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I am so stressed out i can't even think straight. My dh is almost done with the school year(he's a teacher) and is so overwhelmed with work for the next week and a half and i am still trying to work so i can afford to stay home after this baby comes. and now to top it off my poor little 2.5 year old is scheduled for surgery on monday afternoon! Nothing very serious but scary just the same. and i am just so tired! i don't know how i'm going to make it thru the next 2 weeks. i just hope this baby stays put for a while. i want the world to just leave us alone! i need to sleep and hopefully i will feel a little more positive.<br>
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Wolfmom, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to you!! This sounds like a very stressful time. Hang in there, mama...these two weeks will go by quickly if you take one thing at a time. Try to focus on one obstacle at once, address it and then move on...too overwhelming to think of everything at the same time.<br><br><br>
Sounds like we are all getting so close... I have many of the same complaints. Hemorrhoids, pelvic pressure, low back pain, hip pain, difficulty getting around, tiring easily.... should I continue? But guess what, secretly I LOVE it all!!!<br><br>
I had my last day at work last Friday. This was such an amazing moment for myself and my family. We have been longing for mommy to be home again since the first day I worked. I know I will never work as much again as I was until my children are much older. It is sooo nice to focus on my dd, dh and my home instead of 2 hours of paper work each night and run, run, run all day long...<br><br>
I haven't packed my bag yet and had not considered doing so for a couple of weeks (I am 37 weeks on Sat). However, I am getting nervous about this as many people have said they already have. I figure, I probably am not going early and even if I am not packed when I go into labor, this may be a good early labor activity for myself or dh or my friend who will act as my doula. I have started thinking about what I want to take along so at least it will be in the house.<br><br>
Hope everyone is peaceful, restful, nesting and happy...<br><br>
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I am having two really lazy, but nice and relaxed days. Getting up late and naps both days. I have quite a bit of nausea today, bleck, some wretching this am too. Yes, I too have the whole achy hips, low pelvic presure, etc. Of all of this my major complaint is getting out of bed 2-3 times per night to pee. It is such an ordeal and sometimes I try to wait it out a bit and this causes cramping. Oh well, I have a nice busy baby inside. Two more days and I can breathe a sigh of homebirth relief, I will be safe to stay at home for the birth!! My baby is so low and I have so much perssure, I have been paranoid that labor would start this week and I would need to go to the hospital which I really am not psychologically prepared for.<br>
I almost have everything together and the room set up like I would like. Today I made a big sister shirt with my daughter, very sweet.<br>
Almost there.....
 

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midwifer,<br>
I hope everything works out the way you want it to. I'll be thinking stay inside thoughts for you for the next two days. I want you to be able to have the birth of your dreams and a healthy baby! ((HUGS))<br><br>
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I've been noticing that I don't get up at 3:00 in the morning to pee in this pregnancy. I wonder why that could be??? I was up every night with my last pregnancy. Could that have to do with the baby's position? Or the size of the head (as in, bigger, so stays farther up)... or because my pee feeling has been deminished because of the previous birth??? hmmmm, does anyone else have this? Cause peeing in the middle of the night is normal for pregnant women.
 

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I hate that I wake up at 3 am to pee! It is almost impossible to get back to sleep. I know it is normal but depending on how tired I am sometimes I just fall back asleep. There shouldn't be a problem with not getting up should there?
 

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Lucky you, Mamajaza!! I wake up every two hours in PAIN having to pee. I think this baby is pretty low. If I don't get up right away, the pain just gets worse and walking is just a joke. I have to waddle to the bathroom.<br><br>
I get really thirsty during the night, but I make sure to only SIP my water.<br><br>
When I get up at 6:00 AM to pee, my loviest cat gets all fired up. He wants to snuggle and cuddle and lick my nose. Ick.
 

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I'm in the bathroom between 1 and 3 like clockwork. Occasionally I can go til about 5 but that's rare. Sadly, we have really creaky wooden floors and if I wait too long to go I wake up ds, who thinks it's time to get up for the day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Maybe if I wasn't BF my DD all night long, I would have some liquids to pee. Maybe that's what it is. But I always have to pee when I get up at 9 am with her.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> Maybe I'm just lucky.
 

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ebethmom, we are in the same boat. My kitties also think it's time to be fed and cuddle when I wake up to pee around 4-5am (I also go around 1 and around 3). Lately, they won't let me sleep past 5am and it's getting really old so I'm starting to lock them out of the bedroom at that hour once I go to the bathroom ... which is kind of sad too cuz I love that morning cuddle, but NOT at 5am!<br><br>
I'm 34 weeks today and so excited to be moving along. To be honest though I'm also getting a bit anxious. This being my first i just don't know what to expect. Also, having GD i just worry that things won't go the way I would prefer, which is a natural birth that I have some control over. I've watched a few episodes of A baby Story in the hopes of catching one that is a good example ...... but all I keep getting are epidurals and c-sections. WTF!!?? So I think I'll stop watching now. If I get stuck with induction or c-section, then I'll deal -- but I'll like to think positive and to see some examples of natural...... that's why I wish I were able to see that Unconvention Births show. Oh well.
 

