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<p>Hi Ladies! </p>
<p>A new week is here.  I am 5 weeks today.  OMG already?  I feel like I should still be in the middle of week 4 or something!</p>
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<p>So, how is everyone feeling?  What is everyone up to this week?  We have lots of appts this week, don't we?</p>
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<p>AFM - I'm going to meet with a hb mw tmw just to get a vibe and see how I feel about her.  I'm thinking of questions I might have and that sort of thing.  It's exciting but a little overwhelming.</p>
<p>Also, DD (who is 2) just got over her first UTI a few weeks ago, and I thought she was all better but now she's telling me it hurts again when she pees.  I'm stressing over this b/c I know now the ped will want to do a catheter with dye and u/s to make sure the infection isn't in her kidneys.  I'm stressing majorly.  I can't help but feel out of control about it and I hate when she's sick.  And this could be a big deal.</p>
 

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<p>Hello! I am going to be 5 weeks this wednesday and I can't believe it either! I am calling the midwife group I am hoping to be seen by today. I am so excited to get my first appointment scheduled!</p>
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<p>I have been fighting waves of nausea for the past couple of days but I haven't actually gotten sick yet. I have a feeling that will be changing too... Thats my only true complaint! I am just so happy! <span><img alt="joy.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif">  I have relaxed a little bit since the first couple days I found out. I was worrying about every little cramp or pain I felt. Everything is so new to me and I don't know what to expect since this is our first pregnancy. I just want this pregnancy to go smoothly. Which I'm sure thats all anyone wants!</span></p>
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<p><strong><span>Baby Cakes</span></strong></p>
<p><span>I'm sorry about your daughter. I am a radiography student and I do those exams with the dye. They truly seem a lot worse than they are. Once they get the</span> catheter <span>in it shouldn't take very long.</span> You probably won't be allowed in the room since your pregnant. I don't know if that will make it easier or not. I hope everything works out ok!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for starting a new thread, <strong>Baby_Cakes</strong>!  Sorry your dd is going through this <span><img alt="hug.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="width:22px;height:15px;">.  That is very stressful.</span></p>
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<p><span><strong>karalynnskies</strong> - Welcome and congrats!!!  Hope you and Baby_Cakes both get good vibes from your possible midwives to be! </span></p>
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<p><span><strong>AFM</strong> - 7 weeks today!  I think I'm still in denial.  My symptoms have always been pretty mild and seem to be following the same pattern this time, so far.  So it's always pretty surreal until I hear or see the heartbeat.  OK, no messing around - I have to call to try to get an appointment with an OB who might take me.  I hate talking on the phone and I hate anything medical, so not a good combination.  I need to hire a personal administrative assistant just for myself, who will just do this stuff for me because I suck at it <span><img alt="lol.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="width:15px;height:31px;"></span>.  We had a good weekend with the kids at my dh's company holiday party in Philly.  We then went to the old Wanamaker's building light show and then the new Comcast building holiday show.  Then we went to Dave & Busters and the kids had a blast.  Hope everyone's week is starting out well!</span></p>
 

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<p>Yuck, sorry for your little daughter, Carrie.</p>
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<p>I don't have much to report, I'm 6 weeks now and still sooooo exhausted! I have to nap every day and I'm still dragging.  My daughter is being very 2 right now; She's wonderful but sooo energetic and opinionated, it gets tiring.  I'm excited about the holidays, but a little nervous too - my classes start the first week of January!</p>
 

