I have been taking a couple of days off to rest and prepare and play with DD a little more before she gets a little brother. I haven't packed my bags and DH is a little nervous about that- LOL! I have *started* and have had baskets of supplies organized for 3 months but can't seem to get them into a suitcase. I can;t seem to choose clothes to take for the life of me. Grrr. And being in Texas, there is no way to account for the weather! It has been more crazy than normal nearly 80 one day then 30 the next. I have gotten all the newborn clothes washed, which is not very many. Apparently boy clothes are less fun to buy for people.
Oh, today was good. I had talked to my mom about shopping for me at the BRU in OKC since Abilene doesn't have one and she bought most everything on the registry for me. Then she told me to order what I still needed from Target with her CC! I didn't have a lot of necessities, but it was still a couple hundred dollars of stuff between the two stores. It almost makes up for her coming later- LOL!!!
Um, as far as progress. . . maybe a few BH but not much of anything. I did have a marked increase in CM after starting the EPO on Friday - like a ton! I was actually concerned once because I felt. . .cold. It was weird to feel that since I haven't ovulated in, oh, about 9 months, I had forgotten how that feels! So maybe things are starting . . . but I am not in any big hurry.
I completely forgot! I have not received my diaper orders in the mail yet, but I will definitely take some stash pictures when I get them! We are plannint ot use disposable in the hospital and maybe the first week and then start rotating in the cloth so it will be fine if baby beats them.
Lastly, DH and I still haven't settled on small set of names let alone *the* name. With DD, we named her after we met her but at least we had some a couple of good options. UGH! I guess we will figure it out when we have to!
Not a whole lot going on today with me so I am hoping some of those other babies are working their way out! I spent several hours doing the preliminaries on our taxes and am just waiting on the last of the papers to come in. It feels good to be mostly done and to just about break even.
I thought I would post a few more pics rather than continue in my normally wordy "Story Hour with Beth" format. I hope you enjoy!
Some other pictures:
Molly at 4 months:
I'm right there with you on the names. We have one in mind, but I'm definitely not 100% on it, which is why we refuse to share our possible names with anyone!
I have been a little off today. . . slightly sore through, lots of postnasal drip, headache. I am did still get the kitchen cleaned and bathrooms wiped down. I have been amazingly calm though since my little freak out last week. Tonight our best friends (who also just moved here a few months before us coincidentally) called and her grandfather had died. So they will be heading out of town for the funeral Wed returning Friday. And we are going to watch their puppy! That is either a good idea or a very bad idea, I haven't decided which- LOL! I love dogs and DD does as well, but DH is not a fan. We have two very large fluffy cats and it should be interesting to see how it all goes!
I have had a dozen or so contractions today, some strong enough to make me take notice, but none that are particularly painful. So who really knows? I go back to the doc tomorrow and I am not planning to be checked. Oh, and I found out more about the hospital and my doc from my therapist and another friend at the hospital. There are apparently good things in the works including a long-range telemetry monitoring system so women can walk around through labor even with IV and whatever. The nursing and education coordinator is much more pro-mother directed birth and has been assisting in getting additional training for the nurses. The doctors are also getting more 'demanding" patients who want more choices. I see this all as great progress!
With my doctor, his change in attitude from "I know more than you ever will" to "you will know best when it is time to go to the hospital" apparently stems from having a mother give birth in the parking lot! Last week she went into labor and it never really settled into a traditional pattern. She and then her husband called 3 times alerting them that they thought they should head to the hospital, but the on-call nurse and then doctor said that they should wait until she had regular contx for an hour. Well, 20 min after the last call, they drove to the hospital and baby was born in the parking lot outside the ER! All I can say, is WOW! But now my doctor is a lot more open to getting input and feedback from his mamas- LOL!
If that's what it takes... LOL My Bradley instructor had her youngest in the elevator on the way to L&D! She didn't expect labor to go quite so fast
That's great to see some progress with your hospital! The one I had Ethan at has CNMs on staff (they're L&D nurses) and recently added a new birthing wing. They have birthing balls available and are very pro NCB. There's a BF'ing store open 5 days a week that's staffed by the head LC. And one of the LCs visits you within 24 hours of the birth. They even brought in a tv and vcr with some BF'ing videos for me to watch. Maybe your hospital is headed toward all this!
ROFL about the mom in the parking lot! I'm sure she didn't enjoy that too much, though.
Yeah, doctors who like to see nice, well established labor patterns wouldn't like me much, either. I spend at least 12 hours having contractions that are just like really strong BH's, but I'm at 4 cm. Then, at some point, it kicks into high gear and I have what they'd consider "real" contractions, and start progressing. However, they do NOT get progressively closer together. I remember watching the clock while in labor with Xander, and I'd have a 2 minute gap, then 10 minutes, then 4, then 8, then 10, then 2... they were all over the place. They do tend to get longer and stronger, but I'm always certain that they're not close enough together, and they get the babies out just fine. L&D nurses and OBs would just go batty, I'm sure.
Hi everyone! I went back to the doctor again today and despite declining to disrobe for a cervical check, he was most kind and encouraging. Yay! Perhaps he really isn't horrible just had a bad day a few appointments ago. I lost another pound, BP was 119/70 and urine was clean. I was also GBS-! So really I am just playing a waiting game and I am pretty mellow about it. Very unlike me! I am just hoping that I don't go into labor tonight or tomorrow as I have a facial scheduled for tomorrow at 11:00!!!!
After my appt, I came home and cleaned for a while. It actually felt nice to be doing it (though I am sore now!) and DH was shocked when he saw the house!
Oh, Connie, ironically enough the hospital is actually very mother/baby friendly . . .AFTER birth. Full time LC, rooming in only unless there is a need for baby to be apart from mother, required education and consent for vaccines, etc. And it is an all new wing with very nice, decent sized rooms. So it must have started the avalanche in the other direction. A little cart before the horse, but good all the same.
Sounds like the hospital is headed in a good direction! Most women care more about after the birth than the birth it seems. So the way we're doing things doesn't surprise me. And yay for a good appointment!