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DreamsInDigital... cloth diapers are usually cheaper in the long run than disposables.. i cloth diapered elwynn with really cheap second hand diapers (mostly kooshies). they weren't fancy but they worked! prefolds can be really great and inexpnsive.. also have you ever looked on mdc giving? often there are ffs diapers on there. i even have some that i can send you.. im collecting my nb stash now so im sure closer to the time ill have some others i could part with <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> just let me know!
 

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I had a midwife appt. yesterday and it went well. The kids got to hear the baby's heartbeat, all the general bloodwork had come back and everything looks good - I am amazingly not immune to toxoplasmosis, even though I've been changing cat boxes for about 25 years! But I haven't been exposed to it either, so dh will be changing the litter box for the next six months.<br><br>
I'm about 16 1/2 weeks and my midwife was surprised about how large and high my uterus is already, although I know my dates are correct. She asked me if I felt larger or different with this pregnancy, and although it's been four years and my memory is vague, I *have* commented over the past month to my husband that I feel more pregnant than what I remember from the past - my stomach area and uterus pressing out feel bigger and tighter and more uncomfortable than I remember this early on. I've been able to clearly feel the baby kicking out against my hand (when laying down) for over a week now and smaller movements before that. I've never had an ultrasound with any of my previous pregnancies, but my midwife has scheduled one for me with my consent, because she's wondering if there might be more than one baby. I'm both incredulous and really wondering at the same time!
 

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Seems like I haven't been here in forever. I'm still suffering through m/s and BENSMOM, everytime I think it's getting better, it comes right back. Not really having very high hopes about really feeling better anytime soon. Oh well. I was sick clear up to my SIXTH month last time. I think it has something to do with my uterus being big enough to lift out of my pelvis to relieve some of the pressure on my organs which seems to exacerbate the nausea. who knows! Maybe this time around since it seems like my uterus is getting bigger sooner I feel better sooner.<br>
Only thing I am slightly concerned about is that I have only gained like 3 pounds so far.... this entire pregnancy. Last time at this point I had gained something like 15 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: .<br>
We had our yard sale today. Got up at 5am with DH telling me (after he had promised to help all week) that it wasn't worth it and that it wasn't going to work because we hadn't put the signs out two days ago. Whatever. I think he was talking through his grogginess. He's definitely not a morning person. Gotta luv 'im! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Anyway, we made a little extra cash, which was nice. And then hauled the rest of the unsold junk to Goodwill. So we lightened our load for moving, which was also nice. And I got to razz him about how the sale "wasn't gonna work" all day! :LOL and he was okay with it.<br>
We finally set the date for when we move... June 3rd. It is approaching faster than the pile of boxes is growing.<br>
Yes, I'm also in the I'm too exhausted (and sick) to really see it ever happening stage. And not just the packing/unpacking/getting used to the new place.... I'm not seeing the 650+ mile trip with our 15 1/2 month old. Yikes. I know we'll have to drive at night for his sake and my morning sickness is that much worse when I don't sleep well at night. I just don't know if I'll make it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> And it costs more to rent the truck an extra day and dh won't leave me to drive the rest of the way by myself (he's driving the truck, I'm driving the pickup and the car will be on a hitch).<br>
So I attended my first hospital birth last Saturday. Supposed 27 hour labor that ended in a section. The mom was happy and satisfied with the way the birth turned out even though she *really* wanted a drug-free VBAC. Her water broke and then she was in very early labor for a very long time (she shouldn't have even been in the hospital yet). She made it through the night just fine. And when the doctor came in in the am it was amazing how she completely just lost all her resolve when he suggested pitocin... she asked for the section instead (which was probably a better choice in the end). Not coming from a judgemental standpoint at all, I guess I just realized how vulnerable a laboring woman is when a doctor comes in and tells her that she's just not progressing. Baby and mom are fine by the way... 9 lbs, 8oz!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br>
And last but not least of my very long post... as far as parental issues... Still not talking to my parents. I choose to have a peaceful pregnancy and post partum period this time around so I'm taking a complete sabattical from them and their intrusion. It's really too bad how some people just don't have any sort of relationship with their parents (no matter how badly they wish they had). Oh well> I'm over it. I just wish they would stop calling. Because I'm not answering the phone when I see their number, and I'm not returning their messeges. Maybe I need to be a little more clear about what I mean by having a sabattical from them till when I'm ready (and the baby is born). Can you detect the sarcasm?
 

