We didn't pull an all-nighter after all. Dh had to go back out, so I sent a list with him to Walmart and he got almost all it. I also remembered that I need a baby thermometer and nail clippers, etc, so he picked up a little kit. This morning, I got up and took Aaric to school and it turned out it was delayed for 2 hours (at the time, i just knew the parking lot was empty, thought it was cancelled) so we went to the drugstore. I got almost all of the last of it. Grabbed a pack of pads since I told dh to let me pick those out myself, tyvm, and got the chux pads and some syringes, then i remembered I should grab a pack of wipes, and saw the avent paci's so I grabbed the 0-3 mo pack of those too.
So now all that is left is the olive oil and the adapter for the waterhose to hook to the kitchen sink. Though really we need to buy a dresser for the kid, too. But I have an idea to just use a bakers rack that we have that is almost empty anyway, being used as a toy shelf currently. I could get a bunch of baskets to sit on the shelves. I may do that, but I have to figure out if there's another good place to put that sucker. Ideally, in our bedroom, but I don't know where...
I had a couple more strong contractions, but I think they're a lot stronger when I either have to pee or am hungry. They've gone away now.
so today, we'll be cleaning cleaning cleaning, and probably tomorrow too. With those contrax this AM, I double checked and I am still not progressing any, so I think we're good. My cervix is still quite posterior - thats why I can hardly reach it. Until it moves forward, I'm not worried about him coming too quickly.
OH - and I just arranged for the nurse/doula friend to come over while dh goes to the airport. I'd been worrying about that - don't want to send someone she doesn't know to pick her up, but don't want to be left without a good birthing coach either. So, this works.
I'll check back in if anything changes - if i'm not here, don't get excited, I'm just busy! Since I'm doing it at home, I know I'll be posting once I know I'm in labor!
You sound wonderful......but don't forget to REST!!!!
Yes, don't forget to rest!! You sound more active than I am these days, and I am still in that energetic 6th month!
Oh, trust me, I rest plenty. We've been lazy. I think I've worked about an hour total - a lot of that being sitting on the bed sorting laundry LOL.
Sounds like things have been pretty hectic lately!! I'm glad you are getting some rest though...maybe because you've been so busy is why you are contracting so much? I'll give you some baby stay in vibes!! You can pass me the labor ones...lol!
Hi, Kelly. Sounds like things are really falling into place for you. Your time is fast approaching and I look forward to hearing all about it.
And am I the only one who thinks that late 3rd trimester catheters are a good idea? I feel like I should just get up, sit on the toilet, and stay there all day. Stick a pillow on a stool off to one side and lean over to sleep on it.
That is precisely how I felt. And I stocked up on TP from Costco. It was just Bruce and I in the house and yet I was literally PANICKED if we had less than TEN rolls LOL I almost hooked up the extra TV in the bathroom...
Great to know you are doing well even if the end is annoying. I hope your weekend is relaxing!
Is it really too much to ask for kids to sleep in on a Saturday? But no, now that they're starting to adapt to the new schedule, they were both up by 7:30. Mommy's sleepy.
Michael got a call yesterday afternoon - they needed people to pull duty this weekend and apparently he was the only one on the call list that answered the phone. Nice. So he has to pull a 24 hour shift now. Went in at 9, he'll be off tomorrow morning. And what sucks is that there is a woman who didn't show up for her duty on the 4th of July and Dh covered for her, so she owes him big time. But she's not answering her phone, of course.
We got the bedroom almost 100% done - cleaned (the piles of laundry were getting overwhelming!), and rearranged a bit. I'll post pics later. Dh thinks it looks dumb because we have the baby's stuff on a baker's rack. We first bought it for a kitchen we had without enough cabinet space, then it was used as a toy shelf after we left that place, and now we've got enough shelving in the playroom that we don't need it in there, so why not? It works great! Very versatile.
And we got the bed pushed against the wall the way I like it for cosleeping with a little one. Overall, you get more room that way because you don't have to worry about allowing some space between you (or the baby) and the side of the bed. The only problem with that for now is that it was easier to just roll off the side of the bed to get up in the middle of the night - getting up now takes more effort!
I got up this AM and inflated the labor/birthing pool. I wanted to make sure there were no leaks so that I could buy a new one asap if necessary. But now I hate to let the air back out, but the garage is dirty and there are bugs, so I couldn't decide what to do... So I saran wrapped the top of it. Dh made fun of that too. But seriously, his dad works for Borden and he gets free cases of trash bags and the huge industrial size saran wrap rolls all the time, and so we never have to buy either of those things. We've still got a TON of saran wrap, so again, I say, why not? Aaric thought my idea was brilliant, so there!
