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MrsMoe, Bensmom, and nataliekat... major hugs to you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
FSM, we totally don't have names picked out AT ALL yet... I caught dh sneaking a peek at a name book this morning though. The baby will be baby powell for however long it takes I suppose. I'm terrible at picking names. It took us like 3 months to name our puppy. Nothing fit until one day we said rascal and knew that would be his name. Willem's name totally fits him so I feel like we lucked out on that. This time around I just don't know. oh well.<br><br>
Amy, hang in there sweety!<br><br>
everyone who hasn't been sleeping... I can't sleep at night, or during the day. I'm starting to get worried that I'll just be too tired to go into labor, although I know once the labor hormones kick in it really won't be an issue <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> .
 

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Flapjack- Those cookies sound so yummy.<br><br>
Willemsmama and FSM- I have major sweet TEETH right now. It’s not good. Must resist. Must eat apples and bananas instead of chocolate candy. When will the kids come and take this candy from me? Why didn’t I plan to give pretzels or play-dough?<br>
Sorry to hear about fifth’s disease. I am glad that you will be safe so far along in your pregnancy. How long does it last usually?<br><br>
Samsmama- I hear you about being on opposite schedules from DH. But, I am the night owl and he is asleep as soon as he gets in bed at 10pm. Plus, he was on-call for work two weeks ago and then will be on-call starting today for the week. That means no real time together in the evenings. I keep reminding myself that he’s taking a whole 6 weeks off when the babe comes! Hopefully that will make up for how much I miss him right now.<br><br>
Bensmom- Heads down thoughts sent your way!!!<br><br>
Amy- Love the name Brynn. I have a friend in college named Bree and DH worked with a Brynn who was super cool.<br><br>
MamaFern- Sorry to hear about the morning blahs. I am so not a morning person and totally worry that the kid will feel the same way about my grumpiness. Well, I am more than grumpy though when it comes to being woken up...I HATE to be woken up in the morning in any loud or harsh ways or woken up to an emergency (like my puppy needing to go out or hearing him pee on the floor) so I totally feel you on that one!<br><br>
We had our annual Halloween Chili Keg Fest Sherpa’s B-day party on Friday. My puppy turned three years old! He came to live with us at 9 weeks so it's fun to see him growing and maturing. He dressed up as a "chewleader" and got some yummy gifts. He just loved being chased by all the kids.<br><br>
My bro came down which was super cool. I have a very dysfunctional family that totally does not communicate usually so it’s cool that he came to see me. It had been about 2 years since we hung out. My mom sent her old sewing machine with him and a wool soaker she knitted for our babe from organic yarn I sent her in the mail. It is beautiful and I will post a picture. I am excited to learn to use a sewing machine, even if it is old school. I have been so surprised by my mom since being preggo. Even though it's only over the phone she has been super supportive of our natural family choices.<br><br>
The party was great. I posted pics of it. Too funny. Now I just have to avoid eating all of the candy before the treaters come tonight. Temptaion- argh!<br><br>
Another friend from out of town stayed the weekend with us, too. He was the best houseguest ever…he vacuumed our floors after the party was over, made his bed (unlike my little bro), bought us late night snacks and set all of our downstairs clocks back an hour on Sunday morning! Even the heavy clock above the mantle that we would have never gotten around to setting!<br><br>
Had my GBS test last week and for some reason, think I failed it. Have my 36/37 week appt. on Thursday. Stopped working for now. Relieved but a little sad b/c I love what I do. Spending way too much time online already!
 

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Ok, just had to pop back on for a minute, remembered a few things I wanted to say!<br><br><b>Fern-</b> Did you have your blessingway? I hope it was wonderful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> IMO, the more intimate gatherings can often (and usually in my experience) be the best!<br><br><b>due date buddies:</b> I think I am also due on the same day as some others in the group- the 25th. Although I don't put it in my sig or talk about it b/c for some reason focusing on the DUE DATE just seems wrong for me. Whenever people have asked, I have just said November, or near Thanksgiving. Now I say, anytime within the next few weeks! It really bugs me when people press me for 'the date'!!<br><br><b>names:</b> We have 2 girls names picked out and will choose one once the baby's born if it's a girl- I like both so either one is ok with me. However, we have NO IDEA for a boy, and we are terrible decision makers so I can see this baby being 'baby boy' for a looooong time! Dh wants Noah, and although I really do like the name itself, (in fact, I was probably the one to suggest it in the first place) it is really trendy around here and just doesn't seem right to me. I want James, but dh doesn't like it and will only accept it as a middle name. Other than that, NO IDEAS!!!! ARgh!! I wish we at least had a short list of names we like to see what fits the little guy once he's here!<br><br><b>halloween candy:</b> <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: We ate almost everything I bought, so ds and I had to walk to the store today and buy a bunch more! Isn't that awful!? And, since we were buying candy anyway, I bought some Jellybellies and ds and I ate them all morning- our little secret! (along with you guys!)
 

