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So, I've got insomnia...it's nearly 3am and although I've been chasing my boys around all day, I'm not tired! I've done Christmas shopping online, read magazines, taken a warm bath, all to no avail. I'm still wide awake!<br><br>
How is everyone doing?<br><br>
I am just nearing 30 weeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"> though I still can't believe it! Not sure if baby has flipped to head down, but I'm hoping. She is painfully active....especially late at night! I have heartburn and some dry heaves again(as I did with my first son around this time). Obviously, full of energy still! Basically, just enjoying these last few months of being pregnant with this little one.
 

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Eating a quickie quesadilla and sipping some Silk. Poor SO got a wisdom tooth pulled today, and he's conked out. He was very fussy all day, and I wans't feeling up to it, but I waited on him hand and foot. Now that he's out, I'm having some wind down time before I go crawl into bed. I had to push back my Dr's appointment because we had to go to the emergency room this morning. He woke up with his neck and face swolen.<br><br>
I just don't know how to deal with him being in pain. I want to help him, but beyond giving him more pain killers, I don't know what to do!<br><br>
I do know what you mean by painfully active. He's not so much painful as startling. I'm going to bed now, though, because warm food in tummy = sleepy.
 

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I haven't had insomnia but I have had a wiggly two year old (almost) in bed with me. It is getting so hard to sleep with her next to me. And the last 4 nights she has woken up at 3:45 and been unable to get back to sleep til 5 or so. And I was up for an hour last night with a random cough. My nights feel divided and not very restful lately. I think I'm managing pretty well. On another note, this baby is so active I cannot believe it. My first was not like this. But this baby moves all the time and it's like a succession of thunks (like 10 in 2 seconds). How does she do that? What is she doing in there? Then I have a day where I get like three kicks all day. This is a very different pregnancy from my last one. And I think we have finally settled on a name. Lilac Grace - called Lila. Don't hold me to it though. LOL. I'm only 25 weeks. Being due at the end of January, it seems like you all are so much farther along than I am. But the aches and pains are sure beginning.
 

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It is 5:30am and I have been up since 4! Erk! DH woke me up when he went to the bathroom, and of course, now I can't get to sleep <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">. First I am too hot, then too cold. And Michael isn't helping! He keeps kicking the mattress whenever I lay on my side. Now he is kicking at my bladder <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">!!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I have a sinus infection due to allergies. It isn't that bad right now, but Monday night I felt like I had the flu. I talked to my Dr.'s office and we both figured out it was allergies due to the sudden thunderstorm we had. It stirred up lots of dust and pollen before saturating the countryside with tons of rain! I am allowed to take Chloraseptic, which has been a Godsend! I have only taken it twice, but I can't sleep with a sore throat, so it has really helped at bedtime.<br><br>
Did I talk about my Dr.'s appt. Fri.? Michael was head down (although he is once again transverse today). I am measuring right on time ( which is fantastic with my GD). Dr. was pleasantly surprised that I don't want a 36 week ultrasound. She is glad I don't want more interventions. She is still going to order one though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">. I will probably schedule it for Dec. 8 (or maybe that Friday), because I want this babe born the day after my birthday. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> She also said this baby will be born before Christmas, and that even if I get a c-section on Dec. 23, I will be out in time for the baby's dedication Dec. 25. That is good news for me, but I would rather he be born before the 15th. FYI-- I will be 36 weeks Nov. 29.<br><br>
I also had a FANTASTIC massage Friday. She said that whenever I want to have this baby, come on in and she will give me the best massage ever, and the baby will come after <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">!!! I think I will treat myself to a massage for my birthday!<br><br>
Also, we had an interview with a pediatrician on Friday. That went WAY better than I expected. I asked her opinion on circumcision, and she said personally, because she is philappino, she would circ her sons (she has no children) but that there is no medical reason to circ., and she supports parents who don't circ. I then asked what care to give an intact penis. She said, "Nothing" !!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> She said it is unnecessary to retract the baby's foreskin, and in fact most babies' foreskins are unretractable until 3 or 4!!! Yay!! She was also cool with delaying, selectively vaccing, or not vaccing at all. her personal opinion on that was that she would vax her kids, because she saw all the death caused by diseases in the Phillipines, but that she supported parents who didn't vax, and said there were many of them in her practice.<br><br>
A couple of things I am iffy about with her are that she stronly recommends the antibiotic ointment (for the eyes) and Vit. K shot (to prevent hemorrhage). She said if we were both sure we had NEVER had other partners, or that we didn't live a risky lifestyle, we could forgo the ointment (she was very skeptical about that, but did accept our opinion). However, she would NOT budge on the Vit. K shot. She VERY very strongly recommended it (her words).<br><br>
All in all, not a bad interview. In calling around, I had a Dr. say that the foreskin needed to be retracted in order for the baby to urinate(!!). I am not sure if I want to continue interviewing peds, or just try her until we disagree. Even my APing friend agrees that it is nearly impossible to find a Dr. that 100% agrees with me. Plus, this ped is close to my OB, and right inside town-- less driving (We live 1.5 hours from this town-- closest big town). Keep in mind that there are no liscensed midwives in this town, and very few "open-minded" docs. The hospital I am birthing at is the most open in town (they have a squatting bar to assist in labor), and my Dr.'s practice will vaginally deliver breech births. My Dr. will support my perineum. She is even open to trying the Gaskin maneuver (hands and knees position) in case of shoulder dystocia (stuck shoulders). Anyway, opinions welcome!<br><br>
Sorry for the book! It is WAAAAY early, and I am wide awake!
 

