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<b>Appointments:</b> accupuncture app on Thursday<br><b>Symptoms:</b> painful sharp cramps in cervix, esp if I walk..<br><b>Food:</b> pineapple and red meat<br><b>Exercise:</b> swimming laps or hiking 5 days a week<br><br><b>Body changes and other milestones:</b> My placenta has Grade 3 maturity, wondering if anyone knows more about what this might be, good/bad? My OB told me on Friday (the 13th) she thought I was going to go early <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> but I'm not entirely convinced.. Baby's head is already measuring 37cm <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">, I also have some protein in my urine.. hmmmm<br><br><b>Thoughts:</b> Sort of ready but not to have this baby. I am still pretty physcially comfortable and enjoying my freedom and mourning the fact those things will soon in.. I am not sure what to do with my free time, because a lot of the time, I feel like 'this is the last chance I will get to do X for a long long time'
 

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Name: Elizabeth<br>
Weeks/Days along: 37 today!!!!<br>
Appointments: This morning... first guy dr. visit ever - yikes!<br>
Symptoms: Horrid rib pain - feels like muscle tearing from bone. Just awful.<br>
Food: Not on any kick - thank goodness. Still luv pomegranates tho. and olives. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Exercise: Walk 3+ miles 2x week & sunday yoga<br>
Body changes and other milestones: big, bigger, almost biggest! compared to the 60 lbs & 75 lbs of my last births, if I am at 35 like I think I am happy day!<br>
Thoughts: Wishing I had more chances to connect w/preggo mommas!
 

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<b>Name:</b> Brittany<br><br><b>Weeks/Days along:</b> 34w1d<br><br><b>Appointments:</b> Next visit with midwife is the 23rd<br><br><b>Symptoms:</b> Sore hips when I'm sleeping, achy pelvis, pelvic pressure, heartburn, and lots of contractions at night (different from BH).<br><br><b>Food:</b> Salmon, chocolate, avocados, watermelon, chili with onions and cheese, scrambled eggs with veggies and cheese.<br><br><b>Exercise:</b> What's that?<br><br><b>Body changes and other milestones:</b> I think he's beginning to descend or drop.<br><br><b>Thoughts:</b> I can't wait to get to 37 weeks! I hope these next few weeks fly by. I *really* need to begin my Hypnobabies scripts. I'm going to do the 3 week schedule.
 

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Weeks/Days along: will be 38 tomorrow<br><br>
Appointments: ultrasound Wed morning, midwife Wed afternoon<br><br>
Symptoms: all the usual. A bit more swelling in my hands and feet. Heartburn is better, but I don't think the baby has dropped yet. Movements slowing down, which is a bit worrying, but I keep reading that it's normal in the last couple of weeks of pregnancy. I'm irritable and just want to be left alone to either rest or get stuff done before the baby gets here.<br><br>
Food: I want to eat all the time, but I'm rarely actually hungry, and there isn't a whole lot of room in there.<br><br>
Exercise: *snort* I vacuumed this morning. I've been carrying my 5 yo around a bit, as she's been sick. My exercise is still mostly housework and kid wrangling. Trying to remember my kegels, too.<br><br>
Body changes and other milestones: I managed to find my cervix yesterday. I don't really know my way around, but things seemed soft, and there was easily space for at least a fingertip. I haven't had any spotting or bloody show, and my contractions have really tapered off since Friday. I would like to wait another week before I have the baby (it works out better for dh's leave). I don't know if overexerting would bring on real contractions and have me in real labour earlier, but just in case, I'm trying to take it easy.<br><br>
Thoughts: I'm hoping that this week is better than last week. My two youngest have been sick, and they have had a hard time sleeping at night (it was a cough/congestion), and so I've had a hard time sleeping at night, too. I end up being even crankier during the day. I'm glad, though, that they were sick before the baby was born; it would have been really hard to meet everyone's needs.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sort of ready but not to have this baby. I am still pretty physcially comfortable and enjoying my freedom and mourning the fact those things will soon in.. I am not sure what to do with my free time, because a lot of the time, I feel like 'this is the last chance I will get to do X for a long long time'</div>
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I know what you mean. I was tired and cranky at the end of the day on Friday, but I had been hoping to go out to a movie with dh that night. We had decided against it because I would likely be really tired, but on his way home from work he called and said he would call someone to watch the kids if I felt up to going. I was almost in tears trying to decide; I had a headache coming on and I was cranky and tired, but I also felt like I needed a break and I thought if we didn't go out that night, we wouldn't have a chance again for a long time. And I didn't want to have to make the decision. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
My dh called back to say my MIL was coming to watch the kids so we could go out. Everything ended up going well with the kids, and we had a chance to chat during the drive and veg out to Zombieland.
 

