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I will get this weeks thread started I guess.
I had a pretty good weekend. Father's Day was great for both dh and I. I got to sleep in, and he got to go shooting with his dad and win.
It was fun getting to spend a little time with MIL and the kids on a very nice day.

Well, it is another Monday. I am still amazed that the weeks are going by so quickly. I was dreading how slow the summer was going to go. Now I think it is going to be over before I have a chance to turn around! Dh and I went to the drive-in theater on Friday night. It was really fun. We saw Mr & Mrs Smith but left before Fever Pitch started. I was really tired.

I am getting really anal about how clean my living room is. My children destroy my efforts within a few minutes of my having finished so I don't know why I even bother. Especially since they seem to get a big kick out of destroying my work.

I hope that you all had a good weekend. Here is to a good week!
 

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Hard to believe just how fast these weeks are flying. I remember it being similar with ds's pregnancy too.

Well, I missed my OB appointment last week, it was on Monday, and I totally forgot. So I finally called today to reschedual, they wanted me to come in tomorrow at 8:45...HA..no! So it's for Thursday at 1. That'll put a cramp into nap time, but whatever. I almost wish I hadn't promised dh that I'd see the OB.

Anyway, we have a long week ahead of us here, ds isn't listening, so there will be lots of time outs, and things taken away this week. Oh JOY. But I can't have him simply not listening, and running a mok around the house when the baby gets here...it's also rather difficult to have your 3 yr old say "no mommy I'm not listening" which just about makes my jaw hit the ground and my eyes pop out of my head.
 

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it's also rather difficult to have your 3 yr old say "no mommy I'm not listening"
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Today I am 37! Woo-hoo!
My 20mo DS and I are going to pick DP up early from work and go to the zoo and visit at all the zeldas (our dog is named zelda, so ds calls all animals zelda).

My pregnancy-related activities have been knitting soakers for the new baby (I'm just learning so it's slower going than I would like--but I am loving knitting) and looking for a prenatal yoga class. I am doing yoga on my own, but would like to find a prenatal class. I want an instructor who is laid back and not too into teaching me stuff. I feel like when I am pregnant I am more *myself* if that makes any sense, and less tolerant of people trying to mold me into something else.
 

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My 2 yr old got a big boy bed on Saturday. I didn't plan very well. We get the bed home, set up and realize I have no blankets or anything for it.
So tonight I have to go find some stuff for him.

I don't really want to do the whole birth kit, get baby stuff ready thing. Not sure why. I have that nagging to get it done but don't want to do it at all. Wierd.

ZeldasMom - Happy Birthday!

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We had a lovely weekend too.

I took off Friday to be with DS because it was his second birthday! We went swimming, and he tried to drown himself. Yes, this is normal behaviour -- he likes to bellyflop in the water. It's fine in the shallow end (about a foot deep) but then he started moving towards the deeper end and lost control just as I was waddling up to go and redirect him to the shallow end. Fortunately, the pool was totally empty, and the lifeguard who adores him was right beside us at the time (chatting with my mom), so she just calmly fished him out. And then he kept right on doing it -- didn't faze him at all! (We celebrated his second birthday as much for "hey, we didn't kill him yet" as for "hey, he hasn't managed to kill himself yet.")

Saturday morning was his birthday party for his toddler friends -- 6 kids total, all under four. And the weather was bad, so we ended up staying indoors, which meant that I spent much of Sunday trying to pick up the mess and reunite little parts of toys with each other. But it was a lot of fun, and some friends came over who I haven't seen for a while.

The only sad thing was that he didn't get any of his birthday cake because we decided to get an ice cream cake (something we figured we could finish if there were leftovers) and he's allergic to dairy. He had a sneezing fit just blowing out the candles! But I did make him jello in fish ice cube molds, and he actually much preferred the jello to the cake -- at least, he didn't even try to get any cake from anyone else (and as with any 2yo, when he wants something, he's pretty insistent), and was busy smearing orange jello all over himself, the furniture, and anyone within reach...

Then Saturday night was DS's birthday party with DH's family. DS had a total ball, and my MIL made a dairy-free bday cake for him, which he played with, but didn't really eat. He was much more interested in the toy cars on top of the cake. He was totally exhausted by bedtime.