As far as physically - other than being sleepy today, I'm good. I had a dream that I wiped and there was blood. I had a few hard contrax when I woke up to pee. In fact, I think its actually the contractions that wake me up, and I just happen to have a bladder that could use emptying too. I've noticed that for the last few nights. My ligaments are completely back to their normal level of soreness instead of the major pain that they were the other day. So overall, I'm good!
Todays plan is to finish up the bedroom and then clean in the downstairs.
Cleaning the kids' bedroom and playroom is a pretty low-key task that allows for lots of sitting - so I'm leaving those alone because I figure I could use something distracting in early labor, right? Everyone needs an early labor project - I think the playroom one will be a good one. And if I don't feel like doing it, then oh well. Its not the end of the world when they have a messy playroom.
Okay, I'm off to start cleaning now!
HA! I haven't cleaned jack. I've been lazy.
I got an email from the midwife with the dosage of the wild yam to take if I start contracting - 2-3 every 30 minutes until it stops. So I'm keeping those suckers with me all the time. Hopefully I can get some work done tomorrow.
I don't think I mentioned - I've got 2 baby showers on Friday. My Sunday School class is doing one Friday evening - its a joint one for me and for another lady who wound up delivering at 33 weeks, just before her shower! And Dh's work - well, technically, his former office, as technically, their unit no longer exists - is doing one Friday around lunch time. I'd like to make it to both of those LOL.
And my mom sent a box that got here today. A bit of clothes for the kids, an outfit and super soft blanket for the baby, a check for the baby (I asked her if, instead of sending more gifts she could just send money so I can buy the things I know we need), and cookies for me. YUM!
I just took a pic of our current setup in my room, or at least the baker's rack part, so here that is. I'm about to head out to get something to go on the shelf of clothes and diapers, to hold them in. I have visions of all of that just winding up as a huge pile of assorted clothes on the floor otherwise.
Oh, you're right, I need to incorporate a footrest. Wouldn't want my feet to swell, afterall.
First let me say two things:
1 - I was home alone all day with the kids who were making me go crazy, and they dumped out a basket full of folded towels and blankets onto the floor while I took a bath - and that's why you see a bit of a mess. (well, I DID put that bench thingy in the middle of the floor and tossed my pants on it... but the rest is mess that the kids made.)
2 - As I said, i was home alone all day with the kids. This was AFTER a full day - actually, after I took them out in public thinking that getting out of the house would do us all some good but I think I came home more frazzled than when we left. Then, Aaric, who knows how to hold a camera, kept messing around and I was getting extremely annoyed when he snapped the pic. So, that's the explanation for my expression.
Here's my belly pic. 37 weeks.
And here's the bakers rack with the canvas box/drawer/thingies that I bought to get those clothes and diapers organized. I wanted something with a clear front, but couldn't find anything that would fit right. This thing only goes back 13 inches, and none of the clear plastic drawers would work.
I think I'm just leaving the bottom shelf open, since blankets stack pretty easily, and so do the prefolds. I don't know if I'll keep the hangers there or not, they JUST barely fit and are a bit of a pain to get on and off.
You look great! It sounds like things are progressing quite well ~ I hope the contractions ease up until your m/w comes!
I love the bakers rack I think it's cute, and the green drawers are cute too!
I need to respond to the other lodges later today. I always feel bad when I update my own but don't respond to others!
But I just wanted to say - boy did I sleep good last night! I didn't crash until around 1, because I was enjoying the peace and quiet too much to give it up. (dh was on duty overnight, kids were asleep) But then I only got up twice during the night, and woke up on my own at 8! Good thing too, because after I set my alarm for church, I forgot to turn it on! and it was set for 8!
I'm tired - but not so bad.
In the midwife's response email about the wild yam dosage, she also told me that my liquid chlorophyll is like a liquid IV and I can take some any day that I need a boost. Good to know! Of course I need to make sure I save some for the birth as well.
But I feel much better this morning! And going to church means a couple hours without the kids! LOL
I'll skip the whining, and just list out my issues this evening:
swelling in feet and hands - not a ton of swelling, but it is actually pitting on my shins and feet a bit, and I can feel the extra fluid in my fingers. I'd call the midwife or email her - but I know she'll tell me to up the protein, so I'll just do that for now and let her know if it doesn't go away.
had some heartburn and nausea all at the same time earlier tonight.
And the past couple days, he's just stayed posterior.
And I'm leaking more milk every day I think. I'm guessing it won't take near as long (5 days the last 2 times) for my milk to come in this time. I think it has to do with the fact that I never fully dried up after Mikayla weaned last June.