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Hey Gals:<br><br>
Emily: You don't even have to switch doctors if you strongly disagee, your choice goes. My doctor and i usually agree, but when we don't I just dig my heels in and thats that.......<br><br>
We are doing well over here. I see everyone is getting to the bad sleep phase, arrggg! I to am having broken up and restless sleeps, between the sore hips, and the three trips tt he bathroom. Plus Ds has decided to start getting up at 6 agagin, so even when I go to bed at 9 I don't get enough sleep, and i feel ridiculous going to bed before 9. I hope DS goes back to sleeping untill 7 soon.<br><br>
I am starting to feel big and grumpy all the time, and I'm sure the lack of sleep isn't helping, I'm getting snippy with everyone, but especially my roomate.<br><br>
On the bright side DS potty training is going really well, he is mostly out of diapers in the day, so if we can keep this up then he should be done except for nights and naps by the time the baby comes which is such a relief! He even pooped in the potty once! Whoohhooo!<br><br>
I have an appt with my MW on sat and then a docs appt next monday as he wants me to do the GD test.......I'm not wild about it but don't really mind and my MW seems to think we will have no trouble passing it. I am also starting to feel a lot of BH, especially when DS nurses, and it's making me excited for the birth. I finally got around to booking the birth pool, hoping that will help make my hips not hurt so much during labour.<br><br>
Well I must go, DS is watching TV and it's time to put a stop to it, since I am officially doen all my work, and then some dawdling to! Oh and speaking of work, only 5 more weeks till I'm finished!!!!!!!<br><br>
Cheers<br>
Heather<br><br>
DS: 08/06/03 edd:01/19/06
 

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Things are going pretty well. I'll be 29 weeks tommorow too. At my MW appointment on Monday, my MW was concerned about my Scoliosis (crooked spine). It really isn't that bad but she is concerned about if I need an epidural (like for a c-section), which is kinda funny 'cuz no one even mentioned anything about it with my son...maybe they just didn't check my file then or something????? I have a friend (who also has Scoliosis) who delivered by c-section less than a month ago and she said that the doc. bent 2 needles trying to give her the spinal because of her Scoliosis <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> .<br>
Also, the appointment before, I asked about waterbirth (we're planning on a hospital delivery) and I was told that at that hospital labouring in water is fine, but they don't allow waterbirths on purpose <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> , so I'm kinda bummed about that, but even just labouring in water should be nicer than last time (I don't think that labouring in water was even available at the time that I was in labour w/ my son...it was at a different hospital too...they now have better LDR rooms there). Oh, well.<br>
Baby's moving a lot (flips maybe??????? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ), getting comfy cozy in my rib cage. No insomnia, thank goodness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Well that's it for now.
 

