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Jessica, I'm so sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br><br>
Right now, I MUST have sugar cookies. Must. Store bought will not do. We have no eggs and DD1 is off dairy, so I found a vegan recipe and tromped off the neighbor's house (through the very pretty snow) to get cookie cutters, rolling pin, etc. I am now off to clean up the kitchen and make the best cookies of my life. Sometimes, I dearly love being pregnant.
 

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Well, bad news.<br><br>
Sam (our dog) was hit by a car last night in the same area that he'd been spotted a few days ago.</div>
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Jessica-<br><br>
So sorry about your family's dog. Just wanted to send you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Sorry Jessica <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I made a pot pie today. I just put in a 9x13 with the crust on top, because I didn't have a big enough casserole dish to line with the crust ( I made it myself, it was wholw wheat and pretty flaky too!) I used red kale, corn, potatoes, carrot, and these left over pork chops I had cooked and cut up in chunks and frozen for quick meals. We are going in on a hand raised organic pig with a friend of ours, so I am trying to clean out any pork we have now. I dunno though...It tasted good, but it's just not the same as "chicken pot pie" you know? I was a little dissapointed.<br><br>
I'm going to make a cookie bar from some chocolate chip oatmeal cookie dough I froze after I put too much butter in it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I was trying to come up with ideas for the topping. Caramel, nutella, pecans?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was trying to come up with ideas for the topping. Caramel, nutella, pecans?</div>
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MMMM...all three?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I finally heard the heartbeat - this morning in bed with my fetoscope!!!!</div>
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Sam (our dog) was hit by a car last night.</div>
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So, so sorry to hear this news. We're thinking of you and the family.<br><br><br>
Anyone not gained weight yet? I'm a fluffy mama to start with, but last time I was more sick than now (since I have Zofran) and I started gaining by now. I lost like 6lbs to start then gained 4lbs back. Now I am back down those 4lbs though. Not concerned but going to mention it to the mw Wednesday.
 

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I have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes and have spent the last two weeks learning my new diet and doing blood tests 4 times a day. I have also started having a crazy pelvic pain when I stand up and sometimes when I walk. It is especially bad when sleeping and trying to roll over. My doctor thinks it is a strain, but I am worried this is going to last... On the positive side, I have been feeling more kicks in the last few days, and baby seems to be responding to loud voices and noises now!</div>
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oh shoot, i missed this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I get weighed on thursday, but I doubt if I've gained more than 2-3 lbs yet. I didn't gain anything until after 20 weeks with DD, and I had a belly by that point. (I have a belly now too of course)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I get weighed on thursday, but I doubt if I've gained more than 2-3 lbs yet. I didn't gain anything until after 20 weeks with DD, and I had a belly by that point. (I have a belly now too of course)</div>
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Yeah I will have to gain 6lbs at this point to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm 23w. It's not like I didn't gain in the end last time!
 

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Jessica, I am so sorry for your family's loss and I think you did a good thing for your kids by keeping the sad truth from them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeah I will have to gain 6lbs at this point to get to my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm 23w. It's not like I didn't gain in the end last time!</div>
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I'm about 5 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight at 20 weeks. I feel like I should have gained more by now, but I'm sure it will happen in time. I'm not dieting or anything; I'm just not as hungry as I thought I would be. I know for some people this would be a passive-aggressive brag, but this is my first pregnancy and I am fine with gaining weight. I'm trying not to worry about how slowly it's going.<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Posted via Mobile Device</i></span>
 

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I've been so busy- but enjoying taking some time out tonight to hear how everyone is doing.<br><br>
I am finally getting lots of movement and loving it. It's really helping me connect with baby and get excited.<br><br>
We aren't telling our names, but I think we've mostly settled on them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I am having this baby 6 weeks before I finish nursing school and right when I am supposed to start a preceptorship. I am worried about making a good plan that meets my needs and baby's needs... I really have no choice but to finish and so I need to face the situation and make a good plan. Both my DH and my mom are flexible and will be caring for baby when I'm with my preceptor. I am debating if it's better to stretch it out in half shifts or just knock it out with full shifts- any advice? There are no options to bring baby (even though in some settings it would be a great example and no problem) they will not negotiate on this.
 

