Welcome to your lodge!
Welcome to your lodge!
Yay - congrats! You're almost there!!
welcome to your lodge!!!
Awe, I know I'm mostly a lurker here so it was such a fun new years surprise to sneak in tonight and find my lodge. I'm exhausted so I'll come back tomorrow and post my introduction when I have time, which may be a little tough since we are desperately trying to potty train our 2yo before this baby shows up. Thank you for the welcomes!
GL with the potty training. We're hoping our 3yo will PT before baby come (he was almost trained last summer then suddenly stopped). It's not too bad having two in diapers if it works out that way.
Welcome to your lodge! My son is about the same age and potty training is not going very well at all for us! I hope it's going a little better at your house.
I think I'm giving up on it for the time being. He knows what to do and will only use the potty when we are out and about but it has been hit and miss at home. I thought since we had a 3 day weekend we'd just put him in underwear to get him to go at home but now hes just coming up to me, peeing in his pants and then saying "I need dry underwear, mommy gets a chocolate chip". I'm not too worried about having 2 in diapers but I'd rather get the hastle of working on it over before baby arrives. It doesn't look like its going to work out that way.
yeah PT'ing for our DS was a LONG process...and he is a stubborn one, so it was a lot of 2 steps forward, 1 step back kind of stuff. I didn't want to push him too hard, since he is SO stubborn. Since he is a bit older than your DS, we started out slowly way back in the summer...I hear it is hard to do when a new baby is about to come or has just arrived. I am afraid my DS will regress a little when the baby comes, even though he is pretty much without issue at this point. I am sure once you get settled in with having 2, he will do great :bigarmhug:
I want to PT'ing my 2 year old son as I don't want to in diapers. It is tough though.
Giving up might honestly be the best policy at this point for you. I've seen lots of toddlers regress when baby comes. Plus, my daughter was stubborn and didn't PT until well past her 3rd birthday, despite lots of months in only underwear at home, so I have a jaded veiw
How are you feeling?
Yes - I would totally give up! My son was super stubborn and had me in tears constantly when I was trying to PT. I finally gave up and waited until his 3rd birthday and the whole process was much smoother
That being said - it does happen! So good luck to you with all that And yes - how are you feeling??
We have pretty much given up. If he asks to use the potty I take him but I'm not initiating it. That said, he used it twice today so we'll see. I think regressing in general will be an issue. Hes been seeing the baby stuff around the house and has been asking for bottles, pacifiers, to be rocked, etc.
I'm feeling great! I'm working alot trying to get things around the office/job sites tied up so I'm really tired but I'm impressing myself with how much physical work I can still do. I'm having contrax here and there but nothing to get excited about yet.
I had a doctors appointment today. Doc confirmed baby has dropped significantly, not a surprise since LO feels like its gonna fall out if I make a wrong move. He felt my tummy and is guessing baby is going to be 7lbs (DS was 8lbs 10oz). I don't put alot of stock in that but I'd much rather hear that than be told baby is too big, etc. He seems to think baby will be here sooner than later but it was nice to hear we won't even be talking induction for another 3 weeks and he doesn't see why I couldn't go another 5 safely. The whole appt reminded me why I switched to him as my last OB was all about the scare tactics.
He did note that baby is mostly on my left side but normally they are centered. This one has been like that pretty much the whole pregnancy so I didn't think to ask at the time but anyone know if that means anything?
We have our last doula meeting on Friday. I'm looking forward to it
Better late than never, the start of my intro, sorry its long.
Hi, I’m Mandy and I’m about to have a baby I was born and raised in southern California. When I finished high school I decided I wanted a little space from my family so I picked up and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska to attend the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Oddly enough, I met DH my first week on campus when a friend of mine brought me to a Alpha Phi Omega (coed community service fraternity) meeting and he was the Pledge Master. I was immediately interested in him but he had a girlfriend of 2 years at the time so I went on with my life assuming nothing would ever happen there. We would see each other every week at APO and sometimes talk but that was about it. It was almost a year and a half later when I got a surprise email from him making sure I had somewhere to go for Thanksgiving since he knew I didn’t live locally. I was taking a surprise trip home so I a little disappointed I wouldn’t get to spend the day with him and his roommates who I was friends with but much to my surprise he called me and asked me out for coffee the next week.
I had been dating another guy for a couple months but I decided to break it off and take a chance with Carl (DH). Over the last year and a half I had become close friends with his roommate so from him I had heard that Carl wasn’t looking for anything serious so I decided I wouldn’t let myself get too invested. I figured we’d go out a few times and then move on. When we had been dating for three months, and I was mentally preparing for things to end soon, Carl took me out and told me he loved me and he was pretty sure I was “the one”. Since I hadn’t been looking for that kind of a relationship it really took me aback and I almost broke up with him then and there because I didn’t want the pressure to feel the same way as he did. I’m glad I didn’t because once I had it in my head that maybe there was a chance things could work I quickly started to see what he had been talking about and realized I was in love with him too.