I have enjoyed reading your lodge..I SO relate to you! We are almost done girl!!!! Hang in there! You look GREAT btw and I love what you did with the baby clothes thingy! Cool!
Just wanted to pop in and see how you're doing. Has the swelling gone down? I hope so! You look awesome in your pictures! Woo hoo! I like the bakery rack for the clothes, etc.; a good use of space and resources. Take care.
I was just about to come here to say -
My ankles are slowly disappearing. They're still there, but getting less and less boney. I checked Dr Sears nutrition book and tuna appears to be the highest in protein, so I just had a tuna sandwich. Also had tofu for dinner. I'll be grabbing some protein shake stuff at the store tomorrow. This has happened around 37 weeks the other times too, so not horribly suprising. I guess around this time, I just have a hard time keeping up with my protein needs!
And Mikayla is sick. I really think (hope) it's from some cottage cheese that I think had started to sour. It tasted a bit bitter to me, but also, I usually buy some REALLY yummy organic cottage cheese and dh grabbed some Walmart brand the other day. So I thought maybe it was just a quality issue, and let her eat some since she said it tasted fine. Now she's puking. I hope its that, and not a virus, because I just really do not need a stomach virus right now. Not only would it be extremely annoying and leave me unable to get stuff done around here, I'm thinking I couldn't possible consume enough protein in a day if I were vomiting! Aaric had some of the CC too though, and he's fine. She has no fever. Man, i hope it was the cheese.
Other than the expanding ankles, I'm fine today.
Kelly you look great and your dd is so cute with that "up to no good" expression behind you.
I hope Mikayla gets better soon.
Your lodge is so much fun! I hear you on the complaints and hope you feel better, but the tone you have is uplifting which lets us know that at heart you're ok.
I hope your dd feels better soon Kelly! I also love the baker's rack! What a great idea. Let us know how the tuna works for your swelling.
I love the picture of you and dd!! hope she's feeling better today... you have to watch out with the 'conventional' dairy!
Funny - I just got an almost identical rack to use in our storage closet. I love how simple and useful it is! My little attempt to control the chaos in my house...
Sending lots of *~*~no sickie*~*~ vibes for your entire household. That's the last thing you need right now!
Thanks, ladies. Its been a long day. Mikayla was sleeping soundly, waking up only to sip on juice, by 1:30, and then Aaric woke up and started throwing up at 3. Since she was yucky for around 9 hours, I hoped he'd be about the same, but his stretched out longer. Her fever also peaked at around 100, his got up to at least 102 at one point. And she's cranky and tired, but otherwise okay now. He's still got the fever and and is pretty weak. At least he's been holding stuff down for the past few hours. He's had a bit of juice and water and now some chicken noodle soup, so I"m hoping the worst is over. We'll find out in the next little bit, I"m sure.
And Aaric, OMG, he's the stereotypical male when he's sick. He's SOOOO whiney. He threw up on himself because he "couldn't reach" the bucket - um, that's because he refused to move a muscle to lean forward to it. Literally, had he actually stretched out his arm, it would have been just a very slight lean forward. But I guess he expects it to just be in his lap. Same thing with his juice - it was far enough away that he'd have to reach out to get it, so it was "too far to reach." In the bathtub, he wanted me to let the water out because he couldn't reach the plug. Well, duh, not when you're laying on your back! He's going to make me crazy.
So, since he's been sick all day, no school tomorrow. Their rule is no school if you've had fever or vomit in the last 24 hours - I'd let it slide if he was okay this evening, really, but he's still got the fever. I hate that he's missing school during just the 2nd week, but at the same time... I get to sleep in. Gotta look at the plus side!
Baby-wise, we're holding in there. He's moving downward a bit, but still refuses to stay in position. He'd stayed posterior for a few days and I'd just given up on even thinking about it and stressing over it, then he flipped back around and I was happy... now he's posterior again. I just have to keep believing that he'll get into the right position when it IS time. NOW, I just hope he stays put until we get the kids well!
Ugh, Kelly. I am so sorry your kids are sick...and I hope you don't get it! Take care of yourself as much as you can.
I think I just died.
OMG that was bad. I was lying down, semi reclined on my right side. the right side is where my abdominal round ligaments are the weakest. All of a sudden, the baby moved - probably stuck his elbow right into that ligament - AND I had a contraction, AND I got some major heartburn. ALL at the same time.
I finally managed to sit up to let the pressure off of that ligament and asked Aaric to run get my rolaids.