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<p>Carrie - I hope your dd is going to be okay  <span><img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Am I the only who still hasn't called her care provider yet?  I know they won't have me come in until after the New Year, so I haven't been in a hurry.  Dh and I have just been enjoying our secret, but I suppose I'd better start making some phone calls this week and get an appointment in the books at least.</span></p>
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<p><span>I'm having some morning/evening sickness but not feeling nauseous.  It hits me all at once, I throw up, and then I feel fine again.  Which I much prefer to laying around feeling like my insides are spinning.</span></p>
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<p><span>I'm feeling really well still, but very very tired. I've been encouraging lots of low-key, quiet play and activities around here - things I can oversee from the couch</span> <span><img alt="wink1.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/wink1.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>We had a family holiday party this weekend and my MIL was giving me, and my full wine glass, the eye during dinner and I think I caught her staring at me pretty intently a few times but she never said anything if she has her suspicions. </span></p>
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<p><span>The worst was that my poor son got carsick and, oh, boy.  I couldn't handle that.  Poor little guy couldn't help it, but I had to turn the clean up of that over to Daddy because I just couldn't do it</span> without throwing up myself.</p>
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<p>How was everyone else's weekend?</p>
 

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<p>Baby_Cakes-- hope your DD gets over her UTIs.  Those are no fun at all.</p>
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<p>Last night we told a couple who are friends of ours and also expecting.  They are due in May, so they were really excited to know that we are only 3 months behind them.  I also told my friend in England who is also expecting- due in April.  I just couldn't seem to help myself from telling others who are also pregnant right now.</p>
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<p>I have my first appt with my CNM on January 17.  That is MLK day and both DH and I are off work that day.  Do DHs usually go to the first appointment?  I know they will listen to the heartbeat, but other than that, I figure it will be pretty uneventful for him.</p>
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<p>I've also been e-mailing a few homebirth midwives and trying to get contact info for more.  Lay midwives cannot be licensed in Kentucky, and so its basically illegal for them to practice.  You have to find them by word of mouth, so I'm working on it.  I went to a thing this past Saturday at a local AP store called Home Birth Stories-- hosted by a midwife for women to tell their stories or listen.  I got to talk to the midwife after, but I don't think she's the one for us, so still gotta get more names!  I'm already looking up all kinds of birth classes, breastfeeding classes, baptism classes at our church, classes, classes, classes!</p>
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<p>DH is away all this week on a hunting trip, so I'm home alone.  I don't mind it much except at night I kinda get nervous, even though I have no reason to be.</p>
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<p>As for symptoms-- boobs getting bigger and sore is really my only big sign.  Increased appetite somewhat, but that's about it so far!</p>
 

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<p>I have a midwife I'd like to work with, but I haven't scheduled my labs/ultrasound with the hospital yet. I don't have a main OB (I rarely go to the doctor!) and I'm horribly afraid of needles so I've been holding off on going in for a while. I'm 7w today, and I'd like to schedule it for next week when I'm past 8w so that we have a better chance of hearing the heartbeat.</p>
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<p>As far as cravings, I'm making some mac and cheese right now... at 10am :) Everything tastes better in the morning!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks for the vibes everyone.  Just got back from the dr with Nora -- turns out she has a double ear infection and yeast on her bottom.  They still want to do a urine culture but the dr wasn't jumping to conclusions with it being a uti.  So, somehow I have to get her pee into a cup, lol.  I'm not thrilled with another round of abx, but I don't want her in pain either.</p>
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<p>Is it normal that for a minute there while I was dealing w/all this I totally forgot I was pg?? </p>
 