By the time my junior year started we both knew this was it, we wanted to be together forever but we also wanted wait awhile to get married so that neither of us felt pressured to miss any of the college experience. For our second anniversary we went on a date where he took me to the coffee house we had our first date at, and then to the park where he first told me he loved me and surprised me by proposing. The sweetest part was that he told me he had picked out the date over a year before and to prove it he had me pull out the card he had made for me for our first anniversary. There in tiny print on the back he had written December 5, 2002. We got married a year and a half later when I finished grad school, June 5, 2004.
A few weeks before the wedding DH had gotten a transfer with work to southern California so while we were on our honeymoon my parents were kind enough to haul all our stuff cross country so we could come back and immediately start our lives in SoCal. The move was great for his career but I found it difficult to find a job in accounting so I was forced to shelve everything I had been working for through college and start something totally new. The construction boom was going strong and I quickly found myself doing finance and land acquisition for a home builder. Two years later I got tired of the office and moved into construction and project management.
In 2007 I saw the market was slowing and was worried that my company may not make it through the slow down. At the same time my husband’s company was expanding to Hawaii so we decided that if we could transfer there I would be able to be a stay at home mom. He was immediately accepted for a transfer the next year so we put our house on the market and started trying to get pregnant. I got pregnant quickly but unfortunately the housing market was in a tailspin and we weren’t able to sell our house. We were forced to rescind the transfer and make plans to stay. My boss was really supportive of the pregnancy and, since things were still slow, we worked out a great plan for maternity leave and the ability for me to work part time and mostly from home once the baby was born so I wouldn’t have to miss him so much in full time daycare. A few weeks later, when I was six months pregnant, half of my department, including my boss and myself were laid off.
I was devastated and relieved all at the same time. I was worried about how we were going to survive with me out of work but I was glad I was going to have a chance to figure out a way to not put our baby in daycare right off the bat. I knew I wasn’t going to find a job at six months pregnant so I did the only thing a crazy woman could do, I spent the next three months starting up my own business.
When I had Jack I typed up his birth story but of course I didn’t print and my computer died so I’ll come back and post an abbreviated version soon.
I enjoyed reading your intro so far- that's so sweet your DH picked the proposal date over a year before hand! Your doctor sounds cool. I don't know if it "means" anything for the baby to be on one side or the other but mine usually seems to be on a side and not centered, so I don't know! I think I remember DS being the same way.
To start your own business at 6 months pregnant is awesome. Can't wait to read your birth story.
Thanks for sharing. I so want to stay home with my kids.
Thanks for sharing your story! I'm looking forward to the second half.
How are you doing?
Oh man! Did I miss it? Is the baby here? I totally missed your lodge going up (so late welcome to your lodge!!!), I hope I didn't miss the main event!! How are you doing?!
PS, I have always wanted to tell you: whenever I see posts from you it makes me smile. I don't know if you remember, but my older son, Will, was diagnosed with clubfoot at his 20 weeks ultrasound and I made a post on the October board about it when I was still really upset. One of my biggest fears was how we were going to pay for treatment and you replied right away and told me about the Shriner's Hospital. I immediately Googled and found one only 3 hours away from us. Will has treated there since he was 6 days old and now is a happy, healthy little boy with beautiful feet. And every time I see your avatar photo I think 'oh, there's the lady that fixed everything when my world turned upside down.'
So yay! Baby! KUP!! I'm gonna go stalk your birth board now and see if there is an update there!
Melissa, so good to hear from you! Your post made me cry, I'm so glad everything worked out so well for Will. The Shriner's are truly an amazing organization. Congrats on your second pregnancy, I hope its been smooth sailing for you!
I feel bad, I keep meaning to update but I'm never around a computer when I think about it.
Baby B is officially late.
The last couple weeks I have been emotionally all over the place. On my appt on the 10th I was told my bp had risen to border line pre-eclampsia, my doctor said he was willing to give me one more week since he knew I really didn't want to have an induction but if my bp didn't go down he would want to induce on the 17th. So I spent the whole week worried and wound up that I was going to end up with a necessary but unwanted induction.
Well when the 17th rolled around my bp had dropped dramatically and I was 3cm dialated and 50% effaced. I was sooooo relieved and totally confident that baby would be here soon. For the rest of the week I had been having pretty strong contractions every evening. They'd be 7-10 mins apart and last for 3 or 4 hours then disappear.
So when I went in for my appt this morning I was feeling pretty good that I'd made some progress. My bp was good again and baby has dropped a little bit more but I'm still stuck at 3cm/50%. Doc asked if I wanted to try stripping my membranes and I declined and he agreed that it was a good idea to wait since things did seem to be working on their own. He asked me if I wanted to schedule my induction now or wait another week. I opted to wait and he said as long as baby kept having good movement and my bp stayed low I could schedule my induction as late as February 7th. I can't even describe how good it felt to not only have choices given to me but for him to support my choices (with DS my last ob stripped my membranes without asking and scheduled an induction for 40w3d without even telling me). I'm anxious to meet this baby but my doc was so adamant that he thinks baby will be here this week that I am feeling good about things happening soon on their own.