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I was just at a pre-k orientation thing at Sam's school (yeah, 2 months after classes started...whatever) and was so happy to see a mom there nursing an older baby. She is from Senegal and Sam is in love with her daughter, who is in her class. She also wears the baby on her back and I was fascinated to see how she does the wrap...I'm going to have to ask her about that at some point.<br><br>
But it helped cheer me up and I'm not such a downer anymore!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><b>due date buddies:</b> I think I am also due on the same day as some others in the group- the 25th. Although I don't put it in my sig or talk about it b/c for some reason focusing on the DUE DATE just seems wrong for me. Whenever people have asked, I have just said November, or near Thanksgiving. Now I say, anytime within the next few weeks! It really bugs me when people press me for 'the date'!!</div>
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That's my EDD but I am with you on just saying "end of November, around Thanksgiving time". And, I changed that just this week to, "Oh, the baby may be ready to come in the next two or three weeks. Whenever it's ready."
 

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Amygirl, I hear you on the headaches. But I know mine come from neck misalignment and the cold air (have to remember to wear my scarf!), not to mention lack of sleep...but still, they're so painful. Can you take tylenol in labor? Tylenol is my friend.<br><br>
itsybitsy, I love Noah too! But it is SO SO popular here. I do actually like the name Noam (pronounced no-am) a lot, but not sure if that will go down in reality. Part of the issue is - my husband and I talked about this yesterday - is that we don't really like OUR own names and don't feel quite like those names fit. My daughter's I chose because at the time I thought it was very old-fashioned and unique, and now there's at least 2 in every classroom. And, knowing who she is, I would have chosen an even less-used and unconventional name, because that's who she is. I imagined a very, very different baby than how she showed up (we look nothing alike - I make a joke sometimes that I doubt that I'm the mother, har).<br><br>
Maybe we'll just name him Bubba. Or Ac3r. Or Leslie.<br><br>
The problem with not naming is that we're getting FAR too much opinion from the family bleachers on "good masculine names." They think we're just holding out on telling them the name, but we really don't know. No bluffing. They're gonna crap a brick when they find out we're not messing with them.<br><br>
gunter, what an awesome halloween party. I loved your costumes. Too funny. I did <i>not</i> notice you carrying a Thirsty 50-oz container of Dr. Pepper and three chili dogs, however...how could you forget that piece of realism?
 

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Re: no sleep/labor -- good to know that's OK to go into labor with no sleep -- I was having some crampies this morning and DH got a little excited. I said "no way am I going into labor with NO sleep"<br><br>
Due dates -- yeah, I was totally into just saying Nov. but recently have been so pressured into constantly naming the date and had school work to worry about (still have some) so it's become more meaningful to me each day -- maybe not a good thing<br><br>
Amy -- I missed where you got some grief for Brynn, but I agree that it's great and in my book, quite normal (not in a boring way, but in a way where you don't wonder about pronounciation, etc.<br><br>
Other name stuff -- I vote for James -- it's my dad's name and he is awesome. I do think Noah is becoming more and more popular, too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><br><b>Fern-</b> Did you have your blessingway? I hope it was wonderful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> IMO, the more intimate gatherings can often (and usually in my experience) be the best!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> i did and it was wonderful.. lots of folks and kiddos ( a few people couldnt make it..but it was a perfect number of people) and good food.. we did a few blessingway rituals.. the woven string that everyone wears till baby is born..and everyone brought a seed and a bead for me to plant and make a birth neclace with.. and then i got a really great hand and foot and back massage.. my doula brought elwynn a big brother gift with lots of arts and crafts stuff and then we just all talked and visited. it made me feel like baby is very blessed and welcome in this world now <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/luxlove.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="throb"><br><br>
thanks for asking!
 