So he actually slept in until 8:30 on Father's Day -- what a treat for DH and me. We had lunch with DH's dad for Father's Day, and then a nap for DS, and then I made DH a nice dinner last night while they played in the back yard.

It was just lovely to have a 3-day weekend. And I'm using vacation days to only work 4 days/week for the rest of the summer, so I should be able to have a few more weekends like that.
 

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Sounds like everyone had a great weekend! Happy Birthday ZeldasMom!


Dh was sick on Father's Day
so I took the kids to my parents' house to celebrate w/ my parents and my sister and her family. Dh stayed home alone, napped, etc. He was feeling better this morning, so went to work to get some overtime in (yippee! we REALLY need the money!).

I spent yesterday evening/night reading "Baby Catcher". I read it when it first came out, but am really enjoying rereading it. Well, I was until I got to the stillbirths. Ugh...a flood of worries once again. Thankfully there is some good stuff in there after the bad stuff, so I recovered a bit! I'll finish that tonight and then get to cleaning the downstairs bedroom...if I have any energy left!

This is the last week of school for our friend/babysitter and I spent a couple hours tutoring her in Algebra 2. We have one more tutoring session on Wednesday before her exam on Thursday, then that's it until next year - then it's on to Trig/Pre-Calc (joy!
). On Monday she and I will spend the day having a "girls' day out" and on Tuesday she leaves for London for 10 days. When she returns, she's going to paint my bathroom and help me with some other projects. Yippee! I think the nesting thing is really kicking in - I'm actually EXCITED about getting things clean!

I hope everyone has a great week!
 

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I miss being in on the weekly threads!


Happy Birthday ZeldasMom!

Things are mostly uneventful here. I am working (or trying to work) 20 hours a week at home for my dad's business. It's nice to have a flexible job. But for some reason, the extra 15-20 hours has left me with no time to get "important" stuff done... like cleaning. :LOL Poor DH. It seems all I have time for is eating (and preparing food) and working. I just don't manage my time very well...


Today I had my first prenatal visit.
: It was an exciting visit, and here's the long version...
Background: My Bradley Instructor recommended me to a HB MW, so I called to make an appointment with her. I'm also in the process of applying for insurance through the state, so I called them to see what it would take to have a HB covered. All I have to do is have an OB refer me to my MW. So I called the MW and she said to go to her backup OB. Today: I sat in the waiting room for 2 1/2 hours to get an appointment (she's booked till 7/25), finally got in, and while I was waiting to see the Dr, there was an announcement that the Nat'l Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm warning.
: So we all had to go to the basement. I was a little scared, b/c I've never had to go to the basement anywhere for the weather. I didn't know if there was a tornado, or what. ANYways, that lasted about 15 minutes, and we got to go back upstairs. I waited for just a couple minutes more, and saw the Dr. She was so nice... She did my initial bloodwork, including a (normal) diabetes screen. And then she gave me a referral to have a homebirth!! I am so so so excited, I can't even tell you!! And b/c she gave me a referral, it will most likely be covered! Woo-hoo!!
I'm keeping that Dr forever and ever!!

I think it will be a great week...

DH took a belly pic of me last week, and we just may get it up on the site soon...
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Hello everybody! Happy new week. And Happy Birthday to Zeldasmom!

So far it sounds like everyone is doing well.

Kateana - I am SO jealous that your state insurance will cover homebirths! I think I'll inquire about mine. The HB midwives I spoke to didn't think they would so I never pursued it. But I really should. Maybe if enough people ask they eventually will come around. Thank you for the inspiration!

So, this week in pregnancy... I see the mw Thursday afternoon. At last week's u s that dr pushed the due date back 9 days to Sept.11. And we've started Bradley classes which meet on Sunday evenings through the end of July. So far so good. The instructor is neat and there are a few other couples we just might end up being friends with.

I've got energy all of the sudden, so I'm trying to get some house projects tackled while it lasts. We ordered three new kitchen cabinents (yay!!!) which will be delivered Friday. So now we've got to experiment with concrete samples for the counter tops, pronto! But I haven't even settled on a specific color. Just gotta play & see what we like best. I can't wait to have that done! We've been living w/ adhock cabinents & plywood tops for almost 8 years now...

