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<p>Is it okay to post a photo in this thread? We got our shelves for baby storage and I'm trying really hard not to fill them up with non-baby things! But I really like them, especially how they split the room in half between the bed and my husband's work-at-home desk.  Also seen in this photo -- the cradle that my grandfather made in the late 1970s when I was born.  My parents used it for both me and my sister.  This is as close to a nursery as we are going to get in our small, 1-br apartment.</p>
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<p>My next appointment is January 4th, and I'm still once-a-month until March, when I'l see the midwife 3 times -- and then hopefully have a baby!  ;)</p>
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<p>Our annual holiday cookie party is tomorrow evening, so I'm off to bake all day.  I've made 750 cookies so far, and I'm trying to get to 1,000 (this is a scaled-back year for me) without burning out.</p>
 

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<p>Is it okay to post a photo in this thread? We got our shelves for baby storage and I'm trying really hard not to fill them up with non-baby things! But I really like them, especially how they split the room in half between the bed and my husband's work-at-home desk.  Also seen in this photo -- the cradle that my grandfather made in the late 1970s when I was born.  My parents used it for both me and my sister.  This is as close to a nursery as we are going to get in our small, 1-br apartment.</p>
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<p>My next appointment is January 4th, and I'm still once-a-month until March, when I'l see the midwife 3 times -- and then hopefully have a baby!  ;)</p>
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<p>Our annual holiday cookie party is tomorrow evening, so I'm off to bake all day.  I've made 750 cookies so far, and I'm trying to get to 1,000 (this is a scaled-back year for me) without burning out.</p>
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Love your shelves unit, your quilt and your cradle!!!</p>
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<p>I'm still waiting for Jan to start any prep but I starting to make plans in my head to see what will go where.</p>
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<p>It's crazy that Sept ddc is already up! We don't have much time left to get ready, it seems.</p>
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<p>I have the sweetest oldest dd. On her Santa's letter, she asked for a baby blanket for our new baby. She also told me that we needed to buy a gift for the baby for x-mas and also have a stocking for the baby. So last night, I went and got the Gloworld gym, a set of mitts, socks and hat in yellow and some pacifiers(just in case the baby needs it like dd3). I hid most except for the Glowworld gym and  DD1 was happy to know that we had a gift for baby. In the stocking I'll put the other 2 things with rattles, that I have in the baby toy box downstairs. I am sure that DD1 will be so excited to see the blanket and the stocking stuffers for the baby, plus seeing her own stuff. :)</p>
 

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<p>Hey mamas, I've been so busy with work and holiday prep that I haven't been around very much. </p>
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<p>We had that arctic blast in Atlanta last week and it was SO COLD.  I'm originally from VT so I'm used to cold, but it's so much harder when nobody is prepared for it.  Our house is so poorly insulated against the cold, all of our vents are on the ceiling....ugh, such a pain.  DP & the kids had bought me a maternity winter coat, so they gave it to me early, which has been a life-saver.  I thought I was going to get through all 3 pregnancies without ever buying a coat, but I guess Jason found a good deal.</p>
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<p>Neuromancer- I love your set-up.  It may be a small apt...but it looks like a beautiful space.  I love the floors!  The cradle is beautiful too...what a great tradition.</p>
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<p>Sandrine- My dad's family is Quebecois, so we have MANY "Jean-***********" & "Marie-************"  in our family tree.  LOL</p>
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<p>Heartburn has been KILLER for me lately.  And I seem to have hit the "out of breath" stage.  Ugh.</p>
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<p>I can't believe I'm hitting the 3rd trimester.  Where has the time gone?  After the holidays, we're definitely going to have to start getting serious about getting the baby stuff ready!</p>
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<p>I got the "what's in your tummy, mommy" books for my boys and we were going through it and got a bit of a shock... i'm in my 7th month not six.... that was a bit more of a shock than i wanted.</p>
 