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Name: Leah<br><br>
Weeks/Days along: 37 + 2 (HOLY COW! I'm FT)<br><br>
Appointments: Friday w/ our MWs<br><br>
Symptoms: WOW does my pelvis hurt! Could barely make it to the bathroom last night on multiple occasions because of it. Heartburn is back - WTH - I thought I was done with that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
Food: Cream of Wheat w/ some maple syrup and/or molasses is awesome and doesn't cause heartburn!<br><br>
Exercise: Pelvic rocks help... kegels... walking, but not a lot.<br><br>
Body changes and other milestones: Just getting bigger at this point. DH looked at me yesterday after I hopped out of the shower and said, "Wow, you're like half baby!" If his eyes hadn't been twinkling when he said it he'd have gotten something tossed at his head! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
Thoughts: It's still a little bit surreal that this could happen any time now. I mean you do all you can to prepare and get ready... we've done the classes, watched natural births, read and read... but even with my ever increasing belly it's not quite sunk in I guess. I don't know how to explain it really...just not real until I see her and hear her I guess. Not that I can't FEEL her now! haha... she's been moving all over the place.<br><br>
I still feel like there's a million and one things to do, but am starting to get to that... it really doesn't matter point. We've got everything we need and things will get done when they do. I totally expect that feeling to go away soon though - haha - and be replaced with some insanity about cleaning baseboards spotless, fan blades, ceilings, and whatever else doesn't get done in my everyday kind of cleaning/picking up.<br><br>
Totally getting in a Christmasy mood and loving it. Our house lights are up already and I'm planning on pulling out the inside decorations this week to make sure they're done. I can't not have Christmas lights and our tree at the holidays... I love to sit in the rocking chair with the fireplace on and some Christmas music and just relax... and wait for the first snow <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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<div style="font-style:italic;">I was cranky and tired, but I also felt like I needed a break and I thought if we didn't go out that night, we wouldn't have a chance again for a long time. And I didn't want to have to make the decision. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"></div>
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Oooooh I've been like that lately... just PLEASE make the decision FOR me. I've been reading and researching and making decision so much over the last few months my brain has had all it can take I think.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Movements slowing down, which is a bit worrying, but I keep reading that it's normal in the last couple of weeks of pregnancy.</div>
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Glad to see I'm not the only one. I keep reminding myself that it's normal, but it's hard to know what's normal and what's too much of a decline, you know? But the little guy is still moving, so I'm trying not to worry.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Totally getting in a Christmasy mood and loving it. Our house lights are up already and I'm planning on pulling out the inside decorations this week to make sure they're done. I can't not have Christmas lights and our tree at the holidays... I love to sit in the rocking chair with the fireplace on and some Christmas music and just relax... and wait for the first snow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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That--plus baby--just sounds so wonderful...I'm definitely moving "decorating for Christmas" back onto the "definitely doing" list, even if the baby comes first. :) I can always boss DH and my mom around into doing all the work and come in with the little guy and hang ornaments.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oooooh I've been like that lately... just PLEASE make the decision FOR me. I've been reading and researching and making decision so much over the last few months my brain has had all it can take I think.</div>
