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After the veritable explosion of births in the past few days, I'm reluctant to even hazard a guess as to how many more will be born before the week is up. I'll just register my guess as "Um, a lot."<br><br>
With the "When will this kid be born?" question still up in the air for most of us, what's on your agenda for this week other than watching & waiting? Who's still working outside the home? Who has non-stress tests or ultrasounds scheduled? Who's still waiting on the birthing pool to be delivered? And what's going on with all our postpartum mothers?<br><br>
As for me, I'm giving a final exam this evening at 5:45 and then will be Done Done Done with my classroom appearances for the semester (I'll still have to grade the exams and file the final grades for the class). I have two days at my office job this week and two days next week, then I'll be done with that as well. My mom is visiting until Wednesday morning--she's coming out to NJ with us this evening while I give my students their tests and we're all staying at the in-laws' this evening.<br><br>
My baby shower over the weekend was very nice. A striking number of friends came from out of state for it (including one close friend from college who drove up from D.C.). The food was amazing and everyone wrote sweet wishes and encouragements on index cards for me & my husband. This kid is going to be the most well-blanketed baby I think I've ever known. Note to self: not knowing/announcing the gender results in LOTS of gender-neutral baby blankets. They're lovely, and I ended up deciding to keep all of them, but I've placed a moratorium on any more blankets for the kid. I think I'll tally them all up and post the results later.<br><br>
I've given this Saturday (May 8th) as the date that I want for Bagel to hang in for--I want my mom to be back in Georgia, I want to have time to finish grading these exams, and I want to make it to a presentation by my new program for which I've already RSVPed on Friday night. Plus I'll be 38 weeks. Bagel's welcome to stick around on the inside for several weeks past that if he or she wants to, but I'm hoping to hang on that long. We shall see.<br><br>
So tell me about you and your gestatee or nursling?
 

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This week officially starts my leave, but like you starkld, I still have some papers to grade. Other than that, I'm trying to patiently await the arrival of this little one as I go into week 41! I have a mw appt tomorrow where I think they'll check me and discuss some natural induction (herbs, massage, etc) ideas.<br><br>
In the meantime, I'm trying to keep myself busy with something to do every day. My dogs will get spoiled from extra walks for sure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thinking about going and buying another carrier that I've heard great things about, but know that this is not needed. Oh the downfalls of boredom. Maybe a pedi today? Haircut? Who knows.<br><br>
Had some mild cramping & back pain last night, but really nothing going into today. I also found out last night that DH wasn't born until 42 weeks, so I'm blaming this all on him. My family shows up on the due date, thank you very much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Speaking of family, my parents are set to come out on Friday, but I think I'll ask if their dates are flexible. DH & I would really rather wait to have company (even family) until after the LO gets here. And, I don't know if I'll be as comfortable laboring here at home knowing that my parents are in the next room. We'll see what they say.<br><br>
Looking forward to seeing who's new one's come earthside this week. Send labor vibes my way please <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes">
 

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oh, i just love hearing how your all doing, and what your doing while waiting on your babies to come meet you.<br><br>
We're still struggling with nursing, she can't empty my breast and seems to never be full so we're trying new things and hopefully will get it all worked out in the near few weeks.<br><br>
I have a lot of things going on that are not helping my PTSD, but I won't go into them here, they are totally NOT pregnancy/baby related but really doing a number on me.<br><br>
I can't wait for more May babies to be born ladies, your all doing such a great great job!!!
 

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I started leave today too. I have a dr appointment today. Originally I didn't want to be checked till next week but now I'm curious. I was 2cm 2 weeks ago. I think I may be a bit more now..2 1/2-3 because of losing my mucus plug the last fewdays and some painful contractions. I'm just sitting and waiting now. I over analyize over bh contraction and pain i get lol I always chk for blood on tp now for my bloody show ha ha.<br><br>
Thought I would mention I'm 39w 1d today. Ds was 5 days early according to my OB but based on my lmp I went into labor on my Edd...so this one can show any day now
 

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I am also officially on leave this week - but I've been pretty unproductive this last month (I'm a grad student) so it doesn't feel like a big relief, I just feel less guilty <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
It was an amazing weekend, beautiful hot weather, lots of time spent outside, out-of-town friends were around (but not staying with us, yeah)... It is so awesome to have all the windows open again. All our lilacs are on the brink of opening their leaves and I can see their flowers gearing up to bloom. I've lived in this house for 2 years and this is first time I will get to see the lilacs bloom (I spent the past two summers on seabird island in the middle of the Bay of Fundy, so I always left before they bloomed) - it is just so exciting!<br><br>
Don't have any real plans except an OB appointment this afternoon. He's going to check my cervix. I don't expect to hear that I'm dilated or effaced at all, but I know I'll be disappointed when he tells me this. I've have a hunch that I'll go early, but don't want to say it out loud for fear that the act of saying it will make it untrue or impossible. I'm not in any huge rush to have this kid (I'm still pretty comfortable, only get up once to pee at night, hardly experiencing any pain) but the anticipation is building.<br><br>
So I'm just hanging around at home, listening to the birds outside, appreciating the spring weather, and taking advantage of the calm before the storm. It is so strange to think about how life will never be the same again. Makes me happy and sad at the same time.
 

