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What's up y'all?! So May 2 is nearly over, but here I am to post a weekly chat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My student spouse needed to write a paper... computer hog. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
So today started much better than yesterday! DS has been a lot better today, for whatever reason. Yesterday at the handmade market I picked up a new onesie for LO, a new shirt for DS, and a necklace for my mom and me. They all made me happy. Then my parents and sister and BIL came over for dinner. We just ordered pizza but it was fun.<br><br>
What's the word on the baby shower fun today?!<br><br>
And can you BELIEVE it's May already?! Some of us will have our babies this month! I suddenly got very sad today that our family of 3 is becoming 4. I don't remember this when DS was born! And I'm the oldest of 5 kids, so I know it's a "good" thing and a good change, but it is still a change, and it will change my relationship with DS. I will miss this precious "just us" time.
 

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MAY MAY MAY!!!!! Two of my babies were born in May, so it is kind of weird to think that I have this whole month to go plus some. Then again it's MAY!! ahhhh<br><br>
This week I have been cleaning up the hose getting ready and the neighborhood cat threw a wrench into it. I was in the laundry room and noticed some of my knitting stuff was all out of place, figured the kids were checking it out. As I went to put it all back I looked down and thought I saw a mouse, NO she snuck in the house and had 6 kittens! Man I knew she was pregnant and had put a box outside for her to have a safe birthing place but in the house right before I am to give birth my self. ugh. 5 of them are healthy. What am I going to do with them. To top it off she peed in the laundry room and I can't find out where it is. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> She was a neighbors cat down the street who decided that they would just stop caring for her. She liked our back yard and everyones around ours. I really feel bad for the poor mama. She had a litter last summer and the owners were going to dump her and the kittens off in the country. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I just wish we could have pets here then there would be no problem. Anyone have a suggestion on how to get rid of cat pee? With my pregnant nose it is so so strong!! We do have a couple friends that said they will take a kitten home. I am happy for that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> So They will all be ready right around the time I am due! Crazy!!<br><br>
We got all our tomatoes in today, had a joint birthday party for 5 different kids yesterday. The party was a ton of fun and even included a May pole! I am so tired today and I have big ol fat ankles. Yuck. I am going to get to bed early tonight!<br><br>
Hope you all have a great day!!
 

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quickly checking in to say it was super fun! I had I think 7 friends show up and it was so fun just chit chatting with everyone. We played the belly measuring ribbon game and funny enough my DD1 guessed PERFECTLY on target <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We gave the prize to the second best (grown up) guess <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Facebook says I can share the album like this but let me know if it says it's private!<br><a href="http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2037209&id=1124366770&l=e830f9ab3e" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...0&l=e830f9ab3e</a>
 

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I cannot believe it is May. Seriously, cannot believe it. This is one of the busiest months of our year, normally, not even when we are planning a first-half of June birth. :) My bday is 5/17. DH's bday is 5/25. My parents will be visiting for a few days around my bday. I have my regular WAH part-time job going on through about 6/3 or 6/4. Plus, I have a temporary, part-time job from home that started today and goes for about 1-2 weeks. After I get through all of this, maybe having a baby will seem relaxing??? ;-) Ha!
 

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blood pressure grumble, I took it 3 times this morning to get a decent number to write down and it's still crap <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> It was a choice between 125/85, 135/78, or 131/72. I chose the last one because the bottom number is the lowest, but it still doesn't make me happy. I have a MW apt. tomorrow so we'll see what she says. The fact that this is EXACTLY what happened last time, week for week, is just killing me!
 

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My BP was 131/78 on Friday, which is really high for me. My mw was not concerned at all and said it's not until it gets to 90 on the bottom that they start paying attention. Maybe yours is weather related?
 

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140/90 is when it's considered "high" with my MW too, but if you look at my charts from BOTH my DDs this is the exact pattern it takes, going up and up and up until it's too high around 39/40 weeks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I know I shouldn't doom myself to the same fate so to speak, but it's just depressing! And it makes me feel so yucky when my BP starts getting high. My hands and feet are swollen today already and it's only 8am, and I just feel...yucky. I woke up at 1am and ran to the bathroom to throw up last night, luckily I managed not to, and then felt better when I turned the AC on, but really, it was only 74 in the house! I can't live in an igloo for the next 4 + weeks!!<br>
On a non-complaining note I think I'm getting a pedicure with friends tonight, I've never ever ever had one so I'm excited! It's my mother's day present <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">What's up y'all?! So May 2 is nearly over, but here I am to post a weekly chat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My student spouse needed to write a paper... computer hog. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
So today started much better than yesterday! DS has been a lot better today, for whatever reason. Yesterday at the <b>handmade market</b> I picked up a new onesie for LO, a new shirt for DS, and a necklace for my mom and me. They all made me happy. Then my parents and sister and BIL came over for dinner. We just ordered pizza but it was fun.<br><br>
What's the word on the baby shower fun today?!<br><br>
And can you BELIEVE it's May already?! Some of us will have our babies this month! I suddenly got very sad today that our family of 3 is becoming 4. I don't remember this when DS was born! And I'm the oldest of 5 kids, so I know it's a "good" thing and a good change, but it is still a change, and it will change my relationship with DS. I will miss this precious "just us" time.</div>
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Where is this??<br><br>
I know I'm not far from you. I'd love to get some fun handmade things!!
 