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Snowbaby~~ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Stop watching "ababy story"!! I've totally stopped watching it because I really blame it for my recent feelings of "can I really do this?", even though I am doing this birth unassisted. I want to read some posative birth stories and have found some good sites that have UC'c on them...<br>
I know you're not having a UC, but they are empowering to read, anyways...<a href="http://www.breastandbelly.com/dorabirth1.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastandbelly.com/dorabirth1.html</a><br><a href="http://www.laurashanley.com/" target="_blank">http://www.laurashanley.com/</a>
 

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Brandi~ that's fabulous! My baby gets the hiccups at least once a day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I keep wondering if it's as frustrating to him as it is to me when I have the hiccups? Hopefully not...<br><br>
Wow- I wish I could make it through the night without peeing at least once! This past week my nightly peeings have increased to 2-4 times <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> And during the day, sometimes I feel a pressure like I have to pee when the baby reaches down- but then I don't even have to go...?<br><br>
When do careproviders usually start checking to see if you're dilating?
 

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This kid gets the hiccups a minimum of 5 times in a 24 hour period. My first dd was the same. I swear this baby hiccups more than it kicks and squirms!<br><br>
I usually pee twice a night, but have been peeing more than that lately. I think I have just been too busy this week so I pee at night and not so much while out and about during the day. I have only been home one day in the last eight! I am 35 weeks, hooray!<br><br>
So I had a surprising dream two nights ago-I am pretty convinced this baby is a boy, but then I had this dream where baby came to me (more as a presense, not a visual) and with a hand on the hip sort of tone of voice the baby says to me, "I'm a GIRL!" and then I woke up. Now I am even more anxious to meet this babe and see who this next little being will be.<br><br>
I am feeling really happy and content. Getting a lot of visiting in and getting out and about quite a lot. My energy level is pretty high, as well as my comfort level. After the 26th I don't have much to do, so I figure that will be about the time the serious stay home nesting will begin. I have lots of dipes to wash! I don't plan on doing much of anything next month, as I know I will want to turn within while I wait the last precious days for my babe to make his or her entrance.<br><br>
Wishing you all gentle and joyful births and happy healthy babies! We are all getting so close!<br><br>
Brandi <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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Went walking all over in the sunshine with my daughter today. Down to the farmer's market, the neighborhood picnic, the park. I was pretty tired out at nap time. Contractions throughout most of the day, but seemingly mild. Tonight my bff who is also a midwife was over for dinner and we were checking the baby's position and listening to the heart rate (my sweet daughter was listening and feeling too<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> and since I am 37 weeks, we decided to check my cervix and see what is happening. I am 3-4 with a bulgy bag and a baby at -1 to 0 eeek, no wonder I feel so much pressure. She is convinced it is going to happen very soon. Well that check put me into a nesting tailspin, cleaned the whole upstairs, got everything in order for the birth. Still contracting on and off, but I am not convinced. I am having a wee bit of sadness thinking of the end of pregnancy, but I am more and more excited to meet this baby.<br>
butterflymama...most careproviders will check at 37w. if you want<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I had a nasty cramp in my lower leg the other night. Ouch. I think I should up my cal/mag stuff.<br><br>
I did, too! I finally had to get out of bed & become coherent to fully realize the situation. It was one cramped calf muscle! that went away after I went to the other bedroom & massaged it & breathed deeply.<br><br>
I guess my body was a little low on something that day!<br><br>
Hope that's the only one I have.<br><br>
Hope that's the only one you have! They can be intense! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Liam Thomas<br>
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I really like Alexander William. Those names sound so good to me!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">But my SIL will be out of town from July 7 - July 12 or 13. So Lila needs to just stay put! I think I'll ask a longtime friend to be her backup. My ds knows SIL better, and loves his cousins, so I'm really hoping that they can be here.</div>
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Lila will be born at the perfect time! and you can help co-create her birth date!<br><br>
My doula was supposed to go out of town on Nov. 4th for a week to be in a wedding, so I set my mind on the fact that she would able to attend the birth. Wow! She was there on the morning of Nov. 3rd!! Hooray!<br><br>
I think the baby is listening to you. Ask with your heart what's best for her & tell her what's best for you.
 

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Just want to check in. I realized the other day that I have <b>just three weeks to go</b><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> I'm looking forward to it all though. My poor "baby" will finally be able to be satisfied with one boob. right now she switches back and forth, back and forth... and I can use the tandem nursing smiley<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
This baby doesn't move around too much. Is a lot like my DD was... VERY mellow. She didn't cry for days after she was born.<br><br>
I'm going to make my own massage oil for labour. made with grapeseed oil, and ess. oils of chamomile, lavendar, maybe some clary sage and sandalwood (my fav. but soo expensive) Goining to labour in warm water, wheather that turns out to be in the shower, bathtub, or kiddie pool.
 

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RE: pregnancy photos... There's a thread with really, really good links about that elsewhere.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm really grateful for all the July moms' posts!! They're so helpful, so informative!<br><br>
It's hard to believe that our time has almost come. There is indeed a bittersweetness to all miracles I suppose. It will be fabulous to be with a new little baby, but it'll be sad to not be pregnant.<br><br>
Wishing all of you the very, very best!
 
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