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I know it is a tad early, but here you go. Welcome to your lodge.

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Welcome to your lodge, Beth!!! Smile

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Oh, wow! Thanks, Christy!
I will give a nice long intro later. I got a call this evening from my OBs office telling me they needed to re-schedule my Thursday appt to tomorrow. Geez, thanks for the heads up. The clerical person who called acted like I was silly for needing to plan a little in advance. Thankfully, I have lots of family close that can watch the kids at the last minute for me.
So far this pregnancy has been relatively easy. I had severe morning sickness until about 18 weeks. It hasn't hung around like it did with my other two, so I'm extremely glad about that. I always swell horribly, but walking in the evenings helps. My only major complaint is that I have developed some horrible, and I mean ghastly, varicose veins. My legs look like those of an 80-year-old. I've had a few since I was a teenager, but this pregnancy they've become painful and torturous. Again, walking helps with the overall pain and bulging, but I haven't found anything that decreases their appearance. Sigh.
I have been amazed at the strength of the women on this board and look forward to gleaning some of your wisdom!

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Welcome to your lodge! Can't wait to follow along with the remainder of your pregnancy!

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Welcome and congrats!

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Welcome to your Lodge Mama! :wavehello: ♥

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Had my appt yesterday. Everything looks great- BP was 112/72, weight was up 2 lbs from 2 weeks ago, baby's HR was 135, urine was negative Smile She did the Group B Strep test and checked me while I was "undressed anyways" (she asked if it was ok first). Still high, closed and thick, which is a good thing at this point.
I don't have another appt for 2 weeks. I've started my EPO since I'm almost 36 weeks. I've been feeling so good, I'm afraid that means she'll come later than my other two (40 W and 39 W 5 D). I just remember being much more uncomfortable at this point. Other than the return of my MS, I've really felt great and had relatively few BHs.
I will come back later and post my previous birth stories.

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Welcome to your lodge, Beth!

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Finally have a minute to give you a formal introduction. A lot of this is pasted from my lodge with DD.
I met my wonderful DH at work. I am an RN and he is an Anesthesiologist. We had known each other for more than 2 years before we even started talking. I was chair person for a committee and I enlisted his help to teach a Code Blue refresher course. We started talking casually and we realized that we had many similar interests (horses, church, being outdoors). After another 6 months or so, we started dating. Our first date he came to my church and met my family. I knew then he must be pretty interested if he would put up with that for a "date".
We were married after dating for a total of 9 months. Our son was conceived a month after we were married. I planned on going natural when giving birth and so we practiced relaxation techniques. The last few weeks of my pregnancy, my BP started to gradually climb. My OB was very conservative and had a very low induction and c-section rate. However, he started talking about induction at my 39 week appt. My swelling was terrible so he prescribed Lasix for me to take and told me to go home and stay on bedrest until my 40 week appt. He told me before I took the Lasix to think and pray about it as he wasn't completely comfortable giving it to me(he knew DH and I were both medical professionals and could research the risks). I never filled the prescription as I felt the risks were too great.
I was completely prepared to go at least a few days over my EDD and was absolutely surprised when, at a little before midnight on the night before my EDD, I woke up to use the restroom and had a ton of bloody show. It wasn't just a little pink tinged mucus, it was like a period. I realized that the back pain I had been feeling that night was actually contractions. I had done a few natural induction methods in the few days preceding since my OB was talking medical induction, but I didn't really expect it to work! Prune juice, walking, nipple stimulation, and Eggplant Parm apparently really work or it was just a nice coincidence.
To make a long story short, I was in labor(1-2 cm dilated), but very early labor. However, my BP was very high so I was admitted and not allowed to get up except to use the bathroom (UGH!). I tolerated the contractions well until my OB broke my water at 9 am. At this point I was only 4 cm. The contractions intensified but spaced out. After two hours I was still only 4 cm. I knew the next step was Pitocin so I consented to a non-narcotic epidural. I was so tired. They started Pitocin at around 12 pm. I was able to sleep for a few hours. At 5:15 I was ready to push. I could still feel the contractions so I knew when to push. Truman was born at 6 pm weighing 8 lbs 5 oz and he was 22" long. I had a small tear that required four stitches.
At the time, I was very disappointed that things didn't go like I really planned. I felt very out of control since my BP was so high and interventions like AROM and Pit were used. I realize now that it actually was a very non-traumatic first birth and could have ended much, much worse.