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I just got home from my MW appointment. Everything is looking good! Baby's head is down and LOW! she's still flopping all over the place, though.....lol. I'm counting down to 37 weeks (I'm 34+2) now, the heat here is killing me, and I'm hoping she decides to come a little before her due date!!
 

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*mama moose* Your shower looked wonderful and your girls are super cute!!!
 

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I'm sorry your BP is worrying you. Hope you had a great time getting your first pedicure. I just had my first a couple weeks ago and loved it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><b><br>
Neldabean</b>, I'm so sorry but that's too funny about the cat. She wanted a homebirth, apparently. I hope you can find that pee and get the smell out. I wonder if vinegar or baking soda would help?<br><b><br>
Burnindinner</b>, I'm so glad you've had a great day. I love it when I find cool stuff. I've been garage saling and managed to find one w/baby clothes with the price of fill a bag for a buck. I brought home 2 full bags.<br><b><br>
alexaskj</b>, I feel for you with the hot weather. It sounds miserable.<br><br>
Today I've had a couple of firsts. I went to the salon to get my hair done b/c I have to look good for DH's commissioning & graduation, and while there, a couple of ladies said I look like I could go any day now, and one asked if I am having twins. LOL DH definitely gasped last night at how big my belly is just before I crawled into bed. I hadn't realized how much it's grown in the last week. I'm 34 wks 1 day now. I also had to take my rings off today. I had to use lotion and a lot of tugging to get the job done. Wish my feet weren't too swollen to go shopping for a fake ring. I feel so naked.<br><br>
I can't remember if I shared this already, but I ordered the last few big items over the weekend using gift cards for Target and Walmart that I'd been saving for a while. I got the Fisher Price Rock & Play Sleeper that I've seen several awesome reviews for, a convertible car seat, some nursing tanks, and a bare bones pack n play. I love that all that cost me almost nothing, and it's so fun to open boxes of baby stuff. We've also been working on getting the house in order, and I've made a lot of headway this week, so for the first time since we moved here, it's starting to look like a home. Pictures on the walls, furniture moved around, etc. I can't wait to get the last few things in the right places. DH's huge family will probably be coming over after his commissioning ceremony, and I can't wait to show them what we've done.<br><br>
I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I'm so ready to put my feet up and just wait for baby to come.
 

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Counting down to 37 weeks here too! Then I think I'm going to try to induce naturally, or I run the risk of being forced into a repeat c-section. I'm 32+3 right now, so June 4th is my goal date... so excited that I'll have a new babe in my arms again soon!
 

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Had a busy busy day! Did tie dyeing and had some fun. Now im ready for a bowl of ice cream and bed lol! May came wayyyy too fast!
 

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It sounds like everyone is so super busy! May is always such a busy month, especially when planning for new LO's!<br><br>
We were able to cross off a big item from our to-do list today...we found a preschool for our son for the fall! We were worried that if we didn't find something before the baby comes that by the time I came up for air, we would have missed out on any place we would have like to take him. I'm really excited that we are all set up, and he will have his own place to go for a couple mornings a week. He really enjoys meeting new kids, and he loves to learn. Plus, being a WAHM with a new LO, I will be so grateful for a couple days a week to devote to concentrated "be with new LO/get work done" time.<br><br>
Now, if I could just get through these other work projects...my motivation is just about nil. I just want to either lay around or get going and clean the house/organize stuff. But, I'll just have to wait... ;-)
 

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Bananabee That is what I thought about the cat too. lol I am going to try Bac-out for the cat pee, vinegar didn't cut it. Dh laughed at how huge I am getting this time too, I think this will be my biggest baby so far. That's a bummer that you had to take your ring off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Hopefully your swelling will go down some and you can get it back on. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Aka mommy I totally want to tie dye some stuff before baby is born. We did some diapers for ds2 it was so fun! Do you got any pics?<br><br>
I am feeling like I want to sleep all day today. Next Saturday is my Mother blessing so I should be cleaning up the house and schooling the kids. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> But I am soooooo tired. Has anyone been getting up earlier? Our whole house full is getting up around 6:30-7! I think it must be that the sun has been coming around. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Everyone have a great day!!
 