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No joke! I think buying all the stuff we needed helped as much for taking all those decisions out of my hands as for feeling prepared.<br><br><b>Name</b>: Cloud<br><b>Weeks/Days along</b>: 38 tomorrow<br><b>Appointments</b>: OB on Thursday. Last week: 2.5-3 cm dilated, cervix soft, OB said she thought there was "only" a 50% chance I'd have a baby during the next week. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> Oh, and GBS negative!<br><b>Symptoms</b>: Pelvic bone pain, especially PUBIC BONE PAIN. Can't go to more than one store in a shopping trip anymore or I won't be able to walk. But my lower back/pelvis hurts a lot when I first get into bed and when I first get out of bed. General aches and pains, but those are the consistent ones. Legs start to fall asleep when I "cross" them (i.e. hook most of my calf over my knee and force it to stay there). Left pinky was asleep when I woke up on my back last night...really odd. The baby kicked as soon as I rolled over on my side (which he often does anyway), so I hope he was getting enough oxygen. I've had a couple of nights of bad pain over my abdomen that I couldn't tell if it was gas pain that was confused about where I should be feeling it or uterine muscle pain...pretty sure it was gas. Oh, and lots of those stabby pains in the cervix. Otherwise...just kind of humongous. Most other symptoms aren't so bad at the moment.<br><b>Food</b>: Lots of mandarin oranges. Lots of them. Need to cook more, but don't care to.<br><b>Exercise</b>: You know, it cracks me up that I'm the one who put "Exercise" on this questionnaire...I think I honestly thought I was going to do some!<br><b>Body changes and other milestones</b>: My belly button is less a belly button and more a belly star or a belly asterisk, but I'm still an innie for the moment. I thought it would have popped ages ago! Not that I'm complaining.<br><b>Thoughts</b>: DH woke up from his headache nap yesterday evening and felt well enough to get some work done, and now all the crown moulding and foot boards are in the baby's room! Woo-hoo! That's especially exciting because we weren't sure we could do crown moulding at all with the saw we have. Next we need to clean everything up (I'll probably do a little touch up painting, especially around the windows where we won't be able to put the trim up for awhile), assemble the furniture, and start moving in! I feel a lot better than I did yesterday afternoon. You can open the door to the room and it looks like a ROOM. A cute room, even!<br><br>
My body is revving up for the birth it seems, but I'm hoping it's just in the extra-super prepared sort of way, and not in the early birth sort of way. I'd really like for him to hold off until at least Sunday afternoon. I'm scheduling one last outing with a group of friends for that morning/early afternoon, so I can't go into labor until after that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> But if he comes that day, he needs to wait to start labor until after lunch and then come before midnight (it's my grandma's birthday). Otherwise, I'd prefer for him to come on his due date, or at least after Thanksgiving, so he can be my Christmastime baby like I've been planning all this time.<br><br>
All of my Hypnobabies practice is a huge benefit right now. Not only can I do something to control any "discomfort" that comes up to one extent or another (especially if I can lie down and close my eyes), but I'm so used to relaxing and going from hypnotic amnesia into sleep now that it's completely ridding me of insomnia. I still wake up in the middle of the night, but that doesn't bother me as much as lying there, unable to fall asleep. I guess I'm going to have to get one or two of their post-partum MP3s. For now, I've just been queuing up three or so of the scripts into my On-the-Go playlist on my iPod every night and hoping my subconscious really is "always listening". :) What I'd really like to do is slice and dice them up so that I can have her take me into hypnosis at the beginning and then just go through all of the suggestions in all the scripts while I sleep back to back before tacking on one of the endings, but I converted them all into the wrong kind of files for that and I'm really, really lazy.
 