And I just now had another contraction and again, that ligament hurt. These ligaments better not hurt like that for every contraction when i'm in labor.
Kids - they seem almost all better today. Cranky and more tired, but no more puking and fevers seem to be gone.
Glad your kids are feeling better . . . what an awful thing for you to have to deal with right now. You're getting close, try to hang in there!
At least the Rolaids can save the day. Glad that you are near the end and the kids are getting better. Hugs and hang in there!
Last night was another one of those, "hmm... I wonder if its almost time?..." nights.
To everyone who I've talked through pre-labor, assuring you that it won't last forever, and that it IS normal - now you can see that once I'm in the middle of it, I have a hard time coping too! LOL
I wouldn't seriously call what I've been having so far "prelabor" but I have started getting the BHs more often. And when I start noticing them a few times within an hour, I start wondering. Last night, after that one that was bad with the ligament and heartburn, they kept going. We had to go to a potluck with DHs office, and I grabbed my wild yam and took a couple. I don't know if they worked or if it was coincidence, but I'd been having them at least every 10 minutes. I took one at 5:50 and at 6:50 realized I'd been contraction free! Of course, they started back up right after that. It seems strange to be 37 weeks and be HOPING its not "the big day" yet, but we just really don't feel ready yet! Beyond the cleaning, we just still dont FEEL ready! And the cleaning is nearly done - but between my energy level going downhill and sick kids, its not DONE yet. I spent all of Tuesday doing puke laundry. I of course washed everything that had gotten any on it, but also washed all the sheets that they'd slept on and clothes and such, to try to eliminate germs. I've got to get the downstairs re-cleaned today so we can mop the floors and then the upstairs tomorrow so we can steam clean the carpets.
It'll be a busy week/weekend - tonight both kids have their first soccer practice, tomorrow at lunch time I have a baby shower, another tomorrow at 6pm, soccer games on Saturday at 9 and 10, then church on Sunday. Monday I'll get some rest if I'm not in labor and Tuesday I have my next midwife appointment. Monday is the first official day that I've given the baby permission to come... but I'd like to make it to my appointment on Tuesday because I'm curious to see if they offer to do internals or not. I thought they might at the last one since I was 36 weeks, but nope! And I'd decline - I just want to see if they offer.
Still a bit of pitting edema but not getting any worse. Other than being tired, I'm good. I don't see how I can ever get used to the routine of school when Aaric got sick and missed half of the 2nd week! And then if the baby comes next week sometime, that will effect it, too. It'll be mid-October before I can get a routine figured out! LOL But I guess that's life with a newborn, in general. Having one in school just throws more into the mix.
Kids - Aaric is still a whiney-butt today, but he's back at school. I'm torn between being glad to have his whiney, can't-lift-a-finger self out of the house for a day and worried that he'll have a rough day at school if he's still not 100%. This morning he was obviously not fully recovered, but he had no fever and he's held food down for well over 24 hours, so I sent him. I think he was just tired still, and plus the whiney-ness. He cried because I didn't get the water the right temp, because I didn't put his soap in the shower for him (I'd put him in my bathroom instead of his), because I didn't chop his banana into his cereal, and because he needed a towel to wipe the water off of himself after brushing his teeth. mind you, he didn't try ASKING for help with these things/requesting the stuff he needed first, he just cried because I hadn't anticipated his every whim. grrr... So, hopefully he'll do okay at school. Mikayla was still feeling rough last night - no appetite at the potluck, laid in my lap for most of it - but she seems okay today. So, I think the sickies are all gone. At the very least - i didn't want to deliver a baby into a home chock full of germs! And the other good news - unless its got a long incubation, I avoided it! I felt queasy last night - but that was after trying to read the cell phone bill while riding in the car with DH and I already don't do well with reading in the car, and then he swung around a corner pretty haphazardly. I hate riding with him - I like driving better!
Okay, so that was an update full of randomness. Probably boring, but oh well.
Oh, and I'm feeling both sad and happy for a friend of mine today. She was planning a home vbac but had to transfer and the baby never descended - even at 8 cm the baby was still just at a -1. Reminds me of when Aaric was born, and how very fortunate I am that he did finally manage to move down, but her situation could have so easily been mine. But she was at 8 cm and -1 station squatting and pushing to try to get him to move down and he still wouldn't budge and had already had a very long labor prior to that. So she had a c-section. I'm thrilled for the birth of her new baby, but I'm also sure she's got an emotional recovery ahead of her. If I hadn't been able to push for 2.5 hours with Aaric, I would have been in her shoes - and honestly, looking back, I'm suprised my doctor let me get away with it.