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Hey y'all, great day here.<br><br>
neldabean, I am so excited about your blessing. That is my favorite thing ever. I think we will do mine in 3 weeks, at 37 weeks. I had this thing about wanting to know better where I was going to be birthing before having the blessing.<br>
Ew on the cat pee. I think my cat peed in our back bedroom back when I used to let her come inside. Only it only smells sometimes. Why? I hope you find something that works!<br><br>
aka mommy, what did you tie dye? At our friend's blessing we tie dyed a bunch of onesies and shirts. That was really fun.<br><br>
Wow, azdaisy, I can't imagine trying to WAH with LO's. But I have little to no brain power. And a 17 mo instead of a 3 yo. I so really hope that makes a difference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
bananabee, when is graduation/commissioning? Is this officer school or Annapolis? Wait, if it were Annapolis y'all wouldn't be married yet, right? It sounds like you have been having a very productive time!<br><br>
alexaskj, the website for the group is <a href="http://www.thehandmademarket.com" target="_blank">www.thehandmademarket.com</a> - they were set up at Marbles in Raleigh on Saturday. So much fun! Btw, are you planning to birth at home, BC or hospital?<br><br>
Ultrasound tomorrow! This week I am convinced we'll get the placenta far enough that I'd be fine to be at home and it will be a regular normal birth. I think we are pretty much out of automatic c-section range. And when I realized we probably could be at home, I got really excited about the labor and birth for the first time. I REALLY hope this works out.<br><br>
Which brings me to my question: what things are you processing for birth? What are you really looking forward to? What are you nervous about? What experiences have you had in birth that you are hoping to have happen again (feelings, attendants, ambiance, how you handled yourself), and what are you hoping to change this time?
 

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I just tie dyed a ton of onesies and a few prefolds. Nothing fancy and i didnt have any yellows so i'm sure they are going to turn out looking more boyish, but if it's a girl i can hand paint some pink stuff onto the chest! I wont have pics till tonight after i rinse and wash them (i let them set for 24 hours).<br><br>
Nelda - the blessing sounds wonderful! I cherish the one i had for my last dd! I have been waking up before the girls! Which is odd. Normally they wake me up. But i get up to pee like clockwork at 8:45 and my rustling wakes them up. If im lucky i get to lay down for another 30 mins and then they are up by 9:15. I dread formal school next year, we will have to be at school by 9 and we've had such a relaxed schedule with homeschooling. Speaking of which we've not done any formal schooling for 5 days! I have to catch up, but we've had so much unschooling the last week i've had no time!<br><br>
Burnin- Sending all my positive thoughts to you. I really do believe in the power of the mind and you sound like you're in a great place! Cant wait to hear how your u/s goes!<br><br>
Processing for the birth . . . i have a lot going on. I'm anxious to birth, but at the same time really nervous about having my hopes and dreams of 3 girls dashed by a boy. We will love him just the same, i know it will just take some getting use to for this girl mom! I have dreamt for 3 years since my own miscarriage about a little girl named ViviAnne and i'm so anxious to find out if my little spirit baby is coming back to me or if she has moved on to another family. Lots of emotions there, obviously.<br><br>
My last birth was traumatic, pain wise and not being listened to by my attendants or dh. So i've been working the last 9 months at coming to peace with that. At times the fear of back labor overwhelms me and i wonder if i can just stay pregnant forever. Other moments i tell myself that my body is wonderful, powerful and strong. I will have a peaceful, ecstatic and gentle birth. But it's hard to combat the fear 24/7. So now i just try to listen to the fear and acknowledge that even if the worst happens again, i have survived it through 3 births already. I can do so again. To focus on finding the pleasure beneath the pain, even if it's the mental reality that i am about to meet this miracle baby.<br><br>
I hope this time to do most the birthing myself. I want a lot of privacy and seclusion. I want to rely on myself and my strengths and combat my fears alone. I want to catch this child and be the first to touch it (never had this with the previous 3) and to find out the gender for myself. What i look forward to from previous births is the joy and pleasure of an ecstatic birth. The empowerment that I always manage to gain from childbirth. The looks on my children's faces as they meet their new sibling. and looking into the eyes of my child and taking in that sweet smell. I also look forward to the knowledge that this time i have birth attendants who are not vested in the outcome of my birth, they acknowledge it is my own. Should i need to transfer to the hospital for pain relief than they are ok with it. I am proud of myself for finding a care provider who will listen to ME. This birth is all about me, for the first of 4 births. While i know it's about how tihs child chooses to come into the world, it is the first time i am giving myself permission to be vulnerable, translucent and ready to accept help.
 

