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<p>Thanks for all the good wishes. It worked and we had an absolutely awesome time. We had two days of rain, but one of those days we went to the other side of the island and just had overcast skies. Im so greatful because we had friends who went the week before us and left a couple days after we got there and they didnt have as great of luck.  I managed to get a pretty fair tan, DD had a blast celebrating her 3rd bday and hubby and I got to really spend some good time together reconnecting. I wanted to share some pictures from the birthstones with you guys, thought you might find them interesting.  Ill hide them so they dont take over the thread.</p>
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<p>Can you see the reclining ladies? There are multiple possibilities..</p>
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<p>A cradle for breasts and belly. I imagine the cold stone must have felt so wonderful.</p>
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<p>The light here was amazing, shifting and changing by the second. It felt so peaceful.</p>
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<p>My Hawaiian Princess </p>
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<p>Here are more pics of you are interested <a href="http://s1180.photobucket.com/albums/x401/MamaLlamaMama/Hawaii/" target="_blank">http://s1180.photobucket.com/albums/x401/MamaLlamaMama/Hawaii/</a></p>
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<p>Im sad to be home, but really thankful for the experience. I cant believe that it will be atleast a couple years before I get somewhere tropical again. Im part hawaiian so this seattle weather just isnt my favorite. Looking forward to the summer. I do really enjoy July - Sept here. Im soooo not thrilled with the amount of weight I gained though! 4 lbs in 2 weeks!!! That's no good for me. I was trying to keep the whole pregnancy under 15 lbs. I had gained 6lbs so far before leaving. Im really hoping a couple of these lbs comes off in the next couple weeks.</p>
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<p><strong>Almamiel,</strong> Hope you had a great time in SD and lots of Sun! So glad your level 2 showed an all clear! Happy vibes for an uneventful healthy pregnancy from here on out~ Congrats on the new car! We bought a new to us car right after we found out I was preggo.</p>
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<p><strong>samstress,</strong> Your evening out with DH sounds like it was alot of fun. Glad you are liking your Bradley classes. Score! on the cosleeper :)</p>
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<p><strong>quinbearzmama,</strong> Some of the kicks lately are downright painful! DD even notices them now and will point out how she sees my tummy move.</p>
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<p><strong>Pagreenmama,</strong> Welcome to team pink! I feel the same way.. so excited for DD to have a sister.</p>
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<p><strong>BorninSeptember,</strong> Welcome. I definitely feel "nesty" lately. Good luck on setting up the nursery. Do you have any theme in mind?</p>
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<p><strong>jrsmom</strong>, Hope you are feeling better! You have had a tough run of it lately! rylee, congrats on finding out baby is a girl!</p>
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<p><strong>kmb9906,</strong> Post pics of your nursery when it is done! Im still undecided on if we will do anything for this one. DD still cosleeps and I figure both of them will stay in our bed for another couple years probably. I still have to finish DD's room before baby is here. I was planning on putting the crib up in there for naps, maybe. So glad you had a good talk with you care provider and feel so supported!</p>
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<p><strong>MrsBone,</strong> Ugh.. sucks that a stomach flu hit your house and prevented your night away. Hope you get another chance before the new baby comes. We would really like to do one night away soon. We havent gotten a night away since DD was born. elonwy, ((hug)) Its so hard when plans change like that! Especially a big thing like where you will birth. I hope you love the new location even more even if it is farther. Yay for stronger baby kicks! How wonderful DH can feel baby now!</p>
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<p><strong>Danilou,</strong> That sounds like a very sweet Christmas gift to your family. Hoping your DH gets hired again quickly and you can get your birth team in place. Geekgolightly, Glad to hear you are feeling better and your bloodpressure is doing well! Yay!</p>
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<p><strong>Karen,</strong> We bought a Chrystler Pacifica and LOVE it. We looked at everything from minivans to SUVs for months, checked the safety ratings, gas milage, features, prices, reviews.. and it won hands down. It seats 7 (but only 4 car seats and two front seat passengers. They make a model with a bench seat in the center row, but we have the bucket seats. It's an AWD, which was a nessecity for us with all the rain here plus hubby does a fair amount of snowboarding and I like to have a good snow car. We were able to get a great deal on a fully loaded model, 3 years old, but in perfect condition. You might want to check them out.</p>
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<p><strong>reelgeek,</strong> so glad your company is taking it well! Sorry to hear you got rained out but sounds like you had a great time regardless ;)</p>
 

