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<p>Hello! I just realized I sort of barged in on the chat and started posting without any introduction:). My name is May, we have a 2 1/2 yr. old DD, we are expecting a boy and are planning another homebirth. I'm a SAHM. DH, DD and I moved from NM to Austin, TX last March and in Nov. moved to a different house just outside of Austin. We are still unpacking and organizing!  We're not loving Austin (at all) but are much happier now that we've moved into the new (rental) house. I had big plans for unpacking, organizing and nesting this weekend but they've all fallen through because DH has had to work and will have to work tomorrow as well. He (says) he will be able to watch DD for my midwife appt. tomorrow so that's nice. I really need to find a babysitter, we've never lived around family and DD's never been left with anyone but at this point I could really use a day off.</p>
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<p>DH has (tentatively) agreed to the name I like so that's very exciting. I've been badgering him for weeks. </p>
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<p>Welcome, May!  One of my sons was trying to change his brother's name to Peter just this morning. LOL  </p>
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<p>We've finally solidified our plans to home birth our twins.  I feel so much more at peace, and realized how stressed trying to plan a hospital birth made me.  With my history, it would have required an induction to get there in time and I'm just not into that.  Plus, I want to be home after I give birth and even early release can take 6-8 hours or more.  I have most of my birth kit left from dd's rapid birth, just need to pick up a second heating pad for warming a second set of blankets and after pads for me.</p>
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<p>My dh is doing my nesting for me, the darling.  I did a lot of our bedroom area, but he went to town on the downstairs this weekend.  I can't sweep for more than 5 min without intense backpain, so he did the physical stuff and I conducted when necessary.  Now we just need to keep it up for the next 2 months. LOL  Dh is also starting his next semester of classes this week.  Two of his classes will finish the week before our due date, so I'm hopeful to birth right after that.  I'm really dreading the possibility of going overdue, again, with twins this time.  I'm already measuring 44 cm.  Babies live in my diaphragm now, ugh!</p>
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<p>Oh yeah, and I won an auction for a twin nursing pillow this morning.  Yeah!!!  </p>
 

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<p>mylilmonkeys- I've never heard of twins going overdue, I'm betting you'll go on time or early this time around. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you- I can't imagine going overdue with one, let alone two!</p>
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<p>Welcome, May! Sorry you're not liking Austin, I've always heard such great things about it, I'm surprised. It's always hard to settle into a new place, though, hopefully things will get better.</p>
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<p>DH and DD2 got back from Portland last night, they had a great time even though the weather only let them snowboard for one day instead of two. It poured the whole time, but luckily DD LOVES rain so it was not much of a problem for her. I guess that's what happens when you raise a kid in San Diego, they end up loving gloomy, wet, cold weather, haha. I was raised mostly in Buffalo and I haven't seen snow in 7 years, hoping to keep it that way for 7 more!</p>
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<p>DD also brought home her uncle's old skateboard and is soooo excited about it, DH was starting to show her how to ride it in the airport when they were coming home. Another activity- just what we needed! It's cute though.</p>
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<p>I've been told to expect a shipment of cloth diapers this week, yay! I've also received several diaper covers, a beautiful Under the Nile hooded towel/ washcloth set, a very cute bouncy seat, and tons of nice hand me downs. My shower is this coming weekend so I will be getting a lot more then. So glad to have lots of wonderful friends and family to help out. It's not like we have any baby stuff left from my daughters, aside from a couple of favorite things I held on to for sentimental reasons.</p>
 

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<p>Well, my friend and her 2 1/2 year old are still in the hospital due to the child's influenza A.  She's still on oxygen (since Friday evening) and we're hoping she'll be released in the next day or two.  I went over to their apartment today to tidy up, do dishes, put clean sheets on their bed, etc.  It was the least I could do -- I really wish I could be up at the hospital keeping them company.</p>
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<p>Now I'm off to help my husband with an art installation he's working on for a NJ museum (brag!)  ;)  And then I have a meeting at 7pm.  And I still need to do my OWN dishes.  I'm almost glad I'll be back at work tomorrow (had today off for MLK Jr. Day). I'm going to be so tired when I get home tonight. </p>
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<p>p.s. 30 weeks today!  I revised my to-do list and wish it were getting shorter.  ;)</p>
 

