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<p>I really relate to feeling behind in getting the house ready.  I don't feel behind in "buying stuff," because I can do that online anytime, but as I get bigger it gets harder to shift and reorganize things.  Today, my husband and I made a list of things that really need to get done before the baby comes.  We also shifted around our bed and some furniture in our room so that we could put the cradle next to the bed.  But we need to create clothing/diaper supplies/and toy (though we hope to keep toy footprint low) storage in this three bedroom apartment!  And I need to find a spot for all the stuff on top of our dresser that I'm going to displace when I put the changing pad up there.</p>
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<p>I sent an email to a designer/carpenter friend of ours.  I'm really hoping to have him design some sort of shelving that can go over and next to our bed, to serve as bookshelf headboard and night tables.  I think our space is too small for something that isn't custom-built.  We'll see if he's even interested.</p>
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<p>I doubt we'll get much done until January, as the holidays are keeping us very busy, but I feel better that we took some measurements and talked about options. </p>
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<p>As for amount of stuff, I'm hoping to get by with just a changing pad, cradle with sheets, clothing, diapers and diaper supplies, a couple of toiletries, and a small bin for toys.  We already have tons of books (baby/children's books).  We also have a Moby wrap and will buy a car seat (we don't own a car, but our friends and parents do).  And depending on how breast feeding and my work situation goes, I'll probably need a pump and breast milk storage supplies and bottles, but maybe not for the first few months.</p>
 

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Ooooh- I can't wait to start organizing rooms!! Our bedroom remodeling project has turned into a complete demolition and start over project... the 2 back rooms are now gutted completely, so we just need to haul all the nasty stuff out and then we can start putting up insulation and walls. And a new floor. And build a closet. ugh. But then- I can start setting up baby stuff!! <img alt="orngbiggrin.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif">
 

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<p>necessary baby stuff: diapers, wipes, if CDing a diaper pail and wet bags, clothes (expect to change their outfit at least three times a day for the first few months), diaper bag (or other large bag that can fit the purpose), carseat, carrier, receiving blankets (I had 15, because I was using them as burp clothes, swaddling, and nursing covers), a couple other baby blankets, changing pads are really handy, and someplace to lay the baby down. </p>
 

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<p>We are getting ready for christmas. We put up the tree today and this wk, I hope to do some baking and finish the little details of decorating. The girls are so excited for christmas. DD1 ask Santa for a baby blanket for our baby. She is such a sweetheart!!! <span><img alt="luxlove.gif" height="19" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" width="17"></span></p>
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<p>I'm 27wks pg today!!! Only 13wks left. <span><img alt="bigeyes.gif" height="15" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" width="19"></span> I keep telling myself that after christmas, I will set up and clean all the baby stuff to be ready by the end of Jan for the baby. I can't beleive that it's only 13wks, I get to meet my baby. So exciting!!! I have all the important stuff like carseat, dipes, receiving blankets and other type of blankets, neutral newborn clothes and a place for him/her to sleep. :)</p>
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<p>The baby is really moving around for me but only when I'm alone and none of the girls are close by to feel the baby move. Little sneaker!!! LOL</p>
 

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<p>Decorated our chritmas tree tonight.  I'm so ridicoulsly sick.... there are times when i wonder if my coughing is strating to hurt the baby.. ( i highly dobut it, just irrating likley)</p>
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<p>everyone is so busy! i'm starting to feel name-stress, with no clue as to what to call this mystery baby. but, i'm giving myself permission to wait until after the holidays to let the baby gears start turning. of course thinking about things in terms of "weeks left" suuuuure does make it seem like i'm walking the wire. wow 23 weeks pregnant seems reasonable, 17 weeks left does not!</p>
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<p>I'm 27wks pg today!!! Only 13wks left. <span><img alt="bigeyes.gif" height="15" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" width="19"></span></p>
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<p>we have names but we are always open to change.. I actually had a dream last week with a possible new girl name for baby. ... so now we have two girl choices and one boy. I'm not super stressed about it i'm sure the baby will have a name</p>
 

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<p>easy to say with 3 names already!!! ;) i wonder if my husband has any picked out. we haven't even talked about it yet.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Aliy</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/40#post_16096740"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>we have names but we are always open to change.. I actually had a dream last week with a possible new girl name for baby. ... so now we have two girl choices and one boy. I'm not super stressed about it i'm sure the baby will have a name</p>
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<p>yea i know.... a lot of it is my DH though... he was ready and scouring names at like 8 weeks. I only have looked at names casue he asked me too!</p>
 