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<p>Yay! I'm glad you had a great time :)</p>
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<p>My San Diego trip got pushed back to 2/10 - which means I have Atlanta, DC, San Diego, and potentially Santa Cruz coming up in the next 5 weeks..<span><img alt="yikes2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/yikes2.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Much more than I usually travel (usually 1X per month), but trying to squeeze in a bunch before March and hitting 32 weeks!</span></p>
 

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<p>Nice pictures, Mamachef!  Glad you had a good time! </p>
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<p>We're planning a trip to Hawaii in February 2012.  It will be our third trip.  Once it was just DH and I.  The 2nd trip we had 2 kids.  Next time, we'll have 4! </p>
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<p>I don't think I've mentioned yet, that I'm going to Cancun next month for 3 nights all by myself.  I have a conference there that could not be missed.  I don't like traveling without my family, but it would be so expensive and we're taking a vacation in March so we couldn't turn the Cancun trip into a vacation.  I imagine other than missing my family and being frightened of the airport in Mexico, I'll manage to have a nice time and relax a little! </p>
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<p>I spent this weekend at a conference too.  Fortunately it was in Chicago, so just a little drive for me.  I'm exhausted though, and overwhelmed at all I must accomplish (business wise) before May!</p>
 

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<p>Welcome back MamaChef, I am glad you had a good time. Hawaii is such a healing place.</p>
<p>It's official... my left boob is leaking. Now that this is happening.. is it going to keep it up the whole time or will it come and go? I'm 22 weeks over here, isn't that a bit early?</p>
 

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<p>Welcome back, MamChef. Those pics are truly amazing!</p>
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<p>I wish I could start pumping now, lol. I am going to be starting law school when the baby is 2 or 3 mos old depending when he/she comes and I am really worried about not having a freezer stash. I stayed home with both of my kids when they were infants so this is new to me.</p>
 

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<p>MamaChef- So glad you had a wonderful time in Hawaii.  We go to visit my in-laws Feb 16th and although I'm not looking forward to staying with them I am really looking forward to the weather- currently 75 F there vs 6 F here!  I will take a look at the Pacifica.  We really need to find something that works for our family</p>
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<p>Almamiel- good luck with all that travel.  Sounds exhausting.</p>
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<p>Jrsmom- Cancun sounds wonderful.  A few days to soak in some sun and enjoy just yourself and that baby within :)</p>
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<p>AFM- Last week I came down with a bad stomach flu on Wed.- vomiting, diarrhea, fever - just terrible for 24 hrs and then just a residual stomach ache until Saturday.  I'm feeling fine now but still unsure where I picked it up and still hoping my kids don't come down with it.  I am officially a zombie from endless nights of leg cramps- I am stretching, drinking loads of fluids, cal/mag supplement... not sure what else to do.  Had this with my other 2 pregnancies- up every 1-2 hrs and then up for 30-40 mins waiting for the cramps to subside.  One of those rites of passage for me.  Now I've turned all that time at night into feeding my cloth diaper addiction- looking at wool covers and newborn dipes, reading reviews on minivans and reading some pointless novels.  I may consult with an accupuncturist as that helped a little bit with the last pregnancy leg cramps.  Loving how much this baby moves and kicks.  DD2 was a very quiet baby and this baby is similar to DD1- karate kid.</p>
 

