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<p>I thought I had chatted on this thread- but I didn't see it...hmmm...oh well</p>
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<p>I am 31w 5d, at my mw appointment on monday we discussed that he was "welcome" to come any time after February 19th (when she can do a home birth)...eek that is right around the corner.  Of course dd was born on her ultrasound date (three days before her EDD), so the likelyhood of him coming that soon is probably not that high, BUT they say each babe is different, so you never know.  On the flip side to consider going into April since our due date is mid-late March seems so far away.  Our addition is in full construction swing, we had to cut the hole between the exisiting and the new and all the windows aren't in yet...or insullated so it gets pretty chilly during the day...not that I'm usually there, but all the activity is crazy...it's exciting but crazy.  SO I have been putting myself off in terms of nesting- I have wanted to, but there just isn't anything I can do.  Infact I had to pack up more things to get them out of the way, so I will have LOTS to do later- and we have things scheduled out through February...surprisingly I'm not freaking out about it too much, guess we will deal with it if it's an issue.</p>
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<p>With DD she was breech and had to be turned, I started EPO after we got her turned...not knowing if it helped or not I will probably start taking it again once we know he is in the proper position and such??  I would like to put more thought into Red Raspberry Tea this time, really like the idea of the benefits...but I'm lucky if I remember to take my prenatals.</p>
 

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<p>Has anyone else experienced more and stronger Braxton Hicks with Red Raspberry Leaf? I was drinking it sporadically back in the second trimester and noticed I was getting a lot of Braxton Hicks, as well as some uncomfortable low uterine cramping, so I stopped drinking it. Thinking about getting started again pretty soon as I get closer to my due date.</p>
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<p>My baby shower is tomorrow, looks like I have 26 people (including 8 kids) coming, yikes! That's way bigger than my other showers, as I lived in upstate NY before and didn't really know anyone.</p>
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<p>Poor DH and my dad are going to be the only guys. I told them they can drink scotch and supervise the kids, haha. I am planning on setting up a little scavenger hunt and buying some prizes for them, they are all on the older side so shouldn't need much watching. My dad lives on 2 acres, with a lot of paths winding through an orchard and various gardens, so they can kind of just run around.</p>
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<p>So today I am going grocery shopping and then will be preparing food, I am going with an Asian theme: soba noodle salad, teriyaki green beans, miso glazed eggplant, spring rolls, and lychee cupcakes. I have a prenatal appt and a kid birthday party to go to today, too, so it will be a busy day. But it is a great day here to be out and about- in the low 70s, sunny, not a cloud in the sky. It's one of those days that makes me really love being a San Diegan!</p>
 

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<p>Katro, my baby shower is Sunday, and I have 21 people that will be there, including the host/hostess and my and my husband.  There's also going to be 3 kids, but yeah - to have any more than 10-12 people, from what I have read, it's quite a lot!  But it will be fun!  I'm excited, and can't wait to post pictures!</p>
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<p>And it looks like, even with the snow, the sun is coming out today, so I need to get started on my sun tea!  :)  2.5 gallons for the baby shower, and 1 gallon for me and DH.  No worries - I made sure when I got these tea bags they were Lipton Decaf tea.  I have caffeine every once in a while (maybe more often than I should) but I do limit it.  Anything we usually buy for our fridge consists of juices and milk, and that's about it for now.</p>
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<p>Monday after my baby shower, I'm going to the base for Key Spouse Training!  I'm excited for that, and it's just one more way I can be more supportive (not that I'm not already) of my husband in his military career.</p>
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<p>Are there any other moms that are military spouses?  Or military themselves.  :)</p>
 

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<p>Had a prenatal today and they said no stopping labor from here on out! So it's on........</p>
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<p>only thing we will watch for is excessive bleeding which the more you have the more likely that becomes. but there are several options to control it. hopefully nursing right away will work just fine though.</p>
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<p>i measured 33cm but i'm not sure where else i would grow!</p>
 

