production mode, maybe?</p>
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<p>I am having baby dreams ever night again, like I did towards the beginning of this pregnancy. Interestingly, I've had a pretty even mix of boy and girl babies in the dreams ... but the girl dreams are always more vivid and detailed. We'll see ... men from DH's family haven't produced a girl baby for 50 years :p</p>
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<p>Sumner Rain, that is awesome about the twins, and their birthdays! How cool!</p>
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<p>Lillymonster, I hope you are able to work things out and get a homebirth if you are able—or at least avoid the stress/interventions it sounds like you're up against with the hospital midwives.</p>
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<p>Aleka, that sounds scary. I hope they are able to determine that the heartbeat thing was nothing!</p>
 
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