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Hey, I'm starting the December chat, I'm starting the December chat!!!! How is everyone doing???? I am absolutely coo-coo! I just spent last week with a very active 20 month old in my house, I don't know what I was thinking, he's lucky he's so cute! I have him for the first half of this week too! As well I had two of my own throwing up sick over the course of the week, so much fun, so little sleep. So. little. sleep. Meanwhile baby is moving and grooving, I have my next MW appt. on Wednesday, I'm still trying to figure out where this kid's laying, since I feel movement everywhere. And Oh, I am officially in my 3rd trimester as of Sunday, YAAAAAAY!!!!! So, whats new with all of you?
 

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I feel completely exhausted...it was like everything was fabulous and then I hit 27 weeks and BAM! Tired, heartburn, etc. Very strange!!! Baby is moving all over the place. Everytime I think I have position figured out he or she moves lol. I don't see my midwife til the 11th, it's so weird this pregnancy bc the midwives here in NYC see you ever 6 weeks...I think it goes to 2 or 3 weeks now though...not sure. I cut my hair the other day and I'm loving it! It's short for me and so easy and I even like to wear it down again LOL!
 

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Things are good here, but my parents are coming for a week or so in 2 days and my house is TRASHED!!! I will be picking up for the next two days. OOOOOOOOOh, man, sometimes I wish we had a TV to "babysit" the girls when I have a lot to do!<br><br>
My babe totally flipped to breach after a long car ride last weekend. Walked the mall today for a while hoping to turn him back around. I know its still early, but I like knowing his head is down. Still trying so hard to think of any boy names that we like and so far...nothing. If he is born on DH's birthday (his EDD), I may actually just use Dh's name, Adrian, even though I'm not a big fan of the whole Jr. scene. maybe I am just feeling uncreative right now, and will get inspired when I see his little face!
 

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Hooray for monthly chat! We only have one more of these before babies start coming OUT!!<br><br>
I hit my 3rd tri last week and so far it's great. My belly is growing and I'm sometimes tired, but mostly I feel fine and have adjusted to the big tum. I think it's easier because my baby is such a presence now, and we are so focused on his/her impending arrival which seems scaryclose! How did this pregnancy fly by so fast?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
I'm obsessed with baby's position but often have a hard time figuring it out. I can say that he/she is almost exclusively on my right side and I think usually vertex, although I suspect we have an OP kiddo on our hands. Usually, I think she's vertex, but tucked into my right side so that her feet almost go under my arm/boob. I wonder what the deal is with the left side, maybe the placenta is really big?? I get kicks over there occasionally but it really feels like unoccupied territory. I can tell when she's turned OA, but it is not consistent. Right now methinks he/she is transverse and on the move! This kiddo is wiggly but not particularly active. We get an occasional big kick but mostly slow, steady movement, or small kicks and pokes. I think my baby likes to drag his hands down the sides of my uterus which feels really weird.<br><br>
We had a shower on Saturday and got a lot of great stuff, mostly smaller items but mostly very useful and only a few things to return. It definitely makes things seem real, having a pile of baby stuff in our guest bedroom.<br><br>
I have a midwife appt later this week, hooray!<br><br>
The biggest thing I'm dealing with right now is what to do about next semester. I was going to try to take 2 classes and teach 1 but all of a sudden this week that seems insanely optimistic and like I'm setting myself up for failure. I emailed my adviser and she is going to see what my options are and hopefully I will be able to take only 1 class and teach 1 class, which will still be tough but infinitely more manageable. Cross your fingers for me.<br><br>
I can't wait to meet this baby!!
 

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Hello,<br>
Things are a little crazy here. We had to get most of our Christmas preparations done this past week. My DH leaves for work early tomorrow and will be gone a week. When he gets home we are traveling to Wisconsin to spend a few days with our family and celebrate Christmas with them. I am trying to get some baking done this week and tie up my loose shopping ends.<br><br>
We have never taken the kids out of school for a full week so I am also trying to get prepared for that. Gathering homework assignments and getting them organized.<br><br>
The holidays are such a busy time, and I really want to get everything done so that I can take some time to enjoy the season with the kids. My DH will not be home on Christmas Eve, but will arrive home on Christmas Day night so, this is when Santa will come to our house.<br><br>
Smokey, it sound like you have a lot on your plate! Personally I would take the minimum number of classes you can. I have had a baby during the school semester and it is no easy task! Good luck in your decision.
 