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Okay, so all of a sudden on Saturday this baby is INCREDIBLY heavy in my pelvis. Weighing really heavy in the front and hips.<br><br>
I haven't had this problem AT ALL this whole pregnancy. I've been so comfortable, now all of a sudden I can hardly move, get up, walk, even stand. And moving around in our soft bed on the floor is a nightmare!<br><br>
My MW said second babies don't really drop before labor like first babies do, so why this suddenly?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Okay, so all of a sudden on Saturday this baby is INCREDIBLY heavy in my pelvis. Weighing really heavy in the front and hips.<br><br>
I haven't had this problem AT ALL this whole pregnancy. I've been so comfortable, now all of a sudden I can hardly move, get up, walk, even stand. And moving around in our soft bed on the floor is a nightmare!<br><br>
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I never had any of my babies drop before the day of labor, but mine has a week ago just to let you know that you are not the only one.
 

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Oh, Mamas, let's have babies!!<br>
I am 38 weeks and 3 days. I am so ready... trying to be patient.<br>
I pulled a muscle in my groin a couple weeks ago (doing some positioning so that the baby would change position) and it is paining me terribly right now. I can barely walk, and it is a bad situation for my HB/pool birth plans. I don't want to let it stop me but I hurt down there now--birth can't make it feel better! Mt MW suggested lots of soaks in epsom salts so I started that today. I hope it helps.<br><br>
MamaFern, thanks for sharing about you son and his 'feeling unloved'. i totally understand wanting space, especially now. I am finding myself being not so nice to my daughter, and it hurts both of us. Last week she was aggravating me so much i was in tears, then she was, and so we both had to sit on the sofa a cuddle until we felt better... it's hard to be hormonal!<br><br>
Have fun trick or treating! I have to go dress up my dd, she is all about face paint tonight. HOpefully she won't realize candy is for eating--she's never really had any.
 

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DS6 gets out of school in a bit and then the boys will be dressing up and we're going trick or treating! Sadly, it's pouring down rain so we won't be out long.<br>
DS2 and I got a good nap in so I feel a lot better despite having woken up at 5:30am.<br>
I almost picked up some black and blue cohosh but I am nervous about taking them. I don't want to induce my labour right now but I do want to make sure my body is ready when the time comes. I've gotten mixed info on whether they are uterine toners or they actually induce labour. In fact, the book they had at the health food store contradicted itself describing these two. Does anyone know?
 