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<p><strong>Almamiel,</strong><br>
That is a LOT of travel!  After baby comes how long do you get to take a break from travelling?<br><br><strong>jrsmom,</strong> Cancun sounds wonderful!  I hope you get some time to pamper yourself.  I think next year we'll head down to San Diego since its so much shorter of a flight and we are seriously contemplating a move to that area.<br><br><strong>elonwy</strong>,  do you wear a bra?  Sometimes that little bit of pressure discourages leaking.  Hard to say it it will continue, but on the plus side, I bet you dont have any supply issues :)<br><br><strong>evergreen,</strong><br>
wow!  that's alot to start w/ a new baby!  Just start pumping from the get go, after every feeding to increase your supply and you should have a great jump on the freezer stash by the time you go back to school.<br><br><strong>Karen,</strong> Ugh for stomach flus!!  And no sleeping on top of it is just plain not fair.  Maybe some calf massage by DH would help?  ;)  Ill use any excuse for a massage though.<br><br><strong>AFM</strong> - Im super excited because some things really crystallized for DH and I when we were on vacation.  We had so much time to talk and dream.  We had a mildly successful software we sold a bit back and Ive been trying to figure out what to invest in for awhile now.  I had always assumed that Id use the money to finance my midwifery studies since Bastyr is a pretty darn expensive school.. but I just dont see midwifery in the cards for me for awhile.  I dont want to miss my children's Christmas mornings.. I dont want to miss their birthdays, or not be able to travel as much as we had always planned to when we had had children.  I want to expose them to the world with us.  So these last few years have been a really hard time of push and pull. But the reality is, I dont really do things halfway and working with pregnant women consumes me when I do it.. so my thoughts of taking a client a month, taking months off, etc.. just would never be a reality. </p>
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<p><em>Im hiding this next part because I really do respect everyone's individual journey to childbirth, but really wanted to share part of my process and where Im at.  It discusses hypnosis and childbirth.  I would suggest that if you are doing a hypnosis childbirth prep you just skip it.  It has nothing to do with your journey or your experience.  Everyone is so unique and different.  My journey is mine.. enjoy yours.</em></p>
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<p>I finished my own hypnosis for childbirth and additional add ons for the childbearing year a couple months ago, but I just cant bring myself to publish it.  I have a friend whose company really supported me on the journey (not financially) and they are thrilled with it and would like to go ahead.  But the problem is.. I dont know how much I believe in boxed hypnosis anymore.  I was a doula for 4 years before I became a hypnotherapist 6 years ago.  For 2 years before I became a hypnotherapist I worked with women on the hypnobabies program.  I worked with women one on one 4 for years and after I had my daughter I started women on my program to self study.  My stats Ive collected over these years are mixed.  On one hand there has been amazing success with "painless" childbirth with one on one sessions and a doula or birth partner trained in queues.  But one really surprising thing was the increased rates and severity of post partum depression that I saw when women did not have painless childbirths or their births deviated from what they had hoped.  Ive spent the last year going over these stats and client questionnaires.  Comparing them with the stats that 3 local midwives have submitted to Mana for their nonhypnosis clients and the help of two psychotherapists that specialize in women's issues.  I thought at first if I could tweak my program to address these issues then Id feel good about it.  But the deeper I got into it, the more I talked with my hypnotherapist colleagues the more I talked with shame theorists, I just cant do it.  It sucks to spend years of your life creating something that you feel could hurt people ultimately.  I would no doubt use hypnosis with clients in person in a heartbeat, I still very much believe in that.  The things beyond childbirth that Ive seen women work through with hypnosis has been nothing short of amazing.  Ive seen sexual abuse trauma be worked out in 2 sessions after years and years of traditional therapy.. Ive seen women start lactating during a hypnosis session that couldnt produce enough to feed their babies, shirts wet like stigmata after releasing their shame and grief.  Ive been to dozens and dozens of peaceful births that women classified as powerful but painless...  Its an amazing tool.  Its just not my path right now to be a clinical hypnotherapist either.  If I was going to do that Id really like to get my masters and become a therapist, because I think sitting with women in those moments deserves that level of education.</p>
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<p>My family has been in restaurants for generations now and that was always my second choice.  I ran a small catering company before selling it to move to WA.  But it's a hard business and requires alot of time.. it also means depending on alot of people who may or may not be dedicated to your business.  The workforce in restaurant service is so transient.  Ive spent my career in technology managing and motivating people and I just dont know that I have it in me anymore.  I find myself frustrated that people cant just do their jobs and do them well more then coming up with ideas on how to motivate them to their potential.<br><br>
Soooo.. I think Ive finally figured out that Id like to make a line of products instead.  It really brings together my whole job history of technology/marketing/management with my love of food and passion to create healthy food options for people.  Ive got a cache of recipes and have already sourced so many ingredients because of the restaurant ideas.  Id like to focus on vegetarian "meat" products because I feel like what is on the market largely sucks or is made of things I dont want to put in my body.  So, Ive actually got a kitchen incubator site all picked out that I had looked into before and plan to spend the next year perfecting recipes, creating packaging and a business plan, securing orders, etc.. and hopefully by the time baby is 1 Ill be able to get away for 8 hours a week to create the product in bulk.  Im really excited about this because it feels right.  <br><br>
We have also made a decision to relocate in the next 2-5 years.  I need sun.  I miss california desperately.  We have decided on the area between laguna and north of San Diego.  I really like Oceanside on paper so Im excited to visit and see if it meets my expectations.  Im so tired of Seattle grey and how unfamily and child friendly it is up here.  Im such a fan of the charter school system they have in CA.. and how they have parks and child friendly restaurants.  LOL.  The only snag is that our existing company is so dependent on Microsoft for it's business and its a really big deal to be where we are in that relationship.  I hope that we can figure out a way to be that remote and still keep that business.<br><br>
Anyway, I know that is alot.. but just wanted to share it all because Im so excited about where we are headed.  Im so excited about this new baby joining our family and coming on this ride with us :)  It all kind of feels suspended until she gets here.</p>
 