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My pregnancy with DD was quite different. I never had a period, so didn't realize I was pregnant until I started having MS. By that time I was 7-8 weeks. The MS only lasted until I was around 18 weeks and it wasn't as severe as what I had with DS (it lasted the entire 9 months). DS was only 6 months old when I got pregnant with DD. Needless to say, my body wasn't really ready for another pregnancy and I was in a lot of pain the last several weeks. I was eating well, taking supplements (magnesium), and walking daily to help prevent the high BP, but I was sooo miserable. My BP stayed within normal limits the entire pregnancy. I copied Cassidy's birth story from my lodge...

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Cassy's birth story really starts on Thursday Sept 3rd (39 W 4 D) at 3:30 am. I woke up unable able to sleep because my stomach felt upset. I went to the restroom and realized I was having contractions. They were not horribly strong, but they were definitely not Braxton Hicks. I timed them and they were anywhere from 5-15 minutes apart. I knew they would either get closer together or stop, so I tried to sleep as much as possible. However, I was unable to fall asleep and ended up staying awake. They spaced out as the morning wore on, so I took DS to WalMart. I was feeling pretty achy, but the contractions continued to be sporadic. My main fear was that my water would break while I was in WalMart. The contractions continued to be 15-30 minutes apart all day long and I started losing bloody mucus. I knew I was probably in early labor, but had no idea how long it would last. So I kept doing the last-minute things that needed to be done. That evening, DH and I took a mile and a half walk (our nightly routine). It felt so good to walk, and I remember thinking maybe I was just going to have contractions like this for several days.
I woke up Friday morning at 230 with the same contractions only they were a little stronger and now they were around 7-10 minutes apart. I was unable to sleep through them, but I was able to breathe and relax and sleep between them. I found myself instinctively moving around to get comfortable. I was on the exercise ball, kneeling, sitting straight up, standing and leaning on the counter. At around 5, they were 5-7 minutes apart, but I was still tolerating them well. I woke DH up and told him that I was probably in labor. He had to be at work at 7, so we had decide soon if I was going to go to L&D. I wasn't sure if I should go yet, as I wanted to be at home as long as possible.
We hung around and after he watched me during the contractions for a while told me WERE going to the hospital. We dropped DS off at my friends and got the hospital around 630. They checked me around 7:30 am and I was 5 cm and 100%. I was a little disappointed since I had been in labor for a while. I was hoping I would move quickly this time.
I got settled into a L&D room. DH finished a surgery and came down at about 830 (he works at the hospital I delivered at). The contractions were strong, but I was able to breathe through them and move around as much as I needed (they let off the monitors for 45 mins out of each hour). The nurse I had was really good about just letting me do whatever I needed to do and encouraging me to stay natural. At 1030, I was only 6 cm. The contractions were stronger, but not horribly close together. The most comfortable position was sitting straight up in bed with my heels together. So I alternated between this and getting up. At 1:30, I was 7 cm. At this point, I was getting frustrated. I did not want to be doing this all day!
At 3:30, I was still 7 cm. I could have cried. I could feel myself getting worn out. I hadn't slept Wednesday or Tuesday night very well at all so I was really low on sleep. The contractions were strong, but not unbearable so I tried to stay positive and just let my body do what it needed to. At 4 pm, I let the OB break my water. When she did, she said I was almost complete with just a small rim around the head. I thought, "Yes, I am really doing this!" The L&D nurse warned me it would make the labor more intense, but would probably move things faster. For an hour the contractions steadily got stronger. At 5, they were VERY intense, but I was tolerating them well with moaning and just relaxing. I got up to use the bathroom and it was very uncomfortable to get up (I started puking at this point), and I hung around DH's neck and squatted to make it through the contractions. I was hoping this would move baby down, but I never felt her budge. When I was back in bed, she checked me again and the "lip" was still there. At 530, it was still there. I was getting scared as the contractions were REALLY hard and nothing was happening. She had me roll to the right side and instantly my back felt like it was being torn apart. She had me roll over to the left side after a few contractions. She felt like the baby was somewhat crooked and needed to turn to be able to descend properly. While I was on my left side, she had me push a little. That was really hard, as there was NO urge to push and the contractions were worse on my side. She was getting concerned and the word "abnormal" was mentioned. The baby still wasn't moving. I was losing my resolve and pretty much begged DH to get me an epidural.
My OB assured me baby would be here soon if only we could get that "rim" of cervix out of the way. She wanted me to try pushing on my side again, but I felt like my body was working against me (I was on my side with my head lower than my feet). I was really losing touch with reality and getting scared that this baby was not going to be born vaginally. I tried to push but when the contraction came, all I could do was moan and say, "I can't". I asked if I could try to push on my back, as it felt better to be on my back or sitting up a little. We tried, but nothing happened. The OB said something about an epidural might give just enough relaxation to move the baby down. At this point, the anesthesiologist came in. I don't remember what time it was (around 6:15 or 6:30). I had three contractions during the few minutes it took him to get the epidural in and they were crazy intense because by this point I wasn't thinking about relaxing or trying to go natural. I just wanted the baby here and safe.
He just gave me a quick injection of medication since I was so close to delivering, but he left the catheter in "just in case we need to do a C/S". As soon as the epidural was in (before I even laid back down), I felt the baby move down and I needed to push. I could still feel almost everything, but my body took over at that point and it felt good to push. 3-4 good pushes, and a good yell, and she was born at 6:55. It was amazing actually feeling her being born. Even the tearing didn't matter. DH says I yelled when I felt the tear, but I don't remember it really being that bad. I just remember feeling her move down and thinking, "She's actually being born!". It hurt, but was so exhilarating.
After she was born, I was so awake and alert. With DS, I don't remember even being excited that he was born, I was so drowsy. This was so much better. I didn't need pitocin afterwards, and only had three stitches.
In a way, I was really disappointed that I didn't make it totally natural, but I think I did everything I could to make it happen. DH made the comment that if the baby had come a few hours earlier, I'd probably been able to do it, but he felt like I was so worn down by the time I got to the point of pushing, that it made it much harder. I think he was just trying to make me feel better. I probably should have asked her to break my water earlier, but there's always something that I could say "might" have made things different. She is healthy, I am healthy, it is over, and she is perfect.