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Omg kel! Good luck with the ultrasound, I'm definitely anxious to hear the results!!
 

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Hi, everyone - sounds like a bunch of you have had exciting weeks!<br><br>
I'm miserable because I'm still sick. It is better than it was a few weeks ago - almost every night I can eat at the table with my family, but I'm still taking the Unisom/B6 combo in order to be able to do that. If I don't eat every two hours (just crackers or cheese or a snack is all I need) I get really sick. But, I'm not hungry so I have to force myself to eat. Ugh. And, somehow I suddenly gained two pounds in the last week! Which puts me about 2 lbs over my pre-preg weight this time. By the way, those of you worrying about not gaining enough weight, my midwife said that as long as a woman gains 1 lb/week once she hits 20 weeks than she's fine. So, she doesn't worry if you haven't gained any weight by 20 weeks. That was my goal, but like last time I failed at it...<br><br>
Good grief, I sound really down! I'm quite bummed that I'm still dealing with morning sickness - last pregnancy I had a huge improvement at 10 weeks and by 12 weeks I was feeling wonderful. I'm now 13 weeks and still feel awful. This was not what I prepared myself for!
 

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Hi everyone. Sorry to hear that some of you mamas are still struggling with m/s. I am doing OK, but I have had a couple of days this past week when I was just hit with big waves of nausea out of the blue. It was kind of surprising; I haven't had any nausea in weeks. I think it was because I was hungry, so I'm trying to stay on top of that. Otherwise doing just fine, but I too am breaking out really bad; my skin looks like crap. Where is that famed pregnancy glow??!!<br><br>
We are finally all unpacked and settled, and it feels really good. The only bad part is that we've relegated everything we don't want to deal with to the garage, so as long as no one looks out there, we're fine! :LOL And we figure we have another 6 months or so until we need to start worrying about parking the cars in the garage, so I don't feel *too* bad about it! We had some friends over yesterday for a cook-out and it was really fun to have them all oooh and aaaah about the new house. Oh, and my friend's sister brought me a huge rubbermade/tote thing of her maternity clothes, and y'all, it's so great! I could probably get through the rest of this pregnancy with just the clothes she gave me (and they are cute) so I will just need to get a few "extras" like a cute dress for DH's high school reunion next month, a bathing suit, and some capris or comfy dresses/skirts for our trip to Hawaii in July.<br><br>
Yesterday was also fun because the sister who loaned me the clothes brought her 16-month old daughter who is just about the cutest and happiest little girl ever. It made DH and I feel even more excited about this babe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Oh and I pretty much pigged out all day, drank root beer (is anyone else so sick of endless amounts of water?!?), and made s'mores over a little bonfire that we made. It was great!!<br><br>
But I think I kind of wore myself out this past week trying to get everything done and starting to walk every day again, so I am taking today off. It's 12:25 and I'm still in my PJ's! I think I'm just going to curl up with a good book and relax.<br><br>
Oh and I think I *may* be starting to feel the baby. I'm 13w3d, which I know is early, but I'm definitely experiencing some UAS (unidentified abdominal sensations) that aren't intenstinal in nature, and they aren't my pulse. They feel kind of like little flips. I don't know what it is, but it's kind of cool. <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'm not in your dute date club but I saw this thread on the new posts and came in for a peek! Just wanted to tell you that the cloth diapering mamas are very generous. I know that JennInSeattle is making cloth diapers that she is giving away, & that other mamas make up packets of diapers to be able to start broke mamas off. Post in the CD forum asking for advice & I'm sure you'll get lots of help.<br><br><br>
Congratulations & happy pregnancies to you all!
 

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My sympathies for you mamas who are moving. That's definitely one of my least favorite activities, and I'm horrible about unpacking. We've been in this house for about a year and a half, and I still have boxes in closets and corners. We also haven't yet replaced the ugly carpet or finished painting the trim.<br><br>
I'm 13w today, and feeling much better. I can pretty much eat normally now, haven't had any nausea since early last week. Such a relief! Not that I'm exactly buzzing with energy, but at least I can conduct my life instead of being a miserable, queasy, utterly exhausted ultra-grouch. I might actually cook tonight, and if I'm really motivated, sweep the floor (don't want to go overboard and do too much, ya know). OTOH, going out to eat and ignoring the house sounds good, too...
 