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<p>Yikes.  A friend asked me how many weeks I was this morning and I COMPLETELY blanked!  I seriously couldn't remember if I was 30 or 31.  I had to go back and calculate.  Yeesh.....     (I'm 31, for the record)</p>
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<p>And I have NOTHING prepared.  The nursery is still our catch-all room and DS still has clothes in the closet.  The only things left in the bureau are diapers and burp cloths, which will stay, but REEEEEEALLY need to be gone through and washed. </p>
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<p>Help!!!!</p>
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<p>Ha ha... yesterday I thought I was 32 weeks and was kind of like OMG - I am 8 months pregnant - how did that happen so fast etc. etc.</p>
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<p>But then today I realized I am 31 weeks pregnant and was getting a bit ahead of myself - lol.  </p>
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<p>Sunday my daughter woke up early am with fever and a headache... but no other cold/flu type symptoms.  Yesterday just fever, no headache but then this morning her fever is low but she complained of a sore throat so I finally called the nurse line and she said kids can occasionally have strep with no sore throat!   Boo =(   I never really considered strep until today (DH and I did have a minor freakout on Sunday when we realized fever and headache could be early signs of meningitis - luckily we found good info that helped us feel comfortable that it was not that).</p>
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<p>So we are going in later this morning to the doc to get DD checked for strep.  I pretty much assume I have been heavily exposed to whatever she has but feel fine so far.  From what I found online strep is not a huge deal when pregnant so I will wait for a diagnosis for DD and then call my mw clinic later today if it is strep. </p>
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<p>I guess on the plus side I have not notified our pediatrician/clinic at all that I am pregnant  (don't even know if I should or not...) so I guess today I can make sure she knows and make sure she can be babies ped. too!  </p>
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<p>I guess we have been pretty lucky this winter with illness so far so I can't really complain much - and maybe strep is better then flu (I think?).</p>
 

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<p>32 weeks yesterday. yikes! that means I need to get a move on getting stuff ready. I want to have the house ready for baby in 6 weeks, because I think he'll be here in 7-8. </p>
<p>These are the thoughts that kept me up for about 2 hours in the early morning. at least DD seems pretty tired, so we'll probably just curl up on the couch and watch movies until nap time. the 7 month old I've been babysitting isn't coming this week because his dad got laid off from work. </p>
 

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<p>I actually had strep a couple weeks ago.  A horrid cold went through our family, but somehow I was the only one who ended up with strep....go figure.  It wasn't a huge deal, except that I couldn't drug myself up as much as I would have liked.  I'm not one to take a lot of medication, but when I was sick this last time all I wanted to do was drink a bottle of Nyquil and sleep it off.  <span><img alt="blush.gif" height="15" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/blush.gif" width="15">  It was really funny though when the pharmacist warned me that antibiotics would interfere if I was taking birth control pills.  Ummmmm......    (I think the counter was blocking her view)</span></p>
 

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<p><span><img alt="wave.gif" height="29" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wave.gif" width="25"></span> Hi May.</p>
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<p>My kids both had Strep in the begining of my pregnancy. Not fun! We didn't use abx, so we stayed home for a couple of weeks to keep our germs to ourselves. I didn't get it though, wich was pretty lucky.</p>
 

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<p>No strep!  Just a virus of some kind.  She is feeling a ton better today so I think we are on the tail end of it.  Don't think it is flu either cause it is getting better pretty fast.  </p>
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<p>I'm debating how much room I have in my bedroom, If I can have a full-sized pack'n'play, or if I should go for the travel crib. I suppose I should just get my bedroom cleaned up and measure. I know you don't use them for long, but I really want one with the changing table. it just seems like it would be so useful the first week or two when I'm not getting out of bed much, because I could put the diapers in the bassinet part. </p>
 

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<p>We have never had a pack and play but dh wantd one to take into his office so I researched them. I too thought the changing table would be ideal but there were too many complaints about how flimsy they are. I think the first couple of weeks is ok but long term they sounded pretty useless. Just check on that.</p>
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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>1bighappyfam</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288768/january-chat-thread/100#post_16196880"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>We have never had a pack and play but dh wantd one to take into his office so I researched them. I too thought the changing table would be ideal but there were too many complaints about how flimsy they are. I think the first couple of weeks is ok but long term they sounded pretty useless. Just check on that.</p>
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<br><br><p>yeah. I doubt I would use the changing table once I'm able to move around more, but I had a really tough time post-partum with DD, and had some PPD because of it, so anything I can do to make life easier for the times I'm home alone with a 20 month old and a newborn. I don't have room for an actual changing table, so diaper changes have to be on the floor or bed otherwise. and newborns can have such messy diaper changes, I don't want to have to deal with washing the bedding more than absolutely necessary, and I doubt I'll be able to get up and down from the floor for a bit. after the first couple months naps and the first part of the night will be spent in whatever I end up getting, until baby is ready for a crib mattress on the floor. I don't do cribs, but need a safe place for baby to sleep if no one is sleeping with him. </p>
 

