AYELET'S BIRTHING LODGE!!! (Tanismom)

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Congratulations on 37 wks! It is too bad that you are not feeling 100% but the good side is that it could mean your baby is coming soon!
Did you get into the pool?

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Congratulations on making 37 weeks! :woohoo: Sounds like it won't be too much longer. Biggrin

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Monday morning... I had a crazy night. First of all it snowed here - ended up being pretty wimpy, but it got my nerves all wired up. I had about 5 serious ctrx between 8-10pm, really low and intense, but they got more sporadic after that and I ended up being able to fall asleep. I called Olivia and Kim before bed just to give them a heads up. I didn't end up needing it, but I was glad they knew to be on call.
We were going to finish filling the pool last night, and I even took a quick shower and put on my tankini bottoms under my sweatpants so I'd be ready, but I was so nauseous and tired that I decided I was better off just trying to sleep. That ended up being a pretty fruitless endeavor. I wasn't having ctrx anymore, but I was soooo uncomfortable and the baby was doing a lot of stretching and moving (I think downward, b/c when I got up to pee I felt the bump that was always her tushie sitting lower than my belly button instead of up against my ribs.) So I got up to pee about 10 times last night, had some other unpleasant bathroom experiences feeling like I was going to puke, but not being quite nauseous enough, and kept trying to find a sleeping - ctrx - position that didn't make me feel ill.

Yoram asked if he should go to work today, I told him he should b/c I'm not having any ctrx and I was feeling a little less nauseous. I had some oatmeal this morning and a glass of milk. I think the milk was a mistake. I don't feel sick in like a 'bug' sort of way, I just feel like my body wants to purge. I feel like if I could just throw up I'd feel better, but I also haven't eaten much solid food in the past 24 hours - just soup, oatmeal and tons and tons of water.

I was supposed to go to my chiropractor this morning, but the roads are icy and my car is driving on a spare w/ another tire on it's way out, I'm not taking a chance. I was really looking forward to the adjustment though. I think I'm going to finish filling the pool myself. Maybe that will take some of the pressure off my back.

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Congrats for getting to 37 weeks. I think your suspicions are correct . . . it sounds as if your body is gearing up for the "big finish"! Biggrin I'll be stalking this lodge now . . . Lol

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12:30pm
still nauseous. I will not be wanting to take much more of this. Whats worse is that water, which had been the only thing I could count on being able to consume yesterday is now giving me terrible reflux in addition to everything else.

My theory is that progesterone levels are going up, loosening all my sphincters, including my damn esophagus. I guess if it works on my cervix, then it's worth it... I just don't think I want this lasting a few more days, and certainly not a few more weeks!

I don't want to get things started before my body and the baby are ready, but I truly think we are. I'm gonna start with some of the acupressure points tonight (I have diagrams for Yoram to help) and see where that gets me... I've been feeling the energy/pressure build up in those points for the past few weeks, so I wonder what a good release will do for me.

I want to elaborate on whats going on w/ our car... Let me tell you how wonderful it is to be having a home birth and not to be worried about needing a car to get to the hospital, b/c that would be raising my stress level from a relative low to skyscraper hieghts!
Our car is by all definitions ready for the junk yard. It is a '98 Ford Taurus, which are not "built to last" as they claim. Does the engine still run, yes. But that's about it. One window is being held closed by duct tape, we are missing the passenger side mirror, we have a loose "tire rod" which needs to be replaced and our alignment is so off that I drive w/ the steering wheel at a 90 degree angle just to keep the wheels straight! As I mentioned before, one of the front tires finally gave out and the other is stripped down to the rim, so it's a matter of moments until it too decides that it's time has come.
I have mentioned my inlaws b4 and I want to say here that despite their lack of confidence in our choices and the fact that we live and think very differently from each other, they are wonderful people with a deep understanding of the needs of their children and the ability to provide. They are going to be giving us one of their cars - and doing so b4 they replace it so that we will have a car. Mind you, it too is a Ford Taurus, but it is a 2000, so it should last us for at least another 4 years!