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Woooooo hoooooo actually got off the couch today! Major progress. Went to exercise class ( my instructor was laughing at me because I had to do half the exercises holding my boobs cos they hurt to bounce!), made it through the grocery store without gagging.......didn't buy much though. I may actually get some vacuuming done today! Amazing what you can get done when you don't feel like you have to hurl with every breath <img alt="joy.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/joy.gif"><br><br>
I drank a protein shake with fruit and yoghurt this morning......I am wondering if this would help anyone else. Not sure if this is the reason I feel better today but it's worth a try huh?<br><br>
Babi cakes- good news about no catheter <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> hope she feels better soon<br><br>
Hmmmm Mac n cheese does sound good <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Nugget - I'm 7 weeks today too:)<br><br>
Had horrible nightmare last night about M/C'ing......just want to get my ultrasound done and over with tomorrow so I can relax and enjoy a nausea free day <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif"> Has anyone tried the preggo pops, I like them and certainly settle the stomach.....sour seems to help, I'm also putting lemon slices in my water bottle to give a sour taste too..... After this weekend I am trying all angles <img alt="smile.gif" class="bbcode_smiley" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<p>Baby cake--sorry about your dd.  I hope she gets better soon and doesn't need a catheter and such.</p>
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<p>Openpollination--you mentioning mac n cheese make me want it <strong><em>right now</em></strong>, but I like to make it from scratch and that take a little while.</p>
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<p>knittingKara--I would probably be looking into who I wanted to work with, but I really liked the midwife that we worked with for DD and she likes to see people as early in their pregnancies as possible <img alt="orngbiggrin.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif"></p>
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<p>AFM-- the nausea is definitely worse this time around.  No puking--thank goodness since I can't stand it, but I do have to say lounging around no feeling well is getting old.  I'm hoping that it will all be done with by 12 weeks or so--or before would be even better.  With DD I felt really good by 12-13 weeks.  </p>
 

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I really liked the preggo pops. Not too sweet, not too sour.
 

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<p>Hi Everyone!</p>
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<p>I'm going to try out being social instead of just being a lurker. I'm 7 weeks today and I am starting to get waves of nausea which is especially difficult at work as no one knows I am pregnant so I have to pretend everything is great when I am trying not to vomit in my trashcan.lol I have had all those other annoying symptoms too but the nausea is the worst so far. I felt terrible this morning but eating small amounts almost constantly seemed to keep the trashcan away.</p>
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<p>As for the appointments. We called the insurance and the provider as soon as we got our positive BFP because we knew it was going to be a pain. We had to argue with the insurance company for a few weeks but they finally approved the midwife and birthing center! We may have jumped for joy over that. So, I don't go until the week after Christmas to see her but I am very excited!</p>
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<p>I hope everyone is doing well and feeling good.</p>
 

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<p>Hi everyone!  Lurking until I'm a bit farther along, but I love hearing about your days!</p>
 

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<p>BabyCakes - sorry about your dd's hard time, glad they figured out what is going on!<br>
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<p><span>Am I the only who still hasn't called her care provider yet? </span></p>
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No. Part of the problem for me is that you don't really get your own care provider here - it's all at the public prenatal clinic and you see the midwife or nurse who's around at the time. The only continuous thing is your record. At the hospital they do mostly CNM births but you don't usually meet your midwife until you go there in labor. The system seems to work well but I would really prefer to have my own midwife who also does prenatals. What about the care provider getting to know you and your body? Anyway, they want you to go in for your first appointment between 7 and 10 weeks, but I'm 7 weeks today and going to be out of the country for a month starting Thursday. So I decided to put it off to 11-12 weeks. Also partially because I have had a couple of early miscarriages I didn't want to go in early.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mkat83</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1285211/weekly-chit-chat-thread-12-13-12-19#post_16113498"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I've also been e-mailing a few homebirth midwives and trying to get contact info for more.  Lay midwives cannot be licensed in Kentucky, and so its basically illegal for them to practice.  You have to find them by word of mouth, so I'm working on it. </p>
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I hope you manage to find one that fits with you! I have a sort of similar situation. Finland is one of the few European countries where homebirth is alegal - it's not legal or illegal, it just technically doesn't exist. Midwives are free to attend homebirths but very few do so. It's definitely a word of mouth situation and since there are about 10 homebirths a year it's not that easy to just ask around either. I decided to put the whole situation off until January when I get back here - with the prenatal clinic and trying to line up a hb midwife on the side it's just sort of stressful.</p>
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<p>On a lighter note, earth-mama homemade mac and cheese sounds incredible. I've never actually had it but looked at recipes and pictures and it sounds like just what I want right now.</p>
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<p>Mamalimey, how did your ultrasound go?</p>
 