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I'm with all the other insomniacs out there! I'm not really that tired, surprisingly, but staying awake half the night trying to be quiet so DH can sleep is frustrating. I'm 26 weeks now and still waiting for a big old baby belly! I want a belly that precedes me into the room and announces my fertility to the world!<br><br>
The baby is still pretty active, especially around midnight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think he must be pretty low because he is always delivering either kicks or head butts to my cervix! Such a strange sensation! I'm able to find his heartbeat with the stethoscope sometimes which is neat.<br><br>
My project right now is making some nursing nightgowns and decorating the nursery. I like how there's tons of floor space since we're not getting a crib! It will be a nice area to play in when he gets older.<br><br>
Overall I'm just sitting back and taking in the joys and discomforts of pregnancy!
 

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I'm 28 weeks tomorrow, and so far I'm sleeping okay through the night. What I AM having a problem with is odd heartbeat palpatations. At a resting state, I feel as though I just got done running a marathon. My heartbeat is fast, I struggle to catch my breath, and its just really NOT relaxing at all!<br>
I've had to totally cut out any caffeine intake because adding it just made things worse. I do remember having this sensation with the other two girls, but for some reason this time its much worse. Its a clausterphobic "I can't breathe" feeling. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
My chiropractors office called yesterday to tell me that my belly belt came in. Hopefully that will help with some of my SI pain when I'm not getting crunched at the office. The secretary said, "It'll be 70$" Umm... ya, but I'm not paying that. I'm trying it out, and IF it works.. I'll make 5$ payments a month til its paid off. She seemed to think I was gonna pay when I went. "Hold on, I"ll pull that 70$ outta my rear for ya!" :LOL<br><br>
I got my first pair of Robeez shoes ever for this new babe. Got them off another MDC mom, and I love them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> My SIL is trying to make a few bunting things for the baby as well. She is *very* new at sewing but is trying her best.<br><br>
I was supposed to have my glucose testing done yesterday but the office cancelled because my OB was in with a laboring mom. So its been rescheduled for next week. And then, its down to seeing them every single week! Yikes! The time has flown right by.<br><br>
Overall, when I'm not busy making sure I can breathe, I'm enjoying this pregnancy very much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Heather: Thanks for the bit of advice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. I read another post that made me feel more secure with my choice <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">. Don't feel silly going to sleep before 9<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">m. Last DH and I fell asleep at 8!!! We need that much time to make up for the restless sleep and getting up to pee, etc. About the GD test: remember to WALK!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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HI Everyone,<br><br>
My big news this week has nothing to do with pregnancy. I am thrilled that my 2 year old is now diaper free! She began to take off her diaper and go naked all of the time at home. I eventually realized that she was not having any "accidents" and that I should probably respond to this very obvious cue. She's been in underwear for a week and is doing great. I am so happy I won't have two in diapers again!!<br><br>
I am feeling pretty well just fine. I finally succumbed to support hose to help with my varicose veins and they really do help, I humbly admit after resisting them all summer. They keep them from swelling and make me feel less guilty about being on my feet all of the time.<br><br>
I had my GD test (grape juice, not that horrible glucola) and will get the results tomorrow. I expect them to be fine, as I always do well with that test.<br><br>
I am 29.5 weeks and the baby is getting bigger and bigger, of course. I had forgotten how they reach into areas that feel a bit uncomfortable and awkward. I felt like I was getting a pap smear done for about an hour the other day. I guess it must have been reaching around right near my cervix. It has flipped a few times lately and I must say, it will need to stop that soon. It feels impossible and like it won't be able to do that much longer!<br><br>
This week is filled with sewing two princess costumes for my dds. Fun!<br><br>
I hope everyone is doing well,<br><br>
Emily
 