Also have been developing film for the first time since like February. When the muse speaks I listen!

I hope everyone has a great week!
 

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My MW said that she hires a professional biller to send the paperwork to the insurance companies, so I don't know if that helps... probably (and maybe YOU could hire a professional biller?). Also, try going the same route I did: go to the MW's backup DR and ask for a referral. Apparently, the insurance company may just consider it a referral to an out-of-network specialist or something. It's worth a shot.

I shouldn't get too terribly excited yet, though... the birth hasn't happened, and we won't know for sure till then. Besides, I forgot to mention that I talked to the insurance company 2 times, and got a yes the first time, and a no the second. Go figure. My MW said they are lying b/c she has been reimbursed by them before, even though they denied it...
 

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Kateana:
on the OB and getting referred to a midwife! How exciting! It sounds like you had quite an adventure, though!

nolajen: You sound excited about the new cabinets and counter tops! Yay for you! It sounds like your Bradley Classes are fun and it's always nice to meet new people!

Insurance covering homebirth: Here in CT there is one midwifery practice that does homebirths and accepts insurance (including state insurance), and it happens to be the only midwifery practice that has CNMs who do homebirths. (It's the practice I go to.) The other homebirth midwives in the state are lay midwives or cpms.

I love my midwives - they totally let you birth the way you want to and understand if you only want them there "just in case." I met a mama in the waiting room last time who had an unassisted childbirth, but got prenatal and postnatal care from the midwives. I labor best alone, so the midwives are completely fine setting up their stuff and staying in another room until I call everyone in while I'm pushing. They'll sit back and only do something at my request during the birth and then will take care of checking out baby and I after the birth.
 

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hi gals. feeling exhausted over here... it's been a couple of days with ds. i hope it's teeth. gosh, i so hope it's just teeth. he's discovered things like hitting when he doesn't get his way, screeching when frustrated, biting (only once so far), and lots of testing. so all that, and he's been very clingy on top of it. yikes. it's wearing me down and i still have work to do tonight. my solution -- come to mdc and read and post instead!
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my parents were over here sunday for father's day (mellow day... grilled burgers, hung out, played out in the yard with squirt, and talked). they suggested that dh and i should invest in finding someone to come clean the house every week or every few days. thanks mom and dad for the editorial commentary on the state of our house. we're not pleased by the fact that we're both too dead at the end of the day to deal with it and too busy working during the day to do much either, and i'm particularly embarrassed to have anyone over... definitely not the way i was raised. even though it's my home and i'm not as fanatic about cleaning as my mom, it does makes me squirm that things aren't even close to in thier places most of the time. laundry and dishes are the only 2 big chores that get done often enough! ack!

in pregnancy land, things are chugging along. i think i'm 26 weeks now. getting more comments on my belly these days... it's nice to be in maternity clothes at last (just switched over at 24 weeks) and not worrying about whether i look fat or pregnant. a few people have asked, most just assume i'm pregnant or already knew.

my midwife wants me to find an ob as emergency backup in case we need to transfer to the nearest hospital. i don't even have a clue how to go about finding someone who's homebirth-friendly. cold calls? i'm so not a phone person, and it seems that would be a waste of time... but i dunno. all my LLL and homebirth contacts are far enough away that they wouldn't know anyone who has rights at the hospital 10-15 minutes from our place. i'm not too worried about it, it's not a case where she'll drop me if i don't come up with someone... but i wish i didn't have it hanging over my head. i'm a little stumped. i guess i just need to dive in and try the phone, at least then it wouldn't be so much hanging as just occasionally popping in for a look-see.

i still haven't decided whether to hire a doula or not. dh actually has a steady job now, so money isn't quite the concern it was a few months ago when i first contacted the person we'd choose (she was our delivery nurse for our son's homebirth, and the only one who made it in time). she'd be great insurance as she lives a mere 20 minutes from us, in case i have a quick labor and the midwife doesn't make it (the midwife is over an hour away). problem is, she's working another job 5-6 days a week and i dunno if she'd be able to make it here either if i went into labor when she was at work. i guess (once again) i need to get on the darn phone and just talk things through with her. i think she'll understand if we decide not to hire her, given the circumstances. i'm just really bad at turning someone down.

i have the greatest urge to paint some walls around here, but so far have not let myself. heck, work and jasper haven't given me a bit of time off to really do it anyway -- i guess it's a safe bet that between worries about whether the fumes are harmful or not and having so little freetime... ain't gonna happen anytime before this baby comes. so we'll continue looking at gray walls downstairs in the family room and kitchen (ugh!) and the dark blue hallway upstairs that sucks every bit of light away. i have no idea what the previous owners were thinking!