I don't remember why I was mentioning that... oh well!!

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Hey you! Sorry you're feeling so yucky.... do you have any slippery elm in the house? It's really good for reflux, it takes a couple of days to build up a layer on the esophagus but then works really really well. Papaya enzyme helped me too.

ITA sounds like gearing up... I'm officially stalking you! Wink

Yay on the car. I know first hand how stressful it is to have dubious transportation...

xo robin

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Steph - something in the back of my mind kept nagging me that someone had asked me a question about something, and I kept trying to figure out who and where! Placenta brain!

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Just curious, what were the videos that you got about birth? I wanted to check some out from our library and had a whole list prepared for ones on waterbirth and then found out that I can't have a waterbirth. Do you have any recommendations for NCB videos?

The main one that I had was "born in water" which is obviously not what you're looking for. There is one called "Gentle Birth Choices" which has seven births on it, some are in water, but some aren't. And the other one I showed my son was "Children at Birth" which is an old Bradley video - very dated, but the births are nice. Thats all I have... HTH

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I hope you have that baby soon! It sounds promiseing,hang in there babe:)

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Ok, things have completely slowed down. Whats going on??? Last night I got in the pool. It was amazing! Yoram lit some candles and he sat on the floor and we talked. It was really a hard won opportunity. Usually, by the time I can finally relax, he can finally get some work done, so it's been a while since we really just relaxed together.
I realized that we've been very busy preparing for the birth and having the baby and getting Netanel ready, but we haven't taken time - at least I haven't nearly as much as I had w/ Tani - to really get to know this baby.
I don't feel the same connection with her that I did w/ Netanel and I know that has to do with the fact that I was doing nothing but be pg with him, And this time, I was working really hard through the first trimester and a half and of course, taking care of Tani, settling into a new house and a new community. And then there was all the stress of switching birth places and providers... So I guess it makes sense, but I was feeling blocked because of it. I felt like, maybe this baby isn't ready to meet me b/c I haven't really taken the time to get to know her. So we're going to have some bonding time today.

So then we watched the Princess Bride and I fell asleep toward the end, but again - another thing we never get to do. Just snuggle on the couch and watch a movie! Usually when we do watch something, it is on my laptop in the bedroom while we fold laundry! So that was nice too.

Ok, now here's the weird part. This morning, I woke up and Yoram was rubbing my belly and he goes, "hey, I feel something really distinct. What is this?" Sure enough it was my baby's head. Round and perfect, faced downward, but waaaay high above my pelvis. What happened??? She was engaged and getting lower yesterday, and now she's riding high!

I'm getting out today for a bit w/ a friend, just to walk around in Target. And Olivia is coming at 10-ish for my prenatal. She really wants me to think about keeping the baby in longer, and I just know that my body is not going to handle being pregnant for much longer. On the other hand - how nice is it that she's coming to me?? I just called and told her I didn't have a car and she said, no problem!

I'm also going to be active in the house today, I've been pretty much a lazy bum since Sat, so I'm gonna make a soup, and some muffins this afternoon and feel productive.

I know this is getting long, but I just thought of something that might be why it's been harder for me to connect with this baby. And also something thats been seriously nagging throughout this pregnancy. I love to sing. And all my life growing up when I would sing in school performances or here an there out of school, or to put my siblings to sleep, all I could think about was how wonderful it will be when I have my own children and I will just sing to them all the time. I used to sing to Netanel all the time in-utero. And after he was born, singing softly to him - and sometimes loudly! was the only thing that would help him calm down (9 months of constant, 24/7 colickiness). In Sept, I got a bad cold and lost my voice, and kept right on working (doing Mary Kay classes and talking to customers, not resting my voice) and I haven't actually fully gotten my voice back. I can sing really softly on a much lower register than I'm used to, but I have no range and so I haven't been singing to this baby, b/c I can't. It's actually really depressing for me. And my voice has been getting better, so I'm hoping if I continue to take it easy as far as talking, that it will heal... I think about it a lot. I didn't even realize it until I started typing this... I wonder if that's my blockage? Could I be waiting on some subconscious level to have my voice back b4 I have the baby? So I can sing to her? Any recommendations for bringing back a lost voice?