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Wow, that was longer than I realized! Thanks for reading if you read all of that! Smile

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Great stories! I can totally relate to being so exhausted by the time the pushing stage comes around Wink
Here's to an easy last few weeks!

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Welcome to your lodge! I've enjoyed "getting to know you" through your stories.

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Thanks.
I have nothing exciting to update. It's been a very HOT past few days. It was 105 today and of course I just HAD to go out and water the few squash, cucumber and tomato plants that we have (in the middle of the day). I think it's my nesting causing me to do random things at weird times. Why I couldn't wait until this evening to water the plants when it's cooler, I don't know. Yesterday I washed all the baby clothes and cloth diapers that I have and put them away and did 4 loads of our laundry (yes, I was a little behind, LOL). I have more in storage that I need to wash and sort. My bag for the hospital is almost packed.
My mom took the kids last night, so this morning I had the luxury of getting a pedi, mani, and getting my eyebrows waxed. I think the lady doing it took pity on my poor swollen feet and legs because she massaged them gently for a long time. It felt sooooo good!
Overall, I'm a very happy pregnant woman right now. Other than the usual aches, pains, BHs, and recent morning sickness, I really can't complain.
I do have a question for all of you though. When did your LOs stop moving around so much? I can't remember when they slow down on movement. I remember both kids did at the end, but I don't remember how many weeks it was. This LO is so incredibly active right now, it's just ridiculous. I don't think she ever sleeps and she wakes me up at night with her bum (feet?, back?) in my ribs. I hope her sleeping habits get better before she's born, LOL!