Also, infuriated for her - the first OB who came in treated her poorly to start with and THEN proceeded to force her legs apart and insert an internal monitor after she'd already requested that he wait until the contraction ended and was then yelling for him to stop. Ugh.
Anyway - I'm thinking of her today.
Oh, I forgot to talk about my dream last night. I think it was because I'd read about my friend last night, and I'd been emailing back and forth with my friend who's coming over to labor-sit me while dh is gone to get the midwife from the airport. had birthing on the brain.
Dh was gone to get the midwife and Addie (the friend) was over here. I don't remember being in labor during the dream at all, just the birth. I pushed a bit and a leg just kinda fell out, then the other leg. We were suprised, but not concerned at all, just like "oh, look, he's breech, huh!" I just barely pushed some more and his butt came out and then a slightly harder push and his head came out. That's really all of the details that I remember. I vaguely recall that we realized after he was born that we still had no name. I recall Dh and I looking at him and me realizing that we really should discuss names at some point.
As far as i can tell, he IS still head down. But an easy delivery like that sure would kick butt. And it IS true that we need to find a name. This poor kid.
Again with the serial posting!
Dh has also made some requests for when i can/should have the baby. His new unit is being very accomodating - sounds like they'll gladly give him 10 days-2 weeks off. On the 19th, they go to the field for 2 nights (I don't even know what they do - training and stuff though) and he'd prefer to not have to do that, and I think on the 24th, they've got a 20K road march and he'd like to avoid that if at all possible. So I need to have the baby at a time when he'd be on leave for those two events. I need to glue a calendar to my belly so the baby can see exactly which days we've slotted for his arrival. and while I wouldn't mind the 11th (I know most people really hope to not have a baby on 9/11 - I've got friends who had kids born on that day in 2001 though and I love their perspective on it, and don't mind it at all because I think its good to bring good into the world on a sad day, ya know?) BUT at the same time, I'm betting security might be a bit heightened on that day at the airport, and I want the midwife to get through there easily!
I haven't caught up on your lodge yet but want to check in and let you konw I'm thinking about you!
LOL on delivery day requests. I told Miriam she couldn't come until after the Bernadette Peters concert, and sure enough she held off until the morning after.
I loved your dream.
Wow Kelly what a dream! I am laughing about the good dates. We have a little calender and I have dates circled that are not good dates. It's no wonder this baby isn't moving every time something comes up I'm circling a new date. I only have 4 days that are good in the next 2 weeks LOL. Good luck!
Well, that was a waste! We've had a hard time finding a good time to go and do the L&D tour, and of course there were plenty of times we could have gone but forgot about it. Its every tues and thurs at noon. So now, at 37.5 weeks, I figure we need to get on in there! Not that I expect to go there in labor at all - but if I do, being familiar with it will help keep me calm, I'm sure. So, today dh said he could go, so we went. We were running a minute late, so we rushed through the hospital. We get up there and the lady is passing out the handouts and then dismisses everyone. Turns out that they were too crowded in L&D today and there were no rooms available to show us, so no tour. Great!
RRRR....I hate wasting my time! I hope you get another chance to get in there. I still haven't taken a tour of our hospital since they only do it once a month.
Your dream was awesome! Also, I love that you are giving baby dates to come out! I hope you guys get your wish.
I did predict the other two dates - but I actually had ONE date in mind with them. For Aaric, he HAD to come on or before EDD. EDD was his deadline, though, and he met it. With Mikayla, I predicted 5 days early, and she was. With this one though, we're so scattered! The rules are much more complex! 11th, 12th, 13th, but then lets try to avoid the 14-17 so that I can make it to soccer and church. Then 18-20 is fine, not 21-24. Actually, 18-20 would be the most perfect, and the 19th is the number I've had in my head, so I think I'll go back to that being my official prediction. The 19th. If labor starts on the 18th, that's even better, so he doesn't have to even leave for the field, and he'd still be on leave to miss the road march. I just have my doubts about making it that close to 40 weeks LOL.
I've been thinking a lot - tonight if I have time (if not, then tomorrow) I'm going to write up my background and birth philosophies like some of the other ladies have. Not the full birth stories, just the parts that have specifically shaped my thoughts.
Hi, Kelly. Just got caught up on your lodge. I'm glad the kids are feeling better. How did DS do at school today; did he make it through the day? Whew, you dodged a bullet not getting sick yourself! Well, you certainly sound busy over the next few days. I'll try to rest enough for both of us! LOL Take care. I'll be thinking of you.