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<p>MamaChef- I don't wear a bra when I'm home (I kind of hate the things) and that's when it happened. If that's the case, that makes sense then. </p>
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<p>I used to live in SoCal. Lovely are you are thinking about :)</p>
 

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<p>Mamachef - I will get a break - I traveled for my boss after she had her third and she'll do the same for me. Not sure how long I'll do no traveling, just as I'm not sure how long I'll take for maternity leave. I work for a great, family friendly, company, but my role comes with some pretty big responsibility. Also, dh is a stay at home dad, so I thankfully childcare isn't an issue. Your plans are so exciting! Sounds like you had a great vacation and also came back to a great "place."</p>
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<p>Evergreen - super exciting about law school!!! Pumping, while tedious, always worked out well for us and we luckily never had any supply issues. I pumped to about 16 months with both the girls and it worked out fine (bf longer but gave up the pump!).</p>
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<p>jr'smom - Cancun sounds heavenly...</p>
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<p>KarenMT - leg cramps suck <span><img alt="greensad.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/greensad.gif"></span></p>
 

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<p>Hi all, glad to see you're doing well...</p>
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<p>I'm going to rant a tiny bit here... Work is super over-rated.  I'm going through a merger at work and took an hours reduction to set myself up better for next fall... coming back at 20 hrs a week.  However, my job responsibilities haven't been reduced yet... and there's all this extra merger work to do.  Meh.  I'm so over it.  I have made myself heard on this issue with the powers that be.  I guess I wish I were coasting instead of dealing with a merger right now.</p>
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<p>I'm managing to stay almost as active and exercising as I want to but I find myself crashing out from work stress on occasion.  Luckily hubby got me a massage certificate so I'm going to the spa this weekend, got someone to teach my normal friday night yoga class for me.</p>
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<p>That's the end of my rant. :) thanks for listening.</p>
 

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<p>Evergreen - super exciting about law school!!! Pumping, while tedious, always worked out well for us and we luckily never had any supply issues. I pumped to about 16 months with both the girls and it worked out fine (bf longer but gave up the pump!).</p>
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<p>That's good. Dh is going to stay home with the kids my first year so I am really scared teh baby is going to prefer him over me. That would break my heart!<br>
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<p>MamaChef- good for you, being able to come to a resolution on what direction you want your biz/career to take in the coming years. Change is hard but feels wonderful.  I work in database/software industry and really want to get out but right now is not the time.  My goal is to go back to school for accupuncture and work with patients to manage chronic pain.  This is my last child and I'm hoping that once DD2 is in school full-time and we don't have the yoke of childcare costs, that I can begin school.  I may try and take some of the pre-req. science classes on a part-time basis in the next year or so, that is my hope.</p>
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<p>Annaconda- I know where you are with less hours and the same amount of work.  For a while my company was doing really bad and cut me to a 4-day work week but somehow I still was doing the same amount of work.</p>
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<p>AFM- I made an appt with an accupuncturist, recommended by my daughter's pediatrician, for next Thursday. It's $75 for the first appt and $50 each visit thereafter but if several visits result in my being able to sleep I'll gladly fork over the money.  I tried deep massage on my calves last night before bed.  Drank TONS of fluids yesterday.  Stretched and took my cal/mag supplement but still was up half the night with leg cramps.  It feels like some form of torture to be so horribly exhausted and I can't fall asleep because I feel like my legs are so cramped and uncomfortable. </p>
 