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Yeahhhh December! Time is flying!<br><br>
I have been feeling pretty crappy here too. I had a yeast infection that was driving me nuts. I hate those. It is gone now! I was also vomiting a lot. Seems that I had some kind of infection in my stomach that was causing lots of pain and a really bad acidy type feeling. That is gone now too!!!<br><br>
Still having problems with the hips. It is worse at night. Acupuncture hasn't helped.<br><br>
Still fighting wierd cravings. (Eating ice, wanting to chew rubber and sniff gas)<br><br>
I had those with the other pregnancies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: eccept this eating ice cubes thing. At least that is something edible!!!<br><br>
Other than that I am doing all right. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Hope that everyone is doing well
 

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Thanks for the December thread!<br><br>
I'm kind of excited- I hit the blooming/ nesting/ heavily pregnant but in a good way kind of thing recently, so I've been spending a lot of time crafting and avoiding housework, rather than just sleeping. It feels kind of weird- New Years Day is our personal cut-off date for homebirth/UC, so we've just got this month to get through, and then the last month, and then the month after the last month was meant to be over...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: The plasterers start work on Monday, so hopefully we should have our home back by Xmas... and then finishing off the bathroom. (Oh, pictures of the extension are on the knitting blog, btw)<br>
Being serious, I keep getting my hopes up that this one isn't going to be as late. His head is way down already, like Isaac's was, and he's settled and comfortable and stuff and I'm not contracting hard- like I was with Alex and Skye, who were both very long and very postdates. If you catch me, ANYWHERE on the boards, speculating on the possibility that I might not make it to 42 weeks this time, can you slap me gently please? It would be cruel to let me live in hopes that are probably going to be dashed...<br>
Smokeylo, that sounds like an oblique presentation to me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> It really is too soon to worry, though.
 

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I haven't poked my head into these open chat threads much, but felt compelled to do so today.<br><br>
I'm 31 weeks this week, and very excited to be 3/4 of the way done! But I am not thrilled with the third trimester stuff that's started - fatigue, heartburn, and loss of libido. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> With Spencer, I was sleeping 10 hours at night and napping every day for the last 6 weeks (plus more on weekends), and I just don't see that happening with #2. So I've felt like my brain is just foggy all the time for the last week. The heartburn is so unpleasant. Last night I started sleeping with an extra pillow under my head to try to keep things down where they should be, but I still woke up in pain.<br><br>
And where o where has my libido gone?? For the past week, I feel like I just don't want sex anymore. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: The last couple of times we DTD, we can both tell that my cervix has moved down a bit (ouch!). And the only way I can reach The Big O is with my vibrator. (At least I can still get there!) All in all, I feel like I'd rather not bother. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> With my first PG, I had no interest from the get-go, so the 3rd trimester wasn't such a let down for DH. THIS time, we had been having sex at <i>least</i> 2x a week - and as often as every day! So hubby is having a hard time dealing with the big slow down. And I don't like it much, either.<br><br>
Anyway ... we're looking forward to Christmas at Grandma's this year - in Florida. We'll be flying to Tampa Christmas day and coming home New Year's day. That'll be interesting, I'm sure. Right after that, we're taking our annual long weekend cabin trip with 8-10 of our closest friends. Four days of eating, sleeping, playing games, hot-tubbing (not me!), and drinking (not me!). It's a great break to have right after the hubbub of Christmas, and an excellent beginning to the year. We've had as many as 13 and as few as 4 on our annual trip, but we never fail to go! Spencer will spend most of the time with my mom, and maybe one night with the ILs. He did just fine with DH only (I was in Texas) for five days in July, so this should be great fun for him.<br><br>
Anyway, time to get my day really started.
 

