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Katie's (astro_katie) Lodge!

Hurray! You're in the homestretch. Here's your lodge. We're all excited to hear about your journey and cheer you on.

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Yay Katie ~ Congrats on your lodge! I am excited to follow your progress these last few weeks until your baby arrives!

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Yea! Your almost done. Welcome to your lodge!

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Hey Katie...welcome to your lodge! Congrats...it won't be much longer now!

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Yay, Katie! Welcome to your lodge :party: I remeber the time when you were 9 weeks along and I was around 5 and I thought "Wow, somebody is SO far along" Lol Now your baby is officially full term!!! Wishing you easy last weeks of pregnancy and smooth fast labor! Keep us posted.

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Yayy, Katie! Welcome to the homestretch!! It won't be long before you're holding your precious babe in your arms!

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Yay! Welcome to your lodge, it must be so exciting!!

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Wow! I can't believe it's already that time!!! Yahoo I really do feel like it's only been a few weeks since we found out that we were expecting... It's so cool that I only have another few weeks and that I can share my journey here. Thanks everybody for stopping in Biggrin

So, I suppose I'll introduce myself a bit. I apologize in advance if this is less than coherent, but I'm running on empty tonight Lol My name is Katie, my DH is John. We've been together since '01, and we found out that I was pregnant right before our first wedding anniversary (4/29). This is our first, and we are so incredibly excited. The past 9 months have been thankfully uneventful, and I realize how lucky I am when I say that I've had a really comfortable pregnancy... I did have high BP around 20 weeks, but after I adjusted my diet (I had been eating almost NO protein, oops) it immediately went back to my norm.

Right now, I'm a musician, teaching piano and accompanying several groups and singers, but I'm almost done (final performance on the 15th!) and looking forward to some extended time away from work. This is a big shift from my 'first' career in physics, but a very happy one that has opened space in my life for family. DH works in rehab with blind and visually impaired vets at the VA hospital doing some pretty cool stuff. Before I met him, I never really believed you could truly love your job, but he's convinced me that there should be no other way. We both get to take some time off after the baby is born - DH gets 5 weeks, and I won't start teaching again until sept. Yay!

I've always leaned towards homeopathy, but this pregnancy has really brought out the natural living side of me! I certainly believe that there is a place for modern medicine (like in emergencies or illness), but pregnancy and birth are generally healthy processes that don't inherently need interventions. I'm lucky to have a great OB who, if not all natural herself, supports and encourages my choices and respects my perspective. I'm totally psyched about my doula - she's also my pre-natal yoga teacher, so we've gotten to know each other pretty well over the past few months. I'm not using any specific method per se, although I've read volumes... My mom used the Bradley method with all 4 of her births (natural birth was not exactly popular in '68!), but I find it a little too structured for me. We'll just see what works best when the time comes..

My newest obsession (and, my God, this is like a whole underground society!) is cloth diapering. I just started looking into it, as it seemed to fit well with our lifestyle, and it's pretty fun! (who thought diapering would be fun?) Definitely not your mother's diaper service...

OK, ok, it's getting late and I've put you all through enough rambling. Thanks again for the welcome - Now I just have to wait until Lily is ready to come out and join the world! :timer:

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Thanks for introducing yourself. You fit right in here!

I'm excited to hear more about you and of course I'm looking forward to your birth story (Lily's great escape). Smile

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Hi Katie! Welcome to your lodge and I too am a cloth diaper adict Wink and fellow muscian.

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Yay Katie- you're already at 37 weeks! It sounds like you have a great support system in place for your natural birth between your DH, OB and doula. I'm looking forward to reading your journey these next few weeks as Lily prepares for her entrance to the world!

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I'm really gearing up for a hectic week next week, and a little nervous about how I'll stand up to it all. Starting Sunday, I have three choral performances to accompany, two recitals with my students, one master class, plus all my usual rehersals and lessons... I feel like I'm back in college! At least there is a light at the end, and I'm looking forward to being done with all these outside commitments in a week. In the meantime, I might be a little out of the loop online!

I've been feeling suspiciously good the past couple of days - more energy and less achy than last month. I am having BH several times a day, but still I feel like my body is nowhere near going into labor. My prediction is that I won't see any action until January :roll: Luckily, my OB has agreed to let me go 2 weeks over my EDD without talking induction, so I don't feel too pressured on the issue.