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<p><br><strong>elonwy</strong>,<br>
Im not a fan of bras either.  Maybe a more clingy but not restrictive tank top would work?  I bet it is the fabric brushing on your nipple paired with the no pressure.<br><br><strong>Almamiel,</strong><br>
Glad you have such flexibility and support from hubby.  I used to travel alot for my job before I met DH and sometimes I miss it :)  I love to fly and see new places.<br><br><strong>annaconda,</strong><br>
I officially vowed to never work for anyone but myself ever again when I was pregnant with my first and working a long term engagement for a company that expected lotsa work in little hours.  I mean, Im productive, but not that darn productive!  I have found throughout my life that when you finally stop trying to please them and just do the work level you are comfortable with you are happier and they dont do anything because generally, you are still more productive them most other people and replacing trained people is way more expensive then adjusting to realistic expectations :)<br><br><br><strong>Karen,</strong><br>
Ive been a jack of all trades at this point in technology.. but my DBA/report writing stint was probably the one I liked best.  It was nice to not deal with anything but queries and data.. LOL.  I also think its one of the best jobs for women to have in technology because of not having to deal with the hubris wars of some other positions.  If I ever did anything with technology directly again, that would be it.  I still do some report writing and queries for DH's company very rarely.. everything else makes me want to poke my eyes out.  I started at 19 with CCNA, then CCDE.. decided I was sick of networking and went MCSE and my final cert before I decided my brain couldnt hold anymore data was MCA SQL.  It was really hard to decide that I couldnt do tech anymore and I was really greatful hubby was able to take over everything and bring on contractors.  Everyone thought I was crazy.. but I was just so burnt out and the midwifery bug had been co-consuming me for so long at that point.  Good for you for finding something healing that you want to pursue.  It's been really important to me that I do something tangible and concrete after existing in the world of etheral data for so long.</p>
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<p>had my midwife appt yesterday, got on the scale and it said i had gained FIFTEEN FRIGGIN POUNDS.</p>
<p>i was so depressed and shocked...then my husband suggested i re-weigh myself sans jacket and lo and behold i had gained like 9.6 lbs. </p>
<p>which is still TEN POUNDS. =___=</p>
<p>but that's better than 15, right?!</p>
<p>i guess technically i lost 8 with morning sickness and gained that back plus another 2. sheesh. they weren't concerned but i was a bit!! lol</p>
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<p>baby girl is doing good, all bloodwork and tests and ultrasounds came back good. thank the lord!</p>
<p>i have to go back for another ultrasound because (well honestly i am choosing to go back) she was breech and they saw none of her spine so hopefully she will have moved by then. :p</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ryleeee</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1293490/chat-thread-january-23-29#post_16216050"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>had my midwife appt yesterday, got on the scale and it said i had gained FIFTEEN FRIGGIN POUNDS.</p>
<p>i was so depressed and shocked...then my husband suggested i re-weigh myself sans jacket and lo and behold i had gained like 9.6 lbs. </p>
<p>which is still TEN POUNDS. =___=</p>
<p>but that's better than 15, right?!</p>
<p>i guess technically i lost 8 with morning sickness and gained that back plus another 2. sheesh. they weren't concerned but i was a bit!! lol</p>
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Geez. Now you have me worried. I've gained 20lbs since the beginning of the pregnancy, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere but my belly. The midwife said that it was fine and I should be more worried about gaining too little weight. Should I be worried?</p>
 

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<p>I've gained 20lbs too, most of which seems to be in my belly. They're keeping an eye on me cause I started out slightly overweight, but it's not really an issue.</p>
 

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Geez. Now you have me worried. I've gained 20lbs since the beginning of the pregnancy, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere but my belly. The midwife said that it was fine and I should be more worried about gaining too little weight. Should I be worried?</p>
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<p>Mama- I had gained 20lbs at this point with my last two pregnancies and *no one* was worried- I think my overall w.g. for both was around 35lbs.  I haven't been as hungry with this one/had a ton of morning sickness, so I think I'm around 13lbs?  And my midwife told me I should think about gaining more weight- so I don't think 15-20 is a big deal??</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>reelgeek</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1293490/chat-thread-january-23-29#post_16216523"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><p>Geez. Now you have me worried. I've gained 20lbs since the beginning of the pregnancy, but it doesn't seem to be anywhere but my belly. The midwife said that it was fine and I should be more worried about gaining too little weight. Should I be worried?</p>
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Nope, I don't think you should be worried at all.  My midwife always told me it was more about what type of food you were gaining the weight with than the actual amount of gain, to a certain extent. I'm not counting the weight I gained after losing from m/s but I've gained about 13lbs above my normal weight.  Mind you, I am tiny and with my prior pregnancies I gained 25 total- but wished I'd gained more as nursing requires a ton of calories and I ended up being ravenous all the time the first 3 mths.  Just go with what your midwife is telling you.  Everyone starts at a different baseline and has a different body type.<br>
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<p>I started out about 15lbs overweight and have gained probably about 20lbs now - a bit more than I'd like, but I gained  35 with each of the girls and I'm right on track to do that again. Not too worried about it!</p>
 

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<p>Thank you for the support... Karen MT & Mamachef...</p>
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<p>Mamachef - I too want to have my own business and am moving in that direction... however, starting my yoga therapy practice is on the other side of more certification.  And that is on the other side of kid time... which is just beginning for me.  I have to hope that this transitional garbage of the merger and finding my new, reduced role will result in everything I want come next September.  If not... if it continues to be a true pain in the ass, I may not go back and just teach a bunch of yoga.  But I'm going to give things a shot. </p>
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<p>Particularly bad day... ended up soothing with food and crying on my hubby for an hour.  He was amazing.</p>
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<p>Meh.  Tomorrow I go to the spa.  So suck it, work!</p>
 
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