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<p>So it's not really all in my mind, I <em>am</em> officially huge.  Had an appointment with my midwife yesterday and I'm measuring 4 weeks ahead.  I really didn't want to get an ultrasound this time around, but it may be necessary for my midwife's peace of mind.  I'm pretty dang sure about my dates, and I don't think it's twins...so I'm not too concerned.  I was measuring slightly ahead during my first pregnancy, but nothing this extreme.  It just feels so early to be this big!  I'm already almost constantly out of breath and slightly uncomfortable.</p>
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<p>But now after reading through these last couple posts, I kinda want to get out all my baby stuff and organize it!  That might be our little project today.  I haven't bought anything new yet.  And I would say as a slightly experienced mom, you really don't need to worry too much about "stuff" in the beginning.  My essentials will be:</p>
<p>-cloth diapers and covers (have, may get a couple more)</p>
<p>-wipes (need more since we started using family cloth-these can be just cut up t-shirts)</p>
<p>-a couple more wipes/dirty diaper wash bags</p>
<p>-i'd like to get a moby wrap, I have a hotsling, maya wrap ring sling (my daughter hated it, I was probably using it wrong), and I have a mei tai for an older baby...wow it has been a long time since I've thought about baby-wearing!</p>
<p>-need another car seat</p>
<p>-some new clothes probably?  I'll have to see what I have already.</p>
<p>-a little vibrating baby seat which we have, kind of essential from my experience</p>
<p>-towels, clothes, wipes everywhere! in the bed, on the couch, in every room!  Things will be leaking profusely out of myself and the baby.</p>
<p>-arm's reach co-sleeper-i'll be feeling this one out this time.  Last time I started out with baby in the co-sleeper, and she ended up in our bed after a couple months.  Unfortunately we only have a full size bed, so I was always almost falling off the side.</p>
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<p>And I think that's all?  I was very eager to buy toys, as were a lot of relatives, but most are pretty unnecessary for quite a while.   </p>
 

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<p>I had my m/s appt this morning. All looks good. h/b was in the late 140's. baby's position was head down. :) My only concern was my b/p which was super low and would put someone else in a camatose state if they had my reading. Not sure how I can bring it more up than what i'm doing now. I don't drink coffee, tea or anything like that. I do eat salt and try to put more than what i like for taste but I still need it to taste good so that I can eat it, so I don't go overboard with it. Not sure what else to do. Looking online doesn't help as everything is talking about how to lower a b/p, not how to rise one, ykwim. lol</p>
 

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<p>Same here! Except my appt was last night. What's super low? Is it bothering you? Seems like the "treatment" would depend on the exact problem, unless the problem is just pregnancy. Someone else here said they had low bp too. Mine was 101/60 yesterday, but it's always that low (sometimes lower) and doesn't give me problems, so it's not considered low.<br>
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<p>my feet got really swollen last night. all I was doing was sitting at my computer for too long. not looking forward to swelling more. </p>
 

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<p>Oh no... we must all be entering into the wacky phase of pregnancy. I haven't had any swelling *yet* but last night I got a kink in my back that made it impossible to walk. I had to crawl to bed. And then from bed to the toilet, and then back again. It was horrible. I couldn't even sit up in bed to read my book. But, I laid in bed and expanded my spine as much as possible and really focused on straightening and opening and luckily woke up feeling fine again. Whew! I can't afford to miss any more work after our window and sickness stuff.</p>
 

