Halloween would be cool (not that I want to wait that long ) My birthday's Pearl Harbor Day. Not nearly as fun of a holiday.
Natalie & Dan - June 2, 2001
Samma - Nov. 5, 2004
Tommy - Oct. 19, 2007
I think being a Bradley instructor or doula would be so cool. It's not something I could do now, but in the future . . . you never know. I think I'd probably love being a CNM, but I don't have the heart for nursing school. So, maybe one day I'll get certified as a doula and be involved in NCB that way.
The last two days I've been doing a LOT of laundry. DH and I went shopping over the weekend and got oxyclean and vinegar, which I wanted to use on diapers and baby clothes, and then my mom went to tag sales and brought me back another huge bag of baby clothes. Since I don't have any clothes that I felt comfortable actually putting on the baby right after birth, either because I wasn't sure how clean it was, or because it was fresh out of the package, I've been doing laundry.
First I did the diapers, which I still have to do a few more times. I washed them in a hot wash with detergent, along with all my receiving blankets that I need for the birth. I love receiving blankets. Next I did dark clothes, then two loads of light clothes. I have so many clothes! I had no idea how many clothes I had. It's been very exciting.
I have to work tonight, tomorrow, Sunday, then Tuesday and Wednesday. I work overnights, so I get in at 11p and I leave at 7a. I love working the overnight, I like the solitude of it, but since August I've had a really hard time sleeping during the day. I don't know why.
Monday morning I'm going to be busy, after my shift I have an intake appointment at a local mental-health office, then I'm probably going to go visit my husband and his coworkers at the hospital (he works in surgery), and then I'll head home, with a stop at my optician's on the way. I'm doing the mental-health thing because I have a recent history of depression with anxiety, though since I've been pregnant I've been really good. I just want to meet someone and establish a relationship with them while I'm still really good, so that if/when I get crazy, whomever I'm seeing knows what my baseline is, and knows my history. I've accepted that mental health professionals will be a part of my life for probably the rest of my life, and while I don't always need medication, I do always need to have someone to go to if I do need medication. My last psychiatrist was great, but he was only affiliated with the university I was attending, so I can't see him anymore now that I'm not a student.
My optician visit is more innocuous. For months, my glasses have had an annoying habit of loosening only one screw--the one that holds my left lens in. One day I was taking a nap and I woke up suddenly, put my glasses on, and thought I was having one of those "visual disturbances" my midwives ask about at every visit, because I couldn't see right. Found my lens in the bed next to me, along with the screw. I put it back in, nice and tight, and it happened again a few weeks later. Yesterday, it happened and I lost the screw. I have one of the screws from a repair kit in there, but it's too long and obvious and I hate it. So on Monday my optician is going to replace the screw and do something so it doesn't keep falling out.
Alright ladies, DH is almost home and we're going out tonight for Crawfish Pasta! I'm going to have killer heartburn but it's SO WORTH IT. I'm bringing some home to freeze and some home to eat later tonight while I'm at work. God that stuff is good!
I think your idea of meeting with a MHP right now before you really NEED one is excellent. I suffered from depression and anxiety throughout my early and mid 20s and I always worry I'm going to relapse. I made a list during my last pregnancy of things to do to help myself stay above water during the postpartum period. It included things like, get out of the house every day, continue taking Omega 3's, limit caffeine and sugar, exercise, journal, etc. It really helped for me to read over my list every once in a while to keep myself on track. I've been med free since '05 but I need to follow your steps and find someone just in case. I think a lot of my issues were related to lifestyle and bad choices, but I still fear it lurks in the background.
Homebirthing Mama to 4
That's cool that you're doing the cloth-diaper thing So are we. Between NCB and CDing, all of my cosmopolitan friends (which is just about everyone here in the city) think I'm a little weird. But, that's okay Maybe I am a little wierd. I'm definitely not a "city kid!"
We're starting with CPFs and FBs. What's your plan?
I'm looking at pictures of babies in my DDC, and then looking over at my carseat which is sitting in my office instead of in my car, and thinking about this baby's first trip, which will be to Newport, RI, for Thanksgiving. And I just realized, I AM SO STUPID FOR AGREEING TO GO TO NEWPORT FOR THANKSGIVING. Seriously, if I have this baby when I think I will, on November 11th (41w4d) then the baby is going to be less that 2 WEEKS OLD when we're taking a four-hour car trip each way. To add to that, DH will be flying to Florida the Friday after thanksgiving (Nov 23) to be the best man in the wedding of the man who introduced us in the first place.