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WOW! What a busy thread this week. And I love that it's called the spooooky thread- my husband has been predicting today as "the day" since the very beginning, and I told him we could name the baby spooky if it was born on hallowe'en. But that is not likely happening, unless I have a really fast stealth attack labour that starts soon.<br><br>
I'm 39 weeks and like someone else said in last weeks thread (I think it was BeTheEarth)- no signs of it happening any time soon. I have lots of braxton-hicks, but baby hasn't dropped yet, no mucous plug or anything. Baby keeps changing position, too- after being mostly ROP or ROT for ages, it's been turning all around over the past couple days. Last night I had some strange pelvic pain, but I think it was baby grinding around trying to find a good position. We were watching a movie, and I spent half of the time in hands and knees leaning over the exercise ball trying to help adjust the pressure I was feeling.<br><br>
Amy~ I want you to know that I felt pretty miserable with back pain and like there was no way I could take another 5 or more weeks when I was at 35ish weeks, but that I actually feel much better now than I did then. Partly because it seems closer, but also because my body actually feels better (I have no idea why). I haven't even cried in over a week and a half- when before I would cry for any crazy reason (like what to wear, when to sleep, what to eat, because I dropped something, etc.). I hope you're feeling better soon, too.<br><br>
MamaFern~ Elwynn sounds like such an 'in touch' kid. He'll be an amazing big brother. And I'm glad your blessing went well.<br><br>
Itsybitsy~ I LOOOVE jellybellies. They're my total candy weakness. When I graduated from high school and left my part time job, my co-workers bought me the hugest container of jellybellies ever. I always get them in my stocking for Christmas, too.<br><br>
spughy~ You are a totally cute pumpkin! Congrats on the last day of work! Enjoy your break before baby comes.<br><br>
gunter~ Your party looked like so much fun! Happy birthday to your pup.<br><br>
Jenn~ <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"><br><br>
I had lots of other things to say, but keep forgetting my the time I get to the end of the thread. Hoping we'll have lots of November babies soon. Who'll be first for the month???<br><br>
We haven't decided on names yet, either. My husband had a dream that the baby was born and looked like his youngest brother- which totally doesn't suit our favourite boy name. So we haven't shared our name choices with anyone, and we're waiting to meet the baby before we name him or her.<br><br>
In other dream news, last night I dreamt that my pregnant belly was very, very hairy (hairier than my husbands- kind of ape-like). I noticed it in the mirror, and was totally disgusted and angry that nobody had told me how hairy it was. I couldn't believe that I'd been swimming at the pool in a bikini with such a hairy belly. I wanted to shave it, but was worried about ingrown hairs being really uncomfortable or irritating during labour, so I settled for trimming the hair short with scissors instead. Analysis anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In other dream news, last night I dreamt that my pregnant belly was very, very hairy (hairier than my husbands- kind of ape-like). I noticed it in the mirror, and was totally disgusted and angry that nobody had told me how hairy it was. I couldn't believe that I'd been swimming at the pool in a bikini with such a hairy belly. I wanted to shave it, but was worried about ingrown hairs being really uncomfortable or irritating during labour, so I settled for trimming the hair short with scissors instead. Analysis anyone? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nut.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nut"></div>
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Yeti Belly?<br><br>
My independent expert analysis states that this dream means that as you "grow hair" upon your belly you are "getting in touch with your inner wild woman." You feel a bit confused about your current status as a world-class sex symbol (bikini) and the hirsute "ape"-woman you feel you have become. So you'll settle for the scissors (a happy medium), straddling both worlds with hairy belly shorn shorter. That's right, sort of like a sexy Planet of the Apes thang. That, or there's that old saying about orange juice growing hair on your chest and you've been drinking too much of it lately. What, that's not true?! What else explains...<br><br>
Um, yes, so that costs about a dollar for my expert analysis. You can pay via installment/layaway if you like, or you can throw pies at me like most of my clientele. Pies are yummier. Pumpkin, if you can hack it.
 

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im not having any signs of impending birth either.. im 38 weeks 3 days, so i could still have a few weeks to go.. . i keep wondering if the fact that elwynn came 5 days early means that this baby is going to.. but its hard to say. part of me would even like to go over my due date, but somehow i doubt thats going to happen.. baby is changing position and moving a lot these days.. its definitly squished, but that doesn't seem to make much difference to her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> i love feeling and watching my belly move around. its very surreal..<br><br>
i have devils food cup cake (made from scratch) or muffcakes as elwynn calls them <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> we are making the tombstone cupcakes from the martha stewart webpage ( she has good ideas.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> ) i thought it would be fun to do some last minute baking <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yeti Belly?<br><br>
My independent expert analysis states that this dream means that as you "grow hair" upon your belly you are "getting in touch with your inner wild woman." You feel a bit confused about your current status as a world-class sex symbol (bikini) and the hirsute "ape"-woman you feel you have become. So you'll settle for the scissors (a happy medium), straddling both worlds with hairy belly shorn shorter. That's right, sort of like a sexy Planet of the Apes thang. That, or there's that old saying about orange juice growing hair on your chest and you've been drinking too much of it lately. What, that's not true?! What else explains...<br><br>
Um, yes, so that costs about a dollar for my expert analysis. You can pay via installment/layaway if you like, or you can throw pies at me like most of my clientele. Pies are yummier. Pumpkin, if you can hack it.</div>
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Yeti belly- of course, how could I have missed it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Thanks a lot. I'll be throwing pies across the continent in grateful payment.
 