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Just poppin in to say "hi"....I have 3 more days of school, actually doing my Peds. clinicals, then I'm finished with this semester!!! I can't wait because I haven't had time to even think about baby or get things ready. Hoping to participate more starting next week!
 

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burnindinner- we were planning a hospital birth until about 30 weeks, and we switched our care to the birth center in Fort Mill. We're so excited about it, and are already saying that our next baby will almost definitely be a home birth!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Processing for the birth . . . i have a lot going on. I'm anxious to birth, but at the same time really nervous about having my hopes and dreams of 3 girls dashed by a boy. We will love him just the same, i know it will just take some getting use to for this girl mom! I have dreamt for 3 years since my own miscarriage about a little girl named ViviAnne and i'm so anxious to find out if my little spirit baby is coming back to me or if she has moved on to another family. Lots of emotions there, obviously.<br><br>
My last birth was traumatic, pain wise and not being listened to by my attendants or dh. So i've been working the last 9 months at coming to peace with that. At times the fear of back labor overwhelms me and i wonder if i can just stay pregnant forever. Other moments i tell myself that my body is wonderful, powerful and strong. I will have a peaceful, ecstatic and gentle birth. But it's hard to combat the fear 24/7. So now i just try to listen to the fear and acknowledge that even if the worst happens again, i have survived it through 3 births already. I can do so again. To focus on finding the pleasure beneath the pain, even if it's the mental reality that i am about to meet this miracle baby.<br><br>
I hope this time to do most the birthing myself. I want a lot of privacy and seclusion. I want to rely on myself and my strengths and combat my fears alone. I want to catch this child and be the first to touch it (never had this with the previous 3) and to find out the gender for myself. What i look forward to from previous births is the joy and pleasure of an ecstatic birth. The empowerment that I always manage to gain from childbirth. The looks on my children's faces as they meet their new sibling. and looking into the eyes of my child and taking in that sweet smell. I also look forward to the knowledge that this time i have birth attendants who are not vested in the outcome of my birth, they acknowledge it is my own. Should i need to transfer to the hospital for pain relief than they are ok with it. I am proud of myself for finding a care provider who will listen to ME. This birth is all about me, for the first of 4 births. While i know it's about how tihs child chooses to come into the world, it is the first time i am giving myself permission to be vulnerable, translucent and ready to accept help.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hey y'all, great day here.<br><br>
bananabee, when is graduation/commissioning? Is this officer school or Annapolis? Wait, if it were Annapolis y'all wouldn't be married yet, right? It sounds like you have been having a very productive time!<br><br>
Ultrasound tomorrow! This week I am convinced we'll get the placenta far enough that I'd be fine to be at home and it will be a regular normal birth. I think we are pretty much out of automatic c-section range. And when I realized we probably could be at home, I got really excited about the labor and birth for the first time. I REALLY hope this works out.<br><br>
Which brings me to my question: what things are you processing for birth? What are you really looking forward to? What are you nervous about? What experiences have you had in birth that you are hoping to have happen again (feelings, attendants, ambiance, how you handled yourself), and what are you hoping to change this time?</div>
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DH gets commissioned as an officer in the Navy on May 14th, and graduates from Purdue University w/a degree in honors physics. I'm so proud of him! This week is his last week of school, and I can't wait till he's done!<br><br>
I'm so glad you're feeling more positive about probably birthing at home. I'm praying it works out for you.<br><br><br>
As for my birth - I told my OB today I do not want to try for a vaginal birth this time, and am not into her vacuum idea. She said she will do whatever I want, and will talk to my back surgeon along w/anesthesiology dept to determine the best way to go about the C-sec. I love her. She also said (at my insistence that I can't tolerate cervical checks unless I'm sedated) we don't have to do any cervical checks at all my future appts, and if I want to swab myself for the GBS test, I can. I was so grateful to hear that. For one, I just can't get into the stirrup position at this point, and for another, I wouldn't want to fall off the table onto my poor back. I just can't sit still for those things. She also said maybe we'll schedule the c-sec for just after 39 wks, so around the 7th or so. I can't wait! That would mean only 5 more wks to go!<br><br>
Just had lunch, and want to take a nap, but there's still soooo much to do. Can't wait to have my baby to snuggle with for naps. Ahhh.
 
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