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Well Mamas, I'm back in my hometown that I left when I was 18 (17 yrs ago!), living with DS in my Dad's house.<br>
I know I've done the right thing, not wanting to risk a Russian birth experience but, wow, it's an adjustment!<br><br>
Firstly, DS really misses our house, his toys and playmates and, of course, Daddy.<br>
I am missing DH and my Mama friends too as my only friend here is my Sister.<br><br>
It's beautiful where my Dad lives but isolated. I'm going to have to hire a car soon so that DS and I can get to the beach and take advantage of the positives of being here. It's kind of hard to justify the (huge) cost but I'll go crazy if I don't.<br><br>
I really am in awe of you who have 2+ children already or who are single Mothers. It is really hard being pregnant with no relief.<br>
My Dad is sweet with DS but gets home from work at 6pm, has a quick play with him in the garden but is very set in his routine of quick relax, shower, dinner at 7.30. Always been the same.<br>
I'm so tired, I'm falling asleep with DS by 8pm and then am awake in the middle of the night. Need to try not to fall asleep so early tonight but it's hard!! I really wanted a nap today but DS wasn't complying so I took him out in the stroller, he fell asleep within 10 mins and now I've missed my 'window'.<br><br>
On the upside, DH is coming for a visit in 3 weeks time for 5 days. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
Oh and I transferred to the community midwives!<br>
What a difference between the OBs I've seen in Houston and in Moscow. She looked at my notes, commented on how thorough they were (!), said she'd use the same chart but that they don't bother with weighing Mothers. Palpated and measured my belly, had a quick listen to HB and that was it.<br><br>
We talked about induction protocol (I went to 42+1 wks with DS and don't expect to be earlier this time). She said that they like you to be monitored more closely after 41+3 but that it's up to me how long I wait! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
I know it's up to me but I like to hear it confirmed with no scare tactics!<br><br>
So I'm trying to focus on the positives of being here. It's going to be a challenging 3 months but I'm looking forward to meeting my daughter sometime in July!
 

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Glad you made it over well and I hope you settle in soon. And costs? Go ahead and splurge, I say. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Good that you are in and settled! Thats awesome that you like the midwives. I have to say I am jealous of you being all set in and done with the "move" I leave on thursday and am going CRAZY! LOL! I just want to get there and be done with it.<br>
I know it seems hard to justify renting a car but really you have to do it...I felt the same way and truly the only way I am going to enjoy myself is if I get out and about and moving and grooving. Thankfully we are able to drive and leave the car with me but all my lady friends up here who haven't drove rent a car once they are there so that they can get around!
 

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Good to hear you've made the (temporary) move!<br>
And yes, definitely rent a car and get yourself to the beach...it'll be worth it!
 

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Welsh- wow you were living in Moscow! That is where I am from-born and raised. I live in California now though-dont like the cold much<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
From what I know, I understand it was a great move for you to get out of there for the birthing...<br><br>
what was your prenatal care there like?<br><br>
I used to live on Metro Mayakovskaya :) right in the center of the city. Will you be returning to Moscow after you have the baby?
 

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Welsh- wow you were living in Moscow! That is where I am from-born and raised. I live in California now though-dont like the cold much<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
From what I know, I understand it was a great move for you to get out of there for the birthing...<br><br>
what was your prenatal care there like?<br><br>
I used to live on Metro Mayakovskaya :) right in the center of the city. Will you be returning to Moscow after you have the baby?</div>
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Wow that is central!<br>
We used to live near Stary Arbat but moved out to the expat ghetto north-west of the centre. Much easier with a toddler and one on the way!<br>
For prenatal care I was going to an American clinic nr Prospekt Mira which was fine, very westernised.<br>
DH works in Moscow so we'll going back about 6 wks after the birth <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
chatty princess - good luck for tomorrow! Hope the trip goes well and you settle quickly.<br>
I have a friend who is travelling 28 hrs to get home to birth next week. She has 3 flights to handle with her very spririted 3 yr old! Ouch!
 

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Wow, all these travelling Mamas! So glad to hear you are now moved and I hear you on how it's weird to have to make these awkward adjustments to a new set of circumstances. As for renting the car, I used to feel the same guilt about costs to go out with the kids for something to do/entertainment. But then I realized either I'm paying for that.... OR paying for it through my sanity! Either way you're paying for it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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