One bummer, though, I just got my GBS test back positive. I had really hoped that this wouldn't have even been an issue, but now I'm going to talk to my OB about my options. She's already OK with a hep-lock rather than an continuous IV drip, but I want to know if I can be retested closer to my DD. My next appt is Thurs, so I'll just wait til then.. Sad

So, Erika, what do you do in the music world? I'm always glad to see another person who has 'the bug'...

Hope you all have a great weekend!

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Some OB's will do a course of Cipro and then retest...that's a thought. Also, it has a lot to do with when your water actually breaks and how that plays out. And even worst case senario. Only 2-3% of babies are effect. My flying MW said in Texas some of the hospitals are now running antibiotics on ALL babies as a blanekt for GBS wether they test + or - b/c many are never tested. There are signs and symptoms and you can catch it post partum. I used to FREAK about GBS - you have a lot of choices. Ask about doing cipro and retesting..... GBS is kind of bogus unless they did the test WHILE you are in labor b/c of it's come and go nature.

I have a dual degree in performance and music therapy. I sang professional opera and worked as a music therapist prior to my stay at home mommy days. Music therapy wise I worked with all kinds of populations (oncology, IV therapy, physical rehab, children's inpatient, mental health) but my favorites are older adults and hospice. i used to teach private piano and voice - but since we moved I haven't wanted to start a studio again and have aboslutely no desire to get back into major perfromace mode. I'm tired of the "kiss A$$" world of auditions right now. I am very skilled at voice, piano and organ. i also play functional guitar, clarinet and bassoon - but by no means have "professional" quality skills in those 2 areas.

I did use music therapy assisted birthing techniques with Olivia and it was wonderful - very closely related to a hypnobirthing mindset. i have spoken at length about teaming with our local Hypno birthing instructor. i think if I get back into a music business profession it would be birth realted. Before concieving I was toying with starting a music therapy assisted childbirth practice. But with twins.... i think that's on hold Wink

If I had to do it all over - I would have gone to midwifery school.......

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I hope your week doesn't take too much out of you, it sounds like it will be very busy. Keep us posted on any news, and yay for a doc that isn't going to push you on induction. Sorry to hear about your GBS, I'm guessing I don't have to worry about it because I didn't hear anything at my last appointment. I've also heard that it is something that comes and goes, good luck with that.

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Don't forget to take a few moments here and there to rest! Good luck w/ retesting - I hope your dr agrees w/ you.

Looking forward to these next few weeks and the rest of your journey. (I know I don't post much but I do lurk so i feel like I know you a bit; hope you don't mind.)

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Welcome to your lodge!!

I'm a cloth diaper addict too, I've now diapered 4 butts and have WAY to many diapers lol

I hope your week goes smooth for you, remember to rest!

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Wow! good luck this week and do make sure you rest. I just started thinking about cloth diapers... we've been using disposables with my son - and I hate everything about it! Especially the fact that he is really sensitive to whatever's in them, b/c if he's not wearing Pampers (mucho $$$) then he gets a diaper rash! I'd love to hear how that research goes.

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I don't know about anybody else, but I have been having baby/labor dreams every night lately! Sometimes I'll have the baby already in my arms, but last night it was a labor dream. I was in a hospital, but it was more like a big hotel. My whole family was there (parents, sisters, neice) and it was a bit crowded - also, my sister was pregnant and laboring too! Even my grandpa, who passed away last month, made an appearance Biggrin It was great to see him again...

Yesterday was a really weird day; everything seemed 'off'... It was raining all day, and DH started the morning still upset about something that happened at work on Friday. A bit later, DH and I got into an argument about what stroller we want to get (um... can I say misplaced frustration? on both our parts, of course!) We get a phone call from my MIL, letting us know that my BIL has been hospitalized (bipolar - he's been in and out for a few years). During dinner, I get a call from my sister, letting me know that she just got in a car accident, and the other woman is in the hospital unconscious Sad (any prayers welcome, here) And then when we get home, my poor puppy is whimpering and having dry heaves (she seems better this morning, btw). All through this, I'm having pretty strong BH, and thinking this would be just the time to NOT go into labor!!

Holy moly. I hope today is boring and uneventful!

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Wow, what a day! Sounds like a something out of a dream. I have had some pretty weird real dreams too - I had one at about 32 weeks where I had the babies. But they just kind of appeared...no labor. and I was very unconnected to the whole thing. I handed them to my mom and said "I'm going to go call the midwife...maybe she can put these back" I didn't even acknowledge them as children.... it was weird. pregnancya dn the hormones do a lot of wierd stuff to our brains too huh!