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So I've had very few BHs in the last several weeks. With DD I had them frequently at this point- almost every evening I would have strong bouts of them from 36 weeks on. I haven't had any other signs that I got with her in the last several weeks either (increased discharge, lots of pressure, etc). I'm beginning to wonder if this LO is going to come much later than my other two. Maybe it was because I carried DD really low and this one is still REALLY high. Any tips for getting baby to drop? I literally can't catch my breath a lot of days and it's very uncomfortable. I don't think either one of my kids was ever this high (especially at almost 37 weeks). I've been walking 1-2 miles at least 5 days/week but other than squats I don't know what else to do to encourage her to move down. Guess I need to do some researching.
We still haven't decided on a name. I think I just need to see her. Lately the names Camdyn and Claire are the only two that I actually don't dislike.
Send prayers my way that this baby will come during my 39th week or the weekend before. My DH is off that week (he doesn't get to schedule his own vacation) and it would be great if he got more than one day off after baby's born.

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I haven't had many signs either. Beee But then again, my others didn't come until 40+ weeks. I have been getting low BH with this baby, down in my pelvic area which is something I did not get with either of my other two, I always had them above the belly button with them.
Mine has slowed down in the past couple of weeks. I actually had to do my first kick counts today b/c he wasn't moving as much-- I think it's b/c I cut a TON of sugar outta my diet b/c I was spilling so much glucose-- I'm terrified insurance is going to say I can't have him at the birthing center for any minor abnormality (like spilling glucose).

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37 weeks today!!! Woot!
I spoke too soon about the BHs. The past few days, they've come back with a punch. I have them nearly all day and they get somewhat regular most evenings. But I can tell they're still just BHs. They are pretty achy down low and in my back, but just not the "real thing", IYKWIM. I think last night's round being so intense was due to me not drinking enough water, then going for a 2.5 mile walk while it was still close to 100 degrees outside.
I'm getting somewhat addicted to our evening walks and we are starting to go a little farther (I know it's still not much, but hey, it's hot and I'm 8 months pregnant). It's funny because it's so painful at times to walk, but I know it's beneficial for me and baby and after I'm done I feel so good! Hopefully I can keep this up until I deliver and it won't be hard to get back into exercising after baby is here.
Oh, and I think we've actually got a name. I emailed a list to DH last night (sometimes that's the only way to get his attention, LOL) and he gave his approval for Camdyn Michelle. I don't think I will tell family or friends because it could change when we see her, so you are the first to know!

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37 Week belly pic:

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I love the name and you look great!
I have to force myself to walk, like you said, it can be painful with the hip pain and I do not feel good after, lol, it takes that last bit of energy I had for the day. Did you deliver your other children before 40 weeks?

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Oh, I know, my hips were killing me last night. DH keeps me going most nights by walking with me and talking to keep me distracted. Last night I was wiped out when we got back. The walks may get shorter and shorter as I get closer, LOL.
DS was born at 40 weeks exactly and DD was born at 39 weeks 5 days. I keep feeling like this one will be later, but who knows. I didn't have any BHs last night, just a few yesterday, so my body doesn't seem to be in any hurry.

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You look great and I like the name.

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Pretty name and you look GREAT!

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You look really great! I hope those walks do the trick!

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Thanks! The name may change when we actually see her, but maybe not. DD wasn't named for four days after her birth. None of the names we had picked looked right.

Anyone else ever hit that point of feeling like you will be pregnant forever? I don't mean it in a negative way, but just feeling like it's hard to imagine NOT being pregnant and accepting that my body is going to do what it will when it's time- and that may not be any time soon.

I think this little lady is finally getting lower. I've been doing some squatting and bouncing on the exercise ball. Today I didn't have that "I can't catch my breath" feeling and she didn't feel like she was in my ribs at all.
I tried to compare pics, but I can't tell if there is a difference in the way I look.