I've got lots of thoughts today, most of them whiney. But I've got a baby shower in a little bit, so I'll make it short. I've also got lots of philosophical thoughts about some stuff, but it'll have to wait.
I've been thinking about how strange it is that with the other two, I was ready for them to GET OUT by now, yet with this one, while the physical part is tiring, I'm fine with him staying put. Is it that I've learned patience in the past 4 years? No.
With Aaric, at 37 weeks, I had to stop work and we really needed him to come out ASAP because I was taking unpaid time off. He came at 40 weeks exactly. We really were in a hurry to have him, though. Plus, it was my first and I was huge and it was July in GA. Nuff said.
With Mikayla, at 37 weeks, I started my maternity leave (with partial pay... ah that's so much easier!). Everything was ready, and now I was done with work, too. So it felt like it was "time."
With this one, nothing is changing. I don't get maternity leave, so there's no defining moment of "time for the baby" other than a calendar, which we all know means nothing. Add to that, that our life right now is SO hectic - when with the other two, it calmed down around this time. We're getting busier by the day. First school, now soccer, and then throw in a fun stomach virus for the kids, and now for Michael! Its just so much to cope with, that the thought of adding a 3rd child to the household to take care of feels overwhelming.
So, its not just that the house isn't ready (which its not), its more than that. Its that we don't feel ready for a new kid in the house. We're sick, we're already stretching ourselves thinner than we've been used to, and we're stressed. Oh, and also, Michael just started his new position this past week.
So, I want this baby to stay put for at least another week, even though I'm physically drained, because I'd like just a few days of peacefulness before he comes. We're not ready - because our life is a huge whirlwind at the moment.
My body is ready for this to be over with. I'm tired, I'm sore, and that's an understatement. But *I* am not ready.
So that's my philosophical thought for today. I've got more fun discussions floating around in my brain, but I'll get them out some other day.
Just a quick basic update - yesterday I ran around nonstop from 2pm-9pm and then didn't fall asleep until after midnight (thanks Chimmy for keeping me company on yim!) and then slept for a FULL FOUR HOURS before waking up to pee!! and then slept again until 7 and woke up with a headache. I'm extremely worn out and I won't go into details but I might possibly be coming down with the virus, but it also could jsut be that my body doesn't function so well when I don't get enough sleep. REALLY hoping I feel better tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing where you're at, Kelly. You certainly do have a lot going on! I've heard from several BTDT moms that while going from 1 to 2 is difficult, going to the 3rd always feels like going to 10! I'm envious of your 4 hours in a row of sleep, but you were probably exhausted!!! Try to get some rest when and where you can. Take care.
Hay darlin'! That was quite a dream! I have a friend who just delivered her 6th child at home, it was a footling breech! Her m/w kicks butt though and everything worked out beautifully :thumbsup:
Sorry to hear your coming down w/ a bug, up that C, ech. and garlic girl!
And I think you kept me more company than I you lol Was fun chattin' with ya though! Normally our IM's are hours apart lol
Just checking in with you after your busy few days. Hope you're doing okay.
Long weekend - finally behind us!!
Also, I hate to say it outloud... but it looks like I may have avoided the wrath of the stomach virus. Dh has been fine since Sat afternoon and so far, I'm still good. Whew!
Saturday after their soccer games (which I had to take them to alone) he felt better and got up and took them to run some errands with him so I got to nap a bit. We were going to clean during the evening, but we were both just still so wiped out that we didn't. Then Sunday morning, we decided that we really needed the extra sleep to recover fully before starting a new week, so we skipped church. We spent the afternoon cleaning, and then the kids and I went to church for Awana's.
So you know what that means? We're past all of those things that I said HAD to happen before he can come out! The downstairs floors need to be scrubbed and of course there's always laundry to be folded, and I need to get the laundry room cleaned out. The upstairs would take a max of an hour of cleaning and then it would be done, and we need to clean the carpets then, too. But other than that, the house is ready to go!
Oh! My showers! I had one Friday at lunch time with Dh's coworkers. Actually, they're technically his former co-workers, but its the unit he's been with for the past 3.5 yrs, and went to Iraq with, and he just left them a week ago. But he was home sick during the shower, and I don't know these people at all. So it was a bit weird for me, but it was nice. I just feel strange being at a party FOR me, getting gifts, when I don't even know the people. Then that evening, I had a shower with my Sunday School class. It was a joint shower for me and another lady who'd had her baby a few weeks ago. Her shower had been planned, but then she had the baby a couple days before the shower date - at something like 33 weeks. So they just combined ours. We'd just told everyone that the only thing we needed was clothes. We do have lots of boy clothes, but you know, styles change in 6 yrs, and plus its nice for the kid to get SOME new clothes of his own.