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Today's my due date! If the baby comes this week, it will be my earliest baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We're under a boil water here in eastern MA, because of a huge water main break on Saturday, so that's been slightly annoying but just because it's hot and boiling water isn't fun when it's 88 degrees. We didn't put the air conditioners in yet because it was only one day of heat, but we were SO miserable last night, dh is putting them in tonight just so they're there whenever we get another night that it doesn't get below 70. Ugh. I was up most of the night just being uncomfortable.<br><br>
I'm at work right now, finishing up some things. I'll be here tomorrow, and then I work from home the rest of the week...if I'm still pregnant next Monday/Tuesday, I'll probably come in then too. Just 'cause. Depends how I feel.<br><br>
With the heat yesterday I got so puffy. I'm regretting not taking my wedding set off a couple weeks ago, because I can't get them off now. The carpal tunnel crap in my right hand is worse than ever and I'm horribly annoyed with that. I'm going to get a full body massage today and will ask her to pay extra attention to my dumb hand/wrist.<br><br>
Cinco de mayo cooking/eating on Wednesday (that's what my house does...any excuse to cook in excess) and then a midwife appointment Thursdsay. Not much going on besides that!
 

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Nice to hear how everyone is! I don't expect to be giving birth for a while: first timer, my mom and sister went late and I'm not due until the 24th, so I think I'm here for a while more. I still feel really good though and I've got some cool things going on this week. Most of my house type projects are fairly completed. DH is finishing up his college semester this week, so after that, the car seat, stroller, crib, co-sleeper will get put together and in the right spots.<br>
I'm fixing my car today, getting my hair dyed tomorrow, going to a doula talk about the first month with a newborn, a make-up class we missed from our natural childbirth series, meeting wiith the doula, my first NST with the mw and a cinco de mayo party.<br>
I'm going to keep up my daily walks and yoga practice, read up on vaxes and bfing and try to take care of a lot of financial stuff so our bills are super simplified after baby comes. Good stuff!<br><br>
Who else feels like it will be more the end of May or beginning of June for you?
 

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I love hearing about all the different activities in our lives... some working, some not, some already having babies and dealing with those issues, some doing baby prep work... love it!<br><br>
As for me, my very short nesting list is pretty well done. I still need to give DS and DH a haircut (yes, that was on my list <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) but the house is pretty clean and we're keeping the fridge stocked and all the little baby projects are done. So, these next couple of weeks, I'm just sitting and waiting.<br><br>
It's been so hot here lately, so outdoor activity is minimal. Leaving the house is minimal too, since DS (age 3) is napping erratically and if he doesn't sleep by 1, then we avoid getting in the car, otherwise he'd fall asleep and then not to go bed until 10. I can't handle a late bedtime because DH works the second shift and I'm exhausted by 7!<br><br>
So, tick tock, tick tock, I just sit and wait... We are going to go swimming today and I'm looking forward to floating my big belly and relieving some of my joint pain.<br><br>
I will be 38 weeks on Wednesday. I had DS at 39 weeks, so I'm hoping this one will be similar, but every pregnancy is different! I'm trying my hardest to mentally prepare myself for an overdue baby so I don't feel disappointed if I'm pregnant longer than originally anticipated.
 

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Hi ladies,<br><br>
Getting more and more uncomfortable here and 3yo DD is freaking out more and more, waking up earlier and earlier. Oh, and my dog brought ticks in my house over the weekend and both DD and I ended up w/one on us. Gag me!<br><br>
Starky--I thought I got too many blankets at DD's shower, but I ended up using them a lot, esp b/c she would throw up on them. They get more use than ever now b/c ever since DD became a toddler she loves to make a nest with them.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Now w/all her crazy emotions going on, they are a comfort to her. So I am very, very glad to have all of them.
 