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WOW! I totally see a difference! And I totally know that feeling. I'm so mixed on it, I feel like if he comes tomorrow, I'm ok with that, if he comes on his due date or close to it, I'm ok with that, I don't think I'd be happy with going a week over though. Beee (But I would, I'll let him come when he's ready, but it doesn't mean I'm not ready to meet him!)

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She looks lower to me!

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You look lower to me too. And yes I felt like I was going to be pg forever. LOL

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"WonderWomanExtrodinare" wrote:

WOW! I totally see a difference! And I totally know that feeling. I'm so mixed on it, I feel like if he comes tomorrow, I'm ok with that, if he comes on his due date or close to it, I'm ok with that, I don't think I'd be happy with going a week over though. Beee (But I would, I'll let him come when he's ready, but it doesn't mean I'm not ready to meet him!)

Me too. I guess I know she is going to come eventually, but I'm not obsessing over it. I think acceptance helps me relax and let my body do it's thing(I hope:)).
I am glad that she looks lower. I've been feeling a little more pressure down low, so hopefully that's a good thing. I have an appt on Friday- maybe my OB will be able to tell how low and what position she is in.
We went swimming at the public pool today and will be going again tomorrow. It's really the only activity we can do in this heat (105 with heat index of 110+). It keeps me and the kids entertained for a while.
So not much to update. Just surviving the heat and trying to savor the last few weeks of being pregnant.

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Enjoy swimming! We're dealing with the heat here too... heat index of 115. Yuck!

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The heat scares me somewhat. I don't like the thought of having a newborn in it, but that's what A/C is for I suppose.
I posted this on the August Board:
Had my appt today and everything still looks good! BP was up just a bit (135/78, but still normal for me. No weight gain (yay!), HB was good, urine was clear and negative. GBS is negative! She checked me and I'm close to 2cm and 50% effaced. That's awesome considering 2 weeks ago I was still high and closed. So yay for progress~!
I think I mentioned this before, but DH doesn't get to schedule his vacation (it's assigned), and he is off during my 39th week. So I am really hoping baby decides to come that week so that we have more than one day with him off. My OB is out of town this coming week, so I have one more reason to have baby the 39th week. You better believe I'm going to be living on the breast pump and walking my butt off next weekend and week.
Oh, and funny preggo brain moment. On my way home today, I was getting gas at the little gas station close to us and had an OCD moment of throwing all the trash in my SUV out. When I got home a few minutes later, I realized I had thrown out $80 worth of Starbucks gift cards that I had just purchased for some co-workers. Needless to say, I sped back to the gas station and grabbed them out of the trash. I probably made quite a picture- 9 months pregnant and digging in the gas station trash can.

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Oh, I forgot that she also mentioned that baby's head feels good and low. Just from me feeling her it feels like she's LOA for the most part! Hope she stays that way.

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Oh gosh about the gift cards! I do not blame you though and they should offered to help. Smile I hope baby comes soon! My hubby starts back work Monday and it would just be total perfect timing if my lil man would come this weekend. Smile

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Haha, thankfully I didn't have to dig much as they were still on top!
If only these babies would just cooperate with our timing...I'll send some prayers that labor starts for you soon!

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LOL, great mental image...I'm glad you were able to find the SB cards without too much trouble! Sounds like nesting is kicking in. Wink So many good signs of progress--come this next week baby!

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38 weeks today! Woohoo! I took pictures weekly at the end with DD and it was interesting to look back and see the progression. So I've been taking one every week the past several weeks this pregnancy too.

I'm really hoping she cooperates with the timing, but realize it's completely unpredictable. For those of you with more than two, did it seem like your 3rd pregnancy was a similar gestation length to your other two or was it different?

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I have yet to find out but my first two were pretty different. DS1 was born 41 weeks induced and I probably would have went to 42 weeks with him but the placenta was calcifying and I had to have him ASAP. With DS2 I had him at 39 weeks 2 days. So I'm really interested to see what #3 ends up doing. Smile Hope she cooperates for you and comes at or around 39 weeks.