For the first time this entire pregnancy, I'm contemplating trying to get the baby out sooner rather than later, just to have more adjustment time before this trip. I can't believe I agreed to do this. I can't believe I said it was okay for DH to still be in this wedding. he's going to be gone for THREE DAYS. I mean, I'll be with his folks for most of that time, so it's not like I'll be alone, but still.
So I mention to DH that I'm thinking about starting EPO, and he asks what it is, and I say, "it has prostaglandins in it." Then I think a little, and add, "so does semen." (We've had sex ONCE since the first weekend in July) He gets the barb (though he's not likely to do anything about it) and says back, "what, do you want some on a bagel?" eew.
So, should I try to encourage my body to go into labor? Wait and hope that the babe and I are reasonably well-adjusted when it's time to go on this trip? Cancel, when I'm part of the reason we're going to Newport in the first place? Yikes. I'm so dumb.
Sam was roughly a month old when we went up to visit family. It was 5 hours to my 'rents and another 2 up to the ILs from there.
I rode in the back seat of the Contour crammed between the baby bucket and the door. I was miserable. As in, a month later we bought a minivan.
So you can probably do it, but I doubt you'll be happy. And you probably won't feel like your normal self yet by then, depending on how things go (I had complications and didn't feel like me for a couple of months - bleeding, extra placenta that wasn't found until 6 weeks pp, uterine infection...).
I will admit that Dan was supposed to be in a wedding two years ago in NV. His best friend. And I freaked out because we'd just moved up here in August and had to take Sam to the ER for what they were concerned might have been kawasakis (or whatever that strawberry tongue thing is). It took a couple years for the friendship to become less strained (just recently) and it's still no where near it was before. Dan was supposed to be the best man too.
Natalie & Dan - June 2, 2001
Samma - Nov. 5, 2004
Tommy - Oct. 19, 2007
Welcome to your lodge, I'm not here all the time but I wish you all the best. When your little one is tiny they are easiest to travel with as they sleep alot If you think you can handel it yourself then go for it, if your not sure cancel now so your less stressed about it. You could always call and say your comeing again later, but it would be one less thing for you to think about now!
I've been thinking more and more about Newport, and I think I'm going to go. I posted about this in my DDC on MDC and there were lots of people suggesting that I might change my mind after the birth, and I might, but the more people suggest that I NOT go, the more I realize that it's probably better for me TO go. I love my in-laws, I feel more at home with them than I do with any of my family, and since, with DH leaving the day after TDay, I'm going to need family at my house or need to be at someone else's , I'd rather be with my in-laws than anywhere else. I'm sure it will all be fine.
Right now, though, i feel crappy. I've decided to start getting fed up with being pregnant so I can have a baby sooner, and lemme tell you, that's not hard. I feel like a whale most days, and my allergies are KICKING MY ***. I have mild congestion with post-nasal drip. Normally I get something at this time of year, and I have a prescription for Allegra-D that I usually take. But I'm pregnant, so Allegra's out. I want to take some regular sudafed but I'm worried about the vasoconstriction and the baby. I did take a full dose of benadryl this morning to try and prevent the sore throat when I woke up, but instead I woke up groggy (and early) and the throat is worse. The congestion is that crappy kind that moves from one sinus to the other when you roll side to side.
Complicating this is that I'm still working nights at the assisted-living facility (ALF). I'm not sleeping during the day as well as I used to, and the lack of sleep is making it harder for me to fight whatever is making me stuffy, whether it's pollen or not.
I have a call into my midwife and she suggested drinking nettle tea, several times a day, but I don't LIKE nettle tea and it's going to take at least a day to start working anyways, if it works at all (there's a reason we have pharmaceuticals instead of straight botanicals). I'm going to drink some, anyways, because hell, I'll try anything, but I don't wanna.
I'm going to make some tea and eat some food and go back to bed. This sucks.
HUGS hun, how are you today? I hope you get to feeling better, and that little one comes your way soon