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Here. Not poorly any more, relaxing and enjoying the last few weeks of my last ever pregnancy (and yeah, in a few years time if I'm up the duff again, feel free to remind me of this) and the size of a bus. That's all. Pelvis hurts, but not as much as it could do, heartburn, but not as bad as it could be, I'm pretty much nested and ready to meet the little one. Aside from having lost a car seatbelt, that is. Or wanting a new carseat for River so I can put him in the middle, in the seat that has no seatbelt.
 

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<b>Name:</b> Sara<br><br><b>Weeks/Days along:</b> 37 weeks tomorrow<br><br><b>Appointments:</b> Thursday, hopefully I measure a bit better this week<br><br><b>Symptoms:</b> serious back and rib pain, I can't take much more. I want to put myself out of my misery on an hourly basis.<br><br><b>Food:</b> Healthy muffins and pancakes loaded with flax and other good stuff. I'm really loving the healthy stuff right now. I want to eat more veggies though.<br><br><b>Exercise:</b> Yes cloud it was your idea to put this question here....I'm starting to feel bad that I'm a lazy a$$ lol<br><br><b>Body changes and other milestones:</b> I look like I'm shoplifting a watermelon. Actually when I was in a store the other day I had my vest all zipped up and you can tell I'm preggo but you almost can't. It does look like I've just got something under there. I went to the checkout and the lady kept looking at my vest like she thought I was shoplifting. She kept giving me these weird 'I think you're hiding something' looks and it really pissed me off. I almost wanted to lift my shirt up and just be like 'yes I am shoplifting this baby!'<br><br><b>Thoughts:</b> I'm ready for this to be over now but really nervous about the life changing event about to take place. DH is not worried at all which worries me more hahaha! We talked about the birth and what I want and he thinks I'm a bit selfish for not wanting to tell our parents when I'm in labour. I just don't want the stress of knowing that people are 'waiting' on me like I'm in a performance or something. He thinks it's their right to know and I argued that I chose to have this baby because I wanted to start a family for us not everyone else. But in the end I gave in and said whatever. So now they will be waiting with baited breath and it's going to stress me out. He agreed that nobody comes until the next day but I'm still wanting more time. I know they are just going to come and hog the baby. Blaagh! Whatever, the sooner they get it over with the sooner I can get them out of my house and be done with it. lol.<br><br>
Baby shower was a bit awkward to say the least lol. I barely knew anyone there and the games were kinda funny. They did the old guess-with-a-piece-string-how-big-she-is game and a word scramble game. There was one word that I thought was 'boobies' and one lady said "well that would be kind of inappropriate wouldn't it?". Um, not really as that is what will be feeding this baby! They were bloody astounded that I was going to be giving birth in a BATH TUB!! omg!!! Thanks to MIL who had to tell them all and I had to explain it lol. God these people are stuck on another planet it seems like. Oh and when I was opening presents I kept having to ask MIL who this present is from. Well it just so happened that the one lady was sitting right there and she was SOOOO offended. It's like, 'I have only briefly met you and I have 200 names of people to learn in this damn family so I'm sorry!' I felt awful but jeeez what can I do? I wish my friends and family were around, I feel so out of place here.<br><br>
Canadian Citizenship application has changed and now the baby will not be an automatic Canadian. I'm SOOOOOOOOOOOOO mad. I'm so mad at DH's family for being so stupidly insensitive and saying how wonderful it is that the baby will be born here instead of the 'third world country' and at LEAST have the opportunity to become president one day whereas if it was Canadian it wouldn't get that chance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/Cuss.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cuss"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/censored.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="censored"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"><br><br>
I'm reminding myself how wonderful my DH is and trying so hard to let the rest slide. I am praying he gets that job when it becomes available in a couple months.....lol<br><br>
Other than all the drama (which I seem to attract like nothing else lol) I'm really excited to meet this new person!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We talked about the birth and what I want and he thinks I'm a bit selfish for not wanting to tell our parents when I'm in labour. I just don't want the stress of knowing that people are 'waiting' on me like I'm in a performance or something. He thinks it's their right to know and I argued that I chose to have this baby because I wanted to start a family for us not everyone else. But in the end I gave in and said whatever. So now they will be waiting with baited breath and it's going to stress me out. He agreed that nobody comes until the next day but I'm still wanting more time. I know they are just going to come and hog the baby.</div>
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OK, my family and my ILs are both great for boundaries and giving us space, but we've never called to tell them I was in labour -- we always waited until the baby was born and we were settled. Now, they were about a 6 hour drive away for the first three, but even with our youngest, when they were at most 45 mins away, it was hours after the baby was born before we called (the next morning, once we were feeling a bit settled in). You can have the sweetest family in the world and still want your space.<br><br>
If you're not comfortable with calling to announce labour, don't do it. Really. You don't need the stress of worrying about your ILs when you're labouring.
 

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I also don't believe it's necessary to tell family when you start labor. You are right to feel uncomfortable about people "waiting" on you to give birth. I wouldn't want that feeling either. We have just always told people after the baby is born. The last couple of weeks it's hard enough dealing with people hounding you about if you are in labor yet. I just stop answering my phone at that point.
 

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<b>Name:</b> Clare<br><b>Weeks/Days along:</b> 36<br><b>Appointments:</b> Scan today<br><b>Symptoms:</b> My back hurts, it hurts a lot, my ribs also hurt quite a bit. I am as grizzly as a bear<br>
<b>Food:</b> It appears lidl have pineapples on offer so I will stock up and start off this ripening lark.<br><b>Exercise:</b> Rolling over in bed is enough of an effort without adding exercise. I do roll about on my ball though.<br><b>Body changes and other milestones:</b> Well I have a huge belly, not much of a milestone. My boobs look tiny, and that's because my belly is so huge. I'm sure there are some scouts camping under there somewhere.<br><b>Thoughts:</b> Well the doctor reckons I'll come around the 8th, which is good as I'd thought week 38 which was 30th - 6th. Django's about 3kg so he'll probably turn out bigger than Isabel. I want this little man to stay in as long as possible so he's healthy, but the stress of it all is getting to me. Having a NST and sitting on a monitor with a sleepy baby does not do wonders for my stress levels.<br><br>
Sara I hope you do manage to escape next year. Your ILs just seem really strange. Do they actually think that Canada is the third world? Have you shown them Sicko (Micheal Moore isn't it?). Although then only see what they want to. There will be a way to get Canadian citizenship, we have to apply for UK citizenship in the first year, so there's some way of doing it I'm sure.
 