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I always try to keep up with the monthly chat threads, but end up falling out mid- month. We'll see if I can hang this time.<br><br>
I'm already starting to stress about this time of year. Somehow, every winter holiday season, dh seems to have a bit less work, but not enough to be able to do side work (he's a plumber). On top of less income, we just found out yesterday that the water pump on our van needs replacing, and it's gonna be $350 or so. I'm already behind on bills, and I don't see how I'm going to catch up. I still have most of my gifts to buy. Even though I'm making a lot, there are still materials to get, and some people that I have to buy for. Not to mention we are going on vacation the Saturday after Christmas with my entire family (30+ people), and though it's all paid for by my grandparents, we still want to have some pocket money. I also have to host our homeschool group's monthly teaching co-op in the next week or two, which means I have to get supplies for that as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Okay, now I need to think of something positive, because I don't want to just complain here. I have finally gotten my appetite back, and the weight is coming on. My fundal height had been 5cm smaller than my dates, and now it's up to only 2cm smaller. That makes me feel better. But my butt is putting on a little extra, too! I guess there's no getting around that, though!
 

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I'm going to try really hard to follow this thread!<br>
Anyhow I love the holiday season. Love love love. I love to buy people presents, although I don't much like malls in months that have have ecember in them. I'm going up to Canada next week, and I'm kinda regretting the choice, I really want to see my little neice whom I haven't seen since June, but I don't want the drama of my brother and my mother. UGH! They both are driving me batty and I'm afraid I might say something and well that will be that. My brother likes to dangle my neice over people's head and thinks nothing of disallowing people to see her if he gets insulted, and generally it's me, but he does such stupid stuff that someone needs to shake that boy. In the past year he's has 3 DUIs! THREE! He thinks fixing his truck is more important that feeding his child quality food. I can't not say anything in these situations. Sigh. Anyhow I've recently gotten in touch with my other brother who lives in the same area so I'll get to see him and his wife who's due in May. (my younger brother (the DUIer) refuses to see the older brother, so I'm caught in the middle)<br>
Other than all of this fun to be had.? I dunno. I might go crazy, you all might hear a high pitched sqeel from my mind exploding.<br>
My in laws are coming for Christmas and I've already started planning my Christmas dinner, fun fun! I love to cook big meals.<br><br>
So I do have a questions, my older brother sent me a gift for the baby, it was a silver photo album, so when I go up I want to have something nice for them, some kind of keepsake, any ideas?
 

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Not sure on the keepsake...maybe a silver spoon, or mug.<br><br>
i do not usually post to the monthly chats but felt like chatting.<br><br>
OMG I cannot type...<br>
anyway...<br><br>
I have an appt. tomorrow. I will be discussing the 3 hour glucose test and something else that I cannot think of now.<br>
My muscle issue is getting better and is good on some days and not on others. I have started walking to work again, it is about 1 mile. The muscle hurts today but I spent a lot of time bent over in the kitchen baking and washing dishes, something that aggravates it.<br>
i have been sleepy to...not sleeping very well due to a lot of leg and hip pain. I feel very tired and dizzy right now.<br>
i have been washing diapers and baby clothes this week. We have a lot coming up soon and for some reason feel like I need to make sure everything is ready for the baby.<br>
dh and I are in the process of buying a house, which is nice but dh wonders why I don't get excited like he does and I guess it is b/c there is a lot coming. We are looking at buying a house, moving and having a baby all in the same month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: but it's ok.<br><br>
my nausea comes and goes, and it is hard to remember to drink all the water I supposed to drink but I try.<br><br>
Well I think that is it...looking forward to Christmas. baking and trying to get everything in the mail by next week. Got my swap gift out today...so that is one less thing to remember.<br><br>
Hope everyone has a nice December.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">dh and I are in the process of buying a house, which is nice but dh wonders why I don't get excited like he does and I guess it is b/c there is a lot coming. We are looking at buying a house, moving and having a baby all in the same month <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: but it's ok.</div>
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My DH and I are in the same process. It's going to be a busy March! I think we need to start a tribe of the crazies who have 2 huge life altering events in a month's span!
 

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Dea...I would totally agree, I am glad to see we are not the only ones doing things together like that.
 

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I'm in a chatting mood so I might as well join in the December chat, hey?<br><br>
I am really, really tired. These last few weeks are going to be murder for me, I can tell already. I thought it would be easier for me to be pregnant over the holidays than it was to have a newborn over the holidays (like I did in 2005) but I was wrong! I am much lazier and more tired as a pregnant mom of a toddler than I was as a new mom to a newborn. I have so much stuff to do and so little time to do it.<br><br>
We are NOT ready for the baby at all. We don't have enough clothes, we don't have diapers, we don't have wipes, we don't have socks, we don't have our homebirth supplies, I haven't even ordered my homebirth kit. My home visit is scheduled for JANUARY 2ND so I am really cutting it close. And what makes me increasingly nervous is the fact that my friend, due 1 week before me, gave birth to her baby TODAY. THIS AFTERNOON. I'll be getting e-mailed pics tomorrow and I can't even believe that we were due at the same time and her baby is already here.<br><br>
If this baby is born at 38 weeks like ds was then I only have <span style="text-decoration:underline;">6 more weeks</span> to get my act together.
 