So now I had to re-organize that bakers rack thing. I had fitted dipes in one of the green boxes, covers in another, and then clothes in another. And it fit fine! yeah, that had to change. Now we've got sleepers and other one piece long outfits in one box, actual outfits like tops and bottoms or seperates in another, and onesies in another. Yes, an entire one is full of onesies. All different colors and patterns though! I've got a few outfits I'm leaving the tags on - like some summery 6 month outfits. I don't know how big this baby will be or how fast he'll grow, but my other two babies were in 6 month clothes around 3 months - and that'll be winter. I hate it though, because they're cute outfits! And there's one adorable little shirt that I got 3 of - 2 in 3 mo and 1 in 6 mo. So I'm taking one of the 3 mo ones back.
At the work shower, they were all annoyed that more people didn't show up and the commander tells me that she'll be telling everyone that wasn't there that they need to either give her money or gifts to pass along to me. I know a couple people hadn't gotten anything yet but promised gift cards sometime this week. There are only a few things I can think of that we'd need, really.
Lets see... my parents are on vacation and my brother says my mom called him yesterday to make sure I hadn't had the baby yet. We've all been given orders to let her know as soon as I'm in labor "so that she can worry" LOL - but I guess she thinks we might all forget about her. We've had a tiny bit of drama with MIL - she'd previously mentioned for us to let her know when we "needed" her to come up. Now, I take that to mean that she wants to come help out with things around here, not just see the baby. Apparently, she then got the impression that we didn't want her help, and then things got all confused when dh asked her about how long she was planning to come help out for. ugh. It just got all twisted around. So now apparently she's willing to help out, but she always tacks on, "Just let me know when..." okay, well, lets see... we have no clue when the baby is coming, so how can we do that? I figured she meant "when its time, let me know when you want me to come." but apparently she actually wants to set dates now. She mentioned something about the 29th. Lets say we have the baby on his edd (between the 22-24th, technically) - well, dh will still be off work, so I won't need actual HELP then. Plus, I've read plenty of stories where the 3rd pregnancy was the longest - what if I go overdue? WHY can people not understand that setting dates just doesn't work? And she's a nurse practitioner who had 2 kids and now has 4 grandkids - she knows how this all works!
In pregnancy news - nothing much! I've noticed that my BH's are the same intensity as my first 12 hours of labor with Mikayla. Of course, in those 12 hours, I didn't progress at all, so it doesn't mean much. But they do pack a bit of a punch. I've started sleeping on an incline with the help of a big folded up comforter - it seems to help the heartburn and I'm more comfy. Also makes it easier to get out of bed. And I'm going to post this as a question seperately - but my butt feels bruised, and I wonder if I somehow injured it without realizing it or if my pelvis is shifting around.
But nothing major to report. I'm hoping he'll stay put at least a bit longer - I've got a to-do list for today: pack hospital bag just in case, gather up all the parts to my pump (not that I expect to need it especially this soon, but I'm trying to cover the "what-ifs"), finish the house. After that stuff is completely done, THEN he's officially welcome to make his entrance.
Sounds like you have a ton going on! I can understand about the MIL thing...for me it is my actual mom that is bugging me for dates, but she finally just picked a weekend to come out. I hope you get everything on your list done before baby decides to come!
Okay, so today I had an appt. Nothing thrilling. BP was 130something/65, which is a bit higher than my norm, but I'm going to have Dh recheck it this afternoon. I think its a bit of "white coat" bp. Gained 2 lbs in the past 2 weeks, so that's fine - total gain up to 21 lbs now. Heartrate was 130. She didn't tell me the fundal height measurment. I'll check that sometime today. And he was not posterior when she was checking, but his body was over to the right. I'm wondering if he's really just twisting his neck/shoulders/torso around a ton, but his head is really staying in position. She confirmed for me that his head IS quite low and I'd think if he was turning his head very often, it would be causing an awful lot of discomfort wouldn't it? I'll ask my midwife about that when I call to update her in a bit.
Then I went to the last half of a LLL meeting - I hate that I accidentally overlapped my schedule there, I like making it to meetings! Chatted a bit there.