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Happy Halloween everybody!<br><br>
No real news here. My dad is stable (for those that read the thread about that) and my mom and sister seem to be doing okay with things. Unless something changes with him they are going to start some surgical debriedment and skin grafting tomorrow. The burns have all converted to full-thickness (3rd degree) so that's 55% of his body. Pretty serious, but he's holding on and maintaining so far, and responding well to treatment. I'm sort of vacillating between optimistic and glad that things are going well, and kind of sad and depressed about it.<br><br>
Meanwhile, this is my last week of work. I'll be 38 weeks tomorrow and I'm doing pretty well overall. I'm so short-waisted that the baby, who while not huge seems pretty long, is right up under my stomach--right at the bra-strap line. I went to the chiropractor today and he did some manuver to pull my pyloric valve down. He also told me that he has some acupuncture-meridian stimulator thing that will almost certainly put me into labor when I'm ready. So I may try that in a little while more. Right now I'm taking EPO and we're trying to have a lot of sex and I'm going to start walking and squatting and doing some positional stuff. I don't want to do anything drastic, but the more natural things that will sort of help tip the scales in favor of sooner rather than later. I also have a dentist appointment tomorrow because I have a jagged edge where I apparently broke part of a tooth or lost a filling or something. And I made student massage appointments for me and DH both for tomorrow night at the massage school. So that should be good. I figure that the best I can do for myself and anyone else at this point is relax and take care of myself. Tonight we're handing out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters. We are having some really cute little kids coming to the door! And unfortunately, a few students from my school who recognized me and now know where I live! Hopefully they don't end up on probation!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br><br>
Jenn, hope you find someone who will do a version for you. Have you tried gently trying to move the baby around yourself? Or doing the hot on the bottom/cold on top thing? Sounds like you've tried a lot of stuff. I know it doesn't help, but sometimes if the baby doesn't turn it has a good reason for that. Also, have you tried craniosacral? I've heard of people having success with that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/upsidedown.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="upsidedown"><br><br>
MamaFern, I wouldn't have pegged you for the Martha Stewart type! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"><br><br>
MelW, If I had that dream I wouldn't need any dream analysis--because I've noticed that my belly HAS actually become hairier since I've been pregnant! Not in an abominable snowman kind of way, but more in a fuzzy peach kind of way.<br><br>
Hi and hugs to everyone else too!
 

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MamaFern- I totally feel you on the 2 year old peeing on the floor thing. My DD takes off her diaper faster than I can keep it on. She doesn't want to use the potty and doesn't want to wear a diaper. I snap at her a lot to. Today was awful for both of us. It hurts me so bad because I love her so much but I can't keep up with her. Her Elmo doll went into the potty today, last week it was her baby doll. I am pulling my hair out over here.<br><br>
ItsyBitsy- I guess I am your due date buddy... November 25th. Boy do I hope it is sooner... a lot sooner!
 

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First of all, whoever was asking about checking your cervix during late pregnancy - good luck! I was reasonably good at checking myself until the baby dropped, now I have NO CLUE what's going on in there. All the tissues get very swollen toward the end, and the giant baby head right there makes everything feel totally different. My midwife said she was really surprised when she started charting because her cervix felt soooo different from all the pregnant women she'd checked during late pregnancy/labor. She said she wasn't surprised that I couldn't tell anything by checking myself, even though I conceived both times while charting (including cervical position).<br><br>
Okay, so I've been having contractions all evening, but not terribly regular (around 15 minutes apart) and not really getting any more intense or closer together. I'm so eager to have this baby, but 36w1d is a bit earlier than I'd like, even if I am having the humongeous baby my mw predicts. Plus, my sister and I have tickets to see Nickel Creek tomorrow night and she'll be really, really mad if I'm either in labor or at the hospital! (She's my doula, btw.) No bloody show, though, so I don't think this is the real deal, just a practice run. Last pregnancy I had one whole weekend of contractions 4-5 minutes apart, which totally fizzled the second I stepped into L&D. I don't want a repeat of that! (Of course, instead of lying down and resting, I was walking everywhere and having wild sex to try to get things going.) Tonight I'm just going to go to bed.
 

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Oh, yeah! Halloween! DS was the cutest little cowboy ever, and my belly was a pumpkin. Here's a picture of us from Saturday when we went to a pumpkin patch and Halloween party: <a href="http://www.photogrove.com/gallery/albums/album409/PICT5868.sized.jpg" target="_blank">Cowboy and Pumpkin-bellied Mama</a><br><br>
Tonight we went Trick or Treating to the four houses on our street with their lights on - mostly to introduce ourselves to our neighbors. We've been here 17 months and still hadn't gotten around to meeting everyone. DS figured out pretty quick that as soon as a door opened, people would brag about how cute he was and give him stuff, so he really enjoyed it! He was very good about saying (actually, signing) "Thank you" to everyone, which was really cute. As soon as we got home I hid the candy and he'll get about one piece a day for the next couple weeks...
 
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