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<p>So, a couple of my friends just announced that they'd like to throw a shower for me.  We're all sort of been there/done that, and they know I have pretty much everything I need, so they made it clear that it wasn't going to be a "regular" shower.  Actually, when they pitched it to me, they described it as "all the girls and a lot of wine".  LOL! </p>
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<p>They were trying to decide on a gift theme (I seriously don't need gifts) and offered to make it a cloth diaper party, but I have a ton of dipes, so I think it's just going to be a freezer meal party.  <span><img alt="thumbsup.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="width:33px;height:19px;"></span></p>
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<p><span>Tomorrow I'll be 32 weeks.  How did that happen?????  Last night I started getting really paranoid that all the things that could go wrong and all the horror stories I've heard about late-term loss, etc.  Ugh.  I'm making a huge effort to get that all out of my head and just think happy thoughts.  I have NO inication that anything is wrong or that I should be worried....but a lot of people don't.  *sigh*  Hopefully it'll pass as quickly as it came.</span></p>
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<p>I am SO GLAD that I saw this!!! I love love love the idea of a freezer meal party, that's what i'll do too!!!<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>milosmomma</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288768/january-chat-thread/120#post_16203708"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>So, a couple of my friends just announced that they'd like to throw a shower for me.  We're all sort of been there/done that, and they know I have pretty much everything I need, so they made it clear that it wasn't going to be a "regular" shower.  Actually, when they pitched it to me, they described it as "all the girls and a lot of wine".  LOL! </p>
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<p>They were trying to decide on a gift theme (I seriously don't need gifts) and offered to make it a cloth diaper party, but I have a ton of dipes, so I think it's just going to be a freezer meal party.  <span><img alt="thumbsup.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="width:33px;height:19px;"></span></p>
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<p><span>Tomorrow I'll be 32 weeks.  How did that happen?????  Last night I started getting really paranoid that all the things that could go wrong and all the horror stories I've heard about late-term loss, etc.  Ugh.  I'm making a huge effort to get that all out of my head and just think happy thoughts.  I have NO inication that anything is wrong or that I should be worried....but a lot of people don't.  *sigh*  Hopefully it'll pass as quickly as it came.</span></p>
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<p>Yes, I've experienced irritable uterus on account of RRL tea.  I actually haven't used it the last couple pregnancies, and my pregnancies have been shorter (40 & 41 weeks compared to 42) and labors getting consistently shorter (3-4 hours) without.  So, I'm really not convinced about it's properties.  Just stirs up lots of unwanted B-H. LOL</p>
 

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<p>One thing my Mother-in-law recommended to me (in addition to the freezer party - that DOES sound cool!) is a website <a href="http://www.food.com" target="_blank">www.food.com</a> - at the top you search for OAMC, which is Once A Month Cooking - which I am going to start in early February, dish it out into single containers, and have stuff ready.  On top of that, I may continue that, because I would rather send my husband to work with hot lunches than cold lunches all the time.</p>
 

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<p>I'll be 33 weeks tomorrow!!!  Ahhh!  One month to full term.  DD came 11 days past her due date, so I'm not expecting to go very early.  I can just stop feeling guilty about wanting to baby to be born after 37 weeks though, ha.</p>
<p>This SPD or whatever it is is seriously painful sometimes, like it just hurts so bad to take a step.  I would love to be able to get more stuff done, but I physically can't.  So frustrating.  My big nesting urges seem to be wanting to get rid of stuff.  I just feel like there is so much extra junk in the house all of a sudden.  I try to delegate jobs to my 3 year old, but sometimes that is more trouble than it's worth.  "See that piece of paper, on the floor?  There by your doll?  Can you pick it up?  No, the ballerina doll.  Yeah, over here.  Right there!  Can you pick that up and throw it away?  See it?  Yeah, that one!".</p>
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<p>In better news, I turned 30 yesterday!  Woo-hoo!  </p>
 