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Wordgirl... I think a good place to start looking would be in your local MDC tribe. Start a thread there and ask if anyone knows of any HB-friendly OBs, or just do a search. That's where I would start. I hate the phone too.
 

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It's Wednesday!!! That means that it is only 5 days til ds starts summer school! I can't wait.
LOL I am so happy that the week is going by so quickly. I really do have such a hard time dealing with both kids by myself. How awful is that?

Ugh, the air in my car is acting up. I get to call around to some different places to see how much they charge to check out the air for the cause of the problem. My dh said that he will fix it himself so as to save us some cash. Yay! I love my dh.

We are going to have bathtime this morning as it is hot and muggy and I want the kids to entertain themselves for awhile without pissing off the neighbors. I am not looking forward to the next week of temperatures. All in the upper 80's and lower 90's. Yuck! I know that we are in for a hot summer. We always seem to have unseasonablely warm summers when I am pg. Go figure huh? :LOL I am going to try to talk dh into going to the waterpark on Saturday. I think that would be nice for us, and for the kids. It will be interesting to see how dd likes the water in the wading pool. I think she will love it. Ds loves the giant mushroom fountains, so it will be a fun time for all of us I am sure.

I am tired. My kids woke up very early this morning. I hope that means we will get to take naps this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Take care everyone!
 

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my kids woke me up early too. Well, the heat and the baby kept me up most of the night, and ds woke me up at 6 am. GRRR.

We had a leak under our kitchen sink, apparently for quite sometime, the pressboard totally turned to cardboard (dh pulled it up with his fingers) and the subfloor underneath was wet...and stuff started growing on it. EWWW. So at 7:30 last night ds and I ran out to Lowe's to pick up MORE plumbing crap, and to look at what they have to remove mildew. Looks like we'll just do bleach and water. The stuff they had seemed quite harsh. And we had the space heater running under there all night (with the cabinets open) I was SO HOT ALL NIGHT. and of course I couldn't find a comfortable position until about 1 am when I told dh , get the hell back on your side of the bed! Then his alarms start going off at 4 am (not like I slept well between falling asleep and the alarms) and he left at 4:30, and I slept until 5:30, when something made a weird noise. Went back to sleep...6 am...Jack's crying.
"what's wrong"
"I scared"
"Why?"
"I wanna go in Mommy's room, daddy's room"
"alright"
So we go in there, and does he lay down..ya, for all of 30 seconds before getting up.

At 6:15 we moved into the living room, had a little breakfast, and then turned on PBS...which he's still watching. I tried SO hard to sleep between like 7 and 9:30, but he kept messing with the stuff we had to unload from under the sink. *Sigh* maybe I'll sleep well tonight.
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Whew! It's great to be home! Now, if the kids will just go to bed nicely for me, I'll be incredibly happy!

Today we went to playgroup at a park - the kids had a great time in the water area as well as on the playground and I got to hold a 3 month old baby for a while
I saw friends I haven't seen in ages and actually got to converse with them a bit. One of them gave me a few cloth diapers that she never used! Yippee!
Then we drove for an hour (stuck in traffic for half of that
: ) so that I could tutor Rachel...and (typical 17 year old out with friends) was an hour and a half late! I ended up feeding my kids before we left for home, making a quick trip to the grocery store (instead of the full shopping and the other errands I wanted to run) and now the kids are getting themselves ready for bed. I'm ready to collapse!!!

Tomorrow my parents are taking my nieces to a local amusement park (Lake Compounce) and invited my kids and myself along (they won't take my kids without me!) - by asking the KIDS if they wanted to go before asking ME if it was ok.
I can't go on any of the rides, so I hope my parents know what they're in for!!! My boys want to go on the BIG ferris wheel with my Dad (the only person who will take them!), so that should be interesting. I hope I make it through the 80+ degree humid day - and that my parents treat us to ice cream!