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I'm 30 weeks exactly today. Overall, I'm doing well. Healthy and not having any trouble with colds or allergies. Tired but not overwhelmingly so. My hips are killing me - I have posterior pelvic pain, which means my S-I joint simply will NOT stay aligned and it grinds whenever I move. I've tried exercises and physio but it won't stay aligned. So I'm getting a support belt from the physiotherapist at the end of this week. I can't wait! So far this has been the only really bad part of the pregnancy for me. Well, this and the heartburn I had a lot of last week. I figured that out by eating smaller meals more often and it hasn't bothered me for days! (fingers crossed).<br><br>
Weight-wise, I think I need to gain more. I'm technically only 5 lbs over my estimated start weight from my first midwife appointment. I did lose a fair bit in the first trimester, but I could stand to gain a few more pounds now to be on the safe side. In terms of measurment, my uterus is at 29 cm as of the last prenatal check. That's up 5 cm from the month before, so Carys is growing well and measuring within the normal range.<br><br>
We've bought a lot of baby stuff over the last few weeks. The hammock, the cloth diapers, some clothes and more. Suddenly the house is filling up with baby stuff. Between that and my really melon-shaped belly, it's all starting to feel very real.<br><br>
I can't believe I'm already 30 weeks!
 

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My chiro just popped my hips back together, too! :LOL Gosh, I love her. I was having an epidural fantasy (not that I really know what it would be like) the other day just because of pregnancy complaints but I'm feeling pretty good after my adjustment.<br><br>
Baby is still putting off a very different vibe than DD and making this a totally different pregnancy. I believe it's head-down now but tends to be posterior, which is OK for now but I'm wondering if it contributes to my "back labor" now?<br><br>
My house is getting cleaner and cleaner as I begin to nest but there isn't much to do for the baby. We just added a dresser to DD's room and put the baby clothes in. We'll set up the swing and Pack-n-Play after Christmas. Nothing else needs to be done. What a different experience than the showers/nursery/registeries/childbirth classes/etc. with #1. So much more calm!<br><br>
I'm also practicing hypnobabies. I start class 2 this weekend and I'm really excited to learn some real hypnosis!<br><br>
Have a great weekend, everyone!
 

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Well...the hips are getting sore, my varicose veins are still huge but not hurting much any more (thank You, Lord), I think my feet are starting to swell (just ever so slightly), and I have that lovely buldge between my abs. I've gained another 1.5 lbs. (Yay! I had been getting a little concerned that maybe I wasn't gaining enough).
 