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That was totally me today, and man did it feel good!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Otherwise doing just fine, but I too am breaking out really bad; my skin looks like crap. Where is that famed pregnancy glow??!!</div>
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That's me as well, with the acne. There's nothing like starting a brand new job looking speckled and like a teenager, let me tell you! I've been getting looks from security that say 'are you *sure* you're old enough to work here?' every day on my way into the office because I'm so spotty. Plus, I'm breaking out really in weird places, like on the tops of my thighs and my ankles!<br><br>
I think I finally got the second trimester appetite, though. All of a sudden, and just today -- when, of course, we were stranded at Home Despot waiting for them to cut our lumber so we could fix my boxed beds, and there was nothing to eat! I've been starving all the time, even when I've just had a meal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: Now I'm just waiting for the famed second trimester libido.
 

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Ha ha! I have the libido. I think about *it* all the time. But you know what, we can't exaclty do anything about it while DS is still awake. And by the time he is in bed (between 8:30-9), I am so damn tired! I wish we could sneak away at around 1pm. :LOL It's not fair for DH and heck, I even want it! I just cant get it!<br><br>
And the water. Yes, I am so sick of water. BUt everything else to drink either has too much sugar/emplty calories (juice), caffeine or artificial sweeteners. I haven't quite figured out the lessor of those three evils yet.<br><br>
And the nausea is back! Not fair! I got sick cleaning up cat puke yesterday. It just grossed me out and I threw up lunch. Just typing about it is making me gag, I am so sensitive right now. I felt "off" all day yesterday and am back to gagging/retching today. I wanted this to be done! I was also super tired and lazy yesterday. What happened to the 2nd tri?<br><br>
DH is leaving town on Thursday and will be home Monday. I am dreading being home alone with DS for 4.5 days. He will wear me out so bad!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">And the nausea is back! Not fair! I got sick cleaning up cat puke yesterday. It just grossed me out and I threw up lunch.</div>
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I wouldn't even count that--cat puke is GROSS! I'd be disgusted even if I weren't pregnant! :LOL
 

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i just slipped and fell HARD on my back and tail bone just now.. my mom ( im vititing her..) is dusting and i guess some of her wood oil spray stuff fell on the hard wood floor..it hurt like hell and now im freaking out that ive somehow hurt the baby.. which i know is unlikely because its pretty welll padded in there.. but still.. i dont think about myself when i get hurt now i think about baby. it was scary.<br><br>
anyways otherthan that all is well.. i have my second MW appt next week and i get to meet the otehr midwife.. im knitting like crazy but so far nothing is very small sized <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> im waiting on a pettern from little turtle knits that has new born sized things.. most free patterns are one size and im not experienced enuff to know how to make them smaller without totally screwing it up.<br><br>
no nausia here, but i mstarting to be hungry. im soo into apples and last night all i wanted was a grilled cheese samwich so my sister went out and got stuff for them and i had one for breakfast.. really healthy huh.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> oh well..<br><br>
queezy mommas.. are you taking extra B vitamins??? it really does help nausia.
 

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Just the smell of them makes me want to :puke<br>
but that's a pre pregnancy thing too. Just trying to get my prenatal vit down is bad enough. It's not the swallowing, it's the smell.
 

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Willemsmama,<br>
I know what you mean about the B vitamin smell/taste thing--it kind of bothers me too, even while not pregnant. However, I found some B6/B12/Folic Acid lozenges that are really not bad at all! They're a berry flavor and I don't know how they do it, but they don't have that distinctive B taste at all. (Maybe it's another one of the "B"s that smells/tastes so awful?) Anyway, these are Kal brand, made by Nutraceutical Corp. I found these at the health food store, but there is a web address on the bottle, <a href="http://www.nutraceutical.com" target="_blank">www.nutraceutical.com</a>, and a phone number, 1-800-365-5966.<br><br>
Hope this may help!
 

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Since I lost access to the TP because of a swap gone bad over a year ago I just can't find a way to buy less expensive diapers and I really can't afford the new ones I find on the websites. I could buy maybe 6, and like 1 cover. It sucks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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