Amanda and Goldie! My ds woke me up early this morning as well - 3:47 AM to be exact. He was up and ready to go ... so I told him to do his math game on his computer and then read some books, which he agreed to. His big brother woke up at 4:13, I told him to go play. DD woke up at 5:36 and had to go to the potty, so I made dh get up (I was awake the whole time, just refused to get out of bed! :LOL ). Dh then let me sleep until 9AM - just in time to get up, get ready, and go to playgroup! It seems lately w/ my insomnia combined with pregnancy, heat, and my children getting up EARLY, most of my sleep takes place after everyone is up for the day ... usually from 6-8AM. I laugh whenever my mw asks me how I'm sleeping. I say, "I'm not, but that's normal!" and she usually says, "Oh, yeah, 3 kids!" (I usually only have dd with me, so sometimes she forgets!)
 

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Wow Amanda, busy day!! And OMG on thoes hours. Ds is in bed already, took an earlier nap than usual today, as did I...and dh is asleep on the sofa. I guess I'll be taking my belly picture myself tonight.

Of course, it's about 8 pm and I'm nearly ready for bed anyway. Tomorrow we are leaving here by noon, going to the OB (gag) then to return MORE stuff to ace, after getting some lunch for ds and I. Finally, I've agreed to take him to the pool tomorrow. He DID after all take nearly a 3 hour nap starting at 12 rather than 2, and has SO FAR stayed in bed and VERY quiet for all of 15 minutes since putting him to bed. We'll see how I sleep....
 

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Kids in bed, asleep! A little later than usual, but asleep! Now I have a date with Ben ... and Jerry
...while I watch a DVD and procrastinate cleaning the house, doing laundry and packing a bag for tomorrow.

Is it only Wednesday???

Amanda (feel like I'm talking to myself again!) ... Good luck with ds! I hope he sleeps well tonight and doesn't get you up too early!

Must ... eat ... Cherry Garcia....
 

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Tomorrow my parents are taking my nieces to a local amusement park (Lake Compounce) and invited my kids and myself along (they won't take my kids without me!) - by asking the KIDS if they wanted to go before asking ME if it was ok.
I can't go on any of the rides, so I hope my parents know what they're in for!!! My boys want to go on the BIG ferris wheel with my Dad (the only person who will take them!), so that should be interesting. I hope I make it through the 80+ degree humid day - and that my parents treat us to ice cream!


My mil is in a bad habit of doing that too. I was so mad last night. We went there to visit before they leave for the summer to go to their cottage in NH. 3 hours away. They are leaving this morning and taking my neice. She asked my 4 year old if she wanted to come repeatedly before she asked us. Got dd's hopes up because she loves to go. But, we can't let dd go right now because she has summer gymnastics that my mother paid for on friday and monday and I am not wasting that money. - not to mention that I am behind in the laundry and dd doesn't even have any clean clothes that I can pack last minute. Gymnastics ends in a couple of weeks so that we can all go to the cottage together for a couple of weeks. Then we get the guilt trip from mil (with dh also taking her side) in front of dd. DD is crying because she is so upset and wants to go, and mil still keeps saying "I wish you could go Mary." I was so mad about it I couldn't say anything and I still haven't talked about it with dh.

Onto other things - the pregnancy is going great! I have never had a normal pregnancy and this is quite nice. I can't believe how far along I am already. Next week is the glucose test and rhogam shot. My midwife is looking into the mercury free version for me and if I can get that, I will get the shot. If not, I will pass it up.

Goldie, I haven't been on this board in awhile, but I just read about you getting a program for your son. That is great! I hope he does well and you see some great improvements.

We had a ppt for my son and he will be going to preschool in the fall for 3 days a week, with 1 hr speech, 1hr occupational, and aba (not sure how much time - just depends on how he does with it and if it is the right therapy for him.) I feel good about that for now. This week he is picking up some more spontaneous speech and I hope he can be consistant with it. Usually he picks things up and then loses it for months before it comes back again.