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<p>Happy birthday Rockycrop. Hope you had a great day.</p>
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<p>rockycrop--- i totally get you on the nesting urge to be getting rid of stuff that is ttoally where I am. I just want all this extra stuff gone, gone far far away. In the last few months i think we have given 4-5 boxes of stuff away and I know i have more to go</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>ladyzbyrd</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1288768/january-chat-thread/120#post_16203522"><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>Are there any other moms that are military spouses?  Or military themselves.  :)</p>
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<p>I had a little freak out this week but all is well now. The baby turned breech on Tuesday and movement DROPPED off. I had just had an appt. with my midwife where we discussed paying attention to the baby's movement patterns and what to do if they don't pick up. So of course this happens and seriously I could only feel about 1/8-1/4 of the normal movements. I tried to remain calm and figured he had turned breech and was kicking into my back but decided that if movements hadn't picked up the next day I would call the midwife. I ended up calling the midwife the next day, going in and seeing my MW's partner who said he was now breech but everything seemed fine, HB was good and showed acclerations but I could go in and hae a NST if I wanted, to trust my instincts. At this point I had no instincts :), called my (homebirthing) mom and decided to go in. I talked to my MW (her mother had just had surgery which is why she was out) who said I should go into a certain Dr.'s office, not L&D, where they did an ultrasound and everything looked good. The tech didn't think a NST was necessary, the baby was moving fine, everything was good, I was felt much better. He was transverse during the ultrasound and is head down again now. Yesterday after my nap I panicked again because he wasn't moving but I found his heartbeat with my stethoscope right away and wonder if he was just in a deep sleep. He finally starting moving again after I started making dinner. His movements have been really good since then. It's been a long couple of days, I'm so happy it's the weekend, hopefully DH will actually have a weekend and I can finally nest and organize. I'm so glad I went in though.</p>
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<p>Milosmomma: I'm (obviously) right there with you on the fear thing right now. I had it with DD too at this point and it got better as the weeks progressed.</p>
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<p>I'm excited to see pictures of baby showers! How fun! I can't believe we're getting so close!! Are other people looking at other DDC birth announcements and pictures? I can't help but lurk and look</p>
<p>at all of those little babies! That will be us so soon!</p>
 

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<p>You're due in mid-march, mayfly - there's still time for little one to turn around.  If he doesn't by mid-February, check with a chiropractor - There is a technique called the Webster Technique that can help to encourage the baby to turn around.  As far as I know, there isn't anything to worry about - I've been asking my own doctor about when to determine concern.  Then again, if my Alistair decides he wants to go breach, I'm letting my OB turn him, and not cut me, if it can be helped.  I am all for no cutting.</p>
 

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<p>Oh i don't like this new things that has been going on a for a bit now. I have such a hard time sleeping at night. it's not baby movements it's just me i get restless and fidgety. I want to do things but can't really do anything at 1 am.</p>
<p>Dh was giving me a hard time this morning saying how we would both have a better nights sleep if i would just sleep. If I'm doing something i'm fine but as soon as I lay down I just go nuts.</p>
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<p>I figure i'll end up havging another middle of the night labour again</p>
 

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<p>Hi all!  I haven't been around in a bit, but I wanted to stop in and catch up.  I've been having a lot of heartburn lately and acid reflux, which has been a new one for me, never had it before in my other pregnancies.  I have been a smidge nervous today because I have been really constipated for months now and all of a sudden today I've needed to go 3 times!  It kind of made worry that it could be a sign of getting ready for labor, which I am not ready for!</p>
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<p>The good news is that I'm almost 33 weeks, so getting closer to the safety zone if this one does decide to come soon.  Still, after one at 33 weeks and one at 36, I'd really like to make it farther this time!</p>
 