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<p>I have been crazy overwhelmed lately.  I've been too busy for the most part to be dealing with the blues, but we recently took our older daughter in for an optometrist appointment and got some bad news. :(  She has 20/20 in one eye and the other eye is so bad she is almost blind in it.  Her brain has stopped recognizing that it works at all and so now we have to begin a long corrective process of training her brain to use that eye again.  What that means is that she will get a set of contact lenses to help correct the vision in the bad eye but also to worsen her vision in the good eye so that her brain stops relying on it so much.  When she gets them it will be hard for her to see until she starts to get used to them.  Her favorite thing to do is to read, so I'm kind of broken-hearted for her.  We are looking into buying a Kindle so that she can use it to make the text size bigger to help her read.</p>
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<p>I just had my last day of work before the winter break on Friday, but my girls are going to childcare at the school today so that I can do my GTT.  We've had holiday stuff (even though we celebrate Hanukkah and that is over, there are things going on at work and the girls' school), a dance recital, my younger daughter's birthday is tomorrow and her party is on Thursday, and we have my sister coming into town with her SO for Christmas (since they don't celebrate either.)  Whew, I'll be glad when this week is over and we can relax a bit.</p>
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<p>The good news is that I've made it to 28 weeks and the perinatologist told me I don't have to be seen there anymore unless something comes up!  So far, things are looking good for keeping this baby in for a while longer.  My regular OB told me that I could opt for fetal fibronectin tests from now until about 32 or 34 weeks, but I had a negative one with my last daughter and she was born the next day.  My understanding is that they don't really predict rupture of membranes, which has been my problem both times.  I have had some more BH contractions, but nothing too alarming.  I'm not thinking this one will come any earlier than my first, who was 36 weeks.  Still, if she comes then, I only have 8 weeks left to get ready!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lousli</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/120#post_16128439"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I have been crazy overwhelmed lately.  I've been too busy for the most part to be dealing with the blues, but we recently took our older daughter in for an optometrist appointment and got some bad news. :(  She has 20/20 in one eye and the other eye is so bad she is almost blind in it.  Her brain has stopped recognizing that it works at all and so now we have to begin a long corrective process of training her brain to use that eye again.  What that means is that she will get a set of contact lenses to help correct the vision in the bad eye but also to worsen her vision in the good eye so that her brain stops relying on it so much.  When she gets them it will be hard for her to see until she starts to get used to them.  Her favorite thing to do is to read, so I'm kind of broken-hearted for her.  We are looking into buying a Kindle so that she can use it to make the text size bigger to help her read.</p>
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<p>I just had my last day of work before the winter break on Friday, but my girls are going to childcare at the school today so that I can do my GTT.  We've had holiday stuff (even though we celebrate Hanukkah and that is over, there are things going on at work and the girls' school), a dance recital, my younger daughter's birthday is tomorrow and her party is on Thursday, and we have my sister coming into town with her SO for Christmas (since they don't celebrate either.)  Whew, I'll be glad when this week is over and we can relax a bit.</p>
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<p>The good news is that I've made it to 28 weeks and the perinatologist told me I don't have to be seen there anymore unless something comes up!  So far, things are looking good for keeping this baby in for a while longer.  My regular OB told me that I could opt for fetal fibronectin tests from now until about 32 or 34 weeks, but I had a negative one with my last daughter and she was born the next day.  My understanding is that they don't really predict rupture of membranes, which has been my problem both times.  I have had some more BH contractions, but nothing too alarming.  I'm not thinking this one will come any earlier than my first, who was 36 weeks.  Still, if she comes then, I only have 8 weeks left to get ready!</p>
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I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's eye troubles :( That has got to be stressful. Great news about baby staying put!</p>
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<p>I'm so overwhelmed! Christmas, (home)school, baby. It's all going by too fast. I've been feeling nesty lately. Not really usefully nesty, but I pulled out all the baby clothes and diapers and slings and washed them and have them ready three months early. DH is on winter break and is sanding and painting the cradle. Huge surge in baby-stuff urges. Anyone else?</p>
 

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<p>Lousli, crossing my fingers for super tough membranes for you.</p>
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<p>Beany, I'm feeling nesty but putting it off, since the baby clothes arrives in Jan some time.  My SIL gave them to me when I visited, but I couldn't carry them back on the plane.  Rather than mail them, my parents said they'd be driving through my area sometime next month.</p>
 

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<p>Lousli, that sucks about your daughter's eye stuff, but at least you are getting it taken care of. My younger daughter did six months of vision therapy for a variety of visual processing issues, nothing as serious as what your daughter has, but she is doing a lot better now with reading and her drawing has become absolutely amazing. It went from looking about a year below her age to 3 or 4 years above her age. I just wish I had known to get it resolved earlier, this baby will definitely be seeing a developmental optometrist before she starts school.</p>
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<p>My kids and I are all on vacation now and it is so nice. Of course, I will be "on vacation" until late September, I will no doubt be a little bored of it by then, though I'm sure to be kept very busy. But for now we are doing some Christmas crafts to give as gifts and baking, so that's really fun. I got all our Christmas shopping done and am pretty excited about what I got for the kids and dh-- although dh and I are pretty sure we ordered the same thing for each other, haha. Luckily it's something we can use two of, so it's not a big deal. Just in case we are wrong we are waiting for Christmas to find out for sure.</p>
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<p>I finally started seeing my new midwife at the new clinic, such a big improvement. It's further away and the parking is awful, but it's worth it.</p>
 

