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<p>Didn't see one and had some stuff to chat about. :) I busted out the maternity stuff for the first time today. My original plan was to wear my regular pants until they didn't fit, then my size up pants, THEN maternity. I'm afraid I'll get sick of this limited amount of stuff over the whole long winter. Well, my pants still fit, but the waist is so uncomfortable when I sit. I was dreading changing out of jammas. So, I bit the bullet and I'm sooooo comfy!</p>
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<p>Thanksgiving was good. DH still hasn't told his family, not sure what he's waiting for, so I'm all worried they just think I'm getting a big belly. :(</p>
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<p>I have another blood draw tomorrow to check my progesterone levels, but I'm expecting everything to be fine.</p>
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<p>I've started building up my newborn cloth diaper stash through trades. I didn't start CDing with DS until he was 3 months old. He was ginormous, so I don't have anything smaller than a medium. It's exciting to be able to buy tiny dipes. I'll have to start keeping an eye on kid's consigment places for a new monitor, but otherwise, I think we'll be pretty set. One of my good friends has 2 girls, a winter baby and a summer baby, and has offered me all their clothes if we're having a girl. We have all our boy stuff still, so we shouldn't need too much.</p>
 

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<p>We thought we were done after #2 so I don't have any maternity stuff from before.  I'd planned to swing by Target today to see if they had anything that would fit (I'm fluffy) but my day .... did not go well.</p>
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<p>I need to add some items to my cloth stash.  I loaned half my nb pfs to a friend for her grandson.  Hopefully I'll get them back, but I still need some covers.  Is there anything cuter than tiny little cloth dipes?  :)  I might pull mine out this afternoon just to cheer myself up!</p>
 

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<p>I'm so sorry you've had a rough day, mama. I hope whatever is bothering you looks up soon! <span><img alt="coolshine.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/coolshine.gif"></span><br>
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I'd planned to swing by Target today to see if they had anything that would fit (I'm fluffy) but my day .... did not go well.</div>
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<p>Baby diapers! I still find it bizarre that I'm actually going to have a new baby.</p>
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<p>Today I woke up before dawn to my SO, who will work until tomorrow, rinsing off my littlest girl after an adventurous poop. A+ for him not waking me intentionally! He was even late for work. My oldest daughter, who is endlessly fascinated with why I have to pee in a cup at office visits, is four today (and so sassy!) and we heard the babies heartbeat for the 1st time <img alt="heartbeat.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/heartbeat.gif"> She says it's a boy baby because girl babies bite. I wonder if my 13mo is a secret biter? I have my 1st chiro appnt of this pregnancy tomorrow, been so achey in my back and hips. </p>
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<p>The MW says my uterus feels like I'm 16w as opposed to 12w so.....that's interesting <img alt="om.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/om.gif"></p>
 

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<p>I like hearing happy stuff!!!!!  Today I went for my 13 week appt. and baby was being too stubborn and moving too much for her to find a HB.  I wasn't worried because we have been hearing it for weeks and I listened just yesterday on my doppler at home and got 155 BPM.  Anyway, she did an ultrasound and sure enough, there was babe waving and jumping around with the little heart fluttering = ) And, then someone gave me a Medela breast pump, the kind that comes in the backpack...YEAH!  I plan on exclusively breastfeeding but I figured it's free and I may use it so it was good luck for me.</p>
 

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<p>Congrats to all on heartbeat-hearing and those growing babies! 13w+2days here, and I'm happily declaring myself in the second trimester. We've also been sharing the news (I loved that Thanksgiving story posted in another thread!), and it feels really good.</p>
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<p>I don't have another prenatal appt for another whole week and half  ... my nausea and vomiting have been quickly retreating (yay!), but so too has that undeniable reassurance that the preggy hormones are indeed flowing. I've been having a lot of pinchy-pully pains and aches all around my lower abdomen -- what I hope are growing pains. It comes and goes. I had lots of this early on.  My doc warned me that it's common to feel this big time in the second tri, but I must admit it makes me nervous. Is anyone else experiencing this?</p>
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<p>My exciting news is that I'm waiting on the delivery of our new washing machine this morning! This is huge for us (the old was awful to an extreme, spin cycle was all but broken, and made a smell that has been making life extremely unpleasant for me, too) ... we decided to go for a brand new one, thinking ahead a little to cloth diapers. Can't wait!</p>
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<p>Tonight is the first night of Chanukah, which is really one of my fav holidays.  My husband just let me know that he finally scored some candles for our chanukiah, which is not a given in this not-large city in Germany where we live. I'm so happy we made it this far in the journey, and I'm in the mood to celebrate miracles big and small.  So chag sameach, and a good rest of your week to everybody!</p>
 