Hang in there!!! I know I was praying to go late with DD#1 b/c of a cracked rib and then I went right on my due date 3 days later. the babies will come when they are ready and it will all be "right" whenever that time is.

Sending prayers you way for those in need. I hope everybody is ok.

Erika

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Woo boy, what a day! It's 10 pm now, and this is seriously the first moment I've had to sit down and catch my breath...

Yeah, Erika, I've had some dreams a bit like that, where I treated the baby more like a doll, no emotional connection or anything. But then I'll have a dream where I am so in love with this little infant that I wake up weeping!! (I like those better..)

:bfing: Today I went to my local LLL meeting for the first time. I was suprised how many women were there (at least 12, including the 2 leaders). I was the only pregnant one, but there were 2 babies under 5 weeks old! so cool! Followed this up with a breastfeeding class through my hospital (I'm with Kaiser, so they have a whole curriculum for expectant parents..) The nurse there was really terrific, and it seems like I will have unlimited access to lactation consultants whenever I need to make an appointment...

Between these were rehearsals, grocery trips and last minute Christmas shopping (well, last minute for me anyway), so I hope that all the activity will help me actually sleep through the night tonight! (fat chance)

Before I go, a question for all the BTDT natural birth moms - did you generally find breastfeeding to succede more readily or easily because of your drug-free birth, or was it still a challenge? I've heard that having an alert baby and mama makes all the difference, but I'd love to hear your experiences! Thanks

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Well I don't have a medicated birth to compare with, but I can say that breastfeeding went really well after non-medicated delivery for me. There was some concern before hand because I have trouble with what they call "inverted" nipples, but Andrea latched on really well. They had her latched and nursing while I was still on my back, legs in the air, for stitches. Lol I'm not sure it would have been so easy if she had been drowsy with meds.

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You've been busy Katie!

I wish i had an inspiring nursing story for you. But what i can ffer is that I have learned a whole lot and have helped a lot of people b/c ofthe problems and knowledge I gained. (I co-moderate on the BF'ing baord) The BF'ing bpoard here on PG'cy.org is awesome! and irregardless if it's a breeze for you or not we will all hep you!

My baby wanted to latch and nurse. Her latch was all screwed up. She literally came out of me sucking her thumb (which oddly enough she gave up after day 2 and has NEVER put a thumb paccifier or anything in her mouth). She was wide eyed and very much awake after our birth. we had issues with her preferring one side and having a real hard time getting the latch right. She was voracious - but (and it took me weeks o fpain to figure it out) She was tucking her tongue and wasn't sucking properly. She got all the milk she needed......at my expense.

I've seen and heard a lot of birth/nursing stories and the LARGE majority of woman have little difficulty. Soreness is to be expected but it sjhouldn't be "scrape me off the ceiling pain" (somethings wrong then)

Keys:

be determined

Only take advice from people who share the same outlook and goals on nursing.

Expect some soreness and expect to be exhasuted and sleep deprived (which can make things seem worse)

Keep asking for help, over and over and over. I can tell you if you point blank tell the woma of LLL "I am DETERMINED to do this and I'm not giving up" They will help you differently (from my experience) People are afraid of pushing too much. So if you clearly state your goals - peole won't be as wishy washy with you. If you say well, I'd Like to try people are more careful b/c they don't want to turn you away.

For me learning to nurse was a bizillion times harder than the birth. I swore up and down that I would put nursing on my epitaph (spelling) and natural birth. But our bodies are made to do this and you will have all the support you need here that we can possibly gie you!

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Just wanted to stop in and say hi! It sounds like you have been busy finding out just exactly what you want for your little one, I think that's great. I wanted to say that I had a great breast feeding experience with my first baby, and it was a much less then natural birth. It was painfull at first, but we adjusted well, and he nursed till he was 15 months old.I think for me the big difference came from letting him nurse as much as he wanted, some days it did seem like to much and was a little draining. I feel like the unlimited feedings is what made for a great milk supply, good luck!