Came home and grabbed a snack for Mikayla and I and waited on Dh to get home so we could try the hospital tour again. Would you believe... that L&D was full again!!! OMG! She said that actually, not every BED was full. She also said that if you come in laboring, and they ARE full, then you'll be sent by ambulance to the non-military hospital and all of that is fully covered. Well, I'll be asking the midwife about that next week (if I make it in.) If we need to transport, we may need to just call ahead. I"m thinking that if I were in an emergency situation though, they'd stick a slow laboring 4 cm lady back in the hall and squeeze me in LOL. Transporting across town wouldn't be the safest option. So anyway, that's a bit of a concern for me. While I hate that I didn't get to see L&D still, I keep saying that if I transport, it'll be a medical scenario and so I'm not really concerned with how "comfortable" it will be. I may call on Thursday though and see if they'll be doing the L&D tour or if its full again, because I really would like to feel comfortable about transporting, and I think being familiar with it would make that easier. We did get to see the mother/baby unit though. Not impressive. I"d seen a double room before and they were very very unimpressive. The private rooms are typically for surgical patients, but she said if they had plenty of room and no scheduled surgeries, then they'll put v-births in there too. My annoyances - they absolutely will NOT discharge prior to 24 hours (grrr... I'd be fighting that unless there was actual REASON for us to stick around) and she talked about how most moms do not want the baby put directly on them because they're so messy. NO offense to anyone - but you know, being a mom is a messy business. I've been puked on. Holding my "messy" newborn is not a problem. But she said that if you do request it, they will put the baby directly on your tummy, but then after a few minutes they will take the baby to weigh and dry them, as those are "important." Okay, so yeah, weight is important because like she said, if they need any medicine, they have to know the weight of the baby. But drying them off isn't important. Belly to belly, blankets on top of mom and baby both, and baby will be plenty warm.
Otherwise, it was just all a big confirmation that homebirth is definitely right for me LOL. I'm really really not anti-hospital birth, I promise. I do feel home is the safest choice for most low risk women. But hospital birth just doesn't appeal to me in the very least. I look around and it looks so clinical, so sterile, so ugly. And really, "going" anywhere to give birth just seems weird for us now. I'm so glad that I have the option of homebirth, and that I do feel safe with it.
I think having seen what I'd be up against - even though its pretty good with the mother/baby friendly aspects overall - if the midwife can't make it in time, unless we see actual problems, I'm most likely to stay home. I've been saying that we'd play it by ear - and yeah, we still will. But the thought I had in my mind was that we might feel uncomfy with doing it alone, so we might transport just for peace of mind. But if she can't make it, I think my peace of mind will be just fine at home, unless we detect problems.
I'm also tired and the semi-hourly peeing is really getting old.
That's all for now.
Got a package from my mw today - we now have 2 little bottles of oxytocin just in case! That's another one of those things that I couldn't go out and buy but she wouldn't be able to get through security at the airport.
Also a couple pills - no clue what those are.
That sucks about the L&D being full again. Yeah I would wonder about that transfer across town if they were full as well. I would think though that if you came in in an emergency situation they would find a way to emit you. We felt the same way about L&D when we had to go there for some bad cramping earlier in the pregnancy. Although it is a nice L&D and the nurses were great, it just was not for us. As we were leaving DH says to me, I am so glad we are doing this at home. That is odd about the messy baby thing, I would think after all of that work and finally meeting your baby the last concern you would have would be having a messy newborn on you.
Good to get an update from you, Kelly. I can't imagine them transferring you across town in an emergency. Hopefully, all this L&D at the hospital stuff won't be necessary for you, but it is good that you're checking it all out beforehand. I'm curious about the other pills from the MW....hhhhmmmm.
BTDT too many times to bother getting my hopes up, but I thought last night might have been "it." I'd been online and nothing was happening, then I got up and did some quick cleanup before dh got home and then was working on dinner. At some point, I realized that I'd had several contractions within the hour. And these BHs are getting stronger every day. But then as dinner was almost done, I noticed that my head hurt. I'd already noticed that my legs were a bit more swollen than usual. I was also just getting flustered way easily and kept dropping the spoon I was stirring with. SO I got Dh to take my bp - don't know if it was high because I was stressed because I was dropping things or if I was dropping things because it was high, but it was 122/95. I took tylenol for my head and we ate and then I took a long relaxing bath. After that it was down a bit, but just to 122/88. The contractions weren't any more bothersome than usual, but I was still getting them. Then, just a minute after getting into bed, I had a contraction that was actually painful, PLUS the baby was moving nonstop during it. head, shoulders, legs, he was moving it all. I had to sit up and concentrate a bit to get through it, and then just a minute later another one came. After that, they let up, though. Or at least went back to my usual spread out BH's.
Today I'm just tired and my head hurts a little but I think its because I'm sleepy and hungry, but I may get Aaric's school nurse to take my bp just in case. I stayed on my left side for most of the night, so I'm hoping its gone back down low again.