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Hey, just finished an appt with my MW. Everything is right on track, I am still measuring small, up until now I had been measuring right on track, but now I am measuring 25 at 27 weeks. Fine with me I would kill for a small baby as ds was huge! The baby did indeed drop, earlier this week I noticed that my belly had moved down about an inch. Baby is now right in my pelvis. I have a gd test on Monday so hopefully that should go ok.<br><br>
Ds woke up at 4:30 this morning to pee in the potty, so I'm beat adn we're all coming down with a cold. But I'm happy to have seen the mW and we're moving our visits up to every three week, which is exciting cause it always makes things go faster. I feel like I still have a lot to do but I'm post-poning most of it untill December when I stop working, I feel like I should have more time then.........Hopefully I won't be to big to get anything done by then. lol. My house is definatly not getting cleaner......<br><br>
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I've been kinda irritated with it all lately. Top it off with a cold and then some virus that has manifested in my throat and ringworm of all things. Not to mention that Kayla woke up a couple night ago vomitting everywhere. She is better now but I haven't seen a good night sleep in forever. Now I haven't even seen a halfway decent night in quite a few days. It is starting to wear on me. Part of the problem is with breathing. With both my other pg it became difficult to breath at the end. Something to do with engorged vessels or whatever. Since I was so close to the end with Anna, the dr. allowed a partial dose of Afrin right before bed. It was magical. With Kayla it started earlier and I tried saline spray for a while and only when it was bad did I resort to the Afrin. Well, obviously 3 months on Afrin would NOT be a good thing especially since you aren't supposed to take it for longer than 3 days and it isn't really a good choice for pg women. So I am using the saline. I HATE the saline. It works, but not for very long and it doesn't have the "misting" capabilities of Afrin--I always feel like I accidently breathed in water. But it is safe and doesn't make my nose raw which is really good.<br><br>
Baby is moving about quite a bit, especially when I try to go to sleep. For the most part it is nice, but today I was like "GIVE IT A REST!!!" Of course, I got no sleep to speak of last night. The swelling is also very annoying. I always swell and it has never been pre-eclampsia. My bp always stays nice and low. I try to drink more and more water and I have increased my protein but it is a stubborn thing with me and pg. I took off my ring before the end of August and I can't really wear any shoes except sneakers. They don't look good with dressy stuff and I don't really want to buy pregnancy shoes. I did that before, still have them and my feet are already too big for them! Thankfully, I don't need to dress "up" often.<br><br>
I am measuring right on target now but I have gained a ton of weight. I am already 30 lbs heavier than I was pre-pg. I am really not in the mood for a 50 pound pg.<br><br>
Sorry, this is such a gripe session. Guess it is just a bad week.<br><br>
Amy
 

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Amy, I'll gripe right along with you. I picked up poison ivy (my first and hopefully LAST time) while pulling weeds last weekend. Although it only contacted one wrist, I have it in several places, including my face, and it's unbelievably itchy!!! On top of that, I actually put the hot iron right on my hand when I was making on of the girl's Halloween costumes. One of those older, heavier, hotter, metal irons. Needless to say, most of one of my fingers is blistered and discolored. That's my set of complaints.<br><br>
I am so sorry about your breathing issue. That sounds awful and very hard to deal with for three more months.<br><br>
And I'm with you there on the 30 lb weight gain, too (technically, 32 here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hope this week is a much better one, filled with lots of good sleep!<br><br>
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{{{{sideways hugs Amy}}}}}<br>
I'm sorry your week is so crummy!!<br><br>
Namaste, Tara<br>
mama to Doodle (7), Butterfly (2), and Rythm (due at home 1/06)
 

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Just came back from my glucose testing. I won't know whether I pass or fail the big test until tomorrow. Unfortunatly this was the worst appointment yet. The OB told me I gained another 10 pounds in a month, and "Are you eating more? Are you excercising?" questions began. I immediatly got defensive because my eating habits haven't changed, in fact.. I've been feeling a bit guilty because I know I'm not eating enough! I'm hungry a lot of the time, but honestly we just haven't had the money lately to have a TON of food in the house. So I eat something small every few hours to keep the dizziness at bay, and try to eat at least two *meals* even if they are small.<br><br>
Even though my hips are KILLING me, and some days I can barely walk...I've still been walking outside a lot. I've been going to the park with the kids, and walking to the store downtown at least every other day.<br><br>
I told the doctor all this and she just looked at me like I was lying. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She suggested I join a gym. I told her I cannot afford a membership there, and she said, "Well, you're measuring a little large so we'll see if you've gained anything in 2 weeks and we'll have to do an ultrasound to see what things look like."<br><br>
I cried all the way home. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I feel like I'm doing something wrong now, and I thought things were going okay. I know I've already gained 32 pounds... but the way the doctor was talking it was like I'd gained 200. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying">
 
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