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So sorry, MilosMomma. That's the worst.<br><br>
We are looking into buying a second home so we can rent out our current one... not entirely sure I want the stress of house hunting/ buying again already (we've only owned our current home for 2 years in December), but interest rates are super low and the market is slow, so seems like a good time to buy. Our current home is 950 sq ft with no garage, a very small lot, and no closets. For the most part it is really ok, the living space is fine, but the bedrooms are pretty small with no way to build in closets because of size and shape of the rooms. Currently my daughters share one room, and we have a third bedroom that functions as a guest room/ play room/ storage room, and of course when this baby needs a bedroom that will become a problem. The storage issue is bad to the point that the first year we were here, our fake Christmas tree and other decorations were up until February because we couldn't figure out what to do with them. They ended up in a corner in the third bedroom...<br><br>
So we are meeting with a mortgage broker tomorrow and hopefully we can get the ball rolling. We are really interested in a big old fixer upper near by that would be soooo fun to restore. We have totally redone our current house and really enjoy the process, so it would be neat to have a more historic home that has a lot of character already.<br><br>
Still, I have moments when I think it's crazy...
 

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SILVERLACE- that's a rough spot. I'm sure you know better than anyone what you can handle, but I think I would do the half shifts. If dh and mom can bring the baby to you for nursing, it would make life easier for you I bet. I say pump as little as you have to, you know?<br><br>
Katroshka-would love to see pics of your home handy work if you fee like sharing <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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I am having this baby 6 weeks before I finish nursing school and right when I am supposed to start a preceptorship. I am worried about making a good plan that meets my needs and baby's needs... I really have no choice but to finish and so I need to face the situation and make a good plan. Both my DH and my mom are flexible and will be caring for baby when I'm with my preceptor. I am debating if it's better to stretch it out in half shifts or just knock it out with full shifts- any advice? There are no options to bring baby (even though in some settings it would be a great example and no problem) they will not negotiate on this.</div>
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i would go with the half shifts as well. when i went back to work, the half days were all that made it bearable. well, that and the fact that it was dad/grandma with the baby.
 

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Hey guys, so sorry to hear about people's beloved pets.. that is really sad =( They are such a part of the family!<br><br><br>
I have one of the never ending colds/viruses here too... though only onto week 2 now but still I am ready for this virus to get going out of my system!<br><br>
Had my ultrasound yesterday and found out it is a boy! I was not ignoring the pregnancy before and had been enjoying the kicks but something about the ultrasound really affected me more then I expected. I think some small and irrational part of me was not convinced there was not a baby in there but maybe a tumor with a heartbeat or something. Anyway - I am super happy about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
It is also nice to know that the reason I seem to be peeing even more then I did when pregnant with DD might be that this little boy has his butt wedged down super low. I think he has always been hanging out super low cause when trying to find the HB the midwives previously ended up having to look lower then they expected.<br><br>
I have an anterior placenta again - not surprised based on the movement I have been feeling. Do people tend to have placentas in the same spots I wonder?<br><br>
He measured a week big as did my fundus but no one seemed to think that was an issue (it was barely mentioned) so I am glad about that. I am certain of my dates anyway.
 

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<p>i woke up this morning in pain. i'm hoping it's just, er, bloating. but even walking is hurting. :/</p>
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Hey guys, so sorry to hear about people's beloved pets.. that is really sad =( They are such a part of the family!<br><br><br>
I have one of the never ending colds/viruses here too... though only onto week 2 now but still I am ready for this virus to get going out of my system!<br><br>
Had my ultrasound yesterday and found out it is a boy! I was not ignoring the pregnancy before and had been enjoying the kicks but something about the ultrasound really affected me more then I expected. I think some small and irrational part of me was not convinced there was not a baby in there but maybe a tumor with a heartbeat or something. Anyway - I am super happy about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
It is also nice to know that the reason I seem to be peeing even more then I did when pregnant with DD might be that this little boy has his butt wedged down super low. I think he has always been hanging out super low cause when trying to find the HB the midwives previously ended up having to look lower then they expected.<br><br>
I have an anterior placenta again - not surprised based on the movement I have been feeling. Do people tend to have placentas in the same spots I wonder?<br><br>
He measured a week big as did my fundus but no one seemed to think that was an issue (it was barely mentioned) so I am glad about that. I am certain of my dates anyway.</div>
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<br><br><p>yay for a boy!!!</p>
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<p>my placenta is on top, and it was last time as well, so i was wondering about that too.</p>
 