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That is a great question and it is the first thing I said when (within hours of birthing my son!) family and friends asked me if I would go drug-free again.
I said 100% yes, b/c my baby was born alert and awake and as soon as they finally gave him to me (b/c i "purple-pushed" for 2 hours and he came out needing oxygen - thanks for that term Robbina!) he was rooting! (I needed help learning to nurse him b/c he was really tiny, and I am quite large breasted, so when I tried cradle hold (which is all I could think to do at the time) I almost suffocated him!!
but as soon as the lactation consultant showed me how to nurse him in football position, he latched on immediately and didn't stop until he was 16 months old!! (or at least it feels that way!)
but i definitely attribute our success to the fact that neither of us were sedated!

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Thanks for all the different perspectives!

Sorry I've been so MIA, but like I predicted, this week has been chaos.... I am SO looking forward to 10 pm tonight, when I can come home, kick my shoes off and know that I am DONE with all my outside commitments. Here's to the holidays!

I don't have much to update with. I had an appt with my OB yesterday, and she says that cervically (is that a word?) absolutely nothing is happening. :roll: and she expects that I'll go a week plus over my EDD. great. So yesterday, I tried to walk several miles throughout the day, and I hope to keep moving as much as possible. My DH has a theory that my body knows that I was working through the 15th, and wasn't going to do anything until then. He figures that once I psychologically let go, then my body will start moving towards labor. He also offered his services (wink, wink) to do what he can to get things moving Wink

Anyway, I am getting very happy and excited about this baby making her appearance. All is ready in the nursery (well, almost all, we still need some odds and ends) and we got the car seat last week. We still need to get a stroller of some kind.. DH loves the BOB stroller, and you can get an attachment so that the carseat can snap into it. Anybody have one of these? I'm not really sure how much we'll use a stroller really, given that we live on the 2nd floor, and I'm kind of a baby-wearing type. We don't have space for 2 different strollers, and we definitely want one that can go off-pavement (most of our walks are on dirt roads), so no graco travel systems for us... Any suggestions?

My parents are going to drive up tomorrow to visit until Tuesday - sort of an early Christmas since we won't be going down for the holiday. I think we might take the train into San Fran on sunday and do some window shopping - I really love the city at this time of year!!
Well, i've got to go make some cookies for my student recital this afternoon. Hope you all have a very happy weekend!!!!
xo katie

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Before you start your labor inducing regimen, get some rest and recover from this week! I'm so impressed at your stamina!

I'm gonna weigh in on the stroller idea...
My very good friend has the BOB - she has back trouble and her son is 3, so she needs a stroller that virtually feels like it pushes itself. She is absolutely in love with this stroller! She thinks everyone should have one. I tried it and it felt wonderful to push!
That said... there are features that you might want in a stroller if you don't need that kind of suspension system.
You may want a parent tray, a large basket, a kid tray (for cheerios later on!), maybe even a handle that you can switch from facing out to baby facing you.... there are jogging strollers that have some of those things that may also be a bit cheaper than the BOB - if you're going to be slinging mostly, try to wait till she's born and then bring her with you to a baby store and try some of the strollers with her in it.
(Thats our plan with this one, mostly b/c I'm not much satisfied with any of the double strollers out there.)

Enjoy your day out in the city!

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OMG, it feels so good to be done with work!! I love letting my mind go blank; I don't have to think about anything (for a few weeks, anyway)

We had a great visit with my parents this weekend. Didn't get a chance to go to SF, but it's been frigid lately, so not a big bummer. They brought up a whole bunch of fun stuff: curtains for the nursery, some cute clothes and books etc. The coolest thing was this drawing that my Grandmother had done only a few months before she passed away last year. It's a really beautiful butterfly (done in crayon on construction paper - just so great and childlike) She was really channelling her inner child at 96! I love it, and it will go on the wall in the nursery.

I've been feeling pretty good - Lily has definitely dropped in the last couple of days. I can finally breathe again!! Although, now my feet have decided to explode. I've been so lucky throughout these 9 months, but now I suddenly have all the swelling and stretch marks that a 9-month pregnant woman should have. Oh well, just 10 days to my DD!!

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Katie, how exciting that you will be due in 10 days! And it's so nice that you have something lovely that your Grandmother made for the nursery Smile Sorry about your feet- that happened to me too with my daughter, about 2 weeks before she was born. It was so bad I couldn't even wear slippers! Maybe your feet are telling you to get lots of rest to get ready for delivery!

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Hey Katie --

Sorry to be MIA, taking care of a newborn is hard work!!

Congrats on getting the work done...I know the feeling of relief. Have fun walking...it works!