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<b>Name:</b> MyLittleWarrior<br><b>Weeks/Days along:</b>35w 4d<br><b>Appointments</b>: Home visit from my midwife, her assistant, and my doula this evening. I better send DH and e-mail to remind him to come home on time.<br><b>Symptoms:</b> Ugh, hip pain, pelvic pain, pubic bone pain, ligament pain, heartburn.<br><b>Food:</b> Still a little nauseous in the mornings, so I eat what I can. I try to make good food choices, but with all of this Halloween candy still around, it's hard.<br><b>Exercise:</b> Still doing yoga on wednesdays, and really enjoying it.<br><b>Body changes and other milestones:</b> I'm outgrowing my maternity shirts, and my preggo pants won't stay up.<br><b>Thoughts:</b> Really can't wait to meet this baby. I'm hoping she arrives a little early. I've been reading the "who told their baby when to come" thread, and have decided that Dec. 11 would be perfect. I'll be meditating on that day, now to just get everything pulled together.
 

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Name: Ruby<br><br>
Appointments: GBS test last week, haven’t gotten the results yet. DH came to that appointment with me and when the midwife raised my shirt to measure my belly he said “oh dear, is that a stretch mark?” all concerned. Probably, DEAR, thanks for pointing it out! I probably never would have noticed it there on the bottom of my belly…not for a long time at least. Thanks a LOT!!!<br><br>
Thoughts: I am sad about my hospital’s visitor policy in response to the flu outbreak. I feel restricted and helpless and am upset that that is the first feeling that I will have toward the place where I’m trying to have a low-stress, positive, natural birth experience. On the other hand, I’m glad I found out now instead of when I’m in labor, which I think is probably happening to a lot of people (I had to ask about the policy, no one told me!). I’m glad I have a few weeks to get used to the idea that close family members won’t be able to visit in the hospital. There goes that plan. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Now the ILs will want to be at our house right away. Yuck. Maybe I'll stay upstairs and dh can take the baby down to them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Sara I hope you do manage to escape next year. <b>Your ILs just seem really strange.</b> Do they actually think that Canada is the third world? Have you shown them Sicko (Micheal Moore isn't it?). Although then only see what they want to. There will be a way to get Canadian citizenship, we have to apply for UK citizenship in the first year, so there's some way of doing it I'm sure.</div>
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LOL, understatement of the year. And yes we are still applying for CDN citizenship but the process is way longer and much more expensive. It's just really depressing is all. It shouldn't have been like this to begin with. It just seems like we did everything the hardest way possible.<br><br>
I'm really trying to just let things not bug me anymore. I almost feel like this whole pregnancy has been about my IL's. Yeah, pretty sure the baby senses stress around that lol. I am glad that I have a place to put my feelings down cause nobody seems to understand when I tell them how I feel.
 