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Baby #1--induced at 41 weeks, so I don't know if it would have gone much longer or not
Baby #2--40 weeks 5 days
Baby #3--40 weeks 6 days

So yes, the third one was about the same as the other two, at least for me. I have a suspicion that #4 isn't going to bake quite as long, but we'll see what happens.

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I'm expecting #2, so I have no input on timing, but I just had to comment on how amazing you look! I wish I was that tiny... and I'm about four weeks behind you!

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You look really great!

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Aww, thanks. I think the picture is deceiving. Yesterday I had someone at church tell me how huge I am and that I look like I am going to go any day. Ummm, that's because I could. :rolleyes:
Rachel, I hope this LO bakes a similar amount of time as my other two. I always hear things about the third being later or a more difficult labor than the first two.
Nothing new to report really. (TMI) I *think* I've been losing some plug. You'd think I would know what a plug looks like by now, but I didn't lose it with my first two until I was in early labor and it was blood tinged. I've had several chunks of yellow thick stuff when I've wiped in the past few days. No blood, but I guess that it doesn't have to have any blood in it. Hopefully it's sign that things are progressing some more. I also had some different BHs very early Sunday morning. I got up to use the restroom and when I got back in bed, I couldn't get comfortable and realized I was having some contractions that were low and wrapping around into my back. They were close together, but just uncomfortable so I didn't worry about timing them. They lasted probably an hour or two. I remember the way my BHs changed before I had DD, so again, hoping it's a good sign. We will see in the next couple weeks Smile

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Sounds promising!

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Just wanted to chime in and say how great you look, and the plug + contraction wrapping around to your back sounds like something is gearing up! Hope that 39th week plan works out!

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Thanks ladies. I worked today and actually felt pretty good despite being up at 3:45 because I couldn't sleep. Thursday is my last day to work and I'm a little sad. I don't think I'll be able to go back after the baby is born. It's just not logical to pay for childcare for three kids and try to take call with a newborn. I LOVE my job and I've been there almost 7 years, so it's going to be very hard to just suddenly not work anymore. I'm thinking of volunteering at a clinic a few times a month or something just so that I have a way to keep my skills up.
Got a nap this afternoon then went on a nice long walk with my best friend. Now the kids are in bed and I'm just enjoying some quiet time. Oh, and my normal painless BHs that I hope at this point are actually doing something at this point. My next appt is Thursday, so we'll see how things are looking. If I've progressed some, I'll probably try some nipple stim this weekend or Monday. I don't want to just cause pointless contractions, but if my body is gearing up, I don't mind nudging it a little. Oh, and I'll probably eat make Eggplant or Chicken Parm with fresh oregano just because I love it Smile

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What do you do, Beth? It was hard for me to leave work last May but my kids were requiring more of my attention than I could split between them and work. I ended up throughly enjoying staying home! I've loved it! I hope these contractions pick up for the both of us! I'm starting to think I'll be pregnant for forever, lol.

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I'm an RN and I work in Surgery, Becca. I guess I'm just one of those nurses that found my niche and I don't want to leave!

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You are one ambicious Mommy!

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Had my 38 week appt yesterday. BP was great, HB was great, wt was up 2 lbs (it was afternoon vs. morning and I had been at work, so I think it was fluid wt). I am measuring 40 weeks. Right on target because I have been measuring a few weeks ahead the entire pregnancy. Not much change in progress- just a good 2 cm and 60% effaced.
I do think she is bigger than my other two. She just seems bigger, but I could be completely wrong. Not that it matters, my other two weren't huge (8.5 and 8.1). We have a busy weekend ahead. Two different people are looking at our house Saturday. We've had it for sale by owner for about 3 months and have had a lot of interest, but no takers. So I will be cleaning all day today. Sunday we have church activities. Lots to keep my mind off the "waiting game" Smile
I finally installed the infant seat in the SUV. I have to say, as much as I hate paying for the gas, it's so nice to have plenty of room for three Britax seats on the second row. Now I know DS will be asking about the "new baby" constantly. He keeps asking when she will be big enough to come out.

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