Thanks! Our house is great but we traded convenience for square footage and land. We are miles from nowhere. :) I often wish we lived in a more walkable area w/sidewalks and a shorter commute, but we could've only afforded half the house. (One bonus I don't think I mentioned is that our house has an 1150sq ft guest house in the backyard. My mom moved up from FL this winter so she can be a part of the kids' lives and give us a break every now and then!)
Originally Posted by nmpiche
I haven't heard a lot of JBT but I will ask DH to hook me up, I know he has some. I should also ask him to write me a song that doesn't involve E-I-E-I-O. DH is a musician & plays about 10 instruments but lately his talents are focused on playing the " 'TAR! " for DD while she accompanies him on drum machine. ;)
GBS & BOBB
I just called to get my GBS results: NEGATIVE! :woohoo:
Also, we finally found time to watch The Business of Being Born last night, after having the DVD sit around for a few wks. I was crying in the first 3min before anything even happened! I told DH to pause it so I could get a box of tissues and he said, "You're crying ALREADY?" :lol: Yeah. I guess I knew I was going to be crying all through it so the emotions were *right there* waiting. Plus, it opened with one of my favorite Radiohead songs. ;)
We loved the movie. My mom is watching it this afternoon (she has been present at numerous homebirths over the decades and is a huge NCB advocate so this will only give her ammo to be more pissed at the medical establishment.) I don't know that I learned much that I didn't already know (or suspect, in the case of certain stats) but it was so empowering so see such peaceful births, and a great reminder about the avalanche of interventions. One part that really stuck in my mind--and something people don't talk about enough--is when they do an "emergency C/S" to heroically save the baby after *creating* the distress w/induction or pit, they're really fixing a problem they (the docs) created. Arrrgh! (And I know there are medical reasons to induce, use pit, etc...but in so many cases they just could've left well enough alone.)
Update on how I'm feeling: Pretty well but I'm definitely winding down. :) When I sit too long, it hurts a lot when I finally get up and walk around. Lots of achiness but it's hard to tell if it's bone, muscle, or soft tissue. I feel tons of what seems like cervical pain/pressure but the baby isn't anywhere near there so who knows what it is.
Preparation: I filled out my STD (mat leave) paperwork finally! I am working until the last minute, though, and really need to clear my workspace, it's a mess. I still need to pack my hospital bag, and clean my bedroom enough to set up the PnP in there. All my gender-neutral newborn-3mos clothing is washed and put away but we still have to move the crib mattress up, get the swings and bouncy seats down from the attic, etc etc. I need to wash the few cloth dipes I bought and get some more (we're giving CD a shot, at least part-time...) Even though I expect to go late, I know that I could go anytime. In my mind I just don't see it as a true possibility before 38-39wks, so I've been procrastinating.
Yay for the negative results on the GBS!!! WhooHoo!!!
I also just filled out my paperwork for maternity leave. It feels good to have that off my back!
This is a very popular word at our house too, I'm trying to get him to figure out that violin's are not guitars. Jesus, etc is a perfect wedding song & now it's in my head :D
Originally Posted by helivt
Yeah for being GBS-
Hi there, Your stories are great and your home looks lovely. I look forward to hearing about this LO's birth.
Holy moly, how long IS this baby? I'm sitting here in the recliner with my newly-pedicured feet up, and all of a sudden I feel a kick in my side--literally under my right elbow at waist-level as I sit here with the laptop on my thighs. The butt was on my left side, in front.
This baby is still moving all over the place all the time. I don't remember DD spinning quite so much, but maybe I was less aware of her position.
Now the big lump is on my right side and I'm feeling little pats down low (hands?) Everything does feel lower today, though, so maybe the baby has dropped a little. DH seems to think so, but to me I just look bigger. It'd be nice to be lower than -5 by the time my 39wk appt rolls around next Thurs--is that asking too much?
You get so much more information at your appts than I do. I have OB-remorse :(
My doc kind of indicated that baby wouldn't descend until I was in labor. Either that or she's too lazy to check and tell me her station. :shrug: So you haven't had any VE's yet? I can't remember when you said you started them.
and :yahoo: for GBS-! One less thing to worry about!
Sarah Cate is giving me a run for my money on figuring out her position. Like you, I am much more aware this time and I really want to know if she's anterior or posterior. I get what I'm sure is a bum sticking out on my upper right, but just beneath that is where I feel the most kicks and knobby things sticking out and moving around. Who knows!
Laura, I go a lot less often than you (every 3wks til 37wks, then at 39 & 40wks) so when I'm finally in the exam rm I've saved up a lot of questions! Plus, it seems that the MW model of care is a little more personal/chatty (IME, I've seen both Obs and MWs) and I do take advantage of that dynamic to make sure I get what I feel is a full appt.
I don't remember ever really "dropping" with Lidia, and I don't think she engaged until a few days into my induction, but this time I hope the baby at least gets out of the -5/-4 range as I approach my EDD! ;) I suspect it has, the movement is all a little lower now. I need to take belly pics today--I don't think I've dropped per se but I sure am suddenly bigger and rounder.
I had a VE at my 34wk appt because that was right after several days of really intense & uncomfortable BHs and I was worried that something was happening (ha.) High, tight, firm, posterior, closed, baby floating high! :lol: So it just proved to me that what FEELS like cervical pressure doesn't necessarily mean anything. I haven't had one since, and won't get one at my next appt (39wks) unless I ask. But the MW can determine baby's station from an external exam especially when the head is still so high.
This baby is still rotating a LOT. I'm just glad he/she has stayed head-down for a couple of mos. When I finally go into labor I'll focus on rotating to the proper direction but at this point I'm not worrying about it.
Now that I'm 38wks I'm starting to let myself believe that the baby could come anytime, even though I still suspect I'll go post-dates. Last night I packed my toiletries bag (SO important to me!) and tonight I'll gather up some clothing. I was busy around the house until midnight doing laundry, picking up, etc, and I was feeling a lot of sharp low pains that doubled me over (sometimes I couldn't straighten up.) My belly was like granite. For the most part I feel wonderful considering I only get patches of sleep across 7hrs. :)
Oh, this morning my mom and DH and I were talking about what might happen if I went into labor at work (I'm working until the last possible minute!) and even though SROM is rare, I realized that I should probably put some pads in my purse and maybe a towel in the car...the good thing about working in a lab is that we have a ton of big chux pads! Let's just hope I never need them.
I'm working til the last minute as wlel, though since I work at home it isn't too big of a deal- the problem is that the car resides with my husband during the day about 40 minutes away.
We are keeping a garbage bag to sit on and a towel in the car *just in case*.
Sounds liek things are starting to happen, with the contractions keeping you from sleeping. Hopefully you can get some good sleep in before things really get going.