Thanks for following with me, you guys are great. Sorry for the megilla here. It feels good to be able to work through what I'm feeling.

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Sounds like a lovely night you had with your husband. I think your lost voice could definitely be impeding things. If it was me I'm sure I couldn't be patient enough to not talk/sing until things got better!

Here are a few ideas I've found:
- steam inhalations (http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/ent/203164.html)
- rest your voice for a day or two. Drink lots of liquids. Speak softly, but do not whisper. If the hoarseness lasts for more than a week, see your health care provider. (http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/1375.html)
- honey and lemon, gargle with salt water at night before bed and drink warm milk sweetened with dark honey at breakfast (http://forums.dealnews.com/read.php?6,2590039)

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I wish I knew something about it, but I don't. I sure hope you get your voice back soo, and I hope your meeting goes well please tell us all about it. I know I felt like I could make it being pregnant much longer by 38 weeks, but I made it all the way to 41 and I have to say it wasn't as bad as I always thought it would be:)

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Your pool sounds so lovely...here is a stupid question...does the water stay reasonably warm? Like a indoor pool? We keep our heat down pretty low at night for sleeping and I would think the water would get cold. Hmm...

I am glad you and Yoram are taking time to bond with the baby and spend time with each other. I am sorry to hear about your voice, as singing is such a nice way to bond with and sooth your little one. I am sure Tani misses your singing as well. (And I am jealous that you have a good voice, LOL...my poor daughter's ear drums are probably ruined already)!

I hope things pick up for you. I am sure it is just the relaxing that has slowed things down. Just have a little chat with her and tell her that you have everything in order now and are ready to meet her. Smile

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Hey, Ayalet! :lurk: We met briefly at Shana's.

Goldenseal is GREAT for restoring your voice, and it's safe for late-term pregnancy.

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Sorry 'bout your voice-- but I'm glad that baby is still comfy inside of you.

Enjoy the soup and the muffins-- they sound divine!

I know what you mean about "getting to know baby"-- I'm embarassed at how this pregnancy has been on the back-burner for my hubby and me. It was totally planned and wanted and we are thrilled-- but somehow in the day to day of keeping up with our other two kids, me working fulltime and the chaos of having re-located in the last year, I've really not focused on this pg like I did with the others. I hope to be able to focus on that during these last few weeks...so that I can feel a better connection. I just hope he stays put until at least 40 weeks....I'm not ready! Wink

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I haven't posted yet today so I wanted to let you all know that I have been having not very strong contractions consistently since 2pm. They are on avg 10 min aprt. s/t i will get a really strong one, but mostly their just getting started.
Yoram and netanel and i are abt to go for a walk around the block b/c it is beautigul out and I will let you know how things go as they progress...

i'm totally ready to have this baby, so i hope this is going to get serious instead of calming down!

wish me luck!!
(and ps. after reading your posts, i decided to do a little singing despite the slight horseness and i feel a little better, so thank you!)

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Ooohhhh, I'm so excited! I hope this is "it" for you! Good luck, you will be in my prayers!

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Biggrin

I'm waiting to be called! Miss Ayelet is still contracting and we'll see if Baby decides to come tonight or tomorrow, but i've got my clothes laid out and camera packed in case I need to run over!Luckily, i live about 8 houses away since I don't run very fast! ROFL

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Wow! I am so excited to hear all about your birth. I hope everything goes even better than you could have expected!

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Oh Ayelet! I'm so excited for you! I cannot wait to hear how everything goes!!! Good luck!

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Thanks everyone!
So let me give you a run down of last night and where we are up to...

During our walk, my contractions got a lot stronger, even coming one on top of the other! I had a feeling it was just from the walk. So we got home and I laid down, and sure enough things slowed back down to about where they were. So ctrx on avg 10 mins apart, mostly ones that didn't inhibit my actions. --- just had a pretty strong one! (had to stop typing) At around midnight I woke up from them b/c they were feeling more crampy than tightening and for 2 hours they were 5 minutes apart and serious. I called Olivia (who was already on call for me) but I was able to rest btwn them, so Olivia said to try to keep resting and if it gets to a point where I can no longer relax/sleep through the ctrx, I should call her back. I slept (unsoundly) until 5.