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<p>Hi everyone and welcome crunchybug and jillybeans!  I'm busy today scouring old threads in tribal areas for VBA2C info, so not much time for anything else, but thought I'd pop in and say hi.  I called the OB I am interested in yesterday and will probably at least start with them, but I was very offput with their "must have blood test to confirm pregnancy before you even make an appointment" stance.  I had never run into that before, and I am with you, openpollination, I am deathly afraid of needles, so adding yet another blood test on just to confirm pregnancy made me very upset, to say the least.  I will do it if they are my best option, but I'm trying to find someone that will let me try VBA2C without fuss (which I know doesn't exist - sigh). </p>
 

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<p>Good luck with your VBAC, nuggets mommy! I hope you find someone who will work with you.</p>
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<p>Ursusarctos, that's cute that you've never had mac and cheese!  It's so good, super comforting and tasty.  You can mix broccoli or peas in it to make it "healthy" too. </p>
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<p>I"m doing pretty much the same over here, still tired, not nauseous but not exactly 100% either.  I'm really wondering what it will be like for my daughter when the baby is born.  I know she'll be a great big sister, but don't know if she'll have a hard time with the transition.  Good thing we have 9 more months!</p>
 

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<p>I've been enjoying everyone's updates, just too busy/tired to post.  mamalimey - I had a miscarriage dream the other night also, and have been thinking about it ever since.  I never worried about it with DD, so I don't know if subconciously I think there's something wrong, or I just am more aware of all that can happen this time around. </p>
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<p>Is anyone else having leg cramps?  They're not bad yet, but I'm surprised they've started so early.  Does anyone know any tricks to prevent them?</p>
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<p>It's really hard to focus at work.  I just want to think about having a baby.....</p>
 

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<p>Hi everyone, I've been mostly lurking too, but thought I'd actually say hello. I'm 5w2d with my first right now and haven't told anyone except for DH and my doctor. I'm trying to decide when I want to tell people that I'm pg. Most people I know waited until 12 weeks, but I can't imagine waiting until the end of January! Maybe I'll tell my close friends sooner, but wait until 12w to tell everyone else.</p>
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<p>So far my only symptoms are sore boobs (I may have to get a tighter sports bra for my workouts... ouch!) and lots of fatigue. I don't look forward to morning sickness, but I think when/if it hits I'll be trying all the stuff you all are recommending.</p>
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<p>Like you, bookwormmommy, I can't seem to focus on work either. Hence the fact I'm on MDC right now!</p>
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<p>I had my mw interview this morning and it went fantastic!  The homebirth bubble is pretty small around here in NJ, so she knew my previous mw and her back up mw is the woman who ran the childbirth class I took when I was pg with DD.  Small world.  I think that's neat.  That woman was in midwifery school then and is now a CPM, which I think is awesome.  I love when ppl achieve their goals!! </p>
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<p>Anyway I'm going to hire her.  I felt a good vibe, we are on the same wavelength.  I liked the answers she gave to the questions I had.  Whew.  Check one thing off the list.  </p>
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<p>I'm still debating getting an early u/s.  I think I'm going to do it.</p>
 

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I'm sorry nugget'smommy, that sounds really stressful. I hope you find a more relaxed provider!</p>
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<p>Ursusarctos, that's cute that you've never had mac and cheese!  It's so good, super comforting and tasty.  You can mix broccoli or peas in it to make it "healthy" too. </p>
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<p>Oh, I have had mac and cheese but only ever out of a box... homemade I have never had but it looks like a whole different animal! Btw I had ravioli for dinner in an attempt to hit the cheese and pasta spot, and it was good... but it wasn't creamy! Fettucine alfredo would be pretty good too. Anybody else craving the fat and carbs? Oh, does that mean anything for gender? ;) Like the citrus=boy thing.<br>
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<p>Anyway I'm going to hire her.  I felt a good vibe, we are on the same wavelength.  I liked the answers she gave to the questions I had.  Whew.  Check one thing off the list.  </p>
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<p>That's great! Congratulations!</p>
 
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