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I think that if it's low and you don't feel any symptoms than that's ok but I am starting to feel some symptoms. :(  In my other pgcies, it used to be about 110/70, which is a normal b/p. There isn't much treatment, only taking in more salt and caffeine. <br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kaPOW!</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/40#post_16099727"><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><p>Same here! Except my appt was last night. What's super low? Is it bothering you? Seems like the "treatment" would depend on the exact problem, unless the problem is just pregnancy. Someone else here said they had low bp too. Mine was 101/60 yesterday, but it's always that low (sometimes lower) and doesn't give me problems, so it's not considered low.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sandrine</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/40#post_16099537"><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><p>I had my m/s appt this morning. All looks good. h/b was in the late 140's. baby's position was head down. :) My only concern was my b/p which was super low and would put someone else in a camatose state if they had my reading. Not sure how I can bring it more up than what i'm doing now. I don't drink coffee, tea or anything like that. I do eat salt and try to put more than what i like for taste but I still need it to taste good so that I can eat it, so I don't go overboard with it. Not sure what else to do. Looking online doesn't help as everything is talking about how to lower a b/p, not how to rise one, ykwim. lol</p>
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<p>Awe, I'm sorry it's causing you problems. :( I wouldn't have any trouble eating more salt right now, I'm totally craving saltier things lately and salting my food more than I usually do. Are you going to try that?<br>
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I think that if it's low and you don't feel any symptoms than that's ok but I am starting to feel some symptoms. :(  In my other pgcies, it used to be about 110/70, which is a normal b/p. There isn't much treatment, only taking in more salt and caffeine. <br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kaPOW!</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/40#post_16099727"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Same here! Except my appt was last night. What's super low? Is it bothering you? Seems like the "treatment" would depend on the exact problem, unless the problem is just pregnancy. Someone else here said they had low bp too. Mine was 101/60 yesterday, but it's always that low (sometimes lower) and doesn't give me problems, so it's not considered low.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sandrine</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/40#post_16099537"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I had my m/s appt this morning. All looks good. h/b was in the late 140's. baby's position was head down. :) My only concern was my b/p which was super low and would put someone else in a camatose state if they had my reading. Not sure how I can bring it more up than what i'm doing now. I don't drink coffee, tea or anything like that. I do eat salt and try to put more than what i like for taste but I still need it to taste good so that I can eat it, so I don't go overboard with it. Not sure what else to do. Looking online doesn't help as everything is talking about how to lower a b/p, not how to rise one, ykwim. lol</p>
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<p>Ack! I didn't realize that quoting someone captures the whole history of quotes!</p>
 

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<p>Sara~ I am trying to put more salt on my food and i'm trying to drink a pop a day but it seems like harder to get into a habit than say eating chocolate once a day. :lol:</p>
 

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<p>So, after I complained about my pelvic issues, baby B finally moved and within 2 days I stopped feeling the sharp, constant pain in the back of my pelvis.  It'll pop up if I'm lifting 2yo dd too much or something, but I don't dread getting up and walking around anymore.  I just have normal low back pain, and my usual SPD pain, which are both manageable, comparatively.  </p>
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<p>Today I had distribution of the poinsettia sale at my kids school, which I chaired.  It took way longer than I anticipated to get everything sorted out, so I missed lunch.  Then we got home, and the boys went downstairs to play (it was an early release day), and 8yo ds came howling back upstairs completely covered in blood from a wound around his eye.  11 yo dd took one look at him, completely freaked out and was screaming so frantically, I thought for sure he'd lost an eye.  Someone brought a rag and I put pressure on the approximate location of the injury while trying to assess if he had vision.  That was fine, thank goodness.  DD dialed the local clinic, and they had no one there to see children.  I'd have to drive 30 min to the ER.  The joys of small town life.  I finally got the bleeding stopped to look at the wound, and it was the TINIEST little puncture.  Puncture is probably even exaggerating.  An eighth of an inch little wound about an inch or so above his eye.  This is my bleeder kid.  So finally, I got him to look and see the wound in the mirror, and he could barely find it, and calmed down.  I sent him to the shower to wash the blood out of his hair and all is well, but I was just shaking from not eating yet and the adrenaline of all that screaming!  Dh doesn't have class tonight, but has an end of term project he has to work on, so he won't be home until late. I think I'll be ready to collapse into bed by then.</p>
 

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<p>Sand~surely the caffeine in the chocolate could only help. i say try out a heavy chocolate diet and find out ;) i think i'll give that a shot myself :D<br>
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<p>Today I had distribution of the poinsettia sale at my kids school, which I chaired.  It took way longer than I anticipated to get everything sorted out, so I missed lunch.  Then we got home, and the boys went downstairs to play (it was an early release day), and 8yo ds came howling back upstairs completely covered in blood from a wound around his eye.  11 yo dd took one look at him, completely freaked out and was screaming so frantically, I thought for sure he'd lost an eye.  Someone brought a rag and I put pressure on the approximate location of the injury while trying to assess if he had vision.  That was fine, thank goodness.  DD dialed the local clinic, and they had no one there to see children.  I'd have to drive 30 min to the ER.  The joys of small town life.  I finally got the bleeding stopped to look at the wound, and it was the TINIEST little puncture.  Puncture is probably even exaggerating.  An eighth of an inch little wound about an inch or so above his eye.  This is my bleeder kid.  So finally, I got him to look and see the wound in the mirror, and he could barely find it, and calmed down.  I sent him to the shower to wash the blood out of his hair and all is well, but I was just shaking from not eating yet and the adrenaline of all that screaming!  Dh doesn't have class tonight, but has an end of term project he has to work on, so he won't be home until late. I think I'll be ready to collapse into bed by then.</p>
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