Ctrx still coming, they've been getting stronger, but they're not consistent. My sister came last night and is here. We're going to bring Netanel to school soon and then we're all going to head for the mall for some walking (colder today) --had another one-- then I'll rest a bit and see where we are at...

Don't worry, btwn me, Yoram and Shana you'll hear what's going on!

Thanks for the well wishes! Yay!! Baby day!

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:woohoo: So glad I got a good night's rest last night so i can be good today when the time comes! I'm so proud of you sweetie- although i gotta say i was a touch concerned last night driving you home from AC Moore- i was thinking, sheesh- i've read lots of books and seen lots of shows, but i am NOT delivering this baby in my minivan! ROFL
j/k i knew it wasn't happening, but i was glad to get you home safe and sound.
Speaking of which- you, me, and shoshana, around 1pm for lunch and Notting Hill?

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Great job on getting some rest! You need to be nice and strong for when it gets stronger. Have a great day keeping busy and KUP!

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Congratulations:) I can't wait to hear the stats!!

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great news! safe delivery!

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Yayyyy! I can't wait to hear more details!

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Good luck and happy homebirth vibes! Can't wait to hear how wonderful it goes for you. Biggrin

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Good luck! {{{ELV}}}

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Ok, update time...

8:17pm. I'm still pregnant. My ctrx were coming very irregularly all day. I made dough for Hamentashen - this is a special cookie that has become part of our traditional Purim fare, it's a triangular fruit filled pastry and it's all in the dough! My recipe is from my grandma - although she once admitted that she found it in the NY times many years ago!! It is still the best hamentashen recipe I have ever tasted! But the dough has to refrigerate overnight, so it's in the fridge. Then I took a 2 hour nap this afternoon.

Olivia came over about 1/2 hour ago to check me and see where we were at after a day and a half of early labor and ctrx. Firstly, let me say, this was the first time she did an internal. I love her manner. She was gentle and informative and just nice.
So I am about 70% effaced, baby's very low - she estimated 0, maybe -1 station, and about 2 cm dilated. She told me to have a glass of wine or two and try to sleep as much as possible. So that's what we're up to. Hopefully by the time I post tomorrow I'll be posting pics of the new baby! But if not, wish me effective contractions, and a quick and easy labor!

Have a great night

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Thinking about you hon... lots of rest for you right up until you can't - and then you GO mama!!! Wink

sending lots and lots of good energy! Owwwwoooooooo!

xo Robin

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Ayelet-
Wishing you a fast and fulfilling labor and delivery! Hopefully next time you post you won't be pregnant anymore but will be holding a beautiful little baby;-)

Jen

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I woke up in the middle of the night last night, but not from contractions. Those seem to have stopped. The pressure in my lower back and legs was bordering on excruciating. I did some pelvic rocks, woke Yoram up to massage my back, and eventually fell back asleep.

Today I am very tired, so I've been napping and resting. I've decided to have a positive outlook on this stall. I am going to take it as a chance to rest up and enjoy the weekend so that I will be energized when my body is actually ready to birth this baby. So I'm taking it easy today, crocheting, napping, I think I'm in the mood to watch my wedding video, and Yoram is working from home today, so maybe we'll take a break and do that.

Also I'm glad I didn't wake up in labor, b/c today Netanel's class is having their Purim party and had to go in costume. Last night we picked up a Buzz Lightyear costume from a neighbor, but it was just the suit. The accessories seem to have been lost. So there's another kid in his class dressed up in the full costume - and I know he's only 2, but he's gonna know... so this morning Ayelet got creative. I found a large piece of white posterboard that we had and cut out Buzz-style wings. I covered them with green and purple construction paper, and even poked holes and put in elastic so he could slip them on! That would not have happened if I was having what I had yesterday! So Tani lucked out. I don't know if he'll still be in costume when he comes home, but Sat night and Sunday he'll be in it again, so I'll post some pics. He's so cute! He's got the flying superheroes mantras a little mixed up, so he's been running around the house going, "up up and beyond!!" I love him!