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<p>Well, I had my baby shower and it went really well. Most everyone show up, so there were 21 adults and 11 kids, including my own. I had DH put together a scavenger hunt for the kids and got snacks like coconut bars and organic animal cracker bags as prizes (all the kids got one when they finished). That kept them busy for about an hour and the rest of the time they just ran around and played. It was in the 70s so we spent the day outside and it was lovely. The food was a huge hit and no one could believe that I did all of it myself, though I had picked pretty easy stuff to make. I love to cook so it was fun for me anyway. The lychee cupcakes were sooooo good, I'm seriously considering making another batch right now. They don't have a ton of sugar and have ground flaxseed in them, so I can rationalize them!</p>
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<p>I got tons of really great stuff, although probably 3 too many hooded towels! But they were all really cute, and my kids probably used hooded towels until they were 5 or 6, so it's not like they will go to waste. The clothes we got were beautiful, and mostly everyone adhered to my request of no pink, so that was nice. We also got some money and gift cards, which of course are always welcome.</p>
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<p>Spent today walking my dad's golden retriever puppies around Balboa Park with the kids and my dad, and got lunch. It felt great to get out in the sunshine and get some exercise, but the kids are pooped now and are taking a nap instead of cleaning their room like I had planned for them. Oh, well. It's always nice to nap on a "summer" day, even if it is January.</p>
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<p>Hang on, Lou!</p>
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<p>K- You live in SD? I have friends out there. I'm glad your shower was a sucess. You have to share the recipe for your Lychee cupcakes!</p>
 

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<p>Mayfly, that happened to me last month.  The baby turned so her movements were all interior, and in doing so, rolled over my bladder or something, which then caused a bunch of pee to leak down my leg.  I went to R&D and felt really stupid.  Also, this time I've noticed that when the baby changes positions, I have contractions.  BH I'm sure, but uncomfortable.</p>
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<p>Lousli, I had terrible heartburn with #1, but then with #2, managed it by not eating so late and just being hungry.  This time, I am taking pepcid almost every day, and when it stops working (when I get reflux a few hours after taking a pepcid) I use acifex (RX).  It's crazy!  I hate heartburn.  Hope you can manage yours.  It's funny, but when I'm taking the acifex, I eat so much more because I'm so *hungry*, whereas usually I'm just nauseous from all the heartburn and acid stomach.</p>
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<p>Katroshka, your shower sounds so lovely.  I've been loving the weather too.  We've really enjoyed our local parks and beach this week.</p>
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<p>We've gotten tons of baby handmedowns.  I have a feeling we're somewhat of a charity case at church - people who've never even spoken with us are suddenly asking us if we want the baby stuff from their garage.  It makes me really uncomfortable.  Although we're really lucky to have all this stuff (we gave away all our baby stuff, thinking we were done).</p>
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<p>I'm really excited about having a VBAC.  The baby has YET to be head down for more than a day at a time.  I'm kind of worried about how much she flips around in there.  I'm afraid she's going to be all tangled up in the chord because she's up, she's down, she's breech . . .  I've been taking my kids to the park everyday - they ride their scooters and I try to keep up with them.  I underestimated the distance of our walk yesterday on the boardwalk at the beach, and after practically running to keep up with my kids on their scooters on a really busy day at the beach, I had to then drive in traffic to pick up DH at work.  By the time we got there, I was in tears - my belly really hurts.  The baby is breech right now, and she does some kind of stretch on my hip bones that's HORRIBLE.  It wasn't contractions, just plain pain.  It's really hard for me to drive stick anymore - I feel like my fat belly has no place to go in the car.  I think I've reached the point where my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak, and I just can't seem to do everything I want to and/or need to, and it's frustrating.  When I have to carry DS (3) kicking and screaming somewhere (to pick up his sister from school, etc.), my hips and tailbone complain about it all night.  And I'm not even 33 weeks yet.</p>
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<p>I suppose it's really common at this point to start believing the dates are wrong?  We have no idea when we conceived this baby, but the first u/s gave us a due date of 3/16, and after that, they were 3/13.  But I'm fat and I have a tilted uterus, so maybe they're wrong?  In early January, the doctor said the baby was already over 4 pounds.  I'm not diabetic and I've gained 10-12 pounds total so far, so I can't figure out why she'd be so big.  But it would be a sweet relief to be full-term sooner rather than later!</p>
 

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<p>I'm 34wks pg today. :)</p>
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<p>I also have that pain all over but not a bh or contraction. When it happens, I go lay down. I have no other clue what to do with it. After a while, my tummy feels better.</p>
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<p>I continued a bit today on making the baby's corner cleaner and more organized. My big girls helped me a bit and I can just see how excited they are. They just can't wait for the arrival. I am washing newborn dipes right now. :D</p>
 
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