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Hey guys, so sorry to hear about people's beloved pets.. that is really sad =( They are such a part of the family!<br><br><br>
I have one of the never ending colds/viruses here too... though only onto week 2 now but still I am ready for this virus to get going out of my system!<br><br>
Had my ultrasound yesterday and found out it is a boy! I was not ignoring the pregnancy before and had been enjoying the kicks but something about the ultrasound really affected me more then I expected. I think some small and irrational part of me was not convinced there was not a baby in there but maybe a tumor with a heartbeat or something. Anyway - I am super happy about it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy"><br><br>
It is also nice to know that the reason I seem to be peeing even more then I did when pregnant with DD might be that this little boy has his butt wedged down super low. I think he has always been hanging out super low cause when trying to find the HB the midwives previously ended up having to look lower then they expected.<br><br>
I have an anterior placenta again - not surprised based on the movement I have been feeling. Do people tend to have placentas in the same spots I wonder?<br><br>
He measured a week big as did my fundus but no one seemed to think that was an issue (it was barely mentioned) so I am glad about that. I am certain of my dates anyway.</div>
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<br><br><p>measuring up to a week off is really common. the measurement is based on the average size of a baby at that gestational age, but just like after they are born, there are lots of deviations from the average. that's why dating the pregnancy via ultrasound is only accurate in the first couple months, before deviations from average are significant. </p>
 

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<p>Last time I gained a total of 50 lbs.  From 117 to 167.  (And then within about 2 months I was down to 121, and I think the extra few lbs was increased breast size and lots of milk.)</p>
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<p>I was weighted at 20 weeks and was only up about 7 lbs from my pre-preg weight of 138.  </p>
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<p>Yeah, I started this pregnancy 20 lbs heavier than the previous one.  I lost the pregnancy weight and was fine for a while, then a year later my health tanked and I gained 25 lbs.  I was in the process of losing it when I got pregnant.  I think that kept my weight lower this pregnancy, because I was eating such a high-protein and high-fat diet for the first part of pregnancy.  The rest of my slimmed back down to what feels normal for me, but my belly got big.  But now my body won't let me eat like that.  It just says no.  So I wouldn't be surprised if I gain much faster in the second half.  I am sooooo craving carbs.</p>
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<p>I am hoping to gain a more average amount this time around.  Maybe my knees wont hurt so bad during labor, and i can try a variety of positions this time.  </p>
 

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<p>I have an anterior placenta this time, but didn't during my first two pregnancies. For other anterior placenta mommies: Do you get kicks way at the top, way at the bottom, and way to the sides of your uterus? I think it's so strange, I remember getting them mostly in the middle of my belly before, can't even remember kicks in the places I get them now. Here are some house pics.</p>
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<p>The first is our new kitchen looking towards the dining room. The second is the new flooring we put in, bamboo. The kitchen, hallway, and dining room all have it now, too, and there is green baseboard. The third is from the dining room, looking into the old kitchen, the week we moved in. The old kitchen was crazy, it had 3 types of cabinets, none of which were installed correctly and one wall of cabinets jutted out in front of a window. Our new kitchen is sooooo nice compared to it. We made the counter top out of bamboo, and did all the work ourselves. I'll be a little sad to leave all the pretty work we've done, but excited to start on a new project in a bigger house. <a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/420988/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Kitchen.jpg" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="14014" data-type="61" height="453" src="http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/14014/width/604/height/453" style="; width: 604px; height: 453px;" width="604"></a></p>
<p><a class="H-lightbox-open" href="http://www.mothering.com/community/content/type/61/id/420976/width/1000/height/800/flags/" target="_blank"><img alt="Living room floor.jpg" src="../../../../image/id/420976/width/1000/height/500" style=""></a></p>
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<p>OK... this new lay-out is trippy. Time to go fix my siggy and explore...</p>
 
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