Come on baby, don't you want to come out and meet us?? I probably will not be posting again until after Shabbat, so until tomorrow night, ladies... :bigkiss:

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This sounds just like my second labor, In the end I had called my mw to let them know I was in labor (contx about 8 min apart) and when she called me back in an hour they were gone. Hadley was born the next morning:) Hope that your little one is on the way soon, but I'm glad your keeping busy in the mean time. Listen to your body, you'll be glad you rested!

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just catching up here - i'll be thinking of you this weekend...maybe both our little ones will decide it's time to make an entrance! :bighug:

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Thinking of you-- sounds as though your body is getting ready. It won't be too much longer now.....

Will you share pics of Tani? he sounds so cute!

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Ayelet, I just spent the better part of an hour reading your lodge. Your spirituality and the way that you've integrated it into your pregnancy have really inspired me. At a CBE workshop I went to once, one of the women who was there was Jewish, and she told us that Jewish women in labor are believed to have the ear of God, so they pray for people in their congregation while they're in labor. She played some beautiful music for us that was written to accompany that purpose (I don't remember the hebrew, sorry).

Anyways, thank you so much for posting your story here! You're such an inspiration!

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I hope things strat going again (after the party, of course Smile ) I'm so excited for you!

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Thanks e/o. So I'm still waiting for things to start up again. Olivia is stopping by w/ some valerian root to help me get some sleep - in the hopes that if my body is rested enough it will be ready to take on the last stages of labor in one shot! I'm gonna try getting in my pool again first. The problem is that our water heater is acting up. There seems to be some sort of leak that is siphoning some of our hot water away from our faucet and so the hot water doesn't last long enough to fill the pool... so we've been boiling vast quantities of water which makes it discouraging to keep the pool filled.

This morning when I woke up and had no ctrx, I got very zen about the whole thing. I felt ok, not too uncomfortable, and so I felt that whenever the baby wants to come is good with me. Also today was a fast day - the fast of Esther, (which, when it falls out on Shabbos we push back and observe on the previous Thurs.) so I kept thinking that maybe my baby doesn't want a fast day birthday. But hey! Now it's Purim! this would be a great and festive birthday to have... come on, baby!! By this afternoon I was feeling so uncomfortable and tired and just fed up! I know that I need to have a better attitude because there's nothing I can do to affect the situation, but I'm getting to the point of just wanting it to be over! I want to hold my baby in arms and nurse her and - oh yeah, sleep on my stomach!

aylaanne, thank you. Actually it's interesting that women have that status during all major life events. At my wedding, right before I went to the chuppah, I prayed for pple who needed to get married and pple who were sick.

I am uploading some pics of my little guy onto photobucket and it is taking a while. So I'm going to post them later...

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I can't wait to see the pictures of Tani! He is going to be such a great big brother!

I hope the valerian root helps you sleep!

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I hope that you are able to get some rest. I can't wait to see your photos!

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hey sweetie! i'm so sorry i didn't walk over yesterday- our houseguests chose to hang out all afternoon and i felt bad leaving...
I'll see you at megila this am? :bighug:

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Glad to hear your hanging in there, I think the best thing that can happens is getting to the place where your just happy for the baby to come when ever that may be. Once she's here all the waiting and anticipation will have been well worth it. How was your day?

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Today was an interesting day. It started out badly, I was feeling very fed up about still being pregnant. About not having any contractions, and about having to yell at Netanel not to jump on me. I know that he still won't be able to jump on me when I'm holding the baby, but I won't always be holding the baby. So I was frustrated.
I had a good cry. And then I spent some time clearing my mind and meditating a bit, trying to allow my mind to tell me why I was feeling this way. So I think that I have been allowing a lot of stress to build around this birth b/c I've been trying to plan this perfect home birth. Certain pple that I want to have there, and circumstances, etc... So I came up w/ a mantra that I repeated to myself until I felt that I believed it and then I felt a little better over the course of the day. I just kept repeating, "I cannot plan this birth. I have to trust that it will happen in the way, at the time and with whom it is meant to happen. I relinquish control of this birth to God."