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<p>Crummy week here, multiple big things in our house breaking. Our pump to our radiant heat, electrical issues, washer, I feel really frustrated and just sick of feeling not my best. Just trying to stay warm today.</p>
 

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<p>Mamatoabunch, I hear you on that.  I have a redirecting computer virus and DH was installing a handle on the sliding glass door on Sat. and the glass just broke due to it being so cold out.  I hate it when the big things go and you haven't budgeted for them.</p>
 

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<p> Yup, it's "round ligament pain". To me, it sort of feels like a quick punch in the ovary or something when I move weird. Supposedly, more common in susequent pregnancies.</p>
 

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<p>So sorry to you cold, trying to get through a rough week mamas <img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif"></p>
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<p>Congrats on your new washing machine, homestyle! </p>
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<p>I had my first chiro appointment today and will be going twice a week from now on. I feel better but will eventually tire of so many appointments between this and when my doc appointments become bi-weekly/weekly nevermind all the kiddo appointments. I'm bracing myself for the 11th-24th when my SO will be out of state for work. I barely see him now with his schedule but having no help whatsoever will be an adjustment. I've been a single mama more than I haven't been so I know I'm capable of anything but I am kind of spoiled these days <img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif"></p>
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<p>Now that we're inching toward the 2nd tri how are you all feeling? </p>
 

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<p>Wow, you sound BUSY!  Sorry you'll be managing by yourself for a bit, and right before/during the holidays?!  Eek!</p>
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<p>RE 2nd trimester, I'm feeling pretty dang good!  Energy seems to be returning, thank the Gods, and stomach issues seem to be resolving themselves as well.  Yay!  I'm surprised at how much movement I'm feeling already.  I felt both the girls early, too, but not THIS early, and not this much.  Makes me wonder sometimes if they didn't miss a kid on that dating u/s.  Hubby insists that that DOES happen, but really, what are the odds?  I'm going with just one very, very busy baby. LOL</p>
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<p>How about you?</p>
 

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<p>It sounds like everyone has a lot going on! We've had the same issues with things breaking. For the past week our van battery, which is a few months old, died if the car wasn't used for more than a few hours. Very frustrating! We finally figured out that the fan for the heater wasn't turning off when the car was off and it was running it out. So we handled that. Now our heat is out upstairs in our big, drafty, old house! I have 2 new space heaters in the bedrooms anyway because I'm a heat junky, but it's just another thing to spend money on...</p>
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<p>I bought a bunch of nb and small cloth diapers on diaperswappers this week! (we, right before the van and the heat need fixed...I may get in a little trouble for that...) I got some great deals and am so excited to rebuild my diaper stash! Cloth diapers--one of the best things about having a baby!</p>
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<p>@Kawa Kamuri, haven't you had some thoughts before that you might have twins in there too?? Maybe you're on to something. Sounds like you'll be more very welcoming if there are. :) I know what you mean about going from being a single mom to feeling a little spoiled by having a good partner. I just had a funny convo with DP about that like 45 minutes ago. I was a single mom for 1.5 years with 2 very little kids and now DP just told me he thinks I'm "pampered." lol I told him I deserve it and he agrees. <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Hope everyone has a good week!</span></p>
 

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<p>@Kawa Kamuri, haven't you had some thoughts before that you might have twins in there too?? Maybe you're on to something. Sounds like you'll be more very welcoming if there are. :) I know what you mean about going from being a single mom to feeling a little spoiled by having a good partner. I just had a funny convo with DP about that like 45 minutes ago. I was a single mom for 1.5 years with 2 very little kids and now DP just told me he thinks I'm "pampered." lol I told him I deserve it and he agrees. <span><img alt="thumb.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumb.gif"></span></p>
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<br><p>Of course you deserve it! </p>
<p>I only have one seemingly healthy little baby growing inside of me <img alt="joy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif">and my EDD stayed the same. I figure I'm I'm measuring ahead because my uterus is old and tired <img alt="winky.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/winky.gif"></p>
 