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I have not joined in the monthly chats, either, but I am finally feeling better from my hyperemesis and I feel like I have a new lease on life!!<br><br>
My news in a nutshell:<br><br>
The big news is that I am interviewing 2 midwives tomorrow in anticipation of switching from my OB to a homebirth!!! My OB is great, but I really don't want a hospital birth.<br><br>
31 weeks this week!<br><br>
Nesting/organizing has begun<br><br>
I have been feeling sorry for myself because no one is giving me a baby shower. I feel like baby#3 is not very exciting for anyone but DH, myself, and our 2 daughters. I don't really need a lot of things, although there are things I want. I guess I just want people to celebrate this new life!<br><br>
We are going pretty low-key for Christmas this year. I put the tree up and hung a wreath on the door but that is it as far as decorating. All I could think of is having to pack up all the Christmas decorations at 36 weeks. No thanks.
 

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I was thinking something similar today. 37 weeks is the earliest I can have a home birth and that is less than 8 weeks away for me! I'm finding that really hard to wrap my mind around!<br>
YIKES! And time always flies in December. I can't believe less than 3 weeks to Christmas! And next week I am flying up to visit my brother and my niece, so that week will fly by, then 2 weeks to Christmas, and with all of the business of my in laws and such, it will be the new year and then baby time!<br>
It's so exciting!
 

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Yay for homebirth mom2anna!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br><br>
Funny, I'm one of the last ones due and my babies have never been early but I'm starting to feel the pressure to be ready too. I'm 28 weeks today, which does mean I'm full term in only 9 weeks (not that I truly expect my baby til March LOL). But with the holidays, winter weather, and the fact that we are moving to Puerto Rico after the baby is born, I'm getting into nesting mode. The movers will come pack us up the first week of April, so it's going to be crazy. The kids and I will all stay at my parents' in FL til June (we always like to do this in a move to save up some extra money; DH will say behind here and finish work). So, I've been shopping. Got DD a new dresser, new slipcovers for our couches (no Ikea in PR, gotta stock up now lol), I'm about to order our King bed (so freaking excited for that!!!), and I'm hoping to get our new bigger washer and dryer soon. I found a warm snuggly thing for the baby in case we have to go outside (never had a winter baby before, DS was born in CA and DD in FL), and I'm almost decided on a car seat (Companion or Safeseat1). I feel like all these things need to be done very very soon....
 

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Hee,hee. Building work might ALL be done by Xmas! No more trying to go postdates, I can play my favourite game of "I'm 37/8/9/40/41/42 weeks pregnant and contracting, why isn't this baby coming out yet?" and get really freaking miserable feeling broken because my baby goes (gasp) to term. Isaac was born at 37 and a bit weeks, so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">: it really messes up the waiting game.<br><br>
Dea, life sounds really stressful. The niece is Canadian, right? I'd give her a bottle of fantastic single-blend whiskey from next year to lay away until her 21st, and a little silver christening band or something.
 

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Anyone else worried about PPD (Post-Partum Depression)?<br><br>
I am actually more than a little worried about it. I had it with both previous babies, and I was suicidal with #2, which was a lot situational (living with a emotionally and mentally minupalitive mother while away from my dh, and me working 2 jobs). But I am already feeling some of the symptoms now, and again I think some of it is situational, we are so stressed out right now about finances and I am getting so physically tired from the hours I am working, and like alot of people being so tired can bring on depression. I just feel like my life is so full right now, even dealing with the snow right now seems like an impossible feat, you know? I'm just easily overwhelmed right now like alot of women. I already had another mama ask if I was already thinking about getting on meds again, and I said I would much rather not, but then I don't want to put that step off as long as I did last time. UGH! sorry I am ranting.<br>
I am just soo flippin' tired!!
 
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