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<p>33 weeks today! Only 4-7 weeks to go, I'm betting on 5 as both DDs were born at 38 weeks.</p>
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<p>Found out that my cousin is expecting her first baby, now I have two cousins expecting, and DH's brother (due 2 days after me), along with lots of other people I know. Baby season!</p>
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<p>Taking DD1 for GATE testing today, DD2 already took it and qualified last year. Then out for "coffee" (I always find myself saying I'm going out for coffee even though I stopped drinking it years ago) with a friend. Will be nice to get out of the house, been spending a lot of time here lately.</p>
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<p>Starting to have a very hard time getting to sleep and staying asleep. Restless legs and hip pain are the main culprits, but runaway thought trains aren't helping, either. I keep going over lists of stuff that need to be done, both baby stuff and regular, more day to day stuff.</p>
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<p>Tomorrow night I am leading a girls scouts meeting and doing an "experiment" to teach about density. Shower is this weekend, it's going to be a busy few days.</p>
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<p>We are starting our childbirth class soon, it's mostly for DH, but it's been so long for me that I'm sure I will get plenty out of it, too. The nice thing is that it is specifically for the birth center we are going to, so I feel like that will make it especially useful.</p>
 

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<p>I inherited a pack in play that's probably about 6 years old and it has an awesome changing table!!  Not flimsy at all! Very sturdy.  Maybe it just depends on which type you get.</p>
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<p>I finally figured out that I am 30 weeks and 6 days! :)</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Marissamom</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288768/january-chat-thread/100#post_16196935"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>1bighappyfam</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288768/january-chat-thread/100#post_16196880"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>We have never had a pack and play but dh wantd one to take into his office so I researched them. I too thought the changing table would be ideal but there were too many complaints about how flimsy they are. I think the first couple of weeks is ok but long term they sounded pretty useless. Just check on that.</p>
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<br><br><p>yeah. I doubt I would use the changing table once I'm able to move around more, but I had a really tough time post-partum with DD, and had some PPD because of it, so anything I can do to make life easier for the times I'm home alone with a 20 month old and a newborn. I don't have room for an actual changing table, so diaper changes have to be on the floor or bed otherwise. and newborns can have such messy diaper changes, I don't want to have to deal with washing the bedding more than absolutely necessary, and I doubt I'll be able to get up and down from the floor for a bit. after the first couple months naps and the first part of the night will be spent in whatever I end up getting, until baby is ready for a crib mattress on the floor. I don't do cribs, but need a safe place for baby to sleep if no one is sleeping with him. </p>
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<p>I found with DD that I really like having some of absorbent disposable pads around.  Chucks pads some people call them I think?  Lots of people use them for puppies etc. and I think I have seen in various posts/birth stories that for home births they are usually used as well.   Maybe not the most environmentally friendly method but when there was a blowout or lots of pee etc. the pad just absorbed it and got thrown away!   I could also use them on the bed or floor or where ever.  We have an arms reach co-sleeper and since the baby is up higher then in a pack n play I mainly just kind of sat up and changed diapers there in the middle of the night and just had a supply of those pads nearby for underneath her.  I think I also sat on one for a couple days at home when my PP bleeding was at its heaviest and I did not want to worry about leaking through a pad if I was in the middle of nursing or something like that.<br>
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<p>Jayray that sounds about right... older models were supported on 4 sides but the new ones are only supported on 1 side.  </p>
 

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<p>I had my mw appt today. I'm 33wks and 3 dyas. The baby hb was in the low 130's and my bp was good but I forgot to ask what it was. The baby was breech. :( I need to start reading on what to do to help him/her turn. I brought my oldest to the appt and she was on cloud 9. She was super happy to hear the heartbeat. :D</p>
 