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We're doing ok...I'm still working PT at the church and I figured I'll go till I pop.<br><br>
We're gonna finish up bean's room the next two days...hang decor on the walls...wash sheets, blankets, and make her mobile.<br><br>
I am getting waves of cramping today...thought last night was nothing much but it's started to increase again a couple hours ago...so I'm doing the laundry and hanging out with ds2....trying to stay on top of the housework.<br><br>
Baby shower was last night had so much fun...and we're still in soccer season and have a game tonight, practice twice this week and two games this Saturday...so excited my ds1 is getting baptized on Sunday and he is VERY excited himself....so after this week things slow down and I'll be more in the mood for bean to make her way out to us.
 

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I'm 38 weeks... I have had a feeling since early in the pregnancy that this would be the week the baby would come. I'm not so sure now, but I have had a lot of pre-labor signs/sxs. My son was an early induction due to pre-e, but all my girls were post-EDD babies (6 days, 8 days, and 1 day), so I wonder if I have gotten myself worked up over going early just to be miserable carrying till after my EDD once again!<br>
Since I started having major pre-e warning signs weeks ago, my nesting list has been done for about a month and we finished our required 180 homeschool days at the end of March. I am keeping up with the house work and spent last weekend making food for the freezer. I am running out of ideas! The house is making me nutty because I get it all picked up every time the BHs start getting convincing and then nothing happens, so there's plenty of time for the kids to demolish it again!<br>
It's been HOT and humid already (95* yesterday)--I live in SC, but I'm not ready for this kind of weather yet! I don't love it when I'm not pregnant and have purposefully planned my pregnancies so as NOT to be pregnant during the hottest times of the year!<br>
I'm bored and spend most of my days playing with the kids, waddling back and forth to the bathroom, and looking for signs--ANY SIGN--that something's going on with babe...today or any day this week would be perfect, because then DH could take his night-shifts off and go back to work on days.<br><br>
Sigh... what to do, what to do?
 

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I hit the 38 week mark on Thursday. My first daughter came exactly two weeks before her due date, so all along I've been suspecting/hoping this lady might do the same.<br><br>
It's been an interesting few days of experiencing my body get ready for the big day. Friday I felt so awful I was convinced it might be the night. No consistent contractions just intense Braxton Hicks, low back pain, a million trips to the bathroom, etc, etc. All weekend I felt pretty much the same. Woke up a couple of times with intense contractions but again, not consistent. In the midst of all this physical weirdness, I went to a birthday party, hosted a neighborhood potluck, and cheered for my son at two soccer games. I was like a slug who still had to appear non-sluggish.<br><br>
Then, after a night of loose bowels and contractions, I woke up feeling more energy than I'd had in days. Cleaned the house, crossed a few errands off the list, and now I'm about to listen to Hypnobabies and nap.<br><br>
I'm feeling like she'll come sometime before next Monday. Who knows, though? I'm trying to be patient and enjoying the speculative waiting process.
 

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Today is my due date too. DS was born six days after his date which came as no surprise to me, I was certain he would be late. My personal guess for this one has been 5/9 - Mother's Day - which would be six days after her date.<br>
I am still working, though I started telecommuting last week and ended up putting in more hours than usual. This week I expect to work only as much as I feel like and fill in the rest with some vacation hours. Technically we are not allowed to "extend" our fmla with vacation but I would rather do only as much as is productive and on the other hand not tire myself out. I noticed on my conference calls this morning that I appear to be very irritable. Hearing my co-workers talking like dorks about the things I have been trying to transition to them for a few weeks was really annoying. I kept my thoughts to myself though - I think I have been too much of an enabler for them to not step up but I will soon be gone so they are on their own.<br><br>
The happy thing is that I am done working for today and think I will try to do some errands and household puttering around.
 

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We came home on Saturday, and have mostly settled in. George is quite possibly the best baby ever, which has made for a relatively smooth transition home. Amelia, 27 months and the former baby, is quite the smitten kitten, and will tell anyone who will listen all about "her" baby. I'm really the only one she tolerates holding him in her presence, and only because "I hafta give him boobie." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She spends most of her time "petting" him (her word). She was also kind enough to get up with us for a 4am nursing-the first day Dad had to be at school since he was born at 6 am, and her sisters had to be up and ready for school.<br><br>
Since this is my first boy after 3 girls, I'm still occasionally caught off guard at diaper changes...I forget he's a boy. He's also managed to mark me as his territory-but I'm prepared now, and I don't expect to many more showers. <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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just watching and waiting here. my m/w has put me on restricted activity as my bp has been up the last couple of visits. she's also making me eat more protein and drink protein shakes. i've been a bit stressed the past week, so i think it's getting to me. i decided to stay home from work today to relax a bit. and i've cut out a ton of my extracurricular activities, so now for the next few weeks i plan to just take it easy.
 