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<p>I only have 3 christmas gifts left to buy. I need to do all the wrapping still though.</p>
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<p>my back is killing me. I've gotten big enough that I can't do all the self adjustments I normally do when it gets misaligned. </p>
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<p>I already dug out all DD's gender neutral stuff, and I have a box of hand-me-downs from a friend. but it all needs washed and put away still. I'm itching to buy my diaper stash, but I need to wait until after my baby shower. I am going to start watching Craig's List though. </p>
 

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<p>I'm heading off to L&D.  I'm 28 weeks, and I suspect I'm peeing myself, but I can't tell.  My OB's office can't squeeze me in this week, and they won't hand out those amniotic fluid test strips without a doctor appointment.</p>
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<p>I was *pleading* with her to just let my husband pick one up.  We don't have a lot of childcare options.  I'll probably take DD (5) with me with her iPod Touch she got when she had her tonsils out, and leave DS (3) with DH.  I'm 98% sure it's pee, and my bladder has given up, but I had a lot of contractions yesterday and haven't felt the baby as much as usual.  I so don't want to go to L&D.  I feel like it's irresponsible not to go, though. </p>
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<p>I still haven't finished writing my Christmas cards!  I don't have time for this. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lyss</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/120#post_16132213"><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'm heading off to L&D.  I'm 28 weeks, and I suspect I'm peeing myself, but I can't tell.  My OB's office can't squeeze me in this week, and they won't hand out those amniotic fluid test strips without a doctor appointment.</p>
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<p>I was *pleading* with her to just let my husband pick one up.  We don't have a lot of childcare options.  I'll probably take DD (5) with me with her iPod Touch she got when she had her tonsils out, and leave DS (3) with DH.  I'm 98% sure it's pee, and my bladder has given up, but I had a lot of contractions yesterday and haven't felt the baby as much as usual.  I so don't want to go to L&D.  I feel like it's irresponsible not to go, though. </p>
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<p>I still haven't finished writing my Christmas cards!  I don't have time for this. </p>
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Hoping for pee Lyss! <img alt="fingersx.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/fingersx.gif">
 

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<p>hope everything is okay Lyss.....</p>
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<p>Thanks, ladies.  I am totally peeing myself.  Good news is previa is clear!  Baby looks great.  I am so very embarrassed!  I swear, it didn't smell like pee, though!  Ugh.</p>
 

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What exciting news Lyss!! <img alt="joy.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif">:joy
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lyss</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/120#post_16132757"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Thanks, ladies.  I am totally peeing myself.  Good news is previa is clear!  Baby looks great.  I am so very embarrassed!  I swear, it didn't smell like pee, though!  Ugh.</p>
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<br><br><p>I'm so happy that the pervia is clear! I'd heard that bladder control got worse in subsequent pregnancies. I didn't have any issues with DD, but I've peed a little at least twice this week. one of the times I had maybe a tablespoon of liquid in my bladder, but I sneezed and it all came out. I guess I really should be doing kegals sometimes...</p>
 

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<p>don't feel bad Lyss. I have super bad CM i regularly wonder if maybe i'm leaking and swift movements sometimes bring on a little accident....<span><img alt="whistling.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/whistling.gif" style="width:35px;height:20px;"></span></p>
 

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<p>I'm so happy the previa is clear!!!!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Lyss</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282861/december-chat-thread/120#post_16132757"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Thanks, ladies.  I am totally peeing myself.  Good news is previa is clear!  Baby looks great.  I am so very embarrassed!  I swear, it didn't smell like pee, though!  Ugh.</p>
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<p>However, so happy that's what it is!!  If it makes you feel any better, I wear pads every day because every sneeze results in a trickle.....even just letting my bladder get slightly too full makes it remind me who's in charge by letting a little go!  I second your Ugh!</p>
 

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<p>Yeah, I had some bladder control after DS was born - he was almost 9 pounds and I had labor with him and then a c-section.  My doctor acted as though I was some kind of freak and had no suggestions.  So glad to know I'm not the only one.</p>
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<p>I had been having really bad BH on Tuesday that went away when I laid down.  And then I stopped feeling most movement.  Baby went from laying-down breech to head-up breech and is probably putting pressure on my bladder. </p>
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<p>Ugh.  I'm really relieved, but not so excited about having trickles (not even when I sneeze) this early on in pregnancy.  How does the Duggar mom do it!?!?!  They were really nice at the hospital.  I'd taken my 5yo, figuring we'd just be there for a few minutes, but we were there for hours.</p>
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<p>May you all have pee-free holidays!</p>
 
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