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<p>I went to my 33 week <span class="ew" id="user_1.sc">appt</span> on Tuesday. Nothing much to report which is great news! I was kind of sad because I thought we were going to schedule me for a <span class="ew" id="user_2.sc">sono</span> for next week to see if my complete placenta <span class="ew" id="user_3.sc">previa</span> had cleared, but my Dr. was so excited/relieved that I still haven't had any bleeding he was all -- eh - let's push it out another week! On the one hand, I am glad to not have any extra <span class="ew" id="user_4.sc">sonos</span> than are medically necessary, on the other - I was <span class="ew" id="user_5.sc">reeeeeeeally</span> hoping to know what is up with my placenta. I so do not want to have a section. Granted, if it is the only medically safe way for me and the <span class="ew" id="user_6.sc">bebe</span> then fine.. but the waiting is killing me! Other than that, not much is going on. I cannot imagine getting any bigger, but I am sure I will. I am so ready to be done.. that being said, I should get the house ready for a baby!<br><br><span class="ew" id="user_7.sc">Neuromancer</span> - I hope your friend is feeling better! It was so nice of you to help her out like that. I hope you don't get sick.<br><br><span class="ew" id="user_8.sc">Changingseasons</span> - We do the same thing with the <span class="ew" id="user_9.sc">minicosleeper</span> - although, most of the time the baby sleeps with us and is just in there for naps.<br><br>
I am glad all of you are <span class="ev" id="user_10.sc">liking</span> <span class="ew" id="user_11.sc">hypnobabies</span>. I think yoga meditation is somewhat similar and it really helped me through my last pregnancy.<br><br><span class="ew" id="user_12.sc">Milosmamma</span>- I also have nothing prepared! I really need to get going on that!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>audmommy</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288768/january-chat-thread/100#post_16199579"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I went to my 33 week <span class="ew" id="user_1.sc">appt</span> on Tuesday. Nothing much to report which is great news! I was kind of sad because I thought we were going to schedule me for a <span class="ew" id="user_2.sc">sono</span> for next week to see if my complete placenta <span class="ew" id="user_3.sc">previa</span> had cleared, but my Dr. was so excited/relieved that I still haven't had any bleeding he was all -- eh - let's push it out another week! On the one hand, I am glad to not have any extra <span class="ew" id="user_4.sc">sonos</span> than are medically necessary, on the other - I was <span class="ew" id="user_5.sc">reeeeeeeally</span> hoping to know what is up with my placenta. I so do not want to have a section. Granted, if it is the only medically safe way for me and the <span class="ew" id="user_6.sc">bebe</span> then fine.. but the waiting is killing me! Other than that, not much is going on. I cannot imagine getting any bigger, but I am sure I will. I am so ready to be done.. that being said, I should get the house ready for a baby!<br><br><span class="ew" id="user_7.sc">Neuromancer</span> - I hope your friend is feeling better! It was so nice of you to help her out like that. I hope you don't get sick.<br><br><span class="ew" id="user_8.sc">Changingseasons</span> - We do the same thing with the <span class="ew" id="user_9.sc">minicosleeper</span> - although, most of the time the baby sleeps with us and is just in there for naps.<br><br>
I am glad all of you are <span class="ev" id="user_10.sc">liking</span> <span class="ew" id="user_11.sc">hypnobabies</span>. I think yoga meditation is somewhat similar and it really helped me through my last pregnancy.<br><br><span class="ew" id="user_12.sc">Milosmamma</span>- I also have nothing prepared! I really need to get going on that!</p>
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<p>It must be hard to wait!  But I'm glad that the news was good and that your doctor felt like you could wait another week. </p>
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<p>I can't comprehend how big I'm going to get, either.  It's crazy to think I still have 9 or so weeks left.</p>
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<p>Thanks for the thoughts for my friend.  Her daughter got released on Tuesday, and I went over to their house for about 2 hours last night to have dinner with them (the daughter had finished her course of medicine and shouldn't be contagious any longer).  I feel just fine, and am dosing myself with extra vitamin C as a precaution -- and sleeping a lot.  On Saturday I had a slight fever, but my midwife said it wasn't high enough to be a concern (it was only about 99F.  Normally I'm around 97.6 or so).  I was so glad to see them at home and feeling better, though they still have some recovering to do.</p>
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<p>Write Christmas thank-you emails</p>
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Buy some pants!! and slip-on tennis shoes</p>
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Sign up for breastfeeding classes<br>
Get reimbursed (flex spending) for childbirth class<br>
Get reimbursed for chiropractor (flex spending)</p>
<p>Create pages for baby shower craft (ABC/123 book)<br>
Buy tissue paper and create garland for baby shower
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