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Just got back from my dr appointment. Just as I thought, I am 2 1/2 - 3 cm now. Cervix is stretchy. My ob said the baby is still high though I'm not concerned as second babys tend to wait till later to drop. With ds he dropped during labor so I imagine this one will be the same. One thing I didn't appreciate was how negative my OB was today. At every appointment she tells me how HUGE this baby is. She said not only was baby long but also wide. She said this babe is much bigger than ds was. I take her estimates with a grain of salt though. She told me ds would be 9-10 pounds, he was 7p 13oz. I do feel this baby is bigger but I don't think it's as gigantic as dr says. She also said that my labor is going to be much tougher and longer than with ds. This was quite the bold statement. I was in labor a total of 22 1/2 hours with ds and to tell me it's going to be longer than that before I have even gone into<br>
labor is very discouraging. I need to remind myself that there is no way for her to know how my labor is going to be. Her guesses as well as the nurses guesses have been wrong in the past. When the nurse told me to do a test push with ds she said you are gonna be pushing for hours. Looking back I can't believe she said that to me. It was a mood killer for sure. But after 3 more test pushes she said to stop pushing because ds was right there and she had to call the ob. But seriously why say that kind of stuff. That just sucks.
 

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I think I have finally gotten everything ready for our little girl to arrive, except for cleaning the 3rd floor, which is DH's man-cave/home office and the place I plan to birth cuz it's the most private place in our house. Ive been after him for a month to clean it up himself since he is so anal about his "stuff", but he does not have a domestic bone in his entire body so I think Im going to have to get bitchy and just go up there with the trash bags and start hoeing stuff out.<br>
The birth pool has arrived, the last order of diapers is on its way (i had a custom order of fitteds done and it is taking forever for them to get here!) and this past weekend we ordered the wool/ fleece covers we needed and a baby "cocoon", and a diaper sprayer. DH has all the fittings for the hose/faucets, we just need to get them set where they need to be and we are good to go with that. We've got an air compressor to inflate it, and just plan to drain it out the window to the lilac bushes afterwards.<br><br>
My 3oldest (11,10,7)are just about done homeschooling for the year. I had hoped for them to finish early, but I can teach from the couch if need be. At the latest we will be done by the end of the month.<br><br>
Other than having to pee 3-4 times a night I have been feeling good and waiting patiently for the little miss to decide when she would like to join us. I woke up this morning to my 1st day of low back/hip pain. I lost my mucus plug around dinner time, but havent had any ctx at all. Certainly been feeling some more cervical stretching/pulling/pinching, but nothing that makes me feel like laobr is imminent. All the other times that I lost my plug labor was well under way, and the 2 times i lost it prior to labor, it took a good 2-3 days beofre the "real thing" kicked in.<br>
So... Im excited, but not trying to expect that anything to happen yet. Ive got 13days before she's "due", and my earliest came at 39wks. We shall see. Will keep everyone posted. Hope everyone has a great week!!!
 

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It's tough for us end of May'ers. Everybody seems to have had or is just about to have babies! My EDD isn't until 5/23.<br><br>
Haven't bothered to post on cervix status since mines always mega closed. I don't mind since, as mentioned in other threads, baby girl is still transverse...maybe. At mw appt last week she thought she was head down, but couldn't find the head on the pelvic exam (ouch, thorough!) and another midwife thought the head was by my belly button.<br><br>
*Sigh* so I'm off to the OB today to see what *he* thinks. It's not a definite external version (I'm not even saying the other word!) situation yet.<br><br>
On another note, the mw's called precious baby girl "stinker" and "bad girl" while checking position. I know they were kidding, but it bugged me. I mean, jeepers, she's not even born yet and we're already blaming her for stuff?
 

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OPM-TOTALLY lame of your doc! You're already almost 3, you're 1/3 of the way done and labor hasn't even started...how can she already say it's going to be harder and longer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><br><br>
Oh well, all that means is that she's going to be proven WRONG, by the shorter, easier labor you're going to have this time. <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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This is a fun thread this week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Glad to hear what everyone is doing.<br><br>
I'm 39 weeks today. Lost my plug last week and more mucus has been showing up every day. It's like a slimy puddle on the tp. Weird. I'm still 2cm and 50% effaced according to my cervical check yesterday at my appointment. I'm feeling super tired and ready to give birth. I was induced with my daughter and I'm really hoping to avoid that this time. I'd love to experience natural labor.<br><br>
This week we're just relaxing and having lots of family time. My mom and brother are here to help and it's great having them around <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
have a great week mamas, and I can't wait to hear about more births!
 
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