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You are understood, Sara, and your feelings are completely justified! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes"> I think you're doing a great job of trying to be a good DIL and wife in a stressful situation. Hopefully you can put some distance between you and the ILs soon!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><br><br><b>Thoughts:</b> I'm ready for this to be over now but really nervous about the life changing event about to take place. DH is not worried at all which worries me more hahaha! We talked about the birth and what I want and he thinks I'm a bit selfish for not wanting to tell our parents when I'm in labour. I just don't want the stress of knowing that people are 'waiting' on me like I'm in a performance or something. He thinks it's their right to know and I argued that I chose to have this baby because I wanted to start a family for us not everyone else. But in the end I gave in and said whatever. So now they will be waiting with baited breath and it's going to stress me out. He agreed that nobody comes until the next day but I'm still wanting more time. I know they are just going to come and hog the baby. Blaagh! Whatever, the sooner they get it over with the sooner I can get them out of my house and be done with it</div>
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I'm not telling anyone when I'm in labor. That was my plan last time, too, but it didn't quite work out since I had to call DP home from work when the contractions got too intense for me to take care of DS1... and DP works with FIL, so that whole side of the family immediately heard I was in labor and started calling every half hour. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"> MIL actually threatened to come over. DP told her the doors would be locked. (This was a UC but we told family we had a midwife.) The stress stalled my labor for a while. This time I'm doing everything in my power to keep news of labor from family. I think you have every right to be "selfish" about this! I'd put my foot down.<br><br><br>
Name - Alexandra<br>
Weeks along - just about 36<br>
Appointments - Thursday<br>
Symptoms - just general late-pregnancy discomfort. Back and pelvic pain are mostly manageable; the rib pain gets pretty bad though.<br>
Food - I just want protein and veggies! I need to remember to eat more regularly. I'm not really sensing hunger anymore, so my only signal is feeling dizzy and lightheaded.<br>
Exercise - Walking a couple of miles several times a week.<br>
Body changes/milestones - I'm approximately the size of a whale right now. I'm wondering how much bigger I could possibly get, considering my due date is a month from today and I already look ready to pop! Contractions are getting more intense in the evenings. I feel the baby's head pushing down on my cervix with quite a bit of force sometimes, and it really feels like I could reach in there and feel his head stretching through my cervix! I'm losing chunks of plug here and there, and the last time I checked I was about 2-2.5cm dilated, and very soft and thinned out.<br>
Thoughts - I'm feeling pretty patient, which is unusual for me! I very much doubt I'll go late, so I feel like I know Ben will come within the next month. The next few weeks will fly by. It will happen; I'm in no rush. I'm almost ready - just need to buy a pack of newborn dipes, put the crib together, rearrange the carseats and install the bucket base, pick up a few random birth supplies and a extra set of bedsheets, and do Christmas shopping (bonus checks should come next week). I'm thinking about painting before the baby comes, too. The kids (mostly ds1) went through a phase last year of drawing on the walls, and despite hours upon hours of scrubbing, there are still cave drawings everywhere and it drives me nuts.
 

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Sara, We told everyone we'd call them but then turn off our phones and not call till a while after birth. Maybe that would be a good compromise. Sorry you've had such a crappy time with your ILs.<br><br><b>Name:</b> Mandy<br><b>Weeks/Days along:</b> 35/2<br><b>Appointments:</b> Dunno, I haven't seen my mw in almost a month, I'd really like to know when my next appt is but we were all sick last week and she's supposed to call me with an appointment. Hopefully she doesn't call tomorrow, it's dd's b-day and I can't do that.<br><b>Symptoms:</b> The norm it seems. Heartburn, terrible pelvic pain, hot all the time. Where's winter???<br><b>Food:</b> Sweets and protein. Oh and water, I can't drink enough and that means I'm waddling to the bathroom quite a lot these days since my bladder can hold about 2tsp. at this point.<br><b>Exercise:</b> Nesting, yesterday I moved furniture. Today I...made cookies...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><b>Body changes and other milestones:</b> Last night lo had the hiccups and I could totally feel his head bouncing on my pelvis, I called dh over and we could really feel his hard round little head. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><b>Thoughts:</b> Well, I'm doing a lot of visualising, meditating and praying. I'm really done. That was fast, I think I was ready for more last week, now 37 weeks sounds like about all I can handle at this point. I've decided to ignore bed rest which doesn't change too much, there's only so much I can do at 8 months pregnant!<br><br>
I'm a little disappointed I haven't started to lose my mucus plug yet. I started about this time with all the rest. It's probably safer since I had the yeast from he!! last week (which is considerably better btw).<br><br>
We got the play yard up in my room yesterday and now I'm like "Wow, there's going to be a little baby in there very soon." I knew it but this concrete visual reminder is a little overwhelming.<br><br>
Oh, I had the most hormonal day yesterday. Nesting big time, yelled at dh for not doing enough (which is ridiculous) then he yelled at me in front of the kids which is unheard of and after I sent the kids outside I cried to him about how little time we have left and he's not being sensitive to it. Ugh. I hate drama and can't stand it that it was coming from me. I also decided to move a full dresser across the house with only help from dd b/c I wouldn't let dh do it. It was crazy.
 

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<b>SilvanaRose</b>- Im actually on not planning on telling anyone I am in labor until he's out.. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I feel pretty much the same way as you and I dont want the 'pressure' that people are waiting for me/him.
 
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