Jen

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WOW, Katie, how exciting - just 10 days! Talk about a good start of a new year Biggrin Wishing you satisfying labor experience and of course KUP! Hey, drop by January board, I bet girls will be really really excited to see you Smile

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You sound energized! How precious a "gift" from your grandmother. You will find comfort in seeing that. You're almost there. Put those feeties up, take a warm bath and relax in all your preggo glory! Pregnancy is so physcially demanding but there is something special about rubbing that big rounded belly at the end, knowing aperfectly full grown perfect baby is in there. Enjoy this last bit of peacefulness and relish the ability to sit think, and let go.

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Well, I'm still hanging in there... Sorry for the infrequent posts, but I'm sure you all can relate to this busy season!
DH's last day of work was yesterday, and I'm really looking forward to having some quiet time with him before the baby comes. He's been running on all cylinders at work, so it's about time for him to focus on what's going on at home. He'll be off all the way to Feb 6th (!!!), so I'll have plenty of help through the first month.

OB appt yesterday went OK. I was a bit concerned with all the swelling I've had, but my BP was 114/71 and I even lost some weight from last week. She said I am a "finger-tip" dialated, and a bit softer, but not effaced at all. Then she started talking about setting up a NST and checking my amniotic fluid around 41 weeks. She still promises to let me go until 42 weeks w/o induction, as long as the tests are OK.

I swear I've been walking about 4 miles a day trying to get this little girl ready for action! I'm still not worried about induction, I intuit that I will go into labor about 41 weeks Smile We'll see!

It looks like we're going to have another Capricorn in the family when she comes... DH's birthday is tomorrow!! We're going to take it easy, just the two of us. Maybe have a nice dinner at this indian food place nearby.

Anyway, I hope for a very relaxing holiday weekend for all! Here's to Peace On Earth

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I think it sounds like a good plana dn that you have a really good head on you to deal with information as you get it. This baby will comes when it's ready and it sounds like you have good faith and trust in that! My b-day is the 29th! Hang in there Katie and have a good holiday.

I had to laugh when I rad you are walkign 4 miles. i can barely get to the bathroom with out mega contractions Smile I am sending you all my extra BH/contractions at this point!

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You sound great and you're so close!

Keep it up!

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I'm so excited for you! Enjoy your holiday and your time w/ dh b4 AND after baby arrives!

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Just a quick update today - Had an OB appt this morning, and DH was able to come because he's now officially on Paternity Leave! It was awesome to have him there; made me feel so much more comfortable (I'm usually a wreck around dr.s, even when I've seen them hundreds of times)
Still no progress yet Blum 3 I've made an appt for an NST next thursday, so we'll see if I make it to that.

DH suggests that I need to "get more into my body", so he insisted (I do love this man!) that I get a prenatal massage tomorrow. Fine by me! So, I'm looking forward to 11:15 tomorrow, when I'll be in the hands of a professional. Biggrin I'll let you all know how wonderful it was, I'm sure!

Hope everyone is enjoying the final days of this year...

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A massage sounds lovely. Enjoy!

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Yeah for the massage! Hope you start progressing soon, but don't worry - not everyone progreses much before labor.

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Happy Due Date, Katie Biggrin Hope things start moving soon! KUP

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Happy due date Katie! I hope your massage was wonderful and that you are still feeling good. Thinking of you~

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:woohoo: 40 weeks..... Way to go!!!

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Happy due date!!

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Happy due date! Hope you are still feeling well. Smile

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happy due date!!! Can't wait to meet your little one.

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Yay, you made it! (Probably longer than you'd have liked Wink ) Happy due date!

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Happy duedate Katie!! How are you feeling?

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It is time now Lol

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hmmmm, where is she???

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Maybe baby Wink

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Hey guys! Sorry to disappoint, but thanks for the good wishes today! Nothing much happening here besides a head cold (great timing, eh?) John and I have been camped out in front of the TV this afternoon after having a nice walk by the bay this morning. It's been really terrific that he's been off work this week; I've been so spoiled!

The massage was WONDERFUL, I don't know why I waited so long to go get one... Highly recommended to all pregnant women; actually everyone here deserves to go out and get one of them Smile The place where I got it has all sorts of mama resources.. I think if I don't go into labor within a week I'll make an appt with their accupuncturist. Anybody have any experience with accupuncture? She specializes in pre and post natal work..

Well, I'm off to bed early tonight - talk to you all soon!

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Wow, that must have been a neat place you went to! So glad you enjoyed it.

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