So I'm back to waiting for LO to arrive, and trying my best to be patient. I have an appt on the 31st with another OB in the practice who is not NCB friendly so I'm hoping baby gets here so I can just avoid that all together (I know there isn't much he can do but if I do go over 41 weeks I'd rather not have to deal with anyone who might be discouraging).
I'm sorry you didn't have anymore progress. If it helps I stayed at 3cm and 70-80% effaced for 2 weeks before labor. I had my OB strip my membranes on Friday and I went into labor on Monday. To help even more, even after 4 hours of labor when I went into the hospital I was STILL 3cm dilated and only 85% effaced. I was holding my DS2 2 hours later. Almost exactly 2 hours later. lol.
My doctor wasn't even going to have me schedule an appointment for the next week she was so sure I wouldn't make it a week.
I hope it's not too much longer for you! I hate the early/practice/latent/what ever you want to call it, labor that you go through for a bit before baby arrives. It's so hard on ones nerves and emotions.
That's great your bp went down, but sorry to hear about the waiting game! Hopefully it won't be long.
So glad you had a positive experience with discussing your options with your dr! I hope you don't have to meet with the one on the 31st. Hopefully this little one will get things going soon!
Your OB sounds awesome! So glad he is supportive of your choices to wait and let your body work through this. I bet baby will be here in no time.
Just what I was thinking! Hang in there and keep us posted!
Sorry you haven't progressed more, but I'm so glad your OB is willing to follow your plans!
What a wonderful OB you have! Great news that your BP dropped! Can't wait for more news!
Still waiting. Got a pedicure this morning since I can't comfortably reach my feet anymore. Nothing boosts your self esteem more than a room full of petite Vietnamese women telling you how huge you are
eh, I felt dumb going and getting my pedicure the other day, but who cares...are you really gonna see them again??? or next time you do see them, will they remember you? A guy did my toes, and I felt bad and tipped him extra b/c they hadn't had any attention since the beginning of december when my mom helped me
Glad you were able to get in some pampering time!
I can't imagine getting a pedicure, I think it would tickle like crazy!! Is it really relaxing? It does sound nice to get some pampering, though. Hope you are getting nice and relaxed and babyzen!
Good for you for getting pampered!
I get them a lot and actually find them uncomfortable but the end product is beautiful!! The feet soaking part it actually relaxing though, and the lotion and the hot cloths - I guess it is not all bad
I got one for the first time just a few years ago, my dad's girlfriend took me and my sister. I thought I'd hate it and that it was stupid but I found it nice and relaxing! I agree I love the soaking, and the lotion they use. I feel so nice and pampered afterwards!
I don't think I've had a pedicure since I was pregnant with DS. They are really nice but I can't justify the expense when my feet are in work boots 90% of the day.
I'm kind of regretting the pedicure today. My feet are so silky smooth that I slipped while carrying DS down the wood stairs this morning and am now pretty banged up. I threw my elbows out to try and catch us so I now have bruises up the underside of both arms where they hit the hand rail and my back and butt ache from where we slid down. Poor DS bumped his head but took it like a champ, even going to his play kitchen to pretend to get ice. Good news is baby has been moving really well all day so I don't have to worry about him/her. I can't wait to have some balance back.
Part of me is so ready to get this baby out but another part recognizes that it might be a good idea to heal up for a few days so I won't be so achy.
Ouch so sorry for the fall, I hope you're ok, take it easy today if you can.
I don't get pedi's the thought of someone touching feet makes me squeamish lol. I'll do my own, right down to the airbrushing lol, but I shudder at the thought of others touching my feet.
I started having contractions that were 6 mins apart around 7:30 last night. By 10 they didn't seem to be going anywhere so I went to bed. I woke up around 4:30 to pee and before I could get back to sleep I felt the familiar pop of my water breaking. So I hopped up and jumped in the shower. No merconium this time so I'm free to labor at home for awhile. Contractions have been pretty steady at 5 to 7 mins but nothing to intense yet. Wish me luck, I'll update as soon as I can.
YAY!!!!! I'm so excited!!! Hope you have a really great labor and delivery and I can't wait to hear all about it!!!! Squeeeee!
Thinking about you...ELVs!
Wishing you ELV's!!! Can't wait to hear the news!
Lots of ELV's!
So awesome!!!!! Update when you can! Can't wait to hear all about it!
whohoo congrats I can't wait to hear about it.
I hope it went well!
Hudson Henry born 1.29 @10:43pm, 8lbs 12oz, 21 inches,
We are doing great. We just got home, had to spend a little extra time at the hospital due to a little jaundice. I'll share his birth story as soon as I get a little sleep.
Congrats to you!
Congrats! Can't wait to hear all about it!