I am beginning to run out of energy. I am big and round and look like I swallowed something bigger than a basketball. I had to put some of my maternity clothes away already because there is just not enough belly space.
I have been sewing, and sewing, and sewing to finish up everyone's gifts for the 3 baby showers that I have to go to in the next couple of months. I made my cousin's mei tais. They came out really nice. My cousin's are really mainstream, so I hope they will use them - but they only cost me $7.50 each to make and that is all I can afford right now. I sold stuff to afford them. We are so incredibly broke right now. I made my sil a mei tai, a hybrid ring sling, 12 diapers, and a wool soaker. I can't wait to give them to her at her shower. She is going to love them and I want to hear the reactions that relatives will have to seeing the cute fitted diapers and the baby carriers. lol
Of course, I also made myself 1 new sling, 1 new pouch, and 1 new mei tai, and dd a pouch for her own baby. I have been playing with them with a doll and can not wait to hold and nurse a baby again. I really miss that. The last thing that I want to make myself is a couple of nursing shirts to make nursing in the slings really easy. Then I am putting the sewing machine away because I am sick of sewing! lol

I do wish I was having a baby shower, but we only do showers for 1st babies. There is a whole bunch of things that I need to replace because they have been worn out on the first couple of babies. I hope people don't buy us disposable diapers because they will not be used. I have already warned my mother to tell people who want to give gifts not to buy any diapers. I do want a new stroller, so that I can sling baby, dd can walk, and ds can go in the stroller. Ds bolts from me - and he is very fast - sometimes he needs to be in a stroller so that he doesn't get lost. I am going to register at Target for the things we "need" and hope someone will be kind enough to buy us some.

Also on my to do list is to do some more work on my basement. We are most likely moving in October to a three bedroom apartment in the same complex we are in now and I want as much stuff packed as possible. I have been doing a ton of work in my basement, but there is still so much clutter down there and I work so slow. I won't be doing much work to move with a 2 week old so it needs to be done now. It is a little stressful. I still wish we didn't have to move even though we could use a little more room.

Well, that is about it for now. I wrote a lot because I haven't posted in a couple of weeks.
 

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Angie...
!!! How insensitive of you MIL and your dh. I can't beleive they did that to you and to your dd! Talk about making her feel even worse!!! UGH! It's great to hear your pregnancy is going so well! Wow! That's a lot of sewing you've been doing! I'm extremely impressed! Your son's preschool sounds great! I hope it works out well for him. Good luck on your basement. I need to tackle mine sometime soon and am not looking forward to it!

My dh is sick (has been on and off since last week) and has already used all but one of his sick days and it's only June. I have a feeling he's not going to work today ... and he refuses to go to the doctor. He's been staying up LATE and getting up with the kids (his choice) and doesn't get it when I tell him that in order for him to get well, he needs to SLEEP!!! He's driving me up a wall ... and on top of it all he's still not doing what needs to be done to sell our Jeep, get the house in order, etc. He's usually a wonderful guy, but lately he's driving me


I had a dream last night that I started bleeding and had to go to the hospital. Everyone was saying how wonderful it was that I was going to have my baby and I couldn't convince them that I was only 28 weeks and it was too early. They were rennovating the hospital and I ended up in a room with a pool table...and when my contractions and bleeding stopped, dh and I started playing a game of pool while waiting for my release. Strange.


Time to pack for the amusement park and await my parents' phone call. Yippee
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It's tough to pick up on the weekly threads late! Just thought I'd check in and say hello to everyone. We had a pretty nice vacation (Finger Lakes, NY)last week. Ds did great with all the driving, loved camping and was just an all around good sport. It did get a little tough going to wineries with dh and trying to keep ds entertained and out of trouble in a limited setting (not to mention not being able to taste any of the wines), but it all worked out. We went to a great little restaurant near the national forest that focused on local and organic food and smoked their own meats and fish on our last evening in the area. The weather was pretty crummy, though- chilly and rainy. Got back to nice normal temps and sun the day we left.

I had a midwife appt the day before we left for vacation. I met a midwife that I hadn't met before and wasn't too thrilled about her. She totally reminded me of the docs at my old ob office, just took care of business and didn't ask if I had any questions or anything. Not too encouraging. I really like the mw that I usually see, but chances are she won't be the one there when I deliver. I may rethink the whole doula idea. Anyway, I was up 23 lbs, bp good as usual, measuring well and such. I did the crazy gtt test and haven't heard anything yet, so I think it's safe to assume that I passed.
 
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