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<p>I have been too busy to get on here much, but I wanted to check in.  I hope everyone is doing well.  I am starting to feel a little better.  A little.  I'm 14 weeks now, so anytime now I can start feeling great!  :p  I do feel a little more energetic, but still have nausea, grrrrr.</p>
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<p>And we still haven't decided on a care provider and birth plans!  I wrote my hubby a long email about why I want a homebirth and I have been pestering him to talk about it so we can decide and get on with having appointments and stuff.  I'm not worried, because I can tell that everything seems to be going fine, but I would like to get a relationship started with a midwife and start getting prenatal care.</p>
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<p>My grandfather is dieing of lymphoma...he has less than two months left.  I never knew him very well but I am sad for my mom and grandmother.</p>
 

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<p>I have been starting to feel better, still not 100% and I'll continue to have dry heaves in the morning until baby comes, but it's still so much better. My EDD says 13+ wks. but it's called estimated for a reason, so who knows exactly how far along I am. I don't really care, I just say sometime in June. :) Thanksgiving was great, except for the 12+ hr. drive to TX and back again with the 3 kids was not pleasant. </p>
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<p>Anyone else have a big belly, but it's not rock hard? ;)</p>
 

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<p>HI everyone!</p>
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<p>I am so happy to be in my second trimester as of today!! Still have some light nausea but it improves everyday....started weaning off my progesterone last week and will continue to slowly wean till I am off completely in another week....feeling baby thump around a bit off and on but nothing regular yet. Next midwife visit and sonogram is Dec 27th! Hope to find out what we are having then! :)</p>
 

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<p>Anyone else have a big belly, but it's not rock hard? ;)</p>
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<br><br><p>Me, fluffy mama and many babies equals mushy baby pregnant belly.</p>
 

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<p>My grandfather is dieing of lymphoma...he has less than two months left.  I never knew him very well but I am sad for my mom and grandmother.</p>
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<br><br><p>I am very sorry mama.</p>
 

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<p>My grandfather is dieing of lymphoma...he has less than two months left.  I never knew him very well but I am sad for my mom and grandmother.</p>
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<br><br><p>I am very sorry mama.</p>
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<p>sorry about your grandpa, Barefoot Scientist.  hugs to you and family.</p>
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<p>homestyle - I am jealous of the new washing machine!  We are doing a fairly big remodel (for us, anyway) enclosing the carport and adding a second bathroom, so I'll soon have a massage studio at home!  Sheetrock is up, so maybe it'll be finished by mid January?  I'm trying to be conservative with my estimates so I don't get disappointed when it takes way longer than it should.  But in the meantime, for months!, no laundry at our house.  My mom lives in town and we do it at her house, so at least there's not laundromat to deal with (those days were not my favorite) but it's still a pain in the butt carting laundry all over the place. </p>
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<p>First midwife appointment is next Tuesday, and I'll be 11 weeks.  Hoping we'll hear a heartbeat so I can breathe a little easier and this will finally become real...  after we hear the heartbeat is when we've decided we'll announce the pregnancy to the wide world.  Though I have a really hard time keeping pregnancy a secret, and most close to me already know - and it wouldn't be hard for others to guess, as my belly is looking pretty convincingly poochy, I've been doing the rubber band trick for weeks.</p>
 

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<p>hi all, not keeping up as i'd like. sorry for not responding to individuals very well. </p>
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<p><strong>barefoot scientist</strong>, i am sorry about your grandfather. hugs to you and your family.</p>
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<p>news brief around here: had my first ultrasound today because mw thought my uterus was really big for my dates. looks like i have a 14 weeker growing in there! so interesting that while i do not really want much in the way of interventions, it is kinda neat to get a glimpse of this tiny person in my womb. really sweet even.</p>
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<p>i don't have another appointment with mw until 20 weeks, which is mid-january. it seems like a long ways off. </p>
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<p>oh, and i did not "pass" the 1-hr glucose test (i know i tested early -- old post about that somewhere...). i am going to consult with a nutritionist and hopefully skip the 3-hr test and go straight for the diet management. i just want to be cautious and really work on my diet. especially now that the nausea is going away and i don't just want to eat carbs carbs carbs.</p>
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<p>it's looking like a rainy weekend here. i'm looking forward to have a restful and cozy couple of days. i hope you all have a wonderful weekend, too! <img alt="blowkiss.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/blowkiss.gif"></p>
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