So it was Purim today and there was so much going on, and I love Purim, so I didn't want to spend the day in a funk about still being pregnant. We drove out to Long Island to my IL's at around noon. (It took us about an hour), I spent a good part of the time explaining my reasons for choosing a home birth. But despite the ER doc BIL and the GP SIL (married to each other) I found that I didn't have to fight them, they seemed to respect our decisions, they just questioned them. So I felt I was being enlightening, spreading the NCB gospel! I don't think I got any converts, but I think there was at least a higher sensitivity to the value of it.

From there we went to my parents in Brooklyn which is on the way home and spent a few hours at their Purim meal. That's always fun and rowdy. I had a glass of very good Merlot and felt a little more relaxed. There were many aunts and uncles and cousins there, and all everyone wanted to know what when this baby was going to pop out of me! It could have been frustrating, but I decided that I would laugh it off and not let it bother me.

So I'm feeling very Zen about this now and we are cleaning out the pool and refilling it and I'm going to get in for a little soak, maybe Yoram will join me and we can have a little relaxing time and enjoy the last few days (weeks? God help me!) of this pregnancy.

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I really admire your spirituality! You are such a strong and connected woman. It sounds like you had a wonderful Purim celebration. I hope that you and Yoram get to enjoy the pool. How are you dealing with your water heater? How effective is boiling the water? I am interested because I am worried about my water heater and trying to decide if a pool is worth it.

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I am so glad your day ended well Smile I remember feeling similar when it came to Seamus' birth, I was just too caught up and was a lot happier when I let myself relax.

I hope you were able to get some quiet time with your dh.

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"Melychang" wrote:

How are you dealing with your water heater? How effective is boiling the water? I am interested because I am worried about my water heater and trying to decide if a pool is worth it.

Yoram is going to call Whirlpool today b/c it's under warranty still, and then we'll take it from there. There was some sediment on the bottom of the pool last night so I wanted to empty it completely and clean it out. I ended up crashing while Yo was doing that, so we didn't use the boiled water! (the pots are all still full on the stove!) But if we do it tonight then I will let you know how it goes.

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Sounds like your doing really well prepareing your self for the last part of your journey. I'm glad you were able to turn things over to God and have a relaxing day. We prayed for the longest time that Hadley would come soon, when we finally accepted that God his own timeing I think it was easier for me to imagine being pregnant for longer (which is good since she was a week late and I thought she was going to be early). I hope your able to get rested up and enjoy your last few days with just your son.

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You sound so much more at peace...it's very inspiring. I think you are on the right track, in releasing control over the birth. I am sure you are right that there is some greater plan for things, so why fight it? Smile

I also must say that I am inspired by your energy! Your Purim celebrations sounded wonderful, but what a long day! You are really doing great. Smile

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So happy that you are finding peace with the process of waiting...and it sounds like your traditions are helping to give you some things to focus on! Stay in your "Zen" state!!

Jen

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Glad you are at peace. It's great that you have gone beyond 36 weeks, at least!

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So I never thought I would make it to a 38 wk appt, but I did! It was a great appt, have I mentioned that I love my MW? at least once? She's awesome. We sipped RRL, nettle and redbush tea, while chatting about my pg, life, babies, her hopes for getting married to her beau soon and having one of her own, we talked about Mercury being in retrograde and how it's affecting e/o and e/t, and all sorts of lovely things. In the meantime, baby is in perfect position, HR is great, my BP is great, weight gain... all good. She wants me to eat more fruits and veggies, so I'm gonna go restock today.

I have to pick up Tani now, but I have something I want to post here and get some opinions about. I will come back later. Netanel seems to be learning racism from someone in his class and we had quite a disturbing episode in the car this morning. I will come back later and write it out. Maybe I'll put it in it's own thread...

Thanks for your support ladies!

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